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9.05 episode reaction/review 
6th-Nov-2013 09:07 pm
Geeking Out


Before I get into this I have to spend a moment geeking over the motel room. Firstly YAY so good do see a motel room again and double YAY because I ADORE the diamond theme. It's directly linked to the MoTW (snake - as he first appeared) and the name of the motel "Diamond Tim" could be in reference to Tim Friede, a man who injects himself with snake venom in order to become immune to it. He's even quoted as saying “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. I wonder if he might have even been the inspiration to this weeks MoTW story.

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I swear those curtains look like snake skin. I have some more pics here on tumblr. Love the diamonds repeated on the bedspread, walls and room divider. I would love to think they chose this theme because of snake skin.

Also - prop reuse: bed head (such a popular item), lamp and I am sure that painting has been used before. (yay!)

Ok. ::koff::…now that I've got that out of my system.

This episode ticked enough boxes for me that it goes into the "very enjoyable" episode category. It ticked the biggest box of them all - SAM 'N DEAN, SAM 'N DEAN SAM 'N DEAN which pretty much makes up for anything it might have been lacking.

So much Sam and Dean screen time I actually felt spoiled. And they were so GOD DAMN ADORABLE together. THAT ENDING!! I almost thought Dean was going to lick Sam's face. *g* I will never not love concerned Dean and hurt!Sam (or hurt!Dean, concerned Sam). But I also loved the wonderful collection of Sam bitch faces and shit eating grins. Loved his pure, unadulterated fondness of Dean. Dean also seems weirdly content.

It's like they are prefect brothers at the moment. WHICH IS WHY IT HURTS SO MUCH!!

I swear they are doing this deliberately - showing us everything that works in their relationship (no arguing, working a case, snark, concern for each other, a comfortableness that they share so easily) just so it will KILL US EVEN MORE when it shatters into a million pieces when Sam finds out what's going on (and the longer it goes on the worse it's gonna get I reckon). And he's getting closer.

I could moan that it's taking too long or that Dean really should man up and tell Sam, but it's story telling and it's the major myth arc at the moment. I actually don't mind the bread crumbs - the little moments with Zeke. Dean is treading on very thin ice and, I don't know about you, but it makes me squirrrrrm. I'm not sure now if Sam knows for sure Dean is lying and he's just biding his time, or he's seriously slow at putting two and two together. I do hope they don't drag it out too much longer though.

I do like that we are still getting glimpses of him just wanting it to be over - for Sam to be fully healed and Zeke gone. In that opening scene it looked Dean was trying to talk directly to Zeke. As though he wants some indication that it's working and he'll be finished healing Sam.

In many ways this was a classic SPN episode. Not the full on angsty classic ones, but the rather silly (almost making fun of itself one). It had a weird MoTW, gore, blood splatter, motel room, funny moments, pop culture references (Game of Thrones mentioned again…), final in-car bro shot etc. At least Sam and Dean weren't totally out of character (like in Yellow Fever or Swap Meat) - there was enough of the real them to keep this episode work.

I did enjoy Dean's early dog moments. The fetch scene might just be one of my all time funniest moments in the show EVER. I seriously laughed out loud. It wore a little thin after a while, but *shrugs* I didn't mind. It was nice to see Jensen (and Jared for that matter) having some fun. And HA! Dogs are not man's best friend but rather have a "secret" reason for being here. Reminded me of the dolphins from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

The only thing I didn't like so much was the animal voices. I'm not sure why, but I felt like they didn't quite hit the mark. I think they were meant to be funny, but I felt they lacked…something (quality of voice over maybe?). No biggie, but I did feel myself squirming a bit during some of those scenes.

I felt quite a pang during the cat scene. My cat passing is still raw and seeing that black and white one…*sniff* (I actually muttered…no, not cats...).

Curious that Kevin was mentioned in the opening but not Cas. Also…Kevin is the go-to "Bobby" guy now? I thought Garth was filling that role (I think it's a shame that Garth hasn't at least been mentioned this season. It's like he suddenly doesn't exist. I realise that he's not a focus at the moment, but it might not hurt to at least give him a nod).

I like that we had further acknowledgement about what Dean is thinking when it comes to Sam. His line…"he was possessed by something he couldn't control" was so telling (and quite possibly foreboding). I'm not sure if Dean's "trust me Sammy, you have nothing to worry about" was more for Sam or himself. Ack. So messed up!! I love it. :))

And now I leave you with these because I will never tire of bro touching...

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(Hmm, I wonder if it's purely coincidence that Dean has had his hands on Cas, Charlie and now Sam's face recently. Maybe as Cas and Charlie were actually dead when he did that in the other episodes, him doing it here was to mirror him thinking Sam might be dead. I dunno, just seems like a thing. Or, as I do, I'm just over thinking it. ;)
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6th-Nov-2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
I swear they are doing this deliberately - showing us everything that works in their relationship (no arguing, working a case, snark, concern for each other, a comfortableness that they share so easily) just so it will KILL US EVEN MORE when it shatters into a million pieces when Sam finds out what's going on (and the longer it goes on the worse it's gonna get I reckon). And he's getting closer…

This times a million. They're fattening us up for the kill. And it's gonna HURT.

Dean is treading on very thin ice and, I don't know about you, but it makes me squirrrrrm. I'm not sure now if Sam knows for sure Dean is lying and he's just biding his time, or he's seriously slow at putting two and two together.

Sam definitely suspects, but maybe . . . he's still giving big brother the benefit of the doubt? Because Sam's no dummy and wouldn't be THAT slow at solving any puzzle. Maybe Zeke is erasing just enough of his memory that he's actually not sure? IDK.

The only thing I didn't like so much was the animal voices. I'm not sure why, but I felt like they didn't quite hit the mark. I think they were meant to be funny, but I felt they lacked…something (quality of voice over maybe?). No biggie, but I did feel myself squirming a bit during some of those scenes.

Agreed. They were OTT cartoony, too "comedic" and bad-Disney-like and just didn't fit with the animals or the show. Someone definitely dropped the ball there. (The thing that bugged me the most was the Colonel's voice -- he sounded like a New York "punk" rather than the Oklahoma dog that he was. Definitely bugged by the voices, and after taking a hint from Amber1960, I checked out Jared's livetweets from last night. HE didn't care for the voices, either. :(

His line…"he was possessed by something he couldn't control" was so telling (and quite possibly foreboding). I'm not sure if Dean's "trust me Sammy, you have nothing to worry about" was more for Sam or himself.

I got chills over that line. (And Dean is totally reassuring himself -- either that he's done the right thing, or that everything will work out all right -- but it's definitely for himself.)

I will never tire of bro touching...

You and me both, bb, you and me both. :)
6th-Nov-2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hey darlin!

I actually ended up not liking the Colonel that much because of his voice. I didn't feel that sorry for him in the end (maybe that was the point perhaps?). And yeah - a matching accent to where he was from would have been much better. Oh and Jared actually said he didn't like them? Good call. They weren't great unfortunately.

Sam taking so long to figure out that something is wrong is weird. It's either they just don't want him to know yet OR Zeke is erasing just enough to not let him suspect. The latter is sooooo creepy. Zeke could be doing ANYTHING in there!!

And yeah…Dean need to reassured for sure. And maybe he's trying to "warn" Zeke- it WILL be all right (or else!)
xx


6th-Nov-2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yup, this is how I felt about the ep--started off cute and wore too thin for me. The additional animal voices weren't needed, I thought, although LOL to Dean drawing his weapon on the pigeon.

But the brother moments were enough to keep me interested--felt old school.

Also Sam is dumb LOL.

Edited at 2013-11-06 01:37 pm (UTC)
6th-Nov-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah - I was keen on them opening up to having other animal voices (especially as there didn't seem to be any difference on how they sounded). They could have easily kept it to just dogs.

Sam is dumb. But Sam isn't dumb. So Sam being dumb is WORRYING! (either because the writers are writing him dumb or because Zeke is making it so! Argh!)
6th-Nov-2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
It's like they are prefect brothers at the moment. WHICH IS WHY IT HURTS SO MUCH!!
I have not seen the episode yet, but I wanted to say that I agree with this. Their relationship is so relaxed and close lately, and I really kills me knowing that there is this huge secret hanging over them that will destroy everything. /sigh

Those gifs make me very, very happy! :)
6th-Nov-2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's curious that this seems to be working the other way around this season. Their relationship starts off in a great place and is heading toward a not very good place at all. (I think it might be the first season where it starts off this positively…)

And those gifs will be my happy place (well, that whole scene really…)

xx
6th-Nov-2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
I think Sam is tired of having the other shoe drop so he is disregarding his suspicions because Dean, even though he's said some odd things, keeps telling him everything's fine. In other words, trusting Dean more than his gut feeling.

And at ChiCon the boys said the mid-season cliffhanger is going to be 'tragic' (Jensen's word!) so I would place money on that being the ep when Sam finds out.
6th-Nov-2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
I really hope that there is a reason for Sam taking so long to even question what's going on. You could be right, maybe he's just trusting Dean and wants to block out any other possibility.

I can't imagine them dragging this out for another 5 episodes. I actually wonder if Sam finding out isn't going to be the cliffy, but rather what might happen 2 or three episodes after that. Will have to wait and see I suppose!
6th-Nov-2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Sam isn't dumb and they are making him dumb. Honestly, it kind of ruins the whole thing (and I had other issues but whatever).

The last conversation made zero sense. There's no way that Sam remembered the chef asking him what he was, but not remembering having his throat slashed or inexplicably waking up with blood all over him but no wound. That was stupid. And Sam does know Dean better than anyone, but an absolute stranger would have seen that Dean as lying.

I'm really hoping that Sam is just feeling to good and enjoying their relationship too much to have a confrontation until he has proof that something isn't kosher because, no, Sam isn't stupid. He's just letting Dean dig himself into a deeper hole.
6th-Nov-2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Sam isn't dumb and it really makes me hope that there's been some deeper thought put into that. 4 seasons ago I would have been confident that they would have done. Now? Not so much. I think they are just dragging it out and just not allowing Sam to connect the dots. Yet.

There's no way that Sam remembered the chef asking him what he was, but not remembering having his throat slashed

Hmmm….I know. Maybe zeke "wiped" the slash in Sam's mind when he fixed it, but not the words of the chef. Yeah..no…I dunno…(same with Sam waking up after Zeke fixed Charlie last week). I actually want it to be Zeke messing with his mind so it makes some sense, but at the same time I don't want that to be happening…

I think Sam IS really liking the relationship at the moment. He's also feeling healthy and positive so maybe he doesn't really want to question that. LIke…at all. He says it's the best he's felt so why examine that too hard. He might think Dean has done something but just doesn't want to break what's been fixed in him. He's finally feeling good…AND he trusts Dean. I'm sure he can't even imagine what Dean could have done (or what he could be lying about).
6th-Nov-2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
So much Sam and Dean screen time I actually felt spoiled. And they were so GOD DAMN ADORABLE together. THAT ENDING!! I almost thought Dean was going to lick Sam's face. *g* I will never not love concerned Dean and hurt!Sam (or hurt!Dean, concerned Sam). But I also loved the wonderful collection of Sam bitch faces and shit eating grins. Loved his pure, unadulterated fondness of Dean. Dean also seems weirdly content.

I had too many issues with the episode to enjoy it, but this ^^ actually makes me feel a little better about it, because I hate it when I don't like an episode. You're always so positive I swear it's contagious, so thanks for that! ♥
6th-Nov-2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
There's no doubt the ep has issues but I will never not love seeing the boys together like this. We rarely see them being SO in tune with each other. I think we are in for a rough ride ahead, so I gotta embrace the bro!love while I can. :D

<33
6th-Nov-2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
*points to icon*

OTP
6th-Nov-2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Bwhahahha ruff ruff!!
6th-Nov-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
"Reminded me of the dolphins from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Damn I totally forgot to mention that in my post! That was exactly what I was thinking - yay! a shout out to Douglas Adams! (It must have been, right?)

I am liking all the face touching this season. *sigh*

It sounds like you are happier about the drawing out of the Zeke thing than I am, but other than that - spot on!
6th-Nov-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
a shout out to Douglas Adams! (It must have been, right?)

It sure felt like it! "So long and thanks for all the bones…"

Yummmm…face touching….

It sounds like you are happier about the drawing out of the Zeke thing than I am

I am only happy up until…now. Next week I want to see some meatier development. I don't want them to drag it out much longer. Or, if they are going to, I need to see a game chaining scenario. TBH I am hoping for something we can't even imagine happening soon...
6th-Nov-2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Even though I didn't love this episode as much as I expected to, I did love all the bro stuff! And I'm totally with you on seeing a motel room again!! After they found the MOL bunker I feared we'd never see them in a motel room again, lol

Wasn't too thrilled with the animal voices myself. And the cat eating scene made me cringe a lot too. *HUGS* I can imagine how it would affect you so badly, hon. I definitely know how you feel. I was watching the SPN Anime series about a month after my previous dog died. Won't spoil if you haven't seen it, but there was a scene where a dog was beaten and killed in one of the episodes. I turned off the TV and cried my eyes out. It really does hurt.
7th-Nov-2013 08:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was surprised how that scene was an instant reminder of my poor cat. The first one he picked up looked identical to mine. It was a pretty shocking scene anyway - and I get that this show is horror so I can accept it on that level. The chances are I wouldn't have worried too much about it if I hadn't recently lost my cat.

It was a relief to see a motel room again (and one with such a strong theme - they are my favourite).

Thanks so much for your thoughts. <33
6th-Nov-2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
That bit totally reminded me of Hitchhiker's too! /geek love

PERFECT GIFS ARE PERFECT ♥
7th-Nov-2013 08:36 am (UTC)
Heehee…geeks unite!
6th-Nov-2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I'm not sure that it's Kevin being the new Bobby, but that Kevin is in the bunker so he has access to all the books and files that are stored there, so Sam and Dean can call him now while on a case to get him to research/look things up.

Edited at 2013-11-06 03:51 pm (UTC)
7th-Nov-2013 08:37 am (UTC)
Hmmm..but I thought Kevin had left the bunker. Though maybe he still has access so he can get in to do the research…. Not sure about that one...
6th-Nov-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
I think they were trying for Men in Black, but ended up with waaaaaaay too much of a good thing. The dog's interrupted line at the end also sounded like it was leading up to an MiB reference. If you just stripped out the voiceovers, it would have been a fairly cute episode.

I can only assume Zeke has totally scrambled Sam's brain at the moment. I'm a little freaked out at the way Dean brought up the possibility that Zeke will never be able to leave, and even MORE freaked out that Dean said "whoever you are" when he was trying to wake Sam up. The payoff for this better be good, is all I'm saying.
7th-Nov-2013 08:42 am (UTC)
I think if they didn't have the animal voices at all (or limited ones) it would have worked so much better. I was ready for the cute factor - and it never happened. Though Dean had a few cute moments…

I'm a little freaked out at the way Dean brought up the possibility that Zeke will never be able to leave

It made me wonder if Dean had only just considered that. (I hope not!! It should have been the FIRST thing he thought of when he allowed Zeke to do this.

The payoff for this better be good, is all I'm saying.

What worries me is that by the time we have the reveal fans would have thought of all the possible scenarios and the one the show comes up with will probably be a let down. But we shall see! They might just surprise us. :)
6th-Nov-2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I discovered that depending on how it's done, I may have an issue with talking animals. I definitely agree that the voices were cartoony and an odd mash of stereotypes and that cutesy babytalk doggie-talk some people do, and hence a bit off-putting. But I was amused by the fact that the bellyrub!dog sounded a lot like Garth.

Dogs are not man's best friend but rather have a "secret" reason for being here. Reminded me of the dolphins from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

It's been a long while since I read that but to me it's either the dolphins or the mice. :D

I'm not sure now if Sam knows for sure Dean is lying and he's just biding his time, or he's seriously slow at putting two and two together.

Maybe it's taking Sam this long to figure out what's going on because he simply can't believe that Dean would betray him that deeply. Dean being shifty, fine. Sam blacking out randomly, okay. Sam maybe not fully human, majorly bad vibes. So maybe he'll start really looking into it now.
7th-Nov-2013 08:47 am (UTC)
But I was amused by the fact that the bellyrub!dog sounded a lot like Garth.

Oooh, I hadn't picked that up. I wonder who actually did the voices…

It's been a long while since I read that but to me it's either the dolphins or the mice.

ooh yeah, it could be the mice…(maybe that's why there were actual mice in the episode. Their appearance didn't make a lot of sense to me).

Maybe it's taking Sam this long to figure out what's going on because he simply can't believe that Dean would betray him that deeply

Indeed. Though I did have another thought on that. Maybe Sam thinks his ability to heal himself (surely he noticed that) and the fact that he's losing time or things seem weird is to do with the after effects of the trials. The last he remembered from all that was that he was changing. There's no reason why Sam would think he's fully healed (especially when Dean keeps reminding him that he's not). If he thinks it's trial related then maybe he doesn't want to mention it to Dean - he kept that stuff from him before. It makes some sense in my head…;)



6th-Nov-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
You nailed it for me right down to the think that bothered me- the animal voices. :)
7th-Nov-2013 08:48 am (UTC)
Yep. Not good. ;( Shame really, as I think it would have been a much stronger episode either without them, or much much better.
6th-Nov-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
just so it will KILL US EVEN MORE when it shatters into a million pieces

That's why I can't enjoy the broments this season as much as I would like. Because they're based on shifting sand that's going to wash away the moment Sam finds out. And I know they're setting us up for that, so I can't get into it as much as I would like. :(

What I liked about dog!Dean was that he wasn't imitating a dog so much as doing the human interpretation of dog things. Like "Hey! You!" at the mailman instead of barking at him, or going over and picking up the piece of paper and bringing it back rather than going on all fours. It made things less awkward than I expected.
6th-Nov-2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
That's why I can't enjoy the broments this season as much as I would like. Because they're based on shifting sand that's going to wash away the moment Sam finds out.

Mmm, that's why I love them. It's so delicious that I can handwave Sam being a moron.

What I liked about dog!Dean was that he wasn't imitating a dog so much as doing the human interpretation of dog things. Totally! CUUUTE!
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