Ranking the top 5 Empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 who Save the Day: “Touch me again and you’re gonna need another wooden hand”

Summertime is typically known for reruns, but I am happy that some of my favorite shows premiered late enough in the year so that I can get in some quality time binge-watching.  As I look back on some of my favorite shows that released new episodes in 2018, I started to really think about how incredible it is to see so many empowered female TV characters emerging on a daily basis.  These women are strong, fearless, passionate, and loyal.  They stand out because they aren’t perfect.  They make mistakes just like everyone else, but they are able to turn things around and make the right call to save the people they care about the most.  For today’s list, I am looking at female characters that can kick some serious ass and save the day without compromising who they are in the process.  Please note that supernatural abilities need not apply, as I want to focus on female characters that do not have any special powers or gifts.  Please also note that some spoilers may be ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch any of the series mentioned below.  My top 5 Empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 are:

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Claire Novak from Supernatural.

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“I saved Sam and Dean…WE saved Sam and Dean.”

If you haven’t caught up on Supernatural, Claire Novak is the daughter of Jimmy, who is Castiel’s vessel, and she is played by Kathryn Love Newton.  Claire has appeared several times on Supernatural and Jody Mills looks after her.  In 2018, fans got a look at the “Wayward Sisters” backdoor pilot and Claire has grown up to be quite the bad-ass.  She is comically referred to as “Biker Barbie,” which I have to admit is spot on, as she sports some serious leather and a tough attitude, but still has an element of sweetness to her.  In the backdoor pilot to “Wayward Sisters,” Sam and Dean are trapped in “The Bad Place,” and Claire works with Jody and the others to help save them.  She has fully embraced her identity as a hunter and proves to be quite resourceful.  It is absolutely fantastic to watch her take down her enemies and she is not afraid to improvise and even uses a flame thrower to really make an entrance.  While Claire initially tends to swing her fists first and ask questions later, she soon learns from Jody and from her own mistakes that this is not always the best plan.  When Sam and Dean are rescued, Claire finally realizes the importance of family and teamwork, proving that she has grown even further as a character that one can truly count on.

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Al from Fear the Walking Dead.

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“Cause I’m a chick with layers.”

If you haven’t caught up yet on Fear the Walking Dead, now is the time.  This season has introduced us to some really compelling characters like John Dorie, Morgan Jones, and Naomi/Laura/June.  Al, played by Maggie Grace, has truly captured my attention, however.  Al is focused completely on gathering the stories of others and she records them on camera so that she is able to keep the story going as long as she can.  Even though Al drives a tank, she initially stays on the sidelines and tries not to get herself too involved.  However, after John Dorie is shot, Morgan gets through to her and she realizes that she may need to put the camera down from time to time and help save the day.  Al is fully capable of taking care of herself and is extremely resourceful and knowledgeable.  When she makes the decision to help John and the others, she proves to be an asset.  Al can also kick some serious ass, as we see an epic fight between her and Alicia that will have you on the edge of your seat.  I’m looking forward to seeing further development of her character, but I am definitely seeing some real potential for a new heroine to emerge on the series.

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Octavia Blake from The 100.

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“You are Wonkru or you’re the enemy of Wonkru.”

The 100 is one of my absolute favorite shows on television right now and the female characters on the show really prove to be strong, intelligent, and valuable.  Characters like Clarke, Lexa, Raven, and Abby really elevate the show, but I have to admire Octavia Blake’s breakout in 2018.  Octavia, played by Marie Avgeropoulos, was known as “the girl under the floor,” always hiding behind her brother, Bellamy.  When Octavia meets her true love, Lincoln, she was able to tap into her potential and learn how to fight and stand up for herself.  After “Praimfaya,” struck the world, Octavia made the brave decision to allow all crews inside the bunker to save them, but this was no easy task to maintain.  In 2018, we see Octavia’s struggle to hold on to her power as “The Red Queen” or “Blodreina,” as each crew became agitated with the others and the reality set in that not everyone in the bunker would be able to survive.  Octavia was hesitant at first about being a leader, but fully embraced it after Jaha died, taking his words of wisdom to heart.  Octavia recognized that not everyone would agree with her decisions; but that they would all need to stand together in order to have a chance at survival.  In a heroic moment, Octavia begins fighting anyone who rebels and repeats, “You are Wonkru or you’re the enemy of Wonkru,” over and over again, until she finally makes her point.  Even though her decisions as a leader are somewhat questionable and perhaps no longer appropriate in their current situation, you can’t help but root for Octavia in this pivotal moment.  The girl under the floor is no more and a true queen has emerged.

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Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale.

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“Untie her, you serpent hag!”

While there are many empowered female characters on Riverdale, Cheryl, played by Madelaine Petsch, showed the most promise for me in 2018.  We have seen Cheryl grow as a character and take on quite a lot.  While she may initially seem like an ice queen, Cheryl eventually learns to let her walls down and to open up to those around her.  Cheryl has a lot to deal with and her mother doesn’t make her life any easier.  When Cheryl begins confiding in Toni about how her mother stifled her feelings toward other girls, it starts to make a lot of sense why Cheryl kept everyone at a distance.  After Cheryl’s mother has her locked away in a mental institution, Toni and Veronica come to her rescue, but Cheryl refuses to be broken in this moment.  Cheryl rises from the ashes and stands up to her mother and I have to say it’s about time.  Cheryl’s growing feelings for Toni also help her realize the importance of love and loyalty.  When Penny kidnaps Toni, Cheryl heroically shows up with a red hood and her bow and arrow to save her “Cherie.”  One can’t help but cheer for her in this moment, as she is no longer a scared little girl.  Rather, she has blossomed into a fearless and sensational woman.  Cheryl continuously shows her courage, as she stands up to the adults around her and even takes on “The Black Hood.”  Look out world, here comes “Cheryl Bombshell.”

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Kelly Maxwell from Ash vs Evil Dead.

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“It’s Gladiator time, bitch.”

So my number one pick for the most empowered TV female character of 2018 has to go to the beautiful and hilarious Kelly Maxwell, played by Dana DeLorenzo.   Kelly proves that you don’t need to be “The Chosen One” or “El Brujo Especial” in order to save the day.  Kelly is tough and loyal, proving to be a “ghost beater” for life.  After teaming up with Dalton from the “Knights of Sumeria,” Kelly makes the courageous decision to take on the villain, Ruby, all by herself with the Kandarian Dagger.  Ruby is pretty much the queen of hell and is almost indestructible, but Kelly actually puts up quite a fight against her.  You can’t help rooting for her in this moment and when Ruby stabs her with the Kandarian Dagger, she even tells her that she was her favorite.  I remember being shocked and heartbroken in this moment, but Kelly was able to survive in the world through the rift and is ultimately rescued by Pablo toward the end of the series.  In the series finale, Kelly reminds us why we love her so much.  She kicks some serious ass and begins screaming while shooting as many deadites as she can, proving that she is fully capable of saving the day.  When Ash ultimately goes to fight the big bad, he tells Kelly that she is the leader now and I have to agree with his choice.  Kelly is strong and fearless and refuses to compromise herself for anyone.  She’s not afraid to express her opinion and use as much colorful and foul language as possible to get her point across, but that’s why we adore her so much.  Kelly is someone you could genuinely see yourself being friends with.  She tells you the harsh truth whether you want to hear it or not, but she is there for you no matter what, which is something that makes her truly stand out as a good friend and an even better heroine.

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts on some of your own favorite empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 23 season finale: “Every Day We Can Get Better”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 23 season finale, Dean got it absolutely right when he says, “But even when we’re strong, man things are going to happen.  We’re going to make mistakes.  Nobody’s perfect but we can get better.  Every day we can get better.”  While Dean’s words are meant for Jack, it seems like everyone can take a moment to pause and really listen here, including Dean.  Mistakes are going to happen and plans are going to go terribly wrong, but what’s important is that the people who support us will stand by us and continue to fight on, even when it seems like all hope is lost.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s season finale, “Let the Good Times Roll,” Michael and Lucifer make their way back into the real world and prove to be a greater threat than we thought possible.  Meanwhile, Jack contemplates leaving earth to spend some quality time with his father, Lucifer, and Dean teams up with Michael in a way you may not expect.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 23 season finale are:

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Dean talks about retirement.

In the beginning of the episode, Dean takes a moment to think about what life would be like once all the evil is gone.  While it seems like a fantasy, you never really know which battle is going to be the ultimate one.  Perhaps thinking about time on a beach with a Hawaiian shirt is the way to go, especially when you are surrounded by chaos constantly.  Sam seems doubtful that Dean will ever truly retire from hunting, but Dean says he will if the world is safe.  While one can only hope that our favorite brothers can finally kick back and relax, the threat is nowhere near over just yet.

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Dean gives Jack a pep talk.

We know that the Winchester brothers have a real knack for giving pep talks, but Jack is in desperate need of some guidance.  Dean talks to him about the importance of sticking together even when things happen and tells Jack that he is family and that they look after their own.  Even though Lucifer is Jack’s biological father, Sam, Dean, and Castiel have been the guiding forces in his life and remind him what family is truly about.  Jack has been blaming himself for hurting others and when his friend, Maggie shows up dead, the guilt continues to overwhelm him.  While not everything that happens can be fixed, Jack desperately wants to be able to reverse the evil around him.  However, that starts with Daddy Dearest.

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“Like Star Wars?”

Lucifer shows up and Jack does not believe what he sees, as Sam told him that Michael killed him.  Lucifer tries to twist everything yet again and informs Jack that Sam is the one who left him behind.  He manipulates his son by telling him that he’s here for him and suggests that Jack really needs him.  Lucifer further explains that “humans are limited and fragile,” reminding Jack that he will never truly fit in here.  He offers Jack the chance to go somewhere else and start over so that Jack can live his life for himself.  Jack’s comparison of this to Star Wars lightens the mood but is actually pretty accurate, as he thinks about what life could be like “in a galaxy far, far away.”  While the idea is certainly tempting, Jack will soon realize that you can’t just run away and abandon the people you love.

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“This is the end of everything.”

While Sam and Dean are attacked by Michael, Sam sends a prayer Jack’s way, hoping that he will be able to hear them.  Jack saves them and turns the tables on Lucifer when he forces him to tell the truth and learns that he is responsible for all of this and was the one who killed Maggie in the first place.  I mean he also did bring her back from the dead, but does anyone really stay dead on this show?  Jack tells Lucifer he is not his father and calls him a monster, finally making the right decision for himself.  Lucifer tells him that he’s too much like his mother and slashes his throat, as he absorbs Jack’s power.  After a blinding light consumes them, they are transported out of there and Sam has accidentally “hitched a ride.”  Michael explains that with Jack’s power, Lucifer is too strong for anyone to stop and that the world will be destroyed.

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Dean makes the ultimate sacrifice.

A quick flashback to earlier episodes reminds us that Dean was destined to be Michael’s vessel in the same way that Sam was destined to be Lucifer’s.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep up to date on all of this information so I was happy for the reminder.  Dean offers himself as Michael’s vessel or “sword” so that he can obtain the strength he needs to take down Lucifer.  This is a dangerous option but he doesn’t really have a choice, as he knows that Lucifer will kill Sam and Jack.  He tells Michael that this is a one-time thing and makes a deal, reminding him that “you’re the engine but I’m behind the wheel.”  Just as Jack is about to sacrifice himself to save Sam, Dean/Michael bursts in, showing off his new wings.  They kill Lucifer, but I have to wonder if he is really dead, as we know that our favorite devil has a habit of returning even though he is unwanted.  Plus with Crowley gone, Lucifer has been providing us with some laugh out loud moments so I’m hoping he is not truly gone for good.  Dean is happy that the plan was a success and reemphasizes the teamwork here.  Unfortunately, Michael double crosses him and goes against their deal.  He takes over Dean’s body and leaves Sam and Jack.  At the end of the finale, we see Dean/Michael with glowing eyes, walking the streets.  While we are unsure of where he is or what his plans are, we know that he will not be letting his new vessel go without a fight.  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 for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 22: “Sometimes Doing the Right Thing can go Wrong”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 22, Lucifer is desperately trying to turn over a new leaf to make a good impression on his son, but is anyone really buying it?  While he tries to bond with his son, Jack over forced high-fives and inappropriate discussions about his mother, it does sure seem like he’s trying.  It seems like Jack is willing to give him a chance, but are we?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Exodus,” Dean is beyond happy to see his brother, Sam alive and well.  However, their mother, Mary is not ready to leave her people behind, which causes the Winchester brothers to come up with a plan to bring everyone through the rift.  Meanwhile, Lucifer tries to bond with Jack and Rowena makes a valiant effort to hold the rift open.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 22 are:

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“VIP pass.  I’m with the band.”

In the beginning of the episode, everyone is shocked to see Lucifer enter the camp.  He tries to lighten the mood with his winning personality and reminds them that he’s here to join the team.  Sam and Dean don’t want Lucifer anywhere near Jack, but Jack is curious about his father and is not ready to turn away from him until he gets some answers.  While Lucifer possesses power that will come in handy in the fight against Michael, no one seems ready to jump on his bandwagon just yet.

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Mary punches Lucifer in the face.

Lucifer comically asks Mary if she misses him and she responds with a punch square in his jaw.  I have to admit that this was beyond funny, as Mary proves that she is a Winchester no matter what and is not going to let anyone screw with her, even if they are the devil.  Mary explains to Sam and Dean that she is not going to go back through the rift because she does not want to abandon the people here counting on her.  Dean is not ready to accept going back to a world without her and Sam comes up with a compromise, suggesting that they bring everyone through the rift until they can come up with a plan to stop Michael.  While 25 people seem like quite a lot to bring through the rift in a short amount of time, they are willing to take this chance because they need their mother in their lives.  After all, they did just travel to another dimension to save her.

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Castiel vs Castiel.

After reconnecting with Bobby, Dean is concerned about the well-being of Charlie, especially when he learns that Ketch is working with her.  Both Charlie and Ketch are captured and alter-dimension Castiel enters the room, ready to torture with no remorse.  Castiel faces off against himself, ready to take down the threat.  Alter-dimension Castiel reminds him, “we are the same” and our Castiel replies with, “yes we are,” as he takes his life with no hesitation.  While this threat is taken out, we know that Michael is still lurking somewhere in the shadows, ready to make his move.

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“Kids.  You just gotta know how to talk to them.”

Lucifer eagerly embraces his new role as a father and puts his best effort forward to connect with Jack.  After taking off to gather his thoughts, Jack explains that he is ready to listen even though Sam, Dean, and Castiel warn him not to talk to Lucifer.  Jack has a lot of questions but starts with the most important one:  “Why does everyone hate you?”  Lucifer tries to spin his own story about why he was cast out of heaven and does mention that he has done some terrible things, but is ready to make amends.  Castiel is not buying it, however; rolling his eyes at Lucifer’s over-simplifications.  When Jack’s mother is mentioned, Lucifer tries to add some input and says, “Awesome lady.  Lost my virginity to her.”  This revelation is completely inappropriate, but Lucifer continues to try to bond with Jack, which leads to a somewhat inspiring pep talk.  Jack tells Sam that he wants to stay behind and fight Michael, but Lucifer steps in and reminds him that “sometimes doing the right thing can go wrong.”  Jack calls Lucifer “father” to his delight, but Sam is clearly worried that Lucifer’s influence will lead Jack down the wrong path, especially since he is so impressionable and naive.

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Showdown at the rift.

Time is running out and everyone needs to make it out of the rift before it closes for good.  Rowena is back in our world, using all of her strength and magic to keep it open as long as possible.  As everyone starts going through the rift, Michael shows up with perfect timing.  Gabriel tells Sam and Dean to leave and is no longer running away.  He faces off against Michael and is tragically killed to the horror of Sam and Dean.  Gabriel sacrificed himself for them, proving that he did have goodness within him.  Lucifer tries to hold off Michael as well as everyone gets through the rift.  Just before Sam enters the rift, he says to Lucifer, “how did you think this was going to end?”  Sam rushes through the rift and leaves Lucifer behind.  Lucifer is now done being a team player and strikes up a deal with Michael.  He agrees to help him pass through the rift and destroy whatever he wants as long as he can be with his son.  While this is not shocking in the slightest, as we know that Lucifer’s first priority is always Lucifer, he and Michael together may be impossible to defeat.  Stay tuned for the season finale next week!

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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

 

 

 

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 21: “Beat the Devil”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 21 last night, I learned that enemies can easily become unlikely allies when they have something valuable to offer.  While Lucifer may be the devil himself, his fondness for “Sammy,” helps the Winchester brothers out of quite the jam, but is everyone truly ready to make a deal with the devil?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Beat the Devil,” Gabriel’s archangel grace is tapped out, leaving only one other option on the table.  Rowena and Gabriel grow closer and execute Sam’s plan to capture Lucifer so they can get back into the rift to finally rescue Jack and Mary.  While Lucifer is captured, he tries to break Rowena, leading to his own ticket into the rift.  A tragic moment puts Dean on edge, but he is finally reunited with his mother.  This is not the only family reunion in the cards, however; as Jack comes face to face with his father, Lucifer.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 21 are:

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“Pep talks and melodrama.”

In the beginning of the episode, Rowena attempts to cast the spell to open the rift with Gabriel’s grace, but his performance is “premature,” as it is unable to hold the rift open.  Gabriel’s grace is clearly tapped out and everyone realizes that they need Lucifer to keep the rift open.  While this is no one’s first option, they don’t have any other choice.  While Sam, Dean, and Castiel try to come up with a plan, Rowena comically comments that they are like “the three amigos” and explains they will be a while with their “pep talks and melodrama.”

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“We were just reading books.”

While they are waiting to hear the plan, Gabriel and Rowena suddenly realize that they are attracted to one another and decide to have an adventure of their very own behind the bookcase.  When Sam, Dean, and Castiel return, they are beyond shocked and disturbed.  While it’s clear that they were not just reading books, Dean doesn’t want to hear the details and tells them that Sam has a plan.  While Gabriel later comments that he can “cross having sex with a 300 year old red-head off his bucket list,” these two actually have a lot in common.  Will it be a one-time fling or is there a romance in the cards for Rowena?

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“All the people I love to torture in the same room.”

Lucifer is drowning his sorrows at a bar, confiding in the bartender about his problems with his son.  It seems like Lucifer is no longer concerned with heaven or hell and has focused all of his energy on Jack.  After he starts to get a little woozy, the bartender is revealed to actually be Gabriel who puts his trickster skills to good use along with a “magical roofie.”  After Rowena makes her entrance, Lucifer comments, “I killed you too.”  The plan is a success and they hold Lucifer captive so that they can keep his grace on tap to ensure the rift stays open.  While we know that it’s impossible to keep Lucifer detained forever, everyone heads into the rift and Rowena stays behind to “babysit” Lucifer.

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“Step into my office.”

While Lucifer is being held captive, he puts his best effort forward to break Rowena and tries to hit a nerve.  He compares her situation to the “woman staying home in the kitchen,” while the boys go to handle the real work, but Rowena stays strong, refusing to give him the satisfaction of upsetting her.  When this doesn’t work, Lucifer resorts to some off key singing that is beyond annoying, but Rowena keeps her cool.  Lucifer finally strikes a nerve when he brings up killing her and Rowena tries to bring him down by telling him that his son considers Sam, Dean, and Castiel to be his real family.  Lucifer channels his anger and is able to break free.  He wounds Rowena and she deflects him with her magic into the rift in self-defense.  While this is clearly the last thing anyone wants, Rowena has second thoughts about leaving the Winchester brothers to fend for themselves and gets to work by opening her spell book to come up with something to help.

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“Hey Sammy.”

When Sam, Dean, and Castiel go through the rift, they wind up in a different entrance again and need to make their way to Dayton.  They help some strangers who are being attacked by starved vampires on the way and learn that the quickest way to Dayton is through a tunnel filled with these monsters.  Sam is brutally attacked and dragged off, as Dean screams out to him.  Castiel goes after him, but explains that it is too late and that Sam is gone.  Dean is barely able to process what has just happened, but keeps on going.  When he finally reunites with his mother, Mary, a single tear falls down Dean’s face, which is beyond heart-breaking.  Lucifer’s entrance through the rift proves to be useful after all, as he brings Sam back to life.  Sam knows that he wants something in return and is afraid to hear what he has to say.  Lucifer merely explains that “I want what you already have.  A relationship with my son.”  Sam is initially confused by this, but Lucifer further explains that he wants Sam to tell Jack that Lucifer is responsible for saving him, so that Jack can be grateful toward Lucifer and begin to feel something for him.  Sam begrudgingly accepts since the alternative is to get eaten by vampires yet again, but everyone is beyond shocked when Lucifer walks into the camp with Sam, finally getting the family reunion he was so desperately longing for.  Will Jack accept him?  While we know that Lucifer will come in handy in the fight against Michael, what else does he secretly have planned?  The devil can never be trusted, but it looks like the Winchester brothers do not have a choice at this point.  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.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 20: “Unfinished Business”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 20 last night, I learned that it’s never too late to pass on advice and knowledge that could save someone from making the same mistakes we did.  Even though we don’t have any control over their decisions, taking a moment to remind them that we are here for them can sometimes make a world of difference.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Unfinished Business,” Sam and Dean try to track down Gabriel and are surprised when he shows up right at their doorstep, but usually that comes with a catch. Meanwhile, Jack and Mary decide what to do next in their fight against Michael, while alternate reality Kevin Tran makes a grave mistake.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 20 are:

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“Bonus.”

In the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean try to track down Gabriel with the help of one of Rowena’s locator spells.  They are held up at a seedy motel which really doesn’t have much going for it.  Well that is until Dean discovers that the bed vibrates.  Talk about a bonus.  Before they can finish their argument on where to look next, they got a knock at the door.  Gabriel makes their job much easier than they anticipated when he shows up wounded, looking for help from the Winchester brothers.  But what’s the catch?

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Other Kevin Tran…the traitor.

We finally get to see Jack and Mary in the other reality beyond the rift and they are trying to plan out their next move while they wait for Bobby to return.  Michael is proving to be a dangerous threat and leaves behind a prisoner in the dungeon, which is none other than Kevin Tran.  While many in the group call him a traitor, Kevin begins revealing important information about Michael’s plan.  He tells the group about the spell to open the rift and that Michael intends to invade our world.  Mary always tries to see the best in everyone, which includes Kevin, but Kevin seems to be too far gone.  He continues to explain what Michael promised him, which includes a one-way ticket to heaven where his mother will be waiting for him.  While one can feel sympathetic toward this broken version of Kevin, it’s hard to forgive him entirely, as we know what our very own Kevin Tran was capable of.  While both were prophets, this Kevin is unable to stand against Michael and activates the spell.  It’s a shame he didn’t have the Winchester brothers here to help influence him in this world.  While we don’t know how many casualties there are, Jack cloaks Mary with his wings so it looks like they will both be alright.

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“I can’t lose another boy.”

After Jack hears that Michael is trying to break him and is told that he will not be able to win, Jack is determined to go after Michael and stop him.  Mary warns him to stop and think about this, however.  She reminds Jack that she was very much like him before and that running in blind has consequences that can be irrevocable.  Even though Jack tries to tell her that he is strong and capable of stopping him, Mary pleads with him and tells him, “I can’t lose another boy.”  Clearly Jack and Mary have bonded and become very close in the world beyond the rift.  Mary remembers all too well what happened when she was taken from her own two boys and she can’t bear to have the past repeated.  But will Jack heed her warning?

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“I thought this story had porn stars.”

After Gabriel shows up looking for assistance, Sam and Dean agree to help as long as Gabriel helps them in return.  He begins telling them about his story of revenge, as he desperately wants to punish those who were responsible for selling him off to Asmodeus.  The kill list leads to Loki, the original trickster, who will be the most difficult of all to kill.  Sam and Dean agree to help but Dean is not really invested in this.  After Loki says, “So you’re Dean Winchester,” Dean dismisses him and tries to get to the fighting so this can all be over with.  After Gabriel puts an end to Loki, his mission is complete and he agrees to help the Winchester brothers who are a little surprised at this.  Gabriel reminds them that “a deal is a deal and tricks are for kids.”  While it looks like Gabriel is on board for now, can Sam and Dean really trust him?

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“Sam, I’m not going to apologize for trying to protect you.”

It’s getting to be quite routine for the last 10 minutes of Supernatural episodes to feature some kind of revealing and epic talk between our favorite brothers, but I guess they can’t really find the time to have a heartfelt discussion in the middle of a battle between Norse demigods and archangels.  Sam tries to get Dean to open up to him, refusing to be left on the sidelines or “at the kid’s table,” as he so eloquently puts it.  Dean tells him that he won’t apologize for trying to protect him and reminds him about what happened before, which led to Sam dying and ending up in hell.  Dean explains that “I don’t care what happens to me but I do care what happens to my brother.”  Sam appreciates the sentiment, but reminds Dean that they are in this together.  Even if that means dying, they will be together.  After all, the Winchester brothers are a package deal.

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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 19: “Funeralia”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 19 last night, I learned that redemption is possible for everyone and that it’s never too late to do the right thing.  We sometimes just need someone to believe in us and then the rest is up to us.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Funeralia,” Sam and Dean reach out to Rowena for some help but are politely turned down due to her other engagements.  Meanwhile, Cas visits heaven and tries to get some reinforcements but is in for a surprise.   My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 19 are:

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“She’s right you never go to parties.”

In the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean are trying to figure out what their next move is especially since Gabriel walked out on them, declining to join the team.  Rowena seems like the next best option to help them get to Mary and Jack, but she is otherwise engaged when they reach out.  Rowena overhears Castiel and asks if the “handsome angel is there,” to which Castiel mechanically responds with, “um hello.”  After hearing a lot of background noise, the Winchester brothers quickly realize that Rowena is at a party.  She hangs up on them before they can get more information out of her and she proves that a passionate tango dance can be hotter than you think when she literally burns a woman alive at the party.

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“She started taking me to the light.  It didn’t work out.”

After Sam and Dean realize where Rowena is, they decide to head out there to deal with her in person.  They get an uninvited guest in the back seat of their car, however; when Jessica the reaper makes an appearance.  Jessica explains that she is there to act as a sort of “baby monitor.”  She has been listening in and keeping an eye on the Winchester brothers for quite some time now, but only just decided to show up now to offer herself as a resource in this case.  Sam and Dean are suspicious about this, but listen up all the same.  They learn that people have been dying outside of their assigned timeline and that their reapers have been killed as well.  While Sam and Dean now understand the reaper’s invested interest in this, they still need to find out why Rowena is doing this.

3

“Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect? 

Dean of course eagerly replies with, “Ashton’s second best movie,” which keeps the laughs coming even when literally faced with Death himself…or herself now.  The reaper explains that Billie, now known as Death, is not getting involved directly, but has clearly taken notice of Rowena’s actions.  She explains that if reapers continue to die along with people outside of their timeline, it will cause a ripple effect and throw off the grand design.  If this continues much further, Jessica thinks that the slate will need to be wiped clean and that the world would need to start over, which is not what anyone wants.  Jessica reveals an important piece of information when she lets Sam and Dean know that Rowena’s ultimate death will be by Sam’s hand.  There is no other alternative version, which puts a lot of responsibility on Sam and also places him in danger at the same time.

2

“It’s a sports term like slam dunk.”

As Castiel shows off his knowledge on the usage of the term, “Hail Mary,” he thinks that the angels may be able to help them even though approaching them can be extremely dangerous.  Castiel goes up to heaven and the angels think that perhaps they can help each other.  They offer him a deal and explain that he must bring up Gabriel and then they can help.  Castiel tries to clarify that this will not work, but it is later explained to him that heaven is running out of power and that there are barely any angels left to keep it running.  It is revealed that Gabriel could be the key to preventing this from happening.  It looks like everyone desperately needs Gabriel’s help, but will he come to his senses and do the right thing?

1

“Sometimes life is unfair…some things just are.”

After learning that Sam will be responsible for her ultimate undoing, Rowena holds him captive and threatens to end his life.  Billie finally appears before her and Rowena demands for her to bring back her son, Crowley from the dead.  Rowena is clearly still in a lot of pain over her son’s death and feels that it was unjust and cruel.  Even though she is in the wrong with her actions, her vulnerability in this moment is heartfelt.  After Billie tells Rowena that she will not be blackmailed, Rowena cannot follow through and kill Sam.  Billie tells her that she knew she would never kill Sam, which shows how far Rowena has come.  Rowena truly has loyalty and some love toward Sam and even though she knows he will kill her in the end, she still can’t take his life.  Rowena still has the chance to be redeemed and agrees to help Sam and Dean.  They warn her that Lucifer is still around, but Rowena tells them she is no longer afraid of him.  After all, Sam is now the greater threat.

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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 18: “Bring ‘em Back Alive”

Happy Friday the 13th TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 18 last night, I learned that you should never mistake “hookers” for “porn stars,” especially when mentioning them appears to be the key to snapping an archangel back to reality.  Seriously Sam that was a rookie mistake.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Bring ‘em Back Alive,” Dean and Ketch head through the rift to find Jack and Mary, but Dean spots a familiar face that has him thinking twice about his next move.  Meanwhile, Cas and Sam team up to help heal Gabriel and Lucifer tries out his new job as “God.”  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 18 are:

5

“If you had your heart set on Mai Tais…sorry.”

After Dean and Ketch travel through the rift, they end up in some sort of barren winter wonderland, which looks nothing like the place Dean was before.  Dean tries to figure out where they are and quickly realizes that he is not exactly sure where to start looking.  Ketch comments on how nice the vacation spot is but the two are interrupted before they can get much further with their banter.  They witness several humans being executed by angels.  Dean gets wounded and poisoned and Ketch doesn’t leave his side, trying to help as much as he can.  While we are not sure if Ketch has truly shifted over to good, he is giving it is his best effort.  Dean even awards him the “anti-poison merit badge award,” proving that he appreciates his help maybe just a little.

4

Team Sam and Castiel.

Sam is left behind to make sense of what is going on with Gabriel and Castiel arrives for reinforcements.  While Castiel clearly does not agree with Dean’s decision to go into the rift alone with Ketch, he agrees to help Sam with the matter at hand.  Gabriel is clearly traumatized and is not up for speaking.  Sam tries to spoon-feed him his grace to help heal him, but Castiel dryly explains, “Sam, I don’t think he’s going to open up and let the choo choo in.”  They quickly discover that Gabriel has marked up the walls with what happened to him, starting with his fake death and mixing in some nonsense about Monte Carlo and “porn stars.”  Castiel explains he goes on for quite a bit about “porn stars,” but at least he is communicating to prove that his intellect is still present.

3

Lucifer tries out working in the field.

We finally get to see Lucifer again who is now ruling heaven.  Lucifer is bored and is not happy that the angels aren’t doing everything possible to find Jack.  Jo reminds him that he is there to “make heaven better” and politely turns down his request for “strip poker.”  Jo is not amused when Lucifer begins whining that the angels respected his father more, explaining that “Your father created.  You inherited.”  She’s absolutely right and even Lucifer decides to give working in the field a try.  He hilariously appears at an exorcism and tells the demon to take a hike, leaving the priests in shock.  After he tries to explain that he got a bad reputation as Lucifer, he ends up killing them and is now back at square one.  No one said that trying to act like God would be easy.  After Lucifer reveals that he made a lot of fake promises, including being able to give the angels back their wings, Jo is done playing games.  She walks out on him, but not before telling him that she thinks he is scared to find his son and seems to really hit home with this.

2

“The world needs you.  Please help us.”

Sam is getting frustrated with Gabriel and doesn’t know what else to do.  In an inspiring moment, Sam explains to Gabriel that he knows exactly what he is feeling.  Like Gabriel, Sam used to think he could escape his calling, but soon realized that the world needed him and he accepted his fate.  He tells Gabriel, “This is where I make the world a better place.  The world needs you.  We need you.  I need you.”  After briefly mentioning “hookers” in his pep talk, Gabriel finally speaks and says, “Porn stars.  They were porn stars, Sam.”  Not the first words you might be expecting from a powerful archangel, but we’ll take it.  After all, Sam and Dean just used up the angel grace to heal Gabriel so they desperately need him to join the team.  This is all interrupted when Asmodeus barges in and tries to kidnap Gabriel again.  Only he is in for a surprise when Gabriel destroys him instead.  Unfortunately, Gabriel turns down the request to join the team and leaves.  When Dean returns he is more than angry.  We know that they need more grace to open the rift again, but will Gabriel have a change of heart?

1

Dean rescues the other Charlie.

I’m sure fans everywhere were beyond excited to see Charlie in this episode.  Well not the Charlie from the real world, but another version of her is absolutely acceptable.  After Dean spots her, he tells Ketch that she might know where Mary and Jack are since she is clearly working with the resistance against Michael.  Ketch tries to get Dean to stay on the task at hand, but Dean refuses to leave her behind.  In a moment of vulnerability, Dean confides in Ketch and explains that Charlie was like a sister to him and that she was brutally murdered.  Dean feels like he let her down and doesn’t want to do the same thing here.  Ketch also confides in Dean and explains that he lost many comrades along the way but always just told himself that it was his duty.  Dean of course responds with, “Well you do suck.”  Either way, it seems like these two have finally come together, as Ketch agrees to help Dean rescue Charlie.  Even though Charlie doesn’t know who Dean is, she is more than grateful.  Charlie and Ketch stay behind and agree to help find Jack and Mary and Dean heads back through the rift.  While we are still not sure if we can completely trust Ketch, at least alternate Charlie will be there to keep him in line.  Now about that angel grace.  Perhaps Rowena can help since she will be in the next episode.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl