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Overkill

Okay Raelle Tucker, that is two strikes - next one you`re OUT. This one will not be pretty as I`m feeling mightily cranky, people. I`m warning you, I felt like ranting:

This one was just like Hunted , a nice story buried somewhere and awesome written and acted guest characters while Sam and Dean annoyed me. Please go back to the concept of Children shouldn`t play with dead things where at least Dean was well written. Then you can move your way onto bi-bro and once you managed this, THEN you can work on the guests.

Tricia Helfer gave a rocking performance and Molly was about the only sympathetic character around. Which is hilarious when you consider that Sam was Captain Empathy on crack. Sadly it went over the line into cloyingly sweet. If I wanted to watch Ghost Whisperer I would. But I hate that crap for that very reason. Couple that with Jared doing the over-emo and it was TOO MUCH.

Also towards both guys, I GET it was disjointed because it was Molly`s perspective but that was NO reason we still get the characters from Tall Tales. They didn`t need to be so terribly over the top.

I get it, Sam is the sweetest and most sensitive guy in the whole solar system. Will you now kindly take that anvil from me, it`s heavy. Thanks.
He has also apparently rediscovered hope after previously being all doom and gloom. So what was it? The lost faith? The being possessed and killing a guy? The trickster annoyance? The general situation with the FBI? I`m curious what kick-started that positive attitude.

Oh and of course he is exposition guy extra-ordinaire. Like they even comment on it with "you`re a walking encyclopedia of weirdness". You know, a little advice here, the sky won`t fall if you mix it up a little and have Dean actually know some stuff. Oh, he didn`t went to College, you say? I see, I guess that explains why he is pretty dim. Pretty but dumb, check, I get it. *headdesk*

And since we`re on the topic of Dean, he got upgraded. In "Hunted" was pretty pathetic all around, here he was simply useless and neglectable. Woohoo, progress.
What the fuck did he contribute to the hunt? Oh yeah, he shot Farmer Roadkill, found the corpse of his wife and was skittish to touch it - WTF, guy, who put his hand into slime holes before? - and got beat up a bit again and needed to be rescued. Just like in "Simon Said", "Usual Suspects", "Hunted", "Nightshifter", BUABS and "Tall Tales". Wow, for a supposedly highly trained hunter he really does kind of suck at the job. Like CONSISTENTLY.

Ironically the best episode of Hunter!Dean this Season? "Children..." written by...Raelle Tucker. Is this woman trying to give me whiplash? I really don`t need to see Superman always prevailing but how great a fighter can you be if you lose every.single.freaking.fight and get taken down by every ghost, demon, werewolf and regular Joe you encounter.

Not that Sam was much better in this one, letting Molly wander off and get taken twice. He did the salt and burn at least but on a competency level if I had a ghost problem I`d call BOBBY and not those two losers. I`d call them later to celebrate though. :-p

Also what the fuck was up with the attitude? He doesn`t like ghosts, I get it, but he went out of his way to be an ass to her. Did she kick his dog 15 years ago or what? He acted like he had a personal grudge or annoyance to be there. If he had been cold and stand-offish, fine but they really needed to hammer the good cop/bad cop theme home, I guess.
He bantered with her there for a second so it`s not like he is physically incapable of dialing it down.

The twist? Yeah, I figured it was an "unknowing" ghost back from the episode description and the director`s cuts so I knew beforehand. Wouldn`t have mattered to me if the story had been executed well, with: not really.
And the white light at the end? Say it with me: OVERKILL.

I told you, it wasn`t gonna be pretty. Not the worst ep ever but botched characterization is something I can`t forgive.

Should I end on a positive note? Okay, I love "House of the rising sun", it`s one of my favorite songs and I worked hard to perfect it on the guitar. So there, that was a bit I liked. :D


As for the trailer for next week, well done ad people, like give away EVERYTHING, haha. Also Dean is in peril AGAIN. Highly trained my ass. Over and out.

Comments

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legoline
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
*rubs her hands* I knew it! I knew it! There's nothing like reading your reviews where you tear episodes to shreds, especially when I liked the eps (which admittedly happens like 98% of the time) :-)

You did get Sam was so overly emo not because he was the sweetest guy ever but because he bonded with Molly on the level of "possibly turning into something evil supernatural" and that Dean was thus a little overly detached? :-)

By the way, Dean knows stuff, too if you pay attention to it. It's just not as obviously done as with Sam.

Oh, and I still love Hunted to bits :-p
astri13
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
*rubs her hands* I knew it! I knew it! There's nothing like reading your reviews where you tear episodes to shreds, especially when I liked the eps

I live to please. :)

You did get Sam was so overly emo not because he was the sweetest guy ever but because he bonded with Molly on the level of "possibly turning into something evil supernatural" and that Dean was thus a little overly detached? :-)

I did but it all drowned in the OVERKILL. :-p

By the way, Dean knows stuff, too if you pay attention to it. It's just not as obviously done as with Sam.

That`s just it. Usually when it`s a "smart" moment it always goes to Sam so I`m not really surprised that many a casual viewer comes away with the notion that Dean really isn`t all that bright.
They could vary it a bit more.

Oh, and I still love Hunted to bits :-p

I would honestly have liked it better if Dean hadn`t been in it instead of the Dean that was on screen there. Eek.
legoline
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
I did but it all drowned in the OVERKILL. :-p

I appreciate the attempt. Sure, it was a bit overdone but I liked the way they handled it. It's the kind of stuff that makes sense if you're a regular watcher :-)

I`m not really surprised that many a casual viewer comes away with the notion that Dean really isn`t all that bright.


*shrugs* WE know he's bright, to me, that's enough :-) Also, I'm not so sure "Encyclopedia Of Weirdness" was meant as a compliment here :-)

would honestly have liked it better if Dean hadn`t been in it instead of the Dean that was on screen there. Eek.


Still don't see what was wrong with him. Seemed like Dean to me. I know you didn't like the "Give me time to think" moment but you seem to forget Hunted started EXACTLY where Croatan had ended. Meaning, Dean had just come out facing a situation where he might have lost Sam, might have had to kill him and on top found out Sam is imune to a demonic virus. The poor guy just broke there.
astri13
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Still don't see what was wrong with him. Seemed like Dean to me. I know you didn't like the "Give me time to think" moment but you seem to forget Hunted started EXACTLY where Croatan had ended. Meaning, Dean had just come out facing a situation where he might have lost Sam, might have had to kill him and on top found out Sam is imune to a demonic virus. The poor guy just broke there.

Actually Dean begging in the beginning was him at his very best in this episode for me. I hated the moment when he whaled on Gordon at the roof because it looked so lame, like he was Hulk or something, and then he got taken out like an idiot.
Then he spends the episode tied to a chair and does nothing but lame wise-cracks. Not even trying to get free. Nothing. And the prop rope guy deserves to be shot because that rope came loose with a mild breath later on.

And in the end in the car Sam pretty much lays down the law "I`m gonna do what I`m gonna do and you can follow me around or you can`t not, whatever" and Dean pretty much can do nothing but roll over at this point since he would never leave. Need a spine there, Dean? I like the fanfic but I don`t need to see sub/dom relationships canonized.
Luckily Playthings corrected that which is why I loved it. :)
legoline
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
I hated the moment when he whaled on Gordon at the roof because it looked so lame, like he was Hulk or something, and then he got taken out like an idiot.


Uhm, because he possibly too pissed at Gordon to pay full attention?

Then he spends the episode tied to a chair and does nothing but lame wise-cracks.

Yes, but else was he supposed to do? And did you see Jensen's acting? Man, it was outstanding there.

And again - what's Dean supposed to do? Wave goodbye and let Sam go?
astri13
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Uhm, because he possibly too pissed at Gordon to pay full attention?

He is supposed to be a somewhat trained professional and he could have helped Sam much better had he been able to use his moment of surprise there and not made a total amateur move. Instead he ended up the reason Sam was in mortal danger.

Yes, but else was he supposed to do?

They could have written something in, a little trick he tried with a lighter or a little hidden knife. Anything. He needn`t have succeeded but then at least it would have looked like he was a hunter. Being a tied to a chair is something wimpy me can manage.

And did you see Jensen's acting? Man, it was outstanding there.

It was pretty much the first time in the show I didn`t like his acting too much. So no. :-p

And again - what's Dean supposed to do? Wave goodbye and let Sam go?

Well at least in Scarecrow they were on equal footing. When Sam wanted something Dean didn`t and vice versa they could part. Now though Dean would be a horrible brother and it`s not in his character anyway so Sam can do what he wants, can up and leave whenever he feels like it, come back without the slightest apology, decide what they do and when they do it and Dean ultimately can make empty threats. At least that was the dynamic I saw at the end of Hunted and that`s not exactly someone I can respect or that Sam would respect. It`s like having a child that totally has his parents whipped.

Again, this problem got solved the very next episode but if it had not and the brothers had a problem, then yeah, I would have liked Dean to say "sorry, but I won`t do this" and let Sam go.
legoline
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Jensen's acting WAS outstanding. I just capped that very scene some weeks ago and all the subtle emotions on his face, man, I was in awe :-)

Oh yes, Asylum is going to be fun :-)

astri13
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jensen's acting WAS outstanding. I just capped that very scene some weeks ago and all the subtle emotions on his face, man, I was in awe :-)

The beauty of perception. :) I liked Sterling K.Brown`s acting as Gordon very much but for the first time Jensen`s facial acting fell flat for me. Believe me I wasn`t happy about it. :(

Oh yes, Asylum is going to be fun :-)

You mean with meeting the guys or with meeting the grumpy dwarf aka me? :-p
Hey, we can always talk about Jo and happily agree on everything.
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lassie91
Mar. 16th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Overkill
Oh my god, astri13, you totally nailed last night's episode! I agree regarding Raelle's episodes this season - "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" was her best and had some of the best brother moments for this second season.

I really wish that Raelle Tucker and Sera Gamble would write as a team again, they seem to balance each other, and their weaknesses, out.
astri13
Mar. 16th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Overkill
I really wish that Raelle Tucker and Sera Gamble would write as a team again, they seem to balance each other, and their weaknesses, out.

Yeah, I was so excited starting this Season because they totally did my favorites last year and I thought woohoo, double the fun. That will teach me. :/ Sera`s alone episodes all had problems this Season and Raelle managed a double whammy with Hunted-Roadkill.

My new emerging hero this year has been Cathryn Humphries with Suspects and BUABS. Hopefully she will do one more this Season. *prays*
mareen
Mar. 16th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oy. That was a bad, bad episode, wasn't it. I can't decide if I hated the overall bad writing the most or the bad writing for Sam and Dean especially...
Or maybe the "twist" being that obvious you pretty much got it after five minutes in. Or maybe it was that, around 25 minutes in I turned to everybody else and said: "They won't spent the last ten minutes of the episode to sum up the plot for the overly stupid, like The Prestige did, will they?" ...Which was then exactly what they did.

The one thing I loved was Tricia Helfer, but that didn't come as a surprise. She is an excellent actress.
astri13
Mar. 16th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Everybody keeps saying that that was an excellent episode to give new viewers a feel for the show and the characters and I`m drawing a blank because it would only tell me the plots are pretty dull and simplistic (which granted they can be) and the characters are fucking stereotypes. So you`re telling me Sam is really sweet and emo? And Dean is a jerk with a gun. Pancake-flat. They weren`t even like that in the Pilot when they actually did get introduced.

"They won't spent the last ten minutes of the episode to sum up the plot for the overly stupid, like The Prestige did, will they?" ...Which was then exactly what they did.

I guess they learn from Smallville which always spends the whole fifth act with rinse and repeat. And then we got the "go to the light." Literally. Holy crap.
I really don`t know whatever happened to Tucker/Gamble. I loved their team-work last year.

The one thing I loved was Tricia Helfer, but that didn't come as a surprise. She is an excellent actress.

Yup, what she made out of the sex-bomb role on BSG is awesome. And she rocked here but I had wished for a better all around ep for her.
legoline
Mar. 17th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Or maybe the "twist" being that obvious you pretty much got it after five minutes in.

Seriously, I did *not* see it coming.
andromakhe001
Mar. 20th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
I haven't visited LJ in about 5 days so first time I'm seeing this but I agree with everything. Nothing to add. That's what I felt about Roadkill.

I can't believe this is the same woman who wrote Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. Did she get amnesia since then and completely forget who the characters are?
astri13
Mar. 20th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I can't believe this is the same woman who wrote Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. Did she get amnesia since then and completely forget who the characters are?

I really don`t know what happened to Gamble/Tucker this Season. We have "Children" and "Crossroad Blues" which I really liked. "Bloodlust" and "Houses" could have been better without the WTF-messages at the end but they still hold together somewhat.
"Roadkill" is a so-so and "Hunted" is a no-go to me. Sigh. We`re rapidly nearing Shiban-territory here. :/

Being kind of apprehensive about ""Heart" already.

I really do hope Tucker doesn`t write "What is and what should". I don`t trust her with a pivotal Dean-ep anymore. Right now the only writer I trust with this ep would be Humphries.
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