The biggest V news this week is the release in DVD and Blueray of the complete first season. You can see some analysis on the release here.
On Twitter, Jane Badler described her character as “much wiser than the old Diana Not as quick to temper and less impetuous but every bit as ambitious!!” Can you type ‘power struggle’?
The Vampire Diaries (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Carla Lee
No Vampire Diaries spoilers column this week.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
This past week, we had a Space promo and clip for 6.07, a clip and CW promo for 6.08, photos from 6.08(? They’re listed as 6.09, though), 6.09 , 6.11 (including ones of Dean with Tessa and Death), and 6.12; behind-the-scenes photos from 6.08 (Damn, that dog is cute. The guy’s not bad-looking, either); and a new episode title (6.13), “Unforgiven”. Yes, I thought of the Metallica song, too, but I also thought of the Clint Eastwood film and how Dean has been Bill Munny since the beginning of the season. There were more behind-the-scenes photos from season three posted, as well, but nothing spoilery for beyond that.
Also, in an interview, Misha Collins stated that Castiel and Crowley would have a smackdown, which Castiel would win, and the director of last week’s episode, “Family Matters”, said that Sera Gamble told him she saw Sam as being like Ted Bundy.
Laura Mennell, who played the Head Djinn in the season premiere is listed as appearing in 6.10 (“Caged Heat”). Considering the title of this episode and the fact that I didn’t love either the character or her fate in 6.01, my anticipation of this episode just dropped through the floor. Keep in mind, though, that IMDB cast listings beforehand can be unreliable.
This week’s TV Guide has some brief info about 6.09 on page 9 and some discussion of vampire rules on page 10, though nothing we haven’t seen before (Essentially, it says that Dean gets abducted by fairies). However, there is what looks like a new photo from 6.09 on page 9 and a new double-interview with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles on page 66.
Ratings for “Family Matters” were pretty good, leveling out at 2.459 million and 1.1-1.4 ratings in general, which were only 400 thousand less than Nikita in raw numbers and better in ratings. SpoilerTV had a rundown of the season so far, compared with other shows.
In the 6.08 clip, Dean discusses the case with Sam (It’s actually a rather boring conversation in which Sam is a dick and Dean is upset about it and there’s not much we didn’t already know from last week). The promo is more interesting, with Dean saying he’s done some bad things before, but won’t do “this” now. We also see Dean with a sniper rifle targeting some people who may be shapeshifters. Ahh, we haven’t seen Sniper Dean since season two and “Simon Said”. So hot, so cold, so psycho. I hope we don’t have to see him shoot any dogs. I am all done with the animal abuse after 6.06.
The photos for 6.09 (Ben Edlund fairy fest, “Clap Your Hands If You Believe”) show Dean tackling a little guy who looks like an extra from the horror film Leprechaun. I am a wee bit skeptical as to why fairies on the show look like gnomes, Leprechauns or Rumpelstiltskin, especially after the Purgatory!Fail last week. I laughed when some posters on SpoilerTV were claiming that Sam looked “crazy” due to Bad Hair Syndrome in some of the photos. I’m pretty sure the brother tackling the invisible Little People, while a little girl and her parents look on in horror, is the one who looks crazy, not the one who needs a better haircut.
The biggest news of the week was the new set of promotional photos. One showed Dean with halo and Sam with a snake (How’s that for subtle?) and the other showed Sam, Dean and Castiel standing over an open grave that has spirits rising out of it. There’s been much discussion about the jewelry Jensen Ackles is wearing, especially in the grave promo, where he’s wearing two necklaces and four pendants, rather less about the REALLY FREAKIN’ OBVIOUS HALO. And, of course, the snake. I’ve seen assumptions that this is just a holdover from last season. Hmm…I’m skeptical. Also, why, if Sam is supposed to not be truly evil or understand what’s going on when he doesn’t have his soul, did Sera Gamble compare him to Ted Bundy?
There’s also the thing (and yes, I’m keeping in mind last week’s Purgatory!Fail) that both halos and snakes occur in religions that aren’t Christian, or even abrahamic. The halo is a sign of great sanctity or even godhood (the latter in pagan religions, of course) and has never been connected to angels on the show. And, as poster gija1 noted on IMDB, last season did an alarmingly good job of disconnecting Dean from his supposedly-unique angelic destiny, anyway.
Snakes, on the other hand, are not necessarily seen as evil (though I’m pretty sure the one here is supposed to be). They are also a symbol of ancient wisdom. Strictly speaking, the serpent in Genesis doesn’t just represent Evil, but can also represent temptation and a call to wisdom. Eve’s (and especially Adam’s) greatest sin may not have been just disobeying God but also trying to hide from the consequences.
Anyhoo, the promos are nice to look at and the variations on the grave one gives you options for your favourite of the three being in front.
So, speculation: come to think of it, this was a fairly slow news week for Supernatural spoilerage. I find it curious that the spoilers (especially photos) are so Deancentric, yet the discussion about them on the various sites listing them focuses on what little Sam is doing in them. Folks, forest/trees? Are we even looking at the same material, here? Is there some cache of season-six Samcentric spoilers that I’m missing?
The promos were intriguing, but controversial, because it was so difficult to see how much input the showrunners had into them and what we were meant to get out of them in terms of the season’s direction. Perhaps the most intriguing spoilers (not least because the person who released them got ordered to stop taking photos) were those involving Dean, Death’s ring, Tessa, and Death. Sam is nowhere in sight, though that doesn’t necessarily mean anything (Remember those set photos for 6.06 that had no Dean?).
On the other hand, Sam being absent could mean that he’s at death’s door (so to speak) and Dean summoned Tessa and Death to save him, or that Dean is the injured one and in an inbetween place. The former scenario is certainly possible when you consider that Sam not having a soul creates some real problems should Sam’s body die. If his body does die without a soul, what happens to Sam? In fact, is Sam really Sam without a soul? Dean asks this question again in 6.08 and I think the writers need to answer it sooner than later. Of course, the answer is also problematical in show terms. If Sam is still the real Sam, even without his soul, then the writers have turned him into a jerk without a lot of ability or desire to redeem himself. If Sam isn’t the real Sam, then Sam as a character has been absent for a third of the season. Either way, it doesn’t look as though he can be the Hero of the entire season, especially if the writers wait until halfway through to pull a bait-and-switch (and we all know how well that went in previous seasons). We’ll just have to see. But I do have to say – Soulless Sam is boring.