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9.12 episode review (and a wee pinch of rantiness) 
29th-Jan-2014 04:51 pm
KILLER WINK!


I was a little restless watching that episode. I was surprised how easily Sam slipped back into hunting with Dean kept wondering if this will be it. The episode seemed to be geared toward exploring Dean's issues - family and finding love where you can etc, but I was itching to see if Sam was actually going to get a voice. He was merrily just going along for the ride and I was thinking…what the hell?!

Thank goodness for the last 5 minutes. This may have been a seriously ranty post if Sam hadn't been allowed to say something.

(the only ranting I will do is not understanding some comments around the place about Sam giving Dean shit at the end. If anything Sam didn't give Dean enough shit. I actually thought Sam's restraint showed his maturity. He's not going to let Dean off easily for what he did and so he shouldn't. I know some people will never see anything Sam does as good enough but surely this is one thing they can sympathise with him on. I just don't get why Sam is considered to be in the wrong here. Why isn't Sam ever allowed to be pissed at Dean? I seriously don't get it. /end rant).

I was disappointed about the lack of Sam but I read a tweet that he was "off making babies". I assume that meant Gen was having their baby. Totally acceptable. At least we got some Sam.

I've always liked Garth (love how fundamentally different he is to any other hunters) and this ep was ok. Nothing startling, but after those epic first 2 episodes we probably needed a breather. It was heavy handed and there was a lot of repetition about family and monsters and love etc and I have to confess I wasn't always engaged. Actually, it felt like there was a lot of padding. Dialogue that didn't achieve a lot - maybe they had to change things around if Jared had to leave. At the end of the day it was a solid enough filler though.

I'm glad Garth didn't die. It feels like they've put him aside for a while, but at least they can go back to him later if the want to.

I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't myth arc heavy (only so much this gal can take of the demons and angels) so the werewolves made a nice change. I didn't spend much time working it all out (felt like I slipped into Teen Wolf there for a minute), I let it wash over me pretty much (mostly waiting to see if we were going to get a heart to heart at the end).

Dean was scruffy and surly and generally feeling rotten about everything (love that the dark quality from last week was still lingering). I kept thinking why is his angst only about the guilt he feels over Kevin? What about the bigger picture surrounding how that happened and maybe even consideration for how Sam must be feeling knowing it was his body doing the killing. I'm not sure the end fully addressed that, but a least Sam had a chance to bring it up. Maybe Dean will get it one day (though I'm not convinced the writers think what he did was much of an issue, so maybe not…). I did like that Dean ATTEMPTED to say sorry - it was on the tip of his tongue! It was typical Dean that he couldn't actually get it out. But the sentiment was there. I also liked that he tried the "we are family" as a cure all and Sam just didn't accept that this time. Though perhaps Dean's "took a piece of you" was an acknowledgement of the toll the possession took on Sam.

And sharing the crappiness? I did like that a lot.

I took Sam's "terms" to mean that they can work together but the trust that existed between them won't be there like it has been before. It might even mean that Sam will speak up more if Dean chooses to do something that Sam doesn't agree with. They'll never stop being brothers, but much of what is taken for granted in brotherhood might not be there for a while. Clearly Sam still cares very deeply for Dean - that will never change. (His "be careful" to Dean was a nice bit of dialogue to cement that the care still there).

I found Sam's comment about them being different in their approach to the job now a little strange. I've always felt that they were different and that's why they work together so well. They compliment each other. Maybe the difference is much greater than it used to be.

I've never really had a problem with Sam in peril but even I'm thinking we've seen it too much now. That man's head must be mush! At least he was involved (a little bit) in the "saving the day" moment. Though, poor guy being bored to death with the monologuing...

What the hell is it about the villain monologue? Could she have taken any longer to actually kill someone?! I wanted Dean to get there just so she would shut up! (this scene felt padded also…)

I like their uneasy alliance. They had to come back together somehow - they were never going to keep them apart for long - so a kind of truce leaves the door open for some serious healing later on. Sam is so right - something is broken between them. Sam has always trusted Dean, so for him to say he can't any more is huge. It's also a role reversal. At the end of S4 Dean lost his trust in Sam. It took a long time for Sam to earn that back. Now it looks like it's Dean's turn to prove he deserves Sam's trust back. I know it's hard watching them in conflict but at least that means they'll be some juicy angst (and brother soul searching) in future episodes. I much prefer this type of (organic) conflict rather than the overtly manufactured stuff we saw last year. I think the issues between them are going to be around for a while to come and may even play a large part in the finale. We'll see!

In the mean time…without saying anything too spoilery - hubba bubba next week….
Comments 
29th-Jan-2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I found Sam's comment about them being different in their approach to the job now a little strange. I've always felt that they were different and that's why they work together so well. They compliment each other. Maybe the difference is much greater than it used to be.

Yes, I agree, this was one of the things I found intriguing, they've always had different approaches and strengths, maybe it's still about Sam wanting out, not sure.


Haha, I love your mini rants.

I'm just stopping by with how I took that conversation, won't be popular either, but here goes.

As much as I wanted Sam to blow his stack with Dean, I'm looking at it that Sam knows Dean better than me, and if Dean's put on any spot he doesn't like the first thing he does is use his fists and the second thing he does is use his feet to walk away. I feel Sam wants Dean to understand what he did and walking away pissed just isn't going to get Sam's point across, having to ride along, work beside and see Sam all the time? Maybe. I hope so.

They also touched on the fact that Garth got into trouble working alone, the brothers have always agreed that hunting on your own is the easiest way to get yourself killed. I felt Sam still can't help loving and worrying about his brother and working with him, even if he can't yet or ever let that issue of 'brotherhood and family' over ride basic instincts of right and wrong in the future, is something he can do. I also think there's a bit of Sam intrigued and a little concerned about that Mark of Cain and what it means.

Like any addict, you can't force change, I'm hoping that by Sam taking the higher ground, staying firm and quiet and not having one huge drag our fight that Dean would probably think had fixed everything, that something might get understood, although we won't really know unless Sam's dying again and I've honestly had enough of that. At least can we get less of Sam getting clonked on the head please?

I kind of liked Dean's confusion over what had happened, I don't like the way the whole script was tilted once again towards his guilt, I don't know why they do that, but if, as you say Jared wasn't available, then maybe it's filming constraints and limits that cause that. We'll never know, maybe Jared's just better at poker or 'rock, paper, scissors' and the two of them play for the high stakes of an afternoon off when there are scenes that could have, but don't need both of them present?

Not an outstanding episode, pretty run of the mill filler filled with more of their favourite 'family and monster' anvils, but they worked the case without any angels or demons or outside research, so I guess that's a mark on the plus side.

30th-Jan-2014 09:28 am (UTC)
maybe it's still about Sam wanting out, not sure.

Hmmmm, I hope not. Surely they've covered that ground (one can hope). I felt it was Sam finally seeing how damaging Dean's decision can be. Even in the episode Sam had to pull Dean back. It's much like Dean was after John died. (but it's kind of old ground, because Dean as always been shot first. And really? After he had a friend in Benny and less that vampire girl go you'd think Dean wouldn't be so quick to judge. though he is suffering from major angst at the moment…)

Haha, I love your mini rants.

I think it's the first time all season I've really felt like letting loose. I've held back because I haven't written the entire context for why I'm so ranty - but boy. I've been feeling it from reading stuff around the the place (I really need to keep to hate free journals).

I totally agree with your reading on the ending. So much! I really felt Sam handled the situation maturely AND with love and understanding of Dean. He didn't say he didn't love Dean any more (that would be impossible), he just recognises that there are problems. The fact that Sam agreed to work together again spoke volumes of his true understanding of Dean (I just get confused why others don't see it like that - I know I am a little blinkered when it comes to Sam, but he really didn't DO anything horrible here. People are saying he's been too harsh. I just don't get it :((( )

but they worked the case without any angels or demons or outside research, so I guess that's a mark on the plus side.

Yeah. I loved that they actually worked the case together and didn't have any of those higher and lower powers to deal with. Just could old fashioned monster hunt (with family anvils of course…*g*)

30th-Jan-2014 11:14 am (UTC)
I felt it was Sam finally seeing how damaging Dean's decision can be.

Yes, that makes a lot of sense, also maybe that Dean needs to stop thinking he's the only one who can make final decisions for others. It's hard for someone like him, he's been in so many positions all his life, especially where they were kids, where he's the one who's had to make the decisions that it's become very hard to give up any sort of control to anyone else. It wears him down, but he just can't let go.

I just get confused why others don't see it like that - I know I am a little blinkered when it comes to Sam, but he really didn't DO anything horrible here. People are saying he's been too harsh. I just don't get it :(((

Me neither, thanks for the heads up about what's going on out there though, I had a belly full of Dean hate from last week and have decided not to explore anywhere after this episode, unless it's through recs or following links from your flist page here, I just don't want to hear any hating on Sam over this - it's too ugly to bear any longer.

Everyone here has been so much more balanced in seeing rights and wrongs of the situations and discussing how that reflects on things which is far more interesting than flinging shit on characters. I know we all have our personal reasons for why some things affects us more than others, but I just love the pair of them flaws and all - I think we all feel like clonking them in the balls on occasion, but I feel it is possible to see both sides of their fucked up relationship.
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