"Hollywood Babylon"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
I couldn't keep up with all the inside jokes in this episode, and am sure I missed a bunch. We have a movie being made within our TV show, HELLRAZERS II: THE RECKONING, starring Tara Benchley, who makes a fanboy (and one night stand) out of Dean. Aside from not delivering a good enough scream for director McG (a name really tied to our show), Tara is the victim of a prank played by a real actor and some CGI so the world thinks the movie set is haunted.
 
Enter Sam and Dean via a set tour. They jump the tram when mention is made of Stars Hollow, from GILMORE GIRLS, a show Jared Padalecki once co-starred in with Alexis Bledel, and I heard it once said that he wished she'd remove the stick up her ass. Dean thinks he sees Matt Damon sweeping the floor, but Sam says that's not him. They have a little dicker about working vs. R&R; Dean thinks Sam could use the latter after the Madison tragedy, Sam prefers to work. (They don't usually mention incidents from other episodes.) The man who died was named Frank Jaffe. Realizing Tara Benchly is working on this film, Dean is really excited; he's a big fan of her work. 
 
A studio "suit" a Bluetooth device seemingly glued to his ear, comes to the set to complain about the dailies"”they're too dark, need more color! But it's horror! protests MsG and Co., it's supposed to be dark! The suit mistakes Dean for a PA and asks him to get him a smoothie from Kraftie's. A who from what? asks Dean. Realizing this will give them an in on the set, Sam drags Dean away, yessing the suit, explaining to Dean that PA's are like slaves (a sentiment I'm sure PA's will agree with).

The Enigma and Cruelty of Sam Winchester’s Powers

Part One

 
 
 
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest feat is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us’
Nelson Mandela
Kind readers, before I begin, allow me to warn you – this is going to be long. I’m covering almost five seasons here, so get yourself comfortable, grab a demon blood cocktail and lean back…
 
 
Ever since Sam became aware of certain special abilities those grew to be a constant source of confusion, fear and pain to him. And to those closest to him.  How did Sam’s powers develop, how did they progress, what do they mean?
 
Out of the blue, without any warning, his abilities started. He had just turned twenty-two, some time before Dean showed up to drag him on a road trip in search for their father. Prior to his brother’s arrival, Sam had noticed changes about him, mostly weird dreams, particularly of his beloved Jessica dying. I don’t believe it was a coincidence of John going on his hunting trip to find YellowEyes and the surfacing of psychic abilities. John, after all, had put together demonic omens of various kinds, showing up about the same time, and decided to follow them. It might well be that the emerging of Sam’s special skills (and those of the other psychic kids) was such an omen - something was starting.
"Heart"
--Robin's Ramblings by Robin Vogel
 
Get out your box of Kleenex, folks, this is the ep where Sam cries buckets and Dean lets one man-tear slide down his face that had me up all night and crying intermittently at work the day after the first time I saw this show.
 
San Francisco. Sam and Dean are on a werewolf hunt, fully prepared with silver bullets. Dean is especially excited since they haven't seen one of these beasts since they were kids. Sam teases "Sparky," as he calls Dean, that after they kill it, they can go to Disneyland. 
 
Which brings us to pretty Madison, a young legal secretary we meet having drinks with her friends. Her drunk boss tries to get her to come back to the office to "work," but he clearly means sex, while her creepy ex-boyfriend, Kurt, is watching and seemingly stalking her. She fends off the drunk boss easily and expertly; it's obvious they have danced this dance before. Next morning, however, when Madison is making coffee at work, she finds her boss lying across his desk, ripped to shreds, blood everywhere. The coffee pot she's holding falls in slow motion to the floor and breaks. Madison screams.
Hey everyone!  I decided to tackle an episode review, especially since I don't think I've ever given my thoughts about this episode before.  It was fun to go back and take a look.  I have Robin's review for "Heart" coming next, but in the meantime, I hope you don't mind my ramblings for once.

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I had to re-watch this episode just because I couldn't remember if I liked it. I thought back and no scathing memories of a two minute bug showdown in an attic happened, so it couldn't have been all bad. After the re-watch, I figured I like this one, except it did trigger one that scathing memory at the end. I must have blocked it out. 
Sure, this episode is Supernatural meets Touched By An Angel, but it's a pretty good ghost story. If this was season four or five, "Roadkill" would have earned the distinction of episode with the greatest hits by the TV brick. However, at this point in season two, it fits. I remember thinking at first that Sam was out of character, but if you compare this with "Houses of The Holy," the end of "Born Under a Bad Sign," and the next episode, "Heart," Sam's behavior makes perfect sense. He's relating a little too well to the lost ghost that's innocently killing people. She didn't mean to do it. His words in explaining things to the lost spirit Molly said it all. "A lot of them were good. Something happened to them. Something they couldn't control." Projecting there a bit Sammy? Plus, the season two puppy dog eyes of empathy were in full groove and who couldn't help but melt?
Two-bit carnie acts

Unlike those beloved one-night stands (a pox upon thee, Sam, for killing my Casey. Jerk.), these lesser (in screen time only, of course) lights, quickies, if you will, generally have little-to-nothing to do with advancing the plot. Their raison d’être? A memorable chuckle, chuckles. There are exceptions of course, which is why this list has shifted its criterion within my brain not once, not thrice, but twice. Holy Hand Grenades of Antioch, should I be conservative (ha!) and limit it to one-scene, one-vote, thereby eliminating the man inferred surreptitiously in this article’s title, or be a flaming liberal commie pinko? In either case, this eliminates such memorable small screen glimmers as Sin City’s Richie (fuhgeddaboutit) and Monster Movie’s aptly named Ed Brewer. The night (or day, if that’s when you’re reading this) is mine (and yours), so let’s take a stroll down memory lane and smell the sulfur.

13. The Museum Guide, Long-Distance Call. Enthusiastically creepy much? Thanks for making learning not so fun. This is why guided tours are the pits; check out those long, forlorn faces ready to pass out or engage in a little CIA-approved assassination.  (From Alice - You gotta love the "quoting fingers.") 



"Tall Tales"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
I love this episode! It had me laughing continuously the first time I saw it, and I still delight in watching it over again, anticipating the parts I enjoy most. The Trickster is such a fun villain, and I still wonder why he felt obligated to tease the Winchesters, given that they don't certainly need to be taken down a peg.
 
Like Dean, I thought the way the Trickster went after his victims was a total hoot:
 
A ghost gal changing from pretty to hideous and scaring the lecherous "morals" teacher head-first out his office window;
 
Picking up the cruel pledge-master in a space ship to be probed many times over, then forced to slow dance with one of the aliens (the same one who probed him perhaps)?;
 
The animal testing guy who tries to fish the expensive-looking watch from the sewer only to get eaten by an alligator.
 
Most fun for me was how the Trickster got Sam and Dean getting furious with each other. Letting the air out of the Impala's tires! Hiding Sam's beloved computer - after freezing it on Busty Asian Beauties! Dean eats greasy food on Sam's bed and turns the music up when Sam asks him to turn it down! 
So look who went all meta!  After reading all the other great writers on this site take turns at character metas, it occured to me I hadn't done one in a while.  I've actually been working on this since the end of "Sam, Interrupted" but was inspired to finish it after Jasminka's fantastic "Dean Winchester Is Dead - Long Live Dean Winchester." What's resulted even fascinates me.  Who knew how deep Sam's issues go?  Fine, we all did.  Prepare for something a little mind numbing.  I don't think I've even scratched the surface, but it's a start.  

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It’s not a stretch for me to say that Sam Winchester is a misunderstood character. He’s exactly what he joked about in “Free To Be You and Me,” a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a taco. After all, Sam is an internalizer. He shoves his issues deep and won’t deal with them unless they’re pushed out of him in a rather harsh way. So, we as viewers have to cling onto those precious times when the inner conflict is shown or even hinted. Like the recent reveal that he’s very angry inside. Why is that and what exactly is all that pent up anger doing to the poor boy? It’s a question Dean refused to explore but hey, I’ll try it. 

Understanding Rage

Anger is a primal emotion. It usually manifests into many other emotions on various spectrums, rage being one of the most extreme. According to Wikipedia (yes, this entry sounds accurate to me) “When a person experiences rage it usually lasts until a threat is removed or the person under rage is incapacitated.” Sam’s issues with rage have mostly existed in the past two seasons (one big exception being at the end of season one’s “Salvation”) and when he’s raging, it’s difficult to get him out of that mode. He’s lost and unable to control himself, the crazy eyes saying it all.  The attacks against the hunters in the bar in “Free To Be You and Me” and the doctor in “Sam, Interrupted” are good examples, but there are plenty of other cases too like when he wouldn’t stop with Lilith in all of season four until she was dead. His desire to see her head on a plate bloody in “Wishful Thinking” was a very cold and dark wish coming from something burning deep within. Sam is in an entirely different zone when he channels his anger towards something evil and it’s frightening.
"Born Under a Bad Sign"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
 
This was the episode of SUPERNATURAL that sent me searching for online fandom. I was so impressed, I needed to find other fans with whom to share the adoration.
 
Sam has been missing for a week, and Dean is frantic. When he finally receives a phone call from his confused sibling, he races to Sam's side, only to find his little brother with blood on his shirt Sam doesn't know the origin of, but doesn't think is his own. 
 
The last thing Sam remembers is being with Dean is West Texas. Sam signed into this hotel room as Richie Samborra - a Bon Jovi fan, to Dean's disappointment. Sam has enough odd flashes of what transpired that lead them to a storage unit containing, to Dean's dismay, a stolen Volkswagen Bug containing a knife sticky with blood and an open pack of cigarettes. Sam starts filling Dean's head with the idea that he's finally started going dark-side. Finding a receipt from a gas station, they go there to check it out. When the cashier spies Sam, he's all set to call the cops; this guy stole beer, chain smoked inside, against the law! Dean sends Sam outside and gives the guy enough money to prevent his calling the cops and let him know which direction Sam went when he left.
Hellatus Got Me!  

Hellatus got me! What will I do?
Another six weeks, I'm feeling so blue.
W.T.H. CW! Just a three weeks tease?
I'm so down, you've got me on my knees.  

Hellatus got me! I got it so bad.
I need a fix, before I go mad!
Is somebody out there? Help me with my blight.
Wait I know what to do! Alice's website!  

Hellatus got me! Going to see what's new.
There's My Bloody Valentine, thoughts and review.
A Supernatural Marathon, on the Monday holiday.
And Alice's announcements, for a Snow Day.  

Hellatus got me! Going to see what I missed.
A welcoming to Ardeospina, for her many lists.
Top Ten Winchesters Deaths, still have to read.
Season Six for Supernatural! Great news indeed.  

Hellatus got me! That's all I have for now.
I may be back with more verses, if time will allow.
To Randal, Narcissus and Supernarttu.
I dedicate this to you.