Monster of the Week: The Rougarou

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What was a loup-garou? Oh, well, it was the most terrible thing in the world. Sometimes it was a wolf, and sometimes it was a man, or a woman either, whichever it felt like in its wicked heart. And always it could take your heart out, and then you died, because you could not breathe without your heart.
—Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Marie (1894)

Rougarou-SwampFrom deep within the murky bayous of Louisiana comes the legend of the dire lycanthropic creature known as the Rougarou. Rougaroux are found in French-speaking areas of North America such as Québec, but most particularly in Cajun Acadiana (in and around New Orleans), where its legend has proliferated from those of the werewolf-like loup-garou of medieval France—loup is the French word for wolf, and garou is a French word similar in meaning to werewolf. Cajun lore uses the terms loup-garou and rougarou interchangeably. A major difference between the Rougarou and the creature we more commonly think of as a werewolf is that the Rougarou has agency over its transformation, and maintains the consciousness and intelligence of its human form throughout that change. Continue reading

Supernatural S13E17 Review: The Thing

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Dean Sandy Sam Supernatural The Thing“The Thing” reminds us that monsters come in all forms on Supernatural. Director John Showalter and writer Davy Perez create a Lovecraftian horror story replete with hooded figures, a deceptive threat, and an interdimensional rift. Oh, and did we mention, there’s tentacles? Supernatural’s “The Thing” takes a side trip into Men of Letters history, while former British Man of Letters Ketch takes one for the team. Continue reading

Supernatural S13E16 Review: Scoobynatural

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Fred Dean phantom Supernatural ScoobynaturalSupernatural reminds viewers why it remains one of the most innovative shows on television with the highly anticipated crossover episode “Scoobynatural.” Season 13 has already given fans an interesting new character, the return of several beloved cast members, and a celebrated Wayward Daughters backdoor pilot. But wait, there’s more! “Scoobynatural” is all we could hope for with a fun meta theme, excellent character integration, and a clever storyline. Continue reading

ScoobyNatural Trailer Released for Supernatural and Scooby-Doo Crossover

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Sam and Dean Winchester drive the Impala animated

At least Sam and Dean don’t have to drive the Mystery Machine

Zoinks! It’s finally here. On Thursday, March 29, Supernatural will have its first crossover episode. No, it’s not with Arrow or iZombie, or even The 100, despite Season 13’s foray into a post-apocalyptic world.  Hold the phone! Supernatural will crossover with your favorite childhood show, Scooby-Doo, in an episode called “Scoobynatural.” Continue reading

Supernatural S13E15 Review: A Most Holy Man

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Sam Dean Supernatural A Most Holy ManIn the Season 13 Supernatural episode “A Most Holy Man,” the Winchesters get involved in the trade of illegal religious artifacts and organized crime. Sam and Dean remain focused on opening a portal to the Apocalypse Universe to rescue their mother and Jack. “A Most Holy Man” was written by showrunners Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer, who pay homage to ’40s noir movies. The episode was directed by Amanda Tapping, who, as well as having played the angel administrator Naomi in Season 8, has become a regular director for the Supernatural series. Supernatural creates something fun and different in “A Most Holy Man” by referencing Hollywood crime dramas of the past. Continue reading

Supernatural S13E14 Review: Good Intentions

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Sam Dean Donatello Supernatural Good IntentionsSeason 13 of Supernatural has introduced interesting new characters while reviving some of our favorites. “Good Intentions” continues this fan service with the return of a beloved character, while focusing on the danger posed by the alternative universe Michael (Christian Keyes). Writer Meredith Glynn (“Regarding Dean,” “The Scorpion and the Frog”) and Director P.J. Pesce (“Family Feud“, “There’s Something About Mary“) touch on the gray in the black-and-white world of villains and heroes. Continue reading

A Call to Alarm in Hawaii

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Missile alert HawaiiOn Saturday, January 13, an erroneous alert about a ballistic middle inbound for Hawaiʻi created public fear and confusion. This personal essay isn’t our usual type of content at The Supernatural Fox Sisters, though dealing with a potential missile threat was certainly a spooky situation.

Sleeping in on Saturday morning in Hawaiʻi—sounds lovely, doesn’t it? To many it evokes images of palm trees gently swaying outside the window as waves are heard crashing in the distance. When you finally venture outside you feel the hot sun on your face and hear the birds singing in the trees. Our most recent Saturday in Hawaiʻi was a very different experience. Continue reading