Halloween

Spooky Screen

Doesn’t this cool autumn weather just make you want to curl up in a blanket and binge-watch scary Netflix shows? It does me! The Walking Dead is an obvious choice for Halloween viewing, of course, but even shows that don’t fall squarely into the “horror” category occasionally surprise you with a truly creepy episode. This is especially true for those that follow the monster-of-the-week format I love so dearly.

Here are some scary highlights from my favourite shows:

Doctor Who

“The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” – The two-parter that introduced the phrase “gas mask zombies” into Whovian vocabulary and made “Are you my mummy?” the scariest sentence in the world. Also, Steven Moffat’s first episode and one of the best stories involving the Ninth Doctor.
“The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit” – The Doctor and Rose land on a planet orbiting a black hole and meet the Devil. The result: the only Doctor Who episode I’ve felt uncomfortable showing my 9-year-old sister. Not that the actual Beast is all that scary, but there’s something really unsettling about the Ood.
“Blink” – Again, Moffat. This time, he decided to make statues the scariest thing in the world. To this day, angel statues make me uneasy. This is easily one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time, so you really can’t miss it, whether you’re looking for a fright or just a clever work of art.
“Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” – And for a third time, Moffat. Everyone’s afraid of the dark sometimes, and these episodes give us a reason to be. They also give us a planet-sized library, our first meeting with River Song, and lots of emotional trauma.
“Midnight” – No slimy alien monsters, just the Doctor stuck in a bus with a bunch of panicky people, one of whom keeps repeating what everyone else says. It’s terrifying. And again, one of the greatest episodes ever.
“Night Terrors” – Giant, living dolls and an apartment complex straight from my nightmares. Only Rory Williams could get through this one unfazed.

Supernatural

Even though it is marketed as a horror show (and has a higher body count than The Walking Dead)Supernatural usually isn’t all that scary. But it does have its moments.


“Asylum” – It’s an abandoned insane asylum with creepy twitching ghosts everywhere, one of whom makes people bleed and go crazy. This sort of thing is why I don’t go to haunted houses.
“Something Wicked” – Monsters that target children are always extra scary. Especially when they’re portrayed explicitly like paedophiles. Especially when their actual “monster” form has long, tree-branch-y fingernails that scrape against your window right as you’re falling asleep…I mean, who didn’t have that nightmare as a kid?
“Everybody Loves a Clown” – No. We don’t.
“The Kids Are Alright” – No. They’re not.
“No Rest for the Wicked” – This episode is upsetting on a number of levels, since it’s a season finale that ends with one of our heroes dead (for the first time) and in Hell. But the scariest thing about it isn’t the hellhounds or the final shot of Dean. It’s FREAKING LILITH. Talk about a creepy child. “I don’t think I like you anymore.” *shudder*
“Family Remains” – Who would have thought finding out your new house isn’t haunted would make it scarier? No ghosts in this one, just a really messed-up sibling duo…much like a certain X-Files episode…
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” – Okay, so this one isn’t especially scary, but it’s the Halloween episode. And it is chock full of ghosts, zombies, demons, and witches.

The X-Files

I mean, one of the main characters is nicknamed “Spooky.” Of COURSE it’s got scary moments.


“Squeeze/Tooms” – These episodes will replace your fear of mice getting in the house via the air vents with fear of a liver-eating serial killer getting inside the same way.
“Irresistible” – And yet, Eugene Victor Tooms is outdone by a (probably) completely normal serial killer. He has a thing for hair and fingernails…and Scully…
“The Calusari” – You know how little kids don’t usually get killed on TV-14 rated shows? That rule doesn’t apply to The X-Files. Not that one of the kids in this episode wasn’t a killer himself, and also probably possessed by Satan. This is not a good one to watch alone in the dark.
“Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” – It’s a funny episode, but also pretty creepy and morbid, especially whenever we get a glimpse of Clyde’s death visions.
“Home” – As I’ve mentioned before, this got a “mature content” warning slapped on it when it first aired, for understandable reasons. It will also ruin your childhood if you grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show. But it’s a fantastic episode nevertheless.
“Sanguinarium” – This one isn’t exactly scary so much as it is just really, really gross. Botched plastic surgery + witchcraft does not equal happy times.
“Chinga” – It’s about an evil talking doll. It was co-written by Stephen King. Need I say more?
Even the myth arc episodes get in on the fun, with the “black oil” virus and aliens hatching from people’s torsos and whatnot. “Tunguska/Terma” and “Patient X/The Red and the Black” deserve special mention, partly for black oil-related gruesomeness and partly because Alex Krycek is Justin Bieber’s demon form.

The Twilight Zone

All of The Twilight Zone. Every single episode. If the actual plot doesn’t give you the creeps, the ’60s special effects, combined with that theme song and Rod Serling’s grin, will. They should broadcast marathons of this show around Halloween, not Fourth of July.

Well, that seems like a pretty comprehensive list to me. Please comment below if I missed anything. Meanwhile, happy binge-watching!

Namarie,
Aldy

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Nerdish Musings

Death, Be Proud

Death is not a nice thing. Most people are afraid of it to some extent, and we often avoid talking about it, even though it’s the only experience (aside from birth) that all humans share. But for some reason, when Death becomes a character in a story, he (or she) is almost always a really chill dude. Maybe it’s the edgy Goth fashion sense or the sarcastic wit or the fact that so many writers like to take the terror out of the inevitable. Whatever it is, I’ve never met a fictional Grim Reaper I didn’t like.

Here are three of my favourite Deaths in fiction:

3. Death the Horseman from Supernatural

This guy simply oozes class. From the moment he first stepped onto the show (in slow motion, out of a stylish white car, to the sound of “O Death” by Jen Titus), he was firmly established as the most awesome entity in Supernatural‘s mythology. He’s at least as old as God, his mere presence is enough to wipe out whole cities, and he’s so far above humans that he thinks of them as bacteria. Dean Winchester, who once taunted a whole room full of pagan gods and called the Devil a “cockroach,” shuts up if Death so much as raises an eyebrow. And yet, underneath the frightening powers, he’s just a laid-back sort of person with a fondness for junk food and nice suits. He sometimes finds humans annoying, but he’s also willing to help them out if they manage to get his attention. He even helped save the world a few times. He also has a really cool-looking scythe, although so far we’ve never seen him use it.

2. DEATH from Discworld

Of the many wonderful characters in Terry Pratchett’s wonderful fantasy series, I think Death is my favourite. He appears at least once in almost all 40 books, and he’s easily one of the most sympathetic and likeable residents of the Disc. Which is impressive, because he’s literally a skeleton in a black cloak who can only be seen by people who are about to die and always speaks in ALL CAPS. But he’s also an excellent adoptive father and grandfather, he takes good care of his pets (Death of Rats and Binky the horse), and he, too, has saved the world on more than one occasion. He shows genuine compassion to the souls he collects, mixed with a healthy dose of dry humour. And talking of cool scythes, his is so sharp it can split atoms. His granddaughter Susan is pretty fantastic, too. Doesn’t hurt that she inherited a few superpowers from granddad.

1. The Narrator from The Book Thief

There are many great versions of Death in the world of fiction, but none of them can hold a candle to this one when it comes to eloquence and compassion. This Death doesn’t like his job. At all. He hates World War II and all the suffering it caused as much as the next person. But he loves colours. He loves words. And he loves the Book Thief and all that she teaches him about humanity. Few first-person narrators have ever drawn me so completely into a story, or given me so many insights to take with me to the real world. This Death isn’t just cool – he’s beautifully wise. And yes, he does have a sense of humour, which is really important, considering the book’s dark subject matter. But mostly I love him for his last line in the book: “I am haunted by humans.”

(P.S. The Book Thief is a ridiculously sad book. I highly recommend it for rainy days.)

Have I missed any good Deaths? Which are your favourites?

Namarie,
Aldy

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Episode Highlight #8: The French Mistake

“You’re Jensen Ackles, and I’m something called a Jared Padalecki.”

Let’s wrap up this month’s episode highlights with something amusing, shall we?

Summary: Sam and Dean are chillin’ at Bobby’s when Balthazar suddenly appears, starts babbling about Raphael being after him, and does a spell that sends them into a parallel universe. A universe where they are actors named Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, and they star in a cult TV show called Supernatural. 

Why I love it: “Love” almost seems inadequate. When the credits rolled, I wanted to give a round of applause, and maybe a hug, to everyone whose name showed up. This is the most magnificently meta thing I have ever seen a television show do. Supernatural had a pretty thin fourth wall to begin with, but this episode shattered it to bits and then vaporized the bits. Which took some guts. It could have turned out painfully bad. But the Supernatural crew pulled it off, and I think this episode ties with “Changing Channels” in terms of sheer, crazy, ridiculous fun.

I have always loved how this show is so unafraid of poking fun at itself, but in the past, the teasing was pretty indirect and focused on the fans as much as the people behind the scenes. Here, the cast and crew get to be the exclusive butt of their own jokes–which are very good-natured, especially since everyone is playing obvious caricatures of themselves. We get Misha and his quirky, Twitter-obsessed self; Jared’s ginormous mansion, containing his wife Rub–I mean Genevieve; and Jensen’s dark, dark past as a soap opera star. It’s all glorious.

“You married fake Ruby??”

Besides, there’s just something wonderful about characters from a show like this breaking into reality to kill their creator(s). Doctor Who needs to do this to Steven Moffat. It would be so therapeutic.

And props to the real Jensen and Jared for staying in character long enough to film this episode. I mean…what did their stage directions even look like? At one point they’re playing Sam and Dean pretending to be Jared and Jensen playing Sam and Dean. (That was the funniest scene in the whole episode, by the way.) I can’t imagine even keeping a straight face in a situation like that. And that is why this episode works so well–if we, the audience, thought for one second that we were watching the actors, and not their characters, the whole thing would collapse. But no, this is quite clearly Sam and Dean, stuck in yet another weird situation and trying to get out.

“It’s because we have no other choice.” “WE NEED TO GET ALL THREE OF THAT CRAP.” They tried so hard…

Speaking of which, the Winchesters’ reason for wanting to get back to their world is pretty darn heartwarming. Their lives in the parallel universe are infinitely better than their “real” lives, but they still want to go back because their world needs them. And no matter how monster-free it is, they don’t want to live in a universe where they’re not brothers. “At least they’re talking,” indeed.

Besides, who wants to live in a world where you used to be on Days of Our Lives? That’s just embarrassing.

Namarie,
Aldy

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Only the Good Die Young

One of the bummers about watching Supernatural is that everyone dies. Literally. EVERYONE. (There’s a reason Death is the most powerful entity in this show’s universe.) At least when the main characters die, you know they’ll be back, but secondary characters? Not so lucky.

Let us have a moment of silence for all the awesome side characters who were killed off before their time.

1. Ash

I loved Ash as soon as he was introduced back in Season 2. A genius with heavenly computer hacking skills (seriously, he hacked his way around Heaven), who sleeps on pool tables and proudly wears a mullet? What’s not to like? It takes a special kind of individual to get into MIT and then get kicked out for fighting. If anyone ever deserved the title “Dr. Badass,” it’s Ash. But you know what I liked best about him? He was happy and content with his life, never showing any signs of the baggage most other hunters carry around–both before and after his name became horribly ironic. Ash would never let a little thing like a fiery death get him down. I wasn’t so cool with it, though…

2. Bela Talbot

To me, Bela always seemed like a huge wasted opportunity. She was the first female on this show (other than Ellen) who actually showed some depth and wasn’t completely defined by her relationship to one of the Winchesters. Sure, her accent was terrible, but I found her an interesting antagonist otherwise. And you can’t help feeling sorry for her once we learn about her backstory. Girl had a childhood that made the Winchesters’ lives look wholesome. I wanted her to turn good, maybe even be a long-term love interest for Dean (she would’ve been better than Cassie or Lisa, at least). But what did she get instead? An offscreen death and an eternity in Hell. So much for my hopes and dreams. *frowny face*

3. Agent Victor Henriksen

I always kinda liked this guy, and the episode in which he died was also his finest moment. “Jus in Bello” is one of the show’s most frustrating episodes for me, mainly because, for 90 percent of it, it looked like Agent Henriksen was going to turn good. Not that he was ever really bad, just ignorant of the supernatural and therefore inclined to take the Winchesters’ (extremely sketchy) record at face value. He always thought he was upholding the law by chasing down a pair of dangerous killers. And he was doing a pretty good job! But in “Jus in Bello,” he finally starts believing in paranormal stuff, makes friends with Dean, helps defeat a small army of demons without any civilian casualties, and looks interested in becoming a hunter (which he would have been awesome at). Yay! Then he gets brutally murdered in the last 30 seconds. Ugh.

4. Jimmy Novak

I’m including him on this list because I very sincerely hope he’s dead by this point. Cas has been blown up and put back together enough times, seems like Jimmy would have escaped to Heaven by now. Right? It’s unlikely in any case that we’ll ever see him again, and that’s a shame, because he was one of the most morally upright characters this show has ever produced. He was a great husband and father (a good father on Supernatural??? Madness!). He was a devout guy who said “yes” to Castiel because he genuinely believed he was doing God’s will. And when it turned out…a little different than he expected, he reacted with tremendous bravery to being caught in the angel-demon crossfire. After his horrible experience being “strapped to a comet” for a year, he willingly submitted to the same experience for, as far as he knew, eternity, in order to protect his family. This man did not deserve the sucky life he got.

5. Ellen and Jo Harvelle

I’ll include them both as one entry because they died in the same episode…and, well, five is a good number.  Ellen and Jo are far and away the best females ever to appear on this show. It took me a while to warm up to Jo, I’ll admit, but she went through so much character development that by Season 5, she had changed from a naive, whiny girl with a crush on Dean to a mature, capable hunter who never lost her cool even in a hopeless fight with Lucifer’s minions. Perhaps more impressively, she’s just about the only person who has ever turned down the offer of a night with Dean. And she did it in truly epic fashion. Go Jo!! As for Ellen…she was always awesome. She was just as great a mother-figure to the Winchesters as Bobby was a father-figure (which is why I kinda shipped them together). At least the writers had the decency to kill off the Harvelles in suitably dramatic fashion, as opposed to the off-screen examples above, but it was still a blow. I wanted to see so much more of these girls, and the show has yet to satisfactorily replace them.

There are many, many more examples, but these are the ones that hurt me the most. RIP guys.

But on the bright side…at least the Ghostfacers are still alive!

Namarie,
Aldy

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Episode Highlight #7: Swan Song

“Well, then, I ain’t gonna let him die alone.”

Summary: As a last-ditch effort to trap Lucifer in the Cage, Sam decides to try jumping in while possessed by him. Feels ensue.

Why I love it: It’s the perfect conclusion to the best story arc Supernatural has ever come up with. It’s also the most heartwarming episode we’ll probably ever see on this cynical, cynical show. Brotherly love triumphs, the world is saved, and it is lovely.

For one thing, this episode shows Team Free Will at their absolute best. Everyone gets a chance to shine, even (especially?) the Impala. Bobby gets to be his usual wonderful, fatherly self–and he dies and comes back to life for the first time, so I guess we can officially welcome him into the Winchester family now! Castiel gets his “Hey, Assbutt!” moment, which is easily the most awesome thing he has ever done or said.

He’s talking to MICHAEL, by the way. Right before torching him with holy fire.

And Dean…well, it’s just wonderful to see him refusing to give up on Sam, even when Cas and Bobby(!) tell him all is lost. A few episodes ago, he had lost so much faith in his brother that he considered surrendering to the angels to stop Sam’s inevitable turn to the dark side, and now he’s interrupting Armageddon (with a Def Leppard song!) just to be there for Sam. Awwww…. I mean, the way it plays out is totally heartbreaking, too, but still. (Also, kudos to the writers for actually letting Dean look like he’s getting the crap beat out of him for once.)

This episode also made me want to apologize for all the times I’ve called Sam whiny and stupid in the past. Sure, the guy had his rough spots, but it’s hard not to appreciate him when he’s saving the world. And he did it in a very noble, self-sacrificing manner, too. And the only reason he was able to do it at all was that he loved his brother so much he could overpower the devil himself just to avoid hurting him. Can I get another awwww?

Sam-as-Lucifer is creepy as ever, though.

Then there’s Baby. Thanks to Chuck’s narration, this whole episode is basically one long love poem to the Impala. And I am so okay with that. I love that car more than anything else on this show, Winchesters included. And she got to play a key role in saving the world! My life is complete.

“Swan Song” was supposed to be the finale of the originally-planned five seasons of Supernatural. Can’t say I’m sorry the show continued after that, even if it lost a little of its quality, but this would have made a great ending. Not sure they’ll be able to top it when the show finally does end. But no matter what, we’ll always have this beauty to go back to.

Man, there’s just too much awesomeness in this episode to cover in one post. Have I forgotten anything important?

Nope. I think I got everything.

Namarie,
Aldy

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The Wit and Wisdom of Dean Winchester

Dean may never have finished high school, but he does have something of a way with words. And since listening to Dean generally lengthens your lifespan in the Supernatural universe, it seems only right to do an appreciation post for some of his most memorable lines.

House rules, Sammy: Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole.

Like every good parent, he knows how to lay down the rules.

I hope your apple pie is freakin’ WORTH IT!

As much as he loves pie, he knows it’s not worth killing over.

 Demons, I get. People are crazy.

I like him. He says okie-dokie.

He knows what to look for in a friend.

Hey, Tuesday! Pig ‘n a poke!

Honestly, I think the world’s gonna end bloody. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight. We do have choices. I choose to go down swingin’.

He has an admirable life philosophy.

Most people, they see a monster and they run. But not us. Oh no, no. We actively seek out things that want to kill us! Or eat us! You know who does that? Crazy people! We are insane!

And an accurate assessment of his own mental health.

The whistle makes me their god.

When humans want something really, really bad, we lie. Because…that’s how you become President.

He tends to have a bad influence on angels, though.

 

Pudding!

He appreciates the value of spontaneity. 

Fight the fairies! You fight those fairies!

Don’t look at the camera. Look anywhere but the camera.

He gives excellent acting advice.

 

And let’s not forget the immortal…

Dad wants us to pick up where he left off. Saving people, hunting things. The family business.

Thanks for summing up the show, Dean.

Namarie,
Aldy

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Episode Highlight #6: Changing Channels

“Hey there Sam, what’s happening?”
“Oh nothing, just the end of the world!”
[laugh track]

Summary: Sam and Dean decide to ask the Trickster for help in stopping the Apocalypse (seeing as how he’s the most powerful being they know who hasn’t picked a side). But since this is the Trickster, a simple polite discussion is out of the question. Instead, he traps the Winchesters in TV Land, where they’re forced to act out parodies of sitcoms, soap operas and commercials for herpes medication until they learn his latest “lesson.”

Why I love it: Oh, where to begin? This is one of those episodes that makes me wonder how much of Supernatural‘s writing happens at 3 a.m. with the aid of semi-legal substances. Everything about it is so completely absurd and beautiful. The cheesy sitcom opening (and that theme song, oh my GOSH). Dr. Sexy, M.D. “NUTCRACKAAAAH!” The CSI parody. “I’ve…got…genital herpes.” Sam as the Impala. All of it really has to be seen to be believed. I have no words to describe the awesomeness.

The Trickster, showing off his most glorious creation.

But you know what I love most about “Changing Channels”? It’s not filler. It’s an important episode that is 100 percent relevant to the plot arc of Season 5. It contains all sorts of fascinating revelations about the Trickster’s true identity, the root cause of the angels’ war, and why the Winchesters were chosen to be Michael and Lucifer’s vessels. And it accomplishes all this while spoofing Grey’s Anatomy and testing Sam and Dean’s skill with terrible puns. Brilliant.

“Well I say…No guts, no glory.”

And even though this is definitely among the funniest Supernatural episodes ever, it still manages to sneak in some tear-jerking moments and ominous foreshadowing. The game show host’s questions, for example. Sheesh, it’s a good thing Sam and Dean don’t know Japanese. And I have to say, as horrendously inaccurate as the theology is from a biblical perspective, I do like the idea of the Winchesters’ brotherly conflicts mirroring the struggle in Heaven. It makes the whole end-of-the-world plot more personal, and I think it’s one of the best written bits of mythology on the show.

So yeah, this episode is one of the reasons I refuse to believe Gabriel is dead. I need him to come back and create more delightful mayhem like this.

Namarie,
Aldy

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SuperWhoLock

Everybody loves a good crossover. If you’re a member of more than one fandom built around a work of fiction with a well-developed universe and interesting characters, it’s very natural to wonder, “What if this character from this work met that character from that one?” Or, “What if the characters from this universe suddenly found themselves in that one?” And so, much fanfiction and fan art is created.

SuperWhoLock Why Have I not seen this before? I just sat there staring at my computer for about 2 minutes before i could move.

But ever since someone decided that Doctor WhoSherlock, and Supernatural go together like peanut butter and chocolate, “Superwholock” has become so popular on the Internet that it’s practically a fandom in its own right. For a long time, this puzzled me. As a Whovian and a Sherlockian, it was easy for me to see how those two shows work together. They’re currently run by the same people, star many of the same actors, and air on the same UK channel. Of course there are similarities between the two! But I couldn’t understand how Supernatural fit into that group. It’s an American show. I knew just enough about it to know that it has nothing in common with the BBC except for Mark Sheppard (and really, what speculative fiction show doesn’t have Mark Sheppard?).

But now, having added Supernatural to my list of fandoms, I understand. All three shows have:

1) Male protagonists of questionable sanity who fight evil (and tend to do it attractively).

2) A habit of killing main characters and bringing them back to life.

This inevitable meeting. | 34 Amazing Crossovers You Wish Were Real...I HATE TO LOVE THIS! Because it's Rory & Death!

I feel like these two would get along. They could form a club with Sherlock and just snark at each other all the time while eating chips.

3) LOTS of angst.



4) At least one beloved character who sports a Long Coat of Power

And most importantly…

5) An insanely devoted (and possibly insane, period) fan base.

Tumblr Explains Why "Sherlock" Needs To Come Back On The Air Right Now

Apparently, the three of them own Tumblr.

 

There are other similarities, but those seem the most obvious to me. Since these are my three favourite TV shows (with the exception of Firefly), I find Superwholock to be all kinds of fun. And some people have put a lot of work into making it believable. Seriously, Google it sometime. Just as one example, I’ll leave you with this trailer for the feature-length crossover episode that will, sadly, never happen. For your viewing pleasure:

Namarie,
Aldy

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Episode Highlight #5: The End

“See you in five years, Dean.”

Summary: (Beware Spoilers.) Just after learning that Sam is Lucifer’s true vessel, Dean travels five years into the future (courtesy of the ever-meddlesome Zachariah). Earth is being overrun by the Croatoan virus, Dean’s future self is the ruthless leader of a shrinking band of survivors, and, sure enough, Lucifer is wearing Sam. Naturally, there are many discussions about what 2009-Dean can do to make 2014 a little less bleak…and thus Season 5 gets kicked off in style.

Why I love it: Two words: ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. I just can’t resist one of those. Since Sam and Dean end up stopping the Apocalypse before it reaches the zombie outbreak stage, I’m so glad this episode happened to show us what it would have been like. Complete with ruined city landscapes and grim survivors carrying more weapons than the U.S. Army. I quite enjoy that sort of thing. Did I mention I’m a Walking Dead fan? Oh, and kudos to the writers for finally explaining what the episode “Croatoan” was all about…three seasons later. That’s some serious foreshadowing!

But the real point of “The End” is to show how all the main characters would have turned out, had they failed to stop the angels’ plot. Dean has become so bitter and demoralized that he’s willing to sacrifice his friends in order to get a slim chance of killing the Devil. Cas has turned human–and a depressed, perpetually-stoned, free-love-preaching human at that. Which is funny, until it’s sad. Bobby is implied to be dead, and Sam said “yes” to Lucifer for unknown reasons. Worst of all, the Impala has been wrecked and left to rust. But hey, at least Chuck hasn’t changed!

“If you get back there, you HOARD toilet paper. Hoard it like it’s made of gold. Because it is.”

I’d also like to mention that Satan-Sam is both one of the creepier things to ever happen on this show, and some of the best acting Jared Padalecki has done. Everything about his facial expressions, the way he moves, and the way he pronounces certain words, is so profoundly not Sam that it’s eerie, even if you ignore the fact that he just snapped future-Dean’s neck with his foot. That white suit sure was classy, though.

I don’t think Season 5 (my favourite season so far) would have been nearly as good without this episode. It lends a sense of urgency to the Winchesters’ quest to stop the Apocalypse, and seeing how badly things could have turned out makes it even more satisfying when they succeed. Even at the end of…”The End,” Dean’s reunion with Sam and thank-you to Castiel (“Don’t ever change”) is especially heartwarming in light of the terrible alternate future. Hurray for friendship and brotherly love!

Namarie,
Aldy

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Episode Highlight #4: Yellow Fever

“That was scary!”

Summary: While the Winchesters are investigating a haunting in Colorado, Dean gets infected with a “ghost sickness” that kills its victims within 24 hours by literally scaring them to death. Yeah…

Why I love it: If there’s one thing Supernatural does well, it’s smoothly switching between humour, horror and heartbreak over the course of a single episode. My last episode highlight, “Mystery Spot,” is a good example of this, but “Yellow Fever” is perhaps an even better one. A good 50 percent of the story is just Dean being hilariously paranoid about things he wouldn’t even blink at on a normal day. Like heights, snakes, speeding…and cats. I find that it’s best to pause and replay the cat scene a few times, just to make sure I’ve fully appreciated hearing Dean scream like a little girl. It is a rare and beautiful thing.

This is an appropriate reaction to finding yourself in a room with a cat. Those things are devil spawn.

 

There’s also his crazy (yet completely accurate) rant about why being a hunter sucks. Once again, excellent acting on Jensen Ackles’ part. I’m pretty sure that speech wasn’t intended to be one of the show’s funniest moments ever, but he made it so.

But the other half of the episode deals with Dean’s legitimate fears, which are pretty darn scary and, in hindsight, pretty darn sad. Yellow-eyed Sam, anyone? And as I’ve said before, Little Girl Lilith is the stuff of nightmares. Just hearing her voice from off-screen is enough to send shivers down my spine. Ugh, that child.

THIS is an appropriate reaction to finding yourself in a room with Lilith.

 

The sad part comes in after one watches the rest of Season Four and finds out what Lilith was actually talking about, and why a fear curse, which targets bullies and those who enjoy scaring others, infected Dean. Hurray for foreshadowing! Besides, you have to feel bad for the guy when you realize he just got out of Hell a month or two ago (after being there for 40 years), still hasn’t come to terms with what he did down there, and is already in danger of going back again. I would’ve been freaking out, too.

The ghost’s back story was also quite sad. Poor guy really needed a hug.

But on a lighter note, Bobby is once again awesome. He speaks Japanese! He helps Sam save the day! And he has the ability to drive from South Dakota to Colorado in less than two hours! Oh, wait…they all can do that.

Anyway, this was a fantastic episode. The “Eye of the Tiger” lip-sync at the end was just the icing on the cake.

Namarie,
Aldy

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