What would you do if you suspected that something sinister was happening at your hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table? Thats the situation which a young doctor (portrayed by Lauren Ambrose) has to confront in A & E’s new two-night mini-series event, Coma. Produced by Ridley & Tony Scott, the mini-series is a modern day retelling of the Robin Cook novel and iconic film by Michael Crichton. In addition to Ambrose, the miniseries also costars James Woods, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn, Stephen Pasquale. To celebration the mini-series’ debut, A & E prepared a unique experience for Comic Con attendees available from Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14, at 11am – 9pm on 1st Avenue and J Street right outside of the San Diego Convention Center. Doctors will be handing out patient bracelets for admittance to the 15,000 square foot “Jefferson Institute,” the ominous leading institute in coma patient care from the mini-series. The “Coma” Experience is free and will include:
Reception – Participants will be greeted by Jefferson Institute nurses who will admit them into The “Coma” Experience. The nurses will guide the visitors to the security monitors so they can get a glimpse of what they’re about to step into as well as see exclusive, first-look footage from the mini-series.
Surgery – Nurses will then take fans to the experiential surgery room where they’ll meet surgeons who will decide if they’re good candidates for the tour. If so, fans will have the option of getting a 3-D surgical scar tattoo.
Area 2 – As part of the experience, visitors will be allowed to access The Jefferson Institute’s highly secured Area 2, where they will get a glimpse of the doctors at work. In this room, Jefferson Institute human specimens will be on display designed with the chilling look and feel that’s authentic to the mini-series.
Area 8 Green Screen – Finally, visitors will be able to step into Area 8, which will be the end of The Jefferson Institute tour. Area 8 will offer visitors the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of an actual “Coma Pod” that was used in the Ridley & Tony Scott production. In addition, visitors may participate in a green screen photo opportunity that places them into the iconic Coma Pod as if they themselves are the victims of the Jefferson Institute.
With that said, Reel Film News was granted exclusive access to the event before it was opened up to the public. You can check it further below….
A&E’s VP of Marketing, Lori Peterzell, gives press tour
Coma premieres on A&E, Monday, September 3 and concludes on Tuesday, September 4 at 9PM ET/PT.