Supernatural Season 12

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.09: "First Blood"

    The 250th episode! Who knew way back when the mission was searching for John and mourning Jess that this is where we’d end up all these years later?First Bloodwas a bit of a different flavor forSupernatural– but then a lot of season twelve has been about changing it up in that sense and it worked, for the most part. The action style, the approach of the feds and the emotions delivered well. As a 250th tribute to the Winchester family we’ve come to love, all the marks were met.

  • Fan Video of the Week: Supernatural Reflections "All Along the Watchtower"

     

    "Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the painand treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself." — Walter Anderson

  • Supernatural Season 12: Rank 'Em in Five (or Ten) Minutes

    It’s that time of year again!  Time when we take a look at the season gone by and through a series of articles scrutinize the hell out of it.  Or, perhaps we just have some fun.  This article definitely falls on the fun side.  It’s time to play, Rank ‘Em in Five (or Ten) Minutes!
    The rules are simple.  Below is the list of all 23 “Supernatural” Season Twelve episodes.  Based on your personal opinion, rank all of them from best to worst.  The key is though you’ve got to do it in five to ten minutes.  The idea here is to get your gut reaction.  Once they are ranked you are done.  No extra evaluation or second guessing.  Share your results in the comments.  
  • TV Fanatic Roundtable: Supernatural 12.22 - "Who Are We" and 12.23 "All Along The Watchtower"

    Oh yeah, we had a LOT to discuss!  This is a supersized TV Fanatic Roundtable this time, designed to tackle a lot of crap happening in just two short hours.  Myself, Nightsky, and Sean McKenna and Christine Laskodi of TV Fanatic took time to consider the ramifications of the British Men of Letters fallout and the whole Luci baby thing.  
  • First Look At Supernatural Season 12 DVD

    We have the first information on the season 12 DVD.
  • 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.

  • Wednesday’s Watching 12.23 “All Along the Watchtower”

    A Powerful, Deadly Delivery with Open Doors that Diminish Dangerous Distractions.

  • 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.  
  • 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.

  • 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.  
     
  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 12.22 “Who We Are”

     

    A Thirst Quenching Gem!

  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.22 & 12.23: The Season 12 Finale

    Who We AreandAll Along the Watchtowerwere 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.

  • Threads: Supernatural 12.22 "Who We Are" and 12.23 "All Along the Watchtower"

    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.

  • Let's Speculate: Supernatural 12.22 "Who We Are" and 12.23 "All Along the Watchtower"

    This recap will address both 12.22 and 12.23. The first hour of the finale was written by Robert Berens and is called “Who We Are,” while the finale is “All Along the Watchtower” written by Andrew Dabb.

  • TV Fanatic Roundtable: Supernatural 12.21 - "There's Something About Mary"

    Well, we were uninamous, but that's not necessarily good.  All four of us at the TV Fanatic Roundtable, myself, Nightsky, Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna, all pretty much though "There's Something About Mary" was crap.  We all thought that Eileen's death was pointless and handled poorly, and we aren't very pleased the way Mary and Crowley's characters have been butchered.  On the plus side, there is some awesome opportunity now for a rat/hamster romance.  The fan fiction writes itself.  
     
     
    Here's Sean McKenna's review.  He gave it 2.1 out of 5.0. Trust me when I say, that is super low for him.  He was not happy with this one. 
     
  • Threads: Supernatural 12.21 "There's Something About Mary"

    Six Days Later

    I’m a little late to the party this week. Usually "Threads" is The WFB’s first review of a new Supernatural episode but due to travel, I’m posting last this time. By now, you have all discussed, debated, questioned and clarified probably every frame of the show (good for you!). There is no value in “piling on” so I’m going to narrow the focus of my analysis to a new thread I detected.

  • Wednesday’s Watching Supernatural 12.21 “There's Something About Mary”

    Aspects To Love & A Little Something About Eileen

  • Supernatural 12.21 - Why "There's Something About Mary" Triggered a Brutal Fan Storm

    I've struggled with this review for several days.  I've considered, started, and then reconsidered all sorts of ways to express just how wrong "There's Something About Mary" was and how it was a betrayal to a variety of fans.  This was just more than another bad, poorly written episode by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.  This was a breaking point for many fans and could be the point everyone looks to when they see a mass exodus of fans or an outright riot for change that goes straight to Mark Pedowitz.  Or both.  Either way, I'm one of the ranks that is furious and can't take this crap anymore.   
     
    I mean, this episode got so many people riled up that triggered a wave fan protest on Twitter with the hashtag #FireBuckLeming.  There were so many tweets, that the topic actually trended.  It surpassed #Supernatural at one point.  This naturally caused other fans to speak out against such behavior as “cyberbulling” and bad fan behavior, which led to some online skirmishes.  It got ugly.  
     
    Was the episode THAT bad?  No, I think there have been worse.  But it was bad enough because it's extremely disappointing and frustrating when we get something like this in episode 21 with two more episodes to go, especially when we've been waiting for something to happen all season long.   The actions of the characters made no freaking sense, yet another senseless character death was used to generate an emotional reaction from Sam and Dean, even though just about everyone they have known dies, thus ruining all prior development that was put into said character, and there’s the really stupid stuff like how do Sam and Dean get mail delivered to a secret bunker no one is supposed to know about?   How did Crowley, Mr. Ten Steps Ahead, let Lucifer get the better of him?  He’s not that dumb.  I can’t even talk about Mary Winchester without throwing things.  The only promising scenario to come out of this is maybe Crowley the rat can finally hook up with Olivia the hamster.  
     
    I have more very, very angry thoughts coming on this week’s TV Fanatic Roundtable, so be sure to check that out.  Otherwise, I’m never, ever watching this again.  At this point, I’m skipping all of Season 12.  I have zero interest in watching the final two episodes.  Congrats to Andrew Dabb on his rookie season as showrunner for officially killing the show I once loved.  You’ve mangled the Lamborghini buddy.  
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 12.21: "There’s Something About Mary"

    While not at all what I expected from where we left off last week,There’s Something About Marywas, simply put, too short an episode that left me anxious and salivating for both karmic twists and conclusions. Typically by this point of the season there are so many things aligning and pieces being revealed to the viewer that – by and large – Sam and Dean and other major players aren’t quite fully privy to yet; it is usually my favourite part of the grand (or mega, for those who prefer) plot. The unfolding 12.21 is no exception, and the game is merely getting started.

  • TV Fanatic Roundtable: Supernatural 12.20 - "Twigs & Twines & Tasha Banes"

    Apologies, but the total **** storm generated by 12.21 made me forget to put up the link for the TV Fanatic Roundtable 12.20.  
     
    Overall, we all were pretty close on this one. Myself, Nightsky, and Christine Laskodi and Sean McKenna of TV Fanatic had a lot of the same views.  Overall the vibe was positive about this one, and we all even agreed on one question.  I will brag a little, one of my predictions (see Winchester, Mary) came true this week.  So I'm considering myself a bit of a prophet!  Except, I'm actually pissed I was right.  What a terrible plot twist!  The link to the roundtable is below:
     
     
    Here's Sean McKenna's review.  He gave it a 4.5 out of 5.0.  Very impressed!