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Double-feature

So, a belated tandem review of SPN

"It's a terrible Life"


I... had my initial aggrievances with this episode because I felt it gave a shout-out to all the dick-wheezles who bemoaned how Dean had whined about hell all Season - while earlier in the Season bemoaning how he was way too unaffected and normal after hell - but since I've come to the conclusion that it showed Zach's dick-wheezelness himself, I can live with it.

Also, if someone wants to see a definion of whining all the time, tune in to Smallville. Dean had three scenes total where he talked about hell. That they were clumsily tacked onto episodes isn't the character's fault. And there was OTHOAP which broke him down into little pieces so he reacted in the end by being in little pieces. What a surprise if that was obviously what the writing tried to achieve there. Quite frankly, I have seen way more whining about the character's supposed whining than I have seen the character "whining".

So yeah, my reaction has been and will be: Shut the fuck, up, Zachariah!

But I'm going backwards here.

The ep started out as another AU and gave us Dean Smith and Sam Wesson. Cute, show, very cute.

Dean was obviously very un-Dean-like which leads me to believe it was more than repressed memories. Because tastebuds/likes/dislikes for food, music and all that? Likely will stay intact even with amnesia. But Dean Smith really shunned a couple of the quirks that make Dean Winchester.

Sam was more Sam, I felt. His dreams/visions, I'm not sure if the Angels couldn't suppress his true self fully or if they deliberately did it so he could nudge Dean along. Nice shout-out to "there is something in my blood, I can feel it". And him smashing the phone all office-drone goes amok fit very well with Season 4 Sam of say "Sex and Violence" where he threw the phone.

Thing is while Dean is a more easy adapter to his environment, Sam tends to look for the greener grass. And he has gotten more highly competitive now - no doubt fed by Ruby's ego-stroking. It's no wonder the boring life of a cubicle drone couldn't sustain him.
The normal means of a hunter can't sustain him in reality either. He is at this point pretty much like Willow in the addiction storyline - and hope this show handles it better. Willow was sweet but always picked on. She wasn't in the crowd in school that could feel powerful and in control. So when she developed magic that gave her power and control, she had no real measure/experience of dealing with it. And it went straight to her head. While she was in denial about it.

Sam was not often in control in his life. And it was something he thus craved. Now the powers (Ruby) are offering him ultimate control and like Willow he has no experience of dealing with it. Hence, we are seeing how it's getting to his head. While he is in denial about it.

But it was nice to see how Smith & Wesson worked together like a team, felt a companionship and there was even a "Sammy" out of it. Tells me that in a way is their default stage. But reality at the moment superimposes so many issues onto this: lies/betrayal/hurt/anger that they can't reach that part of themselves.

Loved the little Wincesty digs in the elevator scenes.

Loved a good old ghost haunting for a case.

The end scene? Well, like I said above, liked and disliked it. Thing is, Zach is obviously a prideful Angel. Which is why from his perspective asinine stuff like "your fate - hell, torment, constant anguish - is so much better than that of mundane people". Because to Zach it is. Nothing worse than normal. So, basically why can't Dean be happy about being a Heavenly Chosen One already?

The lesson itself wasn't much of one applicable for the current crisis. "You love being a hunter." aka "You have a lovely singing voice." "Eh, I have a problem with being touted as the one who is gonna stop the apokalypse." aka "My appendix is about to burst." Sure, one is a compliment but doesn't help with intense stomach pains.


So, all in all a bit of a mixed bag but with repeated viewing more enjoyable.


and


"The Monster at the end of this book"


Wow, they are REALLY knowing their fandom. Simpatico? Used to be a well-known poster at TwoP though not for at least a year and a half.

The book cover with Fabio-Sam and Commando-Dean? Ahahaha. Though from the titles of the books some of the very best episodes are missing.

The writer is Edlund Carver, the publisher was Sera Siege. Don't know if it showed in the ep? But it was in the sides. And while they recycled an actress from Usual Suspects, she did a very good job, I felt. The showing of the tattoos looked exactly like when female characters are forced to flash their boobs to get something. And the publisher even licked her lips. *g*

All people want to read is Doctor M.D. *snorts*

Chuck was a sympathetic character. I felt bad for him in the end.

The actress for Lilith did also quite a good job. Lilith was less child-like which interesting since even in Katie Cassidy's body she behaved child-like. But why the need for sex? Frankly, I'm sick of the sex scenes by now. Luckily it wasn't one.

Castiel continues to be awesome and him and Dean together rock my world. The little wink wink nudge nudge was great. Also, I felt it showed how you can change destiny. With exorcize of free will. Which is something that struck me in the last scene. Why should Chuck not warn the Winchesters? If it is pre-destined, warning them will change shit. Only if they can change things makes Zach's threat to Chuck make sense.

The Chuck-Sam combo was always interesting. And see above for denial. Chuck very gently called Sam out and Sam literally can't bring himself to see it. Because he is set on his goal and if he allows himself to question he can't be set anymore. Human mind is a wonderful thing, eh?

Dean was generally awesome and yay for Smart!Dean. Vonnegutt. iTake that, buzzuh-Sam. :-p

Their attempt not to fight in the diner was great and I liked Dean making a point of it not being running away but just caution if you're dealing with a powerful enemy.

Julie Siege, the new writer this Season, really is a keeper.

Which brings me to Dabb/Loflin, the other new writers, whom I just learned penned the next episode. Noooooooooooo. And for the first time I feel compelled not to watch because who in their right mind goes to a restaurant where they served them rotten, rancy meat for a third fucking time? *headdesk*

Comments

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albeitslowly
Apr. 4th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
I agree one hundred percent on both counts. Zachariah is a dick and they need to keep these new writers.

I knew as soon as I heard the name Simpatico, that I'd seen it somewhere. Thank you for clearing that up. I went to TwoP about twice and ran screaming, but yeah, I remember.

astri13
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
they need to keep these new writers.

Well, they need to keep Siege but desperately lose the comic hacks. Yuck.

katikat
Apr. 4th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I agree. People complain that Dean is unaffected. People complain that Dean whines. WTF? Are they bipolar or what?

It's like with Katie Cassidy. Last season she was the epitome of wrongness. This season, Genevieve Cortese is the filth on everybody shoes and Katie is being painted in gold colors. Again - WTF?!
astri13
Apr. 4th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I agree. People complain that Dean is unaffected. People complain that Dean whines. WTF? Are they bipolar or what?

I think they just need to find fault with something the character does, even if it is just total opposites.

It's like with Katie Cassidy. Last season she was the epitome of wrongness. This season, Genevieve Cortese is the filth on everybody shoes and Katie is being painted in gold colors. Again - WTF?!

I wasn't too bowled over by Cassidy last year though she was somewhat okay but in retrospect I felt she could play a demon better. Of course the writing lend itself more to that and I much, much prefered it. In the two-parter it go so bad when Alistair was torturing her, I was completely on his side.

But there have been worse actors/actresses in the show. Only they were in bit parts. If Cassidy or Cortese were just one-offs, some shrieking damsel in distress in an episode, I wouldn't care their range is severely limited but for a character that is supposed to have gravitas and intrigue, it irks me. I mean, they didn't have someone Chad Michael Murray playing Castiel either.
andromakhe001
Apr. 4th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I was okay with Katie Cassidy for the most part. But then I always thought, right from the first audition sides, that Bela would really be the more problematic character. I didn't love Ruby, I didn't think Katie was a great actress but I didn't mind what Ruby brought to the show and was willing to go along with it for the time being. In fact I thought by the end alot of people had become fairly accepting of Katie's Ruby. They didn't love her but were willing to go along with the story.
aithne414
Apr. 4th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm definitely not watching the Jump the Shark ep either, now that I know who wrote it. It's getting easier for me, in my old age, to strike episodes from my personal canon if I know the writers suck that badly, and if Kripke isn't gonna keep a leash on these guys, then I don't really have a choice. Oh well!
astri13
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
What kills me is that they are not content letting them ruin run-of-the-mill motw episodes. No, they get the important family stuff, flashbacks and now something that is even called "Jump the Shark" because of its extreme shark jumping potential. God only knows what those issue-ridden freaks make of it.
andromakhe001
Apr. 4th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
I am so mad that Loftlin and Dabb wrote this episode. God I hate those guys. They clearly hate Dean, they always write him totally out of character and as little more than a hanger on to Saint Sam. I am just so...annoyed about this. No wonder they kept the writers names secret for so long.
astri13
Apr. 4th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I guess that means they're not gonna lose the hacks for Season 5 either? Grooooooan.

keks80
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I loved the last two episodes, though I could have done without Zach. I highly approve of Dean telling him he'd stab him in the face. Do it!

Dabb/Loflin, the other new writers, whom I just learned penned the next episode
Oh no, 4.19 is theirs? After the cringe inducing ASS, I was hoping they wouldn't be let near Dean again. *mentally prepares self for extremely OOC Dean*
astri13
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
though I could have done without Zach.

Once I see him as he dick he was, I thought the character in itself wasn't bad. But totally with the stabbiness, too, because that was an awesome moment for Dean.

Oh no, 4.19 is theirs? After the cringe inducing ASS, I was hoping they wouldn't be let near Dean again.

Me too. Why can't they write the OOC comics? There it doesn't really bother me.

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