Optimus Prime has a quest in Transformers 2, and Thor includes a long-absent character from the comics. Geoff Johns spoils Smallville, and Lost's producer explains space-time-wibblies. Dollhouse filming! Doctor Who rumors! (Yes, again.) Spoilers!
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen:
The packaging for a forthcoming Optimus Prime toy includes a bit of a spoiler for the movie's set-up, although it doesn't explain how the Fallen gets involved:
With the destruction of Megatron, Optimus Prime thought he was finally, after millions of years, at peace. Little did he know that the escape of Starscream would draw dozens of new Decepticons to Earth. The desire that burns brightest in his spark is that the war will soon end. He is determined to see that end come, and so he works with his human comrades and the other Autobots to hunt the Decepticons that have come to Earth, and destroy them, one by one.
Rumor has it, the movie about the thunder god from another dimension/planet has been revised to include Thor's human alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake. Whether it's a major role or a minor one remains to be seen. [IESB]
What's going on with Roslin's eye in this new promo banner? It looks sort of like those Bionic Woman ads with the cyber-eye. [Battlestar Blog]
Apparently, Hurley tells his mom the truth about the island, but she may not believe him. [Doc Arzt]
An anonymous source (who supposedly has the hookup) answered a ton of fans' questions about the first two episodes. With a slight pinch of salt, here ya go:
Among other things, the island is traveling backwards in time, but its time travel is unstable at first, so you will see short snippets of different time periods. And Daniel Faraday is able to do something in the past that affects the future. We see a past Dharma station, but don't see the island pre-Dharma.
The crying baby (from Marvin Candle's video shown at Comic-Con) puts in an appearance. Ana-Lucia appears as a ghost/vision (to Hurley) but not on the island. We don't see Desmond, Penny and their baby all together, at least in the first two episodes. Daniel and his raft make it back to the island, but we don't see the Black Rock arriving on the island (in the first two episodes, anyway) or the Oceanic Six getting back. We see a flashback of Kate on Penny's boat, thinking about Sawyer, but there's no romantic vibe to it.
The following characters don't show up in the first two episodes: the smoke monster, young Ben, Radzinsky, Frank, Cassidy, Danielle, Tom, Christian Shepherd, Nikki, Paulo, any dead characters besides Locke and Ana-Lucia. The opening scene of episode one is shocking only because it's happening on the island.
We don't find out who's behind the "flaming arrow attack," but it's not Rousseau's people, and it's not the Hostiles. It may or may not be the Black Rock crew. Neil Frogurt dies during the flaming arrow attack. Also, "The Hooded Character" writing on a board is Miss Hawking, and she's on the island. [SpoilersLost]
In a slightly more reliable set of spoilers, Empire Magazine visited Oahu and talked to people. Producers say the new season is about what happens if and when the Oceanic Six get back to the island — and time is not what we think it is. "Like, if you took string theory, tied it up in a huge knot, and threw it up in the air," says producer Jack Bender. More concretely, you'll see scenes and have to figure out when they each take place, and how they connect up. Or put it another way, the island is like Narnia, while the real world is like Britain — time runs at different speeds in each place.
The new season is "more than usually complicated," warns actor Michael Emerson. "We are all over the map in a temporal and geographical sense. [Empire via SpoilersLost]
Some tidbits about the next special, "Planet Of The Dead." Apparently the Radio Times says, "Dark forces are gathering. The Gate is waiting, and life will never be the same again." And it's the Doctor's maddest adventure yet, with no TARDIS and no companion. You'll watch sparks fly with new character Christina, according to one recent episode commentary, and writer Russell T. Davies joked that new character Malcom will get his own spinoff.
And rumor has it the episode happens on a desert planet where humans are being abducted (and maybe the Doctor gets whisked there sans TARDIS?). And UNIT may be in it, possibly including the return of Colonel Mace and Captain Price. Also, could the Brig turn up? (Rumor or wishful thinking? Your call.) [Planet Gallifrey]
Here's how John "Captain Jack" Barrowman describes the upcoming mini-series:
The next series is about Torchwood fighting the government rather than just aliens and is a lot darker. Jack has to make a decision no parent - that's a big hint - should have to make.
Writer Geoff Johns talked to Wizard Magazine about his episode "Legion," in which Clark meets those super-teens from the 30th century, the Legion Of Super Heroes. The teens have come back to see the legendary hero they've read about for so long, but Clark doesn't seem like the guy they've heard so much about. They tell Clark a bit about his future deeds, and help him realize his true significance is that he builds a bridge between Earth and the rest of the universe by being a friendly alien.
The Legion's flight rings are right, and there are tons of little references — like they mention Polar Boy's home planet of Tharr. Johns also stuck in some easter eggs from his Action Comics storyline "Brainiac," like Pa Kent's trunk full of Clark memorabilia, and one line of dialogue which Garth says to Rokk. And we see Clark and the three Legionnaires inside the Kent farmhouse together in act one of the episode. [OSCK]
We reported this ages and ages ago, I think. But yes, Batman is coming to Reaper. Or rather, Armie Hammer, who was supposed to play Batman in the abortive Justice League movie, is showing up. TV Guide has the deets:
After battling a demon rebellion, seeing his father buried alive and learning that the Devil (Ray Wise) might be his real dad, our slacker hero might find it increasingly difficult to look on the bright side this season. "It's him dealing with, 'What if I really am the son of the Devil?' and 'Can I get anything out of that?'" says executive producer Michelle Fazekas. "The answer is no - no benefits. He is not going to make anything easier for you." On a brighter note: Sam's mortal dad isn't gone for good. "Dad will end up playing a big role in trying to help Sam."
Complicating the situation is the arrival of the Devil's suave, crooked son, Morgan (Armie Hammer). "Morgan is sort of jealous of Sam," Fazekas says. "It's really about two brothers competing for their dad's attenton." But is Sam really a part of this unholy family? "We'll have an answer by the end of the season," exec producer Tara Butters promises. And with only 13 episodes on the docket, fans won't have to wait until Hell freezes over.