TV REVIEW: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Love Hurts”

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in SUPERNATURAL | © 2016 Diyah Pera/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Emily Swallow, Luciana Carro, Jim Thorburn, Venus Terzo, Zoe Fraser Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 27, 2016 The SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “Love Hurts” is and isn’t a standalone episode. The creature of the week here and how it operates is essential in getting Dean (Jensen Ackles) to open up to brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) about his bond with God’s sister Amara (Emily Swallow). This is good. The mechanism of revelation, however, requires a fairly complicated […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “Plush”

Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 11 | ©2015 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Briana Buckmaster, Brigid Brannagh, Brendan Taylor, Adrian Glynn McMorran, Logan Williams Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 18, 2015 On most shows, not every episode is a masterpiece. Sometimes there are procedural grinders, and so it is with the SUPERNATURAL Season 11 episode “Plush.” Writers Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder and director Tim Andrew have devised a forum for some wonderfully creepy imagery that provides the requisite dose of horror, but as far as plots go, this […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “The Executioner’s Song”

Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets set for battle with Cain in SUPERNATURAL | © 2015 Liane Hentscher/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Timothy Omundson Writer: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 17, 2015 By SUPERNATURAL’s tenth season, someone could seriously damage a liver with a drinking game involving instances where Dean (Jensen Ackles) and/or Sam (Jared Padalecki) worry about the harm they cause. Even so, the episode “The Executioner’s Song” earns its emotions fairly, with Dean rightfully terrified of what could happen if he gets his hands on the First Blade again. However, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “Halt & Catch Fire”

Dean (Jensen Ackles) smashes all electronics in SUPERNATURAL | © 2015 Diyah Pera/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ali Milner, Barbara Kottmeier, Jeremy Thorsen Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 10, 2015 Even on SUPERNATURAL, there have to be some episodes that are just so-so. Not great, not awful, not crazy, just the show doing what it does when nobody is feeling particularly inspired that week, though everyone is still perfectly competent. “Halt & Catch Fire” (not to be confused with the brilliant-every-episode AMC series of that title) is such an episode. Sam (Jared […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “Ask Jeeves”

Jared Padalecki as Sam, Izabella Miko as Olivia, and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 - "Ask Jeeves" | ©2014 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Izabella Miko, Kevin McNulty, Gillian Vigman, Debra Lynne McCabe, Clare Filipow, Marcus Rosner Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John McCarthy Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 18, 2014 SUPERNATURAL goes from the sublime (the previous week’s “Fan Fiction”) to the serviceable with “Ask Jeeves,” a pastiche of CLUE and MURDER, SHE WROTE (visually and verbally name-checked here), with the addition of a monster. The best thing about “Ask Jeeves” – kudos to the editing department – may be the “Then” sequence, i.e., SUPERNATURAL’s catch-up […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “The Purge”

Dean (Jensen Ackles) goes undercover at a fat farm to find a killer on SUPERNATURAL "The Purge" | © 2014 Cate Cameron/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Annabelle Acosta, Corey Sevier, Joseph Julian Soria Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 4, 2014 SUPERNATURAL likes to reference movies in its episode titles, but the moderately gross opening sequence of “The Purge” makes us worry for a little while that the whole thing is going to involve victims vomiting before they perish. Turns out this is just the writers playing into the pun and there’s no more reverse peristalsis in “The Purge,” though the episode does […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Dog Dean Afternoon”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "Dog Dean Afternoon" | ©2013 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Leslie Jordan, Steve Valentine, Al Rodrigo Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 5, 2013 SUPERNATURAL tells us right up front that “Dog Dean Afternoon” is going to be one of its relatively light segments. The “Then” section, although it does have the bits necessary to keep us up to speed with the story arc, is mainly a montage of comedic bits that’s actually funnier than some of the episodes represented here. Dean (Jensen Ackles) is still worried […]Read On »

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TV Review: RINGER – Season 1 – “She’s Ruining Everything”

Sarah Michelle Gellar in RINGER - Season 1 - "She's Ruining Everything" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Desmond

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Mike Colter, Tara Summers, Zoey Deutch Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder Director: Rob Bailey Network: The CW, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 20, 2011 Here’s the problem with RINGER, the new CW soap opera/thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters who invade each other’s lives. A) It’s not very good. B) As much as it’s commendable that Gellar wants to do something that’s not BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, picking a project where she’s not allowed to kick-ass and take names is incredibly hard to get used to. She […]Read On »

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TV Review: RINGER – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Sarah Michelle Gellar in RINGER - Season 1 | ©2011 The CW Network

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Mike Colter, Tara Summers, Zoey Deutch Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder Director: Richard Shepard Network: CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Airdate: September 13, 2011 RINGER fulfills the first duty of a nighttime soap opera, which is to make the viewer curious about the reasons for what’s happening and about what will happen next. Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder have created a series with potential and a likeable leading actress – that would be Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar has been much missed […]Read On »

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