Being Human had its season finale this week. Season three should return next January. Lost Girl also had its season one finale, but Syfy decided to go immediately into the show’s 22-episode season two (which just ended in Canada). So, we’ll get more Lost Girl at least until the week before Memorial Day and we’ll continue reviewing it, as well.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
A little light on the spoilers this week, maybe because of the show’s hiatus. The show will return on April 22!
The new press release is out for the episode, “The Stranger”, which airs on April 29:
“AUGUST TRIES TO ENLIGHTEN EMMA ON WAYS SHE CAN BEAT REGINA AND POSSIBLY TAKE CUSTODY OF HENRY, AND GEPPETTO AGREES TO A PLAN TO SAVE SNOW WHITE AND PRINCE CHARMING’S DAUGHTER – WITH A PROVISO THAT COULD ALSO SAVE HIS OWN SON – ON ABC’S ONCE UPON A TIME:
“‘The Stranger’ – August promises to enlighten Emma and take her on a journey that will show her how she can beat Regina, and possibly take custody of Henry; and with Mary Margaret returning to work, Regina puts a plan in motion to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, with the Evil Queen’s curse about to strike, Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter, but with a proviso that could also save his own son, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Eion Bailey as August, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
Guest starring are Tony Amendola as Marco/Geppetto, Keegan Connor Tracy as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy, Jakob Davies as Pinocchio, Rick Dobran as Raskind, and Isaiah Lehtinen as Gordie.
“‘The Stranger’ was written by Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.”
It is sounding like August could be Pinocchio and I’ve seen it speculated that he could also be the boy who found Emma. In the first episode, we saw that Pinocchio was already a real boy and the cupboard could only take one person, which was why neither of her parents could go with her, once Emma was born. So, unless Gepetto had Pinocchio changed back into a puppet, in the hopes he could sneak him in and that Pinocchio would turn real once he was transported to the real world, I’m not sure how Pinocchio would have made it to the real world and escaped the curse.
I still hope that August is Baelfire, if only because it would be more compelling to me. Gepetto isn’t a main character like Rump is and, quite frankly, once Pinocchio and Gepetto are reunited, their story is done. There’s still so much more drama to play out with what happened to Rump, how that affected him and how it affected Baelfire, as well as their relationship, that it seems as if there is more story to tell if August is Baelfire, than there is if he is Pinocchio.
Anyways. SpoilerTV has up pictures for this episode. Looks like David is a wee bit repulsed by Regina’s attempted seduction of him. The less said about that storyline for me, the better! I’m all for Emma getting custody of Henry though!
TV Guide had up an article called “An Open Letter to Once Upon A Time: Let Snow and Charming Be Together Already.” Jane Espenson, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas all have some quotes in there, and Jane pulls out the old Moonlighting quote, which just makes me lose all respect for anyone who does that. Because, really, that show had huge backstage problems with two actors who couldn’t stand each other. And yet, every writer uses it as an excuse to not get a couple together. To which I say: A good writer would be able to figure it out, so if you’re already claiming you can’t do something because some other show couldn’t do it, maybe you aren’t as good a writer as you think you are.
And finally, TV Guide‘s annual “Fan Favorites” issue came out. Lana Parrilla’s Regina won for “Favorite Villain” and the show won for “Favorite New Show”.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Since it’s still in the first half of the hellatus and the week after Easter, spoilers remain a weak tea (The show returns on April 20th. This week’s repeat is “Slash Fiction”). First up, Supernatural won “Favorite Horror Series” in the aforementioned “Fan Favorites” issue of TV Guide (due out today). The article is not terribly spoilery and the Supernatural section appears to have been written before the news about Gamble stepping down last week. But there are some nice photos, with Padalecki and Ackles on the cover.
The synopsis for 7.20 (“The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”) is up:
“FELICIA DAY (THE GUILD, EUREKA) GUEST STARS – Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) acquires Frank’s hard drive that contains sensitive information about the Winchesters and gives it to an unsuspecting brilliant hacker named Charlie (guest star Day) telling her she has 48 hours to crack the firewall or she is fired. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are tipped off that Dick has the hard drive and race to get to Charlie before she breaks the code. Meanwhile, Bobby (Jim Beaver) tries to help the brothers, but his rage towards Dick for killing him starts to get in the way. John MacCarthy directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson (#720).”
Author S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Tex) visited the set. She’s been a big fan for years and last visited during the filming of “Yellow Fever”. She tweeted about it during her stay, and also took some photos of herself with various cast and crew. Samantha Smith also tweeted an old photo of pre-series John and Mary.
A couple of other photos got fans all excited. One that Jim Michaels tweeted of Hinton posing with Robert Singer and Jerry Wanek’s nephew showed them standing in front of the Liéferinxe painting from “Lucifer Rising“. Michaels claimed it was “a very old set not in use,” but the set was different (darker paneling and two lamps on either side of the painting) than it has ever appeared on the show, and both Hinton and the nephew’s visits were this past week. Guy Bee, who was directing last week, also tweeted a pic of the same painting, with the caption “Angel Light”. Some evangelicals equate Leviathan with the Devil, making Michael the destroyer of Leviathan. Don’t forget that behind-the-scenes photos (all of the above come from the filming of 7.22) also showed the Impala in the house. And actor Kevin Kase tweeted a pic of himself, posing with Padalecki and Ackles. It sounds as though he plays a Leviathan or demon, backing up Hinton’s vague spoiler that the episode has quite a lot of action.
Finally, Good Friday ratings for the repeat of “Shut Up, Dr. Phil” were meh, with a 0.3/1 in the demo and 820 thousand in audience. The show is still in no danger, ratings-wise, though.
So, speculation: I know we talked at length in the comments last week about a return of Michael. Keep in mind that this is only one possibility and that, even if Michael comes back, he may not be played by Jensen Ackles. It’s also possible that Ghost!Bobby will save the day (if he doesn’t go ghost!bonkers, first), that Sam will somehow save the day, that the Leviathans will appear to be triumphant in the cliffhanger at the end of the season, that the brothers will make some kind of deal with Crowley, or that Castiel and/or Meg might even step up and have a crack at world-saving. It’s too early to tell, though I’m leaning against Ghost!Bobby, if only because the things they say in the synopses this season have generally not been the really important mytharc stuff. Which means that Ghost!Bobby’s info may be hiding something about another character (It’s usually Dean) in 7.20.