The Supernatural press room at the San Diego Comic con this morning was pretty full, so much so they divided us into two rooms. The video media got one room, print got the other. In previous press rooms, video got the front of the room and print the back. There were 4 tables of 10 journalists each, and everyone went around Round Robin style to answer our questions for a set period of time.
I was a freaking nervous wreck while waiting. I couldn't believe I was actually there. Reality hit soon as first up at our table was none other than the Master genius himself. Eric Kripke sat down and as we all pushed our recorders in front of him, he joked how it was like the president, only he was far less important. Not in my world buddy.
I fired away with the first question, because unlike other press rooms this was my bread and butter show and the main reason I flew 2200 miles. I wasn't gonna let the other media push me completely out of this one. Sadly it was the only question I got in, but that's far better than what I got in other Q & A's. All in all, I was thrilled with the caliber of questions and answers.
Below is a loose transcript of that round table session. As a subtle warning, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!
OMFG!!! I'm so on freaking cloud nine right now! I just spent the last two hours of my existence in the Supernatural press room and panel. I got 5 -10 roundtable interviews recorded from Eric Kripke, Ben Edlund, Jim Beaver, Sera Gamble, and Misha Collins. I also got front row VIP seating in the panel, and saw a five minute clip from the season premiere. There will be tons of detail coming later, but here's a few nuggets I got from both. (SPOILER ALERT!!!)
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.
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.
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 â€˜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.
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."
Since Iâ€™m only planning on four Hellatus Check articles one could infer that weâ€™re halfway throughâ€¦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 weâ€™re definitely gaining ground.
So whatâ€™s been going on out in the realm of Supernatural? Well, there were conventions in Europe and I believe in Australia so, if you havenâ€™t dabbled in some reports and videos from those, might I suggest a trip to Supernaturalwiki and follow the links. Thereâ€™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 Conâ€¦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 â€“ Tigershire, reports please (as in MIRACLE NOW! Kinda please)