Comic-Con fan reviews rundown: 'The Event,' 'The Cape,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Nikita'
Broadcasters screened the pilots for four shows at Comic-Con. Based on early reaction, the big winner is NBC's "The Event."
Conference-goers seemed the most enthusiastic about the mystery-drama, with the other shows -- ABC's "No Ordinary Family," NBC's "The Cape" and The CW's "Nikita" -- receiving mixed-to-positive responses from the fanboy crowd.
I finally got around to seeing "The Event" and can say the buzz is warranted -- it's very well shot, suspenseful and keeps you guessing. Blows away the pilots for fellow post-"Lost" serials "FlashForward" and "V" (though your biggest question afterward isn't "What is The Event?" but rather, "Can this show sustain the drama of its setup?").
Here's an unedited rundown of Tweets and quotes from fans, and a few professional sites thrown in too:
(CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and AMC's "The Walking Dead" had enthusiastic receptions at the Con too, though only screened trailers so I'm not including them here).
NBC's The Event:
"The Event? W-O-W!!!" -- @fictionaddictn
"I am officially & personally recommending The Event to #Lost fans. Best pilot I've seen so far from the new Fall shows" -- @jopinionated
"One word: incredible" -- digitalspy.com
"The Event could be a big hit for NBC, great premise, fantastic cast,and it's a genre show" -- @ernieestrella
"Pilot for The Event was Very good. Tons of potential for this show. Fans of Lost and 24 take note." -- @popcultursavant
"If the crowd reaction was any indication, THIS is the must-see series of the fall" -- tvsquad.com
"If the series premiere is any indication of what we can expect from this show, we’re in for a very exciting, suspenseful series." -- cinemablend.com
NBC's The Cape
"Just saw pilot for the cape,new NBC show. Pilot OK, a bit overstuffed, *might* have potential with time but could see it collapsing quickly" -- @aperren
"The Cape has some work to do in establishing the credibility of its universe, but offers enough twists (and Summer Glau) to keep us interested." -- UGO.com
"The Cape pilot was a bit inconsistent, but NBC, I'll be tuning in" -- #devonnewberry
"The The Cape was surprisingly appealing; kinda choppy initial pacing but pretty charming." -- @leahalexis
"The cape looks good. Bonus of Summer Glau is also nice. Wonder if it will survive. looks like something that would get killed early" -- @thedessie
"The Cape seemed a bit weak, in my opinion. The story jumped around, the motivation for Faraday to not reveal himself to his family was nonexistent, there were a lot of cheesy parts, and the effects for the cape itself didn't look all that hot" -- tv.ign.com
The CW's "Nikita"
"The new Nikita looks promising; interesting twist on previous incarnations." -- @dankorn
"Nikita' pilot was decent, though that might not be enough. Maggie Q and Lyndsy Fonseca looked great, at least."-- @imdblive
"Just finished watching 1st ep of the upcoming series, Nikita. Casting fail. Actress playing Nikita is neither sexy nor bad-ass(ish)."-- @hailseitan
"Sitting at screening of #Nikita at #SDCC. Another run of the mill show with unoriginal characters, bad writing and bland acting." -- @townsendmarc
"Watching Nikita waiting for Mythbusters at #SDCC and I actually kinda like it." -- @dylissia
"Maggie Q is EXTREMELY hot. And gorgeous in person. Will have to give Nikita a chance. 1st ep was ok." -- @ziggyb
"Saw the pilot of Nikita tonight at #sdcc. It's looking very good. Not what I was expecting at all." -- @aloudnoise
"I enjoyed the pilot, but the jury’s still out. There were some painful lines of dialogue, such as "I made a mistake. I fell in love," and this episode was pretty exposition-heavy (normal for a pilot, of course). But the actors are all game, the action sequences are slick, and the show has a sly sense of humor that’s promising" -- tfaw.com
ABC's "No Ordinary Family:
"Really enjoyed the No Ordinary Family pilot. Yes, it reminds me of The Incredibles—and I'm entirely OK with that. Very fun show." -- @louisattvdot.com
"A solid pilot with a lot of excellent geek highlights. Def family fair" --
"A little cheesy at times but a LOT of fun!" -- @jul_weiss:
"The show itself comes across as a mishmash of "Heroes" and "Modern Family," with Chiklis and Benz speaking directly into the camera about their family life in documentary-style interludes …. I’m nonetheless impressed by any show that can have that much family appeal while starring two actors who just finished their turns on "Dexter" and "The Shield" -- hitfix.com
"No Ordinary Family may seem hoakey on the outside, but you won't want to miss this one. Where The Cape lacks believablity, No Ordinary Family actualy succeeds in creating a realistic world in which one family finds themselves with extraordinary powers, and actually react like human beings -- UGO.com
"It’s good. Certainly not groundbreaking—it is, after all, a lot like The Incredibles—but definitely entertaining. I was surprised by the amount of character introduction, mythology building, and humor they were able to cram into 42 minutes" -- tv.com
What's Hot in TV
- MOST SHARED
- MOST POPULAR