Supernatural Season 11

  • Supernatural Season 11 Hits and Misses: Part Two

     The list you’ve all been waiting for! The second half of the season eleven hits and misses. Let’s dive right in…

  • TV Fanatic Supernatural Round Table: 12.09 - "First Blood"

    Hmm, four pundits getting together to discuss the latest episode of "Supernatural?"  The show must be back!  Myself, Nightsky, and Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna of TV Fanatic got together again to ponder exactly what "First Blood" did and didn't do and if any future possibilities came of it.  Three of us thought it was really mediocre, one liked it.  Can you tell who the one is?  (Hint, it rhymes with Dogs Fly).  
  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.09 - "First Blood" aka WWED (What Would Edlund Do?)

    Such a brilliant premise, such well shot scenes, such a powerful ending…such a huge waste of a golden opportunity  Sigh, another season twelve dud.  
     
    When I see episodes like “First Blood” where a tense situation is afoot, I often ask, “WWED?”  What’s that you ask?  "What would Edlund do?" of course!  He would have ratcheted the urgency and tension up to 11 with this premise and left us emotional wrecks by the end.  Andrew Dabb’s attempt at this type of story fell way short, turning what could have been a explosive situation into a paint by numbers affair.  To say I’m disappointed is an understatement, especially when this was the best premise to come along in a while.  
  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    "It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."— Buddha

    At the moment, Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox is actually my favorite episode of this season. It felt like old times in many parts, close to the feeling that Robbie Thompson’s scripts gave me.

  • The WFB Short Attention Span Theater Presents: Good Riddance 2016

    2017 is here and the Winchesters aren't the only ones happy to see the new year.  It was a bad year all around.  It's time for a little review and reflection of 2016 before moving on. 
  • Top Ten Supernatural Stories of 2016

    Looking back at 2016 overall, I think most of us are in agreement that this was hardly a banner year.  Wait, I take that back, there were plenty of banners, all commemorating some pretty awful and troubling events.  Bottom line, this year pretty much sucked.  
     
    When looking back at “Supernatural,” it wasn’t a marquis year for the show either.  Lord knows I’ve made that point very well known through my reviews and other commentaries.  However, this is a time of year where it’s best to let bygones be bygones, running on hope that a new and much better year is on it’s way.  It’s time to forget all the bad and focus on the good, and despite the weaknesses, “Supernatural” wasn’t all bad.  There were some grand achievements and memorable moments to come from this year and they should be noted.  
     
    Below are my picks for “Top Ten “Supernatural” Stories of 2016,” which covers the last part of season 11 (episodes 11.10 - 11.23) and the first part of season 12 (episodes 12.01 - 12.08).  They are in order from best to bestest, at least according to my humble opinion.  No science went into this ranking, just pure gut feel, and maybe a coin toss or two. 
  • 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.  

  • Sharing Season 12's Premiere: Supernatural Watch Parties

    ONE MORE WEEK! Next Thursday, October 13, 2016, the SPNFamily will once again be reunited with our beloved Supernatural! Sam and Dean will begin their twelfth year of saving people and hunting things, and we’ll be with them every step of the way. To kick off the final countdown, let's start making plans for the S12 premiere!
     
    In the long awaited continuation of their saga, Mom is alive but very confused; big brother is alive and can’t wait to surprise everyone with news of their win against evil; little brother is barely alive, in really big trouble and in deep mourning for the last remaining member of his family; Castiel is alive but MIA; Crowley is alive (well, dead actually) but is a man (well, demon actually) without a kingdom; Lucifer is alive (there weren’t any scorched wings or ashes on the ground, right?) and on the run; and the Men of Letters have turned into the enemy, betraying the most important members in the history of their existence. The premiere promises to be packed with both action and emotion as each of these dramas unfolds! 
  • A Deeper Look at Supernatural Season Eleven Sam Winchester

    I’ve really struggled with putting together my “Deeper Look” articles this season, both for Sam and Dean.  We were given 23 episodes and that is usually plenty of time to do a deep character examination. Season Eleven went a different way though, different than any other season before it.  Character development was a sorry after thought.  That’s been a troubling trend in the last few seasons but season eleven really dropped the ball.  Turns out it is the worst season yet for characterization. 

    The potential for Sam and Dean’s characters to do epic things and grow as human beings was there at the beginning.  TV writers often like to push their characters into spirals with the eventual goal of moving them forward (you can’t go up without going down sort of thing), so the setup was there, but nothing happened.  Dean was intended to fall into a serious low this year with his attraction to Amara, but that didn’t quite happen the way it should have.  Instead of a spiral, he quietly slipped into a boring holding pattern that did little to no justice for his character.  But I’ll cover all that in my segment for Dean.  This analysis is about Sam.  

    Half a season of effort went into Sam.   The rest was throwing him into clichéd MOTW case mode, acting out of character, and then just outright pretending he wasn’t a relevant character.  I’m not happy that Sam became waterboy for God instead of hero, but that’s not what has made me unhappy about his character overall.  It was the writers not following through on what they started because the writing got lazy and disorganized as the season progressed.   Once the “big reveal” about Sam’s visions happened in episode nine, which honestly wasn’t all that big a reveal since fans are smart, Sam was pushed more and more to the background until he was utterly useless in the end.  That’s exactly what shouldn’t be happening to one of the two main characters.  

    Where did the writers go wrong?  Let’s look at some key episodes. 

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "We Happy Few"

    Editor's Note: This article was written on May 25, 2016, at the time "We Happy Few" first aired. Continuing our retrospective look at season 11, we are sharing this with you now, so you can relive the excitement, suspense and emotion of not knowing the season finale. So take a trip back in time to having just watched 11.22, and enjoy!

    "In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins." — Ulysses S. Grant

    In this last penultimate episode, many felt that all was lost, that many things had been ruined for them for different reasons.
  • Retrospective Thoughts on Supernatural 11.16 – "Safe House"

    Safe House was a great welcome back after a long hiatus when it first aired. It offered old friends, a fresh case, interestingly transitioned flashbacks and simple but unique Monster of the Week all for a good story and a perfect, timeless spotlight on the connection between Bobby Singer and his boys.
  • Supernatural Season 11 WFB Editor's Choice Awards

    Yes, I've still got a few honors I must bestow on Season 11 before I put it behind me. You saw our Fan Choice Awards then our Staff Awards, and now it's time for the Editor's Choice Awards!  In other words, one overly opinionated red head has a few more things to dish out for fun, just because she can!  
  • Supernatural Season 11 WFB Staff Choice Awards

    The SPN fans have spoken, and now it's our turn!  What deserving recognition does the WFB staff wish to give to Supernatural Season 11?  Alice, Nate Winchester, Lilah Kane and Elle have a few ideas. 

  • The Supernatural Season 11 Fan Vote Award Results

    You came you, you saw, you voted, you made your voice heard!  After an arduous month long process, we can finally announce the winners of our Supernatural Season 11 Fan Vote Awards.  There were 17 categories in all and there were some very surprising choices, some really close votes, and some total blowouts. Did your choice make it?  Let's find out.  

  • Alice and Nate's Take On...Best and Worst Supernatural Season Finale

    It all started after the season eleven finale aired.  I declared in my review on "Alpha and Omega" that season 11 is the worst finale in series history.  Nate Winchester begged to differ, and told me in an email why there was another even worse.  That naturally led to some back and forth and it eventually evolved into a whole “best vs. worst” debate.  The end result was just too good not to share.  

    So what are our choices for best season finale and worst season finale in "Supernatural's" history? 
  • “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!

  • The WFB Supernatural Season 11 Fan Vote Awards - Voting Now Open!

    You gave us your nominations, and now it's time to vote! The annual Winchester Family Business season end fan vote is now open.  You can pick and choose from 17 categories all about Supernatural Season 11, the good, bad and indifferent.  

    As you can tell, some categories didn't have enough nominations to fill all the slots, so I had to pick some of my own.  Also, one category, Best Guest Star, was broken into two categories since it was too broad.  So now you have 17 categories instead of 16 to vote on!  

    Just select your favorite option from each category and be sure to hit that "Vote" button at the bottom of each box or it doesn't count.  After voting, feel free to refresh the page and vote again!  I'm sure you're going to want to vote for different options in some categories (Best Quote comes to mind).  Vote as often as you want.  Voting will close on July 15th at 11:59 EDT.  Results will be compiled and be revealed within a few days after the vote closes.  

    Thanks to all who sent nominations.  Happy voting! 


  • “I’m Sorry, Have You Met Me?” I'm KAREN!

    There are people we've heard of, but never really got to know (Like Sully was to Dean). 
    Sometimes we run into old friends and realize we've changed and we need time to reconnect with each other (Like Sully and Sam's friendship).
    With this in mind, it's a sensible idea to visit with our Contributing Staff here 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 one, We'd like to get to know you better, too.

    And, I hope all y'all are thirsty....

    Welcome another brave writer to accept the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • Robbie Thompson! - C2E2 Panel with Supernatural Writer Extraordinaire Part 2

    From March 18-20, 2016, comic book writers and artists, genre television stars and gaming enthusiasts met with fans for three days at the Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as C2E2. For the past several years, a few energetic fans have organized a Supernatural 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! 

    During his time with fans, Robbie answered questions on plot lines, shared background stories on episodes and characters, and described his personal journey to Supernatural’s writers’ room. The panel took place during a season 11 hiatus, after 11.15 "Beyond the Mat" had aired but before the final eight episodes of the season had been seen. In his opening comments, Robbie stated that even though the last few episodes were still being filmed, the writing team was finished for the year, so he obviously knew the outcome of the season's stories. 

    This is Part 2 of my coverage of Robbie's 60 minute panel. If you need to catch up, take a moment to read Part 1 of the panel!  All of the Supernatural screen shots that accompany the articles are from episodes written by Robbie (the two exceptions for the opening of the panel are otherwise credited). A full list of Robbie's 18 episodes can be found in the Fan Video Tribute to what we later learned would be his last episode for Supernatural, 11.20 "Don't Call Me Shurley".

    I hope this chronicle helps you share in the absolute thrill and honor it was to hear Robbie talk with his fans once again! Sit back and enjoy C2E2 Supernatural, Part 2!
  • 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.