Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Review: Supernatural 12x13 "Family Feud" - by sweetondean



Lord, I still feel like I’m still catching up from Vegascon! And guess who got con crud…late…so I think it’s plane crud, or possibly allergic to work crud – whatever it is, I’m blaming it for my (yet again) tardiness!


Family Feud was another jam packed episode with so much going on, jumping across four storylines – Gavin, Lucifer, Kelly and Mary and all those involved! The last couple of episodes have really pushed the story forward! The back half of the season really is cracking along at one hell of a pace.


I always wondered if they’d ever revisit Crowley’s kid, Gavin. He of the possible butterfly effect. I mean, what was he out there doing that was causing possible havoc with the timeline? We will never know – but that hole in the matrix of time has been plugged and Gavin has gone back to where he belonged and his destined untimely death…. And you’ve got to wonder…. In a season with a risen mum, struggling against being thrown into the present, struggling to fit a world she was never meant for… well, you all watch the show…

Like Mary, Gavin was ripped from his world by a supernatural force. He had to learn to live in a time that he was not supposed to be in. Pulled away from all and who that he loved. His willingness to return not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because he genuinely saw that as a better option than his current existence, raises great big foreshadowing flags! As does the whole cosmic consequences thing. I’m pretty sure there’s some serious mirroring going on here with Gavin's story and Mary, and we better hold on to our hearts for the breaking that’s going to happen later!

I liked Gavin, I was hoping we’d see him again. I was expecting him to be sent back at some point. I wasn’t expecting him to be a pawn for Rowena to use against Crowley. I love her so much, but boy howdy, when she’s mean, she’s mean! (I do love her though). But did the brothers know how she’d react? They knew how much Gavin meant to Crowley - they saw him protect his son by sending him away - and they know how antagonist the relationship between Rowena and Crowley is. Did they think Rowena would be happy to meet Gavin because she’s his nana, or because she could use him against her own son. Was this why they thought she’d help them out, for a chance to exact revenge while also helping their cause - the saving people (hunting things)…or did they just think she’d want to meet her family? There were little smiles that made me wonder…


Crowley is a bit of a head scratcher. He’s way more emotional than he used to be. I said last week how I think this is due to the Winchester affect – their humanity can’t help but rub off on those around them. I guess it could be the human blood, but we’ve seen his eyes smoking red since then, and it’s been a long time since the King of Hell ingested human O+ (to our knowledge), so I feel like he’s just…changed. He was a lot more affected by Gavin than I thought he would be, he cared a lot more than I thought he would – or at least obviously would. He cared obviously. That was a shock. His eyes even damn well watered up. Rowena cut him deep, there’s no doubt. He really does just want to be loved and accepted, by his mother, by the Winchesters… Geesh! He made me sad sitting on that bench at the end.


And then there’s the Lucifer thing. Um. I know I’ve said this – but what’s Crowley thinking? Would his ego really overtake his smarts like this? What good is going to come out of this? What’s he hoping for - just revenge? He’s not going to win. He can’t. Lucifer will play him and somehow get out and I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Princes’ of Hell are involved. It’s all going to go pearshapped - it has to. As Lucifer said “How do you think this is going to end?”

Also…I knew going down that drain wouldn’t lead to the cage! That just all seemed way too anti-climatic! I didn’t expect a hole to open – but I did expect a little more fanfare – I think you’ll probably all remember how confused I was as to whether Lucifer was actually in the cage again or not – OBVIOUSLY NOT! I feel so much better about that because I couldn’t get why it was all a bit lame with the drain thing. Boy howdy, are the boys gunna be PISSED when they find out. This could be the end of their, for want of a better word, “friendship” with Crowley - and yep, he’ll probably ask for help. I’m kinda excited about it all going south!

We found out a bit more about the devil baby momma drama. Kelly is on the run and the angels are after her. Not sure why Cas can’t track her down if the other angels can! And our new Prince of Hell, the yellow eyed sister, Dagon now has Kelly under her…I was going to say wing but that would be wrong! I liked Dagon a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her. Will she deliver Kelly and her baby to Lucifer as called…or maybe she wants to use the baby’s power for her own gain? 


While I enjoyed the entire episode - it was the scene at the end between Mary and the boys that was the absolute highlight. 

Mary, Mary, Mary – well at least she came clean. Still, her priorities are whack, and I really want to know why. For someone who says she’s sad about being pulled out of Heaven, away from a husband and children, she seems to have less maternal instincts than me, and that is saying something! I want there to be something more to her connection with the British Men of Letters…there must be a better excuse (she says grabbing at straws). 


I think Ketch hit the nail right on the head with his description of Mary, and also hit a nerve with her, which I’m pretty sure was his point. Because the British Men of Letters can’t woo the Winchesters no matter how hard anyone tries, but Ketch knows that chances are their mother can - or at least she’d have a better shot. So put Mary in a situation where she looks at her own behaviour, and feels internally defensive enough that she wants to show that she is a mother over a hunter and that she’s not just lying to her children. I think he manipulated her a treat and sent her straight to Sam and Dean…where she began to come clean - because she needs them to understand and join her, not for the BMoL but for her. How much will she tell them though? Will she tell them about the set up with Wally, the theft, the Colt, any more of the lies that’s she’s told to cover her tracks?


The most beautiful thing here was Sam and Dean. The fucking united front of Sam and Dean. Sam seated, with Dean standing at his brother’s shoulder, arms firmly crossed across his chest giving his mother “the face”. Sam speaking for the both of them, using the word “we”, “mum, we have a history them”, “we don’t trust the Brits”. It was fantastic. FANTASTIC. I’ve gone back and watched that scene over and over. I think it’s become one of my favourite brother scenes because they are so on the same page, the unity in their stance, in their body language IS PERFECT. They are a solid wall of resistance. They look strong and powerful and I damn well loved it so much!


Will they ever trust their mother again? Can they? Should they? Sam will be more capable of trust. For Dean it’s going to be very hard…but I think he would take Sam’s lead. The thing is, the brother’s have lied and betrayed each other over the past, but they’ve worked through all that, they’ve worked hard to forgive, and believe in each other and believe in themselves as brothers; to find themselves again. They’ve been through so much, side by side, so much history, that they could rise about everything else through the bond that they’ve developed through the 30+ years they’ve been together, the love between them, the trust they can’t ever let go of. No matter who Mary is, they don’t have that with her. They have a memory, or a memory of someone else’s memory….a creation. Since Mary’s been back, she’s disappointed them, even if they don’t say it, you can see it in their reactions. She’s not made an effort to be part of their life in any meaningful way, she does not know the tragedy and epic victories of their pasts, she hasn’t spoken to them, she took John’s journal and fled, basically only seeing them in work situations. Maybe their lives would be too overwhelming for her - maybe that’s why she’s not dug deeper. But her take on family does not seem to gel with theirs. She says all the right things, but her actions speak louder than words. Maybe this is the difference between being a Campbell and being a Winchester. Or maybe this is the beginning of something better…. 

Ooooooooooooooo! I’m so excited to see what happens!

So many questions, so much happening, SO MUCH AWESOME!

Thanks for reading, guys! Sorry for the lateness…

-sweetondean



Sunday, 26 February 2017

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thinking Thoughts on 12x13 Family Feud




Playing With FireπŸ”₯

Crowley with Lucifer
Rowena with Crowley
Mary with BMOL
Kelly  with Dagon

True Intentions?

Mr. Ketch: Your sons – I’m sure they’re fine lads and all but it might be best if you were to disengage from them a bit. This work – it’s demanding and it must come first. The Men of Letters is my family.
Mary: I’m sorry. Nothing comes before my family, not with me.
Mr. Ketch: Really? Or is that just what you want to believe? You’re different when you talk to them. Softer. Weaker. Not an insult, just an observation. But when you hunt Mary, you’re one of the best I’ve ever seen. Now you might play at being the good mummy but when you’re in the thick of it, nothing but a blade in your hand and blood in the air, that’s the real you, the best you. And I think you know it – and I think that scares the hell out of you.

I don't think Ketch was wrong about Mary at all.  I actually believed he was spot on.  I don't think Mary went to her boys to prove Ketch wrong.....I think she went to Sam and Dean because she knew Ketch was right about her.

From what I understood, the BMOL want the Winchesters and they ain't biting, especially since Toni went rogue and off mission and tortured Sam. Now the BMOL have to find a way to get back in the Winchester's good standing and that isn't going to be an easy task. They tried gaining support from other hunters, spewing out their propaganda, but no dice. They tried a different approach...most likely imho, being responsible for the boys incarceration and then conveniently at the ready to help them in their escape. While the boys still aren't biting...seems Mary is. So the BMOL lay this big spiel on her making promises of a new and improved world without monsters, showing her their toys, having her go on hunts with them, gaining her good graces all in an effort to get to who they truly want...Sam and Dean Winchester. Ketch is no fool and it's already been established that they are indeed trying to recruit the Winchester boys. So Ketch gives Mary this speech, which I thought to be spot on and pushes both her hunter/ego button as well as her mommy button. Ketch was never trying to get Mary to disconnect herself from her boys so she can become even better....he was pushing her to go to her boys. He wants the Winchesters and it's through Mary that they'll try to get to them. He tells her all that so of course she'll want to prove him wrong. She did exactly what he wanted her to do. Now she's going to try to persuade the boys to work with the BMOL and they likely will because they'll want to protect their mom. Oh they won't trust them as far as they could throw them, but they will hear their mom out and in an effort to relate to her and again look out for her, they will follow her lead.

I am reminded of Samuel back in season 6 who threw the word family out there,  but for Samuel his family was his daughter and he didn't hesitate to throw his own grandchildren under the bus if it meant bringing her back from the dead. 'What are you supposed to be to me Dean?" that was his question. Samuel may have had grandchildren, but he didn't feel love for them.  He wasn't bonded to them.  He knew Sam a bit better but still, Sam was more of a hunting partner and Sam was ok with that because he was soulless and incapable of feeling anyway. Dean said that family is something you earn. Mary, much like Samuel, is throwing that word around, but not because she's feeling it, but because she's using it. She has made it abundantly clear that she needed time away. She's grieving for her babies and her husband. I got that and supported that. But so much time has passed and still she's done nothing to remedy the situation. If she truly wanted to get to know and bond with her children, she'd be hunting with them, making the world a better place, saving people, using their toys, all the while getting to know her children. She's not anywhere near there right now. As far as I can tell, whatever her mission is, what her real goal is, that's her priority right now...and I'm not even sure it's about getting rid of monsters. I'm not saying that she most likely won't choose her sons in the end, but as of now...I think she's just saying what the boys want to hear and need to hear for her sake and not theirs.....as for the family trope....she only knows the Campbell version of what family means, the boys....they learnt what it means to be family from a Winchester and a Singer.

But alas, there is hope for Mary.   While I do think she's putting the mission first,  I just don't think it's the mission of ridding the world of monsters.  I can't get her "unfinished business" out of my head.  Whatever her business was, I have a feeling it wasn't regarding a run of the mill monster.  Mary could've stopped hunting and led that normal life if it was merely about things that go bump in the night. πŸ‘Ή There were other hunters who could've taken care of that, and I do believe that she wanted her children raised away from that.  For her to sneak off from John and baby Dean? She's after something.  I know she ended up killing that werewolf along the way, but I think that was a coincidence.  I just think Asa was destined to be a great  hunter. I think Mary is after something way scarier than a monster and I can't help but wonder if Mr. Ketch is that somebody?  The new canon now is that there are at least two more Princes of Hell.  We met Dagon in this episode, who seems to have taken an interest in Rosemary's ...oh I mean, Kelly's....little devil baby. πŸ˜ˆπŸΌ Lucifer calling out to Dagon, and his confidence that those shackles are a temporary hindrance at the moment, kind of leads me to believe that Dagon is, like YED, a Lucifer loyalist.  Still we have one more Prince out there. Asmodeus, who apparently had no interest in ruling Hell, but still has his hobbies.   I just can't help but wonder if Ketch could very well be Asmodeus.  Toni and even Mick referred to Ketch as a psychopath and Toni didn't even want him anywhere near her.  Is it possible that psychopath isn't the right word?  Is it possible that "Prince of Hell" might be a better one when referring to Ketch?   Is it possible that the monster Mary is really going after is him?

God/Chuck left the world in the Winchester's capable hands.  Amara gave Dean something he needed.  The assumption is his Mom.  The reality is that his version of Mom and Mary aren't the same thing.  What we've only seen so far is how disappointed and hurt the boys have been.  What if Mom isn't what Dean needed.  I think it's possible, even to Amara, that Dean always had what he needed, he has Sam.  Mom was always what he wanted, and his version of her.  What if Mary was sent back to Dean because this time around, it's Mary who will be the one to stop the big bad.  Maybe this time, she's the only one who could.  Amara's gift to Dean could very well be someone other than himself and his brother sacrificing themselves for the greater good.  Perhaps Mom not being the one Dean and Sam envisioned might make that prospect a bit more easier to bear. In that regards, she can redeem herself to the fans and her children and her sacrifice will be all the more poignant and acceptable.
Yeah, I think I'll stick with that theory.


The Point?

I'm not really buying that the only point of Gavin was to bring him back simply so that he can die.  It's never that black and white.  So I'm wondering, was the point supposed to be about revenge?  Was it about loss of a child?  Was it about doing the right thing?  or Could it be Gavin is a parallel to Mary?  Gavin was brought against his will and Crowley never sent him back.  Gavin never really belonged here.  He didn't fit.  When the opportunity came to make it right again, to save lives, he made the sacrifice.  Is this foreshadowing for Mary?  She too came here without the desire to do so.  She too doesn't belong, doesn't feel as though she fits.  She was brought back though...is she taking this opportunity to make things right?  Is she hunting to not only save lives but to get closer to whatever it was she was after in the past?  Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to make right what is wrong and get to go back to a heaven with her true love?


Revenge?
    Fiona sought revenge on the teacher, on all teachers who apparently lie to children.

    Crowley sabotages Rowena's spell to cast Luci into the Cage so he can be his pet, as Crowley was once to him.
    Rowena sought revenge for Oskar.

    Ketch possibly seeking revenge on....everyone?  or the Winchesters in particular since they seem to be his primary goal?

    Mary possibly seeking revenge and playing BMOL?

    Lucifer possibly seeking revenge with Baby Spawn?


    The Silly

    I am really at a loss and I promise I'm not being snarky.  Can someone please tell me why Crowley would've picked up Nick's dead carcass, flash froze it, apparently improved it so it would be a long lasting vessel, when Sam had jumped in the pit and sent Luci down there?  Is there a reason why Crowley would assume that Lucifer would escape from that cage, body jump around, and then ...wait for it....end up back in his clutches, chained to a chair.  I'm sorry but the explanation Crowley gave for us having the awesome pleasure of seeing MP again is lame and without any real merit. I do think it was possible for a more logical and sensible explanation as to why Crowley saved Nick's vessel.  He said what he did, but gave no explanation as to why. To me the whole thing screams......just plain silly.  Add to that his demons studying the cage at the molecular level bit, which again would take years, given that Chuck/God made the cage in the first place.  How long has Crowley been plotting revenge against Luci?  Luci escaped the cage in s11, he was saving his vessel apparently since s5.

    Crowley has survived all these years because he does stay one step ahead and he doesn't underestimate his enemies. Are we to believe now that Crowley has thrown his own rule book away simply for the opportunity to become the Master while Luci becomes his dog?  Luci was right when he asked Crowley if he thought this would end well.  Luci will likely escape.  Is Crowley so blinded by the need for revenge that he's willing to risk all he's accomplished just so Luci can feel as degraded as he felt?

    I still think that Crowley will forever be affected by Sam's human blood.  I think he has overcome some of that humanity, but not all of it.  He had confessed to Sam his desire to be loved, something his mother unfortunately never showed him. I think it's why he keeps saving the Winchesters, not that his point about them being assets isn't 100% true, but he has formed a relationship with them. Crowley has never had a relationship before, maybe a fling with Naomi, but never a relationship.  Now his relationship with the boys may not be ideal, but it exists and it works.  I really think that he likes Cas too.  Crowley will never have friends, but he does have his frenemies and I think for him that's enough.  I also think that this humanity can very well play into his self esteem, which Luci took from him.  The question is, will Crowley let this be his downfall?  or as per the usual, is Crowley still one step ahead?


    Just Revenge?

    Rowena is a bit of a conundrum and I do like her a lot.  I've always found her to be a worthy adversary, and yet she's quite funny too. She's layered as well, she's not just your run of the mill wicked witch.  She has a history that makes her relatable.  In a way her story is a sad one, for her and her son.  It seems to me that Rowena's love for Oskar was her way of substituting her love she could never allow herself to give to her son. In a way, losing Oskar was like losing Fergus all over again.  I knew this hit Rowena hard, but I didn't realise how much until this episode. She hadn't forgotten or forgiven Crowley for the loss of her "surrogate" child and when the opportunity came for her to exact the same opportunity, she took it and basked in it.  The thing is though, Rowena genuinely liked Gavin.  She held no ill will towards him and she didn't kill him herself and I don't think she would've.  On the contrary, I could totally see Rowena making Gavin her new Oskar.  Gavin chose his own course of action, because of love and because it was the right thing to do.  Rowena told this to Crowley.  She didn't coerce Gavin. There were no spells or tricks.  She simply tweaked a spell the boys already had to fit their need.  There was no ill will in her heart for her grandson.  She said it was the right thing to do.  She told Crowley it was right for him and for her.  Gavin provided Rowena her opportunity to enjoy the moment, but she didn't herself inflict it. Not to say she ain't basking in it's sweetness, knowing that Crowley knows what it feels like to lose a child.


    The Unnoticed?

    I had noticed this during both watches and someone else brought this up as well.  Gavin and Fiona didn't go through the wall or a closet for that matter as Abbadon and Henry had when they used the same spell. When they were casting the spell, Sam looked up for a few seconds actually, as though he was looking at heaven...perhaps praying?  Gavin and Fiona disappeared in a white light.  I wondered too if perhaps Sam had prayed for them and they didn't end up on that boat necessarily, but just went straight to heaven. I don't think an express trip to heaven would've changed the timeline, in answer to a prayer.  If Sam had prayed that they can go to heaven instead of sinking on that ship, but still save the rest....I think it's possible....πŸ™
    so yeah I'm going with that theory as well.


    The Boys

    It was a run of the mill case with lots of players on the board so not much of the boys.  What we did get however....did anyone else think it was totally hot when Sam commanded Rowena to "sit down". πŸ˜  What was even better, she did.  Then when the dimple arrived.....heart explosionπŸ’–πŸ’₯.  Dean had some good one liners of course.  The best part of the ep was the end.  The way those boys stood together on one side of the table while Mary stood alone on the other.  That's it right there and that's the way it always will be.  Sam and Dean are a unit.  Not even Mom can change that. The hurt on their faces at her confession.  The "face"....yes Dean you give her that "face".  It's a great face and it means business.  Mom may not get it now, but she will come to understand what those boys mean to each other and they will teach her what it means to be a Winchester.


    The Assumption

    Now from what I heard, next week's ep is the episode that will likely be Jensen light as he was having some babies at the time. πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘ΆSo my guess is, judging from the pics of Sam and Mom....Both Sam and Dean will be against working for the BMOL, but they will hear Mom out. Dean will probably be more against it than Sam.  I know Sam was the one that was tortured, but Sam is pragmatic and logical.  He also, as we've seen, been craving some kind of relationship with his mom as he keeps trying to reach out to her, despite her lack of interest in return.  I can see Sam agreeing to go with Mom on a hunt to see for himself, but more than that, to look out for her. Now normally I can see Dean begrudgingly agreeing right away.  Given that Jensen had to leave, I'm going to go with Dean not going on the hunt, being too angry and unable to get past Mom lying and sneaking behind their backs. I can see him staying behind and calling Sam. If he did film though, I do see him changing his mind close to the end and going in to help out.   I can also see them working with the BMOLs on a few more hunts, not because they think Mom is right about them, but because of the opposite and because they want to protect her.  I do think at some point some harsh truths will come out and the boys will cut ties with them entirely.


    Best Quotes

    Sam:  "sit down"
    Crowley: “It turns out that behind that whole moron faΓ§ade, you and your brother are, in fact, morons.”
     Mr. Ketch: “You’re an excellent liar, Mary.”
    Lucifer: “Oh my Dad. I love that, you and I, both single fathers. I could use a little dad advice right about now. When do you let them date?”
    Rowena: I’m your mother, dear. Who better to crush your shrivelled heart?”

    All in all a pretty good ep.  It raised many important questions and sets up the rest of what's to come. Jared and Jensen were as per usual amazing. Everyone was great.  So love that MP is back as Luci.  Always enjoy Mark and Ruth.

    Til next week.

    I hope you enjoy the read.....the very long read...πŸ˜‚
    -Anna

    Friday, 24 February 2017

    The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 12x13 Family Feud



    Are the weeks going faster? The new episodes seem to be coming thick and fast. Which is good, because YAY NEW EPISODE! But bad because we're already up to episode 13! This season is screaming along (and we'll probably be screaming along with it later!).

    Anyhoooooo here is this week's preview!


    THEN

    OMGSOMUCHHAPPENEDICANTEVEN

    More YEDs
    The Colt
    Mary is a lying lier or lies
    Crowley loves Cas (and Sam and Dean)
    LUCIFER!!!!
    DID I MENTION THE COLT?!!


    NOW

    Gavin's back!


    Yep Crowley's son is back - I always figured we'd see him again, he was a little hanging plotline I hoped we'd revist!


    Let's look at the synopsis....

    Family Feud 

    SAM AND DEAN ASK ROWENA TO FIND CROWLEY’S SON – When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) look into a murder at a museum, they learn a ghost from a merchant ship that sunk in 1723 may be at the heart of the mystery. After realising “The Star” was the same ship that Crowley’s (Mark A. Sheppard) son Gavin McLeod (guest star Theo Devaney) should have been aboard, they enlist help from Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to track Gavin down. Kelly Kline (guest star Courtney Ford), still pregnant with Lucifer’s child, takes refuge with a demon after an angel attempts to kill her. PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1213). 

    Woo! Lots of stuff going on! This will be P.J. Pesce's third episode of Supernatural, having directed 9.21 King of the Damned and 10.18 Book of the Damned. Eugenie and Brad's last ep was LOTUS.


    Okay - here's the promo...


    EVERYONE IS IN THIS EPISODE! EVERYONE! Except maybe Cas....

    So looking at this, we have Sam, Dean, Mary, Ketch, Rowena, Crowley, Gavin, Kelly and by the sounds of it, Lucifer... Cas isn't mentioned and doesn't appear in the promo or synopsis, but who knows! That's a pretty huge cast!


    Okay we got two sneak peeks....


    DUM DA DA DUMMMMMMMMM! Dean is on to his mum! GOOD! I totally want them to bust her and I can't wait until they do! Sam is so sweet, he just wants to believe and trust....Dean just can't. Awwww it's sad. And man those two beats of music at the end are ominous!

    Here is sneak peek 2!


    Hey Gavin, who should be dead years ago - here's your Grannie who also should have been dead loads of years ago! The boys are getting pretty chummy with Rowena. I kinda like it! I like Rowena, and I love seeing her stand with the boys because she's so wee and they look like giants!


    And here is the Producer preview - I LOVE that we're getting these again!


    Ouch! Harsh, Rowena! She sure knows how to spit out a good slam! Dim and Dimmer... Crowley's names for the boys are so good.


    Eeeeee!nYay! It's Supernatural day!

    Enjoy the episode everyone!

    -sweetondean

    Check out sweetondean's review of last week's Stuck in the Middle (With You)

    Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - Stuck in the Middle (With You)




    Opening words

    Well, holy crap. I have no idea how I will recap this story. It was amazing and awesome and I immediately knew that recapping this will be hell. I love when the show takes risks and shows us new ways to tell the story. I also must say that I love Tarantino movies and the new canon they introduced in this episode got my interest peaked. I really don't dare to present the story in step by step order so I think it is chronological recap just for my sanity.

    Wish me luck!




















    Details

    Title Stuck in the Middle (With You)
    Episode 12.12
    First aired February 16, 2017
    Directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
    Written by Davy Perez
    Monster Ramiel


















    Story

    We start with Ketch in a diner and he tells someone to tell him a story so here we go. Wish me luck! Mary has been working with the British Men of Letters and she asks Wally to be a decoy for their job that Sam, Dean and Castiel won't ask the wrong questions.  All I can say is, what are you doing Mary? Secrets are not good mmmmkay. Wally doesn't trust the BMOL as we know and he has never even fought a demon. When he said those words I knew he was a goner which is a shame.

    They call on the others and we get a pretty nice breakfast scene with all our heroes. They go over with the plan while Dean is giving the waitress pep talk to Castiel. No wonder Mary uses her mom voice for everyone on the table. In no time at all they are scouting the demon house. After Cain was shown as bee keeper I have come to be suspicious about bad guys like this demon that should have been just a fisherman. Turns out I was pretty right about it.


    The one they are hunting has a schedule when he actually goes fishing so the group can prepare a trap for him meanwhile. Everyone else are making things ready and Mary takes the opportunity to vanish to the basement and in a moment we find out that the real case is a heist. She brakes in to a safe and steals something from inside that glows golden. A hat dip to Pulp Fiction. When Mary comes back up Cas questions her. She gives him an excuse and the matter is left alone.

    The demon is whistling and heading home. The hunters are ready and when he steps through the front door Dean immediately shoots him but the demon bullets don't work. Sam stabs him with the demon knife but that doesn't work either. The demon seem to have even bigger beef with angels than normally. He notices the demon trap but walks just over it. Something is very wrong with this demon. You can guess it. After this everything goes sideways with the plan.


    Like we saw at the start two more demons enter the fight when Cas and Mary are separated from the others. Wally dies and Sam is saved by Dean. Inside the house the demon reveals that he has yellow eyes. (I screamed on this spot) and Cas tells Mary to run and she does. Cas is tossed outside from the window and the YED grabs a lance from his back and he stabs Cas. Mary drives over the demon and she takes Cas to safety to a barn nearby.

    Cas is not well. Sam and Dean head there after a call and Mary sends an angry text to the BMOL that their intel was wrong. They tell her to run but Cas can't be moved. The boys arrive and Mary tells Sam that the demon had yellow eyes. Crowley enters the scene and he pretty much says that they are all doomed. The additional demons were actually his and they were guarding none other than a prince of hell called Ramiel.

    This is the kicker. The new lore we got. It seems that Ramiel and the other princes are the oldest generation of demons after Lilith. After Lucifer turned them they were supposed to lead demonic armies against heaven. They all had yellow eyes like Azazel that was one of them. This all is made clearer with a flashback where Crowley gives the lance of Michael to Ramiel and he is promoted to King of Hell after he gives another present to Ramiel.


    The Lance of Michael kills demons and tortures angels and that is what Castiel was hit with. Ramiel was meant to be left alone because of the deal but as he wasn't he is now pissed. Crowley tries to make another deal with Ramiel while Castiel prepares to die as there is no cure to the stab wound. He wants the Winchesters to run because they are his family. Sam and Dean refuses and then Ramiel steps in from the hole on the wall from which he threw Crowley inside the barn. 

    They trap him in a holy oil ring and Ramiel gives them his ultimatum. They should give him the thing they stole in thirty seconds or he will kill each and every one of them. Only Mary knows what he is talking about but she does nothing. WTF?! The time runs out and Ramiel grabs his spear again. He strikes down the flames and proceeds to fight against all of the three. Sam kills Ramiel but it doesn't help Castiel. He is still dying.


    Crowley saves the day when he remembers what Ramiel said about the lance and he brakes it in half. The magic is released and Castiel is healed. They head home and in the end we see that Mary was telling the story to Mr. Ketch and the item she stole was none other than THE COLT, OMG! Mary, Mary, Mary, you are way over your head. In conclusion we find out that Crowley is keeping Lucifer in prison and he is played by none other than Mark Pellegrino. 


















    Characters

    I am starting to feel sorry for the boys. What has Mary gotten them into? When they will find out everything that has been going on there will be hell to pay. Hopefully with no more casualties. In this episode we almost lost four Winchesters because of Mary's secret. And that is too big of a price for me. Castiel and Crowley shined in this episode. For a while I have seen Castiel part of the Winchester family so his scene when he said how he felt was strong. If you know you are done for and you have only few minutes to say goodbyes you would really say what you mean and something you would not normally say. Cas was done for and I think his words made a huge impact to all, even Mary.

    We also learned something new about our favourite king of hell Crowley. Who would have thought that finally we would find out how he came to be the king of hell? Well, we did. It was one of the many surprises we got from this episode. And also that Crowley gave Ramiel the Lance of Michael and the colt. We also saw that Crowley really doesn't want the Winchesters nor Castiel to die. But Lucifer might be whispering doubtful thoughts in his ears now.


    Now my apologies beforehand because I really like Mary but what is she DOING?! This can't end well. In a way I do see that she wants to rid the monsters from the world and the BMOL "seems" to be the best way to do it to protect her boys. She wants to give them safe and normal life. I think she doesn't know how to show her love, to be close to her boys so she does what a lot of parents do on that spot. She tries to give them a gift to show how much she loves them because she is not emotionally connected to her boys. She also must feel guilty about the secrets and her deal that started everything. She is a complex character so I hope her goal and reasons will be made clear later. But all that I know now is that there will be world of hurt coming their way.

    Wasn't Ramiel sinister like the demons of old were? It was a shame that he died this fast but he DID leave a lasting impression on us. I can't wait his brother Asmodeus and their sister Dagon to appear if they are as sinister as he was. That whistling was creepy and he wasn't playing around.
    Of course last but not least we got Mark Pellegrino back as Lucifer and I got hand it to him. He is Lucifer. Nobody can does it better.



    Here is the full list of characters:

    Mary Winchester
    Castiel
    Crowley
    Lucifer
    Mr. Ketch
    Wally
    Ramiel


















    References

    I will leave costume design be for this episode as I am a sucker for Tarantino movies I decided to list the references this episode had for his movies. So buckle up! Supernatural wiki had collected them all.

    "Stuck in the Middle (With You)" is a name from 1974 by British folk/rock band Stealers Wheel. Most famously known from Reservoir Dogs. The style of the episode is a homage for Tarantino with the use of non-linear storytelling and the use of title cards in scene transitions which include Castiel "The Wounded Angel", may be a reference to the 1903 painting of the same name by Finnish symbolist painter Hugo Simberg, Mary's "Mother Mary", a reference to the lyric in the Beatles song "Let It Be." and "Mr. Crowley," referencing the Ozzy Osbourne song of the same name.


    The opening scene of the hunters sitting in the diner is a reference to the opening scene to Reservoir Dogs. The scene of the hunters walking down the alley in slow motion is a reference to the opening credits to Reservoir Dogs. Castiel spending the majority of the episode bleeding from a gut wound in an abandoned barn is a reference to the character Freddy Newandyke / Mr. Orange from Reservoir Dogs, who spends the majority of the film bleeding to death in an abandoned warehouse after being shot in the gut.

    Dean: All right ramblers. Let's get rambling.
    A line of dialogue used in the Tarantino films Reservoir Dogs and From Dusk till Dawn.
    The glowing light coming from lock box when Mary opens it is a reference to the MacGuffin from Pulp Fiction, itself a reference to the glowing briefcase from the 1955 film Kiss Me Deadly.



    Last title card "One last thing" is also pretty close to Kill Bill's quote: Bill: One more thing, Sofie... is she aware her daughter is still alive? 
    Like that sentence we also got two surprises in the episode when in the movie we found out that the daughter of the bride is alive. The glowing item Mary stole was the Colt and Crowley has Lucifer held captive.


















    Props

    Oh wow... The props were like no other in this episode so I will just focus on the most extraordinary ones because this episode had plenty. There were actually few props that I would like to own. They were that amazing. And the funny thing is that we had OLD and NEW ones and they were all amazing. So maybe I will start from the old and head forward to the new ones.

    I can't believe we got THE COLT back. The whole history of that weapon makes me squeal like a western fan girl. All the western music lead us to the colt and I am glad we got it back. Also I need to wonder if there is a deeper meaning that we got it back. Where will the story take us now that it has emerged. As this episode was inspired by Tarantino there was a lot of focus on weapons. The colt was one but we got some other old timers too.

    I love Dean's gun that was shown pretty clearly when he loaded it with Devil's trap bullets. Also Sam had his signature demon killing knife that also did not work like Dean's gun didn't. Same could say Mary and her angel  blade. Does this mean that dogs need to learn new tricks to something that is ahead of them. Or is it implying everyone should give BMOL the benefit of the doubt?


    That leads us to the new props and like I said. They were not left behind from the old of how remarkable they were. When Ramiel made that Lance appear we were already gasping that Castiel was in trouble. We just didn't know how badly until the weapon was seen on a painting and it was held by none other than archangel Michael. The painting was beautiful itself. We also found out that it was given to Ramiel by Crowley. It is nasty against demons but if it used on angels they will suffer. That means Michael wanted Lucifer to suffer. If he is this cruel he might be a villain that we never want to get out of the cage.

    Last but not least the BMOL and their toys. That safe opener was kinda cool. And we also saw the return of the brass knuckles in the hands of Dean. That was btw... Well hot. This episode raise my suspicion that we might have still huge surprises ahead of us. Because even the looming threat might be something that are among our heroes already. Like Crowley said: "Asmodeus has his hobbies. Dagon has her toys." Both of which can be hiding... I don't know for example in the BMOL.


















    Music

    We had loads of music in this episode but it was rather unusual for Supernatural. So let's see what did we have. Lover Boy (Instrumental) by Toodlum Barker & Emil Lomax (Extreme Music), Walk with a Winner by Gene McDaniels, La donna Γ¨ mobile by Jerry Trimble Jr., Not for Me by Bobby Darin, Crop Won't Ever Come by Robin Loxley & Jay Hawke and Colt .45 Opening Theme by Mark Pellegrino. This was a no brainer. Here are the lyrics for Colt .45.

    " There was a gun that won the west.
    There was a man among the best.
    The fastest gun or man alive.
    A lightning bolt when he drew that Colt... .45.

    He carried the message of law and of order,
    Into a wicked land.
    With a Colt single action Army revolver
    Blazing from either hand.

    There was the right, there was the wrong.
    The gun was quick, the man was strong.
    And peace was made when they arrived,
    A lightning bolt when the drew that Colt... .45.

    Colt .45.
    Colt .45.
    Colt .45.
    Colt .45.



    Here is the short +/- rundown for Stuck in the Middle (With You)

    + Lordy that new lore!
    + Wally
    + Colt 
    + Tarantino references
    + Ramiel
    + Michael's Lance
    + Mark Pellegrino
    + St. Michael Vanquishing Satan satan
    + Return of Michael teased?
    + The new Princes of Hell

    - Wally dies, oh well. SPN has red shirts too.
    - Mary, girl what are you doing!
    - Castiel almost dies
    - Lies are NOT good

    -/+ Mary Winchester

     Mark Sheppard as Crowley






    Dyy-dyy-dydy-dyy-dyy-dyy-dydy-dyy *whistles, walks to sunset, roll credits*. To be continued in episode 13!

    - Leylin



    Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Review - Supernatural 12x12 Stuck in the Middle (With You) - by sweetondean



    Don’t you just love our show? I mean seriously, don’t you love it? Twelve seasons in and Supernatural still likes to experiment with form and story, and still has the capacity to surprise us with twists and turns we never saw coming and simply never expected to see coming! It still leaves us discussing the whys and the hows and the wheres. I always say Supernatural doesn’t rest on its laurels - its laurels being it’s length of time on air and its passionate fandom - and Stuck in the Middle (With You), is a fine example of our show still stretching its epic wings all these years down the track.


    I loved this episode! Loved. From the timeline that jumped back and forth, to the music choices, to the absolutely amazing reveals, to the questions that these raised, and the conflicted character feelings I was left with. It was a fabulously penned episode from Davy Perez - witty and smart - with amazing direction by our favourite of all arch angels, the one and only Richard Speight, Jr.. Rich kept the pace pumping and us on the edge of our seats, delivering several tight and exciting fight scenes, and some super cool moments followed by cracker surprises in what must have been a complex script to bring to the screen. Plus Serge’s beautiful cinematography and what must have been a truly brain scrambling edit by editor John Fitzpatrick, all made for a brave and innovative episode that came together beautifully. Like I said, I loved it!

    I was lucky enough to once again be able to watch this episode with my friend Hazel. We were still travelling post Vegascon and where holed up in a hotel room. What made this experience even more of a treat was Stuck in the Middle (With You) was one of those episodes that makes you want to talk about it! We found ourselves discussing demon lore, character choices, looking up the Superwiki to confirm when we last saw the Colt, sharing feels about Mary, about our boys, gasping and clapping our hands as each reveal played out. You should have heard us when Ramiel flashed those yellow eyes! It was so much fun!


    Stuck in the Middle (With You) was a little bit of an homage to some of Tarantino's classic film moments. From the music styling that included spaghetti western themes and the fabulous use of “Walk With a Winner” as we cut to Mary helping Cas into the barn, while the boys battled the demons and poor old Wally dies. Man I LOVED that music cue, it was absolutely fantastic and it worked a treat with the sudden burst of chaos it accompanied. 

    Then there was the opening diner scene, the slo-mo walk, the glowing box, the time jumps, the title cards, the whistling…. so many nods, and all of them fitted into the episode perfectly. I’ve always been a Tarantino fan. I like the cartoonesque, hyper stylised, violent vibe his movies have, comedic and horrifying at the same time, with sharp and sassy dialogue, characters who are bad but you can’t help but love, and grey area heroes pushed to the extreme, making choices born of anger and revenge. It kind of seems appropriate our show would wind up tackling his film making style.


    The reveals came BAM BAM BAM, thick and fast and were so fantastic they made my head spin in the best possible way. 

    I thought it might be easier to break them down bit by bit. So if you're ready ramblers, let’s get ramblin’!



    The Demon

    Ramiel, the night fishing demon that Mary shiftily got the boys on board to bring down, was a Prince of Hell. A brand new breed of demon, the like of which we’d never even heard of. They were the next breed of demon after Lilth (I guess the Knights came after the Princes?). Ramiel was one of four Princes - one other being Azazel, the original yellow eyed demon. THERE ARE MORE YEDS!  There are two more we are yet to meet! And one is interested in the Nephilim! Squee!

    The shock waves that Ramiel’s yellow eyes sent through me! I gasped! I loved the reaction in Mary when she saw his eyes, and then the reaction in Sam when Mary told her son that the thing they had come to kill had those damn, terrifying, yellow eyes. The horror in Sam’s face; the fear that zapped between mother and son. 

    Like Cain, all Ramiel wanted was to live a quiet life away from the demands of Hell. Where as Cain raised bees, Ramiel fished. Neither wanted anything to do with their past or their lineage. But Ramiel had something the British Men of Letters wanted…



    The Colt

    The freakin’ colt! I had to scramble to figure out when we last saw the Colt - outside of Frontierland in season six. I knew it was season five, and I thought it was when the boys tried to kill Lucifer in Abandon All Hope, when we found out that Lucifer was one of the 5 things in all creation that the Colt can’t kill. The goddam Colt! I wracked my brain to remember if Dean left it behind when Cas zapped him out of danger. I remember him being flung into a tree, but I remember he seemed to hang on to the Colt (for a change not needing a bungy!). I went back and watched the end of the episode to make sure I remembered right! We never really saw, but my assumption was, and still is, the gun went with Dean.

    The noises I made when Ketch unwrapped the package Mary passed him, revealing the gun in all its glory. The yelling that happened when I realised that the Colt was being given to someone other than the Winchesters! BY A WINCHESTER! Of course, we could question what Mary knows or believes of the Colt - we know that her father believed it to be legend until Dean went and recovered the gun from Daniel Elkins in season four’s In the Beginning, so what Samuel may have told Mary - the stories about it - she may never have truly believed, and he couldn’t have update her on the info as the Yellow Eyed Demon killed him! And of course she wouldn’t have any idea that her boys had at one time possessed the Colt and used it. But how and when did Crowley get it again? He says to Ramel, "It’s amazing what some people just leave lying about". So when did he snatch it. Are we to assume it was left after the attack on Lucifer? Of course originally Crowley got the gun from Bela after she stole it from the Winchesters, and then he gave it back to the boys in season five - setting them up for the failure with Lucifer. Somehow he reclaimed it after Lucifer was back in the cage, and gave it to Ramiel who had it under lock and key for six years! ! After Abandon All Hope we only ever saw the Colt in the past when Dean left it behind in Frontierland. I would dearly love to know what happened with that gun. I’ve often wondered about it! The show should just do an epi just on the journey of the Colt! And now the damn British Men of Letters have it! Bugger. Bastards.



    Mr Crowley

    Oh my gosh! How delicious was it finding out how Crowley became the King of Hell. I’d always assumed he’d wormed his way in there somehow, saw an opening and took his place, using his usual slippery techniques, but instead he got it by default, because he was in the right place at the right time when Ramiel didn't want the job! It sort of makes sense now why Crowley seems not to love the job that much, it wasn’t necessarily his plan or ambition. He was a Crossroads demon, off travelling, meeting people, using his charms, making deals, now all of a sudden he was running Hell with all its problems, red tape and paperwork! It all kind of fell into place with that reveal, as to why Crowley so often seems like a fish out of water in his own kingdom. What an awesome twist - a back story I never saw coming!



    The Devil

    Something else I never saw coming! Bloody hell, how I screeched when I realised it was Lucifer in the cage, but not THE cage! Chained up like he'd chained Crowley - like a dog - as defiant and sassy as ever, back in the wonderful skin of Mark Pellegrino. What on earth is Crowley thinking - Lucifer totally gets under his skin, and is way more powerful than Crowley ever will be. Here the boys are, thinking Lucifer is safely back in the inescapable cage, but instead he’s under Crowley’s lock and key - glowy red eyes all glowy! This is going nowhere good, my friends, NOWHERE GOOD! Crowley is being unusually stupid!



    Mother Mary

    I left Mary to last because she’s a conundrum. I just don’t get her, and to be honest, I’ve got to the point where I don’t even like her - and I’m hoping that changes fast. 

    I said a few weeks ago that I was having trouble rationalising her lack of interest in her sons, and with that, having trouble feeling any kind of empathy or sympathy for her. Yes, she’s been dragged back into the world and out of the happiness of her family life in Heaven, and I get why that might screw with her head, but she’s too much about her and I can only excuse that for so long when her boys are there, living and breathing and loving her in the world she now actually inhabits. Like I said, I don’t need her staying with them cooking them chicken soup, but I do need her to appear to give a shit! And regardless of Wally saying what wonderful things she says about her boys, she sure doesn’t relay that to them. I noted that though Sam smiled, Dean kind of grunted the comment away with a slight rise of his eyebrows, not a dismissal, but not exactly an acceptance of Wally’s declaration that Mary is proud of her boys. What exactly has she done to demonstrate that?

    Now she puts her boys in danger by not telling them exactly what was going down with the hunt. Sure, she didn’t know the demon in question was a Prince of Hell, but she did know that this was a recovery mission and not just a standard demon kill - she’s supposed to be a seasoned hunter, she should have called on her wits and realised there must be more to it. She used poor Wally (goddamn it I liked Wally), as her stooge, setting him up for his own demise, and ended up nearly getting Cas killed! But outside of all that and the lying and manipulating of her children, which I know some have hand waved away as a Winchester trait (sorry, I can’t do that), she let what she now knew was a super powerful demon to take a shot at both her boys, rather than give up the thing she stole. She stood there mute, as Ramiel counted them down before pulling Michael’s lance out of thin air and sending everyone flying. If it wasn’t for Sam’s wicked Ninja moves, her eldest would be dead. What the actual fuck, Mary Winchester? The thing tucked down the back of your pants, which you didn’t even know what it was, was actually more important to you than your sons’ lives? One could argue she knows her sons are kickass (by guess work really because she’s hardly been around them), and knows they can defend themselves, and who knows if Ramiel would have let them go anyway if she did aqueous to his request…but really? She was gambling with Sam and Dean’s lives. NOT. COOL. EVER. And to top it off, she’s working with the people who tried to kill her youngest, and at the very least, tortured him! Dean says it straight up - he’d never work with them because they tried to kill his brother, but apparently Mary is cool with it! And even when she realises the British Men of Letters sent her into a shit storm, she still goes and meets them to handover her ill gotten gains. Sure she threatens Ketch, but she still hands the Colt over and still remains on their books! ARGH! I know more generous people are saying she’s playing the long game and thinking if she can assist the BMoL with the destruction of all things supernatural, it will get her boys out of the life. But if she spoke to them for five seconds, she’d know that this is their life and one that they’ve accepted, and they've even learnt to hold some pride in their achievements. Even Dean asking Ramiel if he knew who they were shows that. I’m pretty sure they’d rather she didn’t work with those British bastards regardless of her intent (whatever that may be). And we know how those boys feel about lies…having waded through so many of their own to get to what is now a pretty damn solid footing. *big sigh*

    Now don’t get me wrong, even though I currently don’t much care for Mary, I do like her as a character, for the reasons I’ve stated above, because I don’t understand her, she makes me feel feels and scratch my head and I enjoy the consternation she leaves me in! I’m friggin’ fascinated in what the hell is going to happen with her storyline, what will happen when the boys find out about her deception - because I think Dean’s on the way to being on to her - and how she will redeem herself. I think her arc, though personally confusing for me (and many others), has been super interesting and I’m enjoying the complexity and the surprising aspects of her character. This is so not the Mary I thought she’d be and part of me thinks that’s cool - while the rest of me gnashes my teeth at her…. she’s nothing if not challenging!



    And outside of all these wonderfully wonderful reveals, the awesome script, sharp direction and edit, and Tarantino touches, we had some amazing character moments with Team Free Will + 1. 

    Dear Crowley certainly is in a pickle! He really does he have a soft spot for the Winchesters - Dean as a past buddy and Sam, well I think he fancies Sam a little quite frankly! And just like Crowley does for the boys, the brothers fall into his better the devil you know category. As he said to Ramiel, when everything is going to crap, the Winchesters stop it - they are (sort of) allies Crowley can’t afford to lose. But now we realise not only is the King of Hell fond of Sam and Dean, he also has feels for Cas! Crowley seemed genuinely moved by the possible demise of Feathers. And really, there was no reason to save the angel when he did, the boys were already safe, but he still made sure Cas lived. I guess that keeps him in the brothers’ (sort of) good graces, but I think like Castiel, it seems that the longer the demon is around the Winchesters, the more moved and changed by their humanity he becomes. Of course, Lucifer is already playing with that one, whispering in Crowley’s ear about what he really is to the Winchesters… I do so love Crowley’s relationship with Sam and Dean, it’s always so damn entertaining!



    Is anyone else getting a tad worried for Cas? He’s around the boys more than ever this season, and I’m sure this is not the first time the whole, you’re/we’re/he’s family thing has come up! That worries me, and the more the brothers use the word home in regards to the bunker with Cas, the more I start to fret about him! I can’t help it! I’ve been watching this show for nigh on twelve years, I know how they like to set us up and knock us down! I did love the scene between the three of them though, when Cas said he loved them all, Sam said they were fighting for Cas and Dean said they’d never leave him because he’s family (Mary could really take a note out of her sons’ book about what family means to them!) The double hand grab with both brothers helping their best friend to his feet was inspired and such a beautifully simple, yet powerful image. I loved it. It was damn perfect. And I loved the earlier teasing of Cas and the teachable moment with the waitress. The smells of food thing cracked me the hell up! And Cas sniffed the waitress! It was all gold.



    And then we had Sam and Dean, walking in sync slo-mo down the street, working as a well oiled team as they prepared for the demon's return home, and of course, saving each other - Dean first, skewering the demon about to kill Sam, then Sam returning the favour by skewering Ramiel before he killed Dean. Tag team heroes. Just how I like my Winchesters - looking out for each other, having each other’s back. The Winchestery broments have been epic this season!


    Phew! So there it is! This was such a big episode with so much awesome it left me with so many thoughts and so excited for the back end of this season. I simply can’t wait to see where all these threads are winding us! Kudos to everyone involved in bring this treat of an episode to us!

    Until next time - I promise I’ll try not to be so late!

    Thanks for being patient and for reading!

    -sweetondean