Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Something Boring This Way Comes - Review of Supernatural S9x04 "Slumber Party"

First, I want to propose that we start a drinking game.  Every time Sam gets knocked unconscious and Zeke shows up, take a shot.  Every time Sam wakes up all "bzuh?", take a shot.  Every time Dean tells an even more convoluted lie, take a shot.  Every time Zeke brings someone back from the dead, take a shot.  By the end of the episode, you'll be good and drunk.  Which would make "Slumber Party" infinitely more enjoyable than the choppy mess it is.

Written by the usually reliable Robbie Thompson and directed by Bob Singer, "Slumber Party"s premise is to mix the Winchesters with that most magical place, Oz.  The show sends a fair amount of time destroying the basic plot line of the books, and turning L. Frank Baum into yet another crappy father. What is it with these writers and their goddamn daddy issues? 

For the record, L. Frank Baum had four sons. He was a supporter of women's suffrage, and all of the Oz books he wrote featured heroines, not heroes.  TMI, but the least they could have done was have Dorothy's back story make some kind of sense.

The show blew the budget on absolutely stunning visual effects.  They certainly didn't spend it on the script.  The beginning is beautifully shot in black and white, a shout-out to the original movie.  It's 1935.  Two men open and start the Batcave.  Their first visitor: Dorothy from Oz, a tough customer in a leather jacket, dragging the Wicked Witch in a bag behind her. spn904-720p-0193
Guess what?  This is the best part of the episode! Wah-wah...

The dialogue has no relation to the 1930s, particularly when Dorothy refers to her "lady parts."   Using the same maneuver the Alpha Vamp used in "Caged Heat," the Witch saws through her binding with a long fingernail.  Chasing the Witch into the lab, Dorothy works a spell that binds her soul with the witch's, and they end up in a jar.
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"I scared the crap out of generations of children and you replace me with a gurgling freak?"

The present day.  There is some ludicrous dialogue about Kevin being in a warded motel room (?) and Cas having disappeared.  My brain already hurts.  Sam wants to build angel finding equipment to keep Cas safe.  How come Sam hasn't put two and two together and said, "Dean, this is the safest place on earth.  Why isn't Cas here?"  I'm guessing Dean isn't too wild about the angel finder, because the first angel it will spot is Zeke. I gather that much of the show was shot during Creation's Salute To Supernatural in October.  It can be seen in Jensen Ackles's and Jared Padalecki's performances.  Thank God they're both so gorgeous.  Even though they're phoning it in, at least one can still look at them.  Dare I note that Jared Padalecki's Twitter feed was half as long as usual?

Down in the MOL basement, the brothers discover a circa-1950s room-sized computer.  Dean knocks over a bottle containing the soul goo.  Oopsie.  To make the computer work, they call in Charlie Bradbury.   Usually she's cool, but in "Slumber Party" she's teeth-gratingly cute.  Conveniently, before Charlie can flip the switch and Zeke lights up like a Christmas bulb, they find a giant cocoon containing Dorothy and guess who--!  She Who Speaks Gobbledegook!   She escapes by streaming into the air vents, like most of the monsters, demons and assorted things.  At least her smoke is bright green.  She finds her way into the dungeon, where Crowley sits in front of a huge metal table. spn904-720p-0434
"Someone remembered I'm on the show!"

As another reviewer pointed out: a table?  Why?  Crowley doesn't even have a deck of cards.  Why doesn't he scrape part of the devil's trap away with a table leg?  There's no point in his being in this episode, just as there's no point in having the Winchesters exposition dump during a hunt so that we know why Sam doesn't feel like the Batcave is a home.  We already know from the jump that Sam will end up saying, "There's no place like home" (watch the actors trying to keep a straight face).

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They run around the Batcave until the Witch shows up in Dean's room, where she zaps Charlie dead.  What KILLED me about this scene (pardon the pun), is that Dean gets 1,000 times more upset than when Cas died. Uh, Cas?  BFF? Purgatory?  Never mind, I already bitched about that in my previous review. They go to a commercial break so we can return to see Dean cradling Charlie in his arms!

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"This is so much worse than when my dearest friend/soulmate died. I don't know why, but it is."

Dean yells, "ZEKE!" as Sam charges in (take a shot).  Zeke brings Charlie back to life (take a shot).  Sam/Zeke collapse.  (shot!) Both Charlie and Sam wake up going "bzuh"? (double shot!)  Dean tells an obviously bullshit lie that both can see through (shot!).

There's a lot of running around and shouting and we see the cool MOL garage where Dorothy keeps her bike--with the Tin Man's head in it.  Way to harsh my mellow, show.  Dorothy shows Charlie the extremely modern LaBoutin stiletto heels that will kill the Witch.  But She Who Speaks Gobbledygook has possessed Sam and Dean! Their eyes turn green!  Their voices sound like those distorted voices crime reality shows use! (I burst out laughing at this point.)  I mean, c'mon, guys, you're not even trying at this point.  "We Must Find The Girls And Kill Them," one of the Winchesters robots. 

They do, they try, they fail. The Witch has cast a spell that has her grunting like a hog, and then squealing like a pig when the magic door to Oz opens.  Again, the VFX guys did crazy good work here.

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But just in the nick of time, Charlie and her magical Laboutins kill the Witch!  Oz is saved!  Sort of! At the end, Charlie joins Dorothy on her quest to save Oz, and they walk away down the Yellow
Brick Road.

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I turned off my TV and sat back with the current issue of Entertainment Weekly.  There's no place like home.

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Since there is no gratuitous angel nudity this week you'll have to make do with this. Rawr!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dean Gets Pie, Cas Gets Laid - Supernatural Season 9, Episode 3, "I'm No Angel"

Is it okay that I got insanely excited when DEAN GOT PIE?  The poor man never gets his pie.  I was dreading this episode, because this is the same team who brought you "Man's Best Friend With Benefits", which combined racism, sexism and bestiality, and not in a fun way.  Where's Larry David when you need him?

This ep was far better, even as it retconned canon.  But then, I'm getting used to that.  One thing "Supernatural" is doing well are callbacks to earlier seasons, which helps stitch the series into a more unified whole.  It also explores aspects of faith, unlike Season 7, which was more or less about...I'm not sure what, except there were these badly CGI'd mouthed things that wanted to cure cancer and eat everybody.

"I'm No Angel", which I will always hear Mae West's voice drawling, filled in the missing third of the triangle, the journey of human Cas.  Everybody except the Winchesters wants him dead.
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"Hello, I'm Bartholomew.  I'm your angelic nemesis this season. This is my one facial expression."

Doesn't he remind you of every German villain in every action picture of the 80s? Only thing missing is the accent.  And being any sort of threatening.  I want to see Abbadon eat him for breakfast.  Literally.

"THEN" reminds us that reapers are serious personnel in black coats. Death didn't need to have them possess anyone. They just were. Rogue reapers, on the other hand, look like extras in "Law And Order." After Death's fantastic appearance in the premiere, he needs to show up and solemnly kick some reaper ass.

"NOW" Castiel, calling himself "Clarence" (MEEEGGGG!) is homeless and on the run.  Living in a shelter and picking up trash for a church, he discovers that the priests have been tortured and killed, their eyes burned out.  Time to move on.

Quibble: why are their eyes burned out?  Nobody else who watches angels die/possess/show up gets their eyes burned out any more.   Buddy Boyle (a very funny actor whose name I can't find on IMDB) watches a vessel be possessed and then explode, and his eyes remain intact, although seriously bugged out.  Boyle is a televangelist who has thrown his lot in with Bartholomew, believing he is doing the Lord's work.

Meanwhile, in the Batcave, Sam is back to his old self, more cheerful than we've seen in a long, long time.  (He sure didn't look this happy when he was with Amelia.)   The chemistry between the brothers when they're getting along is so much more fun than when they're fighting.  Drama is conflict, yeah, but they're surrounded by drama.  Let 'em have a little fun and some greasy eggs (and PIE). Nah.  Ezekiel shows up and spoils everything. SPN_0174 93
"Sorry, Dean, but I need to shut this party down."

The way Jared Padalecki seems to effortlessly switch back and forth between Zeke and Sam is excellent acting no I'm not staring obsessively at Jared Padalecki.  Zeke informs Dean that a faction of angels is organizing to find and kill Cas.  He leaves, and Sam continues without a beat back into what he was saying before Zeke took over.  Zeke is getting entirely too comfortable with taking over Sam's meatsuit, and Dean is getting increasingly uncomfortable with having to lie to his brother.  Plus, his lies are getting more outrageous as he frantically tries to cover up all sorts of messes.

Bart hires a rogue reaper, who looks more homeless than Cas, to find the ex-angel by following the Winchesters.  Of course the brothers find and overpower the reaper, then kill him.  Good times.

Cas learning to be human is sad and funny.  He finds urinating repetitive, eats toothpaste, and learns the many ways a human body can be difficult.  Cold, hungry, and farting.  Heh.  There are a few cliched lines about "the most generous are the ones with the least to give." Try telling that to the crackheads in my neighborhead.

But just when you think he's getting too pathetic, an angel shows up to off Cas.  Cas is wounded, but the angel's shock at finding Cas human is enough of a diversion for Cas stab the angel to death.  And Cas looks like he really enjoys it. 

There's an interesting sub-sub-plot that the few beings that find out Cas's true situation get killed before they can convey that information.  The only huh? with Cas's plight is that his blue shirt remains spotless and pressed throughout his adventures (except for the blood from the angel fight).  I'm obsessed with staring at Misha Collins observant.  Cas ends up in Chinatown, staring at food, and because this is Supernatural, staring at a woman's huge breasts.

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Cas discovers a) he has working genitals b) he's been hanging around Dean Winchester way too long

Instead of food, he gets a tattoo to conceal himself from the angels.  One touching scene has Cas sitting in a Catholic church, having a conversation with a woman who has been praying for her sick husband. (Disclaimer: I'm an atheist, which is just one of the reasons I get such a kick out of this show.)  Cas tries to tell her the truth about God and Heaven, but she isn't having any.  She tells him that he would feel better if "[he] would try it my way."  I've had variations of this conversation since...forever.

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Yeah, lady, wait until an angel possesses you and you explode.

When Cas is going through garbage cans, smelling a pickle and deeming it not fit to eat (hee), he is approached by April, a pretty young thing who offers him a sandwich.  Later, she finds him in her doorway, huddling in the rain.  The scenes between them are pretty maudlin, although why she lets a homeless guy into her apartment who's been in a knife fight is just weird.  Unless it's because he  looks like Misha Collins.  I was hoping that when Cas first kisses April, he finds having a tongue in his mouth bizarre.  But, why should I complain when we get shirtless!Cas. SPN_0947
Gratuitous angel semi-nudity before:

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Gratuitous angel semi-nudity after

They get busy a few more times, until the next morning, when he discovers that April is a reaper.  She goes all Saint Sebastian on his ass, until the Winchesters bust in.
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Supernatural: Pleasing fans who love to see cute guys tortured since 2005.

April stabs Cas to death.  The for realz kind.  I expected Dean to lose his shit a lot more than he did at finding his soulmate dead.  He looks shocked and sad, but when you've watched him cry over dead Sam a few times, Cas deserves at least a hug. (Side note: JP is better at playing dead than MC.)

April throws Sam around--the poor bastard is getting thrown around more in these past three episodes than Seasons 1 and 2 combined--before Zeke takes over, heals Cas, brings him back to life, then collapses. Dean babbles yet another lie to Sam and Cas as to what happened.

Back at the Batcave, Cas is as happy as a clam.  Great water pressure, burritos, Dean and Sam...that means it's going to be major suckage very, very soon. 

Sure enough, Zeke appears and tells Dean that Cas must be expelled from the Batcave, because it's too dangerous to have him around.  If Dean doesn't kick Cas to the curb pronto, Zeke leaves, Sam dies.

Okay, here are my BIG problems with this:

1) They've got Kevin, Prophet of the Lord and Crowley, King of Hell holed up in the Batcave...and Cas is too dangerous to have around?  Cas, without whom Dean would not leave Purgatory?  Cas, who Dean needed so much that it broke Naomi's spell??  Cas, who is uber-family?  WTF?

2) Dean is bad ass.  As in Bad Ass Mother Fucker.  Sam is his weakness, but I can't believe for a minute that Dean caves that easily.  He's too smart not to know that he has battled his way through every situation, been to Hell and back.  And now that Zeke threatens to take his marbles and go home, Dean throws Cas out?

Cas's kicked-puppy face when Dean tells him to leave is heartbreaking.  However, that moment is exactly when the show ends.  Maybe it's just me being a cockeyed optimist, but there might be yet another twist a-comin'.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bird Of A Feather - Review, Supernatural S9x2, "Devil May Care"

Before I go into any more detail about Season 9's Episode 2, "Devil May Care," I want to point out something that nobody else seems to have caught. In that glorious moment when Ezekiel takes over Sam: SPN902HD_1685 SPN902HD_1691 EZEKIEL HAS WINGS!  Tattered wings with feathers falling off, but HE HAS WINGS! Every angel that fell from Heaven lost their wings--except Ezekiel.  This must be an intentional choice on the part of the show.  I'm not going to go into the myriad explanations for it, because I believe there will be an explanation down the road, and I am dying to know what it is.

In the meantime, let's review the episode, shall we?  Directed by Guy Norman Bee and written by Andrew Dabb, the basic premise for "Devil May Care" seemed to be: throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.  Following the Season 9 premiere, this episode had one thing that shouldn't have bugged me, but did, because it's so early in the season: too many characters.

First, there's the resurrected Abbadon, that gorgeous Lauren Bacall from Hell, one of Lucifer's Knights, and her first demon squad.  "Granny Demon" steals the scene, backtalking at her new boss. SPN_0427
Don't give me shit, young lady!

(I can't find the name of the actress on IMDB or in any of the live tweets.) Amazed that "the salesman" has taken over Hell, Abbadon, a fiery warrior, intends to return it to its full glory: bosch_hell1
The good old days, when there were...bunnies?

The first thing she does is replace the old vessels with a bunch of young soldiers on shore leave.  Jeez, just when you think you're gonna get laid, you get someone in your body who's hot in all the wrong ways. (Interesting point: these demons are all inhabiting dead bodies.  That's unusually altruistic. Maybe they should stop smoking into live people and truck on down to the city morgue.)

Second, there are a bunch of redshirt hunters being rounded up and tortured so Abbadon can find the Winchesters.  To make it even more confusing, there's some who have real dialogue. (Side-note: I love Paul Rae, who plays Irv.)  Then there's a young women in Daisy Dukes, who's a hunter, not just an anonymous babe.  Oh, forget it, she is an anonymous babe.  Has anyone ever noticed that the show's casting people have a thing for tiny brunettes? SPN902HD_0630
All you need to know about this character

Third there's Kevin, Crowley, Dean, Sam and Ezekiel.  Damn, no nude Cas. Every episode needs nude Cas.  Really, how did we go 8 seasons without knowing what a rocking vessel Cas had? 

The script has many great moments, and hilarious lines.  On leaving a deserted, contaminated town, Dean announces, "Burgers and Silkwood showers for everyone!"

"Devil May Care" Plot for Dummies:

1. Dean has Crowley stashed in the Impala's trunk.  Priceless.  When Crowley starts to say his signature line, "Hello, boys," Dean punches him before he can get the second word out.  Heh.   He and Sam take the King of Hell back to the Batcave.  When Kevin finds out that Crowley is alive, Kevin completely loses his shit.  Told to keep away from Crowley (spoiler alert!), Kevin goes straight to the dungeon.  Crowley goads Kevin into beating the crap out of him, taunting him with the idea that Mama Tran might still be alive--please, please let this be true--and Kevin decides to leave the Batcave.  Only to be stopped by Mama Dean, who tells the tormented lad, that not only is he family, "we would die for you."  What?  Did they really need that line?  Something tells me...

Big Bad: "It's either you or Kevin!"
Dean: "I'll wait in the car." (Leaves to feel crushing guilt over yet another bad decision)

This gives Osric Chau a chance to go from funny to homicidal to a muddy puddle of exhaustion and confusion.  Not to mention constipated.  Heh.  As always, Mark Sheppard is a pleasure to watch.  And I share his desire to see Sam in stilettos and a leather bustier, putting the S-A-M into S&M. Rowr.

2. As part of her demonic plan to take over Hell (pun intended), Abbadon lures the boys into an obvious trap (it's gotten so that when one of the boys says, "You know this is a trap?" the other nods.  No big.)  with two kidnapped hunters.  Babe and  IRV! 
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Remember me in "House"? No? "True Grit?" I'm Paul Rae, bitches!

3.  Anonymous babe is royally pissed at Sam.  His releasing Lucifer from his cage got her parents slaughtered by a celebrating demon.  One thing I've loved about this season and the last is all of the callbacks to earlier seasons, giving Season 9 a sense of continuity.   Irv reveals that he ratted out the hunters' names to Abbadon, and promptly gets shot.  IRVOh, how I wanted him to be a continuing character!  As I wrote before, Show has an gift of writing interesting background characters.  He may be there for expository purposes, but he's a great character and I would have loved him to be, say the new Bobby.  It's a stretch, true, but aside from a scene where Kevin humiliates a (female) soldier into letting the boys investigate a crime scene, he'd be better off staying a prophet and not the go-to guy for...everything.  Besides, who else would beat the tar out of Crowley?

When the boys enter the empty, waste-contaminated town, they split up, Dean taking Babe, Sam taking the soon-to-be dead Irv.  Dean sends Babe to get weapons out of Baby's trunk, conveniently setting the scene where Abbadon meets Dean face to face.  It's a weirdly sexy, twisted scene.  "Are we gonna fight or make out, 'cause I'm getting some real mixed signals here," Dean gasps as she breaks his shoulder.  She threatens to peel off his anti-possession tattoo and take over his body.  Which, like Sam's, is designed to be a powerful vessel. SPN_1191
A female character with a rockin' personality! Thank you, Andrew Dabb!

Back at the diner where the Winchesters first freed Babe and Irv, the soldier demons are smashing Sam around, having a lot of sadistic fun.  Sam gets knocked unconscious. At which AWESOME point Ezekiel takes over, leading to the images above, that cool high-pitched angel whine, and the diner explodes.  Terrified, Abbadon gets the hell out of toxic Dodge.

Some have said that Abbadon shouldn't be frightened of a mere angel.  But Crowley, the King of Hell himself, beat it out of there last season when Cas angeled up.   Dean goes to find Ezekiel, who he dubs Zeke.  There is a wonderful scene between Dean and Zeke.  Zeke's body language reminded me of a baffled parrot, the way he cocks his head in bewilderment and stares at Sam's brother.   (Seriously, is there any character Jared Padalecki can't play??)  Dean is--of course--filled with guilt that he stopped Sam from slamming the gates of Hell and that everything that happens is Dean's fault.  But Zeke tells Dean that his brother stopped the trials out of love, which embarrasses the heck out of Dean.  It's a word that never comes up between the brothers because they're big ole macho guys who don't use that language.  But Zeke cuts right through the bullshit.  He assures Dean that he is doing the right thing.  Then he gives Dean the bloody knife to "prove" to Sam that Dean took out the three demons. 

When Sam comes to, Dean tells him that's what happened.  Sam is going to start putting two and three together at some point.

At the end, Dean gives Kevin the speech about family, and Kevin goes to his room for a good cry.  The brothers have a glass of whiskey.  Sam says that he feels he has everything, and that he feels happy.  Uh-oh. Perhaps Zeke is brainwashing Sam, or perhaps Zeke is just feeling mighty good that he is inside Sam.  Lucky angel.

Punched By An Angel - Review of Supernatural S9x1, "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"

Now that I have watched the SPN premiere, "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," many several times,  it's time for a review, albeit a short one.  Everyone else has weighed in and we all know what happened.  Overall, this premiere was excellent, but there were a few glaring problems. The trajectory for the the three main characters was intriguing, and the cross-cutting between the stories kept the pace brisk.

But at the end, the show took a hard right into all-too-familiar territory.  Sam's possessed/fucked up/sick (fill in the blank)!  Dean has to keep the Big Secret from him!  Uh, guys?  How come we couldn't have had a continuation of the brotherly honesty that made "Sacrifice" so incredible??

The "Road So Far" sequence--GEORGE THOROGOOD!  I adore George Thorogood.  Nice choice!  And the title card is equally awesome: burning angel wings along with that awful high-pitched angel noise.

Sam's dying (again), and for some reason he looks beautiful on his deathbed.  He looked a hell of a lot worse in the mental hospital.  Other than the scars on his cheek, he looks fine.  Even his hair is perfect. SPN 9 premiere 6 Fatal illness...by L'oreal

The opening sequence, where Sam finds out that Bobby and Dean are in his head, and that Sam is dying, is well done.  The lurching camera angles, the odd lighting, it all works.  Sam even jokes, which is rare:
DEAN Angels aren't our problem right now, okay? Or demons, or Metatron, or whatever the hell happened to Cas.
SAM Why? Because we hugged it out in that church and – and now we're gonna go to Disneyland?

Head!Bobby points out that Sam saved the world (something he is rarely given solo credit for), that he's leaving the world a better place for being in it.  This is Sam telling himself that he is worth more than he gives himself credit for, that he has done breathtaking things. And now maybe he needs to let go.  Head!Dean shouts that Sam has to fight, not die.  But head!Dean doesn't have a plan, so he resorts to beating up his brother.  Sam is resigned to dying--he must be so tired by now--and so he sends away head!Dean with an affectionate pat on the face.

Meanwhile, back in reality, Dean is freaking out that Sam is dying, and there's nothing he can do.  He argues with the doctor, and goes into the hospital chapel to pray, first to Cas, then to any angel who is listening.  Ooops.  How many seasons does it take to convince a Winchester that angels are self-centered assholes who think humans are only good for lying to and manipulating? (None, apparently.)

Two angels show up, one of beat the crap out of Dean so he'll confess to Cas's whereabouts, and another who says "Brother, there has been too much fighting."  Bad angel punches the crap out of good angel, Dean grabs the angel blade and stabs bad angel to death.  Sucks for the married father of two kids the angel was possessing.  Did anyone else think he bore an uncanny resemblance to Grandpa Winchester?

Meanwhile, Cas finds out that being human sucks.  He's hurt jumping out of the way of a truck.  In a very pleasant surprise, the truck driver is just a regular guy, and gives Cas a lift to a gas station and some pocket money (and the truck driver ignores the various things Cas says that sound truly batshit).  I was sorry to see this character go.  SPN is excellent at creating background characters.  Cas meets another angel, Hale.  She kidnaps him to go to the Grand Canyon (a wink from the writers about what an uproar the anecdote about the Grand Canyon caused in "The Great Escapist").  Where she will possess his vessel, which is made for angel riding.  How she will get Cas to say yes puts my mind right in the gutter.  Having more experience than Hale, he knows to buckle his seat belt and cause a car crash which catapults her through the windshield.  There is a lovely bit of "Walking Dead" style grossness with her limbs surrounding her.  She threatens to tell all of the angels where Cas is, so he kills her.  Nice to know he still has reserves of BAMF to call on. SPN 9 premiere 2
Gratuitous angel nudity

The "good" angel is named Ezekiel.  He agrees to help heal Sam, but says he is much weakened by the fall.  They go to the hospital room, but Sam is too weak.

Meanwhile, in Sam's noggin, he enters an empty rustic cabin and finds...Death.  God, I love Death.  There has been some debate about whether or not this is head!Death or the real thing.  I prefer the latter.  If Castiel could regularly invade Dean's dreams, why wouldn't Death be able to invade Sam's head?  Death is honored to be reaping Sam Winchester.  This scene made me lose it.  Validation from the oldest creature in the universe!

Back at the hospital, Ezekiel tells Dean they are out of options, and that the only way to heal both of them is for Ezekiel to take possession of Sam.  Since, as stated before, angels are lying assholes, this is going to end badly. Sam asks Death to promise that Sam cannot be resurrected in any way, shape or form, and that "nobody gets hurt" because of his death.  Death agrees, but before he and Sam ride off into the sunset, Ezekiel in the form of Dean appears and begs Sam not to die.  "It's Sam's choice," Death says reasonably.  Fake!Dean pleads, "There ain't no me if there ain't no you." * As soon as Sam says yes, PSYCH!  Ezekiel possesses Sam. SPN 9 premiere 1 "Wait, what?"

Sam, you really should have never left Stamford.  Or Kermit, Texas.

The agreement is made that Sam will not know he has an angel riding inside, and Ezekiel wipes Sam's memory. The last we see of Cas, he's in a laundromat, stripping off his clothes (YEAH! YOWZA!) intending to wash them.  Then, he catches sight of a vending machine, and someone else's clothing. He looks down at his bloody trench coat (there is a great shot from the machine's POV of Cas gazing sadly at his trench coat).   The clothes he steals are from somebody much larger.  We see him outside, in a hoodie and jeans, chugging water, and staring out at his unknown future.

The final act is yet another scene of Sam not knowing what is going on and Dean staring out the window, nearly crushed with guilt.  I was really, really hoping Dean would say yes, because how cool would Dean be if he had an angel inside him?  How many times can Jared and Jensen play this scene and not fall asleep in the middle of it?  "Dean, are you...zzzzz" SPN  9 premiere 3
Dean is so done with this crap.

All things considered, this was an excellent season premiere.  And I'm hoping that Cas's storyline won't be so much more interesting than the path the Winchesters are on.

I should tell you now that any flaming or crazy arguments about who suffers more, Dean or Sam, will be deleted and those users blocked.

*I know a lot of fans were all over that line *THE FEELS THE FEELS* but Ezekiel has already said, "He won't say yes to me, but he will to you."

P.S. I do not use the word "feels".  There's only so much fanspeak I can manage.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

SWATted: Part One

On January 11, I was awakened from an afternoon nap at 3:00 by a phone call from my husband.  "I'll have to call you back, there's someone knocking at my door."  I was wearing a joke Supernatural gift, a t-shirt that said "Team Sam," and my underpants. (My husband made me swear I would never wear it out of the house.) I pulled on a robe, and hobbled to the front door.  The knocking turned to pounding.

"It's the super!" my super yelled.  I opened the door, expecting to be told we wouldn't have any hot water.  Instead, six policemen, carrying tasers, came streaming into my living room.  My dog, Fletcher, barked like a mad thing. 

This was unexpected.  I knew enough to sit down and flip back the sleeves of my robe to show my hands.  My super kept saying, "Someone's worried about you!"  I was surrounded by police.  I was half asleep and mightily confused.  I was informed that they were going to take me to the hospital and commit me to the psych ward.

Huh?

I tried to think of something, anything I had done.  I'd gone to the dog run, the grocery store, taken a nap.  I'm bipolar, but it's controlled by medication and therapy.  In the kitchen, I joked about my medication and "taking some more wouldn't hurt."  My brain was swimming--WHAT THE FUCK WAS HAPPENINGWHAT HAD I DONE?  My husband was called.  I was so rattled that first I gave my own phone number.  I can't remember what my super said.  Two female cops took me into the bedroom to watch me get dressed.  I pulled on a long sleeved top.  Remembering that ERs are freezing, I pulled the "Team Sam" over my shirt.  I was in a daze, trying to be friendly. Fletcher jumped up next to me, pressing his trembling little body against mine.  I hugged him.

I was marched out to the living room, and told I was going to taken to the hospital and be committed for "my own safety." 

The cops proceeded to "perp walk" me through my own lobby, in front of my neighbors and the guys who work in my building.  I had my head down, but I could see them averting their eyes.

Outside were three police cars and an ambulance.  I later learned that the paramedics were told to wait downstairs.  I'd say it was like a bad dream but I was fully conscious of what was happening.   There was an ambulance waiting to take me to St. Lukes, but I insisted on going to Lenox Hill Hospital.  They said if the other ambulance didn't come in ten minutes, I was going to be taken to St. Lukes. (It's a horrendous hospital, but more on that some other time.)

In the ambulance, a paramedic insisted on keeping me talking all the way to the hospital.  "You're very interesting," he said over and over.  My best guess is they thought perhaps I had taken an overdose and I had to be kept awake.  He took me out of the ambulance and rolled me through the emergency room.  I think a cop told the admissions desk what was going on.  There was a large, comfortable chair in the hallway, and I requested that I be allowed to sit in it.  If I went into one of the beds, I would probably be forgotten for hours.


To be continued...it gets worse.