August 20th, 2010

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Fedcon Saturday (part 1)

Oh my. Haven't had time to finish the rest of my report. Luckily I have my notes to go on, so I can continue it even though it happened almost 4 monts ago...

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.

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Fedcon Saturday (part 2)

The next actor panel featured Gareth David-Lloyd, Ianto Jones on Torchwood. It was the first time anyone from Torchwood came to Fedcon, so he was very excited to be there. He talked about how he's both acting and playing with his band Blue Gillespie. He brought in some CDs to sell at the convention but there was an issue with one of the tracks so he didn't want to sell them. He did let people check out the artwork at the signing table. Someone asked why he was wearing the hat, his answer was 'to keep the talent in'.

When asked whether he'd like to be on Doctor Who, get to go in the Tardis and such, he explained how on set they'd have to go through the Tardis set on the way to the Torchwood set, so he wouldn't be that excited about it, got to see it every day. So one of the fans asked him to go stand by the Tardis on the stage and happily obliged for some pictures. He also got asked to list things to do with a stopwatch... and no, he doesn't have the prop stopwatch from the show.

He talked about how he got to keep all the shirts that Ianto wore on Torchwood but that he didn't wear them because he'd be 'that guy in the costume'. It's not quite his style... I enjoyed his panel quite a bit, he's a quirky guy, though I think I prefer to think of Ianto as himself and not as Gareth. I think I secretly prefer Ianto. Sorry, Gareth, you're pretty cool, but somehow I prefer the coffee-boy.

Next up was Aaron Douglas, Chief Tyrrol on Battlestar Galactica as well as quite a few other scifi series. I missed some of his panel due to a photo op, but I caught some fun stories. The most intriguing one is one where he was at a party at Ron Moore's house and found some notes lying around. Those notes mentioned who the cylons were and Aaron had to keep quiet for 3 months until they finally announced it to the crew. He said it was very frustrating not to be able to tell. And when they did find out, Michael Hogan kept repeating that he wasn't a cylon. Guess he couldn't accept it, lol.

He also told a funny story about how he had his son on set and how the kid was way impressed with Katee Sackhoff because she actually flies the vipers instead of 'just' fixing them. His admiration for her did decrease somewhat when she refused to take him for a ride.

Aaron's panel was quite funny, maybe because there was quite a bit of drinking going on on stage. Aaron joked about how David Hewlett wasn't there to bring him a beer (since he brought David one on stage the day before). Aaron kept on stage for too long, so Kandyse McClure came on stage and dragged him off because her panel was up next.

Kandyse McClure came on stage wearing a dress from H&M as she proudly announced when someone complimented her on her outfit. She told about how she went to the Battlestar Galactica audition for Duala having no idea what kind of audition it would be. She had to ramble on a lits of terms and numbers that didn't mean anything so she was convinced the job wasn't for her. But then her agent called that she had the job! She enjoyed how her character was promoted for a little while, even though according to military hierarchy she couldn't have had that particular post. When asked how she prepared for the death scene, she got really emotional and admitted she talked to some friends who had considered suicide. It was a very emotional scene to do. This brought her to comment on the fact that she doesn't let her mom watch her shows because her mom can't seem to distinguish her daughter from the characters she's playing. So Kandyse would get phone calls from her very upset mom because she got hurt on screen.

Another topic was Hayden Christensen and how much she enjoyed working with him on the TV series Higher Ground. She was very annoyed that that series got cancelled partially because Hayden got cast in Star Wars.
I wasn't too impressed by Kandyse's panel, for some reason she seemed not as nice as a person as I expected. A lot of 'look how cool I am', which tends to bug me. I loved her as Duala though, so I guess she's another person I appreciate more as the character I know her as...

After this panel, there was the costume contest. Lots of weird getups, which I won't show because they weren't all kid-friendly, LOL. The winner was an outfit from The Fifth Element, the lady sang on stage and received a grand applause. Manu Intiraymi and Terry Farrell were part of the jury and seemed to have a great time.

During the costume contest I saw Gordon Michael Woolvett enter the back of the room so I went up to him and had a little chat with him. He was very entertained by all the costumes and thought the convention was a blast!
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Fedcon Saturday (part 3)

The last session of the day had 3 more panels that proved to be fun. First on stage was Tahmoh Penikett (Helo on Battlestar Galactica). Joe Flanigan was supposed to be on first but his photo ops went way long so they put him on stage later. Which means that Joe's panel was way shorter than planned, which was unfortunate. But we'd see him again on Sunday so that made up for some of it.

Tahmoh talked about working on both Dollhouse and Battlestar Galactica. He praised Grace on how she managed to portray all different people, he said she gave him so much to play off of. He told a story about how Joss Whedon was a big fan of BSG and how he would not want to hear any spoilers on how the show was ending. Not even a hint. Good man Joss.

Tahmoh insisted on keeping on his hat for both photo ops and for his panel, so taking pics of him was a little hard. I would like to request that all actors out there take off their hats on stage so we can see their pretty faces (Michael Shanks anyone?).

Then Joe came on stage, he received a huge wave of applause. Did a little thank you bow, very cute. Then he needed help getting the mic to work. Even cuter. Most of the stories that Joe told, I had heard before but he gets better and better at telling them. Gestures and all, LOL. Oh, and I have to give a special mention for the shoes. :)

The most well-known story is probably the one about David Hewlett's little car versus Jason Momoa's big car. There was mooning. You have to hear it from them, I won't try to tell it, I wouldn't do the story justice. Even after hearing Joe tell it once before and seeing Jason and David act it out on stage, it's still funny. So instead of explaining it, here's a picture series of the whole thing:

He talked about his time on Warehouse 13, how it was weird that he didn't get to carry a gun. He'd like to return to that show, but probably not. Another favorite story is the one about how, on one of his acting jobs, they'd have to use some special kind of polymer to keep his hair down. And even then after a while it would pop up again. Nobody else in his family seems to have that problem.

He got asked about a new project, a photoshoot called 'Heroes'. The photos will be displayed all over London. He joked about how it would be fun to see his face on Buckingham Palace. Then he talked about his wife and how she'd be such a curser when in the car. He did an impression of her, of course.

As said, Joe's panel got cut short to make room for Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf on Star Trek TNG and DS9). He seems to be well-loved by everyone, such a kind man, very different from his character. He talked about how the stern character was for a big part his influence, how he played the character. Michael kept getting freaked out by the spotlights on the stage, he thought he would get beamed up any second!

He said he enjoyed meeting up with Terry again. He does see some of the Star Trek cast every now and then, which he finds rather enjoyable. I
I found listening to Michael very enlightening, the guy has been through a lot and has the wisdom of a full life to share. He acted a bit like a (grand)father to people asking questions, getting really involved in what urged the people to ask a certain question.

Afterwards there was a KISS revival concert but I didn't stick around for that. Instead we went to the bar where some of the actors hung out with the fans, including on the dancefloor. Fun was had by all, I'm sure.
I did a few more photo ops, here they are: