Comic Con and Beyond
There’s been lots of great Comic Con news throughout the week—especially the official Doux Reviews Twitter feed from the lovely Ms. Bunny. Here are some highlights from the con and beyond:
• The second season of Agent Carter will focus on a murder, which will just cement its awesomeness: Peggy Carter, sunshine noir, gumshoe detective…I am so excited.
• Neal McDonough will play Damien Darhk on the fourth season of Arrow.
• Amy Acker will have a recurring role on the USA drama (dramedy?) Suits.
• Elodie Yung (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will play Elektra in the second season of Daredevil, which will also feature John Bernthal as the Punisher (an anti-hero who kills with punny wordplay).
Behind the Star Wars Scenes
The Shannara Chronicles
MTV’s adaptation of Terry Brooks’ The Shannara Chronicles premieres in January:
(Fear the) Walking Dead Trailer
Season Six of The Walking Dead premieres October 11th. (A full list of Fall Premieres is available here.)
Fear the Walking Dead premieres
Doctor Who Trailer
Doctor Who premieres September 19th.
A sneak peak at the Sherlock Christmas Special:
And an Unhappy New Year
According to co-creator and producer Mark Frost, the new season of Twin Peaks has been pushed back to 2017: “We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime in 2017.”
Alan Tudyk’s Indiegogo-funded Con Man will premiere on Vimeo in September. The web series will feature Nathan Fillion, Henry Rollins (!!), Seth Green, Joss Whedon, and probably some women, too.
One Australian City Gave Email Addresses to Its Trees—and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!
The Atlantic has a lovely article on a new trend in arboreal correspondence. The city of Melbourne assigned email addresses to various trees so that people could report problems, like obstructive branches or portals to Christmasland. Instead, people began to email the trees various love letters. For instance:
Dear Green Leaf Elm,
I hope you like living at St. Mary's. Most of the time I like it too. I have exams coming up and I should be busy studying. You do not have exams because you are a tree. I don't think that there is much more to talk about as we don't have a lot in common, you being a tree and such. But I'm glad we're in this together.
And—here’s where it gets awesome—sometimes the trees wrote back:
I do like living here.
I hope you do well in your exams. Research has shown that nature can influence the way people learn in a positive way, so I hope I inspire your learning.
Green Leaf Elm, Tree ID 1022165
That’s wonderful. I’d love to have a serious chat with the poor, thirsty magnolia tree outside my window about that terrible crow who keeps harassing the sparrows. I'm also fascinated by the comments on the article, which seemed to fall into two extreme camps: those who, like me, think this is one of the sweetest things they’ve ever heard, and those who think we should all go fuck ourselves for having imaginations.
HBO has been promoting the heck out of 7 Days in Hell, and I decided to watch it this weekend.
Here’s what I thought I was going to watch: a feature-length dramatized version of the world’s longest tennis match. I was pretty sure that such a thing existed, but I didn’t know the details, and I was excited to learn something. I really looked forward to Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, SNL), who is always hilarious. Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) isn’t bad to look at. I played tennis when I was younger, too, although I don't follow the sport. Win-draw-win.
Here’s what 7 Days in Hell actually is: a 42-minute skit about a tennis match that never took place. There is no seven-day match on the records, and there is no tennis match—certainly not at Wimbledon—that involves an on-court threeway, the queen of England calling a young man a “fuck slut,” and numerous deaths. Andy Samberg plays a wackadoodle coked-up has-been; Kit Harrington plays a young man who knows nothing. It is supposed to be a comedy.
Here’s what it’s based on: there is a world’s longest tennis match: over 11 hours of play, spread across 3 days, with a total of 183 games in the first round of the Men’s Singles at the 2010 Wimbledon.
And here’s what I discovered on the internet (via a comment on the AV Club's review): the world’s most awesome liveblog, courtesy of the Guardian, on Day Two and Day Three of the match. A sample:
The Isner-Mahut battle is a bizarre mix of the gripping and the deadly dull. It's tennis's equivalent of Waiting For Godot, in which two lowly journeymen comedians are forced to remain on an outside court until hell freezes over and the sun falls from the sky…On and on they go. Soon they will sprout beards and their hair will grow down their backs, and their tennis whites will yellow and then rot off their bodies. And still they will stand out there on Court 18, belting aces and listening as the umpire calls the score. Finally, I suppose, one of them will die.
Do I recommend you watch 7 Days in Hell? Hell no. Do I recommend you read the liveblog, even if you don’t know much about tennis? Absolutely I do.
This Week in Trumps
Instagram user “trumpyourcat” has a wonderful variety of cats sporting Donald Trump’s trademark hairstyle:
(Via Billie via Rachel Maddow via Instagram)
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)