I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for
Supernatural to do a Christmas-themed episode and in Season 3 we finally got one. Thank you Eric Kripke and crew for this wonderful holiday treat. Or should I say this wonderfully creepy, bloody and often sad and funny treat. The MOTW that featured a couple of pagan gods doing their best to ruin all the good tidings were great. Although, the lady reminded me a little too much of the old knife-wielding grandma from "Bedtime Stories." I loved how they looked like Ozzie and Harriet but acted like Hannibal Lecter. Their house was perfectly decorated on the outside and the inside; their Christmas tree was Christmas special perfect; and instead of cursing they said words like "fudge." But in actuality, the dangerous duo got their jollies by nabbing those that have been naughty or have the last name of Winchester and torturing them. Merry freakin' Christmas y'all!
But, really, it was the boys present and past that really had me hooked. Dean knew it was going to be his last Christmas so he wanted to celebrate it. Sam, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with marking the occasion. After all, Sam said Dean hadn't thought about Christmas in years. And you just knew some of Sam's issues stemmed from their messed up childhood. So, we were treated to some amazing flashbacks to when the Winchester brothers were kids holed up in a hotel room with Big Daddy Winchester away on a hunt for Christmas. The kid they got to play Sam was just perfect casting. He was so good, and he really had Sam down. Of course, we'd already seen the kid who played mini-Dean in "Something Wicked." Nice continuity using him again, but this time around he was so much better. The flashbacks of Sam finding out dad's true profession were beyond sad, weren't they? I hadn't realized that John and mini-Dean kept the truth from Sammy. But the kid was smart - he kept putting two and two together and then connected all the dots when he read BDW's journal. I'm not sure what was sadder: watching a kid's world come crashing down as Sammy found out that monsters were real and his dad was some sort of superhero hunting them down; or the fact mini-Dean was privy to this bit of information for a long time; there was never a chance to preserve his innocence. You could already see how jaded the kid was. But you could also see he wanted Sam's innocence to last a little bit longer. My heart broke along with Sammy's when he discovered his dad wasn't going to be there with them for Christmas and that his dad's been lying to him. This realization led to Sammy giving Dean the gift meant for BDW: the necklace Dean still wears to this day. I loved the scene going from mini-Dean putting on the necklace to present-Dean walking in the door to yet another hotel room with said necklace on.
Speaking of the necklace, I like that it was a gift from Sammy, but for 2 ½ seasons now, I've been envisioning bigger reasons behind Dean's necklace. Thought it might come in handy with the war they're fighting. But, you know, I kinda dig it being a gift from Sammy too. It was touching and it just made me feel good to know it came from him. The brotherly love was abundant in this episode:
" Dean still wears the necklace Sammy gave him all those years ago.
" Despite Sam not wanting to celebrate Dean's last Christmas, he did, complete with tree, gifts and egg nog with just the right kick.
" They were teasing each other all episode; well, Dean teased Sam pretty much the entire episode.
" They even had a bit of a chick-flick moment that again threatened to break my heart. It wasn't long, but it was a good one. It revolved around Dean and Sam's reasons for either wanting to celebrate or ignore Christmas: "This is my last year." "I know. That's why I can't." "What do you mean?" "I mean, I can't just sit around drinking egg nog pretending everything's okay when I know next Christmas you'll be dead."
Kudos to Jeremy Carver, the writer of "A Very
Supernatural Christmas." He also wrote "Sin City." He gave what every
Supernatural fan thrives on: tons of brotherly moments, some laughs, some angst, some gore, even some mentions of Bobby and the Impala. This was a very satisfying episode.
" It kinda makes me sad that Dean knows what
The O.C. is but he doesn't know who
Mary Poppins is. That means he was too busy not being able to be a kid. Boo BDW! (And I love BDW. So much, but still I give him a boo!)
" Call me twisted, but I love how that evil Santa dragged the dad out of bed and killed him but also found time to eat one of the cookies the kid left for him. And of course the kid was watching the evilness unfold the entire time. Poor kid.
" Loved the retro "Special Presentation" title page as well as the "A Very
Supernatural Christmas" title page. Both were nice touches. What I loved even more were Ozzie and Harriet calling Sam and Dean the
Hardy Boys. This show does such a great job with the little things.
" Jared's doing a really nice job with bringing a somber tone to his performance - it's carrying through from episode to episode. Meanwhile, Jensen continues to break my heart with just one look. It's often fleeting, but registers just enough to make me want to tear up. We're getting great performances from both guys this season.
" The pot-smoking Santa was hilarious. And as much as I wanted Sam and Dean butchering "Silent Night" to be hilarious, it was also really sad that they didn't know the words.
" Mini-Dean having faith in BDW was expected, but damn was it sad to have to hear him make excuses to Sammy pretending their father just blew in with a tree and some Christmas gifts and then blew right back out of town again.
" And speaking of an MIA John, I hope the next time they have flashbacks Jeffrey Dean Morgan's available.
" Poor Sam and Dean - what they got for Christmas was a lot of pain courtesy of Ozzie and Harriet. Sam losing that nail was extremely uncomfortable to watch.
We're in hiatus time again. And if I'm to believe what I'm reading out there,
Supernatural has four episodes left before they run out due to the writers strike. I seriously hope this whole thing gets resolved fairly and quickly so we'll get more than twelve episodes in Season 3.
To get you through this lengthy hiatus, check out TVGuide.com's
Online Video Guide devoted to our show.
"We only came here to watch." "Eww!"
"Hey Sam. Why are you the boy that hates Christmas?"
"What's up with St. Nicotine?"
"Mr. Gung Ho Christmas might have to blow away Santa."
"What did Bobby say?" "That we're morons."
"Don't they look just darling?" "Good enough to eat."
"Tell me you didn't smell that. That was candy." "That was ripple, I think."
"Monsters are real. Dad fights them."
"All righty roo, step number 2."
"You fudgin' touch me again, I'll fudgin' kill you."
"Somebody gonna get that? You should get that."
"Have a seat. Let's do Christmas or whatever."
"Where'd you get these?" "Some place special. Gas Mart down the street."
"Fuel for me and fuel for my baby!"
"Merry Christmas, bro!"
And I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season...
I dont know about you but Ive been waiting for Supernatural to do a Christmas-themed episode and in Season 3 we finally got one Thank you Eric Kripke and crew for this wonderful holiday treat Or should I say this wonderfully creepy bloody and often sad and funny treat The MOTW that featured a couple of pagan gods doing their best to ruin all the good tidings were great Although the lady reminded me a little too much of the old knife-wielding grandma from Bedtime Stories I loved how they looked like Ozzie and Harriet but acted like Hannibal Lecter Their house was perfectly decorated on the outside and the inside their Christmas tree was Christmas special perfect and instead of cursing they said words like fudge But in actuality the dangerous duo got their jollies by nabbing those that have been naughty or have the last name of Winchester and torturing them Merry freakin Christmas yall But really it was the boys present and past that really