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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 05/15/17: The Mother’s Day Edition


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Bad news – though not surprising- for fans of the CW’s Frequency and No Tomorrow: The shows have officially been cancelled. The CW has put up some epilogues for the two shows on its video player. You can see the Frequency one here and the No Tomorrow one here.

Also on the “bad news” front, NBC has canceled Powerless.

On the good news front, Once Upon A Time has been renewed, but a large portion of the cast will not be returning. See their section below for details.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed, as well as Gotham. The CW has renewed The Originals and iZombie. AMC has renewed American Gods for a second season. And Fox has renewed The Exorcist.

In a roller coaster ride for its fans, NBC’s Timeless was canceled one day and renewed three days later. Sounds like the production company saved it with some last-minute deals. No exact word on when the show will be returning, but it will return for another ten episodes.

The 100: The show is returning for another season, but it was announced that Isaiah Washington would be leaving the show as a series regular.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: EW has up an interview with Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge on the fallout of Framework for the couple. Spoiler TV has up the promotional photos for the season finale, which sees the return of the Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna).

Arrow: John Barrowman stated at the Planet Comic Con that he will not be a part of the show next season.

The Gifted: Fox has officially picked up the new Marvel show about a family who goes on the run after discovering their children have the mutant gene. They’ve also released a teaser trailer. A larger trailer is due to come out Monday, May 15.

iZombie: Showrunner Rob Thomas spoke with EW about the show’s future and the season three finale. He also spoke with TV Line about the latest reveals and events in last week’s episode.

Killjoys: According to Aaron Ashmore’s Twitter account, the show’s third season has officially finished filming. Space TV has up some details on the new cast members joining the show, as well as some promotional photos.

The Librarians: The show has cast John Noble as Monsignor Vega, a Vatican bishop who is the secret leader of the Heretical Order of the Shadows, and Rachel Nichols, as Flynn’s former Guardian, whom he thought was killed.

Once Upon A Time: In big news for the show, one of the four actors reportedly approached for a full-time deal, should the show be renewed, has turned it down. Jennifer Morrison will not be returning as Emma Swan next season, though she did say she would be willing to return for a single episode. EW also has up an interview with the actress on her departure. Also departing are actors Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emilie de Ravin, Jared S. Gilmore, and Rebecca Mader. You can read Emilie de Ravin’s goodbye message to her fans, on her Instagram.

The Originals: TV Line has up the promotional photos for an episode that sees the return of Davina.

Sense 8: Season two is officially out on Netflix and the Hollywood Reporter spoke to several of the actors about the direction of season two.

The Shannara Chronicles: Season two will be airing in the States on Spike TV.

Supergirl: TV Line has up a sneak peek of Cat Grant’s return, as well as some details on her and Clark Kent’s returns. EW has up some details on the two-part finale.

The Strain: The fourth and final season of the series will premiere on Sunday, July 16.

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

At TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello has spoilers on shows Arrow, The Flash, Once Upon a Time, 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 this week. There will be a double-feature of 12.22 and 12.23 this Thursday, 8-10pm.

Next week restarts the season with a double feature repeat of 12.01 and 12.02.

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, photos and promo, tech survey card, and directed by John Showalter; and “Who We Are” (12.22) and “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23 – season finale) synopsis, photos and promo, tech survey card, and directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

Photos and the promo for “Who We Are” (12.22) and “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23) are out. Warning: The photos are massively spoilery, especially paired with the promo, and pretty much give most of 12.22 away.

There’s a brief interview with Andrew Dabb in print that’s now up online.

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

Ratings for “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) dropped again in audience to 0.5/2 and 1.42 million respectively. Programming Insider reported that the show got a 0.4/2 in A18-34, 0.5.2 in A18-49, and 0.6/2 in A18-54, and 1.420 million viewers.

There was also a lot of negative reaction on social media, especially Twitter. A hashtag calling on the show to fire the episode’s writers (who are also currently executive producers) trended for a while the same night the episode aired.


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Supernatural: Why the British Men of Letters Just Don’t Work


By Paula R. Stiles


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This season of Supernatural has been like a slow trainwreck, with the tired old retread of Lucifer and his “baby mama drama” plot that both repeats last season’s much-better Amara storyline and retcons Lucifer’s redemption in it (plus, we’re now supposed to believe he’s the eldest because that’s not a total retcon of season five, or anything).

But we’ve also been subjected to one of the worst storylines of the entire show, a storyline that didn’t have to be bad, could even have been good, but was just plain awful. This storyline has done more to bring up old fault lines and prejudices that the current showrunners and head writers have previously demonstrated than anything since Sam had no soul.

In theory, the British Men of Letters (I call them the “LoL”) are a great idea. They’re a human group that could be either an ally or an enemy. They are affiliated with the Brothers by blood (according to Grandpa Winchester) and they are related to the Brothers’ current home, which Sam and Dean inherited through their heritage as Legacies. And they could have connections (as we have found) to preexisting recurring characters, King of Hell Crowley and his Scottish witch mother Rowena. Plus, they have sparkly toys.

Unfortunately, a good idea does not automatically equal great execution if the writing isn’t there – and this year, the writing just isn’t there. This storyline is a good example of flaws in the writing from all season long.

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Stereotypes Galore

So, how hideous are the jingoistic stereotypes in this storyline? Toni Bevell is a walking Posh Twat, an upperclass snob who looks down her nose at the Winchesters, criticizes their approach to hunting, and claims ownership over the entire United States (though, curiously, not Canada). Meanwhile, she engages in torture of people who haven’t done anything to her personally without an ounce of irony. Her (late) henchwoman, Ms Watt, is a butch stereotype straight out of the Amazon episode we all wish the show had never done. Mick Davies appears to have been inspired by the movie version of Oliver Twist (and, despite being identified as English, has an Irish nickname and is played by an Irish actor). Ketch seems to come from watching too much The Avengers. And Doctor Hess has already been compared to Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. Unfavorably.

In light of the fact that all of these characters are stereotypes completely divorced from the writers’ actually knowing anybody from the UK (or anything first-hand about the British Isles), and that none of the actors is actually English (all the principles are Canadian or Irish), it’s not really a surprise that the LOL characters all sport some of the fakiest Received Pronunciation accents outside of BBC Radio and that there is no visible understanding among the writers that “British” and “English” are not interchangeable terms. This, predictably, has led to much mockery from across the Pond from the very beginning of this season.

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What’s my motivation?!

I haven’t seen this much chaos over character motivation since the botched job that was Soulless Sam in season six. At the end of last season, we were introduced briefly to Toni Bevell’s cute little moppet (about whom I did not care) before she showed up at the Bunker and shot Sam in a cliffhanger that made no fan anxious about Sam’s fate (we all knew he would live).

Jump to this season and you’d think Toni would be all about reclaiming the Bunker for the use of her people, but nope. She and Ms Watt relocated to some farmhouse with a spacious cellar to torture Sam, leaving the Bunker completely open and unprotected for Dean and Castiel to return and reoccupy. Never mind that we just found out last week that the LoL could have changed the locks at any time.

So, strike one on motivation making any sense.

Now, mind you, the world nearly ended last season and it was pretty obvious that was going on. In fact, it looked an awful lot as though Toni’s trip to the U.S. was motivated by this global calamity. But noooo. Toni is far more interested in asking Sam questions about how the “network” of American Hunters works, even as she claims to know everything about him.

Okay, so, if she already knows everything about him, why isn’t she asking pertinent questions about things she doesn’t know about, like why the sun almost went out? Why ask questions about stuff she should already know? Is this an epic botch of As You Know, Sam or a straight-up plothole?

So, strike two and boy, these LoL are starting to look dumb.

At some point, you would think the show might have addressed the elephant in the room: If the LoL are so knowledgeable and powerful, where the hell have they been through all the apocalypses of the past decade? Where do they get off judging the Brothers when they have apparently sat out the near-Heat Death of the entire universe? Guess what? The show doesn’t even take a swing at that ball. It just pretends the issue isn’t there.

Then we get to Mick Davies and his character arc about two-thirds of the way through. We find out that he was plucked off the streets (because apparently, the writers are under the impression that Victorian England is still a thing and street urchins still pick pockets) and sent to Kendricks Academy. There, he is subjected to a test where he is forced to kill his best friend. It is strongly implied that this is a rite of passage that every single one of the LoL goes through during school.

[screeeeeeeeeeeeech!] Say, what, now?!

Let’s parse this out. First, according to Toni Bevell, creepy Arthur Ketch is supposed to be the scariest of the LoL and uniquely psychopathic, which is why Mick called him in, in the first place. If all of the LoL are “blooded” by killing their best friends, how does that make Ketch unique in any way? I mean, think about that.

And if every LoL member goes through this rite of passage, why do the LoL staffers who are killed by the Alpha Vampire come across as so … soft? None of them acts like a person who has killed before. They’re just techie redshirts. In fact, Mick himself struggles with killing even a newly turned werewolf girl. Where is the inevitable moral hardening that would come from such a rite of passage? The only character who shows it is Ketch and maybe Ms Watt. Even Toni and Doctor Hess don’t come off as particularly good at killing.

Second, the one introductory scene we have of Toni indicates she is emotionally attached to her child, albeit via a nanny. Nary a hint that she may lose him someday. Hardly a set-up for this later “twist” that her child will eventually be forced to kill or be killed.

We also find out right away that she is upperclass nobility (by way of Downtown Abbey, no doubt). Mick and (it is strongly hinted) Ketch are orphans. It sorta, kinda makes sense that they could be subjected to tests where they have to kill each other as kids and not be missed by British child services (yes, Britain has them). Even if the idea of half of the recruits being forced to murder the other half makes no sense from a corporate investment point of view.

But what about Toni Bevell? She’s a titled lady. Her child is nobility. Are we honestly to believe that the English upper class would be okay with sending their children to a school where half of them will inevitably be murdered by the other half? I get that public schools in Britain are rough with the bullying, but come on. And how do they cover that up, exactly? These are not children no one will miss.

Also, it’s a tiny bit difficult to claim that your corporate mantra is protecting innocent humans from monsters when your organization kills more children than any monster in your territory and has a deal with the King of Hell not to interfere in demon deals. How, exactly, are you protecting humans, again?

Strike three.

Now that we’re back in the dugout, let’s address the LoL’s alleged motivation for coming to the U.S. Let’s point out very quickly that the idea that a small foreign group like the LoL, who have never been any kind of major players in previous apocalyptic events, could take over a huge territory like the United States with a population almost six times that of the UK, is ludicrous. So, the idea that this is even a realistic goal, let alone one they consider their right, is hilarious in all the wrong ways. Dabb, Singer, Buckner, and Ross-Leming, folks, please – the War of 1812 was a long time ago. Move on.

Anyhoo, the LoL blame the Winchesters for lots of crazy things having gone on the past few years, while they themselves have kept Britain locked down nice and tight. You know, aside from that Banshee in Ireland, Bela’s demon deal, the angels falling, and so on. A few of these things have been addressed (like Crowley having made a deal with Doctor Hess to stay out of Britain, which smelled a lot like a belated retcon to cover up a plothole pointed out by fans and roundly mocked). But for the most part, the LoL come off like unimpressive blowhards.

Even if that elephant about their absence at all the recent apocalypses didn’t keep coming back to haunt the writers, a few toys and riling up the Alpha Vampire haven’t exactly made the LoL look like the big threat the writers obviously wanted them to be. And that’s not even getting into the fact that there’s no reason for Hell to make a deal with the LoL in Britain because there’s no indication the LoL are any threat to Hell in the first place. I mean, what’s in it for Hell?

This also blows all of their precious pearl-clutching over all the black magic and shenanigans the Brothers have engaged in over the years right out of the water. If you’ve got a deal with the King of Hell himself, your entire organization is basically hellbound. One could argue that if it were just a case of Mick having second thoughts about bringing in Ketch and Doctor Hess pulling the strings, the hypocrisy might at least make a sort of cliched sense – the rank and file knoweth not what corruption the upper echelons are getting into (as hinted early on).

But bring in Toni and her snobbery about a moral high ground that doesn’t exist (the best part was her calling Ketch a “psychopath,” which was a classic case of Pot taking a meeting with Kettle) and it all falls apart. Toni and Ketch know perfectly well what’s going on and what’s their reaction? They’re competing over which one literally cuts the throat of the other to move up the ladder. There’s hypocrisy and then there’s “Why would you even believe that?” You end up with far too many mental and moral contortions.

Oh, but we’re not quite done with the tangled mess the show has made of the LoL’s motivations. On top of all that, Mary got brainwashed in the last episode. Now let me get this straight – the LoL have the capability of brainwashing even the most resistant subject, but we’re to believe they decided to go with the much more time-consuming and labor-intensive (and vulnerable to being exposed) method of raising kids in a negative kind of Hogwart’s and forcing them to kill each other, instead? And if they do have access to this brainwashing, why did Mick even have any doubts or second thoughts? Hell, why even bother to kill off the other Hunters when you can just capture them and do your own Telefon program on them?

It’s as if Dabb & Co. took every motivation for every major group antagonist on the show (i.e., brainwashing for angels, “blooding” for the Stynes), at least every recent group, and threw it at the wall to see what stuck for the LoL. And what we ended up with was a big, bloody, unsatisfying Rorschach inkblot.

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Gender stuff

I’m not one of those fans who go to extremes on the show’s approach to gender issues. I think Supernatural actually has made a concerted effort for years to bring in more female and PoC, and especially GLBT, characters (with mixed success). Is it the best at this? No. Is it the worst? Not even close.

But it does have its ups and downs, and some writers are better than others (unfortunately, this season is being run by some of the worst). I didn’t think Charlie’s character was one of its finer moments. Though her Checklist Sue character was beloved in some quarters of fandom, her appearances really began to tank in the ratings after “PacMan Fever.” Whether or not that had to do with her being a lesbian character written by a straight male and played by a straight woman as a tonedeaf Manic Pixie Dream Girl who spent all her time hanging out with two guys, I don’t know, but the ratings alone were a good enough reason to write her out. It’s a little hard to take seriously the wailing and gnashing of teeth on Tumblr about how she was a fan favorite who got fridged by the mean old TPTB when a significant portion of the audience that happily watched the episodes before and after her last episode didn’t bother to show up for her swan song, resulting in the lowest audience for an episode up to that time.

This wasn’t the case with Eileen, who was summarily killed off in the teaser of last week’s episode (Rowena also looks not long for this world). And there’s something really unpleasant going on this season with the LoL female characters versus other female characters. The LoL women, per above, were/are hugely unpleasant stereotypes, yet we’re still stuck with the two worst of them.

At the same time, they are partly responsible for the woobie-death of at least one well-liked female character (Eileen). This was on top of an MOTW episode the week before in which two female characters (one of them recurring) were fridged so that their Anakin Skywalker-like “talented” male relative could be turned to the Dark Side. On top of all that crap, those three were a family of PoCs.

I’ve often referred to Toni as a “Twat” (a popular expletive in the UK) in the past and that has not been accidental. The writers have acted precious about any bad fan reaction to Toni and Doctor Hess (and the unfortunate yoking of Mary’s already-struggling storyline to the LoL), as though this is an indication of fan sexism against women. God forbid we call a character how she’s (intentionally) being written.

And then the show turned around and had Ketch refer to Toni last week as “a bitch.” In an episode co-written by a woman. Hypocrisy, much?

The show has done this emotional bait-and-switch before and it’s not the first show to do it, either. But it was especially egregious this season, likely because Eileen was popular along the lines of Ellen and Jo (yet didn’t get anything as good as their send-off). But Toni is no Meg. Or Abaddon. So, it’s not working. People don’t want to savor Toni’s villainy. They just want her gone.

It didn’t help that the show tried to do “meet cute” in the middle of Sam’s torture earlier this season, having a “sexy” scene of Toni effectively mind-raping Sam by having him hallucinate being in bed with her. Women using magic to mind-rape men has an ugly history in recent genre shows, such as when Adalind in the show Grimm mind-raped three different male characters three different times and had two babies out of it, but ended up with the third victim (whom she had spent the first four seasons tormenting) in a One True Ship the last season and a half because of Baby Brain. I’m not kidding.

See? This show could still be so much worse.

Grimm and Once Upon a Time have both promoted the idea that having a baby can turn an Evil female character Good for basically no reason save hormones and Motherly Love, while other evil or morally gray characters are “punished” by infertility. If members of the latter group do redeem themselves, they have to do it the slow way via actual redemptive acts and character development. Hence, Toni’s moppet takes on a sinister connotation (and notice how there’s nary a hint that nasty, shriveled up old maid Doctor Hess could be redeemed). Fortunately, the writers seem to have had just enough motherwit (so far) to realize that didn’t fly with the fans and have kept her from meeting cute anymore with Sam.

To make matters worse, the writers are being totally hypocritical about their sexism. They write the Brothers as weak rather than trying to make Toni strong. Otherwise, she’d be no threat whatsoever. Mick, Ketch, and Hess are no great shakes as antagonists, either (though I’ll give extra points to the actors playing Mick and Ketch, both for actively connecting with the fandom and enthusiastically selling what thin gruel they got onscreen). But at least they aren’t dressed up in tight clothes and kitten heels, let alone played by an actress who shows no appreciable stage-fighting talent.

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I suppose we’ll never know if Elizabeth Blackmore could have been good in the role when the writing and costuming never gave her a chance. Toni Bevell is Bela Talbot all over again including every mistake made with the character (albeit Lauren Cohan had a lot of charisma in the role that justified her being poached by The Walking Dead later on). It’s as if they never learned a thing from either Bela or Ruby’s reception by the fandom.

I know a lot of people have had issues with Mary’s arc this season (some of them legit). But at least she dresses and acts like someone who can kill monsters and is good at it. And Samantha Smith brings a grim gravitas to the role. There’s none of that in Toni and she desperately needed that kind of legitimacy to make sense as a character.

We even got her kneeing Dean in the groin last week (signalling that she’s a badass dealing with his sexism). But 1. Dean is the one lead character who already has to field all the writers’ most sexist ideas about gender as if he were a female lead and 2. Dean wasn’t being sexist in that scene. So, that subtext wasn’t justified.

In fact, I can think of a lot of fans who would love to watch him beat Toni’s face to a bloody pulp (not just that one punch near the beginning of the season) and then shoot her. She has, after all, tortured his brother, brainwashed his mother, captured and tortured him, and aided in the murder of at least one good friend. And that’s all on top of her group’s ludicrous and arrogant attempted invasion of his native land, while bragging about how they’ll run things so much better in their fascist way. A male character like that would have been dead by the end of the second episode this season.

The only reason Dean hasn’t yet rearranged her face is that the writers won’t let him: “The male Hero musn’t hit a girl.” Which is ridiculous. Dean is a much darker character than that and his uncharacteristic reticence just makes her look weak (along with frustrating the fans who don’t like her).

It looks as though the show is going to pull a Stynes-style massacre on the LoL this week, probably courtesy of Lucifer. I sure hope so, though I’d prefer the Winchesters get the primary kills. On the one hand, I mourn the loss of what could have been a good storyline (especially Mick and Ketch). On the other hand, I am so sick of these losers that I just want them given their send-off to Hell, never to be mentioned again.

Maybe Lucifer, Kelly, and their hate child can join them in show obscurity.

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The Official “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) Live Recap Thread


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Starting now with a recap of the LoL and Lucifer’s baby that makes me wish neither had ever happened.

Cut to Now and someone running through the woods. It’s Eileen. She’s being chased by a Hell Hound. It gets her. It’s being sicced on her by Retch, who uses a whistle to control it.

Yeah, I’m sure Crowley will be fine with that.

So, yup, we just lost a popular female character in the friggin’ teaser.

Dean and Sam and in Mary’s motel room, trying to find Mary. Dean calls Retch and Retch lies to him. The Brothers compare notes and figure that out.

Sam gets a call from Jody, saying Eileen’s been killed. In South Carolina. Sam infodumps that this is the second Hunter death they’ve heard about and now Mary is missing.

Cut to the Brothers in the morgue with Eileen’s body. Dean identifies the wounds as Hell Hound, and Eileen was supposed to be in Ireland. Dean says seven Hunters have been killed in almost as many weeks. What’s going on?

Cut to Crowley berating a demon minion about not finding Kelly. More infodumping. [sigh]

Cut to “Mary” surprising a Hunter. Of course she’s got to be a shapeshifter.

Or…it’s Mary. She wakes up and Toni the Twat enters. The Twat starts monologuing about how she’s brainwashing Mary and tells Mary some home truths about John.

More delusional stupidity from the Twat about the LoL’s foolish, utterly doomed attempt to control all of the United States. It’s not even possible.

Cut to Henchbithstress being visited by Crowley. He tells her he knows about her plan. He was the one who gave Retch his Hell Hound. Crowley warns her she needs to have the same deal with him that she does in the UK. She actually thinks she can lecture Crowley about how he should stand by while she goes after the Brothers.

So…she’s hellbound and is too stupid to know it.

Cut to some demon trying to help Lucifer, or something.

Crowley is trying to make a deal with Lucifer over the hellspawn to get Lucifer to kill Henchbitchstress for her.

Mary is dragged back from another session.

Twat comes in to report and is displeased when Retch disses her. Twat calls him a psychopath, which is hilarious, considering what she is.

Henchbitchstress does some more infodumping about knowing Retch’s sexual history and acting as though the Hunters in the U.S. are already dead. God, she’s a fool.

Dean gets a letter from Eileen. She says in it that she knew they were watching her and asked if she could come to the Bunker.

At the Bunker, the Brothers proceed to look everywhere but the obvious place under the main table for the Big Honking Bug. Eventually, Dean finds it and signals to Sam.

‘Scuse me, it’s raining cats here.

So, Dean quickly comes up with a plan to trap the LoL by having a conversation with Sam about meeting another Hunter in a lonely spot.

Cut to Retch and Twat having a conversation in which both are in denial about their psychopathy. Twat is convinced she can take down the American Hunters because she’s been studying them for years. Idiot. These people are such morons.

Retch gets a call about Mary asking for him. Twat gets the call about the “meeting.” Neither realizes it’s a trap.

Mary acts all confused. I am not fooled, but Retch is. Despite his denial, she’s doing a pretty good job of seducing him. She’s got his number and he doesn’t even know it. She gets his gun and tries to shoot herself. When he gets the gun from her, she asks him to shoot her.

Retch responds in a brainwashed sort of way and leaves.

Mary cries and we are seriously supposed to believe she’s broken. That right there says so much about this pair of writers’ misogyny.

Meanwhile, the stupid Twat goes to the meet. She has just enough motherwit to send in two goons, but of course she doesn’t keep an eye on them. The Brothers trap them easily. When Twat gets her gun out, she’s captured, though not without, first, yet another “Dean gets his ass kicked by a girl” moment (even though the actress can’t stagefight her way out of a wet paper bag). They don’t even punch her. She needs to be beaten severely.

So, Crowley comes in to do some more gloating and Lucifer turns the puppet tables on him.

In the car, the Twat proceeds to monologue smugly because of course, that’s what someone does when they have a gun pointed at them. THIS BITCH NEEDS TO DIE.

So, the Twat is completely dumb enough to admit that Mick is dead and her entire stupid plan. And I have no idea why Sam doesn’t let Dean beat her. Dean is a master torturer, after all.

So, Crowley is getting his ass kicked by Lucifer – again. Lucifer is showing his wings.

Meanwhile, if Toni doesn’t die tonight, I’m gonna blow up Twitter.

Would they really kill Crowley? That would actually be…different.

So, Lucifer stabs Crowley, but doesn’t notice there’s no dying demon glow. Did I mention how stupid everyone is?

The Brothers get back to the Bunker and are ambushed, but they get the drop on everyone, including Ketch. But Mary turns the tables because she’s brainwashed now. Or something. So much hate.

So, the Brother are being disarmed…and I just lost signal because of a thunderstorm. Not. Happy.

So, we’re back to Crowley’s host being dragged out, while a suspicious mouse follows it.

We have an end scene of Retch and Mary driving in the Impala, supposedly victorious. Oh, wait, the last scene is of Lucifer. And of course, that got cut off by the rain, too. Fuck you very much, Dish. Also, fuck you very much, show. This has got to be the most unnecessary cliffhanger you’ve ever done. Ran out of ideas, did you, Dabb?

So, on top of the shit sandwich that was this episode (who the hell hired the actress who plays Toni Bevell? She’s terrible!), I couldn’t even watch the end because of a thunderstorm. I’ll get it a few hours from now, but still.

Promo for next week.


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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 05/10/17


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Sci-fi Spoilerpalooza
By Heather S. Vina

Sad news for fans of NBC’s Emerald City: The show has been officially cancelled.

Sleepy Hollow has also been cancelled after four seasons.

The 100: TV Line has up an interview with Lindsey Morgan who delves into Raven’s actions last week, and a recap of this week.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: EW has up an interview with executive producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell on what’s next for the team following their escape from Framework.

American Gods: TV Line has up an early preview of the season, with quotes from Bryan Fuller. EW has up an interview with Bryan Fuller, answering questions about the series premiere.

American Horror Story: Ryan Murphy released on his Instagram the first (weird) drawing for the show.

Arrow: TV Line previews the upcoming battle between teams. Producer Wendy Mericle previewed to CBR how Malcolm Merlyn will play into the finale. TV Line has up an interview with Juliana Harkavy about the season finale.

The Defenders: There’s a new official trailer out for the team-up show. Looks entertaining!

Doctor Who: The official ratings are in for the season premiere. The episode received 6.68 million viewers, and was the tenth-highest-rated program of the week.

Last week’s episode, “Smile,” had an Audience Appreciation figure of 83. It also had an overnight viewing audience of 4.25 million viewers. The episode’s final overnight ratings are also out. The show received of 5.98 million viewers, making it the 23rd-most-watched show for the week, and the 8th-most-watched show on BBC One.

The episode “Thin Ice’s” overnights and AI are in: The AI was an 84, with an overnight figure of 3.76 million viewers.

The Flash: TV Line has up an interview with Danielle Panabaker on Killer Frosts’ new look.

Game of Thrones: The show might actually be getting a spinoff. No word yet on which spinoff HBO will end up going with, as there are going to be four made.

Inhumans: EW has up the first promotional photo of the Inhuman family. And it’s not getting great reviews from the fans. They also have up an interview with the new showrunner, Scott Buck, on the same page. There’s also a teaser trailer out for the show.

iZombie: Actress Shenae Grimes (Beverly Hills 90210will guest-star in an upcoming episode.

Once Upon A Time: EW has up an interview with executive producer Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz on the season finale and the potential reboot season, if the show is renewed.

Outlander: The show has cast new family member Rollo!

The Runaways: They released the first promotional photo of the Hulu show’s cast. The show has been officially picked up by the online network.

Scream: TV Line has up some details on the rebooted season three for the MTV show. TV Line has up some details on the show’s new characters.

Shadowhunters: The Shadowhunters fansite Basicshadowhuntersstuff.com has up an interview with showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer about the second half of season two.

Star Trek Discovery: TV Line has up the latest casting moves for the (hopefully soon) new show.

Stranger Things: The show has cast Nashville actor Will Chase as Neil Mayfield, the father of a new family in town.

Supergirl: EW talks about the episode where Alex gets kidnapped. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg gave some tidbits to TV Line about General Zod’s upcoming appearance on the show.

Van Helsing: The show has cast actress Caroline Cave (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) in a recurring role for season two.

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

At TV Line, the latest Ask Ausiello column has spoilers on shows The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Flash, The Leftovers, Once Upon a Time, and Supernatural.


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

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At the last minute, the WGA made a deal and averted a strike. The deal has been approved for ratification and, if ratified (very likely), will last for three years.

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. There will be a double-feature of 12.22 and 12.23 that night, 8-10pm.

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, photos and promo, tech survey card, and directed by John Showalter; and “Who We Are” (12.22) and “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23 – season finale) synopsis, tech survey card, and directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb (these last two episodes will air the same night).

Photos and the promo for “There’s Something About Mary” (12.21) are out (we should also get a sneak peek on the same link later today).

The synopsis for “Who We Are” (12.22) is up:

FAMILY – Caught in a dangerous situation, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) only have each other to rely on. Meanwhile, the fight between the American Hunters and the British Hunters comes to a head. John Showalter directed the episode written by Robert Berens (#1222). Original airdate 5/18/2017.

As is the one for “All Along the Watchtower” (12.23 – season finale):

EPIC SEASON FINALE – Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) battles Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) for control of his unborn child. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1223). Original airdate 5/18/2017.

Gotta be honest – these don’t sound very good.

Andrew Dabb gave a brief interview to EW confirming that we’re stuck with the LoL and Lucifer until the season finale. He also talked to TV Line about Ketch in a not-especially-exciting way.

Jeremy Carver’s show Frequency has been cancelled, possibly opening the way for Carver to return to Supernatural. Note that I said “possibly.”

Overseas con season is now in full swing. AHBL8 in Australia was last weekend. Asylum in Britain is coming up.

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

Ratings for “The Future” (12.19) sank to an audience low of 0.5/2 and 1.38 million respectively. Then they rose again with “Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes” to a 0.5/2 and 1.51 million.


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The Official “Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes” (12.20) Live Recap Thread


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Starting now with a recap of Recap of Dean talking about John being on a hunting trip in the Pilot, and some other older stuff, plus a recap of last week that makes it pretty clear nobody lately has bothered to watch any of the older episodes.

Cut to an African American woman named Tasha Banes who is at a B&B run by a racist old woman and her too-friendly son. In her room, Tasha makes a finding spell and goes down into a shed that’s very smelly. And full of witch fetishes. Then she gets stabbed and falls.

Cue title cards.

Cue sneak peek with Dean brooding over Castiel obviously having been brainwashed–again–and asking Sam if he can fix the Colt. Which is completely out of character for both of them. Dean is the guy who fixes things. Hell, he was the one who was cleaning the Colt before Sam went off and used it. This is NOT IN CHARACTER for Sam.

They hear a phone vibrate. It’s Mary’s. Sam answers (because apparently, all Dean can do now is brood over Castiel). It’s Alicia and her brother, asking for help find her mother in Wyoming.

Sam volunteers him and Dean to help, using Dean’s old “Dad’s on a hunting trip” line. I roll my eyes. Hard.

Dean calls Mary and leaves a message. Retch is torturing a shapeshifter that takes first Mary’s and then Retch’s form. Mary looks uneasy about it.

Oh, Alicia’s bro bonds with Dean over the car, while Alicia and Sam bond over not being part of their family. Ugh. Move on, show.

At the B&B, some creepy dude is hanging about. When they enter the B&B, their mother (Doomed Teaser Gal) greets them, looking fine and not at as if she got stabbed. More shapeshifters?

Tasha is all chirpy and dismissive of ignoring her calls. And as she has the Brothers pour some wine, while she turns her back and re-aligns a broken finger.

Sam goes to investigate…something, while urging Dean to get drunk. Dear Lord, show. Really?

Ah, but Dean gets to talking with “Tasha” and appears to sense something is off. Or not.

Meanwhile, Mary and Retch are having a spat over the morality of torture. Which makes me snicker. Remember when her eldest son was the best torturer ever?

Mary also eavesdrops on Retch. Poorly. And suspects Mitch is a goner. And Retch is…well, he’s quite dumb about being so smug.

Sam gets back with the food and says he found a Missing poster for the guy they saw when they first came in.

Upstairs, Racist Woman is making a wicker man.

Mary leaves a call for Dean apologizing for continuing to not be there. Dean (and Sam) is outside checking out the cellar, while the twins bond with Not-Mom. And the brother has a date with a cute (boy) bartender.

Sam uncovers Tasha. Dean notes her and the other bodies’ hearts have been ripped out. They wonder who is upstairs when everyone in the house is down dead in the basement. Alicia’s brother comes down and they don’t stop him from seeing his mom’s body in time. They let him grieve.

So, shapeshifters of some kind, but what are they up to?

Mary, meanwhile, is skulking around and finds Mick’s body. Then she tries to leave quietly. Which goes not so well because her access has been denied in everything, by Retch.

I sure hope we lose him this week.

Oh, and she gets locked into a room where she sees info on every Hunter she knows. And realizes the Bunker is being bugged. She tries to call Dean and opens a door to find Retch.

They have another spat. He lies about Mick’s death. She’s not fooled.

Mick brags incessantly about how efficient the LoL are. I roll my eyes.

Mary beats him up some and gets beaten a bit, too. He brags about all the people he’s killed the Brothers don’t know about, how he can keep Mary “safe” and that the American Hunters are going to all be killed. I roll my eyes some more because the logistics are just too stupid.

Mary beats Retch a lot then tries to leave and gets TASERed. Never mind. She’s not gonna die this week and Retch is monologuing too much to live.

Alicia’s brother confronts the Mother Thing in the house, but when he forces her to reveal where the center of the magic is, the Racist Woman activates her minions. Dean and the brother go to confront her while the Sam and Alicia get beaten up by her things.

Turns out RW is a powerful witch who is old and dying. She wanted to transfer her magic (and blood guilt) to Tasha and avoid going to Hell, but Tasha refused. So, she killed Tasha and created a twig doll that does what she wants.

So, the brother is confronting the old with while Dean is stuck in a chair. The witch says that if he kills her, the Mother Thing dies. She offers the same deal to him. Oh, and Dean is mostly playing the voice of reason. That gets choked off.

While Sam and Alicia get beaten a lot.

Oh, and Alicia gets stabbed.

Ugh, so over Dean being useless. We do see him straining toward his pistol, though. He finally reaches it and shoots the witch, while the brother is reaching for the ring.

The witch dies and all the dolls turn to dust. Max is upset, but Dean warns him that making the deal would have meant making a deal with a demon.

Oh, and Alicia dies. So, that sucks. Dean finally gets a kill and it’s a “bad” one.

The Brothers try to comfort Max, who is heartbroken and blames himself. He asks them to leave so he can burn the bodies himself. Yeah, he’s probably going to make a deal.

In the car, Sam tries to say that Dean did the right thing. Dean doesn’t believe it. As we see a montage of Max using the bad magic ring to save Alicia by making a wicker version of her and burning the body of his real sister, Dean makes it pretty clear he knows what Max did.

Dean finally sees Mary’s message–both messages. And he’s off to the rescue with Sam.

Cut to Mary being awakened in the torture chair by Retch. [sigh]

Oh, and Toni the Twat shows up. So, we’re gonna be stuck with these two until at least next week.

Promo for next week.


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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.


I’ll also be simul-recapping on Wayward Children.


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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

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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, 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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