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You didn't think I'd stop the awards with just one set, did you? I have several more categories left before I'm done picking apart the season gone by.  So enjoy, The WFB Editor Choice Awards, Part 2!



Best Puppy Dog Moment

“Brother’s Keeper”

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Last year it was when Dean died in Sam’s arms.  This year, yet again, it’s the ultimate brotherly moment scene.  Dean is required by Death to kill Sam.  After exchanging punches Sam bravely agrees.  But he’s not going to spare his brother at all from the “try slaughtering a puppy” look, even when Dean commanded him to close his eyes, twice!  Dean caved like a cheap suit.  He’s not a puppy killer.
   
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Best MOTW

“Angel Heart”

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  I’ve been waiting for a while for the writers to explore the angel lore a lot further.  I’m stunned Grigori hasn’t been touched before now.  Too bad it was used for an average episode.  The potential was greater.  Hey, there’s more seasons, right? 




Worst MOTW

Rowena, Rowena and Rowena.
 
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Heck, even the horrible witch she turned into a hamster was better.  I do fault a lot of her overblown antics to inconsistent writing of her character but it didn’t make her any more fun to watch.  Listening to her speak was often nails on a blackboard.  Here’s to hoping they take away the ridiculously excessive speeches and histronics and turn her into the powerful villain she should be.  To think, she had more appearances this season than Castiel.  That’s really sad. 




Best Fortune Cookie Wisdom

“Inside Man”

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Dean, to Crowley of all people!  “A wise man once told me, ‘family don’t end in blood.’  But it doesn’t start there either.  Family cared about you, no what you can do for them.  Family’s there, for the good bad, all of it.  They got your back, even when it hurts.  That’s family.  That sound like your mother?"

Come to think of it, it’s a great speech, but that wouldn’t fit in a fortune cookie.  So probably just a line or two of that.  How about, “Family’s there, for the good or bad of it.”  It does work better with an umbrella drink though. 




Most Ludicrous Plot Straight out of Fan Fiction

“Dark Dynasty” and “The Prisoner”

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The Stynes are really “The Frankensteins.”   Really?

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I’m pretty sure when I saw something like that in fan fiction, it was a tongue in cheek comedy.  It was certainly a lot better written.   To think their introduction in “Book of the Damned” made them so badass, but next episode they were in they turned cartoonish that fast.  Glad they met a bloody end.  

Honorable Mention

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Dean beats up Castiel.  Yes, Dean beats up the powerful angel that could have smited him with one swipe.  But no, Castiel didn’t fight back because he cared.  Oh, but Dean stopped himself in time from killing him.  Good for him.  I’m not anti-Destiel, but this did not do that ship justice at all, or a story that was already ticking me off.  It was a contrived mess.  




Best Jokes About Sam Winchester’s Freakishly Tall Size

“Paper Moon”

Score one for writer Adam Glass, who obviously watched “The Gilmore Girls.” 

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 “No one’s talking to you Paul Bunyan.”


Honorable Mention

“Reichenbach”

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“Hello Bullwinkle, you miss me?”   

I especially love this because Dean eventually called Crowley and Rowena “Boris and Natasha.”  Combine all that with the “squirrel and moose” references and I think “Rocky and Bullwinkle” has been well covered now.  It’s been perfect. 




Best Use of Cinematography

“The Executioner’s Song”

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Serge Ladoucer has always been a mad genius on this show, but here it is season ten and again he and his crew manage to blow us away with something extraordinary.  Heck, just putting Tim Omundson and Jensen Ackles together in a big showdown scene is enough, but that whole barn scene wouldn’t have been anywhere near as magical without that halo-type lighting.  It set the ideal mood and turned the whole thing into an instant classic. 




Pitch I’d Most Like to Have Been in the Writer’s Room For (so I could stop them)


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“We’ll need about three episodes to bring closure to the Jimmy Novak story.  Let’s totally feature Claire.” 




Funniest Mocking of Yet Another Really Lame Brained Idea by Demons

 “Girls Girls Girls”

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Demons are now getting people to sell their souls in exchange for prostitution!    Crowley summed it up for all of us, and he nailed it.   

“So you and your half-wit pal threw me into the sex trade?  I’m evil, that’s just tacky.”


 
Most Humiliating Moment

“Soul Survivor” 

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Just about every face Dean made.  Sorry but they made me cringe.  It's bad enough he had to deal with that crappy script.  I wasn’t feeling his pain, I wondered if he needed a bathroom break.  It definitely didn’t enhance the story. 


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(Thanks to Nate Winchester for the Motivational Poster and the fact that I finally found something that I could use it with)


 
Best Resolution of a Dangling Plot Thread That Should Have Been Resolved Eons Ago

“The Things That We Left Behind”, "Angel Heart"

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I know I’ve been ultra critical of the Claire storyline, but if any good came of it, we did get a reasonable explanation as to what happened to Jimmy Novak.  After all, his fate has been debated on this site for years since “The Rapture.”  Turns out, when Castiel exploded in “Swan Song”, Jimmy died.  I love how Castiel explained it using terms like “structural integrity” and “ripped apart at a sub-atomic level.”  He certainly doesn’t sugar coat, does he? 

But yes, Jimmy and Amelia got their happy ending, so now I've got a laundry list of 800 other dead characters I need resolution on by the time this show ends.  They better get busy, there aren't that many seasons left!  

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Jimmy's in Heaven now with his soulmate...happy???





Best Appearance by the Impala

“About A Boy”

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When Baby can be used for a laugh or two, she proves her worth!  While it looks very good on her, it’s moments like these that explain why bench seating was discontinued on most vehicles.  I’m sure countless owners from that same era had the same stories!  Short driver, tall passenger gets his knees shoved into the dash.   

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But didn’t she look great zooming away at the end, even when her appalling owner made her play Taylor Swift on the radio?  She should have pulled a Christine and driven them into a ditch.   



Best/Worst Product Placement

“Halt and Catch Fire”

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If you’re going to sell some of the features of your incredible new smartphone, I can think of many better ways than turning the device into a killing machine through a campy and completely irrational horror story.  I would think people won't be using the GPS capabilities if it takes over your car an drives you right into the river where the bridge is out.  But hey, to some that might be a selling point.  They lost me though when the widow of a recent dead guy talked her ghost husband down from killing using the video chat feature.  I think I’ll stick to an iPhone.

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Best/Most Gruesome Act of Torture

“The Things That They Carried”

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Normally this is reserved for Sam every year, because face it, the boy has had some really awful things happen to him, but his year, the prize goes to an outsider.  Dean electrocuting Cole was pretty damned intense!  It was incredible how Dean would deliver shock after shock and Cole just kept asking for more.  The boy would wear a dominatrix thin!  It’s all that special forces training, which makes him perfect hunter material.   

Honorable Mention

"Reichenbach"

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Since we’re mentioning Cole, he did really inflict some harm on poor Sammy, and it wouldn’t be this award without at least mentioning some Sam Winchester misfortune.  It made you wince, but Cole definitely learned a few nasty tricks in Darfur.  Still, Sam made it pretty easy having a shoulder in a sling when being captured.  Just one appropriate press of the thumb in the perfect soft spot and we have the trademark scream of agony!




Best Jab at a Clueless Angel

“The Prisoner”

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I didn’t like Rowena and Castiel together all that much because it was a useless waste of Castiel’s time and power, but it did result in a laugh or two, like when she called him “feathers” in “Brother’s Keeper.”  Still, the best line was in the episode before that. 

Rowena:  I’m sorry, you’re just fascinating, and angel that rejected Heaven.  That’s like a fish that wants to fly or a dog that thinks its people.

A little later after Sam arrives…

Castiel:  What about her?
Sam:  Guess.
Castiel:  I’d be happy to kill her, she just called me a fish. 




Best (or possibly worst) WTF Moment, which led to the Best Behind the Scenes Moment

“Dark Dynasty”

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Crowley talked to a hamster.  The fearsome King of Hell, chatting with a small rodent that was actually wearing a tiny red necklace!  (How did the prop people do that?)  Crowley has sunk to a new low. 

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However, turns out maybe we weren’t the only ones that though the whole thing was off.   It actually made for a fantastic joke during the “Supernatural” panel at Comic Con, thanks to the creative genius of Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr.  One stuffed hamster later, we have a legendary comedy bit!   I’ve never seen the panel laugh so much, especially Mark Sheppard. 

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So that's this year's awards!  I can't believe I'm saying this, but bring on season eleven!  Is there a category you'd like to award?  What are your choices?

Comments  

Barbara Maake
# Barbara Maake 2015-08-22 14:13
Alice, I agreed with almost all of your choices, but I had three additional thoughts:
1. IMO Sam's puppy eyes in BK was the ultimate Puppy Dog moment in the entire series. With his puppy eyes Sam conveyed his acceptance that Dean must murder him and his unshakeable love for and faith in Dean. Brilliantly acted, that scene and those puppy eyes redeemed the whole season for me.
2. Rowena had more appearances than Cas? WOW! I had not realized that but it is indisputable proof that TPTB have absolutely no idea what to do with Cas. Hopefully S11 will present more compelling story lines for poor Misha.
3. I had no problem with how the Demon Dean cure was depicted and acted by Jensen; for the most part I really enjoyed that episode. But when I saw that motivational poster I laughed for 5 minutes straight! Well done!
Thanks for some very entertaining awards!
Alice
# Alice 2015-08-23 23:34
Thanks samanddean10. Nate Winchester deserves all the credit for that poster. I didn't release it as a regular poster because we were afraid of offending the Dean girls. Glad it was well received here!
Nate Winchester
# Nate Winchester 2015-08-27 15:30
It's true, I have no shame or standards. XD

Hmm... maybe I should put the trickster as my icon...
cheryl42
# cheryl42 2015-08-22 17:48
Not even demon/MOC/kille r Dean could withstand the most powerful weapon in the universe. Maybe in S11 they should just cut to the chase and release the "Puppy Dog Eyes" on the Darkness.

These were very funny. I did warm up to Rowena but I also thought it was a mistake to make her character such a major player for the entire season. We didn't know her and mostly we didn't care about her. To sideline two series regulars in order to showcase an actress/charact er we had never met seemed like misfire to me.
LEAH
# LEAH 2015-08-22 18:10
Thanks Alice, very entertaining. Laughed out loud at that motivational poster.

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Maybe in S11 they should just cut to the chase and release the "Puppy Dog Eyes" on the Darkness
Funny Cheryl
YellowEyedSam
# YellowEyedSam 2015-08-22 19:23
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Maybe in S11 they should just cut to the chase and release the "Puppy Dog Eyes" on the Darkness
Thats brilliant!
BoGirle
# BoGirle 2015-08-22 21:00
Great editor's choices Alice! I agree with most of them and was surprised by a few of your revelations. Yeah... the "Puppy Dog Eyes of Doom!" Why Sam didn't unleash them on death I'll never know, he would have changed his mind about Sam having die in record time. The BK Puppy Dog Eyes rivaled season 2's Plaything PDE's and was one of the better moments of the finale which was not great IMO, better than season 9, which I hated, but not as good as season 8's amazing Sacrifice.

And yeah.. Claire.... just no. I'm glad you would have stopped it. I wish you'd been there.

So, Rowena had more episodes than CAS? WOW. They really DON'T know what to do with his character any more, do they? I agree with S&D though, I began to warm up to her right near the end, and that's saying a lot because I hated her character at the start... which is weird because I actually like the actress. I felt like maybe she was getting conflicting ideas from TPTB because it was pretty clear that they didn't know what they wanted to do with her character when they introduced her and it wasn't clear at all what she wanted or what was driving her, so all of the character was basically surface mannerisms and no substance. I mean we knew she was 'evil' and manipulating Crowley, but they never really established why for a long time. When we finally saw what she was really about is when she got interesting, but that was like in the last episode or two.

I also agree with the whole cure thing and Dean. It didn't work for me. Dean showed no signs of distress during the cure other than the faces he was making, and he looked fresh as a daisy at the end of his cure. It was hard on him? Caused him pain? How were we supposed to tell? Why didn't they put him through the ringer like they did with Sam in Sacrifice? I don't get it. Therefore I couldn't really buy into Jensen's acting during the cure. And the story was inconsistent. Dean was cured enough to get out of a devils trap but still wanted to kill Sam? He wasn't even conflicted about it. I don't get that at all.

For the most gruesome act of torture I couldn't get past that poor woman hanging upside down in the teaser of ??? episode; I found that incredibly brutal and almost too realistic to watch. That was definitely the worst for me. As far as Cole is concerned, I couldn't muster much sympathy for him after what he did to Sam. So, he was tortured? Good. Now he knows how it feels. I didn't care about his torture when he couldn't even muster up an "I'm sorry," for what he did to Sam and Dean's indifference pissed me off to no end. And I couldn't help but feel that everyone, the actor the writers etc.. were all trying too hard to make us like Cole. All that chummy nick name stuff.... Sammy and Dean-O. I wanted Dean to put those electrodes in Coles mouth and give him a nice jolt just to shut him up. Also, that whole scene was another really great opportunity wasted to show Dean going off the rails.... they should have shown him really enjoying that torture, relishing in it.. but no, Cole is one of the "good guys" now so, we can't have Dean do anything like that. There was one small moment when Dean was drinking the water where I thought maybe he was being a little cruel.... but it was so subtle, so underplayed (like everything regarding the mark) that it was more of a head scratcher than a plot point.

And poor Mark Shepard; when he had to have an actual conversation with the hamster I am sure he thought his career was over and I thought for sure the show had finally jumped the shark.......tha t was just about one of the dumbest things I've seen on this show... almost.... the Frankensteins took that one for me too! Way to introduce a GREAT foe and then destroy them less than a single episode later. There's too much kitsch and silliness going on lately... Talking hamsters, OZ, fantastical spells, The Frankensteins? All of this insipidness is chipping away at the fabric of the world Supernatural has created over the years. The show needs to keep itself grounded and stop inserting all of this stupid fantasy stuff.

I also didn't appreciate the scene where Dean beat up Cas either. I can understand that Cas did't want to hurt Dean, but to allow himself to almost get killed? That just makes no sense. Why didn't he just put Dean against the wall and hold him there? Didn't Cas totally subdue Demon Dean BEFORE he got his grace back? So why could non-Demon Dean beat the crap out of him when he was back to being human and Cas was back to being a fully powered angel? It made no sense. It's like someone decided that a showdown between Dean and Cas would be "dramatic" but they didn't consider either the plot or the characters when the wrote the scene. And I never for one moment believed that Dean killed Cas so that whole did he or didn't he moment with the knife going down off screen was a total cliche for me and had me rolling my eyes. Of COURSE Dean didn't kill Cas. Dean didn't kill anyone who didn't deserve it, so there was no tension to begin with.

I do disagree with one thing though; I didn't like at all the Jimmy Novak "closure" episode. First of all, it's been implied several times that the angles are getting their power partly from the human soul. So if Jimmy is dead then what exactly is Cas basing his powers off of? If Angels can inhabit dead bodies then why do they need to ask permission? As far as we know Cas is now the only angel in the history of the universe to be using a dead body as a vessel and not one person has said anything about it. You'd think the other angels might object? Or go out and get dead bodies of their own to get around that whole pesky "permission" thing? And watching Jimmy in heaven was just about gag inducing. Since when does this show ever give us the trite and squishy happy ending scene? It smacked of fan pandering. The only way it could have worked for me at all is if that "happy ending" had been shown to be in heaven's jail where Bobby is being held and that both Jimmy and Amelia were duped. The whole happy ending that's not really a happy ending is much more Supernatural's style than that ludicrous soft focus and "I love you! aren't we happy now!" crap that we got instead. Yuck. It was more an ending befitting an episode of Touched By An Angel than Supernatural.
Alice
# Alice 2015-08-23 23:32
Thanks BoGirlie! I appreciate the detailed response. It looks like you and I are on the same page for most things.

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I do disagree with one thing though; I didn't like at all the Jimmy Novak "closure" episode.
Oh, I hated that episode! No, a whole episode wasn’t required at all, let alone three. I’m just happy they finally explained what happened to Jimmy. I was getting tired of fans still debating it and asking Misha at conventions. It needed to be resolved. But I would have been very happy with Castiel just saying what happened and them moving on. I’m not sure why they thought we fans would be so engrossed by this “heartwarming” story with Claire. They were obviously time killing.
Nate Winchester
# Nate Winchester 2015-08-27 15:51
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I do fault a lot of her overblown antics to inconsistent writing of her character but it didn’t make her any more fun to watch.
Yeah I'm betting that they had NO idea at the time whether she was going to be villain or ally and decided to just let every writer run with whatever idea they had to see what stuck. It kind of reminded me of Abaddon last season only in that case it was more of a "we don't know what we're doing with her, but it's definitely evil." I was hoping something with it would have resulted from Gavin & time traveling last season but no...

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Yes, Dean beats up the powerful angel that could have smited him with one swipe. But no, Castiel didn’t fight back because he cared.


I ask, "doesn't the Mark of Cain give him the power to go toe to toe with angels?" but I don't think even the writers knew any more (even more so when I saw Dean fighting Charlie and WASN'T flattening her right away).

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“We’ll need about three episodes to bring closure to the Jimmy Novak story. Let’s totally feature Claire.”


Good to know there's at least SOMETHING you and I disagree on. ;) I still say Claire was damn near the best thing this season (I know, I know, "tallest building in Wichita" and all that) and part of that was because it made the world feel more real (something the show's been getting bad about since continuity has gone the way of the dodo) in giving actual consequences to the characters' actions for good or bad.

Now if Ben could have maybe hooked up with Claire and thrown MORE fuel and rage at Destiel shippers...

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(Thanks to Nate Winchester for the Motivational Poster and the fact that I finally found something that I could use it with)
Yay! I'm useful!

Actually some of those I totally forget I had done (except for a few) but you know I'm always happy to be of service. :)

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She should have pulled a Christine and driven them into a ditch.


OMG! WHY HAVEN'T WE HAD THAT EPISODE YET??? No, they've had "car possessed" at least twice (maybe a 3rd time?) and we've had Sam become the car, but those have always been little side moments and such. We need an episode where it's totally Baby becoming self aware!

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They really DON'T know what to do with his character any more, do they?
Which is funny/tragic because they had JUST made him MORTAL ("http://www.th ewinchesterfami lybusiness.com/ article-archive s/season-ten/19 287-supernatura l-season-ten-in -review") and could have totally had a wealth of stories and such to use him in without him breaking the story SO WHY DIDN'T THEY DO THAT??? GAH!

(sometimes I wonder if Carver & writers are trying to burn the show down for the insurance money)