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

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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: 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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Supernatural Review – Change of Plans (15×17)

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Supernatural Unity Review

Tonight’s episode of Supernatural brought the overall arc of the story to the forefront: how will the Winchesters, Castiel, and Jack take down Chuck? Sam and Dean’s relationship is strained from Dean hiding the fact that Jack will die in the inevitable final battle, and Sam is not happy about it.

While relaxing in a pool in Iceland, Amara (Chuck’s sister) discovers through a mass amount of shooting stars that Chuck has returned to their world, and it will be any day now that he will find out that Jack is still alive. She travels quickly to tell the brothers about his return, and it’s full steam ahead. Because of what Billie told Dean last week, he knows that Jack has to partake in a special ritual that will give him the full power to kill Chuck and Amara. Sam stays behind because he wants to find a way to keep Jack alive, and Castiel sticks around with him. It shows the two sides sticking to what they know best: Dean jumping out into the field and taking action, while Sam sticks to research and facts before taking action.

The episode then breaks down into separate vignettes, each focusing on different characters, complete with title cards. Starting with Amara, she is sitting alone in a beautiful forest clearing, when Chuck reappears to her, wanting her to join him in destroying all worlds so that he can recreate it in a better way, because he feels like humans have ruined everything that he’s created. He knows that he can’t fully recreate the universe without his sister, so he’s back to convince her. Amara wants to work equally and bring a proper balance of life and destruction, rather than doing everything that he wants. Chuck disregards this (by making a long tongue fart), and Amara teleports them both to what looks like the Winchesters bunker. Chuck realizes he can’t escape, and Amara reveals that our heroes know of a way to take him down. It’s rare we see Chuck scared, but he was rattled by this. Whether or not the spell that has trapped him in the bunker is the same with Amara is unclear, but since she has pretty much the same powers as he does, she’s probably trapped there too.

The next vignette is solely about Dean, who is traveling with Jack to Santa Fe for this ritual. They find their way into what appears to be a jewelry shop and are greeted by Adam (yes, THAT Adam), and a woman named Serafina (you would think it would be Eve, but it wasn’t), and together they make a very free-spirited couple. Adam says that he’s been kept alive by Billie so that he can see God’s demise. Adam leads Jack to a case filled with every kind of stone imaginable and says that he has to pick which one was touched by God specifically. Jack passes with flying colors, saying they all have been, as God is in everything (so biblical). Serafina then cuts out one of Adam’s ribs and says that once Jack uses this, he will pretty much turn into a human black hole, and can trap anything (and anyone) inside. This means he can combine his powers, plus the power of Adam’s rib to trap Chuck and Amara forever, but it’s a one-time use, so it’s obvious he won’t use it until it’s absolutely necessary. Dean shares a moment with Jack (he’s had a love-hate relationship with him), and thanks him for everything he’s done to help them thus far. Dean’s phone then rings and they both realize that it’s time, and Jack takes the rib and absorbs it.

Connecting each vignette with each other, we now get to Sam. Castiel and Sam are trying to find ways to save Jack, to no luck. Sam then remembers Sergei (a shaman who was an ally for the British Men of Letters) wanted to find the Key to Death, which will help them find Death’s Library. They think through the use of this, they will be able to find a way to keep Jack alive. Castiel finds the key, and Sam recites the incantation on the box, opening the door to the library. Inside, he finds Meg, former follower of Lucifer, now inhabited by The Empty, which is an entity between God and Amara that serves as an afterlife for demons and angels. She says to Sam that she’s wanting to get a hold of Billie to read Chuck’s death book since only Billie can read it. Sam lies saying that Billie sent him, and he will take the book to her, and she spares him. Running back out to Castiel, he tells Cas that they need to stop the trap now, but Castiel reveals that Amara is in the bunker with Chuck.

Dean returns with Jack, and Sam reveals that this was Billie’s idea to take God down and to fill the void left behind and become God. In the room he’s trapped in, Chuck reveals he orchestrated this entire night, and spills the beans that they want to kill her too, and that they lied to her. He uses his powers of persuasion to convince his sister to join him in destroying the Winchesters once and for all. She agrees and Chuck absorbs her power, with creepy eyes glowing with light and darkness.

Dean pulls his gun on Sam, and Sam says that if Billie becomes God, then she will put everyone and everything back to where they came from, so everyone they’ve ever saved from a previous arc in Apocalypse World will die again, and go to worlds that don’t exist because Chuck has destroyed them. Sam tells Dean that they need to work together and protect everyone, not just themselves. Chuck escapes and is infuriated with their stubbornness and their disobedience to his order, and says that his original plan doesn’t matter to him anymore and that they are about to watch Jack die. The episode ends with all of the powers inside Jack begin to eat him alive.

As Supernatural always does, they provide twists and turns like never before. I thought from the get-go that the final batch of episodes will be all about trying to destroy Chuck, but now they also have to take down Billie. These last 3 episodes will be a long, and honestly awesome power struggle for peace and control over the universe. I’m here for the ride, this is going to be really fun.

What did you all think of tonight’s episode? Only 3 left until the series finale!


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