From the L.A. Times Blog
Written by Judd Winick and based on his 2005 Batman comics story line, it's Batman versus another vigilante, Red Hood, who doesn't mind cleaning up Gotham by leaving dead bodies in his wake. Animated guru Bruce Timm exec produces this pretty violent look into crime on the streets, and it's directed by "Superman Doomsday" co-director Brandon Vietti, with a cavalcade of stars as voice talent. It all starts with Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek") as Batman, then continues with "Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") as Nightwing, John DiMaggio ("Futurama") as the Joker and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films) as Ra's Al Ghul.
This was one of the most popular story lines to come out of Batman in recent history.
This is excellent voice casting! JENSEN! Bruce Greenwood! NPH! Bender! Lucius Malfoy!
Now that I've sufficiently recovered from Wednesday,I can get back to regularly scheduled SPN reviews. I was particularly wary about this episode, but it was actually pretty entertaining.
Don't get me wrong, I do disagree with this episode in theory - I'm pretty sick of making fun of the fanbase, not because it isn't hilarious but because it takes away from the Apocalyptic storyline and feels very out of place and sort of like they're stalling. But I had to ignore all that to watch the episode.
Chuck was definitely hilarious in this episode. He was a bit pathetic a lot of the time, but made up for it by creaming that ghost and yelling at everyone. His interactions with Sam and Dean were awesome.
The worst part was SuperRandomPlotDevice courtesy of Becky. SO. LAZY. Really, guys, you can do better than THAT. It's especially bad because this kind of pulled-out-of-ass plot development (which I usually refer to as 'JK Rowling plot device') has become extremely common this season, but this one was just awful.
Ok, I thought the LARPing Sam and Dean gay couple were cute, even though it was an obvious joke aimed squarely at Wincesters. They were annoying Tat first but redeemed themselves. Also the scene LARPer ghost lady scene where her phone rang? Oh modern times. Ruining our ghost trickery. Those kids were fairly creepy. S & D should've known that taking out the mom was too easy.
There were too many guys for it too have been like a real SPN convention, but they did need to have male extras in order to have all the cosplayers. They're costumes were actually really good for 'players...
Next week: Finally back to the Apocalypse storyline. Cas had better live through it.
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, life is being quite the jealous bitch right about now and I cannot fucking wait for Thanksgiving. If you had told me last year I was *this* pumped for Thanksgiving, I would have laughed at you. It's not even that great of a holiday. Hell, you only get two extra days off in public school.
Anyway, last week's ep starring old!Dean was all right, nothing special - the actor who played old!Dean was quite good (I never got his name, sry) and it was really pleasant that they got it right. I also liked that they got a new actor rather than simply coating the original actor in make up, which is what most shows try to do and it's always awful. I didn't really like the manwitch, as the more I looked at him, the uglier he got and the faker his accent became. I also feel like I'm the only one who was incredibly unamused that he gave Sam gonorrhea, which is a serious disease and was also not undone by the end of the episode, like Dean's aging was. Life threatening STDs = not comedy, k thx. I didn't really care one way or another about the female witch, though it was odd that she had to play poker in order to die. Couldn't he just remove the spell? It's not like poker was the only use of his power.
On the other hand, "Changing Channels" was absolutely fucking brilliant. I was not let down at all, and I was seriously looking forward to this episode, and they almost never live up to the hype. Everything was great - the opening sitcom theme, the CSI-impressions, Dean the Dr. Sexy fanboy, the Herpes commercial (yes I know, another Sam STD joke), and Sam the Knightrider car. EPIC. And poor Cas running around trying to get them out, while his douchey brother keeps fucking him over....Speaking of which, SPN pulled another JK Rowling with the whole Trickster = Gabriel. What, they couldn't have a simple fun villain? He just HAD to affect the main plotline, jeeze. I mean, it worked pretty well with the episode, because the Trickster would have no motivation for wanting Sam and Dean to become vessels, and Gabriel obviously would, but it still was a bit obnoxious. And I hope I'm not the only one, but I don't agree that if Sam had never been born, John and Mary wouldnt've died. Mary made the deal with Azazel long before Sam was born, and when the contract was up she was a goner. John still would get into hunting, and would eventually die, though I'm sure the circumstances could be different. And Dean's response of 'yes' isn't something we should look into that much, because he had no idea what he was saying and no idea what the question was. So if you're freaking out, chill.
One more thing- it was kind of awkward when they all left the warehouse, Sam and Dean chat for a few lines, get in the car, and the episode ends. Um...Castiel was still standing behind the car. I'm pretty sure they had one or two things to chat about....
Next week: Goddamn SPN convention. I'm really not looking forward to this one.