Another week, another seriously good hour of TV.
Loved the use of Journey's "Wheel in the Sky" for the recap. Probably my favorite classic-rock recap since "Salvation." Loved the way they incorporated "Everybody Loves a Clown" and ended on the sound of the crowbar Dean dropped to the ground after he went to town on the trunk of the Impala. Speaking of the Impala... how freakin' awesome was it to see that baby running again? The Impala's back; so's AC/DC's "Back in Black." It just does a
Supernatural fan's heart good to see Dean at the wheel, Sammy in the passenger seat, the two of them bantering back-and-forth. Things were finally lighthearted for a little bit - a refreshing change after getting so much heavy angst in this season's first two episodes (not to mention the darkness and angst of Season 1's last three episodes). The show paid the car a nice tribute. After all, the Impala is pretty much another character on the show.
The case that Dean was so giddy to take on was really interesting; it ultimately made him rethink his entire existence and question the way he was raised. How cool was it that Amber Benson - Tara from
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - played a vampire? She looked great, by the way. I liked that the show put another new twist on the classic vamp tale, with this group of "fangs" making the conscious (or is that unconscious?) choice not to kill humans and just live their lives drinking cow's blood in peace. Dean learned that not everything was black and white. In fact, he learned not all hunters are good and not all vampires are bad; he came to this realization with the grounded and supportive Sammy by his side.
In Eric Kripke's recent Q&A, he told us that we were going to start to see a shifting of roles. Well, this is already happening. Sam is suddenly the solid one. He's grieving, but he knows that he really needs to help his brother through this time. He'll even take a punch from an out-of-control Dean without retaliating. I feel like he's all about trying to get Dean to let his feelings out and it doesn't matter in which form this manifests. He also seems to realize that hunting is his destiny - he's here to stay. Meanwhile, Dean's just having a hard time of it. It was really good to see him open up to Gordon about his late dad, but I kept thinking: "Why can't you just open up to Sam for a change?" Dean says he feels like he needs to be a rock for his little brother. But I gotta say, this rock is crumbling. I mean, the boy was just scary when he decapitated that vamp.
It was nice to see Sam and Dean con their way into the police station and the morgue. It was even nicer to see them in those suits and then those lab coats. Just saying...
The actor who played Gordon was another great guest star. Gordon had Dean buying his black-and-white outlook; he was so convincing. Dean choosing to let Amber and her posse go was the right thing to do, although it was pretty predictable to find out that Gordon was the one who actually killed his vampire sister. I watched
Angel; Gunn had the same story.
More goodness: Dean telling Gordon the very moment he embraced "the life" was welcome, but very sad. A 16-year-old realizing this is what he was meant to do is not a decision a teenager should be making. But there's that whole "Dad making Dean grow up too fast" stuff again. The very end of the episode was great as Sam and Dean had a real conversation about how they were raised. Then Dean thanked Sam, looked back and reflected for a moment, got in the car and the Winchester brothers drove off, with no music, just the sound of the Impala. Awesome.
Favorite lines from "Bloodlust" (there were so many, I'm just going to name a few):
- "Wooo! Listen to her purr. You've ever heard of anything so sweet?" "You know, if you two want to get a room, just let me know, Dean." "Aww, don't listen to him, baby. He doesn't understand us!"
- "Whoa, easy there Chachi!" (I'm thinking Scott Baio needs to get paid, because there was a Chachi reference on
Lost recently, too.)
- "Lighten up there, Sammy." "He's the only one that gets to call me that."
- "And Hannibal Lecter is a good psychiatrist."
- "Seems like the take-a-walk type."
- "You're good. A monster pain-in-the-ass, but you're good."
- "I miss anything?" "Nah, not much."
- "OK. I'm good now. We can go."
Just a reminder: If you guys want or need to discuss
Eric Kripke's Q&A, feel free to do so in this blog for "Bloodlust." And like Angel wrote, leave any other questions you may have as well. I want to thank Mr. Kripke for reaching out and answering all those questions. I really enjoyed it.
Another week another seriously good hour of TV Loved the use of Journeys Wheel in the Sky for the recap Probably my favorite classic-rock recap since Salvation Loved the way they incorporated Everybody Loves a Clown and ended on the sound of the crowbar Dean dropped to the ground after he went to town on the trunk of the Impala Speaking of the Impala how freakin awesome was it to see that baby running again The Impalas back sos ACDCs Back in Black It just does a Supernatural fans heart good to see Dean at the wheel Sammy in the passenger seat the two of them bantering back-and-forth Things were finally lighthearted for a little bit a refreshing change after getting so much heavy angst in this seasons first two episodes not to mention the darkness and angst of Season 1s last three episodes The show paid the car a nice tribute After all the Impala is pretty much another character on the showThe case that Dean was so giddy to take on was real