SUPERNATURAL / Black / S10E01 / Oct 07, 2014

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Jim
SUPERNATURAL / Black / S10E01 / Oct 07, 2014
Written by: Jeremy Carver / Directed by: Robert Singer

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[Dean is a demon and running amuck with Crowley while Sam tries to 
figure out what happened to his brother. Meanwhile, Castiel is dealing 
with his diminishing grace.]

"We've howled. We've bayed. We've done extraordinary things to triplets, 
all of which have been massively entertaining. I will treasure
our Flickr albums forever. But now it's time for us to accept what we 
are and go back to work."

Grade: B+

ABOUT THE TITLE

Dean's a demon. 'Nuff said.

WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?

* Sam spends a lot of time wandering around the otherwise empty batcave, 
and pouting. He's looking for his brother and not having much luck.
* Castiel, getting ever weaker, goes on a road trip with Hannah. She's 
in the role of the hard-liner angel while he's more of a moderate. 
Things don't go particularly well when they track down a couple of 
"rogue" fellow angels who refuse to return to heaven, and one of those 
angels winds up dead when an argument escalates, while the other 
escapes, presumably to seek her revenge at some future point.
* And we learn that Castiel still doesn't have that whole driving thing 
down to a science yet, either. Heh.
* Dean and Crowley are making their own buddy road trip movie, complete 
with plenty of awesome karaoke action from Dean and at least one 
one-night stand. In Crowley's bed. Heh.
* Sam gets access to some security camera footage of Dean putting the 
First Blade to good use in a convenience store. That sets him on the 
right trail, and Crowley conveniently has a long conversation with Sam 
later on, giving plenty of time to track the call.
* Perhaps the most critically important part of that phone call is 
Crowley's revelation that it's not just some random demon inside Dean's 
"meat suit." Rather, it's actually Dean himself. Still. "Moose. Moose," 
Crowley taunts Sam. "I'm afraid you haven't allowed yourself to dream
quite big enough here. Your brother is very much alive, courtesy of the 
mark. And the only demonized soul inside of Dean is his and his alone. 
Wee bit more twisted, a little more mangled beyond human recognition, 
but, I can assure you, all his."
* After another demon killing by Dean, Crowley informs Dean that he's 
been sending "demon chum" Dean's way in order to keep the Mark of Cain 
sated. Crowley explains that it was also to keep Dean sharp for down the 
road. But now, Crowley wants to get back to "work" while Dean wants to 
continue to just party and sing one-hit wonders.
* On his way to catch up with Dean, Sam gets caught and imprisoned by an 
ex-Marine hunter type who wants to use Sam as bait for Dean. But Dean, 
being all demony these days, doesn't appear to be remotely willing to 
participate...

TO SUM UP...

After six months, Crowley is tired of the road show with Dean and wants 
to get back to "work." Dean, OTOH, is perfectly happy drinking and 
karaoke'ing himself to death. Sam has spent the time looking for his 
brother and pouting. And now he's bait that Dean isn't particularly 
interested in pursuing, given that Dean is sorta all demon-y these days, 
but not quite *all* demon-y.

[Side note: I took a look at alt.tv.supernatural and determined that it 
is dead to pretty much anything other than spam and squabbles and OT 
stuff, so I won't be crossposting any more show reviews there.]
                                            
suzeeq
I hardly see any spam there at all, but right, no one is really posting 
there anymore... :(
                                            
Adam
As always, whether there's significant spam depends on spam countermeasures
implemented by the News administrator, nothing to do with individual
newsgroups at all. Sounds like you use a decent server.
                                            
Jim
Define "significant" and show me where I said that the spam on a.t.s. 
was "significant." Good luck with that. Otherwise, congrats on trying to 
change the subject!

The point is that the group is dead. I downloaded 500 headers to test it 
and was left with under 50 once my filters had done their job. And of 
those 50, there wasn't a single post about the show.
                                            
Stan
And since you chose not even to crosspost to the most relevant group, 
there still isn't.

If you refuse to post to a group because it is full of spam, 
squabbles, and off-topic articles, then to be consistent you'd have 
to stop posting to rec.arts.tv.
                                            
Adam
A group with nothing but crossposted discussion, even if on topic, isn't
a thriving newsgroup. It's a newsgroup that never found its audience
and doesn't need to exist.


I agree with this; spam is system-wide, not a characteristic of
an individual group.
                                            
Jim
There is *clearly* no remaining interest in SUPERNATURAL there these
days, so why do anything to encourage what *is* there to migrate to RAT
or RASTV? Again, something like 50 messages out of 500 survived my
filters, and then none of those remaining 50 were truly relevant.


There is lots of actual on-topic stuff remaining on RAT after my filters
have done their job. But the days of viable and thriving show-specific
newsgroups appears to exist only in the rearview mirror these days. LOST
is the last one that I can recall being a worthwhile regular stop during
its heyday.
                                            
suzeeq
Guess you haven't stopped in to look at soap opera groups lately....
                                            
Jim
Why would I do that when I still a nail gun, a large supply of nails,
and two as-yet undestroyed eyes?
                                            
anim8rFSK
When you still what a nail gun?
                                            
Jim
Someone stole my "have." I'm pretty sure that it was there a minute ago.
Looks like I'm gonna have have to put the gun to a different use. Oh,
wait! There it is right there!
                                            
suzeeq
I'm pretty sure I found it....
                                            
Jim
You ? Oh, crap. There goes another one.
                                            
anim8rFSK
So SuzeeLee is a have, and HomoJim is a have not?
                                            
Jim
I've had a change of heart. I'm a fan of unfixed dogs these days, remember?
                                            
anim8rFSK
So you like Kim Kardashian?
                                            
Jim
That's a low blow. And speaking of low blows, that keeps us on-topic 
when it comes to Kim.
                                            
suzeeq
Hmmmm... nail guns?
                                            
suzeeq
Maybe 'have' a nail gun...?
                                            
anim8rFSK
Can you have your nail gun and eat it too?
                                            
suzeeq
Just pointing them out as very active show specific newsgroups....
                                            
Jim
Are they reliving the glory days, or is there still enough new stuff to
keep the participants occupied? (I thought that soaps were pretty much
history at this point.)
                                            
suzeeq
Daytime Soaps? Heck yeah, there's a new show every day with new 
storylines, closing old ones. Take a look at the number of posts on any 
one day, there's two groups that are cbs soaps only, abc only, but there 
are also show specific groups. I do alt.tv.days-of-our-lives.
                                            
Jim
I'll take your word for it and spare my eyeballs. As incompetent as they 
may be these days. :)
                                            
anim8rFSK
You're just trying to make Ian cry.

Good for you.
                                            
Jim
It's not much of a challenge, you know.


We all need hobbies.
                                            
suzeeq
Yeah, eternal-september. Ray's pretty good at putting in filters that 
catch nearly all of it.
                                            
Tom
I've seen one message there, dated Sept. 10. Otherwise - nada.


Tom