--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
Season two of SUPERNATURAL was, by far, the heaviest with brotherly togetherness/ angst. Perhaps that's why I remember it as my favorite, although my top 10 favorite eps probably would be assembled from other seasons, too.
At the haunted, beautiful Pierpont Inn in Cornwall, Connecticut, where once two vice presidents slept, people are getting killed in grisly ways-drowning in bathtub, hanging from a ceiling fan, falling downstairs (head turned all the way around). In an exact replica of the Inn, a gigantic doll house fit for a queen of a little girl, these same things happen, foretelling the deaths. Brrrrrr.
Ellen hands this case over to Sam and Dean. They've been searching for Ava for a month without success, and it's Sam who volunteers to take the case. Dean finds this far too healthy for Sam; he should be listening to droopy music and angsting some more, especially after he told Ava to return home to her husband, where a demon got her. 
Dean says he's uncomfortable with an old-school haunted house gig, which reeks of Fred and Daphne (he LOVES her!), but takes it, anyway. They notice a five spot hoo-doo mark on an urn right in front of the hotel as they're walking in. Susan and Sherwin, the inn's owner and bellhop, respectively, mistake them for "antiquers" and Susan offers them a king-sized bed, but Dean explains they're brothers and require two queens. Sherwin tells the brothers that the Inn is closing, which is a shame, since it was a real palace in its day. When it appears Dean's going to stiff him on a tip, Sherwin says, "You're not going to cheap out on me, are ya, boy?" He doesn't. A wedding dress hanging on a wall freaks Dean out, and he wonders why hotel folk always think they're gay. Sam points out that his brother is butch and overcompensating. (LOL!)

Warning, this is a really long one.  In the past when recaps have gotten this long I've broken it up into two parts.  This time I didn't do that.  So, I'm hoping this will be killing some uber time at work for you.  Enjoy!


Okay, I’ve taken enough recovery time after several days of staring at a blank document unable to comprehend how to tackle the recap for “My Bloody Valentine.” So, with a glass of wine (and a few beers) and myself in a locked room, time to try this.  It'll only take a few days. 

The episode opens in a quaint older neighborhood complete with tree lights, and a smiling couple returning from what is likely a dreamy date. The woman has stars in her eyes and a fuzzy pink winter hat to go with her red hair. Oh that’s so wrong. As a red head, trust me, that hat color does not do a redhead justice. Dark grey or a chocolate brown works better. The guy, whose not half bad looking, has that same doughy-eyed look. Judging by this serenity the message is clear, these aren’t the types that hop into the sack. They’re all smiles as he says the obvious, “first date.” I smell a cupid! Most first dates are a wee bit more disastrous than this. Oh wait, Edlund’s writing this, isn’t he? Never mind. 
Would you like some croatoans on your salad?

Few things strike terror in the fragile human psyche like a virulent, unstoppable plague. To this day, nearly seven centuries after the event, say the words 'black death,' and I'd wager most people know what the hell you're referring to. In our Western high-tech age, we are lucky to have easy access to clean water (for now; You think wars for oil are trouble? Oh, just you wait, brothers and sisters), antibiotics and antivirals, better hygiene. Sure, there's been an uptick in allergies, but the trade-off is certainly worth it. We no longer have disease wielding the sword of Damocles over our brittle necks.

And what of our favorite imaginary world? After 86 episodes of fantastic storytelling, we finally learned what Lucifer's endgame is: the Croatoan virus. Walking tall, looking good, a nattily-clad star of the morning, shuffling around in Sam's meatsuit, spreading that vile pathogen around and, despite the valiant efforts of President Palin's (shudder) proactive blow-em-up campaign, humanity isn't looking too swell.

Let's not bicker about who killed who -- wait, wrong story -- let's not bicker about whether, given recent events and/or any shift in the plot dynamic and/or the stubborn resolve of Team Free Will and/or getting ready for the apocalyptic stretch run, this satanic microorganism is even going to rear its rotten egg. Instead, let us turn to that most trusted of sources. Magic 8-ball, will the Croatoan virus make a third appearance?

"ask again later"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
Gordon returns and he wants Sam's dead, which will become a recurring theme for Mr. Walker for quite a while. Turns out that, for the Winchesters, the only good Walker is a dead Walker. 
"Hunted" begins with the eeriest, coolest openings. "Go Ask Alice," plays as a young man, Scott, sits with a shrink, explaining that he can kill merely by touching a living creature with his hand. He proved it by touching the neighbor's cat. The psychiatrist doesn't believe him, but still won't shake hands with Scott at the end of their session. He also tries to tell this guy that he has terrible dreams of a man with yellow eyes who urges him to do terrible things. The shrink hits this poor kid with shrink-talk because he doesn't know what we and the Winchesters do.
Scott stumbles out into the darkness, a terrible, foggy night, where he meets up with an attacker who rips into him with a knife. It's quite a scene as he leans backward against his car, bleeding thickly and profusely from his mouth, dying.
Which brings us back to Sam and Dean and their non-idyllic discussion against the lovely lake backdrop. "Dad told me to watch out for you, Sammy, take care of you or kill you. He said I might have to kill you." Horrified, angry that his brother lied to him and held back his father's final words, Sam rants, "Does he think I'm gonna go DARKSIDE?" Dean wants them to lay low, figure it out together; this is all spinning out of control! Be careful or you WILL have to waste me, warns Sam, remembering Max and Anson, the murderous special kids. 
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
Another pivotal episode, "Croatoan" has one of the most difficult-to-watch brotherly scenes we had ever seen, at least up until that point in the series, or, ever, for some viewers. It also ties in heavily with the mytharc, as those who have followed along to "The End" are well aware. I love when a show's continuity exposes itself, especially that many years later. 
Dean, thinking Sam infected with the Croatoan virus, sends the other survivors on without him, even giving one, Sarge, the keys to his beloved Impala. He is going to die with Sam, possibly at Sam's hand. If not, he is going to kill Sam when he becomes violent, then kill himself. Either way, both brothers are going to die. Dean won't be talked out of staying with Sam, not even by Sarge, who says, "Your funeral."
This episode starts with Sam's horrible vision of Dean killing a tied-up young man who begs him not to. "It's NOT in me!" insists the young man, but Dean shoots him, anyway. When Sam and Dean find their way to the little town where this is to take place, they find the word CROATOAN carved into a tree. This reminds Sam of the Roanoke colony, which mysteriously disappeared in the 1500's, and which John Winchester felt might have happened due to demonic plague. ("That's not school, Dean, that's Schoolhouse Rock!") Either way, this episode immediately gave me the creeps, which never stopped coming, right until the end. When the brothers can't locate anyplace to dial out, find themselves unable to leave (love Dean doing the little "I don't swing that way" anti- homosexual dance with the guy who hangs onto his car as he goes into reverse and returns to town), and encounter the car with nothing in it but blood, I was in a state of high anxiety.

Dear Robert,

This is to ask you to let the TV show Supernatural to use one of Led Zeppelin's songs.  Any of their songs, as agreed between the band and Eric Kripke.  We know that the rights to Led Zeppelin songs are treated with the care they deserve.  We think Supernatural, for its services over the years to rock music in Hollywood, and to the cause of Led Zeppelin in particular, deserves its chance.   And you are a famous man who is famously nice to ordinary people, so we do have hope you won't mind us at least asking.

Classic rock, and specifically Led Zeppelin, have been promoted by Supernatural since its start in 2005.   Their stall is set out in the Pilot episode, when it's made clear that Dean Winchester, an unlikely hero, is a fan of what his brother Sam calls "the greatest hits of mullet rock".  (On the basis of that comment, and his behaviour in Season 4, Sam Winchester has sometimes been possibly slightly less of a hero than Dean.)    Dean's tastes in music are even more specifically laid out in Season 1's episode 3, Dead in the Water, when he teaches the traumatised, and formerly mute, child Lucas a very important phrase: "Zeppelin rules". 

In another Season 1 episode, "Scarecrow," Dean introduces himself using one of his classic rock aliases: "Hi, I'm John Bonham".  "Isn"™t that the drummer for Led Zeppelin?" comes the response.  "Wow. Good." says Dean, "classic rock fan".   It's the start of a run in which the names of band members are taken by Dean and Sam, not in vain but as cover for saving the world from supernatural evil.  In the Season 3 episode "Bedtime Stories," Sam and Dean interview a witness in hospital while posing as detectives from the County Sherriff's Department:  "I'm Detective Plant, this is Detective Page", says Dean.  In the current Season 5, in the episode "Fallen Idol" Dean is back to being John Bonham, and in "I Believe the Children Are Our Future" Dean and Sam are Detectives Plant and Page again.

This is a repost of my review for "My Bloody Valentine" that was posted at blogcritics yesterday.  I've got a few discussion points going, especially at the end regarding the progress of season five.  I would love some opinions on that!  Happy reading to those that haven't seen this yet.


Um...Wow. That's a Valentine’s Day Sam and Dean will never forget. 
If you're going to ruin a Hallmark holiday with one of those pesky four horsemen crashing the celebration, I can't think of a better person to take on the task than Ben Edlund. After all, he doesn't just ruin a holiday. He obliterates it. In this case, he deals a major setback to all three of our heroes. Sure they won the battle, but were left heaping piles of mush in the end. You know, the angst filled episode that pretty much harms all our psyches and keeps us coming back for more. 
This episode is classic Edlund. For one, it must be gross. The show didn't beat around the bush as two star crossed and literally sexually starved lovers brought a new meaning to the cliché "eat you alive" before we even saw the title sequence.  I won’t even mention the guy who overdosed on twinkies and the carnage at Biggersons.  Second, the supporting characters are usually very quirky. That quota is easily filled by Cupid, or a pasty white middle aged naked man loaded with joy, love, and too many female hormones. Third, the plot usually builds slowly only to careen way out control by the end.   Check, check, and check.
This is an incredible, emotional, epic episode, and there's plenty to cover. That's because it's a Sera Gamble script, with help this time from Nancy Weiner. Let's get started! 

The Winchester family really gets put through the ringer on this show, don't they?  I can't think of another program on television that kills off it's series leads so regularly and so gruesomely.  Of course, this is part of what makes Supernatural so amazing: they are willing to really go there.  Because Dean died so many times in "Mystery Spot," he has a lot of entries on this list.  That's a dubious honor if there ever was one. Sam just hasn't died as often, thankfully.  This a list you really don't want to make!  In honor of the ultimate sacrifice all the Winchesters have made, on numerous occasions, I present to you the Top 10 Winchester Deaths.