Ways the Supernatural Family Is Really Saving People

Part of what makes the Supernatural fandom so special is the huge emphasis that gets placed on helping people. For a show about killing monsters, we do a lot of good, and really look out for one another.familyUnsurprisingly, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles launched a new Always Keep Fighting hoodie campaign just in time for Supernatural Day. Here’s a video of Jared and Jensen introducing the new campaign:


I’ve talked before about how important I think Always Keep Fighting is. Mental illness gets such a terrible stigma, and as someone who has anxiety and depression themselves, I am so happy to see my favorite fandom do so much good  and offer so much help to those who need it. The fandom and the #AlwaysKeepFighting movement meant so much to me, I got a tattoo reminding me to always keep fighting:

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Of course you don’t have to go and ink yourself if you want to participate in the AKF campaign. Instead, you can just scoop up your own hoodie from the latest campaign by heading over to the Represent page to order your hoodie and get your special 12 pin. But don’t wait too long, the campaign ends on September 27th!

But of course AKF isn’t the only way that Supernatural looks out for its own. If you haven’t heard yet, Supernatural and Random Acts have also created an actual crisis hotline, and they have people working on the hotline 24/7 and at Supernatural conventions.

And Sheriffs Jody and Donna (Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster) have also started the Wayward Daughters Academy, which is a tee-shirt campaign that raises money to help homeless and at-risk women and girls. Not only that, but it’s become a bit of a supportive community among Supernatural‘s fans, allowing a place for them to really be themselves,  to help others, and to find others who love them for just being themselves.

Of course Wayward Daughters and several of Osric Chau‘s campaigns all fall under the BEHEMOTH that is Random Acts, a huge charity started by Misha Collins. You’ve probably heard of Random Act’s big event, the giant and crazy scavenger hunt known as GISHWHES. However, there is so much more to the organization that just that. Random Acts is working all over the globe to help those that need it most, promote kindness and generosity, and even do huge things like raising money to build schools and homes in areas that need it.

This is what makes the fandom so special–how connected we are, and how important it is that we help others. You can joke around about the show running for too many years, you can say you think the various Supernatural shippers are weird, and you can get confused at how meta the show can get sometimes, but at the core of all that, the fandom is just trying to do good in the world. That’s what makes this group and this show special, and it’s why we’re still talking about the show after all these years.

What’s your favorite charity or cause that the Supernatural fandom has rallied around? Tell me about it in the comments! 

Welcome to Supernatural Week and the Season 12 Teaser

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On September 13, 2005, Supernatural first hit televisions. It’s been over a decade since the pilot episode aired, and to celebrate the show’s unusually long life the 13th has been officially deemed “Supernatural Day”. Well, the thing is, I didn’t feel like allowing one day for Supernatural appreciation was right. So here at Distracted Blogger, we’re going to be celebrating Supernatural Week.  I’ll be talking about the new season, the bomb Jared and Jensen dropped in the EW article (I won’t spoil that in this post), Always Keep Fighting, and more. I have been re-watching the entire season this hellatus, so I can’t wait to talk about All the Supernatural Things with you this week!

So let’s start this week off right with a first look at what’s in store for us in season 12. Take a peek. Season 11 spoilers ahead, obviously:

You guys, I have really mixed feelings about the UK branch of the Men of Letters. Sure, Sam and Dean have created (accidentally or not) quite a lot of problems for people on earth, but I feel like capturing Sam and torturing him is kind of an extreme reaction. It also feels like far too brutish a reaction for a group of people known for being chronically stuck between the pages of the book while they save the elbow grease for hunters. I really loved the idea of Sam becoming a full-time Man of Letters, but seeing some of the people that would be his UK colleagues has got me wondering if that’s a good idea.

Also: MARY WINCHESTER, YOU GUYS! I am so incredibly excited to see Mary back in action, and back in pants. I’m a bit worried about Sam and Dean spending actual, real time with their mom since she’s become this ethereal, perfect creature in their minds. Seeing a real woman with real flaws could be really hard for the boys, and put a rift in their relationship that doesn’t need to be there. We don’t know if Mary’s return is something that will stick, so I’d hate for her to be sent back through the veil (or worse, for her to be killed again) and the boys have this John-style relationship with her. Of course, things won’t just be hard for the boys. We know that Mary never wanted her children to be hunters, so it will have to be heartbreaking and infuriating for Mary to see her boys living the exact kind of life that she never, ever wanted for them. If the boys let slip too much about their childhood, you know Mary is going to be absolutely furious with John.

What do you think of the teaser? What are you most excited about in season 12? What do you hope to see this season? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Denver Comic Con 2016: Sunday Panels

Over the weekend of Denver Comic Con 2016, I loved, loved, loved, spending Friday on the exhibition floor and freaking out over my panel, and I loved spending Saturday with the likes of John Barrowman, Cary Elwes, and Hayley Atwell. However, the Sunday panels were hands down my favorites. In DCCs past, Sunday was always more of a slow day to help you wind down from the con craziness. Not this year though. Sunday had people from Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Marvel, Doctor Who, and my favorite internet ladies, The Hillywood Show. It was a great day, but by the end of the day I was EXHAUSTED! Here’s how the day shook out:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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I was soooo thrilled to hear that Jeffrey Dean Morgan was coming to Comic Con this year. His appearance was a bit of a late announcement, so it made me even more excited to see him at the con. I didn’t have time to save up to get a photo op with him, unfortunately, but getting to see his panel was treat enough. So what did he have to say about Negan’s role on The Walking Dead? Nothing. He said that he gets to laugh a lot as Negan, which in turn upsets Andrew Lincoln, which makes him laugh more, and he said that waiting for an answer to “who met Lucille” isn’t the worst thing in the world. But apart from telling us how much fun it is to play such a twisted bad guy, we didn’t really learn too much–which is unsurprising. What I really loved was hearing him talk about Supernatural, and his feelings towards Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. He talked about how seeing them “all grown up” made him feel incredibly proud, and he liked to think he had a small part in that–even though he’s only ten years older than Jensen Ackles. He also mentioned that he’d love to come back to the show, especially if it was for the series finale, and if Jensen directed. I’m all for that. He was also asked a question by a girl in genderbent Comedian cosplay, which he thought was so rad that he brought her onstage.

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JDM hasn’t been doing the convention circuit for long, but he seemed to be pretty comfortable onstage (his wife–who he met through Jensen Ackles, btw–and adorable son were in the front row, which I’m sure helped him out) and he put on a super fun panel. He was funny, sweet, sincere, and you could tell how much of a genuinely fun time he has working on and talking about the shows he’s a part of. Papa Winchester didn’t disappoint, you guys.

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Of course that was only a fraction of the day. Next, we took things over to the Marvel ‘verse…

Clark Gregg

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What makes a Clark Gregg panel so fun is how much of a fanboy he is IRL. If you didn’t know, this guy is essentially Coulson himself. He loves comics and the heroes from Marvel just as much (though I don’t think he has vintage cards like Coulson–although Coulson doesn’t even have his cards anymore), and when asked if he was Team Cap or Team Iron Man, he full Coulsoned everyone, calling the question-asker “young lady” and asking how the Sokovia Accords would affect the Inhumans in his charge. It was THE BEST. He also spoke about life after Coulson died in Avengers. He happened to see the #CoulsonLives Twitter campaign while running his wife’s (Jennifer Grey) Twitter while she was on Dancing with the Stars. After that crazy campaign and seeing the Marvel fans flock to bringing Coulson back, we got a living, breathing Coulson and the amazing show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So can we expect to see him back on the MCU? Or what about his feelings of bringing in some of the other Marvel TV characters into the MCU? Coulson–I mean Clark is game, but he’s okay with waiting. Obviously, he’s got to figure out a gentle way to let the Avengers know he’s still alive. You know, in a way that won’t make any of them so mad they kill him…but more than that he’d love to see the Marvel shows (he named Matt Murdock specifically) mix with the MCU, but in the right way. He thought having some brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo wouldn’t be the best, but if they could blend the worlds in a natural and awesome way, he’d love to see that. So we can hope our future will hold some rad crossovers.

Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman

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I wasn’t able to stick around for this entire panel, but I did enjoy getting to see these two together. The biggest thing I felt from this panel is that when Jenna originally took the job as Clara on Doctor Who, she had no. idea. how much this would change her life. To this day, I feel like she’s still trying to understand Whovians, convention culture, and why the heck a bunch of randos are paying upwards of a hundred bucks to take a picture with her. Still, it’s obvious she loved the show, the characters, and her fellow actors, which I always love seeing. Alex Kingston, on the other hand, is ALL ABOUT this kinda thing. She totally seemed to feed off the crowd, and was a lot more vocal than Jenna (introvert vs. extrovert, basically). When Jenna asked if she would be coming back to Who–especially after Peter Capaldi made some cryptic remarks about her–she shrugged it off as Peter being Peter and trying to create buzz. She also said that she’d only just left, and Pearl Mackie was starting her run as companion that very day. So even though she seemed to make the answer seem like a solid “no, I’m done”, she never officially said her days in the TARDIS were over. She just didn’t want to take the spotlight from Pearl. Alex Kingston also made some controversial remarks saying that she wasn’t on board with turning the Doctor into a woman in a future regeneration. We’ve seen with two other Gallifreyans that a gender change in a regeneration is possible–The Master/Missy being the most notable–Alex thought that since he’s always been a guy, he should stay that way. I love you, Alex, but we’re gonna have to agree to disagree there.

The Hillywood Show

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I actually got to interview Hannah and Hilly (an interview that will be coming out on Geek & Sundry, so stay tuned for that), but I also couldn’t wait to attend their panel. While I’m pretty sure they were in Hilly!Dean and Hannah!Cas cosplay the day before, their Sunday panel was in Dean and Cas casual cosplay (sporting their Hillywood Supernatural parody beanies, obvs). These girls are so sweet and just a ton of fun. They were encouraging to members of the audience who wanted to start their own show on YouTube, and they were so grateful that they had the opportunity to create the show thanks to their Patreon supporters (you can support the show here if you are so inclined). They also watched some of their parodies with the audience, namely their Lord of the Rings Parody, the Walking Dead Parody, the Doctor Who Parody, and their Supernatural Parody.

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When I first saw the Supernatural parody, I was by myself and had to fangirl with friends online. So it was really fun to get to watch it in a room FULL of other fans and Hannah and Hilly themselves. Their biggest encouragement to the audience was create something original and don’t try to copy what someone else is doing. You’ll only gain a following and stand out from other YouTubers if you are providing something that only you can give an audience–that’s what people want to see, not a knock-off. These girls are amazing. I was so impressed that they not only did zillions of panels and took the time to not only do photo ops, but they also manned a booth and spent individual time–and the occasional selfie–with each fan who came through to buy some merch.

Of course the unsung hero of the convention is also the lovely Clare Kramer, who was the moderator/interviewer for most of the mainstage panels. She was busy the ENTIRE weekend, and helped make every single panel awesome. I have no idea how she was able to stay energized for it all, but she did a great job. If you haven’t checked out her or GeekNation, you totally should do that. She’s fantastic, and helped make all of the panels amazing. She’s hosted mainstage panels for a while at Denver Comic Con, and I’m always impressed at how she handles the panels–even as they’ve grown significantly over the years. Seriously, Denver Comic Con had record attendance this year, and I know that a huge part of that is because they put on some truly impressive panels. I’m already getting excited for the adventures in store next year!

Have you seen any of these folks at a convention? What question would you like to ask them if you could? Tell me about it in the comments!

Supernatural Hellatus Re-Watch: Am I Becoming a Sam Girl?

It’s been a while since I’ve re-watched the entire series of Supernatural (I think I’ve actually only done it twice, which is shocking to me since I’ve watched the entirety of shows like Arrested Development, The IT Crowd, and Bob’s Burgers like…seven thousand times). Since we’re on the summer hellatus, I figured this would be the perfect time to start over from the very beginning.

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I just have to say that I love, love, love the first season. It’s full of urban legends, MOTW episodes, and it’s way before the boys had to worry about stuff like the apocalypse, The Cage, crossroad demon deals, The Darkness, and all the craziness. It was a simpler time, wasn’t it? In fact, in the episode “Phantom Traveler,” Dean says that dealing with demons is way out of their league. Of course that’s hilarious since these days exorcising demons is so second nature that they’ve literally made a voice note on their phones to exorcise demons for them.

But apart from being reminded of how green the boys were when it comes to hunting really nasty monsters back in the early days, I’m starting to see something else: I might be morphing into a Sam girl. I’ve never had any animosity towards Sam, but out of the two Winchester boys, I’ve always related to Dean more than Sam. Dean’s super protective of his little brother like I am…of course, with both Winchesters any point that you “relate” to them is super amplified on the Winchester’s side of things. For instance, I’d say I’m protective and worry too much about my little brother, and Dean would say, “Yes, I too am protective and worry too much about my brother which is why I SOLD MY SOUL TO A CROSSROADS DEMON AND ROTTED IN HELL FOR 30 HELL-YEARS TO BRING HIM BACK FROM THE DEAD.”

…I just…I just like…worry a lot about my brother making good choices and not dying in car crashes, but yeah, Dean, I totally get you. Hashtag Older Sibling Problems, amirite?

But I love how much of a mother hen-type Dean is. He looks out for Sam–often to his own detriment, but whatevs–he looks out for Cas, and don’t even get me started on his relationship with Charlie and Kevin…

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But as I’ve gone through the first five episodes of the series again, I’ve really tried to watch the show with fresh eyes. Sure I know what’s going to happen, but it’s been forever since I’ve seen those early seasons of the show, so it’s a lot easier than I expected for me to leave my Supernatural baggage at the door and try to watch the show with a clean slate. As I’ve done this, I noticed that I’m starting to get some major Sam feels…and like, zero Dean feels. There’s really not much to Dean in those first few episodes, is there? Now don’t jump down my throat, I know the character develops, but I had forgotten how much time they spend developing Sam as a character. Really the most we get of Dean in those episodes is, well, this:

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Meanwhile, we see Sam build a life with someone he wholly relies on and loves…

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…he loses her (spoiler alert I guess, but it’s been literally over a decade so it’s your own fault)…

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…blames himself because he had dreams of Jess’ death days before she died (also giving us a first look into his psychic abilities)…

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…and then completely uproots his entire life to avenge the death of his true love (and his mom, but mainly Jess).

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Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget where Sam has been on “the road so far”. For me, the stuff that have always stuck in my mind about Sam’s journey were things like his demon blood addiction, his Dean and John-less heaven, starting the apocalypse, not looking for Dean while he was in Purgatory, losing his soul, and the lack of bro-ments after Sam realized Dean let Gadreel use Sam as a vessel. Typical things for a Dean girl to cling to, but as I’m re-watching the early episodes, the giant train wreck of Sam’s life prior to learning about being “chosen” by Azazel, his horrible childhood, his terrible relationship with his father, essentially being kicked out when he went to college, then losing the only person in his life that anchored him to a safe life…Sam’s just got a shaky foundation all around. Really the only constant in his life is Dean, and Dean doesn’t always live up to that role.

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Don’t get me started on where the Samulet has been since Dean trashed it (I won’t say since it’s an actual spoiler from this season)…

Sam has been through quite a lot, and he hasn’t always made the best choices, but getting to go through his journey again is showing me so much to Sam I’ve never noticed before. I’m also seeing HUGE ways that Sam is basically a shaggy-haired version of John Winchester. I know they say Sam is like John in the series, but I hadn’t picked up on the similarities my first watch through (which makes sense since all we really get of John for most of the first season is coordinates and sketchy voicemails). Sam starts the series with that monomaniacal drive to get Jess’ killer that John had, and we see him continue that singular focus throughout the series (though I’d argue that Sam loses John’s less desirable qualities as the series continues). Obviously, I’m only five episodes into my re-watch, but I can’t wait to see what else I see for the first time.

Have you re-watched Supernatural recently? What new things are you learning? Are you a Sam girl or a Dean girl, and why? Let’s talk about it in the comments! 

5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Tattoos I Want

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I love tattoos, and I’m blown away by the skill it takes to be a tattoo artist. The thing is, tattoos are, like, forever. That kind of commitment freaks me out something fierce, and always gives me pause when I think about getting some ink. Sure, maybe today I’m cool with getting a geeky tattoo, but will I love that fandom/show/character enough that I’ll still be proud of my tattoo when I’m 50? I want to be sure whatever tattoos I get will be important and meaningful to me for the rest of my life. So while I have quite an extensive list of tattoos I’d like to get, who knows how many–if any at all–I’ll actually end up getting. Though my list spans all sorts of areas in my life, here are my top 5 geeky tattoos that I’d love to get.

Rebel Alliance Symbol

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If I’m honest, the chance of me getting this tattoo is super small, but all you have to do is do a quick Google search of Rebel Alliance tattoos to see how awesome these babies look. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid, and have always though Princess Leia was a complete and total badass. I think getting a tattoo that signifies a group of people fighting against oppression for freedom is kind of awesome.

Anti-Possession Sigil

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Any hunter worth her salt has an anti-possession sigil. Sam and Dean got this tattoo, and both Kevin Tran and his mother got it as well. While I don’t actually think it would keep demons from possessing me, I do like the idea of something on your skin reminding you to keep evil away. Plus, it’s also the sort of unofficial symbol of the Supernatural fandom. Loads of people in the Supernatural fandom have this tattoo, but I love the instant-bonding that can bring.

Deathly Hallows Symbol

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Much like the anti-possession sigil, loads of people have this tattoo, so this isn’t necessarily an original idea. BUT I kind of love the idea of having a small Deathly Hallows symbol somewhere on my body to align myself with the hundreds of other Potterheads out there with a similar marking. It gives almost a weird sense of community, and I think that’s awesome. Being able to instantly bond with someone over a shared fandom love is something I’ll always value, regardless of my age.

“…all was well”

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I’m a big fan of the idea of getting a literary-inspired tattoo, especially getting actual words tattooed on your body. I absolutely adore how J.K. Rowling ended the Harry Potter series, and these three little words pack such a meaningful punch to me. Despite all of the fear, pain, the fighting, the death, and the destruction, Harry and his friends had come out the other side, stronger, happy, and safe. Life wasn’t perfect, but all was well. It’s one of those things you cling to when times are hard, and the books’ message of bravery, loyalty, and friendship make the conclusion of Deathly Hallows that much more impactful to me. I’d love to have that phrase tattooed on me forever.

A Scarlet Pimpernel

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all-time favorite books, and I love the film version with Sir Ian McKellan. I’ve been watching the film and reading the book since I was a kid, which is why, out of all of these, this tattoo is the most likely for me to get. The Scarlet Pimpernel would mark his letters or announce that he had been somewhere by leaving a small drawing of a scarlet pimpernel (a flower). I’ve always loved the idea of getting a small scarlet pimpernel tattooed just behind my ear, hiding it just out of sight like all of the scarlet pimpernels Percy Blakeney had around his home.

What tattoos are on your geeky tattoo wish list, or what geeky tattoos do you already have? Tell me about it in the comments, and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts. Follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today–and be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–-and be sure to check out the brains behind the Fandom 5 linkup, the awesome Kristen and Megan (who happens to be the proud owner of a Deathly Hallows tattoo herself). 

Supernatural Pi Day Marathon

It’s Pi Day (March 14…3.14…get it? Math humor, it’s a thing, y’all). So in honor of this special day, I’ve made a list of Supernatural episodes to watch in celebration of this mathtastic and deserterific day. After, all, we know how Dean feels about pie.

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Episode 1.11: “Scarecrow”

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This is an early episode of Supernatural, so it’s firmly planted in their urban legend phase. The episode centers around the boys investigating several disappearances in the same spot on a highway. Turns out a creepy town in Indiana has been kidnapping travelers and sacrificing them in exchange for a bountiful apple harvest–which they put in their world-famous apple pies. Ultimately, they take Dean as a sacrifice, and we see him do something he never does–profane the name of pie.

Episode 4.02: “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester”

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This episode comes right on the tail of Dean meeting Cas for the first time. Sam gives Dean loads of homework to do in order to research the existence of angels, and Dean demands pie. Unfortunately, while Sam is out retrieving the pie, Sam meets Ruby who freaks him out about the possibility of angels existing, and Sam forgets to bring Dean pie. Oh yeah, and Sam, Dean, and Bobby get trapped in a house with with Witnesses who simultaneously herald the apocalypse and try to kill the three of them. Nbd.

Episode 5.16: “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Your pie too sweet? Maybe add a bit of SALT FROM YOUR TEARS when you watch this episode. After getting shot by two hunters who are nervous about what power Sam holds, Sam and Dean find themselves in heaven. The entire episode is an emotional wreck as we see the memories Dean valued versus the memories Sam valued (hint: Sam’s most treasured memories were spent away from Dean and John). One of Dean’s memories includes mom offering him some pie. If the realization that Dean’s obsession with pie likely comes from missing his mom isn’t enough to break your heart, this episode is also where Dean drops the Samulet in the trash after Joshua tells them it won’t help them locate God.

Episode 7.3 “The Girl Next Door”

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This is the episode where Sam learns a very important lesson–cake isn’t pie. Sam also learns an important lesson about being honest with Dean about his childhood crushes that are also monsters. When Dean realizes that Sam has known a kitsune with blood on her hands for years–and let her live–Dean ultimately tracks the girl, called Amy Pond (and played by Jewel Staite!!!), and kills her.

Episode 8.22: “Clip Show”

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This episode actually doesn’t have Dean directly interacting with pie. Instead, it’s Cas attempting to buy Dean pie. Cas has been acting sketchy, running around, losing the angel tablet, and getting injured. Dean’s super angry, and Cas tries to make amends by going on a supply run. Unfortunately, the store is out of pie, and Cas simply can’t accept it. And Sam and Dean learn about curing a demon, Sam is feeling worse after starting The Trials…blah, blah, blah. The real hero of this episode is the missing pie.

What are some of your favorite Supernatural episodes with pie in them? Let me know in the comments, and tell me about your Pi Day celebrations!

5 Fandom Friday: Fave Late To The Game TV Discoveries

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Y’all, Netflix has to be one of the greatest inventions ever. It’s definitely a killer when it comes to my productivity, but it’s allowed me to experience a load of shows that I would have never had the opportunity to watch without it. A great deal of my favorite television shows are a part of my life thanks to Netflix. Even though I’ve come to them late in the game, I still love them like they were brand new. It can be tough to come to an AMAZING show long after everyone’s watched it, but it’s a magical experience nonetheless. Like I said, I’ve found several TV show gems since introducing Netflix into my life, but here are my top 5 late in the game TV show discoveries.

Breaking Bad

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This show was completely amazing, and I’d argue that it’s one of the best shows of my adult life. I had heard from everyone and their mom telling me how brilliant the show was, but since I didn’t jump in at the start the Breaking Bad era passed me by. I didn’t start watching the show until at least two years–but it may have been more–after the Breaking Bad series finale. Of course I was instantly hooked, as was my husband, and we also managed to get my parents hooked as well. In fact, they were so hooked that even though we started watching before my parents, they finished up the entire series a few weeks before us. I come from a proud line of Netflix bingers.

Doctor Who

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I’ve mentioned before that Matt Smith is my Doctor, and that he gets such a hallowed role in my life because he was the Doctor who brought me into the series. I joined the Whovian world in the Eleven/Pond era, which was only a handful of seasons late in the New-Who era, and CRAZY late if you’re thinking from the first episode WAY back in 1963. Regardless, I was instantly hooked on the world of Who and immediately began re-watching the series starting with Nine on Netflix. I still need to watch Classic Who, though. I’m really late to the game there.

Spaced

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I don’t even remember how I discovered this show. I know it was a Netflix find, but I can’t remember if I heard about it and searched for it, or just started watching it because I recognized Simon Pegg. Either way, I’m so pleased to have found Spaced when I did–especially because a month or two after I watched the show, it got taken off Netflix. I just love Simon Pegg’s brand of humor, and I think he’s at his best when he’s working with his friends Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Jessica Stevenson. They are all just hilarious together, and I really hope it finds its way back to Netflix soon. I’d really love to re-watch the series.

The IT Crowd

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If you’ve been on the internet for four seconds, it’s likely you’ll have run into a gif or something from IT Crowd, be it the infamous, “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” a picture of The Internet, or even that gif of Denholm Reynholm jumping out of the window. Even if you’ve never seen the show, you’ve likely seen something online referencing it. So once I got Netflix, I knew that this was one of the first shows I needed to add to my queue, and I am so glad I did. The show is hysterical, often makes zero sense, but is one of the funniest shows ever.

Being Human (UK and US)

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This is another show that I can’t recall how I discovered it. Probably a mix of Tumblr and a general infatuation with Aidan Turner’s face if I’m honest, but I don’t remember the exact catalyst. Regardless, I watched Being Human UK first because I’m a snob and wanted to watch ~the original~ before watching anything I deemed to be a “stupid American knockoff”. It didn’t take me long to become obsessed with the show and zip through the entire series. Bereft and alone without more Being Human UK to watch, I sneered at Being Human US (which had aired its final new episode about six months prior to this). It wouldn’t be as good as the UK version, and I knew it. Even though Netflix recommended the US version as soon as the credits rolled on the final episode of Being Human UK, I was indignant. I wouldn’t watch that version. Then one day, I decided to watch it just to prove to myself that it was, in fact, a trashy knockoff. But then I got obsessed. It was similar enough to the UK version for me to fall in love with it easily, but different enough that I wasn’t constantly saying, “Mitchell is a better vampire, or is Aidan? Is Josh sweeter than George? Would I rather be friends with Sally or Annie? Annie probably makes better tea…” Plus, the show also featured the acting talents of one of my favorites, Mark Pellegrino, playing Bishop (the US version of Herrick), a vampire that’s essentially Supernatural‘s Lucifer with fangs.

And, because I can’t follow rules, here’s a sixth show (seven if you count Being Human US and UK as two shows–which they technically are, I guess): 

Supernatural

This show started when I was a junior in high school, and I just didn’t get into it. However, the older I got and the more I got into the Tumblr world, the more I saw Supernatural stuff. It got tough to scroll through the interwebz not having watched the show.

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So I watched the show from season 1 to season 6…and the rest, as they say, is history. I’m officially in the Supernatural family and hopelessly obsessed with this ridiculously wonderful show.

What are your favorite late to the game TV finds? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 

Supernatural Returns Tonight: Prepare Your Fangirl Hearts for The Cage, The Darkness, Sam and Luci, and Dean and Amara

Supernatural is back tonight, and it’s not a moment too soon. The mid-season finale was INSANE and left me INCREDIBLY concerned for Sam’s safety

…I suppose now’s a good time to warn those who aren’t caught up on Supernatural: SPOILER. ALERT. 

Alright, everyone here okay with talking Supernatural season 11 part 1 spoilers? Well then…

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We left both Sam and Dean in rather precarious positions at the winter finale. Dean was with Amara, and by with Amara I definitely mean with Amara…

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Seriously, first Sam and Ruby and now Dean and Amara? These boys suck at finding nice girls…

Okay, to be fair it’s not like Dean is head over heels in love with Amara, but the two of them definitely have a connection. While Amara is the one who does the big talk of “we’ll become one”,  Dean does a lot of posturing as though he plans to kill her, but he never actually does–and not for lack of opportunity. He’s had quite a few chances to kill Amara, but he’s never actually done it. In fact, in the moment that leads up to their kiss, Dean tries to stab Amara and doesn’t–they make out a little instead. Just as we’re trying to figure out if we want or should start shipping Dean and Amara (Damara? Deara?), and while we try to ignore the parallels to Sam getting with Ruby while Dean was in hell, Amara is attacked by a group of angels. She wipes them out fairly quickly, but then realizes that the angels have another plan of attack. Every single angel smites her at the same time, but before we know if the attack is successful or not (I’m gonna guess not since we still have an entire half of the season), Amara zaps Dean to safety. I guess you can’t say that The Darkness isn’t loyal.

Dean’s situation with The Darkness is certainly heavy, and her presence on earth has wreaked quite a lot of havoc. However, the big mid-season cliffhanger had to do with Sam. Ever since the boys unleashed The Darkness, Sam has felt a calling from someone–someone who Sam believes can truly help them defeat The Darkness. Of course, the visions Sam had weren’t always great. While he had a vision that he was speaking with a young version of his father (because Jeffrey Dean Morgan is busy being the Worst Person In the World over on The Walking Dead), he’s also had pretty vivid visions of his time in The Cage. While I was stoked to hear mention of The Cage again–especially because I thought it might mean we get a clear answer on what’s up with poor Adam–it didn’t take long for Sam to decide that 1) the visions were from God, and 2) the visions meant he needed to return to The Cage. Of course Dean was NOT on board with this “visit The Cage” plan, but since he was busy snogging The Darkness, he wasn’t around to smack some sense into Sam. Instead, Sam finds Crowley and Rowena, and they work to bring Lucifer up for a bit of a chat to see if he’ll be willing to help them defeat The Darkness.

Can I just stop and say, if the King of Hell and his mom think your plan to visit the Devil in hell-prison is a good plan, FIND ANOTHER PLAN.

But I digress…

Of course, things don’t go as planned, and it turns out that not only are the visions from Lucifer, not God, but he manages to snag Sam and lock him back in The Cage (where Adam and/or Michael is noticeably absent, but whatevs). That’s how we were left. Merry Christmas, kids, Sammy’s back in The Cage. Happily, the wait is over and the show returns today. I don’t know about you, but I’m really hoping Sammy’s second tour of The Cage is about as short as the so-called “year of the Deanmon” which actually turned out to be approximately three episodes. However, I really fear that Sam will have to wait it out in The Cage a bit longer so Dean can do his worried brother thing and fight to get Sam out of hell. Here’s Jeremy Carver talking a bit about the second half of the season:

So what do I want out of the mid-season premiere?

First off, I want a clear answer on Amara’s fate. If she’s dead–which I highly doubt–then I want to know what is going to happen now. Does life just go back to normal? Are there any aftershocks from her death? Of course in the highly likely event that she isn’t dead, I want to know what she’s going to do now. I also really want to know how she can be killed. If the biggest angel smiting in the history of the world doesn’t get her, I highly doubt that anything like Dean’s demon blade or an angel blade will be able to get her.

I also want to understand more about Dean’s relationship to Amara. She’s been going on and on about how she is bound to Dean, but apart from her bearing the mark and Dean inadvertently freeing her (though, if we want to get technical, wasn’t it really Sam and Rowena who freed her since they were working on the spell?) I’m not sure how they’re connected. She’s clearly got plans for Dean, and I want to know what they are. I’m super nervous about what could be in store for him.

I also want to understand what is really in store for Sam. Okay, so Lucifer has him in The Cage, and he plans to use Sam as a vessel to get out of hell. So what does that mean for Sam? Not that hell is the best place to spend a weekend, but it’s gotta be more low key without Lucifer around to torture him, right? Ultimately we know Sam will manage to be rescued somehow, but I really want to understand what’s in store for him in the meantime.

Will we see Adam? Like I said, the cage was very noticeably lacking any signs of Adam, so it’s safe to say we won’t see him again. Still, I really hope they at least tell us what happened to him so we can finally get some closure on his story.

What’s the deal with the Reapers? Okay, we probably won’t hear about this in the mid-season premiere, but I just want to go on record that I haven’t forgotten about this and I want more info. I was super freaked out by the Reaper who told Sam that, since Death is dead, any time a Winchester dies they’ll not only be dead for good, but they’ll be “lost” forever. That isn’t true, right? The Winchesters won’t die and have their souls lost by the Reapers, right? Once The Darkness is taken care of, the natural order of things will be restored, right? RIGHT?!?

Happily, we won’t have to wait much longer for some of our answers since Supernatural comes back tonight. Take a peek of an extended trailer for the mid-season premiere:

What questions do you have about the second half of the season? What are your theories on Sam in The Cage, Adam, The Darkness, and Dean and Amara? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to tune in to Supernatural tonight–as well as the premiere of the amazing new show, Legends of Tomorrow–on the CW!

5 Things I Want In Season 11 of Supernatural

Supernatural is coming back into our lives TONIGHT, and I simply cannot wait. However, the last couple of seasons have presented us with a very unique set of challenges…

Before I continue, let me just say that there will be some spoilers ahead. So if you’re not fully caught up on Supernatural, read past the title card gif at your own risk.

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…it’s been a while since Sam and Dean’s relationship was the lovable bromance that we all know so well. After Sam nearly died from completing The Trials, and spent a good chunk of the season possessed by Gadreel PLUS Dean’s transformation after getting The Mark and, you know, dying, our boys haven’t been our boys in some time.

Judging from the new season’s trailer, it looks like this season is gonna be crazy, and after seeing the first look at tonight’s premiere, it seems like the season is gonna start off at a crazy pace IMMEDIATELY–which I’m all for. While I have some big questions that I hope get answered in the premiere–like what The Darkness is, for one–there are some other things I’d really love to see this season. Here are my top 5 in my Season 11 wishlist:

More Of Claire Novak, Sheriff Donna, and Sheriff Jody

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Really, I just want a spin-off about Sheriff Jody, Sheriff Donna, Claire Novak, Krissy Chambers, and Jody’s new, adopted daughter. However, until that dream becomes a relity, I hope we get to see more of these awesome women this season. Claire especially. Her relationship with Dean is one of my faves, and now that Charlie is dead, Dean has an opening for another little sister–not that anyone can replace Charlie, but his relationship with Claire does remind me a bit of his relationship with Charlie. Oh hey, since I’ve mentioned Charlie, might I also say:

Bring Back Our Faves!!!

I’m looking at you, Kevin Tran,  Charlie Bradbury, Gabriel, Bobby Singer, Jo Harvelle, Meg, Ash, and maybe even a check-in from good ol’ John Winchester. While I’d be happy to just see Kevin, Charlie, and Gabe again, I’d love it if we’d see more of our dearly departed faves. Especially now that Death is, awkwardly, dead, I feel like it’s more of a possibility than ever. Plus, we know Osric Chau is on board…


…so I feel like this should be greenlit like, yesterday. And hey, speaking of John Winchester…

Can We Get An Update on Where the Hell John Winchester Is?

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We know that, after the gate to hell was opened, John escaped, protected his boys, and then he sort of…vanished. We also know that he’s noticeably absent from heaven, and Dean didn’t run into him in Purgatory either. So where is John, exactly? Obviously, it’d be awesome to get Jeffrey Dean Morgan (though I do love Matt Cohen’s John Winchester) back on the show, but ever since he died in the Supernatural-verse and finished haunting Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy, his career has kind of taken off. So a big problem of bringing Old John back onto the show is Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s schedule. BUT even if they can’t get the actor back, I’d love to hear a word or two about John’s whereabouts. And maybe something about Adam’s fate too, while we’re at it.

More Ghostfacers!

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The last time we saw our favorite ghost hunters, their relationship was ruined in season 9 thanks to Ed’s invention of the monster Thinman–it was also the least subtle parallel to Sam and Dean’s relationship which was fracturing thanks to Dean’s lies to Sam about Gadreel. I love, love, LOVE the Ghostfacers, and it makes me so sad to think that we’ll not only never see Harry and Ed again, but that we’ll never actually know if the two make up. So I would LOVE to see an episode with those two again. They are hysterical alongside Sam and Dean, and I just really want the Ghostfacers to get back together again–even if it’s only to be buddies, not ghost hunters.

The Boy Are Friends Again

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I’m really over Sam and Dean not being friends anymore. After the giant rift between the two of them because of the whole Gadreel thing, then Dean slowly descending into what would become Demon!Dean (I still hate the name “Deanmon“), the even worst post-Demon!Dean Dean, and Dean blaming Sam for Charlie’s death, it’s been a LONG time since Sam and Dean were pranking each other in diners. I really miss that, and I hope we get more of their friendship this season. I’ve heard through the grapevine that this should happen, and I so hope it’s true.

First Look at the Supernatural Premiere!!!

Supernatural premieres next week, friends!!!

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It’s time to get excited–and probably a tad bit concerned–about what the HECK is going on now that the Darkness has been released. To help get you into the fall premiere spirit, take a peek at this first look into season 11. Enjoy!

Got any initial theories? Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to catch the Supernatural season 11 premiere on Wednesday, October 7, 9/8c on the CW!