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Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.23 "All Along The Watchtower" aka A Death and Plot Hole Fiesta

I struggle with Andrew Dabb scripts. While Robert Berens turned his script into a work of art, Dabb’s “All Along the Watchtower” felt like a story was thrown at us with a lot of random bits and we got to see what stuck to the wall.  Some of it that did stick just looked like a garbled mess in the end.  I get that plotting mytharcs isn't easy, but often the movement from scene to scene felt jagged.  There was too much story exposition in parts and some pieces just didn't fit well with others.  Pacing again was an issue.  However, the story that developed did come together in the end and there was plenty to absorb, but I'm still not sure how much I liked it.  

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Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Who We Are"


"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." — George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


The name of the episode, "Who We Are", made me choose identity as the theme for this article. Mary and her boys are the best example of identity and who they are. In this episode, the past came to the forefront.

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Family Don't End With Blood - Revelations from Supernatural Cast and Fans

Family Don’t End with Blood: How Supernatural Has Changed Lives

Edited by Lynn Zubernis, Released May 9, 2017

When one thinks of Supernatural or the SPN Family that has formed around it, many thoughts can come to mind. No matter your thoughts or opinions on various seasons, characters, story-lines, or more, it is the fandom community that has really and truly made this show special. The television series may be the common bond that drew every fan or cast member providing a story in this book together, but it is the bonds of humanity that really keep them together for life. Supernatural, as a television series, has changed lives. It has provided inspiration, escapism, and good storytelling that allows us to face our own inner demons. It has given us a chance to see the world differently, awakening passions in us that we may not have realized we possessed. 

What we find in Family Don't End With Blood is the essence of the show and the fandom that surrounds it distilled to its very best. It gives us a real glimpse and a real understanding as to why so many fans have lasted with the series for well over a decade. It explores the beautiful relationships that the cast has built first as fellow cast members and through the convention circuit that has formed around the series. We have stories of triumph and defeat, hope and despair, joy and sorrow, and everything in between. We have people at their highest and their lowest---sometimes all within the same essay. Many of the essays discuss the reasons why the show drew them in and kept them there---and why the fandom that they found is the real reason they stayed. It's a snapshot of what the power of our combined goodness and humanity can really bring to the world---a hopeful glimpse of what the world could really be if we simply got out of our own way and accepted one another who we really are---warts and all.

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Alice's Review: Supernatural 12.22 "Who We Are," aka A Family Healed

Thank you, thank you, thank you Robert Berens!  I just can’t say that enough.  I was left so speechless and emotionally drained after “Who We Are” that when I tackled the idea of a review, I just wanted to repeat “Thank You” a thousand times.  Sure it would have been redundant to say the least, but wouldn’t it have gotten the message across?  :). Don’t worry, I came up with some real words.  Way too many probably.  
It wasn’t just Robert Berens delivering the goods.  This was an all out effort where everyone got to shine.  The directing by John Showalter was a season best, so was the acting, probably because the actors were finally given some superior material to work with, the editing wasn’t choppy and annoying, the stunt coordination was amazing, and even the score was memorable (save for an interesting choice or two).  All in all, I finally have one episode in season twelve that I can get excited about.  A review where I can actually dig into character intricacies and layers!  It’s an SPN reviewer’s dream.  “Who We Are” will be my season twelve classic for years to come.  My only one.  
Honestly, I was ready to give it all up after “There’s Something About Mary.”  I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to do a review for these finale episodes.  After all, season twelve has been a bitter disappointment.  But as I sat there on the couch gobsmacked with tears rolling down my face after watching this masterpiece from Bobo, I wondered if part of my deep emotional reaction was due to the mere fact that my show was back.  It was like sharing a big hug with an old friend that hasn’t been around forever and that you missed terribly.  That closing shot of the Winchester group hug wasn’t just a reconciliation of the Winchesters.  It was a reconciliation of the whole SPN Family.  Sure, by next episode things would be off the rails again, but we had this moment together and it was beautiful.  Heck, it was freaking group therapy. 
This review is just for 12.22.  I have other thoughts about 12.23 (both good and bad) that I will share at another time. I honestly don’t want those thoughts to step on the beauty of this episode.  I’ve even sent the Red Headed Monster to a Wine and Cheese festival.  Trust me, the monster is in freaking bliss right now.   So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s dig in.  

Thoughts on Supernatural 12.22 & 12.23: The Season 12 Finale

Who We Are and All Along the Watchtower were excellent, both independent and united. Season twelve has had some decent episodes and has been sluggish about some key plots, no question. The payoff here makes the waiting worth it. Between character and story, 12.22 and 12.23 offer not only answers we’ve been looking for but new directions for season thirteen. Not to mention some shock and awe along the way, references to the long-gone past and foreshadowing to the future.

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The Morning After

I am overwhelmed. Emotionally drained and intellectually stunned. THAT is the Supernatural we all know and love.

The morning after watching the Supernatural season 12 two episode finale, 12.22 “Who We Are” and 12.23 “All Along the Watchtower”, my heart is aching with joy. Truly overflowing with happiness. I’m guessing those are not the emotions you would expect after we all watched nearly every supporting character we love die. To be fair, I am still in shock and I expect waves of different emotions to hit me over the next several days but our immediate reaction to an episode is a valuable and often the most revealing measurement of its impact.

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