This was a quick little game I did to kill five minutes at work today.  Is it sophmoric and arbitrary?  Sure, but hey, it works.  Rank the season four episodes in order from best to worst.  The stipulation, you must do it in five minutes.  No cheating!  Here's mine, and I did this in 4 minutes 40 seconds. 

1. On The Head Of A Pin
2. Lazarus Rising
3. The Monster At The End of This Book
4. Lucifer Rising
5. When The Levee Breaks
6. In The Beginning
7. Wishful Thinking
8. Yellow Fever
9. Death Takes A Holiday
10. Sex and Violence
11. I Know What You Did Last Summer
12. After School Special
13. Metamorphosis
14. Criss Angel Is A Douchebag
15. Are You There God It's Me Dean Winchester
16. It's The Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester
17. Monster Movie
18. It's A Terrible Life
19. The Rapture
20. Jump The Shark
21. Heaven and Hell
22. Family Remains

Go ahead, tell me how wrong I am.  However, if you disagree with #22, something's wrong with you! 

I'm proud to share another article from another new guest.  Mae sent me a great piece called "Supernatural's Family Dynamics."  She's a psych student, so it comes with citations. This can also be found on her livejournal, http://maebandy.livejournal.com/.  As usual with guest posters, if you feel like sharing, do not repost.  Share the link to here or to Mae's livejournal. 

Here's my exclusive for blogcritics on my interactions with the producers and cast of Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.  I took an angle that was meant for blogcritics' more broad audience instead of the die hard fans we get here.  I hope you don't mind the fluff to much, but hey, it sells. 

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/comic-con-cw-thursdays-hot-brothers/
(For #8, 9 and 10, go here:  http://tinyurl.com/lncws9)
(For #4, 5, 6, and 7 go here: 
http://tinyurl.com/lb2anq)

#3 - The Kids Are Alright
 
So why is this number 3? Because out of all the rooms, this is the most flamboyant and the most over the top. It’s also the most outrageous to see the boys in. It has the very regal style common around the ages of Louis IX, a style that has you going “WTF?” the second you see Winchesters in the middle of it. I’m also trying for the life of me to figure out what that theme has to do with the “Cicero Pines” and the southwestern stucco exterior. Why would a farm town with no tall pine trees in Indiana, or traces of early French settlers, have something so extreme like that?   At least have something that outrageous and not have it featured on the Travel Channel. 
(For part one, go here! http://tinyurl.com/lncws9).

#7 – It’s The Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester
 
Sam finally gets to meet an angel for the first time. He’s blown away and so honored, he holds out his hand to a puzzled Castiel. Instead of me watching with fascination over this awkward moment, I’m blown away by the visual of this very strange motel room. The green couch, royal purple bedspreads, gold curtains, brown walls and that red and green checkered floor! The TV looks like something from the Smithsonian too. Are those seascape pictures on the wall? How about green lamp and the white textured lighting fixtures?  What the hell is that pattern in the light grey or purplish wallpaper?  My internet searches couldn’t come up with a name or décor.  Hot mess probably.
(Note From Alice - My apologies for not posting this yesterday when the 12 week mark happened, but our IP took the site down for server maintenance last night.  Better late than never!). 

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Hellatus Check; the twelve-week mark:
 
Perhaps I should call it Hellatus Check, only five weeks left – yeah, that sounds and reads so much better. Can you believe it, only five weeks left to Season 5 of Supernatural? Eric Kripke recently stated he had no belief that the show would ever go five seasons, we’re in good company when we pause in amazement and disbelief that it is almost here, Season 5.
Yes, now that the excitement of Comic Con has passed, I'm writing up random lists at work while bored.  By popular demand (both of you!), I present The Top Ten Motel Rooms of Supernatural.  There's no real criteria here, just that they stand out. 

I'm proud to share something from another guest columnist.  This time it's elle, frequent commenter and huge supporter of this site. 

Before I post elle's wonderful piece, "Why I love Supernatural," I wanted to announce that elle is also the winner of the Countdown Clock Graphic contest for July.  If you notice the new graphic that's been gracing our countdown clock for the last couple of days, it comes from the awesome creative skills of elle.  Thanks so much for the great graphic!  BTW, elle submitted two graphics, so watch for her other one to be proudly displayed in a few weeks. 

Here's another fantastic analysis from Faellie about season four and the influence of angels and demons.  I send my sincere thanks to her in allowing us to sharing another worthwhile read.

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This is a look back over what has been learnt about the major players in Season 4 of Supernatural, and some speculation as to what might be to come.   It's spoiler free "“ which does mean that some of the speculation could already have been overtaken, and other things missed.

Part I: Dramatis personae

The angels in heaven

Angels are "the armies of heaven" and "warriors of God" (Castiel in Are you There God, It's Me Dean Winchester).  We don't know how many angels there are, although Castiel says "Our numbers are not unlimited."   Castiel tells us that six angels died during the events of AYTGIMDW, and seven deaths, all from the same garrison as Castiel, Uriel and Anna, started off the events of On The Head Of A Pin. In On The Head Of A Pin, Alistair says of Lilith "She wouldn't kill seven angels. She'd kill a hundred, a thousand".