29 December 2010
The first Supernatural rewatch for 2011 has been decided by the great ladies from Twitterland. It will be on Sunday 23rd January, 2011 at 1pm (Sydney time). We dedicate this rewatch to Kim Manners, who died on 25th January 2009. Kim is truly missed for his great work including but not limited to The X Files and Supernatural.
Sunday 23rd January 2011
1pm, Sydney Time*
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Episodes viewing in this order
1.03 Dead in the Water
2.01 In My Time of Dying
3.16 No Rest for the Wicked
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24 December 2010
I won't be away too long. I have far too many draft posts to work on! Until then.. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
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21 December 2010
I had an epiphany after watching Appointment in Samarra. The theme of unnatural events causing a disruption to the balance of the universe got me thinking about the storyarc. I thought instead of writing an episode review, I am going to share with you my theory on Death and his role on the show.
Supernatural's take on Death is a very interesting one. The writers have given Death a personality. He is not a hooded mysterious scary old man. In fact he is not scary at all. He has one job to do, and one job only. If God is at the starting point of human lives, then Death is on the other end of our lives, waiting to collect our souls when our time is up. It's a simple equation. There shouldn't be any complication. It is like a waterfall model -- you born, you live, you die. It is a natural progression. God and Death book-end our lives.
You are not supposed to cheat Death. But what if something happens to you? What if there is some sort of intervention and you no longer live as a human?
In the event of a supernatural situation occurred, say, when a vampire turned a human into one of their kind as depicted in Dead Man's Blood or Live Free or Twi-Hard, this normal human being became immortal. One less 'human soul' for Death to collect. And according to the Alpha in Live Free or Twi-Hard, when their kind died, they'd go to Purgatory.
Another example. In All Dogs Go to Heaven, skinwalkers infiltrated into ordinary families. On the Alpha's signal, they would turn their human families into their skinwalkers simultaneously. This would be the fastest way to build an army. Many normal human lives would be altered, possibly without their souls intact after they're turned. Death's list is just getting shorter.
Let's take a look at Dean and Sam. How many times have they died and be brought back to life by either demons, angels or God? As a result of this, I believe Death is getting a bit frustrated. While we think it's funny to watch Dean died like at least 105 times in an episode alone, may be Death doesn't find it funny at all.
The numbers of lives by God created should equal to the numbers of souls collected by Death. What happen if it doesn't equate? What's Death's view on it? If I am Death, I will be saying: "Hang on a second here, I'm supposed to take X number of souls, you supernatural creatures caused all these disruptions and ruined my job!' Death can't be out of job, right? How many human souls have Death lost due to any kind of supernatural intervention?
As we have seen in season 6 so far, things are getting bit out of hand. Why are the Alphas of different supernatural kinds so desperate for building their armies fast? Why are monsters acting off-pattern? They are fighting for domination and survival.
Do monsters have souls? I guess not, that's why they are called monsters, right? And their kind only have one place to go after they die -- Purgatory. I think Death is only limited to reap human souls, he doesn't have the ability to reap monsters simply because they are soulless.
My theory is that Death has an important part to play in the season half of season 6. I think he is attempting to get rid of the existence of all supernatural creatures on earth. He is going to end this disruption to the balance of the universe. He wants things to return to balance.
How is Dean & Sam going to play a role in this scheme of things? Dean and Sam are great hunters, they are valuable assets. If Death's power is limited to human souls, then he needs good hunters like Dean and Sam to eliminate monsters and helped maintaining the natural order. Unlike the angel Balthazar who has his own agenda and clearly doing something dodgy, Death's intention is clear. Death's purpose is simple -- to reap human souls.
Death wants Dean to keep digging about this soul thing. He wants Dean to discover something himself, whatever they might be. He wants Dean to understand something. Death is teaching Dean a lesson. This lesson starts with retrieving Sam's soul from hell. Death warns Dean about the success rate of putting a wall in Sam's mind. Once Sam starts scratching, he will break and he will die. And when Sam dies (again), I think this will be the end of the series. Because I think Death will have the balance returns by then, he will demonstrate this natural order to Dean by taking Sam with him for good. Dean and Sam must learn when you're dead, you should stay dead. When you are human, you should die human.
I am sure there are a lot of holes in my theory. Let me know what you think and how do you see the role of Death in the rest of the season. I just think that he is not a support act and after watching Appointment in Samarra, I am convinced he has a very important role to play.
Appointment in Samarra was a great great episode! It was written by Sera Gamble and Robert Singer, directed by Mark Rohl.
Death: You and your brother keep coming back. You're an affront to the balance of the universe, and you cause disruption on a global scale.
Dean: I apologize for that.
Death: But you have use. Right now you're digging at something, intrepid detective. I want you to keep digging, Dean.
Dean: So you just gonna be cryptic or...?
Death: It's about the souls. You'll understand when you need to.
Everything is dust in the wind.
13 December 2010
This review is a bit long overdue. With Xmas is just a traffic light away, I feel like I am running out of time to shop for pressies, trying out different cookies recipes etc. I have so much random thoughts about Caged Heat! It was action packed. This is what I am talking about! Caged Heat was no doubt in my mind the best episode this season so far.
After a slow start of the season, Supernatural seems to return to the monster of the week pattern, but the show has been feeding us clues which are contributing to a bigger storyarc. I think the season half of the season is going to blow Castiel's wings off. Season 6 is putting all the previous ingredients together -- i.e reapers, vampires, shape-shifters, demons and angels just to name a few. I think it's forming a dough, it's just resting in the fridge. When time comes, the writers will take out the dough, roll it out and cut them in shapes, get them ready for the hot oven. Cookies anyone?
Crowley -- Finding Purgatory is important to Crowley and to find Purgatory, I think Crowley has to die to find it. I don't think this is the last we see him and I think Castiel may have done a favour for Crowley and he doesn't even know it! Assuming this is correct, what is Crowley going to do in Purgatory? Is it about power? Is another war coming? Whose war?
Meg -- What about Meg? When it comes to Meg, is it just about power, putting Team YED or Team Luci back in the driver's seat, at least in hell anyway? With YED, Lilith, Ruby all dead and Luci locked up in a cage, Meg should be next on the chain of command. If it wasn't Crowley, Meg would've been in charge. That's just how I feel about Meg, but is there more to her arc?
Sam -- Sam struggled with the idea of having a soul -- pain and suffering are just part of the package. Let say if Sam's soul is forced back into his body, it's going to kill him in every emotional way. Dean was in hell for 4 months, that's 40 years and he struggled. Sam is in hell for a year now and he is still here, that's at least 100 years in hell. If I were Sam, I wouldn't want my soul back!
As per usual, Dean is obsessed about saving Sam. And if he could, he would save everyone. Dean leaves nobody behind and he ain't going to leave his brother in the crap hole. To Dean, having a damaged soul is better than having no soul. Cas made a good point, we just don't know what is going to happen or how bad it will get if Sam's soul is back. Sam doesn't have a say here, if Dean says he is going to have his soul back, he is going to have his soul back! For any complications, they will just have to deal with it. Is this a wise move?
The Civil War of Heaven -- So far, it's been mentioned a few times. We don't know how it will play out or whether it will play a bigger part in the second half of season 6 or indeed its role in the overall storyarc. But there are a few things we know: we know there is a civil war in Heaven. We know Balthazar stole some holy weapons. We now know the Ark of the Covenant exists, it is missing and it is on Castiel's 'to-find-list.' Supernatural doesn't mention something without follow it through. I hope the Ark will play a part in coming episodes. I mean, how awesome would it be to have Cas looking for it and seeing the boys to retrieve it. I love stuff like this! I love Raiders!
Grandpa Samuel -- Sacrificing for each other is the trademark of the Winchesters. The Winchesters is all about saving people, hunting things. The Campbells we see in season 6 are quite the opposite. That aside, grandpa is just one of those characters I feel sorry for, I see his desperation, but I wish he could be the dad/grandpa Mary and the boys could look up to and not just a desperate douche who would sell his grandsons to the demons!
He is disconnected to the Winchesters, fine! He wasn't there when Mary married John (he never liked John anyway..), he wasn't there when Mary was pregnant with Dean and Sam. It wasn't his fault that he missed all the actions. But Dean and Sam are blood, they are not strangers to him. For him to say to Dean 'I don't even know what you are to me' is really messed up. He is too blind to understand what Dean is trying to tell him. If he continues to live, he is going to die alone. Grandpa is just not awesome!
On another note, there is no doubt Mary and John are still very much in the picture! Ash said he couldn't find Mary and John in heaven, may be they are there, may be they aren't. But if they aren't in heaven, where are they? John escaped hell in AHBLII and Mary appeared as a spirit in Home. Could John be still out and about? Could Mary be stuck in Purgatory after she 'died' again in Home as a spirit? I still hope we will see JDM again before Supernatural ends.
Caged Heat was directed by Robert Singer, story by Brett Matthews and Jenny Klein, written by Brett Matthews.
Another delay review on Death and Cheap Food will be posted later in the week. I am working on an exciting theory to share with you. Stay tuned!
12 December 2010
And yup! The hellatus is here!!! OH CHUCK!! How are we going to survive? Here is the promo for 6.12 Like A Virgin, returns on Jan 28 2011.
10 December 2010
Photo source: Just Jared
Happy Friday is happy. Mark your diary, Jensen will be on MTV's 10 On Top on Saturday Dec 11. I have never watched this show, but I guess I'll be fishing for the clip on YouTube. Visit the 10 On Top website for additional info. Source: Winchester Family Business
09 December 2010
Wishing y'all a wonderful Xmas and a super-tastic 2011.
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I love you! I just love you! Devin Faraci from Badass Digest wrote this amazing article on Supernatural -- Will SUPERNATURAL ever get respect? I need to hug you! Supernatural fans, read the articles here.
The show has great writing, great cast, great music and great direction. The show is funny, the one-liners are killers. And above all things, everyone on the show respects the materials and grateful for being part of something unique. Supernatural has never had a flat episode, there is always something I like about an episode, even the not so awesome ones like Bugs.
Supernatural is super clever. The thing I love about Supernatural is that the writers put so much thoughts into the construct of the story. They do heaps of research on the subject matters whether they be monsters or angels. On one hand, the subject matter is something we are familiar with (like how many lores are there on vampires and shape-shifters, right?). But on the other hand, Supernatural writers manage to put their own creative stamp on the idea every week. Each episode is carefully crafted, I cannot name an episode that was sloppy.
Kudos to the creator of the show, Eric Kripke. He has no ego, he has low self-esteem, he is unique, he is humble and he is super weird! What's on his mind -- I don't want to know! Killing Santa and Mrs Santa is an awful but awesome idea! Kripke is almost like Joss Whedon, but sorry Whedon fans, Kripke is better. (And I love Joss too). Kripke is not JJ Abram or Alan Ball, hell Kripke is not even listed as one of the top 50 showrunners by Hollywood Reporters. But you know what, who cares?! Long live Cult Kripke..
Kripke is writing and will be directing an episode for season 6. I can't wait to watch it! I am also super excited about any ideas Kripke has in mind about his next project, whatever that is, I will be watching!! Bring it!
07 December 2010
Again.. and again
Supernatural fans, you're awesome! Give yourself a purple nurple for a great job well done!!! Supernatural is the winner of the TVGuide magazine's recent fan poll. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are featured on the cover of this week's TVGuide magazine. Apparently TVGuide will announce where you can buy the magazine if you're not in the US. I am so excited, I don't know where to start!!! Ok.. let's start by this!
I seriously don't think Jensen and Jared need to be photoshop'd. They are smoking HOT! And they know it! We know! Dang! Now we have to share with the world!
Apparently this guy was left out, according to his own tweet: '"The public is not ready for that kind of raw, unbridled, sexual magnetism." Misha Collins commented on his Twitter. HA! Misha! You're hot and yes, the public is not ready.. your hotness will burn their eyes!
Jensen, Jared, Jim and Misha thanked fans for being so awesome!
Here is Debra Birnbaum, editor of TVGuide magazine revealing the cover on The Early Show on CBS. KICK ASS!!!
TVGuide also has this article about the announcement and a bit of interviews.
05 December 2010
Here is the TV promo of Supernatural episode 6.11 Appointment in Samarra
Holy SHIT! Next week's Smallville is going to be OMG awesome! The return of JSA and Justice League.. OMG! And and.. who's on his knee?
01 December 2010
Castiel returns! I miss Cas! Will he created another Meg bridge?
Lionel Luthor returns! Oh my! I love him and miss him! May be I should watch an older episode of Smallville! I heard om Twitter, this is going to be epic!! John Glover is an amazing actor! He still has the Lionel in him! AWESOME!
23 November 2010
Please tell me this is a Ben Edlund episode! OMG! Too funny! But then again, may be this is not a funny filler episode?! Perhaps we can expect Dean and Sam to sing Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now? Holy smoke! I can't wait!!!
21 November 2010
This Supernatural rewatch is long overdue! The next rewatch is dedicated to the great Trickster aka Gabriel. We all miss him soooo much :(
Sunday 5 Dec 2010
1pm Sydney time
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Episodes viewing in this order
Season 2 Tall Tales
Season 3 Mystery Spot
Season 5 Changing Channels
Season 5 Hammer of the Gods
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I know.. this week's review title is SO predictable. Supernatural fans are awesome once again for making "Fight the Fairies" a trending topic on Twitter. Screen shot thanks to Amy, who has posted her review on the episode. Hot off the press! Toza also has some really cool SPN headlines on her blog, check them out here.
I have declared my love for Ben Edlund a long time ago. There was the GhostFacer Ben Edlund; the The End Ben Edlund; the Abandon All Hope Ben Edlund; the Monster Movie Ben Edlund... I wonder if he had ever looked into the mirror and said "I AM AWESOME!" when he wrote something funny and witty?
6.09 Clap Your Hands If You Believe was written by Ben Edlund and directed by John Showalter. I LOVE the opener in The X-Files style. I totally LOVE it! Overall, I really enjoyed the episode, it was fun! Their take on UFOs and alien abduction was funny -- may be it's the way Jensen Ackles interpreted the probing event (forgot! don't say that out loud!). Those fairies are kinda cute, they remind me of house-elves and it's awesome to see Robert Picardo as a guest star!
*Did you know that Robert Picardo was Jason Teague's father, Edward Teague in Smallville season 7, they never share a scene together?
Jared is really comfortable with his acting as a soulless Sam, he is getting better with it. This is the first time I actually like Soulless Sam. To me, the problem with Soulless Sam is that he was pretentious, he's been faking every emotion since he came back. But we got over that point, he wasn't faking it anymore. It took awhile to get used to Soulless Sam.
In this episode, I so dig Sam! It's magical how Ben Edlund can skillfully turn Soulless Sam into a likable character. There was so much awesomeness in this episode from Sam. Sam is telling the truth without holding back and it suits him! He is learning how to read things: when Dean told him about being attacked by a hot naked lady with wings and nipples, Sam said "I am not supposed to laugh, right?!" That's priceless!
Sam is acting like a little boy asking questions about things and with Dean giving Sam lessons about what to do and how to feel is really funny. That's Yoda's job, you know! The interaction between Dean and Sam is really interesting to watch. Although this is not the brotherly interaction we are familiar with, but the chemistry is as strong as ever between Jensen and Jared.
So... it's simple.. having a soul is equal to suffering. To quote Yoda: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." Because Sam doesn't feel anything.. no fear, no anger, no hate, no empathy... he has no emotion to cloud his judgment. He didn't make the same mistake again -- he didn't say yes to the Fairy deal. Is Sam better this way? The question is -- would you rather deal with a pile of screw-up emotions or would you rather start from scratch? For Dean, he is suffering and he has to keep dealing with his emotions and his past; while Sam is the beginner, he is like the grown-up version of the Little Prince* (well.. sort of), he will keep asking questions and learn about empathy.
*It's a children book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Jensen Ackles is such a great actor with comical and physical skills. We have seen Jensen doing dark emotional angsty stuff in The End, Heaven and Hell, Point of No Return just to name a few. We have also seen the funny Dean in Monster Movies or Yellow Fever and Changing Channels etc. In Clap Your Hand If You Believe, Jensen totally nailed the delivery of the comical scenes, for example, when he was chased by the dude with the beanie, he made little jumps with his feet and the expression on his face was so Chaplin like; when Dean was telling Sam about the alien abduction; and when he was attacked by Tinkerbell. Every now and then Supernatural provided him the opportunity to show his comedic side, he has once again proven that he is a versatile actor and he really pays attention to details.
Oh one more thing before I forget. I have a question about the 'first born', do you think Dean is chosen by the vampire and the fairy is because he was the first born? Do you think the first born has something to do with the whole Alpha thing? The Alpha being the first of many, so... what's with that? I don't think the first born/ Alpha thing is random, I think this is shaping up to something bigger... Or may be Dean is just awesome and he has a sweet ass?
Oh by the way, being the first born usually has the duty to pay for the meals. Have you noticed how many times Dean pick up the bills at the diners or pay for the motels? When was the last time we saw Sam paying for a meal? Just saying.... Dean just picked up the bill and paid.
Smallville scored 2.5 m while Supernatural scored 2.03m. Ouch with that, but like Sam would said.. I really don't care about TV ratings! Source: TVbytheNumbers
I swear I will post something on Smallville during the holiday. I am planning on a few Xmas projects to do while spending Xmas with Mama Tiny.
20 November 2010
Castiel.. the one and only angle I'd ever loved!
OK.. the promo for 6.10 Caged Heat is epic! Like Abandon-All-Hope epic; like Jus-in-Bello epic; like epic-epic! By looking at the cast list, this is OMG epic! Castiel, Demon Meg, Grandpa, Crowley. I want action! I want someone kick someone's ass! Bring it!
Spoiler alert! Here is the synopsis for 10.11 Appointment in Samarra. Death and Balthazar are back! OMG! Let's escalate the epic level to the max!!!
DEATH RETURNS FOR A MEETING WITH DEAN - Dean seeks out Death (guest star Julian Richings) to help get Sam's soul back. Death tells Dean he will help Sam if Dean will agree to act as Death for 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sam decides he doesn't want his soul back and asks Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roché) for .......... To read full synopsis, go to SpoilerTV.
Oh one more thing, I watched Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallow Part I today. I am so going to read the book again, I should've done this before I watched the movie, but anyhoo, this is on my to-read list! I forgot many details, and I think it's imperative to read the book again before I watch the movie again during Xmas with my BFF.
Do I like the move? I LOVE the movie! The kids are grown-ups! OMG! It's such a sad story, the whole world is on their shoulders. I cried 3 times! It's such a great cast and great story. Twilight seriously, move over!
18 November 2010
Thursday! I can't believe it's Thursday! It's almost too good to be true! Thank you Supernatural for putting a smile on my face :)
I think Misha is putting his own identity on the random videos he did. If you haven't watched Misha's latest video on YouTube, check out Operation Stealth Nugget on YouTube. While you are there, you may as well subscribe to his channel.
OK.. here is something that got me excited about this week's Supernatural -- Clap Your Hand If You Believe. This week's episode pays homage to The X-Files. Supernatural doesn't have an opener like other shows, so this is a real treat for SPN and X-Files fans. Enjoy :)
People Magazine has released this year's list of Sexiest Men Alive. Why isn't Jensen Ackles on this list? Well, obviously not everyone has good taste and probably the demo for People Magazine are blah blah blah. It's almost illegal to exclude Jensen Ackes on the list! Just because Green Lantern is coming up, it doesn't make Ryan Reynolds any sexier. His wife, however, is another story. I do have a girl crush on Scarlett. And why is Bon Jovi on this year's list anyway? Here is a reminder why Jensen is the Sexiest Man Alive Ever .
Oh.. Someone used Jensen Ackles as an example on trending search pattern. Good woman!!! Full article here!
15 November 2010
Of course, silly tiny me, I forgot to post the set visit report last week. A group of journalists visited the Supernatural set and talked to J2. Go to TVSquad for full report :)
14 November 2010
Season 1 to 5 obviously set the bar so high, although you can't top the apocalypse, but writers continue to keep the soul of the show intact. What makes the show so enjoyable to watch week in week out is their ability to explore existing urban legends and make the story uniquely their own. I am so impressed with it. It's not the same old vampire, werewolves idea you've seen on other shows so many times. The idea of skinwalkers infiltrating into ordinary family and the sad story of Lucky was really awesome and refreshing. The show never fail to surprise me, I really like saying 'ah, that's different!'.
The details of 'a day in the life of perver Lucky' was really well thought out. I particular liked the scene where Dean and Sam went to the animal house, Dean being civilised with Lucky (I love the black and white SFX!), and then we saw Lucky in the motel being interrogated by the boys. The creepy effect of the park scene where Sam was at the stakeout, really helped to build the suspense. And here is another stakeout scene I love. If there is ever a 24 prequel, Jensen Ackles can so be the young Jack Bauer!
Let's rewind to the interrogate scene. I like how Dean took a moment and thought about what made human human -- compassion. Normally Dean would just be all cowboy about supernatural things, the mojo was 'it's it's supernatural, we kill it, end of story, that's our job'. But this season it's about showing the contracts between light and dark; soul and soulless; Dean and Sam. There is a new found maturity underpinning the show, kudos to Sarah Gamble and her writing team.
Somehow I don't think Sam will get his soul back from Crowley. I don't see Crowley snapping his fingers and go 'oh there you go, here is your soul.. go hug people!' and Sam certainly won't go 'oh, thanks.. here is my soul, I suddenly care, let me make you an apple pie.' I think it's always up to Dean to show or teach Sam, it's always up to Dean to watch over his little brother. For now, at least we won't see Sam pretending to care about Dean or others. Dean has to speak up about Sam's pretentiousness and the whole speech by Sam at the end of the episode served the purpose, it closed one chapter of season 6 and ready for the next.
Philip Sgriccia directed and Adam Glass wrote the episode.
A few quick notes on Smallville -- Abandon. OMG! Like OMG! The ending was totally unexpected! What do you mean? Tess Mercer is Lionel's daughter? Seriously OMG! How will this play out in the up-coming episodes? I can't wait!!! I love Cassidy Freeman. It took awhile for me to like her back in season 8, but she can really act and she is awesome! I love the Lois in the Fortress scene. I love Erica Durance, she is a powerhouse actress, I really think she owns the role and she is the best Lois Lane ever! I love Jor-El and Lara-El giving a speech about how much they love Clark. Thanks to Lois, Clark is able to understand his father. The more we see Clark understanding the past and letting it go, the closer he is to becoming Superman. And this is why Lois is the one for Clark. Teri Hatcher is so in her element as Lois' mum, that scene is so emotional. Overall, a very well-done episode!
On the rating side, Smallville scored 2.77m in the first half hour, and it went up to 3.01m in the second half of the episode. While Supernatural was down, it scored around 2.07m & 2.08m for the night. I guess Friday night is getting competitive, but good thing Smallville and Supernatural are holding the fort for the CW on Friday night. Full rating report TVByTheNumbers.
Monsters are real. So are fairies. When do we get to see unicorns?
10 November 2010
09 November 2010
I brought Planet Cake, I am so inspired to bake and design beautiful cakes! Wish me luck! I swear to Chuck, I am so going to make an Impala cake!!
I also purchased an iPad, the first thing I did was to download Pages, iRead PDF and Amazon Kindle for iPad. I love Amazon and I love having Kindle on my iPad! I have Stephen King's The Stand and some reference books. I also downloaded Larousse, which is a recipe App for French pastries, jams and cakes.
In the near future, I want to go paperless and hopefully cashless too. I want everything on my Mac, iPad and iPhone, I can't remember the last time I brought a CD. Going digital is going to save so much space. As someone who is very mobile, believe me, it's a bitch when I move!
But that's not what I really wanted to blog tonight. I just wanted to say, episode 6.13 will be called Unforgiven. Oh.. and my Supernatural season 5 companion just arrived.
Oh hey, clap your hands if you believe in Dean Winchester!
07 November 2010
6.07 Family Matters was directed by Guy Bee, who also directed season one's Asylum. Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin wrote the episode. Dabb and Loflin did another excellent job on the writing. I am not going to repeat what I've said earlier, but I think Dabb and Loflin are officially out of my bad books.
Supernatural is not a crap show with crap recycled ideas and we all know it! This is why Supernatural is so awesome and other network/ studio drones can't top the awesomeness of the geniuses with minds like no others! The show has once again raised to the occasion.
We finally got some answers and we can move forward with the story. It's official, Sam's soul is still in hell; Grandpa is working for Crowley; Crowley is the Ring director who's been pulling the strings; not only purgatory exists, Crowley wants to find it and claim it; and the baddies know the weakness of the Winchesters and they continue to take advantage of it.
What an opportunity for Jared this season? How do you play the same character who isn't the same character? Sam's soul is missing from his physical self. Not only he has no soul, he has no instinct and no compassion. The worst thing is, he doesn't know it. Sam can't tell the difference because he's gone Terminator, his physical self is not programed to feel. Dean is going to do what he does best to keep his brother in-line, he is the John Connor to his Terminator, he is going to micromanage Sam. Sorry Sam! I hate micromanagement too, it's something I hate to deal with in real life, I feel for you! One thing for sure, Sam still sides with Dean, I think deep down Sam knows he needs his big brother.
Supernatural is very good at incorporating multi-layer elements into the story. What would a soulless human do? It's a very interesting concept to explore in a show like Supernatural. Like Harry Potter, he is different from Voldermort because Harry has love and he is capable to love and feel. This soulless and purgatory business have lifted Supernatural into a whole new level of awesomeness.
Let's face it, Grandpa is no John Winchester, he is no Bobby or Rufus or Ellen, I don't think Grandpa is smart, I think his thinking is old school, he thinks he is an experienced hunter, but he is not. He is disconnected to the boys, he knows it and we all feel it. Family don't end with blood, Bobby is more a family than Samuel is a grandpa to the boys. The Winchesters have a habit of sacrificing themselves to save each other, I don't think Grandpa Samuel has this in him. I am sure we will see Grandpa again, but I think as far as the family is concerned, he is on his own.
OK so... Crowley is Charlie, Grandpa, Dean and Sam are his angels. That's pretty much the deal there! Crowley is awesome! Mark Sheppard nails his performance once again. It's so enjoyable to watch Mark Sheppard on screen. I watched an episode of Chuck last week (season 3) with Sheppard as the Ring director, he is so good at every role he'd ever played!
Heaven is the territory of the angels, Hell is the demons'. Crowley is a demon, he is the King of Hell, but I think he wants his own territory, he wants a brand new toy. He is smart, he doesn't do this the hard way, he is going to claim the unclaimed territory - the purgatory. Again, this is another genius idea the writers came up with, instead of sticking to the usual angels, monsters and demons elements, it's very smart to introduce purgatory and I love it!
Let's quickly touch on Castiel. Not only he is the funniest angel in the entire garrison, he is also the busiest. After Dean blasted at Cas in last episode, I don't think Cas wants to see Dean gets angry at him again! He just does whatever Dean asks him to do, "Clean up Sam." OK boss, your problem always comes first.
Supernatural doesn't introduce something without a purpose, I think all elements will arrive at a single point eventually. Now that the purgatory is introduced, will the angels or demons fight for this purgatory later in the story? How does the angels civil war fit into this storyarc? How do other supernatural beings like Balthazar fit into the overall picture or is he just a random character? I could see a showdown between Crowley and Castiel if this is the direction the season is heading. Surely if the angels find out about Crowley's plan, they will either stop it or claim the purgatory before Crowley does. Is Crowley just a developer? Is Crowley working for someone else? Where is Purgatory? Could Aurora in Dean's vision be the answer?
We have had some really dark and intense episodes the past few weeks. Looks like next week's All Dogs Go To Heaven will be another intense dark episode. To me, season 6 is all about building up the suspense, while we are looking at the familiar characters and we know their history, new elements are being introduced but they are aligned with the spirit of the show. I am certain, not many showrunners in the business can nail this! Well done Sera Gamble and the gang!
For more reviews on this episode, check out Amy's blog (who also touches on where Mary's and John's sprites are) and Tina Charles' review of the overall episode on TVGuide.
Regarding the Friday night rating, Supernatural was steady with 2.42m, Smallville was down a bit with 2.61m. Source: TVByTheNumbers
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I am still digest Family Matters from last night, which was another dark and brilliant episode! Review to come. In the meantime, here is the promo for 6.08 All Dogs Go To Heaven looks hot.. like 24 hot! Seriously!
31 October 2010
The following is a likely scenario in the writer's room:
Writer A: Humm.. so.. should we sweeten the pot?
Writer B: What would Kripke do?
Writer A & B together: Let's torture the fans!
And that's the truth, my fellow Supernatural fans.
I was totally prepared for an intense crazy episode. I am glad I did! You can read a recap from DaemonsTV and Amy's review on her blog. I am going to focus on a few points here.
You Can't Handle the Truth revealed a very interesting point about Sam. According to Goddess of Truth herself, Veritas, Sam was not human. I don't think she was lying. Either Sam was not human or there was nothing human about him. If you have watched the promo of the next episode, I think the Sam plot will move forward with 6.06 Family Matters.
Sam was able to fend off Veritas's powers and kept lying to Dean, which was actually disturbing.. I mean, HOW did he do it? At the end of the episode, Sam told Dean he knew there was something wrong about himself, he needed help. Nobody likes being lied to, especially after everything Dean and Sam had been through with the whole demon blood thing, you have to start wondering if Sam had learnt anything from past experience? I think Dean was more than angry, he was almost disgusted with Sam being so pretentious in the last few episodes with the 'of-course-I-got-your-back' lying in your face vibe. There was only one thing left for Dean to do -- to punch the crap out of Sammy! Will things get better? No! Absolutely not! This is an emotional scar for life!
The dialogues for people telling the truth are very well-written. I feel really sorry for Dean, his life just doesn't get any better -- Sam was being a lying liar who lies, Castiel being a dick and too busy with his problems; Bobby couldn't be there all the time for him; and after being dumped by Lisa, Dean was totally alone. So lonely, he might as well volunteer himself to be deployed by NASA when they start colonising other planets.
Bobby was just too cute when he told Dean all his secrets and his love life (bahahaha). Jim and Jensen played off each other so well and this wasn't even a face-to-face scene. Jensen performed brilliantly with his break-up scene with Cindy Simpson, not that Dean didn't know any of this stuff Lisa was telling him, but it was hard to hear it the hash way. Could this be the last time we see or hear from Lisa?
Jared did a great job playing a lying Sam, he always has. I think without the dark-side-bad-boy element, Sam's character could get a bit vanilla. I actually enjoy Jared's performance better when Sam goes bad, I think it's better for Jared. I think no matter what is going to happen next, I think if there is a remote chance of helping Sam or getting his soul back or whatever, Dean will not give up on his brother. The only reason Dean told Bobby his skin crawled being in the same room with Sam was because Dean didn't think that was his brother, he was just so angry and he wanted to get to the bottom of this asap. But if that was really Sam and if he admitted he had a problem and needed help, Dean would never give up on Sam.
It was awesome to see a little bit of Castiel. He looked kinda stress or not enthused. Misha was awesome as usual! He will be back next week! I am impressed with Serinda Swan who played Veritas. She was also the nurse in Salvation in season one, and Zatanna Zatara in Smallville.
Overall, I really enjoyed watching the dramas unfolded and really enjoyed this episode. I thought it was really well done and well-written. The episode was directed by Jan Eliasberg. I noticed the credit for the writing team was a bit longer than usual -- story by David Reed, Eric C. Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, written by Eric C. Charmelo & Nicole Snyder. Well done all!
On the Friday rating results, according to TVByTheNumbers, Smallville dropped slightly but Supernatural was even with last week's rating. Read it all on TVByTheNumbers