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Supernatural Bits & Pieces July 22, 2017

Memorable Moments Supernatural 12.17 - The British Invasion

Mallena's Supernatural Musings: 4.09 "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

The WFB Supernatural Season 12 Fan Choice Awards - The Results!

Supernatural Comes to San Diego Comic Con 2017!

Supernatural Bits & Pieces July 16, 2017

Check out all our San Diego Comic Con coverage, including on scene reports from Nightsky!  

 

Latest Supernatural News and Spoilers

23 Jul 2017 00:16

Today was a very special panel involving one of our prominent #SPNFAMILY members, Genevieve Padaleck

22 Jul 2017 22:37

The photos from Nightsky have been coming in slowly and we are keeping an archive of everything take

22 Jul 2017 21:41

The Tick has had a big presence at Comic Con.

22 Jul 2017 13:54

EW sat down with Jared, Jensen and Misha at Comic Con.

21 Jul 2017 22:30

The Facebook Live chat with Jared, Jensen and Misha is now available.

21 Jul 2017 14:27

Catching up with Supernatural Alumni at Comic Con.

21 Jul 2017 00:09

Today was the big Timeless panel at San Diego Comic Con.  Our master Eric Kripke was there to t

20 Jul 2017 14:59

The cast will appear live tomorrow, July 21, 2017 and will be seen on the Supernatural Facebook page

20 Jul 2017 11:52

The first clip from Jared and Jensen's appearance on Conan O'Brien

20 Jul 2017 06:45

The WB has released the poster for next season.

19 Jul 2017 17:35

The Conan O'Brien show has put out a teaser for tonight's appearance.

16 Jul 2017 14:44

Mark Pellegrino is in the running for a Tean Choice Award

16 Jul 2017 01:45

We have the first spoilers from this year's TV Guide article covering Comic Con.

15 Jul 2017 12:23

Warner Brothers is having a Gift Pack Giveaway.

14 Jul 2017 15:27

We have the images on the Comic Con bags for this year's Comic Con.

12 Jul 2017 16:28

Conan O'Brien is going to Comic Con and he's going to have Jared and Jensen on his show.

12 Jul 2017 13:22

Jensen and others are posting on social media from Vancouver. No Spoilers.

12 Jul 2017 10:20

San Diego Comic Con must be just around the corner!  Each year at this time we get some awesome

08 Jul 2017 19:22

Rogue Events, the company that hosted the Asylum conventions, is going out of business.

29 Jun 2017 14:55

IMDB has posted casting for episode 13.01

29 Jun 2017 14:08

It's official, Supernatural is coming to Comic Con this year.

27 Jun 2017 21:32

As your Winchester Family Business Editor-in-Chief, I have an exciting announcement to share.  

20 Jun 2017 14:00

Reportedly, Wayward Sisters (not Daughters) will be given a backdoor pilot in season 13.

20 Jun 2017 08:33

The Teen Choice Awards announced the first round of their nominations yesterday and Supernatural is

08 Jun 2017 15:20

We have a date for the end of Hellatus!

06 Jun 2017 21:28

Ty Olsson (Benny Lafitte) just won a Leo Award.

03 Jun 2017 14:53

Jared has announced the final phase of the relaunch of his AKF campaign.

01 Jun 2017 23:33

Oh yeah, we had a LOT to discuss!  This is a supersized TV Fanatic Roundtable this time, design

01 Jun 2017 15:30

Jared and Jensen have both spoken about their daughters recently.

01 Jun 2017 10:22

Jared has relaunched part five of his Always Keep Fighting campaign.

31 May 2017 08:44

We have the first information on the season 12 DVD.

26 May 2017 14:18

Jared and Gen Padalecki both spoke in support of David's Law, a Texas law which targets cyber bullyi

26 May 2017 09:14

Jared started part four of his relaunch.

24 May 2017 15:07

Editor's Note: This article chronologically presents the reports and tweets on Mark Sheppard's statu

24 May 2017 09:41

 Now that season 12 is over, our stars are working for charity.

21 May 2017 09:14

Jared has launched part two of his AKF campaign.

20 May 2017 16:46

We have a few spoilers that came out of the Jus In Bello Convention this weekend.

19 May 2017 11:25

Here are the ratings for last night's finale episodes.

18 May 2017 21:38

Well, we were uninamous, but that's not necessarily good.  All four of us at the TV Fanatic Rou

18 May 2017 15:34

Jared talks about the season finale, season 13 spoilers and relaunching his Always Keep Fighting Cam

18 May 2017 12:05

We are getting our first spoilers for next season at the CW upfront presentation.

18 May 2017 08:52

The CW has released its schedule for next season.

17 May 2017 14:21

EW has published an interview with Andrew Dabb about the final episodes of season 12.

15 May 2017 07:44

The shows continue to fall as networks are poised to announce their 2017-2018 schedule.

13 May 2017 13:42

Yes, NBC changed its mind and renewed Timeless

13 May 2017 07:14

Our wonderful Lilah Kane made screengrabs of the Shaving People, Punting Things Promo.

WFB Feature Articles

Jul 31 2017 | Percysowner

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This episode introduces us to Anna Milton.  She isn’t a normal girl, like she appears, but is

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The nominations were collected, the votes have been cast, the results have been tabulated, and the w

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San Diego Comic Con 2017 is this week! The most anticipated comic book, superhero, scifi/fantasy gen

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"The gleam in their eyes telegraphs only too clearly that they are hoping for a headline,

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Here's what we know about this year's event!

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Jul 31 2017 | Mallena

I was underwhelmed with season ten for most of its run, so it was wonderful to watch an episode as t

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Supernatural on the web this week!

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Jul 31 2017 | Karen

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Jul 31 2017 | Alice

The moment is finally here!  The nominations have been tabulated, now it's time to vote.  

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Jul 31 2017 | LK

 

"The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine

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Jun 30 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to "Memorable Moments" of Supernatural! This edition focuses on episode 12.12 "Stuck In

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Jun 30 2017 | Mallena

There has been a lot of talk lately about Jody and the women of Supernatural.  In honor of the

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Jun 30 2017 | Elle

Rich, riveting, complex and so full of story details and character threads that it's impossible to m

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Jun 30 2017 | LK

 "Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream." — Khalil Gibran

Loosing

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Jun 30 2017 | Elle

 The list you’ve all been waiting for! The second half of the season eleven hits and misses.

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Supernatural in the news this week!

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Jun 30 2017 | Karen

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 What are Supernatural Fans are up to this summer?

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Well, I think we all knew from the outset that this was an episode that would polarise "Supernatural" fans. It was a different kind of "Supernatural" episode not just in the way it was shot, all on hand held or CTV style cameras, which many don't like and find difficult to watch, but also in the way it focused on characters outside of the norm, as in, the focus wasn't on Sam and Dean or any of the secondary leads like Bobby or Castiel in past episodes "Weekend at Bobby's" and "The Man Who Would Be King" and this wasn't going to be like "Ghostfacers" because Sam and Dean were well and truly in that episode. This was something different altogether, a different story told a different way. For some of us it worked and for some of us it didn't. 

 


I went into "Bitten" as I do with any episode, wide open with expectations set to neutral and I have to say, this was one hell of an enjoyable hour of television for me. So I guess, put me in the "it worked" camp. When it finished, I felt proud as punch of this show and the people who make this show. That they have the cojones to give something like this a whirl and pull it off so spectacularly and that they have the cojones to make the show they want to make.

This last bit makes me particularly happy, because I always worry that the creators of this show may be influenced by the likes of me, or you or whomever comment and offer dialogue on "Supernatural." That they may read some of the commentary on whether Sam is being written this way or that or whether we feel Dean is being all out of character and allow our insights and opinions as viewers to colour and skew the way they choose to tell their story. It's arrogance on my behalf to think they would of course, but it does give me pause for concern sometimes. Obviously they feel the need to listen to some degree, because if we rampantly hate something, that's going to reflect badly on the future of the show, but even at this level, it makes me somewhat uncomfortable. I remember Edlund being asked, do they have to listen to the fans and he thought for a moment and said, "No". His implication as I took it in the context of the question, that they may listen, but they don't feel they have to. I felt relieved to hear that.

I've said this many times, I want the creators of "Supernatural" to be allowed to tell the story they want to tell. They know the end game, I don't. They know where the mid-season finale is going, where the season is going, how far this arc is going, where these characters need to be and who they need to be for the pay off, I don't. They're working to a big picture plan of which I have absolutely no concept. I'm not there with them, working through the structure of a 23-episode season and beyond, so I don't know. I have to have faith that they know more than I do about their story and about their characters and where all their ducks need to be for everything to unfold and for that reason I give them the time and the respect to allow them to unfold their story as they see fit, even when I find it challenging or disappointing. I think the last couple of seasons have dragged us from pillar to post and it's made some of us gun-shy. I read it over and over in the comments and I get it, I'm often in the same boat. Some disappointments are hard to let go of, even if you enjoyed the bulk of seasons 6 and 7, which I did. I love this show with a passion, in case you haven't noticed, so some knocks hit hard. But this is a new season, a fresh start and personally, I'm loving how it's playing out so far and so I'm happily offering up my trust to allow this, highly creative and talented bunch of people, the time they need to tell their story. After only 4 episodes of a 23-episode season, I think that's only fair and reasonable. So that's what I'm choosing to do and crossing my fingers my faith pays off. So far, so good.

I thought "Bitten" was a lovely piece of story telling. I found myself sitting up leaning all the way forward at one point and I had one of those moments where you go, "Man, I'm seriously digging this." By the end, I was dreading seeing what played out in the opening scene. I felt for these kids. I liked them. Michael was adorable and sweet (and a looker), Kate was smart and had a life plan, Brian was insecure and trying to find his place. I liked how normal they all seemed.

I enjoyed seeing the birth of these monsters from their point of view. Their struggle to come to terms with what was happening to their friend and then, inevitably, to all of them. We've seen this from the Winchester's perspective before, when they've come across monsters who don't want to embrace or don't realise they're embracing their monster form, like the Rugaru in "Metamorphosis" and Madison in "Heart". We know that the Winchesters have come across monsters with families; that have been living in society and attempting to curb their monstery ways, but it was good to see this from the inside out, get the monster-eye-view if you will. They were just your average college kids who got caught up in this horrific situation. I'm kind of shocked we haven't seen this before.

I really dug seeing how the Winchesters appear to the outside world. We're usually alongside them in the trenches and we're so used to them and what they do, so this was a fun way to see the brothers. I often think to myself, when they're having some bizarre conversation in a diner about their latest case, shush, someone's going to hear you and call the cops on your asses! I mean, it's not like they whisper and they're always just stepping off to the side and going into some horrific detail about some case with people RIGHT THERE! I remember in the commentary for "In The Beginning" Kripke noting that Dean and Young Mary only walk two steps away from the kid who accidentally sold his soul to the YED and that the kid would be able to hear them talking about demons and the like and he'd be freaking out! Kripke was laughing his ass off! And it's true! So I was giggling like an idiot when they got caught on camera talking about the Mayan God.

I don't have a problem with shaky-cam, I quite enjoy it as a film making technique. The only problem I have with it is that it's very rarely perfect. There's always going to be a moment when you go, umm, where's that shot coming from? Having said that, I thought "Bitten" as a whole, did a pretty good job on the hand held POV camera concept. It was smart to have Brian install stationary cameras around the rooms to give the director and editors more to play with. There were a couple of times I thought, put the damn camera down, this is getting serious, but then I remembered the people who film themselves caught up in all sorts of terrible disasters and well, some people do that sort of stuff for real! With this style of filmmaking, I think there has to be a degree of suspension of disbelief and I was willing to do that.

What I do think is that this form of story telling allows a fair bit of intimacy. You're with the characters all the time instead of moving off to different points of action. In that way, I felt like I had a better grasp on these characters than most of the one off characters we meet in "Supernatural" and I appreciated that. The performances were pretty good. I thought Michael and Kate in particular had nice chemistry and I believed in their relationship and I could see that Michael was a good guy and was Brian's only friend and I could get a vibe on Brian's dissatisfaction with always being the third wheel. The episode hinged on them being able to carry off the piece and for me, they did. I must admit I really didn't like when Brian forcibly bit Kate, I know where it was coming from, desperation, misplaced love, fear, anger, but it was way harsh how it went down and I was incredibly pleased she took him out for it. He embraced the monster, he welcomed it inside him and he let it take hold, he had to go.

Which brings me to the Winchesters letting Kate walk. Having to sit through that video, see what they do and the creatures they do it to from the other side, must have been edifying. Monsters have told them, they've said that they're not bad, don't want to be monsters, that it's not their fault, not their choice, but seeing it laid out in front of them, seeing these kids getting dragged into their world through no fault of their own, the confusion, the fear and the outcome, had to shift something inside the brothers. They've had their doubts before about whether every monster deserves to die, they've argued over it many times, but this gave them another perspective.

Is that the reason they let Kate walk? Hmm, I have a feeling Dean was thinking about his association with a certain vampire he brought back from Purgatory when faced with this question. How could he go after Kate, when she says she's going to keep her nose clean and not do the same with Benny? Dean seemed to mull the whole thing over. Once upon a time, he'd probably shelve the Benny thing, compartmentalise it and still go after Kate, finding some way to rationalise the double standard later. But I think Dean's changed, Purgatory, his new association, whatever, I saw this as nice growth. Glad to see it Winchester. I'd expect Sam to give her a chance, so his reaction didn't surprise me. I did notice how quickly he packed up. It was like he wanted to get out of there before his brother changed his mind. Of course, it could've been that Dean was simply moved by the story of these kids, but seeing as where we're about to go in next week's episode, I'm pretty sure he was thinking of his toothy friend and this scene was all about setting up a certain meeting and the quandary Dean's about to find himself in.

One could sit here and go into the parallels of the stories of these kids having this life of a monster forced upon them and the parallels of Sam and Dean and the life that they were raised in, their Apocalyptic destinies, Sam's demon blood running through his veins and the brother's ongoing struggle to reconcile themselves with their lives, just as Michael and Kate, not so much Brian, were faced with a similar dilemma, destiny versus free will, choice - but you know what - I'm just going to take the episode for what it was and enjoy it as a one off. We all need a break from my overly thinky thoughts anyway!           

I must admit, I was a little hesitant to write this up this week, because I've seen how vehemently some have disliked this episode, but as I said last week, the wonderful thing about this show is that we all come at it from different angles and take different things away with us. I liked "Bitten". Actually I liked it a lot. I understand it didn't blow everyone's hair back, but that's because we're all individuals and like different things. I'm really happy to be a fan of a show that takes risks, that creates such great dialogue, that we feel compelled to discuss for good and bad. I'm so happy that this show exists for me to feel so passionate about it, you know?

Would I want to see this kind of episode regularly, hell no, you know me, I'm a Winchester lovin' girl and I adore the story of those two men and I am literally champing at the bit for next week's episode to see more of their story unfold'and because Mr Edlund wrote it'.and because I saw some of it being shot! OH MY GOSH! I am so excited for next week's episode. So no, I don't want a plethora of episodes like "Bitten" but this was good, I enjoyed it and I praise the team behind this show for pushing the boundaries and our buttons!

Now bring on that Winchestery angst!

Thanks for reading' let me know what you think' (eeep!)

Until next time you AWESOME people! Come on, you think I wasn't going to get an awesome gag in there. Oh Dean'.
-sweetondean