The Official “The Future” (12.19) Live Recap Thread


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Starting now with a recap of Recap of Dean calling Castiel and the dumbass Demon Baby Mama Drama that just goes to show how godawful boring it is (and makes Kelly look like a total moron).

Oh, and more whining from the LoL about not having the Colt. Which wasn’t theirs in the first place.

Cut to Kelly being force-fed something by Dagon. I guess I’m supposed to give a rat’s ass about her, but I really don’t.

Dagon blathers on about how “He” is going to destroy everything. Eh. Not really feeling Dagon at this point. Hopefully, she’ll get killed off tonight.

Kelly is left to herself, and her chains, to whine and moan. Again, not feelin’ the Kelly pity. She had multiple ways to get out of this before. Not to mention birth control. This is totally on her.

So, she tries to kill herself in a convenient bathtub. With a convenient razor.

Cue title cards.

Cue montage of Sam doing research. Lord, so bored.

Cue sneak peek of Castiel returning and admitting he was in Heaven.

Sam is all “Everything’s fine. Glad you’re back.” Dean is not.

Dean yells at Castiel. Justifiably so. He walks out on them both.

Later, Dean is in his room, looking at his computer. Castiel comes back and gives Dean back a mixtape Dean had made for him. Dean insists he take it back.

Calmer, Dean tells him they were worried and that Castiel needs to stop going radio silence.

Castiel admits that he “keeps failing.” He says he “needed to come back here with a win for you.”

Dean isn’t impressed. He says they’ve been having a hard time, too.

Dean admits to Castiel’s question that he may not be able to kill an innocent (Sam’s already done it, so Castiel, that was a dumb question).

Dean tells Castiel they need to stay TFW-together. Apparently, Dean has not yet noticed his mother’s photo is missing.

Dagon finds the tub and the blood, but Kelly is in a corner, still alive. Kelly is all rapturous, “He wouldn’t let me die.”

I dunno, Dean. Kelly doesn’t strike me was very innocent at this point.

Sam decides to try tracking the Nephilim instead of Dagon.

Sam says a Nephilim is just a human soul with angelic grace (ugh, show, please, just stop with the retconning on the fly–that…no). If they can remove the grace, they can end up with just a human soul.

Dagon has a bucket of cold realism for Kelly, that the Nephilim just was saving itself, not her. Dagon, however, has her own delusions. She believes that she will rule by the Nephilim’s side. Demons. So stupid.

Oh, and yeah, Castiel stole the Colt. For the asshole angels. His delusion is that he’s doing it all for the Winchesters.

Castiel sets off with the angels, as he ignores a call from Dean.

I’m sure this will end well.

So, the angels do quite poorly against Dagon. The one surviving angel (the one who recruited him) sends Castiel downstairs to kill Kelly while he takes on Dagon. And, presumably, gets killed.

Sad that I’m actually happy to see a commercial break.

Dagon subdues the other angel, finds out Castiel has taken Kelly, and then has a conversation with Lucifer that doesn’t go well. Especially when he finds out it was Castiel. She then tortures the other angel for info. They monologue at each other. Dagon wins, of course. And he sends her right after…Sam and Dean.

Kelly has a car conversation with Castiel and they go on a boring road trip. Castiel wants to bring Kelly to Heaven. He says that a “human form” can’t survive a trip to Heaven, so they’ll be instantly killed and their souls sent to Heaven. He talks up the Nephilim as a new Big Bad. Kelly is all fantasizing that the kid could be good because the baby “saved” her when she tried to kill herself. Can we kill her now?

Meanwhile, the Brothers are arming up. Annnnd (wait for it) Castiel stole the Colt because it was under Dean’s pillow. I am so very, very, VERY over this “Dean is dumb” trope.

So, yeah, the upshot of the whole Kelly thing is that Kelly is on this whole “My son can be Good” kick, even though Castiel reminds her she’s gonna die, because she’s possessed. Because that’s not a misogynistic trope at all.

Oh, and the Winchesters finally show up. Dean is not happy with Castiel at all.

So, Castiel gives them his stupid reason for running off and Kelly is an idiot and Dean is the only one who notices. But the plot had Dean act *really* stupid and give Castiel the keys.

OH, COME ON, SHOW.

Kelly is driving to the Heaven sandbox. She says her unborn son (yes, she’s willing to follow a child who’s not even born yet. That’s how dumb she is) wants her to step through the portal.

Kelly and Castiel have a pointlessly dumb conversation about how they’re not actually the Heroes of the plot. You know…the two characters who got left behind in the parking lot.

I hate this season so much.

So, Rosencranz and Guildenstern arrive at the Heaven gate and (shocker, eh?) Dagon is waiting. She starts to kill Castiel when the Brothers show up (Dean hotwired a car).

Sam and Dean get knocked down. Dagon (who really is way overpowered) takes the Colt and destroys it. Castiel and Kelly hold hands. Kelly’s eyes glow again and the Nephilim possesses Castiel, who kills Dagon.

Well, at least she’s gone. One lame-o guest character down….

So, Castiel heals Dean and now he’s possessed, too (Castiel, not Dean). He puts the Brothers to sleep and walks off with Kelly. They drive off in the truck, Castiel declaring that the Nephilim showed him “the future.” Because, on top of destroying an iconic artifact, they decided to wreck Castiel as a character.

Fuck you, Dabb. Fuck you, Singer. Fuck you, whoever wrote this stupid episode. You all need to be fired. Bring on the writers strike so this show can have a major shakedown.

Looks like Retch is toast next week. Oh, and Dean gets pushed around some more:

Promo for next week.

In case anyone is wondering where the show got this “stellar” plot, remember that godawful Jasmine storyline from the show Angel?

That’s where they got it.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/27/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Great news for fans of The X-Files: The show is officially returning for an eleventh season! It will consist of ten episodes, and all three main players (Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Chris Carter) are back. Production is set to begin in summer, with it airing sometime during the 2017-2018 season.

American Gods: EW has up a handy-dandy cheat sheet for all the characters in the new show. EW also has up an interesting article on the timeliness of a show about immigrants in America. TV Line talks about the episode order for season one being cut and how that was okay with Neil Gaiman himself.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with executive producer Jed Whedon about last week’s shocking events and character death.

Doctor Who: The official BBC site has up some episode factoids from last week’s season opener. They also have up the promotional photos for this past weekend’s episode “Smile.” The season opener received an AI (Audience Appreciation Index) of 83, making it the third-highest for the day. Overnight viewing figures show 4.64 million viewers, which is a share of 24.8% of the total TV audience. That number will increase once the final viewing totals for the day are in.

Game of Thrones: TV Line has up the first official episode promotional photos for the new season.

The Flash: TV Line has up the promotional photos for the episode where Barry visits a future where Iris has died.

Outlander: There’s a new teaser trailer out for season three.

Once Upon A Time: EW has a look at Emma’s wedding dress, as well as some details on it and the musical episode. They also have up an interview with Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas on the Charming/Snow reveal from last week. TV Line has up a preview of the wedding.

Supergirl: The show has found its General Zod in the form of actor Mark Gibbon. The show is doing a flashback episode on James Olsen’s character, and has cast young actor Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us) as Jimmy.

The Walking Dead: The show has formally upgraded three recurring actors (Steven Ogg [Simon], Katelyn Nacon [Enid] and Pollyanna McIntosh [Jadis]) to series regulars for season eight.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, and Arrow.

At TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supergirl, The Flash, and Once Upon a Time.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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Let’s talk writers strike chances. Right now, the negotiations are going poorly. While a last-minute deal is certainly possible, the WGA has voted to go to strike if the May 1 deadline is met without one. As early as next Tuesday, we could be in a strike.

What could this mean for the show? Well, this season is already practically wrapped, so that won’t be affected. It would probably delay (and perhaps shorten) the next season. More generally, it would mess up pilot season (which is right now) and possibly kill off a lot of weaker shows. The networks have more extra material on tap than they did last time, but that would eventually run out.

However, Supernatural actually benefited from the last writers strike. It famously forced the writers to re-think a season that wasn’t exactly lighting the audience’s fire, kill Dean, and bring in angels for season four. The show could definitely use a similar break (especially for Jensen Ackles and Padalecki, who have newborns in the house) that might force the writers to re-evaluate what they’ve been doing. Because what they’ve been doing lately has been pretty lousy.

So, we’ll see.

It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The season wraps filming today. Samantha Smith was still filming this week, indicating Mary makes it to the finale.

The season finale is May 18. There will be a double-feature of 12.22 and 12.23 that night. The show is back tonight with “The Future” (12.19) after a brief hiatus. Official photos are up, as well as a sneak peek. FYI, the photos basically spoil who steals the Colt. It’s Castiel.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, sneak peek, and title; “The Future” (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, and synopsis and promo, sneak peek, and photos; “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct and synopsis; “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) synopsis, tech survey card, directed by John Showalter; and two Unnamed Episodes (12.22 and 12.23) tech survey card, directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

The synopsis for “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) is up:

MARY VS. TONI BEVELL – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are alarmed when they learn hunters are being killed by suspicious “accidents” all over the country. They decide it is best to find Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and make sure she’s safe. Meanwhile, Toni (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) is back in the states and she and Mary face off. PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1221). Original airdate 5/11/2017.

Another episode by the Nepotism Duo, plus a return of that “fan favorite,” snotty Toni the Twat, for our sins.

Andrew Dabb gave a full interview about the rest of the season, as well as a shorter interview to TV Line last week, another one this week, and one for a season finale special, as well as one to EW, in which he basically blamed Dean collectively along with Sam and Mary for being suckered by the LoL (even though Dean was never actually fooled by them) and generally made the rest of the season sound like a real dog’s breakfast. It also sounds as though we will be stuck with the LoL until episode 12.22 and then Lucifer and his hellspawn in 12.23 (in the sneak peek for this week, Sam actually says Kelly’s due date is May 18. Ugh). I sure hope we won’t have to deal with this stupid Nephilim plot in season 13.

Jensen Ackles will be a celebrity judge for Film Fu Fight Fest. This is a charity festival in Vancouver raising money for The Underground Water Project.

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends, with reviews to follow.

The repeat ratings last week got a 0.2/1 and 0.81 million respectively.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/17/17: The Easter Monday Edition


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Good news for fans of Syfy’s The Magicians – the show has been renewed for a third season.

Also renewed, according to Spoiler TV, is Freeform’s Shadowhunters for a third season.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: TV Line has up an interview with Brett Dalton about his return as Ward.

American Gods: TV Line has up a sneak peek of the first episode.

Arrow: There’s some confusion as to whether or not Manu Bennett is returning as Deathstroke. According to TV Line and TV Guide, he is, but according to the actor on his Twitter, he is not. However, it appears that actress Katrina Law will be returning as Nyssa. TV Line has up an interview with actress Juliana Harkavy on playing the new Black Canary. The show has promoted actors Rick Gonzalez and Juliana Harkavy to series regulars for next season.

Fear the Walking Dead: The show has been renewed for a fourth season and with that, they will be getting a new showrunner as well. Dave Erickson is out, and Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg will take over, with The Walking Dead‘s Scott M. Gimple coming on as an Executive Producer.

Outlander: TV Line has up the first promotional photos for the new season.

Sense 8: There’s a new trailer out for season two.

Star Trek Discovery: Despite earlier reports, Michael Dorn will not be playing Worf’s ancestor on the new show.

Supergirl: EW announced that Tyler Hoechlin will be returning as Clark Kent/Superman for the show’s season two finale. Also returning – Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. TV Line has up an interview with actress Katie McGrath on playing Lena Luthor.

Orphan Black: There’s a new trailer out for the final season.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has a spoilers on shows Westworld, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Supergirl.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The season finale is May 18. The show will air back-to-back episodes that night. There will be a single-week hiatus on April 20th.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, sneak peek, and title; “The Future” (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, and synopsis and promo; “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct and synopsis; Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card, directed by John Showalter; and Unnamed Episode (12.22) tech survey card, directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

The synopsis for “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20) is up:

“Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

RICHARD SPEIGHT, JR. DIRECTS – Alicia Banes (guest star Kara Royster) calls Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) for help after her mother, Tasha (guest star Alvina August), goes missing. Sam (Jared Padalecki) answers Mary’s phone and he and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head out to help Alicia and her twin brother, Max (guest star Kendrick Sampson), find their mother who was hunting a powerful witch. Meanwhile, Mary starts to have some doubts about the British Men of Letters. Richard Speight, Jr. directed the episode written by Steve Yockey (#1220). Original airdate 5/4/2017.

There’s a new “Shaving People, Punting Things” video out, which is another outtake.

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends, with reviews to follow.

The ratings for “The Memory Remains” (12.18) remained steady at 0.5/2 and 1.58 million respectively. The A18-34 rating was 0.4/2 and the A25-54 demo was 0.6/2, with fractional audience 1.551 million.


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The Official “The Memory Remains” (12.18) Live Recap Thread


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Starting now with a lame recap of Mary/Retch and the LoL last week.

Cut to Now in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Four teens (three boys and a girl) are hanging out, drinking, around a fire. One boy and girl are engaging in annoyingly unapologetic PDA. One of the other boys, Daryn, wants to watch, but his friend just wants to go home. As he walks along the creepy trail in the woods, he sees a bag of money, with a green glowstick. When he picks it up, he finds it’s a trap and gets tied to a tree, then his head smashed in by a goat-headed dude, in front of his friend, who has heard his cries for help.

Dean leaves yet another voice message for Castiel, then sits down for a talk with Sam while cleaning the Colt. Sam gets a message from Mick (you know…dead Mick) about DTG and off they go. Back at the poorly-defended LoL bunker, Retch says the bait is set to some henchdicks who will probably not survive the ep.

The Brothers talk to an oddly disengaged sheriff, who tells them about DTG’s bad family life and how he must have run away, while working on his taxidermy project.

The Brothers then talk to DTG’s friend (cue sneak peek) who tells them about DTG getting killed by “Black Bill.” Later at a diner, Sam says it’s a local legend. Dean hits on the blonde waitress, who is into it, and clocks out for the night.

Meanwhile, DTG’s friend gets yelled at by his boss about slacking at work due to his buddy’s death, goes out to his truck afterward, and gets attacked/killed by Black Bill.

The next morning, Dean says goodbye to the waitress at the same diner and meets Sam there. Then he snags Sam’s breakfast. Clearly, Dean has had sex.

Sam thinks he’s on to the MOTW, that it’s a satyr. His graphic description of how satyrs eat their prey puts Dean off Sam’s breakfast. Sam says DTG’s friend’s mom says he never made it home the night before, ditto didn’t show up for his job. There’s an inspection going on at the plant, which is owned by the sheriff. It’s a meat-packing plant. Convenient. Oh, and the sheriff is there. Acting sketchy.

DTG-F wakes up inside a freezer, which is conveniently signed outside as having a coolant leak. Sam and Dean walk past, but can’t hear him over the compressor noise. He finds his friend, dead and frozen, then is stalked and presumably killed by the MOTW.

At the diner, Sam is pissy about what Dean eats. It turns out Dean cross-checked the other victims’ names. They were all employees at the plant. Sam has found out that the company used to own everything in town, but the sheriff has been selling everything off. The Brothers check out the house, but not before “Mick” texts them and Sam texts back.

Cut to the LoL invading the Bunker for a reconnaissance you’d think that idiot Toni would have already done. I hope Dean set rat traps. Retch is especially crabby about Mick giving the Brothers the Colt, which was, y’know, theirs in the first place. Lots of people who have no claim on that thing sure get pissy about having its owners get it back.

Meanwhile, the Brothers find the sheriff’s “murder room” in the basement and get the jump on him when he comes downstairs. It turns out the family got rich by keeping a “monster” under its house and feeding it. It’s Moloch. We have flashbacks to the murders. The sheriff says when he became family head, he tried to clean things up and kept Moloch locked away, hoping he would “starve to death.” Obviously, it didn’t work so well.

Moloch was in the sub-basement. Not any more. They hear a noise upstairs. Dean goes to investigate, leaving Sam to guard the sheriff. There’s a goat suit upstairs. As he checks it out, some kid knocks him over the bannister and Sam in the basement with the sheriff, leaving Dean unconscious.

The sheriff grabs a cleaver, but it’s to help. When they come out, Dean is missing. Sam tracks his cell phone.

At the Bunker, to the shittiest faux-60s Brit spy music ever, the LoL do a really poor job of casing the joint. They need to piss off back to Britain, already. Where they can preferably die of ennui and never be spoken of again. Then Retch finds that photo of Mary and Young Dean and becomes thoughtful.

So, the guy who attacked Dean and has him tied up in the cooler is the sheriff’s half-brother and the plant manager. And he’s a whiny, monologuing dickhead who thinks he can control Moloch. His version of the Family Business is opposite to Dean’s. Dean gets locked in with Moloch.

Meanwhile, the LoL leave…something. Dear God, they suck. Juxtaposing an actually-decent MOTW with their nonsense really shows it up.

Oh, and Dean gets loose in record time. Leaving him stuck with the Minotaur–sorry, Moloch–while Sam and the sheriff enter the plant and get stalked by Loser Half-Bro.

Oh, hey, a decent stalking sequence involving Dean. PleaselethimgetthekillshowPleaselethimgetthekillshow
Pleaselethimgetthekillshow. And Sam gets attacked by Redneck Man. Who gets the drop on his brother, then gets shot. Sorry, dude, but you were not the Hero.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME, SHOW? You have to give Sam the kill EVEN NOW? BOTH KILLS?

I am so done with the Dabb Era of this show.

So, Sam tries to hurt/comfort with Dean, which doesn’t help. The sheriff tells them they should go. It’s his family and his legacy–his mess to clean up.

Back at the Bunker, written plot-stupid so they are unaware of having been raided, Dean asks Sam what their legacy may be. Sam says that the people they saved will remember them, though that memory will fade, too. But that’s okay, since they “left the world a better place.” Dean wonders if the Bunker will go to some future Hunter and then carves his initials in the table. He has Sam do it, too.

Sam decides to call Retch, who bullshits them about Mick having returned to London and says they “report” to him, now. Oh, and he kept the photo of Mary, because surely, Dean won’t notice *that*. Idiot. Looking forward to his slow and painful demise.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/10/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with executive producer Jed Whedon on the events of last week’s episode in “the framework.”

American Horror Story: Actress Billie Lourd (Scream) is set to guest star as an unknown character.

Colony: The Hollywood Reporter spoke with executive producer Carlton Cuse about the season finale and the season three renewal.

Doctor Who: It was announced that John Simm will be returning as the Master. Possibly as a flashback? Since currently, the Master has regenerated into Missy.

Gotham: A new preview teases Bruce’s transformation into Batman.

iZombie: TV Line has up some quotes from the actors on the season three premiere’s events.

Legends of Tomorrow: Despite the events of the season finale, EW Radio is reporting that Arthur Darvill will be returning as Rip Hunter.

Lucifer: There’s a new trailer out for the second half of season two.

The Defenders: There’s been a viral teaser video released for the first season.

Jessica Jones: The show has cast actress Janet McTeer in a mysterious recurring role.

Once Upon A Time: EW revealed that Hook will be returning to Neverland. Josh Dallas spoke with EW about the reveal of who murdered David’s father.

Preacher: AMC released a teaser trailer for season two.

The Punisher: Superherohype has up some set photos of season one filming.

Star Trek: Discovery: Sonequa Martin-Green revealed to The Hollywood Reporter a few details on her lead character, as well as the fate of her character on The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead: EW has up an interview with Sonequa Martin-Green on Sasha’s fate. Blastr has up an interview with Melissa McBride on the season finale.

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Supergirl, Once Upon a Time, The Originals, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Arrow.

At TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows iZombie, Arrow, The Leftovers, Supergirl, The Originals, and The Walking Dead.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

Check out my Patreon page. Help me keep this column going, pay Heather, and start doing Supernatural reviews again.

It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The season finale is May 18. The show will air back-to-back episodes that night. There will be a single-week hiatus on April 20th.

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, photos, mini-doc, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, promo, and title; “The Future” (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, and synopsis; Unnamed Episode (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct; Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card; Unnamed Episode (12.22) directed by John Showalter, tech survey card; and Unnamed Episode (12.23 – season finale) directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

The synopsis for “The Future” is up:

“The Future” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

KELLY MAKES A BOLD CHOICE – Sam (Jared Padalecki) comes up with a way to stop Lucifer’s (Mark Pellegrino) baby but Castiel (Misha Collins) has something else in mind for Kelly (guest star Courtney Ford). Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious when he finds out someone stole the Colt. Kelly makes a bold choice about the baby’s future. Amanda Tapping directed the episode written by Robert Berens & Meredith Glynn (#1219). Original airdate 4/27/2017.

There are two new “Shaving People, Punting Things” videos out. The first one has an outtake from last week’s episode that is actually more entertaining than the entire actual episode. The second is a Monstervision view of Dean (with the Colt) being stalked from this week’s episode.

The penultimate episode will be directed by John Showalter. The season finale will be directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb. Oh, yay. Can pretty much kiss that one goodbye, quality-wise, then.

The main spoiler coming out of this weekend’s Seattle Con is that Jensen Ackles will be directing next season.

David Haydn Jones (Mr. Ketch) reported on April 1 that he had been “fired” from the show, but this turned out to be an April Fools Joke. As of April 6, he was still filming on set.

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends, with reviews to follow.

The ratings for “The British Invasion” (12.17) dropped again to 0.5/2 and 1.58 million respectively. The A18-34 rating was 0.5/3 and the A25-54 demo was 0.7/2, with fractional audience 1.566 million.


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The Official The British Invasion (12.17) Recap Discussion Thread

Recap of Nickifer, the Demon Baby Mama Drama, the LoL, and Mary.

Cut to Now (well, Oxbridgeish in 1987). Boring and stupid English stereotypes abound as two boys (Mick and Retch, I gather) head to a meeting at “Kendricks” with a classic stereotypically bitchy British Headmistress. Ugh. So. Much. Ugh.

So, guess it’s just Retch (sorry, turns out to be Mitch, having a dream), then, since she leaves them alone in a fight to the death. He kills his best friend.

Cue title credits and the Brothers are on the road, while they talk to Eileen about tracking down Kelly (the Devil’s Baby Mama). She’s off to track them some more.

Back at the Bunker, Sam wants Dean to call Crowley. Dean doesn’t want to. They find Mick there, who claims the Bunker is “our house” and the key opens every Bunker in the world. Ugh. So. Much. Hate. This episode is gonna be tough to sit through.

Turns out Mick didn’t know about Kelly and Lucifer’s Nephilim child. So, official confirmation that the LoL are WAY out of their league.

So, the Brothers fill him in (after Dean without apology says they never mentioned it before because “need to know”) and Mick freaks out. A very insulting discussion amongst men about abortion and women’s choice and how the Power of Motherly Wuv prevented Kelly from aborting the Ugly-Ass Plot Point.

Cut to Dagon talking to Lucifer about his baby and the “package” (i.e., moronic Kelly). Dagon says Kelly will “last long enough” to give birth.

Cut to Mick having more of a nightmare about killing his buddy (who really did not want to die). He’s awakened by Headbitchstress from the dream. She’s part of the leadership and guess what? They’re freaking out over the Nephilim sitch. She insists Mick get the Winchesters on board right now or kill them
[cue mocking laughter from the audience].

So, Kelly is having misgivings about her pregnancy. She insists Dagon take her to a doctor. Dagon mind-whammies the doc into saying everything is normal, even though it’s not. He still gets killed by a demon later on.

At the Bunker, Dean is hungover because Mitch allegedly could drink him and Sam under the table (SO. MUCH. HATE). Mitch mentions that Mary is with Retch (cue an unnecessary scene between those two in which no new territory is mined).

At the LoL Bunker, Mitch gets a visit from Henchbitchtress’s lap dog, a smarmy little public school stereotype.

Chez Crowley, Lucifer is submitting to Crowley as a new tactic and still claiming to be the eldest brother. SHOW, GET IT STRAIGHT. MICHAEL IS THE OLDEST. ALWAYS HAS BEEN.

Halfway through the ep and so far, *nothing* has happened but set-up.

So, Dean is leaving voice messages on Castiel’s phone and the Brothers are meeting with Eileen. She caught up with the demon who killed Kelly’s doc, killed him with an angel blade and got Dagon’s number.

As much as I love Eileen, remember when demons had TK and powers and stuff?

Back to Crowley, who is haranguing the troops about their loyalty to Lucifer. He unwisely brings Lucifer in to submit to him. Apparently, Crowley is unaware that Lucifer is in communion with Dagon and just biding his time.

Lucifer immediately starts undermining Crowley (with his back to Crowley) by winking and leering and sneering and glowing-eyes-y at the demons.

Ugh, so much stupid in this episode. And *still*, nothing has happened but set-up.

Kelly is sending Dagon on errands when she gets a call from Sam, who pretends to be her (dead) doctor’s assistant. Eileen gives him a thumbs-up and Mitch shows up with Brit Douchenozzle. Eileen very quickly puts him in his place.

Meanwhile, Dean quietly grabs Kelly and drives her to the docks, where the others are waiting.

Douchenozzle starts to brag. Dean puts him in his place.

Kelly gets out and Sam and Dean try to talk Kelly out of being a moron. Kelly thinks she loves the Nephilim. Mick points out (sensibly, for once) that the Nephilim doesn’t give a rat’s ass about its mother.

Dagon shows up in a blast of thunder and lightning, and uses TK. She is also, of course, unaffected by regular bullets. After blasting away the others, she starts to grab Kelly. Eileen gets the gun and shoots at Dagon, but Dagon disappears and Douchenozzle gets shot instead. Works for me.

Mick doesn’t take Douchenozzle’s death well. He wants to shoot Eileen, yelling about the code that, y’know, Americans don’t follow. Dean steps up and takes aim at him. Sam tries to talk Mick down.

I sure hope Mick understands that if he shoots Eileen, Dean’s gonna blow his head off. Right then and there.

As if this episode couldn’t possibly suck enough, Mary has slept with Retch. Who confesses he was thinking he would end up shooting her, instead.

Mary straight-up tells him it was a one-night stand. Retch says he’s not “built for that” and that she isn’t, either. Mary says no, but that her monogamous days are over.

Retch thinks she’s choosing Hunting over Family. Mary begs to differ.

Back Chez Crowley, Lucifer is getting a demon to examine him, presumably so he can lift Crowley’s spells. The demon admits he can’t do that. The only demon who could disarm the “security system” is the one who designed it. Crowley killed him.

Is this demon really dumb enough to believe Lucifer? Oh, wait. How did the rest of the episode go?

Back at the Bunker, Eileen is upset over having killed a human. The Brothers comfort her.

Is this episode over yet? No? Ugh.

So, Kelly finally buys a clue (actually, it’s a gift from Dagon) that she’s not going to survive giving birth to the Nephilim and that nobody cares.

Henchbitchstress shows up with Retch to school Mitch, probably fatally. Toni the Twat’s name is once again spoken in vain. Henchbitchstress monologues delusionally about how “Hunters are dogs” and should “obey.” She wants Eileen tracked down and murdered. She also wants the Winchesters “investigated” and executed “if found guilty.”

Which just goes to show how PLOT STUPID the LoL really are. You send people over the pond without having investigated these guys thoroughly already?! WTF?!, show?

Mitch rebels and gets shot dead by Retch.

Dear God, I am *so* over this LoL storyline at this point.

Back at the Bunker, the Brothers are worrying about Castiel. Eileen has bailed, deciding to go back to Ireland. Which, you know, isn’t right next door to England, or anything.

Oh, she left the Colt. Dean’s cheery joy at getting it back is about the only good thing about this episode.

Back at the LoL Bunker, dumbass Henchbitchstress orders Retch to kill every Hunter in the U.S.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Really, show? Come on.

Next week’s promo? We’re back to pagan gods. Some goat dude in the basement.

Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 04/03/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Sad news for fans of ABC’s Time After Time: The show has been cancelled.

Good news, however, for fans of AMC’s Humans: The show has been renewed.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Spoiler TV has up the latest promotional poster for the second half of the season. EW has revealed that Mallory Jansen (Ada) will be playing Madame Hydra, known in the comic book as Viper.

American Gods: EW has up the latest character promotional posters for the show.

American Horror Story: The show has cast actor/comedian Billy Eichner in a heavily recurring role for season seven. No details on his character yet, though. There were some teasers and hints dropped at Paleyfest. You can find some over at EW, as well.

Arrow: Great news for fans of Katie Cassidy: The actress is returning as a series regular next season. However, she won’t be playing Laurel, but Laurel’s doppelgänger Black Siren (from one of the alternate Earths).

Black Lightning: DC and the CW have revealed the first look at Cress Williams as the superhero.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: There was a lot of celebration for the show’s anniversary. People has up a video of the cast reminiscing. EW has up the outtakes from their cast reunion photo session. EW also has some humorous details about the show’s set back in the day. You can see a lot more outtakes, interviews and remembrances at Ew.com.

Doctor Who: The BBC has revealed that new character Bill will be a lesbian. The official synopsis is out for the first episode: “A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?” Doctor Who News has up the official promotional photos for the season opener as well.

The Flash: EW is speculating on the identity of next season’s villain. TV Line has up an interview with Tom Felton on the events of last week’s episode.

Game of Thrones: You can watch the latest season seven trailer here.

Grimm: The series finale aired this past Friday, and several outlets have interviews with the producers about the show’s end. TV Line has up an interview with co-creator James Kouf on the finale’s two surprising returns. They also have up an interview with showrunners James Kouf and David Greenwalt on the finale. Deadline has up their own as well.

iZombie: TV Line has up a preview for season three.

Iron Fist: Despite the scathing reviews, the show was the most binged-watched this year for a Netflix drama series.

Legends of Tomorrow: EW has up some Doomworld details from executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

Legion: Deadline has up an interview with Noah Hawley following last week’s season finale. TV Line has up an interview with the creator as well.

Lost In Space: The remake show has added actor Raza Jaffrey (Code Black) to the cast in a recurring role as Victor, an arrogant politician with a sense of entitlement but the underlying fear that he’ll one day be found out to be not quite good enough.

Lucifer: TV Line is reporting that the show has cast actress Lauren Holly (NCIS) to guest star in season three as a character named Roxie.

Once Upon A Time: TV Line has up the first look at Joanna Garcia’s return as Ariel.

The Originals: TV Line spoke with Phoebe Tonkin about Hayley and Elijah’s romance.

Sleepy Hollow: TV Line has up an interview with executive producer M. Raven Metzner on the season finale and the potential stories if there is a season five.

Star Trek: Discovery: Actor/comedian Rainn Wilson has been cast as the Original Show’s comedic character, Harry Mudd.

Supergirl: EW has up the scoop that Lynda Carter will be making another return as the President.

Westworld: The show has promoted to series regular actor Louis Herthum (host Peter Abernathy).

Wynonna Earp: Watch the cast announce the premiere date for the second season. (It’s Friday, June 9!)

Over at EW, the latest Spoiler Room has spoilers on shows Westworld, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash, and Arrow.

At TV Line, the latest Matt’s Inside Line has spoilers on shows Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Lucifer, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.


Supernatural (Thursday nights, 8pm, CW)
By Paula R. Stiles

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It’s official! The show has been renewed for a 13th season. This may well be (by a couple of weeks) the earliest renewal Supernatural has ever received.

The show has moved to 8pm. Still on Thursdays.

The season finale is May 18. The show will air back-to-back episodes that night, so it appears there will be a single-week hiatus after this one (possibly when Riverdale airs its season finale on May 11).

The Season 12 line-up (23 episodes) so far: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (12.01) official photos and press release; “Mamma Mia” (12.02) synopsis and photos; “The Foundry” (12.03) synopsis, official photos, sneak peek, and promo; “American Nightmare” (12.04) synopsis, official photos and promo; “The One You’ve Been Waiting For” (12.05) synopsis, promo and set photos; “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (12.06) synopsis, photos and promo; “Rock Never Dies” (12.07) synopsis, photos and promo; “LOTUS” (12.08) synopsis, photos and promo; “First Blood” (12.09) synopsis, photos, promo and sneak peek, as well as an extended promo; “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” (12.10) (this is the one with Alicia Witt) synopsis, photos and promo, and sneak peek; “Regarding Dean” (12.11) tech survey card, synopsis, set photo, promo and official photos; “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12) tech survey card, synopsis, preliminary photo (this one’s directed by Richard Speight Jr.), and official photos and promo; “Family Feud” (12.13) synopsis; “The Raid” (12.14) tech survey card, synopsis, and promo and official photos; “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) tech survey card, synopsis, official photos and promo; “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) tech survey card, synopsis, photos, sneak peeks, and promo; “The British Invasion” (12.17) synopsis, promo and tech survey card; “The Memory Remains” (12.18) tech survey card, synopsis and title; and Unnamed Episode (12.19) tech survey card and partial title card, showing the director is Amanda Tapping, and the writers are Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn; Unnamed Episode (12.20) tech survey card, showing Richard Speight Jr. returning to direct; Unnamed Episode (12.21) tech survey card; and Unnamed Episode (12.22) tech survey card.

The synopsis for “The Memory Remains” (12.18):

“The Memory Remains” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

SECRETS AND LIES – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a missing person’s case in a small town. The lead witness tells the Winchesters the attacker was a man with the head of a goat. Sam and Dean aren’t sure what to believe but when the witness goes missing they realize the town is hiding a dark secret. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by John Bring (#1218). Original airdate 4/13/2017.

Creation is now offering live access to actor Q&As at cons on StageIt.

There’s a new interview out with guest actress Carrie Genzel.

Jim Michaels discusses the rest of the season at Winchester Bros.

I’ve moved my Official live recaps to this site and simul-recapping at Wayward Friends, with reviews to follow.

The ratings for “Ladies Drink Free” (12.16) rose back to 0.6/2 and 1.71 million respectively. The A18-34 rating was 0.4/2 and the A25-54 demo was 0.7/2, with fractional audience 1.701 million.

“Family Feud” (12.13) in its original broadcast rose from 1.615 million to a 2.575 million in the L+7s.

“Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” (12.15) rose from 0.5 to 0.9 in demo and 1.506 million to 2.293 million in audience in the L+7s, as well.


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