Sam Winchester

  • Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 4

    Episodes 13-18


    We are on our way to season 12, so to pass the time during this Hellatus join me for a look at the "other" Supernatural - the Supernatural: Animation series! If you would like to catch up with the earlier articles, you can check them out here: PART 1, PART 2 and Part 3.

    For each animated episode, I will give a short introduction then give a few words of what I think about them. Nate shared links for his reviews in the first article so I will add links for these episodes as well after each introduction. Give them a peek! Also YellowEyedSam continues to offer comparison videos between episodes from the show and anime. Thank you Nate and Y.E.S.!
  • “I’m Sorry, Have You Met Me?" I'm Nate!

    Too much time passes and old friends seem like strangers.
    Not enough time can make strangers stay strangers.
    With this in mind, it's time to POP by for a visit with our Contributing Staff at THE WINCHESTER FAMILY BUSINESS.

    The WFB Writing Staff was challenged to select eleven questions to answer from an extensive list. 
    When you are done reading, we would like to challenge you to answer a few of the questions that our staff member answered.
    Long-time visitors or new ones, we'd like to get to know you better, too.

    Welcome another brave writer who accepted the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • Supernatural Season 9: Hits and Misses - Part One

    Season 9: Hits and Misses - Part One

    Here we have it – season nine Hits and Misses: Part One. Some of the misses are a tad loose – but what can I say, I mostly enjoyed season nine. It wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t too bad. That made the Misses a little rarer to come by, so do bear with me and mind the nit-pick alerts…..

  • Performing the Story: Baby in Supernatural 11.04 "Baby"

    In any filmed story, there are actors that convey that story to the audience. Those actors need not always be human beings. In the season 11 episode “Baby,” the primary actor is none other than the '67 Chevrolet Impala herself. It is through her lens that we see the story---a day in the life of her existence as the Winchester's mode of transport and so much more. So, in this “Performing the Story,” let's look at how Baby tells her own story and illuminates so much on Sam and Dean's.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.20 - "Don't Call Me Shurley"

    Editor's Note: Each week Karen visually recapped what she felt were the best and most memorable moments of the new Supernatural episode. The list varied from week to week, depending on what transpired in the episode. Towards the end of the season, we skipped a few episodes, though, usually for scheduling reasons. "Don't Call Me Shurley" was one of the episodes we had to skip, so we've never had the chance to share this visual review with you. As some consider it Robbie Thompson's finest work, it is appropriate that we present this to you now, during The WFB's Robbie Thompson Week! Enjoy!

    Karen's Note: This was one of those episodes where I found it extremely difficult to keep my most memorable moments down to a reasonable minimum. From start to finish, this episode was not only the best of everything, it was also so intertwined.
  • 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.

  • "I'm Sorry, Have You Met Me?" I'm LK!

    People, like Piper, pop up in the strangest places.
    Naturally, we are curious about them.
    With this in mind, it’s should be fun to learn more about the writing staff here at The Winchester Family Business.

    So...WFB's writing staff was challenged to select eleven questions to answer from an extensive list.

    When you are done reading, we would like to challenge you to answer a few of the questions that our staff member answered.
    Long-time visitors or new ones...
    We'd like to get to know you better, too.

    Welcome another brave writer who accepted the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.22 - "We Happy Few"

    Editor's Note: Each week Karen visually recapped what she felt were the best and most memorable moments of the new Supernatural episode. The list varied from week to week, depending on what transpired in the episode. Towards the end of the season, we skipped a few episodes, though, usually for scheduling reasons. "We Happy Few" was one of the episodes we had to skip, so we've never had the chance to share this visual review with you. Since I've noticed that it seems to be consistently holding a place of infamy in your "Rank the Episodes" lists, I felt pity for this misunderstood, underappreciated (*cough*) show. Maybe Karen found a few gems within the hour that will soften your hearts? It's worth a try! See if it works...

  • 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.
  • Threads: Supernatural 11.22 "We Happy Few"

    I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been contemplating three completely different approaches to my review of Supernatural’s 11th season pre-finale episode, “We Happy Few”. The obvious choice is to impartially analyze the dialog and plot because there were several important revelations in this episode. I’d like to do those justice, so I’ll get to those a bit later. My second choice is to share where I think this is all going, given the abrupt and unexpected turn taken in this episode. I think I’ll include a bit of that as well in my subsequent comments. First, though, I want to share my reaction to what we all saw.
  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.21 - "All In The Family"

    Welcome to "Memorable Moments". Each week I will visually recap what I felt were the best and most memorable moments from that episode. The list may vary from week to week, depending on what has transpired in that particular episode.

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 11.19 "The Chitters"

    The finish line. At this stage of every Supernatural season, we inevitably come to the approach of the season long finish line. Sam and Dean must face their season long foe---be it Azazel or Lilith or the Mark of Cain. Sam and Dean are racing against time and a foe with the hopes that when they finally defeat said foe---this season in Amara and Lucifer---that they can finally take some time and perhaps move forward. It never seems to work out that way for the brothers, however. In “The Chitters,” the Winchesters are confronted with that very question. What will do they do after they've completed the task of defeating the Darkness? What will “living” mean for them afterward? Most likely---taking show history into account at least---that future will mean facing yet another foe. And yet, one can't help but take in this case, Sam and Dean's encounters with Jesse and Cesar and wonder how the brothers would answer the question about “hanging up our spurs.” After all, they watch that very story unfold with these two hunters---and while Sam and Dean still have awhile to go before the end of this fight with Amara, it can't help but have crossed their minds.

  • 'In My Room' : A Closer Look at Sam's Supernatural Bedroom

     Now that we have seen Dean's room, it is time to take a closer, detailed look at Sam's room since moving into the bunker.

  • Let's Speculate Supernatural 11.18: "Hell's Angel"

    This episode, “Hell’s Angel,” was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. The episode opens in a desert tent somewhere in Saudi Arabia
  • 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.
  • Old v New: Dean Winchester – Part 1: Sense of Self

    Like his brother, Dean has evolved in a multitude of ways since we first met him over ten years ago. On first glance, Dean was confident, cocky and maybe even arrogant to the surface glance. He was flash and sparkle to cover the untouched child issues and the deep emotional needs he couldn’t address in the hunter world. Though 'connected to his family', Dean had well beyond healthy levels of reliance on this definition when we first met him. Family is at the core of who Dean is - just like his brother. Truly, for these two, it is a significant part of who they are and what they do. When it comes to Dean - it shapes him in a particular way: Dean is a protector - ultimately this is his identity. That's not exactly shattering news of course. It becomes of question of how deeply this defines who he is that is important in his sense of self.
  • Supernatural: The Animation, Closer Look PART 3

    Happy New Year everyone! It is time for the part three of the animation series! If you want to check them out, here are the links for PART 1 and PART 2

    As always, I will give a short introduction to the episodes and then offer a few words of what I think about them. Nate shared links for his anime reviews in the first article so I have added links to them after each episode introduction. Give them a peek! Also YellowEyedSam continues to offer comparison videos between episodes from the show and anime. Thank you Nate and Y.E.S.
  • Auld Lang Syne: Nightsky's Favorite Reflections on Supernatural

    I hope you've enjoyed our Auld Lang Syne series! The Winchester Family Business staff has certainly enjoyed sharing our favorite articles with you throughout this holiday season. Since I helped pull together all the articles in the series, I thought it was fitting that my reflections be last.

    It wasn't hard to pick my favorite reflections. There are a few that mean a great deal to me personally for reasons I will share below. The challenge was limiting my choices to the top 5!
  • Auld Lang Syne: Supernatural "H-Day"

    In the late half of Season 9, I decided to do something I'd never done: participate in a Supernatural Fan Fiction contest. I resolved not to do any slash but instead write up a big budget, movie style, possible "finale" to the show which tied up loose ends.  I chose it as my Auld Lang Syne feature article not only because it was a lot of fun to write (and had some great artwork by neigeausoleil) but also because it's somewhat humorous to look back two seasons later to see what I got wrong about the show's future plots... and what I ended up getting right.
  • Auld Lang Syne: Karen's Favorite Reflections on Supernatural

    Editor's Note: The Winchester Family Business writing team wanted to do something very special for this year's holiday season so we put together a new article series for your enjoyment. It's called Auld Lang Syne, which means 'Times Long Past'. The traditional New Year's Eve song tells us that old friends should be remembered and honored (substitute the translation to understand the meaning):

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And auld lang syne?

    For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne,
    We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.

    As Supernatural starts its second decade of dedicated, superb storytelling, we want to pause and remember the best moments that brought us to where we are today. Each of us joined the Supernatural family at different points in its journey but we share a common love of the show, its cast and its characters. To honor the first ten years of the Winchester's journey, each of our writers picked their favorite reflections from times long past. They share their personal thoughts as to why each piece they chose is special to them or is a part of Supernatural's rich history. From Christmas Eve to past New Year's Day, we'll  repost the most important, defining, tender, creative, emotional, singular moments in the history of the love affair between The Winchester Family Business and Supernatural.

    We hope these articles give you insight into the hearts and minds of The WFB writing team, and by extension, the first ten years of Supernatural.After you've read them, we also hope you love these special moments as much as we do.

    -Nightsky