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  • #SPNMinnCon In Retrospect: The Supernatural Family Reunion

    The question “How many of you are at your first con” is regularly asked by much of the cast. Sometimes many hands shoot up---but at others not many. The question then becomes---largely unspoken---why do you keep going to theseSupernatural conventions? Once you've gotten your autographs and photo ops and seen the panels, why do it again (and possibly multiple times in a convention season no less)? 

    I find myself asking that question after this year's Minneapolis convention---and the answer is a positive one.
  • Alice's Review - "The Girl Next Door" aka "Oh Show, What Happened?"



    Oh show, why did you have to go and do that?  Things were going so well.  The brothers were working through their issues, they finally had that old bond back, the excitement was up to eleven, plots made logical sense...What happened? 

    As I thought about the words to convey how disheartened "The Girl Next Door" left me, a couple of past moments popped into my head.  First was a conversation that happened two years ago in Chicago between me, Mo Ryan, and Lynn and Kathy from Fangasm.  We had a lively talk about how Supernatural appeals to us because it is a smart show, one that attracts audiences that want to think, love to analyze, and are  enamored by the complex themes of normal guys dealing in flawed ways with those blurring lines between right and wrong.  Fans can be nitpicky and overly opinionated at times, but all in all, this show was brilliant in the way it stretched itself with the mythology and the character dilemmas without becoming cliche.  And everyone looked good doing it.  This was my inner fan at her most content.  I call this Point A.   

    The second moment comes from Jensen at the Salute to Supernatural convention in Vancouver just this past August.  He was surprised that anyone thought that things were going to end well for Sam and Dean.  This little downer, coupled with my overall disappointment with characterization in season six, pushed me into Point B territory.  I wasn't ready to go there yet.  There was still too much of a great ride left but I had to wonder, is this what all the time invested is leading toward?  Will things just continue to get worse and worse and worse until our heroes just up and die?  I dismissed that negative inner voice.  No way they would go there.  
  • Bardic's Descant: 7.03 The Girl Next Door: Nothing In Our Lives Is Simple



    7.03  The Girl Next Door:  Nothing In Our Lives Is Simple

     
    What makes a monster?
    Sam hunts, then frees, an old friend;
    Dean kills her instead.
     
    Episode Summary
     
    I'm going to start this off with an apology and an explanation. I'm sorry, but I simply can't do detailed episode summaries anymore, so you won't see them featuring in my reviews this season. I'm in the process of launching a new part-time business doing voiceover work while I'm still working full-time for the U.S. government, and my official day job load is nuttier than ever, so I'm seriously over-committed. I don't want to give up the reviews, but I'm already running way behind“ sorry about that, and I'll try to catch up“ but to reduce the time expenditure, I'm going to cut the episode summaries. If the show goes to an eighth season, they may be able to come back; I'm hoping to retire from the Fed at the end of November 2012. Keep your fingers crossed that the voiceover business takes off to let me do it!
     
    My usual commentary, meta analysis, and production notes will continue“ I promise that. But I'll warn up-front that I may be even later now than I used to be. I beg your indulgence to bear with me as I seek to embark on the next chapter of my life while still being a Supernatural addict. Thank you!
     
  • Bardicvoice's Saturday Report: Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2015

    Saturday at Vancon.  Just like any other con, this is the day where serious s*** happens.  Mark Sheppard is in the house as well as a number of other illustrious guests, and then it all closes with the always interesting grossly amusing Misha Collins.

  • Bardicvoice's Sunday Report: Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2015

    Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!  We all know what that means in the Supernatural convention world.  J2 day!  Yes, Jared and Jensen arrive and take the convention by storm, melting fan girl (and boys too) hearts everywhere.  

    Bardicvoice was there to see it all and she continues day three of tweeting all the action as it happened.  Below are those tweets of not just the Jared and Jensen panel, but Ruth Connell's as well (this time with a little help from her "feathers" pal Misha Collins).  Also, as a bonus, we have the tweets from Lynn at @FangasmSPN for the Gold members panel, which took place early in the morning.
  • Dear Jensen - The Triumph of Supernatural's "The Executioner's Song"

    Dear Jensen,

    On behalf of the Supernatural family, I want to thank you for the tremendous gift you gave us in “The Executioner’s Song”. The emotional depth you put into your performance left us breathless.
  • Destination: Brigadoon – Memories from the Supernatural Chicago Convention 2015

    Do you know the story of “Brigadoon”? It is one of my favorite movies of all time.  It’s a love story that takes place in a mysterious Scottish village that only materializes one day every hundred years. It’s a magical place, sheltered from the realities of the outside world. The villagers are very close to each other, united by the secret that only they know. They are all under a spell, living in their perfect world that no one else can see, awakening for one day, then disappearing into the mist until it is time once again for their world to be reunited with their beloved Highlands. The story is set to music, with one of the most memorable songs being “It’s Almost Like Being In Love”.

    Entering the magical world of a Supernatural convention is a lot like the supernatural world of Brigadoon. 
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Hiatus Hunting"

    I haven't written fan video articles in a while so when I got the Covers With Friends CD and saw a fitting video online I really couldn't help myself. From cons we have seen and heard how well Jensen can sing but his "Simple Man" is just so great. The video focuses on Dean which is fitting as Jensen sings it. When I check out other videos there was also a video focusing on John Winchester, the boys and Bobby Singer. This one was the best of them all in my opinion. The CD has also many other great songs so if you don't have it yet maybe you should check it out.
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Merry Christmas!"

    Choosing this episode and fan video was a no brainer for me this week. First, I love the episode 3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas a lot. Second, the video is great! Jensen Ackles singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as background to seeing their friends and family that have passed catches the holiday spirit well.

  • Happy 1st Twitter Anniversary Jensen!

    One year ago today, August 24, 2014, Jensen Ackles joined Twitter.  From the first tweet, it's been a delight for all. He had over 2000 followers in the first 2 minutes after joining and now has over 1.335 million followers! Our hearts were touched when he followed his first account, his wife @DanneelHarris 
  • Hiatus Hunting: Fun With The Boys, Part 1

    Ah, spring of 2012. Season Seven was winding down (thank Chuck!), "Supernatural" was on the verge of moving from the doldrums of Friday nights to Wednesdays with new show "Arrow" (thank Chuck!), and one of our writers at the time, Sablegreen, decided to have some really great fun with GIFs.  It was really the first time anyone had attempted a "GIF spam" and it was a huge hit.   So much so it resulted in a second article! 

    For our Hiatus Hunting this time, in honor of Throwback Thursday, we present part one of that two part series, "Fun With The Boys."  I think you'll really love this one.  Warning, for those of you with slow connections, give this some time to load.  It's worth it!

  • Hiatus Hunting: Fun With The Boys, Part 2

    It's Throwback Thursday!  Last week we presented a lively .GIF spam called "Fun With the Boys."  Here's part two!  It's even livelier!  Or at least just as fun.  

  • Highlights From VanCon: Supernatural's Jensen Ackles Sings 'Simple Man', Plus Jared and Jensen Panels

    One of the most desired Supernatural conventions was held last weekend in Vancouver.
  • Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles Talk About Their Daughters

    Jared and Jensen have both spoken about their daughters recently.
  • Jensen Ackles In "Yellow Fever": A Haunting Performance

    As I continue my Summer Hellatus rewatch, I constantly run into scenes or episodes that remind me of why I love this show so much. "Yellow Fever" is, without a doubt, one of those episodes for me. I love how comedic it is. On its surface it is a lighter episode and full of laughs. After all, we do start the episode with Dean running from an adorably harmless Yorkie. Then there's the infamous freak out over the cat in the locker. There's so many moments in this episode that make me laugh when I think of them. They're pure comedy gold and a delight. But that's not what really makes me single this episode out. Dig deeper and one sees the real story underneath.  
  • Jensen Ackles: The Heart and Soul of Supernatural

    Isn't it incredible how someone can constantly surprise and amaze you, even when you have been watching that person's work for years?  

    In the day to day bustle of this site and other fandom activities, it’s rare anymore for me to take time to stop and appreciate the things that make “Supernatural” so great, like the acting.  It’s become so familiar, so reliable that it's comfort food, something I know will always be there to when we need to get through the day.  After that gut-wrenching, kick you in the gut performance by Jensen Ackles though in the closing frames of “Holy Terror,” I was recently both inspired and challenged to express my “voice” so to speak about what Jensen means to me as an actor. The quick answer is pretty easy.  A lot. 

    Naturally I’ve always adored Jensen’s amazing gifts for his craft, but I ran out of adjectives long ago to describe the extraordinary nuances and heart that he brings to our TV screen through each episode.  I’ve met him in person and interviewed him several times, but those experiences have just fueled my appreciation and love of Jensen the man.  No doubt about it, he’s one of the nicest, professional, and down to earth people you’ll ever meet.  But what I haven’t addressed enough is what he brings as an actor.  What he does and has done is quite extraordinary.   
  • Jensen Ackles' Twins Arrive!

    From Jensen Ackles' Instagram
  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.11 "Regarding Dean"

    This week’s episode, “Regarding Dean,” was written by Meredith Glynn. The episode’s teaser focuses on the Winchester’s history with witches and it begins with Dean chasing a guy through the forest, an injured guy who is on the phone with someone. The guy tells the person on the phone to go. When Dean catches up to him, the guy is leaning against a tree. A sigil lights up the tree and the guy knocks Dean back.

    Dean wakes up the next morning with a bunny nibbling next to him.

  • Listening In: Fans' Supernatural #MinnCon Memories

    Supernatural conventions are emotional, exuberant experiences. Every fan who attends leaves with their own unique memories. Each impression of the convention is a combination of factors, such as whether the attendee is a rookie or veteran, is meeting friends or attending solo (Farawayeyes discussed this aspect of conventions in her recent MinnCon reflection), and on the specific roster of actors appearing at that con. All of the panels are phenomenal, but sometimes fans are lucky enough to see their favorite actor in person (beside, of course, Jared, Jensen, Misha and Mark who attend all North American cons). 

    One of my colleagues, @waywrdaughter67, recently attended the convention in Minnesota (#MinnCon to social media users). She shared with me the unfiltered convention recollections from her group of friends. All of these fans are either administrators or members of the Supernatural Fan Wiki  community. With their permission, I am sharing their personal reactions with you, to help bring those of you who cannot attend a con one step closer to its magic. I've also added some wonderful pictures taken by @PigNaPoke69 to help you visualize what these fans saw (Please respect her art and not copy, download or use her pictures without credit and permission). 

    The following is an exact copy of their conversation. Remember, their reactions are uncensored so they just may be able to share details or opinions that staff writers would forego.  So let's all be very quiet and listen in to close friends exchanging their impressions of MinnCon!
  • Performing the Story: Supernatural 10.14 "The Executioner's Song"

    Each week, we're granted great performances on Supernatural---but sometimes they transcend into extraordinary. “The Executioner's Song” is filled with exceptional performances that bring the story to exquisite life, touching us deeply. Let's look at the magnificent acting done in this episode.