Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell




Opening words

Season 12 feels like a trip to the memory lane to the wide history and lore the show has. I can’t complain because I love it, but also I hope that they are not tying up loose ends because they have the series end in sight! Whatever the reason is I am enjoying the hell out of it. In the newest episode we got some new lore about Lucifer and Hellhounds and also a glance at Winchesters wearing eyeglasses. That's always a plus in my book. Also how awesome it is that Crowley has balls of steel! He totally played Lucifer. Also we heard a familiar name we haven’t heard oh… for 7 seasons! I wonder will we see the same actor to play Joshua.

But for now, let’s get on with the show!  

















Details

Title: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
Episode: 12.15
First aired: March 9, 2017
Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado
Writer:  Davy Perez
Monster: Hellhound
Timeline: Two weeks after 12.14 The Raid
Location(s): Sheridan County, Nebraska, Lebanon, Kansas, Fall River, Massachusetts, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


















Story

Outside a couple is hiking and camping on a very wet day. Seriously, there is mud everywhere. We can see that the man and the woman have different priorities on their relationship. The man is going to propose to the woman. The woman, Gwen finds the ring at the camping site. Meanwhile her boyfriend is attacked by something as he is getting wood. He runs to warn her and he is killed by an invisible assailant. Gwen wounds the monster with her axe and then she runs away.



Back at the bunker Sam and Dean come back after many successful hunts. Dean is carrying "Lucille" the barbed wire covered baseball bat, and he is quite dirty from the hunts which the boys banter about. I like the reference to The Walking Dead, Negan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan but I know some fans didn't. They get another case from Sam's "computer" and Dean heads to the shower before they head out again. Oh Sam, you are clearly lying! But I truly love to see the brothers doing day to day normal domestic stuff; that there's more to their lives than just hunts.

After the cleaning up done they head out to the crime scene. Did I already say it was muddy?! Dean talks with Cas who is following a lead to find Kelly Kline. Cas is at the diner where she was attacked. He talks to the waiter, with his FBI badge upside down. He's then confronted by the creepy conspiracy theorist restaurant owner who leads him into the back room. Cas, what have the boys told you about following creepy guys to an isolated weird back room?! The owner though has the whole attack on tape, which Cas proceeds to take with him. He has had enough of the man!


Back with the Winchesters, there's no body and the sheriff says that the boy was probably attacked by a bear and not what Gwen described to be an invisible wolf. The Winchesters head to Gwen's house and she is mourning and feeling guilty. They talk about what they're going to say to her, and Dean sassily suggests: “No, seriously, Sam, what are we gonna say? - Hi, my name is Sam Winchester, and this is my much handsomer brother, Dean. We hunt monsters, oh and that guy you were banging, we’re pretty sure he made a deal with a demon, so a hellhound came and dragged his soul to Hell. But you, you’re cool. And since there’s nothing around for us to kill, peace out.” The Hellhound follows the boys inside when they enter the house and when Gwen tosses them out it attacks her. Sam and Dean come back when they hear her yell, and save the day.

In Hell Crowley is taunting Lucifer who is having none of it, and he threatens Crowley. Crowley says that he is always ten steps ahead of Lucifer. After that we get two of Crowley's minions knock on the door and ask him to attend to some duties. Meanwhile the boys ask if Gwen made a deal 10 years ago and she said no and her boyfriend didn't either. And that is how Crowley enters the scene. Crowley is taking care of a demonic dispute when he gets a call from Not Moose. 

Dean informs Crowley that a Hellhound is on the loose and it is the rebel kind. The minions confirm that a hound named Ramsey indeed escaped. (Somebody has been watching Game of Thrones!) Crowley orders the death of the incompetent guards who let Ramsey free, and then he blinks to where the boys are. It seems that Ramsey is the Alpha Hellhound that God created and wanted to put down because he couldn't control it. Lucifer saved the bitch and she will now only take orders from him. Ramsey also holds a grudge and as Gwen axed her, then voila!


Meanwhile back at Crowley's place we find out why Ramsey was on the loose. She was let out Victor and Thomas because they had planned to release Lucifer when Crowley was away. One of them steels the key to Lucifer's room. Lucifer is still gagged.

When we cut back to Sam and Dean, Dean rummages the Hellhound glasses from the trunk of the Impala. Sam heads out with Baby and Gwen, with Dean warning Sam about taking car of Baby. He on the other hand heads out with Crowley. 

Meanwhile Cas has bumped to one of his brothers, named Kelvin. Angels are all together on finding Kelly and he has come to ask Cas to join them. He also agrees that nothing is forgotten and "upstairs" many are still angry at Castiel. But it seems Joshua is in charge and says Cas is welcome back.

Back at Crowley's the minions are trying to negotiate with the muzzled Lucifer but he can't do anything but mumble and nod. Gosh, even I was annoyed by those two. How did they really think this would end for them? They have made their demands and then they let Lucifer free. He stretches and kills the one that actually had demands. The other tries to sublimate himself and makes it weird when he actually WANTS Lucifer to blast him and after a small consideration, Lucifer still does it.

Back to Dean and Crowley they're hunting Ramsey and talk about stuff. Dean even thanks Crowley for helping to save Cas; that I think is a first! They talk about which one has rubbed off on the other the most, really show! And the end result makes Dean do full-body heebies. 

With Sam and Gwen in the Impala, Gen is talking about guilt and lying and Sam is listening to her. He stops when Gwen needs to throw up and Sam, wearing his Hellhound seeing glasses, sees Ramsey. She leaps on the hood (Dean will be pissed!) and she brakes the windshield. Next stop is the roof and she stomps on it and growls. Sam steps out and a fight ensues. Sam looses his glasses and Gwen whacks the Hellhound with the Green Cooler! Sam stabs Ramsey with the angel blade, RIP Ramsey. This fight scene was perfectly filmed partly through Sam's glasses. Pretty cool!


As I wrote, Dean was not happy about the state of the Baby! Gwen gives hug to Crowley, which he is so NOT used to it, and she thanks him. Sam also thanks Crowley, that is also the first for him! Crowley feels awkward and he exits-stage-right back to his hideout. Lucifer is sprawled on his throne and he stands up walks to him and hits Crowley across the room. Lucifer shows off his wings and Crowley snaps his fingers and Lucifers powers go away. He keeps snapping his fingers to cause Lucifer pain to show that he was actually10 steps ahead of the Devil. He has warded the Nick vessel and Lucifer is now trapped inside. Crowley tells Lucifer that he will make Lucifer watch as he kills his child.

In the end Cas calls to Dean and he tells him about Kelly and how she went off with the Prince of Hell, Dagon. He hangs up and Dean says he sounded weird. Cas hasn't told the boys, but he is actually taking Kelvin's offer and he is heading back to heaven. 

Sam decides to come clean with Dean and confesses that the BMOL are the ones that have handed them cases. Dean does listen to Sam, but he does remind his brother how he feels about them. Sam counters on how much good they have done and that is why they should work with them. Dean agrees, but says that they will bail immediately if things go south and Sam agrees on that too. Both hate the BMOL and don't trust them one bit. The episode ends when Sam takes Mick's call with Dean's blessing.

















Characters

Our favourite brothers had great heart to heart in the end of the episode but how was the other cast in SBHAH? 

We could feel Castiel's inside battle between his love for the Winchesters and his place in heaven. No matter what Sam and Dean say, it is still his real home. So I can't help but feel pity for Castiel whose family are a great big bag of dicks. I have for a long time thought that Castiel doesn't need their approval nor do the angels have any right to judge him. They lost that card when they tried to force the Apocalypse to happen, which would have resulted in the deaths of many people. That was not really their job.


How great it is also to have the evil conniving Crowley back? I was worried that he was in too deep with the Lucifer situation, but I guess he was not that deep after all. I still think this situation will bite him on his ass though. He also got some long due thank yous in this episode although he seemed very out of place to receive them. Gwen hugging that grumpy old man was a treat!

I didn't feel that much for Gwen and Marcus, though they were the victims. I don't know why. That is why the rest of the story was far more interesting to me. I mean Mark Pellegrino was again great as Lucifer and Crowley braking his bones really made me flinch. The demon minions were silly and everyone knew what their end would be. I still want the demon minions to return to their scary state like they were in earlier seasons. They are too predictable now and slightly annoying. They did show off their smarts with their plan but otherwise their stupidity had no bounds. 


The Hellhound Ramsey was an interesting monster and it's a shame they killed her. That dog had menace. I did actually like angel Kelvin. I would buy anything that he was selling! The actor was very charismatic and I think after Gadreel, he is one of the most interesting angels we have met. But do I trust him? No way in hell. I hope we will meet him again and well... in better circumstances. 

Here is the full list of characters:

Castiel
Crowley
Lucifer
Gwen Hernandez
Marcus
Kelvin
Ramsey
Victor 
Thomas

















Set design


The sets were pretty ordinary this time around. The camp site was really muddy and wet. That was my only thoughts when I saw that place. We also had the bunker and Crowley's hideout so that is nothing new. We got a small glimpse in Gwen's house that was pretty simplistic and normal. The few sets that really caught my eyes were the diner with the crazy and messy conspiracy backroom. Suddenly my work room doesn't look that messy! But what I really loved was the bar where Cas and Kelvin were talking. All those lights, and how cosy the scene felt with two "buddies" drinking at the counter. The "angel portal" playground on the other hand was very familiar.

















Props


We got some old props back in this episode and also a tiny one that meant a lot for the story that unfolded and even a meta prop that made me squee like the fangirl that I am. So shall we start with that one? 

I would have never predicted that Negan's bat Lucille would make an appearance in Supernatural. The bat is notorious in the Walking Dead and it is used by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan to kill "the good guys". The bat is used on the show very brutally and it was used the same way in Supernatural. "Dad loved this thing" is very meta but pretty awesome if you think about it.


Next we had the Hellhound glasses back which we first saw in 8.14 Trial and Error. The glasses were scorched in holy fire which made them able to see the hounds. Also they make the boys look good, but what wouldn't? I mean they would look as good wearing just a sack as an outfit -Mind drifts off for a moment- cough, now where was I? Oh yes, the glasses. Last time they tried to close the gates of hell with them and even then Sam killed the Hellhound that they were after. In SBHAH we get a cool fight scene through the glasses where we see the hellhound that Sam can't.


Last but not least is the old large key Crowley has to the door of Lucifer's dungeon. I love old keys like that, huge, and they are works of art themselves. It was a key to a jail but later we find out that it was a decoy, a prop that was meant to be nothing. 

In a way I feel like we are fed now a key with the BMOL that we think will open the truth behind them. That they are just the "Good guys" but I think we are missing the real key. The key that will explain everything. I am at the same time exited but very VERY worried about our heroes. I think the key will hit us on our gut after this short hiatus.




















Music

We only got one song this week called Ballad of a Truck Driver's Wife by Lorene Mercer. I did not find lyrics to it so the below is written by yours truly. Mistakes might have happened!

Truck driver man
Here today, and gone tomorrow. 
To make your run again
It hurts to have a husband who seems more like a rain.
So be careful dearly me how now one day a week 
just remember we're all waiting patiently.
We'll just be waiting here and longing for you dear
and that's how it is when you're married to a truck driving man. 

Here is the short +/- rundown for Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

+ Crowley
+ Negan reference aka Lucille
+ Alpha Hellhound
+ Boys with glasses
+ Kelvin (I would follow him where ever he would want me)
+ Joshua mentioned!

- Don't hurt Baby!
- WHAT are you doing Cas?!

-/+ Lucifer "caged"

Broment in the end.





Enjoy the HELLATUS, mua-ha-ha-haa!





Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thinky Thoughts on 12x15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell"



I want to just take this opportunity to express how much I adored the end scene between Sam and Dean.  I love watching how far they've come in their relationship and seeing how much each has matured and changed, yet at the very heart they are both still the same. Glorious.

 I'm going to start out by saying that I simply cherished the fact that Sam had been lying to Dean at the beginning of the episode.  I know you must be thinking 😵.  Why the hell would Sam lying to Dean be something one should cherish?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  The way I see it, despite the whole ongoing debate about each brother being capable of making their own decisions regardless of whether or not the other agrees, I still adore the fact that the boys, in this particular case Sam, do give a damn what the other brother thinks.  You see, no matter what, they still each value the other's opinion and that opinion has an impact.  Sam's lying to Dean at the beginning illustrates how much Sam cares about what Dean thinks.   Some people might think, Sam shouldn't give a damn, he should do what he damn well pleases. I do respect that, but I also think that's a concept that is easier said than done. Even when we as children do something our parents didn't want for us, though we make our own choices, we still want that support.  It's natural to want to make those you love proud of you,  to want them to respect your decisions, to have their support.  I'm not saying one should change their decision without that support, I'm just saying that I think embarking on that decision would be an easier journey if one had it from the ones they desired  it from the most.    If Sam didn't want or care about Dean's opinion, he simply would've flat out told him what he was doing and it wouldn't matter what Dean thought one way or the other.  He didn't though.  He tricked Dean by telling him that he was getting cases from an algorithm app on his phone...the computer was telling them where to go.

I would like to make something perfectly clear though.  In no way do I think for one second that Sam was going out of his way to manipulate Dean.  I'm talking about Sam here, not Mary.  I believe without a shadow of a doubt that Sam was genuinely afraid to tell his brother that he chose to help the BMOL.  It's my true belief that Sam felt that Dean would take what he's doing the wrong way, as a personal betrayal, instead of what his true intention is...which is to help in the goal of ridding the world of monsters.  I have no doubt in my heart or head that Sam was simply waiting for the right moment to lay this all on Dean.  I also think he needed time to gather up the courage.  So he and Dean went on these hunts, these successful hunts I might add, without Dean knowing who was really giving them these cases.  What's important here is how happy Dean was, what a good mood he was in after this hunting spree.  When Sam's phone rang again regarding the hellhound case, Dean was raring to go.  I don't think it was planned, but Dean was beginning to get in the headspace Sam needed him to be in so he can work up the courage to tell Dean the truth.  Get him while he's on a high and in a good mood.  Don't we all do that when we need to tell someone a truth we're afraid to tell them?

Gwen made Sam understand that waiting for the right moment because you're afraid of their reaction isn't going to make things better in the long run. It's best to face your fear and be honest, because the perpetual lying might seem to be the betrayal more than why you lied in the first place.  So Sam sucked it up at the end, bit the bullet and told the truth, whether he was ready or not.   I think Sam and probably a few other folks were expecting a much different reaction from Dean.  I was worried, like I feel Sam might have been, that Dean would look at it as an act of betrayal instead of seeing it as it was. Guess what folks,  Dean did see it the way Sam did.  He understood why Sam chose to work along side the BMOL, even though, as Sam agreed, they both don't trust them.  Dean like Sam saw it for what it was, a way to save people, lots of people.  He and Sam have in the past and currently worked with people they don't trust for the greater good.

I will say this though, I do believe if Dean had reacted in a different way, I can see Sam using the experience of the hunting sprees they went on as a defense mechanism when he tries to make Dean understand why he made the choice he did. I can see Sam use in his argument the fact that  these cases they went on stopped the monsters, saved Innocent's, saved a lot of lives and they did it quickly and efficiently. I do think Sam would use the fact that they did good here as a way to win Dean's favour.  Again, please let me make it clear, in no way do I think for a second that Sam made Dean go on these missions so he can see for himself that working for the BMOL isn't a bad thing.  In no way do I believe an incy ouncy iota that Sam was trying to manipulate his brother.  I believe that Sam was indeed for lack of a better term...just a plain ole scaredy cat 🐈.  He was simply too afraid to tell Dean the truth yet and he was just gathering up the courage, waiting for the right moment. That doesn't mean though, if Dean viewed Sam's act as a betrayal instead of what it really was, that Sam wouldn't have used the boys successful hunts to make Dean understand that he wasn't choosing the BMOL over his brother, he was choosing saving lives, making things better, ridding the world of monsters, for everyone, including Dean. 

What was so damn beautiful was the fact that Sam never had to use this argument to convince his brother of this, Dean recognised it already. He didn't see this as an act of betrayal as Sam feared he might.  Dean saw it for what it was.  Of course Dean, being Dean needed that reassurance from Sam that they both agreed that they weren't trustworthy, that they both were on the same page.  Guess what my friends..... they were and are.  Sam absolutely doesn't trust them.  He will always stand by his brother, always choose Dean over everyone else. If Dean needed to hear that one more time, than of course Sam will comfort Dean with the promise that if things go south, even just a little, they're done.  

I love that Dean supported Sam in this.  I do wonder though if he hadn't had an inkling already.  I'm not 1000% sure if Dean actually bought into the computer telling them what to do.  I guess to me, he didn't seem all that surprised when Sam told him the truth.  I just felt like Dean knew something was up at the end of the Raid. I could be seeing something that's not there. I will say this though....  A few years ago this situation most likely would've been handled in a different and not so peaceful way.   I can't express the joy in my heart💖 at seeing how much stronger and more mature their relationship has become.  Still as far as they have come, I still love how important it is to both of them to have the support of the other.  How much they each value what the other thinks of them.  This is the codependent part of their relationship that I will never tire from.😍 

Crowley

I'm wondering about Crowley. He seems to have a plan up his sleeve. He is taking measures to ensure that all those who may be more powerful than he is are weakened (luci) or killed (like his desire to kill the spawn baby). Ramiel is now conveniently dead due to his run in with the Winchesters, set up of course by the BMOL. One prince of hell gone. Only two to go. He's been really kissing up to the Winchesters too. Playing the role of frenemy to the nth level here. Crowley has been present/part of every world ending event and he sees the boys as an asset. Despite being a Mcleod, he has an English accent.

Just kind of wondering if Crowley might be one of those old men the BMOL keep referring to?
So let me see if I got this straight; Crowley jimmy rigged Lucifer's vessel in such a way that leaves Crowley in control of it?  I'm glad that show has continued to keep Crowley ten steps ahead of everyone else.  I also love that he always seems to have a bigger plan set in motion.  Honestly though, the whole locking Luci in Nicks vessels with runes and warding of a molecular level?  Doesn't that seem a bit far fetched?  After all Crowley is just a demon after all....or is he?   I'm still unclear of how this whole thing works too.  Lucifer killed those moronic minions with a snap of his fingers, so it seems to me he is still powerful.  It was only when he was speaking to Crowley that he seemed to lose his mojo.  Is that the deal then?  Did Crowley rig Luci's vessel to "break"  at the sound of Crowley's snapping fingers?  He didn't use a spell or say anything.  Another question, does it only work when Crowley snaps his fingers?  What if the Winchesters snap their fingers, will Lucifer succumb?  What if Luci figures it out, if he found a way to break Crowley's fingers or chop off his hands, would Luci still be enslaved?  I know these questions may seem silly on the surface, but I actually think they have validity.   For serious though, Crowley said that he used runes and warding of a molecular level based on the Cage material.  Was not the Cage built by God?  Is there really a way a mere King of Hell can replicate this in such a short amount of time?    Crowley is supposed to be a demon right?  He's the King of Hell, I know, but basically still a demon.  So how is it that Crowley is able to come up with all these spells in the first place.  His excuse had been that his mother was a witch, but Rowena ran off.  She never spent time with Crowley.  Rowena claims she's a Natural, at least I think that's what she said in Girls, Girls, Girls,  so is that the case for Crowley?  Is he part witch?    I'm just having a bit of a hard time trying to decipher who/what Crowley truly is.🤔

So if anyone has any answers, please don't hesitate to share. 


Quotes

Dad loved this thing.”
-Dean to Sam about a baseball bat covered in barbed wire, a reference to Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character on The Walking Dead

Computers: monsters, porn, is there anything they can’t do?”
-Dean to Sam

Who you gonna call? Douche-busters.”
-Dean to Sam about the British Men of Letters 

“What are you gonna say? ‘Hi, my name is Sam Winchester, this is my much handsomer brother Dean. We hunt monsters. Oh, and that guy you were banging, we’re pretty sure he made a deal with a demon, so a hellhound came and dragged his soul to Hell. But you, you’re cool, and since there’s nothing around for us to kill, peace out.’"
- Dean (to Sam)

“I’m still gonna peel off your skin and eat your soul.”
-Lucifer to Crowley
Hellhound, kind of hard to explain. Basically, giant, invisible hounds from Hell. Oh, that wasn’t hard at all.”
-Dean to Gwen

“Right after God said ‘Let there be light,’ He made a whole bunch of things: posies, koalas, hellhounds.”
-Crowley to Sam, Dean and Gwen
“We work with people we don’t trust all the time. Hell, I just Liam Neeson’ed it up with Crowley.”
-Dean to Sam 

Dean Winchester:
Take care of her.
Sam Winchester: Of course. Dean, look, even if Ramsey circles back, as long as we keep moving, Gwen's gonna be just... You're talking about the car.
Dean Winchester: You tend to ride the brakes.
Sam Winchester: Dean, I know how to drive.
Dean Winchester: I'm just saying. Okay, just imagine she's a... a beautiful woman. A beautiful, beautiful woman.
Sam Winchester: Oh, come on. I'm done.
Dean Winchester: Sam...
Crowley: Ew.

Dean, you're covered in ghoul, man, and wraith. I think you have a piece of siren in your hair.
-Sam

Cas

I'll admit I'm not much for the angel plot.  I most often don't really pay much attention to them, not since S5.  With the exception of Gadreel and Metatron, I just find them a bit lackluster.   I will admit though to being intrigued by Kelvin's speil to Cas.  I did like Joshua and I'm kind of curious to hear him out.  I wonder if we would be getting the same man who played him the first time.   I don't know if the angels are trustworthy, but I do sense that Cas, no matter how much he loves the Winchesters, still feels like an outsider on this planet.  It could be very tempting to him, to get the opportunity to come and go as he pleases in Heaven again.  I can only imagine that having the forgiveness of his brothers isn't something that Cas would turn down given the chance to get it.   I guess we shall find out soon enough.

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

If one were to contemplate where that might be, the logical place would be Earth.  So then I ask myself this question....Whom does the title refer to?

Is it about Crowley and his big plans?  Is he playing nice for the moment to distract what he's really doing?  Is he gleaming all the power he can so that he can rule Earth?  He's pretty bored with Hell.  His minions are morons.  He can't take over Heaven.  Could he be after Earth?

Or maybe the title refers to Cas.  Does Cas want to go back to Heaven and be among his brothers?  Is Cas content to remain here on Earth, guarding over the Winchesters and helping humans along the way?

Or does it refer to Sam and Dean?  Humans, not saintly ones, not evil ones, but humans who live on Earth and represent all that is good in humanity. 

Perhaps it's none of the above and I just read into things too much. 😉

Overall

I really liked the girl who played Gwen and I loved her interactions with the boys and even Crowley.  I was glad to see someone stand their ground and not allow someone to convince her she was out of her mind.  The boys, as usual were gorgeous.  Oh and how hot are these boys in their glasses🤓😍.  I loved that Sam got to kill another hellhound, this time without the glasses.   I giggled at the shoutout to Dad with the bat. I totally love having Mark P playing Lucifer,😈 no one does it better.  Crowley helping the boys seemingly against his will is always such a joy; and Gwen's hug, the look on Crowley's face...worth the price of admission.  Let's not forget, not one, but two Winchesters uttering the words...thank you.  Crowley might have to just wash the whole incident off. 😄  All in all, this was a pretty entertaining episode with an ending that made me do this😀.  I love where the boys are.  I love that Dean has finally reached that confident level where he knows, when he tells Sam to pick a side, it will always, always be his.

That's all for this week.  See you at the end of the month.

-Anna

Monday, 13 March 2017

Review - Supernatural 12x15 "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell" - by sweetondean



Grown up Winchesters are my favourite thing. Or maybe it’s grown up Winchesters who can still tease each other and act like five year olds. Or maybe it’s grown up Winchesters who can still tease each other, act like five year olds, and trust each other 100%. Yeah. Maybe it’s that, that’s my favourite thing. 

Season 12 has been full of wonderful broments - from the moving, to the hilarious, to the fist pumping unity, and “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” by Davy Perez, who is fast becoming a favourite writer of mine, was stuffed with more perfect Sam and Dean gems. The Winchester brothers are in a solid place, which makes my heart happy, and it’s because of this solid place that all these wonderful scenes can unfold.

Dean Winchester loves a good hunt. There’s no doubt about this, and it’s not because he’s a killer like Ketch, but because he’s good at it, it’s where he feels most purposeful, it’s where he’s knows he’s doing good. He likes saving people, in his most trying times, hunting gives him peace in his life and he turns to it and throws himself into it with gusto, especially whenever he’s feeling like his footing is unsure… and fighting next to his brother…if Sam and Dean are shoulder to shoulder in battle, Dean could live with doing that forever.


Dean was positively gleeful when the boys returned to the bunker after a series of hunts. Happy to be doing the work, happy to be doing it with Sam. Dean’s mood for the most part was pretty light hearted throughout this episode and it got me to thinking about the weight that must have been lifted when his mother came clean - weight he may not have even been aware he was carrying. Sure, he was pissed and hurt that she lied to him and Sam, and sure he is not happy about her decision, but now he knows the truth. He’s no longer suspicious and thinking she’s hiding something. He knows that she wasn’t trying to avoid her sons (not consciously anyway). He knows what she was doing and her reasons for it. The rift between them was mended over pretty quickly, even if they agreed to disagree. If Dean’s been hurting that their mum has been brushing them off, not wanting to hunt with them, feigning being tired, if he’s been hurting because he could see the writing on the wall and knew that something was going on with her, knowing the truth and finding a place of peace between them would have made him feel a whole lot of better, and maybe, along with a good hunt next to his bro…this contributed to him being so damn chipper!

It’s just beyond amazing that after so many years of push and shove between the brothers, we have this harmony - it means we can have the gorgeous domestic scenes in the bunker - and even the gooey ones!

Grubby Dean irritating Sam with his stubbornness to shower gave me life! Dean can be all - don’t mess up my room, ewwwww I put my hand on something slimy, but he’s also all sniffing stinky clothes stuffed in his duffle and flicking beer bottle lids on to the bunker floor! He can be clean and tidy, and he can be pretty grotty! He can be covered in blood one minute, and icked out by shifter goo the next! And if he can get some traction out of making Sam huff, he’s going to do it. This week it seemed like it was Dean’s mission to tease Sam…and I loved it! I’m so thankful we’re in a place where they feel the need…the need to tease!


Thankfully, the brothers are allowed to be these rich characters whose ways can change dependent on their moods and/or current circumstances. That’s one thing I love about Supernatural, the writers don’t get locked down by a line that a character said 9 seasons ago and allow that to define them or dictate their behaviours for eternity. Our characters are allowed to change and they are allowed to grow They can be different from day to day, reason to reason, emotion to emotion…because they’re written as real people and real people are complex and fluid. 

Sam’s disgust with gooey Dean was a treat. As was the underwear conversation and the fancy shampoo reference, Sam would totally have fancy shampoo (let’s not talk about Dean’s hair product!), and later the Impala banter, and the blaming Sam for the bear idea. All this poking and joshing is such a wonderful, casual reminder of how close these brothers are, the affectionate exchanges which aren’t overtly affectionate. Two people who know each other like no one else does. I love all the scenes like these; domestic, ribbing broments…it’s just hearts in eyes!

And then as if to add icing to the delicious Winchester cake, there was the final scene between Sam and Dean… How I loved the final scene. How I love these boys.


I’ll admit I internally moaned when I realised Sam was lying to Dean about where the cases they’d just been on were coming from, making up a story about computer algorithms because he knew Dean wouldn't question it, I internally moaned…but to be honest, I wasn’t really worried. I understood why Sam lied - or rather, why he was afraid to tell Dean the truth. Not only had the brothers just gone through a similar situation with Mary, which cut Dean to the quick, Sam also knew how strongly his brother felt about the British Men of Letters. But, Dean has grown a lot over the past couple of years…and I think Sam knows and appreciates this. Gwen’s comments about not telling the truth to her unfortunate boyfriend, about lying to make things easier, made Sam think twice about what he was doing to Dean. So after the hunt when the brothers got back to the bunker…Sam came clean.

What I loved about how Sam did this was he didn’t say sorry and then instantly try to excuse what he’d done. He wasn’t automatically defensive, he didn’t have his guard up. He calmly explained why he agreed to work with the BMoL, he explained his reasoning and what he saw as the advantage for both the brothers to align with the BMoL. He explained it all logically, calmly and rationally, and then he said, “Either way, I shouldn’t have lied to you, and, I’m sorry man.”  No excuses, just sorry. And he was…you could see it. 


And then Dean said, “Okay”.

I’ve been saying since we discovered that Sam was going to go down the working with the BMoL road, that I believed when Dean found out, he would take Sam’s lead. I believed this whole heartedly, because I’ve seen how much Dean has changed, how he allows people to make their own choices even when he doesn’t necessarily agree with them, and how he knows that his brother will always, always be there for him. I think this is an important change for Dean in his relationship with Sam, and Sam has been instrumental in Dean understanding this. In the last couple of years, when Dean has faced some of the most challenging challenges of his challenging life, Sam was there, offering him support, not judging him, quietly letting Dean know that no matter what his little brother will always have his back. This has allowed Dean to relax, to step back from insisting that he always has to be the one to make all their decisions, it’s led to Dean treating his brother as an equal in their partnership, and all this has created unanimity. Between the two of them, they’ve brought each other to a place where Sam could trust Dean enough to finally tell the truth to him, and Dean could trust Sam enough to say, “Okay”. 

Dean could also see that Sam was right. They had saved a bunch of lives over the last couple of weeks they may never had access to…because of information being fed to them - and saving lives is what it’s all about - and they do work with people they don’t trust ALL the time - look at Crowley and Rowena! I also think there’s no way in the world Dean is going to lose his brother to the BMoL out of Dean’s own stubbornness, no matter what his feelings are on the matter. At this place in the brothers long fought for relationship, I don’t believe Dean would let anything that he could prevent, fracture his relationship with Sam. Dean has learnt to pick his fights. This is season 12 pushing forty Dean, he’s more thoughtful, not always reactionary, his growth has been so wonderful to watch, and a lot of it has to do with comfort and trust. It’s a realistic depiction of how we bend for family because sometimes that’s more important in the long run.

Dean answered Sam in US and WE, which has been a theme of the last few episodes, and Sam agreed that if either of them felt like it was all going south, they’d be out - together - then he didn’t pick up the phone to Mick until he knew they were both on the same page, maintaining the image of unity that has become so powerful.

So Dean said “Okay” and we had one of the most mature conversations/moments I think we’ve ever had with the brothers and it was a magnificent, and reflective of how far the brothers have come and who they are this season.

Man I loved that scene and I loved how both Sam and Dean were in it. I was so proud of them both…even if I think the whole BMoL thing is not going to be what it seems…


“Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” was smart in how it linked together two of the stories in this week’s episode. Our hunt of the week turned out to be linked to Lucifer, and linked to the massive reveal which came later and made me go, OH THANK CHUCK CROWLEY’S NOT BEING AN IDIOT! (Well he probably still is….but a smarter one). The brothers went off on a hunt courtesy of the British Men of Letters, which turned out to be hellhound related…Lucifer’s very own hellhound related! 

I love the hellhounds. I love how the hellhound mythology has been such an intrinsic part of the brother’s history. From Dean being shredded by one, to Sam having to kill one for the trials, to the one responsible for fatally injuring Jo. We’ve seen them, or rather heard them hunting other people who have sold their souls. We’ve seen them invisibly fighting each other and protecting the first blade. We now know that you can see them if you look through glass that’s gone through holy fire, and excitingly, we got some new lore on the hellhounds! 

According to Crowley, hellhounds were made by God to be the “Creator’s best friend” (after God created koalas…which are usually too stoned to care about being anyone’s friend). But the dogs were vicious and He couldn’t control them. So instead of trying to train them or working with them to try to modify their bad behaviours, God decided to put them all down. The whole thing, quite frankly, is just irresponsible pet ownership! Geesh. Anyhooo, Lucifer decided he needed a rescue dog and took one of God’s hellhounds, a pregnant bitch called Ramsey - which is really lovely of him actually, not many people would take on a rescue that was pregnant. Heh. And so now we have hellhounds…. Because God just couldn’t be bothered putting in the work to train his dogs….basically.


Lucifer’s hellhound gets loose (courtesy of a couple of now dead demons) and goes after some campers - who apparently didn’t sell their souls, but did piss off a giant invisible dog. This leads to Sam and Dean joining forces with Crowley, and…because we had hellhounds, the boys wore their glasses! They’re so pretty in glasses. Even Crowley agrees! Of course Crowley agrees…I’m pretty sure he fancies them both! I freakin’ laughed out loud when he said to Dean “Maybe I’ve rubbed off, all over you”. Oh Lordy! Dean’s shudder was gold!

I love how the relationship between Crowley and the boys has developed. They even both thanked him this week! Dean for saving Cas for them, Sam for helping them with the “girl of the week” (that made me laugh too!). Crowley even got a hug from Gwen - which was damn hilarious (“he seems nice”). All these thanks and cute moments makes me think that everything is about to go very sideways for the brothers and Crowley…probably when they discover that he has Lucifer stashed…which you know they will and soon!


I was so worried that Crowley had not only gone soft, he’d gone stupid…but instead, he’s damn well brilliant! Genius really does trump brut force. He had a dozen of his most loyal studying the Cage at a molecular level, he had the Nick vessel stashed away, and he prepared it to become a trap for Lucifer’s essence. He worked on this plan…FOR…YEARS…which makes you wonder if it was a just in case plan, or if he always planned to remove Lucifer from the Cage and and put him in the Nick Cage (been dying to say that!), and if he’s been planning to do this…why? What are his plans for Lucifer…surely it’s not just to torment and punish him. Crowley’s ego was definitely bruised, but he’s not stupid. What’s Crowley got up his well tailored sleeve? He’s scheming, I’m sure of it…

Meanwhile, Cas is being wooed back to Heaven.


Cas has been on the outs with his brothers and sisters for a long time, so when they come calling (in the shape of a hotty!) offering to accept him back as one of them in the fight against the Nephilim, I’m not surprised Cas acquiesced. He has Sam and Dean, sure, but being on the outs from heaven has always seemed like a sadness Cas wore in his very being. He loves earth, but he’s never felt like he 100% fit. If he had a real choice between his brothers and sisters in heaven and a life on earth with Sam and Dean…which would he choose? I can’t see him walking away from Sam and Dean, but I also can’t see him turning down forgiveness in heaven. And with Joshua back in the garden, and heaven working pretty well…is this finally Cas’ opportunity to return to the angelic fold?


Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, was enjoyable from beginning to end. All the story arcs pushed the season along nicely, all the characters were awesome (including Gwen, the girl of the week), the effects, the direction from Nina Lopez-Corrado …with great action, and the cool shots through doors and glasses, and the moments between the brothers - from the sassy bantering to the deeply satisfying final scene. More like that please!

I’m not sure where the Somewhere between Heaven and Hell is…but I feel like Sam and Dean are about to find themselves caught between the two places and the two “people” connected to them.

Oh and Lucille! Classic.


OH MY CHUCK! Two week HELLATUSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!


I think a season 12 rematch is in order!

Thanks for reading…let me know your thoughts!
-sweetondean

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - The Raid





The Raid


Opening words

Wow! How cool was this episode? It had suspense, emotional impact and a drive to a very deep and speculative story. Where this season is heading? Many speculate that we will have some HUGE surprises coming our way. So, will they be as usual that we will be yelling on our TV screen while cursing the writers even though we love them? Will the SPN fandom be a pile of goo after the finale? I will not lie. Like Han Solo said: “I have a bad feeling about this” is an understatement. I am pretty sure the kick to our gut is coming but from where and how is still a mystery.

But for now, let’s get on with the show!  




Details

Title: The Raid
Episode:  12.14
First aired: March 2, 2017
Directed by: John MacCarthy
Written by: Robert Berens
Monster: Vampires, Alpha Vampire
Timeline: Three days after 12.13 Family Feud
Location(s): Lebanon, Kansas; Wichita, Kansas


















Story

We pick up where we were left off last week, the emotional talk with Mary and her boys. Dean is pretty angry and hurt and Sam agrees with him. Mary chose her side and she is sent out of the door while Dean calls her just “Mary” and not mom - even Sam says she should go. The boys cut her off and she ends up with the British Men of Letters but she is so alone there. She and Ketch have been taking care of vamps with an AVD, Anti-Vampire Device.

Ketch says to Mick that Mary is enough for them and that they don’t need the brothers. Mick disagrees because the old men want them aboard. Mick is a pencil pusher and Ketch is the man that takes care of the dirty work. There is something that makes me like Mr. Ketch even though he is a rude psychopath. I guess I have a soft spot for bad guys. It is clear though that Mick and Ketch don’t see eye to eye on things. 

Dean on the other hand is not giving Mary any slack when Sam starts to waver a little bit and suggests to him that they should hear her out. Dean on the other hand is desperate to find a case and punch something. He takes his annoyance out on Sam and tells him he should pick a side. Then he leaves to do the second best which for him is to have few drinks. Mary uses Dean’s old tactic to get Sam to meet her claiming it is urgent and so he goes to see his mother. They meet at the temporary BMOL base and Sam remains distant and unturned even when Mary gives him her speech of a better life and killing all the monsters. Sam says he chose this life and it is his life now but Mary presses on. She wants her boys to have a real life and her boys just want a simple thing, her to be in their life.

Mary gives Sam the tour and the BMOL just as they are having a briefing to kill all the vampires in the Midwest. Only 11 of those buggers are left. It is not that simple though. The BMOL has stepped on the toes of a pretty big prey. The vampires that are left and hiding are greeted by none other than the Alpha Vamp and he has his own plans.


At the same time Dean has come back to the bunker and he is visited by Mr. Ketch who brings him a peace offering of a very expensive bottle of scotch. He talks about how great BMOL is for both of them because Dean is a killer too. Dean is very sceptical but when Ketch suggests he joins him to kill some vamps he takes the bait. Like we heard earlier he wanted to punch some stuff. Although things are not that simple when they head to the hotel the vamps are nowhere to be seen. Ketch finds one from the basement and sadistically hits her a few times. The brutality doesn’t sit with Dean and he stops it. He promises her a swift death and they find out that the hunted are hunting the hunters. 

And truly the vamps are actually attacking the BMOL base and unfortunately Sam and Mary are still there. The whole base goes into a lock down. The only ones that can fight are Sam, Mary and a hunter from Baton Rouge named Pierce. It seems the BMOL there are just lovers not fighters. Also they have pretty huge weapon shortage. Mary Tells Mick to get something and it is revealed that it is the Colt. Sam broke my heart in this moment and how amazing Jared’s acting was. I think a lot of things went through his mind at the same time; their past, the guns history, Mary’s real betrayal and everything that gun means to them. Mary even admits that she stole the Colt from Ramiel. 

But the Colt has no bullets so Mary and Mick try a long shot - Sam knows how to make them. Bobby Singer made the recipe, and Mary knew about him from John's Journal. Sam and Mary head out to take care of the vamps while the BMOL start to make the bullets. Pierce heads out with Mary but it seems they have a traitor on the inside as he knocks Mary out. He lets the Alpha in who comes face to face with Mick. The Alpha has not cared about the BMOL until they came overseas and started messing with his home.

Sam and Mary return just in time and Sam threatens the Alpha with the Colt. The elder vampire tries to suggest he is one of the five things that the weapon can’t kill and Sam calls him on his BS. Sam asks the Alpha to let him and Mary go and he will give them the Brits. Mick attacks Sam and gives him a bullet and while Mary attacks the Alpha Sam loads the gun. They tricked the monster. Sam fires a bullet into the Alpha’s head. After all these years, the Alpha is finally dead.


Ketch and Dean arrive when all is done and Mick doesn’t give Ketch a warm welcome. Ketch takes Pierce away and Dean tries to mend fences a bit with Mary. Dean is not on board with the BMOL yet but Sam takes the step. It seems killing the Alpha meant a lot to him and it should. He was a very memorable nemesis. Sam says he will try to make Dean see it their way but he is not yet there. I can’t wait for Dean find out about the Colt. That should be interesting.




Characters

It was glorious to see Dean and Sam show and tell their side of the story about Mary being brought back. Dean is not a person that wears his emotions on his sleeve so it is nice for him to let it out. And he did know how to hurt Mary to make his point. I gasped when he called her Mary and not Mom. Sam is also hurt and confused but he is willing to hear her out. We also see Mary’s hurt when she notices what she caused even if she had good intentions. It was lovely Winchester drama in my book and deep look into these characters.

We also got a good insights to the British Men of Letters Serena Colman and Alton Morehead and especially Mick and Mr. Ketch. The surprise was the sleazy traitor Pierce Moncrieff which we did not see coming. I loved the actor in Battlestar Galactica. They do try to do good although we know their methods are questionable. And I am suspicious about them still. I feel there is an ulterior motive hidden behind them. Mick has not killed anything and most of the BMOL seem to be analysts not fighters. Mr. Ketch on the other hand seems frustrated a bit about his workplace and yes… He is still a psychopath in my book but a rather delicious one.  


Now, how amazing was Rick Worthy as the Alpha Vampire? He always had such a presence and figure. I am really sorry he is gone but his death had a great meaning. His demise was the big push for Sam to join the BMOL. His sendoff was also epic with his memorable lines and of course bad-ass Sam Winchester. What poetic justice it was that Sam could use the gun against him? Truly brilliant. Thou shall be missed, Alpha.

Here is the full list of characters:

Mary Winchester
Mick Davies
Mr. Ketch
Alpha Vampire
Pierce Moncrieff
Alton Morehead
Serena Colman




Set design

We had the familiar bunker at the start with the command table and the small parts of the abandoned vampire hideout. Those were not the main attraction though. That was actually the temporary BMOL warehouse compound. Even though it was “low-budget Mission: Impossible vibe”d container base it was pretty cool. It also reminded me a lot about Resident Evil, the first movie hive, so there were those horror vibes present. I have written a few times that I like archaeology and vintage things but I am ALSO a tech girl. It would be cool if my office would be like that without the zombie apocalypse vibe though.


How Mission: Impossible was that hand print scanner, or every other spy movie! Although I would not like those close quarters to my fellow workers, but Mick’s office would work. I also think the container base aspect was well, what’s the word, convenient and easy to transport. It also reminded me about Lethal Weapon 2 and also A-Team. I liked them both. Still all the monitors, screens and gadgets did not save them from the vampire attack.    




Props


The most meaningful props were again the Colt and also the interesting vampire pesticide capsule. The capsule continues the interesting gadgets of the BMOL but it is not the one that I was interested the most. Guess how surprised I was that the Colt actually returned? Usually the show brings something like that back and then forgets it ever happened, *cough* The Samulet *cough*. It is an annoying thing for us fans, which a casual viewer doesn’t even notice or understand. So yes, I was surprised the Colt was back and we even found out how the bullets are made again. Also Bobby was mentioned that also made the Colt’s second return special but the icing on the cake was how Sam shot the Alpha Vampire with it. The scene mirrored Dean’s shooting of Azazel. Both epic to be honest.  





















Music

Well, this was another episode where we had no songs with lyrics. So, I picked up a part from the lyrics of Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf. Dean said it best: "I was with him when we heard this place was under attack. We drove like a bat out of hell."

"Like a bat out of hell
I'll be gone when the morning comes.
When the night is over
Like a bat out of hell
I'll be gone-gone-gone.
Like a bat out of hell
I'll be gone when the morning comes.
But when the day is done, and the sun goes down,
And the moonlight's shining through,
Then like a sinner before the gates of heaven,
I'll come crawling on back to you.

I'm gonna hit the highway like a battering ram
On a silver black phantom bike.
When the metal is hot and the engine is hungry,
And we're all about to see the light.
Nothing ever grows in this rotting old hole.
And everything is stunted and lost.
And nothing really rocks
And nothing really rolls
And nothing's ever worth the cost.”



Here is the short +/- rundown for The Raid: 

+ The Alpha vamp
+ Mr. Ketch (Sorry, I have a soft spot for bad guys)
+ The Colt
+ Dean & Ketch, dynamic duo
+ Bobby Singer mentioned (Too soon!)
+ and Rufus
+ Great story
+ Was this all a set up?
+ Berens is one of my favourite writers

- BMOL suck in combat
- The Alpha Vamp was killed

-/+ Mary Winchester 
-/+ Sam's plan?

 Sam F***ing Winchester





Now the road leads to episode 15!

-Leylin


References: http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/ , http://www.azlyrics.com & http://www.homeofthenutty.com/