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Mother´s Little Helper – an episode in pictures and quotes

Before torturing us with another hiatus, the Supernatural cast and crew managed once more to keep us glued to the screen on Tuesday evening (well, very early Wednesday morning here, but sleep´s overrated anyway).A thrilling, absolutely satisfying episode, threading the “monster of the week”- into the oh so much bigger general War in Hell theme. And again, the Winchester family´s connection to the ongoing events obviously goes way back in the family line. It was a blast to see grandpa Henry again (not hard to guess where the boys got their looks from…), all eager and happy to do good in the world (there WAS a hunter inside him after all!).The brotherly conflict, heartbreaking as ever, seems to slowly change – mostly because of Dean´s affliction after having realized the effects of The Marc of Cain on him (and angsty, dealing-by-drinking Dean always gets our hearts), and Sam´s growing concern for his brother (and worried Sam´s allways cute, isn´t he).
Well, and then there´s Crowley. Playing his own games – and the brothers. I have to say I´m thrilled to see where the King of Hell (currently off duty due to unresolved leadership issues) will push events.So far, he´s always managed to make me adore him right before I have to be mad at him again for shamelessly using the Winchesters time and again.
And, as always, the cast aside from the lead roles, was flawless. Should mention that more often I guess. Production design: equally perfect, as ever.
Have I mentioned that Misha Collins directed the episode? Loved his camera angles…the close ups on all those tortured faces, twisted by the horrors around and inside them…yeah, you can do that with a cast like this one. Misha, it was worth all that cake on your face!

Dean. Oh, Dean.

Dean. Oh, Dean.

Sam. Jesus, Sam! Stop distracting me from the story line!

Sam. Jesus, Sam! Stop distracting me from the story line!

The brothers, splitting up: uh-oh.

The brothers, splitting up: uh-oh.

Sam, "checking in". Only on a strictly professional level, of course. And Dean, dealing with things in his special way.

Sam, “checking in”. Only on a strictly professional level, of course. And Dean, dealing with things in his special way.

Dean, acting weird. Sammy, getting worried.

Dean, acting weird. Sammy, getting worried.

Crowley...he knows which buttons to press...

Crowley…he knows which buttons to press…

Nuns. Evil nuns. Gotta love them, right?

Nuns. Evil nuns. Gotta love them, right?

Abaddon, rising. I have to say her choice in meat suit has improved.

Abaddon, rising. I have to say her choice in meat suit has improved.

Crowley, not only hitting on Sam in 9x16, but also checking out Dean in 9x17. Demon, you´re one greedy bastard! And Dean is MINE, btw!

Crowley, not only hitting on Sam in 9×16, but also checking out Dean in 9×17. Demon, you´re one greedy bastard! And Dean is MINE, btw!

love me Sam´s bitchface. AND his superhero attitude. go get them, tiger!

love me Sam´s bitchface. AND his superhero attitude. go get them, tiger!

and now: time for a little promotional break. meet the most sexy non-human object on SPN, the incredible........IMPALA! (sorry, Cas...you ARE kind of human. Yes...Ok...right. Well, I hear you. OK. I said OK! So: the Angel Castiel insists on the following clarification: the Impala is not THE, but ONE OF THE most sexy objects in SPN. jeez....

and now: time for a little promotional break. meet the most sexy non-human object on SPN, the incredible……..IMPALA! (sorry, Cas…you ARE kind of human. Yes…Ok…right. Well, I hear you. OK. I said OK! So: the Angel Castiel insists on the following clarification: the Impala is not THE, but ONE OF THE most sexy objects in SPN.
jeez….

Yes. Meat loafs should get the  appreciation they deserve.

Yes. Meat loafs should get the appreciation they deserve.

I´m not entirely sure why Dean is staring at his LEFT hand with fear and loathing, but...maybe time..and the next episodes to come...will show!

I´m not entirely sure why Dean is staring at his LEFT hand with fear and loathing, but…maybe time..and the next episodes to come…will show!

to be continued…

An Episode in Pictures and Quotes – The Purge (9×13)

It took me a full day to recover from last episode´s bitter ending – seeing Sam and Dean divided by an abyss that goes right down to the core of who they are, and how they see themselves, and the world around them, was painful enough; seeing the realization of that fact creep over Dean´s face in the very last seconds was almost too much for a Deangirl´s tormented heart. Even knowing that there will be some sort of reconciliation some time (rather later than sooner, I suppose), I can´t see how “honesties” like the ones the brothers shared (you notice I try to keep neutral here, do you? It costs me EVERY ounce of self control I have, I can assure you…) can NOT leave scars that mar both of them for life. They will have to find a new balance in their relationship (when there actually IS a relationship again, because this? This is worse than being enemies), and most of all, get an understanding for the way they look at the world, and why…
It is NO FUN seeing your favorite character being ripped of his entire world (because, honestly, how we SEE the world/us, IS our world), like a carpet pulled out from under his feet, and even thinking where that could/will lead him…no, I´ll not go there again… (*virtually banging her head painfully against the desk*)
Well, thinking of The Purge, and the brothers´ talks (and it kept me thinking A LOT) for me was the depressing affirmation that in the end, we are alone, and no one can ever fully understand their fellow human beings…we believe to perceive things similarly, but we can never, never be sure of that; we are groping around in the dark, and sometimes are grabbing at something, and connect, or stumble over things randomly, and take it for signs of a bigger plan, and a meaning behind it…
UUUPS. Pretty depressing..I know. So, I´ll stop here, and just say as much:
The only answer to it can be to connect…to try, and fail (because we will, as much as our beloved Winchesters), and try again…it´s in our hands to grope, and to grab, and to stumble, and for moments, we will find a meaning, and a path, and a world to share.
Jeez, this episode really got to me.
sorry…
Will do a Funny Moments Collage next, I guess. you know …Supernatural, the illness and the cure, all in one…
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Parallels: Sam and Castiel

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Castiel: I mean I can relate now to how you feel…The only person who has screwed things up more consistently than you is me. And now I know what guilt feels like. And I know that it means to feel sorry Sam.

This dialogue between Sam and Castiel highlights a trend that many of the fans have voiced over the years. But it’s not the kind of parallels that is apparent or deliberate ones like Dean and Cain are. This is an underlying trend that has been going on for some time but now it is finally out there for everyone to see and ramble on.

These two have been doing their own thing but there have been times where they have been almost mirroring each other.  The best commonality between them is their sense of purpose. Both have to finish what they started. Cas needs to get his house in order by shutting the gates of heaven or restore some sort of order. This leads him to trusting Metatron and going through trials and leads him to become a cast out, and he is forced to leave as a human. Sam also has a mission to close the doors to hell which he opened. He goes through trials and ends up on the cusp of

death. They have both almost managed to destroy their respective habitats.

Their parallel journey follows the same trajectory: rebellion – fight – losing the war – redemption.

Loss (read losing the battle) is a recurring theme in supernatural but it’s never been truer with these two. Castiel has lost almost everyone in his family with people he liked, Balthazar, Anna, Gabriel to people he hated Zachariah, Uriel, Raphael and Michael. Sam on the other hand has lost his brother both physically and mentally (at the end of season 4 Dean moves away from Sam and throughout season 5), Jessica his love, both his parents and friends. The story of loss just does not stop here, instead it leads to both losing their minds and souls. In season 6 Sam is resurrected but has no soul. By the end of the same season, Castiel loses his soul when he swallows the souls from purgatory. Again in season 7 we see that Sam loses his mind completely and ends up in an asylum. By the time we come halfway through the season Cas takes over Sam’s trouble and thus having a mental breakdown himself.

Redemption is another similar theme between these two. Sam does the trials in season 8 as form of redemption towards Dean and towards the world in general.

Sam: You want to know what I confessed in there? What my greatest sin was? It was how many time I let you down. I can’t do that again

Castiel’s redemption has begun from season 7 when he takes over Sam’s devil and then moves on to season 8 when he refuses to get out of purgatory with Dean.

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Castiel: The weight of all my mistakes, all those lives and souls lost, I… I couldn’t take it, either. I was… I was lost until I took on your pain. It’s strange to think that that helped

A very important aspect common to both is rebellion. They refuse any sort of blind faith in authority even if it means going against their family. Both are raised soldiers but both cannot blindly accept orders. This leads them to becoming rebellious. Sam breaks away from John in order to become normal and then leaves Dean cos he think Dean is weak. Castiel rebels against heaven for his beliefs. Their rebellion whether wrong or right proves one thing to us, that they’re rational and will not do anything which they do not think is right. They also seem to have trouble with authority as well.

Finally the most important common factor for these two is Dean. Dean is a very reason that these two are together under one roof. Dean in a way keeps both of them human. Sam and Castiel most of the time are quite calculating and prefer choosing the benefits of the many over the few. This is completely against Dean´s thinking. However, Dean has been let down by both of them. Cas abandoned him in the pursuit of power. Then, Sam moved away from Dean in order to win, cos he thought Dean had become too weak and he could deal with Lilith by himself. The interesting similarity between the two is that both have always cited that they were trying to help Dean. All of this being said, they’ve both been instrumental for teaching Dean to look at the other side of the story. They are better in understanding the dark side of supernatural. For example Sam understands vampires, Amy who is a Kitsune. On the other hand Castiel understands demons and humans. They help Dean to realize the fact that everything that isn’t human doesn´t necessarily have to be dangerous. Sam is willing to waste the virgin, but then when Dean insists that no one is taking the virgin, Sam comes up with other ideas.

In a nutshell, Castiel and Sam: consideration, intellectual approach, understanding of the other side, but also the fact that both are realists, and the understanding that when logic runs out there is no hope.  In the last episode we see that they realize that being human is taking stock and trying to rectify your mistakes and in a strange way they both are doing that. It seems that these two characters have reached a point where they can be very truthful to each other, Sam and Cas – and it will be interesting how Dean fits into this new bond??

First Born 9×11 An Episode in Quotes

Supernatural is dearly loved for it´s wonderful cast and crew, the thrilling story lines and the sea of emotions each episode throws us into. But I think it´s equally appreciated for it´s ironic, funny, in times also sarcastic quotes and comments.
Therefore we tried to sum up last episode, First Born, with a little picture/quote story. You may notice it´s very much Crowley/Dean centered; probably because we are confessing Dean girls (and vote for Crowley), but also because Sam and Cas had some pretty serious stuff to discuss this time – not really a match to the concept.
So – make yourself comfortable, and enjoy First Born through the eyes of a quotation-obsessed fangirl!

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Whose Is a Democracy Anyways? by Pracherine

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Crowley: I’m not talking to you. I´m talking to them. The average Demon. Because I feel their pain. It must have been difficult, with their loving King so cruelly taken from you. I imagine you felt all itsy. and then along came – The Brute. She´s strong, and a Knight, and immortal. At the moment. So I’m not surprised that some of my more idiotic subjects bought her line…..It´s a Campaign. Hearts and minds, that´s what´s important. So the Demons have a choice. Take orders from The World’s Angriest Ginger, and that’s saying something. Or join my team, where everyone gets a say, a virgin and all the entrails they can eat. So – think on this, lads, spread the word.
VOTE CROWLEY!
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This speech delivered by the former ‘king of hell’ Crowley not just marks a beginning of the first ever election campaign in Hell but also got me to look at both heaven and hell in a political way. One cannot help but draw important real world parallels in supernatural and today’s politics. Looking at both heaven and hell we come to look at some amazing conclusions about the kind of political systems in place in these very important locations in the show.
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So let’s look at heaven shall we? Heaven functions more or less like an autocracy (i.e. a dictatorship). God, here can be seen as an autocrat around whom the entire country of heaven runs. He decided the laws and he is the one who decides the punishments. God has a handful of advisers/sons whom we all know as the ‘archangels’.
These guys are responsible of carrying out all of God’s orders. Like any autocracy the whim of the ruler is the rule/law of the land. This is held scared by everyone and anyone who questions the authority is either sent to prison or cast out (for example: Lucifer).
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But like any classic autocracy it has a classic machinery of bureaucrats that makes these systems work. The advisers/sons are run this bureaucracy.  These bureaucrats are ordered as per hierarchy. Most of the time the bureaucracy is organized in a military form and here we can see that heaven’s angels are referred to as soldiers of God and the entire bureaucracy is referred as the garrison. The angels are given certain functions which come down as a word of God. (Hmmm what does this remind us of ….ooh yes the monarchy….most kings wanted their subjects to believe that the kings were ordained by God to rule them). The angels are expected to show undying respect for authority and never question their given orders.

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All of this goes well until one day God just decides to get up and leave his kingdom. This is when the s***t hits the fan and the entire kingdom of heaven falls into utter chaos. This descent into chaos does not happen overnight. At first the advisers/sons try to run the show on God’s given orders but then that does not hold strong when Castiel (let’s just say he is your rebel) rises up and questions the authority of the written word of god.

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Now since god is not here to explain his own word there is chaos. That’s when there descend into complete chaos of heaven begins. I think it is completely achieved when Michael the second in command is captured and thrown in with his brother/ruler of hell Lucifer in the cage. After this many warlords or warring factions try to take over. These include prominently Raphael and Castiel (which both tried to become God in their own ways) Naomi and many others.
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This is very similar to what happened to China between 1916 and 1928, this was right after the last emperor Pai abdicated his throne, or France is also a similar example (except for the beheading part). France was thrown into anarchy after the Monarchy came to a bloody end. In a similar to French scene with Napoleon who was another dictator that rose after chaos after the revolution, Metatron takes over to try and instill some order. But similar napoleon, he is trying to take over power and kill his enemies and tries to take over with brute force.
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Now let’s move on to the other location or country HELL. What can is say? One can expect that since the place is called hell will be well like hell. But what if I told you that surprise surprise!! That hell actually seems closer to a democracy than heaven. In fact it is very similar to modern day America, Lucifer creates his own country hell. He becomes the ruler of heaven after going against his father / former ruler God. He questions God’s authority or the word of God. Then we have this Hell’s leader leads the revolution but captured by the opposite faction (aka heaven).
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But then there’s no chaos or anything in hell in fact it continues to function perfectly well without its leader. Yellow eyes (Demon) takes over and tries to release their captive leader.
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Then after his demise Lilith takes over and manages to free the leader.
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The leader or Satan after his release takes over and tries to fight a war with the forces of heaven. He loses the battle again and is captured or thrown into the same cage as the leader of opposition (Michael). Then after the leader untimely demise or recapture hell is taken over by Crowley who titles himself as ‘King of hell’.
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After Crowley is captured by the Winchester brothers, Abbadon, a dictatorial servant of the earlier leader takes over.
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However it is quite impressive by the way in which the business in hell is never interrupted. There is no chaos as such. The transfer of power is in hell most of the time is done with minimal bloodshed.
And now they’ve election their first official election. I say first election cos I believe that heaven has seen an almost peaceful change of power many time.
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Road Trip – Awards

So…watching the new episode of supernatural, “Road Trip”, after this long (long!) hiatus for the first (and second, and third) time, we decided to be extra generous (getting a shot of your favorite drug after a month of withdrawal has that effect) and give away some awards.

The choices are strictly our personal ones. If you have suggestions of your own, bring´em on!

1. Best Scene of the Episode

Sam, casting Gadreel out

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2. Surprise Element of the Episode

CROWLEY!

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3. Asshole of the Episode

Metatron (he´s a real keeper, isn´t he!)

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4. World´s Angriest Ginger (copyright: Crowley)

Abbadon

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5. Cas Fangirl of the Episode (or season? or show?)

Cecily

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6. Best Hip Hop Moment

Cas´ new ride (even if it stopped inexplicably)

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7. Best Dean and Cas Moment

*sniff*

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8.Possession Of The Day

Red Smoke! Hot!

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9. Loss Of The Day

Sorry, Sammygirls…

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10. Worry Of The Day

Cas. Oh, Cas.

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11. Ruined Bromance Of The Day

*no words*

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12. Punch Of The Day

Cas. OH, CAS!!!

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13. Caress Of The Day

Dean. And Baby. Obviously the last OTP left.

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14. Odd Couple Of The Day

Cas and Crowley. Cas and Crowley? Yes, Cas and Crowley!

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14.Back Stab Of The Day

Gadreel…and just when I thought there was still hope.

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15. Angry Angel Of The Day

Cas! Ohhhhhhhhhh, Cas!

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16. Worst Bad Luck Of The Day

Gadreel´s vessel…but then – the guy said Yes twice!?!

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17. Saddest Joke Of The Day

Dean: “A Demon and an Angel walk into my brother. Sounds like a bad joke.”

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18. Man Of The Hour

Cas. oh. OH. OHHHH Cas!

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19. Campaign Of The Day

Crowley! Long Live the King…Vote Crowley!

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20. The “No. NO. NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONOOOOOOOOO”-Moment Of The Day

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*at a loss of words*

*therefore ending this*

*for now*

Breaking the Stereoypes

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The series supernatural is often criticised as being anti-feminist. I personally partially agree with these arguments like most of the female characters are either Demons or sacrificial lambs for slaughter.

Even though, that might be the case in some places, but that supernatural according to me is a classical re-defining of gender roles. Sam and Dean are often portrayed epitome of masculinity with their gruff voices, very often a cocky attitude (mostly coming from Dean) and false bravado. As we move from season to season we begin to scratch the surface and see that these guys are not some Alpha males but actual human beings with emotions. I have always seen supernatural as that, a redefining of the male roles.

Let’s begin with Sam Winchester. Sam who starts of as the more civilised (one with his fancy education and Stanford friends and a general dislike for the hunter lifestyle) is like your average guy who wants to live a ‘normal’ life. However, as the series progresses we see him breakout of this image into this super-hero hunter not just through his acting but also through his physical appearance. We see that he starts as tall and lanky fellow who later develops into this beefed up badass kind of guy. And then in Season 8 and 9 we see the general deconstruction of Sam of who he really is. He is that younger brother who always wanted to be just ‘normal’, who somewhere always blamed himself for Dean’s life. He believes that in the arrogance of his youth he has made many mistakes and the fact that Dean has to clean up his mistakes.

When we see Dean we see that he is the alpha male, the big brother and the quintessential play boy of the group. He is fully aware of his good looks and time and time again he en-cashes that part.  He likes his food greasy, his women frisky and his loves his car. I mean one would think could you BE any more alpha. But let’s scratch see again, is he all that he shows out to be?? Not really he is boy who is a son looking for his father’s approval, a self-sacrificing brother and a good soldier. We see that as the seasons progress we see that he is much more than rough and tough guy. He is scared of death (when the contract comes to an end), he is broken (when he comes back from hell) and afraid (when Cas tells him about the angels plan).

So the next time if you are a feminist or a woman watching this show don’t be offended when they show stereotypical or more often over compensating female characters give them A BREAK!  Cos these guys are busy breaking down traditional male stereotypes

Our Path To Heaven… (Part I)

Let´s just start BIG…

With our new, fandom-authority approved program

“14 Steps to Supernatural Heaven”

I guess we all agree that it wouldn´t matter where to spend eternity, as long as a certain pair of hunters (brotherly related, wearing plaid most of the time, strong tendency to excessive hugging) shares it with us. We would prefer Heaven tho, as it offers this AWESOME concept of “Create your own personal version!” – and be honest, who doesn´t like custom-made products, fully fitted to the expectations and needs of the user!

Wanna get there?

Follow our program….and climb the ladder!

14 STEPS TO (SUPERNATURAL) HEAVEN

1.PRAY

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2. GIVE FREE HUGS

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3. COMFORT THE CRYING AND LADEN OF THE WORLD….

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