Just like every year, The WFB doesn't stop with just the fan choice awards! Your friendly neighborhood editor-in-chief/site admin is a redhead with some pretty strong opinions and ones that should be shared. This was a 23 episode season, so there's plenty more awards to be given, good, bad and indifferent. The best part too is I get to make up categories as I go along, just because I can.
So here we go, time for a time honored summer tradition here at The Winchester Family Business. In no particular order, The Supernatural Season 12 Editor's Choice Awards!
The Best Appearance of Sam Winchester’s Hair
This episode got a big hair mention in my initial review. Sam's distress over Dean's condition only made the hair that much hotter. It was practically perfect in every scene, each wave reflecting the ups and downs. Okay, maybe I'm stretching there. But maybe not. How about the scene where he's all broken up about Dean. It's a bit of a mess. A pretty mess.
There's his panic over Dean missing:
His heart stopping over Dean unsure who he should be shooting:
Then there's just this in the woods, which is just an awesome angle of a perfect do:
Yep, a win all around.
Worst Appearance of Sam Winchester’s Hair
“Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes”
Let’s call this a good bad. It all started off with the most delicious of hair disasters, Sam standing by a river in the wind during a light rain.
Hmmm, frizzy wet hair Sam...
The trouble is, the hair never fully recovered from there, taking a life of its own for the most part. Mostly flat and just there. Of course it was so dark for most of the episode it could have been perfect in the shadows and I just couldn't see it.
Definitely not a total disaster though. Another great hair season overall.
Most Outrageous Dean Winchester Line/Moment
"Ladies Drink Free"
There’s always a crop of good Dean Winchester lines each season. But, this year’s winner is both a line and a moment, one that sets up something that we all have been DYING to see for years...only to be cruelly robbed. Ah well, at least it happened, even if it was off camera. Sam and Dean while on a case finally stay at a nice hotel, courtesy of the British Men of Letters. I present to you, this precious piece of dialogue.
Dean: Man. Those pillows, right? The little chocolates that they put on? I mean, I'm ruined, Sam. Those limey sons of bitches ruined me. I even took a swim this morning.
Sam: You brought a swimsuit?
It may be “UGH” to you Sam, but to me, I'm kicking the couch over how unfair missing that scene was. I'm also cackling over the visual. I’m sure someone filled in the gap with fan fiction.
Best Teaser of Supernatural Season 12
"Stuck in the Middle (With You)"
This is easily one of the stand out episodes of the season, one that is unique enough where it will be remembered for the ages. When an episode kicks off with a brilliant and dead-on homage to Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" with fast paced dialogue so outrageous that it eventually leads to our wayward angel sniffing the waitress to see if she really does smell like food, not to mention the camera deftly moving 360 degrees around the table to catch what everyone is doing (a lot), then jumps into the future showing Mary helping a badly wounded Castiel, well, let's just say it's an attention getter. You definitely want to know what happens next. Turns out quite a bit.
Worst Teaser of Supernatural Season 12
“The British Invasion”
Both episodes and their teasers have one thing in common, completely asinine plots that not only tell you how bad the episode will be, but it makes you wonder how the same set of writers could get away with openings this horrible.
"Mamma Mia" is particularly troubling because it shows Sam and Toni in bed after Sam is shown upset and defeated in his basement dungeon the episode before. Turns out, Toni roofied Sam for information. Not only was that plot twist not clever or interesting, it was outright offensive and insensitive to real victims of sexual assault. For those that think that observation is a little over the top, one cannot deny it was at the very least in poor taste.
"The British Invasion" kicks off with a Harry Potter ripoff school called Kendricks, and two young boys (one being the young Mick Davies) being terrorized by a headmistress that looks like Dolores Umbridge. Honestly, I should have turned off the episode right there. This atrocious backstory still didn't explain why the British Men of Letters were how they were or what drove them there. Nope, all that happened was a very poor imitation where the students inexplicably kill one another because they were told to. Don't parents notice when their kids go missing? I wonder why my intelligence was so brutally assaulted.
"There's Something About Mary"
This was also a serious contender, but the way Eileen's ridiculous demise was shot wasn't half bad. Sure it made me mad as hell, but it wasn't as campy as these other two selections. Still it deserves a mention though because once again it served no purpose to the overall plot. It was a poor setup just to give Sam and Dean some forced emotional material and the result instead was pure fan outrage.
Best Location For An Episode
Columbus, Ohio! Why? I live there. Nuff said. In your face Cincinnati!
Fine, "The One You Were Waiting For" was a weak story and technically the action moved to more pathetic Toledo by mid-episode. The more troubling part was even the shadiest parts of Vancouver are nicer than Toledo, so the whole setting lost it’s realism for me.
The real choice is...
"Rock Never Dies"
Los Angeles, aka the City of Angels, which is definitely ironic since we sure saw a lot of demons, didn't we? The setting was a key part of the whole plot, selling Lucifer’s twisted reality that you just need to be a rock star to be a God. Where else could he have gotten away with what he did? Bravo to Robert Berens for using the episode to take a pot shot at the shallow nature of the entertainment business, not to mention giving Crowley a setting that made him right at home. It reminded me why I dislike LA so much.
Best MOTW of Supernatural Season 12
Once upon a time, demons were quite menancing on this show. You really feared them and their treachery. One that really stood out was the yellow eyed demon, a higher up in the ranks. Dean killed Yellow Eyes in spectacular fashion at the end of season two and the demons kept getting more evil and scary...until season six. Crowley took charge and somehow the creative direction decided that demons were superficial and stupid not to mention extremely disposal with their slimey ambition to climb the corporate ladder of Hell. One of the worst creative decisions ever on this show.
So, when Ramiel was introduced, a yellow-eyed demon in exile, I wondered instantly how they could explain this. We haven't seen his kind since season two! Turns out writer Davy Perez did his homework and found his golden opportunity. The yellow eyed demons were all Princes of Hell! There was more than one! There are now only three left, Ramiel being one of him.
I'll tell ya, he did his kind proud. He was harmless when left alone but once he got mad, he took on his foes with that same unnerving smile as the first yellow eyes, the one that pretty much told you he was going to rip the limbs from everyone's sockets. He was unstoppable, until Sam killed him with his own weapon. Too bad, I think he would have been great if he had more of a stint. Awesome job by Jerry Trimble Jr.
Worst MOTW of Supernatural Season 12
The British Men of Letters
I could sit here and dictate how ill conceived the whole idea the British Men of Letters was in one very long essay (and I'm sure I will someday) but I'll tell you why I especially hated that they were the villains. They were human. This show has gone there with human villains before but for these guys to dominate so many episodes and so much air time without us truly learning what made them tick and why they were going for world domination (because it's the British thing to do?), I just didn't get why they even existed and by the end I didn't care. Why did they have to be part of the Men of Letters? None of it added up and honestly, I hope I never find out. Enough time has been wasted on them.
Considering Ramiel was so damn good, how did Dagon turn into a weak scenery chewer? She even got more episodes than him! So not fair. She had the potential to be so menancing, like Abaddon's first cousin or something like that. No such luck. She monologued too much and terrorized a pregnant woman with terrible dialogue. I guess she got what she deserved in the end, but by that time her end was so damn predictable I just couldn't get into it.
Best Skin Crawling Moment
You know, that kind of blows all kinds of continuity. How many times have we seen Lucifer in various forms and never once has a cross turned upside dow or a bible catch into flames? Given how creepy the scene and the whole visual was, I’ll just go with “They should have thought of it sooner.” It was pretty wicked.
"The Memory Remains"
Dean keeping trapped in the red light freezer with the goat headed cannibal God lurking nearby? I wouldn't have given it a second thought if it didn't happen earlier to another guy, screaming while no one heard him on the other side, including Sam and Dean. It freaked me out a bit. Given the creepiness of the setting (awesome job set designers!) I actually had a pit in my stomach and was worried for the boy!
Most Humiliating Moment
“The British Invasion”
Poor Crowley. How in the world was such a great character, not to mention a great actor like Mark Shepherd, forced to spew this garbage?
"My loyal...ish subjects, these troubled times, I'm aware there might be some confusion as to where you're supposed to place your loyalty. Even with Lucifer back in the Cage, there are those of you who would try to help him... because he scares you or engorges you. Just the chance that Lucifer could come back, the rumor, would've been enough to keep some of you working against me, undermining me, being a royal pain in my... pert, royal ass. But lo, the beast has been humbled. From his own lips, you will hear proclaimed of the one, true leader of all Hell. See... I didn't just beat the Devil. I tamed him."
Most Gruesome Injury
“Keep Calm and Carry On”
Duh, this one was kind of obvious. I feel like the injury was cheapened in the end by an off camera angel healing, but blowtorch to the bare foot beats everything (except wood chipper). Too bad it all happened for no good reason whatsoever. (Actual act of burning foot not shown due to the graphic nature. Google seriously has a problem with that!)
The "I'm not Crying (I've just been cutting onions, I'm making for a lasagna...for one)" Moment of Supernatural Season Twelve
"Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes"
I don't know how or why, but that scene in the basement when Sam and Dean found Tasha's body and then Max walked in to get the shock of his life, it really got to me. It was the way the whole thing was shot and Max's tearful and genuine reaction, it had me in tears too! That so rarely happens for me and not from a guest character. No wonder he made the desperate decision later when his sister met a horrible fate as well. He wasn't going to lose everything. It was a surprising, very powerful moment.
The “Oh Hell No” Moment of Supernatural Season 12
Sam relegated to the backseat of the Impala? Sacrilege!
Best Shoutout to a Totally Epic Episode in a Prior Season from a Vastly Mediocre One
"The One You Were Waiting For"
The one the stands out for me happened earlier in the season. “Everybody Hates Hitler” is one of my all time favorite episodes and it's sequel was a bitter disappointment. The more perplexing part comes from Aaron Bass’ very brief cameo. Why wasn't he in the whole episode? No Golem? Ah well, at least he's making good progress on his life's mission.
Aaron: We're halfway through the ledger. I nailed six, and the Golem got the rest. It feels good, you know? Finishing what the Judah Initiative started. Sam: Your grandfather would be proud. Aaron: Yeah, well. Dropping out of college to wipe out Nazi corpse-bags wasn't exactly my mother's dream, but what are you gonna do?
Episode Where I Can’t Remember a Damn Thing That Happened
"Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"
Honestly, I sat there going through the episode list and I tried for twenty minutes before reading the episode synopsis. Even when I read it, I couldn't remember it too well. Then I went to read my review to see what I thought about it and I found I didn't write one! Then it all came back to me. A hellhound story that followed no continuity and Lucifer and Crowley acting like toddlers. I went back to forgetting!
The “Floor…Thud…Me” Moment of the Season
I know what you’re thinking, it’s Dean and the grenade launcher in "Who Are We", right? I mean, how can it not be the grenade launcher? We wanted it all season and longer! But why would I be that obvious, especially when “Who We Are” practically swept the Fan Choice Awards? How about Sam “Fucking” Winchester blazing in with the colt to save Dean in “The Memory Remains?” It even came with a cute tagline…
“The colt. It dusts anything.”
Fine, the grenade launcher wins. I mean, come on. How many years have we waited for this?
Coming up in Part two, more off the wall categories, just because I feel like giving more accolades and we're still a long way from the premiere.