Winchesters Discover ‘Wishful Thinking’ has Consequences on Supernatural

November 7, 2008

Over the years Supernatural’s Sam and Dean have posed as a lot of things – FBI agent, Health Department, even priest – but “Wishful Thinking” was the first time they’ve ever posed as “Teddy Bear Doctors.”

Supernatural - Season 4 - Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam courtesy Brian Bowen Smith/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment

Supernatural - Season 4 - Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam courtesy Brian Bowen Smith/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment

A dry spell and news of a ghost haunting a women’s shower sends the Winchesters to Concrete, Washington.  Okay, maybe it caused Dean to drool a little.

But they found no ghost.  Nor did they come across the alleged Big Foot one man swore he saw.  Instead they discovered a living bi-polar teddy bear with suicidal tendencies and a pension for booze and porn.  I wonder if this kind of teddy bear is what Dean had as a child.

The teddy bear, the invisible teenage boy “haunting” the showers, they were just a couple of the many ways this town has been turned on its ear by wishes gone awry.

What other way would Dean get his ass kicked by what looked like a 10-year-old boy.  What’s with Dean sparing with boys.  Last week he got into it with the little astronaut over candy.  However, it was nice of Dean to still pretend to be scared of the boy so he could save face with the bullies when the spell ended.

Still, it was kind of sad that Sam wasn’t even tempted to wish – a sign of how jaded he’s become.  But after seeing how Dean’s test wish for a foot-long Italian with jalapenos back fired, I’m kind of happy Sam didn’t make a wish.

I’m also glad Dean finally came clean to Sam about his memories of Hell.  I hate it when the brothers keep secrets from each other.  But I can totally understand why Dean didn’t want to talk about it.

It was another fun episode with the Winchester boys.  Looks like next week starts a two-part episode where we get back to some angel mythology.

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Did Dean Pass the Test in Supernatural ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin’

October 31, 2008

It’s Halloween on Supernatural and the Winchesters have more to worry about than the raising of Samhain and vengeful angels.  They – or specifically Dean – are being tested by God in “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” and they don’t know it.

Dean must kill the dead that Samhain raised.  Photo courtsey of CW

Dean must kill the dead that Samhain raised. Photo courtsey of CW

How cool is it that God thinks Dean is special enough for angels to heed his decision?  It’s not exactly leading an army of angels, but still . . .

I know it was less about faith in Dean and more about testing him, but I’m still glad Dean realized he had a trump card and played it.  The whole I’m-special-enough-to pull-from-Hell-so-I’m-not-leaving really pissed off the new angel in town – Uriel (Robert Wisdom of The Wire).

I liked the introduction of another angel.  And like Castiel, he’s not all about fluffy goodness.  Uriel is a specialist – he purifies towns.

It’s interesting that the line between good and evil was blurred a little more tonight.  Are the angels (and God if the order came from him) really good if they are willing to smite a town of 1214?  Sure it might save six billion in the end, but is it the righteous thing to do?

I love that Dean – originally a non-believer – comforts Sam – the one who prays regularly – when he’s disappointed after meeting the angels.  Sam tells Dean that he thought they’d be different.  And Dean tells him not to let a few rotten apples ruin it for him, adding “Babe Ruth was a dick, but baseball is still great.”

But Sam was dealing with his own fine line, which he crossed again by using his demon powers.  I was screaming at the TV, “don’t do it Sam.”  But apparently he didn’t listen to me.  He used his psychic abilities to send Samhain back to Hell.  Something that Uriel warns him is very dangerous.

In the end, they save the town (or most of it).  But at what cost?  Another one of the 66 seals has been broken.  Sam used his Demon powers.  The Winchesters got on the bad side of Uriel, who already seemed to have it in for the “mud monkeys.”  And the Impala got egged!

But the real question is did Dean pass the test?

Dean thinks he failed, but would do it over again.  Castiel showed doubt, revealing that he has questions of his own if that plan is just.  As for me, I’m not sure – it depends on what the test was for.

If God wanted to know if Dean could sacrifice a few for the greater good, then yes he failed.  But if God was testing Dean’s ability to lead and get the job done, then I think he passed

What do you think?

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Appointment Television – The Best Shows Worth Watching

October 27, 2008

As any of you who’ve read my blog know, I watch a lot of television and I mean a lot.  But what most of you might not realize is that I have a husband, three-year old twins, a full-time job and hopes for some semblance of a social life.

My other obligations mean that a lot of my television shows have to be DVRed for viewing at a later time.  But a handful of shows rank as must sees for me.  I will go out of my way to watch these shows live and am gravely disappointed when I can’t.

So without further ado here is my list of appointment shows – television shows I schedule time to watch:

Chuck

Chuck - Season 2 Cast - Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker, Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey, Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Bartowski, Ryan McPartlin as Capt. Awesome, Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo

Chuck - Season 2 Cast - Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker, Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey, Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Bartowski, Ryan McPartlin as Capt. Awesome, Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo

It’s nice to start out the week with a little humor.  That’s why I watch Chuck.  And what’s funnier that a Buy More slacker turned super spy with Adam Baldwin as his take-no-prisoners handler? 

Chuck was happily not living up to his potential when he suddenly acquired a brain full of encrypted government secrets when the computer housing them was destroyed.  Now he balances his day job as part of the Nerd Herd with his secret life – a life where the girl he has a crush on – CIA Agent Sarah Walker – and NSA Agent John Casey (Baldwin) protect him while helping him to unravel the secrets in his head.

I already outlined my Top 10 reasons for watching the show so I won’t bore you with that again.  But if you are looking for a little lighter fare to add to your TV repertoire, then I highly recommend Chuck.

Chuck airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Fringe

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FRINGE: When an unlikely trio uncovers a deadly mystery that involves a series of unbelievable events, they discover it may be part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology on FRINGE airing Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. Pictured L-R: Lance Reddick, John Noble, Blair Brown, Kirk Acevedo, Anna Torv, Mark Valley, Joshua Jackson and Jasika Nicole ©2008 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Lavine/FOX

Out of all the new shows, Fringe is my favorite.  Who doesn’t love a show where a cow has a recurring role?  Seriously, the mystery is high in this high-tech X-Files-like show.

With the help of lovable “mad scientist” Walter Bishop and his brilliant, but loner son Peter, FBI Agent Olivia Dunham sets out to unlock the mysteries behind The Pattern.  But Olivia has a few secrets of her own including a dead boyfriend who haunts her.  But she’s not the only enigma – Peter, Walter, the Observer and Nina all have a mystery or two of their own.

I tune in every week for the weekly case, as much as for the overall intrigue.  What is the Pattern?  Who’s behind it?  And what are they trying to do?

Fringe airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.  The next new episode airs on November 11.

Bones

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BONES: L-R: TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor and Eric Millegan. ©2007 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kwaku Alston/FOX

I followed Angel’s David Boreanaz to Bones four years ago, but stayed because I fell in love with the team of squints let by Dr. Brennan.  Together the team of brilliant misfits solves murders based on a pile of bones.

Booth (Boreanaz) is a former sniper turned FBI agent who always gets his man.  But this single dad also has a soft spot for Brennan and her team, and of course, his son.  Brennan is his forensic anthropologist partner – brilliant, but socially inept.  And that’s just the leadership of this team.

The cases are intriguing – after all where else do you see a case solved from nothing more than a femur — but the dynamics of the team are what keep me coming back for more.

Bones airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.  The next new episode airs November 5.  You can catch reruns of this season on Mondays at 11 p.m. on TNT.

Supernatural

Supernatural - Season 4 - Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam courtesy Brian Bowen Smith/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment

Supernatural - Season 4 - Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam courtesy Brian Bowen Smith/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment

I wait all week for this show.  And if I only get to watch one show a week – Supernatural is it.  In its fourth season, this sci fi series stars a beautiful 67 Impala and two demon hunting brothers – Jensen Ackles and Jared Paledecki as Dean and Sam Winchester – that are more than easy on the eyes.  Need I say more!

Okay, if you need more than pretty faces and a hot car to sell you, I’ll continue.  The show is about an epic battle between good and evil without being preachy.  In fact the show does an excellent job of combining the spooky with excellent dialogue, super music, wit and lots of great pop culture references. 

And the story itself is top-notch (in my opinion).  Dean and Sam were raised by their late father to be hunters after their mother was killed by the powerful yellow-eyed demon Azazel.  This season Dean has been pulled from the bowels of Hell by the angel Castiel to help prevent Armageddon and to keep Sam from being sway to the dark side through the use of his psychic powers – powers he acquired because Azazel dropped demon blood into his mouth when he was a child.

Supernatural airs on the CW on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

That pretty much wraps up a week for me.  I spend the rest of the time catching up on my DVR.

What shows do you find yourself scheduling time in front of the tube for?  What are your must see shows?


Supernatural’s Dean Catches ‘Yellow Fever’

October 24, 2008

Ever wondered what it’d be like if Dean Winchester wasn’t so fearless and bad ass?  Well last night Supernatural fan’s caught a glimpse of a scared Dean in “Yellow Fever.”

Dean's so scared, he'd rather wait in the car.

Dean

Dean and Sam head to Colorado to investigate the death of Frank from an apparent heart attack.  But the cause of death doesn’t add up, especially since two other guys in good health a couple towns over also died of heart attacks about the same time.

So the Winchesters stop by Frank’s neighbor Mark for insight into the victim.  As they are chatting, Dean starts to freak out over Mark’s own personal wild kingdom.  And I’m thinking, this guy can face ghosts, demons, even Hell, but a little snake – okay one big ass snake – gives him the willies?

Well it turns out our good buddy Dean has been infected with the Witches Disease.

A ghost can infect someone with the Witches Disease (in this case Frank) and that person can then spread it to others.  The disease causes the infected to be anxious then scared, then really scared until their heart finally stops from fright.

Dean got infected when he held Frank’s heart during the autopsy.  But Sam was the one who got squirted with spleen juice (which by the way was hilarious), so why doesn’t he get infected?

Here’s the kicker – the disease only infects dicks.  More specifically people that use fear as a weapon.  It turns that fear on them.  Frank was a bully.  Al is a cop.  One of the other dead guys was an assistant principal.  And Dean hunts demons.

But Dean’s realization of the connection was priceless, “I’m a dick?”

Yeah Dean you kind of are, but we love you for it.

But Dean’s fears quickly elevated.  First he won’t drive over the speed limit (I think I heard the Impala cry out) or make a left hand turn.

And I’ll take Dean being a little afraid of fourth floor motel rooms if it means we get more air drum solos to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” in the impala. (Actually, the outtake version was much better!)

But the fear escalates so much that Dean doesn’t want to hunt with Sam.  Now we have a problem.

How does Dean deal with his fear?  He drinks it away or at least temporarily numbs it until the discovery of a hidden cat makes him scream like a girl and the appearance of a ghost makes him run away.

Pardon me while I get off the floor.  I was laughing so hard I fell out of my chair!

By now a very drunk Dean is hallucinating out of fear.  The one were the book calls him a loser was comical.  But the one where Sam goes all yellow-eyed was a bit scary.  Oooh Sam is way too good at being bad.  I hope that’s not a sign of what’s to come.

In the end Sam, with the help of good ol’ Bobby, saves the day just as visions of Lilith are about to make Dean’s heart stop.

I, for one, (and I’m sure the Impala is too) am glad that Dean is back to normal – or at least Winchester normal.  But if sure was fun watching him quake with fear.

What was your favorite Dean freak out moment?

Next week should be good.  After all it’s the Halloween episode!

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Supernatural’s ‘Metamorphosis’ Finds the Winchester Boys Divided

October 10, 2008

Last night during Supernatural’s “Metamorphosis,” I saw a real rift developing between the Winchester brothers and it scared me, more than the rugaru.

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"Metamorphosis" - LtoR: Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL on The CW. Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW �2008 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One of the great things about Supernatural is the impenetrable bond between Dean and Sam.  But last night that bond broke.  It was kind of like that moment when you realize your hero is only human.  It was a blow to my belief in the Winchesters to conquer all.

It makes sense for the story itself, but I never thought I’d see the day when something came between the boys.  Sure they’ve fought before and disagreed on many occasions, but this season they lost trust in each other.

And I don’t know about Dean, but I didn’t believe Sam when he said that he wasn’t going to mess with his ESP abilities.  And even if Sam was speaking the truth, I don’t think Ruby is going to let her little prodigy that easy.

I think Sam wants to think he’s doing good with his psychic exorcisms.  And the fact that the human victims are still alive is a big plus.  But I think he knows deep down that he’s crossing a line or else he’d share his work with Dean.

I know that living up to big brother’s expectations can be rough and that Sam has always felt like he’s different, but Sam has always confided in Dean.  So the fact that he didn’t this time, says something.

Did Sam see a little of himself in the Rugaru who was fighting a hunger that would cause him to lose control and cross a point of no return?

I still have a lot of questions about what Sam and Ruby are doing.

Why are they still looking for Lilith?  Is it for vengeance or is about the whole 66 seals until Lucifer walks the earth thing?  What are they going to do when they find her?  Why are they keeping the search from Dean?

I thought when Castiel showed up on the scene, Ruby split.  Why did she stay around?  Surely she knows that the angel is going to fill in Dean on her extracurricular activities.  Or does she think her power over Sam is already strong enough to prevent losing him?

I’m assuming that Sam summoned Ruby back from Hell.  But it seems a little too convenient that she’s the one to tutor Sam in his powers.  Is Ruby working for Lilith?  Or Azazel?  Or someone else entirely?

What is her (or whoever she works for) plan for Sam?  And has Sam gone too far to turn back?

I can’t wait to see what happens next.  But at the same time I’m dreading it.  The thought of Dean having to fight his own brother is going to tear me apart.  Sam better get his act together, dump Ruby and get back in the game – soon.

And did I mention how much I hate Ruby right now!

It’s a good thing next week looks like it’ll be a little lighter.  Here’s a preview:

What did you think of the episode?  Is there hope for Sam?  Can Dean stop him or will Castiel have to intervene?  And how gross was the rugaru?


Supernatural’s Dean Must Go Back to “The Beginning”

October 3, 2008

Last night’s episode of Supernatural blew me away.  In “In The Beginning,” Dean must go back in time to when he’s parents were dating to “stop it” – the cryptic order from Castiel.  The trip back to April 30, 1973 gave loyal fans a few answers to questions we’ve been asking since Season 2 and a lot more questions.

Dean helps a young John pick out the Impala.

Dean helps a young John pick out the Impala.

The big shockers:

 

Dean is driving a pinto this episode.  I couldn’t get over Dean in the pinto.  Every time he drove up in it, I had to chuckle.  I’d never have thought Dean would have been caught dead in a pinto.  It was a nice piece of humor in an otherwise serious episode.

Dean’s mom, Mary (Amy Gumenick), was a hunter.  And John (Matt Cohen) didn’t know.  She was raised by her hunter parents and she hated the life.  She wanted to leave it behind and marry John.

Dean and Sam are named after their maternal grandparents, Samuel (Mitch Pileggi) and Deanna (Allison Hossack).

Mary made a deal with the Azazel (old yellow eyes) to save John’s life.  This family really has a knack for dealing with the demons in order to save each other’s life.

More Questions:

Did Dean really go back in time or was it some sort of dream?  If he did go back, did he actually cause the events?  Or do we believe Castiel that destiny cannot be changed?

Did Dean really influence John’s decision to get the Impala?  In the graphic novel, the acquisition of the impala is different?

What is Azazel’s end game?  Does Lilith know?  What did the blood he dripped in the babies mouths do?  How did he know that all these people he was making deals with would have kids in 1983?  And isn’t it a big coincidence that they did?

What did Azazel mean when he referenced the angels on Dean’s shoulders?  Did he know that only angel could transport Dean back in time?  Or is there something different about Dean now?

What the heck is Sam doing sneaking off in the middle of the night with Ruby?  What is at 425 Waterman?  Doesn’t he realize that he’s playing with fire here?

And what does Castiel mean by “stop it or we will?”  Is Sam’s life in danger?  How can Dean stop it if destiny can’t be changed?

I’m can’t wait until the next episode.  This show just keeps getting better.


Supernatural’s Dean Grapples with his Mission from God in “Are You There, God”

September 26, 2008

Apparently I’m not the only one reeling from Supernatural’s revelation that Dean was pulled from Hell by Castiel, the Angel of Thursday, on orders from God.  Dean himself is still grappling with the fact in “Are You There, God? It’s Me . . .  Dean Winchester.”

Castiel's revelations baffle Dean.

Castiel

In fact, Dean is struggling to believe that angels exist despite the angelic handprints on his shoulders.  But can you really blame the guy?

I mean think of the things this guy has seen over the years – including his own mother’s fiery death.  It’s got to be easier to believe that there is no God then to believe that he lets these kinds of things happen.

But I think that what’s even harder for Dean to handle that the existence of God and angels is that he might be an instrument in God’s plan – that he’s significant enough for God to not only notice him, but have him pulled from the depths of Hell.  After all he thinks of himself as just a regular guy.

Dean’s never done the hunting thing because it was the right thing to do or that it was his ticket to Heaven.  It was just how he was raised.  And he always wants to stick it to the bastards – and those like them – that hurt the ones he loved.  Family is very important to Dean.

But as much as Dean’s unwilling to take the leap of faith that there is a higher power, despite – as Sam puts it – actual proof, the idea that the apocalypse is on the horizon blows him away.

When ghosts of souls hunters have been unable to save start reappearing and taking vengeance on the hunters in a ritual know as the Rising of the Witness, Bobby finds information on the ritual from a book whose “widely distributed version is just for tourists” and is known as Revelations.

The boys defeat these ghosts and return their souls to rest.  And then Dean gets another visit from Castiel.

We learn when Dean says that he thought angels were suppose to be like “Michael Landon, not dicks” that angels aren’t guardians who perch on shoulders – they are warriors of God.  And while Dean and company were battling the witnesses, these soldiers were fighting other battles.

Anyone else think this Army of God sounds like another level of hunter?

So why is God’s army suddenly on Earth?  Castiel and others are trying to prevent Lilith from breaking the 66 seals that would release Lucifer to walk the Earth.

This revelation blows Dean away – Lucifer is more than just “a story they told at demon Sunday school.”

I can totally understand why Dean doesn’t believe in God, but I was shocked to believe that he didn’t believe in Lucifer after all the evil he’s seen.  Guess the two go hand in hand.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Dean handles his mission from God.  He’s never been one to follow orders and I can tell he’s not real thrilled with the meet and greets with Castiel.

But what exactly does Castiel want from Dean?  He’s not asked him for anything.  He’s just slowly dishing out information.  Is he going to want Dean to join forces with the angels?  Is Dean meant to fight battles the angels don’t have the manpower for?  Is Dean to become the angel’s hit man, going after certain demons?  And just how are Sam and the powers he’s been using going to fit in this picture?  Where is Ruby going to figure in?

This season has to be one of the most exciting ones yet.

Anyone else waiting for the Dean to embrace his new destiny, jump in the impala with Sam wearing sunglasses and say, “We’re on a mission from God.  It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.” And have Sam reply “Hit it.”

Next week we get to learn a bit about the boys’ past in “In the Beginning.”

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