Please welcome Jasminka, who was nice enough to submit her first article.  She offers a unique perspective on our two favorite lead actors.  Enjoy, and thanks Jas for the submission.

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Angels, Demons & Brothers On Top…
 
… Supernatural’s Luck of Being Blessed with Extraordinary Actors
 
 
From the first episode of Supernatural I became an addict, something I had never really believed possible… You can become addictive to drugs, booze, gambling… but to a TV show? Come on…
 
Of course, I have loved many a TV series or movie before, especially when I was growing up… when I was a kid I wanted to become Princess Leia and marry MacGyver, and I had a soft spot for Tribbles…. but I never really became the kind of super-fan I’ve seen some Trekkies be. Actually, it always struck me as very weird that a young guy would shave his head and dye the hair left grey in order to look like Picard…?
 
Now, what is it about this particular show? There are in all likelihood as many opinions as there are fans.
Who hoo! I finally get around to sharing this. All it took was almost two weeks of nonstop demanding family activities, an intense project at work, and more systems problems (Microsoft and Dell are both on my crap list right now) to make me think there was a definite demon plot to prevent this recap from getting done. Anyway, enough griping on my part; let’s just jump straight to the action. I should first note that my copy of the video is playing the last few seconds of The Vampire Diaries, which aired a really awesome episode before this one. The best one yet for that show by far and now the plot is kicking into action.

After another Now segment which reminds us in case we forgot that Sam started the apocalypse and Dean’s pissed about it, there’s teenage girl looking ominously like this week’s red shirt, watching of all things a bad Herbie movie. She picks up her hairbrush and brushes her hair while entranced by the video. I’m sure the impression is that she’s possessed, but it turns out she’s just extremely easy to amuse. She hears some rustling in the closet and goes to check it out. The creepy score follows her and she opens the door! It’s a bratty little kid with an obvious pencil-through-the-head prop and ketchup playing dead. She doesn’t fall for it. She sends the kid off, but he still has the nerve to ask if he could touch her boobs. What boobs? This chick doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her and those things on her chest are tiny bumps.

Okay, as promised, it's time to vote for Sam's Shirt.  You know, the one he's worn in one perlious situation after another for four seasons.  Here's a reminder in case you forgot.  Voting ends when I feel like it.  Remember, the name you choose is the name I use in articles and recaps from now on when said shirt is involved.  Choose with your heart! 




Thanks to everyone who took time to send suggestions.  Happy voting!
(A note from Alice).  You know, I let a little controversy slip into the site this week.  Sorry, I do apologize.  This is a site where we love our show, are a bit fanatical about it, but we're not oversensitive to things.  It's this thing called common sense.  I can proudly say this, especially given the amount of time and effort I put into this site and my articles, but it's only a TV show.  I'm thrilled with all the level heads that come here and I'm grateful to every single one of you.  I've always chased the trouble makers away, and I'll continue to do so from now on. 

Elle2 wrote up some thoughts based on what exploded in the recaps article and I'm hoping her words on it becomes the last on this matter.  She does a great job of differentiating bias vs. bash and this should clear up any confusion.  After this, we're going back to what we do best.  Loving this amazing show. 

But first, Karen shared this poem in the comments on Sam Fans vs. Dean Fans, and I'm making it more visible right here.  It's absolutely perfect!  If this doesn't point out the absurdity of all this fan fighting, nothing will. 

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It’s Thursday night and Supernatural credits just came to an end.
The fans sat silent to reflect and comprehend.
Too much to absorb believe a re-watch is in order.
Bless those who invented the video recorder.

The second watch is done and minds are now clear.
It’s getting late, but the fans will persevere.
For they are off to their websites to read the reviews,
Read all of the comments and to share their own views.

But wait what is this that we are reading.
Some fans stating things that could be misleading.
What are they saying? This must be a joke!
It’s a tease, it’s a lie, it’s just to provoke.

But the fans are now fighting and taking a side.
They’re becoming angry and nasty as they quickly divide.
They must take it all back or do a re-write.
For with them being so vile tempers are going to ignite.

Saying Dean is childish, a pervert and so mean.
And he gets all the great lines and far too many scenes.
He’s self righteous, the hero all because of his deal.
But lets not forget who broke the first seal.

Then there’s Sam all whiny, selfish and ungrateful.
He slept with a demon and was never truthful.
He betrayed and strangled his brother as well.
He went off with Ruby and freed Lucifer from hell.

And of course there is Castiel, he has been dragged in it too.
For he’s in too many shows and they want to bid him adieu.
He won’t even own up to his part in the apocalypse.
Just adds on the blame to the brother’s many slips.

Then there are the writers, oh they thought they’d sneak through.
But the fandom is quick to lay blame on them too.
For they have been handing in too many holes in their scripts.
They’re not consistent and they’re flawed with too many quips

And finally Kripke, what have you been doing?
The apocalypse is upon us, yet nothing is brewing.
Where are the battles the wars and the fights?
This season was to go beyond great heights.

Ok that’s enough of all this negativity.
This bickering is taking away the fans respectability.
What happened to being adults and acting our age?
And the love for the brothers we use to engage.

It was always interesting to see what others had to say.
Even the different takes and opinion of those that were risqué.
Where are the fans that were always friendly and polite?
Who would encourage other views without stating who’s right.

It’s time to let go of the anger and hostility.
Take a step back and regain our sensibility.
For this maybe the show’s last season.
So lets not end this year in a state of high treason.

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Bias or Bash? …by Elle2
 
So Alice has a ‘bent’ towards Sam, so what? Here’s a little secret that I’m sure everyone already knows; I have a ‘bent’ towards Dean. Why do I think everyone already knows this? Simple, the subconscious is powerful and always gets its message across no matter how hard we try to keep it under check.
 
Here’s the thing, though, Alice specifically invited me to join her in regular posting – something I’ve taken a bit of a break from and while the ego part of me believes this latest dust up would never have occurred had my balancing act been readily available – *pure sarcasm, all*, -- the realistic part of me knows that this little disagreement or debate or whatever would still have come up because when you bill yourself as different from other sites, someone will always come around to try to knock some sense into you. Perhaps that’s all this is.
First, allow me to apologize for the lateness of this review. My life has been undergoing some significant upheaval in the last little while, on top of midterms, no less. Thank you to Alice for her patience with me. I just touched on the main points that stood out to me in this episode, apologies for the shortness of the review as well. I promise next week, when life has stabilized again, I'll make a more decent contribution to this fantastic site.
Okay, let's dissect this episode:
Thoughts on "I Believe the Children Are Our Future"
We're back to SOP this week: set up with the teaser and then onto the fake badges and agents to match. Right away, the first thing I notice is that our boys are totally back in sync. Unlike Fallen Idols in which I thought the characterizations were off despite the return to the original formula, Sam and Dean are jiving in all the right ways this time around. The prankster, ribbing, brotherly chemistry was felt in I Believe more than it has been in a long, long time. Several times in this episode were reminders of days gone by: such as when Dean showed Sam his hairy palm and proceeded to grin devilishly when Sam warned against using his razor to correct the palm in question. Everything feels much less tense than it did only a few weeks ago. The strain of unspoken accusations, guilt and grief doesn't hang so heavily over every conversation.
Sheesh, only six eppies in and already a break. Sure I could whine about it but that won’t change anything so instead I’ll just ramble a bit. Let’s try to figure this whole thing out, 22 episodes to watch in a 35 week ‘season’…odds are we’re going to have a lot more repeats coming our way.
 
Some argue that last year the CW really made a mess of how it scheduled Supernatural, I disagree. â€˜Course I disagree on a lot of things…like this being a Sam/Jared site only. Sure there is a fixation on Sam’s hair and Sam’s shirts but that doesn’t make this a Sam Site and Dean is Doormat Site, it simply means that Sam’s hair has more to comment about and frankly he does have some fairly cool shirts…like that white one with the pattern underneath that you only see when he rolls up the sleeves. That must be one of ‘those’ shirts for which the wardrobe department only has perhaps one because we only ever see Sam wear that shirt when he’s sitting and talking – WIAWSNB and AVSC comes to mind. It’s not a shirt that gets food or blood or dirt on it, must be one of a kind.
 
I digress…yeah, that happens a lot. Last year the CW gave us ten in a row, seven repeats, four in a row, four repeats, four in a row, two repeats and the final four. Good bye to season 4. Honestly, that’s not too bad. The first ten were awesome; face it, ten Thursdays in a row of nothing but new, who can complain about that? Sure, the next seven Thursdays of repeats weren’t much fun but since Kripke has stated it takes about four weeks post-production to complete an episode, by the time we watched Heaven and Hell they had only just finished filming the 11th episode perhaps two to three weeks earlier, it wasn’t ready.
Normally by Wednesday I like to have the recap up, but this week has been one extraordinary circumstance after another.  I at least started the recap for "I Believe The Children Are Our Future," so that's a start.  I've been meaning to do this for a while, but I thought I'd share why I started writing recaps, even though they involve days of intense work. 

My first fandom was The West Wing. I found the best community ever on a new upstart site called "Mighty Big TV."  The discussions were intelligent, fans were respectful to one another, and their full length recaps couldn't be beat.  Their mantra was "snark" which was intended to be fun sarcasm.  They loved the show, but when something was just hideous, it would be brought out in a funny "what were they thinking" way.  These recaps were long, thorough, very funny and thought provoking and I easily killed an afternoon each week at work reading them.  That ended up often times being the highlight of my week.  That went on for several seasons.

Well, something else happened.  "Mighty Big TV" evolved (if you want to call it that) into "Television Without Pity."  Subtle snark suddenly became poisonous, and when checking out other shows recaps they became mean spirited and negative.  So did the forums.  Why would anyone recap a show that they weren't a fan of?  How does that appease the fans that come to check out the site?  I'm not looking for cheerleading, but I don't want brutal nitpicking either.  Once The West Wing ended the site was unbearable. 

I never found a site since then that gave me recaps that I enjoyed like with The West Wing.  So, naturally, when I came into the Supernatural fandom, I started writing them.  They weren't good at first.  As a matter of fact, my season three collection (when I started these) is bad and needs to be completely redone (except "Mystery Spot," which I rewrote in pretty awesome fashion).  In season four I found my groove though and I even get to do more than I got from reading others because I can do screencaps.  Having flexibility with your own site is pretty fun.  

So, this is the problem, but it's one I usually look past for creative reasons.  The recaps on this site are the articles that get the lowest number of hits.  With the exception of "Yellow Fever," which for some reason I have yet to figure out is one of the most popular articles on this site, they're all in the basement of site traffic.  

So, I thought I would do a little pleading, since there are a couple of these recaps that are my personal favorites that haven't been getting the attention they deserve.  One of the lowest viewed recaps for season four is "When The Levee Breaks," which I find very odd since this is one of my personal best and personal favorites.  So, if you need to kill an afternoon at work and are eager for a hiatus time waster, please check this out.  Warning though, make sure you can control your laughter at work.     

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/supernatural/7-episode-recap/850-recap-qwhen-the-levee-breaksq.html

It should also be noted that a mediocre or bad episode actually sounds better through a recap.  It's that snark again.  Check out my recap for "Family Remains."  It involves something I've only done once, vigilante recapping.  Again, another one of my favorites.  You might notice there are less screencaps in this one.  That's because it was too dark and I couldn't get many good ones. 

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/supernatural/7-episode-recap/240-recap-qfamily-remainsq.html

The lowest viewed recap BY FAR for whatever reason is "After School Special."  I read it again and it could just be my personal bias, but I didn't think it was half bad.  I thought it was good actually.  I laughed.  Why don't you read it and tell me if I'm wrong. 

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/supernatural/7-episode-recap/330-recap-qafter-school-special.html

Okay, that's my pitch for now.  If there is a particular reason you like or don't like the recaps, send some feedback my way.  Maybe it is foolish of me to keep putting in the work it takes to do these things, especially when I'm trying to go back and write ones for season one and two. 

Nah, I love writing them too much.  I always have had this philosophy that if I can get at least one person to read something, then I've succeeded.  Actually I can get two.  Sure, that's the hubby and the dog, but it works.  

Thanks, and new recap coming soon! 

Granted it went out at 11:45 last night, but I did finally get my review out of "I Believe The Children Are Our Future" out on blogcritics.  I'm really proud of what I came up with this review, far more than "Fallen Idols."  I even wrote in under miraculous circumstances, in between the Chinese fire drills going on at work these days and the fact that Halloween is next week and the temporary insanity has already kicked in with my children.  So, enjoy it, and please tell me either there or here how full of crap I am. 

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/tv-review-supernatural-i-believe-the1/

Also, I'm thrilled to link to Mo Ryan's review in her The Watcher blog.  It seems this site got a very positive mention and a link to the Sam Fans vs. Dean Fans article.  I wrote that after the fighting broke out in her blog, so I really appreciate the mention.  Even though I've gotten many accolades and appreciate them all, this is the first time a member of mainstream media has recognized this site and my work as a blogger.  I'm truly honored. 

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/10/supernatural-children-future-winchesters.html

Also, Sablegreen provided the link to Buddy TV and their speculation about season six.  While I agree wholeheartedly with the analysis, I was pretty vocal on this subject this summer and then put it to rest, but I'll give my two cents. 

Season six is a done deal.  The economics are too good, ratings decline or not.  This comes from my knowledge of the business.  If a show makes money (no matter what the network), it isn't going anywhere, especially if it is made by the studios of one of the network owners.  Now, it might not be unheard of that it ends up on Fridays with Smallville (which is likely also getting a tenth season) or in place of that show should it be determined to be too expensive to renew. 

The CW can finally claim that it has a hit on its hands in The Vampire Diaries.  It's big in demos and ratings, something a home grown CW show has never done before.  Their prior successes have all come from the old WB and UPN networks.  No matter what the hype, Gossip Girl is not a ratings hit. They have some bold new ideas in development that are more reminiscient of the old WB.  Teens are still king, but rich teen skank shows are not.  They know they have to phase out the old shows.  Smallville must go first and the one show in the biggest jeopardy right now believe it or not is America's Next Top Model.  It is not an in-house show and the contract with Tyra Banks' production company expires this year.  It's already getting very expensive and it's losing ratings.  If it's not cost effective, they will cut it loose.  One Tree Hill isn't getting any younger either and eventually the cast and crew will want to call it quits.  However, it still has some shelf life.  

So, given that and holes created by The Beautiful Life and the likely death of Melrose Place, there's still plenty of room for a solid performer like Supernatural in the lineup.  Especially since the only show that could possibly take the crowded competition of Thursdays at 9pm is The Vampire Diaries, and that would get clobbered by the shared demographic of Grey's Anatomy.  The show creatively is doing well too, which means plenty of International and DVD opportunties for Warner Brothers.  

http://www.buddytv.com/articles/supernatural/the-pros-and-cons-of-supernatu-32004.aspx

Of course I agree with John Kubicek, it's way too early to be talking season six.       

That's all for now! 
Okay, I had a silly moment today where I started putting this stuff down off the top of my head.  I do it all the time at work, it's called "Fun Facts Day," but I've never done a Supernatural one before.  Anyway, here's the results, in no particular order.  It isn't much, but Mondays are the best days for silliness. 

Supernatural Fun Facts
Eric Kripke figured out about the seventh episode into season one that the urban legends idea wasn't going to work for the rest of the series. Or the rest of the season. The chemistry between Jared and Jensen was too great, so the emphasis switched to the brothers. He also picked an Impala over his initial idea of a 65 Mustang because with an Impala, "You can put a body in the trunk." 
Ever wonder why Kripke Enterprises is Scrap Metal and Entertainment? Simple, the original Kripke Enterprises, based out of Toledo, Ohio (Eric's home town) is his dad's scrap metal business. When Eric got into TV production, the business expanded. That scrap metal arm of the business still exists today in  the second dirtiest city in Ohio, next to Youngstown. (I'm from this state, I'm allowed to kid!)
Sam and Dean both have died on May 2nd, Sam's birthday, which proves that Sam has had some pretty sucky birthdays. We won't even talk about what happens around Halloween. 

Sam has been known to take massive beatings. (Lifted straight from supernatural.wiki. I love that!).