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Supernatural and Finding A Reason to Get Up in the Morning

With a few more days remaining in Supernatural's season 12 mid-year hiatus, we have time to reflect on what Supernatural means to each of us. For many, Supernatural provides the strength to "Always Keep Fighting".  I recently came across this vlog by Christine Killmer on a topic similar to #AKF, in which she talks about Supernatural and how each of us must find our own inspiration to "get up in the morning".

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Let's Discuss: What are your Impressions of Supernatural Season 12?

Season 12 of Supernatural began the reign of a new showrunner, Andrew Dabb. In addition, Robert Singer, who tried valiantly to retire after season 10 (he worked on only 9 episodes in season 11), officially came out of retirement to act as co-showrunner for season 12.  Under their direction is an almost entirely new writing team, supported by a new editor and new leads in various key pre- and post-production departments. Amidst all these changes, Andrew and Robert promoted season 12 in the media and to fans as a revival of classic Supernatural. They touted a return to simpler stories and the basic tenets of the show.
 
With 15 episodes aired, or almost two-thirds of the season known to fans, it's seems like a good time to ask, "What do fans think of the "new" Supernatural?" Do we yet have an idea of the show's style or direction this year?  Do we see any differences in the approach of this new writing team? Does the show feel different or the same as prior years? I asked The Winchester Family Business review team to tackle these questions. In order of their submission, Nate, Wednesday, myself and Alice each offer observations of Supernatural's season 12 style, tone and direction thus far. 

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Thoughts on Supernatural 12.15: "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"

Okay, this is another one of those pieces with a little of this and little of that and the result is a pretty okay episode. The important part of this episode was not so much the meat and bones it offered in and of itself, but rather the groundwork it laid out for the back third of the season, which all told was fairly intriguing.

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Why Supernatural 12.12 "Stuck in the Middle (With You)" Works

Hello and welcome to "Why _ works (or doesn't)", where I go over in detail why an episode of the show succeeded or failed.  If you like or hate this, let me know and feel free to shout out suggestions for episodes that should go on the chopping block or praise podium. Today I'm analyzing Supernatural 12.12, "Stuck in the Middle (with you)".

Sweet Sorrow of Forgetting: Supernatural 12.11 "Regarding Dean"

Editor's Note: The WFB has a long tradition of welcoming guest writers. When Ashley first sent me a link to her review of "First Blood", I couldn't wait to share it with The WFB readers! This is her outstanding review of "Regarding Dean". I hope you like it as much as I do! - Nightsky

 

“Regarding Dean” was one of the most anticipated episodes of season twelve because it was known early on to be the first comedic episode in quite some time. I, for one, love the funny episodes of “Supernatural—“Yellow Fever,” “Swap Meat,” and “Changing Channels” among my favorites. However, this episode was not just created to give us a good laugh, it bore depth and meaning, and it highlighted the close relationship of the brothers, something I've been wanting to see more of, like in the good old days.

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Supernatural Collectibles: Sam and Dean Action Figures

Editor's Note: A fan alerted me to the existence of these Sam and Dean action figures. After reading the persistence and vision it took to create them, then seeing these pictures, I had to put this story together for you. Collectibles are a part of every fandom. These are homemade yet some of the best I've ever seen. Enjoy hearing their creator (who wishes to remain anonymous) narrate the incredible saga of how they travelled half way around the world to come together! - Nightsky

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