I remember putting this up on Supernaturally Devoted last season to commemorate the 200th episode. But I don’t recall putting it all up for some reason time passed me by. So since its hiatus time here comes some of the work I produced on that report. Each writer covered the same areas to cover the show, like best episodes, bro moments, music content and so on….. Hope you enjoy my selection and the choices I made. Will if I remember add the rest tomorrow as a second parter.
5 Favorite Brotherly Moments and 5 favorite songs
2.22 All Hell breaks loose Parts 1 and 2
This is my personal favorite episode of all time. It had so much going for it, that it captured my imagination in every single way possible. I never saw the first three seasons live, and I can only begin to imagine what loosing Sam must have felt like to those watching. It must have been terrifying for Dean, when I remember him looking up into the diner window realizing something was up when the radio turned static. Where had Sam disappeared to, then Dean found sulfur on the window ledge and realized the obvious Sam had been taken by supernatural forces? The physic kids began to materialize and Sam had come to an unknown location to him, a spooky un-habitated village. Dean searched and searched for Sam with the help of Bobby and Andy telepathically tries to reach Dean. Who understands where Sam is. Dean eventually finds Sam only to see Jake kill his brother with a single stab wound into his spine. Dean is holding his brother in the pouring rain calling out his brother’s name three times. Even now this scene continues to haunt me that I feel their plight and misery that Jake caused. How scary that must have been for Dean finding Sam then losing him. What was going to happen next> I wonder ….
4.10 Heaven and Hell
I still fill up with all sorts of emotions when I ever watch this clip. How Dean felt about his time in Hell, how he was describing every moment to his brother out loud. It’s a tossup between this scene and Dean talking to Sam’s dead body in ABHL, which I think are Jensen’s best ever performances. He is so perfect at crying, and showing us that one single tear trickling down his face. But it for the first time made me feel how strong Dean actually was, that he’d spent 30 years on that rack before dealing out some of that crap to others, that he had endured himself. How vividly he appeared to be recalling his time to Sam, and that he felt every second of it. That Alistair tried to break him and he did actually succeed. Demons had Dean right where they wanted him…
5.04 ‘The End’
This end scene is possibly one of my most ever favorite lines of the show. Sam had just found out that he was Lucifer’s true vessel, and that Zachariah had zapped Dean into the future. Sam wanted back in and Dean refused his first request but once he’d returned from the future and seeing Lucifer kill his future self he allowed his brother back because it was more than that ‘we keep each other human.’ Dean couldn’t be without Sam no matter what. So all of Zach’s past efforts were an utter waste of time. Because family at the end of the day trumps all EVIL!
7×02 ‘Hello Cruel World.’
Sam was having hallucinations of Lucifer and was in a real bad way and Lucifer sneakily shape-shifts into Dean to fool Sam into taking him to the warehouse, to make Sam go insane. The real Dean arrives in the nick of time and realizes what is going on. Dean tries to convince Sam what is real, and that the wound on his hand is real as he attended to it and sewed it up. And that he should make that his stone number one and build on it. This to me conjures up a great brother moment knowing how well they know each other, and that Dean can make Sam believe that he is the real brother and the other is an impostor. Sam had been in a right state mentally, and for Dean to pull him through was a great achievement. One scene I will always fondly remember …
9×23 Do you believe in Miracles?
It was a tossup between this and Sacrifice and I had to really think about the dialogue and the meaning behind the moments, and Dean saying ‘I am proud of us’ stole it for me. It also felt like perfect symmetry, a reflection of ‘All Hell breaks Loose’ season 2. It was a perfect moment and the crowning glory, and that the roles were reversed. That Dean was on the receiving end of death this time, and the one dying. And this clip had my favourite instrumental piece playing in the background. I also found out much later on that it’s also known as ‘Dean’s Theme.’
5 Favourite Songs:
Supernatural has two score composers. Christopher Lennertz and Jay Gruska, Christopher Lennertz received an Emmy nomination for his work on the series’ first season in 2006. A few words have to be mentioned for the little tingling piece of guitar music at the end of the show which is seldom noticed among fans. Its gentle, rock notes emerges as we sigh… that our episode has come to an end, for another week. So I give a nod to Jay Gruska for his brilliance in bringing us this score which has been present to us fans for the past 10 years. ‘Carry on wayward son’, often comes up and is notice more by fans, and is the shows main theme song, but this little instrumental rarely hits the headlines. So I hope we notice his efforts more frequently in the future …
My second and most moving piece of instrumental music has to go to ‘American’, which I have only recently found out its title and origin. It is the haunting piece that is often played during sad brotherly moments, deaths, and remembrances. It almost every time moves me to tears, and I am a blubbering wreck! Its orchestral piece seems to enhance the magic between the brothers every time, and ejects certain calmness within me too. I was so interested in finding out more about this piece but, couldn’t find it on you-tube.
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult:
All our times have come
Here, but now they’re gone
Seasons don’t fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
(We can be like they are)
Come on baby
(Don’t fear the reaper)
Baby take my hand
(Don’t fear the reaper)
We’ll be able to fly
(Don’t fear the reaper)
Baby I’m your man
When I remember playing back Faith this soundtrack continuously played in the back of my mind. I remembered thinking how evocative it was, and that the music was such a perfect fit to the story itself. And how it made me feel for Dean and his safety and also Sam’s struggle in how he did everything he could to save Dean. Those Reapers were really scary, and the story telling was superb in this episode. Especially thinking that these people thought this man could heal them. When it turned out to be a con.
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky …
I have some fond memories of this track, as this was the first season I remember watching live. I also recall the clips and pictures that came through on the spoilers and thinking wow that over turned car, this looks a strong episode. This is where the boys first start to encounter the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. I thought it was again perfect lyric telling in the song which matches the scene amazingly well. This I think was my first real taste in the feel of the music for the show. I still remember in my mind Sam switching off the radio in the over turned car. Those boys looked scared ridged wondering when some demon might pounce on them! I fondly remember Ellen giving Dean a hard slap around the face for not calling her…
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man
Jensen this Sunday performed this track with Louden Swain at Vancouver Convention
Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time… Don’t live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you’ll find love,
And don’t forget son,
There is someone up above.
And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Baby, be a simple kind of man.
Oh won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?
This episode was the first time I remember seeing the brothers alone without one another. The symmetry between their lives was so close. I loved thinking how Dean looked over to Sam’s seat in the Impala and he wasn’t there. Sam washing down the sink top in the bar, when Dean was washing The Impala down. This was the episode where they both found out that they were to be both angel vessels for both Michael and Lucifer when he finally finds Sam and pays him a visit disguised as Jessica. The music was just utterly mind blowing, and so fitting.
8.01 We need to talk about Kevin?
Styx – Man in the Wilderness
Another year has passed me by
Still I look at myself and cry
What kind of man have I become?
All of the years I’ve spent in search of myself
And I’m still in the dark
‘Cause I can’t seem to find the light alone
Sometimes I feel like a man in the wilderness
I’m a lonely soldier off to war
Sent away to die, never quite knowing why
Sometimes it makes no sense at all …
Scream the lyrics when the Season 8 Premier begins to unfold.
This episode turned out to be quite sad, wondering how Dean would get out of purgatory and how living topside would affect him once again. Sam had spent time alone without him, hitting a dog and meeting that woman who shall remain nameless. Season 8 was and still is tough to watch, but this particular piece of music I found emotional as the lyrics really touched my heart sensing a man had gone off to war, and is in search of himself. It fitted Dean’s situation so perfectly it was like it was meant to be. Whenever I watch the scene I always turn up the volume and feel my emotions rising, my heart skips a beat. It really makes me think…
9.23 ‘Do you believe in Miracles.’
Can’t find my way home by “Blind Faith”
Come down off your throne and leave your body alone.
Somebody must change.
You are the reason I’ve been waiting so long.
Somebody holds the key.
But I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time
And I’m wasted and I can’t find my way home.
Come down on your own and leave your body alone.
Somebody must change.
You are the reason I’ve been waiting all these years.
Somebody holds the key.
This piece of music once again finds its way in to my top five, as it was so haunting and the lyrics were so apt. It moves me to my outer limits and touches my soul. Sam alone once again in the bunker contemplating what to do about his brother, and drinking himself silly with a glass of whiskey. Dean can’t find his way home, who is he now, a person we no longer no. What has he become?
5×21 Two Minutes to Midnight
O’Death Jennifer Titus
Once again I feel like I am being transported back in time to Chicago and Death meeting Dean in the Diner sharing a Pizza. What could be more explosive than watching Dean’s face wondering if Death was going to smite him on the spot. This pair have great chemistry, and Death is possibly one of my favourite guest stars out of the whole ten years, so I had to include his monologue. Julian Richings just oozed death and played him with such gravitas. He still stands the test of time today. Death lives up to his name; he is an awesome, epic character. The opening scene with Gen singing still haunts me, and when threads come up on the board about favourite music moments, this one often hits the note for me. It’s always in my top ten. Death wasn’t a horseman to be reckoned with!!
Won’t you spare me over another year?
Well what is this that I can’t see?
With ice cold hands takin’ hold of me
When God is gone and the Devil takes hold
who will have mercy on your soul
No wealth, no ruin, no silver, no gold
Nothing satisfies me but your soul
Well I am Death, none can excel
I’ll open the door to heaven or hell
My name is Death and the end is here.
9×10 Road Trip
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – The Famous Final Scene
plays over Dean’s opening montage
Think in terms of bridges burned
Think of seasons that must end
See the rivers rise and fall
They will rise and fall again
Everything must have an end
Like an ocean to a shore
Like a river to a stream
Like a river to a stream
It’s the famous final scene
Kevin’s death played a huge part in season 9 and I felt I had to mention this one final piece as Jensen was outstanding, and it just showed off his craftsmanship down to the last tiny dot. Jensen’s expressions said it all he just went with it and it played out to the audience beautifully. The music again was a perfect match, it blew me away..