Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.15: Tall Tales

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: A strange case in a college town and an ill-timed prank war have the brothers at each others’ throats.

Recap: Almost a minute-long recap of The Family Business and the brothers’ prank wars.

Cut to a college campus, Springfield University, at night. A professor, Arthur Fox, is going up to his office on the fourth floor late at night. The building, Crawford Hall, looks like a huge, converted cathedral, including …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.15: Tall Tales

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.07: Hook Man

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: The brothers investigate a case in which people are dying around a young girl in a fashion like a well-known urban legend.

Recap: Standard early-season-one “quest” recap, followed by title cards.

Cut to Theta Sorority, Eastern Iowa University, where curfew is being strictly maintained and all the girls are asleep in their beds – ha, I’m kidding. It’s a typical Friday or Saturday night, with kids wandering in and out …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.07: Hook Man

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.05: Bloody Mary

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: As we hove into the summer hellatus, let’s jump in the Wayback Machine to season one and check out a case where the brothers encounter an evil ghost who lurks in mirrors and kills people.

Recap: Standard recap from early season one of the Pilot and the brothers’ quest to find their father/whoever killed their mother and Sam’s girlfriend Jessica. While even this early on, season one tries to be from Sam’s POV …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.05: Bloody Mary

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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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 …

Paula R. StilesChristmas Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.08: A Very Supernatural Christmas

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 Review: Supernatural 3.11: Mystery Spot

By Paula R. Stiles

Tagline: When the brothers investigate a Mystery Spot where a debunker disappeared, Dean is killed. Sam then finds himself trapped in a time loop where he repeats the same Tuesday over and over again, and each time, Dean dies a different way.

Recap: The Then recap for the episode features stuff about Dean’s deal (“The Magnificent Seven” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me”), the Trickster from “Tall Tales”, and nasty Bela from “Bad Day at …

Paula R. StilesRetro Review: Supernatural 3.11: Mystery Spot

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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Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.09: The Real Ghostbusters

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be tons o’ spoilers]

Tagline: Sam and Dean are tricked by Becky, Sam’s Superfan, into attending a Supernatural convention. But there are also real spirits in the house. And they’re hungry.

Recap: Fun recap incorporating “Asylum” (of all episodes), “The Monster at the End of This Book”, “Sympathy for the Devil”, and stuff about the Colt.

Sam and Dean come roaring over a hill in the Impala on a sunny day and pull up outside …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.09: The Real Ghostbusters

Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.08: Changing Channels

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be tons o’ spoilers]

Tagline: This week on Supernatural, Sam and Dean are trapped in TV Land. The Trickster is behind it…but there’s a lot more to his motives, and his true nature, than they previously thought.

Recap:The recap is very interesting. We get the usual mythology-ep-recap stuff with Lucifer having escaped from Hell and appearing to Sam, blah, blah, blah. But we also get a pointed reference to Dean being told he’s the …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.08: Changing Channels