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06 May 2010 @ 10:48 pm
SPN #5x21 Two Minutes To Midnight (episode review)  
Okay, again, I'm really hoping this turns out coherent. I'm just....

Although I have to admit that's more in reaction to the preview of next week. I'll get to that but I won't spoil, I promise. So let's start over...

MAX HEADROOM!! Hehe... I also remember him from "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids". Yes, I'm filled with useless trivia. *g* Wow, that poor woman has quite a cocktail of illness. And Pestilence using her as a petrie dish? Her spitting up was pretty gross, but to me it just looked like melted pistachio ice cream or green paint. Heh.

Flash forward one day earlier and the boys are dithering. Dean has learned of Sam's plan that was first brought up last episode. He really doesn't like it. I guess he doesn't think Sam has it in him to overcome Lucifer?

We finally find out what happened to Cas. He's in the hospital... something about appearing bloody and unconscious on a boat somewhere and scaring sailors? Um, okay....heh... Dean wants him to zap himself back to them but he can't - his juice is all used up. Says he owes Dean an apology since he actually didn't say "yes" to Michael.

The boys hunt for Death at a "convalescent home." Dean tells a guy at the desk he's looking for his "Nana", Eunice Kennedy, before knocking the guy out. LOL.

They watch the surveillance cameras and spot Pestilence. A demon!nurse tells him the boys are there, and that they have a track record with getting the rings from the horsemen. Pestilence is pissed. He turns his ring over and people end up getting sick, including our boys. They're coughing and getting blurred vision. Dean almost collapses but Sam helps him up. Aww. Poor sick boys. Sam opens the door and finds the demon!nurse, who tells him the doctor will see them now. He aims the knife at her, but then falls to the floor when Pestilence greets them.

He bla-bla-blahs about how simple sickness is and that people are the ones who get violent and chaotic. Dean tries to get the knife but he steps down on his hand. Pesty says humans are messy and weak, and he wants to show God He's wrong. He mentions the variety of illnesses they now have and he grabs Sam's hair... ouch!! Speaking of Sam's hair, is it me or does it look like they really straightened Jared's hair in this ep?

Hmm... Cas to the rescue? But he begins to fall prey to the sicknesses, until he cuts off Pesty's finger. Wow, that guy was dispatched rather quickly, wasn't he? Kind of disappointing IMHO. But he leaves them with a message: "It's too late." Hmmmm.

Back at Bobby's place, the boys aren't celebrating getting the ring because they're preoccupied over the "it's too late" message. They're worried he left a time bomb somewhere. Bobby tells them about various disasters taking place, especially in Chicago, and tells them that Death is coming. Lots of people are going to die. How did he get this info? He had "help" from guess who... Crowley.

Crowley prods Bobby to "tell them." I like the way Sam says "tell us WHAT?" Dean asks him if he sold his soul. Crowley says he intends to give it back and Dean insists that he does so. Sam: "Did you kiss him?" Whoa, talk about blunt, Sammy. Bobby's answer: "...... No!"

And what we're shown next I can never un-see. Just.... no.

Dean tells Crowley he wants  him to give Bobby's soul back, but Bobby says it's "insurance." Dean is pissed, but Crowley says Dean won't kill him as long as he has Bobby's soul.

Next we have a heart to heart of sorts between the boys. Sam tells Dean he agrees with him about him. He thinks Dean's right that he's too weak to take on Lucifer. He knows how screwed up he is. Awwww, Sammy. :( But he says he's all they've got. He doesn't think there's another way. Oh noes, Sam wants to sacrifice himself? Nooooooo!

Crowley appears and gives them a paper that talks about Brady's company releasing the Swine Flu "vaccine" country-wide. They don't appear to understand the connection (come on now, boys! Really?? Are they that preoccupied with having got Pesty's ring and then with Sam's plans to get Lucifer?) and Crowley tells them "you two are lucky you have your looks." *snerk* He points it out to them and when they finally get it, says "that's the sound of the abacus clacking." Pesty is spreading the Swine Flu but that's just phase 1. Next thing is that the vaccine is really the Croatoan virus. Crowley says that next Thursday we'll be living in Zombieland.

Little cut to Chicago where we see Death arriving to the "O Death" song. Wow, what a creepy looking guy he is.

Bobby is packing his things and Cas goes on about how useless he feels. All he can do is use a gun. Bobby tells him to quit pinin' for the varsity years.

Sam tells Dean "remember when we used to hunt wendigos and how much simpler things were." Awwww. :(

So it looks like Dean is going after Death, while Sam, Bobby and Cas try to stop the "vaccine" from being distributed. Crowley gives Dean what looks like a sickle for when he meets Death. Crowley asks if Bobby's just going to sit there and he says no, he's going to "riverdance." Heh. But it turns out Bobby can use his legs again! I guess that was his wish? Aw, the look on his face.

Cas tells Sam he doesn't think his plan is a bad one. He thinks maybe he can resist Lucifer. Wow, Cas appears to have some faith in Sam. Nice. He tells him he has to know that Michael has a different vessel now - Adam. Ha, I knew it. He tells Sam that if he fails, this fight will happen and the fallout will be immense. *iz already scared* He also says Sam needs more demon blood to take on Lucifer than he's ever had.

Wow, nice fakeout in the warehouse when Sam spots the demon guys and raises his hand... as we cut to commercial. Turns out he just shoots at them.

So Crowley was wrong about Death's location even though there were a bunch of reapers around. Boy is Dean pissed and I can't blame him... lots of people are about to die.

Interesting look on Bobby's face as he watches Sam lead the civilians in the warehouse to safety. But we do find out what it means later. Sam gets attacked but Cas saves him and kills the demon. Nice.

Crowley finds Death lurking in a pizzeria. Alright then... Dean enters and the sickle thingy glows hot, making him drop it. So it glows in Death's presence, then? Sounds pretty similar to Dean's amulet glowing hot in God's presence. Very interesting. Anyway, Death invites Dean to join him for pizza. Um, not sure if I would eat it. He tells Dean how insignificant he finds him, as he does all humans. He wants to make a deal with Dean. Apparently Lucifer has him on a leash. That's why he couldn't go after Dean and kill him. Lucifer made him his weapon. He wants to give Dean his ring but there's a condition (as there always is). He wants Lucifer in his cell - *whatever it takes*. Meaning letting Sam go through with his plan and step into the pit. Dean says yeah, and Death asks if he means yes - and that he can't cheat Death. Dean appears to do it. Nooo!!! Or wait.. is it a "yes" like the one he gave to Zachariah about Michael? Will have to come back to this...

Final scene of Dean and Bobby talking and having a beer. Aw, Bobby's so glad to have his legs back. :) Dean shows him the rings and how they go together. But he's got bigger problems. Obviously the whole thing with Sam. But seems that he DID lie to Death? He asks Bobby "what do you think Death does to people who lie to his face?"

Bobby brings up about Sam. He says he saved at least 10 people, and then says "we've been hard on him." He says that Sam has a darkness in him, but also a hell of a lot of good. THANK YOU, Bobby!! He says that Sam will beat the Devil or die trying. He asks Dean what he's afraid of - losing, or losing his brother?

So, final thoughts... it did sound like Dean didn't think Sam was strong enough to beat Lucifer. And because of that I'm really glad for what Bobby told him in the end. I do think that Dean is afraid of losing his brother. How many times has it been said during this show that the boys' weaknesses are each other? Actually the weakness of family goes all the way back to Mary, I think. She basically sacrificed Sam to save John. Then she sacrificed herself (as a spirit) to save Sam from the poltergeist in Home. John sacrificed himself to save Dean. Dean sacrificed himself to save Sam. And now it seems like Sam may try to sacrifice himself to save the world.

As far as Sam beating the Devil or dying as he tries, I would really hate for it to be the latter. Although I don't think it would happen... Sam has to be back next season, and not as a ghost. So I don't think he can die, unless he's brought back somehow. I would really love to see Sam beat Lucifer in the end. To prove that he is strong and capable of overcoming all this. I don't know if could happen, though. Right now I'm not too optimistic. :(

Was pretty disappointed that Pestilence was dispatched so quickly. Thought Matt Frewer did a very good job though.

Seeing the preview for the finale had me both terrified and depressed. :( I honestly hope that it's a fakeout or that there's a twist involved somewhere, because if what I saw and assumed will happen is actually totally indicative of the outcome, I think I'm going to be a basket case this time next week. And wondering just how we're going to come back from this during the whole long, lonnnnnng summer.

Please, Show, start out next season with our boys as Sam and Dean, NOT Lucifer and Michael.
Current Mood: scaredscared
Gabrus47gabrus47 on May 6th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Wow you are quick! I enjoyed tonight's episode (was SO glad not to see mucus LOL) but the previews from next week pretty much reduced me to a mess. My hat is off to you for remaining coherent enough to be able to write your review!

I'll comment more tomorrow after I have had a chance to watch tonight's episode again.

jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on May 7th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
I usually take more time when there's a whole lot of "thinky" stuff I have to get through, but for this episode it just felt easier to write up. I guess it's because I rather enjoyed it and it didn't seem a whole lot complicated. I was nearly hiding behind my pillow during the preview.

Thanks! Looking forward to your comments - and I haven't been to the board yet, going there next. :)

deej1957deej1957 on May 6th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
I can hardly wait to see this! Thank you for the prompt preview, my friend!!
jessm78: Supernatural: Jared S2 Promo (smile)jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 08:04 am (UTC)
My pleasure, hon! :) I was literally yelling "THANK YOU!!" at the end to Bobby.
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on May 6th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
*Loved* Matt Frewer! He was wonderful in this role. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at him at times---he was sooo eerie.

Loved Sammy helping Dean up in the hospital hallway.

I loved Bobby finally admitting that they'd been hard on Sam.

As for Sam's hair, I noticed that they (makeup/hair dept.) have been playing with it all season. Did Kripke have a hand in Sam's hair? Was there a secret code in the SamHair?Seriously, its been darker, its been slicked up with oil, its been lightened and now its been straightened.....what in the world is going on?

Tickled that Bobby went up and down the stairs all night for no reason.

Looking forward to next week. That fight in the field looks like its going to be a doozy. I have a feeling I'll be watching most of it from behind a pillow!
jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Me too! I think this role was made especially for him. I almost jumped when he yelled at the demon!nurse about Lucifer.

Aw, I did too! So used to seeing Limp!Sam with Protective!Dean, cool to see it the other way around here. :)

Same here. I was literally cheering at the screen when he said that. And Dean didn't seem to disagree.

LOL, I think Sam's hair is most times reflective of his emotional state ... at least temporarily. It was really straightened at the end of season 3 too, and in my SamHair meta I tried to explain it away as him being too preoccupied with trying to save Dean from Hell than in caring about his hair, and it just got dirty. Wonder if it's kinda the same thing here? That he's so preoccupied with the apocalypse and stuff that he doesn't have time to obsess over his hair? The overall trend from S1 is his hair has been getting longer and pushed further away from his face, I guess to show him maturing and stuff.

Interested to see what they'll do with it next season. If the apocalypse is done, I guess he won't have any excuse not to take care of the hair. I'd love for him to keep it long and not pull a Felicity.

Aww, I know... gotta love Bobby :D

I think I'll be joining you! I wonder if they'll leave us like they did in season 1 or 3, thinking "OMG so what's gonna happen now? We have to wait all summer to find out?!"
Pensola: Hungrypenamesolen on May 7th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
As I've said before, since Kripte has stated that this season will end the Lucifer arc as intended, and that the season six will be about something else (the boy's relationship, I believe Sera said), I doubt they will kill him.

On another hand, it still annoys me that most likely their original plan of trapping Sam into the cell with Lucifer is down'ed now because of the promise of a sixth season. Yes, I already believe that it was the original plan (Jared Padalecki stated his desire to die at the end of the show because it suitted his role in it or something). I do think it would be interesting to have Dean go around looking for a way to get Sam back, but I just don't want to believe they will so a whole season on him alone filled with flashbacks or communications between him and Sam through a mirror or demon. Wait, what if Sam is locked in hell, becomes a demon, crawls out of there and somehow manages to create his own body to posess (or wait, if locking Lucifer in hell is the same as exircising him, then Sam's body will still be there)? Then they must REALLY work on their relationship like Sera said, since Dean already was angry at Sam for drinking demon blood. That, I think, would be the second best ending, after the presumed original one.

I haven't seen the episode yet, but it sounds kind of disappointing. Like they had to cut in several scenes that could have spammed through more episodes into one. Now think how it would have been if they had cut down a couple of fillers, like episode five (come on, we all thought Jesse would play a major role later on, but he went to Autralia and we haven't seen anything of him and probably never will) or episode eleven (because although Sam found out about his anger, it was a filler). Then they could spam this episode in two or three episodes, meaning we could get moar of Matt Frewer >:D


Out from what I see from the preview, either Sam has problems controlling Lucifer, or he is hooked on demon blood, if what Castiel said about him needing demon blood more than ever. Though I thought that the demon blood didn't do anything to his strenght, and that the only thing it did to him was mentally have him make the dark choise of doing it. So the demon blood wouldn't make him physically stronger, just mentaly darker. So I hope that line was just to test Sam to see if he would really do it just because one had officially agreed to his plan.
jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
I agree, if they really are wrapping that storyline up, I can't see them killing Sam either. It's going to have to be resolved somehow.

I think I remember Jared saying something like that as well. And he's stated quite often that he'd like to see both boys go down in a blaze of glory at the end. Ooh, that's an interesting idea. I'm probably not understanding correctly but if Sam manages to create his own body to possess, it would have to be a different one - meaning a different actor playing him? The more I think of it, the more I could see Sam drinking demon blood part of the reason they have to work on their relationship next season. I can't see Dean being happy about it either. That would make for a good ending I think.

I guess it (or several elements, anyway) have a bit of a cobbled-together sort of feel. I was disappointed they took care of Pestilence so quickly. lol, my boyfriend kept insisting that Jesse has to play a major role in this. But obviously not (too bad we didn't bet on it, LOL). It's a shame that he was there for only one episode - makes it seem like he really doesn't have much purpose here, if at all.

Spoilers (highlight to see ... being cautious since I had someone defriend me over this):

Yeah, I'm thinking maybe he is having problems controlling Lucifer? I noticed at one point Dean told him "is that you in there?" I started thinking about the situation in Devil's Trap, where John was possessed by YED. He was torturing Dean but for a brief moment was able to overcome it. Here it looks like Sam (or Lucifer!Sam) beats Dean up, his eye looks swollen shut. I think I agree with your thoughts about the demon blood too, hopefully that line was just to test him.
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ckllckll on May 7th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
I wish we see more of Pestilence too but it's ok.
He and Death actor were brilliant.
Winchesters is the family that make all the sacrifices.
jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
I agree, they did a wonderful job. :)

It's the Winchester Way, isn't it?

I think I will be hiding behind a pillow next week.
anastdean: picBoys hug animated anastdean on May 7th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
My friend what are we gonna do next week??
I don't think Dean will be Michael. Sam yes, he will be Lucifer.
I hope for some kind of happy ending cause you know. Too long of a hiatus..
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam/Dean hug in Mystery Spjessm78 on May 7th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
I am so worried about next week, hon. *sigh*

It looks like Dean won't be Michael, but I think Sam will say yes to Lucifer. I just hope it doesn't backfire. We can't have an ending that will leave us worrying through the long hiatus.
CaptainLon: Awesome! || Sam&Dean || SPNcaptainlon on May 7th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
I think it would be awesome with Sam as Lucifer, but I just hope he do manage to get him into the cage. It's time for Sam to be the hero now! I also hope season 6 opens with Sam and Dean and not Lucifer and Michael or whatnot. Or even worse - many years later -_-

Really cool episode. Loved Sam's hair hahaha. Loved the "Oh death" scene too.
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam teh awesome (3x14)jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Me too! I really want him to be a hero and show how strong he is by overcoming Lucifer. Oh, I really don't want season 6 to start many years later... there was some weird speculation about a show that's supposed to do a big time jump for its next season, and people were worrying it could be this show. I think they proved it was something else like Brothers and Sisters, or something like that? But I really don't want it to be many years later.

Sam's hair was epic :D I loved the way the song started out, so slow and creepy.
bella66sammy1966 on May 7th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
This episode was fantastic! But I'm worried about Sammy too! Can't wait for next week!

Jess, click on those links and it will make your day... this is our Sammy in all his glory (not naked but showing a lot of skin)...yeah it's a manip but it looks so real:

(without wings)

(with wings)

Have a great day!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on May 7th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Me too! After seeing that promo for next week, I'm so worried! I was reading some other speculations about it that made me feel a little better. Especially in the outcome. I just keep thinking, this show has to start next season with our boys as Sam and Dean, so there has to be a resolution. Just not knowing what that is makes me crazy!

Ohhhhhh, my........ yes, those have really made my day! Wow, the manips are so wonderfully done! I can't stop drooling.....

Thanks so much for showing me these! I hope you had a wonderful day :)
Kristin: Jared » “My Reason For Existing”kristypadalecki on May 7th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Excellent review, as always! I thought Jared and Jensen were completely awesome. OMG, the preview for the finale, I'm freaking out right now. O.o
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam smiling (Salvation)jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kristin! They did a wonderful job, didn't they? Yeah, the preview is really making me freak out, too. :( I have a feeling I'll be watching the episode from behind a pillow!
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jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Exactly!! I know people want to see Sam as Samifer, but I certainly wouldn't want it to be a permanent thing!
percysownerpercysowner on May 7th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
So it looks like Dean is going after Death, while Sam, Bobby and Cas try to stop the "vaccine" from being distributed. Crowley gives Dean what looks like a sickle for when he meets Death. Crowley asks if Bobby's just going to sit there and he says no, he's going to "riverdance." Heh. But it turns out Bobby can use his legs again! I guess that was his wish? Aw, the look on his face.

No Bobby didn't wish for it. Crowley threw in a freebie. He basically said that the wording of the wish was very important, so somehow he got Bobby to word it with enough latitude that he could also heal Bobby.
jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ah okay, I got totally confused there. Thanks. Hmm, I wonder what Bobby's wish was, then. That he could fight alongside the boys? I guess it is pretty obvious...
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bella66sammy1966 on May 10th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)

I had to post this...I laughed so much whan I saw it:


Have a great week... can't wait for Thursday!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: tee hee (Chicago 08)jessm78 on May 10th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
Bwahahahaha!! Oh my goodness... I've been so emotional the past days - I really needed the laughs! That's priceless. Thanks so much for the heads up!

Looking forward to Thursday.. have a great week yourself! :)
bella66sammy1966 on May 10th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is a new clip for the finale:


It's less than 2 minutes and I teared up... I'm gonna be a mess when it's over...:((
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam & Dean (ELAC final scejessm78 on May 11th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. Oh my goodness... my monitor is blurry :( I'm just so worried and scared for pretty much all of them. I think Kripke is going to break us. *tries not to think about it*