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  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.11: "Regarding Dean"

    Memory loss and new beginnings. Power – good, bad and everything else. Who are the Winchesters? This was all fun, intriguing and just enough emotion without being wholly overwhelming. This week,Supernaturaloffered witches without benefit of the usual guts and gore and instead we were privy to a more psychological dramedy. And for the most part? It worked.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.12: Stuck in the Middle (With You) - In Retrospect

    Rich, riveting, complex and so full of story details and character threads that it's impossible to make anything of Supernatural's “Stuck in the Middle (With You)”  in just one viewing. Consequently, my review offers observations from two separate viewings: My original reactions when the episode first aired plus additional thoughts from my hiatus rewatch. These "retrospectives" were written with the insight of knowing what happened in the season 12 finale.

    12.12 was brought to us by director Richard Speight Jr. with a nod toReservoir Dogsand the incomparable Quentin Tarantino. This episode was not only a visual delight but a whole new wonderment of plot and a fantastic story of mystery and teasing until the very last moments.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.15: "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"

    Okay, this is another one of those pieces with a little of this and little of that and the result is a pretty okay episode. The important part of this episode was not so much the meat and bones it offered in and of itself, but rather the groundwork it laid out for the back third of the season, which all told was fairly intriguing.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.17: The British Invasion

    This was a mixed bag of emotions and events leaving "The British Invasion" to rank somewhere in the middle as an episode. While there were some interesting new pieces of information and scenes about characters including the BMoL, and some fine humour from Lucifer, a collection of, well, near-ridiculousness (unintended, presumably) were a bit too much in this viewer's opinion. So, let’s take a look.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.18: "The Memory Remains"

    Okay, so initially, I was skeptical. I mean, that goat-headed creature in the promos was a tad low-rent compared to some of the things we’ve seen from the team atSupernatural.And I wondered if now was really the best time for the boys to be engaged in this kind of one-off hunt, given all the exciting plotlines we have dangling in the water. Well, I have never been so happy to be wrong. "The Memory Remains" was fantastic! Fresh, engaging, emotional and fun too- the perfect timing for this piece of the puzzle to be laid.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.19: "The Future"

    Whoa! That was quite the unexpected episode in some of the best ways.The Futurewas all about addressing the present, answering some of the dangling question marks, the curious plot threads and the teaser pieces that have been dragging on for several weeks with no satisfaction, in some cases way, way too long. In particular, this was about finally answering one question in particular: where the Hell did Castiel disappear to? Despite a somewhat lackluster response to the latter, the rest was handled with renewed energy, introduced freshness to a stale notion and took things in a brand new direction: finally!

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.20: Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes

    Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes had all the perfect ingredients and knew exactly how to blend them in the perfect storm of an episode. Excitement, emotion, drama, cliffhangers and action, 12.20 delivered a quick-moving storyline and left this audience member surprised to see the forty-two minutes were gone already, exceedingly pleased with how it had played out. So, what were we served and where exactly does that leave us heading for the soon-to-be served finale?
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.21: "There’s Something About Mary"

    While not at all what I expected from where we left off last week,There’s Something About Marywas, simply put, too short an episode that left me anxious and salivating for both karmic twists and conclusions. Typically by this point of the season there are so many things aligning and pieces being revealed to the viewer that – by and large – Sam and Dean and other major players aren’t quite fully privy to yet; it is usually my favourite part of the grand (or mega, for those who prefer) plot. The unfolding 12.21 is no exception, and the game is merely getting started.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.22 & 12.23: The Season 12 Finale

    Who We AreandAll Along the Watchtowerwere excellent, both independent and united. Season twelve has had some decent episodes and has been sluggish about some key plots, no question. The payoff here makes the waiting worth it. Between character and story, 12.22 and 12.23 offer not only answers we’ve been looking for but new directions for season thirteen. Not to mention some shock and awe along the way, references to the long-gone past and foreshadowing to the future.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.01 "Keep Calm and Carry On"

    Outstanding. Captivating. Riveting. Emotional. Smart. Well written and brilliantly portrayed. Welcome back Supernatural! It’s good to be home again! THAT’s the show we know and love!

    “Keep Calm and Carry On” is a wonderful beginning to Supernatural’s remarkable 12th season.  It seamlessly, skillfully weaves together the reality of the present day, i.e. “Now”, with the complex history of individual characters, the Winchester family and the two disparate communities that have fought monsters for centuries (i.e. the show’s “Road So Far”).

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.02 "Mamma Mia"

    A person’s ultimate opinion of an episode depends entirely on what they wanted to get out of it. I wouldn’t term that expectations per se. As much as that person might hope, need or desire to see something, that doesn’t mean necessarily that they expected to see it. For example, I had three things I desperately wanted to see in the wrap up of Supernatural's season 11 cliffhanger tragedies:

    1. Sam freed from his captors
    2. An epic Sam & Dean reunion. I wanted to see the wave of relief and confusion wash over Sam when he saw Dean was alive, followed by an embrace that reflected that flood of emotion
    3. An epic Sam and Mary introduction befitting a twelve year build-up of Mary’s guilt and obvious protectiveness of her sons (ala “Home”), the boys' idealization of their mother and Sam’s emotional void at not having ever known her.

    How did “Mamma Mia” come through for me?

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.03 "The Foundry"

    The Morning After

    I’m still reeling from seeing Supernatural’s third episode this season, “The Foundry”. Saturated with mother’s instincts and parental grief, this story was emotionally exhausting. The hunt was about captive children who appealled to a mother to rescue them because she was the only one who sensed their need. Through most of the episode, women of the fandom identified with Mary’s motherly protectiveness of children; men of the fandom saw mothers who will always love their sons, even beyond the grave. The story used the audience's empathy to render us emotionally vulnerable, then suckered punched us with a sudden separation that betrayed the vulnerability we, and the brothers we love, had entrusted to Mary.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.04 "American Nightmare"

    The Morning After 

    Last week I added this "Morning After" commentary to my traditional "Threads" review. This new section allows me to record then let go of any strong, emotional reactions to the week’s Supernatural story before I attempt to analytically examine it for plot threads. I write this section first, before time or analysis dilutes or changes my initial impressions. Usually I wake up and start writing it immediately, before breakfast. I sit in front of the television and begin my rewatch, pausing the episode after just a few seconds because I have so much to say I can’t wait to jot down my thoughts. This morning was different, though. Today I’m sitting in my office, at my desk. No rewatch. I think you’re going to be surprised by how I feel about “American Nightmare”.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.05 "The One You've Been Waiting For"

    Several Mornings After

    Usually “Threads” is the first review published each week after a new Supernatural episode airs. This past week, however, I had a long weekend off (two family birthdays!) so Alice and Wednesday were able to jump ahead of me in the rotation.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    The Morning After

    Now THAT was an outstanding Supernatural episode! “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” had a generous helping of genuinely emotional moments, an original and exciting hunt, interesting family dynamics, continuity of character and plot history, and an outstanding selection of rock music (that has been missing from far too many episodes).

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.07 "Rock Never Dies"

    The Morning After

    I realized something rather interesting (at least I thought it was interesting) as I was considering my reaction to Supernatural’s seventh episode of season 12, “Rock Never Dies”.  A pattern is emerging in the look and feel of some of the episodes. It’s as if there’s a “thread” in the approach to telling some of the stories this season. Without knowing where the plot is headed, I can’t yet judge if the style foreshadows future developments or simply reflects storytelling preferences of the new head writer, Andrew Dabb and his executive producing partner Robert Singer.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.08 "LOTUS" and Mid-Season Recap

    The Supernatural season 12 mid-year hiatus is nearly over! If you’ve loyally stayed with The WFB the past six weeks, we’ve rewatched the first eight episodes of the season and posted new articles every day on each story, including their most "Memorable Moments", "Fan Video Reflections", and even "Rewatch Refreshment Recipes" inspired by each show (you can catch up on anything you missed by visiting the Article Page link in the header).

    Rewatching the entire first half of the season also enabled us to gain a new perspective on what the writers have shown us so far. At this point, before we see the next chapters in the Winchester saga, it might be interesting to analyze our Threads list to determine if we can draw any conclusions about foreshadowing and outcomes, probable direction or priority of myth arcs. Was 12.08 “LOTUS” the mid-season finale we predicted, or hoped for?

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.09 "First Blood"

    The Morning After

    Well that was exciting… and tense... and surprising! On the surface, “First Blood” was an action drama that tested the wills and skills of two opposing camps of warriors. Of course we all knew that somehow Sam and Dean would get out of the secret ops prison. The tension and art of this episode hung in learning whether their capture was part of an elaborate plan or a stupid screw up, whether they would be rescued or escape on their own, how it would all happen, and whether the people involved were who they said they were. Down to the last few seconds of the episode, the tantalizing, teasingly slow revelations to all these mysteries made captivating storytelling.