Torchwood (Friday nights, 10pm, Starz)
By Heather S. Vina
Torchwood only has a few episodes left! It was better this week, but I’m glad it’s finally wrapping the story up.
Starz has a preview for the next episode, “The Gathering”, on their YouTube channel. The original preview they had out didn’t show anything to do with Jack’s story. No scenes of him or Esther. But this one has both and shows that Jack lives (SHOCKER! I know!), and that Oswald makes his way to Gwen’s house. That one is the biggest shocker to me, as I had no idea that Oswald even knew anything about Gwen. I know he knows Jack’s name, but even so, him actually being able to track down Jack’s compatriot, considering Oswald is on the run, is pretty surprising. But it seems he has the name of the person who created the “Miracle”. Or so he says.
Rex has a voiceover, where he says that the Blessing saved his life. I really hope this isn’t a sign that he’s going over to the other side, so to speak. It was already annoying that he was all “CIA Rules!” in the last episode. I don’t need him acting as if this so-called Miracle is really a Miracle.
SpoilerTV Has some official pictures up for “The Gathering”, as well. Pretty much nothing that we didn’t already see in the preview, with the exception of the “reveal” that Gwen, Esther and Jack meet up again. I can’t quite tell, but it looks like it might be at Gwen’s house. I wonder how they meet up again, since last time we saw them, Gwen was on a plane back to Wales, after having been kicked out of the country, and Jack and Esther were on the run from the CIA.
Starz also has a preview up for the episode, featuring Jilly. Seems she’s a little perturbed that she’s stuck working in an office, when Mysterious Man said they needed her. He gives her a new name and a plane ticket to Shanghai.
And BBC put up a synopsis for the final episode: “The Torchwood team travels across the world on a final, desperate mission – but the Three Families are unstoppable, unless a terrible sacrifice is made….”
Hmm…the “Children of the Earth” season ended with Jack having to sacrifice his grandson. I wonder if this one will end with him having to somehow sacrifice himself?
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
BBC One has the trailer for the next episode, “Night Terrors”, up on their YouTube channel. Looks like George is another Amelia: a scared child who knows there’s something bad out there, but no one believes him/her. The Doctor will, though!
And here’s the preview they aired after the episode. This one is a little longer. It shows scenes of Rory and Amy freefalling in an elevator, with someone telling George that he has to “face his fears.” Is that the Doctor’s voice? I can’t quite tell on my computer.
Cultbox.uk.tv had their teasers up for the episode. I’m going to be honest – I didn’t read them. Too spoilery for me! But I thought I’d put up the link for anyone who wants to.
SpoilerTV has some promotional pictures up on their site. I have to admit: Those dolls are fugly, as Dean Winchester would say.
And here’s a synopsis for the episode: “Every night, George lies awake, terrorized by every fear you can possibly imagine – fears that live in his bedroom cupboard. His parents are getting desperate – George needs a doctor.”
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 9pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
Not much out for this show this week that I found. Christian Dowling and Kristin Dos Santos from E! Online have picked this show to make it on their “Five Fall Shows We Love” list. Ginnifer Goodwin calls the show a cross between Lost and Pushing Daisies. Jennifer Morrison had this to say on the question of how this show’s particular storyline will carry through this season and potentially more: “It’s not the story of Snow White. It’s: ‘Why is she Snow White? Why did she fall in love with the Prince? Why did the Queen hate her?’…It’s filling in the blanks of all the parts of the fairy tale that we’ve never considered and we’ve never known about.”
Other than that, there are no real spoilers in the article that I didn’t talk about in my Comic-Con Pilot Review. Both ladies seemed to really like it, though I tend to not agree with Kristin’s choices as favourites. It makes sense she would like this show, though.
Ausiello from TVLine is reporting that Alan Dale, AKA Prince Charming’s Dad, will only appear in the Fairy Tale Land story (right now), and not in the modern world story. I wonder if that means Papa Charming is dead? But wouldn’t that make the Prince a King? Unless Mama Charming is actually the birthright ruler and the Prince doesn’t inherit until she passes away. Curious.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Many little things this week, with three weeks to go until the season seven premiere. First, Kevin McNally (Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) has been cast as Frank, the Mad Computer Genius from “Slash Fiction” (7.06). I have no idea how the show can afford a guy who is a regular in a Hollywood blockbuster series, but I don’t much care. I love Gibbs, so arrr, matey! Get yer pirate on!
In other casting news, James Patrick Stewart will play a potential ally to whom Crowley will reach out, also in 7.06. Speaking of Crowley, last week seemed to be the week for non-spoilers on overload with him. Sheesh.
In some late interviews from Comic-Con, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver and Misha Collins talked about Castiel’s motivations, while Collins said that Dean, Sam and Bobby would end up bowing down to Godstiel in the opening of season seven. Which is only sensible when you’re dealing with a being that can turn you into dust with a snap of his fingers.
There were a few spoilers from last weekend’s convention in Vancouver. The big one is that Bobby’s house is apparently toast. A minor one involved one scene in either 7.02 or 7.03 ending in “a beautiful pool of light”. And the big prank of the weekend was a complicated one in which Misha Collins brought a large, yellow, blow-up duck to the con, a fan volunteered to blow it up, Sebastian Roché molested it, and then Jensen Ackles stabbed it to death (“I didn’t hear the safe word!”). At the end of it all, Collins, the fan and Ackles posed with the dead duck, Ackles looking very proud of himself.
In related news, Eric Kripke is now developing a comic book TV series project, Deadman, for the CW. First, what happened to the film he was directing? Is he juggling both or did he leave that project? Second, though I’m a comics fan, I’ve never been a big fan of Deadman and the idea doesn’t do much for me. And third, while I like Supernatural, I can’t say that I like Kripke enough as a writer to want to jump to any more projects with him. Likely, I will sit this one out.
There were more set pics, and two new set visit videos by fans, none of them particularly spoilery. The same went for new interviews (from the anime DVDs) with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and their breakfast panel. However, in the nighttime set video, the cast and crew did give a nice shoutout to the fans. Also at the con, Ackles and Padalecki said nice things about the two women who do promotion of the show for the CW (Suzanne Gomez) and Warner Bros (Holly), when asked about the TV Guide cover [Correction: This last was at the LA con].
An article entitled “No More Noir” was basically a round-up of old Comic-Con spoilers. As for season seven not being noir, season six wasn’t very noir, either, and it certainly wasn’t good noir. As for the show being depressing, it’s really been there and done that for a few seasons now. How about they try lightening the mood, instead?
Meanwhile, a preview of the fall season calls Supernatural “one of the few safe bets this fall.”
Finally, the repeat of “The Man Who Would Be King” garnered another 0.4/1 and 990 thousand, which is even with the past two weeks. And yes, again, this was even with preemptions (not to mention a big old hurricane clobbering the East Coast).