It makes me happy that every year at Starfest I get a chance to see in person some of the actors from my all-time favorite science fiction TV shows and movies. This year was no exception, with Morena Baccarin (Firefly, V), Mark Sheppard (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica), Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Star Trek: The Next Generation) in attendance.
Meeting Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca himself), was definitely one of the highlights. It may not come as a surprise to most, but that man is very tall!
Luciana Carro (Kat from Battlestar Galactica) also seemed really nice and happily agreed to pose for a photo. It’s funny to see an actress who played a ragged, worn-out, battle-hardened pilot in BSG (who rarely appeared out of a flight suit on screen) wearing a pretty dress, looking beautiful and not having much resemblance to her tough-as-nails character 🙂
Jeffrey Combs was also very cool; it was an honor to meet such a cult character actor in the flesh. I told him that Re-Animator is one of my favorite horror films and is a true genre classic. I also remember Jeffrey as a star in the Lovecraft-inspired From Beyond, which scared the crap out of me when I was in my early teens.
Then, there was Mark Sheppard (Badger on Firefly and Romo Lampkin on Battlestar Galactica), a great actor that seems to keep getting cast in the best supporting roles on a lot of amazing sci-fi TV series (he was also in an episode of the X-Files called Fire). I had a great time sitting in on his Q&A and listening to some of his funny stories. There was a lot of Joss Whedon love coming from him, but then again – Joss Whedon seems to have that effect on people!
And of course, last but not least – Morena Baccarin (Inara from Firefly and Anna from V, which I gave up on after the first few episodes). She was gorgeous, radiant, and also quite funny. Did I mention that I really miss Firefly?
I didn’t get a chance to attend any panels, screenings or other events at Starfest this year, mainly because there was just no way to fit everything in. Perhaps, next year I’ll dedicate the entire weekend to this convention, instead of just going on a Saturday and trying not to feel overwhelmed.
As always, it was fun to see all the cool costumes, as well as nerd-gasm inducing things like life-size robots from famous science fiction franchises, scale models, vehicles and art. There was much more at Starfest this year than I got a chance to see, and I have captured only a tiny fraction of all the cool costumes and shenanigans that took place. Nevertheless, check out some of the photos below and feel free to visit my Flickr site to see the entire set.