As we speak, the Supernatural Cast and Crew are back on the set (at least according to the BC Commission Filming Schedule), and to commemorate the occasion, a couple people affiliated with Support Supernatural were kind enough to let me share a part of their annual tradition.  Every year, they send postcards to the cast and crew in Burnaby welcoming them back.  I have two of them to share right here. 

First, this one is from Margaux.  From what I understand, this is from a photo op at Aslyum.  This is amazing!


#5 - The Seven Deadly Sins - "The Magnificent Seven"
Actually, only six of them sucked. Pride wasn't half bad. Sadly, he wasn't the ringleader and only got one moment in the spotlight while taunting Sam. Too bad too, because the idea of using Binsfeld's Classification of Demons was actually a good idea. Obviously, it only worked on paper.  Either that or every decent actor was on vacation during the casting call.
#4 - The Witches Coven - "Malleus Maleficarum"
When you're rooting to have these shallow women wasted, you know, those who were the supposed victims, they suck. Luckily we got our wish.
#3 - Crocatta - "Long Distance Call"
You know what's worse than a monologuing villain? A bad, over-the-top, not at all interesting villain who chews up way too much screen time (time that should have been better served with angsty Winchesters) and whose death was even uninspiring.  Another waste, since the mystery leading up to the Crocatta reveal was interesting.   

#2 - Lilith
I liked the idea of this famous demon as the new big bad, rising up after Azazel met his end. The mythology and her real menacing threat behind the scenes in breaking the seals was fascinating. However, they never got great actresses to play her. In person, she wasn't all the frightening.  The little girls were creepy, but not quite compelling enough. I would mark Katie Cassidy's portrayal the best, and that was marginal. For a such a major big bad, they could have done better. 
#1 - Bela Talbot (By a huge freaking lot)
I hate this bitch. I know that's the point, but there are people like Sylar on Heroes that you love to hate, and there's Bela, who you just want off your screen. She sucked the life out of every scene she was in and that was way too many. No chemistry with Sam, no chemistry with Dean, heck she and her cat didn't even evoke a bond. When she wasn't lifeless, she was just annoying. I blame it all in the writing, for I've seen Lauren Cohen in other things and she's a pretty decent actress. Bela is the reason why "Bad Day At Black Rock" never makes my classics list. She's the reason why I think the end of "Time Is On My Side" is the greatest ever (okay, maybe not, but close). No wonder season four was so great. 
Interesting how four of the five came from Season Three, huh? As the story lines got richer, so did the antagonists. In a few ways though, it backfired. 
#1 - Azazel and Company - Demons With A Purpose
Let's face it, if I didn't have a catch all category for all the demons that played their part in the grand scheme of freeing Lucifer, a chunk of this list would be taken by them. What fun would that be? Powerful, scary demons though are what drives this show and they must get their due. You have to admit, by freeing that space up, the list has had a few surprises, right?
Players involved in a well organized and carefully executed plan are worthy of taking the number one spot. When the opposition decided they weren't going to try and stop them either, even providing a little help, how could they fail? 

#2 – Sam Winchester

I hear you all.  “You better have a damned good explanation for this one, Alice!”  I do, and I think I’ve got a point.  We’ll see how much of a good one. 

Sam’s greatest enemy is himself.  All it takes is a viewing of “When The Levee Breaks” and “Lucifer Rising” to see that.  Come to think of it “I Know What You Did Last Summer” has some pretty good clues too.  If Gordon Walker started the graying of the fine line, Sam pretty much obliterated it.  Why Sam went that route though is the most intriguing part.  It’s because he could no longer live with himself.

In seasons one and two, Dean plays the role of Sam’s center, the one that keeps him in check as things slowly spin out of control.  Then Sam dies and comes back, and Azazel hints to Dean that Sam came back different.  Of course he did.  That’s because Sam finally learns through Jake that showing mercy is only going to get him killed and maybe Dean too.  He realizes when learning of Dean’s demon deal that he can’t rely on Dean to protect him anymore, and he’s the one that will have to save his brother this time.  That’s why in season three Sam doesn’t hesitate in killing Casey, the Crossroads Demon, Gordon and others.  He has to go against that gentle nature of is.  It’s a necessity.  

#3 - Gordon Walker
I know, this guy rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. My husband absolutely hates him. When you look at it though, Gordon is the first ambiguous character in terms of crossing undefined lines, something this show has chosen to explore constantly since then, even with its main characters. Ever since Gordon met his end by jaw dropping slow decapitation, that line between black and white has not only grayed, but it’s almost completely washed out. To think Gordon started all that just by having motives of ridding the world of evil, motives no different than all the other hunters, including the Winchesters. His definition of evil was a bit too restrictive though. Okay, way too restrictive. No give and take with ole Gordo.   
#4 - The Ghostfacers
Huh? WTF? These guys aren't evil, or malicious, or have even tried to hurt (intentionally) a sole. So why are they on the list? Simple, this list is all about antagonists. Sometimes they’re not creepy and can be funny. In this case, they’re funny and completely freaking clueless. The Ghostfacers, aka Hellhounds, aka Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spengler, are the anti-Winchesters. They hold day jobs at the Kinkos while ghost hunting at night, live with their parents (once the sweet setup at the trailer park didn't pan out), hunt ghosts for fame instead of benefitting the world and drive their own not-so-classic-car, the beloved blue AMC Gremlin.
Cahtryn Humphris wrote her first episode for Supernatural late in season one and has since averaged only two episodes per season. I don’t know why she doesn’t write more, but I enjoy the ones she has written.
Dead Man’s Blood was her first episode and she showed from the beginning she could handle big material and big emotions. Cathryn introduced us to vampires in the Supernatural world and the Colt. Cathryn reunites the Winchester men and keeps them together. Cathryn gave us an actual, present-day fight between Sam and John to illustrate those that had previously been alluded to and we see first-hand how Dean plays mediator between his father and brother.
At the end of Dead Man’s Blood we learn quite a bit about John as a father and the hopes he had at the birth of his sons. Sam sees a different side of his father and is open to listening to John the dad rather than John the drill sergeant. Dean reaches a crossroads of sorts in Dead Man’s Blood and makes a decision that astounds Sam and shocks John but that which Dean stands resolutely by. Cathryn Humphris gives us a foreshadow of what is to come as John first proclaims that he won’t watch his children die and then gives direct evidence of what lengths he’s willing to go to not let one of his children die as he uses one of the three remaining, and oh so very precious, bullets from the Colt.
Dead Man’s Blood was her first Supernatural foray and it is powerful.

#5 - The Trickster

I can’t explain what The Trickster did for us in just two episodes, but he became iconic. Sure, the episodes were two of the more talked about ones but still, for someone with such a deadly sense of humor, he managed to win us over. Of course, it helps when that twisted sense of mischief comes with amusing Demi-God abilities and the same love of chocolate that appeals to us sometimes hormonally challenged female viewers. Move over Q from Star Trek:TNG, this Demi-God is more fun.

Note from Alice:  Sorry for the slower posting on these, but this last week has involved an intense and painful "upgrade" of yours truly's laptop to Windows 7.  Okay, it's better than Vista, but it's still Microsoft!  Anyway, I think the kinks are getting worked out (not to mention the time we took to do the cool graphic for the countdown clock), so the rest of the list will happen this week uninterrupted.  Enjoy!

#6 – Dark Angels
Okay, Uriel’s not your typical white fluffy cloud angel. Of course NONE of them are. Uriel rubs us the wrong way from the beginning, but that’s the point.  He’s the badass angel, the eradicator not afraid to wipe out a civilization or two. After all, that’s his job as “specialist” and he loves his work. His bitter contempt for humans (aka mud monkeys) make his job way easier, plus that hatred means he doesn’t have to worry about hurting feelings of disillusioned humans like Sam who previously believed angels were merciful. He gets a sick delight in showing otherwise.