So, I was sitting at one of the press tables in the Chuck press room, waiting for all the video interviews to finish so us print media in the back could get a chance to talk to people, when I looked over in the corner and saw standing by himself of all people Robert Duncan McNeill!  He wasn't part of the panel, and was obviously there as a show of support since he's a Supervising Producer for the show and has directed several episodes. 
 
Who's he you ask?  I of course know this man's career, being a huge Star Trek fan. He played Tom Paris on Star Trek Voyager. Since then he's gone onto a great directing and producing career in TV, doing a good number of shows, including an episode with a brand new show in 2005 on The WB called Supernatural. That episode was a landmark one, "Skin."  
 
I first went over and introduced myself and the hubby as huge fans of his work, ones that are always pointing out to each other when Robert Duncan McNeil is directing another show (not to mention a few of the hubby's geek friends). Then, in a flash of brilliance, I pulled out my audio recorder and identified myself as administrator of The Winchester Family Business with a specific question for the readers of my site. I got a 2 1/2 minute conversation of pure gold. 
In picking what article to go out with before our Comic Con induced hiatus, there was one thing that was nagging me for so long it just could no longer be ignored. Pouring through all the clips and pictures of my vast collection, I set out to uncover the mystery. I'm talking about the enigma known as Sam Winchester's hair. 
 
Just like Sam, his hair has been wandering from place to place, never finding a real purpose in this world. We have to wonder if Dean's consistent clean cut look and Sam's ever changing mess is a reflection of the paths their characters have taken. Nah, I'm reading way too much into that. Still, hair doesn't lie. Let's go through the seasons and see if there's any plausibility to that theory.
Faellie again has sent another one to make us think!  This time, she has a fantastic analysis on what misfortune has done to families in the world of Supernatural.  As usual with guest posts, I request that if sharing, do not repost, but provide a link to this article.   

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One of the starting points for the Supernatural story is the death of Mary Winchester.  The end that this brings to the marriage of John and Mary, and to normal family life for the Winchester family, is the beginning of a long run of marriages which are shown as ending violently, and of families which can't hold themselves together.
Impala moments:
 
Sam, Dean and the Impala are indelible images from this series. Pick any season and you will find plenty to choose from, I present four that stand out to me, either because they have heavy emotional reveals or brotherly bonding; there are dozens more to choose and by no means do I suggest these are the best, they simply are the ones that came to mind immediately for each season when I decided to ‘throw' this together. 
 
The idea for this little exercise came at the end of my watching Fresh Blood and boom, a simple, lite fare post came to mind. I invite you to peek at the following screen caps - added by the ever generous and always supernaturally obsessed Alice - and after you've gazed at them drop a comment and let me know which images came to your mind.
Bethany came up with a great idea, and even sent her comments along to get the ball rolling.  This is from a post she did a while ago on her livejournal, http://sometimeredhead.livejournal.com/1807.html

List your favorite Supernatural episode and why.  Yes, pick one.  Assume you only have time for one.  Which one would you pull out of the DVD cabinet, or select on iTunes?  Bethany's is listed first.  I asked elle2 to contribute hers, and then I did my own. 
This is one of the most intense recaps I've ever attempted. "Born Under A Bad Sign" is a delicious, thrilling, and completely nerve wracking episode that ranks in my top five of best episodes ever. It's not only one of the best acted episodes of the series, it's one of the best directed as well. So much detail went into the making of this, and this recap is going to do its best to capture every bit of that. So, in the process, treat this recap as though you were tackling your next novel. Get comfy!

The writer is Cathryn Humphries, who created an absolute classic and proves that no writer does brotherly angst better (well, her and Sera Gamble). The director is first timer for Supernatural J. Miller Tobin, and boy did he bring something fresh. Nothing like a few director's tricks here and there to take a suspense filled tale and slam dunk it into the stratosphere. This is also THE episode that everyone goes back to when trying to pinpoint when Jared Padalecki's acting finally soared to new heights, putting him and Jensen on even ground. This episode was the acting game changer, and the show and viewers have never been the same since.

So, here we go, intense detail and all, "Born Under A Bad Sign."
Hellatus Check #2
 
Since I’m only planning on four Hellatus Check articles one could infer that we’re halfway through…well, almost folks. According to the fabulous news from the CW we only have nine weeks remaining to the premier of Season 5. We are actually eight weeks through Hellatus, so we’re definitely gaining ground.
 
So what’s been going on out in the realm of Supernatural? Well, there were conventions in Europe and I believe in Australia so, if you haven’t dabbled in some reports and videos from those, might I suggest a trip to Supernaturalwiki and follow the links. There’s plenty of news and vids and pics there to occupy you and give you something to settle your nerves. 
 
At the end of this month our very own Alice is traveling to California to attend the Comic Con…under her own press pass for The Winchester Family Business. She has promised reports! And if that is not quite enough for you, mark your calendars for the convention being held in Vancouver at the end of August that our very own Tigershire is attending – Tigershire, reports please (as in MIRACLE NOW! Kinda please)
This is another one from the blogcritics archives that never made it over to this site, until now.  I know, it's looking back at season three and the quality of it's DVD release, but there's a great little list at the end pointing out what we learned from season three.  I've always thought it amusing.  Anyway, a little something to pass the time, thus the Hellatus Time Killer ranking. 
Ranking the seasons:
 
If you had to choose (and you don’t) which season would you rate as the best?
 
Season one had its ups and downs and didn’t find its footing until Home and even then, while Asylum, Scarecrow and Faith all were excellent followers there is still the little matter of Route 666 tumbling around in there and The Benders, while fun in its own twisted way, isn’t indicative of how great the show was to become. Season one ultimately is a gold mine for writers to – well, mine in later seasons (and I credit Loflin and Dabb for doing so) but it does not rank as the best season ever. It set the stage, grounded the characters; gave us the look, the feel, the sound, the essence of the show. It’s better than it is not but as far as top to bottom awesome (or beginning to end) there are oo many rough spots for me to give it a rating as the best season