Supernatural: Hot Dean-on-Dean Action

Oh, to be a fly on the wall inside Supernatural writer Ben Edlund's brain. Last night's episode, "The End," perfectly encapsulated Edlund's warped sense of humor and strong sense of story. It also served as yet more proof that Supernatural has some of the best writers in the business.

Here cometh the Spoiler Zone, proceed with caution!

The multi-year peek into the future is becoming quite the hot thing to do in television; several shows, from Dollhouse to Desperate Housewives, have attempted it with varying success. "The End" was not only able to pull it off with few, if any, problems; it was also one of the series' better episodes -- and that's saying something (a TV.com score of 9.9 for the episode indicates several of you agree).

The ep begins with Dean -- still separated from Sam -- on his own and getting a little shut-eye in a roach motel in Kansas. When he wakes up, he's got more to think about than noshing on some continental breakfast: Dean has been zapped five years into the future by weirdo angel Zachariah, who serves as a Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in his attempt to persuade Dean to give up his skin for the archangel Michael to use in defeating Lucifer.

Of course, the future is hecka lame. Not only are there Croatoa Virus-infected zombie demons (from Season Two) running around and no sports or FM radio, but Sarah Palin is president (don't be mad, Repubs). There is one awesome catch, though, for those who love to write Wincest fan fiction. The episode also gave us not one, but two Deans: the Dean we know and future Dean (and Jensen Ackles pulls them both off very well), who is head of a survivor camp.

Future Dean is on his way to finish a major mission with help from the Colt, which finally returns. Using the mystical firearm, Future Dean is planning to kill Lucifer, which is a good thing. But of course there's also a bad thing: Sam, at some point, said yes to giving up his meat suit to the fallen angel, which means Sam's dead (or at least permanently borrowed), and that Satan is running around in his skin.

In his attempt to find a way back to his home time, Present Dean seeks out Future Castiel, who isn't exactly as angelic as we last saw him. Castiel has become mortal (with hilarious results), and spends his days smoking pot and hustling women into orgies -- fun!

But the episode comes to a head when Present Dean finally encounters LuSamfer, just in time to see him cram his boot into Future Dean's throat, killing him (not good). Dean is obviously horrified at seeing Satan incarnated in Sam's body -- so even with the Devil's "I'm the victim here" reasoning and gentlemanly charm, Dean tells him to cram it. The scene pits two strong characters against one another -- face-to-face, neither willing to budge -- and it's written superbly.

In the end, Dean knows what he has to do: give up his body to Michael. But he still won't do it, even though he knows what happens and his future self begs him to. Instead, Dean opts to reunite with Sam in the present and look for another way to kill Lucifer ... while also remaining human.

The brilliance of "The End" is the consistency of Dean and Ackles' ability to play two very believable versions of the same character. In the face of the end of the world, Edlund keeps Dean Winchester true to himself, almost to a fault. And that's Supernatural's strength.

Notes and thoughts on toilet-paper hoarding and other bits:

-- Great editing in this episode. Behind the scenes, we all know Jensen Ackles acted a large chunk of this episode against no one or a stand-in, but the Dean-on-Dean single-camera scenes looked fantastic (the two-shots were admirable as well).

-- Dean has one heck of a right hook. He can put down himself and a little girl with one clean shot!

-- Note to self: buy an all-white suit.

-- At this point, I'd be interested to hear everyone's take on Lucifer. Sure, he's the stuff of evil legend, but he makes some good points. Do you have any sympathy for the Devil?

-- I'm really liking Season Five so far.

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I feel sympathy for the devil! Hell, I'd help him if I could!! XD
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It just feels ridiculous where the Season 5 story line is heading, but the show has its likable moments that's why I am still a fan. "Cass don't ever change."
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Oh castiel, he was so great...
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good episode, loved that they brought in Lexa Doig, wish they would've given her more lines/screen time though. Shes not only hot as hell but a good actress too.
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that all white suit worked so well kinda made me wanna hug him looked so cute but i have no sympathy if he loved god so much he should listen to him. Season 5 rocks its just sad its on the CW
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i'm surprised to say that season 5 has been my favorite so far! i love it!
as far as the devil goes, sam was adorable as the devil, but the character it's not very sympathetic this far
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Like other people have said, Jensen Ackles is an awesome actor, being able to play his character as two different people and other people have explained why that is hard to do and this is his second time doing it and he did well the first time as well. I sincerely hope that he is considered for an Emmy. Although I am a huge SPN fan and it is hard to be objective, I think that both he AND Jared Padelicki [sp] who did an awesome job as Lucifer, are overlooked as great actors because of the type of show that SPN is.
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Season 5 is so much bettet then season 4 so far. And this episode was really great. To see Dean dubbel up made my day. I totally Love this season so far.
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This episode is great the future Dean is a very interesting addition to this season he is sooooooo hot I totally looooove this episode,Jensen Ackles was acting very good considering he was actually taking to nothing.Sam is the future devil ,brilliant and great acting ,I felt so bad for the devil ,Jared Padalecki is a great actor really and looks awesome in the white suit.But the future world wide disease is little bit too much ,but generally this episode totally rocks and so much better than all the three last episode AWESOME!!
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I was afraid about this episode, but I was happy about what they did. It was funny in some parts and sad in the whole. Jensen and Misha are making my thursdays very worth waiting for.
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I loved this episode! It just showed us even more how much of a wonderful actor Jensen Ackles is. He is awesome! Kudos to the writers and directors and let's not forget the actors who make it come to life. Awesome job! I am loving season five so far!
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great episode..they made an Apocalypse within their limitation..Great!
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One of the best episodes from one of the best seasons so far! :D Jensen and Jared act the crap out of their characters in this episode and the writing was AWESOME!
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Dean in pink panties....lmao!
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Thought it was a decent episode overall, some parts were rather stale but for the most part it was well done
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This was an awesome episode!!! Jared's portrayal of Lucifer was amazing! and Jenson's scenes where he had to interact with his future/past self were amazing!
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Gotta love an episode with this much Dean! Above all the best episode of the season, and thats saying allot considering that every episode so far have been just great. I keep waiting for a flop, for they can't all be great episode. But so far no disappoints I also wonder what there ratings would be if they weren't on Thursday nights, they would probably get the ratings they deserve.
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I loved every moment of this episode. I think this show is getting better and better. I'm very proud. So very proud indeed.
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what an episode its great to be a supernatural fan when ya watch a hilarious yet packed with lots of action episode like that !!!!! :):) LuSamfer - haha brilliant name haha lol
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Great episode
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Taped this episode, can't wait to watch it.
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This was such a great episode!
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Awsome episode for an awsome season. If only the show was not on Thursdays at 9pm it would definately get better ratings.
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Yeah, I thought "Nah" was the best line of the night (and that's saying a lot). Same makes for a great Satan, though. It suits him well.
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This show is awsome!!



XO XO



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The best episode this season, Dean remembering wearing pink panties and liking it was hilarious.
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One more thing. My two favorite lines of the night. "Nah" and "We had an appointment." Comedic timing at its best. With the Apocalypse looming overhead, I hope the writers continue to add this degree of humor to offset the gloom and doom.
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I was impressed not only with Ackles' acting chops, but also Jared Padalecki's. He played Lucifer perfectly.
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I love this show. That episode was AWESOME!
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Just when you think Supernatural can't get any better... It does, and brilliantly so. I just loved everything about this episode. And yeah, Jared played Lucifer perfectly... Just loved the whole thing.
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LuSamfer=Win.
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Easily one of the best SN episodes in history, right next to All Heal Breaks Loose. They did a great job and (surprisingly no mention of it above) Jared Padalecki was pretty menacing as Lucifer. I don't know if it's just me, but I have like a heavy feeling in my stomach everytime Lucifer is around (played by either Pellegrino or Padalecki). They do such a good job writing him, I can't wait to see the rest.
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My favorite episode of Season Five!!! I hope that Supernatural make more brilliant episodes like " The End" in the rest of this season.
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this will be the best season yet
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perfect episode, realy enjoyed it ,looking forward for the rest of the saeson
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