By Sandra Kraisirideja
Comic-Con 2012 officially begins Thursday but preview night gives four-day badge holders, professionals and press the opportunity to walk the showroom floor before the full assault of attendees makes it nearly impossible to move.
Another popular draw on preview night is the special sneak peek of future fall and midseason pilots in Ballroom 20. This year’s shows included “666 Park Ave” on ABC; “Revolution” on NBC; “The Following” on FOX; and “Arrow” and “Cult” on The CW. I watched three of the five pilots and the two I’m most interested in seeing again are “The Following” and “Revolution.”
“The Following,” which stars Kevin Bacon in his first television role and James Purefoy of “Rome,” is described as a “cat-and-mouse thriller from creator Kevin Williamson.” There were definitely a few surprises in the pilot and hopefully the writing continues to take advantage of the twists and turns in the main storyline.
“Revolution” takes place 15 years after a global blackout has rendered all machinery useless. It reminded me of “Terra Nova” at times, which had great actors and enough action to keep things moving, but sometimes it felt more like a teen version of a show that would be more serious on SyFy or other cable channel. There was a twist at the end that was intriguing enough for me to want to see the net episode.
The pilot screenings did draw a fairly large audience but most attendees preferred to walk the show floor. The below photos give an overview of some of the elaborate booths set up this year.