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.
Oh yeah, we had a LOT to discuss! This is a supersized TV Fanatic Roundtable this time, designed to tackle a lot of crap happening in just two short hours. Myself, Nightsky, and Sean McKenna and Christine Laskodi of TV Fanatic took time to consider the ramifications of the British Men of Letters fallout and the whole Luci baby thing.