As you've undoubtedly heard, Jensen Ackles got his wish to play Batman in a full length movie... as least in animation! 

In the previous review
of Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1, I looked at the voice acting and animation, and concluded with looking forward to part 2. Everything I said in the review for part 1 carries over to the second installment of this milestone story in Batman's history, aptly named Batman: The Long Halloween Part 2. The voice acting is well done, the animation is beautiful to look at, and it remains a fairly mature work.

So with part 2 released, it's time to look at the story - which I will discuss as a whole, considering both parts.

The Walker first season finale was what every season finale should be: emotional and action packed yet still focused on the characters while enticing the audience for the upcoming season. But, above all, the season finale should tie up the season before it. This episode accomplished that with showing the culmination of the characters’ growth throughout the season. Of course, the person who grew the most dramatically was …

Happy Birthday Misha Collins!  

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I'm updating a classic that has been on my "to do" list for a while.  Back in 2012, after attending many cons with Misha in attendance, not to mention meeting him several times, I compiled the best of his "sound bites" into what I called, "The Conventional Wisdom of Misha Collins."  After all, no one tells more outrageous stories and is so quick with cheeky comebacks against bizarre fan questions.  He's a natural.  So, after catching up on several panels from 2015-2020 via YouTube (each being a hoot to watch!), I bring you my long overdue update.  

I of course have to issue two warnings when you read the words and offbeat story telling techniques of our overlord.  For one, Misha freely uses profanity.  Two, most every line is delivered with tongue in cheek.  He's dry in his delivery and says what he does out of pure fun.  In plainer English, he's joking.  A great story teller loves to embellish, and Misha is a master of his craft.  
 
 With the disclaimers out of the way, I now present "The Conventional Wisdom of Misha Collins - The Later Years."  

Well, that was a heck of a ride! Despite the season’s uneven writing and characterization, it finished strong—and left us not with a cliffhanger but with a sense of foreboding that there’s more trouble yet to come. For Supernatural fans, there were a lot of ‘family’ references, and a very satisfying ‘I need to talk to my brother’. When it mattered, family stuck together and had Cordell’s back—both family by blood and found family.

Junk man, lawman, soldier, pie! Happy Birthday, Jim Beaver! Your SPNFamily celebrates your life today!

Hard to believe, but here we are at the end of Walker season one!  Looks like we might actually get to see that unhinged Cordell Walker we've been dying to see all season. Or maybe not.  I guess we'll find out.   

Here is the synopsis, courtesy of The CW.  It really doesn't share too much, but it probably makes sense if you saw the previous episode:

SEASON FINALE – Walker’s (Jared Padalecki) world is shattered after receiving shocking news that changes everything. Steve Robin directed the episode written by Seamus Kevin Fahey & Anna Fricke (#118).  Original airdate 8/12/2021. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.

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Pick your favorite alter ego of Sam Winchester. Possessed Sam? Demon Blood Sam? Evil Sam? Mind-Controlled Sam? Discussing the many faces of Sam sounded like an easy topic for my latest Con-tinual panel of Supernatural media professionals... until I started listing the many times and ways that Sam wasn't the brother we all know and love!

Odds are that the same one or two images come to mind for all of us when we think of days when Sam "wasn't himself." But when challenged to really consider how often Sam had to fight for control of his body, mind and soul, I discovered that Jared Padalecki played an alternate version of Sam Winchester in at least one episode, and often in several episodes, in nearly all 15 seasons of Supernatural. That's a lot of faces for Sam!

Ah, “Tall Tales.”  This isn’t one of those episodes where critical analysis provides any value.  It’s a breath of fresh air after a string of very intense episodes.  But it’s so much more than that.  This is a series classic that has become one of the most popular episodes with the fandom.  Not convinced?  Just look at what this episode brings to "Supernatural" history. 

“Tall Tales” is the introduction of an iconic fan favorite character in “Supernatural,” The Trickster.  It brought “Supernatural” convention staple and master of ceremonies Richard Speight, Jr. into this one crazy family.  He not only went on to star in multiple episodes, but directed a few as well.  Sure, The Trickster was definitely neutered quite a bit when he was revealed in season five to be the archangel Gabriel instead of a trouble making Loki, but until then his episodes were very popular.  He was a villain you rooted for.  Turns out, it is a hoot to watch one super powerful being on a sugar bender screw with people that totally deserve it in the most outrageous ways. 

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Pick your favorite alter ego of Sam Winchester. Possessed Sam? Demon Blood Sam? Evil Sam? Mind-Controlled Sam? Discussing the many faces of Sam sounded like an easy topic for my latest Con-tinual panel of Supernatural media professionals... until I started listing the many times and ways that Sam wasn't the brother we all know and love!

Odds are that the same one or two images come to mind for all of us when we think of days when Sam "wasn't himself." But when challenged to really consider how often Sam had to fight for control of his body, mind and soul, I discovered that Jared Padalecki played an alternate version of Sam Winchester in at least one episode, and often in several episodes, in nearly all 15 seasons of Supernatural. That's a lot of faces for Sam!