The Misha Collins panel. This is a doozy. I personally got all the tongue in cheek humor and found myself laughing through just about all of it. However, Misha is an acquired taste. So, anything you read here, or see on Youtube, or see quoted on some site remember, the context is definitely “not serious.” 
-          He came out and before the first question brought up the “fucking peach underwear.” He of course curses Richard for bringing up something so private and tries to call him out, but Richard isn’t around. He claims it was not thread bare. More coming on that later in the panel. 
-          Misha didn’t waste much time going straight into questions. Someone asked about his imdb entry Stonehenge Apocalypse. He matter of factly says it’s about Stonehenge and it’s about the apocalypse. â€œThere’s occult, there are guns, and there’s a fighter jet. Need I say more?” When will we see it? On the Syfy channel, but he doesn’t know when. â€œThey didn’t ask me when I wanted it to air. Kind of annoying. I hope it’s not on my birthday.”
-          He was messing with the next questioner about her “faux hawk.” Messing with the fans will be Misha’s thing throughout this panel. She asks about the vocal tone he uses with Castiel compared to his own. He of course took the opportunity to find the irony in how she was asking a vocal question when her microphone wouldn’t work. One technician later, the question was asked again. He claims he has a “petite” voice and when he’s on camera he tries to toughen it up a little. â€œI read the script and Castiel’s voice is blowing out windows and people are practically going deaf when he tries to speak to them so I thought naturally the guy should have a gruff voice when now I regret. Because its two years of (grumble). But it’s fun, I mean it gives me and Jensen this chance to be gruffer and growlier than each other. It gives us something to do on the set. I can tell that we both drop it down when were in scenes together. â€˜Oh yeah, fucker.’” Did I mention Misha likes to curse?
Despite all the stuff I talk about the cons, the fan experiences, the bonding moments, the panels, the bottom line is all attention goes to Jared and Jensen. When they’re in the building, time stops. The panel is done and as I sit here on a break still trying to type up summaries of Misha and Jim’s panel from yesterday, I’m sure everyone has in the back of their minds, “Well, where’s the J&J news Alice? Cough it up.” Either that or you’re shouting it at the computer. You’ll get a full and an accurate summary later but in the meantime, here’s the quick and dirty or as I call it, whatever my fuzzy brain can recall.

Jared and Jensen both are both in very high spirits today. They have been joking around with fans, especially in the photo-ops rooms (from every report I’ve heard anyway) and seem genuinely happy to be here. In something different this time, they both opted to do an hour long panel together. No individual panels. I think it worked out great. 
Just like yesterday with Richard and Misha, “Changing Channels” got quite a bit of mention. The boys came out to the Supernatural sitcom theme song playing in the background. They both were goofing around and doing funny moves and faces to the song as they got settled into their seats. Jensen after mentioning they would be doing one panel together started off the questioning, but not before Jared had to joke around that they would take individual questions, but to please ask Jensen a question too so he wouldn’t feel left out. He takes it personally and he has to work with him tomorrow. Needless to say, there was no absence of such questions for Jensen. 
There was tons of banter between these too, both joking on just about everything. Someone asked about their reactions to finding out they were Michael and Lucifer’s vessels. After remembering that they found out in different episodes, Jensen seemed okay with it, Jared thought being Lucifer was REALLY cool. Jensen joked that if he got to play Michael, he would just rip off John Travolta. There was some strange joking between them about Battlefield Earth and it got them both laughing.
What goals do they still have in their lives that they want to accomplish? Jensen wants to have children. The whole crowd went “awwwww”. Then Jared jumps in, “me too!”
Eye of the Tiger was not rehearsed. It honest was an impromptu thing setup by Jared. I think that was already established, but in case anyone wasn’t sure. 
Someone asked if they would be sad if the show ends, especially after this season, saying goodbye to everyone, aka the crew in Vancouver. Jensen said (in a joking way) that the show will go on for as long as the fans want it to. Yes, everyone cheered. They were obviously vague about a season six, but it didn’t sound like they were prepping for the end either. The gist that eventually both guys answered, things must come to an end eventually and they will be sad when it happens, but they’ll move on. Jensen joked that he can’t find work outside of Vancouver anyway, so he’ll probably end up working with them again. 
They’re both very realistic about their career directions. They know they aren’t A-listers and don’t have a lot of prime choices as actors. They will keep acting obviously because they love what they do, but the opportunities are unknown. Jared mentioned later in the panel he doesn’t want to do TV anymore when this is done, unless he had a gig like Misha. The schedule is too demanding in as far as he can’t see his friends often. 
They talked about filming “The End.” Jensen talked about how challenging it was to do that dual role and visualize what his angrier self five years in the future would be like when doing those scenes. Jared got to fly to LA and actually talk with Kripke about how to play Lucifer. He mentioned in the panel a couple of times how much he loved playing Lucifer. 
How would they like season six to go? Jared joked that he doesn’t see how considering there’s going to be this big Michael/Lucifer shakedown coming at the end of the season and then they’ll wake up and go “There’s a ghost in Topeka.” Jensen wants to see them go to Hawaii in season six, and then cleverly mentions this is why they aren’t writers. 
I don’t remember the question, but it did come out that Jared loves playing evil Sam. 
Which scenes do they prefer to play? Jared likes the serious scenes and finds comedy hard. Jensen loves the comedy and the action. The serious scenes just drain him, for the body can’t tell the emotions aren’t real.
They were asked what was their single proudest moment on the show. Jensen didn’t have a single moment, but mentioned working with Kim Manners. He and Jared spent a few minutes talking about how special Kim was and it’s clear they both still really miss him. 
Jared loves to eat, which is no secret. I hadn’t heard this before though, but when Jensen’s done with his food he passes it onto Jared to finish. When they go out to eat in a group, everyone passes their unfinished plates to Jared. It gets kind of embarrassing for Jared in the restaurants with all those plates in front of him when the waitress wants to pick them up and he isn’t done with them. 
What’s their favorite episode to film over five seasons? â€œChanging Channels” was the answer. Jensen loved doing the sitcom and all those different TV shows. Jared mentioned the CSI Miami bits. It’s so great that they can do stuff like that. Jared also loved filming “The Real Ghostbusters.” It’s great to get a break and do two fun episodes in a row like that. 
It all closed with an impromptu charity auction! Just when we thought they were done Jared took the mike after signing the banners and mentioned that his mother, who’s a high school teacher in San Antonio, was raising money for a literacy program (I’ll have the exact charity name later). He was wearing Sam’s watch, which Sam has worn in every season. He gets a new watch every year and he brought today the season three watch. The watch would be auctioned off today and the proceeds will go to his mother’s charity. 
Adam from Creation told them to do the auction right now. Jared had no idea what to do since so Jensen grabbed a mike and started playing auctioneer. While Jensen rattled off bids in a rapid pace like a real auctioneer, Jared kept walking around and posing the watch. As the bids started climbing, Jared especially seemed floored. I don’t think he thought the bids would go that high. Jensen was having a blast asking for higher bids. The winning big came in at $3500. Jared hugged the woman a few times (who was a ticket holder in the front row) and he was so gracious to her.  He looked very very touched.      
As I mentioned before, this is all off the top of my head. I’ll be going through my notes in more detail later and will have far better and more in-depth information to share. 
The Real Ghostbusters…by Elle2
As with all SPN episodes I will watch it again but I'll admit my first impression regarding this episode is that it was pretty lame. I'm not one hundred percent sure about this new writer...but one time solo and one time I think working with Kripke does not give me a full glimpse. I thought the convention Q & A at the beginning went a bit long and I really wondered at Sam’s and Dean's motivation (oh, did I use that word?) for staying as long as they did until a scream and a ghost sighting. 
Having said that, there were many golden moments, yes, the view of all the shiny Impalas lined up, seeing the two geeks (or are they obsessed fans?) reciting dialogue and Dean and Sam saying, “I need a drink.” Dean telling Chuck, Good luck with the Supernatural books and screw you very much. Sam saying to Chuck… “No, not really, we have guns and we’ll find you.”

Here are the latest preview clips for the episode titled "Abandon All Hope."  It will air on Thurs., 11/19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

SAM & DEAN FACE OFF AGAINST LUCIFER - Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) track down the Colt and head off to find Lucifer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) to send him back to Hell.  It's a hunter's reunion when the crew joins forces with Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver), Ellen (guest star Samantha Ferris) and Jo (guest star Alona Tal) for what could be their last night on Earth.  Also guest starring Mark Sheppard as Crowley and Rachel Miner as Meg. "Abandon All Hope" was written by Ben Edlund and directed by Phil Sgriccia.


As promised, I'm going to trickle in reports here and there as I can.  Here's a report of the Richard Speight Jr. panel which was the first fo the day.  I managed to type this up during a two hour afternoon break.  I really wanted to post this since it was a fantastic panel and so many good things were said about "Changing Channels."  Keep in mind I haven't proofread this yet, so I apologize in advance for typos.  The Jim Beaver panel just finished and Misha Collins is next, so plenty more coming later!


To kick off the day, there was a HUGE pleasant surprise. Fresh of the incredible “Changing Channels,” who should come on the stage but Richard Speight Jr. Richard was an emergency substitution for Jake Abel, who actually ended up getting a better gig. Hey, an actor’s gotta work. Richard was in Detroit yesterday for reasons disclosed in the panel summary. This is the third time I’ve seen Richard do a panel and each have been extremely entertaining. This is the best one yet, and yes, the on set story that I’m going to share later in the summary had TONS to do with it. It’s the best on set story I think I’ve ever heard. 
Richard came on the stage all smiles. â€œWho saw this coming? Nobody!” Yes, he’s playing up “Changing Channels” thing in the entire panel as he rightfully should. He was here last year, it was his first convention, although looks what’s happened since then. There’s been a little plot twist. He was nervous last year “because I’ve never been to a convention and I was afraid of you people.” (big laughs). This year he embraces the madness and he’s thrilled to be back. He’s looking forward to having Purple Nurples tonight. He obviously forgets they suck in this hotel.
-           He has slept at all. â€œAnyone at the karaoke party, we’re on the same time clock.” I did see several haggard faces this morning in the lobby.
-          “Who knew?” He said in regards to “Changing Channels.” â€œI’m an angel baby. Was I surprised. I thought I was just a criminal. A clown, a pagan.” He’s treating it a promotion.   “As long as I’m alive, I’m happy.”
-          He’s becoming the Creation pinch hitter. He did this in Vancouver too. He joked about having a bat phone that rings every time he’s needed.
Well, this is it, I'm signing off until Saturday, making the long pilgrimage from central Ohio, driving through a huge freaking chunk of Indiana and then fighting the Chicagoland traffic up to the Wyndham O'Hare.  This is my second visit to the Chicago con.  Last year was a ground shaking event to say the least.  

I'm sure many of you know of my experiences at my very first con this time last year in Chicago.  Lord knows I've brought up the story enough.  I still get teary thinking about it though.  About how I went at the last minute while unemployed after snagging a Silver Ticket from an online friend. How I went to that con having NO idea that my blogging had actually been noticed.  I was floored enough that so many people that I ran into in lines, in the bar, and in the ballroom had heard of my Blogcritics column.  I had NO FREAKING IDEA Jensen and Jared knew about it too.  I certainly didn't know that a crazy idea of mine to have them sign a copy of my very first Supernatural article ended up being a mind-blowing event when Jensen recognized it and told me he read it to people in his trailer.  How he passed it to Jared personally and he remembered it too.  How both stopped their power signing to actually smile at me and show appreciation.  How security whisked me away pretty quick for stopping the flow but I was too shell shocked to notice.  About how I don't even remember driving through Indiana the next day. 

Yep, it was all downhill from there.  (Just kidding!).  No, my fan experiences continue to amaze me.  I love this show, I love the fans (yes honestly!), and starting this site has been the greatest thing I've ever done.  Between the growing success of this site, Chicago con last year, Cherry Hill con in March, Comic Con in July and my continuing great relations with Warner Brothers, I have had more incredible fan experiences than most could ever hope for.  I'm happy and feel blessed for all I've gotten.  I was determined to go back to Chicago this year not as a Gold ticket or a Silver ticket holder but someone in General Admission, watching other fans get their chance at having the great experiences I've had.  I have no photo-ops (actually I've never had one, I hate being photographed), no autographs, no VIP passes, no nothing.  I'm going as the average fan in the cheap seats.    

At Creation cons, access goes to the highest bidder.  Chances are my name won't score me a Jared or Jensen interview, or any interview for that matter.  I go as an observer of a fandom, plus I'm getting away from an uninspiring job (that's ending soon) and the screaming kids for a fun weekend away.  I have no idea what I'm going to experience, but then again, I went with that mindset last year.  Who knows what will happen?  I'm looking forward to putting several Internet names with the faces and that alone makes that boring drive through Indiana worth it.  

Have a great weekend everyone, and I imagine reports will start trickling in Saturday.  For the three of you that don't remember my Chicago con reports from last year, here are the links.  The Jensen and Jared story is on day three.

Wow, another episode night already.  Only two more of these before the winter "Hellatus" kicks in.  Tonight, "The Real Ghostbusters."  Here's a synopsis since the promotion on this one has been nil. 

Super fan Becky (guest star Emily Perkins) uses Chuck's (guest star Chuck Benedict) phone to trick Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) into attending a Supernatural fan convention, complete with fans dressed up as Sam and Dean. One of the activities is a live action role playing game, but things quickly turn sour after a real ghost appears on the scene.  Jim Conway directed the episode with teleplay by Eric Kripke and story by Nancy Weiner.


I'll say this real softly just in case Kripke is listening, because he should know I still believe in him, but....

            I'm having serious doubts about this one. 

Ah hum, nothing to see here folks.  Enjoy the episode and come back here when it's over to share your opinions! 


"We now return to Supernatural." Back to the sunny, very warm and inviting Sun and Sands. We get a repeat of Dean's cheesy "Son of a Bitch" tagline, just in case you forgot where they left off. Sam escorts the bikini clad bombshell out and Dean watches lustfully. Actually, that's no sitcom acting. He actually does that! Dean waves goodbye to the girl, and Sam closes the door shaking his head. "How long do we to have to keep doing this?" Dean says behind his fake smile. "I don't know. Maybe forever? We might die in here," Sam nervously answers with his own false grin. "How is that funny!" Dean shouts at the laugh track and audience. "Vultures." He's fraying at the edges.


Suddenly Castiel comes in to the oohs and ahhs of the laugh track. Luckily none of that phases him and says he doesn't have much time. "Something is not right. This thing is way more powerful than it should be." "The Trickster?" Dean asks. "If it is a Trickster." Just as Sam asks for clarification, Castiel goes flying against the wall.

Speak of the Devil, in pops the Trickster! He does the celebrated "hi-yo" entrance that happens so much in those lousy shows. He turns toward the angel struggling on the ground. "Hi Castiel," he says cheerfully. Castiel can't answer back since he has duct tape over his mouth now. You know, as bad as The Trickster has it in for Sam, Castiel is getting it about ten times worse. There's an untold story there that I hope we find out eventually. He zaps Castiel away.

Dean asks where he sent Castiel in an overprotective manner. It's so nice how Dean has that type of concern for Cas, just like he would for Sam or Bobby. I know many people have been getting down on Castiel this season, but I for one still love the bond between Dean and him. I'd like to see a stronger one formed between Sam and Cas. Anyway, The Trickster answers, "Relax, he'll live. Maybe." Dean gets really angry. He's done with the monkey dance. "Playing our roles, that's your game?" The Trickster tells him that's only half of the game.

Sam asks "What's the other half?" Ooh, time for a delicious plot twist! "Play your roles out there." They still don't get it and the Trickster is never one to be afraid to spell things out. "Sam starring as Lucifer, Dean starring as Michael, your celebrity deathmatch. Play your roles." Sam is confused. "You want us to say yes to those sons of bitches?" You know, that saying in plural form always sounds off to me, yet this show is using it more and more. Ah well, it serves its purpose. "Hells yeah. Let's light this candle!"

Sam is still having issues with the idea. "We do that the world will end." The Trickster is unsympathetic. "Yeah, whose fault is that? Who popped Lucifer out of the box? Look it started. You started it. It can't be stopped. So let's get it over with." Oh, so that's why the Trickster has it out for Sam. He's blaming him for starting the apocalypse. I think. Okay, I'm only guessing.

Sam is guilt ridden, Dean is angry. "Heaven or Hell, which side you on?" The Trickster claims he's not on either side. Dean doesn't buy it. "You're grabbing ankle for Michael or Lucifer. Which one is it?" "You listen to me you arrogant dick. I don't work for either of those SOBs, believe me." Dean prods further, for he hasn't gotten what he wants. "No, you're somebody's bitch." Suddenly the Trickster loses his temper and slams Dean against the wall. "Don't you ever, ever presume to know what I am."


Dean and the Trickster have this long, mean, ominous stare down. The Trickster holds onto to Dean by the throat with one hand and turns around to Sam to issue ultimatums with the other. "Now you listen very closely. Here's what's gonna happen. You're gonna suck it up, accept your responsibilities and play the roles that destiny has chosen for you." "And if we don't," Sam says with defiance since Dean can't say much in that stranglehold. "Then you'll stay here in TV Land, forever." Glare from Sam, glare from a struggling Dean, back to the smug Trickster. "300 channels and nothing's on." I wish these guys would end up on Mythbusters. I would love to see them high five each other over blowing stuff up.


What happens next works too. The Trickster snaps his fingers, and they're at a crime scene. Dean and Sam turn around and they're both wearing blue suits with blue shirts, no tie and sunglasses! They're Horatio Caine clones. God, I hate that show. Don't get me wrong, I love the original CSI in Las Vegas. The rest, I don't need to tell you why I hate them. Dean does just a perfect job for me.

"Oh come on," Dean says, definitely not happy. Sam isn't looking too pleased either. A guy comes up to them asking what they think. Dean gives a very agitated, "go screw yourself," line. The original line is a bit more colorful than that, but I've already gone overboard with the four letter words in this recap and will refrain. Sam is a little more polite, asking for a minute. Ah, good cop bad cop. Like that's never been done before! Sam tells Dean he's gotta calm down.


"Calm down? I'm wearing sunglasses at night. You know how does that? No talent douche bags. I hate this game. I hate that we're in a procedural cop show, you want to know why? Because I hate procedural cop shows. 300 on television and they're all the freaking same. It's ooh, plane crashed here. Oh shut up!" This is why being a TV writer is my dream job. I want to be able to get away with venting like that at my job!


Sam notices that the one guy that came to talk with them is eating a lollipop. That could be their guy. Sam tells him to follow his lead. They walk, no, they cooly stride over, putting the sunglasses on their faces, and they're ready for some investigating! This is so funny because Sam is actually getting into the role. Maybe because he knows he's a dead ringer for David Caruso. It's certainly evidence that he does watch procedural cop shows.


While the boys "make their entrance" a remade version of the CSI: Miami theme song, "Won't Get Fooled Again" plays. It should be noted that when I got to see this on the critics preview, the ACTUAL Who version of the song played. I guess they couldn't get the rights in time for airing. Bummer, but it's still a great entrance. Dean's voice goes into a Caruso husk and he asks what do they got. Victim has ligature marks on his neck and a roll of quarters down his throat.


Dean crouches down to take a look. Sam removes his sunglasses, does his Horatio sneer and says in perfect rough voice "Well I say, jackpot!" before putting his glasses back on with the smooth moves and striding a few steps away. Hee! We've been seeing that for weeks in previews and it's still hysterical every time. You know Jared was practicing that in a mirror the second he read the script. Either that or he actually watches CSI Miami. That thought scares me though.


There's a stab wound to the lower abdomen. Dean picks up a nearby stick and plays with the wound with it. Dean gets up and does his slick putting on of sunglasses. "Well I say, no guts no glory." Hee! They're both really hamming it up. Again, and I say this a lot, how many takes did they have to do to get through this? Sam's turn. "Get that guy a"¦(puts glasses back on)"¦tums." Dude with the lollipop laughs, but I groan. Dean's turn. This time he turns his head in a glam pose and leaves the glasses on. "Gutterball." Ooh, now these are just getting plain bad. What's sad is Caruso has actually said crap like this before.


Sam is providing the distraction while Dean circles around. Then he jumps in front and stakes the guy right through the heart. Then the screen shows the inside computer graphic of the stake piercing the heart! I'm on the floor in a fit of laughter again. That was cool a couple of times when CSI did this in the first season, but everytime since then they've become a parody of themselves. So, why not it become an actual parody? This is where the attention to detail in these spoofs has made this episode brilliant. The gags aren't over the top, striking in perfect timing. That why this script works so well.


Dude falls to the ground, gurgles and dies but stays there. Not the Trickster. Suddenly a nearby cops laughs, and morphs into The Trickster. He ridicules them for getting the wrong guy and then bam! Sam stakes him through the heart from behind. The Trickster collapses, Sam looks really hot being in killing mode in that suit and glasses, and suddenly everything morphs to normal. They're in the warehouse, the Trickster is dead on the floor. Notice how all the bright pretty colors of TV Land are gone and its back to hues of grey. Seriously, they killed him? There's still a lot of time left. Here comes the twist!


This is where I'm going to take a few paragraphs to give deep honor to the set designers. That's all because of the next shot. They show the outside of the real motel they're in, the Day-Z. It's hardly the Sun and Sand. Inside the trim is dull white and chipped, while in the sitcom it was all bright white. The floors were a brilliant red in the sitcom, here the floors resemble a worn gray. The wallpaper is faded in the Day-Z, while the sitcom has the bright colors. The detail that went into these sets is incredible, especially since they had to do so many, but to take the same room and give it such a stark contrast is a truly interesting feat. Fantasy vs. reality. It's these little things that we barely notice that makes this show so exceptional.


Dean's worried about what that "SOB" did to Cas. You should be! However, there's a bigger problem right now. Sam is nowhere to be found either. Dean looks around and thinks asking an empty room "Where are you?" will get him an answer. Nope. He leaves and calls Sam on his phone. He just gets a message. So he leaves one? Sam is missing and you're leaving a message? After all that's happened he's just not going to take off.


Of course, maybe the message was a device for Sam to hear Dean talking as he climbed into the Impala. "Dean?" "Sam?" He turns around and we get a great back seat shot from within the Impala. I love those kinds of visuals. They're few and far between. A freaked out Dean looks all around. "Where are you?" "I don't know." Then the reveal! It's the KITT computer from Knight Rider! "Oh crap."
Oh my God, Sam is the car? I strained my back falling on the floor this time.


"I don't think we killed the Trickster." Really? No time for that though, because just like the other shows, there has to be an intro. This is the best one yet. Yes, better than the sitcom. Why? Because I watched Knight Rider avidly as a kid. I LOVED the KITT Firebird Trans Am. I loved the opening with the "duh, duh, duh, duh, duh"¦", the car whoosing down the road with all the glory shots and the Hoff with the 80's hair driving with his steely glare. The show, I don't remember much but it had the best intro ever. It's such a shame the screen caps don't do this one justice, but here goes.



Now that the intro is over, it's time for the Knight Rider premise. Solve the mystery while driving. See, you get a recap of the whole series right here! Dean guesses the stake didn't work. Why is that KITT? "I don't know, maybe because it's not a Trickster?" Ah, KITT, I mean Sam, is always so smart. He of course drew his conclusion off of what Castiel said earlier. Then Dean recalls the way the Trickster looked at Cas like he knew him. Sam remembers how pissed he got when Dean brought up Michael and Lucifer. It all hits Dean. "Son of a bitch." At least it's his real saying this time. Dean knows what they're dealing with.

More Knight Rider music and this time it's a really cool shot of the Impala coming toward the camera with the red light running along the front then an undercarriage view before coming out and showing the rear angle. Awesome! Prettiness abounds in all sorts of ways in this episode. Eat your heart out KITT. You've been outclassed by the Metallicar!

The Impala is parked in a rest area and Dean is searching through the trunk. "Dean?" Dean asks what. "That uh, feels really uncomfortable." Hee, the little details they put into everything. That one's good. Dean rolls his eyes and slams the trunk. "Ow." Oh come on Dean, haven't you ever wondered what happens if the Impala could talk and tell you things. No, I didn't think so.


Sam asks if he's sure this is going to work. No, but he has no other ideas. In Supernaturalland, that means it's going to work. The "only idea" always does. Dean walks in front of the Impala giving us one more amazing piece of eye candy and shouts to the sky, "Alright you son of a bitch. Uncle!" Nothing happens. "We'll do it!" Dean shouts. "Should I honk?" Sam says. Man, they just won't quit with the funny! Sam makes the perfect KITT by the way. He's every bit as snarky as William Daniels was in the original version.

Enter Trickster. "Wow! Sam, get a load of the rims on you." "Eat me," Sam dryly replies. That's so much better than "Go to Hell!" The Trickster asks if they're ready to go quietly. Dean won't do anything until "Sam has opposable thumbs." "What's the difference? Satan's going to ride his ass one way or another." Harsh! He really has it out for Sam. I still think there's more to it than what's being revealed here.


Dean stares down the Trickster and he reluctantly snaps his fingers. Sam gets out of the Impala and is not happy! Disturbed is a better description. The Trickster asks if they're happy. Sam slams the door in a slight huff and then walks over looking bothered while Dean gets to business. "Why didn't the stake kill you?" "I am the Trickster," he says. "Or maybe you're not," Dean replies. Sam not missing a beat lights the lighter, drops it and the flaming angel trap ignites in a flash.


The Trickster looks at the circle still keeping up his game. Dean gives up the theory. "Maybe you've always been an angel." The Trickster laughs. "A what?" He thinks Dean is nuts. "I tell you what. You just jump out of the holy fire and we'll call it our mistake." The camera goes on Sam and what a face! He's really angry about this. I wonder if this hatred toward angels is going to lead to his downfall with Lucifer. Maybe I'm just reading too much into a chilling glare.


The Trickster laughs and then his face gets serious. The scene changes to back at the warehouse and he ain't leaving that circle. He claps. "Well played boys." He is an angel? Whoa. "Where do you get holy oil?" I'm presuming that Castiel stocked them up by the gallons for that's one healthy burn going there. Dean, being in full character, goes for the clever answer. "You might say we pulled it out of Sam's ass." Sam gives Dean a bitch face. *snigger* I love Sam as the car jokes.

"Where'd I screw up?" The Trickster asks. "You didn't," Sam says. "Nobody gets the jump on Cas like you did." Yeah, except Alastair, and Zachariah, and Raphael, and"¦ Oh let's face it. Cas has become the universe's bitch. Dean gives the main clue. "Mostly it's the way you talked about Armageddon. Call it personal experience, nobody gets that angry unless they're talking about their own family." "So which one are you? Grumpy, sneezy, or douchy?" There's Sam talking like Dean again! He does want to be just like his big brother. Oh, but the answer is so good! "Gabriel, okay? They call me Gabriel." Seriously? He's Gabriel? As in THE Gabriel? Sam clarifies just in case there are those that don't know about Gabriel. "The archangel Gabriel?" That's the one!


Dean asks the burning question. How does an archangel become a Trickster? "My own private witness protection. I skipped out of heaven, had a face transplant, carved out my own little corner the world until you two screwed it all up." Man, that sounds a little Scooby-Doo ish to me. Dean goes on. "What did Daddy say when you ran off and joined the Pagans?" "Daddy doesn't say anything about anything." Granted this isn't a big reveal knowing what we know from other angels, but it sounds like God has washed his hands of Heaven as well as Earth. Interesting way of showing things. In Paradise Lost (in which this arc is heavily based on) it was free will of man that separated God from Earth. I wonder what caused it to happen in Heaven too? Maybe it was Michael and Lucifer turning on one another?

Sam wants to know why he ditched. Dean answers the question, just so he can get the Trickster/Gabriel mad. "Do you blame him? His brothers are heavyweight douchenozzles." "Shut your cake hole. You don't know anything about my family. I love my father, my brothers, love them. But watching them turn on each other, tear at each others throats, I couldn't bear it, okay? So I left. And now it's happening all over again." Oh no, it's the awkward middle child syndrome. I'm shocked Carver didn't break into a "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha," line. Oh yeah, Kripke already stole that last season.

"Then help us stop it," Sam asks. "It can't be stopped." Dean can't believe he wants to see the end of the world. "I want it to be over. I have to sit back and watch my own brothers kill each other thanks to you two. Heaven, Hell, I don't care who wins. I just want it to be over." Hmm, avoiding conflict. Definite middle child.

Sam, the eternal optimist, takes the next line. "It doesn't have to be like that. There's got to be some way to pull the plug." Back to pessimist Trickster/Gabriel. "Oh, you do not know my family. What you guys call the apocalypse, I used call Sunday dinner. That's why there's no stopping this, because this isn't about a war. It's about two brothers that loved each other and betrayed each other. You think you'd be able to relate." Ouch! He's right though. However, Sam for whatever reason isn't getting it. Seriously Sam? Crap, there's that word again.

The Trickster/Gabriel is amazed that the obvious point is lost on them. "You sorry sons of bitches. Why do you think you two are the vessels? Think about it, Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father. And Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of daddy's plan. You were born to this boys, it's your destiny. It was always you! As it is in Heaven, so it must be on earth. One brother has to kill the other."


"What the Hell are you saying?" Dean asks. Now I'm confused, because I understood that speech completely. I think Sam did too, because while Dean looks angry, Sam looks beside himself. The Trickster/Gabriel clarifies further for Dean, just because we need more showboating. "Why do you think I've always taken such an interest in you? Because from the moment Dad flipped on the lights around here, we knew it was all going to end with you. Always."

Sam looks like he's gonna cry. Dean looks at Sam, musters up some resolve and give the Trickster/Gabriel his trademark glare of defiance. "No, that's not going to happen." Trickster/Gabriel apparently doesn't take no for an answer. "I'm sorry, but it is. Guys, I wish this were a TV show. Easy answers, ending wrapped up in a bow, but this is real. And it's going to end bloody for all of us. That's just how it's gonna be." Wow. That's actually making me a bit weepy. How sad! So, we get a nice commercial break to chew on that for a while. I'm stunned! I know many didn't like this Trickster as Gabriel reveal, but after "Mystery Spot" it makes so much sense. That's for another article though.

Back to the action and Trickster/Gabriel asks now what. "Stare at each other for the rest of eternity?" You're in the dude in the flaming circle, I wouldn't push buttons. Dean tells him he's going to bring Castiel back from wherever he stashed him. Trickster/Gabriel isn't taking Dean's order seriously. "Yeah, or we're going to dunk you in holy oil and deep fry ourselves an archangel." You see, they do have gallons of it! Trickster/Gabriel obvious has figured out by now when Dean is serious and snaps his fingers. Castiel is there!


Cas is pissed! Dean asks if he's okay. "I'm fine." You realize that the acronym for fine is "fucked up, insecure, neurotic and emotional." So yes, Cas is FINE. He looks at his tormentor and says "Hello Gabriel." Oh, so you figured it out! "Hey bro. How's the search for daddy going. Let me guess. Awful." Siblings always love to rub in failure. Ooh, that makes Cas angrier! Trickster/Gabriel shrugs it off.

Dean is in full control now, becoming the leader he's meant to be. I've never been prouder! They're leaving. Trickster/Gabriel asks if they're going to leave him there forever. Oh goodie, goodie, time for the best line ever! "No, we're not because we don't screw with people the way you do. And for the record, this isn't about some prized fight between your brothers or some destiny that can't be stopped. It's about you being too afraid to stand up to your family!" Who hoo Dean! You tell him.


Judging by the look on Trickster/Gabriel's face, something is sinking in with him over what Dean said. Will it last? Who knows? Dean turns around, smashes the glass and pulls the fire alarm. The sprinklers start putting out the fire. "Don't say I never did anything for you!" Dean shouts. They leave and Castiel stays around for one last long stare. Remember that! That has to mean something. Trickster/Gabriel watches the fire go out.


Outside, our three heroes are pretty shell shocked. Sam looks outright defeated. Castiel is background wallpaper. Dean asks Sam "All that stuff in there, you think he was telling the truth?" "He believes it," Sam says. Yeah, you kind of do too, don't you Sam? "So what do we do?" Dean asks. "I don't know," says Sam.


You see, this is where I wish there was enough time in the episode for Dean and Sam to turn to Castiel for an answer. So, why don't I write that bit? Dean and Sam both turn to Castiel and with their eyes ask "What should we do?" Castiel looks back and says with those hopeless angel eyes, "We're screwed."

"I tell you one thing, right now I wish I was back on a TV show." Sam gives him a sad look. "Yeah, me too." They climb into the Impala. Wow! We'll just file that one under the "Classic" category. Thanks for enduring the longest recap to date!

I have a real treat to share today!  Let's face it, at the Supernatural conventions, there are mostly women there.  Hormonally super-charged fan girls that squeal at the mere sight of "their boys."  I'm not criticizing or saying that's bad, that's just what it is. 

Randal, in his first submission, sent me this fantastic essay on why our favorite show appeals to men too.  It's a cleverly written analysis that makes us wonder how many guy fans actually lurk out there in the shadows.  More than we think based on what's said here.  So, for all you lurking guy fans out there, this is for you.  It's alright to love this show.  As for women, it never hurts to see the male perspective.  After all, men are fans too.  Happy reading!   


It's A (Wo)Man's World

Supernatural is a show for chicks.

Harboring doubts? Check online, ask off.

I'm a dude. So why do I religiously watch?

Have I been emasculated? Have I misinterpreted Jungian readings of a masculine psychological type? Am I merely getting in touch with my feminine side? Does my sometimes-better-half keep me under lock and key? No, but I'm sure she would love to do that to the older Winchester brother as I've heard more than once, thanks for the ego slam, dear. My argument, if there is one to be found amidst this incoherent rambling, is that Supernatural is a show not just for women, nor men, but human beings.

Oh relax, I'm not going to plaster your precious screen with touchy-feely new-ageisms or some half-cocked postmodern, post-gender societal post better left propping up ivory towers burned out on the latest deconstructionist permutation; as I type, I'm listening to Reign In Blood which is quite apocalyptic, hint, hint, Kripke. But what I am going to proffer is hard proof (read: anecdotal evidence observed by one man in a sea of millions) that at the show's core, once you strip away the familiar yet alluring, *very American male* ornamentation of horror, geekdom, rock music and ‘guy stuff,’ lies a purity that can touch anyone with a working circulatory system.

The initial stimulus for this essay was the promo for The Real Ghostbusters that showed Chuck addressing the audience at a Supernatural convention. As we now know, this audience is populated mostly by XY chromosomal types nattily dressed in the threads of their favorite characters. I assume there was at least a modicum of discussion on certain other show forums about fourth walls further tumbling down like it was 1989, feminist interpretations of this, that and the other doodad. Was that bastard Kripke casting aspersions, all with a maniacal laugh, at the majority of his fans by viewing their absurdity through the lens of the opposite sex, known for *their*own special brand of absurdity when it comes to their favorite stuff? This may or may not be a kind of Spanish Inquisition, insert your own Monty Python joke here, but let's start with the source.