In the “Lurifec Hour” (not a typo, I’ll explain), or the “Rock Never Dies” episode, Sam and Dean visit sunny L.A., look for an agent, enjoy cucumber water, reunite with Beyoncé and Z and meet former rock god turned social media sensation Vince Vicente. Sam scores a role as Samson in a Bible epic and Dean snatches the lead role as a gunslinging outlaw who plays by his own rules in a Wild West trilogy. Hey, I’m a Hollywood publicist. This is what I do. I embellish.
Winchester recap: “Lurifec.”
While Sam’s researching the British MOL and looking for a case, Dean, aka 67impala327 is playing a game on his phone. He’s found a “power word”, “twerking”, which earns him 57 points. The next set of letters he has to work with spells LURIFEC, and when the other player expresses doubts about the existence of the word “twerking”, Dean suggests they check the dictionary, before adding in a devil emoticon. Seems like the Devil’s in the air… Unbeknownst to anyone, Lucifer’s been freed from the bottom of the ocean after a satanist summoned him with a special artifact. When Sam hears that the other player is Mary, he asks Dean how she’s been doing lately. “She’s dealing”. “She’s good.” Indeed. Mary wins the round with a “mega word”. 98 points!
Alerted by Castiel, Sam and Dean learn that Vince Vicente is back in the spotlight and in Los Angeles. Team Winchester’s not thrilled to go back to L.A. for the first time in 10 years. Dean especially is ranting about it being the land of “image-obsessed narcissists”, “toxic” pizza and “dudes with skinny jeans wearing sunglasses inside”. He needs to stay awake for the 150 miles that separate them from their dreaded destination and he asks Sam to crank up the volume on the “podcast” he’s listening to. Sam doesn’t think Dean would enjoy his podcast. It’s about “history”. Gladiators? Pirates? Dean likes history. He’s even driving a piece of it. But… It’s more like history of the protestant reformation: “a multi-part explanation of each of Martin Luther’s 95 theses”. Dean pulls the earphone cord out of the music player. “Oh, Sam… Hair rock?” Dean still disapproves of young Vince’s “rainbow” wig and after trying to justify himself, Sam decides that listening to Lucifer’s vessel’s music is “research”, and he cranks up the volume, drowning out Dean’s complaints.
Dean continues to judge Sam’s tastes when Sam’s tries to enjoy a glass of cucumber water or “vegetable water” as Dean calls it, in the Bellaqua Hotel, meeting point for Team WinchesCrowStiel (say that three times fast). The team’s looking for the location of Vince’s super secret show scheduled for the evening. In matching black outfits complete with sunglasses for Dean, the brothers meet Vince’s agent at a café, pretending to be a musical pair, “the brothers that rock together”, kinda like the “American Oasis”, “but with sense”, Sam adds. They strike out and go back to the Bellaqua, where Dean pours himself a glass of cucumber water, and tells Sam to shut up about it. Castiel’s contact, band member Tommy, comes through and gives up the name of the venue. Team Bye Lucifer springs into action. Sam wants to save the people inside the club. Castiel wants to take on Lucifer by himself to buy the others some time. Sam disagrees that Lucifer is solely Castiel’s responsibility. “He’s all of our responsibility.” Crowley offers to go with Castiel. “What? I help.”
Backstage, Vince is getting ready. His vessel’s decaying, he doesn’t actually play guitar, and he’s massacred all of the band members, but “the show’s gonna kill”. As he’s wailing on Castiel and Crowley, he explains that he’s leaving the “Judeo-Christian baggage” of Lucifer behind and becoming Vince, the adulated rock god. “I need love. I had a jacked childhood.” After several failed attempts at evacuating the club, Dean shoots in the air and yells that someone’s got a gun. Sam holds the club gates open against Lucifer’s power as long as he can to let all the fans out. Sam tells Lucifer he doesn’t understand his attitude, given the fact that he’s made up with God. Lucifer believes God only apologized to get his help then he turned around and ditched him again. Life has become meaningless so he’s just going to continue smashing “Daddy’s already broken toys” and make the Winchesters watch. After Lucifer leaves behind a mummified Vince Vicente, Dean chooses to see the glass half full as they at least managed to save the crowd. Sam disagrees. Lucifer’s idea of “fun” is racking up the body count and he’s only getting started. “Onwards and upwards” were his parting words. Things are only getting worse from here. “We will stop him.” “That’s what we do, man”. Dean sounds determined but Sam looks worried.
Overall grade : 6.75/10
The “Lurifec Hour” was a bit of a strange episode for me. It took a rewatch to figure out why. In the very beginning of season 11, when a picture of the Cage leaked from the set, I made no mystery of the fact that I didn’t want to see Lucifer again after a couple of seasons had already been devoted to his cause. I perked up something fierce when Mark Pellegrino rocked the Cage because his mastery and portrayal of the character are always enjoyable to me. Then I went back to being disinterested after the Original Dark Prince shed his Original Nick Hologram, then completely discouraged when Casifer threw a teenage tantrum in Sam’s room, forever dismantling the image of one of the most formidable, and once intimidating character the shows has ever given us.
Earlier this season, I mentioned that I liked Rick Springfield, the actor, which made his Lucifer tolerable, but as I watched him explain, with a lot more poise and dignity than Casifer ever had when he was in the throes of emotion, why he was still broken up over his Daddy issues, I understood what the problem was. I didn’t care. Lucifer is no longer a character that makes sense to me. He’s been bastardized him to the point that I feel completely disconnected from him and no longer believe he’s compelling enough to monopolize a whole episode much less constitute one of the quests of the season. For the trillionth time. If we must cling to an archangel to save our lives could we maybe possibly please switch to Mike? He hasn’t been completely hollowed out and turned into a joke yet.
On the subject of this strange “Lurifec Hour”, I was also uncomfortable with Vince’s scenes with Roselyn in a way I’ve rarely been watching this show. I guess watching her beg for the honor and ‘privilege’ to debase herself further for a male character while already disfigured went down my throat like a chicken bone.
On the topic of other characters, I was as usual happy to see the King. He once again showed his smarts and vision as one who’s climbed every echelon to get to the top. “Started from the bottom now we’re here” (this Drake reference will make sense in a second). Crowley has a deal with the head of Los Angeles-based Death Siren label, who provides him with hungry young artists. Crowley fulfills their wishes for success, at a price. He takes care of his roster. After all, there’s a certain “prestige” in owning a Drake or a Swift. I thought that scene was such a great wink at that joke Mark Sheppard made, implying that he owned Justin Bieber soul and that Justin’s clock was ticking.
Figures that Crowley would have a number of clients and associates in the land of “sweaty desperation”. Speaking of L.A., why did that 90210 montage, music included, look straight out of the 90ies? Anyway. I was also pleased to see the always likable Kadeem Hardison’s even if I knew his character was dead the second I saw him. I liked his portrayal of Crowley’s associate, the unscrupulous, money hungry label head. I did a double take when he mentioned “Dre” giving him the gift that ended up his throat. The episode was ripe with current pop culture references (Drake, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Bieber) so my mind automatically went to Dr. Dre. If you’re familiar with hip hop legend and mega producer Dr. Dre (co-founfer of the now defunct Death Row Records with Suge Knight and producer behind countless hits records for Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent and others), you know he’s been in the news lately.
Whether for his wildly popular Beats By Dre headphones, the billion dollar deal he inked with Apple, the Summer blockbuster NWA movie ‘Straight Out of Compton’ and the controversy that followed when women started speaking out about the abuse they claim they suffered at his hands which culminated in the release of the movie ‘Surviving Compton’ (or ‘What’s Love’s Got to Do With It’ 2.0) which features an account of Dre’s relationship with recording artist and former girlfriend Michel’lé, with whom he shares a child. The fact that such a current and controversial figure is implied to be close to nefarious fictional characters like Russell didn’t go unnoticed by yours truly…
On to the boys. I was amused by Dean’s rant about the evils of Los Angeles: “gridlock”, “Botox”, “underachieving”. I was especially tickled to see him in the café with his shades on after he had gone off about “dudes with skinny jeans wearing sunglasses inside”. Of course he was playing a character, one half of the ‘Bros That Rock’. I like the callback to the hilarious line from “Changing Channels”, “I’m wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? No talent douchebags”. I also loved the callback to the excellent “Hollywood Babylon”, the other L.A. episode, when Dean mentioned they hadn’t been there since they had hunted a vengeful spirit. That would be the spirit of 30ies movie starlet Elise Drummond, who haunted the set of ‘Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning’.
Another scene I loved was the one where Sam is coming up with elaborate excuses to hide the fact that he’s (clandestinely) listening to Vince Vicente. The history of the protestant reformation: “a multi-part explanation of each of Martin Luther’s 95 theses”??? Wow. That’s specific. And hilarious. And Dean didn’t buy it at all but I love Sam for coming up with such an obscure topic that he thought for sure Dean would want no part of. He did the same in “Inside Man” when he went on a secret mission to save Dean, invoking a French movie about a “mime that’s secretly a cockroach” to make sure Dean wouldn’t follow. Oh, Sam, I love you so.
Just last episode, Sam was telling Dean to be proud about the things he likes. Well Sam stood up for his refreshing little glass of “vegetable water” in the face of Dean’s judgement, “it’s good”, and he cranked up the volume on his latest, much vilified “research” project: Vicente’s music!
The Mary issue
So she’s playing word games with Dean but Sam doesn’t know how she’s been doing lately, which could mean she hasn’t contacted him? Yeah okay, movin on (I guess I’m over it, and her).
Best Dean moments
Oops. Looks like Dean’s found Rhonda Hurley’s panties. “We were, uh, nineteen. She made us try on her panties. They were pink. And satiny. And you know what? We kind of liked it.” Be still my heart. “The End” was a masterpiece in every way and this was a nice little reminder of dear ole Rhonda.
Dean giving into the cucumber water to complete his L.A. boy experience. It’s good for your health, baby. Drink up!
Don’t let the cute drink fool you. He’s a gunslinging outlaw and he isn’t scaredto make a mess. Dean firing warning shots in the club when people weren’t listening reminded me of the way he shot in the ground in “LARP and the Real Girl”. “All right. I need real answers. This here is a real gun, see?” Just do what the man tells you to do. Much easier that way.
“Dudes with skinny jeans wearing sunglasses inside.” Give him a break, he’s just playing a part. For in-for-mation. The jacket looks good though. Plus, check him out in these glasses! He can wear them at night, during an eclipse and underwater if he chooses.
Best Sam moments
Sam keeping the gates open like Samson grabbing the pillars of the Temple of Dagon. I see what you did there, Show, and I like it. I like it a lot.
Sam refusing to be shamed for his love of cucumber water. Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies, Sammy. Every little bit counts!
Sam reacting to seeing Lucifer in his new vessel. I was fighting mad after “We Happy Few” because I felt the episode completely glossed over Sam’s traumatizing history with Lucifer at a time where Lucifer was in the bunker and making himself comfortable in Sam’s quarters. I was even more disappointed when Jared explains a few weeks later that scenes addressing that history had been left on the cutting room floor. I appreciate the difference of reaction between Sam and Dean as they’re looking at Lucifer in his new skin. Sam’s more visceral, and it should be.
Sam and his “history” podcast. From the elaborate excuses to the justifications, to deciding it was “research” and finally owning it by cranking up the volume, I loved every bit of Sam in this scene.
This week’s Best Quote doubles up as a Best Dean/Best Sam/Funniest Moment.
“The brothers that rock together.” That should be the name of the next book written about the Winchesters.
“The American Oasis.” Dean, you awesome, silly, hilarious genius.
“But with sense.” Yes to that classy shade, Sam.
Sam helping Dean up after he’s been hit by Luci. Ah brotherhunters having each other’s backs. I’m a simple girl with simple tastes.
I can’t remember the last time I had a paragraph for The Brangst. First half of season 11 maybe? Kudos writers. They used to give us seasons jammed packed with brangst (see 8 and 9). This isn’t even heavy brangst as the brothers aren’t fighting with each other, but Sam’s reaction to the devastation caused by Lucifer not only to everyone around him, but to his own vessel made me worry. Oh True Vessel of Lucifer… I can see your wheels turning and we are not going there. You’re going to talk about it with your brother eventually, and the two of your are going to disagree. Let me save you the trouble and repeat after me. “I will not say yes and I won’t triple lindy back into the box.” As your brother would and will say, not an option, good talk.
So while I really enjoyed the Lucifer hints like LURIFEC and the devil emoticon, Vince turned out to be the least captivating part of “Lurifec Hour” through no fault of Rick Springfield’s I might add. The Lucifer character has just lost too much of what made him interesting in my eyes and he’s simply no longer appealing to me.
I enjoyed the boys and their L.A. adventures tremendously (makes me long for the time J and J monopolized almost all the screentime). I was very amused by Dean’s rant about the evils of Los Angeles and tickled to see him inside a café with his sunglasses on. It was a great callback to his hilarious line from “Changing Channels”, “I’m wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? No talent douchebags”. I also loved the callback to “Hollywood Babylon”, the other L.A. episode.
I was thoroughly entertained by the podcast scene and Sam’s attempts to throw Dean off his scent. I even found the little cucumber water saga absolutely delightful. I loved the callbacks to two of my favorite Supernatural episodes ever, “The End” and “Changing Channels”. I loved the matching black outfits, Dean’s leather jacket, Dean firing warning shots to get people’s attention and Samson helping the patrons find their way to safety by keeping the gates of the temple open. I loved the brothers watching each other’s back in the Lucifer fight. If I only look at the “Brothers that Rock Together”, this episode has a very good grade but alas. I said it in “The Foundry” Report and I’m saying it now. I’m enjoying Team Crowstiel. Together they make a funny and entertaining pair.
I’ll conclude by saying that this is the fourth episode that leaves me feeling worried about Sam. If someone is in trouble this season, I believe it’s him.
While the episodes have been uneven, the last few had many positive elements and I’m slowly warming up to season 12 (took me a minute) and genuinely looking forward to the midseason finale next week.
The Winchester Brothers Report by Vee
12.01: “If he is not in one piece I will take you apart.”
12.02: “The only thing we had was each other.”
12.03: “Family hunting trip.”
12.04: “I hate you so much right now.”
12.05: “What do you think this is? Tickle party?”
12.06: “Where is my brother?”