Tiny and I have been at it again! We've put together our awards for the best and worst, favourite and least favourite elements of season 7.
So without further adieu....here's part 1 of Amy and Tiny's Supernatural Season 7 Awards!
AMY: I always get squirrely about what constitutes a ‘filler’.
Does the episode have to be completely void of mythology? Or does it have to in
no way progress the story? Whatever, I’m saying Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie. I like this episode a lot.
I like the brother’s dynamic in this one. I love that Sam’s phobia throws Dean
right into teasing big brother mode. It was nice to see a bit of lightness in
his mood…even if it was at Sam’s expense. I also loved Sam dropping into little
brother mode as he chanted what Dean told him, “If it bleeds you can kill it”.
It had fantastic throwbacks to season 2 with the rainbow farting Unicorn and
Sam’s fear of clowns and then that wonderful scene between the brothers at the
end, complete with laughter, apologies and giant slinkies. Yeah, it was a super
Mention: Time After Time.
TINY: Time After Time is no doubt my favorite filler of season
seven. Written by Robbie Thompson and directed by Philip Sgriccia, Time After
Time is hands down one of the coolest Supernatural episodes of all time.
Personally, I love time travel and
alternate reality stories in pop culture – Back to the Future,
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Somewhere in Time (that’s right!), Lost, Stargate SG1, you name it. And I love it when Supernatural does time travel/ alternative reality
episodes such as What Is And What Should Never Be, In The
Beginning, The Song Remains The Same, Frontierland, The French Mistake,
Changing Channels, and in season seven, we have Time After Time – they are all bloody brilliant! Not only
that, I love it whenever Supernatural reveals a different side of Dean – the
fanboy Dean. It’s wonderful to see him gets to play doctor, cowboy and the
Untouchable. I also love the fact that the writing team of Supernatural is so in tune with the pop culture and create their own version of a
mash-up of Eliot Ness, Untouchable and supernatural hunting. Just like
Elizabeth Bennett as the zombie hunter and Lincoln as the vampire hunter, it’s
just so much fun! Brilliant stuff! All I want now is Ben Edlund writing a ninja
episode with Ben as the ninja. Just saying...
LEAST FAVOURITE FILLER
AMY: This is kind of an easy one for me, Season 7, Time For A Wedding. I really didn’t care
for this episode. I didn’t find it funny. I’d liked Becky the couple of times
we’d met her previously and this episode tore all that down. It made me
actively dislike Becky and I didn’t like that at all! I thought it was hideous
what she did to Sam and then hideous how she allowed Sam to pretty much crush
Dean’s heart. He’d never, ever be so cruel to his brother, ever. I didn’t see
it as a poke at the fans initially and but after a pretty good conversation
with one of my fellow Supernatural
bloggers, I saw that maybe they were having a bit of a go at a certain section
of the fandom. As my friend said, you open that gate you can’t expect the fans
not to flood through. You can’t do episodes where you’re playful with the fans
by ripping down that fourth wall and then slap their hands away. But that’s not
why it’s my least favourite filler, I wasn’t offended or anything...it was just
disappointing. Strangely my favourite and least favourite fillers were written
by Dabb and Loflin. They had a very patchy season.
TINY:My least favorite filler is definitely Defending Your Life. I get why Dean is put on trial, and I understand a hero sometimes needs
to show self-doubt, it is part of the hero’s journey, but the story is poorly
executed and the writing isn’t at its best. Perhaps it’s the fact that I hate
it when people-killing monsters judge Dean like he is crap. He is a hero! We
should all know by now, monsters are just monsters, even when they are posted
as ‘gods’. That’s the way Dean should see this case rather than going along
with the whole trial. May be it is just the way it’s written? Dean doesn’t feel
guilty at all, but it is written as if he feels guilty. Dean does not feel guilty
for killing Amy Pond, not once. It is the secret he is keeping from Sam that drives
him into destruction. The only thing I love about this episode, apart from the
boys’ good look, is the return of Jo. I miss her!
AMY: Tricky one. I have a few favourites in Season 7, but
the one I’ve watched the most is probably Slash
Fiction. It’s an episode I randomly pop on. I think one of the things I
like about it is seeing Jensen and Jared do different versions of Sam and
Dean. It’s good to see them
stretch like that. I also really like Chet, the Leviathan in Bobby’s basement
and the introduction of Frank Devereaux. This is the episode we lost Baby for
the remainder of the season, which was a bummer but as compensation, we had
Dean singing All Out Of Love. We also
got a little romance with Bobby and Sheriff Mills. I like the story, the
script, the guest stars, the use of recurring characters and Leviathan Sam and
Dean. It’s a goodie.
TINY:This is a super hard one to pick! But my winner
is The Born-Again Identity for a few reasons. It is one of the most
anticipated episodes of the season. Cas’ death and return are one of the most
debated topics this season. Cas’ disappearance and re-appearance have almost
defined a certain timeline in season seven. Cas’ disappearance marks the
beginning of the Leviathans’ domination over Dean and Sam. Never before have
the boys been so stripped down, no thanks to the Leviathans. Cas reappears just
in time for the battle against the Leviathans. His reappearance also marks the
beginning of forgiveness – not only forgiveness from Dean but Cas also learns
how to deal with his guilt despite the fact that he can never forgive himself
for what he does. Cas as a character has been very symbolic and philosophical
this season. Sera Gamble skillfully writes a remarkable episode to mark the
beginning of the born-again Cas.
LEAST FAVOURITE EPISODE
AMY: It’s Season 7,
Time For A Wedding, for all of the reasons I said earlier. It just doesn’t
do it for me at all.
If I had to pick
another, it would be Defending Your Life
– which was written by Adam Glass, another patchy writer on the show. This was
simply a weak story that had great potential to go deep into Dean Winchester’s
damaged psyche, but took so long to set up the Monster Of The Week, that we
glossed over the elements of the episode that threatened to have any substance.
It also misconstrued Dean’s guilt as being about killing Amy behind Sam’s back,
when it was the fact that he was lying to Sam that was eating him up alive. Add
to it another pussy of a God who was not even remotely threatening or
interesting and yeah, just ordinary on every level. Maybe this is my least
favourite episode actually. Seriously, it’s a toss-up.
TINY:Defending Your Life…NEXT…
AMY: Ben Edlund is my favourite writer forever and he did
some very nice work in Season 7. Hello, Cruel Word, How To Win Friends And
Influence Monsters (HTWFAIM), Repo Man, which I think is overlooked but has
some really fantastic elements and Reading
Is Fundamental, which is a bit of a masterpiece of the obtuse reference and
layered script. I watched HTWFAIM
just yesterday and marvelled at the wonderful dialogue. Ben has a skill at
balancing the humour and pathos of the story that only the very senior writers
on Supernatural seem to be able to
do. I love Ben. I think he’s a fabulously creative writer, director and human
being. He’s one of my heroes and an inspiration.
favourite writer of the season is a newbie to the show, Robbie Thomas. Robbie
wrote, Slash Fiction, Time After Time and The Girl With The Dungeons and Dragons
Tattoo. What a stellar start to his tenure at Supernatural. When the show was signed for Season 8, he was one of
the writers that I was hoping and praying would be back and apparently he will
be. I’m looking forward to seeing some lovely work from him soon.
TINY:Once again, Ben Edlund is my favorite
writer this season. I kind of miss the Ghostfacers Ben, but I am really digging
his profound and complex writing. Ben’s ideas are getting deeper and more
philosophical. As an aspiring writer, I really learn a lot from Ben’s episodes.
On paper, it may not seem a lot, but if you deconstruct the story and the
characters into layers, there are actually a lot of juicy stuff there. I think Supernatural needs Ben’s voice and I am glad he is back for season eight.
AMY: In a couple more seasons I might say Jensen Ackles,
because he’s showing great skill and he’s my favourite everything…but until
I’ve seen a bit more of his directing prowess, I will say Phil Sgriccia. Phil’s
done some lovely work this season, including the season opener Meet The New Boss and the fantastic time
travel piece Time After Time. The
thing I find with Phil’s episodes is that he tries different shots and angles
and sometimes shot transitions. I think this probably comes from being an
editor in his previous life, so it gives him that dual eye. But really, the
quality of direction on Supernatural
is so high, it’s very difficult to pin point the best of the best! But if I must,
I’m saying Phil.
TINY: Philip Sgriccia for
directing Time After Time! I think the way the story depicts Dean and
Sam investigating the case in a different time and space, is exceptionally well
executed, kudos not only to the writing but also to Phil’s direction in storytelling
and editing. The episode is also shot as a period film -- the sceneries, the
costumes and the big band jazz really give the episode a sense of time. Time After Time is definitely done the Chicago way!
BEST USE OF SONG
AMY: All Out Of Love. I really can’t go past that. It’s a
fantastic scene. It reveals, once again, that Dean is nowhere near as cool as
he likes to think he is. It showcases Jensen’s goofiness. I love that he really
goes for it when it comes to the comedy. He’s lovely at comedy. I’m baffled how
Jared kept a straight face. It’s a wonderful scene.
goes to Walking On The Sunshine with
Charlie having an alone moment and dancing up a storm in the glass elevator and
Starry, Starry Night, which was
perfect for the scene between Cass and Dean.
Oh hang on…I
think my favourite music cue might be…Black
Water when the boys and Bobby were walking away from the reservoir after
Levi!Cass disappeared under the surface and the Leviathan were seeping out into
the water supply. That was pretty cool.
So can I have
TINY:Supernatural is known for the use of classic rock. But I love the fact that the show
thinks outside the square and doesn’t use classic rock just for the sake of it.
It is about choosing the most appropriate song to tell a story or reflect the emotional
state of a character. So to me, the best use of song is Don McLean’s Vincent (Starry Starry Night) for Cas. This is very close to becoming
the WTF moment of the season, but this is the best song to illustrate Cas’ ‘off
the rocket’ state of mind. I can’t think of a better song than Vincent to
reflect ‘Cas-gone-nuts’. If you listen to the lyrics, perhaps Cas can be
associated with Van Gogh’s state of mind when he took his own life. A very sad
Honourable mention: Dean/ Jensen singing Air
Supply’s All Out of Love; and Katrina and the Waves’s Walking on Sunshine.
AMY: I loved Dean’s “…Is the Chicago Way” in Time After Time followed by his pouty
“Never watch that movie again.” Poor Dean. I also loved his “Nobody puts Baby
in a corner”. Oh Dean, you are such a nerd.
“Don’t roofie me and call it romance.”
Dude in café:
“You’re a virile manifestation of the divine.”
TINY:Best quote has got to be something Dean
says. It is just how my mind works!! Sorry Sam, you are good but Dean is the
King of Quotes: “The Chicago Way.”
MOST HEART BREAKING MOMENT
AMY: Bobby. Bobby. Bobby. Bobby. Death’s Door had me bawling. Still does. That moment when Bobby
says “Idjits” and dies and leaves the boys just standing there. Then we pull
back to replicate the closing scene of In
My Time Of Dying when the brothers watched John die. Losing 2 dads…so sad.
Then we go into Bobby’s melon and see what was the memory he decided was his
best, the one he saved to last, his boys, goofing off calling each other
jerk-face and ass-hat and then fading away…A-Wahhhhhh! The whole thing is so
damn heart wrenching. Probably the saddest episode ever.
TINY:I feel like we have created this category
for Bobby. This category is previously known as Best Death. Bobby’s death is a much-debated topic for the season. We have
always sensed death is near. Every time when spoilers say ‘there will be a
death of a much loved character’, we go ‘please, not Bobby’. But his time has
come! Bobby is taken away from us. Death’s Door is the perfect send-off for a character
like Bobby. But after his first death, he returns to the show as Ghost!Bobby,
which is another much debated topic. Ghost!Bobby works for awhile but when the
idea of Bobby becoming an angry spirit, that’s pretty heart breaking too. And
then he is gone, again. Triple the sadness! Whatever happens, both occasions
have very emotional scenes and we really experience the sadness of Dean, Sam
and Cas for losing the same friend twice.
Jim appeared at Comic Con back in July,
surely he didn’t invite himself!! So…will Bobby be back in season eight? Just
because your character is dead, it doesn’t mean we won’t see you again. It is Supernatural afterall.
COOLEST MONSTER DEATH
AMY: How To Win Friends And
Influence Monsters when
Dr. Gaines got “bibbed”. Okay, we didn’t see it…but the concept of “bibbing” is
just brilliant! Every time I watch this episode my mind goes crazy with how you
can eat your whole body! How, how did he eat his own head? Did his mouth just
kind of bend all the way back around on itself and then he disappeared into
nothing…leaving just a black oil slick? What?! I want to see! I want to see
“bibbing” real bad. Conceptually, this might be the coolest monster death ever!
TINY:Dick Roman! His death scene isn’t as
dramatic as the death of YED, Lucifer or Michael. But the build up of his death
is really good, the way he dies doesn’t disappoint. Dick is a good villain, he
somehow reminds me of the Luthors in Smallville. While Dick doesn’t go down as one of the
best villains ever on the show, he is good at screwing the boys, causing
disruption. James Patrick Stuart has done a fantastic job as Dick. Thanks for
AMY: I’m taking this to mean a fistfight, or physical
fight, so I’m going to say the Clowns vs. Sam. It was pretty funny and pretty
full on. I remember Jared saying he ached for days after it. I love that it
ended in a shower of glitter! Only on Supernatural!
TINY:OK so, I am not going to pick a physical
fight. But I will pick a emotional ‘fight’ between
Sam and Dean. At the end of The Mentalists when Dean flips and tells Sam to quit
being a bitch for Amy Pond’s death. Dean isn’t feeling guilty about killing Amy
Pond, he has to kill a monster who kills people. That’s what they do as
hunters. That’s what family does, do each other’s dirty work! It is a dialogue
the brothers have to have. I am glad it happens as I don’t want see this to
drag on any longer. And I think this fight is important. I feel that after this
fight, the dark cloud is gone…no more secret. And I think the brothers are
somehow bonded over this incident and trust is rebuild.