You thought we forgot about this, didn't you? Sure, we're a little delayed from years past, but how could we not take time to look back at Season 14? How can we not offer the opportunity to the fans to speak out about what they loved, what they hated, and what they were indifferent to in this now official second to last season? That would be heartless!
Ever since season seven a certain number of award categories have been set aside and offered to you, the SPN fans, for judgement. It gives the fandom that chance to be heard, just because we care. Before I can come up with a final vote though, we need nominations!
I have pre-selected 17 award categories where you, the Supernatural fan, will eventually select the winner. Just list your nominations for each category in the comments.
The WFB is excited to present a new feature called Fan Fiction Fridays, a summer series that runs every 2 weeks during hiatus! Starting June 21st, follow Sam, Dean and their friends, and see what kind of adventures they have over the summer months!
To add to the fun, YOU get to help pick where the focus of these fictional stories go next, based on our Fan Fiction Poll questions: Who, What, Why, When, and How? The first Poll question was "Who would you like to see featured in an original fan fiction story?" The top vote getter was Sam, so he’ll be leading us off on the path to a summer adventure! Next up will be the second place winner, and so on.
Watch our Polls page for a new question, coming soon. In the meantime, let’s start our summer adventure with Sam, and his mysterious Thursday night excursions....
Welcome back to The Winchester Family Business' countdown of Supernatural's Top 100 episodes for the Road So Far, i.e. seasons 1 to 14! This week I begin by revealing the Top 100 list starting with episodes 100 to 91!
Before I get to these episodes, let’s recap how this project came to be. Administrators and staff writers from The WFB, Super-Fan_Wiki and Fangasm each ranked their favorite episodes from 1 to 100, then I tallied all of those votes to determine the consolidated ranking of the Top 100 episodes. And when I say I tallied the votes, what I really mean is that my hubs applied some high-level math wizardry to an excel spreadsheet, successfully tallying, formulating, weighting and ranking the final results. Remember, folks, it’s all about the Math and, say it with we – Math Don’t Lie. The participants represented a broad cross-sampling of groups within the Supernatural fandom. You can learn more about the project, participants' backgrounds, the voting process and the final, warded results in last week's introduction to this ambitious project! It also revealed a few episodes that didn't make the list, but were so close they deserve Honorable Mentions!
So shall we get to this week’s episodes?
I attend FanX, a cross-fandom convention held in Salt Lake City, Utah, every year (usually twice). This year, Mark Pellegrino and Samantha Smith from Supernatural appeared at the convention in April. They did a panel together - they worked so well together on stage! I’ve seen a handful of Supernatural actors at other cons, including Mark Sheppard and Osric Chau, but this was my first time seeing Mark Pellegrino and Samantha Smith. My group even did a photo op with them!
Enough about that! I’m here to tell you the highlights from their panel!
Welcome back to "Top Six Favourite Episodes", this time for season three. These are still, to this day, the nearest and dearest to my heart, my comfort episodes, the ones I go to when I need a laugh or a cry or the comfort of an old friend.
Before you read my list, make your own list of season 3 favorites! It will be fun to compare your unbiased choices (before you are unduly influenced by my memories or picks) to mine. If you're joining Nightsky and The WFB in the #SPNSummer2019 Rewatch, or rewatching at your own pace this hiatus, the episodes should be fresh in your mind! Save your list then, because you'll need it for TOP 100 Episode challenge that The Winchester Family Business unveiled last week! Nightsky reveals her Top 6 season 3 favorites after mine, so you'll have two WFB staff lists as a comparison!
So without further ado, here's my list of Season Three Favourites! The list is by order of appearance only, as they all are equal in their importance to me.
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.
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