So what'd you think of the
Supernatural double feature? "Night Shifter" introduced the obsessed FBI Agent Victor Henriksen. "Jus In Bello" signaled the end of what could have been a really great ally for the boys in seasons to come (more on that later). An evening of shapeshifters and demons took front and center along with the Winchester brothers. Before we get to the new episode and the newest big bad wanting to make life hell for the brothers, let's count down the top 5 moments from "Night Shifter." This is just according to me, feel free to list your own.
" The "Renegade" ending: Sam and Dean were in S.W.A.T. uniforms running from the law with this Styx tune nipping at their heels.
" Dean validating Ronald's crazy conspiracy theories: He was right about everything except for the mandroid thing. Too bad Ronald was vindicated just in time to be killed. Poor Ronald.
" The introduction of Henriksen. Right off the bat, this guy was a thorn in the Winchesters' side. He was a formidable and entertaining opponent.
" The "news" broke into regularly scheduled programming that just so happened to be the recap. Very clever.
" Sam and Dean's showing of their badges to Ronald at the same time: It was a small moment, but a good one. And didn't Sam make a good FBI agent?
For those of you newbies, here's the
original blog for "Night Shifter." Now on to "Jus In Bello", which was a great action-packed episode that furthered the mythology along; freed Sam and Dean up from a life of being chased by the feds (for the time being); and introduced Lilith. After "The Kids Are Alright", I wonder if the producers and writers figured to go with what they're good at: creating kids that are freakin' scary. Her eyes turned white. Have we seen this before? We've always seen the black-eyed thing. What does this mean?
This really did have a very
Assault at Precinct 13 kind of vibe to it. But instead of gang members (in the 1976 original, corrupt policemen in the 2005 remake), Sam, Dean, along with Henriksen, Nancy the Virgin and a deputy (think Enos from
The Dukes of Hazzard) had to face down a slew of demons. Instead of bullets, this battle was fought with salt, holy water and Latin. First Sam and Dean were prisoners, then after Henriksen was possessed himself, he came around to the way of the Winchesters. They joined forces to defeat the possessed humans camped outside. I knew our favorite FBI Agent could be cruel but the stuff he said about BDW and brainwashing Dean was unusually cruel. But how nice was it to see them come together to fight the good fight? There was a scene between Dean and Henriksen, where Henriksen questioned his existence and saw the merit of doing what Sam and Dean have been doing for years. Jensen and Charles Malik Whitfield had such great chemistry as adversaries and briefly allies.
Unlike Dean in "Sin City", Sam was able to recite the exorcism as if he were reciting the alphabet. This was cool as it was when we heard his voice for the mass exorcism and demon exodus. Loved the little moments between the brothers in the jail cell when Henriksen was taunting them. At first Sam was sitting back nonchalantly, but once the fed verbally attacked Dean and their dad, the way he sat up as if to stand ground with Dean and support him was awesome. Also, it's amazing how Sam can go from sincere to scary in two seconds flat and all to wisely get Nancy's crucifix for instant holy water. As for Dean, he showcased his knack for joking at the most inopportune of times.
I did have a few issues with the show, however.
" Bela sold the boys out. You know what? If the show keeps Bela an antagonist, I'm cool with it. If she's going to be their enemy forever, more power to her. Then I've got no problem with her making Sam and Dean look stupid once again. I just hope the show in the future does not try to redeem her because Bela crossed the line with this one. Leading the feds to the Winchester boys was not cool.
" The death of Henriksen. The whole time I thought it was going to happen, but once it got to the end of the episode, I thought maybe I was wrong. Unfortunately, I wasn't. What's the deal with this show killing off really great characters? I understood offing BDW and Gordon, I really did. But I really wanted Henriksen to live. I thought maybe he'd quit the FBI and become a demon hunter it sounded like that's where he was heading. Next season Sam and Dean could have run into him in a vampire's nest or something like that.
" My third issue has to do with guest stars. I love it when the show gets name guest stars. In my world Peter Deluise isn't possessed Deputy Director Steven Groves. He's Officer Doug Penhall from
21 Jump Street. I hate when these type of guest stars get roughly a scene or two scenes then are killed off. Can you say Mercedes McNab or Gary Cole? I enjoyed seeing Deluise, who's no stranger to Vancouver where
Supernatural films. He's been a director for both
Stargate: SG1 and
" Phil Sgriccia did a great job directing both "Night Shifter" and "Jus In Bello."
" We got to see Dean's blue steel mugshot again. Awesome.
" I loved how uncoordinated Sam and Dean were in their chains at first. Until they got a system down.
" Didn't Deputy Director Groves look like he was aiming straight for Dean? What was all that about? I thought these demons wanted Sam dead.
" Who knew Sam and Dean would have a stash of those necklaces that prevent possession? They kicked those to the curb in favor of nifty tats that do the same job.
" I now really do think Ruby was behind what the trickster did to Sam. Originally, this episode was supposed to air before "Mystery Spot." Let's say Ruby had seen Sam side with Dean in "Jus In Bello" first. She'd have seen all the casualties that resulted from not going with her original plan of killing the virgin. So, how else to get Sam to start thinking her way? She got the trickster to put Sam through hell. Sam was thisclose to draining the blood of a human in order to bring Dean back. Just a thought. Let me know what you guys think. Let me know if this even makes any sense.
" Ruby gave Sam and Dean something that would throw Lilith off their trail. I imagine they'll have to lose whatever she gave them considering there are only four episodes left in the season. That is, if Eric Kripke and the
Supernatural gang decide to wrap up Dean's deal and Sam vs. Lilith this season. I can't wait to find out when those episodes start airing on the CW April 24th. Until then, see ya.
"Hi guys! It's been a while."
"Why all the sourpusses?"
"Sorry, Dean. Truth is your daddy brainwashed you with all that devil talk and no doubt touched you in a bad place."
"How are we going to Houdini out of this one?" "Good question."
"How's your shoulder?" "It's awesome."
"Would it kill these cops to give us a snack?"
"It's kind of wild right? It's like they're coming right for us. Never done that before. It's like we got a contract on us. Think it's because we're so awesome? I think it's because we're so awesome."
"I shot the sheriff." "But you didn't shoot the deputy."
"I owe you the biggest I told you so ever."
"Smart, how long have you had those?" "Not long enough."
"So it turns out demons are real." "FYI ghosts are real too. So are werewolves, vampires, changelings, evil clowns that eat people." "OK then."
"So yeah. Sign me up for that big mug of wasted my damn life." "You didn't know." "Now I do."
"I got virtue."
"Stop! Stop! Nobody kill any virgins."
"I got a plan. I'm not saying it's a good one. I'm not even saying that it'll work. It sure as hell beats killing a virgin."
"When this is over, I'm going to have so much sex. But not with you."
"Excuse me, I'm looking for two boys. They're brothers. One's really tall and one's really cute." "What's your name, sweetie?" "Lilith."
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So whatd you think of the Supernatural double feature Night Shifter introduced the obsessed FBI Agent Victor Henriksen Jus In Bello signaled the end of what could have been a really great ally for the boys in seasons to come more on that later An evening of shapeshifters and demons took front and center along with the Winchester brothers Before we get to the new episode and the newest big bad wanting to make life hell for the brothers lets count down the top 5 moments from Night Shifter This is just according to me feel free to list your own149 The Renegade ending Sam and Dean were in SWAT uniforms running from the law with this Styx tune nipping at their heels 149 Dean validating Ronalds crazy conspiracy theories He was right about everything except for the mandroid thing Too bad Ronald was vindicated just in time to be killed Poor Ronald 149 The introduction of Henriksen Right off the bat this guy was a thorn in the Winchesters side He w