The Morning After

“Bar None”, the sixth installment in Walker’s first season, continued the series’ positive trend of each episode improving over the last. Focusing primarily on character exploration and family dynamics, the duo writing team of Casey Fisher & Paula Sabbaga delivered a story with nuanced emotions and multi-layered intrigue.  The last few minutes of the episode then stepped up the game with shocking revelations which fleshed out a seasonal arc that is far more interesting than the simplistic case-of-the-week crimes that had taken up valuable screen time in the show’s first few episodes.  

Imagine my surprise when I ran across Supernatural's episode "Criss Angel is a Douchebag" (4.12) in Wes Barker's magical review videos! Wes Barker is a real life magician who has earned one of the coveted trophies from Penn & Teller's "Fool Us" show. He also has a YouTube channel where - along with doing his own magic tricks - he watches and discusses magic on screen. Specifically, he tries to answer the question of whether an actual magician performed an actual trick (what is often termed "in camera" performances) or whether Hollywood camera tricks and special effects were employed (a "post-production" edit).

The magic in Supernatural's Criss Angel episode was analyzed in two of Wes' videos. Give them a quick watch and see if our favorite little show managed to impress the professional, or whether he groans and gives it a failing grade! 

I’ll be honest, “Carry On” would probably take a good chunk of these awards if I let it.  In compiling these awards, I took the mentality that if there was another acceptable alternative to “Carry On” I would use it.  As you’ll notice though, there were a few where it was impossible to not choose that epic episode.  But there were plenty of categories that earned an acknowledgement from yours truly for the season as a whole, good, bad, and ugly.  And with season 15, there was definitely some ugly.   There was also however some real pretty, and the first award proves it!  

So now I present to you, The WFB Supernatural Season 15 Editor’s Choice Awards!

Lots and lots of Sam and Dean! That’s the best part of Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Supernatural tie-in novel, Nevermore.  It has other things going for it as well, which I’ll get into later, but my number one criteria for enjoying a Supernatural story is spending more time with the Winchester brothers than with any other characters. Nevermore passes that test with flying colors!

So yeah, you knew that they were eventually going to get back to the whole Dean guilt over John thing, weren’t you?  “Crossroad Blues” did so in quite a spectacular way.  It introduced some very vital lore in the show’s history while digging that knife deep into Dean Winchester’s very fragile psyche, setting him up for some future really bad mistakes.  Fun times! 

Now that Supernatural is in its longest hiatus ever, and the cast has moved on to new projects (for now), what can Supernatural fans do to fill that burning desire for more Sam and Dean, more Castiel and Jack - more hunting adventures with whomever branded Supernatural into your hearts for all time? That question was the subject of a Supernatural fandom panel moderated by Gail Z. Martin for ConTinual, a virtual convention page on Facebook. I joined Gail on that panel, along with Supernatural authors and fans, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Dr. Lynn Zubernis, Dahlia Rose and Lola Strickland. For 45 minutes, we tossed around suggestions of what the SPNFamily might do to fill the need for more Supernatural now that the show is off the air! Inspired by our discussion, I decided to start a Supernatural Survival Guide for the Supernatural family!

What can a fan do to survive without Team Free Will's adventures? How many of these ways to find new Supernatural content did you know about? Can you add more to the list?