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Lump. In. Throat. And.... I laughed a heckuva lot. Hmmmm....

 

 

 

I wrote this once and just as I was about to post it, the site ate my review. Plus? It kept saying that the message contained content that might be inappropriate, so... I put asterisks everywhere.

 

I'm going to try to do this again, but as you know, I write these without notes, and I know that now that it's the 2nd time, I'm gonna forget stuff. So, I'm sorry.

Random Thoughts

There are times when the absurdity of the job of hunting the supernatural just takes over. It can't all be trauma and tragedy, angst and death, good and evil. Sometimes the ridiculous rears its head. And you know what I love? The way the boys handle every situation with realism. And true emotion.

Even if that emotion is an honest WTH moment.

We've had some funny episodes this season, but what I've noticed is that through the humor, the writers have been slowly unraveling a tightly spooled ball of yarn. We laugh, and then we're pulled up short by a subtle reveal, or quick eye-shift.

I think the writers are doing a fantastic job parceling out the full story, and that if we're patient, we're going to get more information then we bargained for. And I can't wait.

The Ramble

When I started my first review, my heart was literally pounding as a result of the end scene with Dean's confession and the
Lethal Weapon-esque, Clapton-like guitar playing the sound of sad regret in the background.

That speech laid the groundwork for some breath-stealing emotion that I believe is in store for us down the road. And it was enough to leave me a little trembly.

'Course, I'm easily influenced, so, take that as you will.

I will say that this episode, like so many others, had me thinking about my life, about what I appreciate and why. And it took me on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster-ride from humor to sorrow, from that gut-tingle that I refuse to examine why I like to a lump in my throat big enough to choke a horse.

The thing I noticed about the very beginning was that Candice Armstrong showered with her diamond earrings in. I don't know why that struck me, but it did. *shrugs* And I never thought "ghost"... I thought "invisible boy." You probably did, too, huh?

Okay, seriously? How many of us can see buttons on suspenders in a restaurant and not think "flair?" *pets "Office Space"* This episode had me flashing to several different movies. Hope you'll stick with me.

Sam referring to Dean's time in H*ll as "down under" had me smirking. I bet the Aussie fans loved that. I liked that there wasn't a big lag time with Sam pushing Dean for answers as only Sam can do. Watching Dean down several shots as he denied any memories of Hell, trying to call his bluff, but getting thwarted by Mr. Flair.

I remember Kripke saying that Dean would be a bit like a soldier returning traumatized from war with PTSD. I can imagine that those watching who have lived through that in one way or another could be troubled by his denial, his turning to alcohol, his nightmares, but I have to confess. As a story? For this character? I dig it. It appeals to me. I haven't had to live through the reality of that, so I'm approaching it from a different angle, but that gut tingle I spoke of earlier? It turned on full force in this epi because of Dean's situation.

I'll get to that in a minute. Hopefully.

I did like Dean checking out the chick in the restaurant. Traumatized or not, he's our Dean. And I love that his attention is quite literally chin-grabbed by what he considers beauty. Atta boy. His reaction to Sam's "haunted showers" reveal for their next hunt was classic. "We gotta save these people."

So, at least we have more of an explanation as to the 'why' of this hunt. Dean ain't talking, the angels flew away for the time being, and they've got nothing else to do...

Sam's interview with Candice Armstrong cracked me up. Especially his reveal that the working title of his book was Supernatural. HA! Nice one, Show.

So, no EMF, no ghost, and we have a disappointed Dean (no saving naked ladies) and a little boy being chased by bullies. I winced a bit at Dean's "run, Forrest, run!" I knew that was going to come back to haunt him. Silly boy.

I think the funniest part of this epi, for me, was the whole section about hunting Bigfoot. Also? They were really in synch for this hunt. I enjoyed that. They may be off-balance with their purposes, they may not know where they've been or where they're going, they may have questions, but bottom line? They're brothers. Partners. Friends. They can read each other. They know each other. And it showed in this epi in classic ways like unison-speak, badge flashes, cover-stories, exchanges of expression, body language.

I remembered a lot more specific instances in the other review, but I know you know what I mean.

Sam's "that... is a BIG foot" comment had me on the floor, as did Dean saying that Bigfoot was a "girl-drink"-drunk when he saw the Amaretto and Irish Creme. Heh. Dean's "I got nothin'" as they sat adorably baffled, side-by-side on the bench outside of the liquor store was great. They both do confused-yet-muddling-through rather well. Dean even pulled out a "deep woods Dachovny" quip. Hee.

They were again rather endearing when they talked with little Audrey and claimed they were "Teddy Bear Doctors" to figure out what kind of Harry and the Henderson's deal they had going on.

Dean's mention of a giant burning Teddy bear had me thinking of Ghostbusters and the Stay-Puft Marshmellow man. Hee.

So, to sum up the hunt, we have wishes coming true. Literally. One wish? A miracle. All wishes? Chaos. Not the order of life. And I can actually understand that.

I mean, it's hard not to be able to get what you think you want, but I kinda think the point of life is to want what you have. To learn why you have it, or to change your situation. But not through wishing. Through choice. Because if you had everything handed to you, you would end up caring about nothing. Dean's comment later in the show that they have to fight tooth and nail to keep what they have is perfect.

Because they value what they have -- the relationships, the connections, the meager possessions. It means something to them. There are not closets full of outdated or wrong-sized clothes, or toys that haven't been played with in years. Okay, I'm veering. Sorry. Back to the boys.

When they find the well, I wondered for a moment who would test it out. I should have known better. Then, I worried what Dean had wished for. Again, I should have known better. Dean + Food = Love.

The fountain is drained, and the coins are exposed, and I found myself thinking of The Goonies when the kids are at the bottom of the Moss Garden wishing well and Mouth cries, "This one right here. This was my dream, my wish. And it didn't come true. So, I'm taking it back. I'm taking 'em all back."

*sniff* You're laughing at me, aren't you?

And we reach one of the roller-coaster slopes of emotion for me in the show. Dean asking Sam what he'd wish for. Still wanting Sam to want "normal." Wanting to hear that Sam would go back to before all this started, back to Stanford, back to a life of a (presumably married) lawyer. Something that to Dean's way of thinking is still pure.

But when he said "What does Sammy wish for?" he was slapped once more with the reality that Sammy--that Sammy--is gone. Too much has happened. There's no going back. There's just this and what happens after this.

And Sam's wish was for Lilith's head on a plate. Bloody. Dean expertly covered a wince with a more macho-nod, but you could still see him mourning the loss of innocence. In both of them.

War is Hell.

The humor slid back into place, though, when they found the coin and Sam teased Dean with a "lift with your legs." *shakes head* Brothers. Sam showed his quick-witted, skillfully honed lying skills with his 44/16 health code inspector speak. Nicely done.

When Dean took the rubbing of the coin, I was reminded of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark when the creepy Nazi burned only one side of the headpiece from the staff of Ra into his palm, which led to the bad guys digging in the wrong place. I worried that they might be led astray, but that was quickly forgotten.

What with the puking and all. Terry, I know you were grinning, you evil thing. Dean's pathetic, "the wishes turn very bad" had me muttering, an aww, poor guy. Oh! And I almost forgot! We got another instance of Sam running off to take care of a potential threat by himself. 'Course it turned out to be an uber-pale, skinny, adolescent, invisible Peeping Tom... but still!

Um, Teddy committing suicide with a life is meaningless note on a chalkboard? Disturbing, man. Very disturbing. Only, he didn't really commit suicide. Which, kinda makes it worse...

You'll have to forgive me a fangirl moment. The gut-twist was on full-force with Dean's nightmare. I can't explain it. Dean sleeping with Sam awake and studying or whatever he was doing was just... storyline perfect. It's one of the first times we've seen Sam see Dean's hidden pain. Usually, Sam uses Dean's frequent naps to sneak out, or he's asleep himself.

But this time, while Dean is seeing flashes of blood and pain on the backs of his eyelids, and hearing the echos of terrified screams in his ears, Sam is seeing his brother twitch and wince, hearing his brother whimper and moan.

Sam's bellow of Dean's name had me jerking. And once again, Dean uses the brace of a hit of whiskey to pull him into the now. I had previously wondered about his frequent sleeping this season, but now, thinking of him as a soldier literally returning from Hell, I think not only would he be physically tired, but... the strain of keeping up the show, keeping up the mask, keeping everything so tightly wound would wear him out to the point that he'd risk the nightmares -- hoping the alcohol would lessen their impact -- just to escape for a short time.

Breaks my heart.

Dean, of course, deflects Sam's continuous probing with a "careful what you wish for" and a "stow the couple's therapy, I wanna work."

And we come to Wes -- who, incidentally, is played by Sam Raimi's (director of Spiderman) brother. Which makes a line Dean says later on rather funny, now that I think about it.

Wes wished for the object of his affection to love him more than anything, but in making his wish come true, he erased the person he loved and replaced it with an echo of what he thought he wanted. And a lonely man became even lonelier as a result.

All Wes really wanted was to be seen. To be valued for who he was. To be known by someone who cared. I think, ultimately, that's all any of us want.

The amorous kiss Hope gave Wes when she was heading off to get her flower samples led to a rather funny brother moment with Dean and Sam's heads tilted close together to fully take in the effect of the kiss. *grin*

I can see the LJ avi's now...

Oh -- totally random -- I can't believe they hit the invisible boy on the way to town to get Wes to pull the coin from the fountain. *shakes head*

Dean going to take care of Todd while Sam took Wes to the wishing well was fitting. Dean and kids. They just work. Except, I suppose, when the kid has super-human strength. Dean's "With great power comes great responsibility" homage to Spiderman was cut short by a dynamic uppercut that sent him head over rear into a pile of garbage. OUCH!

And DUDES! Sam gets hit by lightening. GAH! And... did he get knocked out of his shoes? I have to rewatch...

But. Wes saves the day. No matter how much it hurts. No matter that he's crying out all our hidden frustrations with his "why can't we get what we want?" *sigh* Unfortunately, I agree. This isn't one of those times in my life where I can say "if life weren't challenging, it wouldn't be worth it."

There are times when you just want something to work out. Even if you know it's not going to. So, I hear you, Wes. And yet, he did the right thing by pulling the coin from the fountain, stopping Mighty Todd from crushing Dean's windpipe, reviving Sam, and returning Hope to a Wes-free memory.

Poor guy.

And Dean? Bless him. He still saves the kid from the bullies. He's just flat-out fantastic.

I think it's pretty safe to assume that regardless of individual thoughts on this episode or that episode, the MotW, the writing, etc., we can all agree that the actors that embody these characters do so in such a way that they often times leave us trembling in amazement.

There are times when I feel like I need to look away in order to take a breath, and yet, I can't peel my eyes from the screen. I might miss a lip tremble, a tightening of a jaw muscle, a rush of emotion to the eyes.

The final scene, I felt, was fantastic. As I said at the beginning of this web of thought, it laid some fantastic groundwork, shedding light on some of Dean's flinches and anger -- like his rage when he found out about Sam using his powers with Ruby. Packing to leave seemed so unlike Dean, even if it was just for show. But if taken in the context of "I remember Hell. I remember terror. I remember things I would rather die 10 times over than to share with you so that I can spare you the same nightmares. And I'm back. And I'm here. And you're slipping away. You're using powers that a demon gave you. And I'm so afraid you're heading there. Where I was. And I don't know what to do about it." Well, then, maybe that rage was justified.

I sat there with my heart in my throat, my hand at the base of my neck, my feet tucked under me and my heart just broke for both boys.

Dean remembers Hell. And he doesn't want to share with Sam -- he wants to keep at least that bit of protection in his power since Sam's stepped outside his wall and is handling things pretty well on his own now. But... I have a feeling that slip of protection isn't going to last long. Either through Sam's tenaciousness, or the angel's influence, or something beyond anyone's control, Dean is going to share what happened. And it's going to break him far beyond nightmares and alcohol.

And poor Sam. If Dean's one 'job' has always been to protect Sam, then Sam's has been to 'fix' his brother. To understand him, heal him somehow. And Dean can't let him.

Sam is forced to stand on the edge of understanding and peer into the mist. How incredibly frustrating. To know that Dean has been in pain since he returned and to not be able to do a thing about it.

"The things I saw... there's no forgetting... there's no making it better... you wouldn't understand and I could never make you understand... so, I'm sorry."

It's like the gutting end of Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. Dean's unexpected, raw honesty left Sam speechless. And who can blame the guy? There's no prelude with Dean. There's no, let's sit down and talk about a few things. It's just a, oh, hey, by the way? You were right. I shouldn't have lied to you. I remember.

I think in a way, we've all been where both boys are now, somehow or another. We've all felt a pain of some sort so keenly that we believe there is no way anyone could possibly understand. Even those closest to us. Especially those. And on some level, we want to hold onto that pain because it's the only thing we can control, and we're afraid that without that, we might feel nothing and that's a scary thought.

And we've all watched a loved one in pain and wanted to be the one to have that magic word, that one solution that solves everything, that fixes them, that takes away their pain. We want them to look at us with relief and gratitude and we want to feel good about what we did.

Man, these boys. I think Dean's confession is truly just the beginning. I think the next couple of weeks are going to be stunning, and I can't wait. The only thing I'm really worried about now?

How long will the winter hiatus be??

Thanks, all.

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marta_kent
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear, I was waiting for your review all my morning! Haven't seen 408 yet but will add it to my site and temporary SFO forum ;-)
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
You're always welcome, Marta! Thanks for posting it on SFO!
lovinjackson
Nov. 7th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Hey!

The internet sounds like it was a bitch tonight *hugs* But once again I got to watch the episode without reading first and thats got its pluses for me lol Not that i would veer wait to read one of your reviews coz they seriously rock, mate.

I did get a kick out of the "down under" reference and I smiled that you thought of that hehe. and Duchovny *shakes head* and well this was just freaking awesome and I AM going to Ditto everything you said once again because everything that you just said is exactly how im feeling about it!! Exactly!! Your thoughts amaze me how in sync they are lol.

I'll post my review sometime tonight with any luck :) Hope you had a good sleep *hugs*
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm late. As usual.

I loved your review on this. And I loved that you got a kick out of "down under."

One of these days, maybe we'll get to watch an epi together. And I bet we're saying the same things aloud at the same time.

Heh.

Can't wait to see your fab vid posted on YouTube!! *writes feverishly*
pookeee
Nov. 7th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Gaelic,

The most disturbing part of Dean's "revelation" about his remembrance of Hell was his words of "the things I have seen". I couldn't help but feel he so much wanted to follow those words with "the things I have done".

Can't wait for next week's episode.

God Bless and Keep,

Janet
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I think we're gonna find out "things I have done" soon... I really do.

And your avi? Reminds me of James Dean. I don't know why, but it totally does. Go figure.

Thanks for popping by -- I always love to see you!!! Talk to you soon,
Gaelic
jennierenee
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I noticed the earrings and her ring (wedding I think) too! And the guy with all the flashing buttons completely reminded me of when I ate at a TGI Fridays (I think) in New York. Overall, I really enjoyed this episode. I'm pretty easy to please though. As long as I'm entertained and the boys are pitted against one another, I'm happy. I laughed at Sam's interview. What did she say? She's a natural sensitive, so she's not surprised that the ghost chose her? And Sam's saying that he totally sees that about her, cracked me up. But, as always, it was when Sam and Dean were together that the episode truly shined. I loved the confused looks they were shooting one another. They didn't even have to say anything and I was cracking up. I actually felt bad for Wes. At the end, I wanted either Sam or Dean to grab him, smack him, and tell him to go after Hope.

As for the revelation that Dean remembers all of his time in Hell, I sooo excited. I had read some spoilers over the summer but haven't really been looking since before the season started. I still see them on my flist but I'm not nearly as crazy as I used to be about them. And I think that I'm enjoying the show more. My point being that I kinda remember Kripke saying that Dean would remember his time in hell, but I didn't think that he was going to remember everything. That kinda surprised me. I thought that maybe he was remembering bits and pieces, or maybe just a general feeling. But he remembers everything. And he's not going to share with Sam (for now). Which is really sad for their relationship (again, for now). I'm excited to see where this goes.

Anyhow, I'll try to wrap this up. I think what I'm equally as excited about is seeing what writers like YOU and others do with all this. There are always things that I want the show to do but they just don't have the time (or budget). And you guys do that for me. So YAY!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hee. I love that you enjoyed this. Your enthusiasm bouys mine even higher.

I have to admit -- I don't think I'll be writing any tags or stories set in S4 for a bit. I am usually one season behind.

Weapon and the Wound (which I'm working on now) is set in Season 3 and I had to wait to be able to handle that one...

We'll see. Never say never.

See you real soon!
thruterryseyes
Nov. 7th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Well I got your e-mail this time i still don't know where the others went.

One: I wear my diamond earrings in the shower. I never take them off except to seriously clean them once in a while.

Two: I KNEW you would say something to me about the vomiting scene. Yes, it made my day and I plan on watching that part again as soon as i finish this. I literally howled when i saw your comment and every cat in the house for for it.

Three: Because I'm a very shallow person, I have to admit the teddy bear blowing it's brains out was the funniest thing i have ever seen. When they panned away to the wall I didn't know what to expect but a sudden whoomph of white stuffing wasn't it and I damn near choked laughing.

Four thru 1000 are all the other things you mention with your as always deep and inciteful mind. You get so much out of the hsow that when I read your reviews I go "Yeah! That's right! or Holy crap I never thought about that! It's enjoying the hsow all over again from a different perspective.

Well struck.

I am exhausted by this influx of words. I'll talk to you later!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
*danced around the room*

Not ONLY did I get a comment from you, but it was FREAKIN' LONG!!! This is like a Christmas present. I love that you read these. I love that you enjoy them. Please don't ever stop reading.

Ever.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Gaelic,
Goonies! I love that movie. I can hear Mouth's voice when I read that quote. I've seen that movie so many times. I was thinking the same thing when the boys were sweeping up the coins. That teddy bear was somehow creepier than any real mow. *shudders*
This ep brought the funny but it also brought the angst. My heart was in my throat for Dean too when he admitted remembering Hell and poor Sammy. He can't help if Dean won't let him. I read a Jared interview where he said he was filming a scene with Jensen where Dean reveald what he saw Down Under. He said that Jensen's preformance was so moving that he actually had tears in his eyes and he wasn't even on camera. I think that must have been the scene he was talking about.
I can't wait for the next two weeks. Angst galore and I think a little of what we've all been waiting for.

Till then,
Brit

Hope this works *crosses fingers and hits post*
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
It worked! I got it! Maybe my technology bug was affecting you... :(

LOVE that you loved Goonies. Hee. It's totally my childhood right there.

I wonder if this was the performance Jared was talking about... or if it's something that's to come. Guh. These next few epis are going to ROCK!!

See you soon!

Gaelic
chemm80
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
How many of us can see buttons on suspenders in a restaurant and not think "flair?" *pets "Office Space"*

Hee. Not this girl. I totally went there. With my stapler.

Sam's interview with Candice Armstrong cracked me up.

I enjoyed Sam very much in this episode. One of the things that I find nice about this season's Sam is that he's getting to be a little more of a participant with Dean in their cases, and less of the disapproving auntie looking over his shoulder. They joke around about women, like with the "jail bait" comment from ITtheGP, SW . Another example of the new Sammy would be him threatening the Chinese restaurant owner with the fake fine. In other words, our little Sammy is growing up.

They were again rather endearing when they talked with little Audrey and claimed they were "Teddy Bear Doctors"

I got a kick out of their interactions with all the kids in this one. And I can't wait til my daughter sees this episode; her given name is Audrey.

And I agree with you about the ending. Jensen knocked that out of the park, as always.

This is just speculation, but I think what Dean remembers from hell, what he saw there, was a whole bunch of Evil!Sam. That's one reason why the yellow eye thing from Yellow Fever was so terrifying for him. I'm sure they told/showed him "down under" how Sam had embraced the Boy King of Hell destiny.

I agree. The next few eps are going to be amazing! *hugs*
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Dude - your speculation about Dean seeing Sam with yellow eyes "down under" created a stir over at TVGuide.com where I also post this blog. Some peeps read that and went back to that blog with a "hell yeah! that makes so much sense!!"

Hee. I love it.

Can't wait to see you this week!

GS
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novembersguest
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Awesome analysis as usual. And hey, I was right there with Terry with the vomiting, I'm sure. Dean's nightmare scene and the vomiting in one ep. It's like Kripke's been reading my wish list of things I want to see happen in the show.

But, yeah, that confession at the end--breathtakingly perfect and wrenching.
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
No, YOU rock! ;)

Thank you for reading, girl! I love that you are still right there with us all, watching, speculating, commenting. Even with all that's going on for you.

We gotta hang onto our boys!!

Take care of you and I hope to see you this week!!

GS
angieb5
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
We've had some funny episodes this season, but what I've noticed is that through the humor, the writers have been slowly unraveling a tightly spooled ball of yarn. We laugh, and then we're pulled up short by a subtle reveal, or quick eye-shift.

Out of your entire review this paragraph really struck me. I will be the first to admit that I have been very critical of the show this season, but you couldn't be more right about this.

Awesome review. I found you on TVGuide and you linked here, so I hope you don't mind if I friend you here and there.

Have an awesome day! Can't wait to see what you write next week!

-Angie
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hey Angie! Friend away -- can never have too many of those.

Sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I'm running to stand still these days.

I'm glad that paragraph sparked your interest. I am happy to see your comments!

Take care and I'll "see" you later this week!

GS
mymuseandi
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I'm in love with the boys' angst this season, although it makes me wanna go and hide my face with a pillow everytime i encounter scenes like the last part of this week's eppy.

I admit, i love the humorous eppys, but i think i'll be sighing with relief once the 'heavier' eppys come to air. initially i was a bit concerned that they are trivializing Dean's 4 months in Hell and Sam's 4 months alone without his brother, but i love the little insights at the end of each week's eppy, which gives me hope that everything will be snowballing into something major soon!!!!!!!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Somewhere I read that someone had noticed a hunt/humorous, angels/angst pattern. While I could see that, I can also see that they're building up to stuff as you've said.

Can't wait!! :)

GS
eaglegirl6
Nov. 9th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Stunning writeup, as usual! I too thought of Terry in a certain part :-)

OK, we know Dean can't keep a secret from Sam no matter how hard he tries, so - I wanna know about Hell! Now.

I loved the Raimi/Spiderman ties, that was fun. Now, where's Bruce Campbell? Wonder if he's changed his opinion about this show yet... Not that I care. hmph.

I also thought this ep was really well balanced, as we expect our SN to be, between humor and angst, action and character study. Hope it keeps going like this all year.

It was fun reading your comments, looking forward to next week's review :)

Kelly
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kel! I love that you read and took time to comment.

Bruce Campbell! I have been trying to think about that guys' name for weeks! Thank you!!

I hope to see you after this week's review as well. :)

*hugs*
jazzyirish
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Love your review as always - such detail and insight. I enjoyed this episode for the light-hearted fun it was along with great brother moments. And of course, that scene at the end. I love the angst from Dean, and Jensen always knocks it out of the park. But I have to tell you, I was shocked to learn that Dean remembers everything about his time in Hell. I thought he remembered only bits and pieces as we've seen in the nightmares and other flashes. It's hard to believe that he could function if it all came back to him in one fell swoop. I do hope that even if he doesn't want to burden Sam by telling him what happened, that we'll get some insight into what Dean went through in Hell.

Well, we've had eight episodes so far and the pattern that I'm seeing is: hunting/humorous; angels/angst. That is to say that when the boys are on a regular hunt, the episode is humorous, and when the mythology/angels are in the picture, it is more emotional, has more meaty angst. I'm hoping at this point that this pattern is only coincidence and not what the writers or Kripke plans for the rest of the season. I think that for the most part, I enjoy the humor to be more subtle and intermixed into a "normal hunt" if that makes any sense. I think they need to get back to saving people/hunting things/the family business. Don't get me wrong - I'm loving this season for the most part, but would like to see more "balanced" episodes. Rant over.

Looking forward to this week's coming episode and of course, your review. That always adds something extra to love.

Catch ya' later
Irish
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hey Irish. My good friend SJ said something very similar to that about Dean remembering everything. She felt that if he truly remembered everything, he wouldn't be as "well-balanced" as he is.

Made me think about how he's coping. Meaning... is there anything that's helping him besides sleep and liquor? Castiel knew about his nightmares. Just... yeah... makes me wonder. I hope hope hope we're offered more answers in the next couple of weeks. :)

OH! And it was YOU who talked about the pattern. I just said something about that in a reply above. I hadn't noticed it until you mentioned it, but I can see where you'd get that. Totally.

I can't wait to see you this week. :)

GS
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gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hey you! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting. I love seeing your thoughts and reactions. It's really fulfilling to get your feedback.

I can't wait for tomorrow! :)

See you then, chica!
jessicarae24
Nov. 10th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I always love reading your reviews. You never fail to put into words what I could never hope to pull from my own mind. It is a treat to read through your thoughts and find them reflecting my own. It is like watching the episode all over again, but with a more extensive overview... if that makes any lick of sense.

I just can't get over how impressive this season is, so much so that it is leaps and bounds over the previous seasons. And that is saying something. As you said, the way they are weaving in the drama and the hints of coming reveals is wonderfully done. And yes, we have had quite a bit of humorous episodes so far this season, but we all know that what is to come will make us look back at the 'happier' episodes with a bit of yearning even as we move ever further ahead in the story.

Man, I love this show!
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
OMG! Can I TELL YOU how excited I was to see you comment on this?! Squee!!

Thank you so much for that -- I appreciate it so much. Your work is so amazing and I love that I can see it now on LJ. :) Not that I couldn't before... oh, you know what I mean.

I hope to see you this week, too!

GS
roweenac
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Hey Gaelic. Nice to hear your thoughts. I still have to do some catching up on your reviews (been busy lately) but I thought I'd start here.
Thank you again. You did it! Because of your review I was able to forgive Eric "The Master of Randomness" Kripke for this episode.
Man, it's like watching the epi again with your eyes.

And hey, "The Goonies" is a very GOOD movie and a lovely childhood memory of this girl, too! So let's just go to the nuthouse together, huh? Always plenty of ghosts to hunt in these places. Who knows, maybe we run into Sam and Dean?!

Take care and all the best to the family,
Ilka
gaelicspirit
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Awww... I'm so happy to hear that my review helped you forgive poor Eric. :) Hee. It was rather random, but I tell you, I see silver linings everywhere. :)

Goonies defined my childhood, girl. *laughs* I'm such a movie geek.

Thank you for all of your lovely comments. You have really dived deep into the philosophy of this season. I'm loving it! I look forward to your comments regarding this coming week.

Best to you always, my friend,
Gaelic
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