Supernatural

Season 6 Episode 17

My Heart Will Go On

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2011 on The CW
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The embodiment of Fate appears to eliminate individuals who exist in the present because Balthazar has altered history and stopped the sinking of the Titanic. However, she soon sets her sights on Dean and Sam, who have avoided their fates once too often.

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  • No Fate but what we make ..But don't expect her to just stand there and not stop you

    9.5
    Clever little episode that give alot in this one episode.. In the beginning it gives us small details that doesn't mesh.. smart episode that forces the viewer to stay tune and find out why.. It was great to see Samantha Farris (Ellen), and seeing how she would be in an altered timeline .. it something you can really buy.. Very funny and visually hilarious scene on how the boys trying to get the attention of Fate.. Surprise twist on Balthazar motives.. Insight on both Castiel and Bobby.. All wrapped up with hints of the season's direction and ending..

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  • Titanic Who?

    7.5
    My Heart Will Go On-The embodiment of Fate appears to eliminate individuals who exist in the present because Balthazar has altered history and stopped the sinking of the Titanic. However, she soon sets her sights on Dean and Sam, who have avoided their fates once too often. Besides being one big joke at "Titanic" and a chance to bring back some old favorites, "My Heart Will Go" on doesn't have much going for it. Yeah, the "Titanic" jokes were funny I guess...but the writers are about 14 years too late. Not to mention, of all the things for Belthazar do, he decides stop the Titanic from sinking just because he hates Celion Dion's singing? Considering how Belthazar has been built up as one of the new adversaries for the brothers, he's pretty tame and his motives are just random. He could have changed the world to worship him or caused some serious chaos throughout history, instead he saves a boat? Anyway,what I did enjoy about the episode was Fate, especially her librarian inspired get up. It's a interesting take on the Greek mythology and the "Final Destination"-esqe deaths were pretty gruesome, especially the one with the garage door.



    But at the heart of the episode is Ellen return and her marriage with Bobby. I loved how the writers set up Ellen's appearence with her suddenly being there without any explanation until the later half of the episode. It really set up a nice dilemma for the brothers and especially Bobby, do they fix the past and kill Ellen and Jo again or do they live some what happily in this alternate reality while thousands die at Fate's hand? Ellen and Bobby together was a stroke of genuis if you ask me. Samantha Ferris and Jim Beaver play off each other seamlessly and believeably portraying the couple's dilemma. It was heartbreaking have Bobby lost another why wife again but it was for the greater good. Utimately, it's Bobby/Ellen/Fate who save this episode from being a hit and miss comedy and into a pretty good offering from the series. But this Heaven Civil War storyline is kinda running in circles with no pay off.moreless
  • Supernaturaldoes Final Destination!

    5.0
    The writing slipped greatly in this mid sweep of the season andunfortunatelythis was another episode filled with all too obviously borrowed ideas fromthegenre.

    Though there was enough comedy in the episode to keep it entertaining, its not nearly as strong as some of the episodes that come later.
  • i was waiting for this episode for more than a month and i was so disappointed by this episode

    1.0
    i was happy to see hellen back and seeing bobby haveing a family of his own rather than that it was boring confusing and no impala are you kidding me WTF is this, supernatural should make it better and the titanic storyline was so boring i already hate the movie because of this a great movie destroys a greater series i hope i can go back in time just to stop the writers from writing this episode and telling them it would be so bad i hope the next episode will be good rather than that supernatural is going down, no offence fans i was a huge supernatural fan and still is but this episode is so damn boring and sensless i think they ranout of good ideas after eric kripke left the show......moreless
  • Another alternate reality...

    7.0
    Coming off a hiatus, I suppose this was a nice way to get the audience back into the swing of things before the mythology dominates the landscape for the rest of the season. That said, it did seem to be a bit lacking in the end. Just when things started to get interesting, it was coming to a close.



    The idea of one of the Fates taking revenge on the Brothers Winchester is intriguing enough, but the execution felt overly familiar. How many times have we seen Sam and Dean deal with this sort of situation? "Bad Day at Black Rock" definitely comes to mind. As amusing as it was to see them freak out at the world's most dangerous stroll down Main Street, it seemed like an obtuse way to deal with the fallout of the angelic civil war.



    And that's strange, because at least part of the episode was heart-wrenching. Balthazar makes a single change in history, seemingly on a whim, and suddenly Ellen and Jo are alive again. More to the point, Bobby's reaction to Rufus' death is mitigated by Ellen's (more or less) tender care. Bobby is such a strong father figure that it makes sense for him, in this alternate reality, to be a father to Jo. Instead, from the Winchesters' perspective, Bobby lost his wife all over again.



    In the end, though, it's just a spin on the "City on the Edge of Forever" formula: history is changed, and the only way to make things right is to let someone beloved die as a result. There's no question that the Titanic is going to have to be sacrificed again, that Ellen is doing to have to disappear into the quantum foam of possible realities, and that damn song is going to be played into the ground mercilessly for decades to come.



    The episode breaks down a bit when it comes to how this scenario fits into the angelic civil war. Would Castiel really allow the Titanic to be saved just to increase his ranks in the war? He had the good sense to be ashamed of that strategy, at least, but it just seems overly convoluted. Wouldn't there be easier ways to accomplish such a goal? And wasn't Castiel supposed to have regained the upper hand after "The French Mistake"? Keeping the angelic civil war in the deep background made sense from a budgetary point of view, but this needs better context before much longer.



    In the end, though, the real problem is that the resolution of the episode came down to Castiel, Balthazar, and the Fate. This was a common problem with episodes of "The X-Files"; whenever the solution to an episode's mystery relied on guest characters instead of Mulder and Scully, the overall strength of the story diminished, sometimes dramatically. The saving grace here is that Castiel has been a solid recurring character (even if he's been far less involved this season than one might have wished), so at least it was kept within the family.moreless
Katie Walder

Katie Walder

Atropos

Guest Star

Jason Schombing

Jason Schombing

Mr. Russo

Guest Star

Andrew Kavadas

Andrew Kavadas

Shawn Russo

Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché

Balthazar

Recurring Role

Samantha Ferris

Samantha Ferris

Ellen Harvelle

Recurring Role

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: One of the first "goofs" that show us that this is an alternate universe, they play Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Sam uses Paper and loses to Dean's Scissors. He never loses to Dean because Sam knows that Dean always uses Scissors, and therefore Sam always throws Rock and wins.

    • Trivia: In the alternate history, Cuba is part of the United States with Cuba voted "the #1 vacation destination" and Detroit is named the best city.

    • Trivia: In the alternate history, the car that Sam and Dean drive has the original license plate that was used for the Impala (KAZ 2Y5) before they changed it to escape the FBI.

    • Trivia: In the alternate history, Bobby's scrap yard is now called the B&E Scrap Yard rather than Singer Auto.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Bobby: You two just going to stand there like the ugly girl at the prom, or you gonna pitch in? This so-called Eve mother, whatever, ain't going to gank herself.

    • Dean: I mean, accidents just don't happen accidentally. (Sam stares) You know what I mean.

    • Dean: Uh, uh, can you tell me anything noteworthy about the Russos?
      Shawn Russo: Noteworthy? No. I mean, not exactly. Average. You know, big, from Italy.
      Dean: I see. Uh, was anyone ever killed or maimed in a war? Or, you know, some other violent thing?
      Shawn Russo: What do you mean?
      Dean: Like something so dark it would sully future generations.
      Shawn Russo: Uh, no.
      Dean: Good. Good stuff. Anyone own a slave?
      Shawn Russo: What?
      Dean: Routine question. Any ties to the Nazi Party?
      Shawn Russo: Excuse me?
      Dean: Did Grandma ever piss off a gypsy?
      Shawn Russo: Okay. You know what? I don't know what kind of study you're doing, but it's over. Right now.

    • Sam: Why?
      Balthazar: Why what?
      Dean: Why did you unsink the ship?
      Balthazar: Because I hated the movie.
      Dean: What movie?
      Balthazar: Exactly.
      Sam: Wait. So you saved a cruise liner because...?
      Balthazar: Because that god-awful Celine Dion song made me want to smite myself.
      Sam: Who's Celine Dion?
      Balthazar: Oh, she's a destitute lounge singer somewhere in Quebec, and let's keep it that way, please.

    • Sam: But now those people and their kids and their kids' kids... they must have interacted with so many other people, changed so much crap... you totally butterfly-effected history.
      Dean: Dude, dude, rule one. No Kutcher references.

    • Balthazar: Anyway, let's agree, I did a good thing. One less Billy Zane movie and I saved two of your closest friends.

    • Balthazar: Sorry, you have me confused with the other angel. You know, the one in the dirty trench coat who's in love with you. I don't care.

    • Bobby: Because I've got an idea who we're up against.
      Dean: What?
      Bobby: Fate.
      Dean: You mean...?
      Bobby: I mean Fate like the Fates. Or one of them at least.
      Sam: You mean like, Greek mythology, the sisters?
      Bobby: Bingo.
      Dean: Nerd.

    • Dean: What'd she look like?
      Sam: Kinda like a librarian.
      Dean: Your kind of librarian, or my kind of librarian?
      Sam: Well, she was wearing clothes, if that's what you mean.

    • Ellen: Well, if it was meant to be, then I guess whatever happens, happens.
      Bobby: But that's just my point. Nothing's meant to be. Whether we're together is at the whim of some dick angel...
      Ellen: Oh, Bobby, relax.
      Bobby: I can't. We need you. Especially me.
      Ellen: I know.

    • Dean: Who do we have to kill to be killed around here?

    • Balthazar: Uh, sweetie, before we go, I could remove that stick from…
      Atropos: Don't try me.
      Balthazar: We'll leave it inserted, then.

    • Dean: Well, how come he and I remember it?
      Castiel: Because I wanted you to remember it.
      Sam: Why?
      Castiel: I wanted you to know who Fate really is. She's cruel and capricious.
      Dean: I'd go so far as "bitch."
      Castiel: Well, yeah. You're the ones who taught me that you can make your own destiny. You don't have to be ruled by fate. You can choose freedom. And I still believe that's something worth fighting for. I just wanted you to understand that.

    • Dean: So... wait, did--did Balthazar really... unravel a sweater over a chick flick?
      Castiel: Yes. Absolutely, that's what he did.
      Dean: Wow, well, might be time to take away his cable privileges. Besides, Titanic didn't suck that bad. (Sam stares) Winslet's rack.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Title:
      Referencing Celine Dion's 1997 hit song with the same name, which also served as the theme song of James Cameron's 11 Academy Award Winner film Titanic.

    • Dean: What, no severed horse head?
      Referencing a scene in the 1972 movie The Godfather, and the novel it is based upon, Don Vito Corleone sends his son Tom to California to negotiate with a studio head to get a role for Corleone's godson. When the producer refuses, Tom severs the head of the man's favorite horse, Khartoum, and places it in the producer's bed while he's sleeping.

    • Dean: If these people are the Waltons, then why are they dying?
      Referring to the 1970s TV show The Waltons. The story is told through the eyes of John Boy, who wants to be a novelist, goes to college, and eventually fulfills his dream. The signature scene that closed each episode was the voice-overs, where each character bids the other good-night: "Good night, Mary-Ellen." "Good night, Jim-Bob." "Good night, Elizabeth." "Good night, Ben," etc., until the last good-night from John Walton, Sr. to his son: "Good night, John-Boy." "Good night, everyone." The show ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981.

    • Sam: You totally butterfly-effected history.
      Referencing the 2004 movie The Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher as a college student who discovers he can alter his past, with unforeseen results on his present. As a concept relating to time travel, fantasy and SF author Ray Bradbury originated this in his 1952 short story, "A Sound of Thunder." The term has its origins in chaos theory. Bradbury uses it to describe an alteration in the past where a single small event unwittingly caused by a time traveler (in this case, the death of a butterfly), generates widespread ripples affecting the future in an unforeseen manner

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