Review: Actions Have Reactions: Grimm 1:09: Of Mouse and Man

By J. Keith Haney

[spoilers ahead]

This one got under my skin…the first such episode in this series to have done so. We open in a parking garage where a very angry thug-type in a red shirt is hunting somebody with a screwdriver in hand. He growls, “You can’t hide, maggot. You’re gonna get what’s coming to you.” He goes behind a cherry-red Mustang and there’s the sound of a struggle. We see a freshly-laid-out corpse, wearing our thug’s clothes…with …

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Supernatural Fridays: The Life and Times of a Celtic Magician

By Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis co-reviewed The Event for us last season. This year, she and her partner-in-review, J. Keith Haney, will tackle new NBC show, Grimm. Get acquainted with her this week, in an article about the Welsh mythological hero, Gwydion fab Dôn.

The word “mythology” is one that generally takes one’s mind to Mount Olympus, and the gods and goddesses who reside there, or perhaps to ancient Rome, or even to the Norse. But few people …

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Supernatural Fridays: Supernatural Scotland

By Paula R. Stiles

Sam and Dean Winchester, through their mother, Mary Campbell, are both half-Scot and descended from arguably the most powerful and populous clan in Scotland. If they ever traveled back there, they’d discover an entire country full of such dark and bloody folklore, it’s literally underfoot. Some of the MOTWs could even be human.

The Low Road
Most people think 19th-century “Loch Lomond” is a quaint and sappy Scottish tune, but if you know any …

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Supernatural Fridays: Supernatural: Darkness in New Zealand

By Amanda Spedding

Kia ora koutou. (Hello everyone.)

This week, the Winchesters are touring the beautiful islands of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud). Comprised of the North and South Islands, science explains New Zealand was formed by the shifting of tectonic plates, but in a country steeped in lore and ceremony, the traditional landowners, the “Maori”, assure us it was the great fisherman, Maui, who pulled the land from the sea (more about him soon).

Maori mythology …

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Supernatural Fridays: Japan: a Guide to Horrors

By Harry Markov

With Supernatural: The Animation series to air in 2011, it would be a shame not to honor the mother of all things anime and freakish, the land of the Rising Sun, of geisha and those cherry blossom trees. While considerably alien, outlandish and even psychotic compared to what the Western world sees as horrifying, Japanese lore is one of the richest, oldest and documented to the fullest in the world. According to the Shinto religion, there are …

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Supernatural Fridays: Terror Australis: A Supernatural Walkabout

By Amanda Spedding

For those of us not living in the U.S. (or Canada), it’s been a darkly fascinating drive along the backroads of American folklore and urban legend. Set to a kickass soundtrack, Supernatural has introduced us to wendigos, Henry Lee Lucas and the Roanoke Colony (“Croatoan” – S2, Ep. 8). But what of the rest of the world?

It doesn’t matter from where you hail; urban legends, myth and folklore crouch deep in the shadows of every culture. …

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Supernatural Fridays: Who Are Sam and Dean in the Supernatural Mythology, Redux

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers up through season five and some speculative spoilers for season six]

A New Mythology

The first five seasons of CW show Supernatural followed a season-specific pattern (Finding Dad, Saving Dean), an overall pattern (largely focused on Sam Winchester, with some switchover to his brother Dean in seasons four and five), and character-or-monster-specific arcs (like the ongoing feud between Dean and shapeshifters). The season-specific patterns were about equally shared between the two brothers. The show’s uberplot …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.13: Houses of the Holy

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a case in Providence, Rhode Island where down-and-out people are killing pillars of the community and claiming an angel told them to do it.

Recap: No Then recap on this one, either (curious how many episodes don’t have them when I thought most of them did). It starts straightway with a slovenly blonde woman in a nasty, small apartment, smoking and watching late-night TV. She turns to a TV …

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Christmas Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.08: A Very Supernatural Christmas

By Paula R. Stiles

Tagline: The brothers investigate a series of mysterious Christmastime disappearances where the victims appear to have been kidnapped from their beds and dragged up the chimney. Could it be…Santa?

Recap: No Then recap. None whatsoever. Nada. Instead, we get that spinning, multicoloured “Special” Presentation CBS intro from waaaaayyy back and then we cut to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and a grandfather arriving at a house in Seattle, Washington a year ago. His beloved grandson asks …

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Review: Weird New England

By Paula R. Stiles

Citro, Joseph A. Weird New England: Your Travel Guide to New England’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2005. Hardcover. $19.95 USD. $27.95 CDN. 288pp. ISBN: 1-4027-3330-5.

I was already in the process of reading Joe Citro’s Vermont legends books when someone gave this to me for Christmas a few years ago. It seemed a natural fit – both my reading Citro’s stuff and someone giving me this book …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.11: Scarecrow

By Paula R. Stiles

[lots o’ spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: A phone call from their father and a fight over what to do next splits up the brothers temporarily – and nearly does them both in. Sam goes after John and runs into a young girl named Meg who is a lot more than she seems. Meanwhile, Dean investigates the mysterious disappearances of young couples in Indiana and stumbles across an extremely dangerous hunt as a result.

Recap: No Then recap …

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Six Stories You Didn’t Know about St Andrews (Scotland) on St Andrew’s Day

By Paula R. Stiles

St Andrew’s Day (November 30) is a big deal in Scotland, and an even bigger deal in namesake medieval city St Andrews, on the east coast of Scotland in Fife. St Andrews has been a settlement since the Mesolithic for at least 8000 years. I’ve heard there’s even a stone circle about seven kilometers south of town. St Andrews’ history as a medieval Christian town dates back about 1500 years. There are also stories of a …

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