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.
Continue reading Television: Sneak Peek At Supernatural S5.21 & Why This Viewer Thinks Crowley Works As A Character & Bela & Ruby Didn’t
I might be mistaken, but I think that the CW Network/Warner Bros might be just a tad bit excited about the airing of hit series Supernatural’s 100th episode tonight (4.15.10) at 9PM EST. Ok so they might be a lot excited about it and with good reason too!
Supernatural, which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester — two monster hunting, ghost vanquishing, demon fighting brothers who roam the back roads USA back roads with a trunk load of weapons in the black ’67 Chevy Impala — has, with the help of its loyal viewing audience and fans, continued to defeat the dreaded ratings monster for 5 straight seasons and 100 episodes.
Continue reading Television: CW Network Shares Stills From the 100th Episode of Supernatural
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! Cento. Ein hundert. Ekato. Cent — No matter what language you say it, “100” is a milestone number. The number itself is mathematically perfect. And if you live to see your 100th birthday, the President of the United States sends you a special letter. But that is not the “100” we are talking about here.
In an era of more channel choices than ever before, the digital power to see what we want when we want it, and the burden of an antiquated ratings system unable to account for all that, it is nothing short of miraculous for a television series to reach the airing of one hundred new episodes, and still keep going strongly. Being able to accomplish this milestone indicates a staying power that very few new series are able to tap into in order to survive past their first season.
Before we sit down Thursday night in giddy anticipation of the airing of episode #100 of Supernatural (titled “Point of No Return”), let’s take a look back at how cast and crew celebrated this momentous occasion and what they had to say. They carefully dropped just a few spoilers back then (even though we know much more now) and it was still a time that everyone was waiting to hear if season five would really be the last. Luckily a few weeks after the party, season six was made official. Let’s reminisce on that wonderful time before Thursday’s epic event.
Continue reading Supernatural: The Celebration of Episode #100 by Cast and Crew
In a continuation of the party celebrating the milestone 100th episode of the hit CW Network series, Supernatural, the good folks at Warner Brothers have sent out a little party treat to some of us journalist types: an advanced look at the S5.18 Point of No Return.
As we saw back in last week’s episode, S5.17 99 Problems, a totally frustrated and mentally and emotionally exhausted Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) has begun to think the only way to stop Lucifer and save the planet is to say yes and become Michael’s vessel. Which in turn has his brother, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) deeply worried and looking for a means to keep Dean from making that decision and all of this is widening the rift between the two of them. In my opinion the reason the rift between them is widening is because Dean doesn’t care about what’s going on anymore or about the consequences of saying yes to Michael and he is leaving Sam feeling like he has no back up in his own battle to stay strong against Lucifer.
In the pivotal 100th episode, S5.18 Point of No Return directed by Phil Sgriccia and written by Jeremy Carver, the Winchester brothers find out that unbeknownst to any of them, the angels have been coming up with a shocking and horrifying “Plan B” to bring about the final days of the apocalypse. Together with Castiel (Misha Collins) and Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) Sam and Dean put aside the widening rift between them, as much as they can, and prepare to take on Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) in a desperate attempt to prevent the beginning of the end on Earth. The episode also sees the return from the dead (in true Winchester fashion) of Dean and Sam’s half brother Adam Milligan (Jake Abel).
Without giving too many spoilers away, here’s what I have to say about the 100th episode of Supernatural.
Continue reading Television: Advance Review of Supernatural 100th Episode, S5.18 Point of No Return
The hit CW Network action series, Supernatural which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester and Misha Collins as the angel Castiel, turns 100 episodes old next Thursday April 15th at 9PM EST so I say let the party begin! And what better way to start a party than to show the party that the cast and crew had back in January shortly after they finished filming the milestone 100th episode titled Point of No Return.
Supernatural has come a long way from it’s season one days on the now defunct WB Network and its subsequent move to the CW Network. Back then fans and viewers were just beginning to take the monster hunting, demon fighting journey with the newly reunited brothers Winchester who were also searching for their missing father, John Winchester (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Along the way, we have watched Sam and Dean grow together and then apart from each other again as tragic events, deals with demons and both holy and unholy destines have unraveled the foundation of everything they thought they knew about themselves as hunters, sons and brothers.
Several things have been key to keeping Supernatural going strong for five years and 100 episodes and counting. The most important has been the strength and versatility of talent in the two lead actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. These two young actors are more than just pretty faces on a CW series, they are dedicated to their craft and they care about their characters and their work. Second has been the addition of such well rounded characters as Bobby Singer and the angel Castiel. Both Misha Collins and Jim Beaver have only added to the success of Supernatural. Third has been the writing, which kept Supernatural from being just another formulaic ‘monster of the week’ action series and has strived to create and maintain interesting characters, stories and has given viewers plenty of things to think about, talk about and write about.
Last but by no means least, as the cast and crew of Supernatural will tell you, the fans and the viewers who tune in every Thursday night to catch up with Sam and Dean Winchester are also a huge part of the success and longevity of the series.
So let’s party on and celebrate Supernatural’s milestone 100th episode with some sneak pick vids of S5.18 Point of No Return.
Continue reading Television: Sneak Peeks at Supernatural’s 100th Episode S5.18 Point of No Return
When dead folks in a small town start rising up from their graves and returning to their homes and begin living their old lives like they never left, the Winchester brothers are fairly sure its another sign of the apocalypse. However their fears about apocalyptic events take a backseat when they soon realize that their good friend and ally Bobby Singer (guest star Jim Beaver), who lives nearby, is personally affected by the ‘homecoming’ of the newly risen dead.
Yes, Bobby Singer is definitely affected by the events of this episode and in one pivotal moment at the end of the episode as they are watching his wife’s funeral pyre burning, he says to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester: “She’s the love of my life, How many times do I have to kill her?”
Very poignant and heartbreaking right? Except for the fact that, by all established canon, Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) now seems to have TWO dead wives. The lovely brunette Lisa from S3.10 Dream A Little Dream of Me and the lovely blonde Karen in S5.15 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (written by Jeremy Carver).
That’s just one of the two major things that, for me, kept this episode from being the best it could be.
Continue reading Television Recap: Supernatural S5.15 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid – But Women Dye Their Hair & Change Their Names
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
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
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
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover a he-witch (guest star Hal Ozsan) is running a high-stakes poker game where the currency is life years instead of money. Bobby (Jim Beaver) sees the game as a chance to get out of the wheelchair and bets 25 years, but loses. As Bobby begins to age rapidly, Dean steps in to save him but also ends up turning into an old man, leaving Sam holding the bag for their survival. Robert Singer directed the episode with teleplay by Sera Gamble and story by Sera Gamble & Jenny Klein.
I’ll admit right now I went into watching The Curious Case of Dean Winchester with a large grain of trepidation. Not because of the plot line though, because I was fairly certain that Sera Gamble as one of Supernatural’s veteran writers would be able to create a credible storyline around the premise of a he-witch with the powers to give to or take years from a person’s life. What I had the trepidation about was knowing that instead of putting the highly talented Jensen Ackles through the aging process via special effects make up, the studio had chosen to send out a casting call for an older actor to play the part of seventy-some year old Dean Winchester.
The way I saw this,we had a fifty-fifty chance of the casting director making a brilliant choice such as was made when young Ridge Canipe was chosen, not once but twice to portray a younger version of Dean Winchester (most notable as 12 year old Dean in Supernatural S3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas), or what was in my opinion an unmitigated disaster in the choice of casting Brock Kelly to play eighteen year old Dean Winchester in Supernatural S4.13 episode After School Special.
Continue reading TV Recap: Curiously Entertaining- A Commentary on Supernatural S5.7 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester