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Help assemble the “Supernatural Weekly World News” (SWWN) feature article, OR report news items as they happen throughout the week. If you are interested in continuing SWWN, you would assemble and arrange whatever news items you see online during the week, write very short introductions for each item (short phrase or sentence) and insert the related pictures and links to create the news roundup. If daily news interests you more, you would write a paragraph or so about the exciting things that Jensen, Jared or Misha (or other Supernatural cast members on special occasions) are doing that is particularly noteworthy. 

I have such fond memories of “Nightshifter.”  I remember showing “Supernatural” to my then 16 year old son, who wondered why so much of his childhood was dominated by Mom doing all this work for some TV show.  I was writing about the show and maintaining this site on my laptop at every little league and soccer practice or games, school band concerts and the countless other activities he did since he was 4.  When he got to high school and lots of his classmates were into the show, he decided to finally watch.  We breezed through season one and I got a “not bad.”  Season two, okay, until we hit “Nightshifter.”  His favorite episode to date.  He was freaking blown away.  He still talks about how great this episode was.  He’s not wrong. 

What can I say about “Nightshifter?”  This episode makes my top ten favorites of all time.  This episode is a wild, nail-biting, thriller of an episode, where it kicks with a big surprise DURING THE FREAKING ‘THEN’ SEGMENT.  There’s no time to waste, because a lot happens in a short amount of time. 

This is a Ben Edlund masterpiece, making me wonder if this was one of his pitches when applying for the writer's job before he joined in season two.  It’s wildly unique, yet also perfectly blends with the drama of the season, taking the high stakes and bolstering them to the stratosphere.  High action and a ton of ass kicking, with some of the best dialogue you will get in any “Supernatural” episode.  Win, win, win.

This week on Walker, the next chapter!  After last week's showdown, it's time for a family road trip.  There's also other stuff too. What other stuff?  Well, that's what I'm here to share.  We have the synopsis, photos and preview clip.    

Here's the synopsis of 1.14, "Mehar's Jacket," courtesy of The CW:

ROAD TRIP BLUES – Walker (Jared Padalecki) takes Stella (Violet Brinson) and August (Kale Culley) on a road trip to discuss some devastating news. Meanwhile, Captain James (Coby Bell) enlists the help of Micki (Lindsey Morgan) and Trey (Jeff Pierre) to find a missing military veteran. Diana Valentine directed the episode written by Casey Fisher (#114). Original airdate 6/17/2021. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.

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This episode was supposed to be the season finale before the network asked for five more episodes. The decision was made not to change the episode, which makes me wonder what the actual finale will be.

I lead with that because this episode had a lot of the earmarks of a finale designed to leave viewers breathlessly awaiting the next season. It’ll be interesting to see how the show channels that energy so the next five episodes aren’t anticlimactic.

“Defend the Ranch”, Walker’s 13th episode of its first season, explores what happens when the place you think is safe and the people you want most to be safe suddenly aren’t.  The guilt and sense of helplessness this creates is felt by all to varying degrees. No one feels those feelings more strongly than …

The Morning After

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.

Pick your favorite alter ego of Sam Winchester. Possessed Sam? Demon Blood Sam? Alternate Reality Sam? Mind-Controlled Sam? Discussing the many faces of Sam sounded like an easy topic for my latest Con-tinual panel of Supernatural media professionals... or so I thought until I started listing the many times and ways that Sam wasn't the brother we all know and love!

Odds are that the same one or two images come to mind for all of us when we think of days when Sam "wasn't himself." But when challenged to really consider how often Sam had to fight for control of his body, mind and soul, I discovered that Jared Padalecki played an alternate version of Sam Winchester in at least one episode, and often in several episodes, in nearly all 15 seasons of Supernatural. That's a lot of faces for Sam!