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22 January 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Supernatural #4x12 Criss Angel is a Douchebag (review)  
Here are some of my thoughts upon the first viewing of this episode...

Okay, I'll get the shallow stuff out of the way first...

Both boys were so gorgeous tonight! Boys in Suits!!! Sam in his hoodie!! *squeee*

Barry Bostwick!! Wow, long time, no see.  I think the very last time I saw him in something was in one of the Leslie Nielsen movies. I want to say it was one of the Naked Gun movies, but maybe it was something done after that... maybe.... Spy Hard?  But of course I know him best from Rocky Horror Picture Show :D

*ahem* Anyway... 

Was that Alex Zahara as Vance, the magician who gets killed in the teaser? It sure looked like him.

This episode was pretty cool, I gotta say.  Sam was into magic as a kid! Awww :D Dean saying he had the hat and magic wand, Sam retorting "I was thirteen! It was a phase." Hee... so Wee!Sam liking magic is canon now. *smiles*

Funny to see the three curmudgeonly magicians sitting around watching Jed (or whatever his name was... the young magician) and saying "what a douchebag."  Then Dean and Sam see him doing his act out on the street, and Dean echoes "what a douchebag." Heh.

Okay, I have to say this about Ruby. I can't hold it in any longer.  I apologize in advance to any big Ruby fans.  I just can't get into her.  I think the actress might have something to do with it.  I liked her better last season, but this season... and especially this episode... she's kinda bugging me a little.  I can't warm up to her.  She was almost... I dunno... whining to Sam to stop farting around with this stupid case and go after Lilith since she's broken over half of the seals. 

And Sam...you know he really is thinking seriously about ending Lilith.  Which totally makes sense, given what she did to Dean.  But please Ruby, you were a little too whiny for me in this ep.  I'm sorry, I want to like you.  But I just can't completely.  :/

Let's see, what else...  Oh..maybe I'm a little slow, but I thought it was pretty good how they sort of kept you guessing who really was behind the killings.  At first I really thought it was Jay (Bostwick's character).  Then I thought it was Charlie... he just didn't seem to be straight with Jay, like he was hiding something.  But then he supposedly gets killed, and they have us thinking it could be Vernon.

Until we find out it really WAS Charlie.  That threw me (but again, you know I could just be slow. *g*).  He used the tarot cards for immortality and he got young.  Huh.

Backtracking a little...  Maybe I'm totally sadistic, but I was actually *laughing* when they showed Jed hanging from the ceiling fan, spinning around ever so slowly with that loud punk music in the background.  I don't really know why but it just totally cracked me up. 

Love the boys' reacting to the magicians seeing through their act! And the way they tried to cover it up, saying they're aspiring magicians.  "It's kind of a brother act."  Hee.  Good one, boys. :)

After they think it could be one of the other guys (I'm totally blanking now... wish I could remember who), they search his room and Sam says it's almost like a magician's museum. Dean cracks "then you must be in heaven." Sam bitchfaces him!! I swear, he does.  Just for a second.  And I loved it.

Charlie wants Jay and Vernon to join him, and he tries to end Sam and Dean.  But looks like Jay has something up his sleeve and the trick is on Charlie.  Good on him for having the strength to end this (and free our boys in the process).  It was all pretty sad, though.  How these old magicians miss the days when they were in their prime, and their tricks are now old hat thanks to the newcomer "douchebags."  It was especially sad at the end, the way Jay told the boys that Charlie was his friend, and now Vernon wants nothing to do with him and he doesn't really have anything left to do.  His gift is gone.

The boys' talk before that was a bit heartbreaking, too.  Sam wonders if they'll still be doing this (hunting) when they're 60.  Dean saying he doesn't want to still be alive and doing this when he's old. He brings up Travis, for one.  Sam brings up Bobby and Dean scoffs.  Sam asks what if they can win.  You can see the gears turning in his head, and what Ruby had said influencing him.  Dean gets a little suspicious and Sam mentions chopping off the head of the snake (as Ruby had said earlier).  Dean tells him that there's something like 50 heads, that more of them keep coming after you chop off one.  You can tell Sam is frustrated.

And what Jay says at the end doesn't seem to be helping, so he leaves Dean and goes outside.  Into a car driven by Ruby.  She asks what made him change his mind and he says he doesn't want to be doing this when he's old.  I don't know, but that part made me sad.  Not only because he just up and left Dean (and I guess it makes sense in a way), but because if he's so driven to get Lilith, it makes me wonder if he'll do it the way Ruby wants.  In her earlier scene she was telling him to do it some way (I guess using his freaky powers?) and he kept insisting no.  I was wondering if what Uriel said had something to do with it, that if he keeps using his powers like that they'll destroy him.  Don't get me wrong; I love that he's so determined to stop her from carrying out her evil plan and to avenge Dean's death, but ... I still worry about the boy.

I don't know, maybe I'm getting it all mixed up.  But Sam seems more driven than ever to end Lilith. I just hope that he doesn't end up pissing off Uriel and Castiel (or just Uriel) and they try to kill him.  I think this is all setting up for something big.  I really hope our boys will come out of it on top and okay... even if I'm hoping against hope.

But still, I really did like this episode.  

Oh, and how could I forget ...  Dean and BDSM!!! LOL! Oh, his reaction to that guy was great. "I seem to have been had."  "Oh, no, you haven't been had until you've been had by the Chief!"  Heh.  Poor Dean. 

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
summers84summers84 on January 23rd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
The BDSM scene with Dean and the dom cracked me up.The guy was called 'Chief'. I also do not like at all the new Ruby. She rubs me the wrong way. It is good that Sam wants to save Dean and waste Lilith but I just find it heartbreaking to see him slowly turn to the dark side. In some way it is a mixture of sexy and scary but overall, I hope things work out for Dean and Sam. Personally, the only girl I could see Sam with is Sarah from 'Provenance'
jessm78jessm78 on January 23rd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I don't know how I was able to remember the other two magicians' names, but not that guy's. I guess I was laughing so much at that scene that it totally slipped me.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about Ruby. I don't like seeing Sam heading towards the dark side. :( I hope Dean catches on to what's happening and talks to him again. And I agree - I loved Sam and Sarah together. They were so cute in Provenance.
Meghan: winchesterspeach_megumi on January 23rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
:-) This was a really good episode. (poor dean indeed, lol) It had a good flow to it, and I like being kept guessing - plus, gotta love all those grey areas. I'm glad I'm not the only one who preferred old Ruby. I don't really have too much against this one, but I miss the attitude that Katie Cassidy had... Ah well, we'll have to see where it goes.
jessm78jessm78 on January 23rd, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I loved how they kept us guessing. That was cool. And yeah, it's good to know I'm not alone in liking the old Ruby more. There were a few eps this season where I thought I'd start liking this Ruby a little more, but then episodes like this remind me of why I just can't warm up to her.

But yeah, guess that's all we can do.
CaptainLon: YellowFeverSam&Deancaptainlon on January 23rd, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Lol I have to say this everywhere, but I'm so sick and tired of Ruby!!! Arrrrg its driving me nuts! She made sense, but so whiny! Damn burn bitch! I don't thrust her what-so-friggin-ever!

Loved the episode besides her though. Got nice bro moments!
jessm78jessm78 on January 23rd, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Lol, you know I totally understand! I could not stand the whining! I'm getting worried about how she is influencing him too. Please don't go darkside, Sammy!! *grabs and holds onto him* Hehe

Yeah, besides that I loved it. Love the boys working together! They had some nice bro moments for sure :)
lovetheguyslovetheguys on January 23rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
There was some great stuff in this ep, but I DID wish there was less of the magicians and more of the boys. That was my only complaint; otherwise it was old-school and very well done!

Love, Robin
jessm78jessm78 on January 23rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
That's a good point! I did feel there was a bigger focus on the magicians. It would have been better to have a nearly equal focus on them; then maybe it would be easier to draw the parallels between their situations.

But I agree, it had a nice old-school feeling!
deej1957: CC look up angelicdeej1957 on January 23rd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode. Sam was so beautiful-- you're going to have a HUGE Pyppy!Picspam for this one. The hoodie was back! And Sam in a suit, oh dear God, just kill me now *G*

I do feel for Sam. He's in a situation, a life that was basically thrust on him because Dean brought Mary Winchester to the YED's attention in In The Beginning. Sam didn't ask for any of this and yet everything rests on his shoulders.
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam (from ELAC)jessm78 on January 23rd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
He was a sight to behold, wasn't he? *sigh* Loved him...

I agree. He's got so much heaped onto his shoulders and he just wants it all to be over. I sympathize with him, the way he said he didn't want to be doing this as an old man. I fear what's going to happen to him, though. *cuddles her Puppy!Sam*
Amaranth Traces: hehamaranthtraces on January 24th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Just saw this ep last night. I liked it too. I've been worried with this grand sweeping story arc that we'd lose the "job" episodes I enjoy so much. Yes, Ruby brought the arc into it, but it was still a fun ep that wasn't all about Lilith and Castiel.

I liked the humour, I liked the brother moments, and I liked the twists in the whodunit.

I prefer blonde!Ruby to this one too. I loved her spunkiness. This one's really rather "blah".

Speaking of Ruby and her involvement in the season's arc... Highlight for completely uninformed speculation on my part which may or may not be spoilery:

I'm thinking that the "you know what you have to do" stuff from Ruby to Sam is some sinister activity that she convinced him to do while Dean was dead to build up his abilities. Perhaps drinking more demon blood or something? I've been wondering if there was some kind of catch to him being able to psychically exorcise demons that was more than just "practice makes evil perfect".
jessm78jessm78 on January 26th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
I share your worry. It's good that they take a break every now and then for a good old "job" episode. I heard they'll do something like 3 story arc episodes in a row, then break for a standalone episode. I like when they stick to that formula.

That sums it up for me. blonde!Ruby had a spunkier attitude. I just can't get into this one, and I wonder if she can *really* be trusted. (highlight for spoilers)

That's an interesting thought. Like I said, I have to wonder if she can really be trusted, and what she's really up to. I was reading another review and someone thought it was possible he was having demon!sex with her. Er, dunno if that would help build up his abilities. The "drinking more demon blood" idea might have some merit. It's really interesting to speculate and see if we'll find out eventually.
Amaranth Tracesamaranthtraces on January 29th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Highlight for further speculation on our earlier speculation ;) (trying again 'cause I think I spelled colour "properly" instead of the HTML way ;) Sorry for the spammage.)

My theory is that the PTPB are trying to make us think that they were talking about demon!sex. I'm not willing to fall into that assumption though, 'cause, like you, I don't really see how that could affect his psychicness (unless there was some dark!magiks involved in said sex). It just seems too obvious that they're attempting innuendo. And obvious innuendo kinda defeats the purpose. lol

I hope we learn what it really is soon enough. Looking forward to the next episode tomorrow (tonight for you, I think, eh?).

jessm78jessm78 on January 29th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Not *much* further speculation, but I'm making it highlight-ready anyway. ;)

Mostly just one big "*nods*" to your speculation. It seems TPTB like to play up innuendo and have been for a while, so I wouldn't put it past them. I remember that episode last season where Dean visited his old girlfriend and she had the little boy. Before they saw it, people were freaking out over the fact that Dean might have a kid and end up settling down. But it turned out everything suggested was innuendo. The girl insisted he wasn't Dean's kid. There are fans who believe that, and probably other fans who don't. It's not the same type of situation but almost similar.

And yes indeed, it is tonight for me... looking forward to the episode!

Edited at 2009-01-29 05:38 pm (UTC)