I love Comic Con. I’m just mad about it. Once a year, for four glorious days, the fans of the world descend en masse upon San Diego and get an audience with the people on the other side of the screen. Everyone’s so enthusiastic, so happy to be there — exhausted and, by day four, broke, but happy. There’s really nothing quite like it.
This was my third year attending and, unfortunate circumstances being what they were, I was only able to stay for one day, but let me tell you: what a glorious day. I spent practically the entirety of the day in Ballroom 20 (except for that all too brief period I spent in the exhibit hall, buying comics) and that was, really, all I needed. From what’s in store for Chuck Bartowski to the future of Futurama, I come bearing highlights.
This panel has already been covered by Angel in a post you can see here, but I have a few notes to add.
* ChuckMeOut.com! This is a new site the producers created in order to help keep the fans occupied — and to thank them — between now and the eventual beginning of the new season. It’s only been up since Saturday, so it’s still entirely new, but there’s going to be a hefty amount of behind-the-scenes content, including interviews with cast and crew.
* Asked which superhero Chuck most identifies with and which he wishes he were more like, Levi replied that he thought Chuck saw himself as being most like Peter Parker, someone who didn’t really ask for what he can do, who got thrown into it all, who was bitten against his will (although Chuck, he said, he was bit by an email), but who isn’t necessarily unwilling to do what he sees as right now that he’s got this power. As for who he’d prefer to be like, Levi said, Deadpool, “but Ryan Reynolds just gets all the roles, doesn’t he?”
* Since Devon will be pulled more heavily — and, said McPartlin, probably with far greater enthusiasm than he should have, given the danger — into the world of espionage, Sarah Lancaster joked that Morgan can come comfort Ellie.
* When a fan in the crowd yelled out, “Yvonne, you’re hot!” Yvonne looked stunned before laughing. “Well,” said Adam Baldwin, “that was one from the duh files.”
* Chuck’s abilities will not be without their price. He won’t be able to control them anymore than he originally could the Intersect, won’t be able to switch on the Chuck-fu or whatever else he can do (they wouldn’t say more than that) at will. They also called for suggestions as to which languages Chuck should be able to speak with it. “Klingon! Elvish!” Levi just scoffed. “He already knows Klingon.”
* Asked about the possibility of romance in Casey’s future, Josh Schwartz (who seemed mostly to be joking, albeit deadpan) said they’d always had it in mind that someday, Ellie and Devon might be a little bit on the rocks, Casey would be trimming his bonsai tree when Ellie looked out the window and their eyes would lock across the courtyard…
* Schwartz made it clear that the Buy More will remain in the picture during season three, that there will always be room for the Buy More, and that Jeff, Lester and Big Mike will all be back. He also said that Sarah and Chuck will see some bumpy times ahead, but that this is a good thing.
Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Futurama and The Simpsons
I have to confess, dear readers, these really aren’t my shows at all. I’ve only watched a little bit of any of them, so I’m in no real position to comment much on what happened and was said, but I remembered a few interesting tidbits to bring back just for you.
Family Guy‘s “The Empire Strikes Back” episode looks like it’s going to be hilarious and, if I heard correctly, McFarlane said that there will be appearances from characters from all three of his shows within that. He chose Cleveland rather than Quagmire to get his own show because, he said, “No one wants to watch a comedy about a rapist.” That, and Cleveland, he said, already had enough layers to him to make him an interesting lead character. He also said that Stewie meeting Rollo seems pretty much inevitable.
For Futurama, it will pick up around where it left off in the last movie with a “literal rebirthing” of the series. There will be an episode where we see where Dr. Zoidberg met the Professor and one where Fry has a time machine that can only go forward in time, not back. Additionally, this series will see a storyline about “robosexual marriage.” Bender and Amy will fall in love, sparking a controversy that leads to a Proposition Infinity and an anti-robosexual movement. Given enough time, one of the writers said, all possible pairings on the show would eventually happen. Said one of the others, “That’s also true of this room.”
The Simpsons was awarded THREE plaques marking them as being in the Guinness Book of World Records. They also said that the next season will see the following guest stars, among others: Anne Hathaway again, this time singing, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Eartha Kitt and Sarah Silverman, this last as a girlfriend for Bart.
Guys, I loved this. You can read my full review of the pilot here, but the long and short of it is, I’m totally watching this come the fall. See, there’s always one panel that’s brilliant even though you’re only there to get to something else. This time, it was V. When I went in, I didn’t know anything about V beyond what I skimmed in the Con catalog. Beyond Morena Baccarin’s presence, I had no real interest. And then, the lights went down and they screened the pilot.
After the pilot, they had time only for a few questions. “Feel free to ask anything,” Baccarin intoned in the eerily calm voice of her character, Anna, leader of the alien Visitors. “We are prepared to answer without reserve.” Of course, given that they completely refused to answer a question that portrayed them in a negative light — one about how they’re going to handle the fact that the show has only one main character of color and that the two blue-eyed, blonde-haired leads are preparing to begin “a race war” — that was about as true of the panelists as of Anna. All the same, they all seemed so excited to be there and for the show, and I really think it’s going to be pretty amazing.
While they plan to embrace the original miniseries, they also made a point of explaining that that was a success twenty-five years ago, so now their focus was on finding the other themes within the story and highlighting different ones than the original did to make it relevant in the here and now. I’d say they were pretty successful.
I had it pointed out to me, as the panel started, that the man who plays Dr. Walter Bishop was Denethor in Lord of the Rings and what had been seen could not then be unseen. I’ve never actually seen Fringe, but I’ve heard good things about it and, after this panel, I’ll be giving it a shot.
The cast all seemed to get along so well, the writers were interesting to listen to and what I understood of the show’s concept intrigued me. Josh Jackson seemed to be enjoying himself, however bemusedly, testing the theory that the crowd would scream for anything he said by looking warily out at everyone and saying “…Rutabega.” The crowd went wild. Bless you, Comic Con, never change.
John Noble talked a little about his research into mental health, one of the writers said we just might see “Walternate” next season, Jackson announced that one of his favorite things was that the audience now knows something major about Peter that Peter doesn’t even know he needs to find out and Jasika Nicole is absolutely precious. She and Noble in particular were so sincere in their enthusiasm for their roles, eager to discuss the show and their takes on the characters in depth. Also discussed was the choice to place the office of one of the characters in the Twin Towers. It was, Orci said, their way of making it clear from the very beginning that we were in a very different world now, one that was better in some ways, worse in others. The entire cast and crew asked trivia questions of the crowd, tossing t-shirts to the quickest to answer correctly, and all in all, it was a very pleasant panel.
All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Check back shortly for my report from the True Blood panel.
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