hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2018-09-15 08:13 pm

Favourite Entrances: Dean - Two Minutes to Midnight (5.21)

So, while we're going through the obvious choices (and please remember that these are in no particular order) - next up is Death.

Death - Two Minutes to Midnight (5x21)

Death is so important here that he's, to this day, the only character that gets his own separate intro (that had that intro released as a teaser to the episode too) where Sam and Dean aren't even present. Not only that, but he gets his own intro music. I mean, he's basically Darth Vader, only better.

And why is he better? Because Death isn't a villain - he's not even presented as a villain (not really) - he is presented as a FORCE. He's a force of nature. To fight death, would be like fighting the wind, or the ocean, or the vacuum of space. You can certainly try, but you aren't going to win.

That's all conveyed through this intro - we don't even see Death's face, we see his shape, sure... but we only glimpse his face briefly when he turns to brush his sleeve, as if removing lint... and it is quite clearly an act of simply removing lint from a jacket sleeve, only we immediately see that the lint is a man's life. A weighty thing for us, a stray bit of lint to Death.

In addition to that, while he does this, we get the lyrics "When God is gone and the Devil takes hold, who'll have mercy on your soul?" 

And this is what makes this character SO RICH AND AWESOME. The lyrics directly reference the situation we are in as a show - God is gone, and the devil has taken hold... and the boys are looking for a little mercy. And we've just seen death be spectacularly UNMERCIFUL... and yet, we know that our hero(es) have to encounter him next if they're to have any chance of victory. Again, it makes him this force that is, more powerful than anything we've ever encountered before, a force of nature, and undefeatable*. 

Fundamentally, this sets us up perfectly for the scene where Dean meets up with Death - we know what Death is capable of, we know how outside Dean's paygrade he is (to borrow a phrase the boys have used), and we know that we need this mysterious unstoppable force to show us mercy.

Which, of course, inevitably he does - but we don't know that yet.

*Now, to go on a little rant - Death DID work best when he was undefeatable - and, I suppose technically Death still is. I have one friend quit watching the show when Dean ostensibly "killed" Death at the end of S10, because "it was the stupidest thing the show's ever done." And I have to agree, Death works best when Death can't be killed. Likewise, I got SUPER MAD when Reapers became an order of angel-class and were killable in S8 onwards - and I had to develop a very specific headcanon in order for me to not just storm off in a huff - because it was throwing out WONDERFULLY established mythology and replacing it with crap. Reapers and Death have to be outside of Sam and Dean's ability to kill in order for them to work effectively in the show - they have to be a neutral force of nature. That's what makes Death so precious in the moments that he decides to help the Winchesters, it's also what lends weight to mortality and stability to the universe in general. Now, this isn't all to say that I don't like Billie... but again, I basically have to believe something other than what the show told me, in order to get behind Billie as the "new" Death. Mainly, because YOU CAN'T KILL THE HORSEMEN, you can only weaken them - that's been established. Moreover, Death established that he will reap God in the end, and I firmly believe that to be true. Anyway, this whole rant has nothing to do with the intro. The great thing about this intro is that it was BEFORE they broke their own mythology and made it crappier - so when this happened, this was EPIC. Death was a force. The only slim hope Dean had was getting his hand on the scythe... and it was quite clear that wasn't going to happen with any sort of ease.

hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
2018-07-03 05:05 pm

One Scene Each Season: S5 - They Chose Family

And now we come to the end of the original Kripke 5 year arc... so, naturally, my choice for S5 scene is well, the end of the original Kripke 5 year arc.

Swan Song: Chuck's final narration:

I'd even shave off the last 30 seconds when Sam is revealed.

Why did I chose this scene?

Well, first off, I guess this is cheating a little bit, since this isn't a scene, it's a narrated montage. But, whatever, I make the rules.

Mainly, I'm choosing this scene because it end Supernatural as such a perfect tragedy - as it was always set up to be (originally - these days, it could go either way on an ending). It's not a COMPLETE tragedy, but a perfect one - in that technically, it's a victory, but it's a victory at a high cost. Sam and Dean saved the world, and it costs Sam his life. Sam, who strived his whole life to break free from Hunting, who always believed and hoped that it was possible to do so, ends up sacrificing that dream (and himself) to save the world. Dean, meanwhile, who never had any hope that he would have a "home", could have a family beyond Sam, could escape the "life" ends up living Sam's dream... and actually having ALL of that (which he did secretly longed for), but the cost is the life of his brother - which makes the victory hollow, because if there was one thing Dean always put above his own dreams, it was Sam and Sam's dreams. So, the fact that Dean gets to live Sam's dream and Sam doesn't - I mean, OUCH.

It's a great ending, in my books, because it's hard to pull off the tragic victory - and I really think Kripke nailed it here.

And with or without the last 30 seconds, I love this ending because it left the door open for SO MUCH GREAT FIC. This was back in the days when I read fic (though it was a minefield of trying to avoid both Wincest and Destiel, neither of which I shipped) and I just remember so much great speculative fics about whether Dean stays with Lisa, or does go rescue Sam, how Sam escaped the cage, what his condition is, how much time had passed, etc. Sometimes, unanswered questions are the best thing a series can leave you with. 

I mean, off topic but related, I think a lot of people were disappointed with the Solo movie because they liked their imaginary versions of Han and Chewy's past better, they liked the excitement of speculating about it, rather than knowing for sure, or having an "official version" (I mean, same goes for all movies outside the original Star Wars trilogy really... *cough*except the prequels which were just objectively trash all around, so of course people hate them*cough*-what a long weird cough)

ANYWAY, it was a great wrap to the series, in my opinion:  On theme, foreshadowed well, and leaving that door open just enough that imaginations could run wild.

hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2011-04-08 02:48 pm

Fic: To Being Half A Person - a demented'timestamp (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: To Being Half A Person
Word Count: ~3,600
Genre: gen
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: S5 of Supernatural, All of Harry Potter, Vile Violent Vacations and The Letter in the demented'verse.
A/N: A couple of weeks ago, I asked if you guys wanted a demented'timestamp that didn't really go anywhere or do anything - you responded with a resounding "yes," so, here you are!
A/N#2[livejournal.com profile] khek  gave me the idea for half this fic in a comment on The Letter, so if you like it, thank [livejournal.com profile] khek too! If you don't like it...it's totally [livejournal.com profile] khek 's fault. ;)

Time: This story takes place both months after Sam's fall and during the final chapter of Vile Violent Vacations.
Summary: Dean gets an unexpected visitor and we find out where George and Dean got to when they momentarily disappeared from the party.

hells_half_acre: (Young Dean)
2011-02-07 11:23 am
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American Gods

 I have now read American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

So, therefore, I now have the authority to say: Everyone who complained about Hammer of Gods being a rip-off/copy/poor-imitation is completely bonkers.

Four words: Holy Different Universe, Batman!

The ONLY similarity between American Gods and Supernatural is the idea that all gods exist and can appear in human form. Other than that, you're dealing with a whole other kettle of fish.

So, there you go. It only took me half a year, but I can finally have a stance on that argument. :-P

In other news: American Gods was an alright book! Next I'm going to read Anansi Boys.

Also, I'm having a bad day, so don't yell at me if you disagree...just leave it.
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2011-01-03 04:13 pm

Fic: The Letter - a Demented'verse Timestamp (SPN/HP) PG, Gen

Title: The Letter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Word Count: ~ 7,000
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural 5x22. 
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Part of the Demented'verse
Summary: Harry receives a letter after Lucifer's defeat.

The letter came on a Saturday )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-12-18 04:20 pm

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations Master Post (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Word Count: ~121, 500 (each chapter between 4,000 and 5,000 words)
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic


Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 |


Summary: Harry invents a ruse in order to trick the Winchesters into taking a much needed vacation, only it turns out he really does need their help.

Behind The Scenes Part 1 and Part 2

Master Post for the Demented!verse

Artwork by [livejournal.com profile] mattheal 

By request, this story is also available for download in a .doc file. CLICK HERE (takes you to megaupload). If you read it this way, please swing back by and tell me how you like it! Well, it was available, until megaupload was shut down by the US government. Now you'll have to email me if you want it.
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-12-15 09:16 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 30/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 30/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29


Summary: In which Harry learns the truth and the Winchesters hear from Bobby

'If what you seek is hope, I am afraid I will leave you disappointed.' )

fin.
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-12-08 10:18 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 29/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 29/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28


Summary: In which there is a feast and then Harry thinks of a way to apologize.

Why do I get the feeling you’re about to do something completely daft? )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-12-01 08:55 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 28/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 28/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27


Summary: In which there is shouting and then Dean does the washing.

the angel spoke the truth, because only the truth could possible inflict that much pain )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-11-24 10:05 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 27/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 27/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26


Summary: In which Neville is an awesome Herbologist and Castiel says the wrong thing.

Well, I am a Professor of Herbology. One of the first things you learn is how to make a good cup of tea. )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-11-17 10:26 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 26/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 26/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25


Summary: In which being caught in a wizard battle is just the beginning of Sam's problems.

Sam opened his eyes, because that was what he was always supposed to do when Dean yelled at him like that. )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-11-10 10:09 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 25/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 25/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23 | 24


Summary: In which Harry and the Winchesters locate Carrow, much to their dismay.

Teddy didn’t know what was going on. )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-11-03 10:50 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 24/30 (HP/SPN) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 24/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |
21 | 22 | 23


Summary: In which we see what Harry and Ron were up to while the Winchesters were at Malfoy's.

Ron felt like hexing him, he really did, but it'd be unprofessional )
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-10-27 09:53 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 23/30 (SPN/HP) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 23/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22

Summary: In which Malfoy meets an angel and Castiel meets an owl.

She had thought, perhaps foolishly, that the years of Harry attracting odd people and creatures would have ended with the war; but no, Ginny had stumbled downstairs this morning to make coffee and found an angel sitting ramrod straight in one of her kitchen chairs – picking small pieces of stone out from under his fingernails. )
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hells_half_acre: (Ladles are funny)
2010-10-25 04:48 pm
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Rewatch S5: DVD Extras

 
It's time for the obligatory DVD extras post!

S5 DVDs come with:
Gag Reel
Ghostfacers
and Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides - Bobby's Exclusive Video Collection

It has the appearance of intelligence )

And there we go, finito.
hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
2010-10-24 02:19 am
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Rewatch S5: Swan Song (5x22)

 Alright, after putting off watching this epic sadness all day (by working on VVV, btw, some might be happy about that), I finally buckled down and watched it.

Hang on folks, this is a long one...

Hey Assbutt! )


Thanks for sticking with me through this rewatch! I will try to post my updated timeline tomorrow! And then all that's left is a quick review of the special features :)
hells_half_acre: (Sam's a badass)
2010-10-23 03:52 pm
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Rewatch S5: Two Minutes to Midnight (5x21)

I'm all excited because I only have two episodes left (now one), so I'm thinking I could actually finish this up this weekend and then post my timeline! Yay! I wish the timeline was better-but it's Show's fault for not giving me any clues at all. They've even stopped putting the date on their newspapers.

End of discussion! This isn't over! )

I'm going to try to do Swan Song tonight, me thinks. It'll be SAD TIMES!
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
2010-10-21 12:43 pm
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Rewatch S5: Hammer of the Gods (5x19)

 I watched this two nights ago, but I haven't had a chance to type anything yet! But today I have no work! (yay for me, boo for my wallet)

I actually don't have that many notes for this one, so it'll be much more brief than my other rewatch reviews...

why are you guys running around with no hands? )

Ok, I still have the day off, so I'm going to watch another one today, I think...then maybe write VVV tonight. I should probably tell my boss that I need more work assigned, but then she might assign me work...
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2010-10-20 08:22 am

Fic: Vile Violent Vacations 22/30 (HP/SPN) PG-13, Gen

Title: Vile Violent Vacations 22/30
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre 
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Genre: Gen
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 5x10.
Disclaimer:  This is a transformative work of fiction for entertainment purposes only.
AN: Sequel to Damned Demented Demons and Bobby and Hermione - An Epistolary Fic . Updates every Wednesday (PST).

Previous Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
| 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21


Summary: In which Sam finally gets to use the library and Ginny and Harry get an unexpected house guest.


They stopped in front of a large tapestry of a bowl of fruit. Harry reached out and stroked the pear. Dean was about to ask him if he had a strange fetish for medieval tapestry art, when the pear morphed into a doorknob. )

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hells_half_acre: (Shocked!Dean)
2010-10-19 10:16 pm
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Clothing Awesomeness in Point of No Return (5x18)

I was just cataloging the clothes in 5x18, so that I could watch 5x19 before I went to bed tonight, when I discovered that....

The coat Dean picks up in Bobby's basement when he escapes the panic room and runs away to find Zachariah...is the same coat that 2014!Dean wore in The End (5x04)!!

Caps below cut! )
I think that's really neat. Right now I'm calling it the Green Military Utility Coat of Doom, but maybe I should call it Dean's Coat of Bad Decisions...or feel free to offer suggestions :-P

These are the only two times this coat has appeared (so far)