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They killed the goldfish - bastards.

Better late than never:

First off: taking down the file while I only had a freaking 8 % left to dl - NOT COOL. So I had to do it twice. Grr. Argh.

So the episode:

Guest actors were rather weak, I thought. I liked the Dad and Angela in certain but not many scenes. Neil and the roommate were subpar.
The Zombie or revenant plot was cool though and well done I thought. The dead plants were a nice touch. And the poor little goldfish. He was a true innocent in all of this. *sniffle*

The timing was a bit convenient what with the sudden urge to visit Mary`s grave but I can deal. Nice touch that Dean wouldn`t go near it. And great scene with Sam there. Mary now has a lot more substanance to Sam than some old pictures and stories.

The fun and the snark were well-meshed with the scary IMO. So Dean had a thing for Molly Ringwald then? ;) Anyway I love me some pop-culture Dean.
The porn scene was hilarious and poor Sam looked, not really confused but more like he was trying to study intently. Does he think Dean will quiz him later? *g* He sure is an awkward porn-watcher. And btw, I like that he does. Sam is a normal, healthy guy and not this shrinking pure little flower he sometimes gets made out to be. It gives him realness.
And Dean`s "Awkward" was hilarious.
I also loved Dean`s little shrug when he made up his bullshit story to the roommate, right after he gives his fake name. It was so hilarious. I would crack up if any of the brothers ever used the alias "Art Wenderley." Then points for those who know why. *g*

Lets hear it for Hunter!Dean, ladies and gentlemen. He was focused, sharp and very capable. Me likey.
I do hope though that once in my lifetime the brothers will be onboard with a hunt at the same time instead of flip-floppping between the Mulder and Scully roles.

I wasn`t bothered by Neil`s death because Darwin Award. They tried their best to get his stupid ass out of there and yes, Neil "Did you not watch Pet Semetary?" In what world is necromancy a good idea?

And ouch for poor Sam and Jared. I`m a weanie when it comes to pain, excluding tooth ache for some reason, so a broken wrist doesn`t sound like much fun. Eek.
And yeah, it would have been cute to see Dean all fussy but they`re Winchesters not Wussychesters. Also I think Dean wasn`t positive that it was broken, seeing as Sam had just shovelled the grave with him and experimentally touched his wrist. I took it for one of these: "That really hurts, hope it`s not broken" things.

The brother stuff: now I had watched the director`s cut clip before and when Dean said: "If you mention Dad one more time...", I was saying it along with him because we had this dynamic of Nag!Sam vs. Clam!Dean four episodes in a row now. And yes, I do acknowledge that everything had different triggers but I could understand Dean`s frustration. Sam`s too, he certainly means well and really, really tries to help - to the detriment of his own grief maybe - but IMO there comes a time when you have to take two steps back and stay there.

However in the whole context of the scene, I felt differently. He was right to call Dean on his behaviour.
Last week in "Bloodlust" when everybody was flipping out about how gleeful and brutal Dean was with the vamp-killing I was seriously underwhelmed. Apart from the anvillious blood-splatter I felt like: "THAT`S IT?" For emotional breakdowns I`m used to Buffy, Angel and Faith whaling on things or preferably each other for 20 Minutes. Here I thought the mechanism of the chain saw thingie made it impossible to bring the thing down really quickly. So I wasn`t onboard the "OMG, Dean has truly lost it" train in the first place.

This time though I did feel he was brutal with the Dad. He barely managed to be civil in the first conversation, even though he offered some sincere sympathy IMO. Yet when he unleashed on the man, I cringed. So yes, here I was right there with the "Overidentify much" vibe. So the subsequent conversation was much more fulfilling to me.

The end scene. What to say, what to say? Since I read myself silly on recaps beforehand I knew Dean was talking about himself. I try to be honest with myself and say that, had I not known, no, I probably would have been surprised too. So well done show, you only crashed on my impatience. :)
And I love, love, love the reveal how on top of losing his beloved father and being burdened with THE SECRET, it`s the survivor`s guilt he really is suffering from. It`s so consistent with poor Dean. Man can hardly cope when strangers die for him but family? His supreme function has always been keeping the family together, taking care of them and watching out for them and now HE is the reason one of them is dead? Man, poor, poor Dean.

I loved Sam not saying anything because there was nothing to say and he knew it. This can only - if ever - be fixed by time and love. And Sam seems to be willing to provide both for his brother. Atta boy.

The whole tone of this episode was muted and I liked that touch. The last shot with TinyDean and Sam - yes Sam can look tiny if you`re, you know, a mountain :) - was beautiful.

On a completely shallow note: Jensen`s eyes are out of control. They`re so laaaaaarrrrrgggggge and greeeeeeeeennnnnnn.

ETA: One thing I nearly forgot.
Apart from the guilt for taking Sam`s Dad away, he said with total conviction: "HE WAS YOUR DAD TOO."
See what they did there? Even IF Sam is spawn of demon or whatever, it doesn`t mean jackshit to Dean. And I will cut anybody who says otherwise. :P


So, since I think the first four episodes formed somewhat of a Mini-Arc (and I realize that it was decidedly Dean-centric and in no way do I begrudge Sam his due next week or in coming episodes), I will start a new OCD-project. Every four episodes I will do a hitlist and the winners of each block will be duking it out at the end of the Season.
To make it fit better, I will grant special status to the Premiere and the Finale as those episodes tend to be by nature larger than normal and it`s unfair to the other episodes.

That said: First place so far would still go to In my time of dying out of the first four. This episode was perfection to me, every single scene.

As for the other three: Hitlist

1. Children shouldn`t play with dead things - by a narrow margin because ELAC had more "Wow" scenes and brought the funny just as well, if not better but then Cspwtd didn`t have annoying scenes

2. ELAC - good, good character stuff in there and I find myself fond of Ash, he and Dean could become pals while he and Sam fight for "geek at Dean`s side" :) and I could be down with Ellen. She isn`t as overly familiar and entitled as that other woman. Also she could bond with Sam, don`t begrudge the boy looking for a mother figure.
And that deeply suspicious look Sam gave the little clown there? GOLD. It was like a lion being scared to death by a mouse.

3. Bloodlust - not that it was bad, far from it and I would like both Lenore and Gordon back but it wasn`t as up to par as the other two.


Yup, lets see how the next four will do. :)

Comments

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legoline
Oct. 22nd, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
First: my two cents? I think Dean wouldn't go near the brave because he's so ashamed of himself. And it never occured to me Dean could feel guilty for taking SAM'S Dad away from him. It's like "I don't deserve a father in the first place but oh hell, I took him away from SAM!". That said I suddenly thought that maybe that was a reason for Dean's violent outburst in ELAC. Sam goes "I miss him, and I'm not alright." and Dean knows it's his own fault Sammy is hurting - so the car gets it. You know?


This time though I did feel he was brutal with the Dad. He barely managed to be civil in the first conversation, even though he offered some sincere sympathy IMO. Yet when he unleashed on the man, I cringed. So yes, here I was right there with the "Overidentify much" vibe. So the subsequent conversation was much more fulfilling to me.


Definitely. The whole time I went "Dean, STOP IT THE MAN'S INNOCENT!", I could hardly watch. Damn.

To me, the revelation at the end came as a total surprise. Now I can't wait to see the episode again - I'm sure it'll be a lot more bitter to watch now.

I liked the fact the episodes were all so Dean-centric, so I'll be cool with Sam-centric stuff.

Also? I know it may sound biased, but oh hell, Jensen can act it's amazing.
astri13
Oct. 22nd, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
And it never occured to me Dean could feel guilty for taking SAM'S Dad away from him. It's like "I don't deserve a father in the first place but oh hell, I took him away from SAM!". That said I suddenly thought that maybe that was a reason for Dean's violent outburst in ELAC. Sam goes "I miss him, and I'm not alright." and Dean knows it's his own fault Sammy is hurting - so the car gets it. You know?

Oh God yes, forgot to mention it. Man, that man can guilt like nobody else.
Also "He was your Dad too" means to me whatever Sam is, even if he isn`t John`s son, to Dean he will always stay part of the family.

I liked the fact the episodes were all so Dean-centric, so I'll be cool with Sam-centric stuff.

I`m cool with Sam-stuff too. Looks like the next one is Sam-centric and then a couple of Bi-Bros before it goes Sam-centric again.

Also? I know it may sound biased, but oh hell, Jensen can act it's amazing.

OMG WORD. I`m constantly amazed. When those large green eyes fill with years, I choke up.
legoline
Oct. 22nd, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Man, that man can guilt like nobody else.


Oh word. He's worse than certain vampires with a soul :-)

Also "He was your Dad too" means to me whatever Sam is, even if he isn`t John`s son, to Dean he will always stay part of the family.


But that's so Dean, you know? oh God, bless him.

I`m cool with Sam-stuff too. Looks like the next one is Sam-centric and then a couple of Bi-Bros before it goes Sam-centric again.


I do firmy believe we will get a Dean storyline sooner or later. All will end well *nods*

OMG WORD. I`m constantly amazed. When those large green eyes fill with years, I choke up.


Exactly. And it was so, so well acted. He didn't actually cry. He broke while admitting all that stuff. I particularly love the bit where Sam says "We don't know that." and Dean only says "Sam." - it's like he's desperately trying to keep it together but in the end fails to. Man, that guy SO deserves an Emmy.
astri13
Oct. 22nd, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Man, that guy SO deserves an Emmy.

If only the Emmy-people wouldn`t suck out loud. I mean they nominate Lost for best show. *shakes head* What is the standard? The great button of angst? Characters that are so fat they KILL people because they`re so fat. Man.
legoline
Oct. 22nd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Awards suck anyway :-)
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