He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Demon Brother, Supernatural “Reichenbach”
In â€œReichenbachâ€ Cole roughs up Sam but then takes a different tactic in his hunt for Dean. Cas and Hannah remain road buddies (although she so wants to be more). Cas is finally aware that Dean is a demon. Unfortunately, on his way to catch up with Sam, he hits a few roadblocks. Demon Deanâ€¦is angry, sarcastic and uncontrollable. Heâ€™s too much even for an evil King of Hell like Crowley. And what weâ€™ve all been waiting for happensâ€¦Sam confronts his demon brother.
While I liked moments of Supernaturalâ€™s season 10 premiere, I like all of â€œReichenbach.â€ In particular, the final 11 minutes of the episode are immensely watchable and re-watchable. Consider this portion my Moment of Goodness. All of it.
– Much love to the way a piano playing Dean seems angsty and conflicted as a demon. And then the momentâ€™s over in a second. And love how he knows Samâ€™s in the room without having to look up. â€œHiya, Sam.â€ By the way, so much win right here. Dark Angel. Supernatural. A Piano. This fandom rules.
-Why wonâ€™t Sam tell the story of who winged him? Inquiring minds want to know details.
-The Sam/Demon Dean convo is one of my favorite parts of this episode. Kudos to J2. That scene had to be fun to play.
-Love how determined Sam is. Love how much Demon Dean doesnâ€™t even care.
Hereâ€™s one of the best exchanges:
Demon Dean: â€œWell, Iâ€™m not walking out that door with you. Iâ€™m just not. So whatâ€™re you going to do? Youâ€™re gonna kill me?â€
Demon Dean: â€œWhy? You donâ€™t know what Iâ€™ve done. I might have it coming.â€
Sam: â€œI donâ€™t care. Because you are my brother and Iâ€™ve come to take you home.â€
Sam’s love for his brother shows so much right there. Meanwhile, Demon Deanâ€™s laughter and sarcasm is brilliant.
Demon Dean: â€œYouâ€™re my brother and Iâ€™m here to take you home. God, what is this, a Lifetime movie, huh? With your puppy dog eyes? Thanks, Sammy. I needed that.â€
-Where was that determination when Dean was in Purgatory? Could have used it back then but glad itâ€™s here now. It makes it even that much sweeter.
-The Dean/Cole confrontation is almost as good. Once again, Sarcastic Demon Dean FTW.
Cole: â€œRemember me?â€
Dean: â€œYeah, youâ€™re that guy from that thing.â€
-I think itâ€™s great that Cole has no effing clue what trouble heâ€™s getting himself into. Heâ€™s in for a rude awakening. A rude, brutal and painful awakening. Demon Dean takes care of him easily. And then he shows his true colors to the guy after Cole slashes him in the face and the wound immediately heals. Out pops those black peepers. Now Cole is clued into more than he probably ever imagined.
-Thank you for The Princess Bride reference, Andrew Dabb. (“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”)
-Cole unwittingly distracts DD long enough for Sam to get the upper hand (courtesy of the Holy Water). Before he takes his demonic bro back to the bunker, he gives Crowley his payment: the First Blade. Boo, Sam. Boo. Thatâ€™s Deanâ€™s weapon. Heâ€™s going to need it when the Mark starts making its presence known again.
-Crowley treats the end of his howl at the moon friendship with Dean as a bonafide break-up. â€œLonely Girlâ€ plays in the background and heÂ staresÂ wistfully at an old photo of the good old days.
-By the way, please tell me there are outtakes of Dean and Crowley howlinâ€™ it up on the gag reel. Or at the very least some flashbacks. Pretty please?
-On that note, I can’t wait to see flashbacks of Sam’sÂ time without his brother. Just what did he do? How dark did he go? I need more Mystery Spot Sam in my life. I think everyone does, really.
-Cole would make a good hunter, donâ€™t you think?
-The first Sam/Dean Impala conversation of Season X happens. Never thought it would go like this with Dean handcuffed in the back and Sam at the wheel.
-How did Jensen manage to pull off the â€œItâ€™s just a car, Samâ€ line? It must have been difficult to make it seem like Dean doesnâ€™t care about Baby. That’s how Sam really knows his brother has gone dark. So funny.
-Demon Dean explains to his little brother why letting Cole live is a fate worse than death. Sam wants so much to think DD has some good in him. He probably thinks otherwise when Demon Dean ends the episode saying this:
Demon Dean: â€œAnd what Iâ€™m gonna to do to you, Sammy. Well, that ainâ€™t gonna be mercy, either.â€
-All the karaoke-ing and Good Times Demon Dean we saw in â€œBlackâ€ gives way to a more chilling, menacing, dark and scary side in â€œReichenbach.â€ I truly wish we could get even more of this Demon Dean before itâ€™s over. Iâ€™m not ready to quit him. Jensen is killing it right now. Donâ€™t get me wrong. Iâ€™ll be happy to get the brothers back and on the same page (or somewhere close to the same page). But I would like this story to go on longer. Iâ€™m going to have to savor whatever goes on in â€œSoul Survivor.â€
Random Thoughts about the first 30 minutes of â€œReichenbachâ€
-The 2003 Cole flashback â€“ that seems like a younger Dean. And he was wearing the BDW leather jacket of joy that disappeared in real life. Did they find a duplicate jacket? Did they use a shot from back in the day? Anyone tweet the powers that be during the episode to ask?
-I mentioned this last season butÂ does anyone want the show to bring back an adult (or more adult) Lucas or Michael from â€œDead in the Waterâ€ or â€œSomething Wicked?â€ Would love to see that in the tenth season. I would worship the show even more than I do now. And donâ€™t worry, I havenâ€™t forgotten about Jesse from â€œI Believe the Children Are Our Futureâ€ either. Still waiting around for that storyline resurrection.
-I sympathize with Cole but I hate that he calls Sam, â€œSammyâ€ and he keeps calling Dean, â€œDeano.â€
-Love Sam trying to clue Cole into the existence of monsters. He does sound crazy. He thinks he can prove heâ€™s telling the truth with Holy Water? What? How about BDWâ€™s journal? Whereâ€™s that little gem?
-So thankful Coleâ€™s torture methods involve punching and he never gets to anything (too much) worse. I couldnâ€™t have handled that. Hasnâ€™t Sam been through enough? Heâ€™s taken a beating the last couple of episodes. Not to mention being not right half of last season as well as the season before.
-Demon Dean in a strip club. Best part of this is the beat down he gives the security guy. When heâ€™s in places like this, I think Iâ€™ll call him by his other nickname: â€œPorn Guy.â€
-Demon Dean should have scared the ever living you-know-what out of those teens for calling him â€œGrandpa.â€ Just saying.
-It doesnâ€™t matter what season it is, Mark Sheppardâ€™s Crowley gets the best lines. THE BEST.
-OK, I donâ€™t like the continued separation of Cas from anyone with the last name Winchester. Itâ€™s ridiculous at this point. I like Hannah. But, come on. We need Cas and the boys breathing the same space. I donâ€™t like trumped up situations designed to keep characters separate and running the car off the side of the road is trumped up in my book. Even though Iâ€™m pretty sure their trying to go somewhere with Cas and Hannah. Will she ultimately sacrifice her grace for him? And whenâ€™s the Heaven storyline going to be over? I want Cas to have his own arc but Iâ€™m not interested in anything Heaven-related anymore. Having said that, the stuff with Cas/Hannah that happens in â€œReichenbachâ€ is infinitely better than the angel stuff that happened in â€œBlack.â€ Ok, rant over.
–Demon Dean to Crowley: â€œYou want me to kill for you.â€ Even Crowley wants Dean to be his â€œblunt little instrument.â€ Good for DD on going his own road. Iâ€™m glad he kills that douchebag Lester. Even as a demon Dean has a code. Sort of. Of course, he does break Crowleyâ€™s soul-selling Honor Code in the process. Thatâ€™s never good.
-Love the Franklin and Bash reference. Fun Fact: F&Bâ€™s Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jensen share the same birthday, March 1. Love that the folks over at F&B acknowledged it:
â€” Franklin and Bash (@FrankandBashTNT) October 15, 2014
-Sam and Stripper Club Security guy have matching arm injuries/slings. I dig their little exchange:
Security Guy: â€œThat guy get to you, too?â€ Sam: â€œNo. This is aâ€¦just a hunting accident.â€ Security Guy: â€œDamn.â€
-Sleeping Cas = adorbs. As is Talking to Kids Cas. -Crowley listening to boring demon minion talk about conversion rates = hilarious. â€œKill me.â€ -The Crowley/DD break up scene is so good. Itâ€™s frightening how Demon Dean can get so damn scary in the span of ten seconds. He literally pushes Crowley too far and now the King of Hell is done. Andrew Dabbâ€™s dialogue in this episode is crackling good.
Crowley: â€œItâ€™s over. What can I say? The crazy onesâ€¦theyâ€™re good for a fling. But theyâ€™re not relationship material.â€ Dean: â€œAre you done?â€ Crowley: â€œWeâ€™re done. You know what, Dean? Itâ€™s not me. Itâ€™s you.â€
Crowley is going to miss hanging and howling with DD. Itâ€™s the best relationship heâ€™s ever had. -Fun Crowley to Sam line: â€œHello, Bullwinkle. You miss me?â€ -Love Cas relishing that lying liar that lies (Metatron) being behind bars (Itâ€™s his â€œHappy Place.â€ Ha!). However, as much as I love me some Curtis Armstrong as the big guy, I really just want Cas to have his grace back sooner rather than later. Can we make this happen, please? Although I love this little Hannah/Metatron dialogue:
Hannah: â€œIâ€™m here about Castiel.â€ Metatron: “Boo.”
Armstrongâ€™s delivery of the dialogue is so good. He fits in with our favorite Supernatural actors who can do the same Â (Jensen, Jared, Misha, Mark S. etc…). And how about â€œAsstiel?â€ Hilarious. Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on the CW.
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