There’s a rumour that Erica and Hobbes will get together during sweeps week. Aside from that, it’s very quiet on the spoilers front. Yeah, there are trailers for the next episode going around showing Ryan will be tortured, but isn’t torture becoming the common denominator of this show? What to do this week…let’s torture another character! Oh, plus, Erica Evans get taken as a hostage.
In a Spanish-language interview, Badler talks about her album Tears Again and says, “I’ve cried a lot in my life. Many things make me cry, and not only grief. I cry for beauty, for good art, for great talent and, of course, for love. Always for love.”
Plus, there’s an article about filming V in Vancouver, the city that substitutes for every imaginable location around the world. Seriously. I have Stanley Park burned into my retinas from all those TV shows that use it. I may even recognize a particular fern by now.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
T’was slim pickins’ until the weekend for spoilers, with basically a tepid CW preview (nothing from Space) for 6.14, a synopsis for 6.16 (“And Then There were None”), some unspoilery set photos from 6.19 or 6.20, and news that both Smallville and Supernatural would end their seasons (and Smallville‘s whole run) with two-hour movies (Well, more like an “All Hell Breaks Loose” situation for Supernatural). Supernatural will be preempted on May 13 for Smallville‘s finale and air its finale on May 20. Said finale heavily involves Castiel and (probably) Heaven’s civil war. The current CW schedule still has new episodes through March 4 and then repeats through April 1, at least.
The synopsis for 6.16: “SAMUEL JOINS UP WITH SAM AND DEAN — Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) set out in search of The Mother of All’s latest monster. While investigating, they run into Samuel (guest star Mitch Pileggi) and Gwen (guest star Jessica Heafey), who are also hunting the creature. Samuel and Bobby get into a heated fight about how to handle the case. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Bret Matthews (#616).”
Apparently, we didn’t have enough of Gwen in the first half of the season, so we get to be subjected to her once again. I’m hoping Bobby gives Samuel a good beat-down and that the title implies we get rid of all extraneous Campbells for good. What a useless crew and, while Mitch Pileggi has been great, I’m not wild about the way they’ve written Grandpa Shady this season, especially since 6.07 onward, when he perhaps should be titled “Grandpa Creepy”. Will Dean be allowed to go through with his parricidal wish from 6.10? Time will tell.
Over the weekend, however, there was a convention in LA, wherein Jensen Ackles talked about skinning his palms from cocking the Colt prop and Jared Padalecki talked about having a six-page scene with Samuel Colt. Some have complained that the episode appears to be Sam-heavy due to this scene. Well…Sam gets to chat with Colt; Dean gets to shoot the gun. Which would you rather watch?
Also, Ackles teased that horses would be ridden (though he didn’t say outright if Sam and Dean would be riding any), and also talked about (but not in a spoilery way) about wanting the amulet back and Christian Kane on the show. Padalecki said he figures Sam picked the amulet out of the trash at the end of 5.16. Ackles said that he wears customized version of an Australian cattleman’s coat in 6.17. I have to pause for a nostalgic moment of getting to wear one of those things while tending to horses one Vermont winter. The real thing (not those Yuppie fakes you saw everywhere for a while) is awesome for heavy-duty outdoors work in cold, crappy weather. Better than anything else I wore for those tasks. So, I can fully understand Ackles’ stated intent to take his home. He does live in Vancouver most of the year, after all.
There are also a couple of new pics: one of Dean peering around a corner and one of Sebastian Roche posing with Ackles and Padalecki (Is Balthazar in 6.17, or is that for another episode? And check out the shirtless pic on the same page. Balty is built!).
They still have not explained why the brothers are going back to 1861 when the Colt was made in 1835 (what with Halley’s Comet involved and everything). Ask Kristin (uninformatively) says it was because they needed the Colt in order to kill the Mother of All. Which is nice, but the Colt still exists today, so why not find it again and use it? And how do they intend to get it back to 1861 in order to keep it in the time loop so they could use it in the past to kill YED…do you have temporal headache, yet?
In addition to this, we have a rather-blah clip of 6.14, where Sam and Dean are investigating the death of a janitor guy in a room full of mannequins. Sam is manning the EMF meter (After this week, I am perhaps unnecessarily annoyed that we’ve got Sam doing the EMF thing now) and Dean is getting creeped out by the mannequins, once Sam notes that an anatomical mannequin was in the same room with a previous victim. If you’re thinking about Doctor Who‘s episode, “Blink”, you are probably right. They are probably ripping that off. If they actually do it successfully, I will buy them a virtual Orkney Dark beer because “Blink” was hellaciously creepy. Creepy, creepy angels.
The first episode of the Supernatural anime series, “The Alter Ego“, based on the episode “Skin”, is now up at Warner Bros., though you can only see it (legally) if you’re in Japan. It appears to be about twenty-two minutes long, so half of a usual live-action episode. We’ll review it soon. Padalecki has signed on to do all 22 episodes of the first season, though Ackles has only committed to two so far.
Ratings were down for Supernatural on Friday, to slightly below two million (1.974 million, 0.9 in adults 18-49 and 0.8s in adults and women 18-34). Fortunately, this was part of a slump in all networks all week. Supernatural actually did better than all other CW shows save Smallville and The Vampire Diaries. Also, unlike Nikita, it did not hit a series low. In fact, it even beat Nikita in total numbers by about one hundred thousand, the first time it’s done so (though it’s beaten Nikita in most demos for a while). So, it’s doing okay. Also, the CW ordered six new pilots (out of which it will probably choose two or three) with supernatural-type themes. Since the network already has two holes to fill, and is unlikely to want to field a new show on Fridays, Supernatural is likely safe. Networks can always cancel high-rating shows, of course, if they feel those shows are not fitting their “vision”, and Dawn Ostroff is still rumoured to leave this summer. However, the new pilots are in line with Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries far more than, say, Gossip Girl. Also, Ostroff will probably still be in charge of the fall lineup, since it will need to be finalized by May. So, no new-network-exec carnage before then.
Speculations: What would I like to see now we’ve got the midseason deadwood cleared away? A few things.
Better MOTWs. The MOTWs of the past two weeks have been, frankly, lame. Let’s all remember that this is, first and foremost, a horror show about urban legends. Not that I hated Charmed, but 6.12 and 6.13 have had a definite Charmed feel to them. Eh, no. More jump moments, more tension, more scares, more fights, more action scenes, more gore, please. Less angst, less whining, fewer skeevy sex scenes, less gratuitous sex-and-poop (or is that “pop culture”?) humour. And tone it down on the Dumb on Cue characters.
For better or worse, it’s time to roadtest the season’s Big Bad. Maybe she’ll turn out to be a Meg or YED. Maybe she’ll end up being a Ruby or Lilith. But she’ll never work at all if we don’t start getting some serious reveals about her. Though hearing she’s deepfried the entire race of dragons offscreen so we won’t ever see them again works fine for me, too. Let’s hope they cast a decent actress for her.
Speaking of, it’s far past time we started getting some serious info on this War in Heaven storyline. Enough hinting. It’s time the Winchesters got directly involved (what with all that world-disruption Dean has supposedly been up to). Which also means bringing Castiel back. And can we please explore more of what’s going on between him and Dean instead of trying to shipwreck it every two seconds?
Dean needs to get back into the driver’s seat. Period. If there’s one thing the first 13 episodes of this season have shown, it’s that he is currently the plot-engine character of the show. He’s also very popular, but that’s only part of it. He is intimately tied into the Big Bad in some way as yet undefined. He has been a literal MOTW (in 6.05). There have been numerous unanswered questions and loose ends surrounding him in a suffocating cloud. Major ones: his connection to the alphas, the mystery surrounding his killing of Zachariah, why Sam and Samuel dragged him back into hunting, and the location/true origins of the amulet. Some satisfying tie-up of his connection to the angels would be nice, as well as some older mysteries, like why his eyes bled in “Bloody Mary”. Bottom line: whenever Dean is not driving the plot in season six, the plot goes nowhere.
Lisa and Ben need to stick around. Love them or hate them, they provide Dean with an outside storyline. If “Like a Virgin” was any indication, Dean desperately needs one so he won’t disappear into Sam’s navel.
Sambot just needs to go away. As does the Great Wall o’ Sam. The former has long overstayed his welcome. The latter is a cheat because the writers will never go there for real while Jared Padalecki is on the show (Since it would mean the permanent death of Sam as a character). So, just retcon and lose it.
Sam, meanwhile, has some serious redemption to do…but anything to do with redshirt one-shot characters we see once in an episode and never again is useless. It just makes him look like an even bigger and more self-absorbed jackass. I vote the writers make him about making things up to Dean and Bobby, and Dean turning out to really need the help because his alpha connection is more sinister than he thought. So far this season, Dean has been a vampire, made a deal with Death, worked for the King of Hell, killed his cousin, and threatened his grandfather. That’s pretty dark. There’s far more meat in Sam trying to save Dean than in Dean (one more friggin’ time) trying to save Sam from his own folly. Do I expect to see any of this? No. But I’m hoping that if I don’t, I’ll at least see something better.