Robbie Thompson

  • Extended Recap - Supernatural 11.04 - "Baby" Part 2

    (Miss part one of this recap?  Just go here)

    So yes, after all that, they actually arrive in Oregon! We have a case!  It’s already like 20 min into the episode, so I don’t expect this case to be too complex, especially since it’ll all play out from inside the Impala.  That doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining.  That’s proven as soon as Dean throws out that they’re dealing with a “were-pyre.”  He even taunts Sam to say it with him.  “No,” Sam firmly responds.  Ah brotherly banter.   Dean’s already thinking food and thanks to a recommendation from the local sheriff, a well renowned local steak house will do the trick.  Except it has valet parking.  Dean would actually trust a valet?  He does because Sam thinks it’s okay.  Really Sam?  You know what happens when you trust a classic car with a teenager?  Baby’s about to go on a joy ride. 
  • Robbie Thompson! - C2E2 Panel with Supernatural Writer Extraordinaire Part 1

    From March 18-20, 2016, comic book writers, artists and fans joined genre television and gaming enthusiasts at the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as C2E2. For the past several years, energetic Supernatural fans have organized a discussion panel during the C2E2 weekend, inviting the SPNFamily to mingle and exchange ideas about the show. This year the panel was a bit different, though. Supernatural show writer, Robbie Thompson, who was attending the convention to promote his newest Marvel comic book projects, graciously agreed to join the panel!

  • Extended Recap - Supernatural 11.04 - "Baby" Part 1

    Baby.  The third main cast member - The Metallicar - The solid rock that has always been there for the Winchesters (except for that silly season seven when she was sidelined).  The strong and rugged object that takes her lumps but always comes out on top, all while protecting her boys from all sorts of horrible things.  She maybe Dean’s pride and joy, but she looks after Sam as well.  So yeah, why did it take 11 seasons to get her a profile episode?   Ah well, better late than never.

    The concept itself is daring.  Shoot an entire episode inside the Impala.  Make the scenes semi-real time and create a monster story that can actually be told and enjoyed from Baby’s POV.  While the script is brilliant, the true achievement of this episode is what went into the direction.  It took a ton of creativity and planning to set this one up and the end result was nothing short of perfection.  It’s a no-brainer as to which episode this season would get the full length recap from me for this season.  “Baby” all the way.  It is one of my favorite episodes of all time for any TV show, not just “Supernatural.” 

    For those who may not be familiar with the full length recap concept, this is basically me digging into the episode with exhaustive detail and giving my wandering thoughts for every little part of it.  This gets pretty long.  I used to do these all the time, but they ended up taking way too much time not just for me but anyone reading them!  Now I do one or two a season for fun.  These are the type of recaps that once made Television Without Pity a great site, and they’re also a concept that mostly went out with that site too.  A lot of these recaps can get snarky but my love for this episode holds no bounds.  Any nitpicking in this recap will be reflected at the season itself and not this brilliant episode.    
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    Even if time has gone by, I have still mixed feelings about writing this article. "Don't Call Me Shurley" was a magnificent episode. If you ask me, it was the finale on which this season should have ended. After that we found out that Thompson was leaving Supernatural, which hit me pretty hard. He was on a roll in season 11, writing the best episodes he has ever written.

  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces June 19, 2016

    Supernatural around the web this week.
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces May 28, 2016

    Supernatural in the news this week.
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces May 21, 2016

    Supernatural in the news.
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces May 14, 2016

    Supernatural in the news this week.
  • Wednesday's Watching Supernatural 11.20: "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    The "Angel Nearest the Door" could be you. #Chuck is a Meat Suit for "The Writers' Voice."
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces May 8, 2016

    Supernatural in  the news this week.
  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 11.20 - "Don't Call Me Shurley" aka When Metaphysics and Psychology Collide

    Eric Kripke and Robbie Thompson get together in a bar and…tell me if you’ve heard this one before. 

    Oh my, my, “Don’t Call Me Shurley” really went in a ballsy direction, didn’t it?  I’m personally stunned.  No doubt this is a polarizing episode because it basically listened to six years of non-stop fan complaints and decided to do something about it.  While that might thrill some, it also upsets others.  No matter what side you fall, one cannot discount what this episode brings to the table.  
  • Cast and Crew Respond to Supernatural Episode 11.20

    The cast and crew are sending their accolades about last night's episode.
  • WEDNESDAY’S WATCHING Supernatural 11.16 "Safe House"

    Having two "elderly statesmen" carry on hunting in an entertaining manner underlines the possibility that Dean and Sam could carry on for many years, too.
    A spinoff for Rufus (Steven Williams) and Bobby (Jim Beaver)? Continuity and parallels with past seasons, and within this season's arc, were mind warping because they flashbacked to the past apocalypse and hinted at future events for this season.

  • Auld Lang Syne: Farawayeyes' Favorite Reflections on Supernatural

    This profile is about one of my all time favorite Supernatural writers, Robbie Thompson. It was an honor to write about his various writing prior to Supernatural, all of his episodes, and to capture what makes his writing pop for us fans. Getting the chance to connect with him via Twitter for an impromptu interview made the whole article even better---it's even more special now after the meet and greets I've had with Mr. Thompson since then.
  • Supernatural Bits & Pieces October 10, 2015

    With the start of the new season, Bits and Pieces moves to Saturdays.
  • A Celebration of Supernatural at DePaul University - Part 3

    By now, you have probably read Alice’s two excellent reports on the joint academic/fan conference “A Celebration of Supernatural” at Chicago’s DePaul University. Her articles (Part 1 and Part 2) conveyed the varied topics and deep conversations that took place at several of the conference panels, plus she relayed in great detail the insights shared by the keynote speaker, Robbie Thompson.

    Many of you have told us that our reports on these fan gatherings are the only way you will ever experience any type of Supernatural convention or conference. Believe me, I know how lucky I was that the professor who wanted to put together the conference, and the university that agreed to host it, were in my home town! Your feedback convinced me to share my personal experiences throughout the crazy 24 hours that made up the conference weekend, so in addition to reporting on a few remainning panels, I will also share with you my observations, reactions and thoughts about attending my first Supernatural academic conference!
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 10.20: "Angel Heart"

    What to say about "Angel Heart"?As villains and devious concepts go, this episode fell considerably short in the grand Supernaturalscheme. Evil beings feeding on a humans while the human lives in a utopia mentally? Well, it’s wholly similar to the idea of a Djinn, first presented much more significantly in "What Is and What Should Never Be". Measured against that standard, an emotionally gripping episode on every level that catches you by surprise and uses the dead parents in unexpected ways to bring the audience to its knees? "Angel Heart" could never hope to compare and certainly didn’t. Having said that, the episode wasn’t a letdown or total write-off on a character level, so that’s where we begin from today.
  • Threads: Supernatural 10.20 "Angel Heart"

    Fans had very mixed reactions to Supernatural’s “Angel Heart”. Some were warmly wrapped in its emotions declaring it as one of their series favorites while others were bored to distraction. Personally, I liked the story.
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 10.18: "Book of the Damned"

    Phenomenal. Truly, that is the only thought I had after watching this episode. It was 42 minutes and change of fully engrossing television and one of the best episodes this season has had to offer. From the opening, which started like a scene from a Marvel adapted television series with the darkened alleyway and hooded figure with blade-strapped back, it promised action for sure – but the emotion and genuine human drama was less expected. Both Sam and Dean made major decisions and traded something for another, neither left satisfied in the end but doing what they had to do and the journey to reach those conclusions, ah, so good but so hard.  Never mind that final scene which is almost an unspeakable twist – an oh so bad it’s good.
  • Threads: Supernatural 10.18 "The Book of the Damned"

    Repeat after me: “I will not panic about the bargain that Sam is making with Rowena. I believe (i.e. hope) Sam will not do something cataclysmic with the Book of the Damned. I will take each episode one at a time. I am not going to panic. I am NOT going to worry about this.”

    Is it working?

    Yeah, not for me either.