31 January 2012

Interesting news is interesting

Who loves rumors? Me! But having said that they should always be treated as rumors as oppose to information that has been officially confirmed. That just it! Not that I am expecting Supernatural to be cancelled after season seven from a fan POV, I just prefer to wait for the confirmation from the network. Right? I mean, people just believe whatever is out there regardless the source. So I won't post any serious rumor about season eight.

This is no rumor, Misha Collins is indeed returning to Supernatural. PUNKD has tweeted this photo of Misha, Victoria and West arriving at the airport. WIN!!!!!

KSiteTV, which is one of my favourite websites, also posted some up-coming episode titles.

7.13 Slice Girls (Feb 3rd)
7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magic Menagerie (Feb 10th)
7.15 Repo Man (Feb 17th)
7.16 Out With The Old (March 9th tentatively)
7.17 The Born-Again Identity (March 16th)
7.18 Party On, Garth
7.19 Of Grave Importance

There are a few annoying mini hiatus!! Annoying!!! But it's good in a way, it gives me time to do mini projects for the blog.

7.15 Repo Man is written by my hero Ben Edlund.. Expect awesomeness!! Here is the official synopsis:

DOUBLE TROUBLE — Four years ago, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) helped a woman named Nora (guest star Nicole Oliver) exorcise a demon that was systematically killing women in a small town. They managed to save the postal worker, Jeffrey (guest star Russell Sams), while vanquishing the demon but now it seems the black-eyed monster has reared his ugly head and returned for a second helping. The brothers visit Jeffrey, who has been locked in a psych ward since the incident, to see if he can remember any of the demon’s plans while he was possessed.. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Ben Edlund. Source: SpoilerTV & the CW


And now for something different... I am so excited about season two of Game of Thrones. It's going to be epic! More games, more politics... more dragons! GoT season two premiers on HBO on April 1st. Love the narration from the Spider!

My reading progress: I am reading the first POV chapter of Jon Snow A Storm of Swords.

25 January 2012

Random Wednesday Edition - Supernatural; Green Arrow; Revolution

Supernatural is on a mini-hiatus, and so I am doing my own Supernatural rewatch. Where there is a commentary, I'll turn it on. I am up to 2.20 What Is And What Should Never Be (with Eric Kripke's commentary). Such a great episode and I love Kripke's commentary!

Anyhoo.. here is a very cool winner banner for Supernatural. I love it! Kinda weird, because it's not so CW like. But it's awesome!

The CW's Turn On Sizzle promo is kinda hot too if it features more Supernatural.

While we are talking about the CW, KSiteTV reported that new information has surfaced about the Green Arrow pilot based on the casting call. Check out the full article here. I am semi-excited about it. I like Green Arrow in Smallville and I think Justin Hartley was awesome as Green Arrow/ Oliver Queen. I think he should play Green Arrow in the new series, but then again, it's likely that the network/ EPs want a fresh face (not necessary new). Jensen Ackles anyone? I know I know! The guy is doing Supernatural and he probably doesn't want another long-running TV series... I am just saying!! As you were!

The father of Supernatural Eric Kripke is doing a GREAT job on the Revolution pilot according to J.J Abrams. PLEASE MAKE IT! MAKE IT MAKE IT MAKE IT! This is the one show that I am most looking forward to. WHY? Eric Kripke + J.J Abrams = WIN! Here is J.J's interview where he talked about all his babies including Fringe and other new TV pilots.

On other Supernatural news, SpoilerTV has reported that there will be another hiatus after episode 17 (March 16), which works perfectly for me due to my travelling schedule. Not sure when it will return, but I am guessing may be 3 weeks at least? Watch this space!

Don't forget Supernatural returns next Friday, February 3, with Slice Girls. Oh Deano, if they are monsters, kill them! More photos can be found on SpoilerTV.

15 January 2012

A Very Special Tribute to Kim Manners - The Kick It In The Ass Supernatural Rewatch

We miss Kim Manners.. And it's about time we pay tribute to one of the most influential directors in modern television.

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Review: Supernatural 7.12 Time After Time

Where do I even begin reviewing such awesome and flawless episode of Supernatural?

I was so tired by the time I got to the airport.. having zero caffeine in the bloodstream is never fun. But this week's Supernatural put me in such a great mood. I watched 7.12 Time After Time four times on the flight home. I almost had to put a sign up for the flight attendance -- do not disturb.

During the viewing of the episode, I totally laughed out loud! In fact, I think I clapped my hands a few times. Time After Time is no doubt my favourite episode in season seven so far. It was done right with the time travel concept (and it isn't a time travel episode if there isn't one Back To The Future reference, right? OMG that was totally awesome). The episode's pace in storytelling was fantabulous! After his great work with Slash Fiction, Robbie Thompson penned another awesome episode. His script reminds me of those written by Jeremy Carver. I hope Robbie will continue to write more episodes and to inject more awesome ideas to the show. I for one really want to read the script of this particular episode.

Jensen Ackles nailed it once again, his comic timing was flawless. This episode must make it to Jensen's portfolio to showcase his talent in comedy. Jensen is causing global warming! I won't be surprise if mother natural is feeling the hotness too. We always know Jensen can act. Time After Time is just another awesome example how awesome he is.. (yes, I use the word 'awesome' a lot.) I love the fact that Robbie Thompson did his homework and stay true to all the Dean elements -- you can see the Dean stuff he injected to the script was aligned to his character. You know this is the kind of things Dean would say or do.

Jensen and Nicholas Lea had great chemistry. They made one hell of a team! The Untouchable, right? Do you also watch to watch The Untouchable again, or is it just me? We will inject so many Supernatural references! Nicholas Lea totally nailed the role as Eliot Ness. I love his character! I love it! Eliot's words of wisdom will hopeful help Dean to understand it's a blessing that he is alive, he is making a different, the dead ones would want him to do justice. Writing Eliot Ness as a hunter is the most OMG awesome idea since the prophet Chuck. This concept is up there on the Wall-of-Weird-But-Awesome-Idea since Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Sense & Sensibility and Sea Monster and the up-coming movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Have I mentioned I love it?

It's no surprise to most fans that Jody Mills was this 'old friend' as mentioned in the synopsis. I love seeing Jody Mills in the episode. I can totally see her role will continue to evolve should the writers feel that she can fill Bobby's shoes, so to speak. What I love about Jody is that she brings that 'mother voice' to the show. Having a father figure has been an element to the show when it comes to relationships. We used to have Ellen, but sadly her character didn't stay as long as we wanted. I think Jody has the potential to be a recurring regular character and I think her support can make a different to the boys' fight with the Leviathans. While she is not a hunter like Bobby, again I think, her 'mother voice' is just what the boys need right now.

Although Sam and Dean were mostly in separate scenes in this episode, however I totally feel the brother dynamic. I love how Dean was inspirited by Back To The Future. I love how the brothers knew each other well enough to come up with a strategy. I love Sam in this episode. And his hair is oh-so-long! I also love how Sam totally embraced Jody as a partner for this case. I love how Sam was concerned about Dean's obsession with Dick Roman and hoped that his brother was watching Anime (which really is an artform), instead of news about Dick.

Sorry Sam, you didn't get to wear a fedora. But can you imagine? I think his hair is too long for it?

I save the best to last. How about 1944? If I am stuck in 1944 and if Dean Winchester is there too, I totally would love to stay and just stare at his hotness. We all know how hot Dean is even if he isn't wearing anything (oh wait.. what..?). But when Dean put on his suit and a fedora…. OMG.. excuse me while I faint… I so want a DVD commentary for this episode.

What about Jason Dohring's Chronos? I admit, I don't know Jason Dohring's work all that well, but his appearance excited a lot of Veronica Mars' fans. I thought he did a great job. One thing though, Chronos' prediction of the future wasn't all that riveting, which could be a good thing.

Time After Time was done the Chicago way. This episode did not disappoint. It is certainly the Frontierland of season seven. So much hotness. Shameless for having a totally super fangirl moment while writing this review. Here he is again!

I bet he smells great!
And again.....

I wasn't designed to function when I see Dean!hotness.
Did you enjoy Time After Time as much as I did? We will now go into another hiatus, next episode Splice Girls .. I mean Slice Girls.. will air on Feb 3. Stay tuned!

13 January 2012

Supernatural's Slice Girls Synopsis; Jim Beaver Interview

Supernatural will go into a mini hiatus again after this week's episode Time After Time. 7.13 The Slice Girls will air on February 3, 2012. Here is the synopsis:

DEAN'S ONE NIGHT STAND HAS SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS; THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' SARA CANNING GUEST STARS --- Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case where the victims' hands and feet have been severed and each have been branded with a strange symbol. While Sam does some research at a local university, Dean heads to one of his favorite places to investigate -- the town bar. Dean strikes up a conversation with a local named Lydia (guest star Sara Canning, The Vampire Diaries), and the two go back to her place. Sam discovers the symbol on the bodies is a sign of Amazon warriors. Jerry Wanek directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner (#713). Source KSiteTV

I think this episode is Jerry Wanek's directorial debate, Jerry has been the Production Designer and now a Co-Producer of Supernatural.

Speaking of the crew of Supernatural, one of my favourite directors Charles Beeson is now on Twitter. How did I not know about this? I love him! He also directed TVD, Fringe, Person of Interest, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to name a few. Woot! I had a fangirl moment when he tweeted back.. *faint*  

In other news, Jim Beaver recently gave an interview about Bobby's departure.. I am still so sad! Good interview though.. Check it out here.

Jarpad at TCA 2012; More PCA Awards Follow Up News; CW's Cult & Deadman

(January 11, 2012 - Photo by Frederick M. BrownGetty Images North America)
First thing first, Jarpad is funny and we all know that. He is like a kid on Xmas Day, and everyday is like Xmas. Jarpad is always in a good mood and you can really feel the happiness when you see him live on stage, whether it be a Supernatural convention, ComicCon or any press panels.

This morning, the CW put together the 'Bad-Ass Boys of the CW' panel as part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour. Jensen should've been there, but Jarpad said he was working. Other panellists included Kistoffer Polaha, Wilson Bethel, Shane West, Ed Westwick and Joseph Morgan. Reuters has a summary of the bad-ass panel. I found a good collection of photos from Zimbio. You know I can't help it, here are a few I'd like to borrow from that website. Photos by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America. Jarpad looks so sharp! 

(January 11, 2012 - Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
(January 11, 2012 - Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
The CW also produced a day planner with photos of their talent inside.. thanks to Danielle Turchiano for sharing the following page/ photo from the day planner on Twitter today. You can follow her on Twitter @danielletbd, she is a huge supporter of Supernatural. I don't know if this day planner is available for purchase, I doubt it, but good to just look at the picture! Yum!

I love how the CW is getting some recognitions out there at award shows, and I think despite Supernatural's big win didn't make it to the main broadcast of the PCA, I think the CW knows Supernatural is a big brother of the network. The cult status, the popularity and the fanbase of the show is bigger than it seems on paper. I really like the CW thank you banner. There are two versions. You can see both version on Spoiler TV.

The Huffington Post's Laura Prudom has this awesome article about a conspiracy theory towards genre shows including Supernatural and the politics behind the snub from PCA. Here is her 'Supernatural wins at The People's Choice Awards, but is there evidence of a genre conspiracy?' article.

As you can imagine, fans felt kinda cheated by PCA. There were loads of questions on Twitter to the crew of Supernatural, including Co-Producer of Supernatural Jim Michaels, he tweeted that they were informed that neither of the awards the show was nominated for would be part of the broadcast. Fans never really have faith in the industry/ network, the politics and the discrimination against genre shows is madness. Genre dramas have always been treated like a second-class citizen. The men in suits will always be the men in suits (they are Leviathans!), and the press is the press. Thank goodness we have fan bloggers who are passionate about this and internet is an outlet for our voices. 

Here is a photo of the awards, courtesy of Jim Michaels

In other news, it's been reported that the CW has picked up a pilot of a mystery drama called Cult. Eric Kripke's Deadman is still on the table. TVLine's Matt Mitovich also tweeted that the CW boss, Mark Pedowitz, told him that "the Deadman pilot is very much in the mix for development season, awaiting first script".

It's also been reported that the CW boss has indicated the network is finalising a deal for a pilot order to Arrow, an hourlong superhero drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow. I, for one, don't mind Justin Hartley to play Green Arrow. I think this role is his to take! Here is the report from Deadline Hollywood.

12 January 2012

Supernatural Wins Two People's Choice Awards

I broke my fast this morning with the announcement of Supernatural being the winners of two People's Choice Awards -- Favorite Network TV Drama and Favorite Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Show. After all the relay of votings from fans across the globe, Supernatural has won two of the biggest awards of the night. Fans have spoken! I am so proud of the show, the crew, the cast, the network, the studio and the fans. So proud to be part of the fandom.

Supernatural had no representatives on the night to accept the awards for whatever unknown strange supernatural reasons. But Jensen and Jared had a little thank you message for fans. Let's celebrate this win with some purple nurple and pie!

This should be good news, right? Supernatural may get a full ride to 10th season, I assume? CW and WB know this is really great news.. People's Choice is no Emmys or Global, but fans have spoken and Supernatural's cult status is like.. EPIC!

I don't care so much about other winners, I am sure their fans love them.. or should I say.. ADVERTISERS? For a full list of winners, check out the Advertiser's Choice Awards... People.. I mean People.. People's Choice Awards.. My bad!

11 January 2012

Supernatural on the Cover of SFX Mag -- On Sale Wed 11 Jan

That's right! It's our turn! SFX Mag just tweeted a preview of the cover. The magazine is on sale Wed 11 January.. That's right, that's today!! Go get a copy!!!

Sera Gamble's New Interview; Will Supernatural Go Home With a PCA?

So.. People's Choice Awards is taking place today Wednesday Jan 11 in LA! Will fan's favorite Supernatural win the FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA award? I guess we'll know very soon! It should! Considering the way we voted non-stop! And fans want to see Jensen and Jared taking their pants off again on stage (I am only assuming they will do something crazy like that on stage!) WIN WIN WIN!!!

Should J2 appear on the awards night, I believe this is the first time they are on stage for PCA. Here are some predictions by Life Goes Strong.

Sera Gamble recently did an interview and told us nothing as usual..LOL.. I mean.. in a good way.. I mean.. this interview isn't that spoiler! Except, the biggest thing that I didn't know already was the return of [SPOILER] Mark Pellegrino. BOOYAY! She is so fulling intended to bring Bobby back! Misha will be back.. and we all have been expecting that! Looks like there will be more Frank and Garth (D.J. Qualls). Awesome! Read the full interview here.

Don't forget to watch Supernatural this week when Dean goes Untouchable.. or Mad Man? Whatever! Every man move over for THE Dean!

10 January 2012

Review: Supernatural 7.11 Adventure in Babysitting

The hiatus is over and we witnessed one of the better mid-season premiers. Let's get right into it the stuff I wanted to cover. 

My emotion is now automatically adjusted after the festive season. I have come to terms with the fact that Bobby is dead. But I think his spirit is still around. Supernatural is very good with referencing the past. In In My Time of Dying, Tess told Dean how angry spirits were born. In Roadkill, Molly was a ghost and she didn't even know about it. In House of the Holy, Father Gregory thought he was an angel, but he was just a vengeful spirit. I think the disappearing beer is a big clue, it's obvious that it was Bobby's spirit who made Dean's beer disappeared and Bobby didn't go with the Reaper. Bobby wanted to stay long enough to help the boys to fight the Leviathans. I think another 'farewell' will come, like Dean and Sam will eventually give Bobby the last rites.

There are many stories about sprits who have unfinished businesses. It's kinda random, but there is a movie called 2002, it's about a special police unit in Hong Kong that only operates in human-ghost partnerships -- team members always consist of one human (who can see ghosts) and one spirit (usually a dead cop). The spirit is not there forever, when time comes (like when a door or the 'bridge' appears) he will have a chance to reincarnate. Kinda like Being Human. The whole Bobby situation just reminded me of this movie. We have seen a few good hunters turned bad before, perhaps it's time to see some good ones.

The two separate stories in this episode represent the two mindsets of Dean and Sam in dealing with Bobby's death. Sam's mind was clear, he went hunting and saving people. Life must go on. Dean, on the other hand, didn't want the trail to get cold, Bobby died bringing them the coordinates. It's almost as if Dean got to the point where he was obsessed with the case, while Sam knew he had to take a step back and work on other cases in the meantime. There was a sign of desperation too, Dean paid Frank $15K for working on the case? I think it's ok, because this season's story is about taking everything (including the basic stuff) away from the boys -- Bobby and his house, weapons, knowledge, friends. Let's see how our heroes will perform.

I really like Frank in this episode. I think the advice he gave Dean about being professional, and it's deep. Smiling is a job. Everything you do everyday is a job. You're a professional.. so do your job. You can get depressed or drunk or whatever.. but how about smiling at the end of each day.. like a it's a job. That's… deep and hard to do. But if there is anyone who could do this well, it'd be Dean Winchester. He always does his job.

Adventure in Babysitting is a good episode and it gets fans wanting to know more about Bobby. There are some solid guest star performances from Kevin McNally (aka Frank) and Madison McLaughlin (aka Krissy). It is a good character episode. I like Sam in this episode, I think I may have mentioned this before. I like Sam best when his mind is as clear as the blue sky. Jensen Ackles also gave us one of the best performances in a single shot.

Hey...where is the Impala?!

Next episode, Time After Time, is set up to the the Frontierland of season seven. I think this is going to be so awesome!!! Don't miss!

[Updated] Supernatural 7.12 Time After Time - Promo; Synopsis; New Pics

The wait is over.. Supernatural is back! While some of us are still digesting 7.11 Adventure in Babysitting, next week's episode is ready to rock. 7.12 Time After Time is set up to be the Frontierland of season seven.... Another Dean's Wonderland!

DEAN GETS STUCK IN THE ‘40S — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) tangle with the God of Time (guest star Jason Dohring), who sends Dean back to 1944, where he is immediately arrested by none other than the one and only Eliot Ness (guest star Nicholas Lea).  While trying to figure out how to retrieve his brother, Sam is surprised by the reappearance of an old friend. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.

Jensen Ackles goes Untouchable... HOT! Any X-Files fans? I got one word for you: Krycek

06 January 2012

Supernatural Season One Awards (Part Two) - Presented by Kara, Amy & Tiny

Welcome back! Thanks for all your feedback on Part 1. Here is Part 2 of our Supernatural season one awards...Let the awesomes continue..


KARA: The book ended moments. The Pilot and Devil's Trap had mirrored scenes first it was Sam saying, “Killing this thing isn’t going to bring Mum back” and then it was Dean saying “Killing this thing isn’t going to bring Jess back.” Their reactions were the same. It just showed how both Sam and Dean had changed, how they both viewed what happened and what they were once willing to give up and what they were no longer willing to give up.

AMY: When Dean finally stands up to John. He does it twice. The first time in Dead Man’s Blood when he tells John, “That’s a bunch of crap” when John says he’s trying to keep the boys safe by not allowing them to fight alongside him and the second time is when his dad takes him to task for not calling him when Sam started to have nightmares. I loved seeing Dean do this. I think being with Sam, Sam’s influence and being a big brother again, finally gave him the chutzpah he needed to do it. I love that Sam and his relationship with Sam had, by this stage, become more important to him that bowing down to his father.

Dean in Something Wicked -- This was when we started to see Dean's true colour, we were slowly seeing his emotion and weight on his shoulders. He isn't just the smartass, womanizer, there is more about Dean, kudos to the writers and Jensen Ackles for bringing the awesome character to life. I love the flash back scenes in Something Wicked, we saw young Dean was given the responsibility to look after Sammy. The whole getting-approval-from-his-father aspect has been a recurring struggle for Dean throughout the show. I mentioned about Dean's Hero Syndrome before, Something Wicked definitely showed us how it all started.


KARA: “I’m sorry.” When Mary said that, man who would have guessed the magnitude of what she was really saying? That everything was partially her fault.

AMY: For me, this is a toss up between Home and Faith. In Home when the spirit of Mary says sorry to Sam and we don’t find out until season four that it was Mary who made the original deal with Azazel, which sealed Sam’s and her fate and set the whole damn thing in motion. In Faith when Roy tells Dean he is a young man with an important purpose, a job to do and we don’t find out until season five that Dean is the sword of the Archangel Michael. Or then again it could be Devil’s Trap when the YED tells Sam he’s special and he has plans for him and the other children like him. It’s all pretty good stuff. Really hard to pick.  

TINY: In Home, when Mary said to Sam, "I am sorry." Eric Kripke is a genius! It’s simple amazing how three words can tie everything together!


KARA: The Benders -- That episode freaks the hell out of me. But that’s not why I think it’s underrated. People often forget about this episode, its got humans as the bad guys, but it shows that monsters don’t just come from Hell.

Honourable mention: Nightmare -- Dudes this whole episode set up the season two plot of ‘The special children’ and also hinted (through John's reaction in Salvation) that John seems to know what Yellow Eyes had planned.

Honourable mention take two: Faith -- The reason why I didn’t say it was the Most Underrated Episode is because I believe in the confines of the season there is an excuse to say there is a reason that it is underrated, but in the bigger view of series Faith being unjustly underrated.

AMY: People put a lot of crap on Bugs but I don’t think it’s that horrible. It’s got some good moments. There’s some nice conflict between the brothers, where we see their different views on their dad and how they were raised and then of course there’s Dean in the steam shower with a towel on his head….hmmm? I think Route 666 with the stupid racist truck concept is way worse. Anyhoooo… Most underrated? I always really enjoy The Benders. I’m not sure if it’s underrated, but it’s one that you don’t often hear people talking about. I love how Dean is so desperate in his search for Sam and like I said earlier, I enjoy deputy Hudak. I love that the monsters turn out to be humans, reinforcing that humans can be just as monstrous as the things of our worst nightmares. I love how kick-ass Sammy is when he finally gets out of the cage and I totally love Sam and Dean’s little banter at the end and how Sam teases his big brother…. DEAN: Never do that again. SAM: Do what? DEAN: Go missin’ like that. SAM: You were worried about me. DEAN: All I’m sayin’ is, you vanish like that again, I’m not lookin’ for ya. SAM: Sure, you won’t. Nawwww! Adorable.

TINY: Something Wicked -- I am a lover of all Winchester family episodes such as Home, In the Beginning and The Song Remains the Same. I think Something Wicked isn't getting the love it should. It has a lot of great stuff that helped developing characters, the brother relationship and the mythos of the show.


KARA: This is going to sound like a weird one. But in Devil's Trap where Sam and Dean go to save John and Dean makes the off the hand comment about how Dean used to always want to be a fire fighter. In that one moment I believe Sam saw Dean in a new light, that he didn’t see Dean as just an extension of John, but that Dean was like him. Dean wanted the normal life, but he chose to stay with John. I donno maybe I am just looking too much into a throwaway line. I blame the amazing acting.

AMY: I’m going to cop out here and say the whole of Something Wicked. Every moment in this episode whether in the present or in the past reveals something about the brother’s relationship. We see so much of what makes Sam and Dean, Sam and Dean. We see so much of why Dean is how he is with Sam. We understand them better because we see what they went through as kids. It’s no longer an abstract concept, and Dean finally get’s to rescue Sam from the creature he failed in killing when they were children. The whole thing is a great big wonderful dollop of Sam and Dean brotherness from whoa to go.

Honourable mention: Home -- When Dean tells Sam he carried him from the house on that fateful night and Sam says, “You did?” There’s just something so beautiful, innocent and intimate about that moment between them. I don’t know; it just grabs my heart every single time.

TINY: In Devil's Trap, when YEDJohn told Sam to give him the Colt but Dean told Sam that he wasn't their father. Sam chose to trust Dean. As much as John Winchester was their father, Dean was more a father figure to Sam than John ever was. Sam looked up to his big brother the most. Sam trusted Dean more than anyone. This moment really showed how close the brothers were.


KARA: Can I just say Hell House? That whole episode was full of comedic moments, but gotta love the itching powder.

AMY: Cassie’s acting in Route 666? You’ve got to admit, it’s hilarious! Ok, ok. I always giggle at Dean humming Metallica on the doomed plane in Phantom Traveller. I also like Sam’s very loud radio prank on Dean in Hell House. I love both Sam and Dean’s reactions to that one. But I don’t think of season one as being very comedic. There are plenty of snappy lines, but outside of Hell House, there really isn’t much big comedy.

TINY: In Phantom Traveller, when revealed Dean was afraid of flying. He was so scared he was humming Metallica during the flight! What I really love about this is that it was a well thought-out detail that tied up Dean, the Impala and the style of the show. Not only it was hilarious, it also explained why Dean drove everywhere and it further supported the fact Supernatural was like a road movie, the brothers travelled in the Impala across the country week in week out, and sometimes they were on the run from the authorities. Air travel was too luxury for them and did not fit into the mythos of the show.

Supernatural really gave Jensen and Jared numerous opportunities to shine as actors. Moments like this really showed their chemistry and comedic side.


KARA: This is going to sound petty, but season one was the season of ‘we will see you soon’s and then we never see that character ever again. So my biggest unanswered question is what the hell happened to Missouri?

But really, How much did John actually know?

AMY: Easy, why on earth would Cassie dump Dean? Ok, ok. I’d always wondered how Dean knew to come back for Sam in the Pilot. But just the other day I read that there was a scene before that scene, which was cut. In it Dean notices his watch has stopped and hears static on the radio and he heads back on a gut feeling. So I guess that’s no longer unanswered! Oh I know! Why do Dean’s eyes bleed in Bloody Mary? What was his secret where someone died?

TINY: Why did Mary apologise to Sam in Home? -- The answer was finally given/ explained in multiple episodes in season four and five when the show revealed Mary made a deal with YED and it was never Mary's intention to raise her children as hunters. I love how Mary was never really there, but she was the missing puzzle of the whole picture.   


KARA: This is a hard one, season one was full of really strong stand alone episodes. I really enjoy Dead Man’s Blood and Devils Trap, but I think I will say Home. Home is just a beautifully written and acted episode. We saw just how that one night effected Dean with his reluctance to go back. We heard about the steps John went through between the death of Mary and then going out killing every supernatural monster he could find. We saw the first signs of Sam’s psychic powers. We also saw that John was very much alive and keeping away from his boys.

That John Winchester, I could hit him with a spoon.

AMY: Faith, as you’ve probably guessed! I think Faith is an incredibly important episode. It establishes another world beyond the ghosts, monsters and demons by introducing the concept of the Reaper, which essentially introduces the concept of an afterlife and a world beyond which the boys had previously dealt with. It also poses the question if there’s a Reaper and an afterlife, is there then a God? It was the first time we saw the boys face a life or death decision by being forced to choose one life over another. We hadn’t seen this kind of moral conundrum before. Previously, good and evil, live or die and been cut and dried, but not in Faith. It was the first time we saw how little Dean values his self. It was the first time we saw Sam step up and take on the role of big brother. It sets up later mythology by revealing Dean has an important purpose, a job to do. It’s the first time we see Dean as vulnerable as this and it’s the first time (and only time) we see him in a hoody....sorry, had to be said! It was also the first time we saw the notion of a binding spell, something that would be later used in the series by the Devil and by the Winchesters on poor old Death…some synergy here don’t you think? It’s beautifully shot. I love the grade on this episode. The colours are muted. It’s filmic. I adore the use of (Don’t Fear) The Reaper and the scene it accompanies. I love everything this episode stands for, so much of which the brother’s have to embrace later in the series. Even Eric Kripke loves this episode. He says in the Season One Companion; "It's when I first realised what the show was capable of. Here's this episode about: Is there a god? What's meant to be? And is there free will? And is your life worth the cost of someone else's life? It's a metaphysical and moral study of the boys' universe.” I think Faith is as close to perfect as this show gets and they managed to get there just 12 episodes in. Awesome.

TINY: Home -- It is one of the most watched Supernatural episodes on my TV. It was second episode with all four Winchesters in it since the Pilot. It took the audience and Dean and Sam back to the origin of the story -- Lawrence, Kansas. It has one of the biggest foreshadowing moments in the history of the show. It was the first time Sam found out it was Dean who carried him out of the house during the fire. It was the first time Sam met Mary. It has one of the very few scenes where Dean and Sam interacted with their mother, and she wasn't possessed or an evil clone. John's "I can't see my children until I find out about the truth" really got us all hooked about the family past, the story and the evil that killed Mary. Just when you thought it was just a random evil-killing-mum story, Supernatural showed us beyond the obvious, the mythos got stronger and stronger throughout the series. To me, it all began with Home.


KARA: The Nostalgia. To explain this I feel like I should explain how I first started watching Supernatural. I had just finished high school and I was going on schoolies (those who don’t know what schoolies is... look it up) Anyway I was nursing a hangover, which is really what the mornings during schoolies is for. My friend, which I was sharing the house with brought the first two seasons of Supernatural and was shocked when I told her I hadn’t seen it before. We powered through the first disk and since then I had been hooked. But back to the Nostalgia. Bloody Mary will always hold a special place with me. It was the episode that my whole house sat around the small TV and watched it while eating burnt barbeque meal from the night before. And then came that scene when Mary came out of the mirror everyone was drawn in. It was awesome.

AMY: Wow, can I say the whole of the season? There’s definitely a different vibe to season one, but that goes without saying. It was the beginning and for a lot of us, it’s where we fell in love with Supernatural and fell in love with Sam and Dean Winchester. The whole of the Pilot and Wendigo make me nostalgic, so many great lines, so many wonderful brother moments. Then there’s Dean allowing Sam time with the girls in Hookman and Provenance. Looking out for his little brother. Then there’s Sam telling Dean in Something Wicked that Dean was just a kid and that he should forgive himself. Looking out for his big brother. There’s an innocence to Sam and Dean’s relationship in season one, in the way they banter and take care of each other. It’s not that they don’t love and look out for each other now, it’s just that now they do so vehemently and with such intensity it’s sort of transcended love! Back in season one, it seemed all so simple; their relationship was simple, or at least as simple as the Winchester’s relationship can ever be. So I guess for me, it’s Sam and Dean’s relationship that smacks of nostalgia. As much as I love and adore the later seasons with the rich mythology, as much as I love and adore how deep and complex the brothers have become, I often find myself pining for just a little of who Sam and Dean were to each other back in season one, before God, the Devil, the Demons and the Angels screwed it all up for them.

TINY: Home -- This will always be the one episode I talk about when referring to the core theme, season one and Supernatural as a series. This is one of my ALL-TIME favourite episodes. Home is the reason I became a superfan and the reason I am in love with Supernatural.

Once again, thank you Kara and Amy being such great Twitter friends, who make me love Supernatural even more! Thanks for the opportunity!

You can read Part 1 here.

Feel free to leave us your comment.

05 January 2012

Supernatural Season One Awards (Part One) - Presented by Kara, Amy & Tiny

Dun dun dun… A few months ago, when Kara, Amy and I finished with our season six awards project, Kara suggested that we should go back to the beginning and give tribute to season one. It all began in season one when Eric Kripke introduced "saving people, hunting things, family business" to us.

Here is Part One of our Supernatural season one awards... Part Two is coming your way tomorrow. Watch this space!


KARA: Eric Kripke -- Supernatural was his creation and really its all his fault. He wrote the most pivotal episodes of season one -- The Pilot, Home, Shadow, Devils Trap. All awesome episodes, all embodied the feel for the rest of the series.

AMY: I’m going to say Eric Kripke for this one. I mean, he created this show and it all started here so he has to been seen as the most influential writing force during the first season. He imagined and created these wonderful characters, wrote in their voices, which, even into season seven, we can still hear. Though the boys have changed substantially, a lot of what was established in the Pilot, of their individual personalities and their relationship remains true today; they were written that well from the get go. Also, some of the lines Kripke created in season one have become staples in the fan vernacular. “Driver picks the music, shot-gun shuts his cakehole”; “No chick flick moments”; “Bitch/Jerk”; “Saving people, hunting things, the family business”; “There’s a storm’s coming, and you boys, your Daddy, you are smack in the middle of it.” He wrote the Pilot, Wendigo, Home, Shadow and Devil’s Trap. Five of the strongest episodes of the season. Home is one of my all time favourites. There’s so much wonderfulness in Home. From Dean telling Sam he carried him from the burning house, to his plaintive call to his dad asking for help, the first time we really see Dean’s tears, to Mary’s foreshadowing when she says “Sorry” to Sam. We didn’t find out why she was sorry until In The Beginning in season four! Kripke always says he had a five-year arc planned; just that one word alone, “Sorry”, makes me believe his vision for the series was pretty much locked and loaded by this ninth episode. So, yeah….favourite writer for season one has to be Kripke.

Honourable mention: Sera Gamble. In season one she was writing with Raelle Tucker. I think Sera is a beautiful writer who reveals an emotional depth in the Winchesters that very few of the writers are capable of doing. Also, she wrote Faith, which is pretty much my go to episode when I need to feel good. I love Faith. Like a lot.

TINY: Eric Kripke -- Supernatural has such as solid first season. Kripke is the genius who drove the mytho, the tone, the characterisation of the Winchester brothers, the writing (including the use of urban legends, music and the writing of the dialogues)... THE LOT! I wasn’t not really into genre shows back then but the thing I love about Supernatural is that it isn't just another show in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy category (which can well be another post as I am totally opposed to the press classifying Supernatural as ‘sci-fi’). Supernatural is a solid character driven drama, above all evil hunting/ horror stories and it's about the main characters fighting for something that's worth dying for, Eric Kripke showed me the one element other horror shows failed to project and perfect -- family.

The family theme can be found in other character relationships in later seasons -- the Harvelles, the Campbells, the Singers, the angels and even monsters have families. Eric Kripke created an unique quality for Supernatural and created a theme the show is still sticking with -- two brothers on the road, saving people, hunting things, family business. Without his vision, especially in season one, Supernatural would've gone Heroes. 


KARA: Kim Manners -- Why? Because he continually ‘Kicking it in the ass’.

AMY: Kim Manners -- No contest. Kim Manners was not only a wonderful director he was a mentor to many of the cast and crew on Supernatural. He was already rich with TV directing experience when brought onboard in season one. He directed five episodes in the first season and left a permanent mark on the cast and crew before his death during season four, and though he passed away three years ago this January 25, he remains a strong presence and influence on the show. Jensen says he felt Kim guiding his hand during Jensen’s directorial debut and both boys and the crew still talk about him often and with much love. We all know the bee story from Bugs, where Kim insisted on sitting in the bee filled room in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt, because Jensen and Jared had no protective clothing either. This story is still a vigorously told at conventions, all these years later. In 2011, the Supernatural studios were renamed in his honour and each and every one of us knows his mantra “Kick it in the ass”. And for me, well he was also responsible for so much of what The X Files was and he directed my favourite episode Home. I will never hear Sunshine and Lollipops without thinking of that particularly distasteful family! Kim Manners will forever be in the hearts of everyone who loves Supernatural.

TINY: Kim Manners -- He was a major contributor in setting the tone of the show. His direction helped us to understand the story and the brothers. Episodes such as Dead in the Water, Scarcrow and Devil's Trap consisted of the perfect combination that made an episode a classic Supernatural episode, setting up the benchmarks for others episodes. His vision continues to inspire the crew and new directors such as Jensen Ackles.


KARA: Back in Black -- Seriously when I hear Back in Black, in my day to day life, I can’t help think of Supernatural. It was the perfect song (and theme song for the impala).

AMY: Season one set the scene for the use of music in Supernatural. Kripke is famously quoted as saying, to ensure his taste in music was used in the show, he actually put in the Pilot script “CUE MUSIC - and you can take your anaemic alternative pop and shove it up your ass. Dean plays bass thumping, pile driving Zeppelin, and he plays it loud”. Actually, he played AC/DC’s Back In Black! The music in season one was almost a character. The songs were intrinsically tied to the action, much more so than in the later seasons, where the small budget is now spent on special effects and not on music licensing. So what’s my favourite use of a song? Well, I narrowed it down to three…best I could do, sorry. Hey Man, Nice Shot by Filter, which plays in Skin and will always make me think of evil, hot, shapeshifting Dean; (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult, which plays in Faith and which I think is one of the best music cues ever and Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival, with plays at the end of Devil’s Trap and the beginning of In My Time Of Dying, which probably is the best music cue ever! And you all thought I was going to say, “Highway To Hell”, didn’t you! Or did you think I’d say Carry On Wayward Son? Seeeeee! Awesome music!

TINY: Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas -- Never have I imagine myself screaming a classic rock song at kareoke! The song was first introduced to me in 1.21 Salvation. If it wasn't Supernatural, I would've missed out all the classic rock goodies and… Kenny Rogers. Carry On Wayward Son was the first of many classic rock songs I added to my playlist, the song was also the most played song on my iTune.


KARA: You have to stick with the classic here, “Saving people, hunting things, the family business”. No other quote had been able to sum up the entire series. Also... “Bitch” “Jerk”.

AMY: Gah! I think this might be the toughest category. Season one was full of pithy retorts! I could go for just about any of Dean’s quotes here. Or any of the brother’s come backs to each other. The bitch/jerk, the shotgun shuts his cakehole, the fabric softener teddy bear. I was trying like crazy to think of a quote that wasn’t just a throw away line, one that represented the brother’s relationship. I thought about when Dean tells Sam how he wants them to be a family again in Shadow, I thought about when Dean tells Sam that the three of them, that’s all they’ve got, that’s all he’s got in Salvation, I thought about “Take your brother outside as fast as you can and don't look back! Now, Dean, go!” from the Pilot, because really, that’s where Sam and Dean started, but I settled on, “I hope your apple pie is freakin’ worth it!” from Scarecrow, just because it’s Dean and pie.

TINY: What else but "Dad wants us to pick us where he left off, saving people, hunting things, family business." This is the "May the force be with you" to Star Wars.


KARA: This is a bit of a hard one for me. I had to decide how I wanted to approach this. Do I want to have for the stand alone season, or would I let the other seasons dictate my feelings. My favourite Good Guy for season one has to be, without a doubt John Winchester. He was built up to be this God among men.

AMY: Ummm Dean? Am I allowed to pick Dean? Right from the beginning it’s obvious Dean is the archetypal hero. Deeply flawed and conflicted, as all great heroes are. Loyal, almost to a fault. Selfless and brave and deeper than he’d like anyone to know. He’s compassionate and caring, but he hides it behind a shield of flippant remarks and a tough guy demeanour. Not that he’s not a tough guy, he’s totally badass, but just under the surface is a soft centre. He’ll stand in front of a stranger to save their life without even hesitating and he loves his brother more than any other person on the face of the Earth. Personally, I think Dean Winchester is one of the most beautifully realised, written and performed characters on TV, and that’s as a TV fan, not just a Supernatural fan. To me, the ultimate Good Guy will forever be, Dean Winchester.

Do I need to pick someone other than a Winchester? Probably. So, in that case, Deputy Kathleen Hudak from The Benders. I liked her character a lot. She was smart and sympathetic and I thought the actress that played her did an awesome job.

TINY: It’ll be too easy for me to name any Winchester boys.. so how about Favourite Good Woman? Missouri was my Favourite Good Woman. She was very enjoyable to watch and I wish to see her again. Dean and Sam need more 'family friends' especially NOW. Missouri was one of a few friends mentioned in John Winchester's diary. The character definitely has a lot of potentials. She needs to return to the show!


KARA: Yellow Eyed -- I know he isn’t seen all that much in this season, and to be fair he is more present in the second season, but the way the Supernatural writers were able to build up a character that wasn’t even seen is just remarkable. And then when this big evil, so evil that it scared their family home, possessed John. Wow. Awesome stuff.

AMY: Oh that would have to be the Yellow Eyed Demon, later revealed to be Azazel. As much as I loved Fred Lehne’s version of the YED in season two and six, the YED was never scarier or more threatening than when he was inside John Winchester, taking his anger out on Dean. That whole scene in Devil’s Trap; you just can’t look away. I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a great job with the YED and seeing as that’s the evil son of a bitch that started it all, he has to be my favourite villain.

Honourable Mention: Meg. I love Meg too, whichever meatsuit she’s in…even when she’s in Sam.

TINY: Yellow Eyed Demon -- Supernatural's first big bad! I think YED was like Crowley, he is so badass but he is so fantastic to watch and there is something likeable about him. Is it bad that we all love our demons in Supernatural more than angels? YED and the demons are likeable villains, unlike the Leviathans who are just dicks. 


KARA: I am totally, without a doubt, going to cheat in this category. My favourite guest star of season one is... Jim Beaver. Oh yeah, that is cheating. There is a reason why the character of ‘Bobby Singer’ went from just a one episode appearance to a major character for the rest of the series, Jim Beaver.

AMY: I’m going with Julie Benz in Faith. I’m a big fan of Julie, so from that respect I was excited that she was in the show. But beyond that, I liked the character of Layla Rourke a lot. She had a great outlook for someone in her position and her chemistry with Dean was undeniable. I was glad that it didn’t go anywhere, that it just ended with her gently touching Dean’s face and walking away leaving him pondering the nature of faith.

TINY: Jeffrey Dean Morgan -- This was the episode that made me a superfan of the show and John Winchester was a major factor. The appearance of John Winchester at the end of Home injected that family element that I love so much. I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I think he is the perfect actor for the role.


KARA: Bloody Mary -- Freaking hell that eyeless chick. Supernatural had managed to not only build up a common urban legend but they were able to ‘Supernatural-lise’ it by making it their own. But not only was Bloody Mary visually awesome but also the whole story on how she chooses her victims.

AMY: The Reaper from Faith. I love the Reapers in Supernatural. The whole concept that they are there, lingering behind you, just waiting to tick you off their list and whisk you off this mortal coil is fantastic. This was our first introduction to a Reaper and consequential our first introduction to a supernatural creature that wasn’t some form spirit or monster. I gotta say, he was pretty ugly though. I don’t think I’d want to go with that Reaper!

TINY: Demons -- I think it's because the demons were so connected to the mytho of the story, and I've always been a fan of the mytho heavy episodes. Demons in Supernatural weren't just portrayed with heavy make-up or costumes or over the top dialogues, they could be your friendly neighbour or maths teacher. The show's interpretation of demons as characters is so real, it's creepy! Demons are seen in popular culture all the time but there is something unique about those in Supernatural.


KARA: Mary burning on the ceiling. That effect still gets me now, and is one of the special effects that hadn’t changed, why change it, it was awesome to begin with.

AMY: I think this might be more a visual effect than a special effect, but the truck hitting the Impala at the end of Devil’s Trap never ceases to take my breath away. Every time I see it, I’m gobbed smacked! It’s just Sam going, "Look, we’ve still got the Colt. We still have the one bullet left. We just have to start over, alright? I mean, we already found the demon...” KABLAMO! Out of nowhere an 18 wheeler smacks into them! I remember watching this when it originally went to air and jumping out of my skin! Then I just sat there, mouth agape, for like five minutes! And I know it was a fortuitous piece of fate, but how the truck pushes the Impala into the camera just tops off the perfection. One of the best special effect/visual effect/stunt or whatever it is shots ever. Gets me every damn time.

TINY: I've always been a fan of the death scene of Mary Winchester -- Mary in her sleeping gown, pinned to the ceiling and then burst into flames. It was the most iconic scene of the entire series.


KARA: Ok, lets just say it, the demon smoke. I am so glad they changed it to actual smoke instead of what looked like a spilt bag of black seeds.

AMY: I hate, hate, hate the special effect at the end of the Pilot, when the Woman in White and her kids turn into a black blob and splat into the floor boards in a puddle of water. It’s just terrible. I cringe every single time I see it.

TINY: Humm… I actually don’t have one for this category. Cassie?


KARA: Sam versus John in Dead Man’s Blood. That whole ‘You were just pissed off you couldn’t control me anymore.’ We had a whole season of hearing about how Sam and John butted heads, we had a whole season of Dean being like ‘yeah lets find Dad, but Sam don’t be a jerk when we do.’ And then bam!

Honourable mention: Dean snapping it at John in Salvation. The whole ‘I was dying, a monster was at our childhood home and no you didn’t call back, and that is why we didn’t tell you about Sam’s freaky shiz’. The reason why I have put this one as a honourable mention even though I probably enjoyed it just as much and thought it was just as pivotal to the characters we had seen. However this scene seems to be a little bit more important throughout the series.

AMY: John/YED and Dean in Devil’s Trap. I find this scene gripping. The fact that the Yellow Eyed Demon is inside Dean’s dad, who he worships and has been searching for all season, just adds to the intensity of the confrontation. The way Dean just perseveres with his cocky attitude, throws it in the demon’s face that he wasted his children, tells him to stop monologuing. He won’t give the YED the satisfaction of seeing his fear. It’s incredibly stupid really but very Dean! Of course it all goes pear-shaped when the YED decides he’s had enough and just goes ahead and tries to kill Dean. Still, it’s a brilliant confrontation.

TINY: When Sam confronted John in Dead Man's Blood. For a moment, I thought Sam was going to transform into the Incredible Hulk. Sam's rebellion has always been a recurring theme. That scene was almost like bridge connection his past and the shape of things to come. The whole "you can't control me anymore"/ "if you can't save him, you have to kill him"/ "you think I'll go dark side" theme pretty much started to explode from here.

So that’s Part 1, thanks for reading. Feel free to leave a comment. Stay tuned as we bring you Part 2 tomorrow.

Thank you Kara and Amy for being so awesome once again.

04 January 2012

Supernatural Returns This Friday; New Supernatural Mag; and My New G-Star Rhino

The winter hellatus is over! Congrats for surviving another one! Don't forget to watch all-new Supernatural, Adventure in Babysitting, this Friday on the CW.

Synopsis: 7.11 Adventure in Babysitting 

“ONCE UPON A TIME” ACTRESS MEGHAN ORY GUEST STARS — Still reeling after what happened to Bobby (Jim Beaver), Dean (Jensen Ackles) becomes dangerously obsessed over finding a way to take down Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart). Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) decides to help a teenage girl (guest star Madison Mclaughlin) look for her father (guest star Ian Tracey), a hunter who has gone missing. Sam traces his last steps to a truck stop where the help (guest star Meghan Ory) turns out not to be so friendly. Jeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by Adam Glass.

My BFF Tinny shops like a pro. Half the time I don't know where she finds stuff.. Like.. this.. One of the Xmas pressies she gave me... I KNOW RIGHT!????? She knows how much I love rhino, and she got me this G-Star edition of rhino. It's so awesome!

Meet Albus Percival Wulfric Brian.

After we had breakfast this morning, we went to a comic shop. They are awesome because Supernatural was on their TV, Free To Be You And Me. And I found the latest Supernatural magazine -- special! This issue is oh-my-God-I-can't-wait-to-read as it has plenty of convention interviews, including Ben Edlund. My hero!

It's been a good day.

I have a few ideas for the next couple of features and also since I've been eating non-stop over the festive season, I will be working on a piece on food. Stay tuned!