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Late to the party

Clippie for "Bloodlust" was up.

Sadly the "Sammy"-line was not in the clip. Bugger, that one I squeed about in the sides.
Also didn`t see anything of Amber except the tiny bit where Sam carried her out.

So, what I saw:

- Beginning: Dean and the Metallicar have made up. Yay.
Also, Dean is clearly not okay yet it`s not only a sunny mask here. He IS enjoying himself partly.

- Killing the vamp in the factory?
Come on, it wasn`t that brutal. I expected Dean to go crazy here and he just punched the guy a couple of times and I`m guessing the saw thing simply doesn`t work for a quick kill.

- Recollection of his first hunt. Yay. Flashback please.

- Opening up to Gordon:
Frankly, I have no problem with it. He wants to protect Sam from whatever so Sam might be the person he can talk least to. Also, it IS easier to talk to a stranger sometimes. Maybe Dean needs a blog. ;)
And mostly, I don`t think he saw Gordon as a John-substitute at all. In fact I could have seen him bonding with Gordon in Season 1 just as easily, just on account that they both seem to embrace the lifestyle. It was clearly a peer-bonding for me. Maybe Dean longs for a cool older brother type too. Not at all unsual. And not at all unusual that people like that disappoint you. You bond to an idea more than to the person. It happens.

- Ellen call
Was very brief so I could deal. And the "Yeah, he is awesome" "Wait, he is there? RUUUUUNNNN." was hilarious.

- Confrontation
Concerning Ellen-Gordon, you haven`t known both for very long so there is absolutely no reason to believe one over the other here.

Concerning the vamps, yes, Dean could have trusted Sam`s instincts here. But I don`t begrudge him that he didn`t.

Concerning the punch:
One, as said above I don`t think Gordon was ever a John-substitute.
Two, nobody in the known world was as loyal and respectful to John when the man was alive as Dean. So NOBODY ever gets to call him on "insulting his father`s memory." I`m a firm believer that what you do when the person is alive matters a lot more than how often you bring flowers to their grave.
Three, Sam clearly has his own issues here with Gordon being more of a substitute for HIM.

That said, it was a lashing out in anger and it was not okay in the way hitting people just because you hurt is not okay. And I do think Sam was glad to have gotten at least a reaction here.

- Gordon vs. Dean
Yay, fight club, fight club. Nice to see Dean in top shape and more than holding his own against presumably great hunter Gordon. And see how Dean did not whine after getting punched by Gordon. *g* *cough*

- End scene: "Come on hit me." = Apology
"What, no." = Apology accepted
That was a nice scene.

Dean opening up here and questioning things: hm, the latter part makes sense for him but I`m not sure if talking about it to Sam wasn`t nine kinds too sudden.


Overall: Liked what I saw.

- Gordon is a cool character and I`d like to see him back. Even though he basically is Dark!Gunn. :)

- On morality: Yup, it seemed pretty black and white: Gordon was clearly evil and the vamps clearly good or lets say "pragmatic." No shades of grey in sight.
I think and hope that the episode didn`t even attempt to deal with "shades of grey" as a concept because if so the story tanked. I choose to think however that it was a battle of the soul or "temptation" or "dark mirror" story along the lines of "Bad girls" on Buffy. Something personal Gordon clearly had the Faith-role here and tempted Dean/Buffy. And Dean came to his own conclusion that no, he wasn`t like this. At least not yet.

I also don`t think the episode made any statement about Sam`s morality. He simply got the peacenik role here to off-set Dean`s battle. To use another freaking analogy he was the Obi-Wan to Gordon`s Palpatine in the fight for Dean/Anakin. That makes neither his conscience or Id, they just try to lead him along their way. To that degree both were props (and a joined lead deserves better than that). The choice was Dean`s however.
And quite frankly, I think he would have come to see that he is not like Gordon with or without Sam or has anybody gotten the impression that Dean is a gleeful sadistic murderer in Season 1?

I hope and expect a similar story for Sam down the line where HE is tempted and Dean supports him. In fact it would make sense if the writers shook up both their systems because both writers were always very black and white IMO.
Dean`s "black" was always the "supernatural killers" which is why it included Max, now his black got lets say, dark brown and it got him thinking about it.
Sam`s "white" otoh was always "human" yet his special weakness is overidentification with the PKs so I`m guessing THAT will be the test for his morals.

Would I wish for an episode where the writers managed to get that all together and truly adress shades of grey? Sure but these days I`m taking the glass half full over the tons of TV crap that doesn`t even HAVE a glass.

And if that Sam story never comes or is half-assed? I will smash my glass.
For now I`m Layla, I`ll have faith. Sooner or later though I will turn into SueAnn. :P So yes, I can understand everybodies wariness on that front.

And even as a Dean-girl I hope to see more of Sam`s struggles with his fathers death as I think that gets shafted. Just a little scene where he strokes John`s diary or something. Something to show his inner workings.
I can acknowledge that he stepped into the role of "rock" to support his brother who lost his center of gravity here but the writing makes it look like he is the one who doesn`t deal with his Dad`s death, simply by not writing any scenes to that point in.

In so many words: Write Bi-Bro writers.

And yes, I`m judging this ep benevolently because it was written by half of my favorite SPN writing duo.

Comments

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legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Sam was SO asking for that punch.

Gordon is a cool character and I`d like to see him back.
Oh, I bet he'll be back to take revenge :-)

I saw that episode more of a "Dean has to make a choice" episode rather than portraying shades of grey. Whether he's going to take the easy or hard way.
astri13
Oct. 14th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Sam was SO asking for that punch.

Yup, I don`t know what all the screaming on the boards is about. "OMG, he hit Sam. Stone him. I now hate the character."

Man, last Season was all "It is SO unhealthy how he always surpresses his needs and defines himself through his family and clings to them" and now, that he finally starts to act a bit "selfish", i.e. not caring that Sam wants to talk but caring that he doesn`t it`s all horrible.
Yes, it is a rude awakening if somebody doesn`t play your emotional nanny all the time anymore but god, Sam deals with it a lot better than some fans.

Oh, I bet he'll be back to take revenge :-)

Maybe on Jo. :P Btw, she will indeed have a major part in Ep.6. The basic plot for that is out now. And accidently this ep will be on on Nov.2nd. Grr. Not that I can watch but it`s still my birthday and I get the Jo ep? Unfair.

I saw that episode more of a "Dean has to make a choice" episode rather than portraying shades of grey. Whether he's going to take the easy or hard way.

Yes, saw it that way too. Now if Sam is never questioned and always remains right and pure or gets an excuse for not being than the show and me are gonna have some words.
But I predict an "evil" or dark arc for both characters. Maybe Dean in the first half of the Season and Sam in the second?
legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yup, I don`t know what all the screaming on the boards is about. "OMG, he hit Sam. Stone him. I now hate the character."


I SO don't understand that. Not even Sam was really pissed about it. He went too far and EVERYBODY can see Sam hit a nerve there. Guh. I actually went "Yay, Dean!"

Btw, she will indeed have a major part in Ep.6. The basic plot for that is out now. And accidently this ep will be on on Nov.2nd. Grr. Not that I can watch but it`s still my birthday and I get the Jo ep? Unfair.


Haven't read the basic plot yet but I assumed she'd be in that ep. Heck, they should burn he on the ceiling, the date is perfect :-) *laughs* Neat - you get Jo on your birthday while I got angst and brotherly love.... :-)

But I predict an "evil" or dark arc for both characters. Maybe Dean in the first half of the Season and Sam in the second?


Exactly what I'm thinking. Dean will reveal the secret to Sam mid season so I expect from there on it's gonna be prety Sam centric. Which is why I don't mind the show being Dean centric right now.
astri13
Oct. 14th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Not even Sam was really pissed about it.

Yeah, I mean the guy is like 7 feet tall and well-muscled, I`m sure he can take one punch. And they`ve hurt themselves emotionally before, both.

Haven't read the basic plot yet but I assumed she'd be in that ep. Heck, they should burn he on the ceiling, the date is perfect :-) *laughs* Neat - you get Jo on your birthday while I got angst and brotherly love.... :-)

*sniff* Otherwise it seems a pretty cool ep. Very gruesome and scary.

Exactly what I'm thinking. Dean will reveal the secret to Sam mid season so I expect from there on it's gonna be prety Sam centric. Which is why I don't mind the show being Dean centric right now.

I hope they`re gonna mix it up too. It would be nice to see both storylines play out simultenaously. And it would be nice if they squeezed some comedy in too. The dark is great but something funny would be a nice change of pace.
Apparently not in the first 9 though.
legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
And it would be nice if they squeezed some comedy in too. The dark is great but something funny would be a nice change of pace.


Actually to me it seemed they're going for more combined funny/angsty episodes. ELAC seemed like that.

By the way, how about I upload a clip with the "Only he gets to call me that" line?
astri13
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Actually to me it seemed they're going for more combined funny/angsty episodes. ELAC seemed like that.

Yup, looks that way. But I still want one crackfic!ep, preferably where the boys pose as models. :)

By the way, how about I upload a clip with the "Only he gets to call me that" line?

Oh, that would be so cool. I`ve been looking forward to that line since August or something, praying it would stay in.
legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
I want an episode where Dean turns into a four year old, mentally :-)

Oh, that would be so cool. I`ve been looking forward to that line since August or something, praying it would stay in.


No problem. I'll upload the ep to movie maker tomorrow (takes about an hour or I'd do it now) and clip it for you :-) Anything else you'd like to see?
astri13
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
I want an episode where Dean turns into a four year old, mentally :-)

Awww, I love Innocent little childlike Dean and Sam would have to protect him from all the girls. That could be so sweet.

Anything else you'd like to see?

I saw practically nothing of Amber. Was she in many scenes or long ones? I would love to see some snippet of her.
legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, I love Innocent little childlike Dean and Sam would have to protect him from all the girls. That could be so sweet.


Exactly :-)


Amber had two bigger scenes, one with Sam and one with Eli. I'll clip them for yu :-)
legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh and I wanted to show you how I spend my free time... we launched it some days ago... http://www.metallicar.net/index.php

I'm such a dork.... but I love Webdesign :-p And I don't care that we have no visitors :-p
astri13
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is so cool. You have a fansite and it looks great. I know absolutely nothing about Webdesign. I`m glad if I can manage basic html. So wow. Will have to pimp it out.
legoline
Oct. 14th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, we're still working on the layout a little bit, and we're still adding stuff :-) We once ran a big Lost website but it turned into stress more than fun, and then we stopped watching Lost. So we were a bit hesitant with putting up this website, in fact we hadn't meant to but - the show got the better of us. And then we came up with the domain name and had to do it :-p

I love HTML and websites, it's so much fun (and not that tricky, really).

Will have to pimp it out.

*lol*, yay! Glad you like it :-)
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