Not many spoilers to report this week, except for photos. Promotional images of all cast members have been released. You can see Laura Vandervoort here.
There are also some new posters, including one which shows Anna with a baby in her arms. Plus, there are some new promos, although nothing too surprising to see. Of note: Anna’s hot red dress and the bit where Tyler and Lisa are embracing each other, naked. That should be from the sex scene where Anna is monitoring (itself a reference to the original, when Diana saw Robin having sex with an alien) them. My favourite preview is this one, because we get to see Jane Badler proclaiming, “it’s Earth or nothing.” And isn’t that what we all signed up for?
If you are being fooled by the promos into thinking Tyler is dead: it’s just part of a dream sequence at the beginning of the first episode. We wish.
Plus: we know Diana has a scene with Marcus because Jane was shooting with him a couple of weeks ago. Speculation: Marcus and Lisa are staging a coup. Or is Marcus working alone, without Lisa? Is he related to Anna in any way? I mean, is this the royal family backstabbing each other, or is Marcus an outsider? I’ve heard very little talk of Joshua, but I am interested in his character and what they plan to do with him. I would love it if he joined the good guys on the ground, but there seems to be a big-enough cast with the addition of new actors down on the surface.
Here is a fun video: V title credits created by a fan.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Supernatural has been having quite the spoilers week, especially yesterday, with the news that the show had won TV Guide’s cult show cover (which comes out this week and looks like this) and a spoilery article inside. The article doesn’t come right out and say it, but heavily implies that Sam gets his soul back by the end of this week’s episode, “Appointment in Samarra”, as a result of Dean’s “selfless” deal to play Death for a day in exchange for the redemption of Sam’s soul from wherever it actually is, and that Sam will have a ways to go in 6.12 (now apparently called “Like a Virgin”, ’cause “How to Train Your Dragon” wasn’t stupid enough. Ah, well, at least it’s a song title) to make up with Dean and, especially, Bobby.
Further spoilers from the article state that the dragon appearing in 6.12 is part of the ongoing chaos following the Apocalypse and a shift in the Earth’s “axis” (Boy, I hate it when the writers try to mix folklore with science and get both miserably wrong); that the first half of the season concentrated on Sam’s soullessness (a huge mistake, I’m thinking) and the second half will focus on finding Purgatory; that Castiel is annoyed that the Winchesters aren’t sufficiently caring about his angelic civil war, which will threaten to destroy the Earth (which seems a bit odd since Dean offered to help last week and Castiel replied that there wasn’t anything Dean and Sam could do); and that Raphael will attack Castiel via an “aggressive personal move”. What do you want to bet that move will be an attack on Dean, since it doesn’t get any more personal than that for Castiel?
There’s also an upcoming meta episode in which the brothers wake up as actors named “Jared” and “Jensen” on a show called “Supernatural“. Hmm. That old fanfic chestnut could be fun or it could really, really suck.
Also, the show will return on January 28, 2011, which sounds about right, as it’s eight weeks from now to then.
The cast did a “thank you” video to the fans for the TV Guide cover, including Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Jim Beaver, as well as a fair bit of behind-the-scenes tomfoolery and footage of the first three doing their photo shoot for the magazine.
We finally got official photos for 6.11, which showed Dean interacting with Death and Tessa (yaaaay!) in a Chinese grocery/diner.
Ask Kristin’s column this week talks about Dean’s deal with Death, but nothing we didn’t know already.
The CW promo was extremely jokey, but still quite fascinating. Nothing really new in terms of spoilers, but it does show Death making the proposal to Dean (“I want you to be me”), Dean putting on the ring amid a green glow and Sam trying to use an axe on a door to attack Bobby, either before or after tying him to a chair and sharpening a knife. The promo also implies that Dean isn’t wounded before ending up on the shady doc’s table, but goes there deliberately to get “killed” and track down Death to make a deal. This was backed up by a brief clip from a video interview about the TV Guide cover in which we see the doc meeting Dean and acting as if he’s been fixing up Winchesters for generations. Dean looks hail and hearty during the meeting.
Ratings for 6.10 went up a little from last week, despite a preemption in Houston, to 2.15 million and a 1.3 in overall households, though Adults and Women 18-34, remained at 0.8.
In Amazon news, John Winchester’s Journal is being reissued as a paperback on April 26, 2011.
On top of the upcoming Supernatural novel (One Year Gone) that we mentioned last week is coming out in May, another one called “Coyote’s Kiss” is due out on July 12: “A truck full of illegal Mexican immigrants slaughtered with supernatural force is found by the side of a road. Trying to find answers, Sam and Dean, are plunged into the dangerous world that exists along the Mexican border. They encounter a tattooed, pistol-packing bandita on a motorcycle who seems be everywhere they go before they get there. Xochi Cazadora draws them into a whole new world of monsters….” It’s by a new author to the franchise, Christa Faust. From the description, it has the potential either to be pretty good or suck hard.
And on August 2, what looks like an unauthorized guide to the show’s mythology, The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show, will come out. I’m not sure what the point of this book is, when The Supernatural Book of Monsters did a pretty decent and inclusive job of the first few seasons, already, and the RPG and season companions have taken up the slack for later on, but we’ll see.
So, speculation. My, my, it’s been a while since the spoilers sounded this promising. All the showrunners’ airy malarkey aside, I get the impression that they realized the Sambot storyline wasn’t going down very well and decided to get rid of it. Myself, I don’t really care whether it was planned or not, but if they give Sam his friggin’ soul back this week, I will feel a lot better about this season. Sambot and Boss Crowley (even though I loved Crowley, I didn’t like his storyline post-6.04 this season) were major obstacles in the way of our finding out anything coherent or satisfying about the far-more-interesting plots of the season. Yes, I’m talking about the alphas, Purgatory, and just what the hey-nonny is going on with crazy, alpha-ridden Dean. I’m so stick-a-fork-in-me done with Sam Done Come Back Wrong by now that if I were a leafy vegetable, I would be canned spinach past its sell-by date. Pull that chekhovian trigger, folks, and get on with it.
I’m very curious to see how Dean’s deal with Death goes down (though I’m trying to keep my expectations low). And it sounds as though Dean, at least, will get dragged right into the conflict between Castiel and Raphael. Which only seems reasonable, considering Raphael has a bit of a grudge against Dean, too. No mention of Balthazar beyond this week, which is curious. Does he die? Sam did threaten to kill an angel, but damn, I sure hope they don’t go there. I’d like Dean to remain the only human who can pull that off.
It was also nice to hear that the Purgatory storyline would be continued. I figured as much, since Crowley’s death not only didn’t curtail the massing of the alphas’ armies, but may even have sped it up. But it was good to get confirmation. I don’t know if the connection between Dean and the various alphas will be continued, or if Dean’s deal with Death will have repercussions beyond this week’s episode, but we will just have to wait and see.