The Collective has once again conquered San Diego Comic Con, and spent 4 days immersed in popular culture that you really have to see to believe. Still, we want you to feel all the things with us, so here are a few of our favorite experiences at SDCC 2017. We hope you enjoyed our coverage during the convention and trust me when I say, we will have more content coming for you in the coming week. These are just the things we couldn’t wait to share.
Diva Does Hall H
I said I wasn’t going to do it, but oops…I did it again. This time, no one from the Collective spent the night in line. Instead, Liz Keysmash and I lined up around 5pm for wristbands and returned at 7am in order to shuffle in behind the campers and get seats in the middle of Hall H. I’m going to be honest–I had other things to do on Sunday, but once I had spent 4 hours on Saturday and 4 more hours on Sunday working up to Hall H content, I refused to leave until I saw both Supernatural and Doctor Who–the opening and closing panels.
And boy oh boy, am I glad I decided to go.
Really, Supernatural? Really? I thought I’d quit you, but I can’t do it! Dammit. The boys were amazing, having a good time and poking fun at the fans and each other in a way that makes me think that they’ve gotten much more comfortable trolling us than they used to be. The whole “Misha in a tiny chair” joke was actually hilarious, and I just sat back and enjoyed the familiar banter, probably even more so because I stopped watching S12 at the Eileen episode and am less invested in the television series than the well being of three of my favorite people on this planet, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles. They seem happy and well adjusted and that’s all I want for them, even if I can’t handle watching that ridiculous, wonderful show these days. I’m glad I went, because if they do end it at season 13, I’m gonna miss doing stuff like this with these dorky, hot dads.
At the end of the day, Doctor Who held an emotional panel, saying goodbye to the actors of series 10, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Michelle Gomez and Matt Lucas. Whovians are mostly a low-key fandom, and the vibe in the room felt positive and excited, if not a bit sad to say goodbye to the 12th Doctor, Bill, Nardole and Missy. The conversation was a lovefest, as were the fan questions, and the panel culminated in a standing ovation for Peter Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor in a room with over 6,000 people. I may have teared up.
As always, the 8 hours of Hall H line felt completely worth it. I even enjoyed the two panels between the ones I wanted to see–The Last Ship and Dirks Gently–but nothing compares to Kansas at a Supernatural panel. Pretty sure that is the coolest thing I’ll ever see.
Collectress’ ‘Psych’ Out
Okay, so a LOT of really cool things happened this weekend: John Barrowman in a TARDIS dress, I was like five feet away from Josh Hutcherson (AKA Bread Boy AKA Hot Cross Buns), I interviewed the author of Amatka (more on that later), and one of my cosplays ended up on the Syfy website (say whaaaaat).
However, my favorite thing was attending the Psych the Movie panel first thing on Friday morning. I’ve been a longtime fan, and it felt really good to see James Roday and Dulé Hill, and the rest of the cast, back together on screen. We dearly missed Lassie, AKA Tim Omundson, and sent a special message to him:
Getting back into character after three years off wasn’t as easy as one would think, though. Take a look at this cute training segment that they showed us in Ballroom 20:
The cast seemed genuinely happy to see each other, and the jokes were aplenty. Hill, in particular, was very quick-witted and at points I was laughing so hard I cried. They showed the first eight minutes of Psych the Movie, which will release on December 14 of this year, and if the first eight minutes are any indication, we’re in for a hilarious time. One word: beard-ception. A beard within a beard within a beard. That’s all I’m going to say. No spoilers from me. Nope. Okay, well, also there’s a Hagrid costume. But that’s it. Not saying anything else. Get hyped for this one, my Psych-os.
Oh, and we also had a singalong to the Psych theme song with the cast, and it was awesome. All my nerd dreams came true.
The Mutineer experiences “Anything Goes with John Barrowman”
There’s no good method for segueing into this, so I’ll just go for it. JOHN BARROWMAN. His panel was the first thing that the Collectress and I attended on Thursday, and it was honestly the best way to start the convention. We saw his panel at our very first comic con 2 years ago, and have longed to see him again. Let’s just say that he didn’t disappoint. His panels are famous for being free-for-alls (I mean, they’re literally called “Anything Goes”), full of jokes, stories, music, and fabulous dresses.
This year, he came out in an amazingly sparkly TARDIS dress and it was the shiz. Oh, and I took this video that got nearly 600,000 views on Instagram.
John talked to us about everything from the recent changes on Doctor Who to his 50th birthday celebrations. His current celebrity crush? Stephen Amell (who popped out of a cake for him). Is there going to be a Torchwood reboot? Maybe…but only if the producers will go for it. Would he gladly sing for the audience? Well yes, he gave us three songs to choose from, and needless to say Copa Cabana was a fabulous choice.
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