Time for your WFB Admins' #3 pick in their Top 15 "Supernatural" episodes. You know what that means right? Yes...we're getting close to number 1, but....it's only 3 days until the hellatus ends!
So let's get to it...here are our picks for #3
Why: What a staggeringly brilliant episode. I remember watching "The End" for the first time and being totally gobsmacked. The premise of throwing Dean 5 years into the future to face himself is fascinating. A great idea with an awesome script by Ben Edund. It's beautifully directed by Steve Boyum and lit by Serge and his team. But it's the performances that probably shine the most in this episode.
Future!Dean seems subtly different to '09 Dean, in the way he holds his body, talks, in the gravity of his face, yet his apocalypse weary, jaded attitude makes him almost a different character entirely. To be honest, around this time I was thinking Dean was pretty damn jaded, until we met Future!Dean. '09 Dean seemed positively light-hearted in comparison! The light and shade that Jensen puts into the same character who's been changed via different experiences, is so finely nuanced, it's a real tour de force. Future!Dean's the same guy, but different. We all knew Jensen was good, but this hammered home how good.
Future!Cass is totally different to '09 Cass. For a lot of us, this different Cass was the first time we'd seen Misha do what was essentially a different character. Because free and easy, hippy Cass is completely different to the Castiel we'd grown to know. I kind of love scruffy, hippy Cass and his orgy loving ways! He's such a smart-ass too. Misha did a great job with him.
This is the first time we got to see Jared play Lucifer, resplendent in a white suit. This Lucifer is a bit different to how he plays him later in the season, once Mark Pellegrino put his stamp on the character, you can tell Jared took influence from that, but even here, you can see the beginnings of what came later. I like this Lucifer, he's so earnest. Lucifer is by far one of my favourite characters in "Supernatural". I adore the way he's written. I remember thinking and actually I still think, that how the writers approached Lucifer was really ballsy. In the garden scene when he says, "Now tell me, does the punishment fit the crime?" I distinctly remember thinking holy crap, because Ben and Jared actually made me feel kind of sorry for the Devil! As wrong as I knew that was"¦I couldn't help but get suckered in by him. Nice work.
Of course, a large part of enabling these guys to give such fabulous performances is the magnificent script by Ben Edlund. It's one of his best. Maybe his best. I don't know. He's so brilliant it's hard for me to pick. "The End" is thick with mythology, which I love, has such a heavy heart, is such a desperately grim concept, yet it's infused with Edlund's irreverent humour which simply bounces off the characters he writes so, so beautifully. This could have been a terribly dour episode, but it's not"¦it's got some great funny moments, lovely Dean humour, really surprising Cass humour and a whacking big dollop of hope.
Also, I totally dig when Supernatural draws on past episodes and past seasons, so the whole Croatoan virus revisted thing is just so cool to me. I also appreciated the reintroduction of The Colt. Of course, we now know it can kill all but 5 things...one of which is the Devil, so Future!Dean was out of luck anyway, but I love that we saw that gun again. Oh and Future!Dean isn't wearing the amulet...which always makes me wonder if they'd already decided to toss it in the bin later in the season. That kind of thing fascinates me, that kind of future development of plot lines and whatnot.
"The End" was an instant favourite. Instant. For all these reasons and for watching Jensen play against Jensen, I mean, that will never, ever get old.
And if you haven't listened to the commentary, you should"¦because you will laugh so hard at the comedy stylings of Kripke and Edlund, with Bob Singer trying to rein these two brilliant nutballs in. It's pure joy!
Oh and one more thing I should mention about this episode"¦.thigh-holster. Sorry I had to take a dip in the shallow end, but damn, that thigh-holster, DAMN.
Favourite Quote: Oh this is sooooo easy:
Dean to Sam: "We keep each other human"
The whole quote is"¦
"Maybe we are each others Achilles Heel. Maybe they'll find a way to use us against each other, I don't know... I just know we're all we've got. More than that, we keep each other human."
The thing about this is"¦it represents the brothers to me, but more than that, it represents Dean. In amongst everything, the anger and hurt he was still feeling, the Lucifer/Michael vessel thing"¦with Heaven and Hell pulling and pushing them every which way, Dean saw what would become of them if the brothers didn't stick together and he put everything aside for family, but more specifically, for Sam. Because they're all they have and without Sam, he'd become someone he didn't want to be and without Dean, Sam may wind up being lost forever and Dean couldn't, wouldn't allow that. So nothing else mattered in that moment except his brother, except them. I think this scene represents who Dean is at his heart and what the Winchester brothers mean to each other. They stick together, no matter what"¦.and when they take a moment to remember that, it's awesome.
"We keep each other human" is my favourite quote from "Supernatural", not just from this episode, from the entire series. It means so much to me, I have it tattooed on my arm.
Favourite Scene: The scene that accompanies the above quote is a favourite, no doubt. I was desperately disappointed, when I was in Vancouver, to discover that the actual location is on private land and you can't get to that spot. I had to be happy with photographing it from a distance. I so wanted to stand there though, where that line was uttered.
But, my favourite scene from "The End" has to be the garden scene, when Dean faces Lucifer in the shape of Sam. The set, the script, the performances"¦it's perfection. Oh and yes, I can quote Dean's speech by heart"¦.
Dean: "You're not fooling me, you know that? With this sympathy-for-the-devil crap. I know what you are."
Lucifer: "What am I?"
Dean: "You're the same thing, only bigger. The same brand of cockroach I've been squashing my whole life. An ugly, evil, belly-to-the-ground, supernatural piece of crap. The only difference between them and you is the size of your ego."
Dean's face after he finishes this speech, so sad and broken as he draws in a shaky, kind of nervous breath. The whole thing is perfect.
"The End".... I really love this episode.