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  • 7.06: Thoughts on "Slash Fiction"



    High hopes were had for this episode and I have to say that it did not disappoint. Slash Fiction was fast paced, funny, action-fill and informative all at the same time. This was a solid episode and it felt like the plot was substantially advanced by the end. The players are on the board, we at least know who the major ones are now and the outline of the rest of season seven begins to take shape. 
  • A Celebration of Supernatural - 10th Anniversary Conference

    Chicago's DePaul University is hosting a very special conference to celebrate Supernatural's 10th anniversary year!
  • A Celebration of Supernatural at DePaul University - Part 3

    By now, you have probably read Alice’s two excellent reports on the joint academic/fan conference “A Celebration of Supernatural” at Chicago’s DePaul University. Her articles (Part 1 and Part 2) conveyed the varied topics and deep conversations that took place at several of the conference panels, plus she relayed in great detail the insights shared by the keynote speaker, Robbie Thompson.

    Many of you have told us that our reports on these fan gatherings are the only way you will ever experience any type of Supernatural convention or conference. Believe me, I know how lucky I was that the professor who wanted to put together the conference, and the university that agreed to host it, were in my home town! Your feedback convinced me to share my personal experiences throughout the crazy 24 hours that made up the conference weekend, so in addition to reporting on a few remainning panels, I will also share with you my observations, reactions and thoughts about attending my first Supernatural academic conference!
  • 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.  
  • Auld Lang Syne: Farawayeyes' Favorite Reflections on Supernatural

    This profile is about one of my all time favorite Supernatural writers, Robbie Thompson. It was an honor to write about his various writing prior to Supernatural, all of his episodes, and to capture what makes his writing pop for us fans. Getting the chance to connect with him via Twitter for an impromptu interview made the whole article even better---it's even more special now after the meet and greets I've had with Mr. Thompson since then.
  • Cast and Crew Respond to Supernatural Episode 11.20

    The cast and crew are sending their accolades about last night's episode.
  • Extended Recap - Supernatural 11.04 - "Baby" Part 1

    Baby.  The third main cast member - The Metallicar - The solid rock that has always been there for the Winchesters (except for that silly season seven when she was sidelined).  The strong and rugged object that takes her lumps but always comes out on top, all while protecting her boys from all sorts of horrible things.  She maybe Dean’s pride and joy, but she looks after Sam as well.  So yeah, why did it take 11 seasons to get her a profile episode?   Ah well, better late than never.

    The concept itself is daring.  Shoot an entire episode inside the Impala.  Make the scenes semi-real time and create a monster story that can actually be told and enjoyed from Baby’s POV.  While the script is brilliant, the true achievement of this episode is what went into the direction.  It took a ton of creativity and planning to set this one up and the end result was nothing short of perfection.  It’s a no-brainer as to which episode this season would get the full length recap from me for this season.  “Baby” all the way.  It is one of my favorite episodes of all time for any TV show, not just “Supernatural.” 

    For those who may not be familiar with the full length recap concept, this is basically me digging into the episode with exhaustive detail and giving my wandering thoughts for every little part of it.  This gets pretty long.  I used to do these all the time, but they ended up taking way too much time not just for me but anyone reading them!  Now I do one or two a season for fun.  These are the type of recaps that once made Television Without Pity a great site, and they’re also a concept that mostly went out with that site too.  A lot of these recaps can get snarky but my love for this episode holds no bounds.  Any nitpicking in this recap will be reflected at the season itself and not this brilliant episode.    
  • Extended Recap - Supernatural 11.04 - "Baby" Part 2

    (Miss part one of this recap?  Just go here)

    So yes, after all that, they actually arrive in Oregon! We have a case!  It’s already like 20 min into the episode, so I don’t expect this case to be too complex, especially since it’ll all play out from inside the Impala.  That doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining.  That’s proven as soon as Dean throws out that they’re dealing with a “were-pyre.”  He even taunts Sam to say it with him.  “No,” Sam firmly responds.  Ah brotherly banter.   Dean’s already thinking food and thanks to a recommendation from the local sheriff, a well renowned local steak house will do the trick.  Except it has valet parking.  Dean would actually trust a valet?  He does because Sam thinks it’s okay.  Really Sam?  You know what happens when you trust a classic car with a teenager?  Baby’s about to go on a joy ride. 
  • 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.

  • Profile on "Supernatural" writer Robbie Thompson - Part 1

    It's hard to believe that Robbie Thompson has only written for two seasons of Supernatural. His episodes are full of pop culture, heart, soul, and brotherly moments that make it seem as if he's been writing for the show since the beginning. Thompson has managed to grasp the core of the story easily and has written some of the most memorable episodes in the past two seasons. Episodes such as "Slash Fiction," "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo," "LARP and the Real Girl," and "Pac Man Fever," are full of such great moments and characters that they have become fan favorites from start to finish. Thompson also shows that he is willing to be brave by tackling controversial episodes by writing season 8's "Bitten," an episode that featured very little of the show's leads, all while managing to maintain the tone and flavor of the show. Let's get to know him a bit better, shall we?

  • Profile on "Supernatural" Writer Robbie Thompson - Part 3

    Profile on "Supernatural" Writer Robbie Thompson Part 1
    Profile on "Supernatural" Writer Robbie Thompson Part 2

    We left of last time with Charlie Bradbury's introduction. Thompson made the character endearing and memorable from the very start---and it only made sense to make her into an ally for the Winchesters. We'll look at how she evolved into that during "LARP and the Real Girl" and how that only strengthens in "Pac Man Fever." We'll also have those promised fifteen lines and pop culture references along with that Twitter Interview. Onto Moondoor!
  • Profile on "Supernatural" Writer Robbie Thompson, Part 2

    In the first part of this profile, we discussed Robbie Thompson's non-Supernatural projects and his debut episode, "Slash Fiction." We examined his ability to tell human stories within the frameworks of the science fiction genre---and how that helped him to write rich scripts for Sam and Dean. In this part, we'll look at his other episodes, talk about how he brought the adorable Charlie Bradbury to life, and look at his best lines and pop culture references.
  • Robbie Thompson From Supernatural To Spiderman And Beyond

    Robbie Thompson has moved on from his position on Supernatural and is making a name for himself in the comics world.
  • Robbie Thompson! - C2E2 Panel with Supernatural Writer Extraordinaire Part 1

    From March 18-20, 2016, comic book writers, artists and fans joined genre television and gaming enthusiasts at the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as C2E2. For the past several years, energetic Supernatural fans have organized a discussion panel during the C2E2 weekend, inviting the SPNFamily to mingle and exchange ideas about the show. This year the panel was a bit different, though. Supernatural show writer, Robbie Thompson, who was attending the convention to promote his newest Marvel comic book projects, graciously agreed to join the panel!

  • Robbie Thompson! - C2E2 Panel with Supernatural Writer Extraordinaire Part 2

    From March 18-20, 2016, comic book writers and artists, genre television stars and gaming enthusiasts met with fans for three days at the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as C2E2. For the past several years, a few energetic fans have organized a Supernatural discussion panel during the C2E2 weekend, inviting the SPNFamily to mingle and exchange ideas about the show. This year the panel was a bit different, though. Supernatural show writer, Robbie Thompson, who was attending the convention to promote his newest Marvel comic book projects, graciously agreed to join the panel! 

    During his time with fans, Robbie answered questions on plot lines, shared background stories on episodes and characters, and described his personal journey to Supernatural’s writers’ room. The panel took place during a season 11 hiatus, after 11.15 "Beyond the Mat" had aired but before the final eight episodes of the season had been seen. In his opening comments, Robbie stated that even though the last few episodes were still being filmed, the writing team was finished for the year, so he obviously knew the outcome of the season's stories. 

    This is Part 2 of my coverage of Robbie's 60 minute panel. If you need to catch up, take a moment to read Part 1 of the panel!  All of the Supernatural screen shots that accompany the articles are from episodes written by Robbie (the two exceptions for the opening of the panel are otherwise credited). A full list of Robbie's 18 episodes can be found in the Fan Video Tribute to what we later learned would be his last episode for Supernatural, 11.20 "Don't Call Me Shurley".

    I hope this chronicle helps you share in the absolute thrill and honor it was to hear Robbie talk with his fans once again! Sit back and enjoy C2E2 Supernatural, Part 2!
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces April 29, 2017

    Supernatural in the news this week!
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces August 14, 2016

    Supernatural in the news this week.
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces August 7, 2016

    Supernatural in the news this week.
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces December 10, 2016

    Supernatural in the news this week!
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces December 17, 2016

    Supernatural around the Web, this week.