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  • 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.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.10 "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    They say “Still waters run deep”.  That adage certainly applies to Supernatural’s “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets”. Such an understated title for Lily’s life being completed destroyed by an obsessed, evil supernatural being and her future being completely dictated by her obsession with revenge!  

    I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. As with its title, on the surface the story seemed straight-forward and simplistic but once I started analyzing its underlying messages, I found layer upon layer of character development, symbolism and foreshadowing. This turned out to be the longest Threads analysis of the season thus far, so settle in and enjoy!

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.11 "Regarding Dean"

    The Morning After

    Emotional masterpiece. Totally wrecked me. Blown away. These were the types of reactions expressed by viewers after seeing Meredith Glynn’s “Remembering Dean”.  It was a very emotional hour for most of the Supernatural family. Fans were left in puddles of empathy after witnessing Dean and Sam’s pain - Dean from losing himself to the ravages of a fading existence, and Sam from losing his brother one memory at a time. The power of the episode was once again due to the unbelievable performances of Jensen and Jared.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.16 "Ladies Drink Free"

    The Morning After

    Welcome back to Supernatural Threads! After a three week mid-season hiatus, Sam and Dean are once again Saving People and Hunting Things. In this week’s hunt, they were joined by two amateurs, or to be more generous, hunters in training, Mick and Claire.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.17 "The British Invasion"

    The Morning After

    In the WFB writing team’s “Impressions of Supernatural Season 12” discussion a few weeks ago, I categorized the show this year as “mysterious and surprising”. True to form, episode 12.17 “British Invasion” was full of surprises. Some of the unexpected events and revelations were surprises to the characters, while others shocked the viewers.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.19 "The Future"

    The Morning After

    Another shocking Supernatural season 12 episode! I honestly thought “The Future” was one of the most exciting and interesting episodes of the season, an opinion which by itself is probably a shock to many members of the Supernatural family! After being whiplashed with surprises that were sometimes so close together I couldn’t process one before being stunned by the next, I was in for one more surprise – seeing diametrically opposed reactions to “The Future” on social media. The most frequent disappointment expressed was that the episode was boring and predictable. How does one show elicit such polar reactions from fans? How can some fans be elated by the ingenuity and heart of the story while others judge it to be the worst of the year? This was a textbook example of viewers looking for different qualities in their entertainment. What did I see in this show, though, and what did the writers (Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn) weave into the script?
  • Threads: Supernatural 12.20 "Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes"

    The Morning After

    Well that was a depressing, nobody wins episode! Supernatural’s “Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes” (“Tasha”) brought back twin hunters Alicia and Max Banes, who I have loved since their introduction in “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” (what’s with these LONG episode names??). I eagerly awaited their return, hoping for many years of double date hunting partnerships alongside the Winchesters brothers.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.21 "There's Something About Mary"

    Six Days Later

    I’m a little late to the party this week. Usually "Threads" is The WFB’s first review of a new Supernatural episode but due to travel, I’m posting last this time. By now, you have all discussed, debated, questioned and clarified probably every frame of the show (good for you!). There is no value in “piling on” so I’m going to narrow the focus of my analysis to a new thread I detected.