Supernatural S12E22 Review: Who We Are

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Mary Dean lunch Supernatural Who We AreSupernatural starts us on an exciting journey to the Season 12 finale in “Who We Are.” The British Men of Letters have been unmasked as homicidal control freaks with impeccable manners. Ketch has sent Mary out to assassinate American hunters, while Sam and Dean are trapped in the bunker with Lady Toni. “Who We Are” was directed by John Showalter and written by Robert Berens, both Supernatural veterans who know the characters and the series well. Continue reading

Supernatural Season 12 Finale Points to the Past and the Future

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Sam Castiel Dean Supernatural All Along the WatchtowerAfter a satisfactory Season 12 of Supernatural, we get a two-part season finale that far exceeds expectations. This was certainly the most improved finale event in terms of the hit-or-misses we’ve seen over the years. In an unusual move, Supernatural gave us Episode 22, “Who We Are,” and Episode 23, “All Along the Watchtower,” on the same night. Was it a network decision driven by timing, or a storytelling choice to give us these two excellent episodes together for the Season 12 finale? Either way, it worked. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E21 Review: There’s Something About Mary

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Mary Toni Supernatural Theres Something about Mary“There’s Something About Mary” is the beginning of the end for Season 12 of Supernatural. The conflicts we’ve watched all season are finally coming to a head. “There’s Something About Mary” was written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming and directed by P.J. Pesce, the trio previously responsible for “Family Feud” and “King of the Damned.” Despite a series of grim events, the episode doesn’t have the emotional punch we love in Supernatural. We could live with the emotional omission, but it’s the flawed story that really hurts “There’s Something About Mary.” Continue reading

Doctor Who S10E03 Review: Thin Ice

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Doctor Bill Sutcliffe Doctor Who Thin IceIn “Thin Ice” the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) find themselves in 1814 London, at the last great frost fair. Despite initially enjoying the sites and entertainment, Bill learns that life as a companion isn’t all fish pies and coin tricks. “Thin Ice” creates an incredible setting and shows that Doctor Who has quickly found its footing with this new companion. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E19 Review: The Future

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Kelly Castiel Dean Sam Supernatural The Future“The Future” of Supernatural may not be quite what we expected. Misha Collins returns to Supernatural, giving us a wonderful performance as Castiel experiencing a crisis of conscience. “The Future” was written by Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn. Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary) makes a return to Supernatural, not in her previous role as the angel Naomi, but as a director. “The Future” reminds us that in Supernatural, good and evil are not always absolutes. Continue reading

Doctor Who Returns with a New Companion in Season 10

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Bill PottsPeter Capaldi returns as Doctor Who on Saturday, April 15, with Season 10 premiering on BBC One and BBC America. We last saw the Doctor in Christmas Special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” Season 9 ended with Clara Oswald traveling through time and space with Ashildr, and the Doctor losing his memory of her. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E18 Review: The Memory Remains

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Dean Moloch Supernatural The Memory RemainsEpisode 18 of Supernatural, “The Memory Remains,” presents monsters both human and divine. It was helmed by long-time Supernatural director Phil Sgricca and written by John Bring who previously co-wrote “Beyond the Mat.” Some elements in “The Memory Remains” were terrific, including the cinematography, a layered Monster of the Week story, and some well-written dialogue. The integration of the British Men of Letters narrative into the episode, though perhaps necessary to the overall season story arc, didn’t work as well. “The Memory Remains” had some interesting elements, yet lacked the cohesion needed to make it a standout episode of Supernatural. Continue reading