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22 April 2011 @ 11:05 pm
SPN #6x18 Frontierland (episode review)  
Yay, I was home to see this one! Here is my review/recap thingie...

First, overall I really enjoyed it. It was awesome to see our boys back in the old west. I saw an interview (by Sera maybe) in which they said they've been trying to do this almost ever since the show started. It kinda had a Back to the Future III feel to it too.

Okay, the opening scene with ... well all I can say at this point right now is "some guy" and Dean... mmm, very hot. :D I had a weird random thought when I saw that the town was named Sunrise. Wasn't that the name of the apartment complex where the boys find John holed up (and possessed by YED) by the other demons in Devil's Trap? Maybe it's just a coincidence but I found that kind of interesting. And who else was expecting them to suddenly cut away right during the gunshot? *g*

Love the Bonanza-inspired opening credits!

We're back to 48 hours earlier and 150 years later. The boys and Bobby are searching the Campbell library looking for info on how to kill Eve. Bobby finds something about a phoenix and Dean asks "River, Joaquin or the flaming bird?" Loved Sam's smirk.

Dean suddenly finds something and acts all fanboi-ish. He learns that Samuel Colt killed a phoenix in 1861 - and he found this in Samuel Colt's journal. Wow... can only wonder how it ended up in the Campbell family library. Sam almost acts fanboi-ish too as Dean tells him "get your own." Heh. He wants to go back in time, or "Star Trek IV it." Bobby: "I only watch Deep Space Nine." LOL.

We meet Cas' "lieutenant" Rachel as Dean summons Cas to send them back to that time. She says that Cas is busy. Wow, she's a real charmer, more accurate bitca. The boys insist they're Cas' friends but she doesn't think so because they're always calling him whenever they do something like stub their toe. Geez, what's her problem. Cas appears and tells her to go.

So Cas agrees to send them back but they only have 24 hrs. The further back he sends them the harder it is to retrieve them. Dean's gone this whole time and he comes back with bags of western clothes to blend in. Hee, I love Sam's reluctance to wear them! His bitchiness is epic in this scene, lol. He says Dean has a fetish with the wild west stuff, that he can recite every Clint Eastwood movie, even the "ones with the monkeys." Dean: "His name is Clyde." He insists Sam at least wear the shirt. Sam gives him a bitchface. Hee. He puts the shirt on and says he looks stupid. Aw no, Puppy, I think you look great! :D Dean's gone all out with his costume and Cas asks about him wearing a blanket. Fanboi!Dean says it's a "sarape." Hee.

Cas sends them back to Wyoming, 1861. Ohhhhhh, my.... Sam in a cowboy hat.... *falls to floor*

Sam steps in horse manure!! LOL. Dean still thinks the whole thing is cool and Sam is bitchfacing the heck out of this scene. Awww :D

They stumble upon an execution. The guy being hanged tells the judge and sheriff and etc. that they'll all burn for this just before they hang him. A guy sees our boys and says "nice blanket" to Dean. Which prompts him to take it off. LOL

Dean introduces himself as Clint Eastwood and Sam as "Walker - he's a Texas Ranger." Love it. They want info on Samuel Colt and are told to ask Elkins at the saloon. Hmmm, Elkins... Daniel Elkins' ancestor it would seem. Makes sense...

Elkins is bartender at the saloon. Dean orders some kind of liquor (didn't catch it) for himself and a sarsaparilla for Sam. Hee! A group of girls enter and one goes up to Dean. Ugh, is that a cold sore on her mouth? Dean looks squicked as well. Turns out she has a "date" with the judge. Love the boys' reaction.

Also love Dean's reaction to the liquor, and Sam's teasing "Sarsaparilla aint half bad." Awww, the brotherly banter is in full swing and I love it!

They hear the girl scream and it turns out someone had killed the judge. They see his charred remains on the bed. Hmm...

Apparently the guy who was hanged was named Elias Finch and our boys start thinking about the phoenix, that it's probably one of the people and could even be him. Dean wants Sam to find Samuel Colt while he sticks around with the posse. Fanboi!Dean loves posse and keeps saying it. Sam bitchfaces him again. Dean says "I love posse - make that into a t-shirt." Hee!

Sam riding a horse ... *is weak-kneed... even though we don't see it much...* Poor guy has trouble mounting the horse and is all unsteady. Love how he calls out "I'm ok!" as he rides away and Dean says to himself "poor horse."

Uh oh, now Finch kills the sheriff in the same exact way! Yep, he's gotta be the phoenix.

Interesting scene between Cas and Rachel. She asks him about his dirty little secret and he insists he needs to defeat Raphael. He says he has no choice and she tries to stab him. They fight and he ends up stabbing and killing her. Wow. And he then says "I'm sorry." Yeah, I think we can tell how deeply Cas is getting into this whole war. But we still don't know that much about Rachel...

Cas had been stabbed in the fight and he suddenly winds up at Bobby's again. He paints a sigil on the wall as warning against angels. Bobby wants to know what is going on but Cas just grabs him.

Heh, scene with Dean in the saloon is funny. He says to Elkins "I look good" and asks where the posse is. They find out that the sheriff is dead and Elkins takes his badge and makes Dean the sheriff!

Personal squee... Samuel Colt is left-handed!! :D Uh oh, looks like demons are coming after him and he insists he's hung it up. He's through hunting? The demons want to know where the devil's gate is but he shoots them.

Heh, Dean summons the other guy who hanged Finch with "candygram". Tells him that Finch is after him too and Dean would like to use him as bait.

Aww, Puppy Sam visits Samuel Colt. Whoa, he tells him his real name and that he's a hunter from the year 2011. Well I guess there's no harm in doing so at that point in time. Samuel wants him to prove it so Sam shows him his iPhone. Samuel doesn't bat an eyelash, interestingly. Sam tells him that he shoots a phoenix in 3 hours, and Mr. Colt doesn't believe him until Sam shows him his journal. He tries to get him to come with them to shoot it and says he's a hero to them. Mr. Colt lies and says he lost the gun but our Sammy is too smart for that - he knows he just shot two demons with it. But Mr. Colt says the gun is like a curse and he's done. Sam can't believe it and asks if all he's done now means nothing. He asks him to give him the gun.

Back in today-land, Cas tells Bobby he was betrayed and Raphael had turned Rachel. Hmm, I wonder if he is telling the absolute truth here. It's kind of hard for me to tell again since we really didn't know too much about Rachel. He tells Bobby he killed her. Bobby says they only have about an hour to go to "retrieve the kids at Frontierland." Hee. :) But Cas says he can't because he's too drained from the fight with Rachel. He says there's a way, but he'd need Bobby's soul. Oh noes. He needs to touch it because they have great energy, but it's like touching a nuclear reactor and Bobby could explode. Oh crap. But Bobby wants to do it anyway. Aw. Shows just how much he cares for the boys.

So the other guy (sheriff #2?) is kept in a jail cell by Dean. Dean wants to know why Finch is after him when the man in question shows up. Yeah I think it's pretty obvious he is the phoenix here. He can't touch iron. He then tells them why he's out for revenge like this. Apparently he was married, they lived outside of town and didn't bother anyone but someone killed his wife and I guess that someone was sheriff #2? Dean's gotta kill Finch, but he kills sheriff #2 first. Dean runs away as Finch shoots at him and then we end up near the starting point of the ep.

Sam returns with the Colt! Dean and Finch have their high noon standoff. Dean shoots him with the Colt, and he burns and disintegrates. Dean: "Yippee-Ki-Ay, mother-" But they run for the ashes as they know Cas is sending them back.

Oh noes, Cas has brought them back before they get to collect the ashes! At first I thought it was kinda anti-climatic, but then I realized it would have been too easy.

Cas never wants to do this again and Bobby looks pretty beat as well. Oh, that reminds me, I love how he says he couldn't strand those idjits in DEADWOOD!! :D

Sam gets a special delivery! Aw... it's from Samuel Colt! I'm guessing this is another nod to Back to the Future 3? I love how Sammy gets all excited and just shuts the door on the delivery guy. Lol. Mr. Colt returns Sam's beat up iPhone to him but also something that will come in handy for them - the ashes!

Bobby's glad he didn't have a "soul-onoscopy" for nothing. Ha...

Dean's all happy and goes "You know what this means?" as he sticks his cowboy hat back on.

Okay, as I said in the beginning that I enjoyed this overall. It was awesome to see the boys back in the old west, in their old west garb. And even though they weren't working together most of the time (Dean dealing with Finch and Sam trying to convince Samuel Colt to help them), there was still plenty of the brotherly banter, which I really enjoyed. It was really missing in the first half of this season, so it's great to see it back. I also loved the little nods to Back to the Future 3, Disneyland (sorta), and the in-joke for Jim Beaver with the Deadwood mention. Also enjoyed Fanboi!Dean, Sam's reluctance to get into the whole old west act and the sight of him riding a horse.

I'm thinking though that the whole thing with them getting the phoenix ashes at the end is still a little too easy. I'm thinking maybe they won't end up working for some reason. But who knows, I guess we will see. I still can't figure Cas out much either. I think we saw too little of Rachel to see what she was all about. She was pretty bitchy to the boys, and even though Cas said Raphael had influenced her I wonder how much of that was true. We are getting a glimpse at how much is at stake for him in this war - how involved he is... but just a tiny glimpse. I'm sure we'll learn a lot more in the remaining eps.

So all in all I enjoyed this one. Although during this season it seems whenever I enjoy an ep everyone else hates it LOL. ;)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on April 23rd, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
Awwww....the brother banter is back! Yahoooo!

Dean went shopping for Sammy! He knew all the sizes! He chose an outfit out for him. *LOVE IT!!!*

So, sooo glad that the brothers are back!

PS)Loved Cas' line: "Is it customary to wear a blanket?" HA!
jessm78jessm78 on April 23rd, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
So glad to see the return of the brotherly banter!!

Hee! YES!! He was in total big brother mode again and I loved it!

LOL, that line of Cas' had me rolling, too.
Paigekate_mct on April 23rd, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
How could anyone hate this episode?! I thought it was the total bomb! All the BTTF and Star Trek references, the whole Wild West thing! This was a great episode, I do agree with the whole phoenix thing being too easy, but it was a handy reference to BTTF II and III. Totally worth the hype and anticipation IMO.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on April 23rd, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Yes, this episode did not let me down at all! I really enjoyed it, especially all the references. It was well worth waiting for :D
i dream of colors that have never been seenetoile444 on April 23rd, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
I pretty much felt as you did! I really enjoyed it. Cas' role has left me with even more questions. I wonder why he really needed to touch Bobby's soul?

I was so happy they got the ashes in the end, but I also wonder what will really work in the end to defeat Eve.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on April 23rd, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
Awesome! Yeah, I really have more questions about Cas now. That's a good question, I remember him probing that boy's soul back in The Third Man, and feeling around for Sam's soul (and discovering it missing) in Family Matters. But the fact that he apparently needs to touch a soul to gain power is a new one to me.

Me too, I'm thinking either it won't work or they'll need something else in addition to the ashes to defeat her. I can't wait to see how it will play out.
Wynefredwynefred on April 23rd, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
How can you possibly think so clearly this soon after the episode? I'm all ajumble with giddy emotion right now. I noticed Dean's bouncy kid-in-a-candy-store reaction to Elkins book. Made me laugh. And the saloon girl! lol! Everything about this episode made me extremely happy. Everything.
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam says jessm78 on April 23rd, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
LOL! Don't ask! I can't quite understand it myself :D I was the same way after the s4 finale, so giddy about how it ended with the boys back together I didn't think I'd be coherent enough to do a review. I was actually taking notes as I was watching although they're mostly jumbled... I had to put them in order during the commercial breaks.

This ep was total WIN.
Wynefredwynefred on April 23rd, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
I used to take notes on my shows back when I did regular episode reviews (not for SPN... another show). I don't do that for SPN. I just enjoy the experience. Of course, once the episode ends I've forgotten half of what I thought as I was watching it. Heh.

Total WIN! Very well done. Yay, Show! You could tell the boys had fun with this one.
Amy: SPN - Sam - Cowboyames1010 on April 23rd, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
Soul-onoscopy was a brilliant phrase. :D

I really liked it, too!!!
The Sarcastic Kitty: Legolasoresteia on April 23rd, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
I see die hard reference. always epic.
Alex: SPN obsessiondragonlit on April 23rd, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
Great summary of the episode. I loved it. The banter was so good to see and all the references,nods to BTTF, Star Trek IV, Deadwood, and all the others was so fun. I love Dean being all Dean again and Sam now back to being the 'moral compass'. :D Cas it seems does have lots that he is still hiding but I'm thinking this was a glimpse into what the value of the souls are, the energy that the angels can tap. I'm sure that's not all of the answer to the soul question but it's a start. And awww! Bobby willing to take the chance and sacrifice himself for the boys.

Fantastic episode.
elephant_0wlkelbub on April 23rd, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it over all, but I'm one of those people who've been dying to see a Western ep since the first season, and so I've been fantasizing (sp?) about this for a long time and kinda already made up in my mind what I wanted to see. This wasn't entirely it to be truthful.

First of all I would've wanted them to shoot the episode at Universal studios at the Western lot there so that the location would look more authentic. (I know this isn't anything they could do since - hello Universal - but also because of the financial reasons.) Then I would've wanted to see both boys on horses and riding through the desert. I did love Sam on that horse though. ;)

I was a little bit sad that the plot of the western ep was to retrieve the ashes of the phoenix. I really wanted the western episode to be like the movie westerns - posses, bank robberies, riding through the desert, run-ins with native americans, Sam and Dean on the run from the law etc and a new gig for the boys (a new monster of the week and not a revisit to an old ep, with the devil's gate reference for example.)

Still, I think they did wonderfully with what they have - with filming in Vancouver, tight schedule, the tight budget etc. I did like the same things you did. The brotherly banter, Sam's bitchface and of course the Western stuff. :)

Oh, and Sheriff #2 is the Deputy. ;)

Thanks for your review. It was interesting!
CaptainLon: Sam & Horse || SPNcaptainlon on April 23rd, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Puppy on horse was so cute! He dwarfs even horses hahaha. Adorable XD He was such a cutie in this episode! Well they both were! And that scene when Dean found Colt's book? They both fanboys over it? awwwww

Cas could go burn though. Episode would've been perfect without those scenes and introducting a character just to kill her off in the same episode? Okay then.

I did hate that they can't keep the timeline straight when they choosed to make that year jump though. It's 2012 for them then! Stupid Sera -_-'
jessm78: Supernatural: Adorable Sam from Bendersjessm78 on April 23rd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, he was adorable!! (and your icon is adorable!) They were both such cuties and I can't wait to make the Puppy picspam for this one. I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with it!

I really don't know what to think about Cas now. I couldn't understand why they had Rachel and he killed her off so soon. To show how crazy he is in this war maybe? It seemed a little pointless to me...

OMG yes! That timeline thing is driving me nuts too. There was an earlier episode as well where Dean had a receipt from a bar I think and it had "2010" on it. Maybe it was the season premiere? And I've seen them looking at current newspapers with the current year. Wouldn't it be 2012 instead of 2011? I can't believe that all this time SPN has been 1 year behind (so the pilot starts in 2004 instead of 2005? No way). Geez, Sera... lol
anastdean: picJensen MBVanastdean on April 23rd, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I don't hate it. This season is different but I love that about the show. I actually love this season.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on April 23rd, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I agree with you hon. It is quite different but I'm still enjoying it. :)
Kristin: Jared » TCA '07kristypadalecki on April 23rd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
I really loved this episode and agree with your feelings about. Jared in a cowboy hat and riding a horse has still got my squeeing! <333 I'm so glad to see the brotherly banter back as well. :D
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on April 24th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanx for the review, it was a great ep but I'm really starting to think Cas is up to something...
jenni_fromtexas: Sam & Deanjenni_fromtexas on April 24th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Really freaking fantastic episode! SQUEEEE! I loved everything about it. Great lines, great pop culture references. The brotherly love was back in a big way. I actually liked the ending, too, though I understand you felt it was too easy. I adored the Back to the Future nod. :)
jessm78jessm78 on April 24th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
It was an amazing episode!! Oh no, I definitely loved the Back to the Future nod. :) I'm just thinking it might not be that easy for them to defeat the Mother of All with those phoenix feathers (though it would be nice if that was all it took). Maybe they'll need something else with that? I guess we'll see! But I did love this episode to pieces. :D