Top 10 Supernatural Episodes

This has been a long time coming. But I was never quite in the mood to rank over 300 episodes and then only talk about ten of them, so I didn’t do the work until I found this post. So I decided to follow the example of one of my favourite YouTube channels and not list ten episodes but give ten categories and pick one in each. So this wont be the ten best episodes but the ten episodes that represent the show the best, plus a lot of honorouble mentions. (I may have redefined the categorys a bit from the original post) (Also I’m a Destiel shipper, so if you are one of those people who think the show should be just about the brothers you’ll hate this list).

So get this…

10 – The Tragedy Porn

Tragedy Porn episodes are a defining aspect of the show, but that doesn’t mean they have to be good. Don’t get me wrong I love it when a show can make me sad from time to time but these episodes just pound on my favourite characters for no good reason what so ever.  I’m no Angel for example, which is basically just Castiel being treated like crap for no reason. Gabriel’s death in Hammer of the Gods wasn’t pointless, but the episode was still bad. The worst example of this, and my number 10 pick, will always be Dark Dynasty. The Supernatural Fandom continously gets a bad rep for hating on female characters, but we loved Charlie. She was one of the only really relatable characters and a much more appropriate and likeable representation of the fandom than Becky in previous seasons. Still she died for no real reason.

9 – The Crack Fic

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the episodes that still aren’t masterclasses in writing but at least don’t kill characters we love. Just weird as fuck episodes, that give us no deeper insight into the characters and make us wonder if the writers have lost their minds, but are still okay to watch. if only for trivia. Dog Dean Afternoon is a good example of this, as is Mannequin 3: The Reckoning for it’s title alone. My favourite here is Fallen Idols, for the pure madness of a Paris Hilton cameo, paired with Sam getting choked by Ghandi.

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8 – The Black Comedy

This is when the suposed horror of Supernatural collides with comedy, we are finally in good episode territory here, so this category includes hits like Ghostfacers and Bad Day at Black Rock. My personal favourite is the beacon of light in the grimness of season 4, known as Yellow Fever.

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7 – The Meta Fiction

Supernatural has no fourth wall. They took a sledgehammer to it in the truly enjoyable The Monster at the End of This Book. This has since given a cute portrayal of the Fandom in Fan Fiction  and a terrible one every time Becky shows up. The best example here is The French Mistake, which went so meta it had Misha Collins and Genevieve Padalecki playing themselves.

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6 – The Well Written Crack Fic

Now the previously mentioned Crack Fics are not brain meltingly bad, but they still are of no real consequence to anything. This is where the Well Written Crack Fic comes in. The Setup is still mad but at least we get some character development or a really good episode out of it. You can find examples for this in almost every season. What Is And What Schould Never Be, Monster Movie, It’s a Terrible Life and Baby , are all great but admittedly weird episodes with some emotional stuff for good measure. My favourite episode of this kind has to be Sam, Interrupted which is one of my all time favourites.

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5 – The Classic

The Classic is an episode that is “infinitely quotable” and still referenced in fandom even if it’s several years old already. This spot includes my number eight pick Yellow Fever for the “Crazy people” monolouge, The Pilot for “Dad’s on a huntig trip” , Lazarus Rising for “I’m an Angel of the Lord” and Free to Be You and Me for “Personal space” and a lot of other Destiel content. But if I’m saying infintely quotable and referenced in fandom it has to be a Gabriel episode. And while I love Tall Tales and Changing Channels, there is no way of getting around Mystery Spot here.

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4 – Old School Supernatural

Before they discovered the magic of brotherly bonding Supernatural was supposed to be about horror. You can find this in the old season 1 episodes, full of actually creepy ghosts, terrible CGI and EMF meters. Provenance, Asylum, Skin and Faith are all amazing examples. Later seasons sometimes come back to this, like Family Remains in season 4 but mostly this is a season 1 thing. My favourite example of this for being really good (and for featuring some Fall Out Boy) is Bloody Marry.

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3 – The Tearjerker

This type of episode often looks like a completely normal one until it goes and rips your heart out. Think The Rapture which starts of as a nice fun “what’s wrong with Castiel” and then turns into the best and most devestating look at the concept of vessels the show has ever delivered. Or early episodes that gave us Winchester backstory in heartwrenching ways like Home and A Very Supernatural Christmas. My favourite episode of all time qualifies as a tearjerker, The Man Who Would Be King, so I am picking it here.

2 – The Grand Finale

Supernatural has had some great season finales. There have been some great finales capping of one or even several seasons and always ending with either a Winchester dying, like in No Rest For The Wicked or a big bad being unleashed like in Lucifer RisingDo You Believe In Miracles? managed to do both and gave us a great Mark Sheppard monolouge on top of it. However no finale has ever been grander than Swan Song, the literal end of an era.

1 – The Life Changer

An episode that doesn’t only change the way of the show but also how we, the viewer think of it. There is the first time a Winchester died in All Hell Breaks Loose, Crowley’s first appearance in Abandon All Hope and Bobby’s death in Death’s Door. But there is no episode that has changed the show more and had more impact on the fandom than Lazarus Rising. Castiel first appearance, the birth of Destiel, nothing ever was the same after this. And while I have been around Tumblr enough to see the haters, I will always love this episode and the things it brought. I can’t and wont imagine Supernatural without Castiel and the fandom without Destiel.

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My top ten Sci-Fi TV shows (right now)

Whoa I have let this blog die.

Not that it was ever alive anyway, I have always been blogging into the void but I have really let it die.

Sorry.

So how do you revive stuff…I guess I’ll just post something really quickly put together out of my emotions right now and then read over it tomorrow and hate it but leave it on because this blog is really empty. Yeah sounds about right.

Top ten Science Fiction TV shows… it took me way too much time to even come up with ten and I have probably forgot several but let’s just first talk about three which didn’t make the list.

Those three are Jessica Jones, Utopia and Janus which are  amazing shows that other people might call Science Fiction but I don’t. In my book Janus is more of a crime-thriller (but still amazing) and Jessica Jones… I don’t even know, the MCU is pretty much it’s own genre at this point. Utopia may just be the closest I have ever seen to a perfect show but it’s also more of a conspiracy thriller than a sci-fi show. If I ever make a list about crime/thriller shows Janus and Utopia will probably be right at the top 5, but let’s be honest I will never do that because it would force me to decide between Sherlock and Broadchurch.

So let’s go.

Number Ten – Code Geass

Yes there will be Anime shows on this list. First this place belonged to Neon Genesis Evangelion  but then I remembered that there is another Mecha Anime that I just love a  bit more. This show is smart and exciting to watch and if you want to get into Anime it’s one of the best gateways. Trust me it was one of mine.

Number Nine – Altered Carbon

Oh look it’s the show I finished an hour ago and am now crying over (on the inside). This show drags, like really, but I still wasn’t bored, the plot twists were decent and the world fantastic.  This a story universe with so much history and detail I just want to learn more and more about it (Yeah, I know there are books, I’ll see to getting my hands on them). While pulling it all out over ten episodes made it really loose focus at times, it’s still a good story and an amazing looking show. The aesthetic just works, even when some of it is focused around people being naked A LOT.

Number Eight – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood 

Is this Steam Punk? Is it Science Fiction? I don’t really know but if it is Sci-Fi it belongs on here because it’s amazing. While it also drags a bit at times cause it’s a singular story line stretched over 68 twenty minute episodes and they repeat the same intro mononlouge EVERY TIME, it may be just the best shonen Anime I know. Yeah that’s right, I will take Science over Ninjas, thank you very much. (Also Riza Hawkeye and Roy Mustang are amongst my faourite Anime characters in existence).

Number Seven – Stranger Things

This show is really good and I don’t think anyone doubts that. It’s just that the whole eighties nostalgia doesn’t work on me and so I feel that is a little overdone sometimes (oh my god there will be show’s nostalgic of this decade some time in the future, I am not ready for that).

Number Six – Psycho Pass

This show is amazing. Well the first season anyway, the second hurts my heart because it tried to surpass the first one so hard that it completely lost itself. If I were judging the first season alone it would be much higher up here but I am counting second seasons as well and Psycho Pass is not the only show that suffers from it. As for the first season, it’s my favourite Anime of all time. It’s has a great story, a creative setup and a slightly weird but actually really good artstyle.

Number Five – Helix

Oh look it’s another great show being brought down by it’s second season. Watching this gave me a Psycho Pass Déjà Vu I never wanted and it’s so sad, because Utopia may be the closest to a perfect show I have ever seen but Helix has the closest to a perfect first season I have ever seen. This show is amazing, I don’t know how to tell you anything because I think the best way to go into anything is without any prior knowledge and this show deseves to be enjoyed, well the first season does.

Number Four – Black Mirror

I love Black Mirror. From the great perfomances in the first season (thank god for Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Whittaker), to the brilliant twist of “White Bear”, the beauty of “San Junipero” and “Hang the DJ”, the fun of “USS Callister” and the devestation of “Arkangel” and “Metalhead”. This show can’t and wont tire out and I am looking forward to more of it.

Number Three – Fringe

If they had known when and how to end, this place would belong to Helix or Psycho Pass. But they didn’t and so my third place goes to a show that did. Fringe ends perfectly at exectly 100 episodes and while the fifth season took a complete turn it still worked out well. This is a beautiful, smart show with amazing characters and I highly recommend it. (It may just be the best thing by J.J. Abrams, miles better than The Force Awakens, you heard me)

Number Two – Firefly

From a show that knew when to end to a show that just was ended. Why oh why. Never has there been a greater waste of potential on TV, than when this piece of art was not even allowed to finish it’s first season. And since Serenity is a movie, it doesn’t count on here and these fourteen episodes stand for themselves in their unfinished glory.

Number One – Doctor Who (Seasons 2 – 7) and Torchwood (Seasons 1 and 2)

I had to skip season one, these shows still get the top spot.

I am bored to death by season 8, these shows still get the top spot.

I have a lot of problems with seasons five to seven and exspecially “The Day of the Doctor”, these shows still get the top spot.

I have not seen more than Season One and Two of Torchwood, cause I simply don’t have the DVD’s, these shows still get the top spot.

Russel T. Davies, guys. This man is a saint. I could go on and on about how great these shows are. From specific episodes like “The Waters of Mars”, “The Family of Blood” and “Blink” ,to the characters, to my admiration of John Barrowman and to how David Tennant is my favourite actor of all time.

I. Love. These. Shows. I love them with all my heart and I am so ready to see where Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker will take Doctor Who.