First off, don’t miss Misha Collins live on twitter tonight at 9pm EST. He will be checking in with the fans Misha Collins-style while the show airs on the east coast. If you haven’t read any of Misha’s tweets, you definitely don’t want to miss out tonight.
Supernatural is coming down to the wire for the 5th season’s apocalyptic storyline, so I was wondering why S5.20, The Devil You Know was such a slow moving episode it was almost standing still. About the only analogy I can come up with is that it is like the part in the roller coaster ride where you make that slow, ratcheting climb to the top of first hill the ride is about to go whizzing down. I sure hope that S5.21 and S5.22 have that kind of excitement to them cause the last episode was sort of boring. But only sort of—this is Supernatural after all so it did take some interesting twists while it was ratcheting up that hill.
In Supernatural S5.20 Castiel (Misha Collins) hadn’t back from out of nowhere yet, but the dapper, smooth talking demon Crowley (Mark Sheppard) had. And he is back with self-absorbed plans to use the Winchester brother’s battle to defeat Lucifer for his own personal gain. With Crowley back for S5.20 and tonight’s episode 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight and seeing how well he fits in and suits the storyline, it got me to thinking about something I’d like to share.
SAM AND DEAN ARE KILLED AND GO TO HEAVEN — Ambushed by angry hunters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are shot and killed and sent to Heaven. Castiel (Misha Collins) warns Dean that Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) is looking for them in Heaven so they need to lay low while searching for an angel named Joshua (guest star Roger Aaron Brown) who can help them since he talks directly to God. While searching for Joshua, the brothers run into some old friends and family members. Jeff Woolnough directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin
It took me a bit to get to the commentary on Supernatural S5.16 Dark Side of the Moon because there was so much in the episode to think about and form an opinion on. I liked this episode, which was written by Daniel Loflin and Andrew Dabb, but I’m still having a hard time deciding it if was a pivotal episode or just another filler episode. With some of the things we learned about Heaven, about Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) I’m leaning more towards pivotal. Yet I think the things that it ‘filled in’ about these characters for the viewers and for the fans of the series was more important to the progression of the myth arc concerning the apocalypse than any pivot points.
“I wanted it to be a total surprise for you all, but someone spilled the beans!”
That’s Traci Dinwiddie’s reaction when I contacted her to do an interview with her on her return to Supernatural as Pamela “best damn psychic in the state” Barnes after her character’s demise in the S4.15 episode, Death Takes a Holiday.
The “bean spiller” of course was the publicity department for the CW Network who sent out the promo blurb for S5.16 Dark Side of the Moon which announced her return guest appearance along with several other favorite Supernatural characters who have passed into the ‘great beyond’.
It’s no April Fools Day joke when fellow hunters track and kill Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as retribution for starting the apocalypse. The boys are surprised to find themselves in Heaven and with Castiel’s (Misha Collins) help navigating Paradise, they begin searching for information about God’s whereabouts. In the meantime, Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) continues his intense quest to find the brothers and force them to accept their destinies as Lucifer & Michael’s vessels. Additional guest stars include: Colin Ford as ‘Young Sam,’ Samantha Smith as ‘Mary Winchester,’ Chad Lindbergh as ‘Ash,’ Traci Dinwiddie as ‘Pamela,’ Roger Aaron Brown as ‘Joshua’ and Bones the Dog as ‘Casey.’ Jeff Woolnough directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Dan Loflin.
Traci Dinwiddie’s first appearance as Pamela Barnes was in the S4.1 episode Lazarus Rising when Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) takes the Winchester brothers to her in search of some answers as to who pulled Dean out of hell and returned him, fully restored, to life. The character of psychic Pamela Barnes was smartly crafted, well written and most importantly cast with the talented and charismatic Dinwiddie in the role. All of which served to make the character a rarity in universe of Supernatural—a female character that many of the viewers and the fans embraced with enthusiasm. Pamela’s demise in the latter part of season four was met with dismay, but now she’s back for another round of adventure with the Winchester Brothers and Eclipse has an exclusive chat with Traci Dinwiddie on that return—well as much as we could pry out of her without letting any spoilers slip. Ah to live in fear of the Kripke!
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 12in 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.
At the end of Supernatural season 2 and all of season 3, the gates of hell had been opened and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) had a deal coming due for his soul: the soul he had traded into hell in one year’s time for the return to life of his younger brother, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki). In the exciting season 4 of the hit CW/Warner Brother’s series, the gates of heaven have been opened as well and the Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) lifted Dean out of hell after he had suffered 4 long months of torture at the hands of the demons. But was it too late to keep Sam from going down a dark path with his guide, the demon Ruby (now played by Genevieve Cortese) who seemed like a friend but could easily be a foe. And did hell change Dean Winchester more than Sam wants to admit? All this amid a desperate race to stop the demons from breaking 66 of the seals needed to hold Lucifer imprisoned. Can Sam and Dean Winchester pull back together as a team in time to do this?
Supernatural season 4, starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester: two monster hunting, demon fighting brothers, has been an exciting thrill ride so far, starting with the season premiere episode, Lazarus Rising. Lazarus Rising introduced viewers/fans to the character of Pamela Barnes, described by series recurring character Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) as ‘the best damn psychic in the state’. When we last saw the lovely and vivacious Pamela Barnes she had been blinded to the point of having her eyes burned out of their sockets in an attempt to see the true form of the being responsible for yanking Dean Winchester out of hell and restoring to him to life and body. That being turned out to be the warrior angel, Castiel (Misha Collins).
The extremely talented and versatile Traci Dinwiddie is the actress who plays psychic Pamela Barnes. Back before the premiere of Lazarus Rising, Eclipse Magazine had the opportunity to do an in-depth interview with Dinwiddie on her role in Supernatural season 4. At the time, Traci was under the fear of series creator Eric Kripke not to reveal key spoilers from her work in the episode. Now that Lazarus Rising has aired (and received a very awesome 3.96 in the ratings), I took the opportunity to catch back up with the beautiful Traci Dinwiddie to chat a little bit about the things she couldn’t reveal before and to get some behind the scenes scoops for Eclipse readers.
“Whether she’s flirting with the boys or conjuring spirits, she works it unapologetically, with the bold fierceness of a total rocker chick!”
That was Traci Dinwiddie’s response to my question about what drew her to playing the role of psychic Pamela Barnes in the Supernatural season 4 opener ‘Lazarus Rising’ which will be airing on the CW Network Thursday September 18th at 9PM EST.
Supernatural, the hit Warner Bros/ CW Network series now entering its fourth season, stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester – two brothers who have spent their lives being trained by their father to save people by hunting down and killing all manner of supernatural entities and creatures while at the same time tracking down the Yellow-Eyed demon that killed their mother when Sam was baby and Dean was four: a demon with plans for Sam, who seems to be endowed with mystical powers of his own, to become the leader of an army of demons released from hell. Continue reading INTERVIEW: Traci Takes on Supernatural- An Exclusive Interview with Traci Dinwiddie→