I don’t even need to see the writing credits of an episode. I’m so familiar now with each writer’s quirks, aka “go to” devices. Do they have the ability to put together a fluid script and does substance triumph over stunts? As soon as I saw the graphic and brutal gore in the murders of those two innocent people with no real substance behind the act, I knew this was a Brad and Eugenie script. The lack of fluid plotting and time wasting scenes on characters not named Winchester until the end cemented that feeling.
I shouldn’t be so harsh though. I think Buckner/Ross-Leming scripts had been stronger this season. However, they have tells and sometimes they fall back on them too heavily when a story is meant to bridge an episode to something that will happen later rather than the here and now. Stunts like mistaking gore and brutality for real horror, spending too much time of secondary characters, and choppy plotting that fails to mix unrelated stories fluidly. Check, check, and check. But hey, at least we got some very strong brotherly scenes. Without those, this episode would have gone onto my ever growing “epic fail” list.
This is an exciting week for the #SPNFamily! Supernatural's 300th episode airs on Thursday, February 7, and the anticipation is building! Supernatural fans have been with the show every step of the way, supporting not only the show but the cast, executive team and crew as well. So of course some fans have thought of ways to celebrate the milestone in solidarity with the Supernatural creative team and fan family! Pick you favorites and join the fun!
THEN: “Who are you?” “The guys who saved the world.” Scenes of Donatello. The guys says, “Whatever it takes.” Nick on his killing spree. Abraxas. Dean about Michael – “I can feel him in my head.” Dean and Sam on either side of the Ma’lak Box. Camera zooms in on Dean’s hands on the box. Screen turns black as we hear Dean say, “It’s the only sane play I’ve got.”
Supernatural 14.11 "Damaged Goods" left much of the Supernatural family devastated, frantically worried about Dean. Since we can't do anything but wait and worry until we learn how Sam and Castiel will save Dean, let's lighten the mood a bit and have some Supernatural fun!
In Supernatural's 14.10 "Nihilism", the archangel Michael locked Dean into a dream world within his own mind. Thinking contentment would keep Dean pacified, Dean became the owner and bar keep at a quaint home town establishment called Rocky's Bar. This was both Dean's perfect retirement scenario and fans' dreams come true! The decor in the bar was a virtual treasure trove of call backs to earlier episodes, and Easter eggs of references that only dedicated Supernatural fans would recognize. Let's go on a virtual tour of the bar and see what we can uncover along the way!
I've done some of the research for you, identifying obvious references and hidden gems. I also enlisted the help of Deb, @Drzyley on Twitter, to get the ball rolling on finding some Easter Eggs of earlier Supernatural episodes. The rest is up to you! I'll provide the screen shots; YOU make the connections with earlier episodes or fan insider information! Who's up for a trivia treasure hunt?
Depressing. Deeply disturbing. Defeating. Get the drift?
Supernatural’s 14.11 “Damaged Goods” was a superbly written story that seamlessly wove together Nick’s story of insanity with Dean’s resignation to the insane idea of burying himself alive, alone, at the bottom of the ocean for all eternity with an enraged archangel mentally and emotionally torturing him. That has to be the most horrifying scenario the show has ever conceived, which is probably a point of pride for this story’s writer, Davy Perez. Davy is Supernatural’s horror writer. Author of 12.04 “American Nightmare” (a mother torturing her daughter with the tacit complicity of the rest of the family), 13.11 “Breakdown” (Donna’s niece and eventually Sam are kidnapped by a sicko who sells human body parts online) and 14.04 “Mint Condition” (okay, that was fun but it was all about horror movies and the Hatchet Man), half of Davy’s episodes so far have been squarely based on horror scenarios. The fate Dean is planning for himself touches so many primal fears in humans, it is the quintessential horror.
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