Supernatural Season 12

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.07 - "Rock Never Dies" aka Distraction Addicts Anonymous

    You know, on the first watch, “Rock Never Dies” wasn’t so bad.  No, it wasn’t very exciting.  I remember when it was half over I thought, “There’s still 30 minutes left of this?”  Pacing was glacial to say the least.  But honestly, three things made it a watchable episode for me.  First, I’m still loving Crowley and Castiel together.  I believe that those two have more value together than apart.  Second, I really loved Rick Springfield as Lucifer.  I’m not sure I wanted to see him be the permanent Lucifer going forward, but for the stint he did have he did a great job. Third, I loved the setting of Los Angeles.  The fact that it was Crowley’s town was so perfect, especially after I’ve visited the so called City of Angels a few times.  People would easily make demon deals in that town!  The stock shots of LA seemed a little over the top and a time waster, but hotels like that do serve cucumber water and people are very much into their veggie smoothies and yoga.  I’m with Sam and Dean, veggie infused water isn’t half bad!    
    Beyond that though, it gets messy.  Uncomfortably messy.  There were plot holes and attempts at humor that fell flat, but overall it ended up being a stern slap in the face to the idea of fandom, one that probably hit too close to home given “Supernatural’s” avid fans.  For those that didn’t notice the insult, it was slow and lackluster at best.  For those that did notice, we’re left wondering exactly what are the writers trying to tell us?  It isn’t a celebration of fan loyalty and devotion, that’s for sure.  
  • 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.

  • TV Fanatic Supernatural Round Table: 12.06, "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    So yes, in the rush of Thanksgiving and holiday shopping, I'm just now getting to our look at the latest TV Fanatic "Supernatural" roundtable.  The subject, episode 12.06, "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox."  Did we love it?  Does a bear...yeah I'll stop there.  But still, we had some differing opinions on items like our favorite scene (that was all over the map) to whether or not Biliie the Reaper will get to play a bigger role (maybe?) and why does Mary need more time away? (Is Samantha Smith only being a guest star have anything to do with that?).  Yep, taking on the burning questions.  That's what myself, Nightsky and TV Fanatic's Sean McKenna and Christine Lasokdi are all about! 
    Here's Sean McKenna's review.  He gave it a 3.8 out of 5.0.  
  • WEDNESDAY’S WATCHING THURSDAY’S Supernatural 12.06 “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox”

    Viva Voce Power!

    Mothers take the Vanguard position as Hunters’ families and relationships are revealed at a Wake. 

  • 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).

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

    This week’s episode is entitled “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” and was written by new show writer Steve Yockey and directed by veteran director John Badham. The episode begins with a very comprehensive preview that spans all the seasons, especially focusing on the hunting life.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.05 "The One You've Been Waiting For"

    Several Mornings After

    Usually “Threads” is the first review published each week after a new Supernatural episode airs. This past week, however, I had a long weekend off (two family birthdays!) so Alice and Wednesday were able to jump ahead of me in the rotation.

  • WEDNESDAY’S WATCHING THURSDAY’S Supernatural 12.05 "The One You’ve Been Waiting For"


    #Thule be sorry? Too soon? Yes! Forever too soon.

  • Alice's Review - Supernatural 12.05 - "The One You've Been Waiting For" aka We're Still Waiting

    Well, that was certainly an odd duck in this versatile “Supernatural” universe, wasn’t it?  I get exactly the intent of the writer, Meredith Glynn, who delivered her first “Supernatural” script with “The One You've Been Waiting For.”  She chose to deliver a tongue-in-cheek tale that targeted something that shouldn’t be taboo by now, but this episode unfortunately came at a time when national (heck international) emotions were running high and probably not fully understanding of the joke.  For those that did get the joke, well, we still aren’t laughing.  The episode failed to deliver on many sides.  
  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.05 - "The One You've Been Waiting For"

    Greetings, this is your friendly neighborhood admin/founder of the site, filling in this week for Bookdal.  Are you ready to speculate?  Great, because this week, everything is coming up Nazis.

    The Winchesters TRESPASS into the sanctity of RELIGIOUS SPACES, WORKSPACES, and FAMILIES
    needing spaces.Perez, playing Ketch-up, explores POWER and OLD TIMES.
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.04 "American Nightmare"

    “Well, maybe we should focus on the case and less of the Dr. Phil crap,” Dean retorts to Sam at the morgue. And yet, the case itself reflects the real problem the Winchesters have in “American Nightmare”: the inability or unwillingness to talk.

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.04: "American Nightmare"

    Human monsters, an old-fashioned case and a dollop of the BMoL with their star-killer’s cameo, featuring insight into their twisted concept of their own superior ways and why they’re so much better than Sam, Dean and American hunters in general. What’s not to like?

  • Alice's Review - Supernatural 12.04 - "American Nightmare"

    Welcome to “Supernatural” Davy Perez.  I got to meet this new writer at Comic Con this summer and it sounded like this new batch of writers were dedicated to telling unique stories while staying true to the SPN Verse.  After seeing the first episode from this new crop, “American Nightmare,” it looks like they’re off to a good start.  
    Yes, I liked it.  A lot of the complaints I had from last week weren’t set to rest, but they were at least set aside.  For one, the whole hour focused on one story, the Sam and Dean monster hunt.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Castiel and Crowley, but sometimes the constant bouncing around between stories gets a bit much week to week.  Sticking to the basics is a nice change at times.  This episode however had some big hints that what happened here is relevant for the story later, but it wasn’t weighed down too much by the previous events.  That’s exactly the kind of episode I need in episode four.
    The biggest strength of the episode though was the focus on the brothers themselves.  For once, I didn’t feel like Sam and Dean were supporting players in their own story.  Yeah, perhaps the religious zealot stereotype got a bit much at times, not to mention I absolutely hated that final scene (go away British MOL), but all in all, I wasn’t hurling stuff when it was over.  That’s an improvement.  
  • Threads: Supernatural 12.04 "American Nightmare"

    The Morning After 

    Last week I added this "Morning After" commentary to my traditional "Threads" review. This new section allows me to record then let go of any strong, emotional reactions to the week’s Supernatural story before I attempt to analytically examine it for plot threads. I write this section first, before time or analysis dilutes or changes my initial impressions. Usually I wake up and start writing it immediately, before breakfast. I sit in front of the television and begin my rewatch, pausing the episode after just a few seconds because I have so much to say I can’t wait to jot down my thoughts. This morning was different, though. Today I’m sitting in my office, at my desk. No rewatch. I think you’re going to be surprised by how I feel about “American Nightmare”.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.04 "American Nightmare"

    This episode, titled “American Nightmare” and written by new writer Davy Perez, begins at a church in Iowa where people are praying.  A young woman comes in, staggering toward the altar, as we see stigmata appear on her hands and feet and she seems to be beaten by an invisible force. She shouts out in what appears to be an ancient language and falls dead at the priest’s feet.