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This is a sticky post that contains links to all the articles I've written for Pink Raygun. These include Supernatural episode reviews, Star Trek (2009 Reboot) movie reviews, articles about fan fiction and fandom, various movie reiviews, etc. 

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My review of the Supernatural episode "Repo Man" is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

"There are some other parallels to sleeping with demons and having truck with demons, but to me, that’s the main point: Sam feels he’s on his own on this one, and frankly, with as little as we’ve been getting about Sam, I anticipate that this close-ups of Sam in his turmoil are pretty much about all we’re going to get. There are only a handful of eps left this season, maybe five, and the writers have done this before:Big Buildup about Sam, and then, whamo, we get dumped off a cliff. Poor Sam. Surrounded by hellfire, only inches away from his brother on a hotel bed, and his Hand Jobs are no longer effective. What’s a guy to do?"


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My review of the Supernatural episode, "The Slice Girls," is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

"And, for the record, Dean is a bottom. When he had sex with Cassie, he bottomed. When had sex with the angel (which still gives me hives), he might have been on top, but he still bottomed. (I mean, hello? Angel?) And this time around, yeah, he starts out bottoming, and probably ended up that way as well. I mean look at his face during the sex scene, for crying out loud. He comes across as being all of 16 years old and certainly not in charge of what’s going on. Oh sure, you can argue that he’s a tender soul and wants the woman to feel safe and comfortable, but believe you me, any woman who goes to bed with a man who she does not know does not have any issues about safety. Dean’s a bottom, and that’s all there is to it."



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My review for the Supernatural episode "Time After Time" is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

"So here’s where I start to complain, you can stop reading now if you like. To anyone who reads my reviews, you already know what the complaint is, and that is the fact that Sam and Dean were separated for most of the ep. And not only that, but Dean gets to Time Travel, while Sam is forced to stay in the Grotty Squat on his own, and struggle to find Dean in amidst the strings and vibrations of the past. Why is it that Dean gets the spotlight, and has all the fun of meeting Eliot Ness, while Sam must stay at home (in the present) and never gets to go anywhere cool? And if the boys are apart, they can’t be seen relating to each other, which is the reason I started watching Show in the first place. I will continue to complain until I get my way."


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My review for the Supernatural episode "Adventures in Babysitting" is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

"Maybe Sam’s incompetence is to demonstrate how helpless he is without Bobby doing his research, but then, we already know that. Maybe it’s to demonstrate how helpless he is without Brother Dean, but then we already knew THAT too. So why does Show insist on this scenario over and over? Not that I mind the sight of Sam all tied up and ready to be sacrificed, but as big and as smart as he is, it sometimes gets a little silly to see him fail like that. Seems to me, at this point in Sam’s development, Show could be a bit more inventive and take risks with what Sam’s capable of. Oh, but this is Show, I forgot. Home of the insecure writer."
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Dear All - Due to the aftereffects of surgery (vicodin overload), I wasn't able to review The Mentalist this week. I'll be in a place where I can write this weekend, hopefully, and catch up.
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My review for the Supernatural episode "Meet the New Boss" is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

"So, if you had a brother with a record of LYING ABOUT HOW HE’S DOING, and who recently had a meltdown courtesy of the Prodigal God, and who has a tendency for dramatic collapses, weird fevers and visions, and whose hair has a tendency to overshadow everything else going on, wouldn’t you want to, oh, I don’t know, KEEP SAM CLOSE?  Am I shouting? Or, as Mike TV asks, “Am I coming in clear?” Why on earth is Dean letting Sam spend so much time on his own, if he’s so damn worried?"

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My review of the Supernatural episode "Mommy, Dearest" is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

"After the hoe-down hilarity of last week’s ep, this week’s ep was a whole lot of something that wasn’t anything like a hoe-down and nothing like anything I’d be watching twice, if I didn’t have to. I’m not saying it was terribly bad, but at every other turn in the plot, I kept asking, why are they doing that? or why is he saying that to him? Not to mention the fact that it was Dean, Dean, Dean, all day, all night, all Dean, 24/7, and there was, at the same time, a mighty DEARTH of Sam."



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My review of the Supernatural episode “Frontierland” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

And excerpt:

“Magical Bobby is the first one to find the intel about the Phoenix and how its ashes can destroy the MOA. Up starts the funny lines, most of which are delivered by Dean. Here he asks, “Are we talking River, Joaquin, or the flaming bird?” Sam gives Dean a delighted smirk (as if to award Dean points for being so clever), and then his eyes get a little narrow, as if appraising Dean on some other and perhaps darker level. Am I reading too much into this, do you think? There’s still the issue of the Great Wall of Sam and how much is (or has) gotten through to be dealt with. I’m hoping it will happen soon because I think it’ll be a doozy when it does.”

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My review of the Supernatural episode “My Heart Will Go On” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

“Dean points to the back of the bus, not at the # 666, but instead at the hind end bus ad that shows Russo shilling his wares. When Sam gives him the Bitchface, we get another lovely quip from Dean, “Too soon?” (as in, too soon to poke fun?) and Sam retorts, “Yeah, Dean, six seconds is too soon.” This is funny, funny stuff, and when’s the last time, I ask you, since Sam and Dean had these types of exchanges? It’s been years. Years! I’m not saying that it didn’t make sense, that absence and the brothers’ distance, but it’s nice to see them more in sync in this timeline. Hopefully it will continue back in their real lives.”
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My review of the Supernatural episode “And Then There Were None” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!
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My review of the Supernatural Episode “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!
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My review of the Supernatural episode “Unforgiven” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

I had to restrain myself in my review on Pink Raygun as to the number of pictures that included Sam's closeups. But here's one more....

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My review for the Supernatural episode is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

Plus, Sam begs and asks and cajoles Dean to untie him. Dean says no, no, and not only that, hell no. So in a terrific little move, Sam shakes off the ropes from his wrists and with a twitch stands up and announces that, hey, I’m done being locked up, and you can’t hold me so you might as well fight with me. He refers to himself as “the soulless guy,” which cracked me up. In fact, I laughed a lot during this ep, at funny little comments the characters would say, almost to themselves, under their breath, as though muttering at the absurdity of their situation.”

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My review of the Supernatural episode “You Can’t Handle the Truth” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

This week, Sam and Dean are on the hunt for the Magical McGuffin that causes people to ask for the truth, and, being unable to handle it, to kill themselves in violent and/or messy ways. I’ve already talked about the aforementioned Jane, and the dentist, and next up is Dean. Yes, indeed, he’s a victim of the week in his own right, and of course the reason why is that he wants to know the truth about Sam. Show has been leading up to the fact that there is “an unknown truth” (to quote the Unnamed Romulan Commander from The Enterprise Incident) about Sam. But, this being Show and this being TV, while Dean spends a lot of time on the phone, by the end of the ep, we still don’t know. I wanted to point that out now, so if you’ve not already seen the ep, you won’t get your hopes up.”

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My review of the Supernatural episode “Live Free or Twihard” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

But, most importantly, we see Sam and Dean drinking beer together. It’s so unusual that Dean actually comments on it. He says, “When’s the last time we had a beer together anyway?” Sam, who doesn’t appear to appreciate the brotherly moment, doesn’t answer, but instead jerks his chin at the vampires he thinks he sees. So, what, like, you can tell someone’s a vampire just by looking at them now, Sam? In a bar full of people pretending to be vampires, you can spot the real ones? Pull the other ones, it’s got bells on. A vampire’s best strategy is fitting in with the local population, so I hardly think it’s likely, what Sam’s doing.”

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My review of the Supernatural episode “Weekend at Bobby’s” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

After watching this ep, I still don’t like MB. I still think he’s overused, inorganic, and retconned. I still think he rescues Sam and Dean far too often, like, all the time, and I am so frakking tired of how he does the boys’ their research for them. But. If the glimpse I got of Bobby Singer in this episode is what Bobby-fans are seeing all the time? Then I can completely get why they adore him.”

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My review for the Supernatural episode “The Third Man” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

More proof of this is Dean’s pleasure at having Sam back at his side. This is amply demonstrated when Sam’s bad boy has been bashed to bits in the angel puddle battle. Instead of commiserating with Sam, Dean says, casually, “Okay, silver lining.” Because, as you can see, if Sam has no car, he must sit in the Sam Seat once again, and join Dean inside the confines of the Impala as the two brothers rocket down the road. I get that Show felt it had to build up to this point in the story line, that they wanted to give us all a momentary concern to up the ante, but really. This is all we want, the rest of it is just window dressing.”

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My review for the Supernatural episode “Two and a Half Men” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

“Let’s talk about Lisa, which is just about as bad, because, frankly, I can’t seem to pin her down. Is she a good influence or is she just a millstone around Dean’s neck? She certainly seems to represent home and hearth, if not to Dean, then at least to the viewers, and yeah, to Sam. I’m pretty sure Dean likes her, is fond of her and Ben, and he really wants to keep them safe. But however many roots he’s planted, his feet seem mighty itchy. Otherwise, why would he come so quickly when Sam whistles for him? I’m not complaining, ye ken, I’m just pointing it out. Dean tries to be all coy over the phone, but even though Sam can’t see his face, he knows that even though Dean’s saying no, no with that lovely mouth of his, he’s saying yes, yes with his eyes. And his heart.”

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My review of the Supernatural episode “Exile on Main St” is up at pinkraygun.com. Enjoy!

An excerpt:

I don’t think Show made Sam into Pod Sam accidentally, of course, so I figure there must be some reason for this shift in Sam. So maybe, like I said before, it has to do with what happened to him in hell. Or, in a more sinister vein, maybe he’s still Lucky; that inside of Sam the Morning Star is still calling the shots, and casting his hellish net to lure Dean into a sense of false security. He certainly has that “Hi, I’m Lucky on the inside” expression on his face when he hugs Dean, because Sam’s eyes are all green and glittery and he’s got that little smirk going on. (Which Padalecki does so well, every time; it makes me want to stand up shout.) Another red herring? I feel comfortable that Show will take it one way or the other, at least eventually.”

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