Saturday. In all my years of going to SDCC, there is only one word for summing up Saturday.
People. Lots and lots of people.
I’ve learned that the key to a good Saturday is to keep moving, stay flexible and remember that no one is trying to crush you on purpose.
We started briefly in the Exhibit Hall while it was still moderately navigable. We found a booth that had the flight deck set up from Star Trek TNG so we did what any self-respecting Star Trek fan would do…we sat in it.
I’m looking forward to finally reading the book and ultimately seeing the movie, but the exhibit? Yawn. Every year a studio erects a massive tent in this exact spot and every year it is lame. Next year, I will remember.
NBC, on the other hand, made our wait worth it. First up was a promo tent for Blacklist where we were treated to a James Spader hologram whose purpose seemed to be to creep us out. Mission accomplished.
Last thing in the space was a big promo experience for the new Dracula show. They built a virtual crypt that we were all ushered into to watch the first 10-15 minutes of the pilot.
Got my attention. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of it now. We also got to chat with the sweetest young British woman who was in the midst of traveling the US. I love that SDCC was one of her travel stops! I also loved that she had no idea what city she was headed to next.
NBC finished off with the best swag item of the year. Folding cardboard seats that were light and easy to carry around. So very appreciated.
You have no idea how tired your legs are after a single day…let alone multiple days. I’d have bought the seat if they’d asked.
Next up, we were able to meet up with Mike (Ashley’s husband) and the kids to do a few hours of wandering to let them experience a bit of Saturday too.
We re-visited the Free Cereal lounge because that just sounded too cool to the kids. We also escaped to the Geek & Sundry lounge again for some quiet and to play some games. We were also treated to the cutest Dalek in the history of time travel.
I had to include that Loki because, well, for one he looked amazing…but folks had also started to buzz around the convention center that Tom Hiddleston had made a surprise appearance at the Marvel panel that afternoon to introduce the Thor trailer. In full Loki costume. In character. Word was it was quite a treat.
We got out of the fray for a good dinner at a pub by Petco Park. While eating, none other than Wil Wheaton wandered by our window again. At that point, I became concerned that he was following me.
I also fell victim to one of the great downsides of SDCC…accidentally getting spoiled by overhearing people talk about something cool they got to preview. This time, we were seated next to a group that had just come from a panel where they screened the “Agents of Shield” pilot. I know why Agent Coulson lives. Don’t ask me about it if you don’t really want to know.
For the second year The Walking Dead took over Petco Park for the Con. An obstacle course is constructed inside and folks are able to participate in one of 3 ways. You can choose to run the obstacle course, you can choose to be transformed into a zombie that will attack the people running the course, or you can spectate and cheer for the survivors or the undead. We were spectators. We also cheer for the zombies, in case you were wondering.
I don’t think it’s possible to capture a video of what it’s actually like with the fog, background sounds, emergency broadcasts and the amazing crowd energy. I did upload a couple clips, though, just to give a taste.