"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”  ― Jim Rohn
 
I love westerns. My favorite is actually the Dollars trilogy - Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968), The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960) and The Searchers (John Ford, 1956). Ennio Morricone's music on most of them is the music for westerns for me. As we have a certain western episode on our hands, I decided to remind you about the other western episode we had and I liked. My chosen word for this episode was happiness because westerns and movies are Dean's happy place too.
 
I also found the episode interesting because this was the second time we had a ghoul as a monster. Last time that we met one of those was a really important episode mythologically, 4.19 Jump the Shark, where we found out that Sam and Dean had a half brother. They also found out more about John's "secret life." Was that a shout out to Adam and Michael for this season? We had two in 6.10 Caged Heat but they had no importance to the story as their screen time was like half a minute.
 
Ghoul
 
Where does the word ghouls come from? Before it came to be applied to any random sicko or serial killer it went all the way back to the medieval Arabic ghul...it will dig up graves to eat the dead. – Alex Irvine, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons and Ghouls
 
Enjoy the three fan videos I chose. 
 
 
6.18 Frontierland
 
Dean: We hop back in time, we join up with Samuel Colt, we hunt the phoenix, and then we haul the ashes back home with us.
 
Sam and Dean find out how they can defeat Eve in Samuel Colt's diary. From the book, they read that ashes of a Phoenix may defeat Eve. They summon Castiel and he gives them twenty four hours to get what they want from the past. Castiel will send them back to 1861, Sunrise, Wyoming. After the boys have left, Cas gets into trouble and needs to use Bobby's soul to get the boys back. Meanwhile in the old west, they meet Samuel Colt and get the ashes (or rather Sam does). They find the Phoenix and all seems lost in the end, or is it? We also get some back to the future twists in the end.
 
Characters
 
Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester
Castiel
Bobby Singer
Eve
Rachel
Samuel Colt
Elias Finch
 

Supernatural goes Western - Firefly Theme || Frontierland SPN by: MulkEntertainment
 
 
Supernatural - Frontierland - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by: Yasmim Deschain
 

Supernatural - Wild Wild West by: juliaroxs241

The Ballad of Serenity by Joss Whedon
(written by Joss Whedon, performed by Sonny Rhodes)
 
Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me.
 
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me.
 
Leave the men where they lay
They'll never see another day
Lost my soul, lost my dream
You can't take the sky from me.
 
I feel the black reaching out
I hear its song without a doubt
I still hear and I still see
That you can't take the sky from me.
 
Lost my love, lost my land
Lost the last place I could stand
There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity
 
And you can't take the sky from me.
 
Clarence Smith (born Clarence Edward Mauldin, November 3, 1940), known as Sonny Rhodes, is an American blues singer and lap steel guitar player. He has recorded over two hundred songs. "I'm what you call a self-proclaimed Disciple of the Blues!" said Rhodes about his years playing and singing for fans of blues around the world. He has been nominated 15 times for Blues Music Awards and won in the category Instrumentalist–Other in 2011.
 
Quotes
 
Dean: Cas, is that really you?
Sam: No. You're – you're dead.
Castiel: Yeah, I was. But then I... annoyed an ancient cosmic being so much that he sent me back.
Sam: I don't even know what to say.
Dean: I do. Welcome home, pal.
 
Dean: Alright, well... two salty hunters, one half-angel kid, and a dude that just came back from the dead. Again. Team Free Will 2.0. Here we go.
 
Castiel: Jack, I've killed people who didn't deserve it... my friends – I've killed people I loved. I wish I could tell you that it – that it gets easier, that with time, it hurts less, but that would be a lie because it – it never gets easier. And those moments, they never stop hurting. But that doesn't mean that you should stop fighting. It doesn't mean that just because you made a mistake – and that's what this is, Jack. It's a mistake. That doesn't mean that you can't – can't be better, do better. I believe that. I have to believe that.
 
Music
 
Space Cowboy by Steve Miller Band
They Call Me Zombie by Messer Chups
Hot Rod Rockin' by Thaddeus Rose & the Thorns
 
Trivia and Minutiae
 
"Tombstone" is a reference to the 1993 film of the same name about the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral that took place October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona.
 
When Sam and Dean meet with the newly resurrected Castiel, they are flanked by two neon signs: one for "Bison Bud's Bar" and the other a cross. In Native American culture, a bison symbolizes good health, strength, and stamina, as well as protection and survival. In Christianity, the cross is a symbol of the atonement.
 
Dean: Pretty cool, right? Dude! Check it out, check it out, check it out. Clay Allison – gun fighter extraordinaire, right? And, uh, Curly Bill Brocius, which – now, now, now, little fun fact here – was killed by Wyatt Earp himself. Not kidding. Johnny Ringo, Billy the Kid. Oh, look! Hey, big guy, how you doin'? That's... What's going on, Calamity Jane? Doc Holliday! Hey-oh! This is awesome.
Clay Allison, Curly Bill Brocius, Johnny Ringo, Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday were all famous gunfighters in the Old West. Calamity Jane was a famous frontierswoman.
 
Dean: Look, just act like you're from "Tombstone", okay?
Castiel: The city?
Dean: The movie. With Kurt Russell? I made you watch it.
Castiel: Yeah, yeah. Yeah. The one with the guns and tuberculosis. 'I'm your huckleberry.'
Tombstone told the story of the Earp Vendetta Ride and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the town of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Kurt Russell portrayed Wyatt Earp. In the film Doc Holliday suffered from tuberculosis. The phrase "I'm your huckleberry" is a way of saying one is the right person for a job and is a reference to this scene from the film.
 
All four hunters use aliases related to the film Tombstone. Dean is Agent Russell (for Kurt Russell, who played Wyatt Earp), Sam is Agent Elliot (for Sam Elliott, who played Virgil Earp), Castiel is Agent Kilmer (for Val Kilmer, who played Doc Holliday), and Jack is Agent Paxton (for Bill Paxton, who played Morgan Earp).
 
Dean: Holy crap. That's Dave Mather.
"Mysterious Dave" Mather was an American lawman and gunfighter in the Old West.
 
Athena: And it's not 'that makeup school.' It's the Ben Carruth Makeup and Special Effects Program. It's the best.
Benjamin Godeau Carruth is a special makeup effects coordinator on Supernatural.
 
Sgt. Phillips: Y'all looking for someone? 'Cause I am. Bank in town just got robbed. Turned into a real O.K. Corral type of deal. Big ol' shootout.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a shootout that took place on October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona. It involved Virgil, Morgan, and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday vs. Tom and Frank McLaury, Billy and Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne.
 
Dean: Perfect. Yeah. Sure. Come to Dodge City. We'll have some laughs.
A reference to this famous scene from Die Hard. Dean also said a similar line in 2.18 Hollywood Babylon.
 
References
 
 
Cover art by: Alice @Alice_Mars_Mann, Her Instagram
 
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