Monday, 2 May 2016

Supernatural Think Tank - Thinky Thoughts and Theories on Supernatural 11x19 "The Chitters"


-by Anna


Welcome back everyone. I know this mini hiatus wasn't long, but when we're at the end of the season, they feel eternal none the less. I'm just glad our boys are back.  I hope they have an awesome and restful summer break. They have been amazing this season and they totally deserve a most enjoyable summer hiatus.

It's not always easy coming back from a hiatus with a new episode that will rock one's world.  I guess expectations are higher when we're made to wait to see the boys after so long.  Sometimes eps come back that are super amazing and other times, not so much. I liked this episode for the most part. I don't really have the same complaints as others have, as there were a lot of issues mentioned in many of the posts I've been reading, the most popular one being how boring it was. As for myself,  I didn't find the episode boring. It was an okay ep overall, but I have to admit I did have one issue with it. I don't know if it was the same for anyone else, but by the time it was over, my first reaction was one of confusion.  I couldn't quite place it at first, but then I realised how off the whole episode felt to me.  It was as though they were in an alternate universe.

Now I'm perfectly aware of the rules here regarding bashing of characters and writers and believe me this is not what I am doing here.  Even if I'm not fond of a particular writer, I don't bash them.  I'm just pointing out as tactfully as I can where I'm coming from. First off I'll start by saying that Nancy Won has written three episodes now and two of them have been wonderful and insightful.  I must say though that I didn't get the same feeling with this episode, as a matter of fact, I felt like the characters were written in reverse.  That was the feeling I got when the ep ended, why the episode felt so "off". Let me explain what I mean......

After all these years it's pretty much the norm now that separating the boys basically means that the powers that be are giving them their much deserved days off.  These boys are the entire show, they carry most of the weight.  This is not a show where one of them could be missing.  They've tried that once before and that episode didn't bode well with a lot of people.  Lucky at the time the story behind it was a good one, but still, having one of the boys missing does not put that episode among the favourites.  My issue has nothing to do with that.  What I found to be a common theme over the years though, is that when the boys are separated, there is often a reason behind it.  It's been that way of late any how.  Most often there's a parallel or a lesson somewhere in there. This is where my confusion comes into play.   I didn't understand the lesson that was meant to be learnt here.

Dean was paired with Cesar, Sam with Jesse. I didn't get where the lesson came in for either one of the guys with this pairing.  The common theme with Dean and Cesar is revenge and how unfulfilling it really is.  Why did Dean have to be reminded of this?  Dean's entire existence is based on the idea of revenge.  John had to get revenge for Mary.  Dean needed to avenge his Mom and then his father. When Dean killed the Yellow Eyed Demon, his mother was still dead, his father was dead and nothing changed for him.  Dean needed revenge for Bobby and it ended up with him being trapped in Purgatory.  Dean has sought revenge and he's witnessed others who sought revenge and never did it fulfil anyone.  It didn't change any circumstance that the victims suffered from.  Dean is totally aware of both the need and the results of revenge, so why did he need a reminder once again?

Sam was paired with Jesse and the theme here seemed to be accepting the loss of a brother.  If anyone knows what it's like to deal with the loss of a brother, it's Sam Winchester. Was the lesson here about accepting decisions that one might not like?  Again, we're talking about Sam Winchester here who has spent most of his life following his brother and abiding by most of his brother's decisions, whether he liked them or not. Need I mention season 8, where Sam had to face the loss of his brother because he abided a promise, one he didn't necessarily like, but kept anyway.  Was the lesson about letting go or holding on?  In either case, Sam not only knows how to let go, he most definitely knows when to keep holding on.  What was the point of the supposed lessons?  What were the boys and the fans supposed to get out of them? I was left baffled.  I couldn't get my thoughts together because I wasn't sure what I was supposed to think.  I was worried that I wouldn't have any thinky thoughts to share with you all this week.

I waited before I started the article.  I waited for reviews to come up.  I had hoped that the more opinions I read, the more I would come to understand what I might not have seen for myself.   Patience is indeed a virtue.  I want to take a personal moment to thank Nightsky for the clarity I'd been missing.  It was after reading her threads that I realised that perhaps the lesson wasn't so much for the boys themselves as much as it was meant to be a tactic to be used in the fight against Amara. This was a possibility I could go for.   Dean being paired with Oscar suddenly made sense to me. If the lesson is for Amara and her need for revenge against God, then perhaps Dean can somehow use this knowledge in the attempt to trick and trap her (I don't really think logic is going to factor in here). If we explore this possibility then the pairing of Sam and Jesse starts to make more sense.  Sam being reminded of losing a brother, might not necessarily be about him having to face the idea of losing Dean. Sam's experience of his own loss, as he was reminded of again in this episode, could very well play into the plan to defeat Amara, especially if Amara feels she suffered some kind of a loss.   This definitely ties into Not John's words to Sam in Baby, when Sam was told that only the two of them can stop the Darkness.

Three days and a few reviews later, after all is said and done, my opinion of  this episode still remains the same.  I thought it was ok.  It wasn't the best, it wasn't the worst.  I guess for me, even after reading Nightsky's threads and seeing the show with a better understanding, I guess it would've had more impact emotionally for me, if the pairing of the boys with the other hunters would've been defined more clearly.  I usually have no trouble psychoanalysing the episodes to death, but for some reason this wasn't presented in a way that made it apparent to me that there's more with what's going on here than meets the eye.  I am very thankful that Nightsky opened my eyes for me, but I can't help but think that if she hadn't then I would still be sitting here in a state of confusion wondering what was really going on behind this episode.  

Now that the suggestion is out there that this episode's lesson might very well tie in with God and Amara and not necessarily Sam and Dean, it leaves me very excited for what's to come.  Maybe we won't get the typical Swan Song ending we had in S5...perhaps this time it'll be more of a twist of an ending like S10.   I am anxious to see how it all turns out.  Next week Metatron....Chuck....ooh the possibilities are endless.

Thanks for reading everyone. Looking forward to next week. 
-Anna




Sunday, 1 May 2016

Supernatural Review – Episode 11x19 “The Chitters” - Love, Loss and Revenge.

-by sweetondean


We came back from a 2 week hiatus with The Chitters, a quiet episode – it wasn’t the jam packed mythology filled action of Hell’s Angel, or the scared out of your wits terror of Red Meat…it was character built episode that reminded us of what this story is really about, not monsters, or epic battles between Heaven and Hell, but family and loss and revenge, and the power of love and all that comes with it. It reminded us of the brothers’ history, what they have been through together, what they have overcome, and what they mean to each other, how their strength together is the thing that conquers all, how having each other’s backs is the thing that helps them triumph and sets them apart. And all this was shown through the mirror of a pair of new hunters. As we head into the final 4 episodes of the season, you know with a gnawing pit in your stomach that there’s a reason we’re being made to feel these feels…and it’s probably not good.


One of the things I love the most about this show, and which Supernatural does extremely well, is holding a mirror up to the brothers. It’s something that’s needed for both us, and them. Sam and Dean live such an insular life, tightly wound up in each other and inside themselves, sometimes the only way they can see the bigger picture of the thing that is them, is to see it through other’s eyes, sometimes to help them process their own experiences, they need to have other’s experiences shone back at them, sometimes to help them analyse a problem they’re too deep in to see over, they need to have a light shined on it from the outside. The show does parallels and mirrors brilliantly, and The Chitters was a great example of this, it also took me back to my personal feeling that the brothers’ relationship is the true mytharc of this season! And everyone and everything happening around them is about reflection and putting behind them past loss and hurts and personal demons. Bringing them back to the brothers we know they can be. There’s been so much talk of the future, Sam’s wistful thoughts about retirement homes, or settling down with a hunter, not running from the job, but focusing on a possibility beyond the job to something other than the die bloody scenario. And now we have 2 hunters doing exactly that. 

The brothers have both tried and failed at having a “normal” life, but strangely, what they have now, a base with comfort and each other, is the closest thing they’ve had to normal since their mum died. It is a home, and there’s a layer of safe haven that comes along with that. They never expected to live this long…technically they haven’t, having both died on numerous occasions, so you can understand, that as they keep on surviving, that thoughts of possibly living through this thing are starting to simmer. I feel like the harmony between them is starting a shift in their thinking, maybe they can allow themselves to dream…just a little.


Right from the opening scene the Winchester feels were thick; the younger brother who didn’t fit in and wanted to get away, the older brother who just wanted to keep him safe. The desperation that Jesse must have felt when Matty was ripped away from him; the fear, then the hate that brewed inside, causing him to become a hunter. The need for revenge drives most hunters – at least it gets them started in the job. John, Bobby, Eileen…Sam and Dean in the early days – though they were different as they were born into it – and also there’s the whole vessels of the apocalypse thing! Now it’s just their life, one they've both embraced, with one shit storm after another…this rolling catastrophic horror show that’s kind of like a domino line…hit one thing down and it starts some horrible chain reaction! 

I picture others hunters killing off a nest of vamps, killing a wendigo or two… errr Sam an Dean, losing souls, becoming demons, going to hell and heaven, fighting Lucifer and Leviathan and megalomaniacal angels and…um, yeah…okay...they’re a bit different!


I love when new hunters are introduced to our Universe. It colours in the Winchester’s world. I imagine a network of these men and women out there, hiding in the shadows, doing the job with no recognition, killing things that no-one even knows exist. Jesse and Cesar were lovely, well-rounded characters with a history that made you instantly connect with them, and a relationship that, after the penny drop moment, was simply allowed to be, without comment. I internally hugged the show for that.

When I realised that Jesse was the kid from the teaser, I was instantly onboard. I instantly cared. I cared about Jesse and Cesar. I could see their love. I could see how Cesar supported Jesse in his fight to get some kind of closure. These characters felt complete and whole from the get go. That’s some good writing and some good acting right there. I didn’t want to let them go. And I was terrified they were going to die. Good on you Supernatural for surprising me on that front.

I always worry when the brothers separate, that never seems to go well! But I enjoyed both of the conversations Sam and Dean had with Jesse and Cesar. 


Dean and Cesar talking about loss that never goes away is something the Winchesters understand all too well, as is revenge and how you have to get it, even if you know it’s not going to fix anything. The Winchester’s lives were built on revenge, they understand its destructive power, it’s a heartache too familiar. Dean’s seen the people he loves most be tortured by it – as he’s been tortured himself.

Loss and revenge have been a theme of the show since its very first moments, and these themes also ties through to the mytharc of the season – the other one with Amara and Lucifer. Amara, who was betrayed by her brother, feels that pain all too acutely as she seeks out God, for revenge or acceptance or an apology, I’m not sure which she truly wants! I’m not sure she knows. Lucifer carries the sting of rejection by God too, and even through his sassiness and devil may care attitude (excuse the pun), you can’t help but see that there is pain and anger and hurt at the root of all he is. The need for revenge can cloud your judgement; it can strip you of control. It’s interesting that revenge was such a big theme in this episode.


Sam and Jesse also talked about loss, framed through Jesse’s loss of his big brother and the fact that his big brother turned into something no longer human. Every word Jesse said about Matty seemed to resonate on Sam’s face. Sam has dealt with the loss of Dean – more than once - and the not human thing. He’s been through that and knows that agonising wound it leaves on your soul. Once again, this also ties into the season arc of Dean’s apparent bond to Amara, the fact that the Mark of Cain still seems to exert some power even when removed, and what that will all end up meaning in relation to Dean and The Darkness. 

I have started to feel like maybe, because of that bond, because of the Mark of Cain tie, maybe Dean will be the one who must wield the Hand of God against Amara. If so, these conversations hold even more poignancy…especially at the end, when Jesse and Cesar give Matty a hunter’s burial, and Sam admits he used to be terrified that John and Dean would not come back…and that even though he tried to think what to do, he just felt lost. I don’t think anything’s changed much, even as a grown up Sam was lost when Dean was thrown into Purgatory. That fear has never gone away…what if Dean doesn’t come back - and we saw Dean face that in Red Meat, and saw what that still does to him. But Dean said, that they always came back, every time… I hope he’s right. I wasn’t sure if this made me feel optimistic or more scared! But I sure as hell felt like the conversation was there for us to pay attention to. And my heart broke for a young Sam holed up in some motel room, worrying that he’d never see his family again. Damn. It was amazingly powerful moment, and another heart clenching insight into these guy’s childhoods. I can’t stand the thought of Sam and Dean being apart from each other ever again.


The brothers’ relationship this season continues to be an utter delight! There’s a return to playfulness that’s a joy to watch. There’s lightness to Dean in his interactions with Sam that boils down to what Jensen said about Dean knowing that Sam has and will always have his back. No more doubt. It’s changed him, it’s changed them both, that admittance and acceptance that they BOTH will do anything for each other. The relationship is more balanced because of it. Their discussions, even when at odds are discussions now – even if they get loud. There is an understanding that seems to be growing…it’s like they’ve finally opened up to who their brother is, and who they are and with that, there’s a harmony that can only make them stronger. It will also make any tragedy befalling one of them even more gut-wrenching - they've come so far.... meep!



Dean sitting on the edge of the desk teasing Sam about his foray into weed was unbelievably adorable, and the fact that you could tell Sam loved it made it even better. “You’re an idiot,” says so much more than you’re an idiot!

I loved Etta flirting with Sam and Dean enjoying it – even if Sam didn’t pick up on it straight away. His eyebrows were a treat when he realised what was happening!

I loved the little domestic moment – Dean obsessively researching for a change as Sam chastised him while eating cereal. I hope they do kick karma back. They’re owed a win.


In the end, Jesse and Cesar did the job that started it all, and looked to their future beyond hunting, something Dean had no intention of stopping, no matter how much the brothers needed their help. He wasn't going to spoil their finish line...

Somewhere inside me it gave me a glimmer of hope…because I think somewhere inside Sam and Dean it gave them a glimmer of hope…even if they wouldn’t acknowledge, or admit it. It’s that little nugget of maybe there’s a different ending out there that’s been touched on more than once this season. But as Jesse and Cesar drove away, we knew the immediate future for both sets of hunters was a very different one, and the aloneness of the Winchesters filled the final moment. They’ve still got work to do. Maybe they always will. 


The Chitters was definitely a monster of the week episode, with a new critter and some nice horror themes delivered by The Blair Witch director Eduardo Sánchez, and written by Nancy Won, who is most definitely a keeper. There were lovely performances from everyone involved, especially Jensen and Jared (as usual) but also Lee Rumohr and Hugo Ateo who played Jesse and Cesar respectively – I connected to both of those characters more than I would have expected for episodic players. But like any good episode of Supernatural, there was so much more going on than what was happening on the surface. Themes of family, loss, revenge, love and putting the past behind you and moving on. The Chitters had a hell of a lot of depth. I found it emotionally fulfilling. But these deeply satisfying bro feels, these moments of harmony and even happiness, these small glimmers of hope, at this point in the season, fill me with dread. I’ll just hang on to Dean’s words that he always comes back…I have a sneaking suspicion I’m going to need them.


-sweetondean

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on NO MORE HIATUS' Squeefilled Preview of Supernatural 11x19 "The Chitters"

-by sweetondean





Oh yeahhhhhhhh we're back! 5 more episodes until the end of the season! MEEP! This is when things start to get terrifying quite frankly... but before that happens, we have this week's episode which looks like it sits outside of the main mythology...though I'm sticking with my theory that this season's arc is actually the brothers' relationship....






When we last saw our heroes....


THEN

The boys joined forces with their frenemy Crowley
Rowena came back from the dead
Lucifer made a trip to Heaven
Cas watched TV
The Hand of God needs the Chosen
The Darkness stole Casifer and is being mean to him
The boys talked...and talked...and talked again.


NOW

I guess on the way to bringing Cas home....the boys caught a case!





So I went back and looked at all the episode 19s because I know around here we often have the last, not totally devoted to the season mytharc, ep before we rush headlong towards the finale. But it's actually about 50/50. Some ep 19s are up to their elbows in mytharc, some aren't....so there goes that theory!

Anyhoooo....synopsis!


“The Chitters” 

SAM AND DEAN MEET A NEW PAIR OF HUNTERS – In a small town in Colorado, mysterious disappearances happen every 27 years. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head to the town to investigate and meet two hunters who have a personal vendetta against these once-in-a-generation monsters. Eduardo Sanchez directed the episode written by Nancy Won (#1119). 

This is Nancy's third episode, in this her first season with the show - previous episodes being, 11.05 Thin Lizzie and 11.12 Don't You Forget About Me. I've been super impressed with Nancy's writing, especially her take on the brothers...and of course she gave us that wonderfully awkward family dinner!

Eduardo Sánchez is best known as the writer/director of The Blair Witch Project - which was one of the first (if not the first) found footage style horror movies. It was absolutely massive and revolutionary when it was released in 1999. As well as controversal. Many found the shaky cam hard to deal with, and the home video, low budget style was also critisised. But it was a huge hit in its day and generated massive amounts of press and a few sequels!


I watched The Blair Witch Project again recently, and I have to say, it stands up really well against modern horror. I think it's pretty damn cool we have Eduardo directing our show. Unfortunately he's currently directing an episode of Dusk Til Dawn so won't be available to live tweet - because that would have been fun! I'm sure he popped some Blair Witch Easter Eggs in the episode - other than the fact part of it appears to take place in the woods!


I always get nervous when the Winchesters run into other hunters - they've had some bad luck with them in the past. But on the flipside, I also love it, because I love to see the hunter world populated with others out there living the life and doing the job. I always find that fascinating. I wonder if these hunters have heard of the boys or visa versa? I wonder if they'll turn out to be friend or foe...or you, know...survive! Bet they both don't...

Okay, here is the promo!


 


It looks like a monster of the week - but if we are heading into a big mytharc episode next week (with the return of a certain bathrobe wearing favourite), I'm sure we'll end with something that ties us back in - if not also peppered throughout. The monster of the week stories this season have been unbelievably strong. It's part of what I think has made this season particularly great, this feeling that we have got back to the roots and the heart of the show. The brothers being hunters and the brothers being brothers. It's made season 11, and all the stories being told throughout it, highly satisfying. There have been lots of twists and turns, but it all feels firmly rooted in the history of the show. I absolutely adore it.


SNEAK PEEK TIME!

video


O.M.G. Sammy smoking weed. Dean "sinner" "rebel"! SEASON 11 BROTHERS LET ME LOVE YOU!




Dean actually looks a bit like Jensen here! And I never think they look a like. Which I know is weird. But Jensen has a lightness to him, a softness that exudes out of him and Dean carries the weight of the world etched in his beautiful face. I LOVE THIS ADORABLE, TEASING, CUTE AS A DAMN BUTTON DEAN! He looks about 12.



I better hang on to this memory...I'm think it's not going to be light and funny Dean much beyond this point!

By the way...pretty sure my body emits a buzzing sound around Jensen....


Also, no-one does, SHUT UP DEAN face like Sam!



Now...there may have been something about monsters in this...IDK...all I saw was Dean teasing Sam and being stupidly cute, Sam being adorably irritated, and something about junkless, sinner, rebel and weed.
*happily snuggles down into a love bubble*


Okay! So have fun with this epi! Enjoy any happy feels you can feel.... IT'S GETTING CLOSE TO THE SEASON END AND WE KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS....




I'll just leave you with this....



oh my god




-sweetondean


(Oh and shameless promotion time...I wrote a wee story about the bros - just something a little fun, check it out if you like :) SNOW DAY)


Oh and here's another sneak peek from EW - that shows the boys are looking for Cas, but with no leads, they're doing their job on the side.






Sunday, 10 April 2016

Review: Supernatural 11x18 "Hell's Angel" - The Gangs All Here!

-by sweetondean


After a few incredibly strong monster of the week episodes, we were back with a whopping myth-arc instalment…whopping because everyone was in it! And I mean everyone! All of this season’s players…including the dead and discarded ones!

Yes we had Sam and Dean, and Crowley, and Casifer, and Amara, and Castiel, and Lucifer and Rowena…the previously, but obviously only mostly, dead Rowena! What a cast for one episode! I liked it!


I had a feeling Rowena wouldn’t be dead. I remember at some point either she said, or someone said she couldn’t be killed, or powerful witches couldn’t be killed or something…and so I felt like her despatch might not be final. But I was still surprised when I saw that tiny hand and heard that Scottish brogue! I’m glad she’s not dead. She’d grown on me by the time they took her out. She’d become a fascinating, complex, damaged character and I’m interested in what the future holds for her. Especially now, as she seems to be intent on burning every single bridge! Of course there’s nothing Lucifer, Crowley, or the boys can do about getting rid of her due to that immortality spell tucked away inside her, but Amara could suck the soul right out of her…I guess…I would assume she still has one. Playing both sides of the battle for your own gain, or as Dean said, playing the odds, is a tough juggle and we’ve seen many fail. And now everyone knows that’s what she was doing. I think she’d be best to stay out of sight!


I love evil, sassy Crowley. I love it what he’s an evil bastard. That’s how he should be, and it was great to see his return to form, especially at the beginning when he just killed everyone!

The relationship between him and the Winchesters always delights me, and it seems like there’s still some kind of odd connection between him and the boys, especially Dean. Even though both have professed they will kill the other, there seems to be something still lingering from Dean and Crowley’s time together. Or maybe it is simply the devil you know. Either way, I’m sure both would vehemently deny it, but seeing them on the phone, and then in particular the moment Dean called Crowley out on his ego and told him he was smarter than that… I freakin loved that moment! There was such a familiarity between the three of them in that scene. I will never cease to bubble with glee at the weirdness and awkwardness of the relationship between Crowley and the Winchester boys. It’s so wrong, but oh so right!


Misha is doing a fantastic job playing Lucifer. I absolutely dig Casifer! This week’s episode in particular he was a hoot! The scenes in Heaven were amazing. When Casifer actually straddled that guy I think I squee out loud. It was so unexpected! It was a show of dominance in every sense of the word. I wondered if it was scripted or a character choice by Misha? I’d love to know, because a-hem, I didn’t know how to feel!

Of course, when The Darkness bellows, she plays right into Lucifer’s hands by letting loose on Heaven. The angels see her strength, and in that moment I can see that those piss weak angels, the epic followers that they are, could actually let him in to rule them, if they thought he could protect Heaven from her, or destroy her, or both. Angels are not the sharpest tools.

I completely believe in Casifer’s power…I feel like at any moment he could break everyone’s necks and skip lightly from the room, whistling a jaunty tune! He feels like he’s perpetually teetering on the edge of snapping, and I love it. There’s a lot of anger in the Devil!

I found it equal parts exciting and terrifying when Casifer confronts the brothers…like a kitten with a moth, just kind of patting them around back and forth, he sure knows how to toy with his prey. I was holding my breath after he said, “Ahhh, who needs ya”. I mean I knew he wasn’t going to kill them…but man, I feel like he could! Thank goodness his ego likes to monologue! I adore the way this show writes Lucifer, ever since they first revealed him to us; he’s been absolutely brilliant. Definitely one of the best characters this show has created.



And if I can be shallow for a moment…Casifer-Misha is so pretty! All smiley all the time, in a manic kind of smug way! And his eyes look particularly blue up against all the white, in Heaven!

Misha as Cas was all sad and sort of detached. Completely under Lucifer’s control…brainwashed, or suppressed, I couldn’t decide. I feel like if he were lucid, he’d have realised by now that his decision was folly. But Cas could hear Dean, and that’s something…that’s hopeful, right? We had a brief moment, a glimmer that maybe the spell could be broken…he’s in there somewhere. I did wonder why he wasn’t in Sam’s room watching Netflix? Part of Lucifer’s evilness to make him watch a black and white, 4x3, rabbit ear portable TV instead of Sam’s big screen HD number? I mean…that’s pure evil right there!


I squeed when Mark Pellegrino showed up inside Cas’ vessel, (it was helluva crowded in there)! I thought that might happen the minute Crowley smoked in – like when he went to save Sammy from Gadreel. It was almost too much awesome! So much awesome! As much as I love Misha’s Lucifer having the true Devil back was a delight. He was scary with out the smart-arseness…because basically he just wanted to kill Crowley! If I were Crowley, I’d stay well out of this mess! Pick up the pieces once the fight’s done, like he did last time.


We hadn’t seen Amara for quite awhile, and I was glad that we were shown she’d been under the weather, because I’d been wondering what she was up to. One thing I liked about her was that she still sounds “new”. There’s a naivety to the way she talks, a child like quality as she tries to work through the challenges of dealing with humans and other entities after a millennium on her own. It’s something that I’ve always liked about the way this character is portrayed. She’s been out of the picture for a long time and her awkwardness fits with that isolation. I can’t decide if she really does want to destroy the world out of spite for what her brother did to her, and what she believes is her right; or if she just wants her brother to accept her, and apologise, or give her some attention…maybe a hug! Everyone loves a hug! I like that she seems like a bundle of angry hurt scary feels. When she burst through the window, I thought that she'd come to protect Dean at first, because Lucifer was about to kill him, but then she said she'd been following Rowena, so I'm not so sure. Maybe her timing was just spot on! I’m also not sure destroying Lucifer is the way to get her bro’s attention, he may have been God’s favourite once upon a time, but he was kicked out of the house a long, long time ago, and is now a great big back of dicks! However…maybe God will come for Castiel...


I was super interested in the God’s chosen line. Who would be God’s chosen; the only one to be able to wield a Hand of God weapon? I’m wondering if it’s Castiel. 

Cas has been resurrected more than once by God, he’s been glued back together after being blown apart. He’s been given a permanent human vessel in Jimmy Novack’s form, (who now resides in Heaven with the missus); all of which took place, one must assume, through the grace of God. Cas has even wondered why God kept resurrecting him. He thought that it was a punishment, so he could feel the guilt and the pay penance for all the catastrophic errors he’s made whilst trying to do the right thing. But what if Cas is actually God’s chosen? What if that’s why God continued to resurrect him? The irony of Cas allowing Lucifer in, when it was really Cas all along who held the power to destroy The Darkness, is somewhere the show most definitely would go! As well as the irony of having God’s cast out son possessing God’s chosen. 

At the beginning of the season, Cas was feeling hated, lost and down, a useless misfit who felt less Team Freewill and more a tool for the Winchesters to call on. He felt he had no place in either world he straddled, all of which led to him to saying yes to Lucifer. 

When Amara first met Castiel, she said to him she could never understand her brother’s interest in Cas. She was also noticeably weakened after her run in with Cas. It was only then that she wobbled and had to lean against a tree. This weakness has been put down to the angel smiting, but what if it was due to her proximity to Castiel, her proximity to God’s chosen, the only one that can destroy her, or send her back to…wherever, my guess is The Empty. This Cas is God’s chosen could be a nice arc to bring Castiel back to his original position of angelic power, and make Heaven eat its words! No one would expect Cas to be God’s chosen…least of all Cas! Be a nice reveal when God finally makes a showing, don’t cha think? 

Or random thought number 4082…what if it’s Metatron? God’s chosen scribe. He sure doesn’t deserve it…but God chose him once, chosen out of Heaven’s typing pool!

Just tossing around some theories…let’s face it, it’s probably neither of them! Moving right along...


While all this heaven and hell and demon and witch and angel and devil and deity stuff was going on…the brothers were being, well…brothers. 

In line with this epic season, the Winchester boys were talking…sometimes arguing sure, but arguing is talking, and is a lot better than they used to do! Even though they didn’t agree on the Cas/Lucifer fighting The Darkness thing, they talked it through. They both said their points. There was no “Well that’s what we’re doing so shut it” kind of thing going on (Dean…), they argued, but they listened. And you could tell by their final conversation in the bunker, they both actually heard.

Each had a point, Cas is family, and neither wants to lose him…Dean is worried that Lucifer may not win, and Cas will be the collateral. Sam believes Cas is strong enough to handle it, but also, it was his choice to say yes to Lucifer, and they should honour that. Dean is all, we don’t let family die. Sam is all, but we should respect family’s decisions. It’s the same argument they’ve been having for years! But what was wonderful was that even though this conversation was interrupted by Crowley (by the way asshat, I could listen to them bicker forever!), it continued later around the war table back in the bunker, each taking the other brother’s point…Sam saying he may have been wrong about the Lucifer thing, Dean saying that maybe they should respect Cas’ decision…

I loved that last conversation…I was worried where it was going at first, this whole respecting each other's decisions no matter what the out come might be sounded like a mighty bad idea to me! Until Dean’s last words…

Sam: Listen. Um, I know I came down on the side of wanting Cas to deal with Amara, so-

Dean: Well, that's what he wanted though, right? Besides, didn't we say we're gunna swear off getting in the way when one person makes a choice the other didn't agree with?

Sam: Yeah, um. Yeah, we did say that.

Dean: So.

Sam: Okay. So, that's our policy.

Dean: Which sounds damn good…. Well...


Yep…screw that, let’s find him and bring him home! 

One thing is very clear, when it comes to Amara’s hold on, or bond with Dean, or whatever we want to call it, family always trumps her. Whether it’s breaking through her hold because she hurtled Sam at a wall, or pretty much ignoring her because he’s worried for Cas. Amara’s hold seems non-existent when Dean’s family is threatened. Which we’ve always suspected would be the case. I feel like this is important!


I liked Hell’s Angel; I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The performances were great from everyone, just so damn good…such an amazing cast…and everyone was there, which was so exciting! The special effects were great, and the story set up some interesting plot points that I look forward to seeing more on. But as much as I enjoyed coming back to the myth-arc and I’m intrigued where this is all heading and what horrors lie ahead for us, the monster of the week (with some myth-arc sprinkled in) episodes have been so damn amazing this season that I find these are the eps that have absolutely sent my blood pressure soaring or made my heart overfill with love. They are the eps that I can’t help thinking about, or watching over and over. And really, that kind of makes sense, because Season 11 seems to understand that the monster of the week episodes are what this show was built on, it’s where we all started, it’s how we got to know Sam and Dean Winchester, got to see the brothers interacting, and their relationship in full flight - the ups and the downs. It’s how it’s always been, and it’s great to see that the episodes that aren’t 100% focused on the season arc, are as strong as, or if not stronger this season, than the myth-arc episodes. Baby, The Vessel, Safe House, Red Meat…these are some of my favourite episodes of not just this season, but the entire series! I think they’re some of the strongest episodes this show has done, and for the most part, these were either in someway, or entirely about the brothers, about their journey, their relationship, their bond. Maybe I’ve got it wrong…maybe it’s those episodes that carry this season’s arc; the reigniting of Sam and Dean’s connection, the maturation of their relationship, the harmony and equality that envelops all their discussions and interactions. Maybe the reawakening of the epic love story of Sam and Dean is actually this season’s myth-arc, and every episode is crafted to show that like Charlie said, they can do anything when they’re a team, that they are stronger together. I mean hey…they’re even talking at the same time!


-sweetondean


Bonus caps...for reasons of...well, I'm sweetondean!




Saturday, 9 April 2016

Supernatural Think Tank - Thinky Thoughts and Theories on 11x18 Hell's Angel

- by Anna


I never really liked the term "filler", especially it's application regarding Supernatural. The term is often associated with MOTW eps, which has always boggled my mind. I never really use that word when describing any episode, after all how can any episode that revolves around Sam and Dean Winchester be considered filler? It's their life, it's what they do, it's saving people and hunting things, the family business and it's the MOTW episodes, the stand alones that tell their story best. Those are my favourites, those are the meat and potatoes of Supernatural. Those are the eps that revolve around our boys and what I deem to be the bigger picture, which is fighting for humanity, one life at a time. It's the MOTW episodes and the stand alone eps that truly represent our heroes best. 

While I don't like the term and never use it myself, the word "filler" does exist and a lot of people use it to describe non myth arc episodes. I'm the opposite in fact. If I had to use the term "filler", I would use it on myth arc eps. I find myth arc eps, especially those of late to fill one purpose, and no, it's not to move the story along. I consider these myth arc eps, or "filler" eps if I was forced to use the term, to be what they are, focus on the smaller picture story so that Jared and Jensen can get their much earned and desired days off. It's these eps that have very little of our boys and bring all the other characters into play. These are also the eps that give one the illusion that the real story of the boys is them once again having to destroy the big evil and save the world, but in reality, that's not nor has it ever been what this show is truly about. The big picture is the boys being the heroes they are by focusing their attention on the innocents in a more personal way. It's about saving people yes, but doing it in a way that focus' on the individual, giving importance to human life by letting us the viewer witness the victim in a personal way so that we're invested in it emotionally. When Sam and Dean Winchester save someone against a monster, animal, human or otherwise, they are all the more heroes in our eyes because of the connection we have to the victims and their plight. This is what I've always considered to be what show is all about. The myth arc stuff, for me that's the filler eps. I'm not saying I don't enjoy these eps, because I do for the most part. Yet, it's these eps, the ones that lack the Winchesters, that I find myself less invested in. It's much easier to go to the bathroom during the ep, then waiting for the commercial. I find myself getting up more, doing errands that most definitely could wait. While eps like the one we had on last night keep me interested, I'm not as emotionally invested and find it a lot easier to get distracted.

I want to go on record saying that I liked Hell's Angel, I just wasn't emotionally invested in it as I have been for the last couple of weeks. The biggest thrill for me was seeing Rowena alive and kicking. I knew we hadn't seen the last of her. I'll tell you this much, Amara and Luci might seem like today's problem, but in my opinion, it's Rowena that's going to be the real problem. I hope the boys get rid of Amara soon. She's not all that interesting to me. She's basically, much like Lucifer, a disgruntled member of God's family who's throwing a temper tantrum, and sees fit to destroy humanity as simply an act of spite and revenge because she never got her way. She bores me. She's not scary or smart and she's dressed in a way that certainly doesn't represent what is supposed to be an all powerful deity. The more we see of Amara, the more I miss Dick Roman. I will be happy when the boys finally figure out how to be rid of her. 

Crowley is always a delight. We pretty much knew that the best move for him is to go to the boys. I think Crowley proved useful in this episode. We've pretty much learnt two things due to Crowley. Firstly, it's obvious that a HOG isn't capable of destroying either Luci or Amara. It could come into play as some sort of distraction, but it's not going to solve the problem. I think we're getting closer to the boys realising that Amara and Luci cannot be killed. They will have to come up with Plan B, which is containment, that of course is where Billie's empty threats come into play. The "Empty" is most likely the solution to the boys current dilemma, it's just a matter of when Sam and Dean reach that epiphany and how they end up getting both Amara and Luci there. I will say this, it's going to take both boys to stop Amara. The "Not John" vision in Baby specifically told Sam that it will take both of the boys to stop the Darkness. Last week, Billie, in her subtle way, told Dean the same thing. Dean had plead to Billie to bring Sam back because he was the ONLY one who can stop the Darkness. Billie had told Dean he was lying. She insinuated that he wanted Sam alive for him, but I'm not so sure that was the case. I kind of think that it was Billie's way of telling Dean that not only Sam can do it. Soon after that she uttered the words "Dean The Empty is waiting". If you ask me, I'd say that Billie pretty much just told Dean, that it's going to take both of them to stop Amara and the way to do it is by sending her to the Empty....after all it is waiting. 

The second thing we learnt thanks to Crowley, is that Cas doesn't want out of Luci and I'm leaning towards thinking it has more to do with Cas giving up than it does believing that Luci is the only chance they had. It seemed to me that Cas was very happy in his little corner of his own mind within himself and it appeared to me that he has no interest of changing this situation. I think Cas wants out. I think he's given up on himself completely and just wants to hide from everything. I don't think Cas said yes to Luci because he believed Luci to be the answer, I think Cas has given up on himself and just wanted to run away and hide, perhaps Cas couldn't face the thought of failing once again. I don't know if Amara torturing Casifer to get God's attention will be enough to reach Cas and alter his attitude. I think this Cas needs a Winchester intervention if he's ever going to get his spark to fight back again.

I loved seeing MP as Luci. I gotta say, watching Mark has certainly solidified, that he and he alone owns the role of Lucifer. Only Jared came close to playing Luci with such perfection. 

The notion of a "Chosen One" was mentioned. I'm kind of leaning towards it being Cas. I have no doubt that Sam and Dean will defeat Amara, but I think perhaps that Cas will be the sacrifice in order to do so. I think that little talk the boys were having at the end might be foreshadowing Cas' ultimate decision and they're need to respect it. That of course is just my little theory.

I will admit to being baffled by Dean's suggestion that they exorcise Cas before they give Luci the Hand of God to try and defeat Amara. After all this season has been about, after last week's ep and Dean's decision to save that couple, to do what Sam would want, despite his grief and horror at seeing his brother dead on the floor, Dean was willing to sacrifice and innocent vessel just so Cas can live? That suggestion has gone against everything the boys have done this season. It went back to half the bumper sticker and I was actually aghast that Dean would say such a thing. It bothered me that Dean was ready to sacrifice some poor innocent, when Cas, as Sam had duly noted, made the decision to be Luci's vessel. This not only went against the very mission statement the boys had renewed the vow of abiding by, but it diminished the very lesson Dean learnt when he possessed Sam with an angel. Was anybody else going....WTF? or was that just me? Then as we got to the end, and I gathered my thoughts, it occurred to me that the conversation at the end, was basically recognising Dean's automatic, and in this case, wrong response to the situation with Cas. This recognition made me feel better. It also had me thinking that it could be a bit of foreshadow and not necessarily regarding the decisions the boys might have to make, but regarding the fact, as I've noted above, that this time around, it might be Cas that ends up taking the hit for the team and humanity. We shall see I guess.

We have a bit of a break again and then we get back to what I regard as the meat and potatoes of Supernatural, a nice MOTW ep to give us the time to enjoy our boys doing what they do best....saving people and hunting things...before we get to the final eps where we get to see the boys save the world on a much more grander scale. 

Thursday, 7 April 2016

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 11x18 - "Hell's Angel"

-by sweetondean



HAVE WE RECOVERED FROM LAST WEEK YET? ARE WE BREATHING AGAIN?



Phew, I was sure I'd never get over last week's episode! Seriously. But you know, I'm a Supernatural fan, I'm tough, I've learned to bounce back from PAINNNNNN! SORTA! And now I'm ready to get back into the mythology!


Soooooooo....


THEN







NOW



Yep the gang's all here...or back...or whatever! After a few really EXCELLENT monster of the weekish episodes, we are back to a full on mythology episode...which makes sense, as we hurtle towards the finale. Except next week and the week after...when there's no ep...yep... another 2 week hiatus!




Anyhoooooo.....



What's the synopsis say?

Hell’s Angel”

THE EPIC BATTLE FOR POWER BEGINS – Lucifer (Misha Collins) takes a trip home and tries to assert himself into Heaven. Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) he has a way to take down Amara (guest star Emily Swallows). Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1118). 

OKAY! This sounds busy and fun! Brad and Eugenie always seem to write the episodes with EVERYONE in them! Don't they?

I can't wait to see Casifer in Heaven and how all that goes down. And I wondered how long it would be before Crowley contacted his frienemies. Love a bit of Crowley, Moose and Squirrel interaction!

Crowley showing Moose and Squirrel his plan to kill the Darkness

Does it look like they summon Casifer...and maybe tramp him by holy oil? Eeeeee. This really is going to be fun!




Let's check out the promo!


Amara is LOUD! So we've got the Horn of Joshua (the 13 year old boy humour inside me is giggling), another Hand of God weapon. One shot wonder I'm guessing, so they best be careful with the use of it! And all that flashy stuff...I wonder if that's from Amara bellowing...if so, why hasn't she done that before - or are we being promoed again, like last week! The fact that I'm a promo producer and yet can still get promoed never ceased to amaze me! I wonder what Amara's been up to while we haven't been watching! Heh.

Okay... here is the sneak peek!


I LOVE IT WHEN THEY TALK AT THE SAME TIME!

Too funny though, because I was totally waiting for the "If" and if the if is despatch Lucifer, well we know the boys are onboard...as long as Cas isn't despatched in the process! 

I love how the boys smile at each other at the thought of Crowley being trussed up like a dog and in a kennel!  Oh boys. Weeeee! (I actually found that Crowley/dog stuff someone disturbing though).

I always love the interactions between Crowley, Sam and Dean. It's developed into such an odd relationship and through all the threats, I feel like neither side will actually ever do anything about it, unless they absolutely have to, or are under threat themselves - or to protect/help/save their brother. Better the Devil you know works on both sides.




I just including these photos for reasons of....




Okay...so we have this week...then we have two damn weeks off...then we have 5 eps left straight through to the finale! Thank goodness, because these hiatus' really screw with me and my mood! I neeeeeeed my show! 

I have no idea what's going to happen at the end of this season...like none. Something horrible I'm sure. Well thank you Captain Obvious! Maybe last week's episode was their way of preparing us! Warm us up with pre-trauma before the real trauma. OMG STOP IT NOW WITH THAT! I'm excited/scared/excited! Oooo my tummy just flipped! Geeze! I may also be in trouble...again.

Enjoy the episode!
-sweetondean



You can read sweetondean's review of last week's episode here