While searching for a way to defeat Eve, Dean stumbles upon Samuel Colt’s journal in the Campbell library. Realizing Samuel might have the answer to their problems, Sam and Dean ask Castiel to send them back in time so they can meet the man himself. While Sam is a bit reluctant to time travel, Dean is beside himself with excitement to return to the Wild, Wild West. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin with story by Andrew Dabb, Daniel Loflin & Jackson Stewar.
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
~ Inscription on John Wayne’s tombstone
That? Was awesome.
Completely awesome. Plotholes, schmlotholes. I don’t even care anymore. *laugh* I had FUN tonight, ya’ll! FUN!!
Okay, I’m just gonna dig in because there was so much that I loved about this particular episode I’ll just ramble on and insert the random thoughts that occurred to me when they occurred/occur rather than grouping them at the beginning. And before any of you who weren’t totally in love with this one grit your teeth too much at me, I promise to try to not give you Pollyanna-induced cavities, ‘cause there are some thoughts that have me tilting my head a bit and also a might worried about our heroes—the lot of them.
*takes deep breath*
We start with our standard THEN, giving us a flash back to AHBL I/II and the massive, railroad Devil’s Trap built around the Devil’s Gate in Wyoming all constructed by one Mr. Samuel Colt. In case anyone forgot. Then we get a flash of Time Travel via Angel Transport followed by a reminder of the Mother of All and her myriad of monsters and dead people. All caught up? Good.
NOW starts in Sunrise, WY. It’s a classic western camera shot of a classic western town as viewed from the vantage point of a gallows pole. Which, come to think of it, would have been a cool title for this episode—if they were still going with the classic rock-inspired titles like in seasons past. But it’s okay. They tied the title of “Frontierland” in cleverly anyway.
It’s what my family—who are all suckers for Westerns (movies and TV shows)—calls a “hide and watch” scene, taken from the line in Silverado when (bad) Sheriff Cobb advises an onlooker to hide and watch before the big shoot-out at the end. Dean steps out into the street wearing a kick-ass duster, black vest, perfectly tipped-down brown hat (with a nice hat band). The Bad Guy, dressed similarly but all in black, also steps out.
And if you read my fic, you might know I have a tiny selfish reason for being utterly giddy about this episode. Those of you who read Heroes for Ghosts, Dean looked EXACTLY as I pictured him (except that in my story, he was wearing all black like the bad guy in this episode). And I don’t think I have to tell you how happy that made me. Hee.
They each flick back their dusters, clearing their gun holsters. The camera flashes to their eyes (and OMG…Dean just…seriously), then their hands—fingers curling, flexing, shaking loose, ready to draw. Dean’s eyes flick up to the big clock which is nearly at high noon. The clock ticks to noon, the camera pulls up, both men draw and fire, and the screen goes black.
I had a momentary flash to the Han v Greedo, who shot first debate. I know. I’m a total geek. I don’t deny it.
We shift immediately to a Bonanzaesque beginning with an old school map of Wyoming lit on fire in the middle and burning outward with spaghetti-western-type music playing the theme. Awesome.
Next thing you know, we’re at the Campbell compound thingy and it’s 48 hours earlier (and 150 years later). The boys and Bobby are inside looking for something, Sam muttering that he knows it’s around here somewhere. He makes them help him move a table and finds a hole in the floor, pulling up a trap door and revealing a hidden room: The Campbell Family Library.
*head tilt moment*
So…Sam was able to remember the location of the Campbell Family Library without ramification? I don’t think I truly understand the limitations of the wall. Because I suppose he did remember enough about hunting with Gramps—he said as much in ATTWN. I guess I was just thinking that Dean would strenuously object to him remembering anything. Still, they needed access to that library, so, I’m glad he wasn’t a quivering mass of goo as a result of this recollection.
They climb down and shine their lights around. One wall is papered with lots and lots of pics of (I’m guessing) relatives from way back. Mostly, though, the room is just covered with books. Books and books and then more books. Bobby tells them to look for “anything that will put a run in the Octomom’s stockings.”
So…they search through the books. And search, and search, and search s’more.
They gather around a table, looking at several books that caught Bobby’s eye.
Bobby: Either of you jokers ever heard anything about a Phoenix?
Sam shakes his head.
Dean: River, Joaquin, or the giant flaming bird?
Sam looks at his brother with a totally cute grin. The kind you give your hero. I loved it. I loved them being brothers again in this.
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