Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/08/16

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Spoilers 2016: Part 1

Book Two in the Fraterfamilias series, Confraternitas, is out. It’s by Judith Doloughan and our very own Paula R. Stiles. And try our latest antho, Jazz Age Cthulhu. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Demonstra, Nickronomicon, and Sword and Mythos, all from Innsmouth Free Press, while you’re at it.

This week, we have more news and spoilers about sci-fi series and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.

Last Week in Innsmouth

You can still catch last week’s Whispers, Spoilers and Speculation Corner here.

Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Good news for fans of USA’s Colony: The show has been renewed for a second season.

Big news in the world of DC comic shows Supergirl and The Flash: Despite being on different networks, the two will be crossing over when Grant Gustin makes an appearance on the March 28th episode of Supergirl as Barry Allen.

The 100: Actresses Eliza Taylor and Alycia Debnam-Carey spoke with Variety about their characters’ relationship. Executive producer Jason Rothenberg broke down with TV Line the latest events. TV Line spoke with Michael Beach about his character Pike.

Agent Carter: Actor James D’Arcy has up an interview with Variety. Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for episode six.

Arrow: Showrunner Wendy Mericle spoke with TV Line about the reveal of Felicity’s father.

Colony: Executive producer Carlton Cuse spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the character death that happened this past week.

Fear The Walking Dead: Actor Dougray Scott has joined the cast as a currently unknown character.

The Flash: The TV Addict has up the promotional photos for episode 13.

Grimm: The show has cast actress Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) as character Madoka Akagi, along with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Man In The High Castle) as character Takeshi Himura.

Jessica Jones: Rachael Taylor has up an interview with EW.

Legends of Tomorrow: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for episode four. TV Line interviewed Wentworth Miller about the show.

Lucifer: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for episode four. Ksite TV has up an interview with D.B. Woodside.

Once Upon A Time: EW has the first photo of Greg Germann as Hades. The show is reportedly casting a young Regina and a young Zelena.

Shadowhunters: Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos and official synopsis for episode five.

Teen Wolf: Actress Holland Roden has an interview up with TV Line.

The Walking Dead: Norman Reedus has an interview up with EW. EW also has up an interview with newcomer Tom Payne.

Wayward Pines: Actor Jason Patric has been cast as the new lead for the second season.

The X-Files: Darin Morgan, writer of last week’s episode, has a post-episode interview up with TV Line. He also has one up with the Blastr site. Spoiler TV has up the official synopsis for the season finale.

Over at TV Line, the latest Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows The Flash, Once Upon a Time, Supergirl, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Lucifer.

Also at TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows Arrow, The Walking Dead, Grimm, and Sleepy Hollow.

Supernatural (Tuesday nights, 9pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

This week is “Love Hurts” (11.13). So far, we have two promos, official photos, and an official synopsis.

Titles so far for the season are “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” (11.01), “Form and Void” (11.02), “The Bad Seed” (11.03), “Baby” (11.04), “Thin Lizzie” (11.05), “Our Little World” (11.06), “Plush” (11.07), “Just My Imagination” (11.08), “O Brother Where Art Thou?” (11.09), “The Devil in the Details” (11.10), “The Sound of Silence” (now “Into the Mystic” 11.11), “Don’t You Forget About Me” (11.12), “Love Hurts” (11.13), “The Vessel” (11.14), “Beyond the Mat” (11.15), “Unknown Title” (11.16), “Unknown Title” (11.17), and “Red Meat” (11.18).

The synopsis is up for “Beyond the Mat” (11.15):

“Beyond the Mat” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

WWE CHAMPION MIKE “THE MIZ” MIZANIN GUEST STARS – Dean (Jensen Ackles) sees an obituary notice for a wrestler he and Sam (Jared Padalecki) used to watch when they were kids. Deciding they need a break from tracking the Darkness, the brothers decide to attend the funeral to pay their respects. The funeral is full of wrestlers, including Shawn Harley (guest star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin), a hot shot new wrestler with a fiery temper who pushes everyone’s buttons, and veteran wrestler Gunner Lawless (guest star Aleks Paunovic). Sam and Dean attend the next match to re-live one of their fondest childhood memories but when another wrestler turns up dead, play time quickly turns to work. Jerry Wanek directed the episode written by John Bring & Andrew Dabb (#1115). Original airdate 2/24/16.

Episode 11.18, which is currently being filmed before 11.17, will reportedly be called “Red Meat.” It is co-written by Robert Berens and Andrew Dabb, and (as previously reported) directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado. Jensen Ackles tweeted a photo of a battered Dean in a hospital room that appeared to be from this episode, in which he indicated he was filming in Vancouver while Jared Padalecki was back home.

A late producer’s preview and sneak peek for “Don’t You Forget About Me” (11.12) came out last week. The official Twitter feed for the show issued some behind-the-scenes photos for the episode. Kathryn Newton also put up a quick behind-the-scenes video selfie and another one of her with Kim Rhodes.

Kim Rhodes and Kathryn Newton spoke with After Buzz about last week’s episode and their time on the show.

There’s a lot of spec in the fandom whether “Don’t You Forget About Me” might be a backdoor pilot. It was certainly structured like one. Claire’s Dean-like obsession with hunting was solidified, while Alex got a Sam-like Reluctant Hero arc (complete with a truckload of survivor’s guilt). And Jody makes for a decent heir to Bobby.

More con news when our full report comes out later this week.

The show continued with another solid 0.7/2 (a 0.728) and dipped slightly to 1.87 million for “Don’t You Forget About Me.” With Legends of Tomorrow holding up, the show came in at fourth place last week.

We’ll be back next week with more news, spoilers and blatantly unabashed self-promotion. Stay tuned and check out our reviews of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event, Once Upon a Time, Grimm and Supernatural.

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14 Comments on “Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 02/08/16”

  1. AlyCat22

    Okay so Beyond the Mat is actually a documentary about how wrestling isn’t really fake. Focuses on the lives of the professional wrestlers. Complex moves that don’t actually end up hurting anyone like it looks. That the wrestlers have to be in peak physical form and go thru extreme training to be able to purchasell them off safely. I wonder what else “beyond the mat” might stand for, mirror or foreshadow?

  2. evave2

    Question: I reread your review of Dead Man’s Trap and I was wondering. Was Dean such a mess at the end (and today in In My Time of Dying) due to what YED!John did or was it the car wreck? What really surprised me was that Dean was in such bad shape and John had been SHOT for heaven’s sake and Sam was uninjured before the car wreck but how bad was Dean alone. I ‘think’ Dean was messed up by YED and that was why he was dying.

    I watched The X-Files on Monday. Of the four episodes shown the one on Monday was the worst. They had a tulpa and here Mulder did some kind of ‘historical’ background of the tulpa ‘theory’ and it was just really poor and boring. I can’t remember if the show originally expressed something and then it just petered out. The monster was creepy but people getting ripped apart was just gross.

    Anybody else watching X-Files? I am watching but, boy, I am not enjoying it. It makes sense (after the life these two have led) for them to be so low energy (Mulder is on some kind of anti-depression drugs and ‘no longer believes’ and Scully’s Mom died on Monday and she was in deep grief) but Lord that show was bad n Monday.

    1. Castiel’s Cat

      I am watching the X-Files and, reviewing the, X-Files and loving the X-Files.

      I actually thought the Tulpa monster was helluva scary. The social commentary didn’t quite work but emotional Scully and that monster made up for plot holes for me.

      The point is to show how they have changed and how their previous experience with the X-Files brought them together, split them apart and damaged them. They are trying to reboot by
      re framing the mythology and digging deep for the personal arcs which will culminate in a season finale about Scully’s struggles.

      Personally I have always found Sully’s growth as a character and her personal arc very moving.

      The Were-Monster episode was as good as anything in the original series.

      1. Paula R. Stiles

        I was enjoying the X-Files “continuation” before the Creature from the Black Lagoon ep, but that one definitely put the show back into fifth gear. The Tulpa one ended on a weird note, but was old-school scary. I also liked the juxtaposition of the creepy case (which was reassuring business as usual for Scully, who needed the distraction of some weirdness) with Scully’s horrifically mundane hospital story. I found her obsession with how messy the details of her mother’s dying were, in contrast to what she’d expected and planned for, especially accurate. I think we all go into that territory with an ideal of how we’d like things to go. And then it all slides sideways as we realize we don’t have any control over the proceedings.

        I also like the easy “We’ve been doing this forever” chemistry between Scully and Mulder. It was a good idea to acknowledge the passing of time and that they aren’t spring chickens, anymore. It opens up new real estate for stories.

    1. Paula R. Stiles

      I don’t buy the Metatron theory. I get that he BSes a lot (which has allowed the writers to engage in a ridiculous amount of retcon-as-you-go with him), but it makes no sense for him to have made/used the Angel Tablet to power up, let alone murder Dean, just to take over Heaven. That’s too much retconning for me.

  3. castiels cat

    Did you read my argument. There is,a lot of evidence to suggest it.
    I don’t love it either but you have to admit that Amara’s backstory paints him as a lowlife.

  4. Marisol

    Paula, You mentioned awhile back that you were thinking of putting your SPN reviews into book form. I would love that and would absolutely buy it. Any chance that is going to happen?

    1. Paula R. Stiles

      Hi Marisol,

      To answer your question, I do intend to go back to reviewing the show. I just have to catch up on some paid things. And one of those things is editing the first season collection of my reviews.

      So, yes to both your questions and thank you for remembering. Knowing there is an eager audience out there is always motivating. Unless you’re George R.R. Martin, that is!

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