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8.13 reaction / review 
7th-Feb-2013 10:15 pm
Ain't heavy


My first reaction was...KEEEEY SMAAASHHHH!!! NO WORDS!!!. *thud*

Then I thought - that's stupid because of course I'll have lots of words!! ;D

But before all the words I have to say SO SO SO MUCH LOVE! So much love that it feels like I can't put it into words. Because that, my dear friends, is essentially EVERYTHING I love about my show.


Dear Show,

I know I was harsh on you for the first 10 episodes and I'm sorry I said you didn't care but you have to admit you made it VERY difficult. So it's not entirely my fault.

That said, I would now like to say thank you THANK YOU for giving back the love.


Yours gratefully,
ME!


It's been a long journey hasn't it? Nearly 8 years to get the brothers to this place. A place of peace and contentedness. A place with a new direction and purpose. And a home that actually feels like them.

It's weird because I feel like if that had been the end of the series I would have said...yes, THAT'S how it should end. That was curtain!ep if there ever was one.

But it's not the end (thank god!). In fact it feels like a new beginning. If they've done a "reset" then I couldn't be happier with the way they have done it. The Men of Letters is inspired and, just like Dean, I've put on my comfy slippers and settled in.

SO much to love in this episode, I have to count the ways....

The shallow:

1. Dean's wet hair!!! (and robe and SLIPPERS!!) <3333

2. Sam in a sweater vest and blazer! <33333

3. Dean with the sword! HA! Oh Dean... cutting himself...

4. HURT SAM!!!!! \o/ Can we just take a moment....
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thank you *happy place*

5. Dean said "Little brother". I love it when either of them say big or little brother. I just....*hearty melty*

6. Dean eating! I'm not sure why it stood out this time but Dean was enjoying tucking into some food and it really played along with everything we know about Dean. He's happy. And when he's happy he enjoys his food. AND SHOWERS!!! (love the call back to an earlier ep on how he loves the water pressure).

7. Sam's hair!.. Um...you know I have a thing for Sam's hair right? Ok. Nice and floppy in this one. :))

8. Dean's face! (need I say more?! I am seriously struck at times just how attractive that man is. It's just not right. Really...)

9. Everybody loves bacon! (I'm sure they lurk our journals...)

10. "Quiet time" HA! (and they've been lurking my classroom. Loved that line!)

11. CODES!! "Something stuck to my shoe." \o/ They worked SO WELL together.


The not so shallow:

Damn but there were some lovely things going on in this episode.

As always the MotW story mirrors what's going on with the boys. Here we have a young man not taking the time to listen to his grandfather or take on his duty in his family. He "smoked" the very thing that would have given him knowledge. It was a book that was important and should have been preserved. Sam and Dean weren't aware of their "legacy", but now that they have been they are ready to take on this new responsibility. Books and secrets are now theirs to preserve and so will take up that mantle.

I take my hat of to Ben Edlund for this one. It was nicely paced, not (too) wordy, and made some lovely parallels between Aaron's story and Sam 'n Deans. Phil's direction was tight and featured some beautiful cinematography.

The Men of Letters bunker set was STUNNING! The art deco is gorgeous and one of my all time favourite styles, so to see the brothers in this glorious setting makes my wee heart jump for joy. I love how this is all so unexpected and yet it fits them so well. In many ways the Winchesters conjure nostalgia (for me anyway), so this nostalgic, classic, romantic setting is so perfect.

I love that the actor who played the golem wasn't just hired for his height. He could act and he added the feeling of Frankenstein's monster to his role. There were many similarities and I'm sure it was no accident. He was a "monster" who understood the world around him. What an inspired invention by Edlund. I loved him.

Sam immersing himself in the books and in the role of a Man of Letters is, quite possibly, may most favourite thing so far this season. Now that's reallove. I think of Sam having dinner with Amelia and her father and then compare it to him sitting amongst these books with Dean by his side and there's just no comparison. I wonder if that's been the whole point all along? I'd love to think so, but I think it's too subtle. But I'm taking it like that. I've never seen Sam happier or more at home. And I can't express my utter love for that.

And Dean too. He has a good shower, food, quality alcohol and a happy little brother. He HAS found his bat cave. It's the break they not only deserve but it's been a damn long time coming.

I did like that Kevin, Garth and Castiel were mentioned. As much as I'm more than happy for every episode to be like this and contain just them and a MoTW story line, I know that there is a bigger picture. There are people that are still connected to them so it seems right that they are concerned about them.

The ending was simply beautiful. Quiet and meaningful. Dean gets his regular beers out for himself and Sam but notices the top shelf stuff. When Sam gets his he sniffs it and takes a moment to enjoy it and savour this new found safety and purpose. Dean is content. It feels like the show has been reborn.

I can't remember the last time I've felt this level of satisfaction after an episode. I know the show is all about the angst but damn it's nice when it's not. I watch for the bro love, the peril, the mystery, the intrigue and it had all that in this one.

I leave you with these two images. They kind of sum it all up for me....

8.13 Dean hand

8.13 home
Comments 
7th-Feb-2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yes! *fist bump* \O/

So agree with everything you said. My own list was similar to yours. I think I posted 3-4 times last night - I loved it so much. :)

Didn't go to bed until almost midnight because I was so jazzed about it.

:)

Welcome back indeed, Show.

<3

7th-Feb-2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
I love being jazzed after an episode. It's like a drug hit...(and more evidence that I'm well and truly addicted to this show *g*).

So much to love in this one - and with an ending like that I am certainly in my happy place. :))))
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8th-Feb-2013 11:07 am (UTC)
It feels good doesn't it?! :)) There was so much to love in this one...
7th-Feb-2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
I know I was harsh on you for the first 10 episodes and I'm sorry I said you didn't care but you have to admit you made it VERY difficult. So it's not entirely my fault.

It's weird. I feel like I have emotional whiplash. Boredom, boredom, mild irritation, growing disgust with the chara - sudden adoration!

I didn't hate all of the first ten; I thought three, five and six were actually pretty good. And nine would have been fine if it hadn't had to carry the weight of the mid-season finale. And I still think there are structural issues. There kind of have to be, since they sat on most of the interesting stuff for half a season. But I really just want to make encouraging noises at everyone involved, because if they keep heading in this direction I will happily forgive and forget.

He "smoked" the very thing that would have given him knowledge. It was a book that was important and should have been preserved.

That kind of made me laugh. Come on - no one wants the instruction manual until the machine stops working. At which point it has almost always been lost and you end up having to Google for instructions anyway. So really, Grandpa should have known how it would go. :)

But I love the whole complex weight of the way the world worked. There used to be a system. The 'nerve centre'. The different groups with different responsibilities - hunters, scholars, rabbi saboteurs. Maybe more, once Sam's had more time to dig. It's fascinating, because the supernatural world has always been depicted as so dark and grim. Hunters just learning as they go, and everybody being poor and disconnected. It's been that way for all of Sam and Dean's lives and most of John's and a pretty big chunk of Samuel's, and three generations is about as far back as memory goes. But now there's the possibility of a renaissance.

He was a "monster" who understood the world around him. What an inspired invention by Edlund. I loved him.

It's funny - I mean, making a monster is really the worst thing a hunter can do, and it really only happens by accident. But this monster was made deliberately by a group of specialists. I think it really highlights the difference between the old way and the new - and connects to Henry's disdain for shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later hunters. Killing the golem, back in the day, would have been wrong.

And I really liked how this particular monster illustrated the way Sam and Dean are balanced between 'hunters' and 'Men of Letters'. They just instinctively feel better if they know how to kill something. And yet they are able to perceive the golem as a rational being with feelings of his own with whom they can interact as a person, and they're quite happy to let Aaron manage him.

And - yeah, it made an interesting sort of anti-Frankenstein story. Frankenstein's monster wishes he belonged to Aaron. :)

Sam immersing himself in the books and in the role of a Man of Letters is, quite possibly, may most favourite thing so far this season.

That was adorable. I got the impression he didn't go out for two weeks because someone gave him his very own library and an internet connection. And I can sympathise. I wouldn't have gone out either. :)

The ending was simply beautiful. Quiet and meaningful. Dean gets his regular beers out for himself and Sam but notices the top shelf stuff. When Sam gets his he sniffs it and takes a moment to enjoy it and savour this new found safety and purpose. Dean is content. It feels like the show has been reborn.

It is nice the way they've been easing the tone of the endings up over the last several episodes. 8.10 - uneasy reunion. 8.11 - truce, and the foreshadowing of a sense of community. 8.12 - solidarity, but still in isolation. 8.13 - homecoming.

I'm glad they've gone this tack. Obviously bad things are going to happen. That's necessary to create drama. But there needs to be a lighter side to raise the stakes. If they characters are miserable all the time, why should the audience be invested? Sam and Dean might be better off dead. There has to be something we want them to have. Giant, magically powered library/Bat Cave? ... Yes. Yes, I want them to have one of those. :)
8th-Feb-2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
It's weird. I feel like I have emotional whiplash. Boredom, boredom, mild irritation, growing disgust with the chara - sudden adoration!

I know! I don't get it. I mean, I'm thrilled we are getting this now. I was SO SO worry that the patterns that they had set up in the first half is what we were always going to get. It had such a different feel. So, whiplash = yes.

But I love the whole complex weight of the way the world worked.

Yes. I love how this opens us such a wealth of new possibilities. I love that now they can feel like they can really make a difference and be on the front foot. I remember Carver saying that the boys would be fighting on their terms. I have no idea what that meant, but maybe this is it. If they have the knowledge they become more powerful than just being hunters being pulled around by the supernatural. I LOVE IT!

And yet they are able to perceive the golem as a rational being with feelings of his own with whom they can interact as a person, and they're quite happy to let Aaron manage him.

I feel that this was quite a new approach for them. I mean, they are both on the same page again about not killing the monster just because it's a monster. Like the girl they let go in Bitten. (it also cements that Sam's wish for Benny to be dead is not about him being a monster - it's much more about him being with Dean and possibly deceiving him).

Obviously bad things are going to happen. That's necessary to create drama.

No doubt. But hopefully the bad things won't be between them. Hopefully they've moved on from all that. They will always have disagreements but lets hope we don't see that level of nastiness between them (ever again!!).

YAY SHOW!!! Welcome back! <333


7th-Feb-2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it wonderful!!!! Happy boys, and Sam in his element. I hope they keep the Men of Letters 'Batcave' for a long, long time.
8th-Feb-2013 11:08 am (UTC)
A long, long time. I mean, I'm sure they will still travel around the country (and stay in lots of cool motels), but this will be there home. *bounces*
7th-Feb-2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I LOVED every thing about this episode. I dipped my toe back in for the previous two since I'd heard good things, but this was about the most stunning return to form we could have peossibly hoped for - and so much wonderful canon to gt jazzed about. The Men of Letters set is truly awesome, and that final scene there - you're right, it really could have been the closer to everything.

But it isn't, and we get a whole lot more of Sammy as a Man of Letters, getting his geek on, and Dean playing records and drinking whisky instead of beer and just.. HAVING A HOME!!

I think I actually squeed when the credits rolled..
8th-Feb-2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
I SO squeeed when the credits rolled. I had huge a grin on my face and a heart full of warm fuzzies. It does actually make up for those early eps when I was despairing.

Sammy as a Man of Letters makes my heart sing. To see him so happy and geeking out...*happy, happy sigh*. And Dean is still fierce and passionate about his job. They seem to be even better matched now. Man...who would have thought.

I hope this is the feel we'll have from now on. :))
7th-Feb-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
EVERY SINGLE WORD of this!

I've never seen Sam happier or more at home. And I can't express my utter love for that.

And Dean too. He has a good shower, food, quality alcohol and a happy little brother. He HAS found his bat cave. It's the break they not only deserve but it's been a damn long time coming.


This! All the crap they've been through in the past few seasons? All the pain they've been through in S8 alone? Hells yeah, they deserve something nice. Finally, the guys get the emotional peace, contentment, brotherly camaraderie, and. . . oh baby, it's about TIME. Good food, good drink, good books, a safe place to lay their heads and a decadent shower, too? Just icing on the cake.

It's like they've been wandering the wilderness for eight years, and have finally found home and hearth.

I think that's why the last scene reduced me to a wibbly little puddle. I really have no words for how much I utterly loved this episode.
8th-Feb-2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
It's like they've been wandering the wilderness for eight years, and have finally found home and hearth.

YES! That exactly. I would never have dreamt for a minute that they'd get them to this place now - especially with the way they started this season. Maybe at the end of the series, but not mid way through S8.

SO GOOD!!! \o/
7th-Feb-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
I am still so overjoyed about this episode, I can't be nearly as articulate as you are here. But YES, so much yes! This episode felt like SPN to me, it felt hopeful without being sappy, satisfying without asking me to stretch the limits of believability to get there. I think I'm still smiling. :) Yep.
8th-Feb-2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
STILL SMILING!! \o/

I love how much it feels like the show I fell in love with. All of those things you said!

xox
7th-Feb-2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
YES TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID!

8th-Feb-2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
WHEEEE!!!!!
7th-Feb-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
This was great and amazing. I loved it so much. I want SPN always to leave me grinning long after the credits roll. :D Naw, maybe not, because I love angst. But this felt so great to have a moment of peace and have the boys together.

As you, I loved when Dean said little brother. I love when they do that.

Also on a shallow note, I'm so with every single one of your points. :)

I do wish that they'll continue this storyline. It's fresh and new and exciting, and I wanna see where they'll take this. I'm sure this is somehow tying in with the demon/angel tablet thing-y, because otherwise why would they have set that up? But really, I would be totally fine with the boys chasing their pasts and find out more about those secret organizations for the next episodes. Don't need angels or demons, just SamnDean is fine with me. :D

Now I'll sit back and wait for next week in hoping that it'll leave me just in love with my show. :)
8th-Feb-2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
I, too, hope they continue leaving me with this feeling. I am really hoping that once they return to the tablet and angel story line they won't lose everything they've set up in the last three episodes. In fact, I might even start enjoying that story line if they tie all of this in to it. If the boys are smart and continue to work well together I can just about accept anything! :)

xxx
7th-Feb-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
It feels like the show has been reborn.

Yes. Yes. YES. And YESSS!! :D

So much love for this new beginning! ♥♥♥
8th-Feb-2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
WHEEEEE!!!! Wasn't it GREAT!!!?! So nice to be able to be positive again! :DD
7th-Feb-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
The whole batcave idea really takes things in a new direction--now they are the ones with the resources instead of being dependent on someone else.

That final image puts me in mind of the final shot from 'A Very Supernatural Christmas'--like a turning point, you know?
8th-Feb-2013 12:51 pm (UTC)
now they are the ones with the resources instead of being dependent on someone else.

Yes. It puts them in a much more powerful position. They won't be reliant on anyone else (though I suspect Garth will still be given a call ...). Carver did say once that the boys would be fighting more on their terms. I wonder if this is what he meant.

The ending was very much A Very SPN Xmas! I was hoping we'd get something similar to that again. I must admit I didn't expect it so soon. :))

xx
7th-Feb-2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more! That was just plain fantastic. Well done, Edlund. The episode is right up there with 8x11 for me. Sam and Dean in the batcave was just adorable. ♥ It's nice to see them so relaxed and happy for once, they more than earned it. Dean was his loveable, funny self and Sammy got his geek on! And Aaron and the Golem were frikking great and I hope we'll see them again!
7th-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot ...

Sam immersing himself in the books and in the role of a Man of Letters is, quite possibly, may most favourite thing so far this season.

This! So much! This is who Sam is - a Man of Letters. I love how that ties back to Sam’s love of knowledge throughout the show. And if we look at it from the 'destiny' angle: We can see Sam’s wish to go to Stanford, to become a scholar and not a hunter like John forced him to be, as an unconscious drive to become what he was always meant to be. Maybe now Sam can truly make his peace with being in the life. It also explains why Dean has felt 'right' as a hunter, well, before a life of sacrifice and loss undermined his enthusiasm, but still, he never really felt out of place as a hunter. I love it!
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8th-Feb-2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Do you think the Golem's story could be an allusion to Benny's?

Umm...it could be. I mean, they are both sympathetic monsters so there's definitely a connection. :)

7th-Feb-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
*eyes tightly shut*
Won't be able to watch til tomorrow, but seen your 'satisfied mood' and am all relaxed and looking forward to it. You are like my personal weather epi forcast....
8th-Feb-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh...have you seen it yet!?!?! Sooo perfect....

Hee...personal ep forecaster.... I hope my response didn't give you false hope or anything...;)

xx
8th-Feb-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh hon, I loved this episode so damn much, and you are so very, very right. It would have been a perfect ending to the series, but I'm just so glad it's not!

Think of all the possibilities!

(I still can't fathom the reason for Amelia and Benny though. I mean, what the heck?)

8th-Feb-2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
SO. MUCH. LOVE! I just can't believe we have been given such a treat. I still *headscratch* over Amelia and Benny. Their entire story lines seems to have been for nothing. I suspect we will see Benny again (surely?!) but I wonder if the feeling will be different now that Sam has something else to hang on to.

And if that's it for the Amelia story line then...yeah. I'm sad for her actually. Probably the most underwritten character even on spn. (and least thought through story line...UNLESS, there are things we haven't been told yet. Which I doubt).

YAY! This is looking like a major turning point. Not only for the season but possibly for the next (and the next!).

Let's hope anyway! :)))))

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