TV Review: Supernatural Season 14

This is it, dear readers. We have made it over the final hurdle. We have come to the finish line, and there were some bumps along the way, but we have made it.

6 months. 14 seasons. 2 brothers.

We started this journey all the way back in October, when we started watching the entirety of Supernatural in preparation for the final season.

It took longer than I thought, but with Season 15 in the final stretch, I can now say I have reviewed every season of Supernatural after today (until I review season 15 when it is over).

This is a short season, only producing 20 episodes to make up for the writer’s strike in the mid 2000s. To be honest, I kind of liked the shorter season.

It didn’t feel too long, it didn’t feel stretched out, it didn’t feel boring.

Sure it had its slumps, but there weren’t 3-4 extra episodes to make it worse.


We got to see Michael finally. He has been in the background of the story since the early days of the apocalypse, but we never got much from him.

He always took a backseat to Lucifer, which didn’t feel out of place at first, but it felt wrong when Lucifer kept popping up and we got not Michael.

His goal is still the end of the world, but he goes about it in an exciting way. He tries to use the regular monsters that the Winchesters see all the time, but he enhances them with his grace.

It might seem like a bit of a recycled idea, but it felt new. It gave the brothers a believable problem that didn’t have some bizarre explanation behind it. It was the monsters we knew. Vampires, werewolves, you name it.


Jack, who’s been annoying so far, also turns to the dark side. He loses his soul, and to sum it up, turns dark side.

He puts a spell over humanity, forcing them to tell the truth, before killing Mary Winchester.

The brothers obviously are broken over this, and after confronting Jack, they are face to face with God, who brings about the end times.

Though I am happy that Jack met his end, I know he is coming back.

Though I am happy that Jack met his end, I know he is coming back.


Overall, the season was good. Though I am still not a fan of the series as a whole at this point, Season 14 was a nice addition to the story.

It didn’t have the best parts of previous season; interesting characters, thrilling one-off episodes, and the brotherly banter that made the show what it is, it still felt closer to the original show than we had seen in a while.


What did you think of Supernatural as a whole? Is it a show you think you’d like? Let’s chat about it.
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TV Show Review: The Witcher

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Hello my dear watchers, today I am genuinely confused. Not because I am trying to solve some sort of impossible math equation, but because I am shocked that I didn’t do a review of The Witcher already.

For some reason I have the memory of writing a review for The Witcher, and I have memories of looking for pictures and tweeting about it all, but I can’t find anything.

It literally does not exist, so clearly some part of me made up the idea that I did write a review.

Well, it is better late than never I guess, so here it is…a review of the first season of The Witcher.

I haven’t been able to read any of the books yet, but from watching some of the video games and doing a bit of my own research, I knew enough of The Witcher story for the show to make some sense.

I know for some people it was pretty confusing because they didn’t understand the overall story of the world.

I’m glad the show didn’t explain it all though. They could have created an entire season that explains witches and monsters and all the different aspects of the world, but that would have ruined it.

It would have ruined the flow of the story and none of it is hard to understand at its simplest elements.

There are monsters in the world, there are mages, and there are these magical warrior guys called Witchers.

Simple. If you can’t accept that, then maybe you shouldn’t be watching the show.


There are three main points of the show that I focused on when I was watching.
The Overall Story
The Three Timelines
The 3 Main Characters

There is an obvious amount of overlap between the three main points, but they all have their own points of discussion that I wanted to bring them up.


Let’s start with the overall story.

There’s not much to it really, if you pick apart all the extra pieces. The main story focuses on Geralt looking for Ciri, and vice versa.

They each have their reasons to look for each other, but at the end of the day that is the core of it so far. We know the Nilfgaardians are slowly taking over more and more lands, and that’s why Ciri has been running for her life, but we don’t know much else right now.

I like how much story we got in season one. It’s short and sweet, but it is supplemented well by the side stories.

Season one also felt like a video game in a way because we follow Geralt in his different quests and journeys.

They aren’t all focused on finding Ciri, so it sort of feel like we are doing a few different quests to supplement the main quest.


Having three different timelines was a bit confusing at first. It took me a little while to realize that we were following three different stories happening at different times.

Geralt and Yennefer’s begin years before Ciri is even born, and Ciri’s probably over a few weeks or months.

Yennefer’s and Geralt’s stories overlap quite a bit, and even go side by side for some time. They’re both much older than they look, so they have lived a long time.

Yennefer took a bit of a back seat in my opinion to Geralt this season, but that might just be from the sheer skill and screen presence that Henry Cavill has whenever he was shown.

If you can get past the potentially confusing timelines, then I think you get a nice story of the world with just enough backstory to hook you in.


Like I mentioned, Geralt, Jennifer and Ciri are the main characters.

I didn’t really like Ciri in this season because I don’t think she was given much to do. She was sort of just on the run the whole time, and I didn’t like that the way it developed her character.

I didn’t like anything about Yennefer. I didn’t like her story, character development, or her actress honestly. I don’t think she fully embraced Jennifer, the character who desired power above all else, and regretted it right after.

I don’t think we really saw that change. Instead I think she just went from a character that wanted all the power in the world, and wanted to be beautiful while having it, to someone who was even more selfish, and wanted to re-do her whole decision.

Geralt was Geralt. I kind of assumed he would just be the grumpy dad type that was a sweetheart deep down.

I wasn’t a big fan of Henry Cavill before The Witcher, but I think he did a good job of capturing the hardened type that Geralt is.

He didn’t have much of a story when it comes to character development, other than he just wanted to sleep peacefully.


Overall, I thought the first season of The Witcher was great. I think some of the weaknesses of the show were saved by some of the strengths.

Plus if you add in the catchy tune, I think the season was quite a success.

Did you see The Witcher? What did you think of Season one? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media!
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TV Show Review: Chernobyl

Hello again dear watchers, and welcome to another TV show review. This week I am going to take a look at Chernobyl, a 2019 HBO original that was both awe inspiring and dreadful at the same time.


I watched Chernobyl over a number of months, which didn’t affect my review in any way, other than maybe benefiting it.

I knew the general story of Chernobyl because of being a history nerd, or at least I thought I knew about it.

It only took one episode, but I quickly learned how much I didn’t know about the event. I sat there with a sense of anxiety in my chest that I had never felt before. Even though I knew things ended up fairly okay after the event, I was stressed and worried over what was happening.

Most “based off of a true story” shows or movies are good because you probably haven’t heard of the true story, so it’s all new to you. In Chernobyl’s case, it’s a true story that I had heard about, but the show still managed to make me feel stress and anxiety during some scenes that weren’t that stressful.

That was the biggest reason I kept watching the show (other than my internal need to finish anything I start).

Whoever wrote the scripts for Chernobyl, my hat goes off to you because you did a fantastic job.


There was one emotion that I never felt during any of the six episodes, and that was happiness.

There was not one moment in the show that I was happy something had happened, or didn’t happen, and I think that was intentional.

There was nothing happy about that event, and the show did a good job of making viewers feel anything but.

There was moments of relief, where a big threat was overcome, but I wasn’t happy about it per se, because there was so much more going on that was awful.

The whole season you just feel a sense of dread hanging over you because of the pain, suffering, and death that is happening around the characters.

People are sent into areas that should kill them in an instant, others are climbing onto rooftops, knowing they will likely die, and pilots fly over radiated smoke, all right before your eyes.


I think what makes part of the show so dreadful, but captivating, is that I didn’t quite understand what radiation could do to someone.

I knew it could be harmful, and cause countless forms of mutations, diseases, and who knows what other health problems, but I never really understood the scale or the science to it.

Reading articles and watching videos after the fact, I know that what the show portrayed is different than what actually happened.

People didn’t really turn into fleshy goop people, but that’s what people who were involved with Chernobyl perceived them to be.

It was a terrifying event that nobody had ever seen before, and to a lot of people, the worst thing they had ever experienced.


Overall, I loved the show, and there wasn’t a whole lot wrong with it. I could nit-pick about small things here and there, but my only real issue was that it was in English.

I didn’t want British actors who looked like they were Russian, I wanted Russians that were speaking the language. I wanted to read the subtitles, I wanted to be submerged into the story more fully.

I’m not sure if that would have made the show better, worse, or not changed anything, but I think that the story deserved it.


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TV Review: Supernatural Season 12

Hello again dear watchers of television, and welcome to the long-waited review of Supernatural Season 12.

It’s been a hot minute since I posted a Supernatural Season review, because I’ve wanted to throw a few movie reviews at you in the meantime.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news…but this is the end of Supernatural as I enjoy it. This is where, to me, Supernatural ends, and a show that has been on air too long begins.

Even this season has plenty of episodes that make me roll my eyes because the story is growing more desperate.

I get that its hard to keep writing enemies for a show like this. I mean Lucifer, Demons, Angels, The Darkness. It’s all been done, and the threats have been getting worse and worse…but the writers sure love using Lucifer.

I get he is a good villain, and his portrayal in the show is done very well, but do we really need to be having this back and forth relationship with him? I mean he’s Lucifer, the brothers have stopped him plenty of times, so why is it that he keeps coming back?

The back and forth between doing whats right and doing whats proper grows increasingly more annoying as the show goes on.

The brothers push the boundaries of friend and foe more and more, but are hypocritical of others who do it.


It’s hard to be a true fan at these moments, and I find it harder to enjoy the villains when it seems like they are dragged out of some writer’s ass because they ran out of ideas.

The main story episodes are the only issue I really have with the show though.

The episodes that don’t advance the main plot are increasingly better and better. They aren’t all great, but I think they are all good.

They’re similar to the basic Cop show plot lines, but the monster twists are a nice touch, and we often get a nice little twist of some sort to make them more enjoyable.

I think Season 12 gives us the best supplementary episode in the entire show: Regarding Dean.

My words couldn’t do it enough justice, but seeing Jensen Ackles portray Dean as he slowly loses all memory of himself is probably the best episode of television that I have ever seen.

Seeing him lose his memory in the mirror with each line he tells himself still sends chills down my spine and I have seen it a half dozen times.


I love Supernatural as a whole, but I feel as if the longer the show goes, the more of an injustice the story is for Sam, Dean and Castiel.

The big threat in Season 12 is a birth. The brother’s are trying to stop the birth of Lucifer’s son..because the Nephilim that would be born would be stronger than almost anyone the brothers have fought before.

It opens up an interesting debate about nature vs. nurture. Is the child going to be inherently evil just because he is Lucifer’s son, or can it learn to be good for the world, instead of destroying it.

As interesting as the debate is, it’s lost amongst the search for Kelly Kline as she is on the run, Princes of Hell which were never mentioned before this Season, and Lucifer’s constant annoyance in being the lonely and sad archangel that he is.

Lucifer has always been one of the weakest parts of the show to me, because he’s just in it to show off. He could have won plenty of times, but he doesn’t want to win…he wants others to know that he CAN win, and that’s how he gets off.

It’s an annoying character trait that becomes too prominent in the show, and it stays around for too long.


Supernatural Season 12 is a good Season in the grand scheme of things, but it is the end of the show for me. The struggle to hold up a show that has been going on for too long is apparent in the season, and it only gets worse from there…you don’t want to get me started on Season 13. Spoiler for that review: I didn’t like it.


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Supernatural Season 10 Review

Supernatural Season 10, if I had to review it in one sentence, was surprisingly good, despite not living up to its fullest potential.

For the most part, Sam and Dean are the same as they always are. Their banter is great, and Dean still has his clueless sense of humour. The only thing different about their relationship is that Dean has become addicted to killing.

Being cursed by the Mark of Cain is affecting him, and after finally being cured of being a demon, he struggles to hold on to his humanity.

There are several times this season that we see Dean go out of his way to inflict maximum damage to a monster, kill humans, or beat up an evil clone despite knowing a friend would be hurt in the process.

He lets the bloodlust of the Mark overcome him, and he can’t keep it at bay.

Despite his best efforts, Dean gets worse and worse. The ones he loves are forced to watch him become more and more murderous, and they can’t do anything to help.

Until Charlie and Rowena come up with a way to take off the Mark.


They find a spell that will remove the curse, but it will release the Darkness. That means nothing to the brothers, but the Darkness doesn’t sound good does it?

Dean finally gets a hold on his murderous rage, and summons Death to remove the mark or send him off to a place where he can’t hurt anyone again. Death agrees to do this, but says Dean needs to kill Sam, so Sam won’t look for him.

In yet another act of brotherly love, Dean kills Death (yes you read that right). Dean kills Death, and lets Sam perform the spell to remove the Mark, freeing him from the curse.

The Darkness comes from the Mark, and the world has to deal with her power since Sam and Dean couldn’t take the pain of losing each other.


I get why they keep protecting each other. I understand their dependence on each other to survive physically and mentally, but take the hit.

They try to protect the world from ghosts and ghouls, demons and angels, and countless other supernatural beings, but they cause the most death.

The two brothers constantly keeping each other alive, despite all odds, is probably killing more people because of the side effects than people they save.


The biggest bad guy this season is Dean and the Mark of Cain, but there were two perfectly good bad guys that could have been utilized that revolved around the Mark.

Since that was the main “enemy” Cain and the Styne family both could have been the ones to defeat by the end of the season, but they were both wasted.

Cain has a moment in the season that causes the brothers to stop him, and the Styne family appears near the end of the season for a bit of conflict, but neither is utilized to their fullest potential in my opinion.

Cain was the first to hold the Mark, and could have been the tipping point for Dean to become fully obsessed with it.

He was powerful enough that he could take on Sam, Dean, Castiel and Crowley , so he was worthy of being an end-of-season boss, but he had a good ending during the season.

The Stynes didn’t have as much of a relation to the Mark itself, but used to have the Book of the Damned, which is the book that contained the cure for the Mark.

They could have come earlier in the season, and been more of an annoyance to the brothers trying to track down the book.


Overall, the season is pretty good. I liked a lot of the smaller stories that were going on, I just think they could have been developed more, making the season even better.

Supernatural Season 8 Review

Last we saw the brothers, Dean got sucked into Purgatory along side Castiel after stopping Dick Roman and the Leviathan.

A lot of people are not fans of the Leviathan, but like I mentioned before, I didn’t mind them at all. What’s a bit upsetting about them though is that they are just forgotten after that.

They are brought up for a moment, but sort of brushed off, so hypothetically there could be a Leviathan or two lying low somewhere, but they don’t appear in Season 8 at all.


Season 8 starts with a bit of a bumpy road for the brothers and Cass. Dean escapes from Purgatory (were we ever really worried?), but Castiel doesn’t, and we don’t know why at first.

Sam on the other hand has had a pretty easy year. While Dean was fighting for his life day in and day out, Sam moved in with a girl, Amelia, and they started a life together.

This obviously causes a bit of a rift between Sam and Dean because Sam took their brotherly pact to not rescue each other anymore too seriously, and Dean won’t let him live it down.

Over time, the brothers obviously figure out their differences, but they get stuck in some of the awkward seasons…the ones with no real bad guys to fight.

Yes, they go about their regular hunting activities, and in Season 8 the brothers are trying to use the Demon tablet to close the Gates of Hell, but that’s the only “bad guy.” The task of closing the Gates of Hell.

Obviously it isn’t an easy task, but there is no Lucifer, Dick Roman, or an Apocalypse to stop. All they have to do is complete the three trials and the Gates of Hell are closed forever.

The first two trials go down fairly easily, but the third one would kill Sam if he is able to complete it. He is literally moments away from doing it, prepared to die to save countless people from Demons in the future, but of course Dean stops him because Sammy’s life is worth more than the thousands of people that die from demons throughout the rest of the show.


It’s an annoying feature of the show, that the brothers will always find a way to stop the other from giving their lives to save the world.

I get that the two brothers want to save people together, and it would be difficult to go on without the other, but they are hunters. It is their family business to save people…so why can’t they save people.

All it would have taken was one sacrifice, Sam’s life, and the demons would have been trapped for eternity. Hell, Dean could have even found a way to resurrect Sam after he had died.

On the other side of things, Castiel helps out Metatron, the scribe of God perform three tasks to open the Gates of heaven, but little does he know that the trials are actually giving Metatron control over Heaven, and casting all angels out of Heaven and onto Earth.


This is a nice set up for next season, which is one of my more favourite seasons, because Metatron isn’t a threat when you look at him. He’s a pretty weak looking angel, that would probably lose in a fight to Castiel, but Metatron has one weapon to help him out.

The Angel Tablet.

With the help of the Angel Tablet, Metatron has near Godly powers…or so it will be.

We are also introduced to Abbadon in Season 8, the last remaining Knight of Hell (an elite Demon created by Lucifer and nearly unbeatable).

Sam and Dean have some troubles with her but ultimately they find a way to contain her, before they release her and she is on the loose again. By the end of the season we get two bad guys set up for the next season, which is a first in the show.

One ultimate demon, one ultimate angel vs. two semi-regular humans and their can-do attitude.


We get another big reveal this season, that really adds a new feature to the show We get introduced to the Men of Letters and their bunker. This gives Sam and Dean a “home” which they haven’t had since their dad dragged them into the hunting lifestyle.

It’s nice seeing the brothers have a recurring setting, and without Bobby around, have resources available to do the research they need to on every crazy monster they encounter.

The Men of Letters is a great addition to the show in my opinion, and their story fits nicely into the overall story.


Overall this season isn’t that bad. It has some flaws and it’s missing a lot, but I don’t think there is a lot wrong with it.

I find most of these later seasons are at least half-decent. Some of them are great, some of them are okay, but none of them are overly bad.

Supernatural Season 6 Review

I managed to finish Season 6 this morning, and there is a lot to say about it. This is the first season of the show after its original intended length, and the storyline does show it.

I wouldn’t say the story line is bad per se, just not the best. Basically we have Castiel and allies vs. Raphael and his allies for control of Heaven. Winner gets to determine the state of the freshly stopped apocalypse.

It makes sense in terms of the story. Now that Michael is gone, the control of heaven is left up for grabs.

My problem with it all though is that there is too much going on overall. There are too many mid tier story lines that seem like a big deal in this season that get resolved.

We’ve got the boys dealing with Eve, the mother of all monsters. We’ve got the Castiel vs. Raphael war, the Crowley monster hunting, the Castiel/Crowley Alliance, the Samuel and Sam monster hunting, the Campbell family. There’s just so much going on, and none of it feels properly fleshed out.

Some of the above story lines could have been stretched out for the entire season, or even longer, but instead they were all tied into a not so pretty bow.

Now don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a bad season at all. It’s still a good season. We get a lot of the witty and funny moments between the cast, we get to see some new monsters, and we get introduced to the realm of Purgatory, which is a somewhat important place in the next few seasons.

All of that, topped with the regular monster hunting episodes and it’s a good season, just not the best. It’s sort of one of the seasons that I classify in the lower end of the ranking. Not necessarily because it’s bad as a whole, just in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the best. Honestly if you had thrown some of the ideas into season 3 or 4, I think I would have enjoyed them much better.

It’s just because they were sort of in a content vacuum that they needed ideas for upcoming seasons, and they sort of missed the mark on this one.

What I will give Season 6 credit for though is how it sets up future seasons. The events in Season 6 directly cause the events in Season 7, and some of the indirect events in Season 8, which is really good. I guess Season 6 could be considered the stepping stone for better seasons, which I believe it is, it just kind of sucks that it had to be a bad stepping stone, and not one that you could watch again and enjoy.


There is one concept I want to touch on briefly though, and that is te e concept of bringing back the dead.

No we know this happens to Sam and Dean a lot. THey come back from dozens (or hudreds of deaths in Dean’s case) with basically no issue, but they are quick to stop others from bringing back the dead. Is that fair? SHould two people, who have come back to life so many times be the ones to properly judge if it is right to bring back your loved ones.? I think it is a tough call to make. I mean maybe tey know better than anyone what harm can become someone who raises the dead, or maybe they know it’s not all its chalked up to be.

My thinking is that Sam and Dean know that death is a form of peace, and bringing someone back from the dead is taking away their peace, causing them more suffering down the road. THey know that the two of them coming back time and time again is maybe good for the world voerall, but they have also caused a lot of deaths just being who they are.

Anywyas, I hope you ejoyed the review. As I write this I already have Season 7 underway, and will finish it with plenty of time to spare.

  • My overall season ranking:
  • Season 5
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 2
  • Season 1
  • Season 6