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If you read this and don't know by now that I won't spoil you, then I can't help you... *wink* Oh, and I'll warn you now... this could very well be one of the longest ones yet...



OH. MY. FRIGGIN'. GOD. Seriously, folks, that was probably one of the best episodes I've ever seen. When the credits flashed up at the end, I had to stand up and pace in a tight little space because my heart was pounding and my hands were shaking. Literally shaking. *takes calming breath* I promise I will try to be coherent... or at least as coherent as I ever am in these...

First?? Best. Previously's. Ever. Not ONLY did they use "Carry On My Wayward Son" -- which, as many have said, is sooo their theme -- they picked the best shots. The kind of shots that pumps you up so much you're literally humming. I had been sitting all leisurely thinking I'd wait through the previouslys, but I was curled into my Ball of Protection from the start because of that hit. Man. So. Awesome.

Dean's dream, running from nothing, seeing the Hellhound, running running running... man. So, desperate. So scared. When he wakes with a jerk, I took a breath. There was something about the colors and the clarity of this episode that made that boy more gorgeous than usual. Maybe it was the pending doom... but his eyes were so green when he talked to Sam. His lashes just framed those eyes like a treasure map to a fantasy. I wanted to pause the shot of him looking up at his brother while hunched over the book with the Hellhoung picture and just stare. Just soak him up.

I loved the forced banter about a TJ run with 30 hours to go... Sam's "if we save you, let's still never do that..." Poor Sammy and his aversion to Mexico. I seem to remember Dean suggestiong TJ a couple of times and Sam shooting it down. Hmmm. :) Sam's calm, soothing, "everything's going to be okay" nearly broke my fragile heart right there, but then Dean looking over at his little brother and seeing that stilted, dead, evil demonic face -- just like Evan had with his wife in Crossroad Blues -- and Dean's forced "yeah okay" had be pulling my heart back in off of my sleeve.

*curls tighter into self*

I love that Bobby was with them, helping them. Loved how he had that giant-sized Demon-finding Protractor... some Latinating and voila -- Lilith is in Indiana. Which, I can tell you from experience, does contain it's fair-share of demons. 'Course, they are all my personal ones, but hey, evil is evil.

Here's where I fell more in love with Dean than I already was, if that is even possible. The instant Bobby reveals Lilith's locale, Sam's rearing to go; he turns in to Dean, Season 1. But Dean, big brother that he is, is all "holster it up there, Tex." (Okay, random. I love it when they refer to Texas in any way. Just... 'cause.) Sam wants to summon Ruby, get her knife. Seems to make sense, but Dean's like, no way is that happening. "No way I'm risking you." Dean fighting both Sam and Bobby about Lilith wanting Sam's giant head on a pike and not wanting to make the same mistakes again had me biting my lip. He doesn't want to die -- doesn't want to go to Hell, but there is no way he was letting Sam give up his life -- or his soul, purposefully or inadvertently -- to save him. No way.

I love him for that.

But Sam, showing his little brother, sheltered child, son-of-John stubborn streak, summons Ruby anyway and argues with her for the knife. Ruby reveals that Lilith's guard is down and she's taking some R&R... I have to admit, I was a little "huh?" about that... demons take... breaks? Why? Aren't they already doing what they love? Not like it's work... Ruby reminds us by asking Sam about the hex bags she gave them at the end of Jus In Bello, which, admitedly, I'd totally spaced. So, at least Lilith wouldn't "hear" them coming, which is nice.

Ruby shoves some pretty hefty reveals into this little basement arguement. Sam's visions/powers aren't "gone," they're "dormant." And while we've seen that he has death visions and was once able to move a dresser with his mind... we've not acutally seen the full extent of Sam's powers. What he's really capable of. Ruby says that one of those things are to kill Lilith. That he could save his brother by killing her and she never said anything before because Sam wouldn't go for it until he was desperate enough -- which makes me think that he would actually have to let go of his light a bit...embrace a certain level of darkness to unleash whatever power is inside of him.

She says something to Sam that caught me -- she says that she knows Sam hates how Dean looks at him sometimes, like he's a freak. I have never seen Dean look at Sam that way. I've seen him give him the standard "okay, you're so off your meds" look that brother's give each other. I've seen him look worried. I've seen him even look scared for Sam -- like in Sin City when Sam blew away Cassie and the preacher demon. But I've never seen him look at Sam like he was a full-on Freak. But that just goes to show what our filters do to us. Sam thinks that of himself, so when Dean shows worry, Sam sees disgust or fear.

How many times have we done that to ourselves? Put our own insecurities onto others, interpreted looks to mean what we think they mean... without asking the other. Human communication is a terrible and beautiful thing.

Ruby offers to be his Yoda and teach him the ways of the Force just as big brother pops down. And now I love Dean even more. Dude totally knew Sam wouldn't let it go and was ready for Ruby. More than ready. He totally hits her and it's finally on -- Ruby against the brothers. She takes Sam down easy enough... wussy. And she totally kicks Dean's ass until our boy slowly straightens and ta-da! The knife! I totally cheered out loud at that. AND he trapped her in a Devil's Trap. LOVE IT.

And that was all before Supernatural splashed across the screen. Holy crap!! See? SUCH a good episode. Okay, rein it in, Gaelic. I've always loved their gearing-up, getting weapons ready scenes. There is something so primal and sexy about that. (Random again, I love that Dean kept the face wounds from Ruby's fight throughout the rest of the show. Just... 'cause. Again.) But this weapons-ready moment led up to one fantastic conversation with Sam wanting to go find out from Ruby how he can use his powers to save Dean and Dean insisting that it wasn't going to happen.

He brought up the one thing that I had been afraid of -- another deal. Saying that Dad did it for him and he did it for Sam and enough already. He says that Sam doing what Ruby said is only going one place and wants to know why risk it... and Sam says "because you're my brother" and I want to hug him for that. And then... God, with the eyes. Dean turns those too-big eyes on Sam and says "you're my weak spot, and I'm yours"... *tears* They're family, but they have to stop being martyrs... stop "spreading it for the demons and do it the way Dad taught" them... go down swinging...

And just when the lump in my throat is getting downright painful, Sam pulls out the "you shoulda been jammin' to Eye of the Tiger" and Dean shuts him up with a "and I rehearsed that speech, too." LOVE it! So great, the timing. How they know just when to grab our hearts and just when to tickle our humor. It just feels so real.

But I can't help but feel that Dean's right -- even a little purposeful use of power could destroy the Sam that he knows, the Sam that he raised and cares for and depends on. His Sam. That's too much of a risk for Dean, even at the sake of his life. His sacrifice would mean nothing if Sam's soul is lost to darkness.

Now, I know we're supposed to have been freaked out by the idea that Lilith possessed that little girl, killed the babysitter, held the family hostage, and apparently killed Freckles the Cat? Dog? who knows... I wasn't freaked, but I was a bit disturbed. How horrifying to have your baby girl taken over by an entity that is so... inhuman. *puts line of salt around baby's crib*

When the Impala doesn't start, I actually said "atta boy, Bobby" to the TV. It's probably a good thing I watched this one by myself. Bobby had the best. line. ever. "Family doesn't end with blood." AWESOME. I so wanted him to go with them. And he knew about the hallucinations, which, by the look on Sam's face, he'd obviously missed. Bobby knew that Dean was "playing wounded" (love that phrase) and he wasn't going to let them go alone. HOORAY!!

And THEN comes one of the best. scenes. EVER. For me, anyway. Sam tries for the sensitive "if this doesn't work, I just want you to know" chick flick, which Dean predictably deflects. And then, because he's our boy, he needs music. And what comes on the radio?? Bon Freakin' Jovi (who, despite what he said in BUABS, Dean thinks rocks, on occasion). "Wanted: Dead or Alive." OMG. I literally cheered. *dances in desk chair*

And THEN Dean starts singing. *swoon* Singing loud enough that he finally gets Sam into it. And BOY does Sam get into it!! It was fantastic. It was my friend and I on a roadtrip. It was my sisters and I on a summer evening in the old Jeep with the windows down and the radio up. It was a moment of just brothers -- just brothers... until the lyrics got to Dean and the look of pain in his eyes, sliding across his features was enough to steal the wind from me.

How he does that... how this actor does what he does with a mere shift of his eyes and no one but us notices... is amazing to me.

When the cop pulls them over, I was trying desperately to figure out what the twist was going to be, but I should have known better than to try to figure out Kripke. When Dean reacted, I first thought it was to the name "Hagar" on his fake ID. But when he was panting and trembling after killing the demon, and said he saw the real face -- the one under the human face... I think I started shaking then. I knew then that this was going to be so good and so bad at the same time.

I love Dean's "How is that not crazy" when Bobby says that it makes sense that Dean can see demons. Since he's... yknow, almost "hell's bitch." OH! And then Dean breaks out some Peter Venkman ala Ghostbusters with his "Terrific plan; I'm excited to be a part of it." HA!! I cackled at that. Literally guffawed. Man, I love this show.

Okay, so then we go back to the poor, trapped family that I am simply looking at as a means to an end... I've become heartless, I suppose... but... man, Dean had five hours left! So demon girl kills gramps, and Dean can see who she is... can see her hideous face, and boy, do I feel for him. Just his reaction to seeing the demons... made me glad they didn't let us see them. His reaction was enough. He made me want to look away from their human faces. Of course, though, beause they're Winchesters and their lives are about the greater good, they have to take out Lilith before she kills more people -- it stops being just  about saving Dean and becomes about saving everybody.

Talk about a cross to bear. Man.

Somehow Ruby gets out of the Devil's Trap. We don't get an explanation beyond what they don't know about her could fill a book. I'm not satisfied with that. I don't know if Ruby will be back, but if she is, I want to know how she can break a Devil's Trap when it's convenient for her -- or if she had help, like Cassie in Sin City with the preacher man. Dean's flinch when he sees her real face had me feeling apprehensive -- like that was supposed to mean something later. Which, turns out, I was right, but I didn't anticipate how it was going to come into play...

And then, our boy Bobby SO comes through with the Holy Water sprinklers. YES!! I think I even did a fist pump with that. :) Hee!! So awesome. One thing that surprised me was that Sam and Ruby went looking for the little girl while Dean took the dad to the basement. I mean, I get why with the tension about killing the girl that turned out to not be Lilith (and, yeah, that made me freakin' TENSE), but I'm surprised that Dean let them go without him.

I couldn't imagine being that mom, though, you know? To have the body of your little girl curled up against you and be so afraid of what she'd done over the last X amount of hours that you are begging  a complete stranger to stab her just to free you. Would the instinct to survive really cancel out everything? Wouldn't you want to somehow try  to save your child? Maybe not. Maybe seeing the complete lack of your baby's soul in those eyes as she killed Gramps and babysitter could send you over the edge. Hope I never have to find out...

And then, what you heard echoing across the cosmos was the sound of hearts breaking wide open all over the world tonight. Because time ran out. And Sam wants Ruby to tell him what to do, and Dean says no. No, because Sam has to live. Sam has to survive. And Sam cries. And Dean, GOD Dean's eyes. They fill with tears that don't fall and pain of all he was going to miss and memories of all he'd once had and Sam sobs "what do I do" and Dean says "keep fighting...take care of my wheels...remember what Dad taught you... remember what I taught you..."

And the clock. Strikes. Midnight.

I swear I stopped breathing in that moment.

When the Hellhound showed up and Sam couldn't see it, I felt my heart pound. They skeddadle into the other room -- all three of them, including Ruby, which I found interesting... why was she afraid of a Hellhoung? -- and lay down the goofer dust and guh... When Ruby asks for the knife, my heart pounds even harder and then Dean sees -- actually SEES that she's not Ruby... and suddenly, my fool self is worried about where Lilith sent Ruby. Far, far away where?? Why I'm worried about a demon, I'll never know.

But, I tell you, I was impressed with how Katie was able to change her voice from her version of a bad-ass demon to a disturbingly seducive little girl who (gag) kisses Sam... while Dean is spread out on the table, unable to move...

And then she opens the door and my heart stops. Just stops. Sam is screaming Dean's name, screaming for Lilith to stop... and Dean just SCREAMING as his leg is torn into, his shoulder, his chest... blood everywhere... trying to get away... OMG... I think I might have started panting for breath in that moment. It was every hurtDean moment I'd written, read, imagined... Dean's twisting in pain, bleeding, and then Ruby/Lilith does that whole Bright Light thing...

And nothing.

Sam is crumpled on the floor, but ala Harry Potter, the White Light of Doom does nothing to him. He... repels it. Is not consumed by it. The hounds have stopped. Ruby/Lilith is visibly shaken at this turn of events and as Sam advances with the Knife That Can Kill Any Demon, she freaks out and pulls the black smoke disappearing act...

Leaving Sam to crumple, sobbing at his blood-covered, silent, still, and staring brother's side. Oh, the quiver of Sam's chin, the tears... it was 100 times worse than his look in Heart. And then... the moment that gives me the oddest sense of hope yet. An image of bloody Dean (in a gray T-shirt, no less... *Gaelic in love*) trapped in what appears to be the black webbing of his brain synapses... trapped and calling out for help -- for Sam.


So, now we're forced to wait... and wonder... and speculate... and hope. Me? I think Sam's powers came to "light" in the last moment out of desperation, just like they did in Nightmare when he thought Max Miller was going to kill Dean. Seeing his brother ripped to shreds before his eyes, thinking Lilith was going to kill them... I don't know what he did or how, but I think he stopped her. Either that, or he's always been immune to her and neither of them knew it. I also think that Dean's not Dead. Though he appeared so as Sam gathered him up, something happened when Lilith couldn't kill Sam. And then she ran away.

Kripke said in an interview "who says he goes to Hell?" So... I'm thinking Dean got stuck. He's not in "Hell" per se. He's in his own version of it, trapped inside his own body, in his own head, alone, without Sam, bleeding to death, but not dead yet. And while we were left in a similar situation at the end of Season 1 with the semi crash, the premiere of Season 2 was one of the best episodes... and I think the possibilities for Season 4 are boundless.

Saving Dean's life (rather than his soul), dealing with the fall-out of the experience of a year of facing death, exploring Sam's powers, figuring out what the brothers are to each other now, how much they depend on each other now, if there is an "each other" without them together, finding out the truth about Mary... I just wish I knew where Bobby got off to there at the end... But I bet we see him enter the room in the premiere to find a bloody Dean held in his broken brother's arms. With the shell of Ruby laying next to them... DemonRuby far, far away... oh, what a mess.

Oh, what a fantastic, beautiful, thought-provoking, anticipatory mess.

Man, I love these boys. I can't wait for September.





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May. 16th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
OMG - my direct tv went out and I only caught the last scene - I'm dying here. I read your review (spoilers don't bother me - I just had to know what happened to the boys). I have to find a way to download the episode - any suggestions or site recommendations. Help!
May. 16th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
eeek -- ummm... okay, the only one I download from is iTunes, but that's because I have a season pass... lemme see...

SFO has it for download, but I don't know when or how to do it: http://www.devotedfansnetwork.com/forums/f1400/

And I know that the CW will have it available at some point...

Sheesh. I'm a lotta help.

*slinks back into hole*
May. 16th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Sorry - in my haste, I forgot to mention that I loved your review. You have a way of putting things that goes right to my heart. Can't wait to see the episode - I can't believe that tonight of all nights the signal went out. I also can't believe I am sooooo into this show - I'm really too old for this!
May. 16th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I looked forward to this all day. I usually look forward to... y'know... picking my baby up from daycare, kissing my husband. But Thursday's? Yeah. It's all about our boys.

And I'm glad you like the review. I have to write them right after I see the show or I'd never remember it all. :)

Hope you get to see it soon!!!!
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May. 16th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you said that "hell" looked like brain synapses. I thought the same thing, like Dean is trapped in his own mind. There's so many questions now. And we have to wait until September for the answers. What a brilliant episode. Now THAT was what a season finale should be.
May. 16th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, as we were spiraling through it, hearing a voice cry out, I was like... what, are we in his head? And then went we saw him trapped on that webbing, it was kinda confirmed for me.

I totally agree with you -- thrilling. Just heartbreaking and heartpounding and tragic and unfair and beautiful.

What a long summer it's gonna be...
May. 16th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Well, you know what I think about the ep! LOL. Still barely coherent and still unable to sleep. I HAD to watch it again. It was harder to watch the second time...with me all alone and no family to put up a brave front for. I think seeing Dean strapped to those meat hooks and screaming for Sam was harder than seeing him die.

I just can't believe we have to wait so long to see what happens next. What a way to end a season!
May. 16th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
JesusFrigginChrist. Gaelic, I honestly didn't want to be spoilt for the finale. HONESTLY. But as I haven't seen it yet and my internet at home is acting up (again!!) I'm glad I read your review. It's gonna take me through the day. Thanks. Your emotions were tangible and I felt like watching through your eyes.
I kinda expected Ruby to turn out to be Lilith somehow... Can't wait to watch the finale and see how September will bring (dis)closure...
Cheers, Ilka/RC
May. 19th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I hope you've been able to see it now! I'm sorry you were spoiled, but glad you enjoyed reading the review. :)

I'm glad the emotions were tangible to you because I'm usually pretty jumpy while writing these reveiws. :)

*holds on for September*

May. 16th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Not ONLY did they use "Carry On My Wayward Son"

So happy for this.

But Dean, big brother that he is, is all "holster it up there, Tex." (Okay, random. I love it when they refer to Texas in any way. Just... 'cause.)

Me, too. Also "giant head" - hee. And I loved Bobby's giant transit thingy - very cool.

Ruby offers to be his Yoda and teach him the ways of the Force just as big brother pops down. And now I love Dean even more. Dude totally knew Sam wouldn't let it go and was ready for Ruby.

By the end of that fight, I almost thought that Sam was in on this whole thing - Dean's plan to trap Ruby, I mean. I guess he just didn't seem that surprised. This interpretation could be because I'm a bit frustrated with Sam's impotence this whole season though. I'm not really in favor of him turning too evil because I want the boys to stay our boys, but geez - do something, man. (Although of course the scene was worth it for me for the "slutty little Yoda" comment alone.)

They're family, but they have to stop being martyrs... stop "spreading it for the demons and do it the way Dad taught" them... go down swinging...

One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking moments of the episode.

When the Impala doesn't start, I actually said "atta boy, Bobby" to the TV.

I know - I knew he was going to show up with the effing distributor cap and I'm sure Dean did, too - oldest trick in the book. And how about that Bobby Singer, ladies and gentlemen? Holy Irrigation, Batman Bobby!

And THEN Dean starts singing.

Another winning scene for me, and mostly for the reasons you list - because that's so totally what brother/sisters/good friends do in a car. Crank it up and sing as loud as you can. It drowns out the voices in your head, takes you somewhere else. And good God, Dean's such a terrible singer. Which is awesome.

I love Dean's "How is that not crazy" when Bobby says that it makes sense that Dean can see demons. Since he's... yknow, almost "hell's bitch." OH! And then Dean breaks out some Peter Venkman ala Ghostbusters with his "Terrific plan; I'm excited to be a part of it." HA!! I cackled at that. Literally guffawed. Man, I love this show.

Seriously loved this part, too. They did a pretty good job throughout the episode of balancing the angst with the dry humor and family moments that we love. And by the way, "Family's about more than just blood"? (not sure if that's the exact quote) - AWESOME.

Dean says "keep fighting...take care of my wheels...remember what Dad taught you... remember what I taught you..."

And the clock. Strikes. Midnight.

This part broke me completely.

I also think that Dean's not Dead.

I agree. Lilith didn't quite finish the job, it seems. Which is a good thing - it solves the problem of how to get Dean's body back next season - it's not really dead.

I was impressed with how Katie was able to change her voice from her version of a bad-ass demon to a disturbingly seducive little girl who (gag) kisses Sam

I've always thought she was good at playing "little girl lost" - for example in Malleus Malefi-Whatever - I just never thought she could bring the evil. I'm glad it looks like she won't be back.

I liked this entire episode a lot, with a huge exception being the last minute or so -everything after the last commercial break basically. Elsewhere I said that this wasn't a cliffhanger - it was a slow, messy slide off a muddy road into the barrow ditch - where we're stuck sitting until September 4th. It was so anti-climactic somehow. (A sexual analogy comes to mind, but I'll spare you the details.)

At least the deal is more or less out of the way, and once we get Dean back (which I hope doesn't take longer than 1 or 2 episodes)we can move on.

Good chatting with you once more, kid. Looking forward to your summer fic!

May. 19th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)

It's fantastic how much I enjoy hearing from you. :) I love your comments and reactions -- this was a great way to relive the epi without actually watching it again. Which I don't think I'll be able to do for awhile.

I'm excited to write summer fic!! Playing in the previous seasons with only one set in Season 3, but earlier when we still had time before the deal came due...

I look forward to seeing you!

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May. 16th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
...that Sam and Ruby went looking for the little girl while Dean took the dad to the basement.

Glad I wasn't the only one thinking that was odd. However, I did love when Dean knocked the guy out, it happend so quickly, Dean in mid argument then SMACK - man Dean was SO in charge of this ep and I loved it!. But Dean to either hand the guy off to Sam or to look at Sam pointedly and say, "Wait here. I'll be right back." Then Dean leaves. Ruby says, "We don't have time to horse around here Sam." He nods and they take off w/o Dean. EEP! That would've made more sense and added a greater degree of desparation to what they were doing... not that the sense of desparation wasn't already at a level 20 out of 10 up to that point (LOVED THIS EP!)

Yea, I believe Dean didn't die.. he's sorta catatonic, or trapped in his own mind.

Opening of season 4 will be Bobby running in, seeing Sam holding Dean and crying. Bobby freezes and places a comforting hand on Sam, starts to cry (DAMMIT! WE BETTER GET A GOOD BOBBY CRYING FOR DEAN MOMENT NEXT YEAR!) himself, but when he kneels and gets a good look at Dean he says, "He's not dead, SAM!"

Then we're off. To get Dean out of that purgatory he's trapped in, coz yea, I think he's there, or in his own mind or something..

But damn!!! I sure wish Kripke wrote more eps because he's never once disappinted me with his pacing and timing and brotherly moments and portrayals of our boys.

Maybe with the early renewal he'll get more opportunity to prep a few more scripts before having to deal with all the dayin/dayout bs of the network execs and production.

Well, AWESOME EP! I was caught crying more often than not and ... man, no wonder Jensen was caught crying between shots nearly uncontrollably - he was so vested in what was going on .. it was evident in everything he did lastnight. Damn. And Jared I think brought that out of him.. he did it in Heart, when he cried over having to kill wolf-girl (sorry.. still incoherent this morning and can't think her name).. it was Jared's tears that made Jensen tear up in his final shot.

God.. that ending .. Sam tears.. Dean's seemingly lifeless stare at the ceiling.. DAMN!! I'm going to be on pins and needles until September!!!

Hey, are we getting the show returning in early September or is it going to be late October? I've heard it both ways and nothing definitive on either scale.

Okay, back to writing. My muse is FREAKING OUT now!!!
May. 16th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
your commentary
Hi, I loved the review and I loved your commentary. But there was something that spiked my curiosity. Where did you get that info about Jensen crying between takes? Can you let me know please?
Thanks a bunch
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May. 16th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Goodness gracious me...
... am I channeling you? Jeez. I'm gonna have to post that little piece I just wrote as a tag for the finale, because ... damn if that wasn't what you said. :D

Excellent recap, sweety. Love your view on it and totally agree.
May. 19th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Goodness gracious me...
Hey you! I read your piece and tingled. I read it because it was *you* and I couldn't *not*, but I'm going to stay away from tags or missing scenes or speculation until the premiere.

Speculation at this point might break my heart. :)

But I really liked what you put -- and I liked that we're channeling each other. Hee.
May. 17th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Hey Gaelic, an absolutely A1+ review, as exciting as the episode itself, you certainly 'spoil' us m'dear it was like watching it again.

I so enjoyed the emotional scenes, Dean just cut it for me every single time, my heart was bouncing from my chest to my mouth. I think for me, the single most heart-wrenching look, was in the car to the Bon Jovi song. Sam singing, innocently oblivious to the haunted look that swept over his brother face, it was just perfect and emotionally crippling to watch.

I too wondered why Dean went to the basement. The only way I could rationalise it was that maybe he felt at least he had saved one person, if not himself or his brother, and was trying to find some control in an uncontrollable situation. Hee hee, probs way too deep and just a script excuse to build the tension and give Lilith a chance to jump into Ruby!

UGH, Child Ruby kissing Sam, that'll need washing off! LOL.

I think Dean is still alive. He didn't look dead to me, the fact the camera angle went to his eyes and straight through, I took as an indication that he was traumatised/catatonic/coma - take your pick - and who wouldn't be in his situation, body ripped, blood loss, stress levels through the roof (mine too!!) I think he's gone to Hell, but not the one downstairs, just his own personal mental one. And that's doable..?

I can see the opening scene with, as someone else suggested above, Bobby coming in and realising Dean's still alive and then dealing with both the boys. I don't think Sams going to be able to let go of Dean too quickly and my evil hurt/comfort side will just love the fallout.

With Lilith still around and poor Ruby (who I do like a lot) somewhere, it's going to be a great season 4. I'm hoping that she'll be back. As much as I was wary of the girls coming into the series, I think it's played a nice dimension.

I had to download this time, my usual haunt didn't have it up, so had to wait overnight, very frustrating, but jolly nice to wake up too.

This too, for me, has to be the best this season for emotional content. I adore Dean's ability to show emotions so fluidly.

On a side, I was watching Jensen on an Aussie interview the other day and then another with him and Jared, it was such a comparison. The single interview, Jen was very careful, almost acted, but the double act the real man came out. Relaxed and so obviously comfortable in Jared's company he was himself and it was so nice to see and it shows, as in the eppy's, how capable an actor he truly is.

Roll on September!

Thanks again for the review, Gaelic. Take care have a good weekend.

Jane :)
May. 19th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I love that insight into the Aussie interview -- how Jensen relaxed when Jared was around. How incredibly sweet!! These guys... guh, they just kill me.

Thanks for reading and for posting your thoughts! I love it! *dances a bit*

Hope your weekend was good as well! It's starting to get sunny and warm here in Kansas, so the munchkin and I were out a lot this weekend. :) Love it!

May. 18th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
I love reading all the reviews after each show. I have to say yours is my fav review so far. Everything I felt you laid out beautifuly. I like your theory about Dean being trapped in his own mind. I hope thats it.. But I am very glad Kripke said Season 4 is going to be more about the brothers relationship and I just can not wait. September can't get here fast enough. Thank you for the lovely read.

May. 19th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, you're welcome! I'm glad you stopped by. I enjoy reading the reviews as well -- mostly because many are much more coherent than mine. I write them about 5 mins after the credits roll. Hee!

I want someone to give us an acutal date the show is going to return so that I can mark it on my calendar and start a count-down. *grin*

Thanks again!
May. 18th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Freaking Amazing is right
What can I say? Only that I agree with every single word and then some...I'm still in a daze after watching the episode but have VERY high hopes for what Kripke has in store...roll on season 4.
May. 19th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Freaking Amazing is right
Hey girl! Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm with you -- Season 4 is going to be fantastic. There is so much promise there...

*hold breath*

*for a long, long time...*
May. 19th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
It's funny because by the time I clicked onto SPN, it was into the 2nd season in the states, so I could pretty much watch the season 1 finale and then immediately watch 2.1. And then the finale of season 2 wasn't so much of a cliffhanger...

BUT this one? Whoa. WHOA.

the singing! OH man, I had tears in my eyes. And I was watching it with my flatmate who has no idea of the show, so he was laughing at me. Ruined the moment! They always play this song at my gym as a warm down song - now I'm going to be smiling like an idiot at the SPN memories when I hear it.

You know, I've always, *always* been a sucker for happy endings in tv shows and I really hope you're right when you ponder at the end of your post. I don't like to think that Dean is actually dead and in hell! 1. How are they going to get him back into his sexy body if it's all dead and ripped up? 2. Are they going to continue season 4 right where they left off with Bobby doing something awesome and saving the day? 3. It seems like Sam's powers are for nothing then. I mean, OK he didn't die when Lilith white lighted him, but I would have thought that if he did have powers, they would totally have come online at that moment to save Dean (edit: ok, now that I think about it, it didn't happen in the season 1 finale when Dean was being ripped to shreds either, so it makes sense...)

But if Dean is in hell? I really hope they fix it within the first episode of season 4! I mean, I love the show, but I mostly love it when there are TWO brothers in it!

Although I get why it had to happen, I was still holding out for some magical rescue (even though that would have pissed people off!). Sniff. Poor Dean! And poor Sam. Ending it like that...whoa.

And now it's a long, LONG wait until season 4! And this comment really makes no sense, but I just needed to get it out! None of my RL friends watch the show (probably cos it's not on TV) so I try to limit the amount of SPN squee they have to listen too.

I much prefer your nice hurt Dean where Sam will *always* make it better! Or Abe. Or Bobby!
May. 19th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Awww... thanks for that last bit. I actually found myself wondering if some of the ideas I have for upcoming stories would be too much after seeing the end scene of the finale -- but you're right. In the stories I like to read and the ones I like to write, whoever is hurt is always made better by the end. It's just the way of it. :)

Thanks for reading the review and leaving a comment -- feel free to come on over anytime you need more SPN Squee. :) We understand what the RL friends don't. :)

May. 30th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)

Hey just for clarity...you liked the episode quite a lot then? hahahahahahahhaha Hey why am I laughing i did too! Bev xx
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