Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dragon*Con Panels, part 2: So Say We All

The Saturday Panel
"So Say We All"

Again, the photos are by Michelle/Bamberrific and more panel pictures can be found at the Bamber Bunnies website and the James Callis Appreciation Thread.

The videos are by Mr Bamberrific/transplant42, and they can also be found at the Bamber Bunnies website here. Thanks guys!

Dianora's writeup with photos can be found here.

So on to my thoughts. Firstly - what the frak is he wearing?

James Suspenders says: "The difference between your grandpa and me is that I make this look good!" I'm amused at the implied vanity of wearing really old-fashioned "scruffy professor" garb - he even had elbow patches in the coat for frak's sake! Also note the opened buttons. He likes to show off that chest hair. And yeah, the outfit is damn sexy on him, but obviously he's aware of it, so I can't help but tease.

He's like the sexy professor of... sex studies... Yeah, let's just get to the transcript.

Part 1
Aaron's late, but they go on and start without him. (He later appeared in full-on Chief costume). A girl shouts from the audience, "Have you checked the bars?" EJO responds, "Of course we've checked the bars". Hee.

The moderator asks about favorite moments, "and we'll start with James".

James: Thanks. Uh... That's uh.. Can somebody else start while I think? Does somebody else want to think of a favourite moment while I'm thinking of a favourite moment?

Tahmoh: I was just thinking how happy I was that they started with you. [laughter]

Tahmoh and others share their favorite moments first. It really seems like James has trouble coming up with something - the moderator probably thought that he'd have an answer ready, like he sometimes does. But he also likes to think first and then talk (unless he's drunk, see Roundtable podcast).

The funny thing about the favorite moments is that they all seem to have to do with sex. Edward James Olmos jokes, "I had a great time with Gaeta". Everyone bursts out laughing. "Don't want to spoil it all," he says and everyone laughs again. "Battlestar nights," James says in a dramatic voice, and people crack up some more. I've seen this before with the cast - it's not just the viewers who think Gaeta might be gay. Awesome moment, and great to have something funny to kick off the panel. And then it's James' turn.

James: Finally my turn... Well, one of the favourite moments I actually had, uh, didn't actually end up... [the microphone makes a noise; James looks at it suspiciously] There is a cylon in the machine. [laughter] It didn't actually end up on the show finally, uh, it was a point in the show where I was interrogated by Lucy Lawless and Tricia Helfer, and Baltar is trying to get in with the cylons on the basestar and in that fashion...

[The microphone keeps making noises. Michael Hogan walks up behind James and points to a microphone cover on the table.]

James: Excuse me. [starts putting the cover on the microphone; laughter] Just because I play a genius scientist on the show...

Kevin Grazier [Science Advisor]: I make you look really smart. [laughter]

James: So I was being interrogated by Lucy and Tricia, and the deal was that Baltar, trying to curry favour with the cylons, decides that he's gonna walk around naked as well.[woos] Only Tricia and Lucy didn't know I was gonna be naked. And I really was. [laughter, woos] I got a phonecall from Ron Moore going, "It just can't be on television, James, it just can't be on television." [laughter] That was one of my favourite moments. [laughter and woos]

Edward James Olmos: My favorite moment was getting a phonecall from Tricia and Lucy saying, "Don't worry, it was no big thing." [laughter] Only kidding. Gosh.

The microphone thing is a cute interlude. I love when little things like this come along to show how naturally funny James is. Also, you can just hear the ripple going through the room as every straight woman and gay man imagines James Callis naked. It's amusing how excited everyone sounds. Watch the Gag Reel for season 3 - you can see almost everything, although probably not the one thing you want to see. Also: EJO needs to stop talking about penises. He claimed in the Revelations panel that Aaron "wins", but maybe we should ask Lucy Lawless about that.

Part 2

The file starts out with Aaron being very funny. He's asked about finding out Tyrol's a cylon, and how he dealt with it: "I got drunk". He tells this story about how he saw some scripts at Michael Rymer's house - "bullshit bullshit my line [Man on the Moon reference?], Tyrol Tyrol... Tyrol's a cylon. Say WHAT?!" He had to keep quiet about it for four months, because he wasn't supposed to know. He said he'd try to ask Moore, "[nonchalant voice] So... anything coming up for the chief..?" And Moore would say no. "Liars!" He shakes his fist. The voices he does here are really funny.

While Aaron speaks, James is listening attentively and laughing. They were actually very chummy during the panel - there was a constant private chat going on between them. That was cute.

Michael Hogan asks Aaron if they were all on the list that early on, and Aaron says one was switched, but won't say which one. Could it be that when Eick was joking about picking between Gaeta and Anders, he wasn't kidding? Hogan's microphone is quiet, and people are shouting that there's something wrong with it. "Yes, we know his mike doesn't work," says Eddie. "That's deliberate," says Michael. Heee.

Moderator: James. Of all the bad things Gaius Baltar has done, what does he regret the most?

[Female voice from the audience: Baltar has no regrets!]

James: How long have you got? [laughter] Uh... What does he regret the most? I suppose it.. I was saying to Ron that there was this device that we used that I thought was so cool, of him going back to the house, always, in his mind he goes back to the house that he shared. And I thought that's... on some level it's like a psychotic episode, you keep on going back to that moment in time. It's not just the house, it's the moment when you found out just how idiotic and narcissistic you've been.

There was a point, actually, I remember in the miniseries, where.. when Gaius is watching the television, and everybody's blowing up and everything, it was just ... well, there were no lines, so I remember it was something about "Gaius is watching the television, it all goes blank." And I remember thinking at the time, saying this thing going, "What have I done? What have I done?" and then I got a phonecall from David Eick saying, "Thank you very much for saying that. Because it actually put some groundwork in for you to feel guilty and obliterated in your soul about the repercussions of the thing that you've done." So on the level of.. of giving military secrets away to your girlfriend because she's actually cleverer than you and she's writing the logarithms. I would say that that is the thing that he regrets the most." [laughter]

There are three cute logical mistakes he made here.
1. Gaius didn't "share" the house with anyone - the whole point is that he lived a very narcissistic life, and James has said before how he barely met anyone there, other than to have sex. If you can hear something other than "shared", let me know, but I think he's thinking that Gaius shared the house with Six. Which he didn't, but he does in his mind. So it's kinda right too.

2. I'm sure David Eick didn't express it in those terms. It's cute how complex he makes it - "obliterated in your soul"? James just has this professor's mind full of big words and difficult thought processes. I don't think David Eick does, though.

3. It wasn't logarithms but algorithms, although most viewers wouldn't know the difference anyway. It's cute that he replaced the word - he's obviously thinking of the right thing, but saying another similar word.

But yeah, I really liked the question and his response. The lake house scenes were my favorites, and I have missed them after season 2. They added a visual beauty to a show that was otherwise so dark and, to some extent, claustrophobic as everything happened within close confines inside the spaceship. It was a beautiful contrast. I also liked how Six was always there, like he couldn't escape her anywhere, even - or especially - in his own mind. And I love how James brings up that Six was smarter than Gaius, which is alluded to in the show, but which I've rarely heard discussed. Of course, Gaius would never admit it, but if she rewrote half of his algorithms - again, is he so lazy or just not so much of a genius?

The one thing I'd like to know is what James thinks of the whole "giving the nuke to terrorists" scene. Is that not something that Gaius did on purpose? Doesn't that make it worse than the whole unwittingly giving cylons access thing? Isn't that the point where the guilt really almost breaks him? On the other hand, maybe he did it "for love" - you never know with Gaius, he has a twisted idea of right and wrong. This is something I'd like to ask James if I ever met him.

Part 3 has no substantial James quotes. But feast your eyes on this:

Eddie is asked about Adama's wedding ring, apparently by one of the Adama/Roslin shippers. I'm going to ignore this as I must admit I'm not very interested in their relationship. It's a nice fan thing that won't come up in regular interviews, but it's not an aspect I personally care about.

Tahmoh is asked about coming back after the miniseries, and being very surprised. Apparently James told him how impressed people were with his work, and that they were going to keep him, but he didn't really buy it until he heard it from Eddie. Hee. Someone gives Tahmoh a box with a million dollars of fake money. Huh? Is all I have to say. I just... what? Moving on.

Eddie talks about how awesome the con people are, and how much he and Michael Hogan are enjoying their time there. James nods and intones, "Yeah." He applauds Eddie with the audience. I'm not sure if he's showing reverence to Eddie or the fans. Actually, it's probably both.

Part 4

At some point, Kevin Grazier is asked something, but I must say I'm not too interested in him and pretty much blocked it out. I'm just assuming this is from that moment.

Michael Hogan is asked about Ellen, and he talks about how Tigh and Ellen are forced to live in the same quarters on Galactica, while on a planet they could have had their own places. He speaks highly of Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen, and says there was no problem acting with her. That was nice. I think Eddie makes another joke about penises, how Tigh is a "biiig man and women love him". To be honest, I got a pretty crass impression of him. Not everyone loves penis jokes, and it's a bit disturbing that he basically commented on the penises of everyone present.

Question from the audience. A fan talks about how the show is versatile in that you can enjoy it for the sci fi and/or the political stuff. She asks what the cast thinks is the most interesting dilemma in terms of civil liberties. It's a long question, and there's a brief silence as the cast try to wrap their heads around it. The audience laughs a little at this, but then ends up applauding too. It's a really deep question, and James obviously loves that and jumps in to answer it.

James: That's a good question. I think this show is, um... one of the strengths of the show ... that firstly the show is greater than the sum of all of its parts, it's a very unusual phenomenon. But secondly, by having cylons that look like humans, we're constantly asking ourselves to address what it means to be a human being. And on that level, um.. you know, when you're worried about the threat from within, it's not necessarily about curtailing your civil liberties, it's about uh... It's almost looking in the mirror [chuckles] and trying to fathom exactly what it is that makes you tick and how different you might be to a synthetic robot that looks pretty much identical to you. Or in my case and Tricia's, somebody who looks a lot better looking than me. [laughter]

A cute "I just made a joke and I hope it wasn't too lame" face. Don't worry, James, it was pretty funny. I think the thing about humanoid cylons is one of the most interesting aspects of the show, and I like that James apparently agrees with me. Haven't got much to add to that.

Eddie talks about how the show discussed abortion and suicide bombers. They took away the right to kill a child, because they need every person to live. That apparently made the cast contemplate on their views on abortion. He also mentions religion on the show, and how Adama is an atheist. Eddie's actually pretty deep when he's not talking about other people's cocks.

Part 5
A fan asks about conventions and whether they were excited to do them. Eddie says he and Michael Hogan haven't done them before, and says Aaron - "who you all know by first name, and he knows all of you by first name" - was really the first one to jump in. Much woos and applause for Aaron. James looks at him with this adorable smile, like he has a boy crush on him. As Eddie starts talking again, Aaron says something inaudible to the others, and James laughs silently, looking somehow childlike and cute. Just one of the cute moments between them in this panel.

James: I actually really did genuinely learn a lot from Aaron. I was really of Eddie's minds... I was like, oh, you know, I'm an actor and when they shout "Cut" on the set, my job's finished. And Aaron said to me, "Buddy, you're so wrong about..." We heard about convent... I didn't even know what the word convention was before Battlestar Galactica! [laughter] And several people went, "Are you gonna do one of those crazy conventions?" And I was like, what are they talking about? [laughter] I don't know! And uh, I went to one, but I can't remember when it was, and I didn't feel all that comfortable, and I was like, "I don't think I'm gonna do this again." And it was Aaron who kinda took me aside and was like,"It's really important, James, the show hasn't finished when they shout "Cut". This is about all of the fans, this is about all of the people, it's about showing some inner generosity to of all the people who are putting us in this position." So I actually have to thank Aaron for putting me on the straight and narrow.

[Applause, woos. James smiles appreciatively at Aaron, who smiles at him a bit, then looks down.]

It's cute how embarrassed Aaron looks. It's almost like he's choking back tears. My heart belongs to James, but I fully acknowledge that Aaron rocks - he's done a lot for the fans from the start, and he still goes that extra mile that the others sometimes don't. He doesn't do it because he has to, he just genuinely cares about the fans. Good for you, Aaron. And I gotta gush a little about James too, because he's so willing to give credit to Aaron and admit his own mistakes. From the con reports, you can gather that he's learned to feel at ease at cons and make his fans feel at ease too. I also like how he stops in mid-sentence three times ("Eddie's minds...", "convent...", "you're so wrong about...") I think it's a sign that he's excited about the topic, but I should look into this more. I'm really pretty new to his interviews.

Part 6

A girl from the audience asks what they can tell us about the characters without spoiling.

Aaron: What?! Seriously? What do we know about our characters that we can tell you without giving you spoilers that you don't know?

James: Gaius loved his grandma. [laughter, applause]

Heee. I know he's probably making this up on the spot, but I did start wondering if there's some indication of this on the show. Gaius-grandma... allitteration... Yeah, I don't know. It's probably an ad lib, but it's hard to tell.

Part 7
No James. EJO leads the crowd into a passionate "So say we all!", and James seems to have fun chanting it with them. Question for the more longtime fans: are there any scenes on the show where Gaius chants "So say we all"? I can't think of a moment offhand. Michael Hogan says that EJO improvised "So say we all" in the mini and just mouthed it to the others, so they repeated it. That's pretty awesome.

And a few more cute photos:

Sneaky Gaius!

Guilty Gaius!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Dragon*Con Panels, part 1: Revelations

Friday Panel "Revelations"

The photos are by Michelle aka Bamberrific. You can find more Dragon*Con photos at the BamberBunnies website, and more of her James photos at the James Callis Appreciation Thread on the Sci Fi forums.

The videos linked to were filmed by MrBamberrific, aka transplant42. Some videos were uploaded before, but these are the best quality ones, not to mention that they show the entire panel. Galactica Sitrep linked to some of the other videos, so I won't go to the trouble of searching for them all again.

Thanks to Bamberrific and MrBamberrific! Also read dianora's writeup of the panel with some nice photos here.

This is the first panel; there were two more on Saturday and Sunday, which I will also post about. Apart from fangirling James, I was much impressed by Aaron Douglas and Michael Hogan, two funny guys who gave good answers. Also? Michael Hogan is friendly, good-humored and just nothing at all like Tigh, and I have a newfound respect for the character, because I really did think he's played by a grumpy old man.

So, the panel. I've only transcribed the James parts, but I'd be willing to do a more complete transcript if there's interest. Let me know.

Part 1 has no James quotes, but it has the introduction of the panelists. James gets thunderous applause from the crowd. Aaron is wearing a "Got chief?" shirt, which cracked me up.

Part 2
Asked about the biggest surprise with their character arcs.

James: I think it's interesting how, everybody from the show... For me, the biggest surprise in my arc is that I stayed alive. [laughter] I'm annoyed that, like, every other week you get something where it's like [dramatic voice] Baltar is mortally wounded! [laughter] Bye! Ciao! [waves his hands] So yeah, it's a big surprise that the writing staff have been magnanimous enough to let me stick around. That's about it.

I love that he said this, because it's so true. In The Hub, Laura Roslin tells him, "I think you're gonna live... as usual." I bet the actors have been joking about this before. Aaron's response was very funny, by the way - the Chief drinks more than he does, and he can beat up Tahmoh's character. But of course, his biggest surprise is really that he's a cylon.

Thinking of it, there haven't been very big surprises with Gaius, other than that he's survived. No big wtf moment like "omg he's a cylon!" - well, OK, two such moments in Downloaded and Taking a Break From All Your Worries, but it's always quickly established that it's just a mindfrak. And even if he were, that wouldn't be particularly surprising as he's been more connected with cylons than any other human on the show. Gaius has had a great arc, but it would be difficult to bring in any surprises.

Part 3
There are no James quotes here, but check out the Tigh cosplayer at 7:40 and on! He's really good, and he has the audience and panelists in stitches. He shows up in eyepatch, BSG style army garb, and a glass in his hand. His "Gaius Frakkin' Baltar" is just perfect. He asks Michael Hogan to yell at him, and Hogan yells in Tigh voice: "Godsdamnit, give me a drink of that godsdamn thing!" Awesome.

Part 4
Question from the moderator: has Gaius really found God, or does he just not want to sleep alone at night?

James: I don't think Gaius ever wanted to sleep alone at night, before after he maybe found God. He is, uh, he is changing, and the season that you're going to see that you haven't seen yet actually has revelations for every character. Um... I was actually talking about this at the...um...at San Diego. Someone said to me, "Now, what's the difference between being head of the government and being head of your own cult?" And there's no difference. [laughter] The difference is that it seems to me that politicians and being political is a lot of glad-handing and smiling and holding babies and kissing them, but it's all outward, it's very ego-driven. And something about becoming, uh, in inverted commas, a "mystic" or somebody searching for something else, is that the third eye looks inwards, not outwards, and that's the kind of interesting thing that's happening to Gaius, he's starting to find himself. Whether that also is finding God or the Cylon religion is..uh..less important to him, but finding peace with himself is, and obviously to sleep with as many people as possible. [laughter]

He seems a bit apologetic about his word choice at "mystic" - labored, like he's looking for a better word. Of course, it's a stretch to call Gaius that. He seems amused at Gaius' nymphomaniac ways. I thought that he was bugged by that in the Comic Con panel, but maybe it was just Kevin Smith's insistence to foucs on that only. This host was so much better - it really felt like it was about the show, not about him. (And yeah, I realize he mispronounced "Tyrol", but it's not like Kevin Smith knew the names of the episodes, or who Shelly Godfrey was, so I think they're about even).

Thinking of it, I'm not sure how much I agree with him that becoming a "mystic" hasn't been ego-driven for Gaius. Isn't it sort of a desperate attempt to get attention even after he's been shunned by the entire fleet? I'm curious to see if he finds himself more in the coming episodes though.

Moderator: This question is for anyone who's willing to answer it. What is the stupidest thing you've done lately?

[James' head hits the table; laughter]

James: As the characters, or...? Cos Aaron's done some pretty ...

This inspired EJO to tell a story about Aaron "coldcocking" a guy, because he doesn't wear underpants under the Chief jumpsuit. It was by far not the only time EJO talked about penises during the panels. Maybe he's a dirty old man?

James: One of the most stupid things I did recently was... I ordered a taxi from my home, and I was like, "Can I get a taxi to here in London, I'm going to the airport?" And the guy says, "And who is the taxi for?" And I was like, "Well, it's for me, isn't it?" He went, [indignant tone]"Your NAME, please, sir?"

Aaron: And then he said, "Edward James Olmos".

Hee. James is cutely amused at himself here. At least he didn't say, "Don't you know who I am?!" I loved how, as soon as he heard the question, his head just hit the table pretty fast. He's good at the self-deprecating humor.

Part 5
Colin Corrigan, who's obviously a good friend of Aaron's, talks about his role on the show.

Colin next to James. I'm not sure who he plays on the show. It's not a very big part.
The talk turns to Tahmoh's good friend Alex, who also got a role on the show but got killed off almost right away, which Tahmoh apparently feels bad about. Aaron jokes that they told Alex that Tahmoh told the writers to kill him off.

James: I thought genuinely there was a thing about... He was supposed to live and just get a wound on that mountain cliff. What they didn't realize is that they cast a 6'5'' guy opposite Kandyse, and that she was supposed to be bringing him down the mountain. [laughter] It just proved impossible.

Aaron: So this is season 3 on the algae plaent when Dualla and Sergeant Fischer go out looking for Starbuck's downed raptor.

Tahmoh: You guys remember Sergeant Fischer? Remember the boxing episode? He's the guy in the background. Yeah, Alex is one of my best friends. He's a, he's a monster.

Aaron: 6'7'', 290. Like the guy's a truck with legs. [laughter]

Tahmoh: And Kandyse would have a hard time picking up his hand. [laughter]

Aaron: Yeah. Kandyse is about the size of that Starbucks cup. So imagine her picking that.

Cute story, and the idea of Kandyse [McClure, who plays Dualla] carrying the guy is pretty amusing. However, I'm not entirely sure if they should have brought Colin into the panel, because he's not a very important character. There were already many panelists, and he doesn't get to talk that much. It seems to be a problem with most panels that there are just too many people there. But here especially, since rare guests Michael Hogan and Edward James Olmos were there, it seems a bit much.

I don't like to transcribe the questions usually, but this was so good:
Man from the audience: I saw something a little odd few months ago back in April, and I can't help but think that there was some sort of discord or maybe apprehension, on at least some of your parts. I'm talking about your appearance in character in costume on Late Show with David Letterman, [laughter] doing the top ten list. I'm sure David's writers had something to do with it, otherwise I doubt James Callis would have said salted space nuts on that...[laughter, his voice is drowned out here. James seems to crack up as well] Is there any backstory to that, was there any apprehension, can I stop?

James: Yeah, talk about kicking a man when he's down. I'd actually, I got food poisoning in New York, really bad, I had to check into a hospital, I had my stomach pumped out, I... every test known to man... They were like, "Yeah, there's nothing wrong with you, [chuckles] you're just... you got some bad food poisoning." So I arrived at the Letterman thing pretty wrecked anyway. And actually, my thing was that they wanted me to say something else about somebody else being.. being drunk. And I was like, "Uh, but that's not funny. Uh... That's actually just mean." And they were like, [American accent] "Oh, get with the program! This is, like, the Late Show! We've gotta be a bit spicy." I was like, "Well, I don't think I want to do that." - "Well, say spicy space nuts." I'm like, thanks. [laughter ]

I can't say that it was the most wonderful experience... I actually felt.. Yeah, lay this on the line... I felt the show is actually bigger than that, and we were kind of wheleed on to be part of Letterman's creatures rather than asked in our own rights, so it bugged me. I wasn't happy. The sole prospect of acting.. [applause, his voice is drowned out] than, you know, I wanna say five seconds of fame being on Letterman, I'm like keep it. That's my two cents.
[applause from the audience as well as the other panelists]

The others really seem to agree with him; you can read on their faces is that they didn't have a great time at the show either. What amuses me is that no one can remember that lame line right - James says "spicy space nuts", the guy who asks the question says "salty space nuts", but on the show, the caption read "honey-roasted space nuts". I don't think James read it like that, but it's hard to tell because he actually did a very uncharacteristically poor reading (I don't blame him though, given the circumstances).

When he talks about the food poisoning, there are some "awww"s and "ah"s in the audience. Of course, the James fans already knew this story from the Unofficial Website, where James posted in June. The forum seems to resist direct linking, but it's in the thread entitled "Birthday Wishes". A short excerpt:

TPTB wanted me to say something about a star in the states with an alcohol problem - I told them - that I didn't think it was funny - and that I wasn't prepared to slate someone I don't know - over an addiction issue - as personally - I think that's just mean - and I don't believe in making fun of people whose situation is beyond their own control...

Kindly the writers changed my line to some nonsense about space nuts - which after hospital and throwing up for 6 hours solid- I didn't have the energy to combat/change - and at least the line was mildly self deprecating rather than cutting someone- else's head off.

But the whole thing was like - "why are we here?"

David Letterman was too busy to speak to us.

This gets a huge fan squee from me. I doubt most actors would have tried to change a mean line into something else, especially after throwing up all day, and he obviously pissed them off by asking for that. Just goes to show what a kind guy James is. That's some integrity right there. The top ten list was bullshit, and it bugs me that it still comes up as the first search item for BSG on YouTube. Let it die!

Part 6
Female voice: We need a last question.
Man from the audience: James, is there any chance you can sing Spooky for us?
James: No.
[laughter. James looks really amused.]
Aaron: And I think we have time for one more question!

[laughter. James, who's taken a sip of Coke, almost does a spit take laughing. Actually, you can't see that in the above video, but you can in this one.]

I loved that someone brought up Spooky, and I almost wish he had started singing. All in all, James didn't talk all that much in this panel, and there's more of him in the two other ones. A couple more photos just because he looked so good:

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dragon*Con Reports

I'm transcribing James' quotes from the BSG panels at Dragon*Con, but since there were apparently three panels that are coming on Youtube and other places in small clips, it might take me a few more days. In the meantime, a little post about fans meeting James at the con:

Firstly, a very lucky woman in a very nice Xena costume got to meet James three times, including once at the airport.

Dianora met James and his suspenders. And James without suspenders. And was cranky with Colonel Tigh.

James "smiles a lot when he's not macking on cylons".

James is like "a landed knight or a noble lord".

James was considerate with a child guest. (This particularly makes my heart melt.)

James thinks corporate people are shitarses. And he knows who the Bamber Bunnies are. (scroll down to the posts by Kittenbiscuits, LurkRealClose and ClosingTime).

James leapt over the table. But not very gracefully.

James looked awesome in the Friday panel.

Even at the Colonial Fleet party, he couldn't escape Head Six... (scroll down to see the photo of him with one of the Sixes. I can't decide if I like that one better, or the one where he's hugging EJO. Also check out all the other Sixes and Baltars!)

There are some similarities between the meeting stories, one being that James is smoking hot, the other that he puts people at ease and really seems to enjoy talking to them.

Thanks to everyone who's posted pictures and meeting stories on their sites/the Sci Fi forum; it brings me closer to the experience. I could never afford to go, as I live in Finland. It means a lot that the fans who went want to share their experiences online.

I'll update this post later if new stories and pictures come up.