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8.20 Ep reaction 
25th-Apr-2013 08:11 pm
Charlie dancing
Dear Robbie...



NO WHERE!!

OMFG!!! Can we just take a moment to...SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

As near to a perfect ep for me as you can get!

Awesome bromance, sick!Sam, caring, worried, protective Dean, Dean being AWESOME, Sam being AWESOME, Dean looking INCREDIBLE! (*guh* that guy can wear a uniform), Charlie being AWESOME, interesting MoTW, bunker being AMAZING - THEY HAVE A SHOOTING RANGE!!! ARGHHHHHHHH! \o/, characters given DEPTH, WITTY dialogue, positive fangirl representation, opening sequence of squee, reference to the SPN books, Sam being recognised for how strong her is, Dean's nightmare being Sam in a hospital bed, Dean continuing his hug fest, HUUUUUUGGGSSSSSS,

But my favourite....

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Exterior bunkerPS

Comfort! It's so perfect. I never saw the connection to a hobbit's home before. But there it is - round door and everything. :D The bunker oozes comfort and safety and home.


Going a little deeper:

Dean and his current hug fest.

I happened upon a comment that Dean is out of character giving so many hugs (not on LJ). It made me think. Certainly the earlier seasons didn't have Dean hugging so much. It could be that they are pandering to our love of the bro hugs OR it could be that we are seeing character development.

I'm going with the latter. This episode in particular highlighted Dean's growing ability to let people in. He knows about loss and I am now seeing a Dean who is taking the chance to say "I love you" or "I care about you" with a hug. It's almost like he's taking the chance while he can. He knows how fragile life is in his world and he's now, quite literally, embracing it. I like it. Dean's happier than I can really ever remember. Even with Sam struggling, Dean is in a familiar place. He's scared, but I also see him ready to take on the fight.

Also there's:

Charlie: What about you? Are you going to let it go?
Dean: Never


Once again we see Dean giving advice but not being able to follow it himself. He can't let Sam go. Yet. Maybe his final step of development will be being able to let him go (as Charlie has done with her mother), but for the moment he's hanging on. Thank god!! Please keep hanging on Dean.

There is pretty much nothing the Winchesters can't do if they work together.

Word! I hope this is a reference to what's to come as the finale approaches. I can only believe the success of these trials will come down to the boys working together.

If anyone can get through the trials Sam, it's you

It's interesting how Charlie has said the words that's need to be said to both Sam and Dean. Sam has shown his strength over and over - it's so nice to have it acknowledged from an outside pov. I am so intrigued by what's actually happening to Sam. I think it has to be more than just dying - they've done that too many times now. I think some sort of change in him could be interesting. I am not going to speculate, nor am I reading speculations. Alls I can say is I can't wait to see how this will play out.

Charlie

Robbie has a great way of rounding out characters. He did it with Meg and now with Charlie. We got some history and we saw character growth. Her story also related to the boys. She's strong and independent, knowledgable and kickass. She's also emotional and recognises her flaws. No wonder Dean admires her so much. I also like that she has fangirl qualities that are endearing and not condensing to the fangirl audience. A truly wonderful addition to the Supernatural universe. I hope they keep her around until the very end.

Story structure

A good episode works best when it feels solid. When the story unfolds with moments of action, humour, warmth, myth arc progression, character progression and overall entertainment. Robbie alway manages to find the correct flow - peaks and troughs in the story telling. He uses past canon respectfully (I can only surmise that they had dream root in the boot of the car) and adds believable twists to what we already know about certain monsters (yay, fear feeding Djinn). It feels like he knows these characters and he knows them like we know them. He seemed to get right to the heart of what makes the show so loved - brotherly moments to die for. Let's hope this sets the theme for the remaining three episodes.

and now some gifs I made (I promise I won't spam you with all my gifs. They are so damn addicting. I AM going to be spamming Tumblr though, as I figure that's what the place is for...;D)


8.20-Miss-the-broment


8.20-I-love-you

8.20-I-know



8.20-hug-facces

WOOT! I'm in my happy place with that ep. Oh and Charlie is a Woman of Letters! \o/ (I'm sure womanofletters was happy to hear her name referenced...;D)



xx
Comments 
25th-Apr-2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
That was awesome....I think I loved it more than the last Charlie episode!

OMG....I never made the Hobbit hole connection either! That is amazing!

There was so much to love here...it will take awhile to digest!
25th-Apr-2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
SO MUCH LOVE! It's a love and hug fest!

Charlie has consistently been handled well. <3
25th-Apr-2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Dude!! You made gifs of the hugs! *flails*

That episode was just Made Of Awesome. I lol'ed a whole mess of times. Awwwwwed a whole mess of times. Just a beautiful blend of angst and caring and worry and giggles. Robbie Thompson, you are the KING.

I keep seeing people gripe about Charlie being a Sue, and I just want to smack them upside the head. Charlie ROCKS. I love that Dean's letting her in as a little sis, caring about her, enjoying her company, confiding in her. She's their Leia! And I not only have no issues with that, I think it's *perfect*.

Can't wait to re-watch tonight. And tomorrow night. And a bunch more times over the weekend.

Plus. DUDE. Batcave!! It has a shooting range! What else is down there, Show? Huh? Huh?

And yes. That hobbit thing. Awwwwww.
25th-Apr-2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm giffing away at the moment! And that hug was totally made of win! \o/

I keep seeing people gripe about Charlie being a Sue,

I say ..WHAT? Oh my. No no. I can't see Sue here at all. She has too many awesome lines. I think she's one of the most fleshed out female characters that we've had.

OMG! The bat cave! \o/ I squealed with delight when those lights came on. I wonder about the look on Dean's face when it was first discovered... he must have been in raptures.

And no one can trace their calls in or out?! More canon about the fab bunker...<3

SO MUCH AWWWWWW on one ep! \o/
25th-Apr-2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
This one was lovely. :)

This episode in particular highlighted Dean's growing ability to let people in. He knows about loss and I am now seeing a Dean who is taking the chance to say "I love you" or "I care about you" with a hug.

Out of character? Really? Wasn't that ... the whole point of the story? I mean, Charlie's thing is that she can never tell her mum what she needs to. Her mother is tantalisingly 'there', but also not. Dean's nightmare has Sam in the same state. So go home and hug your brother now. Don't wait till the next time he comes back from the dead. :)

Once again we see Dean giving advice but not being able to follow it himself. He can't let Sam go. Yet.

Honestly, that's the only bit of weirdness in the whole thing. For Charlie to 'let go' makes sense. Her mum isn't really there anymore and she's just tormenting herself with the possibility. I know Dean can be overprotective, but Sam tends to fall down when he tries to stand up. If ever there were an appropriate moment for some hovering ...

It's interesting how Charlie has said the words that's need to be said to both Sam and Dean.

It is interesting. I mean, Charlie speaks as a fangirl – but not of Supernatural specifically. She's a fan of Tolkien and Star Wars and Terminator and a billion other things. She knows the shape of these stories, so she knows how to talk to heroes.

I am so intrigued by what's actually happening to Sam. I think it has to be more than just dying - they've done that too many times now. I think some sort of change in him could be interesting.

I have no idea where they are going with this in any practical sense, so I can't speculate either. I only note with interest that this is the second time they have referenced Tolkien. And today it makes me think of:

'He is not half through yet, and to what he will come in the end not even Elrond can foretell. Not to evil, I think. He may become like a glass filled with clear light for eyes to see that can.'

:)

It feels like he knows these characters and he knows them like we know them. He seemed to get right to the heart of what makes the show so loved - brotherly moments to die for. Let's hope this sets the theme for the remaining three episodes.

He really is good. It's what makes storytelling work: when things happen they mean something, both to the audience and to the characters.
25th-Apr-2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
"She knows the shape of these stories, so she knows how to talk to heroes."

What a beautiful line! :)
25th-Apr-2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
It's so great to see you happy with an ep! :D (Needless to say I enjoyed it, too.) Thanks for pointing out the hobbit-home/bunker connection. I missed that.

Gosh, that last gif is a killer. *grabs heart*

You know, when Sam got up with his messed up hair and Dean said something about being ready to cut it I SO was thinking of your last gif post! :D
25th-Apr-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy to be happy again! (though this second half has seen me happier more times than not..*g*)

I LOVED Dean's line about the clippers. And I think Sam's hair was actually shorter during the second half? Looks like Sam might have had a trim...;)

xxx
25th-Apr-2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh thanks for the Batcave/hobbit hole connection - nice one!
25th-Apr-2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
As soon as the word comfort was uttered I knew it had to reference the bat cave. That place is the comfort for all the hurt the boys suffer.
25th-Apr-2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
My husband and I made the hobbit hole connection, first lair-ep! So incredibly awesome....so much love for this episode.

Happy place indeed!
25th-Apr-2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh you did! YAY! How nice that they made the connection so clear for us.

EPISODE OF LOVE!! So nice to see that they can still give us these...<33
25th-Apr-2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I never saw the connection to a hobbit's home before. But there it is - round door and everything.

I love you forever for making this connection. Forever, do you hear me? (Love ya for the gifs, too -- now where is your Tumblr again? I hate that place, but if you'll be gif-spamming, I'll make the trip.)

Dean's growing ability to let people in.

Ooooh, this. THIS. Dean opening up is a good thing, how is that OOC? People are not static -- they grow, and they change. I don't get the folk who don't get THAT, but whatever.

Beautiful reaction post, and thank you again for the Hobbit-hole/Batcave entrance comparison. That's gonna have me smiling for DAYS. <3

*steals all the gifs*
26th-Apr-2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
Forever YAY! \o/

I don't get some comments sometimes either. I see growth and a wonderful, warm Dean emerging from the other side.

(I had to make a little hobbit-batave pic spam ... on the way..;D)

xxoo
25th-Apr-2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed seeing a different style of Sam-Dean hug than a "back from the dead" hug! (Not that I'm complaining about those, of course.)

Thank you for pointing out the obvious hobbit hole connection that I missed!

I was surprised to see from the shot of Charlie walking away at the end that the batcave is much closer to civilisation than I thought. For some reason I imagined it was quite a distance out of town.
26th-Apr-2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yes! Nice to see a hug that isn't a returned from the grave hug. Just a good, old fashioned "I love you" hug. Those boys are gonna kill me I swear!

I think they don't love too far from town. There's a shot that I've seen that had Dean walking back with the beer and food. they obviously cut that shot out but it suggests they are walking distance from the town.
25th-Apr-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Reading your comments, and all the comments to this post, only makes me more squeeful. I feel like I just got hit over the head with a brick, I was so unprepared to have an emotional reaction like I did last night. And I'm kinda pissed about it! I was doing so well distancing myself, and now this. I'm not even coherent—just stumbling around in my emotions going, did someone get the license on that truck?

I had questions about the episode, like why does the bunker have a shooting range, if the MoL were supposedly so against brute force? (I assume Grandpa Winchester was wrong about something, there, or his attitudes weren't shared by all the MoL.) Why did Charlie act so weird all of a sudden when they figured out it was a djinn? That whole sequence was odd. I get that she was hiding why she was in town, but I was confused about why she behaved the way she did when she did. And what are the odds that Charlie's home town in Kansas is the same place the MoL bunker resides?

But really, I am fully prepared to not think about it too much, because SO MUCH AWESOME.

I love that they consciously used the Hobbit and the line about home, and the shots of the bunker. They had to have. Why else shoot all those scenes right there, and show the door so clearly? I loved that we were left to understand Dean hugs Sam because he doesn't want to wait until it's too late to let Sam knows he still loves him. I cried over Charlie and her mom, and over Dean connecting so strongly with her because of his mom. So much emotional honesty from Dean—I don't feel like we've had that in years and years. Like, since S1, honestly. And SAM KILLED THE DJINN. I've been pissed since WIAWSNB that he wasn't the one who killed the djinn who tried to kill Dean, and it was amazingly satisfying to see him use his brain and play dirty pool to kill the young one. Can't get it done with brute force? He'll find another way. Fuck, yes.

I could go on. This episode. What just happened?? I made a new SPN icon. I haven't done that since S6. Oh, my heart.
25th-Apr-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥

Welcome back! I actually have a fic idea to address why the Batcave/Men of Letters has a shooting range, but I honestly don't see any writing time in my future this year at all. But I'll enjoy musing about it as I drift off to sleep, for many nights to come!
25th-Apr-2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
bed head Sam!!! i squeeeee'd!!! and then thought, omg icon!!

i loved this episode!!

dude, you are not going to poke that with a stick!

everything you said was what i thought!!

Charlie montage!!

seriously loved all of it!

i have my speculations of what's going on with Sam, but i'm going to keep them to myself.

i was telling my husband about the Hobbit hole and actually freaking choked up. sigh.

i love this show. i love this episode.

gah, must go to work.
26th-Apr-2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Hey! Sammy and his awesome hair!

You're hubby choked up?! How awesome. My hubby can't stand the show, unfortunately. (we share the love of lots of other ones though..;D)

yay Show!
25th-Apr-2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
This ep made me really happy. And now after reading your entry I can't help but picture Sam and Dean with big naked hobbit feet...
26th-Apr-2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
HA! hobbit feet! Man - I'm sure Sam's would be nearly big enough..;D
26th-Apr-2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
Awesome ep was awesome! :D
25th-Apr-2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Perfect ep is perfect!! And I so agree with that dean is showing more emotion and letting people in, he was never able to do that before! Awesome review!
26th-Apr-2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks hun!

I'm loving seeing Dean embrace more people into his life. I think he went through a stage of being too scared of losing people to let anyone in. Now he seems to be enjoying the friendships he can make.
25th-Apr-2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Everything you said, yes!

Being minutia-distracted me, I have to point out what a pro Jared is, in the "Know your lines, hit your mark, find your light" kind of way. It makes me giggle that in the "I know" gif, that big hand comes up just right to mash down the poof of Dean's jacket so Sam's whole face is on camera.
26th-Apr-2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
that big hand comes up just right to mash down the poof of Dean's jacket so Sam's whole face is on camera.

HA! That's awesome. It's totally that! :D (actors know how to get their faces seen).

25th-Apr-2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
The episode had some nice things. Dean in an army uniform for one. LOL And the hug. But other than that I'm gonna admit that it left me a little cold. Not sure why - maybe it's because I'm still on a Spartacus high. ;D It was a good episode but it didn't blow me away. Your review makes me feel better about it, though. :)
26th-Apr-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh noes! Left you cold? I'm sorry to hear that sweetie. I'm still on a high from it.

But I can understand that Spartacus high! I'm still missing it....

Hope you enjoy the next ones. *hugs*
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