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Episode Review

SPN 10.21: “Dark Dynasty” Review

Sam and Dean Winchester

When I reviewed “Paint It Black” the previous offering from writing Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Lemming, I said it was the most boring episode of Supernatural ever. With “Dark Dynasty,” they’ve lowered the bar further and written the dumbest episode ever. Filled with poor characterization, terrible dialogue, and lazy plotting, this episode had this viewer experiencing a gamut of emotions from stunned disbelief to unintended  hilarity. I can’t even feel anger anymore at the bad writing. They don’t deserve that much investment. (more…)

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SPN 10.20: “Angel Heart” Review

Sam, Claire, Castiel and Dean

After three relatively well-written, entertaining episodes, “Angel Heart” couldn’t have been much more of a letdown. A Monster of the Week episode that focused on Castiel’s relationship with the Novak family, it broke the pace of the build up to the season finale. (more…)


SPN 10.19: “The Werther Project” Review

Sam Winchester

I think it would be difficult to argue that Robert Berens isn’t the best writer in the Supernatural stable at the moment. Berens came on board in season nine and has generally written tighter scripts that stick to canon events and characterization. That doesn’t make them faultless, and “The Werther Project” is no exception. (more…)


SPN 10.18: “Book of the Damned” Review

Sam, Dean and Charlie

“Book of the Damned” was season ten’s second episode starring writer Robbie Thompson’s inimitable Charlie Bradbury. Not only is Charlie smarter than Sam and as brave as Dean, she’s a crack shot,  fights like a ninja, sews up her own gunshot wounds, and “friends” like a pro. She’s amazing – to an unrealistic degree. One of the things that has made Sam and Dean’s story believable is that they were raised to be hunters. John raised them as soldiers, but Charlie learned it all mostly on her own in just three years or so – I guess it was the all that guerrilla warfare in Oz. (more…)


SPN 10.17: “Inside Man” Review

Dean Winchester

In contrast to what has been an often lackluster and disappointing season, “Inside Man” was well-paced and tightly writing by Andrew Dabb. From Sam reverently taking Bobby’s cap from his bag to Crowley’s showdown with Rowena, there were also some very satisfying moments (more…)


SPN 10.15: “The Things They Carried” Review

Sam and Dean Winchester

 

Supernatural returned from a short hiatus on a new night, Wednesday, with an episode penned by Jenny Klein. “The Things They Carried” saw the return of Cole Trenton who, at the beginning of the season, was set on killing Dean to avenge his father’s death but got a lesson in getting his ass whooped as well Monsters 101. Also returning, was a season six monster – the Kahn worm. For my money, the Kahn worm is perhaps the creepiest, most horrific monster the series has seen. If you don’t understand why, just Google parasites. (more…)


SPN10.14: “Executioner’s Song” Review

Sam and Dean Winchester

 

Writer Robert Berens hit it out of the ballpark this week on Supernatural. “The Executioner’s Song” not only saw the return of Cain (Timothy Omundson) and the First Blade, but it brought together several major players in season ten’s story arc. When Sam and Dean learned that Cain was set on wiping out entire families, both Castiel and Crowley came to their aid to vanquish the former Knight of Hell. (more…)


SPN10.13: “Halt & Catch Fire” Review

Sam and Dean Winchester

 

Supernatural returned to its roots with a vengeful spirit hunt in “Halt & Catch Fire,” but writers Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder gave it a new techno twist. Dean was at his best protecting the lone survivor while Sam used his brilliant mind to figure out that the ghost of an accident victim was haunting the local wifi. It was a fast paced and enjoyable plot. As with the past couple of episodes, there was no interwoven plot, which allowed more focus on the lead characters both together and with side characters. (more…)


SPN10.12: “About A Boy” Review

Dean Winchester

I’m going to admit that with “About a Boy,” Adam Glass nearly redeemed himself with me. I know that Glass can be an able writer. He wrote season six’s “Mommy Dearest,” but since then he’s gone on to write some very iffy episodes, including “Southern Comfort,” “Freaks and Geeks,” and “Bad Boys.” Even in otherwise good episodes, Glass has a tendency to mischaracterize Sam or make some unfortunate lore change. While I wasn’t crazy about fairytale basis for the storyline, especially right after another Oz episode, it did tie into the witch storyline with Rowena and served as a vehicle for exploring Dean’s Mark of Cain issues and brother bonding. (more…)


SPN10.11: “There’s No Place Like Home” Review

Sam and Dean Winchester

Supernatural writer Robbie Thompson brought back his favorite girl genius in “There’s No Place Like Home” this week, and from my perspective at least, it benefited from a lack of angel, demons, and multiple storylines. I join fans critical of the interwoven storyline episodes like last week’s “The Hunter Games” as being too chopped up and frenetic. It’s like trying to watch the individual balls in a juggler’s act. By the end of the performance, it’s a success if he just managed to keep them in the air. Maybe, that’s the idea. (more…)