With all of the major motion picture promotions coming out of this years SDCC, the small screen candidates for our attention might go overlooked. I am here to correct that little oversight and bring you all of the genre TV promotions that came out of SDCC 2017.
This might not be all of them, but I did the best I could to present the entire collection of trailers, sizzle reels and promotions by any other names I could find that came out of this year’s convention.
Future Man (Hulu): Seth Rogen appears in this attempt at an amusing introduction to the new time travel adventure series featuring Josh Hutcherson coming in November of this year.
The Walking Dead (AMC): The Zombie series put in an appearance as well at this year’s Comic-Con with a season 8 trailer. An all-out war between the Saviors and Rick and his crew is teased in the trailer, including, of course, zombies, zombies, and more zombies, some strangers to us and others bearing a distinct resemblance to characters we know. Michonne is still alive, staring angrily in a car and Rick looking worried.
Arrow (CW): While much of the footage recaps the Season 5 finale, we do get a tease of what happens post-Lian Yu explosion. Also included is the seemingly tumultuous relationship that Oliver has with his son Will, a battle of Black Canaries (Laurel and Dinah), and a newfound partnership with Manu Bennet’s Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.
Stranger Things (Netflix): The ’80s are back with a vengeance in the trailer for Stranger Things season 2. Dragon’s Lair, Ghostbusters, a lawn sign for Reagan-Bush, and of course, that Michael Jackson classic, “Thriller.” The trailer is long on the inference that the Upside Down is coming but short on substance relating any actual events.
The Flash (CW): The season four trailer seems to pick up right after Barry having left in the speed force and how Iris and the rest of the cast are responding afterward. Blah, blah, blah. The whole Flashpoint story arc has made this show less appealing to me personally.
Black Lightning (CW): Although it has all of its shows bunched together in this promo, Black Lightning looks like an entirely separate thing from the rest of the DC shows – probably because it is, at least for the time being. That won’t stop the folks at The CW from getting creative though. I have a sneaking suspicion that the success of the Luke Cage series on Netflix had a lot to do with this show being on television. Like that other show outside of being a comic book based adventure series, it seems to have an agenda about portraying being black in America.
Gotham (Fox): The SDCC 2017 Gotham “sizzle reel” is mostly composed of highlights of season 3 and it does a good job of making last season look exciting; more interesting than I remember. It’s not until it nears the end that we get a glimpse of a few things we can expect to see in season four.
Star Trek Discovery (CBS): Discovery takes place during the conflict between Starfleet and Klingons, who are rising up to assert their place in the galaxy. The series features Jason Isaacs, actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, plus James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp as a space fungus expert, and Michelle Yeoh as the captain in charge of the Starship Shenzhou. Other cast members include Starfleet officers, played by Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking official of Starfleet; Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue, the chief medical officer of the Starship Shenzhou; and Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor, a junior officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou. It is now known the show’s chief protagonist, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, is Spock’s human adoptive sister.
That about does it for now. If I left out your favorite show, I apologize. Please leave any comments in the area provided for that purpose. Thanks and happy viewing.