14 May 2012

Review: Supernatural 7.22 There Will Be Blood

The Winchester's Food Revolution
In the penultimate episode leading into the season seven finale of Supernatural, a few things progressed -- the Winchesters have collected the blood sample of the three Fallen; Edgar was killed by the boys (thank the lord!); GhostBobby possessed his first body; no more warrior food for Dean (for now anyway); everything about Dick was creepier than the Alpha drinking off blood of the virgins, starting from the interview to his signature smirk.

Good talk!


7.22 There Will Be Blood was directed by Guy Bee and written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin. Seeing this is the penultimate episode leading into the finale, I think this episode was ok. I liked it, but not loved it. But I should love it because I always love the penultimate episode. Something was not quite right and I couldn't put my fingers on it.

I mean…if I looked at the episode and its impact in the coming finale, it's simple -- There Will Be Blood was exactly what the official description told us. Dean and Sam got what they wanted, and as long as Crowley gave them his blood, they'd have everything they needed to kill Dick. But the LeviathanBoss needed a little chat with the King of Hell at the end of the episode, which had trouble written all over it. Ooohhh…

OK, here is the thing. I've said it before and I really don't want to repeat myself. But Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin are writers for the fun filler episodes that have little or no connection with the mythos. Don't even try! Every writer has their special skill sets to write different types of episodes -- Ben Edlund and Jeremy Carver can write friggin anything; characters' emotions shined particular in Sera's episodes; Robbie Thompson is the king of pop-culture reference; even Eugene Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner found a voice with Shut Up! Dr Phil and the more serious Of Grave Importance was a great episode.

"What can I say? i am awesome, no matter what."
But Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin have performance issues. I don't mean to sound harsh but their episodes always created a bit of controversies. In Yellow Fever, the whole 'Dean's a dick' just came out wrong; Jump The Shark was supposed to be good because of the whole Winchester family thing, but it didn't; Dark Side Of the Moon was one of my least favorite episodes; the Amy Pond thing from The Girl Next Door was something we don't want to talk about; and It's Time For A Wedding was a little bit painful to watch. The only good episodes by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin were really Frontierland and Plucky, which were one of my favorite episodes because they were pure fun and laugh! Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin should really stick to this kind of episodes and leave the epic serious stuff to other star writers.
But who's doing the cooking?
I don't think Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin did justice to the story. This episode was ok, but like I said, pretty much everything was told in the official description. Don't get me wrong, I still like some of their episodes, but they just love to toy with fans such as myself and I find that annoying. If I have a good duck, I'd like to do justice and make an awesome Duck à L'Orange. If I have a good bottle of wine, I'd share with my dearest friends. I don't waste the fine ingredients. If the 67 Chevy Impala is my baby, I make sure there is no single scratch on her. That's all I'm saying. I think Dabb & Loflin have the tendency of scratching things.

Why did he get to put his hands on Sam's lap?
Having said that, There Will Be Blood wasn't a failure. I like it to a certain degree. This episode has its moments. The episode shined when there was comedy -- I love the scene where Dean and Sam were posting as Red Cross staff; I love the fact that it was now personal that Dean couldn't eat his warrior food and Sam enjoyed this a little more that he should. There were a few references that made me laughed out loud.

AND HELLO!!!!!! Dean's new jacket made its first appearance, and I couldn't help but to drool over my iPad! The whole time I was like.. this is GOLD! OMG he is so hot. I gotta find something I love about this episode, and the award goes to Dean's new jacket. I can watch this episode just to look at Dean and his new sexy jacket. Don't judge me.

"Now it's personal! You don't touch my Baby and my food!"
The other thing I wanted to touch on was GhostBobby. This was probably the only non-comedic thing in the episode I like. While I want the best for Bobby (and I've mentioned previously that he deserved a good hunter funeral), I think it was inevitable that Bobby's condition was only going to get more explosive, which clearly got Dean and Sam worried a lot. GhostBobby had definitely crossed the line when he possessed his first human. Did we see that coming? Can we forgive him? Poor Bobby, I just wanted this to be over for him. It'll only get darker for Bobby if this continues.

What about Dick? He is a dick! Like other big bads, he is going to be destroyed by Dean and Sam. There is no doubt about it. But will we see that resolved in the finale or will it be carried out to season eight? The Leviathan story arc has been ok to me, some moments I like, some moments I don't care so much, because I know Dean and Sam will destroy them eventually -- Leviathans, die die die hurry up and die!

I find myself enjoying James Patrick Stuart's performance as Dick Roman more and more. Yes, there are flaws in the pace of the story this season, but I think James Patrick Stuart had really stepped up and his performance saved a lot of dull Leviathan moments. I really like his 'let's shake hands and hug before I eat you' attitude is awesome! Creepy but Dick is pure evil and James Patrick Stuart had done a fantastic job.

The winner is... Dean's new tailor-made jacket.
And yay for the return of Mark Sheppard, who was as awesome as usual; and Rick Worthy's Alpha gave me the goosebumps every time there was a close up of his long nails. Just don't scratch the blackboard!

So where to from here? JUST KILL DICK AND GET BABY BACK! And she will be back! I know it!

The finale...we have come this far...our excitement level will continue to rise... Here is the description once again for the season finale -- 7.23 Survival of the Fittest

SAM AND DEAN STORM SUCROCORP TO TAKE DOWN DICK ROMAN — Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) prepare for battle with Dick Roman (guest star James Patrick Stuart). Dick’s in the final phase of his plan and the Winchesters must team up with Castiel (guest star Misha Collins), Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver), Meg (guest star Rachel Miner) and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau), the prophet, to stop him. However, Dick is one of the smartest enemies they’ve ever faced so it’s a mind game to see who can keep the upper hand. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Sera Gamble.





A few special announcements:

As season seven draws its curtain, I will be doing another editorial piece with my good Twitter friends Kara and Amy, we will be collaborating once again to present a number of awards including Best Episode and Best Writer for season seven. For our previous collaborations, please visit season five awards; season six awards; and our season one retro awards. We will also present other retro awards for season two and others.

During the hiatus, I will also be organising a Twitter rewatch focusing on all the awesome episodes written by Jeremy Carver.

Lots will happen to keep ourselves entertained and sane. Watch this space for more details!

4 comments:

  1. they are giving soooo many spoilers away...I KEEP waiting for the BIG unexpected one..::DDD
    Great review Tiny...xooxox

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  2. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    Deanie_24 great review, I liked your focus on tbe writers, brought a bit of perspective to it all. I too am a fan of the new jacket! :))

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  3. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    @Tmateotb your jacket talk made me giggle. And also made me realise Dean is now in his mid 30s and still wearing his collar up. I giggle again! I really loved Dark side of the moon, but apart from that and Pluckys, D&L eps have never grabbed me. Very hit and miss, although all their eps have very definite lol moments. Thanks Tiny!

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  4. I liked the pace of the eppie, although admit there were flaws, which I point out in my review. wasn't a fan of the see you next season line, and also the execution of the leviathan plot make this really seem now like it has to end right away because of the pressing urgency of what they are doing en masse to humanity. all in all I thought there was a lot of information that had to be dished out in one episode, so they did pretty well with that. I'm glad I got most of my stuff down about the ep before I even noticed who the writers were...that kind of points out two things to me--one that their writing style isn't distinct enough for me to say "hell yeah, I know who wrote this!" but also I didn't bring with it any preconceived notions of what to expect from the writers. I was just wondering today when you we were going to do the Jeremy Carver rewatch in honor of our new Chief! :D great review tiny! :D

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