Friday, 9 December 2016

The Light on Spoiler, Heavy on Squee Preview of the Supernatural Midseason Finale - 12x08 LOTUS

-by sweeondean



GASP! IT'S MIDSEASON FINALE TIME.... 

ALREADY!




Ugh. I really can't believe it's the midseason finale already. It is a little earlier than usual, being episode 8. Most often it's episode 9, or even 10. But it will mean a nice full back end of the season!

But still....




THEN

Lucifer shot through again, killing Vince Vincente in the process
Sam lost an idol
Crowley drove Cas crazy
Dean looked like this


Yup,



NOW

Hmmm.... Did the show have a crystal ball or something this season!



So when we last saw Lucifer, he was discovering social media and how easy it is these days to tap into the masses and influence people. Where would be the next best place to maximise his influence, huh?


“Lotus” 

THE CHASE CONTINUES – Lucifer’s search for power and influence in a vessel lands him in the White House. The President of The United States (guest star David Chisum) unknowingly makes a deal with the devil, leading Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins), Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) to band together to fight the Dark Lord. Directed by Phil Sgriccia the episode was written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner (1208). 



Look at all that cast! Everyone is in this episode! It's always fun when the gang gets together! We haven't seen Rowena for a while, and as Crowley said that she wouldn't show up until they had Lucifer in their grip, one assumes they either get him, or are close enough to it that she's okay with joining the fight!


And it looks like Team Free Wheel ride again!




Dean should show this to Mary!


Okay let's check out the promo!



Sam and Dean grabbing each other and ducking for cover, tho. The brothers are seriously killing me.






Ooooo! Hello! I fell asleep! The thing with falling asleep while writing your preview...(seriously, I fell asleep), when you wake up the next morning...laptop precariously balanced on the edge of the bed...the sneak peek has dropped! In fact the CW tweet woke me up! The downside...no waiting gif this week...you're disappointed, I know.

Here is the sneak peek!


Cas and Crowley though (*casual reminder that Crowley has been a complete bastard over the years, never gunna stop reminding the boys of that). They are the best together. Just such an odd couple, buddy cop duo. Agent Zappa! Crowley's badge! It's pretty funny. Sam and Dean's shear exasperation, that's probably my favourite thing. (Also Jared at the end telling us to watch more...I always hang around for Jared). 

I do love Crowley, he's really awesome with his sass and purposeful annoyingness, but like I said in my write up of last week's episode, I'm never going to not feel a tiny bit weary of him being part of the gang...even if he's really still on the outside. 

But it's always been the devil you know. And this devil the boys know real well. He is definitely handy - and that's why he's around. For him, of course I think he likes the Winchesters and even Cas a lot more than he would ever, ever admit to anyone, including himself. I think they're the only fun in his life - and look at him, he is most certainly having fun! His position ebbs and flows too - he's been in the fold, then out and on the Winchester potential chopping block, then back in again. I'm sure at some point he'll be back on their bad side. 

I guess Crowley is another tricky story plot that the writers have to try and work with. Like Cas and his powers, and how he's either sent him off on his own mission, or powered down so he's not the get out of free card in the Winchester's pocket, Crowley's power and evilness needs to be put on the back burner, or we'd all get bored. If he's going to be in the story, he can't always be the antagonist, because frankly, the boys often have bigger fish to fry, and Crowley can't always be the focus of all evil - that would get tiresome. So he has to be an ally....usually begrudgingly. Nowadays though, with everything else kind of gone to shit in his world, I think this is really all that gets him up in the morning!

Part of the fun of Crowley is knowing that you never really know with him, it's knowing that he might snap his fingers and zap himself out of a situation at the drop of a hat. You never know just how much he's invested, how much he will put on the line. The only thing you know for sure is that if he's involved, there is definitely a level of self serving - because he's not going to be there unless it ultimately helps him in someway.

I've been thinking a lot about Crowley lately! I wonder where we'll end up going with him...like in the end.... (SHUT UP AMY!)



It makes a tonne of sense for Lucifer to go for big vessels. 1. I bet he can hook into them quite easily, ego attracts ego, more attracts wanting more. 2. Why not go for the people who can deliver the biggest bang for your possession buck? Last time, he was all, destiny, I just gotta start the Apocalypse, fight my bro...but this time, he just wants to cause the most mayhem. What better way than in the vessel of someone who can get him access to the most potential victims. Lucifer's never been dumb...

In a (pretty spoilery) article on EW, EPs Andrew Dabb and Bob Singer preview the ep and talk about Lucifer trading up, or as Crowley put in, going blue chip "“He wants adulation. He wants to be loved”,  geeze, what's wrong with all these evil buggers just wanting to be loved!?

Um no not really - but we do anyway

This and the Hitler episode from earlier in the season though... It really feels like the writers knew where there weirdness of the world was going! It's all pretty on point. Do they actually practice those spells that they write about? Because it sure feels like they knew something back at the beginning half of the year when these episodes would have been planned out! Lucifer as the POTUS... um...is this Supernatural the new reality show?






So this is it folks! The half way mark (well not really, but kinda). Get ready for a cliffhanger. Get ready to hold on to your feels, just in case! Then get ready for a....

6 WEEK BREAK!


Enjoy the episode everyone!

-sweetondean
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Leylin Vixen's Quick Draw Recap - Rock Never Dies




Rock Never Dies



Opening words

Well, that was it for the short hiatus and we are back and I guess heading to Los Angeles. We will have two episodes before a longer vacation and holidays! This year I will especially enjoy the holiday spirits, although I will miss my show. For this episode we had the return of Lucifer so let's get on with the show!



















Details

Title Rock Never Dies
Episode 12.07
First aired December 1, 2016
Directed by Eduardo Sanchez
Written by Robert Berens
Monster Lucifer
Location(s) Lebanon, Kansas
Los Angeles, California



















Story

The episode opens with two hooded characters in a basement. They are trying to summon Lucifer. Yes, they are trying to summon him and yes, who would do that? Surprisingly it works but it also ends as badly as you think it would end. He looks pretty worse for wear until he uses his feather to energy up. Lucifer is on the loose again. Meanwhile Sam is researching and Dean is playing a mobile game with their mom when Cas calls them and they find out that Vince Vincente is back. The Winchesters head out while listening to Bloody Messiah from Sam's phone much to Dean's discomfort. 

Crowley knows LA like the back of his hands and he has a music mogul who he can use for information. Our quartet feels pretty out of place in LA except Crowley. Lucifer is also being pretty sadistic to Vince's fans. The quartet heads up to Vince's room to find out what he is up to and Dean gives us some tunes with the guitar. Cas finds a loose tooth from the bathroom. They find out about the concert and head out to their own sources to find out where the gig is at, but to no avail. Meanwhile Lucifer kills the mogul and the other band members.

Castiel and Crowley volunteer to be decoys for Sam and Dean to get the people out of the concert. Lucy kills Tommy and beats the living daylights out of Cas and Crowley. Sam clicks on the fire alarm but Lucifer nullifies it with music. Cas whacks Lucy with a guitar. Then Dean just shoots up in the air and valiantly Sam holds the doors against Lucifer to get the people out. This was pretty damn hot if you ask me. Dean tries to cuff Lucifer but he has no success and he is tossed down on the floor. 


Sam and Dean try to reason with Lucifer while he holds Cas pinned on the floor but it doesn't work. Lucifer is pissed and he does not have a plan and Lucifer without a plan is very dangerous indeed. He just wants to break Daddy's toys. The battle took a toll on his vessel though and Lucifer ditches it floating to parts unknown. He leaves Vince dead and mummified on the floor and the heroes are left worried on the street for his next move. Sam feels that they are not saving people. They are only loosing slow.



















Characters

Boy, what I can say about the characters? Well, TFW were like a fish out of water in L.A., although Sam and Dean looked pretty swell as band members. Crowley fit to the place, sort of. I think Dean's view of the place did not improve at all over this episode. The quest cast were on point but the characters were unlikable which was probably the intention. Only one I even slightly liked was Tommy and even he got killed. The episode was pretty dark and grim and critical of show business in general and the only people that shined a light in the darkness were our boys.



This was the last outing for Rick Springfield as Lucifer and wasn't he terrific? There was a danger coming from him with his body language, tone and look. I actually hoped we would get a performance from him during the episode. Maybe singing the Bloody Messiah song as Lucifer should be the angel of music, but oh well. He was still great as Lucifer and I am sad he is gone and Vince Vincente is dust in the wind.



















Set design

The episode started in a basement and ended up in many LA show business themed sets. The record company had many sterile looking rooms which actually gave me the creeps. My flat is in a mess most of the time so I would freak out in that kinda place or not like it at all. I guess I would be like the Winchesters there. It doesn't change though that they were pretty awesome sets with colouring and design. Also the record label was awesome. On the sets and characters I could see all seven deadly sins present; Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. That is why Crowley and Lucifer were well at home there among the vanity.


This was present also in the private concert hall and the back rooms. From the pretentious white and bright building of the record company that is too good to be true to the dark and ominous concert room with black and red colouring and the recording room. There is no doubt that they were well made and they also succeeded to make me uncomfortable. Another world that I don't want to visit again. It was not glamorous but something else entirely.



















Costume design and props

Costume design and props went hand in hand with set design. I find it funny that the boys dressing up as band members and as a normal disguise felt way more off than them dressing up as priests and FBI agents. First I didn't even think their outfits were a disguise. Other outfits were rockish and glamorous so not the usual too. The props also followed the similar set design having limousines and vegetable water dispensers in set decor. 


What I did like the most is the idea of a real rock & roll setting. I have been to a few rock concerts and the feeling from them is the greatest. And I did like that part with the leather jackets, Ladyheart logo, the instruments, tattoos, piercings and the whole works. But in this episode it was the story itself that put the shade over how I usually regard all that stuff. I guess there is a good and dark side in everything in life like in this.



















Music

In this episode we had three songs; Bad Dog Blues by The Rob Donnelly Band (Cavendish Music Library / Imagem Production Music), Bloody Messiah by Ladyheart and Next by Chapel of Rock. The part I chose was actually from the original song of the episode and a fond farewell to Rick Springfield's Lucifer.

"The Bloody Messiah -- Give it up to, 
The overlord -- Give it up to,
The Bloody Messiah -- Give it up to,
Give it up to the overlord"

One last thing!

Don't know about you but when I saw this scene... What should I call it, Denifer? Is that even a thing? (Sorry, not sorry)



Here is the short +/- rundown for Rock Never Dies

+ Rick Springfield
+ Boys in band clothes
+ Crowley and Castiel
+ Bloody Messiah song
+ Dean and Mary having a word game
+ Sam and Dean saving the people
+ Rock setting

- Vince Vincente dead
- Pretty dark episode
- Unlikable characters
- LA
- Tommy dead

-/+ Controversial setting







Hero Sam holding the doors open with mere will power!






Next week we hop into the mid season finale. So buckle up!




Review - Supernatural 12x07 Rock Never Dies





Rick Springfield’s Lucifer, I will miss you - and I’m sorry you ended up looking like a piece of old fruit from my veggie draw!

Rick’s Lucifer was scary. A wild card that you had no idea what he would do. I remember season 5’s Lucifer was like that. There was a menace about him; you didn’t know what he had in store for anyone - kind of a slow burn that was frightening. Quietly menacing - until he exploded, like in Hammer of the Gods. But then he became funny, and even camp; more often than not he was evil comic relief. I haven’t found Lucifer scary for a long time - except when he had his hands on Sam, then I my fear was for Sam. But even with Sam in the cage, Lucifer was still yucking it up.

This is the reason I liked season 12 Lucifer a lot, because he was a surprise, he was different, and I enjoyed his bitter, maniacal energy. The way he realised he could manipulate people into doing his bidding because they idolised his meatsuit. Lucifer too, has had his followers, but like Vince Vincente, he’s kind of washed up, he’s been out of the limelight for awhile, he’s pretty much forgotten - that’s why Vince was such a perfect vessel, the has-been rockstar and the has-been would be deity. 

It was interesting to see Lucifer spreading his wings again…so to speak, just being damn evil! It felt like Lucifer was a formidable force of evil, and I like that, but in revealing his ongoing issues with being rejected and abandoned…again, and how that disappointment has affected him, he also appeared to be totally unhinged! Which I guess I always thought, but now, yeah, I think he might be a tad cray cray! All those years in the cage maybe.



Lucifer has been around a long time now. He was hell bent (pun intended) on starting the apocalypse in season 5, he was in Sam’s mind in season 7, he was released from the cage in season 11 and is now loose in season 12, and as much as I like the character, I feel like he’s probably served his purpose. Sam can stand tall in front of him now, even though you can see he’s sick to the stomach doing it, he’s still defiant. So Lucifer no longer can hold fear over Sam - because no matter what, Sam wouldn’t bend to Lucifer ever again, (unless of course it was in protection of someone he loved….maybe then…he is a Winchester after all). I think when Sam stood toe to toe in the cage with Lucifer, and didn’t back down, Lucifer’s ongoing hold over Sam was diminished. 

I think it’s time to pack him back into the cage. Bring back Mark Pellegrino for a final big moment, then shove him back in the cage with his poor drooling brother. I kind of feel like that’s where we’re heading anyway, the cage or killing him, though that seems extreme…killing Lucifer? Also, how do you do that? I’ve gotta a feeling an angel blade wouldn’t quite do it. But who knows. As much as I do enjoy the character, I’m okay now, to say goodbye. Season 12 can wrap this storyline up.



I’m so stinking happy that Dean is forging a relationship with his mum, even if it is by getting beaten by her at Words With Friends! It’s nice to see Dean and his mum texting back and forth, it’s baby steps in rebuilding/rediscovering a relationship, and a comfortable way for Dean to proceed. He was so wounded by Mary’s choice to leave; we saw how he reacted to seeing her at Asa’s funeral. Even though he tried so hard to understand, he couldn’t help but still feel hurt and rejected, so to see him laughing and having good time as he texts his mum back and forth warmed my heart. Awwww…bless him with the twerking! This is a safe way for him to have a relationship with Mary for now - giving both of them the space they need, while keeping in touch and getting to know each other, and I think it’s another way that shows how very much alike Mary and Dean are. I can imagine that Sam would actually pick up the phone to touch base with his mum, but for Dean this is one step removed, he’s still protecting that heart of his a little, while also gently opening it back up to the possibilities of this relationship. Dean really is a good egg. I just love him.


The brothers this season pretty much are my favourite thing ever. I think after 11 and a half seasons, how they are with each other in season 12 is my favourite representation of their relationship. They have teased more, smiled more, laughed more, grabbed each other more…and none of it feels shoehorned in, it’s a natural intimacy between two men that spend every waking moment together, and who have chosen to do so above everything and everyone in their lives. And not just because of the job anymore, but because that’s where they want to be….with their brother by their side. Sigh. It gives me so much happiness.

The Impala scene was another peach of a broment! Dean yammering away to Sam, who has his earphones in! “Hey, I’m trying to talk to you here!” Hahaha. Oh Dean. I love that Hollywood Babylon was referenced - the last time they were in L.A., 10 years ago doing a vengeful spirit job. That really does seem like forever ago! Except that I just watched that ep the other day! Dean really was a great P.A….

Dean’s tirade about L.A. was a bit of Jensen thrown in. Bob Beren’s tweeted “After listing a few LA negs in script, we indicated to let @JensenAckles improv some LA shade... and boy did he let it rip.” After years of living in the city, Jensen obviously had some opinions he needed to get out!

Then we had Sam’s delightful squirming, trying not to give away that he was listening to Vince Vincente. He was sure a history podcast would turn Dean off, except Dean was all for it, because he likes history, or at least his take on history, “Gladiators, outlaws, pirates”, ha ha! It was such a fun scene I had to keep rewinding it. I loved Sam’s evil gleefulness as he told Dean Vince Vincente would grow on him! It was a really nice, big brother, little brother, little brother wins, scene. I love these scenes - man, I mean, the brothers are actually smiling this season, it’s such a joy to see them smiling and relaxed into the life! (Freakin’ took them long enough!)

Actually Dean was coping it from all sides…even Cas threw him some shade! “At least I don’t look like a lumberjack”. Salty Cas is the best. He’s just really snarky this season! Sam’s exasperated “Okay, enough!” Super cute. There were some really nice interactions in this episode between all of the characters.



Then we have rockstar Winchesters trying to convince Vince’s social media publicist that they’re “hip”. Lord. Even if they came across as far from “hip” (please never say hip again, Dean), they looked freakin' amazing and should always dress like that. ALWAYS. Fruit basket to the wardrobe department! Especially for Dean’s leather jacket - which I’m really hoping Jensen “borrowed”, because sweet baby jebus that looked good on him, plus it was an awesome jacket!


The whole sequence in which this scene took place, jumping back and forth between the brothers talking to the publicist, Crowley talking to the record company exec, Cas talking to Tommy, was really fabulous. I love the way this scene was cut and how it was scored. Super cool.


Crowley and Cas are fantastic together. They’re like some slightly pained comedy duo! Cas’ awkwardness, Crowley’s couldn’t care less about Cas’ awkwardness attitude. I felt like the, he never stops talking bit was a little inside joke, because I know that Misha and the Js have said that about Mark on many occasions, that he never stops talking!

It’s interesting that Crowley’s integration into the hunt seems to be the new normal. Crowley has gone from their arch enemy to a frenemy to a somewhat uncomfortable ally. He’ll never really be part of the Scooby Gang - it’s not like Team Free Will will every wholly accept him, nor should they, but they can appreciate his use and tolerate his existence and basically put up with him being around for reasons of he’s handy, even if not entirely trustworthy, you never know when he’ll snap himself out of a difficult situation - we’ve seen that happen.



Though, in this scenario he was the most included and the most reliable we’ve ever seen him - whether this is a reflection of the continuing shift in Crowley that started with his rehumanisation, or a reflection of just how much Crowly hates Lucifer, is up for debate, but he was there every step of the way, and even offered himself up, along with Cas, as a Lucifer distraction so that the Winchesters could get the humans out of harms way. Yes, he probably wanted a shot at Lucifer, he owes him some pain and humiliation, but the whole, make that four minutes, thing was pretty eye opening, even if we suspect it was also self serving. And Dean gave him his chops, and included him in his we will stop Lucifer pep talk. I think that was a first.

Crowley really only has the Winchesters and Cas. His relationship with his mother is not exactly fabulous, he hates Hell, he’s bored of the job, he loathes his minions, he’s not feared in the demon world anymore and I really don’t think he cares about that, the only time he ever seems engaged in his “life” is when he’s with Sam and Dean - and Cas, who I think he begrudgingly likes, even if it’s just to torture a little, figuratively speaking. But still, there is something about Crowley sitting in the bunker having a scotch with God, or hanging out in a hotel lobby with the brothers and Cas, that’s always going to make me flinch a little. He is what he is, and I hope that’s never really forgotten. I did love that he kind of owned L.A. though…he suits that town!



So Lucifer is on the lam again, stuffed full of bile and bitterness, just out to cause as much mayhem as he can, while seeking out that feeling of gratification and adulation that he thinks will fill that empty, evil void inside him. Great. I’m looking forward to one of the Winchesters jamming him back behind bars. He’s done way too much damage to the Winchester’s lives already, time to say buh-bye! I love it to be Sam, but I feel like it might wind up being Mary… But they will stop him…they will…it’s what they do man. God I love pep talk Dean.

And Sam lost one of his idols in all of this mess, and out of everything, that made me the saddest. He really dug Vince Vincente from when he was a kid. He’ll never be able to listen to his music again, because he’ll always have those final images burnt into his brain of Lucifer in Vince’s meatsuit, as Vince slowly crumbles before their very eyes. Sad face. Hugs for Sammy please he lost something that meant a lot to him.



Only one episode left to the midseason, 6 freakin’ week break! Argh!

Thanks for reading!
-sweetondean

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Supernatural Think Tank - Anna's Thinky Thoughts on 12x07 Rock Never Dies




I'm going to be honest with you.  I enjoy MOTW episodes more than I do the myth arc eps.  I'm not saying I don't enjoy the myth arc stuff, I'm just saying that I'd rather spend my time watching the boys save people and hunting bad things that go bump in the night.  When I watch a MOTW ep, I compare it to sitting in my nice comfortable warm den that has a soft couch, a big tv and it's small enough, but not too small, that you just feel cozy in it.  When I watch a myth arc ep, it's more like the "for show" living room that has nice comfortable furniture in it, but it's just basically used for company.  It's bigger, cooler and has no tv.  A  nice place to be if you want quiet or want to read, but not really as cozy as the den.  It just doesn't have the same warmth.   I'm not saying I didn't like this episode, I did.  It's just that I found myself, by the hour's end, ready for another MOTW episode.  I just find that those eps not only have more of the boys, ( I totally get that these eps give them time off) but I feel there's more of an intimacy to them. There are more broments, there's more emotion, it's just, for me, more of everything that I love about our show.

Now that all that has been needlessly said, let's get to it shall we. 😋

On the surface this seems like a cat and mouse chase.  Lucifer is on the loose, once again wreaking havoc, and the boys with the help of Cas and Crowley are trying to find him and stop him. I do think however there was a bit more to this ep than the mere chase. This seemed to me to be
another family themed episode. What seems to be at play here is Lucifer and his resentment towards his once again absent Father. Just when Lucifer thought his Father had meant what he said when he apologised, and that they would forge a new relationship, God left and went off with Amara, to try and renew that relationship. Now we have a Lucifer who is even more enraged, believing that His Father only said what he'd said to simply get what he wanted.  Now Lucifer is not only feeling abandoned, but he believes he was just being used by his Father, which has him so hurt and furious that he's taking it all out on God's toys, his creation, humans.  Lucifer and his unresolved Daddy issues emerge once again.

Is this about Lucifer wanting the love and adoration he had when it came from his Father and his brothers?  This was the question I had begun to ask myself.  Lucifer was the most beautiful of all God's angels.  He was loved by his Father and he was adored by his brothers.  Was one of the reasons that Lucifer was so taken with Sam's vessel in part due to the love and adoration John had for Sam?  They may have butted heads, but it was clear how much John loved Sam.  Now Lucifer chooses another vessel that brings him love and adoration by millions, that kind of power is kind of God-like in a manner of speaking. Lucifer claims he has no plans, that he's just having fun but is it as simple as that?  Is it merely Lucifer having yet another temper tantrum? Is he trying to get his Father's attention once again?  Does Lucifer want to become God himself? How far will he go to get it?👿

 So, did Sam break anyone else's heart?  He was so genuinely sad at the loss of someone he had admired since adolescence.  Worse than that, he is beginning to not only feel responsible for the loss,  but of the loss of the others as well. What's even more heartbreaking is that he seems as though he's losing hope that they can stop Lucifer. He has battled Lucifer for so long in one way or another, that I fear Lucifer might be wearing Sam down.   I was so happy that Dean not only sensed Sam's despair but came out all guns blazing with his promise that they will in fact stop Lucifer.  Dean did the same thing back in S8 when Sam was beginning to lose all hope after Crowley had killed Sarah.   I just hope Sam believes it.  Sam does have a point though.  Lucifer might not have a grand plan or a specific name for it, like Apocalypse, but the result is the same, the loss of human life on a grand scale.  The only difference I see at the moment, is that it is slower than one grand battle between him and Michael and there is no paradise on Earth when he's finished. 


I don't think that Sam will be the one to make the sacrifice this time, not that he might not make the offer. The Devil in the Details seemed to solidify Sam's determination never to be Lucifer's bitch again. He also seemed to come to the understanding, that being Lucifer's vessel would only result in mass destruction. I don't think Mary was simply brought back so that Dean can have his dream of what his family would be like with mom could be dashed. Mary is the one who started all of this by making a deal with Yellow Eyes. Mary's return to earth by Amara could very well be a gift to Dean, but not the one he thinks. Amara said that she wanted to give Dean what he needed, as he had done for her. Maybe it's not about Mom at all. Maybe what Dean has needed, what he often said he's wanted is Sam safe. I need you to be safe that's what I need. I want you to have a normal life. How many times has he said this to Sam? I need him and he needs me. The only thing Dean has ever really needed was his brother. A life with him, whatever that life may be. So maybe the purpose of Mary is to give Dean what he has always needed and at the same time allowing Mary to finish her unfinished business. I think Mary will be the one to give Dean what he needs. She will be the one to make the sacrifice that Sam might be willing to make himself. Mary will be the one to trap Lucifer....perhaps in the cage? perhaps in the empty....her reward though will be mercy, as promised by Billie, at least that's this girl's humble opinion.

Dean perspective is always a nice touch, at least that's what I got the sense that we were supposed to be getting.  Lucifer and his reaction to his absent father vs. Dean and his to his mom taking time away just after she finally returned.  Do really like that Dean is interacting with his mom and is less angsty about  it all and getting to understand more that it's not them, it's her.

Jared and Jensen were even more stunning than usual, what a visual pleasure to see them in t shirts and leather.  The time they spent in the impala was hysterical.   Dean going on and on and Sam not hearing a word of it had me grinning from ear to ear.  Sam trying to hide the fact that he was listening to Vince Vincente by telling Dean that is was a history podcast was delicious, but not as delicious as Sam standing up for himself and his love of the music all the while making Dean listen to it as he regards it as research.  The person on Twitter was right, this is the first time ever that "shotgun picked the music and driver shut his cakehole". A moment to treasure for sure.  We had to give one to Sam, after all Dean did finally get a chance to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors.😁  The entire scene was a triumph.    I also enjoyed Dean's guitar playing and was hoping that he would play a little louder, but I guess that would be a little too Jensen and a little less Dean. 😝  I will admit that I was a bit confused by Dean's inconsistent reaction to LA because in Hollywood, Babylon, he noted how he loved that town.  I squeed just a bit when Lucifer tried to keep everyone from escaping and then there's SamFuckingWinchester  with those broad shoulders using all his might to keep the doors from closing...holy hell, all the man needed was a cape and a huge S on his chest. 😍 I have no doubt what so ever that Sam will always beat Lucifer.🙆

I did enjoy Cas and Crowley working together.  I also love that Crowley has so many connections in LA.  Makes total sense if you ask me. I do miss badass Crowley though.  I mean, he is still the King of Hell is he not?  At the very least, is he still not a badass demon?  I just didn't get how Crowley would take no for an answer when the agent refused to give him the address of Vince's secret concert. Crowley has killed in the past for less.  It was very much for me a WTF moment. 😨  I didn't really like the LA feel of the episode.  It's one of the reasons it felt so cold. Perhaps it was supposed to? If that was the intention than it worked like a charm. I did like the call back to SS when Cas called Lucifer "assbutt", but I must say I thought Cas seemed the least powerful out of all of them and he's an angel.  Though he is getting better with the comebacks...I laughed out loud when he told Dean..."at least I don't look like a lumberjack".  Hee Hee😇

I liked Rick Springfield's stint as Lucifer, he brought a sense of menace back again.  I'm just sorry that it all boils down to Lucifer and his Daddy issues once again.  I know that Lucifer cannot die, but I think the time has come to put Luci back in the box.  The Lucifer story has pretty much played itself out I think and the boys should either get him back in the cage, or get him to the empty, but it's time to put this story to rest once and for all.   There is plenty of bad out there for the boys to deal with.  There are monsters and the BMOL's.  I think it's time to have the boys start dealing with that again, you know get back to the nice cozy warm den. 😜

Everyone did a great job and the boys ....well they were just freakin' beautiful beyond beautiful....😵💞  That pretty much covers it. 

Til next week.  Thanks for reading.  Hope to hear from you.

-Anna