TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 12/21/10

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

(Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jane Badler gave a brief interview where she reveals her character eventually escapes her dungeon.

The VFiles has links to deleted scenes from the first season.

The second episode of the second season will have Erica discovering the aliens did something to her when she was pregnant, altering Tyler in some way (He’s more hamburgelicious?).

The alien baby is a girl, by the way, according to the first episode description. More descriptions of future episodes are here, including an interesting tidbit about Lisa’s body “changing” to become more like her mother’s. It seems she is undergoing puberty. Would pay good money for some kemmer.

Sneak peeks here, if you haven’t seen any promos.

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

Not a lot of spoilers this week, it being Christmastime, but there are some.

As mentioned in the comments section last week, there is a TV Guide spoiler about a new angelic character: “An angel hitman is coming and he’s not a happy camper (think Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men, Friendo). He’ll cross into an alternate universe to catch his quarry, and when he does, the results will be bloody.” Fan speculation has been that this angel will appear in the meta episode where Sam and Dean wake up as Jared and Jensen, but that’s not been confirmed.

There’s what looks like a recent Twitpic of Jim Beaver, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, in costume, in the back of one of the equipment vans, on set.

There are also some new versions out of the promo pics from a few weeks ago.

In the latest Ask Kristin column, there is a brief spoiler about Sam: “There will be a Supernatural episode where Sam remembers the cases he was on when he came back from hell.” Considering the coyness of Kristin’s usual non-spoilery spoilers, this could mean that Sam suffers from amnesia initially when he gets back…or that the episode where he remembers these cases is 6.12.

There’s an extended trailer out for the Supernatural anime series, as well as short descriptions of 12 episodes (the entire season?), some new character descriptions and pics (What the hell is coming out of Dean’s nose in the pic from that “poverty spirit” episode?), and brief clips from interviews with Padalecki, Ackles and Eric Kripke. While the animation is good, if you’re into that style, and some of the storylines sound intriguing, the whole thing sounds like a huge mash-up of different stories in the show. It also comes across as utterly lacking in any sense of humour. This is a problem I’ve often had with anime – it’s often humorless and/or mixed up with flashes of extremely childish slapstick. The trailer tends heavily toward the “taking ourselves way too seriously” side of things. Also, the character sketches (I’m thinking especially of Missouri and Bobby) have a few race and ageism issues. I’m thinking the intended audience here is college age, tops. Plus, that yowly “Carry On, Wayward Son” cover makes my ears bleed [Puts on the real thing and feels much better].

The Vampire Diaries marathon repeat got a 0.6 and 1.42 million in the same slot that Supernatural usually has on Friday, down from 1.50 million (but same rating) in Smallville‘s 8pm slot. So, it’s not just Smallville‘s dubious awesomeness that gets it higher ratings. Stupid Colt actually gave a very nice analysis of why 8pm shows tend to get higher ratings than later shows. It has to do with the Nielsen system counting any same-night viewings as “live” and 8pm shows, of course, get an hour more of that viewing time availability than 9pm shows. Not that anybody is liable to be foolish enough to stick Supernatural at 8pm any time soon. Not with its R-rateable violence and gore.

And last Friday, apparently during their The Vampire Diaries marathon, the CW put out a very short (about eight seconds) new promo for 6.12. I’ve seen a fair bit of discussion about the two brief clips of Puppy Sam and what looks like a flashback to Sambot clobbering someone. However, there are actually more clips of Dean (and he gets the dialogue). We get a brief bit of Dean asking Sam, “So, Sam, what’s the last thing you remember?” Note the beer bottle in Dean’s hand. Then there’s a quick bit of a guy in the dark, screaming. Then we get Dean in what looks like an attic, shoving a sword into something on the floor (I said it was a knife before, but it actually looks like a two-handed or hand-and-a-half “bastard” sword. Sorry, am heavily into swordporn). Dean is grinning in a most-disconcerting manner and in the background stands an older woman, with short, silver hair, arms crossed, watching Dean and looking smug. She’s wearing a blue dress and some sort of necklace. We get a quick shot of five scared young girls who are gagged and tied together (Writers, if you go all John Norman on us, I will find you and cyber-bitchslap you all). There’s another shot of Dean charging or hitting someone, with his back to a door. Then there’s the aforementioned Sambot-ish bit, a girl screaming, and Dean sitting down and saying, “Okay, I’m not changing the channel.”

There will be no “A Very Supernatural Christmas” encore presentation this Friday night (TNT isn’t showing it, either). Instead, we will get (God help us) a repeat of “Family Matters”. Yes, I am as unhappy as the rest of you about it.

So, speculation: it’s really hard to say at this point how the rest of the season will go, except that it will apparently continue not to have any standalone episodes and it will be angel-heavy. I’m guessing the angelic hitman might be going after Dean, as he has no good reason (at least, not that we’ve seen at this point in the season) to go after Sam, but about a dozen reasons to go after Dean. Or he could be chasing Castiel. Or Balthazar. Or maybe Gabriel is coming back. Who knows?

It looks as though Jim Beaver is filming at least up through 6.14 or 6.15.

The show may be going the Magic Reset Button route with Sam, which would be a tad annoying. On the one hand, we’ve already been subjected to half a season of “Oh, hey, I wonder if Sam done come back wrong?” On the other hand, the showrunners’ track record is varied on this score this season. People were sure we’d never see the burning-bones method of killing demons, or anything related to Crowley’s background, ever again after 6.04, and look how that turned out.

We do know a few things, though, about Dean, namely, that Dean’s alcoholism isn’t going anywhere (the beer), that Dean is probably going to be picking at that damned drywall a lot more than Sam (It’s like a compulsion with him, isn’t it?), and that Dean’s yen for killing isn’t going anywhere, either. Oh, and Dean the “killer…good only for cutting throats” has been officially hired by Death himself to ferret out what’s going on with Purgatory and the souls…and then what? Death’s idea of dealing with disruptive people is, usually, to kill them. Dean’s idea of dealing with monsters is to kill them. And what’s Purgatory full of? Apparently, it’s full of disruptive monsters (and I betcha we’ll be seeing those fairies again at a moment most inconvenient for Dean). Somehow, I don’t think Death is going to step in at the point where Dean solves the mystery and say, “Don’t worry, Dean, I’ll take it from here,” when he could just sit back and watch the scenario he set in motion play out. Or that he picked a homicidal, unstable drunk as his detective and never considered what Dean might do once he got to the bottom of the mystery (If past experience is any indication, it’ll be messy).

Sure, Sambot had to go because he didn’t care about anybody but himself. But that still doesn’t change the fact that Dean’s body count, even in this season, has been far higher than Sambot’s. And with Sam apparently reset to pre-season-six levels (pesky drywall or not), that could swing the pendulum of “the dangerous brother” back over to Dean.

I’m still leaning toward 6.12 being a cult-related episode under all the dragon stuff. Yes, I did happen to watch Dagon on SyFy the other night.

More spoilers in two weeks’ time, in the New Year, as next week, we’re doing Angels and Demons Week. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of V and Supernatural.

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