Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - Family Feud




Opening words

Alright, there was a lot happening in this episode maybe too much. I felt dizzy with all the plots and a lot felt little disjointed and something was missing. Why was all of it piled to one episode? Who knows. This episode was not to my liking that much but it had some redeeming qualities. Hopefully also those parts shine outwards from this recap.

So let’s get to it, shall we?





















Details

Title                Family Feud
Episode           12.13
First aired        February 23, 2017
Directed by      P.J. Pesce
Written by        Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming
Monster        Ghost
Location(s)      Andover, Massachusetts, Lebanon, Kansas, Fall River, Massachusetts, Des Moines, Iowa


















Story

Things are not looking good for the families in Supernatural. The dysfunction can be seen on all our players this week. I did like the creepy horror start to the episode which shows that we probably have a ghost case on our hands. Sam and Dean check it out too and Dean calls their mother for help or just if she would like to be there. She lies because she is really in a training session with the BMOL and Ketch. At least the gun is cool that she uses to kill a Rugaru. Dean is suspicious about Mary but Sam defends his mother. Poor Sam, if you only knew. 

Winchesters head to Iowa where another kill has happened. Boy Scout leader has bit the dust while taking a tour in a museum. Sam and Dean finds out that there is an exhibit where they are presenting salvaged goods from a sunken ship called the Star. Crowley’s son Gavin should have been on board that ship but he wasn’t. Crowley on the other hand tells the whole ploy how he got Lucifer to be his captive and Lucifer informs him that Kelly and the Nephilim are very much alive.


So Crowley is not that interested to co-operate when the boys call. It seems having that baby alive is not in his itinerary. When Sam and Dean find out Lucifer is still out of the cage and help prisoner by Crowley there will be hell to pay. On a positive note Mark Pellegrino seem to be staying as a permanent vessel now. Still, this will bite Crowley heavily on his ass. 

While Crowley was no help at all to the boys they turn to call on Rowena. They make her an offer and soon they are all waiting to meet Gavin when he steps out of a bus. Meanwhile Dagon gets her hands on Kelly and they are a team now. This was the most peaceful family meeting on this episode and I did like Gavin, grand mother and son meets and they do not try to kill one another. They head to the museum where Gavin notices a locket he gave to his past girlfriend Fiona. He was supposed to meet her before leaving with the ship but Abaddon snatched him away. Fiona on the other hand might have been on the ship when it sank. The locket is missing and we saw it levitate to a woman’s pocket.


When all this is happening Ketch is trying to manipulate Mary and the BMOL tries to come between her and the boys. They can’t save one teacher but the other they can in the Pembroke Day School for Girls. The ghost was there so Gavin tries to summon Fiona and she tells him the whole story. It seems her adventure on the ship was not that great. Because what happened there she was going after teachers to have vengeance.  That leads us to the problem. They can't destroy her bones because they are at the bottom of the sea and they can't be certain destroying the locket will work. 

So, what can they do? Dean and Gavin both suggest that Gavin would return to his time and board the ship with her. No revenge would then be needed. This choice doesn't fit Crowley though and he tries to prevent it but he can't. Rowena stops her and the hurt can be seen on Crowley's eyes. Winchesters take Gavin to the bunker and they do the spell. He is send back and it works. Rowena agreed for Gavin to go because it was his choice but because she wanted to have revenge against Crowley when he forced her to kill Oscar to get the Mark of Cain off of Dean back in the day.



After all this and when my head is spinning Mary comes back to the bunker and she comes clean with the BMOL. The boys are not happy. They both remember what the British Men of Letters have done, specially to Sam. While the montage of her coming clean we end up with Lucifer and he whispers Dagon's name.


















Characters

Well, the rest of this recap will be pretty heard. For me there was few disappointments but I will try to smooth them down because things might change. With the characters, long story short, I don't like Kelly. I had my doubts also before but with this episode it grew. Maybe it is also because I have watched another show recently where a woman seemed to loose her genius doctor brains after she got pregnant. Literally, she turned to be a total i-d-i-o-t from the smart character she once was. It was not the fault of the actress but how her character was written. And Kelly is heading to the same direction to be an annoyance for me. 

I also did like Gavin but not Fiona. Her story was tragic but the whole love story was too cliched for me. Why not but her after Gavin because he left her and she died on the ship? Or something. Or maybe she could have been murdered on the ship and she thought it was Gavin and because of that went after him? The story just did not work for me.


I am more cautious with Dagon. She did not make that big of a impression for me like Ramiel did but like I said. Maybe that will change later. I like that Mary came clean and how devilish Mr. Ketch is and dangerous. I felt for Crowley when his son said goodbyes. Rowena has grown on me and she doesn't have that much cartoonish ways like she had before. Lucifer is cooking up his escape already and may Gavin rest in peace.

Here is the full list of characters:

Mary Winchester
Crowley
Lucifer
Nick
Rowena
Mr. Ketch
Gavin MacLeod
Kelly Kline
Dagon
Fiona Duncan

















Set design

With sets there was not that much that caught my eye except the museum. I love history and archaeology. I also love antiques and think that old designs have been some of the greatest we have had. That said we had some ordinary stuff like the bedroom of the teacher at the start. The strange warehouse where Mary and Ketch was. We saw Crowley's familiar dungeon and the ordinary bathroom of the museum. We got also a brief glimpse of a diner. Dagon took Kelly also to a scruffy looking warehouse and Rowena and Crowley spend some time in a bus station.


Like I mentioned the museum with it's historical items was the highlight this week from the sets as was the weirdly old fashioned Pembroke Day School for Girls. Do the private schools really look like this? It looked like a manor and not a school with the library, fireplace and rest of the decor. With the museum one other thing that it made me thought of was archaeological digs under water and also I am a big fan of the TV show Black Sails. So, everything old interests me.

















Props

There was not that many interesting props or out of the ordinary so I will write about the three that were crucial in one way or another for the story. The first one we saw was the Rugaru weapon Mary used while in "training" by Mr. Ketch. It looked pretty futuristic. The Second that was probably the most awesome was the bow ornament. This is where my pirate fan girl kicked in. The woman figure is covering her eyes. Last but not least was the beautiful locket Gavin gave to Fiona. Old design so I liked it.



















Music

We had only one song in this episode and it was Play with Fire by The Rolling Stones.

" Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know
But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your father'd be there with her
If he only could
But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
Your old man took her diamond's and tiaras by the score
Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire”

Here is the short +/- rundown for Family Feud

+ Gavin MacLeod
+ Mary comes clean
+ Crowley
+ Sam doing spells
+ Rowena and Gavin meet 
+ Creepy opening
+ Beautiful snow scenery

- Gavin MacLeod dies again
- Kelly Kline
- Crowley, wtf are you doing?
- I’m a multi tasker but come on!

-/+ Mary Winchester 
-/+ Dagon

Sam & Dean, my heart ;’(




Don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire. Onwards to episode 14!



2 comments:

  1. I totally agree with your overall view on the episode! I just can't seem to get on board with these writers (Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming), they are always the low point(s) of the season... Although they have slightly improved over the years; and let's face it, even the worst episode of Supernatural still is better than almost anything else on TV... ;-)

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  2. Let's just say that I found pretty fast in fandom who this writer duo were. Before when I was just watching the show I didn't bother to think who wrote what or who the episodes director were or the show runner. Honestly none of their episodes has landed in my top 10, 20, -- 50. I should probably make a top list of the episodes at some point. And you are right about the episodes of Supernatural but sometimes I understand that people want to smack these two to the back of their heads on what they wrote. They are the oldies so they SHOULD know some stuff already.

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