There was a lot to like about this week’s episode, and some things that made me go ‘hmm’. All the mini-hiatuses make it hard to keep the flow. I know they’re a necessary concession to the current pandemic situation, and I’m sure the cast/crew would prefer not to have the interruptions either. But they do make it a bit harder to slip back into the story after a gap.

Back on track this week!  Here is the episode synopsis, preview clip and photos for the May 13th episode, "Freedom."

Here's the official CW synopsis:

HOYT COMES HOME – Walker (Jared Padalecki) and Geri (guest star Odette Annable) are both unsure of their feelings for each other after their kiss and things get very complicated when Hoyt (guest star Matt Barr) comes home from prison. However, the welcome home party is interrupted when Micki (Lindsey Morgan) and Walker get word that Clint West (guest star Austin Nichols) is on the run. The episode was written by Geri Carillo and directed by Alex Pillai (#111). Original airdate 5/13/2021. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.


Here is the preview clip:



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Okay, so I'm a little late with this, as in the episode already aired!  But hey, for historical purposes, here's the synopsis, photos and preview clip for episode 1.10, "Encore".

On April 26, 2021 Jim Beaver shared the sad news that the SPNFamily had lost Charles Beeson, a talented director and long time friend to many of Supernatural's producers, cast and crew. Charles directed 14 episodes of Supernatural, spanning from season 2 all the way to the end of the series. His Supernatural portfolio includes some of Supernatural's most memorable episodes, including the beloved classics, "Changing Channels" and "The French Mistake". Beyond these unique experiments of storytelling, though, Charles' direction of more conventional episodes created scenes that are indelibly etched into fans' psyches. Charles' unique shots used lighting and angles to accentuate mood, showcase character traits and envelop the audience. His skillful eye combined background atmosphere with foreground subjects to visually tell the story that was unfolding in words and actions. We may not have seen him behind the camera, but we will forever carry with us memories of his iconic images. 

We celebrate Charles Beeson's legacy by sharing with you this gallery of his Supernatural artistry. Begin with Part 1, which presents Charles' first 8 episodes in seasons 2, 3 and 4, then continue with this homage to his work in seasons 5, 6 and 15. 

On April 26, 2021, Jim Beaver shared the sad news that the SPNFamily had lost Charles Beeson, a talented director and long time friend to many of Supernatural's producers, cast and crew. Charles directed 14 episodes of Supernatural, beginning with season 2's "Playthings" and spanning all the way to season 15's "The Rupture" and "The Gambler".  In the latter half of his tenure with the the show, Charles created the beloved classics, "Changing Channels" and "The French Mistake". 

While Charles' Supernatural portfolio includes some of the series' most impactful episodes, he will also be remembered for individual scenes that are indelibly etched into fans' psyches. Charles' directing style gifted Supernatural with unique shots that used lighting and angles to accentuate mood, showcase character traits and envelop the audience. His skillful eye combined background atmosphere with foreground subjects to visually tell the story that was unfolding in words and actions. We may not have seen him behind the camera, but we will forever carry with us memories of his iconic images. We celebrate his legacy by sharing with you this gallery of his Supernatural artistry.   

Editor's Note: It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Charles Beeson. Charles directed 14 Supernatural episodes, beginning with "Playthings" and ending 13 years later with season 15's, "The Gamblers". Charles made an unmistakable imprint on Supernatural, as noted in Alice's review below. Her commentary was written earlier in April, before we knew that Charles' time with us would be cut short unexpectedly, thus her focus on his visual storytelling talent stands as a honest and timely testament to our appreciation of his artistry. Rest in Peace, Charles. Your work here is done. 


When I first saw “Playthings” those MANY years ago, I didn’t like it.  I might have borderline hated it.  At the time though, I was power binging season two and after what had just happened with “Croatoan” and “Hunted,” a creepy doll story wasn’t winning me over.  But over time I’ve learned to appreciate it.  No, it’s not a series great, but it’s one of your better standalone episodes.  It just aired in season two when the bar was very high.  It would have been considered a masterpiece if it had aired in later seasons. 

As I was looking for a way to pass the quarantine 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 13!