Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fandoms as Religion: Superwholock part 2

Sam-Castiel-Dean-supernatural-16744455-1280-800Ah, Supernatural. It still amazes me that Superwholock exists, not the individual shows I mean you’d have to be FOX crazy (still haven’t forgiven them for Firefly) not to put shows this good on the air, I mean these fandoms coming together as a whole. These shows are so different, they’re even different genres; scifi, fantasy, and  mystery yet they fit together like perfect pieces of a puzzle. Supernatural is the oddest one of the three as the other two are about science (even if it’s the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey kind) and abhor any inclination of magic as there’s probably a logical reason for it. Supernatural on the other hand is like ‘screw it we are all about magic’, demons, angels, heaven and hell, all these things are real in the Supernatural world.

Religion: Supernatural

Followers: Hunters? (dunno if that’s the actual one but that’s what I call us)

Established: 2005

Works: Supernatural season 1-8, Supernatural the animated series.

Gospel according to me: Warning this is *spoiler* heavy.

Family: If there is one thing this show is about it’s family. Underneath the fighting, the magic, the constant struggle between good and evil, the deepest roots of Supernatural are set in the importance of family. When the world is crashing down around you (sometimes literally) it’s your family who will pull you back out of the rubble. Now I know there are a lot of people in this world who don’t understand; maybe they hate their families, they had a crappy childhood, or maybe they just don’t have a family. Family isn’t just what you’re born into, blood may account for somethings but I’m a big believer in nurture over nature and Supernatural is a big example of that. Here’s how I see the Supernatural family; we have the two main characters Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers by blood. Dean, the older brother, raises Sam in place of an absentee father who’s bent on avenging the death of his wife. Their father, well lets just say I understand the why and how of him but he’s a terrible father. Later in life Sam and Dean meet Bobby, a grumpy old hunter and the person I view as their true father. Bobby is what a dad should be (or at least in my opinion, I wouldn’t know first hand what a good dad should be), yeah he’s crotchety and an alcoholic but he’s there for his boys, he loves them and helps clean up their messes when they screw up like. Then there’s Castiel, the angel with little social skills. I don’t know how to describe Castiel in terms of family title but he’s still family. There are people along the way who add to their little family (Jo & Ellen for example) but these four are the central pillars. They would die for each other (and have) in an instant and they would kill for each other just as quickly. Yeah they’re all screwed up, once in a while they try to kill each other (honestly, what family doesn’t?) or they try to end the world but to me they’re the true meaning of family. They are best explained in the immortal words of Stitch, “This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.”

Are you under the impression that family’s supposed to make you feel good, make you an apple pie, maybe? They’re supposed to make you miserable! That’s why they’re family!” -Bobby Singer (S4,Ep22)

Knowledge is an Important Part of Your Arsenal: Along with salt and guns of course. The thing that has kept these two alive for as long as they have is knowledge. You see it almost every episode, weird stuff happening in some part of the U.S. that catches the Winchesters eye, they research what it might be and how to kill it, then they kill it. If they go in guns ablaze without figuring out what it is then they get their asses kicked. If they can’t find the knowledge themselves they call Bobby or someone else who might help them. They aren’t super intellectual or act like it’s easy to find/know the information like Sherlock or the Doctor. To them it’s a simple fact of survival, you need to know what you’re fighting if you are going to have any chance of winning. That means sitting for hours and looking through the internet or dusty old books and scrolls. Long boring work but it pays off, then they know how to kill a ghost (salt and burn their bones) or how to identify a shifter (hate silver, eyes light up in reflections/video) and it saves their lives.

You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do:  Responsibility, duty, idiocy, whatever you want to call it, the Winchesters think they are the only people who can save the world. I was going to compare them to Buffy (the vampire slayer) because in both shows they carry the crushing burden of saving the world (multiple times) but they’re not like her at all. Buffy was a normal girl for most of her life but was transformed into a superhero when the Slayer before her died. “In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will fight the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.” Sam and Dean were raised in the life of a hunter but they don’t have the advantage of superhuman strength and speed (I’m not counting demon blood Sam’s über psychic powers). While they may be screwed up mentally (they were raised as hunters, they’ve both died and gone to hell, who wouldn’t have issues?) they are normal humans. Normal humans doing extraordinary things. They fight so hard for humanity but, it’s not some grand heroic gesture like you see in the epics of old. They don’t have a few quests, one big fight and then all is well, it’s real life an everyday struggle where they put their life on the line. There are times when both of them have had an out; honestly both of them could have walked away, shut their eyes and plugged their ears from signs of evil and go have a normal life. Even when they get a break they always return to the life. Why? Why when they had such a chance at happiness do they always come back? Because, they have to. It’s in their nature, it’s who they are, they’re heroes and heroes never stop fighting. The fight continues until they die (permanently, those guys don’t stay dead) and they don’t fight for glory or because it will get better for  them if they do, they do it because it’s right. They save as many as they can, and keep trying to save more. They never get the recognition they deserve (not that they care), all I can hope for them is that when they die (well, when death sticks) that they get a gravestone like Buffy’s in season five. Here lies the Winchesters. They saved the world, a lot.

Sam: “How do you do it? How does Dad do it?

Dean: “Well for one, them. I mean, our family’s so screwed to hell, maybe we can help some others. Makes things a little bit more bearable. And I tell you what else helps. Killing as many evil sons-of-bitches as I possibly can.” (S1,Ep2)

What would you rather have. Peace or Freedom?: Choices. That’s what it’s all about. The entire show is centered around it. Two humans being set up against gods, angels, demon, destiny, fate. Most people would have given up when finding out that their fate was preordained but the best thing about this show is that the Winchesters don’t care. Season five is the best example of that, the whole season Sam and Dean are trying to stop the Apocalypse something foretold in the biblical book of Revelations. They’ve been told that everything about them can be chalked up to fate and that they can’t fight it. Dean will become the vessel for the arch angel Michael and Sam will be the vessel for Lucifer, then the two of them will fight to the death. The angels (who, besides Castiel, I really dislike) spend the season messing with them and in the end they talk about how when Michael beats Lucifer the angels will descend and peace will reign on earth. And by peace they basically mean no free will. Even when things look bleak the Winchester still fight against this, they aren’t going to lie down and just let things happen, screw fate they decide for themselves and that’s what all those holy/unholy powers don’t understand. Angels and demons, it’s always about the big picture, the big concepts. They don’t see the tiny little things that make life worthwhile, what makes being human so important. Yes the world is a big scary place and humanity as a whole can be a bit ugly at times. But for us who live here on earth the things that are the most important aren’t the biggest gestures it’s all the details that make up the whole of life; a cool washcloth placed on your forehead when you’re sick, getting to lick the spoon when your grandmother is baking, a strangers outstretched hand helping you up when you’ve fallen. It was the same in season five when Dean was trying to reach out to Sam it was the flash of memory that Sam got of growing up with Dean in that 1967 Chevy Impala that saved the world.
“So what’s it all add up to? It’s hard to say. But me, I’d say this was a test… for Sam and Dean. And I think they did all right. Up against, Good, Evil, angels, devils, Destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And, well… isn’t that kinda the whole point?” -Chuck (S5, Ep22)

Loki’s Army Strikes Again: Thoughts on the New Thor 2 Trailer.

Ok so I’m still working on my Supernatural post, it’s taking a bit longer than I hoped because real life keeps getting in the way. Let’s just say that my supervisor is making Moffat look like a cuddle-bunny and real life feels suuuuuck. Well enough about my problems, let’s talk about the new Thor 2: The Dark World trailer.

So apparently it’s “geek week” on YouTube, which is cool because I didn’t know we got a week and that just makes it easier to find videos I like. One of the videos being put out for geek week is the new Thor 2 trailer, if you haven’t seen it I’m putting it at the bottom of this post so just scroll down and watch it and then come back. It’s ok I’ll wait…we good? Great. Now I will state for the record that I am a big Loki fan, not because he’s hot (please I’m not that shallow, but seriously the man is candy) but because of his story arc. I liked the first Thor movie, I wasn’t super impressed but the story was interesting and let’s face it there was some serious yummy goodness for both parties. Chris Hemsworth? HOT. Tom Hiddleston? Dangerously Hot. Natalie Portman? Please, when isn’t she hot? Asgardian chick whose name I can’t remember…Sif/Jaimie Alexander? (thank you IMDb) She’s gorgeous in that Xena kind of way. So everyone’s pleased. I liked Thor because he starts out as what you’d expect of someone who has gorgeous looks, a sweet hammer, and mad fighting skills. He’s an asshole. He’s an arrogant, irresponsible prick who thinks he can get away with everything because his daddy is the King of Asgard. Well, that and he can control lightning which I have to say is just, so cool. It makes his character realistic, you watch him pay the consequences for his actions and arrogance. He’s sent to earth without his powers (though he’s still got his looks which is a bit unfair but I’ll roll with it), he meets a girl, learns the error of his ways, actually becomes likable, etc etc. It’s a classic story arc. On the other side of this is Loki.

Now Loki was already someone I liked, not from comics but from the actual Norse Mythology. He’s the god of mischief; he’s an outcast, none of the other gods share his sense of humor and already dislike him because he’s one of or part frost giant so he’s judged by his heritage right from the get go. I always felt like Loki got a bum rap in mythology, so I was already going into the movie with sympathy for Loki. Then I saw him and he’s dark, mischievous, tortured, British (well his accent is), sarcastic, is it any wonder I fell in love with him? He has that feel I got from the mythology of him not fitting in to this Viking civilization, he’s smart and indirect which doesn’t really work for a warrior culture, but with the added bonus of a younger siblings inferiority complex.  His freak out when he finds out he’s adopted is so relatable or at least understandable; a child of the enemy so loathed by his family, by himself and now he’s one of them? I would have freaked out and gone off the deep end and overcompensated as well. He’s the bad guy in Thor but he’s not a bad guy. He actually does love his family, he doesn’t go about it the right way and yes it’s a bit of a teen drama fit but the thing that makes the story of the movie Thor and then later in the Avengers so heart-wrenching is that it has all come out of love. Then he falls into a bad crowd (kinda literally) with Thanos and the Chitauri, I personally feel he was manipulated by them (there’s that whole theory of him under the influence of the Tessaract with the staff and then gets the sense knocked back into him by the Hulk) and now he’s home in Asgard in prison.

When I think of the fight in the Avengers I laugh a little, not because of the death and destruction, New York has seen enough of that thank you, it’s just I have a younger brother and we used to scrap all the time. To me the most basic plot line of the Avengers was two brothers having a fight, and they “took it outside” like my mother always told my brother and me to do. It’s just the difference between those brothers and my brother and myself is that we don’t have god like powers that can destroy a city and they do. Then Loki lost and Thor took him home and told on him, “Asgardian Justice” was brought upon him and basically Loki’s grounded (forever). In a magic cage, playing with his fantastic hair.

Any way, I got off topic (sorry, I think I was hypnotized by fabulous hair). I already knew that I was going to see Thor 2 but when I saw the first trailer I wasn’t really impressed. My first impression of Thor 2 was that it was all about Thor and Jane, he takes her to Asgard and she feels she doesn’t belong and is intimidated by Sif. Jane didn’t seem as strong as she was in the first Thor movie and I was going “crap this is going to be just a love story with some random bad guy (Christopher Eccleston) and action having something to do with darkness”. The only thing exciting in the first trailer was Loki’s prison hair, it’s fluffy and fabulous and it made tumblr explode. With the new trailer my enthusiasm level went from “meh, maybe I’ll wait for the DVD” to “I MUST SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!”. I’m so excited for this movie now! This is what I want to see out of Thor. First of all, I thought Loki was maybe in one or two scenes or that he was in his cage the whole time having conversations with Thor like Hannibal Lector and Clarisse did in Silence of the Lambs. Nope, he gets to come out and play with the rest of the kids and it’s so exciting! We get to see Asgard through Jane’s eyes (the wonderment of a “primitive” being introduced to a more advanced society where science looks like magic) and did you see her punch Loki in the face?! All the women in this movie look to be more badass, even Thor’s mom is whipping around with a knife, though there is that scene where Jane looks like Katie Bell in Harry Potter when she touched the cursed necklace. Don’t know what that’s about but it’s intriguing. Then that part at the end where Thor hits that rock monster with his hammer and it just disintegrates into rubble and Thor looks around and asks “Anyone else?”, this movie is looking to reach epic levels. My only concern is that I have this sinking suspicion that Loki will die in this movie. He’s too good of a thing and he won’t be in the next Avengers movie so that means one of two things, either A: he helps out Thor and then is sent back to his magic box to play with his hair for the rest of eternity, which is unlikely OR, B: he dies in some tragic way and I’m guessing that’s how this is going to go down because the universe hates me and everyone I love dies. I’m 95% sure the world is run by Moffat…which would explain a lot. Still, I’m super psyched up for Thor 2: The Dark World and I think it will have a chance of doing well because Iron Man 3 took the hit of being the movie right after the Avengers (that thing got shredded) and now people have settled down a bit. What do you guys think? Are you excited and think it will be awesome, are you more cautiously optimistic, or do you think it will just outright suck? Me personally, I’m just glad that I have something to look forward to that’s sooner (though not by much) than the Doctor Who 50th anniversary or Sherlock season/series 3. 11/8/2013, set your calenders people.


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