Instead of streaming this entire director’s cut in one go, the intermittent drop-outs (every minute and a half or so) allow me to switch over and update my blog.
So – SDCC2019 was a success. Sure, there were some minor hiccups. Like the 90 minute delay in our flight in. The one hour delay in checking into our hotel. And the realization that we wouldn’t be able to walk the floor until the next day. But all in all, a productive 3 days.
We got in late and, while waiting for the TPTB to sort out the hotel booking, Akemi and I rolled our luggage over to the Cheesecake Factory for a late lunch of corn tamales, (not so) hot Nashville chicken, and some salad. We elected not to have cheesecake then and save our dessert appetite for dinner. MISTAKE!
After unpacking our things, we headed over to the convention center to pick up our badges and walk the floor.
We got our badges – only to learn we wouldn’t be able to walk the floor until the official opening the next morning. So we returned to our hotel, disappointed, and hung out until it was time for dinner.
We walked over to Lionfish and enjoyed a very nice seafood dinner with Torri Higginson – aka Dark Matter’s Commander Truffaut, aka Stargate: Atlantis’s Elizabeth Weir, aka countless other roles including the one for the show she’s shooting in Montreal. Conan O’Brien was seated at the booth across the way and, while that was cool, his presence was trumped by the guy who came in with two pugs, sat down, and enjoyed his dinner at the bar. We were, of course, thrilled and just had to say hi. To the pugs of course.
The next morning, we were up bright and early and walked around the Gaslamp Quarter, eventually meeting up with Yael Tygiel.
We grabbed tacos, then walked over the convention center where we met up with our MGM reps (Jenny and David, among others), Torri, Jewel Staite, Paul McGillion, Gary Jones, and former Stargate assistant casting director Ivy. We ended up sharing the green room with some WWE talent including superstars Becky Lynch, Rey Mysterio Jr, and Xavier Woods. Championship belts were on full display!
Then, it was time for the Stargate: Atlantis 15 Year Celebration panel moderated by Yael Tygiel who kicked things off by offering up a concise and entertaining summary of Atlantis’s five-year run. We got a special video message from David Hewlett, a special Atlantis video retrospective, and read two scenes – one from the Stargate: Extinction movie script, another a scene I wrote specifically for the panel notable not only for marking the return of Elizabeth Weir to Atlantis but offering up the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a Stargate/Supernatural crossover. And then there were the reminisces and anecdotes.
These two draw a crowd wherever they go.
Once the panel was done, the actors were whisked away for an autograph session. I, foolishly, forget to bring by headshots so, I skipped the signing and hung out with the fans.
We hit the floor with our friends (and guides) David and Tiffany.
Three hours later…
We grabbed a quick bite at Ghirardelli’s before heading over to Fluxx for the second Stargate: Atlantis event. More scene readings. And this time, we were joined by Ben Browder, Gigi Edgley, and Chris Hyderdahl. We capped things off with a fan Q&A in which surprisingly few questions were asked.
That night, it was drinks and dinner and more drinks with Akemi, Jewel, Paul, and Gary.
We woke up early and hit the con floor where I purchased some signed prints from various artists, then agonized over a couple of gorgeous limited Alex Ross prints (which I ended up getting).
We meet author Lou Anders for a seafood lunch, then dropped in on Jewel, Paul, and Gary at their second signing.
Dinner that night was with the amazing Gail Simone and her husband Scott. We strategized on next steps for our adaptation of Crosswind. The plan is for Gail and I to beat out the pilot this week after which we’ll finalize the pitch before heading to L.A. for the big dog and pony show.
Thanks to Jenny and the gang at MGM.
Here’s hoping that next year we come back to celebrate the launch of a brand new fourth Stargate series!