Greet the day with spoilers. There's footage from Caprica and Doctor Who's animated special. Lost's Cylon connection revealed! Abrams talks Star Trek, and Emmerich makes 2012 sound worse. Plus: V, Supernatural, Fringe, FlashForward, Twilight, Star Wars, True Blood and Smallville.
It's been a few days since we've featured an almost koan-like vague utterance from one of the creators of this film, so here goes. J.J. Abrams says it would be a "challenge" to recast Khan Noonien Singh, but no more so than recasting Kirk, Spock and the others was. And he adds: "While I don't want to approach the second film as a remake of episodes we've seen in the past... nothing is off limits in terms of what we're discussing." So it won't be a straight-up remake of an original series episode, except that it might be. [MTV]
Roland Emmerich gives SciFi Wire a rundown on the monuments he destroys in this new movie. This time around, the White House gets pulverized when a tidal wave carries an aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy, into it. "I've got JFK kind of coming back to the White House, which I thought was ironic," says Emmerich, who's obviously a big Alanis Morrissette fan. Also, a big cruise ship, meant to evoke the Poseidon, rolls over. A big crack appears in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The Basilica, in the Vatican, tips over and falls on people. Also, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro collapses "because I'm against organized religion," says Emmerich. (He wanted to destroy an Islamic monument, but feared a backlash.) [Sci Fi Wire]
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Matt Reeves has started filming his American remake of this Swedish classic, and Overture Films says it'll pay homage to the original, but reinvent it. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Here's the official synopsis for "Waters Of Mars," coming up Nov. 15:
Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: "Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not one drop."...
Lindsay Duncan stars as Adelaide – the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet.
She and The Doctor face terror on the Red Planet as they battle against a mysterious alien living within the terrarium of life on Mars' surface which infects its victims using a water compound it creates.
Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty star Peter O'Brien also guest stars as Ed, Adelaide's second-in-command at the base.
Someone else who went to the screening says that the "deadly water" storyline is clumsily executed. (The phrase "Water always waits. Water always wins" is spoken.) But generally it's great stuff. The dilemma the Doctor faces in the episode paves the way for his ultimate demise, and there are hints that the events of "The Runaway Bride" and "Fires Of Pompeii" will be important to the Doctor's future. Also, Russell T. Davies confirmed that Donna's mom and the Master's wife (Lucy Saxon) will be back in the final episodes, which we pretty much knew already. [Unreality TV]
Steven Moffat answered questions at the Screenwriters' Festival. He's a big fan of Peter Cushing's TARDIS from the 1960s movies, so don't be surprised if there are touches of that in the new TARDIS layout. He says the 1996 TV movie proves that you can't get too grown up with the series, and it should remain a children's show. And he's writing six episodes of the season, plus Richard Curtis is writing one — leaving six mystery slots. And Matt Smith is playing the Doctor as a much older man who just appears younger, not unlike Peter Davison. Moffat's biggest challenge? Writing the final episode.
Even though Juliet is definitely dead, she's a major player in the final season, days Damon Lindelof:
Juliet basically birthed season 6 by the actions that she takes in the final seconds of season 5. She is completely responsible for the end game of the show. So the character is going to be seen in a slightly different light this year. We gave her that action for a reason, and that's because she's so important to the fabric of the story.
Is Ben the Final Cylon? Damon Lindelof says the final season's mood, and maybe some of the storylines, are summed up by Bob Dylan's song "Visions Of Johanna":
I have that song on my iPod, and when I hear it I think about the show," said Lindelof. "There are certain lyrical phrases in that song that are very well-suited to 'Lost.'"
Here's another sneak peek from tonight's premiere episode, which I'm pretty sure we haven't shown you. [E! Online]
OMG here's the official synopsis for episode 10, "Abandon All Hope," the episode two major characters won't survive:
SAM AND DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST LUCIFER - Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) track down the Colt and head off to find Lucifer (guest star Mark Pelligreno) to send him back to Hell. It's a hunters' reunion when the crew joins forces with Bobby (Jim Beaver), Ellen (guest star Samantha Ferris) and Jo (guest star Alona Tal) for what could be their last night on Earth.
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This week's episode is all about Broyles,and revisits a case from his past. We learn that he chose the Fringe Division over his marriage four years ago, and has lived to regret it. [E! Online]
Here's the official description for episode nine, "Believe":
BRYCE BEGINS SEARCHING FOR THE WOMAN SEEN IN HIS FLASHFORWARD, AARON BECOMES CONCERNED OVER TRACY'S ODD BEHAVIOR, AND MARK TRIESTO TRACK DOWN THE PERSON WHO ALERTED OLIVIA ABOUT HIS DRINKING DURING HIS VISION
Here's the official description for "Pandora":
BACK TO THE FUTURE - Tess (Cassidy Freeman) kidnaps Lois (Erica Durance) to find out where Lois went after she disappeared for weeks. Lois's memory of the future depicts a Metropolis under Zod's (Callum Blue) rule and Clark (Tom Welling) powerless under the red sun, while Chloe (Allison Mack) forms a resistance group with Oliver (Justin Hartley). After learning of these future events, Clark makes an important decision about Zod.
Clark's black suit is just a bridge to his classic Superman costume, and once the Justice Society convinces him to embrace his human side, he can don more of the red and blue again. The season may even see him creating a costume with a bit more color, like Tobey Maguire in first Spider-Man movie. [TV Guide Magazine]
Here's our first glimpse, from Eclipse, of Xavier Samuel as Riley, a baby vampire whom Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) uses as a pawn in her revenge on Bella. [MTV]
Star Wars: Clone Wars:
Here's a new image from tomorrow night's all-new episode, in which:
Anakin, Ahsoka and Ki-Adi-Mundi lead a landing party to destroy a droid factory that Poggle the Lesser has rebuilt on Geonosis, but things go terribly awry when Separatist gunners shoot down the Republic ships. Despite heavy losses, Anakin and Ki-Adi-Mundi must rendezvous in time to destroy the enemy factory before it can begin production.
Even though Godric is dead, the show's creators are considering exploring his 1,000 year history with Eric through flashbacks. [E! Online]
Additional reporting by Josh C. Snyder.