Supernatural S14E10 Review: Nihilism

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squirrel supernatural nihilismAs Supernatural approaches their 300th episode, we’re reminded of what makes this series so outstanding with the mid-season opener “Nihilism.” Sure, saving people and hunting things makes for exciting television, but that in itself isn’t why this series has lasted for 14 seasons. It starts with great characters with complex connections, is maintained by creative storytelling and emotional performances, and is supported with an eye for detail in film and set. “Nihilism” checks all the Supernatural boxes, with an episode that’s both thoughtful and thrilling. Continue reading

New Supernatural Series to Haunt Your Dreams

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The Haunting of House HillLooking for some spooky series to enjoy during the cold nights of fall? Whether it’s Halloween or Harvest, the fall is the perfect time for an evening of fun and fear. This season provides some intriguing television options concerning the supernatural realm. Continue reading

Supernatural S14E02 Review: Gods and Monsters

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Michael Supernatural "Gods and Monsters"In “Gods and Monsters,” Supernatural begins a slow reveal of the mayhem Michael (Jensen Ackles) intends to introduce with his experimental creations. While Michael attempts to bring his ghastly vision into being, Nick (Mark Pellegrino) and Jack (Alexander Calvert) explore unacknowledged aspects of who they are. Writers Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming construct the form for the Season 14 story arc, while director Richard Speight, Jr. brings “Gods and Monsters” to life.

“To the new world of gods and monsters!”
– Dr. Pretorius toasting Dr. Frankenstein in Bride of Frankenstein

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Monster of the Week: The Black Dogs of England

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Throughout English history, tales of spectral black dogs have provoked fear and anxiety. Often believed to be omens of death, historical accounts of malevolent black dogs can be found in almost every county in England. These nocturnal apparitions were variously described as ghosts, hellhounds, and shapeshifters, and were sometimes associated with witchcraft or the devil. Despite their sinister reputation, there are reports in which ghostly black dogs take on the role of benevolent guardian. Continue reading

Supernatural S14E01 Review: Stranger in a Strange Land

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Michael Sister Jo Supernatural Stranger in a Strange LandThe Season 14 premiere of Supernatural finds Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) holding things together at the bunker while the Archangel Michael (Jensen Ackles) walks the Earth trying to understand what exactly everybody wants. “Stranger in a Strange Land” was written by co-showrunner Andrew Dabb and directed by Thomas Wright. The episode served to bring current viewers up to speed while providing at least one surprising reveal. 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