Episode 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
“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
Family 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
Supernatural gives us a glimpse into the social world of hunters in “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox.” New series writer Steven Yockey partners with director John Badham to give us a hunter’s wake filled with an interesting cast of characters and the backdrop of classic Canadian rock. With an appearance by fan favorite Jody Mills and a frightening crossroads demon, “Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox” makes for a pretty interesting episode of Supernatural. Continue reading
If the title of the latest episode of Supernatural, “The One You’ve Been Waiting For,” is meant to convey our excitement at having an episode both written and directed by women, then they got it right. During the first five seasons of Supernatural there was only one episode directed by a woman—“Hunted” from Season 2, directed by Rachel Talalay. There have only been three episodes over the past 12 seasons that were both directed and written by women—the aforementioned “Hunted,” the Season 9 episode “#THINMAN,” and now “The One You’ve Been Waiting For.” The lack of female writers and directors is not just an issue for Supernatural; it plagues the industry. And maybe a few other jobs as well. Continue reading
“The One You’ve Been Waiting For” isn’t exactly the Supernatural episode we’ve been waiting for, but it will do. Sam and Dean revisit an old enemy when the Thule Society resurfaces. Naturally, the boys have to save the world again, but they do so in their own quiet way, making the world safe for democracy. Wrong war, but you get the idea.