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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' Season Five Ends

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 23rd 2010 1:30PM
Supernatural: Swan Song, Season 5 Finale"Carry on my wayward son... there'll be peace when you are done... lay your weary head to rest ... don't you cry no more..."

Jane After Dark has come to the end of 'Supernatural,' and what a wild ride it's been. I can't think of a better way to spend the last half of the winter than to watch Sam and Dean battle demons, realize some heartbreaking truths about themselves, and try to overcome impossible odds.

I had intended to get caught up in time to review the season five finale, but some interviews and other finale reviews distracted me, so I just finished 'Supernatural.' Between this and the 'Fringe' finale this week, I'm whipped!

At any rate, this will serve as both a wrap-up to this series on Jane After Dark, as well as a review of the season five finale.

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Jane After Dark: What Should Jane Watch Next?

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 9th 2010 10:01AM
Jane After Dark: Gilmore GirlsOne of my fun adventures here on TV Squad is writing Jane After Dark, a regular feature that explores all the great TV shows I've missed along the way. Even for TV writers, it's tough to watch everything when it originally airs, but thank goodness there are DVDs and SlashControl for the ones we miss.

Over the past couple of years, I've watched some awesome shows, including 'The Wire,' (I'm not gonna lie - it took me most of one winter to get through it), 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (big fan), 'Angel' (vampires rule), 'Firefly' (developed a major crush on Nathan Fillion), 'Sons of Anarchy' (likewise on Katey Sagal), and 'The Prisoner' (I even sort of get it).

Most recently, I've been watching 'Supernatural,' and if I can get caught up by next week's finale, the powers that be have given me the go-ahead to review the finale. Woot!!!

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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' Season Five - Is the Apocalypse Happening or What?!

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 2nd 2010 11:00AM
Supernatural, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
I've been watching 'Supernatural' for Jane After Dark, my weekly column chronicling all the TV shows I watch on DVD into the wee hours. I'm now up to season five, episode 11, 'Sam, Interrupted,' and frankly, this season's been a little slow going.

After the dark powers that gripped the Winchester boys in season four, it almost seems like the writers have forgotten all about the fact that Sam unleashed Lucifer onto the world in the season four finale. You would think that once the Devil had escaped from the depths of Hell, he'd be running roughshod over the planet.

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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' - Season Four Ends, the Apocalypse Begins

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 17th 2010 11:05AM
Supernatural, Lucifer Rising
You know how I told you guys I'd probably finish season four of 'Supernatural' and then wait for season five to be released on DVD? Yeah, that's not gonna happen. After watching the season four finale, I immediately started buying episodes of season five from iTunes (I couldn't find a good place to see them online for free - if you know of any, pass the word along). At this writing, I'm just about to watch 'The End.'

The mythology has really kicked into high gear during seasons four and five, and if perchance demons destroyed all the ways I could watch season five, I'd have to break into Eric Kripke's office and steal the scripts so I could find out what happens next.

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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' - Doesn't Anyone Stay Dead on This Show?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 27th 2010 4:25PM
Supernatural, In the Beginning
Seriously, doesn't anyone stay dead on 'Supernatural'? Not that I'm complaining. I was devastated at the end of season three when Dean was attacked by the hell hound and dragged off to hell, and pretty excited when he was yanked back to life. I kept waiting for some big reveal that his resurrection was all a dream or alternate universe or something, but after meeting the angel Castiel, I'm convinced that Dean is back for real.

It's interesting. I kept wondering why Dean had gone to hell rather than heaven, because he's a good person doing good things in the world, so why wouldn't he go to heaven? On the other hand, Dean didn't believe in heaven or God or angels up to this point, so maybe that would automatically send him to hell? Nah, I'm not buying that.

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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' - Dean's Deal With the Crossroads Demon

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 14th 2010 4:50PM
Supernatural, Jane After Dark
Hey, 'Supernatural' fans. Well, I'm into season three now, after a short break last week to recover from season two. I was sort of bummed out the way it ended and needed some time to get my wits together. I was majorly sad about Dean's deal with the Crossroads demon to save Sam. It was a tough spot, to be sure. He had to save his brother; on the other hand, how will Sam feel when Dean's gone in a year? Clearly, I've got too much invested in these characters.

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Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' is Approaching 'Buffy' Territory

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 21st 2010 11:03AM
Jane After Dark, Supernatural
Even though some episodes still scare the crap out of me, I'm really getting into 'Supernatural.' I know this because it's tough trying to do other work while I'm watching it at night. Impossible, really. Instead, I use it as my own little incentive program -- edit this post, watch five minutes of 'Supernatural,' write up that review, watch five minutes of 'Supernatural.' Cubicle workers have bonuses and rewards programs, I have 'Supernatural.'

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Jane After Dark: I Believe in the Power of 'Supernatural'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 13th 2010 10:00AM
Supernatural - Jane After Dark
'Supernatural' is one of those shows I've been hearing about since it first premiered in 2005. I was never a fan of shows with demons and ghosts and the like until I finally watched 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Now I'm sort of hooked on them.

I'm not gonna lie, though. I'm just a few episodes into 'Supernatural,' and so far, it's terrifying. It could be a good long while before I'm able to swim in a lake ('Dead in the Water'), go camping ('Wendigo'), fly on a plane ('Phantom Traveler'), or look in a mirror ('Bloody Mary'). And I'm convinced that my husband is probably a shape-shifter ('Skin').

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Jane After Dark: Catching up with Better Off Ted

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 2nd 2010 11:00AM
Better Off TedI'm kind of bummed that it looks like Better Off Ted might be on its way out. Maybe not, though. Mike's review this week sounded like it might get a reprieve from the axe. Who knows, really? But either way, I'm glad to have found this quirky series, and have been watching season one on DVD this week.

It's kind of a cross between The Office and Arrested Development. If you're not familiar with the show, it takes place in the Research & Development department of Veridian Dynamics, a corporation with lots of cubicles and fluorescent lights.

Ted (Jay Harrington) is a pleasant guy who runs things and answers to Veronica (Portia de Rossi), an uptight boss who wears her hair pulled back so tight it's amazing she can even breathe.

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Jane After Dark: Pondering The Prisoner

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 29th 2009 10:02AM
The Prisoner: Jim Caviezel, Hayley Atwell
I finished watching The Prisoner this week, and while I had to watch the final episodes a few times, I think I sort of get it. As I mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago, I haven't seen the original 1960s series, so I'm just basing my thoughts on the current version that just aired on AMC. I'm guessing they'll air the series again sometime soon.

First of all, I was riveted to the series from start to finish. Not only are the characters and storyline intriguing and mysterious, but the musical score by Rupert Gregso-Williams is phenomenal. So hypnotic and evocative. More of my thoughts on The Prisoner -- including possible spoilers -- after the jump.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season five (part two)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 16th 2009 9:02AM
The Wire: Season Five - Omar
And so Jane After Dark has come to the end of The Wire. I need to watch it again to catch more than the one-eighth I caught the first time around. But after watching all five seasons, spanned over most of this year, the thing that keeps popping into my head is that the bureaucratic end of things is really no better than the drug dealer end of things.

In some ways, the drug dealers have more ethics than the suits. At least when a druggie does something that wrongs others in the system, there's no messing around. They're shot. They know they have it coming, and they step up and take it, just like Snoop did, asking if her hair looked ok before being gunned down. Just like Proposition Joe did when he closed his eyes and waited for the inevitable bullet to the head.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season five (part one)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 2nd 2009 8:03PM
The Wire, season five, Not For Attribution
Ah, how good it is to get back to The Wire. I've been steered off track by other DVDs landing on my doorstep for Jane After Dark, so season five of The Wire has been a while coming. One again, the show blows me away with the writing, characters, cinematography and realism. I'm just part-way into season one, but I love all of the references to everything that's happened thus far in the series, and the crew's continued attempts to bring down Marlo's organization. And, apparently, Omar is still in the game ...

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Jane After Dark: Five reasons I'm loving Castle

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 27th 2009 3:01PM
Castle - Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion
This week in Jane After Dark, I caught up with season one of Castle. I'm a sucker for fun whodunits, especially when they feature great male and female characters who've perfected the art of the snappy banter. Specifically, here are five reasons why I'm loving Castle:

1. Nathan Fillion is boyishly charming.
I've been a big fan of this Joss Whedon favorite since seeing him in 2005's feature film Serenity. I finally completed that awesome circle by watching Firefly last winter. Fillion has the ability to be goofy one minute and deadly serious the next. In Castle, he plays Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery author who's raising a 15-year-old daughter Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) -- and, in many ways, his free-spirited live-in mother Martha (Susan Sullivan), as well. Having killed off his latest fictional character, Richard found inspiration in NYPD detective Kate Beckett, after being called in to advise on a case. Now they're working as pseudo-partners.

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Jane After Dark: Sons of Anarchy - bikes, guns, sex and Katey Sagal

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 30th 2009 3:12PM
Sons of Anarchy - Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman
I've been hearing about an awesome new show on FX since it aired last year, and finally got around to watching season one of Sons of Anarchy this week for Jane After Dark. Being a motorcycle babe myself, I love any show where bikes or gangs are the central focus.

But even if you've never mounted a bad chopper, there are plenty of reasons to love this badass show about the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Originals (SAMCRO). They run a legal automotive business while dealing arms, battling rival gangs, and working with the cops (sometimes) to keep their town of Charming, California a pleasant place to live. You can see all the irony at work here.

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Jane After Dark: Eight things I learned while watching Gossip Girl

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 23rd 2009 11:17AM
Gossip Girl
I'm almost to the end of Gossip Girl season two, and frankly, I couldn't be happier! It's been quite taxing watching rich snobs backstab their best friends night after night. I'll need a short break before season three premieres on The CW on Sept. 14.

But, as with everything, I try to glean some small bits of wisdom here and there, things to help me in my quest for peace, serenity, and large amounts of cash. Here are a few things I've learned from Gossip Girl:

1. Never tell the truth.
Apparently, this is the first thing they learn in finishing schools. Never tell the truth, whether you're lying to your best friend about getting into Yale, lying to your girlfriend about where you've been for the past three days, or lying to your kids about their sibling you gave away at birth. Keep a spreadsheet handy to keep track of all the various lies you've told and plan to tell.

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