Then: Sam and Dean fight. Dean calls Sam and theyâ€™re back together.
Now: Oh boy, this must be a "Monster of The Week" episode. Weâ€™re starting with two tools that have â€œabout to dieâ€ written all over them. One very enthusiastic guy has something to show the other guy. He uncovers the sweet looking Porsche, but I donâ€™t â€œooh and ahâ€ over it like these guys because Iâ€™m not a big foreign car enthusiast. I would have been more impressed with a classic American convertible. You know, James Dean might still be alive if he was driving a longhorn Cadillac. Think about it.
Anyway, itâ€™s Little Bastard, or one damn good replica. The one guy is now a puddle of goo over it. The other guy admits he paid a lot for it, but the numbers match. He gets in the car and we so know heâ€™s about to become toast. Bloody toast. The other guy fetches the video camera and while he does he hears and engine revving and squealing of tires. He goes back in with camera rolling and his friend is dead like James Dean, head smashed in high impact into the corner of the broken windshield. Blood rolls down the logo â€œLittle Bastard,â€ which makes no sense to me since thatâ€™s the back of the car and the dude was bleeding all over the windshield. Hmm, I smell a title card coming.
Sam and Dean are in the Impala and this is where I have to mention Iâ€™m really pissed at my local affiliate. Yes WWHO channel 53 in Chillicothe, Ohio, Iâ€™m talking to you. For three weeks now, weâ€™ve had nothing but problems with the HD feed with both The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. The Vampire Diaries has been so bad Iâ€™ve had to watch it online later because the sound is out for most of the episode. As for Supernatural, no HD, and this week an annoying â€œFlood Warningâ€ that has obstructed my already squashed view of the Winchesters. No wonder these local stations are swimming in red ink. Youâ€™re encouraging us to go online for our viewing! Which I totally did BTW. Screencaps today are courtesy of Amazon Video on Demand and their incredible HD streaming. I highly recommend going this route for all your Supernatural episode needs. When ordering, make sure to click the Amazon advertisement on this site so I get credit for the sale. Proceeds go toward my lunch money.
Every television show has those episodes that viewers are able to watch without needing to know too much background information or analyzing for subterfuge and foreshadowing. Supernatural has a few of these episodes "“ they're the ones I turn to in first thing in the morning to put on in the background as I'm getting ready for work or tidying up before heading out the door. "Fallen Idols" wasn't an instant classic nor did it build the already epic myths of Supernatural, but all in all, it was light entertainment and it will probably see me out the door one day in the future.
First things first: Paris Hilton wasn't awful and actually, I kind of liked her. I was not one of the fans up in arms about the idea of having Ms. Hilton on the show; I thought the idea of Paris Hilton showing up to the apocalypse fitting, actually. Besides, if our boys have to get tossed around, it's always the most fun to watch when it's done by a tiny blonde in heels half their size. Hilton seemed to be a very good sport in making fun of herself and the meta-humour that Supernatural employs is always enjoyable.
I've decided not to submit my review to blogcritics this week. It's a pretty light review (to go with a pretty light episode) and one that just didn't need to be shared on that forum. So enjoy this rare exclusive review from me here!
In a long twenty two episode season, one or two are bound to be "throwaways", aka the episodes that are light on story yet still have a few key moments to keep fans engaged. I've felt cheated by such episodes in the past but I found myself strangely enjoying "Fallen Idols." Itâ€™s the Winchester brothers with the training wheels on and I didn't mind the reduced pace one bit. Maybe because Kripke and company managed to put my psyche through a shredder with the previous four episodes of the season.
The whole episode meant to show the brothers coming to equal ground. There were all sorts of hints that went along with Sam pointing out to Dean that they need to be on the same level. Both have their own laptops now (so cool!). Sam gets to harass Dean at the end about being wailed on by Paris Hilton after Dean earlier makes an offhand comment about Samâ€™s worship of Gandhi. Sam drives them away in the Impala.
In sorting through the feedback over last night's episode at other sites, the Sam vs. Dean fans have broken out in skirmishes again. Sure it has been building over the last few weeks, but this time itâ€™s been fueled by a story showing how to work out differences. Now, let me see if I've got this right:
-Sam fans think Dean owes Sam an apology for blaming him for starting the apocalypse (which he essentially did last night).
-Dean fans are offended that Dean "keeps" apologizing to Sam, for he doesn't deserve it after what he did. Sam owes him an apology for everything he put him through last season.
-Sam fans are mad Sam keeps apologizing. They think heâ€™s apologized enough.
-Dean fans think Sam is being a whiny brat, especially with the whole "I'm to dangerous to hunt" and "let me grow up" stuff.
-Sam fans are mad that Dean was such a jerk last night and thinks so little of his brother.
-Dean fans are mad that Dean only started treating Sam like an adult after he said something. Sam needs to earn it.
-Sam fans say Dean is weak. Sam is a saint.
-Dean fans say Sam is weak. Dean is a saint.
Enough! In honor of these little squabbles, the Batley Townswomen Guild, the visionaries that they are in gruesome historic fights, have decided to devote their annual battle reenactment this year to Supernatural. So here you go, the reenactment of the Battle of Sam fans vs. Dean fans.
It's episode day! Tonight, a nice light episode. At least I hope so. Anymore weepy scenes and I'm going to need a rubber room. Considering the one scene I saw last night from a Space TV (Canada) preview, we should be laughing.
Yes, its Paris Hilton. Yes, she's overexposed and a horrible actress. The point is though she's not to be taken seriously here. She even agreed to the role because she loves the show and doesn't want to be taken seriously. It's tongue and cheek fun, so lets not overanalyze her role in all this. Enjoy, and share your reactions at the end. Happy episode!
Yeah, it's been one of those weeks. My son and I are taking our Taekwondo tests this week which involves some training time. Yes, besides being a day late on the recap, I totally did not post all those review links I normally do each week. Yep, I'm lame.
Speaking of which, I just handed out tonight my season one DVD set for loaning around my Taekwondo school. All my sets are now circulating among students of the school. Okay, female students. Maybe a few men too, I have no idea. I haven't seen season two and three in months! I'm not complaining though, for Supernatural love among martial artists is not a bad thing. It all started when word got out about this site, because I'll talk about my blogging, but not my actual IT career. Go figure. They checked it out and then started checking out the show. Yes, I've turned a bunch of hormonally charged females who know how to kick butt into Supernatural fans. Awesome.
Anyway, links, right? Here's my review on blogcritics:
"The End." The episode that answers the burning question, what if you held an apocalypse in Kansas City and no one came? Let’s get started.
Then: A whole freaking lot.
Now: The Impala! That's a perfect way to open an episode. Dean pulls up, parks in front of a meter and doesn't put change in. I guess paying for street parking in Kansas City is optional. So that's why it will be destroyed. Dean's stingyness put less cops of the streets to fight zombies.
A religious nut in a suit, must be a Jehovah's Witness, is harassing passersby on the street. He comes up to Dean. "Have you taken time out to consider God's plan for you?" "Too freaking much pal." Dude, you really don't want to know God's plan for Dean, or his brother for that matter. It's pretty messed up. Religious nut gives Dean a long parting stare. Remember this for later.
Dean's in your standard crappy motel room with one bed (sniff!) talking on the cell phone. He's talking to Cas! He has trouble hearing what Cas is saying, which isn't hard since a semi is going by Cas on the other end. Dean makes a joke. "It’s kind of funny, talking to a messenger of God on a cell phone. You know, kind of like watching a Hell ' s angel ride a moped.” Castiel isn't in the mood for jokes since the "voice" is telling him he doesn't have many minutes left. What sort of a cell plan did he get? A prepaid phone? Angels have all this almighty power yet can't pick a decent cell phone plan?
Okay, I was digging through some season two footage and started answering some of my own questions that I raised in the recap of "Free To Be You And Me." Sam and his just plain weird white shirt. You know, the one that only buttons have way, has all sorts of bizzare light grey patterns on it (paisley?) and has red patterns underneath with the sleeves are rolled up. It's seems to have seen better days. Here's a few reminders of what I'm talking about.
Or, how about this? It's the perfect "throwing something on when your back from the dead brother surprises you with a visit" shirt.
Thanks so much elle for submitting another great review. She's one up on me, since I've been going through family induced writer's block for three days. Enjoy!
Thoughts on the "The End"
How nice was it to see John? I had to smile just at hearing his voice - glad to have him present in an episode, whatever the form. So far, we've had two episodes of four that have reached all the way back to season one for THEN - and as we've now had Meg, Jess and the Colt, it will be interesting to see how much more of the shows foundation bleeds through into this season and if other old friends (and foes) make a return appearance.