Supernatural Season 6

  • "...And Then There Were None" -- A Visual Review



    Wow, it's been a while since I've posted one of these!  In fact, I didn't visually review the last seven episodes, and wouldn't you know it?  We have seven weeks left until the season premiere!  So why don't we take a trip down memory lane and see where the end of season 6 took us, shall we?  This episode was directed by Mike Rohl, a veteran TV director and master of the helm 8 times for "Supernatural,” including one of my personal favorite episodes, "On the Head of a Pin."
  • "Family Matters" - A Visual Review

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    "Family Matters" was directed by Guy Bee, who also directed season 1's "Asylum," one of the coolest and moodiest episodes of the first season.  I absolutely loved the look of "Asylum," so let's see if Bee carried that through to "Family Matters." 
  • "Family Matters" - Let's Speculate: Answers Lead To More Questions



    Warning!!!!  If you haven't seen the latest episode of "Supernatural" and the preview for next week, do not read this!  There is going to be plot-based speculation and discussion! You've been officially warned!
  • "Frontierland" -- A Visual Review

    Better late than never, right?  I'm almost a week behind my goal of writing up a visual review a week, so I better get going!  Not too much time left before the season starts, which is a fantastic thing to be able to say.  So, up this week is the very fun "Frontierland," directed by the great and fabulous Guy Norman Bee.  Check out Sablegreen's exclusive interview with him, if you haven't already, and follow him on Twitter @guynormanbee if you're on Twitter.  Or just enjoy the episodes that he directs.  I know I do!  All right, enough kissing up to Mr. Bee.  Let's take a look at the pretty from "Frontierland," shall we?  And there was a LOT of pretty in this episode.  Seriously.  I probably could have posted 30 shots from this episode, but because I upload my own articles to the site now, I didn't because I am lazy and wanted to make less work for myself.  What?  Totally valid reason!
  • "Live Free or Twihard" - A Visual Review



    If last week was noir light, they made up for it in spades this week.  There were a ton of awesome images in this episode.  I mean, I could probably write a whole review on the alpha vamp montage alone.  This episode was directed by Rod Hardy, who has an extensive TV directing resume, including stints on "The X-Files" and "Battlestar Galactica."

  • "Mommy Dearest" -- A Visual Review

    Where does the time go?  With only one week left before the season 7 premiere, I realize that I still have four! visual reviews to do in order to meet my goal of reviewing all the episodes before the new season.  Think it can't be done?  You're probably right.  But I'm going to try, gosh darn it!  So here's the first of those, a visual review of "Mommy Dearest."  This episode was directed by John F. Showalter, his fourth for the show, and he also directed "Let It Bleed," which is interesting because that's only two weeks apart!  Good turnaround, Mr. Showalter.  And this episode was interesting to go through because there was a lot if dialogue and conversing and whatnot and not a whole lot of room to be extremely creative with locations and stuff, so a lot of shots you're going to see are examples of how to be creative and create visual interest with angles and set dressing.
  • "My Heart Will Go On" -- A Visual Review

    And now for the episode that never fails to make me sing a bad Celine Dion song repeatedly until I want to scream, it's "My Heart Will Go On."  Alice kept up her end of our article-writing bargain this week with her excellent review of "Mannequin 3," so I couldn't be the slacker and not do my part!  Anyway, "My Heart Will Go On" was directed by Phil Sgriccia, a man who, at this point, really needs no introduction.  So let's get to the pretty, shall we?
  • "The Third Man" - A Visual Review

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    Here we go with the third episode of the season, fittingly titled "The Third Man," bringing us the return of Cass!  Hooray! The director for this episode was Bob Singer, his first of the season, and the writer, of course, was Ben Edlund.  It was a very Edlundian episode!
  • "You Can't Handle The Truth" - A Visual Review


    All right, it's time for a visual review of "You Can't Handle the Truth."  I thought this was a pretty straightforward episode, directing-wise, which makes sense for an episode that focused on people telling the truth!  That's not to say there wasn't a lot of great stuff to look at, more that there wasn't a lot of trickery or fancy pants stuff.  The director for the episode is Jan Eliasberg. 
  • “I’m Sorry, Have You Met Me?" I'm Percysowner!

    The best way to get to know someone is to have a little heart to heart chat.

    With this in mind, let's have some fun getting to better know our Contributing Staff here at The Winchester Family Business.

    The entire 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 ones... We'd like to get to know you better, too.

    Welcome our next courageous writer who accepted the SEASON ELEVEN/ ANSWER ELEVEN CHALLENGE!

  • “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!

  • A Deeper Look at Season Six Dean Winchester



    Each year when I sit down and look at how the just finished season has treated the Winchesters, I'm constantly surprised over how rich the story lines continue to get.  In Sam and Dean's case though, rich often means intense emotional angst and excrutiating physical and psychological torture.  Just when you think that they can't go through anything worse, it gets topped.  

    In season six, that's especially true for Dean.  He had it really rough.  We all remember the end of last season when he was a broken wreck.  The absolute most horrifying thing that could happen to him did, he lost his brother and helplessly watched him be condemned to an eternity of the worst possible Hell.  One would think it's all up from there for him, right?  



    Nope.  Season six has turned out to be his most heartbreaking yet.  Yes, worse than season two when he lost John and had Sam die in his arms.  Worse than season three when died and went to Hell.  Worse than season four when he saw his brother betray him and then beat him to a pulp before starting the Apocalypse.  And then of course, there was Lucifer's cage in season five.    
     
  • A Deeper Look at Season Six Sam Winchester



    You want to know how freaking impossible it is to critique season six Sam Winchester?  I mean, how in the world to you characterize a character that wasn't a character for an entire half a season?  It just blows the mind. 

    Nah, there's certainly something more to soulless Sam than meets the eye.  After all, it's an intriguing notion.  What exactly is a soulless man?  Still, I hit the wall of soulless fatigue right around episode 8.  Considering Dean's fatigue came much sooner, I shouldn't complain.  

    (Read A Deeper Look At Season Six Dean Winchester)

  • A Supernatural Symphony



    From the instant that little Fish (for which somebody had big plans) crawled out of the primordial ooze, and learned to squeeze air past a rudimentary set of vocal chords, we humans have been sharing our stories.  We tell stories for a myriad of reasons, but mainly to entertain, to enlighten, to educate and to explain (often in a plea for understanding).  That's what Cas was doing as he spoke to God, and as he pleaded with the Brothers Winchester and Bobby, from inside a circle of fire, from inside a house covered in sigils, and from inside the dirty garage of a scrap yard.

  • A Visual Review - "Caged Heat"



    And again, sorry for the delay on this, but I've been busy working on other projects (see 12 Days of Supernatural Christmas) that have been taking up a lot of time!  Anyway, "Caged Heat" was directed by Robert Singer, a very familiar name in the "Supernatural" world, and not just because he has a character named after him.
  • A Visual Review - "Like A Virgin"



    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's time once again for a visual review!  There are a lot of really cool shots in this one from some very interesting camera angles, so expect a number of overhead/nearly overhead shots in particular.  Overhead shots are generally an exception on this show.  But not this episode!  It was directed by Phil Sgriccia, so I'm sure we can expect some wonderful bloopers from this episode.  I'm crossing my fingers for some Dean vs. the Sword of Bruncvik mishaps because that sword is clever.  Also, be forewarned as this is a loooong one, and there are about 7 or 8 shots I didn't even include because I didn't want Alice and Jenniffer to hunt me down and kill me.
  • A Visual Review - "Two and A Half Men"



    It's time once again to take a look at some of the visuals for "Two and a Half Men."  John Showalter directed this episode, his second for Supernatural. His previous episode was "Dean Men Don't Wear Plaid."  Because this episode wasn't also saddled with setting up the premise for the new season, I think there was a little more room to play around with shots and things like that.  So, in chronological order once again, here are some things I liked about "Two and a Half Men."

  • A Visual Review - "Unforgiven"



    I am not going to lie.  “Unforgiven” was so chock full of amazing things that I had to really restrain myself because I wanted to post about 50 shots.  I managed to keep it to 21, and I am kind of proud of myself for that.  One amazing thing about the episode that doesn’t and won’t come across in caps is the way the flashbacks were edited.  It was amazing.  I absolutely adored the style of the flashbacks.  Putting aside the black and white aspect for a second, the super extreme close-ups and the editing style were brilliant.  All those short shots with the jump-cuts and the odd shooting angles were just amazing.  It made everything feel very disjointed and uncomfortable, which was exactly the point.  And there was still a lot of cool things going on in the present-day story, so this episode was a doozy to look at.  The episode was directed by David Barrett, his first for “Supernatural.”  I, for one, hope he comes back in the future!
     
  • A Visual Review - "Weekend at Bobby's"


    It's time for the visual review of “Weekend at Bobby's”, directed by none other than Jensen Ackles!  And if you didn't already know that, you were probably locked in Bobby's panic room for the last 8 months.  This episode wasn't very noir, nothing super duper fancy or stylized, and that worked perfectly for this episode because it's Bobby, you know?  This guy is crotchety and rumpled and plain, so flashy direction would have felt out of place, I think.  This needed to feel lived-in and familiar.  That's not to say there wasn't a lot of cool stuff to look at, though.
     
  • Alice's Review: Supernatural 8.05 - "Blood Brother"

    A human, angel, and vampire walk into a bar...tell me if you've heard this one.  Sorry, its an Edlund script.  Might as well start with a joke. 

    Fine, "Blood Brother" was one of his heavier scripts, but it goes to prove you're never sure what you're gonna get from Ben except a well written story.  It saddens me that we haven't gotten a real screwball one from him in a while, but as Supernatural's most competent writer by far, someone has to carry the weight of strong character development.  Besides, I know someday Jeremy Carver is going to cave and let Ben do that episode of Sam and Dean on a spaceship.