Final preparations are underway for Comic Con. Even though the Stargate panels are on Friday, I’ll be flying in the day before – and since the only direct flight available leaves Vancouver at 8:40 a.m., it looks like I’ll have plenty of time to kill. To that end, I’ve already put together my in-flight/post-flight/pre-dinner reading selection: George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, Frederik Pohl’s Gateway, Terry Pratchett’s Equal Rites, Keith Laumer’s A Plague of Demons, and Jack McDevitt’s Seeker. That should tide me over until I can hit a bookstore and pick up something for the flight back.
Last year, we stayed at the Solamar, a beautiful hotel within easy walking distance of the convention center. This year, we’ll be staying at the W. Cons: A little further away from the convention center, employees dress and display all the warmth of an existential nightclub staff, their trademark down comforters smell real funky if not properly dried after laundering, minimalist décor makes for an austere and thoroughly unmemorable stay. Pros: Last I heard, they had warm cookies and milk on the room service menu. And so, I’m going to try to get out and about (when I’m not in my room reading). So what’s to do in San Diego besides this weekend’s Comic Con? Suggestions?
The Atlantis panel should be a lot of fun and will include: Joe Flanigan (who apparently will be able to make it after all), David Hewlett, Amanda Tapping, Jewel Staite, Charlie Cohen, Nora O’Brien, and myself. Fans, I’m sure, will have plenty of questions about the upcoming season and, as always, I’ll have to walk a fine line between providing them with answers and not spoiling the episode for them. It’s a lot easier said than done, especially when you’re in a roomful of 3000+ people, so, like last year, I’ve put together a quickie list of Things Not To Discuss at Comic Con. It’ll be a handy little reminder I can refer to over the course the panel. Once we’re done, I’ll probably head downstairs and walk the floor.
We watched the Day One Mix of Tabula Rasa today. Another winner! The teaser felt like something out of the movie Saw. A very unique-looking episode that Marty G. predicts “the fans are gonna love”.
We also started shooting Kindred I today. Check out the pics.
PG15 writes: “Why is Atlantis’s shield only “half-a-shield” when it’s supposed to be air tight?”
Answer: Actually, it is air tight and does encapsulate the entire city. Check out Adrift. Oh, right, you can’t yet. Well, check it out when it airs.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Any nice/emotional moments with Shep/Weir at all?”
Answer: Scenes in both Adrift and This Mortal Coil come to mind.
Cathain writes: “Will Hermiod appear in S4 or did he go back to the Asgard Homeworld prior to “Unending”?”
Answer: Hermiod will not be putting an appearance in season four.
Shipperahoy writes: “Well a friend recently gave me The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein so apparently that’s what I will be reading on my way to Comic Con. Have you read it?”
Answer: Yup. I enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Farnham’s Freehold, the most recent Heinlein I read, not so much.
Dori writes: “His Majesty’s Dragon? Have you read that one yet?”
Answer: Just started.
Anonymous #2 writes: “In the season 9 dvd commentaries (several eps including ) you hinted at an off camera relationship between Cameron/Carolyn – really? Why was this dropped or was it never really a serious character development point? or were you just messing with us?”
Answer: Nope. It was something we seriously considered but didn’t end up developing.
OctoberMoon writes: “Why does Sheppard wear that black wrist band all the time?”
Answer: Because Joe likes them.
Paul Eaton writes: “I’m not from Vancouver but there was a Chinese restaurant that was told to be to be very renowned I have not been there in 5 yrs but it was called the Pink Pearl. Is it still around and is it still so Famous?”
Answer: There are far, far better Chinese restaurants in Vancouver.
Alipeeps writes: “If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life, what you it be?”
Answer: Dark chocolate bars.