Did the cameos in Russell T. Davies' Doctor Who swansong finally go too far? You decide! Also, tons of Star Trek details, a Transformers synopsis, and Flash Forward dirt. Plus Lost, Supernatural and Smallville clips.
Can you believe there are still spoilers for this movie? There are. Spock's decision to ditch the Vulcan Science Academy for Starfleet is clinched by a low-grade insult from a Vulcan superior. Nero is a Romulan everyman "tasked with the job of wreaking vengeance for his race." When he drastically alters Kirk's timeline, he's actually hunting for Spock — but he seals his own fate in the process. [Trek Movie]
When a bully taunts Kid Spock, Spock kicks the shit out of the little Vulcan bastard. [Creative Loafing]
There's a scene where Spock apologizes to his mom (Winona Ryder) for negating his human side, and asks that she not take it as an insult. [Trek Movie]
Litblogger Ed Champion takes issue with some of the film's science, including the sequence where three guys in spacesuits enter a planet's atmosphere without burning up, then two of them land safely on a drilling platform thousands of feet above the planet's surface, and manage to duke it out with Romulans while remaining standing on the platform. People also hang around near black holes, with no apparent ill effects.
Chekov, at one point, has to run down several decks to get to a transporter room to beam two people aboard. Kirk, not McCoy, comments on Spock's green-blooded ancestry in an obnoxious way. Uhura intercepts a vital transmission — but Kirk uses the information to advance up the chain of command, without giving Uhura credit.
Also, Champion reveals that Captain Pike doesn't actually die — he gets chewed up by a Centurion worm, and is stuck in a wheelchair, so he gets booted upstairs to become an Admiral. (Possibly this is a reward for helping to save everyone's butts, rather than a punishment?) [EdRants]
Here's a new description of the film that may actually be the official synopsis:
When the story begins, the Autobots and the military have been waging a secret war against the Decpticons. As more of the giant robots continue to resurface, though, it becomes apparent the Transformers have been part of Earth's history for longer than they'd led mankind to believe. One group of bureaucrats even womders if the Decepticons are only appearing because of the Autobot presence. Desperate not to leave Earth undefended, Optimus Prime turns to Sam and asks him to become a human advocate, someone who will convince mankind that the Autobots should be allowed to stay. Sam refuses to believe he can help, though, wanting to go to college and live a normal life - as normal as possible with the strange thoughts and visions that have haunted him since being exposed to the All Spark's primal energies two years earlier. Alas, Sam's refusal will have harsh consequences for himself, the Autobots and possibly the entire world. The Decepticons fallen leader, Megatron has been resurrected and brings with him an ancient evil from the Transformers own history.
Toy spoilers! But somewhat decent ones this time. If you're like me, you've been saying to yourself, "An ice cream truck? Really?" for a year now. And here are high quality pics of that ice-cream truck, plus the girl motorcycle, Arcee, and Ravage, from the Walmart site. [Transformers Movie Chronicles]
Sam Worthington describes one of his fight scenes in the movie:
The fights, I didn't want it to be...when you get a machine versus a machine I didn't want it to be just all hands and fists. I wanted it to be like you see them in the alleyway with them banging each other against the walls and things like that. You've got a lot of metal girders there, so there's a lot of girders getting smashed. And then once he kind of pummels the hell out of me, he goes after Connor [played by Christian Bale] of course.
Also, his character has a few little tattoos marking him as a product of Serena's lab, including one on his right ear. [About]
So the final Russell T. Davies episodes already feature Captain Jack, Donna, Wilf, Sarah Jane, Luke and (maybe) the Master, but there's more. An anonymous tipster says David Tennant is rushing back to London to shoot just one scene with Billie Piper, in a very public location. And this scene involves "Rose Smith" and "The Other Doctor." In other words, it's Rose and her human version of Tennant's Doctor — and maybe they're married? Fans speculate that the "other" Doctor can feel when the real Doctor regenerates, even from another universe. And rumor has it, Tennant's Doctor is alone in the TARDIS when he transforms. Chances are this scene is from the end of the final episode, since it's scene 163. (Sarah Jane's cameo was scene 153, and the bookstore scene was scene 155.) [Life The Universe & Combom and Planet Gallifrey]
John "Sulu" Cho explains his arc at the start of this series:
Joseph Fiennes and I are FBI agents. I'm trying to think about what I can tell and can't tell, but in the pilot we are chasing would-be terrorists, and there is an event where everybody in the world blacks out [for two minutes and 17 seconds], and everyone simultaneously experiences a vision of their own personal future. So the series is concerned with figuring out how it happened and what it means.
His character is about to get married, and has a lot of "life questions" in the wake of this occurence. [Sci Fi Wire]
We really really will get more backstory on Astrid in season two, promises Jasika Nicole. The writers have been working extra hard on developing her backstory, and waiting until it was totally perfect before presenting it to you, the public. Also, she says that everybody looks for Walter after he goes missing in the season finale — but it's more about who finds him, and also about who helps him escape from the lab. As for Astrid, she just stays in the lab, in case he comes back. [Sci Fi Wire]
In the scene where we meet William Bell, Olivia comes into a strange place and asks where she is, and who this guy is. Then Bell starts to explain, says Leonard Nimoy. [Trek Movie]
Want to know who's dying in the season finale? This sneak peek at the trailer includes a massive hint. (The embed code was not working for me at all, so you'll have to click over there to see it. Sorry.) [EW]
Additional reporting by Alasdair Wilkins.