Since TrekMovie first reported the abrupt demise of FedCon USA last weekend, there has been much debated and discussed during the postmortem. Although the failure of FedCon USA unfortunate, it is worth highlighting how the actors who showed up, especially Star Trek Enterprise’s John Billingsley (along with his wife Bonita), went above and beyond to make the best of a bad situation. See VIDEO below.
As of Friday night at Fedcon the first signs of trouble were there, but it was still a go. During the opening ceremonies the MC was dragging and the momentum was being lost, so John Billingsley came on stage, with a bottle of bourbon, and got things going…here are some clips:
After the MC announced the closure at the end of Billingsley’s performance, Billingsley again steps up, starting off by saying “I want to say a few words, forgive me, but I am going to do it anyway…” He then did his best to explain what happened and stayed on to answer questions. Watch how it all unfolded in the following video from the Vadercast (note: vid is about 40 minutes long)
Dr. Phlox’s FedCon USA Autopsy: VaderCast also has a postmortem video interview with Billingsley where he talks about the ‘warning signs’ and issues with FedCon and the issues between FedCon USA and FedCon Germany.
More on the postmortem
The official FedCon USA site has an official appology on the front page. Dirk from FedCon Germany had made a post on the official forums distancing himself from FedCon USA and organizer Tim Brazeal, but the FedCon USA forums have since been shut down (due to the “high numbers of abusive comments”). There is more coverage of the death of FedCon USA at SyFyPortal, VaderCast, and Tie-dyed Brains. This week SyFy Portal also had a segment on FedCon USA with a number of guests including the guys from Vadercast and myself, listen to that here.
We sat down with John and Bonita at the event and should have that video up at DVD Geeks at a later date.
John Champion has been reporting on FedCon USA for TrekMovie.com and DVD Geeks. DVD Geeks (which John produces) is a fan-oriented DVD review and commentary show on the America One Television Network. For more information check out DVDGeeks.TV