As is our tradition, Birth.Movies.Death. managing editor Meredith Borders and I spent Sunday morning watching the always hilarious Supernatural panel, something that always manages to be the height of our Comic-Con experience.
It’s hard to go wrong with lovable goofballs like Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins on a panel (not to mention moderators and Supernatural veterans Richard Speight, Jr. and Rob Benedict. This year they were joined by executive producer Robert Singer and showrunner Andrew Dabb. As the panel went on, actors Samantha Smith (who plays Sam and Dean’s mom) and Ruth Connell (who plays Crowley’s mother) also joined the stage.
But really this panel is all about Ackles, Padalecki, Sheppard, Collins, Speight and Benedict, and their wonderful rapport. And while I’ll admit that this outing didn’t quite live up to the standards set in years past, it was still a great way to spend Sunday morning in Hall H.
Some of the best jokes:
* Richard Speight, Jr. (as Andrew Dabb walks to his chair at a snail’s pace):
Now that’s the slow saunter of a man running the show.
* Discussing how Sam would react to getting his mom back:
Jenson Ackles: When his mom left Sam he was a baby.
Jared Padalecki: You’re a baby.
Ackles: He was a child.
Padalecki: You’re a child.
Ackles: But Dean grew up. And Sam… just got bigger.
* When asked if Sam survived the gunshot wound he received in the season eleven finale:
Padalecki: Sam is alive because he’s not a LOSEchester. (This is a continuation of a joke he ran into the ground last year.)
* At one point, the hamster who moderated part of the panel last year returned to ask questions, most addressed to Mark Sheppard:
Hamster: When you were licking the floor [which I guess Crowley did last season], was that improv or did you just make it up on the spot?
* After Mark Sheppard wins a competition to see who in the cast has the lowest voice:
Ackles: He only sounds like that in the morning:
Padalecki: How do YOU know?
Following one of those Hall H proposals that people keep doing these days:
Richard Speight, Jr.: I think it’s a lovely thing when a satanic TV show can bring people together.
As for news, we got a lot more than normal. Though no one went into specifics about what it meant, September 13 will now be known as Supernatural Day, so look forward to that.
Since the last season dealt with a bunch of God stuff, Dabb claimed this upcoming season would scale back and return to the basics a bit.
Cass will have most of his mojo back next season, and will be an angry character filled with more fighting spirit. They compared him to the Cass we remember from season four.
Perhaps the biggest news of all, Lucifer will jump around bodies this season. One will belong to an aging rockstar. This character will be played by none other than Rick Springfield.
All in all, it was a great, funny and informative panel, which is exactly what I expect from these things. I’m sure I’ll be back to see what they pull off next year.