Man, why does this show keep doing this to me? Thursday at 10:00 comes around anymore and I’m a jittery mess, going back to the TiVo for a rewatch. This one earned a third re-watch, then one the next day and I think I’m up to number ten now. I lost count around seven.
This episode is even more action packed than the last one, and that was huge. As a matter of fact, with the exception of “Mystery Spot” and “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” no episode is more crammed with details in the entire series. As a result, I even have to break this recap into two parts. It’s that long. Things are intense from the opening teaser, so let’s get started.
Yes, its at least a day late, maybe two, but blogcritics has my review of "On The Head Of A Pin" posted. It's a long one, so dig in! Full recap will be along tomorrow. The pictures are taking me the longest, because there are SO many great ones.
It's spring break here in lovely central Ohio (at least for my kids) and this weekend I'm at a Taekwondo tournament in Kentucky, and next week I'm in the State of Delaware (don't ask). So why do I bring up such a busy social agenda? Easy, it means episode reviews are running behind.
It's especially complex with "On The Head Of A Pin" because that episode was so shocking, so groundbreaking, so absolutely fucking fantastic that coming up with a sound review is proving to be a challenge. I can give away the grade right now. A+. Top ten best episodes material. So, since we're looking at earliest Sunday, likely Monday before a review will be published, luckily an alternate option has come up to hold you guys over until then.
Elle2 was kind enough to send me her long, well thought out analysis. I'm going to share her words with you, and feel free to give your opinions. See that poll on the right hand side about Sam's powers? It applies to this episode too, so if you haven't voted already, chime in! Was this episode as brilliant as many of us think? As Sam said in "I Know What You Did Last Summer", don't spare the details.
I'm not sure how this has come to be, but it seems lately I've been getting these preview clips while in a hotel with slow internet access. Slower than home anyway. But, clips are clips, and I do love getting them, so here are three for the upcoming episode "It's a Terrible Life". It's a nice comedic rest after the two very intense episodes we just got (I'm not complaining though!). Below is the official episode description:
Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are living very different, normal and separate lives and although they are working at the same company and donâ€™t know each other, they find themselves teaming up to solve a mystery with supernatural elements. Guest stars Kurt Fuller as Mr. Adler. "It's A Terrible Life" was written by Sera Gamble and was directed by Jim Conway.
â€œDeath Takes A Holidayâ€ is one of those episodes loaded with so much, that this means an ultra long recap. Iâ€™m just going to get started, since thereâ€™s plenty to cover.
In what is one of the shortest teasers on record, two guys come out of a bar are having a spirited discussion about fantasy football. You know, I work in a male heavy field and you would think with all the talk that goes on in the cube farm about fantasy football, Iâ€™d understand and crave the phenomenon. I donâ€™t. Iâ€™d rather talk about real games. About how much The Detroit Lions suck.
Guys go by an alley, robber comes out, gets surprised by an employee by the dumpster and a shot goes off. One guy is hit point blank in the chest, goes down, and then comes back to life with a wound that isnâ€™t bleeding. Something tells me Sam and Dean will be hearing about this.
Birds. You know what kind. Logo in Red. Its serious crap.
Blogcritics just posted my review of "Death Takes A Holiday." For those that are new to the site, usually when a new episode airs, I do a condensed and more analytical review of the episode for Blogcritics, and then post a full episode recap on this site (which is coming in a day or two). Here is the link, and feel free to tell me if I'm right or wrong.
The first panel on Day Three was Jim Beaver. He was supposed to only speak for an hour, then sign autographs, then catch a plane back to Vancouver for early shooting on Monday. His schedule changed though, and he didnâ€™t have to go back so he could stay around. He was given a longer panel (an hour and a half) and his autograph session was moved to late afternoon with the others.
Here is it, my loose transcription of the entire Misha Collins panel at the NJ â€œSalute to Supernaturalâ€ con. Needless to say, he was a huge hit, and handled this crowd that was determined to embarrass him very well. No spoilers in this. All the panelists were very tight lipped about what was to come.
Iâ€™d be remiss if I didnâ€™t share two great fan stories before going on about how wonderful our day three with Todd Stashwick, Charles Malik Whitfield, Jim Beaver, and Misha Collins was.
I missed a big highlight from day two, and for that Iâ€™m sorry. One of the Creation diversions was the costume contest. There were four winners; one Dean, one Sam, one Bobby, and to me and everyone else, the true grand prize winner. A man dressed himself in a brown teddy bear costume, when fluff coming out of the giant hole in the back of his head and a replica of the sign, â€œLife is meaningless. T. Bear.â€ He was the hit of the ballroom for the afternoon, and just about everyone posed for pictures with him (including guests Traci Dinwiddie and Gabriel Tigerman). Everyone but me, who absentmindedly left the camera in the hotel room. Luckily, my friend Lindsay had me covered.
The second story came from the Charity Auction and Gold Ticket Breakfast (despite what they say, it was not a brunch). Sitting at my table was Kat (aka gigglingkat from LJ), who had in her hand a newly made book of her 2006 project, â€œI am Not Jared.â€ At the Fangoria con in February 2006 in Chicago, Jared was supposed to be a guest there, but had to cancel last minute. About 150 gold ticket holders, all fans of Supernatural, hung around in the bar playing pool and making scrapbooks, deciding to blow off the convention. Kat made a sign â€œI am Not Jared,â€ and took pictures of several of the bar patrons holding the sign. Then she went out to the convention at large, and even got David Arquette to pose with the sign, because in her words â€œshe has no shame.â€
She made a book of the entire experience that she shared with us at the table. I absolutely loved the picture that showed how a roll of duct tape made Supernatural fans feel welcome. One strip of the grey heavy tape was placed over the â€œJared Padaleckiâ€ listing on the Fangoria photo ops sign.
Kat had the infamous sign in her possession, and considering Jared cancelled this weekend for NJ, she was doing another version of â€œI am Not Jared.â€ All of us at the table posed with the sign, and I saw how she got many others to pose throughout the day. I canâ€™t wait to see her final results. The photos for the original book can be found at gigglingkat.livejournal.com under â€œMy scrapbook.â€
So, the day started with the breakfast, and after an hour of some decent food and conversation (see the â€œI am Not Jaredâ€ mention), Charles Malik Whitfield (Henriksen), Todd Stashwick (Dracula), Jim Beaver (Bobby), and Misha Collins (Castiel) were introduced. All men were looking fine and were all smiles for the crowd, posing for pictures before spending a few minutes at each table for quick conversation. I do mean quick (I kept thinking about the bungee boss from Dilbert).
Malik (yes, thatâ€™s what he prefers to be called) was first, and asked where we were all from. As soon as I mentioned Columbus, Ohio, he said he was there two weeks ago for a project. The project was a play that heâ€™s producing for a church and theyâ€™re looking for a theater right now. Before I could get more info he had to go on, but Iâ€™m working on getting more info since Iâ€™m always interested in covering local projects.
Next was Misha Collins, and Iâ€™m still swooning. He looked tired, but oh so pretty. He had on a button in honor of Kim Manners, and talked about the amazing energy and enthusiasm Kim had during the one episode he worked with him (â€œLazarus Risingâ€). He also mentioned how exhausting the filming has been recently, and he doesnâ€™t know how Jared and Jensen do it all the time. He got his tap on the shoulder and he was gone, ready to do it all over again at the next table.
Jim Beaver came next, and he was worse than Misha in the fatigue department. He doesnâ€™t drink coffee, and didnâ€™t have any of his much desired Dr. Pepper. He talked about how his daughter is doing and the ill friend heâ€™s been blogging about lately. He also mentioned that his book is coming out in April and heâ€™ll probably be promoting that, so he had to turn down a movie role in a film starring Johnny Depp (at least I think he was being serious). With that comment he was gone, as the game of musical tables resumed.
Last to our table was Todd Stashwick, and heâ€™s quite the character. Heâ€™s very funny and outgoing, and mentioned how much of a fanboy he is and itâ€™s strange for him to be on the other end this time. He talked about how he had to learn how to drive an automatic Vespa for â€œMonster Movieâ€ (he only could drive manuals), and spent much time practicing on the lot. He ended with a plug about â€œThe Richesâ€ season two coming out on DVD soon.
With that everyone went off to the first photo ops of the day. I never buy photo ops since I hate being photographed, which is likely the reason why my profile picture on Facebook is Gossamer, the red headed monster from Looney Tunes. The photo ops were located in a remote location on the second floor, which made it nice for those of us that wanted to navigate the lobby and other public areas without fighting an anxious crowd in line.
It was time for festivities in the ballroom, and first up (after watching several outdated and already shown videos) was Jim Beaver. Considering his schedule changed and he didnâ€™t have to be in Vancouver early on Monday after all, he was given time for an extra long panel because his autograph session was moved to later in the afternoon with everyone else.
Jim took questions for an hour and a half, easily having the longest panel of the weekend. He was in perfect character, had us laughing and often took every opportunity to tease the audience and call them out on stupid questions. Speaking of stupid questions, Jim, like everyone else so far, got the cheese and chocolate question. After taking a long pause, he answered, â€œWho cares?â€ Thatâ€™s exactly what Iâ€™d been saying every time I heard it! That ended up being the last time the question was asked, and now I love Jim Beaver even more.
Like I said, his panel was super long, and Iâ€™ll have every single detail posted sometime in the next day or two. From what I remembered, he shared a sweet story about his daughter, talked about how he learned Japanese and misspoke it once while in Japan, took on a bunch of hypotheticals with long answers that sometimes had him conceding in defeat, and taunted us about episode 4-20, 4-21 and 4-22, refusing to share anything.
There was a long two hour break after that (for me anyway, since I ignored the no bid minimum auction and the trivia contest) and a desperately needed one since I was still tired from getting up way earlier than I normally do. I got back just in time for the trifecta of panelists, starting first with Todd Stashwick. He was very entertaining, and went over his very diverse background. He started of doing improv with Second City, and eventually worked his way into television, where heâ€™s done a combination of many different things in both comedies and dramas. His most known role is Dale in â€œThe Riches.â€ He had plenty of stories about that role and his Supernatural one, comparing in one question working on Supernatural with other things. He won over the crowd by re-enacting his Dracula role from â€œMonster Movieâ€, doing the line â€œIs there garlic on that pizza?â€
Charles Malik Whitfield came up next, and he chose to change it up a little. He started with an inspirational speech about no limitations, and half of the crowd hung on every word, while the other half wondered where he was going and what he was talking about. Considering most hadnâ€™t seen him at other conventions, they probably didnâ€™t know about his hard upbringing in The Bronx and what heâ€™s overcome in his life. The confused looks were understandable. I actually adored what he said. He went on to take questions about Henricksen next, and had a great sense of humor with several of the questions. A kid asked him about getting a swirly from Jensen in â€œJus In Bello.â€ Malik looked in the audience and asked jokingly, â€œWho does this kid belong to?â€ He also joked about being freaked out after seeing the pilot, instantly going to turn the lights on. He also shared a tattoo on his chest when asked if he could describe himself in one word. â€œReborn.â€
We knew Malik was close to being done when Misha started teasing him from behind the curtain. Malik joked that there was an angel back there, and heâ€™s stripping. And thereâ€™s a pole back there. That got a reaction. He left the stage and the crowd got very anxious over what was coming next, for Misha was the big draw since it was his first con and his character is almost as lusted after as Jared and Jensen. Judging by the lady behind me, more than J&J. Creation teased us though, going to another fan video that hinted of Wincest with a Celine Dion song, thus making me ill. I'm still trying to block it from my mind.
Finally, the grand moment arrived. Misha was introduced and the room went wild. He looked a lot more awake than when we saw him at breakfast. He first thanked Malik for being a pimp, and then went straight to questions. The first was about his apparently infamous role on Nip/Tuck as a yoga instructor, which he confessed was a role he got because he lied about knowing yoga. Needless to say, it caused him a great amount of lingering pain and he acted pretty embarrassed about the whole thing. So then, why shouldn't a fan be inspired to setup more embarrassment by holding up his poetry book and asking him to read one of his poems? He didnâ€™t remember one, so she brought the book to him. His color was now a lovely shade of beet red. Someone in front of me shouted, â€œWe love youâ€, and he said to just wait, for they hadnâ€™t heard his poem yet. He read one, we cheered, and there was another shout, â€œWe still love you.â€ I still love him too but I've never been a fan of poetry, so I felt as awkward as he did.
Oh, but the embarrassment didnâ€™t end there. Eventually, someone asked him to do his line â€œYou should show me some respect.â€ He did after much reluctance, and he was getting rather tired of these requests by then. So, when someone asked if heâ€™d show us part of his audition when he thought he was playing a demon, he rightfully refused. The fan did the sad face, but he didnâ€™t fall for it. â€œIâ€™m not your monkey,â€ he said, getting huge laughs. Yep, it was right about there he officially owned us. Oh who am I kidding. He did that at his entrance.
My favorite part was when he talked about having to fly out to Vancouver a week early to be fitted for his outfit with the wardrobe department. He didnâ€™t want to, but did it anyway. They had a suit picked out and he went along with it right away. He mentioned that if he knew heâ€™d be wearing the same thing all year, he wouldnâ€™t have picked the â€œfuckingâ€ thing. Our angel has a potty mouth and I love it.
There were plenty of golden nuggets during his panel (just like Jimâ€™s), and again Iâ€™ll have the full summary shortly.
Wait, Thereâ€™s More!
I waited a while for autographs, but considering these guys didnâ€™t have to be rushing out to catch a plane (a MAJOR switch for a Sunday at the con), they were spending time talking to the crowd. I didnâ€™t mind the wait this time just for that reason. I had a great conversation with Malik about his play in Columbus and he signed my copy of the book, â€œIn The Hunt.â€ I talked for a bit with Todd about his role as a Romulan pretending to be a Vulcan in Enterprise(one the hubbyâ€™s favorite shows, so I had a story to bring back), because the line was being held up for Misha. He signed my gold pass â€œU were my first and U were fantastic.â€ Yeah, right after we talked about my hubby the fanboy. I adored his strange sense of humor, for Iâ€™m that way too. Luckily, hubby appreciated the joke as much as I did.
It was finally my turn for Misha, and I showed him my season four premiere promotional package that I had Traci sign the day before. He was impressed to see one since heâ€™d only heard about them and thought it was cool. I told him how that was delivered to my doorstep the day I lost my job, thus making things all better. He smiled and signed it â€œFrom one angel to another.â€ Yep, I melted. I then got Jim to sign the copy of my first article, similar to the one that Jensen and Jared signed in Chicago. I told him how that article pushed me into this whole blogging for the fandom thing. He was grateful for the efforts and signed a nice note, â€œThank you and much luckâ€ on it. I told him it was a thrill to finally meet him, and he said it was nice to finally meet me. Iâ€™m surprised between him and Misha that I didnâ€™t go thud on the floor right there.
It was almost 9:30 by that time, and the line was still huge. I canâ€™t imagine how long they were there signing. Our group went out to dinner, and we were pretty much mush the entire time. We were in awe how well this con went, and for once had nothing but kudos for Creation for putting something so great together. Yeah, I was shocked too. The smaller and more personal con wins, and the circus surrounding Jensen and Jared on Sunday for once wasnâ€™t missed. Granted each one of us has experienced that before, and I only hope this crowd gets that same thrill next year in New Jersey. Theyâ€™ve earned that chance to go through it at least once.
Thanks for the memories â€œSalute To Supernaturalâ€ Cherry Hill. Well done, despite all the obstacles. I know Iâ€™m not alone in my happiness either, for a few I talked to in the autograph line said that they were very happy with the way things turned out, even though they thought about not coming after Jared cancelled. They even posed with the â€œI am Not Jaredâ€ sign. All was forgiven.