Once upon a time, I used to do a yearly series call “Supernatural Moments that Make Me Smile.” Of course back then, humor was always well laced into even the most intense episode. I liked to look back at a year or season gone by and remember those little moments that brought me joy. They didn't necessarily have to be big moments. There were plenty of subtle choices to go around as well.
By the time we got to season nine though, the article turned into a “Supernatural Moments that Made Me Wince” list. I never shared those. So, when a need came up for a quick retrospective article, I decided to dust off a classic. Which way do I go? Turns out, when it comes to the final season of Supernatural, both!
In order of airing, here are my choices!
Author's Note: Catherine and I met through the "SupernaturalTFWNC" Facebook group I run, where she started posting some of her amazing diorama art. Then I found out Nightsky at The WFB also knew her, and somehow the idea was hatched that I'd do a holiday story for The WFB that incorporated Catherine's art. That was so much fun that we did a second story, and then a third (links at the end of the interview). Meanwhile, I invited Catherine to be a guest author in my group and talk about her inspiration for the diorama art concept. That interview, lightly edited, is what follows. I've had so much fun working with Catherine on the illustrated stories, and I'm thrilled to share them and this interview on The WFB. I'm certainly looking forward to more stories in the future!
This interview focuses on Catherine's most recent work creating Supernatural dioramas. Her beautiful portraits of Supernatural and other genre characters is showcased in Bettina Bier's interview, "Inspired by Supernatural: Drawings by Catcurl".
“We Need to Talk About Kevin” really should have been titled, “We need to talk about Sam and Dean.” Things just didn’t feel right with them. That was probably intentional, but given this was a highly anticipated season opener, it didn’t win many accolades from the masses.
For the record, I loved season 8. However, it was a weird time. Expectations for the opener were really high. Season 7 was a big disappointment and Sera Gamble decided it was time to move on, thus allowing fan favorite Jeremy Carver to return as showrunner after a 3 season absence. Unfortunately, this premiere, written by him, didn’t deliver. Not that it was a bad episode. It did lay the ground work for season eight which eventually came out beautifully. But patience was needed for that payoff. This was not the episode that energized the fandom into a bold new era. It felt disjointed and lost.
Sam and Dean didn’t get off to a good start. They had about two seconds of reunion complete with brotherly hug and everything went off the rails fast. Why? I speculate that Jeremy Carver, after being away for a while, did not come back the same writer or producer. Jumping back onto this ship with a new writing team and lack of a smooth transition from the old regime had to be jarring. He was left with a doozy of a cliffhanger with no planned way out. When coming up with a creative direction, why wouldn’t the main characters feel off kilter after a year apart while their lives changed drastically because of their new life experiences? It made sense, things shouldn’t be the same, but fans aren’t known to embrace change too well.
(At least we got the hug)
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