Supernatural Season 7

  • Mallena's Supernatural Musings: 7.15 "Repo Man"

    There’s something about this episode that really appeals to me.  It’s one of my favorites, but exactly why is hard to pinpoint.  The guest actors are wonderful in their roles (especially that adorable dog) and Sam’s beginning his descent into madness, once again.  Add a Dean kidnapping and Hallucifer into the mix – it just becomes a memorable story.  Oh yeah, Ben Edlund wrote this…that must be why it’s such an appealing episode.

  • Mallena's Supernatural Musings: 7.21 "Reading is Fundamental"

    I’ve been going back and forth on which episode to review and it’s been a tough decision.  I’m super busy right now, as is everyone, so I didn’t want to do something too involved, deep, or extremely beloved.  Instead, I was inspired by the news that Hulu is now streaming Osric Chau in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.  I’ve decided to review Osric’s first episode in Supernatural - which is quite beloved anyway, and to talk about Dirk Gently and the joys of streaming.

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "First Blood"

     

    "Place me behind prison walls - walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground. There is a possibility that in some way or another I may be able to escape. But stand me on that floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No. Never." — Karl G. Maeser

    How the Winchesters got into this situation was controversial but it was a juicy idea. I loved 2.19 "Folsom Prison Blues"and thought if "First Blood" was as well executed, we would have a grand old time. As it turned out, it was good but it could have been better. It would have been great if it would have lasted like two episodes.

    My chosen word for this fan vid article is, of course, "prison" so I checked up on a few episodes where our boys have been in prison or jail. Also, I might have chosen the weirdest song about prisons as a fan video but it works.

  • Mallena’s Supernatural Musings: 7.17 “The Born-Again Identity”

    Hi, everyone.  The nice people here at The WFB decided to let me write a series of episode reviews, for your enjoyment (let’s hope that it’s not a horrible mistake). I’m going to pick any episode from any season that was interesting to me in some way, then talk about other shows and books that touch upon the theme of the episode. 

    I felt obliged to start with my favorite episode of Supernatural's season seven, "The Born Again Identity".  I am the president, secretary, and treasurer of the Truly Unofficial Season Seven Fan Club.  I also bring the snacks to the meetings. We’re always looking for members - just let me know.

  • “I’m Sorry, Have You Met Me?" I'm Percysowner!

    The best way to get to know someone is to have a little heart to heart chat.

    With this in mind, let's have some fun getting to better know our Contributing Staff here at The Winchester Family Business.

    The entire 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 our next courageous writer who accepted the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • “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!

  • 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!
  • 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!

  • "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!

  • Auld Lang Syne: Pragmatic Dreamer's Favorite Supernatural Reflections

    Real life is keeping me very busy (and ironically, part of that real life work is writing for the web!) so I haven’t had much of a chance to contribute to the site recently, but I’m still watching Supernatural, and continue to use it as my escape from daily annoyances and aggravations, and my 60-minutes of recharging my soul’s batteries to face the next week of annoyances and aggravations!  The reason I chose this article, which is the very first one I wrote for The Winchester Family Business, is that it still rings true for me.  All the reasons I got hooked on the show, and continues to make it my only appointment-television viewing, are the same.  I watch it for the relationship Dean and Sam have with each other, and with the world around them.
  • 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 Season Seven: Hits and Misses – A Second Look Pt 2

    The second half the season seven hit list, revisited with the wisdom of 3 years of hindsight, as promised!
  • The Gamble Years - Epilogue


    I started this post way back in mid-season hiatus but couldn't get it to gel before the hiatus finished. Well with a new hiatus upon us and trying desparately to figure out something to write about, time to finish this up: a fun epilogue to my retrospective of the Sera Gamble years. The previous parts:

  • A "Supernatural" Country Song: Cowboys & Constant Sorrow


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    A Supernatural Country Song: Cowboys & Constant Sorrow

    The Season 8 opener of "Supernatural" is almost here!  (Squeee!!) But, for some strange reason, I'm still mulling over Season 7.  It's like when you have a song stuck in your head, and you just can't stop humming it to yourself.
     
  • The Winchester Family Business Supernatural Season 7 Awards - Special Mention Categories

    Final round of our annual awards!  This is our third installment for season seven, aka the Special Mention Awards.  So what are those?  Categories that cover all the other moments that I didn't get to in the first two set of awards.  That means usually offbeat categories that I made up for fun.   I've come up with 16 this time, and I honestly could have done more.  But I do realize, we all have lives.  

    The Supernatural Season Seven Special Mention Awards are as follows...

  • The Winchester Family Business Supernatural Season 7 Awards - Editor's Choice


    The fans have voted and made their voices heard, and now it's my turn!  Time for the totally subjective, completely unscientific, purely for entertainment purposes (and perhaps designed to fuel lively debate) Winchester Family Business Editor's Choice awards.  The editor being me. 

    The following categories are ones that I've done before in prior seasons' awards.  As I've stated before, the winners have been chosen based on my bored mind who had a little too much time at work to overanalyze.  Feel free to share your choices in the comments, tell me how wrong I am! 

    Sadly, there is one category that I've used every year since the awards began that I had to dismiss this year.  Best Winchester Death cannot be awarded.  I looked 800 kinds of sideways to see if anything came close.  Dean in Purgatory was it, and I'm still not sure if that counts as being in the death category.  It's more like displaced.  There's no physical body left behind.  Rather than ponder over technicalities, I omitted it. 

    Without further delay, here are the Editor's Choice winners.

     

  • The Winchester Family Business Supernatural Season 7 Fan Awards

    The results are in, the votes have been counted, and now we can reveal the winners of the first ever Winchester Family Business Supernatural Fan Awards.  For those that missed it, fans were asked to vote in 15 categories for Supernatural's season seven.  We ran voting for ten days and got plenty of great and often varied responses.  Some categories ended up being super close, while others won their categories by gigantor landslides (hee, I made a funny).  

    So sit back and enjoy the long anticipated results over the next 15 pages.  For those that are wagering, I implore that all settlements are handled with civility and don't result in any sort of physical harm or extensive property damage.  After all, Sam and Dean would want that way.  

  • Far Away Eyes' review: Supernatural 7.23, "Survival of the Fittest"


    For the last two seasons, Supernatural has danced around the notion of Purgatory. True to form, the show takes the notion of the oft neglected realm in a different direction. Rather than being the place where souls are purged---hence the name---of sins as found in Catholic tradition, we learned through the Alpha Vampire that this is the destination of monsters when they die. When the dragons performed a spell, we learned that it can be opened, and something can be let out. They let out the Mother of All, Eve, creator of all creatures that stalk the night. But when, in order to defeat Raphael, the last remaining Archangel, Castiel opened the door to Purgatory to swallow its souls, he swallowed another creature far more dangerous: the Leviathan.

    Death told the Winchesters, "I personally found them entertaining, but he was concerned they'd chomp the entire petri dish, so he locked them away. Why do you think he created Purgatory? To keep those clever, poisonous things out. Now Castiel has swallowed them. He's the one thin membrane between the old ones and your home."

    Once they escaped Castiel's vessel and spread through the United States, it quickly became apparent that Death was not exaggerating by any means. Clever and efficient, the Leviathan set out to not only assert their power but to subjugate humanity as their food source.

    But they have a problem to deal with first---the Winchesters.
  • Let's Speculate: "Survival of the Fittest"



    Warning!!!!!  If you haven't seen the "Supernatural" season finale, "Survival of the Fittest," read no further!  There will be discussion about all the events, so you'll get spoiled!
  • Far Away Eyes' Review, 7.22: "There Will Be Blood"


    Deals on Supernatural never end well.