My performance of the week ending 4/27/19 on TV goes to…

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, and Misha Collins as Sam, Dean, Jack, and Castiel on Supernatural. I was absolutely blown away by their performances in the season 14 finale and I have to give the performance of the week to all four of these amazing actors because they really pulled out all the stops.  The season finale left us with a major cliffhanger and SPN fans everywhere are wondering what the final season will look like, but I have to take a moment to talk about the growth of some of our favorite characters and the incredible performances of the cast.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.

Let’s start with Sam.  Jared Padalecki is always so brilliant and Sam has really been making me cry lately.  I love that Sam always tries to see the good in everyone.  He knows that he needs to make difficult decisions, but they continue to weigh on him, which makes me connect so much to his character.

Dean has been through so much in season 14 and he has shut down on more than one occasion.  However, Dean has a truly significant moment in the season finale when he decides not to follow through with eliminating Jack.  Unlike Sam, Dean is always prepared to do what is necessary and he seems to be first in line to sacrifice himself even when he should stop and think for a moment, playing the role of big brother.  However, Dean truly takes a minute to think about his actions, as he also considers what his mother may think, which really helped develop his character even more.  Jensen never disappoints!

Castiel has grown so much from his first appearance on the show and Misha Collins continues to impress me with his portrayal of Cass.  Sure, Castiel may bring on the laughs, but he also wants goodness to prevail, refusing to give up hope even when it seems like all hope is gone.  Castiel’s father-son relationship with Jack is so beautiful and real and I think it has really made such an incredible impact on his own character, realizing what life is all about.

When Jack lost his soul, my heart broke because there has always been such an innocence and naivete to Jack, played brilliantly by Alexander Calvert.  Jack’s spiral into darkness is that much more heartbreaking because of this, especially when we know that Sam, Dean, and Castiel are his real family.  When Dean points the gun at Jack, he tells Dean that he understands, which is such an important moment for him.  Even though Jack feels empty and different, he knows what his family has to do and he accepts his fate, proving that he is still capable of so many great things, but we’ll have to see if his fate is sealed or not.

What’s next for our favorite characters?  I’m not sure, but I can’t wait for season 15 to premiere.  It will be bitter sweet for me, as I have grown up watching these characters and I consider them to be a part of my own family.  While I always knew that the show would one day come to an end, it doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking.  However, the show will also live on for me and I will continue to be thankful for witnessing such incredible performances over the years.  I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 19: “Jack in the Box”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 19, I realized that innocence can be dangerous.  Good intentions can easily be manipulated or distorted and trusting the people you care about the most can help or hurt you.  But what happens when that trust is finally broken?  Do we give in to the emptiness or do we still try to find a glimmer of humanity buried within? Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Jack in the Box,” Sam and Dean try to honor Mary and have a meaningful discussion with other Bobby.  Meanwhile, Jack continues to be pestered by Lucifer and is tricked into doing “God’s work” by Duma.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 19 are:

5

“We’re so glad for the time that we had.”

In the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean hold a memorial service for Mary and invite some of their hunter friends.  Dean talks about how they got a second chance with her and how they really got to know Mary as a person.  He explains that she was strong and stubborn as hell and also mentions that she really couldn’t cook worth a damn, but this moment was truly touching, as we see how many lives Mary influenced over the years.  However, the moment when Dean goes off by himself and is just seen crying was very powerful for me and caused me to shed a few tears of my own.  Dean always tries to be so strong for his friends and family, but when he is by himself, he finally allows himself a moment to truly mourn the loss of his mother.

4

“If his human side is gone, you know what’s left…Lucifer.”

Other Bobby makes an appearance at Mary’s memorial and takes out a monster who was lurking in the crowd, but please make sure he gets his hatchet back!  Bobby actually provides Sam, Dean, and Castiel with some great advice, as he reminds them about what they need to do.  Even other Bobby explains that he has a soft spot for Jack, but he understands that sometimes you need to do what is necessary for the greater good.  Dean seems all for this, but can Castiel and Sam follow along?  We know that they both have a strong connection to Jack and it may be more difficult for them to try and eliminate him, as they understand that he doesn’t fully comprehend his actions.

3

“It doesn’t have to be a dream.”

After Castiel fills Duma in about what’s going on with Jack, she takes this opportunity to use him to her advantage.  Duma is trying to secure her place as the leader of heaven and she manipulates Jack by telling him that Sam and Dean would want him to do God’s work.  However, Jack starts to take some passages from the bible too literally when he actually begins to make them come true.  I even had to turn away from the screen when the worms started eating that pastor from the inside.  Gross!  Jack still has so much naivete, but this is now dangerous because he doesn’t have a soul to truly think about the consequences of his actions.  Jack begins to make going to heaven a reality and he’s even making angels out of humans, which could become a very dangerous threat.

2

“They never loved you…”

Lucifer continues to exist within Jack’s mind and it doesn’t look like he is going anywhere.  Jack tries to tell him that he doesn’t want to listen to him, but Lucifer can be very convincing and he plays on Jack’s weaknesses.  He repeatedly tells Jack that he cannot trust the Winchesters and tries to get Jack to unleash the power within him.  Is Jack a greater threat than Lucifer?  I’m not sure, but it doesn’t help that he has him cheering in his mind’s corner at all times.

1

“I don’t know if I can do it.”

Dean recognizes that they cannot defeat Jack because he is so powerful, but he can be contained.  He circles back to the Ma’lak box, which he was going to use to trap him and Michael once upon a time.  Dean tells Sam that he needs to be the one to lie to Jack, but Sam is not sure that he can do this.  Jack trusts Sam so completely and Dean knows that he will do what he says, promising that they are working on some sort of spell to restore Jack’s soul even though this is not true.  Sam does what he has to and locks Jack inside, but his guilt is overwhelming him. 

Castiel eliminates Duma and tries to tell the Winchesters that Jack was tricked, but it’s too late.  The trust has been broken and Jack is actually able to tap into enough of his power to break free from the box with Lucifer’s support.  Jack stares at Sam, Dean, and Castiel with glowing eyes, suggesting that he has become something even more powerful.  Is there any way to stop Jack?  Stay tuned for the season finale next week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 16: “Don’t Go in the Woods”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 16, I remembered that I will never go in the woods pretty much ever.  I’m not a fan of camping or hiking as it is and I’ve seen enough scary movies to convince me to stay far away from the woods after dark and this episode continued to reinforce that fear.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Don’t Go in the Woods,” Sam and Dean investigate a case at Big Creek State Park in Iowa after a girl is brutally attacked by an “animal.”  Meanwhile, Jack is given a mission of his own and meets up with Max and some of her friends.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 16 are:

5

“My mission is shopping.”

Sam and Dean decide that it may not be the best idea to have Jack tag along on their case right now since he has been going through quite a lot and they don’t really know if they can trust his powers just yet.  However, Jack gets his own special mission, as Dean provides him with a very important shopping list for supplies, which includes beer, listed twice.  I mean, it is pretty important, but I started to wonder what Jack would do for ID and it’s funny how this came up later on.

4

“The Ghostfacers are cool.”

So, I am a Supernatural fan for life and I love any excuse to mention the Ghostfacers.  I was extremely excited to see a fun cameo from them in this episode.  When Jack heads out on his important shopping mission, he runs into Max and some of her friends on the way.  As a reminder, we saw Max and her friends in episode, “Lebanon,” earlier this season.  One of Max’s friends is watching a video on his phone of the Ghostfacers and Jack says he has never heard of them.  We get to see a quick clip of them saying, “Winchesters still suck ass though,” which is absolutely hilarious.  I’d love to get another full Ghostfacer episode for sure and you can’t help loving their catchy theme song, which you can listen to here!

Max and her friends tell Jack that they know about the whole hunting thing and Jack tries to play it off by asking, “What’s a ghost?”  Jack is relieved that they know about everything and it looks like he may get the chance to actually hang out with some kids his own age.  Then again, he is only two…twenty…two.

3

“I can fix this.”

It initially seems like Jack is fitting in with his new group of friends, as he is extremely excited to invite them into the world of demons and monsters.  Jack even shows off his abilities and is asked:  “Dude, are you like a Jedi or something?”  However, as this started, I began to worry that Jack was not in control of his powers and that the impact on his soul would prevent him from knowing where the line is.  After Jack went a little bit crazy with the angel blade, one of the girls is accidentally stabbed.  Jack is able to heal her, but his new friends tell him to stay away.  Is Jack truly dangerous?  I don’t think that Jack has bad intentions, but losing part of your soul and not understanding right from wrong is not something to be taken lightly, especially since Jack may be the most powerful being in the world right now.

2

“We hunt these things.”

As Sam and Dean investigate the case further, they realize that they may be dealing with a Kahunta.  It means whistler and the Kahunta can certainly carry a creepy tune, which sort of reminded me of a darker version of Negan’s whistle from TWD.  The sheriff in town seems to know a lot more than he is initially letting on and we find out that the Kahunta was actually made.  It’s a curse and the being would always be starving unless he fed, but if he failed to, he would then be forced to feed on himself.  The Kahunta is definitely not a looker and even has this burning type of ooze that drips from his mouth, which had my stomach turning.  Sam and Dean work with the sheriff to stop him once and for all, but the sheriff tries to ask them why they don’t just tell people that monsters exist.  Sam and Dean explain that knowing about monsters and fighting them are two different things and that people still ultimately die.  I thought this moment was important and relevant, especially since it connected to what Jack is dealing with right now.  Luckily, teamwork ends up panning out here and the Kahunta is taken out once and for all.  “Gesundheit!”

1

“It was crappy of us not to tell you.”

After the encounter with the sheriff, Sam and Dean realize that they need to be honest with Jack about their concerns.  Sam and Dean come clean with him and tell Jack that he deserves the truth.  Jack says he understands and won’t use his powers without permission.  However, Jack does not tell Sam and Dean about what happened, which is very concerning.  Is Jack trying to protect himself or is there something else going on here?  Either way, it’s not a good sign that he is keeping his family in the dark.  Stay tuned!  New episodes return April 4th

**Supernatural has announced that season 15 will be its last.  15 is a very lucky and significant number to me so although it is bitter sweet, I think it is the right call for the series to end after next season. Carry on my Wayward Son.  SPN never really ends though, as it will continue to live on through its SPN family.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 14: “Everything Means Something”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 14, I learned that volatile magic is not to be taken lightly.  Even if the big bad is gone, there is always a consequence and it might be one the Winchester brothers never see coming.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Ouroboros,” Sam and Dean continue to try and track down a new threat with the assistance of Jack and Castiel.  Rowena joins Team Winchester as well, but gets an uninvited guest who tries to break up the party.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 14 are:

5

“I’m on a first name basis with some psycho pen pal…”

During the episode, a new threat begins to leave corpses behind after he feasts on their organs.  Gross.  He uses venom to numb his victims before he starts his work and Sam and Dean have been trying to catch him for a little while now.  We soon learn that the threat, Noah, has some kind of connection or interest in Dean, as he leaves behind a note for him with the victim’s body in the truck.  Noah says he can see Dean, Sam, and Rowena, but he cannot detect Castiel or Jack for some reason, which means he cannot see angels.  This gives Team Winchester the advantage, as they try to put a stop to him once and for all.

4

“I thought my performance was quite magnificent.”

It always is, Rowena, and it’s always wonderful to see our favorite witch on the show.  Rowena tries to help the Winchester brothers defeat Noah and points out that there are other ways of doing things besides posing as the FBI, which is an excellent point.  Rowena and Sam show up at the vet with their adorable dog, Jack, in order to get the anti-venom they need.  This moment is a lot of fun for sure, but Rowena recognizes that something is not right with Jack and asks Sam what he did to him, feeling the volatile magic within.  There are always consequences to everything and even Jack begins showing signs that he may be over abusing his powers.

3

“The hurt will remind you how much you loved them.”

In a touching moment, Castiel sits down with Jack to talk about everything and tries to explain that Sam and Dean are human and that they will eventually be gone and that they will need to carry on.  He says that losing people is part of growing up, but Jack asks, “What’s the point?”  Jack is still very naive and young in so many ways, but he has a big heart and he just wants to help the people he loves.  Castiel really does a great job with the whole father-son speech, as he tells Jack that the point is that they were here and he got to know them.  It may be awful, but it’s also part of living and this moment proves just how far Castiel has come from the beginning of the series.  Castiel has shown so many signs of humanity, but we know that The Empty is still lingering around, waiting to take Castiel away once and for all.  After all, happily ever after does not last very long on Supernatural.

2

“And you do care about them…so say yes.”

After Noah is defeated, Dean will not wake up and everyone begins to panic.  Dean eventually wakes up screaming, as we find out that Michael is gone from his mind.  Maggie and the others in the bunker are killed and Michael possesses Rowena.  Castiel says that Rowena would have never said yes, but Michael plays on her own growing humanity, as he tells her that he will kill everyone she cares about if she doesn’t say yes.  The choice is up to her, but Rowena ultimately does this to try and protect her friends, which proves that Rowena may not be a villain anymore after all.  However, there is that pesky prophecy about Sam killing her in the end.

1

“I am a Winchester…you won’t hurt anyone ever again.”

Jack refuses to stand by and do nothing, as he uses his powers to kill Michael and free Rowena.  Jack’s wings return and he says, “I’m me again,” but at what cost?  Volatile magic is not something to be taken lightly and Jack may have just released an even bigger threat than Michael.  Does this mean that Jack’s soul is gone?  What other consequences will emerge?  There are still so many unanswered questions, but I have to say that I am really happy that Michael is gone once and for all.  I felt like this story-line was over a long time ago and was being dragged out, so it’s nice to see this threat eliminated, but this is also not the end that Billie predicted.  Has Jack changed the course of fate?  Stay tuned! 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 1 season premiere: “What Do You Want?”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 1 season premiere, the wait is finally over and we get to catch up with the Winchester brothers.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  A lot happened last season, but to quickly catch you up, Michael is currently residing in Dean’s body, Jack has lost his powers, Lucifer is dead, and Bobby is alive.  Well it’s not our Bobby, it’s a Bobby from another dimension, but you get the idea.  In last night’s season premiere, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” we learn that Michael is travelling all over the world to find out what holy men want.  Meanwhile, Jack is trying to adjust to life without his powers, Sam and Castiel are trying everything to track down Dean, and Lucifer’s vessel, Nick, is still alive.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“The other one.  The better one.”

In the beginning of the episode, we catch up with Dean, or rather Michael, who is still sporting his Newsboy cap with style.  We learn that Dean/Michael has been travelling all over the world and has been speaking to holy men, asking them what they want.  Dean/Michael interrupts a man who is praying to Allah and asks him what he wants, but quickly breaks down the facade and shows him what a hypocrite he has been.  Dean/Michael explains that, “you’re lost and not worth saving.”  Michael is looking for a better world, but what extreme measures will he take to create it?

4

“I don’t understand how Lucifer could die and I could live.”

I’m not really sure either Nick, but I am excited to still have Mark Pellegrino on the show.  Seriously he’s the best.  Sam explains that he is not too sure either, but tries to see if Nick has held on to any important information that could help him track down his brother.  While Nick doesn’t seem too useful just yet, you have to wonder if Lucifer will somehow come back from the dead and raise hell.  I mean it’s not the first time he has done this.

3

“It ain’t how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Good advice parallel world Bobby.  Jack hilariously asks him if that was Ghandi and it’s great to see that Jack hasn’t lost his unintentional humor along with his grace.  Jack has been trying to adjust to life without his powers, but it is a lot for him.  Jack desperately wants to help his friends and family and Bobby is a good mentor for him.  Bobby has been trying to train him on fighting, but Jack still has a lot to learn.  I’m confident that he will find his place sooner or later, especially since we know his heart is in the right place.

2

“There will be no new king of hell.  Not today.  Not ever.”

Sam is not messing around, as his number one priority is to find his brother.  Castiel consorts with a demon, trying literally everything to find his good friend.  The demon even jokes to Castiel, “I thought you two were joined at the everything.”  The demon holds Castiel hostage and gives Sam a call, who arrives with plenty of backup.  The demon explains that “hell is in a bit of a pickle” and he wants to make a deal with Sam.  Demons do love their fair share of deals.  Well they aren’t really fair about it, but they definitely know how to stick to a contract for sure.  The demon tells Sam that he wants the “Crowley deal” and Sam had me cheering out loud when he says, “But you’re no Crowley.”  No this demon is definitely nowhere near the level of our old frenemy, Crowley.  The threat is eliminated and Sam tells the other demons that there will be no new king of hell and that anyone who thinks otherwise will need to go through him directly.  While I appreciate Sam’s words, it got me thinking about a new potential king of hell.  We know that the demons are not going to just sit by because a Winchester told them to.  So many other characters have come back from the dead.  Is it possible that we may see Crowley again?  Fingers crossed!

1

“You got me.  You have all of us.  You have your family and we are going to find Dean and beat Michael…because that’s what we do.”

I have to admit that I have missed the Supernatural  pep talks quite a lot.  Jack is feeling defeated after he merely just got punched in the face and Castiel hilariously points out that pretty much everyone got punched in the face.  Jack is feeling useless and doesn’t know how to help.  Castiel reminds him that his grace will restore itself eventually, but that he has him in the meantime and his entire family, which is a touching moment.  Castiel, Sam, and Dean have been like fathers to Jack and they have all been influencing him and helping him discover who he is along the way.  I’m looking forward to seeing Jack’s character develop even further and I have a feeling that he will make a difference in the world without his grace.  At the end of the episode, Sam receives a call from Sister Jo and she tells him that they have a problem, revealing that she received a visit from Dean/Michael earlier.  Dean/Michael visits with a vampire and recognizes that this creature knows exactly what it wants.  Is Michael about to form an alliance with vampires?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but I’m not sure that Michael has the best intentions for his “better world.”

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

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