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  • 12 Years of Big Boss Battles: Supernatural Villainy for the Ages

    12 Years of Big Boss Battles: SupernaturalVillainy for the Ages

    “I'm glad, honestly. I'm not saying we bury the thing, I'm saying we just save it for when we really need it. Crowley, Metatron -- the big boss fights.” – Sam, 9.22 Stairway to Heaven

    After twelve seasons of Supernatural- including one heck of an intense ending to our most recent finale, Supernaturalhas had it’s fair share of villains and monsters. Afterall, it is a show about fighting the creatures that go bump in the nights. That said, just how many of those creatures have resulted in, as Sam says, the “big boss” battle?

  • A Tribute to the Badass Men of Supernatural - Part 2

    After I made "A Tribute to the Kick-Ass Women of Supernatural" and part 2 , I wanted to write a similar article about men. I value both in Supernatural because the show has some of the most remarkable guest actors and actresses, so the loss of both are deeply felt. To create my list for the men, I decided to use the same criteria I had in my first article. I chose the male characters that had a great impact on me and were also Badass on their own accord. I began my male tribute by first looking at the "Family" and "Angels" in Supernatural (because we all know one particular angel is "family" to the boys!). Part 1 also include fan videos of Sam and Dean, because as we all know, they are the most kick ass of them all!  If you haven't read that article yet, take a moment to go back to Part 1 of The Badass Men of Supernatural!  

  • Elle's Review - "Free To Be You and Me"

    I'm very proud to announce that Elle has offered to step in and do the episode reviews until elle2 returns. She sent me her first one for "Free To Be You and Me." I'm thrilled with her point of view, so enjoy and tell elle what you think.

    Thoughts on "Free to Be You and Me"


    Overall Thoughts:


    THEN: We are forced to relive the downward spiral of the brother’s relationship and the splitting of Team Winchester from last week’s episode. This episode served as the ideal continuation from last week’s devastating ending. Though it was sad to see the brother’s separate, after seeing this week’s episode I am even more certain it was necessary. I think Sam needed to be on his own to make the realization that he could be strong enough and that he could learn to forgive himself. For Dean’s part, while I can’t imagine that Sam wasn’t still on his mind 99% of the time, the tension-free environment was ideal for gaining perspective on a very messy situation. I truly believe that when the boys reunite (and notice my use of “when” not “if’), they will be better for their individual experiences.




    Music:

    -          “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, in my opinion, was very well used in this sequence cutting between Sam and Dean. I’m not a classic rock expert, but it worked for me! It is only episode three so this may be a premature assumption- but it looks like our wish for the return of classic rock has been granted!

    -          The instrumental music during Sam and Lucifer’s conversation at the end was brilliant. It was just the right mix of eeriness, mystery and tension.

    Minor Characters:

    -          Hunter Trio -not much to say about them, but as a vehicle for getting Sam to a better place, I thought they were effective. It couldn’t be a demon; it had to be a human catalyst to convince him that he could change. That’s just what these three were.

    Lindsay:mostly, she really annoyed me - so nosy and determined to cozy up to Sam that I was POSITIVE she was a demon - my money was on Meg. She sort of bugged me actually, too eager. Although, with Sam as a bartender, I’d find a reason to cry into a few cocktails just to be near him! I bet nosy wished she’d never talked to Sam beyond drink orders after that knife was held at her throat. Lindsay did serve a purpose - telling Sam that even he could be forgiven and that he could change - I think this affirmation helped him later as he spoke with Lucifer/Jess.

    SAM: “People can change. There is reason for hope.”

    The opening scene with Sam and Jessica set a sombre, sad tone. When Sam first lays eyes on Jessica, the love and relief on his face is heartbreaking. He’s missed her. Her name isn’t mentioned much these days, but from the expression, we know (not that we doubted) she’s never been a far away thought. I suspected that perhaps Jessica was Lucifer or some other entity meant to manipulate, but regardless I enjoyed seeing the intimacy between the two. “I miss you, so much.” Viewers weren’t privy to much of their relationship, but the tenderness was visible in the dream-sequence here.  Calling Sam out for his actions; perhaps reflecting his own internal thoughts on what’s been happening?

    It’s interesting the parallel that’s drawn between Sam leaving hunting now and back when he went to Stanford. I think Jessica (even though she is really Lucifer) sums it up nicely -“different verse, same song” - bottom line, leaving doesn’t fix the problem, it just delays the inevitable and eventually, life catches up with you, no matter what. Jessica’s words aren’t surprising to Sam from his expression; he’s had these thoughts - he knows that he can’t run forever, but he’s in denial. He chokes back the tears, conflict easily read on his face.

    Sam is clearly lost; he looks especially torn as he watched the three hunters walk away from him at the bar. Sam’s struggle with the other hunters was sad, but in a way I think it was cathartic for him. He said aloud what he’d done, admitted it. He fought and helped Lindsay without using any kind of powers, only his skills as a hunter, and what’s more, he didn’t consume the demon blood even when it was literally forced into his mouth. Sam needed this to happen; just like Dean needed a dose of reality back in It’s a Terrible Life. Hunting is his life. That’s all there is to it. Sam iscapable of helping people without demon-juice and now he knows how strong he is capable of being; strength of will. Sam resisted the greatest temptation there will ever be - the blood was physically in his mouth and he chose not to drink it, not to be that guy again.

    DEAN: “Eat it, Twilight!”

    The sequence after the teaser, cutting between Sam and Dean was a fantastic technique. Dean in the opening sequence reminds me much of how he was in season two after John died. Systematically hunting everything and anything, recklessly even, in an effort to escape his own feelings. The scene where Dean cuts into the vampire and the result is blood on his face is reminiscent of “˜Bloodlust” - Dean is not in a good headspace.

    This week, instead of Sam and Dean, we had Dean and Cas whose friendship, tentative though it may be, is intriguing and moving to watch. In this human world, Dean can function as a guidepost for Cas, who is very much out of his element. (I would have loved to witness the personal space conversation.) Castiel asks for Dean’s help, because he’s the only one who will help him, and Dean caves. What was most affecting about this exchange was Dean’s silent moment and the way his face softens before he vocalizes his consent to help Castiel.

     Dean understands what it is like to have (or at least, to feel like you have) nobody else to lean on, to have nobody by your side. It’s clear that there is affection between them, and I can’t help but wonder, given that the THEN reminded us of Castiel’s speech last week, if Dean isn’t motivated here because he feels guilty and obligated. It definitely wouldn’t be out of character for Dean to shoulder the guilt that Cas (somewhat unreasonably, though understandably) laid at his feet in the hospital last week. On the other hand, Dean is finally needed again. It’s been a long time since someone asked him for help, since someone needed him. Also, kudos to Jensen for delivering the “I didn’t poop for a week” line; I bet there are great outtakes of that one!

    I found it interesting that Cas’ hooker lead to the mention of absent fathers and then later Cas and Dean compared missing dad stories. Dean and Castiel have a lot in common, more and more every episode. The parallels between the Winchester family and the battle of the angels doesn’t stop there. Raphael talks about how his “˜father left them with no instructions’ and I can’t help but think of Sam and Dean back in season one faced with the same scenario.

    The roles Dean and Cas have taken on in relation to one another this season is different than before - Dean is almost a mentor to Castiel and at the same time, Castiel fills the part of Dean that needs companionship when Sam is unable to fill that role. Regarding Dean’s confession to Castiel that he felt better without Sammy; I didn’t believe it for a minute. Sounded like an attempt to convince himself things were better off this way when in reality, the experience with Cas made him miss Sammy all the more. I do believe it was a relief from the tension and strain that had existed between Sam and Dean for the past year, which had become especially taut since Lucifer Rising. This is a scenario in which Dean is assessing things based on the respite he is feeling being free from that long-term disconnect that has hung as a shadow between the boys, and is thus not a legitimate feeling, but a transient one that will quickly wane. In fact, from the look he gave the empty seat after Cas poofed away, I’d say he’s not far from that now. 

    CASTIEL: “But today you’re my little bitch.”

    There are no words to express how much I love his “human moments” - I truly hope we continue to have them and they don’t socialize Cas too much. The relationship between Dean and Castiel in this episode shifts dynamics to a certain extent.   Dean is without his right hand and while he is capable of functioning solo, we know he prefers not to. The relationship between Dean and Castiel has a different dynamic this season because they have no choice but to trust each other and share information. Also, Dean’s wit is always about ten times better when Cas is confused by it. Thelma and Louise - not quite as funny as the God-on-a-flatbread exchange, but definitely up there in my books.

    The seriousness of “and the officer will tell us where the angel is” - well done, Misha! His acting was fantastic in this episode. I always think he is a great actor, but I thought he upped the game here; the deadpan delivery and comedic timing was awesome. The rhythm between Misha and Jensen in this episode reminded me of season one, with Sam and Dean. It was nice to have this tempo re-established, even if it wasn’t actually the boys themselves.

    While the whole de-virgining of Castiel plan was hilarious to watch, it brought us to the point where Dean realizes just how long it’s been since he’s laughed and that was a sad moment. Watching Dean and Castiel’s adventures- Dean giving Cas the money and the advice about dealing with the lady - very older brother to me. I think part of the reason he enjoyed it so much was because Dean falls best into the role of caretaker and older brother; he’s hardwired this way. (And who didn’t love when Dean shucked the blame on Castiel for trapping Raphael, complete with the annoyed look that Cas shoots him? Very older brother in my opinion.)

    Bad Ass Cas is my favourite, hands down. And he latinated! Sigh.He’s one spin behind the wheel of the Impala away from being an honorary Winchester. (Now, for the sake of the Impala, let’s hope the angel who can’t even hold his faux FBI badge upright, never perches in the driver seat.)

    I have to appreciate the symmetry of Castiel confronting the “brother” who betrayed him at the same time as Sam and Dean have split. Family issues abound this season. Raphael was a scary dude - don’t want to meet him in a dark alley! This episode goes to Misha, who was all around superb in every scene, particularly as he walked away from Raphael in the ring of fire.

    LUCIFER: “You’re the one Sam. You’re my vessel. My true vessel.”

    Jess as Lucifer threw me, I’ll admit. I entertained the possibility that this was Lucifer initially, but given the dark lord’s insistence that he didn’t and wouldn’t use lies or trickery to reach his endgame, I disregarded him as a candidate. Stupid me. The character of Lucifer is really growing on me - I am enjoying the understated nature and gentleness, even, about him. Though we know he is Satan, he doesn’t ooze pure evil in the way that previous big bads of the Supernatural world have. For the most part, Lucifer is very up front - lays everything on the table. This is a character whose arc is going to be fascinating to watch. Mark Pellegrino plays it well too. I’ve not seen his previous work, with the exception of one episode of Lost, but he plays it with a subtle charm. I like that Lucifer, unlike most demons, doesn’t tease and taunt. Things just are - he’s very matter of fact about things and even enticing with the sly, manipulative empathy he extends.

    “Cause it had to be you, Sam. It always had to be you.”

    Damn you, Kripke! To leave us on that ominous, diabolically clever note?! Pure evil genius. Lucifer’s words echo, practically verbatim what Ruby said to Sam in Lucifer Rising and I can’t help but speculate on the demon prophecy out there with Sam’s name on it as a key player. This was destiny perhaps long before Mary made a deal with a yellow eyed demon. Only in episode three and already this season is brimming with the potential to be even more epic than season four.


  • Elle's Review - "The End"

    Thanks so much elle for submitting another great review.  She's one up on me, since I've been going through family induced writer's block for three days.  Enjoy!

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    Thoughts on the "The End"
    The Recap
    How nice was it to see John? I had to smile just at hearing his voice - glad to have him present in an episode, whatever the form. So far, we've had two episodes of four that have reached all the way back to season one for THEN - and as we've now had Meg, Jess and the Colt, it will be interesting to see how much more of the shows foundation bleeds through into this season and if other old friends (and foes) make a return appearance. 
  • Fan Video of the Week: Reflections on Supernatural "Angel Heart"


    For this weeks video, I chose to go about it from a different angle. Inspired by The WFB article that focused on how demons have changedduring the run of the show, I decided to focus on angels as it fits the episode, the fan video I wanted to highlight and the new monster that was added to Supernatural mythology.
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Lotus"

    The devil ain't got no power over me. The devil come, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil have his part to play. Devil's a good friend, too... because when you don't know him, that's the time he can mosh you down."— Bob Marley

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Rock Never Dies"

     

    "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." — Christopher Reeve

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 11.22 "We Happy Few"

    “Amara is looking for me. But I'm warded against her, for now. The second I drop the warding, she'll show. She'll be expecting a fight and we'll give it to her. Shock and awe. Shock and awe.” Chuck makes this statement after all of the troops have been assembled by the Winchesters. So, why does “shock and awe” ultimately fail in the end? What went wrong and how can they possibly hope to stop the Darkness now? Is it really leading to the “end” that Amara has welcomed everyone to? Will creation and everything in it truly be tossed aside and irrefutably destroyed? Or, will God's other words about “humanity stepping up” be the saving grace of everything? These are the questions raised within “We Happy Few.”
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.02 "Mamma Mia"

     “If you ever wanna talk. I know what it's like to come back and not feel like you really fit,” Sam tells his mother at the end of “Mamma Mia.” In many ways, the statement blankets the entire episode.

  • Finding Lucifer at SDCC 2016: The Supernatural Connection

    There are certain expectations when one receives a press pass for San Diego Comic-Con. The most obvious expectation is that you actually provide press for the movies, television series and stars that are being showcased to their fans. This is unbelievably exciting when the interviews are with the stars of your favorite shows. It's rather intimidating, though, when you are asked to interview the cast of a show you've never seen. That was the case for several of my SDCC 2016 interview assignments, including the show Lucifer. Having just finished its first season on Fox, it was renewed for a celebrated second season so its stars were appearing at Comic-Con for only the second time.

    Not only had I had never seen Lucifer when I was asked to cover this press room, in fact I had made a conscious decision to not watch it as I felt a very strong allegiance to a devil by the name of Mark Pellegrino. I had also determined that there were enough angels, demons, depictions of Hell, and apocalyptic battles in my life given my devotion to a much older show called Supernatural!On a deeper level,  I objected on moral grounds to a show that epitomized Satan as a good guy.
  • In Defense of Supernatural Season 12, Part Two

    Part 1 of "Defense of Supernatural Season 12" makes the case that the return of Sam and Dean's loving relationship and the harmonious blending of the season's arcs added up to one of the best years in the Supernatural series.  In Part 2, Samandean addresses the other major characters and storylines, and how they contributed, or detracted, from season 12's enjoyment.
  • It's a Supernatural Life - Part 4

     

    Are you ready for part three of the Christmas story? If you missed the opening chapters of this year's Christmas in the bunker with the Winchesters, you'll want to go back to read Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 before continuing. After this we have still one part to go.

     The original idea for this story was to make it ready before Christmas day but unfortunately that didn't come to pass. Sometimes I plan too many things to do and I realize that there is only so much you can do in a day. I didn't have a holiday (vacation time) to finish it but so much was already done. I decided just to relax, keep the idea for the story in mind and slowly let it reveal itself. That was good as I could fully focus on it and write all that was needed. So finally we have arrived at the part that is my favorite.

  • Let's Discuss Roundtable: What do You Want to See in Supernatural Season 11?

    What do you want to see happen in S11?

    That question was asked of me and Alice in the TV Fanatic Roundtable for “Beyond the Mat”.  Before Supernatural begins the final sequence of eight  episodes that will hurdle us all toward whatever heart stopping, cliff-hanger disaster the Winchester brothers must endure this year, this question is worth pondering.
  • Let's Speculate Supernatural 11.18: "Hell's Angel"

    This episode, “Hell’s Angel,” was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. The episode opens in a desert tent somewhere in Saudi Arabia
  • Let's Speculate Supernatural 11.21: "All in the Family"


    This episode, entitled “All in the Family,” was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. The episode begins where the last episode ends with the glowing amulet and the brothers meeting Chuck in the street.
  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.03 "The Foundry"

    This week episode was written by Robert Berens and directed by Robert Singer and is titled “The Foundry.” The cold open begins with a hipster couple leaving a swanky restaurant. They are talking when they stop in front of an abandoned house and hear a baby crying. The woman goes into the house while her partner calls 911. She ventures further into the house to find the baby and an old crib with a flickering light above it. She pulls back the cover and a creepy doll is there. Her partner shows up and something runs in front of them. They run to the door but it slams shut. She screams.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.07 "Rock Never Dies"

    This week’s episode was written by Bob Berens and focuses on Lucifer’s return. The show begins “one week ago” with a séance by two young men who are conjuring Lucifer.

  • 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.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.09 - "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

    Welcome to "Memorable Moments". Each week I will visually recap what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from that episode. The list may vary from week to week, depending on what has transpired in that particular episode.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.21 - "All In The Family"

    Welcome to "Memorable Moments". Each week I will visually recap what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from that episode. The list may vary from week to week, depending on what has transpired in that particular episode.