March 21st, 2009

Earthrise

I love LA...

I love LA. I mean that seriously. I love its astonishing ethnic diversity. I love the fact that four different languages are spoken at my workplace (which is a small business), and that a fifth language, Mandarin, is the primary language in the neighbhorhood in which I live. I love the fact that I can talk to so very many different people from every inhabited continent and hear all kinds of stories. It’s Persian New Year now; I learned this at work the other day, and in the LA Times today, which had a quote from the Iranian mayor of Beverly Hills. I was recently given a box of Armenian fruit-shaped candy; the candy is so astonishingly beautiful it’s a shame to actually eat them (they’re delicious).

Here’s a great article from today’s LA Times – “Knitting Stitches Together Diverse Seniors in Hollywood” by Sandy Banks.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks21-2009mar21,0,5550888.column

Here’s a quote: “She goes around the table, telling me everybody's name, ticking off their countries of origin -- Germany, Korea, Armenia, Italy, India, El Salvador. . . . "Where are you from, Trudy?" she asks. Sivick looks up from the purple blanket she's knitting. "I'm from Philadelphia."

Truly, something for everyone.
JJ SPN

Supernatural 03-19-09 - "On The Head of a Pin"

This post contains no specific spoilers, just hints.

I spent most of last night catching up on all kinds of comments on Thursday’s Supernatural episode. Wow – where can they possibly go from here? It’s beginning to look to me as if Kripke did have a big overarching plan for Sam and Dean, rather than making it up as he went along (can we say Chris Carter?)

Jared and Jensen just get better and better. That last scene with Dean – words fail me. Jensen is astonishing.

And Sam is making quite the journey. As someone else pointed out on the internets, 2nd season Sam was all angsting about being sucked into the dark side, but he still had that aura of “goodness”. He’s lost that now; now he has one foot in hell; he’s on a long and dangerous slide. And yet I think he may well have the strength to save both of them.

I’ve always figured they’re both going to meet a bad end. How can it go any other way? How could Dean *possibly* recover from the events of this episode? Can you take a character down that far and ever even bring him partially back?

And yet, after this dark dark episode, after reading tons of comments, I’m thinking that maybe they can still redeem everything. Or else go out in a blaze of sacrificial glory.