Title sequences, also called title cards, are methods by which cinematic films or television programs present their title, key production and cast members utilizing visual imagery and sound, and usually follows the opening credits. But Supernatural is known for not having opening credits, and instead goes for a cold open (or teaser), the technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning of the hour, and a title sequence with the show's logo and graphics. The opening credits for the series are then superimposed over the opening scenes of the episode.
 
Just to set the mood, the following analysis features videos of all of the seasons' title sequences, and some of the special stand-alone episodes they have done over the years. It also includes two never used ones produced for season one. 
 
"Metamorphosis”
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
With Ruby at his side, Sam works his mind-mojo to exorcise a demon, but the man taunts him about being a hero and "all the things you and this slut do in the dark." Sam successfully kills the demon, making Ruby smile, but he has no idea Dean is watching outside the window.

Sam tests the working pulse of the host body and reports to Ruby, “I feel good--no more headaches.” He's helping the man walk out when Dean enters, furious, demanding to know who SHE is. "Good to see you again, Dean," says Ruby. Dean immediately attacks her, all set to murder her with the demon-killing knife. Ruby and Dean battle it out until Ruby has Dean in a choke-hold. Sam intervenes, orders her to stop. She does. "Aren't you an obedient little bitch," gasps Dean. Sam sends Ruby to the emergency room with the victim. "Dean!" calls Sam, but his brother walks away from him.

(Part One of The Season Five Awards can be found here.)

 
Most Touching Brotherly Moment

So many!  The parting scene at the end of "Good God Y'all" gets a big honorable mention, mostly because its so devastatingly sad, so understated and sold with mostly somber looks. The kicker though is Dean offers Sam the Impala! Sure there is no way Sam would have taken him up on it, but the gesture was huge.
 
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The winner though actually goes to the scene involving Dean and Young Sam (an awesome Colin Ford) in “Dark Side of The Moon.” Dean's heavenly memory of their renegade setting off of fireworks on 4th of July 1996, sentimentally cut to Bob Dylan’s (yes the original recording) “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” woven in between the elated faces illuminated by the colorful lights is the stuff epics are made of. Its sheer perfection and if that's Heaven, sign me up.


 

 

 


The Dean Winchester Most Outrageous Act of The Year

I have no clue why I've never awarded this before. Dean's always shocking us and Sam with either an off the wall comment or inappropriate act. This season though we have a grand champion that trumps all seasons hands down. I only need one word to describe it too. "Pudding!"
 
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Best Appearance of Sam Winchester's Hair

Again, Sam, Interrupted comes up a winner. When Sammy is a raging lunatic so is his hair, flying wildly all nice and fluffed. Crazy never looked hotter. That nuthouse patient blue outfit certainly didn't hurt either, which is likely why his rages in this ep won out.
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Honorable mention goes to the way his hair flew and landed all disheveled on the pillow when those shotgun shells hit him in "Dark Side of The Moon." That could be my twisted side talking though.
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Worst Appearance of Sam Winchester's Hair

"My Bloody Valentine", but just like last year's "When The Levee Breaks" I think it's supposed to be. He's mentally, emotionally and in a non-human way physically a complete wreck, so the hair must match. It does perfectly, especially during all those twisted expressions when he's killing with his mind.
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Best Torture of a Winchester

When I asked Sera Gamble at Comic Con last year what more she could possibly do to Sam, especially after what she put him through in "When The Levee Breaks," she answered with delight there was no end to the psychological torture these brothers could go through (and Cas too). After all intense psychological torture wins every time over bloody and painful physical suffering. I think Sera was holding back, for there was plenty of the physical torture. Just look at all the crap each went through.
Sam:
  • Had his legs broken and lungs removed by a vindictive angel.
  • Was captured, tied up, beaten, doused in holy water and was forced to ingest a fair amount of rock salt.
  • Beaten and force fed demon blood.
  • Strangled by Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Got the clap from a vindictive witch.
  • Got a vicious whack square in the nuts when losing a Japanese game show and was turned into the Impala computer.
  • Finds out he's the object of one very demented fan girl's affection. I'm sure that made him ill.
  • Restrained and manhandled after going a wee bit insane.
  • Is body swapped and subdued by a tranquilizer gun, TWICE.
  • Is murdered by a vindictive angel.
  • Goes completely off the deep end in a demon killing spree after caving into the Famine induced overwhelming craving for demon blood.
  • Is tackled and disgustingly drooled on by a crazed zombie. 
  • Is murdered by vindictive hunters.
  • Crippled by a set on nasty diseases from Pestilence, including Syphilis. Man, he just can't run from the VD.
  • Oh, and he becomes the prom suit for Satan himself.
Dean didn't fare too well either:
  • Beaten up by a vindictive old demon foe.
  • Suffers from angel induced stage four stomach cancer. 
  • Is pummeled unconscious by his future self. The future self that gets his neck broken by Samifer acting like he was stepping on a cockroach.
  • Gets wailed on by Paris Hilton and has to deal with Sam rubbing it in. 
  • Gets violently tossed like a rag doll by a vindictive demon. 
  • Has to wear sunglasses at night in a procedural cop show and deliver the Steve Urkel inspired tagline in a bad sitcom. Sure that seems like psychological torture but I'm sure it made him sick to his stomach.
  • Is devastated emotionally when he has to say goodbye to Jo and Ellen and let them meet their untimely deaths.
  • Ends up liking body swapped Sam better.  (Okay, that's not torture, but what does that say about his relationship with Sam?)
  • Is taunted by the archangel Michael in one impressive confrontation after getting the crap beat out of him by a vindictive angel.
  • Is knocked out and captured by Famine only to witness his brother go on an apeshit crazy demon killing spree, thus fracturing his psyche greatly.
  • Is murdered by vindictive hunters after watching Sam get slaughtered first. 
  • Is captured by his brother and one pissed off angel, earning his own cooling off period in the panic room. 
  • Kidnapped by Gods and...it just gets weird from there.
  • Also stricken by horrible disease by Pestilence, but he's looking far worse than his brother. 
  • Face and body smashed to an unrecognizable pulp by Lucifer in a Sam suit, then he watches both his brothers fall into the vortex to Hell, essentially left to be the last man standing.
Having said that, none of that wins.  The past physical stuff that has won this category before is for pansies compared to these two scenes of extreme psychological torture that capture the prize. It's a tie. 
First is Dean's most unnerving ordeal in Chicago, when he's invited for pizza with Death himself in "Two Minutes To Midnight."  The intent was to kill, but Dean quickly learns you can't kill Death.  Or cheat him either.  Or even have a conversation without wetting yourself.  Even being forced to have a bite of pizza is enough to make him want to either pass out, toss his cookies, or both.  The entire scene is brilliance, with the tension so extreme no one would have guessed that in the end Death was a card carrying member of Team Freewill.  He offers a terrified Dean the ring without a fight, but the bargain involves the death of Sam.  That makes sense, since death is his thing.
 
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Second, by sake of airdate and not quality, is Sam's mirror showdown with Lucifer in "Swan Song." The great dark one finally has his vessel, but the occupant inside is being feisty. There's only one way to tame that inner beast, through one glorious mind fuck exchanged through a cracked mirror. Sam wasn't the only one rattled to the core.

 


Plot Device Introduced That Should Be in All Episodes
Shirtless Castiel. That is all.
 

Most Tragic Act Of Revenge

Killing Brady in "The Devil You Know." Sam had good reason to be pissed and Brady's taunting did little to help his situation, but cornering a defenseless demon in an alley and playing mind games before gutting him like a fish is even pretty low for the Winchesters. Good thing the bastard deserved it.


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Most Gruesome (And Most Welcome) Villain Death 

I know it's really the wish of everyone to do this, but seeing Paris Hilton's head chopped off is a dream come true.  Lucky Sam.




Best Ending To An Episode 

"The Song Remains The Same." What can you say, I'm a mom. All that needed to happen to win this category was to show a blissfully happy mother-to-be assuring her soon to be born first child "Angels are watching over you." That'll punch a mom in the gut everytime. Us fangirl moms didn't stand a chance. 


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Worst Ending To An Episode  
 
Most of the endings were pretty damned depressing. One heart crushing situation after another. Dean disillusioned talk with Sam, Sam and Dean parting, Sam's ill fated visit with Lucifer, Sam and Dean reconciling with uncertainty, Bobby getting emotional from Dean's speech, Sam, Dean and Castiel facing a looming predicament, Ellen and Jo's somber picture burning funeral, Sam opening up to Dean and being shut down, Sam and his completely out of character moment with a teenager that should have been maimed, Sam going through excruciating demon blood detox while Dean listens and cries, Bobby burning the remains of the dead wife again, Dean losing faith and throwing out amulet, Dean abandoning Sam and Castiel to say goodbye to Lisa, A horseman wreaking havoc in the absolutely most disgusting way possible, Bobby selling his soul, and Dean being forced to let Sam go.
The winner - all of those.



 
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Best Use of Classic Rock

I know many of you are thinking "Rock of Ages" in the finale, but for me, nothing tops the examination of the carnage in Colorado to Norman Greenbaum's bouncy and apocalypse appropriate "Spirit in The Sky" in "Good God Y'all." That crossed number one off my “most wanted Classic Rock” list, plus this whole scene involved one of the sweetest Mustangs I've ever seen, and I'm a Mustang aficionado.  Let's sing along!

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best

Prepare yourself you know it's a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He's gonna recommend you
to the Spirit in The Sky...
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A very close second is the opening montage showing Sam and Dean's separate lives to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "A Simple Man" in "Free To Be You And Me." The way this scene is cut is so brilliant, showing Sam and Dean doing similar gestures in very different situations and places. It gets the heart strings going early. 


Best Appearance By A Zombie Alligator 

Well, we came close. There was a zombie episode! Given the setting in South Dakota though, not a gator in sight. I think I might have spotted a tiny lizard though, but maybe not.  Come on Edlund, you know you want to do it! Maybe next year Suze.  The attached picture is what I visualize happening if Sam got to blow away said zombie alligator.
 
 

 

Funniest Moment 

This is usually hard, but it's incredibly easy this year. This might even top alien slow dance and talking teddy bear as best ever. The intro was so subtle, many didn't even realize it was part of the show. We've seen ads like this thousands of times, the yoga instructor by the lake announcing through her Zen moves that she has medical condition. This time its genital herpes. Then an old man says the same thing. Okay. 

No, we don't get the joke until Sam Winchester is seen in the next shot, shooting baskets, turning to the camera, and going "Seriously?" Then Dean with much delight reminds him he has to play his role. For a guy who claims he can't do comedy, just one uncomfortable declaration that he too has genital herpes is enough to put millions of fans in tears rolling on the floor. As Sam struggles through the ad, the howling of laughter can be heard all the way to Australia. "And that's a good thing." 

 
Honorable mention strangely again goes to the freakishly tall brooding one. So what happens when you go all apeshit with that pent up rage in a mental institution? A whole bunch of happy drugs, that's what. I can't think of anyone more in need of happy drugs than Sam. He tries to show support for Dean and his blunder, but can't avoid the impulse to play "got your nose." "Boop." Now Dean gets to do the bitchface!
 
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Coming soon...the rest in Part Three.

 
Another week of Hellatus has come and gone so it's time for the second installment in this five-part series.

I want to clarify my purpose in tackling this project, the purpose is to pick the one, and only one, episode per season that I believe is the pivot point for the season as well the series as a whole. Each season has many, many excellent episodes as well as episodes that are not so excellent but have excellent moments, with that in mind, I try to pick one out of 22 (or in one case 16) that is the pivotal episode.

Summer hellatus is so bittersweet. We stare down the prospects of spending the next four months of our lives clinging to repeats and over-speculating like mad over a faint clue about season six that someone leaked on Twitter. Yet, this is also one of my favorite times of year, because I get to do the season end awards! This is my third year in a row and I've gone all out this year.  It's just me living my philosophy, go big or go home. Of course my other philosophy is never turn down that second piece of pie, so maybe my philosophical prowess needs some work.
As I stated last year at this time, awards are meaningless. They're trite attempts at giving relevance to a body of work just for the sake of boosting egos or justifying paychecks. So why reduce this epic season to such rubbish like I shamelessly did for previous seasons? The reason hasn't changed.  I had to do something to pass the time at work.   
 
(Season Four Awards)
(Season Three Awards)
(Season Two Awards)
(Season One Awards)
Using many of the same categories as previous years as well as introducing some new ones, here are in no particular order the totally subjective and often just plain nuts best, worst, and whatever of Supernatural season five. 

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A couple weeks back, while chatting on The Winchester Family Business CBox, I made up a Supernatural-themed motivational poster for Julie, who was having a bad day.  I'm sure you've all seen motivational posters around, but if you're not familiar with them, they look something like this:



Lots of office buildings have them scattered around, which is hilarious because really, a poster is supposed to help you do your job better?  "Oh, if I am just determined enough, I can also fly like a bald eagle!"

At any rate, my Supernatural poster seemed to cheer Julie up, and it was so fun to make, I started doing other ones.  Well, those were a bit of a hit in the CBox, so I decided to make some more.  It's turned into quite a fun pastime!  And since we have all Hellatus to kill, I figured why not share them with everyone?  Alice kindly agreed, so here is the first installment of my Supernatural Motivational Posters.  I will attempt to send Alice a new group each week with a poster for each day to help you through your Hellatus-induced Supernatural withdrawal.  Feel free to use these pictures however you want, as backgrounds or just enjoying them here, but if you repost them anywhere or share them with other people or whatnot, I just ask that you give credit where it is due, please.

So, without further ado, I present to you Supernatural Motivational Posters: 
 



A Quick Word About the Future of the Motivational Posters

First of all, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time this Hellatus to check out the motivation posters I was making, whether or not you left me a comment.  It was very nice of all of you to be so supportive of my little project, and I appreciate all your support.  I had a great time making them.

That being said, the posters were only intended to be a Hellatus project, and once the new season started up again, I was going to stop making them because we’ll all have more important things to discuss!  However, after some gentle prodding, I’ve changed my mind and have decided to continue with the posters on a part-time basis.  Here’s the plan: I will make a few posters each week based on the previous week’s episode.  So, the week after the season premiere, look for a few new posters based on that episode et cetera, et cetera.  How many new ones pop up will depend on how motivated I am and when the CW puts the episode online so I can cap it.  And when the next Hellatus rolls around, which better not be for a long time, darn it, I’ll start putting them out daily again, hopefully.

So thanks again for reading and allowing me to be a little self-indulgent here, and big thanks to Jenniffer and Alice who have been very gracious in assisting with the technical aspect, the posting and the gallery and whatnot.

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So I first met Jenniffer, Alice's new site co-administrator, via an e-mail conversation thread. It was apparent instantly that we had similar senses of humor when we had a good time making jokes back and forth. We eventually started talking about our lives and other such and it turned out, that while on a mini vacation, I was going to be half an hour away from where Jenniffer lived, so of course we had to get together! We met for coffee in a Starbucks and started talking about all manner of things and having a great time when she told me about these fake SPN-themed Windows 7 ads she had posted on Facebook.

For those of you who haven't seen them, in the real ads there's a person talking about a problem they have with their Windows operating system, so they talk to the people at Microsoft, and when Windows 7 comes out that exact problem is solved. Then the person says "I'm so and so and Windows 7 was my idea."
So, I've made it through the whole of Season 5 almost entirely without spoilers. I've mostly found out the title of the next episode the week before it has been shown, when Alice puts up the preview clips. Occasionally I've had a casting spoiler: for instance, I did know that Ellen and Jo and Ash would be coming back, either from a headline somewhere or from the first line of a comment on this site, and I was also fairly clear that Ellen and Jo weren't going to survive. Other than that, I've not read the episode descriptions, not watched the preview clips, not gone looking for casting sides or plot hints. I've kept away from the spoilery bits of Supernatural TV (ie pretty much all of it) and Spoiler TV (definitely all of it) and from the speculation on this site about what might be happening.

Note from Alice: I’m proud to offer another first time great guest contribution, this time from Laurel. “Most Loved Episodes” is Laurel’s take on her personal top ten favorites with some honorable mentions thrown in. Feel free at the end to share your list! Happy reading everyone.