Torchwood (Friday nights, 10pm, Starz)
By Heather S. Vina
This is it! This Friday will be the final episode of Torchwood’s Miracle Day season. Hopefully, they will satisfactorily wrap everything up and we will finally get some answers regarding the who, the what, and the why of Miracle Day!
There are several previews up on Youtube. There’s this version, which is a much shorter version of the Starz one, which is here. Shapiro is saying that someone betrayed them and Rex is shouting to someone that “we’re dead.” Oswald is firmly with Jack and Gwen, though there’s a scene where it could be that he’s going to the opposite side. But mostly, it looks like he’s working with them. He tells Jack that, since Jack knows the future, he should know if they make it through this, but Jack just smiles enigmatically. Gwen is determined to kill the person responsible for Miracle Day. I can’t say as I blame her. Looks like Charlotte is blowing up an office at the CIA, or it’s being blown up on her. Either way, hope she’s a goner. Rex asks a man why he would want this and the man tells him it’s “only stage 1.” And it looks like Jack is sacrificing himself to stop Miracle Day. Although there’s also a scene of him gasping for air, the way he does when he’s coming back from a death. But a woman is telling him, “You will die; is that what you want?” And Jack answers, “I think I’ve lived long enough.”
It all looks very exciting! It will be good to bring this season to a close. It’s dragged on just a bit too long.
Again, here’s the BBC and Starz’s 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….”
Spoiler TV has the promotional shots up for this episode.
One last thing: On September 13, John Barrowman’s album, The Very Best of John Barrowman: Tonight’s the Night, will be released on CD. It’s already been released in the UK, for you Brits, but for us Americans, it doesn’t come out until the 13th!
Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina
There are two synopsis out for coming episodes of Doctor Who. We’ll deal with the first one, since it’s for this week’s episode, “The Girl Who Waited”, episode 6.10.
“Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – as the time-travelling drama continues.
“The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. He must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine.
“Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?”
Here’s the preview for it. There doesn’t look to be a lot of Matt Smith in this one. From the synopsis, it could be that he will be off a little. I know they’ve done that once or twice, especially when the following episodes (episode 11-13) are heavy on the Doctor. They did that for season 3 with the episode “Blink”, where neither David Tennant nor Freema Agyeman appeared very long in the episode.
The second one is for episode 6.11, called “The God Complex”:
“The TARDIS lands in what looks like an ordinary hotel, as the time-travelling drama continues.
“But the walls move, corridors twist and rooms vanish. There is a room for every visitor that contains their deepest, darkest fears. Fears that will kill them.
“What lies in the Doctor’s room? And when his turn comes, will he welcome death like all the rest?”
Hmmm…this season seems to be focusing an awful lot on “death” for the Doctor.
Supernatural (Friday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles
This week saw a lot of promotion and relatively few spoilers. We finally got an extended season seven synopsis, an official synopsis for 7.01 (“Meet the New Boss”) and some official photos for the season premiere (which all seem a tad later than usual). The official synopsis read:
“CASTIEL TAKES ON HIS NEW ROLE AS GOD — Castiel (Misha Collins) doesn’t kill Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) but warns them not to interfere in his business. Assuming his new role as God, Castiel sets out to right some of the wrongs in the world. Dean decides they should bind Death (guest star Julian Richings) and order him to stop Castiel, but the former angel is one step ahead of them, leaving Dean to face a very angry Death. Meanwhile, Sam struggles to deal with the broken wall in his head. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Sera Gamble (#701).”
The season seven part of the show’s official CW synopsis now reads:
“…despite Sam and Dean’s efforts to stop him, Castiel has succeeded in his plan. His power is God-like, and Sam and Dean have no idea how to stop him. But even Castiel doesn’t truly understand the magnitude of what’s inside him — or how dangerous he really is.
Season seven finds Dean and Sam reeling from the loss of their friend. Sam’s violent memories of Hell threaten to overtake him, threatening not just his life, but his brother’s as well. Meanwhile, Dean struggles under the weight of a secret that threatens to tear them apart. And even as the brothers traverse the backroads of America, hunting things that go bump in the night, something is coming for them. They are about to face an enemy more canny and adaptable than any they’ve ever fought. As the landscape around them becomes increasingly treacherous, the tools they’ve come to rely upon will be stripped away. Our heroes, like so many outlaws before them, will find themselves utterly outmatched and outgunned, with no one to rely on but each other.”
The full blooper reel for season seven came out, as well as an extended version of the “acting” scene in “The French Mistake”.
Unofficial set photos for 7.05 continued to abound, though none of them gave out much new info. We did get a good look at James Marsters in character, though, as well as a brief video of Jensen Ackles’ stunt double getting ready for a stunt that required extra padding for one elbow. Apparently, Marsters’ and Charisma Carpenter’s husband and wife are both witches and get into an ugly marital battle of black magic that rips their town apart.
There was a new interview of Jared Padalecki, which covered essentially old ground. And a new character, Johnny Tomorrow, has been announced for the upcoming psychic episode, “The Mentalists”. Seems Mr. Tomorrow’s rival psychic is killed, bringing him to the attention of the brothers. And why does this sound so much like the set-up for “Criss Angel Is a Douchebag”?
EW came out with a Fall Preview Issue that had a blurb on the show and a new still (In all honesty, it looked like something recycled from last season’s “And Then There Were None” to me. The article also includes spoilers for Grimm. The online EW spoilers column for last week essentially just promoted the issue.
Mark Sheppard gave another interview in which he confirmed that Crowley would be back in season seven (which we already knew) and teased that Crowley might not be a Crossroad Demon (which he’s been doing since season five).
New show writer Ben Blacker teased the possibility of (making a story pitch for) a sea monsters episode. His writing partner, Ben Acker, retorted that “a jellyfish is not a sea monster…and ‘sam and dean see a jellyfish’ is not an episode.”
Jim Beaver teased yesterday about doing an on-screen kiss, though, for all we know, it could have been with this disreputable character at DragonCon (who grows a very nice beard). Again. In the wee hours of September 3, he also teased about spending a “[l]ong day chained to a chair having my skin boiled off. But then I had a scene where a girl was nice to me, so all in all, a good, good day.” He talked about shooting eight scenes that day. The previous day was spent “chopping heads” with a “favorite actor”.
Speaking of which, there’s a nice write-up of DragonCon here. Apparently, no one dropped any big spoilers, though. There was also a nice interview last week with Padalecki and Ackles about their first cons, their favourite westerns, and their relationship with the fans.
Guy Norman Bee reported that the next episode he would direct (7.09) will begin filming on September 27.
You can now read the Supernatural comics online (though not for free).
Finally, due to some hefty sports preemptions, the repeat of “Let It Bleed” got a 0.3/1 and 820 thousand. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” runs this Friday, so I’m not sure what will run on September 16. Very likely, the show will be preempted that week for a rerun of one of the new shows (Ow. I can hear the screams of outrage from here. Y’all in the peanut gallery are loud).
So, speculation: I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I like the idea of Dean having a secret – just as long as that secret is not about Sam. We’ve already been there, done that on Sam having things hidden from him in season two and I’m not up for watching Sam throw yet another titanic toddler’s hissy fit over Dean doing stuff Sam, himself, didn’t feel much guilt about doing in the past. If we must have yet another version of Sam Done Come Back Wrong as Sam’s storyline, well, okay, but for God’s sake, let’s stop making it the uberplot or what Dean is constantly obsessing about. Sam’s not five. Let him babysit himself.
But I do like the idea of Dean having secrets (assuming somebody isn’t fibbing over at the show to get angry fans off their backs for a wee while). I think one major reason why the noir part of season six didn’t work is because the show only used that as far as keeping things in Dean’s POV, just in order to hide things from the audience, and having him react to everything. Only toward the end of the season was Dean allowed to become proactive, and then only to get Eve out of the way so the writers could dribble out Castiel’s storyline. Fans have complained for quite a while (as in, at least since season four) that Dean has become too reactive. The thing with secrets is that the character who has the secret has the story. Look at, say, the set-up for the CW’s upcoming show Ringer and you’ll see what I mean. Secrets make a character proactive because, in order to keep the secret, the character must scramble to stay one step ahead of everyone else.
Also, while the official photos were fairly vanilla, spoilerswise (though we do see Castiel showing up to confront Death, and Death tethered in some way), Dean is very much front and centre in the situation, nay, even in charge, confronting both Godstiel and Death in a threeway. Sam and Bobby are standing together off to the side, with Sam even standing behind Bobby. They have the look of bystanders. This and Dean’s “secret” imply that Dean may actually have the uberplot this season. He certainly seems to be in the driver’s seat in the season premiere, as opposed to last season’s premiere, when a round of characters entered and both insulted him and tried to kill him, and the audience was invited to mock him, as well.
As for those fans already criticising Dean for being a “hypocrite” and not showing enough “respect” for Death, what do they think this show is, an Italian gangster flick? Look, of course Dean is going to pay a price for binding Death. Doesn’t he always? And of course Death will be angry with him. Death is usually at least irritated with Dean. So what? Is binding Death to your bidding dangerous and insanely reckless? Yep. But consider the alternative – that Castiel will blow up and take half the planet with him (and if you know anything about astronomy or geology, or you’ve just watched Star Trek a lot, you’ll know that will make the entire planet uninhabitable) unless the rest of Team Free Will figures out how to defuse him. And it’s not as though anybody else is stepping up to the plate. I’m sure Dean figures it’s his risk to take on behalf of the world and he has successfully gotten Death to help him in the past. It makes sense to try to recruit Death now.
As for Death being hurt or insulted – please. He’s Death. I doubt he genuinely gives a rodent’s fuzzy posterior one way or the other about Dean’s mouthing off to him because, hey, if Dean ever truly annoyed him, Death can always just reap him. So, obviously, one of two things is happening here. 1. Death is too far above human concerns and feelings to feel more than mild amusement at the obstreperous little bacterium; 2. Death has plans for Dean that supersede reaping him and make putting up with his defiance worthwhile. The first option means it’s impossible for Dean to insult Death, so exercising himself over showing proper respect is pointless. The second option means that Death is trying to use Dean to further some plan. Since that is always portrayed as bad on this show, Dean has every right to dig in his heels and say, “Hey, now, wait a minute.” If he didn’t do that, the SPNverse would have ended at the end of season five.
As for the whole outlaw thing, I think we’ll see about as much of that as we saw of noir last season, if not less. At least, with last season, we got noir titles for episodes from early on. We haven’t had any western titles so far this season, and no sign in the plots of any Butch-and-Sundance-meet-The-Wild-Bunch stuff, either. So, colour me skeptical about that. It’s just not a plot that works unless the showrunners intend to make this the last season. And all signs indicate that’s not true.