Sammy! There you are. It's so good to see you and your damaged, angsty self. I missed you buddy. As much as I loved "In The Beginning", I found myself this week getting nostalgic, pulling out episodes like "Born Under A Bad Sign" and "Bedtime Stories" so I remembered what Sam's pretty face looked like. Oh and his tortured soul.  

Speaking of those episodes, both were written by the writer of this week's installment, "Metamorphosis." Cathryn Humphris is one of the best writers on the team when it comes to exposing vulnerable, deeply disturbed Sam and again she knocked it out of the park with the issues this week.    The episode as a whole was decent, although Monster of the Week (MOTW) episodes like this usually produce scattered results. Jack, a Rugaru in waiting, wasn't horrible like the MOTWs in "Everybody Loves A Clown" or "Long Distance Call", but he didn't compare with the great ones from "Provenance" or "A Very Supernatural Christmas" either. Jack's standing is right down the middle as his decline proved to serve the perfect parallel for Sam's deterioration. 

Get on your meta hats everyone, its time to tackle some deep questions before moving onto Thursday's episode, "Metamorphosis." With all this mythology and back story unfolding over the last three episodes, it's time for a sanity check. Except I think I'm anything but sane after this exercise.

In the heated discussion about angels in "Are You There God, It's Me Dean Winchester," Sam said that "for once this isn't a bunch of demon crap." You ain't kidding Sammy. The introduction of angels and a head scratching mythology is fueling again countless hours of speculation and research over where in the world Mr. Kripke is leading us. I'm sure it's someplace good but in the meantime, speculation is fun.

Updated 6/7.  I finally added the pictures and put in some far better commentary.  Enjoy this one! It raises some major questions, and has tons of fun at the expense of a misplaced Pinto. :))


Noooooo!!!! To Be Continued???? Damn you¦oh forget it. I've cursed Kripke's name so many times it's lost all meaning now.

Dean was pulled out of Hell to stop Sam! Mary was a hunter! Mary sold Sam's soul in exchange for John's life! Dean and Sam's grandpa rocks! There I go with those damn exclamation points again!

Deep breath everybody¦in¦out¦better? Hold on. Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! Okay, better.

I know when I've seen a great episode that affects me forever. It's not the jaw dropping intensity of the drama, the out of this stratosphere acting that makes you wonder why genre shows like this are never recognized by the Emmy panel, the superior writing that makes me rush to my laptop to tweak yet again my own manuscript, or the fact that when the episode is over I'm so stunned I'm holding the remote and staring at the screen in disbelief for over an hour.

No, an episode for me is deemed great after the sleepless night. When the events of what I just witnessed play in my head over and over again and I can't shut it off. When I wake up the next morning an emotional and exhausted wreck, so profoundly affected by what I saw that I struggle with basic function, then yes, I've watched the episode of a lifetime. It happened to me numerous times during the second season of The West Wing. It happened after Mystery Spot. It happened after No Rest For The Wicked and Lazarus Rising. Now here we are again, only two weeks later with In The Beginning. Mr. Kripke, you're killing me!

Back in June, Becky Gilreath came up with an amazing idea.  In support of Jared Padalecki and all he does for the fans, she wanted to make him a photobook.  The idea was to collect pictures from fans with Jared, and present them in a professionally done book at Eyecon in September. 

What started out as a simple idea ballooned into something greater and ended up being one of the greatest acts I've ever seen done by any fandom.  Becky not only collected pictures, but fans started sending donations as well for the cost of the book.  Pretty soon, she had more than enought to cover the cost and took the proceeds and started a fund.  Any excess donations would be contributed in Jared's name to The Animal Rescue Site

Much thanks to Warner Brothers publicity for the clips.  Both of these are lightly spoilerish and don't give much away. 

 

 


 

 

 

This show is making my brain hurt. That's always been a hazard with Supernatural but this season my head wants to explode only two episodes in. When Kripke stated his goal for season four was to hit the ground running he wasn't kidding. I'm thrilled.
 
I mean, look at episode two from the previous seasons. Wendigo, Everybody Loves A Clown, and The Kids Are Alright are hardly mentioned among the series greats, the first two making many worst lists. The latter was an improvement because the season three opener was a stinker, but it wasn't a ground breaker. Here the ground is not only broken, a giant chasm has opened and is sucking in us all. How awesome. 

Kripke, you magnificent bastard.

The long, painful summer is finally over, and in compensation for our agony our reward is a pure gem. Eric Kripke does love us. Sure, Dean getting out of Hell is a forgone conclusion, but in coming up with a plausible explanation, the opportunity is seized to veer this show in drastic new territory, opening up a world of possibilities. We have a whole new show, and it's awesome.

The script for "Lazarus Rising" is sheer perfection. Every little element transitions seamlessly, a remarkable juggling act considering what's packed into this episode. On top of the flawless construction, the storytelling is vastly superior and the pacing extraordinary from the word go. Couple this with "No Rest For The Wicked", and Eric Kripke the writer has risen to master of his craft. Not that the acting, directing, set decoration, visual and special effects, etc. are shabby. Every single part comes together for full circle brilliance.

I'm going to try a new format this season, one that worked well with my analysis of "A Very Supernatural Christmas"; detailed recaps broken into two part segments. Granted, an episode might come along that won't warrant such scrutiny, but not that's not the case with this one. Kripke and company gave us plenty to ponder.

Yesterday on my doorstep was the best cure to a rotten day at work ever, courtesy of Warner Brothers Television. As my jaw hit the floor once I saw what was inside I knew that somehow, after writing obsessively about Supernatural for months, I've made an impression.

Inside was a black box, sealed with a symbol that will be the target of my Internet searches today. After carefully peeling back the seal (I didn't have the heart to break it), I found a Holy Bible (King James Version), with a custom made Supernatural bookmark wedged at the beginning of The Book of Revelation. The scripture on bookmark was from Revelations 5:2, "Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals". Throw in a DVD sleeve with Sam on the outside with the quote, "I don't know if what I'm doing is right", and Dean on the inside with "We have work for you", all clues point to our boys being smack in the center of the Apocalypse.

Wait a second, a DVD sleeve? That means there must be a DVD. Whoa! The first two episodes of season four. As someone who's only been exposed to light season four episode summaries, watching these episodes as a preview might be considered the ultimate act of giving into spoiler curiosity. So I held it in my hand, contemplating do I watch or wait? Yeah, the debate lasted about five seconds as I threw the DVD into the player. The hubby and I shuffled the kids to bed, poured a drink (which is never advisable for this show unless you like cleaning up messes), and dimmed the lights just before hitting play.

So, after watching "Lazarus Rising", due to air this Thursday at 9pm, I can give my full critical preview. Ahem.

Note, 7/2/09 - Please note, this list is very outdated.  I did this during the Season Three Hiatus.  I know it needs to be expanded to a top ten and updated with season four episodes.  In the meantime, enjoy what I thought back then.


Here we go. I'm placing my head on the proverbial chopping block and waiting with defiance for the guillotine to fall. In other words, I've made my "Best Episodes of Supernatural" list, and I'm ready for the cavalcade of dissent.

In pouring exhaustively through the remaining 54 episodes that didn't make my worst list, I found seven met my lofty standards. My judgment involved looking at scripts that delivered all the perfect elements needed for Jensen and Jared to take their craft to new heights, a story with a blueprint that let the entire crew go beyond their wildest imaginations, and a plot that sucked us in from the beginning, holding on tight until the very last shot, leaving us tattered and screaming for more. Picking the seven was easy. Ranking them was impossible.

While I still sob profusely over Sam dying in Dean's arms, "All Hell Breaks Loose" doesn't make the cut because it's uneven in its entirety. While "Faith" is an outstanding tear jerker, parts of the episode didn't live up, like the terrible villain Sue-Ann Le Grange. The pilot won't be on this list either, because as outstanding as it is, it's meant to introduce a premise. The show has come too far since then.

Now that the ground rules are in place, the list can begin, in order of best to the absolute greatest.