One of your favorite Stargate characters may never be the same after the direct-to-DVD Stargate: Continuum movie — and it's a pretty dark plot twist that closely mirrors a recent event on Battlestar Galactica. And speaking of BSG, there's a spoilery new video. Other spoilers this morning include some facts — and our craziest rumors yet — about the British time travel soap-comedy Doctor Who. We've also gotten hold of five pages from an upcoming episode of the spy-computer-in-a-nerd's-head show Chuck... and our dweeby hero Chuck is discovering his seductive side. Seriously! Also, there are new images and details from the animated Batman: Gotham Knight DVD. It's time to spoil your television, people!
Here's the Canadian preview for the next Battlestar Galactica episode "Sine Qua Non," which airs a week from tonight. It shows more of the power struggle in the wake of President Roslin's disappearance, plus the confrontation between Adama and Tigh (apparently over Tigh's relations with the imprisoned Caprica Six.)
Meanwhile, Aaron Douglas (who plays Chief Tyrol) read the last few BSG scripts and it was so intense, he was all teary and had a hard time getting back to filming. So, maybe not a totally smooth ride at the end, then. [Galactica Sitrep]
SpoilerTV posted five pages from the script to episode two of the second season of Chuck, that show about the nerdy guy who gets the CIA/NSA intelligence databases downloaded into his brain. In one scene, Chuck and his spy friends Casey and Sarah find some older guy, Roan Montgomery, passed out drunk under a bed, and then a flight attendant comes out of the bathroom. (I'm guessing maybe Roan Montgomery is the older spy who has to train Chuck?)
And then Chuck has to seduce a woman named Sasha, with the help of Sarah and that Roan guy talking into his earpiece. (It's just like that Steve Martin-does-Cyrano movie Roxanne.) At first, Chuck gets shot down and some cool guy cuts in. But then later, Chuck does smooth talk about piano players. Later, Chuck is climbing on a balcony, and a woman thinks he's a peeping tom and steps on his hand. He falls, but lands on a mattress.
Plus Chuck has gotten hold of this episode's McGuffin, something called the Cipher. But will he rescue Casey and Sarah, who have been captured, or will he turn the Cipher in to some guy named Beckman? Because the Cipher is the key to Chuck's freedom (maybe his freedom from having the intelligence databases in his head?). But instead, Chuck sends a messenger with a phone to tell Sasha (who's a bad guy) that he'll turn over the Cipher, but on his terms — and Sasha has to bring "the hostages" (meaning Casey and Sarah.) [SpoilerTV]
Want to read some more completely unfounded rumors about the end of the current season of the BBC's time-travel saga Doctor Who? Well, too bad, here they are: returning companion Rose dies at the end of season four, and the Doctor and Jack are both devastated. Or wait, Rose doesn't die, but she and her family (plus Mickey) are sent back to their alternate universe again. Or wait, Rose never actually leaves the alternate universe — she can only appear in "our" universe as an intangible ghost.
Or wait, the Doctor does something at the end of season four which causes weird "ripples" in time and space. And these ripples affect both "our" universe and the alternate universe that Rose got trapped in. So spin-off show Torchwood will deal with their effects as well. And the special one-off episodes that air in 2009 will deal with Rose searching for the Doctor, so they can rescue both universes from the effects of his "ripples." And the 2009 specials will have an overarching theme of "Rose Tyler, Defender of the Earth." Or wait... [BBC America forums]
Oh, and here's a synopsis of part two of the Steven Moffat space library two-parter that starts airing in a week or so:
As the shadows rise and march, the Doctor forges an alliance with the mysterious River Song, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. But can anyone stop the Vashta Nerada? While the Doctor discovers long-buried secrets and revelations about his own future, the sinister Nodes declare that Donna is doomed.Rumor has it, there's a book in the library that tells all the Doctor's exploits, including his own future. Also, if you adjust your computer's internal clock to a date a few days from now, and go to the BBC's Doctor Who site at midnight, you get to see this image for a split second:
SOMG Rose! [ TheDoctorWhoSite]
Also, a sequence in the season finale will feature stock footage of fireworks in Red Square, as part of a "celebrations around the globe" montage. [Doctor Who Forum]
That whole leg-amputation thing that happened to Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica was so cool, now everybody wants to do it. The direct-to-DVD movie Stargate: Continuum includes a sequence where Daniel Jackson gets frostbite, and his leg has to be amputated. (But he probably doesn't serenade his stump. Or does he?)
Continuum's script calls for Jackson to be on a wrecked ship in the Arctic along with Col. Cameron Mitchell and Col. Samantha Carter — but actor Michael Shanks, who plays Jackson, couldn't make it to the location filming in the Arctic. So producers needed a reason why Jackson would be there for the scenes on the boat, but not go outside into the exterior scenes. And they hit on the amputation idea.
But Continuum is an alternate-timeline story, so the amputation may not be permanent. And something incredibly harsh also happens to O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), which may not be permanent either. [Sci Fi Wire]
Batman: Gotham Knight:
The direct-to-DVD animated Batman anthology, Gotham Knight, includes a segment written by former Bat-writer Greg Rucka, which deals with detective Crispus Allen's distrust of the then-new Batman. Cool moments include Batman coming through the flaming wreckage of a car and looking not-quite-human. And also Batman's shadow, projected by flames onto the dusted glass of the police squad room. And here are some new pics.