Today's spoilers include detailed descriptions of some Bruce Willis/Surrogates action footage. New clips from Dollhouse, Supernatural and Warehouse 13. Another comics transplant on Smallville. Plus Gamer, 9, 2012, Doctor Who, Lost, Fringe, FlashForward, True Blood, Stargate Universe and Chuck spoilers!
Director Jonathan Mostow showed off some footage from the movie. The opening credits show the evolution of Surrogate technology, mixing real-life news footage with fictionalized stuff in a montage of robotic development throughout history.
And then there's a scene where Bruce Willis in his robot body chasing a suspect — but he chases the suspect into a Reservation for non-Surrogatists. Some people refuse to use Surrogates, so they have special zones where the robot bodies are forbidden. Bruce almost catches up with the suspect, even though he loses a couple limbs in the chase, but just as he's about to get his man, one of the Reservation residents shoots his robot body with a shotgun, bringing him down. Bruce wakes up in his human body again, and has to leave the house for the first time in years.
In another scene, Willis, in his human body, comes home to find his wife hosting a party as her Surrogate self, and all the guests are also robotic Surrogates. The human-controlled robots are giving each other electric shocks — like a kind of drug use, sort of — and Willis gets pissed. He tries to get his wife to come talk to him alone, in their human bodies. She refuses, so he gets so angry, he smashes one of her guest's faces, revealing the robot parts underneath.
And later in the movie, there's a scene where the military has to go into one of the Surrogate-free Reservations to collect some crucial device — and the army has to go in in their real human bodies. The Reservation is led by a spiritual leader, The Prophet, played by Ving Rhames, and the residents grow their own food and stuff. [Coming Soon]
Elijah Wood explains his character, the ragdoll known only as 9:
He comes into the world late. So 1 has already established a kind of rule over the other characters, largely due to fear, staying away from the machines, not getting any answers and living cloistered in a tower. I love the fact that 9 comes into that world sort of naively but sort of wisely, and sees that that's not necessarily the way for them to live, and they're actually putting themselves in greater harm. If they simply asked the greater questions to find out who they are and what they are, they can get at what's ultimately keeping them cloistered away.
Three new posters show different famous landmarks being destroyed by boredom. I mean nature. [Yahoo! Movies]
So we may have mentioned that in addition to the killer video game Slayers, there's also a sexy Second Life-esque game called Society, in which living people serve as your avatars. And apparently there's a Running Man shout-out at one point, where one of the people in Society wears one of Arnie's costumes from the earlier movie. [AMC]
When we see Victor next, his face will have been repaired from Alpha's slash attack. [E! Online]
The bit where Echo marries the visiting businessman played by Jamie Bamber leads to a fight scene so intense, Eliza Dushku cried real tears. There are "beaucoup bumps and bruises" this season, she says, and generally the new season is darker and rougher, and the show has fully hit its stride. Knowing the dark places that the characters go to in the horrendous future gives people a confidence to play with their characters more, she explains. Also, Echo beats up bad guys using a private jet as a weapon. And she handles actual babies in another scene. Tahmoh Penikett says he just read the script for episode four, and it's the darkest thing Joss Whedon has ever done. [TV Guide Magazine and TV Guide Magazine]
A sneak peek at the new season shows us an awkward, horrible moment between Echo and Whiskey/Claire.
And here's a new promo photo. [SpoilerTV]
The amazing Alun.Vega uploaded some better quality versions of the audio files he got from the recent location filming. I have to say, this new thing of getting to hear snippets of dialogue is a mixed blessing — some of the acting probably sounds way more over the top than it will in context. Here's one of the audio files, and the rest are at the link. [Alun_Vega on Flickr]
Not only will Ellen Harvelle be back in one episode, but so will her daughter Jo. And the appearance of 70-year-old Dean is being described as a "flash-forward," although that may just be speculation. [E! Online]
A new sneak peek from season five went up on itunes for U.S. audiences only, and here's a somewhat scrungy copy:
A new casting call for episode 6x03:
[MELKY] Male, 30s to 40s, any ethnicity. Dangerous looking guy that can be surprisingly calm. Runs a seedy chop shop and not someone to be messed with; has handled many dicey situations and is not thrown by anything...NICE CO-STAR
[JENNY] Female, early 30s, any ethnicity. Yuppie, sweet, happy and well off. Never had any problems until she receives heart-breaking news that tears her world apart. While dealing with her personal crisis, she then has to deliver bad news to someone else knowing it will hurt them, too...CO-STAR
[RUSSELL] Male, late 20s to early 40s, any ethnicity. Tough guy who takes no gruff from anyone. Executes orders efficiently but has a nice, compassionate streak that surfaces from time to time...CO-STAR
A source tells io9 that after you see tonight's episode, you won't ever expect to see Joe Morton's character appear on the show again. And also, Alison Scagliotti gives an absolutely "magnetic" performance.
Meanwhile, here's a new clip from tonight's episode:
Here's a new promo...
A new casting notice for 1x07 seeks an attorney who delivers bad news about a legal case over the phone, but doesn't appear in person. [SpoilerTV]
So remember how we mentioned Ollie would be getting a new sidekick? Apparently it is Speedy — but she's based on the latest version in the comics, Mia Dearden. She's even HIV-positive like her comics counterpart. (Ah, Judd Winick.) She has a "sordid past" and encounters Ollie in some shady places, but she has great martial-arts skills, so Ollie steps up to train her. She dons the red-and-yellow comics costume in episode six. When we meet the JSA, its members will include Hawkman, Spectre, Doctor Fate and the Atom. And Perry White may finally be joining the Daily Planet. [TV Guide Magazine]
So Maryann is planning to marry the god Dionysus whom she's conjured up, or something silly like that, with Sookie as a bridesmaid. And Sam turns to an unlikely ally to save the day. [E! Online]
In case it wasn't clear, Col Telford (Lou Diamond Philips) was supposed to lead the expedition to explore the ninth address, but instead he wound up stuck back on Earth while the unqualified people go off to explore. So he's desperate to get on board the Destiny as well as getting those people home. But he can only visit the Destiny by exchanging his consciousness with other people's. One of the people whose bodies he inhabits most is Everett Young, which leads to a love triangle between Telford, Young, and Young's wife. [Sci Fi Wire]
When the new season picks up, it's right after the end of the previous season, so Chuck is still new to his abilities. And Morgan is in Hawaii working on becoming a hibachi chef, so the Buy More is firmly in the grip of Emmett, and things aren't going that well without Morgan and Chuck. [Sci Fi Wire]
Jeffster will definitely perform again in season three. And maybe they'll do more of an 80s hair metal thing. [E! Online]
And director Jeremiah Chechik twittered some pics from the set of episode 3x03. [ChuckTV]
Additional reporting by Alexis Brown.