Sunday, 5 July 2015

HELLATUS BUSTER - Top Ten Rescues of Dean by Sam

- by guest writer Melissa

Melissa is back with part 2 of her series on rescues - this time, it's Sam rescuing Dean. Don't forget to let her know your picks in the comments!
-sweetondean



For some reason I actually found this list slightly harder than Dean’s rescues of Sam. Not too sure why. Without wasting any time, let’s jump right into it.


Number 1: Reuniting with Dean at the orchard: Scarecrow


After disputing over whether they should follow their father’s instructions and check out a town, or dismiss the order and track down John themselves wherever he’s at, Sam decides to ditch Dean and hitchhike on his own. Their separation proves all the more perilous for Dean when he winds up captured by the townsfolk and is served to be a sacrifice to this pagan god currently taking possession of a scarecrow (just go with it). Despite their disagreements concerning their father, it’s awesome that Sam still follows after his brother once struck with a bad feeling that something might be amiss. Even Meg, this extra suspicious random hitchhiker who relates to Sam in every regard and SO is not a demon (sarcasm aside, truthfully I didn’t predict that reveal, so shame on me), wonders why he’d go back to a brother who he describes as being controlling and suffocating. All Sam has to say to Meg is, “He’s my family,” and we instantly understand.


Number 2: Finding the faith-healer: Faith


What do you know? This episode directly follows Scarecrow! Man, two meaningful rescues one after the other. Heart severely damaged from electrocution, Dean’s survival depends on Sam being able to track down this farfetched idea of a miracle worker and convincing his cynical brother to try it out. What makes these particular rescues stand out so much is that they aren’t just black-and-white, hero coming to save the day level of simplicity. As a consequence to this healer curing Dean of his condition, some other innocent man was transferred his affliction and died. Someone had to be sacrificed for our hero to live. 

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Obviously our heroes didn’t know that, but some speculate if Sam would’ve gone through with it anyway. Until this episode, we never really got the sense of just how far these two would go for each other, and how desperate they become when one of them is in danger. In that hospital Sam couldn’t even fathom Dean coming to terms with his death, because for him that wasn’t an option. Oh, and it’d be remiss of me not to mention the hoodie Dean wears in the beginning of the episode when he’s sick. Yes, the hoodie is a thing among us fans. Don’t question us.


Number 3: Facing the prophecy of his death: Hunted


Informed by a fellow psychic named Ava that he would be, well, blown up pretty damn soon, these vital details are ultimately dispensed with when Sam receives a call from Dean and learns that he’s being held captive by the hunter, Gordon. Warned insistently by Ava not to go to that location in fear that her vision might be fulfilled, once again Sam repeats the mantra of them being family and goes anyway, though he is extra cautious in lieu of the information he’s been given. 


Bloody and bruised, he valiantly strides over to Dean and unties him from the chair. Of course none of this probably would’ve happened had Sam not have ditched Dean to begin with. Sam, just stop taking off on your own! Whenever you do, something befalls your brother and you have to go back to rescue him!


Number 4: Confronting the Trickster: Mystery Spot


Somewhere in my top ten favourite episodes, this one is always rolling about. Plenty of laughs are to be had over the course of Dean’s innumerable deaths, but the rescue aspect of the episode comes near the end, when a certain death falling on a Wednesday seems to be permanent. Half a year Sam devotes himself to hunting down the Trickster . . . The Trickster, who never falls victim to the weaknesses of every other trickster, appears invincible and is SO not an angel (again, dummy me didn’t see that revelation coming). Upon finding not-Gabriel, he demands that he return him to that original Wednesday so that Dean doesn’t have to die. Lesson the obvious-but-not-obvious-to-me-angel is trying to teach Sam is that there’s no point in these two striving to keep each other alive, when their very lifestyle dooms them to a bloody ending. Someday they will have to watch the other die, and one of them will have to accept that death is irreversible, even though they technically reverse their deaths every other week. 


Resistant to this very important life lesson, Sam wins in the end and they’re returned to that Wednesday, Dean alive and all the more huggable.


Number 5: Slaying Paris Hilton: Fallen Idols


You read that right. There’s a point in the show where Sam, honest to God, has to slay Paris Hilton. Okay, so it’s not really her, just another pagan god assuming the appearance of Paris Hilton (wouldn’t we all assume that form?), but that doesn’t stop Sam from laughing at Dean that he seriously needed rescuing from her. Is this scene emotional?: No. Does it reveal any deep layers about the brotherly relationship?: Nope. Did it require an exceptional sacrifice on Sam’s part?: Not at all. So why is it on the list? Because it’s funny and weird. 


Non-Paris Hilton is beating the crap out of Dean, so Sam decapitates her, then reasonably begins to laugh at his brother. There’s not much more I want from a scene.


Number 6: Performing surgery: Changing Channels


How many out there can say you saved your brother’s life by actually performing SURGERY on the guy? Well, presumably no one since doctors technically aren’t authorised to operate on family members, but whatever. 


During a hospital soap opera the brothers are forced to reenact, a bereaved husband shoots Dean in the back. Before they know it, Sam has to literally play doctor and partake in the scenario by removing the bullet and stitching Dean back up. Like I said, I enjoy things that are funny and weird.


Number 7: Overcoming Lucifer: Swan Song


Feels superfluous recapping a scene as famous and beloved as this one, but hey, I got nothing better to do! Right as Lucifer, currently in possession of Sam, is about to deliver the hundredth punch to Dean’s already rearranged face, something catches his eye. Jammed in the interior of the impala is none other than an army man, causing a wave of nostalgia to wash over the stupefied vessel. Memories reinforce Sam to take back control over his body and bury Lucifer in suppression, where he then proceeds to lock himself away in hell for all eternity. In terms of motivation, sure, you can say that Sam did all that to prevent the apocalypse and save the world, but let’s be real. It wasn’t memories of the world that inspired Sam, but of his brother. Sam’s inner spirit didn’t reawaken while destroying the world, but while pummelling Dean.



 One of my problems with a lot of stories that introduce end-of-the-world storylines, is that I never feel all that invested. Naturally the world isn’t going to end, so why should I care? Disaster movies bore me for that reason, because it relies solely on the entertainment of watching nameless people dying and sometimes recognisable buildings and monuments being destroyed. Yay, I guess. Our show does it right, though. No matter how high the stakes get, it always comes down to the brothers. Personalise your apocalyptic stakes by putting in people we care about and make the journey revolve around their growth and wellbeing.


Number 8: Consulting Lucifer: Repo Man


Originally I wasn’t going to include this one on my list, mainly because it simply isn’t one of my favourites. Due to it being really popular, however, I figure I might as well throw it in instead of something else I was going to have. Why do people regard it so fondly? Dean went missing and Sam was beginning to lose it, so he indulged his hallucinations and started communing with the imaginary Lucifer eclipsing his reality in order to solve the case. Consequently Sam lost all control over these hallucinations, thus is victim to Lucifer persistently pestering him and causing his eventual insomnia that nearly cost him his life. Why was I so reluctant to have this scene included? Frankly it’s because I find the rescue itself less than spectacular. Sam and that Wicca lady show up, Dean’s able to tackle the kid villain after working his hands out of the ropes tying him to the chair, and then the climax. Even the ending exchange between the brothers isn’t anything all that significant, with Dean declaring that he’s going to bed. Don’t get me wrong. I love this episode, just about as much as I love every Ben Edlund episode, as he happens to be my favourite writer for the show. Considering that Sam’s sacrifice here did mean a lot to fans, I’ll go ahead and throw it in. Hell, it’s more meaningful than Sam killing Paris Hilton, yet I included that one, so why not this?


Number 9: Sanctified blood cure: Soul Survivor  

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Turned into a demon by the Mark of Cain, it falls on Sam to track down Dean and drag him back home. Took over six weeks to get it done, but finally Sam managed to track down his demonized brother. From there Sam had to steal blood from a hospital that he had blessed by a priest (dude, who steals blood from a hospital?) and administer much of it to the defiant demon. This might have been one of the most draining rescues for Sam, who had to put up with Dean’s constant barrage of hurtful insults and uncalled for accusations that he was responsible for the death of their mother. Plus the cure itself appeared to be causing excruciating pain for Dean, which made the ordeal all the more stressful. To top it all off, then Dean busts out of his confines and chases Sam all throughout the bunker with a hammer! 


Perseverance won out, with Cas and Sam both recapturing Dean and diligently finishing the blood cure until he was completely cured of his demonism. Sam’s relieved smile at the end when he welcomes Dean back was absolutely visceral. Everyone could just feel the relief Sam felt at that moment, overjoyed to have his brother back. Upon declaring his plans for the night to get drunk, I wanted to join right along after that exhausting run of episodes.


Number 10: Removing the Mark: Brother’s Keeper


Through the whole run of an entire season, we had Sam endeavouring to find some solution to that abominable Mark infecting Dean and altering his temperament, fearful that he would someday lose his brother for good, should it remain on his arm. Rescues never come easy, but this one in particular involved Sam doing extensive research, sneaking around Dean’s back and salvaging the Book of the Damned, imprisoning the dangerous witch, Rowena, so that she may interpret the book, going after the Werther Box so that he may obtain the codex inside, hunting Crowley and making an attempt on his life, and probably a hundred other gruelling tasks. Add the guilt he suffered after recruiting the help of Charlie, which eventually got her murdered, and you’re surprised Sam’s head hasn’t just exploded yet! Yet he stays his course and carries on, determined to free Dean from the Mark. Finale showed Rowena finally completing the spell, resulting in bolts of lightning ripping the Mark right off of Dean’s arm and unleashing an unspeakable force known only as The Darkness. 


With as many times as these two have brought the world to the edge of destruction, you’d think the demons would be more appreciative of them. Next season should be like that year on the television show, Angel, where the evil law firm, Wolfram and Hart, invited the heroes to work for them because they’ve inadvertently done so much harm to the planet in such a short span of years. Regardless of The Darkness being unleashed, I for one am happy that Sam was able to pull through for Dean. Perhaps that’s why this list was harder than the previous one. Altogether Dean’s rescues of Sam have just been more monumental and successful, whereas Sam has been left with a whole lot of failed attempts, like Dean going to Hell or Purgatory. Thanks to the results of season ten, I finally feel like the rescues have been equalised a bit, now that Sam has gone above and beyond in removing the Mark of Cain, come what may.


Any essential ones that I missed? As I mentioned before, these two save each other a lot, so there were multiple instances I had to leave out. What’s that? I should’ve made room for more important rescues by taking out the Paris Hilton one? Never! This is my list! Please tell me yours in the comments.
- Melissa

Part 1 Top Ten Rescues of Sam by Dean

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Supernatural Headline News - July 1 Edition





First off, the big news is that the show is back in production up in Vancouver! 

Last week Jensen tweeted that he was heading back to Vancouver to start off on season 11. Jensen is directing the first shooting episode again, which will be airing third. So don't get confused when it's called 11x01 - that is in shooting order, in transmission order it's 11x03!


Jensen was then seen around town over the weekend sporting his epic hiatus beard!


And some mighty good pins I might add...


But come Monday it was time for the Tech Survey and production kicked off proper!



Of course that meant lunch prank time, and it was Clif who was the target!

Big guy's gunna starve!


And here's the team heading out on their crew bus! Spot the Jensen!



Principal shooting for Supernatural season 11 kicks off July 7, and the show comes back to us on October 7.... GAH!


MEANWHILE IN TEXAS....

The other half of the Winchester duo is still on hiatus and having a lovely time apparently!

We all know that Jared was in need of some R&R after a heavy shooting and convention schedule, so it's so wonderful to see our favourite Moose looking so happy and relaxed.



Then the Padalecki, Ackles/Graul families got together to watch a bit of Women's football!

Gorgeous huh? This photo is just full of happy!


In other news!

For the first time, iTunes dropped the Supernatural season 10 extras into its season pass months before the DVD release!  So for those that have bought season 10 via iTunes, we got a look at the extras early!


This included:
Gag reel - LINK
The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade - LINK
Supernatural Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode - LINK
Fans - A documentary
Supernatural Comic Con panel 2014

(thanks to those who shared links)

“You know it goes back to what we’ve done in the past and it’s like well we fight for each other and then we turn and we face whatever it is that we unleashed, unlocked or created or unveiled, whatever it is, we’ll fix ourselves and we’ll turn and we’ll face it together and hope for the best. I really think that the moral of the story is keep fighting, support one another, fight for one another and never give up. I think by saying, you know we do more harm than good, I think would be them giving up and I don’t think that’s in their blood.”
Jensen Ackles from The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade

I'm lucky enough to have watched them all and they are all amazing. But I have to say, the Fans documentary is something very special. 
I was so excited to see my friend Sandra and her wonderful chess set featured! 
We're so lucky to have this cast and crew. So lucky.

And for those waiting for the Season 10 DVD to watch the extras, it will be released on September 8.




With Comic Con less than 2 weeks away, we got a look at this year's Supernatural bag! 
Tragically, no TVGuide cover this year *epic sad face*.
And excitingly, we found out that J2M2 will be back at NerdHQ for Conversations for a Cause.


SUNDAY, JULY 12th 2015
2:30pm: SUPERNATURAL
(For Aussies that's Monday 7.30am AEST)
Tickets go on sale July 2 at 7.30am - and usually take about 20seconds to sell out!
Remember - all of the Conversations for a Cause sessions get streamed live on the 
Nerd Machine's YouTube channel! You can also watch them there later.

Of course, Supernatural's main panel featuring Jensen, Jared, Mark, Misha and The Carver will be prior to this event, in Hall H at 11.15am.

And don't forget, if you're going to San Diego Comic Con, make sure you get a ticket to the epic SuperWiki party, Wayward Cocktails! A celebration of all things Supernatural!
The Hillywood girls will be there doing a Q&A, plus there'll be some great swag...and well, you never know who might turn up!
Grab a ticket here!


The Supernatual fan movie - Supernatural Fandom, produced by the Kosterman brothers, got some cast together in LA to add some interviews to their upcoming documentary on...well...us!


 It was extremely cool to see some of our favourites mingling and getting to know each other!





Awwwwww these photos are so awesome!
For more on Supernatural Fandom - follow their twitter @SPNFanMovie and their Facebook



The lovely Felicia Day has a book coming out! Release date is August 11, but you can pre-order now.
And if you're lucky, maybe you can catch one of her book signings!



There's big news for Aussie and Kiwi Supernatural fans. Netflix AUSNZ has just announced that Supernatural seasons 1-9 is now available on the newly launched streaming service! So if you're currently tossing up between Preso and Stan and Netflix and Fetch and EzyFlix and QuikFlix and OMGGGGGG so much choice, so few people! Anyhoooo Netflix has Supernatural. Maybe that'll make it easier for ya! 



And here are a couple of fandom projects...

Supernatural Locations Manager, and self proclaimed Movie God, Russ Hamilton is looking to cover his office in postcards! 


If you'd like to send one to him the address is:

Russ MOVIEGOD Hamilton 
Supernatural Films Inc.
8085 Glenwood Drive 
Burnaby BC V3N-5C8 
CANADA


And if you've made a bestie through Supernatural, here's a cool project!
@amanda_elyse88 is putting together a book of photos of Supernatural BFFs to give to Jensen and Jared at NJCon. As someone who has met many, many friends through Supernatural and my best mate at my first Supernatural convention, I think this is a particularly cool project! Especially as the two guys that inspire so many friendships are BFFs themselves!


And just to finish off...

We got our very first spoiler via TV|LINE ! Weeeee! So if you don't want to read it, you can check out now! Thanks for reading, and I'll see you soon!
Otherwise...


Question: Any Supernatural spoilers? —Erica

Ausiello: The Jensen Ackles-helmed Season 11 premiere* is titled “The Bad Seed” and now I know why: It marks the introduction of Amara, a femme fatale in her late 20s who possesses an acid tongue and a seductive beauty. The fearmonger is new to Earth and is so not impressed with the place. That doesn’t stop her from sticking around; she’s set to recur throughout the season. Not-So-Crazy-Theory: When The Darkness was released in the finale, this badass came with it. 
(*Even though the installment is numbered 1101, Supernatural episodes regularly air out of order — meaning, it could be the second or third ep of the season.)

Of course, we know Jensen's episode is going be be 11x03 in running order.


And that's it for this round of SUPERNATURAL HEADLINE NEWS! 
If you have anything you'd like me to cover in the next edition just email me at contact.sweetondean@gmail.com

Until then...



-sweetondean