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Leeeetle tiny witch, biiig evil ambitions.

Leeeetle tiny witch, biiig evil ambitions.

So, a Motley Crue title reference, eh? Not exactly classic rock, but I suppose it is a Dean sort of song. To be fair, 80’s music would qualify as “classic” for him. Which is ever so slightly depressing for me, who listened to it as a teenager. Also slightly disappointing is the use of a different take(from the one in the trailer) when Sam learns Dean is on a dating site. Darn, I really wanted to see his unadulterated gleeful chortle again, as part of the scene. But we did get him reading sexy texts in a mocking tone to give Dean crap, like a good brother does, so I guess it evens out.

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The Saga Continues

All right, let’s talk about this. The first teaser trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is now out. It’s nearly a minute and a half long, halleluiah! Teaser trailers tend to be notoriously short, like, twenty seconds long. Thirty, if you’re lucky. They’re also notorious for revealing next to nothing, thus the moniker “teaser”. We could have gotten fifteen seconds of dark screen with the title card and just that looming voice whispering, “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” Happily, we got more.

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New profile picture, don'cha think?  Go ahead, do the duck face.

New profile picture, don’cha think? Go ahead, do the duck face.

I know, this is way late. Life, ya know. So by this time, the season finale is ground well-covered, so I won’t drone on too long about it. I did really enjoy it, though. I was concerned that Missy’s accent seemed all over the place, meandering between English, Scottish, and American, but I eventually chalked it up to The Master/Mistress being certifiably insane and moved on. John Simm did a fantastic job establishing that fact several years ago.

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Does anyone still Ask Jeeves?  Did he have to retire?

Does anyone still Ask Jeeves? Did he have to retire?

It’s been a while since we’ve had a simple monster of the week episode, and here we have the second one in a row! It’s nice to get back to basics once in a while. This one doesn’t start out as a case, but as a road trip to check out a message left on one of Bobby’s old phones. Turns out some rich old lady in Connecticut left him something in her will, for him or his closest descendants. Figuring they’re the closest things to his living relatives, they’re off to the East Coast.

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Dang, this room is in need of some serious feng shui.

Dang, this room is in need of some serious feng shui.

I knew right off the bat this was going to be a spooky one, starting with Abbie’s dream about her ghostly mother. I didn’t realize it was also going to be so touching. A sudden rash of suicides at Tarrytown Psychiatric has prompted officials there to call in the police; knowing Abbie’s connections to the place, Sheriff Reyes gives her full control of the case. Abbie calls on Jenny for assistance, partly because she has firsthand experience as a patient, but also because Crane is down for the count with a nasty head cold. He’s also rather touchy because he doesn’t feel well, so when Hawley brings some roofied matzo ball soup, the trio leave him to sleep through most of the episode.

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Thank you, everyone involved in "Supernatural: The Musical" and most especially everyone involved in "Supernatural: The Show".  Thanks for the road so far, 10 years and 200 episodes.

Thank you, everyone involved in “Supernatural: The Musical” and most especially everyone involved in “Supernatural: The Show”. Thanks for the road so far, 10 years and 200 episodes.

This is the 200th episode of a show that had a rough time of it in its early years. Longtime fans used to hold their breath every year when renewals were announced, never sure Supernatural would be on the list. I started watching late in Season Two, so my first full season was Three, and that was cut short by the writers’ strike. Lots of shows suffered, or died completely, at that time. Considering that was the season Dean was dragged off to Hell by hellhounds and left strung up by meat hooks and chains, screaming for Sam, it was a scary time for fans. When would the strike end? Would the show get picked up? Would we be left forever wondering if Sam had been able to save Dean? Fortunately, all those questions had answers, and good ones, at that. Happily, we then got Season Four, arguably one of the best–if not The Best–season, and the show and fans have not had much to worry about since. The writers have said this episode is a love letter to the fans, and boy, they weren’t a-fibbing. Let’s take a look at exactly how, shall we?

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Mr. Hawley, your taste in entertainment leaves much to be desired.

Mr. Hawley, your taste in entertainment leaves much to be desired.

This is one of those episodes that reminds you how similar the universe of Sleepy Hollow is to that of Supernatural. The two leads investigate a series of unusual murders, do a lot of research, consult an expert in arcane objects, the tousle-haired lead gets thrown around while the other recites an ancient text, the evil creature is defeated, and the two leads have a meaningful chat about the growing threat of the Big Bad. Throw in some snarky dialogue and nicknames, a lot of darkness, some great special effects, a creepy creature, and a bit of television related humor–hey presto, Sleepynatural! SuperHollow? SuperSleepy seems to be the preferred title on Twitter.

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Eat your heart out, Sam Winchester.  My hair is superior.

Eat your heart out, Sam Winchester. My hair is superior.

I have been remiss in writing about this week’s episode; how is it the end of the week already? No wasting time, then. This week, we learned exactly what that creepy spider crawling down Katrina’s throat was all about: making her the vessel to birth Moloch into this world and out of Purgatory. That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

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Oh, Doctor, you are in for multiple shocks.  That ain't Mary Poppins.

Oh, Doctor, you are in for multiple shocks. That ain’t Mary Poppins.

I must say, I really enjoyed the last two episodes, but this week’s was at a whole other level, and I’m eager to discuss it. Okay, okay, quick recap. “Flatline” was fascinating, with intriguing new aliens from a two-dimensional dimension that were a good kind of creepy. By that, I mean I wouldn’t mind seeing them turn up again down the road. The concept of two-dimensional creatures from a previously unknown universe is something I wouldn’t mind exploring further. They have the potential to become the next Weeping Angels. The special effects were incredible, including seeing the Doctor’s full-size face peering out of a toaster-sized Tardis. It also included the never-not-entertaining bit of the Doctor’s hand creeping over the subway tracks ala Thing from The Addams Family, wearing the Tardis like a seashell.

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