Top Ten

  • 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."  
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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. 
  • Top Sam Winchester Gruesome Injuries

    Over eight seasons, both Winchesters seems to have suffered some rather bizarre, and totally gruesome injuries to say the least.  We aren't talking about mere bruises on the knee!  Sure, they've also suffered some terrible misfortunes, but today's list doesn't care about those.  We're talking about the injuries, little or major, that make us wince a little (fine, a lot!), ones that are purely physical rather than mental or psychological.  The stuff that makes the boys cry out in agony, thus turning the fan girl into a puddle.  

    There have been many, many, injuries, especially if your name is Sam Winchester.  Here's a few of the more memorable ones, in no particular order.
  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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? 
  • 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 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...

  • 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 Twelve Sam Winchester Humiliating Moments (and One For Dean)

     


    Poor Sam Winchester. Not only has he had a ton of misfortune and bad luck in his life, but there are often times he finds himself in precarious, utterly humiliating situations which he didn't come close to inviting but has been forced to endure anyway. Sure, several of his little embarrassing messes are the result of his older brother, but isn't that what siblings are for? 

    In pouring through all the seasons, I managed to narrow down a lot of Sam's red-faced misfortunes to a less than scientific and totally subjective top twelve. None of these are the result of Dean being a wise ass, so antics from "Hell House," "A Very Supernatural Christmas," and "Playthings" for example won't be seen here. Most of these are outright screwball, reminding us with huge smiles why a big guy is prime material for comedic fodder. 

    I originally went for top ten Winchester brother humiliating moments, but I only found one for Dean that's worthy compared to Sam's misfortunes.  As a bonus, his crowing achievement in humiliation will be at the end. I'm sure many of you already know what it is, but remember in guessing, none of these moments are self inflicted (yes, cross "pudding" off the list).

    So, without further delay, enjoy these top twelve Sam Winchester humiliating moments (and one for Dean) in order of least to greatest.  

  • 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 Ten Supernatural Standalone Episodes, Part Two



    Time for part two of the Top Ten Supernatural Standalone Episodes list!  I didn't keep you all waiting too long.  For those that missed part one, the definition of a standalone episode is as follows: 

    An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current arc to focus on a one-shot subplot or character.  

    Also keep in mind that in later seasons, the definition of "standalone" gets stretched a bit, since just about every episode has some sort of tie in by then.  With that in mind, here's the remaining top six. 

  • Top Ten Supernatural Standalone Episodes, Part One



    Here's a top ten list that's been on my to do list for some time.  As you all know, Supernaturalepisodes are divided between mytharc episodes and stand alones.  I've never taken a look at the stellar stand alone episodes that have given fans some extraodinary memories from the series.  

    What is a "stand alone episode" exactly?  I thought I had an idea, but Supernatural always likes pushing those boundaries when it comes to its episodes.  A lot of the MOTW (monster of the week) episodes have some sort of tie in to the mytharc.  So, I went to Google and found this definition: 

    An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current arc to focus on a one-shot subplot or character.  
     
    Okay, good to know.  The question I've asked myself for every single episode on this list, "Could a new viewer watch this episode and not be confused?"  I think all of these meet that criteria.  Once I started listing and ranking qualifying episodes, the results surprised me a little.    
     
  • 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 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.