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Bring it on.

Here be my episode review of

You know last year after ep 1 I was crushed because I pretty much found it to be a pile of dreck. I'm happy to report that this year my feelings are completely the opposite. Oh, excitement my old friend.

Okay, first off, it was not the emo-porn, love-fest that IMTOD was. In fact the brothers were prickly with each other, awkward and a bit standoffish. You could see their bond in the hug though.

Usually, that would bump an episode to the bottom as the brotherly love is my "anchor". But for the first time in a long, long time I' freaking excited for the storyline potential. I like that they're both having individual storylines. I like that Dean has a place in the myth-arc now and a mystery that is about HIM - which hopefully it will stay and not turn out to be that even G.O.D. only sees value in him as a tool to get to Sam. Would HATE that.

I wanted for so long for him to have a direct, individual tie to the overarching story to achieve balance and I'm freaking ecstatic that it looks like I'll be getting that. So please, El Krip, don't take it away from me. M'kay?

I fully realize - with the writing on the wall - that the brothers are going to be pulled apart from some time, possibly pitted against each other. However, I do look forward to see them growing into individuals more, becoming stronger in themselves. And THEN coming back together. The near Stockholm syndrome stuff was cute for a while but long-term I want to see it go.

But back to the episode at hand.

Loved the beginning with the Lazarus imagery. Now that is the kind of subtle unsubtleness I love. :)

The Dean-Bobby reunion was so touching. And the holy water splash incredibly funny.

The Sam-Dean hug was touching as well but you could sense from the first moment that something between the brother's is off. They're out of synch. And while that IS painful to watch, I believe it to be realistic and necessary for now.

I kinda hope Sam is not banging Kruby. Because I like darkness but rape or necrophilia don't need to be on the call-sheet, honestly.

Some funny bits with the Impala. And to break a lance for Sam here, I think he is trying. To be agreeable. He offered the keys back right away and his justification about the i-pod port wasn't mean or something.

Jason Manns. Hee.

Pamela rocks. First chick with the brain to invite them to a threesome. Aww, Dean, don't be a spoilsport. You know, you want it. :-p

Poor Pamela.

The diner scene rocked. Dean has balls of steel. And smarts too.

Loved Sam's protective little flinch at the threat towards Dean.

Their following "argument", minor as it was, well, interesting.

Not so hot on the secreths and lieths parts but I know Kripke is excited about that. But boys, this will set you up for some epic manipulation by anybody with half a brain.

In lights of the recent Dean-development, I don't mind super-powered Sam as much I would otherwise have. Which is to say, as long as Dean can usefully contribute on an equal base - and not just as a human side-kick who is sometimes given something to do aka Xander - I can deal. Hopefully, they don't go too overboard because the thing is, you need suspense. You need to worry about the heroes. If they have powers, you need matters to depower them or make supervillians. Catch in every superpower-story.

Kruby is hm. Neither here nor there. She gives the meek and sweetly supportive act to Sam. Which makes sense because why else would he listen to her? Surely not if she were a raging bitch. Still believe she is out for number one and number one only.

Castiel's entrance = thing of beauty.

I don't give half a shit if it was/is cheesy or the ZOMG!religion makes people groan, I love Castiel for being the first threatening entity in a long, long, long time. Way back in Season 1 demons used to be that. Since then they have become mundane and boring to me. But Castiel is so otherworldy and alien to the world and as an angel, he is a religious fanatic. Meaning there is NOTHING he won't do in the name of his mission. That makes him so much more scary than twenty girlishly Lilith's combined.

When he said "Because GOD commanded it" with the utter belief in his eyes... *goosebumps*

Also Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles have crazy on-screen chemistry. *smishes them together*

Now, does this storyline have the potential to fail epically? Sure. But then I thought Season 3 failed epically so I'll rather try my luck with this.


That, in my usual succinct manner :-p was a way of saying I LOVED the episode. It wasn't my favourite of all time but it gave me my show back. And for that I will kiss it and cuddle it and call it George.

Comments

( 13 have dazzled me — Dazzle me )
legoline
Sep. 19th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
I kinda hope Sam is not banging Kruby. Because I like darkness but rape or necrophilia don't need to be on the call-sheet, honestly.

Actually, I think when Kristy left Sam's hotel room, she wasn't possessed. She acted differently (yeah I know it could have been on purpose but it DID feel like an entirely different character), and it didn't seem like Samgot her name wrong on purpose. It kinda felt to me like then, she was just a one-night stand but when she entered the diner afterwards Sam just immediately knew it was Ruby because...who else could it have been?

Also Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles have crazy on-screen chemistry. *smishes them together*

I might actually read Dean/Castiel. No kidding.
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think when Kristy left Sam's hotel room, she wasn't possessed. She acted differently (yeah I know it could have been on purpose but it DID feel like an entirely different character), and it didn't seem like Samgot her name wrong on purpose. It kinda felt to me like then, she was just a one-night stand but when she entered the diner afterwards Sam just immediately knew it was Ruby because...who else could it have been?

Very possible. Of course that would indicate another kind of darkness though one that I can handle in that Sam doesn`t call her on possessin random girls (whom he slept with). Would be quite a twisted game if they did it often.

I might actually read Dean/Castiel. No kidding.

I`m sure it`s being written right now. :D
legoline
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Of course that would indicate another kind of darkness though one that I can handle in that Sam doesn`t call her on possessin random girls (whom he slept with).

Yup.

Oh, destina already made a call for Dean/Castiel Wing!Fic. :D
frogspace
Sep. 19th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I might actually read Dean/Castiel. No kidding.

So would I. Actually, I already read the first ficlet.
legoline
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
There was another one linked from the newsletter today, I think :)
trueshellz
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I dont like the new Ruby, Katie did it SO well and she set the standard for the demon bitchiness so high and then we get this new chick
I dont like it
Please for the love of Winchester dont say theyre are aleeping together
I may cry. ALOT
Castiel was all kinds of awesome
I LOVED IT!
x
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
I dont like the new Ruby, Katie did it SO well and she set the standard for the demon bitchiness so high

I have little opinion on the new actress, she didn`t really make an impression on me. Though to be honest it was often the same way with Katie Cassidy.

But I can see why she wouldn`t be bitchy or argumentative, coming on strong like Ruby has been in the past. That likely wouldn`t have gotten her very far with a grieving Sam or a powerful Sam.

After Dean's death, Sam was alone, vulnerable and you do catch more flies with honey than vinegar so probably she went at it all sweet and supportive like she did here. Seeing the results, it worked.

But I do hope they're not doing the dirty together. Eek.
nachekana
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I actually want to have sex with George right now, because Bobby+Holy Water, Sam's even bigger muscles, Dean's comeback, ipod in the Impala and CASTIEL. Oh, and new RED logo. With crows. So much cooler than the magical lobster.

Misha Collins makes a terrific angel. He's got the big blue eyes and the sufficient creepiness in him to make it work beautifully. I hope they won't change him at some point in the future.

Yeah, lot of people are already: Meh. God. Who cares?! If the storyline works, it's all good. I can't wait to see where this is going.

Poor Pamela indeed! She had a brain. And strong enough arms to pull Bobby of the floor.

The new Ruby is not my favorite so far. I've never been a huge fan of Katie Cassidy either but she played her more "demon-like". This one sounded like a supportive girlfriend. Which I so hope is not true.

Oh, please, do not ever compare Dean to Xander. It's insulting. But yes, the new storylines have so much potential, I can't wait to see what God's purpose is supposed to be.

And yes, George is definitely the best first episode so far. Though I have an undying love for the Pilot so I might have to give some serious thoughts about all that. More viewings it is, then! :P

astri13
Sep. 19th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I actually want to have sex with George right now,

Teehee.

Misha Collins makes a terrific angel. He's got the big blue eyes and the sufficient creepiness in him to make it work beautifully. I hope they won't change him at some point in the future.

I don`t think they will. I pray that it won't happen. :D

Yeah, lot of people are already: Meh. God. Who cares?! If the storyline works, it's all good. I can't wait to see where this is going.

I expected the controversy, going deep into religion is always gonna be a hot topic but most reactions I've seen so far are positive or at least tentatively open. And on messageboards a few new faces (or returning old ones) crop up.

Well, the ratings are unpredictable either way.

The new Ruby is not my favorite so far. I've never been a huge fan of Katie Cassidy either but she played her more "demon-like". This one sounded like a supportive girlfriend. Which I so hope is not true.

It might be the actress's failure of course but I could be convinced that "supportive gf" is simply Ruby's new shtick to manipulate Sam - and he fell for it hook, line and sinker.
albeitslowly
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Nomnomnom, yesssss, I loved it, too. Still reserved, but loved nonetheless. So many potential twists and turns, though, I still fear the dark. LOL. I know what's out there. It's called...Season 3...*trembles in horror*
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. They have given the awesome and they can taketh away again. I try not to set myself up for a fall here but I'm really giddy at the moment.
katikat
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
As I said, I hope that they bring Pamela back. The blind seer thingy could be interesting and it would bring so much angst for Dean :P
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I think Pamela will be back. Wonder if she'll be bitter towards the brothers or will remain an ally?
( 13 have dazzled me — Dazzle me )