Sam (the newlywed Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester are finally back from the second hellatus of Supernatural season 5 and they’ve brought zombies with them!
The last time we saw zombies in Supernatural, it was back in the S2.4 episode Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things where lovelorn Neil Levine resurrected his dead ex girlfriend, Angela. This time around, in an episode directed by John Showalter and written by Jeremy Carver, there is a whole plethora of dead loved ones risen from the grave including Bobby Singer’s dead wife, Kim (Carrie Ann Fleming).
Continue reading Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural S5.15 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Breaking News: The CW has announced today (2.16.10) that the hit series Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins has been given an early renewal for a a 6th season. However the good news for fans and viewers of the show has been tempered by information coming out that series creator Eric Kripke is stepping down from his duties as show-runner on a day-to-day basis in season 6. Those duties will be turned over to executive producer Sera Gamble. Gamble has been with Supernatural since season 1, coming on board first as a writer than taking on executive producer duties as the seasons progressed. Kripke along with Robert Singer will both continue on with the series in their roles of Executive Producers and will still have a hand in the direction of the series. Word also has it that Kripke will also be using his time to work on a new project for Warner Brothers.
“Cupid, draw back you bow and let your arrow go straight to my lover’s heart for me.”
That’s a line from a very popular Valentine’s Day themed love song, but in Supernatural S.14 My Bloody Valentine (written by Ben Edlund and directed by Mike Rohl), it seems to have a very sinister and deadly consequence. Or does it? That’s what Sam (Jared Padalecki –who is getting married in two weeks to the lovely Genevieve Cortese aka Ruby 2.0) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester are at first led to believe by the Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) who is convince a Cupid (Lex Medlin, whom I have to say is one confident man) has gone rogue and is killing the lovers it first unites. Castiel tells them that a cupid is actually a lower level cherub and not incontinent. Nor, as we find out are they “little dudes with wings and a diaper”. The one in is this episode is a full grown, robust looking man with the gentle playfulness of an over eager puppy. It becomes apparent to both Winchesters and to Castiel that the whimsical cupid is not the one setting lovers up for the kill and they also quickly discover that it isn’t just hungry hearts that are dying, other people with other hungers are falling victim as well.
Continue reading Television: Hungry Heart Gets a New Meaning – Commentary on Supernatural S5.14 My Bloody Valentine
Once upon a time, in mining town in Pennsylvania called Harmony, there was this handsome but totally deranged young man named Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles) who took on the personality of Harry Warden a dead miner who used to kill people with a pick axe. Hanniger unable to control his split personality, began taking up where Warden left off and..oh wait wrong My Bloody Valentine!
This one is the newest episode of season five of the hit CW Network series, Supernatural. While this aptly titled 14th episode of Supernatural, which is being aired in February (and you gotta love this show’s sense of the absurd to connect these things together) might not be featured in the latest 3D technology, we still get to see Jensen Ackles..and Jared Padalecki too.
In Supernatural S5.14, My Bloody Valentine (directed by Mike Rohl and written by Ben Edlund), Castiel (Misha Collins) helps Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) hunt down Cupid (guest star Lex Medlin) on Valentine’s Day after townspeople start to kill each other for love. However, after Cupid tells them he’s innocent, they discover Famine (guest star James Otis), one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has arrived in town.
Hmmm, wonder if he is as good looking as the deranged killer, Tom Hanniger? Let’s take a look at the sneak peeks provided by Warner Brother and see if we get to find that out.
Continue reading Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural S5.14 My Bloody Valentine
With Sweeps Weeks going on and every television network looking to gain even more viewing audiences for their shows, The CW Network and Warner Brothers gave select members of the online press a chance to have an advance viewing of this week’s new episode of the hit series, Supernatural to generate some Sweeps Week buzz about it. After taking advantage of that opportunity to see Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains the Same, all this reviewer can say about it is WOW!!
Ok, there is more to say than just that. Check out this synopsis to see what I mean.
When angel ally Anna (guest star Julie McNiven) escapes her captors in Heaven she contacts Castiel (Misha Collins) in an effort to find Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), but Castiel is suspicious of her motives. He soon learns that the former ally has gone back in time in a “Terminator”-like plan to stop the Apocalypse by killing John (Matt Cohen) & Mary (Amy Gumenick) Winchester before their son’s are ever born, thus ending the possibility of the brothers becoming vessels for Lucifer and Michael. Steve Boyum directed the episode written by Sera Gamble and Nancy Weiner.
Now read my review of Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains the Same.
Continue reading Television: Sam & Dean Winchester "Meet The Parents" In Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains The Same
High school nerd Gary (guest star Colton James) conjures up a body-switching spell and changes bodies with Sam (Jared Padalecki). Thrilled by his new handsome and well-built body Gary (now Sam) investigates a case with Dean (Jensen Ackles) and takes advantage of Sam’s good looks and age by hitting on women and getting drunk. Meanwhile, the real Sam is stuck inside Gary’s teenage body, dealing with intrusive parents and high school.
Before we get into the commentary about Supernatural S5.12 Swap Meat and why I feel that this episode suffered from a lack of a certain necessary continuity, I want to talk about the big Supernatural news that happened this past weekend.
I’m talking about the big party they had up in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday to celebrate the filming of Supernatural’s 100th episode. Yes Supernatural is 100 episodes old and still going strong and that is quite an accomplishment for the offbeat genre show on a struggling netlet that everyone thought wouldn’t last more than two seasons. Of course we here at Eclipsemagazine.com have always known that Supernatural had what it takes to be a success; great writing, directing, producing and most of all two very talented lead actors in Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles who have made Sam and Dean Winchester two of the most compelling characters on television today. So a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Eric Kripke, Sera Gamble and the rest of the Supernatural creative team (the late Kim Manners most definitely included) on this milestone success and here’s to more success to come. ‘Kick it in the Ass!’
Now, let’s move on to my commentary about Supernatural S5.12 Swap Meat.
Continue reading Television: Continuity Where for Art Thou? – Commentary on Supernatural S5.12 Swap Meat
Before we go into why I think continuity is a good thing in last week’s episode of the hit CW Network series Supernatural, let’s take a look at a little continuity in real life involving Supernatural fandom. We all know that Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are the two hot lead actors who play Sam and Dean Winchester on Supernatural. We know that fans are always looking for opportunities to talk to and interact with the guys and they keep hoping that one of the plethora of social networking sites that pop up under the actor’s names really does belong to them. This usually prompts one or both of the actors to make statements at conventions that they do not have Myspace, Facebook or Twitter accounts. Their friends and co-workers who do have these kinds of accounts have repeatedly stated that the guys do not have them.
The continuity of this denial has never been broken and, unfortunately the fakes also continue to pop up and one in particular on Twitter became more than just an annoyance. This prompted Clif Kosterman, the bodyguard for Ackles and Padalecki to join twitter in an attempt to oust the fakers. It has also prompted the two Supernatural leads to make a video stating once more that they do not have any social networking sites and asking fans to not be fooled by imposters.
Continue reading TV ReCap: Continuity is a Good Thing – Commentary on Supernatural S5.11 Sam, Interrupted
After five seasons of being the WB/CW dark horse show with incredible staying power, Supernatural received some much deserved recognition for their work. In the 36th Anniversary of the People’s Choice Awards, Supernatural won the award in the category of Favorite Scifi/Fantasy Show, beating out Heroes, Tru Blood, Lost and Vampire Diaries to win Best Sci Fi/Fantasy Show!
“This show is on fire!” says the CW Network in a recent press release about the win. And indeed it is with the series climbing higher in the ratings since the beginning of season 4 than is normally expected of series that has been on the air and fighting it’s up way through the ratings like Supernatural has.
While the presenting of the award was not shown in the aired portion of the awards ceremony, which aired live on CBS on Wednesday January 6th, it is still a very important accomplishment for a series that has come so far by riding on the strength of it’s strong, well crafted characters of Sam and Dean Winchester and the recently added Castiel, (played respectively by talented lead actors, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins) along with such intriguing recurring characters as Bobby Singer(Jim Beaver), The Trickster (Richard Speight, Jr.) and Ellen Harvelle (Samantha Ferris).
Continue reading Television: Supernatural Gains Recognition With People’s Choice Win for Favorite Scifi/Fantasy Show
While Supernatural is still going strong in first run on the CW Network, the hit series, which is now in it’s 5th season, has found a syndication home on TNT. This of course means that fans who discovered this exciting series a little later in the game can look forward to a chance to catch up with Dean and Sam Winchester from the very beginning and those who have been with the show since the pilot have a chance to re-experience it all again.
Continue reading Television: Supernatural Finds Syndication Home On TNT
Sam and Dean Winchester move on from hanging out at a convention with fans all eager to ‘live the supernatural hunter’s life’ to facing down their most dreaded enemy this season..Lucifer!!
Continue reading Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural S5.10 Abandon All Hope
The CW Network is still pleased as punch about how well Supernatural season five is doing in the ratings and had the following to say in a press release dated November 18, 2009:
SUPERNATURAL matched its best adults 18-34 (1.5/4) performance of the season, and scored its second best ratings this season in adults 18-49 (1.3/3).
What were they so happy about?
Well last Thursday November 12 in episode S5.09 The Real Ghostbusters,( directed by Jim Conway from a teleplay by Eric Kripke and story written by Nancy Weiner) the fictional characters of Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester went to a Supernatural convention being put on by Carver Edlund a.ka. Chuck Shurley (Rob Benedict) who wrote books he thought were fantasies in his head but were actually documentation of the lives of Sam and Dean Winchester starting at the point where the two brothers came back together to search for their missing father John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and to do hunting of supernatural creatures along the way.
Coincidentally (or maybe not) the very weekend after the episode aired, Supernatural actors Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Rob Benedict who play these characters went to a Supernatural convention as well (Jim Beaver, Richard Speight Jr., Misha Collins, Rob Benedict and Aldis Hodges were there as well). For the record though the characters and the actors attended two very different conventions, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t similarities as well. Let’s take a look at both of them as I do my commentary for last week’s Supernatural episode S5.09 The Real Ghostbusters.
Continue reading TV Recap: Sam and Dean Winchester Have a Conventional Experience: Commentary on S5.09 The Real Ghost Busters
Last week in Supernatural 5.08 Changing Channels, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (the recently engaged Jensen Ackles) found themselves tossed into TVland by their old nemesis The Trickster (Richard Speight Jr.). Being the nasty prankster that he is, The Trickster (who was revealed to actually be the arch angel Gabriel) threw the Winchester brothers into a procedural cop show and made them play the roles of sunglass wearing CSI type detectives. Dean makes it clear he hates wearing sunglasses at night and he really hates procedural cop shows!
Well this week you can bet the Winchester boys are wishing they were back in TVland or at the most had their sunglasses to hide behind as they get tricked by Sam’s obsessed fan Becky into attending a Supernatural convention and of course this episode is airing right before Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins, along with Jim Beaver, Traci Dinwiddie and other past guest stars are set to appear in Chicago IL at the Creation Convention Salute to Supernatural.
Continue reading Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural 5.09 The Real Ghostbusters