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After not much thought and lots of reading(tweets,reviews, recaps), I conclude that “Man’s Best Friend with Benefits” crossed a line, even for Supernatural!  The last few episodes have moved forward positively and even though filler shows are just that, fillers, this felt like an hour wasted. Ok, getting my weekly Sam and Dean fix, not a waste. What I love about Supernatural is that so many topics are broached: lore(religious and not), weekly moral dilemmas of right and wrong, the consequences of killing people daily. Bestiality just crosses a line. For writers Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, I’m really, really hoping for better their next time around. My high points of the episode since I’ve mentioned the ground dragging low point, follow.

Sam and Dean arguing over the mundane Stooges, a high point! I love the Winchesters doing normal people stuff: cooking, nesting, arguing over things that don’t determine the fate of the world. We all know Sam loves dogs but a negative really voiced this ep was Dean’s dislike for dogs. I wonder if this sets up something later in the season with a dog or perhaps Riot? A thought from the fandom at the beginning of the season was that Riot(Sam and Amelia’s dog) is a supernatural being.  Portia the dog/familiar’s insistence that Dean doesn’t care for dogs, drove his dislike home.

Each week Supernatural has presented us with new and re-used characters, expanding the Winchester world. James(Christian Campbell) the cop witch is someone I didn’t empathize with and I was to then care that James’ witch friend Spencer wanted Portia too? More YIKES! We have no background for James although he saved the Winchesters’ lives one time.  James also altruistically chose to be a witch to fight the bad guys but choose ‘the dark side’ he did, period. Since James and Portia didn’t die but moved on, THIS sets these characters up for a return into the Winchester drama. Positive!

Astralprojection dean sam jamesAnother laughable moment: Portia tears into Dean about being bigoted against the cop gone witch. Dean’s reply to her tirade is, “that was incredibly hot” and Sam also agrees, “yeah, that was hot.” Although this wasn’t Sam normal response, the boys were on the same page. More non-sensical writing was Dean not knowing what a familiar is or what Portia meant when talking about her and James. What part of the ‘best hunter ever’ wouldn’t know about familiars or that Dean who picks up on everything, wouldn’t pick up on something sexual? I realize that expositions are needed but at the guys’ expense? I don’t think so.

Sam’s epiphany when he realizes it’s not that Dean doesn’t trust him but that Dean just trusts himself. Great insight and a most true statement. A nice brotherly moment….

Supernatural  has broached astral projection before but not like this. It was an interesting supernatural excursion which I appreciated.

Season eight has expanded the Winchester’ network out of necessity. Mishael Morgan and Christianphoto by JessieCristo73 Campbell both did good jobs in spite of the story. Portia, a beautiful woman, walked out alive!

Concluding the high points of the episode, Sam and Dean’s last huggy conversation occurs in the Impala. Dean realizes after having ‘hell’ mentally reopened, that everything they’ve accomplished, has only happened when the brothers work together. Capitulating to Sam that if he is still 100% gung ho, then Dean supports him in finishing the two trials that will close the gates of hell. Sam of course agrees wholeheartedly even as he coughs up blood. So, in staying with the emptiness theme of this episode, Dean trusts Sam to be honest and Sam lies to Dean. Actually, Dean always expects the truth and lying happens from both of them.

As quite an adoring fan, I’ve never turned off an episode or even switched channels between commercials or read a book during the show… ever. I rewatched the episode just to make sure that I still felt the same after watching it initially and yep, I did. I didn’t like it overall. The first time ever to say that about an any episode in eight seasons. Please share your thoughts with me, I shared mine. In spite of the negative surrounding this ep, some fans still enjoyed it. So in the true Winchester way: I’m smiling, like I mean it, to get through it. Til next week…. stay supernatural!

Mishael Morgan interview with Winchester Bros Radio ‘Portia’ http://wp.me/p1toIT-TA


photo by JessieCristo73Winchester Bros Radio just finished a sweet interview with Misheal Morgan whose twitter account is @mishaelmorgan1. I’m listing points that were made between her & the Winchetser Bros. crew! Catch the replay here: WinchesterBrosRadio   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd/2013/02/23/winchester-radio-spns-mans-best-friend-w-benefits

*  Doberman was the dog written in the script.

* In the witch’s bar: when the cat was being filmed, the clappers made a loud noise and the cat was done for the day!

* Mishael taped and sent in her audition for this part. First time for her to get a part with a taped audtion.

* She was a huge Supernatural for the first 2 seasons and stopped watching for some reason. When she got the role, when back to S5 and got caught up. Mishael’s hoping she’ll be back.

*Mishael said the set is hard working, laid back and lots of fun.

* The hardest scene was the first scene, just coming into a set full of people who’ve been together for such a long time.

* 10 days of shooting, loves Vancouver, she’s from Toronto which is flat.

* Scene where Sam explains to Dean about the dog running into their room, can she spend the night. Jensen’s ‘yes, she can stay’ was ad libbed, had several takes but the ad lib was used for the ep.

* Prop department actually had 5 different ‘collars’ but the one used for the episode was an actual red dog collar.

* Possible gag reel takes: when James flashes the boys after the astal projection, they did several scenes and the guys would fall doing slo-motion posing. Mishael had a hard time not laughing.

*James chained in the bed was awkard, not necessarily the scene but just the chains. Some props used would be light weight metallic materials but these cuffs were very heavy.

*The set was very professional but very fun at the same time.

* The bar was on location. Was a bar/restaurant that was under construction, an old bank. Lots of wood, building material laying around that had to be worked around. The bar had vaulted ceilings, in a basement.

* Mishael attending the ACTA event tonight.

* She’s done a segment with ‘The Trailer Park Boys’. Also filmed ‘Dark Rising’.

* When Mishael decided to get on twitter, someone had taken her name so she had to use her name plus 1.

*Mishael thanked all the fans for their support and following her twitter and instagram accounts.

 Mishael Morgan pic with Jensen and Jared. http://instagram.com/p/V9-dMTrEpy/


  1301 gart & mr fizzles Sunday Dan Loflin and DJ Qualls shared the behind the scenes on how Garth came to be. No spoilers here but kudos to Sera Gamble who loved Garth’s character and wanted to keep him! Thanks Dan Loflin and DJ Qualls for the hour of enjoyment! Enjoy the banter!

Dan LoflinDan Loflin@danloflin

*  Dear #Supernatural Fans, pour yerself that glass of rotgut whiskey, cause it’s time for the untold story of Garth’s creation!

* Firstly, this is an experiment: the story is 20-plus tweets long– coming at 2 or 3 min intervals.

*   And thirdly? Let us pray (to @mishacollins) that this doesn’t go horribly wrong! Okay, here we go.

* It all started way back in s6 when news hit that Jensen would be directing the first episode of the season.

* Since it was Jensen’s first time directing, we thought it best to craft a Dean-light story, so he could focus…

*  …focus on the enormous task before him. And by “enormous” I’m referring to the directing of Jared Padalecki

* You see, Jared (@jarpad) easily tops out at 7’ 10” while standing. And that’s no lie. #sasquatch #wookie #moose

* So, we called on superstar Jim Beaver (@jumblejim) to anchor the Bobby-centric “Weekend at Bobby’s” with Jared.

* Popping popcorn!! “@TheOnlyDJQualls: So here is how I came to play Garth.

*  I was living in Nola shooting a TNT show called Memphis Beat. I knew it was going to get the ax and I was pretty sad about it

* I called my manager and told him to look for a job so I would have something to take my mind off the death of my show.

* TV’s a mean business, breaks ur heart a lot. A few days later, I get a call about this character Garth on a show called #SPN

*  The call went like this: you’re probably not going to want to do this, but you’ve been offered a guest spot on #spn

* I told him I’d never seen it but to send over the scrip and a few episodes (I’d never seen the show).

* Read the #SPN script any loved it. Watched an episode where @jarpad fell down a hole and went to hell and I was confused.

* Couldnt figure out the show. Called my mgr and asked if these guys were models who chase monsters. And if so, what so they want w/me?

* So I was initially on the fence about playing Garth at all. Decided that Id talk it out with Sera. She called and explained.

* I thought, ok, Ill do it once. Sounds fun. I get there and @jarpad and Jensen treated me like Id been there always (they were mean to me)

* Apparently they are mean to everyone they like including each other. After a couple of days I knew I wanted to come back.

* Then the ep aired and I got to see hints of who Garth was from an outside prospective and fell in love with him.

*  Fast forward a year and Id done 3, been overseas to a convention, picked up 30k twitter followers. Garth changed my life

*  In public, people run up to me calling me Garth, I hug people while they cry, I get which shoe he ties 1st. It initially scared me.

* I’d been decently well known for 12 years at that point, but I’d never known cult fame. Whole different ball game.

*  Playing Garth has been much more wonderful than I could have ever expected. All the love (and some hate) has been overwhelming

* When Bobby died, I got a lot of crap. It was being teased that I was replacing him. I had no idea and I don’t write the show.

*  I wanted to quit the show for a minute. I talked to @jarpad about it and he was like Welcome to #spn. We all get both extremes.

  Im now used to it and really appreciate the #SPNFamily interactions and know that Im a part of something ppl love   

*  I look forward to returning to the show as soon as I fit into a storyline. Until then, I get to watch Garth be further developed thru calls  

*    Garth’s safe boathouse made me laugh out loud. #fizzlesfolly                               

Dan LoflinDan Loflin@danloflin

* Props to Jeremy Carver who gave the “okay” to this twitter story. He’s a good man 🙂 

* And if she ever comes out of twitter seclusion– show Sera the love for making Garth a reality.  @serathegamble

*  Even more ups to Robbie Thompson who coined the phrase “You got Garthed!”  @rthompson1138 

* More ups to Adam Glass who created Mr. Fizzles and has written Garth so beautifully.  @AdamGlass44 

*  Ups to Andrew Dabb who made him a hugger! 

* DJ @theonlydjqualls was my first choice for the part. Big fan since ROAD TRIP. Luckily, he said yes!

*  So, in a sense, Garth’s BIRTH came from his DEATH– keeping with the Supernatural tradition of resurrection. 

* as Dean’s “temp” partner in the “Wedding” episode. All thanks to the love of Sera Gamble.

*  And like the fabled Phoenix, Garth rose from the ashes of near-death and made his ONSCREEN DEBUT– 

*  and Garth’s off-screen life was spared.

* And I was right! Sera cut his off-screen death from the draft with a big “NOOO!” written into the margin. 

*  My thought was that it might strike Sera as tragic to lose beloved Garth– even as minor as he was at the time.

* Hunters have been dying left and right to the new Leviathan threat. Well, Garth was originally one of the DEAD.

*  If you remember, in “The Girl Next Door” Bobby describes the Hunter landscape as “Weird with a side of BLOODY.” 

* I worked a mention of Garth’s off-screen adventures into the first draft. This one resulting in his DEATH.

But when s7 rolled around, once again Jensen was called-on to direct and once again–

* All HELLATUS long, I worried that Ms. Gamble would forget about dear Garth.

*  –the lovely Ms. Gamble (our fearless showrunner) took a liking to the hapless (and faceless) new hunter. 

* That was the first appearance of Garth. And though it was merely an off-screen mention–

* And into the draft went the following scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-5ockqm2BY

*  And that, dear Supernatural fans, is the behind-the-scenes story of our lovable and huggable Hunter’s creation

* As you can see, Garth’s (and #Supernatural’s) success has been a team effort. With you guys included!

*  Thank you all for tuning in– it’s been an absolute BLAST!


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“Everybody Hates Hitler” written by Ben Edlund, checks off a place on my personal Supernatural  bucket list: a semi-home for Sam and Dean.  This bunker housed and hid not only some of their Winchester lineage but contains crucial Men of Letters history and information. Phil Scriggia, the gag reel king for Supernatural, directed the episode. Edlund gives us religion, lore, a monster and as always, the human counterparts behind it all.  With my fingers crossed, I truly hope this is “home” for a while! My thoughts on the story…..

Henry Winchester opened up an entire new focus for the hard ridden, put up wet Winchester brothers. The Men of Letters is a secret society that studied and recorded supernatural happenings. “Secret” in Dean’s words, means made up stuff. Turns out it’s super secret save the world stuff that is right up Sam and Dean’s alley. Through Grandpa Henry, the boys have access to the bunker and could be in line for taking over the important job of recording “supernatural’ history. After the first initial look at the bunker, Sam utters words which are normally Dean’s: “son of a bitch”. Electricity, fireplace and sufficient water pressure, the guys dig in and appreciate their new haven. 

Sam geeks out and explores the historical treasure trove while Dean gets the lowdown on Kevin and Castiel. Side note here: does this Sam remind anyone of that young man who attended Stanford? Kevin is writing himself sick and Cass is missing in action. While Sam investigates the MOL’s records, he discovers a case regarding the Judah Initiative because a member, Rabbi Bass (Hal Linden), has spontaneously combusted close by. While the guys dig up clues, Dean in a bar and Sam at the library, Dean notices that he’s been followed. Turns out to be the Rabbi’s grandson, Aaron (Adam Rose) but with a quirk: Aaron also inherited a Golem (John Desantis) who followed Sam. The Rabbi was murdered by the Thule Society and is now hunting Aaron and his Golem.

photo credit CW

photo credit CW

The Thule Society is real, subversive, and helped fund the Nazis. Throw in the worse of dark magic, necromancers, and reality meets evil. Edlund expands our supernatural intelligence with the Thule Society and the Golem and wraps it all together with magical, Nazi necromancers.  The Golem fit perfectly. Edlund wanted someone who towered over the Winchesters but not an easy feat with 6’4″ Jared. John is 6’11” so he towered. The Golem and his not even close to Orthodox Jewish master, Aaron, didn’t die so possibly returning guests? I loved the interaction between the two. The

Adam Rose photo

Adam Rose photo

Golem spouting Hebrew and Adam defending his youth. Adam doesn’t want to get rid of his Golem and admits the brevity of his legacy, reinforces the importance of the bunker. Emotionally, the bunker is “home” for the wandering Winchesters, but in reality it’s steeped in THEIR heritage and background. Does it fit for this season and maybe two or more? Absolutely!

With feet propped up, fireplace going, scotch (Jared’s fav) and not beer, life is good. The bunker in all of its glory is a well deserved break for the Winchesters. They’ve died for humanity, stopped the Apocalypse, and lost family members. One thing we know for certain, good never lasts for these fellas. I love this bunker. With a great story encasing it, giving it depth and fullness, Sam and Dean have earned the luxury. How long will it last? Only those darn writers know! Until Wednesday…. stay supernatural!

Thule Society: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

Congrats to Us All! S9 Supernatural!


fanart Winchester Brothers AddictWOO HOO! How bout that ‘little show that could?!’ For the few of us(!) who are kinda addicted to Supernatural, what great news! Thank you  CW and Mark Pedowitz! I’m enclosing addresses for Supernatural and for Mr. Pedowitz if you’re so inclined to say ‘thanks’!

Thanks to our fandom who so adores the cast, crew, location…. the list just goes on! Pat yourself on the back and send a card! YEAH!!! Season 9!!!!

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530788_365881280175744_799221236_n sam dean braveheartCan I ask who else was ecstatic over the ‘no fun’ Winchesters having a good ol’ time in larp-land and a battlefield? Yep… I knew it! So much fun in 42 minutes! ‘LARP and the Real Girl” did not disappoint! Writer Robbie Thompson, who tops my fav writer list, gave us fun, frolic and females. Charlie(Felicia Day) is back in play(in more ways than one) as Queen of Moondoor where it’s fun and games for some but for one nerd, Boltar the furious, it’s a life changing, control freak winner take all bubble. Let’s enter Moondoor….

Blaring “China Grove” in the Impala, Dean wants to have fun, take some time off.  Possibly a subtle nudge considering his birthday is January 24th, this ep aired on the 23rd. But for Sam, work IS fun so after being Garthed, the two have a job. The victim, who has been ‘drawn and quartered’, leaves behind a house full of toys, chain mail and his cell phone which holds threatening voice mails. The “toys” are small soldiers used to coordinate war movement which Dean thinks is kinda awesome! Sam discovers a tattoo which shows up on victims through out all the murders. As far as deaths are concerned, being drawn and quartered is right up there as terrifically bad! 

Getting straight to the heart of LARPing- live action role-playing, the man who threatened theLARP and the Real Girl victim gets called into the police station where he confesses all about Moondoor.  Sam instantly hits a computer where lo and behold, Moondoor exists with a reigning queen, Charlie. While all eyes are glued to the computer, the poor fella in the interrogation room spits up blood until he’s dead and the room is covered in blood. Did I mention that Dean seems to be drawn to Moondoor?

The Winchesters hardly ever get caught being fraudulent FBI agents but after presenting their badges to Boltar, geek master and important Moondoor person, they’re called out! Boltar declares that the badges(numbers, spaces… whatnot) and cheap suits, albeit good, are definitely fake. In spite of this, they find Charlie wielding her weapon on her knights getting ready for battle. Charlie’s expression is priceless when she scans her royal subjects and sees the Winchesters!

Charlie wants to run as any normal geek would but after thinking it through, she holds fast to doing the queenly thing which is helping the boys find the monster. Her words, “If you’re here, monsters are here!” seems to be a theme this season tho always true for these guys! Dean weighs in on the positioning of Charlie’s toy soldiers, again showing us that little boy who played with toy soldiers who grew up to be a fierce hunter. The three split up with Sam hitting the geek filled, computer tent and Charlie and Dean question the different factions of Moondoor where Charlie seems to be quite the player, again, in a bigger sense of the word. Dean dresses up for the occasion, to fit in of course. He reveals to Charlie more than he says: his remorse for using Amelia as bait and losing Benny as a friend. 

LARP and the Real GirlDean and Charlie run into Boltar who offers to help find the Orcs, the forest dwelling faction at Moondoor. Dean wants Charlie with Sam so instructs her to find Sam. Walking thru any forest is scary and Charlie senses someone following her. The first stalker is harmless but the second, a skull perched atop a black cape, isn’t. Charlie wakes up in a magic tent and believes to be in danger. When she states that “she just wants her life back”, the skull mask is removed, revealing a beautiful woman, Gilda. Gilda the fairy, under the control of Boltar, is killing people.

After realizing that Charlie is missing, a group of larpers with Sam and Dean head off to find her. After searching all the tents for Charlie, there is one mysterious tent, deep in the forest that wasn’t searched. Dean and Sam walk in on Charlie making out with the fairy/monster and the fairy identifies the “real” monster in the story, Boltar, the man who controls her. A fight ensues with Gilda making a suit of armor choke Sam out and Dean gets to wooden sword fight with Boltar. Charlie wants to be a hero and does save the day. She plunges Dean’s knife into the book of magic which breaks Boltar’s spells.

LARP and the Real GirlCharlie kisses Gilda, the fairy fades away, taking Boltar who will be punished in her realm. Charlie decides to stay and fight for her “normal” life. Dean wants to help fight the good fight for Moondoor but that entails having fun. “Have fun Sam, it will make you feel better, ” he says.  Sam responds, “No, not just me. It will make us both feel better. Shall we?” The best ever, epic ending for Supernatural! A Winchester dream come true: Ren faire dress, weapons, and a classic hero speech. It didn’t matter that the great “Braveheart” speech was interrupted by a frisbee, what mattered was the content, the heart, the emotion. Also, Sam’s hair pulled back and Dean with long hair, that rocked!

There has been lots of wishing and commentaries about how Sam and Dean should talk. The reality is, these guys are mens men. Communicating is a pat on the back, a nod, clinking beers. Sitting around sharing their feelings would be, well, awkward and so unlike them. Next ep we get Henry Winchester who happens to be a talker, a sharer, a Man of Letters. A complete opposite of these manly men. Cannot wait! Until then…… stay supernatural!


Dean Winchester ‘Cowboy Casanova’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UDNEEvBYRg vid by #ChuckLoveaaa