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Further observations on 7.11 
11th-Jan-2012 01:50 pm
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I'm back! Back home that is. And it's rather nice I have to say. :)

I said I had some more to say on this ep so here it is.

Loved the opening recap. It was a good way to see what Show wanted to tell us was still important. As in...Cas, Lucifer, Leviathan, Dean's troubled nightmares, Dick, Bobby, and the boys getting on with the job. (I've very curious that they showed Lucifer saying to Sam "Your world is whatever I want it to be". Hmmmmmm...)

For me, one of the strong messages to come out of that episode is that working with a partner is better than working alone. The monsters worked in pairs. Sam was caught because he didn’t have back up (same with Krissy’s Dad, Lee). Dean, Sam and Lee were saved because they DID have back up. Moral of the story? Dean and Sam STICK TOGETHER!

I didn’t mind them splitting up though. Stupid maybe, but I like that Sam was totally focused on possibly saving someone and going for it. Dean was also focused, just in a different direction. It’s a mirror of a that moment in Time is On My Side. Dean was focused on revenge so followed Bela and Sam was focused on finding a solution to Dean’s imminent demise. Sam ended up in peril then also.

Normally it bugs me when they get caught so easily, but I'm running with that their heads weren't really in the game. Sam rushed in to a job looking for a distraction and Dean was focused on those numbers. I think this was really bought home by the fact that a 14 year old saved them in the end. Dean looked indecisive and down right scared in that final scene. And no wonder. If Krissy had died? I'd hate to think where that would leave him.

So. Bobby really did die (phew). But he may not be gone? I’ve read in a few posts that ghost!Bobby may have taken (?) the beer. (No idea how that would work but the idea is that he is somehow involved with its disappearance). I really like that possibility. How cool would it be to have Bobby’s ghost hanging around to watch over the boys. And then the subsequent issue of having to deal with his ghost. Could be interesting. (Or could Lu be manipulating Sam's world? I think not, but that line in the preview really intrigues me).

LOVED the “week one" segment. Beautifully shot. I’m thrilled the show gave the boys this quiet moment of grief rather than rage. There’s little to say that can make this better, so they just didn’t.

LOVED the overhead shots of the trucks. It gave the sense of entrapment. Being closed in. The red signally danger. I also wonder if "experts in relocation" on the far truck was a little tongue in cheek. ;)

I liked Krissy. Pulling off a badass kid is really hard. I think they (mostly) did a fine job of that. I particularly liked that they played on the cliché. When she came in and got caught at the end I groaned out loud. I HATE it when they make kids do that (along with dogs running off so kids have to chase them and they get into peril…), so it was great to see she’d planned it all along. She’s a clever cookie. In some ways it’s disappointing she's not going to grow up and be a hunter (as suggested at the end). She would be an awesome hunter and with all sorts of monsters out there the world needs her to get rid of them. (Strange way of thinking, I know, but she’d be an awesome hunter).

Frank. I loved him last time and I loved him this time. I had a feeling once we lost Bobby that he’d be back. Of course, it means we’ll lose him sometime (BOO!) but I hope we get to enjoy him a few more times yet. Dean needs someone like Frank. With Bobby gone (for now) it’s good to know there’s someone else to kick him out of his funk.

I liked Frank's sage advice to Dean. It's moments like this that makes me understand just how much Dean must miss his Dad. Dean really hasn't had someone to look out for him the way Sam has. Sam's always had Dean. Bobby, and now Frank, have had to be the ones to give him the advice that a dad might.

Oh Dean. Very pleased that they’ve given Dean a reason and a way to keep fighting. I mean, they had to of course. They can’t quit. It’s just not an option. (no show if they did that). I liked the reasoning to stay in the fight. Revenge is familiar to them after all. And Dean at the end? He’s going to keep plastering on that smile and hope that it works. I hope that it works. I know he’s hurting, as is Sam, but at this stage of the game there is little else they can do. (well, maybe cry and hug it out *g*).

Sam. Ok, so mostly I was just drooling. Some lovely hurt!Sam to wallow in. More than that though I loved that he wanted to go and help Krissy. I also adored that he offered himself up to be fed on rather than Krissy’s dad. It is so very Sam. (Dean would have done the same). I think others may disagree with me here, but I am seeing Sam has a grown up now. He will always be Dean's little bro, but I'm seeing a Sam that's conscious and aware of Dean's pain, he's determined (stubborn probably) when it comes to saving others, he's also being more honest. I think there's been progress.

I appreciated that they wanted to lighten the ep by having a “comical” moment with the crane. It felt a little forced though. It also made little sense. Surely Frank would have spotted the cameras before Dean went up there. Or even before they went to the trouble of getting a crane etc. *hand wave*

As I mentioned in my intital reaction, the thing I loved most was the gentle way they handled the episode. The boys know grief. They know how each other handle it. They allowed each other to grieve without being angry or dismissive of each other like they have done in the past. They have grown so much since S1. They've had to.

Liked all the "mysteries" in the ep: The beer, the number being not what Bobby had initially written down, Dean sleeping for 36 hours (very strange little moment yes? Frank getting mixed up maybe? Dean just accepted it...weird).

I wonder if the boys will adopt the cabin as their own now? Could they possible have a real home to go to? Don't see why not.

Loved the boys at the end. Sam sleeping in the car and Dean practicing his smile. If ever a smile didn't reach his eyes, this is it. Fabulous. It looked like he might cry at any time, but plastered a smile on over the top of that huge emotion. (B&W for no other reason than it felt right).

And while I’m here, I have to self indulge in some hurt!Sammy. *G*

(That last one is totally asking for a manip. *G*)

So yeah. Solid episode. A few weak spots, but mostly really well handled I thought.

Also, check out galwithglasses's post. There are some great observations about various shots. Have I mentioned how much I'm loving her yellow/orange flower meta? If not, considered it mentioned. I love it. Show uses them ALL THE TIME! So cool.
11th-Jan-2012 06:08 am (UTC)
That's a cool catch on reinforcing the "don't hunt without back-up" message. Also, the black and white caps of Dean came out good. It makes it easier to see what's going on with his expression, especially his eyes.
11th-Jan-2012 07:23 am (UTC)
They mentioned the vetalas being clever by working in pairs - it felt like it might have been a comment on the boys working best when they work together. The MotW often reflect something about the boys.

With the dark screening his eyes and the flashes of light washing over his face I think it made it hard to see Dean's thought process. Going over it a few times now I can see that he was really working at it.
11th-Jan-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Okay so I may have yelled at the screen a few times in this episode. What? I needed to defend my Bobby position! Which is pretty damn precarious if not downright toppled entirely by now *sigh* But seriously....where was his funeral pyre? Why didn't we see them burning his bones? I did like how Dean used the phrase "Someone I care about just got shot in the head." See that phrase is open ended. LOL! I didn't care for Sam's "He's.... he's passed away." phrase AT ALL.

I LIKE your Sam in pain caps. I knew you'd notice how beautifully sprawled he was when he collapsed in the car park. ;-) Mmmm. Hips. Where was I?

Could the car Dean's driving looking any more like the Impala wannabe it's trying to be? For a second there I thought they might be trying to convince us this one is just as good...hmph!

YAY you're back....missed your posts! Welcome back to stinky hot WA.
11th-Jan-2012 07:32 am (UTC)
Hey there!

At least it's a dry heat. :) NSW was so humid and sticky.

Oh man... I did think of you at the beginning of this. I'm not sure about the pyre either. I wonder if they buried him thinking that maybe they could get him back one day? Though, we didn't see that so....?? I think it's a real mystery. Deliberately there to make us wonder.

OMG! Sprawled Sam is a thing of GLORY! The attack took me by surprise also. I seriously wasn't expecting it.

I wish they were in the Impala. I am missing her the most. It was easy to forget they weren't in her in that last scene. It felt like such an impala shot.

I'm back! \o/ So nice to be home I have to say. <3
11th-Jan-2012 10:42 am (UTC)
Welcome home!! :D

I loved the "week one" segment, too. It really said it all.

The first time I watched the last scene Dean's smile seemed genuine to me in the sense that he realized he had his brother there, and they are still on the road. As if he could apprechiate that now that Frank had his head straight again.
However the second time I saw he was practicing this smile. Taking the strength for that from Frank telling him what to do. And in a way Dean has always been that way; needing simple instructions on how to act as not to become victim of his emotions.

Krissy... I fist thought she was acting a bit strange for a kid that was supposedly scared. Well, lol, turned out she wasn't. :P She was a tough cookie indeed. I liked her. :)

I read the opinion somewhere that there might have been time lapses, that something/somebody is playing around with time, hence the beer suddenly gone and the supposedly 36 hour sleep without beard stubble (or incontinence- lol).
I'm hoping something interesting will come of that.

So, yeah, a wonderful episode (never mind the "comical" crane thing :P)
Lovely pics and thoughts by you as always. :)

11th-Jan-2012 11:52 am (UTC)
Hey hun!

On my first viewing I didn't pick up exactly what he was doing. At first I was thinking Jensen wasn't sure exactly what emotion he was supposed to be portraying. Then I think I might have read somewhere he was practicing his smiling and it all fell into place. I really love that ending now. :)

Yeah... without saying too much it seems there might be other things going on now with the beer...;) I am (trying) to remain unspoiled but I've "heard" of a few things now.. /o\

Thanks sweetie! <333
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11th-Jan-2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Ack! Spoiler! /o\

I'm going to screen hun just so others don't see it.


Edited at 2012-01-11 11:42 am (UTC)
11th-Jan-2012 11:23 am (UTC)
It's funny... With the empty bottle scene I totally missed that it might be ghost!Bobby nipping away with it (I had the bf fill me in on that idea after he watched it), as my first thought was that it was a sign of Dean's alcoholism that the show has been taking pains to detail and that he'd reached the stage where he didn't notice what he'd drank... but I much prefer the ghost!Bobby version. I miss the old git. :(
11th-Jan-2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah... it was a strange moment indeed. They obviously have something up their sleeve in regards to this. I'm hoping it's not to do with him actually drinking without knowing it..:/

It would be kinda cool to have Bobby around as a ghost. I still don't feel like he's gone forever.

11th-Jan-2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Pretty caps!!!
11th-Jan-2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Are they ok? I've been trying to do them more and more to try and improve.

Thanks sweetie.
11th-Jan-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
*waves* Hi welcome back! There's no place like home....

This episode, just wow right? I thought Death's Door was sad but this one really showed us the pain the boys are having to endure, to keep putting one foot in front of the other and do the job. I was so impressed with Jensen though, just when I thought he couldn't break me, he does. That last scene was just perfection.

Seeing Sammy also try and deal with things by rubbing his hand to keep him in touch with reality, so sad. He's doing his best to keep it together and keep Dean from going over the deep end.

I love Krissy - what a badass little hunter she is! Glad to know she's taking Dean's advice and giving it up. It was so sweet to hear Dean advise her on life, that she does have options; something he and Sammy never really had.

Bobby's dead, just *sobs* I still can't get my head around that. We didn't see them burn his bones so probably buried him in hopes maybe a miracle will happen down the road ;) Frank is pretty cool though, but no substitute for our gruff hunter in the trucker's cap. I miss him so much.

Thanks for the pics - yes I say we defo need a manip of Sammy there with Dean nawing on his neck *smirk* and the B&W of Dean, break my heart again why don't you?


12th-Jan-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
*waves back* <33

Agreed. Jensen was awesome in that final moment. He's such a trouble lad. :(

I actually really liked that Dean was able to help Krissy out. He had some sage advice himself (bit like Frank). Hunters are wise.

I am curious why we didn't see Bobby's bones burned. I'm wondering if they buried him. Even then, we should have seen the grave. It makes it feel like it's not the end. I STILL don't feel like it's the end. I keep wondering how they will bring him back.

Definitely need a manip with Dean in place. *GUH* I would love to see that. :DD


11th-Jan-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I think it was Cas with the beer :) Angels don't have souls, they are something else so maybe it was him, lol!
12th-Jan-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... Cas eh? It would be very curious is Cas came back in little bits. Or is playing with them somehow.

I'll be interested to see where they go with this. ;)
12th-Jan-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah.... nice to have some quiet moments rather than say anything.

And yeah... time eh? I'm going to remain tight lipped on that until we see what happens...;)

I'd love remember what other occurrences with time issues... I can't think of any at the top of my head... but it would be cool if there had been some others.

Oooh Show.... you keep being fun. :)
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