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The Wit and Wisdom of Dean Winchester

Dean may never have finished high school, but he does have something of a way with words. And since listening to Dean generally lengthens your lifespan in the Supernatural universe, it seems only right to do an appreciation post for some of his most memorable lines.

House rules, Sammy: Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole.

Like every good parent, he knows how to lay down the rules.

I hope your apple pie is freakin’ WORTH IT!

As much as he loves pie, he knows it’s not worth killing over.

 Demons, I get. People are crazy.

I like him. He says okie-dokie.

He knows what to look for in a friend.

Hey, Tuesday! Pig ‘n a poke!

Honestly, I think the world’s gonna end bloody. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swingin’.

He has an admirable life philosophy.

Most people, they see a monster and they run. But not us. Oh no, no. We actively seek out things that want to kill us! Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We are insane!

And an accurate assessment of his own mental health.

The whistle makes me their god.

When humans want something really, really bad, we lie. Because…that’s how you become President.

He tends to have a bad influence on angels, though.

 

Pudding!

He appreciates the value of spontaneity. 

Fight the fairies! You fight those fairies!

Don’t look at the camera. Look anywhere but the camera.

He gives excellent acting advice.

 

And let’s not forget the immortal…

Dad wants us to pick up where he left off. Saving people, hunting things. The family business.

Thanks for summing up the show, Dean.

Namarie,
Aldy

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Episode Highlight #4: Yellow Fever

“That was scary!”

Summary: While the Winchesters are investigating a haunting in Colorado, Dean gets infected with a “ghost sickness” that kills its victims within 24 hours by literally scaring them to death. Yeah…

Why I love it: If there’s one thing Supernatural does well, it’s smoothly switching between humour, horror and heartbreak over the course of a single episode. My last episode highlight, “Mystery Spot,” is a good example of this, but “Yellow Fever” is perhaps an even better one. A good 50 percent of the story is just Dean being hilariously paranoid about things he wouldn’t even blink at on a normal day. Like heights, snakes, speeding…and cats. I find that it’s best to pause and replay the cat scene a few times, just to make sure I’ve fully appreciated hearing Dean scream like a little girl. It is a rare and beautiful thing.

This is an appropriate reaction to finding yourself in a room with a cat. Those things are devil spawn.

 

There’s also his crazy (yet completely accurate) rant about why being a hunter sucks. Once again, excellent acting on Jensen Ackles’ part. I’m pretty sure that speech wasn’t intended to be one of the show’s funniest moments ever, but he made it so.

But the other half of the episode deals with Dean’s legitimate fears, which are pretty darn scary and, in hindsight, pretty darn sad. Yellow-eyed Sam, anyone? And as I’ve said before, Little Girl Lilith is the stuff of nightmares. Just hearing her voice from off-screen is enough to send shivers down my spine. Ugh, that child.

THIS is an appropriate reaction to finding yourself in a room with Lilith.

 

The sad part comes in after one watches the rest of Season Four and finds out what Lilith was actually talking about, and why a fear curse, which targets bullies and those who enjoy scaring others, infected Dean. Hurray for foreshadowing! Besides, you have to feel bad for the guy when you realize he just got out of Hell a month or two ago (after being there for 40 years), still hasn’t come to terms with what he did down there, and is already in danger of going back again. I would’ve been freaking out, too.

The ghost’s back story was also quite sad. Poor guy really needed a hug.

But on a lighter note, Bobby is once again awesome. He speaks Japanese! He helps Sam save the day! And he has the ability to drive from South Dakota to Colorado in less than two hours! Oh, wait…they all can do that.

Anyway, this was a fantastic episode. The “Eye of the Tiger” lip-sync at the end was just the icing on the cake.

Namarie,
Aldy

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Supernatural Characters!

As with any long-running show, its characters are what make Supernatural great. It’s gone through a lot of them, and most of them end up dead, but there are always the central few who stick around (despite dying quite a bit themselves) and form the heart of the show. Here are my top five, in order:

1. The Impala (a.k.a. Baby, a.k.a The Metallicar)

 

 

This really goes without saying. The Impala is by far the most trustworthy, reliable character on this show. She provides a home for the Winchesters, her tape deck and speakers provide much of the show’s awesome soundtrack, and she is Dean’s one true love. Plus, she played as big a role as either of the boys in saving the world, making her–and I quote–“the most important object in the universe.” If you don’t love the Impala, you are wrong. Canonically.

2. Bobby Singer

“Awesome” is the most appropriate word to describe Bobby. The man knows everything there is to know about every supernatural thing ever, and if he comes across something he doesn’t know, he’ll break into a library to research it. He’s fluent in Japanese. He built a ghost- and demon-proof panic room on his weekend off. He once overcame demonic possession by stabbing himself in the gut. Later, while paralyzed from said injury, he still managed to kick butt against a horde of flesh-eating zombies. He’s the most level-headed and emotionally stable hunter on the show (not that that’s saying much, but still…). And he’s a better father to the Winchesters than their biological dad ever was. Go Bobby!

3. Dean Winchester

To be perfectly honest, Dean is the only reason I kept watching Supernatural after Season 1. The story and the rest of the characters took a while to really draw me in, but it only took me about five minutes to fall in love with Dean’s sense of humor, toughness, and selfless devotion to his family. In the seasons since then, he’s gone through a lot of ups and downs, but those three things haven’t changed. For all his many flaws and psychological issues, nobody’s better at “saving people, hunting things” than Dean. He also has excellent taste in cars, music, and food.

4. Sam Winchester

The younger Winchester brother has two settings: smart, compassionate, heroic Sam; and scariest-monster-on-this-show Sam. Whether it’s due to possession, soullessness, or addiction, it’s uncanny how many times he’s become temporarily evil (and boy, can Jared Padalecki be creepy when he wants to be). I guess demon blood will do that to you. But when he’s on the former setting, he’s a very sweet guy with a lovely sarcastic sense of humor. Who, ya know, saved the world. And the amount of research he can do in one night, in tiny towns that shouldn’t even have wi-fi, never ceases to amaze me.

5. Castiel

It took me a looong time (a whole season, in fact) to warm up to this particular angel, just because I could not understand why he insisted on talking like a pervy Batman. Tumblr had not prepared me for that voice! But I was eventually able to overlook it, because Cas is the best. What he lacks in social skills, he makes up for in awesome fighting skills…and unintentional hilarity. Aside from Dean, he’s the most quotable character on the show. Who can forget the immortal “Hey, assbutt!”, for starters? He’s also a complicated character, constantly flip-flopping between good and evil…but always in a very sympathetic way. And he always seems to land on the side of good.

There you have it. Five best characters on Supernatural. An honourable mention must also go to Chuck Shirley, who is awesome and with whose writer’s angst I deeply sympathize. RIP Chuck…wherever you are.

Namarie,
Aldy

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Fandom of the Month: Supernatural

Well, hello there, March. You startled me.

As hard as it is to believe, we are starting a new month already, and that means it’s time to jump back into the world of (relatively) mainstream fandoms. In March I will be posting about my latest obsession: Supernatural.

How shall I describe this series? If you’ve spent any time on Tumblr or the geekier side of Pinterest, you’ve heard of it, but your impression probably isn’t very accurate. Short description: Supernatural is a ten-year-old American fantasy/horror show about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who drive around in a cool car hunting down demons, ghosts, and everything else that goes bump in the night.

Starring, from left: Sam and his hair, Dean and his glare.

 

But that description doesn’t quite do it justice. If you’re a Whovian, picture something like an American Doctor Who without all the space travel (there’s plenty of time travel, just nothing in outer space). But of course, since this is ‘MURICA, Supernatural doesn’t have ANY of that “no guns” nonsense. And the vehicle of choice is a black ’67 Chevy Impala instead of a blue police box. And all the main cast members look like underwear models. But both shows have the same weirdness level, the same tendency to kill main characters over and over again, and the same love for long overcoats.

Even angels look better in long coats.

 

It took me a long time to start watching this show, mainly because the premise sounded utterly ridiculous and at least 80 percent of the fandom seemed to be made of young, single girls who liked gay fanfic. Sometimes I like to pretend I’m a sophisticated adult, so that kind of thing puts me off. But then I started to see more and more stuff about it on the Internet, some of my closest friends got into it, and, well…you know how peer pressure is.

Once I started watching it last summer, I realized my early impressions were correct. Supernatural is ridiculous, and it does cater to the fangirls quite a bit. And yet, it is also awesome. I fell in love with the characters almost immediately, and once I got past the whole killing-a-ghost-who’s-already-dead thing, the story sucked me in just as effortlessly. Once again, I must admit that my tastes are neither sophisticated nor adult. But who cares?

I love Supernatural for its great characters, dark humor, and refusal to take itself seriously. I also enjoy the occasional scares and perpetual tear-jerkers (oh, did I forget to mention this is a very depressing series? In spite of the ridiculousness…yeah, it is.) Also, the soundtrack is beautiful. Never has classic rock been put to better use.

This month, expect to see lots of lists: best characters, best episodes, best songs, etc. Also expect to see some fun jokes, quotes, trivia, and/or analysis. Stay tuned!

Namarie,
Aldy

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