Supernatural Season 9

  • 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.

  • Supernatural Fanmade Intros/ Opening Credit Videos

    "The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible." ― Alexander Chase


    After I made the first articles "Top 10 Supernatural Opening Sequences: TV Show Overlay Videos - Part 1" and Part 2 , I found many more  Supernatural introduction videos! Those first two articles showcased videos that introduced Supernatural with the style of other shows, but how about fans' original intros for specific Supernatural seasons or even episodes? What I found is pretty awesome. There is not that much writing in this article but there sure is a lot of eye candy to watch, so grab a coffee cup or a bowl of ice cream because there is lot to see! All of the videos are fairly short but so are the opening credits usually.
  • Supernatural Season 9 Hits & Misses - Part Two

    Supernatural Season 9 Hits & Misses - Part Two

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I enjoyed season nine, which made the nitpicks hard to come by (I am not looking forward to season 10 H&M list assembly!), so excuse the loose Misses below.
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Memorable Moments: Supernatural 11.15 - "Beyond The Mat"

    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.

  • The Supernatural Season Nine Enigma of Sam Winchester's Hair

    Here it is, an annual WFB tradition that I never really quite got to this summer.  Nine seasons of "Supernatural", and there is still plenty of mystery regarding that delightful mop on Sam Winchester's head.    
  • The Supernatural Season Nine WFB Editor's Choice Awards, Part Two

    You all saw part one of my Season Nine Editor's Choice awards, now here's part two!  What other categories deserve recognition (both good and bad)?  There's still quite a few. 

  • The Supernatural Season Nine WFB Editor's Choice Awards, Part One

    The fans have spoken, and now it's my turn.  As I do every year, I compile a list of awards using methods that are totally unscientific, completely subjective, and somewhat questionable, but always a lot of fun too.  I mean, who else would think up on this stuff?  Bored minds like myself, that are just trying to get through an impossibly long  Hellatus.  As I've done in years past, I've come up with so many awards, it requires two parts!  So without further delay, here's part one of my choices for the Supernatural Season Nine Awards.

    (Miss our Season Nine Fan Choice Awards?  You can catch up here:  http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/article-archives/season-nine/18602-the-2014-supernatural-fan-awards-final-voting-results)
     
  • A Deeper Look at Season Nine Sam Winchester, Part 2


    A “Gadreel free” Sam now gets to deal with the aftermath of his possession.  Well, at least we think he deals.  We don’t really know.  The only times Sam truly expresses anything is to say some awful things to Dean, which makes him look like a heartless, unsympathetic dick because we as viewers are left to guess what’s causing such outbursts.  He also storms off to his room a lot.  It’s rather frustrating to watch when you’re constantly expecting emotional movement in the traumatic aftermath of a major ordeal involving one of the two main characters in the show.  As a consolation prize we did get one Sam POV episode, written by the only writer left that gets Sam Winchester.  

    (Miss part one?  It can be found here:  http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/article-archives/sam-winchester/18584-a-deeper-look-at-supernatural-season-nine-sam-winchester-part-1)

  • The 2014 Supernatural Fan Awards - Final Voting Results!

    You voted, we compiled!  Here it is, the results on the 2014 WFB Supernatural Fan Awards.  Did our winners make your list?  
  • Far Away Eyes' Review: "Supernatural" 9.23- "Do You Believe In Miracles?"

    The second half of season nine introduced two formidable weapons. Each one had its strengths, weaknesses, and consequences. Each were taken up by their respective characters as a means to an end---to fill in the “I did what I had to do” piece of the over all season puzzle. These weapons shaped not only the story but these characters---and it isn't until they collide violently that we see the end result. It isn't until Metatron's use of meta fiction collides with Dean's First Blade and the Mark of Cain that we see those dire consequences exposed---ones that will surely be explored well into season ten.

    First let's examine Metatron and his use of his chosen weapon, meta fiction.
  • Gerry’s Review: “Do You Believe in Miracles” – All You Need Is Love

    I had to take some time to process the finale, because the first time through, despite the stellar acting, I was emotionally distanced and underwhelmed. I wasn’t surprised at the final five seconds, having thought Dean as demon had been telegraphed since Cain told his story and several times since. But I wasn’t comfortable with my negative reaction, either, and had to wrestle with what was going on with my viewing.
  • Far Away Eyes' Review: "Supernatural" 9.22- "Stairway to Heaven"

    The first half of season nine built itself elegantly around the serpent in the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man. We saw several incarnations---from Gadreel to Metatron to the Fall from Heaven to Castiel's bout as a mortal. Each serpent infected a particular Garden and set in motion consequences still rippling outward. It set the stage for the second half---allowing for it to continue the Biblical theme with the introduction of the Cain and Abel story. In that story, we see a Supernatural twist making Cain's Mark an inheritance from Lucifer. “Stairway to Heaven” bridges the two together, showing how each storyline reflects the other in literary symmetry.

    First, let's look at Metatron and how he is using the serpent theme in his “story.”
  • Far Away Eyes' Review: "Supernatural" 9.21- "King of the Damned "

    In the back half of season nine, episode titles have had great significance. Some have literal meaning---as seen in “#Thinman” or “Meta Fiction.” Others have elements of metaphor like “Captives,” speaking to the emotion of grief or “The Purge,” about cutting out the bad and building upon the good. Some connect to a character---as seen with Cain in “First Born.” Episode titles can reveal much about the story to unfold. In many ways, it is a clue unto itself, cluing the viewer into what they might expect. We see this element in the title “King of the Damned.” In it, we watch the war for Hell's throne come to a head---and end with a coronation of sorts. In it, we see a victor---and yet we wonder if the cure may become worse than the disease.

    First, let's look at the players in the fight for Hell's throne.
  • Gerry’s Review of Supernatural’s “King of the Damned” - You Cannot Wield It


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    ’s “King of the Damned” was one of writing duo Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner’s better efforts. The episode was still plagued with unnecessary continuity errors and handled fan commentary with a good deal less finesse than Ben Edlund, but we finally got some real movement forward. RIP, Abbadon.
  • Far Away Eyes' Review: "Supernatural" 9.20- "Bloodlines"

    Whenever a show reaches a certain number of seasons, builds up enough fan interest, or is a hit, the notion of a spin-off is always considered. It seems like a natural progression---to allow for the story to go in directions the original show can't or won't and for viewers to stay in that same world for just a little longer. There's been numerous spin-offs of various television properties. Some have had more success than others---such as Fraiser, the spin off from Cheersor Angel,the spin-off from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Supernatural has reached this milestone in its existence, and so we see a potential spin-off launched in episode twenty of season nine: “Bloodlines.”

    This may have been an episode of Supernatural, but it certainly had its own feel. “Bloodlines” adapted the Supernatural world to its own story---taking it places that may never be seen on its parent show. All of these things have potential. “Bloodlines” wisely also shows us that it's not going to try and be Supernatural. Instead, we see “Bloodlines” draw upon some similarities to Supernatural while shaping the story around its setting: Chicago. As rural and back-road as its parent show can be, “Bloodlines” appears that it will take the urban route----thus playing up the urban in its genre: urban fantasy.

    First, let's look at the similarities that “Bloodlines” drew from Supernatural---in order to wisely ground it.
  • Gerry's Supernatural Review: “Bloodlines” Lacks Bite

    This review will be short but not so sweet this week, because I’m going to pass on the spin off. Despite lifting lines wholesale from Supernatural, a ploy I didn’t even like when Eric Kripke did it in Revolution, “Bloodlines” has little to do with its parent show.
  • Far Away Eyes' Review: "Supernatural" 9.19- "Alex Annie Alexis Ann""

    Recently, a New York Times article discussed Supernatural's longevity. They cited everything from Sam's hair to Netflix and syndication deals to the loyalty of fans to the brothers themselves as the reasons for the show's long running success. All of these things are crucial for why the show has endured as long as it has, but another reason can be found in the stand alone episodes they put forth each season. These stand alones allow for new or casual viewers to jump in and have a completed story while adding in moments that touch on the overall season storyline for the loyal viewer. Some are simple stand alone monster hunts, others are metaphors for the over-arching season mythology, and some highlight guest stars. “Alex Annie Alexis Ann” does all of those things---spotlighting the lovable Jody Mills for one---and yet it does something else that elevates it as a standalone. It adds in a layer of potential foreshadowing for the brothers and for Dean's fate surrounding the Mark of Cain. It's this that makes this episode showcase why Supernatural has endured for so long---and will continue to do so.

    First, let's examine the case itself.