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9.19 episode reaction/review 
23rd-Apr-2014 05:47 pm
Jody Smiles


*yikes* terrible cut-text pun...I couldn't help myself! I really enjoyed that - it's SO nice to come away from an episode not feeling like your heart's been completely ripped out. I'm almost a little bit giddy about it.:)

Any episode that feels old school is going to get the thumbs up from me. It also helped that: Jody not only appeared but was given some genuine character growth, it was a MoTW episode, it had a good helping of Sam and Dean and there was not an angel or demon in sight. It looked great, the acting was solid and even though there wasn't a lot of the major story arc in there, it touched on it enough to be satisfying.

It was also very creepy - I was tense almost the entire time (and not only because of the way it was filmed but because I was fretting that Jody would be killed (or turned) or that Sam would be made to do or say something that would have fandom up in arms (which might have happened - I haven't checked). Jody survived (YAY!) and we even got a new secondary character (maybe? I don't know if "Alex" will return but there's great potential for her (and Jody) to do so).

The direction was good (new director to SPN I think), even though the wibbly wobbly, unsteady-cam was beginning to make me feel a bit sea sick. Luckily that settled down after the first couple of scenes (or I stopped noticing it).

Ten things:

1. I have to admit that when that young girl first appeared I did a little eye roll because I thought we might be in for a cardboard cutout character who needed to be rescued from the MoTW. It turns out she did need to be rescued but she was given a backstory that was shaded enough for it to be interesting. It was not "black and white" and as with past vampire stories those shades of grey were really important. Is she "bad" because she lured people to their deaths or was she the product of her family environment, and therefore possibly innocent of those deeds? I can't help but think there's a parallel to be drawn here with the Winchesters. It wasn't overt, but any episode that deals with family has be a little reflective of Sam and Dean's lives. She was also a human surrounded by monsters - so the question about whether that "rubs off on you" is also an underlying theme I think (the notion of Sam and Dean becoming "monsters" due to the type of work they do is always fascinating to me).

2. Writer, Robert Berens, wrote two female characters, who talked to each other, about something other than men (and thus passing the Bechdel Test with flying colours). In fact there were 3 interesting female characters. Mama vampire added another layer to the story - providing a reflection for Jody and a strong bond and sense of loyalty for Alex (I'm just going to call her Alex even though she had a number of names). I loved the way those stories intersected.

3. Sam and Dean's issues were simmering beneath the surface (festering might be a better word), but they carried on (as they have been doing for a number of episodes now) in order to get the job done. I liked that this episode hinted at those troubles (Sam's "touch and go") but didn't dwell on them. Dean is obviously still stinging from Sam's statement that he "wouldn't do the same for him" and no doubt this is going to be playing very heavily as we come into the final episodes. It was mentioned last week and now this week. It's going to me a MAJOR catalyst for whatever is coming. And Sam's added "same circumstances" hardly seems relevant at the moment.

4. One of the most striking things for me in this episode was the continuity of Jody's character. Mentions of what's happened to her in the past (shoulder injury, date with Crowley) and also further development of the weight of loss and grief over losing her family. Her acknowledgement that the grief doesn't go away just because you pretend it isn't there really hit home for me. I don't know if it was supposed to reflect what's been happening to the boys but I'd like to think it was a nod to the way both of them bury their feelings and pretending it doesn't matter. Ignoring what's happened doesn't mean it's gone away.

5. I loved being on the edge of my seat. I like it when they remember they are a horror genre show and give us the classical horror film techniques. We even have the..."don't do that!" moments that ratchet up the tension (Jody isolating herself in the cabin, the three of them splitting up in the house, Jody going down to the basement, getting caught etc). I honestly didn't know how this was going to play out and I was genuinely worried for Jody and even the boys!

6. Sam stayed conscious (yay!) - bit of a novelty these days. I won't deny I would like him to have been involved in some of the kickassery, but it was important for us to see what Dean would do so we can see more of this developing darkness.

7. Speaking of Dean's growing darkness. It's become more obvious how difficult it is to show Dean being dark because nothing that we are seeing at the moment is much different than what we've seen before. It harkens back the way he was in Season 2 after John died. And then later what we saw him capable of in Purgatory. Dean killing that vamp and enjoying it didn't hit the "omg, Dean you is so dark!" that I think it was meant to. Even Sam's acknowledgement of Dean enjoying it felt a little lame. Hasn't Dean always enjoyed killing monsters? Certainly to hear him tell it to Gordon in Blood Lust we know there's a certain thrill and satisfaction. And then later him confessing he enjoyed torturing should in Hell. I think they are going to have to dig really deep if they want us to believe he's any "darker" than he's been before. Unless that's not the intention. (I know this plays into Carver re-telling Kripke's version of early season Sam and Dean. He didn't achieve much when he re-told Sam's need for a normal life so I don't have a lot of faith that he'll do anything more interesting with Dean's "darkness"). I think if he start to kill innocent people we might get to see how dark he's getting (not that I want that for him, but it's the next level I think). That's not to say that what we saw wasn't scary!Dean. He's stronger than before and it's clearly freaking Sam out. And I like Jensen's consistency with this Dean. He has a permanent scowl - there's little of the merriment we know Dean has inside him.

8. Hmmm...speaking of Carver's retelling of Kripke's version...maybe Jody and Alex are the new Ellen and Jo? I admit that's who I was thinking of at the end of the episode. Jody potentially has a new daughter and Alex a new mother. I didn't mind their new connection and it's possibly the closest we'll ever get to a "happily ever after" for any SPN character. Of course it's not the end of either of their stories, but they might be able to enjoy some peace until the writers bring them back. It provided some sort of resolution for both of these characters.

9. I know I'm biased but having an episode that didn't involve either angels or demons allows the universe to be less...er...murky. There's so much canon now surrounding heaven, hell, demons, angels etc. any episode that features them seems to have to re-invent or retcon past canon. I like that this episode stuck to what we know about vampires. It even remembered that there's a vampire cure (that made me woot! a little bit I have to say. :D). The show seemed to remember its roots and that was pretty satisfying.

10. What does this week's MoTW themes mean for Sam and Dean? It's tricky because on the face of it, it looks like being loyal to your family doesn't mean you can't kill them. Alex was torn by her loyalty to her mother - not wanting to disappoint her, or let her down - and doing something that she thought was "right". She wanted more for her own life and sort an escape. She was returned and it resulted in her killing her mother, who she loved, in order to save someone else - someone she was starting to get close to. If that's suppose to reflect either of the boys (and Sam's the one that it seems to most fit) it's pretty worrying.

I feel we are heading toward a conflict that will require one brother to kill the other (Cain/Able Michael/Lucifer comparisons) and that's going to be very intense and possibly depressing. Dean may end up being capable of killing Sam due to the Mark (and he's coming across pretty pissed of with Sam atm) but on the flip side Sam might feel it's "necessary" in order to save innocent people from Dean. ACK! I'm not sure I want to contemplate this too much. A confrontation like this has been brewing for a while and if we are getting Carver's version of the earlier season then the Michael!Dean/Lucifer!Sam battle that didn't happen might just be on the cards. Doesn't mean either of them will succeed but just the act of trying to will be pretty devastating. *ducks under the covers* (purely speculation and I have no idea how this would play into the themes they set up in the beginning of the season. Though, other than Dean's guilt and thinking Sam won't save him the first half of the season seems to have been ignored).

(I was all happy after I watched this and now I think I just depressed myself....stoopid show).
Comments 
23rd-Apr-2014 11:26 am (UTC)
You're so right -- old school is SO satisfying!
23rd-Apr-2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's just nostalgic or something. :)
23rd-Apr-2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
I feel odd that I have very little reaction to this episode, other than Jody was kickass and Dean's line 'you wouldn't have done this for me' speaks volumes.

I think my lack of reaction is because there wasn't anything that made me upset at characters acting out of character or absurd retconning of canon...
23rd-Apr-2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
It's weird isn't it? when an episode doesn't stir up some sort of outrage or pain it's hard to know what to feel. I think this season has been so full of "issues" that when and episode is just, well, an episode it's feels weird to say...that was ok.

I think I mostly felt relief that it was an episode I could enjoy. Though I think there were lots of underlying themes - but nicely subtle that they weren't anvils. And big hints that things are going to get pretty bad. Dean is not only stronger but he's harbouring some major bitterness too.

I think we're going to need to steel ourselves for the las three eps.
23rd-Apr-2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
While I was not thrilled with the way characters were repeatedly made to act less than intelligent in the name of plot advancement, overall, you've hit my feelings on the head with this:

Any episode that feels old school is going to get the thumbs up from me. It also helped that: Jody not only appeared but was given some genuine character growth, it was a MoTW episode, it had a good helping of Sam and Dean and there was not an angel or demon in sight. It looked great, the acting was solid and even though there wasn't a lot of the major story arc in there, it touched on it enough to be satisfying.

Yes. Old-school hunts, vamps, a reference to Samuel Campbell's vamp cure, a loose reference to Gordon Walker, yup, Show definitely returned to its roots with this one. First episode in a long while where I didn't catch myself longing wistfully for "the old days." ;)

I feel we are heading toward a conflict that will require one brother to kill the other (Cain/Able Michael/Lucifer comparisons) and that's going to be very intense and possibly depressing.

Oh yeah. That's my conclusion, also. But while Michael was supposed to kill Lucifer, it didn't happen. Cain, on the other hand, did kill Abel. This finale is going to HURT.
23rd-Apr-2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
While I was not thrilled with the way characters were repeatedly made to act less than intelligent in the name of plot advancement,

Hee, yes. I always think if characters were clever (and didn't go into that dark room!) we'd never have a climax. It also amazes me how many times Sam and Dean get caught or surprised by the baddie and survive. Plus - their poor heads.

First episode in a long while where I didn't catch myself longing wistfully for "the old days." ;)

It's a nice feeling. Though, curiously, seeing some reactions around the place I think people want all the heart ripping pain and myth arc angst. I must be weak! I loved that I could wallow in a MoTW story.

That's my conclusion, also. But while Michael was supposed to kill Lucifer, it didn't happen. Cain, on the other hand, did kill Abel. This finale is going to HURT.

It's gonna hurt like hell! I am at once excited and scared to death. *clings*
23rd-Apr-2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
The myth arc is moving along at molasses speed, and I agree. dark!Dean is proving way more difficult to suggest than dark!Sam. They seem to have written themselves into a corner with that a little.

Still, yay for an old school feel!! Such an enjoyable, watchable episode, and yes, genuinely creepy and all the better for no demons or angels.
23rd-Apr-2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
The myth arc is moving along at molasses speed, and I agree. dark!Dean is proving way more difficult to suggest than dark!Sam

I'm wondering if they are drawing it out so it continues into S10 (kinda hoping not, I'd really like them to move on from the heaven and hell, boys fighting story line). I'm hoping at least they can open up heaven to return all the angels and maybe ditch the plan to ever close the gates of Hell - that was never going to be a good idea.

But yes. Enjoyable to watch with great creepy moments. :))
23rd-Apr-2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
In the interests of cheering you up, I will share with you a thing my dash just did, because, yes.

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23rd-Apr-2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
Is cheered!! Oh their faces... <3333333

Thank you! (I get so happy when my dash gets filled with Musketeers. I found a couple of great blogs to follow and they fill me with happiness!)
xox
23rd-Apr-2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Any episode that feels old school is going to get the thumbs up from me

Absoulutely. I think I am even more biased by the fact that TNT is currently showing episodes from season 4 (which as you said, Carver seems to be re-telling)and I can't help comparing the two seasons.

After last week's episode, monicawoe made a comment about how it "was nice to see fake-Gabriel because he at least reminded me of a time when angels weren't cardboard Matrix-agents."

I think things were much more well-rounded in season 4 and even 5 than what we are getting now.

I think they are going to have to dig really deep if they want us to believe he's any "darker" than he's been before.

I think if he start to kill innocent people we might get to see how dark he's getting

I think this will be harder for them to pull off than even they realize. Because it seems that the only people left who actually care about humans are the fans. More than one person has pointed out that Sam and Dean no longer seem to care about the possessed person when dealing with humans.

When you look back on S4 and S5, when angels and even demons were more interesting , I think it was because humans mattered. They factored into the myth arc. Lucifer and Uriel despised the "mud monkeys", Castiel and eventually Gabriel threw their lot in with them, demons made deals with them for their souls, and Sam and Dean put their lives on the line for them.

Now angels fight each other for control of Heaven with no regard for humanity, Abandon has found a way harvest souls without making deals so she can have her own war with Crowley for Hell and for the most part, the only people that Sam and Dean are shown to care about are the ones in their lives. And even that has fallen apart. One of the Trans is now a ghost, Charlie has ridden off into the Oz sunset with Dorothy, and Garth is now a werewolf.

Thank heaven for this episode! Jody lives, she is still growing and is more of a badass and the teenage girl was saved. Maybe there is a chance that the writers do remember the first half that Winchester family business motto...saving people, hunting things.

Sorry...this got long and was as much about the season as it was this episode.

23rd-Apr-2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hi,

You make some great points and really nail what's troublesome about this season (and the last one). Sam and Dean are becoming characters that are getting increasingly difficult to like - which is horrible because they are our heroes. But they have stopped caring about vessels for ages now and humans (like Alex) are collateral damage. It's very tricky of course to have two characters who aren't effected by the job they do. Seeing them so dark makes us realise this constant darkness that surrounds them. But we want them to be above that. We want and need them to be on the humans side. We need them to be above this darkness. I just hope they can be dug out of this and remember that the reason they hunt is not just to kill monsters, but to save humans.

And yes, the angels in the past at least had interesting characteristics. Zach, Uriel, Lucifer were all well developed characters. Even Anna has more depth than we tend to see now. Gadreel has potential to be more than a shallow character, but we'll have to see what they do with him.

The boys seems more alone now than they've ever done. I'm not sure how deliberate that is and whether it will play into the finale but it's something that's becoming increasingly clear (and with them cutting each other out it's increasingly heartbreaking. Damn show!)

Thanks for your thoughts.
23rd-Apr-2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
I adore Jody and am always happy to have spotlight episode on interesting characters like her. The problem lies in the fact that it's the end of the season and it's quite obvious that all of the middling plot points are going to be shoved roughly into the last few episodes of the season (which are already loaded with the bullshit angel drama).

I said the same thing as #7 on twitter last night. Purgatory Dean was a thousand times darker and more interesting than this Dean they have going. If alcoholism and being happy to gank monsters makes Dean "dark", then the boy has been dark for years.

Still unhappy that this so-far boring Mark story has co-opted ANY emotional aftermath for Sam. Sometimes I feel like the world's worst Deangirl because I'm constantly going "but what about Sam tho?" lol

Thought it was a very good old-school episode and I'm very happy that Berens proved adept at writing a classic (and scary) MOTW with interesting one-off characters. And the writing for female characters is the best out of any of the writers, so kudos to Bob for that.

I asked Bob last night about the line of dialogue with Dean saying "you WOULDN'T do the same for me" and he hedged. It's possible that he's trying not to spoil some foreshadowing, but I think it's more likely proof that the episodic writers throw in these inflammatory lines without thinking about the characterization inherent behind them.

ETA: how sad is it that people are SO EXCITED that a writer remembered canon? That's just fucking sad.

Edited at 2014-04-23 03:13 pm (UTC)
23rd-Apr-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
The problem lies in the fact that it's the end of the season and it's quite obvious that all of the middling plot points are going to be shoved roughly into the last few episodes of the season (which are already loaded with the bullshit angel drama).

Absolutely. If their total lack of conversations and half muttered words are going to continue then they're never going to sort this out - I'm still not they plans to solve their conflict by the end of the season anyway - or their idea of solving it will be a few words and that's it. Argh.. I don't know. I'm just getting more and more worried for those last few episodes.

Purgatory Dean was a thousand times darker and more interesting than this Dean they have going.

And what made it even more interesting is that it was all him. Same with post hell Dean. It's weird that they are simply re-hashing a dark!Dean we've already had - it's disappointing they couldn't have put a different spin on it - unless there's a direction they plan to take that we are not expecting.

Sometimes I feel like the world's worst Deangirl because I'm constantly going "but what about Sam tho?" lol

Oh man, I can't say how happy I feel that even Dean!girls can appreciate that. It's so heartbreaking to see Sam completely sidelined. His anger can't have any traction or meaning because it will just fuel Dean even more. He's just had to let it go. It can't even mean anything to Dean because he is completely blinded by this Mark. Sam's job now is to look worried all the time. Unless they have plans to somehow bring all this back into play in the last few episodes it's going to be the biggest waste of potential character development ever (for both characters).

but I think it's more likely proof that the episodic writers throw in these inflammatory lines without thinking about the characterization inherent behind them.

Hmmm, curious. It's the only line in the episode that referred to their past argument so I hoped it was deliberate. I wasn't sure if it was to show how much that line is still playing on Dean's mind, how much it might be fuelling his darkness or if it was to point it out (again) because it will be significant in the finale.


23rd-Apr-2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
Really hope Jody shows up during the final episode to keep the Brothers grounded, she's the only human character they still have a strong tie too.
23rd-Apr-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
It's sad to think that she's all they really have now. :( It'd be awesome to have her in the finale - but also scary because it could mean certain death - being the finale and all...
23rd-Apr-2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, maybe you can help me. I haven't watched since the midseason hiatus (we're talking December!) because I keep thinking that if I can wait it out, then any brother rift won't be upsetting because I will know that there is an end...light at the end of the angelic tunnel, etc...etc....

Because your loves/hates dovetail so neatly with my own, I would love to know what you think. Is this a good "diving in" place? Or given the fact that we are so close to the end of the season, would it be better to wait until summer?

(Yesterday, I had the smallest awakening of the desire to write Sam&Dean again, and I'm trying to figure out if I should just write early season or try to catch up.)

Your write-ups are the best!!! (even if I didn't actually watch the ep) Thank you for still being here!!!

24th-Apr-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
Hey,

My gut feeling is no, this is not a good place to be diving in. I mean, this is a great episode and could be watched as a stand alone. There's only one little bit of heartbreaking dialogue between the boys - but it's very quick and Sam doesn't rise to the challenge of it. Dean is getting increasingly dark but the brothers are still on the job. But the highlight is Jody - and Jody and Alex. Very satisfying in terms of a well written female focused episode.

But I think the last 3 eps are going to be totally heartbreaking (next ep is pilot for the spin off so little S&D I'm thinking...). The fact that they haven't even addressed this so-called rift in the last 4 episodes means they will be cramming it in in the final three. And it won't be pretty I don't think. :( Show feels so dark atm. There's less talking between them (in terms of any issues) than there's ever been. *weeps*

But hi! Glad to see you still around and GREAT to hear you have a wee desire to write Sam&Dean. xx
23rd-Apr-2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, same here!! I love the old school feel so much.

I also loved how we got some more character growth for Jody. I really like her character and I was glad that they addressed what she'd been through.

I know what you mean, I was also afraid she'd be killed. The only one I've seen saying bad things about Sam were a couple Dean/Destiel fans bashing him for what he said to Dean at the end - but those fans are gonna bitch no matter what. Sam could sneeze and they'd bitch about it, lol

It's become more obvious how difficult it is to show Dean being dark because nothing that we are seeing at the moment is much different than what we've seen before. It harkens back the way he was in Season 2 after John died.

Very good point. I felt like I was almost having flashbacks to Bloodlust for a little while there, especially that scene where Dean killed the vamp to save Gordon, appeared to be reveling in it while Sam stared at him unnerved. I'm wondering if they made it lame purposely to really hit us with it hard a bit later on. Not sure, but something I was just pondering. Like you I'm not too optimistic given the way he retold Sam's needing a normal life.

Jody and Alex the new Ellen and Jo? Ooh, very interesting. I sorta got a vibe like that at the end, too.

I know I'm biased but having an episode that didn't involve either angels or demons allows the universe to be less...er...murky.

Oh, gosh, YES!

It's tricky because on the face of it, it looks like being loyal to your family doesn't mean you can't kill them.

That actually kinda creeps me out a little when thinking of it in terms of Dean and Sam. I'd hate for it to be some sort of foreshadowing that Dean would end up killing Sam. Ugh, like you I don't want to contemplate it too much. I'd hate to see them basically pick up that premise from season 5. While I don't think Dean would succeed in killing Sam (at least I'd really hope not - though if he did Sam has to come back for next season somehow) the act of trying would be awful. *sigh*
24th-Apr-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
The only one I've seen saying bad things about Sam were a couple Dean/Destiel fans bashing him for what he said to Dean at the end - but those fans are gonna bitch no matter what. Sam could sneeze and they'd bitch about it, lol

Yeah. I've long ago accept that. I think after that last horrid vilification of Sam by fandom I've become a tad sensitive to what will happen to make them to day again.

I'm wondering if they made it lame purposely to really hit us with it hard a bit later on. Not sure, but something I was just pondering.

Hee...I'm sure we are going to be hit with it pretty hard later on. This isn't going anywhere good I don't think.

I'd hate for it to be some sort of foreshadowing that Dean would end up killing Sam.

Yeah, it would be pretty horrid. I doubt we'd have another Sam death at the end of the episode. Maybe a Dean death, but that would be horrible also. If Sam kills Dean for some reason we'd NEVER hear the end of it. I don't even want to contemplate it...lalalalala...



23rd-Apr-2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ha ha you talked yourself from squee to woe impressively quickly there! I started with dissatisfaction and ended up thinking I will probably like it a lot better on a second pass through, so - who knows! LOL

I really hope Jody and Alex aren't going to parallel Jo and Ellen because I'd love for them to have a happy-ish ending not be sacrificed on the altar of Fate.

I agree about Dark!Dean, they aren't really selling it to me at the moment, it's more like depressed!Dean turning his sadness to anger and using it to kill the bad guys without the joy he used to have in doing the job and doing it well. Man I miss that childlike glee of his.
24th-Apr-2014 01:38 am (UTC)
Ha ha you talked yourself from squee to woe impressively quickly there!

I did! Not sure how that happened! This damn show and making me think!

I really hope Jody and Alex aren't going to parallel Jo and Ellen because I'd love for them to have a happy-ish ending not be sacrificed on the altar of Fate.

Oh me to. I mean more that we have another mother and daughter relationship - who could potentially be hunters. Though I doubt that would happen. And I really hope we don't have to see them die.

Man I miss that childlike glee of his.

Oh missing it so much! I know it's an interesting story/myth arc for him but that wonderful element that makes Dean Dean is sadly missing. It will be nice when we get to see it again.
23rd-Apr-2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
im glad Jody didnt die, (i was also worried too. ) the rest of it ... i dont know. Sam tied up yet again, :(! that's about it. the Mark of Cain storyline is boring now :(, or not living up to my expectations(i saw that similarity too with Dean at the beginning of season 2) i will not be watching the spinoff episode this tuesday, i fear it will be like 8x04 Bitten and i just cant. i will be back the next week for the last 3 episodes, which you got me worried for after reading this, im worried the finale wont be satisfactory :(. i will be watching til the end though its been very hard to watch and understand, i hope season 10 has a big 180 turnaround because i still love this show so much even when its again, so hard to watch at times.(Season 8, and now 9 :() i am a longtime fan and i want it to end on a good note when it ends so that i can own the series when its done; i need the next 2 seasons to be complete. I have not been obssessed with a show so much since Buffy the Vampire Slayer and now own Supernatural seasons (and Buffy). im that way again with Supernatural i will stick with it til the end , i just want there to be a change in the next season

Edited at 2014-04-23 07:12 pm (UTC)
24th-Apr-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I have no idea what Bloodlines will be like but I'd be surprised if it's like Bitten. I might be wrong but I'm really looking forward to seeing what it's going to be like. I doubt I'll fall in love with it like I have SPN, because it's Sam and Dean I fell for.

i just want there to be a change in the next season

I think Carver will be completing his 3 year arc so we might have much of the same. Though I'm hoping it will gradually be less angsty and focus more on the the positives of their relationship and not the negatives.
23rd-Apr-2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
My main reaction to this episode is that I got a whiplash from Show going from angels and demons to a MotW episode with absolutely no signs of demons or angels.

--even though the wibbly wobbly, unsteady-cam was beginning to make me feel a bit sea sick.

It's interesting that you mentioned this, because I seem to have some kind of issue with the direction but I just don't know what it is (or I'm just imagining things which is entirely possible). It could be something like this but I didn't consciously notice it, so I'll have to rewatch the ep with this in mind. Although I didn't find the ep creepy at all, because the story went ahead like a train on tracks: the vamps tracked Alex from A to B to C to D and the boys tracked the vamps.

I didn't realize that Jody might not make it - I just assumed she would. But I was happy that Jody got to mother Alex or at least make the offer, because there's potential for them to start healing which doesn't happen often on this show. :)
24th-Apr-2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
Hey,

My main reaction to this episode is that I got a whiplash from Show going from angels and demons to a MotW episode with absolutely no signs of demons or angels.

It's like when they are dealing with a MoTW nothing else exists. Sometimes they do mention a little something of what's happened in the past (namely why they aren't going after the current Big Bad) but they didn't in this one at all.

because I seem to have some kind of issue with the direction but I just don't know what it is

I started of having major problems with it. The hand held camera was very noticeable and not something we see on the show often at all (other than in Bitten). I was very concerned it was going to continue but after that interview scene I stopped noticing it. After that I enjoyed the shot choices - I think it created an atmospheric episode - a typical horror style way of filming (I'd really love to have the time to look at this closer - see what choices were made that added to the creepiness of it all. Aside form the soundtrack). Hee - though if you didn't find it creepy then maybe that wasn't working for you.

I didn't realize that Jody might not make it

I just assume that when we see an OC (especially this late in the season) there's the potential for them to die. It was my first thought when I knew she was in this episode. So yeah, I was quite worried. And then relieved!

The potential to heal is a very satisfying way to end. :)


23rd-Apr-2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome recap as usual, and I love how positive everything is! (Tumblr can use some of that.) Old school MoTW episodes are great, especially when they include favorites like Jody. I like your speculation they can be the new Ellen and Jo, I can see that. I'm looking forward to what the MoC will bring. I like it when the brothers are pitted against each other; so both of your theories are intiguing.
24th-Apr-2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you hun! I was so happy to be able to be positive about this one!

(I dread looking at tumblr after an episode. especially one that I liked *g*)

I like it when the brothers are pitted against each other.

I think this is on the cards! It feels like they really haven't had it "out" yet. Dean seems on the verge of exploding and Sam seems like he's just going to take it. I don't know - I'm nervous! ;)
23rd-Apr-2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
I liked the episode.

As for the Dean killing the vampire at the end not being a signifier of his decent into darkness (though I too don't know how far they'll go), I do think that is was a bad sign. Dean wanting the vampire to look at him as he killed him--wanting to see the look in his eyes as he died--that seemed pretty dark for me. Dean's never done that before that I can recall especially when that meant wasting time when Sam was in danger (bloodloss) and apparently forgetting about Jodi altogether...

Well we'll continue to see how it develops...
24th-Apr-2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Dean wanting the vampire to look at him as he killed him--wanting to see the look in his eyes as he died--that seemed pretty dark for me.

Yeah, you're right. I think that was the difference. He wanted to see him die - it was a level of sadism that we haven't seen yet in this version of dark!Dean.

Dean's never done that before that I can recall especially when that meant wasting time when Sam was in danger (bloodloss) and apparently forgetting about Jodi altogether...

Oh yes. He was so focused on that moment and nothing else. Forgetting about Jody was an major oversight and I think he recognised that when Sam mentioned it. It was good that Sam still had mind enough to bring it up.

Ok. So maybe we will be seeing something different this time from dark!Dean spnmonster mentions that he's becoming alienated from humanity (below), which I think is very true. He's violent and driven, but he's turning his focus inward and not to the world around him.
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