If you've been following The Winchester Family Business' "Breathtaking Photos" series, you know that I've had this idea for a while. What if I put together a series of our favorite photos of Supernatural's lead stars and characters? I'm not talking about the good pictures, or even the really good pictures, because, let's be honest, it's hard for the Supernatural actors to not be attractive in every picture they take! No, I'm thinking about the stunning pictures. The ones that stop you in your tracks. The ones that immediately distract you from what you are doing and demand that you devote your attention to absorbing every light variation, every freckle, every dimple, every pixel of the photo or filmed shot.  Would we all choose the same pictures? What exactly makes one image stand out from all the rest? Would all this pretty fill our hearts to bursting? These are important questions that deserve thoughtful answers!

To do this right, I created an appreciation photo stream for each actor and character individually. So far in this series, I've shown how talented photographers have captured the breathtaking charisma of Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins. I then turned my attention to the characters they each play on Supernatural. To find the most breathtaking images of Team Free Will, I reviewed every screenshot, from every episode, from every season aired so far in Supernatural! Weeks of looking at Sam, Dean and Cas pictures to get you the best Sam Winchester, big brother Dean Winchester and their adopted brother, Castiel

Now it's time to celebrate breathtaking photos of the friendship between the actors, featuring first Jared and Jensen together (J2), then Jared, Jensen and Misha (J2M).
Editor's Note: In anticipation of Supernatural's final season resuming on Oct. 8th, The CW is rerunning several of the initial 13 episodes from season 15. To get us all back into the groove of watching and discussing each story, Deb has agreed to share her recap reviews of the good, the bad and the random of each episode! Enjoy!
 
This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!

This will be a good catch up before we all watch the last new episodes. So, if you like, join me in watching the reruns. Start back with 15.01 "Back and to the Future" , 15.02 "Raising Hell" , 15.03 "The Rupture"  , 15.04 "Atomic Monsters" , 15.09 "The Trap" , 15.10 "The Heroes' Journey" and 15.11 "The Gamblers" if you missed them, then let us check out the next episode! Hopefully, I can write these recaps for all the remaining episodes. We Got Work to Do! 
We all love Supernatural. We know it is one of the best shows ever made for television. If asked, we could list the reasons why we love it so much:
  • the bond between the brothers,
  • the theme of the strength of family, and that family don't end with blood,
  • the charisma of and chemistry between the actors,
  • the heroic fantasy/reality myth arc of an epic battle between good and evil, Heaven and Hell
  • the action
  • the music
  • incredible casting, starting with 2, then 3, now 4 great looking guys
  • the car, "We are home", and traveling the backroads on a road trip
  • phenomenal sets, lighting, direction and overall cinematography
  • the way that the themes of the show spill over into real life, with the cast loving their fans and visa-versa
What have I forgotten? I know the list is almost endless!
  
But how would you convince the uninitiated of this show's uniqueness? Which episode would you show a friend or family member to get them interested in Supernatural? You can only choose one - to represent the brothers' love for each other, the family that means so much to them, their heroism, their battles and triumphs - just one that captures the essence of everything in the list above. Out of the 320 episodes that have aired thus far (and that we've basically memorized), which episode do you think best represents everything we love in Supernatural

As I was looking for a way to pass the quarantine 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.)

“Sam is so serious,” agrees staff writer Daniel Loflin, who co-wrote the third Supernatural comic series, Beginning’s End, with his screenwriting partner, Andrew Dabb. “That’s one of the things we tried to tackle with the comic books: ‘Why is Sam so serious?’ It’s basically because before Mary died, Dean got to experience life with her and with John as a normal dad, whereas Sam grew up with this hardened, militaristic, revenge-driven man, so Sam reflects the serious side of John Winchester and Dean the more carefree side.” - From the Supernatural season 5 companion book, pg 155.


Well, I wanted to have this out for the month of August and then some catastrophes hit. Thank you for your patience! Beginning's End is the third comic miniseries tie-in for Supernatural. It is another prequel story, covering the time when John and the boys were all hunting together, right before Sam left for Stanford. To follow the graphic novels' backstory for Supernatural from the beginning, enjoy my narration and review of the first two books, Origins and Rising Son! Now, let's rejoin the hunt in Beginning's End!
Editor's Note: In anticipation of Supernatural's final season resuming on Oct. 8th, The CW is rerunning several of the initial 13 episodes from season 15. To get us all back into the groove of watching and discussing each story, Deb has agreed to share her recap reviews of the good, the bad and the random of each episode! Enjoy!
 
This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!

This will be a good catch up before we all watch the last new episodes. So, if you like, join me in watching the reruns. Start back with 15.01 "Back and to the Future" , 15.02 "Raising Hell" , 15.03 "The Rupture"  , 15.04 "Atomic Monsters" , 15.09 "The Trap" and 15.10 "The Heroes' Journey" if you missed them, then let us check out the next episode! Hopefully, I can write these recaps for all the remaining episodes. We Got Work to Do! 

Supernatural News This Week

"I’d said it before and meant it: Alive or undead, the love of my life was a badass.― Liz Meldon, Prey

My third Supernatural character tribute is to the Alpha Vampire - the very first vampire and father of them all. He is probably tens of thousands of years old. Finely dressed and an eloquently talking man, he is also a ruthless beast who spreads fear by his presence alone. He is one of my favorite villains of the show.  I wish he would have been in more episodes.

Enjoy the videos!