Today on the Fan Stage at Celebration VI, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a panel entitled “Star Wars and NASA: Science Fiction and Science Fact,” with Holly Griffith, a friend of mine who works as an International Space Station flight controller for NASA Mission Control in Houston, TX. Holly and I were joined by Travis and Michelle Fitzgerald, two fellow flight controllers on the ISS, and Dennis Bonilla, an open government consultant who works with NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. As befits such a great lineup of smart and talented space geeks (I’m excluding myself, of course!), our panel filled the 840-seat Fan Stage! (more…)
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The Super Secret Panel with Todd, Seth, and Matt may not have been as secret today, but I don’t think the fact that people already knew a little made it any less funny. Plus, a very special guest did show up at the end of the panel who wasn’t at yesterday’s session. The team behind the new Star Wars Detours jumped right in and showed us the trailer but only after they had James Arnold Taylor taken off stage by some bounty hunters. I bet no one told Taylor that was part of his hosting duties.
Some fans waited in line for 6 hours. And even though the theater reached capacity an hour before the panel, hordes of people waited outside with one hope: to see Mark Hamill. I’ve never seen Mark Hamill in person. I’ve watched him hundreds of times in the Star Wars films, I’ve hung his photos on my wall, and as a kid I hoped to one day marry him. So after years of wishing and daydreaming, I rushed into the theater, plopped down into a seat, and prepared myself to see Luke Skywalker in person.
Throughout the six Star Wars films there has been a constant, and that person is Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO. On day two of Star Wars Celebration Mr. Daniels did his “An Hour with Anthony Daniels” show. I call it a show and not a panel because that is exactly what it was, an amazing show. I had the privilege to see him host Star Wars in Concert but that was a scripted performance. When you give Anthony Daniels a microphone and a giant crowd with no script, it is a whole different type of show.
Dave Filoni promised he would bring the big guns for Star Wars: The Clone Wars at Celebration VI, and he wasn’t kidding. I was thrilled when he announced the season five premiere would be screened at Celebration. I was excited to see the new episode, sure, but I also knew it would mean watching the series on the big screen. It’s the best way to experience the show. The animation looks beautiful on my television at home, but it’s just nothing compared to seeing it in huge, glorious detail. The episodes play like movies anyways; it’s perfect. And holy Ewoks, did the premiere deliver on all counts.
This morning’s Del Rey panel was my very first Star Wars Celebration panel ever, but I wasn’t too nervous since I was up on stage with people much more talented and expressive than me: authors Aaron Allston, Troy Denning, James Luceno, Drew Karpyshyn, and Timothy Zahn; Del Rey Editor-at-Large Shelly Shapiro; and our esteemed moderator, Pablo Hidalgo. So let’s get to what was discussed!