Spoiler-mania continues. The Star Trek novelization's back-cover copy gives away plot points. Plus there's new Watchmen action, and excellent Dragonball news. A Doctor Who writer explains the 2009 specials. Plus Lost, Dollhouse & Clone Wars!
TrekMovie posted the cover and official synopsis for the movie's novelization, by Alan Dean Foster:
One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness, and obscurity. The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt. In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution of the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world. Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities, must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.
So Romulus gets destroyed? Also, didn't realize Nero's ultimate goal was to wipe out all intelligent life - that's a tall order. Full cover image over at the link. [TrekMovie]
Here's the character profile of Ozymandias that aired during Ghost Hunters on Sci Fi, with some new glimpses of Adrian's fight scene against an assassin in his headquarters. [NBC]
So a French press book included a couple of new photos from the film, of Mai and Gohan. Plus the best news about this movie in ages — its runtime is just 89 minutes. [DB The Movie]
Co-writer Gareth Roberts confirms the second of the 2009 specials, the one with the crazy-looking robot and Lindsay Duncan, will air at Christmas 2009 — which is an awful long wait, if you ask me. And Roberts says the first special, Easter's "Planet Of The Dead," takes some inspiration from his work for Virgin's New Adventures novels, especially my personal favorite, The Highest Science. And some "imagery" from that novel turns up in the final product. Roberts also says "Planet Of The Dead" features a character who is a "loving portrait" of the show's fandom. [Den Of Geek]
We'll get more into the show's mythology in the April 3 installment, where we learn more about Echo's backstory and how she got lured into her current shady occupation. (And I think this is the one where she goes on campus, where she used to be a student — and if memory serves, she and her boyfriend were illegally protesting an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company, which turns out to have ties to the Dollhouse itself. But I could be on crack again.) [EW]
Here's a ton of promo pics from episode 5x09, "Namaste." [Doc Arzt]
Terry O'Quinn and producer Damon Lindelof talk to the L.A. Times about Locke, who seems more self-assured now that he's died and turned up on the island again. Locke will stick with the course he's chosen whether it turns out to be good or evil, says O'Quinn. And it's possible Locke will forgive Ben for strangling him, like he did for Ben shooting him in the past. At this point, Locke has "a pretty strong upper hand," O'Quinn says. We'll have to wait a few weeks before seeing him again. [L.A. Times via Doc Arzt]
A "main character" will become pregnant by the end of the season — but there's a twist. (I'm guessing it's a dude.) [EW]
The Legion will be back — in some form — in the season finale. And the last two episodes of the season will focus on a manhunt for Chloe and Doomsday. [EW]
The season's penultimate episode will be called "Injustice," and will probably feature Tess' gang of meteor freaks. But Lois isn't in the episode. [KryptonSite]
After we see Angela Petrelli's "Company Man"-style origin story (probably in that "1961" episode) we'll understand her in a way we haven't before, says Bryan Fuller. Also, there are three deaths coming before the end of the season, but one of them will be a fake-out. (Tracy will be one of the three, but could be the fake-out.) [EW]
Meanwhile, Katherine Boecher (Mad Men, Supernatural) will play a Russian sex worker named Alena, who gets involved with Matt Parkman and the Hunter. [OK Magazine]
Star Wars: Clone Wars:
Here's what happens in tomorrow night's episode:
The second in a three-part saga chronicling the liberation of a Separatist-held planet, "Innocents of Ryloth" looks at the civilians caught in the crossfire of the sweeping galactic conflict. When Obi-Wan Kenobi and his clones are sent to the surface to sabotage a powerful Separatist weapon, they encounter heavy resistance from the droid army – but they also come face to face with the humanity of those that they are sent to protect. Seeing the "human" side of the occupation helps to give the clones a new perspective on the war.
And here's an image of Obi-Wan meeting a Twi'lek orphan. [Lucasfilm]
Additional reporting by Alasdair Wilkins.