TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 3/2/11

This week, we have spoilers from V and Supernatural:

(Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Ratings for V are holding steady. Which might just save the struggling show. It is still not getting much love from critics.

Just in case this gig doesn’t work out, Morena Baccarin is doing a guest role on The Mentalist.

As you know, a number of characters are set to be killed during the finale (Last week’s TV Guide had an article, with a photo of a weird phallic device that Anna wants to use on humanity to steal their DNA, about the finale on page 10). This has caused much speculation in fan forums about who will live and who will perish. This fan poll shows Tyler as the character most people don’t want to see again. He’s far in the lead. There’s another poll here.  How does Tyler fare in that poll? Not so well. Most people expect him to die.  Other people headed to the execution chamber, according to this site? Jack and Diana.

I agree about Jack, but strongly disagree about Diana. She’s a fan favourite and I’m betting she’ll get to reappear in the third season. As far as Tyler goes, I think he’ll live. Not that I want him to, but they’ve been building the “turning-to-the-dark-side” saga far too long to let it go by. Who do you think will be safe?

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

We start off this week’s overview with a preview and a clip for “And Then There Were None” on Friday. In the clip, Bobby and Rufus (dressed as fake FBI agents) discuss the case and fight like little kids over who gets to drive (Hee!). Best line? From Rufus, of course: “Come on! It’s not rocket surgery!” If they really kill him off, I am going to be irate. That said, it looks as though unreliable points of view will be running rampant this week, so I live in hope that funeral scene will turn out to be an hallucination. Or a misdirect of some other kind.

Though the spoilers had previously hinted at a gathering of hunters, that kind of plot has gone awry in the past. However, the promo was surprisingly good and creepy, and won over my black, tentacular heart to cautious optimism. In case you’re wondering why, said promo has everyone drawing down on each other and a worm creature that infects people through their ears, making them homicidal. Oh, and apparently, poor Bobby gets infected, then gagged and duct-taped to a chair, whereupon Dean electrocutes him. I’m not kidding. However, if you’re worried that Bobby doesn’t make it out of this one, there are 6.19 pics up of Jensen Ackles with Jim Beaver together, and Padalecki separately, on set. And Jim Beaver has been tweeting a lot lately (though vaguely) about working on the show.

How do I feel about this episode’s particular bit of promised body horror? About the same as Silvia feels about mushrooms. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1977 version, is likely the scariest film I’ve ever seen. They’re coming for you, Barbara…(Yeah, I know. Wrong film).

The promo is a heavy-duty callback to both The X-Files‘ classic season-one episode “Ice” (First time Mulder and Scully draw on each other; it doesn’t take long) and Supernatural‘s own season-two classic episode, “Croatoan”. Notably, we see Dean standing with his gun raised, snarling, “It’s not in me!” and later, clawing at his ear. Why does this phrase sound ominously familiar? Because it’s exactly what Duane says (inflections and all) in the teaser of “Croatoan”, right before Dean blows his head off. Yep. ‘Scuse me while I go buy some popcorn and tequila for this Friday.

TV Guide reported in its print edition for the episode’s blurb: “A hunt for a deadly monster created by the Mother of All”. Apparently, this is a new monster – and a very, very nasty one.

The spoilers thread at TwoP collated a bunch of previews and reviews of 6.15 (Our review will come out tomorrow). EW also dished heavily on 6.15 (though no future episodes).

Two separate sources have tweeted that they have seen and taken pictures of Mark Sheppard in town for the show. Eh…so, the show ruins this great character and turns him into a mustachio-twirling baddy. Then it finally makes a good decision by killing him off in a game-changing way…and then does a do-over? Really? Where’s the tension left in this storyline if even demons who’ve been good-and-properly ganked can come back from the dead…so to speak?

Anyhoo, the episode in question will probably be 6.20, which will be entitled “The Man Who Would Be King” and will be directed by Ben Edlund. Incidentally, the title for 6.21 (which may or may not be the title for the last two episodes as a two-hour film), is supposed to be “The Haunter of the Dark”. Needless to say, we are ecstatic to see the show finally come clean on its Lovecraft influences (even if they end up changing it) and we will be doing a promotional for that episode. Stay tuned.

And considering that Dean is turning into the kind of mad-hatter protagonist who usually ends up doing something really dire in the climax of a Lovecraft story, we sure hope the show will actually follow through on this, for once. Please, show.

Sebastian Roché also tweeted yesterday that he might be “returning to Vancouver, soon”. This isn’t shocking news, considering Balthazar’s involvement in the angel storyline, but still intriguing.

The Region 2 DVD cover for the first half of the season is up. It’s okay, though that pic of Dean on the back is a tiny bit questionable. The Region 2 and Region 1 covers are often fairly similar when it all comes out in the wash. Also, details for the season two Blu-ray version are up.

More Supernatural animation episode segments are out, this time subtitled. If you ever found the women in your average anime hysterically squeaky and OTT, expect tons of that in both the dubbed and subtitled versions. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles bring the snark in introductions for the episodes.

The CW schedule has been updated up through April 22, with the show coming back with new episodes on April 15 (It goes on temporary hiatus until then, starting after this Friday). 6.18 (“My Heart Will Go On”) has been switched with the western episode, which will now be 6.18 and air on April 22. The western episode is also now called “Frontierland”, because apparently, somebody thought replacing two great titles with a thoroughly stupid one was a grand plan.

A New York Times article about the show left fans divided on whether ’tis better to get press coverage in a world-renowned newspaper, even when the article itself is poorly researched-and-written.

Finally, Supernatural stayed above two million (2.184 million) for total audience and got 1.3, 1.0, 1.1, and 0.9 in the demos, respectively. Again, it did better this week than most of the other CW offerings, including freshman shows, Nikita and Hellcats. Said success won it and Smallville a press release. There is also a new article out about the future of the CW without Dawn Ostroff. So, it appears to be confirmed that she really is leaving this year.

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

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