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Stream of Consciousness, Epi 9.16

NOW we're getting somewhere!

The episode was a slow build, but it paid off. After a few episodes where I sat down to ramble with a bruised heart, it was refreshing to be pumped up about the events of the story and not distracted by the impact of the brother's rift. I swear, throughout the first half of the episode I could hear the ka-chink, ka-chink sound of the roller coaster climbing the hill to that first fake-out dip that makes your stomach bounce up to your nose and your heart flutter with anticipation before the big-scream drop.

We haven't had the big scream, but Dean's first encounter with the Blade? Holy. Crap. Definitely got my heart a-pounding.

I have to take a moment to say how amazing Jensen was with the effect the blade had on Dean. The way he trembled, his hand shaking from the affect of the power, the rush that filled his eyes -- not from any special effects, either...just the way his eyes shifted to show the surge of feelings and power that slammed into him when he came in contact with the blade -- it made me catch my breath. And then when Magnus said the spell that sapped his will, how he made his eyes go dead, empty.... *slow clap* That was fantastic. I may actually have to play that scene again. A few times.

I'm excited to see Dean having to have an internal struggle that has nothing to do with Sam or saving anyone's life. Dean is our constant, our focal point, the eyes we see the events of the story through. We watch what happens to Sam and we see it impact Dean. Now we have a chance to watch what happens to Dean, see him struggle with it, work through it, use it, discard it, burn up from it, overcome it, whatever he's ultimately destined to do, and we have the opportunity to see it impact Sam and experience his reaction to his brother and his brother's struggle. I'm excited for these new opportunities and excited to see what Jensen and Jared can do with this shift of events.

We've seen Jared play Sam in quite a few forms (his most impressive, IMO, being his shift from Sam to Not!Zeke early in the season), and I've always been appreciative of his ability to do so, even if I didn't like the Sam he was playing (e.g., Soulless!Sam). I look forward to seeing Sam's focus turned outward, seeing him not worry about how it's going to impact him or how he's going to be affected by it, and seeing what he does with that kind of focus. At the same time, I look forward to the opposite from Jensen, seeing Dean turn his focus inward, what is happening to him, what is he going to do about it, what does he want/not want to do, how can he choose to make a difference, is he losing control...all those things. The next several episodes have incredible potential.

And I hate to say it, but I let that Crowley charm me and play to my sympathetic side. He's grown on me - and has been for several seasons, even though I know he's going to screw everyone over. I can't help it! I mean, sheesh, at one point I wanted to give the guy a hug! And he's the friggin' King of Hell! *Bad Gaelic* But it seems the boys fell into the same trap -- and shame on Dean for that, too, because he's now been fooled twice by a vulnerable Crowley, forgetting that the minute he can, the demon will flip the cards over and reveal that he'd stacked the deck. Still...part of me has to respect the fact that even after hitting bottom, the guy manages to bounce rather spectacularly.

I will freely admit that I enjoyed watching Crowley and Sam's interaction just as much as I liked Dean and Crowley. It was a different situation, of course, and Crowley had a different motive and reason to need the brothers, but it was fascinating to watch Crowley watch Sam, study him, his demonic gears turning as he poked at the wall Sam had constructed around himself. It was also incredibly ironic, I thought, to have a former demon-blood junkie be the primary intervention 'sponsor' for a current human-blood junkie. Well played, Show.

Despite his edict that they're partners and not brothers, it was also refreshing to see Sam (finally) showing interest in what was going on with Dean and the Mark of Cain. It was often subtle, but it was there. From researching Cain and Abel, to working in rhythm with Dean for Crowley's intervention and finally his soft, gentle plea turning to a John Winchester-esque bellow of his brother's name to get through to Dean when he held the blade, Sam had a focus on his brother. He might be able to shrug it off as their only way to defeat Abbadon, but I don't buy that. Yes, it's technically true, but it's not the only thing I saw. Forgiveness may not be quite in the cards, but they were working more together tonight than they have in quite some time.

The Mark of Cain/First Blade thing, though, has me chewing my lip in anticipation. And there's still a quiet hope that it will not only result in Abbadon's demise, but in Sam saving his brother. And not a kill-the-bad-guy-before-he-kills-Dean kind of saving. I mean, that happens rather a lot, with both of them.

I am talking about a make that stone number one and build on it kind of saving. A don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you kind of saving. A I couldn't live with you dead kind of saving.

Something that does more than just keep Dean's heart beating. Something that shows him that the person he values most, above all others, values him as well, faults and all. Something that shows Dean that he can do something right, that his life isn't all about mistakes, and that it's possible to be forgiven and to forgive and to learn and move forward.

I caught a glimpse of something in the first encounter with the blade that breathed onto the coals of that quiet hope and I think we could really go somewhere with this. Not only that, but to see Dean react to something supernatural that's inside of him, tied to him, was thrilling. Thinking back to how Sam has had to cope with debilitating visions of death, the soul-rocking realization that he could defeat demons with his mind (as long as he was juiced up on demon blood), having a fractured soul and being haunted by Lucifer himself, and finally surviving a slow internal destruction due to angelic trials, I look forward to seeing how Dean will cope with controlling this impact on his body, his soul, his mind, his will, his emotions (or, conversely, losing control of it).

AND I look forward to seeing if Sam helps him -- not just to 'save him' but to manage it somehow, or control it long enough they can defeat Abbadon. Sam's experience makes him a perfect anchor for Dean to get through this...if Sam will only see that and make it happen.

A surplus of spoilers and interviews erupted on the interwebs this week; I was only able to read two (well, read one and listen to part of one) and without going into it too much, based on that moment where Dean trembled from the power of the blade, curling his lip in an almost-snarl, his eyes going hot and hard, I can completely see the effects of the blade beginning to turn Dean into what so many in his life have said he was anyway: a weapon.

A hunter in a black and white world seeing good and bad, not necessarily right and wrong, and taking matters into his own hands as he was designed to do.

What gives me hope, though, of getting Dean back was the moment Sam bellowed his name, then gently implored him to put the blade down, Dean looked like he was surfacing, emerging from a dark tunnel, his eyes young and pleading, searching for solid ground and a crumb of reassurance. If Sam's on the other side of that tunnel, offering him that reassurance? I think they can get through this. And I'm more than ready to watch how it's done.

How about some lists?

LOVED:


  • Dean's. Eyes. In pretty much every scene, but especially during the whole encounter with Magnus -- from trying to convince him to let them borrow the blade to Sam talking him down from The Rush. What that man can convey in a glance...good gracious.

  • The tremble of anger and impotent rage in Dean's voice as he growled out, "Magnus, I swear to God..." when Magnus was threatening Sam.

  • The way Sam's eyes never left his brother's face when he was talking him down from the blade and how his voice shifted from a soft question ("Dean?") to a calming reminder ("Hey, it's over. He's dead. Drop the blade, Dean.") to a loud demand ("DEAN!") to a gentle order ("Drop the blade.") That was just very well done.

  • The little throw-away shot when the boys are waiting for the guy who supposedly bought the blade; Dean's in the foreground, the camera focusing on Sam, and Dean blows out his breath in a visible cloud, his lips forming an "O". I don't know why, but I loved that shot of them.

  • Sam's no-quarter demand: "Take me to my brother."

  • The fact that Sam was the one carrying the blade out of the invisible fortress of crazy.


LIKED:


  • The fact that both boys recognized Snooki, Dean's "Well, that explains a lot," and Sam's self-satisfied smirk as he repeated the exorcism.

  • Crowley watching Casablanca and crying. I mean, come on! Tell me you weren't a little charmed by his vulnerability. *laugh*

  • Dean's number listed as "Not Moose" on Crowley's phone.

  • Velvet Underground's "Heroin" playing while Crowley's shooting up human blood.

  • The shot of the two brothers waiting for Crowley when he came back into his hotel room: Sam calmly sitting on the chair, Dean leaning against the wall, arms crossed...it was just one of those wow...holy crap moments when you remember these two are actually quite lethal.

  • The fact that the guy who bought the blade from the pirates was named Hunter Devlin. Oh, Show. *cracks up*

  • The way the museum curator woman looked at Dean like she wanted to...be compelled to talk. And then have breakfast afterwards. *ahem*

  • The fact that Crowley took the 1st blade; I figured that would happen, but I like that they kept him in the mix and used that to stretch out the Mark storyline across a few more episodes.


Meh:


  • I'll buy that small-town cops overlook a scruffy face and longer hair and readily accept two suited-up guys as FBI agents simply because they flash a badge and happen to be at a crime scene, but I did have to shake my head a bit that a detective in a big city like KC did the same. Tsk, tsk, detective.


*NEW SPECIAL CATEGORY* Outrage:


  • The. Demons. Keyed. Baby. I can't even.... *kill them all!*


Questions:


  • Okay, was the red spray-painted Devil's Trap where they summoned Snooki The Crossroad Demon the same place where they did that Harlem Shake video? Or was that too long ago? It just all looked...very, very familiar to me.

  • Did you guys know that demons wrote-slash-understood Enochian? I'd been thinking that it was the language of the angels, not angels and demons.

  • Okay, so thoughts on the fact that the First Blade was in a museum in Kansas City. Convenience? Irony? Or is it all coming down to something Stull-like with the different locations being in and around the MoL bunker, smack-dab in the middle of Kansas? Am I reading too much into it, do you think?

  • Anyone else wonder if the boys just left the "greatest collection of supernatural antiquities on the planet" in the invisible house? Have to wonder if the 1st blade was there, what else might be there that could help them...or hurt them.



THEN was a quick reminder of who Henry was and the MoLs, Crowley's blood addiction, Abbadon (as if we could forget her), a rough-looking Dean getting the Mark of Cain and searching for the First Blade. NOW we're at the bunker with the boys and Sam's reading up on Cain and Abel while Dean is pacing and calling Crowley. Again. Sam's confused why Dean's worried, but Dean sounds more frustrated than worried, saying the guy has one job: find the 1st blade.

Sam: Crowley's not exactly a team player.

Dean: His ass is on the line, too.

He plays Sam the only messages he's gotten from Crowley in all this time, which was very clearly a drunk-dial. We then shift to a hotel room filled with sex noises and see a sated Crowley and his demon-girl, Lola, living the decadent life while Lola gets him some fresh human blood from some poor soul they have tied up in the closet. Lola heads out to get pizza and returns to find Crowley watching Casablanca and crying, his champagne glass empty. As Sam Beckett might say, Oh boy.

Lola heads out and connects with one of Abbadon's minions, telling him that all Crowley cares about is sex, pizza, and human blood. He's falling apart. Not only that, he keeps getting calls from the Winchesters and one of the messages mentioned the 1st Blade. Which made me want to Gibbs-smack Dean for leaving such a message because come on! Don't trust that Crowley would be alone. In fact, don't trust Crowley, period! Never mind that I probably would have done the same thing.... >_>

Back with the boys, they're at a crossroads, having spray-painted a Devil's Trap and filled a box with all the bits of things necessary to summon a Crossroads Demon. Sam Latinates and next thing we know? Snooki.

Sam: Is that, uh....

Dean: Well, that explains a lot.

Sam: Look, Snooki...can I call you Snooki?

Snooki: No. It's Nicole now.

Sam tells her it can go the easy way -- she talks -- or the easier way -- they use the demon-killing knife on her and she talks. Dean votes for number two. They want basic info on Crowley but she's not talking, until they advance on her and she freaks out saying, "Not the face, are you crazy?!"

After some back-and-forth, she finally tells them that the last she heard, Crowley was in the Western Pacific, but that Hell's getting crazy. Even the loyalists want to sign on with Abbadon. After getting what they want from her, Dean nods at Sam all, "See ya, Snooks," and Sam Latinates the exorcism with a smirk.

I only know who Snooki is because of tabloids at the grocery story check out counter and commercials for whatever reality show she was in, but she wasn't bad. Much much better than Paris Hilton.

ANYWAY! Back at the hotel, Crowley is reading Little Women when Lola returns. Turns out he's not as far gone as Lola thought and he totally called her on ratting him out.

Crowley: I play the tune; everyone else dances to it!

He ends up killing her with an angel sword, but afterwards ends up in tears as he stares at his reflection in the mirror while shooting up with human blood. He looks quite disgusted with himself, actually.

Back at the bunker, Sam's looking up ocean floor maps of the Marianas Trench, suggesting that maybe Crowley found the blade and is planning on double-crossing them.

Dean: That doesn't make sense. He wants me to power up and kill the ginger. He set it up.

Sam (sitting back, sipping his beer, carefully choosing his words...very clearly testing his brother's attachment to Crowley): Ok, assuming he does show up with it, he's only useful to us until we have the blade.

Dean (confused): Yeah, so?

Sam: So, there's nothing stopping us from using it on him, right?

Dean (pausing, realizing he's being tested): Nothing at all.

Dean's phone rings and it's Crowley. Not only has he not found the blade, he needs their help. After a great shot of the Impala zooming along some road towards a mountain (so Crowley is clearly not in Kansas), Crowley returns to his hotel room to find the two Winchesters pointed at him. And seriously? That shot of Dean leaning against the wall, arms crossed, was just...UNF.

Sam demands to know what's in the bag Crowley is holding and Crowley says, "Nothing," with the uber-quick panic of someone hiding something. Sam grabs it away from him and finds a bag of O-neg. They force Crowley into a chair, hand-cuffing him there, and start in, riffing off of each other without missing a beat.

Dean: You're a mess. We were counting on you and you let us down!

Sam: Your slimy followers were counting on you to kill Abbadon and you let them down.

Dean: Man with all the mojo. Captain Evil.

Sam: It's pathetic.

Crowley: What's this? An intervention?

Sam: You need to focus, Crowley. Get a grip.

Dean: You just gonna let Hell go to Hell?

Crowley: You don't know what it's like to be human!

Dean's double take of wait, what now is followed by Sam's didn't catch that frown.

Crowley: It's your DNA; it's my addiction! My cross! My burden!

Dean: Take it easy.

Crowley continues to ramble about Lola betraying him and the boys quickly realize that Abbadon is looking for the 1st blade, too. Dean leans in toward Crowley, full-on serious.

Dean: Ok, this crap ends now. You're cut off. Kick it. Cold turkey.

They end up taking him back to the bunker and chain him up in the dungeon in the middle of a Devil's Trap. Sam's at a desk with a computer, trying to force Crowley to trace the path of the blade after the Marianas Trench.

Crowley: It had been swept up by an unidentified sub, sold to smugglers and lost to pirates in a poker game.

Sam: (pause, shakes head, pause again) What?

Crowley: Always a little tricky keeping up, isn't it?

He begins to stare at Sam...but not just stare, I mean stare. Like with nostalgia and intrigue and maybe even a little bit of...well, attraction.

Sam: What are you doing?

Crowley: Still a little bit tainted by humanity. Makes me sentimental.

Sam: Well, stop.

Crowley: You and I both know we shared a moment back in that church and on some level, we're bonded.

Sam (looking dangerously serious): Crowley. The only reason you are alive is because we need your help to deal with Abbadon because she is an even worse pile of crap than you are. And that is the extent of my concern for you.

Crowley keeps staring at him with a, oh, you don't really mean that expression. Sam presses him to find out what happened after the pirates. Next thing we know, it's night and the boys are suited up, sitting on a park bench...waiting for something. Crowley is at a nearby vending machine.

Sam (pained voice): What is Crowley doing?

Dean (leaning over to see past Sam): Stealing candy.

Sam (hiding his face in his hands): He's...he's stealing candy.

Dean: At least when Cas was human he was an okay guy. Shoulda known Crowley would be a douche version. (Stands up and scolds Crowley) Hey! Cut it out, man! End it. You're the King of Rotten. Act like it.

He has his doubts that this guy they're waiting for is going to show up, but Sam said that this Hunter Devlin (ha!) character bought the blade from the pirates and has been shopping it around. Just then, a negotiator guy shows up. The boys ID themselves as FBI and the guy is about to rabbit when Crowley red-smokes himself out of his usual vessel, into the negotiator guy and then back again, leaving the boys a little spun. They tell the negotiator guy he can go and head over to Crowley who says, "National Institute of Antiquities."

Turns out this place is on the Missouri side of Kansas City. Before the boys can get there, though, Abbadon's demons take over two guards, kill a research assistant, break into an empty vault (which happened to house the 1st blade at one time) and then kill their meat suits. All caught on security camera. Next day, Dean and Sam show up at the crime scene, get the scoop, and realize that Abbadon's closing in. They're able to talk with the museum curator lady (not sure that's actually her role, but it was something like that) -- an attractive older woman who looked like she just wanted to eat Dean up. She says that there was no "authenticated" item by the name of the 1st Blade on the premises.

Dean impressed the hell outta me by saying that the artifact was stolen and smuggled into the US in violation of treaties with several governments. "We can compel you to speak."

Museum lady: And what might that involve?

I hear you, honey. I'd like to be compelled to speak myself, if Dean was doing the compelling. What? I'm just saying.

She ends up telling him that a man with the name of 'Magnus' bought the blade and then gives Dean -- specifically Dean, she doesn't let Sam take the card, ha! -- her number if he finds he needs anything else. When she leaves, Dean blinks innocently at his smirking brother all, "What?"

Sam had clued in on the name -- Magnus, an alias the MoL's used when they wanted to go all incognito. But as far as they knew, all the MoL's were dead...or were they? Time to talk to Crowley! However, Crowley's a bit pissed at the way he's been treated.

Crowley: You ignore my suffering, then come barging in here and demand my help?

Dean: Pretty much, yep.

Crowley: Did I or did I not keep my end of the bargain?! You owe me. I'm in this mess because of you. You made me a junkie, kept me stashed away for months while my kingdom fell apart!

Gotta say, he kinda had a point. Not that I was supposed to feel bad for him, but.... They boys let him out of the dungeon and bring him into the main room where he can sip some Scotch, put his feet up, and peruse an old-school copy of Busty Asian Beauties. They boys are looking through all the registered MoLs, but the names they're finding are all the ones that were killed in the 1958 massacre. Then Crowley reminds them that he'd heard of a rogue MoL...and a rogue MoL wouldn't be an active member. Dean finds a box in the stack of boxes they're looking through labeled Infamti Et Oblituati (or...something Latinish that is actually correct).

Crowley says it means, "Dishonored and Forgotten." Jackpot! After some rifling through files, they find one on a Cuthbert Sinclair who designed most of the wards in the bunker, was a master of spells, and was kicked out in 1956 because he was 'eccentric and irresponsible.' The brothers take Crowley to where his demon minions tracked Sinclair, once upon a time, which happens to be a clearing in an empty field. The boys know that as a genius in sigils, he's probably protected himself. Dean gambles that he's also watching and nods to Sam, who calls out, identifying themselves as Henry Winchester's grandsons and say they know what happened and his side of the story.

After a moment, a smoke pillar rises from the ground and a doorway of light appears. The boys step through and are suddenly in the hallway of an opulent house, old school music playing from somewhere in the distance. Just then, they're attacked by two vamps and after a minor struggle, they're able to behead them. With that greeting out of the way, they're welcomed into the main room where Magnus -- who doesn't look a day over thirty, though he should be nearing ninety -- has them sit down on a leather couch across from him.

Apparently his youthful appearance is due to a spell. In his magic invisible house, he has a zoo of supernatural creatures as well as the "greatest collection of supernatural antiquities on the planet." Sam tells him they're hunters and Magnus chuckled that "the boys" (i.e., MoLs) must be spinning in their graves to have two hunters as legacies. He said he was always fond of Henry, though, and mentions that Henry came to visit him in secret, which I thought was an interesting kernel of information.

Dean tells him that Abbadon -- the last Knight of Hell -- is looking to up her pay grade and take over. Magnus says he always wanted to use their knowledge to rid the world of monsters, but the MoLs said that they were there to study and catalog. Dean's like, yeah, yeah, they're geeks, how about that 1st blade? Magnus looks intrigued, but says that it's useless without the Mark of Cain. When Dean pulls up his sleeve, revealing the Mark, Magnus' eyes light up and you knew right then he wanted to add Dean to his "collection."

Sam: If Abbadon takes over the one thing she wants more than anything is Hell on Earth. Not even you can escape that.

Magnus agrees and tells the boys that the blade is right behind them. They both stand quickly and turn to see what is very clearly a jaw bone -- still with teeth -- and a handle fashioned on the end.

Dean: If you're serious about taking action, loan us that blade and we'll stop the bitch.

Magnus (looking entirely too innocent) is all, "Hmmm, let me think about it," before he grabs some blue powder, mutters a spell, and blows it at Sam, making him disappear. Sam ends up somewhere in the woods and stumbles free to the road where Crowley is hanging out by the Impala, just waiting. Sam breathlessly gasps, "Magnus has Dean," before we shift back to the invisible house and Dean growling, "What did you do with my brother?"

Magnus says he separated the ordinary from the extraordinary and wants a complete set -- the blade and the Mark. Dean's like, yeah, it's attached, so loan me the blade and I'll take care of business. Magnus, though, offers him the "opportunity" to be part of the greatest collection of all time. He could be young forever!

Dean looks at him like he's buckets of crazy, but doesn't say anything.

Magnus: Let me teach you my secrets. Be my companion. It's gotten lonely here through the years.

Dean: When you were saying any of that, did it feel at all creepy?

Um, yeah. Yeah, it did.

Dean's like, I'm just going to grab the blade and go, but Magnus reminds him there are no doors or windows. Dean pulls out a big-ass knife and says he'll just make his own, but Magnus whispers some Chines magic and the knife instantly super-heats, making him drop it. Magnus also managed to get his gun, so Dean's a bit SoL.

Outside, Sam is digging through the Impala's trunk while Crowley is yammering about them bring on the same team, in the trenches, and when this is all over, they can get matching tattoos. *laugh* Sam's like, yeah, not likely. He says that the place is warded, which means Crowley's powers are useless, which means Crowley is pretty useless. Crowley tells him he's going to need another set of hands in there and Sam's like, Pass.

Crowley: I'm the one who helped your brother find Cain so we could find the blade and Dean could receive the Mark. I'm the on who flushed that lad Gadreel out of your noggin. So, lately, I've seen more playing time than you.

Sam: Crowley, please. Shut. The hell. Up.

Back inside, Magnus has changed Dean to a pillar and pulled up his sleeve. He wants Dean to fire up the blade and at first he resists, but Magnus shoves the blade into his hand and the Mark lights up. Dean's arm (guh, his arm) begins to tremble, his hand shaking and he looks like he's riding a rush of feelings and power...not all of it good, either. He looks shaken and dizzy...and more than a little pumped by it all. He drops the blade, shaken, and looking like he's not at all sure what just happened to him.

Magnus tells him that next time it'll be easier -- he'll get used to the feelings and even welcome them.

Outside, it's night. Sam has camping lamps set up around the Impala as he's reading through their folders on Magnus. He realizes he has the spell to get through the invisibility cloak over the house and needs Crowley after all.

Inside, Magnus is telling Dean that nothing can stop them. Anything they want to own or destroy is theirs. Dean can't quite catch his breath, still reeling from the effects of the blade and trying to call Magnus' bluff.

Dean: How about I take a knee? You gonna kill me? Without this thing on my arm, that's just a hunk of bone.

Magnus: I'm not asking for your cooperation. I'm just taking it.

He puts his hand on Dean's forehead and mutters a spell and Dean's eyes go flat and empty, all the will literally training from his expression.

Outside, Sam is finishing up the spell concoction.

Crowley: I did good, eh, Moose? Got everything on the list. You're welcome.

Sam: Stay close. Do what I say. Shut the hell up.

Crowley: I'm growing on you, aren't I?

Sam does the spell and the door opens, emptying them into the same hallway. They hear someone coming and hide; it's Magnus. Sam grabs him, puts a knife at his throat and demands to be taken to his brother. Rounding the corner of the main room, however, he sees Dean chained to the pole and Dean calls out, "Sam, no!"

Sam looks across the room and see the real Magnus there, a gun (was it Dean's gun, actually?) trained on him. Turns out the dude he'd grabbed was a shape-shifter. Sam kills it just before Magnus backs him up against a different pole, tying him up as well, and puling a long-bladed knife on him. Dean is tense, pulling at his chains ineffectually and growls, "Magnus, I swear to God," when Magnus presses the blade against Sam's cheek.

Magnus: What are you gonna do? (to Sam) What's he gonna do?

He cuts Sam's face, then his neck saying he's not going to kill Sam, but he is going to make him suffer unimaginably because why drain himself trying to suck out Dean's will if he can just force Dean to do what he wants by torturing his brother? Dean yanks on his chains, ready to go ballistic, when he sees something -- I'm guessing it was Crowley -- and is out of his chains in the next minute. Before Magnus has time to process that Dean's free, Dean has used the 1st blade on him, cutting off Magnus' head for having dared hurt his brother.

Dean turns slowly and looks at Crowley, his eyes deadly dangerous. Crowley stands perfectly still, staring back, almost curiously.

Sam (quietly, unsure at first): Dean?

Dean's hand is shaking as he looks at the blade. The tremble works it's way up his arm and his lips start to twist into a snarl.

Sam (softly): Hey, it's over. He's dead. Drop the blade, Dean.

Dean doesn't -- or can't -- hear him. His whole body is shaking subtly now.

Sam (bellowing, demanding his brother hear him): DEAN.

Dean looks at Sam then, and it's like he's coming up for air. The control of the blade seems to slip from him like water parting around him. His eyes turn young, pleading, seeking direction and safety.

Sam (soft again): Drop the blade.

His arm shaking, Dean finally does and Crowley just watches. Dean looks back at Sam, short of breath and a little shell-shocked. Next thing we know, the boys are out of the invisible house (and it's morning, so that whole thing took awhile). Crowley is following them through the woods, patting himself verbally on the back for the role he played in all of that. Sam is carrying the 1st Blade. Just as they reach the Impala, they realized she's been ransacked, and by the sulfur smell, they know it was demons -- Abbadon's demons. The trunk is okay, though; the warding protected their weapon's stash.

The worst part, though, is that they keyed the whole side of the car. It was a message to Crowley, in Enochian: Be afraid. Your Queen.

Dean goes to his knees, rubbing at the scratches, then rests his head against the car's side going from sad to angry in a breath. *sniffs* *rubs heart* Sam gets his attention, and Dean stands and turns, trying to pull his focus from his damaged baby to what Sam is saying.

Sam: Listen. You said Crowley was only useful until we got the blade. We got the blade.

Before Dean can react to that, Crowley pins them, hard, against the side of the Impala, Sam dropping the 1st blade in the dirt. Have to say, I can't believe they didn't see that coming. Also...have to say I'm a teensy bit surprised that Sam was so eager for Dean to use the blade again so soon after seeing what it did to him. I would think he'd want to be a shade more cautious, but.... *shrugs*

Crowley: I'm in debt to you. You forced sobriety on me and I can see this situation for what it is. Dean, you are quite the killing machine and it occurs to me that Abbadon's not the only name on your list. Mine must be up there as well.

He takes the blade.

Dean (voice tight from being pressed against the car): That's no good to you without me.

Crowley: But as long as I have it, it's no good to you. This is the way it's going to go. I'll hang onto it until you locate Abbadon. Then you destroy her. You're right, Moose. You can't trust me. But...I can't trust you, either.

He blinks out, releasing the boys. Sam sags against the car and Dean turns to look at the keyed words with dismay.

We're on our way now, aren't we? I know the next seven episodes won't all focus on the Mark, but I can't imagine too many of them will stray far from it after that display -- and after knowing that Crowley has the blade. This is going to be interesting, folks. I'm ready to see what they have in store for us.

Oh, also, just in case you were wondering, Episode 17 is next Tuesday the 25th, then we have another 2 week break, but starting on Tuesday, April 15th, it should be six straight episodes until the finale on May 20th. Hope to see you guys there!

Slainte!

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impala1967
Mar. 19th, 2014 07:07 am (UTC)
Bad Bad Gaelic *lol* I am sooo over crowley the sooner he's back in hell the better for me.

I agree, this episode took a while to get going but yes it was leading to something, something really cool ... Dean having a storyline and being active in the plot.

I did enjoy this episode and can't wait for next week, but then a two week break again, that just sucks balls.

And 'Baby' how could they defile her like that, I'm with you there Dean.

Last episode.... I only just watched it on sunday as the ghostfacers are not my fav characters and it took a while to even be interested in watching it, but it was okay, much better that I thought it would be. It was good to see the effects of the mark start to show in Dean and I can only assume they will come faster now that dean has had his first kill with it.

Roll on the final show down between Dean and Abbadon.

And do you think the mark will continue into next season, I would love it too, can you imagine where the show could go with it.

catch you next week

J
belbelleb
Mar. 19th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
I Loved this ep! Crowley was fantastic - he has such a man crush on Sam, even through the betrayal. I mean 'not moose' was just wonderful. And how he called Dean squirrel!
Jensen, jensen. *happy sigh* ridiculously perfect man.
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milly_gal
Mar. 19th, 2014 09:35 am (UTC)
This is possibly one of the best reaction/review posts I've seen for an episode in a very long time. I was going to try and articulate a lot of the things you mentioned and expanded on but after reading your amazingly well put together and explained thoughts, I don't think I need to. Everything you said here, everything, I agree with.

I have the same hopes and fears and I am looking forward to seeing where they're going to take the entire arc.

Thanks for the great review, I may link it at my journal if that's okay?

Edited at 2014-03-19 09:36 am (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Mar. 19th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you -- and I'm pleased you enjoyed the review and the episode! Please, link away. :) The more the merrier.

Have a good one!
hunenka
Mar. 19th, 2014 10:18 am (UTC)
I am talking about a make that stone number one and build on it kind of saving. A don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you kind of saving. A I couldn't live with you dead kind of saving. - Amen to that.

A very good episode, with lots of great moments and lots of Jensen being an amazing actor. I love it when he gets a chance to portray another side of his character than just the usual "depressed, guilty, overly protective big brother Dean".

And I loved Dean with poor Impala. It looked like he was comforting her and apologizing to her at the same time.

Thanks for the review. It's become a habit of mine that right after I watch the new episode I go read your thoughts on it :D
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
It looked like he was comforting her and apologizing to her at the same time.

He did, didn't he?? I really felt bad for him. Poor guy. He loves that car. *sniff*

I'm glad reading is a habit! Love seeing you.
yohkobennington
Mar. 19th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
Man, how dare they key the Impala! ಠ_ಠ

Anyways...
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Oh god, Im so excited. Can't even. What.


(show pls dont fuck it up)
tarynelliott
Mar. 19th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
Exactly what I say at the end of every eps.
Please don't fuck this up, please don't fuck this up....gah!

Dean!!
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nesmith
Mar. 19th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, Crowley with his arm stuck in that vending machine was kind of adorable. There are times I HATE him and want him DEAD and then there are times he becomes a demonic Louie De Palma and I almost want to cuddle him.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
There are times I HATE him and want him DEAD and then there are times he becomes a demonic Louie De Palma and I almost want to cuddle him.

RIGHT?? I mean, seriously. How can I be expected to remember that he is Eeee-VE-ill when he steals candy?? *huffs* ;)
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grean
Mar. 19th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Great review and I agree on all counts.
Dean having a storyline of his own being my favorite thing but the parallels between Sam and Dean and the opportunity to see Sam save Dean, to experience the angst and anguish Dean seems to constantly feel about his brother is something I have been waiting for.
Jensen knocked it out of the ball park in this episode. Kudos to him.
ps yeah Crowley manages to make you forget he is a conniving slime ball and is usually two steps ahead of you in the plot. The boys best not underestimate him again.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, agreed. Boys, listen to grean and do not underestimate Crowley again!

Thanks for reading and commenting. Can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!
tarynelliott
Mar. 19th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Such a good recap. I was going to try and so one but truly...I couldn't say it better. I think this needs to go on my LJ too.

Amazing recap. </p>

I'm still vibrating about this eps. *pets Dean*
I need to rewatch it.

gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Link away (hopefully, you've already done so).:)

Can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 19th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
Rather loved this episode. They pulled it out of the fire and that is good enough for me. I am now contented!!

Must say...rather liked Magnus - but then again, I adore the actor, lol!!

*HUGS*
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Who is the actor? He looked familiar-ish but not so much that I could place him.
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queeberquabbler
Mar. 19th, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Enochian. I don't think that regular demons can read it, no. I'm guessing that either Abbadon was with them and scratched it on Baby herself (for which she must DIE!), OR she told one of her minions what to write either ahead of time or via blood telephone. But that's just my fanwank ;)

I'm still just in awe of Jensen outdoing himself last night. I already wrote this over on my LJ, but the pure physicality of it, being able to watch the power going up his hand, then his strained arm and bicep, then into his body and head, all with NO special effects (beside the glowing mark) was chilling. He did such a great job! And I seriously can't wait for more.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't think regular demons could read/write in Enochian. I approve of this particular fanwank. ;)

I was/am/continue to be in awe of how Jensen playing Dean just grabs me by the throat time after time. He's amazing.
jj1564
Mar. 19th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
You have done it again and completely echoed my feeling about this fantastic episode especially Jensen, this is exactly the reaction I had....

'I have to take a moment to say how amazing Jensen was with the effect the blade had on Dean. The way he trembled, his hand shaking from the affect of the power, the rush that filled his eyes -- not from any special effects, either.... it made me catch my breath.'

Just want to add that it was good to see the Mark Of Cain story moving forward and great to see Sam being there for Dean as a brother. Excited for the next episode now!
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Ditto! I always look forward to seeing Dean, but it's been a bit since I've looked forward to an actual episode. Can't wait to see where they take this! :)

See you soon!
amberdreams
Mar. 19th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
I liked this one too - and the welcome break from the heavy angst (it wasn't forgotten but you could see how they still work together seamlessly and are constantly looking out for each other regardless of whenever else is going on between them).

I agree absolutely that this "Something that does more than just keep Dean's heart beating. Something that shows him that the person he values most, above all others, values him as well, faults and all. Something that shows Dean that he can do something right, that his life isn't all about mistakes, and that it's possible to be forgiven and to forgive and to learn and move forward." is what we and Dean need, desperately. To be honest, I am sure one instance of affirmation won't be enough to boost Dean's low self esteem but it would help!

Don't know if you saw this VERY pretty, very well made fanvid - but now I'm much more hopeful the show might give us something like this with the Mark!
gaelicspirit
Mar. 19th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
WOW. I saw some images from that vid on Tumblr (yes, I'm there now, though really still getting it figured out) and they were fantastic. This vid? AMAZING. Gave me chills. I stand in wonder at the talent of some people in this fandom. Just. Wow.

I agree -- one instance probably won't fix the situation, but it would be a heckuva start. ;)

Thanks so much for reading and commenting -- AND for sharing that vid!!
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palomacal
Mar. 19th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
YES !!!!
I just watched the episode and though I'm not so sure that the "I am talking about a make that stone number one and build on it kind of saving. A don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you kind of saving. A I couldn't live with you dead kind of saving" will happen, though I really really hope so, the show for me is definitily back on track and hopefully it will stay that way.

I can't believe I have no complaints about this week's episode except for your "*NEW SPECIAL CATEGORY* Outrage" I'm sorry, I couldn't avoid it, I was laughing the whole time. Don't kill me but, Dean's face and his antics... priceless.

I was starting to think that I would never say this again but I was excited when the episode ended. I can't wait for next week's.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 24th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
*gasp* You LAUGHED at Dean's outrage, re: Baby??? ;) *chuckles* He was a bit pathetically adorable, wasn't he?

I'm glad you're excited! I'm excited to! Can't wait to see what they toss our way next!
freya922
Mar. 19th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
This episode was just incredible. And you are so right... Dean's eyes were one of the incredible elements! Holy crap. Lots of angst, and lots of humor, too. The candy machine cracked me up, and Crowley's reaction to Casablanca was funny AND touching...

I am right there with you, wanting this to all go down such that Dean is the one struggling with inner darkness and Sam is the one doing the soul/spirit protecting and saving. I've got this Lord of the Rings parallel going, and the way I think of it is that Sam has been our "Frodo" forever. He's been the one that's struggling against a dark force trying to take him under, usually from the inside out. Dean has been the "Samwise," walking alongside, protecting and nurturing and saving in any way he can, loving the core person no matter what the shadow-version, tainted with that darkness, says or does. NOW it feels like they are really switching places, and that's tremendously interesting. Dean is the one with the scary, devouring dark after him from the inside...and Sam may find himself in a role that he has never had to play before. Fighting off bad guys and rescuing his brother he's done on many occasions, but he's never had the tables flipped so that he has to cope while watching Dean struggle with this kind of inner blight.

I cannot wait for all this to unfold.

Hey, what's "UNF" mean?

Thanks again for your marvelous review. As always - it's my favorite to read after an ep.
gaelicspirit
Mar. 19th, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
*UNF*...think of it as the sound you make when you bite your lip and look at a really good looking guy doing something you find extremely sexy. Kinda of a vocal sigh that comes out of the back of your throat.

I'm sure someone somewhere on the interwebs has actually defined it as an acronym, but for me? It's the "omg that was/looked/sounded so friggin sexy I can't even...." sound.

Does that help? ;)

Also, yes to your whole 2nd paragraph. :)
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iontas
Mar. 20th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Great episode and great Ramble! It was such a relief not to be irritated at the end of an episode. One funny line, I am not sure you mentioned was when Crowley asked them if they had been dropped on their heads too often. I thought, why yes, they have! Because both boys had some stupid moments in this episode! But that is ok, I forgive the show for that, because it was plausible. LOL.

I try to avoid spoilers, but I was thinking during the episode that maybe Sam would have a moment like Dean did when he went to Stull, because he didn't want Sam to die alone. Maybe Sam will pull Dean back.

Either way, I loved the episode. And everyone was giving their A game. And don't worry. I had a moment when I felt sorry for Crowley. Then I remembered all the dead people in his wake and slapped myself upside the head. Damn Mark Sheppard is such a good actor he can make you feel sorry for the devil!
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
I had a moment when I felt sorry for Crowley. Then I remembered all the dead people in his wake and slapped myself upside the head. Damn Mark Sheppard is such a good actor he can make you feel sorry for the devil!

Right?? My boss is from South Africa (so different accent, but...close-ish) and there are times when Crowley reminds me of him so much. It's when he's being charming, not when he's annihilating innocence and killing people. But it's so funny when Crowley will say something that I could swear I could hear my boss saying. :)

Thanks as always for reading and commenting!
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taylorariel
Mar. 20th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I looked forward to your ramble because you always see things and get things from the episode that I miss. And I appreciate that.

For me there was something missing from the episode. It just felt a little hollow. However I will watch it again tomorrow and I think I will enjoy it more the second time.

I was happy FINALLY there was focus on Dean. And I am glad the blade has been found and Dean has used it already.

I did like Crowley here. He added a lot to the episode and I now believe he will add more for the remainder of the season. I am actually glad to see that Dean will be back with Crowley next week.

As for Sam...I still did not like him. He has been too cold the entire season for me. He is going to have to perform a miracle by season's end for me to like him again. I know it can be done but I am just not sure it will be.

I, too, loved Jensen's performance here and I will be re-watching the scenes with Dean and Magnus over..and over again.

Thank You for sharing your thoughts. I always enjoy reading them.

Best to you and yours
MD
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you still get enjoyment from the rambles -- when I read your guys' comments it's like we all got to watch the epi together. :)

I'm ready to see what they have in store for us, especially where Dean's story is concerned!

I hope you're doing okay -- always glad to hear from you. :)

ladyarcherfan3
Mar. 20th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
First of all, lovely to see you and your Rambles as always!

This episode gave me hope for the rest of the season and for this arc with Dean and the Mark of Cain. I honestly felt my usual enthusiasm falter for a while, but damn, this episode brought me right back!

The slow build of the episode worked well, because once they got to the First Blade and Dean, damn, it was amazing! Jensen's acting was stellar, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store with this storyline (if the writers don't fail!)

Crowley gives me mixed feelings as well. One minute I am entertained by his smarminess and sass, the next starting to feel sorry for him, and then I remember that he is a back stabbing demon with a hellish body count. I blame Mark Sheppherd.

*NEW SPECIAL CATEGORY* Outrage: The. Demons. Keyed. Baby. I can't even.... *kill them all!*
I am right there with you. Gah, and such big letters, such deep scratches, it hurt me, in my soul (though not as much as it hurt Dean, obviously)

I am talking about a make that stone number one and build on it kind of saving. A don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you kind of saving. A I couldn't live with you dead kind of saving.
I really, really hope so too. And I've caught wind that it does seem that they're running with the parallels of Sam on demon blood, so the fact that Sam has been in a similar situation and now seeing Dean being consumed by that darkness will hopefully push him to that point and allow Dean to see that he's not just a weapon, to remember all of those points you mentioned in the above quote.

Basically, I'm very much enjoyed this episode, and am eager to see where it goes next. Catch you after the next episode!


gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Jensen's acting was stellar, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store with this storyline (if the writers don't fail!)

YES!

the fact that Sam has been in a similar situation and now seeing Dean being consumed by that darkness will hopefully push him to that point and allow Dean to see that he's not just a weapon, to remember all of those points you mentioned in the above quote.

This is my hope as well -- Sam should be able to relate to what Dean is experiencing. I hope that softens his heart a bit toward his brother.

I'm ready to see what they have in store for us. :)
strgazr04
Mar. 20th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
"•The little throw-away shot when the boys are waiting for the guy who supposedly bought the blade; Dean's in the foreground, the camera focusing on Sam, and Dean blows out his breath in a visible cloud, his lips forming an "O". I don't know why, but I loved that shot of them."

YES! My eyes when right to Jensen in that shot. I love how natural they are at just BEING these characters. Sometimes it's almost like some strange form of multiple personality lol. Like they wouldn't even need a script to think of what to say. Idk.

I also loved that shot of the boys when Crowley walks into his hotel room too. They still manage to look lethal in comparison to the King of Hell. (I blame Jensen's biceps but that's just me XP)

Again, I also thought the same thing about the blade being in a Kansas museum. I don't know if they did that because of the bunker or because timeline-wise, they couldn't have the boys driving all over and fit it into the lot of days the script gives for this episode (hope that makes sense). Like they couldn't drive to NY and back within the three day window or w/e this episode took place in.

Someone on twitter (superwiki I think?) mentioned how they thought it was weird Sam couldn't read the Enochian on the side of the car when he could read the language for the trials. What do you think about that? I figure maybe he only memorized that one passage of Enochian when he had to say it to conclude each trial and thus couldn't read the language as a whole. Kind of like if you learn a foreign language but only know how to ask for directions or how to order at a restaurant. Thoughts?
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
. I love how natural they are at just BEING these characters. Sometimes it's almost like some strange form of multiple personality lol. Like they wouldn't even need a script to think of what to say.

Right? I can see these characters as friends of the actors, y'know? So close to them, they know exactly how they're thinking, feeling, all of that.

They still manage to look lethal in comparison to the King of Hell. (I blame Jensen's biceps but that's just me XP)

Uhh...yeah.

Like they couldn't drive to NY and back within the three day window or w/e this episode took place in.

Still...they've done that before. Like Chicago is an hour away from New Orleans or something. They get where they need to go like the States are riddled with wormholes. LOL!

I think you're right about the Enochian. He had to repeat that one passage in Enochian; he hadn't learned the whole language. I mean, I have learned phrases in Gaelic, but if you showed me a random passage from the Book of Kells I would be stumped....

Can't wait to see what's in store for us! :)
qultng1
Mar. 20th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
This was a much more satisfying episode than we've had in a while. It was wonderful to see Dean really be the focus of the story this time. *sighs happily*

Oh, and I know that Show doesn't stick with the Bible, but technically, demons are fallen angels and should know any language the angels know. But, then ... *shrugs*

I too was outraged that Baby had been defiled in such a way!!! How dare they!!!

I didn't really pay attention to Sam wanting Dean to use the blade so soon. Just seemed in line with him being all business and not a brother. I hadn't caught all the nuances that you had, but after reading your summary, it did seem a little odd.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season now. :D

OH! Did you see the Jensen rapping video? *THUD*
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
I thought demons had been human once, not angels. Like Ruby and Crowley. I mean, Lucifer was a fallen angel, but I was thinking he was the only one.

You're right -- Sam saying to use the blade again immediate did seem in line with his "all business" attitude...but it still caught me by surprised.

HAHA! Jensen's Vanilla ICE! That was hilarious. There have been times in our house when things are crazy and everyone's talking at once and someone (usually me) will call out, "All right, stop!" Inevitably the other (usually the hubs) will reply, "Collaborate and listen...." :)
borgmama1of5
Mar. 20th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am scared for Dean...and really want Sam to be the one who pulls him back from the brink--I can picture an inversion of the church scene at the end of last year's finale...
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
Right there with you, sister.

Scared for him and excited to see it play out. Such a change of events!
keywester
Mar. 21st, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
Yes!: “Now we have a chance to watch what happens to Dean, see him struggle with it, work through it, use it, discard it, burn up from it, overcome it, whatever he's ultimately destined to do, and we have the opportunity to see it impact Sam and experience his reaction to his brother and his brother's struggle.” -This is what I’ve been waiting for too

Finally we get to see what being brothers means to both Dean AND Sam even though Sam’s trying to stand behind his statement about ‘no family behavior’ then this happens: “The way Sam's eyes never left his brother's face when he was talking him down from the blade and how his voice shifted from a soft question ("Dean?") to a calming reminder ("Hey, it's over. He's dead. Drop the blade, Dean.") to a loud demand ("DEAN!") to a gentle order ("Drop the blade.") That was just very well done.” Agreed it was a milestone moment.

And I’ve been a bit confused as to why instead of hunting down Gadreel, like Dean told Sam he was doing, Dean has been on this quest to a. don the March of Cain, b. possess the First Blade and c. kill Abbadon. Until that last scene where we see her minions have Keyed Baby! Now killing Abbadon makes perfect sense to me as Dean’s number one priority! (LOL)

“Anyone else wonder if the boys just left the "greatest collection of supernatural antiquities on the planet" in the invisible house? Have to wonder if the 1st blade was there, what else might be there that could help them...or hurt them.” Yeah, I thought of that but my first concern was for the remaining “Zoo” occupants- who’s going to feed them? Garth because he’s one of ‘them’ now? I hate loose ends- ya know? (LOL)

I gotta say my breath was taken away by Jensen’s performance as Dean when he first felt the full power of the blade course through him. That man can use his whole body to convey every emotion Dean had in those moments! And those eyes! I was “WOW” just “WOW”. I can hardly wait for Jensen to explore the whole gammit of this arc. He is only limited by what the writers envision for this story line, but we know that what ever he’s given to work with he’ll act the hell out of it!

I totally agree with you on the vast potential this is for the show. Since season one Dean has been the one to react to supernatural things that occur to Sam and we’ve learned about who Dean is by the way he reacts to and solves each crisis his brother has ever been in. But we have never really seen Sam tested the same way. And I am hoping the writers will allow more of who Sam is to be revealed to us by how he reacts to and solves the supernatural crisis Dean is in. I want to see Sam save Dean. I’d like to think he will rise to the occasion and we fans will have a more even and on par understanding of both brothers after this. And this is a great opportunity to peel back another layer on our beloved hero Dean so I hope TPTB do it justice.

I’ve also read any interviews I can get my hands on that Jensen has done and I was so touched by one where he said that the more emotional scenes Dean has had to go through as well as the sad disconnect he’s had with his brother was hitting our boy Jensen pretty hard too! He was bringing some of that angst home with him. You know how he would tell folks at the cons that when you act sad your body doesn’t know you are “acting’ because all the chemistry in your brain is reacting to the sad situation as if it were real. And I felt a great need to volunteer as his personal on set “hugger”- you know just to take the edge off a tough days shoot so he wouldn’t have to take all that EMO stuff home. The more I think of it we Deangals could do this as a community service- for the good of the show- what do you say we start a write in campaign to create that kind of position on set? I’m sure Cliff is there each day too but a hug from him wouldn’t probably give Jensen quite the emotional pick up that you or I could do for him- hehe. Still I was amazed and a little saddened that Jensen is putting himself through a wringer for us as he gives us his all in his performances. The man definitely deserves many, many hugs!
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
I figured Dean shifted from hunting down Gadreel to killing Abbadon as soon as he got the Mark. To be honest, I didn't even really think about it until you brought it to my attention. Hmmm....

I can only imagine that what Dean's going through is impacting Jensen as a person as well. He puts so much of his heart into his performance -- he becomes his role to such a degree that I cease seeing Jensen and only see Dean. Which I love.

I'm giving him a virtual hug right now. :)
ferrous_wheeler
Mar. 21st, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
Awesome review! So much what I was thinking, just much more beautifully said. "A hunter in a black and white world seeing good and bad, not necessarily right and wrong, and taking matters into his own hands as he was designed to do." Perfect, and chilling, summation of what Dean could turn into.
I've been a bit blah about a lot of this season's episodes, but this one made up for a lot!
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope we can keep up this momentum! See you after tonight's epi!
Lata Ahuja
Mar. 21st, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Great review as usual! Thank you for highlighting all the little details in the show. I had to go back and watch the episode again to catch the shot of the brothers that you mention (with Dean making the O) - I am so glad I did. I really loved that shot!

I am talking about a make that stone number one and build on it kind of saving. A don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you kind of saving. A I couldn't live with you dead kind of saving.

I could not agree more with that statement! I really think Dean needs that kind of saving after everything in this season. I can't wait to see what the writers come up with next week...and to read your next ramble :)
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Loved that shot of Dean making the "O". I want a .gif of that. :) Hee!

I'm really looking forward to what they have in store for us -- see you after tonight's epi!
jazzyirish
Mar. 21st, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hey Gaelic, loved, loved your enthusiastic ramble. Your increased excitement echoed my own. It's about time we have what appears to be a continuing storyline for Dean that is about Dean and how he tries (or not) to control and utilize what's happening to him. Jensen was absolutely phenomenal in this episode - so much potential for a riveting storyline involving Dean that has been wasted for so many seasons while they replay "what's wrong with Sam". The big question - how long will they keep it? Will we see the Mark resolved this season? Will Sam step up and focus on Dean instead of himself for a "New York Minute" (Sorry, couldn't resist) And boy do I agree with this: "I am talking about a make that stone number one and build on it kind of saving. A don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you kind of saving. A I couldn't live with you dead kind of saving" from Sam because, in my book, it's the ONLY thing that is going to make me care about him again. Sam absolutely MUST step away from his own self-focus and redirect it to helping/saving his brother. Whew!

Now, the episode. I felt that the pacing was too slow in the beginning of the episode - too much dwelling on Crowley's blood lust and his subsequent emotional reactions while under the influence. I do love both the character and actor, but in smaller, more evil doses. I preferred Crowley's actions later in the episode more, especially when he turned on the boys and fled with the Blade. IMO, more in character there, but that's just me...

So agree with your comments about the power and sexiness of Dean in this episode. The myriad emotions that crossed his face when the Blade took control was amazing. The entire scene with Magnus, although creepy, was the highlight of the episode. That guy was really nuts, but I found it interesting when he said that working with the Blade would get easier with time. Hmm... Can't wait to see more.

And I did like that Sam took control and found a way to get back into the mansion to help Dean and get them out of there - with Crowley's help no less. But of course Crowley took the Blade so that we have to wait until the last couple of episodes to see more of Dean's work with the Blade. I wonder what we might see between now and then - if Dean is going to be affected by even this one kill and get darker still. Such possibilities.

And poor Baby. Abaddon must die after violating her. I wonder if we'll see Dean fixing her up at the beginning of the next episode? He was truly devastated. :(

Well, one more episode then the short break. Unfortunately we are going to be preempted for two more episodes this season - including the finale. We've already been preempted for two recently so I'm pissed!

Thanks for a wonderful ramble - always enjoy reading them. See you next week!

Irish
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
I, too, was wondering if they would solve the Mark issue this season or if we would end the season with Dean trapped by the darkness it generates in him and see next season start with a "save Dean" effort.

I literally gasped out loud when I saw that they'd keyed the Impala. Grrrr.

I'm actually okay with a short break -- need the time to wrap up my story! LOL! But also, it's good to take a breath and then dive in for the final run to the end. See you soon! :)
supernutjapan
Mar. 22nd, 2014 07:26 am (UTC)
Sorry! Late again! I think I'm gradually getting into Blade Runner Mode. It took me a while there but I feel ready for a rewatch before the next episode.

As you mentioned, I am sooo glad the story is finally moving forward and the episode wasn't negatively focused on brother issues. I really do hope Sam does get that chance to save Dean as we have been telling each other since the beginning of the season ;) It sure looks like it, with him being able to snap Dean out of his killing mode and all.

I hope Dean tells Sam and us what it felt like with the blade. And I also wonder if the blade will be similar to Frodo's ring in that the more he uses it, the more it will take hold of him and also... maybe he will be drawn to it... which would be very interesting.

The manner in which Crowley just watched that scene from the other side of the room was very interesting. I thought he looked like he was just observing at first, but on second thought... maybe he was being wary of what Dean might do with the blade. Kind of reminds me of how he stood and watched as Dean killed those Demons at Cain's though.

Oh and I'm not sure we've seen the last of Magnus. But if we have, I sure hope they do something with that mysterious fortress!

And then there's Crowley trying to ingratiate himself to Sam. Is it really because of a bond or his "humanity"? Or just that he knows Sam would want to kill him? And Sam. Is he so bothered by Crowley because of a "bond" or by the grovelling?

Crowley taking the blade reminded me of when he didn't give them his blood for the Leviathons. I wonder how he is going to get out of getting killed? Is he going to somehow get Sam to stay off? Anyway, looking forward to the next episode too!

supernuthome link

Edited at 2014-03-22 07:28 am (UTC)
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
I thought about the One Ring, too! Especially when Magnus said Dean would start to want those feelings! Eeep! Kind of a flip from him being Samwise, yeah?

I think Sam is really sensitive to "bonding" with demons because of his history with demon blood and Ruby. He went that way once and it had disastrous consequences for him and the world. He's not going to go that way again, kind of thing.

I'd forgotten about Crowley not giving his blood for the Leviathons. Good call out! And thank you again for the link! :)

Talk to you soon!
tyrsibs
Mar. 23rd, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Hi, Gaelic! I just had a chance to read your ramble. I loved your lists and your description of moving slowly to the top of the roller coaster. I'm on the ride, too, and the anticipation for what comes next is palpable. I wish I had more to say about this episode, even though I did love it.

A couple of things:

Thanks for pointing out the "weapon" thing. Dean's been "Daddy's little blunt instrument," and "the Michael Sword." Now he's literally allowed himself to be turned into a weapon, a "matched set" even. He's always resisted the definition before, holding on to his humanity and using that and his connection to Sam to subvert others' expectations of him. But you're right--these were external forces before. I'm worried for him now that the pressure is coming from inside. Will he continue to resist or will he embrace?

The Snookie scene. Maybe for me it would have been funnier if the promos hadn't given away the joke. Aside from Sam's smirk as he started in on the exorcism, I didn't care for the scene at all. BUT I can tell you that when I briefly described it for my older son, he laughed in surprise. (Don't know how he knows about Snookie, but there you go.)

The music, sound effects and art design on this one were all stellar. I love it that the show can still catch me off guard with that perfect piece of classic rock.

Just a piece of wild speculation that has been gnawing at me this week--are we sure it was Abaddon's minions who trashed the car? Crowley sure was interested in the trunk, after all. Not sure what he would gain by having some followers mess up Dean's Baby (the bastards, whoever they were!) except maybe provide an extra spur for Dean and a distraction for Crowley to get the knife. Hmmm--I'm probably completely off base, here.

Guess I have more to say than I thought! Thanks, as always--I enjoy dropping by here each week, more than I can tell you.

Barb

PS. If I could say one thing to Jensen Ackles, it would be--Damn it! Quit twisting my heart and stomach in knots! (How does he not have a rack of Emmys already?)
gaelicspirit
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I hear you on the classic rock! No matter the song, when I hear them play it, my ears perk up. :)

Hmmm...you've got a good point about that. Though, I wonder when Crowley would have been able to do it -- he was with the brothers the whole time, after all. You have got me thinking, though.

And YES to the heart-twisting performances Jensen gives us every week. Good gracious!
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