As far as I'm concerned, a not so great episode of "Supernatural" is still better than pretty much anything else on TV. Even episodes that don't totally pop my cork have some redeeming qualities. I'll always find something to enjoy. Always. I love this damn show, possibly to a fault.
I'm also happy to cut the producers of this show some slack. They've turned out a bunch of stellar episodes this season. Season 8 has been consistently strong and since "Citizen Fang", has been building on that strength to where we found ourselves at the end of "Trial and Error", with new and interesting mythology and 4 corker episodes back to back. But a TV show, hell a TV network is a hungry beast. It needs constant feeding and care and it never, ever, ever stops, like ever. This I know. Turning out a new hour-long episode of television, every couple of weeks is mind blowing. Making every one of those episodes golden is just impossible. In fact, if that was happening, I'd suggest a bit of soul selling had gone on and at the end of season 10, a whole bunch of TV writers and producers would be about to face the Hellhounds!
I remember going to see Joss Whedon at the Sydney Opera House and how he said that while making Buffy and Angel, every so often they had to let one through that they knew was sub-par, because the show must go on and they had to get on to the next episode. So there were times where they went; you know, they're going to hate it and we're going to get flack for it, but oh well, on to the next story. Hey, nothing and no-one is perfect, not even Whedon apparently.
So I'll give it to you that chances are this was probably one of those episodes. That chances are TPTB looked at it and thought; we have to let it go, moving right along...what's up next. There's always at least one a season. 1 out of 23 ain't bad.
But to be perfectly honest, I still had a giggle, there were a couple of pretty funny scenes, I liked the bro moments and Dean looked unbelievably hot... That in itself kept me glued to the screen.
I do think it probably wasn't the smartest move to make an episode about a familiar who took the shape of a dog and had an intimate relationship with her witch master. It probably played better in the writer's room than it did on the screen. But at no time did I feel grossed out by it. I figure a familiar is neither human nor animal...and when Portia looked like a woman, she was a woman as far as I'm concerned. There was never any indication that anything inappropriate was going on when she was in the shape of a Doberman. She could have removed that collar though...but then again, I know a girl who wears a dog collar as jewellery...
I could've done without the extended make-out scene, but that's purely because the only people I'm interested in seeing make-out on "Supernatural" are the brothers. Wait. Ok, let me rephrase that!!!! I'm only interested in seeing Sam and Dean having sexy scenes with guest stars not 2 guest stars having a sexy scene together... unless something gruesome happens to them while their at it'. Did I clear that up? Phew! So basically...a bit of a kiss and the vision would have sufficed, not because she was a dog a little while before, but because, like I said...I don't care. Now if it was a scene with one of the brothers (specifically Dean) then the show can do a 43-minute sex scene for all I care! It would be gripping! Anyway, I digress. I think it was probably unwise subject matter for an episode, considering the taboo nature of it, but I wasn't fazed by how it played out. I think seeing as they opened that door and chose to handle it, they handled it quite well, all things considered.
One thing I did like is that James and Portia high tailed it out of there (no pun intended). I feel like there's a growing army of supernatural beings or people with connections to the supernatural that either owe or support Sam and Dean. It's like this world is being built around them, peppered with critters and people who may be able to lend a hand if the situation arises. I like this a lot. James and Portia may never be seen again, but there's something to be said to knowing that they're out there and that the brothers are not alone in this world. If they need a witch, they know one. Aaron and his Golem, James and Portia, Charlie, Kate the werewolf, the Trans, Garth, even Benny and of course, somewhere Cass... The rebuilding of the Winchester's Universe this season has been excellent.
Ok, on to Sam and Dean.
It took a long time for Dean to come to the party when it came to Sam's plan to let in Lucifer and stop the Apocalypse, but he got there in the end. I'm sure it'll take a bit to get his head around Sam doing the trials too. Dean is forever adjusting his mind to Sam being a man who makes his own decisions and not just Dean's little brother. Mostly these days, he does better than he used to, but you can tell it's always going to be a struggle for him because he'll always want to protect Sam, it's who Dean is.
The memory flashbacks on behalf of Spencer felt a little clunky, I think mostly because that scene was so rushed. But I got to thinking about them afterwards. These were scenes specifically important to the season's arc of closing the gates of Hell. When facing their worst memories â€“ geesh, it could have been so many things, they've lost so many people, but Sam remembered falling into the pit and then the perpetual burning, all the pain and horror of Hell. Dean remembered Hell too. He remembered the torture, crying out for his brother, but not only that, he remembered his mother being burnt on the ceiling by the demon that started it all; the reason they've been in this fight since they were children. The two things that have caused both brothers infinite pain...demons and Hell, the two things they're currently trying to lockup for eternity. These are the brother's worst memories prompted by Spencer's magic. It sure makes the whole thing real personal.
[Cough cough blood].
I totally understand why Sam doesn't instantly want to tell Dean. If you're not sure what it is, or how bad it is, don't worry your loved one unnecessarily, especially after he's just given you the... I trust and believe in you speech! But if it gets real bad, please tell him, if only to share your burden Sam, don't shoulder it alone...hanging together is how you get through this...right? Anddddd somehow I ended up talking directly to Sam!
I really don't want to get on the lies/angry response rollercoaster again. I've done that ride.
And did I mention how hot he looked. He was extra pretty or something, I dunno...and that scene where he's walking down the stairs into the witch bar...the man has made me a legs gal (preferably bandy legs) and Jared's throaty, chesty voice was kinda sexy...
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