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All Hell Breaks Loose Part II
Remember John Winchester? The patriarch, the myth, the man, the legend. The badass hunter yet totally inept father that in his quest for justice ended up scarring his boys for life just to lose to the bad guys. His death is most tragic, since heâ€™s dragged to Hell in exchange for his eldest sonâ€™s life.
On the other side, you as showrunner are facing the very real possibility that your show will be cancelled. Youâ€™ve been told to wrap up a slow building five year mytharc in two episodes. Of course you need to bring John Winchester back, give his character some proper closure. Thereâ€™s a showdown at the graveyard, a determined spirit that busts out of the open gate of Hell, and ghost John Winchester appearing out of thin air to save the day by distracting Azazel long enough for Dean to kill him. Itâ€™s stuff that heroic legends are made of. Except...
He disappears forever in a trail of gold fairy dust??? (Long pause for head scratching). Really?
Wow, talk about totally invalidating two seasons of a badass character in three seconds. Why not let him grow some wings and have him fly away with his magic wand, spreading joy, love and swirls of rainbows everywhere before disappearing in that starry night? They probably would have done that if the budget allowed. Judging by the bad green screened scenes (John didnâ€™t even get to give Sam a proper farewell) and shaky editing, not to mention horribly sappy score prior to the pixie exit, there was no budget for anything.
Budget or not, I just wonder if what was done ended up being the mark of a desperate team that had to do something and figured why not, they likely didnâ€™t have jobs anymore anyway. Imagine the egg on their faces when the show was renewed!
Roadkill and 99 Problems - What not to do with iconic Sci-Fi guest stars
â€œSupernaturalâ€ has benefitted from some amazing guest stars, especially as itâ€™s progressed. However, two big names in the Sci-Fi genre got to make their appearance on the show. They were, um, whatâ€™s the word Iâ€™m looking for... underutilized? Ah yes, miscast.
First there was â€œRoadkillâ€ aka â€œTouched by a Cylon.â€ This wasnâ€™t a bad episode, but one did have to question the â€œTouched By An Angel meets The X-Filesâ€ creative choice for the very special guest star. Sam plays Monica the angel and Dean plays Fox Mulder. Number Six is in the middle of all this being the total antithesis of a seductive and emotional humanoid Cylon. Picture a personality of wood instead and a whiny disposition that has us actually rooting for the homicidal ghost chasing her. Sheâ€™s helped though by the usually dark Sam Winchester who goes all heavenly, thus confusing us more with a character that was already all over the map at the time.
Given how much Tricia Helferâ€™s appearance was hyped for this particular episode, many felt a trite duped after this. She should have been kicking some major ghost ass and looking pretty doing it and then went into that heavenly light because dammit, she wanted to! No, she went with confusion because like us, she looked at Sam Winchester with disbelief and wondered why this freakishly tall dude was sending people into the light without a white suit and the soulful sounds of Della Reese.
Then there was â€œ99 Problems.â€ Michael Shanks, who already was guesting as the staggering Hawkman on â€œSmallville,â€ came over to the sister studio in Vancouver for another meaty role, a militia man that rids the town of demons using holy water and a fire hose! And thatâ€™s in the first five minutes! He makes his grand entrance, saves Sam and Dean and then...becomes a complete tailless wuss. He even turns on his best friend of many years because heâ€™s that weak and stupid and allows scores of other innocents to be persecuted. I get it though. Shanks got a paycheck and knowledge that he could kick ass on â€œSmallvilleâ€ instead and Kripke was crawling to the finish line.