Cammy sent me a message that ended up being the best treat possible for an avid Impala fan such as myself.  I'll have her explain it in her own words:

We love Supernatural and modified our car to promote it. This car gets a lot of looks and makes good conversation. Some people already know it's like the one on the show and others we explain. We enter it into car shows with a poster of Supernatural by it and it gets many looks and has many fans. We recently went to the Supernatural convention in Los Angeles Mariott and almost got to show a picture of it to Jensen and Jared but just missed the opportunity by three people in front of us. We hope Supernatural runs for many more years.

She even attached pictures.  As a classic car enthusiast, I'm in awe.  What an awesome restoration job.

 



 

 

Thank you so much for sharing Cammy, and feel free to let us know about any future shows where this treasure can be seen.  I'm sure there are tons of fans that would love to turn out and see your "baby". 

 

Since the next article is hitting some bumpy spots coming together I thought I’d roll this one out as it came to me this evening.
 
I’m taking a break from my next article in the mini series that’s delving into Sam and Dean and issues with their dad – timely I hope with the upcoming Jump the Shark. My focus on those articles is fairly narrow, although some things that Vana Naine brought up I’m trying to figure in, either in this next article or another one. I’m trying to tighten up my writing, thus the narrow focus of these articles, to help me collect my thoughts and keep the thread of continuity; I may ditch that though and just ‘let it flow’.
 
‘Our boys’ have been punched, shot, sliced, smashed, crushed [hee, hee, love that piano drop] electrocuted, torn apart, mauled and more thus far; I thought it worth a look at the third and next favorite cast member/part of the family’s injuries -- she’s been there longer, Bobby and Castiel, so you’ll have to accept your place.
 
Ten times the ‘girl’ was abused, hurt or somehow treated less than she should…and one honorable mention only because it was the first…these are in order of occurrence.
I'll warn everyone now, this recap is ridiculously long. The longest yet. There are SO many damned details though, I decided to capture every single bit I could. So, this might take a while but at least there will be some nice reading at work when trying to kill a hiatus. 
 
Daddy issues, Sam Winchester style
 
With April 23rd fast approaching [no, really, it is fast] and the much anticipated, somewhat maligned and completely unknown Jump The Shark episode I thought I’d take a look at the changing attitudes of Sam and Dean regarding their father.
 
Today we’ll focus on Sam; the following episodes, to me, show Sam’s progression in thought and attitude towards Dad: 
 
Pilot
Bugs
Nightmare
Dead Man’s Blood
In My Time of Dying
Everyone Loves a Clown
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Cause he gets up in the morning,
And he goes to work at nine,
And he comes back home at five-thirty,
Gets the same train every time.
Cause his world is built round punctuality,
It never fails.

And he's oh, so good,
And he's oh, so fine,
And he's oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind.
He's a well respected man about town,
Doing the best things so conservatively.
 
 
I actually hate “A Well Respected Man” by the Kinks. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Kinks, but that song never did much for me, until now. How could it not? Dean Winchester, our very own Dean, getting up at 6:00 am, steaming lattes with rice milk (???) and wearing the most hideous blue striped shirt (with white collar), red tie and red and black suspenders?

 
Toreador (World of Darkness)
 
Once again we are given a lesson in why genre shows are the best shows out there; what other show would have the temerity to mock itself and the fandom that supports it while deepening, darkening and propelling the storyline forward, ever forward.
 
"They do know we're brothers, right?"
 
Some highlights for me:
 
  • Laundry, after 78 episodes we finally see the boys doing laundry; awesome. 
  • The RED Inn; someone makes a point of writing about the color red this season"¦I'm wondering"¦.
  • Sound crew, last week you had me in stitches over the well timed 'ding' of the microwave as the screen faded to black; this week you did it with the cawing of the crow as the Impala roars up the road, thank you.
  • The fandom moments came fast and furious: Tattoos, crying men, memorizing all the facts of the boys; I believe I'm not alone in loving this following exchange:

I've been a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly for a number of years, and I'm very pleased to see that they finally have given some deserving space to Supernatural after years of only giving them little blurbs in upcoming previews.  They're even mentioned on the cover, which is cool for those skimming at the newstand.

Still, I wasn't thrilled with the article.  True, I appreciate any mainstream press for the show, and this was long overdue, but the writer Alynda Wheat went for sensationalism instead of capturing what makes this show great.  The cover states, "Supernatural.  It's Sexy!  It's Scary!  So Why Do the Stars Want out?"  Huh? 

The inside explains a little more.  "So why do the stars and creator want to vanish after one more spooky season?"  I still don't get it.   

After turning to page 28, the pretty is there.  There's a fantastic two page shot of Jensen at the wheel of the Impala, looking all sexy, while Jared can be seen leaning in through the passenger side window.  Then there's two pages of story, but the main focus seems to be on how everyone's burned out and wants the show to end.  Sure, season five is a given, but no one seems thrilled about it. 

I hated the slant and the way quotes were used to serve the purpose of stirring up trouble.  Of course Jared and Jensen are tired and Kripke doesn't want to go more than five years.  That's been said by them several times in interviews.  We also know from those interviews they love what they do and appreciate the fans.  There's only a hint in one sentence that they love their work.  "Ackles and Padalecki are also eager to move on, even as they affirm their love for the show."

Even Ken Tucker, and EW critic who has said in other columns he's only recently started watching the show, had a chance to list five pivotal episodes to catch us up.  He didn't exactly nail it.  Here are the episodes he picked:

"Home"
"Born Under A Bad Sign"
"All Hell Breaks Loose Part I and II"
"Bad Day At Black Rock"
"Lazarus Rising"

I agree with three of those, but the Pilot should be on that list, as well as "Mystery Spot."  Considering it was Bela that got the mention for "Bad Day At Black Rock," we know they've got it wrong and really don't know this fandom.  

Overall, I had hoped that this article would be a way to intice new fans, and it failed miserably.  If anything, it managed to stir up trouble in an already turbulent fandom.  They didn't really get to the heart at all of what the fan experience is all about, and why the "show's fiery fan base," is that way.  They didn't even give an adequate explanation as to what drives the show and makes it successful, aka the chemistry between the lead actors and the family drama behind the horror.  

There are a few positives, like they did give Misha Collins a good mention.  They also got a quote about the show from CW President Dawn Ostroff, showing that Hell has indeed frozen over.  They also preview a few episodes to come, so WARNING SPOILERPHOBES.  

I know that the rule in Hollywood is there's no such thing as bad press, so I guess exposure is something.  Still, I hate anything that misses the point.  Luckily, loyal fans will know the difference.    
 
 

Sometimes it's difficult to be transparent with the one who knows you and loves you the best; Sam and Dean evidence that. Now, imagine trying to do it with millions who think they know you and openly profess to both love and hate you. Eric Kripke, your willingness to be transparent is why I love you, as a showrunner, producer, writer and creator. As a person, I cannot say simply because I don't know you and thus will not presume; I do, however, appreciate your openness.

The premise for this mental journey is based on Pages 8 - 17 of Supernatural, The Official Companion: Season 3. If you haven't gotten your copy, I suggest after completing this 1000 or so word article you head off to pick yours up; I got mine yesterday. After Alice asked me to become a contributor, I decided such an honor requires research and sacrifice; I picked up a copy and began marathon viewings of Supernatural episodes; I'm nothing if not dedicated.

Eric on Bela:

"But I think we did a great disservice to the character because we didn't spend enough time thinking about how to tie her into the boys' story." [Page 10 of the Season 3 Companion, Eric Kripke]

"The other mistake we made was we had so much fun with an antagonistic female"¦were so taken with a woman who could screw the boys over at every turn"¦we weren't careful about balancing it and made her screw over the boys so badly"¦she became unlikable to the fans because she was irredeemable." [Page 10/11 of the Season 3 Companion, Eric Kripke]

"We didn't really think through the implications [of having her shoot Sam] as carefully as we should have. For a character that's going to come back and slow dance with Dean, that's not the best notion"¦.People watch the show for Sam and Dean, so a character who makes them feel like idiots is not a character that people are going to warm up to"¦Had we figured it out in time, I think we could have made Bela work. You create all these things with enthusiasm and the best of intentions, but hindsight is twenty-twenty." [Page 11 of the Season 3 Companion, Eric Kripke]

He goes on to discuss the creative turbulence of having killed off the YED, trying to write the "˜politics' of a demon war that no longer has a leader all the while balancing notes from the well-meaning [yeah, right] PTB: more women, brighter colors/lighting, bigger scope - less of two guys and "creepy little rooms" open it up more; as in more characters, more scope, more, more, more - all with the same budget; which really means less as the dollar shrank, shrank, shrank.

Pages 8 through 17 of the Season 3 Companion are revelations into the heart and mind of Eric Kripke, his vision of and heart for the show breathe through the lines. I wonder how someone like that can fits into the narrow vision of Hollywood TV which is about "˜ships' and formulas and cookie cutter shows such as "¦. [I won't name names but you get my point.]

Genre shows take risks, they make you think, they're the embodiment of entertainment be it surface or hardcore: "I've got a demon-fighting tattoo on my chest" [or elsewhere *ahem*]. Genre shows take risks with their storylines: Who kills off not one but both of the two lead characters? Then after actually "going there" had the nerve [or intelligence, my opinion] to make that have an effect [or is it affect - I always get that wrong] on the other. Sam dies in Dean's arms; Dean goes off and makes a deal to save his brother. Dean dies in front of Sam; the resulting separation and experiences have had real, lasting and continuing ramifications all of Season 4.

Genre show writers challenge themselves as well, note: Ben Edlund's recent triumph of "On the Head of a Pin" to Sera Gamble's "It's a Terrible Life." If that wasn't enough, they go all out and poke fun at not only their early clunkers and oh-so-forgettable episodes [to which we even almost get an apology] but also poke fun at the fandom, the very fandom that has kept the buzz and very likely the show going for four seasons. Awesome!

As a former television junkie -- I had two to three shows charted for each of the seven days per week to watch, rewatch, hash and rehash to now having one, and only one that I watch, rewatch, hash and rehash -- I can appreciate this show on all its levels, superficial to deep. I love rewatching S1 as much as watching the latest episode; clunkers to classics they're all worth something.

I've got lots of ideas to explore; hopefully I'll have the time and creative energy to do so. I'll explore Sam's "daddy issues" in seven episodes from S1 and S2, I'll explore why clunkers are worth viewing, how S1 set us up to where we are now, what makes a classic [I think] and more.

For now may I suggest something, enjoy the remaining four episodes. Breathe them in deeply, savor them and settle in for the long, hard wait until the start of Season 5. We've made it, my SPN friends, the CW somehow had the intelligence to renew this show for it's fifth and perhaps final season. I'll not worry about whether there's a sixth [Eric says no, the 2J's say no, or yes, or not sure - I'm not worried.] Let Season 4 finish and Season 5 come when it comes. Enjoy the now. Enjoy the show.

Coming next, my review of The Monster at the End of the Book.
Yikes! I don't think I've seen a scarier horror story in all my life. Supernatural takes on Corporate America. Those tricky angels put both Dean and Sam in a situation so horrific, so vile, that hunting looks good. I could see Sera Gamble, this week's writer, pitching the idea. "Oh, I got it, put them in an office!" Even the head angel is appalled, reminding Dean, "Look around. There are plenty of fates worse than yours." 
 
Considering I know a thing or two about a corporate job stripping away your humanity, plus I'm late to the party again this week (spring break travel this time), I'm doing something different this week. By using what we've learned from "It's A Terrible Life," you're about to find out why Corporate America will never be like Supernatural.