Supernatural: Slumber Party!

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OK this is way late. I’m going to blame it on Halloween, but I did get to watch Tuesday night and do have some opinions so here we go:

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I have mixed feelings about the Charlie episodes. I really like Felicia Day, and really enjoyed her first episode where she helped the boys defeat Dick Roman. That made sense. Felicia is a nerd, she does computer stuff, ergo she plays a convincing hacker. I thought she was a cool guest star and all was cool. However, I’ve not been crazy about her subsequent appearances. Yeah I can see her LARPing, but I didn’t like that episode much, mostly because it was mixed in with the horrible story arc of season 8. I admit that she makes sense coming and checking out this computer system in the bat cave. I don’t buy her as a hunter though.

To stay on a positive note, she has great one liners and I love the whole Supernatural book series jab and it reminded me of the ache in my heart that was filled with Chuck.  I still hope that Chuck/God will show back up someday.  I also loved Dorothy in this episode.  She was just the right mix of tough girl and cheeky 30’s style one liners.  The exchange between Crowley and the Wicked Witch– amazing.  Of course everything Mark Sheppard does is amazing.  This is the stuff I love about Supernatural.  Yes Crowley is evil, but all I want is him to get out of that trap and DO SOMETHING!  This exchange at least helped out with my Crowley need.  The exchange with the boys helped too.  They totally are the Scarecrow and Tin Man.

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Now did I think everything was hunky dory in this episode?  No.  Obviously this is a filler episode and I would have loved it hands down if they had left out the whole Oz thing and left it with a witch from another world and a vintage hunter that had been hunting her.  You would still have the key, still have the witch, still have Dorothy, but lose all the cheesiness.  I also totally didn’t buy that Charlie killed the wicked witch with the ruby slipper.  Do you know how much strength and follow through it would take to jab a shoe heel into someone’s head??  Yeah, maybe if she’d been fighting the witch and adrenaline could have been used as an excuse, but she sneaked up on her and stabbed her.  I call crap.  Also those shoes were really new looking to have been sitting in a motorcycle bag for 75 years.

How long until Sam figures out about Zeke by the way?  He remembered this time Dean calling Zeke’s name out (speaking of which did Zeke not have enough juice to wipe Sam’s memory?  Or was this slip on purpose?) and Dean had to cover with another bad lie.  I give it two more episodes before Sam is in full out “something’s wrong” mode.  I also feel like the writers are wanting us to dwell on the fact that Sam hasn’t moved in yet.  I was satisfied with his explanation that every time he has made a home something horrible happens.  He has a point there.

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So overall I give this a pretty good rating.  As far as filler goes it was good.  Once again the thing that would have made this great would have been to drop the whole “Wizard of Oz” thing.  If I wanted to watch fairytale crossovers I would watch Once Upon a Time.  I’m curious to see how next week’s Dean/ Dog situation goes.

Dracula Premier Review: More Vampires?

 

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Did you watch Dracula last night? Well I didn’t. Let me explain. I set my DVR, I watched (most of) Grimm and then fell asleep with the TV on. I have a few people that can attest to this.  (Yes I am a party animal). So I watched it this morning. My thoughts? I wish I could have stayed awake and watched in real time.

I was somewhat leery about another vampire show/storyline.  True Blood is mostly getting it done in the vampire soft porn area, and The Vampire Diaries has a stronghold in the teenage love angst area so I was curious to what a show on NBC could offer.  After all NBC can’t step out of the basic cable lines like HBO or even a show on FX can do.  The last thing we need is another show that is afraid to step out of the safety zone so therefore just fades away (I feel like this will be the downfall of Grimm).  However maybe the late night slot will save Dracula.

Last nights premier started off with a bang.  The opening scene was amazing.  A coffin with a statue of a man in torture laying on the top and pictures of even more torture on the side is shown and then two explorers are seen apparently raiding the tomb.  Quickly one of the guys slits the other guys throat and allows the blood to pour into the mummified remains of Dracula’s mouth which makes it clear that one of the dudes knew what was up.  (Dude later turns out to be Van Helsing which is interesting to say the least.)

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The mummy Dracula was really cool looking too.  I’m glad they went all the way with this and didn’t leave it to our imagination.  I’m also glad that they did this and it looked good.  It could have easily been comical instead of creepy/gross.

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I really hope they keep this up.  Vampires should be scary.  Yes, they are sexy and intriguing, but also scary.   It’s nice for a change to have a vampire that isn’t sipping human blood out of a tumbler or drinking warmed synthetic blood, but someone who is hunting nightly.  Not to say this Dracula is purely evil– that would get old just as quick as a purely good character.  He is seeking vengeance and is trying to bring down bad guys that are even worse than himself.

My interest is piqued, but I am also concerned this is on NBC.  This doesn’t seem NBC’s regular cheesy comedy fair or it’s cop drama staple.  As long as they continue down the road they are on though I think they will have a winner.

Things I love:

  • Johnathan Rhys Myers– him in general, but also that he is leading this show.  He proved in The Tudors that he can pull of an insanely handsome and ruthless character.
  • That this vampire kills.  He’s not being eaten up by a conscience , but also seems to have a plan.
  • The base story– it’s set up with enough questions to make it interesting, but isn’t overly complicated
  • Van Helsing– I’m just glad they included this storyline
  • The clothing.  As a costumer I look at all these beautiful dresses and would love to recreate something

Things I doubt:

  • The whole– Hey look, that chick looks just like my dead wife– bit.  I’ve had enough of that with The Vampire Diaries with the whole Doppelganger crap.  I just don’t buy it.

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  • Some of the dresses.  Most importantly the ones for the woman that works with the big bad.  She’s dressed and painted up like a high end hooker (and acts like one).  I just don’t find it period appropriate.
  • The out in public kisses on the lips.  Yeah also not period appropriate.  I’m not saying that the sex should get cut out, I’m just saying that in public that crap wouldn’t have flown.
  • Katie McGrath’s blonde hair.  She was an amazing Morgana and is just as beautiful as JRM, but the blonde looks weird.

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Overall though I’m really excited and may have a cup of coffee in the future to be able to stay up and watch it Friday nights.  Or really hopefully it will be moved from the terrible Friday night slot.

Supernatural Review: I’m No Angel

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I love love love Human Cas. I love that he would be dead if it wasn’t for his living outside the lines with the boys. I love that he calls himself Clarence (let me cry a little for Meg). I love that he’s having to deal with things that he’s always been confused by, like hunger, sleep, cleanliness and other bodily functions (do you ever get tired of urinating?) I also love that he’s still naive.  I mean seriously who else would believe that a nice girl would bring home a bum, clean his knife wounds, give him a massage (along with a happy ending) and something not be up? Especially he knows the other angels are after him.  However I buy it because it is so very Cas to trust this sweet looking girl just because.

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Yeah how did that work out Cas?

How about Dean’s lines this season?  Holy crap he’s hilarious.  Well, a very funny guy that is going to get caught lying very soon. His satisfied smirk after he tells a really good lie isn’t helping matters.  Sam isn’t going to keep buying that he got knocked out and Dean made it happen very quickly.  I’m surprised he’s believed it this long.  Surely he suspects that something is up now.  Now that brings us up to Sangel healing Cas.  I really think the only reason Zeke did this was because he saw Dean breaking down looking at Cas’ body and wants to keep him on his side to achieve whatever crazy thing he’s using Dean for.  I still believe that Zeke really does need Sam’s body to heal and that he’s helping Sam by being in there, I also think he set himself back by fixing Cas.

That being said I definitely think that something is up with Zeke.  Yes everyone is after Cas, but if he’s just hanging out in the bunker there is no way that he can get caught.  If Reapers could find people in the bunker then they would have found Kevin Tran by now.  I find his reason to make Cas leave crap and I’m dying for Dean to call him on it.  However, I’m afraid he’s too worried that Zeke is going to leave Sam high and dry and will actually follow through with the Cas eviction.  OK so here’s my big question,  You have the KING OF HELL in your dungeon!  How about getting his help with Sam?? Not necessarily go through with it, but see if he’ll deal and then let Zeke know that if he doesn’t stick to the original plan he has someone else to fix everything.  Granted Kevin probably isn’t going to be cool with it, but Kevin isn’t cool with anything to do with Crowley.  How about seriously figure out any better plan than this one.  Angels are bad news.  Period. You know this Dean.

Other things about this episode:

  • There was a serious lack of Kevin Tran although reading @OsricChau ‘s tweets almost made up for that
  • Cas was shirtless quite a bit and although that isn’t Sam shirtless– it’s still awesome
  • The televangelist was so creepy.  Well maybe creepy isn’t the right term, sleazy? slimy? Hmmm I say creepy because he seriously thought he was helping people and then rationalized away seeing that girl explode like it was nothing.
  • The angels seem to just want to reverse what Metatron and Cas did, and I know I should understand that and support it, except they are psycho.
  • Jared Padalecki did an amazing job switching between Sam and Zeke.  There was enough of a difference to know what was up even before Dean did, but it wasn’t crazy obvious.
  • I may have cried at the look on Cas’ face when Dean told him he had to leave.  He just got to a home and now is getting kicked out.  Not only kicked out, but kicked out by the one person that always backs him up.
  • And finally– I think Sam took my advice and had a hair cut.

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Look at that hair toss.

Did I miss any other red flags?  I’m worried about Cas, I’m worried about Dean, oh and Sam. And Kevin. And Crowley.  Hmmm I guess the only person I’m not horribly concerned about is Charlie which is the only reason I can think of that I’m not as excited as I thought I would be that Felicia Day is coming back next week.  The previews for that seem like it’s going to be a weird episode too.  We shall see.

Supernatural Recap: Devil May Care

Can I just start out saying that I love the new opening graphic? (Oh I should also take a moment and say that there WILL be spoilers in this post so if you haven’t watched last night’s episode you should go elsewhere). I love that they change the opener every season to reflect whatever big bad they are going to be dealing with that season and the angel wings are just enough messed up looking to remind you how messed up (most) angels are.  I’m going to post it again, just for fun.

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So they are all back together.  Sam, Dean, Kevin and Crowley and understandably Kevin is pissed that Crowley is not only alive, but hanging out in the bunker with them.  I think this is a moment that Sam and Dean show how much they have forgotten about normal people’s feelings.  Yes they can handle Crowley being in the other room, but I don’t know exactly how they expected Kevin to be cool with it.

OK enter Abaddon, with an awesome regeneration scene (I have to say her makeup and nails were rocking it for someone how had just been burnt to a crisp).  Do you know who scared me more than Abaddon though?  Scary-Demon-Grandma.  Seriously, “kids love grandmas”? Yeah I kinda wanted to vomit thinking about that creep going after little kids.  Abaddon is shaping up to be a pretty good big bad which has to be a hard thing to come up with now a days in Supernatural writers land.  I mean come on, they’ve killed a few badass demons, Lucifer, and the Leviathan to name a few.  They even in a sense beat the evil inside of themselves (kinda).  I’m interested to see how this pissing contest between her and Crowley ends up.  I’m assuming that he’s not going to be kept tied up much longer and then the real battle will start.  How cool would it be to see Crowley seeking their protection from Abaddon.  I think that’s what’s going to end up happening.  After all Crowley is a lesser evil.  Kinda doubting Kevin would be cool with that though.

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Speaking of Kevin.  Wow. KevinFREAKIN’Solo was on point.  I thought the boys were screwed when they called Kevin for a cover story, but he got the job done with flair.  Now overall Kevin needs to have that kind of confidence about everything.  I know this isn’t what he would like to be doing, but there is no way that he could waltz back into his Ivy League life even if he had the chance.  As soon as he can accept that and accept that what he is doing is way more important than anything else he would have ever have been able to do the sooner he can be happy.

Now Crowley and Kevin in the bunker together was always a bad idea and I think turned out as best as it could have.  Of course Crowley was going to needle Kevin about his mom, about how messed up his life is, well about everything.  Once again I don’t think that the boys remember that Kevin isn’t a hunter.  He has seen a lot, but he’s still a young adult.  Best line of the exchange: “I torture all my friends.”  I’m sure Crowley does and maybe Crowley does think that they are friends.  Seriously wouldn’t surprise me.

The whole Abaddon battle was cool, but I knew the guys had it under control.  I kinda figured that Sam/Zeke would save the day (or as I will call him Sangel).  Surely Sam will start doubting all of this though and how pissed is he going to be when he realizes all the lies Dean is telling him.  Also the wings made me believe that maybe Zeke is telling the truth about not being healthy himself.  Feathers were falling out and he was not as impressive as Cas was the first time he showed off his wings.  Best line of the night? Dean talking to Sangel: “Zeke? ImmacallyouZeke.”

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I actually was more on edge with what was happening with Kevin and Crowley, but I did really enjoy the exchange between Abaddon and Dean.  Mostly just because it reminded Dean (and us) that things could be worse.  And we got to look at Dean a lot.  Which is always awesome.

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Crowley may not have won the quick escape, but he did plant seeds of doubt in Kevin.  Is his mom really dead?  If she’s alive why not let Crowley go to get her back?  Maybe he did make a deal with Crowley off camera and he’s just biding his time until he can get Crowley out of there.  I think Dean actually handled the situation he came back to well.  He reminded Kevin that he was family, that they were willing to die to keep him safe, and he tried to help him come to terms with his mom. BUT, and this is a huge BUT, once again Dean doesn’t put himself in Kevin’s place.  What if Crowley said something like that about Sam, or what if old Yellow Eyes had said something like that about their dad or mom a few years ago.  Dean and Sam would have dropped everything just to make sure that Crowley wasn’t telling the truth.  Can they not accept that Kevin would do the same?  I think Dean glossing over this is going to come back to bite him later.  All the feels between Kevin and Dean were overwhelming though.  Poor Kevin.  Poor Dean.  Really poor everyone at this point.  Well, I guess Garth is the only character that is chugging along happily.

We’ll see next week how Cas is doing. I’m guessing not well.  This season has started off with a bang and it has be excited to see what is going to happen next.  I’m loving it since I felt season eight was confusing and not up to the standards I expect from this show.  I have hopes that Zeke is really trying to help and wonder if he’ll make another appearance soon. (Maybe to speak to Cas?)

Top 10’s from the Supernatural Season 9 Premier

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Wow. This post is going to have crazy spoilers so if you haven’t seen the premier yet: STOP NOW!  You were warned.

OK to recap everything that was awesome about this episode:

  1. The cut that shows that Sam and Dean are not driving away from another disaster, but are in fact in the hospital
  2. Dean’s reaction to the doctor saying it was all in God’s hands and then his subsequent prayer to Cas
  3. Tahmoh Penikett.  I love this dude and was so excited when I saw that he was an angel.  Hopefully he’s not gone just because he’s now inside Sam. Yeah that sounds weird when you explain it like that
  4. Human Cas.  I don’t know that I can say more than that.  He was just amazing.
  5. Dean’s loyalty to Cas after everything that has happened– of course I don’t know that he would have even given up Crowley to someone who was beating the crap out of him.
  6. This kinda goes along with #4, but Cas’ escape from psycho angel girl was amazing.  I don’t think he could have done something like that without all the time he’s spent with the boys.  Kinda messed up that I was so happy he killed a teenager.
  7. Bobby. Bobby.  Bobby.  I wanted to cry when he told Sam he’d be waiting with a couple of cold ones.
  8. DEATH!  One of my favorite sequences ever on Supernatural is the first time they meet death.  This actor looks like death without being comical.  I was super excited to see him back last night.
  9. Cas’ laundromat struggles.  I will miss his trench-coat and tie combo, but loved that he recognized his human needs.  Too bad he spent that money on a bottle of water though.  I’m pretty sure he’s going to be hungry soon.
  10. Bobby.  Oh did I mention him before?  Yeah he needs another mention.  I was so happy this wasn’t just a weird ghost thing, but a legitimate reason for him to be back.

How I think Sam should cut his hair:

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I don’t feel the urge to braid it at this length.

Questions I have:

  1. Is Ezekiel really who he says he is?  I’m thinking not, but how awesome would it be if he WAS and he received doubt and suspicion the whole season just to prove he is who he says he is.  I would love to see a good angel.  Probably not going to happen here.
  2. In that line of thought is Ezekiel really too weak to heal him?  How convenient that possession is the only way.
  3. Will the angels be any better than demons now that they have fallen?  Or perhaps it will make them want to help humans more after they see first hand the day to day struggles they go through.  Yeah probably not. Obviously something is up since psycho angel girl didn’t heal herself after the car crash.
  4. How pissed is Sam going to be when he finds out that Dean stuck and Angel in him?  OK maybe I know they answer to this question, but WOW that is going to be ugly.
  5. Why didn’t Dean look to Crowley before he looked to the angels?  He was almost cured so surely he would be open to helping Sam out.
  6. Is Crowley really the King of Hell anymore?  I’m guessing he has been demoted.
  7. Did Death know that he wasn’t really going to take Sam?  He is mostly omnipotent so maybe that’s why he went personally.  I feel like he likes the Winchesters in his own way so maybe he just wanted to hang out for a bit.  No?  Still I feel like he probably knew what was going to happen.
  8. Will Cas be able to see that Sam has an angel inside him?  I’m guessing not now that his Grace is gone, but maybe that’s how Sam will find out.  As in Cas gets his Grace back and then realizes what Dean has done and announces it.
  9. When is Sam getting a hair cut?  Now I like my Jared Padalecki shaggy, but I feel like he’s crossing a line.  Like a mousse/blowdry line.   Please.  Trim it up.
  10. What is the plan with Crowley?  I really want to see him more and my favorite Crowley episodes were when he was working with the boys.  Yes he had his own agenda, but he makes a great bad-good guy.

Overall I thought this was a solid season premier which I have to say I didn’t feel the same with the start of season 8.  There is mystery with the whole angel inside Sam situation, a bunch of big bads in the corners (the angels, Abaddon, Crowley, etc), Cas of course needs help, but there isn’t the confusion we experienced last season with the whole Purgatory crap.  I’m excited to see where they go with this and if they try to tie up the loose ends from last season (Amelia and Benny) or if they are just going to disappear into oblivion like their half brother still stuck in hell.  What are your opinions?  Tell me in the comments after watching that clip of Death that I was talking about earlier.

Truly the best sequence in the show.

The Silver Chair Announced As Next Narnia Movie

I got excited when I saw the announcement that The Silver Chair was going to be the next Chronicles of Narnia to be released.  This is one of my favorite books in the series and it’d be awesome to see this book come to life in a big way.  I don’t know about the rest of you , but The Chronicles of Narnia were a big part of my childhood. My parents read us the books, we watched the cartoon and we owned (and watched repeatedly) the BBC movies.

The BBC movies had their issues admittedly. The people in animal costumes, the horrible casting of Lucy, and the special effects in general.

They grew and learned (some) from their mistakes. Granted the special effects by the time The Silver Chair was made weren’t much better. The owls were very odd and the serpent at the end with the purple blood was not very believable. The really good bad thing was definitely the earth men jumping down into the lava. I laugh every time I see that sequence. They did, however, do a much better job casting Scrub and Pole and the biggest, most amazing thing they did was cast Tom Baker as Puddleglum.

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I can’t say that I had really understood his character before or appreciated the humour behind it until Tom made him come to life. The dry, straightforward delivery is genius. I can’t re-read this book without Tom Baker as my Puddleglum in my imagination. All the other characters change and evolve, but Tom Baker IS Puddleglum.
So here’s my request/hope/desire please, please casting people recast Tom Baker in this role.  If he could revisit this character again with a larger special effects budget it could be epic.  Or if Tom is too old or not what they are going for visually I really hope that the person cast in this role will watch how Tom plays it and take notes.

Most importantly I hope that Hollywood doesn’t feel the need to add a new plot line to this awesome story like they did with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (which admittedly is one of my least favorite of the books).  I do believe Dr. Jon Sprinkle summed it up best when he said:

“I’m glad they’re making it, because what we’ve had too much of in Hollywood lately is bobance and bounce and high spirits. We’ve got to learn that life isn’t all fricasseed frogs and eel pie. We want something to sober us down a bit.

Now a movie like this — an adaptation that will be compared to a version shown chiefly on VCRs, with actors who will mostly be in front of a green screen, shot in 3D for its limited run in the theater and filled with action sequences that aren’t in the book — will be just the thing. If that doesn’t steady a chap, I don’t know what will.”

(Who is Dr. Jon Sprinkle?  From UA’s website: Dr. Jonathan Sprinkle is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. In 2013 he received the NSF CAREER award, and in 2009, he received the UA’s Ed and Joan Biggers Faculty Support Grant for work in autonomous systems. Until June 2007, he was the Executive Director of the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests and experience are in systems control and engineering, through modeling and metamodeling, and he teaches in controls and systems modeling.—- and he’s also my brother, but doesn’t all that other crap sound more impressive?)

Remember, “many fall down, but few return to the sunlit lands.”

Here’s a clip from the BBC version to leave you with: