Monday, October 4, 2010

Supernatural / Season 3 - Part 2

Well this was certainly a shortened season, no doubt because of the writer's strike. There weren't a lot of noteworthy episodes, just noteworthy moments mostly. I've already covered all the best episodes from this season I think, and I only found a few above average episodes in total. I'll cover all the episodes that I thought were best, as per the usual. There are certainly a couple in this block worth talking about.

Episode 11, Mystery Spot (Written By: Jeremy Carver & Emily McLaughlin, Directed By: Kim Manners)

Sam awakens in his motel room to Asia's "Heat of the Moment", and finds Dean already up and getting dressed. During breakfast, they discuss the disappearance of a man at the Broward County Mystery Spot. They break into the tourist trap that night, but are confronted by the shotgun-wielding owner. The gun goes off by mistake, killing Dean. To Sam's surprise, he sees Dean when he wakes up the next morning, once again getting dressed and lip-syncing "Heat of the Moment". The day appears to be repeating itself, so Sam suggests they visit the Mystery Spot during the day. Dean agrees, but is then run over by a speeding car. The time loop continues, with Dean dying in various ways despite Sam's attempts to stop it. - Wikipedia

I know I skipped a few episodes but I didn't really take too much away from them. The only thing I felt was noteworthy was that Ruby explained to Dean that she doesn't know a way to save him from going to hell. Oh, and she's a witch. So, moving onto one of my favorite episodes!

"Hey, Tuesday. Pig 'n a Poke!" - Dean

Sam re-lives the same Tuesday over and over again. Watching his brother die in new and interesting ways each and every time he starts a new Tuesday. Crazy episode. I was looking forward to watching this one because it's probably, no ..easily, my favorite comedy centric episode. It actually takes a very serious sideways turn towards the end though. It just has so many classic funny moments. Where "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" is a memorable and funny episode from season 3 of Lost, "Mystery Spot" is Supernatural's equally comedic episode.

For example, Dean getting killed by a drunk driver, then asking Sam if it "looked cool, like in the movies?" Sam's response being, "You peed yourself." In which Dean states angrily, "Of course I peed myself. A man gets hit by a car you think he has full control of his bladder? Come on!"

It was crazy that this episode takes a serious turn though. I really didn't remember that from the last time I saw this episode years ago. Dean does get killed after they find out that the Trickster was behind Sam's Groundhog Day-esque curse. Sam then goes on to hunt the Trickster, as well as anything else he finds, for 6 months? All without his brother Dean. I always thought things would end up the other way around. Sam would somehow leave and Dean would be left to fend for himself, perhaps slowly ending up much like Gordon Walker was. Sam has changed for the past season, pretty much ever since his brother got him resurrected. Sam now needs his brother to keep him from going towards the dark-side. What will he do if Dean ends up going to hell in the end because of this deal he made? Things aren't looking so good.

Episode 12, Jus in Bello (Written By: Sera Gamble, Directed By: Kim Manners)

Sam and Dean break into Bela's apartment to get the Colt back, but she has tipped off FBI Agent Victor Henrdicksen about their whereabouts. Police quickly storm the room and take them into custody. FBI Deputy Director Steven Groves arrives at the sheriff's station to prepare for the brothers' extradition, but reveals himself to be demonically possessed when is he alone with them. He shoots Dean in the shoulder, but then flees his host after Sam initiates an exorcism. The FBI agents who came to extradite the Winchesters are discovered to have been killed, and their helicopter explodes. Hendricksen, too, becomes possessed, and kills the sheriff. After the demon is exorcised, Hendricksen realizes that the brothers have been telling the truth about what they do. - Wikipedia

"It's kind of wild right? It's like they're coming right for us. Never done that before. It's like we got a contract on us. Think it's because we're so awesome? I think it's because we're so awesome." - Dean

I really love seeing episodes of Supernatural that don't take place in the cliche haunted house, abandoned asylum, or a creepy forest. We stayed in the sheriff's station for the entire episode. It was here where the Demon's made a complete assault on the precinct in order to try and take out the Winchester brothers. Of course, 30 some odd demon's are no match for our favorite hunters.

 It was really awesome seeing Agent Hendricksen again. How cool would it have been to have him survive and go full-on hunter? Too bad he gets fried at the end though, boo. Damn you Lilith. I really don't remember who she is or exactly what she wants, but I hope she gets an epic ending, she deserves it. Some snappy one-liner from Sam as he holds out his hand and blasts her into oblivion. Yeah, I like the sounds of that.

Ruby certainly was acting very demon like this episode. She had no problem with sacrificing an innocent virgin to get the brothers out of that building alive, eh? What's her deal anyways? I'm sure I'll be asking that for a long time to come though. What is in it for Ruby? Why would she waste all this time, and risk her life, for Sam? Maybe she thinks he'll be a great leader for hell's army, or something along those lines. She's just trying to help him live up to his potential evilness perhaps. It's a long drawn out plan, but I guess if you believe that strongly in a leader-to-be like Sam, you'd do just about anything. Maybe.

Episode 15, Time Is on My Side (Written By: Sera Gamble, Directed By: Charles Beeson)

Sam convinces Dean to go to Erie, Pennsylvania, to investigate a possible zombie. But they end up meeting Doctor Benton, a real doctor who abandoned his work in 1816 to follow his obsession of finding the key to eternal life. He drugs people and harvests their internal organs to replace his. Meanwhile, Bobby finds out where Bela is and Dean leaves Sam to deal with the doctor alone while he confronts Bela. - Wikipedia

Something about this didn't really sit right with me. This zombie doctor guy somehow was able to live forever, but needed to replace his organs with his victims. I'm not sure how Sam saw this as a cure for Dean. Whatever though, I'll go with it. I understand that the brothers are grasping at straws with only days left before Dean is dragged to hell. I didn't like how this was the episode that Bela left the show though. Thought she deserved a bit better as a character.

 I can deal with the reveal that Bela was on a contract with a demon. I didn't like it, but I can accept it. Her 10 years were up. She had her parents killed when she was younger and so she inherited everything they had. Reminded me of the early Smallville plot-lines of Lionel Luthor. Why was she a thief though if she was rich? Hmm... I would have liked to find out how she got into her bad ways.

Just going to throw this out there, I thought Dean was way too heartless at the end where he was basically laughing at Bela as she was about to die. She would be dying the exact same death Dean will get for himself very shortly.

I doubt it, but I really hope we somehow see the Colt again. I thought that was a staple of the show, the only true advantage the Winchester's had against all these evil baddies. If we don't ever see it again, I will definitely miss it. At least we (hopefully) get to keep Ruby's crazy knife? That would be sweet. Since introducing that knife, all I could think about is one brother with the Colt, the other with the Ruby knife.

Episode 16, No Rest for the Wicked (Written By: Eric Kripke, Directed By: Kim Manners)

With only 30 hours left until Dean's contract ends, Bobby tracks Lilith to New Harmony, Indiana. Dean does not want to attack unprepared, but refuses to seek help from Ruby due to her ambiguous nature. Sam nevertheless secretly summons her and requests her demon-killing knife. Ruby claims that Sam's dormant psychic abilities can easily kill Lilith, who is on "shore leave" and has her guard down. Sam considers the alternative, but Dean shows up and tricks Ruby into a devil's trap. The brothers take her knife and leave. Despite Dean's rebukes, Bobby insists that he go with them and points out Dean's hallucinations. With his demise approaching rapidly, Dean has begun "piercing the veil", allowing him to glimpse demons' true forms.
- Wikipedia

Phew, where do I begin with this finale? Lilith's "shore leave" was extremely disturbing. She was possessing a different little girl this time but was certainly acting the part. Perhaps she really is a demonic little girl that died a horrible death a long ass time ago. Building up her evilness until the gate to hell opened up and she escaped. You would think that a demonic little girl would have the creativity and imagination to be a truly horrible demon. Perhaps making her a true rival for Sammy. Or at least, so we thought.

You know Dean is terrified of something when he has nightmares about it. Dean was being chased by the Hell-hounds at the start of this episode. He wasn't even able to fight or anything, he just ran. He was even completely alone in the nightmare so I really think he feels that way, alone. He knows his brother won't even be able to save him in the end.

My absolute favorite scene from this episode. Sam and Dean singing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive". I laughed at first as Sam started getting into it. How could he not sing a song with his brother in the Impala. It's his last night on earth. Although you could see the fear set in on Dean's face towards the end there. I found it truly heartbreaking. This man doesn't deserve what's happening to him. Not at all. Sam and Dean better find a way to fix this.

It was cool seeing Bobby insist on helping. Even cooler when you see how he deals with the crowd of demon's when they arrive at Lilith's house. Holy water in the sprinkler system, awesome. You can always count on Bobby. Although where was he when they were in the house fighting Lilith? Hmm...

Not sure when Ruby was possessed by Lilith, or how? That wasn't much of a fight at the end though really. They tried though, but since they were on such a short time frame the brothers failed miserably. Dean was torn to shreds. That looked extremely graphic and unpleasant. Dean did not deserve to go that way, not at all. Then Lilith turns on Sam and ...nothing? He survives the blast with not a scratch on him. Lilith looked completely freaked and instantly retreated out of Ruby's body. Sam then goes over to what's left of his brother and cries. That was intense.

What's next? We actually get to see Dean in hell. All chained up in a fiery pit yelling for his brother. Wow, this episode was extremely depressing and heartbreaking. It felt like it moved much too quick, as if it should have been spread out longer. But you know what? I thought it worked pretty well. The brothers were running short on time and the past few episodes even felt rushed to me. It really felt like Sam and Dean had no time to think things through.

This ended up being my least favorite season so far. All in all though it was full of a few extremely entertaining episodes and a bunch of freak-of-the-week type stuff, which I have to say, Supernatural most always does very well. Just not always quite as entertaining upon a second viewing. This finale did not disappoint and I can't wait to see what goes on next season. A show without Dean? What will become of Sam? Is that the end of Ruby? So many questions and I can't wait to pop in season 4 and find out where we're headed next. Thanks for reading! Please leave any comments you may have below.