hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2018-09-20 05:52 pm

Favourite Entrances: Billie - Form and Void (11.02)

 In the spirit of the last Favourite Entrances selection, I'm jumping ahead to talk about Billie's introduction...

Billie - 11x02 Form and Void

Now, just a fair warning, there will be a little rant in here about how they could have made this (retroactively) even better... but I'll talk about why it's fantastic even without that first.

Firstly, we get that repeated leitmotif that tells us exactly who Billie is before Sam clues in. This is purely for the audiences benefit, which COULD be a complaint, but personally, I like it. We know Billie is a reaper - and the folk-song quality to her singing establishes her immediately in the subconscious as being associated with the ancient and unchanging... which is a fantastic unconscious association to establish when it comes to reapers/Death.

Then we move on to her action words - again, immediately she KNOWS Sam. This puts Billie on firm ground, and Sam off of it. Potential threats are always more threatening when they know you and you don't know them.

And then, Billie does the near-impossible on the show, which is to re-establish the fear of death. By introducing a possibility of "the Empty" - Billie gives us a possible final death for both the boys... actually, she PROMISES a final death. Which means the stakes MUCH hire for both Sam currently (who is dying), and also the safety of either brother going forward. (Of course, this works better if you ignore subsequent sequences when they then undercut even the danger of the Empty by pulling Castiel back from it.)

The other thing I like about this introduction is that it's to Sam... although, once again, the show falls back on old habits and then starts having Billie interact primarily with Dean, it was cool, for a moment, to have this newly incarnated Death-like being interact with Sam instead. Just to contrast her more with the previous incarnation of a Death-like being who interacted with Dean.

Rant time:
But you know what would make this introduction SO MUCH BETTER.... if the show, from the jump, decided that Billie was the "new" Death. It would make WAY more sense than having Death be killable, since we know that the other horseman can't be killed, they can only be defeated/weakened. It would follow that Death too, cannot be killed... especially because DEATH IS DEATH. As long as people are dying, Death is there, my friends. Just like when God was dying, the universe started collapsing (ie: life was impossible), so too should it have been that if Death truly died, everyone would have stopped dying.  But, that's my opinion, and I favour dualistic supernatural universes. And I'm getting off track... if Billie were Death, in a momentarily weakened state, it would make sense that she'd let Sam assume she was just a reaper while she regained her strength.

Moreover, it would account for why random-reaper-named-Billie decides she's going to be the one to take the Winchesters to task. I guess they stupidly killed Tessa, so the show was like "shit, we don't have any other established reapers, let's just make one." But even Tessa was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when she formed her association with Dean... Billie seems to be volunteering for the job, and that would make FAR MORE SENSE if the Winchesters had just "killed" her the day before. You needn't even have the reveal be any different than what it was - just instead of some convoluted mythology of a reaper needing to die to become "the next Death" just have Billie return after Castiel "kills" her and say "Okay, enough of that false identity shit - it's me, Death, and I'm pissed." Though, granted, I recognize they also needed a reason for Billie to be like "but I'm not going to kill you, because now I have new information and you need to stay alive"... but honestly, just go with that, I'd have preferred it. Moreover, if you establish Death as unkillable, then Billie threatening to toss them into the Empty, and perhaps only letting Dean live that one time as a personal favour, keeps that threat of finale death present as much as possible on the show... because, there but by the grace of Death go they.  /rant
hells_half_acre: (Dean/Books OTP)
2016-05-26 06:38 pm
Entry tags:

Season 11 Timeline is Up!

The Timeline is up!

You can find it here on LJ (on the same page as S10) or you can read it on the SuperWiki.

As per usual, there are a lot of Unknown dates, but not as many as last year! Thanks to a Valentines episode and a hard date given in The Chitters, I was able to date a fair bit of the back-half of the season, because all episodes in between had to FIT in between while maintaining their day counts.

The lead up to the finale might get a date too once S12 starts. That's happened a few times in the past, but for now we can't be sure when those episodes take place. (Besides, of course, that there are apple blossoms in the finale, which would indicate spring.)

hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
2016-05-25 11:14 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x23 Alpha and Omega

Hello!! So, I'm back in Vancouver and back to my old habits  - just in time for the Season Finale. So, you'll be happy to hear that I've been drinking. Also, I've still only seen the episode once (while drinking) so, although I took rough reminder notes, all quotes will be paraphrased (or made up) and things might end up out of order.

Let's get to it!

... the holy dark was moving too... )

So, let me know what you thought in comments. Usual positivity rules apply - if, like me, you didn't like certain things, balance them out by also talking about things you liked! One for each! Keep those scales balanced, else you destory the fabric of my world!

For possibly the first time, I don't have any major summer projects planned - but I'm sure I'll miss you guys and do some random posts about random things. :)

Some of you though, I know I won't see until the fall and the show starts up again, so I hope you have a good summer!! Thanks for stopping by each week and listening to me ramble. I LOVE YOU ALL.
hells_half_acre: (Young Dean)
2016-05-19 12:28 am

Quick Reaction: 11x22 We Happy Few

Hello! I'm back in Vancouver, I flew back today though - so, technically, right now it's 2am for me and I've been awake a good while. :P

Anyway, my plane landed at 8:30 PST, I got home by 9:30 - had the episode by ten or so... and now I've watched it! Yay!

So, let's talk about it...

under ze cut )

As per usual, forgive my atrocious grammar and spelling mistakes. It is now 3:30am in the province that I woke up in this morning. :P

And also, as per usual, please let me know what you thought in comments!!
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
2016-05-11 08:51 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x21 All in the Family

I actually caught the EST livestream tonight! Yay! (FYI next week's write-up is going to go up really late, because I land in Vancouver at 9pm, so by the time I get home and get the episode downloaded, it's probably going to be 11pm or midnight...)

This episode was mostly about getting the chess pieces in place for the final two episodes. That's not terribly uncommon for a 11x21 episode (and also not uncommon for a Leming-Buckner episode - it seems to be the myth-arc episodes they're handed the most often, now that I think about it.)

Because I was on the livestream, I missed a line here and there. So, you'll have to forgive my mistakes! (Though, you always do, so it should really go without saying.)

To the episode....

Let's get our ducks in a row... )

And, like I said at the beginning, next week's review probably won't be online until the wee hours of Thursday - due to my flight schedule as I return to the Vancouver.

Let me know what you thought in comments!!! :)
hells_half_acre: (thumbs-up awesome)
2016-05-04 11:42 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x20 Don't Call Me Shurley

Oh my goodness, such an awesome episode.

Okay, so for all my talks of watching it on the EST livestream earlier - I actually totally forgot it was on and got distracted with visiting my mum... so, yeah, I then had to wait for it to download on my mum's slightly crappy internet connection... this is all to say that I haven't been drinking, but I'm exhausted, because it's 1am here. So, same difference?!

But seriously, who cares about my life when there's this awesome episode to talk about!!! Let's get to it...

Fare Thee Well... )

Next week I'll still be in Ontario, but hopefully I'll remember to watch it on EST - mainly because it's NEARLY 3AM! Oh man... It's a good thing I'm still half-on Vancouver time. :P

As per usual, let me know what you thought in comments! Please forgive memory lapses and spelling mistakes!
hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
2016-04-27 10:52 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x19 The Chitters

Hello! Early review tonight, because my friends went to an advanced screening of Keanu, so I broke into their house and watched the show at 7pm on Space. Woot!

That also means that I haven't been drinking - because I totally forget to indulge in my friends' wine supply when they are not there for company. I am primarily a social drinker, it seems. But don't think that will make my memory any better!! I've still only seen the episode once!

Onto the episode...

Waiting on something - something real )

As per usual, let me know what you thought in comments and please forgive my spelling mistakes - my spellcheck doesn't work.
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
2016-04-06 10:55 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x18 Hell's Angels

Hello! So, we're back to myth-arc for tonight. I'm going to forgo the preamble, because yeah, there was a LOT going on in tonights episode and some of it I'm a little confused about. Which will become apparent...


We make a crucial team for a dying world )

Anyway, comment with answers, thoughts, feelings.... jokes I failed to make? 
hells_half_acre: (Bloody)
2016-03-30 11:57 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x17 Red Meat

Holy crow was that ever an episode!

I can't believe that was a MOTW. Am I just remembering incorrectly or is this season hitting it out of the park? (Don't answer that.)

Okay, usual rules apply - have been drinking, seen the episode once, don't correct me or answer questions unless I tell you to or they're super duper important... because otherwise it annoys me, that's really the only reason I have that rule. All quotes are paraphrased etc.


I can't believe while these dogs are at the door... you've come to take apart what's left of me )

So, good times were had by all! (except arguably every single person in the episode - so, typical SPN night!)  As usual, let me know what you thought in comments... and forgive my spelling mistakes, I got no spell check on this thing and I am typing stream-of-consciousness-style after drinking.
hells_half_acre: (Bobby says we're morons)
2016-03-24 12:47 am

Quick Reaction: 11x16 Safe House


We're back from hiatus! It's time to talk about he episode! I've been drinking. I've only seen it once! Things aren't going to be remembered exactly, but unless it's super important or I ask you to, don't bother correcting me. Same goes for spelling, since my spellcheck doesn't work and I've been drinking.


I've been around a long time... )

As per usual, let me know your thoughts in comments!!
hells_half_acre: (Ladles are funny)
2016-02-25 12:32 am

Quick Reaction: 11x15 Beyond the Mat


I am writing to this to the sounds of my neighbour vigerously having sex in her living room. I really wish she'd stop doing that. It's the only room in her house that I can hear EVERY SINGLE THING... ugh. The good news for my neighbour is that her boyfriend has more stamina tonight than he had last time, but that's bad news for me.

Anyway, that's besides the point - the point is, I have watched the episode, once, while drinking. Also, I was having trouble hearing dialogue tonight (I'm not sure if it's my ears or my attention), so yeah, don't correct me unless I ask you to and forgive me if I don't remember things well.


...see the serpent dancing as he sheds his skin... )

As per usual, let me know what you thought in comments.
hells_half_acre: (Cas&Dean)
2016-02-18 12:20 am

Quick Reaction: 11x14 The Vessel

Oh man, I stayed up too late and am super sleepy - but here we go.... blah blah, only watched the episode once, while drinking, forgive mistakes, etc.


And my ships were sailing.... )

As per usual, let me know what you thought in comments!!
hells_half_acre: (Hug)
2016-02-11 12:19 am

Quick Reaction: 11x13 Love Hurts

Hello! (Just an FYI to those who read them - haven't forgotten about rewatches. I've just been busy. I'm midway through the next one and will finish up tomorow if I can).

Alright, standard rules apply - positivity, only seen the episode once, been drinking, etc, etc...

Let's do this thing...

Psycho-killer.... better run run run run away! )

As per usual, let me know what you guys thought in comments! :)
hells_half_acre: (Peace Out Bitches)
2016-02-04 12:56 am

Quick Reaction: 11x12 Don't You Forget About Me


Sorry this review is so late tonight. My mum is visiting...so, I'll blame it on her, even though it was me that was chatting with my friends a lot. Also, I'm not that drunk tonight, because I was driving... so, by "not that drunk" I mean, not at all drunk. So, will that make this review better or worse? Who knows!!

This was my mum's FIRST EVER episode of Supernatural... so, exciting times!

Let's talk about it!!

Read more... )

Let me know what you all thought in comments! Please forgive any spelling mistakes. It's late and I'm sleepy and my spellcheck doesn't work.


(Man, I really need a Jody icon. Charlie will have to stand in.)
hells_half_acre: (Braedan)
2016-01-28 12:20 am

Quick Reaction: 11x11 Into the Mystic

Woot! That was a really nice episode. Man, Robbie Thompson always seems to knock it out of the park for me.

So, let's talk about it!

Now I'm sitting here alone and sleepless... )

Next week looks great too! I don't know who's writing it, but hopefully it's someone good!
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
2016-01-20 11:45 pm

Quick Reaction 11x10: The Devil in the Details

We're back from hiatus! WOoooooooT!

Okay, let's talk about le show. Uh... usual disclaimer: I'm not as think as you drunk I am. So, only correct me if I ask you to, or it's super duper important. All quote are approximate, etc.


You are so pretty when you're on your knees... )

So, let me know what you thought in comments, as per usual... ugh, negativity rules apply, so say something good for every bad thing, even if it's "I liked his shoes." Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd...forgive my spelling mistakes please, I do not have spell check and I am inebriated.

hells_half_acre: (Sam strung-out)
2015-12-10 12:28 am

Quick Reaction: 11x09 O Brother Where Art Thou

Hello my lovelies!

Mid-season finale time. Once again, I took notes while I watched to remember sequence of events, but I've only seen the episode once while drinking, so my memory is not going to be great.

Let's get this road on the show...

Empty are my dreams it suddenly seems )

Anyway, tell me your thoughts in comments!! It's going to be a long break!!
hells_half_acre: (Then and Now)
2015-12-03 12:32 am

Quick Reaction: 11x08 Just My Imagination

Guys, I really loved that episode, let's talk about it!

First: Still been drinking, still only seen it once, still won't remember everything exactly. Only correct me if I ask.


If it's real what I'm feelin' there's no make believin' )

Next week is the mid-season finale, and it looks SUPER INTENSE, YOU GUYS!

I have said "you guys" far too much in this write-up, but I am Canadian, and I have been drinking.... you guys.
hells_half_acre: (Peace Out Bitches)
2015-11-18 11:39 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x07 Plush

Hello! So, although I watched this episode early, I then came home and wasted time on twitter, made dinner, and finished a 55k fanfic that I had started earlier... so, yeah, so much for getting to bed on time. :P

Anyway, no drinking tonight, but I've still only watched the episode once, so my memory won't be the best and quotes are paraphrased (or made up), etc.

Now, let's talk about the episode!

11x07 Plush )

Next week is the episode that Richard Speight Jr. directed!  :)
hells_half_acre: (Crowley)
2015-11-11 11:36 pm

Quick Reaction: 11x06 Our Little World


So, I've had a hell of a day... and I really need to sleep, but this was also a good episode and there is a BUNCH to talk about... so, I'm torn here - but hopefully it all works out and I don't pass out on you.

I drank a little tonight, but actually not that much (mainly because I really do need to sleep and alcohol keeps me awake) but I'll probably still forget everything even with my notes, so bear with me. (bare? bear.)


Come on back home, Mama... )

Next week looks like another fun one.