Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 11/23/17: The Thanksgiving Edition


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

Putting out a column on Thanksgiving Day may seem like an exercise in futility, but we kinda have to do one, since a new episode, “War of the Worlds” (13.07), is coming out tonight. It’s a Nepotism Duo special, so it looks as though the show is burying it here for a reason. Sure, there have been some fan favorites that aired in dire slots on holidays (“Frontierland” airing on Maundy Thursday springs to mind), with predictable ratings results. But with the writing duo in question, we should probably keep our expectations low. Very low.

Anyhoo, expect some ratings carnage tomorrow morning.

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The show will return from Christmas hiatus on January 18.

My live recap for episode 13.06 is up. I will be doing the next one at 8pm Friday (tomorrow) night, EST.

Apologies for getting behind on my reviews. I have been busy preparing two books for publication before Christmas, a cookbook my mom created years ago of recipes from various members of our family and the long-promised collection of Supernatural: Season One reviews. Both will come out in Kindle and print. I’m shooting for the end of Thanksgiving weekend on the Kindle version (hopefully).

For Supernatural, I’ve decided on the bridge cover for season one and the creepy room one (somewhat modified) for season two. Many thanks for everyone’s feedback. It’s much appreciated.

Season 13 titles so far: “Lost and Found” (13.01), synopsis and photos, promo, preview, sneak peeks, and Shaving People, Punting Things, as well as live recap and review; “The Rising Son” (13.02) synopsis and photos and promo; “Patience” (the first spinoff set-up episode) (13.03) synopsis; “The Big Empty” (13.04) synopsis, promo and official photos; “Advanced Thanatology” (13.05) synopsis, photos and promo; “Tombstone” (13.06) synopsis, promo and photos; “War of the Worlds” (13.07) synopsis photos, sneak peek and promo; “The Scorpion and the Frog” (13.08) synopsis; “The Bad Place” (13.09) (airing December 7) synopsis; Christmas Break; “Wayward Sisters” (13.10, backdoor pilot for the spinoff, airs January 18); “Various & Sundry Villains” (13.11) (previously called “The Midnight Train” and originally, the title was “Stakes on a Train,” though there also appears to have been a switch of episodes between 13.11 and 13.12) ; “Breakdown” (13.12); “Devil’s Bargain” (13.13); “Only the Best Intentions” (13.14); “A Most Holy Man” (13.15); “ScoobyNatural” (13.16, cartoon episode, appears in March), “The Thing” (13.17); “Bring ’em Back Alive” (13.18).

The synopsis for “The Bad Place” (13.09) is up:

JACK AND KAIA DISRUPT THE WORLD – Jack (Alexander Calvert), desperate to prove to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that he is good and that he can control his powers, enlists the help of a dreamcatcher named Kaia (guest star Yadira Guevara-Prip) to help him find Mary Winchester (guest star Samantha Smith) and save her from the alternate universe. However, when plans go awry, the Winchester brothers are the ones who need saving. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Robert Berens (#1309). Original airdate 12/7/2017.

This last episode before Christmas is the introduction for Kaia, the last of the new characters for the spin-off (the next episode will be the spin-off, which will kick off the show’s return from Christmas Hellatus in January). To be honest, it sounds pretty stupid, but Patience’s intro didn’t sound so hot on paper and she turned out okay, so fingers crossed.

Photos, sneak peek and a promo are up for this week’s “War of the Worlds” (13.07).

Alexander Calvert (Jack) gave a brief interview about how Jack will try to redeem himself with TFW2.0 by rescuing Mary from the Hell Dimension.

Warner Bros has announced details about the upcoming Wayward Sisters spin-off. As we already know, it will star Kim Rhodes (Jody Mills) and the rumor that Briana Buckmaster (Donna Hanscum) is in it was confirmed. Also starring will be Kathryn Newton (Claire Novak) and Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen), as well as new character Patience Turner (played by Clark Backo). Another new character, Kaia (Yadira Guevar-Prip), has been added to the main cast list. Kaia’s “gift” will be the ability to spirit travel.

The spin-off premise and new characters will be introduced via several episodes in season 13. Patience will be introduced in “Patience” (13.03), which also brings back season one character Missouri Moseley (who is Patience’s estranged grandmother and from whom Patience has inherited her psychic gift). The actual backdoor pilot will be “Wayward Sisters” (13.10).

Star Kim Rhodes told EW that there’s a good in-SPNverse reason why the show will be set in a single location (Sioux Falls) instead of moving around. Rhymes with “Hellmouth,” I’ll bet.

Season 12 is out on Amazon.

The count for Supernatural calendars for 2018 is now five: a charity calendar called If I Could Tell You: The Women of Supernatural that just ended its campaign, two large calendars out on July 1, two mini calendars on September 1, and a Creation Entertainment calendar that comes out on December 1.

We rarely get a look at how much Supernatural really makes for its studio, but this recent article opens the door wide, as does this one. It turns out show creator Eric Kripke is sueing Warner Bros for a share of the profits, citing their Hollywood Accounting for underpaying him his cut. $570 million, people – that’s how much this show made in its first eight seasons alone. And that’s what the studio is admitting to. These arbitration proceedings should turn out to be awfully interesting for us fans, but don’t expect Kripke back with the show any time soon as a result. Oddly, this slipped under the fandom radar when it first came out last week.

The show stayed at second place on the network again last week, Castiel’s return bringing a rise to a 0.7/2 (up from a 0.647 and half-hours of 0.679, 0.614 in the overnights) and 1.89 million in audience. This once again put it firmly in second place in the demo, though tying with Supergirl in audience.

No new DVR news this week for the show.

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4 thoughts on “Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 11/23/17: The Thanksgiving Edition”

  1. What’s with the characters on Wayward being so powerful?
    Sam and Dean are mere mortals. Here we have a psychic and a spirit traveler – what’s next?

    And really? We have to return from a long Christmas break to the Wayward ep? Can’t wait. The more I read about this spinoff the more I don’t want to know about it.

    1. At least it’s girl power.
      Not sure Dean has qualified as a mere mortal in quite some time.
      I did call foul over Patience saving everyone’s life.
      Part of it is for thematic parallels to Jack. Dabb has been doing a good job at subtext parallels and mirrors even as the majoritu of episodes are meh at best.

  2. Tell me more about your book. Are you putting out your review/recaps that were on your previous site? (I had a little Thanksgiving cheer and maybe misread it.)

    If so, brava, lady. I will buy the book!

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