Ten Pounds of Geekiness Is a Five Pound Bag
At the point that the microphone is taken over by incredibly rambling, incoherent, conspiracy-minded fan boys intent on discovering the meaning behind the writers' obsession with the right eye (I kid you not) I decide I need a temporary break from the panels. I head to the door only to be told by the Yellow Shirts that if I leave (even just to use the restroom) I will not be allowed back in. Yellow Shirts are like kryptonite to my magic press pass. I trudge back to my seat defeated. The Lucasfilm panel is about to start and I am not going to miss my chance to see the promised extended trailers. And Seth Green. Did I mention that? Seth Green! Squee!! The photographer sitting next to me swears the Hellboy 2 and The Spirit panels will be worth dying of dehydration to see. I am skeptical.
There are few movie franchises, if any, that have captured popular culture more completely than Star Wars and Indiana Jones. That said, an animated movie and television series called Star Wars: The Clone Wars is way too geeky for me to be able to tolerate. It's too inherently nerdy to be a guilty pleasure, too, because I would be embarrassed to watch it even sitting on my couch by myself in a city where I knew no one and didn't speak the language. However, the animation was pretty cool. As was the animation for the new game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. But who cares about video games when Seth Green and Matt Senreich (the co-creators of Star Wars: Robot Chicken. Der) are in the room! Oh my god Seth Green is like twenty feet from me! Do you think he would sign my Scotty doll? I mean action figure? I mean if I had one? After giving a brief history of Robot Chicken they show a few clips of George Lucas in his Robot Chicken incarnation at a therapist's office talking about Robot Chicken. So meta! Seth and Matt both seemed really affable and funny and I'm totally sure they will call and let me interview them like right now. Right? Right. (Seth? Call me!) Finally the boys left and the conversation turned to the Indy world. After many years Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is coming to theaters near you. I am really hoping that name will sound less doofy in the context of the movie. And my lord does Harrison Ford look old.