Editor's Note: In anticipation of Supernatural's final season resuming on Oct. 8th, The CW is rerunning several of the initial 13 episodes from season 15. To get us all back into the groove of watching and discussing each story, Deb has agreed to share her recap reviews of the good, the bad and the random of each episode! Enjoy!
 
This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!

This will be a good catch up before we all watch the last new episodes. So, if you like, join me in watching the reruns. Start back with 15.01 "Back and to the Future" , 15.02 "Raising Hell" , 15.03 "The Rupture"  , 15.04 "Atomic Monsters" and 15.09 "The Trap" if you missed them, then let us check out the next episode! Hopefully, I can write these recaps for all the remaining episodes. We Got Work to Do! 

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.)

Is there anything fans can do to help process the grief we are all feeling over losing Supernatural?
What do Jared, Jensen and Misha think Supernatural's legacy will be? What do you think it will be?

These are some of the questions addressed in Dr. Lynn Zubernis' latest book, There'll Be Peace When You Are Done: Actors and Fans Celebrate the Legacy of Supernatural. Written specifically to help the SPNFamily through the difficult transition of losing the show we all love so much, "There'll Be Peace" shares insights from 20 cast members (including Jared, Jensen and Misha) and 18 fans on topics ranging from how the show changed their lives to how they believe it has changed the world. I explain much more about the book's messages and my reactions to reading everyone's personal stories in my review of its themes and potential for broadening the show's impact. 

After reading "There'll Be Peace", I sat down to talk Dr. Zubernis to go behind the scenes of creating the book. As a Psychology professor and licensed clinical psychologist, plus a friend to the cast, Lynn shared fascinating insights on the topics of Supernatural's legacy, fans' grief, and working with the cast to write a second book about their experiences with the show. Our hour long interview was uplifting, validating and a lot of fun! Enjoy! 

Supernatural News This Week

September 10, 2020.

The Last Day of Filming the Last Episode of the Last Season of Supernatural.

15 years have led to this day.

Editor's Note: In anticipation of Supernatural's final season resuming on Oct. 8th, The CW is rerunning several of the initial 13 episodes from season 15. To get us all back into the groove of watching and discussing each story, Deb has agreed to share her recap reviews of the good, the bad and the random of each episode! Enjoy!
 
This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!
This will be a good catch up before we all watch the last new episodes. So, if you like, join me in watching the reruns. Start back with 15.01 "Back and to the Future" , 15.02 "Raising Hell" , 15.03 "The Rupture"  and 15.04 "Atomic Monsters" if you missed them, then let us check out the next episode! Hopefully, I can write these recaps for all the remaining episodes. We Got Work to Do! 

Simon says, love this episode.  Sure, no problem! 

This is still one of those episodes I always go back to.  It’s epic!  It’s a cavalcade of fan favorite characters featuring actors that have become legendary to the SPNFamily.  It goes back to something that had been dropped since late season one, Sam’s visions, and boy did it kick the entire saga up a notch.  It’s a brisk script with outrageously funny dialogue, yet it also delivers plenty of suspense and leaves us all with a big pile of uncertainty and foreboding for the Winchesters.  For me though, I will always remember this as the very first “Supernatural” episode written by my favorite writer, Ben Edlund. 

Honestly, I was really tired of the whole, “John is dead, Dean goes off the rails, Sam tries to protect Dean from himself” saga by the time this episode rolled around in season 2.  The end of the last episode, while very poignant, didn’t leave us with a lot of resolution.  It accented the point that Dean is not okay, there are no easy answers and this is not over for him.  So, how do you move from an unsettling situation at the end of one episode into what is another very unsettling situation without weighing down the storyline?  That’s where Mr. Edlund’s gifts come in.   

As I was looking for a way to pass the quarantine summer 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.)

The EW article suggests that the ‘Essential 75’ is a good ‘refresher’ for fans, and a primer for those who haven’t watched the show but want to see what the fuss is about. Even EW admits that ‘essential’ to the main plot isn’t the same as ‘best’. Both statements are true. I cringe when I think about anyone who isn’t already very familiar with Supernatural watching this selection of episodes and thinking they’ve got the essence of the show. So much of the emotion and backstory got left out in this list in favor of tracing the ‘plot’, that while it’s a nice reminder for those who know the show well, it lacks the depth and resonance of what makes Supernatural so heartrendingly special.

On the other hand, there’s no bad excuse for a recap/rewatch, so come on the journey with me! Start with season 1 and season 2's episode choices, then join me in looking at the picks for season 3!