Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
The press release for episode 21, “An Apple Red as Blood”, is out:
“HENRY PLEADS WITH EMMA TO STAY IN STORYBROOKE AND CONTINUE HER QUEST TO SAVE THE FAIRYTALE INHABITANTS, AND SNOW WHITE – WITH THE AID OF FELLOW FAIRYTALE COHORTS – PLANS AN ATTACK AGAINST THE EVIL QUEEN IN ORDER TO SAVE PRINCE CHARMING, ON ABC’S ONCE UPON A TIME:
“‘An Apple Red as Blood’ – Henry pleads with Emma to stay in Storybrooke and continue her quest as the savior of the fairytale dwellers, and Regina concocts a plan that could rid her of Emma forever. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Snow White enlists the aid of her fellow fairytale cohorts to attack the Evil Queen and save Prince Charming’s life, on Once Upon a Time, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (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 Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Keegan Connor Tracy as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Alan Dale as Decker/King George, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Clark/Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy, Mig Macario as Bashful, and Sebastian Stan as Jefferson.
“‘An Apple Red as Blood’ was written by Jane Espenson & David H. Goodman and directed by Milan Cheylov.”
Getting close to the end, here! Let’s hope this means we might get some movement on Good winning out over Evil!
Matt Roush over at TV Guide had Once up as one of his Q&As on the frustration of watching the show and seeing Evil always win. He didn’t really have an answer, other than to say he is enjoying a show that is doing something different, succeeding for a change. I understand he doesn’t have an answer, since he isn’t a writer of the show, but it’s kind of strange to pick that question if you don’t have any spoilers and nothing to say to address the letter’s complaint.
There are several new promos up for the show. This one is based on the coming new episode, “The Return”. Another one from Spoiler TV is a little hard for me to see. And this one seems to be based on a multitude of episodes, old as well as new. There’s an interesting scene in there of Regina being tied up and the townspeople, being led by Emma, confronting her with swords and torches. Emma tells her that she took away their happy endings, so they are going to take away hers. Then Emma takes a sword handed to her by David. I tend to think that it’s some nightmare of Regina’s, but it’s nice to speculate that maybe the good guys will discover their roots, remember their pasts, and get the one up on the Evil Queen, for a change! LOL!
Other than that, not a lot of spoilers out there for the show right now. But remember that the show returns April 22 – this weekend – with the episode that may (or may not) reveal who August is!
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Unsurprisingly, we have a new burst of spoilers this week. Many thanks to those of you who posted some of them in the comments for last week’s column. The show officially ceases filming season seven today (The wrap party was over the weekend) and the first of an unbroken run of the final five episodes for the season, “Of Grave Importance”, airs this Friday. So, we now have spoilers going up through 7.23, even if the latter are vague. Keep in mind that a great deal can happen in five episodes, especially ones at the end of a season, so too many assumptions this early are still questionable. So far, we know that the brothers, Dick Roman, Castiel, Ghost!Bobby, Meg, and this new prophet, Kevin, will be in the season finale. There are rumours that AdamMichael may return in 7.23, as well.
In addition to the CW promo, the Canadian promo is up, as are a clip of the brothers discussing the case (while Ghost!Bobby tries to get their attention by ruffling a curtain next to Sam) and some rather uninformative official photos (We already knew Ghost!Bobby was in the episode). Dean looks exhausted in the photos. The promos are somewhat more informative, giving us a brief glimpse of the female Hunter, acting as if she’s not dead, and Dean calling out to Bobby after Bobby writes his name on a steamy shower door.
I know this Ghost!Bobby thing is supposed to be heartwarming, but it is creeping me right out. How is this doing Dean’s sanity (or Sam’s opinion of Dean’s sanity) any good? Even if Sam is given incontrovertible proof that Ghost!Bobby is hanging around that flask, the show has set it up so that Sam will be adamant about burning the thing and Dean will be equally adamant about not burning it. And since we have set photos showing Jensen Ackles in character with the flask prop and Jim Beaver playing Ghost!Bobby, obsessing over Dick, this issue will continue right to the season finale.
Also up is the latest episode synopsis, this time of 7.21 (“Reading Is Fundamental”):
“CASTIEL AWAKENS FROM HIS COMATOSE STATE – Meg (guest star Rachel Miner) calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and tells them Castiel (guest star Misha Collins) is awake and talking. Meanwhile, a teenager named Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) gets hit by a bolt of lightening and is turned into a reluctant prophet. Sam and Dean believe Kevin holds the key to defeating the Leviathans but must fight off two Archangels who want him for their own purposes. The episode was written and directed by Ben Edlund (#721).”
There is lots of speculation over the archangels part, whether it means Michael and Lucifer are coming back, or that Gabriel and Raphael are being resurrected, or perhaps that two new archangels will be introduced. Just a note – Castiel is catatonic not in a coma, and it’s “lightning” not “lightening”, so it really isn’t beyond the realm of probability that the person who wrote this synopsis also did not know the difference between angels and archangels in the SPNverse. Take with a chunk of rock salt.
Osric Chau isn’t exactly a teenager, but he’s got a decent resume of experience under his belt, so I’m guessing he’ll do just fine with whatever they give him. Let’s just hope the writing doesn’t suck as badly as it sounds, already.
There are a couple of official photos of Felicia Day from 7.20, encountering the brothers in an apartment and trying to fend them off with a sword. Lordie, there’s lots of sword porn this season. Not that I’m objecting. In addition, set pics from 7.23 have been rolling in here and here. Jim Beaver essentially confirmed that Bobby is still a ghost in the season finale (though, hey, who knows? He could be foilering. Again). TV Line posted a “preview” of the season finale, which appears to be gleaned from known spoilers, larded with some speculation (Yes, that’s what I think the bit about the two “fan favorites” ending up somewhere unexpected is so far – speculation). In addition, Jake Abel caused a stir when he tweeted that he was going up to Vancouver. He is busy doing the Percy Jackson film, but previous sightings this season of guest stars have resulted in guest appearances, so it bears mention.
There’s a new, non-spoilery interview with Traci Dinwiddie out, as well as a new, two-part interview with Matt Cohen. No hints that either is coming back, though it would be nice to see Pamela again – I mean, if we’re going to insist on bringing back tons of dead people, at least be creative about it, show.
New entries are up for Supernatural tie-ins on Amazon. First is another novel (after John Passarella’s sophomore effort, Rite of Passage, due out on August 14), Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson. It comes out on November 13. Both novels have Bobby as a co-protagonist. Also listed is the official companion for season seven, due out September 25, and the season seven DVD (No release date yet, but it should come out around the same time as the companion). Due out on October 16 is the high-priced hardcover, The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean, by Nicholas Knight and Eric Kripke. And the show’s wall calendar is listed to come out early this year, on July 24. So far, only one is listed, as opposed to the usual three.