San Diego Comic Con kicks off this week, and we couldn’t be more excited… well, if we were going, then we’d be more excited. Regardless of that small inconvenience, however, Comic Con continues to be a sort of geek Christmas, and even what non-attendees get second hand is super exciting. So for this week’s edition of Top 10 Tuesday, we are taking a look at the big TV related panels and events at this years Comic Con, and then ranking them based on our excitement.
I wasn’t super hyped for the season 2 panel of iZombie, but after the season 2 finale, I am super excited about the season 3 panel. A lot has happened, a near apocalyptic event occurred, and a big new player has entered the game. There is a lot to be excited for.
09. Legends of Tomorrow
Arrow has completely dropped the ball, and The Flash‘s season finale will have such a huge change that we cannot imagine a great panel, but Legends of Tomorrow, now that panel could be exciting. With the 3 elements of the first season that I found most off-putting seeming to take a back seat, if not disappearing altogether, I am filled with excitement about the prospects of the sophomore season of this show. Hopefully some time has been spent correcting the lack of ambition that the 1st season was guilty of.
08. Agents of SHIELD
Last year’s panel was amazing. Unfortunately, the best part of the panel, Bret Dalton, is not listed among this years panelists. Even so, after the amazing 3rd season, we are eager to catch back up with our favorite comic book universe spies. Every season has become increasingly more overt in its comic bookiness, so we have to hope that season 4 takes a similar leap.
07. Marvel’s Luke Cage
Though I am personally more excited for Iron Fist, I am all in on all of Marvel’s Netflix shows. With Cage I am excited about the possible crossing over with Jessica Jones. Jones gave us a very pessimistic view of their relationship while establishing their uncanny chemistry. Cage strikes me as a more optimistic character, so I am excited to see the relationship between himself and Jones portrayed from a different perspective. Luke Cage is also a big deviation from the first 2 Marvel Netflix series as it centers on Harlem rather than Hell’s Kitchen.
06. The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead has routinely had one of the, if not THE, best presences at Comic Con. Walking Dead panels are always fun, and always give us access to truly great trailers. Unfortunately, last season’s cliffhanger will likely hang over the panel in a similar way to last year’s Game of Thrones panel. A real full trailer would spoil the biggest cliffhanger the series has ever had, so I am instead expecting a focus on the expanding world of the series, the new groups that Rick’s band of survivors have now encountered. From the Saviors, to the Hilltop, to the Kingdom, we have a lot of new people to meet. How cool would it be if we saw a trailer entirely devoted to groups outside of Rick’s? Perhaps showing us how Rick’s group, and the events of last season, appear from an outside perspective.
05. Game of Thrones
No show generates as much general excitement for us as Game of Thrones. Every casting, every new location revealed, every tease at a fan theory, we are there to lap it all up. That being said, last years panel was downright boring due to the limitations of what the people involved in the show could say about it. This year is a big question mark. On one hand, they don’t have a Jon Snow event to contend with, but on the other they have not even begun production yet, which is going to drastically limit the amount of information they can give us. It might even be too early for a casting reel like they had for the season 5 panel. Here is hoping for an exciting season 7 panel.
04. The Expanse
SyFy’s new Battlestar Galactica tier space drama, The Expanse, gets to return to Comic Con as a hero after its beloved first season has been savored by fans. They call it the victory lap, they were at Comic Con last year, but now people have actually seen the show, and they loved it. The excitement of the panel is sure to be strong, and hopefully we also get an extensive look at what is to come in season 2.
03. The Magicians
Speaking of victory lap, The Magicians was recently rated as our favorite show from the first half of 2016, and our adoration of the series was not self contained. The Magicians has proven itself as the truly wonderful Adult Harry Potter so many fans of fantasy have been wishing for. Season 1 ended with a devastating gut punch that left the fates of many of the cast of characters in question. season 2 cannot come soon enough.
02. Ash Versus Evil Dead
I am a huge fan of Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and the Evil Dead trilogy they made together. I am also a huge fan of Starz’ hilarious horror comedy continuation Ash Versus Evil Dead. Last season ended with Ash doing something very, well, Ash-like, seemingly screwing over the world for a small amount of comfort. The excitement for this panel, however, is not limited to the show it covers. Bruce Campbell is basically King of Comic Con at this point, and everything he has been involved in at a Comic Con event has been true gold. This time he is not only joined by Sam Raimi, but Sam’s brother Ted who will appear in season 2 of the series. Also set for the panel is 70s TV icon Lee Majors who will be playing Ash’s father. This panel could be about lint that Bruce found in his pocket once, and fans would be eager and lined up for hours in advance.
01. American Gods
If Bruce Campbell is the new King of Comic Con, Bryan Fuller is quickly taking over as the Con’s new God. Which is appropriate, considering that the series Fuller is bringing to Comic Con this year is about the emergence of new Gods and the war it kicks off between the old and the new. All we need is Joss Whedon heckling Fuller from the audience to complete the parallel. Also joining this panel is Deadwood‘s Ian McShance who will be playing a key role in American Gods. I am not sure if this is McShane’s first Comic Con, but his appearance is certainly exciting. Hopefully this panel brings us our first trailer for the series.
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