So, if youâ€™re not a dog lover, donâ€™t know anyone who is a dog lover and/or never suffered being in the presence of someone who is a dog lover, then this opening dialogue was sickening to you. However, if you are any of the above or know anybody of the above, well then this was right on the mark.
â€œDid he eat? You gave him a bath, right? Well, did you take him to the park? Did he make pee pee and poop poop? Good. Tell him daddy loves him.â€ I was rolling. Admittedly, Iâ€™ve been known to say such things as pee pee and poop poop. Granted, itâ€™s one thing when your four-legged darling looks like this:
But, when heâ€™s a whole year plus later, itâ€™s not necessarily so cute (but I still do it):
Thankfully I discovered what Iâ€™d always hoped was true to be actually true, today while walking through the parking lot at the grocery store I overheard a woman speaking and saying things like: â€œYouâ€™re my best boy. Youâ€™re mommyâ€™s good boy.â€ Curious (and hopeful) I snuck a peek and sure enough, there was a dog in her car wagging his tail, clearly happy to see his momma. Whew. I am not alone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Adam Glass is two for two for me with his scripts and Iâ€™ll be looking forward to his next outing, hopeful that he makes it three for three. Donâ€™t get me wrong, there were some flaws, some likely done to keep the story moving along and some frankly flaws but Iâ€™ll make the case that this episode did its job completely; it allowed us to breathe a bit this season. There were still some elements that moved the story along and set up things for the future but after the reveals of Bobby regaining his soul, Samâ€™s having lost his, Castielâ€™s civil war with loose nukes afoot, Samuelâ€™s arrival, alphas being captured, Christianâ€™s possession and death, Markâ€™s death, Lisaâ€™s and Benâ€™s exit and shapeshifters, vampires and djinn running loose (oh my), we need a moment to breathe.
Granted, Vampire Diaries has been shooting rockets in each and every episode this season and shows no signs of slowing down but they can do that while Supernatural cannot. TVD has not only the brothers Salvatore, but Elena who has a doppelganger, werewolves, one who was killed and one who was created; a newly minted vampire, the arrival of 500 year old vampires, one of which created Kathryn and the list goes on and on and on. There are five or six principal characters seen each week with another four or so background characters that weave in and out
Supernatural on the other hand has two main characters with four others that weave in and out throughout the season. As I listed above weâ€™ve had a pretty big season thus far and while there have been some â€˜wowâ€™ moments there has been a lot of set up for things to come, things that may start to pay off in bits and pieces now that the first third of the season has passed. As always, time will tell. This episode allowed us to catch our breath a bit, see exactly where the brothers are emotionally (or not) and finally get them on the same page for the emotional storyline this season. Thatâ€™s a job well done in my book.
Parallels to past episodes:
Supernatural is best when it ties the brothers in emotionally with the monster of the week and All Dogs Go to Heaven does this quite well; as I was watching this episode I was reminded of Metamorphosis.
Dean identified with â€˜Luckyâ€™sâ€™ plight immediately and we saw his continuing struggle played out through Luckyâ€™s story. Iâ€™m betting Deanâ€™s wonâ€™t be quite as lonely as Luckyâ€™s though for while I do believe Lisa and Ben are beyond his existence (and for their safety that is the best) I do not believe that Dean will ultimately face the loneliness that we saw Lucky facing at the end. For all their separation at this point Dean still has his brother. From what I saw the two of them are more and more on the same page.
This episode also played with elements from Dream a Little Dream of Me. There Dean had to come face to face with his inner self before agreeing to be on the same page that Sam had been on since the end of Season 2, save Dean. Season 3 kept the battle of Sam wanting to save Dean and Dean putting up the brave front all the way to the tenth episode before finally getting the brothers on the same pageâ€¦whew, we only had to wait until the eighth episode. What a relief.
I donâ€™t think it will all be smooth sailing, nothing in Supernatural ever is, but at least Sam and Dean are finally on the same page, get Sam his soul back. Sam, like Dean of Season 3, needed to want to get his soul back, not just agree with Dean because thatâ€™s what will keep Dean in the same car, room, diner, area code, zip code or geographic coordinates with him.
No rockets, still good stuff though:
Sure we didnâ€™t get anything that blew us out of the water in this episode. Crowley is bad, Sam has no emotions, Dean identifies with the monster and the innocents, the family dog is the monster and thereâ€™s a signal coming that will cause yet another recruitment phase to speed up. Okay. Itâ€™s easy to see where some would (and have) called this a filler episode. But again, there were elements that moved the storyline ahead, added to the buildup of monster tension and moved the brothers a bit closer together. This is solid, meat and potatoes Supernatural; they canâ€™t all be Dark Side of the Moon or Mystery Spot but thankfully this is no Fallen Idols or I Believe the Children Are Our Future either. And hey, we got the brothers have some banter and some connection on the job, in the car, during a meal (well, sort of a meal â€“ hey, soulless Sam eats!).
The Good, Not so Good and All The Rest:
â€œDogs and cats living together; mass hysteria!â€ Ghostbusters reference!!
Dean as sniper â€“ just what else is hidden in the depths of the Impalaâ€™s trunk that we have yet to see?
Excellent dog portrayal by the actor, he was panting, he was alert, smelling the airâ€¦all very doglike.
Sam is quite the snark when he has no soul. Like that heâ€™s the one taunting the monster, in the past thatâ€™s always been Deanâ€™s forte, itâ€™s a fun exploration of the character.
â€œWe can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way.â€ (As Dean offers Lucky the choice between either clothing or a prong collar.) After Sam laughs and Dean looks at him we get another choice one by Sam, â€œWhat, soul or not thatâ€™s funny.â€ Hah, soulless Sam is a bit lighter, hope he can keep that like Bobby kept his legs.
Sam doesnâ€™t lie about not sleeping, whatâ€™s the point. In You Canâ€™t Handle the Truth both beds were unmade which showed that Sam was hiding his sleeplessness from Dean. Now he doesnâ€™t bother; good for him. Samâ€™s ending â€˜confessionâ€™ to Dean was excellent, painful no doubt but hey, the best way to take off a Band-Aid still remains just ripping it right off. Also, at the end of Samâ€™s brutal honesty he got what heâ€™s always gotten from Dean whether itâ€™s been psychic powers or Muppet suit for Lucifer, acceptance.
NOT SO GOOD:
No way that Lucky didnâ€™t bark and head to the door to check out the Winchester brothers. For all that he was protective of his family he allowed Sam and Dean to enter and sit down without once making a sound or moving off his bed? Nope. Not believable. Sure it kept the scene moving, no need to have the dog barking, the woman quieting him, the whole moment of the dog sniffing the brothers and on and on, still, not believable. Better to have him outside and have the woman let him in and he could greet the brothers and then go lie down. Sure it kept him under the radar but since the CWâ€™s press release already let the cat â€“ erh, dog out of the bag, really?
Also, while we already knew the family dog was the killer from the press release I would have preferred the reveal of Lucky as the skin walker to have been handled differently in the show. Better to have Cal killed by Lucky and not reveal that there is a human there. Sure we would have lost the excellent portrayal of the actor panting like the dog but having that reveal happen early took a lot out of the big moment for Sam when heâ€™s staking out the house and sees the skin walker revealed (and made the SPN â€˜gotcha musicâ€™ sort of unnecessary). Like I said, we already knew this was who and what the monster was from the press release so it wasnâ€™t a disappointment for me but for the storytelling the reveal should have come later.
Also, no way Mandy wouldnâ€™t know that Lucky and Cal werenâ€™t in the house, since her alibi was that she was up with a sick kid all night but for about 30 minutes, I find that hard to reconcile.
AND THE REST:
Keeping the little boy clutched in his motherâ€™s arms and clothed in a loose jacket and a baseball cap during much of that final scene likely eased the shooting restrictions that children come with.
Liked the backwards words, â€œJewelry for Cashâ€ in red on the dark car door in the teaser. Just a nice effect.
Great shots of the Impala, even after six seasons itâ€™s nice to see sleek, long shots of her, sheâ€™s a beauty.
Great choice that when the dogs get shot they appear as dead humans. Um, yeah, Iâ€™m disturbed to be sure but the sight of dead dogs would be a bummer, dead humansâ€¦.
While there are plenty of questions in this season Iâ€™m really glad that one of them isnâ€™t is Crowley on the boysâ€™ side. No. He absolutely is not. Crowley is bad. He does know how to get things done though, heâ€™s effective. Sam can feel pain. Dean will want to protect and there is that little stringing along of â€œIâ€™ll give Sammy his soul back.â€ I doubt it will be that easy, for as Sam said: â€œWhat, the vampire alpha wasnâ€™t good enough?â€ Hmm, thereâ€™s more going on than meets the eye.
I do hope that skin walkers and their sleeper cell project appear later on in the season or, if there is a seventh season, that it carries into that. There is an ominous sense that is building to this season; there are skin walkers and vampires out recruiting and waiting for a signal, a sign. We do not know what that sign is or what they are recruiting for but there is a slow build that has been occurring and that can continue to occur as the brothers seek out (and hopefully quickly resolve) Samâ€™s soul.
Crowley wonâ€™t give it up easily for he obviously needs the brothers but I like the clip weâ€™ve already gotten for next weekâ€™s episode. It will be enjoyable watching Sam struggle with his soullessness but since we wonâ€™t actually get Sam back (the real Sam) until he has his soul, I remain hopeful that this will not be a season long (or worse) hunt. Get Sam his soul back and then tie in Castielâ€™s civil war and Samuelâ€™s hidden secrets to keep us going. Iâ€™m fairly certain weâ€™re going to need all of Sam and Dean, mind, body and soul, to win this latest fight.
Weâ€™ve got one more episode this coming Friday before we hit our first break this season. Gasp!!! I know. Still, nine straight episodes is pretty darn good. Weâ€™ll get a one-week break on Friday November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving here in the States) and then Supernatural will return with two more episodes that will bring us up to December 10th before we get the midseason hellatus. That will be harder. So hang in there after this weekâ€™s episode, save your energy for after December 10th (or if in Canada, December 15th.)
Thanks for reading, Elle2