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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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“How am I then a villain?”: Crowley as Supernatural’s Shakespearean Antagonist (Part One of Four)

Part One: Seasons Five and Six

"Cannot be ill, cannot be good." - Macbeth, Act I, Scene 3

Villains and heroes share one important trait - they often act to build a better world, to right perceived wrongs, to bring justice to an unjust system. They diverge, many times, in motivation. Heroes tend to act from a place of common good, a common good that is shared by the audience, whereas the villain acts from a place of common good not shared by the audience. Good villains (and heroes) are not easy to create. There is always the danger of caricaturism, of creating one-dimensional personalities that speak words but are unconvincing in both action and motivation. Good villains are ambiguous - they require the audience to sympathize, perhaps even empathize, with their acts. One of the best writers of both heroes and villains was William Shakespeare, and this essay seeks to align some of Shakespeare’s most complicated villains with Supernatural’s most complicated villain, Crowley. I hope to delve into Crowley to show how he echoes a long line of valued antagonists, how he inherits and translates the villain for today’s genre audience.

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