Chuck Shurley

  • Supernatural Season 11 Hits and Misses: Part Two

     The list you’ve all been waiting for! The second half of the season eleven hits and misses. Let’s dive right in…

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections 11.21 "All In The Family"

     "The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror's territory is termed the enemy. The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by the enemy, is termed the friend (of the conqueror)." — Kautilya, Arthasastra: Book VI, "The Source of Sovereign States"

  • A Tribute to the Badass Men of Supernatural - Part 3

     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. I decided to use the same criteria as 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. 

    Strength comes in many ways, whether it is father's, brother's or son's love for one another or strength to go against all odds and do the right thing against what ever the cost would be. Their strength could also be to live on when they are struck by great grief or loss and they feel they can't. These men did that and more. Part 1 of my Badass Men tribute looked at Family and Angels. Part 2 covered the Bad Guys and Frenemies. Those categories include many classic Supernatural characters so you'll want to go back and catch up if you haven't already read them! Let's get on with Part 3!

  • Redemption, Second Chances & Changing Attitudes

    In honour of season 11 and all the attitude adjustments it wrought, today we’re counting down some of the top ten “redemption” hits in Supernaturalhistory.
  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.20 - "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    Editor's Note: Each week Karen visually recapped what she felt were the best and most memorable moments of the new Supernatural episode. The list varied from week to week, depending on what transpired in the episode. Towards the end of the season, we skipped a few episodes, though, usually for scheduling reasons. "Don't Call Me Shurley" was one of the episodes we had to skip, so we've never had the chance to share this visual review with you. As some consider it Robbie Thompson's finest work, it is appropriate that we present this to you now, during The WFB's Robbie Thompson Week! Enjoy!

    Karen's Note: This was one of those episodes where I found it extremely difficult to keep my most memorable moments down to a reasonable minimum. From start to finish, this episode was not only the best of everything, it was also so intertwined.
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    Even if time has gone by, I have still mixed feelings about writing this article. "Don't Call Me Shurley" was a magnificent episode. If you ask me, it was the finale on which this season should have ended. After that we found out that Thompson was leaving Supernatural, which hit me pretty hard. He was on a roll in season 11, writing the best episodes he has ever written.

  • Threads: Supernatural Season 11 Summary and Retrospective

    As Supernatural fans already know, Supernatural is a complex drama, built over years upon a foundation of mythology and recurring themes. Its dialog is intricate, often layered with thematic threads, double meanings and foreshadowing.  The “Threads” review series closely examines these subtlties, to both more thoroughly appreciate the detail of the plots and to attempt to predict the direction the story may be going. Now that the brother's 11th year of hunting is over and we know the outcome of this season's many plot lines, we can assess how well each climax was supported or foreshadowed, and our skill at unlocking season 11's mysteries.

    The following are the season 11 threads we have been tracking. In each case, I recapped how and where the theme appeared in the season. I then compared our specualtions and the evolution of our theories to the eventual outcome of that plotline, and assessed the logic and continuity of the writers’, and the characters’, actions. Join me for a retrospective look at the themes, the Threads, of Supernatural’s season 11.
  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 11.23, "Alpha and Omega" aka Do Over!

    Alpha and Omega.  I can’t think of a more perfect name for this episode.  We got two ends of the spectrum.  On one side, it was an entertaining, emotional, strangely optimistic episode that promoted all the things we love about this show;  family bonding, all creatures of the universe (including reapers) coming together to save the world, and touching brotherly scenes of angst and love.  On the other side, this was easily the worst season finale in “Supernatural” history.  Talk about building your mytharc to its climax, admitting defeat, and unceremoniously tossing it out the window as if it never happened.  

    Upon my first viewing, I was more focused on the mytharc.  How were the writers  going to get out of the corner they wrote themselves into?  Surely they had something big and unexpected up their sleeves.  After all, it’s what we’ve come to expect whenever the show kicks off with “Carry On Wayward Son.”  I had some skepticism because of last week’s horrible episode but I was giving Andrew Dabb a chance to come through for the fans.  Unfortunately, he didn’t.  To say I’m underwhelmed is a gross understatement.  Very disappointed doesn’t even cover it.  As a long time reviewer of this show, I’m mortified. 

    What really sucks about “Alpha and Omega” is if this was an episode 2 or episode 16 of the season, I would be signing its praises.  I would ding it for being slow in spots, but otherwise it’s a great character piece and an engaging story.   But this is a season finale.  The criteria is different.  Did all the events of the season tie together?  Were we given a proper conclusion based on all the clues we were fed?  Instead of the grand resolution like we’ve seen in the past ten season finales, our worst fears were confirmed instead.  This season’s mytharc was too ambitious, too big for the writer’s abilities.  It was basically grownups screaming, “Do over!”  
  • 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.”
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 11.22 – "We Happy Few"

    Thoughts on Supernatural11.22 – We Happy Few

    Season 11 has been all about the slow build to something grand. It's been a different approach to previous years, with a patient telling of the story and a gentle rolling out of our characters, their motivations and relationships. The problem? Patience is thinning, motives are murky at best and it's time to move it along now.
  • Wednesday's Watching: Supernatural 11.22 “We Happy Few”

    Channelling Mistakes!
    “That got weird!”
    Did God prepare an alternate reality to show Sam and Dean the “Mistakes” of their plan?

  • Threads: Supernatural 11.22 "We Happy Few"

    I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been contemplating three completely different approaches to my review of Supernatural’s 11th season pre-finale episode, “We Happy Few”. The obvious choice is to impartially analyze the dialog and plot because there were several important revelations in this episode. I’d like to do those justice, so I’ll get to those a bit later. My second choice is to share where I think this is all going, given the abrupt and unexpected turn taken in this episode. I think I’ll include a bit of that as well in my subsequent comments. First, though, I want to share my reaction to what we all saw.
  • 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.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 11.21: "All In The Family"

    Thoughts on Supernatural11.21: All In The Family

    Humourous and heart-wrenching moments, dramatic and intriguing; All In the Familywas not without drama or lacking in some of the exposition we’ve been searching for over the season’s run. Season eleven has certainly been a new flavour mix for Supernatural.These past months have been more about subtle ambience, emotional flavours and a true, slow simmer of each major player. AITF was really no different – just adding a few extra pops before, what it seems, will be the big showdown finale.
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 11.21 "All In the Family"

    “Don’t count on God. Okay? Count on us.” “God helps those who help themselves.” These two quotes have been key to Supernatural's season 11, and they play a major role in the episode “All In the Family.” The Winchesters are finally confronted with God under the guise of Chuck---and they have many questions and need many answers. And yet, instead of simply stepping in and fixing everything, God seems far more interested in lounging around the Men of Letter's Bunker. His inaction, on the surface, seems rather out of place and troubling considering the coming annihilation of the universe at his sister's hands. And yet, as we dig into his interactions with Sam and Dean, with the new prophet Donatello, and even with Lucifer, we can see that he has chosen to put his faith in his greatest creation instead. Certainly he'll step in when needed, but he will not merely make it all better. If they are to stop Amara, he'll need the Winchesters to do the heavy lifting. In a way, it's his way of letting his “baby grow up”---and in the long run, humanity just may be better off for it.

    Let's first look at how Chuck behaves in this episode and contrast it with his statements.
  • Wednesday's Watching Supernatural 11.21 “All in the Family”

    “Holy Crap!”
    Rowena and Sam sidelined!
    Metatron and Kevin banished!
    Sensing Nonsense?

  • Threads: Supernatural 11.21 "All in the Family"

    Call me a happy fan.

    I loved “All in the Family”. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire hour. At the half way point, I realized my hand had been over my mouth in the “Oh My Chuck, I can’t breathe!” position for I don’t know how long. I didn’t go to sleep until 2 a.m. because my heart and mind were still in overdrive. Oh, what Supernatural does to me!

    Similar to last week’s “Don’t Call Me Shurley”, this episode was jam packed with action, plot developments and underlying messages. Let’s take a closer look at the themes and the dialog to see if we can catch up on everything that happened!
  • 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.
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 11.20 "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    Every hero is defined by their villain as Metatron reminds God in “Don't Call Me Shurley.” In many regards, it's easy to see that God is the hero of his story. He is the one that created everything. He is the one that set everything in motion. It is his unfettered creation that has spanned worlds, universes, and more. God's the creator of the Dante Construct that Supernatural exists within. It is his power that has shaped the entirety of this world---and yet he did the unthinkable. He walked away from it all. He left. God quit. If he can do something like this, can he still be considered the hero?
  • Wednesday's Watching Supernatural 11.20: "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    The "Angel Nearest the Door" could be you. #Chuck is a Meat Suit for "The Writers' Voice."