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8.19 Taxi Driver: No Reason To Think I Won't See You Again Somewhere Down The Road

Reaper shows the way.
Sam frees Bobby's Hell-trapped soul;
Benny says goodbye.

Commentary and Meta Analysis

I was thoroughly caught up in the emotion and rollercoaster nature of this episode while it was playing – tribute to all the actors and highest marks to the VFX crew – but once it ended, all the logic and plot holes weakening the script became glaringly obvious. I'm still going to treasure this episode despite the script issues, though, precisely because the characters' emotions were so profound and true.

In this discussion, I'm going to explore Reapers; speculate about Kevin, Crowley, and Naomi; celebrate Benny; and theorize about Sam and the trials.

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8.14 Trial And Error: This Is My Perfect Ending

God's obstacle course:
Three deadly trials prepare one
To slam shut Hell's gates.

Commentary And Meta Analysis

This episode clearly set the stage for the rest of the season, and perhaps longer. I particularly loved the honesty we got from both of the brothers and the way their respective declarations demonstrated the profound differences in their mindsets facing the quest to close the gates of Hell. With Sam now committed to perform the trials, I really hope the honesty continues, although I'm betting it won't at first.

In this discussion, I'm going to speculate about Kevin's difficulties with translating the tablet and what that may mean for the quest, and I'm going to look at where Dean and Sam stand psychologically and emotionally.

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Apologies for the delay in posting this here: I've had problems with the LJ posting interface on Chrome. It's being a bitch. These posts always appear first on The Winchester Family Business: you might want to look there first.

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8.11 LARP And The Real Girl: Escaping Isn't What It Used To Be

Frustrated LARPer
Binds fairy to kill rivals:
Brave hearts win the day.

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I found the way this episode ended, with the brothers taking a few hours simply to play together, happily healing. They have a long way yet to go to rebuild the full strength of their brother bond, but they've both taken purposeful steps toward that end. And I think they will take those lessons with them when they leave Moondoor's escapism behind to go bravely into the next world – their real one.

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6.12 Like A Virgin: It Was A New Day Yesterday, But It’s An Old Day Now
Sam wakes as Dean’s bro
With no soulless memories.
Teamed, they hunt dragons. 
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Sorry this is so late, again: it's that pesky real-life thing that pays the bills ...

The lovely animated icon on this is by [ profile] hellybongo . Thank you!

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6.04 Weekend At Bobby’s: Story Of My Life


With help from his friends,

Bobby threatens Crowley’s bones

To regain his soul.



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Sorry this is so late; real life and Microsoft problems, I'm afraid. Think I'll be hunting a Mac soon ...

Since I broke LJ on length again, you can find my episode summary over here.


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5.17 99 Problems: Must Be Hard, Being The Vessel Of Heaven And Having No Hope
False prophet breeds fear.
Killing her marks Dean a true
Servant of Heaven. 
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4.8 Wishful Thinking: Careful What You Wish For

Cursed coin warps wishes,
Sowing chaos through a town.
Dean remembers Hell.

Episode Summary

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4.6 Yellow Fever: That’s Fear; It Spreads and Spreads

Ghost sickness breeds fear.
Dean, infected, faces death.
Fear can kill ghosts, too.

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Supernatural University:  Demon Powers, Motives, and Deals


SPOILER WARNING!!  This class contains speculations arising in part from season four spoilers revealed by Eric Kripke in his interview with on 29 May 2008. If you are staying entirely spoiler-free, do not attend this class!! (Note: Lack of attendance at spoilery seminars will not reflect adversely on any student.)



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3.15  Time Is On My Side:  We’re Trying to Do the Same Thing Here


Immortal doctor

Tempts Sam with deal-breaking hope.

Bela meets her fate.


Episode Summary


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3.01 The Magnificent Seven:  The Family That Slays Together


Seven Deadly Sins:

Hunters become the hunted,

Facing hell’s freed horde.


 Edited to Add:  If you watch the streaming videos on the CW's website, they've added a little interactive information box feature below the video window. I'm guessing the real purpose is to check on whether real live human beings are actually watching and staying engaged with the video, but the fringe benefit is that one of the features is the identification of any pre-recorded music used in a scene. As a result, I can say that the artist on "I Shall Not Be Moved" was J.B. Burnett, and the country song playing in the demon bar was "Mean Little Town" by the Howling Diablos.

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It was just a wish:

Mother, brother, home, and love.

Heroes pay the price.


Looking for missing people in Illinois, Sam and Dean realized that they were hunting a djinn. Learning from Sam’s research that djinn lair in large ruins, Dean did a quick solo check of a deserted warehouse, only to be attacked by the djinn – and wake up in what seemed to be the world he would have wished for, a world in which his mother hadn’t died and the Winchesters hadn’t become hunters. Cautiously exploring, Dean soaked up every sweet and normal thing: his mother, alive, well, and loving; Sam safe, innocent, happy, and newly engaged to Jess; photos recording a whole lifetime of family events; a loving and understanding girlfriend. Even where pain intruded, it was bearable – smiling, softball-playing John Winchester had died of a stroke in his sleep, a peaceful and painless end, and while it hurt that Sam was largely a stranger, Dean was convinced that he could make things right. Except – he kept seeing a haunting and out-of-place girl, and when the evening news commemorated the anniversary of the plane crash that he knew he and Sam had prevented in Phantom Traveler, he turned to the Internet to learn that everyone whom the Winchesters had saved was dead, because they hadn’t become hunters. He knew what the father he remembered would have said, weighing his happiness against others’ lives, and so he set out to hunt down the djinn and get it to send him back. Accompanied by an incredulous Sam, he returned to the warehouse and found the girl of his visions strung up, being slowly drained of blood and life by the djinn. Only then did he realize that he must be in the same condition, with everything he was experiencing taking place only in his dreaming mind. Despite the pleas of his own desires, wearing the faces of his brother, his mother, his lover, and Jess, he stabbed himself, betting that dying in the dream would force him to wake in the real world. He found himself hanging in the warehouse with a distraught Sam trying to rouse him and cut him loose. The djinn attacked Sam, Dean broke free and managed to kill it, and the brothers found they were still in time to save the girl. Dean told his brother what he’d experienced and confessed how hard it had been for him to leave, while Sam tried to convince him that the lives they saved made all their bitter sacrifice worthwhile.


That bald summary doesn’t come close to telling the tale. This was Supernatural at its very best, exploring the soul of Dean Winchester and the self-sacrifice at the heart of a hero, even the most reluctant one. Raelle Tucker’s script, Eric Kripke’s direction, Jensen Ackles’ and Jared Padalecki’s performances, and the entire production design – from lighting to music to props and beyond – displayed a sensitivity and attention to detail that brought everything to life.


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Okay, this is an experiment: I'm trying to post my Supernatural blog entries originally made over on here, in order to allow folk easy access. So, if you're monitoring my posts and get thrown by seeing a flurry of posts with funky dates, this is why ... I'm posting them here with their original posting dates. I'll be tagging posts as either episode commentaries or as Supernatural University entries, whichever is appropriate.

This was my very first venture into blogging:

Joining the Song in the Middle

I’ve been internally debating about entering the Supernatural blogosphere for a while:  did I have anything worthwhile to add to the observations already being made by others (thank you, Tina, Rod, Sophie, Patronus …); did I have the dedication to commit to a regular blog schedule; did I want to invest the time. Ultimately, my passion for the topic overruled all other considerations, so – here are my ruminations on Supernatural. I hope people will enjoy them.



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December 2015



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