Supernatural: The Final Episodes

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

All good things must come to an end. After 15 seasons, of of my favorite TV series, Supernatural is riding the old 67’ Chevy Impala into the sunset. It’s bittersweet, I’ve been following these characters for over 15 years now, that’s a huge chunk of my life. After that long you almost feel like you know these fictional people. So saying goodbye to Supernatural, is a little bit like saying goodbye to a friend. However, I also believe that great stories require great endings. So even though I feel like I could watch Sam and Dean Winchester drive around the country in Baby (their aforementioned 67’ Chevy Impala) and hunt the things that go bump in the night, for many more years to come, i’m glad that they’re wrapping up the story while it’s still strong. Bowing out while you’re still beloved is far better than overstaying you’re welcome. Remarkably, even after 15 seasons Supernatural is still a damn good show. I’ve often said that Seasons 3-5 of Supernatural are among the best seasons of television I’ve ever seen. With its unique and heartfelt storytelling, Supernatural will remain a classic among genre fans for years to come.

Whenever people tell me that they’ve heard great things about the show and want to check it out, but they find Supernatural’s lengthy run a little daunting. I usually tell them that the show is well worth it, but there’s a great alternative if you just want to dip your toes into the Supernatural universe. The show’s creator Eric Kripke (currently the showrunner on AmazonPrime’s The Boys) has said that he always envisioned Supernatural as a five season show.  Seasons 1-5 are really one long narrative that wraps up perfectly in the Season 5 Finale. Everything in the show from the first episode on, culminates in the Season 5 Finale, which could have also served as a great series finale. So If you enjoy it and want to see more, you have another 10 seasons of the show to dive into. It’s kind of like Avengers: Endgame, even though we know that this universe and some of these characters are continuing on after this particular part of the saga, this is a definitive conclusion to the story that they told in the first five seasons of the series. And it is one hell of a Finale. 

Seasons 6-10 are probably Supernatural’s weakest. Yet even at it’s lowest point, the series was never anything less than damn solid, with bright spots of brilliant episodes sprinkled throughout each of those seasons. However, something surprising and unusual, for a long running TV show, happened when the series returned for it’s 11th season. Supernatural achieved a second renaissance. The series was revitalized in its final seasons. With Seasons 11-13 in particular, the show returned to the glory days of it’s earlier years. It’s even more impressive because the show had a decade of storytelling behind it at that point. How many TV shows can say that they put out some of their very best content, after 10 years of storytelling?  This is one of the many reasons that Supernatural has such a devoted fan base. 

   So far The Final Season, Season 15, hasn’t disappointed. With Sam, Dean, and of course their best friend and fallen angel Castiel, going up against God himself (though he prefers to go by Chuck). Because of the coronavirus, instead of getting the final episode this past spring the show will be returning to air it’s final episodes on October 8 on The CW. Supernatural is one of The CW’s most popular shows and has been a flagship series for the network. The Final Episodes of Supernatural are being treated as special event by The CW. Apparently the ending we’re getting to Supernatural will be slightly different than the one we would have seen last Spring. I’ve heard a few people on the show say, that the extra time allowed the writers and producers  to fine tune The Final Episodes and work out any minor kinks. The longer Supernatural has to prepare for its grand finale the better. In a recent interview, Jensen Ackles who plays Dean Winchester explained that the penultimate episode serves as a season finale, with the final episode functioning as a series finale.

I can’t wait to see how it all plays out and I only became more excited when The CW put out these two new promos for the returning episodes, the final run of Supernatural. I’ve posted both of the trailers below for you to check out:

The finale episodes of Supernatural return October 8th on The CW

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-Paul

PODCAST: Good Omens! Chernobyl! Swamp Thing! Deadwood! & More!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

  This was one HELL of weekend for great television. I watched some of the best shows and miniseries that I’d seen all year, just between last Saturday and Sunday. Amazon Prime debuted their six-episode miniseries Good Omens on Thursday. The story is based on the classic novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. A unique and fun blend of comedy/drama/fantasy, the miniseries follows a demon named Crowley (David Tennent) and an angel named Aziraphael (Michael Sheen) who’ve been on Earth since the Garden of Eden a develop an unlikely friendship over the millennials. When orders come from their higher ups that Armageddon is about to begin with the birth of The Antichrist, Crowley and Aziraphael do everything they can to stop the Apocalypse because the like living on Earth too much. There’s a lot to love here, including a fantastic supporting cast (Jon Hamm, Francis McDormand, Brian Cox, etc.), but what makes the miniseries a real home run is the amazing chemistry between David Tennent and Michael Sheen. They’re very entertaining to watch. The show lights up whenever they’re on screen together and the genuine affection they have for one another, despite what they say to the contrary, is very sweet.

  Finally after years of rumors and false starts, Deadwood: The Movie premiered on HBO Friday night. The classic HBO series ran for three seasons from 2003 to 2006. When the show was canceled, the series didn’t have any opportunity to offer closure for the characters or the story. So this movie is what longtime fans who never received a resolution to major storylines and character arcs have been waiting for. The movie is a beautiful love letter to Deadwood. Getting to see where our favorite characters like Bullock, Trixie, Dan, and of course Ian McShane as the iconic Al Swearengen, along with so many others characters large and small.

   HBO also wrapped up their terrifying and sobering miniseries Chernobyl, starring Jarred Harris and Stellan Skarsgard. The miniseries offer a grim and frightening look into the true story of the Russian Chernobyl Power Plant nuclear reactor explosion in 1986. The show chronicles the event, which was one the worst man made disasters in history. It’s a gripping show that is PAUL SR.’s PERSONAL HOT PICK OF THE WEEK!

   The last show we cover on this week’s podcast is the launch of the latest live-action original series from the DC Universe Streaming Service, Swamp Thing. The story follows Dr. Abigail Arcane (Crystal Reed), a doctor working for the CDC who has to return to her home town in Louisiana following a bizarre outbreak. There she meets disgraced scientist Alec Holland (Andy Bean) who believes that outbreak is connected to some very weird shit going on in the local swamp. So far, DC Universe has only released the first episode with a new episode becoming available every Friday. I’ve enjoyed all of the original content DC Universe has put out so far, but this series premiere was by far my favorite. The performances are solid with a good cast, but what makes the show really stand out, is how it leans hard into the horror aspects of the source material to great effect. I’m a huge Swamp Thing fan and the first episode had me itching for more.

    Each show couldn’t be more different from the other, but they’re all spectacular! Join myself and co-host Paul Sr as we breakdown each of these fantastic projects!  Listen here or subscribe on Stitcher, ITunes, & more: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18181256

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?i=1000440689461

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=61715238&autoplay=1

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

-Paul

PODCAST: Cult Hit SUPERNATURAL Reaches 300th Episode!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

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From L to R: Sam, Dean, & Castiel (Misha Collins) having a few laugh on “Baby”, their trusty ‘67 Chevy Impala

“Saving people, hunting things. The family business.” For 14 Seasons, that’s been the motto of Brother’s, Sam and Dean Winchester (played by actors Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles respectively). Driving around in “Baby”, their 67 Chevy Impala, they’ve faced off against pretty much everything that goes bump in the night. Ghosts, demons, demigods, The Apocalypse (A couple a’ times), vampires, black magick, Djinn, Angels, Lucifer, even God himself and that doesn’t even scratch the surface. Supernatural is one of the most underrated, well acted, creative, scary, fun, and bat-shit crazy shows on TV.

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Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester

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The Winchester Family. Together. In a rare moment of happiness. (Photo Courtesy Of EW.com)

The good new for fans is that there’s no sign of slowing down. The long running CW series has already been picked up for it’s 15th Season. This week Supernatural reached its 300th episode. A gigantic achievement in itself and when it hits Season 15 later this year, it will be one of top 15 longest running scripted series in the history of television. Needless to say, it’s a special milestone for the cast, the crew, and the fans. Consistent with the magnitude of  reaching 300 episodes, the show came out swinging with something special for the fans.  The series usually does something special to make a big deal of their milestones episodes like their 100th or the 200th episodes, usually something for the fans, but this year could be their best yet.

Jeffery Dean Morgan who played John Winchester, Sam and Dean’s father, for the first two seasons of the show, with a minor appearance in season 3,  finally returned to the series for episode 300. Even though the character of John Winchester has been dead for over 10 years now, anyone who has an even passing familiarity with the show will realize that doesn’t matter a whole hell of a lot in the world of Supernatural. Morgan has been wanting to return for guest appearances on the show for years but scheduling had been difficult because he’s become an increasingly popular actor since he left Supernatural.

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              John and Mary finally reunite after decades apart.

But he never forgot his roots. He stayed in touch with the cast and crew and frequently discussed in interviews how he’d love to return to the show and it was just a matter of finding the time. So it’s pretty damn cool to have John Winchester back, even if it’s just for one episode. He’s such an iconic character, who is so important in the show’s mythology. There’s a great little joke from a few seasons ago, at the beginning of one episode, Sam and Dean come back from a hunt, covered in the blood and guts of god knows whatever they’d been killing the night before. As they walk into the room, we see that Dean is carrying “Lucille” : a baseball bat, wrapped in barbed wire that is the infamous weapon used by Jeffery Dean Morgan’s character Negan on the AMC series The Walking Dead. Dean puts “Lucille”,  which is covered in blood and guts, right down on the table and says “Man, Dad used to love this thing.” It’s moments like this, that make people love Supernatural.

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Hmmm, that bat looks awful familiar…

A relatively small amount few shows, even good ones, make it past their first season. Hell, most “hit” shows if they’re lucky, get about five seasons. The secret to Supernatural’s success is that, even though it’s not a ratings giant compared to other huge shows on  other larger networks, it’s one of the most solid performers on The CW. It also has a very passionate fan base.  Supernatural’s fans are among the most unique and devoted in the geek community. Which is something that the stars of the show, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki, fully recognize. All of the main actors on the show are known for being notoriously grateful and gracious when dealing with fans in real life

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Any series running as long as Supernatural is bound to have its highs and lows, but over 15 years, they have an astonishing level of consistency. That’s pretty damn impressive. At it’s best, Supernatural has produced some of the best seasons of television I’ve ever seen. I know that a bold statement, but there are 3 or 4 seasons that would be in my top 25 best television seasons of all time list. Even at its worst, there’s never been an episode Supernatural of that’s anything less than solid. 

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      That show’s excellence largely comes from the great writing  and the talent and the charisma of the leads on the series. All of the main actors are overlooked far too often and the talent on display in this series isn’t recognized enough. I do you have to tip my hat to  Entertainment Weekly because the magazine  has frequently done cover stories on Supernatural. Anyway, you can listen to the episode here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16993452

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?mt=2&i=1000429507715

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=58679431&autoplay=1

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Thanks for reading & listening!

-Paul

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