Before I get started with this weekâ€™s recap, I want to send my thanks to all of you who read and sent comments regarding my little copout from last week for â€œRed Sky At Morningâ€. The feedback was fantastic and it seems many of you agreed with my choices for worst episodes. The best episodes list will be coming in a few weeks, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll get far more disagreement on that one.
Anyway, â€œFresh Bloodâ€ holds a special place for me, since itâ€™s the very first Supernatural episode I saw live. As Iâ€™ve mentioned before, I spent most of October and November catching up on season one, season two, and the first six episodes of season three. As a matter of fact, the hubby and I watched â€œRed Sky At Morningâ€ on the TiVo that night before taking on â€œFresh Bloodâ€, holding up our arms in triumph that we finally reached the pinnacle.
Considering I had taken on season three in one week, there was something about this episode I noticed right away, and the rest of the season confirmed that feeling. This was when season three kicked into high gear, and began to reach levels of season two, even sometimes exceeding them. Not that what I had seen up to this point was bad, but here it went from good to really great. Of course, my husband will be the first to disagree with me, but thatâ€™s because he hates Gordon.
This is the third time a Sera Gamble script connected with Kim Mannersâ€™ direction, and the results again were remarkable. Itâ€™s a great combination because Sera tends to write powerful emotional scenes, and Kim knows how to bring out the greatest impact from those scenes. Of course it helps to have great actors like Jared and Jensen in your corner, but that observation treads on stating the obvious. Iâ€™m sure no one minds though.
Even the first scene, a Bela sighting, didnâ€™t bother me. She was actually good with Gordon. Her presence was minimal, and minimal is always a bonus. She even gets to deliver a great line about hearing Sam was the Anti-Christ from the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, and then appropriately asks, â€œAre you off your meds?â€ Sharp dialogue so early makes me happy.
My feelings of happiness continue as we next get some classic, badass Dean. Sure he was cutting it a little close, but it was awesome. â€œCome on. I smell good. I taste even better.â€ Iâ€™m sure you do! How many of us were insanely jealous of Mercedes McNabb at that point? I shake my mind out of the gutter, and move on.
We go to this weekâ€™s motel room, and dÃ©cor canâ€™t be critiqued, since the mattresses up against the windows had me instead wondering if Sam and Dean flipped a coin over who got to sleep in the back seat of the Impala. When I open my Vampire motel, Iâ€™ll know how to decorate now. â€œLucy the Vampire Girlâ€ was slipped some tainted blood at a club, and wants to come down now. Uh, judging by that machete in Deanâ€™s hand, Iâ€™m thinking she should be careful what she wishes for. This scene marked the return of sympathetic Sam, something that proved to be a rarity in season three. I was surprised when he flinched over Dean doing the decapitation. Just wait Sam. Youâ€™ll get to one-up him in the biggest way.
Itâ€™s Kubrick! Our favorite Jesus freak hunter from â€œBad Day At Black Rockâ€. I loved the idea of an overly religious hunter, but when I first saw him with Gordon, I didnâ€™t give him big odds of surviving this episode. Doesnâ€™t the sidekick usually die in these scenarios? Theyâ€™re doing the FBI thing. Do all hunters do that so well? At least Sam and Dean look far better in suits. A great job by the way from Sterling K. Brown over keeping a dead serious face when he told the guy they might have had to kill him. I wonder if there is some sort of blooper reel of him cracking up over that. They figure out that Sam and Dean were involved, all because of the crack description the man gives, one of the guys is â€œreal tallâ€. Oh, you could have done better than that. How about tall, flowing locks of long pretty hair, knock â€˜em dead gorgeous eyes, built like a Mack truck, etc?
â€œTallâ€ worked though, for we cut to Sam and Dean, saving another victim from evil Vampire. Whoâ€™s really hot. A chase ensues and then I scream in delight by the â€œOh shitâ€ look on Sam and Deanâ€™s faces when they round the corner just in time to see Gordon and Kubrick emerge from the dark with guns held high. Thatâ€™s the one and only shot that Supernatural gets on this summerâ€™s CW promo touting their â€œall teen except for three of our most popular shows and Sunday nightâ€ network. I suppose if there was only to be one clip that was a great one. Not that it makes me feel better.
Somehow, even with bullets flying, cars suddenly appear and Sam and Dean have something to duck behind, unscathed. Whatâ€™s even stranger is Dean jumps over the wall to throw them off, and Kubrick goes after him. Isnâ€™t the objective to kill Sam? Why would they care if Dean got away? Gordon is denied his chance to kill the Antichrist Winchester by super sexy Vampire, who probably had to avoid peeing on himself in excitement over finally capturing the one man who takes the most responsibility for killing his kind. I guess Sam isnâ€™t the real threat here, right Gordo?
Hereâ€™s an original scene, Samâ€™s angsting while Dean is cracking jokes. Despite the fact thatâ€™s done a lot, it never gets old. Ah, but Dean goes from joker to badass in a fraction of a second, and this was when I really, really wished a look could kill over the phone. They could have written that in. Stranger things have happened in this show. â€œListen to my voice and tell me if Iâ€™m serious.â€ I believe you Dean! Oh well, a freaked out Bela was good too.
Oh Gordon, calling vampires bloodthirsty animals? People who live in glass houses shouldnâ€™t throw stones. Interesting to see how the strategy of rudely insulting the guy who has you chained to a bed backfired. Didnâ€™t see that one coming. Oh, I get it, reverse psychology. You just wanted to be vampire didnâ€™t you?
Next comes the one part of this episode that bothers me. Dean and Sam are holed up the motel room, with the mattresses still in place. They must have loved the ambience. Iâ€™m not sure why Dean called out Sam on the â€œkilling humans is wrongâ€ stuff. Didnâ€™t he get over that three episodes ago? Bela calls with information to help out so Dean wonâ€™t kill her, and delivers the obvious message that Gordon is dangerous. First, why would Bela feel threatened by Dean? She had nothing to gain by helping him, which was completely out of her bad character. Also, by seasonâ€™s end, that whole contacting the spirits from beyond nonsense went nowhere, didnâ€™t it? I dismiss those thoughts though, since Bela never really deserved my time.
Uh oh, Gordonâ€™s a dangerous vampire now. Not a smart move, was it sexy Vampire? Now heâ€™s more powerful than ever, and oh, he still kills innocent people. I guess some things never change. So, Gordon hunts vampires for years and then becomes one. What would Sam and Deanâ€™s â€˜just dessertsâ€™ be then? Becoming demons? Deanâ€™s halfway there (still sobbing!), and Sam, well, having demon blood qualifies. They donâ€™t go around eating people changing tires though. Gordon needs to learn a thing or two from the Winchesters.
Now sexy collides, and itâ€™s all good. Dixon manages to hit home with Dean. â€œYou ever felt desperate? Iâ€™ve lost everyone I ever loved. Iâ€™m staring down eternity alone. Can you think of a worse hell?â€ Deanâ€™s response is quite interesting. â€œWell, thereâ€™s hell.â€ I didnâ€™t get why he would say in a joking way until seeing the upcoming scene with Sam. This is the way he acts when heâ€™s scared. Dixon then asks, â€œDo you know itâ€™s like when you just donâ€™t give a damn? Itâ€™s likeâ€¦ itâ€™s like being dead already.â€ With that seed planted, that comment ends up taking us all the way to â€œDream A Little Dream Of Me.â€ Why it took Dean that long to give a damn about dying was beyond me, but it made for some great drama in the process. Sam or Dean werenâ€™t shown killing Dixon, so can he pretty please come back? He can turn into a good vampire like whatâ€™s his name on Moonlight.
So why didnâ€™t Kubrick agree to Gordonâ€™s plan and kill him after they got Sam? He could have saved his own life that way. He didnâ€™t turn out to be all that smart, did he? Even his Jesus couldnâ€™t save him from that error in judgment. Another dead hunter. This show loves to rack â€˜em up!
All of that was just filler though. There were two scenes that blew me away in this episode, and this was one of them. Before I rave about the scene though, I must comment as a tech person that the whole idea of destroying the cell phones to avoid being traced was ridiculous. Itâ€™s called â€œremoving the battery.â€ I digress though, and will accept the totally asinine technical aspects for sake of good drama. No, I take that back, I wonâ€™t. Please show, if you need an experienced technical consultant, just email me. Iâ€™m cheap.
This scene is where I came to the realization how far Jared has come as an actor since the pilot, especially since the other 50 episodes were still fresh in my mind. Teary and puppy dog eyes win every time, and by now he has it down to a perfect science. Sam has had enough of Deanâ€™s act. Geez Sam, took you long enough! All his frustration over the last six episodes, the intense discussions in the Impala, the frustration over coming up empty in his research, the burden that he took upon himself that he clearly wasnâ€™t ready for, it all collided here. Heâ€™s tired and just wants things back the way they were.
Itâ€™s interesting, how Sam since last seasonâ€™s finale wanted to be the one to protect Dean, accepting the role reversal and protecting big brother for a change. After all, he had a great example to learn from and he owed it to him. Itâ€™s here we see how taking on this responsibility has ruined his confidence and heâ€™s not handling the burden well. So many things about this scene poked a hole in my heart, mostly because of the outstanding dialogue (what rhymes with â€˜shut up Samâ€™) but this line did it. â€œYeah, Iâ€™ve been following you around my entire life! I mean, Iâ€™ve been looking up to you since I was four, Dean. Studying you, trying to be just like my big brother. So yeah, I know you. Better than anyone else in the entire world. And this is exactly how you act when youâ€™re terrified. And, I mean, I canâ€™t blame you. Itâ€™s justâ€¦ I wish you would drop the show and be my brother again. â€˜Causeâ€¦ just â€˜cause.â€ It was at this moment I wanted to rush in, brush Dean aside and give the lost puppy at big hug.
Dean concedes, because who can deny a needy baby brother, and they sit and wait together, the way things should be. Dean gets the call from Gordo, and theyâ€™re off to the warehouse to save some damsel in distress, even though the word â€œtrapâ€ is flashing in bright neon letters on the screen. Or maybe my mind put it there. They find the girl, and the door coming down separating Sam and Dean was predictable, borderline contrived, but it was still cool.
We are then treated to a breath taking scene as the lights go out on poor Sammy, and Gordonâ€™s nocturnal eyes of death stalk him perfectly. The thick tension from the scene forced me to bite my nails to nothing. Ah yes, Kim Manners. Even in infrared, Sam looked really hot swinging a knife at nothing in the dark. After exchanging some of the usual â€œvillain taunts the potential victimâ€ dialogue, Gordon accuses Sam of not being human, and Sam responds by â€œlook whoâ€™s talking.â€ That was a big â€œwhoaâ€ moment for me. Sam doesnâ€™t disagree, or deny the accusation. Sam isnâ€™t sure heâ€™s human either. So what does Sam exactly think he is? Itâ€™s perplexing to think whatâ€™s going through Samâ€™s mind. Right now, Iâ€™m sure its â€œdonâ€™t get killedâ€.
Time for the next â€œblow me awayâ€ scene. The victim that Dean saved was turned by Gordon, and Dean has to blow her away with the colt. Gordon tries to relate to Sam, telling him he knows what itâ€™s like to have something evil inside of him, just before attacking him. So much for bonding. They crash through a wall and fight, and then Dean emerges after Gordon overpowers Sam. Gordon responds by sinking his teeth into Deanâ€™s luscious neck, which really pisses off Sam. Two pieces of cloth and conveniently placed razor wire later Gordo is in trouble, as in a long, slow decapitation trouble. I found this kill to be the most disturbing one in the entire series. Long, slow, bloody, and cold. Sam turns into something unrecognizable, even making a badass like Dean seem like a harmless bunny. The look on his face as he gruesomely delivered Gordonâ€™s death sentence was unnerving to see considering heâ€™s supposedly the gentle natured one. At that moment, he was lost in the kill. Talk about wanting to be like your big brother!
I absolutely loved Samâ€™s horrified expression once Gordonâ€™s head was off, after he realized what he had done. At that moment he believed Gordon was right, he was a monster. Dean, who was obviously disturbed by what happened also, accused Sam of being reckless. Sam should have thrown in a â€œjust like my big brotherâ€ line, but he still looked pretty shaken so Iâ€™ll cut him some slack. Anyone else notice the â€œ183 daysâ€ sign behind Dean? I suspected that told us how many days Dean had left, and by the end of the season, we knew the timeline fit.
Oh, but thereâ€™s more! Just in case we havenâ€™t been taxed enough emotionally, the show felt it had to go that extra mile. Dean takes what Sam said to heart and finally decides to act like a big brother. What a better way to show brotherly love that to teach him how to fix the Impala. Even Sam loves the fact that they get to play â€œauto shopâ€. â€œPut your shoulder into it.â€ The ending shot is perfect, Sam under the hood, Dean sitting on the cooler having a beer, and the Impala shining in all its magnificent glory. All is right with the world again for at least that one moment. Iâ€™m all misty, but itâ€™s more because I pictured the Impala without Dean. Itâ€™s bittersweet.
Next week is exciting for me, for I get to review one of my absolute favorite episodes of the entire series. â€œA Very Supernatural Christmasâ€ is one I never get tired of watching repeatedly and can recite line by line. Itâ€™s the anti-Christmas, and itâ€™s all good.