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Committing to a series would entail weekly reviews and spoiler reports. For more information – or if you would like to review a different show in the SF, fantasy or horror genres – you can query us at: innsmouthfp(at)gmail(dot)com.
V (Tuesday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
V fans at WonderCon learned a lot about what might happen in season three (if season three takes place). Rosenbaum promised extensive screentime for Marc Singer and also said he would like to see “the tables turn on the Visitors.” Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.
Rosenbaum also talked about Erica. He said she’ll discover her son was murdered and “what that’s going to do to her will be fascinating to watch.”
Mitchell said they shot a scene where Father Jack made a move on her, though it didn’t air. She also said that in season three, Erica “will always be a mother. That’s where her rage is going to come from, but I think that is the making of a warrior.”
Whether this show will live or die still remains in question.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Supernatural had the Jus in Bello convention in Italy this past weekend. Guests included: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Sebastian Roche, Mark Sheppard, Richard Speight Jr., Chad Lindberg, and Rob Benedict. Though much amusement was derived by the guests and fans from things like the time delay on the TV screens behind them and Jensen Ackles stalking Misha Collins during their first Q&A alone together ever, actual spoilers were scant. They essentially boiled down to Jared Padalecki stating that Crowley didn’t pull Sambot out of Hell and that we’ll find out how he got out the season finale; Jensen Ackles saying that Dean and Castiel would have screentime together before the end of the season; and Ackles also reiterating that 6.21 would Deancentric and 6.22 would be Samcentric. Ackles and Collins also confirmed in their Q&A that the panic room would appear in the finale. We already saw this in Sebastian Roche’s tweets from last week, but consider this cast confirmation of photographic evidence, as it were.
This isn’t spoilery, but Ackles also talked about asking Eric Kripke about the amulet. Kripke said he got rid of it because he was sick of hearing about it (Bet he regrets that now), but that Sam was in the room when Dean ditched the amulet. I have a feeling Ackles is going to keep pushing on this issue (It’s not the first time he’s talked about it and it was his idea, originally) until the writers doing something about it. And he knows he has the fandom on his side.
Non-spoilery stuff included Padalecki talking about how season four was supposed to begin with Sam looking for Dean in Hell; that the show moved away from showing Sam using psypowers because it was too “Star Wars” (Maybe Kripke should have thought of that before he modeled the brothers on Luke Skywalker and Han Solo); that Sam never “mastered” said psypowers because Kripke was afraid he would get too powerful (too freakin’ late, there); and that Sam was supposed to spend season three in Hell. Thank God they did none of those things because those are all terrible ideas and what they did do with the psypowers comprised easily the worst parts of seasons three-through-five.
Any time they want to end this idiotic Sambot plot works for me, too. Though Ackles has said that 6.22 will be Samcentric, it also sounds like a kitchen sink episode, so who knows how much Sam there really will be in it?
In other news, Mark Sheppard said that Neil Gaiman is a big fan of the show and finds it amusing that Kripke has been – ahem – ripping him off, as it were. Richard Speight Jr. said that he didn’t think it was likely Gabriel would be back, but if he could, he’d like to come back as the Trickster whose place Gabriel took (That would be Loki). And Collins and Ackles reenacted that scene from When Harry Met Sally. Guess who played Sally?
There is a new clip up for 6.17, which borrows heavily from “Mystery Spot” and bolsters the idea that this would be crackfic in the way “The French Mistake” was. What happened to that dark turn you guys promised us, showrunners? The CW also aired a slightly different promo at the end of the “Weekend at Bobby’s” repeat last Friday that focuses solely on 6.17. And there’s a new “catch-up” clip out. A new clip called “Crossing Over“, with Jared Padalecki talking about “The French Mistake”, has no new spoilers.
The official synopsis for 6.19 is out: “SAM AND DEAN MEET EVE – Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Castiel (Misha Collins) track Eve (guest star Julia Maxwell) to a small town in Oregon. The guys discover the townspeople have been converted to demons, but surprisingly, they all appear to be dying. When they finally do meet Eve, she decides to torture the brothers by bringing back their mother, Mary Winchester (guest star Samantha Smith), as a demon. John Showalter directed the episode written by Adam Glass (#619).”
I am rather weary of this whole “Let’s break all the rules and have no continuity, but without any real originality” shtick they’ve done all season. Bringing back a tired old MOTW like the demons and breaking all the rules for them does not make them any less tired. The return of Mary is interesting, but it raises all sorts of issues about why Mary went to Purgatory and why demons go there and why her sons seem to only go up or down, when Dean (especially) has been a ghost and vampire and should be going to Purgatory rather than Heaven these days. What do you want to bet Grandpa Shady was a resurrected demon? As I’ve said in the past, it would explain all sorts of things about his behaviour toward the brothers.
EW presented us with yet another non-spoiler spoiler, reassuring the fans that the show looks good to be renewed and saying that Bobby’s junkyard in the alternate universe is called “B&E Scrap Yard”. As a number of fans have already pointed out, that only seemed mysterious before we found out that in the same universe, Ellen Harvelle is married to Bobby.
The CW has updated its schedule through May 27. No changes through the end of the season and no information on what Supernatural repeat will air on May 27, but one is scheduled to air.
The show won several TV Guide awards this past week, which meant they got another cover (though they had to share it). Jensen Ackles won for favourite actor, Castiel for favourite nonhuman character and Supernatural for favourite sci-fi show (Castle won for favourite drama). Also, Jensen Ackles has made it to the last round of E Online’s Alpha Male Madness 2011 versus Darren Criss from Glee. As of going to press, he was ahead. The contest ends at 11am today.
Ratings were pretty good for a repeat of “Weekend at Bobby’s” last Friday, considering there was a major preemption for sports in Chicago: 1.057 million, 0.7, 0.4, 0.4, and 0.5. Interesting that the show’s repeat numbers for women are better these days than for adults in general.
Finally, we’re doing something in honour of Supernatural‘s going Mythos…but you’ll have to wait until Friday to find out what it is. Yes, we are that cruel.