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Grigsby Interview

Oliver Grigsby (script coordinator, writer of Control and War Buddies, Part 5) has agreed to an interview via email. As usual, post your questions below. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 18:44, 13 August 2007 (EDT)

  • You're on a roll, Ryan, nice job! Keep this up and soon you'll be as well-known as Kristin Veitch! :) (Admin 18:51, 13 August 2007 (EDT))
  • Ryan, is there a deadline on this thing for question submission? Also when will this get sent to Grigsby? SacValleyDweller 01:27, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
    • Two answers: the deadline is, like, right now--I'm preparing an email as we speak and will be sending it off in the morning. However, Ollie has offered to answer questions about the season as the show continues, so I have a feeling it'll be okay to make something of a running list of questions. But for now, get whatever questions you have submitted in the next couple of hours. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 01:34, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
      • I sent my questions to Ollie somewhere in the wee hours of Friday. He just wrote me to tell me he received the questions and will be responding sometime before the end of the week. He's being very gracious, I think. I believe I sent him like three pages of questions. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 19:24, 20 August 2007 (EDT)
        • For those wondering what's taking so long, I just talked to Ollie. He's been really busy with the new season. (I can imagine!) Part of the holdup is that he wanted to run a couple answers by someone first, but that other person is traveling. Wow, I appreciate that he's taking time to get accurate responses. Anyway, soon, soon... -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 19:00, 30 August 2007 (EDT)
          • At least he's keeping in touch. That's a good sign. I'd send him a big thank you for letting us know about the holdup.--MiamiVolts (talk) 01:09, 31 August 2007 (EDT)
            • Yes indeed, Miami. Any News, Ryan?--SacValleyDweller 17:11, 2 September 2007 (EDT)
              • He's waiting for someone who is out of town to return. As soon as I receive something, I'll let everybody know. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 20:02, 2 September 2007 (EDT)
                • I just emailed him again today. I'll update when I hear back from him. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 14:46, 10 September 2007 (EDT)
                  • Any luck? Gregorus 15:34, 21 September 2007 (EDT)
                    • Nada. I might shoot him another email next week. I know he must be busy, and I certainly don't want to come off as pushy or annoying. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:47, 21 September 2007 (EDT)
  • Will the questions under "Next Time" be mailed upon getting the reply to the first batch?--SacValleyDweller 16:02, 31 August 2007 (EDT)
    • Not right away. I'll give the guy a break, let some questions collect, and I'll probably ask him if it's okay to send the next batch around the time Four Months Later airs. I'm playing it by ear. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 16:27, 31 August 2007 (EDT)

Interview Questions

Can you provide us with a photo of yourself?--MiamiVolts (talk) 18:56, 13 August 2007 (EDT)

  • Can you tell us a little bit about your job as a script coordinator and how you interact with the writers? (Admin 19:04, 13 August 2007 (EDT))
  • Are you script coordinator for all of the Heroes episodes and also all of the graphic novels? In the graphic novels, are you involved with just the writers? Are you the go-between for the writers, artists and colorists?--MiamiVolts (talk) 19:11, 13 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Nagging question #1: In Five Years Gone, there's a scene when future Peter, future Hiro and Ando arrive at the Homeland Security Complex. After they fight the guards at the welcome desk, the camera pans right to the front of the elevators. One elevator opens, a guard is thrown out and then Peter steps out of it. Does the script say how he got in there? In the previews, it looked like he used 'phasing' to enter the elevator, but it appears that part of the scene got cut. It could have been teleportation too, or something else, so it'd be nice to know what the script said.--MiamiVolts (talk) 19:31, 13 August 2007 (EDT)
    • I rewatched the preview, and it looks like the scene of Peter phasing through a door is from when Sylar phased and pulled Peter out of the room. Conduit 17:56, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
      • There's more than one preview, plus the preview doesn't really matter as much as the explanation as to how Peter got into the elevator.--MiamiVolts (talk) 18:06, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Judging by your posts on the 9th Wonders message boards, you seem to have some inside knowledge on Hiro's blog. Do you write this with others?-- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 22:38, 13 August 2007
  • There's been a lot of back and forth about this, and I was wondering if you could give us some finality on the issue: how exactly did Peter stop the tasers in Unexpected? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 00:44, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Do you forward the scripts to OpenTV for the Heroes Interactive--the 2screen experience that runs with the airing of new episodes? This article says that although the system is hosted at OpenTV's site, NBC has control of the creation and management of what airs. Who puts together the content?--MiamiVolts (talk) 00:57, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
  • To be on the safe side - is Thompson's office (seen in Company Man) in Primatech Paper Co.? --DocM 20:14, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
  • A nitpicky question on the names of a few powers. In the Genesis Files, we can see Induced Radioactivity, Clairvoyance, and Dynamic Camoflauge (Among other powers). The first two are commonly associated with Ted's and Molly's powers, respectively. Are these the proper names for their abilities? (Induced Radioactivity sounds odd compared to other canidates, such nucleokinesis, and Clairvoyance would cover much more than the abilities we've seen Molly use.) Finally, is Dynamic Camoflauge the proper name for Claude's invisibility? While not used for it on heroeswiki, it would make sense. --The Ninth Doctor 16:11, 15 August 2007
  • Did Peter stop time alongside Future Hiro in Collision and Hiros, or did Future Hiro include Peter in the stopping of time? --DocM 17:42, 15 August 2007 (EDT)
  • In 5YG, we see Peter Petrelli use Telekinesis to move a glass to him while he is invisible. It is said later somewhere that Peter can only use one power at a time. Obviously, the former event contradicts the latter official info. Is Peter actually/Will Peter ever be, able to use multiple powers at once? SacValleyDweller 02:43, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
  • How did you first get involved with Heroes? (Admin 02:50, 17 August 2007 (EDT))
  • What's been your most memorable moment working on a show like Heroes? (Admin 02:50, 17 August 2007 (EDT))
    • Funny, I'm typing up the email right now, and my first two questions were variations of those two questions you just asked. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 02:52, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
      • When I wrote them I actually thought to myself, "Ryan's probably going to ask these anyway, but I'll add them just to be sure." (Admin 02:55, 17 August 2007 (EDT))
        • Green Mountain Trolls Ache...or whatever. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 03:01, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
          • Heh... true. :) I also worried that he might not be able to answer a lot of the specific questions asked so I wanted to make sure we had some easier ones that were more focused on him. (Admin 03:07, 17 August 2007 (EDT))
  • What is the better/worse experience of working with the writing staff versus writing GN scripts?--Bob 03:24, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
  • I missed the deadline for questions, but first, Ollie, thanks for interacting with the members of 9thW and sharing teasers about HEROES - we really appreciate it! And can you tell us if you, the rest of the crew, and the scribblers will be posting at 9thWonders before Season 2 (besides Tim Kring's planned discussion with us), like you have in the past? ('ROESian 11:47, 17 August 2007 (EDT))


Ollie said he'll provide a picture soon. I just emailed him this afternoon--he's fast. As an aside, he's visited Heroes Wiki before and has been impressed, calling it a "very good, and comprehensive site." He also was very nice to offer to settle any "issues of contention or confusion that come up in the articles" (without revealing anything, of course). He seems very nice and willing to help, and I'm kicking myself for never having contacted him in the past. I think he'll be a great resource for us. By the way, questions should potentially be about more than just his graphic novels. He's a script coordinator, so he probably has a lot of inside information to some of our more nagging questions from Season One. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 19:00, 13 August 2007 (EDT)

  • That's terrific news. I've always hoped that more people "in the know" would be willing to take advantage of the site to help clarify information after the fact that may have unintentionally confused people or not turned out as clearly as planned. (Admin 19:01, 13 August 2007 (EDT))
    • Hehe, When I read the banner about the ITW, I followed the link and thought : "D'oh, this guy doesn't have a picture; I've a good question for him : Could you give us a picture of you ?" But it seems you already asked him :) -- Frenchflo.gif (talk) 04:42, 16 August 2007 (EDT)

Questions for Next Time

  • Nitpicky question: How did saving the cheerleader save the world? Presumably, Sylar is still alive, and still has Ted Sprague's radioactive ability, and it was Nathan who stopped Peter's explosion from destroying the city, not Claire. I want to say that the only reason Claire was required to survive was to talk Nathan into stopping Peter, but if Nathan weren't around, Claire (or someone else) would have simply shot Peter. Could you provide an official explanation? - Chardish 20:36, 21 August 2007 (EDT)
    • Good question. I sent the questions in late last week (and should be receiving the answers any day now), but I'll try to remember this question for the next set I send to Ollie. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 22:15, 21 August 2007 (EDT)
      • It was explained in Five Years Gone, as well as the graphic novel String Theory. Read the message article. Conduit 19:49, 22 August 2007 (EDT)
  • I have another question - does Future Peter use enhanced strength in Five Years Gone, and does Peter Petrelli use said ability on Sylar in How to Stop an Exploding Man? --DocM 19:53, 22 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Just to be sure, did Niki break the guard's nightsick in Godsend, or did Jessica pop in for a second and do that? Conduit 19:56, 22 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Does Sylar possess some kind of miniture teleportation technique? He moves quickly in One Giant Leap (simply disappears), Homecoming (appearing at the top of the stands), and How to Stop an Exploding Man (sneaking up on Bennet and Peter). --DocM 20:00, 22 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Ridiculous question, but will we ever see someone with an ability that could be considered... useless? I mean, everyone seems to have very powerful abilities (telekinesis, enhanced strength, and invisibility being some that spring to mind), but is it possible that someone could have, theoretically, for example, snail control? It would be very useful for a French snail farm owner. --DocM 20:04, 22 August 2007 (EDT)
  • When Hiro travels into the future, it's as though he doesn't exist at all during the time he has traveled through. In Five Years Gone, when he arrives in the future, the String web still exists, even though it was ostensibly created by a future version of himself during the time he was traveling. Who created it and how? (Future Hiro still exists because he was in the past at the moment Hiro appeared in the future, and thus unaffected by the timeline changes). Gregorus 09:45, 23 August 2007 (EDT)
  • In Five Years Gone, Hana is still alive and in her corporeal body. Yet, in the novels we find out that her body is destroyed and only her essence remains. The only differences between the events of Five Years Gone and the "real" timeline should be actions that Hiro himself has taken, yet it seems like he didn't ever interact with anyone in a way that would cause Hana to go her mission. So, in the Five Years Gone timeline, did she somehow get her body back, or did the events of the graphic novel not take place, and why not? Gregorus 09:45, 23 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Is Lyle adopted?

*The BBC is miroring Heroes 360 content. In doing this, they have introduced a New Character: Bridget Bailey. How cannon is her and her story: is she going to be used in the future, or is she nonexistent filler for the British made by the BBC?--SacValleyDweller 15:59, 31 August 2007 (EDT)

    • asked by me in Behind the eclipse --SacValleyDweller 23:46, 18 October 2007 (EDT)

*Do we know Linderman's first name?


Any news on the status of this thing?--SacValleyDweller (talk) 00:15, 24 February 2008 (EST)

  • I can't go into details, but Ollie couldn't do the interview. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 02:32, 24 February 2008 (EST)