Paper Moon (but I’m singing Paperback Writer)

Episode 4 – Paper Moon 

We’re ONE DAY away from the episode – the big 200. Ecstatic joy for that aside, we can’t forget last weeks episode.

Small monster of the week plot, no big myth arcs or overall plot points. No Cas, no Crowley and you know what? That is just fine.

The episode centered around the boys and their recovery, which is so rare. When was the last time we saw them just sit and drink beer? (and I don’t mean ‘I’m gonna drink this till I can’t feel anymore’ drinking, just relaxing – yeah, I’ll let you go think about that)  The ‘no hunting’ sign was such a wonderful touch (I may or may not have cried a little bit). Not only that, but the boys actually speak to each other. Dean goes out of his way to talk to Sam, to make sure they’re on the same page. Sam opens up to him so that Dean can understand him and vice versa. The boys are rebuilding themselves together. 

If that isn’t everything you want from this show, then you may need to rethink your priorities.

Yes, there was that whole sub-plot with Kate (remember her? from that terrible found footage episode from two years ago? yeahhhhh that one) who’s turned her sister into a werewolf so she won’t be alone anymore. Obviously there are repercussions as her sister doesn’t really care too much about staying on the straight and narrow, despite how far Kate goes to protect her.

The girls are really a litmus test for the boys, especially Dean. 8 years ago we could have predicted both of the boys every move, and now that they’ve been shaken and put back, are they still fundamentally the same? The answer is very much yes. After all of the crap they’ve been through and what they’ve done they are still the same. Season 10 Dean is still very much little Dean from 10 years ago, and the same goes for Sam.

Episodes like this do make me lament that guest stars are rarely on the same level as the boys (aside from the obvious exceptions) however after watching television with the rest of America this year even the best of television isn’t up to par (there really are very few exceptions to this, at least admit to yourself that you’re watching crap).

This was a great episode for our boys, and that’s all that matters right?

Saving People, hunting things, the family business.

 

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The World Today

I – unfortunately – have fallen prey to Facebook’s new ‘trending’ initiative. Every day, I scroll through the news articles that everyone else in the world has deemed worthy enough to crowd my Facebook page. Sometimes they’re informative, often entertaining, and far more frequently they inspire me to write. (well, no, they inspire me to debate but as I have no one to listen I shall write instead)

Debate of the last several days? Breaking Bad and toys. Here is one official run-down if you haven’t already read about it.

Apparently a mother in Florida thought that the Breaking Bad action figures that are sold by Toys ‘R Us were inappropriate for children. Which is probably a fair assessment. Of course she did what every good mother does and created a petition to have the toys removed from the store, after which Toys ‘R Us complied with the 8,500 demands and pulled the toys indefinitely. Thanks to the wonders of social media we can hear directly from the stars of the show how they feel about that. Aaron Paul had his comebacks on Twitter, see them in this article.

Aaron Paul argues that the figures aren’t any worse of an influence than violent video games or Barbie dolls, and I have several things to say on that front. Last I checked the security on every video game was pretty high (because hello they’re all $70, not only are they in a special section but they are all tripled wrapped in those security boxes and you can’t even leave the section till you’ve bought it) This is all video games, E rating doesn’t get an exception. Last I checked any way, technology and society have changed drastically from when I shopped at Toys ‘R Us. (or any of my family) Bottom line? They aren’t handing out violent video games to every four year old that wanders into the store.

Barbie dolls get a bad rap. I mean really, the discussion these days is that she sets an unrealistic body image for girls. (as opposed to any of those other weird-ass looking girl toys, Bratz I’m looking at you) Someone on tumblr (I’m sorry I wish I knew who you were) made a valid point, that Barbie never was about body image or beauty (sure she is pretty, and sure we get to dress her up and that’s all great) but Barbie went on to be anything she wanted to! Princess, queen, lawyer, mom – I’m currently looking at President Barbies (yes Barbies – one from 2012 and one from 1992 folks).

On the flip side, I get that we live in a free country and that maybe a toy (regardless of whether or not it comes with plastic toy meth and cash) should be allowed to be sold in stores like Toys ‘R Us. It was also pointed out that these figures are sold in the ‘adult’ section of the store, which I can’t argue with too much.

So should such a controversial action figure be sold in a store that is specifically for children’s toys? I don’t know of too many adults my age or older who will go out of their way to go to Toys ‘R Us unless it’s the holidays and the other stores are out of a DVD or game. I could be wrong but Toys ‘R Us is hardly the go to place for collectibles. So is it really that big a deal whether the figures are sold or not?

Aaron Paul and moms in Florida want you to think so. It’s the principal of the thing, obviously.