Supernatural “Baby” Review: Home on Wheels

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Supernatural’ Best Moments: 11 Times the Impala Proved to Be the Coolest Car on TV.

When a show is called Supernatural, it obviously has a lot of freedom in terms of subject matter. Supernatural fans know the importance of Dean’s Impala, and they also know the show’s history of taking unorthodox ideas and somehow making them work within the show’s universe, whether it be “Changing Channels,” “The French Mistake,” “Fan Fiction,” or any number of episodes.Now in its 11th season (!!) this popular series follows the Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) as they continue to fight all sorts of evil ghouls, monsters and beasties.

“Supernatural” fans braced themselves for the exciting, Season 11 return of their favorite characters after it was revealed during San Diego Comic-Con that audiences would receive a blast from the past in the 2015 installment.In this episode that took place entirely from the point of view of the Impala, we got a look at the in-between moments the Winchesters share between hunts. And over the last 11 seasons, Supernatural has lived up to its title, dealing with fables, fairy tales, folk stories, mythologies from all over the world, religious texts, and everything in between.

There are very few shows on television that can have as much fun with format as Supernatural, and tonight was another example — one of the best, in my opinion — of the great storytelling that can come out of such rule-bending. Wednesday, Oct. 28, on The CW. “Chicago PD,” 9 p.m. (NBC): In a special 2-hour episode, Ruzek’s future with the unit is in question after a botched undercover job; a corpse is discovered in an SUV; Lindsay and Halstead move forward with their relationship. “Ghost Hunters,” 9 p.m. (Syfy): Investigating Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., where the legend of a love triangle and suicides could be responsible for paranormal activity. “Nashville,” 10 p.m. (ABC): When video of Juliette getting in an altercation with a fan goes viral, Jeff takes advantage of the situation; Maddie misses Colt; Rayna and Markus disagree about his sound. “American Horror Story: Hotel,” 10 p.m. (FX): John receives an invitation to attend an exclusive Devil’s Night Soiree; Alex tries to diagnose Holden’s strange condition. The episode opened with the camera panning around the Impala, catching the quirks of the car mentioned by Chuck in his Impala monologue in “Swan Song”: “The Impala, of course, has all the things other cars have… and a few things they don’t. Padalecki, who plays Sam — the son of John — revealed to TVLine that production went through some “funny” lengths to keep Cohen’s appearance in episode 4 a secret. “On the call sheet, they didn’t want to put Matt Cohen, so they put Leonard Cohen (a Canadian singer/songwriter) in case anybody picked it up,” Padalecki revealed. “I was like, ‘That’s not going to be suspicious! Oh, Leonard Cohen is doing a guest spot on ‘Supernatural.’ He’s going to play the troubadour.’” But if looks like the call-sheet maneuver worked because even Padalecki’s character seemed genuinely surprised when the apparition of Papa Winchester appeared in the Season 11 installment. “It was fun for me to play that part of Sam,” the actor told Extra TV. “Sam’s not often really caught off guard like that.

There’s blood on the window, there’s a knife on the floorboards, and Dean is passed out and handcuffed in the back seat (and not in the way he likes). Jumping back 48 hours, Dean is keeping himself busy by washing Baby while Sam gives him the world’s least-helpful update: There’s no news on Metatron or the Darkness. And in season 10, the show once again played with format for its 200th episode, which featured a super-meta musical production in which a group of high schoolers told Sam and Dean’s story through song.

Even when Dean rebuilt her from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed, ’cause it’s the blemishes that make her beautiful.” The last time the brothers had one of their infamous “Bitch”/”Jerk” exchanges was season 2, but we got one last night as the Winchesters had a nighttime heart-to-heart before going to sleep in the car. During episode 4, which focused on the perspective of Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) beloved 1967 Chevrolet Impala, Sam woke from his slumber to find a younger version of his father driving the car. And while Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son” remains the show’s unofficial anthem and plays with every season finale, there used to be more classic rock in the episodes. “Baby” featured several excellent musical cues, including “The Guitar Man” by Bread while the brothers wash the Impala in the bunker and “Night Moves” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band after Sam’s one-night stand.

It was fun seeing the brothers singing along to the music — it’s something they no doubt do on their many long car rides to work various jobs, but it’s never something we actually get to see. When the brothers exorcised the demon possessing him, he said shakily, “I shot the sheriff.” Dean immediately replied, “But you didn’t shoot the deputy” in reference to the Bob Marley song. In a weird way, it felt right to finally see her side of things. (Yes, I’m talking about a car.) But more than that, there’s a reason why Supernatural can do pretty much anything: it manages to never lose sight of what it is at its base. Naturally, Dean is a proud, proud big brother and decides he knows what Sam needs next: To listen to Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.” Okay, real talk, guys: Watching them sing “Night Moves” together made me giddy.

When you watch Supernatural, you get the sense that the actors, writers, crew, and everyone involved enjoys creating this world, and that shows on screen.

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