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  • Ardeospina's Top Ten Supernatural Episode Endings

    When Alice first suggested that we do a film-critic-style double list for the Top 10 Endings, I thought it was a great idea and hurried off to start working.  Then I got really bogged down by the enormity of that idea because man, there have been some amazing endings on this show.  I changed my mind so many times while whittling the list down, and I had no idea I was so predisposed to the really dramatic and heartbreaking endings.  Lastly, I did not know anything about Alice's version before making mine, so I was not influenced in any way by her choices (From Alice - Ditto for me).  So here is the Top 10 Endings, Ardeospina style.


    Honorable Mention - "Sympathy for the Devil"

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    I can never just make a list with 10 things, can I? At any rate, I had to put this on here in some capacity because this ending will always hold a special place in my heart.  "Sympathy for the Devil" was the first episode of Supernatural I ever saw, and while I really enjoyed the rest of the episode, it was the end that really drew me in and made me want to watch the rest of the series.  At the time, I didn't know the full story of Sam and Dean's relationship or what had happened with Ruby or why Dean was so, so upset and hurt by what Sam had done.  I didn't understand the full weight of Dean's words.  All I knew was that these two meant everything to each other, had for a long time, and now their relationship was severely damaged, maybe irreparably so.  As heartbreaking as this ending was, it was also really compelling for me, and I was hooked.
  • Far Away Eyes' "Supernatural" Gag-reel Top Ten Moments



    Whenever I need a great laugh I often find myself turning towards the Supernatural Gag Reels. They always make me feel better and giggle with glee. There are so many fantastic moments in them, but I thought I'd narrow them down to just twelve. Feel free to add any that you really enjoyed. I'd like to see what other faves are out there.
  • Supernatural "Caption This": Round 3 Winners!

    As you may or may not know, around here for fun we like to host a little "caption this" contest. Every week we pick a screencap from our favorite show and then have everybody able and willing submit captions for what they think is going on in that scene. It may be related to what is actually happening, it might not be fit for human minds, but it's all good for a laugh. Everybody votes on their favorite entries with the winner getting to see their words on the picture.

    By the time a hiatus rolls around, we've usually done about 10 entries so we like to pull those together into a collection commenmorating the winners (especially for preservation in case a server mishap wipes out the discussion boards).  Previously we had our first volume of winners and our second volume of winners.  So won't you join us now as we show off the wit & "wisdom" of you wonderful, awesome, totally talented WFB readers.
  • Ten Great Running Bits in Supernatural

    Running bits?  Yeah, you know, those little jokes/references that just won’t die.  Something started on a whim early in the series and still carries on years later because their mention makes fans happy.  "Supernatural" especially loves repeating items from it's vast archive simply because it can.  
     
    There are the obvious ones, like the rock star aliases for their fake FBI identities, that are just too numerous to mention.  What's on this list are still fan favorites, but they are the lesser used bits.  Those that hold a special place in the fandom’s heart.  In no particular order, here's my fond salute to ten fantastic bits from "Supernatural."  
  • The OMG! Castiel Top Ten List

    Dany's Dean birthday list and her follow-up Sam list were so fun, I asked her if I could do a Castiel one to go along because he may a nerd angel, but Castiel is also the hottest angel in the garrison. Ask anyone. Plus, there seems to be a lack of Castiel articles and things in the archives, and it's my new goal to help remedy that! (Yes, I might have developed a bit of a Thing for Castiel. Why do you ask?)
  • The Ten Worst Episodes of Supernatural

    Somewhere back in season three, I actually did a "Best" and "Worst" list for Supernatural episodes.  I'll tell ya, it was way easier in season three!  In trying to revisit that list now with more the double the number of episodes, I'm still trying to pull together a ten best (even 15 is tough), but somehow I had no problem with the ten worst.  So I present, the "Ten Worst Episodes of Supernatural."  You'll find this list is very different than the first list I did (which was only five), even if a few on that list made this one.  Yes, count on "Bugs" being here.  But is it still #1?  

    Naturally, I have an (dis)honorable mention.  I just had to sneak that extra one on there.  So yes, this one goes to eleven (hee, I love that line!).  Here goes...

  • The Top 10 Supernatural S9 Filler Episodes I Want To See

    There's always a certain amount of filler episodes in every season, and while they often vary in quality, it's a good chance for the show to let its hair down and experiment, as well.  So I'll leave the mytharc to people more qualified than myself.  But I'm a fan, and that is all the qualification I need to toss my own ideas into the ring for some filler episodes I'd like to watch in season 9.  Some of these are silly, some are serious.  Some will absolutely never see the light of day, but others?  Who knows?  In no particular order...

  • The WFB Admins' Top 15 "Supernatural" Episodes List: #11

     

    We've almost cracked the top 10!  But before we get there, we still have to discuss our choices for number 11.  And you're in luck because here they are!

    Ardeospina's #11:
     

    "Lazarus Rising"

     

    Why:  To me, this is the best season opener the show has had.  The pilot is pretty amazing, too, but not better than this episode.  Because I watched the first four seasons on DVD, I was still reeling from the fact that the show had the balls to send Dean to Hell.  The way they brought him back was inspired.  (And as an aside, I'm really, REALLY glad I didn't have to wait an entire summer between seasons 3 and 4.)  Bringing the angels into the equation really hammered home the shift in the show from being about hunting monsters and saving people to being about something bigger, something cosmic, apocalyptic.  It raised the stakes and changed the game, and none of us has looked back since.

    This episode also gave us an amazing brotherly hug, a hug from Bobby, angel true voices, hell flashbacks, Sam doughing up the Impala, Ruby 2.0, Dean crawling out of his own grave, and semi-shirtless Dean!  Who doesn't like semi-shirtless Dean?  We were also introduced to two fantastic characters, Pamela Barnes and Castiel.  It also marked the beginning of Dean and Castiel trying to outgrowl each other.  The winner in that contest?  The fans.  Yum.

    Favorite quote: I'm gonna have to go with one of the most iconic lines of the entire show:

    Castiel: I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition.

    Favorite scene: To probably no one's surprise, I'm going with Castiel's introduction.  What a badass.  The first time I watched the episode and he walked through that door, sparks flying, I was like, "who IS this guy?"  Castiel's introduction ties Death's as the most badass.  And then the dialogue between him and Dean!  Castiel is just so confused about why Dean doesn't think he deserved to be saved.  We wouldn't know for some episodes yet why in particular Dean didn't think he deserved it, but knowing Dean and his self-esteem issues, we all knew it would be angsty.  Deliciously angsty.

    (On page 2, sweetondean's #11)


    sweetondean's #11:
     

    "A Very Supernatural Christmas"

    Why: Who doesn't love this episode? For a lot of us it's become required Christmas viewing. I just adore it. It's great fun, with the horrific beginning complete with wide-eyed kid, ill-fated grandpa and bloodied Santa boot; a pair of Christmas crazed Pagan Gods in dreadful sweaters; the disgusting Santa hauling people up the chimney and well, remnants and bones scattered around the basement of the Carrigans; a drunk, stinky, porn loving Santa....I mean really! Too delicious. But mostly, it has awesome doses of broness.

    I love the memories and reactions of both brothers to this Christmasy situation they find themselves in, mixed with all the worry and horror of where they find themselves in relation to Dean's deal.

    Dean can't help but reminisce over Christmas, romantically thinking back to what he remembers as happier times, when he wasn't facing a future of torture in the pit. A time when Sam and Dean and dad were a family. But really, Dean's just scared and realising, this is his last year, his last year of everything, including Christmas. So he's desperately trying to hang on.
     
    Sam says he remembers Christmas differently to Dean. He remembers being without his dad and he remembers disappointments. The Winchester's Christmas with beer can wreaths, reinforces how not normal their family life was and in subsequent episodes we've seen how young Sam craved normalcy growing up. But really, Sam's just scared, aware that this is Dean's last year and no matter where he looks, he can't seem to find a way to save his brother. So he's desperately trying not to face it.
     
    They're both scared out of their wits, but neither wants to show it to the other. Dean is facing an eternity in Hell, Sam is facing life without his brother and these things hang like a weight over and colour many of the brother's interactions....
     
    It's so hard to see them struggle with their feelings, both of which come from the exact same place, fear and impending loss. When they final figure it out, it's heartbreaking....
     
    Sam: I don't get it. You haven't talked about Christmas for years.
    Dean: Well, yeah. But this is my last year.
    Sam: I know. That's why I can't.
    Dean: What do you mean?
    Sam: I mean, I can't sit around drinking eggnog, celebrating Christmas, when I know next year, you'll be dead. I just can't.
     
    Then there are the flashbacks to a 12 year old Dean and 8 year old Sam, fending for themselves in some dingy motel at Christmastime. The interesting thing about this aspect of the episode is that Jeremy Carver didn't have these flashbacks in his original draft, but when he turned the script in, it was running short and Ben Edlund suggested he add some flashbacks in. I mean, can you imagine this episode without them?
     
    We got to see Sam find out about the family business, the lengths Dean would go to try to give his little brother a "normal" Christmas, covering for his dad, stealing (chick) presents so Sam wouldn't go without. But most importantly, we got to see how Dean's amulet came to be. Given to Sam by Uncle Bobby to give to John, Sam chose, instead, to give it to Dean, because it was Dean who was there for young Sam that Christmas and I hazard a guess, quite a few Christmas' before and after.
     
    Then of course, in the Christmas of the present, it's Sam who's there for Dean....
     
    "A Very Supernatural Christmas" is a lovely look at what Sam and Dean mean to each other and the lengths they'll go for each other, for each other's happiness. It's just dripping with Winchestery lurve.
     
    Favourite Quote: I think probably it would have to be Dean's response to Madge Carrigan's dislike for swearing.....because it's just so Dean.
     
    Dean: You fudgin' touch me again, I'll fudgin' kill ya!
     
    Favourite Scene: Sam and Dean's makeshift Christmas... d'uh! Dean coming back to the motel room to find, that despite everything, Sam is throwing a Christmas, for him. The look on Dean's face is such a mixture of surprise and love, oh my gosh. Then when they both pull out gifts for each other from the gas mart down the road..... What I love about this is how chuffed they both are with their presents. They're two guys with nothing, exchanging what are pretty crappy gifts, but which mean the world to them both, because they have nothing and these gifts and this moment represent so much. It's all the stuff that these two say to each other, without actually saying anything at all, which makes this scene so very wonderful.
     
    The Winchester boys are such beautiful creatures, their hearts are so big. I'm always a little bit more in love with both of them after "A Very Supernatural Christmas". This episode is a perfect mix of what makes our show so fudgin' special. 

    (On page 3, Alice's #11)



    Alice's #11:

    Point of No Return

    Why?:  This was the very special 100th episode, a feat that was astounding at the time because "Supernatural" spent years on the bubble and cancellation block.  Jeremy Carver, one of the strongest writers on the team, was given to task to write something memorable (none of us knew at the time it would be Carver's last script until his season 8 return as showrunner).  He did, and I still well up in tears of sorrow and joy every time I watch this one.  

    Considering Dean had ditched Sam and Castiel in the episode prior to say yes to Michael, this was a script where ALL the cast members were given a chance to shine.  This is where "Supernatural" has historically been its strongest, when everyone is together working as a team.  Re-watching this episode reinforces for me they should have never, ever, ever, never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever killed off Bobby Singer (still bitter!).  As much as I'm enjoying season 8, the episodes aren't the same without him.  His speech to Dean, with the hard edged "I promised you!" puts in perspective how far Dean had fallen.  

    Dean and Sam's drama in this episode was more heart crushing to me than any other.  Dean had given up and run off, and was stunned that Sam tracked him down.  When Sam surprised him at the motel, he was crushed and hurt, and their reunion was unbelievably tear-jerking and painful.  Dean wasn't backing down, as Sam figured, so he brought help in the form of a trenchcoated angel.  

    The tension was further complicated by Castiel, who was not passively crushed like Sam.  He was damned plain vocal about his anger.  And snarky too.  Hee, a snarky angel, go figure!  Dean's influence had clearly rubbed off on him.  I really loved it, though, when Castiel became uncorked after Dean escaped and beat the living heck out of Dean after finding him.  For one, it proved it he was a really badass angel.  Two, this was the one time Dean needed some sense literally beat into him, and I'm glad it came from Castiel and not Sam.  Yeah, it added to that whole Destiel mythos, but I loved it!  

    The scene that make me bust out crying every time though is when Sam visits Dean in the panic room.  Dean delivers a crushing blow to his baby brother with brutal honesty as to why he's chosen to say yes to Michael

    Dean: I just...I don't believe. 
    Sam:  In what? 
    Dean:  In you. I mean, I don't. I don't know whether it's gonna be demon blood or some other demon chick or what, but…I do know they're gonna find a way to turn you. 
    Sam: So you're saying I'm not strong enough. 
    Dean: You're angry, you're self-righteous. Lucifer's gonna wear you to the prom, man. It's just a matter of time. 
    Sam:  Don't say that to me. Not you...of all people. 
    Dean:  I don't want to. But it's the truth. And when Satan takes you over, there's got to be somebody there to fight him, and it ain't gonna be that kid. So, it's got to be me. 

    That brought Sam to tears.  And me too.  Buckets.  

    Favorite Quote: I bring this one up a lot.  As much as I loved the lines during the "lover's quarrel" between Dean and Castiel, my fav is when Adam asks Sam and Dean how they plan on stopping the Devil.  Considering Dean wasn't on board with that plan, a smart answer was the only recourse.

    Dean:  We're working on "the power of love."
    Adam:  How's that going? 
    Dean:  Mmm. Not good. 

    Funny how the power of love is exactly what did save them, huh?  I love irony.  

    Favorite Scene:  Who wouldn't pick that scene in the Jupiter room, Dean all ready to say yes, all while an injured Sam stares at him with utter devastation on the floor?  It's legendary!  Dean suddenly figures his way out, saying yes only if Michael ices Zachariah.  He winks at Sam, then ganks a fuming Zachariah in classic, badass, Dean Winchester form.  I jumped up screaming in triumph!  Dean is back!  Dean and Sam were back together on the same page, ready to take on the apocalypse their way.    


    Coming up next, we work our way up to the top ten!  
  • The WFB Admins' Top 15 "Supernatural" Episodes List: #4

    We're nearly there! We're at number 4.... let's see if you agree with our picks this time as we get down to our favourites of favourites!

  • The WFB Admins' Top 15 "Supernatural" Episodes List: #5

    We're cracking the top 5 on our top 15 lists in truly hypnotizing fashion.  It's the Top 5, where the rules of logic have no meaning!  Read on, if you dare...


  • The WFB Admins' Top 15 "Supernatural" Episodes List: #9

    Number nine, number nine, number nine, number nine... yeah, just messing.  So, ready to see what the brain trust has come up with today?  As usual, we're all of different choices, but we're all in agreement that all these episodes rock.  Do they line up with your choices? 
  • Top 10 Supernatural Opening Sequences: TV Show Overlay Videos - Part 1

     "The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau


    This article is an idea I got while writing "The Fan Video of the Week article" for "The Vessel". For that episode, I featured two videos where Supernatural was combined with trailers for full-length movies and their music. While searching for those videos, I found many videos in which the show Supernatural and its characters were introduced using the music and style of other popular TV shows, mimicing their opening sequence. This type of editing is really popular. The introductions are a real art form themselves.
  • Top 10 Supernatural Opening Sequences: TV Show Overlay Videos - Part 2

     "The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau


    This article is an idea I got while writing "The Fan Video of the Week article" for "The Vessel". For that episode, I featured two videos where Supernatural was combined with trailers for full-length movies and their music. While searching for those videos, I found many videos in which the show Supernatural and its characters were introduced using the music and style of other popular TV shows, mimicing their opening sequence. This type of editing is really popular. The introductions are a real art form themselves.
  • Top 10 Things Ghost Bobby Should Do


    In recognition of Bobby's new state of being, here are the top 10 things he should do while he's a ghost.
  • Top 11 Castiel Lines



    It's Misha Collins' 38th birthday today, and what better way to celebrate than a Top 10 list?  I know!  A Top 11 list!  To thank him for giving us the amazing Castiel, here are my favorite 11 Castiel lines.  Cass has some great dialogue, so it was pretty hard to narrow this down to just 11.  And I'm sure everyone has their own favorites that don't match up with mine, so put them in the comments section!
  • Top 11 Castiel Moments

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    Today is Misha Collins' 37th birthday.  Happy birthday, Misha!  So, in order to help him celebrate, I've put together a list of the Top 11 Castiel Moments.  Because nothing says "birthday" like a list!

  • Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6 - Part One

    I was more than halfway through my own list of monsters I wanted to see in season 6 when I checked in to TWFB and saw that Elle2 had created an excellent list of monsters she wanted to see in season 6!  Thankfully, I was writing about things we haven't seen yet, while she mostly chose things that she wanted to see again, and never the twain shall meet.  Great minds think alike, sometimes.  And since I didn't want to be influenced by anyone's comments, I did not read any comment posts.  If there are things on here that anyone suggested in those posts, I promise I did not try to steal your idea and not credit you.  There's only so many monsters to go around!  But if you did post about the same monster after Elle2's list, tell me so in the comments and we can talk about how awesome we both are for thinking of the same thing! 
     
    Sam and Dean have tackled their fair share of monsters and spirits and other supernatural evils in five seasons.  Amazingly, there are still some evils they haven't faced.  And since season 6 is going to be more reminiscent of season 1 and is going to focus on monsters, I came up with a list of 22 supernatural things Sam and Dean haven't hunted yet that I want to see them take on in season 6.  Why 22?  Well, one for each episode!

    Most of these are pretty familiar monsters, but I'll still put in a description for them anyway just in case there are things you haven't heard of.  And I realize that some of these things would be silly to fight against, but Supernatural is great at taking lore and legend and making it fit within the parameters of the show without being too fantastical, unless they're being fantastical on purpose.  Many thanks to Wikipedia, without which the research for this article would have been much more tedious.  Without further ado, I present the "Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6."
     
  • Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6 - Part Two

    Here we go with part 2 of the Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6.  These are the top 11, the cream of the creepy crop.  If any of these show up in an episode, I will be one happy fan.  On to the monsters!
  • Top 7 "Supernatural" Baby T-shirt Ideas


    As many of you know, I am expecting my first baby in October.  (In fact, Alice has started a betting pool on when I'll deliver, so check out the forums and weigh in.  There's even a prize involved!)  And since I have my priorities straight, this kid is going to need some "Supernatural" baby gear to wear!  So in honor of the soon-to-be "Supernatural" fan in our household, here are the Top 7 Baby T-shirt Designs I whipped up on a lark.
  • Top Dean Winchester Gruesome Injuries

    I did one for Sam so naturally, I've got to look at Dean too!  After all, Sam isn't the only Winchester that has taken some pretty hard licks in eight seasons.  Dean has seen quite a few gruesome injuries himself, and it's time to fondly remember (and wince) at all those priceless times when life kicked him in the daddy pills and didn't look back.  Hint, it involves a lot of beatings.  

    In compiling a list of injuries, I went for the stuff that caused the most physical anguish for the elder Winchester.  This list doesn't look at curses, illnesses, hallucinations, etc.  This is just the plain physical injuries, and the agony that comes with them (yes, it's kind of sick how we hang on those).  

    Here are the more memorable injuries for Dean, in no particular order.