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01 December 2008 @ 02:42 pm
SPN Flisters! Need your help!  
SPN Fans! This is a call to arms!

Well, not really. But I need your help.

aurora_novarum has recently tried out SPN after swearing she wouldn't. She's been watching S4 and she's having a hard time getting into it. She doesn't get the hype. She doesn't understand the appeal.

Mind you, but she hasn't seen the rest of the series! *shakes her*

Your mission, if you chose to accept it, is to convert aurora_novarum.

I can't do this one alone. She's being stubborn.

But I mean, she missed so much of the build. She's in the middle of the action, but none of the build. She missed the hearty John stuff. She missed a good chunk of Yellow Eyes. She missed Dean's prior heartbreaking stuff. She missed Sam's conflict. The entire ON THE RUN FROM THE LAW arc.

So, post links here. Persuasive essays. Tell her why she should keep trying. Post pictures. Vids. Whatever. I don't care. Whatever it takes to meet the objective.

I do ask that you try to keep spoilers to a mimimum. S4 is a HUGE spoiler in and of itself, so she's ruined some of the fun for herself, but in the event she finally sees the light *snicker* I don't want to spoil the series for her. Unless she is okay with spoilers. But I want to be on the safe side.

Don't scare her off!!

stargazercmc don't make me come after you next...
 
 
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maychorianmaychorian on December 1st, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
This is a really long but really awesome look at exactly why the SPN Pilot rocks so hard.

http://community.livejournal.com/spnematography/17877.html
Larien Elengasselarienelengasse on December 1st, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Wow... that's pretty incredible. Thanks for posting the link - I joined the comm!
(no subject) - moonshayde on December 2nd, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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aurora_novarum: Wormhole X-Tremeaurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
For the record, I did try a few times back in Season One and/or Two, and...the show grossed me out too much I couldn't take more than a couple minutes. I have low ick factor. Which includes eyes rolling back in skull.

Mind you, I may have just happened upon the grosser eps, but it happened all the time.

And I wouldn't have watched it in S4 except I forgot to turn my vcr off after taping Smallville a few times and the classic b&w horror movie intro spoof intrigued me. I'm casually continuing because...I like the angel dudes.

*waits to get stoned*

"Rory_Elizabeth", huh? Cool name! ;-)
(no subject) - moonshayde on December 1st, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Larien Elengasselarienelengasse on December 1st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
This is a show that you just can't come into the middle of. I mean, a lot of why it works is the history and the relationship between the brothers, and you can't get that without seeing the whole arc. She definitely needs to start at the Pilot and work her way forward - it will be so much better and so much more powerful if she does. I mean, she can't form her own relationship with these guys without taking the time, you know?
Working for the Mandroid: crossroadsmoonshayde on December 2nd, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I know. It actually took me a while to fall for it, though. I was very stubborn. My flist was so into it and I thought it was overrrated. I mean, just two brothers who fight things? How could that be so so awesome? And on CW.

Boy was I proven wrong.
(no subject) - larienelengasse on December 2nd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: car dean samsuperbadgirl on December 1st, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
SPN had me at hello, so I'm always baffled when people don't take to it. LOL, you're all supposed to be just like me! People need to read that memo. ;)

It's a show, I think, where it's pretty crucial to see the then before you watch the now. Without the context of the first three seasons, S4 would be very confusing indeed.

It's a show about ridiculous things on the surface, but deep, hurty things below. In that way, it's a far more realistic drama than, say, Grey's Anatomy. It's about family. It's about good. It's about evil. It's about good being evil, and evil being good. It's got pretty guys and pretty cars and loveable rednecks and monsters. Win/win/win/win.

I don't read meta, so I can't even point in that direction.
aurora_novarum: Daniel bookaurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
SPN had me at hello, so I'm always baffled when people don't take to it. LOL, you're all supposed to be just like me! People need to read that memo. ;)

Hee! I'm like that about so many things.

I understand it is an arc-y show in many ways. I'm actually not going into it totally blind because it's amazing how much I pick up just from the flailings of the numerous SPNfen on my flist, (and no, I know it's not the same.)

In that way, it's a far more realistic drama than, say, Grey's Anatomy.

Yeah, I'll definitely give you that point. ;-)
Banana Cave: Supernatural: Fangirls! Hide!banana_cave on December 1st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
My Take
I think part of the appeal of Supernatural is that you *don't* have to have seen all of it to like it. Two brothers hunting demons, ghosts, if it's evil and supernatural - they'll kill it.

Granted, I have watched the show since the second episode aired. But my favorite episodes are always the ones that stand-alone that don't tie in with the overarching plot. And that's how most of the show is. The Winchesters are always in a different town, using fake names and identities, trying to go after the evil things that go bump in the night.

So jump in! The water's fine. If you like a good mix of action, humor, suspense and family relationships, this show is for you!
maychorian: GUH DEAN IS SO PRETTY AGHmaychorian on December 1st, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
There's also my story of how I was skeptical at first, then fell and fell hard.

http://maychorian.livejournal.com/18808.html

I know it persuaded me!
aurora_novarum: Daniel&Tealcaurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
LOL! Okay, that I will definitely read, maychorian. :-*)
annj_g80: SN roadannj_g80 on December 1st, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Dear Aurora! Uhm, you should watch it from the beginning!

Just because!

(You'll get the very special meaning of this pretty soon, I promise!)
aurora_novarum: Daniel&Samaurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! I love your logic!
aurora_novarum: bad dayaurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
You are so evil when you're bored and spazzy, you know that?

"Whole run from the law" huh? This wouldn't be because they appear to impersonate federal agents all the time, would it? ;-)

stargazercmc, where's your pillow fort! Help! ;-)
Working for the Mandroid: brothers (winchester)moonshayde on December 1st, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
On the run from the law! One of the awesomest arcs ever!

And yes. How did you guess? Did you think they wouldn't ever get caught? ;)

I am not evil. I gave you fair warning.

You need to watch the show from the beginning. Then you'll love S4 more *nods*

The vids that meg_tdj provided below are very very good.

All joking aside, like I've told stargazercmc... I wouldn't recommend the show so passionately to people if I didn't think it was worth it. It has everything I loved about SG-1 in it: that sense of family, duty, love, humpr and drama and a bunch of unfortunate incidents that have desperate consequences. It's something to invest in. That is why I recommend it :)

You don't see me pimping out other shows on my flist ;)

(Accept for SG-1. I have pimped that in the past.)
MegTDJ: Sam Dean Diner - mata090680meg_tdj on December 1st, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
What about some of the awesome music vids that are out there?

Run For Our Lives, possibly the best vid ever for showing how much our boys care about each other and the awesomeness of their brotherly relationship - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HOZZlFZ5FgY

May Angels Lead You In. This one is brand new, all about Dean feeling unworthy of being saved when so many people he's cared about have died. Lots of John and Mary in it, making it especially heartbreaking - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kMSmbXNd3zo

(Btw, Kerri, I was planning on sending you that one next time we chat. It's GORGEOUS.)

Once I Was Real. This is my fave for Sam, showing from Dean's POV how dark he's becoming. Makes me cry every time - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ShYOzm48KSc

Hopefully those will make the season 4 arc make more sense, at least on an emotional level. But if angst isn't what you want to see, here are some funny/cute vids...

Channel Hopping! Awesome, hilarious vid showing all the different aspects of the show, set to a variety of familiar theme songs - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FzQPbleK-GM

One of the funniest SPN vids ever, One Week. The ending KILLS ME every time, LOL - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RlHvlSaKNtk

And, of course... Supernatural Cantina ;) - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xz_7Ggecmhg
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Working for the Mandroid: Across Realmsmoonshayde on December 1st, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I love your posts because you are so new to the show :)

Just be careful. There are some spoilers in the comments here.
(no subject) - aurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Courtney: supernatural beats other fandomslouisiane_fille on December 1st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I can only tell you this, aurora_novarum. This show ROCKS. It is totally worth the time and effort to get to know. That being said, you've missed a lot of the buildup that took place prior to this season. You need to rent the first 3 seasons pronto and get caught up. S4 is paying off on a lot of the things that were introduced in previous seasons. You won't be sorry if you stick around, believe me.

I became a convert last season. I had been a die hard CSI fan up to that point, but I was really "meh, whatever" about that season and the writers' strike didn't help matters any.

I started watching around, say, the third ep of S3. Week after week, I kept coming back for more. What can I say? Pretty boys, the family drama, and the monsters kept me coming back. I ended up renting S1 and S2 through Netflix. I even got my husband hooked on this show, and he normally doesn't watch stuff like Supernatural.

Is this show worth it? Definitely. And I, like maychorian, would sometimes like to slap John Winchester upside his head. Man, that guy pushes my buttons!

Just watch Supernatural and you will learn to love it like the rest of us.

Jeez, I didn't mean to get so long-winded here!
aurora_novarum: Daniel and Martin Woodaurora_novarum on December 1st, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
So you started watching in the middle. Did you find yourself totally lost or were able to follow stuff pretty well?

I don't have Netflix so accessing past seasons is sometimes harder (my video store's idea of tv rentals is spotty).

And no worries about long-winded. Trust me, I babble with teh best of them. :-D
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Muse Chaser: SN ~ Sam|Dean (our dorks)platysseus on December 2nd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
saiariddle is my latest friend to succumb to the wonder of our show. After a couple of years avoiding it, despite me and others squeeing over it, she just happened to tune into "Wishful Thinking" and loved it. Now she's watching Season 1 thanks to Netflix, and even bought Seasons 2 & 3 on sale. I know she wanted to avoid watching any more Season 4 until she's seen the rest of the series, but she fell for the repeats and watched "Lazarus Rising"... She's also fallen for Jensen Ackles. All my fangirling on LJ has finally paid off. :D

Anyhoo, I don't know how to help you and your friend. I haven't tried to convert anyone; they've done so on their own... with my example. ;)

Working for the Mandroid: Peekingmoonshayde on December 2nd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Fangirling...one of the best conversion tools? LOL
ridin' the star mile: SPN-Jensenstargazercmc on December 2nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
*hides in a cave*

I think whatshisname (jared? jensen? the one in my icon here - AHA! Jensen) is pretty. does that count?
Working for the Mandroid: what's happeningmoonshayde on December 2nd, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
*yanks you out of the cave*

Sure Jensen is pretty, but no it doesn't count.

*jabs at DVDS* Watchy, watchy!
Library Alterna-Chick ;): Deanjedishadowolf on December 2nd, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
OK, this is coming from someone who didn't start watching the show until last year when I picked up the 1st season on sale. I've watched everything I can get my hands on for it now so here's why should you watch Supernatural...

#1 - the boys are pretty and that's always a good reason
#2 - the relationship between the brothers and their father figures is absolutely awesome and very realistic. Sometimes they are absolutely ready to kill one and other, but will jump in and defend each other when attacked from the outside.
#3 - Intricate overarcing plotline that builds an entire mythos through little hooks and hints dropped in a variety of episodes
#4 - humor. even in the most dire circumstances and angst filled episodes there is a hint of humor that will peak out just when it's starting to get so deep and painful that the humor comes across as a brilliant ray of much needed sunshine.
#5 - Supporting characters are so well developed. I'm still missing Missouri, Ash, and Ellen. I adored Bella, Jo had so much potential...they don't skimp on their supporting characters at all.
#6 - them villains is EVIL - seriously, I don't think there's been a MoW or season villain yet that didn't totally deserve what they got. Yet at the same time some of the villains are very charismatic in an odd sort of way.
#7 - solid writing - for the most part the writing team is top notch and put together really well crafted episodes
#8 - the characterizations are consistent. Sam and Dean have quirks and you see these quirks pop up in several different episodes.
#9 - continuity is king - something that happened in season 1 or 2 is referred to in seasons 3 & 4, there isn't a sense that prior seasons don't matter
#10 - See #1 :)