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'Supernatural' Farewell: Thoughts on 'Death's Door,' the Road So Far and Where I Stop Off

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 6th 2011 10:00AM
['Supernatural' - 'Death's Door']

Hello 'Supernatural' fans! Long time no see.

There's obviously been some recent news about Castiel's upcoming return (and you can read Misha Collins' reaction to that here), but today's piece was in the works before that development came to light. I wanted to offer a few thoughts on the Dec. 2 episode of the CW show, which was a terrific showcase for Jim Beaver, among other things. I bet I'm not alone in thinking it was one of the best Bobby-oriented episodes the show has ever done or in thinking it's among the best 'Supernatural' outings of 2011.

It feels good to be going out on a high. Me, that is. Not the show. This will be my last weekly review of 'Supernatural.' But this is not a farewell to the fandom -- merely an au revoir.

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Castiel Returns to 'Supernatural': Your Angelic Prayers Were Heard

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:45PM
'Supernatural' fans, Castiel is coming back to the show for at least three episodes in 2012.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros., which makes the CW show, said that Misha Collins, who plays the fan-favorite character Castiel, will return in the current season's episode 17. Depending on how many breaks the show takes before it airs the seventeenth episode of season 7, Castiel could be back on our screens by February or March.

Castiel will also appear in two subsequent episodes, but the spokesperson did not say which episodes those would be.

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'Supernatural,' Season 7, Episode 7 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 5th 2011 5:15PM
['Supernatural' - 'The Mentalists']

I'm not sure whether 'The Mentalists' will provoke the same furor that 'The Girl Next Door' did a few weeks ago, but this week's episode dwelled on a lot of the same story elements, so I'm betting it'll stir up a few of those hornet's nests again.

In any event, some of the same writing issues that affected 'Girl' were on display here, and those problems have made the season as a whole frustrating and inconsistent. I don't know about you, but the mid-episode confrontation between Sam and Dean in 'The Mentalists' made me almost as angry as the what Dean did at the end of 'The Girl Next Door.'

Man, I'm really tired of this show making me dislike Dean.

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'Supernatural' Season 7, Episode 6 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 29th 2011 7:15PM
['Supernatural' - 'Slash Fiction']

It's been a tempestuous few weeks for 'Supernatural' fans. Well, all right -- for this fan. I can't speak for everyone who watches the show, but I certainly felt many disturbances in the Force as season 7 got underway. It's been a bumpy ride, to say the least, and for me, it led to the writing of last week's 'Tough Love' laundry list of things I think the show needs to fix, address or otherwise improve.

So it comes as a relief to say that I liked 'Slash Fiction' quite a bit, and though it remains to be seen whether the show can fix all of its long-term and big-picture problems, this week's episode was double the fun of anything we've seen in the past month.

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Tough Love for 'Supernatural' (Plus a Few Thoughts on the Show's 'Buffy' Reunion)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Each week, I post a 'Supernatural' review that generally focuses on the hour that just aired, and occasionally I delve into big-picture matters. This time, I'm going to flip that ratio. Most of this post will be devoted to a "state of 'Supernatural'" essay.

Below, I offer a few thoughts on the appearances of 'Buffy' veterans James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter in 'Shut Up, Dr. Phil,' Friday's outing. But I spent that night hanging out and talking about the show with Alice Jester of the Winchester Family Business and academics and 'Supernatural' chroniclers Lynn Zubernis and Kathy Larsen, all of whom are among my favorite 'Supernatural' writers. Though we didn't always agree on everything, we were all of the opinion that there are number of things that aren't working or could be working better on the show these days.

Why is the word "love" in the title? Because we've been devoted to the show for a long time and we know how very good it can be. We're still fans, but, as is the case with a number of readers, our patience has been tested by various aspects of seasons 6 and 7. Hence the tough advice (and you're welcome to offer your own in comments, as long as you keep things civil.)

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'Supernatural' Season 7, Episode 4 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 17th 2011 11:15AM
['Supernatural' - 'Defending Your Life']

You might say that things got lively in the comment area of of last week's 'Supernatural' review. More than 200 comments have been left on that post, and while I don't expect that many to flow in for 'Defending Your Life,' as always, I welcome your thoughts on this episode and on the state of the show in general.

Obviously I had big problems with 'The Girl Next Door,' and though it wasn't in the jaw-dropping realm, I found 'Defending Your Life' pretty frustrating as well.

Part of me had half-hoped it would make the missteps of 'The Girl Next Door' worth it, or at least less galling, but, all things considered, the execution of 'Defending Your Life's' central premise drained much of its potential away.

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'Supernatural' Season 7, Episode 3 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 8th 2011 3:15PM
['Supernatural' - 'The Girl Next Door']

'The Girl Next Door' left me gobsmacked, but for all the wrong reasons.

I'm going to spend most of this review writing about one scene that came late in the episode. It neatly encapsulated a lot of what was wrong with not just this episode, but many other things as well.

If you're looking for a lot of commentary on Jensen Ackles' competent directing or details like the Biggerson's sign and things like that, you're not going to get it this time around.

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'Supernatural' Season 7, Episode 2 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 1st 2011 5:15PM
['Supernatural' - 'Hello, Cruel World']

They walk among us. They look like us. They are dangerous. And they have a plan.

Ladies and gentlemen, the crossover we've all been hoping for has finally arrived: 'Supernatural' has been invaded by Cylons!

All right, technically they're called Leviathans on this show.

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'Supernatural' Season Premiere Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 24th 2011 3:30PM
['Supernatural' - 'Meet the New Boss']

It's so good to have 'Supernatural' back. But it's just as delightful to have 'Supernatural' fans back. I look forward to hearing what you all have to say about the season 7 opener.

So, what if God was one of us? Except he's not really one of us, he's a mutated angel stuffed with millions of souls from purgatory plus lots of scary beasties from Ye Olden Days?

That wouldn't go so well. But it would make for a good hour of television.

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Supernatural' Cast Talk the Mother of All, Heaven vs. Heaven and a Potential Season 7

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 14th 2011 10:30AM
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

We may be a little biased, but we think that PaleyFest 2011's event to honor the CW's 'Supernatural' was a fairly special occasion. Not only did the hard-working cast -- Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Jim Beaver -- take the time to fly back from filming the show in Vancouver to celebrate the occasion and answer the fans' burning questions, but TV Squad's own Maureen Ryan moderated the panel (and did an excellent job, if we do say so ourselves).

We were able to spend a little time with the cast and executive producers on the press line before the Q&A, and though predictably coy on the subject of spoilers, they were more than willing to drop a tantalizing hint or two about the rest of the season to ensure that we'll be itching with anticipation until the show returns from hiatus on April 15. Where's a time-traveling angel when you need one? Spoilers ahead.

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