Family Remains:
 
Jeremy Carver, you remain one of my favorite writers for this series…even Family Remains cannot change that. Still, I have to wonder…what? There’s much to love here…it had been eight weeks and finally a new episode. The Impala was shown in many scenes, the opening, several times in the middle, it got robbed, it got fixed…at the end it was once again the backdrop – well, actually foredrop, for another brother to brother moment, albeit twice in a row was a bit heavy, still did I mention it had been eight weeks? The guest casting was very good, always wins big with me when they’re interesting and thought out characters – just wait to the next episode though.
The Road So Far, Season Four…
 
Whew, we made it, the end of the Road So Far Series – for those of you who hung on this far, this means we’re mere days from the beginning of Season 5. Hooray! When I started this I had no idea what I was getting into, my original plan was to look back across the series and pick out those episodes that I considered to be game changers, episodes like Home and Faith and Crossroad Blues and others. As I got going I realized my muse preferred to simply spend some time with each and every episode, some for a moment others for longer. Thus The Road So Far series was born…as much fun as it has been, I’m glad we’re up to date, if for no other reason then it means I can count the days on just my hands until the beginning of Season 5.
 
So here we go, a look back at the incredible, all around game changing phenomena that was and is Season 4.
Hellatus Check – Hellatus Ends!!!!
 
Sixteen short weeks ago Season 4 ended. One week from now Season 5 begins. We made it, Hellatus is over! What an amazing time this has been, so many articles, so many episodes rewatched, so many teasers and rumors and wonderings, so many Cons, so many fics written – I’ve only been reading one, Gaelicspirit’s Desolation Angels. I have the last three chapters printed off and awaiting reading, oh, to find the time. I will though, no worries.
 
Back at the beginning I had the humble idea that I’d post an article of some length and depth each week…then Alice stated she planned to post something every day – well, six days per week anyway. So, I cranked up the thinking and got typing. Amazingly, each time I thought I was out of ideas something would spark. As Hellatus winds down and I’ve ‘completed’ everything I intended I already have an additional two articles in mind, both likely will come to fruition in short order but I’ll leave them to ‘marinate’ a bit and wait for a quieter time such as – the first hiatus which will ultimately come sometime in November if history is any indicator. So not to fear, there will be aid when that time arises.
 
I embarked on some series of articles I never envisioned and am thoroughly glad are now done, if for no other reason than I can say, whew, I didn’t quit. Judging by the spirit and energy of the comments, there was more enjoyment than not. Thank you to Alice for hosting this site and improving upon my articles with videos or screen shots, assists with titles and even jotting in her own notes within some articles…it made it more fun for me to read so I enjoyed that. Big thanks goes to everyone who read the articles and especially to those who found time or made time to comment. Thank you very much.
 
Alice’s goal was to make this a place for people to come to during Hellatus and I think it worked. 
Here they are!  As promised, Warner Brothers has delivered with three new preview clips for the Sept 10th premiere (one week!!!!!!) of Supernatural Season Five.  Below are the clips and official summary from Warner Brothers for episode 5.01, "Sympathy For The Devil."

Has Hell been unleashed?  Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) discover the consequences of breaking the final seal as the series fifth season opener picks up right where we left off - with Lucifer walking free and the first signs of the apocalypse beginning to be evident.  Also stars Misha Collins as Castiel and guest stars Jim Beaver as Bobby, Kurt Fuller as Zachariah, Mark Pellegrino as Nick, Rachel Miner as Meg and Rob Benedict as Chuck.  "Sympathy for the Devil" was written by Eric Kripke and directed by Robert Singer.



Today, tvbythenumbers.com did an intense analysis on Mad Men, breaking down costs and revenue to prove their point that even though the show only gets 1.5 million viewers average yet costs $2 million an episode, it's still worthwhile for the network to air it. 
 
Since my previous article on budget seems to be popular (it's the most viewed article on this site BY FAR), I figured why not do the same exercise for Supernatural.  There might be interest.  I was especially inspired by seeing the Supernatural Season Four DVD earning the #1 spot on the Amazon.com Bestsellers List for Movies and TV. So here we go, get your thinking hats on, it's TV Economics 101, aka Supernatural by the numbers. 
Tigershire has started posting her recaps of her experiences at the Salute to Supernatural Convention this past weekend.  Day one is up!  Check it out, it comes with cool pictures and everything.

http://tigershire.blogspot.com/2009/09/salute-to-supernatural-vancouver-2009.html
Who knew this would be a two-parter? I didn’t. Then again the first part was a bit of a blend of my thoughts, to be furthered here, and its own standalone piece.  Since my creative title naming thingy is a little haywire, I decided to simply make this a part two, the theme carries if nothing else.
 
I actually started some of this back when I was writing my thoughts on Jump The Shark. I cut a lot out of that review simply because I couldn’t get it to fit in very well, so here it is, dredged up with other stuff thrown in and you have an article. Good thing I don’t get paid to do this, I’d go hungry. 
 
Narcissus, it was your comment at the end of Is Sam Winchester Too Stupid to Live that got me thinking along the lines for this part of the article when you asked to hear/read my thoughts on ghouls. So thanks to you (and I am smiling and waving when I write that) this article has come to life. Thank you.
 
Here we go…
Faellie, in a follow up to her popular article "Dean Winchester Is A Feminist" gives her very thoughtful take on Sam.  This can also be found on her livejournal, http://shopstewardess.livejournal.com.  I request no reposting of this article.  Either link here or at Faellie's LJ site.  As usual, comments and debate are welcome!

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What makes Sammy run?
 
Taken literally, the answer to this question seems to be "not much": since the Pilot when Sam and Dean both ran from the ghost-driven Impala (and dived over the side of the bridge to escape), and other early episodes such as Dead in the Water, where both Sam and Dean are running together, it's been Dean who puts in most of the work on the running front, notably at the start of No Rest for the Wicked and of Yellow Fever.  Sam just has a few short sprints, such as his unsuccessful run from a zombie in Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (Jared was of course nursing an untreated broken hand at the time).
In My Time of Dying
 
Even as a disembodied spirit, Dean doesn't lose his smart mouth. Sam and Dad are fighting. Nothing new there. However, when you're a ghost watching this fight and can't do much to stop it, all that's left is to take a swipe at the nearest object around. As the cup goes flying to the floor, spooking both Sam and John, Dean is a little more impressed.
 

 
"I full on Swayzed that mother."