Crowley

  • “Get a Room!” Supernatural’s Season 9 Motel Rooms - Part 2

    Browsing the SupernaturalWiki site, I noticed that the motel room descriptions stopped after season eight. 
    The advent of the bunker seriously negated the necessity for the boys to be on the road and at the mercy of tacky motel rooms. 
    Jerry Wanek, set designers and artists create atmosphere, add character depth, and enhance themes with their painstaking and creative designs.
    In Part 1, we looked at the motels from "Dog Dean Afternoon", "Rock and a Hard Place", "Holy Terror" and "The Purge".

    So let's get started on the rest of the irresistible decors of season 9!  

  • “Get a Room!” Supernatural’s Season 10 Motel Rooms - Part 1

    Jerry Wanek, set designers, artists and scouts create atmosphere, add character depth, and enhance themes with their painstaking and creative visions and designs.  In attempt to pay tribute to the Set designers and Location team, I offer this series of articles.

  • “How am I then a villain?”: Crowley as Supernatural’s Shakespearean Antagonist (Part One of Four)

    Part One: Seasons Five and Six

    "Cannot be ill, cannot be good." - Macbeth, Act I, Scene 3

    Villains and heroes share one important trait - they often act to build a better world, to right perceived wrongs, to bring justice to an unjust system. They diverge, many times, in motivation. Heroes tend to act from a place of common good, a common good that is shared by the audience, whereas the villain acts from a place of common good not shared by the audience. Good villains (and heroes) are not easy to create. There is always the danger of caricaturism, of creating one-dimensional personalities that speak words but are unconvincing in both action and motivation. Good villains are ambiguous - they require the audience to sympathize, perhaps even empathize, with their acts. One of the best writers of both heroes and villains was William Shakespeare, and this essay seeks to align some of Shakespeare’s most complicated villains with Supernatural’smost complicated villain, Crowley. I hope to delve into Crowley to show how he echoes a long line of valued antagonists, how he inherits and translates the villain for today’s genre audience.

  • “I’m Sorry, Have You Met Me?” I'm KAREN!

    There are people we've heard of, but never really got to know (Like Sully was to Dean). 
    Sometimes we run into old friends and realize we've changed and we need time to reconnect with each other (Like Sully and Sam's friendship).
    With this in mind, it's a sensible idea to visit with our Contributing Staff here at The Winchester Family Business.

    The WFB Writing Staff was challenged to select eleven questions to answer from an extensive list. 
    When you are done reading, we would like to challenge you to answer a few of the questions that our staff member answered.
    Long-time visitors or new one, We'd like to get to know you better, too.

    And, I hope all y'all are thirsty....

    Welcome another brave writer to accept the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • 12 Years of Big Boss Battles: Supernatural Villainy for the Ages

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    “I'm glad, honestly. I'm not saying we bury the thing, I'm saying we just save it for when we really need it. Crowley, Metatron -- the big boss fights.” – Sam, 9.22 Stairway to Heaven

    After twelve seasons of Supernatural- including one heck of an intense ending to our most recent finale, Supernaturalhas had it’s fair share of villains and monsters. Afterall, it is a show about fighting the creatures that go bump in the nights. That said, just how many of those creatures have resulted in, as Sam says, the “big boss” battle?

  • A Tribute to the Badass Men of Supernatural - Part 2

    After I made "A Tribute to the Kick-Ass Women of Supernatural" and part 2 , I wanted to write a similar article about men. I value both in Supernatural because the show has some of the most remarkable guest actors and actresses, so the loss of both are deeply felt. To create my list for the men, I decided to use the same criteria I had in my first article. I chose the male characters that had a great impact on me and were also Badass on their own accord. I began my male tribute by first looking at the "Family" and "Angels" in Supernatural (because we all know one particular angel is "family" to the boys!). Part 1 also include fan videos of Sam and Dean, because as we all know, they are the most kick ass of them all!  If you haven't read that article yet, take a moment to go back to Part 1 of The Badass Men of Supernatural!  

  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 11.23, "Alpha and Omega" aka Do Over!

    Alpha and Omega.  I can’t think of a more perfect name for this episode.  We got two ends of the spectrum.  On one side, it was an entertaining, emotional, strangely optimistic episode that promoted all the things we love about this show;  family bonding, all creatures of the universe (including reapers) coming together to save the world, and touching brotherly scenes of angst and love.  On the other side, this was easily the worst season finale in “Supernatural” history.  Talk about building your mytharc to its climax, admitting defeat, and unceremoniously tossing it out the window as if it never happened.  

    Upon my first viewing, I was more focused on the mytharc.  How were the writers  going to get out of the corner they wrote themselves into?  Surely they had something big and unexpected up their sleeves.  After all, it’s what we’ve come to expect whenever the show kicks off with “Carry On Wayward Son.”  I had some skepticism because of last week’s horrible episode but I was giving Andrew Dabb a chance to come through for the fans.  Unfortunately, he didn’t.  To say I’m underwhelmed is a gross understatement.  Very disappointed doesn’t even cover it.  As a long time reviewer of this show, I’m mortified. 

    What really sucks about “Alpha and Omega” is if this was an episode 2 or episode 16 of the season, I would be signing its praises.  I would ding it for being slow in spots, but otherwise it’s a great character piece and an engaging story.   But this is a season finale.  The criteria is different.  Did all the events of the season tie together?  Were we given a proper conclusion based on all the clues we were fed?  Instead of the grand resolution like we’ve seen in the past ten season finales, our worst fears were confirmed instead.  This season’s mytharc was too ambitious, too big for the writer’s abilities.  It was basically grownups screaming, “Do over!”  
  • All About Crowley Word Search

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  • Auld Lang Syne: Supernatural "H-Day"

    In the late half of Season 9, I decided to do something I'd never done: participate in a Supernatural Fan Fiction contest. I resolved not to do any slash but instead write up a big budget, movie style, possible "finale" to the show which tied up loose ends.  I chose it as my Auld Lang Syne feature article not only because it was a lot of fun to write (and had some great artwork by neigeausoleil) but also because it's somewhat humorous to look back two seasons later to see what I got wrong about the show's future plots... and what I ended up getting right.
  • Concerning Crowley: Insights Into the Supernatural Demon Who Is King

    Part 1: The Good, The Bad, And The Crowley

     

                The man who became a demon. The demon who became a Ruler of Crossroads. The Ruler of Crossroads who became the King of Hell. Crowley’s rise to power has shown one thing to be undeniably true - he’s a survivor. Whether you’re a fan of his or not, on several occasions he’s stepped in to rescue the Winchesters, helped defeat ‘big bads’, and even saved Castiel’s life. Yet, in all fairness, he asks for nothing in return. At least, not right away. He does these things because he feels it will give him an advantage. The game he plays is quid-pro-quo, but he’s also not above rotating the chess board. There have been plenty of dark deeds the King of Hell has performed as well. While his allegiance to the Winchesters can appear to change with the tides, his devotion to himself has never faltered. Which leads us to an interesting conundrum: Do we call someone who has inarguably helped and supported our main characters, yet serves primarily himself - a hero or a villain? How do we crack the code that is Crowley?

  • Crowley, King Of Hearts: A Final Farewell

    “Even when I lose, I win!” Beautiful and empowering words written by Mark Sheppard regarding Crowley and his final accomplishments in the show. As painful as this is to write, I assure you, it is even more painful to accept - but when has that ever stopped any of us? After all, Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned! The departure we were given in the finale left us gutted, angry, and confused. How do you say goodbye to someone who mastered saying “hello boys” so perfectly? I feel like no matter how hard I try to put my thoughts and emotions into words, nothing I write is good enough. To the characters on the show, Crowley was someone who was thought of only when needed most. But for me, he is someone who will absolutely never be forgotten.

  • Elle's Review: Abandon All Hope

    I was very pleased to get a review from Elle on "Abandon All Hope."  It's one of those episodes that takes a while to sink in, so I'm thrilled she took some time to absorb it all and come up with this great review. 

    Before I present Elle's review though, I should note that Tigershire let me know about her review for this episode at her blog.  So take time to check this out as well, for she too has some great thoughts regarding this saga.  

    http://tigershire.blogspot.com/2009/11/abandon-all-hope-review.html

    Also, my recap is coming.  I did make some progress on it today, so hopefully it'll just take another day or two.  The pretty boy screen shots are what's taking the longest amount of time.     

    Okay everyone, enjoy Elle's analysis and send some feedback her way! 

  • Elle's Review: "Supernatural" 8.17, "Goodbye Stranger"

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    It's been a while since my last SPN review here at the Winchester Family Business, and boy is it good to be back! So, without further ado let's talk about Goodbye Stranger. It was an odd mesh of characters, old and new themes and a good send off for some characters and mini-arcs even as it laid more key ground work for overall season storylines. 

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Beyond the Mat"

     
    "He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave." ― Andrew Carnegie

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "Family Feud”

     

    "The gleam in their eyes telegraphs only too clearly that they are hoping for a headline, which of course means something disparaging, because nothing makes such good copy as a feud."— Chuck Palahniuk

  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 11.22 "We Happy Few"

    “Amara is looking for me. But I'm warded against her, for now. The second I drop the warding, she'll show. She'll be expecting a fight and we'll give it to her. Shock and awe. Shock and awe.” Chuck makes this statement after all of the troops have been assembled by the Winchesters. So, why does “shock and awe” ultimately fail in the end? What went wrong and how can they possibly hope to stop the Darkness now? Is it really leading to the “end” that Amara has welcomed everyone to? Will creation and everything in it truly be tossed aside and irrefutably destroyed? Or, will God's other words about “humanity stepping up” be the saving grace of everything? These are the questions raised within “We Happy Few.”
  • Far Away Eyes' Deeper Look Supernatural 12.02 "Mamma Mia"

     “If you ever wanna talk. I know what it's like to come back and not feel like you really fit,” Sam tells his mother at the end of “Mamma Mia.” In many ways, the statement blankets the entire episode.

  • In Defense of Supernatural Season 12, Part Two

    Part 1 of "Defense of Supernatural Season 12" makes the case that the return of Sam and Dean's loving relationship and the harmonious blending of the season's arcs added up to one of the best years in the Supernatural series.  In Part 2, Samandean addresses the other major characters and storylines, and how they contributed, or detracted, from season 12's enjoyment.
  • Let's Discuss Roundtable: What do You Want to See in Supernatural Season 11?

    What do you want to see happen in S11?

    That question was asked of me and Alice in the TV Fanatic Roundtable for “Beyond the Mat”.  Before Supernatural begins the final sequence of eight  episodes that will hurdle us all toward whatever heart stopping, cliff-hanger disaster the Winchester brothers must endure this year, this question is worth pondering.
  • Let's Speculate Supernatural 11.18: "Hell's Angel"

    This episode, “Hell’s Angel,” was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. The episode opens in a desert tent somewhere in Saudi Arabia