Now, here's a story that shows how everything comes back to Supernatural in the end. The Black Tapes is a serial podcast following a fictional journalist who's working with a paranormal skeptic (a James Randi type) to investigate a series of paranormal/supernatural events. I'm midway through season 2 and so far it has featured: "chosen" children, a wife who has been taken, drawings of pentagrams surrounded by concentric circles and weird symbols, demons (including one whose name is pronounced differently but would probably be spelled Azazel), possession and exorcisms, ghosts, arcane texts, you name it. Even a female character named Charlie. So every episode ends up pinging my Supernatural radar in one way or another. And I've been thinking that a crossover would be fun. Like, since The Black Tapes takes place in the Pacific Northwest, what if the journalist keeps running into the Supernatural crew on location and doesn't understand that they're taping a TV show? And she points out a pentacle surrounded by concentric circles and they tell her "yeah, Jerry paints those, he does a great job?" And someone sends her mysterious VHS tapes with grainy images of exorcisms, but they're just copies of Supernatural episodes?
Anyway. The episode I listened to this morning had the protagonists heading to Vancouver, which of course grabbed my attention, because look! My little crossover dreams are coming true! And then they said they were going to Riverview Hospital! Could it get any better? But they ruined it by explaining that Riverside is a vacant hospital that's used as a setting for movies and TV shows, and listed several of them, including Supernatural. A shout-out that would normally fill me with glee, but this time it made me sad, because it means the journalist is aware of the show and my fantasies/plot bunnies about her accidentally stumbling onto the set have been Kripked. Oh well.
The point of all this is that I'm looking for more, similar podcasts, and since you obviously have excellent taste, I'm hoping you have some suggestions! (No podcasts of SPN fanfiction, please.)
(Also, now I'm dying to hear a phone call between this journalist and Sam Winchester, with Sam awkwardly trying to keep her away from a dangerous situation without giving anything away... I wonder if there is any kind of audience for such a crossover?)
"Spirit in the Sky," which was used in 5.02, "Good God Y'all."
"Dust in the Wind," which Dean quoted in "Appointment in Samara."
"Wish You Were Here," which hasn't been used on the show but will always be a Sam & Dean song to me.
A commercial for Jared Jewelers. ;)
Mom had a very complicated way of committing suicide. I wonder how she got herself on the ceiling?
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Can you see the lower case Es? They have a moose and squirrel!!!!!!!
I talked about this on Tumblr when the Entertainment Weekly cover contest was announced. I have a subscription to EW - I cashed in some airline points that I'm never going to use to fly - and it's bothered me that they ignore our show. A couple of times, a quote has shown up, but when it comes to season premieres and finales, Supernatural never makes their "must watch" list. And when I found out the winner of this contest was going to be on the cover, I wanted that so bad. I wanted to force EW to respect our little show, dammit. And boy did we. (According to the article, "you voted - again, and again, and again.")
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Did I say fluff? I mean life-changing moment. In case you missed it:
That's right, friends. I have been on E! News. The lovely crowroad3 and I were the focus of a groundbreaking story about the esteemed literary genre of Supernatural fanfiction. (You'll notice we both declined interview requests... we're very private people.)
What happens next, you ask? Well, obviously, the Supernatural cast, writers, and show runners are going to watch this important news item and will be intrigued enough to scour the internet until they find that very fic.(And no, that wasn't a random screenshot grabbed by an intern who was told to get a visual of fanfic. Obviously a producer picked out that shot and that fic for very particular reasons.) When they read it, they'll feel compelled to read everything I've written - fic, reviews, meta, and other nonsense - and they'll say hey, this caranfindel person has some amazing insight, she knows what we're doing wrong and what we should be doing instead; we need her on our team. I'll then become a writer (head writer, perhaps, but probably not in my first year) and when that happens, you know what's coming next. That's right, guys. A season on a boat. It's coming. I can feel it. Everything is falling into place. (For me, anyway. Crowroad is a poet, and therefore will probably feel compelled to withdraw from society and move to her own personal Walden Pond. Such is the life of the tortured artist.)
(Seriously, how funny is this? First, I don't even know what LJ community that screenshot is from - I don't recognize it at all. And it shows on the screen when they're talking about FF.net and don't even mention LJ. Second, the theory that fans wrote Wincest because there were no other relationships in the first two seasons of the show? Ha ha ha ha ha no. And what did they call us? Supernatties or something like that? Please don't.)
What's going on?
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Well, that was exciting! I'm sure next week's post will be infinitely better, and with fewer things to say "dammit" about. And if not, at least there will be pretty pics. :-D
(Oh God, I hope I didn't just jinx myself.)
(The title is from "Save Yourself" by Breaking Westward because yes, not only am I stealing song lyrics for fic titles, but for general journal entry titles as well, because I'm JUST THAT UNINSPIRED.)
1. I think they need to add a new diagnosis to the DSM. I think I'm clinically annoyed. Kind of like being clinically depressed, but instead of depression, it's this free-floating annoyance at everyone and everything and it never really goes away. (Or could it just be that I'm surrounded by annoying people and things? No, it's probably me.)
2. I need to get up ridiculously early tomorrow and therefore I really should go to bed ridiculously early tonight rather than watching Supernatural and maybe someday that will happen but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY. And it would mean I'd have to stay offline tomorrow to remain unspoiled and I'm not prepared to do that, because tomorrow is going to be a long and boring day and I'll need some internet to keep me sane.
3. I got spoiled for this week's episode of Better Call Saul; come on Yahoo, can't you make your stupid headlines just a tiny bit vague? Also, OH MY GOD, BETTER CALL SAUL. How can I watch a show where a younger brother is trying to emulate his older brother without reading Sam and Dean into it and then JESUS CHRIST. MY HEART. (My policy on spoilers applies to Better Call Saul as well, so if you want to discuss it in the comments, please pretend you haven't seen the preview for next week's episode.)
( Things done and left undone )
So, what's my penance?
(BTW, if you don't recognize the title, it's from "O Holy Night," which is the Christmas carol I'm obsessively listening to this week.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appeared and a soul felt its worth
Two very different, but both completely amazing versions, are by:
Straight No Chaser
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Oh, wait, I have a number five, but it's not even remotely SPN-related. I'm wearing black pants and navy trouser socks. And I noticed before I left the house and said "oh, fuck it" and left anyway. I don't know why I feel like you need to know that. And who am I to make fun of Hannah's weird short pants, when I deliberately leave the house like this? (Boom. There you go. It's SPN-related now. Because everything is.)
Also, I had a medical test done recently that required me to lie on a cot with my arms hanging straight out over the sides, like this. (No, there was no devil's trap on the floor - not that I noticed, anyway.)
And you know what? That really hurts. After just a minute or so, my arms, especially my elbows, were extremely sore. Filming this scene must have been excruciating.
Is this a meme? Can I start a meme?
I don't actually have anyone in real life. My daughter used to watch it, but she lost interest after season 5 - she likes MOTWs, not long story arcs.
My husband occasionally sits in for part of an episode but he has remained immune to Show's charms so far - for the most part. I don't understand this. He saw the end of Nightshifter. He saw the end of AHBL1. He saw the beginning of Lazarus Rising. These are pivotal moments, people. If Dean digging his way out of his own grave doesn't make you want to watch, then I don't even know what to say.
He said it's not a bad show, but he doesn't understand what I see in it. And no, I did not say "Hello, have you seen those guys?" I said it's funny, it's sad, it's spooky, it's full of awesome pop culture references (it's pretty, oh God it's so pretty), yada yada yada. And he said that's what surprised him, because I typically do not like sad TV/movies. Well, the thing is, I don't like manipulative sad tearjerkers that have no goal other than to make you cry. But Supernatural is not that show.
He also said it's always some beautiful woman wanting to kill the guys. And I said no, sometimes the beautiful woman gets killed. ;-)
But there might be hope for him. We were both home on a weekday not long ago (doesn't normally happen) and I was of course watching Show reruns on TNT while I did housework. In fact, I was (of course) watching them twice, since TNT West shows the same episodes a couple of hours later. So he caught parts of Caged Heat and Appointment in Samara. Enough to know that Sam didn't have his soul, Dean wanted to get Sam's soul back, but everyone kept telling Sam it would kill him or leave him a drooling wreck. So, the husband watched Dean cram Sam's soul back into him and then said, with a sigh, "Okay. Tell me. What happens?"
So maybe he'll become a fan someday!
(Funny, though... he made his comment about beautiful women wanting to kill the guys while I was watching the beginning of Appointment in Samara. And when we saw Dr. Robert's assistant, who is a beautiful woman, he said "So, I guess she's evil." And I'm like, well, no, but you're right, she is going to kill Dean. So yeah, can't argue with that part of his logic.)