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Jeremy Carver is brilliant, Mystery Spot, A Very Supernatural Christmas, In the Beginning, Death Takes a Holiday, Changing Channels, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Point of No Return, perhaps Sin City and The Rapture and Family Remains and Long Distance Caller and Free to be You and Me don't rank up there (at least in my opinion) as overall magnificent episodes but each of them (yes, even Family Remains) have moments that really soar, okay, not so much Family Remains.
But this isn't the article on Jeremy Carver; that will be later this Hellatus.
Changing Channels, from saturated colors to laugh tracks [I hate laugh tracks so here it was brilliantly used to poke fun!] from "son of a bitch' used in just about every tone and inflection that on paper it's bland and overused but spoken in dialogue it changes to meet the needs of every scene. Sam being the pawn in a cruel joke two episodes in a row - sorry, Jared but you even got double-dipped here! Dean speaks Japanese - didn't hear of any fan complaints on that one this season, the Impala/Sam = K.I.T.T. complete with theme song and talk about theme songs, love, love, love it. We've got a Ghostfacers theme song and a Supernatural theme song,come on CW, isn't it time for a soundtrack CD yet!? And if all that isn't enough, the Trickster returns after nearly two years and does he have a little secret that is about to be revealed,
There are only two named angels in the Bible, Michael and Gabriel. Gabriel is always shown as an angel bringing a message while Michael is shown to be one who contends on the side of Israel against Satan, just a little extra information there for you.
Now, back to our program. I have zero problems with Gabriel and the Trickster being one and the same, it actually answers quite a lot about our beloved Trickster starting with why he likes to take "dicks' or those full of themselves and "hoist them on their own petard' the issues he has with his family make it clear that he does not like those who are arrogant or who go about hurting others. He's not that well-adjusted however so here he gets a little taste of his own medicine as the Winchesters use his arrogance against him and trap him using one of the newest additions to their arsenal,holy oil.
We're left with the glimpse of the Trickster pondering Dean's words and left wondering if he's changed his mind about his role in "current events'. We get our answer later in the season, one that leaves me cheering and sobbing at the same time but that's Supernatural,or is it,
The Real Ghostbusters:
Just when we got the apocalypse back in alignment and the season back on track we switch up from a gigantic reveal to a convention. Huh? Admittedly I first did not like this episode at all. It has grown on me considerably mostly because I truly believe that Eric Kripke enjoys a good laugh and truly enjoys what he's created and all that comes with it [although I'm still sure he keeps a steady supply of medication on hand for those daily migraines otherwise called as "checking the fandom sites]
I have two main issues with this episode one that is now resolved because the season as a whole is complete and the other I choose to ignore as much as possible; timing is everything and the positioning of this episode after Changing Channels jolts the head of steam the series had built out of TCCODW and CC; now that the season is over I can speed through that jolt either by moving where I watch this episode or timing my viewing so I see this in conjunction with enough others that it doesn't matter. The second is harder to resolve so I just ignore it; Becky knew who had the Colt. Nope that just does not work for me at all.
Other than that I enjoy this episode actually a lot. I like that Sam and Dean get an outsiders' vantage point on their lives, much like Sam had back in Simon Said when he met Andy who was well-adjusted despite his "abilities'. I like that Dean got a lesson from two guys whose lives exemplify what Zach was trying to teach in It's a Terrible Life. These two guys were having a good time living a fantasy to escape their bored realities but were completely aware of what was and was not real "“ well, until they learned a thing or to courtesy of the real Dean and the real Sam.
I pick out little things from time to time for continuity's sake and I liked that Rufus and Bobby were Sam and Dean's "sidekicks' Castiel would not have been known by the fandom yet Rufus would so it's a good move on the writers to get this right. There are also many mirror moments that make this a lot of fun, Dean and Sam drinking to the pretend Dean and Sam drinking, pretend Sam with the EMF meter to the real Sam with a real EMF meter, pretend Dean saying he'll toast the ghost extra crispy to the real Dean saying similar. And yes, as any good fangirl I do love it when they talk in unison!
This is an episode that has grown on me and I now look forward to watching it with a bowl of popcorn at the ready and the phone off the hook (or ringer off) so there are no interruptions. No tissues required for this episode, good thing for the next one needs a double supply times two!
Abandon All Hope:
Demon Crowley is no fool, Lucifer will kill demons once he's killed humans so he turns over the Colt and some information on where to find Lucifer. Ellen and Jo meet Cas, Cas can hold his liquor, Jo grows up and proves herself a match for Dean in several ways and does as well as he does with the hell hounds on her first encounter - which is to say not well.
This is a heartbreaking episode from Ellen and Jo's courageous deaths to Dean leaning heavily on Bobby to make it through to Sam's second encounter with Lucifer and the silent memorial at the end,which also ushered in a nine-week mini-hellatus. Ouch!
Samantha Ferris and Alona Tal brought their A+ games to this episode and thankfully they were given A+ material to match. I still tear up during their final scene but at least I'm not as stricken by it as I was initially. See, last summer I put my 11 year old German Shepherd to sleep and as he was sedated and the final medication was being administered to stop his heart I was petting him and whispering to him that he was my good boy and that I would always love him. To hear Samantha Ferris as Ellen utter those same words a mere four months later tore my heart anew. It was real.
I wasn't surprised the Colt couldn't kill Lucifer but I am glad it was back in the arsenal of the Impala. Demon Crowley's arrival was a breath of demonic fresh air and I'm very glad he returns later in the season and perhaps will return in Season 6 "“ the door is certainly open. I trust not the demon Crowley but I like Mark Shephard's portrayal and it shows that added dimension to demons that we first heard about in Sin City - and also mirrors the angels' dimensions - that not all are on the same side.
Castiel's and Lucifer's scenes were excellent; hard to do when they're just two men talking as they stand mostly still. The piano score that underlies those scenes is discordant and haunting much as I would expect an encounter with Lucifer would be, wonderful.
So the first half of the season is past, the mini-hellatus arrived here but thankfully we won't have as long to wait for the second half of my article ("cause I know everyone is dying to read the rest) as I suspect it will be posted very, very soon.
Thanks for reading, Elle2.