It is with great sadness that I share the news that SPNFamily member and The Winchester Family Business writer Gail Dunn passed away on May 15, 2021. The cause of death is not yet confirmed, but Gail tweeted just three days earlier that she had been diagnosed with Covid, asking the SPNFamily for “positive thoughts.”

New episodes of Supernatural may be over, but the legacy of the series continues in wonderful new ways.  On Tuesday, May 25th, another milestone of the series hits.  Presenting, the release of “Supernatural:  The Complete Series.” 

Warner Brothers managed to sum up in the entire series in one clever tagline - Good Times, Bad Times, End Times.  Sam, Dean and Baby riding off into the sunset.  Just perfect. 

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Lots of action, some good character development, and no one making easily preventable mistakes. This episode was a win!

We're up to episode 1.12, and can you say flashback?  I know, it's been done a lot, but there's still plenty of back story we're missing here.  So let's take a look.  

Here is the official synopsis from the CW for episode 1.12, "A Tale of Two Families":

FLASHBACK – The show flashes back to the days right before and after Emily’s (Genevieve Padalecki) death and how the entire Walker family dealt with the sudden tragic loss (#112). Steve Robin directed the episode with story by Seamus Kevin Fahey and written by Seamus Kevin Fahey and Anna Fricke. Original airdate 5/20/2021. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.

Here is the preview clip:

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The Morning After

Maybe you can help me figure something out about Walker. After watching 11 episodes, I’m still trying to decide if they are writing down to the audience, purposely creating a show that we’re supposed to superficially enjoy and not examine closely; or if they are intentionally making plots that require us to fill in the blanks ourselves. Are they are counting on an engaged, intelligent audience, or targeting a casual viewership that is looking for light entertainment? I’m not being sarcastic. This question is driving me nuts. I can’t figure out this show.

Ah, season 14.  A season I didn’t care for at all.  I’m trying to remember if there was even an episode I liked in this season.  Oh right, that one. 

I hated season 14 so much, I didn’t even bother to do an Editor’s Choice award.  Well that and the summer of 2019 was a bit volatile for me.  So why do one now?  Closure.  I’ve done one for every single season except this one.  I need to make sure my archive is complete.  Will I be kind to this season now that I’ve had a chance to step back and re-familiarize myself with its work?  Not a chance. 

I’m going to avoid heaping praise on the best episode of the season, “Lebanon” because I already did that in the S14 Fan Choice Awards.  I’ll be catering the awards to the rest of the episodes.  However, once or twice with this set of awards, “Lebanon” was just clearly the best choice. 

Enough of my introductive ramblings.  Let's get on with the awards!  

As I was looking for a way to pass the quarantine summer doldrums, I saw Entertainment Weekly’s list of what it considered to be the 75 most ‘essential’ episodes of Supernatural, leading up to Season 15. Since any excuse for a rewatch is a good excuse, I figured I’d not only invite my Supernatural "Team Free Will North Carolina" (TFWNC) Facebook group to join me, but I’d also recap my thoughts on which episodes Entertainment Weekly (EW) chose, which ones they skipped, and what was left out.  Music plays such a big role in Supernatural, so I also noted which iconic songs were included and which were missed in the skipped episodes. Reporting on all that turned into quite the project, and The WFB was kind enough to let me share it here! (My snarky opinions are my own and don’t reflect those of The WFB.)

So come on the journey with me! Start with season 1, then follow the links until you catch up with us in season 14!