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.
Who knew this would be a two-parter? I didnâ€™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 couldnâ€™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 donâ€™t get paid to do this, Iâ€™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.
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).
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.
David Duchovny shared an amusing story recently on The Tonight Show about the very avid X-Files fans. At fan cons, after a while just about every question that could possibly be asked had been asked. So, aside from asking the same questions over and over again, fans would break into off the wall inquisitions like "Whatâ€™s your favorite animal?" One time he got that question, wasn't sure, so he blurted out "Elephants." Next thing he knew, news stories announce "Duchovny's nuts for elephants!" His point certainly implied the cult celebrity life is that absurd.
I thought of this story after reading messages from several of my online friends who are in Vancouver this weekend for the Salute to Supernatural convention. I passed over Vancouver for financial reasons, but what nags at me is if I did have the money, I probably would have gone. I have no idea why.
Going doesn't look good on paper by a mile. Everyone pays extraneous amounts of money just to have small brushes with greatness, and after comic con my brush is dripping. I passed on my chance to pay over $500 for a gold admission ticket and $40 - $180 for each photo-op just for the privilege to stand in a long line and be hearded like cattle through a hallway to get 12 seconds to say "cheese." Sure, Jared, Jensen, or Misha might put their arms around me for the shot and that twelve seconds might feel like twelve days, but itâ€™s really gone in a flash. A lifelong pictorial memory comes out of that, but I hate being photographed so it would sit in a drawer.
At risk of stating the obvious, Dean Winchester has a flare with words. A biting, sarcastic, often snarky sentiment with a flamethroweresque delivery, but clever. Very clever. As Zachariah said in the season four finale, "You're our own little Russell Crowe, complete with surly attitude." I don't know, Russell Crowe doesn't leave me laughing like Dean. Or wondering with jaw dropped if the boy isn't afraid to let anything come from his mouth.
In the same guise as my earlier article, "The Enigma of Sam Winchester's Hair," I'm going season by season to remember some of my favorite poetic one-liners rolling off Dean's tongue at those perfectly timed moments. The kind that came freely during disagreements with Sam, in moments of peril, or just laughter in the face of death or trouble. Cute little comments back and forth between the brothers will come in another article. For now, it's Dean zingers galore. After all, deep inside, don't we all relate to Dean's inner 12 year old boy?
Lisa Braeden and Ben Braeden from The Kids Are Alright, what are they up to now? Does Lisa ever wonder about Dean, does Ben wonder if that â€˜cool guy, who taught him to stand up for himself, is ever going to visit again? How do neighborhood sleepovers and block parties and cookouts get handled? Do the parents wonder if their kids are really all right? Do the kids have nightmares? Do the moms get flashbacks every time a mosquito bites them on the neck and they scratch it? I know, I probably put too much time into these things but I wonder if Lisa and Ben, especially, have any lasting thoughts on Deanâ€¦we know Dean does.
In light of Aliceâ€™s Top Ten Unsung Heroes I got thinking about characters that have come, been saved, glimpsed the darker side of life and never been heard from again. Some of these characters were saved by the boys, some saved the boys and some were partners in the saving of themselves, the boys and others. With less than two and a half weeks until the start of Season 5 I thought a trip through some of the characters that stand out in my mind would be an interesting exercise â€“ and it gives me an excuse to not be working on part II of Good or Evil, A Supernatural Question as well as The Road So Far, Season Fourâ€¦theyâ€™re coming but until thenâ€¦
From Season one I wonder what ever happened to Amanda the flight attendant from Phantom Traveler. Not only does she survive a plane crash but then she participates in stopping another one while at the same time learning that a colleague is, in fact, possessed by a demon. Try explaining that to the NTSB.