Let's have some fun. Remember fun? That's something we did all the time before a global pandemic made us all afraid, serious, grieving, intense people. I haven't had fun in a long time. I've relaxed. I've watched movies. I've gotten a lot of long term to-dos done around the house. But nonsense, "no purpose at all but to laugh" fun is something I haven't seen in close to two years. So we're due.

Here's your assignment: Think of the 5 most outrageously bad clothing choices donned during a Supernatural episode. The eye-catching attire could have been on a guest or recurring star, or a regular character, but it has to be something so awful, the mere sight of it threw you out of the scene! To be clear, this isn't meant to insult Supernatural's wardrobe department. Most of the time they got it right! But in 15 years, 327 episodes, you have to allow that there were a few times when they may have been rushed, or gotten bad cues from a director, or didn't have budget to run to the fabric store!

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.   

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(At least we got the hug)

One recurring theme of Walker is that no matter how bad it gets, people will be there to love and support you. This episode explores the other side of that … showing up honestly when those you love need you. One person who shows up even past his comfort zone is …

Another solid episode! Walker writers prove they can do it—now can they just please make the magic consistent? While "Sucker Punch" wasn’t quite as dramatic as the previous episode, it still had a solid plot that was the focus for most of the episode. Unlike last week, however, the teen drama had no connection to the main plot, contributed nothing to the story, and interrupted the flow/urgency of the action.

Captain James is back to work, wearing the ‘Sam Winchester’ arm sling. He gets a standing ovation from the Rangers upon his return, and Trey thanks James for protecting him.

“Sucker Punch” is an unexpected blow out of the blue. This aptly describes what happened to so many of Walker's characters this week. How one deals with life’s unexpected jolts depends on both one's personality and support network, and no one took more unexpected hits than…

The Morning After

Another surprise ending! Now I’m not sure if “Sucker Punch” referred only to characters within the story or if the title was also a warning to the audience about the unexpected twists in Walker’s season’s two saga! Honestly, I expected the Serano case would be the focal point of the entire year, but once again I was pleasantly surprised by the mercifully brisk pace of the story this year.   

This season keeps a rolling!  The drama continues this week with episode 2.09, called "Sucker Punch."  What's is all about?  Let's find out. 

First, the official CW synopsis.  There's some scheming and it's open mic night.  

LIAM AND DAN SET UP AN UNEASY ALLIANCE – When he hears that Serano (guest star Henderson Wade) is out on bail, Dan (guest star Dave Annable) panics and asks Liam (Keegan Allen) for help. Liam doesn’t trust Dan but Dan makes him a tempting offer that would put Serano behind bars for good. There is just a small catch – Liam can’t tell Walker (Jared Padalecki) what’s going on. Meanwhile, Geri (Odette Annable) decides to have an open mic night at the Side Step and encourages August (Kale Culley) to hit the stage. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Aaron Carew (#209). Original airdate 1/27/2022. 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.

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Now that’s a great episode! Plenty of action, interpersonal drama and revelations, with solid storytelling. When Walker’s writers are in the zone, they really get it right!

The episode picks up right where we left off, with Captain James down and Trey pinned on the porch. Trey makes a run for the captain, under fire from the shooter, and returns fire with James’ gun until the shooter runs away. Trey finds James’ bloodied badge. Cops arrive too late to chase the suspect, and we meet a very proficient female officer named Jack.