And so it begins…
About a month ago, I was talking with my good friend, Nightsky, commiserating about Supernatural's final season, fandom news, and such. I mentioned that The WFB should do some sort of tribute to Supernatural, perhaps a list of the staff’s all-time favorite episodes? Maybe the Top 100 episodes of the series? Nightsky was immediately interested in the idea, but she didn’t have time to pull together that kind of data.
So, of course, I said I’d do it.
You can either insert maniacal laughter here, or some random gif of someone who just understood the insanity of their own words. Your choice. I prefer this one…
So I spent the next 3 or 4 days reviewing every episode of our beloved Show… I said reviewing, not watching, I don’t have that much free time! And by reviewing, I mean making a list of episode titles and adding episode numbers and descriptions. Can I just say that The WFB’s Episode Guide is a wonderful resource? And can I also add that SuperWiki is a damn gift in this fandom?
Several days later, I sent a starter list to Nightsky to share with The WFB staff. Let me be clear: this list was intended as something to help everyone start thinking about their favorites. And that's a key point here... these are our "favorites," not to be confused with "technically superb" or "outstanding visual effects" or "award-worthy acting"... no, no, this ranking is based on the purity of "what are your favorite Supernatural episodes of all time?" Nightsky explained those points to everyone, and stressed to the participants to write-in any favorite episodes not included on the initial list.
Nightsky and I also discussed extending an invitation to other Supernatural reviewers/writers, in an effort to make our polling more inclusive, and the final list more representative of a variety of viewpoints. We wanted this list to actually mean something, ya know? Ultimately, this list of Supernatural's Top 100 Favorite Episodes was created from the input of administrators and staff writers from The WFB, administrators of the Supernatural-Fan-Wiki website, and admins/staff writers from the FangasmTheBook fansite. Thus, our sampling included a cross-section of Supernatural's major fansite communities. We also ensured that it was created by fans who represent multiple races, genders and sexual orientations. We reached out to WFB writers living outside of the US, so Canada is represented, too. Staff writers in Europe were unable to participate, and at this time, we don't have any staff in other parts of the world (We already have plans to expand our polling next year for a final series list if you are as excited about this project as we are!). We also made sure our sample included die-hard Sam!Fans, Dean!Fans, Cas!Fans and shippers. With a fandom as large as ours, it would be an overwhelming task to poll everyone, so we did our best to make this list as fair as possible.
Over the 14 seasons of Supernatural, the scope, development and progression of the “monster" has undergone massive transformation. From its original horror movie foundations, Supernatural has grown to tell a deep, impactful story that transcends any monster of the week story arc formula, and so with it have the traditional monsters evolved.
In this article series, we’ll look at some of the main “monsters” (traditional and not-so-traditional), how they’ve changed from their first meet-and-greet within Supernatural, significant lore revelations along the road, their impact on Sam and Dean, and their impact on the series in general.
(Read the first part of this series, Vampires).
The Djinn are one of the most fascinating creatures that Sam and Dean encounter in the run of Supernatural. Though djinn don’t appear often through the series, when a djinn is the creature feature of the week, the story line promises to be revealing and deeply character driven due to the nature of the djinn’s power and effect.
I was happy about the 300th episode of Supernatural. Fans were celebrating and making all sorts of cool stuff while waiting for the episode. We were having fun; the anticipation was real. We got a nice Entertainment Weekly article with photos. I even made a new poster for the occasion (the banner for part 1), plus I decided to do something fun for the fans while we waited. A week before the episode, I tweeted "TOP 3" lists of different aspects of Supernatural every day until the episode. Little did we know that some sad news was waiting for us on the horizon.
I guess knowing what we know now makes the 300th all the more special. As fate would have it, on 22 of March we heard the bad news about the show ending in season 15. Suddenly my Top 3 lists were fitting for the entire run of the show, to celebrate what it has given me and others. For many, this last hellatus feels like a trip down memory lane.
In total, I created 30 categories in which I challenged fans to chose their favorite aspect of Supernatural. You can find the first nine of those categories, along with my picks and your replies, in Part 1 of my "Supernatural Top 3" series. The following are eleven more categories, with my choices for the best of Supernatural! I would like to hear your best 3 for each category! You can also see some of the responses I got to the tweets. Part 3 of this article contain 22 more categories of lists but suggest new categories, too, if you have some!
Once you've made your lists, keep them handy because The WFB has a BIG hiatus list challenge for you in the works!
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