The Convention Temple of Loon
Part Two
 
‘Ah, now I feel objectified!’
Misha Collins, March 27th, 2010 L.A.
 
(Part one of the report can be found here.)
 
Saturday. Second Day of the Salute to Supernatural Convention. I was expecting the temperature in the main theatre to warm up – actually, it had been freezing all Friday and I asked one of the Creation volunteers whether it was going to be that cold in the room (probably a tiny bit of my ugly cold was still in my body playing around), and she said that I shouldn’t worry, on Saturday it was going to be much, much warmer (because of more people arriving, on Friday the theatre was half empty) and on Sunday I was going to want to take my clothes off… I can only assume she meant because of the rising temperature in the room…
 
Sleep is overrated. Especially at an event like this. The night before we partied and karaoked till about 2 a.m., and I had been so full of adrenaline that I couldn’t sleep right away. I guess I might have slept about three hours that night, so my morning activities became a bit of a rush, though I managed to enjoy some absolutely perfect Eggs Benedict for breakfast (to my shame I haven’t yet mastered the art of cooking them and when I can get some great ones, I can not resist –wanna bribe me? So fantastic a breakfast might just do the trick…)
 
I could hardly wait for this day to get started, as so much would be going on – we were expecting AJ Buckley, Travis Wester, Kurt Fuller, Misha Collins and Jim Beaver. So much to take in and to experience… Plus I had won a meet&greet with Jim which I was particularly looking forward to. Come on! How could one person possibly handle all this? I’m just a human being… vulnerable to many emotions that already began to flood my system…
 
Here are the clips for April 15th's explosive and very important 100th episode, "Point of No Return." 
It's episode night!  Given the fact it's episode 99, it's appropriate that the episode title is "99 Problems."  It's funny, but I actually didn't see or seek out an episode description until just now.  I can't remember the last time that happened.  Aside from the one clip that was released, I know relatively little about this episode.  I like being unspoiled.  I do know however Michael Shanks is in it, so that's gotta mean something.  Below is the episode description that's on the CWTV website.


Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are outnumbered by demons, but are saved at the last minute by Rob (guest star Michael Shanks) and his townspeople, who are aware of the Apocalypse, and have been training to fight and kill demons. The small town is very religious and Sam and Dean meet Pastor Gideon (guest star Larry Poindexter), who introduces them to his daughter Leah (guest star Kayla Mae Maloney), whom he claims is a prophet. Leah tells the townspeople they must obey her orders if they want a spot in Heaven but when she starts turning the townspeople against each other in the name of the Lord, the brothers realize they must kill her. Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Julie Siege.

As usual, once the episode is done, come by here and just share in one or more sentences what you thought of it.  One word sentences like "Awesome" or "Sucky" will do as well.  See everyone later!
"Time is on My Side"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
A handsome young plastic surgeon talks shop with a colleague, then heads to his car in a deserted parking lot and rummages in the trunk. Hearing something, he looks over his shoulder, but sees nothing. Seconds later, he is shoved into his trunk and locked in. "Let me out of here!" he shouts, but no one hears him. Later, the doctor stumbles into the ER of a hospital, in horrible pain, clutching bloody hands around his middle. The nurse urges him to let her see what happened--"There's nothing I haven't seen." He doesn't want her to open his robe, but she does, and we hear something plop to the floor. She screams.
 
Erie Hotel - Sam and Dean work over a demon, trying to force him to reveal who holds Dean's contract. They pour holy water in and on him, but the demon says, "Your mother--she showed it to me before I bent her over." Even after Dean stares into his face, the demon makes it clear that he fears whoever is holding his contract more. As Sam begins the exorcism, the demon urges him on--"I'll be waiting in hell with a few pals who are really anxious for a meet and greet with Dean Winchester." As Sam finishes the words, Dean is clearly pissed off and frustrated. (Later) Sam, on the phone, asks, "You ran the prints twice? Sure, chalk it up to lab error." Dean returns from burying the body of the guy who had hosted the demon. Sam asks if he remembers the article in the paper. "Stripper suffocates guy with thighs?" asks Dean. (LMAO, oh, Dean!) The other one, says Sam--guy walks into an ER, his liver ripped out--he had fingerprints all over his body, and not his own. My man Dave Caruso will be stoked, jokes Dean. The fingerprints match a guy who died in 1981, says Sam. Walking, killing dead? wonders Dean--zombies do like the other, other white meat--why are you suddenly interested in zombies, with us being three weeks out on my deal? It's a zombie hunt, you wanted to hunt, Sam reminds him. Sam smiles like he knows a secret.
Thoughts on Dark Side of the Moon


DSotM was an exercise in devastated hearts and lost hope. It was also full of welcome friends, more-maniacal-by-the-minute foes and threads of what’s to come. Sad and crushing events twisted up the Winchester brothers and left them broken, battered and raw.

Death Comes (Again)

Had I not seen the preview clips (if only I had willpower) this opening scene would have been startling. Even with the knowledge of what was coming, it was difficult to watch. Sam looked incredible sorry to have been caught and Dean was just plain pissed off. I do have to wonder how the hunters not only snuck into the room without drawing attention but also how they managed to slide the knife from beneath Dean’s pillow without waking him. Dean’s reaction to Sam’s death, and really, the whole situation, was telling. His threat of when he “comes back” could be taken to mean as a spirit, but I think he knew the angels and Lucifer wouldn’t let their vessels just end that way – certainly both sides have expressed suicide won’t keep them from becoming host to an angel, in some form or another. Dean seemed almost resolved to the whole thing – taunting to be shot. Maybe hoping he wouldn’t come back? Hard to say.

Dean’s Memory

It’s fitting that Dean’s first (that he remembers) experience in Heaven features both the Impala and young Sammy. The fireworks was a beautiful moment and for the first time in ages the smile on Dean’s face seemed lighter and genuine. True to form, Dean is happiest with the simple things – the company an innocent, unburdened Sammy who appreciates Dean purely as a big brother, nothing more, nothing less. 

Dean’s second memory invited flashbacks of season two’s What Is and What Should Never Be, with Mary making a sandwich for Dean and him enjoying a mother’s touch. This moment between Dean and Mary almost felt too private to be watching, especially with Sam witnessing the exchange. It is incredibly sad and at the same time heart warming to think that even at the age of four, Dean was attuned enough to know his mother needed a hug and reassurance. The split-second expression on Dean’s face when Sam commented that Dean had been cleaning up after John for a long time was absolutely haunting.

Sam’s Memory

Sam’s memory of Thanksgiving was both amusing (thigh squeeze by the eleven year old girl) and sad. The sadness was mostly for Dean, as it begins to dawn on him that Sam’s Heaven doesn’t involve Dean. What’s more, is that (and this is conjecture) while Dean tried to give Sam a family experience through Thanksgiving, it clearly didn’t satisfy young Sam’s craving for normal family experiences. The other Heavenly moments of Sam’s continued this theme. Dean was crushed by the realization that Sam’s Heaven, that his “greatest hits” were on his own and seemingly without regard for the effect his actions had on others. On one hand, I can see how a young Sam running away would think it was great to live alone without thought for the consequences Dean faced for losing Sam. On the other hand, given the whole Shtriga incident, I can also imagine the punishment Dean must have endured, both from and John and his own guilty conscious.

Ash and Pamela

Ash was just awesome. I love that his Heaven is the roadhouse and that he spends his time not only keeping angels out of his heaven, but tracking them and visiting everyone else’s Heaven. It was fantastic to see him again, hair and all. Now Pamela, well, I just don’t know what to make of her. Part of me wondered if she, or her likeness anyways, wasn’t being manipulated in some way, with the whole life’s-so-good-let-the-angels-have-your-bodies spiel. As a whole, this scene in the Roadhouse worked for me. Although we didn’t see Ellen and Jo, they were still present in the ambience of the bar. Another throw back to season two.

This scene also had a nugget of information I thought was interesting and teasing – John and Mary Winchester are MIA. Again, not sure what to make of this, but knowing Kripke, it will reveal its relevance to us in due time. Perhaps in relation to that soul mates-share-heaven tidbit. Hmm.

Zachariah and the Nightmare

It’s nice to see that this Apocalypse thing isn’t just taking its toll on the boys – Zachariah is clearing fraying fast. It was chilling to see Zach and Mary with the sexual undertones. I also liked the way, in Dean’s memory of Mary the make-up is very minimal and wholesome, whereas when Zach is using her form, it’s darker  - much the way it was in Sam’s detox-induced delusion last year. This scene was effective – Zach has certainly honed his scary mobster look, with the henchmen to hold Dean in place while he punched him and everything. This part was upsetting – largely because it felt like Dean had heard the things “Mary” said to him, in one form or another, probably in his own psyche. The poor guy was absolutely destroyed.

Joshua and the Garden

                Quiet and unassuming but with the unmistakeable air of power, Roger Aaron Brown’s Joshua’s was deliciously executed. God’s message seemed to come down to what good and evil always comes down to (biblically speaking) – human choice and consequence. Free will (consider: “Team Freewill”) means that human beings do what they do and have to live with the consequences – there isn’t a reset button but rather humankind just has to muddle through. That said, that the Winchester’s remember “this time” makes me think there is something in the experience that will be the key they need. Wait and see I suppose. (By the way - Cleveland Botanical Gardens – perfect Winchester Eden imaging if you ask me.)

Final Thoughts - Desolation

Castiel – the poor guy. He looked absolutely shattered at the notion that his father would abandon them. He almost couldn’t believe it and now he’s just lost. The things Misha Collins can convey in a simple gaze – in this case directed skyward – what an emotional punch. It seemed that Dean could really empathize with what Cas was feeling here (see the long gazes but note the lack of comforting words or witticisms), but also that watching Cas lose his faith was the last straw for Dean. I took Dean’s silence through Cas’ speech in two ways  - one, as I already stated, being able to understand the idea of being disappointed by your father and two, almost disbelief at the angels loss and newfound faithlessness. These are two despondent men (even if one is technically an angel), no question.

This episode really felt as though it was being told from Dean’s perspective. That is, the memories of his giving to make Sam happy, to comfort his mom, realizing in Sam’s Heaven that his efforts weren’t even appreciated or thought about again (not that I’m saying this is true, necessarily, merely that this must be how it looks from Dean’s side) through to learning that God wasn’t going to get involved, especially after his tearful plea – this episode put Dean through the ringer. In the past we’ve witness Dean down and out, greatly saddened, bereaved and grief-stricken with his own torment but I don’t think we’ve ever seen him as truly desolate as in the moment he releases the amulet. Rock bottom, meet Dean Winchester.

At the same time, Sam was also afforded some much needed insight into his brother. I think by the end, Sam understood a little bit better what their life was like from Dean’s side of the coin – constantly trying to take care of his family only to watch them all walk away or leave him in one form or another. I think this understanding, especially after watching Dean toss the amulet, may be an asset in some weird way (I hope so, otherwise the torture of the Winchester brother’s served no purpose other than our twisted amusement). Sam now seems to be the only one of the three holding it together anymore. Bobby’s been toyed with, Dean’s emotionally spent and Cas is just lost.  It was interesting that Sam was the one comforting Castiel and Dean, assuring both of them that there is ‘another way” and together they could beat this thing. We’ll just have to wait and see if Sam can rally everyone together (and I’m confident he will) for the big showdown that this season is building to. Let’s go, Team Free Will!
I already knew this would be a great episode the second it started. A scene that intense is the teaser? So, dig in, for this recap could get hairy. First, let’s get the credits out of the way. The writers are Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, who really hit a major stride here. It’s good to see them produce something so good. The director is Jeff Woolnough, who’s done plenty of other shows (most recently Bones) but is a newcomer to Supernatural. He too brought something to the table we haven’t seen before.

First, I’m really amused by the “Then” sequence because it brings light to the fact that the boys have died plenty of times. We even got to see a few of the more graphic ones. I love it. We already know from the episode description they die again, but I adore how the show decides to be playful with it. It’s about time. They also tease about the amulet too. It’s about time with that too! We’ve missed it.

Okay, “Now” -  The camera pans along an impressive collection of empty and crushed beer cans, plus an empty liquor bottle, all littering this retro motel room. Dean is passed out on the bed in clothes and man what I would give to see that bender.   As the shot pulls away from Dean there’s a shotgun barrel pointed at him. He wakes up and reaches under the pillow, but doesn’t find what he’s looking for. A masked man has his precious gun and asks him if he’s “looking for this” as he drops out the cartridge. Dean looks over at Sam, who’s already uncomfortably awake and has his own gunman pointing a weapon at him. ”Morning,” Dean says to him. Not a good way to start the day.
 
We have another guest submission, this time from joelsteinlover.  It is her first recap and she is taking on "Dark Side of The Moon."  Now, I'm sure many of you ask, why do I sometimes post so many reviews and recaps on one episode?  Because, especially with this episode, no one usually views a scene the same way.  My recaps certainly have my bias in them, and that's true of everyone else.  It's usually interesting to see the way different people view things and I definitely saw some unique interpretations here.  I also love to encourage new writers to do this, for its fun, but not very easy.  So, enjoy the recap! 

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I re-watched this episode with MBV in mind, rather than DMDWP, because that’s how it was intended. I know there won’t be a dramatic post-detox confrontation because they’re thrown right into the action. Dean wakes up and attempts to reach for his gun, except some crazy guy in a ski mask already has it. He sits up, alarmed, and Sam gives him a “yeah, about that…” look.
 
Dean recognizes their voices. Roy and Walt. They’re slightly bitter and now they know Sam set off the apocalypse. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. They tell him this, and it becomes evident that Jared is going to look especially pretty in this episode when a close-up of his guilt-ridden face happens.
 
They shoot him. Dean looks shocked and momentarily devastated before he remembers that neither he nor Sam ever die for good, so it doesn’t really matter. Then he’s just pissed.
This is the first of three reports from Jasminka about attending her first Supernatural convention, Salute to Supernatural in LA over a week ago. With onsite reports like this, we request that you DO NOT REPOST these articles. Share the links all you want, but no reposting please. Thanks much. Enjoy, Jas has quite a few great stories to share!

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The Convention Temple of Loon
 
Part One (of Three)
 
 
‘I have so many comments in my head right now’
Jensen Ackles, March 28th, L.A. 2010
 
A few years back a couple of new heroes were born. And with Supernatural moving on to its sixth season, it’s not too far a stretch to imagine that we are witnessing the development of icons of television. The men in the impala (and their partners in crime) were back to Los Angeles and Creation’s Salute to Supernatural Convention, and they will be back in fall with another season of our beloved show.
 
Everyone’s got their own favourite Supernatural moment. Our fave elements aren’t simply about big action sequences (that are certainly there) – the most memorable facets are the character-based moments that move us to the core, a testimony to the quality of the show – a show rich in priceless gems that have become a part of our lives, and this year I (and many other fans) added another to our own, personal casket of treasures: encounters with the stars that chose to join us at this particular convention.
 
This is my experience.
 
"Long Distance Call"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
A man stands in his study, nervously drinking. His phone, showing caller ID SHA33, keeps ringing; it's a woman named Linda who professes her love, asks if he loves her, yet he keeps hanging up on her. Finally, unable to tolerate the phone calls, he destroys the phone--but it rings anyway! Done, he takes a gun from his desk drawer, looks up, says, "You win, I'm coming," presses the gun under his throat and fires, blood and brain matter spattering the phone.
 
Sam walks across a rainy square to meet Dean, who is seated on a bench and has just spoken to Bobby about a case of a banker blowing his head off. Sam objects--they're trying to get him out of his deal! Dean reminds him they've tried everything, gone everywhere, they can't find Bela or the Colt. Sam wants to summon Ruby, but Dean finally tells him she confessed she CANNOT save him. Sam's angry Dean kept this huge secret from him; Dean wants to know who has been keeping secrets from whom, Sam walks away, hurt. Sam agrees they'll go to Ohio and take the case.