This is the story about how Wil Wheaton completely flipped out. And it was amazing.
How did this happen? Well, in a freak time-fiction accident, Wesley Crusher was ripped from his post on the Starship Enterprise and showed up at Dragon*Con 2011. And by that I mean I spent three months carefully constructing the best Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher cosplay ever made, and then went to Dragon*Con to meet Wil Wheaton.
Why in the world did I choose to cosplay a character from twenty years ago that half the Trekkies hate, and that Wil Wheaton himself has confessed he doesn't always care for?1 Well, I love Wesley, I love Wil Wheaton, I love costuming, and my friend was throwing a Star Trek:TNG viewing and costume party2, and I didn’t think that I fit any of the other Star Trek characters very well. Did I mention I love Wil Wheaton?3
So why Acting Ensign and not the Rainbow Sweater?
I hate the rainbow sweater.
Besides, the Acting Ensign uniform is very iconicly Wesley. He’s the only one that "gets" to wear such a unique uniform. And since I don’t have the body of a sixteen year old boy, if I did Ensign Wesley Crusher in his Starfleet uniform, I’d just end up looking like a gender-confused ensign with really bad hair. And, It’s just a grey jumpsuit, that’s not going to be hard, right?4
So this is a two part story. If you want to find out about all the work I had to go through to make an acurate Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher uniform, and how difficult that actually was, you should start with Part 1. If you don’t care about me, or my hard work, and you just want to hear about Wil Wheaton, just skip to the end, and go to Part 2.
Part 1 - All Good Things... Must Come from Somewhere
Part 2 - Encounter at Dragon*Con
1 Some would say he hates Wesley. I think "It’s Complicated" might be more accurate.2 Fun fact: This party still hasn’t happened yet. So far, it’s been all talk, and no dice.3 And by love I mean revere and respect from an appropriate fan distance.4 Spoilers: I was wrong...