So I think that might have been the best episode this show's ever turned out. In terms of production value, pacing, everything - just a bang-up job all around. All the dolly and wide shots were gorgeous. The color looked amazing as well. So did THEY! Sam's hair is killing me. And that's twice since hiatus that the show that's never actually scared me before has scared me (Ghostfacers and now this one).
I found myself amazed at the 30 minute mark that the show was only at the 30 minute mark. One of the problems I consistently have with this show is that not enough ever seems to happen in the eps and they feel stretched, like they only had 30 pages of material for a script that needs 45.
Coming in in the middle of the action too was great. Hey look! They do hunt demons and don't just drive around in the Impala all the time, or drink coffee on park benches, or sit in their room cleaning guns - metaphorically or otherwise. The exorcism scene was incredible. The pacing, their desperation poorly hidden under Winchester bravado, the guy playing the demon - all excellent. I gasped when he said "Your mother..." then paused. Also, the way the guy was lit from behind by the fire was well done. Loved it.
JOHN'S JOURNAL! Oh my heart stopped. Keepin it old-school Sammy, *draws hearts*
Dean, an imbittered hunter who's slightly mad and not slightly amoral, and a bottle of Johnnie blue is a scene I could watch for a very long time.
Bela, we hardly knew you before you were rushed off the stage, but at least your ending and story made sense, unlike Jo or Ash last year.
And of course, while the credits loomed close and just as I began to wonder if this was even the same show they drop an anvil the size of Texas, just to remind us that yes, you are still watching a CW show. I mean really? That's the way they got rid of that dude? Buried alive with his journal artfully placed on top of his refrigerator-shaped coffin? Not chopping up into tiny pieces and incinerating? Yeah, no, Sammy won't be digging that guy up or anything by finale's end or early next season, if we're to believe the teasers for next week. Sure he won't.
Speaking of teasers for next week...actually lets not. I don't think my fangirl heart can take it at this point. I will say though that there's no way this season isn't ending in a cliff hanger. I'm really glad that we didn't move Wincon to August this year. Because all any of us would be doing is sitting around biting our nails wondering what the hell is going to happen to them.