Day Four – Who Reads Anyway? TV Takes over

Posted July 26, 2008 in
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The fourth day of Comic Con brings an influx of television into the previous read only format of a comic book festival. Two prominent series, Heroes and Lost kick off the panel schedules. Heroes stuns the audience with a screening of the entire first episode of the new third season. The new season begins with the cliffhanger that left audiences gasping seven months ago; the assassination of Nathan Petrelli...*SPOILER ALERT* it was his brother, Peter! Got your giant gasp out? Good, let's move on...the episode recharges the series with revealing powers, fingers dipping inside brains, superpowers available in syringe-form, and a pre-apocalyptic vision of what's to come. The upcoming season is scheduled to return to NBC in September and is being described as "fantastic", "twisted", "deeply dark", and an ultimate "bru-haha."

Next, the Lost panel focused mainly on audience questions, most completely misguided and ridiculous. The majority of answers consisted of "We can't say." and "You'll have to wait and see," which gets really old after 10 minutes....the panel lasted 60. However, hilarious gifts were provided to those who asked interesting questions, including Dharma Initiative 6-packs of beer and jars on ranch dressing. An unexpected addition to the panel was the late and unannounced arrival of cast member Matthew Fox, who assured the audience the new season won't disappoint.

We were really excited to catch a preview of the new addition to the Terminator series, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale as John Connor. Set in the year 2018, director McG (the Charlie's Angels films) attempts to reinvent the Terminator universe (a la Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins) by telling the story of the resistance and the beginning of the War of the Machines. The new trailer, which will be attached to the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, in the Fall, presents a dark and harsh future overflowing with explosions, gun fire, and no apparent plot, but with Bale leading the good fight, a shimmer of light breaks through this unnerving cloud of impending doom.

Universal Pictures held a panel showcasing four of its upcoming films including Rob Cohen's third installment of the mummy franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Paul W. S. Anderson's remake of Roger Corman's 1975 cult phenomenon, Death Race 2000, Sam Raimi's return to the horror genre 's Drag Me to Hell, and Brad Silberling's cinematic version of the 1970s television classic Land of the Lost. Instead of providing intricate details about each film, here are the first three phrases we thought about each flick:

The Mummy 3: I'd rather see Encino Man 2. There's an over reliance on campy CGI effects. Why, Jet Li, why?

Death Race: Welcome back 1970s filmmaking. It's like Twisted Metal on the big screen. It's Mad Max meets the Running Man.

Drag Me to Hell: Where's Bruce Campbell? It has the potential to be a good ol' Sam Raimi horror film,. Did that old lady really just throw up in Alison Lohman's mouth?

Land of the Lost: Why are you here with no footage to present? I'd rather see a film version of Marty and Sid Krofft's H. R. Pufnstuf. I remember when Will Ferrell was funny.