Oh well well well.. what have we here? I have always said that I wanted Supernatural to go Simpsons, but it goes Looney Tunes instead! I'll take it! Hunteri Heroici isn't as cartoon-y as I originally envisaged it to be, but I'll take all the looney there is to get me going!
Episode 8.09 Hunteri Heroici was directed by Paul A Edwards and written by Andrew Dabb. You may know some of Paul's work including his directorial work for LOST, Alcatraz, Fringe, Heroes and Once Upon A Time. Hunteri Heroici was his first Supernatural episode. We are familiar with Andrew's episodes, he has written a fine episode without his usual writing partner, Daniel Loflin, who went solo to pen the next episode Citizen Fang. They have been writing together for a long time, so it is interesting to hear 'their voice' as a solo writer for Supernatural. I always wonder who is the funny writer and who is the serious writer out of the two.
I am satisfied with Hunteri Heroici. It's my own fault really and this is exactly why I hate spoilers. When I read spoilers about this episode, the Looney Tunes vibe was stuck in my head I couldn't get it out! This won't help, but Space Jam was TV last week, so I had this image of Dean and Sam hunting/ interacting with Daffy Duck or something. Silly, I know!
Hunteri Heroici wasn't like that of course. It was a good filler, and I think having Cas as a hunter and to interpret Looney Tunes was hilarious -- "The bird represents God and coyote is man, endlessly chasing the divine, yet never able to catch him. It’s hilarious.” We love a good angel humor! If someone publishes a book called Angel Humor -- It's Funnier in Enochian: A Conversation With Castiel, I'll buy it!
I think Cas and Sheldon Cooper are literally the same creature! OK, so may be not physically, but operationally and at least mentally. Cas hardly finds Dean's humour funny, oh hell, half the time Cas doesn't get the reference! And I find it funny whenever Sam tries to explain it! Cas is like my Aunt who tells bad jokes. When Cas is funny or thinks he is funny and laughs at his own jokes, we find him hilarious! Like I said, angle humour!
Cas is very well written in this episode, which makes me love him more!! He is acting like an intrepid detective, which could have a rhetorical or humorous effect. I think this episode does justice to his character -- he is the same old Cas, always has too much heart, he always tries to do the right thing, he is hilarious even he doesn't know it. But above all things, right now he is depressed and suicidal, which is sad. Cas couldn't stay in Purgatory as he originally intended to because he wanted to punish himself. Now that he is out, if he could find a way to kill himself, he would. But Naomi wouldn't allow that, and Dean wouldn't allow that. This is the darkness Cas has to learn to over come. I love the ending of the episode where Cas joined Fred Jones in listening to Beethoven. Could this be the therapy Cas needed?
Dean has been dealing with Purgatory better than I expected, but if he put his mind in the right place, his mind is pure. He needs to be because he doesn't need to feel crap now that his brother is healthy and sitting next to him in the Impala, and his best friend is back. Dean doesn't like the chic flick moment and he isn't normally in the caring and sharing mood. But as a big brother to everyone, sometimes he needs to step up in that department. Cas needs a pep talk and Dean is here for him. I love that! I really do! Dean as his best friend, needs to know if Cas is ok for security reasons! If Cas has issues, Dean needs to know. Back in season six, Cas really wanted to go to Dean and talked to him as seen in the flashback. But Cas didn't want to bother Dean, and then Crowley happened. So this is the pep talk that has to happen. But of course this could complicate things if and when everyone finds out about Naomi and whatever her plan is.
|What's with the soft porny filter?|
I was expecting Hunteri Heroici to be funny, like Mystery Spot. Funny deaths, I guess? I would be more satisfied if more classic Looney Tunes special effects were incorporated in this episode. But that's ok. I just wanted more and more Looney-ness, like Space Jam! Hunteri Heroici is a fine filler episode -- I love the humor; the Looney-ness; the scene where Sam and Cas were inside the cartoon; Cas being a 'bad' hunter; the pep talk; the Sam and Amelia flashback was meh but what's with the soft porny filter? I also love Garth was in the episode without being in it and he has a safe house boat! The panic room goes mobile now! AWESOME! One of my favorite bits? The cat saying "Dumb ass!"
|Don't underestimate the power of a M*A*S*H rerun|
Time flies when you have fun! This week's episode, Citizen Fang, will be the last episode of 2012. The mid-season finale is going to be epic! Don't let me down Benny!
SAM PUTS A TRACKER ON BENNY — Sam (Jared Padalecki) asks a hunter named Martin (guest star Jon Gries) to keep an eye on Benny (guest star Ty Olsson) without telling Dean (Jensen Ackles). However, when Martin tells Sam there was a vampire kill and he thinks Benny is responsible, Dean defends his friend. When Martin decides to take things into his own hands, things get messy and Dean is forced to make a very hard decision. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Daniel Loflin.
(Right! Martin is the trusted one! Sure!)