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Episode Review for SPN 5x08 "Changing Channels" 
7th-Nov-2009 11:00 pm
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This is gonna run like commentary, only slightly more ridiculous. Note, this is my second time watching the episode (I always watch them, at the very least, twice. Mostly for fic writing purposes like this time around) so I might go off on tangents.

Blame sparseparsley for this one, who apparently likes it when I go off and make Cas sound like a homeboy. It's just something I do with my friend Emy and when leaving reviews. So, here you go.

The opening montage.

Alright, here's the thing, that shit was super hilarious. Like, no, really, Sam with the hands on his hips and Dean with the whole Leave it to Beaver thing. And Jensen's high pitched Son of a Bitch.

I will not rest until I know all the words to the theme song. And possibly have it on my iPod. What? Don't look at me like that.

I'm pretty sure Dr. Sexy is a Go'uald. And I mean, he played one. I believe his real name is Steven something.

"When'd you hit menopause?" - Oh Sam.

Smartass Sheriff. Ugly matching ties. Man, their ties makes Martin Fitzgerald's ties look good. Yeah, no one it's gonna get that reference. Fucking Without a Trace.

Bana or Norton? I love that she's like those movies were shit, I'm talking about the old time Hulk. Because old time Hulk wasn't shitty. Because Hulk isn't just a shitty comic book character (oh man, tangent, but like, Hulk sucks. He's bad. I dislike him as a character.)

They're so getting smarter. I get that they jump to the Trickster fast because the rest of the episode has to be ridiculous.

Fandom hive mind had to be like rolling when they were talking about the Trickster being on their side. I mean, I've read fics with that premise which is awesome. And also, can we get a shout out to the fact that Dean knows about Facebook? He's grown so much. Remember when myspace sounded like a foreign language to him.


You guys should've known. I knew when it came in through your radio.

And Sam gets his first pain of the episode.


Okay, lets talk about the fact that apparently I speak like a character from Dr. Sexy MD. I mean, seriously, I say seriously all the time. Seriously. And Dean's knowledge of pop-culture knows no bounds. No bounds at all.

Sam: "What the fuck is this shit, yo?"

Dean: "Dude, my fucking wet dream is about to come true!!" *squeals in a high pitched manner*

Sam: "..."

Dean: *shifty eyes* "What?"

Sam: "I thought you didn't watch this show?"

Dean, you are so a fan. You through around words like compelling and looking like you wanna suck Dr. Sexy's cock... MANCRUSH! You fucking notice his shoes!

Trickster is small.

Trickster might now more about pop-culture than Dean. Yeah, my mind is NOT gonna go there. It really, really is not.

(But, you know, if I was, Dean does have a thing for angels. I'm just saying. Also, see, this is another thing that happens when I've already seen the episode.)

There's a reason I don't watch medical dramas anymore. Because the dialogue, the parody dialogue I'm sure they wrote as a joke, is probably about on par with dialogue in these actual shows.

Yeah, Dean would not be awake. I'm just saying. Shot in the back. At somewhat close range. I know my pre-med stuff is just flying out of my brain, but no. No.

This music wants to kill my soul.


Also, that transition was pretty cool.

Like you knew someone was getting hit in the junk. Like you just knew.

And it's Sam.

Okay, so, here's the thing. I love Sam. I wish him all the best. I wish he would apologize for what was really wrong, but it's okay Show. I'll let it pass. For now. But, like, you're taking all these subtle pot-shots at Sam and it's really starting to grate on my nerves. Either you forget about what's really wrong or you start addressing the elephant in the room. Please.

CAS! He comes to save the day! WITH HIS COCK!

Yeah, no, not really. That's just something battie_hattie made up. For someone with an angel line, she has no problems talking about Cas' cock.

There's really nothing I can do to change the awesomeness of Cas' utter confusion. That line was gold. And the way Misha delivered it... GAH! His tie is flipped backwards for some strange reason. Prolly because he was taking names and kicking ass.


Dean: "Oh, so I'm not the only one that thinks he's pretty."

Sam: "..."

Dean: *shifty eyes* "WHAT?!"

Sam: "Do I have to buy you a fucking pride flag?"

The Trickster says yes and Dean thinks yes, but I don't really think the answer is yes. At least not to that question. Or, well, at least not to the way that question is phrased.


Dean: "Play your role, bitch."

Sam: "I'm gonna find someway to torture you slowly. Like, it's gonna take days."

High pitched Son of a Bitch AGAIN!

He throws her out naked. Like he doesn't even give her cab fare.

Cas: "Dudes, I'm fucking kicking ass and you're eating a sandwich."

Okay, Cas with duck tape on his mouth and beat up and like looking tan and finally in some good light and I'm pretty sure Misha had a hair cut before this episode. Like, whenever he's on screen, my ovaries explode.

Trickster: "Hey, brother, I'm gonna throw you up against a wall and put duck tape on your mouth because I'm kinky like that."

Dean: "If anyone's gonna duck tape Cas, it's me. Although, that's a idea I've never had before."

Sam: "Seriously, am I gonna have to join PFLAG or something?"

I really have a feeling that Trickster didn't actually want the apocalypse. I feel like he was trying to teach the boys that it didn't have to go down this way, but of course, THEY DIDN'T GET IT and now it's this and he's just like okay, fuck it, I'm done. Let's fucking just do this shit up right and call it a day.

I WEAR MY SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT! No talent douchebags! Yeah, they're totally spoofing CSI Miami. Because that show actually sucks balls. Like real balls. The hairy kind.

Sam does Horatio better.

Well, at least we know why the Trickster doesn't actually die. Of course, I'm not there yet.

Dean: *fret hands* "I'm worried about Cas. He could be anywhere. He could be hurt."

Sam: "Dude, I'm a car and you're worried about your freaking boyfriend?"

Dean: *shifty eyes* "He's not my boyfriend."

Sam: "Yeah, you're not fooling anyone."

At this point, I yelled out Zach. But what really goes down works too.


Sam's a sassy son of a bitch.

I'm a little bit question-y on how they had the special oil. They just had some more lying around. It's sacred oil. But I suppose Cas would be the good little boy scout that he is and get extra.

I like Sam's one of line about Cas. Like he believes in Cas and that Cas is badass, but he can still have pissy bitchfits with him.

Oh the Gabriel thing is precious. It's fucking precious. And great. And, like, PERFECT! I so want to know more about the angels. And his end line totally reaffirms what I'm thinking. Gabriel didn't want the apocalypse, but he was in the minority is my thinking. Cas and the rest of the angels like him who are sort of lower level, just followed the host and Zach and the higher angels ran the show and Gabriel was just like dudes, chill.

But like Zach would never listen to dudes, chill so Gabriel was like, yeah, I'm out.

Alright, so the SPN retelling of the bible is a little weird, but I can keep it separate in my head.

(sidenote: How much do I love Pete Wentz in a guitar hero commercial with Taylor Swift and Travie Barker and Rivers Cuomo. I do not have enough words to express it!)

Oh the complexity of the angels. I think there could be essays written on the subject. I so want to know more! Like there has to be more out there that had Gabriel's thinking of this is some bullshit. And exactly how long as God been out of the picture? What's SPN's stance on when the angel war went down? It sounds like it was before humans, which is true, but has he been out since? Since Jesus?

I also need more on Cas. I'm very afraid he's only gonna be around for funny times and comedic timing, but I think there's a story there and I trust Kripke to not let me down on that one.

Dean: "Gimme my boyfriend back or I light you up and roast marshmallows."

Gabriel: "Boyfriend?"

Sam: "He means Cas."

Gabriel: "..."

Dean: "I didn't mean boyfriend. I meant... angel guy who I like as a buddy."

Sam: "He means they're fucking like bunnies."

Gabriel: "Ew, that's my little brother you're talking about!"

Sam: "If I gotta live with the mental images, so do you."

Motivational speech is motivating.

You'd think Dean would be a little more eyes on Cas after he threatened to burn an archangel alive for the guy, but I guess they didn't have enough time.

So, to wrap up, excellent episode. I was afraid it was going to feel filler-y, but it obviously did not. The bit by bit on the angels better pay off though. They're setting up this great and fantastic storyline and if they drop it, I'm gonna be pissed. I'm pretty certain that next week is not gonna have Cas and the Chuck will make up for that, but I fear the fangirls are gonna be of two minds. Because they're prolly gonna portray us as slightly crazy.

Which we are, but not in the bad way that Show sometimes gives us.

Now to write fic about this episode. GLEE!
8th-Nov-2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Dr. Sexy is a Go'uald. And I mean, he played one. I believe his real name is Steven something.

Steve Bacic, he was also on Flash Gordon not to long ago, he like Scifi becuase he's been op others too
8th-Nov-2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ha, see, I knew that. I've met the guy. I was like you look familiar Dr. Sexy. Just couldn't remember the last name.
8th-Nov-2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
met him....met him...as in in person with touching and everything....
9th-Nov-2009 12:56 am (UTC)
It was at a Con so there wasn't much touching, but there was talking and thanking for coming and stuff like that. I mean there was a handshake which I guess counts as touching.
9th-Nov-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
your lucky
8th-Nov-2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode so much it's insane. Gabriel is my new favourite angel. Besides Cas that is :D
8th-Nov-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
DUDE! Trickster as Gabriel is like the best thing ever. It just makes everything so plotty and rich, which is something Kripke is very good at. I'm just waiting for him to pick up other threads and it'll be a good time. Like how John knew about the Michael sword.
8th-Nov-2009 06:21 pm (UTC)

YES. \O/

I fucking love Sam's running commentary on Dean's evolving gayness. Yes Sam, join PFLAG, be supportive, read pamphlets.

There can be nothing wrong with a show that goes for FISTING JOKES! I don't care how badly they fuck up in the future, they win.
8th-Nov-2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes I did. I really only needed to refresh myself on the end, but I said what the heck. The episode was gold so I'll watch it again.

Dude, like, that's something I do when I'm spitballing fic with a friend. I'll start out with a few pieces of ridiculous dialogue and be like, yeah, only, you know, more Cas sounding. Although, I think the dialogue here actually works for Sam.

I'm telling you right now, Kripke can do no wrong. He might, but, as of right now, I will follow wherever he leads.
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