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Supernatural – Corn syrup: it’s in pie

Tonight's episode, 'There Will Be Blood', was a fairly enjoyable penultimate episode in a somewhat uneven season. Will next week's finale make it all better?

- Season 7, Episode 22 - "There Will Be Blood"

“See you next season.” – Alpha
“Looking forward to it.” – Dean

If that quote above doesn’t just sum up every Supernatural fan’s feelings on the renewal news, I don’t know what does. I’m definitely looking forward to season eight, for a number of reasons. I’m anxious to see what the new showrunner, Jeremy Carver, does with Kripke’s post-apocalyptic world, because I’m really not super-thrilled with what Sera Gamble has done. She definitely succeeded with season six, but season seven has been fairly uneven, which has been hard to take, when this show has never let me down before. I will admit to a brief loss of faith for a few episodes during season four, but it righted itself quickly.

However, I enjoyed tonight’s episode and look forward to the finale. Honestly, heatlhy food advocates everywhere need to take a page from tonight’s script, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a successful commentary on the state of America’s eating habits. The tongue-in-cheek way high-fructose corn syrup (with an additive, of course) made human beings complacent and, well, stupid, was brilliant.

Watching Bobby lose it has been most disconcerting. Bobby, steadfast, always to be counted on, is absolutely losing his ghostly mind. Slowly. Perhaps that’s why it’s so creepy to watch, because one moment he’ll be the Bobby we know and love, and the next he’ll have a tantrum that breaks a mirror … or possess a maid or something. That’s some pretty serious vengeance action, and I can only imagine it’s going to get worse in next week’s finale. It’s not likely we’ll see Bobby in season eight, which makes me sad, but I don’t know how they’d keep him around and still stay true to two of the overarching themes of the show: that it’s unnatural for ghosts to remain here on earth, and everyone who knows Sam and Dean dies.

I’m still not sure Dick can stand up to the likes of Lucifer, but while watching this episode the smirky, quirky Dick definitely grew on me. That smile of his is awfully creepy in a Batman villain-like way. And the fact that there is no one who cannot say his name (even him) without making it sound like a dirty word cracks me up every time. What’s he going to say to Crowley? It’s fairly likely that Sam and Dean will get Crowley’s blood; otherwise, the build-up to ridding the world of Leviathans isn’t going to be quite so suspenseful … unless it turn into a “Bobby’s vengeance takes all” situation.

This and that:

  • “Well that crap [corn syrup] is in just about everything — soda, sauces, bread. …”- Sam
    “Don’t say pie.” – Dean
    “Definitely pie.” – Sam
    “Bastards.” – Dean
  • “I can’t live on rabbit food — I’m a warrior!” – Dean
  • “You get a trophy in Stockholm Syndrome.” – Dean to Emily
  • Why didn’t Dean just explain to Emily that Sam had a mobile phone? Because it was so much funnier to call it a douchetracker, of course.
  • I loved the scenes with the Alpha and it’s always so much fun to see the ongoing relationships Sam and Dean can have with the baddies, like Death, Crowley, etc.
  • Edgar + Alpha = Pac-man + True Blood.

Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW

7 Responses to “Supernatural – Corn syrup: it’s in pie”

May 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I just love that Alpha dude’s voice. Too lazy/tired to look it up now, but I’m hoping he’s done some voice work elsewhere.

What I really hope doesn’t happen is Bobby becoming the next “big bad” muck like Willow did in ‘Buffy’. He’s obviously making greater use of his “power,” but at what cost?

May 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I actually really enjoyed this episode although there were some things that kind of troubled me. Like how when Sam and Dean figured out that Emily was actually on the Alpha’s side they suddenly lost all interest in helping her, despite the fact that she was still a victim and Dean even made a joke about Stockholm Syndrome, like that’s something someone chooses to have. Actually that whole thing with the Alpha kidnapping children and keeping them like pets had some really icky and troubling implications. And the remark Dean made when the little boy came in, some thing like, “this just got even creepier”, like it’s somehow more creepy to kidnap little boys than little girls. Um. What? I don’t know it just really rubbed me the wrong way.

But other than that I liked the episode. It did a lot to further the plot, which has been sorely missing this season, while also bringing up some troubling new questions, like even if they kill Dick, what about the rest of the Leviathans? How are things going to end up with Bobby? Sadly I think I know the answer to that one.

Speaking of Bobby, that was an interesting conversation he and Dean had in the bathroom. Bobby seems to have figured out all the pieces to take out Dick, except the “bone of a righteous mortal” part, which had both he and Dean scratching their heads. Which makes me wonder if that isn’t a bit of lampshading. The last time we heard a term like “righteous mortal” was seasons 4 and 5, when the angels kept telling Dean that he was “the righteous man”. It seems like they might make the obvious connection, but since Dean is unlikely to think of himself as “righteous” even though most of the time he kind of is, it makes some sense that he might miss it. So I wonder if somehow that bone is gonna have to come from Dean. And how will that work if that’s the case? Will he have to die? Can Cas maybe pluck one of his bones out and then heal him? Someone else pointed out that in this episode, there might have been a big clue about Dean being the “righteous mortal”. In the scene where Dean and Sam are in the dining room with the Alpha, you can see a painting on the wall behind Dean. It’s blurry most of the time, but whenever it’s just behind Dean it’s in focus. It’s the same painting of Michael killing Lucifer that used to hang in the green room that the angels took Dean to when they revealed that he was Michael’s vessel. Hard to know whether something like that is a purposeful clue or whether they just wanted a painting for the set and reused an old prop.

May 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

That’s interesting about the painting. We deleted the episode but I wish I could go check it out!

May 13, 2012 at 1:35 AM

yeah, i also support the theory on the righteous man being Dean, which Cass will most likely will have to point out, because Sam and Dean will never get it. Crowley could, though, if he doesn’t get killed by Dick first, and fingers crossed he won’t.

I doubt it will be something as “epic” as Cass taking one of Dean’s bones to kill Dick and then putting it back. it will probably be something as lame or out-of-nowhere as their borax weakness.

guess we’ll see next week!

May 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Well, when I was thinking of the Cas plucking one of Dean’s bones out of his body, I was really thinking practically. I mean who else has the power to remove a bone from a human’s body without killing them, and then assuring that they are healed enough to fight? I wasn’t thinking that Cas would be the one to wield it against Dick necessarily. Last time we saw, Cas wasn’t exactly in fighting mode after all. ;)

I think I have more hope for the finale. I don’t think they can get around the bone of a righteous mortal thing, since they’ve mentioned it several times. If they suddenly made it so that Borax actually can kill them somehow after never killing them before, that’d be a serious betrayal of the plot, and while there have been many times this season when I doubted the abilities of the writers, I can’t bring myself to doubt them that much.

May 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

OK, we did still have this episode on the DVR, and we re-watched the parts with Dean in front of the painting. Nope, absolutely nope. The biggest stretch you could possibly imagine from someone looking for some sort of meaning that simply wasn’t there. I do think it’s likely that Dean will be the righteous man, but the painting in no way was a clue to that. The painting is not in focus just when Dean is in front of it, and it is sometimes blurry when he is.

May 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Fair enough. I was going off screencaps somebody else made of it. But I still don’t discount that it might be a clue. It was there after all, which is weird enough on it’s own. And SPN has done this kind of set dressing clue before.

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