Friday, November 9, 2018

Supernatural 14x05 "Nightmare Logic"

Funny story. I didn't really feel like watching the show and doing the recap last night, so I was like well, I'll just wait until morning. Then I went to play the show from the DVR, and it turned out the news had pre-empted the entire thing anyway, so I wouldn't have been able to watch it even if I had wanted to! But, anyway, on to the show...
Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in Supernatural 14x05 "Nightmare Logic"
Sam has been leading the group of, I guess we'll call them hunters now, at the bunker. One of the hunters, Maggie, was out on a hunt and never checked in. Naturally, Sam was feeling very responsible about the whole thing, though Dean tries to reassure him that they'll find her and it's not his fault, etc. They head out to the place she was hunting and soon discover that Mary and Bobby are already there, and using their same historical society aliases, ha.

Turns out, Maggie had been texting them for tips and advice, and when they hadn't heard from her, they came to check it out. Bobby gives Sam grief for being a terrible leader or something, though Mary tries to diffuse the situation. When they separate into pairs to look into things, Mary reveals that there's something Bobby is hiding, and that also she may be interested in him romantically if he'd quit being closed off. On the hunting front, they discover that a hunter had previously been there and was killed.

I haven't really talked about the monster situation at all. Basically, when they "kill" the monsters, they turn into dust. Not your typical situation, since every monster seems to be different, from a ghoul, to a vampire, to Bobby's dead son Daniel, who apparently was killed by Michael or his angels back in the other world. Bobby, of course, tries to go off on his own when he sees Daniel, and gets beaten up pretty bad, only for Mary to come in and almost get killed by this Daniel figure as well. But Bobby is able to overcome and gets rid of the monster-ish thing.
Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in Supernatural 14x05 "Nightmare Logic"
So just what is the deal with these monsters anyway? Well, as is true in almost every procedural-type show, it is naturally one of the first people you meet in the episode - Neil, the nurse for the old dude in the house that they're investigating. It turns out that he's a djinn and has been hiding Maggie in the attic to drain her blood. I thought it looked like a djinn setup, but then I was like I'm confused I thought they were like in visions or something... but ah ha. Right. Michael has beefed up this djinn so that he can make people's nightmares come to life. He did this to djinn around the country (or world? who knows), and they've been laying traps for hunters to pick them off one by one. Fun times.

Regardless, they're able to save Maggie and get rid of the djinn, and head back home to the bunker. Bobby confides in Mary about what happened to his son, and they decide to take some time off while he recuperates from his wounds. Bobby also apologizes to Sam and tells him he's more or less doing a good job. And Dean, of course, is feeling guilty about one more thing that Michael did while in control of his body. It never ends!

Random Thoughts:

- So, I'm thinking this may be my last season doing these recaps. Unless next season ends up being the last season, which at this rate it doesn't seem likely. I just don't have the heart for it that I once did, and it seems like so few people really read them anyway. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind.

- Having a djinn just reminded me of the far superior episode back from season 2, What Is and What Should Never Be. Man, one of the best. In fact, I named it as my #5 out of 50 episodes of all time, at least up through season 10, though I doubt any of these episodes from these past few seasons would crack the top 10 out of 50 at all.

- I didn't even really touch on the family story that was going on throughout this episode, but it wasn't really that important other than Dean telling the daughter of the old guy to let go of past mistakes and admitting that he was trying to but it's difficult.


Bobby: This case is obviously not a milk run.

Mary: Watching you these last few weeks, you know what I've been saying to myself? This is what he was born to do.

Dean: He doesn't eat, he doesn't sleep. He grew himself one of those Kenny Rogers' beards. No offense.

Dean: What happened to you?
Bobby: I could ask you the same question.

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  1. I hope you'll go on doing recaps! You have a realistic, cynical view of the characters and show, without trashing them. You pick up details and ask questions that I wouldn't have thought of, and it gives me a richer understanding of the show.

    Right now, I think that watching it is what it must be like living with Dean: I love him dearly, deeply, but that constant guilt and depression must really be wearing on the people around him! I won't abandon him, but my god, Dean, give it a rest.

    My husband is clinically depressive, and he used to drink a lot, which was the only time he seemed to enjoy life. Since he's been taking a certain combination of meds, he doesn't drink at all, and he's not deeply depressed, just...quiet and sort of monotone(?). I love him and I'm lucky to have him, but I wish sometimes we could get out of the trough of even moderate depression. So it's kinda like that. Of course, in our home, we divide up the mental problems: he does depression, I do guilt. So I get it, Dean, I do. But I think sometimes that a really good spin-off for Supernatural would be about a therapist who travels around, ministering to hunters!

    Don't think that people don't read or care about your recaps/reviews. Most people, like me, are lazy about responding. I've been reading your stuff, including recipes, for ages, but never responded before. And sometimes it's just that you've been so insightful that I go away with my head full of thinky thoughts, which take a while to process. So thank you for all of your comments, and please don't give up on the show!

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! Sorry I didn't reply earlier, I was out of town.

      It's good to hear that you appreciate my more realistic/cynical view of things. Some of the other recaps out there are just soooo positive, it's kind of silly to me to say something is always good when it's not!

      I hope that your husband is able to get out of his fog soon, and I'm glad that you're able to find comfort in Supernatural in the meantime. Sometimes it's nice to escape from real life for awhile!