Hey y’all! It’s T-3 days until the Supernatural Convention, and I’m on pins and needles. I fangirl pretty regularly, but you can expect a greater than usual amount of fangirling this weekend. Oh, and of course updates about the walking hotness that is Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. I mean seriously. Staring at them is like staring into the sun. Do it too long and your eyes will burn out. But hey, I’m willing to take the risk. Don’t worry. I plan to tell you all about it. 🙂 Anyway, that’s not what I plan to talk about today, but suffice it to say, that’s pretty much all that’s on my mind right now. So much so in fact that instead of putting today’s date as September 17, 2012, I realized at about 3 or so this afternoon that I’d been putting Supernatural 17, 2012 on everything. Distracted much? I’d say so. But can you blame me?
At any rate, I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she asked me what my favorite episodes of SPN are. I told her I could give her my top 10 favorite eps in descending order from ‘I absolutely ADORED everything about this ep’ to ‘really liked it a whole lot.’ This is my list:
10. The Born-Again Identity: This episode was one of my favorites from S7. Of all of the storylines presented in S7, I was most interested in Sam’s crumbling mental state; this episode tackled that subject beautifully. The Winchesters pretty much try to just muscle through whatever is going on in their lives, but Sam’s hellucinations presented an obstacle that he couldn’t just power through. It’s a terrible thing to become of prisoner in your own mind, and that’s what happened to Sam. I thought Jared Padalecki did a phenomenal job of conveying the crazy without going over the top. His performance was understated, but you could see the exhaustion, fear, and resignation that he was going to die. Jensen Ackles also did a fantastic job of playing Dean’s desperation to save Sam, shock at finding Cas, and conflict about forgiving Cas. I really loved pretty much everything about this ep.
9. The Real Ghostbusters: SPN pulls off meta in a way that I have never seen another show be able to do. So, bravo to SPN for that. But this is one of my favorites also because Sam and Dean’s reaction to the SPN convention amuses me a great deal. I would imagine it would be off-putting for people to have read all about your life and then basically show up dressed as your worst nightmares. I always enjoy when Sam and Dean are put in uncomfortable situations because comedy always ensues. I also love this ep because I love Chuck. Rob Benedict is one of my favorite guest stars, and he’s hilarious here.
8. Two Minutes to Midnight: This is on the list because the writing is just top notch. The conversation between Dean and Death in the pizzeria alone is worth the price of admission. Julian Richings is perfection in the role. And, he had one of the most awesome entrances known to man. I mean, rollin’ up in a classic car (in slow motion no less) with Jen Titus’ ‘O Death’ playing. C’mon. That’s just awesome.
7. The End: Double dose of Jensen Ackles. Need I say more?
6. Mystery Spot: I like this one not only because Jensen Ackles’ comedy chops are so awesome, but also because it gave us a glimpse of a darker Sam. There were little bits of dark Sam throughout S2 and S3, but after Dean died permanently, we got a preview of S4 Sam. He was completely closed off, methodical, and downright scary. I think watching that episode was the first time I realized just how much Sam and Dean need each other. They balance each other out. I also tend to like the SPN episodes that start out kind of light and then take a darker turn.
5. Swan Song: This one makes me cry every single time. It is one of the best hours of tv SPN has ever done. It is everything I love about this show.
4. Changing Channels: Much like Mystery Spot, I like this one because it starts off fairly light, then turns very serious. The reveal of the Trickster as the archangel Gabriel was something I did NOT see coming and I love when SPN surprises me like that. I also think the herpes commercial is hilarious. As is the CSI bit. And since I’m old enough to remember the original Knight Rider (dang, I’m old!) I thoroughly enjoyed the Impala being turned into KITT. Or in this case, SAM.
3. Point of No Return: This episode was a turning point; not just for the characters but for S5 as a whole. This one is toward the top of the list because all of the relationships get tested here. I think SPN works best when it focuses on relationships, and each of the characters had to confront Dean here. In many ways, Dean is the rock everyone leans on. They depend on him to make the right choice. They depend on him to save them. They depend on his loyalty to and love for his family. So when Dean had a moment of weakness, all of the characters felt let down and they approached that, and Dean, in different ways. This episode was one of the first times we saw Cas lose his temper. He gave up everything for Dean, and he felt like Dean was just throwing it all away to take the easy way out. I wanted Dean to get some sense slapped into him, but Cas beating the holy hell out of him was not exactly what I had in mind. But I think Sam’s approach revealed 5 seasons worth of character growth. Sam wanted to stop Dean from making a bad choice, but in the end, Sam stepped back and let Dean choose for himself. He let Dean know that he loved him and had faith in him, but he didn’t make Dean do anything. He let Dean come to the right decision all on his own. I love it. I also love Dean killing Zachariah. Aside from the fact that it was beautifully shot (which it was. Kudos Phil Sgriccia), I was really sick of Zachariah and ready for him to go. Loved it.
2. On the Head of a Pin: This one has so much awesome in it. I like this one primarily because of the conflict going on with Dean. On the one hand, Dean knows they need to get this information. He knows how high the stakes are, and he knows the consequences of failure. But on the other hand, Dean is a very black and white character. Either you’re a monster or you’re human. I think Dean feels like he became a monster in Hell, and he’s spent his life trying to make up for it. Therefore, having to bring that monster back out was something he struggled with and something he (understandably) wanted to avoid. However, during those torture scenes I always got the feeling Alastair was still the one doing the torturing. This episode also revealed that Ruby was giving Sam demon blood. I remember being totally shocked the first time I saw it. I was on Ruby’s side and thinking that maybe she really was just trying to help…until this episode. After the reveal of what she and Sam were doing, I wasn’t on her side anymore. But this whole episode was just top notch storytelling.
1. What is and What Should Never Be: This is the episode that made me fall in love with SPN and for that reason it holds a very special place in my heart. It was the second episode of SPN that I ever saw, and it started me on the journey toward total fangirl. This also happens to be a fantastically written episode. It reveals so much about Dean. Dean puts on a brave face, but underneath everything he’s just a boy who wanted a mother. He of course wanted things for himself, but mostly he wanted his mother alive and Sammy safe and happy. But it says a great deal about his character that he willingly gave all that up to return to a world where he had lost almost everyone he loved for the sake of thousands of people he didn’t know. In case you can’t tell, I fell in love with Dean Winchester.
Well, folks. Those are my favorites. There are so many more episodes that I really love too, but these are my top ten. Honorable mention goes to: Frontierland, Meet the New Boss, Faith, Abandon All Hope, When the Levee Breaks, and Yellow Fever. I’m interested to hear what your favorite eps are and why. Until next time, peace, love, and joy to all. 🙂