Sunday, 30 April 2017

Review: Supernatural 12x19 "The Future" - by sweetondean



Wowzers! So much happened in “The Future” So much! And so much of it hurt like hell. I found this episode so painful. The betrayal and the shocks, and the knowledge that no matter how good his intentions, Cas going against the boys is going to hurt them - and him, big time. I was left with a really uneasy feeling as to where we’re going, and how much pain there will be when we get there!


The opening scene of Kelly trying to take her life was seriously hard to watch. It was horrible and yet, strangely beautiful. Very nicely shot by director, Amanda Tapping. It reminded me of the painting The Death of Marat - one of my favourites - in its simple, powerful imagery. Kelly is stuck between heaven and hell, quite literally. Not knowing what her baby is or isn’t going to be, and not having anyone to help her, or listen to her. With Dagon filling her head with stories of the chaos her child with reign down upon the earth, and being trapped with certain death looming and no way to guide her child to goodness as opposed to evil, Kelly saw no other recourse than death for both her and the Nephilim growing inside her. Of course we all knew that the Nephilim would not allow its host to die, at least not before it was born. If the Nephilim is already so powerful it can resurrect Kelly regardless of all that blood in the bathtub (!), it certainly must be powerful enough to make Kelly feel however it wants her to feel - to feel that the Nephilim’s soul is good. This is not to say the Nephilim will be evil. We don’t know…and that’s the really interesting thing about this whole Nephilim deal, we don’t know! Lucifer didn’t start off evil, he was God’s favourite, but where the other angels accepted their Father’s rules and decisions, Lucifer said he would not bow to the hairless apes, and so was tossed out of heaven. Death said that it was the Mark (of Cain) - the lock to keep the Darkness in - which God gave to Lucifer, that corrupted Lucifer. So this poses the question, was it nature or lack of nurture that made the angel Lucifer become the Devil? What would have happened if he was never entrusted with the Mark?

The angels believe that the child will be evil, not just because it’s Nephilim, but because it’s Lucifer’s Nephilim - and he scares the shit out of them. The angels call the Nephilim abominations, they are essentially a human with the powers of an angel, which obviously the angels would not want. So there’s this assumption of predetermined evil, and the only “people” telling us this are the angels… Who’s to say the angels are right…or in this case, righteous. A baby monster is just a baby until it does something monstrous. A major theme of this season has been around what constitutes being a monster. Maybe in this case it will prove to be the angels that are the monsters and not the Nephilim.


I’m extremely concerned Cas is making the same mistake we have seen him make time and again, putting all his eggs in the totally wrong basket. I’m equal parts understanding and disappointed. I understand he feels responsibility for Kelly and what is happening now. Responsible that Lucifer got out of the of the cage in the first palace. Responsible for Kelly being out in the world, still preggers and in the grip of a Prince of Hell. I understand he looks and sees only zeros on his score card. I get how he sees no worth in himself or his value to the brothers, he’s been slapped down by the Universe over and over, so I totally understand where he’s at self esteem wise. I also get that he wants to protect the Winchesters and spare them a horrible and impossible decision. He has called them family, professed that he loves them both, and has made it clear that he thinks the world needs them, and I think the latter above his affection for Sam and Dean could be partly what’s driving him now - that and his need to redeem himself. There is an arrogance that comes with this, trying to protect someone against their wishes or needs, business, at least protecting those as capable as Sam and Dean. The brothers are highly capable and an incredible asset to Castiel in every way, not just through their strength and bravery, but their knowledge, and their humanity. They look at situations with a different eye, and Cas misses a lot of what they see. Cas is an angel and always will be. Despite how much time he has spent on earth, that seems to be something that never really, completely changes. He needs the brothers by his side, and like Dean said, he does not need to be their babysitter!

We’ve seen similar protective behaviours be detrimental to the brothers in the past, as one lies and manipulates the other under the guise of keeping his brother safe. The same thing has happened with Mary, when she lied to them about the BMoL, because she wants to keep them safe - look how that hurt and infuriated the boys. Cas has been with these men for eight years, he’s seen the angry, hurtful outcomes of all of this. He’s also seen them save the world more than once, he’s seen them stand up to the worst of evils and win, he’s seen them be brave and smart. They've stood toe to toe with Lucifer just as much as he has - and have actually survived it much better! Like I said, I’m equal parts understanding of Cas’ emotional plight, and disappointed in his ability to learn! That he would take this road after Dean said to him, “You, me and Sam, we’re just better together” is damn heartbreaking.


I think Dean had every right to be mad at Cas, and every right to express that, but what was great and what was reflective of this season and the wonderful emotional openness and availability we’ve been enjoying in the boys’ relationship, and particularly in Dean, is that we also saw where Dean’s anger came from. You get angry with people when they unnecessarily worry you, and Cas worried Sam and Dean. He made no effort to contact them or let them know that he was alive and fine. Dean’s right, that is not okay. It's not okay to put them through that. It would have taken him a second to text them before he hopped into the sandbox. He wouldn’t have to tell them anything, just that he’d be off the radar for a while and will let them know when he's back, as soon as he’s able. That’s all. But Cas chose to say nothing, rather than upset the Winchesters, because he knows chances are they wouldn’t be very happy with him falling off the radar and in with the angels again. So rather than displease them, he went “dark”. Then lied about having no signal!

Regardless of all of this, and regardless of how upset Dean was, Dean was still able to open up and share why he was so mad at Cas. He told Cas it was because they were worried about him, and he asked him not to do that to them again. This was another lovely example of the shift that has taken place this season in how Dean deals with his emotions. Sure Dean was shitty, and made sure Cas knew that in no uncertain terms, before storming out of the room, but given a minute, he took the time to explain to Cas why he was angry, and then even took the time to try to make his friend feel better. He was open and vulnerable and compassionate. Cas talked about getting a win for Sam and Dean - and for himself, and Dean told him that he’s not the only one batting zero. He’s not alone. They've all struck out.

Then even after Cas manipulated a moment that reflected their friendship - the mix tape gift - in order to steal the Colt, even after Kelly and him went whizzing off in the Impala, Dean still found a way to try to understand where he was coming from, saying to Sam that he thought Cas was doing what he’s doing because he's so desperate for a win he can't see straight. Dean must have been horrified, and embarrassed by the loss of the Colt and that it was his friend, who he trusted, who tricked him and stole it right from under his nose (or pillow as it turns out), but even after all of that...Dean still tried.

The emotional growth of Dean this season has been an delight. Seeing Dean being thoughtful and open with feelings, and not automatically shut down and shut out, is awesome. I hope he continues to be like this, for his own emotional wellbeing, and because I think his willingness to see other's points of view, and to be forthright with his emotions has been a big part of why the brothers have been so unified and harmonious this season. But it has come at a cost for Dean, because there is no doubt that this being more emotionally available has caused him pain. First with his mum and the hurt that came from her lies, and now with Cas...several times this episode.

All this made everything that happened between Cas and the brothers all the more painful to watch. I had major ouchy feels.


If Cas was so sure he knew what the Nephilim was going to be, it makes you wonder why he wouldn’t even consider that the visions, the emotions being communicated to him by the Nephilim, may be a manipulation. There was nothing in him that even hesitated that the future he was shown was real. That what he felt was real. He went from the kid has to die, to the kid must live without even a second thought about it. For all we know, the Nephilim may do anything in order to ensure its own survival. If it is already powerful enough to show Cas and Kelly the future, to transmit mojo through them to torch Dagon, it’s powerful enough to show them whatever it damn well wants. What they are seeing and feeling may well be the truth, maybe the Nephilim is good…but how can you tell, how can they tell? How can they know that their feelings are not being created, that even believing in those feelings isn’t a manipulation? Or is the simple fact that Cas doesn’t even doubt these visions or feelings, an indicator that he’s no longer in control of what he believes? Oh Cas...

The other fly in the ointment is Lucifer. Lucifer is intent on his baby being born, so there is no way that he’s going to let the Nephilim go to heaven. He will do whatever he can from where he is to ensure his child’s safety. We’ve seen Lucifer send visions to Sam, because the cage was cracked. We’ve seen him manipulate Sam with these visions, making Sam believe the visions are good, that the visions were from God. We’ve also seen Lucifer communicate with Dagon telepathically. He knew when Kelly and the baby were no longer with the demon, and he was able to punish Dagon by just yelling - which was super cool by the way - when Lucifer drops the campy snarkiness, he’s damn scary. So how can we be sure that it’s not Lucifer showing Cas and Kelly what he wants them to see, feel and believe, in order to ensure the safety of his kid. Remember Cas thinks Lucifer is out of the picture, safely locked away in the cage, so this scenario wouldn’t even occur to Cas! And just as an aside…how weak are the angels. Wouldn’t you think Calvin would be willing to die to ensure that Dagon does not get her hands on the Nephilim? Geesh. Angels.


Of course, the brothers also have no clue about Lucifer, they are purely trying to save a mum and kid, thinking the massively evil dad is out of the picture and locked away. Bom-bom!


I love the brothers’ insistence on finding a different way to deal with the Lucifer’s baby momma drama. I love Sam’s complex maths as he tries to work out the birth date, and I love that Dean called him “beautiful mind”! I loved that when Dean stormed off to his room, he still cracked open his laptop and kept on searching and researching. I loved that he tried to make Sam get some sleep and that when Sam had his brainstorm about the grace extraction, it was hard to tell who was more excited, Sam or Dean! I think Sam was excited and Dean was excited and damn proud and Sam was stoked that Dean was excited and damn proud! I love me some happy moments, smiling brothers.

They’re just so damn tight this season and I adore it. Everything they do is together. Always on the same page. They work so damn well together. Bouncing ideas as much as fighting side by side. I freakin’ love it. Hot damn indeed, Dean.

But Sam and Dean put up with a hell of a lot in this episode. I’m not sure either of them is going to be able to forgive being brain zapped asleep and left, defenceless, at heaven’s sandpit. So many things want them dead. How could Cas risk their lives like that? For someone trying to keep them safe, he is literally risking their lives leaving them like that. I was screaming! First it was Cas not telling them where he was, then manipulating them so he could steal the Colt, then taking off in the car (which wasn’t his fault, but they don’t know that), and then leaving them out cold and alone, unprotected and at the doorway of heaven where at the very least, there are a shit tonne of angels who really don’t like them and would be quite happy to see them dead. Man! That was kind of the last straw.


It will be interesting to see how Sam and Dean deal with this round of betrayal. Will that understanding of Deans, withstand his friend zapping him and being partly responsible for the destruction of the Colt. I mean, had Cas not taken the gun, he would not have set in motion the events that wound up destroying it. 


The Colt. Gone. *sigh* That was a hard one. Dean’s face as Dagon melted it. That noise he was making? Yeah, I was making that noise too.

But the thing is…I guess I get why the Colt had to go, if it's indeed gone.

Don't get me wrong. I screamed and felt like crying. I love that thing. Dean was so damn excited to have it back. The happiness in his face when he was holding it again. The way he made pew pew noises while pointing it. It was beautiful. I'm sad. But...it’s like how the show continually powers down Cas or puts him at odds with the brothers, because you can’t have an all powerful angelic friend at your beck and call and still have a level of peril. So maybe the same goes for the Colt? You can’t have a gun that can kill all things in Creation bar 5 to pull out whenever you need it I guess. That’s too damn easy. And the Winchester's story is never, ever easy. As much as I love the Colt because of its history and its place in the Winchester mythology, I also understand why we can’t have Sam or Dean pulling it out to kill all the things all the time. Sadly, the boys have to work harder for their wins. So bye bye Colt, we love you, you’re awesome and you were an incredible object within this show. We will always remember how you put Azazel down. You are our favourite gun. I kinda wished you stayed lost.

And Dean never even got to shoot it.... *sniffle*

I hope they take the bits home...


Andrew Dabb gave us a quote this week from Lord Byron, “The best prophet of the future, is the past”.  If we’re to look to the past to see our future, holy shit, we’re in for some trouble that’s for sure! Is Cas making another catastrophic error of judgement that will threaten all of man kind, as has happened in the past? More than once.... He’s on his own again. He’s broken trust with the boys again. These are mistakes he’s made before that have caused no end of damage. I think there was a reason Dean said in this episode, “You, me and Sam, we’re just better together”. It seemed like a portent of things to come. Cas out on his own...following his own mission...yep, that never winds up good.


Like I said at the beginning, I found this episode pretty hurty. It was all the stuff with Cas and the boys, and the continual lying to them when they just wanted to trust in him and believe him, and that horrible scamming of Dean to get to the Colt... That was really harsh. Like heartbreakingly harsh. It's like the brothers kept getting slapped in the face. I kind of think they didn't know which way was up by the end of it and I found that super painful to watch. I just wanted Cas to stop! I was left feeling all out sorts because of it!

Oh and guys, you know what I couldn't help but thinking...the BMoL heard everything they discussed in the bunker.... Shit.

But...mechanic Dean...😍


Only four episodes left in the season and I have no clue what's going to happen! How exciting! Next week’s episode is directed by that tricky King of Cons, Mr Richard Speight Jnr., who I happen to be seeing next weekend, along with Jensen and Jared at the Australian convention, All Hell Breaks Loose 8. The show is wrapped and the cast and crew are now on a well deserved break for the next couple of months - which means the Js can come to Aussie!
Yay!

So at some point, I will see you next week, after the con shenanigans! Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts.

Friday, 28 April 2017

SPOIL-A-PALOOZA! SUPERNATURAL SYNOPSES FOR FINAL FOUR EPISODES OF SEASON 12!



I usually don't do this, but I am so OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS GOING TO HAPPEN with this season that I got all excited about getting synopses for the final two episodes! So I just had to share them! In fact, we now have synopses for the final four episodes, SO I'LL SHARE THEM ALL!


Of course, episodes 22 and 23 will play back to back on May 18. Though not a finale 2 parter as such, just a double episode, at this end of the season the eps pretty much run into each other story wise! But the Show has been at pains to say it's 2 episodes back to back not a 2 hour finale episode. Which I guess just means, that Carry On Wayward Son will still be at the start of episode 23!

Right...enough jibber jabber (as a certain Padaleski likes to say at cons) here are the synopses for the final 4 episodes of season 12!



12x20 - TWIGS & TWINE & TASHA BANES

RICHARD SPEIGHT, JR. DIRECTS – Alicia Banes (guest star Kara Royster) calls Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) for help after her mother, Tasha (guest star Alvina August), goes missing. Sam (Jared Padalecki) answers Mary’s phone and he and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head out to help Alicia and her twin brother, Max (guest star Kendrick Sampson), find their mother who was hunting a powerful witch. Meanwhile, Mary starts to have some doubts about the British Men of Letters. Richard Speight, Jr. directed the episode written by Steve Yockey (#1220). Original airdate 5/4/2017.


12x21 - MARY VS TONI BEVELL

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are alarmed when they learn hunters are being killed by suspicious “accidents” all over the country. They decide it is best to find Mary (guest star Samantha Smith) and make sure she’s safe. Meanwhile, Toni (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) is back in the states and she and Mary face off. PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1221). Original airdate 5/11/2017.


12x22 - WHO WE ARE

FAMILY – Caught in a dangerous situation, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) only have each other to rely on. Meanwhile, the fight between the American Hunters and the British Hunters comes to a head. John Showalter directed the episode written by Robert Berens (#1222). Original airdate 5/18/2017 - 8pm


12x23 SEASON FINALE - ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

EPIC SEASON FINALE – Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) battles Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) for control of his unborn child. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1223). Original airdate 5/18/201 - 9pm


And here was a little nugget from TV|Line:

We’re getting so many teases about the Supernatural finale. What’s happening?! — Carla
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot happening, because as showrunner Andrew Dabb hinted at the beginning of the season, Sam and Dean are going to find themselves surrounded by enemies. “Lucifer is going to play a lot in our final run,” Dabb says. “The first part of the season was devoted to getting to know mom a little bit and the first part of the Lucifer story, the second part of the season strongly has been about the British Men of Letters and how they relate to Sam and Dean, and in the back third of our season, we’re really bringing all that stuff together. After doing a lot of ground work and lining up our dominos, we’re going to start knocking some stuff down. Lucifer will be a big part of that, Ketch and the British Men of Letters will be a big part of that, and I think it hopefully will build up to a really, really exciting finale.”

So there we have it - this is what we have in store!

Now we can all continue to freak out!


-sweetondean


Thursday, 27 April 2017

sweetondean's Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 12x19 - The Future



Okay kids, this is it, full steam ahead until the finale on May 18 - which they will have finished shooting by the time this ep airs!

The finale will be a double ep night, with eps 22 and 23 playing back to back! Though not a double - just a double episode - which as this is finale time, might as well be a double! So basically, 2 hours of stress and pain! Um. Yay? And then of course, it's the LOOONNNNNNNNNNG HELLATUS until season 13!


So with five episodes to go.... let's look at what's in store for us this week!

THEN
The broment heard round the world!






















NOW
I think this is when the shit starts hitting the fan!
Oh and this guy's back!


Yep! We finally find out what Cas has been up to all this time in heaven!


So now let's check out this week's synopsis!


“The Future” 

KELLY MAKES A BOLD CHOICE – Sam (Jared Padalecki) comes up with a way to stop Lucifer’s (Mark Pellegrino) baby but Castiel (Misha Collins) has something else in mind for Kelly (guest star Courtney Ford). Dean (Jensen Ackles) is furious when he finds out someone stole the colt. Kelly makes a bold choice about the baby’s future. Amanda Tapping directed the episode written by Robert Berens & Meredith Glynn (#1219)



I gotta say, that episode title feels ominous. Am I right?!

So, another Supernatural actor is getting a shot at directing the show! This time it's Amanda Tapping who played season 8's Naomi. Amanda has an extensive TV directing career, having directed everything from Stargate and Continuum, to The Magicians and Van Helsing!

Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn teaming up is a treat! Meredith has 3 episodes under her belt, having come on board this season and written 12x05 The One You've Been Waiting For, 12x11 Regarding Dean and 12x16 Ladies Drink Free. And Bobo joined the show in season 9 and this season has written, 12x03 The Foundry, 12x07 Rock Never Dies and 12x14 The Raid. I'm interested if they wrote this together or if one was responsible for the story concept where the other wrote the episode - which sometimes happens and ends up with a duel credit. Either way, these guys both write great eps!


So it sounds like the Colt is stolen again!?? Ruby would say "grabbed out of your thick, clumsy, idiotic hands" but I wouldn't, I'm not that mean.

me right now

I'm assuming here that the gun goes missing again, and not that Dean finds out how it found its way into the BMoL's hands in the first place. But booooo! They just got it back. I don't want it missing from their lives again!

It will be interesting how the boys and Cas come at the Kelly/Nephilim problem - I mean it sounds like they come at it from different angles and outcomes, but will most likely land on the same page.

Okay, let's check out the promo!


So we meet up with Dagon again, and it looks like it's in a playground - heaven's doorway perhaps? And if the boys are going after Dagon, then they'd definitely want the Colt. Is this when Dean finds out its missing? He's had it in the Bunker - so who waltzes in to get it? Anyone with a damn key that's who,  and everyone seems to have one of those! CHANGE THE DAMN LOCKS, BOYS!



Okie dokie - and here is the sneak peak!


So Lucifer's baby is due on the season finale day! Well isn't that just perfect timing! Heh. We do know that the final 2 episodes, one deals with Lucifer and all of that drama, and one deals with the BMoL So I wonder if we're going to see Lucifer's baby popping?

Cas has been gone for quite some time - for us, 3 episodes, so he has probably been MIA, for at least a month I would guess. And the brother's react exactly how we'd expect! Sam worried, Dean pissed off. I figure "working with the angels" will probably go down like a tonne of bricks too. But they'll get over it like they always do.

Maybe Cas should have just popped out of heaven for a minute to send a text...


Anyway, the scene doesn't give us anything except Kelly's due date and Cas back...and the assumption that the bunker isn't even locked, because Cas just walks in. BOYS! GEESH! Unless Cas uses his mojo to open the door - one assumes you can't easily get the BMoL key copied!

Well - if you haven't read it - here's Andrew's cryptic tweet of the week!



This is a quote from Lord Byron - and I'm guessing it means, we can look to our past, to understand what our future could be - because history has a habit of repeating itself. So look to the past, to avoid making the same mistakes in the future! Or maybe, there's no escaping that future because history does repeat regardless of what we do, we continue to make the same choices and mistakes! Which is pretty much world history! In other words -  we always end up....here...!

So what past is dictating our possible future? Are mistakes of old going to be made again. Or will the Winchesters screw destiny right in the face!

One awesome thing about the boys in the last couple of seasons is you can see that, at least within their own relationship, they have learnt from their past mistakes and are at pains not to repeat them - they have changed their behaviours, which has actually given them the room and the tentative optimism (for want of a better word) to look to a future - a future that doesn't necessarily end bloody.

Okay - no producer's preview...AGAIN! Boo.

And if you haven't read it, and care to...here is a link to the interview with Dabb talking about the end of the season...obviously there are incredibly vague spoilers. Clickety Click!

See you soon!

-sweetondean

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw SPN Roundup - 12x18 The Memory Remains


The Memory Remains

Opening words

Here we are are again. The Memory Remains was a myth arc filled MOTW that felt very old school. I got to hand it to them, the broment in the end was great. No, it was more than that. It was awesome! The story was simple at a first glance but in the end it turned out to be pretty complex. It was also an ominous episode. The BMoL, Ketch, and the boys thinking about their legacy gave me goosebumps. It is not unusual to feel like this when the finale is closing in but I feel like some huge trouble is ahead. I fear for the Winchesters and everyone they hold dear. I hope they and we will survive what ever is coming!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Review: Supernatural 12x18 "The Memory Remains" - by sweetondean


Oh how I loved The Memory Remains. It was like a little horror movie! Creepy and cool and super fun. It was a fantastic monster hunt where once again, the monster was not only a monster, but a human - basically we got a two for one, a monstrous human and the monster he controlled. Yep, who is the greatest monster in this situation - a powerful theme of Supernatural through the seasons, and one so relevant to this year's arc with the British Men of Letters, and the devil baby. I ended up feeling sorry for the poor old god, being locked up and starved so that it would grant its captures wishes. The monstrous human turning the monster into more of a monster than it may have been if left to its own devices. Kinda like that werewolf that Claire came across. 


There was so much to love in this episode, from the super fun dialogue-which was so on point with the brothers' banter, to the creepy sheriff stuffing a ferret (was that a ferret?). The hunt scenes with the torches, which were so much like the early seasons…creeping through a building, torchlight shining into camera lenses. I loved the shot through the goat eyes, the flapping painting plastic, which for some reason will never not make me feel like something awful is about to happen! The slaughterhouse and the meat hanging on hooks in the cool room that Dean had to look around as the god hid from and stalked him. So many familiar and awesome horror tropes! John Bring did such a great job with both the story and the script, giving us tingles in all the right places…both from the scares and from the feels!

ALL OF THE FEELS! This was a broment-a-palooza episode!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thoughts on 12x18 "The Memory Remains"


Human vs. Monster

There has been a recurrent theme this season and we see it once again in this episode.  The question of the human monster vs. the actual monster.  The MOTW is  Black Bill, who in this case, is actually a god.  This particular god offers one what they want and in return it desires human blood.  We've seen a god similar to this before, back in s1.  In Scarecrow, the Vanir also required sacrifice and in return the town's crops thrived. I do really like the old school feel of our little show this season. I enjoy the blending of the past with the present and I enjoy the call backs to past episodes.  We got that twice in this ep.  Anyhoo, as I was saying before I digressed.....the theme of the human monster.  I think this theme will play a role in how the boys ultimately handle Luci's baby.   The question is somewhat raised again though, as Pete gave his monologue about his family's legacy of hunting people  and killing things, the family business.  The god killed yes, but this was based on it's own survival.  Pete on the other hand was a human, who chose to kill just so he can be rich, for him the basis was greed.  So one can ask, who is the real monster here?   This could also relate to the BMOL as well, or to some of them, like Hess and possibly Ketch as well. The BMOL preach about ridding the world of monsters to make the world a better place.  For some though, this doesn't seem to be the case at all.  For some of them, they kill to retain power.   So who is more the monster in this case?  The BMOL or the monsters they claim they want to rid the world of?  When Sam and Dean discover the truth in regards to the BMOL and their true intent, will they not fight to destroy the human monster just as they would any actual monster?  Unless of course it turns out that an actual monster is in charge of the BMOL.👹

Thursday, 13 April 2017

sweetondean's Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 12x18 The Memory Remains



Lord! I nearly forgot to write this! It's just been one of those weeks.... Then I suddenly went - I HAVE TO WRITE THE PREVIEW!


Anyway, I'm here now...so let's take a look at THE 18TH EPISODE OF THE SEASON. (GUH!)


THEN

Mick got dead
Lucifer got sassy(er)
Crowley got played (maybe)
Mary got laid
Kelly got an ultrasound
Sam got flirty
Dean got the Colt back

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw SPN Roundup - Supernatural 12x17 The British Invasion



The British Invasion

Opening words

This episode made my head spin. I mean look at how many characters were in it. The plot kept jumping around. But that doesn't matter. The episode had a lot of good things in it and also few things that didn't quite sit well for me. But they are telling a complex story with many elements so not liking something is common. One thing that hit me pretty bad was that Mary Winchester took off her wedding ring from her neck that she got from John. That was a gut moment.

So, here we go.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review: Supernatural 12x17 The British Invasion - by sweetondean



Oh Mick…we were only just getting to know you…but here’s a hint, don’t start talking about your tragic past, because chances are, you’ll be a goner!

The British Invasion gave us a bit of backstory on the British Men of Letters and who they really are, and through this, touched on a theme that Supernatural has looked at many times over the years, what really constitutes a monster?

Sam and Dean don’t have any clue how awful the thing they’ve stepped in is; not really. It’s ugly and evil and cruel and completely amoral, and they’re in up to their necks without even knowing it…and not only that, they're in some deep trouble! The British Invasion left me feeling super uneasy, 1. because of Mick’s death, which, though I knew we were hurtling towards, still made me gasp out loud at its suddenness, and 2. when Dr Hess dropped Dean’s file on the table, my stomach heaved. I was left with a definite feeling of foreboding as to what’s in store for us and our boys! It’s moments like these I thank Chuck we know we have season 13!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thinky Thoughts on The British Invasion



This is one of those episodes where there really isn't much to write about because it's basically about every other character except Sam and Dean.  Unfortunately when it comes to the heart of the story, Sam and Dean are the beats that keep the story pumping, so when we have an episode that is Sam and Dean light, well, it's just a bit of a weaker heart beat....kind of like we're in need of pacemaker.  Lucky though this episode did have a pacemaker.  Her name was Eileen and she brought heart to the story.💗🍀

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 12x17 - The British Invasion



Lord. How did we get to episode 17 already....7 eps left, including this one! Hiatus is looming and I don't like it already!


Okay... let's preview!


THEN

Sam and Dean gave Mick and the British Men of Letters a second chance



NOW

Sam and Dean probably shouldn't have given Mick and the British Men of Letters a second chance.



Ruh Roh indeed, doggy Dean. Ruh Roh indeed.


Right...what does our synopsis tell us!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Review: Supernatural 12x16 Ladies Drink Free - by sweetondean



Gosh it was good to have my show back. Just 2 weeks and I was already sad! We’re at the pointy end of the season, where any break feels like torture!  Though let’s face it, any break at any time feels like torture! 

I thoroughly enjoyed Ladies Drink Free - like, a lot. It was emotional, funny, tense and heartfelt, so much of the stuff that made me fall in love with Supernatural in the first place and that makes me keep loving it with all my heart. Plus it was a cool monster story with a lot at stake! Gotta love a stakes are high episode!


Claire has not always been a favourite character of mine, but she’s grown on me. These days I like her. I get her - I was probably once her, so maybe that’s why. I like that she’s all spit and vinegar and rebellion on the outside, but we know that on the inside, all she really craves is to find her place in this world. She lost her family in fantastical and tragic circumstances which couldn’t help but mould her existence and drive her path. Now she’s trying to find where she fits, and rebuilding her life with a new family - Jody and Alex…and of course, Sam and Dean. Family don’t end with blood… Claire’s story is the story of so many of our recurring characters, and the ever present powerful theme of our show. 

One of the things that I’ve loved about Supernatural in recent years, is that they boys’ lives have been pepper with people who have become part of their wider family, like Jody, Alex, Claire, and Donna. It gives the brothers connections other than to each other (or now Mary). It gives them a haven away from the work if they ever need it, maybe even an ear, if they ever need that - but really, it just expands their world, and that’s a good thing for a couple of fellas who live in each other’s pockets!

Claire has had her ups and downs with Sam and Dean, I mean, remember that time she tried to have Dean killed? But even though she’s all sass and skeezer smart assed remarks, you know damn sure that she appreciates what those men mean to her life, even if it means almost losing it for her to admit it.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw SPN Roundup - 12x16 Ladies Drink Free




Ladies Drink Free


Opening words

Welcome back everyone! After the mini hiatus my articles are back and with a new name. Well, half new. Amy thought that my articles are way deeper than a mere "recap" name could describe them so she suggested me to change the name. I am honoured that she thinks that about my articles and I thought it was also a good idea. So, we clapped our hands together and got to work to invent a new name for the article. It was FUN and actually harder than you might think. So here you have the first Leylin Vixen's quick draw SPN ROUNDUP!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thoughts on 12x16 Ladies Drink Free



I really enjoy watching the evolution of relationships on this show.  I'm not only talking about Sam and Dean's relationship with each other, but the relationship that they form with others.  I also enjoy witnessing the way the Winchesters influence other people's behaviour and mindset.  This aspect that I love so much was prevalent in this episode. 


Mick-Introduction to the human aspect.

I've said it before and I still believe this to be so, I find Mick's character to be very similar to S4 Cas.  He is also quite similar to early Dean.  Mick, like Cas and Dean, holds onto a very black and white outlook that had been conditioned into them.  They also blindly followed the orders given to them by their superiors/fathers. Mick's job is to kill monsters.  When the orders come from above to kill something, he does the job. Mick is part of an elite secret society charged with the task of saving lives against the supernatural. He is part of the group that holds the largest collection of occult lore in the world.  This group also has developed modern technological advances to destroy these monsters.  Mick is part of a group of individuals whose job it is to protect human lives, so for Mick there really is no questioning what needs to be done or how.  Mick isn't accustomed to murky waters, for him it's always been the clear deep blue sea.