Note from Alice:  Sorry for the slower posting on these, but this last week has involved an intense and painful "upgrade" of yours truly's laptop to Windows 7.  Okay, it's better than Vista, but it's still Microsoft!  Anyway, I think the kinks are getting worked out (not to mention the time we took to do the cool graphic for the countdown clock), so the rest of the list will happen this week uninterrupted.  Enjoy!

#6 – Dark Angels
 
Okay, Uriel’s not your typical white fluffy cloud angel. Of course NONE of them are. Uriel rubs us the wrong way from the beginning, but that’s the point.  He’s the badass angel, the eradicator not afraid to wipe out a civilization or two. After all, that’s his job as “specialist” and he loves his work. His bitter contempt for humans (aka mud monkeys) make his job way easier, plus that hatred means he doesn’t have to worry about hurting feelings of disillusioned humans like Sam who previously believed angels were merciful. He gets a sick delight in showing otherwise. 
Did Kripke Screw Over Sam Fans? 
 
I will end all suspense, if there was any, and state unequivocally that the answer is no. No, Sam is not too stupid to live. No, Kripke did not screw over Sam fans. To believe that is to believe that the enemy is simple-minded and obvious in their ploys. To believe that is to believe that Sam is not a man of deep thoughts and deeper emotions.   To believe that is to believe that all the rest of us were completely on board with the plan from The Pilot and somehow saw all this coming for 82 episodes. And, if that doesn't compel you to think differently about Sam, then how about this: To believe Sam is too stupid to live is to believe he is anything other than human.
#7 – Shapeshifter – Pick Your Favorite
 
I try to give a subjective analysis to these lists, but it’s obvious every once in a while when the subject matter gets too damned subjective, what I pick might not necessarily jive with most other opinions. Take for example the Shapeshifter. There have been three of them in Supernatural; in “Skin,” “Nightshifter,” and “Monster Movie.” Considering the Shapeshifter in “Nightshifter” plays more of a boogeyman role and never takes on a strong identity, I easily eliminate that one. So the debate begins, which is the better Shapeshifter? The creepy and psychotic one that takes the form of Dean and tries to kill Sam in “Skin,” or the absolutely absurd, over-the-top, yet sympathetic Count Dracula in “Monster Movie?” I can’t choose, so let them both share this category and call it even.
#9 - Pagan Gods
 
Antagonists are even better when their work makes them happy. That's especially true for the Pagan Gods turned over-the-top suburbanites in "A Very Supernatural Christmas." Only the warped minds of the Supernatural creative team could pull off such this absurd pairing. 
 
Meet Madge and Edward Carrigan, the modern day too-sugary- to-be-real elder couple next door. They're straight out of a 1950's sitcom, except they're more like Ozzie and Harriet meet Alfred Hitchcock. Edward comes complete with the Robert Young cardigan and pipe, and Madge and her plastic covered couch has issues with bad language in her home, especially from the victims she's slicing open.
 
So what happens to centuries old deities when times change and their way of life is compromised? Most just die off or get killed, but not these two. They're the rare breed that chose to go with the flow and assimilate into normal society. They're the happiest mass murders you'll ever meet this side of The Joker. 
Supernatural, my comfort episodes:
 
What makes a comfort episode? For me it’s an episode that I can curl up with and just watch, no major themes at play, no big uh-huh moments, just something that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
 
What do my comfort episodes have? Brotherly moments, humor, sometimes a lot of humor; I wouldn’t say these are usually the strongest or best episodes but they are the ones I like to come back to and just curl up and enjoy.

This is from the archives of blogcritics, published in April of last year.  I'm surprised I never posted it from here, because it's one of my favorites.  It's my heartfelt homage to Eric Kripke, spurned by his season three frustrations.  It's my guess many of you either never saw this or haven't laid yes on it in a while, so enjoy!

Oh, and if anyone was wondering, no one ever asked me to do the bake sale.

By popular demand (okay more like a tiny amount of chatter led by a Brit with an alligator obsession - just kidding Suze!), I present the latest top ten list, The Top Ten Supernatural Antagonists. 
 
I hestiate to call them villains, because this show prides itself on blurring that fine line between good and evil. These sometimes ambiguous often deliberate baddies (or nasties as some call them) fall into one of three categories. First there's the faceless ghosts, spirits and other creatures that are more scary behind the scenes doing their bidding than when they actually surface. You know, the ones we could care less about. 
 
Second are "the big bads," aka the ones that surface multiple times with the main purpose of wreaking havoc on the Winchester mission statement. Those will have a presence. 
 
Then there's a smaller third category, which involves those interesting characters making one time appearances that actually make villainy fun. They also have made this list, but it’s stunning to see how few there are out of 82 episodes. Also after shuffling through the possibilities, one surprise made the list, ranking pretty high. I'm sure you'll know it when you see it. 

Yes, Top Ten Villains/Baddies/Nasties starts tomorrow.  I promise!

In the meantime, Bethany was kind enough to let me repost a wonderful list she put on her livejournal of the ten episodes a new fan should see to get familiar with the show.  I admire her ability to pick just ten!  As usual with guest posters, do not repost any of this.  Either link to this site or to Bethany's livejournal at sometimeredhead.livejournal.com/

Thanks again Bethany for letting me share this, and enjoy everyone!  Do you agree with the choices? 

My next season one selection for recapping is a bit of a surprise for me. This is not one of my favorites. However, this episode, much like "Home" ends up being important for season four. By going through the exercise of a recap, maybe I would appreciate it better. We'll see.

It should be noted this is the first solo delivery of the writing team of Raelle Tucker and Sera Gamble. Sera especially uses this episode as her blueprint for further developing Dean's faith issues, so it's a vital piece of work. It also showcases just how far Dean has come in terms of faith. So, for your recapping enjoyment, I present "Faith."