Castiel

  • Threads: Supernatural 13.06 "Tombstone"

    The Morning After

    Supernatural episode 13.6, “Tombstone”, was a fun monster-of-the-week episode, meant to mirror the lightened mood in the bunker now that Cas is back. Dean particularly was all smiles, his inner fanboy squeeng over old west gunslingers and mementos. Is there an Old West theme park? Sam needs to take Dean there for their next vacation!

  • Threads: Supernatural 13.05 "Advanced Thanatology"

    Four Days Later

    I can’t believe that Supernatural season 13 just keeps getting better! “Advanced Thanatology” was another superb episode, extending the run to five in a row! Steve Yockey may have produced the best episode yet this year – quite an accomplishment considering my high opinion of the prior episodes. Billie returned as Death, and in a stunning, emotional scene, Castiel returned to his family. There were no distractions of an alternate universe (which I love but still takes time away from the bros), the stupidity of Heaven or Hell (or the associated cheesy depictions therein), no Princes of Hell or ridiculously fake drama, and no spinoffs to set up. Just Sam and Dean on a hunt, having deep conversations around the Impala.  Action, emotion and heart stopping (no pun intended?) surprises. It’s like Supernatural found its center again.

    The impact of this episode came primarily from two powerful scenes – the return of Billie and her ensuing conversation with Dean, and the return of Castiel. The first encounter was prolonged, full of significant dialog, insights and foreshadowing. The second was just a few seconds long and not a single word was spoken yet it left us breathless.  I considerd solely discussing these scenes since there is so much to explore about each of them, but that would be doing a disservice to the story. The underlying hunt, with its messages of fear, death and grief, masterfully wove together threads of meaning as well. To understand this episode, we need to look at the story’s entire tapestry.

  • Threads: Supernatural 13.04 "The Big Empty"

    The Morning After

    Another great episode!
    That’s four in a row!
    Just 19 more to go!
    I’m loving this show!

    Season 13 is delivering everything I love about Supernatural.  Feelings, conversations, reactions, apologies, confusion, revelations - all of it is pure and honest. Writer Meredith Glynn did an outstanding job with “The Big Empty”. It was heartfelt and real, with emotion, suspense and excitement, plus it advanced the season’s stories in meaningful and significant ways. I don’t know if it was Castiel’s return, Dean’s breakthrough, Sam again voicing his feelings, or Jack’s warm smiles, but this episode seemed to have a renewed energy that I haven’t sensed in a long time in Supernatural. Jared and Jensen gave excellent performances as usual, but there seemed to be more intensity in their interactions, something unusual.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 12.19 "The Future"

    Welcome back to the Memorable Moments series! For Supernatural episode 12.19 "The Future", I have once again put together a list of what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from the show. The list varies from episode to episode depending on what has transpired.  I hope you enjoy it and share what your picks would be!

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 12.10 "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" visual review series for Supernatural season 12! This edition memorializes 12.10 "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets". Once again I put together a list of what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from the episode. The list varies from episode to episode depending on what transpired.  I hope you enjoy it and share what your picks would be! 

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.09: "First Blood"

    The 250th episode! Who knew way back when the mission was searching for John and mourning Jess that this is where we’d end up all these years later?First Bloodwas a bit of a different flavor forSupernatural– but then a lot of season twelve has been about changing it up in that sense and it worked, for the most part. The action style, the approach of the feds and the emotions delivered well. As a 250th tribute to the Winchester family we’ve come to love, all the marks were met.

  • Mallena’s Supernatural Musings: 7.17 “The Born-Again Identity”

    Hi, everyone.  The nice people here at The WFB decided to let me write a series of episode reviews, for your enjoyment (let’s hope that it’s not a horrible mistake). I’m going to pick any episode from any season that was interesting to me in some way, then talk about other shows and books that touch upon the theme of the episode. 

    I felt obliged to start with my favorite episode of Supernatural's season seven, "The Born Again Identity".  I am the president, secretary, and treasurer of the Truly Unofficial Season Seven Fan Club.  I also bring the snacks to the meetings. We’re always looking for members - just let me know.

  • Wednesday’s Watching 12.23 “All Along the Watchtower”

    A Powerful, Deadly Delivery with Open Doors that Diminish Dangerous Distractions.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.22 "Who We Are" and 12.23 "All Along the Watchtower"

    The Morning After

    I am overwhelmed. Emotionally drained and intellectually stunned. THAT is the Supernatural we all know and love.

    The morning after watching the Supernatural season 12 two episode finale, 12.22 “Who We Are” and 12.23 “All Along the Watchtower”, my heart is aching with joy. Truly overflowing with happiness. I’m guessing those are not the emotions you would expect after we all watched nearly every supporting character we love die. To be fair, I am still in shock and I expect waves of different emotions to hit me over the next several days but our immediate reaction to an episode is a valuable and often the most revealing measurement of its impact.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.19 "The Future"

    The Morning After

    Another shocking Supernatural season 12 episode! I honestly thought “The Future” was one of the most exciting and interesting episodes of the season, an opinion which by itself is probably a shock to many members of the Supernatural family! After being whiplashed with surprises that were sometimes so close together I couldn’t process one before being stunned by the next, I was in for one more surprise – seeing diametrically opposed reactions to “The Future” on social media. The most frequent disappointment expressed was that the episode was boring and predictable. How does one show elicit such polar reactions from fans? How can some fans be elated by the ingenuity and heart of the story while others judge it to be the worst of the year? This was a textbook example of viewers looking for different qualities in their entertainment. What did I see in this show, though, and what did the writers (Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn) weave into the script?
  • Top 10 Clues to Supernatural Season 13 and Beyond

    As the Supernatural fandom eagerly awaits (and simultaneously dreads) the final chapters in season 12’s story, we have a one week break to consider what heartbreak might be in store for our heroes this year. A recent Supernatural convention participant reported that Jensen said this finale will be the hardest he and Jared have ever had to film. I don’t know about you, but my heart gets tied up in knots just thinking what that could mean!

  • 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.

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 12.15 “Somewhere Between Heaven & Hell”

      

    A Fandom Frolic Fixated with Former Episodes that fixed a few Faux Paws. 

  • Threads! Supernatural 12.15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"

    The Morning After

    I thoroughly enjoyed “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell”. Happily, I was totally engrossed in the Sam and Dean portion of the story. The hellhound special effects, the mystery surrounding the hound’s target, then the intended victim’s claim to not have sold her soul all kept me intrigued. Dean and Crowley’s conversations and the Impala talks between Sam and Gwen were also layered with implications for their characters and the show so I was emotionally and intellectually engaged.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.12 "Stuck in the Middle (with you)"

    The Morning After

    Well that was a unique and surprisingly creative episode! “Stuck in the Middle (with you)” kept the audience guessing from the first seconds in the diner to the last second when red eyes glared at us out of the darkness! The script, the direction, even the music, all worked together to keep us off balance. Fans were constantly trying to catch up and sort out what was happening.

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural’s 12.10 “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets”

     

    A complex Cas-centric concoction containing considered canon and clever continuity. 

     

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.10 "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    They say “Still waters run deep”.  That adage certainly applies to Supernatural’s “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets”. Such an understated title for Lily’s life being completed destroyed by an obsessed, evil supernatural being and her future being completely dictated by her obsession with revenge!  

    I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. As with its title, on the surface the story seemed straight-forward and simplistic but once I started analyzing its underlying messages, I found layer upon layer of character development, symbolism and foreshadowing. This turned out to be the longest Threads analysis of the season thus far, so settle in and enjoy!

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.10: "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    Point for point, this episode had a bit going for it in the back half: characters, actors, history. On the other hand, some interactions were lacking overall. Bringing the boys back together after so long separated to an intriguing piece of Castiel’s history that also foreshadows the future in vague ways. Yet that made for an interesting episode nevertheless.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.10 "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    This week’s episode, “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets,” was written by Steve Yockey and centers on an unknown, until now, angel mission in Castiel’s story. The so far credits review Castiel’s early story on the show and the current nephilim story, which gives us a heads up to the episode’s theme.

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 250TH: 12.09 “First Blood”

     

    Everyone’s on the Hunt.                 

    Torture, Twists and Traps intensified a tacitly rendered raison d'être.