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Re-Wri-Day: Supernatural Summary

Some time ago I got the chance to write for THE EXTREMIS REVIEW, but I only re-blogged the posts I wrote. So as I wanted to get a some distraction from the Advent Calendar, you get another one of these. 😉

ReWriDayWhat is the Re-Wri-Day?

Inspired by EdMooneyPhotography’s Re-Work-Wednesday and based on the fact that my writing style for this Blog has changed over the past years, I kind of created my own version of this.

But why the strange name and what does it mean?

I’m awful when it comes to puns and I couldn’t help myself but to turn re-write and Friday into one strange word: Re-Wri-Day. Sorry…
But in conclusion: These posts are supposed to be always published on a Friday, but not necessarily on every Friday, just the Fridays when I feel like editing an old post beforehand.

And what am I doing with this?

I am taking my old posts from the beginnings of writing this Blog or just former posts and read them again to see what things I can change or add. They wont necessarily be actually re-written, but some changes will be made.
In the Re-Wri-Day post I’ll also give you a couple of thoughts on why I had chosen the topic and stuff you might be interested in.

So, let’s have a look at the pages I changed: Supernatural Summary – Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3

Recently I decided that I want to have the Supernatural Summaries I wrote for The EXTREMIS REVIEWS completely on my Blog as well and not just as a re-blog, so I thought about it for a while. It’s fun to summarize and look into the different Seasons, but as I don’t get Feedback as to how often my posts are clicked I wanted to bring them home. Of course I will also leave a link to the existing post on the other page, but that goes without saying.
That said: I have not changed that much and basically just copy&pasted the posts. Though I did change the titles, removed the pictures Julian used, formatted the headlines and took out some spelling mistakes I found in a read through.
And I created a new Category for Supernatural posts: Supernatural.
Still, this way, I have those posts on here as well, in case anything happens to the other side. 😉
Now I just have to find all those broken links to the old re-blogs…

Supernatural Summary – Season 2

Welcome back to the overview of Eric Kripke’s Supernatural; the monster-of-the-week mystery drama series about the Winchester brothers Sam and Dean.
We met them on their first journey in Season One and continue right away with:

Season Two


The sustained injuries from the crash in the Season 1 finale are fatal in Dean’s case so John saves him by making a deal with Yellow Eyes to trade his own life for that of his son. After John’s death the boys carry own with The Family Business and soon discover that there is more to their mother’s death than they initially thought. Azazel – not the mutant, the Demon – has a plan for certain children and Sam is one of them. When the kids he had chosen were exactly six months old, he would come to their crib and leave a little present: his blood. This endows the children with special abilities, including mind control, premonitions, and super strength. Sam and others like him are forced to battle each other for the survival of the fittest, unfortunately that isn’t him. Following his father’s footsteps Dean makes a deal to bring him back in exchange for his life a year later. The chosen one is given the task to use the Colt to open up a Hell Gate to release an armada of Demons into the world. The Winchesters and their gang are able to close it, after far too many have been freed. The only upside of the ordeal is that Dean manages to kill Azazel with the last of the Colt’s bullets.

The Monsters

The majority of monsters appearing in this Season are the same as before: Vengeful Spirits await the viewer in every other episode and with Azazel’s plan unfolding Demons come more and more into the focus.
Through Dean’s short death we also learn about the existence of Reapers that collect the souls for their journey to the afterlife. Another new addition are the Djinns who instead of granting you three wishes, trap you in a dream world and drink your blood.

Plot Points

The review-intro into an episode features Dean repeating their goal and pretty much their family motto:

“Dad would have wanted us to carry on. Saving People. Hunting Things. The family business.”

On the one hand is it a reminder to the audience of John’s passing, on the other hand does this emphasize the monster-of-the-week theme.
A major plot point of this Season are Sam’s abilities. He starts getting premonitions and as luck would have it they meet up with other people having similar powers and backgrounds as him.
 We also get glimpses of the other children that gave into the darkness of their powers by misusing them and/or siding with the Demons.
When in Season One we met Bobby Singer (a namesake of producer Robert Singer), we learned that he is an experienced hunter and willing to aid others in their Cases. With the Season opener we also meet Allen and Jo Harvelle, who run a bar in the middle of nowhere that is frequented by many Hunters. At first suspicious of the Winchesters do they soon become part of the team and help them in the final battle at the Hell Gate.
Re-appearing from Season One is also the Demon Meg, though she is soon sent back to Hell. With her and Azazel – who claims to be her father – out of the way, the playfield is about to change towards the new escapees.

Pro’s and Con’s

The regular appearance of Vengeful Spirits plot is repetitive, yet it serves as distraction from the actual battle – both for the watchers and the brothers – to have something nice and simple admits the chaos. 
Just like the previous Season are the brothers splitting up again for no other reason than to reunite later on. With the big bad lurking in the background one might think it wiser to stay close in case of an attack. Yet, the stubbornness of the characters play against this.
The plot line with the gifted children was an interesting aspect, both in means of diversity of powers, but also in the way they were used. 
Sadly this whole ordeal felt rather rushed and was handled in a few episodes only.
For the first time, we also get a glimpse at the police side of their investigations, when a real officer of the law starts looking closer into the brothers frauds and false identities. 
But this as well only gets little screen time and the full extent of their meddling with actual police business is not shown.
All in all this Season had some more interesting turns than Season One and it certainly gained a better footing. Some things felt unnecessary, others should have been explored some more, but still an enjoyable Season.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Until next time
Season Three: Supernatural Summary – Season 3
Originally Posted on EXTREMIS REVIEWS: Carry On Our Wayward Sons: Season Two – The One In Which Dean Gets That Bastard Azazel

Supernatural Summary – Season 1

Usually a review on [The EXTREMIS REVIEWS] is for a Comic Book volume, detailing what is happening and how the overall storyline is coming along. This one is instead about a TV series and also a bit different.

Supernatural by Eric Kripke is more or less a monster-of-the-week mystery drama show that started into its tenth season in the beginning of October. Because (nearly) every episode follows a certain pattern a proper review – episode by episode – would be rather redundant. Therefore I’ll give an overview of the storyline and a few important plot points so far, so that you will be well prepared for catching up.

Season One


The brothers Sam and Dean Winchester set off to find their father John, who hasn’t returned from a hunting trip. Though, unlike normal families the Winchesters do not hunt game, but monsters; especially an yellow eyed Demon that killed their mother by pinning her on the ceiling and burning her alive. While not able to defeat the Demon, the boys at least manage to meet up with their father. He tells them of a weapon – a Colt, whose bullets can kill Demons – which he wants to use on their mutual enemy. Playing cat and mouse with the fiend, the three of them end up badly injured, after a Demon-possessed driver sends his truck crashing into their Impala.

The Monsters

From this short storyline you can see that the first Season focused on gaining its footing and showing off the vast collection of monsters the two protagonists would be facing. The term monster-of-the-week-show can be used here as each week there is a different foe, with the big bad lurking in the background.
For the first time we meet Ghosts – or rather Vengeful Spirits -, Vampires, Werwolves and of course Demons and many others. Without much explanation as to the why and how, the ways to deal with these creatures are simply thrown at us:
A Ghost’s remains need to be salted and burned; Vampires have to be beheaded and Silver Bullets do the trick with the Big Bad Wolfs.
With the Colt there is also a way to get permanently rid of Demons, whereas exorcising them would send them simply back to Hell.

Plot Points

In this Season we are not only introduced to the key characters – Sam and Dean, and to some extent John and the yellow eyed Demon – but also to some of the key elements of the show.
As mentioned before is most notably the monster-of-the-week theme. While a (version of a) monster might return, it is rarely the same creature two weeks in a row. These encounters aren’t by chance, but instead sought out by the boys. In newspapers and other media they look for strange sightings or freak accidents and then dress up as police, FBI or whatever necessary to pursue their so-called cases.
We also learn about the Colt and John Winchesters Journal, the latter holding information about all the monsters he had encountered in his time. 
Both items are frequently referred to or used after their first appearance. 
The Journal even seems to be like a Wikipedia for everything monster-related as it provides an answer to all the questions the boys have whilst searching for a way to defeat their foes.
Another big topic besides the search for their father is the search for revenge. I have not mentioned this in the summary, but Sam’s reason for joining his brother wasn’t to find his/their father. He wanted to kill the Demon that not just took his mother, but in the pilot also took his girlfriend.
 Driven by revenge he feels their cases to be bothersome instead of a good/the right thing to do for the people suffering from the monsters.
In this Season we see Dean as the boy/man who would follow his father’s words to the letter and Sam as the rebellious kid that rarely agrees with either of them.
 Their arguments are petty and childish and don’t always seem genuinely motivated.

Pro’s and Con’s

While it is unsatisfying that most of the plot is carried by dialogue of the brothers at the end of the episode – usually in or around the Impala -, it still isn’t that bad a reoccurring pattern. Though this is what makes it difficult to review it properly.
A plus point goes to the diverse range of monsters.
When I first watched the show during its original run on television (back in 2007), I was quite afflicted by it. A scene from the episode “Wendingo“, never left my memory. But when I re-watched it, it wasn’t as exciting any more. Though, I cannot tell if this was due to the show or my changed point of view. But I do believe it has a lot to do with the latter as seven years is quite some time (It would be ten if I had watched it on American television).
You need a magnifier to see the plot in this Season and the initial thrill of meeting new different monsters is soon replaced by the predictability of the episodes’ outcome. Still, it is an interesting concept, with some surprises and it has a finale cliff-hanger, where you simply want to know what happens next.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Until next time.
Season Two: Supernatural Summary – Season 2
Originally posted on EXTREMIS REVIEWS: Carry On Our Wayward Sons: Supernatural Season One – The One In Which the Winchesters Become a Pair