Dean Winchester

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Keep Calm and Carry On"

     "Karma brings us ever back to rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths. Good Karma drags us back as relentlessly as bad, and the chain which is wrought out of our virtues holds as firmly and as closely as that forged from our vices." — Annie Besant

    I guess I should start this article with the familiar words: "Long time no see!" I am your friendly hiatus writer with the Fan Video articles.

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” is perfectly named. Amidst mourning a death, we see life truly cherished and celebrated. After all, dying is easy. It is living that is hard to do.

  • 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).

  • WEDNESDAY’S WATCHING THURSDAY’S SUPERNATURAL 12.03 "THE FOUNDRY"

    Three stories are told of Grief, Selfishness, and Freedom.

    While performing a cleansing ritual, Berens Forms the Cast, and opens Doors to an unshackled future. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.02 "Mamma Mia"

     “If you ever wanna talk. I know what it's like to come back and not feel like you really fit,” Sam tells his mother at the end of “Mamma Mia.” In many ways, the statement blankets the entire episode.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.01 "Keep Calm and Carry On"

    The title “Keep Calm and Carry On” perfectly sums up the season 12 Supernatural premiere. The phrase, a British saying that originated in World War II, points to so much of what happens. The obvious example can be found in the introduction of our newest villains---the British Men of Letters in Lady Toni---but that is only the surface.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.01: "Keep Calm and Carry On"

    Months of waiting in eager, speculative anticipation and I, for one, was not disappointed. As the rock-accompanied recap of the last 23 episodes of the Winchester saga played out, we were left on that dark night in the woods with a stunned Dean and a confused Mary and it’s like no time has passed since that dramatic cliff-hanger in May. So, how did all the pieces of the premiere fit together and what does it look like for the future of season twelve so far (twelve?!)? Pretty good, I think.

  • A Deeper Look at Supernatural Season Eleven Dean Winchester

    Dean Winchester.  Let’s face it, his character is iconic.  The big brother, the protector of all bad, the macho hero in the leather jacket with the smart mouth… He’s that “no chick-flick” moments kind of guy that underneath it all has a soft and tender side who loves chick flicks and makes women (and some men too) swoon.  That tender side is most evident when his brother is involved and his quirky angel friend with some real self esteem issues.  Hell, he’s even the main voice of reason to the freaking King of Hell himself.  

    I’ve traced Dean’s journey of growth and despair ever since season three, a season where he hit a point of “self actualization.”  Since then his journey has been captivating.  So what happened in season 11?  Oh man, what did happen? Instead of any kind of growth, we got a meandering Dean Winchester cliche who more found himself in situations based on happenstance than any sort of destiny.  He was walking the walk, talking the talk, and it all ended with Dean playing family counselor, providing off the cuff advice to save the world.  He didn’t get to play hero a lot of the time or be the bold and brash leader we have grown to love.  He was just…there.  You know that the writers clearly hit a wall in season 11 when they had no idea what to do with a character that helped define their series.  

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Hiatus Hunting"

    I haven't written fan video articles in a while so when I got the Covers With Friends CD and saw a fitting video online I really couldn't help myself. From cons we have seen and heard how well Jensen can sing but his "Simple Man" is just so great. The video focuses on Dean which is fitting as Jensen sings it. When I check out other videos there was also a video focusing on John Winchester, the boys and Bobby Singer. This one was the best of them all in my opinion. The CD has also many other great songs so if you don't have it yet maybe you should check it out.
  • Supernatural Old v New: Part Two – Sam and Dean's Motivations and Desires

     
    Initially, I began looking at Sam and Dean separately when it came to their motives and desires: two wholly individual pieces on two different men. As time went on, however, it became increasingly apparent that you can’t readily examine one without the other present because as we well know – the Winchester brothers are motivated by each other. Having said that, the following will examine the pushes and pulls of each Winchester in their unique development throughout the last decade as well as the intersections that are indisputably fraternal along the way.
  • “Get a Room!” Supernatural’s Season 10 Motel Rooms - Part 1

    Jerry Wanek, set designers, artists and scouts create atmosphere, add character depth, and enhance themes with their painstaking and creative visions and designs.  In attempt to pay tribute to the Set designers and Location team, I offer this series of articles.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 2.15 - "Tall Tales"

    Welcome again to Memorable Moments of Supernatural Past! I chose this episode as this one of my favourites. The humour was endless and it introduced us to The Trickster, who I just loved and miss dearly.

  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces August 21, 2016

    Supernatural in the news this week.