For the next few days I will be immersed in the Comic-Con experience. Not just any Con experience, but the San Diego Comic-Con event. It’s something my husband and I have been doing together since before we were married. Which is well beyond a decade now. It started as a day outing for us, but after seeing how much we were missing it eventually turned into the entire four+ day holiday. Sometimes the hubby has to work the floor for the company, but I always have plenty to keep me busy.
What started as a humble comic book convention many years ago has blossomed into SO much more. The event now offers gaming, books, publishing companies, and what really draws the crowds these days… television and the movie industry. It’s a great place to engage the writer in me while getting my geek on!
For those of you who have no experience with Comic-Con, I found a fun video that shares some of the crazy you might see while walking the convention floor and surrounding streets during these four days. It’s a serious hoot!
Crazy fun, right? I have yet to dress up for one of these events. Although, as I write this I’m sporting my nifty Nerd Herd shirt (Go Chuck!). Does that count? A few years ago I was totally chased across the floor by one of the crazy larger than life Ugly dolls. Freaky!
Hubby will be meeting up with me later. That gives me some free time Thursday morning. I must decide between The Witty Women of Steampunk panel, Building the Foundation to a Page-Turning Story panel, or Books and Hollywood panel (I don’t think this last one really applies to me - yet – never discount it – but there’s someone on the panel I wouldn’t mind talking to). Which one would you attend?
Wednesday’s preview night has come to a close. I didn’t make it to the convention room floor to see all the cool products they’re promoting this year. Instead I hung out in Ballroom 20 and sat through five, that’s right, FIVE sneak peek screenings for upcoming fall Warner Bros. shows. The studio was extremely generous this year. Last year we got four. Some years there have been three. It’s something I always look forward too. If you miss it, you can catch each one later during the con. Individually – after waiting in really long lines to get into the proper room for the panel. That is – if you get in. This is what I got to see…
The Review ~
666 Park Avenue – Sundays 10/9 c
Eek! An optimistic young couple is recruited to manage a Manhattan apartment building with a dark history and questionable ownership. What does 666 Park Avenue have to offer? Anything you desire… for a price.
The geek in me screamed “John Locke!” when this opened. Terry O’Quinn returns to television in this scary, thrilling drama. The opening scene will grab you and suck you in! (Those faint of heart, you may want to watch it from behind a pillow). Then the writers put the brakes on, seriously slowing down the pace as they introduce us to the main characters. Seriously, I was almost ready to tune out. Yawn. But stay tuned, it’s worth it! If you can get through that ten minutes of lag things start to get real interesting at 666 Park Avenue. The plot thickens and the mystery and intrigue will have you hanging on to the edge of your seat. I give this one two thumbs up. I see a hit here.
Arrow – Wednesdays 8/7 c
A show based on the Marvel superhero, the Green Arrow. I really wanted to like this show – a lot. Okay, I will admit it – I watched Smallville. There, I said it. And I was partial to their Green Arrow. Going in, I thought this might have more along those lines. I really didn’t get that feel. Aside from the Queens living in what looked like Lex Luther’s mansion from the show. Alright, maybe not. But close enough. I admit to not knowing much about Green Arrow. I haven’t read his comics. So seeing him with a family – a sister, a mother – threw me a little. But I can look past all that. It was the twenty minutes of set up that really dragged for me. Another yawn. That’s right, we need to wait a full twenty minutes before we get to see the Green Arrow in action. What I think they failed to do was explain how he learned all these fancy fighting skills while he was stuck on an island by himself for five years. Or was he by himself???? This Arrow seems darker than the one I’m used to as well. His intent – darker. At least that was my impression.
Honestly – I give it a 50/50 chance because it is a CW show about a cool superhero with a hot guy. But the premier didn’t knock my socks off. Super funny welcome home party scene though that’s good for a laugh. Don’t want to ruin the surprise.
The Following – Mondays, Coming Midseason on Fox
Kevin Bacon’s new show about a flawed hero trying to catch a serial killer with a cult following. Bacon’s character put the killer behind bars several years ago. In the process Bacon was injured on the job and is now no longer on the job. He has a pacemaker and harbors a drinking problem. He’s called in when the killer escapes because of his knowledge of the case. This is one heck of a psychological thriller! A little Silent of the Lambs reminisce. If blood makes you squeamish, don’t tune in for this one, you will get more than your fill. Boy, the unexpected twist near the end – I love being surprised! That happens so rarely for me. The actors do a fantastic job, but I see this lasting only one season.
Revolution – Mondays 10/9 c
The opening scene brought out the full reaction from the audience. That’s always good, very catchy. Something about the young actress in this show and the way they chose to portray her, it just screamed Katniss. Based on a post–apocalyptic world, the show opens with the event – all power – everything- is lost, then zips forward fifteen years. Now the adventure begins! That’s all easy enough to follow. What I couldn’t get past was – where did all the building go in just fifteen years? I’m usually pretty lenient with things, but I had trouble accepting that so much of the terrain had been wiped free of any housing or building in a relatively short amount of time and they had to travel to the big city to find any consistency in structures. It didn’t fit. There should have been broken structures all along the way. You know, gas stations, drug stores, dinners, etc. That’s the way I see it.
It’s your basic family strength and bonding show with a struggle for control. Who ever controls electricity will hold the greatest power. Is there any electricity left to be controlled? It was a fun watch and I enjoyed it, but my Scooby sense is not tingling. I don’t know that this one will make it past the year.
Cult – Coming to the CW
From the creator of Farscape – one of my all time favorites! and the producers of Chuck (heart), Cult is an emotional thriller starring Matt Davis (Vampire Diaries). The premise revolves around a television show called Cult where a select fan base believes there’s more to the show than mere television entertainment. And when you discover too much… I tend to like the twisted and unusual. I go for something that really makes you think. This is out there. Honestly, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for this show. Sorry WB. My gut doesn’t feel good on this one. I got that sinking ship feeling. L That’s not to say the episode wasn’t entertaining, but I don’t see it lasting. And I didn’t feel it necessary to make the acting on their show within a show SO horribly bad. Was that necessary for contrast? I found it distracting and a big turn off. I project a fail.
There you go! Five new shows coming to the WB in the fall. Will you be tuning in for any of them? Follow the links to IMDB for a complete list of cast and characters.
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