I have to admit, I had my doubts after watching the first time. It wasn’t until after a re-watch the next day that this episode earned its favor with me. Maybe because the second time through I could sit down and actually pay attention to details. I should have learned by now that the only way to watch a Supernatural episode is to put the kids to bed, shut the dogs in the laundry room, unhook the phone, and shush the hubby.
“Long Distance Call” has many merits, but all in all, its purpose was to prepare us for what’s to come in the final two episodes of the season. Fans were online very quick to point out massive character and plot inconsistencies, but on careful examination most of this episode made sense. In coming up with an analysis, I found this episode would better benefit from a different format. Instead of rehashing the episode like I’ve done previously, I’m going to list what I liked, what I disliked, and what things I need to keep in the back of my mind when watching the last two episodes of the season.
What I Liked
Jeremy Carver still owns me. Why? Because I still don’t think there’s a better writer on the team for putting words into the brothers’ mouths. I have been dying all season for Sam and Dean to call each other out about their constant lies, and five minutes in I got my wish. It was every bit as great as I imagined, even complete with patented Sam Winchester bitchface. It’s wonderful that Dean finally admitted to Sam that Ruby told him she can’t save him. Sam seemed pretty angry about that. It sucks when the shoe is on the other foot. Right, Sam?
We have a Crocatta that’s gone high tech. What a great premise, especially to someone in the tech field. Dead loved ones calling on the phone? Phantom IM’s on the computer? Ghosts on webcams? That was pretty freaky. Even when John Winchester called, you knew Sam was right, but like Dean, you wanted it to really be him.
Once again, we got several great lines and humorous bits. The tour guide was pitch perfect (And we’re walking, we are walking, we’re walking, and we’re not touching that and we’re walking…). Also, the slimy phone technician in the phone company basement gave us another great continuity shout-out, bustyasianbeauties.com from “Tall Tales.” He also had one of the episode’s best lines, “That’s what happens when you mess with the phone company, dillweed!” just before taking a baseball bat to the skull. Ah, the price of gloating.