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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…)


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

DePaul conference graphic

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. (more…)

SPN 9.23: I Can’t Even

Sam and Dean

“What happened with you being okay with this?” “I lied.”


You know what, guys? I sat down to re-watch the season nine finale of Supernatural, and I just couldn’t. I wanted to finish what I started with this season’s reviews, but nope. I couldn’t bring myself to sit through it again – the recycling of previous seasons and predictable ending were just too much. And the sheer bad writing? Dean punching Metatron instead of stabbing him when he had the chance? Seriously?

And the fan service … Metatron accusing Castiel of breaking the angel tablet, the the most powerful instrument in the universe, not for the angels or humanity but for Dean, and Castiel not denying it? Sheer fan service. Carver reversing roles in a direct plagiarism of the Sam’s dying scene in “All Hell Breaks Loose II” was just lazy, blatantly manipulative writing. Seriously. Another recycled scene.

I can’t even imagine how infuriated the fans are who thought this season was all about the toxic Winchester family dynamic and how it was going to be addressed. Nope again. In the end, Sam was willing to go to extreme measures to save Dean. He even tried to summon Crowley. Would he have been willing to sell his soul? We’ll never know. It didn’t come to that. Those inclined to sit through the season ten crapfest may find out how far Sam is willing to go to get his brother back, but not me.

Season eight, they fooled me once; season nine, shame on me. Short of Kripke returning to pull the show’s ass out of the fire, I’m done. There’s nothing much left of the Gothic horror genre show about two brothers traveling the country together fighting monsters. I’ll go back to my re-watch of the original series.

SPN 9.22: Stairway to Heaven review

Sam and Dean at the bunker

The penultimate episode of season nine, “Stairway to Heaven” by Andrew Dabb was not the cheesefest that Dabb’s backdoor pilot “Bloodlines” was, but it certainly had its issues, not the least of which was lack of surprises. (more…)

SPN 9.20: Bloodlines

“Bloodlines” was not an episode of Supernatural, so I won’t be reviewing it. To be honest, I’m not reviewing it because it was complete schlock and I don’t want to have to watch it ever, ever, ever again. It was like The Godfather meets Knots Landing meets The Originals. Was there really even any reason for the characters to be vampires or werewolves or whatever? And how did that one guy take out a VIP room full of monsters? And shifters who don’t shed their skin now? Really? Why did Jensen, er I mean Dean, look so annoyed throughout the ep and Sam just looked harried and confused? Maybe, they didn’t recognize the world they were in? Or they couldn’t understand how they couldn’t know that a major city was run by monsters? Yeah, I’m confused too. Bloodlines isn’t related in any way to Supernatural. It didn’t even have good eye candy or a character worth investing in.

So I guess this a review by way of non-review. Thoughts?

Supernatural in Famous Monsters: Get yours now!

Famous Monsters #273

The Supernatural edition of Famous Monsters of Filmland is available, and I am proud of be a part of it!

In addition to my Top 10 Monster Roundup, there is an excellent interview with Jim Beaver aka Bobby Singer, a history of Supernatural that brings readers up to date on the series, and a look at Supernatural’s best and freakiest horror homages. There’s lots of great images throughout.

Also in this edition – The Legacy of Drive-Ins, Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque on American Vampire, Mike Mignola on 20 Years of Hellboy, an interview with The Crow creator James O’Barr, and more.

This is a collectors item, guys. Get your copy as well as t-shirts, posters and hoodies featuring the awesome cover art at