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3rd-Dec-2015 11:08 pm
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I fucking ADORED that episode. I cried (real tears!) for the first time in ages. I realise that's because I am Sam sympathetic (I've decided not to call myself a Sam!girl because I fucking adore Dean too, but I DO sympathise with Sam massively) and that episode spoke to me on levels I can't render into words at the moment.

I have so much I want to say about that ep (about Dean's characterisation, Sam's headspace, Sully and other important stuff) but I can't at the moment. But I will - at some point.

In short - great acting, directing and script. So much heart and soul poured into it all.
3rd-Dec-2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
It was a good un! ♥
3rd-Dec-2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
3rd-Dec-2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
Great ep, best so far this season :)
3rd-Dec-2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
I would have to agree! Though there's been quite a few I've loved this season. :)
3rd-Dec-2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
Both Edlund and the Great God KRIPKE loved it!!

My first rewatch of the season, besides "Baby".
3rd-Dec-2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! That's awesome. I saw Kripke's tweet. I loved that he felt it captured the boys. :)
3rd-Dec-2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed, 100%!

I will - at some point.

*lurks in wait*
3rd-Dec-2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
haha…I hope to later today…;)
3rd-Dec-2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
It was awesome, and Jared somehow looked like he was 9 years old throughout the episode - hard to do when you're 6'100" and all.

The goofiness felt earned and somehow true to the entire run of the show, and despite being a Colin Ford fan, I really loved the dorky exuberance of this little Sam.

Is it just me, or is season 11 turning out to be...kind of...good?
3rd-Dec-2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
* likes* ♥
3rd-Dec-2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
For me it's the best episode in three seasons. I also love all the work that went into creature design.
3rd-Dec-2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
Yep. Right up there as a fave for me for many years. Why did it take so long to give us something about Sam?! This was a lovely exploration of his fear and how he works out what he feels he *needs* to do.
3rd-Dec-2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
You know what's super awkward? Talking about families that shower together when you're standing next to your brother. Just saying, Dean! :D :D
3rd-Dec-2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Haha! Yes! Actually, there were some great one liners. And Dean doing the angry bath robe tie. Hilarious! I actually enjoyed Dean a lot this episode - especially his realisation at the end.
3rd-Dec-2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
i had problems with the episode, i did like some scenes Sam and Sully scenes, but there were more problems in it that override the good
3rd-Dec-2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. But I know every one reacts differently to episodes. ;)
3rd-Dec-2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
It didn't work for me. There were some good moments, but there was too much that threw me out of the story.
- Kids who look like they've 10 years old, playing with imaginary friends. Isn't the "imaginary friend" stage around 4-ish?
- John and Dean leaving Sam (who had just learned that monsters were real a few months prior) ALONE.
- A 20-year-old actor playing 13-year-old Dean (when 2 years ago he played 16-year-old Dean).
- The kid who played Sam looks nothing like Colin Ford, the established Young Sam.

I did like the actor who played Sully and his interaction with the boys. Loved the boys in their "Bert and Ernie" sweaters, Dean's reaction to the mermaid, and his response to Sam's loneliness.

Was this the high point of S11? Not for me. I thought "Baby" was terrific, worthy of many re-watches, but not this one.
3rd-Dec-2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hey there. I'm sorry to hear it didn't work for you, but I know we all react differently to episodes.

I also accept those issues. I thought Sam was too young for an imaginary friend - but given the context I let that wash over me.

But totally agree about young Dean! Such a shame actors have to grow up. Clearly they still wanted to use him, but he's getting out of the age range. I still think he did a great job of portraying Dean - but yeah. Too old.

I really liked the kid playing Sam. I mean yeah, he's no Colin and Colin is a very hard act to follow, but I thought the casting was solid. He had the right yeps and emotion. I credit that to Dick for the directing. But I know this young!Sam didn't work for many.

Sully was awesomesauce and it would be wonderful to see him back. He worked so well with both Jared and Jensen. Such a lovely character too.

Baby would be a high point for me only it felt like a stand alone and not part of the current SPN 'verse. In that - it almost felt like an alternate reality. It shouldn't have done, but as we were seeing quite a lot of "Jared and Jensen" and not SamnDean, it didn't feel "real" (weird way of putting it I know). I definitely put it on my re-watch list!
3rd-Dec-2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Sam killed me. This is probably the scariest undertaking he's ever considered since he knows EXACTLY what's in store for him.
3rd-Dec-2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
*nods* His fear was palpable. So wonderful they're allowing us to see it.
3rd-Dec-2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
Loved loved loved it! I especially adored how one minute I laughing and then in the blink of an eye, it suddenly wasn't so funny anymore, and I was tearing up with feels.

I loved how Sam opened up to Sully about the cage, that whole scene really made me think about the magnitude of what this means to Sam, about what 'God' is telling Sam to do. I want Sully back. I might need him to come back for Sam. Come back Sully!!!

I think Richard did a wonderful job, and I hope he comes back for more.

\o/ I love to love you Show!!!
4th-Dec-2015 10:14 am (UTC)
Exactly! So full of love! (I'm re-watching it right this minute! \o/)

And it would be great to see Sully back. :)
4th-Dec-2015 12:50 am (UTC)
I loved it! It's amazing to finally get a Sam-centric ep.

I have so much I want to say about that ep

Yay, can't wait to read it. :)
4th-Dec-2015 10:16 am (UTC)
Indeed! How long have we been waiting?!

I'm trying to get my thoughts together now (re-watching…*g*)
4th-Dec-2015 03:07 am (UTC)
Wow, this episode was weird. But I used up half a box of tissues before it was over and another during the day as I kept thinking about it, so that must be worth somethng!

All the incest innuendo...I'm still pretty new to this fandom, so I'm a little innocent in this regard, but didn't the references feel a little intense? The family shower joke, yeah, but also the Bert & Ernie reference? Didn't Dean already mention that B&E are gay? So, D&S are presenting as a gay couple in this ep? Okay, I guess, but obviously this is a cover they're pretty used to.

This whole ep felt more like something out of Season 1 (Bugs!) Again, is this a conscious choice?
4th-Dec-2015 10:22 am (UTC)
I cried! And laughed - some of it was hilarious. But also so sad….:(

The wincest stuff was fun. :) I have no idea if it's deliberate but I gotta think they know what they're doing…;)

A lot of the eps have had a S1 feel about them lately. I would like to think that's been deliberate. :)
4th-Dec-2015 04:54 am (UTC)
Sam's plan is stupid and going to make things worse and Dean will end up being right and Sam will be wrong (whispers: S4 redux), so the magical friend with the rainbow suspenders enabling the stupid plan isn't really helping anyone, ya dig? lol
4th-Dec-2015 10:29 am (UTC)
Yeah. I can dig it, but in all honesty what they are going to do with it all in the future can't spoil this episode for me. I have absolutely no doubt it will all go to shit soon, but I just HAVE to enjoy it while I can. And getting Sam POV is still making me feel like I'm dreaming. The thing is, if they are going to make Sam do something stupid at least we're getting something about where his head is at (which we've been lacking for so damn long). At least they're not just making us guess why he might make a choice to return to the pit (and I do have issues with this - but I'll write that out when I do the review). And actually, aside from not understanding why Sam feel like he has to even go back to the pit (or how), Dean constantly shutting him down about his visions, fears and plans is making it more obvious why he might go and do that. Which, again, is more context than we've been given in the past about anything Sam does (other than the blood drinking. They made that pretty clear).
4th-Dec-2015 08:40 am (UTC)
What a weird and wonderful episode this was! :D
4th-Dec-2015 10:30 am (UTC)
\o/!! I so much love for it. :))
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