I had mixed feelings about the episode, but I think overall I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome, and above all the story telling. I love the 1935 black and white imagery and the finding of the key and where the key lead us too. The introduction of the hunters was interestingly told and sadly we lost Jenkins and his partner appeared lost but continued on regardless to find Dorothy. Dorothy was a delight, and really warmed to her in so many ways, and even adored her outfit and leather biker style jacket. Dean why can’t you wear one like this ….. The bit I really did think was spooky and seamed the story telling beautifully was Dorothy and Dean sitting in the bunker in the same location but at different times, the faint Dorothy and distant Dean really impressed me. 1935 enveloping into 2013 well done writers….
I did find one tiny little fault however, when Charlie and the boys found the computer room and went to move some shelving out of the way the glass jar falls which was expected. But what I didn’t expect was the heavy glass lid works its way off and the liquid all piles out onto the floor. It must have been some heavy liquid, to have moved that lid completely off. Or did the crew give it a helping hand…
I also loved how the writers reminded us of Cas, and that Sam was concerned about his friend. I enjoyed how they wove the computer room into the story and Sam wanting to work the computer so he could find out about the angels and where they fell, to help Cas out. You’ve got to love Sam for trying….. He’s one smart boy for finding the wires which lead him and Dean down stairs to Wow the computer center. What do all these computers do!!
Now some have complained to high heaven about Charlie, and I know you all do love her here. But I find it hard to believe that she has over night got hunters instincts to know what to do, and make the boys look a bit stupid when they’ve been doing it for years. She at one point out witted Dorothy whom is a true hunter. Charlie really!! I admire her computer savey but not hunter prowess, writers sorry I think you got that wrong. She also took Dean’s bullet from the witch, and killed the witch and retrieved the key, WOW Charlie, we are adventurous. Dean is a big boy you know.
Dean calling out Zeke when Sam came into Dean’s room was very, very clever. How quickly Sam’s eyes light up and drowned Sam out to bring on Zeke, very impressive. Sam waking up again wondering what the hell had gone down. Not realizing he was healing a human all over again but not using demonic powers but angelic powers this time, this so reminded me of season 4, spooky Sam. I also applaud Dean for trying to get out of his awkwardness when Sam asked who Zeke was, classic supernatural. I don’t envy Dean when he finally has to tell Sam who Zeke really is. Is Sam slowly taking on some of Zeke’s angelic powers, and could the Sam we no be slowly going for ever.
I have got to say I did truly love the witch. You may have noticed I’ve used the word love a lot in this essay, so I must have enjoyed it 😉 She was just in time for Halloween too. Good make-up, green eyes, possessing both boys. Really boys letting an old witch get to you, I am surprised. The witch was scary and very threatening and as Zeke said powerful. So I don’t think it was as cheesy as I feared it would be. This must be Robbie trying something new considering Charlie is his baby. I do like Robbie’s style…..
Crowley, what can I always say about our fourth leading man. He never lets me down, and impresses me every time with his whit and sense of comedic timing, always perfection he can do no wrong. I adored his witch line and his little copy cat snarl at the witch just to prove he could do it, just as well. Sam with Crowley was so good. Each time Sam entered the dungeon he slapt the crayon down harder just to prove to Crowley he wasn’t to be messed about with and walks straight back out without saying a word. But why a crayon Sam, has the bunker run out of pens, or even a pencil!!!
I also really did enjoy Sam and Dorothy’s time on screen together. There was something that felt very real for once. If these two had been a love interest instead of Amelia It would have gone swimmingly. They both had something in common, the open road and not having a fixed abode to call home. The whole feeling of this episode helped to see life from Sam’s point of view seeing his room also enabled us to understand his flaws and layers that bit more, and after all it centered around his new home, the bunker.
I was surprised at how easily pleased I was with this episode overall, I thought I was going to cringe but I didn’t. One area that did lack for me was the CGI graphics when the doors opened and the witch saw home and the bats flying towards her. I think with effects this day and age could be much better. But it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment and feel of the episode. It was a filler, and felt like one.
We also got to see more of the bunker, and yes the whole episode was centered around the bunker and the boys were at home, and not out on the road. Which was very unusual. We got to view more rooms, and yes finally Sam’s, which in a way was as I expected, the Kitchen god what a tip, and the Garage, beautiful. I noticed a number on one door 28 so we no there are loads left to see.
One thing I will say about the ending, was it rushed? Did Charlie really think things through about going with Dorothy. Was she too eager to get away from reality. We will never know unless she regrets it later and finds she hates it in Oz, and wants to come home. One other thing I did notice when the doors opened into Oz, how this so reminded me of Narnia and the children walking from the wardrobe into another world. The boys faces and Deans hand has he touched the door and both him and Sam pushed it open to just reveal the old dark corridor.
‘There’s no place like home.’ …………….
I would give this episode a rank of 8 out 0f 1o! It entertained me. Well done Robbie.