Sage: By virtue of scheduling, our SDCC decreased in intensity as the convention went on. After a few hours of sleep on an actual mattress, we were back in the heart of it all on Friday morning and ready to spend almost all day in Ballroom 20, the convention center’s second biggest panel room. As we are mostly a television blog, we made the call to cover as many serialized TV panels as we could. That, coupled with the fact that Star Wars fans had started lining up before Thursday’s audience was even loaded into Hall H, meant that seeing Harrison Ford in the flesh was not in the cards for us. (Massive nerd girl failure: we know.) On the plus side, our early bird arrival to the exhibit hall line meant that we were able to snag the BBC America SDCC exclusives that had eluded us on preview night. Successfully geared up with the Doctor Who merchandise that we definitely needed (my dresser is literally falling apart because I have too many fandom t-shirts), we installed ourselves in our home sweet home for the next several hours. And may no one ever say we don’t suffer for our craft, because that first panel was a great test of dickhead endurance, patience, and our devotion to Peggy Carter. WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME REMEMBER THIS?
The Big Bang Theory
Fate, you cruel, cruel mistress.
At least some good came out of our torment. Our friends were so amused by our anguished tweeting that one of them Storifyed our comments for posterity. Instead of re-living this 40 minutes in feminist hell, I will simply point you to that link. Thanks to HOF contributor and Doctor Who author/podcaster Graeme Burk for doing something productive with his giddy schadenfreude.
Kim: As Sage said, we were firmly ensconced in Ballroom 20 in order to secure seats for panels later in the day, so we sat through some panels we wouldn’t have normally chosen to attend. Unlike The Big Bang Theory, the panel for Falling Skies was a delight. And not at all misogynistic. On paper, Falling Skies is a show that I should have been obsessed with from day one. It has a 90’s heart-throb who has only gotten better with age. It has aliens. The aliens apparently have robots. It’s about the human race struggling to survive in the face of the apocalypse. It has “KIM WILL LOVE THIS” written all over it. So why am I totally ignorant about it? I will fully admit that I’ve never seen an episode because I have an unexplainable bias against TNT Originals even though they CLAIM that “they know drama”. Because to me, TNT is where I go to watch Bones re-runs when I am home sick from work. So kudos to this panel because now Falling Skies is in my ever-expanding queue of shows I need to watch.
- On the panel: Noah Wyle (Tom Mason, Forever Dr. John Carter), Moon Bloodgood (Anne Glass), Drew Roy (Hal Mason), Will Patton (Captain Weaver), Sarah Carter (Maggie), Connor Jessup (Ben Mason), Colin Cunningham (John Pope), Doug Jones (Cochise), and Executive Producer Olatunde Osunsanmi. It was moderated by our writing crush Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly, which was an added bonus.
- We were treated to an extended trailer for the final episodes and it looked epic. Part of my unexplained bias against TNT shows is that I always believed they were cheesy and low-budget. This proved me wrong…it looked spectacular.
- Falling Skies is in the midst of its final season and you could TELL that everyone was savoring their final appearance at SDCC together. The panel was the very definition of a lovefest. It also made the entire thing very accessible to newbies like us because it was more about reminiscing about their time together as opposed to talking about every single death or shocker that had happened over the course of the show’s run. I left the panel feeling PRETTY unspoiled, which was nice.
- The two women on the panel, Moon Bloodgood and Sarah Carter, also did a good job of wooing me to their show, thanks to their passion for their characters being badass women. “I was so happy to be out of the love triangle and on to REAL stuff,” Sarah Carter reflected on Maggie’s journey. I don’t know what that means but I loved that she was so excited about being more than a love interest. Later, Moon threw a little shade for wanting more women on the show when she responded “How do I answer this? They are all MALES.” when asked what other character she would have wanted to play.
- The actors do a LOT of their own stunt work. “In retrospect, you feel GREAT about jumping off a three-story building,” Sarah said, when asked about her favorite moments of the series.
- Noah’s son got up and asked a question during the Q&A and it was precious.
- Noah makes his directorial debut in episode 8 of the current season. When he said that, my jaw dropped because I don’t know HOW he never directed an episode of ER because it feels like the entire cast took a turn behind the camera at some point.
- Doug Jones wins the fashion award for this panel with his matching plaid vest and tie.
- Possibly one of my favorite Sage tweets of the convention: “Noah Wyle is so precious. I hope he realizes now that Dr. Benton was only so tough on him because he saw his potential.”
- The panel closed with a fan requesting that each member of the panel describe the first impression they had of the person sitting to their left. Noah: “My impression of Moon was that she intimidated me.” Moon: “GOOD.” (I’m obsessed with her.)
Kim: I am a fairly recent convert to The 100, having finally given in to the demands of our friend Beth, who is a professional show-pusher (she’s also responsible for getting us into Arrow so basically the CW should hire her). So I was quite excited that their panel coincided with our Marvel TV panel plan. Sage has yet to see an episode of The 100 (she promises it’s on her list) so this continued our con tradition of Sage sitting through a panel of a show that has no mercy when it comes to offing characters and getting spoiled on everything. I promised her that this was no Walking Dead though, that The 100 treated its characters, especially its female ones, with respect. But I think what sold her on bumping the show up in her queue was the guy taking the axe-blade to the face in the first few seconds of the sizzle reel. “You weren’t kidding about it being intense.” “No, I was not.”
- On the panel: Showrunner Jason Rothenberg, Eliza Taylor (Clarke Griffin), Bob Morley (Bellamy Blake), Isaiah Washington (Dr. Preston Burke…erm…Thelonious Jaha), Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia Blake), Lindsey Morgan (Raven Reyes), and Ricky Whittle (Lincoln). Sadly NOT on the panel? Henry Ian Cusick aka Marcus Kane aka Desmond Hume, forever in my heart.
- Bob was sporting a “Blake” trucker hat. Ricky one-upped him when he walked out wearing a “Linctavia” trucker hat. Just in case you wanted any indication of how this panel was going to go.
- Season three will open with a slight time jump to a few months after Clarke bailed to go on her walkabout.
- “I’ll assume he’ll do what Clarke couldn’t do and become a leader.” – Bob Morley on Bellamy’s journey in season three. He loved throwing (loving) shade Clarke’s way because it would get Eliza all riled up in defense of her character’s actions.
- The panel gave a standing ovation to those who had camped out for the panel the night before. What I love SO MUCH about panels like this is seeing the actors truly understand and respect how much people love their show.
- Being that The 100 is all about trying to maintain your humanity in the face of horrendous circumstances, there were many questions about the characters’ moral code (according to Rothenberg, the arc of season two was “at what point does the good guy become the bad guy?”). “Lincoln’s moral compass will never change,” Ricky asserted. He later pointed out that “There are no good or bad people on our show. There’s only perspective.” Rothenberg also stated that “Our goal is to paint them into situations where there is no easy answer.” Subtext: don’t expect things to get any easier in season three.
- “I skip through all the pages and go straight to all my parts.” – Marie, on when she gets a new script. I do the same thing when I get a part in a play, so we are obviously kindred spirits.
- “I get to play someone with a disability on TV, which is really important. AND she kicks ass.” – Lindsey on her affection for Raven. What’s in store for her in season three? “Raven’s coming out on top.”
- Lindsey and Ricky, given that they were the furthest away from the moderator, were the unruly children of the panel. At one point, Ricky surrounded himself with four of the microphones on the table so he could be heard properly.
- Lexa will be back at some point in season three, as the show was able to juggle production time to accommodate Alycia Debnam-Carey’s new role on Fear the Walking Dead. As far as whether there is hope for Clexa, Eliza and Rothenberg only teased that Clarke is PISSED so the road to reconciliation is a rough one.
- Rothenberg did the same kind of ship teasing when it came to Clarke and Bellamy. “Their chemistry is undeniable, so I never want to rule it out,” he said, like the ship-baiter he is. Eliza pointed out that while Bellarke makes a great team, “but there are going to be some issues”. Basically, everyone is pissed at everyone and ain’t nobody got time for romance.
- “Are you strong or are you weak? That’s the only difference that matters.” – Rothenberg on the amount of diversity on the show.
- Isaiah pulled a Christine Lahti at the Golden Globes in the middle of the panel. Just because the water bottle is on the table doesn’t mean you have to DRINK all of it.
- Eliza admitted that filming the season two finale took a big emotional toll on her. “I needed a shower!”
- “I forget I’m in the show! That’s how engrossed I get.” – Isaiah, on watching episodes for the first time.
- Sage on Bob Morley’s VERY wide shoulders: “How does he fit through doors?”
- During the Q&A there was a Clarke cosplayer who was completely screen accurate. “I tracked it all down online and then altered it to match,” she admitted when Eliza questioned her about it.
- Also during the Q&A a girl got to the mic and promptly burst into tears. Ricky jumped off the dais and went to hug her, only prompting more tears. He then stood with his arms around her as she managed to finally ask her question. And THIS is why I love Comic Con.
Sage: While we weren’t dying to be in the panel for Fox’s Minority Report series, we did consider it a value add to our day. That was before the first 20 minutes of the pilot episode were screened. Sorry, sci-fi fans: it’s a clunker.
The feature is unsettling in all the right ways, and I’m not just talking about the presence of Tom Cruise’s body thetans. Minority Report made us think about how easy it is for us to rationalize the exploitation of our fellow humans and where we draw the line about the ends justifying the means. The TV version is a procedural, with Broadway star Stark Sands playing a former pre-cog and Meagan Good as the “streetwise cop” he ends up paired with. She has “history” with her smarmy boss (Wilmer Valderrama); he gets visits from his ethereal sister Agatha (Laura Regan here, not Samantha Morton).
There’s a solid three minutes of voiceover exposition in the pilot, explaining that the pre-crime project has been shut down, the pre-cogs were sent to live at a farm (??), and that Dash (Sands) eventually escaped to re-join the world. Who was watching them? Doesn’t matter. How did he get out? Same. As our pal Whitney pointed out, that extended explanation smacked of an original pilot that was then killed: not a great sign.
Also not a great sign? When the moderator asked Executive Producer Kevin Falls why he felt it was “time” to develop Minority Report as a series, he answered, “First of all, because Fox told me too.” And suddenly, everything made sense. In the Con Man panel, the actors talked about “top-down” attempts at network genre, and how they can feel inorganic and false. That’s what we saw on-screen. There’s no passion in Minority Report. No originality. No “undeniable chemistry” between Good and Sands, no matter what that panel tried to shove down my throat. When it crashes and burns (and it will), Sands will be welcome back on Broadway, where he belongs.
Marvel Television Presents
Sage: Whether he was supposed to or not, James Gunn broke the news months ago that Marvel would not be making a cinematic presentation at SDCC 2015. And in the MCU’s absence, Marvel’s TV division happily stepped into the spotlight. However do I know that the casts of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter had a hell of a time tag-teaming this con? Well, the alternate title for this post was “(Dub)Smash Into Me,” so.
- The panel was moderated by Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV. And that’s always fun, because he’s wont to fangirl over his own shows. And may the record show that when he gave his introduction, Agent Carter got louder cheers than S.H.I.E.L.D. The Peggy love was strong, as the sea of red fedoras in the crowd also showed.
- Ms. Carter was first up, represented by EPs Chris Dingess, Tara Butters, and Michele Fazekas; James D’arcy (Jarvis); and Peggy herself, Queen Hayley Atwell. Hayley opted to continue the hot ladies in jumpsuit trend (started by Jenna Coleman and J.Law the day before) while James chose a close-fitting red polo. It posed a significant problem for us.
- The panelists confirmed that season 2 of Agent Carter would be TEN episodes to season 1’s eight. I like it. We get more of the good stuff, but it’s not so much of a jump that I’m nervous about sloppy storytelling.
- When Hayley was asked about her role in developing the character, she (all class) gave full credit to the writers: “It’s all on the page. You just have to turn up and say the lines!” She also talked about her first read of the pilot script, and what a relief and a joy it was to see Peggy so complex and fully formed. She obviously felt ownership of her already, and was thrilled to see that the series would treat her with care and respect.
- James praised the writers too, noting how rare it is for Americans to get realistic, period, ENGLISH dialogue.
- Unlike Jarvis, James isn’t much of a cook. But he does have a feel specialties up his sleeve: “I can do a perfect spotted dick.”
- We already knew that season 2 would be taking place in Los Angeles. What we didn’t know is that it would be the very same year as the Black Dahlia murder. (Six months after the finale, for those keeping score.) Peggy is going full LA Confidential and I am here for it. Bring on the noir.
- In Hayley’s eyes, Peggy destroyed Steve’s blood because she didn’t want it getting into the wrong hands, but also to finally gain some closure. It was his burial, and her time to say goodbye. With that pin in that part of her life, Peggy has “a couple of new opportunities.” I long for one of those to be Jarvis, but James is very hopeful that he’ll actually get to see his wife in these episodes. We shall see.
- A fan asked Hayley about her favorite line from the show, and she chose “I know my value.” It’s what keeps Peggy moving. “She doesn’t need praise from anyone, because she’s got determination and purpose.” She knows it’s struck a chord, because little girls and boys (yay, boys!) come up to her and say, “I know my value, too!”
- And yet: “Jarvis is that kindred spirit tapping her on the shoulder, reminding her she is not alone.” #Parvis
- SDCC Wildest Dreams fulfilled? ONE AND COUNTING. Between the season 2 sizzle reel and the dais full of hot people, Kim was wooed back into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (The Dubsmash war didn’t hurt either.) She’s been texting me about FitzSimmons for almost a week now, and I haven’t even said “I told you so” once. I don’t think.
- Hot people present: Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson, with one hand stuffed into his jacket), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye/Daisy, Daisy/Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Simmons), Brett Dalton (Ward, BOO), Nick Blood (Lance), Henry Simmons (Mack), Adrianne Palicki (Bobbie), and Luke Mitchell (Lincoln). So really, everybody. I was legitimately concerned that the panel would be over by the time everyone was introduced.
- Jeph Loeb introduced Brett by saying “I stand with Ward,” and I was personally offended. Liking Brett is one thing (and hello, who wouldn’t), but Ward is irredeemable now. As Whitney yelled to the Ward fangirls: “Control yourself ladies, he is HYDRA.”
- Definitely was not warned that Luke Mitchell has an accent.
- The gag reel was a delight, and featured a goofy May/Coulson make-out from the infamous silver dress episode.
- Jeph: “So Ming-Na. For the first season, you and Ward were…”
Clark: “Special friends.”
- Chloe recounted the moment when the cast first read through the Ward reveal. Scandalized, she yelled, “I kissed him!” Ming-Na had her beat though: “I fucked him!” (They censored themselves for the panel, but the meaning was clear.)
- Elizabeth has the cleanest trailer, apparently. It’s because she’s English and tidy.
- Jeph asked Henry Simmons about the current state of Mack’s character, after all he’s been through thus far. “So, who are you on the show?” Henry, after a dramatic pause: “I’m the guy who kills Gordon.” Massive cheers.
- A woman in the audience works with people with brain injuries and praised Iain for his thoughtful portrayal. When Iain answered her by emphasizing the show’s desire to get it right, Jeph pointed out that “that’s the most he’s ever spoken on any panel, ever.”
- Somebody in the audience yelled “Hail, Hydra!” and Clark Gregg pushed back from the table, ready to start some shit. Could that man be more endearing? Let’s find out.
- TURNS OUT HE CAN. In Hall H, we were sitting behind a family of four who have been coming to SDCC together for years. In the S.H.I.E.L.D. panel, the little girl we met stood up to ask Clark if they were looking for any 8-year-old recruits. Instead of giving a pithy response, Clark told her that she could very well grow up to run S.H.I.E.L.D., and that every woman on the panel with him would make a bang-up director too. Clark Gregg, Feminist Hero.
- Lash, another inhuman from the comics, will be appearing this season.
- Since there was no new footage to show, we got a cute video with co-creators and writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Jed bounced a ball against the wall a’la Toby Ziegler while they thought up names for Coulson’s “Secret Warriors” and the new whip; threw darts to work out “who to kill next” (Elizabeth was understandably concerned about the “already very dead” next to Simmons’s name); and put dollars in the “She’s Daisy Now” jar. There was even an appearance by dearly departed Trip, the much missed B.J. Britt. It was all very charming, and season 3 can feel free to hurry its ass up.
As entertaining as this panel was, it was nothing compared to the antics the Marvel TV crew got up to offstage. Hayley Atwell has been killing the Dubsmash game since she discovered it, but things really heated up when her S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues decided to challenge her supremacy. The Marvel Dubsmash war brought much delight and distraction to those of us who spent the majority of the weekend in one line or another, and personally, I hope it never ends. Even if you think you’ve seen every blow struck by each side, why not double-check, and/or watch them all again? I think we can all agree that the fans are the real winners here.
Kim: After the Marvel Panel, we made our way to 6BCF in hopes of being able to get into the Orphan Black panel. We were incredibly disheartened to find that the line wound its way thru the halls and then stretched outside. We nearly left because we thought there was no way we would get in. I urged Sage and Whitney to wait just 15 minutes. We hadn’t been outside ALL DAY, so what was the harm in just waiting to SEE if we could get into the room. Sure enough, the line started moving and before we knew it, we had seats in the back section, not just for Orphan Black but for the panel BEFORE it: USA’s new show Colony, starring Lost‘s Josh Holloway and The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne Callies and produced by Lost‘s Carlton Cuse. An hour with James “Sawyer” Ford? YES PLEASE.
- The panel opened with the first eleven minutes of the pilot. Unlike Minority Report, the pilot of Colony dives right into the world of the show. No voiceover to tell us what brought us to this point. No exposition. It simply trusted that the audience would be willing to go on the ride and figure it out as they went along. WHAT A CONCEPT.
- I liked what I saw of the pilot. It’s so nice to see Josh Holloway back on TV (we’re all going to pretend Intelligence never happened, right?) in a role that plays to his strengths. He’s gone full Sawyer, looks wise. It was not intentional, but when he showed up to a meeting with his old boss Carlton Cuse with long hair and scruff (Josh: “I was on vacation!”), he was ordered to not change a thing. “This is how America wants their Josh Holloway,” the moderator declared. I can’t argue with that.
- They listed Community among Josh’s TV credits, which made me cheer. The Black Rider lives!
- Sarah Wayne Callies SLAYED the panel, offering up incredibly intelligent answers (especially when asked if she preferred Zombies or Aliens) and generally being a ray of sunshine.
- Colony also stars House’s Peter Jacobson, who quipped “I love a good scumbag” when asked about whether he was typecast. Someone get him Burn Gorman’s phone number so they can form a “I only play jerks” club. Joel McHale can be the secretary.
- For as promising as the footage of Colony was, the panel was a bit of an awkward disaster that spent more time talking about Josh and Sarah’s previous roles on Lost and The Walking Dead rather than their current project. I get that they are genre royalty and Colony SHOULD tout that…but in a way that makes me want to tune into USA every week not continue my Lost rewatch on Netflix.
- Sarah freaked out over a young girl cosplaying Rick Grimes. She also said that she had never seen any of The Walking Dead but that she and Andy Lincoln had a date to binge the whole series once the show goes off the air. “The longer the show goes, the more we regret making that promise to each other.” (See what I mean regarding only talking about past projects? Sarah would try to bring it back around to Colony but everyone just wanted to talk about TWD. Probably because they weren’t able to get into Hall H for the panel that day.)
- Fan to Carlton Cuse: “I need to talk about the Lost finale.” Carlton: “Of course you do.” And here’s where things got incredibly awkward. This whole bit regarding a fan asking about the Lost finale was staged and the “fan” was actually Nestor Carbonell aka Richard Alpert. Josh started laughing reading his “script” for the bit and the whole thing just fell flat. Is Nestor even ON Colony? WHY WAS HE THERE? WHY ARE WE JUST TALKING ABOUT Lost? I still have no idea.
- The panel ended with a “Hey Josh, I hear you just joined Instagram” bit that made us all roll our eyes. Look, we get that we are at SDCC to be sold things. But there is a way of doing it subtly without making us FEEL like everything is pre-planned. The Colony panel had none of that subtlety.
- I still plan on watching it though. So they win.
Sage: “Welcome, Clone Club! YOU MADE IT.”
Our celebrity moderator Retta greeted us thusly at the top of the Orphan Black panel, and there really was a feeling of triumph. We thought we’d have to make a decision between Agent Carter and Orphan Black – between Queen Hayley and Queen Tat. Luckily, the Hall H clusterfuck meant that we got to see them both. What an embarrassment of pro-lady television riches.
- On the panel: co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, Dylan Bruce (Paul), Ari Millen (Castor Clones), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), and Tatiana Maslany (Sarah/Beth/Rachel/Krystal/Alison/Helena/Cosima/Katja), who got a standing ovation for just walking into the room.
- Retta introduced Jordan as “the love of [her] life” and I’m like, I get it. Also, his real voice/accent did not stop fucking us up the entire panel.
- Tat wore an Adidas track jacket over a flowered button-down and would be boarding a helicopter to a filming location right after the session. She’s the best.
- “Is Helena ever going to get concealer?”, or, why Retta should moderate everything, always.
- Ari thinks that Mark is the only Castor brother who is redeemable. As for the way Seth and Rudy like to “share” girls? “I mean…this season is all about family.”
- When Dylan read the script for his last episode, his “only thought was: goin’ out like a BOSS.” Though he had some questionable moments, he redeemed himself in Paul’s last stand. The death itself wasn’t a surprise: he was told at LAST San Diego Comic Con that Paul was getting the ax in the coming season. But he did geek out over the “It was never Beth I loved” line: “‘Cause Sarah ROCKED HIS WORLD. And I mean that in the most G-rated fashion, guys.”
- Kristian had TWO underwear fittings for the bedroom twerking scene. Obviously those suckers had to be firmly in place.
- “I was glad to see the softer side of Mrs. S. Because Mrs. S is always ABOUT some shit.” – Retta, on the family trip to London. Well, the first part, at least.
- Preciously, Jordan was answering a question and got thoroughly distracted by a service dog in the front row. (“You’re so cute!”) But he jumped immediately back into his train of thought, because he’s a damn pro.
- “It was impossible to not find a kinship with Krystal,” Jordan said of Felix’s scene with the newest clone. (Who, by the way, was inspired by Tatiana’s love of The Kroll Show and Jenny Slate’s character Publizity.) “She’s definitely someone I would have judged from the outside,” Tat said.
- Maria made sure to humanize Tatiana to her worshipers, by revealing how often she farts on set. Nice try, Maria. Still perfect.
- Retta loves the scenes where the clones impersonate each other and asked how Alison nailed Sarah’s English accent so perfectly. Tatiana, slightly indignant: “She’s a TRAINED stage actress.”
- The creators confirm that Delphine is “Orphan Black dead.” Paul, on the other hand, is entirely dead. (Or, in S.H.I.E.L.D. parlance, “already very dead.”)
- Jordan defended the show’s choice to kill the Delphine/Cosima ‘ship, which was such a fan favorite: “To treat these relationships honestly, you HAVE to be able to end them.”
- John told the audience about a prequel comic book series which is “kind of like a Clone Breakfast Club.” (So, Sarah is Bender, yes?) As far as other backstories are concerned, John wants to see Helena “put the nun’s eyes out.” Same.
- Alison would be the clone Tatiana would miss the most if she died. “Right now anyway.”
- Kristian said “Oh, Mylanta!” when the lights came up in the room and he saw Clone Club out in full force, as if I needed any more cause to be attracted to him.
- Dylan (who also fully won us over during this hour), summed up the panel and his Orphan Black experience in one sentence: “Once you’re in Clone Club, you’re always in Clone Club.” Hear, hear.
SherlockeDCC and Mashable Parties
Kim: After leaving the convention center, Sage and I made a desperate run to the nearest CVS in order to get a pharmacist to properly diagnose the bug bites that we were COVERED WITH. It went a little like this…
Pharmacist: Well, where were you?
Us: Well, we were sleeping outside the convention center…
After trying to explain why we were camping out at the convention center to the one person in town who didn’t realize that Comic Con was happening, we got our diagnosis: Sand Flea Bites. We loaded up on Benadryl and hydrocortizone and then slathered our upper bodies with enough foundation to conceal the fact that we looked like we had the plague. Seriously, people. BUG SPRAY. But the bug bites couldn’t stop us from being fabulous. We had parties to attend and nothing gets between us and parties. Not even sand fleas.
Thanks to friends in high places, we managed to score invites to the very popular SherlockeDCC party, sponsored by The Baker Street Babes, Being Geek Chic, The Nerdy Girlie, and Sherlock DC. The party was on the very swanky roof deck and special events room at the San Diego Library and had all sorts of clever Sherlock themed games, like Reichenbach Plinko (run by our friend Terena) and a shooting game where you shot nerf darts at Sherlock’s head. There were also booths that sold art and other Sherlock related goodies. Add in cheap wine, a giant spread of cheese and crackers, and the all important swag bag, and you have a pretty rocking party. Did I mention that Steven Moffat showed up and ran an impromptu Q&A with all the attendees?
It was hard to get CLOSE to Moffat, as we arrived right after we did (we saw him outside the building on our way to the party, but clearly his elevator was faster than ours so he beat us there). So we were unable to hear the question that prompted this response, because the fans didn’t have microphones. We were destroying some cheese when Sage heard Moff say “Oh, do you want to know about Molly?” and her ears perked up. “If anyone ever harmed Molly,” Moffat said. “If anyone ever harmed Lestrade. Or Watson. Sherlock would tear them apart.” Sage would like me to point out that he said Molly first. Sherlolly forever.
Have we mentioned that our great joy in life is a photobooth?
After failing to win anything in the raffle, we made our way down the street to the Mashable party. We had to wait in line briefly to get in, but the publicists made up for it by bringing us pizza and swag from inside (including a pair of aviators that I am now obsessed with). Once in the party, we were treated to free cocktails, temporary tattoo and nail wrap stations, and a rocking dance floor where Frodo Baggins himself took a turn at the DJ Booth. (We had also seen Elijah Wood in the Gaslamp District earlier in the day, so really, we can say we’re friends now.) Most importantly, there was a booth where we could fulfill a lifelong dream of ours: becoming a gif.
Check that one off the bucket list.
After staying long enough to fully feel like we had made the most of all the free stuff, we made our way back to our apartment (which was just up the street). We had to get our beauty rest…brunch with famous people awaited us the next day, after all.
Up next: We brunch with Mr. and Mrs. BAMF, sacrifice being able to see Tom Hiddleston in the name of Outlander and Hannibal, and spend Saturday evening with our favorite DC TV shows. Stay tuned!