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Television: Advance Look at Supernatural Episode S6.16, And Then There Were None

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Are Sam and Dean Winchester playing ‘statue’ or getting ready to race each other to the all you can eat Fish Fry!

Neither actually, but it’s fun to imagine what is happening in photos right! However Supernatural fans and viewers don’t have to imagine what’s going on in the sneak peek photos for Supernatural S6.16 episode, And Then There Were None – and it seems Supernatural is continuing on this season naming episodes after movies. 

The CW Network has provided us with a nice synopsis to along with a gallery of interesting photos from this upcoming episode of the hit action series which stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, along with Misha Collins as the angel Castiel.

“And Then There Were None”

SAMUEL JOINS UP WITH SAM and DEAN — Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) set out in search of The Mother of All’s latest monster.  While investigating, they run into Samuel (guest star Mitch Pileggi) and Gwen (guest star Jessica Heafey), who are also hunting the creature.  Samuel and Bobby get into a heated fight about how to handle the case.  Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Bret Matthews. The episode also guest stars Steven Williams as fellow hunter Rufus.

Follow the jump to see the episode photos. All photos are credited to Jack Rowland/The CW and used with permission. Supernatural S6.16 airs on the CW Network on Friday March 4th at 9 PM EST.

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Television: Thoughts on Supernatural S6.05 Live Free or Twi-Hard & A Sneak Peek Look at S6.06 You Can’t Handle the Truth

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Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) got ‘vamped’ and his brother Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) stood by and allowed it to happen.

That has got to be the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen on Supernatural. But, it’s also the first time in a long while that an episode of this hit action series has put me on the edge of my seat. I liked that!

Yes, I like the kind of brotherly interaction that Supernatural started out with. I really don’t want to see them at odds with each other for the rest of the run of the series like they have been since season 3. Yet I have to admit I really like season 6 so far and S6.05 Live Free or Twi-Hard was the kind of thrill ride I like in an action series. I liked Dean’s struggle not to succumb to becoming a monster and to hold onto his humanity. His scenes with Lisa and Ben were heartbreaking and Jensen Ackles hit it out of the ball park again with yet another variation on Dean’s life as a hunter.

In all of the recent interviews done with Jared Padalecki and the writers about the new direction for Sam Winchester in season six of Supernatural, they all talked about how he has abandoned his quest for living a normal life and has embraced the ways of being a hunter. They talked about Sam having a harder edge to him and being more like first season Dean Winchester I.e. kill the monster first and ask questions later. I like how Jared Padalecki has approached playing this new incarnation of Sam Winchester. He has infused the character with an interesting sort of emotional detachment. He has also made some changes to Sam’s body language to a certain degree. Whereas, to me Sam used to have some uncertainty and hesitation in him, now he approaches a hunt with the assurance of a cat stalking its prey. In S6.05 Live Free or Twi-Hard, the writers showed us that Sam is really nothing like he’s ever been before and even more like a great cat on the hunt. It was chilling to watch him just stand there with this look of mild curiosity on his face as he let his brother become bait for a trap to catch the alpha Vampire.

Grandpa Samuel Campbell (Mitch Pileggi) is seriously starting to get on my nerves as a character. The whole ‘the Campbell’s are the best thing in hunterdom since sliced bread’ attitude is grating. Not to mention that there seems to be a concerted effort by the writers to denigrate John Winchester’s contributions to his son’s skills as hunters. I want Dean to give Samuel a good ‘don’t be talking trash about my dad’ slap down like he does everyone else because Samuel deserves  to be reminded that John Winchester was a hunter too and good one.

S6.05 Live Free or Twi-Hard was fun ride that, like I said, kept me on the edge of my seat and it made me remember why I loved watching this show in the first place. Tomorrow’s episode, S6.06 You Can’t Handle the Truth looks like it’s going to be a rocking one too. Sneak Peak look at it after the jump.

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Television: Supernatural S6.01 Exile On Main Street – Romance, Bad Djinn & Annoying Relatives Makes for An Odd Mix for the Start of Supernatural Season 6

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I know the Djinn in Supernatural S6.01 Exile on Main Street (written by Sera Gamble) are suppose to be the bad guys, but I wonder if they would grant this viewer a wish anyway; to send Grandpa Samuel Campbell (Mitch Pileggi) and the Campbell cousins into exile and off of Supernatural as quickly as possible (and why is Mark Campbell now a cousin when back in season one he was Mary’s brother?). I’m going to be right upfront and honest. I never thought any group of new characters introduced to Supernatural would be so immediately annoying to me as a viewer more than the Ghostfacers were. I was wrong. Gramps and the Campbell cousins have the Ghostfacers beat, hands down. Unfortunately, I’m sure that we have a lot more to see of the Campbell clan in episodes to come. Supernatural has been filming since late July and there is no magic wand or handy good Djinn to make the Campbell crew disappear from those episodes. So the best I, as a viewer can hope for is that the storyline involving them gets good enough to make me change my mind about wanting the Campbell’s to go away.

That said, and my immediate adverse reactions to them aside, there are some interesting questions surrounding the decision to bring these characters into Supernatural for season six. As I was watching this part of the story unfold in S6.01 Exile on Main Street, it left me wondering if this wasn’t somehow a loop back to the pre-writer’s strike part of Supernatural season three. Back before the season got shortened and Supernatural, like all the other scripted series affected by the writer’s strike, had to ‘cut to the chase’. Was this the direction they were headed in when Ruby( played in this instance by Katie Cassidy) had Sam investigating Mary Winchester’s background? I’m wondering what meeting the Campbell cousins back then would have brought forth in season three since we know that Sam was originally suppose to have saved Dean from going to hell. It seems pretty clear from S6.01 Exile on Main Street, that Grandpa and the cousins know more secrets about hunting than John Winchester did and are going to play a pivotal role in Sam Winchester’s new storyline and direction.

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Television: Supernatural S4- In The Beginning: A Review

If you think you’ve been on every roller coaster ride possible that twists and turns through the Winchester brother’s lives in Supernatural, episode 3 of the hit series’ 4th season is going to prove you haven’t been on the ‘big ride’ yet.  So sit back, strap yourselves in and keep your hands inside the car until In The Beginning comes to its full and complete stop.

There seems to be rumblings among the online viewer-ship of Supernatural’s season 4, which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester – brothers, supernatural hunters and now two men seemingly on different paths that are about to converge in a way that may alter their lives forever – that there hasn’t been much of what fans/viewers perceive as a storyline presence for younger brother Sam Winchester in the first two episodes. That the first two episodes seem to focus heavily on the deliverance of older brother Dean Winchester’s (Jensen Ackles) soul from hell, from which it was yanked out of and fully restored to life and body by the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) on the command of God.

I’ll be right upfront with you my readers; there is a significant lack of physical presence of Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) in the 3rd episode In the Beginning. However, if you are the kind of viewer/fan who can appreciate a storyline that is about the continuation of character’s journey, even though that character may not be physically present in the particular episode, then odds are you may really appreciate this episode. Possibly appreciate that it brings everything together and answers some major questions about Sam Winchester, his past and his possible date with destiny and sets things in motion that will bring the storyline heavily front and center to his character.  I can assure you, from this reviewer’s perspective, that Eric Kripke and Company have not forgotten about Sam Winchester/Jared Padalecki and their part in the process of making Supernatural an outstanding primetime drama series and cult favorite among its loyal fans.

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Television: Promotional Stills for Supernatural 4.3 In the Beginning

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Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles As Sam and Dean Winchester in Supernatural Season 4

Supernatural Season 4 is setting the pace with non stop action that began in the premiere episode Lazarus Rising, which garnered and 3.96 in the ratings and has continued on with the second episode, Are You There God? It’s Me Dean Winchester which garnered a 3.24 rating.

On October 2nd, at 9PM EST the hit Warner Bros/CW Network series Supernatural, which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, will air its third episode of season 4, titled In the Beginning.  The episode is centered around a storyline in which the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) mysteriously transports both himself and Dean Winchester back in time to 1973. 

While there, Dean meets up with younger versions of  his and Sam’s parents, John and Mary (Campbell) Wincester before they are married to each other. He also meets up with his maternal grandparents, Samuel and Deanna Campbell(guest stars  Mitch Pileggi and Allison Hossack).  The casting of Mitch Pileggi as the maternal grandfather Samuel Campbell is, to me, a very apt casting. In my opinon, Pileggi has the height, build and bears a strong enough resemblance to actor Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester to convey a sense of family continunity.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The X-Files: I Wanted To Believe!

As an X-Phile who sat through every single episode of the The X-Files [yup, all nine seasons and the first movie], I have to say that it was disheartening to see a mere eighteen people in the theater for the first matinee of The X-Files: I Want To Believe. What was even more disheartening was watching the film unfold to pretty much stony silence from the assembled [I’d hardly call it a crowd].

You don’t need to have watched the television program to understand what’s going on in I Want to Believe, but it certainly helps when it comes to some of the inside jokes and character moments. Even a non-X-Phile can follow the plot – which revolves around a specific urban legend – and the relationship between former FBI agents Fox Mulder [David Duchovny] and Dr. Dana Scully [Gillian Anderson] is apparent even to the uninitiated [though some of their exchanges might not have the same impact for those new to the X-Files experience].

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Duchovny and Anderson slip back into their roles so well, it’s like they’ve always been there and there are pleasantly surprising performances from newcomers to the X-Files, Xzibit [as a sceptical FBI Agent who seems like a Skinner-in-training, but without the people skills] and Billy Connolly as a psychic pedophile ex-priest. Amanda Peet, as Agent-in-Charge Dakota Whitney, is merely adequate. Callum Keith Rennie, as the primary villain, brings a suitable menace to his performance.

Unfortunately, the plot is pretty average – to the point where the B-plot [Scully’s efforts to save the life of a boy with a deadly brain disease] is actually more involving. On the plus side, series creator Chris Carter – who co-wrote the script with Frank Spotnitz – does a good job of creating the murky, atmospheric feel that made the series unique to the proceedings. That compensates for many of the film’s flaws.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe is an adequate way to kill a couple of hours, but it’s not likely to spawn the kind of fervent glee that the best episodes of the series generated. I fear this will be the last new X-Files adventure/investigation. Pity… [Please note, stay through the credits and you’ll see a glimpse of Mulder and Scully that is particularly memorable for Scully fans – two words: black bikini.]

Final Grade: C+