Some spoilers to marinate in all weekend — including clips from tonight's Battlestar Galactica, Trek action figures, and a Batman 3 red herring. Plus hints about Watchmen, Lost, Heroes, Dollhouse, Fringe, and Smallville. Spoiler marinade!
Maybe the movie's soundtrack track listing gives you some clues as to its narrative arc:
1. Rescue Mission 2. Don't Get Too Misty Eyed 3. Tonight the Comedian Died 4. Silk Spectre 5. We'll Live Longer 6. You Quit! 7. Only Two Names Remain 8. The American Dream 9. Edward Blake, The Comedian 10. The Last Laugh 11. Prison Fight 12. Just Look Around You 13. Dan's Apocalyptic Dream 14. Who Murdered Hollis Mason? 15. What About Janie Slater? 16. I'll Tell You About Rorschach 17. Countdown 18. It Was Me 19. All That Is Good 20. Requiem (Excerpted from Mozart's Requiem) 21. I Love You Mom
More toy spoilers! At least, here's the complete set of Trek action figures, including Nero and all of Kirk's crew. Bigger pic at the link. [L.A. Times]
Does it count as a spoiler if it's just an actor giving a non-committal answer? Sure, why not? MTV asked Liam Neeson if he would be willing to come back for the third movie, and he said, "You never know." So there you have it. Ra's Al Ghul will definitely return in the third film. [MTV]
Wondering what was missing from that press conference scene that appeared on You Will Know The Truth a while back? Wonder no longer! Here are two minutes of clips from tonight's episode. [Battlestar Blog]
Speaking of tonight's episode, "The Disquiet That Follows My Soul," it's show creator Ron Moore's directorial debut. And here's how Moore describes it:
It's a character piece. It's a smaller show; I designed it deliberately to be that way. I wanted to take a breath after the events, the shocking events, of the past couple of episodes. Things were happening huge. Revelations were coming one on top of another. And now I wanted to do a smaller piece that was just about people on the ship and where they are in their lives before the next giant arc just sort of pulls them along into even bigger events.
In episode 4x13, "The Oath," Ellen Tigh returns "in the flesh." And Baltar's "Head Six" returns in that episode as well, says actor Tricia Helfer — the Head Six is more of an angelic guide and less of a wicked seductress, by this point. [TVZine]
The question you should really be asking about BSG is "What's the point?" says Mary McDonnell. And when you find out what the point of all this has been, you'll be just plain gobsmacked. "It's very, very humbling," she says of "the point" of the show. The relationships come to fruition "to a certain extent... but the bigger issues about life and death are addressed so broadly by the end of this." [TV Guide]
So in case you had any remaining doubts, the female character who will be in mortal danger next week is Charlotte. Those nosebleeds are going to get a lot worse before they get better, but luckily Daniel is crushed out on her and extra-incentivized to save her. Miles will see four dead people next week, and the reason for those four to be on the island in the first place could solve a lot of Lost mysteries. Juliet will reveal a new secret power that comes from her Otherhood.
Also, next week we'll meet a character who may turn out to be a major player in the Ben-Widmore war, possibly a third force all his/her own. [E! Online]
Jorge "Fountain Of Knowledge" Garcia told a radio station that we'll learn more about the origins and nature of the smoke monster around episode 4x12. [SpoilersLost]
Harry Lennix, who plays Boyd, says his character is sort of the show's moral compass, but more exactly the guy who asks "why" all the time. Like, why does the Dollhouse exist, and why do people need its services? He starts getting more answers to his questions by the end of the first season. And Lennix explained that the show's mindwiped "Actives" are programmed to trust their "handlers," like Boyd. [Sci Fi Wire]
Some pics from the first episode of "Fugitives," "A Clear And Present Danger." Could Ando be contemplating a ridiculous superhero costume? That wouldn't be good, exactly, but it would hold my interest. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the official description for episode 13, "The Transformation":
When the Fringe Division delves into another bizarre occurrence aboard an international jumbo jet, freakish remains are discovered at the crash site. Memories tip the team toward some promising leads, but the bigger picture and mysterious threat eludes them. With limited options and insufficient intelligence, Olivia and Peter go undercover.
Guest stars include "Felix Solis as Strickland; Neal Huff as Bowman; Armando Riesco as Gavin; Darby Totten as Agent #1; Ash Roeca as Agent #2; Guisseppe Jones as Agent #3; Al Sapienza as Conrad; Chris Lapanta as Gavin’s Man and Dina Comolli as Mom." [Fringe Television]
There will be "a lot of tears" when Lana leaves once and for all, promises Kristin Kreuk. And we'll learn more secrets about why she went away and why she's back. (I haven't seen last night's episode yet, so maybe we already learned some of those.) Also, Lana and Lois never really interact at all. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Alasdair Wilkins.