This is my first international ‘Ramble.’ I’m writing this from a hotel in Sydney, Australia while here working on a training session. Copious amounts of gratitude showered upon my good friend Tara for not only traveling up from Melbourne to hang out with me for one day but also bringing a copy of this episode with her for us to enjoy together. I’m posting this earlier than I anticipated, but apparently a wicked time change + insomnia = Ramble On.
While there have been better episodes – and worse episodes – I most certainly enjoyed this one. I have been well and truly entertained throughout this entire season, to be honest. Obviously, you all have seen this and have discussed it amongst yourselves, so this will be old news to many of you, but even so, I bring you my one-time-viewed, on-the-road recap/review. This “Ramblette” isn’t as detailed as I usually provide but I hope you enjoy and look forward to your thoughts.
When I was in high school, at the after-ballgame dances, there were three songs that could get every kid on the floor to ‘dance’ (even those of us who were sadly born sans rhythm): Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler,” and AC/DC’s “Shook Me All Night Long.”
Now, however, “Shook Me All Night Long” will forever hold a different memory for me. *sighs happily* I have some specific story reactions and plot observations, but right now, from this tired mind, this episode will be The One With Shirtless Dean, and as I reflect back on the season…I’m pretty okay with that.
The THEN pretty much (IMO) gave away the whole “what lesson did we learn today, kids” ending of this episode when they brought up the Amy situation. And I have some thoughts about that when we get to the end. The thing I found the most interesting, though, is how much they focused on Bobby’s demise in the THEN. Our musings that the Mystery of the Disappearing Beer last episode could possibly be Bobby’s spirit watching out for the boys was, for me, all-but solidified with the way they set up this episode, reminding us that Bobby had to make a choice to ‘stay or go.’ I think they’re telling us that Bobby’s spirit stuck around to watch out for the boys – tied perhaps to his flask that Dean can’t bear to part with.
Works for me – Mary’s spirit stuck with the house, right? And I like the idea of the boys having that “crazy, drunk genius” watching out for them. Plus, since we found out from Sam during an argument that they cremated Bobby’s remains, I feel oddly reassured that if they have to “deal” with his spirit down the road it could be done so in a peaceful way (like John going to the light, or the spirit in “Roadkill,” for example).
The opening of the episode set up the MotW aspect with a decent level of gore. A man (who looked like he could have been James VanDerbeek’s stunt double) hanging out in his modern, nicely-appointed living room, working on his laptop. He hears a sound, thinks it’s his wife or something equally as innocuous and unthreatening, but this is Supernatural ya’ll. Every sound is threatening.
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