10 January 2012
Review: Supernatural 7.11 Adventure in Babysitting
The hiatus is over and we witnessed one of the better mid-season premiers. Let's get right into it the stuff I wanted to cover.
My emotion is now automatically adjusted after the festive season. I have come to terms with the fact that Bobby is dead. But I think his spirit is still around. Supernatural is very good with referencing the past. In In My Time of Dying, Tess told Dean how angry spirits were born. In Roadkill, Molly was a ghost and she didn't even know about it. In House of the Holy, Father Gregory thought he was an angel, but he was just a vengeful spirit. I think the disappearing beer is a big clue, it's obvious that it was Bobby's spirit who made Dean's beer disappeared and Bobby didn't go with the Reaper. Bobby wanted to stay long enough to help the boys to fight the Leviathans. I think another 'farewell' will come, like Dean and Sam will eventually give Bobby the last rites.
There are many stories about sprits who have unfinished businesses. It's kinda random, but there is a movie called 2002, it's about a special police unit in Hong Kong that only operates in human-ghost partnerships -- team members always consist of one human (who can see ghosts) and one spirit (usually a dead cop). The spirit is not there forever, when time comes (like when a door or the 'bridge' appears) he will have a chance to reincarnate. Kinda like Being Human. The whole Bobby situation just reminded me of this movie. We have seen a few good hunters turned bad before, perhaps it's time to see some good ones.
The two separate stories in this episode represent the two mindsets of Dean and Sam in dealing with Bobby's death. Sam's mind was clear, he went hunting and saving people. Life must go on. Dean, on the other hand, didn't want the trail to get cold, Bobby died bringing them the coordinates. It's almost as if Dean got to the point where he was obsessed with the case, while Sam knew he had to take a step back and work on other cases in the meantime. There was a sign of desperation too, Dean paid Frank $15K for working on the case? I think it's ok, because this season's story is about taking everything (including the basic stuff) away from the boys -- Bobby and his house, weapons, knowledge, friends. Let's see how our heroes will perform.
I really like Frank in this episode. I think the advice he gave Dean about being professional, and it's deep. Smiling is a job. Everything you do everyday is a job. You're a professional.. so do your job. You can get depressed or drunk or whatever.. but how about smiling at the end of each day.. like a it's a job. That's… deep and hard to do. But if there is anyone who could do this well, it'd be Dean Winchester. He always does his job.
Adventure in Babysitting is a good episode and it gets fans wanting to know more about Bobby. There are some solid guest star performances from Kevin McNally (aka Frank) and Madison McLaughlin (aka Krissy). It is a good character episode. I like Sam in this episode, I think I may have mentioned this before. I like Sam best when his mind is as clear as the blue sky. Jensen Ackles also gave us one of the best performances in a single shot.
Hey...where is the Impala?!
Next episode, Time After Time, is set up to the the Frontierland of season seven. I think this is going to be so awesome!!! Don't miss!