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Stream of Consciousness, Episode 6.18

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"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.

Moving on.

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.

Bobby: Bingo!

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.

I just want to put it out there, though, that somewhere in the last four episodes, I’m waiting for that moment of heart-wrenching angst when memories surface. And not just Sam’s memories of Hell. I’m talking memories from each brother about what happened between them at the beginning of this season. Dean may act as though nothing else matters, now that Sam is Sam again, but those memories aren’t erased. Sam may have a protective wall and a code of silence protecting him from remembering, but Dean doesn’t. And I’m just wondering what in the next four episodes is going to trigger that pain for both of them.

And I hope hope hope that The Powers That Be use it to draw the brothers together rather than once more tear them apart. Because right now? They’re totally together and it rocks. But we can’t just rock in blissful brotherly love through the end of this season without completely wrecking any kind of semblance of story flow. If those memories and/or experiences we all had to survive in the first 12 episodes aren’t addressed in some way, the story arch will be a…ball of string, not a tightly woven cord.

Anyway.

Bobby, reading from one of the books, says that ashes from a Phoenix can burn the Mother.

Dean: Great! Where do we get one?

Confess—how many of you said, Dumbledor’s office? No? Just me, then? Okay.

Bobby (baffled): I thought it was a myth!

So, they head back to the books, books, and more books looking for something on a Phoenix. Dean is reading something and behaving like he’s having entirely too much fun with it for it to be productive. He glances up once or twice to check on Sam and Bobby, looking like a kid with a comic stuffed inside his History book.

Soon, however, he lifts his hand in discovery, rotating on his heel and turning toward the table Sam and Bobby are sitting at with a, “Guys. Guys guys guys guys…check this out!”

Reading from the book in his hands, Dean sinks onto a chair.

“March 5th, 1861. Sunrise, WY. Gun killed a Phoenix today and left a pile of smoldering ash.”

Dean looks up at them, his expression of triumphant discovery utterly priceless.

Sam: Whose gun?

Dean: Colt’s. THE Colt.

He turns the leather-bound book around to face Sam and shows him the Devil’s Trap on the cover. And in that moment, Sam and Dean turn into total kids on Christmas.

Sam: What?! That’s his! Dude. No.

Dean (grinning): Dude. Yes.

So. Cute.

Sam: Lemme see it!

Dean (pulling it away): No.

He tells them that there’s no info on what the Phoenix looked like or where/how Colt found it.

Dean (with an excited gleam in his eye): I know where we can find one! March 5th, 1861. Sunrise, WY. We’ll Star Trek IV this bitch!

Sam looks at Bobby and lifts a shoulder in a clueless shrug.

Bobby: I only watch Deep Space 9.

Dean (rolling his head, and eyes, in exasperation): Star Trek IV. Save the whales!

Sam gives him a totally blank look. I, meanwhile, am grinning like a fool.

Dean: We jump back in time, hook up with Samuel Colt, hunt the Phoenix, haul the ashes back home.

He sits back, satisfied. Done and done.

Bobby (incredulously): Time travel? That’s a reasonable plan?

Dean: I got a guy who can swing it.

Dean stands, bowing his head, and prays to Castiel. “Castiel! The, uh, fate of the world’s in the balance. So…c’mon down here.” *peek* “C’mon, Cas! I-Dream-of-Jeanie your ass down here, pronto. Please.”

With the tale-tell sound of fluttering of wings we’ve learned heralds an angels arrival, a woman appears. Blonde, almost regal looking. She actually looked rather angelic, I thought. Gentle, aloof, and then incredibly powerful all in a glance. Well, done, Show.

Dean: Jeanie?

Woman: Rachel. I understand you need some assistance?

Dean (with a semi-tolerant smile): We need to talk to the big Kahuna.

Sam: Where’s Cas?

Rachel: Busy.

Dean: Busy?

Rachel (looking increasingly perturbed): Yes.

Dean: We got a line on the Mother of Freakin’ Everythi—

Rachel: I’m sure your issue is very important.

Dean stops talking with his lips pursed around the last word he tried to say and is looking at her as though he’d like nothing better than to smite her himself.

Rachel: But Castiel is commanding an army, so—

Dean: So we get stuck with Ms. Moneypenny.

Rachel: So you need to learn your place.

Grrrr. I get my hackles up when people start talking about “place.”

Dean: I don’t know who you think you are—

Rachel: I’m his friend.

Sam: And you think we’re not?

Rachel: I think you call him when you need something. He’s fighting a war.

Sam: We know.

Rachel: Clearly you don’t or you wouldn’t call him every time you stub your toe, you petty, entitled little—

Cas (suddenly and quietly appearing): Rachel.

Dead silence. Castiel’s voice can do that to a room. It’s, uh, kinda cool. *grins*

Cas: That’s enough.

Okay, so, I need to go random here a bit. Rachel has a point—they do only call Cas when they need him. But I would argue two points here. One, they know he’s fighting a war and is therefore critically busy, so why would they bother him for anything other than something they couldn’t do without him? Why call him if they didn’t need him? Wouldn’t he be a little more peeved if they called just to share a beer and shoot the breeze? So, I think that by calling him only when they need something, they’re actually respecting the fact that they have no idea what kind of pressure he’s under.

Which brings me to point two—Cas hasn’t told them anything other than Heaven’s in the middle of a Civil War. And as we’ve learned from this week and last week, Cas is up to his eyeballs in alligators. There is so much more going on than “just” a Civil War, but he hasn’t told them anything. They can’t see it, can’t hear it, can’t feel it. The only evidence they have that it’s even actually happening is the random visits from their friend and his compatriots…or enemies.

So, while Rachel had a point, it was totally unfair and out of context. And Cas knows this. Perhaps the “good” angels who know he has this connection with Sam and Dean don’t know how in the dark he’s kept them. Maybe that’s why Rachel was so bitter. But you know what? Doesn’t matter, because the same is true of Cas. He also tends to pop in unannounced and wreak havoc on their lives with Heavenly missions. It’s a two-way street, Rachel. *huffs*

Rachel (to Cas): I told you I’d take care of this.

Cas: You can go.

Rachel (incredulous): You’re staying?

Insert silent conversation between the angels that jacks up the tension in the room tenfold.

Cas: Go! I’ll come when I can.

Rachel leaves, and Dean turns to Cas, asking if she’s a friend of his.

Cas: She’s my Lieutenant. She’s committed to the cause.

Hmmmm. Something tells me that “the cause” has spilled over from just keeping Raphael from re-instigating the Apocalypse. Not to sound bitter, because I’m not, but it kinda mirrors the idea that this Season would be more intimate. I mean, it may have started out with a goal to go smaller, but from Angelic Civil Wars and a missing God, to Alpha Monsters and Purgatory, to The Mother of All, to the currency of human souls, to a soulless brother…well, it’s spilled over the nice neat edges of intimate a bit. Is that art imitating life? *shrugs*

 Back at Bobby’s, Sam and Bobby are cleaning weapons.

Bobby: Where the hell is Dean?

Sam: Supply run.

Cas (who whooshes in): Um, about your plan? You only have 24 hours.

Sam (stands and approaches him): Why?

Cas: Well…the answer to your question can be best expressed in a series of partial differential equations.

*laughs* I love it when he waxes geek.

Bobby: Aim lower.

He shifts his eyes suggestively to Sam. *cracks up*

Cas (bringing it home for Sam): The further back I send you, the harder it is to retrieve you. If I don’t get you back in that amount of time, you’ll be lost to me.

*gulp*

Dean shows up with four shopping bags and a grin. He hands two bags to Sam and says that they’re going native. The bag has a store logo on the front: Wally’s Western World.

Sam’s like, no. thank. you. He wants to go as he is (jeans and snap-up flannel shirt).

Dean: And look like a space man?

Sam: Just because you’re obsessed with Wild West stuff….

Dean: I like old movies!

Sam: You have a fetish. You can recite every Clint Eastwood movie. Line for line.

*shifty eyes* Nothing wrong with being able to recite movies….is there? *blinks innocently*

Bobby: Even the monkey movie?

(Gah. I hated Every Which Way But Loose. Bad choice, Clint. Bad choice.)

Sam: Especially the monkey movie.

Dean: The name is Clyde.

Sam arches an eyebrow as if to say see? But he loses this hand and next thing we know the boys are clomping down the stairs and Sam is acting like a 12-year-old girl (but looks awesome…especially the belt buckle), “This is stupid. I look stupid.”

He looked cowboy, but not so much 1800s as I thought he would. Jeans, white shirt with westernish shoulder patches. But, like I said, I liked the buckle.

Dean, God bless ‘im, is dressed in a serape (and deangirl1, I get what you eluded to in your review of On the Surface now) and a white-trimmed dark shirt with a brown vest. He looks like he snagged clothes from both the sets of John Wayne’s The Searchers and Clint Eastwood’s Outlaw Josey Wales.  But I thought his hat looked awesome—it’s tipped down perfectly to shadow his eyes. The only drawback was the stampede strings. Made him look sixteen.

Bobby (to Dean): You goin’ to a ho-down?

Cas (to Dean): Is it customary to wear a blanket?

Dean opens his mouth to explain that yes, this is traditional western wear (in movies, anyway), but gives up with a, “Let’s just go.”

Bobby gives them the dragon gold (which answers my question from the ramble after The French Mistake when Dean said they were broke again and I wondered how they’d spent all that dragon gold so fast) saying that where they’re going, they don’t take plastic. Cas says he’ll send them to March 4th to give them enough time.

Dean (like the total cowboy dork he is): See you at high noon, then.

Sam…is suddenly wearing a green jacket (which I thought looked totally non-1800s, honestly, but, hey, what do I know) and Cas zaps them back with his magic fingers. They’re in Sunrise, WY, with mud, gunk, tumbleweed, and empty space all around them.

Dean (giddy): Now we’re talking.

Back in the now, Cas has to leave and tells Bobby to pray for him in 24 hours and he’ll return. Bobby says he’ll pray for everyone. Which got me thinking (totally random, btw), in this ‘verse, God’s left Heaven. So…who listens to everyone’s prayers? Especially if the angels are so busy fighting each other and, aside from Cas, apparently care not a bit about the human race? Not a very bright thought. Moving on.

Bobby sets a timer in the now. Sam sets a timer (on his watch) back in the old west. And one advantage to Time Travel via Angel Transport is that they can bring things from now back to then. In Somewhere In Time, it was a coin from his own time that sucked Richard away from Elise. Whoops.

Dean suggests that they go to the saloon to talk to the locals.

Sam: Sure. Whatever, Sundance.

HA! Nice one, Sammy. Although, I always thought Sam would be Sundance and Dean would be Butch. But this works, too. *grins*

Dean: Think we’ll have time to hit on the saloon girls? Kidding!

They start forward and Sam immediately steps in manure.

Dean: You know what that’s called?

Sam: Yeah, it’s horse sh—

Dean: Authenticity.

Hee! He was such a kid. I loved it. I loved seeing that glint in his eye. He hadn’t had a reason to have it in such a long, long time. It was just like the moment he got the Impala running again and opened her up on the road in Bloodlust. Hee. Again.

Sam pulls his hat on (black) and tries to drag his boot in the scrub grass to rid himself of the manure as they make their way into town. As they get there, they stand in the back of a small crowd staring up at the gallows pole where the Judge is reading a sentence. Elias Finch was being hug for the murder of his wife. And Elias looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t place the actor—so if you know who he is, lemme know.

The last words of the condemned are delivered with at full-on creepy smile: “You’re gonna burn for this.”

The music in the background as they pull the lever and Elias falls to a squishy-sounding crack reminded me of The Young Riders, a TV show about The Pony Express back in the ‘90s that I was totally nuts over.

The boys make uck faces as Elias is hung and Dean remarks, sarcastically, “Good times.” Sam ID’s the sheriff and says that they should talk to him about finding Samuel Colt. A grungy old local tells Dean “nice blanket” causing Dean to grudgingly remove his serape. He looked better without it, though he does walk away from the hanging with a total pouty-face.

They walk into the sheriff’s office and Dean introduces himself to the Sheriff, Deputy, and Judge as Marshall Eastwood (complete with silver badge). Clint Eastwood. The theme to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly plays in the background as he says this. And he says it with as much weight as Marty McFly in Back to the Future III, but just like in that movie, he’s met with a trio of blank stares. Hee.

He then introduces Sam as, “Walker. He’s a…Texas Ranger.”

HA! Sam gives him A Look, then says that they’re looking for a man. The Sheriff taunts them about their clothes being too clean.

Dean (still pouting a bit): It’s dirtier than it looks.

Sam tells them they need to find Samuel Colt. The Sheriff tells them to ask Elkins over at the saloon—who has been there long than God.

HA! Elkins! I loved it! *grins at Show*

Dean steps into the saloon with a big grin that very quickly fades as he looks around at the old man passed out on a table, the tired-looking saloon girls sitting on or near a silent piano, and the lone bartender wiping down a tiny bar.

Dean: This is not awesome.

Aw, Dean. *pets him*

Sam’s lips fold down into a consoling frown and he pats his brother on the back before moving them toward the bartender. The bartender played “Un-Bob” in the (rather short-lived) TV Show Lonesome Dove. Hey, I told you I watched a lot of westerns.

Dean: I’ll have your top shelf whiskey.

Bartender: I only got one shelf.

Dean: That’ll do fine. He’ll have a sarsaparilla.

Sam = *eye-roll*

Turns out the bartender is Elkins. HA! Still love it. He tells the boys that Samuel Colt passed through there about four years ago and was building a railroad stop in the middle of nowhere. The boys have a quick aside determining that it’s the Devils Gate. Just then, a female voice yoo-hoo’s them and they turn to see a blonde saloon girl, who Elkins introduces as Darla, his best girl. Darla approaches Dean and we see that she’s sporting some rather unfortunate rotting teeth and an absolutely horrible sore along the whole right side of her mouth.

Talk about authenticity.

As Dean is doing his best to disappear into the floor, the Judge comes up and calls Darla off as he has a standing date with her. Lucky man.

Dean: It’s more germier than I pictured.

He slings his whiskey back and very nearly implodes, gasping, “It’s like gasoline!” Sam just grins and sips his drink saying, “Sarsaparilla ain’t half bad.” HA! Atta boy, Sammy.

Upstairs, Darla and the judge are…well…you know and out of nowhere, a man in black appears, laying his hand on the judge as Darla scrambles free, screaming. His hand lights the judge on fire and then immediately burns him up and turns him to ash. For a moment I completely forgot we were looking for a Phoenix and wondered if this guy was an Angel – since we’d seen angels do that same thing in episodes past.

But, I should have figured the Phoenix would have been human. It worked better in this case, but it’s also standard Supernatural M.O. Silly Gaelic.

The boys burst into the room seeing Darla cowering in the corner and the ashes on the bed and are all buzzzahh….

The Sheriff arrives and waves off Darla’s claims that it was a ghost by pointing out the footprints. Darla’s adamant that it was Elias Finch and the Sheriff is says that the rope must not have killed him—he’d seen it before. He tells Dean and Sam that he’s going to form a posse and “string Finch up right, then put a bullet in his head for good measure.” He tells the boys to join them at dawn…but get some “real gear” first.

After the Sheriff walks out, the boys jointly decide to “pay their respects to Finch.” Which, of course, leads them to an empty grave. They come to the conclusion that Finch is the Phoenix—realizing as we do that they’re never really going to chase after an actual creature (just kidding). Dean tells Sam that he needs to go find Samuel Colt and help make history, since no one around Sunrise seems to know anything about Colt.

Dean is going to stay there and hook up with the posse going after Finch. Barely holding back a smile (and I swear, it’s the best almost-grin ever…for me putting Sam’s character-breaking smile at the end of BDABR in close 2nd), Dean says, “You know me. I’m a posse magnet. I mean, I love posse. (Here he almost laughs) Make that into a T-shirt.”

Sam: You done?

And in a moment that I can’t wait to replay (and then replay and then replay again), Dean looks down as if to compose himself, then looks back up slowly from beneath his hat brim with a kid-like grin to die for. It’s awesome. I’m laughing just thinking about it as I write this. Somebody. Please. Make me an avi. I’ll be eternally grateful.

Sam: Colt’s like 20 miles outside of town. How am I supposed to get there and back before noon?

Just then, we hear a horse whinny in the background—and I will say that for all its authenticity, this old west town was rather obviously devoid of equine influence. Or for that matter, people. It’s a very sparsely-populated town.

Dean: Ride ‘em cowboy.

They head to the livery (I assume) and Sam starts to approach the horse on the right. Dean stops him, holding the horse’s head still, and suggests he mount on the other side. Whew. As Dean soothes the horse, Sam swings his ridiculously long leg over the saddle and settles in, saying it wasn’t that bad, actually. Dean tells him to just take it easy, be careful.

Sam: 11 am, right?

Dean: Don’t be late!

Sam kinda/sorta rides off with what looks like one arm out for balance. He bounces a couple of times, then calls out, “I’m okay!” Hee.

Dean: That poor horse.

There’s a shot of a silhouetted, lone rider traversing the barren countryside at dawn (and riding pretty damn well) and we shift back to the dark town where the Sheriff looks like he’s trying to make a break for it before his own horse freaks out and bucks off as it senses the presences of Finch. The Sheriff tries to shoot Finch, but of course the bullets have no impact and then the Sheriff tries to apologize, which Finch just says, “Tell it to the Judge,” before he fries the Sheriff with his fire hands.

Back in the 21st century, Cas is standing in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. Rachel has summoned him there to find out if his “dirty little secret” is true. We don’t get many details—just hints and speculation later—but I have to say, the way his own Lieutenant reacted to this “secret” has me really, really worried about what Cas is up to and what it’s going to do to the boys—Dean especially—when the truth comes out.

Cas: I have to defeat Raphael.

Rachel: Not this way! We put our faith in you and look what you’re turning into.

Man, I really feel for Cas. He never wanted this. He was a soldier. He did what he was told. And because  he did what he was told—what his Father told him to do—he’s now in the middle of a Civil War that could potentially wreck everything everyone knows to be true—not just the world, but Heaven and Hell, too.

I’m willing to bet that he probably (secretly) blames himself for everything the boys—the world—has been through. If he’d been able to save Dean before the seal was broken in Hell, none of this would have happened, theoretically. And power…it corrupts. What is the saying? Absolute power corrupts absolutely? He doesn’t have absolute power, of course, but it sounds like he’s dangerously close to sacrificing his innate goodness—his own soul, so to speak—for “the cause.”

And the “certain regrettable things” that he’s been forced to do…I just…yeah. He’s trying to accomplish something he believes is for the greater good—keep Raphael from winning—and on the road to doing so, he’s becoming…not himself. He reminds me of Season 4 Sam in that way. Sam thought he was doing something good—defeating Lilith. And in order to do so, he became addicted to demon blood to build up his power to kill her. Only…killing her ended up being the exact wrong thing to do.

I wonder if that’s maybe where they’re leading case with this “dirty little secret.”

Cas (growling, practically): I don’t have a choice.

Rachel: Neither do I.

Annnndddd…it’s on! She swishes out her angel-killing sword and stabs him in the chest. Blue light flares, but he’s able to pull it out and get away. He’s weakened, his hand on the wound, and he swishes out his own sword. They fight, Rachel almost winning, but Castiel gains the upper hand and kills her.

Kills. Her. *guh*

We get that shot of ash-like wings spread out from her body and Cas staggers slightly, gasping, broken, crying and whispers, “I’m sorry.”

*rubs heart* Oh, Cas…what are you doing? This is so far from you…. His part of this story is going to end in tears. I just feel it.

He’s wounded bad and heads to Bobby’s. Raising a hand to keep Bobby back, he uses his own blood to draw a protection symbol on the wall—keeping other angels away. He staggers to a wavering stance and looks at Bobby (who is holding a baseball bat [I think]).

Bobby: Cas? Are we running or fighting?

I loved that.

Cas: We’re….

He doesn’t finish, passing out and falling forward into Bobby’s arms.

Bobby (grappling to catch the extra weight): Balls!

Back at Elkins’ saloon, Dean saunters in wearing “better gear” – it’s the duster, black vest, and perfect hat we saw in the opening shoot-out scene.

Elkins: New hat?

Dean: I look good.

Yes. Yes. You. Do.

Dean: Where’s the posse?

Elkins: You’re the only greenhorn dumb enough to chase a ghost.

Dean: Sheriff’s tough as nails. He’ll be here.

Then, off-stage as it were, they hear Oh, God! The Sheriff’s dead!

Dean: Or…not.

Elkins and Dean head out and see a pile of ash (with a half-burned human skull) and the sheriff’s badge on top all nice and shiny.

Dean: Who’s the sheriff now?

Elkins pins the badge on Dean. Dean looks momentarily terrified.

In a cabin in the middle of nowhere, two men walk in to face a man sitting at a wide desk, writing and drinking. A veritable old west Hemingway. They ask if he’s Samuel Colt.

SC: You have the wrong drunk, gentlemen.

They tell him they’ve been looking for him and when he looks up, their eyes go black. He tries to tell them he’s not looking for trouble, that he’s “given that up,” but they want him to open the Devil’s Gate. He shoots them both with The Colt, but is disgruntled that in doing so he broke a perfectly good bottle of booze.

Back in Sunrise, the Deputy is in a hotel room, packing up in a hurry. There’s a knock at his door and a falsetto voice says it’s a “candy gram.” I couldn’t hear who for, though. Drat. ETA: He says, "Candy gram for Mongo." Of course our boy is a Blazing Saddles fan. :) Thanks again, you with quicker ears than me!

The deputy opens the door and Dean points a gun in his face saying, “Howdy, Pilgrim.”

Deputy: I ain’t no pilgrim!

Dean’s like, whatever and pushes his way into the room.

Dean: I missed you at the posse this morning. I was a one-man wolf pack, thanks to you.

HA!

Dean basically tells the guy that he can’t outrun Finch—that Finch has already taken out the Judge and the Sheriff and the only way to stop him from killing the Deputy, too, is if they gank him first (to which the Deputy is all wth hell does gank mean). He tells the Deputy he just has to play his part: bait.

Back with Samuel Colt, Sam is walking into the cabin. And, dude, I know it’s in the middle of nowhere, but maybe Colt should invest in some locks. Sam enters hesitantly, though he’s walking just fine. I know from experience that he should’ve been shaky-legged and sore from that hard ride to get there, but, whatever. We’ll give him this. He goes further into the cabin and Colt throws Holy Water (I think…maybe it was salt?) on him from the shadows.

Sam: Not a demon! Not a demon! Just a hunter! Sheesh.

SC: You’re a what?

Sam: Are you Samuel Colt? I’m Sam Winchester. A hunter from 2011.

*blinks* Interesting approach. But, it worked, so…okay.

SC is all, prove it, so Sam pulls out his cell phone and gives it to him. Colt looks at it, nods, then puts it on a shelf behind him and is all, alright.

Sam: That’s it?

SC: When you’ve done this job as long as I have, a giant from the future with a magic brick doesn’t give you the vapors.

*laugh* I liked Colt. *grins*

Sam: I need your help killing a Phoenix.

SC: They exist?

Sam: You shoot one in about 3 hours.

He shows SC his own journal.

SC: I’m either too drunk or not drunk enough.

HA! Again!

So, SC tells Sam that he’s retired and Sam’s adamant that there’s no such thing as a retired hunter and tells SC that in he’s a hero in Sam’s time. Sam tries to press on him that they need to kill the Phoenix because its ashes are the only thing that can kill the monster he’s hunting.

Sam: So stow your crap for a few hours and let’s go.

That was interesting, I think. Because he sounded like Dean. And I know they kinda…shifted roles, if you will…at the beginning of this season, but that was when he had no soul. Once his soul came back, he was back to I acknowledge your pain, puppy-dog eyed Sammy. But here, he didn’t sound like ‘Sammy’ and he didn’t sound close to how he was when soulless. He just sounded like Dean. To me. I like when Sam gets commanding all on his own—without influence of demon blood, possession, soullessness or any of that jazz. Just because he’s matured and he’s lived this life and he knows what has to be done.

Sam: Either you’re coming with me or I need the gun.

SC: What gun?

Sam: THE gun.

SC: Oh, that gun. I…lost it in a game of stud.

Sam calls him a liar.

SC: That doesn’t sound like me.

Sam tells him he shot a couple of demons with it less than an hour ago, and then proves it by going all CSI: Demon on the older hunter. SC is impressed and reveals that he does have the gun but says that it’s a curse. Sam offers to take it off his hands and I could feel the tension creeping up in Sam’s voice, the anxiety that he’s totally aware he’s running short on time and he needs this gun, dammit.

SC: You go put on a few more miles, come back, and we’ll talk.

Grrrrr. That’s almost as bad as saying someone has a “place.”

Sam: I’ve got plenty of mileage.

You tell him, Sammy.

SC still says he’s done—he’s given his whole life to it and he’s done with it. Sam’s practically seething and wants to know if everything he’s done means nothing. He demands to have the gun. I wanted him to tell this man what that gun did to his family—all the havoc it wreaked upon them just because his father had to have it. If John had never found the gun…I wonder if he would still be alive. I wonder if anyone would have gone to Hell.

But we didn’t get to go that far. Back at Bobby’s, there’s one hour left. Cas is on Bobby’s sofa and slowly comes to. Bobby’s waiting for an explanation and Cas goes further to the darkside and once more becomes a lying liar who lies by saying that Raphael corrupted Rachel and she betrayed him.

Bobby: Sorry. Girl’s a real peach.

Cas: She’s…dead. I was wounded. I needed safety. Thank you.

He tries to get up, but can’t, sinking back onto the sofa with a soft groan of pain. He tells Bobby the “finger painting” is a symbol to ward off angels. Bobby’s worried about his wound, but Cas says he’ll heal.

Bobby: Good, because we got less than an hour before you pick the kids up from Frontierland.

*love it*

Cas: I can’t.

Bobby: Come again?

Cas: This fight drained me.

Bobby: There’s gotta be something that can juice you up.

I started to get a really bad feeling about things right about here.

Cas: There is one thing that might work, but it’s extremely dangerous.

Bobby: Shocker.

Cas: It’s your soul.

Bobby: What do you want me to do? Make another deal? Seal it with a kiss?

Cas: You have to let me touch it. The human soul is pure energy… but it’s like touching a nuclear reactor. I have to do it gingerly. Or you’ll explode.

*gulp*

Bobby: Well. Keep both hands on the wheel. Let’s do this.

I love Bobby’s complete willingness to do what he has to in order to keep his boys safe. Because they are his now. In all the ways left that count.

But…I gotta voice a thought here about this whole human soul is pure energy thing. Last week when they were talking “war machine,” I wondered if Cas’ consternation about Dean returning Sam’s soul was more because of the loss of the soul’s worth than about Sam’s ultimate suffering. Not to insinuate that Cas didn’t care about Sam, because he obviously does as he was willing to “not-born” 50,000 souls to save both he and Dean.

But…well, I’m kinda wondering if Cas had been using Sam’s soul as…fuel. I know, I know, it was supposed to be in the cage. And I do not doubt that it was, because obviously Sam has memories from Hell. But we don’t know a fraction of what Cas is and has been up to and if Sam sacrificed himself for the world, then I bet his soul—like Dean’s, sacrificing his life for another—would be…more. Just…more.

I hope I’m really wrong, but I can’t help but think they’re leading up to something with the whole currency of souls and war machine and souls being fuel for angels and Sam’s being gone and then returning and even Death wanting to know what gives….

ANYWAY, back in Sunrise, Dean has the Deputy in a jail cell and is sitting on the edge of a desk staring at a clock—a Regulator, FYI. My parents have three in their house and each pendulum swings at a different speed and it. Can. Drive. You. Crazy.

Dean: You haven’t been late in your damn life, Sam, and now you’re dragging ass?

The Deputy is whining in the cell. Dean wants to know why Finch is gunning for him anyway. Deputy is like, duh, we hung him. Dean’s not buying it, though, and says he thinks it’s personal. He gets up, setting a nail down on the desk, and crosses over to the cell to talk to the Deputy. The Deputy tries the whole, “Let me out and we’ll talk,” angle and Dean’s like what.ever.

Then, Finch walks in the door, demands the cell be opened. Dean tells him to do it himself—he can melt people’s faces off, surely he can open a door.

Dean: Unless you can’t. Just like you couldn’t break those cuffs.

He grabs the nail he’d been messing with from the desk and tosses it at Finch, who instinctively catches it, then drops as it burns his hand (which made me wonder why it didn’t look like the cuffs were burning him….).

Dean: Iron shackles, iron bars, iron nail. See a pattern here? Don’t worry. Most creatures I meet can’t get it up for iron.

Finch: So, you’re a hunter.

Dean (pulling his duster to the side to expose his badge): Slash Sheriff.

Finch wants Dean to know what Deputy did, and Dean has learned over the last year that even freaks have stories, so he lets him talk. Apparently, Finch was married to a good, human woman and they lived quietly outside of town. They came into town once and Finch was in the bank five minutes when Deputy grabs Wife and (I’m guessing) tries to rape her. Finch catches them in the alley, tries to stop him, and Deputy shoots Finch and then Wife. Wife dies in Finch’s arms, but Finch (of course) doesn’t die. The shots draw the Sheriff, and then he’s in iron and can’t get out. Then, he’s hung.

Finch: Are you really willing to die to protect this piece of filth?

Dean: Honestly, I could care less about him. He’s a dick and a coward.

Deputy: Hey!

Dean: This ain’t about him. I know what you are. So, I gotta kill you.

Finch: If you know what I am, then you know you can’t.

While Dean is busy conceding this point—especially since Sam hasn’t shown up with Colt or THE gun—Finch moves lightning quick, grabs a gun from a holster up on a hook in the center of the room and shoots Deputy.

Dean: Whoa, I shoulda seen that coming.

Uh, yeah. *Gibbs-slaps Dean*

Finch turns the gun on Dean, who ducks, runs, and slams through a glass window, landing hard on his back. He shakes off the stun, scrambles up, and runs down an alley as Finch follows, shooting after him. Dean scrambles around a corner, ducking into cover and pulling his gun. He hears Sam’s voice just then, hissing his name and he waves Sam over, out of the line of fire.

Dean: Sam! C’mon, c’mon, c’mon. Where’s Colt?

Sam: Not coming. But he sent this.

He pulls THE Colt out and trades guns with Dean—which I thought was all kinds of awesome. I mean, Sam could just as easily have shot Finch. But he didn’t. He gave the gun to Dean, who really needed to finish his part of this story.

Dean (to the gun): Hello, beautiful.

And then Dean hurries Sam away from their alcove.

Okay, people, I’m drawing a total blank, which is rather frustrating, let me tell you. Where is THE Colt in our time? When is the last time we saw it? Who has it now? I totally can’t remember. Help a gal out.

Back at Bobby’s, there’s 2 mins left on the timer. Bobby’s sitting in a chair and Cas is standing before him.

Cas: You sure?

Bobby: Can’t just strand those two idjits in Deadwood, can we?

HA! Deadwood. I love it.

Bobby: Don’t explode me.

Back in Sunrise, we have the “hide and watch” scene from the beginning, only this time, we can see Sam taking cover along the side of a building. Dean bellows Finch’s name, calling him out (much to Sam’s dismay).

Finch sweeps around the corner, all, “So this is how you want to die?”

We slip back to Bobby’s and see Cas reach into Bobby (who is biting on a belt) and Bobby screaming in pain while everything goes all glowy.

In Sunrise, Dean, looking five kinds of awesome, is staring down Finch. I’m sorry, I know the Dean love is over the top in this one, but he just looked good. And what’s more, he looked…happy. Like for the first time in a really, really long time, he was enjoying his life, even if just for this moment. And it was pervasive. It amped up every other thing about his character that I already found cool.

We see them whip back their dusters, fingers flexing, and then the clock hits 12, and both draw and fire. Finch’s shot must have gone wide (though I had fleeting images of Dean being winged and not realizing it at first) but Dean’s bullet found Finch.

There’s a shot of Dean with THE Colt drawn, left arm crossed over right from where he shoved back the hammer, his eyes dead-on his opponent, his lips pursed and….OMFG. Another avi, please. Or, heck, Terry? I need a poster of this one.

The Phoenix flames out, screaming, and crumbles to ash. Dean blows smoke off the barrel of the Colt.

Dean: Yippee-Ki-yay, Motherfu—

While I’m busy cackling at Dean’s most-awesome John McClain shout-out, we switch to Cas and Bobby and Cas is totally powering up and glowing from the power of Bobby’s soul. Switching back to Sunrise, Sam hurries around the corner, yelling, “Dean! The ashes!”

Dean drops the Colt, grabs a bottle out of his pocket and they run for the pile of ashes…only to end up skidding to an empty-handed halt in Bobby’s living room. I think I may have startled my dog with my cry of, “oh, NO!”

I do want to say that I loved how they had Dean drop the Colt in the dust—leaving us to assume that Elkins picked it up and kept it for his descendant, Daniel, who would ultimately befriend one John Winchester. It makes John’s grudging, “Son of a bitch had it this whole time,” comment even more powerful.

Also? I love that in Colt’s journal he’d written, “The gun killed a Phoenix…” Not that he had killed a Phoenix. Meaning, Dean didn’t change history by being the one to do it. Dean had been history. I like that a lot.

Anyway back at Bobby’s, Dean’s wrecked that they went through all of that and came back empty handed. He wants Cas to send them back.

Sam (looking as done-in as his brother): Dean, look at him. He’s fried.

Cas: I never want to do that again.

Dean looks worriedly over at Bobby.

Bobby: Still kickin’, Annie Oakley. But you’re back…good as new.

Dean (totally dejected): We screwed the pooch. Bobby…I’m sorry.

And then, there’s a knock at the door. As soon as Sam opened the door to reveal a mailman, I knew what they were going to do. *grins*

Mailman: Is there a Sam Winchester here?

Sam: Who’s asking?

MM: Me and a couple guys made a bet…so, this package has been laying around the offices since…ever. With a note on it to bring it here. Today. From a…Samuel Colt?

Loved this shout out to Back to the Future II. Nicely played.

Sam’s all yougottabekiddingme…. He takes it and hurries back into the room to open it in front of everyone. Inside is his cell phone (heh) and a note that says, “Dear Sam. I got this address and date off your…thingamajig…and I thought the enclosed might come in handy. Regards, Samuel Colt.”

And of course, it’s a bottle full of Phoenix Ashes.

Now, forget that it’s pretty much a miracle that Samuel Colt was able to figure out how to get anything off of Sam’s magic brick. That’s pretty cool. And now they have the ashes they need to go up against the Mother of All. Which they need to do soon, since there are only 4 episodes left.

Dean: You know what this means?

Bobby: Yeah. I didn’t get a soulonoscopy for nothing.

Heh. That’s funny to me for reasons only a few people will get.

Dean (closes his eyes with a pained expression): Yes. And. (His look takes them all in.) We take the fight to her.

And then he puts his hat on, tugging briefly on the brim. And grins.

Oh. My. I love our show. This was so much fun. And I’m pretty sure this is officially the longest ramble I’ve written this season. Next week’s previews look harrowing and very Mother of All-centric, but I hope we don’t lose the thread of what’s going on with Cas. We’re getting close to answers…so, so close.

Thanks again for reading. I hope you enjoyed. See you next week. Slainte

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ramblin_rosie
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:14 am (UTC)
As much as I have disliked about this season, this? TOTALLY justified having a Season 6. But I'm a fan of both time travel and Westerns, so I guess I'm biased. :D (Can't remember if I reviewed "Heroes for Ghosts," but I enjoyed it for the same reasons.) I think it's interesting, though, that two of my three fave eps this season were written by Dabb and Loflin.
I did get a bit annoyed at "hung" rather than "hanged" and Sam saying it was 2011 rather than 2012, but eh. Having too much fun to let that harsh my squee. :D And it was "Candygram for Mongo," a Blazing Saddles ref.
The Js need to do more Westerns. Trufax.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
But I'm a fan of both time travel and Westerns, so I guess I'm biased.

Me too!!

And I can't remember if you did, either (sorry! that's really bad form, Gaelic) but I'm so pleased you enjoyed it.

two of my three fave eps this season were written by Dabb and Loflin.

I'm bad about paying attention to who writes what, but it's good to know that you have recognized a pattern -- maybe that will mean you'll be able to look forward to more that they've written.

Sam saying it was 2011 rather than 2012

Oh -- see, I would have thought it's still 2011 for them. When did they get ahead of us? *is confused*

I agree. More Westerns!!

Thank you for reading and taking time to comment. Love hearing from you. :)

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roselani24
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
Okay, so, I need to go random here a bit. Rachel has a point—they do only call Cas when they need him. But I would argue two points here. One, they know he’s fighting a war and is therefore critically busy, so why would they bother him for anything other than something they couldn’t do without him? Why call him if they didn’t need him? Wouldn’t he be a little more peeved if they called just to share a beer and shoot the breeze? So, I think that by calling him only when they need something, they’re actually respecting the fact that they have no idea what kind of pressure he’s under.

Which brings me to point two—Cas hasn’t told them anything other than Heaven’s in the middle of a Civil War. And as we’ve learned from this week and last week, Cas is up to his eyeballs in alligators. There is so much more going on than “just” a Civil War, but he hasn’t told them anything. They can’t see it, can’t hear it, can’t feel it. The only evidence they have that it’s even actually happening is the random visits from their friend and his compatriots…or enemies.

So, while Rachel had a point, it was totally unfair and out of context. And Cas knows this. Perhaps the “good” angels who know he has this connection with Sam and Dean don’t know how in the dark he’s kept them. Maybe that’s why Rachel was so bitter. But you know what? Doesn’t matter, because the same is true of Cas. He also tends to pop in unannounced and wreak havoc on their lives with Heavenly missions. It’s a two-way street, Rachel. *huffs*



Just....THIS!!!! I was just talking with a friend of mine about this and how Dean and Sam are actually respecting Cas by only calling him when they need him due to the war. I've seen a lot of disgruntled fans and fanfic writers about Dean's treatment of Cas and honestly it makes me roll my eyes, cause like you said its a two-way street and Cas has not been forthcoming in the slightest about what he's been doing or the responsibilities he has.

Dean (like the total cowboy dork he is): See you at high noon, then. I ADORE dorky Dean, especially about cowboys! I was cracking up through most of his lines and actions, completely delighted. Besides, its always fun to see Dean geek out about something since usually that's Sam. :D

And the “certain regrettable things” that he’s been forced to do…I just…yeah. He’s trying to accomplish something he believes is for the greater good—keep Raphael from winning—and on the road to doing so, he’s becoming…not himself. He reminds me of Season 4 Sam in that way. Sam thought he was doing something good—defeating Lilith. And in order to do so, he became addicted to demon blood to build up his power to kill her. Only…killing her ended up being the exact wrong thing to do.

I wonder if that’s maybe where they’re leading case with this “dirty little secret.”


I couldn't agree more! Oh Cas, what foolishness are you up to? I too am worried how the truth will effect Dean. Right now Dean is giving Cas a lot of space and trust. This betrayal is going to cut him so deep. What's worse is Cas has seen what the line of thinking Sam had cost in Season 4. He should realize what he is doing is just as bad. Dirty little secret indeed!
roselani24
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
But…I gotta voice a thought here about this whole human soul is pure energy thing. Last week when they were talking “war machine,” I wondered if Cas’ consternation about Dean returning Sam’s soul was more because of the loss of the soul’s worth than about Sam’s ultimate suffering. Not to insinuate that Cas didn’t care about Sam, because he obviously does as he was willing to “not-born” 50,000 souls to save both he and Dean.

But…well, I’m kinda wondering if Cas had been using Sam’s soul as…fuel. I know, I know, it was supposed to be in the cage. And I do not doubt that it was, because obviously Sam has memories from Hell. But we don’t know a fraction of what Cas is and has been up to and if Sam sacrificed himself for the world, then I bet his soul—like Dean’s, sacrificing his life for another—would be…more. Just…more.
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I've been debating this theory myself. I shared it with my friend and since I'm lazy and don't want to re-write it, lol, here's a copy of it:
We know someone or something brought Sam back from the Cage. He was, presumably, brought back and left outside Lisa's house where Sam could see Dean sitting at the dinner table with Ben and Lisa. His expression is ambiguous. I know Sam said he woke up in Stull Cemetery completely alone, but I'm not sure I believe him. He was soulless and lying extremely well by then. Anyway, Sam's soul is not there. But his body is. Cas does not respond to Sam's calls and prayers. When Dean finally calls Cas in due to the piece of Moses's staff and the plague-like deaths they are investigating, Cas admits to being a "celestial wave of light" for a year and his "people" skills are "rusty". He also immediately says that he didn't come because Dean called, but because of what was happening. Cas could tell Sam nothing so he never answered him and he got real defensive when Dean scolded him, telling him he should have at least stopped in to tell Sam he didn't know how Sam got out. This is the first big clue. I think Cas did, and does know, why Sam was soulless because I think he arranged it.

His reluctance and waspish behavior towards Dean and his doggedness to find a way to return Sam's soul from his body makes sense then. But Cas can't exactly tell Dean no, especially when I think Cas knew what he was doing was wrong. In the first half of the season we knew Cas was strained in his fight with Raphael and that he was starting to lose..note: this came up after Sam re-entered Dean's life and pulled him back into hunting. As such, and given what we learned in this episode about soul energy acting as a boost for angel grace, it seems highly likely to me that Cas was in fact using Sam's soul as a battery for himself in raw form. I also think he's been leeching off of Dean a bit, which explains moreso then him being out of the game for a year why Dean's fighting skills seemed extremely rusty at many times.

What really confirms, in my mind anyway, Cas's involvement with Sam's MIA soul is his brittle and uncalled for screaming at Dean after he checks on Sam's reinstated soul courtesy of Death. I get Cas being concerned about Sam, but his reaction has bothered me ever since I saw the clip of it. It was too angry and snappish, not to mention harsh on Dean.

Then there is Death and his "lesson" for Dean. A lesson I really thought Dean shouldn't have to learn considering everything he's been through. But, if Dean and Cas are exchanging energy and feelings, which is my impression, then maybe the lesson was truly aimed at Castiel. Just a thought anyway. What Dean was to take out of it was that souls were extremely valuable and Dean needed to keep digging to find out why.
Dean hasn't done any direct digging since Death gave Sam back his soul. Note: the war for Cas's side appears to take a big downturn once Sam has his soul back. I wonder if this is in part because Dean really doesn't want to know or because he already has a good idea and knows Cas is involved.
tbc



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marta_kent
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
Thank you, Gaelic! Have posted preview to SFO already, don't read, still downloading, later )) But I'm bet I will be pleased a lot))
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Thank you for posting -- hope it's still worth your time. And I hope you enjoy once you've been able to watch!
msninacat
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
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.

I'm willing to let it go as one of the things he remembered from his hell seizure and like you move on. lol

And I hope hope hope that The Powers That Be use it to draw the brothers together rather than once more tear them apart.

Prayer circle with you since the history of this on the show is not good.

So, while Rachel had a point, it was totally unfair and out of context

I would also argue that them dealing with Eve is doing Cas a favor because at some point someone is going to have to deal with her and if they do it, it frees Cas up to continue to deal with Raphael unfettered. Balance.

Sam…is suddenly wearing a green jacket (which I thought looked totally non-1800s, honestly, but, hey, what do I know)

I think that was just Sam's stubbornness shining through. Like he grabbed it at the last second just so he'd have something of his own on. lol

Dean looks down as if to compose himself, then looks back up slowly from beneath his hat brim with a kid-like grin to die for

So many awesome smiles from Dean tonight. Sam too. We needed you to smile like dorks again boys. ♥

Just then, we hear a horse whinny in the background—and I will say that for all its authenticity, this old west town was rather obviously devoid of equine influence. Or for that matter, people. It’s a very sparsely-populated town.

Just another thing we can blame on the network teen shows' diamond thongs. Sera's intro video pretty much said the reason they'd never done it is the cost for all the extra costumes and such. :(

(which made me wonder why it didn’t look like the cuffs were burning him….).

I'm thinking due to the long sleeves and coat. They wouldn't have cared if they put the cuffs up against the skin as long as they were on and I'm sure Finch moved his arms while he was being cuffed to keep from getting burn and was hoping he could muscle them off without touching them. That's my theory anyway. ;D

Sorry for all the random reactions. I pretty much just wanted to squee with you before I come across the whining. lol It was just a great episode and it was the much needed calm before the storm we get every season. Well done show.

gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Prayer circle with you since the history of this on the show is not good.

*Joins hands*

I would also argue that them dealing with Eve is doing Cas a favor because at some point someone is going to have to deal with her and if they do it, it frees Cas up to continue to deal with Raphael unfettered

GREAT point!!

I'm thinking due to the long sleeves and coat.

Oh, duh! Of course. That makes total sense. I didn't notice it at the time, but then...I wasn't looking for it. :) That tracks for me, though.

THANK YOU for coming by here with your random reactions. :) Love it. And I love that you stopped by here for the *squee* before you risked running into any whining. :) *grins*

See you next week?


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fifimom
Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
Love every line of your review and every scene from this episode! It was nice having some old time season one Dean back, "posse magnet". This was just plan old fun.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was so much fun to watch I had to ramble on extra long. :)

Thanks for reading! See you soon.
pinkphoenix1985
Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
It really did live up to the hype and was even better than I expected :)

About your comment about Sam…is suddenly wearing a green jacket (which I thought looked totally non-1800s, honestly, but, hey, what do I know)

Sam is carrying the jacket and hat as he comes down the stairs and as Dean joins him. We just don't see him put it on. And yeah, it is totally not 1800s but I got a kick out of people calling out Dean and not Sam. I guess that was because of how Dean was still a little more fanboy-ey then he should have been :) while Sam got that "It's hot and I'm wary" look that all the 1800 people had.

Edited at 2011-04-23 10:38 am (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)

Sam is carrying the jacket and hat as he comes down the stairs and as Dean joins him. We just don't see him put it on.


Oh, okay. I totally didn't notice it. I saw the hat in his hand but missed the coat. :)

Dean was TOTALLY fan-boy-ey and it was adorable. I loved the Sam was all business, though. Especially when talking with Samuel Colt. If they'd had more time -- in the episode and with the story (more than 24 hours) -- I would have loved for his conversation to have extended longer into more detail about THE gun.

Darn time limitations.

Thank you for reading and taking time to comment! See you next week!
kaylennz
Apr. 23rd, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
**And in a moment that I can’t wait to replay (and then replay and then replay again), Dean looks down as if to compose himself, then looks back up slowly from beneath his hat brim with a kid-like grin to die for. It’s awesome. I’m laughing just thinking about it as I write this. Somebody. Please. Make me an avi. I’ll be eternally grateful.**

Hee! I LOVED that too! And I totally thought of you as soon as I saw it, lol!!

This episode was great. Loved every second of it!

gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
*grins* I found a banner/.gif with that image and grin and I just keep refreshing to watch it. That grin made the whole episode for me. :)

Great episode!! Thank you for reading and taking time to stop in! Love hearing from you.
primrose_1
Apr. 23rd, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! I LOVED seeing Dean happy and grinning like a kid, and I loved seeing him all pouty and disappointed too. It made me want to hug him. It's what I love about Dean. I love Sam too, but he never lets himself get all delighted and goofy.

I don't think Cas used Sam's soul. I think he's using up all the souls in heaven, and then moving on to trying to make new souls so he can use the ones on earth too. He's following Sam's path and turning into a monster himself.

One little nitpicky thing that bugged me is really the difference between how a guy does things and how a girl does things. WHY did they have the dumb narrow necked bottle to gather ASHES. People were canning back then, use a wide mouthed jar so you can scoop them up easier. Better yet, use a BOX. Good grief. :)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
It made me want to hug him. It's what I love about Dean. I love Sam too, but he never lets himself get all delighted and goofy.

OMG, so true. For all of Dean's intensity and bad-ass-ness, he does often turn into this...kid. :) Which Sam never really allows himself to relax enough to do. So. True.

I think he's using up all the souls in heaven, and then moving on to trying to make new souls so he can use the ones on earth too.

I hope hope hope hope you're right. I mean, not that that's good, but I don't want him to have used Sam's soul. That would be...*ugh*

You are SO FUNNY with the bottle. I thought the box thing, too -- not because of the time period, but because I was like, "How are they going to get all that in there quickly??!"

See you next week!
jesters_tear82
Apr. 23rd, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Hi lady!!

First of all - love the quote in the beg' of the ramble.
You know, I usually download the eps around noon then watch in the evening, however I had to stop by here then seeing your excitement over "Frontierland" had me downloading right away! & I totally agree with your every word - this rocked on so many levels! No. 1 with Dean being so freaking handsome in his western outfit, his one-liners & his boyish enthusiasm over going back to 1861, he had so many expressive looks & such a light in his eyes I wanted to hug him with happiness :) On a side note - I wanna read Heroes for Ghosts again with this image in my mind!

Dean & Sam's interaction just gets better every week, it feels like seasons 1+2 all over again, them having a slight regression to childhood ;) Adored Sam's indignation over going back then getting to throw it back at Dean's face when Dean finds out the wild west is not as awesome as he assumed it to be, I mean those boys' smiles at each other were killing me ;)

Then you got Bobby not thinking for one second & willing to do everything in his power to save them, to hell with his own pain *squishes Bobby*

Rachel - she was as you said very regal & "angelic", I feel kinda bad for her in a way because thinking back to Season 4 you're right (& I had the same thought while watching) - on 4.16 Cas had to fight Uriel who was doing wrong things (he was far worse but that's beside the point) to achieve his goal, & Cas had to stop him. Here Rachel found out Cas is apparently been corrupted & wants to stop him but dies.. she was annoying, what I'm saying is she did have a good point (or intention). As far as Cas being like Sam of season 4 - I see the story headed that path and I hope whatever the big secret is it will not ruin Cas' relationship with the boys. If it does have anything to do with using Sam's soul I can't see Dean forgiving Cas.. not for a while at least.

* "I like when Sam gets commanding all on his own" - It WAS a Dean thing to say but see, Sam is been through so much, like he told Colt he does have mileage & knows when to be nice, & when to push the matters ahead. Not to say he's not gentle anymore, but having no time to waste made him take the reigns ;) & I like this Sam, very much.

Like you I liked the shout out to "Back to the Future" & thought it was a smart way to end things, they now have the ashes but not the colt.. & where was the colt last? Can't remember either but wasn't it used against Lucifer to no success in 5.10? Not sure if it appeared again afterwards.
I also think it very smart how all the monsters in this verse evolved from humans, makes me wonder about Eve & her origins & how only an eternal creature like the Phoenix can kill the Mother of All. Sorry for my jumpy thought process, this one had me spinning :) Which is good!

I was left with very high expectations for the last 4 episodes, by the way you have only 3 more rambles left!! (unless you separate 6.21/6.22?) Can't believe time flies so fast.

Catch you next week, my fellow geek ;)



gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
*hi-fives for geeks everywhere*

The quote at the beginning of the ramble came from the 2nd chapter of Heroes for Ghosts (as well as John Wayne's tombstone). I thought it fitting since we were talking westerns and time travel in both instances. :)

I still can't remember where THE Colt was left (and thus far, no one has provided the answer) so I'm going to have to look into it. *sigh* :)

I'm going to do a separate ramble for each of the last four episodes, I'll just post the last two at the same time. Otherwise, I think the post would be too long. I'd have to break it up for LJ anyway, so I'll just do two at once and link them.

Also, just FYI, the ramble for the finale will be late. It takes 2.5 hours to write and another 30 mins to post after ONE episode. If I did two at once after the finale, I wouldn't sleep that night and my Mo Chuisle would not like a mama on no sleep. So I bargained for some time on Saturday to write them up and the review(s) will be posted Saturday morning ish. Hopefully that will be okay with people. *bites lip*

See you next week!!
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simplycolourful
Apr. 23rd, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode so much, they were all just so perfect :)
Dean was adorable in his cowboy get-up...

I thought that the actor that played Finch looked a bit like the guy that plays Dexter.

The movie references in this one was awesome. Dean's "Yippee-Ki-yay, Motherfu—" had me squealing out loud! I'm such a John McClane fan :) Actually several moments had me squealing out loud!

The package Samuel Colt sent to Sam was pretty awesome. I knew I'd seen it somewhere, but couldn't remember where from until you reminded me, so thank you :)

I'm so looking forward to next weeks episode :)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm such a John McClane fan

Me too!

Actually several moments had me squealing out loud!

Me too! Especially this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg1wkMRRsrk

The package delivery was a great way to make up for the totally heart-plummet of them getting pulled back too soon. Well, on time, but, oh, you know what I mean. :)

See you next week!
winsangel
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome ramble Gaelic - as always! And I was squeeing right long with you watching this one. Dean was in his element - he would have fit right in in the 1800s, except for the bar girls - yeesh!

Dean did seem so much happier here, like he's got a new lease on life - having Sammy back and them working together truly as partners and brothers, no angst to hold them back - it was a breath of fresh air. His John McClane reference was so great! I always wanted to hear him say that! (Jensen would make a great Diehard type star)

About Elias's hands not burning, he had on gloves, I noticed that when they showed them (they showed them on purpose to see if we would pick it up), and it was so cool of Dean to throw the nail at him, as proof.

Sammy showed character growth in this one, finally. He's got mileage (yeah understatement) and he's not backing down from anyone or anything ever again. I loved his interaction with Colt (who was amazing btw), and he got the gun. I'd love to know if Sammy told Colt about the future of the gun, and something tells me he did - Colt sent the ashes "Back to the Future" which was so cool - what a great twist! We haven't seen the Colt since Dean shot Luci with in in AAH - wonder if it will make a reappearance before the end of the season *hopes*

And also, the Colt wasn't the only thing smokin' in this episode - Dean, you can peek at me from under that brim anytime *swoons*.

I'm really worried about Cas and what he's up to with the souls. He's on that slippery slope like Sammy was in S4 - good intentions and all that. I just hope that his plan doesn't sacrifice his bond with they boys.

I loved every minute of this episode - it was a close to perfect as an episode gets. My only gripe is with Cas - I want to know what he's up to "dagnabit"! excuse my Festus reference - couldn't resist :D
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Dean did seem so much happier here, like he's got a new lease on life - having Sammy back and them working together truly as partners and brothers, no angst to hold them back - it was a breath of fresh air.

YES! It was so awesome. It still has me smiling days later. :)

I didn't know he had on gloves during the hanging -- someone else also suggested that they put the cuffs over his sleeves, which I also didn't notices. LOL!

We haven't seen the Colt since Dean shot Luci with in in AAH - wonder if it will make a reappearance before the end of the season *hopes*

Wow, really?? I can't believe it hasn't shown up once this season when they're fighting all these Alphas. I mean, I don't remember it, but it still seems like they could have at least tried to use it against one of the monsters. Or the Mother of All for that matter. Since Ruby "fixed" it so it could kill even without the special bullets. I just didn't think about it until it was needed in this one.

Here: http://thruterryseyes.livejournal.com/26586.html

Terry did some pics. Brim peeking included.

I loved every minute, too. I didn't even mind that we didn't see Dean on a horse. I mean, I would have LOVED LOVED LOVED it if we had -- it would have completed my visual for Heroes for Ghosts in a big way.:)

And YES I'm DYING to know what's going on with Cas. Srsly.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Loved hearing from you!
rince1wind
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Lovely write-up! I'm a little embarrassed that I know almost all the past-pop-culture references (the Star Trek interchange! I loved it! this episode made me think of the ST episode where the away team is transmuted into the Earps and Doc Holliday... uh ..erm...never mind). I think it was "Telegram for Mongo." They did a great job on balancing the action in the past and the present, and just balancing action and talk throughout. I think that made it more like like Seasons 1 and 2 also -- those episodes moved really quickly. I felt a little bad about Dean remorselessly killing the - apparently decent - Phoenix in cold bl- ... er ... flame, but Dean never has been a shades-of-grey kind of guy (even with the non-human-blood-drinking vampires in Season 2, I think it was more about doing for Sam what Sam thought was right, not what Dean felt). And even though the ashes showing up deus ex machina-ly was kind of silly, it was an okay kind of silly, and SUCH a relief that the events of the episode didn't happen for nothing -- not to mention Bobby's soulonoscopy!
Thanks again.
Slainte back atcha, podner! (Sorry, couldn't resist. I've got a cowboy thing, too.)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hee! I am right there with you on the pop culture. I fixed the "candy gram" reference, too. Just couldn't hear him, so thank goodness for those with better ears.

They did a great job on balancing the action in the past and the present, and just balancing action and talk throughout.

I so agree! Sometimes when the story is split like this, I'm like yeah, yeah, yeah, moving on with one story, wanting to get back to the other, but this time I was fully invested in both.

Dean never has been a shades-of-grey kind of guy (even with the non-human-blood-drinking vampires in Season 2, I think it was more about doing for Sam what Sam thought was right, not what Dean felt)

Yep, I agree.

LOL -- the western twang is infectious! :)

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Lovely to hear from you. See you soon!


qultng1
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
*sighs happily* The only thing this episode lacked is Dean galloping on a horse. It's why I wrote "Desperate Measures". lol

I just really loved this episode. I'm a western fan from waaaaayyy back. There was a time when that was just about all there was on television and I was a happy girl. :D It definitely demands rewatching...A LOT!

Wish I knew how to make/use those motion avi thingies. Those that you want would be soo awesome.

Oh, it was "Candy gram for Mongo". I flashed on "Blazing Saddles' at that point. lmao

Bobby had that little short shotgun when Cas showed up all wounded.

It started thundering here at 7:59 pm and I got really nervous. There was really only one moment where the screen went pink, tho. Fortunately, it wasn't a critical time. We'd been on a day trip yesterday and came home to no television at all. Fortunately, I'm married to a geek and he got us up and running again. Our UPS apparently took a hit yesterday, sacrificing itself to save our satellite. *has moment of silence for brave little UPS* It will require a trip to town today as Hubs took the one from his computer to replace it. *he's a good guy* :D

Sorry. Back to Show.

Everyone looked familiar to me and I don't know who any of them are. I'll read the other comments to see if anyone else did. SC was familiar. Elias Finch was familiar. Sheriff was familiar. All of them.

I really know nothing about these last 4 episodes. Been too busy to read stuff so I'll be right there with you in wondering and hoping.

There's so much more to say about this ep, but my brain won't be able to make them until I've watched it again. lol

Thanks for your wonderful Ramble. Loved it, as always. :D

gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
HI! I'm so pleased you enjoyed this episode as well. I, too, would have liked to have seen Dean on a horse (would have fulfilled my story images, that's for sure) but honestly, I didn't miss it the way the story was told. Sam got the horse, Dean got the old-west shoot-out. I liked it. :)

I fixed the Blazing Saddles reference -- couldn't hear what he said. And a shotgun in Bobby's hand DOES make a lot more sense! LOL!

I saw all that ruckus about the storms in your area and my first thought was, oh no, I hope they're okay...my second thought was, oh no, I hope their cable doesn't go out. LOL!

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I've read some thoughts elsewhere on different journals where the viewer wasn't as impressed -- or, rather, didn't have as much fun, I guess -- as I was. It made me think about why I enjoy episodes like this but squirmed all the way through The French Mistake forcing myself to find the fun when others just saw it.

It also made me think about why it is I am enjoying this season as a whole. I wrote up some thinky-thoughts about it and will post once I get through the comments.

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts here. You always, always make me smile.
thruterryseyes
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Matthew John Armstrong played Finch. He's been in a lot of TV shows but no parts that i can give you that would make you go. OH HIM!!!!

I missed a lot thanks to the weather, we came right as Dean Sam and the sheriff found the judge immolated on the girls bed.

There are to many things to reference but two stand out. Dean and his posse remark. I've never seen someone have so much fun with a line and I'm betting that last little grin wasn't supposed to happen but it was SO cute. And when he said "Candygram for Mongo" Bobby and i were on the floor.

I'll rewatch it to see the beginning andf the rest without weather alerts on it. It WAS fun. DEan looked so broken they got back without the ashes after comiong so close i thought he was gonna cry.

Great Ramble as always. If we don't drown in the rain I'll see you next week.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, I IMDB'd Matthew John Armstrong and saw that he's played random roles on a ton of different shows, but you're right. The characters went right past me. So...yeah. He probably just has one of those faces. I liked him, though.

Dean + posse remark = Gaelic Is In Love

And just because I can, here's this. Again.

best. grin. ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg1wkMRRsrk

Next week, we'll talk about the episode when you get here. You still have to comment, though. *smirk*
wrenny59
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Drat, I was out to dinner and didn't get back until the fight scene btwn Cas and Rachel, but enjoyed the heck out of what I did get to see! I will def. be watching again first chance I get (no DVR around here - why doesn't Comcast have show "on demand"?????)

Anyway.... thanks for the Dean love. It's so good to actually hear someone else squee about him in pretty much the same way I do over him - as much as can be put into words, that is (oh the endorphins he gives me!).

So I haven't put a lot of thought into the soul ideas, but I am intrigued by what Cas is going through and the thought that souls are the fuel for the war in heaven. I guess I just have a hard time in general with the concept of a 'war' in heaven. My silly imagination keeps putting images in my brain of an American Civil War type battle with Cas being like General U.S. Grant or something - working out of tents with plans and maps in front of him on a table (guess I've been visiting Gettysburg Battle Field a few too many times - just went in March so it's fresh in my mind).

That's just crazy though because my whole concept of souls, angels, heaven and all those spiritual things is that it all boils down to love which does not square up with love. I also just don't think that heaven is a place of judgments of good and bad - I think those concepts are relative and come from a place of human perspective. I like to think the 'heavens' are beyond this pettiness.

But, I am able to put my beliefs and ideals aside and go with the fact that this story goes in another direction. There is a war in heaven in the show and I still love love love it!

A thought on the Phoenix - isn't he supposed to rise from his ashes? or is that "the" ashes (not necessarily his own)?
Will Mr. Phoenix re-materialize?

We see them whip back their dusters, fingers flexing, and then the clock hits 12, and both draw and fire. Finch’s shot must have gone wide (though I had fleeting images of Dean being winged and not realizing it at first) but Dean’s bullet found Finch.

I was waiting for it too! Disappointed a bit when he was not wounded. What can I say, we think alike! I just can't help myself!


gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my, wrenny, you HAVE to see it from the beginning. Hopefully by this point you've been able to download from somewhere.

Anyway.... thanks for the Dean love. It's so good to actually hear someone else squee about him in pretty much the same way I do over him

You're welcome and YAY! Oh, but I love our hero.

My silly imagination keeps putting images in my brain of an American Civil War type battle with Cas being like General U.S. Grant or something

*cracks up* ME TOO!! I am not even kidding. I am picturing Castiel in blue and Rahpael in gray. LOL! Oh, silly us.

I like to think the 'heavens' are beyond this pettiness.

Me too, but in this 'verse it doesn't seem as though that's the case. The Angels seem too human in some ways with their agendas and their fighting...

A thought on the Phoenix - isn't he supposed to rise from his ashes? or is that "the" ashes (not necessarily his own)?
Will Mr. Phoenix re-materialize?


I wondered that, too! I mean, I thought that was the whole point of the Phoenix -- but I suppose we can give them some leeway since it wasn't a giant mythical bird, but a human(ish) creature.

Disappointed a bit when he was not wounded. What can I say, we think alike!

Okay, don't laugh, but part of me really wants to write an AU missing scene where this does happen. LOL. Is that over the top? *laughs at self*

See you next week.

txgirl0302
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Last night's episode...I can't even...Good guh. Was there a plot? Because this...

was all that I got out of the whole episode. :)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
UNF.

So very much yes.

And this: best. grin. ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg1wkMRRsrk

See you next week!
chemm80
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Dean steps out into the street wearing a kick-ass duster, black vest, perfectly tipped-down brown hat (with a nice hat band).

Ha...As soon as we panned in on the guys in that first shot, (having only seen Dean's back), I said, well, that's obviously Dean--look at the way he stands. My husband gave me the strangest look...

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.

I lost it at that...effing LOST it.

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.

Well, there's a lot to handwave here--in this episode and over the course of the series. I fanwanked that by telling myself that Sam not remembering where it was instantly, ("I know it's here somewhere", or whatever) was a tip of the hat to the wall.

And I hope hope hope that The Powers That Be use it to draw the brothers together rather than once more tear them apart.

Remember who's running the show now, hon. Sera Gamble is the one who originally said that SPN is "The epic love story of Sam and Dean". Repeat after me: In Sera we trust.

They really went above and behind with the pop-cult references on this one. Some of my favorite parts:

- the whole Star Trek IV exchange. (Four was my fave movie of all of them, btw, except for maybe the REboot.)

- "I Dream of Jeannie" "Jeannie?"

- Cas: Well…the answer to your question can be best expressed in a series of partial differential equations.

Bobby: Aim lower.

He shifts his eyes suggestively to Sam. [I loved that too; it was so layered, i.e., Sam's supposed to be uber-smart, but Bobby's suggesting he's 100 times smarter than Sam.]

- Loved the ref to the "monkey movies". I remember thinking they were funny at the time, but hey, I was 16. And Dean's western geekery in general was adorable, particularly knowing that Jensen shares it.

- Dean looks down as if to compose himself, then looks back up slowly from beneath his hat brim with a kid-like grin to die for. [Yes! How great was that? He looks like a ten-year-old telling his first dirty joke.]

- Sam stepping in horsesh-- and Dean being delighted.

- Jeans, white shirt with westernish shoulder patches. But, like I said, I liked the buckle. That shirt is what the cowboys around here would call, in a word, "gay". I need to go back and take another look at the buckle though. Jared himself was known early on for wearing a giant belt buckle in the shape of the state of Texas.

- Sam on a horse. tripoli said, "I swear that's a normal sized horse, but it really doesn't look all that much larger than Jared Padalacki."

- The Deadwood ref.

- Dean: Yippee-Ki-yay, Motherfu—

- And then, there’s a knock at the door. [I knew it right then. Although there was a moment of "Who can that be? Everyone we know is already in the room."

if they gank him first (to which the Deputy is all wth hell does gank mean).

I wish to God they'd stop using that word, too. Or at least stop using it so MUCH.

I like when Sam gets commanding all on his own—without influence of demon blood, possession, soullessness or any of that jazz. Just because he’s matured and he’s lived this life and he knows what has to be done.

Exactly. He's not 22 years old anymore--that's character development.

And I'm totally with you here, one of the best episodes this season. I don't particularly care about the Western genre one way or the other, but I was looking forward to it because the Js were so excited over it, esp. Jensen. But I really loved it on its own merits-so funny.

Edited at 2011-04-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
well, that's obviously Dean--look at the way he stands.

Atta girl.

I fanwanked that by telling myself that Sam not remembering where it was instantly, ("I know it's here somewhere", or whatever) was a tip of the hat to the wall

*arches eyebrow and squints*

Okay. I think I can see...ah, yes, there it is. ;)

Sera Gamble is the one who originally said that SPN is "The epic love story of Sam and Dean". Repeat after me: In Sera we trust.

Gotta confess...I don't have as much trust in Sera as I did in Kripke. I do think that there will be ways this will all work out -- I don't know it will be in a way I would prefer but that hardly matters. I just don't know that I have faith in Sera as much as I have faith in the Show as a collective -- writers, actors, etc. SO. There's hope. :)

I swear that's a normal sized horse, but it really doesn't look all that much larger than Jared Padalacki.

Iknowright???

I don't particularly care about the Western genre one way or the other, but I was looking forward to it because the Js were so excited over it, esp. Jensen. But I really loved it on its own merits-so funny.

YES! And YAY!! :) *grins*

Happy to see you again, btw. Two weeks in a row! You're spoiling me. :)
thruterryseyes
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
I see it now.. How stupid of me to miss that. Moves to top of to do list.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
In case anyone wanders by and reads, here's the link to the (most awesome) posters:

http://thruterryseyes.livejournal.com/26586.html

Thanks, T.
amber1960
Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Ah come on y'all, however many holes there might have been in this - and actually, I feel on one watch through, probably fewer than in many other episodes this season - seeing Dean full on grinning and having so much fun (in spite of the disappointment of the best girls of course) was AWESOME!

I think we will now see an explosion of wallpapers and icons and suchlike (I've done 2 already LOL)...It was great to hear at JIB how much Jensen had enjoyed his dream coming true too - and how much would I give now for getting both of them into a full length western?

I was interested in your idea about Cas and Sam's soul, I admit I hadn't thought that might have been a factor...But Cas in deep into questionable moral grounds, yes, very like Sam in Season 4.

I loved how this epi actually tied up some old stuff, like Elkins, that was really neat and not overdone.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Ah come on y'all, however many holes there might have been in this - and actually, I feel on one watch through, probably fewer than in many other episodes this season - seeing Dean full on grinning and having so much fun (in spite of the disappointment of the best girls of course) was AWESOME!

YES. This. :)

I've done 2 already

Care to share with the class? Did you do your avi? 'Cause I LOVE it. THAT's the grin. *squee*

I was interested in your idea about Cas and Sam's soul, I admit I hadn't thought that might have been a factor...But Cas in deep into questionable moral grounds, yes, very like Sam in Season 4.

I hope I'm wrong about Cas using Sam's soul, though. I really, really hope that. I'm sure there are a lot of other plausible reasons -- and maybe they'll surprise us and go left field and have the "dirty little secret" be more about protecting humans at all costs rather than using their souls...but...I just...don't know.

Hope we find out soon, though! Only 4 episodes left!!
See you soon.
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taylorariel
Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Frontierland Review
Almost from the moment the show came on I was wondering what YOU were thinking and what you were going to write about this episode. Afterall, you wrote the greatest SN Western fanfiction story so I knew you would be watching this episode with an experienced eye. Especially because when I read your stories I get the feeling the boys are telling you what to write so I know they were curious to hear what you thought of this episode too.
Like me, you didn't miss a single look or word from Dean the entire episode. And Yes: He did look very, very good (just like I imagined in your story). Shallow that may seem, but I drowned my eyes in watching every single thing he did the entire show. (I really did like the grin with the posse t-shirt comment and the glower when he said "His name is Clyde". Adorable)
Would have greatly preferred both boys stayed together throughout the episode but Sam and Colt had a very well-acted scene together that was crucial in more than one way with the ending that we were given. Very disappointed not to see Dean on a horse :(
For me I prefer to seperate my thoughts about the season plotline from this particular episode and just enjoy this for what it was: Sam and Dean in a Western.
Wish there had been more to it but it is SN afterall and they did have limited time and they had to have the "supernatural" element throughout.
I enjoyed it because it gave me the looks I wanted to see; the visions I imagined when reading your story. And Boy does Dean/Jensen look so damned good in a cowboy outfit!! I do hope if Terry does make you a poster perhaps you can post it with your Heroes for Ghosts story and I can print it out (yeah, I am greedy like that!).
Loved the episode; just wish it was longer.
(Glad to hear you watched the tv series "Lonesome Dove" also. Most people don't know it exists. I have it on dvd. Western series just don't last on tv anymore.)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Frontierland Review
Afterall, you wrote the greatest SN Western fanfiction story so I knew you would be watching this episode with an experienced eye. Especially because when I read your stories I get the feeling the boys are telling you what to write so I know they were curious to hear what you thought of this episode too.

*insert copious amounts of blushing here*

Thanks for saying this. *grins*

I loved this episode. I was able to see a few images I'd written on the page "come to life," as it were. And while my story and this episode both shared time travel and western themes, they were completely individual stories. This story was so fun!!

Very disappointed not to see Dean on a horse

Yeah, that was too bad that they weren't able to do that, but with only 24 hours to work with (and a limited budget) I was okay with the fact that Sam got the horse and Dean got the shoot out. :)

Still. It would have been AWESOME to see Jensen on a horse -- since Dean obviously knows more about them than Sam. Hee.

Terry did do some posters! Here is the link to her LJ entry with them: http://thruterryseyes.livejournal.com/26586.html

Print out and enjoy. :)

See you soon!

borgmama1of5
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I seem to be a minority in that I felt it was a decent episode but not over-the-top-have-to-watch-it-over-and-over. I loved Dean being excited about going to the Old West, and the boys' season one vibe, but felt Dean came across a little too simplistic. He's developed so many layers that, while I'm glad he was having fun, it felt like he was dumbed-down to me.

Dean in the showdown, however? That he rocked 10,000 times over!

I certainly enjoyed your ramble, especially your recap of many great lines. Although what does it say about me the my favorite lines were the almost-swears they got away with :)
redrum669
Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank god, I thought I was the only one who saw it like that.
I could totally see Dean being a western-geek but for all that he loves them, he made such a fool of himself - it wasn't even funny to me. He used to be so good at adapting to nearly every situation on the spot but this... just awkward. I was so glad when he finally got those other clothes and started to act normal.

Also, I love references to other shows and stuff but this season to me they've become more and more cheesy. I was hoping for a more calm-ish cool badass Clint Eastwood à la 'A Fistful of Dollar' vibe (which we had in the showdown but that was about it). Instead, though, it was an episode that to me seemed like it couldn't decide if it's a parody or a homage.

Samuel Colt and the Phoenix were cool and the showdown rocked, but other than that the episode was pretty mediocre. Yeah, Dean looked hot but I'm sorry, it's not enough to make an episode great. I liked it, and I agree with a lot of the points in this entry but it didn't live up to my expectations or hopes.


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jessm78
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Completely awesome. Plotholes, schmlotholes. I don’t even care anymore. *laugh* I had FUN tonight, ya’ll! FUN!!

THIS. SO much this. And I totally loved them being brothers again ... missed that brotherly love/banter so much.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Right? Right??

LOL!

Thank you for reading and taking a moment to drop a line! See you next week?
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yippee-ki-yay!
"Fun" is the perfect way to describe this episode. I had fun. Like Disneyland fun(Frontierland is in Disneyland, right?) Although the way it was shot or filmed to me felt.. off. Like it was edited funny or rushed. I was expecting it to be longer. I don't know. Don't get me wrong I liked the episode. It was great, I had fun and laughed a lot but it too choppy for lack of a better word.

Duuuuude. I cannot get over how deliciously... wonderful Dean looked in cowboy get-up. *drools.* He was exactly how I pictured him too in your fic. My god. Think maybe Dean was a cowboy in a past life? lol

Cas (suddenly and quietly appearing): Rachel.

Dead silence. Castiel’s voice can do that to a room. It’s, uh, kinda cool. *grins*

- Shoot. I wish I could do that everytime my niece and nephew fight. lol

Out of nowhere, a man in black appears, laying his hand on the judge
-I think this what I meant about the filming being a bit off. I was, I guess expecting some sort of special effect letting us know that this guy is a monster everytime he appeared(aside from coming back from the dead). A strange noise or smell. Something ooky. But no. This Elias guy just steps out from behind the camera. *cocks eyebrow* That's it. lol

" I love posse. Make that into a t-shirt."
-With that line, fangirls did just that. lol

*rubs heart* Oh, Cas…what are you doing? This is so far from you…. His part of this story is going to end in tears. I just feel it.
- I have a feeling he might... D.I.E. later in the eps. *bites nails.* I don't know. I hope I'm wrong but yeah, I'm getting worried to what Castiel is up to and that its gonna come back and bite him in his celestial butt.

Dean drops the Colt, grabs a bottle out of his pocket and they run for the pile of ashes…only to end up skidding to an empty-handed halt in Bobby’s living room. I think I may have startled my dog with my cry of, “oh, NO!”
-I yelled out "Shit!" lol Thankfully my dad didn't notice in the other room. :P

Next week looks like its gonna be a "goodin'". Looks like from the promo that there's a fight in that diner(or whatever) with Big Mama's monsters. Blood and guts. Niiice. :D

Take care!

Crash_n_Burn


gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Yippee-ki-yay!
It was great, I had fun and laughed a lot but it too choppy for lack of a better word.

Y'know, I didn't notice this when watching, but in retrospect, I could see where you're coming from. Perhaps it had something to do with the dual stories being told. *ponders*

He was exactly how I pictured him too in your fic. My god. Think maybe Dean was a cowboy in a past life? lol

I would totally believe it.

With that line, fangirls did just that. lol

I even saw a link to them on Cafe Press: http://www.cafepress.com.au/SuperWiki.528263945?utm_medium=cp_social&utm_source=addthis&utm_campaign=BasicShopPDP

I share your worry about Cas' fate. I hope that's not where this heads, but...*bites lip* I don't know. I'm worried.

Yes! We get a show-down with MoA! :)

See you next week, Crash!

keywester
Apr. 24th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
Apart for the barely restrained inner squee Jensen must have been holding in during the entire filming,( I mean he was rolling in this with unbridled joy), I got as much a kick out of your own enthusiasm so evident in your ramble! (LOL)

God yes, Dean's delight generated so many avatar moments and I thought he was damn fine looking both blanket clad and in the bad ass duster.

Your speculation on that dirty little secret of Cas's has me chilled. I suspected that the angels were using souls like some kind of energy drink but the vampiric possibilities are gruesome. And if Sam was in any way harmed with Castiel's knowledge and consent Dean will no longer call him friend. And that would be so disappointing.

I liked believing that Cas was the lone voice of keeping to Gods plan. The lowly soldier given a holy mission to sourge the corrupt angels out of heaven. But if it turns out that God never really had a plan, couldn't care less if the apocalypse happened or not then all the striving the Winchesters have done, that Cas has done to keep humans safe and his brothers from ruling heaven for their own purposes will have been for nothing. I gotta hope team free will is on the side of the greater good.
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
YAY for all of us (you, me, Jensen) having fun with this! :)

I suspected that the angels were using souls like some kind of energy drink but the vampiric possibilities are gruesome.

I totally agree! But that's basically what he did to Bobby. And so...it has me worried. I hope I'm wrong. There are a number of other ways this could go -- I mean, his "dirty little secret" could be actually doing something that protects humans to the ruination of all else...but...well, it just didn't seem like it.

I gotta hope team free will is on the side of the greater good.

I'm with you in that hope, lady. I guess we'll just have to see, yeah?

Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts! I'll see you next week.
deangirl1
Apr. 24th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
So. I'm very, very late to the party again... I almost didn't get to see the episode as the CW channel that the hotel had had SPN pre-empted by baseball! That never happens in Canada... grrrr... so I had to find "other" means of seeing the episode. Unfortunately, when I did get to see it, it was a bit choppy and I did miss bits and pieces so I'm looking forward to watching again when I get home tomorrow...

First off, the title - Frontierland - had all kinds of resonances for me. As a kid, we would drive to the east coast every other summer to visit my mom's relatives. We always cut through the upper states and my parents always stopped earlish and at places for us kids to do stuff - sometimes just play in the hotel pool, but one of the stops we always did was Frontierland! An old west town. Now, years later after I'd been living on the east coast for 2 years and was heading home, my sister and her hubby and daughter (all now SPN fans btw), picked me up and I drove home with them - and we stopped for the last time in Frontierland. I'll never forget my neice - who was about 6 at the time - maybe younger, asking if the hearse wagon they had was a circus wagon - LOL!!!

Dean in the shootout - GUH!!!
I think I held back on telling you about Jensen talking about this in LA and that when he fanned the gun, he shredded the palm of his hand - and then had to continue doing takes. He blamed it on the gun being a prop gun, but I'm pretty sure that was a pretty regular thing back in the day and why real cowboys rarely fannd the gun like that - it's pretty much a movie convention....

Sam remembering the library is evidence of his wall "leaking", I think. Dean looked really worried in that scene, I thought. I REALLY, REALLY loved ALL the bro-moments we got in this episode....

I don't think you should hold your breath for anymore Dean-angst over the beginning of the season as far as Sam is concerned. I think that Dean absolved him in ATTWN. He's cleaned his slate as far as the writers go. Sam, on the other hand, is a different story and I think we will see angst on his part.
(breaking to keep to going....)
gaelicspirit
Apr. 25th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Better late than never -- especially when it's you. Besides, you told me you'd be late, which is why I emailed you the link. :)

What a great story about your memories of Frontierland! :) I love it!

Gah -- that story about Jensen tearing up his hand when he fanned the gun just did funny things to my belly. Movie convention or not, I looooved it. So. Awesome.

Sam's wall "leaking" huh...okay, I'll buy it. I mean, I think they've told us just enough to make anything possible. :)

I don't think you should hold your breath for anymore Dean-angst over the beginning of the season as far as Sam is concerned. I think that Dean absolved him in ATTWN. He's cleaned his slate as far as the writers go. Sam, on the other hand, is a different story and I think we will see angst on his part.

Yeah, that's what I am trying to resign myself to and make it be okay in my head. It's funny. Early I wrote up some thinky thoughts due to reading some comments and other LJ users reviews about the episode that had me feeling like I might've been a bit over-the-top in my squee about this episode. In those thinky thoughts, I wrote pretty much this very thing and why I was making it be 'okay' in my head...for the sake of enjoying the story.

Occasionally, you and I think alike. Scary.

(moving on to your other post)
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