Right up until Saturday morning, June 14, Paul McGillion and his fans believed they would meet in Dallas for the FedConUSA event. That morning came, and the con fell apart. It was canceled on the spot, which also ended Paul’s plans to fly in from Vancouver. But there was a silver lining to the disastrous con.
Paul’s fans who were there in ballroom at the “closing” gathered together and decided to make the best of a very bad situation by throwing a party; it was dubbed the “Carson Thunker Party”. Spirits that had been bought as gifts for Paul were unwrapped, and others were kindly purchased by local fans, along with an impressive array of junk food. The goodies and fans found their way to the newly dubbed SCB suite on the 5th floor, complete with Scottish flag.
During the afternoon, Paul got wind of the gathering and arranged to call this campaigner on her cell phone, which thankfully has a speaker. As planned, at precisely 4 pm local time, the call came, and the 13 ironically lucky women in the room proceeded to have a lovely half-hour chat with Paul.
Paul reiterated how very disappointed he was that the con appearance didn’t work out, of course for reasons out of his control. He was very sympathetic to all the effort we’d gone to to be there. He thanked fans again for their continuing support, which he believes was key to his return to the show. He talked about his 3rd appearance in Season 5, which just wrapped late Friday night, called “Outsiders”. Filming was intense all week because the production had to complete the episode before the month-long hiatus started on Saturday. Paul thinks fans will enjoy the episode, which is heavy on Beckett-McKay interactions, both serious and funny. He’s looking forward to filming his last two episodes for Season 5, although he doesn’t know much about them yet. As for Season 6, if there is one, his involvement remains to be seen, but our continued public appreciation of Carson Beckett is the best way to guarantee we’ll see more of him! He did mention that in the 3 episodes he’s filmed so far, Carson is a very big presence in each. Beyond Stargate, he’s also auditioning for other TV roles, and hopes to work on an independent film in the Fall.
Paul assured fans he’d still love to come to Dallas for an event. He’s an avid Cowboys fan but has never visited their hometown!
After the lovely chat, fans got started on the party in earnest. Lots more people came and went as they heard about the “party on the 5th floor.” Many Pringles were consumed, but many more remained to be brought home to Canada (it’s a long story).
We’re exceedingly grateful to Paul for taking the trouble to call and chat in his usual charming and classy style, with a bit of brogue thrown in. He made our plight bearable and gave us an unforgettable interaction, even if virtual. Thank you, Pauly!