Friday, April 20, 2012

Live-Blogging 'Supernatural's' "Of Grave Importance"...



- It feels a little weird that at this stage in the game the show would once again do a stand-alone episode, but I believe this one, though not dealing with the Leviathan arc, deals in another great theme nonetheless: the Winchesters' inability to let go. We have seen the boys deal with it time and again, and we will see them deal with it time and again more before the end of the series. And just like with Castiel (Misha Collins), Bobby (Jim Beaver) was written out, only for the writers to want to offer more closure. So he's back for us now, and he's gathering the tools to "live," so to speak in his new form, but really, he may end up becoming something the boys need to hunt. Just like Castiel did. Just like Sam (Jared Padalecki) did before him. 

- Jamie Luner! With all of the focus on Bobby returning, I had totally forgot she was in this episode, too! And her voice has gotten so deep in her time away. She sounds like she's been drinking a lot of whiskey. She seems perfect for Dean (Jensen Ackles).

- Did Sam just make a literary reference to Dean? Has he learned nothing in the last seven years? We haven't seen Dean read anything other than dad's journal, Carver Edlund novels, and Busty Asian Beauties! 

- Wow, Souless Sam got around! Is it weird that I'm a little proud?

- I wonder if Bobby is more exhausted trying to get the boys' attention by shimming curtains and wobbling flasks or if his time in the wheelchair was more tiring for him? I should have asked Beaver about his theories on that when we chatted yesterday.

- It says so much that Dean is carting around that flask. He knows that prized possessions of loved ones often carry the spirits, and he clearly wants to see Bobby, even if a part of him knows he might not be able to handle what he sees. But he also knows what spirits become when they're trapped too long, so sooner rather than later he's going to have to give it up, even if he doesn't get to see his friend one last time first.

- It's a little weird that none of the other spirits seem to be able to see Bobby. Oh wait, never mind. Poor Annie.

- No, I take it back, not poor Annie. Good for Bobby! Maybe in the afterlife he can finally have a relationship.

- I guess I always thought since Bobby was such a great hunter, he would make a great ghost. I figured knowing how to take them down, and knowing what they are capable of, meant he would be a super strong, stealthy ghost himself. So it's really disconcerting to see him struggle to understand even the most basic tricks.

- Bobby's rage should be all directed at Dick Roman, not at simple shit like lighting a candle or moving a chair. Because he may only get one shot to be vengeful before he has to be taken down. Or before he vaporizes on his own, apparently.

- The make-up effects are amazing tonight! I love a good, ole fashioned ghost story!

- Aw, Bobby really is a silver fox.

- Annie really isn't so great, is she? "Free you from what?" Come on, the house, duh. It's no surprise she got herself killed, but it's a little surprise it took her so long to succumb to such a fate.

- Bobby should probably worry about how much Dean drinks from that flask, not that he moved the flask out of where Bobby wanted to be.

- I don't believe that big guy was a violent convict. From what we saw of him (through Bobby), and from how much history gets it wrong in general, he certainly seemed to be a patsy-- someone who was a victim of the very person he was set up to be in the first place.

- Hell-lo Dean shower scene. Drop the towel.

- Oh great, more dumb teenagers. Because Sam and Dean don't have bigger fish to fry than to save your scrawny asses.

- Okay, I'll take wet hair Dean.

- I still wish Bobby had found a way to physically show himself, but this is pretty damn clever. And seriously, Dean, how much are you drinking? You know how and why he's there! And this isn't really the time to get all emotional. Even if Bobby wants a big reunion, you're on a case. As long as you don't burn that flask, you will have plenty of time to have your heart-to-heart. Hell, you can have it in the car, on the way to the house!

- See? Patsy.

- Actually, I'm with Whitman on this one. The teenagers can die.

- Wait, if Whitman slit this chick's throat, then why isn't her throat all bloody now? Is she setting Annie up to be Whitman's next meal instead of her? Or is the show just playing with the idea of ghosts not being bound to their death image?

- Bobby may be the new "magic button" to help the boys solve their cases, even if not their problems. He was always a great help to them when he was alive-- through research and whatnot-- and now he has contact with the other side in a way they should find very helpful.

- "I thought you said they were good"-- between this and Bobby's jabs that the boys have gotten slower, well, they're just explicitly pointing out something I've been feeling a lot this season. They're not rusty, but they may be a bit burnt out. I'd rather believe that than they got lazy or too comfortable with having the angel on their side swoop in and save them when they were in trouble. But they have to get their asses in gear soon if they want to stand a fighting chance against the Leviathans.

- I thought Annie saw Whitman plant the chain in Sam's pocket. Guess I was wrong. But it is fascinating how some ghosts can have such a handle on manipulating physical objects while some can't do anything at all. I'm not even thinking about Bobby right now but the boys themselves in "Death Takes a Holiday." Remember how Alexander Gould had to teach them the simplest things, like how to make the wind chimes blow?

- I'm not really sure what the end game here is for Annie and Bobby. Do they want to burn the bones so the spirits can be freed and Whitman won't get their strength? Assuming they can figure out how to set a fire. Or are they going to try to hoist the bodies out of the house to still get them away from Whitman? Assuming they can figure out how to move them.

- I would hope at least Annie gets thrown from a window so the boys can find her and burn her bones the proper way.

- At least Dean didn't assume Bobby's spirit had turned on them. I can't tell you how much I fear that moment will come later in the season.

- I love how Bobby keeps saying hi to Sam and Dean like they can see him.

- I also love that when they can see him, they're just so stunned, they don't know what to do or if they should move and potentially cause him to disappear.

- Bobby has a new catchphrase: "Suck on that, Swayze!" Add it to the list of tee-shirt quotables.

- I kind of can't believe Sam didn't chastise Bobby for sticking around. I know Dean is the one who seems to have lost the fight lately, but I kind of expected him to just be so happy to see Bobby again he (denially) ignored all the stuff that came with it. But judging from his reaction now, I kind of can't believe he doesn't just burn the flash to send Bobby off to where he will be at peace.

- I'm inclined to agree with Dean here. Look, I love Beaver and Bobby, but I truly believed "Death's Door" was the most poetic, and respectful, way to say good-bye to such an important character. Bringing him back to life would have cheapened all of the emotions and the peace we made with Bobby dying, but seeing him off in any other way down the line, I fear, will as well. Dean is afraid things can't end well; he's probably convinced Bobby, who has already expressed some anger, will turn into something they have to vanquish later. But I'm less concerned with Bobby becoming a vengeful spirit and therefore becoming a totally different character and simply getting written out a second time, but in a less powerful or poignant way.

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