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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. Read the rest of this page »

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. Read the rest of this page »

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. Read the rest of this page »

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. Read the rest of this page »

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. Read the rest of this page »

SPN 10.10: “The Hunter Games” Review

Dean sitting aloneThe fandom infamous writing duo of Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming penned the Supernatural mid-season return episode “The Hunter Games.” While Tuesday night’s episode was little more than passably competent, at least there weren’t any women of color in dog collars, major mythology retcons or rape metaphors. Continue reading …

Meta Conference at DePaul University in May

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DePaul University in Chicago will host A Celebration of Supernatural on May 9, 2015. This is an academic conference, not a fan convention. Presenters are currently being sought. For more information, visit the facebook page.

SPN 10.08: “Hibbing 911” Review

Dean Winchester

I want to like Jenny Klein’s “Hibbing 911.” I really do. There was a lot to be said for it. Jody Mills is one of my favorite recurring characters. She’s smart, resourceful, strong, caring, and pairing her up with Donna Hanscum, who was introduced in season nine’s “The Purge,” was a lot of fun to watch. Unfortunately, Klein also indulged in the kind of mythology revision which has become common Read more …

SPN 10.07: “Girls Girls Girls” review

protective Sam

There was so much going on in this week’s episode, “Girls Girls Girls,” that I’m not sure where to begin. A new character, who’d been hinted at in an earlier episode, was properly introduced, another secondary character returned, and yet another exited. There were so many storylines interweaving, viewers could have gotten whiplash. That’s not to say that writer Robert Berens’ first episode of season ten wasn’t entertaining, he did manage to keep all his balls in the air. I didn’t find it entirely satisfying on second watch, however. Read more…

The Return of Cole: What Makes a Monster?

Sam and Cole

There’s speculation that Cole may return in episode seven titled “Girls Girls Girls.” Whether that happens later rather than sooner, he is sure to make another appearance this season. Read the rest of this page »

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