Sunday, 4 December 2016

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thinky Thoughts on 12x07 Rock Never Dies




I'm going to be honest with you.  I enjoy MOTW episodes more than I do the myth arc eps.  I'm not saying I don't enjoy the myth arc stuff, I'm just saying that I'd rather spend my time watching the boys save people and hunting bad things that go bump in the night.  When I watch a MOTW ep, I compare it to sitting in my nice comfortable warm den that has a soft couch, a big tv and it's small enough, but not too small, that you just feel cozy in it.  When I watch a myth arc ep, it's more like the "for show" living room that has nice comfortable furniture in it, but it's just basically used for company.  It's bigger, cooler and has no tv.  A  nice place to be if you want quiet or want to read, but not really as cozy as the den.  It just doesn't have the same warmth.   I'm not saying I didn't like this episode, I did.  It's just that I found myself, by the hour's end, ready for another MOTW episode.  I just find that those eps not only have more of the boys, ( I totally get that these eps give them time off) but I feel there's more of an intimacy to them. There are more broments, there's more emotion, it's just, for me, more of everything that I love about our show.

Now that all that has been needlessly said, let's get to it shall we. 😋

On the surface this seems like a cat and mouse chase.  Lucifer is on the loose, once again wreaking havoc, and the boys with the help of Cas and Crowley are trying to find him and stop him. I do think however there was a bit more to this ep than the mere chase. This seemed to me to be
another family themed episode. What seems to be at play here is Lucifer and his resentment towards his once again absent Father. Just when Lucifer thought his Father had meant what he said when he apologised, and that they would forge a new relationship, God left and went off with Amara, to try and renew that relationship. Now we have a Lucifer who is even more enraged, believing that His Father only said what he'd said to simply get what he wanted.  Now Lucifer is not only feeling abandoned, but he believes he was just being used by his Father, which has him so hurt and furious that he's taking it all out on God's toys, his creation, humans.  Lucifer and his unresolved Daddy issues emerge once again.

Is this about Lucifer wanting the love and adoration he had when it came from his Father and his brothers?  This was the question I had begun to ask myself.  Lucifer was the most beautiful of all God's angels.  He was loved by his Father and he was adored by his brothers.  Was one of the reasons that Lucifer was so taken with Sam's vessel in part due to the love and adoration John had for Sam?  They may have butted heads, but it was clear how much John loved Sam.  Now Lucifer chooses another vessel that brings him love and adoration by millions, that kind of power is kind of God-like in a manner of speaking. Lucifer claims he has no plans, that he's just having fun but is it as simple as that?  Is it merely Lucifer having yet another temper tantrum? Is he trying to get his Father's attention once again?  Does Lucifer want to become God himself? How far will he go to get it?👿

 So, did Sam break anyone else's heart?  He was so genuinely sad at the loss of someone he had admired since adolescence.  Worse than that, he is beginning to not only feel responsible for the loss,  but of the loss of the others as well. What's even more heartbreaking is that he seems as though he's losing hope that they can stop Lucifer. He has battled Lucifer for so long in one way or another, that I fear Lucifer might be wearing Sam down.   I was so happy that Dean not only sensed Sam's despair but came out all guns blazing with his promise that they will in fact stop Lucifer.  Dean did the same thing back in S8 when Sam was beginning to lose all hope after Crowley had killed Sarah.   I just hope Sam believes it.  Sam does have a point though.  Lucifer might not have a grand plan or a specific name for it, like Apocalypse, but the result is the same, the loss of human life on a grand scale.  The only difference I see at the moment, is that it is slower than one grand battle between him and Michael and there is no paradise on Earth when he's finished. 


I don't think that Sam will be the one to make the sacrifice this time, not that he might not make the offer. The Devil in the Details seemed to solidify Sam's determination never to be Lucifer's bitch again. He also seemed to come to the understanding, that being Lucifer's vessel would only result in mass destruction. I don't think Mary was simply brought back so that Dean can have his dream of what his family would be like with mom could be dashed. Mary is the one who started all of this by making a deal with Yellow Eyes. Mary's return to earth by Amara could very well be a gift to Dean, but not the one he thinks. Amara said that she wanted to give Dean what he needed, as he had done for her. Maybe it's not about Mom at all. Maybe what Dean has needed, what he often said he's wanted is Sam safe. I need you to be safe that's what I need. I want you to have a normal life. How many times has he said this to Sam? I need him and he needs me. The only thing Dean has ever really needed was his brother. A life with him, whatever that life may be. So maybe the purpose of Mary is to give Dean what he has always needed and at the same time allowing Mary to finish her unfinished business. I think Mary will be the one to give Dean what he needs. She will be the one to make the sacrifice that Sam might be willing to make himself. Mary will be the one to trap Lucifer....perhaps in the cage? perhaps in the empty....her reward though will be mercy, as promised by Billie, at least that's this girl's humble opinion.

Dean perspective is always a nice touch, at least that's what I got the sense that we were supposed to be getting.  Lucifer and his reaction to his absent father vs. Dean and his to his mom taking time away just after she finally returned.  Do really like that Dean is interacting with his mom and is less angsty about  it all and getting to understand more that it's not them, it's her.

Jared and Jensen were even more stunning than usual, what a visual pleasure to see them in t shirts and leather.  The time they spent in the impala was hysterical.   Dean going on and on and Sam not hearing a word of it had me grinning from ear to ear.  Sam trying to hide the fact that he was listening to Vince Vincente by telling Dean that is was a history podcast was delicious, but not as delicious as Sam standing up for himself and his love of the music all the while making Dean listen to it as he regards it as research.  The person on Twitter was right, this is the first time ever that "shotgun picked the music and driver shut his cakehole". A moment to treasure for sure.  We had to give one to Sam, after all Dean did finally get a chance to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors.😁  The entire scene was a triumph.    I also enjoyed Dean's guitar playing and was hoping that he would play a little louder, but I guess that would be a little too Jensen and a little less Dean. 😝  I will admit that I was a bit confused by Dean's inconsistent reaction to LA because in Hollywood, Babylon, he noted how he loved that town.  I squeed just a bit when Lucifer tried to keep everyone from escaping and then there's SamFuckingWinchester  with those broad shoulders using all his might to keep the doors from closing...holy hell, all the man needed was a cape and a huge S on his chest. 😍 I have no doubt what so ever that Sam will always beat Lucifer.🙆

I did enjoy Cas and Crowley working together.  I also love that Crowley has so many connections in LA.  Makes total sense if you ask me. I do miss badass Crowley though.  I mean, he is still the King of Hell is he not?  At the very least, is he still not a badass demon?  I just didn't get how Crowley would take no for an answer when the agent refused to give him the address of Vince's secret concert. Crowley has killed in the past for less.  It was very much for me a WTF moment. 😨  I didn't really like the LA feel of the episode.  It's one of the reasons it felt so cold. Perhaps it was supposed to? If that was the intention than it worked like a charm. I did like the call back to SS when Cas called Lucifer "assbutt", but I must say I thought Cas seemed the least powerful out of all of them and he's an angel.  Though he is getting better with the comebacks...I laughed out loud when he told Dean..."at least I don't look like a lumberjack".  Hee Hee😇

I liked Rick Springfield's stint as Lucifer, he brought a sense of menace back again.  I'm just sorry that it all boils down to Lucifer and his Daddy issues once again.  I know that Lucifer cannot die, but I think the time has come to put Luci back in the box.  The Lucifer story has pretty much played itself out I think and the boys should either get him back in the cage, or get him to the empty, but it's time to put this story to rest once and for all.   There is plenty of bad out there for the boys to deal with.  There are monsters and the BMOL's.  I think it's time to have the boys start dealing with that again, you know get back to the nice cozy warm den. 😜

Everyone did a great job and the boys ....well they were just freakin' beautiful beyond beautiful....😵💞  That pretty much covers it. 

Til next week.  Thanks for reading.  Hope to hear from you.

-Anna

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 12x07 "Rock Never Dies"

- by sweetondean



I swear I typed Rick Never Dies like 5 times before I managed to type Rock! Heh. Welcome to this week's Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Memes Preview!

This is the 2nd last episode before the 6 week midseason break. 6 FRACKIN' WEEKS!

6. FRACKIN'. WEEKS







THEN

Jody didn't die
Mary didn't die

PHEW! BECAUSE I WAS A BIT WORRIED FOR A MINUTE!

Sam and Dean are legendary legends

WENDIGO!


NOW

Lucifer is back...and rocking out!




Okay - let me ask you a question, how come when I go to gigs, NO ONE EVER LOOKS LIKE THIS! LIKE EVER. Seriously. Ridiculous looking humans.... IN T-SHIRTS AND LEATHER I MEAN GOD DAMN DEAN IS IN A V-NECK HOLY FREAKIN' COW I CAN'T EVEN USE PUNCTUATION I'M SO OMGGGGGG!



Let's check out the synopsis!

Rock Never Dies 

RICK SPRINGFIELD ROCKS OUT AS LUCIFER – Lucifer (Rick Springfield) realises that as rock star Vince Vincente, he can get his fans to do whatever he wants. Thrilled with this power, Lucifer arranges to play a secret VIP concert in order to kill all of them. Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) enter the underbelly of the music industry to try to stop him. Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Robert Berens (1207).

Great director, great writer! EXCITEMENT! Eduardo Sanchez - best know for The Blair Witch Project, last directed the awesome The Chitters. And Robert "Bobo" Berens has been with the show since season 9 - and is one of Supernatural's senior writers. This is his second episode this season, having written the soul crushing, The Foundry.

Also...my mind boggles at Cas entering the underbelly of the music industry!


So far, I've loved Rick Springfield's Lucifer (maybe not when he looks like this, but you know.) I feel like Lucifer is truly evil again. Rick said he never watched any other portrayal of Lucifer on the show, because he didn't want to be influenced by another actor's performance. And this Lucifer definitely feels different and definitely feels like he's scarier. I think we got complacent with Lucifer - now he feels like more of a wild card, and I like it. His deep and meaningful with his dad mustn't have helped him any!

Obviously Lucifer doesn't remain looking like something from the movie Slither... He gets his rock star groove back! So let's check out the promo....



Hmmmm. I'll try not to pass judgement on the promo.... (she says passing judgement by saying she's trying not to...)

This is not the first time Dean has complained about hair rock! I mean, he's already teased Sam about his brother liking Vince Vincente's third album....then there was that time back in season 2...

Dean: REO Speedwagon?
Jo: Damn right REO. Kevin Cronin sings it from the heart.
Dean: He sings it from the hair. There's a difference.

But of course, that led to this... (before Jensen was told that Dean wouldn't be a good singer...) Me thinks Dean doth protest too much!




I wonder if we'll hear Rick/Lucifer sing? I wonder what that glowy blue knife is that Lucifer is holding. I wonder if Cas gets a better outfit to enter the underbelly of the music industry....





It's forever going to weird me out that we seem to be hanging with Crowley now...  Guys, KING OF HELL AND A RIGHT (albeit lovable) BASTARD! *sigh* I think everyone's forgotten....


So....of course, we all know what comes now...

ME WAITING FOR THIS WEEK'S SNEAK PEAK!



I'm super excited for this week's episode. I missed our show last week! I feel like we're just getting into the swing of the season and BAM! IT'S NEARLY BREAK TIME! Though it does mean we have 15 episodes in the second half of the season which is exciting!



Okie dokie - be back laters with sneak peek awesomeness! Please stare at this until then....




Or maybe this....




I'm back!

With a sneak peek that gives us nothing about the episode but is one of those moments in the bunker that I love! Just hanging out! Being boys! I really do want a whole ep in the bunker. Like Baby was all in the car - we could have a bunker episode! YES/YES????  Just following the boys around the bunker. YES/YES/YES????? Oh the things we might see! Might need a bit of work on the story..... BUT REALLY, JUST HANGING OUT WOULD BE FINE! We could be like flies on the wall. Sigh. I'd love that episode.







Dean and his mum playing fake Words with Friends. ADORABLE. I like. Notice that the letters that show up for Dean after his twerking play, spell Lucifer.... LURIFEC.... Nice one! And Dean uses a devil face emoji. I CAN NOT EVEN WITH DEAN WINCHESTER RIGHT NOW! Also, Dean knows what snapchat is? DOES HE HAVE AN ACCOUNT, BECAUSE SERIOUSLY HE WOULD LOOK ADORABLE WITH SOME OF THOSE FILTERS! Can someone make some of those up for me? Pleasssseeeee and thank you!

Enjoy the epi every one!

REMEMBER - RICK NEVER DIES! ROCK! ROCK NEVER DIES! Heh.





Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Review - Supernatural 12x06 Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox




Hello…. is anyone still with me?

Sorry about how late I am with this review. Some of you know that my day job is a creative one, I’m a promo producer/creative manager in network TV, and sometimes (a lot of the time), that role is very full on and exhausting, and sometimes (rarely thankfully), it burns me out to the point that I can’t gather the brain matter to do anything outside of work. That’s basically where I’ve been lately, ridiculously tired - but with a new episode this week, I’m putting on my big girl pants and remembering that I love writing these reviews, and I shouldn’t let other stuffs stop me, so here I am!



Celebrating The Life of Asa Fox was another fab episode by another new writer, with spot on boys, a dollop of history, characters we love, new characters we’d love to see again and lots of lovely feels! Good work Steve Yockey!

We discovered, through the introduction of the Asa character, that Mary Winchester never really gave up hunting. The beginning of this episode was set in 1980, a year after Dean was born, and Mary was out on a hunt…. in Canada! She said she was tying up loose ends, but I got the distinct feeling - as Sam says later - hunting is in her blood and giving up the job, is not an easy thing - it looks like she never really did.

She rescued Asa from a werewolf, which drew back the curtain for him, leading him to a life of hunting things that go bump in the night (and Mary adulation), which eventually led to his death - but on the plus side, allowed us to attend his wake and to visit the hunter community, which we’ve not done very often, and which I always love! I love it when we meet new hunters and see how they manage their lives.


I could have watched an entire episode of the boys hanging out with Jody. For a start, I just love that after a hunt, all stinky, they decided to swing by Jody’s to check in and say hi. I love that Jody, in her pjs, day drinking, about to plonk down to watch Netflix, welcomed them in (told them they were stinky), and straight away offered to feed them. I love that Jody is comfortable enough with the boys and herself, that she stays in her pjs, and stays with her chick flick! I love that the boys are so comfortable with Jody, that Sam is practically horizontal on the couch - seriously, I’ve never seen Sam so relaxed, pizza plate on his tummy, teasing his big brother with a huge amount of little brother glee, about Dean’s animated Japanese erotica hobby “be proud of your hobbies, it’s what makes you you” (fandom anyone?)! Sam is snickering into his pizza the whole time and I love it. I LOVE IT!

The fact that the boys have a place like this that they can go to and completely shake off the hunt, with someone who cares about them, understands them, knows their history and doesn’t judge them, is just amazing. I adore it, and I adore they have this relationship with Jody.

And it plays both ways, because they know Jody and they know Jody’s history, and when Jody finds out about Asa dying, the boys make it seem like she’d be doing them a favour if she let them tag along with her, when all of them really know, that they are going with Jody to support her and so she doesn’t have to drive herself TO CANADA when upset. All three of them read the situation perfectly, and even though you know Jody knows exactly what they’re doing, she’s thankful for their support.

I love Jody, Sam and Dean’s friendship. The boys don’t have a lot of friends, and Jody is one hell of a good one, and it warms my heart that they all have each other.


Getting to see the hunter community gathering to remember one of their own was such a treat. We know other hunters are out there, we know they sometimes team up and work together, Sam and Dean sometimes meet them along the way, but we also know it’s a pretty solitary existence - so to see them all together with their Wendigo drinking game was a blast. The idea that there are all these hunters out there doing the work, busily saving humanity is such an awesome concept. And I sooooo dug that Sam and Dean are hunter famous! You could tell Dean took a little bit of pleasure in the Winchesters being legendary! I mean, oh course they would be - at least now it’s not for starting the apocalypse or anything like that though! Dean’s famous for being dead over and over - it didn’t take - and Sam, for being possessed by Lucifer! Sam’s fanboy needs to learn some boundaries….not that it mattered, because later he was a goner.

That’s another thing I loved about this ep - the demon was an evil son of a bitch. I mean, I think we’ve got quite complacent about demons, what with Crowley and some of the other less than scary ones, but this demon, a crossroads demon called Jael, was a bastard! The neck snap for one was particularly nasty, but who didn’t shit themselves when Mary and Sam were in paying respects to Asa when blood dripped on him from the ceiling! I literally inhaled a huge gasp at the familiar horror of that scene. So perfectly awful. This was good demon - meaning that he was bad - jumping from meatsuit to meatsuit, trying to play the hunters off each other. When it was obvious Jody was possessed, man….I was screaming at my TV not to kill her. I was freaking out. If they ever kill Jody…I’m not sure how I would cope with that!


I felt the same about Billie showing up when we knew Mary was there. I thought - surely not, not yet anyway. There has to be more point to Mary’s inclusion in this season than for her just to die a few eps in, so I was glad to see she told Billie that the reaper would have to wait, regardless of how Mary is feeling, of how she feels like she doesn’t fit in this new world. I think that was a whacking great bit of foreshadowing though…pretty sure at some point later this season, Billie will reap Mary.

The way Billie said “Winchesters.” Haha! The thing is, in some ways she’s ended up having an odd relationship with the boys, just like her boss Death did. She may say there are no second chances - and probably means it - but she’s not adverse to helping them, whether it’s organising the souls for the Amara bomb, or in this episode, helping Dean get back inside the house when he was supernaturally locked out and separated from Sam (yelling for Sam and throwing things at the door like it would help!). She says Dean owes her…it’ll be interesting to see if she collects. Her relationship with Sam and Dean has become quite complicated - maybe she’d like some pickle chips!

Of course Dean was outside because he’d stepped out to think (and drink), after the surprise appearance of Mary. Through these scenes it was lovely to see how well Dean is understood by those who know and love him. Sam stopping Mary from following her elder son, because he knew that Dean just needed a moment to collect himself and be alone. Jody saying exactly the right thing when confronting Dean. She calls him out, but then says how she would feel if in the same situation, knowing that it was exactly what Dean was feeling - what he is afraid of - and saying it in words and in a way which allows Dean to hear it and to tentatively own it, without having to admit to it….“Yeah?” I love how Jody offers an ear and a heart to Dean, she did it when he came back from being a demon, and she does it again here.


Sam when speaking to Mary, also knows exactly what Dean is feeling - that he is scared, scared of being rejected, scared of losing Mary again, scared that maybe he’s not the son she thought he’d be, that she would want, scared that maybe she’s not the mum he thought she’d be, what he wants. I love that Sam knows Dean so well. It’s interesting too, that Sam is almost the peacemaker role between Mary and Dean, where as Dean was the peacemaker between Sam and John.

Sam also reads Mary well enough to know that no matter what, she can’t give up hunting, she couldn’t in 1980 and she can’t now, like her sons, it’s in her blood. I truly love the place Sam has come to with hunting, there’s a peace in Sam this season - I think that’s why he could blob out on the couch so well! He even thinks about a future after hunting - not running away from hunting, but possibly surviving it. Dean being in a bad place emotionally right now, has fallen back on the die bloody feels - even though we know both boys have thought about the possibility of surviving this whole thing….and possibly retiring to a nice retirement home!

And then everyone went for bacon - except Jody, even though Sam and Dean were her ride! I loved to see Mary snuggled into Sam as they walked to the car. His face all lit up when she said she was coming home, then dropped when she said, but not yet. This time it was Dean who offered the olive branch in the shape of “all the bacon”. There was some peace in how they all came together - baby steps in what is a new and weird relationship, no matter how they are related. It felt good, and I think Dean’s going to be cool with eating pie now, next time Sam offers it!


I really loved this episode. I loved all the characters, from Asa and his backstory, to Asa’s mum, to the massively hot witch twins - please let's see them again because they were awesome - to Bucky, who turned out to be the real murderer - another human monster. It’s always been a theme in Supernatural, the grey lines between the monsters and the human monsters, but this season it’s seriously pronounced! Between the British Men of Letters, the nasty religious zealots family, Mr Ketch and now Bucky, human monsters are definitely the thing du jour of season 12! This was also another mother heavy episode, with Mary, who is not at all happy that her boys were raised hunters, and Mrs Fox, who was also very unhappy about Asa following Mary’s footsteps into the job. Mrs Fox did come to a better place with it all at the end of the episode though, so maybe Mary can too. The other recurring theme of this season which kept coming up, was Lucifer. It was mentioned more than once that Sam was Lucifer’s vessel - another bit of foreshadowing maybe? Human monsters, mothers, Billie, and Lucifer - I feel like all these things need to be written down, because there will be a pop quiz later!


All in all - it was kind of an optimistic episode with kind of an optimistic ending - pretty much a happy ending in Supernatural terms (well, not for Asa or the hunters that copped it!) Happy Winchesters and bacon! The boy’s lives are far less chaotic this season….so far….I’m sure that will change….I mean, there are only 2 eps until the midseason break! I figure chaos is on the way! But it’s nice to see Sam and Dean in a place of peace with each other - that seems to rub off on all aspects of their lives, and everything feels just a little less dark. Gosh I love that they’re getting along and all that. I love it.

Okie dokie…only a couple more days until the new ep - a bit of Lucifer and boys in leather jackets!

See you back here then! I promise!

-sweetondean


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - Supernatural Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox




Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox







There have been a lot of things happening in the real world, some good and some bad. I don't know about you but watching Supernatural makes me feel better. I would not call it escaping, even though I know many people would want to do it, even me. But the thing is. Hunters do not hide. They do not escape. They fight. They fight against monsters and those that are bad and do people harm. I am sure they are afraid too because that is healthy. That makes hunters survive and live to see another day. In this episode they were prisoners and they fought together and won. They would have lost otherwise. All in all the entire episode felt also like a trip back home and to old memories.


















Details

Title               Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox
Episode           Season 12, Episode 6
First aired       November 17, 2016
Directed by     John Badham
Written by       Steve Yockey
Monster           Jael, werewolf
Location(s)      Emerson, Manitoba, Canada
                        Sioux Falls, South Dakota


















Story

This week the story starts from Mary's old case where she saves a boy from a werewolf. Mary is driving a sweet Camaro! Then we get a montage about Asa Fox's life with a pretty cool tune. The montage was impressive and it made me fall in love with Asa. Of course my happiness was short lived as he was killed. I think I sighed deeply when I said "seriously". From that the story moves to present day to Sam and Dean dropping into Jody's place. I truly adore Jody Mills. They enjoy some together time until Jody gets a call that her friend Asa is dead. The boys offer to go as support with her and also so they could finally attend a hunter's wake. It is a great opportunity for them; maybe once in a lifetime opportunity.




Another great song follows when they head out and believe it or not. This time they really visit Canada. The front yard is full of cars and two motorcycles. Asa's house is full of hunters and it seems the boys are sort of legendary among them! They are playing an awesome "Wendigo" drinking game while meeting Elvis, not that Elvis, Bucky and hunter twins. Jody had a "thing" with Asa and a murder occurs after Mary enters the scene. We also hear a motorcycle leave when the hunters vacate the building.

Dean and Sam introduce Mary to Jody, and Jody's reaction was so awesome. The family time doesn't end that well when Dean heads out to get some fresh air and Sam tries to mend fences between him and Mary. Jody offers her help to listen if Dean needs it.

Asa's mom is not happy her son was a hunter and she blames Mary for Asa going down the hunter road. Sam and Mary go check Asa's body and find a body on the ceiling very reminiscent to the pilot. This was creepy, very CREEPY. They head to warn the others but they get locked in the house by magic. The water has been shut off. It seems the crossroad demon that killed Asa is inside with them. Dean is confronted with Billie the Reaper when he tries to get in the house. The demon was inside Alicia but it bailed and Dean made a deal with Billie to get inside and back to Sam.



The demon is now inside Elvis and Dean fights with him while frantic about his brother's whereabouts. Elvis gets his neck snapped and Jael, the crossroads demon, escapes. The rest of the gather together when the lights go off, and they all pull out flashlights and lighters to light up the room. This made me chuckle so much, hunters! They prepare a demon trap from ash and Mary fetches the angel blade. The hunter twins are awesome by the way. Jody sees Mary acting suspiciously and she claims Mary is Jael and tries to get Sam and Dean to kill her. That is suspicious so they guess Jody is actually possessed. This made me panic. Do not kill her, Show! Mary tries to attack her but Sam saves Jody. A fight ensues and Jael pins everyone on the floor. 

Jael tells everyone's secrets, Asa was the twin's father, the mother tried to keep Asa from hunting, and Jody wanted a life with Asa. Bucky reveals that he killed Asa by accident while all the hunters exorcise Jael. They finally make the funeral pyre and Jody has the final conversation with Mary. Mary is struggling, and Billie offers to deliver Mary back to heaven. Mary says she needs to wait and Billie exits stage right, as the cool lass as she is. The Winchester trio head out to breakfast. 



















Characters

The chatter out there about the characters in this episode has been very positive and I agree. Every character was spot on. Bucky was great so it is a shame he was the human monster in this hour. The one I liked the most was Asa Fox. It is a shame he died because I would have loved to see more of him on Supernatural. A hunter that chose hunting without any dramatic boost to it was refreshing. This leads us to his children the twins. They were great too and I hope we see them again. It was interesting to see good witches and I hope they don’t get on the BMoL’s radar. Asa’s mother was grief stricken and harsh but her attitude changed in the long run. It is always a joy to see Jody and her interactions with Mary and the boys was priceless.... and helpful. 




















Set design

We got to see Jody’s living room again and also we got an intimate glance into her bedroom. Claire and Alex were not home this time around. Her house is cozy and warm and it really felt like Sam and Dean were visiting their “other mother”. Sam and Dean feel at home in her house, as they slouch on her couch. 

The main attraction though is Asa’s house. We saw the front yard a few times during the episode. The house from outside is pretty sweet looking old house. We also get a grand tour inside the house covering a lot of rooms as scenes take place in them. A few scenes happen at the entrance but we also have a look at a corridor, study, living room, pool room and kitchen. We even have a look at Asa's room. 



I can’t remember an episode where we had so many rooms in a house covered. Not this thoroughly anyway. One episode I can remember that comes close to that is 1.09 Home. In old times they did use a lot the rooms of houses. Another example of this is 1.03 Dead in the Water.




















Props

We had some cool and meaningful props in this episode. Was anyone surprised like I was that Asa actually had an angel blade? There was also all those postcards to Mary. The thing is that I felt that Asa’s hunts, the angel blade and the clips on the wall have something to do with the unfinished business Mary was doing. Are we going to have a secret on the way? When I saw that angel blade I actually thought if it was the one she used in the garage when Anna attacked and Asa hunted it down? And Mary came to find it to well, maybe ultimately to hunt Lucifer and kill him because of what he did to her family? 

Other much bigger props were the sweet cars and motorcycles in this episode. Mary had that sweet Camaro and Asa had his Jeep. If I would win the lottery I would buy. 1. 1967 Chevrolet Impala and 2. A Jeep like that. But there were others on the yard too. There were seven cars in total. The interesting part was the motorcycles. Behind the jeep was one and that was driven by a woman. The one in front of the impala had a male driver and also you can hear a motorcycle sound later when the hunters leave. You can’t really make it out who the driver is or the details on the bike but I wonder if Mr. Ketch joined the wake in disguise.  How creepy would it be if he had been there among them and they didn't know? Then he would also know about the twins.





















Music

Roll on Down the Highway by Bachman-Turner Overdrive plays under the montage of Asa in the beginning and I loved it! When the Winchesters and Jody roll on to the yard Man in the Box by Alice in Chains plays inside the house. Both songs are my favourites and very fitting to a hunter full episode.

This part especially of the lyrics of Roll on Down the Highway fits hunter life pretty well don’t you think?

"We rented a truck and a semi to go
Travel down the long and the winding road
Look on the map, I think we've been there before
Close up the doors, let's roll once more"

Here is the short +/- rundown for Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox

+ Music
+ Billie
+ Jody
+ Alicia Banes and Max Banes
+ Hunters
+ Sam and Dean are legends among hunters
+ Wendigo drinking game
+ Scary Jael

- Asa Fox killed (This was a real bummer)
- Bucky being a bad guy
- Few canon hiccups or conveniences, nothing big

-/+ The story hints






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See you all after the small hiatus!