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  • The WFB Supernatural Season 12 Fan Choice Awards - The Results!

    The nominations were collected, the votes have been cast, the results have been tabulated, and the winners are now official!  I’m proud to announce the winners, runner-ups, editor's choice and maybe a few honorable mentions just for kicks for the 17 categories of The Winchester Family Business Supernatural Season 12 Fan Vote Awards.  

     

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.01: "Keep Calm and Carry On"

    Months of waiting in eager, speculative anticipation and I, for one, was not disappointed. As the rock-accompanied recap of the last 23 episodes of the Winchester saga played out, we were left on that dark night in the woods with a stunned Dean and a confused Mary and it’s like no time has passed since that dramatic cliff-hanger in May. So, how did all the pieces of the premiere fit together and what does it look like for the future of season twelve so far (twelve?!)? Pretty good, I think.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.02: "Mamma Mia"

    Okay, we are only two episodes in so this is probably a premature assessment; but the flavor of the season is settling in nicely so far. "Mamma Mia"had a decent flow, some interesting action and we did finally get to see someone punch Toni in her smug tea-drinking face. How about the rest of the details?

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.03: "The Foundry"

    My heart is still recovering from this one. It certainly didn’t set out as a heart breaker or one of those uber-dramatic, memorable Winchester scrapbook moment episodes; but then the episodes that make your breath catch and your stomach clench this early in the game, rarely do.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.04: "American Nightmare"

    Human monsters, an old-fashioned case and a dollop of the BMoL with their star-killer’s cameo, featuring insight into their twisted concept of their own superior ways and why they’re so much better than Sam, Dean and American hunters in general. What’s not to like?

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.06: Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox

    Like much of season 12 to date, there is a pleasant classic flavour toAsa Fox without sacrificing original, fresh storytelling along the way.Asais another character-heady tale, with strong writing and unique insights into the hunter community, all the while bringing together a resilient collection of mother-figures around the Winchesters.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.07: "Rock Never Dies"

    Episode seven was a dark, depressing and flashy look at the gritty underbelly of Hollywood life in the best way as onlySupernaturalcould achieve. Some great venues reinforced a strong atmosphere all around and delivered a deep, gritty episode for us to enjoy.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.08: "LOTUS"

    The mid-season final of season 12 – where do we begin?  Somehow this episode was equal parts fluff and actionable content, and whileLOTUSwasn’t unsatisfying per se, whether it was mid-finale caliber is the question of week. Let’s consider the pieces.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.09: "First Blood"

    The 250th episode! Who knew way back when the mission was searching for John and mourning Jess that this is where we’d end up all these years later?First Bloodwas a bit of a different flavor forSupernatural– but then a lot of season twelve has been about changing it up in that sense and it worked, for the most part. The action style, the approach of the feds and the emotions delivered well. As a 250th tribute to the Winchester family we’ve come to love, all the marks were met.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.10: "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    Point for point, this episode had a bit going for it in the back half: characters, actors, history. On the other hand, some interactions were lacking overall. Bringing the boys back together after so long separated to an intriguing piece of Castiel’s history that also foreshadows the future in vague ways. Yet that made for an interesting episode nevertheless.

  • 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.