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.)
So come on the journey with me! Start with season 1, then follow the links until you catch up with us in season 12!
My second tribute to Supernatural characters is to the Banes siblings, Alicia and Max. I really enjoyed this duo when we saw them on screen. Of course, in traditional Supernatural fashion, their story ended tragically. Also, as their creating writer moved on, I don't think we will ever find out what became of them after their last episode. This is unfortunate, because the brother/sister team was popular with fans. Appearing in only two episodes, 12.06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox" and 12.20 "Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes", there weren't many scenes that fans could memorialize in videos. Still, the Banes twins are worth remembering as unique, well written characters whose story paralleled that of Sam and Dean in several ways.
Editor's Note: No matter where you are in the world, you have somehow, at some level, been impacted by the social justice movement sparked in the United States in May of this year. Reflecting on the many messages of inequality and under representation that are a part of this social awakening, I heard two pieces of advice that seemed actionable to me. The first was to respectfully challenge the words and actions of the people in our own families and in our own circle of friends if those close to us hold onto bigotry, ignorance or small-mindedness. The second was not to stand up to the hatred, but rather to stand beside the threatened, so they don't feel so alone. We can't all carry placards down boulevards as part of a protest, just as we aren't all in positions to influence hiring practices or social conditions. We all have to find a way to slowly share the securities of our existence with those around us who may, subtly or blatantly, feel unheard, unwelcome or vulnerable.
As Supernatural website writers, our forum is talking about a show we all universally love.Consequently, I proposed to our staff that we specifically turn our attention to guest stars, characters, themes or moments in the show that might help under-represented groups see themselves in Supernatural, and be more acknowledged as valued members of our #SPNFamily. Perhaps our public showcase of actors' roles and diverse characters may also help the industry and the public (fans and non-fans) notice the contribution of under-represented groups to Supernatural's 15 year, record breaking run. Diversifying The WFB’s coverage is something we can do to not only support inclusion and tolerance, but go on record as wanting to see more of it.
Outside of this introduction, you will not notice anything different about our articles. They won't have political sub-text or preachy undertones. They'll be about Supernatural, like they always are. Each will be written in the specific style of the writer, varying between fan videos, character analysis, photo edits or any combination of the above. The difference will be that maybe they'll shine the limelight on those who may not otherwise have been seen.
My first Supernatural character tribute is to Dagon – Prince of Hell. The special thing about her was that she was the only female "Prince" of Hell. We only had a brief encounter with her, but she had a big influence on the overall story. She took care of Kelly and then, of course, she destroyed the colt.
The nominations were collected, the votes have been cast, the results have been tabulated, and the winners are now official! I’m proud to announce the winners, runner-ups, editor's choice and maybe a few honorable mentions just for kicks for the 17 categories of The Winchester Family Business Supernatural Season 12 Fan Vote Awards.
This is a roundup of my ratings for Season 12 episodes. A Supernatural Report Card!
It includes my grading system because there is variation from reviewer to reviewer.
(Alice Jester likes to use letter grades. Nate Winchester uses shotgun shells.)
I use numbers 1-5 and agonize over every decimal point.
Join me in discovering my final tally. Did Supernatural Season 12 make the grade?
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