And the rewatch is back on! Honestly, the break has been kind of nice but once I started up again with the new season, I realized how much more I was appreciating things and little callbacks and continuity thanks to the rewatch, and I wasn’t even halfway through. So I decided to pick back up, and as promised, I’m taking a more condensed approach to discussion on S3. So far, I’m enjoying watching it this way, and I’m hoping some of you guys will find it a little easier as well to go in chunks rather than an episode a day.
Disc One has three episodes–The Magnificent Seven, The Kids are Alright, and Bad Day at Black Rock. The Magnificent Seven is about the seven deadly sins escaping hell out of the gate, and is our first introduction to the idea that, at least in Supernatural world, some of these biblical concepts may actually be demons. Pretty cool. Also pretty cool in that episode? It took place in Oak Park, Illinois, which is the last place I lived and which I LOVED. As described, it’s just west of Chicago (shares a border, even), and as in the show, you can see the city skyline just looking down the road. Ahhhhh, I want to go back. Anyway, I think it’s funny how we’ve seen Meg in Chicago, the seven deadly sins were hanging around Chicago, and as you know, a pretty major figure is met in Chicago in S5. Love how all the demons also love Chicago, which does definitely explain a lot of the driving.
The Magnificent Seven was also notable because it was our introduction to Ruby. And let me just say, for the record, I know a lot of fans bitched about Ruby and Bela but I LOVED Katie Cassidy. She was so awesomely perfect and well-cast for that part and she really added a lot to the show. (Spoilers in italics!) When they killed her, I was destroyed, and I was SO PISSED about them replacing her with Genevieve Cortese, who I thought was terrible and couldn’t enunciate. I guess JPad did get a wife out of it, so yay for him, but she majorly sucked and going back and seeing Katie Cassidy in all of her Ruby glory only served to drive that point home for me.
Meanwhile, The Kids Are Alright was our introduction to Lisa and Ben, who as most of you know, become important later. It was really fun seeing Ben as a mini-Dean, because I remembered that generally, but not specifically. And I had forgotten that Lisa and particularly Ben had seen Dean in action, which is how they know what he does.
I had also forgotten that Lisa told Dean she had had a blood test done on Ben when he was a baby to find out who his dad was, and it wasn’t Dean, and Dean did look disappointed. Lisa offered to let him stay then, but he said he had to leave because this wasn’t his life and never would be (noteworthy for the future), but that Ben was an awesome kid and he’d be proud to be his dad.
In Sammy and the Demons (next year’s break-out band) news, Ruby helps fix the Colt and Sam turns it on her, but she convinces him to keep her alive because she says that she can help him Save Dean. Oh, snap!
Bad Day at Black Rock was one of the episodes from S3 so far that I’ve remembered the best. This was our introduction to Bela, who is basically a fence for occult objects. We found out that John had a storage unit that was essentially Pandora’s Box … he locked up all the shit he didn’t want getting out. The rabbit’s foot story was really great for this show … deceiving appearances, hilarious, and gross. I think JPad really likes the physical comedy and he’s pretty good at it, so there was plenty of falling and shenanigans. And man, that guy with the steak fork going through his spine and out his mouth …. UGH. Loved it.
I had forgotten, though, that this marked Gordon’s return. He was still in jail but looking for a way out, and convinced some hunters that Sam Winchester must die. Still stirring shit up from behind bars, how very Gordon.
As for Bela … well, she did indicate that they were all going to hell and may as well enjoy the ride, which Dean agreed with, and which you’ll want to note for later. I do understand why fans had an issue with her, but we’ll get into that more in an episode on Disc Two.
I IMDB’ed Lauren Cohan, really because I wanted to find out if the accent was real or not. As you guys probably know, she was cast on Vampire Diaries as a possible love interest for Damon (man, talk about a thorn in the fangirls’ sides!), and I wanted to know what to expect, because that accent was so over-the-top sometimes I figured it either had to be real (I don’t know, I’m not British!) or was a complete fake. Turns out she’s from Philly. I don’t know why they made her carry that accent, honestly. Maybe it made her seem more worldly or devious, but sometimes it’s just a little much. I hope she can be an American on TVD. And I do think I’ll like her on there … she was a good bad girl on SPN, and we know she can do villain, but she also has a little bit of that Anna Chlumsky/My Girl look to her, and I’d be curious to see her in a different type of role. So either way, I’m looking forward to seeing her pop up on a different one of my shows (although I maintain, I would’ve loved seeing Katie Cassidy on TVD–she has GOT to break through sometime soon, right?).
Alright, guys–a lot of you told me on Twitter that you’re behind on the rewatch and I totally understand, and it’s no problemo! Just be sure to come back and comment/chat when you get caught up. I’ve missed you guys! And once we get to S4 … man, shit’s gonna get real!