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10.02 episode reaction/review 
15th-Oct-2014 09:39 pm
Winchester is Cioming


Woot! Damn that was hot, I mean cool, I mean...Is it hot in here or what....?!

I have to admit, it wasn't until the end of this episode that I really got excited about it. During the episode I was getting a little restless, realising that I was really missing watching interactions between Sam and Dean. When we finally had the scenes between them (and wow, what scenes!) I could look back on the episode and really appreciate what was going on with it. The build up to their confrontation was worth it in the end. YIP!

There was a HEAP of things I loved about this ep, some things that bothered me a little bit and some things that really got my thinky brain working overtime.

First up, we HAVE to look at this section of dialogue between Cas and Hannah. And before you shout - an angel scene?!? - check it out. Imagine this dialogue between Sam and Dean...


Cas (Sam): You don't want this. I have seen what... I have made deals born of desperation and they always end in blood...and tears. Always...

Hannah (Dean): So I'm supposed to let you...

Cas (Sam): Yes. It's my life. It's my choice. And I don't want this.

Hannah (Dean): I... You're right. I'm sorry.

And it can be reversed. Sam could be saying this too (and ya wanna make a bet this exists because of the situation NOW, not previously. But, I'm not going to jump the gun on that. The fact that it exists AT ALL, indicates that at least SOME thinking is being done on this. Deals, choices, consequences, letting go…). Of course, we'll never get a scene like this between them, but I always believes scenes outside of Sam and Dean somehow relate to them and their struggles.

And actually, I loved that Cas said it. Thank god he allowed to say this and not be seduced by Metatron. I was damn well nearly screaming at the screen thinking Hannah was going to make a deal. NOT ANOTHER DEAL! (And here I was, about to fast forward through that scene because of Metatron (ugh!), but that piece of dialogue made me glad I didn't).

Aaannyway...

Highlights

Dean, Dean, Dean. Hot damn! Jensen is eating up this role and it's so damn refreshing to see him revel in this new version of his character. I think this is some of Jensen's best performances we've seen. Ok - we've seen some great tears and pain and anger, but this is nuanced. There's a range of things going on in the character and I love that it's not black and white. He could all be out and out evil, but it's so much more exciting watching this cold, calculating, smart and creepily charming version of Dean. Especially when he's teasing us with the idea of how much of "him" is really in there. He killed the douche guy and let the woman live so...that "good guy" is still in there somewhere? He didn't kill Sam so...he still has feelings for him? One minute his eyes are showing us feelings, next minute that disappears and he looks like an empty, deadly killer. I friggin LOVE IT! (More on this later).

Sammy Sammy. I preferred Jared's performance in this episode, I have to admit. It just felt like he settled a bit more, or something. He looked lost but determined. His singular focus is getting Dean back and I think (like us!) he believed there was something of Dean in there. He's grasping on to any hint that Dean is not completely lost (not killing Cole). It's heartbreaking and satisfied all my brotherly feels. I was worried that he didn't pick up that Cole was following him (and "let" him go), but I am going to go with last episode's explanation and that is Sam is so off his game he's not as alert as he usually is.

BROTHERLY FEELS! So much delicious tension between them! Those final couple of scenes were electric. Dean's sheer power and Sam's desperation. *guh* (and Dean saying he wants to takes Sam's head off - with his teeth! Slay me now). And. And: "What I'm going to do to you Sammy?....that ain't gonna be mercy either". ARGHHHHHH!!!!! *DEADED* (fic need STAT!) I LOVE THAT STUFF!

Loved the scene between Cole and Dean - mostly the dialogue and Dean's delightful performance. Cole is kind of a douche (ack, I think he's meant to be yeah?) and Dean ATE HIM UP! Again, Jensen owned the damn screen.

"You're my brother and I'm here to take you home". Nuff said. Just feels. ALL OF THEM! Whaaaa.

"Hey There Lonely Girl" - awww, Crowley's heart is broken. Awesome choice of song.

Quote from the Princess Bride! \o/ "..you killed my father. Prepare to die". Delivered perfectly.


Mid to lowlights


I have a mixed reaction to Cole. He's a little more complex than it initially seemed and I like that about him. He's clearly lost it (and has been losing it for a while we have to assume). Torturing Sam isn't going to get a character into my good books, so I like that he seems like he could be honourable, but years of being driven has worn him down and now he's lost to the depths of darkness. He represents the theme they're playing with at the moment - Sam could become like just him - or maybe he even sees an aspect of himself in Cole. We don't know yet exactly the lengths Sam has gone to to find Dean, so many be has also tortured a human, much the way Cole tortured him.

What doesn't wash with me is believing he's been hunting Dean all his life. Like really? It's taken this long to find him? Totally *handwaves* because ok, storyline and that's all there is to it (and maybe it matches that "douche" quality he has going on? He's been preparing for this since he was 13 and has lost sight of other important things in his life. AND he was prepared to let Dean kill him - wife and child? Yep, they don't feature it would seem). He's a beautifully messed up character, with shades of both Sam and Dean in him.

Calling Sam "boy" seemed strange, especially has he's supposed to be younger than Sam. Maybe it's part of the bravado.


Dean being taken out by some holy water and devil trap hand cuffs. I have to *handwave* this also I think. It seems like a far too easy way to capture Dean. I was discussing this on twitter and it could be argued that maybe Dean wanted be caught by Sam and didn't fight him or try and escape. Personally, I don't think so. I felt like Dean was truly pissed off that he was caught, so I have to believe he reacts to holy water and devil's traps like any other demon. And why not? The thing that makes him a "different" demon is his free will. He's no ones puppet and can make choices for himself. But he's still bound by the laws of demonises. *nods* Also, maybe he's looking forward to messing with Sam.

Sam's poor head! Seriously?! How many knocks can that poor boy take?! (it's replaced choking at the Sam "thing" now hasn't it?)

Sam's poor hair! (yep, I will complain about this until they stop smoothing down the back of it..*ugh*)

I'm not sure why Cas is dying. Is it because his vessel is dead and as his Grace is fading he's beginning to die just like his vessel? I dunno. I keep trying to be interested in the angel stuff, but it really doesn't grab me that much. Though, I'm still keen to see some luuuvvv be Cas and Hannah. ;). And man, I hope Metatron doesn't escape. Never hated a character so much. And that's not in the "love to hate" kind of way.

I'm always curious to see the ways in which the show keeps Cas powerless and away from the boys. He's sick and, well, that's that. I did like Cas's proclamation that Sam and Dean are his friends. I mean, we know that now, but it was a nice sentiment. I think I particularly like it when Sam is (now) included in that friendship.


Thinky:

I know there are different interpretations on how much of Dean is actually in there (another reason why the performance is so strong), and maybe we'll find out more about that next week, but for me, other than characteristics we've seen from Dean before (drinking, hanging out at a strip club, violence), there's not a lot of the Dean we know.

The really interesting moment in this episode was Dean deciding not to kill the girl but instead go for douche husband. It could be argued that that was the "real" Dean reacting, and maybe there was a little bit of that there, but ultimately it was about making a choice for himself and NOT doing what Crowley had ordered. There's no doubt that we are still seeing many of the characteristics that we now are Dean - "defending" a woman's honour last week (which ended up being more for himself than for her) and taking out douchebags (which turns out to be more about going against Crowley's wishes that deciding not to kill the girl). It's this complexity that makes demon!Dean so damn fascinating.

And one of my favourite geeky things:

Lots of flamingos in the bar. The last time we saw flamingoes was in Mystery Spot. Perhaps an accident, but I do love that the last time we saw flamingos Sam was desperately trying to save Dean.

Flamingo--$&-starburst

MS-Sam-&-flamingo


I'm liking the "feel" of S10 much more than S9 so far. Even though the boys are apart and Dean is threatening Sam (why do I find that so delicious?!) at least we know it's because Dean isn't really Dean - it's not because they've decided to make them do horrible things to each other because…um…because… Carver wants the drama!

I like that they're not letting Dean off easily. He's creepy and violent and dangerous, and nothing we are seeing is actually that far from actual Dean - as in, they are not completely foreign behaviours. Of course he's lacking the essence that makes us love him and I'm looking forward to see in how he's going to make his way back.

I'm still a tad worried what they're going to do with Sam. So far, we've had a very determined Sam, but with little insight into his head. Perhaps there's not a lot going on there other than - save Dean. I'll run with that for the moment.



Poll #1985567 10.02 rating...

I thought 10.02 was

AWESOME! More of that please!
50(61.0%)
Great! I really enjoyed it.
22(26.8%)
Ok. Some good bits, some not so good bits.
6(7.3%)
*meh* I wasn't really feeling it.
1(1.2%)
Nope! Didn't work at all for me.
1(1.2%)
Haven't watched it (yet).
2(2.4%)
Comments 
15th-Oct-2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Read the first paragraph....and made myself stop reading. I know what I will be watching after work.... :)

15th-Oct-2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
Good idea! I was happy not to be (too) spoiled for this episode. :))

Lots of positive reactions from fandom for this one I've noticed...:)
xx
15th-Oct-2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about Cole, I don;t know if I feel sorry for him or I want to see Dean kick him into the middle of purgatory...I had mixed reactions to the fight, I mean OOMPH, but then again this poor guy, but then again again *grins* my Dean is always gonna come out on top in my head...O_O
15th-Oct-2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I have a certain amount of sympathy for him, but he was about to take a hammer to Sam's knee and, well, that puts him on my wrong side from the get go.

But he was clearly outmatched against demon!dean, so I did feel a little sorry for him. But then again, he wanted to die and leave his family and that's another black mark.

I love his character though - in that, I like that he's not black and white...
15th-Oct-2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Now I have flamingos as harbingers of doom on the brain.

And actually, I loved that Cas said it. Thank god he allowed to say this and not be seduced by Metatron.

THIS, really hoping all the characters maintain their personal integrity this season, the deals got really OLD.
15th-Oct-2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Only in the SPN 'verse cold flamingos be harbingers of doom…

THIS, really hoping all the characters maintain their personal integrity this season, the deals got really OLD

PLEASE! After Cas killing that angel last ep, I really worried we were just going to get more of the same - over and over and over. That scene with Metaron was very positive in that respect. I'm so glad no one buckled.
15th-Oct-2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Loved, loved, loved this episode. Jensen and Jared both just.... wow.

I kept saying on Twitter last night that their chemistry was just sizzling last night.

Frankly I haven't enjoyed Dean as much as I did last night in a long time. Hmmm.. Perhaps enjoyed may be the wrong word? Enthralled? I loved some of the choices Jensen has made to portray this version of Dean. Some of the ways he tilts his head, for example. And the eyes.... You said it terrifically - it's nuanced.

And Jared / Sam. Just no words. Basically what you said. I was also concerned that Sam didn't even appear to think that Cole may be following him. But that's, whatever. I was just so impressed by Jared last night.

Damn, they were both so .... on.

It's only ep 2, I know, but I'm becoming very hopeful about this season (of course I've been there before, but whatever.)

15th-Oct-2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah! The Js were on fire! *guh* their chemistry is remarkable.

And I am enjoyed Dean so much as well. I love that we're seeing things (facial expressions, body language) that we just don't see from him normally.

Sam just looks so gaunt and stressed and..*wraps him in all the hugs*.

I want to be hopeful too. I want them to come through this and then NOT spend the rest of the season hiding things or pointing blame or feeling righteous in some way. I want them to started fighting the good fight together.
15th-Oct-2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yes! That dialogue between Cas and Hannah was excellent. Full credit to Dabb for making the Cas story arc work with the central arc.

Edited at 2014-10-15 02:57 pm (UTC)
15th-Oct-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yes. It was a lovely section of dialogue. And I'd love to think that Cas understanding this might just play into what's going on with Sam and Dean.

Oh and I love your icon. The yin and yang is perfect for them and I love the way there's an "S" in the pattern and with a little stretch you can make a kind of "D" from the yang side. They balance each other and are interchangeable.
15th-Oct-2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
OMG, I loved this episode!

Your analysis of the Castiel/Hannah speech as compared to Sam and Dean's respective situations is spot-on. And yup, it could apply to S9 and S10 goings-on. I totally missed it, as I was too busy growling at the screen to "hurry up and get back to Sam n' Dean." ;) Great catch!

Demon!Dean is terrifying, full stop. I love it!

The bar scene was magnificent! Sam and Dean (and Jared and Jensen) were firing on all cylinders, and it showed. Dean threatening to rip out Sam's throat - with his teeth! And Sam steadily moving forward, determined to save his brother. I'd really like to know what might've happened had Cole not chosen that moment to toss the gas grenade . . .

I have thoughts about Dean going down at a flick of holy water. Less than ten minutes earlier, he'd sliced himself open with the First Blade . . . and healed back up like it was nothing. At first I thought that little bit of holy water shouldn't have so much as distracted him, but remember, Abaddon was a full-on demonic Knight of Hell, and she had a similar reaction to holy water. So maybe not so improbable?

The really interesting moment in this episode was Dean deciding not to kill the girl but instead go for douche husband.

That dude's fate was sealed the moment he called Dean a punk-ass demon. :) He knew not who he was messing with.
16th-Oct-2014 10:14 am (UTC)
Hey babe! It was a goodie wasn't it?!

I totally missed it, as I was too busy growling at the screen to "hurry up and get back to Sam n' Dean.

Haha! I was too! I was getting impatient and I was pretty sure either Hannah or Cas were going to make a stupid deal and that stupid Metatron would be out again. I was so THRILLED that that didn't happen. Then we got that dialogue and it spoke so loud to me about Sam and Dean. I suspect it might even be some sort of warning for what's to come (and definitely a comment on what's gone before…).

I'd really like to know what might've happened had Cole not chosen that moment to toss the gas grenade . . .

I know! Iwas like…."nooooo, I wanna see what happens!" Though I think Dean would have fought Sam and Sam would have well and truly lost and it would have broken my wee heart…

And yes. I will have to go with the holy water idea too. Even though he's "different" to some demons, he's still a demon and holy water and devil's traps should slow him down. Good thing they did! (now we can get even more scenes of them together…*g*).

That dude's fate was sealed the moment he called Dean a punk-ass demon. :) He knew not who he was messing with.

True! That guy was a dick! Who the hell bad mouths a demon - especially one who looks as cocky and ruthless as Dean.

15th-Oct-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
I always believes scenes outside of Sam and Dean somehow relate to them and their struggles. Yes! And I noted this too! I think it's relevant to last season and to what's happening now. I like that they are asking questions about autonomy and in what circumstances - if any - does someone have the right to override another's will. I really like when they delve into and issue and show the shades of gray.

He could all be out and out evil, but it's so much more exciting watching this cold, calculating, smart and creepily charming version of Dean. Especially when he's teasing us with the idea of how much of "him" is really in there. I love this too. It's keeping us guessing, not hitting us over the head with it. Dean is both creepy and oddly charming (to quote a CAH card). I find I can enjoy him, but also dislike him at the same time and I won't dwell on how damn hot he is

I've been having a lot of thinkies about Crowley. It seems to me he let Dean off too easily ---> really - the King of Hell let Dean push him around? I am wondering if Crowley intended for Sam to eventually catch up to Dean with the purpose of having Dean off Sam? Maybe tying in with the the Cain/Abel history and it will somehow change Dean for good.
15th-Oct-2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
Bam, right there!!! I thought the same thing about crowley. These guys are smart and conniving, i love it.
15th-Oct-2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
This was the episode I'd been hoping for last week! It had everything that a season opener should have had. I guess we needed a bit of a set up with where they were going but it was risky showing the weaker episode first, after all the opener is supposed to be the show that pulls you into a new season.

I agree that Jensen is rocking it. I think in the first half of season 9 he was tremendous, but by the last few episodes (not including the death scene) it kind of felt to me like he was almost phoning in his performance. It was just lacking something. Not to say he wasn't good, just that I think he can and has done better. Now he's knocking it out of the park.

I think Cole is a fab character but the age thing is bothering the hell out me. He just can not pass for a guy in his twenties and I can't understand why they wouldn't have gone with a more age appropriate actor. The guy is almost 40 and he looks his age. The actor is great but he's too old for the part.

I know everyone is seeing different things with Dean right now, but I don't see a shred of humanity in him. To me, he killed the husband because the guy was a moron plus he insulted him. He didn't kill the wife because it was making a statement to Crowley. And the moment Dean let Cole live, my thoughts were exactly what Dean said to Sam, it wasn't mercy, it was torture.

Jared was fabulous as well. Much better than last week where I thought it was a little overdone. He just oozed grief and emotional pain this week while still having that obsessed focus on saving Dean - it worked really well. I'm a little annoyed at Carver though, because once again he's dumbed down Sam. Like a hunter of Sam's calibre wouldn't notice he was being tailed - sheesh! Lucky everything else was great. I may even like Carver this season!
16th-Oct-2014 10:35 am (UTC)
I may even like Carver this season!

Ha! Steady on! ;) (It would take A LOT for me to trust Carver again. After 2 seasons of messing with these characters, I'm not feeling all that confident…)

Cole's age makes no sense. Maybe they thought he could pull it off OR there's actually something going on with him. I saw and "idea" that Dean obviously killed Cole's dad because he was a monster so maybe there's something up with Cole too? I doubt it very much - but if there was a way to explain the age that would be awesome (premature ageing due to a hard life maybe?).

I've always felt that Jensen (and Jared) need good direction. They are good actors but having a good director can make good actors great. That shot of Sam when he shouts "where's my brother?" in the season opener made that looks more comical than serious (I thought). Plus, last week the camera kept lingering on Sam which meant he had to push it past believability. It was much better handled this episode I thought.

I truly hope we get more satisfying episodes like this. Looking forward to next weeks because Jensen is directing. So far, I've liked his direction.

Ooh, meant to say:

Like a hunter of Sam's calibre wouldn't notice he was being tailed - sheesh!

I can pass that off as Sam being off his game and focused purely on Dean. If he didn't think he was "let go" he wouldn't have even considered that he was being followed. *nods*

Edited at 2014-10-16 10:37 am (UTC)
15th-Oct-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, Yes to all you said! :)

My thought on Sam not catching Cole was much like Cole dropping his keys on purpose to follow Sam. Sam let him follow him so that he could be the distraction Sam needed to take down Dean. I might be reading too much into it and it might just be Sam isn't on top of his game. He did look so worn down poor guy!

As for Dean turning up on Cole's radar, I would think that since he wasn't aware of Dean being a hunter and he isn't a hunter himself- then the reason Dean 'turned up' is because Demon Dean is not bothering with an alias. He is proudly flaunting his name and face and not giving a crap if Sam or others find him.

Now that being said, I would think that Cole would have thought Dean was dead by now but maybe with him reappearing after his St.Louis death, the death at the jail with Hendrickson and his death most recently at the jail where the Levithan's wear wearing his face...Cole has learned that Dean Winchester is one tricky son of a bitch and able to fake his death and disappear when need be. He was just biding his time for when Dean showed his face again.

Now Cole gets it and will turn from a human tracker/hunter to more of a Gordon like supernatural hunter me thinks.

I'm willing to see where they go with him but to be honest I would have been fine with him being used as a plot device to allow a wounded Sam to get closer to his brother and take him down.

Can't wait until next week!
16th-Oct-2014 11:09 am (UTC)
Sam let him follow him so that he could be the distraction Sam needed to take down Dean.

Oooh, I like that idea. :)

is because Demon Dean is not bothering with an alias. He is proudly flaunting his name and face and not giving a crap if Sam or others find him.

Oh, I can buy that! I figure they would be pretty hard to track down. I didn't think about Dean flaunting his identity since becoming a demon.

Now Cole gets it and will turn from a human tracker/hunter to more of a Gordon like supernatural hunter me thinks.

Yes, we saw some pretty unlikeable traits in Cole so I figure he really has turned into a "monster" as he said. It will be interesting to see if he finds out why Dean killed his dad. He might discover that he had, in fact, done him a favour. Or something. Still lots of mystery to be unravelled. :)



15th-Oct-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Bunches of things you hit, right on the nose!

...I always believe scenes outside of Sam and Dean somehow relate to them and their struggles. THIS.

And this: Jensen is eating up this role! He is making Dean's deliciously dead eyes and every bared tooth so effin' enjoyable! The wit, the gestures, the HOT. Damnation, Jensen is working it. HUZZAH!

I agree; Jared seemed to strike a better balance in this episode. Better direction, maybe? I don't know, but whatever he was doing, keep it up, Jarpad! His injury and subsequent slimming down is really working for Sam at this stage. In the scene before the smoke bomb made it's big entrance (with Dean at the piano and a long-ish shot of Sam,) the contrast between Dean's cool/hot demeanor and perfectly coiffed hair with Sam's bruised, gaunt face and rumpled clothes...really hit home how tough this is gonna be on them both, when Dean is Dean again.

Personally, I think Dean let himself be taken by Sam. Holy water kicks demon ass, no doubt, but demon!Dean has an MO of being surprisingly more thinky than the real McCoy. He goes for the long game, if he suspects it'll make for the most a.) damage and b.) fun for him. Personally, I don't think there's much old Dean in there at all. I don't think he "cares" so much as he couldn't be arsed to bother, sometimes. I LIKE THIS VERY MUCH.

I'm digging the feel of this season better, too! Is it me, or do the colors seem less saturated? I so crave early seasons' cinematography. Bring back that dusky American Gothic vibe again. Oh, and better Sam hair. I'd give my left tit for early Season Eight hair...I will whine about this forever. Amen.

:D

15th-Oct-2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
I so crave early seasons' cinematography. Bring back that dusky American Gothic vibe again I read a great review on early scenes and how each shot was beautiful - thought through with lighting and composition to make you fall in love with show. I think they are making some strides back to that direction. The first scenes in this ep. were really beautifully shot and the lighting in the bar played up the contrasts between the brothers wonderfully. I really like seeing that someone was thinking about those things.
15th-Oct-2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
i thought it was ok, the beginning and the last 20 mins of the ep. Cole interrupted a very important scene between them--did not like that

Edited at 2014-10-15 06:35 pm (UTC)
16th-Oct-2014 11:52 am (UTC)
Ha, well. If Cole hadn't interrupted Sam might not have caught Dean - necessary plot point me thinks…;) Though it would have been interesting to see what might have happened if he hadn't. (Ack! I think Sam would not be in a good way…)
15th-Oct-2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
I tend to drift off with the various angel storylines, but, I think Cas is dying, not because HIS grace is fading, but because he stole the grace he is currently using. An analogy is you have a Porshe that requires premium grade fuel, but you use regular fuel. The car will run for a while, but eventually it will gunk up the motor and basically kill the car. The stolen grace gunked up Cas's body, either because you can't use another angel's grace or because stealing it as opposed to getting it voluntarily causes the problem. Metatron indicated that he could keep feeding Cas grace and Cas would retain his angelic abilities and go for years.

I hope they don't have Sam having tortured humans to find Dean, because how would they know how to find him? Dean's a demon. Demons don't let a ton of information out to humans. If a demon vacates the body of their meatsuit, we have been told that the person only has patches of memory. So if Sam catches up with a demon who either leaves the body or "goes to sleep" torturing the person would do no good. Not only would it make Sam fairly evil, it would also make him stupid.
16th-Oct-2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That makes sense about the grace. I would like to know (once and for all) if Jimmy is actually dead. One has to assume he is, but I don't think it's ever really been confirmed.

And I seriously hope they don't make Sam out to be a human torturer either. I mean, he has tortured demons (who are actually meat suits), so in that respect he has already tortured humans - though, not directly. I don't think we'd ever see him torture a vacated meat suit (unless they are really damn serious about making Sam some sort of monster), because as you say - it wouldn't do a lot of good and I would never, ever believe Sam would go that far.

I still worry though what they are planning for him. Unless we've already seen the worst...
15th-Oct-2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Good call on the flamingos!

We're getting mixed signals, but I think there's still a little bit of Dean in there.
16th-Oct-2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
Yay flamingos!

And, I gotta say, at the moment I don't think there's much of Dean in there at all. As in and of the caring Dean. I think he really means to "play" with Sam - and not in any way that will be nice. though, I will grant you, the fact that he hasn't already killed Sam might say something (though, so far, Dean isn't just randomly killing people. He seems to be controlling that fairly well - that might be the little bit of Dean that's still in there…).

15th-Oct-2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
What doesn't wash with me is believing he's been hunting Dean all his life. Like really? It's taken this long to find him?

Well, he says he's been preparing all his life, he probably hasn't been tracking Dean for all this time (like, he wasn't stalking Dean from Iraq). I think he meant that learning how to take Dean was his motivation for all these years of violence.

It seems like a far too easy way to capture Dean. I was discussing this on twitter and it could be argued that maybe Dean wanted be caught by Sam and didn't fight him or try and escape.

Yeah, I don't know that it was a conscious strategy, but I lean toward thinking that if Dean didn't on some level want to be caught, he didn't have to stand around and converse with Sam in the bar, or let himself get caught up in a long beat-down with Cole. It could probably be equally explained by his impulse control issues, which have gotten that much more of a hold of him since getting the Mark, but he's got pretty good self-protective instincts, so I'm leaning toward thinking he's had his fun and wants to play with Sam now.

I was worried that he didn't pick up that Cole was following him (and "let" him go), but I am going to go with last episode's explanation and that is Sam is so off his game he's not as alert as he usually is.

That works for me too. Or he just didn't think he had the time to care about Cole, given how long he's been looking for even a slight lead on Dean.

Edited at 2014-10-15 07:30 pm (UTC)
16th-Oct-2014 12:40 pm (UTC)
so I'm leaning toward thinking he's had his fun and wants to play with Sam now.

*guh* that does send shivers down my spine…

I think it's a good point though. I have the feeling if Dean really didn't really want to get caught he would have made sure he didn't get trapped. Though, I think Cole was actually a real surprise to both of them so I think he chatted to Sam because he enjoyed playing, but if Cole hadn't have interrupted Sam would be on the losing end of a fight. I truly think Dean thought he could take on both Sam and then Cole - he's just that cocky. I'm thankful he's captured now though now we get to see what happens between Sam and Dean...
15th-Oct-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I thought it was one of the strongest episodes we've had in years. Loved almost every second (but the angel story is enough to make me snooze.) Cole is a little dick, I wanted Sam to kick his ass but he's still at a disadvantage so D!D took the liberty (and enjoyed it thoroughly lol.)

I saw the flamingo pics on twitter, didn't realize they came from your journal! Good eye with spotting the similarities of M!S Sam and Now!Sam and the differences in Jared are quite startling with his weight loss. Poor broken wing *pets him*

Sam is determined, once again (finally) to find *check* and now fix/cure his brother *hopes to check that box next week*

Demon!Dean this epi compared to last epi is like night and day and this is what I wanted to see from the character. Jensen has gone to new heights to bring him to life, I'm in awe.

Jared's portrayal of heartbroken brother is breaking MY heart. He does angst so well and he's stretching his (loooong) legs with it. Outstanding!

Next week looks to be a pinnacle in their situation, can't wait to see what happens.

Edited at 2014-10-15 07:38 pm (UTC)
16th-Oct-2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
I thought it was one of the strongest episodes we've had in years.

I'm with you on that!

I saw the flamingo pics on twitter, didn't realize they came from your journal!

Oh yes. I put them on tumblr then made a link on my twitter. Maybe someone linked them from tumblr…

Sam is SO thin! Whaaaa…I hope Jared manages to bulk up. But wow - it works so well for Sam.

and now fix/cure his brother *hopes to check that box next week*

Please please! Oh god…I won't cope if he's not a major part of saving Dean…

Ack! And then we have to see what kind of fall out Carver wants from all this. It couldn't possibly be as simple of Sam saves Dean and they joint together to fight monsters. Far too bloody simple…





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