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Okay, there is a bit of camp here â€“ I canâ€™t help it, but Samâ€™s introduction as â€˜Iâ€™m a hunter from the year 2011â€™ and Mr Colt believing it as soon as Sam shows him his magic brick is a bit much. Now, I believe that Samuel Colt has seen enough in his life that would make him believe everything, but no confusion or incredulity? Not my favourite scene, really. This goes too smoothly for my taste. Finally there is some bewilderment when Sam presents Coltâ€™s journal.
Unfortunately Samuel Colt is a man prone to drink, disenchanted, bitter and not in the mood to help Sam. Thereâ€™s no such thing as altruism in this part of the West, it seems
â€˜I need the gun.â€™
â€˜Oh, that gun.â€™
Itâ€™s a curse, so Colt believes. At least Samâ€™s Sherlock Holmes deduction reaches him and wrests some respect from him. Itâ€™s still not enough for him to accompany Sam. But he will give him the gun.
Hallelujah, hallelu, Hallelujah Trail
Neither Bobby nor Castiel have the slightest about whatâ€™s going on in the past. Castiel tells Bobby about his latest pains, but somehow there is something in his demeanor that warns me to trust him. Bobby, however, doesnâ€™t notice it (or is the noise from the freeway distracting him? This is only the second time I notice the noiseâ€¦ was it there before?).
Cas, unfortunately, hasnâ€™t got the juice to bring the boys back from Frontierland. But there is one thing that might give him the strength to do so â€“ touching Bobbyâ€™s soul. My godâ€¦ the thought alone is giving me the creeps. Hello vampire Castiel. So, an angel needs to â€˜feedâ€™ on a human soul for strength? Is that what the issue of collecting souls is all about? The more I think about it, the less I like this idea. But it could serve as a great storyline.
Bobby, however, I love even more, if that is possible. Heâ€™s doing exactly what I expect of him â€“ give Castiel what he needs to bring his boys back. This is how I feel towards my dearest friends. That they are so much a part of me that I would be ready to do anything to save them. There has never been dire need to test that conviction that I have, but I pray that I will react in this manner, should the need ever occur. Is there a greater love than that of a man laying down his life for his friends? I doubt it.
Bobby canâ€™t just strand his beloved idjits in Deadwood. He canâ€™t. What a wonderful man.
Far away, one hundred and fifty years back, Dean learns the Romeo-and-Juliet-in-the-West â€“ story from the Phoenix himself. Oh, Dean, not every monster is in fact, a monster. This scene, this idea could well serve as an allegory for the outcasts of every society. Not everyone living outside the â€˜normalâ€™ world is evil, strange or dislikeable. Sometimes they just try to survive, doing â€˜nothing wrongâ€™.
Instead, people dealing with them, perhaps even fall in love with them, are sometimes treated even worse, as they are regarded as â€˜traitorsâ€™ to the so-called normal society, arenâ€™t they? In this case, his love, his human wife, got â€˜pinned in the alleyâ€™ by the man that hides behind iron bars, perhaps raped even. Now, personally, I think the deputy was asking for what is coming to him.
But, Dean, I get it that you feel the need to kill a monster â€“ but only for the sake of being different? This is truly a moment of season one â€“ Dean. I thought Dean had grown into someone seeing nuances and differentiating more, since he has had a â€˜monsterâ€™, his own brother, right next to himâ€¦ This might be one moment in this series where the new writers didnâ€™t stick to the psychological continuity of the show, perhaps because they are not yet intimately familiar with the mindset of the protagonists.
But at least this gives us an old-fashioned duel in the last minute the guys have left in the West of the past. We knew it, didnâ€™t we, that Dean is a true gunslinger, eh? Suddenly I am reminded of a prettier version of Yul Brunner in The Magnificent Seven. The way he holds his gun, stares at the shot phoenixâ€¦ wowâ€¦ my kind of tv moment! And then there is a moment wonderfully embedded it this showâ€™s continuity â€“ Dean drops the gun, leaving it in the past to be found much later and returned to Dean. You know the story.
Well, Cas finds his strength in time to bring them back â€“ without any of the phoenixâ€™ ashes. You can almost hear Dean thinking â€˜oh, greatâ€™ as he realizes the magnitude of their failed mission. But, hey, this is Supernatural! Uncanny things happen â€“ the ashes are being delivered to them by the trusted US Postal service. I wonder if that would work over here in the middle of Europe. Our postal services make a habit of losing things in the mail or delivering packages Ã son gout.
The deliverer is actually one of â€˜couriersâ€™, and his badge shows a man on a horseâ€¦ a service established in the old West â€“ itâ€™s the same emblem as we found on the mail box in Sunrise, Wyoming: Western Courier. They were looking for riders at the timeâ€¦ Did you notice the â€˜Riders Wantedâ€™ poster? Again, a movie comes to mindâ€¦ Hidalgo this time and Viggo Mortensens trusty Ponyâ€¦. Okay, okay, get a gripâ€¦ but how can I when I hear my boy say one of my all-time favourite English words â€“ thingamajig? I canâ€™t. No, no grip, sorryâ€¦
This is wonderfully illogical. But I love it nevertheless. Perhaps Samuel Colt truly figured out how to work Samâ€™s magic brick and remembered the date when the ashes needed to be delivered. This came like a deus ex machina in a moment when their hope began to sink. Moments like this donâ€™t always make sense. But they are needed, just like the great Western tune whistled in the final scene.
Early in the morning, almost day
Rise and shine, we're on our way
I love this episode. Itâ€™s not the most stringent one, but itâ€™s a feast for the eyes and for the heart. The feel is that of an early episode, and the humour is necessary, since from now on we will go downhill with the boys, wonâ€™t we? This is very much a Dean episode, Sam is more or less an extra. Though being a devoted SamGirl, as you know, I donâ€™t mind at all. I enjoy Deanâ€™s adventure-loving attitude in the old West.
I canâ€™t stop thinking about the phoenixâ€¦ Will this also be only a creature gracing the story for one moment, like the dragons did, or will we meet them again? It would be shame to waste such an interesting mythological beast.
Are you familiar with the legend of the phoenix? Iâ€™m trying to make sense of thisâ€¦ A phoenix is a mythical creature, first named by Greek historian Herodotus and Roman poet Ovid in his Metamorphosis.
In China the phoenix is fenghuang, guarding the entrance to the Forbidden City, representing females and the empress (as opposed to the dragon which represents the masculine and emperor).
In Slavic tales he is a firebird, a mythical creature that may bring the one who captures it blessings or harm. Itâ€™s typical symbolic role is that of a heroâ€™s quest, its (often lost) feather serves as a symbol of premonition of a hard journey ahead.
In ancient Egypt the phoenix was called bennu and was thought to be the soul of the sun god Ra. Many tales speak of bennu coming to life by bursting from the heart of the afterlifeâ€™s god Osiris (hello, Alien!) â€“ which would mean that Ra had somehow reincarnated itself through Osiris.
In the Middle Ages, it was thought that Jesus showed the nature of this bird by laying down his life and having the power from God to take it up again, and thereby this bird was looked upon as a symbol of resurrection. Lactantius, an early Christian author supposedly wrote a poem De Ave Phoenice about the mythical bird in which he compares Christâ€™s resurrection to the story of the phoenix. It also symbolizes the faithful followers of Christâ€™s doctrine by which the sinful self dies and hope comes to life through Christ.
It looks as if this leads to another great confrontation of the forces of light and darkness. The Mother of All against the Lordâ€™s army. Given the legend of the phoenix as a symbol of Christ, but also as a symbol the female, it seems quite logical that its ashes can destroy the dark epitome of a mother. The phoenix, also a symbol of light, is able to destroy darkness â€“ by being reborn, by being the soul of the sun itselfâ€¦ A beautiful idea. I am quite curious where this show will be heading with this.
And with Castiel. I believe Cas stands at a similar watershed as Sam did a while back. His intentions may be good â€“ he wants to save his home, doesnâ€™t he? But what methods is he resorting to? I am intrigued by the thought of angels needing the energy of the human soul, thereby being vampires of a very special kind. What if we find out that Heaven is nothing else than a gigantic food source for the angels â€“ with souls being sucked out and then tossed downwards to hell? I know, I am speculatingâ€¦ I am just curious. Only five more episodes to go. Something tells me to keep tissues at hand.
Hallelu, Hallelujah Trail!