Midseason Report Card: How Jared Padalecki is lifting ‘Supernatural’ season 9 to new heights
Typically when you have a show in its ninth season, there are going to be some instances of people complaining incessantly about this or that. There are often not a whole lot of reasons to believe that a show can really keep people engaged in a show after being on the air this long.
But “Supernatural” has really pulled off something impressive here and beaten the odds, even if it did go through a down period for a while. Seasons 6 and 7 to us were off years, but the show started to regain its magic last fall, and season 9 may be one of our favorite seasons so far since the early years. The primary story is concise and meaningful, the side stories are almost all entertaining, and having Misha Collins as a series regular again helps to give both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles some much-needed room to breath a little bit.
The shining stars – For us, it’s all about Padalecki. He was brilliant at the end of season 8, and he’s kept that going this year by basically playing almost three separate characters. You have of course the confused Sam Winchester, Gadreel, and then “Ezekiel,” who he did a good job pretending to be for much of the first nine episodes. Every one of them had their own character, and he and the writers took this serious rather than making it into a comedy show.
Meanwhile, Misha and Jensen had some great material, but above all else we really loved the writing this season. “Slumber Party,” “Bad Boys,” and “Dog Dean Afternoon” (animal voices aside) were all pretty great standalone episodes, and then you of course had the excellent fall finale this week and “Heaven Can Wait,” a great larger-story episode from Robert Berens that had Castiel living the gas station life.
Finally, there was that Kevin shocker … and it was legitimately something we didn’t see coming. We’re going to miss the guy.
What needs work – For one, hire better voice actors for animals next time, and that would’ve turned “Dog Dean Afternoon” into a classic. Most of the show feels now like a well-oiled machine, and “Rock and a Hard Place” is to us the only episode in the fall that felt like a letdown. It had a great first half, but then sort of just teetered off from there. The only other thing that we could say is that we would have loved to have seen more Crowley, but we know that Mark Sheppard has been a busy guy this fall with this show and his role over on “White Collar.”
Overall – A pretty awesome nine episodes that reminds us of what the show does so well in challenging our imagination and crafting that great balance of comedy and humor. This is one of the best sci-fi franchises of this generation, and the fact that the people still put in great work nine years into it’s run just shows how invested they are in the series, and to one of the best fanbases on TV. Grade: A-.
If you want to read some other entries in our Midseason Report Card series, just be sure to click here.
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January 3, 2014 @ 9:41 am
This Season Sucked So Far
December 26, 2013 @ 12:50 pm
I’m an old lady and I watch this show every week.I watch bc it tell’s very true storys,some might seem a lil out there but that’s what life is all about.I follow both the boy’s life and comment from time to time on them.They are good men in and off screen.If they were not so nice ppl I don’t think I would stick with the show.When you have a show on for that long sometime ppl tend to get off track,but they keep it together.And they seem to be good friends that’s a plus.Life is way to short to be mean to 1 another,I will watch till its taken off the air but for now I’m happy.God bless you all.
December 23, 2013 @ 11:40 pm
Geez, people! Get a life! If you knew anything about acting you’d be able to see that BOTH of these guys are amazingly gifted, as are Misha, Jim and Kevin, plus Ty and many of the guests they have on our favorite show. We are not here to do any hating on anyone. I watch the show because EVERYONE associated with it are overwhelmingly talented. It’s a modern-day miracle that so much talent and so many good plot twists have assembled in this one show. Let’s enjoy it, people. I don’t think it would still be on if it wasn’t for the interaction between Jared and Jensen. They seem to mesh and complete each others characters in ways I couldn’t imagine other actors doing. Please, let’s agree together, they are BOTH amazing and have unearthly talent. We’ll probably never see such an amazing team ever again on television.
December 16, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
Amazing article, Jared is a very talented actor, his performance is brilliant, there is nothing Jared didn’t do in this show, and he is always amazing.
December 16, 2013 @ 9:24 pm
The show is great.I now call Sam It fits him well.And Dean he is just wonderful.Merry Christmas everyone.
December 12, 2013 @ 6:32 am
Honestly was not a fan of Kevin. (Did not hate the character, just did not connect with me. did not feel like he fit as an nearly, regular character.) That said, I was surprised he was killed. But that’s what makes a show, like this, great. The willingness, (and ability) to kill off a popular character and still have it have meaning and not drive away fans. (As a side note, I was also happy to see Charlie head off “Over the Rainbow”. She, too, was not a fav character of mine. Sadly, it looks like Garth will be returning. I just have to wonder when we’ll get back characters in the vain of Ellen, Rufus, or Bobby. I truly miss serious hunter characters. Characters that are not there to deliver one-liners all the time.)
December 11, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
All of the actors contribute to the show reaching “new heights” what does that mean anyways? the show has always been great except for that whole Amelia fiasco. Jared and Jensen are both great actors as well as Misha, DJ, and Osric! Hey Matt, don’t write an article about a show you obviously know nothing about!
December 11, 2013 @ 6:55 am
Love both dean and Sam and they are the best!
December 11, 2013 @ 6:54 am
Dean is the best!!
December 16, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
For you!! Jared/Sam is the best for me.
December 10, 2013 @ 1:53 pm
I have no favorites..I love them all..Without Dean there is no Sam and without Sam there is no Dean..Was in shock when they killed off Kevin he seemed like the little brother they never really had..I was hooked on this show from day one and will be glued to my seat when they come back in January.. what makes them so good is they act just like real brothers..They fight but always have each others back and with the humor thrown in just for good measure love me some crazy..And they do it well..I just hope when they do end the show for good cause someday all things will come to an end that they end it where we all will be satisfied even though it will be a sad day.. <3 <3
December 11, 2013 @ 7:45 am
Dean/jensen is everyone’s fav and he’s the best that’s fact!!
December 14, 2013 @ 6:33 am
He’s not mine so….
December 16, 2013 @ 9:37 pm
Dean/Jensen isn’t my favorite, so what about you talk just about yourself, as nobody gave you the right to talk for them.
December 17, 2013 @ 2:31 am
Glad he is your favorite. I adore Jensen/ Dean but I will take Jared/Sam over him any day.
December 9, 2013 @ 7:27 pm
Jared has been good this season. But yet, I don’t necessarily care for the title of the article in that Jared Padalecki is lifting the season to new heights. It is as if, he is the ONLY ONE that is raising the level on this season. This is a joint effort. Jared would not be where he is today were it not for Jensen, and Jensen has been so very steady and lifts the bar with every scene that he is in, so I just can’t help but stick up for Jensen when Jared is getting some solo praise. Granted, Jared is really doing awesome work – but Jensen has done AWESOME work these past 8.5 seasons and never seems to get the praise that he deserves. Just saying.
December 17, 2013 @ 2:36 am
I wouldn’t say that Jared is where he is today because of Jensen. It is nice to see Jared getting some praise. I have read many articles about Jensen’s work and because Jensen is such a great actor he deserves it, but Jared shows us what a phenomenal actor he is in every episode as well. So, I think it is great he is being acknowledged and yes it is a joint effort. There is no Supernatural without Jared and Jensen.
December 9, 2013 @ 3:07 am
I would like to see some scenes coming up between Sam and Gadreel confronting each other directly, much as Sam did with Lucifer.
December 9, 2013 @ 1:46 am
Jared’s acting has been outstanding. He has really grown as an actor over the last 8 years. His performances at the end of season 8 and now the beginning of season 9 have been impressive. It’s nice to see him finally getting some live from the media.
December 8, 2013 @ 5:33 am
i love them both they r both great actors so i guess i am a sam and dean girl !!
December 8, 2013 @ 5:26 am
Supernatural is Sam AND Dean, sometimes I get mad at the insane chemistry between Jared and Jensen ’cause that keeps me watching a show for almost 10 years. Jared did outstanding work as Sam, and then making Ezekiel/Gadreel different from Sam. Then there was Meg!Sam, Addict!Sam, Gary!Sam, Lucifer!Sam, and Soulless!Sam. Sam actually doesn’t have that many lines compared to Dean, so without words really, you know you are looking at a different character played by Jared.
December 8, 2013 @ 2:06 am
How can it possibly be “rare, when I’m seeing article after article praising Jared’s performance?
December 8, 2013 @ 1:37 am
Great article, I’m with you, Jared is talented actor and I love his work so much.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:59 am
Finally, an article that gives recognition to Jared for a change. They are few and far between. I’ve seen comments that Jensen has hardly had any articles praising his talent, and that Jared always gets praised. Where are these articles praising Jared? The vast majority of articles I’ve ever seen have been in praise of Jensen. This article is a rarity. I’ve even read articles where Sam/Jared wasn’t even mentioned. I’ve read an interview given by the great Kripke himself fully praising Jensen where Jared was never mentioned and Sam only mentioned to back up what he was saying about Dean. He was even asked about Jared/Sam and sidestepped that question to go back to Jensen/Dean. Jensen is an amazing actor who I believe has been given incredible stuff to work with on Supernatural. Jared is also an amazing actor who is finally getting his due. I love both boys and would have stopped watching long ago if both weren’t so awesome.
December 8, 2013 @ 7:47 pm
Again, I ‘ve seen it as exactly opposite, almost ALL the articles I’ve ever read and seen not only give all the acting praise to Jared, but only seem to care what happens to the Sam character as well.
And yet again, I DO love Jared, just wish Jensen got a fair chance.
twist of lime
December 8, 2013 @ 12:19 am
Dean is the one who needs to apologize. I’m pissed at him.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:20 am
Oh don’t worry, he will. At least he does apologize.
twist of lime
December 8, 2013 @ 12:32 am
But he will carry a grudge forever.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:36 am
Can you blame him? If someone continues to repeat the same mistakes, rarely apologizes for them, you’re going to forgive, but not forget.
twist of lime
December 8, 2013 @ 12:45 am
And I recommend Sam doesn’t forget Dean’s transgression either.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:47 am
That’s fine with me. They can be two miserable people together. Always watching their backs because they don’t trust each other.
The brotherly bond is alive and well.
December 8, 2013 @ 6:33 am
As soon as Sam apologizes for what he did in s8, I’ll see about what he deserves. But as long as he doesn’t make up for his behavior, attitude and so on, I don’t care enough about his feelings.
December 8, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
I don’t see Sam apologizing. For some reason, he either feels he’s too good to apologize, or he doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
Either way, season 8 was the last straw for me. And like you, I just don’t care what he thinks or how he feels.
Oh, but I can guarantee he’ll make Dean apologize. And Dean will. But then again, Dean usually takes responsibility for his actions. He’s man enough to own up to his mistakes and make amends.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:38 pm
oh yeah since he always get’s all the arcs +variations to his character obviously he’ll get praces for them. while jensen get’s nothing, his arcs always get droped after a couple of episodes, he has no variations apart few standalones & this season he got to play… the dog. the others have arcs & jensen is once again stuck on playing the guilty cheerleader & being the 3rd wheel on a show where he is supposed to be a lead. how the hell he can prove what he can do when get’s nothing to work with & is treated as a sidekick, in the last seasons more then ever
December 8, 2013 @ 12:22 am
But if you say that sandra, you’re somehow bashing Jared or Sam.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:24 am
Jensen has proven what an amazing actor he is and is praised for his work. I will agree it would be nice for the writers to finish one of Dean’s story lines but I also feel that Dean has always had a story. Supernatural to me, is told through Dean’s eyes. Sam may have the myth arcs but gets barely, if any, POV/emotional moments. It would be nice to see the writers give that to Sam. I really hope to see TPTB make changes for both characters. It was great to see an article praising Jared’s work. Jared has done an amazing job!
December 7, 2013 @ 10:18 pm
Jared’s acting this season has been mind blowing. What he has done with this material is outstanding! This is some of his best work, and it thrills me that someone is giving him praise, which he definitely deserves. What an amazing feat to hate Zeke, and love Sam Winchester. Jared has done that, and as Gadreel, amazing!
December 7, 2013 @ 9:54 pm
Amazing article, thanks.
I agree with everything, and yes I think Jared is brilliant and he is doing an amazing job.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:32 pm
I agree with the author, In my opinion Jared is always getting the heavy challenging stuff and he never disappoint, he is an amazing actor and he deserves all the praise he is getting for his performance and hard work, thanks.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:29 pm
OH NO, some of JA fans just lose their minds when they see any article praising Jared’s acting!!!
December 7, 2013 @ 9:53 pm
Nobody does that! it’s just that Jared gets ALL of the chances to show his acting chops! So yeah, it’s a little unfair. Jared is great, but he is being given ALL the opportunities and no, that’s not fair to Jensen. Why the hell can’t these writers throw HIM a bone once in a while?
December 7, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
Jensen don’t like to portray different characters, he said it loud and clear that he is fortunate to not do that.
But for the stories OK no problem, if this is the angry fans’s problem here, they should ask the writers to write good story for Dean so on, not posting hate comments in article about Jared and saying that Jared is bad and Jensen is the best, that will not help their point but just paint them as jealous haters!
December 8, 2013 @ 12:11 am
Where the hell did I do that? You’re clearly NOT reading! I said that Jared is GREAT! I did NOT say that Jensen is the best. I merely gave my opinion that I don’t think either Jared or Jensen is better than the other. I did NOT post hate comments! I DID respond to this who put Jensen down though.
You clearly don’t mind those who posted how Jared is the best though.
I swear some of you here, calling me biased when you guys are biased as hell.
And you clearly meant Jensen’s comment as a putdown, as if he’s incapable of playing anything different. It doesn’t have to be a different character, and maybe what he meant was that he want s to remain as Dean, but he could do that and STILL play different aspects of Dean, different shades.
So again, it seems putting down Dean/Jensen is fine with you.
December 14, 2013 @ 6:35 am
Oh come on. You haven’t posted ONE kind comment on Jared/Sam. That’s why everyone thinks you’re a hater. Instead it’s ALL about Jensen/Dean. He doesn’t need you to protect him he’s a big boy. You could not be more clear on the fact that you resent Jared.
December 14, 2013 @ 3:58 pm
I guess the comments I made about Jared being great and deserving the praise went right over your narrowminded head then? I HAVE stated several times that Jared is great and deserves the praise you jerk! It’s a blatant LIE that I resent Jared! But ALL of YOU DO resent [email protected]! THAT to ME is VERY CLEAR!
I HAVE stated that Jared is great here several times. Jensen haters like YOU have chosen to ignore that.
I DO NOT resent Jared is anyway! The ONLY thing I resent is the fact that Jared is given EVERY good storyline and chance to showcase his skills, while Jensen’s entire writing consists of worrying about, living for, existing for Sam. No way to do any acting there, it could be phoned in in his sleep.
I’ve had it with your lies. Do NOT address me again.
December 8, 2013 @ 7:14 am
To be honest I think Jensen has great opportunities to display his talent in other ways. He is the emotional center of the show and does a great job with that. I think it’s a little unfair to say just because he doesn’t get the storyline that Jared does, that he’s not displaying great acting.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:22 pm
Jared is so talented actor, he is perfect in portraying different characters and that isn’t a new thing as he proved that many times with his portraying a different characters before, but this year beside portraying a different character with Sam, Jared is doing the switch from Sam to Zeke to Sam in a magical way, OMG he just turn as a different character in a sec with his body language and you can tell he isn’t Sam just by his face expressions without even the need to talk, he is a truly gifted actor.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:58 pm
I did not know Jared when I started to watch Supernatural! I immediately was drawn to Sam though, I loved his nature, his sensitivity and passion, his compassion, his independence. I just learned the name of the actor behind Sam when I started to find out more about SPN online!
I connected with the young man and his “destiny” and personality and the unique brotherly bond of Sam and Dean! I felt all the fear, darkness, hope, faith, while we were witness of the heroes journey. I ALWAYS connected to Sam, because of the emotional response I got when I watched Jared Padalecki playing Sam! He is my entrance to the series Supernatural and I am really invested in the character.
Now I see Jared playing all those different personalities, like soulless Sam, addicted Sam, possessed Sam (demon + angel) he knocks it out of the park every time, and I can see immediately which character it is just with one look at him! This is a great acting ability, and he really deserves a praise for his acting!
But with all those different personalities there is ONE SINGLE PERSON I MISS tremendous, and it makes me mad at writers and showrunner because I need Sam in this series, not a body possessed by an angel! I need Sam, I miss Sam and I miss him saying what he thinks, how HE is affected by the things done to him! He is my POV character and is getting barely insight. Its hard to be a Sam fan, bec the missing POV is further not connecting other viewers (who might try to understand Sam if he would get a VOICE)
Sam Winchester is the real deal for me and the reason I am connected to the series!
December 8, 2013 @ 12:24 am
Agreed! Glad you are still watching the show and loving Sam! So am I. He is also the reason I am still watching too.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:47 pm
Amazing article Matt! It is so wonderful to see an article praising Jared’s acting. He has done such an amazing job with playing Sam Winchester and this season continues to show how talented he is by playing Sam/Ezekiel/Gadreel. The way he switches from Sam to Zeke/Gadreel and back to Sam has been wonderful to watch. I am hoping to see Sam back soon because what I would love to see next is, the writers give Sam the POV/emotional scenario. I know Jared had mentioned Sam will be “crying” in an upcoming episode. This is what I want to see. I want him to be able to open up and emotionally breakdown over the second half of the season so he can begin to heal. Jared would knock it out of the park.
I do feel that some of the negative comments I have read are because the article is not praising Jensen. Why bash Jared because he is being praised. I just don’t get that. Jared deserves to have great articles pointing out how talented he is. Jensen has done an amazing job as well this season. I am so glad that Jared and Jensen have given us Sam and Dean Winchester. There is no Supernatural without the both of them.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:28 pm
I am a Dean Girl and I am surprised that some people are seriously hating on Jared the way they are. Jensen and Jared are like brothers and criticizing Jared seems like a silly thing to do for any fans of the show. Jared is a wonderful actor and he is taking on an immense amount of pressure and delivering wonderful episodes. What is there to criticize? This is an artical about Jared so they are only talking about him. I also feel that Jensen is doing a wonderful job this season as well, but he is not having to switch back and forth between THREE characters, Show some love and appreciate the complexity of the show by all the characters. It is a show about family, not about one character over another. The show is why most of us watch, we watch our favorite characters fall, fail, love and die. We watch for their failures as well as their triumphs and some of the “fans” out there give the rest of the SPN family a bad name.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
Nice to see one more article praising Jared’s acting. It says a lot about his performance this season (even though I have to admit that I miss Sam, I want him back and I’m more than ready to see Zeke/Gadriel gone!)
Same thing happened last season too, when fans and critics talked about Jared’s performance for weeks after the finale!
Jared is a very talented actor and the fact that he is given the opportunities to play multiple characters through the seasons proves it. Can’t wait to see him in other projects when SPN ends!
December 7, 2013 @ 7:58 pm
This warms my heart to see Jared Padalecki getting some well-deserved accolades for the brilliant work he’s been doing! I’ve always thought he was amazing & these last few seasons he’s upped his game even more! :)
December 7, 2013 @ 6:49 pm
Yes I agree, I think Jared is doing an amazing job and I’m glad he is
getting credit for his work, and a lot are
acknowledging his amazing performance and enjoying it.
Jared is doing a completely different character who shouldn’t be
like his original character Sam or any of the characters/versions he did
in the past Meg/Lucifer/Soulless so on, he is doing amazing job and
going with the character from the beginning, first the angel in a
completely new experience by being on earth in a human body then be more
comfortable by time and gaining some human feelings (the guilt we saw
in the last episode), we saw Zeke is moving more comfortable in EP2 than
EP1 although actually EP2 filmed first, So that was clear how Jared
took the character portraying from the beginning to act as completely
uncomfortable in his first days on earth in a human body for the first
time ever then be more comfortable and used to the situation with time
without turning to a complete human also, Jared switch from Sam to Zeke
then back many times in really just a seconds is completely amazing, he
is switching with all his body with a completely different body
language/face expressions, he make you believe that he is a possessed
person and there is really two people there inside the same body.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:47 pm
Nice article and you are completely right about Jared P. He has been doing some really amazing acting these last couple of seasons.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:26 pm
duplicate post and can’t delete the post, so I’ll just say that I don’t think Carver is a good showrunner. I think we’re just repeating storylines and themes – there’s something wrong with Sam, again, and Dean has to do something t save him.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:12 pm
Friendly reminder that if Jensen saw his fans trashing his friend’s performance in his name, he’d think you’re a jerk.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:19 pm
Too bad it doesn’t work the other way when Jared’s fans trash Jensen.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:21 pm
No it does. They are both friends and support each other. So I don’t know what your point is. Although I rarely see that.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
Either you are selectively reading comments here, or ignoring them.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
Yes I’ve read all the Jared bashing…have yet to see anything against Jensen except his rude fans. Unless you are seeing comments that aren’t really there??
December 7, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
That answered my question, you are not reading all of the comments.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:33 pm
I have read them and I don’t see any Jensen hate. You are still miles away from my point and obviously haven’t read my comments clearly. The point is neither Jared or Jensen would accept such petty viciousness towards their friend in their name. End of story.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:37 pm
That you don’t see any Jensen hate tells me a lot. Well, I’m glad to see that you agree Jared wouldn’t like all the Jensen hate.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:37 pm
That you don’t see any Jensen hate tells me a lot. Well, I’m glad to see that you agree Jared wouldn’t like all the Jensen hate.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:39 pm
Honest to God I don’t see any on this article at least. I don’t know if you’re talking about outside here. But no, I like Jensen too and Jared would cut them down.
December 8, 2013 @ 1:35 am
Just because you didn’t see it here does not mean it doesn’t exist. I’ve seen tons of Dean/Jensen hate on other sites.
I don’t like to see either Dean hate OR Sam hate.
December 8, 2013 @ 7:11 am
I don’t see the relevance here. I’m aware of the hate he gets on OTHER sites (but we were only speaking of this article). I’ve even defended him. So I don’t see your point.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:59 pm
I’ve read PLENTY of Dean/Jensen bashing by Sam fans.
I don’t think Dean fans have the market cornered on that.
I personally don’t like to see either one bashed.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
You know this is an article focused on Jared don’t you? it was clear
from the title, and the article didn’t have even one bad word about
Jensen, so why some of his fans went mad?! is it a crime to have an
articles about Jared, is there some rule that JA should get all the
praise or something?!!
So JA fans who came here to trash
Jared in an article about him are really the haters, any replies from
Jared fans is just a reaction and still there isn’t any hate/rude
comments about Jensen.
If the article is about
Jensen, and Jared fans who commented that Jared is better than him and
bashed Jensen, Jared fans would be the wrong ones but not here.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:01 pm
Oh, this again. Friendly reminder-his fans are not mindless drones who will think whatever Jensen thinks just because HE thinks/feels a certain way about anything or anyone, for that matter. And his view of his friend’s acting abilities would, w/o a doubt, be colored by their friendship, of course. As for thinking of his fans as “jerks”-I highly doubt that, also.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:45 pm
but his fans are being jerks. I mean did you read the comments on this article? One blogger praises Jared and it’s all hell breaks loose in Ackles Army land. I love the guy but his fans are literally the most vicious people on the internet, basically you have to wax poetic about him all the time or else they’ll come after you. God forbid one article is focused on Jared for once.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:58 pm
Nobody is trashing Jared. Where the heck are you getting that? All anybody is saying that it would be nice if SPN writers would ALSO give Jensen some good material to work with. Why does all the meaty acting assignments automatically go to Jared? Of course he impresses everybody, because he’s given so many opportunities to do so. All anybody, all any Jensen/Dean fans asks for is that he be given a chance as well. That is in no way bashing either Sam or Jared.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:04 pm
Are you serious? Have you read all the comments here? ‘Cause if you have and still claiming that NOBODY is trashing Jared you’re either blind or a liar.
It’s one thing to ask for Jensen/Dean to have an acting challenge like Jared and another to trash Jared for his acting. Read all the comments and see the difference please.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:33 am
I meant that I’M not bashing him. You ask me not to lump you in with other Sam fans but clearly you don’t mind lumping me in with any Sam haters.
I neither bashed Jared/Sam nor did I claim that he didn’t deserve the praise he’s getting. I merely pointed out that of course he gets the chance to impress, because he always gets the good material to impress with, while Jensen does not. How that’s bashing Jared I don’t know.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
Yes sure you are completely right.
If they just know how they show themselves as haters who are so jealous and don’t have confident in their believes, but unfortunately they don’t even try to think because they are so busy to hate.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:26 am
Then clearly you haven’t been to all the vicious Samgirl sites that run Jensen/Dean into the ground.
Please stop acting like it’s only Dean fans that are vicious. There’s about an equal number of asshole fans out there, both Dean fans AND Sam fans.
I personally can’t stand it when fans of either character/actor bash the other one. Although I keep getting wrongfully accused of being one.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:29 am
For once? ALL the articles on SPN I’ve seen praise Jared like crazy and barely say a word about Jensen, unless they’ criticizing Dean.And again, everything disparaging about Dean fans that your’re claiming I’ve seen in spades in plenty of Sam fans as well. It’s about equal so please don’t make the false accusation that only Dean fans are guilty of this.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:35 am
Yeah, for once. I haven’t seen any other articles praising Jared’s acting. Yet, I have seen many articles that constantly praise Jensen and you know what I did? Nothing. I did not go off the rails and start hating on him like many people here are doing. And you should really stop running up and down the comments trying to prove something. When people here got awful about Jared, some of his fans got upset and replied defensively, so don’t take their words and twist them around trying to prove they’re hating when they didn’t even start it.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:53 am
Um, again, I didn’t do that. And sorry, but I HAVE seen article after article praising Jared and saying next to nothing about Jensen. Calling me a liar now?
Sorry, I am not a liar. I can’t help it if you did not see the articles I’ve seen but I did see them.
What exactly do you think I’m trying to prove?
I did NOT say a damned word awful about Jared. Stop accusing me of things I did not do. In fact, I believe I also stated that Jared was great. Again, there were some here that disparaged Jensen’s acting, yet(surprise!) you have nothing nasty to say to them.
I have stated my opinion, and yes I am entitled just as much as you are, that Jared gets all the opportunities to shine, and I thinks that’s great for him but I also think it’s unfair that Jensen is given no such opportunities.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:02 pm
Sorry, but everyone who felt they should attack an article because it praise their favorite actor’s friend instead of their favorite actor are jerks.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:05 pm
By the way I didn’t like Jensen’s performance after Kevin’s death at all, but I didn’t even care to reply any article said how he was good in that scene, because I don’t care if there is a praise for not my favorite actor as I’m confident about my favorite and just don’t care about others.
December 11, 2013 @ 7:14 am
Ronny shut up your dumb and blind! And your dumb if you didn’t like jensen ! Jensen did a great job in the midseason and your retared for not loveing jensen! By the way your dumb Ronny and jensen ackles is the best!!!
December 12, 2013 @ 6:29 am
Troll harder! You can! Queen/Lily/Linda/Kevin/Jensen fan!
December 14, 2013 @ 6:36 am
It’s YOU’RE. Might want to be sure you know proper grammar before calling someone ELSE retarded. (Which your beloved Jensen would hate considering he has a nephew with Downs syndrome)
December 8, 2013 @ 7:09 am
I realize many fans don’t care just like I don’t care if they like Misha because I’m not a fan of him. But many fans seem to value what he thinks about things and how they treat the people he loves. (See the Danneel fans) You are seriously kidding yourself if you haven’t noticed this. Fans DO care about what he thinks about that stuff.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:10 pm
I can not stop admire his acting talent – to play with so many characters and none is repeated in emotions! and this is a titanic work! I’m shocked!
December 7, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
Jensen has been brilliant this season and deserves more credit than he’s being given. I think he’s had an enormous acting challenge which he has met and surpassed. It’s been amazing to watch all the conflicting emotions that he’s had to convey. Such a subtle and nuanced performance and he’s done it with just his facial expressions. Simply amazing!
December 7, 2013 @ 5:51 pm
Thank you for this article. Season 9 has been great so far, with a few exceptions. But missteps are to be expected on a show that has lasted this long. My overall satisfaction with the show remains intact. I agree that Jared Padalecki has been knocking it out of the park this season (although I have enjoyed his portrayal of any character since Season 1) and his performances have been stellar. Thank you for acknowledging his contribution. He is a vital part of the show and watching him interact with the other actors is a pleasure.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
Yes, Jared is doing great job, he ended S8 so strong and amazing, and he continued his great performance this season with his different characters portraying, his switch from Sam to Zeke/Gadreel back to Sam in just a sec is really brilliant.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:15 pm
I love this season and can’t wait to see EP10 to know what will happen next.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:14 pm
I just can’t agree with the good writing this season. It has been the most inconsistent season so far, so much retcon and ignoring of actual canon. And above all, the fact that Sam as a character is basically absent from the beginning. Sam is my favorite character, and he had been possessed by an angel against his consent and this angel used his body to kill one of his close friends. It would have made for good story telling if we’re promised to see Sam’s side of things for a change, I feel like he’s been made a plot device just to move the story forward and other characters are reacting to things happening to him, and I’ll bet we will never have scenes that show us how Sam dealt with everything that happened to him, his reaction to the angel possession and Kevin’s death, which is a shame.
I agree that Jared is doing a terrific job this season, I hated Ezekiel as a character because I felt he was manipulating Dean, but weirdly I can sympathize with Gadreel, the fallen angel who wants to fix his past mistakes and is being manipulated by Metatron. My hopes for the second half is to have the story focus on Sam and Dean again. I feel like all this angel drama is the main show and Sam and Dean’s story is being sidelined, which is definitely not why I watch this show.
Jensen is a true talent, he does great with anything given to him, I loved the side of Dean we got in Bad Boys. Castiel was surprisingly softer as a human, I loved his story with Nora the most, sadly it was short lived as he became an angel again.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
forgot to add that it has been very interesting that Jared has had many variations of Sam to play since the beginning of the show but he plays each one with distinct characteristics that makes you recognize which “Sam” he is just by looking at a gif on tumblr. He really is amazing. My absolute favorites will remain Meg!Sam and Soulless Sam (he had the best one liners!)
December 7, 2013 @ 5:26 pm
I agree with you, Jared is brilliant, he played many characters and he always manages to make them all different than each other and different than his original character.
Jared is so talented and I enjoys his performance so much.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:05 pm
I agree. The focus has shifted from the brothers to the angels or the secondary characters, as if the writers have forgotten what the show is about. I hope things change the second half. While Jared is excellent playing another character, I really miss Sam and I hope he comes back soon. Dean and Sam make SPN.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:36 pm
I agree with you about Gadreel. Jared did a fantastic job in that scene w/ Metatron. There’s something about that character that just grabbed me – I feel for him in a way I didn’t when he was Zeke. He doesn’t get to stay possessing Sam, but I hope they don’t kill him off.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:13 pm
Jared has done a wonderful job , both at the end of season 8 and in what he has been asked to do this season. Thank you Matt for acknowledging that and as I believe praising Jared as nothing to do with Jensen then I have chosen to ignore the comments from certain Jensen fans. It is a shame but Jared deserves the praise :)
December 8, 2013 @ 2:05 am
I was NOT one of them. I clearly stated that Jared has been great and deserves the praise. Merely pointed out that he’s been given the opportunities to show it, and I only wished Jensen was given this as well. I would like to know how that translates into somehow bashing Jared.
December 8, 2013 @ 5:13 am
In the show, Jared IS given more opportunities to play other characters, that much is true. But, especially in the later seasons, Sam gets very little character development. Dean is the one who has developed interpersonal relationships and whose character has evolved most, so to say that he has not been given opportunities is a fallacy.
December 8, 2013 @ 5:26 am
No, it’s not a fallacy, it’s my opinion. I truly DON’T feel he has been given half the opportunities as Jared.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:37 pm
Sorry but, Jared’s portrayal of Gadreel has been pretty mediocre. And season 9 as a whole has been a repeat of What’s Wrong With Sam. Been there, done that. Please come up with some new material.
December 8, 2013 @ 1:37 am
I disagree with this, I do think Jared’s been great in his duel role. But I only wish they would also give Jensen equally good material.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:32 pm
I only saw three episodes so far this season, this is not the best season of this show, and so far i like the way the writers are handling cas, they did a very reliable and deep character exploratory of his human side. love it! and i’m a dean girl, not shipper, not a minion, i’m just beign honest. sam/zeke/gadreel seemed very robotic. hoping even praying, the second half of the season is better than this… sigh.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
Sam Winchester, Meg, Teen Virgin, Lucifer, Soulless, Ezekiel, Gadreel, Gadreel as Sam.
Jared is always brilliant.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:52 pm
For JA fans who couldn’t handle a good article about Jared, it is really pathetic!
Me personally as a Jared girl, When I see articles about how JA is good actor so on, I don’t feel the need to jump to say NO you are wrong Jared is the best and JA isn’t good, because seriously I’m satisfied with what my favorite actor “Jared” give me and I don’t feel the need to attack the articles about his costar, I just don’t feel the need to put anyone down to raise my favorite because he is really amazing alone and I can talk about that and say how he is just brilliant without putting down anyone else, SO I think that really says A LOT.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
If this author had written an article praising Jensen or Misha and dismissed Jared, the Jared fans would have replied the same way. I’ve actually seen death threats written to an author who praised Jensen’s acting over Jared’s. No side is better than any other side.
If you look at most of the articles written about SPN on this site, there are 0 comments to them. So, I’m inclined to agree with the one comment above that tis writer consciously wrote this article to get hits to this site.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
He did NOT dismiss Jensen and Misha! He said they did great as well, he chose to focus on Jared because he was the one doing more than one character this season ans this was what the article was about, the Gadreel reveal.
If you thought the writer wrote this just to get hits, maybe you should have ignored it.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:33 pm
I completely agree with you.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
Maybe I missed something, but where the author dismissed Jensen and/or Misha.
December 8, 2013 @ 8:05 pm
I just re-read the article. Not sure how the author dismissed Jensen and Misha. This article was just one of very few that actually focus on Jared more. Most that I’ve read are mostly about Jensen with a little Jared tossed in. Both are amazing talents.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:06 pm
But I rarely see Jensen’s acting being praised anywhere, just Jared’s and yes, he deserves it, but he is also given so much great material to show his abilities. Why do the writers give all the good material only to Jared? That’s all I’m saying. To me, this is unfair. How about giving BOTH guys equally good material so that Jensen, for once, has an opportunity to imress as well? And how is saying that in any way bashing Jared?
December 8, 2013 @ 5:11 am
Jensen is always praised. Of the two actors, Jared is more overlooked. Although in the show he tends to play more characters, it’s Jensen’s character who actually receives a lot of development and interpersonal relationships.
December 8, 2013 @ 5:28 am
Again, I have NOT seen this. I have seen ONLY Jared get praised. I’m not saying that Jensen doesn’t, but I personally have not seen it.
Again, NOWHERE have I bashed or disparaged Jared or his acting.
December 8, 2013 @ 2:17 pm
I don’t read every article, but like Gab said, 99% of the articles I read tend to praise Jensen while ignoring Jared, so this one was like a breath of fresh air to me.
December 8, 2013 @ 7:45 pm
And 99% of all the articles I read are about praise Jared and ignore Jensen.
Listen, I’m NOT bashing Jared. I think he deserves the praise. All I’m saying is that, when you are being given ALL the best material, as Jared has always gotten, you have ample opportunities to impress people. I just wish the SPN writers gave at least half that consideration to Jensen, that’s all.
December 8, 2013 @ 7:51 pm
Maybe we can just agree to disagree, yeah? No flaming happening here.
December 8, 2013 @ 8:29 pm
Dean hasn’t been given one iota of character development, IMO. On the contrary, in S8 he was pathetically REgressed as a character unto himself. He is now All About Sam to a worse degree than he ever was-even at the beginning of the series; while Sam has clearly moved on from the crippling co-dependency. Sam was happy w/o Dean and fine with his life when he thought Dean was dead. I’d say that Sam is the one who’s gotten far more character development from these writers. The interpersonal relationships are the ONLY thing Dean has left at this point in the series and the story, IMO.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:50 pm
Agree about Jared’s performance, and that he added a third character to it is impressive. Jensen and Misha, likewise, continue to bring it, as did Osric Chau. I think SPN is lucky to have these actors who inhabit the characters so well and likewise in fandom. I hope Jared, Jensen, and Misha take the “bromance” category at the PCA’s, I would love to see all 3 on stage together, getting the recognition.
Unfortunately, 9.09 fell a bit flat for me. There were many good things in the ep (especially said performances), and Castiel continues to be an appealing, fascinating character. But I didn’t find Kevin’s death shocking. At 9 seasons in, it’s just gotten old. The show needs these beloved characters–SPN is the brothers at the center, but it’s way less interesting a show without others for them to play off of, and the richness these other characters bring. Over the years SPN has disposed of them far too readily and especially now it rings hollow, a plot device rather than the tragedy it’s supposed to be.
I’m also disappointed in Sam and Dean’s story. Dean’s story now consists entirely of worrying over Sam, there isn’t even a hint of the self-discovery arc of S8, nor do we have Purgatory which looked at Dean from an intriguing new angle. Sam, likewise, is reduced by yet another go-round of Sam-not-Sam, something-wrong-with-Sam, and Sam whose pov we don’t see, a plot point to be rescued. Is the show doing this to make a point, to shake things out and break the hurtful codependent cycle? Because that cycle has harmed both characters, both in-story and in terms of making them less engaging, and what has kept the brothers at odds. I’ll hope for better in the second half, for Sam and Dean to relate as partners, for Dean to do more than just worry over Sam, for us to have Sam being himself, and for Castiel to stop being separated from his human family via ridiculous plot contrivances.
One of the big draws to SPN is “family”–I wish the show would actually back that up better in the story.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:40 pm
Jared killed it as Sam/Ezekiel, Gadriel.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:39 pm
Jared was the best thing about Holy Terror: Sam/Ezekiel/Gadriel, Gadriel as Sam.
December 11, 2013 @ 7:04 am
No your wrong!! Jensen was the best thing in spn!!
December 7, 2013 @ 3:31 pm
Wow, I don’t know if the reviewer and I are even watching the same show. Seriously. Both Sam and Dean’s characters are practically unrecognizable. Sam has just become an object to be used by other characters. He barely exists — in fact after the mid-season finale, he may not. Dean exists, according to the writers, only to react and treat Sam as nothing more than a body to be kept alive. Eh, the whole thing just gives me a creepy feeling. I think I need a shower.
December 8, 2013 @ 5:15 am
This is, unfortunately, quite true. Sam’s development and relationships and all of his personal reasonings are being ignored. Instead, he’s just getting knocked around a lot to provide angst for Dean’s character. It’s saddening to see him being devolved in this way. We need a deeper look into Sam’s character, and he needs to form some more relationships outside of Dean.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
For me, Jensen Ackles has always carried this show. And yes, as others here have pointed out-always w/o the benefit of any “flashy” storylines. I would love it if the writers would actually give him one, as they’ve teased time and time again, only to pull the rug out from under the actor(and his fandom), at the last moment. Not sure why they continually do this, but it’s very frustrating. I also disagree completely about the writing. It’s been mediocre, at best, since S5, IMO. Slumber Party was the worst of this season’s efforts so far, IMO. I’m finding Jared Padalecki’s Zeke/Gadriel(both the same character by the way-only the name has been changed) too robotic and lacking the gravitas that the original actor had imbued in the angelic character. I hope they bring that actor back for the role.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:32 pm
Jensen always gets just the emotional scenes because it is what he can do better, He can’t play different characters (shapeshifter anyone?!!), he couldn’t act different than Dean. So three show runners and a lot of different writers but the same writing for Dean, I think that say something.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:11 pm
To me it says they don’t want to switch it up and from what I’ve seen, it’s not because Jensen can’t play “other”, it’s because JP couldn’t make the audience care enough on those rare occasions when HE had strictly the emo sl-(Samelia, anyone?!! And even the entirety of S3, IMO-when JP had both the myth-arc and emo). ShapeshifterDean rocked-both times we got to see him, and for as short of a time as it was. As did LuciferDean and LeviathonDean and DemonDean in the dream episode-not to mention 2014Dean and PurgatoryDean. And Purgatory ruled the first half of S8-but because Samelia didn’t work they opted to get rid of Benny, too. Ridiculous-as is this argument that Jensen can’t play different characters. If anything, Jensen is too strong of an actor for this show now and at this point, they likely feel that if they give him any kind of a flashy/supernatural sl, JP will just fade into the background again as he did in S3, S4, and the beginning of 8.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
I completely disagree with that, Love stories never work in SPN (Lisa anyone!), Jensen said himself in the latest cons that he feel fortunate to not play different characters, because he saw how it is really hard, Jensen words not me!
December 7, 2013 @ 6:38 pm
Jensen is always generous towards his costars. It would be nice to see the favor returned once in a while.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
I read that at the MOST recent con, Jensen told some fans that he e-mailed, called, and set up a meeting with Carver and the writers and Jared because he was tired of his storylines being dropped or “changed” all the time and that he, too, was tired of all the “teaser” storylines that lead to nowhere for his character. He also said that a lot of screen time does not make a storyline. If he, of all people, felt that he had to do this, it makes me worried about what he’s seen for Dean in the up-coming scripts he’s received so far for the epsiodes in the second half of this season. The second half of S8 turned him onto little more than a “guilty cheerleader”-also Jensen’s own words from Comic Con this July.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:49 pm
Both Js called a meeting with the writers (some reports say that it wasn’t their call but Carver’s, but the Js were happy it was happening) and along with Dean’s dropped story lines there were issues about Jared’s too much time off and Sam missing from the narrative the whole first half of the season.
Don’t try to make it look like Jensen has issues with the writers and/or Jared.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:08 pm
I can only say what the one report I read said. And that was it; from Jensen’s VIP M&G. I also read that Jared reassured everyone that “Sam” would show up big time in the second half and he wasn’t even getting time off for the birth of his second child in the second half. So no worries if you’re a Sam/Jared fan-as it’s always been since S5.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:16 pm
I read three reports and they all said what I write here. Like I said I’m neither a Sam/Jared or a Dean/Jensen girl. I love both Js equally and could never choose between them.
More Sam in the second half means more brotherly moments, so if that’s the case I’m very excited about it!
December 7, 2013 @ 8:27 pm
Jared not getting a time off also can mean Jared as Gadreel, Sam was missing during the first part of the season and the last thing we got about him is “Sam is gone”, so Sam fans still suffer as we want our favorite character beside enjoying our favorite actor doing different stuff.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:16 pm
Because the reports from the VIP and M&G are always so accurate. I have heard otherwise. Some folks, not all, put their own spin on things.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:23 pm
Yes I saw the reports and you are completely right.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:51 pm
And so you saying that Jensen can’t act the hard stuff because you took his words out of context, at least I believe.
I took it to mean that he’s happy to play Dean, not that he can’t handle hard material.
Again, it’s fine to put Jensen down isn’t it?
December 7, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
You call Samelia emotional arc? Do you even know what an emotional arc means? Samelia didn’t work because the writers didn’t care enough, full stop. They just wanted something to drive Sam and Dean apart for the first half of the season, which was the whole point of Benny’s character too, btw. The writers did not care enough about Amelia as a character, giving her and Sam half assed flashbacks and a silly love triangle, she came off as unrelatable and no one liked her, that’s why they decided to write her off. Please don’t blame that poor story on Jared, he did the best he could with very bad and out of character writing.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:53 pm
Samelia was an awful storyline, but still got the most attention, much more that Purgatory, which was quickly dropped and ended up meaning nothing.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:17 am
It did not get the most attention. They had poorly made flashbacks that did not give us any insight about Amelia as a character and Carver intended for her to stay longer but he wrote her off when her character was disliked by the fans. Even Jared mentioned his dislike of this storyline. If Sam hadn’t gotten the trials last season, he would have literally nothing to do, at least Dean had purgatory and they write him with basically all the guest stars and Castiel, since for a weird reason they never let Sam have any interactions with side characters.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:19 am
The storyline sucked, but Sam did have one in the first half. And he had one in the second half of the season.
It’s like season 7 with Dean and Lisa. The story sucked, but it was Dean’s story.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:40 am
Nothing to do? Really? He was the only one with anything to do. He had the hellhound kill, the trials, the illness. Please tell me how Purgatory stood up to any of that. It was a very short story, had little to do with Dean save to introduce Benny and make Dean feel guilty about Cas, and they didn’t focus too much on either story there,had absolutely no lasting impact, and then it was dropped after a few episodes. We must have been watching a different version of SPN, because it seemed almost every episode in the first half of 8 there were multiple Sam/Amelia flashbacks.
Also, since Sam gets ALL of the major story arcs, why take away the few things the writers ever give Dean, like maybe a little more side characters interaction? I’d gladly give ALL the side character interaction to Sam if Dean could get just a mere fraction of all the important story arcs and focus that Sam gets.
Ideally, it would be nice if NEITHER character got more of anything than the other, but if they were given equal consideration in all aspects.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:26 pm
While I agree with you most, I have to say you’re completely wrong about padalecki’s lack of ability to carry an emotional arc. When Dean died, Padalecki knocked it out of the park. His gradual decline in season & sucked viewers in. The problem will always be that this show is written by comic book writers who don’t understand the concept of balance.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:53 pm
I respectfully disagree.
IMO, Dean was always Dean, he never changed even when he should appear a little different, so I see why he don’t get the story to play a different character.
The writers see Jensen is good in the emotional scenes, so they give him that to shine, because giving the actor what he do best is helping him to shine, and giving the actor a difficult challenge which don’t match with his strengths points is damaging the actor and making him judged more, so the writers do the best for Jensen and Jared.
I don’t know how you can’t see that, the writers always give JA what he do best because it is what writers do, the writers write the stories depending on the actors strengths and weakness points, because in the end they want the story to be delivered as good as possible, it isn’t actors competition for the writers as they just care to how deliver their stories more than who actually will deliver them.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:24 pm
IMO, they are writing their stories to cover their top-billed actor’s weaknesses, not to highlight each actor’s strengths. It’s also why they de-powered Castiel while JP was playing an angel, IMO. Jensen is equally as strong when Dean is in the bada**/leadership or even DarkDean role as he is when he’s doing emo. Jensen’s strengths are many and they are not all being used when he’s only allowed to react to other actor’s and character’s flashier storylines .This is disrespectful of not only the character, but even moreso, of this particular actor, IMO. And he doesn’t even really need to play another character if they would just give Dean some myth-arc importance of his own-meaning because of something special about Dean, himself, not just because he’s Sam Winchester’s big brother or Castiel the angel’s best friend.
I really hope we won’t get Dean sidelined again in the second half of this season as he was so blatantly in the second half of last season. I would not blame Jensen one bit for not wanting to sign on for any more seasons of this show if that happens again. In fact, I would hope he would leave, so that I can at long last watch/see him in something else that is more balanced and well-written than SPN has become post S4.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:47 pm
Your view is very biased and not logical at all, So now covering an actor’s weakness is by giving him different/difficult challenges stuff all the time, and not highlighting actor’s strength is by giving him what he do best to shine and keeping him in his safe strong area and not write for him the stuff that he said himself he is fortunate to not do?!!!
Anyone with just one working cell in his brain can see how that is illogical and total BS.
The writers are writing the story for who will deliver, so everyone get what he will deliver best.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:54 pm
Then would you also agree that Jared’s weakness is the emotional stuff?
December 7, 2013 @ 9:13 pm
Overall, we never get any Sam POV or emotion so it is a little hard for Jared to get anyone to care. When we do get a glimpse of Sam’s emotions Jared is wonderful. I don’t even count the Sam/Amelia story. Sam’s real emotional moment was in Sacrifice. That ending scene says it all. Jared and Jensen nailed it. When Sam did get to show emotion in Season 3 Jared did a great job. He is as great an actor as Jensen. They both do wonderful jobs playing Sam and Dean.
I have to disagree about JP fading into the background. He didn’t fade out anywhere in S3 or S4. Beginning of S8 was Dean-centric then the 2cd half of Season 8 was Sam and the trials. Jared is an extremely strong actor and will have bright future ahead.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:16 pm
The first half of season 8 was even. Purgatory and Sam/Amelia got screen time. In fact, Sam/Amelia got more flashbacks than Purgatory did.
Now the second half of season 8 was Sam centric.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:32 pm
Purgatory and Sam/Amelia got the screen time but speaking for myself Sam was not oozing with emotion. A scene or comment her or there with her but I am looking for more Sam POV/emotion that deals with what has happened and is happening to him now.
Loved the 2cd half of Season 8 more than the first.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:34 pm
My comment had nothing to do with Sam’s emotions. My comment had to do with the fact that Sam and Dean both had focus in the first half of the season.
The second half was Sam centric.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:58 pm
Yes. But my initial comment had more to do with not getting enough Sam POV/emotion.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:02 pm
We did get some Sam POV. It wasn’t favorable, but we did get it.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:11 am
This is why I want more. They need to give Sam a real opportunity to open up about everything that has gone on. It would be nice to see what is going on in that head of his instead of guessing.
twist of lime
December 8, 2013 @ 12:16 am
Someone praises Jared’s acting and also Jensen’s acting in her/his article and all the Dean/Jensen fans can’t stand it because Jared seems to be getting the bulk of the praise and they feel the need to bash Jared’s acting? How mature is that?
December 8, 2013 @ 2:16 am
Once again, I did NOT bash Jared’s acting, I in fact praised it. I happen to love the character of Sam and think that Jared is great.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:33 pm
Uh. Sorry to burst your bubble. But Jensen was excellent as the shapeshifter in Skin. I haven’t seen a more menacing performance since. The purpose wasn’t to play a completely different character, it was to play a character pretending to be another character. I thought Jensen was brilliant.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:38 pm
About the shapeshifter episode, no sorry you miss something, in the beginning it was supposed to be a character pretending to be another character, but after that it supposed to be a completely different character when Sam knew it is not Dean, but that didn’t happen IMO and he continued to act like Dean to the end.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:50 pm
No. The shapeshifter essentially mimics the person they’re pretending to be. They have access to the person’s memories, thoughts and feelings.
So no. Jensen’s performance was perfect.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
the shapeshifter only takes one’s SHAPE. He’s a creature of his own and has his own thoughts/mannerisms. He doesn’t copy one’s entire being, just their looks. Like the shapeshfiter in Monster Movie, he copied various people but in the end you see his true self; a lonely boy who loves horror movies. I don’t care what you think about Jensen’s performance, I happen to think he was great as well, but you don’t need to rewrite the show’s canon to validate your opinion. Other opinions are as valid as yours. Just like no one is going after you for saying Tahmoh did a better job at Zeke and saying “no! Jared was better!!” you should do the same.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:29 pm
She’s not re-writing canon. The shifters in Skin and Nighshifter DID mimic the people they were pretending to be through-out both episodes. The shifters in Two and a Half Men did not. I loved both of Jensen’s performances as shifters, too-and especially in Two and a Half Men. If anything, you’re both right.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:37 pm
I know what I said and no, shapeshifters are not supposed to mimic other people through out the whole story, that did not happen in Skin or Nightshifter, unless they were trying to deceive other people, they still have their own characters. My point is. just like you can have an opinion on Jared’s acting as Zeke or Gadreel and it’s a valid opinion, others can have different valid opinions, you don’t invalidate others’ opinions with “uhh, sorry to burst your bubble” just because you don’t like them
December 7, 2013 @ 9:25 pm
It’s happened in past seasons. Re-watch Skin.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:59 pm
Jensen DID act differently once Sam knew Dean wasn’t Dean. Up until,that time, he was fooling Sam. And again, I bring up”The End”. The future Dean was entirely different than the present Dean, and it was Jensen acting opposite of himself..
December 7, 2013 @ 9:18 pm
Yes he has his own thoughts and mannerisms but he also has access to the memories of the person he’s mimicking. Go back and watch Skin. The shapeshifter does have access to Dean’s memories.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
Ok. Then why are you attacking my opinion if, according to you, my opinion should be as valid as yours and theirs?
By the way, I didn’t rewrite the show’s canon. I’ll leave that up to the writers. They do it oh so well.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:10 am
I did not attack your opinion. I literally said I don’t really care what you thought and that I think Jensen was great as the shapeshifter. My problem is that you were arguing with someone and trying to paint their opinion as false, also you made it sound like shapeshifters only copy people’s looks and memories and pretend to be them 24/7 and I told you that’s not what they do and then you took back your own words. Not my fault really.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:13 am
Excuse me? You did attack me. Not to mention you misquoted me. I didn’t take back my words, I expanded on my initial comment.
And I disagreed with that person’s opinion. There’s nothing wrong with that.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:25 am
I think you’re confusing ‘disagreeing’ with you for attacking you. Bu nice victim complex you got there. And for the last time, I don’t care what you think about Jensen’s acting (was this where you thought I was attacking you?) I was objecting to your interpretation of a shapeshifter, which then you expanded, AFTER my reply. Please, this discussion is going around in circles now.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:29 am
I expanded on my comment after your reply, because you misunderstood my comment.
And no I don’t have a victim complex. But it’s nice to know you resort to insults.
December 7, 2013 @ 8:56 pm
I disagree with you about the shapeshifters, they have their own personalities, they can take anyone’s shape and access their thoughts so on. but that when they try to pretend to be them, but without pretending they should act like themselves which should be different.
So you agree Jensen didn’t act as a different person, but you think that was right, but like I said it was wrong, because after Sam knew he isn’t Dean he shouldn’t pretend anymore but act like a different person which didn’t happen.
Jensen is the first one who the writers wrote for him a different character in the shapeshifter episode, but then he didn’t sound different at all, so they don’t write that for him anymore.
And as Jensen said he feel fortunate to not play different, so it is understandable why.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:01 pm
No I said Jensen was great at acting like a person pretending to act as someone else.
And shapeshifters do mimic the person they’re pretending to be.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:09 pm
You think Jensen was great and you are completely free and I have no problems with that at all, but don’t put new rules.
The shapeshifter is a creature like any other creature has his own behavior, he can take the shape of anyone and access his memory to help pretending to be him, but if there is no pretending is needed he act like himself.
So after Sam knew it wasn’t Dean, the shapeshifter should act like himself not Dean anymore which didn’t happen in my opinion.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:13 pm
Uh huh. Ok. I still think Jensen did a great job. And I do think he was believable as the shifter pretending to be Dean and as the shifter himself.
So, agree to disagree.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:01 pm
I totally disagree, he did indeed act like a different person. Your bias probably prevents you from seeing any talent in Jensen.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:12 pm
Oh sure, but it’s Jensen fans that bash Jared, right? What did YOU just do? And I totally disagree, Jensen DID play that shapeshifter great!
It’s perfectly ok for a Sam/Jared fan to putdown Jensen but all Holy hell breaks out if Sam/Jared is not praised.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:58 pm
By the way this is an article about Jared in the first place, some JA fans who jumped to put Jared down, so you can’t blame Jared fans for the reaction!
It isn’t an article which praise JA and Jared fans who just jumped to attack and put Jensen down.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:51 pm
Um, yeah, Jenn DID just put Jensen down. All I did was point out the double standard. Is that allowed?
December 7, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
So then, Jared can’t play the emotional arcs as well?
Again, you’re making my point; the writers refuse to write anything for Jensen but existing solely for Sam. That’s NOT because of his perceived,on your part, lack of acting talent, but simply because Sam is their favorite character.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:50 pm
I disagree. He’s played a different character in every show he’s ever been in, so I’m certain he could play a different character on Supernatural. In fact, he has played a couple of different characters on Supernatural or a slight variation of Dean.
However, there’s always a downside and an upside, but the upside is…I get to watch Dean be Dean. For the most part he’s present in the narrative. And I prefer that to Dean being someone else for half a season.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:35 pm
By the way EP2 filmed before EP1, So Jared did Zeke first before the original actor you talk about, checking facts before talking is one of the good skills, try it to know better.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:48 pm
The original actor was on my screen first-that’s what made him original to me-as it would to most who know the meaning of that word.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:22 pm
I was trying to tell you who made the original character behavior first, it is the point from my post not the “original actor”!
The problem was from the original actor who didn’t just act like a complete human and not an angel at all in his first day on earth, but also for not seeing the already filmed episode to make the connection.
For me he was an angel because he said so, not because he acted like an angel at all, and after we knew that he is actually Gadreel who never was on earth/never had a vessel and who was locked in heaven for ages, that makes the so easy human performance from the other actor is more strange and big fail.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
Agree to disagree. The actor in 9.01 embodied the “angelic” aspect of the character better than Jared, IMO.
December 7, 2013 @ 4:47 pm
OK sure agree to disagree, For me he was completely human, and for an angel who never had an experience with humans or to use a vessel and even more he was completely locked and isolated, that was easy acting no more.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:35 pm
Angels are supposed to be robotic. Look at Cas.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:34 pm
Yes Cas still act awkward although he is on earth for years now.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:07 pm
Tahmoh did a much better job of portraying “Zeke.” His “Zeke” felt more layered. I would like to see him back. Soon.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:01 pm
I have to disagree that Jensen carries carries the show. Supernatural is Jared and Jensen and without one there is no show. What the show does need to do is finish one of Dean’s story lines instead of dropping it and give Sam the emotional POV. He has none and if we see any it is a flash and then gone. What Sam has done over all these seasons playing different characters is amazing and this season is no exception. Tahmoh did a great job but it is Jared that has really given us the Zeke/Gadreel character. The way he goes from Sam to Zeke/Gadreel and back to Sam is awesome. Hopefully the writers will change their thinking on both Sam and Dean.
twist of lime
December 8, 2013 @ 12:09 am
Why can’t Jared get some well deserved praise for his acting without Jensen/Dean fans jumping in?
December 8, 2013 @ 2:13 am
All I said was that since Jared gets all the opportunities to shine, of course he can impress people. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize a Dean fan wasn’t allowed to state any opinion. I have seen Sam fans make opinions on any articles/reviews about Dean. So, that’s allowed though? Of course it is, and Dean fans should be allowed to comment of San articles as well.
And I have also repeated, over and over that I am in NO WAY disparaging Jared or his acting ability here,In fact , I AGREED that he has been fantastic.
Ok, so thanks for telling me I’m not allowed to post to an article about Sam, even though I consider myself a fan of HIM as well.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:06 pm
Sorry bub, but Padalecki isn’t lifting anything in my opinion. The heavy lifting has always been Jensen Ackles and his performance. You can claim what you want, but I think that if Jensen ever left the show, Padalecki’s limited talent would stand out even more.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:18 pm
OH, You know when you can’t say something good about your favorite actor without trying so hard to put down his co star that say a lot about you and your meaningless point.
So try a little harder the next time maybe.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
Sorry bub, LOL!
And you talk with the name of who exactly, OMG are you that pathetic!!!
December 7, 2013 @ 7:18 pm
And your opinion is more valid than the Author’s opinion and everyone who agree with him because ……?!?!
December 7, 2013 @ 9:19 pm
Sorry to disagree but the show would not survive if either Jared or Jensen left the show. Jensen doesn’t do the heavy lifting. They both do. Jared has a very bright future ahead when Supernatural is done as well as Jensen.
December 8, 2013 @ 1:45 am
I also disagree with this. SPN wouldn’t be SPN if either of them left. I wouldn’t want to watch SPN with only Dean anymore than I would want to watch it with only Sam.
EQUALITY in all aspects of writing and acting showcases, that’s all I’ve ever wanted.
December 7, 2013 @ 3:04 pm
Jared is the best thing in this season, I don’t like a lot of things about the current season story, but Jared amazing performance which make me watch.
December 11, 2013 @ 7:06 am
Your dumb shut up and jensen is the best!!
December 7, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
The actors and the production make the show watchable, but the writing room has been a complete letdown this season, the MOTW episodes are riffed from previous seasons, the characters arcs are also retreads, we expect Dean, Sam and Castiel to have grown and matured, not be thrown into stereotypes of their characters. The angel war has not been compelling because there are no good angels to root for, they show up for an episode and are killed, Alas for the great adversaries of the past, Like Zachariah and Lucifer and even Michael, when he was trying to coerce Dean into possession.
And that’s another problem, the retcons that have made angels and demons less compelling, and less frightening monsters, last season was an exersize in ‘make friends with monsters’ while the show runners were searching for a spinoff, which wasted half a season, this season, the first half has been lackluster because doubtless energies are being given to this proposed spin off. The great strength of Supernatural was it’s unique mythology, but instead of finding ways to work with that, and expand it, writers are doing quick fixes for the sake of middling plots.
For example, with the needless slaughter of Kevin (if he’s not survived as Pamela did) the retconned mythology tells us from last season that a new prophet should appear. While Crowley did kill some of them, Sam saved the rest. If Kevin is dead, and the writers come up with some lousy loophole to explain how a new character doesn’t show up, that’s another nail in the coffin for continuity and simply good storytelling.
And the stories the show could have told, Castiel’s human journey, for which many of us – including Misha Collins – longed for was completely wasted, Cas is either a hapless socially inept comedy relief, or a bad ass ex angel. Instead of giving him a great mini-arc, which would have increased the poignancy in having to be an angel again, he was tortured, and his first sexual experience turned into creepy non-con. Not to mention the logic-bending, find Cas, save Cas, throw Cas out of the bunker, and then twice Dean teams up with Cas only to tell him he can’t join him – yet we see from previews, there is Cas, back in the bunker with Dean, back in the trenchcoat.
Jensen Ackles is astonishing, he can do anything and make it work, even scenes which make no sense, and scenes that are out of character for Dean, with lesser skills, Dog Dean Afternoon and Rock and a Hard Place would be unwatchable. But I’ll still not watch those episodes again. Jared Padalecki did some great work last season, but literally, he’s not been given much to do, and the Zeke-Sam-Gadreel storyline could have been compelling.
It’s much like last season, the hunt for tablets that never happened, the trials that came to nothing, with bright spots from Ben Edlund reminding us the heights this show could reach. If you’ve noticed people complaining incessantly, there is a reason for it. We also love the show, and we fight for it, we have been since 2005.
December 7, 2013 @ 2:27 pm
I agree that Jared has done a good job. But the author half heartedly admitting “Misha and Jensen had some great stuff” (not even that they did great work, they just had great stuff – what does that even mean?) before negating even that throwaway line with how the writing was even better….that’s kind of cold.
I thought Misha was outstanding as fallen!Cas as new angel!Cas. And Jensen….wow. He doesn’t get the same flashy storylines as Jared but instead gets the underappreciated job of carrying the emotional weight of the show. That last shot of him grieving Kevin’s death was both haunting and heartbreaking. Then we have Osric, who did a solid job showing us Kevin’s growth over the last 2 seasons. I think all the actors deserve more credit than the author gave them.
December 7, 2013 @ 2:35 pm
By being so dismissive of Jensen and Misha’s amazing acting and contributions, I believe this writer was just trying to stir up trouble to get hits, and we’re falling for their ploy.
I agree that Jensen is carrying the emotional weight of the show and doing a brilliant job! If it weren’t for Jensen’s amazing ability to convey such emotion and heart, I think this season would be very unemotional and I would be very disassociated from the show.
December 8, 2013 @ 5:14 am
This is why the writers need to shift their ideas and finish a Dean storyline and give Jared the POV/emotional weight. I would love for them to let Sam go for a few episodes (not an episode here or there and only for a brief moment) showing us what is going on in Sam’s head.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:55 pm
Jensen has had the yeoman’s work this season, he doesn’t have the flashy storyline, but he’s been the heart and soul of the show, the connection for the audience. Dean has been pretty tightly wound, all his emotions and actions have had to have been controlled and measured, and Jensen has had to convey all of Dean’s conflicting emotions without any obvious or overt movements or dialogue. It’s all been about subtlety and nuances, which, I think is one of the hardest acting challenges.
I recalled something Laura Prudom wrote in a recent episode review, Jensen “Ackles is one of the most gifted actors currently working, especially when it comes to conveying emotional nuances with the subtlest shift of expressions…”
Episodes like this most recent one remind me again how good Jensen is at conveying so many emotions. It’s one thing to have an expressive face, which with some actors seems to mean gurning, but to have a face which shows about ten different things at once in a way which constantly reflects different feelings and changes in feelings – that’s not easy. When you let Jensen play subtext and subtlety, he’s one of the best on TV.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:52 pm
I’m still waiting for the second half of the season and hope Jeremy Carver apply the last season’s formula once again and we can see the real SPN !
I agree that Jared is an amazing , talented actor and he proved it during the entire 9 seasons ! But this season his performance is just outstanding !
And to : SN_gal and Kev ! All i can see in your comments is jealously !
December 7, 2013 @ 2:56 pm
Yes sure SN_gal and Kev comments are full of jealousy, it is hilarious and pathetic.
They can’t handle how people see Jared as amazing actor, that hurt them so much and make them lose their minds, LOL.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
Jared was amazing as Gadriel the terrified angel acting as Ezekiel the uptight,suspicious angel AND of course as Sam
December 7, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
I’m not liking this season, I feel that the angels storyline is old while the promising MOL plot seems to have been dropped. But I agree Jared is doing an excellent job, proving he’s a brilliant actor who deserves more recognition.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
The real shining star is Jensen Ackles. He’s got the much harder job. He’s playing the exact same storyline for pretty much the 9th year in a row. Guilt. He still manages to find a fresh take.
Jensen can say so much with just a look.. The end scene where he when Kevin is killed is amazing. You can see a whole range of emotions cross his face, the quite uttering of Kevin’s name. The scene before that when he tries to confess to Sam. You can hear the desperation, pain and guilt in his voice.
Osric wasn’t even there when Jensen filmed that last scene. He managed to get that much emotion from just picturing osric in his mind. Padalecki gets the shiny, flashy storylines, complete with fancy make up and special effects. That IMO, makes Jensen the star because he does it on his own.
Zeke/Gadreel comes as too mechanical, he reminds me of Robocop. Dorian on Almost Human comes across with more personality than Zeke does and he’s an android. The complete opposite of how Tahmoh Pennikett (Sp?) played him, So I’d disagree Padalecki is doing a good job.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:32 pm
The real shining star for YOU, just YOU, Don’t act like your opinion is more valid.
For me Jared is always getting the damn hard challenging stuff and he always amazing, he is always great which encourage the writers to give him more.
For me Jared is the best actor in the show, but when I see an article talking about how great is Jensen, I don’t comment and say Jared is the best, I think because I’m just not that pathetic and I really have enough confident about me believes.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:49 pm
No, not just her. There are plenty of others who share her opinion. Some people think Jensen is the best actor on the show. Others think Misha. And then there are those who consider Mark Sheppard to be the better actor.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:08 pm
Just like you said, it’s just an OPINION, not a fact, so maybe she should have added “imo” in her comment! And I’m sure there are plenty of others who DOESN’T share her opinion and think that Jared is the best actor on the show.
Or plenty of others,like me, who think that if it wasn’t for the J2 combination, no matter how brilliant actors both Js are, the show wouldn’t have succeeded to be on air for 9 seasons.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:09 pm
Ok, then your message should be addressed to her.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:44 pm
you saw that she pushed her opinion as a fact not as opinion or you can’t see that?
Beside actually accessing an article about an actor and wasting a time to just comment and say NO “anybody” is the best is pathetic enough.
The day when I feel the need to go to an article about actor I don’t like to say that may favorite is the best, the day I reach this pathetic level, it will be a really sad day!
December 7, 2013 @ 10:57 pm
I never said I disliked Jared. I’m just not too fond of his portrayal of Gadreel. It’s as simple as that.
And I saw a link to this article, was curious, disagreed, and gave my opinion.
And I certainly don’t think it’s necessary for name calling.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:47 pm
You nailed it on the head; Jared is ALWAYS getting the best material. He gets to impress you with his acting, because the writers actually write stuff for him to act! I would never take that away from him. Jared does indeed do an amazing job. All I wish for, would be for the writers to write equally good material for Jensen, but all they give him is the same damn thing ever season, living and existing for Sam. I believe that most Dean fans are only asking for the same thing and are NOT putting Jared/Sam down when we say this.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:16 pm
Jared acting skills are absolutely beyond words, He is AMAZING.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
I think Jared’s performance is outstanding this season. He started knocking it out of the park from the second half of s8 as SAM (while doing the trials) and he continues this season as Sam/Zeke/Gadreel.
A general comment to all the haters here (and yes, it is hate what you;re posting, it’s not criticism) do you really think that a show wold last 9 seasons if one of the two main leads couldn’t act? Or that the PTB would give him such a material to work with if they thought he couldn’t deliver?
Or all the critics that praise Jared for his performance are biased Sam girls?
I’m neither a Sam or a Dean girl so I believe I can see things a bit more clearly. Both Jared and Jensen are excellent actors and it’s not only their talent but also the unique chemistry between them that makes the show special. TOGETHER they are the reason this show is still on air after 9 seasons and obviously it’s going for at least one more.
This article happens to praise Jared but in no way it dismisses Jensen (or Misha). And honestly I don’t understand why some people feel that in order to praise their favourite, they have to bash the other actor. But I guess haters will always hate… It’s all they can do!
EDIT: This was supposed to be a general comment, don’t know how it ended up being a reply…
December 7, 2013 @ 8:53 pm
well said! all the characters are equally great and unique and the show is great because of all the characters and not just one!!!
December 7, 2013 @ 10:33 pm
I myself am not criticizing this author. I am responding to those of you here that are indeed putting Jensen down. Why is it that the same people who are calling Dean fans “haters’ have no qualms at all about putting Jensen and his abilities down ? Why is one ok but the other is not?
Some of you are asking why your favorite has to be putdown in order to build up the other. I ask the same question: why is it that to love Jared, you have to disparage Jensen?
December 7, 2013 @ 10:41 pm
And again, you’re lumping me in with those who bash Jensen by replying to me and saying “those of you” Did you see me trashing Jensen?????
I love both brothers/actors equally but I cannot deny the fact that Jared/Sam gets most of the hate in this fandom. And this article is one more proof. When people come here not to complain about Jensen’s lack of opportunities but to trash Jared’s acting and the article that praised it.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:58 pm
I responded to what you wrote. Did you not accuse Jensen fans of criticizing the writer of this article? I told you that I was not doing that. Also, you made a comment about people having to praise their favorite by bashing the other. I agreed with that. I merely pointed out that there are an equal amount of Sam fans who do the same thing. Basically, you seem to be insinuating that only Dean fans do this when I’ve seen plenty of Sam fans fans do this also.
I love BOTH brothers. It seems though, that when anybody defends/loves Dean, to some of you, that automatically means they dislike or are bashing Jared and this is simply NOT true.
December 11, 2013 @ 6:58 am
Well your wrong cause I seen a lot of people praising jensen and there’s nothin wrong with that!!
December 8, 2013 @ 12:20 am
Well, I’ve seen it the opposite the. site after site hating on Jensen/Dean. I too, love both brothers. But if you dare defend Dean/Jensen, EVER, you are always accused of hating Sam. It’s totally untrue. It’s as if to show you love Sam, you have to bash Jensen. Sorry if that isn’t you, But I see it over and over.
I did NOT bash Jared ONCE here, nor did I say that he didn’t deserve all the credit he’s getting for his acting. I merely stated my frustration that the SPN writers don’t write equally good material for Jensen and I’m sorry, but they DON’T. From the very beginning, ALL of the best stories and acting assignments have gone to Jared and NO, I don’t believe it’s because he’s better than Jensen (or that Jensen is better than him either), but I have consistently seen a favoritism for the character of Sam from the showrunners and writers. It’s kind of hard for Jensen to show anybody what he’s capable of when he is given the exact same storyline over and over that by now he could do in his sleep.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:28 pm
Again, Jared gets ALL of the acting challenges, and no, that’s NOT because Jensen isn’t capable as you Sam fans are claiming. It’s amazing, you cry out about how Jensen’s fans are putting Jared down, yet you think nothing of putting Jensen and his acting down!
I feel that BOTH guys are equally talented, but only one, Jared, gets to show it. That I feel, is because the writers and showrunners, for some reason, have always favored Sam/Jared while not even trying to hid their disregard for the character of Dean. Why did they even bother to create his character in the first place?
To all of you Dean haters who claim that Jensen” can’t act a different character” I point to “the End”. Even though he was still supposed to be Dean, he was a Dean that was very different than his normal self, and he was fantastic!
December 7, 2013 @ 10:35 pm
Unless your reply to that person is an accident (like mine was supposed to be a general comment but ended up as reply) I don’t understand why you’re attacking her. Has she put down Jensen’s acting????? Unless you consider “Jared acting skills are absolutely beyond words, He is AMAZING.” as Jensen bashing! I only saw ONE person here claiming that Jensen can’t act (and that’s not the person you reply to here), yet 3-4 claiming that Jared can’t act. What you saw is no Jared hate at all but lots of Jensen haters, judging by your “ALL OF YOU Dean haters…” quote.
Sorry, but your bias is showing…
December 8, 2013 @ 12:03 am
Um, you’re kidding right? This ENTIRE site is biased towards Sam/Jared, and, merely because I try to defend Jensen and point out the fact that he has not had the chance to impress like Jared has, due to the SPN writers not regarding his character as highly as Jared’s, I’m biased? Excuse me, but YOUR bias is showing
And I believe I DID respond in disagreement with the posters who are putting Jared down. So I guess yousee only what you what to see.
And I attacked NOBODY.
December 8, 2013 @ 7:04 am
Actually this site is biased towards misha/cas.. I was shocked they acknowledged him.
December 11, 2013 @ 7:00 am
Shut up misha sucks that’s why
December 7, 2013 @ 11:21 pm
Sorry why this is a reply to me?
All I said in my post is that “Jared acting skills are absolutely beyond words, He is AMAZING”, I didn’t even mention Jensen at all, so where exactly I put him down to praise Jared?
December 7, 2013 @ 11:49 pm
That probably wasn’t intentional. I have just been reading some snide comments here disparaging Jensen’s acting abilities. It was meant as a general response, not to you personally.
December 8, 2013 @ 12:08 am
No doubt Jensen could play another character. At ChiCon Jensen mentioned he is glad it has been Jared, not he, who has had to play different versions/characters.
December 8, 2013 @ 2:48 am
Ok, I have to apologize. I certainly do not wish to in any way disparage Sam fans, as I am one as well.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
Jared is a brilliant actor, His talent is amazing, I enjoy his amazing work so much.
December 7, 2013 @ 12:20 pm
thank you! I totally agree with you. The show is getting better and better after S6 and 7 . I just hope that wont be the last we see of Kevin :D
December 7, 2013 @ 8:07 am
No. Jared Padalecki is garbage and can’t act his way out of a paper bag. This show would be NOTHING right now if Misha Collins hadn’t saved it. Destiell, Misha, and Jensen are why people watch. Nothing more nothing less. Check your facts because nobody likes Padalecki or his overacted “Sam.”
December 7, 2013 @ 12:13 pm
Kev …excuse me? Jared has been hitting it out of the park, and I
resent being included in your gross exaggeration of “Destiell, Misha, and
Jensen” being the reason people watch the show.
1) I watch for Sam and Dean (and therefore Jared AND Jensen), the reason I watched the show from the start. The ‘hunting brothers’ storyline that first drew me in and the same with relationship between the Winchesters.
2) Destiel only has one ‘L’
3) Check your OWN facts, there are PLENTY of people out there who like Jared AND Sam.
ship whoever you want, but DONT lump everyone into your views. I have my own thank you. As for Misha SAVING the show? pffft whatever *handwaves*
December 7, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Kev – good job you are not on the Oscar committee for Best Actor because you obviously can’t see a good performance when it is hitting you in the face. Get you head out of your self important ass and actually watch the show. There is NO Destiel – Misha is a ok actor and Castiel a good SUPPORTING character. The show is about two brothers at its heart and those brothers – particularly Jared are acting it out of the park right now…
December 7, 2013 @ 5:14 pm
Careful Annie…..when the Destielers knock Jared it is a critical assessment of his acting but if you knock Destiel it is considered a hate crime.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:32 pm
They don’t scare me reannblue2 – everybody has their own opinions and I have no problem sharing mine. Jensen and Jared own that show and are Sam & Dean Winchester to me. Jared is constantly picked on and underrated and is certainly as good – if not better – than anyone else on the show. Ten years time come back and see who is the film star – I’ll bet £10 on Jared right the hell now!
December 7, 2013 @ 5:52 pm
Agreed, I am tired of their bashing and hate.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:39 pm
I agree that Jared is great, but I don’t agree that he is better than Jensen, just that he has been given so much more to work with. I think that they are both equal in acting ability.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:04 pm
You are the real garbage, OMG you are so jealous and butthurt, get some help you crazy hater.
Jared is an amazing actor, and you just proved how that hurt you and make you go mad because you are that jealous and crazy.
December 7, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
You are pathetic!
December 7, 2013 @ 2:22 pm
You’re a troll and a waste of the air you breathe. Instead of posting hate and wank, why don’t you just go away and find something better to do with your time?
I agree with Winnie. Don’t lump everyone in your preference for Destiel. I, for one, don’t agree with it. It’s not canon and will NEVER happen. The show is about the Winchester brothers, not about one of them and an angel. If that were the case, Castiel would have been on the show from day one.
As for the acting skills both Jared and Jensen possess, they’re both amazing and perfection. While I admit I’ve been in the Sam Winchester camp from the beginning, I love and adore Dean as well, and what Jensen brings to the table is nothing short of astounding. I agree with the author of this article in that Jared has brought his best work ever, from the end of last season and all of this one. It can’t be easy playing multiple characters all at the same time, and making each one so different. Both men deserve awards for their work on Supernatural.
December 7, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
Jared really shone last year, and I hoping he gets more storytime this year, I also want Sam to interact more with Cas. I watch for Sam and Dean and Cas, and Charlie and Kev, while the show must center on the brothers, Cas is a brother too, and hey, it’s childish to put someone down, in the attempt to bring someone else up.
December 7, 2013 @ 6:06 pm
LOL Misha didn’t save it you moron. The ratings stay steady whether he is in the episode or not.
December 7, 2013 @ 9:25 pm
Wow! No one likes Padalecki. That is a good one. You need to go through and read all the amazing comments praising Jared. Misha “saved” it. Watching Cas work at the gas mart and fix the slurpy machine was such a compelling story….not. That is the funniest thing I read all day. The ratings have stayed strong whether Misha is in an episode or not. Sorry the article was not all about Jensen and Misha. I am all for Misha disappearing after Season 9. The show will carry on without him. Supernatural is Sam and Dean. The show needs to get back to the 2 actors that made the show a success…Jared and Jensen.
December 7, 2013 @ 10:19 pm
Here’s the thing… Checking your profile and reading your comments you don’t look like the extreme Destiel shipper/Jared hater you appear to be here. So, what’s the deal????? Are you trying to gain more sympathy for Jared and/or make Misha/Jensen/Destiel fans look bad? Whatever the case this is trolling…
December 7, 2013 @ 10:36 pm
I disagree with that. Many people, including myself, like Jared and think he’s great. It’s just that Jensen is equally great and rarely gets the same credit or praise as Jared does.
December 8, 2013 @ 2:45 pm
You are a warrior for Dean, roxi. Keep it up, but It sounds to me as if you’re being fooled by all the opinions at all the faux bi-bro sites out there. These are just Samfan sites with a different name-Winchester Family Business, supernaturaltv, spoilertv, Buddytv-they’re pretty much all the same. This particular site is also a well-known Sam site with this particular author also being a well-known JP stan. There are few Dean sites left because the stagnant writing for Dean has pushed most Deanfans who want to see Jensen given LEAD character writing away-or as is more likely-into the lurkdom. Most of the Deanfans who are left posting now are fine with Jensen having been demoted to the sidekick who gets supporting actor writing and storylines since S5. Basically, many Deanfans have given up and now hope mostly for Jensen to move on because the WRITERS on this show don’t know the difference between screen time and a storyline-that’s why it was so satisfying reading that Jensen believed it, too. He even mentuioned this back in the Gamble days, I believe. He doesn’t like working so hard just to push another character’s/actor’s storyline. Now he’s said it again. I guess we’ll see what happens, what with contract renewals imminent. Jensen still wins all the awards out there-as does Dean-which makes me believe that his fans haven’t abandoned him, they’ve just retreated into the lurkdom because since S5 the writers/producers have listened/catered only to the Samfans, and to a lessor degree, the Casfans. But Jensen still wins all the awards and garners most of the praise from the mainstream critics-on those rare occasions when the mainstream critics notice this show nowadays. It is ironic that this show was on the cusp of greatness back in S4 when the wrting was at its most balanced, but then they threw it all away, by reverting to the All About Sam mindset again in S5-and the quality has gone downhill steadily since then because of this same reason. Nice job keeping the faith here. Let’s hope that Carver and co. heard Jensen at this most recent meeting-or that if he didn’t, Jensen will have the sense to not re-sign this time. He deserves better from these writers. JP gets myth-arc AND POV-and this is true, IMO, too-no matter what all the Samfans both here and out there, say. S8, itself, was almost entirely from Sam’s POV. Anyone who didn’t see that is blind, IMO-or they didn’t like Sam being written as self-involved and jealous-character flaws that I have seen in Sam since Day One. He is not as perfect as many in his fandom want to believe he is. Of course, it didn’t help that these nitwit writers had DEAN apologize for being jealous instead. *rolls eyes* I hear you, though-as does every Deanfan still out here, IMO-Jensen’s talent is just as deserving of a sl fit for a lead actor/character as Jared’s is-even more deserving, at this point, IMO and in the opinion of many. He has proven his worth for this many times over. With new contracts on the horizon, let’s hope Jensen gets it in writing this time, IF he chooses to re-sign-which, sorry, but I hope not-as I also feel there is showrunner bias as regards characters AND actors at play BTS of this show now. Keep up the good fight. You rock.
December 7, 2013 @ 11:19 pm
Now this…is bashing.
December 7, 2013 @ 5:24 am
greatest show I ever seen
December 7, 2013 @ 5:47 am
I hope this show at least makes it to season 10.At first I had my doubts about the show when I first started looking at it but I was so wrong . Sam and Dean are awesome .Castiel is my favorite character.