Nice half thumbs-up, Noah.
Then it was off to "The Walking Dead" panel. But wait… "Hawaii 5-0" had theirs first. We got good seats by the water cooler and the footage I had already seen looked pretty rockin’, so I was moderatly excited to see the new Danno and McGarrett. The crew and cast came out and there was no sign of Danno (Scott Caan) or McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin). How are you going to have a Hawaii 5-0 panel with just Chin Ho and Kona?
Jin from "Lost" and Boomer from "Battlestar" pretend like the show’s leads aren’t there.
Whatever. Grace Park is hot and Daniel Dae Kim seemed like a genuinely gracious and standup guy. The show’s producers, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Lost," "Fringe," Star Trek) were also there to tell everyone the show is delving deep into the characters and that they didn’t f*ck with the iconic theme song. They even brought back the original orchestral musicians to rerecord it.
Book ‘em, Roberto.
They showed a few clips, which I have to admit brought my meter back over to the cold side. The action and setting pulled me in, but then the stilted dialogue made me feel like I was watching a CBS procedurial, which I was, but still, let’s not always cater to 70 year-olds drifting off in their recliners, The Eye.
Finally we got to what I was most anticipating: zombies!!! I’m onto "The Walking Dead" panel now, by the way. Zombies with leis didn’t shuffle out during "Hawaii 5-0," which would have been amazing.
Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, and Robert Kirkman get everyone pumped about a zombie TV show.
The teaser for AMC’s upcoming "The Walking Dead" series was fantastic. Everything you’d expect from the director and writer of The Shawshank Redemption and the producer of Aliens. I’ve never read the comics, but I think everyone else in the crowd had and could probably smell the phoniness wafting from my person. They loved the footage, I loved the footage, we all got boners equally. I don’t want to ruin it by describing every frame I saw, but hopefully AMC will release it soon. Okay, I’ll give you words: zombies, tanks, spike strip, sniper, headshot. Sounds just like the comic, right? By the way, the chick who plays Lori Grimes is hot.
I’m Netflixing ‘Prison Break’ right after I type this.
At the end of the panel, people dressed as zombies, or actual real zombies, shuffled their way to the front of the crowd. I’d show you a picture, but Noah couldn’t manage to snap a clear one. Snorting coffee creamer makes his hands shakey. Overall, you must seriously, definitely, totally not miss "The Walking Dead" this October on AMC. It’s going to be a six episode season of pure delight and killshots.
Lunch time! I had Mahi Mahi fish tacos. There could have been more sauce on them but I wasn’t drunk enough to get belligerent about. Plus, the waitress had a nice smile. Unless you’re my girlfriend reading this. Then she was a trashy whore. (My girlfriend made me say it, Waitress).
After lunch, we walked right into Hall H. How there was no line, I have no idea. I guess no one was excited to see the "Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark" panel with producer Guillermo del Toro and director Troy Nixey.
You can’t see it, but del Toro’s surrounded by Hershey’s Kisses. Seriously.
They showed some creepy footage from the film and I pooped my pants a little. Figuratively speaking. Maybe. I’m a huge fan of the del Toro-produced The Orphanage and I think Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark will bring the goods as well. Actually, I know it will because del Toro said, "Horror has to have balls. And they have to be sweaty and wrinkled." So there’s that. Also, the guy said "motherf*cker" more than the bum I passed who was yelling at CVS’s brick wall. How cool is that? There could have been kids present, you guys!
And then my digital camera died. And my phone was on it’s last legs. So I have no pics from the Sony Priest, The Other Guys and Green Hornet panels. I don’t even really want to go into Priest because the footage didn’t excite me in the least bit and I’m too tired to be negative in a creative way. Although Maggie Q was lookin’ fiiiiiiiiine. I might have to catch that "Nikita" panel tomorrow just to get within shouting distance. I’m sure she’d appreciate my cat calls.
The Other Guys panel was hilarious, and it wasn’t just Will Ferrell who did all the heavy lifting. Adam McKay, Eva Mendes, and Marky Mark also brought the laughs. The funniest part was when a 16 year-old kid, who looked 10, came up and shyly sputtered out that he thought Eva was hot. She made some earnest remark about wanting to have sex with him (or maybe it was more like she thought he was also cute) and the guys went crazy with it. They kept giving her sh*t, but she didn’t back down. Eva played right along with the whole pedophile-persona. Like most of the Comic-Con happenings I have described and will describe in the future, you kinda had to be there.
Here’s how the Green Hornet panel went down: Moderator Ralph Garman introduced Seth Rogen, who came out and introduced the trailer. They played the trailer. Half the crowd in Hall H left. No effing joke. As the rest of the cast and crew came out, people walk-ran to the exits. Damn nerds, at least wait until Michel Gondry starts speaking broken english. Then I could understand you’ve had enough. No one has time to decipher dropped consonants after going eight hours on only nachos.
I ended the night with a red velvet cupcake. Don’t be jealous.