SDCC 2012: Cult Panel Recap & Gallery
Posted by Sharlene Mousfar on July 23, 2012
There’s one thing about San Diego Comic-Con that really gets to me and that’s the fact that it’s nearly impossible to get into a lot of the television panels due to needing to line up hours ahead or overnight. But that wasn’t a problem for me on Friday morning as I strolled right into the room before the panel and got a plum seat in the front.
However, that isn’t a reflection on the CW’s new mid-season show Cult starring Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Jessica Lucas (Psych), Alona Tal (Supernatural) and Robert Knepper (Prison Break). The show isn’t on the fall schedule and hasn’t been marketed much, so I think it was more that attendees didn’t know enough about it to come out in droves (except those of us who loved Davis on The Vampire Diaries). The pilot episode was screened for us before the Q&A and I was throughly freaked out after it was over!
This show within a show centers around investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Davis) whose brother Nate has slightly obsessive tendencies like a lot of us who love pop culture. When Nate rants that a hit TV show called “Cult” is trying to kill him, Jeff laughs it off. That is until Nate disappears. In trying to find answers, Jeff uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show “Cult” and its hardcore fans and the only person willing to help is Skye (Lucas), a research assistant on the show who’s growing suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding it.
The fictitious “Cult” is about the cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm (Knepper) and detective Kelly Collins (Tal) and has become an obsession for its viewers – with some fans taking their fixation to deadly extremes in the real world. At the end of the pilot, Jeff pops in a mysterious CD with the letter “M” written on it and we were lucky enough to snag one at the Warner Brothers booth!
The reason I even want to attend was to see Matt Davis post-Alaric and I’m glad I went. Overall, Cult looks like it could be a real winner – its suspenseful, creepy and is very meta for those who are in a variety of fandoms so it got more than a few chuckles out of me. That being said, I still have yet to pop that CD into my computer…
Check out the full panel below along with a gallery of photos:
Reporter: Sharlene Mousfar
Photo & Video Credit: Sharlene Mousfar