31 December 2011

The Year That Was 2011

As the files are being backed up to the Time Machine, I would like to take this opportunity to look back on a year of memorable moments that were blog-worthy for The Impala's Trunk, as well as to set sights on the horizon.

January 2011

The best New Years gift for Supernatural fans in Australia was announcement of the return of series (Smallville along with it) on the new digital channel, Eleven. Every man and his dog knew about the lack of support and promotion from the local TV network in Australia, and both shows were off air for awhile. You can't blame us for watching the shows we love so much via other channels. TV networks should distribute shows where fans choose watch it and when to watch it, right? Since the return of both shows, Eleven had been very supportive and committed, and fans are never shy in letting them know we appreciate them via Twitter.

PS: As I was composing this blog post, I saw an ad on Eleven promoting the return of Supernatural for January 9, 2012. Woot! Woot!

In January, I was also getting extremely excited about Creation Entertainment's Salute to Supernatural Convention in LA (also known as LACon) in February. Tinny and I were organising the final details for our trip. We were getting so close, I could smell Misha's cologne and I couldn't get the 'OMG-I-am-going-to-hug-Jensen-Ackles' smile off my face.

February 2011

This was the BEST month of my tiny little life. I was off to LA and New York. I was off to see Jensen & co, in LA! I haven't been able to shut up about it -- I touched Jensen Ackles!!

February 12-14 was the BEST weekend of my life. The experience was unbelievable, not only the cast was awesome, the organisers and the fans were a fantastic group of people. I also had the opportunity to meet new friends, who are some of the nicest people I've known in my life. Thank you once again for making my life brighter. I felt like my life was not the same ever since I came back, it was liberating! I embraced a new perspective and I intent to live a life that is fun and productive. Easy say than done.. I'm working on it!

My iPhone was Jensenated -- it was signed by Jensen, he laughed when I gave him my iPhone. My iPhone 3G has been officially inducted to the Tiny Hall of Fame. Thanks to Tinny for being so supportive and resourceful in finding the right box for it. By the way, it was also her idea to get the iPhone signed by Jensen.

The stage banner was the biggest pain in the ass, but in a good way. (Oh wait...that didn't come out right!) The banner was signed by all guests. That's 100 kinds of awesomes. I just need to find a place to hang it.

February 1 also marked the 2nd anniversary of The Impala's Trunk. As the 3rd anniversary approaching, perhaps I can bake a cake to celebrate.

March 2011

'Jensen Ackles' was the number one trending topic on Twitter on March 1 for a few good hours. It was his birthday in case you didn't realise. I remember I was about to go to bed and then it just happened. Supernatural fans are the best, if you don't know that already.

On the technology front, the iPad 2 was launched. I swear I couldn't wait to buy an iPad back in November 2010, I needed it for work and I needed it for the US trip. It was definitely one of the best purchases. Looks like my next iPad will be iPad 3 or 4. I still love my iPad 1 though.. It must be Jensenated before it retires.

April 2011

April is usually one of the most stressful months in my life, but no matter.. good things do happen. Supernatural season seven was given the green light in April. Not that we weren't expecting it to happen. In April, Supernatural, Jensen and Misha were named TV Guide Fan Favourites in the Sci-Fi Show, Actor, Non-Human categories respectively. Sorry Jared, you shall win Fan Favourite Hair next time.

In April, Smallville's Tom Welling and Erica Durance were on the cover of TV Guide. It was a perfect send-off for the show… I was totally ready to see the finale, in a good way of course. Who wouldn't want to see Clark finally take flight in man-in-tights...right?

As for the theatre, Thor took me by surprise in every sense of the word. It was probably one of the most enjoyable films in 2011. I hope Thor II will be as good!

May 2011

May 23 marked one year of anniversary of the Lost series finale and May 24 for the 24 series finale. Since both shows ended, I have been hoping to find some new shows to follow. With Smallville on its way out, I seriously need to find more shows to watch and to blog about.

After ten epic seasons of a show about the boy who was destined to be Superman, Smallville finally drew its curtains. The series finale was one of the best I've seen on TV. It was the perfect way to end the series. Fans should be happy to see such epic ending, I certainly was.

A few years ago, when I first started watching Smallville, I didn't think I'd like it at all, I didn't think I'd become a fan, I certainly didn't think I'd be so emotionally attached to it. It was such a great show. Tom Welling and Erica Durance are the Superman and Lois Lane of this generation.

My thoughts on the series finale and in general can be found here.

June 2011

June was relatively quiet. My sister and I went to Supernova, the pop culture convention in Sydney, it was not a total waste of time. My sister hasn't been to one of these before, so to help her avoiding a 'pop-cultural shock', I told her not to stare at people and freak or laugh. This event gives fans the opportunity to come out once a year to go nuts and be their own version of Spiderman, Superman, Batman, IronMan and Sailor Moon! Let them!

After Supernova, I realised I've seen seven Joss Whedon cast members in real life (including Joss himself) without even try. I am a nerd…without knowing it.

In June, fans welcome Jared (@jarpad) to Twitter. Finally! I think it's a good think and we know this was legit because he did during Nashcon. There are SO many fakers and haters out there. It's good to see Jared put his own stamp on his tweeting. He is awesome!

PS, Jensen is NOT on Twitter nor Facebook. Don't be fooled by those who claim they are Jensen.

JK Rowling also announced Pottermore, an online permanent home for all the Harry Potter contents including ebooks, audiobooks, and a lot of interactive goodies for fans.

July 2011

A lot happened in July, but noticeably the cast and producers of Supernatural were given an epic welcome to Hall H of ComicCon. Hall H was the biggest room at the San Diego Convention Centre, it has the capacity of up to 6,500 seats.

Jensen and Jared are now very confident on a live stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, they were a bit shy and not too lively in their first appearance on a stage like this a few years ago. If you've been to a Supernatural con, you'd experience the chemistry and energy, it's priceless. I got the same vibe from watching the clips from ComicCon. Like other panels could get a bit awkward, simply because the actors weren't expecting the scale and the madness from fans, but Supernatural and SG1 were probably one of the best and most fun.

2011 was also the year I declare my love for Ben Edlund and Jeremy Carver -- two of my favourite TV writers. Just throwing it out there again. They are my heroes. They inspire me to think and write creatively. Jeremy Carver was also the reason I got into Being Human (US). Being one of those who haven't seen the original UK version, I am really enjoying the show. I think he and Anna Fricke are doing a great job as the show runners and writers.

Speaking of my favourite writers, Eric Kripke was reported to be working on a movie Haunted. I haven't had much luck in finding out more information on this. I hope this is a go! I am dying to see more stuff from him!

Three movies that left me a great impression were Thor, Captain America and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallow II. Captain America premiered in July, this also was one of the best films in 2011. You know you can't shut me up, I still think Jensen Ackles should have been the Capt, Chris Evans was good, but Jensen was still the fan's choice. When I was watching the movie, I couldn't help thinking what would Jensen look like in those tights?

Fans also said good bye to Harry Potter in July. I haven't watched a movie where I cried from the beginning to the end. It was exhausting! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part II was no doubt the best Harry Potter film since The Goblet of Fire in my opinion. JK Rowling is certainly one of the best writers, and the Harry Potter series will remind as one of the best, if not the best, book series I've read.

August 2011

Let the ducks swamp the Supernatural productive office… I too contributed to the DuckNation initiative. It was probably one of the craziest things I've done -- hunting for rubber ducks and Legos! Seriously! But I had so much fun… and I still have plenty of leftover Legos.

There wasn't a year went by without a couple of epic Supernatural rewatches. In August, we had the longest Supernatural rewatch ever on Twitter. We watched a total of six episodes, they were hand-picked by Jensen as some of his favourites according to the Official Supernatural Magazine.

I've previously watched Wicked the Musical three times in Sydney and Melbourne, but this was the one time I was dying to watch the show. In August, I flew to Perth to watch Wicked for the 4th time. I was so looking forward to it, I knew all the lyrics of my favourite songs. Defying Gravity and For Good were the most anticipated songs. The show and cast did not disappoint. I swear when I go to New York in 2012, I'll watch it again on Broadway! Still wishing to see Idina Menzel on stage though.

September 2011

Supernatural season seven premiered in September with Meet the New Boss. Cas's fans were concerned about the fate of the character. No worries, SPOILER ALERT, he is due to return in 2012.

It was reported that JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke were working on a new TV pilot together for NBC -- Revolution. Man! I really want to see this already!

In September, I also encountered some technology set backs -- Virgin Mobile sucks. They couldn't accommodate the Lion upgrade and their call centre was impotent. It was an epic fail that they didn't act quickly to respond to change. So backward! I eventually decided to leave Virgin Mobile after four years as a customer.

October 2011

Steve Jobs passed away on October 6th 2011. I was at work, and someone popped up from his workstation and told us the news. We spent the next hour or so online reading about the life and death of the greatest innovator of our generation. The world was never the same because of his vision. Let's hope Apple will continue to drive innovation.

My new iPhone 4S arrived and I was as happy as the one who invented trousers. It was like the best thing ever! Since I skipped 2.5 generations, I find the 4S was so much faster! Tinny also got her first iPhone. I have now converted 80% of my friends and family to switch to iPhone. I am not an Apple Snob I swear!

In October, Jared and Gen announced that they were expecting their first baby. Gen is due in 2012. So, that means, no piggybacking Gen, Jarpad!

October was also my birthday month…

November 2011

After months of searching for new TV shows to watch, I finally found A Game of Thrones. Thank goodness for that! I was so into it, I downloaded and watched the whole thing in probably in 3 days. By the time I hit the season finale, I have already downloaded the books (all of them) to my iPad. Epic! I am currently reading A Clash of Kings.

November also brought us one of the best Supernatural episodes this season. It was very sad, and I haven't talked about it for awhile because it was that sad. Death's Door was a brilliant episode focusing on the life and death of Bobby Singer. I still hope that he is not dead, but I don't know.. the more I think about it, the more I don't know what to think about it. But I guess time will tell.

December 2011

It's Xmas month!! I waited the whole year for it! I have been busy researching and baking with new recipes for cakes and cookies, getting my hair done, shopping for Xmas presses. I was so ready to go home to spend Xmas with family.

I've been baking like crazy; eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow; reading until my eyes popped out; rewatching some of my favourite TV series as planned; catching up with family and friends… I love December!

To end a year of awesomeness, my mum is now an iPhone user.

Looking ahead to the next 12 months

I am really looking forward to the Year of the Dragon. This is the year to shine.

I am really looking forward to all new episodes of Supernatural, Dean and Sam's story aside, I really want to know what will happen to Bobby; how will Castiel come back; and how the Leviathans will be destroyed? I am praying that the show will get its eighth season. That way I know I can make it to another convention. I am selfish I know! Wait for me Jensen!!

Gen and Jared will be new a Mum and Dad. Who knows if Jensen and Danneel will give us some baby news? Personal stuff aside, what I really want to see if for the boys to get a movie deal within the next 12-24 months.

I am already planning to go to New York again. While Nashcon is not happening for me, because they changed dates (and the new dates do not fit into my diary, which is kind of depressing!) I really need another trip in the US. I would love this to be a writing trip.

The Avengers is the most anticipated movie in 2012 on my list. Joss Whedon is one of the most worshipped directors of our generations. He is a fan, he knows his fan and he is an awesome creator and writer. I have no doubt Joss Whedon's The Avengers will be awesome!

One of the things I wanted to do is to expand The Impala's Trunk to a new realm, while I am keeping all the existing awesomes, I am going to canvass new experiential ideas. Hopefully I can align some of these ideas to my life as a writer.

So that's pretty much the last post for 2011 from The Impala's Trunk. Thank you very much once again for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I look forward to more blogging and sharing. Don't forget, you can also follow me on Twitter.

To wrap up, I quote the Overload Misha Collins: "Here's to redefining normal and possible in 2012." Cheers Cheers!

Banana Cake Recipe -- Booyah!

I've been asked about the banana cake recipe I've been using for years, so here is it.

1 teaspoon bi carb soda
2 & 1/4 cups self rising flour
1 & 1/3 cups custer sugar
2 cups ripe banana (mashed)
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil

Cooking time: 1 & 1/2 hour (slow cook at 160 c). My mum has a very strong electric oven, so I usually find that 1 hour is more than enough to bake it. Best to check it after the first hour.

This is the one recipe I've been using, people seem to like it. Hope you do too.

22 December 2011

My Favorite Female Heroes -- Lois Lane, Sarah Walker & Elphaba

Since the launch of the Impala’s Trunk, I rarely blog about female characters. Today I will share with you some of my favorite female heroes in popular culture.

There are a few others that made it to my honorable mention list – The X-Files’ Dana Scully, Joss Whedon's Buffy, Terminator’s Sarah Connor, Stargate SG1's Sam Carter, Iron Man/ Avengers' Black Widow, Jane Austin's Elizabeth Bennett (especially the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies version); Leon’s Mathilda and Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen. But at the time of writing, I wanted to single out three female heroes who I think are the role models to the female species. Here are they are:

Lois Lane (Smallville, played by Erica Durance)

It’s known – I love Lois Lane in Smallville. I’ve never watched Lois & Clark or read the comic books. I’ve never been a fan of the Superman movies. I’ve never been a fan of Superman until Smallville. You can read about my love for Smallville here and here.

I can’t compare the way any characters were written or portrayed previously but I just love Smallville, partly because of Erica Durance’s Lois Lane. I think Erica is an amazing actress, she makes Lois 'Lois'. Lois kicks ass (including Clark’s). Her loyalty and persistence are remarkable. Her one-liners are as awesome as Dean Winchester’s. She is a true individual, she is witty and funny. Lois is perfect for Clark, unlike Lana, Lois doesn’t harass him for information, she is an understanding partner. At times, she feels insecure, but who isn't? The way she supports Clark and her friends (even Cat Grant!) when it matters, we see her true color. She doesn’t need a label to make herself look important. She is confident, she is comfortable. To me, it’s almost like she has no darkness and hatred in her.

Smallville was a story about Clark Kent before he became Superman. What Smallville also did right was the writing/ development of other characters who grew up with Clark (before they became who they were in the Superman story). What I like about Smallville is Lois’s journey in becoming a stronger person. This strong person became someone Clark could trust and rely on. She wasn’t just doing this to feed her own ego or curiosity. She wasn’t doing this to look cool. She genuinely wanted to play a role in the world saving crusade. Lois may not be a superhero with superpower, but she knew her role and she knew how to play it. She was the voice for the superheroes when they had none. She was their voice when they were misunderstood.

The chemistry between Lois and Clark in season eight to ten was particularly strong. It was refreshing because the Lana angst was gone, it was just dragging on and on and Lana, to me, had a weak mind – like the force wasn’t with her, if that makes sense?! I love the way Lois discovered Clark as the Blur and embraced his Kryptonian heritage. I love that she had a bit of fun with it too. That’s so Lois! I think because there was no darkness and confusion in her heart, her mind was clearer than Clark, and she could help him when others couldn’t. It took a strong person with a good heart to help Superman to fulfill his destiny.

And Lois has an awesome down-to-earth wardrobe and hair. I wants them precious!

Sarah Walker (Chuck, played by Yvonne Strahovski)

What I love about Sarah is that she is as strong as Lara Croft, as sexy as Lara Croft, but Sarah is likeable. I'm not saying I don't like Lara Croft, but quite frankly I don't really care about Lara Croft but Sarah is a very likeable character. She is one of the best spies, she is more than fighting and killing bad guys. She is confident, sexy and smart. She is everything Chuck wants.

Like Erica Durance’s Lois Lane, Yvonne Strahovski makes Sarah Walker awesome. She was a little known when she started playing the role (and I bet 80% of Australia don’t know about the awesome Yvonne!) But she is an amazing actress. She owns the role as Sarah Walker.

After watching Sarah’s backstory in Chuck vs. The Cougar, Sarah clearly became one of my favorite characters. Her past was such an interesting story! She was a misfit. She didn't fit in at school (and I don’t think she cared about fitting in), she was laughed at, she was bullied. She grew up with a con man father. She didn't have a normal childhood or a normal life, she didn't have any friends.

What I love about Sarah the most is that she does not like cliché. She actually struggles with the idea of normality and she has to work with Chuck on this. I think Chuck causes disruption, but it isn’t necessary a bad thing. Throughout the series, Sarah was becoming less Terminator. She has to adjust this love thing and to figure out where Chuck fits in. She could’ve been a Carina or General Beckman or Frost. But she is Sarah because of the life choices she made.

It takes a strong-minded person to make good choices in life. I don’t think adjusting her toughness and her spy life are necessary a sign of weakness. I think because her love is strong for Chuck, a new balance is for her to find.

Elphaba (Wicked, played by Idina Menzel)

It took me four shows to truly appreciate Elphaba. I think she is one of the best original female characters ever created. She had always been different in her appearance and her forward-thinking. When others were too weak to speak up and too afraid to help those in needs, she came through as a hero and defied gravity.

What I love about her character and her story is that, it wasn’t about accepting limits, it wasn’t about playing by the rules of someone else’s game. She believed everyone deserved the chance to fly. She may be flying solo but she was flying free. She couldn’t care about what others would say about her in generations to come. She was one of those people who would say, “Screw you, that’s just who I am. In fact, you go tell others how awesome I am!”

For those who were too weak to dream and too afraid to fulfill their own destiny, they could say a thing or two about the greatest witch or tell a story about how Elphaba flew away (the flying was epic by the way). For those who were strong enough, they became heroes and legends. Elphaba truly defied gravity in every sense of the word.

What I love about these stories is that they highlight the fact that these characters don’t have to fit in, they can create a league of their own, they can be heroes, they can be legends. We are always pressured to be normal and to play safe; to do what others do; to be like other; to think like others; to talk like others. I think there is a thing or two to learn from these female heroes. It's a necessity to have these strong female heroes in popular culture. Let's see more in real life.

Who are your favorite female heroes?

21 December 2011

Random Wednesday Edition - Supernatural; The Hobbit; A Game of Thrones; Jeremy Carver

First thing first... The voting campaign was going HOT on Twitter and Facebook recently. Supernatural fans don't fail when it comes to voting. So we voted around the clock to make sure our favorite show wins. Should they win anything (Best TV Drama or Sci-Fi), I bet we will see Jensen and Jared on the Awards night, hosted by The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco on January 11, 2012. Here is a little something from the CW:

Here is a great promo for the Warner Channel. This is a cable channel for Latin America and Asia (not to be confused by Warner Bros TV Network). This is owned by Time Warner's HBO Asia/HBO Latin America Group (as a joint venture with sister company Warner Bros.)

The first official trailer of The Hobbit was released today. I have to say, this looks so much better than I expect, not that I was expecting anything less. This is going to be epic! This is definitely done in the spirit of LOTRs, I am glad Peter Jackson came on board for this. It's been like ten years since the premier of the Fellowship of the Rings.

For those who have been following me on Twitter, you'd realise I've been checking in for A Game Thrones. I've been watching and reading the series. After a few months searching for a new show or two to follow, finally I am happy to declare myself as a fan of A Game of Thrones. True Blood didn't really capture my attention, I still haven't checked out Vampire Diaries. I am disappointed with America Horror Story, I keep forgetting to watch Ringer, and I don't really care about Terra Nova, which is on the same level as Merlin -- I may watch it if I happen to be in front of the TV. I've heard great things about Homeland, this could fill my 24 hole and I have high hopes for Once Upon A Time and Alcatraz, they make it to my to-watch-list. Both Homeland and Alcatraz are coming to Australia on Channel Ten and Nine respectively.

So, back to A Game of Thrones, I intent to blog about it from this point forward, please join me in welcoming the series to the Impala's Trunk. I have just finished reading A Song of Ice and Fire, I shall move on to book 2, Clash of the Kings.

Cool winds are rising... Season two of A Game of Thrones premiers in April 2012 on HBO.

I want a dragon egg.

One last thing, another show that I am warming to is Being Human (US). This show has potential and I do love the relationship between the housemates. Not to mention it's by Jeremy Carver. And I love the soundtrack of the show, the playlist is slowly filling up. Speaking of Jeremy Caver, I have been listening to the Nerdist Writers Panel, Jeremy Caver was on the panel awhile ago, he was awesome and inspiring! I want to be Carver Edlund when I grow up as a writer. You can search Nerdist Writers Panel on iTune, this is truly gold. Writers are so under-rated sometimes, it's just so awesome to hear from them about how they started out as writers etc. You can also check out the website here, or follow them on Twitter.

Last but not least, don't forget you are invited to join our Twitter Xmas Party on Christmas Eve. Details here.

Happy Holidays everyone..

20 December 2011

Let the baking begin

Every year I bake cookies and cakes for friends and family as gifts. I have always wanted to make something for them, but I suck at handcraft or painting, so baking Xmas-y stuff seem to be the way to go in recent years.

So, my baking commenced today with some shortbread. I am happy with the way they turn out. They are yummy.

This is a perfect photo opportunity, don't you think?

Enough about me... My sister is a brilliant cook, she baked a mango sponge cake for Mama Tiny for her birthday. This is THE BEST cake I've ever tasted in my life! And it's without butter! Like.. seriously, THE BEST! The taste, the texture everything about it was awesome. It was light and fluffy, it was just THE BEST! She even made the white chocolate herself.

I hope my Swiss Roll Xmas Cottage won't fail.. we'll see! I am borrowing something from Not Quite Nigella.

14 December 2011

On set photos.. I've always loved them in suits

Say no more! I've always loved the boys in suits.

Siri, remind me to buy Xmas pressie for Danneel.

12 December 2011

A Very Supernatural Twitter Party (All Welcome)

Every Supernatural fans are invited to A Very Supernatural Twitter Party! A couple of Aussies talked about having a A Very Supernatural Xmas rewatch on Twitter a few days ago, and we thought it'd be a good idea to throw a Twitter party on Xmas Eve.

We hope you can make it and watch the episode with us. We are using the hashtag #SPNXMAS You can also follow me on Twitter.

*Please note, 2pm on Xmas Eve is Aussie time. Please check your timezone.*

Artwork thanks to AmyinSydney

06 December 2011

Dean & Sam Go MAD

I once said, I'd love to see Dean and Sam to appear on The Simpsons or South Park, but I'll take this one! Supernatural appeared on Cartoon Network's MAD yesterday. Details here. I imagine you should be able to watch the entire parody on YouTube very soon. For now, here is the preview:

LOL.. I love the details they have on Dean.. Woot Woot! Show us his muscles!! As for Sam, nice work on his sides and the puppy-eyes!

And in case you missed the Smallville parody, here it is again.. Lois and Chloe look so much like Erica and Alison!

Castiel Rising... Happiness!

This totally made my day!!! It's confirmed, our Overlord Misha Collins, is set to return to Supernatural. (Fans applaud..) With Bobby Singer's fate hangs in the balance, the news couldn't have come in a better time.

Look, get over it, he is coming back for at least 3 episodes. According to EW and various sources, Misha is set to appear in episode 17 of this season and at least two additional episodes. How is he going to return? Will be return as Castiel, Jimmy or Leviathan?

Any theories? I don't know about you, but I would love to see stonedCas!


05 December 2011

Review: Supernatural 7.10 Death's Door

It's sad. Who's left?
Supernatural writers like to torture their fans. It's known. I am not the only one to say this, but this review is hard! It isn't my intention to turn this review into a Bobby tribute. I may fail.

Dean and Sam aside, every now and then Supernatural would put Bobby's life in grave danger. How many times have we associated Bobby with spoilers on the death of an important character over the course of the series? But every time it was someone else and Bobby was always fine.

No one could ever escape death on the show, including Dean, Sam, the Impala, Cas, even Eric Kripke himself! Coincident or not, I was watching Salvation last night. That was Bobby's first on-screen appearance, but he'd been around way before that episode. When John Winchester wasn't here, Bobby was always there as the father figure. When crap happened to Dean and Sam, Bobby was always there to remind them to stay cool and to help them. He was always there as 'the Costner to their Houston'. Bobby was always fine. Bobby was an integral part of the show's journey.
"Storm's coming. You boys and your daddy are smack in the middle of it." -- Bobby Singer, Salvation 
7.10 Death's Door provided plenty of suspense. Sera Gamble did an amazing job with the script, it was a near perfect job. The dialogues were very meaty, which I love! This episode is up there with last season's The Man Who Would Be King. Death's Door is the Supernatural version of External Sunshine of a Spotless Mind and Inception. This episode took us beyond the wall even Bobby didn't want to go there. On one hand, it was really heart-warming to see what's inside Bobby's subconscious -- his memory of Rufus; taking young Dean out to play baseball; trapped in the middle of a Dean and Sam fight about Chuck Norris and Jet Li. Death's Door also showed us something we've never seen before -- the darkest and saddest events that made Bobby the person and the hunter he was. We always knew about Bobby's past -- about his wife and his drunk dad -- but this time, we witness the details of the lingering darkness in his life. Heart-broken stuff!

Dean and Sam represented two states of minds we are in. Sam was prepared to say goodbye to Bobby. He was scared and he had to find the spot that gave him pain. This wasn't a dream (or nightmare), this was real. Dean, on the other hand, was in denial. He was angry (hot!), he'd enough of burying friends. How awesome were Jensen and Jared in displaying the sorrow, frustration and pain? Dean and Sam took the supporting role in this episode but Jared's puppy eyes couldn't be more sad and Jensen's acting couldn't be more powerful!
"He is not gonna die. It's one bullet. He is gonna be fine because he is always fine. Why are you talking to me like he is gonna die? I do my job, do your job. Save him!" -- Dean, Death's Door
Jim Beaver delivered his best performance as Bobby Singer. Jim always delivered but this time.. WOW! I am too sad to think about this, but I have to ask myself -- was the episode supposed to be a hero send-off? Season seven took a LOT of things away from Dean and Sam -- the safeheven of Bobby's House (the Panic Room along with it), the Impala, weapons, knowledge and Cas. And now Bobby? Really? Could this be the last time we saw him?

Uncle Bobby was selfless, he loved the boys. He wasn't doing this for himself, he did it for the boys, they were the reasons for him to stay alive. Remember Bobby's speech in Point of No Return? He spoke of a bullet he was meant to kill himself with, but he promised Dean he wouldn't give up.
"I have two adopted boys, they grew up great, they grew up heroes."-- Bobby, Death's Door
What about Dick? What about him, right? He is Dick who is a dick! Scare and stupid. You know Dean and Sam will win and send Dick back to whatever the shit hole he's from. Better, he can go to Hell where Crowley can torture him forever.

Death's Door evolved around Bobby's desperation to open the right door to get the numbers, 454895, to the boys in waking world. (These numbers better be as important as 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42!) What do they mean? Where is the story going from this point forward? What about Cas? Will he return? Dean and Sam have lost so many friends, how much more pain can they take? How much more pain can fans take?

One final thought. Sera Gamble is a skilled writer of human emotions, Bobby's memories were well thought-out. Supernatural does really really well when it comes to presenting the depth of characters to their viewers, this is one of the strong points of the show. It's a quality not many shows have. As a hunter like Bobby, it's a luxury to have good memories. Good memories made him human, good memories kept him going. Oh God, I don't want to say it but… it was a good wrap up of the character Bobby. No loose end. He'd helped, he'd done enough in his life. (Cue.... My Heart Will Go On.) Idjit!

It's not a very long hellatus this year. All new Supernatural returns on 6th January 2012 with 7.11 Adventures in Babysitting.

04 December 2011

Pants-Off Supernatural

Vote people vote! Vote with or without pants! Just vote! Supernatural is nominated for two People's Choice categories this year. Cast your vote and we will see more of the boys being silly! The choice is yours!

I am working on the 7.10 Death's Door review. Stay tuned folks.

01 December 2011

Sara Canning To Guest Star in Supernatural

So… Looks like Dean is getting some! I have no idea who this Sara Canning is, I've never watched The Vampire Diaries (don't judge me), but you luck woman you! While I don't expect a HBO style full frontal scene, this steaming one-night stand better be good or the Supernatural team will never hear the end of it!

When can we watch that episode? Episode 7.13 The Slice Girls airs some time towards the end of January 2012. Casting details can be found on TVLine.

So, what about Sam? Or.. Bobby? Oh wait.. Bobby!!! If he gets out alive this Friday. Tune in for 7.10 Death's Door and find out!