Friday, March 7, 2014
Last year at DragonCon I attended a panel and it totally threw me for a loop. I went to the Match Game in the 25th century. This panel was a part of the American Sci-Fi Classics track and has been reoccurring for years. The game was hosted by Buck Rogers a.k.a. Gil Gerard. I had heard of Buck Rogers but I have never seen the show before. The panel was awesome and hilarious. I came out of it NEEDING to see Buck Rogers.
I have since watched it and I have to tell you this show ROCKS. Looking back to 1979 and watching the technology that was available for tv then and what garbage is on tv now, I choose then. WOW. Gil was very much like his character, Buck. He was cheeky and saucy. I do not know which I liked better, the show or Gil himself. Twiki the mascot and robot is adorable and sarcastic. Erin Gray plays Captain Wilma Deering. She is bright sexy and a character that was wayyyy ahead of what was socially acceptable in 1979. The performances by all of the actors and the technology is amazing. Check out this show and see how tv today compares to back then.
The Match Game is put on by Gil and his friends...no really his friends. Gil goes to cons all the time and recruits his fellow celebrities to be on the game. Last year the cast included: Sylvester Mccoy better known as Rhadagast from the Hobbit movies and the Seventh Doctor on Doctor Who, Herbert Jefferson, Jr who is best known for his role as Captain Boomer on the 1980's Battlestar Galactica, Garrett Wang best known for playing Ensign Harry Kim from Star Trek: Voyager and also the director of the TrekTrack at DragonCon. The panel was lewd and crazy. A blast to say the least and The Doctor repeatedly asking to have the question repeated. The hilarity was more than one would expect.
As for DragonCon and the Classics track, you should check it out. Joe and Gary, the directors, are awesome and the track is usually pretty filled.