Sunday, 30 March 2014

Women of Letters talk VegasCon! Supernatural Podcast.

As some of you probably know, I was at the Creation, Salute to Supernatural Vegas convention March 13 - 16.

It was a fantastic 4 day event. The first ever 4 day Supernatural convention! Which culminated in a wonderful Saturday where stars of the show, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were in the house, thoroughly entertaining the crowd of around 2000 fans.

I got together with Jules of Superwiki to relive some of the highlights on our latest Women of Letter podcast.

So please enjoy my rather croaky (it was a full on four days) reminiscence and report on this fantastic event!

Women of Letters #20 VEGASCON, BABY!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Spoliers Sweeties! Official Description - Supernatural 9.18 "Meta Fiction"


Here's the synopsis for the next new episode of Supernatural, which is inconveniently not on until April 15! Boo!

“Meta Fiction” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

METATRON OFFERS CASTIEL A DEAL — Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) attempts to get Castiel (Misha Collins) to join forces with him. Still furious with Metatron, Castiel (Misha Collins) refuses, which sets a surprising plan in motion.  Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) capture Gadreel (Tahmoh Penikett).  Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson (#918).   

So things are starting to HAPPPPENNNNNNNN!

I'm really glad the brothers get to capture Gadreel, because that was the original plan, before Dean got all MoC gunho on Abaddon...who, fair enough, is way more of a threat than Gadreel, Heaven's most gullible angel. We assume.

I hope nabbing Gadreel gives the boys a bit of a chance to expel some of their anger issues towards him. I feel like he's going to get the rough end of the MoC stick from Dean! That boy is a powder keg right now. A SUPER HOT ONE!

I love Robbie's episodes and I'm super excited for this and no, not just because of showering Dean...which by the way...SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE SYNOPSIS. In fact it should have started with DEAN TAKES A SHOWER! Sorry... but we don't get to see such things, like, ever!

And in case you have been under a rock! Here, enjoy the promo!



Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 9.17 "Mother's Little Helper"

Yes, I've been at Vegascon! Have you seen all my pics? I hope you like them! It was a brilliant convention and I had a wonderful time, (I will try to get a report of sorts done at some point...listen out for a WoL podcast soon) but I got super sick...thankfully right at the end of the holiday...and am down for the count with a lurgy. So I didn't think I was going to be able to preview this week, but I suddenly thought I would...I'm just doing it from bed!

And as the episode is on in 3 hours, I better make this quick!

Here we go!

When last we saw Sam and Dean, Dean was feeling the surge of power brought on by the Mark of Cain and the First Blade and Sam was gently talking him down. By the way, who didn't squee when Sam assertively said "TAKE ME TO MY BROTHER"! Squeeeee! And UNF!  Um yes, this relationship is all business. Pfft! That may have been my favourite line of the season!

Anyhooo... I digress as usual.

When last we saw Crowley, he was kicking a nasty human blood habit and scarpering off with the First Blade.

When last we saw Baby, she'd been tagged! NOOOOOO!

When last we saw Castiel, he was getting a PIE IN THE FACE because he was directing this episode! Or at least Misha was.

Yes, this is the pie in the face episode! The directorial debut of none other than Misha Collins!

Let's look at the synopsis.

MISHA COLLINS MAKES HIS DIRECTING DEBUT — Dean (Jensen Ackles) struggles with the after effects of the Mark of Cain.  Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) hears about a case where straight-laced people are turning into violent murderers.  Sam suspects possession and suggests to Dean that they investigate, but Dean tells him to go without him.  While interviewing the local townsfolk, Sam meets an elderly woman named Julia (guest star Jenny O’Hara), who tells him the Men of Letters came to town in 1958.  Julia tells Sam the story of a young man named Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney) and his female companion, Josie Sands (guest star Alaina Huffman).  While Sam is away, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tests Dean. Misha Collins directed the episode written by Adam Glass (#917).

I love the Men of Letters and I'm genuinely excited to learn more about them and more about grandpappy, Henry Winchester. It'll also be interesting to see Alaina Huffman play pre-Abaddon Abaddon.

Now, nothing good ever happens when these boys go off on their own and Dean is super vulnerable to anything right now...and by anything I mean Crowley.

I have a feeling Crowley and Dean are going to get more and more in cahoots as the Mark of Cain and the lure of the First Blade truly takes hold of Dean body and soul. As much as this freaks me the hell out, I'm also looking forward to it because I feel like I'm going to dig (whilst crying buckets of tears) this road Dean is on and I love the Dean/Crowley banter and whatnot. I also have feels that it's going to lead Sam to reach out to try and pull Dean back from the brink of darkness and destruction and I'm really hoping that will happen. Like, a lot. Sam is and will always be Dean's anchor and just seeing how he brought Dean around in last week's episode may be a precursor of what's to come. Fingers and all other crossable extremities, crossed.

Okay, let's look at the CW promo.

So it sounds like when Sam heads off on the case, alone, Dean's not going to be at the door with a packed lunch waving him goodbye! I can see huffing going on on both sides! But if it leads to new info on Abaddon, that's got to be good...except I feel like Dean should most definitely not be left on his own right now, because...he's obviously rather susceptible to... Crowley. That smooth and loveable bastard is going to try to play Dean like a Stradivarius given half the chance.

How about the (super hot) preview clip

There is something so very very very very very hot about how Dean racks up those balls into a triangle before he gets the triangle. Can anyone say misspent youth? God DAMN boy! Whew. 

Sorry, where was I? Oh yes... DEAN... what? Right.

I love how flirty Crowley always is. Just love it to pieces. And I love how now, it just kind of washes over Dean. Their banter has become such a delight to watch play out. Jensen and Mark have a wonderful chemistry. But then again, so do Jared and Mark. I think Mark is just all chemistry. Yep...pretty much.

Personally, I think Dean probably feels powerful, virile and afraid fairly regularly, but the First Blade is obviously all the feelings and taking him to a different place mentally and emotionally.

This really is a parallel to Sam's demon blood thing isn't it. I absolutely adore that, because if you look at what the brother's go through, they always mirror each other. Each goes to Hell, each tries for a normal life, each has a visit to Purgatory, etc. etc. Dean's never been overpowered by the supernatural like Sam has, so this is Dean's chance to see the story from the other side. I think this parallelling is all about understanding. To have these shared experiences allows the brothers greater understanding of each other...or at least it should! Whatever, I love it like, a lot. Always have.

Okay, CHCH promo!

Oh Crowley! I loves him.

I like this promo because I'm looking forward to seeing that conversation between Sam and Dean and how it plays out. I'm enjoying Sam, sort of, I don't know, not coming around but...well I guess his love and worry for Dean is now starting to overtake his hurt and anger. Which feels very real to me, because even when you're pissed with someone, you love them and if they start to worry you, you can't help but worry for them, no matter how hurt you are. If that makes sense.

For me, these interactions between the brothers since the whole Gadreel fiasco blew up have felt grounded in real feelings and that's why I've been able to cope with it all as well as I have, because though painful and heartbreaking, the feelings seem so true to life to me that I'm enjoying seeing them evolve. I know many do not feel the same way, but I think the Sam and Dean stuff and how it's subtly sifting in tone as the circumstances around them shift, has been bloody brilliant.

Hey look! Promo pics!

Psst Dean, he's behind you.

This is possibly the funniest promo photo EVER. I can not wait to see this scene!

Angry moose is angry...

I have one word for this shot... HAIR!

I think I have that jacket! Seriously. I wear it to work sometimes with my plaid shirt over a black t-shirt, with jeans and boots and Dean's amulet and NO ONE KNOWS I'M COSPLAYING DEAN! I really do that. It makes me laugh!

I guess he did not like the service! Though just not leaving a tip would have been more appropriate!

I'm sorry Henry, but your grandsons do priest WAY BETTER.

That's a very pretty priest and nun duo.

She is really rather magnificent, isn't she.

Um. Nun's can be so strict.

Now some pics of Misha directing!

I bet that Sam shirt is selling especially well about now... yes I have the Dean one.

Nawwww (though Dean's back on the hard stuff and that is NOT GOOD)

I loves them. Yes all three. Though maybe one the most. Guess which. HA!

Here are links to a couple of interviews with Misha about directing this episode.

And because.... it never, ever gets old!

Well that was fun!

Enjoy the episode everyone!


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Dean Winchester - Worthy.

I can't get enough of the vid. It's one of the best Dean Winchester vids I've ever seen.

Amazingly powerful. Devistatingly heartbreaking.

I honestly believe that Dean Winchester will be remembered as one of the great TV characters of all time. 

Jensen Ackles and the whole Supernatural creative team should be so damn proud of what they've created in 
Dean Winchester.

I love this vid with a fiery passion...just like I love Dean.


Saturday, 8 March 2014

Spoilers Sweeties! Promo and Promo pics from Supernatural 9.16 "Blade Runners"

Hello! Welcome to Dean gets a new knife! Brought to you by the Mark of Cain!

So it looks like shit's about to get real and go down and hit the fan and all that stuff shit does.

Here are the promo pics for the next episode - which is March 18.

"Blade Runners"

I love how they share Ruby's knife. Very nice sharing! Now if only they can work that other crap out.

I'm happy/sad to see the beard of feels still making a showing! Happy for me, sad for Dean. Sammy looks spectacular giving the death stare of Sam!


Well here she is! Sam and Dean (and me) finally get to figure out what a Snooki is! Can anyone say crossroads demon!

Look at this beautiful lighting. Serge Ladouceur directed this episode. Everything he does is beautiful.

Seriously. Sam is making me feel feelings I'm pretty sure I should be feeling for Dean! Bad Sam! (P.S. Sam...don't stop!)

Aww Sammy. A box of files in the trunk! Love our nerdy researching Sam. The fact that he can also kill anything just makes him the most awesome of nerds!

Moose, looking about the size of a, well a moose!

I have to say, I am enjoying all of these Sam pics. Very much.

Sinister Crowley looks sinister. Shiny baby looks shiny!

Sam's tied up! Must be Tuesday! The boys are tag teaming being in peril of late! 

NOT THE FACE! Where's that magical Winchester healing cream!

Helloooooo First Blade!

Does one have to roll up his Mark of Cain sleeve to wield the knife?

Sam looks surprised...o-oh.

Wait. Does Dean have chain around his arm? They're both chained up! Double Winchester bondage! What? Nothing.

I have a feeling this guy is curtains!

Dean Winchester is not amused. Hot, but not amused.

Soooo what do we think of those! Is this the real First Blade? Who is this dude in the bowtie (P.S. bowties are cool, but maybe not this one). Let me know your thoughts!

And here's the promo! I feel the snark level will be up to 11!


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 9.15 "#THINMAN"

These week's are flashing by! Before you can say "angsty Winchesters", we're got a new episode!

This week sees the return on the Ghost, Ghostfacers!

Some love them, some...not so much. Me? The "Ghostfacers" episode is one of my favourites and I absolutely love how they were included in "It's a Terrible Life" and of course, "Hell House" has adorable Winchesters pranking each other, so what's not to love there!

I'm looking forward to seeing what misadventures Ed and Harry have been up to since we last saw them and get up to again...because I'll bet you they haven't improved much!

Let's have a look at the synopsis shall we? Yes, yes we shall.

THE GHOSTFACERS RETURN — A teenage girl (guest star Ali Webb) is killed and the final selfie she took before the attack shows a ghostly figure in the background. Looking for something to keep them busy, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) head to Washington to find the ghost. While the two interview the girl’s mother, Betty (guest star Maria Marlow), they are surprised when she starts talking about cold spots and fritzing. When they ask her about bringing up paranormal signs, Betty replies that the “supernaturalists” who called earlier brought it up. Enter Harry (guest star Travis Wester) and Ed (guest star A.J. Buckley), the famous supernaturalists. Jeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by Jenny Klein (916).

Jenny Klein - remember, not the beating hearts cupcake Jenny, but the writer Jenny - last wrote the season 9 episode "Rock and a Hard Place" and Jeannot Szwarc has directed 2 episodes, season 6's "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning" and season 7's "Adventures in Babysitting".


Speaking of angsty Winchesters...

I love how the synopsis says that the Winchesters were looking for something to keep busy...because brooding around the bunker must get kind of boring, right? Actually, I'd love a whole episode of them brooding around the bunker, but hey, I'm a little weird like that.

I wonder how much Winchester chat we're going to get in this episode. I also wonder if this is going to be another example of outside characters shedding some light on the boy's dilemma or reflecting their relationship back to them - because I love it when that happens!

And something in the promo pics, makes me think that maybe the Ghostfacers are also not in the best there could be a bit symmetry there... or maybe not, who knows!

Let's check out the promo...

I loveeeee a good ghost hunt! It looks like fun. FUN! FUNNNNNNNN!

Here's the sneak peek.

What's with the guy being mean to the waiter guy...weird-o-rama...I guess it has something to do with the case? And I absolutely love Dean's treasure trail or lady gun line! Joy!

So do you think we're going to get through this episode without us getting our emotions all stomped on, or do you think we'll be laughing, relaxed, thinking we got away with it and then BAM! Winchesters straight to the heart! I betting on the later.

After this week, we have a one week hiatus so that I CAN GO TO VEGASCON! I will still be there when the following episode airs, so I may be out of action for a couple of weeks while I eat all the food and drink all the ridiculously large frozen cocktails and get my 6 monthly fix of Js hugs! Woohoooooooo!

I'll post the CHCH promo if it isn't the most spoilery promo ever!

Until next time, enjoy the episode, everyone! It looks like fun (until they stab us in our feels!)



 Here's the CHCH promo - it gives more info on what it is they're hunting and the thing looks CREEEEEEEEPY!


Have a fun ep! Hang on to your feels!

 -sweetondean (again).

Fanvid of the week: Sam & Dean | Going Back To The Start

Ready for so bro feeeeeeeeels? 

Here's a brotastic fanvid from xxAyaSalimxx 

Get your tissues out for Sam & Dean | Going Back To The Start.
(Thanks to @spookynerd for the rec)



Saturday, 1 March 2014

Review - Supernatural 9.14 "Captives"

I feel like I need to start this week’s review with a fashion blog, because excuse me GQ Winchesters! I’ve been joking that they’ve been doing some retail therapy to deal with their bro feels, but gosh, they must have some pretty swanky shops nearby the bunker! When the boys FBI’d up they were looking spectaculacular, with Sam and his jumper and coat ensemble and that overcoat of Dean’s with the checked pants and dress boots…and don’t even start me with what they were wearing and weren’t wearing (layers) in the teaser…which brings me to the teaser! I am a segue genius!

This week’s teaser was one of my favourites ever. I just loved the whole set up with the ghostly figure, the flickering lights, whizzing down the hall and through the grate in Dean’s room, Dean eyes closed with headphones on and music too loud to hear what was going on. It was like a mini horror movie! It was awesome. Then of course we had a frantic Sam, rushing from his room, yelling his brother’s name, twice, grabbing a sword as he goes searching for Dean and then BAM as Dean rock salts the ghost and deadpans “Yep, bunker’s haunted”. LOVE, the whole thing, LOVE.

Especially Sam running out of his room looking for Dean… Kind of reminded me of the sweet potato scene, right? I’ll get back to that…

This week’s episode, “Captives” was split down the middle with two concurrent stories. The Winchesters and the search for Mrs Tran and Castiel and his, what increasingly appears to be, redemption arc.

I don’t mind when the show splits the storylines like this, but I must admit again, not the first time I’ve said this, but I’m struggling to care about the angel wars.

It’s not Cas, I’ve preferred Cas this season than for several seasons and I liked the mixture of tough, kickass angel warrior Cas with the Cas that’s learnt humanity's lessons, the good and the bad ones and has taken them onboard. Castiel’s growth has been a joy to watch. I’m also enjoying the parallels between Castiel and Sam in relation to the decisions that both have made in the past and their feelings of needing to put right what went wrong.

But the angel war. Blah. Sorry. Cas good, angel war blah. I think it’s because we keep seeing these angels that we don’t get a chance to get a handle on. And this war is so obtuse. It reminds me of the previous angel war and the angel weapons of mass destruction thing, it all happens off screen and we hear about it later in bits via characters we don’t know or don’t know enough to care about. Plus angels have been almost unanimously represented as dicks, so it’s hard for me to connect with it or them.

I’m actually a fan of the angels and have been since they were introduced. There have been some epic ones…but Metatron and possibly Gadreel, though we don’t really know him yet, are the only angels other than Cas that we really have any kind of sense of. 

Adam Harrington played Bartholomew suitably creepy, but apart from the back story he gave us that filled out a little of Cas’ history, Bart just felt like a meaningless, transient character, so I couldn’t even really cheer when Cas stabbed him with the angel blade. I was more like, okay good…moving on.

So I’m finding it very hard to engage with this whole angel war business. I feel like for it to be interesting, it absolutely has to be grounded in Metatron, who I do care about…CARE ABOUT SEEING DEAD…and Gadreel along with Cas, for it to have any kind of resonance.

But Cas’ story and where that’s going seems interesting and Misha is, of course, knocking it out of the park.

So for me, the other part of “Captives” was what grabbed me…which isn’t really surprising seeing as it had the Winchesters in it!

I was unfortunately spoiled for the epic Kevin reveal. Boooo CHCH promo producers and heads of creative that let that travesty of a promo through! BOOOOO!

I love Kevin. Love him. It wasn’t always that way. I remember early on I found him a bit annoying but he grew as a character and grew on me and even dead he was awesome and I love him and I know I’m going to continue to miss him and miss his sassy backchat, because someone’s got to backchat the Winchesters and that was Kevin Tran’s special skill (along with reading God rocks)!

The interesting thing is, if Kevin hadn’t died, what would have happened to Mrs Tran? Everything has consequences good and bad. You’d be hard pressed to think up a good thing to come out of Kevin’s death, but here it was, for Kevin and Mrs Tran at least and I suspect the brothers. Saving Mrs Tran must have been at least a small salve on the Kevin Tran wound.

There was so much wonderful going on around the Kevin Tran haunting. I’ve already mentioned the epic teaser, which was epic, but how about the dinging coffee maker that Dean actually took to the forest with them! Oh my gosh, that was gold. I laughed at the boys sitting staring at the coffee maker hoping Kevin would contact them through it…until I wasn’t laughing, because Dean trying to say his piece to Kevin was heart breaking. I’m pretty sure he’s said that over and over in his head. I’m also pretty sure it wasn’t a pity party, KT but hey, you were stuck in the veil, you’re allowed to be snarky.

Here’s another thing I was thinking…with the information that Metatron has locked Heaven to the souls, it made me wonder what would have happened if the brothers had closed the gates of Hell? I mean, Metatron already had Heaven in his nasty grasp by then, so imagine that, all the good and bad souls trapped in the veil. Once again, there are consequences to every action. Not closing Hell’s gates may have been a good thing and not just because it meant Sam didn’t die.

I’m glad we got to find Mrs Tran. I’ll be honest here, she’s never been a favourite character of mine (though I met Lauren Tom in Sydney last year and she was a sweetheart, so I softened on Mrs T a bit!), but I was happy to see her storyline rounded out. I never like it when we’re just not sure if someone is dead or alive. 

I cried when Sam silently told Mrs Tran about Kevin. I found their interaction so moving; it instantly tore at my heart. Trapped for a year, only thinking about how to get back to her son, only to find out that he’d died, just added so much sad to the whole thing. I'm so glad Sam decided not to continue the lie and be truthful about Kevin. I did wonder though, if Crowley had Mrs Tran, why didn’t he use her as a bargaining chip to escape the Winchester’s grip. I’m assuming when Del the funky homosapien demon stopped seeing Crowley that was when the Winchesters had him under warded lock and key, so why not use Mrs Tran to negotiate your release? Especially as we know he had lingering humanity. Anyhooo food for thought!

And this week Dean got hit on the head and trussed up like a GQ turkey and Sam had to come and kick some butt to save his bro…I’ll get back to that.

The reunion between Kevin and Mrs Tran was powerful in its subtlety. Such a sad and touching moment. Lauren Tom totally nailed that scene. Totally. 

I also dug the interaction between Dean and Mrs Tran…apart from the fact that Dean looked MASSIVE. Mrs Tran taking the ghost of her son home because she’s a parent and it’s her job to protect and take care of her son no matter what the consequences might be was pretty much a metaphor for what Dean does in relation to Sam. Because Dean does see himself as his brother’s protector...which has become a problem for Sam.

Which I guess brings me to Sam and Dean. See segue genius!

Kevin was pretty much the fandom right? 

“Can you two get over it? Dudes, just because you couldn’t see me doesn’t mean I couldn’t see you. The drama, the fighting? It’s stupid. My mom’s taking home a ghost. You two, you’re both still here.”

Well… Here’s the thing, Kevin was mostly right. The drama, the fighting, it is stupid. They are both alive and that is a good thing. Just ask Kevin. But, “...get over it”? No. That’s not what they need to do. They need to work through it, because getting over it…or shoving it down, or putting a couple of W’s on the board and get past all of this, that’s what’s got them here, because they never, ever work stuff through and deal with their issues.

And that’s what I want them to do. Not just hug it out and move on. I want them to work through what’s hurting, together and get to a better place because of it and be happy and maybe laugh again. Being brothers is more than just being ‘co-dependent’. 

It’s obvious Sam still loves Dean and cares what happens to him and that it's not just a business relationship now. (I told you I’d get to it.) You can’t tell me that’s not panic/worry all over Sam’s face and in his voice and body as he runs to his brother’s aid in both “The Purge” and “Captives”. His mouth might be saying one thing, but his reactions are saying something else altogether. And like I keep saying, he’s there. He’s still there and that in itself speaks volumes – let alone the hesitation at his bedroom door. 

How I loved that little hesitation. I held my breath as he hesitated and then let it out in a great big wobbly sigh…

This situation has been a long time brewing and it’s not going to get sorted in a few episodes – and including this one we have had 3 where they have been in conflict and together. (I’m not talking “Road Trip” because this conflict kicked off at the end of that episode, or “First Born” because they were separated.) The repairing of their relationship is not going to have value or honesty if it’s a quick fix. “Get over it” is not going to work.

When Sam walked away, part of me rolled my eyes internally and the other part of me got it. He’s hurt and angry and he’s not about to simply “get over it”. I’m kind of glad Sam is standing firm, as heartbreaking as it is to watch for both of them, because nothing is going to get fixed between them if they just get over it.

The tragedy is, I absolutely think they both want to fix what’s broken between them but neither of them know how or what to do next. Any step forward towards each other is going to take both of them putting away their stubbornness and swallowing a fair bit of pride and neither of those things are strong Winchester traits.

They also need to use their words. We could be waiting a while…

I would have liked to have seen what Sam was doing in his room. Reading a book but not seeing any words? Just as Dean was listening to music but not hearing any notes. Because you know the only thing swirling around those angry heads of theirs in that moment was each other.

I won’t lie, I’m worried, not for the brother’s relationship because as you all know, I believe in these guys whole heatedly and believe that they love each other profoundly and that will be enough to get them there, I’m worried that this emotional isolation of Dean (and possibly the Mark of Cain) is going somewhere gnarly and without Sam to guide him back from the brink, the only way is down and dark. Then again, maybe that’s the point…maybe that’s what’s going to bring them back together emotionally, maybe that will make Sam reach out for his brother with the love we know he feels. Because it looks like it’s going to take something big to get these idjits back on the same page. 

And just like everyone else, that's what I want, desperately, but call me weird if you like, I'm enjoying the journey we're taking to get there...and yes by enjoying I mean openly weeping but hey, I'm a Supernatural fan, I'm used to buckets of tears!

Supernatural is all about the greys in life. What looks like the right thing to do could turn out very good, or it could turn out very bad. The brothers are never portrayed as completely right or completely wrong…either of them. The uncertainty of the world they have to deal with and the choices they have to make adds to the compelling nature of their story. Both of them have great big lessons still to learn and accept about themselves and about their brother.

We all react so strongly to what’s happening between the Winchester brothers, because we feel so passionately about them and whether we like where it’s going or not, it keeps us talking and thinking and crying and yelling at our TV and unfortunately, sometimes each other.

That’s the nature of loving something with all your heart…the more you love, the more you feel. Can anyone say Sam and Dean…