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The other day [ profile] bittersweettwit lamented the fact that he doesn't have enough Grimm icons and since Grimm is one of my favourite shows at the moment, I gladly offered to remedy that situation. I didn't really play around with icons lately - or any art, really - so I feel a bit rusty, but I think they came out okay. These icons are mainly from the episodes Face Off and Mr. Sandman, but they are not really spoilery.


Of Grimms, Blutbaden and Fuchsbaus )
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The mini-hiatus is over and so is my break from review-writing. In case any of you needs a reminder of the pre-hiatus events, here is my belated review for the last episode. Enjoy!

It seems that the show is back on track. Daniel Loflin’s Remember The Titans may be a pretty standard monster-of-the-week episode, but overall I still enjoyed it a lot, mainly because Sam and Dean’s interaction is delightful throughout and there are some great emotional character beats for them. I also really liked the majority of the one-off characters, so their story managed to keep my interest just fine on their own, and the somewhat light-hearted touch did not hurt the episode either. So, while Remember The Titans is not an outstanding episode by any means, it is nonetheless a very solid offering for the current season.

You think any of them chose death? No. The life chose for them. )
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Given Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming’s rather uneven track record for Supernatural, I went into Man’s Best Friend with Benefits with very low expectations, and unfortunately the episode did nothing to improve my opinion of the writers. Awkward may be the term that best describes this episode; from the unfortunate implications that come with the animal familiar/human witch storyline, to the cringe-worthy frat boy humour, to parts of the characterisation, the episode commits quite a few blunders. Still, I did not hate the episode. Mainly I was bored, actually, and if it was not for the few, somewhat meaningful Sam and Dean scenes, it would have been an entirely forgettable episode.

The only way we made it through it all is by hanging together. )

I am sorry this review is so short, but my sisters were staying with me last week, so I had no time to write up more extensive thoughts on this episode. I figured that, rather than writing no review at all, it would be best to just focus on the main issue between the brothers and skip the rest. I may come back to it later and expand on some points, though.
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Trial and Error by Andrew Dabb continues the latest string of 'old-school' Supernatural episodes, which further reinforces the impression that the writers deliberately turned the season around, because they realised their narrative in the first half of the season was not working all that well. Now, as was to be expected after a run of mostly standalone episodes, Trial and Error returns to the demon tablet storyline, but it does so in a surprisingly interesting manner. Granted, the case-of-the-week is handled rather clumsily – the pacing is off and most of the one-off characters are incredibly grating – but the episode makes up for those flaws by giving us some truly touching moments between Sam and Dean. Overall, I am really happy with the way things are going at the moment. Keep it up, writers!

Fighting evil is a marathon, not a sprint. )
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I daresay that Ben Edlund’s Everybody Hates Hitler is my new favourite episode of the season; maybe it even constitutes as a new Supernatural classic, as it seems to herald a new era for Sam and Dean and maybe even for the hunters’ community at large, but I guess that depends on how the writers will continue from here on out. The episode mainly builds on the new mythology that was introduced in As Time Goes By and gives Sam and Dean an opportunity to acquaint themselves with their paternal heritage. Moreover, it gives us a highly enjoyable interaction between the brothers, an interesting monster-of-the-week case and two extremely likeable new characters, which I would love to see become recurring characters on the show. Overall, Everybody Hates Hitler leaves me deeply satisfied and happy, which I did not think was possible given how frustrated I was with the first half of the season.

Knowledge is power. )
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Well, I enjoyed that. Granted, not nearly as much as the previous episode, but, unlike many other episodes this season, rewatching Adam Glass’ As Time Goes By for reviewing purposes did not feel like a hardship. The episode not only expands the mythology, but also the Winchester family history, and I think it does both reasonably well, especially considering how complex the mythology has become at this point in the show. Surprisingly enough, it is the mythology aspect of the episode that I find particularly intriguing, and that is certainly a first this season. Still, I do have a couple of problems with Sam and Dean’s characterisation – mostly because of continuity issues, which really seems to be the main problem of S8 – and that is the reason why As Time Goes By is 'only' a good episode in my book, rather than an outstanding one. But the fact that we had two enjoyable episodes in a row now gives me some hope that this season may have turned a corner.

You’re Winchesters. As long as we’re alive, there’s always hope. )
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Okay, that was fun! LARP and The Real Girl is the first episode this season that I enjoyed from start to finish and that felt like the Supernatural I know and love. Just like other Robbie Thompson episodes, LARP and The Real Girl impresses with a great balance between action, humour and drama and, most importantly, with a natural characterisation for Sam and Dean. The episode not only deals with the aftermath of Sam and Dean’s decisions from last episode and allows them to reconnect with each other, but also returns a beloved character from the brothers’ past to the screen. ♥ I just hope this episode is indicative for the direction S8 will take from here on out.

Having fun won’t help me. It’ll help both of us. )
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You know, I don’t really do episode reactions because I am just not that coherent after watching the show, but, damn, sometimes an exception is in order. A handmaiden and a time traveller rescue the queen… )
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Torn and Frayed, Jenny Klein’s first solo scrip for the show, not only brings the brothers’ ongoing conflict to a (temporary and uneasy) conclusion, but also seems to mark the end of Sam’s storyline with Amelia, at least for the time being. Additionally, the episode advances the mytharc by looking into Crowley and Naomi’s activities, and as was to be expected, they are up to no good. Overall, the episode suffers from the same problems as most other episodes this season, so I do not feel particularly enthusiastic about it, and I guess my review reflects that lack of enthusiasm. Sorry.

I’m just tired of all the fighting. )

So, here’s the thing, folks: Over the course of the past ten episodes, watching (and reviewing) Supernatural has become somewhat of a chore, and I often find myself putting it off, because I don’t want to spend my weekend miserable and in rant-mode. At the moment, I hardly recognise the characters I loved so unconditionally these past seven years, and if S8 does not improve quickly, I may have to let the show go, if only to preserve my love for Sam and Dean before this season is able to annihilate it. So, I will see how it goes the next couple of episodes, but it is possible that, at some point, I will not continue to review this season. Let’s hope it doesn’t get that far, but I thought you should know, just in case my reviews suddenly stop coming.
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As usual, I am going to spend the holidays with my family and hence will be offline for a while. So, I wish all my friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my reviews during the past year; the positive feedback and the interesting discussions really meant a lot to me. I hope you all have a peaceful holiday with your family and friends!

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Citizen Fang by Daniel Loflin – I guess it was his turn after Andrew Dabb’s solo effort last week – basically picks up where Southern Comfort left off and escalates the brothers’ conflict concerning Benny. At the same time, the episode continues Sam and Amelia’s storyline and returns an old acquaintance of the brothers to the screen. I was somewhat spoiled for this episode, and I would be lying if I said I was looking forward to it – I am just so, so tired of conflict – but ultimately I do not hate it quite as much as I thought I would. I do not particularly love it either, but what else is new. I feel that this kind of indifferent reaction has been my main response to most episodes this season, and that is something I never thought I would say about Supernatural.

Sometimes it's not easy to see things for what they are. )
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Hunteri Heroici is Andrew Dabb’s first solo script for Supernatural. He usually collaborates with Daniel Loflin, his long-time writing partner, and I find it curious that they suspended their teamwork for this episode. Interestingly enough, I don’t think there are noticeable stylistic differences between Dabb’s work here and the scripts he wrote together with Loflin; maybe in their years as a writing team their individual styles amalgamated into one. Anyway, Hunteri Heroici is a mostly standalone episode that looks into the theme of escapism versus realism and how it pertains to Sam and Castiel’s stories in the past and present. Unfortunately, the episode also works with a rather wacky premise, and I think the resulting tonal shifts are somewhat detrimental to the overall effectiveness of the episode. Still, I liked the episode well enough. It is not terrible, but also not outstanding - so, basically, like most of the episodes this season.

Eventually, whatever it is you’re running from, it’ll find you. )
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A Little Slice Of Kevin by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming mainly revolves around the mystery of what exactly happened between Dean and Castiel in purgatory, but it also explores Kevin and Linda’s difficult situation as refugees and Crowley’s contingency plans to decipher the content of the demon tablet. As is apparent from this short overview, the episode is rather busy with various plot-strands and characters – too busy for my liking, actually – and as such it has precious little Sam-and-Dean time, which is always a minus in my book. Overall, there are parts of the episode that I enjoyed, parts that left me indifferent and parts that annoyed me, so it is not exactly a winner, but also not the worst episode the show has ever delivered.

If you let it, this is going to keep messing with you. )

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Hi folks, apparently LJ notified you all that it is my birthday today, which is quite funny, given that my birthday is only in two days. Maybe LJ left our time-space continuum and sends out notifications from the future. *g*

Oh, and while I am posting, sorry that my review for A Little Slice of Kevin is a tad late this week. It seems that as soon as I am not under the pressure to finish a review within a week, I start procrastinating. But it is almost done and I should be ready to post tomorrow or the day after at the very latest.
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Southern Comfort by Adam Glass delves right into the heart of the current conflict between Sam and Dean – and it is not pretty, to say the least. Southern Comfort is one of those episodes that I love for its intense focus on the brotherly relationship – which is especially appreciated since the last two episodes had little to offer in terms of interaction between Sam and Dean – even though I find it incredibly hard to watch because of its painful content. Luckily, the appearance of Garth brings some levity into the episode, so it is not quite as bleak as it could be, and I am grateful for that. I just hope that the writers are going to build on the exploration of the brothers’ issues in this episode instead of directing their attention elsewhere for another extended period of time.

It just seems like you and Dean are talking, but nobody's listening to each other. )

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Hi folks! I just wanted to say I am sorry that I didn’t post anything about last week’s episode, not even some basic thoughts or a simple episode reaction. As expected, entertaining my sisters for the better part of the past week left me with no time at all for fandom related things. I didn't even get to watch the new episode while they were here. On top of that, I came down with a nasty case of the flu this Monday, which left me bed-ridden these last few days. In short, I had no opportunity to put a single word about Blood Brother on paper, and I will have to postpone a review for the episode till the winter hiatus, so I can keep up with the airing schedule. Sometimes real life really gets in the way of fandom fun!
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Robbie Thompson was, hands down, my favourite writer in S7 – every single one of his episodes were instant Supernatural classics for me – so, naturally, I was eagerly awaiting his first episode of S8. Unfortunately, Bitten proves to be the first interruption of his winning streak for me. Now, from a purely technical/narrative point of view, the episode is done really well. As usual, Thompson is exceptionally good at paying homage to his chosen genre – the 'found footage' genre in this case – and at playing with different visual styles. However, I think Bitten is the wrong episode at the wrong time, because it kills the momentum the season gained just last episode. I think I would have enjoyed the episode a lot more, had it come at a different point in the season.

Hey Sam, do I really say awesome a lot? )

To give you the heads up, it is quite possible that I will not be able to draft a review for the next episode. My sisters will arrive for an extended visit tomorrow and I will have little time to watch the new episode, let alone write a couple of thousand words of meta. So, I will probably have to postpone the review till the winter hiatus and just post a quick episode reaction instead.

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I will be the first one to admit that Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming do not exactly have a good track record with their scripts for Supernatural. I mean, episodes like Route 666 or What’s Up, Dr. Phil are not exactly in Supernatural’s hall of fame. So I went into Heartache with very low expectations, only to be pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. I daresay that Heartache is the first episode this season that managed to truly engage me, emotionally, and that is most certainly owed to the fact that it takes a step back from the mytharc and focuses entirely on the exploration of Sam and Dean’s current issues. Character driven episodes just appeal so much more to me than plot driven ones, and obviously Heartache is no exception to that rule.

I don’t know about you, but this last year has given me a new perspective. )

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Going into one of Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin’s episodes for Supernatural always feels like a game of chance to me. On the one hand, they have written some great episodes, with layered characters and truly enjoyable humour, but on the other hand they have also delivered some of the worst episodes of the show, with characters that feel incredibly flat and a humour that borders on the tasteless. I think their script for What's Up, Tiger Mommy falls somewhere in the middle of those two categories. It is not horrible, but it is also not exactly a riveting and/or particularly insightful episode. I am sad to say that, so far, S8 fails to truly engage me, emotionally. There are plenty of good moments, but as a whole, I find it somewhat lacking for a start into a new season.

You hid the word of god in a diaper bag? )

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