First of all, am I bitter about losing the balcony decorating contest? Yes, yes I am. Sure there were some good entries, but honestly, I STILL can’t believe we didn’t even place. We did take pictures of the other winners. However, none of these pictures came out clearly. Really. The wall of skulls was very cool. But let’s be real here, hanging up your costumes or throwing up a few sheets beats 4 dozen blow up aliens? I sat in the atrium Saturday afternoon and watch dozens of people stop and point at our balcony. We were obviously impressed. We even overheard some people talking about our balcony after we left the convention on Sunday. Perhaps I am delusional. In the long run it doesn’t really matter, this is true. Nonetheless, I am still pissed, disappointed and motivated to bring home the prize to SCIFIPUNDIT next year. Alex is right, watch out! We will be back next year. I love a good challenge.
Next, there’s the whole Dirk Benedict matter. Honestly, he needs to relax. Dirk, go home to Montana, get a haircut and take up a hobby. The women of the world are not out to get you. They didn’t ruin your career. You had your time. Let someone else have their turn.
We saw Dirk's Q and A session with Dwight Schultz. He commented how the A-Team was the last man’s man show and how all these female TV network executives have ruined Television. My first thought is give the man a role on BSG, this will shut him up in much the same way it did Richard Hatch. But I am told that Katee Sackhoff said she will quit if he is given a role. Yikes! Let’s just scratch that one off the list. Good for Katee. Who needs Dirk anyway? What is his problem? Has he even watch TV lately? There’s this lovely little program called Battlestar Galactica he really needs to check out. I did notice he said very little about BSG. Isn’t Starfest a science fiction convention? I didn’t go there to hear him talk about the A-Team. Besides last time I checked Ronald Moore and David Eick are men. There goes your theory, Dirk. But I will say this much, you do a pretty good Mr. T.
I enjoyed the Q and A with Tricia Helfer. She seems very committed to her newly found craft of acting. I loved that she had a BSG script on stage. Oh to be a paper mite upon that page. I also loved her excitement about BSG. Her genuineness was evident. After seeing her, I like her even more. It’s clear to see why her character brings so much to the show.
The Q and A with Joe Flanigan was odd. He is basically Major John Sheppard. He said the role is not a stretch for him. Yeah, no kidding. The only difference, he said, was Sheppard is more moody and a little less social. Still, he is very, very, very good looking. But what can I say I’m a sucker for a dark haired major in the Air Force…go figure.
I finally met Roger Fraley of XDA. You will find his comments on Starfest here. Good to meet you, Roger!
Yes, I had a good time, Dirk and blow-up alien failures aside. The Marriott always does a good job; my only complaint is please staff up your restaurants! John’s drink creations were wonderful as usual. I spent a lot of time laughing thanks to Robert and Karen. My words to Jen are I am not trying to take bad pictures of you. Truly. Klingons everywhere should be proud to call you one of their own. You look great!
So there you have it, my Starfest perspective. And since we haven’t done this in a while, I will give this year’s Starfest four out of five fully opposable thumbs up. I am looking forward to next year.