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5.20.2011: What to Watch – Weekend TV Edition

Posted in Previews, Supernatural, TV on 05/20/2011 by sharonwong

Supernatural:  Episode 21 – “Let It Bleed” and Episode 22 – “The Man Who Knew Too Much (The CW starting at 8/7c)  Starring Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Jim Beaver and Misha Collins

This week, Supernatural fans (including the staff of Horror Haven) will be treated to a double helping of the Winchester brothers.  The two hour time slot is for both the 21st episode and the season finale, and not a two hour season finale (the second to last episode of the season did not air last week due to the Smallville series finale).  With the show moving into its seventh season next fall, this back-to-back schedule is a nice send-off for the summer and for the fans to get one last chuck of Supernatural. Continue reading

Supernatural Season 6, Episode 16 “…And Then There Were None”

Posted in Supernatural on 03/05/2011 by rogerfroilan

Writer –  Brett Matthews

Many of this season’s episodes appear on the surface as filler episodes.   You sit there going, “Okay, this is a great story and all, but how does it advance the overall plot?”  You tap your watch impatiently, because this could possibly be the last season of Supernatural.   And then you get a couple of good character nuggets and a plot point or two and suddenly everything is right with the world.

This episode was no exception.  Bobby Singer is hands down my favorite character on the show and I love every episode that fills in his backstory and deepens his character; this episode is no exception.  Every time poor Bobby’s in peril I’m on the edge of my seat, afraid that he may actually kick the bucket this time!  I’m waiting for when they finally do a flashback where John Winchester entrusts Sam and Dean to Bobby for a short time, and Bobby goes all Lone Wolf & Cub with baby Sam strapped to his back while he and a young Dean fight monsters.  That would be fun to see!

In this episode, the “Mother of All” is back and takes on the form of a young lady named Eve.  She convinces a truck driver who’s refueling at a gas station to give her a lift.  When she tries to kiss him, he throws religious pamphlets her way, but she says that God doesn’t care about humanity, particularly since the Apocalypse has already come and gone.  She claims to want to tell him a secret and whispers in his ear.  Later, Rick the truck driver goes home and kills his wife in a gruesome way.

Meanwhile, Bobby is tracking monster sightings which lead him and the Winchester boys to the city where Rick killed his wife.  What’s really cool here is that we get to see a spiffed up Bobby in a suit and trench coat, posing as FBI with Sam and Dean.  When do we ever get to see that?  They interview Rick who has no memory of what happened after he filled up his gas tank.  While viewing the gas station’s security cameras, the team catches a glimpse of Eve’s face which looks very ghoulish.  Bobby theorizes that she is the Mother of All, and suggests that they turn and run.  Something that scares Bobby that badly, scares me as an audience member!

After the police get an emergency call about someone shooting out a cannery, the gang heads there where they encounter Rufus Turner, played by Steven Williams who has made a career of playing characters without whom theplot would never advance.  How can we not forget him as the dude from Jason Goes to Hell who mysteriously had all kinds of plot information for the characters that he couldn’t possibly know yet the story couldn’t have moved forward without him.  But I digress…Bobby and Rufus agree to team up, like the old days.  We ultimately learn that Eve planted some sort of worm-like creature in Rick’s ear, and now it’s body hopping.

As the investigation continues, Samuel and Gwen show up and Dean tries to kill Samuel, since he swore he would.  Sam manages to defuse the situation and the unlikely team is on the hunt.   At one point, Dean is taken over by the worm and shoots Gwen, killing her.  He is released, but we are treated to a hybrid of The Hidden, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Star Trek II (and if memory serves, Jason was a body hopping slug in Goes to Hell!).  It’s always fun when you’ve got a situation where the characters can’t trust each other because any one of them could have the slimy creature in the pilot’s seat.  As the story moves forward, we are treated to great nods to the films mentioned above.  I particularly had Pavel Chekov in the back of my head yelling, “They put creatures in our ears!”

What helps elevate this episode to story arc status, even though it seems like just another investigation, is that we learn more about the characters and start to resolve some issues.  Samuel is outed as having betrayed the boys to Crowley.  Rufus references Omaha, an investigation that Bobby and he worked on many years ago in which Bobby didn’t take Rufus’ advice and the result was the death of someone Rufus loved.  Rufus exclaims that he will never forgive Bobby for it.  Yet, we see that they are still able to work together for the common good, and the tension between them never really escalates beyond a mild irritation.  This illustrates the brotherly bond they have that we never really got to see before.  Yeah, Rufus is not going to forgive Bobby, but Bobby full well knows that Rufus has got his back.  All of that is implied which speaks to the great writing and acting.

We also kind of realize by now (if we haven’t already in prior episodes) that the Mother of All is the Big Bad for the season.  She claims early in the episode that while God has abandoned his children, a mother would never do that.  Considering that all of the investigations concerned random monsters throughout the season (with the occasional Angelic side-missions popping in from time to time), we now can fully theorize that the Mother of All has something up her sleeve that could be worse than the Apocalypse.

This episode made me like Rufus more as a character because rather than just being an angry hunter, we realize that just like the rest of them – he’s got a ton of baggage that weighs on him daily.  Mitch Pileggi does a great job of reminding us why we can’t stand Samuel, and the final confrontation between him is a resolution that’s been long overdue.  When confronted with possibly knowing details of what he did when he didn’t have a soul, Sam makes the smart choice…a choice that will have repercussions for a long time to come.

Dean, however, doesn’t have a huge amount to do in this episode, but that’s okay.  We know that his day will come and it just wasn’t the right environment for him to work out his family issues.

All in all, “…And Then There Were None” will be remembered as an integral part of the Supernatural mythology and is yet another reason why we hope and pray for a season 7.

Supernatural Rundown

Posted in Review, Supernatural on 02/28/2011 by shaundaniels78

Supernatural Episode #15 The French Misconnection

Written by Ben Edlund & Directed by Charles Beeson

Supernatural pulled off what most shows haven’t, couldn’t and shouldn’t; they used an old TV trope and succeeded.  The brothers Winchester are forced into an alternate world, the “real world” or our world to be more precise.  A world where Sam and Dean are not themselves but their real selves, actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively, on the television show, Supernatural.  This story device of an alternate world has a good pedigree behind it as The Twilight Zone was one of the first, if not the first to do it.  Supernatural had big shoes to fill and filled it they did.

Sam and Dean are transported into our reality after Balthazar (played by villain actor extraordinaire Sebastian Roché of Fringe and General Hospital fame) asks the brothers to help him.  He hands them a key claiming that it is the key to Heaven’s arsenal.  Oh but Balthazar forgets (or forgets?) to tell them that Raphael has sent the angel, Virgil, after it and that Castiel has gone underground.  A magic ritual is performed and bang, it’s through the looking glass (a nod to Alice) for the boys.

From the time when director Bobby Singer (yes, he named a character after himself), played by Brian Doyle-Murray, yells cut, the show takes its tongue and firmly plants it into its own cheek.  Whether it’s the mentioning of low Nielsen tv ratings by Sam or that Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, has moved on to another show, Supernatural knows how to make fun of itself.  Sam and Dean discover that Dean/Jensen Ackles is mega rich with toys aplenty and Sam/Jared Padelecki is not only Polish but married to the actress who plays demon Ruby, Genevieve Cortese.

To escape this unreality, Sam and Dean set out to recreate the ritual Balthazar performed.  Unfortunately, the two hunters have to act out the rest of the episode they’re starring in.  A montage of bad acting proceeds.

To make matters worse, Virgil shows up (with an homage to Terminator) but with no powers yet ends up with the key after a miscontrued fist fight.  Misha Collins aka Castiel (in a scene stealing episode) is just a fellow actor who tweets about getting punk’d but winds up being murdered by Virgil in order to call upon Raphael.  His wish is granted and Raphael promises Virgil that he will rescue him from this reality.  Without powers, Virgil realizes he must stop Sam and Dean like a human, and therefore, attains a gun.  He shoots up the set but is stopped by the brothers.  The two retrieve the key and return to their reality minus Virgil only to find a female Raphael waiting for them on the other side.  Balthazar drops in on the party and confesses that all of it was a ruse to buy him time to find heaven’s weapons.  The key he gave Sam and Dean was was just a key; a key for a locker at a bus terminal.  Just as a fight between the angels was about to begin, Castiel shows up packing with heaven’s arsenal and sends Raphael flapping her wings.

An utterly fantastic episode all around especially the ending.  It was like an apology to Supernatural’s fans for last week’s less than so-so episode and stated that even in its sixth season, Supernatural still knows how to throw the big punches.   Hopefully, it will be topped by next week’s episode when the brothers Winchester hunt down the mother-of-all [fill in the blank].

Supernatural Rundown

Posted in Blogs, Review, Supernatural on 02/24/2011 by shaundaniels78

Supernatural Rundown

Episode 14 Mannequin 3 The Reckoning written by Nicole Snyder and Eric C Charmelo, directed by Jeannot Szwarc.  A middle-of-the-road episode with a few tweaks to Supernatural conventions and character moments.  Next week’s episode sounds a bit more interesting as with Sam and Dean being transported to a world in which they are actors on a TV show based on their lives.

The aforementioned-titled Mannequin 3 starts off like a typical episode of Supernatural, a man is killed by something unseen and there’s a hanging anatomy model in the room moving its eyes.  Sam and Dean begin investigating per usual as their FBI alter-egos, their supernatural spidey senses tingle and the hunt begins.  Quickly, the pieces start coming together. A ghost is seeking revenge…what else do ghosts do best?  The episode gets better with the sprinkling in of the ongoing Dean dilemma of work versus family. Dean answers a call from Lisa except it’s from Ben.  Ben says that Lisa is acting weird and insists that only Dean can help.  Dean is convinced so Sam and Dean split up.  Undertones of the push-pull relationship of Sam and Dean surface compounding the tension between the brothers.  Dean shows up to help his “family” and unless Lisa was going on a date with a werewolf,  Dean say they were parent-trapped.  Dean and Ben have a father-son talk and it’s Ben who points out that Dean has double standards when it comes to family, one for Sam, and one for Lisa and Ben.  Meanwhile, Sam stops a second murder by a mannequin wearing the clothes of the now Ghost.  We find out that the Ghost has a living sister and the motive for murder unravels. A group of male co-workers of the dead sister had pranked her, an accident happened and we have a recipe for revenge Hazzar.  Sam recovers the bones of the victim and burns them.  It’s a wrap, right?  Not so as it’s only the 38-minute mark.  Intriguing.  The co-worker Sam has just saved from the possessed-clothes mannequin heads home to the best part of the episode.  The man’s significant other, a Real Doll (google it), turns to him and of course, his luck has run out.  Hold on, hold on…bones were burned.  OK,  the ghost must be tied to something else.  Nothing new in the world of Supernatural but curiosity is peaked.  Sam and Dean,  returning from reality, run down everything with the sister.  All of the dead sister’s possessions have been done away with, but then Sam realizes that the sister has been everywhere the ghost has turned up.  What does the living sister have of the dead sister?  Something she can’t live without…her kidney.  Before Sam and Dean can figure out what to do, the Impala is possessed by the Ghost.  Now, the saddest part of it all is that Dean tricks the Ghost to drive his beloved Impala into a building.  It works, everything goes quiet and we see the sister has a massive shard of glass sticking into her and her kidney.  The dead sister appears and says good-bye.  The episode ends on a touching character moment between Sam and Dean. Overall, a standard Supernatural episode with a few pivotal highlights.

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