I thoroughly enjoyed Supernatural’s 15.15 episode “Gimme Shelter”. It intrigued me. There were layers upon layers of meaning in both plot and dialog, all skillfully delivered by excellent writing, acting and directing. I found myself listening intently, trying to decipher the underlying messages about the characters’ relationships and their current quest.
I enjoyed seeing Dr. Sexy again, this time as Pastor Joe. He was a charismatic guest star (obviously, given his prior role/name!) who made the soup kitchen scenes convincingly interesting. Welcome Back Steve Bacic!
I loved Castiel and Jack’s escapades. Castiel’s reactions spanned the full range of emotions, starting with humor, pausing momentarily in sincerity, and ending on horror and grief. At the beginning of the episode, Castiel was hilarious when, within moments of walking in the door, he scrambled to get up to speed on Mrs. Butters (“Mrs. What’s?”) and why he was being assigned to babysit Jack, perplexed at how “a murder investigation” would distract Jack in a good way!
THEN: Amara tells Dean she's giving him a gift. Mary appears in the dark woods. Dean asks how Jack will destroy: will he go "full smite?" They discuss how if the world is out of balance, it will end so Jack needs to kill both Chuck and Amara.
A bland collection of brightly colored peas, carrots, and beans plop down onto a white ceramic plate, followed by the splat of a spoonful of mashed potato. Young women are serving the needy in a shelter. A small older woman, face ravaged by her experiences, wanders around the room. Wearing a wool hat and voluminous blanket-like coat, she looks dirty and smelly. One helper quietly mentions to her friend how she is "one of God's weird, creepy-ass creatures." She tells a young man in a pink sweater that he needs to do something about it. After all, they have a rule about being clean in order to eat there. The young man reluctantly walks around the serving table to approach the bag lady when he is stopped by a 40-something, black haired man with a beard and tattoos. The young man is clearly a bit intimidated; the older man tells him that we have rules but we also have spirit too. "Be compassionate with this one," he adds. "Yes, Pastor," replies the young man. He brings some food to the old woman who eyes him a little suspiciously, but the pastor watches with a smile.
So, yeah, it was cute. I have to admit, the photos and synopsis alone for “Last Holiday” screamed filler, and it was. But filler comes in many shapes and sizes. There’s the instant classic filler, warm or happy filler, “I’ll never get that hour of my life back ever” filler, and “absolutely so freaking hideous that I will spend years cursing it’s name and swearing my eyeballs will never set sight on the atrocity ever again” filler (I’m talking to you “Hammer of the Gods” and “Man’s Best Friend With Benefits”). Luckily, this fell in the warm category.
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