Adult Swim is back and ready for fans to dive into new and unexpected experiences at San Diego Comic-Con this month. Fans will get a first look at all-new programming at celebrity-filled panels and enjoy free signings featuring series stars, creators and producers from Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty, a new animated series The Jellies! from Tyler, The Creator and Lionel Boyce, and the knock-out hit series Mike Tyson Mysteries. The hottest spot on the bay is back with the Adult Swim On the Green experience, featuring free games, activities, tons of giveaways, and live-streaming from the stars of AdultSwim.com.
Come spend a leisurely afternoon at Adult Swim On the Green! It’s free, it’s fun and right behind the convention center at 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way, Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Come relax on the back of a ferocious beast gallivanting through It’s A Fish Hole, get a six-minute mind massage from the upgraded Meatwad Dome 4D Experience – now with motion seats, or visit the oversized Claw Machine sponsored by State Farm®, which dispenses endless goodies geared towards maximizing the Con experience. This year’s green features all-new games, friends, prizes, fun, streams (of the live variety), motorized animals, a tarot card reader, dart throwing, and a must-have on the sun-drenched bay – shade. It’s a live choose-your-own-adventure in real life and all events are free for those that are 18+. Sign-up at AdultSwimPresents.com to fast track your entrance.
New this year, AdultSwim.com will be live broadcasting your favorite streaming shows, including FishCenter, Stupid Morning Bullshit, Williams Street Swap Shop, Development Meeting, and more all from Adult Swim On the Green. Celebrity guests will be stopping by throughout the convention to chat all weekend long. The streams will be live Thursday – Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m and on Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stayed tuned on Friday, as State Farm helps the Williams Street Swap Shop hosts give a VIP experience to a few lucky fans during a special live streamed episode. SNICKERS® Brand will sponsor a live stream of FishCenter, which will include a custom segment of “Coin Quest,” where the fish will swim through branded, superimposed graphics to win points as the hosts comment on all the action.
When the sun goes down, fans can come and unwind with free screenings. Nighttime is the right time to stare into the future at Adult Swim’s Nighttime On The Green with screenings featuring the latest series and pilots from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. with lineup starting at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday enjoy Toonami Pre-Flight previewing behind-the-scenes content of our popular anime programming block alongside hosts Jason DeMarco, Gill Austin, Steve Blum (Voice of TOM), and Dana Swanson (Voice of SARA). Friday, the unknown will be revealed at “Things You’ve Never Seen,” a night of specials and original pilots, brought to fans by SNICKERS®. Blankets, chocolate and surprises provided.
The frenzy over last year’s Rick and Morty screening demanded we go bigger. This year, Old Spice will be helping even more fans get their burning questions answered with a special evening featuring creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland at Petco Park on Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Need even more Rick and Morty? The #Rickmobile will be rolling all over San Diego all week long. Track the mad scientist’s movements online as the custom mobile pop-up shop stocked with exclusive Rick and Morty items makes its way across Southern California.
Even if you need a ride there, Adult Swim is joining forces with SNICKERS® to unveil a fleet of vehicles wrapped with custom artwork from our hit streaming show FishCenter. The cars will be deployed throughout the Gaslamp district as part of our Free Rides Program on Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. So, sit back and relax, as passengers will be able to snack on SNICKERS® Crisper bars and experience the best of Adult Swim content via rear headset monitors. But before you grab a ride, don’t miss the State Farm branded prize cycles that will be rewarding con-goers with free swag throughout the Gaslamp.
If that’s not enough- below is a full list of Adult Swim show panels and talent signings for Friday, July 21 – Saturday, July 22. Panels and signings, as well as talent scheduled to appear, are subject to change. For continuing information about Adult Swim’s plans at Comic-Con and to RSVP for events, please visit AdultSwimPresents.com.
ADULT SWIM PANELS
FRIDAY, JULY 21 Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom
12:15pm – 1:00pm
Show creators Tyler, The Creator (Loiter Squad) and Lionel Boyce (Loiter Squad), producer Carl Jones (Black Dynamite), and actor Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) invite you to preview an exclusive look at their brand new animated series The Jellies!, premiering this year on Adult Swim. Moderated by Walter Newman, vice president of comedy development, Adult Swim.
Rick and Morty
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) & Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community) and voice talent, Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer) invite fans to an inside look at the highly-anticipated third season, premiering this summer on Adult Swim. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Walkers and bawk-bawkers collide this year when the RC crew arrives with an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming season…including The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking! Co-creator/executive producer Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, executive producer/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), writer/director Tom Sheppard, creator/writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and showrunner Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead) will be on hand for the fun, and who knows which surprise guests might “walker” onstage? Perhaps a guest who can write better puns than that. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim.
Mike Tyson Mysteries
3:15pm – 4:00pm
It was a unanimous victory last time, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. Currently in its third season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team has all-new episodes airing on Adult Swim. Join Mike Tyson, fellow voice cast member Rachel Ramras (The Looney Tunes Show) and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for an exclusive look at upcoming episodes.
ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS
Wristbands required for all signings. A limited number of wristbands will be given out on The Green the day of. First come, first served.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mike Tyson Mysteries
Warner Bros. Booth (#4545)
SATURDAY, JULY 22
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rick and Morty
Adult Swim on The Green
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Robot Chicken
Adult Swim on The Green
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Jellies!
Adult Swim on The Green
Midnight Mass: The Blood of Life
The isolated island community of Crockett receives a mysterious new head priest, full of secrets and a brand new testament under a very unusual Messenger of God.
Meet poor Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford), freshly released from prison and wracked with guilt over what got him there, a stupid drinking accident that caused the death of his ex-girlfriend. The last thing he wants to do is go back to Crockett and the judgment of the mostly religious community there, his disappointed family, and the nightmares of his ex’s death that plague him. But where else would have him? Resignedly on the ferry, he goes.
Riley’s dad Ed (Henry Thomas) isn’t the kind of man who talks very much at all, much less about his feelings, or his very real disappointment in his elder son. Riley’s teen brother Warren (Igby Rigney) has no idea what to say to him either, and just generally keeps mum. Riley’s mom Annie (Kristin Lehman) is accepting and loving, hesitant in how to help her eldest son but never wavering in her faith in the help of our lord Jesus. Mom seems to think a good heaping dose of the Church would set Riley right but is surprised to learn that the old priest of the Parish, Pruitt, has taken an extended leave of absence from the island, and his newcomer replacement Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) is young, charismatic, and bursting at the seams to tell the whole island about the gifts he brought them, most especially what he claims as a new testament under a messenger of God.
We’ll get back to that whole ball of issues in a moment, the other interesting characters of Crockett Island. Bev Keane (Samantha Sloyan) is the nightmarish overly polite and gently, almost lovingly condescending neighbor Christian woman you’ve ever loathed, the kind of person who explains away every last thing her Church may do wrong or contradictory because, after all, God works in mysterious ways. Pfft. Of course, Bev immediately ingratiates herself as the second to the new Father Paul in their services and is the first to start covering up his transgressions as they become more rampant.
Newcomers to Crockett Sheriff Hassan (Rahul Kohli) and his son Ali (Rahul Abburi) present a burgeoning problem to the plans of Father Paul and his shadowy companion, for they are both practicing Muslims. The practical side of investigating these so-called ‘miracles’ and strange happenings falls on Hassan’s shoulders, as he already struggles with barely-concealed racism and suspicion from his fellow islanders, and of course his son is being wooed away from him by the promise of actual, tangible miracles, but from a different whole faith and God. Father Paul definitely does not practice a traditional Christian faith and relies far too much on making use of the eucharist, the ceremony of the blood and flesh of Jesus Christ turning into bread and wine and, well, consumed.
Wade (Michael Trucco) and his wife Dolly (Crystal Balint) are lifers of the island and both in general interested in one thing, the advancement of their own family, specifically their daughter Leeza (Annarah Cymone), who happens to be in a wheelchair. And that happens to be the canny Father Paul’s first real miracle-with-a-cost that he demonstrates to the astonishment of the parishioners, after a heartfelt and rousing sermon, Father Paul commands Leeza to rise, to stand, and to walk. And lo, she does. What parents wouldn’t wholly dedicate themselves to a cause after seeing this happen to their beloved precious daughter? The fringe benefits of healing, and power, the ones that come at a mighty, currently unnamed, cost, are simply a nice bonus.
Joe Collie (Robert Longstreet) is the town drunk, and while his reasons for drowning his sorrows in the sauce might be understandable, absolution wears a very different face when it comes from Father Paul. While Leeza might be willing to forgive Joe, and even as Joe begins attending the newly-formed Al-Anon meetings on the island of course hosted by Father Paul, redemption might’ve been better sought from medical professionals, and not this newfound method of religious worship.
Dr. Sarah Gunning (Annabeth Gish) is the islands’ kind of all-around medic, and this is how she and Riley’s old friend Erin (Kate Siegel), also newly returned to the island, a few months pregnant but traveling quietly alone, met when Erin comes to the Doc for obstetrics. Sarah’s older mother Mildred Gunning (Alexandra Essoe) has many medical and mental issues, and Sarah struggles in their shared home, to take care of her addled mom and balance her own life. Then Father Paul takes it upon himself to visit one of his oldest parishioners, bringing the sacred host and wine with him to give directly to Mildred, who starts looking and acting so much better under his loving care.
The show is very much a slow slow burn, with a lot of the actual action taking place in the last two episodes. Much of the beginning and middle episodes feature two people just sitting alone, having quiet and seriously in-depth conversations about heavy subjects – grief and repentance, what happens when we die, the disasters that come as a result of addictions, how our actions’ consequences reverberate to those we love around us, faith and the foibles of man, and of course, the giving of oneself over to a higher power, for strength, and guidance, and love.
Except, for the higher power that Father Paul brought back with him, to share with his beloved flock of Crockett Island, while it may be extremely powerful and full of what could be considered miraculous magic, everything comes at some kind of a cost. And when the Messenger of God is finally revealed to the shocked denizens of Crockett at Easter Mass, with Father Paul rapturing on about rebirth as the bloody massacre begins in earnest, it’s faith, not in any kind of God or religion, but faith in each other, that may save a few hardy souls.
Question the wisdom of your religious leaders along with the rest of us in a fine slow-burn addition to the Flanaverse, Midnight Mass is on Netflix now!
Saw X: It ain’t brain surgery!
Legendary executioner Jigsaw returns to exact revenge on a cadre of scam artists who promised him a bogus cure for his cancer!
First off, be aware, that this is what I call an interleaved sequel, a movie set between previous films in the franchise. In this case, Saw X occurs after the events of the very first Saw film, and before Saw II. Everybody got where we are? Good! Into the madness, we dive!
So, as we all know, John Kramer’s been diagnosed with cancer, very aggressive brain cancer, and likely doesn’t have much time left. And he’s tried everything under the sun, doing a ton of meticulous research, we’d expect nothing less from our master of the art of murder, and not one thing has worked. Yet one man from the support group for cancer sufferers, Henry (Michael Beach), offers an off-the-books supposed miracle cure, and John jumps at the chance.
Why does this nonsense always sound too good to be true? Because it is. Deleted scenes from the first Deadpool movie already told us why traveling to Mexico for any kind of medical cure is a sublimely stupid move, but Kramer is desperate. And while he might be sick and dying, John Kramer has never been what anyone could call stupid. So the villa out in the Mexican countryside, the affable cab driver Diego (Joshua Okamoto) professes surprise at Kramer being highjacked for his good, the nervous muttering from assistant Valentina (Paulette Hernandez), the side-eyeing from little housekeep Gabriela (Renata Vaca) and her tequila, and most especially the smooth and smarming reassurances of head “doctor” Cecilia Pederson (Synnove Macody Lund), all leave a kind of sour taste in John’s mouth.
The whole cluex4 scene is done in the style that the Saw films are known for, where we the audience are treated to cut-together explanatory scenes in a flip-flash fashion of usually about two minutes, for poor John when he realizes he’s been hoodwinked and just how badly, seems a little contrived. But then it’s entirely possible that we the audience truly expected our genius mastermind of the infamous Jigsaw murders to have realized what was happening sooner, and got enraged along with Kramer. And cheered as he prepared to take his bloody and ultra-violent revenge!
First up in our grand guignol of executions is the return of Jigsaw’s first protégé, Amanda (Shawnee Smith). And despite her avowed reverence for Jigsaw and his proven “therapy”, Amanda does waver a bit when the scammers are put through the paces of their specially-made Saw traps, and they shriek and blubber and bleed out. The appearance of the ringer of the bunch, Parker (Steven Brand), doesn’t even slow our beloved engineer of the damned down, because we knew Jigsaw would have his other apprentice waiting just off stage, the deliciously vicious Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). Even the monkeywrench of involving little-boy soccer fan Carlos (Jorge Briseno) in the traps, is just another cog in the machine that is the brilliantly plotting mind of John Kramer.
A fine addition to the Saw legends, showcasing a return to the beloved style and panache of the original Tobin Bell-starring Jigsaw films, Saw X is splashing gore and gallons of blood in theaters now!
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” Netflix’s latest series, is a rollicking journey through the world of video game culture, blending nostalgic references with a fresh narrative twist. Centered around Scott Pilgrim, portrayed with magnetic charisma by Michael Cera, the show skillfully integrates gaming elements into its storytelling, creating a delightful homage to the video game subculture.
The series cleverly employs pixelated graphics, power-up animations, and game-like sound effects to bring the virtual world to life. These visual cues, reminiscent of classic video games, enhance the storytelling and resonate with audiences familiar with the gaming landscape. The attention to detail in recreating iconic gaming moments is commendable, creating a visual and auditory treat for enthusiasts.
The exploration of video game culture goes beyond mere aesthetics; it becomes an integral part of the characters’ identities and interactions. The script intelligently weaves gaming terminology and tropes into the dialogue, effectively blending the real and virtual worlds. The series navigates the challenges and triumphs of the characters through the lens of gaming, making it a unique and engaging experience for both gamers and general audiences.
The ensemble cast, including standout performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, and Chris Evans embraces the gaming theme with infectious enthusiasm. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, adding emotional depth to the series.
“Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” successfully taps into the zeitgeist of video game culture, offering a nostalgic yet contemporary take on the gaming phenomenon. It’s a must-watch for those who cherish the pixelated roots of the gaming world while providing an accessible and entertaining narrative for a broader audience. The series takes off not only in its title but also in its ability to soar within the ever-expanding realm of Netflix originals.