Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
The BBC released the synopsis for this episode, as well:
“In the last few days of his life, the Doctor pays a farewell visit to his old friend Craig, and encounters a mystery, as the time-travelling drama continues.
People are going missing, a silver rat scuttles in the shadows of a department store, and somewhere close by the Cybermen are waiting….”
I’m really looking forward to seeing the Doctor selling toys and playing with children, LOL!
The Doctor Who News Page is reporting that both Rory and Amy are in the Christmas special that is currently filming. Yay!
Once Upon a Time (Sunday nights, 8pm, ABC)
By Heather S. Vina
Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday October 23.
SpoilerTV has a sneak peek up for the pilot.
The Once Storybrooke site has a bunch of promotional shots up of the cast, as both their fairy-tale versions and their real life versions.
The titles for upcoming episodes are out, as well:
Episode 1.03 – Snow Falls
Episode 1.04 – The Price of Gold
Episode 1.05 – The Still Small Voice
Episode 1.06 – The Shepherd
Episode 1.07 – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
Season seven begins this Friday at 9pm. We’ve got a clip from 7.01 (looks like the teaser), in which Team Free Will try to save themselves by showing obeisance to Godstiel, but he’s not buying it. He leaves them alive, though not without first pointing out to Sam that stabbing him in the back was not fair play and cruelly twisting his own knife that Sam’s wall has fallen. When Dean tries to talk Godstiel down and beg for the restoration of Sam’s sanity, that doesn’t go down well, either.
Late edits: Some reviews and previews of 7.01 (and the season) have come out. ONTD has links to two of them. There’s another one from TVLine. I’m amused at the new emphasis on Dean’s angst storyline, seeing as how Sam’s hallucinations storyline looks pretty dreary (and I’ll believe the new Big Bads are smart when we stop getting the rundown of How to Be a Stupid Supervillain every season). Anubis’ scales got a mention. Unfortunately, there’s a risk 7.04 may end up being a clips episode (Thinks of “Swan Song” and shudders). Also, really, more Let’s Blame Dean and Sam Done Come Back Wrong?
I think a great deal depends on how this plays out. It’s all very well to throw out a bunch of half-baked ideas, but the final product will depend on how fresh the meat and potatoes turn out to be, not how colourful the garnish looks.
EW had a non-spoilery spoiler about Godstiel’s look.
There are “new” promo photos up from TV Guide. Myself, I am very skeptical that these are new, since some of them have been used before next-week previews at the end of episodes. Also, Jensen Ackles is wearing the same necklace as in the photoshoots he and Jared Padalecki did with Misha Collins last year. Methinks if the showrunners are that annoyed by fans asking about what happened to Dean’s amulet, they should have a word with the show’s promoters about putting confusing elements into photoshoots.
We got official photos for 7.02, in which the brothers sit around talking with Bobby in a place that looks remarkably like a brighter version of Bobby’s kitchen (It seems Bobby’s house may last beyond the season premiere) and Dean talks Sam down from shooting him in a generic warehouse. Undoubtedly, the latter involves some hallucination or other of Sam’s, about which I continue to not care in the least, but I was mostly struck by how rough Dean looks in that scene.
Speaking of photos, there are set photos from 7.07 and (brace yourselves), Dean’s driving a new/old car. Though it’s a pretty hot new/old car, I gotta say. The link also includes a joint interview with Padalecki and Ackles. Ackles talks about the Big Bads (which are not law enforcement) in another joint interview, that the brothers are “no longer the hunters; now they are the hunted.” Sounds like sort of an I Am Legend situation (the book not the film). In other set photos, Sam and Dean (mostly Sam) dig a grave. I know that this is a bit like saying, “In the fall, Cape Cod has been known to get a hurricane or two,” but that’s what they’re actually doing in the photos, so….
Jim Beaver also tweeted a pic of the set from 7.07. That places looks a bit like the heaven Raphael was slumming in last season.
We also got an official synopsis of 7.03:
“JENSEN ACKLES DIRECTS — Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious after Sam (Jared Padalecki) disappears to follow a lead on a case with clues that are identical to a case Sam solved as a kid. The demon turns out to be Amy (guest star Jewel Staite), who has been killing low-life thugs and taking their brains for dinner – the same demon Sam found as a kid. Jensen Ackles directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin (#701).”
Sounds like you need to leave Timmy down the mineshaft this time, Dean. Sam’s a big boy. I’m sure he can find his way back out. Oh, and what is up with calling every generic MOTW a “demon”? Demons don’t eat brains on this show, seeing as how they are black smoke that possesses people. Ergo, Amy is unlikely to be a demon, right? Foiler fail.
Misha Collins also gave a new interview, though he didn’t drop any new spoilers. On the other hand, he seemed pleased to have many gay fans. A rumour on IMDB hinted that he was spotted on set last week. And Castiel fans should pick up one of the calendars this year, as it appears he’s in the main one.
In casting news, D.J. Qualls (from Memphis Beat) will play a hunter, named ‘Garth’, with whom Dean must (very reluctantly) work in 7.08. Apparently, this guy makes Richie from season three’s “Sin City” look like Batman.
There’s a new Supernatural comic called “Supernatural: Caledonia” coming out in October. The description (Basically, Sammy the Broke Scholarship Student takes a road trip to Scotland. Because we apparently don’t have enough stories about Awesome Young Sam, already, and whoever wrote this has probably never been broke and on a scholarship at a top, expensive school) sounds dire, but the cover art’s nice.
No ratings this week, as repeats of the pilots for Ringer and The Secret Circle replaced Nikita and Supernatural. Personally, I enjoyed the Ringer pilot (though it’s not within our genre review reach, sorry), but found The Secret Circle a bit bleah. Which was not what I was expecting when I first heard those two were picked up. Go figure.