It's hard to sum up our Show and fandom for the year, which as usual has been full of creativity and crack , but I've tried to pick out some of my highlights from the Show, Cons, and fandom from another truly wonderful year. (This was originally posted on the SuperWiki blog). Please let me know of any of your highlights! 1. Only in Supernatural
In true Supernatural style, 2011 started with a brotherly hug and ended with a death. The year saw the show go from the dark, taut, noir of season 6
, to the high emotion, grindhouse thrill ride of Season 7
Supernatural continued pushing the boundaries not only of the genre but of TV. It's a horror show full of gore but with complex characterisation and relationship dynamics rare even in acclaimed TV dramas. It has trashed the fourth wall until no one can remember where it was, and continues to provide a meta commentary on TV, pop culture and fandom.
Rather than recap my favourite episodes or most loved goriest scenes, I thought I'd list some of the things that we love at the Super Wiki – the obscure and trivial, the details included in the show that the dedicated fan adores:
• Geeky references abound in our Show, but Like A Virgin
managed to work in references to Batman, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, Never Ending Story, Dungeons and Dragons, Cloverfield and Comic Con.
• In Unforgiven
, Sam and Samuel use the aliases Roark and Wyman. Sam's alias (H. Roark) is a reference to the main character in Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead which embodied the philosophy of objectivism, where individual self-interest was held as the purpose of one's life – appropriate for soulless Sam.
• Everything in The French Mistake.
• In My Heart Will Go On
, the first sign that we are in an alternate timeline is when Dean wins Rock, Paper Scissors. Fans would remember that In Heart we learned that Sam knew Dean always played 'scissors' when they did Rock, Paper, Scissors, so Sam always won. Here Sam loses, although Dean still throws scissors.
• Mark Sheppard keeping the reappearance of Crowley a secret, even going so far as to again request his name not appear in the opening credits of Mommy Dearest
, as he had in Family Matters
• In Meet The New Boss
, Dean is wearing a Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" t-shirt at the beginning of the episode while repairing the Impala.
• Director Guy Bee used water as a motif throughout Hello, Cruel World
even down to choosing a Plymouth Barracuda to drop on the leviathan Edward. Unfortunately the wreck they found disintegrated and a Demon Dodge was used instead.
• The continuance in The Girl Next Doo
r of the running gag through the series
, where Sam never ends up getting Dean pie when asked.
• In Season 7, Time For A Wedding Time
for a wedding the baseball machine has settings up to 11 - a shoutout to Spinal Tap in which Nigel Tufnel had an amp that could go up to 11. The episode aired on 11.11.11 which fans of the movie declared Nigel Tufnel Day.
• The hilarious outtake of a scene by Jared and Jensen
from Shut Up, Dr Phil
which Jared released to fandom via twitter.
• The references to Pulp Fiction, natural Born Killers and Mr and Mrs Smith in Slash Fiction. Watch it here.
• In order to tell Sam and Dean who Dick Roman is, Bobby shows the boys a news feature titled "The Rise of Dick" Watch it here. I love that our show can't resist a good dick joke 2. Welcome to Twitter
While Jim Beaver (@jumblejim) and Misha Collins (@mishacollins) and other cast members are long time Tweeters, this year saw Jared (@jarpad) finally join the fray during the Nashville Convention. He soon dubbed his followers Moosekateers and has tweeted some hilarious photos
, and even broke the news that he and Genevieve were expecting a baby
From deep in the writers' bunker in LA we welcomed new Supernatural writers Ben Acker (@Bnacker) and Ben Blacker (@BenBlacker). They were afforded the ultimate compliment when parody accounts appeared. @blackerer and @bnackerer can often be found complaining about the lack of writerer money to their parody boss @seragamblerer who spends her time musing on new ways to kill the cast.
Twitter appeared twice in the Show. In the French Mistake, onscreen Misha tweets Sam and Dean's antics – and real like Misha did exactly the same. Super fan Becky
's twitter account from Season Seven, Time for a wedding can also be found at @SuperBeckyRosen.
From Vancouver, more of the crew have joined Twitter including Executive Producer Jim Michaels (@TheJimMichaels) who has shared some wonderful behind the scenes pics and trivia, and has live tweeted during episode airings. The Movie God himself, Location Manager Russ Hamilton (@RUSS_MOVIEGOD) is credited with the invention of Shower Tweeting™.
Remember - Jensen is not on Twitter. Every time you follow a fake Jensen account a Leviathan laughs at you.
For a complete list of the Supernatural Family on Twitter and a history of our exploits visit our entry on Twitter
* Jared on Twitter
* Misha on Twitter
* Jim Michaels
– for links to his episode live-tweets.
* Charisma Carpenter's Tweets
from the filming of Shut Up, Dr Phil.
* S.E. Hinton's tweets
from the filming of Slash Fiction3. Duck Nation
On August 15, 2011, Clif Kosterman (@bodyguard4jandj) tweeted for fans to send in rubber duckies to the set. As Jared later explained, around the set because there were 1) various low hanging equipment 2) tall distracted people, they hang rubber ducks on things to remind people to "duck".
Ducks soon started flying in from all around the world, many decorated and painted to represent characters on the show. Fans also bought ducks along to the convention in Vancouver. Misha bought along a large inflatable done which one fangirl spent four hours inflating. Misha and Sebastian both engaged in various dubious acts with said duck. On Sunday, Jensen took a knife and murdered it. Video of the massacre.
The mail-in ended on Sept 10, 2011. In total over 5000 ducks were received.
Check out this tribute video to Duck Nation
by Ash4897 as well as our Duck Nation page
for photos of many of the ducks.4. Creative Fandom
Intricate duck decoration is only a small sample of the immense creative talent displayed by the Supernatural fandom in 2011.
There were stories, art and essays produced, fan vids created, songs written, podcasts made, plushies crafted
and websites maintained. Fans on Tumblr blitzed bandwidth with amazing animated gifs of their favourite scenes within minutes of an episode airing. And some fans took their art personally and inked themselves with Supernatural inspired tattoos
or dressed up
as their favourite characters.
One of fandom's biggest fanfiction events entered its fifth year in 2011. The SPN J2 Big Bang
asks authors to write a 20,000+ word story, while artists create pieces of artwork or videos to accompany them.
In 2011, the challenge saw 243 stories with accompanying artworks posted. This year most entries were made available in downloadable forms for e-readers.
There are now at least six other Big Bang challenges in the fandom focusing on different characters, genres or pairings. The second biggest is the Dean/Castiel Big Bang
which saw 53 entries posted in this its second year. 5. Creative Cast and CrewDivine
is a deliciously dark and disturbing web series created and produced by a group of colleagues from Supernatural : Ivan Hayden
, Misha Collins
, and Jason Fischer
along with Kirk Jacques. Ivan directed the series, and also cowrote it with Kirk. Other Supernatural crew involved included Tara Larsen
, Diane Widas
and Gabe Correa
This first six episode arc was produced with crowdsourced funding thru kickstarer, and premiered in August 2011. There will be more seasons of the series - check [http://www.divinetheseries.com/
the Divine website] to watch the series and for updates.
Following his Misha Collins Rhino Puzzle scavenger hunt
in January 2011, Misha decided create GISHWHES - the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen
Over 6,000 participants from 65 countries signed up to form 621 teams of 10 people and qualify the event for Guinness Book of World records 'Worlds Biggest Digital Scavenger Hunt'. For ten days fans performed random acts of kindness and insanity. The prize for the winning team #83, and two individual contestants was a trip to Rome and dinner with Misha.
In other creative endeavors Jensen again directed an episode of Supernatural. Directing for the first time was Production Designer Jerry Wanek
; first assistant director Johnny Mac
will direct episode 20 in 2012.
Jensen also did voice work for the PlayStation action/RPG game The 3rd Birthday
which was released in March.Eric Kripke
was linked to three projects - a movie called Haunted
, a CW series based on the Deadman
comic books, and a TV series called Revolution
. Revolution - written by Kripke and developed by J.J. Abrams - is the project most likely to be seen in 2012, having received a pilot production commitment from NBC. 6. A Generous Family
As always the Supernatural family proved generous in donating money, time and talents to help people.
Through his charity Random Acts
, Misha and 22 fans fundraised and travelled Haiti, which had been devastated by an earthquake in 2010. The volunteers and the money they had raised, helped in the in the construction of a multipurpose community center and orphanage in the southern town of Jacmel. .
Among the many other causes supported by the Supernatural family were the following:
• After announcing they were expecting a baby boy in March 2012, Jared and Genevieve have asked that fans not send gifts, but to donate money to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. So far fans have donated over $16,000 to a fundraising drive
for St Jude's organised by WinchesterBros.com
• First Assistant Director Kevin Parks
rode in the "Ride to Conquer Cancer" from Vancouver to Seattle.
• Composer Christopher Lennertz
produced the Symphony of Hope album
to raise money for Haiti.
• Jensen auctioned a special jar of Supernatural salt at the Chicago Con to raise money on behalf of his nephew who has Down's Syndrome, and the $5500 raised went to his family's Team Levi as part of the 2011 Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas Buddy Walk.
• Supernatural fans took part in the Help Japan
• Support Supernatural
undertook fundraising for A Dog's Life Rescue. 7. Un-conventional
This year there were 15 Supernatural conventions in seven different countries. Thousands of Supernatural fans got to meet the cast and crew, and make new friendships and renew old ones. And like the fans, many of the guests- many of whom never worked on the show at the same time - have also formed friendships after meetings at Cons.
A great example of this is Matt Cohen and Richard Speight, who have become the Convention circuits Kings of Karaoke.
It's hard to pick any favourite moments from all the Conventions by Jensen and Misha re-enacting the orgasm scene
from When Harry Met Sally rates up there, as does the train story
, and the story up about the Coin prank.
In addition to the Supernatural Conventions, the show was back again at Dragon*Con and Paley fest. Their first appearance at Paley was back in 2006, halfway through the airing of the first season. At Comic Con, the Show's popularity saw the panel move into the 6500 seater Hall H – a venue usually reserved for movie premieres and big network hit shows.
October: Asylum 7 2011
October: Salute To Supernatural Chicago 201
October: Salute To Supernatural Toronto 2011
August: Salute to Supernatural Vancouver 2011
August: Salute to Supernatural Boston 2011
July: Comic Con 2011
July: Salute to Supernatural New Jersey 2011
June: Rising Con Spain 2011
June: Salute to Supernatural Nashville 2011
May: Rising Con Brasil 2011
May: Asylum Europe 2
May: Asylum 6 2011
April: Jus In Bello Italy 2011
March: William S. Paley Television Festival
February: Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2011
January: Salute to Supernatural San Francisco 20118. Beyond the box
Supernatural demonstrated that this very American story transcends cultural boundaries, with the release this year of a 22 episode Supernatural anime series
produced by Japanese animation studio Madhouse.
The twenty-two episodes reimagined episodes from the first two seasons of Supernatural as well as adding new stories. It was produced in both Japanese and English, with Jared voicing Sam for 22 episodes and Jensen voicing Dean for two.
The anime allowed the introduction of some wild and horrifying new monsters, without losing any of the heart of Sam and Dean's relationship (and actually added in quite a bit more brotherly hugging!)
Supernatural got animated again when it was sent up in a MAD spoof
that saw Sam and Dean end up in drag.
In addition there were more tie-in novels, a new comic which saw Sam take off from Standford to Scotland and two new fan produced books on the show.
* One Year Gone by Rebecca Dessertine
* Coyote's Kiss by Christa Faust
* Night Terror by John Passarella
* Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting by David Reed
- new comics series
* TV Goes to Hell
- essays edited by edited by Stacey Abbott and David Lavery
* The Mythology Of Supernatural by Robert Nathan Brown9. Prize Winning
Supernatural fans are always keen to show our love for the show and love voting in online polls and awards. We voted the show to wins in the TV Guide Fan Favourites
issue for favourite sci-fi series, Jensen for favourite male actor, and Misha for favourite non-human character! Jensen and Jared featured on the cover, and there was also a great photoshoot and article in the issue, released on April 14 2011.
Other nominations in 2011 included:
• Saturn Award Best Network Television Series
• People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
• Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy for Jared Padalecki and Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
In late November voting opened for the 2012 People's Choice awards with Supernatural nominated for favourite Network Drama and Sci-Fi show. Jensen and Jared produced a pantsless video
to thank fans for our support. There was a voting frenzy cross the internet and if passion and dedication count for anything, Sueprnatural should be sure to win!
Super fans also managed to get Dean and Castiel to win "TV's most romantic couple" beating out Kurt and Blaine from Glee is an online poll run by Spoiler TV.
The Supernatural Wiki was honored in April 2011 to win the SFX Best franchise Specific website award, beating out chucktv.net, The One Ring, Leaky Cauldron, Life, Doctor Who and Combom, and WhoFix. SFX Magazine described us as "The most comprehensive Supernatural site on the web, established in 2006, Supernatural Wiki is a well laid-out, intelligently designed, easy to navigate Aladdin’s cave of Winchester goodness." 10. So what's Supernatural about 2012?
When Supernatural returns on January 6th 2012, Sam and Dean are sure to be keen to kick some Leviathan arse, unless they both have a long overdue nervous breakdown first. Misha is returning to the show, however in what form is something that we'll have to keep guessing. But we can be sure of more blood and gore, musings both metaphsyical and metatextual, and some good old fashioned Winchester heart-to-hearts (hopefully beside our much missed Metallicar
). As an added bonus, in a series first, we have 23 rather than the usual 22 episodes to look forward to this season.
Jared and Genevieve will welcome their son – already dubbed mini-Moose by fans – in March.
There will of course be Conventions around the world
, and fans will continue to raise money for charity and write fanfic and essays and make art, videos, music and many new friendships.
The People's Choice Awards will be awarded on January 11th and let's hope we can kick off the year with a double win for Favorite Network Drama and Favorite Sci-Fi series!
Series 8? Expect news about the series' future sometime between March and May.
I certainly look forward to another creative, crazy year with the Supernatural Family.