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  • “Get a Room!” Supernatural’s Season 10 Motel Rooms - Part 1

    Jerry Wanek, set designers, artists and scouts create atmosphere, add character depth, and enhance themes with their painstaking and creative visions and designs.  In attempt to pay tribute to the Set designers and Location team, I offer this series of articles.

  • 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!”  
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Family Feud”

     

    "The gleam in their eyes telegraphs only too clearly that they are hoping for a headline, which of course means something disparaging, because nothing makes such good copy as a feud."— Chuck Palahniuk

     

    Did you feel like they were trying to wrap up the loose ends for Crowley in season 12? If you look at the season as a whole, the hints were clear for his character. Crowley got a thank you from Sam and Dean. He got a hug from an innocent. His son’s story was tied up and Gavin returned to his own time to die. Rowena’s story was wrapped up and we got inside knowledge why she did what she did. She died in the finale. Crowley had a buddy comedy with Castiel and Dean and face off battle with Lucifer.

    Do you now see how front and center Crowley was with his family and frenemies? He even saved the Winchesters and Cas a few times. And towards the end we even found out he had the Colt and the British Men of Letters were working with him. In the end he sacrificed himself because he was fond of the Winchesters more than demons and Hell. His last stand off with Lucifer and his “bye boys” was his “mischief managed” redemption swan song.

     

    The MacLeod trio

     

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    Crowley (Father Crowley,Fergus Roderick MacLeod, King of the Crossroads & King of Hell)
    Played by Mark Sheppard, Lauren Tom (8.02), Marco Soriano (9.16) and Kirsten Robek (11.01)

    Don't worry about -- what, like Lucifer didn't worry? Or Michael? Or Lilith or Alastair or Azazel didn't worry?! Am I the only game piece on the board who doesn't underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!
    – Crowley, 6.20 The Man Who Would Be King

    I will miss our old frenemy Crowley when we will head forward to season 13. He was witty, conniving, ruthless and he had quotes to die for. What a long strange trip it has been from season five when we first met him. RIP. "All Along the Watchtower" was Mark Sheppard's 70th appearance as Crowley and, for the time being, the last time we saw Sheppard play him.

     

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    Rowena MacLeod
    Played by Ruth Connell

    I hate you, because when I look into your eyes I see the woman I used to be, before magic, before the coven. When I was nothing but Rowena, the tanner's daughter. A pale, scared little girl, who smelled of filth and death. I hate you, because when you were born, your father said he loved me, then he went back to his grand wife and his grand house, whilst I lay pathetic and half dead on a straw mat -- my thighs slick with blood. I hate you, because if I didn't, I'd love you. But love, love is weakness. And I'll never be weak again.
    – Rowena, 11.10 The Devil in the Details

    Rowena grew on me over the episodes. I was not fond of the character at the start but she turned out to be as complex as her son. She turned out to be a frenemy also to the boys and well, if her death sticks, I guess I am little dissapointed we didn't get to see the MEGA coven.

    Connell played Rowena for 23 episodes that are 10.03 Soul Survivor, 10.07 Girls, Girls, Girls, 10.09 The Things We Left Behind, 10.10 The Hunter Games, 10.14 The Executioner's Song, 10.16 Paint It Black, 10.17 Inside Man, 10.18 Book of the Damned, 10.19 The Werther Project, 10.21 Dark Dynasty, 10.22 The Prisoner, 10.23 Brother's Keeper, 11.03 The Bad Seed, 11.09 O Brother Where Art Thou?, 11.10 The Devil in the Details, 11.18 Hell's Angel, 11.22 We Happy Few, 11.23 Alpha and Omega, 12.02 Mamma Mia, 12.03 The Foundry, 12.08 LOTUS, 12.11 Regarding Dean and 12.13 Family Feud.

     

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    Gavin MacLeod
    Played by Adam Groves (6.04) and Theo Devaney (9.21 & 12.13)

    The ship went down? Well, that's a good fit with the rest of my life.
    – Gavin MacLeod, 9.21 King of the Damned

    Not the best family to be born into. Gavin was a good lad even if he made some bad choices before. Crowley was not the best father material but still he had a son that was honorable and did the right thing in the end. The second Gavin was actually pretty sweet. He was in episodes 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's, 9.21 King of the Damned and 12.13 Family Feud.

     


    Crowley is Fergus MacLeods Destiny ( SPN II Season 10) by: Crowleys Hellhound Production

     

    Molitva/Prayer by Marija Šerifović

     

    Ni oka da sklopim,
    Postelja prazna tera san,
    A ?ivot se topi
    I nestaje brzo, k'o dlanom o dlan.

    K'o razum da gubim,
    Jer stvarnost I ne primećujem,
    Jo? uvek te ljubim,
    Jo? uvek ti slepo verujem.

    K'o luda, ne znam kuda,
    Ljubavi se nove bojim,
    A dane, ?ive rane,
    Vi?e ne brojim.

    Molitva, kao ?ar na mojim usnama je,
    Molitva, mesto reči samo ime tvoje.
    (I) Nebo zna, kao ja,
    Koliko puta sam ponovila,
    To nebo zna, ba? kao ja,
    Da je ime tvoje moja jedina
    Molitva.

     

    --

     

    I can’t close my eyes

    Empty bed chases dream away
    And life melts
    And disappears fast, in the twinkling of an eye

    Like I’m losing my mind,
    Cause I can’t even notice the real world
    I still love you, I still trust you blindly

    Like a lunatic, I don’t know where to go
    a new love scares me
    and days, open wounds
    I don’t count anymore

    Prayer, like a fire on my lips
    prayer, instead of words, your name only
    Heaven knows, like I do
    how many times I’ve repeated
    heaven knows, just like I do
    that your name is my only
    prayer

    But I can’t lie to God
    lie as long as I pray
    and I lie if I say
    that I don’t love you

     

    Marija Šerifović born 14 November 1984) is a Serbian singer. She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Molitva". Šerifović is the daughter of Verica Šerifović, also a notable singer. She was also one of the judges on Eurosong to choose the Irish entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and sang Molitva to close the show. She was also a member of the International Jury in Melodifestivalen 2009, the selection for the Swedish entry to Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

     

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    Quotes

     

    Crowley: Oh, you'll resist, at first. But the humiliation will eat at you. Until, finally, you're worn down by your utter helplessness. And you call me... Master. You brag of your superior power. Well, genius trumps brute force. I've had a dozen of my most loyal studying the cage where you were held at the molecular level. They managed to replicate the material. They made those chains. Getting you here... well, that was a different matter.

     

    Mr. Ketch: This work. It's demanding and must come first. The Men of Letters is my family.
    Mary: I'm sorry. Nothing comes before my family, not with me.
    Mr. Ketch: Really? Or is that just what you want to believe? You're different when you talk to them. Softer. Weaker. Not an insult, just an observation. But when you hunt, Mary... you're one of the best I've ever seen.Now you might play at being the good mummy, but when you're in the thick of it, nothing but a blade in your hand and blood in the air, that's the real you, the best you. And I think you know it. And I think that scares the hell out of you.

     

    Crowley: So that was all drivel you were spewing about Gavin doing the right thing?
    Rowena: It was the right thing. Maybe for Gavin, certainly for me. It allowed me to watch you suffer the loss of a child.
    Crowley: Payback.
    Rowena: I'm your mother, dear. Who better to crush your shriveled heart?

     

    Music

     

    "Play with Fire" by The Rolling Stones

     

    References and Minutiae

     

    "Family Feud" is reference to the game show of the same name.

    The teacher's death in the pre-title sequence is reminiscent of Johnny Depp's death in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Watch the scene here.

    Like Raphael's first vessel, Donnie Finnerman, Nick would have been rendered in a Persistent Vegetative State from archangel possession, making it impossible for him to verbally consent. While not stated in the episodes, one can assume Raphael and Lucifer gained reentry into their vessels through subconscious means.

     

    References

     

    en.wikipedia.org
    supernaturalwiki.com
    metrolyrics.com
    brainyquote.com

     

    Cover art by: FIGHT THE FAIRIES! @Alice_Mars_Mann, Her Instagram

     

    What did you think about Crowley’s arc this season? Share your thoughts below.

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Girls, Girls, Girls"


    "All magic, all witchcraft, depends on the Devil, and is fundamentally evil."
    MONTAGUE SUMMERS, Witchcraft and Black Magic

    It is not like I would need a challenge from time to time but in a way using this video was it. When I first saw Rowena in "Girls, Girls, Girls" (and even in episodes later), I must confess that I was not fond of the character. Rowena did grew on me, though.
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "The Devil In the Details"

    I guess you could say we lost two characters in this episode. At least for now. So I chose two videos this week - one about Rowena and the other about Castiel.

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.11 "Regarding Dean"

    One of my fondest memories has to be the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. Any Minnesotan old enough to remember knows what I'm talking about. I was nine---and determined that I would trick or treat despite the knee-high snow and winds. My friends and I crawled over and through drifts---and one of my friends decided they would be a cheerleader that year, no matter what the weather. It was wild, fun, and something that makes me smile to this day. Other fond memories can be triggered just by a scent. Anything that smells like the Minnesota Renaissance Festival takes me to that beloved place in a heartbeat. It makes me think of the shows I've seen, the shops I've visited, and the atmosphere of the Festival all at once. Other memories aren't so good---times I've seen my parents in the hospital or had to say goodbye to a beloved pet. And yet, each experience makes me me. Each experience puts another page into my own history---shaping who I am now and who I will be in the future.

  • 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.

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look: Supernatural 10.16 "Paint It Black"

    “Paint It Black” is the perfect title for this week's Supernatural episode.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 12.11 "Regarding Dean"

    This week’s episode, “Regarding Dean,” was written by Meredith Glynn. The episode’s teaser focuses on the Winchester’s history with witches and it begins with Dean chasing a guy through the forest, an injured guy who is on the phone with someone. The guy tells the person on the phone to go. When Dean catches up to him, the guy is leaning against a tree. A sigil lights up the tree and the guy knocks Dean back.

    Dean wakes up the next morning with a bunny nibbling next to him.

  • 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 11.22 - "We Happy Few"

    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. "We Happy Few" was one of the episodes we had to skip, so we've never had the chance to share this visual review with you. Since I've noticed that it seems to be consistently holding a place of infamy in your "Rank the Episodes" lists, I felt pity for this misunderstood, underappreciated (*cough*) show. Maybe Karen found a few gems within the hour that will soften your hearts? It's worth a try! See if it works...

  • Supernatural Season 10: Hits and Misses

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    Of all the seasons of Supernatural– season ten has been one of the most challenging to compile a hits and misses list for. The hits were easy to find – too easy in many ways and could probably be broken down into smaller parts of more detail and span a few more lists in their own right. At the same time, the misses were more of a struggle. So, after some searching and sorting: here is the SupernaturalSeason Ten Hits & Misses: Part One

  • 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…

  • Supernatural Season 11: 6 Potential Game Changers

    With fall in the air, the 11th Season premiere of Supernatural is close at hand.  No matter what you may have thought of season 10, the finale set up many new storylines for this coming year.  Dean no longer has the Mark of Cain, he presumably killed Death (though we know it’s never that easy), The Darkness has been released, Rowena has the Book of the Damned and the Codex in her possession, Castiel is under Rowena’s attack dog spell and is out to destroy Crowley, who seems trapped with no escape (but he’s Crowley – He’ll always escape) and a human Metatron has the Demon tablet and an unknown agenda.  That seems like a whole lot of story mileage for Season 11.  

    On the surface, it may seem like another run of the mill season of Supernatural:  We have a bunch of players clamoring for power, the brothers must face a threat that’s worse than ever before, and on and on ad infinitum.  However, the information we’re getting about the upcoming season seems to be telling a different story.  But first things first:  Unfortunately, there’s no way to discuss this season without mentioning spoilers that have been released.  So, to be clear - THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SEASON 11 SPOILERS. 

    Right now, there’s no way to know how the season will unfold.  But from what we have learned so far, it certainly appears that the storylines could shift Supernatural in a very interesting direction.  Specifically, that direction would be reminiscent of earlier seasons, but have a higher level of sophistication as a result of all that the Winchesters have endured, and how far the Supernatural universe has come in 10 seasons.  In essence, these plotlines could be true game changers that may give us a year filled with lots of scares, compelling mythology, and brotherly moments.  And that’s when Supernatural is at its best.  The following list details some areas to watch out for in what could be one of our show’s best seasons in recent history.  
  • Supernatural Season Ten – Hits & Misses: Part Two

    Happy New Year, dear readers! When better to finish our retrospecive on Supernatural's 10th season than the time of year that's filled with reflection on the past and plans for moving forward? What made you happiest about season ten? Here are my picks for it's Hits and Misses!

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 10.07: Girls, Girls, Girls

    Thoughts on Supernatural 10.07: Girls, Girls, Girls

    Where to even begin to talk about this one? So many plot threads, so little time. Some were wrapped up, some were newly woven and left to dangle for another day. Finally, season ten seems to be gearing up towards some heat and drama just in time to leave us at the edge of a cliff until the season begins anew in 2015 and this episode did a good job of laying the ground work – and it was enjoyable to boot.