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A Comic-Con Noob Shares Her Experiences -- Friday
July 21st, 2012 3:45AM

Friday morning found us repeating our timeline from Thursday but with one significant difference…We didn't make it into the Firefly panel, our one and only reason for being in line. We prepared ourselves before we even flew out for the possibility that we were going to end up missing something we really wanted to see and it turned out Firefly was that disappointment. It was especially heartbreaking because we were within 50 people.

At that point we been in line for over six hours so we decided to go ahead and see if we could get into the Bones panel which was scheduled to take place after Firefly. We were surprised to see that only stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz were in attendance as far as the actors were concerned. Boreanaz was inundated with questions about another character he played…“Angel” on both the series of the same name as well as its predecessor Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he barely reigned in his frustration at those questions.

There was also more time than you would've expected devoted to the justification of the show's direction for the shortened seventh season. The show's long time ‘shippers of the Booth and Bones romantic pairing were somewhat dismayed to see so much of what they had expected in the culmination of that relationship intentionally left out and that meant the panelists were forced to offer apologies and vague promises of future fulfillment.

Once that panel ended we decided to stay for the Arrow screening and Q&A with stars Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy, along with some of the show’s creative force. The pilot felt a lot like “Batman Begins,” a fact the panelists readily copped to, adding that there were definitely things the Green Arrow does which Batman does not. When asked why Justin Hartley, who had been playing the role of the Green Arrow on the long-running series Smallville, wasn't tapped for this show the explanation was that his version of the Green Arrow had never been intended to be the subject of his own series but rather someone who served the Superman story laid out in Smallville.

Once we were done there it was time to head up to one of the smaller rooms in order to catch Buck Rogers: Past, Present and Future. I watched the 1980s series religiously with my father and so once I learned that Erin Gray, Col. Wilma Deering herself was going to be there? It was a no-brainer that making this panel was a priority. I got to sit in the front row and actually ask Ms. Gray a question. I wondered if the abrupt cancellation of the series had meant there was a story line she never got to film but would've liked to and I was very surprised to learn that she was a contract player for Universal and had zero input into anything. It was even more shocking to hear her confess that she was the lowest paid person on the entire show bar none. Thus after my encounter with one of my childhood icons it was time to go back to the hotel for food and sleep.



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