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19 November 2009 @ 10:37 pm
SPN #5x10 Abandon All Hope (episode review)  
This is going to be more review and less synopsis because it's been a crazy day... I'm exhausted and got a nagging headache. :P But here it is FWIW. Again I'd really appreciate no Dean or Sam bashing. Thanks in advance. :)

Mark Sheppard did a good job as Crowley I have to say. I liked his interaction with the boys, especially when Dean asks him what happens if they end up not killing Lucifer. He retorts "How about if you don't miss?!! Idiots!!" or something like that. Heh.

Rewinding a bit, so I guess the guy who made the deal with Crowley is the guy who got the Colt from Bela? And Cas just happens to see this all go down (the sealing of the deal).

Back to Crowley and the boys... he wants them to kill Lucifer because even though Lucifer created them he pretty much uses them as pawns. Huh, interesting to have a demon on their side, sorta. Ben Edlund and his irony strikes again as we see Crowley watching what looks like footage of an old war movie (or old war footage itself? Like WWII?) and "Everybody Plays the Fool" is playing in the background.

Then the boys, Ellen and Jo are back at Bobby's place for some debauchery before the big event. "Oye Como Va" is playing while the girls and Cas are drinking shots (Cas after drinking a few: "I feel something.").

Our boys are talking and Sam doesn't quite trust Crowley, leading Dean to retort that Sam having trust issues with demons seems to be a first. Sam gives him a sarcastic thanks for his support. Then Dean doesn't want Sam coming with them because they'd be handing Luci's vessel right over to him. I guess some might say that Dean is only thinking about winning this and not about Sam, but I think it's clear he's still wanting to protect Sam. Sam won't have any of it and tells him "if we do this, we're doing it together." Aww. :) Dean accepts it.

And here comes the Dean/Jo stuff. Dean says they should "eat, drink, and make merry." Heh. But oooh, Jo shoots him down because she wants to keep her self respect. Wow, burn.

When Bobby insisted on taking the photo of them all, I felt pretty sad because I knew that someone wasn't going to make it out of this alive (well... and because I'm a spoiler whore and heard that there'd be at least a death or two in this ep). Dean's got his raised eyebrows of doom in the resulting pic, while Sam looks kind of tentative or worried, IMHO.

The town is empty but Cas sees lots of reapers around and they only appear at times of disaster. And then he ends up trapped by Lucifer. I raised an eyebrow when Luci referred to him as "brother", but I guess he meant only in the sense of them both being angels.

Cas tells him he won't take Sam, Cas won't let him. Luci tries to make them equal, show how they're alike because they were both cast out. Cas says he'd die first and Luci returns "I suppose you will." Hmm....

Next is darling Meg with hellhounds. So I'm guessing hellhounds are at the beck and call of any demon then? At first I thought they were only for crossroads demons, and then of course Lilith, so I thought maybe only high level demons... but I guess Meg qualifies given Luci is her father...

Aw, good on Jo for saving Dean from those hellhounds, but then she herself gets attacked! Yep, she aint making it out of this.....

Dean gets Bobby on the radio and is choking up a bit as he mentions Jo and what happened to her. Bobby says that the number of reapers out there sounds like Death... like Luci is going to unleash Death and the reapers are waiting for the big boss to show. Interesting how this place (Carthage, MO) is tied to a Civil War battle.

The dying Jo comes up with a plan to build a bomb to rid them of the hellhounds. Dean doesn't want her to but she insists it will buy them some time and she'll pull the trigger, sacrificing herself. The scene between her and Ellen had me in tears. Whatever you think of Jo and/or Ellen, that scene between them was well done... the emotion between them was very palpable. Kudos to Alona and Samantha.

And yeah, Dean did kiss Jo. But the impression I got was it was a nice, tender kiss. More like a deep respect for someone with whom you have a familial bond. Not really romantic, although I know the Dean/Jo shippers will disagree with me. *shrugs* To each their own and I respect your opinion. :)

Ellen insists on staying with Jo and as the boys are about to leave, she tells Dean "kick it in the ass." Tribute to Kim Manners? Aw....

Hellhounds get inside and Ellen gives them a "You can go straight back to Hell, you ugly bitch" before setting off the bomb. *holds moment of silence for her and Jo*

The boys are at the site where the action is supposed to go down and Luci is there. Sam is pointing a gun at him but Luci says he doesn't need it, he'd never hurt Sam. Dean's aiming the Colt right at him and says "Well I'd hurt you. So suck it."

And with that he shoots Luci in the head!

Nope, not for one second did I think it would be that easy. He knocks Dean out and continues bla-bla-blahing to Sam about saying "yes" to him. Sam insists it will never happen but Luci says he think it will, in 6 months in Detroit. *starts getting worried* Sam still won't have any of it and says he'll tear Luci's heart out. Luci again tries to make himself equivalent to Sam, listing their similarities with being younger brothers and their older brothers called them freaks, monsters, and beat them down because they were different and have minds of their own. Ugh...... as much as the similarities can be intriguing, they really do worry me. Sammy sweetie, please hold your ground and not give into this bastard!!

Luci goes forth with some ritual where all the people present offer their lives.... though he says to the boys that they're just demons..... huh? I didn't get that part. I think i was distracted by how very gorgeous both boys looked.

Meg taunts Cas and calls the angels "cloud-hopping pansies", saying that her side is winning. He tries to gank her but there's that little problem of being cut off from Heaven... so he does a more "human" type of thing and pushes her into the fire.

Next thing he shows up at that field where the boys and Luci are. Luci says "Well hello, death." Um, who was he referring to there? Was it an unseen presence or was he actually talking to Cas? I looked away for a moment but what I'd seen was Cas showing up and then Luci standing there and saying the above quote......

After the commercial break we have the boys back at Bobby's house and a news report on TV in the background. What the.......? Um, okay, is it just me or did it seem like something was missing there? Did the boys just walk away from Lucifer? Did something else happen? *is totally clueless*

They throw the photo Bobby had taken earlier in the fire and Dean watches it burn, honing in on Jo's face.

Final thoughts: Yes, they were right when they said there'd be two deaths in this ep. RIP Ellen and Jo. You are dearly missed. :*( We can still see Dean in protective mode in not wanting Sam to go with them in the beginning. I guess it could look like he still doesn't trust Sam and is afraid that he'd say yes to Luci, but I honestly did see hints of that protective mode. I think it's a hard thing for Dean to shed; I'm sure he's trying to see Sam as an equal, but this isn't something he can give up easily.

And Sammy.... oh, Sammy. Hon, your resolve inspires me, but I'm still biting my fingernails worrying that something could lead you and Dean to Detroit in 6 months, and .............. ugh, no, I can't think about it. This whole thing makes me nervous and it'll be the death of me even before we return from the hellatus, LOL. But I love how he wants to be an equal in this and how he insists that he and Dean do it together. It reminded me of The Magnificent Seven when he said to Dean "if we're going down, we're going down together." *sigh*

Both boys were beautiful. Nice emotion from Dean when Jo was dying and then at the end. Could definitely see the concern from Sam too. And his hair was so pretty .... I love when they don't slick it back so much. (okay so that was pretty random, lol)

So, this was quite a ball of angst and some real loss. :( Still don't get what happened in between Luci welcoming Death and the boys being back at Bobby's place. I suppose that may be addressed in the future?

I won't spoil for the next ep, but I'll just say that the promo makes it look like it'll be pretty powerful. But again I'll try not to think about it too much. I guess it's DVDs to wile away the hiatus now.
Current Mood: draineddrained
Paige: SPN_Thursdaykate_mct on November 20th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I wondered how they got away but yeah, we'll probably find out later. Jo and Ellen made me cry and Jan 21 looks amazing, can't wait. *Goes to recover from tonight*
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Ditto to everything. I'm still trying to recover.
Paige: Shoot First Pray Laterkate_mct on November 21st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Actually, after seeing the screencaps and rewatching the episode, it was Castiel who got them out. He threw Meg into the circle of burning holy oil and it broke the circle enough for him to get out.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I rewatched it before too and it did look like Castiel was the one who did it. Makes sense that he would do that after breaking out of the circle.
tiburons: paranoiainbloom. dean pouttiburons on November 20th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Still recovering. I am gonna miss Ellen and Jo.

I think Cas got Sam and Dean out of the cemetary and I am pretty sure Lucifer knew with that smirk he gave. When Cas showed up the boys suddenly disappeared so that would be my guess.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Me too. I still can't believe it...

Now that you mention it, it does appear that that's what happened. I was so busy reeling from what happened to Ellen and Jo (and how gorgeous the boys looked...*g*) I wasn't paying much attention there. But yeah, that would make sense.
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jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I went back and looked at it and you're right... it was Cas. Makes sense that that's what he'd do after getting out of there.

And that makes sense too. Eep...can't believe I totally overlooked that.
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jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
LOL, exactly! I always post my reviews right after my first viewing and after I rewatch I think "oh geez, I totally missed that!"
Raynekhep_shorty on November 20th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Cas got them out and lucifer knew that too.

I haven't cried that hard over a character death since John winchester died! That was emotional and to loose BOTH ellen and jo at the same time. I lvoed the kiss because it was heartfelt and respectful. It wasn't romantic but i loved it and it was appropriate. So much happened. I didn't figure out that michael was lucifer's brother so that shocked me.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, I looked at that scene again and it looks like that's what happened.

Me neither. I'm still recovering from it. And I totally agree with you on the kiss.
Melcoltshot_1 on November 20th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
The camera angel raised up and was from "Death's POV -- Lucifer's ritual was to free/raise the horseman Death - Lucifer greeted him "Well hello, Death." And as others said -- Cas teleported the boys out of harm's way.

It was an awesome episode. Ellen & Jo died very well. Poor boys.

Edited at 2009-11-20 06:17 am (UTC)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Ah - that makes sense now. I was so distracted by..er..other things that I wasn't paying much attention. But I watched it again and it makes sense now.

ckll: pic#chijaredshootckll on November 20th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
This episode broke our hearts :(
jessm78: Mystery Spotjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Indeed. I am still trying to recover from it :(
anastdean: picDean anastdean on November 20th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
It was a solid episode and so well executed this time I cannot find a flaw:))
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
It was very well done :)
wyntertwilight: (spn) me and my brotherwyntertwilight on November 20th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
And yeah, Dean did kiss Jo. But the impression I got was it was a nice, tender kiss. More like a deep respect for someone with whom you have a familial bond. Not really romantic,

I totally agree with this, I don't think there's anything romantic there after they kinda made it canon that Dean sees her as a little sister. I think it was definitely a show of respect and a sign of his grief over what she was about to do. It's such a shame.

Yeah, Castiel got the boys outta there pretty sharp after he broke out of the circle. I don't think Lucifer was that bothered though, since he's so smug that he'll meet them again.

I was proud of Sam telling Lucifer that he'd never give in, and I scoffed a lot through his speech that they were both alike. WHATEVER. YOU'RE THE DEVIL AND SAM'S NOT. Sam just has to prove he can be strong. He better, after the debacle of last season, or I swear, I will cut someone. If he hasn't learned by now, he never will.

I definitely saw Dean as wanting to protect Sam too, I think he didn't want to give Lucifer the opportunity to get into his head. But I liked that Sam said they had to go in together, it made me smile and think of old times when the boys did everything TOGETHER.

The death scene was beautiful, and while I've never liked Jo, I felt a lot of respect for her decision to sacrifice herself. It's not a nice way to go. And I love Ellen, so to see her die too was just heartwrenching. The girls should be so proud of the work they did there, it was amazing.

This episode was AWESOME. It's our show back up to par!
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
That's exactly how I see it.

Yeah, Lucifer didn't seem too bothered by it with that smirk of his.

Heh, I did too. The way he was trying to equate himself with Sam. I really hope Sam proves he can be strong, too. I don't want to be screaming come the season finale. I did read something a bit encouraging from some interview Kripke did - that they are mapping out a 6th season and he wouldn't have it without Sam and Dean. I'm taking it for what it's worth now ... but I'm still hoping that Sam will be strong enough not to give in.

Me too! I got that little warm fuzzy feeling inside when he said that. :)

I've never been much of a Jo fan either, but she did okay in my book with the way she sacrificed herself there. I know, poor Ellen! The way she showed how much she loved her daughter and wouldn't leave her.... *sniffle* They really did a great job.

Totally! Loved it. :)
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on November 20th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
""if we're going down, we're going down together."

I think, for what I have been heard and think is that this show has sacrifices right? among people loved. so, maybe dean sacrifice himself in order to save the world. and well sam die too but maybe not for sacrifice :O
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on November 21st, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: hya!
Yes, that's absolutely right. I think that could happen, it would make sense but I guess we will see what they do. I'm not going to think about it much; it will make me crazy! Haha
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on November 22nd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
maybe it is a fact and nothing can be changed but as you say it is better if we don´t think in those things :P