Oh show, youâ€™re back. Youâ€™re really back. (Bites lip, fights off tears of joy to get on with review). I mean honestly, who didnâ€™t go to bed after the episode with â€œDun, duh, da, dun, duh, da da, dun duh da, duh duhâ€ thundering in your brain? Who was the genius that figured out â€œSmoke On The Waterâ€ was THE Dean Winchester theme song?
We reviewed the crap out of â€œExile On Main Streetâ€ here at the Winchester Family Business and out of all our differing opinions there was one consensus, it didnâ€™t feel like the same show. â€œTwo and A Half Menâ€ succeeded at many things, primarily writing that big wrong of the first episode. We didnâ€™t care about the flaws in this one. Sam and Dean were back on the road together, the humor was back, the creep factor was back and this time the MOTW rocked our world. Itâ€™s everything this show has become known for.
Welcome Adam Glass, first time writer for Supernatural. One thing I find about the first time writers is that they learn right away to respect the continuity. Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s drilled into their brains that re-inventing the wheel is not an option, greasing that wheel is more important. So what little things can be thrown into a script that will make fans happy? Bring back fan favorites like the magic fingers of course! Make the episode quote worthy. Also, put Sam and Dean in dream scenarios that fans have chuckled about for years, like Sam and Dean actually walking into a supermarket. With a baby. With no clue what to do. Win, win, and win. Then, close it all out with an iconic classic rock moment involving the Impala. Sigh...Iâ€™m so yours now.
It Didnâ€™t Go Overboard
Letâ€™s face it, what long running show with male leads hasnâ€™t tried the â€œThree Men and A Babyâ€ scenario? Or at least pitched it. Itâ€™s too cliche, too overdone. â€œSupernaturalâ€ has always wildly succeeded though in taking overdone concepts and twisting them to their universe without going overboard or stale (See â€œMystery Spot,â€ see â€œJump The Shark.â€). By the end, the old becomes new and it all manages to make perfect sense in their unique situation.
Doing a baby story with two clueless single men is too anvilicious for a whole hour, even if one of them strangely knows what to do. Luckily the show didnâ€™t overboard with the fish out of water jokes so they avoided that trap. Then they mixed it up by making the baby a shapeshifter and showing it actually change from a white baby to a black one. Thatâ€™s now more interesting! Then thereâ€™s the dilemma of what to do with a shapeshifter baby. How to raise it, protect it, etc. With that twist, the baby got to be a source of conflict and doubt between the brothers, who were tasked to trap and kill the most dangerous shapeshifter theyâ€™ve ever seen. As has happened many times with â€œSupernatural,â€ we ended up both laughing and chilled to the bone.
Who here didnâ€™t object that the bad guy got away with the baby so easily? I thought it was a great twist. The alpha shapeshifter is the new menace to be feared and it canâ€™t be stopped. To quote Sam from an earlier season, this isnâ€™t the same old demon crap. Or angels either. This is the way the show should re-invent itself.
Just like the premiere though, another whole crop of questions was raised and they involve the Campbells. Dean doesnâ€™t trust them, showing us that despite being out of the game for a year, his instincts are stronger than ever. How did Christian find out about Deanâ€™s role as a torturer in Hell? Judging by Samâ€™s reaction, he knew Christian knew. Why would Sam tell him or the Campbells in general that? Maybe to tout Dean so they would accept them onto their team? Is it possible they know from another source? The one thatâ€™s behind all this?
Did you believe Sam when he answered Deanâ€™s question that they still wanted to know how he and Samuel were brought back? Iâ€™m not sure. I think they know something but I canâ€™t tell. Either that or Samuel knows but is keeping Sam in the dark and Sam doesnâ€™t want to know because he doesnâ€™t want to go back to Hell. Who the Hell is Samuel working for? Itâ€™s someone he contacts by a phone?
Does anyone think that Sam has no choice but to trust the Campbells? Those looks exchanged between Christian and the â€œHeâ€™s my brotherâ€ comment, Dean noticed something weird was up between those two. Maybe getting out of the cage was part of a deal made by Samuel? Now Sam has to follow and keep his brother in the dark?
Then there is Deanâ€™s question to Sam, did he use the baby as bait? Is Sam really that cold now, or is he just blindly following orders? Was Deanâ€™s question a sign that his mistrust is now going to Sam? Dean had shown some trust earlier by giving Sam the baby instead of Samuel, yet Sam proceeded to give it to Samuel anyway. Dean saw their plan of raising the baby completely nuts and couldnâ€™t believe he was the only one. You think that intensified suspicions Dean already had about Sam or triggered them?
These are all questions I wonâ€™t speculate on further until doing the scene by scene breakdown in the recap. In just my limited viewings so far, there were a few subtle clues (maybe more) that require further analysis. This show does love its mysteries and season six was designed to tease.
Then thereâ€™s Dean and Lisa. When watching the preview clip when Dean was salting the windows I wondered how much of Deanâ€™s overprotective behavior Lisa would tolerate. I love how Deanâ€™s seemingly inescapable situation was handled. It makes sense, he had become as protective of Lisa and Ben as John had with Dean and Sam. Even Sam remembered that John always thought his actions were temporary. They never stopped though.
I like how Lisaâ€™s character is tough but believable. She and Ben have been on their own for a long time so they know how to manage on their own. Teaching Lisa how to manage a gun certainly gave Lisa her chance to call him out on it. â€œIf you don't go out that door right now, I'm going to shoot you.â€ It made sense by the end that Dean leaving to go back on the road was her idea. Itâ€™s nice though that sheâ€™s not an all or nothing kind of person and has left the door open for Dean to return. She has to be the most extraordinary person Dean has ever known.
Thereâ€™s some uneasiness in that situation though. Ben is an an impressionable age. He sees Dean as a hero and wants to be one too. He wants to learn how to fight and help. Deanâ€™s shut down, his words of warnings never the handle a gun despite his good intentions, doesnâ€™t deter anyone. He should know that by now! It never stopped Sam. That opens the door for Ben getting involved with a hunt in the future, and the idea is both scary and fascinating at the same time.
Oh, but if Lisa did one thing, she opened the door for the most satisfying closing scene this show has had in years! You know it, we all were suffering from some intense Impala withdrawal, not just Dean. The second â€œSmoke on The Waterâ€ came on and Dean threw off that tarp with his big smirk of satisfaction, I scared the cat and dog with my high pitched squealing. Bravo to Director John Showalter for all those glory shots of the Impala freed from his covers, not to mention the dramatic cuts to one completely overjoyed (yet reserved) Dean. Now thatâ€™s how to get fans excited about next week! Just like with Dean, suddenly everything feels right again.
Other Stray Thoughts
Sorry Mark Campbell. If itâ€™s any consolation, youâ€™re the one I liked. Too bad no one else really gave a crap if you died. Sheesh Sam and Samuel, a little moment for grief? As I mentioned on Twitter on episode night, Iâ€™m starting a new slogan. â€œParker Lewis Must Die!â€
Yay Lansing, Michigan! Which makes great sense since itâ€™s a straight shot drive wise from Lansing to Indianapolis. So I actually know from experience Sam could get there that quickly. Way to check a map this time guys!
Two of my wildest â€œSupernaturalâ€ dream items were satisfied in this episode. First, Sam and Dean in a supermarket. Sure, that wish emerged after seeing them in a laundromat, but it was there. The baby was a major bonus, but the idea of Sam pushing a shopping cart from isle to isle while Dean fills it with supplies, itâ€™s the stuff only seen in fan fiction. Second, cross â€œSmoke On The Waterâ€ off my must have classic rock wish list.
Oh, the quotes and lines! First, Bobby John is the greatest off the cuff name as they could possibly do. Dean picks Bobby, Sam picks John. So dead on, we know who the father figure is in each of their lives. Of course Bobby John is a fun name too. â€œUnless you have a badge for Bobby John...â€ Iâ€™ll have all the quotes in my recap, but thereâ€™s something to quote again.
The brotherly chat in the motel room. First, it happened in a motel room! So good to see that again. There hasnâ€™t been a motel room since (checks the archives) â€œHammer of The Gods?â€ Ugh, that was such a bad one too. Not only was it nice to see Sam open up and show some feeling, but Dean looked like he enjoyed having Sam around to share that burden. Oh, the happiness.
Isnâ€™t it kind of funny watching these guys manage a baby when both these actors were recently married? After watching Jensen handle that baby who had in the back of their minds that he was trying to prove something to the Mrs.? He certainly impressed us! Iâ€™m a momma Jensen, you got it right.
My overall grade of â€œTwo and A Half Men,â€ is an A-. A freaking quintuple A+++++ for the ending alone. I feel so much better. Next week though the expectations are really high though. Castiel is back! Itâ€™s an Edlund script! Major pressure to deliver. I have a feeling I wonâ€™t be disappointed.