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Stream of Consciousness, Epi 11.01

After 11 premieres, there aren't many ways left to surprise me. But, I will say this season holds promise. I may not have been surprised, but I was definitely entertained.


First, it was just good to see our guys again. Second, I may have accidently just gotten my hair cut like Sam's, only with blonde undertones. Hmm.

I think I'm going to break up my reaction in three sections: theme, change, and the Mark.

Theme

So, the minute the boys came across the carnage on the side of the road with the dead workers, cops, and family, I jotted down in my notes: Supernatural meets 28 Days Later, so it cracked me up when Dean later used that same pop-culture reference. I am a total sucker for zombie shows, movies, stories. Anything from The Walking Dead to World War Z, I'll watch. The trick is that there are typical rules most zombie-themed stories follow, regardless of if it's a reanimated-corpse zombie or virus-infected zombie.

There must always be swarms of mindless, relentless, blood/brains/flesh-hungry creatures that are usually helplessly labeled by one-word descriptors such as 'walkers' or 'biters' or 'roamers' or in this case, thanks to Sam, 'ragers'. The condition is usually blood-borne, either by ingesting blood of the infected or getting bitten. The 'turn' varies --> with The Walking Dead, one had to actually die to turn, but in World War Z and 28 Days Later, ingesting contaminated blood would do it and the 'turn' was almost instantaneous. Of the always rag-tag band of survivors, at minimum one must get infected. Killing the zombie-fied varies, too -- head-shot, heart-shot, and in this case...just waiting them out. And there's never a 'cure'.

Supernatural hit each rule, so well done there. And I have to say...I kinda hope they don't completely solve their 'rager' problem too quickly. This genre might be predictable, but it's also tense and startling and has much potential for grabbing of pillows while eeking. I mean, I knew it was going to be Sam who was infected simply because that's the pattern of our show. It would have been a bit much to have Dean infected right after he just got saved from the effects of The Mark (...or did he...). But when that nurse jumped at Sam out of the darkness of the closet, I let out a 'yipe!' -- and I was curled up, tense, when the 'rager' was dividing its attention between the Janitor closet and Sam's hiding place.

With any story couched inside this genre of the supernatural, there's always a bit of belief suspension and our show is no exception to that rule. Sam's declaration that there had to be a cure and his aborted attempt to reason with the three who caught him (after he trapped himself in a closet with no means of escape, well done, that /sarcasm) that he could help them was one such suspension.

From what we could tell, the 'ragers' had a shelf-life of roughly 6-8 hours, based on Mike being attacked about 4 hours before they found him and then dying without harming anyone, including baby Amara, not long after. Sam's approach was more sacrifice than plan; how, I wonder, did he expect to learn enough about this infection all by himself to discover a 'cure' for it? I mean, if he was truly able to do that, he's wasted on hunting evil; he should be working with cancer research.

His strategy was noble, yes, but not very well thought out. To me, it screamed more of guilt than anything else and if Dean hadn't been so focused on saving the baby (compelled, I believe, by a connection he felt to her but didn't understand...yet), he would have called bullshit on Sam's "you do what you do, let me do what I do" argument. I mean, what is it that Sam was referring to, exactly? Dean lives on and saves people; Sam dies for the greater good? Because that's what I saw roll out of his actions. Even if he didn't mean for that to happen, I have to wonder if there wasn't something in his subconscious directing him, based on their historical pattern.

However, the course of action did pave the way for some kind of intervention -- divine or otherwise. I mean, we know they're not going to kill Sam or turn him into a 'rager' that basically burns up and dies in the second episode, so somehow he's either going to be saved or be guided to how to solve this infection of darkness. And somehow, poor Cas being tortured by his fellow angels and Crowley and his minions being forewarned by someone (Michael? Lucifer? Adam?) screaming from the Cage is going to come into play with the Darkness, so...color me intrigued.

I do like the conundrum they introduced -- the 'bad guys' who are killing everyone are, essentially, victims themselves. They're not monsters, they're people who've been changed into monsters through no fault of their own by a force unleased upon the world by the Winchesters. The boys have to clean up their mess and deal with the repercussion of killing to save. That is a level of torture that will cut into their already battered souls for a long time to come. And until or unless they make overt, significant changes in the way they do things, it's going to keep happening to them. Leading me to....

Change

In real life, I am the Chandler Bing among my friends when it comes to my job. I am a Change Management lead, which usually returns a blank stare when I share that with people. But the meaning is in the label: I create situations and resources to help people manage change. There are stages to change, just as there are stages to grief. It truly doesn't matter if it's a little change (cutting out alcohol while you're pregnant) or a big change (having a baby), people cycle through the same stages -- some just do so wicked fast.

First, there is compliance (I understand that I have to do this), then aftermath (wait, hold up, what does this mean to me? what the hell have I gotten myself into?), then exploration (okay, maybe this isn't so bad, what are all my options? how do I do this again? what new things do I have to learn?), then commitment (I own this, I AM this), and finally adoption (change? what change? this is just me).

Sam brought up a lot with his impassioned speech/plea to Dean while they were trapped in that room in the hospital. "If we don't change right now, all of our crap is going to keep repeating." "This isn't on you. We have to change." I was standing next to him (mentally, obviously) nodding my head in vigorous agreement. But in reality, Dean is barely in compliance and Sam is in aftermath. They both have recognized their old ways aren't working and while Sam is ready to explore possible new options, Dean is just living in fear of all the ramifications of what it means if he no longer says screw everything, I'm doing whatever I gotta do to save Sam, that's the end of it.

The thing is, the biggest change they have to overcome so that they don't start the apocalypse (again) or literally unleash holy Hell onto the world (again), is that they have to stop lying to each other to protect each other. No amount of talk about changing their way of doing things -- no amount of repeating their 'saving people/hunting things' family motto -- is going to do a bit of good if they keep lying to each other, regardless of the reason.

Dean not telling Sam the full story about meeting up with The Darkness in the big cloud is going to come back and bite them both in the ass. We can all understand why: Dean doesn't know what it all means yet; he's scared about potentially still having a connection to The Mark; he doesn't want Sam to try to stop him from fixing this and ending The Darkness if it means that he would die, too; he's confused by whatever pull he felt toward the woman and by the guilt he's carrying around as a result of not being Marked anymore; he wants to protect Sam from the burden of the truth of what Dean really is.... I mean, it all makes sense why he didn't say anything.

Same with Sam not telling Dean that he got attacked and is infected. He wants Dean to get the baby and Jenna to safety; if he told him the truth, Dean would turn around and come back and try to save him and probably die doing it and then they'd both be dead and then who would save the world? And his whole speech was about not repeating patterns, so he's forcing the issue and lying to protect Dean. Makes logical sense.

But nothing has changed. They are still repeating their patterns. And even when Sam does get saved, he's going to have to tell Dean the truth at some point because it will come into play in how they ultimately defeat The Darkness and Dean is going to feel let down and uncertain...and Dean is going to have to tell Sam about being connected to The Darkness because they'll eventually see the birth-Mark on Amara and Sam's going to feel let down and uncertain. Vicious. Cycle.

If they are going to ever honest and truly adopt a change to the way they are doing things, since all evidence supports their previous way to be at best flawed and at worst insane, they are going to have to trust each other with the truth. Otherwise, The Darkness has already won.

The Mark

Last season, I lamented a bit about the fact that the effects on Dean from removing the Mark were too minor. He didn't seemed phased at all by that lightning zap. I was so troubled by it, I had to write a 'tag' that "fixed" it for me. Now, though...I'm seeing a purpose behind that seemingly blase reaction from Dean to no longer being connected to the Mark: because he still is.

He doesn't look/act much different than before because it still has control over him -- maybe not as directly as before, framing his actions, scooping out his emotions, turning him into a kind of a zombie-fied variation of himself. But its power is still there and he's still bound to it. Which, from a storytelling perspective is rather genius. The Mark was too big a plot devise to just be zapped away when the lock was busted open by a spell. This way, they carry the concept of the Mark and it's ramifications into a 3rd season. It's bloody brilliant, actually.

And I can see it giving Dean the opportunity to show us a gamut of emotions: from angst over his past actions and emotions and the ramifications of his 'freedom', to momentary glee at being himself again, to pain at whatever the connection renders, to determination to follow through with this concept of changing their ways. It's always such a pleasure to watch Dean's quicksilver emotions shift through his eyes.

Not only that, but Sam's mission isn't over and Sam is always at his best when he has a mission. He wanted to save his brother, and he did, in a way. But now he has to figure out how to once more help his brother save the world without losing him in the process. Y'know, after he gets de-rage-ified. And that is the Sam I love to watch, the one who is not walking around in a hazy of guilt or soullessness.

Okay! Lists!

What I liked:

  • Jenna the rookie Deputy -- she was pretty (holy cow, those eyes) and tough without being a caricature. She was realistic ("I have no idea what I'm doing") but had hope ("Joy comes in the morning") and did her job even with a gaping flesh wound. I hope they don't kill her. Sigh.

  • The fact that Dean's first words to his brother after waking up in the middle of a field after being sucked up inside a cyclone of Darkness were, "Where's the car?"

  • "No, she was wearing a name tag. What do you think?"

  • "Yeah, not a talker."

  • The whole scene where Dean is declaring to Sam in no uncertain terms that they are going to hunt that little bitch down, then gets into his car in what would have been a heroically inspiring exit...until he realizes the Impala is stuck in a mud hole. "You were just gonna let me get in the car?" "You were on a roll." HA!

  • "Is this a Magic Mike moment?"

  • Dean 'chucking it all in' when they reach the hospital full of dead bodies because he doesn't know what he'll find.

  • I don't know about you guys, but the whole time Sam was searching the hospital by himself, I was waiting for him to find a door chained shut with DON'T DEAD | OPEN INSIDE spray painted on it. Nice tension in that scene.

  • The full-on Texas twang in Sam/Jared's voice when he said, "M'a slide my badge under the door, 'kay?"

  • Dean promising to save the baby before Mike had even gotten the request all the way out.

  • "That is madness. This is horse-sense."

  • "We did this, Sam. We broke it, we bought it."

  • Cas' overall confusion about The Darkness. "The Darkness is a woman?!" Made me think of that line from the movie, Clue, "Mrs. Peacock was a man?!"

  • "Tell us what kind of DEFCON-screwed we are." Ah, War Games giving us pop-culture fodder for decades.

  • The fact that girl!Crowley's statement, "I apologize for nothing" basically summarizes everything about the character, now that he's back to his old self. I love cheeky Crowley where he is legitimately bad and I can love to hate him.

  • Sam's whole it's time to change speech: "When did we forget how to do this?" "If we don't change right now, all of our crap is going to keep repeating."

  • "That's only half of the bumper sticker." I actually want that on a bumper sticker.

  • "We will always help each other."

  • The birth-Mark on baby Amara.

Not so much:

  • Castiel's initial storyline. I needed more explanation there -- in all previous victims of Rowena's spell, the person cursed burned-out and died. I suppose we're supposed to surmise that Cas was spared that fate because he is an angel -- and kept fighting to not hurt people. And I also didn't like that he prayed for help and angel thugs showed up to, apparently, Zero Dark Thirty him as punishment (I guess) for freeing Metatron before they fixed him of the spell. I wanted him to actually get some help from them for once. I mostly felt confusion and irritation with his situation and not worry or sympathy, so hopefully that changes.

  • "There is always a cure, you just have to want to find it." I get what Sam was trying to do -- point out that Dean's previously fatalistic attitude when it came to the Mark was not going to fly here, and that to change, he had to want to change, want to seek out a way to save people first before just leaving them to die (or outright killing them). But. I hated the way this point was phrased. For so many things, there isn't a cure (yet), no matter how much you want to find it. The phrasing just...rubbed me wrong.

  • Sam locking himself in a dark storage closet -- without checking it for bad guys first -- that had no exit. I get that he was on the run from 'ragers' but come on. He's better than that.

  • Dean not telling Sam the full truth about what happened between him and The Darkness.

Burning Questions:

  • Well, as people died from the 'ragers' attacks, it seemed that Dean killing Death didn't, in fact, eliminate death. So, there's that. But what does it mean? There has to be fall-out from that at some point.

  • Is the reason the infection was isolated in Superior, NE, because The Darkness kind of got sucked into baby Amara? Sounded like from the story she was born just as the cloud swept in that direction. Was it intentional? Was it accidental? Does this mean the power is contained inside that baby? Will she have powers she can't really control like Jack-Jack on The Incredibles (only y'know, mostly evil)? Will she feel a bond with Dean? Is her fate tied to Dean's fate? If she dies, will he die? SO CURIOUS I CAN'T EVEN.

  • Where is Rowena? Is she still a threat?

  • Who was screaming in the Cage?

  • Is God somehow going to step in to save Sam?

That's about it for today, folks. I promise to do my best to reply to your comments, but I have to be honest, time is not my friend these days. If I miss replying, please know that I DO read and absorb and consider and enjoy. It's not that I'm not replying, it's just that I totally ran out of time. So, we good? Okay, good.

See ya'll next week! Slainte!

Comments

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bistokids
Oct. 8th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm delighted to see you back! :):)

So...all over, I'm seeing this point about them already lying to each other. I was assuming that Dean's memory of his chat with Darkness lady was coming back to him in stages, so he hadn't mentioned the connection because he wasn't aware of it himself at the time. He seemed happy to share at the beginning (although if he did remember it all then obviously he wasn't sharing). Mind you, I do tend to be a bit optimistic where Dean's concerned!

(Sam's lack of disclosure I can totally forgive - having just sent Dean off with an 'I got this' speech, immediately turning around and getting himself trapped and infected isn't something he's going to be desperate to share! Poor Sammy.)

I have high hopes, based on this episode. (Although, like you, not smitten with what they're doing with Cas right now). Thanks for making my viewing experience complete!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 8th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Y'know...you could have a point there about Dean's memory. I didn't see it that way, more of him thinking about their encounter more and more as the day wore on. But if you were right, it would be a bit more down the positive change path on Dean's behalf. I may shift my thinking a bit to think of it that way. :)

And, yeah, Sam's reasoning is totally understandable. But it also backs-up my point that if he really wants them to change, he has to overcome that instinctual reaction of hiding the truth for the sake of protection. It's not going to be easy. For either of them.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
fifimom
Oct. 8th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
So happy to read your review! I've only had the chance to see bits and pieces of the episode so far but so from what I've seen I'm liking the storyline between Dean and Darkness.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
It will be fun to see how this ends up unspooling over the course of the season for sure.

Good to see you again, by the way! :)
jennygeee
Oct. 8th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, you always help me to see things so much clearer.

Being totally shallow here, I thought Dean was amazingly hot in this episode! When he was with the Darkness in the cloud it reminded me so much of All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2 when he was making that deal with the Crossroads Demon for Sam's life.

Can't wait to see where all this goes, I agree with you that this season shows a lot of promise.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Honey, I'm splashing around in the shallow end right beside you because mmm-MM. I will say, though, I'm looking forward to something emotionally resonate from him this season -- something like that talk in S4 on the hood of the Impala where he confessed he "didn't want to feel a damn thing".... *guh*

Thanks for reading and commenting. It's always so good to see you over here.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 8th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
The episode wouldn't have been complete without your Ramble. Thanks for writing it and helping to flesh out all that is hidden below the surface. You really do add to my enjoyment of the show.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting! :)
borgmama1of5
Oct. 8th, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
For me, the way the beginning scene was put together--Dean with the Darkness, Sam waking up, flashback to Darkness covering the car, more of Sam remembering stuff, another flashback of Darkness cloud, etc.--was very disorienting and surprisingly un-Supernatural-like. It set me up for more of a psychological thriller rather than a monster hunt.

I confess to not quite understanding Sam's take on the difference between shooting the ragers and just waiting for them to die--either way they are dead, and wouldn't it be kinder (and safer) to put them out of their misery? Because Sam isn't going to find a cure for the batch of ragers attacking the hospital...

I have 2 opposite thoughts on the baby. Does the female manifestation of the Darkness need a meatsuit in order to appear in our world, and the baby is it? Or, a longer shot, is the baby the force of good opposing the Darkness, to play out again the yin/yang of good and evil? Either way, I do hope the writers follow through on the connection between Dean and the Darkness that is a meaty story thread and not just a throwaway idea.

Speaking of which, bringing up the Cage? Oh please let there be more than one lip-service reference to that angle!

The one thing I realize from just having done a season 10 rewatch is how much different the episodes feel when viewed back to back as opposed to a week apart! Watching the first 3 and the last 3 eps of last season in a row gave them a much more cohesive feeling and the bits that felt like out-of-place randomness actually fit into the narrative.

Which is a long-winded way of saying it's a long time til next week...
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
It set me up for more of a psychological thriller rather than a monster hunt.

I think you nailed it there -- and I can't help but wondering if that's where they're trying to take us. It's not like The Darkness is in the same league as vamps or ghosts or even Leviathans. It might become more of a 'perception versus reality' thing.

I confess to not quite understanding Sam's take on the difference between shooting the ragers and just waiting for them to die--either way they are dead, and wouldn't it be kinder (and safer) to put them out of their misery?

The ONLY thing I could think of there to defend his reasoning (because I am/was right there with you) was that his way meant they weren't directly responsible for the deaths. But...then that kind of faltered because in a way, no matter how the people died (bullet vs burn out), they were responsible because they let The Darkness loose. So. Yeah.

I hope hope hope HOPE they take that casual mention of The Cage further! *crosses fingers and toes* That would satisfy a storyline that (for me) has been left loose-ended way too long.

Until next week, indeed! Hooray!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 8th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
The new season 11 Ramble
Dearest Gaelic: This is Suzee51. I exchanged e-mails with you at the beginning of the summer because I was so distraught at the end of Season 10 that you were considering not writing any more Rambles. I wanted to tell you how THRILLED I was to find a new Ramble to read following the beginning of Season 11. I love your insights! Reading what you wrote has inspired me to go back (once again!) to rewatch this episode to see if I can pick up on the clues that I missed with the first viewing.

THANK YOU for writing more Rambles. I will be reading each one. And thank you for helping to broaden my understanding of SPN. I am off now to post a link to the Ramble on my favorite SPN fan website on FB! I want everyone to read what you have written!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: The new season 11 Ramble
Hi Suzee!! I hope you circle back to see this b/c you won't be alerted to my response via LJ. :/

Thank you so much for reading and for letting me know you enjoyed -- and that it added to your viewing experience. Thanks for sharing the link out as well! If you do come back, what is that fan Website? I'm considering branching out where I post. I really appreciate you spreading the word. :)

Slainte!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 9th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you kept on rambling! You organise everything I feel about the eps for me, wouldn't feel the same without you :)
I live how you summed everything in themes: you'd make an awesome litterature teacher, you are so good at making sense of narratives.
I didn't get too much out of this first eps, didn't at first see as many layers as you did or get super excited. It was a "meh" first eps for me, but we'll see :)
Happy to be here in your company again though! And I'm still planning on sending you an email about the con!
Love,
Clarice
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
*laugh* I don't know that I possess even a fraction of the patience that would be required to be a teacher, but I thank you for the compliment. :)

I'm looking forward to seeing how the season plays out -- I hope to talk with you more as the episodes progress!

(Anonymous)
Oct. 9th, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
PS: I was a bit disappointed with all the look surrounding the darkness, cause nothing felt new or exciting => the girl reminded me of Eve, the ragers of the Croatoan virus, the black in their veins of the Leviathans...
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
I don't disagree -- but we really didn't get to see her for long. I think we need the first few epis under our belts before we have enough intel for a real assessment. At least, that's how I'm approaching it for now. :)
iontas
Oct. 9th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
I love your ramble, as always! I liked this episode. I think we were 15 minutes in when it occurred to me that the boys were together. That made me all kinds of happy. I thought, as someone earlier said, that Dean was remembering being in the darkness as the episode went along. But I could be wrong on that. I didn't think that Sam's position made any sense. There wasn't enough time to figure out how to cure them. I guess I get where he was coming from emotionally, but I'm with Dean on the horse sense. Sam seemed to have absolutely no plan except to run into a closet and hide? However, since the darkness comes from before time, maybe it doesn't take anything that complex to solve it. If it is the opposite of good, maybe something as simple as holy water would cure it. It might not have ever needed to evolve to be impervious to all of the things that man could devise.

As for the deputy, haven't we seen her somewhere before? Also I think the husband of the woman that Crowley possessed was actually the partner of the FBI guy? Who for some reason right now I can't remember the name of. Grr.

Finally, after thinking about the name "the darkness", then hearing about the rattling of the cage, and then seeing the Mark on the baby, all I could think about was the poem "The Second Coming" by Yeats. "... The darkness drops again ...And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born". That's right. I think they have brought on the second coming. And that is chilling!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
It didn't even occur to me until someone said it here that Dean could have been remembering more as the episode progressed. If he were, it might make his lie to Sam a bit easier to swallow. But yeah, Sam...WTH?

I'm willing to bet that if it pre-dates God, Holy anything isn't going to be effective. It's going to be interesting how they unroll this story.

That is one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. The line that always sticks with me is, "...The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

Let's hope our 'best' find some conviction!!
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(Anonymous)
Oct. 9th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
ramblin SPN11
I think it's all a dream. That the boys are still in the Impala and are living through their own demons/darkness in a shared dream. Some of the conversation between the boys was kind of off character a little from the past two seasons, which I know many don't like because of the distance between the boys. I think next week both will have worked through their personal darkness and be better prepared to help others through the process. Example: Dean having to save the baby -- did he not do that as a child and is the his whole mission saving Sam "the baby". And Sam, his whole purpose last year was to find a cure for Dean so now he has to find a cure for everyone since he released the darkness on the world. Isn't that Sam's whole mission -- thinking he brough evil to the world then trying to correct his mistake. In the premiere, they were still working against each other although there were hints but next week, I think Sam and Dean will figure out they have to work together and doing so shake the darkness control over them. As for Cas, he too is working through his darkness yet he learned from the Winchesters how to self sacrifice. Having to ask his brothers and sisters for help has to be hard. Crowley, welll, he got his snark back! Glad you are continuing to write these. You have a different perspective than other reviewers.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: ramblin SPN11
What an interesting theory, that it's all a dream! Your correlations sure work.

Thanks for reading -- I'm glad my perspective worked for you! :)

Hope to see you again.
freya922
Oct. 9th, 2015 06:24 am (UTC)
I so enjoy your reviews, and it's great to have you (and the Show!) back. Such a promising premiere - like you, I am so excited about the Mark still being in play, though now connected to the Darkness. The whole initial sequence was so freaking spooky and disorienting, with glimpses of the Darkness-as-woman and Dean in the car, then not. I guess we haven't see the last of that baby; is she going to grow up quick into that Darkness-as-woman, or...? Were they making a point about Sam's demon blood when those three attacking him suddenly backed off? And...the CAGE! They mentioned the CAGE!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)
Were they making a point about Sam's demon blood when those three attacking him suddenly backed off?>

Oh, I never even thought about that! I figured it was because they could sense he'd already been infected (by the nurse's blood getting into his mouth) and backed off because they recognized one of their own.

I hope they take that Cage reference further!!

Thanks for reading and commenting! :) See you soon!
amberdreams
Oct. 9th, 2015 09:59 am (UTC)
Heh heh I love that you brought your Change Management view of Sam's speech into play - transferable skills, baby, transferable skills.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
You got that right, sister. *grins*
hunenka
Oct. 9th, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
It’s nice to meet again after the hellatus! I’ve missed your Ramblings almost as much as I missed the show.

Great points on Sam’s noble yet very dubitable plan, and the possible (unconscious) reasons behind it.

And those were some pretty interesting things about the stages of change. I’ve never thought about it that way, glad you made me think about it now.

They are going to have to trust each other with the truth. Otherwise, The Darkness has already won. Well said.


I wouldn’t say I loved the premiere, but I did enjoy it, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next episodes. I’m especially glad that Dean’s MoC storyline hasn’t been dropped completely, and I was pleasantly pleased by the Darkness’ female form. I was wary of her when I saw her in the promos, but she really did have this focus and energy about her, and also pretty good chemistry with Dean.

And I’m really, really curious to see if we’ll get to hear (or see?) more about the Cage and the archangels. When the demon-minion mentioned the Cage for the first time, I got chills.
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
*waves enthusiastically at you*

People transition through the stages of change without recognize they are doing so, and it's when we get stuck in a certain stage (Aftermath, for example) that the change begins to feel impossible and scary. IRL, I just try to push people up that change curve.

I'm curious where they're going to take us with Amara, The Darkness, the Cage -- they opened up a whole host of possibilities!

See you soon! :)
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madebyme_x
Oct. 9th, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
Lots of potential, and I loved the slow-burning vibe of it too! Lots of questions posed, not too many answered yet - and I love that!!

I too hope that this connection between Dean and Darkness goes further, because it did feel like an anti-climax last season, so it would make sense that it's because it's not over or gone yet. It would also would explain his almost obsessive passion to protect the baby!

I loved how you linked all this review to your job too!
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with all the avenues they opened up for us: Amara, The Darkness, The Cage, "ragers".... This could be a really interesting season, story-wise. :)

It's good to see you again!
milly_gal
Oct. 9th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
I am ecstatic to see these reviews back, they are so my fave part of the after effects of a new episode :D You always have such a lilting way about you when you wax lyrical on the new eps :)
gaelicspirit
Oct. 11th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Thank you! :) Good to see you, too!
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