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.

 

Gone?

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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.

First Born

 

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 “Road Trip” Is it all Dean’s fault?

These boys don’t know how to let go do they?  OK let me rephrase:  Dean doesn’t know how to let go of Sam.  Season 1 their dad sells his soul to save Dean and leaves Dean wracked with guilt. Then in season 2 Dean sells his soul to bring Sam back from the dead and then they spend a bunch of time trying to fix that.  Oh wait, then his whole “getting dragged to hell” thing caused even more issues.  Yet, while Dean was in Hell and during “Mystery Spot” were the only times that Sam really worked to get Dean back.  My theory? It hurts too much.  Or perhaps Sam has decided it hurts others too much.

As always SPOILERS AHEAD!

Dean’s visit to hell caused the Apocalypse and Sam’s visit to Hell caused him to be a soulless jerk for over a year.  Now his Gadreel possession has cost Kevin Tran his life.  (From the view of the writers though, Kevin had to die in order to get Crowley back out there.  There is no way that Kevin would have agreed to letting Crowley go).  I will say that the desire to stay alive has cost the world and both the boys so much and if I was Sam I’d be questioning this as well. (Now don’t get me wrong– I love this show and don’t want the boys to die, but I can see why they would want to die).

OK getting back to this episode though Kevin is dead, Dean is left to deal with the guilt and clean up the mess.  Then of course make some more mess with a very manly display of anger.  The interactions between Dean and Cas this episode are pretty great though.  It’s nice to see them back together not (really) keeping secrets from each other and working towards a goal.

Cas supports Dean even though really Dean did screw a bunch of crap up. Usually we see Dean in this position.  After all Cas tried to become God and then screwed up even worse by trying to make amends for all the wrong he did.  Which made his comments to Dean mean that much more meaningful.

Dean didn’t really buy it, but it was at least enough to get him working towards a goal again. Which brings us back to Gadreel.

Part of me feels sorry for Gadreel.  He is getting played hardcore by Metatron. I can’t help but think that if Metatron hadn’t come along and fed him a bunch of crap that Gadreel really would have healed Sam and then moved along.  My hope?  That Gadreel will realize how full of it Metatron is and will take him out.  That would slightly make up for what he has done to Dean, Sam and Kevin.  Slightly. Just a tiny bit.

Surely he has to be second guessing his choices.  I predict that killing his friend will eat away at him and this will start him on the road to take down Metatron. After all who can forget this face?

Moving on.  I loooooove, love, love Crowley as the good bad guy and it looks like we are going to see even more of this.  On a side note I think this show does an amazing job with the image of the demon and angel possessions.  This moment was pretty cool to watch:

and also this line:

Look at Dean, trying so hard to make it right, yet still get his way.  I never had a doubt that as soon as Sam realized what was going on that he would be able to kick Gadreel out.  I wonder if now that he’s not possessed if he will be able to shed light on Gadreel’s real personality and if he will remember what Metatron did  and said to control him.  The boys break ups never lasts too long so I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

I will also be judging how Sam handles what Dean did and what Dean said when he left him.  Dean would have gotten angry, stormed off, and then gone and found Sam again and done whatever it took to make sure that he was OK.  Will Sam walk away and leave Dean to his depression?  They are obviously back together by the next episode, but I wonder who initiated that contact.

Now to address the Crowley/Abaddon dynamic. All I will say is Crowley will crush her and I will enjoy watching every second.  Anyone that says otherwise is selling something.

I also enjoyed this graphic:

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This season is such a huge improvement over season 8 that it makes me super excited to see what is coming next and I can’t even express how excited I am to see that Tahmoh Penikett looks like he is going to be back for a while.  I loved him on Dollhouse (and Smallville) and am excited to see what he brings to Gadreel.  I know we are going to be introduced to Cain (as in Cain and Able) this season AND they are planning a spin off around episode 20 (which makes me half excited and half apprehensive).  I think we are going to keep seeing this season get better and things are always better when Crowley is helping them out.

Is it Tuesday yet?

Supernatural: Slumber Party!

Dorothy

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:

Charlie

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.