Last time when the words 'weekend' and 'Bobby' used in the same sentence, Bobby built the Panic Room. Bobby is awesome and we all know that. But sometimes, Dean and Sam forget even Bobby needs a hug and more love. Bobby is more awesome than Awesome and the Awesomes. And you know who else is awesome?! Kenny Rogers.
First and foremost, I must congratulate cast and crew for a brilliant job well done! Jensen Ackles did a brilliant job as the director of this episode. Jim Beaver carried the episode so well, it's one of his most awesome kick-ass performances.
Jensen's directorial debut Weekend at Bobby's was a really fun to watch. Sometimes, when an actor takes over, they are egoistic about their own creative direction, the end result could be so left-field and awkward. Considering this is Jensen's first directing gig and he was directing an episode of an established show with established characters for an established fan-base. It's actually a lot of pressure but Jensen did very very well. Kim Manners would be proud! It took Tom Welling a few episodes to get comfy in the director's chair before he could direct something epic like Absolute Justice. I hope Jensen will continue his journey with directing and I can't wait to see more from him!
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid was a Bobby centric episode, but Bobby was the center of the universe at Weekend at Bobby's. In comparison, I enjoyed this episode more. Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin, the writers of this episode, nailed it! Regular visitors of my blog would know I have a few issues with Dark Side of the Moon, also written by Dabb and Loflin. But this time, they did a fantastic job and here is why. They have cleverly made Dean and Sam the guest stars and made Bobby the main character without any writing or character development issues whatsoever. There were no awkward moments, no bad scenes and no bad directions found in this episode. It was perfectly designed. It was perfectly Supernatural! The material is not new to fans. We know the characters, the story, the Bobby-Crowley deal, everything is well-established. But for some reasons this episode was refreshing. This is a perfect example of a show that has successfully re-invent/ re-renovate itself.
At first, I wasn't sure how exactly they would do this without having Jensen and Jared in every scene. Even when Jared wasn't there, Jensen was there (i.e In the Beginning and The End). Jim Beaver carried the episode so well with Mark Sheppard as Crowley and Steven Williams as Rufus.
Behind the heroism of hunting, there is the boring research on monsters and demons. We never get to see what Bobby does behind the scene. Whenever Dean and Sam asked Bobby for help, Bobby always came back 2 minutes later (in editing term) with his research on whatever the brothers were hunting. In this episode, we see Bobby going to the library, having a bad day with his car, getting the attention from a lady neighbor, interrogating a demon to save his own soul, answering calls on his FBI, NSA, CIA lines, helping a friend to bury a body. I think Bobby is busier than all of us!
This episode wasn't just another filler, it provided a closure to the Bobby-Crowley deal, but you know Crowley will come back with something else. We found out Crowley was the King of Hell with athletic calves, and demons are like ghosts, they can be killed by burning the remains of the original human self. After everything we've seen on the show, Supernatural can still give us something new based on the existing material.
Other awesome bits:
- Alan Ackles (Jensen's papa) was the awesome voice of the newsreader at the beginning of the episode.
- The fluorescent demon trap was awesome.
- The Bobby-desperate housewife vibe was awesome.
- Supernatural does awesome music montage.
- What I never could have imagined is to hunt down a Kenny Rogers song for my iPod. Awsome!
- Dean gets his first and probably only frequent flyer point. Did he hit on the air hostage? Oh wait.. he doesn't do this anymore! Not awesome.
- The episode is close to perfect, I cannot find anything wrong with it. I am awesome.
Jensen with Sharon Taylor, who played the demon in this episode.
You may know Sharon from Smallville, where she played Faora (Zod's wife) in season 9. She also appeared in Stargate Atlantis.
Here are a selection of reviews on the episode: UGO and Starpulse. Check out my Twitter friends' reviews, Amy's SweetOnDean and Nicole for Salt & Burnt.
On the rating front.. it's awesome! According to TVbytheNumbers, ".. Smallville’s 200th episode was up 30% vs. last week to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, also delivering a season high average viewership 0f 3.2 million. Supernatural was up 20% to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating."
Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, October 15: Smallville had 3.18 million viewers and won the timeslot in the 18-49 demographic. Supernatural had 2.81 million viewers, it tied for the 2nd place in the 18-49 demographic.
On another note, I will be posting a separate blog on the Smallville 200th birthday episode to celebrate an epic milestone. Watch this space!