We've waited years to see an actual still from James Cameron's Avatar... and now there's an incredibly blurry one. Plus Star Trek plot twists and Michael Bay's Transformers exegesis. Also, Dollhouse, Lost and Fringe spoilers.
Some more details from a couple of reviews. The film starts with the U.S.S. Kelvin minding its own business, when a bizarre Romulan mining ship bursts from a singularity and attacks. George Kirk steps up and serves as captain for half an hour, supervising the evacuation of as much of the crew as possible and sacrificing his own life in the process. George lives just long enough to help name his newborn son, then steers the Kelvin into the Romulan ship in a last-ditch maneuver.
Then we cut directly to Spock as a young adult, struggling with his Vulcan and human heritage, and from there to young Kirk rebelling. And then we cut to Zachary Quinto as Spock. Oh, and we're never told that the ship we see being built in Iowa is the Enterprise, it's just a starship that James Kirk stares at.
James Kirk's visit, and Spock's input, prompt Scotty to restart his abandoned teleportation research, which proves key to defeating the evil Romulan Nero later on. As for Nero, he doesn't speechify, he just issues curt statements and then attacks.
Oh, and there's another German TV spot. Achtung!
The Time Magazine writer who saw 15 minutes of James Cameron's film described them a bit more. Sam Worthington runs around with a hot alien chick, and he's attacked by jaguar-like creatures, and then gets sprinkled by spritelike creatures that sprinkle down, like snowflakes. You feel like feathery things are landing on your arm. And watching this movie is like doing drugs. [New York Times]
And the new Empire Magazine has some more set pics, which are basically just James Cameron and a lot of greenscreen. But you can glimpse a tiny amount of detail on one monitor, and it's like a really minute dose of drugs. [MarketSaw via IESB]
Megatron is still a badass villain, but the Fallen is like the puppeteer who's pulling Megatron's strings from a higher level, say co-writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. [IGN]
And let director Michael Bay explain how this new movie is different. [TV Guide]
Fran Krantz (Topher) believes the L.A. Dollhouse is the nicest, and is the original Dollhouse. All the other ones are copies, and Adelle and Topher helped to pioneer the Dollhouse's systems.
Topher is as much a part of creating these things as Adele and the Rossum Corp. Once you write this technology down, the next guy can go do it, but Topher's the innovative guy behind all this-or at least the technician who can crank the wheels.
Here's what happens in the season finale, according to the press release: Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task. [SpoilersLost]
And here's the UK description for this Wednesday's episode:
In Lost's 100th episode, Daniel's return to the island threatens to bring the castaways' lies to the Dharma Initiative into the open, causing a split in their ranks with violent repercussions for some of the gang. More will be revealed about Daniel's past, including how he came to learn that Desmond would be his 'constant' and quite how 'the variable' will affect the mysterious hatch where the Losties first found Desmond. There will also be revelations about Daniel's mother, Eloise Hawking, and her relationship to Charles Widmore will come under the spotlight.
Some rumors about Wednesday's episode: When Daniel's on the submarine, something starts to happen to him. And Widmore tells Daniel he'll have the opportunity to research the properties of a special place. We'll see young Charlotte, plus a younger Penny. And there are a couple of scenes at the end, with Jack and Kate talking about defecting to the Others. [SpoilersLost]
Olivia's powers go beyond just starting fires — the fire we saw her starting in the last episode was more of a consequence of her powers than the powers themselves, according to Anna Torv and producer Jeff Pinkner. Also, Olivia's scene with Leonard Nimoy is calm and gentle, but with an undertone of menace. And where she meets him is "the cooler question," says Torv.
Also, the season finale will confirm Peter was not part of the Cortexiphan experiments. Also, the final scene of the finale shows something that happens around Peter, that he's not even aware of, but which changes our view of him drastically. And we'll be asking questions like "Is he Peter? Is there only one Peter?" We'll see Walter have a manic attack in two final scenes, alone with Peter, and it's quite scary and powerful. [Sci Fi Wire]
Peter and Olivia will get together, insists producer Jeff Pinkner. It'll probably just happen at a glacial pace. [Zap2It]
What happens in the season finale, "There's More Than One Of Everything"? Check out the announcement:
Setting the stage for the dramatic and revealing first season finale are a sudden and unexpected attack on someone with close ties to Fringe Division, the return of bioterrorist David Robert Jones (guest star Jared Harris) and the inexplicable disappearance of Walter. Find out more about the mysterious events surrounding our trio when questions are answered, observations made, loyalties are tested and the elusive William Bell (guest star Nimoy) is finally introduced.
Don't expect tonight's season finale to be too focused on Morgan, since he's gone from the Buy More and it doesn't really take place there anyway, warns Joshua Gomez. [TV Guide]
Here's the official description for the season finale, "Lucifer Rising":
THE BATTLE BEWTEEN HEAVEN AND HELL BEGINS - The apocalypse is coming, and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) prepare for the fight in very different ways. Sam joins Ruby (Genevieve Cortese) on a final run to kill Lilith (guest star Katherine Boecher), while Castiel (Misha Collins) and Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) tell Dean it's time to play his part in stopping Lucifer.
Ali Larter did an interview on Jimmy Fallon where she revealed some stuff. In particular, Tracy Strauss will definitely be in tonight's episode, and she'll be caught up with metaphors involving not just ice, but also steam and water. (So it sounds like she's getting broader water powers.) And we'll get lots of hints about her storyline next year. [The ODI]
Heroes volume five will involve the characters going back to their season-one lifestyles. But there's a mysterious set of deaths... or could they be murders? [TV Guide]
Will there be drama in the season finale? There will!
CLARK AND DOOMSDAY FACE OFF - Oliver (Justin Hartley) tells Clark (Tom Welling) he must kill Davis (Sam Witwer), as Doomsday is a serious threat and must be stopped at all costs. However, Clark struggles with taking a human life, so the Green Arrow and his team decide to take matters into their own hands. Lois (Erica Durance) takes on Tess (Cassidy Freeman), but the fight takes a shocking turn. Meanwhile, Chloe (Allison Mack) gets caught in the middle of Oliver and Clark's battle over killing Davis.
Episode 12 is called "Faith." And there's a two-parter written by Brad Wright, in the second half of the season, called "Darkness" and "Light." [Gateworld]
Additional reporting by Alasdair Wilkins.