This week, we have spoilers for Doctor Who and Supernatural. Also, don’t forget to check out Supernatural Fridays and our pre-sale for our upcoming Gothic horror anthology, Candle in the Attic Window. You can get it for 20% off, until it comes out on September 20, and it helps us afford our monthly tributes to Azathoth:
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
A little light on the spoilers this week. SpoilerTV did post the promotional photos for this week’s episode, “The God Complex.”
The clip that they showed at Comic-Con for this episode is up on YouTube. You can find it here.
And the promo for the episode is here.
I’m really curious to see what the Doctor’s “fear” will be in his room. It seems like his greatest fear is his dark side, but will that manifest in this episode and what will it manifest as?
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Season seven comes back at 9pm next Friday, September 23. In its place this Friday, the CW will be repeating the pilot of The Secret Circle, according to the print edition of TV Guide. Yes, I can you guys groaning, already.
The season six DVDs and Blu-ray came out yesterday. Target had an extra disk of interviews and Best Buy offered a t-shirt. Standard extras include a rather boring minidoc about the soul (It still makes no sense that Sam was alive with no soul), a much-more-interesting “featurette” about Jensen Ackles’ direction of “Weekend at Bobby’s”, commentaries and cut scenes (especially of “The French Mistake”), and the season six gag reel. Much lamentation occurred over the gag reel not being as “funny” as previous seasons, by those with convenient amnesia over the excessive hate they felt for previous season gag reels. Really, if gag reels aren’t your thing, just don’t watch them.
The official synopsis for 7.02 (“Hello, Cruel World”) came out:
“SAM HAS FLASHBACKS FROM HELL — Castiel (Misha Collins) continues to struggle with the burdens that come with his new-fangled power. The broken wall in Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) head causes him to have hallucinations, and he has difficulty discerning what’s real and what’s not. Bobby (Jim Beaver) worries that Dean is beginning to stumble under the weight of fighting Castiel and keeping an eye on Sam. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Ben Edlund (#703).”
Know what would make me like Sam again? Well, for a start, how about Sam going to Dean and saying, onscreen and at length, something like: “Dean, I want to apologise for letting you get turned into a vampire and for completely screwing up your chance with Lisa and Ben. I also want to apologise for making fun of your time in Hell when that Siren got to us. I had no idea what I was talking about then and I wish I still didn’t! I’m sorry I was a jerk.” That would be a huge start. Do I expect it to happen? No. Because, you know, Sam’s Hell was so much worse than Dean’s, dontcha know, that there is no reason for Sam to apologise to Dean or anybody, even though he really ought to be a demon at this point.
Moving on, Dean’s “beginning to stumble”? Bobby’s worried about him? Do tell. The last time Dean stumbled, he had a huge nervous breakdown, tried to say yes to an archangel, and ended up whacking a certain officious and loathsome seraph, instead. Hmmmm.
We also got a new interview from Jensen Ackles. Ackles mostly filled in small blanks about the Big Bads being ancient supermonsters inside Castiel and the brothers’ usual methods of gaining currency failing them. But he did also talk a bit about the episode where Jo returns (most likely 7.04, “Defending Your Life”), when Dean is put on trial by an Egyptian god. Remember how there was a set report that a character named “Osiris” would be in 7.04? Well, Osiris is the Lord of the Dead in Egyptian mythology. He judges the dead and decides whether they’re worthy. Anubis, the jackal-headed god, weighs their souls against a feather in a set of scales. If the soul is lighter, he or she continues on to be presented to Osiris in the Afterlife. If it’s heavier (i.e. with the person’s sins), the crocodile-headed god Ammut, lurking under the scales, devours the soul.
If the show demonstrates any of this with Dean, with any reasonable amount of respect, I will be ecstatic. Egyptian mythology is very intriguing and not used nearly often enough in film and TV. Even the garbled version presented in The Mummy series is pretty interesting. So, let’s hope, especially since this originally felt like yet another excuse for Sam to disappear into his navel (as in “When the Levee Breaks“) and get another clean slate from the writers. Making it about Dean is far more intriguing.
Late edit: The latest issue of TV Guide has a two-page spread on 80-1, and gives the show pride of place on the Friday new season writeup (Gee, that’s a change). Jensen Ackles’ photo looks new, but the only new spoiler is: “Bobby helps buddy Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) investigate paranormal activity at a hospital.” The rest is stuff we already know.
Filming of 7.06 (“Slash Fiction”) produced some set reports, which indicated that the brothers will be arrested in the process of robbing a bank and someone dying there. Also, Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica will appear as a local sheriff.
7.09 is now called “How to Win Friends and Influence People“. The title “All in the Family” is gone and 7.07 is now “The Mentalists”, with 7.08 still being “Season Seven. Time for a Wedding!” Yes, the worst title of the bunch so far is still around. God bless it.
Ask Kristin hinted that we would be getting Lovecraftian Old Ones (“leviathans”) that erupt out of Castiel or blow him up. Take that with the usual EW grain of salt, though it does support Ackles reiteration that the Big Bad for season seven will be plural. There’s also a new pic up of Castiel looking pretty rough.
Jim Beaver was at the CW Fall Premiere Party, though he was as cagey as ever about spoilage.
There’s a teaser out for the latest Supernatural tie-in novel, Night Terrors, by John Passarella.
The Winchester Bros. site is running a cancer charity until September 23 in honour of Kim Manners.
Finally, audience numbers were down again for last season’s finale, though demos remained reasonably steady, with a 0.3/1 and 840 thousand viewers.