Walker’s thirteenth episode, “Defend the Ranch”, was originally written to be Walker’s first season finale. It tragically concluded several on-going dramas that had been hanging over the heads of Cordell and his family, and ended with a cliffhanger disappointment for its lead character. Sadly, all of the resolutions were the exact opposite of what I had hoped to see. Let’s first explore why things happened the way they did before getting to what I really want to talk about: the title thread.
As shared earlier, Gail Dunn, SPNFamily member, writer for The Winchester Family Business and beloved Supernatural fan fiction writer, passed away on May 15, 2021. Gail was a sweet, caring person who spread the love and happiness she found in Supernatural by generously sharing her creativity with the SPNFamily. Gail admired Castiel most of all, and the actor who brought Cas to life, Misha Collins, so it seems fitting to extend Gail's legacy of inspiration and kindness through Misha's Random Acts charity. Consequently, to honor Gail's work and help both her and Misha do more good in the world, a Gail Dunn Memorial Fund has been created on Facebook to benefit Random Acts.
This week’s Walker decided to deviate from the normal progression of storytelling and instead go deeper to explain what had happened to get all the characters to their current points. This Walker episode strove to tell the story of two families - at their messiest. Some things they were able to do, others they weren’t.
As I was looking for a way to pass the quarantine summer doldrums, I saw Entertainment Weekly’s list of what it considered to be the 75 most ‘essential’ episodes of Supernatural, leading up to Season 15. Since any excuse for a rewatch is a good excuse, I figured I’d not only invite my Supernatural "Team Free Will North Carolina" (TFWNC) Facebook group to join me, but I’d also recap my thoughts on which episodes Entertainment Weekly (EW) chose, which ones they skipped, and what was left out. Music plays such a big role in Supernatural, so I also noted which iconic songs were included and which were missed in the skipped episodes. Reporting on all that turned into quite the project, and The WFB was kind enough to let me share it here! (My snarky opinions are my own and don’t reflect those of The WFB.)
Season 15 wasn’t included in the original 75 essentials list, but Entertainment Weekly later ranked all 327 episodes, so in keeping with their pattern for the other recaps, I took the five highest ranked season 15 episodes to be what they would have considered to be ‘essential’.
So come on the journey with me! Start with season 1, then follow the links until you catch up with us in season 15!
Once again, there were things I liked about this episode, and things I really didn’t. So instead of recapping chronologically, I’ll talk about the good stuff up front, and give fair warning if you want to bail before we get to the parts that have my knickers in a twist.
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