SciFi Friday: Deaths, Spoilers, And It’s Very Stressful Being an Other

There’s some major spoilers here in case anyone is behind with their television watching, especially with regards to Jericho. The show is increasingly becoming a conflict between the people of Jericho and the Cheyenne government. We find that Jennings & Rall (think Halliburton) was involved in the nuclear attacks, setting themselves up for future success. The first battle of the rebellion against Cheyenne took place with Bonnie getting killed, but not before she did shot several of Goetz’s people. The final three episodes should be interesting.

Another female lead might also have been killed on another show. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles wrapped up the season with a cliff hanger in which Cameron is in an exploding car. I can’t get too worried about her fate. If she isn’t successful in rebuilding herself after the explosion, another cyborg of the same model could be sent back in time to replace her. I’d be far more worried about the fate of Kyle Reese, now that we’ve seen him as a child if Skynet should ever find out who John’s father is.

Lost returns to flash backs as opposed to the recent flash forwards. The episode is officially about Juliet, but in many ways provides more information about Ben. Just when we thought he was as creepy a guy as possible, he out does himself in taking Juliet to see Goodwin’s impaled body. The best line of the night had to be when Juliet explained why she was seeing a therapist by explaining, “It’s very stressful being an Other, Jack.”

We also learn why some of the people from the freighter have gas masks, and fortunately it turns out that Ben was misleading everyone else about their plans.  Next week we will learn who Ben’s spy on the freighter is, and it is made clear that we know who it is. The most likely candidate is Michael, but I wouldn’t rule out Walt considering how time is different on the island compared to the outside world.

Recently the actors had the opportunity to ask the producers some questions and some minor spoilers were revealed.  The season will end by revealing the deal the Oceanic Six makes to get off the island, and we will also discover the identity of the person in the coffin at the end of last season.

There are a number of rumors floating around regarding Doctor Who and Torchwood. Rumor has it that if David Tennant leaves after next season, The Doctor will regenerate into Robert Carlyle of The Fully Monty. 

I really hope this rumor regarding Torchwood is not true. They’ve been trying to make the show more “family friendly” with the move to BBC-2 this season. The rumor is that they are going to make it even more family friendly for season three and write out regular cast members including John Barrowman, Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori. Eve Myles would return as Gwen and Freyma Angeman would return to Torchwood as Martha Jones.

There’s also a minor spoiler about Heroes. Eriko Tamura, who played  Hiro’s 16th-century love interest, is going to be brought to the present for next season. The plans were delayed by the strike.

24 was also delayed by the strike, with the entire season postponed until next year. Due to the long gap there are now plans for a two hour television movie to air next fall to bridge the two year gap between seasons six and seven.

There is another movie being rumored. The owner of the strip club which was used to film the scenes at Bada Bing on The Sopranos  says he is holding off renovations on the club after getting a tip that there might be a Sopranos movie. HBO denies this, and we don’t even know if Tony remained alive after the finale.

And, finally, Ausiello has a guess as to who ultimately becomes the mother on How I Met Your Mother. He reports that Alicia Silverstone has been cast in a multi-episode arc, playing a doctor who dates Ted. The show has not officially been renewed for next season, and the produces have promised that we will see Ted’s eventual wife before the series ends. He speculates that Silverstone will be identified as his future wife, keeping the promise to show her before the series ends should it not be renewed. Knowing Ted, I wouldn’t be surprised if he dates Silverstone, breaks up, and then meets his eventual wife at the time of the break up. 

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    Christopher says:

    How could they write out John Barrowman?

    He is the heart and soul of Torchwood. Oh well, if they do, I predict they will lose their audience. I know I won’t watch it again if Barrowman were to go.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    At least we know they would write him out but they can’t kill him off. The article, which is purely rumor, does state that there could still be some appearances from him, but that still wouldn’t be the same.

    If they want a family friendly show as they think such a show could make more money, they would be smarter to make a Torchwood spin off, even if it means taking Gwen away from Torchwood. They could put the spin off on BBC-1 or BBC-2 and move Torchwood back to BBC-3 if necessary and make it more adult oriented per the original idea.

    Incidentally, the three part arc with Martha Jones is kept tame as they were concerned with young Doctor Who fans watching. The first episode after she is gone (aired on BBC-2 on Wednesday and still to come on BBC America) does have more obvious references to Jack’s sexual preferences. The episode also has some alien sex which complicates Gwen’s wedding (which is shown in the episode).

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    Christopher says:

    Ron,

    How do you get this stuff before it airs?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I use my TARDIS to go to the UK to watch. If you can’t do that, here’s an alternative:

    Download using bit torrent.

    You need a program which will download material in bit torrent form, and you need to search out a torrent for any individual show you want. There are many sites which have torrents available. For example:

    http://isohunt.com/torrents/?ihq=torchwood

    The actual program is available here:

    http://www.bittorrent.com/

    You also need to be able to play video in DivX format for most downloads. A handful of DVD players will do so, but most watch these on their computer. One player which handles this is:

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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    Jody says:

    Hey Ron. Just discovered your weekly wrap-up by searching for gay and SciFi topics on the web. I was wondering if you’d heard about the site I run, doorQ.com? It’s a portal for gay fans of SciFi, Fantasy and Horror?

    People have been grumbling over there about the possible Torchwood changes too.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I think messing with Torchwood would be a big mistake. All the characters play an important role, and Jack is certainly the heart and sole as Christopher mentioned above.

    I could see that gay fans would be even more upset that I am over the rumored changes. From my perspective, Jack being gay is just one aspect of a long list of characteristics which make him a unique lead, but I can certainly see where gay SF fans would especially like him. Offhand I can’t think of any series which portray a gay character in such a heroic role.

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