Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Supernatural 11x19 "The Chitters"

After a couple weeks off, Supernatural is back with a, well, I'll just say it, a pretty boring episode. Man was there a lot of talking. Talking talking talking. Plus some more talking. And not about very interesting stuff, to be honest. But oh well, let's get on with it...

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester & Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 11x19 "The Chitters"Back in 1989, a kid was abducted by some weird creature while his younger brother watched. A hunter in the making? Why, you would be right! Young Jesse will show up later, as one would expect. But before that, in the present day, some people start going missing. Well, one girl only kind of goes missing, only to turn back up with bright green eyes and making weird chittery noises, and just generally looking monstrous and creepster.

The brothers, at their wits end after losing Casifer to Amara, decide to follow up on this case of missing people. Basically, every 27 years a bunch of people go missing, or show up with these green eyes acting all horny and strange before going missing. While investigating, Dean happens to be attacked by one such creature, and is saved from being bitten by Jesse and his hunting partner Cesar. Only Cesar is not only his hunting partner, he's also his life partner. Not that it really matters, but okay.

Hugo Ateo as Cesar Cuevas, Lee Rumohr as Jesse Cuevas, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in Supernatural 11x19 "The Chitters"So, they team up. Dean and Cesar go in search of the burrow of the creatures in the forest while Sam and Jesse go to find the sheriff who was in charge back in the day. I'm not sure why, but apparently they think he might know something? Sure. Anyway, the creatures in question are these cicada spirit creatures that turn up and mate every 27 years, then go back underground and die and the cycle continues. But the original one has to inhabit a human body or something? Whatever. Let's be honest, I don't really care about these creatures very much.

Dean and Cesar find the burrow pretty easily, even though Jesse and Cesar had been trying to find it for days with no luck. Most of the people are already dead, or harboring the womb creatures, blah blah. Sam and Jesse confront the sheriff and he confesses his daughter was one of them, so that's why he didn't do anything about it? Or something. Whatever. I don't see the point of them going to that guy in the first place.

Nonetheless, Jesse gets to have his closure with the things that took his brother. And, honestly, pretty easily so, in the scope of Supernatural episodes. They barely had to fight the things or investigate them. But the real point of the episode came at the end, when the Winchesters thought maybe they should recruit the guys to help them in their big Darkness fight. But when they revealed they were hanging their hats up to go, like, raise some horses and such, Dean decided it was better to let them have their happily ever after.

Random Thoughts:

- The message of this episode may have had more impact some seasons ago when the brothers were wondering whether they could have a life after hunting. It seems like they've pretty much decided they're going to do it until they die (for realsies) at this point, so it didn't have many parallels to their current situation.

- I was hoping this episode would be another surprise highlight of the season, as most of them not featuring the main storyline have been. Alas, I was pretty bored. Was I the only one?

- I feel like Dean would've come up with some kind of garage situation for the impala at the bunker place by now, no?

Quotes:

Dean: Sleeping is the new smoking.
Sam: What? No it's not. Sitting. Sitting is the new smoking.
Dean: That can't be right.

Dean: A trippin' trip.

Sam: We're not actually gonna go with junkless on this one, are we? That's a new low, even for us.

Sheriff: What is this, Spanish fly gone bad?

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Supernatural 11x18 "Hell's Angel"

Recap/review of Supernatural 11x18 "Hell's Angel" by freshfromthe.comGuess who's back, back again, Rowena's back, tell a friend. What's that? We've resurrected a character thought dead once again? Just another Wednesday on Supernatural! Yes, apparently the good witch Rowena had secretly concealed some spell inside herself to save her from death, and she's been hiding out all this time, basically trying to decipher who might win the big fight. She's chosen Amara, and has been helping her regain her strength, so she can be on the "right" side, blah blah. Of course, when Amara shows her true powers and expels a bunch of smoke up into Heaven, Ro's a little like hmm well that's a bit scary, maybe not.

Meanwhile, Crowley has been able to easily find one of the Hands of God now that they're looking for them, and in a terrible bit of CGI, heads to the desert to get it. He calls up the Winchesters, wanting to work together to get Lucifer back in the cage using said Horn of Joshua as bait/leverage. Half the episode is then spent in a warehouse where he argues with Sam and Dean about the proper timeline they should follow. No, really, it felt like a long ass amount of arguing.

And, in Heaven, Casifer has stopped by to say hello and basically try to get the angels on his side. Really I think he's just there so he's around when Amara throws her weight around, so he can further the angel fear of her power.

Back in the warehouse of relentless arguing, Rowena makes herself known, and they form some kind of plan to trap Lucifer and get Castiel to expel him so they can then send him back into the cage. It works okay at first, until they get to the part where Dean tries to convince Cas to actually do the expelling. Crowley smokes out of his body and into Cas' to try to talk to him on the inside, but Cas is all la la la let me watch my shows and pretend it's all okay. The Winchesters exorcise Crowley back out of Cas' body, but the wards are wearing off, so Casifer takes the horn and is ready to kill the Winchesters, but...

Recap/review of Supernatural 11x18 "Hell's Angel" by freshfromthe.comYep, Amara shows up. She says she was tracking Rowena, but I think really she was like "oh no, Dean could die, gotta save my lovey dove." Casifer then activates the horn, even though I thought merely touching said hands of GAHHG activated them, but what do I know, I only pay attention to the rules sometimes. He goes all smitey MacGee, but lo! Amara is not smitten! Or would that be smote? Grammar! Instead, she takes Casifer off to the other abandoned warehouse (lots of warehouses here) she's been using, which Rowena knows the location of, so seems kind of dumb to do, but WHATEVER DARKNESS.

The good lady Amara thinks that perhaps, just maybe big bro GAHHG will take interest and show up if she preys upon his very first creation, his once most beloved. Casifer is not so sure she understands his great disinterest, but we all must know by now that the great GAHHG will have to show up by the end of the season or all will be bunk. Nonetheless, she gets to torturing him, or something, whatever it is that makes him go all light-y up inside.

Back at their humble abode, the Winchesters are wondering just what in tarnation they can do next if the Hand thing didn't work. Dean surmises that perhaps because Lucifer is not actually chosen by GAHHG, then he can't be strong enough to use the Hand to do the smiting of Amara. O-kay. Who the heck would be such a chosen being, then? Dun dun dun.

Random Thoughts:

- No but really, that CGI bit in the beginning felt like a different show. So strange, I actually laughed out loud and said "What?"

- All joking aside, this season has been one of the better ones in the back half of this show. I like that they actually did the whole hand of god/Lucifer try out now rather than drawing that out some more. Nice little twist there.

- What do we all think of the return of Rowena? Was her return planned all along, or no? On the one hand, maybe, on the other, I feel like we would've been given a hint if she'd done something like that so it didn't come out of nowhere if it was really a plan all along. Personally I find her annoying most of the time, as she doesn't really seem to care about anything but her own skin, but okay. She's back. Okay.

- The real question is - if GAHHG does show up, which it seems like he must, will it be in the form of everyone's favorite prophet, Chuck? I never liked the idea of Chuck secretly being God, even if others do. So, blah to that. But I guess we'll find out soon enough. Only a handful of episodes left this season.

Quotes:

Dean: Nice digs. What, the crypt keeper out of town?

Crowley: Did I say this would be easy? No, I did not.

Casifer: It's not like he invented the Prius, which actually works.

Casifer: Hey, if it makes you comfy, you can call me God.

Casifer: You know what they say, he who hesitates, disintegrates.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Supernatural 11x17 "Red Meat"

Again we have a nice diversion from the main arc of the season, and again I like it better than any of the episodes dealing with said arc. This seems to be becoming a theme for me. But I do enjoy when Supernatural decides to take a classic episode and turn a little twist on it. This time around, they did the thing that's become a bit of a trope - starting in the middle of the action, then flashing back to some hours later to show how they got there. Man does that annoy me, it's done so often.
Recap/review of Supernatural 11x17 "Red Meat" by freshfromthe.com.
The case of the week was something of a run of the mill werewolf case, so thankfully we didn't actually have to spend that much time in the flashbacks to how they got there. Basically, they hunted down some werewolves who'd trapped a couple people, fighting ensued, and Sam got shot in the stomach! What's this, one of them actually getting shot?! Even worse, while Dean is off, like, protecting or something, the dude they saved tells Sam he's slowing them down and proceeds to choke him to death! Say what.

Of course, no one sees him do this, so after Dean has a moment to be like "what, Sam, no" they are forced to run off because of the werewolves, leaving poor Sammy there all dead on the floor. They manage to flag down a state trooper rather conveniently, but instead of Dean being able to drop off the couple and go back to Sam, he gets a taser in the back for his troubles.

When he comes to, he's not too happy. Michelle, the female half of the couple, is all apologetic and on his side, and something she says reminds him that maybe he can try to talk to a reaper to get Sam back. So he gets the brilliant idea to down a bunch of pills to essentially "die" and talk to said reaper, who is of course Billie. BUT! MEANWHILE! Sam magically awakens back in the forest, not dead after all! Time to go full Revenant, Sam, you can do it. Because despite massively bleeding from the gut, Sam is able to take down the two werewolves who have come back to find him. What did I say? Full Revenant.
Recap/review of Supernatural 11x17 "Red Meat" by freshfromthe.com.
Anywayz, back at the hospital, Dean chats with Billie, who's all like psych Sam's not even dead, yo! You just wasted your life! Luckily, however, the doctor brings him back before he actually dies. He tries to leave to find Sam, but it turns out that Corbin, the male killer half of that couple, had been bitten by one of the werewolves, and starts transforming then and there. Now, I get that the other two were purebreds, so they could transform whenever, but does that then translate to someone they bite? Because it seems like it shouldn't. But whatever, we fly fast and loose with the rules lately on this show anyway. Dean is about to get his own self choked to death when Sam saves the day, killing his third werewolf of the day while bleeding out of the gut and near death.

Later, Sam wants to know what Dean did after thinking he was dead, and Dean is all like "oh nothing, I knew you weren't really dead." Which Sam totally believes. Not!

Random Thoughts:

- Next week is back to the stupid Darkness plot. Blah blah and weep weep.

- This episode felt super short to me, but then I was only half paying attention before the first commercial break, so maybe that was just my perception. Interesting combo of werewolves and Reapers.

- I was going to be kind of annoyed if they killed one of them only to bring them back again, but luckily they side-stepped that a little bit by making Sam only "mostly" dead. Though it seems like Dean was also "mostly" dead, so why didn't Sam also get a visit from Billie the Reaper, eh?

Quotes:

Sam: You know we always talk about taking a break, going camping. This could be our camping. Could be fun.
Dean: Yeah, which part? Freezing our nuts off in the middle of the woods on a thin lead?

Michelle: How exactly do you talk to an evil scary death machine?
Dean: Easy. I die.

Billie: Time to say bye bye to Luigi, Mario.

Billie: Trust me, if the Big W bit it, I'd get a call.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Supernatural 11x16 "Safe House"

Well, my friends, it's been a fair few weeks since the last Supernatural episode, and since my last blog post. Whoops. Lots of life stuff was happening (new job, moving), so my baking posts unfortunately took a hit. Hopefully back at it soon! Also news: Supernatural, along with every other CW show, was renewed for another season. Yay/nay? I'm not sure anymore, but such is life.

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester & Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in Supernatural 11x16 "Safe House"This week's return episode was actually a lot of fun. I get annoyed when the show brings back dead characters too often, but this was definitely an exception. Because it wasn't really bringing someone back, but rather featuring a flashback that had a nice little twist at the end. Let's just get the cat out of the bag now - we get to see Bobby and Rufus bantering/bickering again, so that's automatically a treat.

On to the episode and the case of the week/half decade. After feeling cold spots and seeing flickering lights in her room, a little girl is grabbed and dragged offscreen. Her mom finds her in a coma, unable to be awoken. The brothers find this case, and soon find that a pair of other hunters had been investigating the very same house about five years previously. What a coincidence! But we'll forgive that, because it's fun.

At first they think they must be dealing with a classic ghost situation, but after discovering that Bobby and Rufus had already burned some bones back in the day, they have to rule that out. Also ruled out? The Bacco Rufus thinks the creature may be. While the boys look into the people that were taken comatose the first time around, Bobby thinks he's figured out what the thing really is - a Soul Eater. The Soul Eater essentially traps a person's soul in this nest that exists in another dimension outside of time. It keeps the souls there for, essentially, eternity while it continues to feed, or something. Bobby knows of a symbol to trap it from a previous encounter with another one, but the Winchester discover, thanks to the Men of Letters, that there is actually a way to kill it rather than just trap it.

Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer in Supernatural 11x16 "Safe House"The way to kill it? The both have to paint the symbol in the house - only one person has to do it from inside the nest. Dean draws the short straw this time around, and lets the monster take him to the other side. Back years ago, Bobby also gets taken by the soul eater while Rufus works on completing their symbol on the wall. That gets complicated when the soul eater is able to kind of possess Bobby's body to try to get Rufus to stop. Which we all know means Dean also gets possessed and bashes around Sam a bit.

However, the hunters prevail. Rufus paints his trap, Sam paints his symbol, and poof, evil soul eater is dunzo. And because that nest place exists in a kind of different plane, Dean and Bobby briefly see each other. And it was really only because the brothers completed that killing symbol that Bobby ever was released from the nest in the first place. Ah, time wimey stuff.

A fairly simple episode, but it was nice and definitely one of my favorite ones of the season so far. 

Random Thoughts:

- Bobby got to say idjit(s) a whopping three times throughout this episode, unless I missed another one.

- Though Dean won the rock-paper-scissors fight recently, he went back to his losing streak, though we didn't get to see if it was because he played scissors first again.

- The people in the nest were super creepy with their blacked out mouths. Eep.

- Does anyone else not really care about this whole Darkness business? The problem is, we know they are somehow going to defeat it, because they always do, so it starts to lose some tension for me.

Quotes:

Bobby: Wait a minute, I'm supposed to be your friggin' back up?
Rufus: Yeah. If by backup you mean you do all the heavy lifting while I watch.

Dean: There's gotta be an easier way to dig graves.

Rufus: Oldest rule of hunting, Bobby, you can't save everyone.

Sam: My head hurts.
Dean: Let's get drunk and not think about this ever again.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Supernatural 11x15 "Beyond the Mat"

Here's the thing. Not once do I ever remember the Winchesters reminiscing about watching wrestling with their dad as kids. Sure, there's a lot of time we did not see with them growing up, but they acted like this was a somewhat big part of their lives as children, to the point where Sam's first crush was one of the managers of the shows? Okay, fine. Whatever.

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 11x15 "Beyond the Mat"
In a weird turn of events, I was more intrigued by Crowley's storyline than anything else in this episode. So I'll start with that. Casifer has his minions on a mission to find another hand of GAHHG, he's generally rude to Crowley, making him lick the floor and such, which supposedly engenders some sympathy from some of the other demons. One such demon, Simmons, who was so adamantly in Casifer's pocket last episode, shows up to free Crowley, saying there are some people still on his side, yada yada.

They escape, and he takes her back to his secret lair where he has hidden some artifacts, one such artifact being a hand of GAHHG. Of course, Simmons was secretly working for Casifer this whole time. Luckily, however, Crowley was not an idiot and didn't believe she was really on his side. He activates the stick thing, tries to use its power to vanquish Casifer, but hits Simmons instead, sadly leaving the hand without any juice. Luckily, though, he manages to do the disappearing thing before Casifer can get him chained up again.

Meanwhile, the Winchesters are off paying their respects to some wrestler guy, only to stumble into a case, as is their wont, after a guest is killed at one of the matches. Someone has died at each of the places on the tour, so something must be afoot. Is it supernatural? Is that the show's name? Sam finds out that there was some symbol left on each body or crime scene, to be honest I wasn't paying attention, but it basically leads them to believe a demon is snatching up souls. Who could the demon be?
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 11x15 "Beyond the Mat"
Dean gives holy water laced tequila to a bunch of the wrestlers, but none of them flinch. Must be that annoying guy who left before he got there, right? Well, in a word, no. Instead, the demon turns out to be working with Dean's favorite wrestler Gunner, or rather, ordering around his favorite wrestler, who sold his soul to him, and in order to keep his stay on Earth extended rather than let the hellhounds take him down under, he's doing the demon's bidding.

Which inevitably leads to Dean being tossed around the room, trying to talk sense into Gunner, which eventually leads to Gunner stabbing ole demon in the back with the demon-killing knife. Bye bye demon, hello hellhounds. Alas, they were not able to save his soul, but mayhap they can save the world at large from that looming darkness, which is always looming and rarely around, apparently.

And we're off for a month. Yes, it's a mini hiatus until the end of March. Until then...

Random Thoughts:

- The "keep grinding" line there at the end reminded me of The Grinder. Not sure if that was intentional or not, but it was especially funny because I just watched an episode of that before this.

- How many of these hands of GAHHG are there, and why haven't they all been used up already if it's so easy to do so?

Quotes:

Sam: You realize you just literally described our jobs.

Dean: What, did he get in a tickle fight with Edward Scissorhands?

Dean: I think I hear my liver screaming at me.

Crowley: With all due respect Simmons, I don't think you can handle my rod.
Casifer: I bet I can. Is it just me, or is it getting a little phallic in here?

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