Looking back at 2016 overall, I think most of us are in agreement that this was hardly a banner year. Wait, I take that back, there were plenty of banners, all commemorating some pretty awful and troubling events. Bottom line, this year pretty much sucked.
When looking back at “Supernatural,” it wasn’t a marquis year for the show either. Lord knows I’ve made that point very well known through my reviews and other commentaries. However, this is a time of year where it’s best to let bygones be bygones, running on hope that a new and much better year is on it’s way. It’s time to forget all the bad and focus on the good, and despite the weaknesses, “Supernatural” wasn’t all bad. There were some grand achievements and memorable moments to come from this year and they should be noted.
Below are my picks for “Top Ten “Supernatural” Stories of 2016,” which covers the last part of season 11 (episodes 11.10 - 11.23) and the first part of season 12 (episodes 12.01 - 12.08). They are in order from best to bestest, at least according to my humble opinion. No science went into this ranking, just pure gut feel, and maybe a coin toss or two.
Claire, Claire, Claire. It seems that any time she pops into our lives, there's a divide among reviewers as to whether she brings any value or not. Our set of "Supernatural" pundits at TV Fanatic - myself, Nightsky, Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna - were a little divided this week. Two of us definitely aren't fond of her (yes, I'm one of them) and weren't all that invested in her story. The other two did give some analysis on Claire's plight, discussing the cure and her honesty with Jody. Mick was a more unifed subject of conversation as we all reflected on how his actions will impact his relationship with Sam and Dean and the British Men of Letters going forward.
It all can be found here:
Here's Sean McKenna's review. As you can tell, he's the other one that doesn't think much of Claire and focused a lot of his review on Mick. I knew I liked this guy for a reason!
At this week's TV Fanatic Roundtable, the good news is our group, myself, Nightsky and Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna of TV Fanatic were unified in our thoughts on this episode. The bad news, we all thought that "The British Invasion" was a real stinker. You can read all our thoughts on the matter here:
Here's Sean McKenna's review. The episode only earned a 2.4 out of 5.0 and I think he was being generous!
It's really funny how Nightsky and I seem to be on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to analyzing "Supernatural." That's not a bad thing, that's what makes us unique and entertaining, but I always find it interesting how the roundtable format really shows those differences. That's especially true for our roundtable for "The Memory Remains." She and I were in agreement on a couple of points, but we were on opposite ends for the others. Sean McKenna and Christine Laskodi of TV Fanatic had their own opinions too, giving some good variety to this particular roundtable.
Sean McKenna, like myself, was a real fan of this episode. Here's his review which praises the fact that we got an actual Sam and Dean MOTW story and it was back to basics, like Sam working on the lore and Dean working on the ladies. He finds this type of story more intriguing than the crap we have been getting with the British Men of Letters. Once again, I'm in total agreement! All in all, he gave this episode a 4.3 out of 5.0.
Apologies, but the total **** storm generated by 12.21 made me forget to put up the link for the TV Fanatic Roundtable 12.20.
Overall, we all were pretty close on this one. Myself, Nightsky, and Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna of TV Fanatic had a lot of the same views. Overall the vibe was positive about this one, and we all even agreed on one question. I will brag a little, one of my predictions (see Winchester, Mary) came true this week. So I'm considering myself a bit of a prophet! Except, I'm actually pissed I was right. What a terrible plot twist! The link to the roundtable is below:
Here's Sean McKenna's review. He gave it a 4.5 out of 5.0. Very impressed!
Well, we were uninamous, but that's not necessarily good. All four of us at the TV Fanatic Roundtable, myself, Nightsky, Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna, all pretty much though "There's Something About Mary" was crap. We all thought that Eileen's death was pointless and handled poorly, and we aren't very pleased the way Mary and Crowley's characters have been butchered. On the plus side, there is some awesome opportunity now for a rat/hamster romance. The fan fiction writes itself.
Here's Sean McKenna's review. He gave it 2.1 out of 5.0. Trust me when I say, that is super low for him. He was not happy with this one.
So yes, in the rush of Thanksgiving and holiday shopping, I'm just now getting to our look at the latest TV Fanatic "Supernatural" roundtable. The subject, episode 12.06, "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox." Did we love it? Does a bear...yeah I'll stop there. But still, we had some differing opinions on items like our favorite scene (that was all over the map) to whether or not Biliie the Reaper will get to play a bigger role (maybe?) and why does Mary need more time away? (Is Samantha Smith only being a guest star have anything to do with that?). Yep, taking on the burning questions. That's what myself, Nightsky and TV Fanatic's Sean McKenna and Christine Lasokdi are all about!
Here's Sean McKenna's review. He gave it a 3.8 out of 5.0.
This week, your friendly neighborhood "Supernatural" pundits over at TV Fanatic took on some new angel lore and a story of Castiel! Were we happy? Pretty much. Are we excited about the possibilities this raises? Well, I'm not sure excited is the right word. More like skeptical, but there were some statements tinged with hope. Personally I'm clinging onto hope that Sam and Dean become pseudo uncles to Lucifer's offspring just because I'd like to see their maternal side. Yeah, I was really spitballing, but hey, it makes for great fan fiction, no? Anyway, you can check out the entire discussion right here:
Here's Sean McKenna's review of the episode too. He was rather pleased with the episode, although he agreed with me that the first half was a crashing bore. But yes, it took off from there:
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.
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.
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!
Can you believe we're kicking off another season already? Those of us in the TV Fanatic "Supernatural" roundtable - myself, Nightsky, and Sean Mc Kenna and Christine and Laskodi of TV Fanatic, were all stunned that we were kicking off season 12!
The season premiere gave us plenty to talk about. What did we think of Mary's story? What's up with the British Men of Letters and what is Toni's real motive? Lucifer was also part of the discussion, mainly speculation about him next week. It all is here:
Here's Sean McKenna's review. He didn't enjoy the premiere as much as others, finding it a little lackluster. He only gave it a 3.7 out of 5.0.
Wondering what our panel of "Supernatural" pundits had to say about the episodes from the last two weeks? Myself, Nightsky, and Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna from TV Fanatic had a lot of ground to cover. What did we think of Mary's story? Lucifer? The British Men of Letters? It's all in these two links.
Here's Sean McKenna's reviews for 12.02 and 12.03.