Emotional 300th Supernatural episode shatters heart strings

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It’s the big 300 – how could I not talk about it?

Many fans have been waiting for the reappearance of Sam and Dean’s dad for 12 years, and last week we finally got the long-awaited reunion of the Winchester family, something which hasn’t happened (with these actors anyway) since the Pilot episode which aired in 2005.

After a magical pearl grants Dean a wish, John Winchester appears in the bunker, inexplicably brought forward from the past (2003 to be exact). Alongside the very, very emotional and heart-felt conversations which follow between the four Winchesters, the 300th episode titled “Lebanon” also gives a nod to the history of the show, including adding in nostalgia regarding some fan-favourite moments, and lives up to the hype of the milestone, receiving similar praise to that of the 100th and 200th episode.

“Well, there’s a story.”

“What happened?” Castiel asks, after the temporal paradox of this episode re-corrects and the timelines slot back into place. “Well, there’s a story,” Dean replies.

And there was a LOT of story in this episode. It’s hard to criticise the show for attempting to satisfy 14 years of yearning from the fans with only 40 minutes of screen time. Sam and Dean battle against dragon fire, three unwittingly meddling teenagers who steal their car, and a serial killer clown ghost all before their dad even makes an appearance, and, for the most part, the jam-packed plot works well.

However, with such a mammoth task of carrying out an emotional and highly rewarding Winchester reunion, bringing back a couple of past incarnations of characters, and trying to imply the locals in the Lebanon area recognise Sam and Dean as some kind of mysterious urban legends, there were bound to be some aspects of the plot which didn’t work for some viewers. I tend to be overly-critical of the show so let’s get through the negatives first and get straight onto enjoying the beautiful, tear-jerking, nostalgic good things about the 300th.

I’ve not been obsessed with Mary Winchester since she returned as a series regular on the show in the Season 11 finale. In my opinion, I feel like the writers have trouble deciding what to do with her, and where to put her in terms of the over-arching narrative, and when I heard John would be back for a one-off episode I thought YAY Mary’s finally going to get a great end to her arch and she and John will walk off into the sunset (or into Heaven more likely).

Over the past few years, Mary has been able to re-connect with her boys, save a lot of people and forgive herself for dooming her sons into a life of hunting, so I figured this would be a great place for her to leave the show with a beautiful bang, and with John, her one true love. However, we didn’t get this. It’s not terrible that Mary will continue to be in the show. I don’t hate her and she is important to Sam and Dean but I guess my idea of a Winchester reunion would be bringing John back from the dead and allowing him and Mary to finally be happy.

Instead of what a lot of us probably assumed would happen, the writers decided to bring John forward in time from the year 2003, which was a time in which he was desperately hunting down the demon that killed Mary. Although it wasn’t perfect for me, I can see why the writers decided to go down this road with the reunion because it meant they could wrap up the story in one episode and Sam and Dean were given the chance to talk through some unfinished emotions and goodbyes with John, as they remembered him. It was very satisfying to have Sam forgive his dad for his mistakes and John acknowledge how proud he was of the boys, as well as John having an insight into the legends his sons would soon become.

However, because the episode was so full, a lot of the explanations and stories Sam and Dean had for their dad about their lives after his death were cut out. This would have been a great opportunity for Sam and Dean, and the show, to pay tribute to their successes and achievements in their own words. The conversation with their dad could have summarised all of the prominent moments of the show and their biggest accomplishments, and I think that would have made heart-wrenching television for fans to see how far the story has come and to look back at the fondest episodes.

The fans and the viewers already know the story of Supernatural, but to have Sam and Dean have the honour of explaining their lives to their dad, everything he made happen and raised them to be, would have been beautiful and nostalgic. On the other hand, it was important to cut these conversations out of the episode to make way for more emotional dialogues, and I understand that.

There was also a montage near the end of the episode where the four Winchesters have dinner and talk and laugh amongst themselves. Again, it’s hard for a show like Supernatural to develop these moments in one 40 minute episode but I would have preferred to hear actual conversations, even if it was just snippets of stories to intrigue me. This would have been the moment, rather than blanket the clips of the family dinner with slow, emotional music, to instead have lines of dialogue of Sam and Dean talking about their crazy life over the past 14 years, or John and Mary’s stories of when they were together. A real, genuine connection between the characters doesn’t always display best with a montage.

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The long-awaited reunion

I think a lot of people had expectations for this episode which were not delivered such as Castiel meeting John, John’s reaction to the existence of angels and God and hearing those discussions (as I’ve already mentioned) and potentially a real conversation between John and Mary. Don’t get be wrong – the chemistry between John and Mary in the small scenes we did get of the two of them together were really well done and very emotional but, other than saying they missed each other, there wasn’t really much dialogue between them.

For me, one of the biggest plot twists in the show’s history was back in Season 4 when Dean discovered that Mary grew up as a hunter. In recent seasons, this has been a massive plot device as Mary throws herself into hunting in order to relieve stress and deal with her relationship issues with her sons. She has proven to be a valuable and talented hunter and it’s easy to forget we ever saw her character as anything else. When the show first aired, Mary was stereotyped as the classic, caring mother who was pure and innocent and who unexpectedly falls victim to a monster. When the show flipped things on its head and revealed that Mary was in fact bad ass and was equally as important in Sam and Dean’s destiny as John was when she made a demon deal which eventually led to her demise, it just made everything more exciting.

We didn’t get a chance to see Mary confess to John that she is a hunter (we don’t even know if she did tell him) but I think John discovering Mary’s history would have changed his perception of her and it would have been a relief for him. Being able to understand why Mary was killed and that it resulted in the release of Lucifer and the almost-apocalypse, would have meant John could have made some sense of Mary’s murder, and almost make peace with it. The lack of John and Mary scenes was irritating but in some ways I’m glad the show prioritised Sam and Dean’s relationship and conversations with their dad instead.

References to the Pilot

Aside from the fact that the Winchester family members are all together again like they were in the Pilot episode, there were numerous more references and nods to the first ever episode of the show, which I think were included purposefully to honour the Pilot and demonstrate how far the show has come.

Other than the Winchester reunion, the “Then and Now” segment of this episode included Dean’s famous Pilot episode words “Dad’s on a hunting trip and he hasn’t been home in a few days”. This sentence is celebrated by Supernatural fans and is the pivotal moment which initiates the plot of the show and allows Sam and Dean to become the hunters we know and love today. John and his actions are really important to the story and last week’s episode made sure to focus on this. Through all the terrible decisions and choices John made over the years, he was essential in shaping the show and Sam and Dean’s characters and this episode commended him for that.

Another brilliant nod to the Pilot episode which I noticed was when John first appears and begins attacking Sam and Dean in the darkness of the bunker. This scene was reminiscent of Sam and Dean’s first scene together in the show where Sam fights Dean in his flat, thinking he is an intruder. John manages to floor both Sam and Dean in last week’s episode which could have been due to the fact that John trained Sam and Dean in combat himself. This is similar to how Dean manages to overcome Sam in the Pilot episode because he is familiar with how Sam fights. I thought it was a nice little touch which brought back fond memories of the Pilot.

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1.01 “Pilot”

Oooh, the nostalgia

So, the biggest nostalgic hit from this episode has got to be Castiel who, after John’s return makes a mess of the Supernatural timeline, styles his Season 4 demeanor, outfit and lack of pop culture knowledge. Castiel’s first appearance in the show is a fan-favourite moment involving shattering light bulbs, the first ever angel wings shadow and the famous line “My name is Castiel. I am an angel of the lord.” Due to the temporal paradox of John being in the future, we get to see a similar scene to this with the burst lights, angel wings and the notorious introduction. Castiel’s character returns temporarily to his old mysterious, violent and powerful ways in this episode.

Over the last 11 years, Castiel’s angelic powers have somewhat diminished after being banished from Heaven a few times and undergoing intense defeats, so it was really nice to see the strength of the original Castiel once again because it is something I think we all miss. His character in this episode was also being used as an attack dog by Zachariah which referenced Castiel’s initial role in the show as being a soldier of Heaven who followed orders blindly.

Speaking of references, it was hilarious to hear Castiel not understanding a reference once again, which are moments which always have a special place in fan’s hearts and is something which became less frequent after Metatron gave Castiel all of the pop culture knowledge he needed back in Season 9. It was almost like the show went back in time with Castiel’s character and it was so nice to see and reminisce over.

I have mentioned Zachariah but I was also very happy with his appearance in this episode. Zachariah has not appeared in the show since Season 5 in which he was stabbed in the face by Dean but, more importantly, his last episode was the 100th episode milestone entitled “Point of No Return”. In last week’s 300th episode, the new version of Zachariah is stabbed by Sam. Although I would have liked to have seen more from his character because his scenes are always so fun and intriguing, I love the idea that this angel (who, if anyone remembers, made Sam and Dean’s life hell and was arrogant and annoying whilst doing so) has now been killed twice during milestone episodes by the Winchesters. It’s funny, and it was nice to get a reference to the 100th episode as well as bringing back a character who hasn’t been in the show for 9 years.

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4.01 “Lazarus Rising”

With Castiel’s appearances in this episode being so loved by fans, it may be easy to overlook the many other smaller references to the history of the show. First, Sam and Dean are referred to by the locals in Lebanon, Kansas, as the Campbell brothers. This is a nod to Mary’s maiden name and her hunting family which were very important in the shaping of Sam and Dean’s destinies. Additionally, Dean tells John that they once met their grandfather (John’s father) who revealed that they were legacies of the Men of Letters organisation and had ownership of the Men of Letters bunker.

As the show has previously mentioned, Sam and Dean (in order to become the chosen vessels of Lucifer and Michael) were the result of the perfect union between the Winchester family, who were Men of Letters and were the “brain”, and the Campbell family, who were notorious hunters and were the “brawn”. Sam and Dean giving a nod and appreciating both their mother’s family and their father’s family were such beautiful gestures and showed that the brothers are proud and happy with who they are.

As John travelled forwards in time from 2003, I expected there to be an emotionally heavy conversation between John and Sam and that’s exactly what we got. In 2003, Sam fell out with his dad and went to university to study law so John takes this episode as an opportunity to try and patch things up between the two of them. Sam, on the other hand, doesn’t even remember the fight that they had because of everything that has happened to him since. This was a tear-jerker of a scene and was so satisfying to watch considering most of Sam and John’s scenes back in Season 1 and 2 involved disagreement and resentment.

What I did not expect, however, was Sam admitting that he thought about his dad a lot but never thought about their fights. Sam then brutally reminds us of the Season 2 premiere episode in which John is sadly killed off. Sam admits “When I think about you…I think about you on the floor of that hospital and I think about how I never got to say goodbye.” This is such an impactful line and because Sam is so specific about the Season 2 scene where he discovers his dad’s body, it means the emotion of that scene flashes in our memory. Sometimes its hard with a long-running show like Supernatural to keep the older seasons fresh and memorable and some things can be easily forgotten so it was just great to see Sam confront that devastating moment in his life and talk openly about it because it clearly still affects him sometimes. For passionate fans of the show, it just makes everything more touching.

Lastly, when John first appears in the bunker, giving me flashbacks to the Pilot episode fight between Sam and Dean, the lights come back on and Dean says “Dad?” I thought this was a really nice comparison to Mary’s return back in the Season 11 finale in which Dean discovers her and responds with the single word “Mom?” It’s the small things which make this episode.

The inside jokes

One of my favourite moments from this episode was the opening scene in which Sam and Dean track down a murdering magical antiques dealer. After the dealer threatens Sam with a sword and explains how he murdered their friend, Dean shoots the dealer in the back and then remarks “They always talk too much”. This was hilarious and to be expected from a show which loves to make fun of themselves. We’ve seen many a villain on the show make the mistake of monologuing for too damn long and it was satisfying and funny to hear Dean finally point it out. To be honest, their enemies talking too much is probably the reason Sam and Dean are still alive and it’s classic for the show to add this moment in this episode as a way to self-criticise their repetitive, stereotypical or lazy writing moments.

Another aspect of the show which fans absolutely love and remember but has maybe been forgotten over the years is Sam’s utterly massive fear of clowns. Additionally, Sam also has a strange obsession with serial killers and is very knowledgeable on all the most famous ones. So, when it came to destroying John Wayne Gacy’s ghost, a serial killer clown, it had to be mentioned by Dean as Sam’s best/worst thing to ever happen to him. It was nice to have comments like this which devout fans of the show could appreciate.

Another absolutely highlight was Zachariah referring to Castiel as Constantine which, as we all know, is a reference to Castiel’s trench-coat-and-blue-tie outfit which the show runners admitted was inspired by the character of John Constantine from the show Constantine. Although the inspiration for Castiel’s costume is common knowledge, it has never been referenced on the show until now so that was nice to finally hear.

As I said, the Supernatural cast and crew love to make fun of themselves and this was focused on the most when Dean discovers the temporal paradox version of Sam online, including his wannabe TED talk where he discusses what most people discuss on TED talks – productivity, success and raw food diets. The paradox version of Sam ridiculously cites giving up fun hobbies and your family to achieve results. This was a way for the Supernatural writers to joke about the intense self-improvement and success-driven culture we live in and I can imagine the cast had immense fun filming that scene.

Finally, we have the city of Lebanon which is fittingly the title of the episode. Before Jeffrey Dean Morgan was confirmed to return for the 300th episode as John, the Supernatural writers revealed their plans for the milestone episode to TVLine back in July. Co-showrunner Andrew Dabb explained that the 300th episode would hopefully show Sam and Dean’s story from the perspective of the local people in Lebanon, how they view the brothers and their suspicions about what they get up to. When I first heard this idea, I thought it was perfect for the 300th and sounded really funny. Andrew Dabb said “We’ve never actually seen what these people in this town think of these two guys who drive this muscle car through. The dry cleaner [must think], ‘They have a lot of blood on their clothes. What’s going on there?’”

Although John’s appearance in this episode changed the original idea slightly, we still got a few insights into how the locals view Sam and Dean during the first quarter of the episode. The friendly liquor store worker calls the boys the Campbell brothers, it is revealed Dean has developed a flirtatious connection with the post office lady in order to get information from her, and one teenager rants to his friends about Sam and Dean being dangerous after once hearing shallow breathing coming from the trunk of their car. The boys have become urban legends in the town which is so interesting and ironic because urban myths and legends were what the show was originally focused and formed on. It’s a lovely nod to the humble beginnings of the show and it’s really funny to see the local’s opinions of Sam and Dean.

The young teenager describes the boys as though they are freaky and mysterious and questions where they even came from, as well as describing Castiel as the “weird sidekick” and Jack as “that kid with the dumb Bambi look on his face all the time”. Again, the writers love to make fun of their cast and characters, and it was great to see the boys lives from a different point of view and how what they have been doing all these years could, realistically, look really strange.

As I was so excited to see from the perspective of the Lebanon towns people, I guess I was a little disappointed that the episode only touched on this for a short time, but this was done in order to make room for John’s return and bonding scenes with his family.

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Saying goodbye to Dad

To conclude…

So, to sum up, the episode wasn’t perfect, but it came pretty close and we can forgive it for everything if it means more time with John, a fan-favourite and long-missed character. Although I would have preferred to have John resurrected from the dead and have Mary leave the show alongside her husband, we don’t know what the show has in store for Mary in the future and with only one episode with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I appreciate why they chose to use time travel to give him an appearance in the 300th. I think the show runners worked with what they had and it paid off. However, I’m still imagining those endless conversations between John, Mary, Sam and Dean during the family dinner montage which we did not get to hear.

Although I originally felt a sense of pointlessness after the episode revealed John wouldn’t remember any of his time in the future, including the reassurance that his wife would be resurrected one day and his sons would save the world, the ending scene where John returns in 2003 having “dreamt” about everything that happened was a nice way to leave the idea that John did remember the future open to interpretation. I’m trying my best to believe John lived out the rest of his life knowing the good things which were going to happen because it makes his character seem more at peace and having fair knowledge and acceptance of his story and role in Sam and Dean’s lives.

Finally, above all else, the devastating goodbyes at the end of the episode were frustratingly heart-breaking and the John quote “I’m so proud of you boys” made me want to die as Sam bawled heavy tears and Dean looked on, stunned and speechless, having wanted to hear those words since he was a boy. The unfair and sad reality of John needing to return to his time period in order to correct the paradox was pretty tragic and some would say tragedy makes the best entertainment. So maybe I’m wrong and the episode was perfect.


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WE PLAYED A SUPERNATURAL DRINKING GAME…and here’s what happened

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As we’re approaching the chaotic and expensive end of the year (jingle bells, jingle bells🔔), Me and Nick (my lesser half) were trying to come up with cheap or free things to do on a Saturday night and we figured ‘Hey, we have so much alcohol lying around here – why not do a fun drinking game WHILST clearing the house of all the cluttering booze?”

So, basically, that’s what we did.

                   THE RULES:

We decided to each come up with three reasons for the other person to drink A.K.A take a shot. Plus, the bonus was that if we saw any of the characters drinking alcohol we both had to drink.

I assumed that Nick would find picking my reasons quite difficult because he had only watched a measly 2 and a half episodes of Supernatural whereas I am a self-proclaimed expert. However, with a bit of research, Nick chose three reasons that were actually really good and (spoilers) it was a very close competition.

It actually took me longer than Nick to think up my reasons because I kept changing my mind; I wanted to pick ones that were really funny but were also realistically likely to crop up. For example, I had my heart set on making Nick drink “Every time Dean says he’s fine,” but, as you’ll realise by the episodes we chose to watch, this was practically unattainable. This contest was serious and I was determined I could not lose at anything Supernatural themed.

                   THE CONTESTANTS:

Nick got his choices in first so…

             IN THE BLUE CORNER:

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STRENGTHS: Supernatural trivia
WEAKNESSES: Lager & Vodka
MY REASONS TO DRINK AS CHOSEN BY NICK:
🥃 – Every time Sam or Dean get thrown across the room (Nick thinks it’s hilarious that the boys haven’t suffered brain damage yet)
🥃 – Every time Sam and Dean have a conversation in the Impala (it doesn’t have to be a boy melodrama scene)
🥃 – Every time there is an outside shot of a motel (this happened way more times than I would have guessed)

             AND IN THE RED CORNER:

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NICK 💩 :
STRENGHTS:
Playing on his phone instead of concentrating on whatever he’s watching
WEAKNESSES: Many
NICK’S REASONS TO DRINK AS CHOSEN BY ME:
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 – Every time Dean says “Sammy” (I had high hopes for this but it unfortunately let me down)
🥃 – 
Every time Dean says “Son of a Bitch” (I thought having “Every time somebody swears” was a bit too harsh so this one was the next best thing)
🥃 –
Every time Castiel doesn’t understand a reference (this one was hit or miss but it brought it home for me during the final round 👍)

                   THE BOOZE:

The stuff we were taking shots of was a mixture of Tropical Sourz and WKD (because we’re getting a bit older now and I can not longer neck back Sourz like it’s nothing ok that sh*t has got flavourz). 

We then ended up running out of both of those things so we starting shotting the half empty bottle of gross wine we had in the fridge for 3+ months, plus whatever else we could find.

was being sensible and drank plenty of water (stay safe kids 🥛 ) so I didn’t get too hammered, but by the time we got to the final round Nick was drunk enough to feel the need to make a super strong sex on the beach with the leftover vodka that we had in the cupboard and, well, I started sipping that rather than shotting it because dude I ain’t losing my kidneys yet.


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                   THE EPISODES:

So, like, it might be obvious from our reasons to drink that we chose to watch three of the weirdest and silliest episode of Supernatural. If we knew we were going to watch more serious pivotal episodes of the show we might of chosen reasons like “Every time the boys sacrifice themselves for each other” or “Every time the boys go to Hell”, but nahhhhh, we wanted a laugh. It was a Saturday.

Remember also – if any character is seen consuming alcohol, both Me and Nick have to drink but these were not scored. We agreed that the winner would be whoever scored/shotted the least overall, (so there wasn’t necessarily a winner for each round).

OK, here we go…

ROUND 1: S05E08 “Changing Channels” – we’re starting off strong

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Yes, we went there. This season 5 episode we found was just as dramatic and meaningful as it was funny, with the return of The Trickster who imprisons Sam and Dean in multiple television shows. With such a weird and unique episode, you’d think we wouldn’t be seeing too many shots being necked but oh boy.

Like all of the episodes we watched, the game gets going in the very first scene which is flipping fantastic“Changing Channels” opens with a shot of a bloody motel. 🥃 1x drink for me. I’m off to a great start.

Don’t worry though because a few minutes later Dean, still in that famous first sitcom scene, swears his first “Son of a Bitch” which means 🥃 1x drink for Nick whilst I’m still downing mine. Dean actually goes on to curse his favourite saying 3 more times in “Changing Channels”. Yes!

In terms of the “drinking when they drink” rule, this was way more common than we realised. Like, I knew the boys drunk their fair share of beer, but it felt like it cropped up in moments it didn’t need to be in which was annoyingAs you can see from the picture above, Sam and Dean hold beers together in the bloody opening titles so by this point, 2 minutes 10 seconds into the first episode, me and Nick started to get anxious. After Dean said “Sammy” once, it got to the point where Nick said that he was getting scared every time Dean opened his mouth (which happens a lot).

Throughout the evening we decided that any disputes between what counts as, for example, “talking in the car” or being “thrown across” the room, we came to an agreement that, when in doubt, we would just drink anyway. So…that scene where Dean gets shot in the Grey’s Anatomy-esque hospital drama they get stuck in first, Sam asks for a pen knife and some whiskey to patch Dean up. After me and Nick argued slightly we finally just assumed that Dean drank the whiskey for the pain. So we drank our own “whiskey” 🥃. (Okay, so maybe we’re alcoholics just waiting for a reason.)

This was the point where we ran out of Sourz and WKD – yes it was that quick. On to the old wine.

What’s really, really annoying about this episode was that a portion of the famous sitcom scene gets repeated meaning that we both got to drink 🥃 again for the motel shot and the marvelous “Son of a Bitch” from Dean.

The Trickster shows up again and me and Nick both experienced a near-miss. Castiel gets thrown across the room BUT it’s okay because my rules of drinking every time characters get thrown across the room only apply to Sam and Dean so phew. Nick also had a nice moment when Sam said “Son of a Bitch” for the first time. Typical. Doesn’t count because Dean didn’t say it.

Then Dean gets half-picked up and pushed against the door by Gabriel and, I argued but, Nick said that that counted as being thrown across the room so 🥃 1x drink for me. It kind of went downhill from there really because there were two more, separate scenes, of a motel exterior (🥃 2x) AND Sam and Dean talk in the Impala. Well, Dean talks to the Impala…who is Sam.

Little side note – There was originally only going to be two rounds but Nick said he wanted to watch the, quote, “one where Dean turns into the car”. I corrected him and said “you mean the one where Sam gets turned into the car” and he was all “yeah, yeah, yeah”. It wasn’t until later that I realised that the reason Nick wanted to watch “Changing Channels” so badly was so he could be certain that Sam and Dean would have a conversation in the Impala…because of that one scene where Sam is the Impala.

I did argue this as well! Sam is the car so really they are having a conversation inside of Sam, not inside of the car but, whatever, Nick had his heart set on it so 🥃 1x drink for me.

We laughed for a long while because, as Dean starts to realise that Sam has been turned into the Impala, there’s one shot where the outside of the motel is shown in the background…

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I mean come on. We thankfully felt like I didn’t have to drink double for that because that would be just a little too unfair, but I did drink 🥃 again shortly after this scene because Nick argued, after a montage of Dean driving the Impala/Sam, he said that there were two separate scenes of Sam and Dean talking in the car/Sam.

SO, AT THE END OF THE FIRST ROUND THE DRINK SCORES ARE:

EVIE: 7  🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃
NICK: 5 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃

(So, yes, I was losing.)

ROUND 2: S06E15 “The French Mistake” – hell, yes!

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Again, an episode where the boys get trapped in a weird and wonderful universe where their lives are a TV show, the shot scores were significantly less than the previous round’s but there actually turned out to be one instant for all 6 of our reasons (plus, three times the boys are seen drinking).

The first of the shots starts similarly to the last episode, in the very first scene! Dean is seen drinking in Bobby’s house so 🥃 great. Also occurring in the opening scene, which I saw coming and was emotionally prepared for, Sam and Dean get thrown through the window into an alternate universe.🥃 1x drink for me.

I also weaseled my way into making Nick take a shot for when Sam and Dean find the actor who plays Castiel, and Dean compares the alternate reality to “Bizarro Earth”. The actor looks confused. I used that as an opportunity to play my “Every time Castiel doesn’t understand a reference” card which might be wrong but I don’t care – it evened the score for me.

Dean manages to squeeze in a “Sammy” and a “Son of a Bitch” in the episode. Hehe 🥃 2x drink for Nick, and then Sam and Dean chat as they attempt to drive off with a prop of the Impala. I did say it wasn’t the real Impala, but Nick drank for fake Castiel to look confused, so I thought I’d let that one go. 🥃 1x drink for me.

Then we both enjoyed some communal drinking when Sam and Dean are shown drinking beer in Jared Padalecki’s house and then Sam is shown drinking more beer in the halls of his house. Later on the boys try and get home and jump through the window again – We agreed this didn’t count as being “thrown” because they jumped of their own volition. However, they do eventually get pulled back through the glass and into their world so 🥃 1x drink for me. I actually had to shot again shortly after that when we realised that the boys had been pulled back to their world through a motel window. I had kept putting it off throughout the episode every time the interior of a motel was shown so it was about time I took a hit.

So, as I already mentioned that each reason to drink cropped up only once in this episode, the second round ended with a tie – with 3 points each.

SO, AFTER THE SECOND ROUND THE TOTAL SCORES WERE:

EVIE: 10  🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃
NICK: 8   🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃

ROUND 3 – THE FINALE: S08E08 “Hunteri Heroici” – what’s up, doc?

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It was all to play for in the final round and I refused to lose against someone who doesn’t even know who Crowley is.

I also had a secret weapon – This episode was rife with Castiel misunderstanding references and IT WOULD BE NICK’S DOWNFALL MUAHAHAHA! 👿

Sam and Dean continued to drink therefore so did we. The boys have beers in the second scene of “Hunteri Heroici”. We then also had trouble with the multiple (and frankly pointless) flashback scenes of Sam and his time with his romantic interest, Amelia. We weren’t interested in the flashbacks but Sam has dinner with Amelia and her dad in one of them and there is wine on the table. We discussed, for probably way too long, whether that meant we should drink. We decided not to because they never touched the wine but we ended up wasting out breaths because in the next flashback the glasses are empty so we thought, screw it, what are we doing with our lives. 🥃🥃 *glug, glug*

During the fight scene near the end of the episode, Dean gets pushed across the room so 🥃 1x drink for me, but that’s okay because Castiel WON IT FOR ME IN THE END!

Dean: That’s straight-up Bugs Bunny.
Castiel: So, we’re looking for some sort of insect-rabbit hybrid.
How do we kill it?

I’ve always loved this episode because it’s rare to see Castiel working so closely with the boys on a case and it’s really funny. Not only that…IT WON ME THE COMPETITION YAY! Castiel misunderstands a total of 4 references in “Hunteri Heroici” which means…

THE FINAL SCORES ARE:

EVIE: 11  🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃
NICK: 12  🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃 🥃

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Now, I know the contest wasn’t necessarily accurate but who cares, it got rid of three bottles of stuff from out fridge and it was a hell of a lot of fun.

It is the taking part that counts BUT I’M STILL THE QUEEN OF SPN YASSS WOOOO 🎉🎉🎉


So…if you’ve made it all the way to the end of this lengthy post then I salute you. It also means that you are an avid Supernatural fan and therefore may know a few Supernatural fans too.
As it’s getting nearer and nearer to Christmas – I’m here to tell you that THIS is the ULTIMATE present for ANY AND ALL Supernatural fans >>> BUY IT NOW! >>>

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I’m so glad Lucifer is dead! (+ a little hello from me)

It’s no secret that the villains of Supernatural have gotten worse in recent years, and Lucifer’s character was no exception.

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Starting out as a ruthless and terrifying entity who stuck fear into Sam’s soul in Season 5, Lucifer returned in Season 11 as a moody teenager having to face his daddy issues and interact with God. Then we had Season 12 where he struggled to find a body strong enough to keep himself alive, eventually being easily imprisoned by Crowley, and Season 13 where it seemed his only goal was to have a relationship with his son.

Thankfully, the finale of Season 13 ended our suffering as Lucifer was finally killed off. (Although, with Supernatural, nothing is ever really dead.)

With the premiere of Season 14 just around the corner (it airs on Thursday night) I’m really excited to see the new villain, archangel Michael from “Apocalypse World”, take over our screens and I really hope the writers don’t kill him off too soon like they have done with most of the “terrifying” big bads.

As Michael will be possessing Dean, anything could happen. This angel isn’t the same Michael we have seen in previous seasons. Previews for Season 14 suggest this new Michael is going to take over as the king of Hell, but what’s his plan after that? Bring his angel army from “Apocalypse World” to the Winchester’s Earth and rule over humans too?

Whatever happens, I’m sure Jensen’s performance will be stunning which is probably what all of us are mostly excited about.

Personally, I would like a villain who is a mixture of yellow-eyed Azazel’s maliciousness and distorted mindset, Lilith’s creepiness, Abaddon’s fun sexiness, and Amara’s confidence and empowerment.

I’ve got a feeling that the new Michael won’t have all of these traits but I’m intrigued by what is to come from the character.


 

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Supernatural Season 12 Would You Rather

1. Would you rather be tortured by Lady Bevell or Ketch?
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2. Would you rather be burned alive by Lucifer, be malled to death by a hellhound or be trapped in a parallel apocalyptic world?
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3. Would you rather go hunting with Mary or Claire?
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4. Would you rather fight Lucifer possessing Vince Vicente or Lucifer possessing the president?
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5. Would you rather be pregnant with Lucifer’s baby or be captured and programmed by the British men of letters?
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6. Would you rather have telepathic powers and be imprisoned by your own family or be part of the banes family (and have magic) but have to watch your mum and sister die?
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7. Would you rather be kept in the high security prison on site 94, trapped in Hell with Lucifer or trapped in the locked bunker running out of air?
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8. Would you rather fight with the Colt, a grenade launcher, or angel killing bullets?
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9. Would you rather be bewitched with a memory-loss spell or be bitten by a werewolf?
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10. Would you rather live with Crowley in Hell, Jody Mills (with Alex and Claire), Castiel and a pregnant Kelly Kline, Mick and Ketch in the British men of letters, or with Sam and Dean in the bunker?
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11. Would you rather save/bring back Mick, Eileen, Rowena, Lady Bevell, Ketch, Crowley, Castiel, Kelly, Lucifer or Mary?
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S12E5 “American Nightmare” Photo Edit #2

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♪ I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy Down in my heart Where?
Down in my heart to stay And if the Devil doesn't like it
He can sit on a tack Ouch Sit on a tack Ouch And I'm so happy
So very happy ♪
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S12E5 “American Nightmare” Photo Edit #1

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– – – G o d has a plan for us a l l – – –

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S12E04 “American Nightmare” Review

So, there I was, an article ready to fill in my draft box entitled “Supernatural has done it again” criticising Supernatural Season 12 and then, out of no where, this episode pops up. “American Nightmare” was an emotional, dramatic horror movie with a side of Winchester family issues, and pretty much had everything I could want.

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Season 12 Episode 4 “American Nightmare”                       Air Date: Nov 3rd 2016

As I have already mentioned, Season 12 has not been great in my opinion and the title in my draft box is referencing the fact that the Supernatural writers tend to create these big cliff-hanging finale moments; the Angels falling in Season 8, Demon Dean in Season 9, The Darkness in Season 10, and then completely ruin or gloss over the idea once the new season starts. Mary Winchester was one of these in their long list. The premiere of Season 12 was probably one of the worst I have ever seen. The British Men of Letters as an antagonist is boring and mild, and Mary is detached and unconnected to the audience as a mother.

However, despite the first three episodes of the season being barely watchable, I am willing to forgive and forget due to what the show gave us this week.

It has been a long while since Supernatural actually scared me, and I think it’s difficult for a show that has been going for so long to keep things shocking, gory and fresh. The opening sequence, set in a church, is eerie and uncomfortable to watch as a woman gets whipped and killed by an unknown force. Most viewers are long-term fans so understand that this woman is possessed, whether by a demon, ghost or other being, and so we do feel sorry for her despite not knowing her name or her motivations. I believe this is due to a combination of directing and sound. One shot circles the woman twice as she screams and the music ascends, making her and the audience vulnerable to what is going on.

Sam and Dean enter, in their priests outfits which I didn’t even know they still had. Fans noted how the boys continuously change their disguises during this episode, going from religious priests, to FBI agents, to child protective services, to their usual hunting attire, which kept things interesting.

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Comedy is still regular when it is revealed that Sam loved 80’s rock. What’s also great about this episode is how much Sam and Dean have matured and grown in that they are so much faster and wiser, and are quick to filter their options for what is behind the brutal murders. They have battled Lucifer himself, so therefore instantly shoot down suggestions from the majority of the characters they meet in the episode that it might be the devil. They also cross off many ideas from their list including a demon or a rogue angel because of their lifetime of experience and expertise. When Dean believes the events are due to a witch, Sam argues and suggests that it is ghost possession. Even though the boys split up due to this disagreement, Dean humbly admits to his mistake and they accept that they do have different opinions and are open to listening and learning. In one scene where they argue over what is causing the murders, the boys are so fast to counter act each others ideas, it just shows how experienced the hunters are.

The characters are so diverse and interesting in this episode. Even Carl, the pathologist who shows the boys the first victims body and is on screen for approximately 2 minutes, is quirky and fun. Then as the boys are examining the body, Sam tries to have a brotherly moment but Dean is having none of it. Earlier, Dean is seen texting his mum which is sweet, and kind of made me happy that Mary did leave the bunker. As I have already mentioned, Mary seemed so disconnected and distanced from her sons and I didn’t feel emotional when the three of them were on screen together. If anything it was just awkward. The whole premise of the show is Sam and Dean seeking revenge for their mother’s death, and this was kind of just ruined by bringing Mary back. I guess it feels a bit like the writers have written themselves into a corner where they have no where to go from here. I do hope Mary stays in the show but as someone who Sam and Dean actually need. The boys don’t need a mother right now, they are already grown and have faced a lot already. Mary may have been their ultimate desire at one point in the show, for example when Dean wishes and dreams of a normal life where his mum is alive in Season 2, but they have been settled for a while now and, although it’s great that she is back, it’s obvious that she doesn’t fit. I hope she fills a Bobby or Kevin shaped whole and appears regularly as an aid or advise helpline. However, seeing as this is the best episode of the season so far it’s clear that Mary shouldn’t be in every episode.

Beth is next to be introduced to the Winchesters in this episode and, as she is honest and likeable, we are left suspicious about whether she is the culprit behind the killings. Meeting the Peterson family, we do get a strange sense from them as well which is probably mostly to do with their extreme views on God.  Considering that the audience and Sam and Dean know God personally and know that he doesn’t really care how this family lives or prays, it makes the family appear even more deluded. When Gail asks the brothers if they know God, Dean replies with “Oh, yeah. We’re besties” to which Sam gives him a disapproving look. Despite this being a funny inside joke between the Winchesters and the audience, the boys understand that, although they know the truth about Heaven, Lucifer and God, there are people who use religion as hope and a way of coping through life, and they do respect that.

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Dean begins to connect with the Petersons as Abraham reveals why they turned to religion and rejected the modern way of living. It is very eye-opening as Abraham gives this speech and makes viewers self-reflect on their own society:

“Oh, the world out there is all distractions. Consumerism, corporations. And the people, if they’re not shopping or stuffing their face, they’re sitting in front of some screen watching fake people do fake things, while the real world just gets more and more screwed up. Gail and I, we didn’t want that for our kids, so… so here we are, sweatin’ our butts off. The things you do for family.”

The fact that viewers are watching “fake people do fake things” makes Abraham’s words just that little bit more real to the audience as we sit and watch the episode. “While the real world just gets more and more screwed up” I found clearly references today’s political and social upheaval.

The amazing speeches just keep coming as Gail continues to criticise the type of life her family used to lead, including their kids never interacting and being on behavioural medication, herself being on painkillers and her husband spending his time working or drinking. Audiences do get drawn in by their view of modern society and it does put things in perspective for viewers. Then Sam grows angry and argues with Gail over her belief and  view of God. The Winchesters believe the Petersons let their daughter, Magda, die of pneumonia because they believed it was “God’s will”. Sam, having met God personally, argues intensely with Gail about this matter and states that God doesn’t care what kind of life the family lead and accuses Gail herself of killing Magda. Sam acts sophisticated throughout this episode but this scene reveals a bit of his defiant personality when he is faced with something he feels passionate about.

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The acting from all the guest stars in this episode were incredible as we feel for each character in their own way. However, actress Paloma Kwiatkowski was particularly inspiring as it is revealed her character is still alive and kept prisoner in the basement by Gail. She first appears singing “I’ve Got the Joy in My Heart” and this contrast between the song choice and the appearance of the chained up and bloodied Magda, having been whipped, was so uncomfortable to watch.

Then all is revealed as Gail believes her daughter is possessed by the Devil due to her strange powers. She forces Magda to “purge” her body by whipping herself. The imagery and symbols of the story suddenly switch from God and hope to the Devil and evil. The episode continues, demonstrating how people label power and unfamiliar situations as darkness and sin and how far people will go to wash all of that away from their lives, purely because they don’t understand it and are scared of what it can do.

Despite the horrible techniques that the family use on Magda, Abraham shows that they do care about her and are trying to keep her locked away so that she can’t hurt anyone. He explains to his son that Magda is their burden and they must help her. Believing that there is something evil that is using their daughter’s body is not the same for Gail and Abraham as believing that their daughter is doing those things of her own free will, which is why they can’t get their head around the fact that it is her own power.

Meanwhile, Dean heads off to shoot Beth, believing she is a witch and is responsible for the case. After speaking to her for a bit, Dean realises that it is very unlikely that she could have murdered anyone. When Beth asks why Dean came over to talk to her, the scene is cut. I like to think that the two of them continued to flirt or perhaps perform something even more intimate because Beth gives Dean her number at the end of the episode. As I said, all of the characters are interesting and intriguing to the audience, and Dean and Beth’s slight relationship is just another addition to this that I found very cute.

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Sam has matured so much over the years that he is actually beginning to sound like a fully-fledged adult, or father as he talks to Magda. It’s very sweet because he can talk from experience of having powers that he couldn’t control and being scared of himself. Sam’s psychic powers are something that the show hasn’t touched on in years so this conversation was so refreshing. It appears that Sam has forgiven himself for all the demonic powers he developed in the earlier seasons. Becoming Lucifer’s vessel in Season 5 created a lot of self-hatred in Sam and it gives closure to audiences that Sam has put the past behind him as he states “I could move things with my mind…but that didn’t make me the Devil, it just made me who I am”.

Director John F. Showalter continues to amaze as Magda explains how she possessed the victims that were killed. We do feel very connected to Magda as shots are show from the inside of the basement, looking out at the world, wanting to be set free and reaching out to anyone for help. Sam, speaking from experience, tells Magda that she can learn to control her powers and won’t ever have to hurt anyone ever again. This scenes keeps up the heart-warming sweet taste. Later on in the episode, Sam reassures Magda that her power shouldn’t control her, and it’s obvious Sam is drawing from his experiences with his demon blood addiction and visions that he felt controlled him.

Then there’s the supper scene where Gail attempts to legitimise her treatment of her daughter. Sam is having none of it as he answers back with such confidence, knowing for a fact that the family are wrong about Magda. He counteracts Gail so quickly – “Pain purges sin” “No it doesn’t” –  which is probably the first time the family have ever been shut down so fast regarding their beliefs. As the family eat and realise Gail has poisoned their food, I just wanted to scream at Sam to keep trying to convince the room that they have misinterpretation Magda’s powers. I wanted Sam to scream ‘Trust me, I’ve met the Devil and this girl is not him. I’ve met God and and if you guys eat this food you will not be together in Heaven.” All these comments are what Sam and the audience are thinking and it is interesting that, as the show has lasted so long, that we are more knowledgeable than most of the characters the Winchester’s meet, which is what makes Sam and Dean so victorious with their hunts.

The episode does have a sorrowful ending as the majority of the family end up dead. As Gail unfairly poisons her husband and stabs her son, Magda uses her powers to turn the knife onto Gail herself. Sam convinces Magda out of this idea as he understands that, when he killed with his powers, it made him empty and dark. Gail hopefully lives the rest of her life locked away and labelled as deluded, however the ending scene leaves a bitter taste as Mr Ketch shoots Magda as she was travelling to her Aunt’s. I understand why the show killed Magda off so that Mr Ketch could be introduced even more and his actions will definitely provoke the Winchesters later on, but the she did have so much potential and I was probably one in many who wanted her to join Sheriff Jody Mills’ lost girls club.

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Sam gave Magda such a comforting shoulder to rest on and let her travel to her Aunt’s so that she could lead a normal life, after stating that she could call him whenever and he would be there. So he will be distraught if he finds out that Magda was killed because of her psychic abilities by the Men of Letters.

Mary finally texts Dean back and I already love the set-up a lot more because Mary is acting more like a mum and actually fits in, rather than moping around the bunker the whole time or trying to fit into Sam and Dean’s hunting lifestyle.

Well, definitely the best episode in a long time! It didn’t touch on the season arc too much but just enough so we want to keep watching. We were kept updated on Castiel, Crowley, Lucifer and Mary, as well as it being a perfect one-off story. As I was watching, it did feel like a horror movie, but shortened and clear of the boring scenes that normally come with a Supernatural episode like the brothers in the bunker or the brothers driving. I still can’t believe the episode was only 40 minutes because the actors, writers and directors managed to make us connect to each guest character and scare the hell out of us with the gore, uncomfortable torturing scenes and spooky music. We have seen enough ghost stories to last a life time and the monster-of-the-week episodes have slowly become worse and worse over the past few years, but I want to say that “American Nightmare” sets the bar for how to nail a good horror story, as well as referencing Sam and Dean’s position and their past. Ultimately, this was all about Magda and her struggle but it obviously had an effect on the boys and definitely on me.

 

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