Question: Any new scoop on Supernatural? —Jonathan
Ausiello: A big “Winchester family mythology episode” is on the docket for late January, confirms exec producer Jeremy Carver. Playing a central role in the hour will be Sam and Dean’s paternal grandfather Henry, whose arrival stirs up some daddy issues for the pair. “In other words, what did their father’s father have to do with the way their father turned out? A lot of that is explored head-on,” reveals Carver. “There’s a tremendous amount of emotional ground that’s covered. When we get a chance to do one of these episodes, we try to do it with great care because we’re essentially [etching] a part of the mythology into stone.” Might Jeffrey Dean Morgan make a cameo as Sam and Dean’s late pa? Responds Carver, evasively: “As with any character, we always have open discussions about everybody in our universe.” (We’ll take that as a no.)
Archive for December, 2012
Question: Any new scoop on Supernatural? —Jonathan
“Hunteri Heroici” is a fabulous, looney hit! Andrew Dabb, aka “the writer”, gave us drama, fun toon antics and the ol’ serious one-two punch hanging over both Sam and Castiel: you can run but you can’t hide. Guest star Mike Ferrell(Fred Jones), portrays a ‘living in his own world’ aged person who also has strong telekinetic powers. Fred sits day in and day out watching cartoons, living in a world of his own making until an evil doctor realizes his powers. Hence, the looney tune capers begin with a man’s heart literally exploding out of his chest, all over his girlfriend in typical Supernatural form. Castiel then gets zapped into heaven for his ‘this is your repayment’ lecture from Naomi. ‘Repayment for what?’ we ask. So “what’s up Doc?”, let the show begin!
We find “Baby’ and the gang getting sustenance. Sam checks up on the Trans and Castiel has turned off his angel radio antenna. Cass desires to do good so announces that he’s wants to be a hunter. He has discovered “one of their kind of cases” so a hunter he is! Shotgun he’s not when Sam forcefully relegates him to the back seat.
A snarky detective shares her take on the “heartbroken” victim and Castiel takes over with his angelic abilities. Positive: Cass eliminates all sorts of physical stuff by smelling the victim. Negative: not so much help. Sam and Dean figure out that the fella was having an affair. Dean triggers a Sam flashback with the line “living a lie” which just gives more credence against any real relationship between Sam and Amelia. Sam has found a house for them to live in and Amelia’s Dad, Stan, is coming to visit. Stan, who is ex-military, doesn’t think too much of Sam and regards him to be a ‘fixer-upper’.
In real-time, the threesome question the victim’s wife and Castiel confidently announces his ability to do so. After slamming his hands on the table and accusing the wife of murder, easy Sam takes over. The wife has nothing to hide and after admitting to an open marriage, Dean thinks she’s the best wife ever. No clues here but a call about a suicidal jumper gets their attention.
The jumper appears to have walked on air for several seconds before plunging to his death. This and the exploding heart leads Dean straight to cartoon involvement. Dean wants Castiel to hop into heaven and listen up for any info but Cass refuses, he’s turned off his angelic link. Cass has no idea about cartoons so after viewing Wylie Coyote chasing the Road Runner and never catching him, Cass compares them to man futilely chasing God. Castiel the never-ending angel!
Another crime occurs that seems to be on the crazy side. A massive anvil squishes a security guard during a bank robbery. There’ve been similar robberies with a giant black spot left on the wall. Sam checks them out while Dean and Cass uncover an X under the anvil…. like X marks the spot.
Back at the hotel room, Dean researches on the computer while Castiel reads John’s journal. Dean broaches Castiel perusing Heaven again and Cass responds vehemently. A thoughtful Dean responds by sitting in front of Cass, “Talk to me.” Because of the devastation that he’s caused in Heaven, Castiel believes that he would kill himself if he entered Heaven again. I think that this is his own internal spiritual protection.
Sam not only discovers a common location between the robberies but also funny things happening within fifty yards of each crime. Dean jokes that it’s “wabbit hunting season” and Cass replies “I don’t think you pronounced that correctly.” Love, love, love having Castiel back!
The location is Sunset Fields where Cass interrogates a cat, Dean mostly smiles and Sam recognizes an old friend of John’s, Fred Jones. An aide expresses to Sam that the guests tune out and live in their heads which causes Sam to remember meeting Amelia’s dad. Stan asks Sam if he ever served because he has that look: the look of somebody who has seen a lot of crap that made him start running. Crap that makes him want to grab hold of something and hang on. Stan asks, “What are you running from, Sam?”
The guys locate Fred Jones who has super-duper toon powers in spite of living zoned out. Cass asks, “Do we kill him?” A doctor hears this and kicks them out of the facility. Later, Fred blows up a birthday cake but no old folks. As the guys leave, Cass spots a bracelet that belongs to a guest. The nurse’s boyfriend gave it to her so the three leave to find the boyfriend. The boyfriend has been shot by the doctor who plans on killing Fred. Castiel heals the guy and gets the info needed to hunt down the doctor’s last heist.
Dean enter the bank through a large, black, spot and Cass and Sam find Fred. Dean’s fight with the doc is straight out of Looney Tunes which includes Dean in a mid-air still, leaping for the doctor. After a wrestling match, Dean pulls his gun and fires ‘bang’. The doc tells Dean that’s what he gets for bringing a gun to a gag fight!
Meanwhile, Sam is frustrated that Fred can’t speak with them. Castiel lays his hands on Fred’s and the three land inside of Fred’s tv land. Sam lectures Fred about living more in his dream world than in the real world which effects both he and Cass. Sam’s last flashback is sharing to Stan that he lost his brother, that’s why he was running. Amelia gets a phone call and announces that dead husband Don is actually alive.
Fred checks into the land of the living long enough to cause the evil doc to shoot himself(gads!). Castiel finishes his angel duties hanging out with Fred which is endearing but not before Naomi calls him up. Castiel declares to her that he won’t run anymore from the pain he caused in Heaven.
I loved all the funny bits of this episode, I loved how the three hunters interacted and I especially loved hunter Castiel! Dabb wrote a wonderful, oddball story for our hunters who normally bog down in blood, guts and gore. The naive, nerd angel is scarred but back and Sam’s life with Amelia has inched forward. “Citizen Fang” is the midseason finale so til then… stay supernatural!
“Hunteri Heroici” facts: http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=8.08_Hunteri_Heroici