As you may or may not be aware, this past weekend was NEW YORK COMIC CON! This was my 6th year attending the convention and it was, as always, an absolute blast. I saw quite a few TV-related things during the weekend and thought I’d share some thoughts on those panels and screenings.
In case I haven’t made it painfully obvious in my three-ish years of blogging, I love me a good space opera. There’s not enough of them in the world. So when I was presented with the opportunity for a preview screening of Syfy’s latest attempt at the genre, The Expanse, I jumped on it.
The verdict? I really liked it, but couldn’t summarize the plot for you if my life depended on it. I don’t know if it was the echo-y sound in the room causing me to miss dialogue periodically, my own exhaustion after a long first day of NYCC, the pilot really being that confusing, or all of the above, but I felt like I missed an intro somewhere. The show is slick and has exactly the feel I want from a space opera, but I’m hoping it’ll start making a little more sense going forward.
Thursday night also featured a WBTV panel with a couple of screenings of their upcoming shows. I was so exhausted I only stayed for the first (and most interesting, in my opinion) screening – Supergirl!
I really liked the pilot! Melissa Benoist is TERRIFIC as Kara. The show certainly suffers from pilot-itis a bit – mainly some areas of clunky, exposition-filled dialogue. It’s also very cheesy in a few scenes. But it sets the series up really well, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Kara, her sister, and Jimmy Olsen.
Are you watching Con Man? YOU SHOULD BE. I backed this project on Indiegogo over the summer and have LOVED the first couple of episodes, so I was thrilled to see Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, and friends stop by NYCC for a panel to discuss the series.
As you might expect from a panel featuring Tudyk, Fillion, Felicia Day, Seth Green, Nolan North, and Alison Haislip, there were many laughs. We got to preview a few minutes of the next episode of the series (featuring Gina Torres!) and watch the group just plain have fun answering questions for the better part of an hour. It was a blast.
All of the highlights of my weekend were Firefly-related, and that makes me a very happy nerd. Saturday morning, Fillion, Tudyk, Jewel Staite, and Gina Torres stopped by the Main Stage to reminisce and be utterly adorable together while discussing my favorite show of all time.
Fun takeaways from the panel: Jewel never listened to the practice tapes of her Mandarin lines for the show, Gina and Alan spent a morning on set snuggling in Zoe and Wash’s bed and have very different memories of how it happened, and Nathan stole a lot of stuff from the set. This cast is amazing.
BONUS FIREFLY: I met Nathan later on Saturday. I was dressed as Kaylee. I called him “Captain” and he complimented my outfit. I can now die happy.
Mulder and Scully ARE BACK, guys. I had zero expectation of actually being able to get into this panel on Saturday, and was over-the-moon excited when I pulled it off.
The first episode (which doesn’t premiere until January) is GREAT. They kept the old credits, which literally gave me chilled when playing on a giant screen in a room full of excited X-Files fanatics. The much-talked about Mulder/Scully breakup feels very natural and like an excellent source of story for those two characters over the course of the miniseries. Joel McHale’s character Tad O’Malley fits perfectly into the world of the show, and he’s great in the part. I love the new mythology/conspiracy they’re setting up in the first episode, and can’t wait to see how the story pays off. I think X-Files fans are going to be really, really happy.
Anyone else attend NYCC this year? What were your favorite panels/events? Let me know in the comments.