Here you are, preview clips for "The End."  I'm warning you right now, I instantly busted out in tears over Clip #3.  Here's the official description courtesy of Warner Brothers:

Still estranged from Sam, Dean  is visited by Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) who continues to pressure him to fulfill his destiny and become a vessel for the archangel Michael so that he can defeat Lucifer.  When Dean resists, he is thrust five years into the future to see the consequences of his decision - and a ravaged, desolate post-apocalyptic world.  Also stars Misha Collins as Castiel and also guest stars Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley.  "The End" was written by Ben Edlund and directed by Steve Boyum. 



Today while playing the role of librarian, I pulled out the long neglected Supernatural series rating chart that I keep here for reference and added the first three episodes of season five. While I’m certainly enjoying season five so far as are all the diehard fans, it’s no secret that the ratings have been a bit disappointing. Heck, they’re worse than season three, and that was the basement ratings season. Or are they? Allow me to quell the fears I’ve seen out there with my usual vices of rationality and statistics. Below is why Supernatural’s lower ratings aren’t harming the show.
Okay, system issues done.  So what did you think? 

Just a word about the episode title.  "Free To Be You And Me" was a best selling childrens album from the 1970's and a cult classic for any child of that era.  What did that have to do with tonight's saga?  No idea.  I'll try to come up with that one.  No holding back, so much was thrown at us!  The trailer for next week!  Whoa!

For posterity, I'll post the rules again for reference:

-  Sam fans, Dean fans, Castiel fans, Sam haters, Dean haters, Castiel haters, all kinds are welcome.  If something upset you about THIS episode, feel free, rant away.  I will even protect you from blatant attacks by other posters (respectful disagreements though are allowed).  However, once you've stated your opinion, move on.  Do not repeat the same complaint over and over again.  Repeated complaints will be edited.  Spirited discussions are welcomed.  
-  Be respectful to other posters, and try to make your comments as constructive as possible.  Any disprespect or personal insults will be edited.   
-  DO NOT complain about spoilers on episodes that haven't aired yet.  ONLY aired material can be judged.  Any complaints about spoilers or speculation will be edited. 
-  If you want to gush about every detail, by all means, gush away!  After all, we love our show. 
-  If your post is long, copy it before hitting submit.  I wish I could say I had the best commenting module on the planet, but I don't.  The verification at the bottom is snippy sometimes. 
Wheee, episode two! To quote Dean from this episode, the hits just keep on coming. More angst for Winchesters, more end of the world saga, more fans left curled up in a ball at the end trying to recover from all the drama and distress. In other words, another classic.

It all begins with another musical montage, but instead of the seriously awesome "Lonely Is The Night" we got in "Are You There God It's Me Dean Winchester," we get a pretty lame "Long Long Way From Home" from Foreigner. Okay, really lame. The song really worked in "After School Special" but not as a prologue for the end of days. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I'll just end with that and move on.

One thing I do like is when the "Now" segment gets right to the Winchester saga and doesn't try to tease with the monster of the week. It starts with Bobby in a wheelchair, somberly looking out the window, while Sam stands in the doorway with concern. Oh, did I mention Phil Sgriccia is directing this? This means we're gonna get some pretty unique shots, like Bobby looking sad in the foreground while Sam watches in the background. Not unique for this show, but it's still really awesome in terms of emotional impact.

My review finally made its way to blogcritics today.  I apologize, but it went a little later than usual because of other work I did for them on behalf of The Big Bang Theory.  Better late than never!  There are already a couple of good comments there that get you thinking. 

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/tv-review-supernatural-good-god-yall2/

Also, Bardicvoice's review is up at her livejournal. 

http://bardicvoice.livejournal.com/58086.html#cutid1

Wondering where elle2's review is?  Below is a message she sent for everyone: 

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Taking a break…y’all…Elle2 

Hi all, I thought I’d drop a note to let you all know I’m taking a brief break from episode reviews. Frankly all, I’m exhausted. Work is excellent – thank, God, for I’m self-employed and paid by the job…so very, very happy it’s almost too much at times. My new puppy is a great joy and he takes a lot of time, all of which I’m happy to give. My creative energy is at an all time low, however, so instead of churning out reviews or thoughts or something trying to achieve coherence, I’m going to sit back and relax a bit and regroup.

Updated 9/22 - Go down to Misha Collins.  An old picture has been found!

I actually watched the very clever Emmy awards last night and got through all of it the first time in years.  Neil Patrick Harris turned something unbearable into something watchable, and one of his bits gave me a huge fit of inspiration for an off the wall article for today.  The writers for the show dug up the filmographies of all the presenters and brought out the most embarrassing or most obscure acting credit.  They used it to introduce each presenter when their turn came.  So, I did my own digging and found that this sort of fun can be done too with Jensen, Jared, Misha, and yes, even Jim.  Let's pretend our four stars were presenting at last night's Emmys.  How would you introduce them?  This is the stab I took.   

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Better known for his recurring role of Malcom on the smash 1996 NBC comedy cult hit "Mr. Rhodes," a show inexplicably cancelled after 17 episodes, welcome Jensen Ackles! 



I just wrote a preview article for The Big Bang Theory on Blogcritics because after meeting the producers and actors at Comic Con, a show that I casually watched has now turned into a show I must watch.  In catching up I've become a really big fan.  It premieres tomorrow and I'm pretty excited about it.  Since Chuck hasn't made the fall schedule, I have an even longer painful wait for my other "must see" show. 

Sure, it's known we're all Supernatural fanatics, but what other shows do you watch?  Any of them on The CW?  The only other show on The CW I'll watch is Smallville, and that's mainly because the kids love it.  As for other shows on other networks, none thrill me at this time.  I've written off Heroes for now and I'm not interested in the House version of "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest."  What shows are you looking forward to coming back?  Any other shows coming back that are on your "must see" list?  In a related question, is the very crowded Thursday night sending your DVR into digital fits?  I'm really interested in seeing what other shows people watch. 

Oh, and if anyone loves The Big Bang Theory, here's my preview article for Monday's episode.  Beware, spoilers!

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/the-big-bang-theory-season-three/
 

The second episode of any season is a tough sell. It’s kind of the red headed stepchild, instantly thrust into the shadows of the often superior (but not always) premiere. It’s the episode that most people either DVR, choose to download at a later time, or just skip altogether and wait for the DVDs to come out. Expectations are lower. Considering they offer some of the best character defining moments, I’m not sure why. 
 
Second episodes are the ones where the profiled characters are put into a tricky situation and fewer of us watch, sometimes with a microscope, examining reaction.  It's supposed to give viewers that glimpse into someone's head, or at least get us speculating on what is going on in said character's head.   I found myself after watching "Good God Y'all" going back and comparing all the Supernatural second episodes from each season. I found that even though the stories have changed, the formula hasn't.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
 
Wendigo – Season One
 
Focus: Sam
Issue: Dead girlfriend, can’t find dad. 
Monster: See the title? 
Updated 9/18 - I've heard a few complaints that some people had problems seeing the last scene with Sam and Dean due to an issue with a cable and/or satellite provider.  Since it's so good and maybe others would like to watch it anyway, I've got it for you right here. 

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Happy dance!  Happy dance!  It's episode day.  As usual, I'm opening up a thread here to post your thoughts on the second episode of the season, "Good God Y'all".  This one is a Sera Gamble penned episode, so you know it has to be interesting.  The rules are posted below, just as a reminder.

Also, BurgundyKat tipped me off to something that probably most of you have already heard about, but I'm sharing it just in case this is news to you like it was to me when I got it yesterday.  Yes, it has been a super busy week, why do you ask?  Anyway, I didn't comment on last week's Twitter hubbub over #Luciferiscoming and PDiddy's bizarre reaction over something that was clearly meant to promote a TV show because I didn't have anything more to say other than the whole thing was hilarious.  Now Misha Collins has gotten involved, so it mushrooms. 

Everyone is encouraged right now (since it's past 9 am Pacific Time) to Twitter using the trending topic #PDiddyIsScaredOfHisTV.  Yes, this all comes upon behest of Misha himself.  More details can be found below, especially the amusing fan video explaining it all, but all you really need to do is go to Twitter and check it out.  I'm dying to see how this all goes, especially since Twitter deleted the #Luciferiscoming stuff last week. 

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http://www.buddytv.com/articles/supernatural/misha-collins-supernatural-fan-31194.aspx


Now for the rules on posting about the episode:

-  Sam fans, Dean fans, Castiel fans, Sam haters, Dean haters, Castiel haters, all kinds are welcome.  If something upset you about THIS episode, feel free, rant away.  I will even protect you from blatant attacks by other posters (respectful disagreements though are allowed).  However, once you've stated your opinion, move on.  Do not repeat the same complaint over and over again.  Repeated complaints will be edited.  Spirited discussions are welcomed.  
-  Be respectful to other posters, and try to make your comments as constructive as possible.  Any disprespect or personal insults will be edited.   
-  DO NOT complain about spoilers on episodes that haven't aired yet.  ONLY aired material can be judged.  Any complaints about spoilers or speculation will be edited. 
-  If you want to gush about every detail, by all means, gush away!  After all, we love our show. 
-  If your post is long, copy it before hitting submit.  I wish I could say I had the best commenting module on the planet, but I don't.  The verification at the bottom is snippy sometimes. 

I'm going to be on a little later this evening than normal since I have an event an won't be watching until after 9:00.  However, I will be here and I'm sure I'll at least have seen it before the West Coast.  So enjoy, and I'll check in with everyone later.