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I haven't done these in ages but this might have been the first episode in the last 2.5 years of Supernatural that got me invested in watching the show again.

Granted, they might still fuck it up spectacularly. And history suggests they will, simply for the hell of it. But

Dean in Purgatory? Hell yes. Anything that saves me from "oh, he will soul-search or something". Meaning the writers didn't bother for shit to come up with a reason why the character was in the godamn story - and boy, did that show - and wrote the exact same relentless and redundant emo crap for him. That went nowhere and led to now growth or resolution whatsoever. Over and over and over. Could have used stock footage for that.

But this time, there is at least a chance to do something fresh. Maybe Jeremy Carver can use this potential and spring an actual storyline with actual character growth and new impulses from it.

Dean in Purgatory with Cas? Even better. They can spend their summer vacation there, making up, having long walks and talks in the creepy forest. In between running for their lives, screaming. *g*

I thought the two characters had some solid scenes in this episode. Cas looked so excited and happy when Dean told him, he'd rather have him, cursed or not and after all, he fit right into their merry little band of screw-ups.

I'm glad Ghost!Bobby is gone. This whole storyline seemed redundant in the first place. And you could visibly see the brothers lose braincells in his presence, having spoon-fed (or exposition-dumped) the easiest clues to them.

The actors flat-out said the ending was changed from something they weren't very excited about to what it is now. I can only guess that things got changed when Samble left. And good riddance. Never to return. In the end, I think she was only a so-so writer and an absolutely lousy showrunner. She did everything I feared she would do when she was announced - only ten times worse than I imagined.

So welcome, Carver. At least I don't look at you with nothing but dread. *toasts*

In the end: Dean and Cas wacky adventures in the enchanted Canadian Forest *grabby hands*

Comments

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leelust
May. 19th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
I don't even want to think about how this awesome premise can be screwed up. I'll wait till first spoilers to think where are they going with that. Right now i'm just happy i can feel good about the show again!
astri13
May. 20th, 2012 10:05 am (UTC)
I don't even want to think about how this awesome premise can be screwed up. I'll wait till first spoilers to think where are they going with that.

I know, I wanna bask in the glow at the moment either. Just not setting myself up for another epic fall.
gypsy_atavari
May. 19th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Those last few seconds made me so excited for the coming season. :-)
astri13
May. 20th, 2012 10:05 am (UTC)
Me, too. For the first time in a looooong time.
legoline
May. 19th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
All these excited reactions actually made me consider for about two seconds to give season eight a chance. Which is more than the last two years did.

Then again, Jared will still be on the show so NO.
astri13
May. 20th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Well, if they have the guts to go there for a few episodes, you'll get Dean and Cas on their own in Purgatory. And everything else, you can fastforward, no? :D

It's almost like that spin-off that will never happen.

And, ironically, guess which actor would love to leave the characters separated as long as possible? :-p
legoline
May. 20th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
You think they'll actually have the guts to do that? :-) Bless.

It's almost like that spin-off that will never happen.
Oh, you mean the show I would actually watch?

And, ironically, guess which actor would love to leave the characters separated as long as possible? :-p
Steroid!Boy? :p
astri13
May. 20th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
You think they'll actually have the guts to do that? :-) Bless.

Well, honestly? Not more than 3 or 5 episodes at the most. If that.
And I only have some optimism in the first place because of the new showrunner.

It's still more than we got in the last 2.5 years.

Also, right on the money. *g*
legoline
May. 20th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
I'll be honest, I never liked Jeremy Carver as a writer. For me, all his episodes sort of--missed the point by about half an inch, which nearly drove me mad. ALMOST! SO CLOSE! YOU ALMOST MADE ME CARE! ARGH! But he might be good as a showrunner, who knows?

Can't we just have the Dean & Cas show? I'd watch that one ANYTIME no matter how sucky it gets :)
astri13
May. 20th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
I liked some of his eps. And for me, right now, he has two big advantages: 1) he seems able to manage a plot and pacing of a story, something both Kripke and Samble are abysmal at, and 2) he doesn't hate Dean/Cas.

And it really can't get any worse than it has been. At least it shouldn't be possible.

Can't we just have the Dean & Cas show? I'd watch that one ANYTIME no matter how sucky it gets :)

Me too. But this is just something that will never happen. :/
legoline
May. 20th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
I remember most of his episodes just...didn't make me care like they should have, including Mystery Spot. They weren't bad as such, I just didn't care like they were supposed to.

Hmmm, yes. True.

Well, maybe if Jared ever decides he needs to start his movie career (HAHAHA) and/or make more babies? *hopeful*

goldie3
May. 20th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Well, the premise has a lot of potential, but knowing SPN writers, they could still fuck this up. Sam girls seem to be hoping for a rehash of Mystery Spot, with Sam alone angsting for Dean. If that is what the season's going to be, my brief re interest has washed down the drain.

IF they make something out of Dean being alone, with Castiel, I'd love it.
astri13
May. 20th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
Sam girls seem to be hoping for a rehash of Mystery Spot, with Sam alone angsting for Dean.

If his premiere Samgirl Becky were still running the show, this would be a legitimate possibility.

However with Carver, at least we have a 50/50 shot. And he comes from a show with three leads, where I hear everyone had a storyline. So I'm a tad bit more hopeful.
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