TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Freaks and Geeks”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Madison McLaughlin, Adam DiMarco, Megan Danso, Adrian Hough Writer: Adam Glass, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 27, 2013 After the emotional and structural intensity of SUPERNATURAL’s previous episode “Goodbye, Stranger,” whatever came next was likely to pale in comparison, but “Freaks and Geeks” wouldn’t be particularly winning no matter where it was placed in the season (and it could have gone practically anywhere). It puts Sam (Jared Padalecki) and especially Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the role of worried surrogate dads/big brothers […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Goodbye Stranger”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Rachel Miner, Amanda Tapping Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 25, 2013 SUPERNATURAL just about hits it out of the park with “Goodbye Stranger.” We get answers, we get emotion, we get some jolting visuals, we get revelations about character’s sexual histories, we get slash that writes itself, we get a super guest cast and we get verbal quotes from STAR WARS and LORD OF THE RINGS and a reference to Sean Astin’s Samwise […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Remember the Titans”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "Remember The Titans" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Brooke Langton, John Reardon, Anna Van Hooft, John Novak, Callum Seagram Airlie Writer: Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Steve Boyum Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 27, 2013 In Greek mythology, the Titans preceded the gods. Most of the Titans were pretty brutal, but Prometheus is credited with giving mankind fire. In consequence, Zeus, king of the gods, chained Prometheus to a cliff so that he could have his liver torn out every day, then revive and go through it all over again. SUPERNATURAL puts its own spin […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Christian Campbell, Mishael Morgan, Curtis Caravaggio, Serge Houde Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Leming-Ross, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 21, 2013 Lord (and Prophet of) knows that not every episode of SUPERNATURAL needs to be filled with suspense, pathos or even humor; likewise, not every episode needs to advance the seasonal arc. Indeed, “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits” does resolve the mini-drama begun in “Trial and Error,” with Dean (Jensen Ackles) wanting to die for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and worried that […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Trial and Error”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Osric Chau, Danay Garcia, Alisen Dorn, Francis Xavier McCarthy, Tamara Braun Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Kevin Parks Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 14, 2013 One of the elements that makes SUPERNATURAL what it is involves Winchester brotherly love. This can take a number of forms, but one of the most visible and recurring is self-sacrifice – even when it’s a big stretch. This time around, it’s Dean (Jensen Ackles) making like the Mr. Fantastic of logic, taking a situation that calls for survival if it’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Everybody Hates Hitler”

Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL "Everybody Hates Hitler" | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Hal Linden, Adam Rose, John DeSantis, Bernhard Forcher Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 7, 2013 If you’re Jewish, a student of folk mythology or both, chances are good you’ve heard of the golem. If you’re not familiar with the golem, the SUPERNATURAL episode “Everybody Hates Hitler” is here to enlighten you – sort of, as writer Ben Edlund has tweaked the concept to the benefit of the story. A prologue puts us at a Nazi camp in 1944, where […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “As Time Goes By”

Gil McKinney as Henry on SUPERNATURAL "As Time Goes By" | (c) 2013 Ed Araquel/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Gil McKinney, Alanna Hoffman, George Touliatos Writer: Adam Glass, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Serge Ladouceur Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: January 30, 2013 By now, we know quite a lot about Samuel, the father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) late mother Mary. However, all we’ve known until now about their paternal grandfather, John Winchester’s dad Henry (Gil McKinney), is that he ran out when John was still a child. Or so they thought. As we see in the SUPERNATURAL episode “As Time Goes By,” it turns […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “LARP and the Real Girl”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Felicia Day, Hank Harris, Tiffany DuPont, Don Thompson Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 23, 2013 When SUPERNATURAL tries to do a lighthearted episode, it often gets too cute for its own good. The show also has had issues with guest and recurring female characters. However, when Felicia Day’s happily fannish lesbian hacker Charlie Bradbury was introduced last season, everything went right as she helped Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) battle evil Leviathan Dick Roman. Dick, as we […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Torn and Frayed”

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Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Osric Chau, Ty Olsson, Liane Balaban, Amanda Tapping, Vincent Gale, Tyler Johnston Writer: Jenny Klein, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 16, 2013 SUPERNATURAL comes roaring back from its winter break with a zippy catch-up montage set to Bob Seger’s “Katmandu,” and then launched into “Torn and Frayed,” which is how Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) all feel, what with the brothers relatively estranged and Cass trying to cope with urges he doesn’t […]Read On »

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News: The CW is pleased with SUPERNATURAL ratings – could Season 9 be a given? – TCA 2013

Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "A Little Slice of Kevin" | ©2012 The CW/Liane Hentscher

With SUPERNATURAL pairing up rather nicely with new breakout hit ARROW on Wednesday night, the long-running genre series has seen major ratings gains this year which poses the question – “Could Season 9 be a given?” At today’s The CW Winter 2013 TCA event, The CW President Mark Pedowitz seemed optimistic about the show’s renewal for another season, without confirming anything concrete. “Nothing has been announced and no determination has been made, but we are pleased with how Wednesday night has worked with ARROW being a bonafide hit and SUPERNATURAL gaining back viewers,” says Pedowitz. “There’s always a good shot […]Read On »

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