WARNING! If you haven't seen "Pac-Man Fever" yet, read no further! There will be spoilers and all manner of discussion about the episode. So watch it for yourself before you check out this review. And then definitely check it out!
That was a very, very enjoyable filler episode. I liked it a lot. There were tons of great lines, everyone had a major role to play, and it even made me cry, which doesn't happen very often on this show. I know, I know. I have tear ducts of steel, I tell you. Ridiculous. I very happily am going to rewatch this episode again and again and again. I just want you to know how much I liked this episode before I say what I'm about to say next: it annoys me that there's filler this late in the season. I'm sure it has something to do with the network and their demands, or maybe not, I don't know. But why couldn't last episode be a two-parter? They have SO MUCH to resolve before the end of the season, and I just know I'm going to want one or two more episodes to let it all happen. At least it was a really good filler episode. Because if it had been bad, then I REALLY would have been annoyed. On to the episode.
Discussion Topic of the Week: How Many "Supernatural" Books Have Been Published?
Canonically, they were supposed to have ended with "No Rest For The Wicked." But Charlie made a couple references that definitely happened after that. So did Chuck publish more books? Did he post them online? Was that look on his face right before he disappeared not graceful serenity but a "ha ha, screw you, Winchesters! You won't be able to find me, so I'm totally publishing these books, I don't care what you say!" look?
And now, bullet points. It's gonna be a lot of flailing, just a heads up.
- Nice cold open. Also, nice music effect with Dean trying to turn off the music and it still playing. And nice uniform. Damn.
- Kicking the chair leg off the table was kind of hot, right?
- Ha ha, Sam's hair when he wakes up.
- Sam missed the beer! That was so amazing. "It's why we don't have nice things, Sam."
- THEY HAVE A FIRING RANGE!!!!!
- But they really should be wearing ear protection, though. I guess the MoL weren't just book nerds after all.
- How very handy that the bunker is a dead zone as far as being able to trace GPS. But a part of me wonders why that technology would be part of the bunker when GPS wasn't even invented until 1973, to say nothing of when it became commercially available.
- "Your highness." Awwww, that is adorable. And they both called her that!
- Charlie made a Monty Python reference! With the answering of the questions three line. Man, I love Monty Python.
- Yay, they are going to LARP again! BEST!
- Clothes montage!!! And the fact that she literally was making the montage herself is so, so amazing. I want to do that now.
- "What about Castiel? He seems useful...and dreamy." (except I might have misquoted this line? Does she say useful or something else?)
- I like that the medical examiner woman stuck to her guns. Good one, lady.
- They're not gonna poke the body with a stick.
- They totally poked the body with a stick.
- "I don't want to miss the "broment."
- "Don't quote me to me."
- Yeah, djinn. A good old-fashined djinn. Those things are really awesome, with the glowing blue eyes and the tats and stuff.
- No, is that Charlie's mom in the hospital? Nooooooo.
- The tattoo effects on the djinn are badass, though.
- Sam and Dean are en pointe this episode. It's really a good show of their mental acuity.
- LOL, Sam didn't need to get talked out of punching Dean at all.
- "Come with me if you want to live. I've always wanted to say that."
- My dad read me "The Hobbit," too! And then LOTR.
- I'm sure people were worried when they thought Sam wouldn't be involved in the episode, but he really has been involved a lot. Sam, Dean, and Charlie all had moments to shine. The action and plot was really divvied out well by Robbie Thompson.
- Good thinking, Dean, with talking Charlie out of the dream. Painful, but you did what you had to do to get Charlie out of there.
- Ha ha ha, Charlie has to go on tiptoes just to reach Sam.
- Charlie and Dean are so adorable! I can't even!
- This season isn't Season 8 anymore. It's Season Dean Hugs Everyone. But really, the hug for Sam was perfect. Sam was so sure that Dean was going to rip him a new one. I mean, what a little brother reaction, right? He just started explaining as soon as Dean walked in the door. And then Dean just hugs him and stops him cold. Perfect.
- Robbie Thompson owns stock in Kleenex. It's the only explanation I have for the ending to this episode. That was so, so sad and yet so perfect.
COULD BE WRONG BUT I THINK THERE HAVE BEEN MORE FILLER EPISODES THAT MYTH ONES.
USED TO BE AFTER A 3 OR 4 EPISODE ARC, TV WOULD GIVE YOU SOMETHING LIGHT TO COME DOWN & BACK TO THE MYTHOLOGY.
I just loved this episode, much more than the previous one, don't get me wrong, it had more holes than a Swiss cheese, but if you just get pass that, it was kinda okay??!
Yeah this one was a filler, but lets put this way - if all the "not so good" fillers were as good as this one, wow... what a wonderful season we will be having.... (which we are, at least in my personal opinion)
I'm so excited and anxious for the next three episodes...
Take care everybody...
Cla ; }
Loved how Robbie Thompson wrote the brothers in this episode! It was my wish list come true! They were very emotionally connected- just how I love them!
"This season isn't Season 8 anymore. It's Season Dean hugs everyone." I love that! I'm actually kind of surprised about the hug. I wasn't expecting it. Three in a season! I may be wrong, but I don't think any previous season has given us three brother hugs.
All in all a very satisfying episode, despite being a filler.
Have a great time in Disneyworld!
This was an extremely fun episode and I especially loved all the throw backs to prior seasons - Dream Root and Djinn's vaccines and of course, the books. I thought he wrote/published the books up to the point of when Sam went into the cage. So it would have ended at the end of the apocalypse with them saving the world.
Did you enjoy the opera?? Someday I am going to collect on that DP
Oh and Robbie Thompson said in a tweet that that line was in the script (although he might have heard Jensen say to Jared before), but the clippers line was an adlib.
I have to say for someone that was totally expecting this to be a really not-for-me episode I thought it was just great. Can we continue to have both of our boys on screen? Thank you
Great lines RT, great attention to continuity and canon. I loved the reappearance of Sam's yellow tie - the one first worn in the original djinn episode (What is and What Shall Never Be).
I was totally stressed when I came home from work today; watching this, I relaxed and had fun and was in much better spirits when the credits rolled. Isn't that what entertainment is supposed to be about? Thanks SPN!
I am loving Charlie more and more each time we see her. She has great chemistry with the guys. Plus she is funny, plucky and sweet. I would love to see more of her in the future.
I liked that we had some old school dream root and Djinn action.
Dean is definitely in the hug mode this season for sure. Keep them coming. Did we have any last season? Can't remember, it all seemed so bleak.
This may have been a filler but it had so much heart that it felt like more.
Lastly Sam, poor boy. And yet he is out there taking care of business. Love him!!
Oh Sammy. Next week has me totally freaked.
Quote:Teresa, that line had me giggling! I hope you don't mind if I use the phrase "Dean's charm offensive" sometimes! Hilarious!
BTW, have fun at Disney World. You'll be in my neck of the woods. I live in Mickey's backyard.
You know who was the last writer to come on board this staff and spend that much time tying in his clever stories to existing canon? It was a guy named Carver.
ETA: What also makes him a great writer, and comparable with Jeremy Carver, is that he doesn't just try to tie in story. He brings the emotional beats as well, and they're perfect. That's where the other writers fall short. Story they get, Sam and Dean...not always. (Please note no talk I do of writers includes one Mr. Edlund, who's in a master class all his own).
Did you notice the e-mail list on Samâ€™s laptop? He receives messages from â€œMythology Weeklyâ€ (something about Swedish mythology this week), and from â€œRoad Foodâ€ â€“ best dinners when youâ€™re on the road, or something like that. Amazing!
I have a request to make of all in fandom: Stop commenting on how much you love the Bunker/Batcave. Pretty please! The writers would burn, burn I tell you, the bloody thing down just for the fun of it. They love to hear us howl in anguish.
Even though it was an MOTW episode, I liked the way it "organically" integrated in to the demon table/trials arc, and the continuity in the references to Sam and Dean's past. They used to do a great job of that in the earlier seasons - hope they continue.
So, Dean is obsessively worrying about Sam; his greatest fear is Sam dying (duh, no surprise there). Sam is being his stubborn self, refusing to leave his brother alone out there. Dean has turned in to a hugging machine. All is well and normal in the SPN universe, well... as normal as things get, I suppose.
Really looking forward to what's in store for the last 3 episodes of S8.
I LOVE ROBBIE THOMPSON AND ALREADY SAID I LIKE CHARLIE, I AM READY FOR THE MEAT AND POTATOES~SO TO SPEAK, THEN COME ON SEASON 9
My main quibble is that instead of filling in Charlie's backstory I would rather have seen what happened with Sam when Dean went to purgatory. I'm tired of the guest stars having more of the plot than the boys do.
BTW did anyone else notice the "Erik Kripke as creative consultant"? Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't recall having seen that before. Has anyone else?
I also loved Dean just immediately running up to Sam and enveloping him in a big hug and reassuring Sam that everything would be okay. *sigh* I absolutely LOVE Dean.
Robbie Thompson did a very nice job with the script, and all the actors did a great job as well. All in all, a great episode.
i do enjoy charlie. i love her relationship with the boys. she's the only civilian who knows everything about them. she brings out the bromance in those two boys..i think she's someone they need to keep around...she's a funny character who brings a little levity, but she also relates to the boys in a way no other character relates to them...
funny, but i didn't see this episode as filler at all. i think charlie totally parallels sam. i saw it as furthering along sam's story.
first i can see why dean likes charlie so much. she is very similar to sam in alot of ways.
dean learning about her guilt regarding her parents, her mom. i can so see how he would compare her to sam. sam was a baby, but it didn't stop him from feeling guilty that his mom died in his room, over his crib. in all honesty, i don't know that sam's ever gotten rid of the guilt over his mom. dean even compared her mom with mary.
charlie and sam's story seem to be the same to me.
charlie was hiding the truth from the boys. fear seemed to be what was driving her in this eppy. fear of losing her mom.
well, it's been my belief for awhile now that sam is hiding something from dean. what i've noticed in this eppy is how driven sam was. sam's been quite vocal to dean about him being alright...telli ng dean he can do it (the trials). no matter how crappy sam feels, he's not quitting..he wants to find kevin..he wants to do the last trial....
but in this eppy, sam was on maximum overdrive....he was not sitting this case out..there was just no stopping him...i haven't seen sam this driven since s4 and his need to kill lilith.
the last time sam felt this way was because of what lilith did to dean...and now, it appears to me that he's got that same need...only this time it's not to kill for dean... i believe it's to save him. i gotta tell you , i've thought it before , but after watching sam again this morning, these trials he so desperately wants to succeed in, aren't about him or his desire to have normal one day, ....i think the trials are all about dean, and sam's need to save his brother.. to do for him what he couldn't do when he thought dean died....
i still say, and it's jmo of course, that it's not so much that sam didn't look for dean as much as i think sam couldn't look for dean....it's my very strong belief, given what we've seen and heard by both meg and bobby, that something was very very wrong with sam after that night dean and cas vanished. i think sam had some kind of emotional breakdown. i think he's keeping it from his brother, for fear that dean will think him weak and a disappointment.
sam's fear is driving him to want to succeed, much like charlie's fear was driving her. i actually thought charlie furthered the sam's story...
i believe now, after what went down with charlie, that dean is more aware of sam's determination to do these trials. how can he not be ... i just got a sense, and it's probably just me, but i did get a sense that dean is more in tune with sam and he's coming to realize that it's more than just sam wanting to do them....it's about sam needing to do them...
after seeing the promo, i just got the feeling that we'll be hearing from sam soon...i think sam's condition is scaring dean to the point where he'll finally ask sam why it's so important to him to do these trials, why he's so willing to risk his health...i think then we'll get to hear the truth about sam...
i feel it's coming and i think this eppy was the fuse that lit the firecracker...
again, all of this is just my very strong feeling...
You kind of got a glimpse at Sam's mindset when Dean was waking up after dream rooting his way in to Charlie's nightmare; Sam was laser focused on making sure Dean was okay; that was the only thing that mattered to him.
Can't wait to see what happens next.
But he isnÂ´t dead yet.
Alright, lemme get like.. a ton of tissues here.
Loved the surveillance shots of the the Tran house and the safe house boat, then the library and a gas station. Dean taking advantage of the tool that Frank taught him back in Season 7.
Loved the Bro moments but then I always do. Sam sure has me worried. He is just not doing well. Have to wonder if the trials are cleansing him from all the demon blood or what else is going on with that.
Charlie has always been one of my favorite guest stars and she sure didn't disappoint. It was great seeing that side of her and getting her back story finally. She's like the little sister the boys never had like Dean mentioned in The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tatoos end of Season 7. I am a little confused as to how they can kill vampires in the video game with salt rounds when normally they need to be beheaded. Guess the key word there is "video game".
The djinn tats were pretty awesome and I'm not one for tats.
Next weeks preview sure does not look good for Sam but I love how Dean will try and take care of his little brother making him "John's stew".
And I'll take the brother hugs and shallow moments of bedhead Sammy in a V-neck anytime.
Loved all the shout out's to past episodes; this has been happening all season long, but they were really well done here IMO (yeah.. John's journal!).
Although I tend to be more of a Sam girl (no, really, it's true) Dean looked beyond hot in that uniform; did anyone else think that it look very authentic? I wonder if that wasn't actually a costume and was in fact the real thing.. vintage. I'd love someone to ask that at one of the cons.
And why is sick, ailing, trial weakened Sam so incredibly hot? It's strange that he should look so good when he looks so bad... there's something wrong with me I think. That long sleeved v-neck T he was wearing at the start of the ep was drool worthy.
And I agree with some of the other posters about the filler/not filler debate; I suppose this was basically filleresque, yet it really did seem to be setting up ideas and tropes for the rest of the season; I was especially drawn to the conversation that Dean and Charlie had while in her dream about NOT playing the game. There were several War Game references in tonight's episode and that whole movie was about finding the wisdom of NOT doing the obvious thing; I wonder if the final trial will be in the realization that closing the gates of Hell is a bad idea and to not do it? Maybe the sacrifice is in sacrificing their ultimate end game? And maybe because he chooses NOT to complete the trials Sam will have to choose to die? I am terrible at speculation... Anyhoo. Enjoyed this episode very much.
I have a total guess on the filler placement within the season. With X-Files they would deliberately put MOTW episodes in between because some people did like the mythology as well (my brother being one of them, even with SPN) and some people only really liked mythology. So to try to work with both groups they would break them up. I think they had a lot less mythology ones though. It usually didn't have one central mythology story to be cleared up within the season though like SPN does.
I'm used to that format so it doesn't bother typically except when the season's storyline suffers, like it did last year and season 5 and now this year maybe too because last weeks could have easily been a two-parter.
But regardless this was a great episode.