Elle2 was also so inspired by “Changing Channels” that she too sent a review! Granted she still can’t commit to doing a review each episode right now, but this one was too good to pass up. As usual, she has some wonderful thoughts. Enjoy!
Changing Channels – by Elle2
I love Supernatural! There, that’s out there *as if no one knew already.
I love it when it’s icky, sticky, scary, spooky, funny, dark, deep and yes, even when it’s just so-so, it’s still better than anything out there. Nope, I’m not a fan, I’m a big fan. I don’t go to conventions, don’t run a web site, don’t write to the show , well, okay, at the end of Season 3 I wrote Mr. Kripke and begged him *tearfully I’ll add unashamedly* to not destroy the brothers, not destroy the core of the show and to quickly bring it all to the good again. I’m so glad he didn’t listen to me *of course, that assumes he even read my letter*
Supernatural is unafraid to kill off main characters, Mary, John, Sam, Dean (Sam and Dean have been killed so many times that I’ve lost count–already both have died this season..or nearly and last season as well, not to mention when they actually did die) They’re not afraid to inflict physical infirmities, burn down intended long-term sets (Roadhouse) when they realized it limited their show, not afraid to dispense with stories that distract , psychic kids, FBI wanted list, hunters hunting Sam and even try characters that just plain don’t work, Bela, but even in the offing of the sets, the storylines and the characters they fit them into the larger scheme of things so that, when one examines the whole, the picture takes shape in fine detail.
Who thought the Trickster was the Angel Gabriel? I sure didn’t. I’ll posit that, when the Trickster was introduced back in the fabulously hilarious Tall Tales, he wasn’t anything other than a pagan demi-god to join the pantheon of past and future baddies that our boys battle. I’m sure Kripke and Co. had a glimmer of an idea when in Mystery Spot they left that tantalizing thread of “That’s for me to know.” But I’ll suggest with confidence they hadn’t fully fleshed out the idea at that time and likely didn’t until they sat down this past May and planned the major arcs and themes for Season 5. I bow to their brilliance and their obvious “wall of loose threads’ that someone combs through continuously to tie up those pesky ends.
They’ve taken a well-loved and much begged for past foe and woven him tightly within this season’s frame such that it is obvious and anticipated and fully expected that he will be seen and heard from again. Gabriel, a/ka/ The Trickster is now outed for who and what he is but he is not on either side, that makes him a card that can be played for either side or no side at all, yes, a wild card. If I had any money, I’d lay it on the table that he’ll be back later this season to continue his arc. No doubt he’ll join Anna’s unresolved storyline and Zach’s continuing one as well as Castielâ€¦I know some can’t stand how many angels are populating the scenery but since all have their own storylines that weave in and out with the Winchesters they truly are no different than the demons that have populated the show since day one, Azazel, Meg, the Cross Roads demon, Ruby, Lilith and others.
Also, like the various and sundry other entities we’ve met, vampires, werewolves, wendigos, shapeshifters, ghosts and the plethora of others, it is uncertain when they will appear, what their motivations are and what side, if any, they are operating on. One thing is for certain, they’re out there and they’re not going away any time soon. I for one say hooray.
I’ve only watched it once so suffice it to say I haven’t got a fully formed opinion but I do know thisâ€¦any show that can have me laughing so hard from the beginning and throughout that I actually have difficulty breathing *as well as a continuing fear that I’ll pee myself* is fabulous. As I was driving to assignments today I reflected on various scenes and still found myself cracking a huge grin and a laugh from deep within my belly kept erupting, “No, I’m certain it was a laugh and not acid reflux. I’m over forty by not that far!”
Jeremy Carver delivers again. To be sure, I’m planning a looksee at his episodes during the upcoming *gulp* hellatus; it just must be done.
Jeremy again manages to deliver a solid brother story albeit one that is in the backdrop and not the fore as has been his way in the past, notably A Very Supernatural Christmas and Mystery Spot. As an aside, I watched Mystery Spot just prior to Changing Channels and it was a great segue – I now plan a three-episode mini-marathon with Tall Tales, Mystery Spot and Changing Channels – “wonder when I’ll find the time*.
The relationship between the brothers was evident in all the little things, their ease at teasing each other, especially as Dean teases Sam to “play the part’ in the commercial and his demand that the Trickster return Sam to his proper form in the Knight Rider spoof. Sam’s quick thinking and role-playing during Dr. Sexy, M.D. not only saves Dean’s life but morphs them out of that role into a game destined to be quite painful to him, and by sympathy pains, Dean but he also was quick to help Dean realize he had to play the role if he wanted to avoid a similar fate.
The boys were teasing, laughing and working in concert to get out of the jam they were in all the while having to deal with much larger issues, fate, destiny, predetermination and all that, the apocalypse as a battle may not have been seen or heard but the apocalypse as a matter of fact was very much present. It’s interesting that this season the “other side’ is determined to spell out to Sam and Dean specifically the roles they are to play, Sam as Lucifer, Dean as Michael, brother at brother, a death match. Hmm, since when did the enemies of our boys become some willing to state exactly what they needed to do? Oh, yeah, that’s right, whenever “they’ needed the Winchesters to do something for themâ€¦as in, just because the opposition tells you you have to willingly allow Lucifer and Michael possess you doesn’t mean that you necessarily do. Look beyond. Our boys are doing that, keep it up.