"Hunted"
--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. 
"Croatoan"
--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.

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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.
"Crossroad Blues"
--Robin's Ramblings by Robin Vogel
 
Not only is this one of my favorite episodes of SUPERNATURAL, it's one of its pivotal, too, and anyone why has watched the series knows why. I hear it in my head, sometimes, "Crossroads are where pacts are made," and I think about this wondrous episode and where it all began.
 
The moody 1940's music, Robert Johnson playing his guitar, the cigarette falling from his lips when he realizes his time is up and he begins running from the hellhounds on his trail-one of the best openings of a SUPERNATURAL episode! "Robert, don't you die on me!" cries a woman, trying to rouse him, but of course, his debt has come due, and he is dead. We see him making this deal, to be the best blues man that ever lived, with a lovely red-eyed crossroads demon. She seals the deal with a kiss, and for 10 years, Robert Johnson gets what he wants-and once that time is over, hell collects.
 
Dean teases Sam because he's now on FBI's most-wanted list, while Sam isn't even there as an accessory. The case they're working on involves big-time architect Sean Boyd, who leaped off a high-rise he designed himself after seeing a black dog chasing him. His jealous, bitter partner says Sean became talented and famous, somewhat abruptly, ten years ago-after a night at Lloyd's Bar.
The first ever Supernatural Marathon is airing on Turner Network Television (TNT) this coming Monday and for me, I think that’s worthy of some special attention. TNT is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour advertiser-supported service offering not only original drama series but also award winning off-net dramas such as Law & Order, ER, Las Vegas, Cold Case and Charmed during daytime viewing, all of which will be preempted for the marathon. First, let start with how a Supernatural marathon ever came to be in the first place and then discuss the episodes they decided to air. (For of list of the episodes scheduled to air, see Winchester Family Business.com, Breaking News! - TNT Picks Up Supernatural For US Syndication)
 
Marathons are mainly run on cable networks where the networks have purchased the ‘cash’ rights to syndicate a series; hence they can run their own choice of commercials during its airing. Of course, they want shows that have good viewer following (generally 18-49 group) so the only shows syndicated, with a few exceptions, are those with at least 100 episodes. Supernatural will have its 100th episode this April 15, and would have sooner, if not for the writer’s strike-shortened third season. Most shows NEVER make it to 100 episodes, so that is a BIG milestone for our show. Also, with syndication, most series actually starts earning a profit, which is a good reason for continued renewal of the series. In addition to that, TNT is owned by the same parent company (Time Warner) as Warner Brothers, who owns Supernatural. That is added bliss to the whole issueRunning a show on TNT (one of the top five cable networks) is a good way to increase viewers for the current season (and, of course, a season 6), especially as TNT is currently seen in 85.8 million homes.Also TNT will likely increase the viewing audience because while all networks want the 18-34 year old group, TNT also targets the 25-54 year olds, so this syndication and marathon will help give Supernatural exposure to that group as well. 
 
So, why run a marathon?   There are many reasons to run marathons, but the most common is to celebrate the acquisition of a series and promote it to the networks current viewers and that is indeed the case here. For those who don’t already know, the shows airs on TNT everyday at 10:00am EST right after 2 hours of Charmed, however the marathon will bump one hour of Charmed, start at 9:00am, and run till 7:00pm.
 
So how did Supernatural make it to syndication and it’s first ever marathon? 

Thoughts on My Bloody Valentine

How we are at episode fourteen of season five already, I'll never know. The last four weeks have flown by in a whirlwind of mytharc and emotion. I truly enjoyed this episode. Coming off last week's heart-break, the humour was much appreciated. The gore, much less so. Several watches under my belt now and this episode still requires the tissue box be close at hand. This review practically wrote itself because the episode was so rich in material, offering something new with each viewing. So without further ado, here we go.
Teaser - "I want you, all of you, inside me."
Cannibalism is possibly the most disgusting things ever and now I've seen it in full drippy red detail twice on Supernatural. While Metamorphosis still takes the cake for gore factor, My Bloody Valentine follows in a close second. Repugnant though it was, the opening sequence of this heart-wrenching (forgive the pun) episode was exceedingly well executed and most assuredly grabbed my attention.  With an opening act as visceral as this one, only a show like Supernatural could make the delightful cherub postcard as disturbing as the one Sam studies at the crime scene.