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Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“Fresh Blood”)

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The episode was good. Finally Gordon (Sterling K. Brown) is dead, and this within a pretty interesting plot. I wondered when the writers went back to the vampires, and made a confused new vampire out of the story. That’s why I liked the beginning, when Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) were dealing with the young woman (Mercedes McNab), who didn’t even know she was a vampire. Interesting scene, and some good emotions in it. But how would the story have looked like, if it was part of a bigger episode, and not just part of the first act?

Gordon still remained a pretty shitty character. I don’t even know why he still believed that Sam is one of the very evil guys, and I couldn’t buy his obsession of killing him. Gordon hunts (or hunted) evil things, and yet he believed one of them, when it was telling him that Sam was pure evil. I still miss the logic here, but that was already mentioned somewhere in the second season. What a shame that the writers haven’t brought up a sincere motive yet. Though I can live it it now, since Sam killed Gordon in a very neat way.

The rest of the story was okay. Is Dixon (Matthew Humphreys) still alive? He was an interesting character, and I wouldn’t mind to see him again causing some trouble. Or be a different kind of evil monster, since he spilled out his feelings in front of Sam and Dean. First I was thinking that Dixon’s back story goes back to the “Dead Man’s Blood” episode in the first season, revealing that his “family” was not killed by Gordon, but in fact by Sam and Dean, making Dixon’s story even more tragic (that he was wrong about who killed his daughter, and eventually helped her killers). Unfortunately that wasn’t part of the story and some drama got lost here. But I loved the scene with the tragic Dixon, wanting to be killed by the brothers, ready to leave this world because of his foolish mistake.

Only Bela (Lauren Cohan) came short. For those three short scenes they have written her into the episode? What a waste of time. Obviously the writers haven’t given up on her yet, which seems alright, but as long as Bela stays that uninteresting and doesn’t develop, I wouldn’t mind when she gets killed by a demon real soon.

The conflict between the brothers was good. Finally Sam says what’s on his mind, and finally Dean is listening for once. The last scene was cool. That’s brotherly love by definition of SUPERNATURAL. Here you could see that Jared and Jensen are BFFs. 7/10

Damn, Harmony can't stop being a vampire

Gordon is ready to be a villain

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November 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“Red Sky at Morning”)

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This was obviously supposed to be another comedy episode. Now I believe that the writers are overdoing this a bit one, because it didn’t fit this time. A story involving a Flying Dutchman, Bela (Lauren Cohan), and at the end this comes from it. Not really exciting, not much developing, not really entertaining.

But I was sooo expecting that the story arc of this season is coming to a halt. I mean, what actually happened, after Sam (Jared Padalecki) killed the crossroads demon? He and Dean (Jensen Ackles) had an argument. That’s it. An argument as a result of a demon killing is a bit off for my taste. There could have been something bigger, something more dangerous, something more deadly. After all, Sam just killed an ambassador of Hell, I’d figure somebody would be pissed by now. Maybe that story is still coming, but I hate it, when the consequences don’t come right after the deed.

The story itself was lame. Some people see a ghost ship, and soon after they’re dead. The ghost’s motive was interesting though, and it shined a bit of light on Bela’s character, but now I ask myself if the writers actually planned to bring her back more often. Lauren Cohan appeared within the main credits, her character got some development, and this after two episodes? That means something is probably happen this season. Though it’s obvious that the writers and producers still didn’t know what to do with their female characters. Which also means that I shouldn’t expect for Bela to return in almost every episode. Ruby, whom I’ve thought she would appear in a much bigger role, is basically gone at this time, and Bela doesn’t feel like a character, which is supposed to be an ally for the brothers.

The museum party was great though. I loved Sam with Ms. Case (Ellen Geer), and I liked that there was some chemistry between Dean and Bela, and i was waiting for a little hook-up in this episode. In addition, the security in the museum was super lame. Not even the one security guy figured out that he’s being punk’d, after “seeing” Bela in the middle of a sex session, and Dean outside the room. Stupid, dumb security guards, and this when you have something valuable in your locker. He didn’t do a very good job. Donald Trump would say “You’re fired”… 5/10

Ey dude, where's my car?

Creepy wet spirit is wet

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“Bedtime Stories”)

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What a crappy episode. Though it was to be expected that fairy tales would be part of an episode, I hated the story. Just because no one wanted to listen to Callie (Tracy SpiridakosAva Hughes), she started murdering people to make herself visible as a Grimm fan? Sorry, but that was ludicrous. Only the last five minutes could save the episode somewhat, but the rest of the season can’t always live with those five minutes, when the 34 minutes before were such a bore.

Nope, I didn’t like the story at all. The murders were totally random, and the reason why Callie started to kill seemed random too. There she is, basically dead in her hospital bed, listening to Grimm fairy tales for years and years, and suddenly she decides to kill people? And why would Dr. Garrison (Christopher Cousins) actually read her fairy tales, when she has clearly grown? When I would read something to a comatose girl, who now looks like a woman, I would try it with different stories. Like the daily news. In addition, I don’t know why all the wires (the ones, which keep Callie alive) were missing. She was just lying there in bed, looking like as if she was asleep. Sure, it was to remind on Snow White, and how she was Mischa Barton’d by her stepmother (loved the SIXTH SENSE reference), but it didn’t make sense at all.

I don’t even know what to write about the episode anymore, when I couldn’t even make sense of its logic. So, the seven minutes of ongoing storyline remains. Why weren’t Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) thinking before that the deal wasn’t just made with the crossroads demon. Especially now that Dean knows Lucifer exists, they clearly could have talked about the issue that you don’t sell your soul at the crossroad, but to the devil himself. So, that seemed illogical too. Even I was thinking back in the “Crossroad Blues” episode that the people were making the deal with the devil, and not just with that hot chick. But until now, the brothers didn’t come to that conclusion? Mysterious. It was nice though that Sam’s demon mentioned Ruby, and how she becomes a pain in the ass for the demons – could be interesting in the future. That also means that Ruby has quite a John McClane past in Hell (probably), and made herself enemies before the devil’s gate was opened. Hopefully the back story stays that way. Another surprising thing was the cold-hearted kill. It’s about time that Sam shows some kick-ass moves. I got tired listening to his questions and doubts. I like him now.

Interesting fun fact: When Sam was killing the Crossroads demon (Sandra McCoy), I was just thinking about the fact that Jared broke up with Sandra later. It’s like he killed his long-time girlfriend on-screen for real. Okay, maybe not really a fun fact, but it’s fun anyway. 4/10

Snow White kind of kills everybody

Jared just shot his girlfriend!

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“Sin City”)

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The episode was alright. It’s great how SUPERNATURAL developed during the seasons, and became more grown up, after the devil’s gate was opened. Now there is this supposed war in the minds of our characters, and Dean going to hell, and Ruby playing her (mind) games, hundreds of demons walking through the streets, and then there’s Sam and the question, if he’s transforming into … whatever the evil want to see in him.

The first half of the episode was boring though. But when Casey (Sasha Barrese) started to talk, it got interesting. There’s a back story to the devil’s army now, there’s a story of demons fighting for the crown, there’s a back story of Sam supposed to be their leader. I got goosebumps when I heard that, though I don’t know if I should take it serious. Bobby (Jim Beaver) said to Dean (Jensen Ackles) at the end that demons lie, and I asked myself too, why Casey volunteered to be an open book for Dean. Sure, a lot of it makes sense, and it answers the question why the demons haven’t started the much talked-about war yet, but Sam being the leader of the demons, even after the events in the first “All Hell Breaks Loose”? It seemed like a bunch of demons, including yellow-eyes, were believing in Sam for him to be the leader, but the competition was running for like five months or so, and Sam was just there for a couple of days. And died at the end. And I can’t imagine that Sam would have been the great leader, if he had succeeded in killing Jake back then. So, either there’s a lot missing I haven’t heard yet, or Casey was lying like a bitch.

Anyway, I still liked the conversation between Casey and Dean. Literally the highlight of the episode, and not even Ruby(‘s games) (Katie Cassidy) could save the “alright” rating. I hate it, when writers don’t bring answers at the beginning of the story, and let Ruby shine as the mysterious demon with her own plan and agenda. I could think of some reasons, why she would help out Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (she probably wants to lure Sam to the dark side, with Dean’s fate being perfectly planned), but this whole “I have my reasons” bullshit is totally annoying. It annoyed the fuck out of me in LOST, and it does annoy me here. I’d wish for TV writers to not use that device, when they don’t have to. And here, they don’t have to.

By the way: Did the writers really use the term “corruption” for the reason of the deaths of the people? Kinda lame. You could have the same story set in Las Vegas, without the supernatural crap. 6/10

It's so easy to kill demons nowadays

But when the demon is a hottie, easy is not so easy anymore

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“Bad Day at Black Rock”)

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Hilarious episode. I never knew that such a stupid thing like a rabbit’s foot can bring funny scenes like this. Sam (Jared Padalecki) in damn bad luck, and I was rolling on the floor, laughing my goddamn arsehole off. It’s nice that this show has a comedy episode every now and then. Especially when it surprises me with great comedy timing of the actors. Jared Padalecki was great than never in this episode. His line “I lost my show”, together with his expression was gold! This guy actually has a great comedy timing.

But that wasn’t the only hilarious thing. Dean (Jensen Ackles) dropping off Sam in a hotel room, like he is an autistic child left to be alone – hilarious! How Sam started to burn all of a sudden – hilarious, especially with those two idiots in front of the window, watching it all. Sam wounding his knees, because he slipped and fell – hilarious, like a six-year-old child, who couldn’t cry. There were some great ideas here, and the episode looked like the inverted version of FINAL DESTINATION. In fact, when one of the two thieves died in his kitchen, I was thinking about this episode being a little FINAL DESTINATION ripoff, but it never came to that. Luckily it didn’t, because what would the episode have been, if it wouldn’t be a comedy? You basically couldn’t even take the rabbit’s foot seriously, so it was a good choice to persiflage it a bit.

Unfortunately, Gordon’s (Sterling K. Brown) involvement was lame. Sure, the episode should be standing for something and fire up a new storyline, but Gordon? This guy should stay in jail, where he belongs. I don’t wanna see him out of prison and go on a stupid rage, just because he doesn’t like Sam, and can’t see the truth behind his lies. Well… I hope there’s not gonna be a big focus on this story, and Gordon gets eaten by demons real fast.

I liked Bela (Lauren Cohan) though. She had something, and I can’t really describe what it is. She reminded me of the McDreamy character in TRANSFORMERS 3 – even in the evil world, somebody uses the knowledge to profit from it. I wouldn’t mind to see that plot continued, or to see Bela again. She kinda had chemistry with the boys, which reminded me of OUT OF SIGHT and the OCEAN’S (insert number between 11 and 13) movies. And any character named Bela Lugosi just has to return to this show. I was laughing when I heard the name… 8/10

Supernatural final destination

Sam clearly has a problem here

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November 21, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“The Kids are Alright”)

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Introducing: the Changeling demons, who suck on kids’ moms. Creepy episode, which I pleasantly liked. And finally this episode was a rather bright one, considering that most parts of it was set in daylight. That’s like a novelty in SUPERNATURAL history so far.

I was surprised myself that I liked this episode. When I think about it, it was pretty clever to connect three storylines here. First, the whole thing with the Changelings, led by Katie’s mom (Kathleen Munroe) and her very, very creepy daughter (Margot Berner) (some great scenes were hidden there, and I wanted to see a whole movie of it), the situation between Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Lisa (Cindy Sampson), which reminded me of the other two or three one-shot relationships he had during the first two seasons (why am I remembering that ghost truck episode for the most part here?), and finally Sam (Jared Padalecki) and the story of the deaths of Mary’s friends. Again, Katie Cassidy didn’t get a name (though I know her name here, but it’s interesting how she wasn’t given one in the second episode she appeared), but she gets a status. It was really interesting to see that she is a demon, and maybe even one of the demons, who escaped from hell. With her comes a nice background story, which continues to ask the question, why Mary knew the yellow-eyed demon in the flashback of “All Hell Breaks Loose”. I wondered already back then, if this story is going to picked up again, and now it seems to be part of a bigger story this season – very neat.

The Changelings story would have been more worked on though. I found it lame that the children were kept alive, but at least there was a proper explanation for it. Here I asked myself if there are adult Changelings too, who mostly suck on kids, which would also be creepy. Just think about a SUPERNATURAL episode, where a parent sucks on its kids neck during the night. Maybe the writers should do such an episode. Or maybe the writers of the animated series should write a second season and some storylines inverted from the original episodes. That would be cool.

Dean’s little background story with Lisa was okay. It was predictable though that Ben (Nicholas Elia) wasn’t his son, though there were some nice and funny scenes with the two. The kick-in-the-jewels scene was hilarious, the staring at the women at the birthday party was awesome, and the little hug was sweet too. Dean got some character moments here, and figuring that he’s going to die soon, he could really need some character development. And he finally likes kids. Yeah!

All in all: It could be one of my favorite season three episodes already. Or the writers finally manage to bring some awesomeness into the monster-of-the-week episodes. Which would be really cool. So I don’t have to think about wasted ideas all the time. 8/10

Dean once said he hates kids...

Holy shit, there's a kiddie demon in the back seat

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November 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“The Magnificent Seven”, Season Premiere)

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Well, it looked like a solid season premiere, but it wasn’t. The seven deadly sins escaped from Hell, are supposed to be those big ass demons from the dak ages, and Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) managed to trap them and kill them (okay, with a little bit of help) during one night? That seemed a bit … off. But maybe that’s just me.

I actually loved that the seven sins are existent as demons in the world of SUPERNATURAL. Only the writers didn’t make anything of it. Instead they were just carrying the names and somehow connected them to our main heroes, plus Tamara (Caroline Chikezie). But when you have seven deadly sins as demons, you better make a thriller out of it like David Fincher, or otherwise you have a complete bore on your hands. Especially when Dean mentioned SE7EN in one scene, cracked a joke, and reminded me even more that the seven deadly sins were literally nothing in this episode.

Tamara and Isaac (Peter Macon) were annoying as hell. First the couple, who behaved like they were the superior hunters, and then they were foolish enough to stumble into a demon bar (which was cool by itself, but experienced hunter not knowing they are in a demon bar – come on…). Meanwhile I never bought their love and affection (it rather felt fake and cold), and their past (the daughter’s death) could have been more worked on, to understand their rage and anger against the demons. And in the end, I so didn’t care about Isaac’s death, but here mostly because of the laughter from all the demons. That scene was so overdramatically over the top, I was spitting blood as well. That Tamara was so damn in rage because of Isaac’s death was another thing I was annoyed of. Since I couldn’t buy their marriage, I couldn’t buy that she was hurting. Sorry, but those two characters were crap.

Katie Cassidy was a nice surprise though. I knew she would be in this season a lot, but I didn’t expect she was a recurring. But for her to be more exciting, she should have gotten a proper introduction. Like a name. Like a status. I don’t even know if she is a demon, or just a far more superior hunter. And her super-knife stunt can be considered a deus ex machina, that’s for sure. I was expecting for Sam to kick some real ass, like Dean did with Lust (Katya Virshilas), but nothing happened. Instead Katie came in and sliced some throats. Yeah, whatever. But I’m happy for Katie to be in here. I love her. She was the only reason why I got through MELROSE PLACE.

All in all, a meh season premiere. And when I think that the writer’s strike killed Dean’s last year of living, I’m getting angry myself. But just a little bit. 6/10

The walking dead are finally dead

It's hot in cold waters for a demon

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2″, Season Finale)

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A satisfying season finale. It fires up a couple of storylines for the third season, it closes a couple of storylines of this season, it has a happy end, it has no cliffhanger… This season finale, compared to the last one, is more thought through, and it feels more clean. And more awesome because of it.

And it waited with a bunch of surprises. Dean (Jensen Ackles) makes a deal with the evil, so that Sam (Jared Padalecki) is resurrected. Sure, the writers needed a way of getting Sam back to the living, and the decision the writers made is pretty cool. Now the third season shines in a complete different light: With Dean’s death up ahead, there can be a lot of things done. Like Dean said, he has nothing to lose anymore, and I don’t believe that the devil will lose Dean on such dumb mistakes like knife or gunshot wounds or something like this. Dean dies in one year, not earlier and not later. So, basically Dean is everything but vulnerable for the third season, which could lead to some interesting episodes. Same goes with Sam, now that he knows Dean is going to die and has sold his soul for his little brother, there is a different kind of relationship between the two now. It’s not all about Dean saving, protecting and watching over Sam now, it’s now Sam finding a way to get Dean out of the contract, or to accept that his brother is going to die for him. Some interesting points there, and I hope they are gonna be chewed on in the third season. In all episodes, and not just the ones who are important for the bigger story arc.

The devil’s trap was a nice touch too. Suddenly there’s this whole background story, where one of the earlier hunters is involved now. I never knew (or figured out) that Sam Colt was such a demon hunter that he created a damn big devil’s trap, or a gateway to Hell. I wish for more earlier hunters to get some attention, just to show that it’s not just Sam and Dean and their friends hunting, but that there were hunters from the beginning of time until now. Similar to the Slayers in the Buffyverse in season 7. But somehow it looked way too easy for the yellow-eyed demon (Fredric Lehne) to convince somebody to open the gate. Was there no demon active, which could have convinced some random person to open the gate? Why was it necessary to have a (obviously months long) competition to find the one to open the gate? Sure, the demon said he needs a leader, but there’s still the question why he needs a leader. This is one of those storylines, where I wonder why the plan is so damn complicated, when it would be much easier to just brainwash a random dude and let him open the gate. And another thing: How is it possible for the (now escaped) demons from hell to break the seal from the inside, but not from the outside? Another question unanswered.

Anyway, before I ask any more questions, and this review becomes the seventh season of LOST: It was a good finale and I have nothing more to say. Except, more of Dean and Sam’s friends: Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Ellen (Samantha Ferris) still had almost nothing to do and were just standing around. They could kick some asses too, you know… 7.5/10

Crossroad demon makes a black-eyed face

Ellen has a gun at her head. Oh my

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1″)

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Why is this the first part of a two-parter, when this whole episode was basically the SUPERNATURAL version of PERSONS UNKNOWN (I still haven’t finished that show btw.)? Why was this episode so bad in preparing for the season finale, when almost nothing shown here was of importance? This episode was basically just a pick-up of all the special 23-year-olds out there, all in one little spooky town and in the middle of a competition. Because not even the yellow-eyed demon (Fredric Lehne) has something to do with all of this.

It really was a lame episode. Almost nothing happened. Except Ash’s (Chad Lindberg) death, which is batshit fucked-up, because I liked him. And there was Lily’s (Jessica Harmon) death, which was fucked-up too, because she was the one who had the most interesting characteristics of the five special kids. Not even Sam (Jared Padalecki) was able to be that interesting, and I’ve seen him for 43 episodes now. Lilly reminded me of Rogue (of X-Men fame, ladies and gents), and it wouldn’t hurt to have such a character as a recurring, especially with all the problems she had to deal with and she mentioned to Sam. But Ava (Katharine Isabelle) and Andy (Gabriel Tigerman)? Mostly annoying. I liked the twist that Ava was in this town for five months already, killing all the kids and expecting to win this competition. But soon after she plugged out this information, she got killed by Jake (Aldis Hodge) - seems like she wasn’t really careful and hasn’t learned anything in those five months. Then there’s Jake, who wasn’t much of an interesting character. And I don’t know if his minimalistic Hulk powers weren’t really supernatural. Who needs Hulk as a leader for an army, when you can have a whiny girl, who controls demons?

Anyway, the whole story in the town was mostly a waste of time. The story wasn’t developed, the thrill wasn’t there, and not even the yellow-eyed demon’s appearance could pick up my interest. In addition, I wonder why Ava and Andy’s powers developed over the months. She was all of a sudden able to control demons (that’s a totally different talent than her future visions), while he was able to send mind pictures across the country (which is almost similar, but I don’t dig that power). Meanwhile, Sam hasn’t developed at all, since he realized he had the visions. Somewhat is not right here…

Dean (Jensen Ackles) came too short this time. Just some headaches, the burned-down roadhouse, and a little road trip with Bobby (Jim Beaver) wasn’t enough. How many minutes screentime did the two have? Two, three? Well, at least the cliffhanger could save the episode a bit. Though it should be obvious that Sam will be saved. Like Dean was saved in the season premiere. 4/10

Creepy girl ghost with claws as fingers is creepy

Yellow-eyes is interested in Sam. And he's not gay

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“What Is and What Should Never Be”)

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Great episode, when thought of the rest of the season so far. A simple “what if” scenario, which wasn’t even a real one, thanks to the supernatural part, but I liked that it affected Dean (Jensen Ackles) so much that he wanted to stay. And it showed that the Djinn (Mackenzie Gray), as evil as he might be, gives you a happy (fake) life, before you die. He cares for his victims.

The story didn’t have much to offer though. Dean is all of a sudden in this perfect little world, where the word “perfect” is not written in capital letters. But for the Winchester family, it was a perfect world, and Dean found pleasure in it. Unfortunately, the whole mystery of how he got there and what the Djinn had to do with it was lame. Sure, it was part of the mystery, so that Dean and the viewers can investigate together what had happened, but I believe that the other story could have been a far superior one: What if Dean knew from the beginning that this life was not real, and he had to fight for almost the whole episode to a) get out of this fake life, b) to accept that it’s not real, and c) to fight his wishes to stay in this fake life. Those three aspects would have been much better, instead of 30 percent showing how mysterious, but awesome this life is, and the other 30 percent wasted with questions, while the rest is a mixture of real life, the Dean show, and the fight against the Djinn.

Yeah, this episode was pretty much a Dean show. I noticed for the last two seasons that Dean had a lot of Dean shows so far, and Sam barely got any moments to shine big as a character (which is probably better, because Jensen is the superior actor compared to Jared). In addition, it could have been a real Dean show here, with Carmen (Michelle Borth) being in the focus of the episode (or maybe even more focus on the Sam/Jessica engagement?) Mostly because of I’m starting to horribly dig Michelle Borth. Since COMBAT HOSPITAL is done, I’m seriously missing her on my screen, and her guest appearances in HAWAII FIVE-0 were just that. So, either COMBAT HOSPITAL needs to be renewed, or she has to star in another show. Or I’m starting to watch TELL ME YOU LOVE ME. Because that chick is easily becoming one of my favorite TV actresses at the moment.

All in all, another highlight of this second season. Two highlights in three episodes – as if the writers packed out all their guns for the last quarter of the second season. 8/10

This is a great world for Dean

But this is not a convincing world

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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