So, whoever cares to learn where I’m coming from, compared to most, I’m a die-hard sci-fi geek. Though stacking me against the the die hards out there, the avid Star Trek/Comic Con attendees, I’d say I’m fairly casual. I’ve been to 2 Wonder Cons in my 37 years and I’ve never been to a Star Trek convention.
The reason is, I like the movies and that’s about it. I believe the stories speak for themselves. You know, it’s like the commentaries on DVD’s, I find actors and directors usually don’t provide much insight into the creative process. Most DVD commentaries are redundant and not that informative.
I can sum up my point of view best with an anecdote: at the WonderCon in 2001, I believe, I saw Jusdon Scott, who had the misfortune of playing Khan’s right hand man (or son) in Star Trek II and wasn’t given screen credit. He was signing autographs at a table and I walked up to him and asked, “How come you didn’t get credited?” to which he bitterly recounted how his agent screwed up. So I mumbled something like, “Gee, that’s too bad,” and I walked away. It only occurred to me later that the poor guy had been relaying that story for years and that all I really needed to say was, “Hey, you did a great job in Star Trek II!” (and of course, “Here’s 20 bucks for your autograph!”) Because really, who cares about all the behind the scenes dealings and how films are made.
And I say this from the perspective that I work in the film business to some degree and if you walk on any set and there’s empty water bottles all over the place and half eaten burritos lying about (NOT MINE! I ALWAYS finish my burrito!) and if you’re not directing or zipping someone into their costume, it can be pretty monotonous.
“But hey, enough of my yakking, what do you say, let’s boogie!”