What the hell? What in the world was that? How did anyone think that tone deaf hour would pass as…
(Deep breaths…High road, High road…)
Okay, let’s try again. How do I put this mildly? “The British Invasion” was bitterly disappointing. I, like most fans, have various reactions after watching a “Supernatural” episode. Back in the earlier seasons, I couldn’t wait to watch the episodes again. That rarely happens anymore. This season has ranged from “not bad” to “meh” to “WTF WHERE THEY THINKING????” After “The British Invasion,” my reaction was the latter coupled with, “Why do I even bother???”
But let’s focus on the positive first, shall we? Welcome back Shoshannah Stern. It’s nice to see Sam and Dean reach out to their hunter network and Eileen…well…isn’t she like the only one still alive? Doesn’t matter, because she’s awesome. Aww, she and Sammy have a little crush going. Isn’t Sammy cute when he gets to play shy school boy? And Dean gets to be sick about it. Big brothers for the win! Eileen was the catalyst of the story, not because she was smart and awesome and helped them find Kelly Kline, but because she accidentally shot the British Men of Letters tool with the colt. Now the BMOL want her dead. Really? I was thinking the only reason she’s marked for death is because they’re setting her up to be a Sam love interest. Can you see that, those two getting romantic and then she dies tragically in Sam’s arms? Then Sam in his grief goes after the BMOL. Actually, that’s about the only outcome I see. Sam isn’t allowed to have happiness and everyone is supposed to die according to the writers “code”. They’ll promote it as one of those spectacular, “shocking” deaths that we didn't see coming and means something. Man, that just took the wind right out of the sails of this story line, didn’t it?
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.
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!
Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series! Once again, I put together a list of what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from a Supernatural episode. This edition features 12.09 "First Blood". The list varies from episode to episode depending on what has transpired. I hope you enjoy my visual review! When you're finished, share what your picks would be!
So, a funny thing happen on the way to watching my DVR recording of “Supernatural” on Thursday. Everyone was pixelated, choppy, and talking in really strange voices. I swear it was possessed. Granted that actually improved the character of Claire for me, but that’s not the point (I’m kidding!). Bottom line, I couldn’t watch until it was available on CWTV.com
the next day, and given my weekend plans I couldn’t watch until Sunday.
What did I think? Maybe it was my mood after a good weekend, but I didn’t think it was half bad. Even the hubby, who pretty much thinks all of it is crap these days, thought it was one of the better installments. No, “Ladies Drink Free” wasn’t a series classic, but as filler goes, it was watchable.
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.
Supernatural returns from its mini-hiatus with an episode written by Meredith Glynn called “Ladies Drink Free.”
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.
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.
Hello and welcome to "Why _ works (or doesn't)", where I go over in detail why an episode of the show succeeded or failed. If you like or hate this, let me know and feel free to shout out suggestions for episodes that should go on the chopping block or praise podium. Today I'm analyzing Supernatural 12.12, "Stuck in the Middle (with you)".
Editor's Note: The WFB has a long tradition of welcoming guest writers. When Ashley first sent me a link to her review of "First Blood", I couldn't wait to share it with The WFB readers! This is her outstanding review of "Regarding Dean". I hope you like it as much as I do! - Nightsky
“Regarding Dean” was one of the most anticipated episodes of season twelve because it was known early on to be the first comedic episode in quite some time. I, for one, love the funny episodes of “Supernatural—“Yellow Fever,” “Swap Meat,” and “Changing Channels” among my favorites. However, this episode was not just created to give us a good laugh, it bore depth and meaning, and it highlighted the close relationship of the brothers, something I've been wanting to see more of, like in the good old days.
The devil ain't got no power over me. The devil come, and me shake hands with the devil. Devil have his part to play. Devil's a good friend, too... because when you don't know him, that's the time he can mosh you down."— Bob Marley
A Fandom Frolic Fixated with Former Episodes that fixed a few Faux Paws.
We have the date for the season 12 finale
Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series for Supernatural season 12! Once again I have put together a photographic recap of what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from the show. This week I'm featuring 12.08 "Lotus"! The "Best" categories vary from episode to episode depending on what has transpired. I hope you enjoy this visual review of the Winchesters and friends! When you're finished, please share what your picks would be.
The Morning After
I thoroughly enjoyed “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell”. Happily, I was totally engrossed in the Sam and Dean portion of the story. The hellhound special effects, the mystery surrounding the hound’s target, then the intended victim’s claim to not have sold her soul all kept me intrigued. Dean and Crowley’s conversations and the Impala talks between Sam and Gwen were also layered with implications for their characters and the show so I was emotionally and intellectually engaged.
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.”