Supernatural Season 12

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.14 - "The Raid" aka "In Defense Of..."

    The roller coaster ride continues.  This week we're up, and suddenly there's a potential thrill to this ride.  The question is, will we hit bottom again next week like we did last week?  Personally, I don't care.  I want to hang onto this little gem for a while and not let go.  

  • TV Fanatic Supernatural Round Table: 12.13 - "Family Feud" and 12.14 - "The Raid"

    Yes, I've fallen behind with sharing our wonderful Supernatural debates over at TV Fanatic over the last two weeks.  Myself, Nightsky and TV Fanatic staffers Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna have had plenty to discuss, both with "Family Feud" and "The Raid," so if you haven't seen the roundtables they will be worth your while! 
  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 12.14 “The Raid”

    Shivers, Rogues and Fathers. Berens conjures questions.  Do you have answers?
     
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.14: "The Raid"

    Oh, 12.14, I barely have the words to say how much I loved you! Prepare yourselves, dear readers, because the next several paragraphs are, largely, a love letter to this most recent episode. Truly,The Raidwas an exceptional combination of storytelling, acting, and cinematography that came together at an ideal just-past-midway point in the season to deliver one solid episode packed with plot.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.14 "The Raid"

    The Morning After

    I totally, totally loved “The Raid” (yes, even the ending)! It gave us an hour-long vision of Sam alternating between the sensitive soul who teared up when he realized all the betrayal that led to the BMoL having the Colt, to the outrageously hot, smart hunter who fired that Colt killing one of the “old ones”, the alpha vampire.  “The Raid” also broke the British Men of Letters (BMoL) story wide open. It gave us our first look at the BMoL operation in America, a command center that supposedly rivals NATO Strategic Air Command. I was certainly impressed, and it was enough to thoroughly impress Sam. We learned more about Mary’s motivations and the secrecy between her and her boys ended. There’s so much to discuss! Let’s start with Dean.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.14 "The Raid"

    “The Raid,” written by Robert Berens, is a hybrid of myth and monster of the week, with the center of the episode on a vampire case that Mary and Sam pursue. The return of the Alpha Vamp, a popular and fan favorite character from past seasons, punctuates an episode concerned with the political dealings between the Winchester family and the British Men of Letters.

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 12.13 “Family Feud”

     

    Director P.J. Pesce shares production insights; the fandom shares reactions.

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.13 - "Family Feud" aka The Mediocrity Strikes Back

    Mediocre. 
     
    Pardon me?  Oh, you came here to read more than that?  An adequate, perfectly descriptive one word review doesn’t suffice?  Fine, I’ll elaborate.  
     
    It didn’t suck.  How about that?
     
    Yeah, didn’t think that would work either.  Fine, but you know what happens when I have to analyze a Brad and Eugenie episode.  The blood pressure tends to spike.  Especially when something so tame follows something so brilliant. 
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.13: "Family Feud"

    This was a pretty successful, general episode. Nothing overtly flashy while also addressing some lingering issues and hopefully propelling the plot forward into the final, dramatic pieces of the season. It wasn’t perfect, but it was decent. Parenting runs amok of emotions and Lucifer casts shadows over everyone; in the end it comes down to choices and truth.

  • TV Fanatic Supernatural Round Table: 12.12 - "Stuck in the Middle (With You)"

    Yes, all four of us pundits at the "Supernatural" round table over at TV Fanatic were pretty happy campers.  It was all good.  "Stuck in the Middle (With You)" gave myself, Nightsky and Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna at TV Fanatic so much to gush about.  Only one of us didn't care for the style of the episode (hint: reviewer rhymes with 'blight eye').  All in all though, a bunch of happiness. 
     
     
    Here's Sean McKenna's review.  He gave it a great 4.6 out of 5.0.  
     
  • Threads: Supernatural 12.13 "Family Feud"

     The Morning After

    I am intrigued by “Family Feud”. A lot happened, maybe too much too quickly, but while there’s a lot to say about ship wrecks, true love, bringing Gavin back only to kill him, the commonplace use of time travel, and yet another human trusting a demon who spins a great story, I find myself pondering the characters. These family reunions were deeply complex with competing motivations and mistrust all around. Let’s take a look!

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.13 "Family Feud"

    This episode, titled “Family Feud”, was written by Ross-Leming and Buckner. The episode preview reviews the British Men of Letters storyline so far, as well as the previous Crowley son storyline, Gavin. The episode begins with a woman getting ready for bed.

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 12.12 "Stuck in the Middle"

    Classic Q.T. copycat drives future directions for an enduring Supernatural.

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.12 - "Stuck in the Middle (With You)" aka Tarantino Meets SPN Verse

     
    I’m going to tell you why I loved this episode so much.  No doubt, “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” was a full blown homage to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and that makes me very happy.  I love this man’s films and got every shout out they were going for.  For the most part, the effort was brilliant. For those that aren’t familiar with Tarantino’s style (aka the young audience that now watches this show) I can tell you that it is very hard to copy.  You don’t see a lot of filmmakers trying to emulate.  
     
    It takes a certain amount of skill to deliver on non-linear storytelling, aka showing scenes out of chronological order, using title cards, and bringing together in a scattered intersection individual plot threads.  For the most part writer Davy Perez and director Richard Speight Jr. pulled it off.  From the Reservoir Dogs-esque opening in the diner and the slow motion shot outside to the Kill Bill inspired fight scenes to the Pulp Fiction inspired use of “glowing” to show the importance of the colt to the The Hateful Eightinspired score (that film was scored by the original Spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone), it became obvious how much of a Tarantino study both these guys are.  Yes, I loved the Spaghetti Western themed score.  I may be the only one, but the music to me fit the style they were copying, even if it seemed out of place for this show.
     
    I caught on what was happening within the first few minutes, but given my familiarity (and love) with this style of storytelling, I gave it a lot of scrutiny as well.  While I applaud the effort and the risks taken to do this sort of story, there were rough spots in the execution here and there, but not so much to ruin the hour.  Just knock it down a grade or so.  Given the effort that was taken for a one hour TV show episode, all parties involved should be proud of delivering something with this caliber of cinematic quality.  
  • Threads: Supernatural 12.12 "Stuck in the Middle (with you)"

    The Morning After

    Well that was a unique and surprisingly creative episode! “Stuck in the Middle (with you)” kept the audience guessing from the first seconds in the diner to the last second when red eyes glared at us out of the darkness! The script, the direction, even the music, all worked together to keep us off balance. Fans were constantly trying to catch up and sort out what was happening.

  • Let's Speculate: 12.12 Supernatural "Stuck in the Middle (with you)"

     

    This week’s episode, “Stuck in the Middle (with you),” was written by Davy Perez and directed by Richard Speight, Jr. The episode’s preview focuses on the British Men of Letters storyline and begins with a man (Mr. Ketch), British accent, who looks at the camera after sipping some tea and says, “Tell me a story.” Please note that the entire episode is told in a series of vignettes that unfold the story through overlapping as well as disconnected snippets, which reveal the plot as points rather than a traditional linear chronology.

  • TV Fanatic Supernatural Round Table: 12.11 - "Regarding Dean"

    What can you say about this episode that hasn't already been said?  More of course, because you haven't heard from the "Supernatural" pundits yets at TV Fanatic.   Myself, Nightsky, Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna all enjoyed having a good episode to ponder the finer points.  After all, we had favorite scenes to gush over, Dean's memory plot line, Rowena's motivations, and the fact the that villains of the week were dumb and weak.  We were given a lot to work with! 
     
     
    Also, here's Sean Mc Kenna's review.  He gave it a 4.1 out of 5.0, definitely not impressed with the final scene as much as I.  
     
  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural’s 12.11 “Regarding Dean”

    An unforgettable fun fan favorite, all Fluffy and Sweet with some Serious Sticking points.

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.11 - "Regarding Dean" aka The Post-It Note Review

     
    We’ve had several great and introspective reviews this week on this site, digging into the deep layers that this great script offered.  Trust me when I say, layers have been noticeably absent this season in most scripts so I’m clinging onto this gift like glue.  But me digging into those layers would pretty much end up repeating what’s already been said in the last few days.  In the vein of the episode, I’m going to focus more on the superficial stuff.  Call this my “post-it note” review.  You know, random thoughts focusing on the small little touches that made this episode extraordinary.  Why? Because dammit, I’ve been dying for some sort of fun this season and this is the best chance I’ve gotten so far.  Most episodes have just left me cold instead of the giant smile that was on my face Thursday night.  
     
  • 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.