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Had to go to court again today and drive there all by myself, which, with me sense of direction, is not an easy feat. But surprisingly it went well.

It also struck me that I forgot to review the last SPN eppie, due to spending the weekend in Wiesbaden and at the movies to see Jensen on the big screen. *licks* But anyway, a few words on

Overall, I liked it.

Jensen gave an awesome performance and him and Chris Heyerdahl played well off each other. So, in some respects I'm sad to see Alistair go. Especially as I'd wished Dean got to do the honors since in the end it wasn't much payback he had. Alistair tortured him even during the torture and beat him down once more. Which is not to say I buy into the weeeeeaaaaak arguments. Uriel destroyed the - and chalk, really? - Devil's Trap and Dean doesn't have superpowers. And that's all there is to it.

I tend to do a lot worse in video games if I don't have the cheat codes and much better if I have them. In the latter case that doesn't really mean I am better at this particular game. I just have the codes.

And emotional weakness? Weariness and by now probably depression, yeah, but he still went in and did it. So nope, don't see it.

I knew about the blood guzzling so it wasn't that shocking but kudos to Cortese for one of the few genuine emotions I have seen her express as Ruby. And it's my favourite flavour: batshit evil. (Shut up, that's totally an acceptable expression. :)

The addiction storyline itself I kinda dig. Hopefully they won't go the Crackwhore!Willow road. Because once upon a time it started with Willow simply liking the powers for the power. As an insecure and bullied person she was actually a good character to explain on why she couldn't handle that well. Likewise, Sam has always strived for control in his life. Stanford. Then Revenge. Now the powers. He wants to gain some modicum of control. And he does have a certain pride (Pride for Sam and Lust for Dean in Mag7 weren't exactly subtle). So for him, too, it makes sense to have a power-addiction storyline. So, hopefully they won't turn it into "drugs are bad, M'kay?" thing.

And he is firmly in Ruby's thrall by now. Dean would surely not be thrilled to hear how Sam shared his "he can't get the job done anymore" theories with demon trash. Like they don't have enough ammunition to trample on him with.

Would have liked them clearing about the Alistair host. I think he was dead because of the lightnening and everything but if they can break POV and insert a wishy-washy scene that undermines their whole "ooooh, this is so dark - in an eggshell white way" point, they could have done it here too. Frankly, I'm for equal lameness. Think of Gluby had just told Sam her body was that of a already-departed coma girl and the Angels would have told Dean Alistair's body was likewise empty - that would have put both brothers in the "are they or aren't they lying" conundrum and added a bit of mystique.

Cas!!! Cas and Dean, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Seriously, Edlund is a secret shipper with all the wonderful little moments he put in.

I just hope Castiel gets to kick ass again. His entrance in 4.01 was so awesome but since then the Angels have been brought down as far as power goes. I can see why the show would go there if we're gonna have evil Angels and the brothers may have to deal with them next Season but Turok Han-ing is never a good thing. You establish some ground rules, you have to abide by them, show.

As someone who liked Anna, I didn't mind seeing her back even though she wasn't more than a plot point.

Uriel. I liked yah. Too bad you turned out to be a Lucifer groupie. And seeing how some Angels are rooting for their former "brother" to return wouldn't it be just gravvy if Lucifer did rise and shun his demon worshippers to get back with his erstwhile brothers? Haha. Joke would be on you, demons.

The revelation about the first seal-breaking, while horrible for Dean's already stretched to the limit self esteem, is something I can live with. Seriously, EVERYBODY breaks in hell. And yeah, I think Alistair was a big fat liar about Daddy Win. A 100 years? Come on. There is a reason you would not get that through the Mary Sue Litmus test alive. (Not 30 years either but I make some exceptions for the actual story heroes, they are always somewhat Mary Sue-ic). But I felt it was kinda pointless to bring that up and what? Make 30 effing years of holding out look paltry? The time experts give for a well-trained-to-withstand-interrogation individual with extremely strong will is 4 DAYS. After that everybody breaks.

Not to forget when John was in hell, Azazel still ruled. Not Lilith. And Azazel didn't strike me as the raise-Lucifer-type. Also, they offered Dean John back in Crossroad Blues, about two months after John's death. So 20 years and they were ready to give up on the guy? Because they didn't offer Dean back to start with a new candidate. Lastly, hell was besieged as "soon as the Angels learned about Lilith' plans for Dean". They didn't learn about those plans in all that year John was in hell?

Yup, pull the other one, Alistair.

Of course, in the endless role reversals that show does I now predict Sam breaking the last seal and that Lucifer will rise.

What I do like is that it gives Dean a place in the arc for himself. Sam has a destiny that is about him. Dean has a destiny that is about him. Blessed equality. And I believe the story will go so that both of them together will beat said destinies into the ground.

Now, I only hope they have finally started breaking Dean down and build him up again. Seriously, there are roadblocks and there is slitting your wrists in despair.



I came, I saw, I liked, I rambled. :)

Comments

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angels3
Mar. 24th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Not only that but John walked out of the Hellmouth and to walk out of the hellmouth you had to be off the rack and to be off the rack what had to happen? That's right boys and girls you had to break. I heard the fucking crack!
astri13
Mar. 25th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Very true. I kinda forgot about that.
stellamira
Mar. 24th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I thought about your theory when I saw the blood drinking scene. *g* Did you know that before, or were you just guessing?

I now predict Sam breaking the last seal and that Lucifer will rise

I predict that Sam, Ruby, and Dean all have something to do with breaking the last seal. And I base the Dean part on the fact that Castiel said that as the one who started, Dean was the one who needed to "finish it". Not "end it", although he certainly implied that right after. But in my understanding of the word, "finish" is certainly not the same as "end", so maybe it can go both ways.

there are roadblocks and there is slitting your wrists in despair.

Yeah; I wonder how much emotional pain a man can take before he seriously considers suicide.
astri13
Mar. 25th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I thought about your theory when I saw the blood drinking scene. *g* Did you know that before, or were you just guessing?

Heh. I knew it before the episode aired but I actually theorized about it jokingly last fall and back then I never thought this would happen. *g*

I predict that Sam, Ruby, and Dean all have something to do with breaking the last seal. And I base the Dean part on the fact that Castiel said that as the one who started, Dean was the one who needed to "finish it". Not "end it", although he certainly implied that right after. But in my understanding of the word, "finish" is certainly not the same as "end", so maybe it can go both ways.

I think since the first seal was Dean "alone", the last seal will be Sam "alone", maybe with Ruby's evil guidance and in this case the finish part will come after Lucifer rises. Maybe Dean's blood will be the one thing to re-seal Lucifer or something.

Yeah; I wonder how much emotional pain a man can take before he seriously considers suicide.

I'd say about 65 % less than they already piled on Dean. Seriously, if it were me, I'd be dead three times over.
nachekana
Mar. 24th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
kudos to Cortese for one of the few genuine emotions I have seen her express as Ruby.

And we only waited 16 episodes for that! But it's true, it was a lot better than usual. It's the best she was since her first appearance (that I like a lot).

So, hopefully they won't turn it into "drugs are bad, M'kay?" thing.

That could be fun!!! Nah, I'm just kidding. Let's hope they do something better. But they can keep the part where Sam goes crazy after his gay lover brother get killed. As long as Dean pulls a Anna after that.

And yeah, I think Alistair was a big fat liar about Daddy Win.

Pretty much everybody says that. But you know what? I want to BELIEVE.

I really liked the big revelations of this episode. But the lack of Sam and Dean kind of lowered my glee level. It's still pretty high though.
astri13
Mar. 25th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Pretty much everybody says that. But you know what? I want to BELIEVE.

Since I'm way more invested in Dean's heroism, this tidbit from Alistair gave me lemon face. I would have liked they left Dean with the little dignity that the years he was holding out for remained impressive, not bring in John "oh, three times as much" so that it looked suddenly bad in comparism. :(

But the lack of Sam and Dean kind of lowered my glee level.

There was a lot of "the Angel show", especially in the last part which was almost exclusively Castiel/Uriel/Anna but I didn't mind so much because I'm interested in that whole arc. If it had been time spent on Ruby, I'd probably have gone for a snack.
leelust
Mar. 25th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
What i love about their vision of Alastair is that he indeed was torturing Dean in that room. it makes so much snse to me because he's very old demon whose experience of torture the other include maybe tousands of years - you can't outwit him easily let alone to break in an hour. He knows what he's doing, he's the master. it makes him so evil and scary i still feel chill of his presence.

As tp Cas and he's inability to fight i think he was so not in the place he just wasn't able to fight back. First he didn't expect Alastair to be free and second he was under a stress of his long time comrade's betrayal. I hope in the future they'll show us Cas in fuul fighting glory.
astri13
Mar. 25th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
I hope in the future they'll show us Cas in fuul fighting glory.

Me too. I want to see him like in his very first appearance again. Kickass out of the wazoo.
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