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  • 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!

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 11.20 - "Don't Call Me Shurley" aka When Metaphysics and Psychology Collide

    Eric Kripke and Robbie Thompson get together in a bar and…tell me if you’ve heard this one before. 

    Oh my, my, “Don’t Call Me Shurley” really went in a ballsy direction, didn’t it?  I’m personally stunned.  No doubt this is a polarizing episode because it basically listened to six years of non-stop fan complaints and decided to do something about it.  While that might thrill some, it also upsets others.  No matter what side you fall, one cannot discount what this episode brings to the table.  
  • 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!”  
  • 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: 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.

  • 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"

  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Let's Speculate Supernatural 11.20: "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    This episode written by Robbie Thompson is titled “Don’t Call Me Shurley.” It begins with Metatron eating from a dumpster and he gives his food to a small dog he has with him. He angrily calls out that he’s done with this all and then is transported to a bar where he finds Chuck Shurley. At first he is dismissive of Chuck but then he reveals his true self, God.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Recap - "Swan Song"

     
    I'm going to warn you all right now, this is a 100 percent lovefest. I think many people were unfairly critical of the episode and I'm determined to spell out in exhaustive detail why every single scene is sheer calcuated brilliance. Oh, but in doing that, you’re also in store for one crazy ass long recap. Seriously, it’s a novel. So make sure you’re stocked up on both coffee and Kleenexes. It’s time to kick off this intense emotional rollercoaster. 

    First off is the grand tradition we know and love of our season finales. I've even been guilty thus far of failing to mention this in light of the rest of the episode being so good, but you know a finale is good when the most understated part of the ep is the traditional "Carry On Wayward Son" montage. What can I say about this montage? It's great as usual and sums up season five pretty nicely. My favorite bit oddly enough is that great shot of Dean leaning against the Impala in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid” although I’ll admit my emotions leapt when I saw Sam and Dean’s reaction to Ellen and Jo blowing up in the hardware store. That gets me every time too. 

    Now for the finale (gulp!). This intro wasn't all what I expected. It starts documentary style, showing old footage of a Chevy being built on the assembly line in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1967. I think one of my Ford cars was built in that town too. I'm instantly emotional, for this is pure gold for a car buff born and raised in Detroit. Chuck is doing the narration and I adore his sentimental style with his storytelling all through this episode as well as the narrator's charming score.

    He brings up April 21, 1967, when the 100th million GM vehicle rolled off the assembly line in Janesville. It was a blue two door Caprice.  I never understood the difference between a Caprice and an Impala. Thanks to wikipedia, I found out. They're the same car body wise but the Caprice had more luxury features. So that proves the Impala wasn't a glory car. Anyway, there was a big ceremony and speeches. "Even the Lt. Governor showed up." Too funny! Our Lt. Governor is too busy running for Senate now, which makes these Mickey Mouse ceremonies perfect for him. He'll show up at the opening of an auto parts store right now.

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  • Recap - "The Monster At The End Of This Book"

    I'll warn everyone now, this recap is ridiculously long. The longest yet. There are SO many damned details though, I decided to capture every single bit I could. So, this might take a while but at least there will be some nice reading at work when trying to kill a hiatus. 
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Hiatus Hunting: 5.22 - "Swan Song"

    Remember when the Apocalypse and Lucifer were the biggest issues Sam and Dean had to worry about? Sigh. Good times. Today’s Hiatus Hunting look back is all about one of the greatest Supernaturalepisodes to date: Swan Song. Gather your Kleenex box close and take a trip down memory lane with us…
  • 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…

  • Thoughts On "Swan Song"

    Thoughts on Swan Song
    Carry on my wayward son
    There'll be peace when you are done
    Lay your weary head to rest
    Don't you cry (don't you cry no more)
    Delighted applause was heard in my small corner of the world when then highly anticipated Kansas montage cued up. So many great moments to reflect back on over this season, and every one of them would have a special significance now, in the episode set to bookend a saga that began five years ago, on September 13th, 2005. A saga that has touched many people in many different ways and now has united us before our televisions across the world for this must-see chapter 1,704 days later. So let's get to it:
    "On April 21, 1967 the hundred millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville. A blue two door Caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches, the lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have; a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. And that's where this story begins. And here is where it ends."
     
    Beginning with a beautiful tribute to a beloved character was fitting and ambient for a special episode such as this. The 1967 Chevy Impala is a character in the Supernatural family that, regardless of where you fall on the Supernatural fan spectrum, you love and can't imagine the show without. Thus, this was the perfect beginning to the end. Now, as we do with the Winchesters, we know the full origins of this much loved car. It was first owned by a man who, not unlike the current owners, travelled the country helping people in his own way (ironically "getting' people ready for judgement day"). The Impala through thick and thin has been home to these two boys as the narrator verbalized so eloquently. The reel of images of the young Winchester brothers imbuing the car with little pieces of themselves and their family conjured a soft smile and tears. How fitting that, after all this time, it's ultimately the Impala who saves the day. Every moment of the last five years touched this bookend in one way or another, uniting through the Impala - the one who has witnessed it all, standing steadfast and stalwart each and every time. 
  • 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.