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When last week started I thought I had all the time in the world. The first half of the week was an empty calendar, and I tried to set up the incredibly busy weekend, not only for us to participate in, but for me to write about. I have a long list of ideas and WIPs and I thought the early part of last week was perfect timing to get a few things started. And then it was Thursday. Ascension mass, catch up on Supernatural, writing class, get ready for the weekend. Sleepover, Free Comic Book Day, Lunch at Dairy Queen, mass for the anniversary of my friend’s death, seeing Captain America: Civil War, meeting my son’s new girlfriend, and Sunday for Mother’s Day and Fear the Walking Dead. This week started the same way.  Nice and quiet, time to write and yet still unused. Damn. Next week isn’t going to be much different. It’s feast or famine, isn’t it? Feast or famine.

With all that going on, believe it or not, everything went according to plan for the most part. That was kind of surprising with so many people to account for and so many different places to be, some with very specific starting times, like church and the movies.

I think I’ll finish this with a couple of mini reviews:

Supernatural. Don’t Call Me Shurley. (11.20) – SPOILERS

With the return of Chuck, there were definitely some high hopes for this episode. Often in some episodes, we’ll get five or ten minutes in, and the first question I’ll ask is who wrote this episode. This one was no exception. When Chuck took the Samulet out of his pocket and flipped the switch so the talisman was turned on, I said out loud, “Who wrote this episode?” I was about to post the question on Tumblr to make it less rhetorical, but at that moment, up on the screen flashed, Written by Robbie Thompson. This was going to be a good one. I sat on the edge of my seat and spent most of the ep with a ridiculous looking grin on my face. I laughed. I cried. I downloaded the music. seriously, get onto Soundcloud and listen for free to Rob Benedict’s beautiful rendition of Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song). It was poignant, thoughtful, and perfection.

Dean’s disbelief at the brightly shining Samulet, the thing he’d worn since adolescence; the hope in his eyes that this really did mean something – that glowing in the presence of G-d was actually true and happening. The wonder.
Chuck and Metatron was so well done, no less than I would expect from Robbie. After all the shit he’s pulled, I felt sorry for Metatron and he gave me all the feels, especially when he admitted his mistakes of the past couple years. The subtle out of focus display of the World’s Greatest Dad in Chuck’s work-space was brilliant prop setting. The back and forth of writer and editor, the back to the beginning as it were of their collaboration.

The setting of the town, Hope Springs immediately brought to mind the phrase, hope springs eternal, which was the perfect metaphor for the episode as well as the Winchesters meeting G-d in his flesh suit, the familiar Chuck.

I must speak to Rob Benedict’s acting in this episode. He starts out playing aloof, yeah, I’m Him, just call me Chuck, no kneeling, etc. But as Metatron gets his ground and begins to speak out more and calling Chuck/G-d out more on his plans and lack of involvement, the rising anger that Rob displays was so understated, toned down, but in his eyes, the deep set of his jaw, the tight line of his lips, it was no surprise when he hauled off and slammed Metatron out of the bar doors. The slow simmer bubbling up and in one moment passing was absolutely stunning. So many kudos to Rob and how fully he plays Chuck. I’m looking forward to his acting in the rest of the season, possibly into the next.

In the followup episode, All in the Family (11.21) we saw the return of Kevin (briefly), the introduction of Donatello who may or may not come back, and we got to hear Chuck (G-d) say, “See I do answer prayers,” and “Thus spake the Lord.” Also Dean telling G-d to “cool it” was pretty awesome as well as Sam fanboying for the Big Guy. Metatron’s moment was a bit anti-climactic, but I thought redeeming enough. I’m still wondering how they’re going to separate Lucifer from Castiel. Perhaps, G-d can fashion a more permanent vessel out of Mark Pellegrino for Lucifer. Destiel seems to be on its way, although I’m not sure if it will be implied at the end of this season or the beginning of the next. I do not believe they’re queerbaiting despite others who do believe that is the case. It was truly a good follow-up episode and I’m sure the rest of the season will follow smoothly, but nothing can compare to what is ultimately Robbie Thompson’s last Supernatural script.*

Captain America: Civil War (Minor Spoilers)

So many superheroes. So many villains. So much fighting and things blowing up. Car chases and motorcycles jumping over things; and on them. It was funny, it was emotional, it was great. I had wondered what could be so bad to pit Tony against Steve, and we were given the reason, and it was a surprise twist and breathtakingly heartbreaking. New characters and returning favorites. It’s a great ensemble. Get there early. I realize we were there for opening weekend, but I thought we were pretty early and we still had to sit in the third row. It’s Marvel. It’s loud and it’s fun. Look for Stan Lee and stay for all the credits. ALL. The. Credits.

*Robbie Thompson will be writing for Marvel Comics. Check out their website for more information.

Adam Glass, former writer for Supernatural is writing for Aftershock Comics. Check out his newest Rough Riders.

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