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Supernatural Review: Flashback and Flashforward (15×16)

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When we last left our favorite monster-hunting group, it was revealed that in order to kill God and his sister, Jack will have to die with then when he uses his powers. While Castiel takes some time off-world to investigate ways to save Jack, Sam and Dean take on a case that hit a little close to home. While on the way there, Cas texts Dean telling him to inform Sam of what will happen to Jack, but ignores it.

The brothers learn that an old family friend Travis, appeared to have slit his throat in a motel they used to stay at while their dad went on hunts. In reality, Travis went there to confront some past demons, when a figure of a child (later revealed to be Travis as a kid) scared him and might have done the act itself. The motel is filmed in a very Shining-esque way, with retro hallway shots, and the rooms looking like they’re trapped in the 1960s. You know, typical Supernatural gold.

As they arrive to the motel, we get a flashback of a time that Sam and Dean were left by their dad at the Rooster Sunrise motel. The two new child actors they got for them were fantastic, and encompassed Dean’s passion for hunting as a kid, and Sam’s desire to get out. While pre-teen Sam studies a college exam book, teenage Dean hacks into a vending machine and meets Caitlin and Travis, who’s mom works at the motel.

Meeting up with Caitlin in present day, she tells the Winchesters that a trauma he experienced at the motel as a kid has haunted him for years, and that his therapist told him to go back to room 214 at the motel to immerse himself in his fear. Caitlin fears that something must have happened to him, because she feels that his brother would never kill himself. Dean wants to believe something else went on, but says that he killed the monster that was causing havoc on children in the town.

We flashback to little Travis trying the hack Dean used on the vending machines, and hand popped out of the chute. Dean reveals to their new friends that monsters are real, so it’s possible something is crawling around the motel. Caitlin even shows them recent disappearances of children, noticing that one kid disappeared at the local cannery, and young Dean investigates it alone, and Caitlin follows him, to his chagrin. While there, Dean stumbles upon a nest of dead children, which scares him to the core. Sam and Travis, while playing a word scramble game, get jumped by the monster, and Dean rushes back and kills it. The monster disintegrates, but leaves behind a suspicious looking ring.

Present-day Dean, while looking down the hallways of the motel, is approached by a ghost of his former self, and the ghost echoes to him to insert the knife he’s holding into himself, but Sam stops him before he can do it.

Discovering that the monster is still at large, Sam and Dean contemplate about what the monster might be. While getting some food for the group, Billie (a reaper) comes to Dean and informs him that Chuck (God) has destroyed every world except for the one they currently reside, and they have limited time before he comes to get them next. Billie gets on his case about not telling Sam about Jack, and that everyone needs to be on the same page for this final battle.

Sam and Caitlin discover that the monster that’s been attacking them is a Baba Yaga, meaning is this JOHN WICK?! I’m kidding, but wouldn’t it be cool if John Wick and the Winchesters were in the same universe? Anyway, they discover that a Baba Yaga feeds on children’s fears and can take shape of a person or memory they fear most. Caitlin remembers the suspicious ring that Travis wore was the Baba Yaga’s, but is jumped by the being taking form of her brother.

Sam and Dean investigate the motel, looking for Caitlin. Sam finds the concierge smoking in the back room, and Dean hears a couple behind a room…well…you know. However, Dean finds himself back in what appears to be the cannery where the nest was, but it was an illusion created by the Baba Yaga to distract Dean. Sam stabs the being, and Dean destroys the ring, and the demon bursts into flames.

As they say goodbye to Caitlin, the flashback shows them saying goodbye to her in the past, and young Dean thanks Sam and thinks they make a good team (cue the tears). As they drive back to the bunker, Dean told his brother about Billie’s visit, as well as the news that Jack will die when they face off against Chuck and Amara. Naturally, Sam is angry that Dean hid this from him, causing them to have a genuine fight for the first time in several seasons. This will definitely effect how they treat each other moving forward.

In the 15 seasons of this show, not every episode was a hit. Obviously, the series has had several filler episodes, but these final episodes of Supernatural are going all out. With great monsters, cases, and performances by everyone, it’s clear to see that the writers, directors, and everyone involved on the Supernatural team is working hard to make these final episodes ones that we won’t be forgetting, even after the show is off the air. I’m extremely impressed by this episode, integrating the episodes main case, with the overall plotline that’s bringing this show to a close. It’s also going to lead into some great conflict between the entire group in the last 4 episodes.


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Supernatural Series Finale Review – Lay Your Weary Head to Rest (15×20)

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Supernatural Carry On Review

15 years. 327 episodes. A million ghosts, monsters, demons, angels, and gods. 1 Impala. 2 brothers. Supernatural’s last hurrah aired tonight, and we say goodbye to the Winchesters after years of monster hunting.

Now the finale was marketed to be a two-hour finale, but the first hour was a retrospective look of the show, with interviews with actors, producers, writers, and the man who started it all, Eric Kripke, who created the show way back in 2005. Kripke hasn’t been involved with the show since he departed in season 5 (he now runs Amazon’s The Boys), so it was really great to see him talk about the show that has changed the genre. It was nice to see all of the people involved with the show to share fun memories of working on it for so long. They talked about the growth of the characters, world-building, the many side characters, how the mythology changed throughout, even analyzing the meta aspects of the show, such as one of my favorite episodes, “The French Mistake.” We also can’t forget the Scooby-Doo crossover episode!

Now, the moment we’ve been nervously waiting for. The final episode. Free from the grasp of Chuck, the Winchesters are able to write their own story in their own way. Dean adopted the dog he found from the last episode, Sam is going on morning runs. There’s no fear of having God chase them everywhere. It seems for once, the Winchesters are living regular hunter lives. Dean finds a “case” for them to investigate, but it’s just a big pie festival, while Sam gets his kicks and pies Dean in the face.

The scene shifts to an ordinary home, when mysterious men in skull masks invade the home, attack the mother and kill the father of the house, and after searching, take the two kids.

Sam and Dean were always known for using famous musician names for their fake FBI personas, but they used the names Singer and Kripke (a little homage to the creator of the show, and executive producer of the show. The local police tell them that the father is killed, and they ripped the tongue out of the mother. They believe this is a usual case of vampires that their dad was investigating in the 80s because the masks were similar. Before the mysterious people could invade another home, Sam and Dean arrive, and quickly dispose of them, but they leave one of them alive so they could interrogate him.

Dean asks the vampire where the kids are, threatening him with the utmost of pain to find them. The vampire says that every few years they harvest a few kids for the nest, and the brothers get the location of where they’re hidden.

Arriving at a sketchy looking barn, Sam and Dean load up with the necessary weapons they need to take down the vampires. Dean jokingly suggests using a throwing star, to Sam’s dismay. Inside the barn, they find the kids, but the skull masks corner them to prevent escape. And of course, an epic fight scene ensues! One of them knocks Sam out cold, while three hold Dean down. Then HERE’S a blast from the past, Jenny (who was turned into a vampire in season ONE), is revealed to be leading this nest, but Sam recovers and chops her head off. The fight resumes, but Dean is pushed against a wooden beam with a metal spike sticking out, and it goes through him. Dean wants Sam to leave, and save the kids because he feels like if he moves, he will die. Dean tells Sam how proud he is of him, and that the journey they have gone on together is one that will last forever. He goes on to tell him that if Sam didn’t answer his call back at the very beginning when their dad went missing, he wasn’t sure what he would do. Dean tells his brother to keep fighting and he’ll be with him forever. Sam holds his brother tight and tells him it’s okay, as Dean dies. Dean has fought every monster imaginable, and even God himself, but he’s willing to die by being impaled by a rusty nail? I have thoughts on that, but more on that later.

Any other season of the show, I would think Dean would somehow come back, but with Sam having a traditional burning ceremony of Dean’s body, it truly feels real. Sam starts going through the stages of grief at the bunker, and thankfully he has the dog Dean adopted with him, otherwise, I would really worry about the guy being alone in that bunker. While Sam reminisces in Dean’s room, one of Dean’s cell phones rings, with the call being from a police officer in Texas asking for Dean from an old case that he worked where a monster would steal the hearts of its victims. Sam turns the lights off at the bunker, with a slightly unsure look if he’s coming back.

The scene is moved to show Dean arriving in heaven, and guess who’s there, but Bobby, their second father figure! Bobby said that heaven got a huge refurbishment since Jack took over as God and that everyone he loves is here, even his parents. The two share a beer and talk about how heaven is now made how Dean wants it to be. The heaven version of the Impala arrives, and Dean hops in, driving down the new road that he can travel in peace. As he turns on the car, “Carry On Wayward Son” comes on the radio, to which Dean says “I love this song.”

Sam is then shown going through life. He seems to have stopped hunting, gotten married, and had a son, who he named after his brother. As Sam ages (with some bad old-age makeup), he gets in the Impala that he and his brother drove across the country together.

A very old Sam is on his deathbed, and his son comes by his side, telling him it’s okay, and that he can go now, the very same words that Sam said to his brother before he died. Sam got to live the life he never got to live, with a family, without hunting, and happy.

In heaven, Sam arrives, and Dean says his usual “Hey, Sammy,” and they embrace after years apart. The series ends with the brothers watching out onto a river.

The cast and crew gathered together to say a special goodbye and a thank you to the fans before waving, and the series fades to a close.

I’m 50/50 on this finale. I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of how Dean went out. This man has fought monsters, demons, and God, but dies by a rusty nail in a barn. I think that was a poor way for him to end his arch for 15 years. I know he died doing what he loved, which was hunting, but I would’ve liked to see him die while saving his brother. I don’t know, I think that Dean could have had a way better ending to his story. On the other hand, I liked how Sam went out. It reflects back to his character from the start, how he wanted to have a normal life, and he got just that, with a family, and a son. Sam’s ending felt more satisfactory for the character, but I wished the writers did something a little different to help Dean’s ending a little more complete than a rusty nail. Not only that, we got no sort of closure with Castiel. A huge fan favorite, we didn’t see any Misha Collins in the final episode, which made the ending feel a little emptier than I would’ve liked. The character was on for 12 of the 15 seasons, and after killing him, I felt that they didn’t give the sendoff that he deserved.

All in all, I thank Supernatural for providing 15 years of great TV. Its legacy in the sci-fi/fantasy genre will live on. That said, I wish they improved the writing on the closure of some of the characters that they left out for this finale. I don’t know, they had a lot of cards to be dealt with for this finale, and they didn’t seem to pick all of the right ones.

What did you think of Sam and Dean’s sendoff? Leave a comment below.


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Supernatural Review: The Penultimate Adventure (15×19)

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We are one week away from saying goodbye to our favorite monster hunters, and things are looking a little too familiar, and by that, I mean it looks like a certain superhero movie that everyone saw last year. Because of the actions created by Chuck (God) to take down the Winchesters, he has completely wiped out everyone, literally everyone. It seems that the only 3 people on Earth are Sam, Dean, and Jack, as they find ways to find Chuck, and put a stop to him.

Our only three heroes are left alone, wondering what to do. Dean informs Sam and Jack that Castiel sacrificed himself to save him, and he can’t even help them now. But hey, at least Destiel is canon now. Due to Sam trying to rewrite Chuck’s way for ending for things, an infuriated Chuck wiped out the entire human race, and he wants to see them suffer on a lifeless planet “knowing that they caused it because they wouldn’t take a knee.”

Back at the bunker, Jack starts feeling a presence that could either be friend, foe, human, angel, or demon, and that they need to go investigate. While filling up the Impala with gas, Dean finds a dog, and honestly my heart melted. Hoping to bring him back to the bunker, Dean puts him into the Impala, only for Chuck to appear and snap the dog out of existence. Taking dogs out is the last straw, Chuck!

The three arrive at a creepy church, only lit by candles, and there they find the archangel Michael, who is hiding from Chuck. Originally, Michael as seeing what humans perceived God to be: the all-knowing, all-helping perception of religion, but now he sees that they’re all wrong, and wants to help the Winchesters. They show Michael God’s death book, and after trying to open it, he can’t. Even archangels can’t get it open.

As Sam and Dean continue to struggle on what to do, Dean’s phone rings and it’s…Castiel? Turns out, it’s actually Lucifer (played by the great Mark Pellegrino), who was kicked out of The Empty to get God’s death book. He even brings Betty, a reaper who has now become the new Death, since Billie is now dead. While she’s reading the death book (as she’s the only one who can read it), Michael and Lucifer are at odds, fighting about whether or not they should trust Lucifer.

Betty begins to read how to kill Chuck, when Lucifer kills Betty, and steals the book, revealing that Chuck actually let him out of The Empty to take the book out of the Winchesters hands. Chuck taunts Jack, his own son, telling him to join him and Chuck on “the winning team. However, Michael teleports behind Lucifer, and stabs him with The Sword of Michael, which is designed to virtually kill anything, even Lucifer. The man formally known as the Devil disintegrates into ashes, which seems to have an affect on Jack.

Michael begins to help everyone try to decipher the symbols that are in the death book, and they discover that there’s a spell that can help track down, and take Chuck out for good. The spell tracks down Chuck, and he appears to him. Michael pleads to his father that he only sided with the Winchesters to try and find him and work with him, but Chuck kills him out of anger. Rather than kill the Winchesters with his powers, Chuck decides to enjoy the moment and use his fists, brutally beating up the brothers to a pulp, despite the relentlessness of them, as they continue to get up. It was all a distraction, as Jack gathered up all of his powers, stripped Chuck of his powers, rendering him defenseless, leaving a confused Chuck to wonder what just happened for the first time.

We then got an unraveling of the mystery, like a classic caper novel. It turns out when Jack was sent to The Empty as a bomb, his powers became a power vacuum, and he could absorb any power around him. They used Michael, Lucifer, and even Chuck’s exertion on the brothers for Jack to build up enough power to take it all away. The brothers say that now Chuck is just a normal human being, and he will now grow to live old and die alone, a better ending for him rather than in total destruction.

Now that Chuck is taken care of, they now have to worry about restoring the world to the way it was, and that is exactly what happens. Jack brings everyone back to Earth, as if nothing had happened. Even Dean’s dog that he found was running around the streets! Now that Jack absorbed it all, that means, you guessed it, Jack is the new God. He even has control of Amara, working with him in harmony. Jack says that he wants to not be as hands-on with his new powers, and not insert himself into the story, and that he trusts the goodness of people to do what is right, and just like that, he disappears to explore his new world.

At the bunker, the brothers drink in silence, reminiscing on those they have lost, and where they are now, and they are now free from Chuck’s control. We even get a nice little montage of famous moments and people from the last 15 years. The montage was a nice tribute to the series, and to all of the characters that have made this show what it is. This montage was actually my least favorite part of the episode, believe it or not, because since next week is the series finale, why are we having this montage now? It didn’t really make sense to me as the episode came to a close.

Now in the promo for the series finale showed that it might be a behind the scenes look of the series, as well as the final episode. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of plot is created for this, especially since the main villain has been taken down.

What did you think of the penultimate episode of Supernatural? Comment below.


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Supernatural Review: Hit in the Feels (15×18)

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With only 3 episodes before the Winchesters drive off into the sunset in the Impala, things are coming to a head and fast. Last week, the hopeful plan to destroy God was thwarted with the knowledge that Billie the Reaper intends to take God’s place, and reverse everything the Winchesters have ever done, including killing the Winchesters. Not only that, but Jack became a walking bomb, combining his powers with the power of Adam’s rib to destroy God and Amara.

Billie appeared to them in the bunker and sent Jack to The Empty, the place where angels and demons go to die, and the bomb explodes. Billie explains that that’s the only place that was truly able to absorb the power, and it’s most likely that Jack died in the process. Billie then forced Sam to give her God’s death book that he stole, and in return she’ll return Jack safe and sound. In The Empty, the explosion was absorbed into the human embodiment of The Empty, Meg, who didn’t take it well. Before she could attack Jack, Billie brings him back to the bunker after Sam gave her God’s death book. Billie, after reading the end of the book, plans to take Jack, saying he’s “still useful,” but Dean attacks her with her own scythe, and she escapes without Jack. Dean apologizes to Sam for pulling a gun on him, and for not trusting him, and says that they are back to square one in the plan, to which Sam encourages that they need to regroup and work from there.

We then shift our attention over to Charlie Bradbury, a fan favorite recurring character living with her girlfriend, who just disappears into thin air, Thanos-style, while eating breakfast. Should Billie fulfill her plan, Charlie would be one of the people who would no longer exist, as she died in season 10, but an alternate version of her was brought back in season 13 during the Apocalypse World story arc. She calls the Winchesters to help her out, cause who else you gonna call, Ghostbusters??

While Sam and Dean talk to Charlie, Castiel and Jack stand outside and discuss Jack’s almost death, and how Jack is now powerless and scared that he can’t do anything. Castiel assures him that he’s scared too, and that he needs to stop constantly trying to find approval from everyone, and only to feel acceptance within himself. It was a great moment between the two, since Jack has always seen Cas as a father figure, and it was so nice to see.

After telling Charlie the plan that Billie has set in motion, Sam gets a call from Bobby (always love hearing from Jim Beaver), who tells him that a fellow hunter friend of his just disappeared out of nowhere. Billie has begun her plan anyway, taking out people from other worlds or those who have been resurrected. Realizing that Eileen (Sam’s love interest, killed in season 12, but brought back as a ghost) is also at risk, they rush to find her. Sam texts her, but her typing bubble disappears, a usual anxiety for anyone, but especially when wondering if your girlfriend has disappeared at the hands of a reaper. When they arrive at her house, they find her phone and purse on the ground, but no Eileen. She had also started texting Sam back, and the reality hits that Eileen is gone once again. Sam begins a plan to get anyone who Billie might be targeting to safety, and Dean and Castiel begin to work on a plan to take down Billie. It’s then shown that when Dean attacked Billie with her own scythe, she left it behind, and they can use it to their advantage.

Sam meets up with Donna, fellow hunter and Minnesota cop, to begin establishing safety for other hunters, and those who might be affected by Billie’s plan. A whole slew of hunters, and those brought back arrive and they lock themselves inside. Sam sets up protection using magic and symbols that he hopes will protect this group from having to disappear again. While Jack is painting symbols on the walls, he notices a little plant growing from the ground. As he reaches for it, the plant instantly dies, showing some slight effect from being brought back that he was not aware of.

Dean and Castiel confront Billie in the Death Library, and the fight begins. In 15 seasons, Dean has never learned how to block when angels and demons just launch them backwards. Billie reveals that she’s not doing this, and that when Dean cut her, it was fatal, so she has no intention on killing their friends, and that this is all Chuck’s doing. Oh yeah, and she wants to kill Dean.

Back in the safehouse, Sam puts the final touches on the spells protecting everyone, but it doesn’t work. Everyone in the safehouse disappears: men, women, children, Bobby, Charlie, and Donna too, leaving only Jack and Sam looking on shocked and confused.

After escaping the library, Billie chases them into the bunker and puts a spell on Dean, making it seem she’s beginning to kill him. Castiel blocks her out of the room they hide in, and Dean feels better for the time being. Hoping to wait it out until she dies, they know they’re going to have to fight. While holding her off for the time being, Dean regrets not being with his brother and how their deaths are coming soon. Castiel reveals that a few seasons ago, he made a deal for Jack to stay alive, but in return, when he is at his most happiest, The Empty will be summoned, and take Cas away for good.

Castiel goes into a monologue that Dean is the most caring, selfless person that he has ever met, and that everything he has ever done has been for love, not for destructive purposes. Cas acknowledges how happy Dean has made him and how he changed his life for good, and that he loves him (cue the Tumblr Cas and Dean stans). The Empty is summoned and takes Castiel and Billie away, leaving a shocked and heartbroken Dean to watch on.

As he tries to get a hold of Dean, Jack tells Sam that Chuck may not have just taken the people who were friends to the Winchesters, and that he might have taken everyone. The episode ends with Dean staring at his ringing cellphone, unsure of how to tell Sam.

Whenever a character dies in Supernatural, I never lose hope that they are gone for good. I mean, Sam and Dean have each died two or three times throughout the entire series. This hits different knowing it’s the final batch of episodes. I said that people disappeared Thanos-style, and I’m in the exact feels from watching Avengers: Infinity War, as I am watching this episode. Castiel’s monologue before sacrificing himself was impeccable, and I applaud the writers for that. Castiel is my favorite character in the show, and his growth from a confused and fallen angel to a being with emotions, feelings, and understanding how life works was a great way for his moment to end, but I’m still hoping we’re going to see him one more time.

Two episodes left! What do you think will happen as the series comes to a close?


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