Ok, after having delicious dinner and tons of wine at my friends' house, my other friend (who just moved to town) was lured into a bar with live music on our way home, and we drank EVEN MORE WINE...and now it is EVEN LATER...and um...yeah, so let's see how much of this episode I can remember, and how coherent I am...
First off, it was awesome! I loved it, and I can't wait to watch it again.
Second off, DAMN YOU WRITERS! YOU'VE COMPLETELY F*CKED UP THE TIMELINE!!! UUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH
But I'll get to that...where did we start?
Oh yeah, digging through the Campbell library. I have to wonder who looked after all that stuff when Samuel was dead - the cousins? Brothers? I know a lot of Mary's family was killed (as Sam discovered in S3 - maybe just everyone who knew about Mary?) Anyway...the point is, there's a library under the floor of the Campbell compound, and it is awesome.
Let me just say, I LOVE how they dramatized research. I forget the line now of course, but the fact that them finding a secondary search term was a dramatic point was AWESOME. Also, how geeked out Sam and Dean got when Sam found Samuel Colts journal! HISTORY NERDS FTW! How come no one ever put all my historical research to music and gave me dramatic lighting? I guess Public Opinion in the Aftermath of the Easter Rising just isn't as thrilling...
Anyway, I hope they brought all those books back to Bobby's house. There's a wealth of information there.
Turns out Samuel Colt supposedly killed a Phoenix, so Dean's solution for finding Phoenix ashes? Go back in time!
I love how happy Dean is...I love the whole "you have a fetish" speech...aw, I can hear the keys of many a slash fan tapping...
I like how Sam thinks he looks stupid, but Dean is just all thrilled that he gets to cosplay as Clint Eastwood, and fully believes that he's authentic.
Oh, I skipped a bit (see, too much wine) RACHEL! I actually like that she got all up in their business about only talking to Cas when they need something - though, to be fair, if they called him to just hang out, I think that might be more disrespectful to the fact that he's currently fighting a war. And they've already told him that if he needs anything, all he has to do is ask.
Oh oh! And the conversation where Dean mentions Star Trek IV and Sam and Bobby don't know what he's talking about - and Bobby's only watched Deep Space 9! BOBBY, NOOO!!! Deep Space 9 was the WORST ONE...uh, ok, I'm not actually sure about that, because I lost interest, but the point is that I didn't like it (ETA: Well, now I feel like a tool, according to SuperWiki, Jim Beaver's late wife was on Deep Space 9...I'm sure she was lovely on it, but I still didn't like the show...sigh). Anywho, how is it that Dean knows about Star Trek IV and Sam doesn't? I thought those guys lived their whole lives together? Maybe Dean only got into Star Trek while Sam was at Stanford? Weird, that's all I'm saying.
Ok, where was I? They get zapped back to the past, and I loved how they had Sam almost say "shit" - I have a think for swearing on TV, so sue me. It was a horrible tease.
And the first thing the locals in the past do (after hanging some dude) is criticize Dean's "blanket" outfit...and my goodness, Dean gets all pouty and disappointed and it really should be illegal for someone to look that adorable...it does things to me, and I'm not used to things being done to me.
They go to the Sheriff to ask after Sam Colt, and I love how even people in the past think that they are gay! Ah the past, it is just like today, only with less history. "We're looking for a man" "I bet." - brilliant. Also brilliant is the comment on how clean his shirt is, and Dean's response of "it's not as clean as it looks."
They're directed to the saloon where I KNOW SOMEONE! That's right., one of those whores was a friend of mine. Hahaha...I believe she'd probably prefer to be referred to as "costumed extra" but we referred to her as "surprised whore #2" the whole night. Thankfully, NOT The whore with bad teeth and herpes.
Again, Dean ordering the whiskey and a girl drink for Sam and having it backfire was brilliant. As was how repulsive the "saloon girl" was....and I'm pretty sure Dean's reaction to her did nothing to change the mind of the judge about Dean, when he came in for his appointment and saw Dean recoiling like that. Not that it matters, because he certainly doesn't stay alive long.
At first I thought that it was a pretty fast turn around for an angry spirit, and then I put it together and realized that this was Supernatural - ALL MONSTERS ASSUME HUMAN FORM (because humans are cheaper than CGI). So in the Supernatural Universe, Phoenixes are humanoid. Awesome. I want to be one...I'll be just like The Doctor from Doctor Who only with more FIRE! That is basically just making an awesome thing even more awesome.
Sam takes off to find Samuel Colt to get the gun to kill the Phoenix, and Dean sticks around to join the "posse" to hunt the Phoenix. I love all Dean's "posse" jokes...and his suggestion for the t-shirt! Hahah, who wants to bet that there will be a ton of homemade "I love posse" shirts at Supernatural conventions in our immediate future?
"That poor horse" - also an excellent line, as Sam clumsily takes off to find Sam Colt.
There's a lot of characters named Samuel in this show.
The posse doesn't show and the Sheriff dies...and Dean becomes the new Sheriff! Yay!
Meanwhile, Mr. Colt takes out two demons, and then Sam shoes up and just comes straight out with the truth. "My name is Sam Winchester and I'm a hunter from the year 2011" and I SCREAM INSIDE!! BECAUSE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YOU ARE A FUCKING HUNTER FROM THE YEAR 2012 YOU MOTHER FUCKER! YOU ARE MESSING UP THE TIMELINE! DAMN YOU SUPERNATURAL WRITERS! YOU CAN'T ADD A YEAR TO THE TIMELINE AND THEN JUST IGNORE IT?!?!! WHAT THE HELL! WHEN DID THIS MYTHICAL YEAR THAT DEAN SPENT WITH LISA AND BEN TAKE PLACE?!!?! HUH? IN SOME SORT OF SIDE-UNIVERSE?!!!? OUTSIDE TIME?!?? IN THE TARDIS?!?? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!?? WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?
So, Sam show him his fancydancy phone to prove that he comes from the future. And Colt believes him, because he's a BAMFHunter like that. Except he still won't help...even after Sam shows him his own diary that says that he shot the phoenix. And of course, we had to ask "why didn't Sam just prove he was the future by showing him the diary in the first place?" But of course, we find out later it's because the phone is an IMPORTANT object to be left behind! Which makes me feel marginally better, but the whole time through that scene, I kept thinking "don't forget your phone, Sam", "Get the phone back", "Are you forgetting your phone?", "what about the phone?"...so that was a little bit annoying, but maybe if I wasn't hyper conscious of the whereabouts of my own and everyone else's possessions at all times , it wouldn't have annoyed me quite so much.
ETA: Oh, forgot to mention - I love Colt's line about "a giant from the future" and on a more serious note, I love how Colt underestimates Sam based on his age. It was a nice touch.
ETA (Again): The "Candygram for Mongo" line from Blazing Saddles was EXCELLENT! One of my favourite movies ever, just saying.
Dean looks the final intended Phoenix victim in prison to use as bait...and the Phoenix shows up and informs Dean that the dude is actually a mother fucker who deserves what's coming to him. I don't really like the fact that Dean was insistent that he still had to kill the Phoenix regardless just because he was a monster/not-human. Didn't Dean learn in S2 that his anti-nonhuman tendencies weren't always right...you know, in that episode where they let those "good" vampires go?! So, yeah, that kind of cheesed me off a bit...I mean, at least tell the dude that you're sorry, but you really need his ashes. Or better yet, isn't the guy a Phoenix? Does he not leave ashes everytime you kill him? Could you not light him on fire and then gather the ashes before he regenerates? Or does he regenerate from the ashes USING the ashes so that there's nothing left over?! Am I thinking too hard about this?! I blame the wine.
I do like how the Phoenix just shoots the dude in the chest, and Dean comments how he didn't even think of that (I forget the exact line, but it was good.)
And then he draws him out in a gun fight, just as Sam shows up with the Colt - but sadly, because of Dean's determination to get that final pop culture reference in they're too slow to gather the ashes....
MEANWHILE IN THE YEAR
2011 2012 YOU BASTARDS! Castiel meets up with his trusty freshly introduced lieutenant (Canadians say "Left-tenant" I do not know why) and she TAKES HIM TO TASK! Because apparently Castiel has been up to SHENANIGANS! BAD SHENANIGANS! HE HAS BECOME SOMETHING BAD! She tries to STAB HIM! And she does, but not deep enough, and he TAKES HER OUT LIKE A BAMF...but he's REALLY SAD ABOUT IT. And SHE HAS REALLY PRETTY WINGS YOU GUYS! REALLY FUCKING PRETTY WINGS! (I am swearing all over this mother fucking review tonight folks, my sincerest apologies). I LIKE HER BASED ON HER PRETTY WINGS ALONE AND NOW SHE IS DEAD.
Castiel goes to Bobby's place and puts up a ward against angels! Guys! You can WARD AGAINST ANGELS IN BLOOD AND NOT JUST WEIRD ULTRA VIOLET WRITING!
I'm getting off topic and too capitally....
Castiel passes out onto Bobby...awww....hugs! (Shut-up, being held up while you are unconscious totally counts as hugs).
When Castiel wakes up, there are jumper cables in the background - this, according to Guy Bee (the director) is because they CUT OUT A SCENE! I'm assuming that Castiel's heart stopped beating and Bobby used jumper cables as a defibrillator.
Castiel tells Bobby that he's too weak to get the boys back because of the whole being stabbed thing. Bobby's like "oh noes! ma boys - I wantz dem!" (because Bobby talks like lolcats when I've had too much wine)....and Castiel is like "I can get them back if you let me....touch it." And a new ship is born...Bobby/Cas! What shall we call it? Nothing can beat Sassy. Bostiel? Cabby? (I'm joking people, please do not write this.)
Bobby says fine, Castiel can leech power from his soul in order to get the boys back, because "we can't leave them stranded in Deadwood" - AWESOME! (because Jim Beaver was in Deadwood, you guys.....it's funny because Jim Beaver was in....ok, I'll stop.)
So Castiel gives Bobby a soul-fisting, and brings the boys back...and they're all pissed off that they didn't get the ashes. Dean wants to be sent back, but Castiel says "I don't want to have to do that again."....and I wonder if he means to Bobby, for the boys, or if he means in general...it makes me wonder if the bad things that Castiel has been doing is leeching power off souls....and it's wrong and whatnot. Meanwhile, Bobby feels like it'll take him a decade to recover. Do souls regenerate power they've lost? Poor Bobby and Cas.
But never fear, because Sam Winchester keeps his contact list SO UP TO DATE that it has Bobby's address in it! And Mr. Colt found the address before the batteries wore out while "searching for service" (nothing uses up a cell phone's batteries quite like "searching for service" - take it from someone who lives in Canada, where there are large stretches of the country that are not covered by cell phone towers).
So, just like Back to the Future II..., Sam Winchester gets a package at Bobby's...surprisingly ON THE VERY DAY he gets back. I guess his phone retained the date too even when it was out of range? It's either that or they really were 150 years exactly in the past, in which case I've at least got a month and day for the timeline, even if it is the WRONG FRICKIN' YEAR! UGH!
And it's the ASHES! YAY!
Somehow though, I have a feeling Sam and Dean are still going to fail miserably at killing the Mother of All Evil though...just a hunch....
NOW A NOTE ABOUT COATS: *DROOL* SKHFKDLHGIDLHGIDLHFIHWLNVIVKh SO GORGEOUS AND GORGEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL AND AND...I have to agree with Dean - he looked good. I wish they had done Sam ll up properly too instead of leaving him in his regular coat.
Ok, let me know what I missed, or what your favorite part was...or that I should swear and drink less next week (or swear and drink more?)