Eureka: This One Time At Space Camp

In a few hours, I will be picked up and taken to the set for my last day on Eureka. Though I've known this day was coming for a couple of weeks, and I've been trying to prepare myself for it, I'm not ready. I don't want this to be over. I don't want to say goodbye to my friends.

Monday, we had our last day of work in Cafe Diem. At the end of the day, Chris Gauthier and Nial Matter were wrapped for the entire series, along with some other actors who are [SPOILER]. I stood there, next to Neil and Felicia, and applauded for them. Then, without warning, I began to cry. It's real. It's really over. We're really done. In two days, I'll finish my last scene, and the first AD will call out, "That is a series wrap for Wil Wheaton," and I'll cry again.

I'm glad to feel sad, as strange as that may sound. I know I've said this about some other things, but it's true: I'm happy to be sad when something is ending, because if I wasn't, it would mean that nothing good happened that I will miss.

I will miss everything about Eureka. I'm going to be a wreck tonight.

So let's talk a bit about This One Time, At Space Camp, shall we? It's going to be Spoileriffic, so you have been warned (or you've already been spoiled, because you follow me on Twitter. Sorry about that.)

I learned to ride a recumbant bike for this episode. It was challenging, but not as difficult as I expected, and ended up being quite a lot of fun. I also think that "May the best man BLAH BLAH BLAH" is my favorite Parrish line of the series.

Wasn't Aaron Douglas magnificent? I loved seeing him play totally against his usual type, and I loved the way he interacted with the kids.

We talked a lot about how douchey Parrish should be in this episode. I wanted to let him be as supremely arrogant as possible, because he's convinced that all of this is just a formality at this point. I wanted him to lift himself up as high as he possibly could, so the fall at the end of the episode would be that much more brutal for him (and awesome for the audience, who are almost certainly cheering for Holly and Fargo at this point, if we've all done our jobs.) 

I watched the episode with Neil and Chris in Neil's trailer during breaks in filming, and when Fargo makes it but Parrish doesn't, Neil pointed at sad Parrish on the television, and did a Nelson Muntz HA HA right at him and then at me. It was really, really funny.

Can we just take a moment to marvel at how incredible Wallace Shawn was, too? I mean, holy shit was he incredible. We're so lucky he is part of the show, and you guys haven't even seen the best of it, yet.

Weeping for Titan,

#TeamParrish

57 thoughts on “Eureka: This One Time At Space Camp”

  1. As a vacationing Canadian — Amerika, I was secretly in you — I got to enjoy this episode well before it airs on our Space channel (Season 4.5 doesn’t start until October… *sigh*!)
    Great job, Wil. I patiently await the northbound SciFi station wagon full of tapes.

  2. Great job on that! Loved the episode. Love this season. Seeing you on the series has been a lot of fun for me.
    I’ll miss this show. I wish it could go on and you and Felicia Day and Wallace Shawn could continue as regular guest stars. You all just really round out the cast nicely.

  3. I meant to ask you at Dragon*Con what it was like to work with Wallace Shawn. I don’t know how I would have refrained from quoting The Princess Bride to him. I mean, it’s just what I do, I quote that movie often and without forethought.

  4. You had no scenes with him? Inconceivable!
    Next year is the 25th anniversary of The Princess Bride and I’m really super duper hoping that Dragon*Con will be able to acknowledge it by having at least some of the actors as guests. I find that “movie” actors aren’t quite as comfortable at cons as “tv” actors, but I’d still love to see them if we could make it happen. My dream list would even include Rob Reiner. Wow. That would rock.

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