San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Day 1

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So we’re back again at SDCC.  It’s like we never left, except for the part where we usually indulge ourselves in activities like “sleeping” and “eating.”

Having attended the Star Trek Fan Event a couple months ago, I had guaranteed tickets for it, which was an amazing stress relief.  It did mean that I missed Preview Night, but like I needed more merch, right?

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When we were let in, we were told that general admission could sit anywhere in the first 14 rows.  This apparently was not true, as some 2 1/2 hours later, we were told that other people had reserved tickets for our seats.  After some negotiation, they were relocated and we continued in peace.

Entering, we were given light-up bracelets and a ticket for a Subway meal box with a turkey sandwich, cookie, and chips.  Water and soda were out in iced tubs which was a relief as the heat combined with standing in line forever was dehydrating.

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To kill time while the sun set, they showed “The Corbomite Maneuver,” had a costume contest, and did red carpet interviews with the arriving cast.

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Then, Nichelle Nichols came out and answered a few questions and said some nice words about Roddenberry.  After that, she was shown to her seat which was about 1 row back from hours which was both awesome and frightening, as a hoard of fans descended on our area.

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The night’s host Conan O’Brien came out and introduced the major cast and crew of “Star Trek Beyond” each of which said a few words.  J.J. Abrams held a moment of silence for recently departed Anton Yelchin.

So then we figured the movie would start since the cast was seated and the orchestra was starting, but no!  Star Trek fireworks!

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Finally, the film started and we got to see it in IMAX, outdoors, with a live orchestra.  It was a great presentation and a fun movie–the plot is a little flash-and-dash, but the character bits more than make up for it.  Karl Urban in particular is terrific in it.

Afterwards, we were given a premiere swag bag, along with a commemorative seat cushion.

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In all, a great start to SDCC 2016!

 

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapter 15 of Jedi Consular “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

Spoiler Thoughts:
Chapter XV: The Gemini Deception
  • Ok, here we go with the next chapter.
  • It feels like it’s been so long, I hope I remember what we were doing. Something about the Eternal Fleet.
  • Oh, ok. I guess a whole bunch of you are coming along on this one.
  • Whatever we were supposed to do to keep them from shooting us doesn’t seem to be working that great.
  • Lol. Lana actually said “let it go.”
  • It’s quiet. Too quiet.
  • I feel like maybe Scorpio and Gemini could have this chat without killing the rest of us.
  • Scorpio pretty unconcerned about Lana, Senya, and Theron all stuck behind that door.
  • Oh ambush.
  • Dead.
  • Dead again.
  • Ok, finally wore them down by attrition.
  • Hm. My pole saber or whatever is wearing out.
  • Oh I’m glad I went on this expedition with spare equipment that was worse than what I had on.
  • Alas for Scorpio.
  • Man, not even a body left. Cold.
  • Ha ha. I have no idea how to get out of the supply area.
  • This Skytroopers Constructor is pretty vicious.
  • He keeps activating a never-ending supply of droids to help him.
  • Oh look, dead again.
  • And again.
  • I might have to continue this fight tomorrow.
  • Dead.
  • Ha ha. I just changed these boots and now they’re almost toast.
  • I might have to go back to the ship for more clothes.
  • Dead.
  • Ok, at least if you leave to go get a change of clothes, you can come back to where you left off.
  • Dead again. This is becoming tedious.
  • Dead.
  • Dead.
  • Wait, maybe I can do something to the activating panels while he’s messing with them.
  • Well I can interrupt them, but he’s still killing me.
  • Dead.
  • Even if I get a medical probe, he regains all his health every time I die, so I can’t whittle him down that way.
  • Dead.
  • Well it seems like every panel I break stays broken even after I die, so that’s something, at least.
  • FINALLY killed him.
  • Ok, found Theron and Lana at last.
  • Oh, are you kidding me? Now we have to go all the way back in the opposite direction again?
  • You are worst mapped level.
  • That was weird. It said there was useful tech in that one room, but the door slammed shut as I got near.
  • Man that final fight was nowhere near as tough as the constructor one.
  • Oh dammit, Scorpio.