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Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.20 - "Twigs and Twine and Tasha Barnes" aka Wonder Twins Power Activate!

Episode 20 in this show has always been a bit of an odd duck.  It’s meant to be the warmup to the big climax that is coming.  There have been huge classics like last season’s “Don’t Call Me Shurley” or what I call a true masterpiece of the series, season six’s “The Man Who Would Be King.”   Then there’s the quirky fun episodes like “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” and “Pac-Man Fever.”  There’s also the fandom dividing episodes like “The Rapture” and “Angel Heart.”  Don’t forget the total disaster too, aka season nine’s “Bloodlines.”  

Thoughts on Supernatural 12.20: Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes

Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes had all the perfect ingredients and knew exactly how to blend them in the perfect storm of an episode. Excitement, emotion, drama, cliffhangers and action, 12.20 delivered a quick-moving storyline and left this audience member surprised to see the forty-two minutes were gone already, exceedingly pleased with how it had played out. So, what were we served and where exactly does that leave us heading for the soon-to-be served finale?

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The Morning After

Well that was a depressing, nobody wins episode! Supernatural’s “Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes” (“Tasha”) brought back twin hunters Alicia and Max Banes, who I have loved since their introduction in “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (what’s with these LONG episode names??). I eagerly awaited their return, hoping for many years of double date hunting partnerships alongside the Winchesters brothers.

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Thoughts on Supernatural 12.19: "The Future"

Whoa! That was quite the unexpected episode in some of the best ways. The Future was all about addressing the present, answering some of the dangling question marks, the curious plot threads and the teaser pieces that have been dragging on for several weeks with no satisfaction, in some cases way, way too long. In particular, this was about finally answering one question in particular: where the Hell did Castiel disappear to? Despite a somewhat lackluster response to the latter, the rest was handled with renewed energy, introduced freshness to a stale notion and took things in a brand new direction: finally!

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Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.19 - "The Future"

Huh, that was interesting.  That’s good “interesting.”  I can’t explain how or why, but I thought this was a well done hour.  I’ve been really missing Castiel and I’ve been skeptical about this whole Luci baby drama.  I like this turn.  Is the baby good or evil?  Please let it be good.  That would be something different, wouldn’t it? 

What I loved the most was Kelly and Castiel.  Just about all the moments that they were on screen.  There was something visually captivating about Kelly’s whole suicide in the bath tub scene, shot by first time for “Supernatural” director (and acting alum) Amanda Tapping.  It was done with style and grace, which was kind of weird considering we’re talking a bloody death in a bathtub.  I really felt for Kelly at that moment and she earned my sympathy for the entire hour. 

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