Preview time! We’ve only got 10 episodes left in the season – can you believe it?
But hey….now we have season 9! So when they kill us with a cliffhanger – at least we already know we’re coming back baby! Can I hear a woohoo and a rousing rendition of Carry On Wayward Son?
Have you finished singing?
Ok… on to the preview for this week!
We discovered that the brother’s grandfather was involved in secret men's business! Ok, he was one of the Men of Letters and he’s now passed that legacy on to the next generation of Winchesters.
The boys discovered the Batcave…seeing as Dean’s thought he's Batman for a few years now, it seems only proper!
Dean had a shower and wore a dead-guy’s robe.
Sam read books.
They drank scotch, they smiled, they relaxed - wait - what show were we watching again?!
The boys got a break…which meant…so did the fans…. (great big happy sigh)
Meanwhile…back at the tablet arc!
Here’s the synopsis.
KEVIN DECIPHERS THE TABLET — Kevin deciphers the tablet and figures out how to close the gates of Hell. He tells Sam and Dean that according to the tablet one person must face a series of three tests designed by God. The first one – kill a hellhound. Sam and Dean argue over who should complete the trials. Kevin Parks directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#813).
“The actual script that I was supposed to do wasn’t ready, so the one I shot is actually going to air 14 not 13.”
"Trial and Error" is really episode 8.13. However, it looks like The CW changed the airing order of the episodes and "Trial and Error" was scheduled to air after "Everybody Hates Hitler".
Do we all get it? These shooting order/screening order episode numbers! Gah!
I do wonder if this will effect the interaction between the brothers - being as this was before the warm and fuzzy moment...technically...well script wise. Will we see less of what we got in the last episode? Or were they already on the path to teamwork and harmony, so we won’t notice. Or will this episode be so action packed nobody has time to notice! Personally I’m happy that we got the two Men of Letters episodes together - that made the story flow on nicely - picking up where we'd left off the week before. That worked for me. Maybe that's why they did it, for the continuity of story.
Anyhoo… so, this is 1st AD Kevin Parks(ipedia)’s directorial debut. Last season, the alternate 1st AD, Johnny MacCarthy got his run at it, this season it was Kevin’s turn. Certainly if there's anyone out there who knows or cares for the mythology and nitty gritty of the show, it’s Kevin, hence the Parksepedia nickname!
Andrew Dabb is once again writing solo without his old partner Daniel Loflin (Dan’s up for episode 16). Dabb’s last outing was “Hunteri Heroici”, which was a lot of fun...though this one looks much more serious!
One thing…this actually being the script for 8.13…is this the episode that Suzanne Gomez said had one of the best brother conversations she’s ever read?
At least if the brothers are arguing, they’re arguing over something good and not out of anger with each other! That's been my point of contention about this drama business...you can have drama without the anger, there can still be power to their arguments without them being filled with hurt.
And only one brother can do that tasks? Hmmm… and do you think they get to attempt all three in this episode? Or is this episode just the Hellhounds? I have so many questions!
So, lets look at the CW promo…
God's little obstacle course! Right. Are we thinking the glasses are to see Hellhounds? Whatever, they're super cute. Dean's geeky glasses are quite frankly, adorable...or adorkable...or both. Are we also thinking that the lucky gal locking lips with Dean is a Crossroads Demon? Dark hair, dark dress...hellhounds... It doesn't look, in this promo at least, that it's just the one brother doing all the work...it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. I actually quite like this promo...and you know what I usually say about the CW promos!
Let's check out the CHCH promo....
OH.MY.GOD. Suicide mission. One of us dies. Well...we know that's not going to happen...but eeeeek! I've always thought the cost of closing the gates of Hell may be too great for them to pursue... Is this what they're finding out? What the actual cost of this quest will be to them? I assuming they figure out a way to do this without the dying bit! Been there...done that.
Sneak peek clip...
Oh...poor Kevin... He needs some sunshine and vitamins! Apart from Kevin's failing health and the brothers looking spectaculacular...this gives us bupkis!
Carver's preview! (Finally)!
Emotional nail-biter.... when is this show not emotional nail-biter?! I have to say - this made me look forward to this episode even more.
So...what are your thoughts. I'm hoping for a continuation of the strong storytelling and good vibes of last week.... I'm quite interested to see these trials and seeing as it's a main arc of the season, check in with the tablet storyline - though I'm digging this whole Men of Letters thing and I want to see more of the bunker! Might have to wait a week for that though.
This makes me optimistic...Look at those smiles.... SMILES! Double sunshine.
Sound off below and let me know if you're looking forward to a return to the tablet arc and what your theories are!
Thanks for reading, enjoy the episode and see you in reviewland!