The ratings of the show have finally increased. Is this the lifeline our alien enemies need?
The title and summary of the season finale has been revealed. It is called “Mother’s Day”. Lisa stages a coup against her mother, which has “devastating results”. The episode will air March 15.
Many characters will be killed in the finale, say cast members and the producer. It probably won’t be Erica, Anna, or Diana because they seem set for season three. This leaves Ryan, Chad, Hobbes, Tyler, Joshua, Marcus, and Jack. Marcus is currently in a coma and Joshua recently came back from the dead, so neither is in danger for now. On the other hand, Chad might be a goner. Tyler or Lisa could die because the deaths are supposed to galvanize the survivors. So, either Lisa dies (causing Tyler to go completely to the dark side and maybe even go after his mother if he thinks her terrorist friends were responsible), or Tyler gets it (giving Lisa the reasons to really fight her mom and join Erica on the surface). I’m betting Ryan stays on. Jack or Hobbes might die. Since they seem to be giving Hobbes a romantic storyline, and since he is also a traitor, I would point my finger at Jack for a mournful death. Marc Singer will, after all, be joining the cast and could easily become the new, augmented Jack-like character.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Presidents’ Day delayed things a tad (only one page of spoilers for this past week on ONTD!), but not too much. We got a long (before last Friday’s episode, which is unusual) and a short (at the end of the episode) version of the CW promo for 6.15, infamously anticipated meta episode, “The French Mistake”. We also got a clip very early yesterday morning. In the long promo, we see the brothers crashing through a window onto a soundstage, where they are greeted by a director and crew. We then see Sam trying to explain to Dean that they are in an alternate reality where they are actors named “Jensen Ackles and I’m something called a ‘Jared Padalecki’.” We see Genevieve Cortese (Ruby) show up and kiss a startled Sam. Dean complains about makeup. Sam and Dean are in a prop version of the Impala. And an angelic hitman who looks like a burly version of Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men threatens Castiel, who is really Misha Collins in this reality (Collins wusses it up to downright porcine levels). In the short promo, we also get a quick bit in the beginning where Balthazar is screaming at Sam and Dean to run, they run toward the window and he does something that seems to send them into the other reality when they crash through.
In the clip, we get Dean complaining about the makeup and confused by Sam’s new name (“What, now you’re Polish?”), then getting sick to his stomach when he sees all the different Impalas outside in the lot, in various states of repair. Scenery, meet Jensen Ackles. Prepare to get enthusiastically masticated.
There’s already a pre-review review out that gives quite a few spoilers. It seems that in this reality, the actors playing the brothers are divas and don’t get along. And Sam/Padalecki lives in a big mansion with an Alpaca. Hmm.
We also got official photos for both 6.15 and 6.16. In the former, we don’t get much beyond Cortese kissing Sam, and Sam and Dean interacting with “Misha Collins”. In the latter, Sam, Dean and Bobby find Rufus lying on the floor of a locker room. Dean helps Rufus up and everybody stares at Sam for some reason (Please, show, no more drywall). Also, Bobby beats up Grandpa Shady. And there is much rejoicing.
Misha Collins gave an interview this week (in the most terrifying toque) with some minor spoilers and some major tomfoolery. This version has some footage of a scene in 6.15 between Collins, Padalecki and Ackles.
Jensen Ackles recently said that the first half of the season exhausted him and that he found it hard to adapt to the Sambot plot (You and me both, sir). Ackles and Padalecki also gave a joint interview to Zap2it.
Sebastian Roche tweeted pics of himself and Misha Collins from the set of 6.18 (so, Balthazar is in 6.18, now apparently called “My Heart Will Go On”. Yuck), as well as posing with Ackles and Padalecki. In other casting news, Jim Beaver teased that Amber Benson is coming back as Lenore in 6.19 (Yaaay! Don’t kill her off, show), which is now entitled “Mommy Dearest”. That also means, of course, that Bobby will also be in 6.19. And Guy Bee posted a pic, from the editing room, of Dean hiding behind a wall in 6.17.
Finally, ratings were up to 2.25 million last week, with a 1.2 in total households and 1.0s across the board. Not only did Supernatural beat Nikita (which only went up to 2.1 million,with 0.8s in adults and 0.9 in women) for the second week in a row, but it finally beat Smallville in same-night audience and in demos. It’s looking good for a season seven, barring something drastic like the network tanking, the executives making an out-of-left-field to go in a different direction and cancel it, or one of the stars/showrunners leaving.
So, speculation: first, I’m very happy to hear Lenore will be back. One of the things I wondered during 6.05 was how she’d have reacted to that situation. It also may resolve a question I’ve had since that episode – Samuel says that if Dean drinks human blood, the cure won’t work on him. But what about animal blood? Say, if Lenore never drank human blood (and it’s entirely possible she never has, considering her attitude about it in “Bloodlust”), only drinking animal blood, could she perhaps be turned back into a human even now? Wouldn’t she even want that? That could be interesting and I hope they at least have her and Dean interact on their both being reluctant vampires.
Second, I’m still not sure what to make of “The French Mistake”. The angel angle is intriguing, especially since it appears that Balthazar finally picks a side and chooses Castiel, Sam and Dean. The meta is…well, if I can remember a very similar plot from some published Star Trek fanfiction in Star Trek: The New Voyages three and a half decades ago, I’d call that a warning flag. Also, I expect the skankier Real Person Fic to skyrocket, God help us. And while the writers often think they’re poking fun at themselves in these things, stuff like mocking some fans’ complaints that too much of the show ends up being All About Sam is bound to piss off a whole raft of fans, and not in a good way (For example, I thought Becky was funny and I love Emily Perkins, but how much are the writers regretting creating her now that they’re being conflated with her by some fans?). Just a week after we finally got a healthy balance back on that between positive and negative, too.
Now, do I hope the episode will be good? Sure. I enjoyed most of the meta eps (Though I remain “meh” about “The Monster at the End of This Book”), even “Hollywood Babylon” and the much-maligned “The Real Ghost Busters”, and the footage seems amusing. But do I trust preview reviews? Lord, no. Those folks have to say nothing but nice things or they won’t be getting to preview any episodes like that in the future. To hear them tell it, “Like a Virgin” was the best Supernatural episode ever. Now “The French Mistake” is the best episode ever. Whatever.
That said, I am looking forward to “And Then There Were None”, even if it does end up being Rufus’ last call. Sounds like that one could be the “Abandon All Hope” of season six.