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Yesterday I got up at 5.30 to look up on the internets what happened in the Finale, then I went to work, spent a tortorous morning there and went home to download and watch. Then...I needed a few hours to mull things over. :)

So now for my reaction on the SPN Season 3 Finale.

I haven`t made a big secret out of me not digging Season 3, it wasn`t even the individual episodes so much as in they especially sucked or so, they didn`t - and yet lots of them did. What I mean by that is the stories in itself were okay but I flat-out hated the arcs of this Season. And since the Arcs permeated everything, I could not completely divorce the episodes from that. Not to mention how the Arcs did a number on the character voices. Not a fan.

So this Finale gave me a couple of things I was really happy about, namely:

- the Deal was followed through to its logical conclusion, no eleventh hour save, no lame cop-out where Sam gets Super-Duper and saves the Deansel in Distress, henceforth tasked with holding his cape
so Yaaaaaayyyyyy

- the Deal wasn`t just made or rather Dean`s soul wasn`t just a bargaining chip for Sam
THANK GOD!!!
Not that the deal seemed to have an actual point but I really, really needed it to be something about Dean himself. I love his devotion/bond to Sam but that can`t be the only thing to give him importance in this story.

- Dean being awesome till the end; heroic and brave and wise, despite being quietely scared and broken

- Sam being broken up and torn and willing to try anything but respecting Dean`s wishes and trying to be brave himself

- love brotherly moments. Yummy

- Bobby being awesome again

- Ruby outsmarted by purely human wit



What I didn`t like were implications that Sam is really some Super-Weapon UNLESS maybe the power is like we saw here just immunity or indeed like a bomb, blow up and blow out. I want one show where being pure human is good enough to play first league and not just amount to side-kick status while the fights of true importance are duked out by the powered factions. We humans are not sheep waiting for Superman to save us. (At least that`s what I want to believe). No great destinies, no great powers please. HUMAN.

So I`ll have to see where the story goes. Just want to put in that YED would have snuffed the babies in their cribs if they had the potential to defeat upper-level demons with just their minds. Who wants a General whose ass you can`t thouroughly kick if necessary?


And I`ll have to say for all the cojones it took to kill Dean, seeing him ripped apart was almost unbearably gruesome.


Now the question becomes: where do we go from here? I just hope and pray there will be no Do-over in the Premiere, aka "it didn`t really happen". That would just invalidate all the awesomeness and put in the predictable save I would have hated so much. It would also rob Dean of the juicy potential storyline and new material to play with that I see right now. Because angsting over Special-Sam? Yeah, we got that for 3 Seasons straight.

Sure, they are with their backs to the wall, not only is Dean`s soul in hell but his body is ripped to shreds. And we know from Kripke`s words Ruby will be back in Season 3 - if in her original meat-suit, I don`t know.

So mission imperative the first: fix Dean`s body, the second: put soul back in.

My guess would be we`ll be seeing that in the Season Opener or possibly episode 4 because if they want to keep their standalone-arc mix-up they have to resolve it quickly. So yeah, hopefully optimistic here.


Was happy about the ratings for the Finale too - with a slight tick-up we might even make 3 Million.

However it`s majorly weird to have to fear for a show not on account of the show itself - it would get renewed for a Season 5 beyond Season 4 simply because the money now is made in syndication and merchandise - but because the damn network might collapse after next year. Holy crap, that`s a first. Hang in for two more years, CW. After that? Wouldn`t really care.

Comments

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xkatjafx
May. 17th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Ruby will be back in Season 3 - if in her original meat-suit, I don`t know.

Hopefully not. Really, the eight year old was a better actress than KC. Her "being" Litith was really pathetic. You almost didn't notice the change *g* And I'm not even talking about the scene with Sam's powers, where Schizo didn't even notice anything was happening, because KC was not able to *act* scared, lol.

All in all the finale was about 70% of what it could have been. It was okay, but not that special, considering they could have easily had three tons of angst and actually had about two pints ; )
astri13
May. 17th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Her "being" Litith was really pathetic. You almost didn't notice the change *g*

I think her problem is that when she tries to be kick-ass/angry/menacing, she ends up being bratty kid so Lilith was rather up her alley. *g* Which btw, not diging Lilith the demon actually be childlike.

And I'm not even talking about the scene with Sam's powers, where Schizo didn't even notice anything was happening, because KC was not able to *act* scared, lol.

Hm, I was mostly okay with that, at least I thought it was obvious enough if a bit "my, my, isn`t it convenient to pull a Potter now?"

All in all the finale was about 70% of what it could have been. It was okay, but not that special, considering they could have easily had three tons of angst and actually had about two pints ; )

I felt like the scenes with the family were rather boring filler, good for a standalone but I kept looking on my watch "come on, where are Sam and Dean and their epic love already?"
specialagentldy
May. 17th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh geez, I didn't know CW was in such danger! I hope it lasts through season five also! NOOO my show must finish!!! :-(
astri13
May. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think next Season`s performance as a whole has to be better for the CW. I believe the network lost about 50 Million this Season. Probably expected too much and totally misjudged their audience. The tweeners they`re going for have found other avenues to watching live.

Well, rumors are the terribly incompetent Dawn Ostroff is on her way out. I mean this is the third network she has been given to run and her track record so far has been having run the first two into the ground. WTF? Why would I give somebody like this control over another network? Even her puppetmaster Les Moonves at some point ought to recognize he can`t keep sponsoring dead weight.
specialagentldy
May. 17th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Well hopefully it will do better this coming year. I mean I'm sure the writers strike had a LOT to do with the lack of money.
aizjanika
May. 17th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I just hope and pray there will be no Do-over in the Premiere, aka "it didn`t really happen".

I'd actually like it if they did a complete do-over starting with AHBL. Sam was never killed, Dean never made the deal, season 3 never happened. I'd keep the burning down of the Roadhouse, though. *g*

I'm with you on disliking the overall story arcs for season 3, but I didn't really like this episode as much as you did, though I did love the brotherly moments and Bobby.
astri13
May. 18th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
I'd actually like it if they did a complete do-over starting with AHBL. Sam was never killed, Dean never made the deal, season 3 never happened. I'd keep the burning down of the Roadhouse, though. *g*

Well, okay I would take that too but not a do-over of just the Finale.

I'm with you on disliking the overall story arcs for season 3, but I didn't really like this episode as much as you did, though I did love the brotherly moments and Bobby.

I feel that in Season 2 I wouldn`t have been as lenient with the episode but now in Season 3? I learned to pace myself.
shadowkittykat_
May. 22nd, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
So I`ll have to see where the story goes. Just want to put in that YED would have snuffed the babies in their cribs if they had the potential to defeat upper-level demons with just their minds. Who wants a General whose ass you can`t thouroughly kick if necessary?

My answer to this, as well as to the "Why did YED say Sammy was his favourite?" question is thus: That, when the kidlets were made, they weren't all that powerful. Sammy is a special case because of his milatarisitic, baddie-fighting-training intensive upbringing, and his frequent expose to the supernatural, and with it likely interaction with people like Missouri, and other, less-human psychic energies, especially during the critical formative years. Likewise, it's a function of It's Dean: that is, if it were Damsel Of The Week getting ripped up, Sam would fight as hard as he could, but in the end wouldn't be /capable/ of drawing upon such reserves, but, because of It's Dean, he has the power, like in the episode, um... the abused telekinetic who started killing people, he locked Sammy into a closet and put a giant dresser in front of it, but he still got out. It's kind of like the stories you hear about teensy moms lifting SUV's off of their kids. It's a force-of-love kind of thing, especially because they are /all/ each another has. Which frightens me re: Sam's mental status now El Deano's dead. (but I do think he'll get better)
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