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The Pros and Cons of Being a Winchester

Recently I’ve been trying to play catch-up on this season of Supernatural. It’s a little difficult to watch it regularly without cable at home, but I’m pretty much caught up and realizing that this season is getting better and better. I was a little iffy about it after last season’s Leviathan nonsense.

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Dean and Benny – Best friends? (Source: eonline.com)

I feel like last season was a bit unnecessary and costs the story a fantastic character, Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), only to replace him with a sub-par substitute, Garth. (I’ve never been a huge fan of DJ Qualls.) But this season has been progressively interesting with the Dean (Jensen Ackles)/Benny (Ty Olsson) storyline, Castiel (Mischa Collins) being forced by Heaven to do their nefarious bidding, Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) normal life, and the boys trying to figure out how to use the Demon Tablet. And, the LARPing episode was one of the funniest they’ve had in a while. I’m interested to see where they go with the rest of this season.

With every episode I watch, I can’t help but wonder how cool it would be to be one of the Winchesters–but also how much it would suck. So I thought I might compile a list of the pros and cons of being a Winchester.

PROS

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That is one sweeeeeeet ride! (Source: Supernatural Wiki)

  1. You Get a Sweet Ride. – The Impala is one the coolest TV show vehicles ever. This thing is Batmobile cool. A badass muscle car, blaring classic rock (as long as Dean is driving) with a monster-slaying arsenal in the trunk. You can’t get much more badass than that.
  2. You Get some Cool Toys. The Colt, the knife that kills demons, the silver dagger that will kill demons and angels, as well as guns, crossbows, machetes, and whatever else the boys can use to kill any monster they may come across.
  3. You Get to Travel All Over. The boys take jobs all over the country and sometimes beyond. They are always on the move, taking in the sites, enjoying food and drink and fun from many different locales. They live the exciting lives of nomads and gypsies.
  4. You Get to Meet Some Interesting People. They’ve met angels, demons, ghosts, gods, hunters, and a lot of really cool regular folk as well. Granted, a majority of those interesting people have tried to kill them but still, it’s pretty cool.
  5. You Know Some Cool Stuff. Witchcraft, Latin, how to kill all kinds of Supernatural beasts and keep them from possessing you, and credit card fraud. Okay, the last one really isn’t cool but it has helped the boys out along the way.

CONS

Lock up Hell’s controller…demons get pissed. (Source: fanpop.com)

  1. Hell Hates You. I mean, you’re killing every demon and evil thing you come across and have been for many years. Your whole family has. You’ve built up a bit of a reputation with the creatures of Hell, and it’s not a good one. Luckily, if you smell sulfur, you can usually tell if a demon’s around but you don’t always detect them, so you always have to be on guard that someone might be possessed and trying to kill you. Plus, you’ve locked their leader in a cage for eternity and he’s been replaced by someone who’s even more of a dick than him. And now you’re trying to permanently trap all demons in hell. Yeah, I can see why they might hold a grudge.
  2. Heaven Hates You. Not only have you killed demons but you’ve killed angels too and gotten a bunch killed. Your buddy Castiel, an angel, has killed his own kind and absorbed all of Purgatory to become God. He then killed a bunch of angels and then set loose the Leviathan, who were the worst of the worst. And because of you, the archangel Michael is now locked in a cage in Hell, fighting an eternal battle with Lucifer. Not all angels are fans of humans to begin with but when you start meddling in their affairs and getting their way, they get a little pissed.
  3. You Can’t Live a Normal Life. You’re always on the move; you can’t have a normal family life, can’t settle down, can’t get married, can’t have kids. You are living in motels and in your car, never getting to enjoy a home-cooked meal or celebrating holidays with family. Stability is non-existent. Plus, Sam was possessed by Lucifer at one point. Nothing normal about that.
  4. You Die All the Time. Sam and Dean have died at least twice, I think. Dean was sent to Purgatory and Sam lost his soul. I’m pretty sure your life insurance premiums would be through the roof, if you even got approved at all.
  5. Everyone You Love Dies. Your mom, your dad, your grandfather, your girlfriend, your brother (but he’ll probably come back to life), your substitute father, your half-brother (although he’s not really dead, he’s just the vessel for the archangel Michael and trapped in Hell forever), everyone. Anyone you love or get close to is more than likely going to end up dead.

I’m still debating on whether the pros outweigh the cons and make the life of the Winchesters worth living. It’s a tough call.

What do you think?

And just for giggles:

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Hehe (Source: evilspacerobot.com)

 

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Recaps & Ramblings

I wasn’t really sure what to write about this week; I didn’t have a super-stellar idea for an article, so I thought I might just talk a bit about what’s going on in some of my favorite, and possibly NEW favorite shows, and offer my thoughts and musings.  Potential spoilers lie within.

Arrow

Arrow [source: megavideozer.com]

Honestly, I’ve only seen the first episode of this (the lack of cable television make it difficult to watch things on a regular basis), but it seems like it has potential. I know TJ has talked about it, but I thought I might offer some additional words. I was skeptical about the show at first because Justin Hartley wasn’t playing Green Arrow, but the new guy, Stephen Amell, seems like he might be okay. His acting comes across as a tad stiff sometimes, but hopefully he’ll grow out of that. Actually, I’m still warming up to most of the cast. It may take a few more episodes.

The stunts and fights have been pretty on-key, and his archery skills aren’t too shabby either, making for the potential of a great Green Arrow. There’s hints towards key characters, mainly Deathstroke, and they’re done very subtly, hinting that the writing might be pretty decent. And I’m stoked to see how John Barrowman’s character is going to fit into the mix. This show may end up being a new regular of mine.

Dexter

Dexter [source: wikia.nocookie.net]

I knew after last season’s ending that this season was just going to be amazing right from the beginning– it’s delivered. I mean, Deb figures out pretty much everything before the first episode ends. Well, the basics anyway. Sure, she took 6 seasons, but whatever, she knows–and there’s no going back now. This means Dexter has to be more restrained and a lot more careful with his kills because she is watching him like a hawk. It’s going to be incredibly tough for him, but I think he can pull it off. Just thinking about the tricks he might pull to get a kill gives me goosebumps. Also a plus, Ray Stevenson, aka “the good Punisher,” is on the show this season as the potential main bad guy, which means he has work. And that always makes me happy. I still have yet to see the latest two episodes, but I’m sure that they are incredible.

 

Supernatural

Supernatural [source: wikipedia.com]

This show just gets stranger and stranger, which I guess works for a show of its nature. The first five seasons had this huge story arc involving their dad, the yellow-eyed demon, and the Devil, all of which lead up to the apocalypse. After that, it’s pretty much gone on a season-by-season basis with tie-ins here and there, possibly leading up to something big. Not quite sure.

Series creator, Eric Kripke, only planned for fives seasons, so after the fifth ended and CW wanted more he handed over story control to someone else and became an executive producer. That might have something to do with the new weirdness. Season six was about Castiel‘s search for Purgatory, then finding and absorbing it to become “God,” then things got out of control so he tried to put it back but the Leviathan got out, and that’s where season seven took off. Seven was all about Leviathan and the brothers stopping them from using humans as a continual food source. Well they stopped Leviathan, but Dean and Castiel ended up in Purgatory and that brings us to the current season. Dean gets out (because it seems that neither Hell or Purgatory can hold Dean) by making buddies with a vampire and hitches a ride though some portal, but Castiel doesn’t escape. Apparently he’s dead, but probably not. It’s possible Dean may have left him there.

Sam tried to live a normal life and Dean got pissed because he didn’t try to find him, but they got over it. There was also an auction where some creepy old guy bought Mjolnir with five-eighths of a virgin, which I just shook my head at. (I thought you had to be worthy of it to possess it, but apparently you can buy it at auction. I’m gonna check eBay.) I hope this season doesn’t turn into a confusing ball of “When is this getting cancelled?”

Finally, my favorite:

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy [source: Collider.com]

By far, the best show on television. Hands down. And I know that I’ve already talked once about the show this season, but I have to speak again. I just finished the past week’s episode (“Small World”), and eagerly await my chance to watch this week’s episode (“Toad’s Wild Ride”), and let me just say that my mind has been blown once again by this show’s awesomeness. First off, the title “Small World” makes me happy. If it had not been titled as such, then it should have been titled “Opie’s Redemption.” Because that was the best thing about this episode, payback for Opie’s murder. I breathed a sigh of relief when it all went down and smiled devilishly when it was over. Does make me slightly sadistic? Some more stuff happened that was also pretty damn good, including a total WTF ending, but the redemption part was the best. I can’t wait to see where this season is going.

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