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Featuring a chapter from Nightsky!
  • Let's Discuss: What are your Impressions of Supernatural Season 12?

    Season 12 of Supernatural began the reign of a new showrunner, Andrew Dabb. In addition, Robert Singer, who tried valiantly to retire after season 10 (he worked on only 9 episodes in season 11), officially came out of retirement to act as co-showrunner for season 12.  Under their direction is an almost entirely new writing team, supported by a new editor and new leads in various key pre- and post-production departments. Amidst all these changes, Andrew and Robert promoted season 12 in the media and to fans as a revival of classic Supernatural. They touted a return to simpler stories and the basic tenets of the show.
     
    With 15 episodes aired, or almost two-thirds of the season known to fans, it's seems like a good time to ask, "What do fans think of the "new" Supernatural?" Do we yet have an idea of the show's style or direction this year?  Do we see any differences in the approach of this new writing team? Does the show feel different or the same as prior years? I asked The Winchester Family Business review team to tackle these questions. In order of their submission, Nate, Wednesday, myself and Alice each offer observations of Supernatural'sseason 12 style, tone and direction thus far. 
  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.05 - "The One You've Been Waiting For"

    Greetings, this is your friendly neighborhood admin/founder of the site, filling in this week for Bookdal.  Are you ready to speculate?  Great, because this week, everything is coming up Nazis.
  • Let's Speculate: 12.12 Supernatural "Stuck in the Middle (with you)"

     

    This week’s episode, “Stuck in the Middle (with you),” was written by Davy Perez and directed by Richard Speight, Jr. The episode’s preview focuses on the British Men of Letters storyline and begins with a man (Mr. Ketch), British accent, who looks at the camera after sipping some tea and says, “Tell me a story.” Please note that the entire episode is told in a series of vignettes that unfold the story through overlapping as well as disconnected snippets, which reveal the plot as points rather than a traditional linear chronology.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.02 "Mamma Mia"

    In this second episode of the season titled “Mamma Mia,” the story begins with a surprising sex scene between Sam and his torturer, the British Toni.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.03 "The Foundry"

    This week episode was written by Robert Berens and directed by Robert Singer and is titled “The Foundry.” The cold open begins with a hipster couple leaving a swanky restaurant. They are talking when they stop in front of an abandoned house and hear a baby crying. The woman goes into the house while her partner calls 911. She ventures further into the house to find the baby and an old crib with a flickering light above it. She pulls back the cover and a creepy doll is there. Her partner shows up and something runs in front of them. They run to the door but it slams shut. She screams.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.04 "American Nightmare"

    This episode, titled “American Nightmare” and written by new writer Davy Perez, begins at a church in Iowa where people are praying.  A young woman comes in, staggering toward the altar, as we see stigmata appear on her hands and feet and she seems to be beaten by an invisible force. She shouts out in what appears to be an ancient language and falls dead at the priest’s feet.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    This week’s episode is entitled “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” and was written by new show writer Steve Yockey and directed by veteran director John Badham. The episode begins with a very comprehensive preview that spans all the seasons, especially focusing on the hunting life.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.07 "Rock Never Dies"

    This week’s episode was written by Bob Berens and focuses on Lucifer’s return. The show begins “one week ago” with a séance by two young men who are conjuring Lucifer.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.08 "LOTUS"

    This week’s episode was written by the duo and focused on Lucifer’s rise and fall to political power. The episode begins with a news report of a billionaire’s death as we journey through the halls of a church.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.09 "First Blood"

    This week’s episode was written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Bob Singer. The episode begins with a recap of the previous episodes and then shows us Mary at a diner in Lawrence, Kansas, sipping her coffee. She gets a call from Castiel, and he asks her to meet him at the bunker. The episode shifts to Sam and Dean being taken to prison as a federal agent reviews their list of crimes, dating back to the early seasons of the show.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.10 "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets"

    This week’s episode, “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets,” was written by Steve Yockey and centers on an unknown, until now, angel mission in Castiel’s story. The so far credits review Castiel’s early story on the show and the current nephilim story, which gives us a heads up to the episode’s theme.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.11 "Regarding Dean"

    This week’s episode, “Regarding Dean,” was written by Meredith Glynn. The episode’s teaser focuses on the Winchester’s history with witches and it begins with Dean chasing a guy through the forest, an injured guy who is on the phone with someone. The guy tells the person on the phone to go. When Dean catches up to him, the guy is leaning against a tree. A sigil lights up the tree and the guy knocks Dean back.

    Dean wakes up the next morning with a bunny nibbling next to him.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.13 "Family Feud"

    This episode, titled “Family Feud”, was written by Ross-Leming and Buckner. The episode preview reviews the British Men of Letters storyline so far, as well as the previous Crowley son storyline, Gavin. The episode begins with a woman getting ready for bed.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.14 "The Raid"

    “The Raid,” written by Robert Berens, is a hybrid of myth and monster of the week, with the center of the episode on a vampire case that Mary and Sam pursue. The return of the Alpha Vamp, a popular and fan favorite character from past seasons, punctuates an episode concerned with the political dealings between the Winchester family and the British Men of Letters.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"

    Hellhounds!  Angels on the hunt!  Men of Letters drama! 
     
    This is your friendly neighborhood WFB admin filling in this week for Bookdal, who was thankfully spared from having to recap this glacially paced, completely awkward, totally filler episode.  I’ve tried to keep tonights spec to the recap, but if you see small outbursts here and there, it’s just because I couldn’t take it anymore. That and my DVR cut out in a couple of parts.  
     
    So here we go into that murky abyss of “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell.”  
     
  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.16 "Ladies Drink Free"

    Supernatural returns from its mini-hiatus with an episode written by Meredith Glynn called “Ladies Drink Free.”

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.17 "The British Invasion"

    This week’s episode, “The British Invasion,” written by Ross-Leming and Buckner begins with a cold open set in London at the Kendricks Academy where two young boys are meeting with a schoolmaster. She requires them to fight to the death in order to get into the Men of Letters. We see the victor is Michael, whom we know as Mick, who wakes up from his memory in the bunker.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.18 "The Memory Remains"

    “The Memory Remains” was written by John Bring and directed by Phil Sgriccia. The episode opens in Wisconsin with a bunch of young adults around a campfire. Two young guys are talking, kidding each other, when one of them leaves to head out.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.19 - "The Future"

    Apologies for the delayed spec tonight.  Bookdal had a prior engagement and her fill in, aka moi, couldn’t watch until 9:30.  But yeah, this Castiel and Kelly centric story changed things up a bit, don’t you think?  Let's get to the recap.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.20 "Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes"

    This episode, written by Steven Yockey and directed by Richard Speight Jr., is titled “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes”