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Man, haven`t done those in ages but with Samble out of the picture, I gave it a try:

Supernatural

While I believe it would have made a greater impact to play out the missing year storylines in real time, I`m glad we`re getting flashbacks at least. To simply drop Purgatory with a "oh, it was bad, now I`m out" would have been the height of fuckwittery.

Speaking of, I dig the Purg flashbacks. It was a little bit of a cheat, I thought, because how did Dean go from being surrounded and painfully outnumbered by creepy, red-eyed monsters to hunting in his own right? Oh well, I`ll just go with "he is just that much of a badass". :)

Also, yeah, he should have gotten a beard or not perfectly coiffed hair or they should have just put in the explanation that seemed logical to me: Purgatory is a place of stasis, meaning your physical appearance doesn`t change from the point you enter it.

And he was. I`m SO happy the character has something to do this year, a storyline as well as a new `tude. Full of purpose, harder, more edgy. Like it fine. Besides, it`s not like he came back evol or something. I guess they plan to do some "shocking reveals" on all of the "evol" things he did in Purg and how he liked them and I`m gonna laugh about that because come on. It was monsterland, I hardly predict knitting sweaters as a pastime there.

Also my heart went all pitter-patter of him looking for Cas and declining to leave without him. Yeah, yeah, Cas is the mystery right now but somehow I doubt the answer will be "oh, he got ditched for no reason anyway in the end".

Benny is an interesting new character. I see him and Dean a bit like Sheppard and Todd?, the wraith. The guy who was semi-helpful on a lot of occasions but you could only trust him to act in his own interests.

Kevin took a level in badass and I approve of the change. His voicemails were incredibly sad IMO.

The "close the gates to hell" mission ain`t bad as a yearlong plan IMO. Sounds better than the corporate Levis of suck anyway.

Sam "you`re alive? seriously? bummer, I had such a good thing going on" and bitchy vet "good people don`t hit dogs on accident in the first place" - no comment.


In short: it doesn`t touch my personal fave openers Lazarus Rising and In my time of dying by a longshot but I liked it fine. Better than the last couple years anyway.

And in shallow terms: Eh, I think maybe a handful of men on Earth can sucessfully pull off the Tarzan/Fabio/flowing locks look - and none of them are or have ever beem on this show. My hand was twitching for scissors. So logical nitpicks aside, Dean in any incarnation? Looked insanely hot to me.

Comments

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leelust
Oct. 6th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
Of course Lazarus and IMToD are the best but this one goes close second. The pacing was so good i couldn't beliebe the ep last 45 vinutes, i thought it was like 15?
I can live without watching any of sam related stuff (and rewatching with FF button ready helped a lot) but Dean's stuff? OMG! That was wonderful!
I have some questions about Purgatory too but it's too early to decide they won't tell us anything about it. I mean they still have time to explain some things happened there. But even with no explanation my imagination filled the gaps and i'm enjoying Purgatory story very much.
astri13
Oct. 6th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
I loved the Purgatory stuff and would have loved to see it in real time. On its own the episode was pretty good though I`d enjoy it more if I wasn`t pretty sure the bus is sverving for Dean as we speak. Predictable.
katikat
Oct. 6th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
I love what they're doing with Dean - too bad it's at the expense of Sam because I kinda hate the douche they turned him into. Gosh, it felt so good when Dean got furious with him and called Sam on his BS. That felt so, so good! I just hope they won't do a 180 and let Sam go all "How can you be angry with me when you didn't tell me about Benny?" with Dean crawling back to him, all humbled and put in his place as Sam's guardian dog once more, that would piss me off.
astri13
Oct. 6th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
I just hope they won't do a 180 and let Sam go all "How can you be angry with me when you didn't tell me about Benny?" with Dean crawling back to him, all humbled and put in his place as Sam's guardian dog once more

I`m almost 100 % sure that is going to happen, though, because wouldn`t you know Dean is too "judgmental" and lying and shit. This is how the show rolls.

And this is actually why the characters I can stand have been widdled down to Dean and Cas for years now.

So, I did enjoy the ep for what it was. But with the caveat of things most likely turning to crap later on.
gypsy_atavari
Oct. 6th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, wasn't the best opener for a season but at least it set up some interesting stuff that I hope pans out really well as the season progresses.

Loved when we first see Dean; he looked almost feral (and yes, still hot!).
astri13
Oct. 6th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
but at least it set up some interesting stuff that I hope pans out really well as the season progresses.

I`m not actually getting my hopes up (much) because of how the show has rolled so far. But at the moment, it`s certainly nice to see. :)
legoline
Oct. 6th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm making frowny faces because overall this episode seems to have been received by everyone pretty well. O.o (While I no longer watch curiousity killed the cat, so I tend to read the reviews on my flist. SPN and I just can't fully part, it seems. It's like rereading old love letters.)

Saw gifs of Dean on Tumblr. DAYUM. He gets finer by age.

Sam/Jared, though? I just can't take him seriously anymore. No chance in hell.
astri13
Oct. 6th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Saw gifs of Dean on Tumblr. DAYUM. He gets finer by age.

I will always have an unholy amount of love for the days of Dark Angel`s Alec - he was such a baby back then, heh - but I agree.

I'm making frowny faces because overall this episode seems to have been received by everyone pretty well.

It had some weird editing problems but overall it was good. Though, I think the shine will get taken off once they do one of their usual "twists" later on. At least this time I`m prepared for it.

Just got so amazingly blindsided by another show, I`m still feeling my eyes rolling.
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