SJimbrowski here with another webseries report gathered from the sights and sounds of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. Here are the final two panel reports from AdultSwim’s CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL and NTSF:SD:SVU, followed by a review of the hot new webseries THE MERCURY MEN! Enjoy!
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Panel
Watch the first episode here!
THE MERCURY MEN Review!
THE MERCURY MEN is set in a 1975 office building in Pittsburgh around closing time. Our resident bureaucrat Edward Borman refuses to stamp some document for a poor woman whose only crime it to arrive at the end of the work day. He leaves when she isn’t looking, but karma quickly catches up as he becomes witness to the invasion of the Mercury Men and their nefarious plot to destroy the Earth. The series does a wonderful job of ratcheting up the action and suspense in such a delicious old-time serial way. You are compelled to watch just one more episode. The clueless and mostly unwilling Borman must team up with Yeager to stop the in invasion of The Mercury Men. The music sets a great suspenseful mood and is just one of the aspects that make this series so worthwhile, portraying suspense without overwhelming the action. This wonderful retro sci-fi romp even has the kind of tech that so well fits into the world created by Chris Preksta, the creator of the series. The object used by the Mercury Men to bring about our destruction is the gravity engine, which Borman and Yeager must stop to prevent apocalypse.
The series is fast moving and, to I think most people’s surprise, was produced on an extremely modest budget of $7000. The key is that it does not look like it was produced on such a shoestring. The heart and soul of the webseries is to create amazing content on limited budgets with vision and creativity that humbles more traditional broadcast mediums. This series is a testament to that concept. The quality of the series exists not only in the special effects, story, or other specific aspects, but in the overall quality of what is delivered to the audience by writer/director/producer/editor/art director/music director (and probably something else uncredited) creator Chris Preksta. He is so painstaking in the creation of this world that the experience becomes completely immersive. One moment later in the series that I appreciated was the Dr. Tomorrow appearance. It was done in such a spot-on genre way that I can't but help complement the ingenuity of the writing.
I loved this series and think someone should keep their eye on Mr. Preksta. I think we will all see great things from him in the future. My sincere hope is that someone in Hollywood is smart enough to give him some funds so he can keep on creating. Check out THE MERCURY MEN on SyFy, Hulu, iTunes and THE MERCURY MEN website!
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Part one of Bug talks turtles with TNMT creator Kevin Eastman!
Part two of Bug talks turtles with TNMT writer Tom Waltz!
Keep an eye out for more interviews and special reports from SDCC 2011!