Page 1 of 3So, you want to know how psyched elle was over this episode? She sent me a review at 3:14 am this morning! (Sorry, I usually check email after I get home from work). I read it over and love it! It's also her longest review yet. She was definitely running on some inspiration.
This is a good way to start for I'm hoping to share some deep analysis on this one this weekend. There's so much to discuss in the terms of Gabriel, angels, destiny vs. free will, Sam and Dean and their man pain, etc. So let's see what gets sparked. In the meantime, enjoy the review!
Thoughts on Changing Channels
First “ confession time. I skipped my night class so that I could watch this episode. *hangs head* Okay, that isn't entirely true. I was actually sick and being home on a Thursday night before 11 for the first time in two months was just a fringe benefit. On to the long, long review - my longest to date - now. The only way to tackle this episode is scene by rich-hilarious scene. Right away, this demanded an instant second (third and fourth) watch because “ how could I not?
Supernatural is filmed before a live studio audience. I wish there was a live studio audience - I'd kill to be in it! Jensen's expressions in this segment were gold. The best part? Son of a bitch! This opening sequence was so cheesy but oh-so good. The ostentatious decor and the off-screen audience that laughs at everything are delightfully comical.
The Opening Credits
Oh dear god, I thought I was going to die from laughter. How much fun do you think the boys had doing that tandem bike ride shot? And if I'm not mistaking, those mini-bikes are their own in real life.
We jump back to two days ago and once again the boys are feebs, questioning a œbear attack story “ the bear that chased a man through his front door, upstairs and killed him. Right. What is really appreciable about Dean and Sam is now that they've been through enough of these weird interrogations they hardly blink at the answers from the witnesses. Though, I guess once you've been to Hell, ipecac-exorcised demons and Paris Hilton has tried to devour you, it takes a lot to phase you. Dean recovers a little faster this time, asking whether it was œBana or Norton and whether Lou Ferrigno (œspiky-haired Lou Ferrigno?) had a grudge against the dead man. Dean's knowledge of TV and movies always astounds me “ you'd think he wouldn't have time to keep up on Hollywood/TV and yet he does. I like that he's the databank of film and television information.
I admit, I wanted to see the shape of the Hulk-hole in the house. That would have nicely iced the cake. That's just me though. So, what is Dean's dirty little secret? He watches soap operas. Now, I once condemned the SO watchers of the world, wondering what was so compelling that they tuned in day after day, until I was seduced by General Hospital a few years back. I don't watch anymore, but it's not hard to see how some people can get sucked into those uber dramas that are daytime TV (or, some of those night-time SO's “ personally, I classify CSI:Miami as a science-based soap opera). Compared to Dean's other pleasures in life “ this is mild.
Glad to see the boys connecting the dots faster this time around “ their culprit is the Trickster, right off the bat. What is something great about Supernatural and that sets it apart? The characters actually learn from and act on past experience. Now, at this point, I wondered if it wasn't sloppy of the Trickster to leave the wrappers, but of course, the Trickster is playing the Winchesters all along and wants them to come after him.
Sam's plan “ ask the Trickster for help in this war “ does have merit. It isn't the first time I've wondered about the other creatures “ such as witches and vampires “ who might not want the world to end and I wonder why the supernatural community hasn't been a little more vocal in this war? Seems to me that all the mid-level, cognizant creatures (excluding demons, of course) would have a vested interest in the world not ending. As Sam puts it, the Trickster œdoesn't want the party to end and maybe the Trickster can be their ally because of this.
Not bad logic, except, can you really trust a œbloody monster? Dean has an ethical problem with aligning himself with the things they hunt to which Sam replies that they œdon't have the luxury of a moral stand “ careful Sammy, that is a little reminiscent of the œwe're above the law attitude from season four. Sam has definitely changed from his experiences last season, but this is another reminder of his loss of innocence and it is somewhat sad to see. Season one Sam liked the moral stand. I'm not judging Sam, or saying that he's necessarily wrong here either “ in war, we do things that wouldn't normally be done for the greater good and this is what I think Sam is getting at here- œthe enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that jazz.
Oh, an abandoned warehouse. We haven't been to one of those in a while. A second great point about Supernatural? The boys realize when something is off and acknowledge the possibilities of what they're walking into. (As opposed to the people on, say police procedurals (which Dean hates because there's too many of ˜em) when the citizens of a town are told there is a serial killer on the loose, hunting women at night on the running path and inevitably, some doe-eyed ditz takes a nice night-time jog only to end up [shockingly] as the next victim.) Upon pulling up to the warehouse and finding no police, they recognize that something is a little off “ but whether that's because they think it's a trap or because they suspect the Trickster's trick has done something to the people it's hard to say.
Dr. Sexy, M.D.
Enter warehouse and exit in Seattle Mercy, a place where sexy nurses and doctors abound.
Right away I notice the emotive music and I'll bet the team had fun with the soundtrack for this episode because it's such mix but at the same time, meant to poke fun at the genres. The soft, gentle, heartfelt music is so perfect for the emotional hospital-drama. Next, we learn about the hospital and it's characters, to Dean's delight this is Dr. Sexy, M.D. You have to appreciate the inside joke about the œghost. Even though I don't watch Grey's Anatomy I heard all about the controversy involving Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Denny and his return as a spirit from beyond the grave - it's compelling.