Okay, it's been a couple of days and the responses have considerably slowed, so for those of you dying to know the answers to the Trivia Quiz, I won't keep you hanging.  I'll tell ya, a couple of you came close, but no one got the answers 100% right.  So, I must have done my job right.  One answer no one guessed correctly and a couple only had one or two correct answers. 

The winner BTW, a tie!  It's between elle2 and Kmb316!  They're both an encyclopedia of weirdness just like I am.  Elena M and Supernarttu both came in a close second.  Congratulations to you all!

So, below are my answers and naturally my long-winded explanations for each.  After all, you guys want to know more than the straight answer, right?  RIGHT?  Ah well, if not, skim through.

What's so great about Season 1?
With all of the rumors, gossip, hope or whatever, that there will be a Season 6 the prevailing theme (in the two or three comments I've painstakingly sought out and read) is that Kripke is going to return Supernatural to its roots, you know, the ones of Season 1.
So, with winter hellatus upon us (two weeks down, seven to go) I thought I'd explore what's so great about Season 1 and why there would be anyone out there thrilled that we'd go back there. Also, while I have plans, dreams, inspiration, aspiration and most definitely perspiration, to achieve some sort of literary magnificence during this winter hellatus, I currently have no creativity in that writing arena, so "˜tis fluff, and nothing but fluff I'm doing here in the hopes of jarring loose a modicum of creativity.
With that in mind, here we go"¦
What's so great about Season 1, let me count the episodes:
Pilot, Skin, Home, Scarecrow, Faith, Nightmare, Shadow, Dead Man's Blood, Salvation, Devil's Trap.
Then there's the other episodes:
Bugs, Route 666, The Benders, Hookman -- they're worth watching if for no other reason than to compare to the likes of BUABS, WIAWSNB, AVSC, MS, JIB, Lazarus Rising, OTHOAP, Lucifer Rising, AAH and so very many others.
Have I mentioned the actors/actresses?
Samatha Smith, Adrianne Palicki, Loretta Devine, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nicki Aycox, Taylor Cole and the introduction of Jim Beaver (to name just the standouts in my mind, and off the cuff, feel free to add others.)
What about the anemic alternative pop music?
Won't find any here! It's all Allman Brothers, AC/DC, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Squire, Bad Company, Def Leppard, Rolling Stones, Iron Butterfly, Quiet Riot, Boston, CCR, Blue Oyster Colt, Ozzy Osbourne, Kansas and so very much more...ah, memories.
Then there's the monsters, monsters and more monsters:
Wendigos, ghosts, vampires, cannibalistic humans, shrtigas, daevas, shapeshifters, pagan gods"¦hey, maybe we'll finally see a chupacabra! Yeah!!!! (or better yet, zombie alligators "” I'm with you, Suze.)
Bring on the funny!
  • Dean, muddy and stinky from plunging into the river.
  • Bitch/Jerk
  • No chick flick moments
  • Sheriff: "Is there anything real about you?" Dean: "My boots."
  • Sam: "You're afraid to fly?" Dean: "It's never really been an issue before."
  • Sam: "Are you humming Metallica?"
  • Dean: "Oh, honey, I don't do shorts."
  • Everything in Hell House (especially the brotherly pranks)
Yeah, Season 1 has loads of good stuff. Should Mr. Kripke and his posse decide to go back to the roots of the show, I'm in. Of course, I'm a bit of a lemming, I'll admit it, I'll go where they lead"¦as long as there's Carry On, Wayward Son.
Thanks for reading. Elle2
You know, I had it all planned. I was going to use my bitching javascript programming skills to tweak some canned module out there that had a trivia quiz application.  I was going to do this fancy interface using multiple choice and giving correct answers instantly as well as keeping score.  Guess what?  Yeah, still in the planning stages.

However, it's Monday, I'm in the mood for something fun, and these trivia questions are getting stale.  So, I'm doing a trivia quiz in boring old blogger style.  I list, you try to answer.  I'm moving the comments section on the main page to deep on the right hand side so people don't visibly see answers.  So if anyone doesn't want to see answers, DON'T READ COMMENTS.  I'll post the answers oh, when I feel like it.  These questions are in no particular order for they randomly come from my twisted mind.  There are several questions with multiple answers, so get busy!  The person with the most correct answers gets bragging rights, or maybe a banner in the Mystery Spot clock.  I haven't figured it out yet. 

So here we go...round one!

1.   What episode is the first to feature a shirtless Winchester? Bonus, Who is it?
2.   How old were Sam and Dean when Sam gave Dean his cherished amulet?
3.  What was the first episode where the word "Impala" was actually said? Bonus, who said it? 
4.   Sam mentioned in "Something Wicked" that the Shrtiga had struck before in Odgenville, North Haverbrook, and Brockway. What TV series is this a shout out to? Bonus: Name the episode.
5.  Other than South Dakota, what state has been the setting of the most episodes?  After that?
6.  What was the name of Bobby Singer’s dog in his first episode, “Devil’s Trap.” Bonus, who was he named after?  What would you name Bobby's dog now?
7.  What politician has a parking spot in Hell according to Casey the Demon in “Sin City?” 
8.  What was the name of the porno flick Sam was caught watching in “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things?” 
9.  What Supernatural actor folded his software business after he figured out he made more money acting?
I'm really proud to share this one.  Sablegreen has been working on this for a while and has done some most excellent research into pursuing a theory about Supernatural's appeal in today's down economy and whether it might have an impact on ratings.  Since I seem to be an avid follower of TV ratings and the whole system, this certainly sparked my interest.  There are several interesting points here that I've never considered before.  We are both very curious to see what your thoughts are on this one.  It's a topic of discussion this site has never taken on before and I'm thrilled to see it. 


With the current hellatus, it’s time to look back at what’s happened, where we were, and where we are. Ratings have been a big issue the first half of season five. No matter what the season for a series, whether they are up for renewal of season two or season six, ratings are important. The ratings for Supernatural have been slowly declining. Why? In my opinion, for a show this good, it really doesn’t track.   Many aspects affect ratings of any show. Various factors have been but forth for Supernatural ratings, including time slot, the small CW network, the myth arc of the series and the lack of advertising. 

All are factors, but the bottom line is people will watch what entertains them, and what entertains people, in a large part, is affected by economic conditions.    Myth arc or no, if they like the series they will rent the past seasons to catch up. I would, and have, and people are using their TVs now more than ever. As advertisers want to know where to best put their advertising dollars, a lot of information was available on consumer practices. These also give an insight into what people like to watch.

Today's thought bending contribution comes from Randal.  Inspired by Jasminka's "Warriors of Light" he takes his brain twisting knowledge of literature (as well as occupational hazard) and has come up with a rather inspired analysis of texts and their role in Supernatural.  You'll never look at a book the same way again!  I'm still in awe over the creative minds this site attracts.  Enjoy!   


Remember What The Dormouse Said

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

- T. S. Eliot

On that violence thing, Henriksen, Masters and Reznick might beg to differ. But I digress, and probably will often. Like each and every one of us, the Winchester brothers started out as wee hollow rugrats and needed the straw in their collective craw to not simply lie there like lazy bums chowing down bags of Funyuns with a carbonated soda chaser, but actually learn something useful, make something of itself.

Go west, young scarecrow, and watch out for monsters.

Sam and Dean – Guilty As Hell?
The Double-Edged Sword of Guilt of the Winchester Psyche
‘Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow’, Horace Bushnell once said. Everyone who ever felt guilty will easily second that quote, and it doesn’t matter really why the emotional condition we call guilt entered our system. We might feel responsible for negative events that have befallen others. Or ourselves. We might be certain to have violated moral standards. We might have not responded to an important situation in our typical manner – or we have, thus creating a harmful effect. We might feel shame for not having said or done something to significantly change our lives (or the lives of others). We might feel loss and pain for not having cleared a misunderstanding with a person no longer available to us.
Sound familiar? All those statements are definitions of guilt, and it is a deeply subjective emotion. It often bears signs of feeling inadequate, incapable, irresponsible – in short: guilt often comes with an array of irrational beliefs or negative self-scripts. Suddenly, having fallen victim to guilt, sentences like the following will pop up in our thoughts: ‘I had one job, and I screwed it up.’, ‘I’m a piss poor excuse for a son.’, ‘I guess that’s what I do: I let down the people I love.’, ‘If you’d been there to protect her, she’d still be alive.’, ‘I guess I’m not the man either of our dads wanted me to be.’… …
We have a winner in the "first to write an amulet article" among the creative minds on this site!  The Sera Gamble interview sparked the debate, so Jasminka was inspired to do her take on the whole thing.  As usual, it's a very thoughtful look.  Enjoy!   


Once Upon a Time There Was an Amulet…
A Christmas gift. A memento for a brother rotting in hell. A powerful object that ‘burns hot in God’s presence’. An item fans care intensely about, a fact I learned just recently, following the discussion on this site, and it came as a surprise. I had never expected the mentioning or the seeming neglect of this amulet to be such a hot topic. Well, let’s have a look…
Dean has worn that amulet ever since we’ve known him. It was always there, just as the other ‘jewellery’ he wears – there’s a ring, a bracelet with skull-like pieces, a leather band, a men’s man-watch.  I’ve noticed all those things, thinking they might be – in part – trophies of some kind, pieces Dean had gathered during his life as a hunter, and warriors of all cultures have always liked to adorn themselves with items to enhance their strength and confidence when going into battle.
This amulet in particular did strike me as an exceptional artefact from my first encounter with it – judging from its looks and design it could be of Central American or Ancient Persian, Mesopotamian origin (to my knowledge it has never been explained where it came from), probably very old, perhaps made of gold, bright colour already aged.
Elle2 has been spending some time recently going through old episodes and has completed season one.  As a result, she has couple of articles to share on this part of her journey.  One thing we've never done on this site is take a good look at the pilot (putting it on the episodes to recap list), but now elle2 has rectified that.  Enjoy!   

I'm on a new mission, as it were, to rewatch all the episodesideally in order but I'm not going to be legalistic about it but I do plan on enjoying itshouldn't be hard. This past Friday night I snuggled up with The Pilot and I thoroughly enjoyed the 42 odd minutes of that episode. So, in trying to warm up my writing muscles it occurred to me that it might be funor at least a way to pass a few minutes on a Sunday afternoonto put into words why I still love watching The Pilot.
This is the part where I still get to feel like the luckiest person alive. Sera Gamble, Executive Producer for Supernatural, was again kind enough to answer some burning questions that surfaced during the first half of this apocalyptic fifth season. Considering the lengthy list I sent her, which included a lot of my own tough questions along with ones from the other writers on this site, I'm thrilled with what she sent back. 
Sera, just like my previous interviews with her, is coy with spoilers, although she does drop a couple about the next episode due to air on January 21st, "Sam, Interrupted." As you all remember, the preview shows the boys in a mental hospital. She also offers some teasers about the archangel Michael and his interest in Dean, what she thought about some of the episodes already aired and plans for the 100th episode.  She did avoid some speculative questions about season six, the future direction of the brotherly relationship, and season five ratings so far, so we graciously accept her silence as a "no comment" for those.
So, I'll issue the warning now, SPOILERS AHEAD. For even the worst of spoilerphobes though, it's mostly Sera having fun with us. Which I do love. 
Remember, we are uber fans on this site, so the questions tend to be a bit more detailed than the normal "Give us some juicy spoilers." After all, we are a curious bunch here at The Winchester Family Business. So if the questions seem longer than the answers at times, that's just the way we roll.
Anyway, on with the Q & A. Enjoy!