Better with You [ABC, Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30C] serves up some big laughs centered around three couples: Casey [Jake Lacey] and Mia [JoAnna Garcia], newly engaged after knowing each other for seven weeks; Mia’s sister, Maddie [Jennifer Finnigan] and Ben [Josh Cooke], who have been living together for nine years, and Mia and Maddie’s parents, Joel [Kurt Fuller] and Vicky [Debra Jo Rupp], married for thirty-five years. The series uses the three relationships to explore how each influences the others – and whether for the better.
In a continuation of the party celebrating the milestone 100th episode of the hit CW Network series, Supernatural, the good folks at Warner Brothers have sent out a little party treat to some of us journalist types: an advanced look at the S5.18 Point of No Return.
As we saw back in last week’s episode, S5.17 99 Problems, a totally frustrated and mentally and emotionally exhausted Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) has begun to think the only way to stop Lucifer and save the planet is to say yes and become Michael’s vessel. Which in turn has his brother, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) deeply worried and looking for a means to keep Dean from making that decision and all of this is widening the rift between the two of them. In my opinion the reason the rift between them is widening is because Dean doesn’t care about what’s going on anymore or about the consequences of saying yes to Michael and he is leaving Sam feeling like he has no back up in his own battle to stay strong against Lucifer.
In the pivotal 100th episode, S5.18 Point of No Return directed by Phil Sgriccia and written by Jeremy Carver, the Winchester brothers find out that unbeknownst to any of them, the angels have been coming up with a shocking and horrifying “Plan B” to bring about the final days of the apocalypse. Together with Castiel (Misha Collins) and Bobby (guest star Jim Beaver) Sam and Dean put aside the widening rift between them, as much as they can, and prepare to take on Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) in a desperate attempt to prevent the beginning of the end on Earth. The episode also sees the return from the dead (in true Winchester fashion) of Dean and Sam’s half brother Adam Milligan (Jake Abel).
Without giving too many spoilers away, here’s what I have to say about the 100th episode of Supernatural.
The hit CW Network action series, Supernatural which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester and Misha Collins as the angel Castiel, turns 100 episodes old next Thursday April 15th at 9PM EST so I say let the party begin! And what better way to start a party than to show the party that the cast and crew had back in January shortly after they finished filming the milestone 100th episode titled Point of No Return.
Supernatural has come a long way from it’s season one days on the now defunct WB Network and its subsequent move to the CW Network. Back then fans and viewers were just beginning to take the monster hunting, demon fighting journey with the newly reunited brothers Winchester who were also searching for their missing father, John Winchester (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Along the way, we have watched Sam and Dean grow together and then apart from each other again as tragic events, deals with demons and both holy and unholy destines have unraveled the foundation of everything they thought they knew about themselves as hunters, sons and brothers.
Several things have been key to keeping Supernatural going strong for five years and 100 episodes and counting. The most important has been the strength and versatility of talent in the two lead actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. These two young actors are more than just pretty faces on a CW series, they are dedicated to their craft and they care about their characters and their work. Second has been the addition of such well rounded characters as Bobby Singer and the angel Castiel. Both Misha Collins and Jim Beaver have only added to the success of Supernatural. Third has been the writing, which kept Supernatural from being just another formulaic ‘monster of the week’ action series and has strived to create and maintain interesting characters, stories and has given viewers plenty of things to think about, talk about and write about.
Last but by no means least, as the cast and crew of Supernatural will tell you, the fans and the viewers who tune in every Thursday night to catch up with Sam and Dean Winchester are also a huge part of the success and longevity of the series.
So let’s party on and celebrate Supernatural’s milestone 100th episode with some sneak pick vids of S5.18 Point of No Return.
SAM AND DEAN ARE KILLED AND GO TO HEAVEN — Ambushed by angry hunters, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are shot and killed and sent to Heaven. Castiel (Misha Collins) warns Dean that Zachariah (guest star Kurt Fuller) is looking for them in Heaven so they need to lay low while searching for an angel named Joshua (guest star Roger Aaron Brown) who can help them since he talks directly to God. While searching for Joshua, the brothers run into some old friends and family members. Jeff Woolnough directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin
It took me a bit to get to the commentary on Supernatural S5.16 Dark Side of the Moon because there was so much in the episode to think about and form an opinion on. I liked this episode, which was written by Daniel Loflin and Andrew Dabb, but I’m still having a hard time deciding it if was a pivotal episode or just another filler episode. With some of the things we learned about Heaven, about Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) I’m leaning more towards pivotal. Yet I think the things that it ‘filled in’ about these characters for the viewers and for the fans of the series was more important to the progression of the myth arc concerning the apocalypse than any pivot points.