Supernatural S13E15 Review: A Most Holy Man


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


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

Supernatural S13E05 Review: Advanced Thanatology


Sam Dean dead Supernatural Advanced ThanatologyIn “Advanced Thanatology,” Supernatural gives us the heebie-jeebies with a tale of torture, death, and the dangers of adolescent peer pressure. It’s more than a monster hunt, with a couple of reunions to spice up the drama of Season 13. “Advanced Thanatology” reinforces what we all already knew in our hearts—the Winchesters are important to life, the multiverse, and everything. Continue reading

Supernatural S12E19 Review: The Future


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

Supernatural S12E18 Review: The Memory Remains


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 S12E15 Review: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell


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


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