Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
On Friday, I somehow managed to be at the con site at 10 in the morning. Went to see people talk about taking care of their GoHs, hoping for juicy horror stories. Alas, the panel was quite civilized and contained no gossip. Had a nice lunch in a nearby restaurant, wandered around,
and popped back in the art show and dealers’ room (I’d decided on not buying many things this worldcon, but we still ended bidding on a couple of David Hardy paintings),
and also saw a couple of other panels.
Friday had a lot of candidates for best missed program item, like “What’s hot and what’s not” (on cool sf that misses the nominations or defies categorization), “Greg Pickersgill GoH Experience” (heard a lot of good things about this one) and “Secret history of Ansible” (ditto), but not one that would rise above others.
Best program item, however, is easy: in the evening there was a Reductio ad Absurdum play Lucas Back in Anger, an under-two-hours version of all six Star Wars movies. It was at times hilarious and most of the time at least moderately funny, with occasional strokes of genius. And an audience of thousands playing Imperial March on kazoos! I laughed more than I had in a long time (although I suspect Saturday managed to top that record; more on that later).
On to the parties. Friendly Norwegians had lots of beer. Chicago had hot dogs (eventually). Everybody had nice people.
As I feared the worst about the movie (the previous episodes are totally unwatchable), I’d agreed to meet a couple of other members of Äksy in the pub for a couple of beers before watching the film. It might have benefitted from a couple more (although the puns in the pub were at least as bad).
We then proceeded to Klubi where the event was to be held. To our surprise, there was a huge crowd outside the club, waiting to get in. This thing is way more popular than I would have anticipated. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait in line to get in (there were a couple of guys among us that had played small parts in the film: Hannu, the engineer from Turku, and the Artist previously known as the Finnish Trekkie).
The club was packed. There was a brief introduction from the cast and crew present, and the film started (about half an hour late, probably because they tried to fit as many people in as possible).
And the film itself? Much better than I’d thought it would be (as I said, I’m no fan of the previous episodes). Mostly awful acting, not the least from the lead character, but not quite as bad as in episode 5 (or what I’ve been able to stomach of it—maybe it was because there were a lot more sfx scenes and less acting this time). Some quite funny parts (especially the Russian propaganda commercial, and some scenes on board the Babel 13 space station), and altogether I thought it was mildly amusing. (Most of the audience seemed to enjoy the humor quite a lot.) And with the best-looking officer on any Starfleet bridge so far to boot (and I’m not talking about captain Pirk here).
I’m certain that fans of the previous Star Wrecks will enjoy this film enormously, and for the rest of us, it is quite watchable and very interesting for the sheer scale of it. The production values are impressive for a fan film—and they even got Kari Väänänen to star in a minor role!
Afterwards, there was a performance by the band Roihu that has made music for the film. (Didn’t stay for that, though.)
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Now I just really want to visit Australia someday. (And Kaisa warmly supports the idea. In addition to sf fen, there’d be flocks of cockatoos she’d like to see.) Maybe one day…
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
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Monday, August 15, 2005
Some notes on Thursday:
- Catch of the day: Silverlock, by John Myers Myers. Found out there’s a shiny new hardback edition, but I’m perfectly happy with the paperback I found. It’s in good condition and was a much better deal.
- Best program item: I didn’t really get to many items. The opening ceremony had some funny bits. Fan room opening, in contrast, was a bit too insider-oriented for me (but I guess that was the purpose).
- Best missed program item: I heard many good things about Room 101 with the GoHs (which I tried to go to, but couldn’t get into the room because it was already full), so I think I’ll pick that one.
- Best party: Thursday’s parties seemed to be relatively quiet. I’m going with hanging in the bar lobby, smoking a couple of cigars with Jukka and chatting with friends.
- Somehow I forgot to eat anything on Thursday. Made up for it by drinking beer, but by the end of the day made a mental note to remember to eat every day from that point on…
Photos from Thursday include the opening ceremony,
the reception after, provided by the city of Glasgow (there was quite a lot of wine—maybe it could have qualified as a “best party” candidate),
a couple of Moat House pictures,
and a couple of shots from the parties.
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