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by Jessy Krupa

19 Feb 2016


One of the best things about the CW’s Supernatural is that it works on two different levels: one as an extremely intricate multi-verse that contains many canonical rules and theories, and the other, as a horror-themed dramedy that rewards viewers with beloved secondary characters and inside jokes. In other words, it can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be.

The complicated plot of Amara/The Darkness (Emily Swallow) and its effect on the warring divisions of angels and demons bogged down the first half of season 11, but the series returned from the fall hiatus with several fanciful stand-alone episodes that have lightened the mood. Tonight’s episode managed to tie those two halves of Supernatural together, with a time-traveling adventure that was simple enough for a first-time viewer to enjoy, yet still managed to advance the plot.

by Jessy Krupa

15 Feb 2016


Love hurts, love bleeds, especially on this week’s episode of Supernatural, and really on the show in general. Just about all of the show’s characters have experienced heartbreak and terrible relationships, beginning with the death of John Winchester’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) wife, Mary (Samantha Smith), and continuing on with Dean’s doomed relationship with Lisa (Cindy Sampson). It’s worth noting that only two characters in the series’ ever-expanding universe are currently happily married: hunter Garth (DJ Qualls) and his werewolf wife, Bess (Sara Smyth). So, it was easy to suspect that this Valentine’s Day-themed episode wouldn’t be the sort of thing you see in jewelry commercials.

by Jessy Krupa

8 Feb 2016


Last year’s Super Bowl, with over 120 million viewers, was the most-watched event in the history of television. In recent years, the big game has expanded into a sort of non-denominational holiday, in which there’s something for nearly everybody. But how did this year’s game, the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, fare? Read on to find out.

CBS’ coverage began at 1 PM CST with “Super Bowl Today”, their name for four hours of interviews, sportscaster analysis, trivia, and occasional on-field musical performances from artists as diverse as Sam Hunt and Seal.

by Jessy Krupa

8 Feb 2016


This past Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, but the popularity of the Super Bowl ad—a memorable, attention-grabbing commercial that advertisers pay massive amounts of money for—is a relatively recent phenomenon.

You could easily say that this year’s offerings were among the worst yet, with too many ad-makers cobbling together the same cliches of past successes (celebrity cameos, major special effects, cute animals, etc.) in ways that felt unoriginal and boring.

Still there were some commercials that probably put a smile on your face, so here is PopMatters countdown of the five best in show.

by Jessy Krupa

5 Feb 2016


Among fans, most talk about this week’s episode of Supernatural has revolved around the rumor/wish that it was set up or a test pilot for a “Wayward Daughters” spin-off series, in which Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and her two live-in wards/adopted daughters became hunters who save people and hunt things together. Considering the CW’s love of female-oriented teen dramas, it wasn’t too far-fetched of a possibility. But while some seeds were sown in that direction tonight, the conclusion mostly deflated that theory.

We open on a familiar teen trope: a young couple (Ty Wood and Angela Palmer) alone in a car on a moonlit night. But before you think you know what’s coming next, Claire (Kathryn Newton) interrupts them by holding a blade to the guy’s throat and accuses him of being a monster. He isn’t, however, and herein lies her problem.

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