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Fresh off the news that my beloved Chuck has been renewed, albeit for a 13 episode pick up with possible cast cuts, I wonder if TV execs are finally taking things like DVRs and online viewing into account.  So many TV shows that were thought to be dead in the water are coming back and I’m thrilled.  I don’t know if it comes down to lack of anything better to air, actually recognizing quality, or considering the new media or a combination of all three, but I’m thankful.

Some of the shows that are returning, much to the surprise of TV media are Chuck, Dollhouse, my Friday Night Lights (for 2 years!), Better Off Ted, Scrubs…there are even reports that they’re thinking of bringing back Reaper.  In that case I’m sure it’s just the network having nothing better to air, it’s the CW after all.  But still, that’s the station that canceled my beloved Veronica Mars (no, I will never forgive them) that had more viewers than their current much hyped but not much watched Gossip Girl.

Friday Night Lights, recognized as a quality show with a small audience, gets to stay around thanks to a partnership with Direct TV.  They get to air new episodes first while us cable watchers wait impatiently til January to see the show, but you know what?  I don’t care as long as it keeps those beloved characters in my life.  When Zach appeared in the Grey’s finale, I kept watching him and saying, “My Matt” even though he was playing an army guy who wanted his leg cut off to return to Iraq.  So happy!

I think Dollhouse got another 13 episode order, which should give them time to either build a fan base or give us more of a wrap on the story.  I enjoyed this show and it got stronger toward the end.  I’m interested to see where they’ll take it and I’m glad Joss got a renewal.

Castle is another show being brought back, which thrills me.  Ratings had gone down but it’s a quality program with great cast and chemistry.  The show left on a pretty good “What’s he going to say?” moment and I’m glad we’ll get answers there as well.  That’s the problem, so many shows get cut dead without a proper ending, it just stinks.

I’m usually ready and willing to bash on TV execs for cutting off quality program before it’s time and there are some shows that got the axe this year undeservedly (farewell my Dirty Sexy Money) but more are coming back this year than expected.  For that I am grateful.  Now if they can only manage to start measuring things like DVR recordings and online viewing, maybe they’ll actually have a feel for what people are watching.  I just wanted to celebrate a couple wins this year, cause usually I don’t get em.  Thanks TV peeps, I won’t eviscerate you for a month or two at least!  🙂

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Sam and Dean watch as Lucifer rises.

Sam and Dean watch as Lucifer rises.

There are times when you think you know how something is going to go and you’re completely wrong.  This is one of those times.  There are times when you build something up in your mind only to be disappointed.  This is NOT one of those times.  The season finale of Supernatural, Lucifer Rising,  was not what I expected it to be.  It was not action packed, it was not a brother vs. brother showdown in the end and it did not leave both brothers lying on the ground, possibly dead.  Doesn’t matter though, because it was awesome all the same.  The Winchester boys are not at each others throats any longer and next season hopefully they can repair their rift and work together.  They’re going to have to.

Before I get too deep into it, let me give them props for returning to the “Carry On My Wayward Son” song in the intro.  Nothing could have been more fitting to show what the boys have been through and where they’re at when we pick back up.   I hope they play that song again at the end of the series and that the boys are really at peace and can lay their weary heads to rest.

Not every series could get away with starting their episode out by having a priest terrify and kill a bunch of nuns in a convent, but somehow it works here.  Azazel was inside the priest of course and we got to see the infamous yellow eyes again.  This act took place in 1972, setting into motion the events of today, the pairing up of Azazel, Lillith and that demon bitch Ruby, who we will discuss in more detail later.  But I will say this now…HAHAHAHAH DIE RUBY!!!!  You will SO not be missed.  In a later scene, Father Azazel gets directions from one of the dead nuns telling him that Lillith can break the seal and he has to find a very special child.  Our darling Sammy.

Amazingly Sam started off with some self awareness, admitting that Dean was right about him and he didn’t think he could turn off what was inside him anymore.  Sam took some minor steps towards redemption this episode and though Dean will forgive him, he needs to do a lot more to make things right.

Bobby laid into Dean for giving up on Sam.

Bobby laid into Dean for giving up on Sam.

I adored the talk between Dean and Bobby.  Dean was really and truly done with Sam by that point, questioning whether Sam was even his brother anymore, if he ever was.  I did not approve of Bobby calling Dean a whiny brat, nor do I agree, but I loved what he had to say about John.  He called him a coward and said that Dean was acting like him by pushing Sam away.  Then he got it really right and told him he was a better man than his father ever was and not to be him.  Again, this so brought home season one Dean, who initially thought that being just like dear old Dad was a good thing.  But Dean’s grown up and knows better now, and that speech he got from Bobby, though harsh, was far better parenting than he’s ever gotten in his entire life.  This goes here so I may as well say it now, I’m SO HAPPY that Bobby did not die.  I was very scared and though I wasn’t spoiled, there was talk of a death on Supernatural that would be upsetting.  Where was it?  Cause it sure as hell wasn’t Ruby!  Bobby lives, that’s all that matters!

Dean's rather out of place here, even with the beer and burgers.

Dean's rather out of place here, even with the beer and burgers.

Right after Bobby’s awesome words, Dean got sucked into some hideously tacky hotel type room, complete with gold leaf accents and crap.  Ick.  He looked funny there though.  Cas was there to greet him and then Zachariah showed up.  And to him I say, fuck you, Zach.  First he offers Dean burgers and then Ginger & Mary Ann, then he turns complete ass and informs Dean that all the seals have fallen except one and refuses to tell Dean much more than that.  Dean, as always, gets sarcastic and Zachariah tells him he swore his obedience.  Don’t you know, Zach, that Dean’s going to do what Dean’s going to do and there’s nothing you can say about it?

We then saw Sam and Ruby, who captured Lillith’s baby stealing #2 and had her tied down to get some information on where Lillith would be.  I loved her telling Sam he was “roided up” and calling them A-Rod and Madonna.  Oh, show, you do rock!  Sam proceeds with the torture with nary a care.

Dean leaves Sam an awesome message.

Dean leaves Sam an awesome message.

Meanwhile, Dean is feeling bad and calls and leaves him a beautiful message.  I’ll quote it here.  “Hey, it’s uh…me.  Look I’ll just get right to it.  I’m still pissed and I owe you a serious beatdown.  I shouldn’t have said what I said.  I’m not Dad.  We’re brothers, you know, we’re family and uh no matter how bad it gets, that doesn’t change.  Sammy, I’m sorry.”  And it cuts off.  Now THAT is what makes Dean so damn special.  Yes, Bobby had to push him, but he would have eventually done it anyway.  Words cannot express my ANGER when Sam heard the fake message courtesy of ho-bitch Ruby.  But that message was just wonderful.  It was truly Dean. I’m still pissed at you, I’m still gonna kick your ass, but I love you and I always will.  I shouldn’t have called you a monster, you’re not one, you just have some messed up stuff going on within you but together we can fight it.  That’s what he was saying.  Love.

Speaking of demon bitches, Ruby sure enjoyed watching Sam torture demon Cindy McClellan (for those of you uninitiated, that is yet another TWoP shout out, Cindy did some of the series recapping for the site when Demian was out for a couple months).  She stepped in to stop him from killing her though so he could “roid up” on her blood before he went after Lillith.  Cindy got the idea of letting the human she was controlling and let her try to appeal to Sam’s humanity.  It was a good idea and it worked for awhile.  The real Sam peeked out of the demonlike Sam and wasn’t on board with hurting an innocent person who just happened to be possessed.  But Ruby talked his gullible self into it and he threw Cindy in the trunk, screaming the whole way.

I couldn't find a picture of the "oh shit" face so I went with angry, hot Dean.

I couldn't find a picture of the "oh shit" face so I went with angry, hot Dean.

I love how that was immediately followed by Dean, bored in the stupid angel room, knocking a statue over as a sign of his displeasure.  Hilariously, Castiel was right behind him and Dean got kind of an “Oh shit” look on his face.  He asked Cas to take him to Sam but he wouldn’t and Dean didn’t back down.  He got right into Castiel’s face and demanded that he get him to his brother.  Of course, Cas then made the door disappear and Dean was stuck, but I did love that he wasn’t about to rescind his demands, even from an angel.

Ruby got more and more transparent as the episode went on, not that there was any doubt that she was an evil bitch anyway.  She started pushing Sam harder and harder when he started showing signs of disinterest in the original plan.  He didn’t want to drink the girl and he actually said that he thought maybe Dean had been right all along.  You think, Sam?  Then of course she used the phone message against him, turning Dean’s beautiful message into one filled with hate.  I loathe her.  That little smirk she gave when Sam heard that message that she changed…ugh.  I am so glad she died.

Zachariah tells Dean the angels want the Apocalypse.

Zachariah tells Dean the angels want the Apocalypse.

I love that not having a door in the suite of Zach and Cas (cute reference by the way) did not deter Dean and he tried to make his own using one of the hideous statues.  Of course his hole disappeared, but it was great all the same.  As was his “son of a bitch” when the hole went away.  Then Zachariah reappeared and Dean demanded some answers and finally got some.  Of course they were disturbing and quite uncool, but answers they were.  Zach let him know that Lillith was going to break the seals and admitted that he didn’t want it stopped.  Apparently the angels want to bring on the battle, a battle they plan to win, and bring paradise on earth.  Dean mentions the billions of people who will die during the “pissing contest.”  Zach poopooed that and referred to it as a planetary enema.  He knew Dean was contemplating attacking him but dissuaded him from doing so.  Then Dean tells him Sam will stop her and Zachariah admits that Sam has a part to play and he intends to see him play it.  He tells Dean that he’s still the chosen one, the one will stop it.  Not the Apocalypse but Lucifer himself.  Dean is completely blown away and asks where God is in all this.  “God?  God has left the building.”  Okay, so what exactly does that mean?   God is not on board with this, I hope, but somehow the angels have seized power?  I can only hope this means God will be on the side of Castiel, Dean and Sam because they’re kinda gonna be out there on their own, aren’t they?

Castiel tries to defend a cause he doesn't really believe in.

Castiel tries to defend a cause he doesn't really believe in.

Castiel then shows up as Dean tries to call Sam again.  Dean wants to know what they’re going to do to Sam and Cas tells him Sam’s going to do it to himself.  Dean asks him why he’s there and Castiel tells him he’s sorry how it ended.  Dean responds by punching him, hehe, hurting himself but pretending he didn’t.  Cas starts spouting off on destiny and Dean won’t hear of it.  He tells him it’s all lies and a way to keep them both in line.  Dean tells him what’s real is people in families and Castiel asks him what is so worth saving.  He sees all the pain in the world, Dean’s guilt and anger and confusion.  He tells him he’ll be at peace in paradise.  Dean makes him look at him and tells him to take his peace and shove it, pain is better than being a “Stepford bitch in paradise”.  I loved this whole scene.  Dean appealing to that humanity that has always lived in Castiel.  Cas tells him if he helps him, they’ll be hunted and they’ll die.  Dean tells him that if there’s anything worth dying for, this is it.  Dean calls him a spineless, soulless son of a bitch and says he doesn’t care cause he’s already dead.  Cas tries to speak and Dean tells him they’re done and he disappears.  Just a fantastic moment between two actors who brought their A+ game.  Plus, loads of pretty!

The fake Dean message destroyed Sam's doubts about going after Lillith.

The fake Dean message destroyed Sam's doubts about going after Lillith.

We cut back to Sam who is having his doubts and about to call a halt to everything when he stops and listens to the Dean message.  I outlined the real message above so I’ll do the fake message here.  “Listen to me you blood sucking freak.  Dad always said I’d either have to save you or kill you, well I’m giving you fair warning.  I’m done trying to save you.  You’re a monster, Sam, a vampire.  You’re not you anymore and there’s no going back.”  Those are the key words for Sam.  Calling him a “freak” and a “monster” is enough to set him off.  He tells Ruby to bring out the girl and has his feast of blood, presumably.

Castiel & Dean understand each other.

Castiel & Dean understand each other.

Dean, meanwhile, is finally about to have one of his beloved cheeseburgers when Castiel appears behind him and throws him against a wall.  He draws a knife  and looks into Dean’s eyes, giving him a silent message.  He then cuts his arm open in a nice parallel to Ruby blood giving scenes.  I thought he was going to get Dean to drink but he draws on the wall and uses it to send Zachariah away.  Cas tells him they have to find Sam and that Lillith dying is the final seal.  They head off to see the Prophet Chuck!  I knew he was gonna be back but I was still happy to see him.  Chuck was busy trying to buy some women for sex, since there’s not going to be a tomorrow.  Hilarious. Chuck tells them where Sam is and the archangel appears, Cas sends Dean to the convent and stays with Chuck to face whatever is coming.  Chuck, hilariously, puts his arm around him and removes it when Cas looks at him.  Love.  Deep and abiding love for those two.

My second favorite moment of the night.

My second favorite moment of the night.

Lillith starts her ceremony and Sam shows up to stop her, first killing all her minions with nary a sound.  He pins Lillith to the alter and Ruby sees Dean coming and shuts the doors, cutting him off from his brother.  Sam tells Lillith he’s been waiting for this for a long time and commences with mojo.  But even as he’s doing it, he can hear Dean calling him and he stops.  And that, right there, is a great thing.  Sam can still hear Dean in the midst of his finally getting at Lillith.  She pushes the right buttons, though, and taunts him and calls him a freak and a monster.  So, of course, he kills her, his eyes going all the way demon black.  I thought for sure we had lost him for good then.

Lillith's blood opens the seal.

Lillith's blood opens the seal.

Lillith’s blood started to flow into a circle and Ruby tells him he did it.  Sam asked what he did and Ruby told him he opened the door and Lucifer was free.  Sam said, no he stopped her and Ruby then tells him that Lillith was the last seal.  Sam is horrified.  Ruby talks about how nobody knew what she was doing and how awesome she was to lie that whole time.  Sam tries to use the mojo on her but he’s all out of it from hitting Lillith.  He tried to accuse Ruby of poisoning him with her blood but she points out that it was all Sam’s choices that brought them there.  He was the only one who could do it apparently, the chosen one.  Just like with Dean, Lillith tells Sam he’s going to have anything he wants as payment.

Holy crap was Dean beautiful as he headed toward Ruby.

Holy crap was Dean beautiful as he headed toward Ruby.

Dean breaks down the door though and she tells him he was too late.  In my favorite moment of the night, Dean says “I don’t care” and Sam grabs her arms and Dean stabs that demon bitch.  Sam says he’s sorry and a hole opens in the floor.  Dean grabs him and says “Sammy, let’s go” but Sam holds him as well and says “He’s coming” and we’re awash in white light…the second time in a day that one of my series ended with a white screen.  Clearly my shows want to torture me some for good measure, leaving me hanging like that.

Farewell, Ruby, you will not be missed!

Farewell, Ruby, you will not be missed!

Well, I got slightly wordy…what else is new?  But so much happened and I just wanted to capture it all.  I taped this episode so I could watch Grey’s but I flipped over on commercials and got up and watched pretty much the whole show live.  That’s how much I had to see it, how much I had to know.  I couldn’t even wait til today to watch.

To me, the two most important things that happened were that Castiel chose Dean and Sam and Dean seem to be together again.  Cas turned away from the grand angelic plan of world conquering and tried to stop the Apocalypse by getting Dean to Sam.  They were not successful but somehow I don’t think that is going to matter to Zachariah and his fellow angels who are in favor of the plan.  I really and truly hope that the “God’s left the building” thing indicates that the angels are working on their own and that a higher power may be shining down on our boys.

I don’t know if Sam and Dean are back to being fine yet, I’m quite sure that they have some work to do, but Sam does appear to be truly horrified by what he did and remorseful about it.  They will clearly have to have a major talk (once they get away from Lucifer that is) and apologies need to be said.  I hope Sam gets to hear Dean’s real message sometime.  Maybe it’ll still be in his phone and he’ll hear it by accident and be properly touched?  When it came down to it though, even when Sam was at his darkest, he heard his brother.  That makes all the difference in the world, doesn’t it?  I think that they can be repaired, but I know when Sam said he was sorry that Dean’s face didn’t say, all’s well, no problem.  So we have to wait some 4 or 5 months to see that play out don’t we?

I’m sorry for all the yammering, I’m really trying to wrap my mind around everything.  I feel I have written a lot without saying anything.  Sam’s major weakness is pride, he will not back down if someone calls him a monster or a freak.  Ruby and Lillith used this against him the whole time.  Dean can’t really lord it over Sam that he was used by Ruby because Dean was also being used by the angels at the same time.  It’s just that Dean’s lucky enough to have one angel who listened to him and believed in him enough to break ranks.  I love that that was so well set up…we saw that Castiel questioned decisions along the way and that he truly didn’t agree with some of the things he was asked to do.  It made his break all the more real.  I’m thrilled that Misha Collins has been added to the regular cast; the chemistry between him and Jensen is palpable and I shall definitely look forward to he and Sam meeting up again.

It seems instead of battling one another, or good battling evil, we’re going to have our guys battling both good and evil.  That’s quite an ambitious undertaking and I do hope the show is not biting off more than it can chew, but I am on board from start to finish.  The finale may have been different than I thought it would be but it didn’t begin to disappoint.  The summer cannot end soon enough!

All pictures from Supernaturalseries.com

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