“It’s only 13 episodes so I’m going to be careful with what I say because I really want you guys to experience it. I’m going to be tight lipped.” Fringe sole showrunner J.H. Wyman warned fans early on that the show’s panel would not spoil anything for fans eagerly anticipating the sci-fi drama’s fifth and final season. He did, however, shed light on when exactly he finally decided on how the show would end. Ideas were already brewing during season one, “but those change because people bring things to the pie that you don’t expect. I had two and a half versions of what I should do at the end and I decided about a month ago.” He also teased fans by saying that he’s already told the cast members how things will conclude. “We want to write the scripts early to make sure everything is absolutely perfect. If I’m doing that, I wanted to make sure the actors had enough time to bring their ideas and to know where they are going for the final season. I want to make sure they had enough advance warning.” The only thing that Wyman would spill is that the season 5 premiere will take place in the year 2036 and is “going to pick up exactly where we left off in [episode] 419, the next day.”
Other tidbits… Wyman would not confirm nor deny the return of Henry Ian Cusack’s character; and we will soon learn why we have yet to see female Observers. Interesting, yes.
Without diving deep into where season five will go, the Fringe panel mostly reminisced about the past four seasons and at one point looking back made Jasika Nicole (Astrid), Anna Torv (Olivia), and even Lance Reddick (Broyles) cry like babies.
“The characters don’t end when the show ends,” said Josh Jackson (Peter). Two items so worth mentioning spring from this statement. Wyman announced that a book will release after the show ends; it will tell a tale through the perspective of our friend September the Observer. “We are trying to give you guys back so much because without you, we would not be here,” Wyman said to the cheering fanbase.
And then there’s this bombshell. When a fan asked if the show will survive after the fifth season airs, John Noble (Walter) responded like this: “Anything is possible. If this season goes off as we think it will, I would think a film is very possible down the track.” Added Jackson, “The show will live on in some form or another.” These are actors talking here, not network execs or movie studios, and so this must be taken with a grain of salt. But still, knowing that the actors are just as passionate as the fans are that they’d even mention such an exciting idea should make you feel good inside no matter what happens.
With all those words out of the way, indulge yourself with the season 5 preview trailer that’s embedded above. Most of it contains highlights from last season, especially from pivotal episode 419. But there’s also some new stuff sprinkled in that’ll get you going. Fun fact: Wyman says that this video was used to sell a fifth season to FOX. The cult fanbase had its say, of course, and for that Wyman and the entire cast of the show forever remains grateful.
In the future Olivia will join Walter, Peter, Astrid, Henrietta, and even Belly in the fight against the Observers. “We need to keep those bald-headed basterds occupied,” says Peter. “What’d you have in mind?” Olivia asks. “I think it’s time we caused a few fringe events of our own,” Peter replies. But it is Walter’s new line that takes the licorice-lined cake: “I know what we need to do. I know how to rid our world of the Observers.” BOOM.
Fringe returns Friday, September 28 at 9PM on FOX.
Update: Major kudos awarded to Warner Bros. for posting the Fringe panel in its entirety to YouTube in glorious high definition! Watch the waterworks fly in the video link provided here. Also inside you’ll be privy to a Comic Con exclusive video made by the Fringe team for the fans; it spectacularly highlights some of the best moments of the show over the course of the past four seasons and tees things up for the final thirteen. Pick an hour out of your day and WATCH IT.
The Walking Dead returns October 14 at 9PM on AMC. And here’s your very first look at season three! While Rick and his gang attempt to penetrate the prison merely teased at the end of last season, Andrea and Michonne are captured by next season’s villain known as The Governor and are brought to a town called Woodbury. There will come a time when these storylines cross and Rick will face off with The Governor as our hero won’t easily give up their newfound home. “I’m not giving up this prison. We took it, it’s ours. We split blood. If we see you out here, anywhere near our people, I’ll kill you,” snarls a gruffy Rick Grimes. Speaking of appearances, you’ll surely notice that Rick is overdue for a haircut and shave and the former goes for his son Carl too; and old man Hershel is rocking one helleva white beard. What else? David Morrissey’s Governor comes off as an inviting fellow in this teaser; obviously everything is not as it seems here. “I don’t trust him,” Michonne whispers to Andrea in that perfect little town of his. And then, at the very end, Merle returns in the flesh this time. Dontcha like what he did with his stub?
Jump after the break to see The Walking Dead Comic Con banner. It features Rick with a hoard of zombies creeping behind him, Michonne with her zombie slaves wielding her katana sword, and The Governor offering his hand with that mysterious helicopter flying in the skies above him. “May-day, May-day!” the soldiers controlling the ‘copter scream in the clip. Is it the same one Rick saw recently? The questions pile on as anticipation ramps up like never before. Is it October yet? (Click here for more…)
The second season of ABC’s Once Upon A Time is already proving to be more magical than the first. At the show’s Comic Con panel attendees got a glimpse into what’s in store for the citizens of Storybrooke. In a brief teaser for the upcoming season, little Henry warns that “bad things are still happening in Storybrooke” and proof follows: Captain Hook from Peter Pan fame breaks into Mr. Gold’s pawn shop to retrieve what is his. Now that the citizens of the mysterious Maine town remember their past lives in fairytale land perhaps Mr. Gold should upgrade his security. The season 2 preview is embedded above.
During the panel which consisted of executive producers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and many of the show’s stars, it was shared that season 2 will reveal the identity of Henry’s father, Dr. Whale’s fairytale character, and the fate of Rumpelstiltskin’s son Bae. Also, “the show this year is not going to change from the one you loved last year,” Kitsis reassured fans. We will still be shifting back and forth from fairytale land and Storybrooke even though magic has been introduced into the latter locale. He also made it a point to say that even though the Storybrooke residents remember their true fairytale identities, their Storybrooke memories do not fade away.
Two more videos were screened at the panel. One is a clip that contains all of season 1′s title sequences plus a few new ones coming soon in season 2 (spoiler: Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, and Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) will be introduced). The third video is a parody of online dating services called Singlebrooke that features Once‘s main characters discussing what they look for in the perfect mate; funny stuff. Check these out after the break. (Click here for more…)
Comic Con 2012: ‘Game of Thrones’ season 3 lands a March 2013 premiere date, new cast members introduced
Game of Thrones season two just ended last month so what better way to bide your time than by marking your calendars with the season three premiere date. Ready? Here it is: March 31, 2013.
Other than announcing this special day, the Game of Thrones panel at Comic Con moderated by author George R.R. Martin included a five-and-a-half minute recap of the epic second season and a brief introduction to (a whopping) 14 new characters we will be forced to know next season. The former video is embedded above while the latter one hangs after the break. Under that video there’s a listing of all the new characters explaining how they’re each tied to the ones we already know. (Click here for more…)
Comic Con 2012: Marvel dates new ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ movies, announces ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ant-Man’
The Marvel panel at Comic Con made some major announcements concerning its upcoming movie projects. The next slate of movies set in the Marvel Comics universe is being referred to as “Phase Two.” Without further ado…
Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), is out May 3, 2013.
Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), is out November 8, 2013.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is out April 4, 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy is out August 1, 2014.
Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) does not have a release date yet.
There’s the “Phase Two” lineup. At the panel, footage from Black’s Iron Man 3 rallied fans with the introduction of Tony Stark’s new nanobot technology that allows him to remotely suit up and a first look at the movie’s villain Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. For Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel detailed the five superheros who make up this new (potential franchise-worthy) team and they are Drax The Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon, and Gamora; see them all depicted above. What will likely connect this team to the one we already know (read: The Avengers) is that it is Drax’s ultimate mission to defeat Thanos, the yellowish grinning alien seen in the post-credits scene during The Avengers. For Ant-Man, Wright showed off test footage of the superhero who can grow extremely tiny and immensely large at will. Wright exclaimed, “Ant-Man will kick you ass one inch at a time.”
Check out the logos for all of the “Phase Two” Marvel movies in the gallery below. Download hi-res versions at Marvel.
Director Zack Snyder and star Henry Cavill took part in the Man of Steel panel at Comic Con last week. There they unveiled footage from the flick as well as the Comic Con branded poster seen above. Snyder says that fans will get a taste of the footage Con attendees were privy to when The Dark Knight Rises hits theatres this Thursday; a teaser trailer for the upcoming Super-Man reboot will play before Christopher Nolan’s anticipated conclusion to his Batman trilogy. The teaser will be uploaded here once it hits the ‘Net.
Snyder and Cavill made it a point to say that their mission with this new Superman is to make him relatable. “How would you feel if you were Superman?” Snyder posed to the excitable crowd.
Man of Steel is out next summer.
At Comic Con 2011 in San Diego, the cast and crew of AMC’s The Walking Dead took the stage to talk about the fantastic new series and reveal season 2. Here are the highlights:
- The panel consisted of actors Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yuen and Jeffrey DeMunn; makeup artist Greg Nicotero; executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman; and showrunner/writer/director/producer Frank Darabont.
- Hurd confirmed that The Walking Dead will return Sunday, October 16 at 9PM on AMC. One phenomenal (and lengthy) season 2 trailer was screen twice during the panel; watch it in full after the break.
- Holden said, “If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead graphic novel, I think you’re going to be really happy this season.”
- Kirkman admitted, “There’s a bit of pressure. There’s an expectation now. It’s just made everyone work harder. It’s empowered us to try harder. To cross more lines, to tell bigger stories, knowing that there is a rabid fanbase out there.” He later joked that he’d hire Modern Family‘s Ed O’Neill to play a new character next season if casting were up to him. “My second go-to is John Stamos,” he chuckled.
- Wayne Callies said, “The scripts this season are unprecedented…the best TV scripts I’ve ever seen. This season really shows that the most dangerous things out there are the monsters inside.” Holden added, “Every character is pushed to the max this year. People are going to be so thrilled. The writing is so superb and every script is gold.”
- Little Carl Grimes (played by Chandler Riggs) is going to kick things up a notch, according to Wayne Callies. “I was brought to tears by how proud I am of him,” she said. “He did a scene the other day that I can’t tell you anything about, but it will take your breath away. He is going to blow your mind this year.”
- And where will season 2 pick up? Exactly where you want it to. The October premiere “picks up about five seconds, in an overlap, with the end of the first season,” Kirkman revealed. So there’s none of this bulls–t six months later stuff!” He added, “The plan is not to rush [Rick Grimes' story], just like I did in the comic book series.”
- *Shortly after Comic Con ended, AMC announced that Frank Darabont has stepped away from his showrunner duties for reasons unknown at this time. Walking Dead executive producer and writer Glen Mazzara (The Shield) has assumed Darabont’s duties as #1. An official statement read like this: “AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.”
Check out the gallery below to view pictures from The Walking Dead panel at Comic Con. Note that security did not allow attendees to take pictures of anything shown on screen.
At Comic Con, Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse crashed EW’s Totally Lost: One Year Later panel and brought with them a never-before-seen clip, an alternate ending to the pivotal season one finale. Lindelof and Cuse ultimately decided against keeping this scene in the finale “for fear that it revealed too much about how the series would eventually end.” Watch it, and decide for yourself whether or not it was wise to remove it.
Psht, and people thought they were making it all up as they were going along!
Here it is, our first glimpse into season 2 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The scene follows Rick Grimes as he confronts not one but two zombies. His weapon of choice? A rock.
Watch it again, and then again, and anticipate the premiere coming this October.
Update: Hop after the break to see the new Walking Dead Comic Con poster; it features Rick and the gang of survivors atop the winnebago fending off a horde of zombies. (Click here for more…)
Considering myself a rabid follower of the FOX sci-fi show Fringe, it didn’t take much deliberation for me to clobber together this brief post. Next week Comic Con comes to San Diego, and within the convention walls Warner Bros. will be handing out these Fringe themed bags-that-convert-into-backpacks. What’s more, TVLine reports, is that an extremely limited number of alternate universe themed swag bags will also be in circulation. I’ve got to get my hands on one of those…
I’ve got some good news for those of you following the saga that is the TV adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic book Locke & Key. When FOX’s upfront presentation came and went without a pickup for the spooky pilot, whispers surfaced saying that backing studio 20th Century Fox TV was tempted to pitch it to other networks and cable stations like The CW and Syfy. Unfortunately these networks passed on the pilot, too. After all this rejection typically this would mark the end of a TV project. But Locke & Key is special, you see. Instead of being shelved in the attic, 20th Century Fox TV granted the comic book’s publisher IDW Publishing permission to screen the pilot at Comic Con.
What makes Locke & Key worthy of coming back from the dead. In a word: pedigree. The following people are involved in the making of this show: Josh Friedman (showrunner/executive producer/writer), Steven Spielberg (executive producer), Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (executive producers), and Mark Romanek (director). Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl star. The high-profile pilot was all the buzz during pilot pickup season, but due to production costs and other financial reasons FOX (and the other networks that considered taking it on) ultimately decided to pass on it.
Kudos to IDW for having the guts to ask 20th to screen the pilot in its entirety at Comic Con. And not only that–a panel consisting of Hill and collaborator Gabriel Rodriguez, Friedman, Orci, and Kurtzman will be on hand to discuss the making of the pilot. If there’s any place to resurrect a high-profile comic book adaptation with spooky and mysterious elements attached, it’s Comic Con. If the pilot is well-received by the crowd, there is a chance that network execs might hear their cheers and decided to pick up the series for midseason or fall 2012. I will be attending the screening next month and will report back my impressions. I have a gut feeling Locke & Key is going to be a crowd-pleaser.
Joe Hill shared his reaction to the pilot on his blog. “Mark Romanek and Josh Friedman turned in a hell of a good pilot (says a dude who is, of course, completely unbiased). The finished episode is scary, and lean, and emotionally authentic, and has a similar feel to Super 8; it very much has a kind of early 80s scary-Spielberg vibe. It’s also very faithful to the source material. I’m so, so proud of everyone who worked on it and of what was accomplished. Locke & Key doesn’t have a TV home at the moment, but there’s quite a bit of good will out there for the pilot among those who have seen it. So I can’t say what will happen after SDCC. We’ll just have to – ah – stay tuned.”
With Comic Con just around the corner, Gleeks (or ultimate fans of the show Glee) are getting hyped for the Glee panel. Typically Comic Con TV show panels include the show’s biggest stars. For example, at last year’s Glee panel Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Dianna Agron took the stage to interact with fans. This year, however, none of those actors will be present. Why? Well it’s because FOX wants to give the rest of the cast time to shine in the spotlight amongst the show’s most rabid fans. Twentieth Century Fox Television rep: “Last year, we brought down Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, and Dianna Agron. Because we have such a large cast and we can’t bring everyone every year, this year we decided to bring down some of the cast who didn’t get to go last summer. So this year, Chris Colfer [Curt], Amber Riley [Mercedes], Jenna Ushkowitz [Tina], Kevin McHale [Artie], Mark Salling [Puck], Heather Morris [Brittany], and Naya Rivera [Santana] will get to experience the convention, as well as co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.” And Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) is a no show (again) due to a scheduling conflict. Bummer. But it’ll be a blast to see Heather Morris live in person–she’s got great delivery (who could forget the ”Dolphins are just gay sharks” line?). With the promise of never-before-seen clips, I’m sure this year’s Glee panel will be just as memorable as the last.
Back in February E! News spilt the details of a Comic Con documentary to be developed by Joss Whedon (Dollhouse) and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). Now we have an official press release that instructs how you can take part in the doc. Here’s the pertinent details:
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, producer Thomas Tull, comic book icon Stan Lee, writer/producer Joss Whedon, and film guru Harry Knowles have joined together to bring audiences the feature-length documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE FOUR: A FAN’S HOPE – a documentary celebration of all things con-tastic!
We are looking to cast original, eccentric, funny, touching, and mildly obsessive people that will capture the excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and passion of comic book, anime, sci-fi, and fantasy lovers everywhere.
If Comic-Con International will be the highlight of your year and you have a story to share about your passion, let us know. Join the fellowship, take part in this epic documentary, and write us at ComicConDoc@gmail.com. Include your name, phone number, a picture, and tell us your story.
Do you think you have what it takes to star in a such a doc? Then watchareya waiting for? Send that email off to the powers that be and keep your fingers crossed! Look after the break for the full PR.
According to E! News, creator/director/producer/writer/genius Joss Whedon is teaming up with director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) to develop a documentary following a group of uber-nerds attending this year’s Comic Con. According to the source, “They want to follow people for about three months leading up to this year’s Comic-Con. And then they want to film them there. They’re looking at all types of people.”
As much as I would love to be featured in this doc, I don’t know if I have the chops to make the cut. I’m not really into the whole costume thing. But they did say they are searching for all types of people. WHEDON & SPURLOCK, listen here: If you’re looking for a blogger who goes to Comic Con to walk the convention floor and attend as many TV/movie/web series panels as humanly possible, I’m the one you want! Hey, it’s worth a try.
The Halo universe is about to be expaned in two major ways, first by way of Halo Legends. Microsoft has teamed up with a bunch of renowned anime studios to create a collection of original short films that will bring the exciting story of Master Chief and the discovery of the mysterious Halo rings to life on the small screen. The short anime-style films will be produced by Microsoft’s 343 Industries and creative direction will come from anime pioneer Shinji Aramaki. Aramaki: “Halo and its characters are a very natural fit for anime.” If you are at all interested in the back story of the world of Halo and its characters, this will be a must see. All seven short films will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2010. However, a preview of select episodes debut on Xbox Live this fall.
Also announced is Halo Waypoint, a one-stop destination for all things Halo on Xbox Live. According to Microsoft, “It will inform fans of the latest Halo news and activities, and grant access to content ranging from podcasts, trailers and screenshots, to exclusive video footage you won’t find anywhere else. It also will provide a new challenge for Halo gamers with a career system and player rankings tied to both in-game and out-of-game accomplishments related to Halo.” Look out for this new portal on Xbox Live this fall. Halo fans, rejoice!
Jimmy Fallon takes his idea of his own superhero a little too far when he becomes, ”The Recharger.” The special guests rock: Lost members, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, and more!
Comic Con 2009 in San Diego has come and gone very quickly. Although much went on at the show over the four day span, I will summarize the panels I saw and the time I spent on the convention show floor.
The first movie panel I saw was Disney: 3D Panel. At the panel three upcoming Disney movies were shown off: “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Tron: Legacy.” In sum, each movie is being made to be seen enhanced in 3D, and this will provide for stunning visuals and a great experience at the theatre. All three films will likely become very popular over the next few months as the hype for them beings to gain momentum post-Comic Con. Personally, I am most looking forward to “Alice in Wonderland.” I am a big fan on Tim Burton, and collaboration between him and Johnny Depp often leads to great filmmaking and exciting adventures. The first official trailer (exclusive to Comic Con) looks amazing; the colors are vibrant, the soundtrack is perfect, and the acting looks to be supurb. Disney has some great movies up their sleeves; I look forward with much anticipation to the upcoming 3D releases of these movies.
The second movie panel I attended was Sony Pictures Animation’s ”Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Directors Chirs Miller and Phil Lord are young, hip guys who had tons of fun making this classic children’s book story come to life on the big screen. With voices coming from the hilarious Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Anna Farris, “Cloudy” looks like a very fun film for young and old alike. The animation has a cartoonish visual style to it with a mix of realism. This imaginative tale of raining hamburgers and pancakes is something I am very much looking forward to seeing soon.
I attended one web series panel and one celebration of a past web series. I sat on The GuildPanel which featured creator Felicia Day. Season 3 of “The Guild” looks to be as funny, if not funnier, than the previous two seasons. Felicia is leading the way in the evolution of how people watch original programming. As TV shows make the move from the TV to the computer, things start to get tricky concerning money transactions and commercials. Felicia keeps things simple by being sponsored by companies (Microsoft and Sprint), which allows her to reach different audiences on various mediums (Xbox Live, the Internet (MSN, YouTube) and share her creations for free. “The Guild” is a very well written and hilarious web series, and I look forward to watching Season 3 and where “The Guild” will go from there in the future.
During late night at Comic Con, I sat in a room filled with tons of “Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog” fans and watched the entire screening of all three Acts and the DVD special, “Commentary! The Musical.” “Dr. Horrible” is a web series created by the brilliant Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”). It gained much fanfare when it was originally released on its website, available free to stream online. The talented cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and “The Guild’s” Felicia Day. It is very, very well written and laugh out loud hilarious. Watching the three Acts with many fans joining me in singing the songs and speaking the dialogue verbatim was very special. Joss Whedon, and other “Dr. Horrible” contributors, revealed that they hold this series very close to their hearts and that they would be remiss not to continue it with a sequel sometime soon.
Then began the numerous TV panels. I attended two new TV show panels and and five other show panels. First up was “FlashForward.” I cannot reiterate this enough: FlashForward is going to be the next big network TV show. It pulls off all the stops: a great plot-line, a talented main cast, renowned writers and producers, and a well-developed hype train with tons of followers already. With Lost off the air (gasp!) after this season, ABC found its next “shrowded-in-mystery” show with FlashForward. Next was the new Fox show called “Glee.” Glee is a very special show in that it is very difficult to compare it to anything else on air. It incorporate various methods of storytelling including music and dance, involves many genres like drama and comedy, and it moves at an unconventional pace. If something is expected to happen plot-wise, it is going to happen much sooner rather than later; this keeps things exciting and allows for new ideas and plotlines to form on a weekly basis. After having watched the preview and premiere (Comic Con exclusive) episodes of Glee, I can assure you that this is a show you do not want to miss. You have your CSIs, your reality shows…and now you will have Glee–a show that may very well invent its own type of genre and change the way stories are told.
I also attended TV panels for 24, The Big Bang Theory, Dollhouse, Lost, and Fringe. 24 Season 8 looks great. Jack Bauer is back and there is a new threat, this time sprouting from the idea of possible world peace. The second season of The Big Bang Theory will find Leonard, Sheldon, and crew funnier than ever and placed in more awkward situations that will lead to new directions in the overall plot and relationships between the characters. Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse Season 2 will likely land Dollhouse much better ratings this time around as Joss has now had the time to introduce the main story arc. Layers of the dollhouse will be revealed and images of a post-apocalyptic future will change the direction of the show (but will keep the original storyline intact). Lost begins its final season this winter and the show’s producers and cast members are excited for the big reveals ahead. Everything will come full circle as Season 6 will harken back to concepts originally portrayed in Season 1, and we will see old characters revisit us in some form or other. And then there is Fringe. Fringe Season 2 will continue where Season 1 left off. We will learn more secrets about the world of the alternate universe, and some characters will come to learn the truths about themselves as an oncoming war starts to brew.
On the convention show floor I visited many booths. Some of them include video game booths like Microsoft, Sony, and EA; TV networks like G4, Fox, and WB; collectibles and figurines. What I found most interesting on the show floor was the enormous showing of all the aforementioned booths and the lack of stations for what the convention was named after: comics! There was a section towards the front of the show floor that contained many comic book booths and stations set up. Also, many of the booths throughout the entire floor were showing off things inspired from comic books. When you look at the big picture, though, what you come to find is that Comic Con has been taken over by TV networks, film studios, and other things that simply are not comics. Granted, many of the movies and TV shows on the show floor and panels relate to sci-fi and other comic book-type genres. No matter how you look at it, Comic Con has changed greatly from its original form. For some, this change has had a negative effect on them. They go to Comic Con for the comics and comic book-related material from DC, Marvel, and more. For others (like me, in particular), I am highly enjoying the growth of Comic Con from a comics-only convention to a much larger venue that brings together fans of all mediums of entertainment that go beyond the comic book that include television, movies, and video games. Comic Con has become a celebration of art in entertainment, and I am proud to be apart of it.
Today’s updates in bullet-point form. Ready? Go!
11:00AM-12:00PM – Lost: The Final Season Panel (Hall H) *Spoiler warning*
- The Lost panel kicked off with a video clip of a fake 80′s ABC show called “Mysteries of the Universe” that focuses on the Dharma Initiative. ABC will be posting new installments of the viral videos on the Lost website. The first video (the video that was shown at Comic Con) is up on the website right now. It’s description: “A project discussed for years in and around conspiracy circles. Once thought to be lost, this explosive documentary series has never been seen before…until now.” After that, an Oceanic Airlines commercial was played.
- Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (together, Darlton) told the audience how much they appreciate our support for the show and that the panel’s theme is all about the fan’s devotion to the show.
- They present a video of user generated content relating to Lost. Many of the video are very funny and creative.
- The winner of the Lost mock theme contest is revealed. The winning song is played over a short Lost montage.
- Darlton places a small black box on the table and place a piece of paper in it claiming it reads the final scene of the Lost series finale. It is to be read on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the finale airs to prove they did in fact know where the story was going from the beginning. They wrap the keys to the box around their necks.
- Q&A takes place; Lindelof – “We will be as honest and forthcoming as we never were.” Ha! First fan asked how season 6 will be related to season 1. Darlton explained that season 6 will bring things full circle and that “You’ll be seeing many characters you haven’t seen since the first season.” Hmm…Does that mean everything was in fact reset and Juliet was successful in detonating the bomb, thus bringing everyone back? Cuse: “There was a certain feel [to season one]. They were running around in the jungle. Things felt intense and surprising. We feel we have a way to do that in the final season of the show that we like, and we hope you will too. Lindelof: “It’s really our goal to have you watch the final season of the show and not know what we’re going to do next.” They promise much suspense and continued unpredictability.
- Funnyman Paul Scheer (from “Human Giant”) presented Darlton a personal painting of Cuse, Lindelof, and a polar bear. Funny, then not so much. His website: http://damoncarltonandapolarbear.com/dcpb/
- After another fan asked a question concerning flashbacks Carlton responded: “We are doing something different in season 6. The time travel season is over, the flash-forward season is over. We have something different planned. Hopefully, you will like it, but we are not going to commit to what it’s going to be.” Hmm, what will the new format be?
- Three videos are played that spark new questions about possible alternate timelines: (1) An America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh talks about Kate Austin and her murderous ways. Most important tidbit coming from this video–Kate did NOT kill her step father (Wayne Jansenn in the planned explosion earlier in the series. Walsh says, “But fate would intervene on this tragic evening.” Apparently, Kate’s stepfather sent his apprentice to lock up his house, and it was he who perished inside the house. (2) An Oceanic Airlines video was shown. It is mentioned in the commercial that Oceanic neverhad a crash. (3) In this clip, Hurley appears in a commerical for Mr. Cluck’s chicken as the company’s CEO. He is very cheerful. Apparently he is very wealthy from the money he won in the lottery and his lottery numbers have only brought him good luck. Hm..alternate reality = Juliet’s detonation of the bomb in fact reset the timeline??
- As soon as this video is over, Jorge Garcia (Hurley) appears in the audience and has some questions for Darlton. He ask if Juliet was successful in detonating the bomb and thus resetting the timeline for the Losties. He points out that that seems like it will indeed happen after watching the Mr. Cluck’s commercial. The numbers and lottery ticket bring Hurley fortune and success rather than bad luck and a ticket to the island in this alternate reality. Very interesting..alternate reality, anyone?
- Jorge Garcia also asks if every questions is going to be answered in the final season. Damon responds, “Everything that matters is going to be answered.” Whatever that means…
- Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) then appears in the audience and starts having a mock argument with Jorge. This confrontation leads to a video clip of a fake but hilarious resurfaced audition tape of Emerson trying for the part of Hurley before he was casted as Ben. Although this is meant for laughs, this clip also alludes to an alternate reality, albeit one that involves Ben attempting to get the role of Hurley.
- Darlton responds to a fan question about Juliet’s future on the show: Juliet will be back on the show. They made sure to mention that if Juliet indeed set off the bomb (and Jack’s plan worked) she will be alive and well, and if she did not, she will definitely be a goner. They added that the dead Daniel Farraday will also be back on the show in some form or other.
- A fan asks about Richard Albert and wants to know if we will receive a flashback for him to learn his back-story. The answer was yes. (It was reported today that Nestor Carbonell will be a season regular and will appear in “16 of the 18 episodes,” he says. “Obviously Richard doesn’t age, so I’m most curious to know how old he is and if he’s in fact pulling the strings.”
- After a fan asks if Carbonell wears eye-liner off set, Darlton rolls a live feed on the big screen revealing Carbonell applying makeup backstage. He mutters, “Richard Alpert’s not immortal. You are!” After comically complaining about his stylist giving him the wrong shade of eye-liner he asked for, Carbonell joins Darlton, Jorge, and Emerson on stage.
- A fan asks if the Lost fanbase is on the right path when they call the ‘man in black’ the biblical name “Esau.” Emerson responds: “We sometimes deal in Biblical imagery, but we tend to dance in and back away from it. That might be too much, but I like the way your mind is working.” Hmm… (Quite impressed with his non-answer answer Damon nods to Emerson–”You’re good at this!”
- Fan asks if we will learn more about the Dharma Initiative. Darlton says they are moving away from the D.I. as much has already been explained about them in the previous season. They recommended fans watch the announced ”Mysteries of the Universe” videos to learn more. Another fan asks where the Dharma food comes from and how exactly the food is dropped from the sky. Darlton says that will be explained this season.
- It is confirmed that Jacob has never been seen by the characters on the island embodied as someone/something else.
- A quick clip is played; it is a montage of Sawyer. Slowride by Foghat plays behind it. Following the clip Josh Holloway (Sawyer) comes onto the stage, in character, and mock tazes Lindelof to steal the key around his neck to open the black box and read aloud the final scene from the finale. Everyone could tell this was very much scripted, but that made it all the more enjoyable. Holloway opens the box, takes out the peice of paper, and Emerson points out that he can’t even read! Emerson takes the paper from him and reads it aloud (in a very creepy, Ben-like manner): “Exterior, circus tent, night… As the flames die, we find Sylar and Parkman…What the f–k is this?” It is a scene from the TV show “Heroes!” Ha!! (And so it is confirmed, the whole final scene being written down was a fake out.)
- The last clip is a “In Memorium” montage played over Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Characters included were Michael Dawson, Libby Smith (this is the first unveiling of her last name), Ana Lucia, Daniel Farraday, and lastly Charlie Pace (who received the loudest applause). Immediately following this clip Dominic Monaghan appeared on stage and joined the others. Looks like Charlie will be back after all, in some form or other. After a quick entrance, Darlton said their thank you’s and goodbye’s. The final Lost panel is over. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” plays the audience out.
Although much was not revealed during the panel, the ode to the fans was very heartfelt and the videos and clips were very funny and entertaining. Lost: The Final Seasons airs in January 2010 on ABC. Destiny Found.
*Weird–>”The marketing graphic for Lost season six included all our favorite characters (heralding the return of many of them) but the important thing is that the last character added to the animation was Locke, and he was very obviously facing backward, while all the other characters were facing forward. Ahhh, Unlocke!” (Via EOnline) I call him “not-Locke Locke.” (Also, check out www.lostuniversity.org. Flyers for this new viral campaign were handed out prior to the panel. Likely an ARG (alternate reality game) leading up to the sixth season.)
1:30PM-3:00PM – Glee Panel (Indigo Ballroom)
- The season premiere episode was aired for the audience. Will not give away spoilers, except that Kanye West’s Gold Digger is performed by Glee Club leader Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and the other Glee Club members. It’s an awesome rendition. The episode itself was highly entertaining and very funny. Four to five songs were performed. The plot is furthered a lot by the end of the episode.
- After the screening of the first episode, Glee’s producers and main cast were brought on stage. Cast members included Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Lea Michelle (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), and Dianna Argon (Quinn Fabray).
- This new show is going to be a hit. It includes drama, hilarity, music, dance, and great cinematography. It is a very differenttype of show. It is very hard to compare it to any other show on TV right now (or ever). Some of the cast mention “Freaks and Geeks.” When a fan compared it to the “High School Musical” franchise Cory Monteith responded, “It’s like if ‘High School Musical’ had been punched in the stomach and had its lunch money stolen.”
- When asked why the plot develops so quickly in just the first episode the producers stated that they do not intend to play games with their audience. If something is highly expected to happen, it will happen when it should; nothing will be purposely dragged out over a number of episodes. Sounds good to me!
- So far, around 56 songs have been written and recorded.
- Future plans for Glee: (1) The talented cast is going on a 12-day 10-city tour this summer to boost the hype for the show. (2) A Glee soundtrack is set to release this November. (3) The producers are booking many high profile guests for future episodes. They include Josh Grobin, Kristin Chenoweth, and Victor Garber. (4) The producers promise more musical hits for the episodes, including a late-season ep containing both Barbara Streisand and Rolling Stones renditions.
Glee is one of this season’s most anticipated new shows, and for good reason! Glee is a fresh idea for a TV program. It is a drama. It is a comedy. It is a musical. Its two main stars, Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, come from Broadway. The entire cast are extremely talented actors, singers, and dancers. It is so original and like nothing else. The Glee season premiere airs on September 16 on FOX. Spread the word of Glee!
4:00PM-5:00PM – Fringe Panel (Ballroom 20) *Spoiler warning*
- The Fringe panel included executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J. H. Wyman, consulting producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, and main cast members John Noble (Walter), Joshua Jackson (Peter), Jasika Nicole (Astrid), and the stunning Anna Torv (Olivia).
- There was much discussion about the “alternate universes” conception and revelations. Pinker: “I think we got there quicker than we anticipated.”
- When asked about the controversial image of the twin towers standing during the season finale, Pinkner responded: “We wanted to immediately represent a different reality.”
- When asked about what to expect in the next season: Pinkner: “This season is about maturation … about making decisions for yourself. There’s a lot at stake.” Robert Orci: “…everyone taking control of their lives and pursuing their own truths. And a war is coming…when you learn things that are unpleasant, you have to take a side.”
- The Walter-Peter relationship will continue to grow, even more interestingly next season now that we know something Peter does not–the real Peter is dead. (The Peter we have been witnessing all along is “alternate universe Peter.) Jackson says eventually Walter’s secret is going to be spilled and this will obviously change the dynamic between the two characters. Noble on the matter: “There will be no answers early on. We don’t want to let Peter in on that too early. I think it will be toward the second half of the season, I think it will be a massive episode, and I think it will be very ugly.”
- A fan asked a very interesting and quite revealing question to the panel: He is pondering that alternate universe Walter has tried to come into our universe to bring alternate universe Peter back, and that the person who Walter saw in the asylum is the alternate universe version of himself. When asked if any of this is true Pinkner responded with, “Yes, no and maybe.”
- It was told that Walter and Astrid will share a “very sweet” scene together that reveals more about her and their relationship.
- When asked about Olivia’s FBI partner Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo), Pinkner responds: “Rumors of Charlie’s demise were premature. But I do think that Charlie’s going to undergo some drastic changes, which hopefully will be surprising and entertaining. And we’ve already met alternate Charlie as well. He had a scar on his face. Kirk’s part of our family.” (Kirk Acevedo was supposedly fired from the show after the first season.) Glad to hear he is coming back! Wonder what the new and improved (?) Charlie will be like..
- Noble said that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Time to Kill, A Beautiful Mind, i, Robot, Angels & Demons) wrote the season premiere. Nice!
- Noble on fringe science on the show: “The stuff we do is not that unreasonable,” he said. “Theoretically, it’s all possible.” Sounds more like his character talking!
- Fourth episode–> Walter and former lab partner William Bell will meet again. Leonard Nimoy is locked in for season 2. Sweet!
- The producers mentioned that the series will never involve alien life forms. That begs the question, What is the Observer (and Observer, Jr.)??
- Also mentioned: Although David Robert Jones is dead, that does not mean we will not see alternate universe DRJ. Ooooh.
Fringe had a fantastic freshmen season, and a sophomore slump is something that will most definitely not occur. Season two looks to be a very entertaining and frightening tale that will continue the story between the warring alternate universes and further develop the intricate and layered character relationships. I am pumped for Fringe season 2 which begins on September 17 on FOX. And oh yeah, I met the entire cast!
Comic Con: Day Three is a wrap! Leaving San Diego today; time to get much needed rest. Be sure to check out the next and final post on Comic Con 2009 on Monday. I will summarize all of the TV and movie panels I attended and give an overall rating of this year’s Con. Have a great weekend, and look forward to normalcy starting to set back in by next week. That’s right, I’m talking about the latest in tech, TV, movies, music, and hilarity!
Comic Con: Day Two was jam-packed with great stuff. Let’s get right to it…
10:30AM-11:30AM – Meet The Guild Panel (Room 5AB)
The Guild is a very funny and highly inventive web series created by Dr. Horrible’s Felicia Day. The panel opened with a Guild music video directed by Jed Whedon. It was great; it actually made nerds (or people who play World of Warcraft) seems very, very cool. The music video will be available as a free download on Xbox Live in August. After the music video played, the entire Guild cast came onto the stage, that is, Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen, and Vincent Caso. To everyone’s surprise, the cast came out wearing detailed costumes of the characters they play in the show. After a quick introduction, series director Sean Becker unveiled the first episode of Season 3 of The Guild. It was freaking hilarious! It’s great to see The Guild back in action. In the final scene, Star Trek: TNG actor Wil Weaton made a surprise cameo as the leader of a nemesis guild. After the episode, Wil Weaton joined the cast on stage. There was a breif Q&A and then the guild dispersed. Season 3 looks to be the best one yet. If you haven’t heard of The Guild, check out their website (www.watchtheguild.com) or download the first two seasons for free on Xbox Live. It’s great for WoW fans and non-fans alike.
11:45AM-12:45PM – FlashForward Panel (Room 6A)
One word: AMAZING. FlashForward, known to many as “the next Lost” is going to rock everyone’s world this September on ABC. The premise is simple yet compelling: The world wakes up to what seems like a totally normal day. While everyone is going about their business, something strange happens. Every single person on Earth falls unconscious and blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. During this period of time, everyone sees a flash of their own personal futures, six months into the future to be precise. Some people’s future are dark and sad, some are happy and funny, and some people have no future at all. During this short period of blackout, something unknown attacks cities all around the world creating blazing fires and explosions all over the place. Many people are injured and killed during this time. At the panel we were shown three scenes from the premiere episode, as well as a trailer covering where the series plans to take us. This footage is Comic Con exclusive and has never been seen before. The main character of the show is played by Joseph Fiennes, an FBI agent who has the most interesting flash forward of them all: he sees clues (undefined and currently meaningless) as to what may have happened on that fateful day, thus leading me to believe that there is some sort of over-arching conspiracy theory to the cataclysmic turn of events. His partner is played by Star Trek’s (and yes, Harold and Kumar’s) John Cho. Also joining these two cast members on the panel were actors Christine Woods and Courtney B. Vance, and executive producers and writers Brannon Braga, Marc Guggenheim, and David S. Goyer. While they did not reveal any spoilers, they did give us some information to ponder. The writers already have an end game to the series; they know exactly where it is going and how it will finalize. They say it could take as short as three seasons or as long as five seasons to tell the entire story. Of course, all of this will depend on ratings and viewer reactions. It was revealed (after being long rumored) that Lost’s Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) will be joining fellow Lost alum (Sonya Walger, who played Penny) as an important character in the show. He turned out to be a surprise guest and he joined the panel with the others. From the three scenes I watched during the panel, I can tell you that this new show has major potential to be huge hit this fall. As sad and depressing it is that Lost will be airing its final season this year, it is equally uplifting and exciting that such a great new show will be taking its slot on ABC this television season. The season premiere airs on September 24; don’t miss it.
1:00PM-2:00PM – The Big Bang Theory Panel (Ballroom 20)
TBBT panel was exciting for all fans of the brilliantly humorous show made for geeks and non-geeks alike. The panel included executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and all main cast members including Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons (Emmy-nominated), Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and the beauiful Kaley Cuoco. After a comedic reel of season two highlights, the panel took questions for the audience. Not much was revealed about the current plot for the new season. It was confirmed that Jim’s Sheldon will not have a girlfriend in the foreseeable future. Very funny and entertaining panel.
2:15PM-3:00PM – 24 Panel (Ballroom 20)
Day 8 here we come. 24 has survived on air for a magnificent seven seasons, and season 8 looks to be yet another exciting and pulse-pounding adventure for Jack Bauer and company. The panel included Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chole O’Brien), new cast members Freddie Prince Jr., Battlestar Galactica’s beautiful Kattie Sackoff, and Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor, showrunner Howard Gordon, other executive producers, and composer Sean Callery. I watched an exclusive, never-before-scene clip of the first episode of season 8. Jack is back and better than ever. Season 8 starts off shortly after last season’s cliffhanger. Jack is healthy, thanks to his daughter Kim, and he is in a current state of restfulness (quite a change from last season). While not much was divulged about the upcoming season, some tidbits of information was leaked out. The over-arching theme of this season is “peace.” The season starts out with a peace-making event in the UN between the President of the U.S., (still Alison Taylor) and the leader of Iran. There will be an assassination attempt at this event, and that is where the action beings and when the blood starts pumping. There will be tons of crazy explosions and things blowing up (duh!). Elisha Cuthbert will return as Jack’s daughter, Freddie Prince Jr. will play Cole Ortiz, Kattie Sackoff will play Ortiz’s love interest, and Anil Kappor will play the representative from Iran. This season of 24 will take place in a new location–New York City. The main ensemble will be working in a brand new (and re-instituted) CTU, which by the way looks so awesome! Kiefer made it clear that this season will truly bring things full circle, back to season one. Everything that has happened in Jack’s life thus far will culminate in this season. He also mentioned that a 24 movie is something he and the staff have thought about as a future franchise for the 24 universe. Look forward to a reinvented 24, coming in January 2010.
4:00PM-5:00PM – Dollhouse Panel (Ballroom 20)
Creative genius Joss Whedon presented the unaired episode thirteen of Fox’s Dollhouse titled “Epitaph One.” It starred Felicia Day and show star Eliza Dushku. It was awesome. For those of you who have yet to see season one, do yourself a favor and purchase the season one DVD which includes the unaired episode. The panel included Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, and special guests (other cast members) Fran Kranz and Dichan Lachman. Joss is a very funny man and an ingenious visionary. His latest creation Dollhouse will enter its second season this fall, picking up right from where it left off in last season’s finale. On the brink of cancellation, Fox decided to keep Dollhouse and give it another shot for better rating with a second season. Thank goodness for that. He has many surprises and twists ahead hidden away in mind. He says the show will take a new direction in season two that will continue the same story from season one but will also shed new light on the characters and relationships. Let it be known: Eliza Dushku is smoking hot in person. Just take a look for yourself in the gallery below.
All in all, Day Two was a great one. So many new shows to look forward to, and so many classics making bold returns. Tomorrow: the final Lost panel, among others! Enjoy the image galleries here as you await my reporting from my final day at Comic Con. Cheers.
Comic Con: Day One included a few panels and a lot of walking around the show floor. I am going to make this simple; I will list each panel I attended and delve into the details for each. I will conclude by summarizing my trek on the show floor.
11:00AM – 12:30PM – Disney: 3D Panel (Hall H)
This panel was located in Hall H, the largest room at the San Diego Convention Center. When I got to this event at around 8AM, there was a line of over 1500 people wrapped around the building! Little did I know today would be my lucky day. My first strike of luck came during this panel. Somehow I bypassed the entire line by befriending some front-liners (who all slept outside overnight!) who kindly let me sneak in with them. Once I got into Hall H, I was given 3D glasses. Fun fact: This panel is the first in Comic Con history to shoe 3D visuals during the presentation. Three upcoming Disney movies were discussed during this panel: “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Tron.” The panel was moderated by Patton Oswalt; he sat with the director of each film and discussed its current state of completion.
First up was Robert Zemeckis, writer and director of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.” Zemeckis discussed the gorgeous animated film and how it relates to the term “uncanny valley.” As technology continues to evolve every day, computer animation becomes more realistic and human-like. The example he used for this particular movie was the retina (eye) movements. They are very real and genuine movements. To show off what he has in store for audiences, he revleaed a never-before-seen (and Comic Con exclusive) scene from the movie. Simply put, “A Christmas Carol” looks fantastic in 3D and it will be a sure fire hit when it lands in regular, IMAX 3D, and 3D-optimized theatres this November. The film stars an animated, but very real looking Jim Carey. In fact, Jim Carey will be playing eight characters (including Scrooge and the three Ghosts of Christmas).
Next was Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” One sentence sums it all up: This movie is going to ROCK. After a very brief discussion with Oswalt, Burton unveiled the first official (and also never-before-seen, Comic Con exclusive) trailer for the movie. The trailer was so good that it was played three times in a row, in 3D of course. After the third showing, Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance on stage. No discussion here; Depp said hello, goodbye, and left the stage. Although this was a quick meeting with Burton, the trailer made it all worthwhile. Up to this point, only stills from the movie had been shown; witnessing these strange and colorful characters come to life was magnificent. Expect this gem to be released in regular, IMAX 3D, and 3D-optimized theatres in March 2010.
Last was Sean Baily and Steve Lisberger’s sequel to the 1982 film “Tron” called “Tron: Legacy.” (Note: Baily and Lisberger are the movie’s producers.) They discussed the premise of the film in short detail, quickly jumping to test footage and two bass-heavy and visually stunning trailers (again, both never-before-seen and Comic Con exclusive). All I can say is that the reboot looks great. The cast is very young and will bring a new and welcome vibe to the series. Cast members include Garrett Hedlund (playing Flynn’s adult son), Jeff Bridges, the original Kevin Flynn himself, and the beautiful Olivia Wilde, who plays a confidante of the young Flynn. Also worthy of noting is that the original score of the film will be composed by Daft Punk. “Tron: Legacy” will be in regular and 3D theatres in 2010.
All in all, the Disney: 3D Panel was spectacular. All three upcoming Disney 3D films look amazing; the visuals, audio, characters, and plot lines are very impressive and intruiging. As much as I would like to share with you the images from the trailers and other on-screen footage, Comic Con policy states that I cannot do so. However, please take a look at the image gallery below to view what I can share with you.
2:00PM – 3:00PM – Sony Pictures Animation: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (Room 6BCF)
The main reason I attended this panel was to see the hilarious Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, the beautiful Anna Ferris, Role Models’ Bobb’e J. Thompson, and the smart dudes behind the cartoon “Clone High,” directors Chirs Miller and Phil Lord. (Hader could not make the panel due to an illness.) Although this is a “kid’s movie” based on a classic childhood book, the film looks to be a very funny and visually pleasing adventure. Miller and Lord showed some exclusive scenes from the movie, revealed some of the plot to put the scenes in context, and took questions from the audience. Many questions were aimed at Andy Samberg and involved his famous SNL Digital Shorts and SNL career. In the end, this was a fun panel filled with lots of laughs and what looks to be an exciting and hilarious animated motion picture. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” comes out on September 18, 2009 in regular and 3D versions.
8:00PM – 10:00PM – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (screening) (Room 6A)
First let me start out by saying this is where my second stroke of luck showed up. When I arrived about half an hour before showtime, the line was capped; it was the second longest line I’d seen all day (the longest being the Hall H line in the morning). Somehow, yet again, I got myself in the front of the line and was able to attend the screening of Dr. Horrible. This was just flat-out EPIC. Room 6A is a fairly large room; it can hold over 450 people). So, the room was packed with tons of Dr. Horrible fans who knew all the lyrics to the hilarious and extremely well-written Internet sensation. There was a fun “Rocky Horror Picture Show” -esque twist. All attendees were given Dr.H goggles and a packet with lyrics for each song and callbacks. After the screening of the 3-Act series, the DVD special “Commentary! The Musical” was played. This was a nice treat to end the night on. But there was one last surprise before everyone packed up to go home: Dr.H star Felicia Day stopped by, along with writers (and stars) Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. After belting out all of the songs and laughing at all the jokes, it was time to leave the convention center to get some shut eye for Day 2.
In between the panels, I was able to walk the entire main show floor, grabbing pictures of everything in sight. The images themselves tell the story of the show floor better than I can in words. Take a look for yourself below. It is worthy to note that I met Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet)! She’s awesome.