Yay Show!! I gotta say I really enjoyed watching that. I'm sometimes wary of the "comedic" episodes. They seem to skip substance and characterisation for the sake of the comedy (like Yellow Fever) but I went along for the ride and enjoyed some laugh out loud moments.
I mean, the boys did
slip into their "comedic" personas (deadpan Sam and crazy Dean) but damnit, they work so well together and have that routine down pat that I can forgive them for putting their normal personas on hold for a moment. Well, aspects of them anyway.
1. YAY!! Drinking! Or rather Not!drinking. I meta'd a little while back about the significance of the boys sharing a drink
. I got excited to see them end the ep with their familiar roadside drink. Only IT DIDN'T REALLY HAPPEN which thrilled me no end. I remember saying: My hope is that we will be able to see them share a drink together again. A real drink. A celebratory drink. A drink to that will signal that they are on some sort of road back to brotherhood
I thought if Sam takes the drink there goes that idea. BUT HE DIDN'T. YAY!!. That is so significant. Dean wants to (as he's voiced before) be able to share a drink with Sam. It would signal some sort of normalcy for him. But Sam's not normal at the moment. I love that the show used their "sharing a drink" moment to signify the state of their relationship at the moment. Thank you Show!
(We can still hold out for the REAL drink together!! \O/).
2. TV Mash up opening. :) Show is one big fan!girl and makes a fanvid of itself. I know they have messed around with the opening titles a bit (and I LOVE it when they do that), but mashing up X-files was a hoot and a wonderful homage to a brilliant show. I think this opening set me is a great mood to watch. I was on a high after that.
3. David Bowie!! Space Oddity \o/ I think my heart might have burst just that bit more for the Show. PERFECT!
4. Some fabulous lines. I think the Close Encounter comments were my absolute favourite... 4th encounter? HAHA
5. A nice call back to Hell House with the opening interviews. Reminded me of that ep. (My fav of all the comedic ones...)
7. THE HOTEL ROOM!! \o/ That forest mural. HA!
8. Dean telling Sam he should be suffering because he's been abducted. That in itself isn't something I loved seeing (as in Sam not caring) , but YES! They suffer
when the other is hurt or absent (the h/c fan in me..*g*) because that's part of their relationship.
I don't mind being taken out of the deep story arc for episodes like this, as long as there are some more clues given to us.
This is the kind of thing I imagined they'd play with, with Sam being soulless etc. A kind of bewildered Sam, saying the wrong thing, not sure what's correct etc. with Dean being his guide. The big brother he probably was when Sam was growing up. I don't mind that dynamic because it's a lighter way to look at a very dark aspect of the story. We are
seeing further dynamics in their relationship and that's ok for me. At the moment.
But surely they can't play this for very long?
See, it's hard for me to lose my previous thinking that more is going on with Sam. I keep looking for it, even when I'm trying not to. There wasn't much in there tonight to suggest we have more than just soulless Sam. It's not that I need
there to be more it's just that Show has being playing Sam as dark and mysterious and possibly "something else" for so many episodes and then (almost suddenly) he's just Robo!Sam. I dunno. I either love Show for being so clever in the way they are playing it OR I am incredibly annoyed for the inconsistencies.
Time will tell. Since episode one it's all been about the pay off. I admit to still wanting some mighty big pay off for a lot of this to make sense.
Of course there were still some clues... the whole deal scenario was no coincidence. I got very nervous during that scene because I thought for a sec that Sam might have said yes and I would have been truly pissed.
Sam is so hard to trust at the moment I found it difficult to believe what he was saying at the end about deals. I'm not yet convinced he hasn't made some sort of deal. Or maybe Show put it out there as definitely NOT being the case. Sam did say deals are a bad idea. (Really Sam???!!)
I wonder if "want" is tied to emotion. For Sam to want
his soul back would mean he would have to care. I'm not sure Sam is a good judge of what he wants at the moment. (Also ties with him wanting
to be with Dean. But that's another kettle of fish).
Not having a soul means you can have more sex. (?) It's interesting that they've chosen this aspect of Sam personality to show us how much he has changed. Sam's soul prevented him from picking up women for one night stands. He obviously likes the sex, but for him it's always been about the connection with the person he's having sex with. Oh man, remember that first kiss with Sarah? And then Maddison? Even the woman (ack, can't remember her name) in Sex & Violence - he'd taken time to build a connection.
Each person's soul is obviously different. Dean's didn't prevent him from picking up one night stands. (ooh, don't pounce on me for saying that. It's not a judgement, just an observation *g*).
I wonder where they took Dean for his....um... probing? Is there like a fairy kingdom somewhere? (edit: Answered. I don't know much about the fae it would seem. Plus I spent to much time drooling over slim Sam this ep to listen to some details...*g*)
Why do people walk into cornfields when something spooky is in there? Hee! It made me laugh actually. I LOVE that they chose a cornfield. Perfect horror back drop.
Sam poured Dean a drink. A bit the way Cas did. I wonder if there's significance in that? Feeding Dean's habit? Giving it to him because they know it helps him? A sign of caring? (not in Sam's case though..) A sign of really NOT caring..? Hmm... something...
Where do they keep that esky? Not in the boot. Maybe in the footwell in the back. (yes, I worry about my brain sometimes too *g*)
Right. I better stop. I start writing and I get carried away. Congrats if you made it this far. :)
EDIT: I forgot my much needed I MISS SAM!! In fact: I MISS THE BOYS!! But... I'm in the passenger seat, enjoying the ride. :D