Season 8 is exactly 12 days away, joy!  In order to help count down the days, we're reviewing all of Jeremy Carver's episodes to see if it gives us a hint of what may be in store for us in season 8.  His first episode was season 3's "Sin City," so let's take a look, bullet-point style!

  • You just know something bad's gonna happen when the show opens with a nun in a church.  Something bad and probably blasphemous!
  •     I really like how the burst of air that startles the nun only blows out half the candles in this candle holder.  That is a really great touch.  Also, I love the shot visually.

  •     How cool is the "Bobby takes apart the Colt while Dean smelts bullets" scene?  Really super cool.  I miss these little glimpses into their daily hunter routines.  Also, it's really amusing that Dean is making bullets over an open flame right on Bobby's desk.  Seems safe.
  •     Bobby, your face!

  •     It's very interesting to watch this episode knowing that the priest is a demon.  He really pulls off the caring father thing pretty well.  And does a good job leading Sam and Dean down the wrong track.
  •     I love Dean's little giggle when they get to the hotel room and it has a mirror on the ceiling.

  •     I really like the idea of Richie, the idea that Dean made other hunter friends on occasion.  But the actual Richie was pretty ridiculous.  It was like "Jersey Shore: Hunters Edition."
  •     I love, love, love the use of "Run Through the Jungle" in this episode. LOVE IT!
  •     Walking through Trotter's bar is the perfect opportunity for some Sam bitchface. There we go.

  •     Dean drinking a hurricane.  Ha!
  •     The whole scene with Bobby and Ruby during target practice is excellent.  We don't see a ton of scenes between characters when Sam and Dean aren't around, but I generally enjoy them.  It's great to see what they're getting up to while the boys aren't around.
  •     Ha ha, Bobby shot Ruby.
  •     Sam's 0/3 with the whole holy water demon test in this episode.
  •     I kind of have a hard time with the fact that Dean didn't memorize the exorcism before this episode.  I mean, they've been around demons since season 1, and an exorcism is one of their best weapons against demons, so wouldn't it make sense to know it by heart?  At least he memorizes it after this, but still.
  •     Squeaky pig slippers!

  •     Every time there's pale yellow powder on a surface somewhere, it's sulfur.  And yet, the boys are always amazed by that fact.  Just once, I want there to be yellow powder somewhere, and when they sniff it, it turns out to be curry powder.  "Curry!"
  •     I did enjoy the banter between Dean and Casey the demon.  It was interesting, had some nice foreshadowing, and I thought the actress who played Casey was great.  She really sold it.  It's not easy to stand in one place and deliver dialogue for 10 minutes of show.  Also, the part where Dean asks what Hell is like just breaks my heart.

  •     That awkward moment when the demon priest remembers your story better than you do.
  •     The demon priest subtly trying to recruit Sam is all kinds of awesome.
  •     Ohh, I'd forgotten this was the episode where we learn Azazel's name.
  •     I kind of don't get why demon priest didn't just dispatch Sam when he had the chance, though.  Plenty of opportunity, he knew where Casey was.  Doesn't add up for me.
  •     This is a really neat building, all covered in ivy.  And that's a perfect Impala parking spot right there!

  •     Wow, it's been a while since I've seen this episode, and I totally forgot Bobby shows up at the end with the Colt and with Ruby.
  •     I'm a little sad that Casey dies, though.  I liked her, even though she was a demon.
  •     Here's a game that's easy to play!  It's "Supernatural What If"!  What if Sam had just shot Ruby when he had the chance?  Man, "Supernatural" What If" may be easy to play, but it sure is depressing.

And there you have it.  "Sin City" was a good, solid episode.  It was a good first effort by Carver, but it's not going to make any Top 10 lists like some of his other episodes.  Up next, "A Very Supernatural Christmas"!!!  That is a seriously good episode.  Alice is handling that review, so check back tomorrow to see what she has to say about it!


# Sylvie 2012-09-21 15:41
I love this, it's like the 12 days of Christmas but in the Fall instead of Winter! "Sin City" is one of the episodes I have on repeat, there were so many things I liked about it, and you hit on pretty much every one.

Just once, I want there to be yellow powder somewhere, and when they sniff it, it turns out to be curry powder. “Curry!” I work in a high school library and it's nice and quiet, I had to leave the room for this one, I nearly peed my pants! It finished my Friday on a very good note, and for that I thank you. You are now the Grand Poohba of funny.
# Ardeospina 2012-09-23 10:12
The 12 Days of Reviews! There's a silly song in there somewhere.

YAY, I made you lose it in a library! This pleases me greatly.
# alysha 2012-09-21 16:50
They seriously need to realize everyone knows its sulfur! I think demon priest didn't hurt Sam because he knew he was the boy king. I liked this episode. It fit well with the myth arc, gave us new knowledge, and had funny moments.
# Ardeospina 2012-09-23 10:12
I guess maybe they do it just in case a person who's new to the show is watching? Still, annoying.

Oh, I didn't think of that. Good theory!
# LEAH D 2012-09-21 18:43
Very amusing!
Love the idea of them sniffing and it being curry. They should use that one.
Ditto on the Casey scene. I'm not sure why I enjoyed it but the two actors had chemistry and Dean seemed to let his guard down and just chat with her about hell, God, Lucifer.
I wondered why Dean didn't know the exorcism also. Sometimes in the earlier seasons they made Dean seem a little dense.
So with you on Richie. Man how did he even last that long. Even more suprising than Garth still being around!
Routine hunter stuff is a nice break from all the mayhem sometimes."Seem s safe" love that.
# Ardeospina 2012-09-23 10:13
At least Garth is amusing and sweet. Richie just annoyed me.
# KELLY 2012-09-22 02:46
Nice review! This isn't one of my favorites of Carver's or the season, but it had a lot good about. Richie was a bit over the top but I did like Dean's reaction to him. I didn't care that Casey died, but I did like that Dean had a problem with the way that Sam did it and that he was questioning it at all. One of the things I missed the most last season was the lack of moral ambiguity.
# EireneS 2012-09-22 15:05
I thought the demon priest was sort of "feeling" Sam out as far as turning Sam toward "the dark side" or Azaziel's wish for Sam to join him. I figured the demon had a lot of confidence in himself because of his longevity on earth and figured he could "take down" Sam anytime.
# Ardeospina 2012-09-23 10:13
It seems Crowley really is the only one who doesn't underestimate those denim-clad nightmares.
# ryder21 2012-09-27 09:01
Dean's reaction when he spots the 'Magic Fingers of Pleasure' in their hotel room always tickles me, he even has a stack of quarters ready!