"All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
Kripke wraps up the "special kids" storyline in this and the next episode, for some, in an anticlimactic way. Kripke himself said he was getting tired of it, so instead of an army of special kids, he wanted the group pared down to one, the "American Idol," to use the YED's own words. 
 
Sam and Dean stop by a tiny cafe for a meal. Dean sends Sam in to get him a burger with extra onions (Sam argues about riding in the car with his brother and those extra onions), and some pie (pronounced "pah" by Dean). "It's Been Such a Long Time" begins playing wonky on the radio when Dean realizes something is terribly wrong. He runs into the diner and finds everyone inside dead, their throats slashed. Horrible country music is playing. Worst of all, Sam is missing. There are sulfur remnants on the door. Dean calls "Sam!" and "Sammy!" desperately, running around searching, but his brother is gone.
 
Sam wakes up in what Andy, another special kid, calls Frontierland, a very haunted place in Cold Oaks, South Dakota. Sam finds first Andy, whose last memory is of his fourth bong-load, then Ava, locked inside something, who the Winchesters have been searching for for five months. She's sure her fiancé must be freaking out if she's been gone that long! They run across Jake, who was "imported" from Afghanistan, and Lily, from San Diego. Andy tells them he can make people "do stuff," and confesses to making one dick guy have visions of gay porn 24/7. When no one but him finds that amusing, Andy is embarrassed. When Lily touches people, they die, and THAT is not funny! The group starts to argue, but Sam intervenes, explaining that a demon brought them together here.
If you have a weak stomach, be warned.  Some of these screencaps are pretty gross.  If you think you can handle it, read on!

I was inspired to write up this list by Ben Edlund's insane opening to "My Bloody Valentine."  Gruesome! We all know that Supernatural can be a really gory show.  And normally, I can handle what they throw at me.  I have a pretty strong stomach, thankfully, because you need one to watch this show!  But sometimes things happen that make me turn away from the TV because I just can't watch.  We all have our own personal fears and things we just can't stand to see, so what really creeps me out and makes me turn away may seem really tame to others.  I'm going to go through my Top 10 Cringeworthy Moments and tell you why they make me squirm.  And I'm curious to hear if you readers cringe at the same moments or have other ones that you can't stand, so fess up in the comments!
"What is and What Should Never Be"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
Of all the episodes of SUPERNATURAL, this one is often given as many fans' number one favorite. For me, next to the one in which Sam dies, it's also the most heartbreaking. Trust me when I tell you that the first time I saw this episode, I pretty much cried from beginning to end. It was so sad and hard to watch what Dean had to go through and what he was forced to give up.
 
Dean, courtesy of a Djinn (genie), is given the opportunity to have the life he might have had Mary never died—Jessica alive, Sam in law school at Stanford and engaged to her, and Dean himself living with a beautiful nurse, working on cars at a garage. Missing: John, who died of a stroke in his sleep at age 52 (because JDM was unavailable), a close relationship with Sam, and the deaths of every soul he and Sam had saved as hunters. So the situation wasn't completely idyllic, and forced Dean to make a tough decision.
 
Dean is captured by the Djinn in a warehouse. Sam is talking to him on his cell as Dean drives up and down, trying to find the genie's lair. They've been forced to get a new plate for the Impala—CNK Q83—after their escape from prison; they've ditched the credits cards, too. Ignoring Sam's directive to pick him up first, Dean goes alone to the warehouse he thinks the Djinn is holed up in. When the creature traps him, the seemingly multi-tattooed genie touches Dean's forehead and blue electric sparks flash through his fingers into Dean's face. 
"Folsom Prison Blues"
Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
At the Green River Detention Center, an old cellblock is re-opened. They feel cold air, wind blowing, and something invisible escapes. An inmate is in his cell, reading. He grows scared when, at 10 PM, the clock stops, lights flash, buzz and go out. He starts calling to a guard for help. Watching on monitors, a guard notes that it's Randall, again, who keeps insisting someone is out there. The guard orders him to turn off his light and go to sleep.  Randall does as told. All the lights in B-block are shut off. A ghostly woman follows the guard, but when he feels a presence and turns, no one is there. He finds himself breathing cold air and the cell door closes on his arm. He screams as someone comes at him. . . Randall is gazing out of his cell. What does he see?
 
Deacon, a friend of John's from his Marine days needs a favor. Dean is willing to go to extreme measures to help him out, including breaking into the Arkansas Museum of Anthropology and getting caught by the cops so they can become prisoners in a jail being haunted by a ghost. Although Sam lets his brother know he is not thrilled with this plan, Dean feels that they owe Deacon on John's behalf, so off to the Green River Detention Center they go. Dean does his "Blue Steel" pose for his photos and asks if he looks better than Nick Nolte, seemingly enjoying himself immensely.
Part one can be found here: 

http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/articles/36-sam-winchester/6591-the-enigma-and-cruelty-of-sams-winchesters-powers-part-one.html

Part Two

“How sure are you that what you brought back is one hundred percent Sam?”  (Azazel, “All Hell Breaks Loose”)
 
 

Wherever Sam was, it did change him. The man who returned from the grave was a different one. Not blatantly visible, but his reactions changed. He killed Jake in cold blood. He grew less sensitive when it came to destroying demons or using them – as he intended to do with Ruby, in order to save Dean from hell.

The impending fate of his brother served as a path to Sam’s development into a more Dean-like type, but the catalyst to be able to do that must have been his time in death (allow me to put it that way, as we have no idea where he was, what he experienced – I hope to have the chance to ask that at the Con in March, that question has been bugging me for a long time now).  
A while back I did an article during one of my dour days, back when the site was nothing but a vanilla blog page and had ten followers.  It asked the question, What are your Supernatural blue funk episodes?" Well, it’s Tuesday and I have a laundry list of things that have me in the deep blue funk of futility today. So, I’m sitting on the couch, remote in hand, dogs curled up by my side, ready to go through five seasons of Supernatural to decide which episodes are going to pull me out of this. Considering the blue funk list I published back in November 2008 is terribly outdated, it’s time to go through this fun exercise again. After all, tastes and desires change, right? Maybe not. Let’s go through the list and find out.
As I did last time, I’ll just list the episodes by season and why I like them.   
Season One: â€œPhantom Traveler,” “Home,” “Nightmare,” “Provenance.”
"Hollywood Babylon"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
I couldn't keep up with all the inside jokes in this episode, and am sure I missed a bunch. We have a movie being made within our TV show, HELLRAZERS II: THE RECKONING, starring Tara Benchley, who makes a fanboy (and one night stand) out of Dean. Aside from not delivering a good enough scream for director McG (a name really tied to our show), Tara is the victim of a prank played by a real actor and some CGI so the world thinks the movie set is haunted.
 
Enter Sam and Dean via a set tour. They jump the tram when mention is made of Stars Hollow, from GILMORE GIRLS, a show Jared Padalecki once co-starred in with Alexis Bledel, and I heard it once said that he wished she'd remove the stick up her ass. Dean thinks he sees Matt Damon sweeping the floor, but Sam says that's not him. They have a little dicker about working vs. R&R; Dean thinks Sam could use the latter after the Madison tragedy, Sam prefers to work. (They don't usually mention incidents from other episodes.) The man who died was named Frank Jaffe. Realizing Tara Benchly is working on this film, Dean is really excited; he's a big fan of her work. 
 
A studio "suit" a Bluetooth device seemingly glued to his ear, comes to the set to complain about the dailies"”they're too dark, need more color! But it's horror! protests MsG and Co., it's supposed to be dark! The suit mistakes Dean for a PA and asks him to get him a smoothie from Kraftie's. A who from what? asks Dean. Realizing this will give them an in on the set, Sam drags Dean away, yessing the suit, explaining to Dean that PA's are like slaves (a sentiment I'm sure PA's will agree with).

The Enigma and Cruelty of Sam Winchester’s Powers

Part One

 
 
 
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest feat is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us’
Nelson Mandela
Kind readers, before I begin, allow me to warn you – this is going to be long. I’m covering almost five seasons here, so get yourself comfortable, grab a demon blood cocktail and lean back…
 
 
Ever since Sam became aware of certain special abilities those grew to be a constant source of confusion, fear and pain to him. And to those closest to him.  How did Sam’s powers develop, how did they progress, what do they mean?
 
Out of the blue, without any warning, his abilities started. He had just turned twenty-two, some time before Dean showed up to drag him on a road trip in search for their father. Prior to his brother’s arrival, Sam had noticed changes about him, mostly weird dreams, particularly of his beloved Jessica dying. I don’t believe it was a coincidence of John going on his hunting trip to find YellowEyes and the surfacing of psychic abilities. John, after all, had put together demonic omens of various kinds, showing up about the same time, and decided to follow them. It might well be that the emerging of Sam’s special skills (and those of the other psychic kids) was such an omen - something was starting.
"Heart"
--Robin's Ramblings by Robin Vogel
 
Get out your box of Kleenex, folks, this is the ep where Sam cries buckets and Dean lets one man-tear slide down his face that had me up all night and crying intermittently at work the day after the first time I saw this show.
 
San Francisco. Sam and Dean are on a werewolf hunt, fully prepared with silver bullets. Dean is especially excited since they haven't seen one of these beasts since they were kids. Sam teases "Sparky," as he calls Dean, that after they kill it, they can go to Disneyland. 
 
Which brings us to pretty Madison, a young legal secretary we meet having drinks with her friends. Her drunk boss tries to get her to come back to the office to "work," but he clearly means sex, while her creepy ex-boyfriend, Kurt, is watching and seemingly stalking her. She fends off the drunk boss easily and expertly; it's obvious they have danced this dance before. Next morning, however, when Madison is making coffee at work, she finds her boss lying across his desk, ripped to shreds, blood everywhere. The coffee pot she's holding falls in slow motion to the floor and breaks. Madison screams.