“The Witch’s Familiar” had a tough act to follow after Doctor Who’s exciting Season 9 premiere “The Magician’s Apprentice.” Extending this opening story into two episodes gave us a riveting first episode with an epic feel, followed by a thoughtful yet fun second episode. “The Witch’s Familiar,” wasn’t as strong as the first episode because the conclusion to the story followed a more convoluted path than was necessary, but it was fun to watch Missy lead Clara by the nose and Davros feign regret. “The Witch’s Familiar” gave us two fascinating duos with Missy and Clara engaged in a comedic buddy story, while the Doctor and Davros have a philosophical discussion.
AMC has released new photos for Season 6 of The Walking Dead. Season 6 looks to bring even more conflict with humans and walkers alike. See a slideshow of AMC’s photos from Season 6 below. Also, if you haven’t been to AMC’s site to check out all their cool special features for The Walking Dead series, do it!
In Fear the Walking Dead’s penultimate episode, “Cobalt,” it’s become clear that the infected aren’t the only danger. We learn more about how the military plans to respond to the growing threat. In “Not Fade Away” Travis and Madison weren’t on the same page. Despite their increasing awareness of the danger they’re in during” Cobalt,” Travis and Madison’s worldviews remain quite disparate in “Cobalt.”
AMC has released a new trailer for Season 6 of The Walking Dead. In the new season clashes between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the people of Alexandria continue. Though Rick seems to have convinced Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) of the dangers they will need to face, not all of the community is on board with Rick’s approach. The presence of Morgan Jones (Lennie James) also brings a different perspective from the outside world.
In Season 11 of Supernatural, Sam and Dean Winchester will face what may be the greatest foe of all time—the Darkness. Most of what we know about the Darkness came from Death before he was dispatched by Dean:
“Before there was light, before there was God and the archangels, there wasn’t nothing. There was the Darkness: a horribly destructive, amoral force that was beaten back by God and his archangels in a terrible war. God locked the Darkness away where it could do no harm, and he created a Mark that would serve as both lock and key, which he entrusted to his most valued Lieutenant, Lucifer. But the Mark began to assert its own will, revealed itself as a curse, and began to corrupt. Lucifer became jealous of Man. God banished Lucifer to Hell. Lucifer passed the Mark to Cain, who passed the Mark to you, the proverbial finger in the dike.”
In the CW’s new trailer Season 11 Supernatural, “Out of the Darkness,” Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) are dealing with the consequences of removing the Mark of Cain. Now that the boys have unleashed the Darkness, they will reap what they have sown. Guilt is Sam and Dean’s favorite emotion, and they’ll have plenty of opportunity for it.
Fear the Walking Dead shows the calm before the storm in “Not Fade Away.” Even though everyone knows there’s a rampant infection, there are attempts at normalcy in their occupied safe zone. Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) starts a romance, Travis (Cliff Curtis) helps out around the neighborhood, Madison (Kim Dickens) fixes up the house, and Nick (Frank Dillane) goes back to his drug-seeking habits. Same old, same old. Of course, the cynical Daniel (Rubén Blades) isn’t the kind of man to lie to himself, but he has his injured wife Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) to care for, which limits his choices.
In the opening episode of Season 9, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” Doctor Who reminds us that though he is a fearsome and dangerous opponent, that best part of the Doctor is his compassion. He may not exactly be a man of peace, but he is man that, at his best, finds the good in others. In the prologue to Season 9, the Doctor says, “An enemy’s just a friend you don’t really know yet.” The Doctor has lost many friends and loved ones over the course of his long life, and at the same time he has battled some of his foes for more than a millennium. In “The Magician’s Apprentice” we learn that being a Time Lord makes for some very complex relationships.
Doctor Who Season 9 premieres tonight on BBC One and BBC America. Through earlier Doctor Who preview trailers we’ve been given a taste of what to expect in Season 9. We’re excited to see both old and new villains in the new series. Missy is also returning, and it will be interesting to see how much she is a villain and how much she is a friend to the Doctor. The Master has always been skilled at being both. Steven Moffat has whet our appetites with both a prologue to the season and a longer prequel called “The Doctor’s Meditation.” We might be getting a bit spoiled with all these fun Doctor Who extras.
The third episode of Fear the Walking Dead, “The Dog,” finds our blended family divided. Madison and her kids Nick and Alicia are hiding from the zombie neighbor in their East LA home. Travis, his ex-wife Liza, and their son Chris are waiting out the riot in downtown LA with the Salazar family: Daniel, Griselda, and daughter Ofelia. All of them are in terrible danger from those just outside their doors.