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Memorable Moments: Supernatural 12.18 "The Memory Remains"

Mallena's Supernatural Musings: 10.05 "Fan Fiction"

Supernatural Con First Timer - Vancouver Part 3

Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "The British Invasion”

Supernatural Bits & Pieces September 17, 2017

Supernatural Con First Timer - Vancouver Part 2

This long until Supernatural Season 13...

Latest Supernatural News and Spoilers

Sep 22 2017

TV Line has a short spoiler for the upcoming season

Sep 21 2017

We have an extended version of the trailer!

Sep 18 2017

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hillary Burton showed off her baby bump at last night's Emmy Awards ceremony

Sep 18 2017

The actor, who once played Gordon Walker, won an Emmy last night for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Dra

Sep 17 2017

We have a copy of the EW preview for Supernatural and BTS pictures of episode 6.

Sep 13 2017

We're getting close. The CW released a short promo.

Sep 12 2017

EW just published a big spoiler for season 13. TVLine Spoilers added!

Sep 12 2017

September 13 is Supernatural Day!

Sep 08 2017

TVLine released it's fall preview and had this to say about Supernatural

Sep 06 2017

With the DVD for season 12 hitting the shelves yesterday, several oulets have posted deleted scenes

Sep 04 2017

Misha Collins made the announcement today.

Sep 01 2017

Stories continue to come out on Jensen Ackles fundraiser to help Texas after the devastation of Hurr

Aug 31 2017

The Supernatural Family's work to aid in disaster rescue and recovery efforts has even been noticed

Aug 30 2017

Buddy TV posted a new deleted scene from last season.

Aug 28 2017

Jensen and Danneel Ackles are spearheading an effort to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Aug 24 2017

We have titles for episodes through 12.

Aug 23 2017

TV Line has some spoilers for this season.

Aug 23 2017

There are a lot of Behing-The-Scenes shots from episodes 3 of Supernatural season 13!

Aug 20 2017

The cast is wishing Misha a Happy Birthday!

Aug 18 2017

Christine Kilmer's latest vlog is up and it's seems rather timely given the latest events.  In

Aug 12 2017

Spoiler TV posted the titles for the first nine episodes and episode 16

Aug 12 2017

Recently, I had to shut down the site because of horrible, negative, disrespectful fighting in our c

Aug 09 2017

We have casting news for season 13.

Jul 24 2017

Nightsky posted her video of the Kansas performance at Comic Con.

Jul 23 2017

We may be getting several of these today.

Jul 23 2017

The cast for Wayward Sisters has been announced.

Jul 23 2017

The 2017 San Diego Comic Con "Supernatural" panel was one for the ages.  A surprise concert, a

Jul 23 2017

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

Jul 22 2017

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

Jul 22 2017

The Tick has had a big presence at Comic Con.

Jul 22 2017

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

Jul 21 2017

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

Jul 21 2017

Catching up with Supernatural Alumni at Comic Con.

Jul 21 2017

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

Jul 20 2017

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

Jul 20 2017

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

Jul 20 2017

The WB has released the poster for next season.

Jul 19 2017

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

Jul 16 2017

Mark Pellegrino is in the running for a Tean Choice Award

Jul 16 2017

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

Jul 15 2017

Warner Brothers is having a Gift Pack Giveaway.

Jul 14 2017

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

Jul 12 2017

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

Jul 12 2017

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

Jul 12 2017

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

Jul 08 2017

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

Jun 29 2017

IMDB has posted casting for episode 13.01

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Sep 22 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series for Supernatural episode 12.18, "The Memory Remains".

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Sep 20 2017 | LK

 Welcome to Part 3 of my tale of attending my very first Supernatural convention! You'll want t

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Sep 18 2017 | LK

 

" I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about

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Sep 17 2017 | Percysowner

Supernatural around the web this week.

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Welcome to part 2 of my tale of attending my first Supernatural convention! If you missed Part 1, it

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Richard Speight, Jr.’s birthday was on September 4th and in his honor, I’m writing a review of o

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Supernatural Match Game

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Introduction

 

Boy, this will be a long one! That is probably the sentence I will hear

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Supernatural in the news this week

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Sep 09 2017 | LK

 

" For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tediou

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Sep 08 2017 | Elle

One of the last Supernatural episodes of season 12 that was more formulaic and standard MOTW than bi

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Sep 07 2017 | Mallena

 

Who loves the idea of time travel? I do!  The possibilities are endless as I contemplat

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Sep 06 2017 | LK

 

"Don't call the world dirty because you forgot to clean your glasses.” — Joseph Addi

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Sep 04 2017 | Karen

Welcome back to the "Memorable Moments" series for episode 12.16 "Ladies Drink Free". Once again I h

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Supernatural and Family in the news this week!

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Sep 01 2017 | Karen

Supernatural Match Game

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What are Supernatural fans up to? Here's the latest scoop as of August, 2017!

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Supernatural in the news this week.

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Aug 26 2017 | Nightsky

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Aug 25 2017 | Karen

Supernatural Match Game

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Supernatural in the news this week.

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"BITTEN" by a Change in Perspective

 "It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?"

Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

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I remember standing in an art gallery once, staring at a painting.  I was not impressed.  All I could see were brush strokes, no brilliant-as-advertised picture. Shaking my head in disgust, I walked across the room, hoping the paintings there might be a little better.  Just as I reached the far side I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye.  I turned around, and gasped.  Hanging on the far wall, was the most incredibly beautiful painting.
 
Perspective, as they say, is everything.  And sometimes it's not quite as simple as the nose on your face.
  
Take for instance the simple act of looking at yourself in the mirror.  We do it everyday.  There's a brief glance while brushing teeth, perhaps a longer gaze if applying makeup or trying to style hair.  But how closely does that reflected image resemble the face the rest of the world sees?  True, in that shiny bit of glass, we might see a few good points - the colour of our eyes, or the perfect hair day.  But I suspect most of us are guilty of seeing only the faults.  Where others see crinkly laugh lines, we see crow's feet.  Where others see adorable freckles or moles, we see the things we got teased about in elementary school.  Where others see the marks of an interesting life, we see only scars, and wrinkles. 
 
Perhaps that's why we developed photography.  Think of all the school pictures, the wedding photos, and the candids snapped while out with friends or on vacation.  And of course there's the inevitably awful passport and driver's license shots.  Some of those pictures we really like.  Others we'd rather delete or destroy.  Sometimes we love or hate the snapshot because it captures a moment in time where the truth of who we are is exposed.  It's the honesty of the expression, and the fact someone else saw it, which triggers our reaction.
 
A photograph gives us the chance to see ourselves through another's eyes.  It lets us look at ourselves in a different way.  And in the case of "Supernatural", that's what I really appreciate about episodes like "Bitten".  They give us a new perspective on Sam and Dean. It's why I saw value in characters like Garth and Charlie and their episodes. (You can read more about Garth in my article "Being Garth in a Winchester World.")
 
Most nights we see the brothers through our own singular and unique vantage point - SolelySam!Girl, DefinitelyDean!Girl, BoldlyBothBrothers!Girl.  But an episode like this shows us how other observers view the Winchesters.  
 
To quote Zachariah, we already know Sam and Dean are brothers who are psychotically, irrationally, erotically codependent on each other.  But people watching them from a distance don't know any of that.  Yet, both Michael and Brian joked about the "workplace romance vibe" coming from the brothers.  Of course, they didn't know they were siblings.  But they were sensing their closeness and the intimacy that two regular, run-of-the-mill partners simply would not have. In a strange way, that new perspective acts to reconfirm the brothers' relationship. 

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Take for instance the overheard conversation in the restaurant where, according to Brian, the Winchesters mainly talked about being apart for a year.  Would we have loved to see and hear that discussion?  Absolutely!!  And I really, really hope we do get to see that conversation in the future.  (We better!)  But for now there's proof they're actually talking about their time apart.  It suggests some character growth and maturity from both brothers.  They're at least trying to acknowledge the major issue dividing them.
 
It's also interesting what the trio, and the audience notice about the brothers, just from the found footage.  Dean does say "awesome" a lot. He doesn't quite fit in, isn't quite believable as an FBI agent.  There's brusqueness and reined-in aggression about him, suggesting the warrior who returned from Purgatory hasn't yet adjusted to "civilian" life.
 
As well, it stands to reason that, at first, Sam would be more convincing as an FBI agent.  He's coming off the Year of Normal Thinking. However, I am surprised none of them commented on Sam's hair versus what would likely be considered regulation length! 
 
For those of us who know about the brothers year apart, we can detect the trace of its' continuing fallout in their argument about whether or not there's a case. Dean tells Sam he's rusty, which is an implicit suggestion he's not.  And perhaps Sam's reluctance to see a case is his way of reminding Dean he just wants to find Kevin and be out!
 
And what would it be like to hear two officers talking about Mayan gods instead of murder suspects?  Most people would probably worry about where the investigation was headed with that pair of lunatics in charge.  Instead the students found reassurance in their eavesdropping. Michael wasn't turning into anything bad.  He was becoming a god!  Rejoice!  Everything will be okay.  Sadly, not so much.
 
It's a fascinating journey to watch as Brian, Michael and Kate change their perception of Sam and Dean.  At first, they're objects of ridicule "Starsky & Hutch, Rizzoli & Isles".  Then, they become objects of interest and discussion - workplace romantics who talk about Mayan Gods?   Then, when they see the brothers kill Professor!Werewolf, they see Sam and Dean as possible saviours, people who can help them figure out the mess they're in.  But by the end, Kate sees them as the hunters they are, and recognizes the threat they now represent to her.
 
It's an equally fascinating journey to watch Sam and Dean change their perspective.  In full-on hunter mode, they arrive at the house to find two mangled bodies.  One homemade movie later, they have met, and now mourn the young men who lie bloody and broken.  And they have so much empathy for the young woman, once full of hopes and dreams, and now a werewolf they may have to kill someday.  You can see the heartbreak on their faces.  They've never witnessed the entire transformation from ordinary innocent to "monster".  Now that they've seen it, they'll never be able to forget it.  In the future, when they have to "gank" something supernatural, they'll flash to Michael's charm, Brian's enthusiasm, or Kate's ambitions.  At some point, this little film is going to inform an important decision.  I suspect there is more than a little foreshadowing here for how Sam and Dean and Benny the Purgatory-vampire will interact.
 
The movie also lets Sam and Dean see themselves in a new way.  The little observation that Dean's go-to word is "awesome" leads to a very sweet brother moment.  For an instant, Dean drops the deflector shields.  He shows he does worry about what other people think of him.  His soft, shy question to Sam "Do I really say awesome a lot?" is a rare sign of introspection and vulnerability.  He's looking for reassurance that this new perspective on himself might be wrong.  And Sam, being the loving brother he is - further proof that the bond is still there - says a hurried "No", although he really means YESSSS!   It's quite beautiful the way this scene echoes the lies we tell to those we love everyday.

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I am left wondering how different things might have been if only Michael or Brian or Kate could have had a small shift in perspective.  What if Brian hadn't been so hard on himself?  What if Kate & Michael had remembered how annoying it is when new couples are constantly showing the Public Displays of Affection around their single friends? What if they'd just put the cameras down and really looked at each other?
 
The saddest thing about "Bitten" is probably how little it affected Sam and Dean's perspective on themselves.  Both brothers have in the past, and probably continue to view themselves as monsters, as killers.  But we got the chance to see that they are still compassionate men who really want to hope for the best, or at least hope that something good can be salvaged from something awful. 

Being mostly humble men, I wonder if the Winchesters fully appreciated the parallels to their own lives, in the fact that Kate, like many of us (hunters, werewolves, monsters, average folk) end up on a path in life we didn't necessarily choose.  Sam didn't ask for demon blood. Dean didn't ask to go to Purgatory.  Neither brother asked to be an archangel's vessel or to be thrust into a life of hunting.  But it happened, and they have had to deal with the consequences.

From Sam and Dean's vantage point, all they see are the dark and evil brushstrokes of destiny on their lives.  But, perhaps, one day, they'll walk across the room and see the accomplishment, the value and the beauty of all they've achieved.
 
After all, perspective, as they say, is everything.

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