Supernatural: Rock and a Hard Place (That’s What She Said)

This episode had all the earmarks of being a crappy episode.  They promo’d it like it was going to be a dragon episode and in my opinion the one dragon episode was enough for forever.  It was one of my least favorite.  However, I seriously laughed, hard, numerous times during this one.  Sheriff Mills was a nice return.  I enjoyed seeing her character again as I always thought she was a down to earth dose of reality every now and then.  I did think there was something missing not having Bobby there to balance her out, but I think all of us miss having Bobby around.  Always.

OK I try to not do a play by play recap so here are the things that stuck out to me:

Why haven’t they asked Cas to read the spell yet?  They mention in the beginning of the episode that they wonder if Crowley is lying about the spell not being reversible.  How about you ask the other person that you know that can read dead languages??    If it says it’s irreversible Cas isn’t going to be any worse off than he already is and they will know for sure.  Really they don’t seem all that concerned with getting Cas’s grace back and getting the angels in heaven.  Which doesn’t make sense to me unless Zeke is purposefully distracting them.  (Don’t worry I’m coming back to our friendly parasite angel in a moment).

Also I miss Kevin. That is all.

Dean pretending to be ashamed that he wasn’t a virgin anymore was great (“I don’t think we can really unring that bell” and “So you just hit the virginity redo button and alls good with the man upstairs?”).  I thought the scene in the abstinence support group was predictable, but it was still freaking hilarious.  His enthusiasm throughout this whole episode was perfect.  I like when Dean is happy Dean instead of brooding sad Dean (don’t get me wrong, brooding is fun too).

Nothing and I mean nothing in this episode was as funny as Dean figuring out who Susie from the support group was (although the description of the engaged couple’s sex was great).  He was star struck.  His meeting her in his world was to me like me getting to meet him in the real world.  Except I wouldn’t have been so smooth.  “That scene with the tacos.”  I don’t think that even if he’d known that he was going to get locked in a dungeon he would have been able to stop himself.

They really drove home the point that Sam is still not OK.  Between the nap at the beginning, Jodi bringing up that he looked like crap and then the big bad wondering out loud how he was still alive.  Yeah I think that’s going to play a part in next week’s mid season finale.

And that brings us to Zeke (Imma call you Zeke)– he seriously freaked me out when he switched over as Dean was about to tell him what was up.  It seemed less like he was protecting Sam and more like a threat to Dean.  I can kinda see that he keeps saving people left and right and hasn’t had time to heal, but I also still worry that Zeke isn’t really healing Sam, but just being a parasite.  I won’t lie.  Next week’s preview has me thinking more and more that way.  Of course the preview for this one was misleading so maybe Zeke is holding Dean back to protect him.

Lastly, they didn’t load Jodi’s car for her or help her with the doors?  It’s not like she got stabbed by a goddess or anything.  Oh wait. . .

Over all this was a solid episode.  They moved the plot along, had a monster to defeat and still kept it funny.  Maybe next week Sam will finally figure out Zeke is in him on his own and maybe we will get to see Kevin again.  I can hope.  I do think that the feels will abound.

Supernatural: Bad Boys

OK this week’s monster was mildly interesting, but it definitely took a back seat to a few things.  One of which is the reminder of the bond between the boys.  That is the one thing that brings people back to this show.  Dean takes care of Sam.  Dean would to anything for Sam. Period. As much as Dean also loved his Dad this episode also reminded us of how big of a douche their dad was.  Yeah he was on an epic quest to kill the demon that killed his wife.  Sure it’s romantic, but that made him a crap dad.  Dragging his kids all over the place, making Dean responsible for Sam at a ridiculously young age, discouraging Sam from school, and mostly just being obsessed with this one traumatic event while ignoring the fact that he was exposing his kids to so many more.

We saw something in this episode that we have only caught glimpses of before.  The series started out with Sam wanting a normal life.  Sam ran away to school and every flashback has shown him trying to grasp onto normalcy in any way he could.  Just in season 8 he tried to pretend it was OK to ignore hunting and live a normal life again (poor Kevin Tran).  This time we get to see Dean get a chance at being normal.  He had a girl friend, he was on the wrestling team, he was about to go to a school dance and his dad showed up at the last minute and tore him away.

This– this face I just can’t handle it:

Even after all of this Dean doesn’t blame his dad for any of this.  He doesn’t blame him for a rotten childhood, or leaving him in a children’s home or putting him in danger at a young age.  He just believes that he doesn’t deserve better and I find that heartbreaking.  Dean gave up being normal, not for his dad, but for Sam.  He left a place he had found love and happiness because he knew he needed to protect Sammy.  How hard must it have been to see Sam try to leave over and over again, trying to give up Dean, so that he could be normal.  This is why I love this show.  It pulls at your feels making you see not how relationships really are, but how they should be.  Dean loves his brother.  He values Sam over anything he could ever want for himself. I believe Sam got another look at how devoted Dean has always been and was somewhat shamed by his own actions.  (*cough Purgatory cough*).

I’m not going to cover a play by play of the episode.  There was a monster and they took care of it as always, but this episode reminded me of the classic episodes.  By that I mean it was great.  I hope that this show continues back down this road.

A few things I want to mention.  Dylan Everett was an amazing young Dean.  I read that he watched 5 seasons in a week as prep for this role.  Well it paid off.  He had Dean’s mannerisms, his attitude and his confidence all down pat.  He was Dean.  Evidently he’s an actor on a bunch of other crap that I don’t watch and I just want to say, good for him.  He deserves it.  I thought he was great and I at no point was distracted with his performance as I sometimes have been with flashbacks to their childhood.

Another thing is that the scene in the diner when Dean was assuming that Robin would remember him was heart wrenching as well.  He totally wanted Robin to remember him and thought flashing that smile would get him back on the same foot.  I saw a post from someone stating that the fact he didn’t hook up with her or at least kiss her was a nod at Destiel and I’m going to vehemently disagree.  Maybe he didn’t do that because 1– there wasn’t time and 2–she truly meant something to him.  She was his first love, first kiss, first (almost) date.  That stays with a person.

Source: itsoksammy Tumblr

Last thing will be that I found it neat that they were hunting a rugaru when Dean lost the money and had to steal food for Sam.  I just liked that tie.  They were going to kill a man for being so hungry he wanted to eat a person, and Dean stole to keep Sam from being hungry.

Oh and I was wrong.  100%.  I said Sam would figure out what was up this episode and while I still think that Dean isn’t being smooth about it Sam is still cruising around with Zeke.  I am still nervous for him to find out, but I do wonder after this episode if Sam will be a little more understanding of why Dean would still do anything to protect his Sammy.

Also Rock and a Hard Place looks really good.  The smile on Dean’s face with the lady tells him he’s a virgin again is priceless.

I’ll leave you with this (from protectedbydeanandsam on Tumblr)

Heaven Can’t Wait: In Which Castiel Pretends to be a Human and Crowley Pretends to be Evil

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A good friend of mine and I had a conversation yesterday about superheros and why our favorites were are favorites.  I stated that Spiderman and Captain America were at the top of my list whereas Superman was at the top of his.  Of course the why of mine is very deep and thoughtful.  Or at least it’s more than I really like red and blue.  I love Spiderman and Captain America because they are regular guys who just happen to have super powers.  Peter Parker IS Peter Parker and when he puts on the suit he pretends to be Spiderman.  However, Superman is Superman.  He IS an alien with crazy powers pretending to be Clark Kent.  My favorites just seem more real to me.  They spend their lives trying to live while saving people in the process. (Although I will say that Tom Welling  and Henry Cavill make me love Superman too).  I was always more interested in the bad guys in the Superman and Batman universe than I was the good guys.  They were too perfect.  Too inhuman.

Well after having such an in depth conversation on superheros (as normal people do) right before watching this episode made me notice a few things more acutely about this episode.  Cas is spending his days pretending to be Steve the Human (kinda like Finn the Human but with less emotions).  He’s trying to fit in.  He’s trying to date people that aren’t trying to kill him.  He feels like he needs to cut all supernatural ties.  Of course Dean being a total douche and kicking him out of the bunker probably isn’t helping at all.  He’s not though.  He’s not human.  He’s an angel and needs to stop pretending.  He was never perfection like Superman, but he was a very powerful good force and even though he’s human now he still can be a powerful force for good. He began to stop pretending there at the end when he tried to banish the other angel before he could hurt that baby and before he could hurt him.  Then, there at the end, he seemed to embrace what he is when he stabbed hot pink angel in the chest.  Will he be able to carve out a life as a human?  Who are we kidding, they’ll find a way to fix this or he’ll die.  One or the other.  Personally I hope for the former.

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I could feel Cas’ confusion at Dean’s presence throughout the episode.  I thought this still captured that.

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I forget at times how handsome Misha Collins is.  Also Nora totally played Cas and knew what she was doing. I disapprove.

Now I’m not blaming him for pretending, I’m just saying that Castiel will never be able to pull of human as long as he remembers his angel past.  He’s continually confused by human behavior.  His discussion with the baby just reinforced the fact that even as a fallen angel he relied on his powers to get him through all situations.  The thing I believe that he’s not pretending about is being hurt by Dean.  His offer to help Dean and Sam find a fix for all of this was one last cry for help and Dean shut him down.  Again.  Dean and Sam are idiots though.  Castiel can probably read that language that they just made deals with Crowley to read.  Why didn’t they just ask Cas?  Or at least as him to verify?  Crowley lies.  He at least definitely doesn’t tell the whole truth.

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Poor Kevin, as much as I love Crowley I know Kevin must be so upset that he hasn’t been killed yet.

Now Crowley.  He’s pretending too.  Big evil King of Hell who can now feel emotions.  I think he came to the realization that he is not the evil SOB that he thinks he is after he tried calling Abaddon. Don’t get me wrong.  He USED to be evil.  He USED to be that guy, but now, now he was almost cured and has been held captive for a while now.  He now feels his power stripped away.  His kingdom is being brought down by Abaddon, there is no end in sight of getting away from the Winchesters, and Kevin definitely wants to kill him.  I’m curious to see what happens from here.  Will he continue to pretend to be evil or will be gradually come to terms with his impending goodness?  What was up with injecting Kevin’s blood at the end?  Will that do something to Kevin or is he trying to receive some more humanity?

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What??

Crowley and Castiel were the biggest pretenders in this episode, but really there is pretending going on all over the place.  Sam is hunter with an angel inside him pretending to not be there, Dean is a brother pretending to be on the up and up and a friend pretending to not want Castiel around, Kevin is a hunter pretending that he could become the advanced placement student that he used to be.

Favorite lines in the episode:

Dean: My dates usually end when I run out of singles.

Crowley to Kevin: What’s wrong Short Round?  Afraid of needles?

 

I feel the build up to something big.  I have said before that I think Sam will find out in the next episode, but we shall see. (I don’t like the boys fighting so I hope I’m wrong).

Dog Dean Afternoon: Classic Supernatural?

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I’m slacking again on the Supernatural posts.  This one is a little late, but I wanted to have time to really talk about this episode.  Supernatural is full of violence, suspense, and evil with some love thrown in to really hit us in the feels.  However. about once a season (twice if we’re lucky) they throw in these great episodes.  They move along the big plot lines, but mostly just show the boys having fun.  Sam always seems to almost die and you get a few really touching moments that make you want to cry.  This is one of those episodes.

In season 2 we had Tall Tales and Hollywood Babylon, season 3 there was Bad Day at Black Rock, A Very Supernatural Christmas (I’m gonna fudgin’ kill you!), Mystery Spot,and  Ghostfacers. (Holy Crap Season 3 was awesome).  Season 4 had Monster Movie and The Monster at the End of This Book,  season 5, Changing Channels and The Real Ghostbusters, and Swap Meat.  Season 6 had Weekend at Bobby’s (this one kinda counts even thought the boys aren’t in it much), Clap Your Hands If You Believe and The French Mistake (this was a pretty joyless season so these breaks were very much needed), season 7 was light on the humor with only Season 7, Time for a Wedding! and Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie (which I’m tempted to not count because clowns freak me out too).  And finally season 8 was the worst for comedic breaks.  I think they were going for that with Hunteri Heroici, but it fell a little short for me.  I would argue that Everybody Hates Hitler is the only one to approach a fun episode in season 8 (yes, yes I remember LARP and the Real Girl, but this one also fell flat with me since the boys were still fighting.  No amount of Felicia Day can make up for Sam and Dean not getting along).  The only reason I really like EHH is because of the scene where Sam and Dean are heating their hands over the burning corpse and Aaron states what we are always forgetting:  These guys are psychopaths.  Seriously I’m obsessed with a show about killing and desecrating remains.  I need to be reminded of this every once in a while.

OK I said all of that to point out that it has be a long time since we’ve had a legit funny episode.  The French Mistake is probably the last real, honest to goodness episode like this and it aired in Feb. 2011!  It was about time.  I had my doubts going in.  The previews looked a little odd.  Dean barking at the mail man when taken out of context looks more goofy than funny, but in the flow of the episode it was genius.

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This episode had a ton of gems.  There was the cracks at hippies from Dean and then the unexpected conversation with the pigeon.  Both actors did so well with this whole “talking to animals bits” and what could have been a really cheesy, kid show type interactions were hilarious.  I may have laughed a few times randomly thinking about Dean playing fetch with Sam.  Haha.  I didn’t realize what he was doing until the gave it back to him again.  That’s totally something I would do if I was stressed out about something and not watching what I was doing.

So I’m not going to break down every little joke, every funny thing that Dean did (I will say that Dean checking out the poodle was both hilarious and creepy), but I will leave you with some clips of those funny moments.  They can remind you of how great this show is.  Also I will mention that almost all of these funny episodes were followed by heart wrenching episodes where we lose someone.  If that doesn’t make you anxious enough I will also point out that Sam now KNOWS something is up and is not going to let it go.  I may end up being right about when he will find out about Zeke.  (My prediction was not this next episode, but the next one.)  So keep that in mind while you’re laughing it up.  We’ll probably be crying soon.

 

 

 

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.

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?)

Saving People, Hunting Things, The Family Business

Supernatural is one of my favorite shows (OK so I have about 10 shows I could say that about, but I can’t help that I become obsessed with so many things!)  Last year at Dragon Con I did a thrown together cosplay of Sam all by myself and had a total of 1 person know who I was (he was dressed as Cas so that helped).  This year I wanted to do it up right and instead of doing straightforward rule #63 changes I decided to mix it up even more with a steampunk slant.  I peer pressured my brother and his friend to be the Dean and Castiel to my Sam.  Here are the results:

(all photos by Malland Photography)

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What do you think?

Here are some more to help you make up your mind:

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This is my favorite of my Sam

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That leather corset was a pain to make, but I’m pretty jealous she gets to wear it

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So what do think?  Do you have suggestions?  After all we have 7 more days so I’m sure I could whip up something 🙂

While you’re thinking I’ll leave you with some Destiel love:

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Something is seriously wrong with Amelia.

Amelia and Riot

Amelia and Riot

The first half of this season of Supernatural felt wrong.  The idea that Sam abandoned Dean in Purgatory and never even tried to look for him.  Yeah that doesn’t fly with me.  I can understand that Dean befriended a vampire and that Sam’s not cool with that.  After all Dean did kill Amy Pond (one of their writers must be a serious Doctor Who fan) just because she might kill again someday so it’s understandable that Sam isn’t cool with Dean having a vampire friend.

I really don’t think that this season had a good episode until LARP and the Real Girl just because of all the drama going on with Sam.  Don’t get me wrong.  Dean was getting it done.  He was having flashbacks about how much Purgatory sucked, dealing with his heartbreak over leaving Castiel behind, dealing with the feelings of loyalty to his vampire friend Benny and mostly just being his normal awesome self.

Sam however seems bummed that Dean has shown back up.  Instead of seeing Sam relieved that his brother has escaped a torturous place he seems pretty bummed out that he can’t continue his life without hunting. Seriously?  Dean is not some annoying step child that Sam has to take care of that he’s suddenly gotten custody of.  Sam gave up college to hunt with Dean.  Sam has sacrificed himself time and time again to save the world (including some unfortunate demon’s blood/sex choices) so I don’t care what has happened: Sam wouldn’t bail on Dean or Kevin.

Speaking of Kevin Sam just left him to hang out with Crowley?  Really?  He never once checked his voicemails or wondered if there was something he could do to help this young kid that they have guided since his life turned upside down?  Once again I say no.

So here’s my theory: Sam had some kind of meltdown shortly after Dean got sucked into Purgatory and his whole life with Amelia and the dog didn’t really happen.

I know other people have thrown this out too, but after going back and rewatching some of the early episodes from season 8 this just seems to make more and more sense.

Support:

  • Sam wouldn’t abandon Dean.  Ever.
  • Sam wouldn’t leave Kevin with Crowley
  • Sam seems to feel really guilty when he hears Kevin’s voicemails asking for help
  • Sam has always wanted a dog and a normal love life and very conveniently got both of these
  • His flash backs have an eerie quality to them.  Like they are too perfect.
  • There are inconsistencies with the Amelia story line.  When Dean comes back we see Sam leaving Amelia and Riot while they are sleeping (with a mysterious figure seen watching him), but then we see him leaving her because her not dead husband showed back up.  So which is it?  Sam left because Dean was back or because Don was back?
  • Dean never meets Amelia.  Sam meets Benny, they talk about her, but no meetings between the two.
  • Sam is somewhat sad when he chooses to stay with Dean, but  is not as sad as when he lost Jess, or Ruby (and he even had betrayal and anger to help him get over Ruby

 

The harder stuff to explain away:

  • Sam has Amelia’s number in his phone (supposedly)
  • Dean comments on the dog smell in the Impala when Sam meets him
  • He has a rendezvous with Amelia when Dean sends him a fake text saying she’s in trouble that definitely seems pretty real
  • The scenes that are of Amelia alone.  Usually imaginary people aren’t seen alone

So why would Sam have an imaginary girlfriend?  Manti Te’o made it look cool? OK maybe not.

Option 1 is that he’s been through a lot.  He lost his mom and his dad, he’s died, lost Dean to hell for a while, gotten addicted to demon’s blood, been possessed by Lucifer, gone to hell himself, gone completely insane, lost Bobby, and then lost Dean again.  Just to name a few things.  So it’s understandable that he could lose his mind again.  So maybe he just went kinda crazy and then started to get back on track once Dean showed up again.  I don’t like this theory too much though because that’s not much better than what was spelled out to us.

Option 2 is that Naomi is screwing with him.  We know that Naomi is messing with Cas and all of his memories so I don’t think it’s that far off track that she would do the same with Sam.  Perhaps trying to figure out how to regain control of Heaven again or to find out all of the Winchester secrets so when she brought Castiel back from Purgatory she would know how to control him best.  Who knows maybe she just thought it’d be fun to stick her crazy eyeball saw into him.  I like this better.  The angels are known for their love of messing with people or other angels to achieve their goals and torturing Sam for a year and making up a cover story complete with memories would be no big deal.

Option 3 Crowley created a reality for Sam like he did for Kevin with demons around directing Sam.  Maybe he really did meet Amelia and then when Crowley realized that Sam had lowered his guard, that he wasn’t hunting anymore so he had Amelia possessed and kept her close to him to make sure Sam stayed out of his way.  The only way I see this working is if it’s combined with option 1.  Because I think he’d have to be crazy to not notice a ton of demons hanging around.  Who knows though, Kevin might have been fooled if he hadn’t known Sam and Dean so well to know when they were being faked.

No matter what the real deal is I hope that Sam’s year is explained better in season 9 and I most definitely hope that Amelia doesn’t come back.  Unless it’s to die a horrible death to never appear again.

Did I leave something out?  What do you think about Sam’s year off?

 

The Wheel of Time on Supernatural

Did anyone else catch the Wheel of Time references in Supernatural?

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First was the symbol for Metatron, which is just reminiscent of the WoT symbol, but then they brought it home with this:

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Which made me rewind to verify that it actually said that.  Finally they had Metatron question Dean about whether shutting the gates of Hell was really the way to go.  Therefore I’m figuring that they will come to the same conclusion that Rand did that Hell/evil needs to be present in the world so that the world has balance and that too much of either side is bad.  This seemed like it was screamed at us last night so surely I’m not the only person who noticed.  Thoughts?