Even with the whole entertainment industry dying to give us the official story here at Comic-Con, we're still excited about digging for spoilers. Today, we find out what Transformers 2 is really about, and which transforming robots you won't be seeing for sure. There are a few new details about Nicholas Cage's Knowing, straight from Comic-Con. Plus there's a new clip from Starship Troopers 3, and some promos for Eureka and Chuck. We found out more than you ever knew you wanted to know about Smallville season eight, and tons of details about Heroes. Plus cute new promo pics for Sarah Connor Chronicles and Stargate Atlantis, and some new stuff about The Prisoner, Fringe and Dollhouse. And because you demanded it, some Doctor Who spoilers. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen: One type of Transformers we won't see in Transformers 2 are the Dinobots, Transformers who pretend to be dinosaurs. And it would be "silly" to bring back Megatron, who died in the first movie, say writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman - but that doesn't mean it won't happen. The theme of the sequel is Sam being away from home, with Sam off at college on his own, just as the Autobots are having to deal with being away from Cybertron. [MTV Movies] Knowing: In the movie where Nicholas Cage finds a time capsule full of numbers that predict a future apocalypse, Rose Byrne plays the daughter of the girl who wrote those numbers down, decades earlier. And the relationship between Cage's character and his son, who are both involved in the coming apocalypse somehow, is at the heart of the movie. [IGN] Starship Troopers: Here's another bizarre satirical clip from the direct-to-DVD Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. You can find more hilarious and weird clips here.
Heroes: As we mentioned, Hiro is hanging out with Ando a lot more in Heroes season three - but you won't see much of Hiro's interactions with Nathan "flying man" Petrelli. But Ando and Hiro have a nice scene with Angela Petrelli. And meanwhile, Nathan and Noah "HRG" Bennett get to hang out together a fair bit, instead. And HRG isn't going to be regenerating from any more fatal wounds. Really. Oh, and wait until you see "the softer side of Sylar." [Zap2It] And speaking of the softer side of Sylar, actor Zachary Quinto says his character has a lot more complex motivations this season, and he's put in a position where he has to do things for other people. Sylar's big theme this season is "conflict." [Sci Fi Wire] Fringe: Here's a new review of the pilot for J.J. Abrams' new show Fringe, which I don't think covers any spoilers we haven't already reported. But here they are, all in one place. [Newsarama] Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Here's a new promo pic of the cast of the Sarah Connor Chronicles. [SpoilerTV]
Doctor Who: Some fairly reliable sources on the Doctor Who Forum are insisting that the 2008 Christmas special is going to be a remake of the audio adventure "The One Doctor," in which a charlatan pretending to be the Doctor (with a fake companion) stirs up fake alien attacks to gain people's trust. But then the real Doctor, and real aliens (the Cybermen) show up, and the fake Doctor is confounded. Also, there's a persistent rumor (wish?) that late 1980s companion Ace will show up during the 2009 specials. Plus, there were some vague hints during yesterday's Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con, which I'll write up later this morning. [Doctor Who Forum] Dollhouse: Some lucky reporters got to tour the sets of amnesiac mind-slaves for hire show Dollhouse. They include the now-infamous coed showers, which creator Joss Whedon says symbolize an innocent, Garden Of Eden-like environment. Plus the round room where the "dolls" sleep in five sunken beds with lids that slide on top, like coffins. In the central area, there's a big bridge over a koi pond, and there's also a gym and a meditation area. Plus a space for finger-painting, and some children's books. [The Canadian Press] The Prisoner: After teasing us with pictures of new residents of the spy-prison-esque Village in The Prisoner remake yesterday, AMC finally released their names. As we figured, Lennie James from Jericho plays No. 147. And Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre) is playing No. 313. As we already reported, Haley Atwell is No. 41-5. And the young Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd) plays No. 11-12. What's with the hyphenated numbers? [AMC] Chuck: Remember Chuck, the show about a hapless nerd with all the world's spy secrets in his brain? It also has Adam Baldwin and Yvonne Strahovski both being super-cute. Here, a couple of new TV spots featuring moments of cuteness will jog your memory.
Eureka: I feel very close to Eureka right now, because I now own a Eureka T-shirt and people in a Eureka van gave me an ice cream cone in exchange for promising to watch the show. Which is back next Tuesday. And here's the episode synopsis for season three episode three, "Best In Faux":
The town's annual dog show segues into a canine malfunction; Zoe worries about the impact of the accelerated physics program on her life; earthquakes affect Allison's wedding plans.
[SpoilerTV] And here are some new promos that are genuinely cute, even without the memory of that free ice cream:
Smallville: Lana Lang will reappear for a five-episode stint in November, in time for sweeps. She'll be back at an "inopportune" time for Clark. But before Lana shows up, Clark will be getting closer to Lois, working at the Daily Planet with her. And this also leads to some tension, and there may be a "phone booth moment" between them at some point. (What does that mean?) And Clark still won't wear any tights, but there may be some flying this season. We'll also deal a bit with Chloe's feelings for Clark, even though they can't be together. Chloe and Clark have been friends for a long time, and he wouldn't want to get in the way of her finding happiness. But feelings have a way of getting in the way, say producers. [EW] Meanwhile, Davis "Doomsday" Bloome starts out as a good guy. He's a paramedic who was raised in the foster care system and went from home to home. He's a "survivor" who is good at his job, and a really great guy. He strikes up a friendship with Chloe, but doesn't want to put his moves on her because she's already dating Jimmy. And Doomsday is too nice a guy to try and steal Jimmy's girl. (And yes, I'm totally picturing the big grey spiky creature from the comics trying to flirt now.) But then the waking nightmares start, and they bode badly for Metropolis and the whole world. Davis aka Doomsday starts blacking out and losing large amounts of time. And he embarks on a quest to find out why these blackouts are happening, and what he discovers is "horrifying," says actor Sam Witwer. He'll be on the show the whole season, and we'll eventually the fans will start to recognize Doomsday as he was in the comics. [E! Online] As the season goes on, you'll realize Doomsday is really in line with the comics' "mythology." But at the same time, he's a reimagining and a reinvention, which means no grey body with white ridges sticking out. Meanwhile, Black Canary is a big part of the season premiere. A version of the Justice League, consisting of Black Canary, Green Arrow and Aquaman, goes searching for the missing Clark. During this season, Clark will be growing into his superhero career and embracing his double identity, just as the other Justice League members are having crises of their own. Also, the producers are hoping to bring back Ma Kent. And they hope to bring back Clark's super-cousin Kara for one episode. And even though the casting sides for episode four changed the name of the guest character from "Maxima" to "Melissa," the producers still say Maxima will show up. That's the alien queen who wants to marry Superman, from the comics, in case you forgot. They describe Maxima as an "intergalactic sex goddess" who tries to "mate with Clark." [TV Guide] Stargate Atlantis: Here are some promo pics from Stargate Atlantis episodes five and six, "Ghost In The Machine" and "The Shrine." Aren't you glad Ronon didn't lose his dreads after all? [SpoilerTV]
Thanks to Lauren Davis for research help.