Friday, 24 February 2017

The Light on Spoilers, Heavy on Squee Preview of Supernatural 12x13 Family Feud



Are the weeks going faster? The new episodes seem to be coming thick and fast. Which is good, because YAY NEW EPISODE! But bad because we're already up to episode 13! This season is screaming along (and we'll probably be screaming along with it later!).

Anyhoooooo here is this week's preview!


THEN

OMGSOMUCHHAPPENEDICANTEVEN

More YEDs
The Colt
Mary is a lying lier or lies
Crowley loves Cas (and Sam and Dean)
LUCIFER!!!!
DID I MENTION THE COLT?!!


NOW

Gavin's back!


Yep Crowley's son is back - I always figured we'd see him again, he was a little hanging plotline I hoped we'd revist!


Let's look at the synopsis....

Family Feud 

SAM AND DEAN ASK ROWENA TO FIND CROWLEY’S SON – When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) look into a murder at a museum, they learn a ghost from a merchant ship that sunk in 1723 may be at the heart of the mystery. After realising “The Star” was the same ship that Crowley’s (Mark A. Sheppard) son Gavin McLeod (guest star Theo Devaney) should have been aboard, they enlist help from Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to track Gavin down. Kelly Kline (guest star Courtney Ford), still pregnant with Lucifer’s child, takes refuge with a demon after an angel attempts to kill her. PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming (#1213). 

Woo! Lots of stuff going on! This will be P.J. Pesce's third episode of Supernatural, having directed 9.21 King of the Damned and 10.18 Book of the Damned. Eugenie and Brad's last ep was LOTUS.


Okay - here's the promo...


EVERYONE IS IN THIS EPISODE! EVERYONE! Except maybe Cas....

So looking at this, we have Sam, Dean, Mary, Ketch, Rowena, Crowley, Gavin, Kelly and by the sounds of it, Lucifer... Cas isn't mentioned and doesn't appear in the promo or synopsis, but who knows! That's a pretty huge cast!


Okay we got two sneak peeks....


DUM DA DA DUMMMMMMMMM! Dean is on to his mum! GOOD! I totally want them to bust her and I can't wait until they do! Sam is so sweet, he just wants to believe and trust....Dean just can't. Awwww it's sad. And man those two beats of music at the end are ominous!

Here is sneak peek 2!


Hey Gavin, who should be dead years ago - here's your Grannie who also should have been dead loads of years ago! The boys are getting pretty chummy with Rowena. I kinda like it! I like Rowena, and I love seeing her stand with the boys because she's so wee and they look like giants!


And here is the Producer preview - I LOVE that we're getting these again!


Ouch! Harsh, Rowena! She sure knows how to spit out a good slam! Dim and Dimmer... Crowley's names for the boys are so good.


Eeeeee!nYay! It's Supernatural day!

Enjoy the episode everyone!

-sweetondean

Check out sweetondean's review of last week's Stuck in the Middle (With You)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - Stuck in the Middle (With You)




Opening words

Well, holy crap. I have no idea how I will recap this story. It was amazing and awesome and I immediately knew that recapping this will be hell. I love when the show takes risks and shows us new ways to tell the story. I also must say that I love Tarantino movies and the new canon they introduced in this episode got my interest peaked. I really don't dare to present the story in step by step order so I think it is chronological recap just for my sanity.

Wish me luck!




















Details

Title Stuck in the Middle (With You)
Episode 12.12
First aired February 16, 2017
Directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
Written by Davy Perez
Monster Ramiel


















Story

We start with Ketch in a diner and he tells someone to tell him a story so here we go. Wish me luck! Mary has been working with the British Men of Letters and she asks Wally to be a decoy for their job that Sam, Dean and Castiel won't ask the wrong questions.  All I can say is, what are you doing Mary? Secrets are not good mmmmkay. Wally doesn't trust the BMOL as we know and he has never even fought a demon. When he said those words I knew he was a goner which is a shame.

They call on the others and we get a pretty nice breakfast scene with all our heroes. They go over with the plan while Dean is giving the waitress pep talk to Castiel. No wonder Mary uses her mom voice for everyone on the table. In no time at all they are scouting the demon house. After Cain was shown as bee keeper I have come to be suspicious about bad guys like this demon that should have been just a fisherman. Turns out I was pretty right about it.


The one they are hunting has a schedule when he actually goes fishing so the group can prepare a trap for him meanwhile. Everyone else are making things ready and Mary takes the opportunity to vanish to the basement and in a moment we find out that the real case is a heist. She brakes in to a safe and steals something from inside that glows golden. A hat dip to Pulp Fiction. When Mary comes back up Cas questions her. She gives him an excuse and the matter is left alone.

The demon is whistling and heading home. The hunters are ready and when he steps through the front door Dean immediately shoots him but the demon bullets don't work. Sam stabs him with the demon knife but that doesn't work either. The demon seem to have even bigger beef with angels than normally. He notices the demon trap but walks just over it. Something is very wrong with this demon. You can guess it. After this everything goes sideways with the plan.


Like we saw at the start two more demons enter the fight when Cas and Mary are separated from the others. Wally dies and Sam is saved by Dean. Inside the house the demon reveals that he has yellow eyes. (I screamed on this spot) and Cas tells Mary to run and she does. Cas is tossed outside from the window and the YED grabs a lance from his back and he stabs Cas. Mary drives over the demon and she takes Cas to safety to a barn nearby.

Cas is not well. Sam and Dean head there after a call and Mary sends an angry text to the BMOL that their intel was wrong. They tell her to run but Cas can't be moved. The boys arrive and Mary tells Sam that the demon had yellow eyes. Crowley enters the scene and he pretty much says that they are all doomed. The additional demons were actually his and they were guarding none other than a prince of hell called Ramiel.

This is the kicker. The new lore we got. It seems that Ramiel and the other princes are the oldest generation of demons after Lilith. After Lucifer turned them they were supposed to lead demonic armies against heaven. They all had yellow eyes like Azazel that was one of them. This all is made clearer with a flashback where Crowley gives the lance of Michael to Ramiel and he is promoted to King of Hell after he gives another present to Ramiel.


The Lance of Michael kills demons and tortures angels and that is what Castiel was hit with. Ramiel was meant to be left alone because of the deal but as he wasn't he is now pissed. Crowley tries to make another deal with Ramiel while Castiel prepares to die as there is no cure to the stab wound. He wants the Winchesters to run because they are his family. Sam and Dean refuses and then Ramiel steps in from the hole on the wall from which he threw Crowley inside the barn. 

They trap him in a holy oil ring and Ramiel gives them his ultimatum. They should give him the thing they stole in thirty seconds or he will kill each and every one of them. Only Mary knows what he is talking about but she does nothing. WTF?! The time runs out and Ramiel grabs his spear again. He strikes down the flames and proceeds to fight against all of the three. Sam kills Ramiel but it doesn't help Castiel. He is still dying.


Crowley saves the day when he remembers what Ramiel said about the lance and he brakes it in half. The magic is released and Castiel is healed. They head home and in the end we see that Mary was telling the story to Mr. Ketch and the item she stole was none other than THE COLT, OMG! Mary, Mary, Mary, you are way over your head. In conclusion we find out that Crowley is keeping Lucifer in prison and he is played by none other than Mark Pellegrino. 


















Characters

I am starting to feel sorry for the boys. What has Mary gotten them into? When they will find out everything that has been going on there will be hell to pay. Hopefully with no more casualties. In this episode we almost lost four Winchesters because of Mary's secret. And that is too big of a price for me. Castiel and Crowley shined in this episode. For a while I have seen Castiel part of the Winchester family so his scene when he said how he felt was strong. If you know you are done for and you have only few minutes to say goodbyes you would really say what you mean and something you would not normally say. Cas was done for and I think his words made a huge impact to all, even Mary.

We also learned something new about our favourite king of hell Crowley. Who would have thought that finally we would find out how he came to be the king of hell? Well, we did. It was one of the many surprises we got from this episode. And also that Crowley gave Ramiel the Lance of Michael and the colt. We also saw that Crowley really doesn't want the Winchesters nor Castiel to die. But Lucifer might be whispering doubtful thoughts in his ears now.


Now my apologies beforehand because I really like Mary but what is she DOING?! This can't end well. In a way I do see that she wants to rid the monsters from the world and the BMOL "seems" to be the best way to do it to protect her boys. She wants to give them safe and normal life. I think she doesn't know how to show her love, to be close to her boys so she does what a lot of parents do on that spot. She tries to give them a gift to show how much she loves them because she is not emotionally connected to her boys. She also must feel guilty about the secrets and her deal that started everything. She is a complex character so I hope her goal and reasons will be made clear later. But all that I know now is that there will be world of hurt coming their way.

Wasn't Ramiel sinister like the demons of old were? It was a shame that he died this fast but he DID leave a lasting impression on us. I can't wait his brother Asmodeus and their sister Dagon to appear if they are as sinister as he was. That whistling was creepy and he wasn't playing around.
Of course last but not least we got Mark Pellegrino back as Lucifer and I got hand it to him. He is Lucifer. Nobody can does it better.



Here is the full list of characters:

Mary Winchester
Castiel
Crowley
Lucifer
Mr. Ketch
Wally
Ramiel


















References

I will leave costume design be for this episode as I am a sucker for Tarantino movies I decided to list the references this episode had for his movies. So buckle up! Supernatural wiki had collected them all.

"Stuck in the Middle (With You)" is a name from 1974 by British folk/rock band Stealers Wheel. Most famously known from Reservoir Dogs. The style of the episode is a homage for Tarantino with the use of non-linear storytelling and the use of title cards in scene transitions which include Castiel "The Wounded Angel", may be a reference to the 1903 painting of the same name by Finnish symbolist painter Hugo Simberg, Mary's "Mother Mary", a reference to the lyric in the Beatles song "Let It Be." and "Mr. Crowley," referencing the Ozzy Osbourne song of the same name.


The opening scene of the hunters sitting in the diner is a reference to the opening scene to Reservoir Dogs. The scene of the hunters walking down the alley in slow motion is a reference to the opening credits to Reservoir Dogs. Castiel spending the majority of the episode bleeding from a gut wound in an abandoned barn is a reference to the character Freddy Newandyke / Mr. Orange from Reservoir Dogs, who spends the majority of the film bleeding to death in an abandoned warehouse after being shot in the gut.

Dean: All right ramblers. Let's get rambling.
A line of dialogue used in the Tarantino films Reservoir Dogs and From Dusk till Dawn.
The glowing light coming from lock box when Mary opens it is a reference to the MacGuffin from Pulp Fiction, itself a reference to the glowing briefcase from the 1955 film Kiss Me Deadly.



Last title card "One last thing" is also pretty close to Kill Bill's quote: Bill: One more thing, Sofie... is she aware her daughter is still alive? 
Like that sentence we also got two surprises in the episode when in the movie we found out that the daughter of the bride is alive. The glowing item Mary stole was the Colt and Crowley has Lucifer held captive.


















Props

Oh wow... The props were like no other in this episode so I will just focus on the most extraordinary ones because this episode had plenty. There were actually few props that I would like to own. They were that amazing. And the funny thing is that we had OLD and NEW ones and they were all amazing. So maybe I will start from the old and head forward to the new ones.

I can't believe we got THE COLT back. The whole history of that weapon makes me squeal like a western fan girl. All the western music lead us to the colt and I am glad we got it back. Also I need to wonder if there is a deeper meaning that we got it back. Where will the story take us now that it has emerged. As this episode was inspired by Tarantino there was a lot of focus on weapons. The colt was one but we got some other old timers too.

I love Dean's gun that was shown pretty clearly when he loaded it with Devil's trap bullets. Also Sam had his signature demon killing knife that also did not work like Dean's gun didn't. Same could say Mary and her angel  blade. Does this mean that dogs need to learn new tricks to something that is ahead of them. Or is it implying everyone should give BMOL the benefit of the doubt?


That leads us to the new props and like I said. They were not left behind from the old of how remarkable they were. When Ramiel made that Lance appear we were already gasping that Castiel was in trouble. We just didn't know how badly until the weapon was seen on a painting and it was held by none other than archangel Michael. The painting was beautiful itself. We also found out that it was given to Ramiel by Crowley. It is nasty against demons but if it used on angels they will suffer. That means Michael wanted Lucifer to suffer. If he is this cruel he might be a villain that we never want to get out of the cage.

Last but not least the BMOL and their toys. That safe opener was kinda cool. And we also saw the return of the brass knuckles in the hands of Dean. That was btw... Well hot. This episode raise my suspicion that we might have still huge surprises ahead of us. Because even the looming threat might be something that are among our heroes already. Like Crowley said: "Asmodeus has his hobbies. Dagon has her toys." Both of which can be hiding... I don't know for example in the BMOL.


















Music

We had loads of music in this episode but it was rather unusual for Supernatural. So let's see what did we have. Lover Boy (Instrumental) by Toodlum Barker & Emil Lomax (Extreme Music), Walk with a Winner by Gene McDaniels, La donna รจ mobile by Jerry Trimble Jr., Not for Me by Bobby Darin, Crop Won't Ever Come by Robin Loxley & Jay Hawke and Colt .45 Opening Theme by Mark Pellegrino. This was a no brainer. Here are the lyrics for Colt .45.

" There was a gun that won the west.
There was a man among the best.
The fastest gun or man alive.
A lightning bolt when he drew that Colt... .45.

He carried the message of law and of order,
Into a wicked land.
With a Colt single action Army revolver
Blazing from either hand.

There was the right, there was the wrong.
The gun was quick, the man was strong.
And peace was made when they arrived,
A lightning bolt when the drew that Colt... .45.

Colt .45.
Colt .45.
Colt .45.
Colt .45.



Here is the short +/- rundown for Stuck in the Middle (With You)

+ Lordy that new lore!
+ Wally
+ Colt 
+ Tarantino references
+ Ramiel
+ Michael's Lance
+ Mark Pellegrino
+ St. Michael Vanquishing Satan satan
+ Return of Michael teased?
+ The new Princes of Hell

- Wally dies, oh well. SPN has red shirts too.
- Mary, girl what are you doing!
- Castiel almost dies
- Lies are NOT good

-/+ Mary Winchester

 Mark Sheppard as Crowley






Dyy-dyy-dydy-dyy-dyy-dyy-dydy-dyy *whistles, walks to sunset, roll credits*. To be continued in episode 13!

- Leylin



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Review - Supernatural 12x12 Stuck in the Middle (With You) - by sweetondean



Don’t you just love our show? I mean seriously, don’t you love it? Twelve seasons in and Supernatural still likes to experiment with form and story, and still has the capacity to surprise us with twists and turns we never saw coming and simply never expected to see coming! It still leaves us discussing the whys and the hows and the wheres. I always say Supernatural doesn’t rest on its laurels - its laurels being it’s length of time on air and its passionate fandom - and Stuck in the Middle (With You), is a fine example of our show still stretching its epic wings all these years down the track.


I loved this episode! Loved. From the timeline that jumped back and forth, to the music choices, to the absolutely amazing reveals, to the questions that these raised, and the conflicted character feelings I was left with. It was a fabulously penned episode from Davy Perez - witty and smart - with amazing direction by our favourite of all arch angels, the one and only Richard Speight, Jr.. Rich kept the pace pumping and us on the edge of our seats, delivering several tight and exciting fight scenes, and some super cool moments followed by cracker surprises in what must have been a complex script to bring to the screen. Plus Serge’s beautiful cinematography and what must have been a truly brain scrambling edit by editor John Fitzpatrick, all made for a brave and innovative episode that came together beautifully. Like I said, I loved it!

I was lucky enough to once again be able to watch this episode with my friend Hazel. We were still travelling post Vegascon and where holed up in a hotel room. What made this experience even more of a treat was Stuck in the Middle (With You) was one of those episodes that makes you want to talk about it! We found ourselves discussing demon lore, character choices, looking up the Superwiki to confirm when we last saw the Colt, sharing feels about Mary, about our boys, gasping and clapping our hands as each reveal played out. You should have heard us when Ramiel flashed those yellow eyes! It was so much fun!


Stuck in the Middle (With You) was a little bit of an homage to some of Tarantino's classic film moments. From the music styling that included spaghetti western themes and the fabulous use of “Walk With a Winner” as we cut to Mary helping Cas into the barn, while the boys battled the demons and poor old Wally dies. Man I LOVED that music cue, it was absolutely fantastic and it worked a treat with the sudden burst of chaos it accompanied. 

Then there was the opening diner scene, the slo-mo walk, the glowing box, the time jumps, the title cards, the whistling…. so many nods, and all of them fitted into the episode perfectly. I’ve always been a Tarantino fan. I like the cartoonesque, hyper stylised, violent vibe his movies have, comedic and horrifying at the same time, with sharp and sassy dialogue, characters who are bad but you can’t help but love, and grey area heroes pushed to the extreme, making choices born of anger and revenge. It kind of seems appropriate our show would wind up tackling his film making style.


The reveals came BAM BAM BAM, thick and fast and were so fantastic they made my head spin in the best possible way. 

I thought it might be easier to break them down bit by bit. So if you're ready ramblers, let’s get ramblin’!



The Demon

Ramiel, the night fishing demon that Mary shiftily got the boys on board to bring down, was a Prince of Hell. A brand new breed of demon, the like of which we’d never even heard of. They were the next breed of demon after Lilth (I guess the Knights came after the Princes?). Ramiel was one of four Princes - one other being Azazel, the original yellow eyed demon. THERE ARE MORE YEDS!  There are two more we are yet to meet! And one is interested in the Nephilim! Squee!

The shock waves that Ramiel’s yellow eyes sent through me! I gasped! I loved the reaction in Mary when she saw his eyes, and then the reaction in Sam when Mary told her son that the thing they had come to kill had those damn, terrifying, yellow eyes. The horror in Sam’s face; the fear that zapped between mother and son. 

Like Cain, all Ramiel wanted was to live a quiet life away from the demands of Hell. Where as Cain raised bees, Ramiel fished. Neither wanted anything to do with their past or their lineage. But Ramiel had something the British Men of Letters wanted…



The Colt

The freakin’ colt! I had to scramble to figure out when we last saw the Colt - outside of Frontierland in season six. I knew it was season five, and I thought it was when the boys tried to kill Lucifer in Abandon All Hope, when we found out that Lucifer was one of the 5 things in all creation that the Colt can’t kill. The goddam Colt! I wracked my brain to remember if Dean left it behind when Cas zapped him out of danger. I remember him being flung into a tree, but I remember he seemed to hang on to the Colt (for a change not needing a bungy!). I went back and watched the end of the episode to make sure I remembered right! We never really saw, but my assumption was, and still is, the gun went with Dean.

The noises I made when Ketch unwrapped the package Mary passed him, revealing the gun in all its glory. The yelling that happened when I realised that the Colt was being given to someone other than the Winchesters! BY A WINCHESTER! Of course, we could question what Mary knows or believes of the Colt - we know that her father believed it to be legend until Dean went and recovered the gun from Daniel Elkins in season four’s In the Beginning, so what Samuel may have told Mary - the stories about it - she may never have truly believed, and he couldn’t have update her on the info as the Yellow Eyed Demon killed him! And of course she wouldn’t have any idea that her boys had at one time possessed the Colt and used it. But how and when did Crowley get it again? He says to Ramel, "It’s amazing what some people just leave lying about". So when did he snatch it. Are we to assume it was left after the attack on Lucifer? Of course originally Crowley got the gun from Bela after she stole it from the Winchesters, and then he gave it back to the boys in season five - setting them up for the failure with Lucifer. Somehow he reclaimed it after Lucifer was back in the cage, and gave it to Ramiel who had it under lock and key for six years! ! After Abandon All Hope we only ever saw the Colt in the past when Dean left it behind in Frontierland. I would dearly love to know what happened with that gun. I’ve often wondered about it! The show should just do an epi just on the journey of the Colt! And now the damn British Men of Letters have it! Bugger. Bastards.



Mr Crowley

Oh my gosh! How delicious was it finding out how Crowley became the King of Hell. I’d always assumed he’d wormed his way in there somehow, saw an opening and took his place, using his usual slippery techniques, but instead he got it by default, because he was in the right place at the right time when Ramiel didn't want the job! It sort of makes sense now why Crowley seems not to love the job that much, it wasn’t necessarily his plan or ambition. He was a Crossroads demon, off travelling, meeting people, using his charms, making deals, now all of a sudden he was running Hell with all its problems, red tape and paperwork! It all kind of fell into place with that reveal, as to why Crowley so often seems like a fish out of water in his own kingdom. What an awesome twist - a back story I never saw coming!



The Devil

Something else I never saw coming! Bloody hell, how I screeched when I realised it was Lucifer in the cage, but not THE cage! Chained up like he'd chained Crowley - like a dog - as defiant and sassy as ever, back in the wonderful skin of Mark Pellegrino. What on earth is Crowley thinking - Lucifer totally gets under his skin, and is way more powerful than Crowley ever will be. Here the boys are, thinking Lucifer is safely back in the inescapable cage, but instead he’s under Crowley’s lock and key - glowy red eyes all glowy! This is going nowhere good, my friends, NOWHERE GOOD! Crowley is being unusually stupid!



Mother Mary

I left Mary to last because she’s a conundrum. I just don’t get her, and to be honest, I’ve got to the point where I don’t even like her - and I’m hoping that changes fast. 

I said a few weeks ago that I was having trouble rationalising her lack of interest in her sons, and with that, having trouble feeling any kind of empathy or sympathy for her. Yes, she’s been dragged back into the world and out of the happiness of her family life in Heaven, and I get why that might screw with her head, but she’s too much about her and I can only excuse that for so long when her boys are there, living and breathing and loving her in the world she now actually inhabits. Like I said, I don’t need her staying with them cooking them chicken soup, but I do need her to appear to give a shit! And regardless of Wally saying what wonderful things she says about her boys, she sure doesn’t relay that to them. I noted that though Sam smiled, Dean kind of grunted the comment away with a slight rise of his eyebrows, not a dismissal, but not exactly an acceptance of Wally’s declaration that Mary is proud of her boys. What exactly has she done to demonstrate that?

Now she puts her boys in danger by not telling them exactly what was going down with the hunt. Sure, she didn’t know the demon in question was a Prince of Hell, but she did know that this was a recovery mission and not just a standard demon kill - she’s supposed to be a seasoned hunter, she should have called on her wits and realised there must be more to it. She used poor Wally (goddamn it I liked Wally), as her stooge, setting him up for his own demise, and ended up nearly getting Cas killed! But outside of all that and the lying and manipulating of her children, which I know some have hand waved away as a Winchester trait (sorry, I can’t do that), she let what she now knew was a super powerful demon to take a shot at both her boys, rather than give up the thing she stole. She stood there mute, as Ramiel counted them down before pulling Michael’s lance out of thin air and sending everyone flying. If it wasn’t for Sam’s wicked Ninja moves, her eldest would be dead. What the actual fuck, Mary Winchester? The thing tucked down the back of your pants, which you didn’t even know what it was, was actually more important to you than your sons’ lives? One could argue she knows her sons are kickass (by guess work really because she’s hardly been around them), and knows they can defend themselves, and who knows if Ramiel would have let them go anyway if she did aqueous to his request…but really? She was gambling with Sam and Dean’s lives. NOT. COOL. EVER. And to top it off, she’s working with the people who tried to kill her youngest, and at the very least, tortured him! Dean says it straight up - he’d never work with them because they tried to kill his brother, but apparently Mary is cool with it! And even when she realises the British Men of Letters sent her into a shit storm, she still goes and meets them to handover her ill gotten gains. Sure she threatens Ketch, but she still hands the Colt over and still remains on their books! ARGH! I know more generous people are saying she’s playing the long game and thinking if she can assist the BMoL with the destruction of all things supernatural, it will get her boys out of the life. But if she spoke to them for five seconds, she’d know that this is their life and one that they’ve accepted, and they've even learnt to hold some pride in their achievements. Even Dean asking Ramiel if he knew who they were shows that. I’m pretty sure they’d rather she didn’t work with those British bastards regardless of her intent (whatever that may be). And we know how those boys feel about lies…having waded through so many of their own to get to what is now a pretty damn solid footing. *big sigh*

Now don’t get me wrong, even though I currently don’t much care for Mary, I do like her as a character, for the reasons I’ve stated above, because I don’t understand her, she makes me feel feels and scratch my head and I enjoy the consternation she leaves me in! I’m friggin’ fascinated in what the hell is going to happen with her storyline, what will happen when the boys find out about her deception - because I think Dean’s on the way to being on to her - and how she will redeem herself. I think her arc, though personally confusing for me (and many others), has been super interesting and I’m enjoying the complexity and the surprising aspects of her character. This is so not the Mary I thought she’d be and part of me thinks that’s cool - while the rest of me gnashes my teeth at her…. she’s nothing if not challenging!



And outside of all these wonderfully wonderful reveals, the awesome script, sharp direction and edit, and Tarantino touches, we had some amazing character moments with Team Free Will + 1. 

Dear Crowley certainly is in a pickle! He really does he have a soft spot for the Winchesters - Dean as a past buddy and Sam, well I think he fancies Sam a little quite frankly! And just like Crowley does for the boys, the brothers fall into his better the devil you know category. As he said to Ramiel, when everything is going to crap, the Winchesters stop it - they are (sort of) allies Crowley can’t afford to lose. But now we realise not only is the King of Hell fond of Sam and Dean, he also has feels for Cas! Crowley seemed genuinely moved by the possible demise of Feathers. And really, there was no reason to save the angel when he did, the boys were already safe, but he still made sure Cas lived. I guess that keeps him in the brothers’ (sort of) good graces, but I think like Castiel, it seems that the longer the demon is around the Winchesters, the more moved and changed by their humanity he becomes. Of course, Lucifer is already playing with that one, whispering in Crowley’s ear about what he really is to the Winchesters… I do so love Crowley’s relationship with Sam and Dean, it’s always so damn entertaining!



Is anyone else getting a tad worried for Cas? He’s around the boys more than ever this season, and I’m sure this is not the first time the whole, you’re/we’re/he’s family thing has come up! That worries me, and the more the brothers use the word home in regards to the bunker with Cas, the more I start to fret about him! I can’t help it! I’ve been watching this show for nigh on twelve years, I know how they like to set us up and knock us down! I did love the scene between the three of them though, when Cas said he loved them all, Sam said they were fighting for Cas and Dean said they’d never leave him because he’s family (Mary could really take a note out of her sons’ book about what family means to them!) The double hand grab with both brothers helping their best friend to his feet was inspired and such a beautifully simple, yet powerful image. I loved it. It was damn perfect. And I loved the earlier teasing of Cas and the teachable moment with the waitress. The smells of food thing cracked me the hell up! And Cas sniffed the waitress! It was all gold.



And then we had Sam and Dean, walking in sync slo-mo down the street, working as a well oiled team as they prepared for the demon's return home, and of course, saving each other - Dean first, skewering the demon about to kill Sam, then Sam returning the favour by skewering Ramiel before he killed Dean. Tag team heroes. Just how I like my Winchesters - looking out for each other, having each other’s back. The Winchestery broments have been epic this season!


Phew! So there it is! This was such a big episode with so much awesome it left me with so many thoughts and so excited for the back end of this season. I simply can’t wait to see where all these threads are winding us! Kudos to everyone involved in bring this treat of an episode to us!

Until next time - I promise I’ll try not to be so late!

Thanks for being patient and for reading!

-sweetondean

Monday, 20 February 2017

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thinky Thoughts on 12x12 Stuck In The Middle (With You)



My brother made me watch all of Quentin Tarantino's movies.  I had never really heard of him or seen anything he's ever done.  The first one I think I watched was From Dusk Til Dawn.  That movie was sick and I kinda liked it.  I was introduced to True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. I've yet to see the Hateful Eight.  Tarantino certainly has a certain style of film making that's for sure and he's not short on his use of killing either.  For me, watching a Tarantino movie is never dull and I quite enjoyed this episode's homage to a couple of Tarantino's finest, the most prominent being Reservoir Dogs.

I loved the whole time jumping, going back and forth, seeing the events of what happened through different perspectives. I got a kick out of the slo mo walk and the planning at the diner scene.  I giggled at the prospect of trying to figure out which one of them at the table was supposed to be Mr. Pink. ๐Ÿ˜ The entire episode felt like I was watching a movie and it had my attention from beginning to end.  Intense would be the word I 'd use to describe this ep, intense and illuminating. 

I love when show explores it's history and answers questions that we wondered about, but never got an answer to, and all the while in doing so introduces new canon.  What a talented group that write for this show. Kudos Davey Perez for such an awesome, if at times infuriating, (Mary W) script.

What Did We  Learn at School Today?

First off we learnt that the reason Azazel was such a loyalist to Lucifer was because he, in fact, was a Prince of Hell, ordained by the Morning Star himself.  He was created by Lucifer to command demon armies.  When Lucifer was cast into the cage, it was Azazel that spent years trying to find a way to free him.  He was the one who sought that special child.  He was the one who killed Mary Winchester and went after Sam. Needless to say, Dean Winchester was the first Winchester to kill a Prince of Hell. Apparently though, he didn't kill the last of them as there were at least three more that we now know of.

Secondly, we learned that Ramiel was next in line to become the new King of Hell, a role he had no desire to fill. Crowley had come to Ramiel bearing gifts, most likely to get on the good side of the one who was technically supposed to be the next King.  Crowley brought Ramiel the Lance of Michael and I would so love to know how he got his hands on that.  He also brought Ramiel the Colt.  So now we know where it went after Dean tried to kill Lucifer with it in Abandon All Hope.  Seems that when Dean dropped the gun after Luci tossed him into a tree, and Sam was a bit preoccupied with his brother and the fact that Luci was summoning Death himself, everyone forgot about the Colt. Cas secretly took Sam and Dean away and Lucifer was busy with the summoning ritual and lo and behold there it lie, just for the taking.  Guess who did the taking.  Seems Crowley got hold of the gun...again and then offered it up to Ramiel.  That little offer Ramiel did take Crowley up on, I mean that's a mighty powerful weapon.  I can see why the BMOL want it....after all, whoever dies with the most powerful toys wins right?

We also learned that dear Mama Winchester is secretly working for the BMOL and is lying to her children.  She also stole the Colt and gave it to Mr. Ketch.  I can't tell you how wrong this feels on so many levels and how dangerous a game Mary is playing right now.

There's Something About Mary....๐Ÿ˜

I find it unsettling that Rowena has been looking out for Sam and Dean more than their own mother has.  Hell Rowena has even been more affectionate to them than their own mother....it's like bizarro world.  I understood that Mary needed time and space.  I totally supported that idea.  The way Mary is with her sons, it's just not right. She hasn't been in contact with them other than what, a few texts and Words with Friends?  They were missing for months and she hasn't had the time to spend even an hour with them?  When she is with them, she treats them like she does any other hunter.  Did it bother anyone else that when Sam reached out to her and asked if she was ok, that he knew that this isn't the life she wanted, all she did in return was tell him "since when is life about getting what you want".  Here he is reaching out to her and she walks away from him. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I'm sorry but in that moment I kind of lost respect for Mary Winchester.   I'm trying really hard to figure out what her deal might be?  I mean she got an innocent hunter killed, she almost got her sons killed and she just stood by while the stopwatch was ticking away.  She had the weapon that could've disposed of Ramiel, but keeping her secret was more important than saving her sons.  Was she going to step up...like at all?

I keep trying to figure out if she's working with the BMOL or playing them? I really want to believe there's more to Mary than what we are seeing because what we are seeing isn't very flattering.  Is she working with the BMOL because she wants her children to live in a world without monsters and she thinks the BMOL have the wherewithal to make that a reality?  Does she trust them?  I'm not so sure she does, but how far is she willing to go to see that kind of life become a reality?  Is that even possible?  Do the ends justify the means to get to that world?  Her children almost died, what good is working with the BMOL to rid the world of monsters if her sons end up dead in process of getting there?
Or is there something else going on here?  Those Brits sure did want that Colt.  They do like weapons of power and the Colt is most certainly one of those.  Is her infiltrating the BMOL more to do with her "unfinished business".  What about these "old men" who seem to be pulling the strings.  Where is the power within the BMOL and who wants it?  Is Mary after someone or something else? 

I just really hope there's a reason, a legitimately good reason as to why Mary is treating her children, like......non children.   

 (Just a side note.... Did anyone notice that Ramiel seemed to know who Mary was?  He called her sweetheart and was acting like he'd known her for years...perhaps he has? Did he know about Mary/Sam and the whole Boy King stuff?  Do his other siblings?  Will it even be relevant? ) ๐Ÿค”

What the Hell Was With the Music?๐Ÿ˜ต
 
I'm kind of missing the classic rock this season. The music for this episode was a bit  out of left field for me until of course I realised what was going on.  Though the episode was most definitely an homage to Reservoir Dogs, if we didn't know that , this episode was most reminiscent of those old cowboy movies, like the Magnificent 7 or something.  You have the villain in the town and the good guys coming together in a posse going after him.  There's always one or two of the heroes that get killed before the "black hat" gets it in the end.  The whole episode was kind of like a western.  The music also preluded the reintroduction of the Colt.  A gun designed by Samuel Colt back in 1842. 

Ramiel's tune he was whistling was basically a shout out to Kill Bill, right before the big showdown.

Best Quotes

Crowley:  What's up with Feathers?
Crowley:  I make deals with those I can use.
Crowley: Every Armageddon, every bloody this is the end of all things, a Winchester stopped it, like it or not, they're an asset we can't afford to lose.
Crowley: Ramiel, the Prince of Hell, it rhymes.
Crowley:  Shut up, Dog

Sam: We are fighting, we're fighting for you.

Dean: We don't leave family behind.

Dean's homage to Reservoir Dogs
Ok ramblers let's start rambling

Dean(re waitresses):  They always smell like food. 
The girl who smells like this ๐Ÿฐ would certainly get Dean's full attention.


Dean(to Mandy): When do you get off?
Mandy:  Whenever I can. ๐Ÿ˜†

Lucifer:  I can't believe you work for the Dukes of Half Hazard๐Ÿ˜ˆ

The Rest

So I'd like to start with some of the stuff I loved.  Sam.  Dean.  Crowley. Colt. Lucifer.

I loved that Dean stayed behind with his brother and killed that demon.
I liked Wally and was sorry to see him go. 
I loved that Sam got to kill the second Prince of Hell, with the freakin Lance of Michael no less. 
I loved watching the boys walking in sync...slo mo style.
I love that Sam never stops trying with his Mom.
I love Dean's askew priorities...like getting Cas laid in the middle of a strategy meeting.
I loved that the Colt was hidden behind the picture of Michael, the same picture used in Houses of the Holy.
I love that the Colt is back.๐Ÿ”ซ
I love that Lucifer is Crowley's new pet. (How is it that Lucifer is in the visage of Nick?)

Some stuff that for me could've been a little less.....syrupy.
I just didn't care that much for the sticky syrupiness of the end scene with Cas.  I'm sorry.  I know a lot of people loved that.  I didn't hate it.  I just thought it was too much๐Ÿฏ.  I don't think that Cas should've used the L word.  Hell the only one to have used that word to Dean's face, was Sam and one of those times Sam was totally medicated.  (not that he didn't mean it of course).  It just was a bit much for my taste.  I thought the scene should've just included Cas telling them that they were his family. The whole I love you, I love you all was just a bit overdone.  At least for me. 

I also wasn't too thrilled with Mary and her standoffish behaviour towards her children.  It makes no sense to me that the only contact she has with them is when a job is involved and she uses someone else to get them to work on it because she doesn't want them asking the "wrong questions".  She got a "green" hunter killed and she almost got Cas and her sons killed.  In some ways, Mary reminds me of Samuel.  Samuel was working with Crowley much the way Mary is working with the BMOL. Both lied to Sam and Dean and both nearly got them killed.  Look how it ended for Gramps. ๐Ÿ”ซ

What's the deal with Ketch?  Was he really afraid of Mary's threat? Did he know that Ramiel was a Prince of Hell and just not care, or did the BMOL truly not know and were just after the gun.  I like Ketch.  I don't trust him as far as I could throw him. 

Crowley left the Lance of Michael.  Is it powerless now that it's in two pieces?  Could it be repaired?  Will it be a weapon that might come in handy when dealing with Luci's spawn?  The Colt couldn't kill Luci, could it kill a Nephilim, especially when this Nephilim is the offspring of one of the most powerful arch angels?


This was a fantastic episode and everyone did such an incredible job.  Twelve years in and this show still manages to keep me at the edge of my seat. 

That's it for this one.

Til next week.

-Anna