While the movie studios are a less dynamic force at this year's Comic-Con International, the television industry is more than picking up the slack. The four-day event features well over 50 TV-related panels dedicated to new shows (Fox's Terra Nova, CBS's Person of Interest), returning shows (Showtime's Dexter, CBS's The Big Bang Theory) and even cancelled shows (The WB's Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, ABC's Lost). We went through the schedule and picked out the ten panels you won't want to miss, even if it means standing in lines that seem to last longer than an especially terrible episode of Glee. One note: we focused on ongoing/returning shows and franchises, since you'll be able to see all the new fall series on your home TV in just a few months and talking about old episodes of Buffy and Lost is what the Internet and our own TWoP forums are for.
Lost's final Comic-Con ever was a brief but fun panel, but there were so many bits that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse didn't have time to field a lot of questions, which was undoubtedly by design. And that's probably for the best. A juicy Lost spoiler is like that second slice of pizza -- so tempting, but you'll hate yourself for consuming it. I'm OK with what little answers we did get; I don't think any of us are worried that the final season won't blow our minds. But in the meantime let's look at everything we learned, and all the fun little skits in between the spoilers.
So G4 made a big deal this weekend about the fact that they were airing a panel from the San Diego Comic-Con on TV. It was a landmark event. Or something. I mean, in theory it's cool for us poor schmucks who don't get a chance to go to Comic-Con, but maybe this panel wasn't the one to start with. I get why they did it -- the mega-Star Wars franchise has been a part of Comic-Con since the '70s -- but now that there aren't any Star Wars movies coming out, they're pretty boring. I had the (dis)pleasure of sitting through one at the New York Comic-Con, and it had about 10 minutes of entertainment (in the form of the Robot Chicken guys) and 50 minutes of snooze-inducing content (everything else). That didn't bode well for this two-hour special.
Yesterday I ranted about how disappointed I was about the Star Wars panel that G4 decided to air on TV as the first ever Comic-Con panel to be broadcast, and griped that maybe some other more deserving panels could have been chosen. Then the nice folks at NBC (who sign my paycheck) decided to put up the Chuck panel on Hulu so I could see the whole thing. Well, mostly. The intro song by Jeffster! was cut (you can watch it here) most likely because of music rights. Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls" probably doesn't come cheap.
You guys, guess what else happened at Comic Con! Triumph the Insult Comic Dog gave the "mouth breathers" and "n00bs" in attendance a big ol' helping of gleeful name-calling, and there's video to prove it! They may have been laughing while they were there, but you know they so cried into their hypoallergenic Boba Fett pillows that night. Well, laughed and cried, like a scene from some alternate nerd version of Patch Adams. You know, people might not have hated that movie so much if his clown nose were also a light saber. Well! I'm just saying! Clips below!
The Heroes Comic-Con panel has come and gone, and while I do give them props for a very considerate cast showing (pretty much everybody but Ali Larter, Mohinder and Greg Grunberg were there, and Grunny had a good excuse -- it was his son's bar mitzvah!), as well as some hesitantly promising new characters (not that this show needs new characters, but at least these guys don't seem to be in danger of Maya or Adam-level suckage), but, in true Heroes fashion, with the few bright spots came an avalanche of offensively bad story ideas. God, this show. I swear. Let's run down the bad and the good.