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.
So what makes Anna a reluctant and unwilling hero? She was an almightly and powerful angel and gave it all up. She lost faith, got disillusioned, and decided to pursue human pleasure. Worse, she even threw her grace down to Kentucky, the one state that had no idea what to do with it other than grow a tree.
Anna fits in this category because sheâ€™s the first to realize something was rotten in Heaven and did something about it that didnâ€™t involve starting the apocalypse or becoming a Lucifer worshipper. She is a silent rebel thatâ€™s determined to fight on the side of good, despite the knowledge her â€œfatherâ€ wants her dead. Sheâ€™s trusting her instincts. Granted that involves a lot of hiding and pleading to Castiel to do better, but she did save his life (twice) and rid the Universe of a very bad demon (sort of) and a very bad angel. Plus she nails a Winchester, in the back seat of the Impala nonetheless, just for fun.
Alas, her soft spot for Castiel gets her captured, but sheâ€™s proven right when Zachariah reveals the dastardly plan. This is enough for Castiel to come to his senses, which is no easy feat. Something tells me there will be more to come from her too now that the world is ending. Castiel needs a fallen friend.
Before I share a wonderful project and the pictures that Erin sent me, first a note about the recent inactivity over the last couple of days. As I learned the hard way, when a laptop that becomes your third arm goes poof! you truly are screwed in the world. My barely year old Dell laptop went all wrong Thursday evening and I blame Lucifer. Okay, maybe the Japanese, since they made the video card that went bad and screwed the whole thing. It took a couple of days, but my hard drive is in another machine and I'm slowly back to getting back to reality. The regular posts, like the Top Ten Unsung Heroes list or the upcoming Dean Winchesterisms, will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, here's a great fan project to share.
Here is the description of the project in Erin's own words:
We wanted to come up with something unique to send to the set to show our support and our little sister said "why don't you make a wall hanging?" and so we did. Basically it is a compilation of our favorite moments, quotes and themes and characters from the first two seasons. We came up with the idea for the wall hanging some time in the week between What is and What Should Never Be and All Hell Breaks Loose 1 and we completed it and mailed it on September 8th.
Traditionally Supernatural is a dark show and we wanted to reflect that in our wall hanging, hence the black and grey fabric that we used for our quotes. The red, brown and the blue striped fabrics were inspired by some of our favorite Sam and Dean shirts. Deanâ€™s red flannel shirt, Samâ€™s blue striped shirt from Tall Tales and they both have great brown plaid shirts. So this one got shipped off to the set and I know they have it because Andie (who does the plastic!winchester theatre) took a picture of it when she was on set and also because it has gotten two brief mentions in the Supernatural magazine.
Let's face it. The heroes in this show are accidental and often reluctant heroes. The people on this list support that.
#10 â€“ Corbett
Yes, that poor dead gay intern won us over, pulling himself together over the trauma of his own death long enough to take out the twisted birthday party ghost that threatened to kill all. Plus, the party hatting said ghost did to Sam had to be avenged. He unwittingly became a sacrifice all because of a gay crush on an undeserving tool, but hey, there are worse ways to die. Okay, maybe not.
"Here we were, thinking we were teaching you, and all this time you were teaching us... about heart, about dedication, andâ€¦ about how gay love can pierce through the veil of death and save the day.â€
"I mean, it's bizarre how y'all are able to honor Corbett's memory while grossly exploiting the manner of his death. Well done."
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison (From Alice: I'm also including Screaming Jay Hawkin's "I Put A Spell on You" from that clip. I absolutely love that song. It's one of the few songs from the 1950's that I can say I enjoy).
That's it for Season 3, darn that budget crunch. Still, Eric and company managed to put in some goodies.
Thanks for reading
No, there wasn't much to choose from at all! Still there's a few more that made my list.
"Crazy Circles" by Bad Company. I've certainly made my dislike for Bad Company known, but this song did work in this scene beautifully. Plus, if I remember correctly, we were so starved for classic rock by the time "Fresh Blood" aired (okay, you guys were, that was my very first episode on watched live), to hear something ended up being a huge treat. The song is so true, you don't know what you've got until it's gone.
First comes early, after the opening titles. I don't like much of what The Doobie Brothers put out, but I do love "Long Train Running." It just has something that gets the blood going. It's an interesting selection to play while Sam is getting drunk at two in the afternoon.
Second, sure the song "Dream A Little Dream of Me" comes from well before the classic rock era, but not the version done here, sung by Mama Cass of "The Mama's and the Papa's." It was a really sweet scene, and it hurt not to see Dean in the middle of it.
How dare you forget about "Hocus Pocus" by Focus elle2! That song was on my wish list for an episode and I'm thrilled they found a way to work it in. It's one of those classic rock jam tunes that's so off the wall, so unusual, yet so iconic it makes a quirky statement whenever used. Plus, it fits the Ghostfacers so perfectly. Dean was also blaring "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk when the Impala pulled up to the Morton House. No, they aren't standing out! There's also "It's My Party" by Leslie Gore, but I won't expose everyone to that kind of horror, especially when the chorus was on a feedback loop. It's too gut cringing!
If Season three was about the self-actualization of Dean Winchester, then what was Season four about? A self-actualized man must face his character tests. Dean's ultimate season four test ends up being the test of faith. Not faith in God or angels, but faith in everything he believes to be right and what matters to him the most, family. No matter what situation he faces, he has to keep honoring that humanity rulebook, not gray the line between right and wrong, and be willing to die over what he believes no matter what or who tells him otherwise, including the angels. Including Sam.
Test of faith are one of the most infamous trials faced by common man. What makes Dean's case so extraordinary is that he never had faith in God before. He only believed what he could see. So when he's pulled from Hell, resurrected by an angel, called for duty by Heaven to prevent the apocalypse, forced to deal with his PTSD from life in Hell, and watched his brother transform into a monster, it's incredible any faith at all grew from that. Somehow, it got stronger.
Yes, technically, I'm about four seasons too late on this one. There have been tons of other awards for season one that I'm aware of, so why even try it? Because I did one for the other three seasons, and I didn't want to hurt season one's feelings. Those seasons can be so damned touchy! So, here we go, the season one awards.
(8-25) Dawn sent me some great Impala photos from various car shows she and her Dad have attended around Cincinnati and Dayton.
1962 white Impala SS
1968 red Impala 327 Wagon
1963 red Custom Convertible
As a bonus, Dawn also shared her Impala minature collection, including the 1967 black one that came out with the Season Three DVDs. She also has a 1994 miniature, which looks like her Dad's car. Hey, I have that Supernatural shot glass!
Is good evil? Is evil good? Is it right to kill when it means you will avert some other disaster?
I believe in moral absolutes. You need to know that because it frames how I write this article; sin is sin, murder is murder, right is right, wrong is wrong. Do I see the world in a black and white wayâ€¦hmm, thatâ€™s a good question. I suppose one of my philosophy professors from years way in the past would be happy that Iâ€™m finally taking the time to formulate my own thoughts on that question. Yes, there are black and white, right or wrong choices in the world. It is wrong to kill someone, even when they are threatening your life thatâ€™s not to say I wouldnâ€™t do it to save myself, it simply means I choose life over death and in so doing I killed someone else. Call it in self-defense â€“ which it would qualify for in this hypothetical â€“ it is still murder.
So, if I kill someone who is attempting to kill me thus saving my life while taking theirs, am I a bad person? In the eyes of the law it is debatable. Was there some other choice I could have made? Could I have escaped? Could I have only injured that person? Iâ€™m sure someone far more adept at debating could come up with more than those options but Iâ€™ll stop there. In the end the law might very well exonerate me, however, does that make me any less of a murderer? No. I still took a life, justified or not, I killed.
So, whatâ€™s the point of this depressing opening? Ah, glad you asked, I thought a little exploration into whether or not Sam and Dean are murderers would be fun. â€“ yes, I did say discussing murder would be fun, Iâ€™ll admit, Iâ€™m twisted; who out there is surprised? *crickets chirp madly away*
This idea sparked in my sick little brain while reading a rather passionate series of posts on another site from a fan who was concerned that Sam was now forever to be cast as a murderer and no longer redeemable as a hero because he is presumed to have killed the nurse in Lucifer Rising through drinking all her blood. This person was quite honestly stricken to think that Sam was forever to be a murderer and how could Kripke et al do that to this worthy character.