Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.06: I Believe the Children Are Our Future

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be many spoilers]

Recap: A teenage girl in Alliance, Nebraska is watching TV (Cujo) and playing with a hairbrush. She hears a noise upstairs. When she goes to investigate, she finds the boy that she’s babysitting (Jimmy) “dead” in a closet with a pencil in his ear. It turns out he’s just screwing around and she sends him to bed. She hears dogs barking outside (not on the TV), but it turns out …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.06: I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Interview: Supernatural: Cam Banks

Today, we talk to Cam Banks, a designer and editor from Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd, and one of the creators of the Supernatural Role Playing Game:

IFP: How did Margaret Weis get started?

CB: Margaret started out as a book editor for TSR, Inc., the company that published Dungeons and Dragons back in the 70s and 80s. They hadn’t been known for publishing fiction, but when Tracy Hickman and a number of other game designers and artists started working …

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Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.05: Fallen Idols

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be many spoilers]

Recap: You know “Fallen Idols” is an MOTW episode when two guys you’ve never seen before are standing around a car, talking about it. It’s either that or a car commercial. One guy, Cal, is all excited about having bought the ultimate car: James Dean’s “Little Bastard”, the one that killed him, which is reputed to be cursed. You know Cal is cursed, too, as soon as he gets in (Yes, I’ve …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.05: Fallen Idols

Review: Supernatural Role Playing Game

By Paula R. Stiles

Chambers, Jamie. Supernatural Role Playing Game [Corebook]. Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd., August 19, 2009. Cam Banks, Jimmy McMichael and Aaron Rosenberg, writing and development. Alex Jurkat, ed. Liz Wilhelm, proofreader. Digger Hayes, art design. 186 pp. Hardcover, PDF. $29.99 (full price $39.99).

Chambers, Jamie. Supernatural: The Hunt Begins. Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd., 2008 (released Sept. 14, 2009). Cam Banks and M. Alexander Jurkat, eds. Jessica Banks, proofreader. Lindsay Archer, illus. Digger Hayes, art design. …

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Review (and Recap) Supernatural 5.04: The End

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be big old spoilers]

Tagline: Sam wants to get back into hunting and hook back up with Dean, but Dean refuses. Dean is then thrown five years into the future by the angel Zachariah. The Croatoan virus has taken over most of the population. Zachariah claims that this is what results when Dean refuses to let Michael in.

Recap: Supernatural‘s “The End” begins with a very odd and interesting recap. We get scenes from …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap) Supernatural 5.04: The End

Interview: Supernatural: Jim Beaver

[This interview contains some spoilers for season five]

Today, we’re sitting down with Jim Beaver. Writer, actor and director, Beaver is best known for playing prospector Whitney Ellsworth on HBO series Deadwood and gruff ghosthunter Bobby Singer on the CW’s Supernatural:

IFP: You’ve been very busy, lately, what with appearing in Supernatural and Harper’s Island, putting out a book and directing a film. Tell us about the projects you have done in the past year. What has been your …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #12

By Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2009. 100pp. US $9.99, CAN $11.99. ISSN: 1752-645X.

Issue #12 is one of the 100-page giant issues of Supernatural Magazine. That means you pay a few dollars more this month. It also means you get more bang with your buck.

Specifically, you get a lot of interviews (not with minor people, either) and a six-page tribute to late director Kim Manners, as well as a bunch of articles …

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Review (and Recap) Supernatural 5.03: Free to Be You and Me

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be big old spoilers]

Tagline: Sam’s new life hits a snag when three hunters walk into a bar where he’s working. Meanwhile, Castiel, frustrated in his search for God, drags Dean off on a hair-brained vengeance quest against the archangel that killed him – Raphael.

Recap: “Free to Be You and Me” starts a little differently than the first two episodes. By the way, I hate the title “Free to Be You and Me”. Didn’t …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap) Supernatural 5.03: Free to Be You and Me

Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.02: Good God, Y’all!

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be big old episode spoilers]

Tagline: Castiel decides to go looking for God – with Dean’s amulet. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean head to Colorado after Bobby gets a panicked call from Rufus. Demons are afoot – or are they?

Recap: This time, we get a recap to the tune of Foreigner’s “Long, Long Way from Home”, a strikingly appropriate tune for this episode. The episode starts off with Sam and Dean trying to cheer up …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.02: Good God, Y’all!

Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.01: Sympathy for the Devil

by Paula R. Stiles

[Here be big old episode spoilers]
Tagline: Lucifer’s on earth, searching for his vessel. Dean and Sam go looking for Michael’s Sword – and find it in a very surprising place.

Recap: After a kicking recap of season four to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”, it all starts where season four left off, with Sam and Dean standing in front of a fountain of light blasting out of the bloody floor of a convent. Dean finally …

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Supernatural sources: Paradise Lost and The Book of Revelation

by Paula R. Stiles

[Supernatural season five starts tonight at 9 on the CW. Some spoilers for season four below. Obviously.]

The Supernatural writers have often mentioned that they have used various sources for their episodes, especially for creating MOTWs. However, they have explicitly mentioned two sources that they have been using for seasons four and five. For season four, show creator Eric Kripke stated that they were doing The Book of Revelation” (c.96 CE). For season five, …

Paula R. StilesSupernatural sources: Paradise Lost and The Book of Revelation

Interview: Supernatural: Alex Irvine


IFP: Can you tell us how you started out as a writer?

AI: I used to write poetry in high school, in a (mostly but not entirely) vain attempt to impress girls. I started tinkering with writing fiction in college, but never took writing seriously until I was in my

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