We did it! We reached #1. We'll be honest with you, this was a tough project. It was not an easy thing going through all the episodes we love and narrowing it down to 15. Sometimes it felt like Sophie's choice! But here we are at #1. Our 3 favourite episodes.
Thanks for joining us on this labour love, we've thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments and what your own personal picks would have been.
And now...drum-roll please...as we present your WFB Admins' picks for the Gold! Here are our #1 episodes!
Why: I think "Faith" was the moment I fell head over heels in love with "Supernatural". Yes, I loved it from the "Pilot", yes I was committed from the get-go, but "Faith" took my enjoyment of "Supernatural" to another level. It was when I knew this show would hold my heart forever and that the Winchester brothers would forever be held in mine.
When doing this 15-episode countdown, I sat there staring at my numbers 1 and 2, brooding over them. I really love "Swan Song" so much. I thought, should I put it at number 1? Should I move "Faith", which has always been my favourites of favourites, out of the top position?
But I just couldn't.
There's something about this episode that has always resonated with me. It's my go to episode when I'm feeling blue. My go to episode if I need to relax. My go to episode when I don't know which episode to watch! Put simply, I love it.
I could sit here and tell you that I think "Faith" is an incredibly important episode, because it establishes another world beyond the ghosts and monsters and demons, by introducing the concept of the reaper. That by bringing in the reaper the door was opened to the concept of an afterlife and a world beyond which the boys had previously dealt. That in doing all this "Faith" ambitiously posed the question, if there's a reaper and an afterlife, is there then a God?
I could go on about how "Faith" is the first time we saw the boys face a life or death decision that forced them to choose one life over another. Previously, good and evil, live or die and been cut and dried, but not in "Faith".
I could mention how this was the first time that we saw how little Dean values himself and the first time that we saw Sam step up and take on the role of big brother, refusing to give up on Dean, refusing to let Dean give up.
I could certainly say that "Faith" sets up later mythology by revealing Dean has an important purpose, a job to do.
I could talk about how beautifully shot it is. That I love the grade on "Faith". The colours are muted. It's filmic. That it has one of the best music cues of the whole series, with the use of (Don't Fear) The Reaper and the scene it accompanies.
I could say that Sera Gamble and Raelle Tucker wrote near perfect words and that even Eric Kripke loves this episode, quoted in the Season One Companion as saying; "It's when I first realised what the show was capable of. Here's this episode about: Is there a god? What's meant to be? And is there free will? And is your life worth the cost of someone else's life? It's a metaphysical and moral study of the boys' universe."
I could go on and on and on about how "Faith" is a perfect storm of all the elements that make "Supernatural" great, a compelling concept, a powerful story, a conundrum to make you think, a big dose of foreshadowing, a lovely script, beautiful production values, killer supporting cast, nuanced performances and a brilliant example of the Winchesters love, compassion and relentless dedication to each other.
I could say all of that stuff"¦but...it's not why I love "Faith". I just do.
I dig the foreshadowing here, but I also love Dean's vulnerability"¦
Dean "Why? Why me? Out of all the sick people, why save me?"
Roy "Well, like I said before, the Lord guides me. I looked into your heart, and you just stood out from all the rest."
Dean "What did you see in my heart?"
Roy "A young man with an important purpose. A job to do. And it isn't finished."
I don't really have a favourite scene, because, seriously, I love every moment of "Faith" from start to finish. But, seeing as I have to pick one, I'm going to pick the closing scene.
I love the conversation between Sam and Dean as to whether they did the right thing. Sam is so gentle with Dean. But it's one tiny look in this scene that kills me every time. When Layla arrives and Dean realises Sam called her"¦there's a look that passes over Dean's face as he glances at his brother that is pure love.
From that moment"¦. I was lost forever.