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Dragon Con Post the First: Yes, Mary McDonnell is Frakking Awesome

I'm back from DragonCon. I've been back almost 24 hours, but this the first time today I felt like I could sit at the computer and post. I don't think I've developed a full blown illness, but I was sick both Friday and Monday at the con and have felt exhausted all day. So while I feel better at the moment, I thought I would attempt making a post.

As with every DC I attend, there were highs, there were lows, and there was various success in getting to see people. I hung out most of the weekend with danceswithwords, thmoasina75, molly_may, 50mm, and sugargroupie. I did manage to have a lovely conversation with frolicndetour as well as catch up with nicole_anell, sebaceanbabe, greycoupon and rebelliousrose. And I got to meet emmiere, cujoy, and nnaylime as well as a friend of Nnaylime whose LJ name escapes me. Sadly, I missed meeting up with wisteria_, though I caught glimpses of her at the BSG panels and callmeonetrack.

I've been thinking about how to do posts this year. Do to illness and other things I did practically no posting after the last two dragon cons. It an era of YouTube it seems silly to spend hours typing up detailed recaps when the panels will soon be online. (The Nimoy/Shatner panel and one Stargate panel are already posted in their entirety.) Plus, after seeing four BSG panels, the information starts blurring together. So, I'm opting to do a series of shorter 'highlight' posts. I'll also post some photos, after I download and edit them, since I feel I got some good shots.

Today's post I think may be the most popular and led frolicndetour to say, "You are posting this to LJ, right?" ;)

Friday's Battlestar Galactica panel included Kevin Grazier, Michael Hogan, Michael Trucco, Kate Vernon, Mary McDonnell, Luciana Carro, Alessandro Juliani and a "surprise" appearance by Aaron Douglas. (And by "surprise" I mean it was no surprise to anyone I know and considering the moderator had a question prepared for Aaron it would seem it was no surprise to him either.)

Before I get to what was the low light of the panel that led to a highlight of the con for me, as I was listening to excerpts of an audio recording I made to jog my memory, I came across a question and answers that may be of interest. The cast was asked what their favorite line to say or moment was on the series.

Luciana: "My cup runneth dry."

Kate: "I have my ways."

Mary: "I'm coming for all of you! Do you hear me?!" (For the record, Mary's enthusiasm for the line seemed to come from the words themselves and had nothing to do with Adama. ;)

Alessandro: "If you drink enough ambrosia, it doesn't hurt." (And he pulled down the collar of his shirt as he did in 'The Final Cut'.)

Michael H: "It's in the frakking ship!"

Aaron talks about his ad libs.

Trucco: "Lighten up, it's only the end of the world."

Trucco, earlier in the panel, also mentioned his love of his final line, "See you on the other side", and how he believed it beautifully summarized Sam's relationship with Kara. (Check out frolicndetour for a much better recap of Trucco's thoughts.)

The moderator recapped what Tyrol had gone through in Season 4 - being demoted, allowing Boomer to seduce him again, killing Tory with his bare hands (which elicited applause) - then asked Aaron what his favorite 4.5 moment. Aaron answered, "Killing Tory with my bare hands." There was even bigger applause and screams of approval. Aaron went on to explain he told the writers Chief had to find out Tory killed Cally and he had to kill her. In his scenario, Tyrol would take Tory into a hug, pretend it's OK, and "then snap her neck". The writers thought that was great, but the plan was for Tory to get bumped and fall over the railing to her death. (OK, I have to say that does sound rather lame.) Aaron said, "No, no, no, the chief has to kill her." And thought snapping her neck was very cool. :/

As Aaron told his story and a large segment of the audience applauded, I happened to look over at Mary and Kate. Both women had their arms crossed in front of them and were rigid in their seats. They were staring out at the audience and had expressions that were a combination of displeased and pissed off, seemingly a reaction to both the audience's and Aaron's exuberance. If you want to get a really good idea of how they looked think of the look Laura gave Lee after Baltar's not guilty verdict in 'Croosrpoads' and think of how Ellen looked as she confronted Saul in 'Deadlock' about his love for Bill. (Side note for the Trucco fans: While I wasn't as focused on him, he was sitting next to Kate and Mary, and he didn't seem happy with what had been said and how people were reacting either.)

For the rest of the panel and after the panel, I couldn't forget how Mary and Kate looked. Generally, I try and get autographs Saturday morning when the Walk of Fame is relatively empty thanks to everyone being at the parade. This year, with the BSG panel being at 11:30am, I had to get in line around 9:30 that morning. While I was disappointed I'd have to stand in line to get Mary's autograph, seeing her later in the day, after the panel, afforded me the opportunity to ask her about what I thought I saw.

Before I get to the part of my discussion with Mary relative to the panel, a personal note. Two years ago, when Jamie was at DC, I had done a drawing for him to autograph. I had the idea, three days before the con this year, to attempt to do a drawing of Mary. While I didn't feel I had completely finished the drawing, I did feel it was good enough shape to present it to her for signing. When I handed the drawing to her, I did go a bit fan girl and explained I had done a drawing for Jamie to sign two years ago and wanted to have her sign one as well since Lee and Laura were my favorite characters and, by extension, she and Jamie were my favorite actors. She said something about it being very nice to hear and appreciated my comment. (And, for the record, while there were two Adama/Roslin photos on her table, there was also a Lee/Laura photo!)

I don't want to sound as if I'm bragging (and I hope I don't!), but she was extremely enthusiastic about the drawing. Much more so than Jamie who I'll cut him some slack and say it's a guy thing. ;) I won't go into everything she said because some it was personal, but she truly seemed impressed and stated it was the best drawing she had ever seen of herself. It meant a lot to me and I was quite touched when she didn't want to sign the drawing and "ruin it".

I also must add she has a great memory. At first she thought I had used one of the photos at her table for a reference, but quickly realized I hadn't. As she was trying to place the image she said, "Kara was in this photo!" I told her she was correct; I had cropped Kara out.

So as she thanked me/I thanked her and she shook my hand, I said, "I don't want to hold up the line, but I had a quick question." She smiled and told me to go ahead. (Another side note: I have to say, while Mary had lines all weekend - no where near Shatner, Nimoy, or Stewart, but, still - she seemed to really make an effort to take as much time as she could with people.) So, I proceeded to say maybe I was reading too much into it, but while Aaron was talking about snapping Tory's neck I happened to look over at she and Kate and both of them didn't look happy. Her smile gave way to a look similar to the one she had at the panel and she stated they were very unhappy with what had happened. She didn't go into detail, but I took her words to mean she was both unhappy with what Aaron had said and the audience reaction. I said something along the lines of, "So, I wasn't reading anything into what I saw."

Around this time, Mary leaped out of her chair to look me straight in the eye, which was very cool, and I stated the audience reaction made myself and others very uncomfortable. And while I had no problem with Tory dying (Mary agreed with me on this), it was the way she died that was problematic. Mary said that she felt Tory's death was one of the few times the series crossed a line and was actually hateful toward women. I said I felt it was misogynistic.

When I added I knew from reading reaction online there were a lot of people who didn't like what happened, and didn't feel as a large segment of the audience did, she asked, "Did people write letters?" I said I didn't know about that, but there was a lot of discussion online and I wasn't sure how much of it may have gotten back to people. She said she had been very tempted to speak up at the panel, but refrained because she was dealing with a lot of other issues and didn't want to add to that. I have no idea what she may have been referring to. Mary has always struck me as very diplomatic and it may simply be a case of not wanting to hurt people she genuinely likes or just not wanting to get involved with fandom wank.

I wrapped things up by saying I just wanted to let her know that, yes, people felt as she did. She said she was very happy I picked up on her and Kate's reactions, that I shared what I did with her, and she would make sure to tell Kate what I had said.

Phew! I think that is everything! :)

Tomorrow's DC Post: 'Why I Now Hate Paul Campbell'
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