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QUICK REVIEW: Supernatural

I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I am so disappointed in the last two episodes of Supernatural.  So disappointed that I’m combining them into one quick review!!  But really, so disappointed that I am not even looking forward to the season finale this year like I have been in seasons past.  There are shows out there right now where I am jumping through my skin to get to the season finale…Castle, Bones, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor.  But this season, I could care less.  You know why?  I haven’t been given a reason to care.  I know I’m repeating myself but it really bugs me.    All other seasons, the episodes have built to a final showdown or confrontation between the Winchesters and whomever or whatever they were battling during that particular season.  This year has been so up and down with knowing what the real end game is and who the big bad is that I have lost interest.   First we thought it was Soulless Sam and what was going on with him.  Is he evil?  Is he not evil?  Does he play a part in all this?   Then there was Samuel and Crowley.  Crowley was looking for purgatory and he brought Samuel back to help him so we thought those were the bad guys.   Then there was Death’s role in this and the conversation he has with Dean about the souls and how the Winchesters mess with the natural order of things (that’s the one consistent theme of the season.)  Then the Mother of All, Eve, showed up so maybe she was the big baddie.  We got know her for about 5 minutes and then, dead.  Now Crowley is alive again so it’s back to him and his partner, Castiel.

While ALL this is going on, there was the war in Heaven.   I was frustrated with this before and now, after last week’s episode, I am even more frustrated about how this was handled all season.   If you read my Supernatural posts with any consistency, you will know that I have been asking about what is going on in Heaven and is it a big deal?   It must be a big deal because it’s been mentioned enough times but it can’t be that big of a deal because other than MENTIONING it, we haven’t LEARNED anything about it….until last week.   Turns out the war in Heaven is the impetus for everything we have been watching this season.   Really?   And the reason we haven’t learned more about it until now is?????   In all seriousness, why couldn’t the conversation between Castiel and Raphael happened in the middle of the season?   Was it because the writers wanted us to question Castiel’s motives and whether or not he turned bad?  Well that would be dumb on many levels.  Number One, people love Castiel.  There’s about as much of a chance of Castiel tuning “bad” as Sam.  It’s not happening.  He may make bad choices but it will always be for a good reason.  His heart will be in the right place.  Number Two, It wasn’t until the last couple of episodes that you started to wonder what the hell Castiel was doing anyway.  Then you give him his own episode to explain it and poof, bye-bye wonder.   Number Three, we just learned he was working with Crowley last week.  So in terms of Castiel working with the dark side, it never came to light until later.  So I think the Raphael/Castiel meeting could have happened months ago.   At least it would have given us SOME inkling as to what was going on in Heaven, why it was happening, and why it was so important to the arc of the season.    For those who don’t know, the brief run down is that Raphael still wants the apocalypse to take place and wipe out man kind to start over again.  Castiel doesn’t want that to happen and if he can keep Raphael from taking over while God and Michael are MIA, he can stop his plan.  It’s why he needs the souls and why he’s been working with Crowley to find purgatory.   He doesn’t have enough power to fight Raphael so he needs more power sources to do it.  Hence the hunt for souls and purgatory.

It’s also why Eve was brought in and was so pissed.  She has no problem with the natural order (there’s that theme again.)  Her children (Vampires, Werewolves, and such) kill some humans, humans kill some of them…it works.   But when Crowley was using hunters to wrangle up all the creatures and kill them in bulk quantities for their souls, she had an issue with that.  That’s why she came around…to put an end to that.  Unfortunately (or fortunately however you choose to look at that story line) she got killed by Dean before she could really get going.   It’s a shame because if it was handled the right way, she could have been a very formidable monster the boys would have to battle.  But she came and went so quickly, she was a waste in my mind.

My final gripe is the way the boys handled the news about Castiel.   Am I not mistaken that they are the pot calling the kettle black here?   How many times did either Sam or Dean have a secret that he didn’t share with the other brother or Bobby out of wanting to protect them?  For a while there it would happen once or twice a season.  So how exactly can they get on Castiel for not telling them what was going on?   And how could Sam, of all people, give him grief about working with a demon.   Does the name Ruby ring any bells to him?   I found this incredibly hypocritical of the boys.   The only interesting part that came out of that scene where they trapped him, was that we found out it was Castiel that brought Sam back, not Crowley.  But we don’t know why and we don’t know if it was intentional or by accident that his soul didn’t come with him.  Now that is something I am very curious to find out about!

No Supernatural this Friday but the 2 hour finale is going to be May 20th.  Are you excited about this year’s finale?  Or are you like me and kind of indifferent at this point?

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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in CW, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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REVIEW: Supernatural “Frontierland” S6 E18

This was probably one of my favorite episodes of the season.  But that’s part of the problem with Supernatural this season…lots of great individual episodes but the overall arc of the season is a mess.  I’m not even sure what the main arc is at this point.  But we have discussed that to death.  Frontierland got back to the root of why Supernatural is so great….the chemistry of Jensen and Jared, the humor, the wit, Bobby’s sarcasm, an interesting “monster” case, and of course Dean wearing a blanket…oh sorry, serape.

In an effort to try to come up with a way to kill Eve, they do some research in Samuel Colt’s journal.  They realize they need to get the charred ashes of a Phoenix.  Well doesn’t everyone have those lying around?  They have to go back to the late 1800s after seeing Colt’s journal entry about seeing a burning Phoenix.  I loved how excited Dean got over going back to the wild, wild west!  He went shopping and himself and Sam “outfits” so they could fit in.  Hence the serape.   The best part, is when he gets zapped to the past by Castiel, everyone makes fun of him over his blanket (after Bobby, Cas, and Sam already ripped him for it!)  He also gets teased about getting some real clothes if he is going to help out the locals in finding who is melting local police and judges.   They only have 24 hours for fear they could get lost in history. So they have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.

Turns out, a man was wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit and he came back to kill (melt) the men who wronged him.  We also learn that he is the Phoenix.  Dean sets up to meet in a showdown while Sam is off to meet with Samuel to convince him to go with him so he can burn the Phoenix.  Sam meets Colt and tells him he is a hunter from the future.  Colt doesn’t believe him until Sam shows him his Blackberry.  Colt tells him he’s retired but offers to give Sam his colt in order to kill the Phoenix.

Sam rushes back to Dean with the colt and gives it to him to take out the Phoenix.  It works and the bullets from the colt burn him.  As Dean and Sam rush to get the ashes, they are zapped back to the future (unfortunately not in a DeLorean and not with the help of Doc Brown.)  They are so disappointed because they feel like they have failed.  However, while discussing their next move, someone knocks on the door.  A UPS guy is there with a package for Sam.  It’s a package from Samuel Colt!  Samuel left the package at the post office with strict instructions to have the packaged to delivered to Sam at that address on that date.  Sam wonders how Samuel knew his address as he pulls his doo-hickey (as Samuel called the Blackberry) out of the boxes along with a glass jar full of Phoenix ashes.  Nicely done Samuel!!!!  At least there is one Samuel on this show we can depend on!!!!

On the Castiel/War in Heaven front, when the boys originally summon Castiel to help them with going back to 1861 Wyoming, Rachel shows up instead.  She is Castiel’s lieutenant and she has had enough of the Winchesters asking for his help when he has a war he is fighting and they know it.  She gives them a verbal beat down as Castiel shows up to back her down.  Later, they meet up again and Rachel institutes another verbal beat down.  This time Castiel is the brunt of her angst.  She isn’t happy with his recent actions and thinks he is turning into the exact type of angel he is fighting against.  She then begins to fight him with their angels swords.  She wounds Castiel but he ends up killing her.  The problem is, he is injured to the point that he can’t bring the boys back on his own.  He needs to touch Bobby’s soul in order regain strength and get them back.  But it could kill Bobby.  I hate when they do this.  You know they aren’t going to kill Bobby so why bother going there?  Bobby allows the soul touching and Castiel is able to bring the boys back.

I guess you could say this episode moved some of the story arcs forward.  We learned that charred ashes can kill Eve.  Don’t you think that someone as powerful as her would have to have something stronger and more fierce than burned ashes as the reason for your demise?  I would think so.  It seems very pedestrian to me.  But since there has been such little build up to her, maybe it does make sense.  And based off the previews for tomorrow night, it looks like the boys finally meet face-to-face with Miss Eve.  We also learned that the souls are pretty powerful…no one everyone wants them.  But why?  Why does Raphael, Balthazar, or Castiel need or want souls?  It can’t just be for the war in Heaven can it?  Is it something bigger than that?  Death’s conversation with Dean mentioned how powerful the souls are.  Does he play a role in any of this?  Remember Death told Dean he was onto something in regards to the souls.  He said Dean will understand when he needs to but he should keep digging.  So what does Death know (or what did he know at that time) that we still don’t understand?   Because I’m as lost as Dean is.  This is probably the biggest story arc, at this point, that needs to be answered by the end of the season.   I also want to see how everything ties together.  Finally, I am really curious to see how Castiel’s questionable actions are going to come back to potentially harm his relationship with the Winchester Brothers.   He’s doing some bad stuff (we know about the killing of more people to get souls) but what specifically is he doing and why?   And why is he hiding it from Sam and Dean?

Lots to answer Sera.  Can you do it in 4 episodes?   We will see!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in CW, Recaps and Reviews

 

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REVIEW: Supernatural “My Heart Will Go On” S6 E17

While I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, I have to admit that I am starting to get a little frustrated.  There are only 5 episodes left this season and I feel like there are so many questions out there that need to be solved and unless they are going to carry over to next season, I don’t know how they will all get answered in time without being rushed.  Does anyone else feel like that?  I certainly do.  I just feel like this war in Heaven and Eve are all tied into one another but I have no idea how or why and at this point of the season, we are no closer to finding out what the hell is going on.  The only thing that happened this week is we were introduced to Rory Gilmore’s Yale roommate, I mean Fate, and we learned that Castiel is going with “the end justifies the means” motto to win the war in Heaven.  I know people looooooooove Castiel, I’m not one of them.  I wouldn’t say I dislike Castiel, I guess I’m just indifferent to him and never understood the big fuss people made over his character.

This week highlighted a reversal of fate that had huge rippling effects on everyone involved.   You could tell there was something really weird going on when the boys weren’t driving the Impala and Bobby was married.  The most bittersweet moment of the episode was the person Bobby was married to…..Ellen!!!  I really miss Ellen.  She was awesome and kicked some serious ass.  But I was incredibly confused when I saw her again.   Happy as a clam but very confused.  But no one else seemed confused so I thought I missed something.  It wasn’t until the boys were researching a little unknown ship called the Titanic and came across one of the first mates (Mr. I. P. Freely) that it started to make sense.  Angel Balthazar was First Mate Freely and as it turns out, was responsible for UNsinking the Titanic.  This set off a chain reaction of the descendants of the survivors being killed off one by one by Fate.  It also changed the course of time where Ellen and Jo are still alive and Ellen is married to Bobby.  We soon realize that things need to go back to the way they were.  The big reason why?   Fate is seriously pissed off and if Castiel and Balthazar don’t go back and let the Titanic sink the way it was supposed to, then she will kill our Winchester boys.   See Fate is pissed because if angels can suddenly go back and undo events that have already happened, it will render her obsolete.  And Fate, does have a purpose in this world otherwise, God wouldn’t have created her.   So she strikes a deal that if they fix the Titanic mess and she and her sisters are left alone (meaning no one kills them), the Winchester boys are safe.   So that’s exactly what happens.

Now with this whole Titanic mess (like the pun), there was a pretty significant revelation.   Balthazar was not the angel behind the unsinking of the Titanic.  He actually was there to make sure it didn’t happen but he wasn’t the mastermind behind it….Castiel was.   Why?  Because by unsinking the Titanic and having all those passengers survive and therefore have offspring, would allow Fate to go and kill all those people who should have never been born to begin with and he would therefore have more souls to fight the war in Heaven.  Wow.  That’s pretty sinister don’t you think?    Let’s save 2,000 people so we can then kill 50,000 people for their souls!!!  And this is where my frustration really lies.  What the hell is going on in Heaven?  I know it’s a civil war but about what and why?   It’s very possible I am forgetting a big portion of the story (because my memory stinks) so if someone can fill me in, great!   All I remember is that because Michael and Lucifer are trapped in the cage in hell and God is kind of MIA right now, civil war has erupted.  But what are they fighting over?  It can’t be control of Heaven because regardless of where God is, Heaven is His.  I don’t think that’s negotiable.  So are some angels on the side of making sure God keeps control while the other angels are trying a Mutiny on the Bounty approach to take control?   I don’t know.  But I feel like the writers haven’t really cared so why should I?   This war in Heaven has only been brought up maybe 3 or 4 times this season.  And you would think if it is a really big deal, it would have been a little more front and center.   Now, it’s also very possible other things are happening that relate to the war in Heaven but we don’t know about it yet.  I guess what it comes down to is I don’t really care about this war in Heaven because I’m not 100% sure why I should care.

Before we move on to the Eve front, and there isn’t much there to discuss, I want to bring up another question I have.  Why do you need Fate if you have Death and the reapers?  Or is Fate a reaper of sorts?   To me Fate isn’t necessarily a reaper because your destiny doesn’t always have to do with death.  So I can see why you have Fate around, I’m just not sure why she was around in this episode (other than to introduce her to us.)  Remember when Dean made the deal with Death and he had to be a reaper for a day?  Remember during that day, he didn’t want to reap the young girl and that as a result of him not doing so, set off a chain reaction of other people dying whose time it wasn’t yet?   It was a lesson Death was trying to teach Dean that every time he and Sam upset the apple cart and save someone who’s time it was, someone else has to go in their place.   There is system to the universe which they constantly disrupt.  So even though they are saving these people’s lives every week, what they don’t realize is that someone else is dying in their place somewhere else.  Isn’t that sort of what happened with the Titanic?  Those people were saved and now other people are dying.  So wouldn’t the reapers take care of that?   Not Fate?  And if that isn’t the reaper’s job and it is Fate’s to correct, then shouldn’t we have met her sooner in the series due to all the people Dean and Sam saved who shouldn’t have been?  Maybe I’m over thinking it but that’s what I do!   I just find it strange that it wouldn’t have been a reaper to do what Fate was doing.  You would think it would be a partnership of sorts.

My final frustration is the Mother of All/Eve story.  I think she’s the big bad and we have met her once for 5 seconds and saw one of her minions (in the form of a nasty worm) when it was inside Bobby for a short time.   This is another entity where I have no idea what is going on.  She’s pissed off and wants to kill all the humans and replace them with all her people (vampires, werewolves, etc.)   Ok.   Why?   And why now?   Here is another “big” story that was really just introduced to us a few episodes ago and we only have 5 left to figure this all out.  However, of the two “big” storylines (Heaven and Eve) I would think Eve could transition over to next season and the war in Heaven would wrap up this season.  So if this is the set up for next year, I would be ok with that.  But if this is somehow to wrap up in 5 episodes and it isn’t executed well, I won’t be too happy.    So I am going with cautious optimism that this is the set up for a really big story and show down for next season.  But we’ll see.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am still loving Supernatural.  I just wish this season flowed a little better (from the major story arc standpoint.)   Some of the individual episodes have been fantastic!!  But I am not losing hope yet that the last 5 episodes will be epic…as they usually are!

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in CW, Recaps and Reviews

 

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Chaos Premieres Friday April 1st on CBS at 8pm

There are a lot of shows premiering this week.  And by the way, Sunday night is going to be a brutal night because 3 shows are premiering at the same time (The Borgias, The Killing, and The Kennedys….all cable shows.)

This was one of those shows that I heard about last summer but completely forgot about until I saw a commercial for it the other day.  Chaos is about a group of rogue CIA agents that go on all these wacky missions.  It looks hilarious and interesting at the same time.  It stars Eric Close, Freddy Rodriguez, Tim Blake Nelson, and James Murray.  It premieres this Friday April 1st on CBS at 8pm.  Other than Supernatural there really isn’t anything else I watch on Fridays so I am going to check this out.

Preview clip is below so check it out and tune in Friday to see if Chaos is going to be added to your viewing lineup!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in CBS, New Shows

 

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REVIEW: Supernatural “And Then There Were None” S6 E16

I’m not going to lie.   This was not my favorite episode.  In fact I was a bit disappointed.   Not only did one of my favorite characters get killed but the way the Mother of All/Eve was reintroduced to us seemed a bit silly (having people running all over the cannery not trusting who was under her control.)   Not to mention, it seems people got killed in this episode for the sake of being killed.  I don’t know if that was the purpose but that is how it came across.  It was just a very odd episode.

This is the first time we have seen Mother Eve since the virgin episode.  I understand this is the scary big bad, but I’m not buying it.  I’m sorry but she is no Azazel (the Yellow-Eyed Demon) or Lucifer.  Maybe because there hasn’t been a whole lot of time dedicated to her up until this point but I’m not sold on her yet.  And we only have 6 episodes left.   I know there has been a build to this all season but we only got introduced to Mother Eve 4 episodes ago in “Like A Virgin.”  In my opinion, I think if she was going to be the big baddie, we should have been introduced to her, way sooner in the season than episode 12.

The quick version of what happened this week is simple.   Mother Eve sees a trucker at a gas station and shoots the nastiest looking worm you will ever see into his ear from her mouth.   Gross!  Then he goes home and kills his wife.  While investigating that, another man goes on a shooting rampage at a cannery and kills several people.  The shooter gets killed by the cops.  When Bobby goes down to investigate, he bumps into Rufus…..yeah!!!  They do a Supernatural autopsy and find some kind of thick black muck in the guy’s ear.  They’ve never seen (or smelled) anything like that before.  But they figure out the connection between the 2 killers is the cannery.  So all 4 go to the cannery to see what they can find out and guess who is already there?   Gwen and Samuel…..ugh.  There are no pleasantries exchanged (actually more death threats are levied) and Team Winchester starts to question Team Campbell about what they are doing there.  Samuel starts to explain what he knows about Mother Eve and that she hasn’t been around for over 10,000 years.   But she’s back and she’s really pissed off.   She is the Mother of all the creatures that roam the earth (Vamps, Lycans, Ghouls, etc.)  How does he know all that?  I have a lot of respect for Bobby.  Bobby has been around so long he has pretty much seen everything or if he hasn’t, he’s at least heard about it.  This Mother of All was something he knew nothing about and it wasn’t until he had the book made out of skin that he was able to figure out who she was and where she came from.   So how did Samuel know?  Why were he and Gwen at the cannery?  Is he still working for someone to try to get Mary back?  It makes no sense to me.  I don’t trust Samuel a lick and I think the man is up to no good.

Anyhoo, the 6 of them are now in the cannery and guess who is with them?  That nasty little creepy crawler that’s who.  It somehow gets into people’s ears when you are either alone or passed out.  First it attacks Dean since he was sent outside because they couldn’t get him to calm down around Samuel….really who could blame him.  After Gwen gets enlightened to the creep that Samuel is, she goes to talk to Dean who then shoots her in the stomach and takes off.  This starts a domino effect of the group running around in the episode always wondering who has the worm in his ear.  It also starts the domino effect of using this to kill off characters.  As a result, Samuel and Rufus are both killed.

Both deaths piss me off for different reasons.  First, Samuel’s death.  I wanted his death to come from Dean’s hands.  I felt completely gipped.   I knew Samuel would die at some point.  I just think it was complete crap that this is how it happened.  I was really looking forward to the showdown between Dean and Samuel and now we will never have it.  First, it seemed like Sam killed him.  Then he came back to life when Rufus stuck a cranial saw in his head, then Bobby throws him into a faulty outlet and he get electrocuted.  BORING!!!   I can’t believe that is how Samuel met his end.  After everything Dean has been through and after what that bastard did to him and Sam, Dean should have been the one to kill him.  It was wrong on so many levels.  Now let’s talk about Rufus’ death.  I was angry about this because it felt like he died for no reason other than upping the body count.  I really like Rufus and I was really interested in his back story with Bobby.  Now he’s gone.  You brought him back, just to kill him and it suited no purpose.  What was the point of that?  Was it to make me hate Mother Eve more because it didn’t work.  Having the big bad create a worm to do it’s dirty work doesn’t make me fear or hate her more.  It just frustrates me and makes me lose faith in where this storyline is going.

The only thing that came out of this episode was how Bobby and Rufus first met (but still no more insight into what happened in Omaha) and the fact that Mother Eve is here to kill every human and have her creatures ruling the earth over human kind.  Ok.  At this point I say, whatever.  I hate that I have that mentality right now but it’s true.  There are 6 episodes left.  This Mother story really has to start picking up steam and for me, “And Then There Were None” did nothing to advance this story or make it any more intriguing for me.   I have faith in the SN team but I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous about how this is going to play out.  For a final show before a 5 week hiatus, this episode really missed the mark.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in CW, Recaps and Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Supernatural “The French Mistake” S6 E15

Funniest Supernatural I have EVER seen!!  That was fantastic.  Not a whole lot moving forward from a plot standpoint but I really didn’t care because tonight was priceless!

The show starts with Balthazar showing up and giving the boys a key.  The key is to the room that holds all the weapons that he has been collecting.  Raphael is coming after him for it and using the Angel Virgil to do his bidding.  Balthazar set up a plan that sends the boys to a protective universe so Raphael can’t get to them or the key.  Balthazar puts a symbol on the window and pushes the boys through it into their alternate universe.  The clever writers of Supernatural then put the boys in the most amazing and hilarious universe….their real lives!   Sam and Dean are now on the set of the Supernatural TV show as Jensen and Jared.  I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this is.  So you have Jensen and Jared, playing Dean and Sam, playing Jensen and Jared.  CRAZY!!!

I love when SN has episodes like this.  For all the heavy, intense episodes this show has, it pulls off comedy so effortlessly and perfectly.  An episode like this can come off very badly if none done right and aside from the terrific writing, the biggest hats off have to go to Jensen and Jared for making this episode work so well.  It’s such a great payoff for the loyal fans who can appreciate all the inside jokes running throughout the episode!   And by the way, that scene where Dean and Sam have to act as J&J being D&S with Mischa as Castiel…OMG!!!  I couldn’t stop laughing!!!

Unfortunately it wasn’t all fun and games when Virgil was able to find a way bust into the alternate universe. He’s hunting down the boys but thankfully, his powers don’t work so Dean and Sam can beat the tar out of him.  Alas, Bob Singer sees this and thinks J&J are beating up one of the extras so they go pull the boys off him and Virgil escapes with the key.  Yikes!   While D&S are running around getting all the stuff they need to create a spell to get back to their real lives, Virgil is doing the same thing.  As a result, he sees Mischa and thinks he is Castiel and kills him for his neck bone.  D&S show up at the crime scene and talk to a witness about what he over heard.  He tells him about a location that Virgil is supposed to meet up with Raphael.  S&D figure out that is how they can get back to the real world so they head to the location.  Back on set however, Virgil, fresh from his visit to the local Gun-Mart, starts shooting up the set…including Bob Singer and Eric Kripke!!!  Sam distracts Virgil long enough for Dean to tackle him, beat him up again, and steal the key back.   Just then, the same symbol that Balthazar put on their window to get into this world, shows up on one of the set windows and S&D hurl themselves through it, key in hand, to get back home.  At that moment, Raphael, Balthazar, and Castiel all show up since Raph wants the key.  Turns out, sending the boys to TV land, was a set up to trap Raph and give Castiel the time to secure all the weapons.  D&S aren’t too happy about it but Castiel reminds them that the war in Heaven is serious business and that in order to save Heaven, he will do whatever it takes.  After being in TV land, D&S are just happy to be home.

As much as I LOVED this episode, does it feel like we haven’t really moved the S6 story arc forward very much?  The pacing in the first half of the season seemed to be moving very swiftly but now it seems to have come to a complete stop with some small putters forward here and there.  Last week it seemed like we wasted an entire episode revisiting Lisa and Ben to remind us what we already know…because of Dean’s lifestyle, he can’t be with them and he is staying away from them for their own protection and because he loves them.   But it’s over.  So why did we need to waste an episode going through that again?  I’m not sure.   This week, we have a tremendous episode from an entertainment standpoint.  But from a major story arc standpoint, nothing really happened except being reminded that the war in Heaven is big and it’s still happening.  Again, already knew that.  If this big bad Mother of All is supposed to be the big focus, why aren’t they focusing on it?  And is anyone else concerned that we are running out of time this season?  I don’t want this to be rushed.   I hope this big bad storyline starts moving forward because I really want to know why this is relevant and how this connects to the war in Heaven.

But thank you to everyone involved with Supernatural.   What a terrifically fantastic episode and huge shout outs to the cast and crew, especially Jared and Jensen!!!

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in CW, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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REVIEW: Supernatural “Unforgiven” S6 E13

Damn you Supernatural!  Just when I was so excited to have my Sam Winchester back you give me an episode that reminds me just how awful and un-Samlike he was.  Unforgiven takes us back to Bristol, Rhode Island and an old case “Sam” and Samuel worked together a year ago.  5 men mysteriously disappeared and “Sam” and Samuel were on the case.  It appears as if “Sam” has killed someone but we don’t know who.  Before “Sam” and Samuel get out of dodge, they get pulled over by a local cop who greets them pleasantly (since they were posing as FBI agents.)  But when the cop gets suspicious seeing blood all over “Sam”, he goes to arrest them and “Sam” beats the tar out of him and they leave.  We don’t know the whole story but we get bits and pieces in flashbacks.

In present day, Sam gets a strange text message from a number he doesn’t recognize.  The text is a bunch of numbers and it turns out the numbers are coordinates.  Dean looks it up and the coordinates are to Bristol, Rhode Island and he also finds information that 3 girls have gone missing.  Sam wants to go and Dean thinks it’s a bad idea since he has no idea where this text came from.  But they go and as they are driving up, they drive by the “Welcome to Bristol” sign and Sam starts getting flashes of a time with Samuel but he isn’t sure what to make of it.  Dean notices and asks him what’s up.  He tells him nothing.  I hate when the writers play this game.  Dean’s not dumb, he knows something is wrong with Sam, he’s going to find out eventually anyway, blah blah blah.  But Sam doesn’t say anything because he doesn’t want to worry Dean but he will eventually tell him what is really wrong blah blah blah.  Why don’t they skip over all that crap and just be honest with one another?  Ugh.

They stop to get something to eat at the Buccaneer and when Dean goes to the restroom, a couple come over to Sam and say hello to the “Agent.”  He doesn’t remember them but they obviously remember him.  When they go to leave, she gives him “cougar eyes”, as Dean calls it, and Sam flashes to a bathroom where he and the wife are getting it on.  I am so glad real Sam is back.   The more I see of “Sam” the more I hate him.  Meanwhile, when Dean is leaving the bathroom, he notices a wall of pictures highlighting all the pictures of people who gorged themselves on huge pieces of meat.  In one of the pictures, he sees “Sam” in the background.  They get back to the hotel and Dean wants to leave.  Sam doesn’t.  Both boys make valid points.  Dean says that one of dad’s huge rules was don’t hunt in the same place twice because you usually leave a huge mess behind.  Sam reminds Dean that another one of dad’s rules was finish what you start, which apparently “Sam” didn’t do before.  Sam wants to clean up the mess he made and Dean eventually acquiesces.  I think I have to side with Dean here.  It’s too dangerous for Sam to do this even though it may be admirable.  And if Sam wanted to fix every bad situation “Sam” created, they will never move forward and that wall in his head will come down faster than an imploded stadium.

Dean goes to question the last missing girl’s roommate and tells Sam to stay back.   He finds one of “Sam’s” FBI cards in the apartment and asks more about the agent.  She tells him he was there questioning them because one of the men in their building was one of the kidnapped men from a year ago.  She also tells Dean that he was quite fond of her roommate, in the biblical sense.  And we have a new name for “Sam”….”Whore Sam.”  Dean tries to call Sam but gets his voicemail.  He leaves him a message telling him that the missing girls all have one thing in common…they all banged the same dude, you!  Ha!  I love Dean.  The reason Sam didn’t answer his cell was because he went to the police station and promptly gets arrested by the cop he beat up a year ago.  Why Sam would do this is beyond me.  You know you know you have been here before and you are flashing on some bad things you did.  Do you REALLY think it’s a good idea to go to the police station?  Come on Sam!   While in jail, the sheriff’s wife, Brinna, comes over to talk to him and she is stunned that he doesn’t remember her or her missing husband.  She lets him out so he can find out what happened to Roy, her husband.  We then flash to couple from the Buccaneer (bathroom sex woman) and while heading into her basement looking for more box wine, she gets attacked and kidnapped by whatever this thing is.   Looks like Dean was right.

Back at where ever they are staying (which doesn’t look like a hotel room) they hear about another disappearance.  Dean wants to go investigate but tells Sam to stay put considering he just got arrested.  It’s not safe for him to be out.  Does he listen?   Noooooooooo.  He goes to see Brinna to talk more about Roy and what happened.  Sam starts getting flashes again and starts to slowly remember is connection with Roy and Brinna.   He asks to see the case files and he and Brinna start going through them together.  She tells him that she has come to terms with the fact that her husband is dead.  She just wants to know what happened.  Sam tells her that whatever happened, I’m sure he died a hero.  While going through the files, Sam flashes more and we see that he and Samuel thought it was an Arachne (spider) who was taking these people but didn’t know why.  Back in reality, Sam notices evidence that matches that theory and asks Brinna if he can take the evidence with him and she okays it.  With Dean’s suspicions confirmed, he thinks whatever is happening is a trap for Sam and wants to leave.   He meets Sam at Brinna’s and wants to get out-of-town.  As they are leaving, Sam notices the same spidey web crap on Brinna’s porch that he saw in the evidence box.  Could it be that Brinna is the Arachne?  I guess we’ll see!

While packing up, Sam tells Dean his suspicions about what is taking the girls and tells him about the Arachne and what he remembers about his investigation with Samuel.   But to make Dean feel better he tells him, hey, at least I don’t remember anything about hell!  As you can imagine, this doesn’t settle Dean at all!  If anything it makes him more insistent on wanting to leave but it makes Sam more insistent on wanting to stay.  Sam, I love you, but you are driving me crazy!!!  Really, I understand you wanting to right all these wrongs.  I get it.  It’s what makes you, you.   But what is more important, trying to find out wrongs you committed so you can right them (which I don’t think he could do) and possibly kill your self or moving on, accepting it was awful, and doing things moving forward that are good and right and will save your life!  Use your Ivy league education my man!  My pleading doesn’t work and they decide to stay.

Sam’s flashes start getting more detailed with the last being the most disturbing.  He flashes to a plan he had to use Roy as a decoy to attract the Arachne.  Unfortunately, Roy has no idea he is being used as bait.  It works and the Arachne takes Roy.  Samuel wants to hustle to find him but “Sam” says no.  They can track him on his cell phone GPS and find the Arachne’s lair.  Samuel comments about how cold “Sam” is and “Sam” just brushes it off.  They find where Arachne is keeping the men and they are wrapped up in the webbing but are still alive.  While they are trying to cut them loose, Arachne shows up and starts attacking them.  Samuel shoots her but it doesn’t stop her.  “Sam” pulls out a machete and cuts her head off.   That seemed to work just fine.   Note to self, method to kill Arachne, decapitation.  Samuel wants to free all the men but “Sam” tells him no.  He says they are slowing dying painful deaths and the right thing to do is put them out of their misery.  He starts with Roy and tells him he is dying a hero.   That sounds familiar doesn’t it?  “Sam” then goes and kills everyone else while Samuel cringes.  “Sam” then tells Samuel to get the gasoline.

Back in present day, Sam tells Dean everything he has flashed on and what happened.  Sam gets a call from Brinna who has asked her to stop by her house.  When he hangs up he tells Dean something is wrong, so they head to her house.   When they get there, Brinna lets them in and Brinna tells Sam that she knows what he did to Roy.   Just then, at very scary looking Roy comes out and attacks them and cocoons them.  Roy then tells them how he is still roaming around.  Thank God because I was very curious myself!  The reason the female Arachne came to town was that she wanted to breed with them.  So she has already turned them when “Sam” and Samuel “killed” them.  Then Roy makes a rookie mistake and he James Bonds him.  Meaning he tells him word for word how he is going to destroy him instead of actually doing it.   Dumb.  Dean is able to get free and goes after him.  Sam is still trapped and surprisingly, Brinna frees him so he can save Dean.   He grabs a machete and in Groundhog Day form, chops Roy head off.  When they go to leave, he tries to apologize to Brinna for what happened and she slams her door in his face.  This is why I was surprised she helped him.  If she was that pissed he set her husband up to be killed, wouldn’t you rather have you husband (even though he really isn’t Roy anymore but a spider) kill him vs. helping to free him so he can kill Roy?  I know her husband as she knew him is dead, but still.  I thought it was strange.

Packing up to leave, Sam tells Dean he was right.   Yeah no shit we have all been trying to tell you that for a while assface!!!   Ugh, he drives me nuts sometimes!!!  Dean says at least they were able to kill the Arachne.  But that comment made me think…what about the other 4 guys from that day?    Aren’t they still out there?   And what about the girls?   They may have killed one but it seems there are many more out there.  I’m just saying.  But when Dean is talking to Sam, he notices Sam collapse to the floor having a seizure.  We get to see inside Sam’s head and we see Sam in hell being burned alive.   Yikes!!!  This is going to end badly, I have a feeling!

Comments

I hope this isn’t want Part 2 of this season will turn into…Sam constantly wanting to make up for what “he” did and Dean trying to stop him but eventually relenting and supporting Sam.   I know I say this a lot, but I agree with Dean 100%.  Sam wasn’t Sam last year.  He didn’t do these things, his body did.  Personally, I fully believe that you aren’t who you are without your soul.  Your soul is everything that makes you, you and your body is just the vessel used to express it.  And that’s what happened.  Sam without his soul is just “Sam” the vessel, not the real Sam.  So Sam is wrong when he says it doesn’t matter if his body had his soul or not because he still did those things.  No he didn’t.   He is 100% wrong.  If his body didn’t have his soul, he didn’t do those things…it is that simple.  But I can appreciate that it’s still hard to come to terms with because other people who he has wronged don’t know that.  They see his body and accuse him of being the horrible person he was because they don’t know the story (nor would they believe it if they heard the truth.)  Hopefully after this experience, he will listen to Dean and stay away from ANY areas he was once in so he doesn’t have to deal with the memories and risk “scratching the wall.”  This is one area Samuel could make it up to them for screwing them earlier in the season.   Samuel should tell Sam and Dean every place they went over the last year so Sam can avoid them at all costs.

So what did the end of this episode mean?  The boys are Supernatural so I feel 99.9% comfortable is stating that I don’t think Sam will die (permanently.)  We just spent the first half of the season with “Sam” and from some other sites I read who comment on the show and also read the comments other fans post, it seems not too many people liked first half “Sam” and are happy the real Sam is back.  I would be really surprised if the writers eventually lead to the end of this season with Sam going back to “Sam.”   I have to think Dean, Sam, and Bobby will find a way to keep Sam safe and maintain real Sam.  I don’t know how at this point but there will be something.  That’s obviously expected so it would be interesting if they went another direction but I doubt that would happen.

What do you think?  Should the writers take Sam in another direction or back to a darker Sam like before but maybe not as extreme?  Or was what happened at the end of Unforgiven just a smoke screen to keep us on our toes?

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2011 in CW, Recaps and Reviews

 

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