This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!
Supernatural 15.15 "Gimme Shelter"
1. Castiel and Jack solving crimes, taking names
2. Dr. Sexy MD aka the pastor
3. Matt Cohen’s directing is very, VERY good
4. Amara being the good cop
5. Complex detective story
1. I actually did like Castiel and Jack solving a crime together. That pairing works, and the episode worked all in all together plot wise (if I look at the episode as non-biased as possible, but you can read about that down below. We all watch the episodes from our different point of view.). Also, Davy Perez likes to write his episodes very realistically, with realistic violence. His episodes feel like CSI or a cop drama. It gives the characters more to focus on, in a sense, i.e. how they feel about the crime itself. It was well made, but it also did not feel like Supernatural because of that.
2. Who recognized him immediately when he came on screen? I did, at least because he was in one of my favorite episodes. He was also the most memorable supporting cast in this episode. I was mesmerized by his tattoos. I kept staring at them to see what they meant. He had a very likable on-screen presence even though he was added to the long list of failed, absent fathers. He would fit to be a hunter too. Hunter Pastor spinoff sounds good, doesn’t it?
3. What this episode proved was that Cohen is a very good director. I hope he continues to direct and gets even better at it. I am not sure if he's been directing a lot or if this was his first time. If it was his first time, then I am really impressed with what he did. The editing also flowed really well. That probably added to the whole feel of the episode. He was also very excited to share his experience as Supernatural’s director when his episode aired (like many others have done in the past).
4. Would you have ever guessed that The Darkness, who was the big bad in season 11 and was told is the dark side of Chuck would, in the end, be the better one of the siblings? It really feels like it should have been Chuck who should have been locked in a prison. Of course, Amara was not like this at the start but in the end, she grew more than her brother did. She has had, during her time on the show, a lot of nuances in her character, which made her intriguing (although I liked her more in her dark seductress outfit, and in the down-to-earth style in the first episode she appeared in. Loved that one.).
5. Overall, I thought the criminal story worked. Clearly, there were some things that I thought were left unsaid because there seemed to be a supernatural force guiding things. So was Zack, the crossroads demon, helping the girl because he was bored? Did she make a wish to be God’s soldier and punish those who do wrong? Or did she have really bad mom and dad issues? I was not the only one who noticed similarities between this and the movie Seven, but I have only watched that movie once. It is not because it is bad, but because it is anxiety inducing - and this episode was similar. Thinking about both of them just brings grim thoughts.
1. Being biased, more Sam was needed
2. Is being gruesome a rule now?
3. Not very likable supporting cast/characters for the most part…
4. Using a bit of the Seven movie plot: too close to comfort
5. Suicide bomb: been there – done that
1. Even though the episode worked well, the balance between characters was not that good. Yes, I know that the episode is only 42 minutes long and I also know not everything can be fitted nor always every character used in a balanced way. Also, in the long run, I understand that this episode was more Castiel’s and Jack's episode, focusing on their relationship. To that I cannot complain really. Still, Sam looked pretty good in this episode. He was trying to make Dean change his mind about lying to Amara. I truly wish Dean would have listened to him. I feel this plan will backfire in the long run.
2. Look, I still get it. Supernatural is a horror show and yes, there is blood and stuff, but don't you think this episode, and even the one before this one, have been pretty brutal? In this episode, the violence was so real. I have gotten used to the normal blood - cutting off monsters’ heads and stabbety stabbing monsters but in this episode the victims were really done for. They were tortured even before their deaths. Also, do you think Rudy, who was killed because of “Lust”, meant he was a predator for children and/or women? He had a computer. Did he try to do something to the daughter and that pushed her over the edge? Brrr…
3. For some reason, most of the supporting characters did not work for me. They made me uncomfortable and mostly annoyed. It might have been their personalities and that they were meant to be that way by the writer, but it really pushed me away from a large part of the story. But not liking characters is not anything new. I think the episode was made angsty for a reason. For some, that is how they like it. I rather liked the episode before this. I guess I do not like when the story gets too dark. It must have balancing factors.
4. There is no running around this topic, but the influence of the movie Seven was clearly seen in the episode - and it was too dark for my taste. But like I said, it was done well. I am sure it was good for those who like very gory stuff. For example, the method the serial killer used to kill the victims because of their sins. I rather not think about it. At least this episode had a good ending that the movie did not… That was quite horrible. Still, I want to watch things that will leave me in a good mood and not something that needs to be countered by some comedy movie/show. But alas, that is just me.
5. Didn’t we go through the suicide bombing stuff in season eleven (i.e. Dean's soul bomb)? I did not like it then and I do not like it now. It might give the good guys the dramatic effect needed but just no. More or less, we can guess that this will not stick and something dramatic and bad will happen which is even worse. Why can't it be the four rings of the horsemen of the Apocalypse or something similar? A big thing that they will stick to, then the dramatic thing happens when it does not entirely work. Anything else gets my vote! Sigh…
Seven (stylized as SE7EN) is a 1995 American neo-noir psychological crime thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. It stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey and John C. McGinley. The film tells the story of David Mills (Pitt), a detective who partners with the retiring William Somerset (Freeman) to track down a serial killer (Spacey) who uses the seven deadly sins as a motif in his murders.
The screenplay was influenced by the time Walker spent in New York City trying to make it as a writer. Principal photography took place in Los Angeles, with the last scene filmed near Lancaster, California. The film's budget was $33 million. Released on September 22, 1995 by New Line Cinema, Seven was the seventh-highest-grossing film of the year, grossing over $327 million worldwide. It was well received by critics, who praised the film's dark style, brutality and themes. The film was nominated for Best Film Editing at the 68th Academy Awards, losing to Apollo 13.
I am dying to read your choices for Top 10. Remember, anything goes!