Recap and Review: Supernatural 5.17: 99 Problems

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean are rescued from demons by an apocalyptic cult, led by a very scary young girl who thinks she has all the answers.

Recap: A rather odd recap with quite a few scenes of Lisa and Ben (from season three’s “The Kids Are Alright” when Dean thought he had fathered a child) and an extensive recapment of last week’s Garden scene with Joshua, along with an odd quickie scene of Dean …

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 5.16: Dark Side of the Moon

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean are murdered by hunters and end up in Heaven, where they go looking for an angel named “Joshua” who talks directly to God. But Zachariah’s also after Dean and that’s not good.

Recap: Quick recap to generic music of the various ways the guys have died over the seasons, notably Sam being killed by Jake near the end of season two and by Anna in “The Song Remains the Same” …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.22: Lucifer Rising

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Tagline: Sam races to stop Lilith from breaking the last seal, while Dean has been kidnapped (yes, again) by the angels and imprisoned in a heavenly “green room”. But as Sam dances closer and closer to the edge, Dean finds out an awful truth about his brother’s self-imposed mission – and some even more awful truths about the one the angels imposed on him.

Recap: This being a season finale, we get a “The …

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Life After People 2.10: Season Two Finale: Take Me to Your Leader

By Paula R. Stiles

Recap: “Take Me to Your Leader“, the season two finale of Life After People, takes new looks at some old standbys: Washington D.C. and NYC. The presidential dog, Bo, stands in for the animal kingdom. The White House, Monticello, Versailles, the Imperial Palace in China, and the United Nations complex represent the “buildings go boom” faction. Meanwhile, a parade of famous dead-leader bodies processes through the episode, including the likes of Ulysses S. …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.01: Lazarus Rising

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Tagline: Dean digs himself out of his own grave and lands back in a world that has changed considerably in the four months he was dead.

Recap: After a recap overviewing season three and Dean’s deal, detailing the events leading up to Dean’s death-by-hellhound and sojourn in Hell (all to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”), we cut to flashes of red and terrified eyes, the sound of screaming. We can hear Dean …

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Life After People 2.09: Depths of Destruction

By Paula R. Stiles

Recap: This week, Life after People goes underground and underwater. A geothermal plant explodes. Two mines (lead and gypsum) and the Carlsbad Caverns get the spelunking treatment, afterlife-style. We also find out what would happen to the Prairie Dog and its bigger predator (after humans). Plus, there’s a segment on a unique underwater art experiment in creating a coral reef and one on the Cheyenne mountain complex (can’t completely ignore the military-industrial side of things). Examples …

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Review: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse

By Paula R. Stiles

Sniegoski, Thomas E. A Kiss Before the Apocalypse. New York: Roc Fantasy, 2008. $14.00 USD; $15.50 CDN. ISBN: 978-0-451-46205-3.

A Kiss Before the Apocalypse is the first in the Remy Chandler series. I picked up this book for the reason (probably obvious to anyone who reads my Supernatural reviews on this site) that it had angels. Well, that, and it was on sale. But many books are on sale and I don’t pick them up. …

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Review: African-American Paranormal Romance, Part 2: The Thirteenth

By Paula R. Stiles

Banks, L.A. The Thirteenth. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010 (originally published in 2009). 309pp. $7.99 USD, $9.99 CDN. ISBN: 978-0-312-94916.

The Thirteenth is apocalyptic dark fantasy set in the End Times. The African-American and Hispanic heroes are the Neteru Guardian team, a strike force that works directly for Heaven. In this book, they’re on the run after their enemies in Hell successfully put the blame for a battle with demons in the previous book …

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