Saturday at Fedcon started with Gordon Michael Woolvett (Harper on Andromeda) on stage. He's another one of my personal favorites and I wasn't disappointed. The guy is just like his character on Andromeda: smiling, funny, outgoing. Apparently he wanted to bring a prop on stage with him, some computer from the Andromeda set, but he forgot. So he asked Ed Wasser to go and fetch it from his suitcase. He explained how the thing was huge compared to iPhones and such these days even though the show was supposed to take place far in the future. Ed came back with a black bag with what turned out to be Gordon's toiletries. So he didn't get to show off the prop but he brought it to his photo op so I got to hold on to it for that.
Gordon told a bunch of stories from the Andromeda set, how he was always pitching stories to the writers about things like Robochicken (don't ask...) and an episode where the Andromeda was turned into a cruiseliner. He also mentioned a situation in which Keith Hamilton Cobb refused to say certain lines in an episode, how he just stood there with his arms crossed. So Gordon changed his lines so it all became a monologue with 'I know what you're going to say! You're going to say X' comments whenever Keith was supposed to say something. Don't remember which episode but I should go look for that one.
He also got some comments and compliments about his work on The Guard. He joked most about how his character wasn't allowed to go into the helicopter even though a lot of the show is about that. And how the show is very low budget so they don't film in the actual ocean, they just pretend the water is really deep when it's only 3 feet deep. Overall a very enjoyable funny panel. Makes me want to watch the Guard (since it features lots of Stargate people as well) but I'll have to figure out how to get it from Canada...
The next panel was Martha Hackett (Seska on Star Trek: Voyager). I never watched that show so the panel wasn't that interesting to me. The main message that I remember was that she didn't know her character would be that evil when she joined. And that some fans seem to blame her for her evil character in the show sometimes, which is a strange experience since Martha is not that character, of course.
After Martha, the stage was ready for Cliff Simon, who we know as Ba'al in Stargate SG-1. I've seen him on stage several times before so a lot of his stories I had already heard, but there were a few new things as well. :) He asked for a chair because he didn't want to stand for too long, had to do with some of his past injuries. He showed the crowd the trailer for a new show called Dust that he's pitching to the studios. Looked like some kind of futuristic western, the music and cinematography seemed rather good, guess we'll have to wait and see on that one. Cliff talked about how hard it was to do the 'multi-Ba'al' episode on SG-1 and how the shot where he puts his hand on his own shoulder was his own idea. That show was really hard and time-consuming, but worth the effort when you see the result.
Since he's South-African, he always tells people that he's a 'real' African-American which gets him funny looks. When asked what kind of roles he likes to play he said he thinks it's fun to play business men and get to do everyday things like getting into a cab and such. He doesn't have to be the villain, he's done that already, but if he could get to be a Bond villain, Cliff'd say yes in a heartbeat.
After Cliff's panel there were some behind-the-scenes talks in German, so I decided to head out to the vendors room. On the way I grabbed some pics of some of the fan costumes and of the signing tables outside of the main signing room. Got an autograph from James Marsters, he is really too kind. And he was wearing his long leather-like coat, so even though he wasn't beach-blonde, he reminded me of his Spike-days.