My 6 Favorite Things About ‘Supernatural’s’ Visit to ‘Frontierland’

Posted: April 22, 2011 in supernatural

Supernatural goes to the wild, wild West tonight (The CW, 9 p.m.). In a lot of ways, this episode feels like it was a long in the making. Dean’s a pop culture junkie and a hunter, so it makes sense that he’d be into old Westerns. The West also plays a crucial role in the show’s mythology. That was when Samuel Colt created the infamous gun and the devil’s gate that featured heavily into the season 2 finale. And as showrunner Sera Gamble says in the preview below, making a western episode is no easy feat. It takes skill, money and trust to make such an episode. Now, after six years, it’s finally here, and there’s quite a few things to enjoy about it. Here are just my six favorite things about tonight’s episode, “Frontierland” (mild spoilers):

1. Dean’s reaction when a saloon girl tries to come on to him. Priceless.

2. Cas’ new angel lieutenant, Rachel. This is more a case of liking what a character brings to the table than liking the character. Rachel is harsh, abrasive and not so nice to our boys, but her presence sheds some much-needed light on Castiel and what’s going on upstairs. In their interactions together, we get to see a new side of Cas that has a bit more of an edge to it. It’s a new dimension that gives Misha Collins something interesting and different to play.

3. Sam’s thingamajig. Get your mind out of the gutter! It’s a very useful tool. (Your mind is still in the gutter, isn’t it?)

4. Bobby and Cas play time. Also not what it sounds like. It’s just great two see the two have some screentime together, working on their own.

5. Samuel Colt. He’s both exactly what you imagined and not what you imagined. Sam Hennings gives Colt a quality of jaded weariness mixed with wry amusement. He’s also a fan of the drink. In short, he fits in well, and it’s a shame that we can’t see more of him.

6. The pure look of glee on Jensen Ackles’ face. He clearly wasn’t lying when he said he’s been ready for this episode since he was six-years-old. There’s a sense of enthusiasm embedded throughout the whole episode, actually. From Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin’s script to Guy Bee’s direction to the actors’ performances, it’s clear that everyone was gung-ho about this episode and having fun with it.

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