I got a pleasant surprise yesterday. For the first time this season, I had the honor of getting a special critic's preview of a Supernatural episode. I saw in it's entirety episode 6.12, "Like a Virgin." After watching this episode twice, I couldn't wait to get online and share details (okay teasers) about what I saw. Then, I started reading recent comments on this site"¦
Pardon me before I get into the awesomeness that is "Supernatural," but I can't avoid being philosophical first. You see, these long Hellatuses really drive fans crazy. Tempers are flaring a bit right now. We get restless, overanalyze, start nitpicking and fighting, and tend to lose perspective. Sometimes fans decide they want to see this in a character or that in a story line and grow more outraged over what's not happening and start building a platform to state their cases and eventually shout from rooftops "Oh why oh why won't they listen to us!" Then, to make matters worse, there are those of us on the ground who end up shouting back, mostly in the attempt to talk people down from the roof, but it ends up being antagonistic. That naturally makes the rooftop dwellers madder since they think their opinions are being disrespected and mass insanity ensues. You may think I'm being overly absurd, but read some of the recent comments on this site. I'm actually being rational with that analogy.
Anyway, fan behavior is not the point of this article. It's to get excited about Friday's (Feb 4th) upcoming episode, "Like A Virgin." In the past with these special previews, I have usually squealed like a fan girl, jumping up and down, raving about the absolutely freaking awesome episode that is coming and you won't be disappointed. However, if I've learned anything from season six, it's that setting fan expectations too high is a dangerous thing. It's clear that what I love is not what many others are going to love. So this time, I'll speak from a more analytical perspective.
I can honestly say, watching this episode felt like an old friend was back. It's one of those hours that by the time it ended, I was shocked that the time passed so quickly. I was engaged from beginning to end. My advice in watching "Like A Virgin" is to sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode with no expectations. It comes out better that way. If you go in thinking "Dean should be like this and Sam should be like this and the brothers should be doing this" you might leave disappointed. "Like A Virgin" doesn't follow a predictable path. This is a show about TWO brothers and two brothers you get in this one. Plus Bobby and Castiel. I see it as a win for everybody, but again, that's my FWIW opinion.
For those looking for teasers in bullet point form rather than a speech over how to watch the episode, well, how can I not accommodate? Here's the quick highlights as I remember them...
Warning, it's spoilery!
Warning, it's spoilery!
- There's a classic rock opening montage! I hope you all like classic Aerosmith. (I do!)
- About six or seven minutes in, I got pretty misty.
- Dean starts to act like his old self, the first time we've seen him like this for a long time. He's got his brother back and wants to believe all is right with the world again. He's joking, acting confident, has many great lines (laugh out loud lines) and he's the one that gives us the howlingly funny moment of the episode. I think that scene will stick with fans for a while.
- Sam does come back but...let's just say he's got some adjusting to do. I won't give too many details, but he at least does work with Dean well during the case and they have some fun moments. It's not quite old times, but it's the closest they've been in a while. There's some funny brotherly teasing on both ends. One part that sticks out for me is when Sam turns on the puppy dog eyes to get someone to talk to them. Dean's smile when he does that is priceless.
- There's an awesome brotherly talk in the Impala. It isn't long, but it's reminiscent of times past. Also, Phil Sgriccia, the director, does some really interesting shots in this scene.
- So, Bobby is all forgive and forget with Sam, right? No, not by a long shot. He's still really creeped out.
- Castiel appears in two scenes and he's not happy with Dean. Sam on the other hand, he's more than willing to help.
- The pop culture references are really good in this one. They certainly run with the dragon theme. I laughed out loud at a Harry Potter reference because a) I'm reading the books for the first time right now and b) Of all people it came from Bobby.
- It's back to good old fashioned research for this case. Clippings on the motel wall, John's journal, looking up lore on the laptop, calls to Bobby...it's all familiar (in a good way). BTW, the motel room is definitely one of the more outrageous ones.
- The mythology takes a big turn. The ending is a must see and pretty much defines what's coming for the rest of the season, maybe beyond. There's a good reason the dragons have come back after 700 years.Okay, that's all I'll share for now. I have two rules in the comments for this article. For one, we're only maintaining positive attitudes. No complaining about what's going to happen when you haven't seen it yet. Second, I won't share outright plot lines or major spoilers in the comments, but if you have some questions, I might be able to tease a little more. We'll see! Only two more days. I think the wait will be worth it, but that's just one person's opinion. Wait until Friday and judge for yourself.