TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 finale – “Survival of the Fittest”

Rachel Miner in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 finale - "Survival of the Fittest" |©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Mark A. Sheppard, James Patrick Stuart, Osric Chau, Larissa Gomes Writer: Sera Gamble, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 18, 2012 Before getting into discussing the episode proper, let’s take a moment to appreciate the SUPERNATURAL tradition of beginning each season finale with a montage of what has come before set to Kansas’ “Carry On, Wayward Son.” It takes a certain type of show to earn a tune it can return to every year (HIGHLANDER fans will recall “Bonnie […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

Mark Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "There Will Be Blood" | ©2012 The CW/Jeff Weddell

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Mark A. Sheppard, James Patrick Stuart, Laci J. Mailey, Benito Martinez, Osric Chau, Larissa Gomes, Rick Worthy Writers: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 11, 2012 While the efforts of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to kill chief Leviathan Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) remain deadly serious, SUPERNATURAL’s penultimate Season 7 episode “There Will Be Blood” has a lot of fun with both real-life news and elements it has established. Heard of high-fructose corn […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Reading is Fundamental”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Reading is Fundamental" | ©2012 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Rachel Miner, Osric Chau, Benito Martinez, Emily Holmes, Adrian Glynn McMorran Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Ben Edlund Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 4, 2012 Since SUPERNATURAL staffer Ben Edlund is the creator of THE TICK and scripted some of the funniest episodes in modern dramatic series television (“Jaynestown” on FIREFLY and “Smile Time” on ANGEL), when he writes and directs an installment of something, it automatically merits watching. “Reading is Fundamental” isn’t an all-out laugh fest, but it has a ribbon of humor […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”

Felcia Day guest stars on SUPERNATURAL "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" | © 2012 JACK ROWAND/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Felicia Day, Kevin R. McNally, James Patrick Stuart Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John MacCarthy Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: April 27, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has been criticized a time or two for its female characters. For that matter, it sometimes struggles with introducing any new good guys – we wait impatiently for one or more of the regulars to show up. “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” suggests what may have been wrong with previous efforts with such characters – they weren’t played […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Of Grave Importance”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Of Grave Importance" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Jamie Luner, Anthony Cupo, Elysia Rotaru Writer: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 20, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has its conventions (i.e., plot devices, though it also has fan gatherings, but that’s another story). Some of these are good, some of these are bad, and some make many of us want to smack the TV screen. Among these last is the tendency among main characters to overlook everything that’s happened in the past seven seasons so they can […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Party On, Garth”

DJ Qualls in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Party On, Garth" | ©2012 The CW/Jeff Weddell

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, DJ Qualls, Terry David Mulligan Writer: Adam Glass, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 30, 2012 Sometimes when SUPERNATURAL tries to do a funny episode, it pushes too hard. However, the tone of “Party On, Garth,” written by Adam Glass and directed by Phil Sgriccia, hits just the right notes. The premise combines two seeming SUPERNATURAL inevitabilities – a J-horror ghost and a monster (in this case, the aforementioned ghost) that can only be seen by people who are drunk. Garth (DJ Qualls), […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Born-Again Identity”

Misha Collins in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "The Born-Again Identity" | ©2012 The CW/Ed Araquel

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Rachel Miner, Bill Dorr, Kacey Rohl Writer: Sera Gamble, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 23, 2012 It’s hard to keep a (mostly) good angel down and, while we don’t get an explanation in this episode of SUPERNATURAL as to how and why it occurs, Castiel (Misha Collins) is back with us, and the boys, in “The Born-Again Identity.” Adding to the fun, Mark Pellegrino is back as the ever-cheery Lucifer and Rachel Miner returns as rogue demon Meg. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Out With the Old”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Out With The Old" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kevin R. McNally, Bryan Cuprill, Mary Page Killer, Darcy Belsher Writers: Robert Singer & Jenny Klein, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: March 16, 2012 FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES was in some ways a forerunner of SUPERNATURAL, with two beleaguered relatives (cousins in FRIDAY) and an older mentor trying like crazy to track down the forces of darkness. In FRIDAY, the supernatural troubles came from a store that sold cursed objects; the protagonists, week after week, had to track down the objects […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Repo Man”

Mark Pellegrino in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Repo Man" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark Pellegrino, Russell Sams, Nicole Oliver Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 17, 2012 The standalone plot of SUPERNATURAL’s “Repo Man,” scripted by Ben Edlund, dovetails nicely into the arced storyline, featuring Sam (Jared Padalecki) being continuously bedeviled by his visions of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). The thematic resonance between the two works well, and having a recurring smartass along for the ride, especially one as insinuatingly menacing as Pellegrino’s Devil in Chief, works even better. Four years ago in […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magic Menagerie”

Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie" | ©2011 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Michael Blackman Beck, Jennifer Spence, Jakob Davies Writers: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Mike Rohl Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 10, 2012 Often, SUPERNATURAL runs into problems when it tries to be deliberately funny, instead of just mixing the humor in with the horror. However, in “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magic Menagerie,” the script by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin strikes just the right notes of both humor and terror as Dean (Jensen Ackles) and especially Sam (Jared Padalecki) encounter a situation that’s bizarre even by […]Read On »

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