What happens when Misha Collins (a.k.a. Castiel) directs an episode?
“Saving people, hunting things” is the Winchester motto. Supernatural definitely does a lot of both. This show began its run 2005 and is heading into the 9th season this year. The story focuses on the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padelecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) and their adventures in…well, “saving people, hunting things”.
After the pilot episode aired, I was hooked. My best friend and I used to call each other and sit on the phone in silence until the commercial breaks…until we figured out commercial breaks didn’t sync up between our two cities. I may or may not have been physically unable to keep my mouth shut until her commercial break. (Hint: I wasn’t able to keep quiet.) To help our friendship survive, we switched to recap calls after the episode ended.
Recently, I decided to watch the whole series again from the beginning. Yeah, I still love it, that hasn’t changed …. at all. I finished watching Season 1 over the weekend. Holy cow….Season 1 scares the crap out of me, and I still watched the finale of that season with the light on and a blanket pulled up to my chin. It really didn’t matter that I knew what was coming.
The brothers face everything from vengeful spirits, demons, clowns, creepy dolls, weird supernatural illnesses…clowns, wendigos, vampires…Bloody Mary, dead serial killers, and clowns. (Only one episode with a clown, but it sends chills down my spine just thinking about it. Clowns are creepy!) There are some episodes that I just can’t get past, like Everybody Loves a Clown (Why do people send those things to kids birthday parties? Don’t they creep anyone else out?) I still have an overwhelming urge to sleep with the light on after watching Bloody Mary. There are a lot of episodes that leave me with with a profound feeling of gratitude for Thomas Edison and his light bulb, and so help me, if the lights flicker in my house like …ever…you’ll be able to find me in the middle of a circle of salt in the kitchen frantically trying to keep my dog from licking it up off the floor.
Apart from scaring myself half to death, oh my gosh, I love the relationship between these guys. In the midst of all the preternatural craziness surrounding the show, their relationship is genuine and very real. They pick on each other, incessantly…anyone out there have siblings? Yeah, it doesn’t matter how old you get, that part never stops. You can ask my sister. (Whatever she says, I am not the reason she doesn’t like mirrors in her bedroom…or the dark. I’m innocent. Really!) They know exactly which buttons to push to drive each other nuts. Sam and Dean have practically developed their own language…scratch that. They have. Do you know anyone else (except the fandom) who would consider calling each other “Jerk” or “Bitch” an assurance that everything is fine, or at least it will be?
Both Winchester brothers grew up knowing that the monsters under the bed were real, and that you should be afraid of the dark. Instead of reassurances that everything was going to be okay, Sam was given a gun when he was nine, so if the thing in the closet came after him he could kill it. They were long on preparedness and short on the gentleness that most kids get…there are reasons, for the way John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) raised them.
Those first five seasons scared the ever-living-crap out of me. Even after watching with the lights on(and sometimes a comedy after) I would just lie awake at night…thinking…about stuff….like monsters….Bloody Mary, Skin, and Everybody Loves a Clown are just a few of the episodes that make my heart beat a little faster just thinking about them. It was pure awesomeness, the kind of terror you find during horror movies and haunted houses. Here was the problem though, I read (did you notice?) a lot, about…interesting topics. A good portion of the stuff in the show, comes from real legends. So at night, with the lights off, you lie there…thinking about monsters…remembering that little tidbit…and…don’t most legends start with a grain of truth? Dracula started with a real guy who did some really terrible things…what if? (I hate what ifs in the middle of the night!) The dark does not like logic, I’ve discovered.
You know me and characters, right? Well, this show has some that I love. Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is a great character. Bobby’s place is more “home” for the Winchester brothers than anywhere else. With his trucker’s hat and no hesitation to call either one of the hunters an “idjit” when the occasion calls for it. He’s not afraid of these big bad guys who drive around in a 1967 Impala with an arsenal in the trunk. Who do you think helped fix up the car and showed them how to stock the arsenal?
Season 4 introduces another character that I absolutely adore, Castiel, Angel of the Lord (Misha Collins). He arrives in Lazarus Rising and…well, spoilers. Cas does interesting things for character development too. He gives new insight into characters we think we know so well, and proves they still have room to surprise us.
There are so many other great characters that have made an appearance over the years. Jo & Ellen, Gabriel, Loki…Balthazar & Crowley (oh yeah, Mark Sheppard is here too. He is an awesome Crowley!) If I tried to list my favorites, we’d all be here all day. Some of them didn’t get to stay nearly long enough, some of them surprise us with visits often enough for us to never get over missing them. When they leave, I always retain a little hope, the name of the show is Supernatural…
Tell me about your favorite TV shows? Favorite characters? Are you a Supernatural fan? Tell me your favorite episode…or the one that scares you the most? (They can be the same one.)
‘Til next time,
I learn about all kinds of stuff through Twitter. The Nerdist is one of those things. I discovered all this through following Nathan Fillion. You know Nathan Fillion right? I may have mentioned him once or twice. Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, Castle, Dr. Horrible…I’m stopping now because this is not the point. (I’m working on staying on point here. How am I doing so far?) He tweeted about The Thrilling Adventure Hour with a link to the podcast.
This is a staged production done in the style of an old-time radio show, and then broadcast as a podcast. It is fantastic and awesomely entertaining. You can listen to the adventures of Sparks Nevada Marshal on Mars, Beyond Belief, Captain Laserbeam, The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock, and Cactoid Jim. The episodes are written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and produced by Aaron Ginsberg. Players and guest stars include Nathan Fillion (as mentioned), Paget Brewster (you might recognize her from Criminal Minds), Paul Tomkins (Mr. Show, LA Complex)…oh, there are too many to list. Just go to their site and check it out.
The first time I listened to Cactoid Jim, I heard them mention the word Nerdist during the credits. I asked myself, what is this Nerdist of which they speak? (well, maybe not exactly like that…okay, maybe exactly like that, but definitely not out loud.) That’s how I found the Nerdist Podcast. Basically it is Chris Hardwick, usually with Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, having a conversation with a different celebrity or celebrities every episode, and this happens twice a week. Yep, twice a week. I haven’t listened to one that wasn’t immensely entertaining (warning there is no censoring for…well, anything). These are a handful of the guests that they’ve had on their podcast over the last couple of months (okay, some of these may or may not still waiting in my queue , but it isn’t for a lack of trying) George RR Martin, Joss Whedon, Jeff Bridges, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Misha Collins just to name a few. This doesn’t include any of the San Diego Comic-Con stuff they recorded live either. One of my favorites out of this list was the podcast with Misha Collins.
Misha Collins plays Castiel on Supernatural, and I am a huge Supernatural fan. This is a show I’ve watched since its inception, and it scared the bejesus out of me. My best friend and I used to call each other up just to have the “oh-my-god-can-you-believe-what-we-just-saw” conversations. We tried to have them while the show was on, but quickly discovered that it aired at different rates in Chicago and where she lives. (Fine I suck at sticking to the point.) I am, at times, physically unable to keep my mouth shut. This led to spoilers when I was on commercial break and she wasn’t. The recap call was an acceptable compromise…aka the only possible compromise if I wanted her to still be my friend. She actually hates spoilers more than I do. (This is odd because she almost always reads the last page of a book FIRST.)
Back to the point….again. (Seriously, I am trying to stay on topic.) Then I discovered BBC America…yeah, I know, but there is a television show! Yes, The Nerdist is also a television show that comes on after Orphan Black on Saturday evening. (No, I don’t know what time, everything gets DVR’d, my friend. Like 9:00pm Central? The lineup goes Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and then The Nerdist.) The show is just as entertaining as the podcast. Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira & Jonah Ray talk with a celebrity guest or two, there’s a stand-up comic in there and then they play a game…it is all a lot funnier than I make it sound (so kind of like the podcast but with visuals…and games and stuff). My favorite episode so far was the one with Buzz Aldrin (astronaut) and Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA’s mohawk guy. Poor guy, one day he’ll be known for more than just his hair, really. He works for NASA for crying out loud, he’s brilliant!) Just to see two eras of space exploration together on the same show was amazing in and of itself. One man, Buzz Aldrin, actually set foot on the moon. I mean, just think about that. Walked. On. The. Moon. It kind of blows the mind. I can only imagine…The other was actually in the control room when Curiosity landed on Mars just over a year ago. He helped to land a vessel on another planet…another PLANET. This is like real life people, not some science fiction thing! All science. No fiction. The closest I will ever get to either of those things is to look out at the night sky and imagine. At least I always know which one the moon is (it is kind of hard to miss) but Mars is another story entirely. (Yes, I totally wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.) Yes, I can easily miss Mars in the night sky…astronomy was not good to me.
This podcast has even given me a list of games that I want to try out. Yes, even games. I have discovered that I really am not good at the first person shooter games. (Therefore I dislike them immensely.) However, I really enjoy the role playing games like Assassin’s Creed. (I also found out that I need to start at the beginning of that game like with Assassin’s Creed I and not Assassin’s Creed III, no wonder I was so confused with the story! Luckily, my nephew has them all. I’m borrowing them. There is no shame.) So, Chris Hardwick mentions that he really loves Bioshock Infinite right now, and I look it up. It looks pretty cool. I think I’ll check it out. I’m telling you The Nerdist is like a gateway drug for all things geek…well, maybe I was already there anyway, but you get my point, right? (Not that I stayed anywhere near my point for any length of time, but I tried…sort of.)
The Nerdist podcast introduced me to Geek Week on YouTube also…you’ll be seeing more from that, I can assure you. They also have a completely random tagline (well, probably not random to them…or maybe it is.) They sign off every show with “Enjoy your burrito.” So ladies and gentlemen, checkout The Nerdist! There are many amazing things happening there worth enjoying…although I don’t think they have burritos. Weird.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?
Have you ever committed a random act of kindness? What was it?
What role playing games would you recommend?
‘Til next time….enjoy your burrito,