Supernatural: Soul Survivor. Something good is bound to happen sometime right?

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Wow. This episode was packed full of all kinds of awesome.

We start out with Sam starting the curing process with Dean and of course everything isn’t going smoothly. Both boys are in pain. Sam emotionally and Dean physically. Dean may be a demon now, but he still remembers all the buttons to push. We only get to see a bit of the pain that Dean and Sam are going through before we switch back to the angel story. Have I mentioned I’m tired of this story line? Well we have Hanna mooning over Castiel and Cas finally picking up on it and we have Cas admitting that Sam doesn’t know the extent of what is going on with his Grace. Anytime some one wants to stab Hanna with an angel blade I’m cool with it. Just sayin’.

OK now back to Sam and Dean. Dean makes a very impassioned speech (one of many during this process) about how Sam is really the monster out of the two of them. Cue flashback. We get to see Sam pushing sleazy mustached dude from last week into making a crossroads deal with a demon just so that he can capture one in order to try to find out where Dean is. You’d think big long legged Sam could have gotten to Lester before he kissed the demon, but who knows. Maybe Sam thought there’d be more explanations from the demon before the deal was made. Ummm yeah maybe that was it. Although was Dean is saying is obviously affecting Sam it’s not really slowing him down with the sanctified blood injections.

Switch to The King of Hell meting judgments down on Abaddon’s followers. We see the demons trying to manipulate Crowley into doing what they think he needs to do. We even see a sad flashback/rundown of all of Dean and Crowley’s fun times. A new demon tries to team up with Crowley and thinks that he will get in because of his love for ” the classic rock and roll.”  Yeah it doesn’t work out so well for him.  We do find out that the demons are watching Castiel on his trip and keeping tabs on his health. Which becomes important in a bit.

Speaking of Castiel. Well– let’s not. Just know more tension and awkwardness.

Sam looks to be cracking under the pressure of watching Dean suffer, but Castiel helps remind him that if the blood kills him instead of curing him that’s all for the best. Dean does appear to be in pain, but that’s not slowing down his painful speeches. “I chose the King of Hell over you,”  and “I went as far away from you as I could. Away from the whining and complaining.” Or my personal favorite, “Maybe it’s the fact that my mother would still be alive if it wasn’t for you. That your very existence sucked the life out of my life.” Was that a crack in his voice when he said that line? Seriously though I found this painful to watch. It was nice to see Sam stand strong while Dean did everything he could to tear him apart. Well mentally at least.

Crowley now sees one of his followers commit suicide (in an uncomfortable manner) in front of everyone just so he doesn’t have to follow Crowley. I think this is what pushes him to what happens next. What happens next you ask? Well now we see Castiel trying to let Hanna down easy. Unsuccessfully. And then– wait! Can it be? Is someone going to take my suggestion with the Angel Blade and Hanna? Crap. No. After an angel fight with the angel on the run Crowley shows up and kills the psycho before she can finish killing Hanna. Thankfully Crowley takes her Grace and forces Cas to accept it making him all better for a little while. Obviously he has plans for Cas– but maybe just to help Sam cure Dean so that Dean is no longer a threat to his empire (this all happens in a longer time frame, but like I said I’m tired of the Angel story line).

OK we knew we’d have to have a sappy scene with Sam exploring his feelings with Dean and they do it perfectly.  Sam runs into some old pictures of Dean happy and loving. I’m really glad they didn’t go into it too much with Sam second guessing himself. Instead it just serves as a reminder and that the boys do love each other and if this works it will be worth all the pain. A now resolute Sam goes back to finish the job and shockingly finds Dean gone.

We now get to see Dean on the prowl hunting Sam and Sam on the defensive. Sam grabs some fancy keys and goes to cut the power all to try to trap Dean in the electrical room to try to talk some sense into him.  The only hitch in that plan is that Dean doesn’t want to face the pain of being human again so instead tears the door down so that way he can go and kill Sam. After a brief struggle and a barely missed hammer to the head it looks like Sam’s only option is to kill Dean with the demon knife. Thankfully the newly energized Castiel comes to the rescue forcing Dean back into his bonds. After another injection of blood Dean is back. The only thing that surprises me is that they released him right after the holy water no longer had an effect on him. I might would have done another injection to make sure all the demon was all gone. That’s just me though.

Seeing Sam relaxing and happy is something that has been a long time coming. I don’t know that he’s been this comfortable since before the trials. We also get to see a touching scene between Castiel and Dean. Dean is trying to beat himself up about trying to kill Sam and Castiel isn’t having it. Yes it’s everything that we could want in a Cas/Dean scene.

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The very last scene of this episode shows a mystery lady with 2 dead bodies nailed to the ceiling above her. Yeah cause that’s normal. Speculation is that this person is someone from Crowley’s human past. Perhaps his witch mother? I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

This season so far (especially if you take out the Hanna story) is one of the best in a long time. I’m very excited to see what is to come. What did you think of Dean being cured?

The Flash: Can Spin offs ever be any good?

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The world of TV is filled with spin off shows: The Originals, Angel, Teen Mom, Maude, The Legend of Korra, NCIS, NCIS:LA, NCIS:New Orleans. . . etc.  OK so NCIS kinda got out of control, but the others show that the love people have for some shows and the desire to see more expands into a whole new series.  Sometimes this is great (Angel) and sometimes you end up with L.L. Cool J. licking his lips while solving crimes and Chris O’Donnell trying to forget that he ever played Robin.

The CW had most recently had the spin off of The Originals which is an even more melodramatic version of The Vampire Diaries so although I had high hopes for The Flash because of what I’d seen on Arrow I was somewhat wary that they might take a more early Smallville teen soap opera-y vibe instead of a balls to the wall all the way superhero series.  I’m happy to say that I feel like they are going with the second option. Barry Allen has a real reason and motivation for being a good guy that is out there helping people.  The actor is cute enough to be a great leading character, but not so good looking that he’s distracting.  We’ve gotten to know him a bit on Arrow so there isn’t a lot of awkward getting to know you crap mixed in the pilot. There is some unrequited romance (plus the promise of the full story of him and Felicity Smoak) and a mystery to be solved in what happened to his mom as well as who Harrison Wells really is.

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I’m not going to pretend that I know everything about The Flash comics so I know there are a ton of Easter Eggs in this episode that I didn’t get, but I do have a few subtle (or not so subtle) things that I appreciate.

  1. They took the time to really tie into Arrow by having him become a reoccurring character months before The Flash so when he tries to decide how to use his abilities it doesn’t feel strange that he would run to Oliver for advice. Crossovers between the shows look like they are going to be awesome.
  2. John Wesley Shipp is playing the dad.  For those 5 people that are unaware JWS played the Flash in a doomed (but good) 90’s series. Think Lois and Clark, but without the viewers (really it was a good show and shouldn’t have been cancelled).
  3. The surrogate dad Det. Joe West is played by Jesse L. Martin who was a cop on Law and Order for years which I feel like adds a level of legitimacy to his role.  Many people will tune in and recognize him as a cop. I know it’s not a big thing, but I like it.
  4. Lastly superhero costumes can be comical.  What someone draws on a cartoon character is often hard to translate into real life (as cosplayers all over the world know). So the firefighter uniform makes sense and the lightening bolt accents although they could be cheesy are played off as an overly excited tech maker’s signature on his device.  Plus it ties into how he got his powers.

I look forward to seeing where this new series is going to take us and unlike the rather slow start that Gotham is having for me  The Flash will be a show that I not only want to watch, it will also be a show I want to watch live (which isn’t something I do much).

What did you think?

Arrow Season 2: This Show Has Not Failed This Network

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I have previously posted about how Arrow is worth the watch, but the show has taken another big step forward this season.  The first season had the issue that a lot of CW shows have, it was over dramatic and focused too much on the love story.  However the further we got into the season the more the characters were allowed to develop and the actors became more comfortable in their roles.

Fast forward to Season 2: We’ve established a pretty thorough back story with  most of the characters and if they don’t have a back story they are interesting stand alone characters.

We have Oliver who is working through his crazy

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Diggle who is inspired by the good that The Arrow is doing in the city (aka the OTHER guy we can count on to take off his shirt).

 

Felicity who is in love with Oliver  Oliver’s assistant. She’s a great strong female character, but doesn’t throw it in your face every five minutes that’s she’s a strong female character. She’s the glue that holds it all together.

Laurel who is about 15 shades of crazy and self absorbed.  She also looks super weird this season for some reason I can’t explain.

And that brings us to Sara. Sara who does scream HEY I’M STRONG AND I’M A WOMAN every chance she gets.  AKA the Black Canary.  She also is super crazy and has her own island issues.  However she’s less annoying than Laurel so she’s got that going for her.

Plus she can do this which I have to respect– even if I don’t want her and Ollie together.

Roy Harper has gotten a larger role this season as well prepping himself to become Ollie’s sidekick of sorts.  Right now he’s having some issues, but he helps humanize Thea (Ollie’s sister) and is an interesting part of this broken team.

We also have a whole slew of bad guys and secondary characters.  John Barrowman being one of them which in and of itself is amazing and Deathstroke who has been pretty scary the last bit of this season.  I won’t go into all of them, but I’ll say that I’m very glad that Arrow looked toward Supernatural as a model CW show instead of any of the others.  Arrow in season 2 is where Smallville was in season 8.  I’m so happy they are going all out and upping the ante every episode.  I don’t feel that any of the characters (with the exception of Ollie) are safe which I love in a show.  You can’t be concerned when someone is kidnapped/in danger/hurt if you KNOW they won’t really die.

So bravo Arrow!  I’m excited to see how this season ends and I’m looking forward to what you’ll bring to the future seasons.  I also appreciate how much time and effort Stephen Amell spends posting on his Facebook page.  It adds a whole new layer to watching a show when you know that the actors are just as excited about filming it.

To show my appreciation I’ll post one last GIF of Ollie doing his thing.  Why you ask?  Oh wait, no you didn’t ask, you understand.

Alex Annie Alexis Ann: Jody Mills shows off her BMF wallet and tells everyone to be cool Honey Bunny

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What’s Fonzie? Fonzie’s cool. I’m going to go ahead and say Jody is cool too. Jody has called the boys (and Bobby *sobs*) over the years for help, but she proved this episode that although she might not know all the details she’s definitely hunter material.  They were working as a team, not as a girl that needed the boys help. Yes she trusted the girl a little more than I would have, but also she’s not been as jaded as the boys are now.

Speaking of jaded, Sam loves to give Dean crap about how he’s lost touch with humanity, but both of them would have gotten what Jody was saying about how the girl needed to be saved from these vampires.  The boys however went into the situation perfectly fine with killing her.  It wasn’t that long ago both boys had issues with killing anything human.

This episode had so many of the things that I love about Supernatural in it.  We had our monster hunt, a gradual progression of the over arching storyline (the Mark of Cain and Sam’s issues between him and Dean) and the boys were getting along again.  Working as a team without the baggage they’ve been dealing with getting in the way.  Also it had humor which is always a plus.

The show definitely lacked in (good) humor last season so I’m glad to see that the writers are embracing this again.  Supernatural deals with overly dramatic topics so if it doesn’t have any humor thrown it it tends to take itself too seriously. I know I just said it, but seeing the boys work together and joke together was amazing to see.  I’ve been talking about how I feel like Sam is going to realize that he would do anything to save Dean sometime soon and I think he got a glimpse of that this episode.

Dean was lying there prone, obviously very hurt and Sam couldn’t do anything to stop it.

This is probably just the iceberg of Sam’s realization, but it was satisfying to watch. Yes, Sam you do still love your brother no matter how mad you are at him. Sam needs to figure out that fact before the Mark of Cain takes over Dean completely.  Did anyone else think that the vampire was surprised with Dean’s strength?  I wondered if that was another Mark of Cain side effect.

I don’t know that I agree with Sam that Dean is enjoying killing people as much as he just thinks that that’s how things have to be now.  The look of determination on Dean’s face was certainly scary/badass/sexy.  Also I’m glad I wasn’t the only one thinking this:

Haha– that photoset cracks me up more than it’s probably actually funny, but I love me some Jesse Pinkman.

Back to the main story though I’m glad that Jody has someone to take care of again and I’m also glad that the girl she put her faith in came through for her.  From the previews and from the tone of the show I was expecting Jody to not only get screwed, but perhaps also brutally murdered.  After all no one (OK very few) is safe and Jody’s character has had a much bigger role than I ever expected it to. I also think it reminded the boys what it felt like to save a human that needed saving again.

Will we see Jody again? (I hope so) Will we see Alex/Anne again? (I’m open to it). I look forward to seeing the development from here.

Next week we will see the Bloodlines back door pilot and I really hope that it’s good.  The preview makes it feel like it’s The Originals for Supernatural.  After all it’s a fight over a city and it’s about ancient families.  Originals is about a fight over New Orleans involving an ancient family.  Hmmm. . .I rate The Originals at about 4.5 out of 10 so I really hope that the preview is produced that way just to try to bring in some of that younger crowd, but is just as meaty as Supernatural.  No matter what I’m sure next week will be interesting to watch!

Supernatural “Blade Runners” and “Mother’s Little Helper”

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I know, I know, I’m falling behind.  Besides being a mom, and a seamstress, and a property manager, oh and a band manager I’m also the volunteer coordinator for some area beer festivals.  So I’ve been knee deep in festival organization lately and although I’ve gotten to watch I haven’t had the time to write anything.  So here’s my catch up article.

“Blade Runners” accomplished many things plot wise.  First off we finally got to see Crowley get back in action. His struggle with his human nature is interesting, but not as interesting as Dean becoming increasingly disturbed.  Crowley’s desire for approval from Dean and Sam throughout the episode was slightly pitiful to watch.  However I didn’t blame him at all for taking the first blade away at the end of the episode and threatening the boys.  Here’s my question though:  Why kill Crowley?  Abaddon has shown what the other options look like for the ruler of Hell so why not stick with the Devil you know?  Is Crowley a bad guy?  Yes.  But aren’t the other options worse? Why not accept the King of Hell that you can actually work with every now and then?

Also Magnus proved to me definitively that The Men of Letters are just as big of douches as the Angels. I am not sad that Dean chopped off his head even if it did speed along his crazy that much faster.

He just has a head meant for chopping off.

Sam doing everything he could to get into save Dean tells me that he’s moving towards the realization that he needs to forgive Dean for saving him with Gadreel.  I can now officially call crap on his act that Dean is just a partner to work with and nothing more.  That was panic on his face when he got thrown out of the house.

Now to move on to “Mother’s Little Helper.”  There is so much I love about this episode.  On the basic level I loved that the “monster of the week” played into the main plot.  The middle seasons did this the best and I love it when this works out.  It feels more cohesive that way.  After all if they are searching for the big bad it makes sense that pieces of the big bad would cross their path.  Some of my favorite episodes have the boys doing their thing and then having issues with a part of the big bad of the season (When the meet War when the go help the other hunters, all the manipulation they encountered while going against Yellow Eyes, etc.)

Dean jonesing for the First Blade is remarkably similar to Sam’s hunger for demon blood.  That being said I hope that Sam can empathize with Dean’s struggle instead of being all judgey like Dean himself was.  Sam is also getting a taste of how much it sucks for your brother to be all douchey.  The exchange between Sam and Dean when Sam leaves to go on a hunt was satisfying.  I really think Sam thought he could pitch a fit, ignore Dean and then finally see Dean crawl back apologizing.  But of course in reality what we are seeing is that while Sam was on his period Dean accepted the Mark of Cain and pretty much agreed to become a monster himself (I wonder if he’ll ask Sam to kill him because of this? After all he usually takes a hard line on monsters).

I know it’s all very deliberate, but it will be interesting to watch now that the shoe is on the other foot.  Dean loves control and I wonder how he’s going to react while losing it.

The new Dean/Crowley friendship is enjoyable as well.  Dean seems to know that working with Crowley is a bad idea, but his actions seem to show that he’s enjoying teaming up with him as much as I am watching it.  I wonder how Cas will react when he shows back up in the next episode and sees them working together.  I mean that as in an angel seeing Dean work with a demon, not in a Destiel way.  Although there is that aspect too.

I’m glad Crowley finally seems to be playing his own game.  As much as I hate seeing Dean manipulated Crowley needs to be on his A game to get rid of Abaddon.  Especially with the revelation that Abaddon is creating an army of new demons everyone needs to be focusing on that small task.  Maybe Dean and channel all that rage and love of killing into killing demons.  Maybe.  Hopefully.

I think the biggest unasked questions so far are:  Once Dean kills Abaddon how will Dean get rid of the Mark?  Will he be able to?  I’m assuming the actual Cain isn’t dying to get it back and if he doesn’t take it who will?  Does Crowley want it? Is that part of his end game at this point?  That would be a lot of power for the King of Hell to have.  And does the original Cain have an ulterior motive?

Veronica Mars: Great Modern Film Noir

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A couple weeks ago I noticed that Veronica Mars was on Amazon Prime for free and that fateful day I decided to try it out.  I’d been interested in it since I saw some blurbs about how quickly the fan base had raised money for the movie on Kickstarter and all the records they had broken doing so. Any show that can motivate people to shell out the $2 million needed to greenlight the movie in 11 hours and almost $6 million in the 30 day time period has my attention.   (You know– the whole “Money talks” thing).

Here’s the kickstarter video they posted to get donations.  It’s very much worth the 5 minute watch:

Well I fell into a haze of Veronica Mars.  I rushed through all three seasons and was definitely left wanting more (which conveniently we will soon be getting).  This post isn’t a breakdown of every little thing that happened in the series, but more of a list of why you should try this series if you missed it the first time around.  I am going to excuse myself for missing it the first time because it came out in 2004.  In 2004 I was graduating college, trying to find a job and had this whole “social life” thing going on.  All those things have settled themselves down (definitely no social life going on now).  Now a week and a half after watching that first episode I’m jonesing for some more.  Here’s why:

Veronica Mars is shot with a very film noir feel.  It’s a great change from the soap opera feel of the dramas these days, or the grittiness of cop shows and it totally fits with the premise of the show.  See Veronica’s dad is a former sheriff that had been run out of office the year previous because of an embarrassment that the public saw as his fault.  Now he’s a private investigator that has his teenage daughter help him out from time to time.  There are a few reasons I like this set up.

First off because it makes sense.  Someone who had been in law enforcement becoming a P.I. is a logical jump and a struggling single dad business owner having his daughter run errands and answer phones is legit.  Unlike so many civilian crime solving shows (ex. Murder, She Wrote) murders and crimes don’t follow Veronica and her dad around, but they get hired to solve them. (I’m not knocking Murder, She Wrote– I love Angela Lansbury, I just question that there wasn’t really just a serial killer in Cabot Cove). I like a show so much more when I’m not questioning the entire basis that it is built on.

Secondly these characters are real people.  See above GIF.  Keith Mars is goofy and lovable, but is tough when he needs to be.  He’s not some male model that is going around broodily solving cases.  He’s real.  Her best friend Wallace, although very cute, is not oozing perfection, her boyfriends are cute, but not walking around shirtless every five minutes.  Now there are insanely rich people in the area which is unrealistic to me, but I’m going to chalk that up to it being based in California.  People are probably way richer in California than in Tennessee.  Well, at least my area of Tennessee.

Back to the real people thing though there aren’t any characters that are 100% good or 100% bad.  All characters have a large mix of good and bad and I have said before how those kind of characters are my favorite.  I empathized with many of the killers right along with the main characters.  Which those main characters weren’t very squeaky clean either.  Veronica and entourage don’t exactly make the best moral choices every time and they don’t usually get away with it either.

Thirdly (I guess) Veronica’s love interests are interesting.  She’s not some mooney eyed girl out to try to find her “soul mate”.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s a teenage girl so she does get a little lovesick every now and then, but she’s more of a fighter than a lover. My only questions about her love story is that there is  never any tension between her and Wallace.  None of her boyfriends question the inordinate amount of time she spends with him.  He’s a guy, she’s a girl.  Even if she’s not interested at all surely someone questioned this relationship even in passing.  The only other love story I wish they had touched on was the relationship between the leader of the local biker gang and Veronica.

The leader, “Weevil”, is always there to help Veronica out and she always has his back too.  I just wish that they had touched on that a little more. Of course I’m sure they meant to go on longer than 3 seasons so maybe that would have been touched on later.

Lastly (since I’m sticking to the “ly” thing) I wish that I had caught this series when it aired.  I’m not saying that me watching would have kept it from being canceled, but I would have felt like I did my part.  This series was well written, with witty dialog, convincing story lines and the actors do a great job.  I’m very excited that the movie is getting made and the trailer looks like it’s going to be not only a good companion to the series, but a great stand alone movie.  So go out, watch the series, and then go see the movie in March (although it’s mostly only being played in AMC theaters aka no theater near me so I may break my rule of watching illegally— if it was anywhere withing 3 hours away I would drive and pay a crazy sum of money to see in in theaters).   Enjoy.  You’ll thank me later.

Supernatural: First Born aka That time when Dean agreed to [SPOILER]

 

 

Ok I’m going to let you look at this photo of Lassie (aka Cain to all of you non Psych watching people— which is a whole ‘nother issue) to give all those people who don’t want to read spoilers to leave.  So enjoy some Carlton and then move along.

 

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All right let me get down to business.  Did Dean just agree to kill Sam? Cause I’m pretty sure he did.  So you have to have the Mark of Cain to use the blade? OK.  Cain got the Mark by agreeing to kill Able?  OK.  Dean just had the Mark transferred to him? Wait, WHAT?

Yeah I’m pretty sure the skipping over the fine print is going to come back to bite him.  Probably sooner rather than later.

So now that we’ve established that Dean is an idiot let’s move on. (Disclaimer: I love Dean. I just think Dean should think through things a little more).

Dean and Crowley got to team up again which, like I have said before , is when I really love Crowley.  Yes, he manipulates the boys into doing what he wants and he’s never really a good guy, but that doesn’t stop him from being an awesome guy.  Cause he is.  Of course Mark Sheppard rocks at most everything.  I enjoyed this teaming up a lot.  Dean was angry, Crowley was snarky, but the whole dynamic was overshadowed to me by the Mark of Cain story line.

Speaking of Cain, Timothy Omundson brought it.  I love him on Psych and was super excited to see him on the previews last week.  If you don’t watch Psych you should. Now.  It’s hilarious, fun, and yet still heartfelt.  I don’t think this is at all the last we will see of Cain and am curious if we will see Able at any point.  This is a character that I’m excited to see more of.  He’s not good and not bad, but has done both very good and very bad things.  Aka my favorite kind of character.

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Sam and Castiel’s staycation was surprisingly great.  I love Sam and I love Castiel, but I can’t say that there are many scenes that just have the both of them that have stuck out. Of course Cas hasn’t had a human experience before this.  Speaking of human experiences the PB&J conversation was so perfect.  He misses being human for reasons that I don’t know that I would have predicted.  Also it’s great to see he still takes so many things literally.

I was really concerned with Sam was calling the shots this go around.  Cas usually goes along with what the boys say and logically it does make sense to extract the Grace no matter what they cost, but I wanted to kiss Cas when he called bs on Sam’s logic.  Shortcuts aren’t always the best way.  Cas might not have seen that before or at least I don’t think he would have realized why he had reservations about Sam’s plan.

I also feel that Sam needed to hear this from someone other than Dean.  He’s so used to hearing Dean manipulate him in an effort to protect that I don’t think that Sam can believe that any plan that is safe is the right way to go.  Sam needs a reason to go on again and I still don’t think he has one.

Well for that matter without Sam Dean doesn’t really have a reason to go on either and right now he thinks he’s lost Sam and Cas.

This season has been pretty amazing and now that I’ve typed all of this I realize that it really hasn’t hit me how bad off the boys are right now.  Sam has gotten rid of the parasite Angel, but is all alone with no will to live, Dean has a healthy brother now, but his brother is (rightfully) crazy pissed off at him, and Cas has a Grace again, but a Grace that seems to have altered him as well as a longing for some of those human experiences that he got used to.  I am loving this season, but I really want them to have some happiness head their way soon.

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.

Yes, I am just now starting to watch Arrow

 

OK so I’m a little late on this bandwagon, but I’m finally trying “Arrow.”  After giving “The Cape” a chance in 2011 and being disappointed I didn’t immediately give “Arrow” a chance.  Then I found out that John Barrowman was in it.  Yeah so then I had a nerd obligation to try it.  However it was seven episodes in before I set my DVR to record it.  I figured I’d record them anyway and surely there would be a marathon soon so that I could catch up.  Well there wasn’t.  However this week the network aired the pilot again so I was finally able to give it a chance.

My verdict? WARNING: Some light spoilers beyond this point

It has a lot of potential.  I like the set up for the hero character.  What I have seen so far makes it believable (in that “someone could actually be a superhero” kind of way) that Oliver (Stephen Amell) would have the skills, motivation, and cover to assume this role.  The flashbacks did a good job showing how big of a douche he was pre-shipwreck  and I’m sure that future episodes will begin to explain his ninja skills.  Just surviving five years on an island though would give you mad survival skills and also some insanity (which would help with that whole thinking that becoming a superhero is a sane thing to do idea).  He obviously knows some really bad crap on a huge list of people in charge back in civilization which has given him motivation to right the wrongs that his father felt responsible for.

I found the montage of the stuff that Oliver gets done setting up his bat cave (oh wait— wrong billionaire) to be unbelievable.  Did he have all those supplies in the two bags he carried into the warehouse?  Yeah I don’t think so.  Maybe there was a Home Depot close by… and a Best Buy.  Plus there was time left over to workout (not saying I didn’t appreciate watching that) and do some target practice.  Dude, I have trouble having time to work out if I have to add a trip to Wal-Mart to my schedule.  Then in his spare time he went to threaten the bad guy of the week.

Also on the unbelievable list is the fact that Oliver has had so much contact with  Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who just so happens to be the girl that died during the shipwreck’s father.  Yeah I don’t see any police department allowing someone with that history to help with the investigation of Oliver’s kidnapping attempt.  Surely there was someone else to send, but it did set up the precedent that Detective Lance would get to run point on all cases having anything to do with the Guy in the Green Hood.

Other than all that though (it was just a little rushed— maybe if he’d only accomplished half of those tasks in one day I’d have bought it) I like the characters.  The spoiled friend gets on my nerves, but I think he will develop into a character with more depth.  He has a good unrequited love story which as I’ve said before is needed in any show.   The body guard Diggle (David Ramsey) is great.  He seems like an honest upfront guy that I’m assuming will become Oliver’s assistant (I’m trying to avoid the word “sidekick”) in the future.  The sister Thea (Willa Holland) is a convincing troubled spoiled rich teen that isn’t so far gone that she can’t be saved by a great older brother or driven away by a judging controlling brother— we’ll see which route they take.

I hope that they explore the mental issues that Oliver would have after seeing and experiencing what he went through.  I’m interested to see how they handle the brother/sister relationship and the friend that obviously knows something is up.  Oh and I really enjoyed the surprise twist at the end.

I’m bummed that I have to wait until next Wednesday to see the next episode, but at least once I get to the seventh episode I can marathon it.