Allow me to deluge you with Season Three feels. Warning: Mystery Spot trauma dead ahead.
1. Mystery Spot
I like to say that the best thing you can do with a story is make it both funny and sad. Mystery Spot- hilarious, dark and shocking by turns- is the best example I can think of of this. ‘I’m supposed to wake up.’
(Damn. I literally just deleted the old Mystery Spot shots I had saved. This means an extra trip to screencapped.net. See the things I do for you guys?)
2. No Rest For The Wicked
God, what a pile of nastiness and manpain this episode is. It didn’t really kick into gear until the final scenes, though; Dean getting ripped apart while Sam screamed for them to stop was one of the most harrowing things they’ve ever done, not to mention that shot of Dean in Hell. I hereby award this finale the Wrencollins Certificate Of General Disturbingness.
3. A Very Supernatural Christmas
I love this episode, even though the fingernail-pulling bit makes me shudder. Kripke’s delighted analysis of the scene where the kid sees his parents get abducted is so funny. But my absolute favourite bit was the flashback in which we discover where the Samulet came from, because for me a huge piece of the Winchester puzzle fell into place right then. (I always tear up at that bit. I must be very sentimental.)
4. Sin City
There are two wonderful scenes in this episode. The first, which makes me laugh my ass off, is when Sam thinks a businessman is a demon, breaks into his office, and points a gun at him- only to realise his mistake, awkwardly apologise, and walk out, grimacing.
The second is the conversation (and chemistry) between Dean and the (scarily hot) demon Casey. Great actors, great writing.
5. Bad Day At Black Rock
I’m not even going to bother quoting this one.
Red Sky At Morning. I’d actually have liked to squeeze this onto my top five. It’s not generally liked, but I love the whole damn thing. Also:
‘Can I shoot her?’
‘Not in public.’
Ghostfacers is my second honourable mention; it’s one of the first examples of the creators screwing with format. Plus, Sam and Dean have such filthy mouths in it. So realistic and so silly.
Fresh Blood, another very disturbing episode. The last appearence of Gordon, and with some wonderful closeups from Kim Manners.
Dream A Little Dream Of Me, for being exactly as surreal as it should be.
And finally Jus In Bello, because I love Henricksen’s gradual turnaround. And Sam and Dean’s bitchfaces when he says they’ll never see each other again. Precious.
So, guys, this is where you sack up and do your bit. I don’t get paid for this shit, you know, so leave a comment and tell me what your top five are. Seriously, it’s good discussion material. Also, if you’re interested, I’ve done a top five list for Season One and Season Two as well.
Oh, and Bella- sorry for clogging up the media library with my screencaps. At least they’re pretty, huh?
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