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

Supernatural S12E17 Review: The British Invasion

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Dagon Supernatural The British Invasion“The British Invasion” brings together a lot of pieces on the Supernatural board, moving forward the story of the British Men of Letters in conjunction with that of Satan’s unborn child. Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner, and directed by John Showalter, “The British Invasion” reveals what we already suspected—that the British Men of Letters are a tyrannical organization that kills indiscriminately. Sam and Dean have yet to learn about the true nature of this organization, but when they do all hell will break loose on Supernatural. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E15 Review: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

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Dean ghoul Supernatural Somewhere Between Heaven and HellWe won’t feign excitement about every episode of Supernatural, but we do enjoy quite a lot of them. And then there are those we love. “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” proves that Supernatural just gets better with age. Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Mark Sheppard (Crowley) know their characters so well that they can tell us more with a downcast look or monosyllabic word than most TV actors can with an entire monologue. “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell,” written by Davy Perez and directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado, tells a scary story with an exciting twist and a few winks at the audience. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E14 Review: The Raid

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mary-sam-dean-winchester-supernatural-the-raidIn “The Raid,” Supernatural picks up where “Family Feud” left off. Sam and Dean are still absorbing the news that their mom is working with the British Men of Letters. The conflict between Mary and her sons is brought to screen beautifully by writer Robert Berens and director John MacCarthy. The strain among the Winchester clan underlies the tension between the British Men of Letters and the American hunters. If you think vampires are scary, wait until you get a load of Dean Winchester hurt by his mother’s betrayal. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E13 Review: Family Feud

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sam-dean-rowena-gavin-2-superantural-family-feudFamily is complicated. Relatives stir up strong emotions, bringing out our best and our worst. In “Family Feud,” Supernatural gives us an intense episode that’s all about the good, the bad, and the ugly of kin. Supernatural presents several intermingled narratives reminding us that dealing with family is never easy. “Family Feud” introduces a new Prince of Hell, Dagon, who is focused on Lucifer’s unborn child. Crowley’s son Gavin MacLeod, a Prince of Hell of a different kind, reappears after three seasons. Continue reading

Why Supernatural is One of the Most Innovative Shows on TV

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Dean and Sam on a Japanese game show in “Changing Channels”

Sam and Dean Winchester have kept fans engaged through 12 seasons of Supernatural. The series’ passionate fanbase has helped ensure its continued renewal by the CW. It’s possible the series could persist as long as actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles want to keep playing the Winchester brothers. Supernatural keeps fans under its spell through creative storytelling and innovative ideas, grounded in emotional family moments. What other series could tell a story about two brothers hunting monsters from the perspective of a car called “Baby”? Their unconventional approach has helped Supernatural sustain its appeal, even after a dozen years. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E12 Review: Stuck in the Middle (With You)

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diner-scene-supernatural-stuck-in-the-middleIn “Stuck in the Middle (With You),” Mary Winchester leads a demon hunt that doesn’t go quite as planned. Mary has her own agenda that Sam and Dean are unaware of. If Supernatural has taught us anything, it’s that Winchesters keeping secrets from each other never turns out well. Writer Davy Perez reaches into the series’ past to weave in some intriguing connections to the present, including an unexpected Crowley backstory. “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” was directed by Richard Speight, Jr. (Gabriel), who really understands the relationships between all these characters. Continue reading