So Friday was actually spent inside the San Diego Convention Center, and while it was a relatively uneventful day, as #SDCC goes I spent most of the day doing one of my favorite things, attending panels for BRAND NEW SHOWS!
The three panels that I sat through were Helix, The 100, and Sleepy Hollow!
So while I like to take a careful approach when it comes to new shows, and therefore post less than usual (especially when I feel special being there amongst the first to see them), I’ll definitely say that all three are on my watch list!
Helix (Release date early 2014)
Starting with Helix, there are two things that I instantly like about it! First is that Syfy (as verbally stated in the panel) is really pushing for it to succeed as exemplified by the epic advertising for it at the con. This is important, because when a studio isn’t behind a show it can get axed WAY too early (Firefly anyone?)!
Second thing I love about Helix is that it’s that it’s being produced by Ronald D. Moore, who did Deep Space Nine, and Battlestar Galactica, and if anybody here knows me you know I LOVE BSG! (also as a side note he’ll be doing Outlander, which I cannot WAIT to blog about)
Now if the trailer below (which is different than the great footage that we got to see) tells you anything, it’s that SyFy doesn’t want to tell you anything!
SyFy’s teaser for Helix
That being said, it was emphasized that the show would be about a remote science facility, with lots of suspense.
One of my favorite moments of the con was getting to ask the panel (which included Ronald D. Moore), who had said a lot about how this show will be full of clues and connections, if there were any clues that were more like “Red Herrings” they joked that episode 2 would be titled “Red Herring”, and that it would feature tons of the color red. Beyond that they reiterated that what may seem insignificant at one point would connect later on, and that viewers would want to go back and re-watch episodes, which is my kind of TV show!
Moving on to show number two, this one had less Q&A, but that’s because we got a full pilot!
The 100 (Release date early 2014)
So it was said at the panel for this show that it’s like LOST meets Battlestar Galactica meets Lord of the Flies! All 3 of those are favorites of mine, and when you add the fact that we’ve actually got a LOST actor Henry Ian Cusick and a BSG actor Alessandro Juliani I have a lot of confidence that the show will do wellIt takes place in two different locations. One is a space station, where the remainder of humanity has been surviving for 97 years after a nuclear holocaust damaged Earth to the point where humans could no longer survive there.
The other is on Earth, where 100 juvenile criminals (why juvenile, because any adult that commits ANY crime is executed) were sent to see if the planet had repaired itself enough for human life. Here’s where LOST meets Lord of the Flies.
Now I don’t want to give anything away, and I think the premise tells enough, but I will say that it looks amazing, and while the adults on the space station seem far removed from the kids on Earth (mild pun intended) the way the two environments affect each other, and delving into the characters’ known and unknown motives is going to make for some awesome storytelling!
Sleepy Hollow (Release date 9/16/13)
So again, I don’t want to give too much away, but the short version is that Ichabod Crane, who fought and died in the Revolutionary War somehow is brought back to life in the 21st century, and so is the headless horseman!
So I think it’s fair to say that this show will require a suspension of disbelief not required for the other shows mentioned above, but the chronological adjustments that we get to watch Ichabod go through are great. Actor Tom Misonwho looks like your Average Joe, without the hair and make up is able to completely transform himself into a serious yet entertaining man out of time, who has to get used to cars, flashlights, and even Starbucks!
Again I don’t want to give any plot away, you can get more of those details from FOX’s website for Sleepy Hollow but I’ll say this, I LOVED the pilot, and I’ll have my DVR set!
Thanks for reading!