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  • Threads: Supernatural 13.05 "Advanced Thanatology"

    Four Days Later

    I can’t believe that Supernatural season 13 just keeps getting better! “Advanced Thanatology” was another superb episode, extending the run to five in a row! Steve Yockey may have produced the best episode yet this year – quite an accomplishment considering my high opinion of the prior episodes. Billie returned as Death, and in a stunning, emotional scene, Castiel returned to his family. There were no distractions of an alternate universe (which I love but still takes time away from the bros), the stupidity of Heaven or Hell (or the associated cheesy depictions therein), no Princes of Hell or ridiculously fake drama, and no spinoffs to set up. Just Sam and Dean on a hunt, having deep conversations around the Impala.  Action, emotion and heart stopping (no pun intended?) surprises. It’s like Supernatural found its center again.

    The impact of this episode came primarily from two powerful scenes – the return of Billie and her ensuing conversation with Dean, and the return of Castiel. The first encounter was prolonged, full of significant dialog, insights and foreshadowing. The second was just a few seconds long and not a single word was spoken yet it left us breathless.  I considerd solely discussing these scenes since there is so much to explore about each of them, but that would be doing a disservice to the story. The underlying hunt, with its messages of fear, death and grief, masterfully wove together threads of meaning as well. To understand this episode, we need to look at the story’s entire tapestry.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 13.05 “Advanced Thanatology”

    This was an episode of "Supernatural" where all the elements came together and delivered. Interesting, if classic, plot-of-the-week, brothers on the road, emotion and angst and a major plot advancement/reveal for the grand scheme of the "Supernatural" world. Yes, this is the type of episode where the simple all clicks together and works.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 13.05, "Advanced Thanatology"

    Tonight’s episode is all about Death!  Fun times.  Even Death and Death’s death is the “Then” segment.  Since we can’t keep Death waiting, let’s get right to the recap.  
     
    Colorado.  Two teenagers approach a house in the woods with a camcorder.  There’s a sign for an  abandoned mental health facility.  It looks like Stanley Park to me.  This looks like the ideal setup for a teen death!  They check out the place and I notice this is the same place they filmed “The Real Ghostbusters” so you know something is going to go wrong.  They find creepy masks and decided to take one, but the ghost with the drill doesn’t like that.  He manages to drill to death one of the kids and the other escapes for his life.  Roll credits!
  • In Defense of Supernatural Season 12, Part Two

    Part 1 of "Defense of Supernatural Season 12" makes the case that the return of Sam and Dean's loving relationship and the harmonious blending of the season's arcs added up to one of the best years in the Supernatural series.  In Part 2, Samandean addresses the other major characters and storylines, and how they contributed, or detracted, from season 12's enjoyment.
  • 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.

  • Supernatural Season 11 - Hits and Misses: Part One

    Season 11 was a year loaded with faces old and new; big villains, friends who became enemies, enemies who became friends and complicated journeys-some ending and some beginning. So what worked, what didn't and what fell somewhere in between?

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 250TH: 12.09 “First Blood”

     

    Everyone’s on the Hunt.                 

    Torture, Twists and Traps intensified a tacitly rendered raison d'être. 

  • Supernatural Review: 12.09 "First Blood"

    “I won’t let you sacrifice yourselves. You mean too much to me...to everything.”

    Supernatural came back last night with a bang, and a few bloody deaths. “First Blood,” episode nine of season 12, was everything I’d hoped for. I’m a die-hard fan of Supernatural, so I tend to go a little easy on episodes that might not live up to my through-the-roof expectations, but even I will admit, this season has been up and down for me. “First Blood” reignited my faith in the show, not to say that I had none, it was just slightly lacking.

    So what made this episode so special? Let’s start from the beginning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    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 Supernatural season 12. This week's focus is 12.06, "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox". The list varies from episode to episode depending on what has transpired.  I hope you enjoy it and share what your picks would be.  

  • 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.

  • 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 Season 11 Summary and Retrospective

    As Supernatural fans already know, Supernatural is a complex drama, built over years upon a foundation of mythology and recurring themes. Its dialog is intricate, often layered with thematic threads, double meanings and foreshadowing.  The “Threads” review series closely examines these subtlties, to both more thoroughly appreciate the detail of the plots and to attempt to predict the direction the story may be going. Now that the brother's 11th year of hunting is over and we know the outcome of this season's many plot lines, we can assess how well each climax was supported or foreshadowed, and our skill at unlocking season 11's mysteries.

    The following are the season 11 threads we have been tracking. In each case, I recapped how and where the theme appeared in the season. I then compared our specualtions and the evolution of our theories to the eventual outcome of that plotline, and assessed the logic and continuity of the writers’, and the characters’, actions. Join me for a retrospective look at the themes, the Threads, of Supernatural’s season 11.
  • Let's Discuss Roundtable: What do You Want to See in Supernatural Season 11?

    What do you want to see happen in S11?

    That question was asked of me and Alice in the TV Fanatic Roundtable for “Beyond the Mat”.  Before Supernatural begins the final sequence of eight  episodes that will hurdle us all toward whatever heart stopping, cliff-hanger disaster the Winchester brothers must endure this year, this question is worth pondering.