Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
Not a lot of spoilers out there for the show right now. I’m surprised that ABC still hasn’t released the official synopsis for episode 22, “A Land Without Magic”, which airs May 13, but maybe later on in the week.
There are two promos up for next week’s episode, “An Apple Red As Blood”, here and here. My latest wacky theory? Henry deliberately eats an apple that Regina poisoned for Emma, in a desperate attempt to get Emma to believe by having her have to save him from a poison apple, just like Charming saved Snow White.
And according to a spoiler from Kristin at E! Online, this may happen yet:
“Gavin in Port Jefferson, NY: So excited for last few episodes of Once Upon a Time! Anything you can tell us?
“Regina is up to her old apple tricks again, setting her sights on one target in particular. Alas, things don’t go according to plan (do they ever on TV?), and Henry may just end up being collateral damage. We’re sure you’re now asking yourselves, ‘Would Once really kill him off? He’s just a kid!’ We’ll just tell you this: Things are about to get dark.”
I don’t think that they could kill off a child. Granted, this show can be semi-dark, sometimes, but that would be way too much horror for them, especially when, right now, he is the only motivation that Emma has. I could, however, see them put him into a coma like Snow White was in before Charming woke her with a kiss. Either way, I do hope he’s not gone for long, because I really enjoy Jared Gilmore’s Henry.
The ratings for this week were steady from last week in the demos, but increased in the total viewers. The show received a 3.0 (same as last week) and 9.20 million viewers (up from 9.080 million viewers last week).
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
So, we’ve got the CW promo, a first look clip and official photos (The Canadian promo and Producer’s Preview are not yet up for 7.21, though you can find the 7.20 promo here, the Producer’s Preview here, and several spoilery interviews with Felicia Day, including this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, and this one, in which the vapid interviewer immediately assumes that every Supernatural fan is: 1. female and 2. psychotic. Nice. ‘Cause real female genre geeks aren’t really cool, you know).
They don’t actually say a lot that we didn’t know, already, in the 7.21 stuff, aside from the appearance of three new angels, led by a blonde woman (What is up with this show’s thing for blonde, perpetually-irritated women in suits?). The youngest angel (in terms of actors) appears to be on the side of Team Free Will. Prayer circle for him if that’s the case, since Evil Blonde Leader appears to be quite irate with Castiel and smacks him around. There’s a hint in the promo (a flash of white light) that Castiel may end up without his powers, but that’s not certain. Since Castiel is confirmed to be around through the season finale, we can assume he doesn’t die (at least, not permanently) in this episode.
I can understand why they’re angry, since Castiel killed a whole lot of angels while he was Godstiel, not that Raphael held back from killing Castiel’s loyalists, either. If at least one of them is an archangel (and we’re not talking about Michael and Lucifer), I suppose it’s possible that the breaking of the tablet that the brothers find inside the red clay/sandstone block from Iran releases two archangels we’d never heard about before. Which is kinda lame when it comes out of nowhere like this, but not the silliest thing they’ve given us all season.
I’m not entirely sure why this dig was in Iran, since the tablet in the promos looks to be based on the Amarna letters, but I bet this is part of the writers’ less-than-deep understanding of dualism and that system being a central part of Persian Zoroastrianism. That said, Amarna is in Egypt, not Iran, which is a tiny bit far away from Egypt. The tablet appears to be cuneiform on wet clay that was then sun-baked. The difference between drying in the sun and kiln baking is that kiln baking creates pottery that is waterproof and doesn’t crumble, so it’s more durable. But it also can’t be wet, erased and reused, either. Also, bricks are not the same as tablets because they require more coarse material mixed in for greater building strength – in general terms, concrete rather than cement or pottery.
Anyway, the 7.22 synopsis is up:
“SAM AND DEAN STORM SUCROCORP TO TAKE DOWN DICK ROMAN – Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) prepare for battle with Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart). Dick’s in the final phase of his plan and the Winchesters must team up with Castiel (guest star Misha Collins), Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver), Meg (guest star Rachel Miner) and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau), the prophet, to stop him. However, Dick is one of the smartest enemies they’ve ever faced so it’s a mind game to see who can keep the upper hand. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Sera Gamble (#723).”
I snickered at the idea that Dick is smart, let alone “one of the smartest enemies” the Winchesters have gone up against. Really? ‘Cause I haven’t seen it. He just got outsmarted by them (not to mention Charlie, of all people) last week. As for the rest, that’s a mighty crowded guest star list. There’s no possible way it can work out smoothly, especially since Sera Gamble usually stumbles over logistics of even two or three characters in her scripts.
Also, there was a Supernatural con in Rome. No spoilers came out of it, but a fair amount of wank and rage occurred over Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins daring to say that they found some of the dialogue in 7.17 between Dean and Castiel to be “romantic” and rewrote it. Since Dean’s stuff with Castiel and Meg was about all I liked about that episode, rather than feeling they are not sufficiently PC, I wish they’d rewritten the entire episode. It did seem to confirm the rumours that Ackles is not a huge fan of Gamble’s writing, though, and it makes me wonder if Bob Singer directed all of the Sera Gamble scripts because he was a co-showrunner and not just because Gamble mostly wrote mytharc-heavy stuff in the past couple of years.
Finally, ratings for “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” remained steady in the demo at 0.7/2 and went up slightly to 1.61 million in audience. The show was again second to The Vampire Diaries on the network in both the demo and audience.