galathea: (Sam simple)

Like every Supernatural finale, The Man Who Knew Too Much was penned by Eric Kripke. He may have stepped down as showrunner, but from conventions and interviews we know that he is still very much involved in the show, and I think it’s only fitting that he gets to close the season. The episode brings the storyline about the fragile wall in Sam’s mind to its logical conclusion and, at the same time, it delivers a drastic turn in Castiel’s arc. The majority of the episode plays in Sam’s head, so naturally I loved it, and I can’t wait to see the after-effects of his ordeal next season. As is customary for a finale, we are left hanging with a huge cliffhanger, but for once I am confident that the writers will resolve the situation to my satisfaction in the first couple of episodes of S7.

I’m not leaving my brother alone out there. )

galathea: (Dean tired)

Sera Gamble likes to put the Winchesters through the emotional wringer and Let It Bleed is no exception to that rule. This time it is Dean’s turn to live through a personal nightmare, when Crowley tries to use Lisa and Ben as leverage against him. The episode not only concludes Dean’s 'domestic arc' with Lisa and Ben – this time for good – but also further escalates the conflict between Castiel and his friends, a conflict that will no doubt come to a head in the season finale. Overall I enjoyed Let It Bleed, even though I have to admit that I find the final resolution to the storyline between the Braedens and Dean very upsetting.

I lost control for a minute. )

galathea: (Sam&Dean calming touch)

The Man Who Would Be King, written and directed by Ben Edlund, shows us what Castiel has been up to these past two years. The episode is told entirely from Castiel’s perspective, so naturally all other characters take a backseat in the story, but given the reveal at the end of Mommy Dearest, an in depth exploration of Castiel’s story has been a narrative necessity. The episode puts most of the events of the season into a new context and links them together, revealing the full scope of the mytharc. It may not be a favourite episode of mine, but it delivers satisfying answers.

Freedom is a length of rope. God wants you to hang yourself with it. )

galathea: (Sam&Dean beer)

I really have to say that Adam Glass’s script for Mommy Dearest solidifies my positive impression of the writer and confirms him as my favourite addition to the writing staff this season. The episode not only brings the 'mother of all' storyline to a head, but also delivers the final plot twist of the season, converging (almost) all the different plot strands of S6 in the process. It is a fast paced episode, action packed, tense and, most importantly, full of poignant, revealing character moments between Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel. It’s definitely one of my favourite episodes of the season. ♥

It’s all about the souls. )

galathea: (Default)

I don’t think there has ever been a Supernatural episode that's been more anticipated than Frontierland by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin. Fandom has been buzzing for months with speculation and excitement about the Wild West themed episode and I admit, I had my doubts that Frontierland could live up to the kind of expectation that it inspired in the fans. However, the episode does not disappoint. It may not be the deepest (or most logical) Supernatural episode ever, but it is a fun ride that gives us Sam and Dean at their banterly best and even advances the mytharc – not by much, but really, who cares. Sometimes it’s just enough to be able to sit back and immerse yourself in Sam and Dean's (crazy) world. ♥

Time travel? That’s a reasonable plan? )

galathea: (scenery_yellowfever)

Supernatural meets Final Destination in Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder’s script for My Heart Will Go On. And what at first seems to be a typical monster-of-the-week story, in which Sam and Dean investigate a row of 'fateful' deaths, soon turns out to be a look behind the scenes of the angelic war. Like most mytharc heavy episodes, My Heart Will Go On is plot driven rather than character driven and that’s usually not my preferred kind of episode, but given that the majority of the episodes in S6 so far has been firmly focussed on the characters, it is now mandatory to move the overarching plot forward. So, overall I liked the episode, especially the family scenes between the Singers and the Winchesters.

You don't have to be ruled by fate. You can choose freedom. )

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Hey there, I am back. I hope you all survived the hiatus and the severe Supernatural withdrawal symptoms. ;) Since I have not been able to finish my review for And Then There Were None right after the episode aired, I decided to postpone it till the end of the hiatus and then post it to get you all in the mood for the new episode tonight. Enjoy!

And Then There Were None, Brett Matthew’s third episode of the season, not only explores themes like blood family versus chosen family and forgiveness, but it also sets the monster storyline in motion that the writers have slowly been building throughout S6. I really love the character work in the episode, not only for Sam and Dean, but also for Rufus and Bobby, and I like the way the monster-of-the-week plot forces all these different, family-tied characters under one roof and allows them to confront their issues with each other. While, right from the start, the title of the episode left no illusion about the final outcome of the story, I was still gripped and emotionally engaged by it, so it’s another successful instalment in the second half of the season for me. ♥

Just 'cause you’re blood, doesn’t make you family. )

galathea: (J2 hug)

I guess it’s fair to say that I dreaded Ben Edlund’s The French Mistake like no other episode this season. It’s no secret that I am generally not a fan of the so-called meta episodes of the show and the concept of The French Mistake 'promised' to take the meta approach to a completely new level, so naturally I feared the worst. Once the episode flickered across my screen though, I found myself unable to not enjoy it. The episode is not only genuinely funny, it also advances the mytharc and even offers moments with emotional resonance for Sam and Dean.

We’re not even brothers here, man. )

galathea: (Sam&Dean by your side)

I really have to say that ever since Supernatural returned from the winter hiatus, it has been exhilarating to watch, and Mannequin 3: The Reckoning by writer duo Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder is no exception to that rule. The episode brings closure to Dean’s relationship with Lisa and at the same time it marks a new beginning for Dean’s relationship with Sam, as they both draw a line under the past eighteen months and move on with their lives. Overall these past three episodes have been very successful in recapturing a S1/2 vibe, while still maintaining a sense of the recent history between the brothers, and I am eternally grateful for that.

I had to deal with my past year, you gotta deal with yours. )



I am sorry this review is late and not quite as extensive as I had planned, but I didn’t find all that much time to write over the course of the week and yesterday I have been out for most of the day, so, yeah, it was difficult to get this thing done. I will probably expand on a couple of points at a later date. Fortunately though, my tight time schedule will be a thing of the past as of next week! I am finally able to return to more fandom friendly work hours, so I hope my reviews will be on time for the rest of the season. :)

galathea: (Default)

Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin are on a roll this season. Unforgiven, their latest instalment in the series, is an interesting exploration of the consequences of Sam’s S6 character arc so far and a fascinating study in contrasts at that. It’s the first episode this season that is entirely told from Sam’s perspective and as such it gives us the long overdue insight into Sam’s mind. If the season manages to continue in this vein, we’re in for a very emotional ride in the second half of the season. And that cliffhanger? Evil, I say, evil!

I don’t care if it’s dangerous. I have to set things right. )

galathea: (Sam&Dean hug)

The show is back, and it’s certainly back with a bang! Like A Virgin by Adam Glass gave me everything I ever wanted from the opening act of the second half of the season – heartfelt emotion, humour, action and drama – a combination of all the elements that make Supernatural so great. Maybe the episode is not flawless, but in the aspects that count, it hits all the right notes for me. Sam and Dean’s interaction in this episode is a thing to marvel at, and I can only hope that the writers keep the characters on the course they set with this episode. ♥

I’m sending Death a damn fruit basket. )

galathea: (Default)

Sera Gamble’s episode Appointment In Samarra brings the brothers main plotline to a head and as was to be expected for the usual midseason game-changer, she leaves us with a giant cliffhanger. I may not be entirely happy with some of the finer details in the plot, but overall the episode offered more than enough goodness to outweigh that. The premise of the episode is intriguing, there is some excellent character work and on top of it, it returns some beloved characters from the earlier seasons back to the screen.

You’re an affront to the balance of the universe. )

galathea: (Sam&Dean beer)

Family Matters by Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin concludes the three episode mini-arc that focuses on revealing Sam’s secret and moving the brothers’ relationship to a new place of understanding. It finally allows Sam and Dean to strike a truce, albeit a very fragile one. Furthermore, the episode advances the alpha storyline and unveils the mystery of who is pulling Samuel’s strings, thus progressing the seasonal arc quite nicely as well. So far the storylines seem to come together really well, and I can’t wait to see where the writers take us (and the characters) next!

I’m trying to get right. )

galathea: (scenery_clapyourhands)

I had an extremely strenuous work week – my colleague fell ill, just in the middle of the kick-off phase for our new projects and I had to do overtime to cover for her absence – so I was usually dead on my feet when I came home in the evenings and nothing was further from my mind than writing. I tried, of course, but mostly I just stared blankly on my screen for a while, then typed a couple of sentences, before I just crashed on my bed. However, I really wanted to post at least some basic thoughts about You Can’t Handle The Truth, so I decided to simply post what I cobbled together over the week. It’s a bit rough around the edges and probably not a very smooth read, but it has to suffice until I can find the time to give it a good makeover.

I think I need help. )

galathea: (Dean tired)

Live Free Or Twihard by Brett Matthews is pretty much the antithesis of last week’s upbeat and humorous Weekend At Bobby’s. It’s an incredibly dark episode – visually as well as with regards to content – and in parts very uncomfortable to watch. Still, I actually liked the episode better than I thought I would, even though it set me several weeks back where my anxiousness in regard to Sam’s current storyline is concerned. Overall the plot around Dean intrigued me enough to get past my uneasiness with Sam’s actions, especially since I am still convinced that once we know Sam’s full story, all his actions will appear in a new light. I just hope the writers will resolve the situation sooner rather than later though.

You think I’d do something like that? Risk my own brother? )

galathea: (Bobby)

I don’t think there has ever been an episode with less screen time for Sam and Dean than Weekend At Bobby’s, courtesy of Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin, and I think it is unfortunate that the episode aired right after The Third Man, leaving us with two episodes in a row that focus on secondary characters rather than developing the brothers’ story. However, I can’t even remember when I had this much fun while watching an episode of Supernatural. It is certainly one of the most amusing standalone episodes in a long time for me, so I feel pretty forgiving for the lack of Sam and Dean. Additionally, there are a lot of familiar faces in the episode that nicely add to the overall dynamic of the episode. Good times! ♥

Story of my life! )

galathea: (scenery_heavenandhell)

I was wary going into The Third Man, mainly because I really enjoyed the character focus and down-to-earth feel of the previous episodes and angel centric episodes have a tendency to be the exact opposite. Unfortunately Ben Edlund’s script did nothing to change my feelings on the matter. It’s plot-driven rather than character centric, and it rapidly shifts the focus from Sam and Dean to the secondary characters, which never sits well with me. While I certainly enjoyed a lot of moments in this episode, overall it feels like a let-down to me.

Were you racing me? )

galathea: (Sam&Dean never far)

Sorry, I am so very late, but I had a hellish week at work and didn't find any time to actually sit down and write in the evenings. I have been quite frustrated with the fact that I mulled over the episode all week, but wasn’t able to get any of my thoughts on paper. So, I put off watching the new episode in favour of catching up on the last one. I fear though that it doesn’t bode well for the future that I already fell behind with my reviews at the beginning of the season.

I will come right out and say that I loved Two And A Half Men by Adam Glass. A lot. It’s a well paced episode that moves the character arcs forward nicely and combines action with surprisingly palatable humour and family drama. The episode explores the compatibility of hunting and a family life and as such gives ample opportunity for the writers to contrast and compare the Winchesters' past and present. So far the season is off to a promising start. ♥

Dean, no offence, but if you don’t walk out that door, I’m going to shoot you. )

galathea: (Sam&Dean hug)

I have to admit, I expected to hate Sera Gamble’s S6 opener Exile On Main Street thoroughly – I was spoiled for many developments in the episode and those spoilers left me disappointed and anxious – so I found myself surprised at how much I actually liked it. It is a character driven episode, which is always a plus in my book, and it sets up a lot of potentially intriguing plotlines and developments for the upcoming season. Now, I would be lying if I would say that the episode put me at ease, quite the contrary, actually. While I think that Dean’s storyline was handled pitch perfect, it’s Sam’s storyline that worries me greatly, not to mention that the state of the brotherly relationship is disconcerting to say the least. However, the characterisation is set up in a way that feels deliberate, rather than sloppy writing, and that makes me cautiously optimistic that this storyline heads towards a pre-planned resolution that will satisfy my inner Sam'n'Dean girl.

It’s just better with you around. )

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