just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? For me, "Crossroad Blues" had the perfect balance of everything that the show does well. Taking on the legend of blues great Robert Johnson gave us a supremely rich, colorful, scary rollercoaster ride that featured hellhounds going after the people who made a deal with the devil - mostly for shallow, superficial reasons. The hour gave us twists, humor, blues music, brotherly banter, angst, a Sam pep talk, Dean speaking Latin and the Impala. Then the show tweaked the formula once again, to give us a sneak preview of what's to come in the next original episode as well as what I imagine will be waiting for us in the second part of the season. Let me give kudos to Sera Gamble. She's one of the best writers on the show and has either written or co-written some of
Supernatural's finest episodes including: "Faith," "Dead in the Water," "Nightmare," "Salvation," and "Bloodlust."
The Brotherly Humor: It's a given we're going to get some much needed, sometimes long-winded exposition of the lore-of-the-week. But what's cool is they like to sandwich all that necessary evil with the brothers just being brothers. This time, Sam discovers the Feds are keeping track of Dean, but they've got nothing on him. You'd think that would be a good thing in Sam's book; but you can tell he's jealous, and Dean knows it. Then, a little later, I love how Sammy laughs when Dean admits to not knowing what in the world MySpace is. How many times has Sammy rolled his eyes at something Dean's said? That never gets old.
The Brotherly Angst: The sibling role reversal that's been developing this season was in full effect. The guilt over what his father possibly did was continuing to weigh Dean down. Meanwhile, Sam's strength shined bright as he tried to help Dean alleviate some of that guilt. Don't think it completely worked, but Sammy sure gave it the ol' college try. It's really great to see Sam coming to terms with John's choices in life and realizing the lessons he taught them are helping to save lives even after his death. While Sam's grief over their father hasn't been as external as Dean's, you can tell things are going on internally that are turning him into a solid force against evil, not to mention a strong support for Dean and the people they help. His speech in the Impala reminded me of the one Dean gave Sam in the woods during the "Wendigo" episode. Both speeches serve to give each brother a reason to continue to fight the good fight. How sad was it when Sam asked Dean if he seriously considered taking that deal with the she-demon, and all Dean could do was turn the music up? Have I said how glad I am that this "deal" John made with the Demon didn't come as a surprise to the brothers? I love how they've suspected all along, even if it was crushing to see Dean get final confirmation.
Dean and the Demon: These were excellent scenes, by the way. It was a nice give-and-take exchange between the two. One would have control, and then just a little bit later the other would take it back. Bringing back the devil's trap and the protective circle was a good idea - haven't seen those tools since the Season 1 finale. The Demon knew how to hurt Dean; but thankfully, he stayed strong and tricked her into stepping into the protective circle, despite her throwing John's sacrifice in his face. The deal seemed like something Dean could go for - John could live and Dean would get 10 years of happiness with him and Sam before he'd have to give up his life. But you know what? He'd never do that to Sammy. Never. He'd think about it. But he'd never actually do it. The Demon confirmed once again that John should be alive, and Dean should be dead. How does Dean begin to deal with that? And I mentioned this before, but Dean speaking Latin to exorcise the Demon - well, that was just really cool.
The Scary: The flashback scenes were well done, but there were two scenes in particular that just creeped me out. When the doctor lady died, she got dragged across the floor all bloody and scratched up, and that was just not a pretty way to meet your maker. Then there was when Evan's wife momentarily turned into a hellhound. When her face turned into the evil thing, that was scary in my book.
Soon: How awesome was the sneak peek of what's to come? I immediately hit rewind after watching it the first time. And I'll admit to watching it at least one more time after that. I guess that'll have to get us through a couple weeks of repeats. Boo.
Topics to Discuss:
- I know nothing about animal control, but do the employees show up to houses in suits? Not that I'm complaining that Jared and Jensen were in suits.
- I suspect that in the future, Dean's going to have more issues with the law. Wonder if they'll ever resolve his fugitive status?
- Do you believe that John is suffering the way the she-demon said he was?
- Talk about what you saw in the "soon" sneak peek.
- Jared beat
Justin Hartley for guitar-playing supremacy. Way to go!
Favorite lines from "Crossroad Blues":
- "Dude, I'm like Dillinger or something."
- "OK, what do you got on the case there? You innocent, harmless young man you."
- "You're lucky I have a soft spot for lost puppies and long faces."
- "You're going to double cross me? Funny how I'm the trustworthy one."
- "I don't know what this thing is." "Do you mean Carly's MySpace address?" "Yeah, MySpace, what the hell is that? "Seriously. Is that some sort of porn site?"
- "I usually like to be warned before I'm violated with demon tongue."
- "This house probably ain't up next on MTV's
Cribs, is it?"
- "We know a little about a lot of things, just enough to make us dangerous."
- "So you know who I am." "I get the newsletter."
- "I heard you were handsome, but you're just edible."
- "You think...you could throw in a set of steak knives?"
- "We gotta keep going. For him."
- "You never considered actually making that deal, right?"
Supernatural just keeps getting better and better doesnt it For me Crossroad Blues had the perfect balance of everything that the show does well Taking on the legend of blues great Robert Johnson gave us a supremely rich colorful scary rollercoaster ride that featured hellhounds going after the people who made a deal with the devil mostly for shallow superficial reasons The hour gave us twists humor blues music brotherly banter angst a Sam pep talk Dean speaking Latin and the Impala Then the show tweaked the formula once again to give us a sneak preview of whats to come in the next original episode as well as what I imagine will be waiting for us in the second part of the season Let me give kudos to Sera Gamble Shes one of the best writers on the show and has either written or co-written some of Supernaturals finest episodes including Faith Dead in the Water Nightmare Salvation and Bloodlust The Brotherly Humor Its a given were going