This Thursday (November 13) and next Thursday (November 20) we'll get a two-parter that Sera Gamble said in a recent interview would be “epic”. I’m not sure what that necessarily means, but I can’t wait to find out. Here are two clips from Thursday night’s first part, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Salute To Supernatural
This weekend is the big “Salute To Supernatural” convention put on by Creation Entertainment at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Guests include Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster), Gabriel Tigerman (Andy), and Steve Carlson on Friday; Samantha Smith (Mary), Chad Lindberg (Ash), and Charles Malik Whitfield (Agent Henriksen) on Saturday; and the grand event, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki on Sunday. Jensen only does a couple of these a year, so this will be a big event.
Since Chicago just happens to be within reasonable driving distance from Columbus, I’ll be attending this year. I’ll be taking on the most boring drive in the US for the sake of this show, but I have the entire Chris Isaak catalog loaded on my iPod to get me through it. This is my first convention for any fandom, let alone Supernatural, so I’m going in with no idea what to expect. I’ll be submitting daily reports here for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
I want to ask Jared the question that Sera Gamble couldn’t answer in my interview with her when I pointed out her well known ability to torture Sam’s character (heck, she even killed him!). “Do you cringe every time you see Sera Gamble’s name on a script?” I’m sure I’ve got a snowball’s chance in you know what of getting the question asked and answered, but I’ll try.
Thanks to a lot of generous people, Support Supernatural’s campaign wrapped on November 1 a huge success. A presentation will be made to Jensen and Jared on Sunday at the convention. Below are the final totals:
- St. Jude's Children's Hospital: $1,365
- Doctors Without Borders: $1,210
- P.E.T.A.: $1,225
- The Humane Society of the United States: $1,200
That’s $5,000 for those doing the math, which exceeded their expectations. The original goal was $500 a charity. Congratulations, Lindsay and Heather. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be there and witness the final part of their hard work on Sunday.
Also at the con all weekend will be Fandom Rocks. They will have a booth and will do a presentation on stage. They have kicked off their fourth campaign, and the charities chosen this time are the Investigations Fund of The Humane Society of the United States and Children For Tomorrow. All those who donate $4 or more will be eligible for a prize package drawing which includes, among other things, the season three DVD, the 2009 Supernatural calendar, The Book of Monsters, and all three Supernatural novels. Info about the drive can be found at their website.
The online fandom has been embroiled in some mass insanity over the last few weeks and I’m not sure what’s going on. Anything that sparks debate and chatter is good for this show, but some things are getting out of control. First was the whole “Dean is a dick” controversy from “Yellow Fever” that got so bad Eric Kripke put out a statement about it. That ended up being only the beginning. The next week the fan bashing continued over “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” because the show twisted some facts about Samhain, Wiccan and Pagan culture. People were spewing hate on the boards, vehemently offended, even though this show has taken liberties from day one.
Now a huge blowup is happening over weird fan over-speculation that even got its own article on BuddyTV. Is Sam a rapist? Huh? The debate comes from small suggestions from various episodes that Sam and Ruby had sex. Considering Ruby is possessing an innocent victim, that would make Sam a rapist. That one just caused me to throw my hands up in the air. I haven’t said a word about this so far, so I’ll just give my opinion now. The debate is ridiculous. Remember “Trust In Kripke?” Yeah, I know, people have trust issues.
But it doesn’t end there. Again on BuddyTV they decided to speak out over the Sam vs. Dean debate. There’s a debate? Apparently Sam fans are pitted against Dean fans and there’s plenty of verbal sparring going on between them. In some places, it’s getting downright nasty. Considering this has been going on since the first season, it’s nothing new. I’m going to put this issue to rest now. BOTH brothers are flawed. BOTH brothers have issues. BOTH brothers bring equal weight to this show and one isn’t better than the other. Feel better? Yeah, I’m sure I put a lid on that one.
The most ridiculous story came to me just a couple of days ago. Jim Beaver, who plays Bobby Singer, issued a statement on his MySpace page because of a thread on a well known hate-spewing site (you know which one I’m talking about). Apparently there’s an entire fan grouping that’s sick of Bobby and doesn’t mind saying so. So he makes a statement saying that he’s busy with another series in development (Harpers Island) and there are no plans to bring back Bobby anytime soon. He hasn’t worked on Supernatural since “Yellow Fever”.
I’m not sure what makes me sadder, the fan behavior or no Bobby. I won’t name names, but it’s kind of obvious just by skimming a few threads and reading a few comments which forums are out of control with negativity. This is not a negative fandom, so I’m not sure what’s going on other than a few people are trying to ruin our fan experience. I recall this time last year I stepped away from the House online fandom, in which I was a very active participant, because my love for the show was killed by their new changes. I didn’t want to ruin the experience for those that still loved the show, so it was better to walk away than vent my frustrations. There is only one forum these days that isn’t killing my Supernatural fan experience. Thank you, Supernatural.TV for sparking debate, offering constructive opinions, not allowing bad attacks and excessive whining and making me feel welcome.
Okay, enough whining and negativity from me! I’m going back to my happy fan world. This weekend is going to be exciting, the next two episodes are going to be exciting, and then we go into a hiatus with a lot to ponder. I love this show!