Whoa. 4 episodes left in the season. That seems pretty crazy. The Js have already wrapped and as I was writing this, Russ Hamilton tweeted that it was the last day of shooting for the crew. Season 8 is nearly over. It’s kinda hard to believe!
So as we hurtle towards the end of the season, equal parts trepidation and excitment, what’s up next for us and our favourite ghost hunting bros?
Trial number 2 completed â€“ TICK
Bobby sent to Heaven, TICK
Dean cut off Benny’s head, TICK (come on, we always knew that would happen one way or another *wibble*).
Sam’s not feeling so great after the latest arm flashy thing – TICK
Naomi reinforced the fact that she’s a manipulative cow.
Crowley reinforced the fact that he’s a total dick.
Prophet Boy is either: 1. Crazy, 2.Taken by Crowley, 3.Taken by Naomi, 4. None of the above.
The demon tablet is gone and gone.
TICK TICK TICK and TICK!
A lot happened in the last episode.
Oh,and,there was an EPIC hug.
(just thought it was worth seeing again….)
Where is Kevin?
How are the trials affecting Sam?
Why is Charlie in the bunker?
Did she read the racist truck book? Dean’s full-frontal in there, man.
What about “Heart”? I think she may have read “Heart”!
And did she find the fanfiction??? DID SHE READ THE FANFICTION?
So, “Pac-Man Fever” looks like a filler. I find that a little hard to reconcile at this stage of the season.
Looking back at episode 20 from past seasons, we had:
1. Dead Man’s Blood
2. What Is and What Should Never Be
3. NO EPISODE 20
4. The Rapture
5. The Devil You Know
6. The Man Who Would be King
7. The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo
Only season 2 had an episode that seemed to not have any connection to the season the mythology in some way (fantastic as it is). All the others, tie in.
Both of Charlie’s previous episodes have proved to have some pivotal connection to the season arc.
In “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” â€“ she helped lead the brothers to the first tablet, which ended up leading them to Kevin, waking up Cass, destroying the Leviathan threat and starting off what we’re dealing with now.
In “LARP and the Real Girl” â€“ she somehow helped the boys find some level of acceptance of each other again, something that opened them up to the beginnings of healing. Being with her on that case, reminded them to have fun. There was a fragile give and take. It was a turning point in the health of their relationship and sowed the seeds for where we are now.
The tablets and the brother’s relationship have been the two main arc points of season 8 and Charlie has been involved in both.
So maybe, there’s more to this episode than meets the eye.
Let’s look at the synopsis…
DEAN INTRODUCES CHARLIE TO CHEAP PANTSUITS! Concerned about the physical toll the second trial took on Sam, Dean benches his brother from hunting until he heals up. So, when geektastic hacker Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) stumbles upon a case and finds the boys, Dean decides it’s time to teach Charlie how to be a hunter-in-training. While happy to see “her highness,” the boys suspect Charlie is hiding something; a secret that could get her killed. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.
We have an A-team at the helm of this one – Director, Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner, Bob Singer and writer Robbie Thompson, who has written all the Charlie episodes along with a bunch of other awesome ones.
This is an oddly vague and contradictory synopsis don’t you think? It says Dean benches Sam because Sam’s obviously feeling pretty crook from the 2nd trial. Heaven knows what these trials are doing to him â€“ actually yeah, I guess Heaven does know and I guess we’ll find out sooner or later. Then the synopsis says that the boys suspect something’s amiss with Charlie. So, it doesn’t exactly sound like Sam is being benched – not completely anyway. I’m hoping not. I’m loving seeing the brothers working together. I’m more interested in that than anything. But, I do like Charlie. I like her banter with both the boys, I like her sassiness and her geekiness, she’s very cool and a lot of fun and a positive female character. We don’t know much about her, but it sounds like we’re about to know find out more.
What about the promo:
I’ll admit,I’m blinded by the uniform. First Dean in 1940’s garb, then LARPing Dean in leather pants now Dean in uniform,Hubba hubba! I may have fallen even more in love with Robbie! Bless his fangirl understanding heart!
But beyond the shallow,I have no clue what’s happening in this promo. Dean looks hot. Charlie looks hot. Sam’s in hospital? We’re in a dream/game? Sam’s in hospital in the dream/game and if he dies in the dream/game he dies in real life? Is he somehow sucked into the case? I HAVE NO IDEA. Do you guys have any idea? I wonder how long we’re going to be in the dream/game/whatever.
Here’s another thing. None of the promotional photos are from within the dream/game. Makes me wonder if that’s just a small, yet promotionally splashy bit of the story. Though with a title like “Pac-Man Fever” and Robbie and Felicia both being gamers… Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if the MOW was a giant Pac-Man! Yes!
The preview clip tells us next to nothing but is so good,it nearly made me spit juice across the room when I watched it!
SHE.READ.THE.BOOKS. The utter look of mortification on the boy’s faces. I love that Dean just sits there through this whole conversation without saying a word. Mute. Pulling Dean faces. Giving Sam little exasperated looks. Then the look he gives Sam when Charlies says, “Sorry you have zero luck with the ladies”. That’d be “Heart”!! This woman knows way too much about their lives! I love that the books are getting a mention, another nice nod to the history of the show. I wish Chuck was hot on their heels!
Also, Charlie’s in the bunker! I’m glad we’re back in the bunker,I’ve missed it. I guess the brothers trust Charlie. Makes you wonder why they didn’t put Kevin in the bunker,I know we’ve all been wondering about that one. Too dangerous? He’s too much of a target to risk exposing the bunker and its secrets? Imagine if all the knowledge in the bunker fell into the wrong hands. Distasterous. Do you think the Winchesters are looking for Kevin? You’d think they’d be looking for him right? I mean, they need him to complete the trials, plus he’s a kid in danger! I digressed to a whole other plot point, sorry about that. I guess no-one really knows anything about Charlie and by no-one I mean Crowley and Naomi, so she’s probably safe to bring to the Batcave. Though I hope they blindfolded her or something.
Shallow point again – one moment please â€“ personally I think Sam’s hair looks as lovely as always and I’m eternally grateful for the return of Dean’s red shirt.
Right, back to the matter at hand. Sam looks peaked. 2 trials down and double the affects. He’s starting to resemble Insomnia!Sam (who was all kinds of hot for some reason â€“ whoops fell back in the shallow end). What do you think the trials are actually doing to Sam? How do you think they’re changing him?
LAST MINUTE INCLUSION! CHCH promo!
Do Charlie and Dean go shopping??? Oh…I think I’m going to like that!
[I doubt very much that I’ll be inserting the Carver preview here]
I have to say, I pretty much have zero idea about where this episode is going. I’m in for a surprise! I’m hoping there’s more to it than just a fun filler. Don’t get me wrong, it looks super fun and I’m all for a bit of “Supernatural” fun, but after “Taxi Driver” and the mini-hiatus, I’m about ready to go head long into whatever lies ahead to take us to the end of the season and all the agony that comes along with that. But any new episode of “Supernatural” is a damn good thing and this one has one of my favourite recurring characters, is written by one of my favourite writers and is directed by the show’s most experienced director. So, all in all, I’m feeling pretty excited…and somewhat baffled.
Ok, one last completely trivial thought,has anyone noticed that the brothers have had a lot of new wardrobe this season? A range of new ties to go with their new suits. The return of a red-shirt for Dean. Red, white and blue plaid for both of the boys. Sam has a new brown jacket. Dean has a new, short blue jacket, which he wore with a Henley,,,,,.. what? Oh yeah, and look at this pretty shirt!
What do you think? About the episode not their wardrobe â€“ though, feel free to chime in on that too!
Do you think there’s more to this one than the synopsis and promos are letting on? Do you think it’s going to tie into the season mythology somehow? Do you have any ideas about the dream/game element? Do you have any insight into Sam’s health and wellbeing? Do you think Dean giving hunting tips will lead Charlie to take up “the life” part-time? Do you think she’s going to call the boys bitches again?
Sound off below with your thoughts, theories etc. etc.
And just for the hell of it…why not listen to the song while you ponder said theories…. Here’s “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia.
As always, thanks for reading and enjoy the episode!
(That song is totally stuck in your head now isn’t it)