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Whereabouts
 
"Andromeda" is largely shot within a complex in suburban Burnaby, B.C., that looks, from the outside, like a routine building in an industrial park. The building is a former warehouse that was converted about 15 years ago into a sound stage for various Aaron Spelling TV series. (30.05.01 National Post, Canada)
 
Keith Hamilton Cobb: We work in a big warehouse which is basically a big tin building, in Vancouver, so at winter time its cold. You can't heat the building. (01.09.01 Report from Starcon 2001)
 

Lexa Doig: The studio isn't air-conditioned because it affects the sound, so it gets quite hot in there. They have these big hose things that pump in cold air between takes, but it's not really enough to cool everything down unless you stand directly in front of it. (12.02 Dreamwatch)

 
From the road, the two-story office area blocked most of the former warehouse structure behind it. (On-set visit report)

 

Shooting schedule
 
Kevin Sorbo: These are seven-day, even six-day episodes, and it's contained. It's in a studio. I think we have 13 or 14 days scheduled for outside. (04.00 Xena Mag #4)
 
Q: How long is the work for an episode? -- Kevin Sorbo: It takes seven days. 12 hours in a work day. (20.07.01 Internet RTL chat)
 
On average, each episode requires seven days of pre-prep and seven days of shooting. (27.07.03 digitaltelevision.com)
 
Kevin Sorbo: We start in mid May and we shoot through to Christmas time. The days are anywhere from 12-14 hours. (12.07.04 MSN Live Chat)
 
Yves Cameron (Stunt coordinator): Time is really at a premium; we're filming episodes in 4 days this season where in previous seasons we had 6 or 7 days. <...> But there are times -- like the first couple of episodes this season -- where it takes six or seven hours to film. Sembler's fight sequence in the saloon on Seefra took that long to shoot. (02.05 andromedatv.com)

 

 

Just so filming
 

Brent Stait: One day I was there 8-1/2 hours in that rubber thing <...> and I had one line. And, I was thinking, "This is insane!" To tell you the truth, it was Kevin, not me, who brought it up. He said, "Look, there's no reason that you should have Brent here for these many hours if you're not gonna use him in this scene. Bring him in later." He was actually the one and I didn't prompt him to do that or anything, so I was very grateful for that. He didn't have to do that. (13.10.00 Space.com)

 
Keith Hamilton Cobb: I have in my trailer what I call Tyr's library. These are six or seven works of philosophy and literature that would be specific to a Nietzschean school of thought. Among these are, of course, "The Great Philosopher" himself, also Sun Tzu, and Darwin. Nietzsche is a particularly difficult read best tackled after a long nap. <...> But I shouldn't put forth the impression that I spend inordinate amounts of time pouring over these volumes in character development. I snooze a lot in my trailer too. (30.10.00 Andromeda Journal, formerly on The Official KHCobb Site)
 
Lexa Doig: Androids don't get cold, but Lexa does. Can't get too close, because this android's got goosebumps and a bright red nose, because she's freezing. (02.09.01 tv.zap2it.com)
 
"Brent [Stait] is one of the actors in my mould," Sorbo explains. "I like to talk about a scene, to explore different ideas of playing it, instead of going up and just saying the lines, and he's one of those actors that will come to me and say, 'What do you think about this? What if we tried this...?'." (06.03 Dreamwatch #105)
 

Keith Hamilton Cobb: Kevin Sorbo has been a champion of the character of Tyr since they began to lose his focus early in season one, and has not stopped working with me, even on a scene by scene basis to give the character what it needs to remain a force on the show. <...> My respect for his choices and ideas, and his respect for mine are what grant us the solid working relationship that we enjoy. The scenes and episodes, of which there are too few, that feature the two of us together over the past three seasons would not be what they are were it not for our mutual admiration. Would all actors in ensemble casts everywhere were such gentlemen/women. (17.10.02 KHCobb Message Board)

 

Matthew McCauley (composer): Andromeda has been, without question, the best television music experience I've had. The relationship between the production entities -- Bob Engels, the producer now, Allan Eastman prior to that, Robert Wolfe, I've just found that the fluency of communication has been top-notch. We've had virtually trouble-free execution of the music and mixes, and agreement on the intention, and so on. It's been a very happy experience. I'm sorry to see it end; I wish it would go on. ((06).04 Interview on the Official site)

 

Brandy [Ledford] and Steve [Bacic] both talked about the great cast and crew, especially Kevin. Kevin admitted that, due to the pace of filming, there were days he just "phoned it in" and he'd go back to his camper and kick himself Kevin loved that both wanted to talk about scenes - Steve would even phone him the night before a scene. He said the final two seasons with Steve enabled him to go in a different direction with his character and he and Steve had great scenes together. (02.09.06 Dragon Convention, report by Themis)

 

 

COSTUMES, GADGETS AND MAKE-UPS
 

Brent Stait: When I'm all made up the only thing that you can see that's mine is my eyes. Originally, there was some talk of me wearing contact lenses, but I said to the producers, "Well the eyes are the window of the soul. I'm going to need to express a great deal through my eyes, and contacts will only impede this." (02.01 TV Zone #135)

 

Kevin Sorbo said that when they handed to him the first force lance, which was almost flesh-colored model, he went: 'You've gotta be kidding me! No Way!' (15.05.05 London Expo Convention)

 
Keith Hamilton Cobb recently gave a tour of the set to TV Guide Channel audiences. He still hadn't worked out the best way to get into the pilot's seat in the Command Centre. "It's not good for getting into with any degree of elegance whatsoever." (13.06.01 Slipstream News)
 
Keith Hamilton Cobb: The problem with the chain mail shirt , which I'm trying to retire, (crowd moans) I know. They feel the same way too. At winter time it's cold. You can't heat the building. And I have to put on this thing. It is a mess. It catches my hair. When you roll around in it, it hurts. I suppose to look like the tuff guy ware, right, but I don't think any tough guy would ware that, especially walking around a cold spaceship all day long. (01.09.01 Starcon 2001, report by Starland)
 
Lexa Doig: [The fake breasts] had something to do with my costume, which was manufactured out of leather, and very uncomfortable to wear. After a long day of work they started to get heavy. <...> I stopped wearing them soon. But instead of being thrown away, they started to get their own lives and appeared on the set. So some people of the crew asked: "Who wants to touch "Lexa's breasts"?". This went so far that they put one of these things on top of the camera, so that Kevin (Sorbo) could have a focussing point. (03.02 TV Highlights, Germany)
 

Kevin Sorbo: You walk through make-up and wardrobe, you see these people, with only a wrap around their waists, being applied with all these prosthetics and make-up. It's a very strange, evil, futuristic, Frankenstein kind of world. You get a weird feeling seeing prosthetic heads staring at you while you get oatmeal in the morning! (03.02 Telescope, Singapore)

 
Allan Eastman (executive producer): We're always coming up with new aliens, and it sometimes takes three to six weeks or even longer to get a full prosthetic designed and made for that character. You can't just walk into a clothing store and buy a rubber mask. When you're doing a Science Fiction show set far in the future you need to have a basic vision of what it's all about and then create it. That means you've got to build the props, make the costumes, etc. There's always something to do. (04.02 TV Zone #149)
 
Q: Kevin Sorbo said you had a very interesting relationship with your arm bands. -- Keith Hamilton Cobb: Yea, I hate them. I'm getting ready to sign a deal for the show and I ask about the things on the arms, and there was another aspect of the character that was written in. It was cat like eyeballs. I'm thinking about this. I tell them it great. What are you going to tell them, you hate it? I didn't like either idea, but I didn't think I could win both fights. I truly think for an actor, the eyes are the window to the soul. Cover the eyes and no one really gets to see you feel or think. So I think that needs to go. This other thing, I thought I could work with. I asked Robert [Wolfe]: these things are going to come out when you fight? I thought it was going to be more like Wolverine. Under the skin and you wouldn't see them till a fight scene. I tried in a nice way to open a dialogue about them but what can you say? I won the fight about the contact lens. (01.09.01 Starcon 2001, report by Starland)
 

Kevin Sorbo: Between you, me and the rest of the world, I think Brent [Stait] got tired of the whole makeup process. It was four hours a day getting the prosthetics on, and he could be sitting around for four to six hours before he even did a scene. (05.02 Starlog #298)

Kevin Sorbo: Brent Stait had have to get up at three in the morning, be in there for four hours of makeup, then sit around all day from head to toe in that costume. (22.05.02 zap2it.com)

 
According to the actress, Rommie will be sporting some new outfits this (4th) season on Andromeda. "Look at this," says Doig, reaching behind her and taking one of her costumes off its hangar. "It's two pieces. I'm so excited. I get to wear pants on the show!" she enthuses. "Most importantly, that means I can go to the ladies room without having to do yoga in order to get out of my little one-piece jumpsuits. Those outfits will still be around but at least I'll get to alternate every so often." (08.03 Cult Times #95)
 

Toni Burroughs-Rutter (Costume Designer): <Dylan's 5th season jacket> This is like 20 pounds. It is very heavy. So in a summer in a studio Kevin was: 'Do I have to wear a coat?..' (she mocks his unhappy face) Ha-ha! (Disk 5-5-2 from Slipstream Collection)

OK, here is the short list of goodies that went home with Kevin Sorbo: <...> Two of the large leather jackets that Dylan wore in Season 5. He told me that there were three made for production, two hero and one stunt, and he kept the hero's. He said they are very nice and could be worn as a regular jacket out on the town (23.04.06 Hollywood Collectors Show, report by El Gato)

 
Kevin Sorbo: Laura Bertram set in a make-up chair for 1750 hours over five seasons. (Disk 5-5-2 from Slipstream Collection)
 
 
 
DIRECTING
 

David Winning (director): The director and producers usually meet with the different department heads; wardrobe, special effects, props, etc in individual meetings to discuss the particulars of the episode. <...> Then just before the first day of filming, the main production meeting occurs where all department heads gather. The assistant director reads through the script from page one, while simultaneously reviewing the shooting schedule - triple checking that all materials are ready for each days work. <...> In order to actually make an episode in a very limited amount of time, obviously you have to plan and replan everything. Keep in mind, the prep period is only a few days and suddenly you're on set. <...> You start the day with a simple actor rehearsal so everyone can figure out what needs to happen to get the scene completed. Ideas are usually tossed back and forth; becomes a bit like molding clay. Then the actors are released and stand-ins take their spots so the lighting crew and director of photography can light the set once the action has been blocked out. <...> When the actors are physically there and saying actual words, things change rapidly. They bring a vital third dimension to the planning on paper and the ideas and input is always welcome and interesting. (04.06.05 Excerpts from Interview with David Winning by Stargate-Project.de)

 

SCRIPTWRITING
 
Zack Stentz (writer): We don't have as much interaction with the actors as we'd like to, owing to their being in Vancouver while the writing staff is here in L.A. But when we have dealt with the actors, they've been unfailingly polite and gracious. They seem happy with what we're giving them, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the way they make Ashley's and my words come to life. Kevin in particular is a really kind, down-to-earth guy who works his ass off to make a good show and publicly expresses his happiness at getting challenging, intelligent material to play. He reads every script at least twice in early drafts and gives cogent, insightful feedback and criticism where he thinks it's appropriate. I haven't agreed with his comments every time, but he's helped improve many scripts with his feedback, which is appreciated and helpful. (03.01 scifidimensions.com)
 
Christian (Slipstream webmaster): I spoke with "Andromeda" writer Zack Stentz in March Not only do the fans provide feedback on the show, but many of the actors do as well. "Kevin [Sorbo] especially gives notes on all the scripts, he likes to have a lot of feedback. Brent [Stait] will generally, if it's an episode that heavily features him, ask a couple of incredibly perceptive questions about the character and what's happening to the character. And to one degree or another the other actors do as well." (18.04.01 Slipstream Web)
 
Gordon Michael Woolvett: Before a script gets from the writers to me and the rest of the cast, it goes through Karen Wookey [Supervising Producer for Fireworks Entertainment] and Seth Howard [Creative Executive in charge of "Andromeda" for Tribune] and a few other channels. What you think goes from the "page to the stage" is largely shaped and influenced by more than just the writing staff. It has always been such. That's TV. (13.12.01 Chat on AndromedaTV.com)

Kevin Sorbo: There are 9-10 people who write notes on scripts and the writers probably say "the hell with this crap" (makes motion of crumpling a note) and rightly so. During shooting I'm on the phone with the writers for 2-3 hours every shooting day. This really is a team effort. (06.04.02 Convention in San Francisco, report by Dylanite)
 
Kevin Sorbo: We've got a very vocal cast, that have a lot of strong opinions, and I think that's good for the show. All of us here are very strong personalities, and want obviously what's best for our characters. We call the writers and go, "What about this scene? What if it went this direction?" The trouble with not having the writers up here on location is that they don't see the blocking, they don't get to see specifically what the ships look like inside, and what we're able and not able to do. (04.09.02 Prevue Mag Online #488)
 
About a month and a half before shooting begins on each episode, [head writer] Robert Engels and the members of his writing staff write a page-long summary of an idea for an episode. They then present it to the "Andromeda" production team as well as executives at FireWorks and Tribune for review. Once all parties have made any changes and approved the outline, Engels has its writer pen a detailed, 10- to 15-page outline of the script. Once again, the outline is sent to FireWorks and Tribune. After they make their changes to it and approve it, Engels gives the writer the green light to draft the script. After 10 days, the writer shows it to Engels and other members of the creative staff, who make notes on it for any changes. The writer then revises the script for another seven days. After that, Engels and the in-house writing staff take over for the final revisions of the script. This can be less than a week before shooting begins. Engels does the final polish on the script and reviews it with Kevin Sorbo (who is also an executive producer) about three days before the first day of shooting. (27.07.03 digitaltelevision.com)
 
AD-LIBS
 
Of course, aside from the production aspects, Sorbo also has a more hands-on approach to making his presence felt on the series. "When we finally hired Robert Hewitt Wolfe, one of the things I said to him before we hired him, "You've gotta be prepared, I will not change your storylines, your ideas, but I do ad lib. It's something I've always done, it's something that happens on the set, I can't tell you when it's gonna happen. I look at the script and sometimes I rewrite lines there, but the writers aren't around, so there are things that happen during rehearsals." <...> The rest of the cast have discovered the 'Sorbo Script Change' rule and embraced it. "They sort of took my lead. They saw that I could change things and they were like, 'We can do this?'" laughs Sorbo. <...> Doesn't this open rebellion among the cast make Sorbo very unpopular with the team? "They did get a little upset about it," he admits. "The one guy, I think, who has the right to do it, because he's very good, is Gordon Woolvett, who plays Harper. He is a very bright, very talented guy. He comes up with these one-liners that are so funny. Actually, whole paragraphs he'll change them, but not change the meaning of the writers. Initially it got the writers mad, but he's right and they know he's right. They don't want to admit that, but he does do some great things. They tone it down a little bit, but I still think that the ideas of all the actors is the way to make a script stronger, I really do." (01.02 Xpose #63)
 
Woolvett continues to ad-lib, creating Harper in his own image, "but I make sure that I always keep all of the initial text, so they can cut what I said if they want. The editors make me sound funnier than I am." (30.01.01 Cinescape)
 

Lisa Ryder is off book more than even Kevin Sorbo when it comes to rewriting the existing lines. He tends to add things not there at all. Everyone was changing lines around, not just Sorbo. If the directors and on-set producers don't insist on actors being word perfect that's their prerogative. It wouldn't be going on if it hadn't been decided that it was OK. (05.03.02 Slipstream BBS, post by Cardie - In Heaven Now Are Three: from page to screen)

 
Zack Stentz (writer): "Andromeda" is very much the exception in the world of television when it comes to staying on the page. In fact, David E. Kelley is known to shut down production and send people home for the day when actors go so much as a word off the written script. The realities of "Andromeda" -- writing office in Los Angeles, production in Vancouver, and a powerful star/executive producer who likes to ad-lib and encourages others to do so -- dictates a different arrangement, though. (05.03.02 Slipstream BBS)
 

Gordon Michael Woolvett: Kevin is great. He's a lot of fun! He likes to improv like I do. Sometimes, we'll go a little too far, and sometimes we'll come up with some great stuff. (06.02 Prevue Magazine #408)

 
Q: Have you and Gordon Michael Woolvett ever ad-libbed an entire scene? -- Kevin Sorbo: Um, I can't say we ad-libbed an entire ... we actually did rewrite one scene, but I can't remember how it went. Gordon is very good at ad-libbing, I am as well, I think I am, but we never try to take away from what the writers are writing. We never try to take away their storyline. But if something happens on a set to make something funny, the writers have given us the freedom of throwing in a couple lines here and there. (09.10.02 Zap2it.com)
 
EDITING
 
Richard Lewis (production designer): "Andromeda", like most television shows, has scripts that are a few pages longer than fit an "hour" format. With commercials removed we have about 42 minutes of content. A formatted script page generally produces one minute of finished film. Our scripts are usually 52 to 54 pages. The assumption is that some scenes will play faster than one page per minute or a scene may not play well and NEED to be removed. Of course some times the overall timing IS one minute per page and all scenes play as intended so we end up several minutes long. Something has to be removed and it's always a judgement call on what goes. On many TV shows cutting scenes may not be a problem because many of their scenes are just filler between storypoints. "Andromeda" of course is different... there is no filler, our writters are better than that. <...> On a TV production the Director usually gets a pass at the film first, the Executive Producer does a cut (usually but not always based on the Directors Cut), that cut is sent to the producing companies for notes and comments. The Network executives and producer discuss the cut, reach a concensus and make final adjustments to the Producers Cut. This is the cut that usually makes it to air. Thats how it works on all TV. (30.01.02 Slipstream BBS)
 
VISUAL EFFECTS
 

An average "Andromeda" episode has about 60-100 visual-effects shots, Visual-effects supervisor Bruce Turner reveals, with some episodes (including the 100th) exceeding that - comparable to a visual-effects shot count for certain feature films. "Even for TV, the shot counts are pretty high," he says. <...> Turner's staff has eight noncontiguous days scheduled for each episode and is usually working on three episodes at any given time. Those eight days are stretched out over a three-week period to finish effects. "The most challenging thing is to make the show look as cool as we want given the time deadline," Turner admits. <...> Adds star Kevin Sorbo, "The visual effects are a star in their own right." Sorbo, who plays the lead role of Capt. Dylan Hunt, also is one of the show's executive producers, along with Josanne Lovick, Jay Firestone and Adam Haight. "To me, visual effects are what help make or break the show." (18.01.05 The Hollywood Reporter)

 
FIGHT SCENES
 

Allan Eastman (executive producer): Unlike a lot of other shows, we use our pyrotechnics around the actors. Of course, that needs to be done within extreme safety margins and with great care so that our actors are not injured. We're very lucky in that we have a terrific pyrotechnics artist on this series who knows exactly what he's doing. That makes all the difference in the world. There are always a number of stunts in each episode, too. These days it's important that our action sequences include some sort of wirework and aerial gymnastics. After movies like 'Matrix' and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' it's something that viewers expect. So all that must be choreographed ahead of time with the stunt people and the actors. Then there might be an additional set or two that needs to be built. (04.02 TV Zone #149)

 

Kevin Sorbo said he is letting people do more stunts because after Hercules he is tired. Keith [Cobb] on the other hand likes to do his stunts. Also, Keith seems to be just a little rough on the poor stunt guys in the fights... Kevin says Keith is a very big guy - he wouldn't want to fight him. (06.04.02 Convention in San Francisco)

 

Q: Do you do your own action? -- Gordon Michael Woolvett: I do as much as they will allow me too. I love the stuff. -- Q: And how about Mr. Sorbo? Cuz he's older than you :D -- GMWoolvett: Kevin was a trooper. He did lots. (07.07.06 Live Chat at Roddenberry.com)

 

 

Kevin Sorbo: I do gifts every year for my crew. I love doing it. I already have this years gifts in my storage in garage at my house in Vancouver. We have an ongoing joke on the show. The force-lance, if you look at if closely, looks like - sorta - like a male body part. We can't help but make jokes about it. I'm sorry. We constantly do, so I had a pair of boxer shorts made. I went to Joe Boxer. So the last day of shooting they all wore these over their cloths. We have an entire crew photo of 100 and some moon this way. (20.04.01 Denver Convention, report from Chrissys.com)
 

Wrap gifts to the crew: 1 season - boxer shorts with the Andromeda Logo on the front and the line "Have You Seen My Force Lance?" on the back. 2 season - 'golf style' umbrella with the Andromeda Logo and the line "It Never Rains In Space". 3 season - a desk organiser/clock with the Andromeda Logo and the line "There's no time like the future." 4 season - a long sleeve baseball type shirt with "CY 2003" on the front and "Team Andromeda season 4" on the back. 5 season - high quality St. Moritz Dive Watch with the Andromeda Logo on the face.

These items were personally designed by Kevin as a "Thank You" to the Crew and were made in a small number.

 

 

An amusing little set
 
Sorbo commented that having fun with each other on the set was vital for them. (13-15.08.04 Wolf Kevin Sorbo Event)
 
 
Keith Hamilton Cobb: Kevin Sorbo is actually very funny. <...> But I think after 7 years of Hercules, he's learned that the way to get through this is with levity. These are long days. Yo seem to never see daylight. And I think making one another laugh is what gets us through it. (10.10.00 Yahoo! Chat)
 
Q: What's been the most fun shooting? -- Brent Stait: Probably the cast and the crew. Our set is really easy that way. Everybody gets along and we have a lot of fun. There's no tension and Kevin's great. Kevin's really easy to get along with. You'd never know that he was the guy who did a seven-year series before this. He's just like, "hey, let's shoot a show," so he's always great. Laura's great and Gordon and Lexa and everybody, we just have a lot of fun. (13.10.00 SPACE.com)
 
Lisa Ryder: There's a lot of laughs every day, and I think that's important. Kevin is quite in charge of setting the tone. It always comes from the star - if you have a jerk, you have a sad set, if you have a cool guy, you have a fun set. Kevin really sets the tone in a good way. It's a very cool crew, and a very nice cast. (12.00 Cinescape Online)
 
Decade-long television director T.J.Scott described the atmosphere on the set as very pleasant. "It's one of the lightest sets that I've been on in terms of actors laughing and joking. The hardest thing for a director on that show is starting to shoot, because everybody is having such a good time." (04.01 Starlog)
 
Mr.Sorbo is wide open when it comes to sharing some of the less that perfect moments on the "Andromeda" set. At a time when some of the more po-faced production companies are denying all knowledge of nonsensical goings on, the "Andromeda" gang can't wait to share their 'bloopers' with the world. "One of the saddest things," sighs Sorbo, "is that we had our whole season's worth of bloopers on computer - but lost the lot when the system crashed. We're hoping some sterling volunteer will go through all the footage and put the bloopers onto disc." (08.01 Cult Times #71, UK)
 

Q: Who is the biggest practical joker? -- Keith Hamilton Cobb: Humm... Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. At the end of every season we have blooper reel, outtakes, things that has happened during scene, where people flubbed their lines. Well Kevin likes to make bloopers. He's not convinced there's going to be enough stuff for the wrap party. So he'll make them. He'll make bloopers. (01.09.01 Starcon 2001, report by Starland)

 
Laura Bertram said there are some practical jokers and the biggest ones are Kevin, Gordon and Brent. (23.06.02 Report from Tulsa Convention)
 
Kevin Sorbo: You know, there are so many [practical jokes] to mention that I couldn't even think of what would do. We always try to screw each other up on a set. We make faces; we through in ad-libs to throw off the actors. We do it just for fun and to help the day go by, because the day can get very long and boring at times. (09.10.02 Zap2it.com)
 
Lexa Doig: Practical jokes on set? The first one I could think of is when Keith got hold of a Hercules standee and had put it in the door, so that when Kevin had to come running through said door he ran straight into himself. (01.02.02 SG-4 convention)

 


Laura Bertram: We have a lot of laughs on the show, and it appears to me that the jokester role can pretty much be seen right across the board in terms of the cast. Gordon and I are always joking around (kinda like purple Trance and Harper would), and Lisa and I are almost always laughing at something. Kevin always has a joke or five to share and by and large, the (technical) crew joins in with the joking as well. (03.03.02 The Unofficial Laura Bertram Fan Club)
 
[Filming "Mad To Be Saved"] Lexa Doig and Gordon Michael Woolvett manage to find time to lick gummi bears and throw them at a nearby studio wall, where they are indulging in a competition of height and seeing whose socky sweets can stay in place the longest. <...> As each character gets their own camera coverage, those who are off-camera relax, from Lisa Ryder stealing a stool from Keith Hamilton Cobb, to Cobb himself delivering his lines and pressing 'buttons' in an over-the-top fashion. Sorbo closes out the scene with a melodramatic 'Captain Hunt, have you gone mad?' as "Cult Times" leaves them to it. (07.02 Cult Times #82)
 
Q: What kind of practical jokes have been pulled on set? -- Lisa Ryder: I think by now, everyone knows about the Magog poo. Every time Brent would squat down to rest his legs, one of the camera guys would slip the poo underneath him. And of course, Kevin is trying to set the world record for the number of phallic things he can do with his force lance on camera.
Q: Who are the "jokers"? -- Lisa Ryder: Kevin for gag-reel worthy jokes, Gord Woolvett for one-liners. (09.02 Official Lisa Ryder Fan Club Q&A)
 
Q: Do you guys do a lot of practical jokes on the set? -- Kevin Sorbo: Let's cut to the chase. The force lance looks like a vibrator, OK? I mean, it looks like a p##. It does. The first season, they actually were, like, flesh-colored. It was ridiculous, and you couldn't help it. The minute anybody sees them or looks at them or holds on to them, you can't help but think of it. So I constantly do things, the pig that I am, [to] every female co-star we have on the show. I basically pull it out at the end of every take, and I ask them, "Have you seen my force lance?" And it's become an ongoing joke. (23.10.02 Science Fiction Weekly)
 
Q: Kevin had his "forcelance"-joke... How long can anyone laugh about this? Was there a time that anyone got irritated about it? -- Gordon Michael Woolvett: Everybody did. Heh heh It was one of those things that would lose its funniness... and then he would keep going... and then it would get funny again because of his brashness to keep going with it anyway. Lots of comedy cycles like that. You'll notice sitcoms always use repetition to make something unfunny funny. But he was always mainly doing it for the new people that came along, so it never actually did get too old. (07.07.06 Roddenberry.com LIVE CHAT)
 
One of the pranks was on Kevin. He was supposed to come charging onto the Command deck but when the director yelled "Rolling!" and he came on, there was nobody on the deck. The crew of about 45 had cleared out, "gone gone" as Laura Bertram said, but the cameras were still rolling and got Kevin's really funny reaction. (11.10.02 V-Con, report by Zion's Starfish)
 
Kevin Sorbo: I always try to have fun. I come on the set and we work long days, long hours. The biggest thing for me to keep myself fresh and ready for the shoot as well as having fun. (10-11).02 Cyberex Entertainment)
 
Funniest new story - Kevin Sorbo and Steve Bacic were set up by the tech people. On the pretense it was a "green screen" thing or CGI shot, both guys had pink tape placed on their nipples and an arrow pointing downward the tech guy was completely straight faced, so the guys were buying it but finally just looked at each other and said "this can't be right". (02.09.06 Dragon Convention, report by Themis)
 

Kevin Sorbo said that he was thinking about a pitching an idea for a "reality" TV series that would follow the production of an actual TV show episode by episode, through the rehersals to the final product. Kevin said this came to him because most of the time the Andromeda rehersals were very hilarious. (23.04.06 Hollywood Collectors Show, report by El Gato)

 

Bloo-bloo-bloopers!
 

There are different kinds of bloopers. Sometimes objects move randomly in a scene, sometimes actors make physical (like going the wrong side, hitting the partner, losing tail or force lance, bumping into the decor, tearing up the furniture) or verbal (like garbling the dialogue, forgetting the line, mispronouncing words) blunders and mishaps.

 
Most of the Kevin's bloopers consist of him acting "wacky" more than any real mistakes.
 
Kevin Sorbo: "There are some bloopers that happen accidentally, but occasionally I like to get everyone going on purpose." (08.01 Cult Times #71, UK)
 

 

Additional material on filming specific episodes can be found on pages with comments upon the seasons:
1 Season
2 Season
3 Season
4 Season
5 Season

 

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