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Brothers on the brink.

Brothers on the brink.

Wow…I don’t know if I’ve ever attempted to write a blog where I find myself having a hard time putting into words what I want to say.  This Supernatural episode was not as action packed as I thought it would be but that didn’t matter to me whatsoever because I was so caught up in an emotional torrent that I probably couldn’t have handled anymore.  Plus next week looks killer, so I’m not complaining.

Every now and then a TV show can manage to put together an episode that makes you feel involved, like you’re there and you’re part of it.  It’s rare, I am clearly quite invested in all of my programs but maybe not to the level that I seem to be Supernatural.  I came out of watching that episode feeling like I had been on the receiving end of every single one of those Winchester punches.  I felt bruised and battered and drained.  I spent the whole episode cringing, sighing, yelling and crying.  Okay, it was only a little tear when Dean cried but still, I did cry.  This by no means was one of those perfect episodes that they bring me now and then but it was damn good.

Before I delve into the meat of the episode, I have to throw out major kudos to both Jared and Jensen for this episode.  I felt Sam’s struggle and though I spent the majority of the episode pissed off at him (haha what a new reaction that is for me!), I felt sorry for him as well.  Jensen just ripped my heart out when Dean found that line he was unwilling to cross for his brother.  Also major kudos to that kid who plays young Sammy, that kid’s a great actor and I adore him.

I have to say, after this final showdown and whatever fallout occurs, I damn well better never EVER hear Sam say again that Dean is not strong enough.  He hasn’t used the word weak but that’s what he’s saying over and over again when he questions his brother’s strength.  Not only better he never utter those words, he better apologize and admit his brother is the stronger man.  Dean was tortured on a rack in hell for 30 years, Sam couldn’t even handle it for a two minute hallucination.

Sam used his mom to further his own agenda.

Sam used his mom to further his own agenda.

Speaking of hallucinations, for the first time in the history of this show I loathed Mary Winchester.  There she was implying Dean was weak and Sam was strong and was doing what was right.  What, they couldn’t have had John appear and do that, I’d expect it from him!  I know, she was in Sam’s head and not real but I was telling her to shut the hell up the whole time she was on my screen.

I love little Sam, so much bigger than big Sam.

I love little Sam, so much bigger than big Sam.

I did enjoy how little Sam’s bitch wasn’t about Sam becoming a demon but was instead about him giving up his chance at a real life and going along with his family.  This actually felt real, even though I call bullshit to Sam’s theory that Jessica never would have died had he been there to save her.  I’m sure he does feel that way inside but he knows it’s not true, the YED told him as much.  But, it’s a hallucination, clearly they’re not going to be the truth tellers of the world.

Hallucinatory Dean said all the things that real Dean never would.

Hallucinatory Dean said all the things that real Dean never would.

The granddaddy of the hallucinations was of course Dean himself.  It was truly beautiful watching the scenes cut from mean Dean laying into Sammy up to real Dean pouring his heart out to Bobby and saying he would not sacrifice Sam to save the world.  Mean Dean was saying all the things that I kinda wanted to say to Sam but knew that real Dean never would.  He was terribly hurtful and both boys rocked that moment.  When Sam begged him not to say that he was a monster, that he couldn’t handle that from him, that was beautiful.  That was that moment last week in the car put into words.  Dean thinking that of him would be the most hurtful thing Sam could imagine.  Of course it only made what happened later more poignant.

Cas isn't too comfortable with his actions.

Cas isn't too comfortable with his actions.

Before I could get to feeling too badly for old Sam, along came Castiel to inexplicably free him.  Um, Cas, I know you have your orders, dear angel, but that royally sucked, especially coming on the heels of your being rather dickish to Dean.  He got Dean to pledge himself to God and the angels and he was just so cold.  I know he has to be right now but I miss my cuddly Cas.  At least he’s still showing signs of being conflicted, I suppose.  I will forgive him for this move if it pays off and because Anna got yanked back into heaven (presumably anyway) on his watch, so that pleased me.  Of course she was questioning him the way I was questioning him so I didn’t loathe her as much as I usually do, but she’s gone, so oh well!

Bobby tried to be a good father to Sam.

Bobby tried to be a good father to Sam.

What a moment between Sam and Bobby when Sam was trying to escape.  Bobby was trying to talk him down and Sam was calling him on his inability to shoot him.  That brings to mind the question, would John have killed him had he been there?  Probably.  But Bobby couldn’t and Sam thanked him for that by knocking his ass out with his gun.  Oh Sam.  That was kinda my theme of the show, by the way.  I was saying, Oh Sam.  Oh Bobby.  Oh Cas.  And of course I just kept saying My Dean…my poor Dean.

How beautiful was it that Sam thought he was going to outsmart his brother and Dean caught up to him in no time flat?  Dean knew Sam would try to change his pattern and he went against all of Sam’s instincts and there he was.  Suck it, Sammy.  Well I guess he already did, watching him tear into Ruby’s blood just pissed me off.  Dean damn well better get to kill her.  Of all the unforgivable things Sam has done this season, stopping Dean from killing Ruby ranks right up there; made worse by his choosing her over Dean when Dean offered to go with him.  Jackass. And what makes Sam so sure that killing Lillith will stop this thing?  I couldn’t help but wonder when Ruby was telling him about the human that the devil had to form, of Sam himself.  I’m sure killing Lillith is some kind of red herring to the real seal, after all, Dean’s supposed to close it since he started it.  We’ll see!

Dean's still so beautiful even when fighting with his brother.

Dean's still so beautiful even when fighting with his brother.

And then we got down to it, didn’t we?  Sam telling Dean that he had to get Lillith, that he was the only one who could and Dean pointing out that it was his job, what he was brought back for.  Then Sam tells him he’s not strong enough.  AGAIN.  Dammit.  Then Sam gets a little worked up about Dean telling him what to do and asking him to trust him as he has all these years.  But Sam, really, have you?  This season you certainly haven’t.  Dean then says it, the thing hallucinatory Dean said, albeit with a different level of caring and emotion involved.  He tells Sam that if he truly knows what he’s doing then that makes him worse, it makes him a monster.  This time, though, Sam asks him to say it even though he knows what’s coming.  Hallucination no longer, reality steps in and they fight.

Sam was destroyed to hear that monster word come out of his brothers mouth.

Sam was destroyed to hear that monster word come out of his brothers mouth.

Every punch, every push, every throw hurt in a way none of their other fights have hurt before.  They are well and truly separated now.  Then Sam actually tried to choke his brother.  That was terrible.  “You don’t know me.  You never did and you never will.”  And that’s when Dean finally said it.  “You walk out that door, don’t you ever come back.”  Sam just looks at him like he’s shit on his shoe and walks out.  I knew it would hurt to watch them break but I don’t think I knew quite how much.

This is how we left Dean, uttler destroyed by what has happened with Sam.

This is how we left Dean, uttler destroyed by what has happened with Sam.

A lot of important stuff got said in this episode, one of the best for me was when Dean pointed out to Sam that he was right there.  He was back from hell so why the hell was Sam so determined to make Lillith pay?  It’s what I’ve been saying for awhile now and it was great to hear that expressed.  Sam finally got spill all his anger at having to follow his brother.  I may not agree with it but I understand the resentment.  Dean got to reiterate the fact that he was not going to let his brother become a demon to save the world.

I’m writing this off of one viewing, except for a rewatch of the end, so I’m sure I’m missing stuff and will have to go back and add things after I think about them some more, but I had this on my mind so I’m getting it out while I can.  I forgot to mention that I loved that after Dean pledged himself to the angels and Bobby asked him about it, he said that he damn well doesn’t believe that they’re necessarily doing right but he was going to do anything for Sam.  Sam clearly doesn’t feel the same way, but that’s Dean to the core and I loved that he hadn’t magically bought into Castiel’s program.  I think it’s that that might just save Sam when it comes down to it.

Next week, the finale.  Chuck’s back, which is awesome.  I still fear for Bobby, but at least he made it through this episode.  I have great trepidation and excitement over what might happen and I know that it will probably make me feel as strongly as this one did.  I hope our boys can get back together, I loved that Sam even expressed that to Ruby, the hope that when it was all over they could come back together.  From your mouth to god’s ears, Sammy, if he’ll listen to potential demons that is.

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From Jimmy to Castiel and back again.

From Jimmy to Castiel and back again.

I found Supernatural’s The Rapture episode to be quite ironic.  Here was a man of faith who was ready and willing to give himself up to the service of the lord and a year later he’s released and so disenchanted as to stop saying grace at the family meal.  I can’t say as I blame him, it was pretty crappy for him to lose a year of his life and later find out that he can’t go back to it at all, but still, what a message.

I feel kinda bad saying I didn’t really enjoy this episode nearly as much as I thought I would but that’s no fault of the actor.  I thought Misha Collins did a great job in dual roles, he really did make Jimmy seem like a totally different guy than Castiel.  I think it was probably too much Cas, a random appearance by Anna that had virtually no purpose and too little Dean and Sam.  What was the point of having Anna appear and tell Sam he seemed different when Dean gets to see him drinking his demon blood in the very same episode?  If they’d have let that one simmer in Dean’s mind for awhile, fine, but otherwise it was pointless.  Unless she appeared later to Dean and set up that Bobby call with him.  Then I can buy it.  Maybe we’ll find that out next week.  It’s just that the last 5 to 10 minutes of the program were filled with the moments I’ve been dying to see so they kinda overshadowed the tale of how Jimmy became Castiel for me.

Castiel gives Dean the cold angel shoulder when he returns.

Castiel gives Dean the cold angel shoulder when he returns.

So it seems that Castiel got dragged back into heaven for awhile as a punishment for having helped Dean figure out to bring Chuck to save Sam in the last episode.  It was rather chilling to see Castiel turn back into Castiel pre-Dean influence, a guy who was going to listen to the big bossman and not question anymore. “I learned my lesson while I was away Dean, I serve heaven.  I don’t serve man, and I certainly don’t serve you.”  Damn, that was pretty harsh.  Especially coming right after Sam’s revelation.  I truly wouldn’t have been surprised if those combined to drive Dean to want to quit, but then I know my boy.

Cas moves from Jimmy's daughter back into Jimmy.

Cas moves from Jimmy's daughter back into Jimmy.

Nice use of Jimmy’s daughter Claire as Castiel’s temporary home, it brought back memories of freaky child Lillith, who is far more chilling than adult sexy wannabe Lillith.  Sadly it appears we are not done with her.  Sigh.  I feel sad for Jimmy at never being able to go home again but at least now his wife and daughter know he wasn’t nuts and hopefully they can have happy lives.  I feel for them all.

Dean's reaction to Sam's blood drinking.

Dean's reaction to Sam's blood drinking.

And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for….Dean saw Sam drinking blood.  I must say, they surprised me by having it be just a small part of the episode, but I think that was to set up the surprise ending.  Kudos, as always, to Jensen Ackles for that look of stunned shock followed by surprise as Sam aimed mojo hand at him.  I believed for a brief moment he thought his brother was going to attack him.  Then he quickly stumbled out of the way so Sam could remove the demon from Amelia (finally they use my name on this show, well part of it, I’m just Amy and of course she is inhabited by a demon.  I was feeling smug about gorgeous Jimmy’s wife having the same nickname as me til I saw the demon eyes!)  Also lovely in that moment was Castiel inside Claire watching with his nonjudgmental angel eyes.  I thought the little girl did a good job of not showing any emotion or reaction to blood drinking Sammy.

Sam got his juice and then worked his mojo.

Sam got his juice and then worked his mojo.

I enjoyed that Dean wasn’t saying anything in the car until Sam asked him to lay into him.  I think it probably resonated more for Dean to just talk calmly and tell Sam that he wasn’t mad.   Dean actually telling Sam not to explain himself because he doesn’t care was definitely a powerful moment.  For Dean to say something like that to Sam, who he has looked out for all of his life…what does that mean, you know?  I mean, clearly he does, but in that moment, for just a moment, doesn’t that have to scare Sam a little bit?  Then Dean says of course he is disappointed but he’s mostly just tired and done.  Of course, Bobby then conveniently calls and summons the boys to his place for Sam’s intervention.  I did adore them letting Sam walk into the room and then slamming the door on him together, telling him he was the big demon problem.  Excellent moment.

Dean & Bobby trick Sam into captivity.

Dean & Bobby trick Sam into captivity.

And then…the scenes ahead.  Hot damn!  I could not be any more excited for an upcoming episode than I am right now.  Brother vs. brother.  Sam vs. Lillith.  Dean bargaining with the angels (is he going to become one?  Cas touches him like he did Jimmy).  Sam tortured by Alastair???  Dean FINALLY going after Ruby (he damn well better get to kill that bitch).  And then, those words we were wondering about, Dean telling Sam that if he walks out that door he better never come back.  Gauntlet effectively thrown.  Of course, it will again be Sam walking away from Dean and not vice versa, but I guess we always knew that Dean couldn’t walk away from Sam.  I can’t wait for next week!

PS.  One minor bitch before I go, since when does Sam get to call him “Cas?”  That’s a Dean nickname, dammit and I don’t appreciate it.  I did appreciate some more TWoP shoutouts, with Dean calling Sam “Ginormo” and the mention of the mojo hand.   Love your viewers, Kripke!

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Dean wasn't embracing the 3rd brother thing anymore than we were.

Dean wasn't embracing the 3rd brother thing anymore than we were.

Well, well, wasn’t that interesting???  I just finished watching Supernatural’s Jump The Shark episode and I’m glad to say that my faith in Kripke remains strong.  This episode wasn’t about a third brother, this was all about John Winchester and his two sons, the two sons who are on their way to a collision.  And it was an interesting character steady on both Sam & Dean.

Adam, the Winchester brother who got a normal life, til killed by a ghoul.

Adam, the Winchester brother who got a normal life, til killed by a ghoul.

Perhaps I’m more sensitive to this for having recently devoured season 1, but this episode could have been in that season.  Adam was of course a representation of original recipe Sammy, the kid who was in college and had a life and was doing normal things.  Sam was a conglomerate of his current self and old Dean, embracing the hunting and trying to get Adam to come into the hunting lifestyle while being consumed by revenge.  Dean was still Dean, as I said before I think he’s changed the least but grown the most.  Which might sound weird, but I mean to say that he’s still all about his family but he now really sees that family for what they are.  He doesn’t hero worship John anymore and while still protective of Sam, he sees that darkness in his brother and knows deep down that it’s a problem he’s going to have to deal with.

Sam & Dean had different reactions to little bro, except both were jealous in their own ways.

Sam & Dean had different reactions to little bro, except both were jealous in their own ways.

I spent the first half of the episode wishing John Winchester would burn in hell (again, some more!) for putting that hurt look in Dean’s eyes.  Yep, my protective instinct when it comes to Dean was activated immediately upon Dean hearing that kid claim to be John’s son.  I absolutely loved that Dean’s reaction was to be prepared to kill whatever monster was lying about his father.  The holy water in the glass, the silver, the gun under the table and the glare on my boys darling face were all just vintage Dean Winchester.  And he was angry and he had every right to be, but as I said, the hurt was still there in the eyes, in the disbelief in his tone as Adam talked about going to ball games with Dad and seeing him every birthday.  It made me angry to imagine Dean’s birthday going unnoticed all those years, I bet John rarely thought of it if he was even with him.  No, I don’t include Sam here because I know Dean gave him birthdays, that’s just what Dean would do.  Dean had nobody taking care of him while both Adam and Sam did.  Not perfect by any means but at least they had someone.

Sam is becoming more and more Johnlike.

Sam is becoming more and more Johnlike.

What I really found fascinating was the fact that Sam was jealous as well.  He seemed like he was bonding with the kid while Dean didn’t want anything to do with him.  I didn’t catch the jealousy until Dean confronted him about wanting to teach Adam how to be a hunter.  Sam just threw Adam’s life out the door and Dean wasn’t having him do that.  Sam’s come a long way from that law student who just wanted a normal life, he pretty much sneered at the idea of that for Adam.  So that begs the question, what exactly is Sam’s purpose here beyond vengeance?  Because it seems to me that he teamed up with Ruby and has gone darker and darker because he wanted to be out of this life someday and someday soon.  He said that in one episode a month or so back.  But if he thinks that normal life is out of reach for someone like Adam, what does he think awaits him?  I am very curious to know just what he’s looking for here, once Lillith is vanquished.

One cannot overlook the symbolism of Sam being tied down and having the ghoul Adam and his sister lapping up his blood.   Did Sam stop to think that he did the same thing to Ruby?  I didn’t see any realization there, of course he was worried about dying at the time but it’d be nice to have a scene addressing that sometime soon.  I did enjoy them noticing something different in his blood but I would like to see a little more awareness there.  Maybe Dean will point it out to him whenever he finds out about Sammy’s secret pasttime.

For all the hurt and jealousy that Dean had over Adam, he still wanted to protect him from the life that he and Sam had.  That’s just one of the things that makes Dean so special, isn’t it?  He can look beyond the jealousy and desire for revenge and see the bigger picture.  I really loved that in the end when they were burning Adam’s body, Sam suggested that Dean give Castiel a call to bring their brother back and Dean didn’t even consider it.  He doesn’t want to bring him back to a life dealing with the world their father brought them and he is in a better place.

Of course that last scene also brought on the comment of the night, maybe the comment of the year.  “You know, I finally get why you and Dad butted heads so much.  You two are practically the same person.  I mean I worshiped the guy, you know?  I dressed like him, I acted like him, I listened to the same music.  But you were more like him than I will ever be.  I see that now.”  And Sam says, “I’ll take that as a compliment,” to which Dean responds, “You can take it anyway you want.”   That, right there, is the sign of Dean’s growth and Sam’s descent.  Dean doesn’t mean that as a compliment anymore.  He sees his father for the flawed being that he was and realizes his brother is the same way.  The thirst for vengeance drove John Winchester and it now drives Sam, to the point that they were willing to sacrifice the happiness of their own family.  Sam didn’t give a damn if Adam had a life, he was going to teach him to be a hunter.  Just like John did to his other two sons.

It really staggered me to hear Dean say those words to his brother and to have Sam decide that was a compliment.  Sam didn’t care to be compared to Daddy when we first met him but now it’s all good.   And Dean wasn’t blind to his father but he accepted and admired him.  He doesn’t accept and admire Sam right now though, does he?

Like everyone else, I was wary of the whole third brother thing but since it was really about the two brothers it worked just fine for me.  I am not sorry that the real Adam was dead and they never met him; he’s a complication we didn’t need going forward; but using him to demonstrated just how the lives of the Winchesters have changed worked.  It was a way of showing their relationship devolve without them arguing or confronting one another.  Not subtle but not over the top.

Next week, Castiel is back and apparently we get to meet the man our angel’s been inhabiting.  It should be fun!

I’ll add better pictures when SupernaturalSeries.com gets them up, the CW’s selection was pathetic!

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Dean, so much more than pretty face

Dean, so much more than pretty face

Anyone who’s read even one of my Supernatural blogs might have picked up on the not so well hidden fact that I’m an unabashed Dean lover.  I don’t exactly attempt to hide my love for all things Dean Winchester, from the looks to the sarcasm to the attitude.  All of it just works for me.  This weekend I took it upon myself to suspend my Veronica Mars rewatch after I finished season 2 (Yeah, I still like to pretend season 3 didn’t happen) and pick up with Supernatural season 1.  And instead of just hitting a few episodes I managed to watch the entire season.  Yes, I’m aware that I need a life, that’s not what this is about!  This is what happens when football season ends.  I need new things to obsess about, so here I am.

Rameau is doing a season 1 episode break down, this won’t be that because I didn’t have the patience to stop after each episode to write about it.  She’s a much stronger woman than I am.  I’m just going to talk about my overall reaction to the brothers knowing what I now know.  I’ve tried to throw out my current irritation with Sam when watching the season, but that’s pretty much impossible.  Every time he questions his brother and gives him attitude it serves to remind me just how he’s looking down upon his brother these days.  And honestly?  It pisses me right the hell off.  Because while Dean had dickish moments, he always loved his brother more than anybody.  He carried the weight of caring for him on his shoulders since he was 4 years old and Sam has the utter gall to question his strength now?  It really makes me almost too angry.

What’s funny is it’s quite clear that in the early going of the series they clearly were trying to make Sam the rootable brother, the one we’d all identify with and feel sorry for.  He tried to have a normal life and his crappy family drew him back in.  I can and do sympathize with that, nobody likes to have their life path laid out before them the way his was.  But so was Dean’s.  And Dean gets no sympathy from Sam?  For being the brother that bent to his father’s plan and will, Sam looks down on Dean.  Sam had a couple of moments of awareness peak through and it’s clear that he does come to understand eventually just how much Dean cared for and protected him growing up.  I guess that further demonstrates how far they’ve come because Sam seems to have forgotten that this season.

Like season 1, Sam’s all caught up in revenge to the point that he doesn’t give a damn most of the year about regular everyday cases and saving lives.  Dean constantly battles with him over doing what’s right while Sam wants to go find their father and get revenge.  I understand it, it’s just an interesting parallel to this season.  Sam has his brother back, whose death is what drove him for his desire for revenge but he doesn’t even appreciate it.  He can’t put aside the thirst to get back at Lillith despite the fact that he has his brother there by his side, and once again, he’s busy resenting him.

Dean always carried the weight of caring for Sam on his shoulders, that's a lot of weight.

Dean always carried the weight of caring for Sam on his shoulders, that's a lot of weight.

Though my anger issues with Sam don’t appear to have abated, neither does my love for Dean.  Because he really drew me in from moment one.  And it’s not just the looks, though of course they help.  It was his determination to do what was right and his desire to protect his family.  It was those little flashes of pain and hurt when Sam belittled the family and made a mockery of his loyalty to their father.  It’s that instinctual bond he had with the people they helped, from hot women to lonely, scared children.  It’s funny because prior to this season had you asked me who the brother was that was better with people I would have said Sam.  And I would have been completely wrong.  Sam might be better at talking to people but Dean’s the one who understands them and reaches them.

Dean has stayed remarkably consistent over all 4 seasons so far.  His number one priority has always been his family.  And it always will be.  Now we know this season is going to be the ultimate test of that and it’s going to be fascinating to watch Jensen work through that.  I have always appreciated his acting but now I’m seeing all the extra little expressions that he throws in that make Dean so reachable, so understandable.  I’m not saying Jared doesn’t do that for Sam, he definitely has moments, but it’s Dean that I’m drawn to and I’m going to notice more of the little things with him.

The memory of failing to protect Sam haunts Dean.

The memory of failing to protect Sam haunts Dean.

Something Wicked was one of the more powerful episodes of the season that really brought my Dean love and Sam anger into focus.  That’s the episode where the shtriga is taking the life force out of children and it comes out that it came after Sam when he was a kid.  Dean got tired of watching out for his brother and left him alone to go watch video games and came home to find the thing attacking Sam.  He froze and before he could get off a shot his dad was there to scare the thing away.  He took Sam into his arms and gave Dean hell for not protecting his brother.  That’s quite a lot to lay on a 10 or 12 year old, isn’t it?  And he’s had that on him since he was 4.  Dean kept the story from Sam for most of the episode and finally told him toward the end when Sam was giving him attitude over having to risk the older brother to catch the thing.  Sam finally seemed to grasp at that moment just how much Dean had always cared for him and how that one instance of not protecting him had weighed on him for 15 or 20 years.  He actually realized just what Dean had carried with him.  I wish he hadn’t forgotten.  He also thanked him in Salvation…where’s that knowledge these days?

So, really, that’s what makes me love and adore Dean Winchester.  That sacrifice.  Sam didn’t have a normal growing up experience but Dean did his best to make sure that he didn’t have as bad a one as Dean himself did either.  From giving him the last of the Lucky Charms to stealing Christmas presents for him, Dean always took care of Sam.  I can’t help but love that.

I don’t know when I’ll do the season 2 rewatch, football gets to return to my life for glorious draft weekend next week, so it’ll be sometime after that.  I can’t help but wonder if I had watched this before season 4 started if I’d have the same resentment for Sam as I do now?  Probably not to this level, but it sure has influenced my viewing this time out.  Maybe season 2 I’ll be less irritated.  Probably not, but I’ll try.  It’ll still be good to revisit the early Supernatural and watch the evolution of the brother’s relationship.  I want, more than anything, for Dean and Sam to get back to a good place with one another, not for me, but for Dean.  You know that’s what is most important to him and he deserves whatever little bit of happiness he can get.

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Sam & Dean find out their adventures are being chronicled.

Sam & Dean find out their adventures are being chronicled.

Oh Kripke!  You really know how to slay don’t you?  Only Supernatural could poke fun at their fandom and themselves for an entire episode and make said fandom fall in love with the show even further.  I laughed my ass off for the majority of the show.  I’m actually under the weather today and off work but that’s not stopping me from re-enjoying this episode.  I thought I’d just highlight the lines that brought no end to my joy and then talk a little bit about what we learned.

The comic's version of Sam & Dean, awesome!

The comic's version of Sam & Dean, awesome!

“From the racist truck to me having sex…I’m full frontal in here dude” followed by a little face from Sam.

“Well, for fans they sure do complain a lot”.  Oh yes, yes we do!

“Screw you simpatico, we lived it” I believe simpatico might post on TWoP, it’s familiar to me.  How awesome is it that they read fan boards?  I mean I know it can be dangerous to cater to fans, but still.

“There’s Sam girls and Dean girls and what’s a slash fan?”  “As in Sam/Dean…together.”  “Together together?  They do know we’re brothers right?”  “Oh come on, that, that’s just sick!” I was in tears by this point.  And I quite agree that writing slash fiction for two brothers doesn’t work for me, but to each their own!

“The best parts are when they cry.” Their expressions!  And actually, some of Dean’s best episodes have been when he cries, so I can’t really argue that.

“Real men?  Well right now I’m crying on the inside.”

The boys having to show their tattoos to prove their Supernatural fandom, followed by the girl dropping trou to show them hers.  “You are a fan.”

“Is this some kind of Misery thing???  It is, isn’t it?” Poor Chuck Shirley.  One quibble though, if he actually sees Sam and Dean in his dreams/visions, then how did he not recognize them when they came to the door?  I know it was cute to make them have to prove themselves but that doesn’t make sense with the visions he was getting.

“There’s only one explanation.  Obviously I’m a god.” How awesome is it that that’s where old Chuck went first?  I must say, they managed to surprise me though, because I thought maybe Lillith was feeding him all this information to draw the boys in but instead he’s a prophet?  I cringed for a moment at that, too much religious stuff can pull me out of this story but I can deal right now, especially when it’s done in such an awesome way.

“A cruel, cruel capricious god.  The beatings I put you through alone.”  “We’re still in one piece.”

“Horror is one thing but to be forced to live bad writing…if I would have known it was real I would have done another pass.”

“I’m sitting in a laundromat reading about myself sitting in a laundromat.  My head hurts.”

Sam's brooding and pensive shoulders.

Sam's brooding and pensive shoulders.

“I don’t know how this guy is doing it but he’s definitely doing it.  I mean, I can’t see your face but I can see your shoulders and that’s definitely your brooding and pensive shoulders.” How much do you love that Dean knows Sam’s brooding and pensive shoulders?  The slash fans are probably regrouping from their earlier slam and penning something new from that line!

“I’ll have the veggie tofu burger.  Oh my god, this is delicious.  Tofu is amazing!” Poor tortured Dean, trying to get off the book’s path but then getting the real bacon cheeseburger anyway and having it taken away.

Dean & Sam try not to fight in the diner.

Dean & Sam try not to fight in the diner.

“It frustrates me when you say such reckless things.  It frustrates me when you’d rather hide than fight.” HAHAH Our boys going Dr. Phil to try to avoid a fight.

“Behave yourself would you?  No homework.  Watch some porn.” Dean’s answer to everything.

“Writing yourself in a story is one thing but writing yourself in as a prophet?  That’s like M Night level douchiness.”

“Interesting exercise, let’s see who the quicker draw is.” When Dean was willing to shoot Chuck if he didn’t come with him to help Sam.

“I am the prophet, Chuck!” Little Chuck facing Lillith and shouting that…hilarious.

As close as I could get to Sam rocking the bitchface.

As close as I could get to Sam rocking the bitchface.

I don’t want to get too caught up in the humor though.  I really enjoyed Sam’s talk with Chuck.  When Sam asked if he knew things about him and Chuck brought up the demon blood and he told him he didn’t even write it down because he thought it would make him seem unsympathetic.  “You gotta know that’s wrong.”  And Sam admits that it scares the hell out of him and he wishes he could stop.  I wish he’d have moments like this with his brother but I recognize to do that would take them off the path they’re headed down.

Sam knows deep inside that he's lying to himself.

Sam knows deep inside that he's lying to himself.

Then of course Sam had to piss me off by saying he needed to do it to kill Lillith and stop the Apocalypse.  When Chuck points out that’s supposed to be Dean’s job, Sam says Dean’s not Dean lately and he needs help.  Again, this came out as Sam doubting Dean’s strength.  Now he did make it nicer by saying that Dean’s carried the weight for him his whole life and he wants to return the favor.  Chuck says that would be nice if that was all it was but questions if the demon blood makes him feel stronger that maybe he’s in it for the wrong reasons.  We know that he is, of course, but Sam still doesn’t believe this.

Beautiful Castiel, always make an episode better!

Beautiful Castiel, always make an episode better!

I also loved the unexpected Castiel appearance.  More Cas is always a good thing.  I don’t know about the Winchester Gospel part of things, but I am choosing to perceive that as a way of poking fun at the biblical scholars in fandom, who are so bright and brilliant that I can’t even begin to understand them.  I know, reaching there but that’s more religious than I’m ready to deal with.

Just a pretty Dean pic, always need more of those!

Just a pretty Dean pic, always need more of those!

I loved Sam saying that Dean thinks he’s going to go dark side and Dean bursting out with YES!  Of course he does and it’s scaring him.  Of course Dean doesn’t know half of what Sam’s been doing but at least he’s not turning a blind eye to it.  Despite everything, when Sam refused to come with him, Dean didn’t take his bags with him when he left, making it clear he wasn’t leaving his brother behind.  I love that about him.  He’s pissed, he hates what’s happening but he won’t leave Sam.  Then Dean tried to pray, in a definite Dean way showing he wasn’t good at it and didn’t like it.

How cute is lying Castiel?

How cute is lying Castiel?

Of course Cas shows up to help him, which is awesome.  Dean gets really pissed when Castiel tells him he won’t interfere and pretty much tells the angels to go to hell if they won’t help him now.  He won’t help them when they need him since they wouldn’t do the same for him.  Then Cas tells him why he can’t help and if anything threatened a prophet an archangel would appear to destroy the threat.  He was telling Dean just what he needed to do to get rid of Lillith.   I love how Cas looked a little nervous after telling him that, kinda looked to the sky like he might be afraid of being struck down but then looked back at Dean with a sparkle in his eyes.

I am highly relieved that Sam didn’t have any intention of actually sleeping with Lillith.  Previews of that had me quite worried, what with the demon blood drinking and Ruby screwing, what’s one more demon in bed?  What I don’t get is why was Lillith so terrified of Sam if she’s immune to his powers?  I guess he’s immune to hers as well so maybe that makes them equals but that doesn’t match up with her fear when Dean went to hell.  She offered Sam the opportunity to sacrifice himself and his brother to stop the Apocalypse.  Interesting question…would Sam have considered it were he not halfway dark side?  I’m sure he’d sacrifice himself but probably not Dean.  Still something to ponder.  Sam told Dean that he didn’t consider it because she’d find a way to get out of it, partly true but not all the way.

Sam’s hubris is really starting to show.  He’s certain that Lillith is running scared and he’s determined to be the one to take her down.  Dean didn’t look thrilled with that commentary but he said nothing.

The prophet Chuck saw something very scary...why must I wait weeks to find out what it is?

The prophet Chuck saw something very scary...why must I wait weeks to find out what it is?

We end on Chuck having some kind of alarming vision and awakening to Zachariah, warning him not to contact Sam and Dean and tell them what’s coming.  It’s bad enough that Chuck considers killing himself to avoid whatever is coming.  Zachariah tells them they’ll bring him back to life if he does.  Chuck desperately wonders what he’s supposed to do and Zachariah tells him to write.

So we’re left wondering what horrors await our boys.  Well played, Kripke, well played.  I thought this looked like a good episode from previews but it exceeded my expectations.  The humor was fantastic but the story still advanced.  Lillith is back and something very scary looms in the boys future.  Zachariah was pretty frightening this time around too.  Cas is helping Dean in ways far beyond what is expected or required of him, I worry about his future.  Sam recognizes that he’s in trouble but he’s not doing anything to stop it.  So much happened, didn’t it?

Next we get the much dreaded third Winchester brother, so we’ll see…episodes like this give me faith that it’s going to be good despite my reservations.  I’m off to ponder some full frontal Dean!  I kid, I kid! Maybe!

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AlternaDean is still extremely hot!

AlternaDean is still extremely hot!

It’s a very Supernatural Alternaverse this week!  I don’t have nearly as much to say about it as I usually do because the meat of the episode came at the very end and everything else was just humor and hijinks.  It was a lot of fun but didn’t really much advance the story until the very end of the episode.  I think I’ll just hit the stuff I enjoyed and talk about what’s coming up if that’s okay with you all!

Sam, Office Drone!

Sam, Office Drone!

Sam is the lowly office worker while Dean is a corporate bigwig.  Why yes, I am playing with the color feature, time I did that. hehe  I considered this a pleasant surprise, because from the start of things it’s always been made clear that Sam would be the super successful lawyer type if things were different and Dean would be the blue collar worker.  Since I’m rather irritated with Sammy’s attitude towards Dean these days, it was nice to see Sam sitting a cubicle being bored out of his mind.

I'm a sucker for Dean in a suit, what can I say?

I'm a sucker for Dean in a suit, what can I say?

Dean is a carb counting yuppie.  No beer, no food, concerned with his stocks and health care, listening to NPR instead of rock.  No, this is not our usual Dean Winchester.  Loved his super sleek apartment, looked like something out of Wall Street.  I enjoyed him drinking his cleansers and eating his salads.  Of course, the best part was Dean’s first words after being brought back to reality, “Why am I wearing a tie?  My god am I hungry!”  Yes, that is my Dean.

The inevitable draw of the two brothers to one another.  The best part of this of course was that when Sam tried talking to Dean he assumed he was gay and told him to take it to his health club, but I also liked how they kept coming together and then spilled their guts to one another.  That trust that is beginning to go missing was there when they were Dean Smith and Sam Weller or whatever his name was.  I think it’s a good sign that they can get back to a healthy place with one another.

The return of the Ghostfacers!  I knew they were coming in this episode but it was fun to have a clueless Dean (King of research, hehe, another role reversal!) stumble across their website in his search for how to fight the ghost.  Sam & Dean watching the Ghostfacers and thinking they were cool was fun, as was them not knowing that those Douche Winchesters that they kept talking about were themselves.

Castiel's boss, Zachariah, pulls Touched By An Angel on Dean.

Castiel's boss, Zachariah, pulls Touched By An Angel on Dean.

Zachariah!  A new angel on the scene and not just any angel, Cas’ boss!  Turns out this whole mind bending story was the machinations of the angels to make Dean see that he was destined for this life.  His father didn’t choose it for him, God didn’t choose it for him, it’s his destiny and he knows it.  Funny that it’s also Sam’s destiny and he accepted it first when he’s the one who so badly wants out of the life.  Zachariah tells him that he will be successful and he will stop it.  Dean’s irritated and wants to know just what he’ll stop but Zach tells him he can stop it all.  I loved Dean’s “Angel or not, I will stab you in your face” comment.  So Dean!  So lovely!  Zach’s response that his life of classic car driving and fornicating with women while saving the world isn’t such a bad one was pretty good too, you could see that Dean was like thinking that was true.  Zach asks Dean if he’s going to stand up and be who he really is and we cut off with Dean looking determined again.

So, we did take a step forward, Dean was broken last episode and this one was about putting him back together without taking him by the hand and guiding him through.  He had to make the choice first and then Zachariah appeared to him.  They’re not allowing Dean any wallow time but I guess I can deal with that.  I’d like to see Sam’s reaction as well though, how does he feel about the fact that he chose the life on his own as well?  Probably doesn’t change anything since next week he looks poised to possibly get it on with Lillith, who thankfully is not going to be a little girl.  There will also be some humor through the use of a comic book; I’m looking forward to it.  Dean, cartoon, full frontal.  Yep, I can deal!

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Dean has a very long road ahead, gorgeous pic from SupernaturalSeries.com

Dean has a very long road ahead, gorgeous pic from SupernaturalSeries.com

Every now and then a television program can reach inside and grab the viewer by putting forth a perfect episode.  It’s amazing that this season a couple of my shows have been able to do that, to leave me floored and awed and excited and disturbed all at the same time.  Lost has done it and so has Supernatural.  Sometimes writing and acting can come together and hit every single note; tonight’s Supernatural was just such an episode.

Before I delve into the storyline, can I just say that Jensen Ackles continues to wow me with his growth as an actor?  I felt Dean’s pain tonight; I sat and watched him torture a demon, knowing just what it was doing inside him to relive those moments from hell.  I watched his world shatter when he realized that he was the start of everything that was happening and I watched him lie broken in a hospital, damaged and defeated.  And it was all beautifully done.  He still managed to bring the snark through it all too.  That’s my Dean.

Now that's a fallen angel.

Now that's a fallen angel.

Sam & Dean find Castiel and Uriel waiting for them with the news that seven angels have been killed and they need help finding out what demon is responsible.  They yank Dean to Alastair’s location and order him to torture the information out of him.  Meanwhile, Sam calls Ruby in to find where they took Dean because he thinks that Dean won’t be able to handle it.  And it seemed to me that he wasn’t questioning Dean’s ability to deal with torturing Alastair after what he’d been through in hell; it was his doubting Dean’s ability to get the information.  He wasn’t strong enough in Sam’s opinion.  I think, in past seasons, I would have believed that Sam was worried for his mental issues but now he was talking about physical strength.  I could be wrong there but that’s how I saw it.

Castiel is questioning his mission again.

Castiel is questioning his mission again.

Dean starts out refusing to do it and begging Castiel not to ask him to.  He doesn’t want to go there and he doesn’t want to face that.  Uriel gets up in his face and tells him that he has to do it and takes off to find some revelation.  I’ll be honest here and say that I was unspoiled but I knew from the get go that Uriel was the one actually killing the angels.  I don’t know why but I just felt that he was behind it, so I wasn’t floored by that revelation.  Dean sucks it up and heads in to torture Alastair, slowly wheeling in a cart full of scary looking devices and holy water.

Hee, now that looks like a demon!

Hee, now that looks like a demon!

Alastair, of course, revels in the thought of Dean turning the tables on him; the student becoming the master and whatnot.  Can I just say, and this disturbs me about myself but it’s the truth, that Dean has never been hotter than when he was torturing Alastair?  I mean, my god, he took my breath away with that determined, steely look on his face.  I should probably be ashamed of myself for that one but there you have it.  He was beautiful…I guess it’s always been said that avenging angels could be beautiful so maybe I’m not so far off there.  I feel a little dirty though.

Dean looks mighty fine while torturing Alastair.

Dean looks mighty fine while torturing Alastair.

While Dean’s getting his torture on, Ruby shows up to help Sam find Dean though she’s none too pleased about it.  Then Sam tells Ruby he needs more strength and I had a moment to fear that there was going to be some sexing going on, but no, she instead sliced her arm open and let him drink her demon blood.  Lovely, Sam’s a vampire now.  So this is how he’s been getting stronger.  At least this helps solidify the thought that Ruby is not some “good” demon out to help the world.  Her agenda can’t be that pure if she has to give Sam dope hits to get his mojo working.

Sam does his best Edward Cullen impression.

Sam does his best Edward Cullen impression.

Dean continues with his creative tortures for Alastair, revealing that he was able to dream while in hell and he thought up many ways to make him suffer if he ever got the chance.  He injects him with holy water and makes him swallow salt and stabs and such.  During this, a pipe valve starts moving and water drips onto the demon’s trap on the floor.  Alastair then hits Dean with that terrible truth, that he was the one that opened the first seal when he gave in and became a torturer in hell.  A righteous man had to spill blood in hell in order for the first seal to open.  He thought John Winchester would be the one; apparently he got to torture Daddy for 100 years without him giving in and Dean only lasted 30.  These are not my words, they’re Alastair’s, I think lasting 30 years is pretty damn good myself.  Dean just stops and processes this and you know that he knows it’s true, even though Alastair wouldn’t be above lying.  He turns around to face him and finds Alastair has broken free.

Dean knows Alastair is telling the truth, he started the apocalypse.

Dean knows Alastair is telling the truth, he started the apocalypse.

While all that is going on, Castiel is hanging outside listening to Alastair’s yelling and looking rather upset about what he sent Dean off to do.  Anna shows up in a flash of lights and asks him how torture could be god’s will.  Cas doubts that himself but he is not used to questioning his orders and she gets pissed at him for putting Dean in that position.  He goes in and finds Dean being choked to death by Alastair and takes him on himself.  Alastair has him up against the wall and starts chanting to send him back to heaven but Sam shows up and throws him against the wall.

Alastair turns the tables on Dean.

Alastair turns the tables on Dean.

As Castiel watches in disbelief, Sam demands to know who is killing the angels.  Alastair won’t tell him so he uses his mojo hand and starts hurting him.  He chokes out that it isn’t a demon; if demons knew how to kill angels they wouldn’t off them one by one.  Sam sees that it’s true and Alastair tells him to send him back to hell.  Sam reveals that he’s beyond that now, he can actually kill a demon and he proceeds to do so while Castiel watches with concern.

Sam's more powerful and closer to the edge.

Sam's more powerful and closer to the edge.

Sam is sitting by Dean’s bedside when he sees Castiel walking by outside.  He goes out and demands that he heal Dean.  Cas says he can’t do that and Sam reiterates that it wasn’t a demon that was killing the angels.  Cas heads outside and talks to Anna, asking her what it’s like to fall and telling her he has begun to doubt his duty.  She gets irritated with him again for wanting her to give him orders instead of just manning up and deciding to act on his own.  He heads off to meet up with Uriel and Uriel admits that only an angel can kill an angel and whips out a knife.  He tries to persuade Castiel to join him in his quest to free their fallen brother, Lucifer, but Cas isn’t buying.  They start fighting and just as Uriel is about to finish Castiel off, Anna appears and stabs him in the throat.  No more angry Uriel.  His light comes screaming out and presumably he’s not heading to heaven.

Dean is thoroughly broken.

Dean is thoroughly broken.

Dean awakens with Castiel at his bedside and he asks him if what Alastair said was true, if he was the start of the apocalypse.  Castiel tells him that it was true and they tried to get into hell before he gave in but they weren’t in time.  Dean asks why they didn’t leave him there and Castiel tells him not to blame himself, it is fate.  The righteous man begins the apocalypse and he’s the only one who can finish it.  Dean questions how in the heck he could stop Lucifer and the apocalypse but Cas can’t tell him the hows, only that their fate rests with him.  Dean tells him that they’re screwed, he can’t do it, he’s not a hero and he’s not strong enough.  He tells him he’s not the man that either of their dads wanted him to be and to find someone else.  A tear escapes and he turns away.

It was powerful and raw and real.  This whole episode, all mytharc and much needed after some lighter episodes, laid the groundwork for the beginning of the end.  Dean is broken right now and he’s going to have to pull himself together and stand up and save the world.  And he’s clearly going to have to do it against a brother who is feeling mighty powerful and sure of himself at the moment.  Sammy’s not dark side yet but taking hits off Ruby’s blood is a sure sign that he’s going too far.  Castiel is questioning his mission and probably putting himself in a bad position with the big man upstairs or at least some of the higher ranking angels.

It’s quite clear that I’m a Dean fangirl but damned if I don’t fall more and more for him each week as he struggles with what is being asked of him and living with what he went through in hell.  He’s just beautiful inside and out and he doesn’t know it (well he knows he’s hot) and it draws me right in.  Kudos to Jensen and the writers for making Dean more compelling week in and week out.  Next week it looks like we’re going lighter again, which is probably good after such a deep and epic episode.  I’m still longing for more though; a sure sign that they’re getting it right.

Thanks to SupernaturalSeries.com for capturing some better Dean pics.

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Dean & Sam, united for now

Dean & Sam, united for now

They’re baaaaaaaack!  Is it just me or did Jensen and Jared get hotter over the month plus hiatus?  Perhaps it was just that I missed them so that they were even more beautiful than ever.  Jared looked larger to me for some reason, I think he’s been hitting the gym.  Anyway, I’m glad they’re back and this was a pretty good bridge episode for what’s coming.

Our boys get a call from “Bobby” telling them about this town where nobody is dying despite cancer, plug pulling and shots directly to the heart.  They determine that their presence is probably required and Sam tries to get Dean to get up and go.  Dean hesitates, initially I thought it was because Sam was the one doing the leading and Dean didn’t know how to respond to that.  But then Dean said, “Are you sure I won’t hold you back?  Maybe you should go alone” harkening back to that last episode (ages ago) wherein possessed Sammy told Dean those exact words.  Sam gets a bit irritated and said he’s apologized for that a thousand times and that’s not what he really thinks.  (But really it kind of is what he thinks).  That seemingly appeases Dean enough to get him to go but the tension is very much there between them.  Steps toward the showdown!  I am beside myself with excitement!

Dean knows his brother is a lying liar who lies!

Dean knows his brother is a lying liar who lies!

Our boys hit the town and discover that the last person to die was a kid named Cole.  They attempt to invoke his spirit in the cemetery but are interrupted by the reappearance of still annoying voiced Alastair, who knocks Dean out and attempts to take on Sam.  Last time he kicked Sam’s ass but this time around he can’t budge him.  Sam brags about being stronger than he’ll ever know and Alastair bails before Sam can work the mojo on him.  Dean wakes up in the hotel complaining about a concussion and asks Sam how he got away from Alastair.  Sam tells him that Alastair couldn’t work the whammy on him (true) and he doesn’t know why (lying liar who lies!!!).  Dean actually calls him on lying to him and tells him he can have his secrets but don’t treat him like he’s stupid.  (Damn right Sammy).

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

They call Pamela in to assist them in tracking down their ghost; Dean comes up with the idea that they can send their souls out to find the kid.  She’s none too pleased by this development but goes along with it and it works.  There’s a cute scene wherein she tells Sam that he has a great ass while Sam’s spirit grins.

Hottest ghosts ever.

Hottest ghosts ever.

The boys track Cole down at his house and he tells them about the Reaper who came to take him away but disappeared in a ton of black smoke (the Lost monster moonlights on Supernatural!).  Before they can pry the location of this happening from Cole, another Reaper appears so Cole hides.  Turns out that Reaper is Tessa, who tried to collect our Dean in Season 2 before Daddy made his deal with Old Yellow Eyes.  She kissed him, bitch, and then he remembered her.  Sam heads up to find Cole while Dean and Tessa chat about old times.  Dean tells her he lived with a hole inside for about a year after she didn’t reap him and he kinda wishes she had since he’s had to endure deaths of Daddy and Sam during that time and it would have been easier to leave. 

Meanwhile, Sam is upstairs being a LYING LIAR WHO LIES TO A CHILD!  He tells Cole that if he tells them where the smoke is they’ll make sure Tessa never takes him away and he can stay with his family forever.  Oh Sammy, how very far you’ve fallen.  Old Sam would never have blatantly lied to a child that way.  For shame!  Anyway, he gets the info and takes Cole down to meet Tessa and tell them where the demons took the Reaper.  In pours black smoke and out goes Tessa, for the demons needed two Reapers, not just one.

We get a fun scene with Cole trying to teach Dean and Sam how to make stuff move with their ghost powers.  First he gets to kick their asses a little but the boys eventually catch on.  They learn how to vanish and reappear in nearby locations and Dean in particular seems to delight in playing with ghostly powers.

Why does Alastair have the same annoying voice in a new body? I don't approve.

Why does Alastair have the same annoying voice in a new body? I don't approve.

Newly trained, Sam & Dean head to the funeral home that is marked with all these weird symbols.  They go and start kicking the butt of the demon that is guarding Tessa and the other Reaper, but then they are tricked and trapped in an iron chain by Alastair.  He enjoys shooting them both with rock salt and commenting on turning the tables on them.  He kills the first Reaper but before he can kill the second, Sam & Dean combine their new moving skills and cause the chandelier to fall, breaking the seal holding Tessa and she releases them.  They succeeded in saving one seal from being broken.

Meanwhile, back in the non-ghost world, Pamela is under attack by a demon who’s there to kill Sam & Dean for real.  She manages to pull Sam back but takes a knife to the gut before he wakes up and dispatches of the demon with his mind mojo.  Dean is left to wander the streets in Ghosttown on his own and Alastair appears to taunt him again but he disappears in a beam of white light.  Dean turns around and sees Castiel! who is not looking as pretty as he usually does to me.  I wonder why?  Dean bitches at Castiel for waiting so long to show up but Cass tells him he’s been there all along, he just was letting them take care of stuff.  And he pretended to be Bobby to get them to go to that town.  Dean asks him why he’d do that and Cass rightly points out that they mostly do the opposite of what he tells them so he figured he’d let Bobby be their guide.  Dean is not amused but Castiel is pleased that they saved the seal and captured Alastair.  He takes up and Tessa shows up to ask for help getting Cole.  Cole is rather irritated that Sam lied but Tessa makes him see that leaving is for the best.  She also lets Dean know that there are not good things ahead for him just cause the angels are on his side.  Interesting.

Pamela pulls Dean back before dying.  She also calls Sam on his mojo usage and points out that no matter what he’s telling himself, what he’s doing is very very wrong.  Oh yeah, the smack down is coming!  Scenes for next week show angels dying and  Alastair in custody and Dean having to torture him.  This should be mighty interesting!  I can’t wait…the tension between the brothers is slowly ramping up and the angels are back.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Bring on the pretty war!

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Did your high school have men like this working there?

Did your high school have men like this working there?

This week on Supernatural we’re going back to high school!!!  Can you feel the joy?  Actually, you should because Sam and Dean became the hottest janitor and gym teacher ever in the history of the world.  Why in the hell did my high school not have handymen and teachers like that?  I loved my gym teacher, Coach P, but he was approaching retirement age; I wasn’t actually pondering jumping his bones like I would have been had Dean been my instructor.  I did have a hot substitute in biology once, he was the older brother of one of the guys in my class.  I miss that hot guy.   Oops, tangent!  Sorry!  Not going to do my usual list of things I liked and things I hated because I really didn’t hate a heck of a lot this week.  It was fun to get a glimpse of younger Dean and Sam and meet the teacher that set Sam on his own path until 4 years ago when Dean showed up on his doorstep worried about their dad.

Drop and give me...I'll leave that to your imagination.

Drop and give me...I'll leave that to your imagination.

The mystery this week involves these bullied kids in the high school fighting back against their tormentors.  The first girl gets called a fat, ugly pig by a bitchy cheerleader who she had tried to be nice to after her friends attacked her with the slut cough.  The girl found the cheerleader in the bathroom and proceeded to bash her head into a mirror, drag her to a toilet, drown and kill her.  Then some blood-like substance leaked out her eye, thus showing us that this was not her doing the action.  Dean & Sam hit the town and reminisce about how they went to that school for a brief few weeks when Dean was a senior and Sam was an 8th grader?  Not sure exactly how old Sam was but he was a tiny little guy.  Extremely cute though…I liked both actors playing the younger brothers.  After interviewing the girl, they determine they need to go in undercover, she’s not crazy and something was controlling her.

Aww brotherly love, even then.

Aww brotherly love, even then.

We get to see a glimpse of the Impala pulling up to school and high school Dean and Sam stepping out.  Dean quizzes Sam on having everything he needs to get through the day, including his butterfly knife.  Protective big brother as always.  Sam’s not happy about going to his 3rd new school that year by November; Dean shrugs it off and says they’ll be out of there in a few weeks anyway.  Our boys get introduced in their new classes; Dean immediately catching the eye of a blond chick and Sam befriend a nerd named Barry.  Dean calls the teacher sweetheart and rocks his leather jacket, like one would expect.  Dean plays the rebel, not in need of books since he won’t be there long anyway.  Sam’s teacher assigns a story on their memorable family experience that will be half their grade.  Sam notices Dirk flicking Barry’s ear and tells him to leave him alone.  Dirk asks if Sam wants to take his place and Sam says sure.

Dean revels in the power of the whistle.

Dean revels in the power of the whistle.

Cut to Sam in a janitor’s outfit pushing a trash can and looking around and Dean in his coaches gear instructing kids in the art of dodge ball and sounding very much like an Army drill sergeant. He hurls a ball into an unsuspecting lad and when some dork tries to tell Dean that they’re not allowed to play dodge ball because people get hurt Dean blows his whistle and orders the kid to take a lap.  Hilarious.  Sam comes to visit and Dean tells them to go nuts.  Sam, “Having fun?” Dean, “The whistle makes me their god!”  Sam, “Nice shorts.”  Yes, these are the Winchester brothers I know and love, nice to see them again!  Of course the child that tried to warn Dean about the perils of dodge ball takes one in the face and runs past clutching his mouth.  Dean tells him nice hustle and to walk it off.  Awesome.  I grinned through that entire scene; might have been because of the headband and gym shorts though!

The power of the PE teacher.

The power of the PE teacher.

Elsewhere in the school, another lad was getting bullied.  Some jock demanded to copy a kids algebra homework.  After some mouthing off and threats, the kid takes jock boy’s hand and shoves it into a blender.  Sam runs in and sees the attacker collapse and the bloody good leak out of his ears.  Aha, we have proof of possession!  Sam and Dean chat up the possibilities of ghost possession but can’t find any EMF in the building.  After letting Sam know that three of the cheerleaders are of legal age, a fact which Sam is unimpressed with, Dean gives Sam a piece of paper with a kid who died on campus, a suicide, none other than Sam’s friend, Barry.  He cut his wrists open in the girl’s bathroom.  Sam remembers Barry having a hard time with bullies in school.

Cute little Sam.

Cute little Sam.

And we’re back in time with Barry getting shoved to the floor by some jock and Sam helping him pick up his books.  Barry tells him he’ll be out of school in 3 years and on  his way to Michigan State to be a vet.  Dean, meanwhile, is making out with blondie in a dark classroom.  He wants her to sneak out and see a horror movie with him at midnight and she is floored by his lack of parental supervision when he says he can do whatever he wants.  She’s not impressed with his hotel lifestyle.  Dean doesn’t really respond when she asks if he misses his dad.  Barry and Sam walk by as Dean and Blondie (Amanda) are kissing goodbye; Barry asks if that’s Sam’s brother and Sam says yeah and Barry says he’s cool.  In true brother fashion Sam says “HE thinks so.” Dirk comes up to see if Sam really wants to take Barry’s place and Sam says sure but he won’t fight him.  Dirk punches him but is interrupted by Sam’s teacher.

Sam & Dean in present time are salting and lighting Barry’s bones, assuming that will stop the possession at the school.  Sam, of course, takes the blame, wishing he’d been at the school longer for Barry.  Dean tries to talk sense into him and tells him he was glad they got out of there.  Back in time, Dean wants to kick Dirk’s ass for hitting Sam.  Sam won’t let him and Dean wants to know why he didn’t kick his ass himself.  Sam tells him he wants to be a normal kid and not be a freak.  Dean can’t comprehend how taking a beating is normal but that’s that.  Dean’s antsy about Amanda wanting him to meet her parents and wants out of town but Dad’s going to be at least another week.  Ahh Papa Winchester, ever absent.

Rebel with a cause?

Rebel with a cause?

Sam’s teacher calls him after class and Sam thinks it’s about the fight.  But the teacher reminds him that his assignment was nonfiction and he wants to know why Sam would write about him and his family killing a werewolf last summer.  Hehe  He tells Sam he’s going to give him an A despite him not doing the assignment properly.  He tells Sam that his brother is quite a character.  I cannot help but agree.  He talks to Sam about his future and Sam says he’s got to go into the family business.  The teacher asks if he wants to and Sam tells him he doesn’t want to.  Teacher gives him the old you can break the mold speech, do what makes you happy.  This inspires Sammy down the line to take his own path and head to Stanford for law school.  Essentially that’s what this whole episode boiled down to, how Sam tried to stray from the path before him but ended up back on it anyway.  And now he’s unhappy and wants to get back to living his own life.

Sam wants to go visit the teacher that changed his life and on his way in he runs into some girl who asks him for directions.  He talks to her and all of a sudden she says “thanks Sam” and stabs himwith something, then starts kicking his ass down the hall way.  The goo leaks out of her mouth and Sam holds salt there, sending some black specter flying out of her.  Allow me a moment to laugh over Dean referring to the possessed kids as Martha Dumptruck (Heathers!!!), Revenge of the Nerds & Hello Kitty.  Dean is truly awesome.  Anyway, he figures out all the kids ride the same bus, so the ghost must have it’s base there.  They finally get their EMF reading on the bus, so they’re on the right track.  The bus driver is one Dirk McGregor, Sr., father of none other than the bully that was after Barry.

And we’re back to high school.  Dirk is again picking on Barry and this time Sam is not going to let him get away with it.  Dirk pushes him down and Sam responds by punching him over and over again, showing badass fighting skills.  The kid is about twice his size but Sammy kicks his ass and dubs him “Dirk the Jerk.”  Apparently this name stuck with old Dirk up until he died.  Our boys visit Dirk Sr. and find out that Dirk died from drug overdose.  He tells them about how poor they were and Dirk had to care for his mother as she died from cancer.  Sam, of course, takes this to heart and feels guilty for having kicked his ass and dubbing him Dirk the Jerk.  Sorry, Sam, that one wasn’t that creative, nothing to hang your head over!

Dad kept a lock of his hair on the bus in his bible, so the boys head there to exorcise our ghost Dirk.  Eddie the bus driver that evening is actually possessed by him and has hidden the lock of hair so that he cannot be easily dispatched by our boys.  Sam confronts Dirk while Dean ties him up in a salt water soaked rope so he can’t leave the body he’s inhabiting.  Dean goes into the bus and tells everybody to sit tight and the teacher asks him if he’s the PE Teacher.  Dean says he’s more like 21 Jump Street (Johnny Depp!!!) and the bus driver sells pot.  Yay for the pop culture references tonight!   He tells Sam he’s evil and Sam tells him he isn’t and neither is he.  Dirk breaks out of his ropes and starts kicking Sam’s ass.  Sam firest his gun at him and Dirk hops into some other kid.  Dean finally finds and burns the hair after Sam gets the crap beat out of him for awhile and off goes Dirk’s ghost.  The kid collapses on Sam and Dean comments on him giving him the cowgirl.  HA!

I ran out of pics, this is for next week, SO HOT.

I ran out of pics, this is for next week, SO HOT.

Back in high school, Dean is making out with some brown haired girl when Amanda walks in on him.  He tries to pretend nothing was up but he’s caught of course.  Amanda tells him she thought maybe there was something more to him than the bad boy but she was wrong.  He spends so much time putting on a cool act but he’s just a sad, lonely kid and she feels sorry for him.  Dean doesn’t want to hear that of course.  He yells about being a hero but just looks pathetic.  Meanwhile Sam is getting congratulations for kicking Dirk’s ass.  Dean’s alone and Sam’s admired.  How things have changed.  Dean gets the call that they’re leaving and he’s thrilled.  The Impala drives up and Sam gives Barry a last goodbye look and a wave.  Awww.

Current day Sam goes in and is recognized by Mr. White, the teacher who inspired him.  He remembers Sam’s horror story after he tells him his name.  Sam thanks him for telling him he could make his own choices.  Sam tells him he did for awhile and then he grew up and responsibilities took over.  Sam thanks him for his interest and that it mattered to him.  Mr. White asks Sam if he’s happy, cause that’s what truly matters and of course we cut away.  We all know Sam isn’t happy.  And that’s our lesson from this little flash back in time.  Sam tried to be someone else but his obligations took over.  Now he wants to get those obligations out of the way and return back to a different life.  Can he?  Time will tell.  It was nice to get a more Samcentric episode again, we needed one of those after all the Dean time (not that I mind Dean time!)  Next week Dean will at least be in heaven instead of hell, because it’s Strippers!  Yeah, he’s gonna enjoy that one!

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Getting old is a bitch!

Getting old is a bitch!

I wasn’t remotely going to change the name of this Supernatural episode because it might be the most perfect episode name they’ve ever come up with.  Plus anybody who’s read my NFL reports knows that I love the word douche.  My douche of choice is the douchetard but that’s neither here or there.  This week’s episode was all about magicians vs. real magic and gave us a small step for Sammy back toward the dark side.  I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, so my list will be heavily weighted towards the “things I liked” side of matters.

Sam, Dean & Vernon watching the magic.

Sam, Dean & Vernon watching the magic.

Things I hated:

  • Lack of Winchester.  I get that they wanted to highlight the old man magicians this episode but there wasn’t enough Dean & Sammy to satisfy my inner fangirl.
  • The Return of Ruby.  Even without guessing it from the opening flashback to Sammy/Ruby sex, I knew damn well who was at the door.  I guess we haven’t seen her for awhile but I could use longer without her.  Preferably forever.
  • Sam & Dean tying up Jay and turning their back on him.  Come on, a guy who breaks out of bindings for a living and you guys think rope is gonna hold him?  That was an insult to our boy’s intelligence.  I do not approve.
  • Not getting to see our beloved boys behind bars.  For some reason I find them extremely hot when they’re all locked up like that, fodder for scads of fantasies that are best not explored for the world to see here.  At least show us them handcuffed!  Is that too much to ask?  (I promise Jensen & Jared are perfectly safe when it comes to me, not a stalker, just have a good imagination!)
  • I didn’t really understand how Charlie came back as a young man though.  We saw old Charlie die so where was young Charlie?  This is probably just me having a brain fart but I watched it twice and wasn’t enlightened.  Any help would be appreciated.  I thought he was the Trixter guy for some reason and this is probably what confused me.  I guess they never explained the spell for immortality so I’ll accept it but I was confused.
  • Though I liked Jay stabbing himself to save Sam & Dean, I did not like that Sam didn’t just whip his power out and save them both.  I was sure he was going to and that would be how he justified his return to using his powers, that he was using them for good.  It would have been cool to see Sam develop that telekinetic power the kids were using a couple seasons ago.
  • Sam driving off with Ruby.  I’m fine with him exploring his dark side but I just dislike Ruby that much that I don’t appreciate it being with her.
He does look like a crazy, old magician.

He does look like a crazy, old magician.

Things I liked:

  • The liberal use of the words douchebag and crap.  These words should be used more in everyday life.  I’m going to make an effort to do so.
  • The fact that Sam used to practice magic tricks when he was 13 (13!!!) and Dean giving him shit about it.  Frankly I loved Dean this whole episode.  It was nice to see him less angsty and back to teasing his brother.  He wasn’t light hearted by any means but it was a nice break from the tortured soul thing.
  • Barry Bostwick!!!  I have always enjoyed him in every role I happen across him doing.  And how much did I love that he stabbed himself in the end to save Dean & Sam from dying at the hand of Charlie?  I really liked how conflicted they made him about it even after; he wasn’t sure he did the right thing in the end.
  • The death of Vance & the Criss Angel wannabe.  Any time Criss Angel wannabe’s die an angel gets their wings.  Or something like that.  Enjoy Anna!  Seriously, douchebag was the word for that guy and I loved when Vernon called him that as well.  His stupid poses in the mirror shortly before the noose descended upon him were reason enough to cheer that murder.
  • CHIEF!!!  The two magicians sending Dean to see “Chief” who then appears in leather with his cat o’ nine tails whip and his “you ain’t been had til you’ve been had by the chief” and “before we get started, what’s your safe word?” were so priceless.  It was great because I could totally see Dean doing that to someone else.  Of course we didn’t see quite how Dean got out of that predicament…I would have liked to have seen him talk his way out of there.
  • Sam getting called out by Ruby on the fact that he actually likes his power.  He does have to admit this at some point to either move past it or embrace it fully.
  • The magicians seeing through Sam & Dean’s fake badges.  It actually makes sense that people who pull slight of hands and read people all the time would see through their pretenses.
  • Dean showing a sense of humor about death and getting old.  When Sam asks him if they thinks he’ll die before they get old and he smirks and says “Haven’t we both already?” and that they’ll definitely be dead before 60.  It ends bloody or sad, that’s just the life.  There was acceptance there in Dean, and at the same denial in Sam about wanting to win and end it all.  He of course is going to think that killing Lillith will be the win that sets them free but as Dean pointed out, the snake they’re fighting has 1000 heads, not just one.
  • Tarot cards making people for death, I dunno, I really just liked that idea.
  • I guess in a twisted way it’s kinda sweet that Charlie wanted to give his friends immortality and give the their youth and talent back.  It wasn’t all about him having power, though he enjoyed that aspect as well.
  • Dean referring to magic as crack and explaining the addiction to Jay.  Of course the quick cut to Sam’s face was none too subtle, but we haven’t seen the Sam/magic aspect in awhile so it didn’t feel that heavyhanded or out of place to me.  It was an anvil but one that made sense.
  • Sam deciding to go explore his dark side.  As I said above, I’m all for any step that takes us to that ultimate brother vs. brother showdown, I just hope that Ruby dies along the way!

All in all I really enjoyed this episode.  We took a big step toward Sam moving away from Dean, right now for the right reasons.  He doesn’t want to fight all his life and he doesn’t want to grow old alone.  I think anybody could understand that and it’s important that we understand that as the boys no doubt grow apart for awhile.  It was nice to see an episode that advanced Sam’s storyline as well.  Next week, our boys return to high school.  I’ve seen pics of Dean in his gym uniform and it should be a riot.  Talk to you then!

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