December 21st, 2008

The Damned and the Saved

Rewatch S1: Ep 21 & 22

Unfortunately, because of the CD-ROM content on the disc, my computer screws up whenever I try to watch the 6th disc on my laptop (which was where I've mostly been watching these, given that I don't always have access to the good TV). So, I had to drag out my small crappy TV and hook it up to an old DVD player so that I could watch these episodes (again, because I didn't have access to the good TV). My old crappy TV makes the shows even DARKER, if you can imagine...and the picture quality poorer.

I'm going to try again with the laptop after I post this, because I want to see what the special features are. I'll do a separate post about the special features if I get it working (or possibly high-jack a better computer). Man, I wish I had a better job, then I'd own the good stuff.

On to the final two episodes of Season 1...

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Now, here's hoping that I can watch the special features on something a little less crappy...
Don't Litter

A Rec, A Joke, and Rewatch S1: DVD Special Features

Before I get into the special features, I just thought I would point anyone interested over to "Ends and Means" by sylvanwitch . It's an episode coda to 1x18 - Something Wicked...and it is beautifully put together, with the way the imagery ties in with the dialog, or the meaning behind the dialog. It is very well done, and actually touches on way more topics than just the events of Something Wicked.

Yesterday I was talking to my friend in China, and I asked him how far along he was in the show so far. I'm hoping that he gets caught up by the time I get there, so that we can watch the new episodes together, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. This is our conversation:

Friend: I've watched S1, but I haven't started S2 yet, I've been playing this new game instead.
Me: Oh...just as well, because, sorry to spoil you, they all die in that car crash.
Friend:  :-P Oh, well good thing I didn't waste my time then.
Me: Yeah, all the episodes in the subsequent three seasons are just hour-long pan shots of their graves while sad music plays.
Friend: HAHAHA

And since I don't have much to say about Special Features, I'm not going to do an LJ cut. So...

DVD Special Features!

There's the customary writer/producer/director interview series about the genesis of the show. It's cool. They emphasis how they are really inspired by movies, not television, and that every week they are basically trying to make an hour-long movie-quality production. I think they succeed, obviously, because Supernatural really does feel like it's movie-quality compared to other shows.

There's the Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen featurette that I've actually seen on YouTube before, so it was nothing new to me. It WAS neat watching it in high quality though!

There's the Gag Reel, which is, of course, also a favorite on YouTube. Nothing new there...I love gag reels.

Then there's a Stills Gallery with concept art for some of the episode monsters, and sometimes pictures of what they ended up looking like too.

There are two Easter Eggs that I found. When you move the cursor to the Stills Gallery, Dean's eyes turn yellow, and if you click on them, then it shows you two alternative openings to the show - both of them featuring a predominantly isoteric and golden hued theme...and both of them pretty lame. Then if you hold the cursor over the Day in the Life... the house in the background has lights on, and if you click on it, then you get a little personal thank-you from Kripke telling you how important the fans are to the show, and how this is a dream come true for him.

I couldn't really get the CDROM stuff to work, unfortunately. You seem to be brought to a webpage, and on it you can see Hunter Blogs - the only one I could read was Jo's, which ends in June, 2006...but yeah, not that thrilling. I couldn't really get anything else to go, and I didn't have time to mess around with it, since I was borrrowing someone else's computer.

Next I start S2! Yay!