Panel Recap: Tiny Commando


Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)

I’ll admit that I was one of the people who had no knowledge of a forthcoming project called Tiny Commando. Here’s what I did know: It stars Zachary Levi as a 4 inch tall former Navy Seal, Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry from Community), and Ed Helms (Hangover, The Office) as the archnemesis. This was the summation of my knowledge, but I went ahead and bought tickets to the Tiny Commando panel. I’m so very glad I did.

The panel was hosted by Nathan Fillion, who, along with Alan Tudyk, is helping Zach save his voice, and featured Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul (Director), and, of course, Zachary Levi. Before the panel got underway, and the questions started flying, those in attendance were treated to the first two episodes of the web series, which will be coming to Yahoo this Fall.

To say the series looks hilarious is an understatement. Helms brings the funny with a fantastic, childlike idea about a small hero and small vehicles, and witty writing. Levi and Jacobs look to be in top form, and McFaul brings it all together seamlessly. The series revolves around the aforementioned 4 inch tall Navy Seal turned private detective, his crew, an archnemesis–who is also 4 inches tall, and lots of Radio Controlled vehicular action.

Helms and McFaul wanted to do a web series centered around action sequences featuring RC vehicles, so we can expect lots of different RC vehicular fun. The episodes we watched at the panel featured a Mars dune buggy. When the six episode series hits this Fall, however, we’ve been promised a flying, self-aware lawnmower. Yes, you read that correctly: a Self-aware. Flying. Lawnmower.

Although there were no spoilers, the panel was not stingy with the information involving some of the action sequences and vehicles they have coming up including the lawnmower. Add jets, helicopters, and various cars in a drifting themed episode, and you can be assured of some miniature awesomeness. Interspersed between tidbits about the production hitches, and ideas, were stories of embarrassing experiences each panelist faced with, including a young Ed Helms practicing his stand-up routine being heckled by an actual brain surgeon.

This panel is one of the several that I’ve watched here that give me a little hope for the future of the entertainment industry. More and more, creative people are moving outside the establishment and connecting directly with fans. This is precisely the worldview so prevalent at Nerd HQ. Tiny Commando, along with Nerd HQ, are representative of a revolution of people who do projects for the love of the project, for the love of working with decent people, and on the other side of it, the fans are responding to it.

Another successful panel, another $5,000 raised for Operation Smile. Let’s keep it going!

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