TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 1/11/11

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The description for next episode is: “Serpent’s Tooth: For the first time in 15 years, Diana and Anna face off; Erica makes a discovery when she has Tyler’s blood analyzed,” and this website has previews for the show.

There is a picture of the aliens, without their human skin, floating around the Net.

An interview with Elizabeth Mitchell. Not much new, except it seems likely her character will have a love story developing with Father Jack or Hobbs. Or both.

An interview with the actor playing Chad reveals much ado about nothing (since we already know he has become a member of the Resistance), except for a mention of his father. Any bets it’s Marc Singer?

Signing off with my usual mantra: Death to Tyler!

Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Late update: Jim Beaver has been tweeting about some big, upcoming news: “Big, great news brewing at Supernatural. I’m not supposed to say anything but I can’t help mys–” Everyone is naturally speculating that he means the show has gotten a renewal for season seven. Since it’s about the time for early renewals on the CW and Beaver’s already stated that the return of Jeffrey Dean Morgan is unlikely, that’s a good guess. Naturally, he then clammed up and claimed he was afeared that Sera Gamble would get mad at him. ‘Cause he’s a tease.

There was a wee burst of spoilers this week and the first week of a year wouldn’t be complete without a wank war. I felt a bit sorry for this guy (and said so, even though I didn’t agree with him). Maybe what he said was harshly-worded, but it was a critique of Jared Padalecki’s work and not Padalecki. Also, regardless of how people took it, responding like whackjobs did not help the cause of many fans. And death threats? After what happened this past weekend in Arizona? Really? Can we at least try for some kind of moderation in thought and conduct? Because, bottom line, Supernatural is a TV show and if contrary politics is not an appropriate reason to threaten people, having a contrary opinion about a fictional TV show is definitely not an appropriate reason. Chill the hell out.

Movin’ on to happier things, there are photos up for 6.12, showing Dean and Bobby getting snockered together while doing research (I see the show has not forgotten that both Dean and Bobby are functional alcoholics), Sam and Dean discussing a broken sword like the one we see Dean shoving in (or pulling out) in the promo, Sam and Dean interviewing someone while posing as FBI agents, young girls locked in a cage (not lovin’ this recurring “Hot Chicks in Cages” motif the show seems to have going this season), and Sam and Dean discovering a dragon’s hoard of gold (Remember that photo from last week? Like that and some more).

There’s also a synopsis for 6.12 that is equal parts confusing, intriguing, repetitive and non-sequitur-y:

“DEATH RETURNS FOR A MEETING WITH DEAN – Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) anxiously wait for Sam (Jared Padalecki) to wake up to see if Death (guest star Julian Richings) was able to restore his soul without causing Sam to lose his mind. Meanwhile, Dean and Bobby investigate a disappearance of virgins and discover dragons are behind the kidnappings. Bobby sends Dean to a doctor who owns the only weapon in the world that can slay a dragon, but Dean must prove himself worthy enough to take it. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Adam Glass (##612).”

Note that Death is mentioned in the summary but not in the actual synopsis. Will he be an important part of the episode, or will he just appear as the episode starts up where 6.11 left off, and then snap shut his bag and depart with a cheery wave? I’m hoping for the former, because that would be one more check in the balance of Death’s “hiring” Dean actually coming to mean something at some point. Besides, free of Lucifer’s annoying leash, Death is lots of fun.

Also, it looks as though we’ll finally get to see Sam doing some sleeping. Am I the only one who is relieved by this turn of events? One of the creepiest things about Sam has been his tendency to go sneaking off to do nefarious things while Dean slept. Plus, after a year of not sleeping (which never made any sense to me, anyway), the boy could use some. I think we can all agree that he’s not likely to wake up insane, so that’s a non-twist.

As for the sword…ah, the sword. It would be so much fun to see Dean doing an Arthur and getting a little Excalibur action. Dean…sharp objects…where was I? Oh, right. Anyhoo, I just hope the writers don’t find a way to screw this up. I’m lookin’ at you, Mr. “Let’s tell some fairy and short-people jokes at Dean’s expense” Edlund.

In casting news, it looks as though we’ll be getting lots more of both Jim Beaver and Sebastian Roché. Beaver tweeted last week that he was reading the script for 6.16 (and loving it) and that he’d be in some four more episodes in a row. I’m assuming there’s an “at least” in there, since there are seven more episodes after 6.15, not four. Meanwhile, Roché is scheduled to be in “several” episodes in the second half of the season.

It’s difficult to tell from Beaver’s info what will be going on with Bobby, as Bobby is essentially an unofficial regular at this point. His excitement over the 6.16 script could mean that it’s Bobbycentric…or maybe not (Edit: He tweeted a few hours ago that he’s in “every scene this ep”. So, 6.16 sounds pretty Bobbycentric).

Roché is somewhat more of a surprise, as Balthazar was starting to shape up to be the Anna of season six. Looks like he’ll have a bigger role than Evil Exposition Angel, after all. Again, it’s really subject to speculation what he’ll be up to, but it will surely have something to do with Castiel and the War in Heaven. And his meeting with Sambot in 6.11 dropped heavy-anvil hints that Balthazar is gunning for Dean, but too afraid to take Dean head-on. Is this because Balthazar is afraid of Castiel (or losing Castiel’s friendship, which seems pretty lost, anyway), or because he’s afraid of Dean himself? I’m leaning toward the latter (too much personal animosity there for it just to be a jealousy issue), with Balthazar having been busy doing his research on the elder Winchester and formulating plans to hurt Dean badly. Remember that 6.12 is also supposedly the episode where we find out why the MOTWs are so out of whack (something to do with the earth being off its axis. Oy, the screwy astronomical concepts on this show). Gee, I wonder if that will tie into all the many things Dean did for a year to bring Sam back (mentioned once in 6.01)? The many sorcerous, necromantic things?

In the cracky, alternate-universe episode, we will see characters named after three of the executive producers (Kripke, Gamble and Singer), according to EW, but they will be played by actors. I’m guessing that’s because there will be a fair bit of interaction with these characters, so having the producers play themselves isn’t an option. Author and director cameos aren’t unknown (Castle seems fond of the former), but they only work well in brief doses. If actual major plot points turn on them, it’s best to cast actors to play those roles. Misha Collins will also be in the episode but not Jim Beaver (no explanation why for this odd omission).

Ask Kristin has yet another non-spoiler, though this one’s not quite as calorie-free as usual:

Drewski: On Supernatural, will Sam ever become a nice guy? And what is Castiel dealing with up in heaven?
AK: Yes, Sam will. And I’m told to be patient re: Castiel, that is something we will find out!”

Admittedly, that’s not exactly news when it comes to Castiel (We’ll find out what he’s been hinting about Heaven’s war? Ya don’t say…), but I hope the spoiler about Sam becoming “a nice guy” again pans out. I noticed that before 6.11, the spoilers all acted coy about whether Sam would ever change back and now, suddenly, we’re being assured that oh, yes, he’ll be a nice guy again. I’m not sure if this was intended to mask the twist-that-wasn’t about Sambot going bye-bye at the end of 6.11, or whether the writers clued in that fans are a little tired of Sambot. Guess we’ll see.

They’ve cast the role of Andy (one of the psykids from season two) in the Supernatural anime series. Funny, I’d thought this season of it was already filmed. I guess not?

Finally, ratings for the 6.09 repeat were pretty good at 1.24 million, up against the Cotton Bowl on Fox. Nikita‘s ratings in comparison were not much better (in a better time slot), especially compared to the Supernatural repeat that aired last year at the same time.

We’ll be back next week with more spoilers. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of V and Supernatural.

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