Just returned from my first time at Wizard World Chicago. My wife and I managed to attend three panels (it would’ve been four, except Vic Mignogna canceled). Bruce Campbell leaned heavily on the insult comic button, accurately diagnosing most fans’ as stupid and beating up a ten year old kid (in order to show him how to beat up his brothers). The Star Trek captains were in fine form. Scott Bakula rescued Jean-Luc Picard from drowning in a water pitcher, William Shatner talked a bit about his documentary projects, and Avery Brooks exploded every brain in the room with his responses, each of which was basically the whole of Kantian metaphysics condensed (cogently) into two-minute sound bites. Perhaps the most delightful panel was James Hong’s. Swinging from goofball tomfoolery (when a woman asked him a probing question about what he, now an older character actor, might have wished to know when he was a younger actor playing older characters, he invited her up to dance, and promptly boogied like a man one-fifth his age) to thoughtful reflections on the trajectory of his career, he managed to come across as mercurial and grounded all at the same time. Plus, the man does uncanny Looney Tunes and Disney impressions. An amazing gentleman.
The biggest letdown of the week was going to see The Bourne Legacy. After a pretty decent Meal at Muvico’s in-house restaurant, we got to spend the next two hours wading through overdone exposition and poorly-crafted action scenes.
I picked up a few goodies, the coolest of which is a full-size print of the U.S. Millennium Actress poster. Other than that, I got a couple of pins and t-shirts. We had fun bumming around the main floor, hanging out with some friends, checking out all the cosplay (my wife found Carmen Sandiego!), and posing for a couple pictures with the Doctor’s oldest enemy. Overall, I had a blast.☕