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Stream of Consciousness, Epi 11.11

Guys. I kinda loved this one.


Okay, so the writers are not perfect. They could tighten up plots and clarify character motivation and pay a bit more attention to the history of their own show. But...that said, when they get things right, this show just purrs. Like the Impala on an open road. So much about this episode felt like a purr to me.

Not just this episode, honestly, but the season thus far. There are some secrets still out there--Dean's struggle with defining what it is he feels toward Amara, for example--but by and large, the Really Big Things are out in the open between the brothers and they are acting like...brothers. Bound by something bigger than family, more important than blood. They are bound by choice and circumstance and devotion. It steps into the spotlight to be catalogued and recognized in various ways.

It's an off-handed remark about making reservations for an "old-folks home," with an unspoken assumption that they'll still be side-by-side when they're seventy. It's a heart-to-heart at the edge of a freshly dug grave, with allowances made for aches too deep to be captured by words. It's repeated assertions that their lives wouldn't be livable without each other. And it's a no-look beer can toss.

I haven't liked Sam as much as I'm liking him this season since...well, Season 5, honestly. His devotion to Dean--declaring to Lucifer that Dean was going to kick his ass, telling the hunter Ailene that he wouldn't want to do this without his brother--has warmed my heart and drawn me closer to him. His restless sleep at the start of this episode was completely understandable, not only because he was in the cage with Lucifer, but also because he believed--he wanted to believe so badly--that God was speaking to him. That God actually had some skin in the game for once, and was helping them out.

Finding out that he'd been duped so maliciously and so completely had to be utterly demoralizing. It wasn't just the cage and the fight and saying no after the stroll down Bad Memory Lane...it was that he wanted to believe and was wrong. That has to tip his snowglobe in a serious way. And it's one of the reasons, I think, he's found his anchor in his belief in Dean. No matter what, Dean has forgiven him--as evidenced by their bro moment in the kitchen when Sam poignantly confessed to his guilt at not looking for Dean while he was in Purgatory--and has protected him (to their mutual detriment, at times).

Sam's recognition of this is his anchor into a belief that even if TPTB keep messing with them, they at least--and always--have each other. You can see him clinging to that as he tries to find balance again post-Lucifer encounter. Which makes me happy and worries me in equal measure. Because...what if. Y'know? How is it going to impact this balance, when he finds out that Castiel said yes--undermining every stance Sam took with one word--and that Lucifer is out in the world? What might happen to his anchor if this murky connection/attraction Dean has with Amara turns out to be something that sucks Dean under and sends him darkside...or worse?

Sam's walking a very thin line right now, and I don't know if he actually realizes it. Or...he's purposely not looking directly at that line because if he does, it'll eat him alive.

I try not to start these Rambles talking about Dean because I could spend hours on this character and I am trying to strike my own balance, but oh my gosh. This character owns me. I've been alternately intrigued and puzzled by this connection he has to Amara. I like that he doesn't get it -- can't define it. He doesn't want it to be attraction because he doesn't like what that says about him. She is The Darkness. She is The Monster that he is destined to destroy. And yet because of a choice he made years ago, she is bound to him and him to her. Their destinies are somehow intertwined, it seems.

And goodness, layer Mildred's "follow your heart" and "I know when someone is pining for someone else" comments on top of his already tangled up feelings (is it connection? is it attraction?) and Dean is a tortured mess inside.

It's unclear (to me) if what happens to Amara happens to Dean and visa versa when it comes to their existence, though I think that is somewhat unlikely. Because if it means that she dies if Dean is killed, I think she'd be keeping him as close as Voldemort kept Nagini. Plus, when she was nearly smited (smote?) and weakened, Dean would have felt that somehow. I think it's more the fact that they cannot--or will not--kill each other that is the big thing. And what does that mean for Dean, that he can't/won't kill The Monster that is threatening to destroy all life as we know it? That just goes against the very fabric of his being, the way he's defined himself, the truth he's had to cling to when every single rug he's every stood on in life has been yanked from beneath his feet.

I honestly thought that the Banshee was going to go after Sam--I never once believed it was going to be Mildred and her A-fib--because he was damaged by his misplaced trust in his visions and by Lucifer's taunts. But I should have realized that Sam is--and in a way has always been--stronger than Dean when it comes to the core of himself. The one thing about Dean (IMO) that has never changed is that his human soul is bright and purposeful, but his human resilience and resistance is fragile, broken, and breakable because of every punch life/the universe has thrown at him. I specify 'human' here because I don't feel the same way about Demon!Dean, but that's a whole different Ramble.

Dean is, in a word, vulnerable. More so than Sam because he constantly puts up such a wall of deflection and resistance, where Sam allows himself to be open, sharing his thoughts and heart with people like Charlie, like Ailene. Sam allows his emotions to strengthen him while Dean...Dean sees his emotions as a weakness.

Dean leaves you before you can leave him. He makes jokes so you don't see his fractures. He shoots first because asking questions opens wounds. In hindsight, it's clear that his uncertainty about Amara, his uncertainty about himself and the lingering effects of the Mark of Cain and his journey from death back to life, would make him a prime target for the Banshee. And it's also just as clear that he'd never realize that. He'd think he's got this, he's in control. Because it's the front he desperately needs everyone to see.

The moment he heard the screaming I thought, of course...of course it has to be him.

The only thing I'll fault this episode for is Sam not clueing in to the fact that Dean's explanation for why the Banshee zeroed in on him was practically anorexic. He heard the screams before she even showed up. He clutched his head in pain and fell to the floor before she even showed up. The vulnerability clearly didn't have to be physical: while the boys wouldn't have known about Mr. Lahey's depression causing him to be a target, they certainly knew about Arnold's heartbreak over his pending divorce. I wanted Sam to think that something hinky was up...that his brother's vulnerability was screaming for help, it's just a scream that Dean (ironically) could not hear.

But, then, all in good time, right? We found out that Sam did, in fact, tell Dean about Billie. And we also finally got the conversation about Purgatory that I've been dying to hear for a few years now. So, it's entirely possible that Sam will realize that Dean's in trouble and make the mental link to the Banshee attack when the next Big Thing hits. Discovering why Cas is acting a little 'off' for example. Especially considering who Dean actually confessed his connection confusion to.

Before I get to my lists, one last topic: Casifer (or is it Lustiel?). There were a few notable things for me from this episode: 1) Lucifer taking a moment to stop and smell the roses, enjoying earth, relishing the things he didn't realize he missed, giving his angelic brother a chance to choose sides before snap-smiting him...it's interesting to watch Lucifer do something other than terrorize a Winchester; 2) the fact that he can't just...hone in, or whatever, on Amara and has to tear up the bunker looking for ways to draw her out in the open...whether to fight her or to join her, I'm still not sure; 3) the way he could so expertly emulate Castiel's behavior to the point that Dean actually confessed his failure to kill Amara (though, he did actually try with the knife, so...).

That awesomely evil smile that graced the face we've come to know as Castiel had me very, very worried for Dean. I think he's going to become a pawn in a very dangerous game of chess quite soon.

Okay! Lists!

Things I liked:

  • The title: Into the Mystic, my 2nd favorite Van Morrison song

  • The lore! The first SPN fanfic story I ever wrote (10 years ago...gah!) was about a Banshee. Loved the new MotW - even though, in typical Gaelic lore, Banshees aren't evil. I liked the twist, obviously.

  • Mama Lahey referring to her hubs as "Mo Chuisle" when she first hugged him. Those of you who've known me for a bit know that my daughter's nickname is Mo Chuisle. That made me grin.

  • Sam cleaning guns to combat insomnia. Because, sure.

  • Dean in a robe. Just...Dean. Full stop.

  • Having a case that was only 15 mins away from the bunker. First time in 11 seasons their travel time has actually made sense.

  • "Lucifer ex Machina."

  • The use of Johnny Mathis' song "Wonderful, Wonderful" -- although I will never not think of The X-Files episode, Home, when I hear that song. Do you blame me??

  • Dean thinking the 'old-folks home' is awesome and suggesting they make a reservation, indicating he thinks they'll still be living together when they're old (even though Sam doubts they'll live that long...*sad face*)

  • Dee Wallace as Mildred -- she will always and forever be Elliott's mom from E.T. to me -- and her awesomely unapologetic flirtation with Dean

  • The whole Viagra thing -- from Dean's quip regarding Harold's theft to swiping a bottle himself when Sam wasn't looking.

  • The bonding moment over the edge of a freshly dug grave, just before they torch the bones. How very Winchester of them.

  • "You're the one that's always wanted to out Blaze of Glory-style. Preferably while the Bon Jovi song is playing."

  • Pretty much everything about Ailene Lahey -- from the fact that she was played by a deaf actress to the fact that her character was rendered deaf by the scream of the Banshee that caused her parent's deaths. Up to and including the fact that she was a hunter, a MoL legacy, and, coupled with Mildred, saved the boys' asses when Dean was about to bash his own brains out from the pain of the Banshee's screams. Loved that she could read lips and that she and Mildred could both sign.

  • Mildred and Ailene's side conversations about the boys. Ha!

  • Banshee's needing to be killed by a golden blade. I wish I'd thought of that. I think I did something boring like...consecrated iron or some such.

  • The whole blood sigil trap thing. That was cool, and, ultimately, uber-convenient.

  • Dean having a thing for Blanche on The Golden Girls...and Sam having a thing for Sophia. And Sam's little grin when Dean revealed that little tid-bit.

  • "I wouldn't do this without my brother. He's had my back every step of the way. Even when I let him down."

  • Mildred's little one liners: "You gotta pay for the view." "It's almost as gorgeous as you are."

  • "Your hand is still on my knee." "I could move it up."

  • Dean grabbing his head and collapsing in pain--there is just something about him showing pain that goes right through me. Especially when he does his level-best to fulfill on his promise of protection. When suddenly the pain is his own, and he's brought down to his knees, it somehow hits harder.

  • Sam going immediately to Dean and leaving the whole Banshee killing up to the women, who totally kick ass.

  • "They look even cuter walking away."

  • No-look beer can toss FTW!

  • Sam: "I should have looked for you when you were in Purgatory. [...] I've never forgiven myself for that." Dean: "Well, I have. That's the past. What's done is done. All that matters now, all that's ever mattered, is that we're together." *Gaelic's heart thumps*

  • Sam putting the brochure for the 'old folks home' in a box filled with keepsakes.

  • Dean unable to sleep because he can't stop thinking about this whole thing with Amara (and how gorgeous he is...oh, wait...that's me).

Not so much:

  • Sam not puzzling out further why Dean was vulnerable to attack.

  • Also, how did a Banshee travel from County Cork, Ireland to Kansas, USA? Did it follow Ailene or did she follow it? That opening in Ireland was cool, but I wish they'd said something about how an Irish monster landed in the Midwest (or did they and I missed it?).

  • The graphics for the Banshee itself were kinda low-tech, compared to some other things they've done (the Changelings come to mind). But, at least it was an actual monster-thing and not a personified monster like so many others, and...we're talking about an FX department that makes Hell look like the basement of a Medieval Castle, so...I cut them some slack.

Burning Questions:

  • Still really want to know where Cas is. If he's inside his vessel still, or if he got booted to the ether when Lucifer took over.

  • What's Lucifer's plan with Amara? And how is he going to use this newfound knowledge about Dean to get what he wants?

That's about it for me today, folks. Thanks for reading; as always, would love to hear your thoughts.

Slainte!

Comments

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shazza85
Jan. 28th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
Gaelic, as you know I haven't been able to view these eps while on vacation, however I'm still reading your rambles and find knowing parts of the boys story before I see the episode is somewhat a rush! Particularly, of course, when you talk about Dean. Imaging how Jensen brings these actions to life is just a wee bit hot...........if by a wee bit I mean really. Thanks as always for the time and effort you gift us with! And for this week, what a fast response. You'll probably hear from me again next week whe I get to have a tiny SPN binge!
gaelicspirit
Feb. 3rd, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Shazza! I hope you had a good birthday! :) Enjoy your holiday and I look forward to hearing from you post SPN-binge!

Best
Gaelic
jennygeee
Jan. 29th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)
Sam's restless sleep at the start of the episode was probably also caused by the weight of the guilt he carries for not looking for Dean while he was in Purgatory, at last the writers are doing what they should have done years ago, they have to be listening to us!

I also thought the Banshee would go after Sam.

Your understanding of these characters astounds me Gaelic, when I read these rambles I totally get what you are saying and wish so much that I could put things as eloquently as you do. I read what you write and say to myself “YES, exactly what Gaelic said!!!!”

"The lore! The first SPN fanfic story I ever wrote (10 years ago...gah!) was about a Banshee.” I remembered that when we found out it was a Banshee – can’t believe its 10 years ago though!!

”Dean in a robe. Just...Dean. Full stop.” Oh definitely! Dean full stop! How is it even possible for him to get better looking the older he gets!! I know – I’m shallow ;)

”Dee Wallace as Mildred -- she will always and forever be Elliott's mom from E.T. to me -- and her awesomely unapologetic flirtation with Dean.” Wasn’t she good, I loved her, she’s one attractive lady. I love that she’s a Dean girl!

”Mildred and Ailene's side conversations about the boys. Ha!” LOL me too, they were totally acting like fan girls, but who can blame them when faced with not one but two Winchester brothers!!

”Dean unable to sleep because he can't stop thinking about this whole thing with Amara (and how gorgeous he is...oh, wait...that's me).” LOL That’s all of us Gaelic!

I could quote everything you’ve said, I agree with it all but I’ll stop now otherwise my comment will be bigger than your post!!!!

I really think Cas is still in there somewhere and that we’ll get to see him fighting to get back – I hope so anyway.

Thanks so much for this Gaelic as always so well written – can’t wait for another SPN fic from you (hint hint) :)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 3rd, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
Almost 10 years...my Mo Chuisle was 6 months old when I wrote it and she'll turn 10 in July. *meep*

I really think Cas is still in there somewhere and that we’ll get to see him fighting to get back – I hope so anyway.

I hope you're right - I would like to see that. I don't want him to just be...gone.

I've had some crazy, crazy weeks with work so I haven't gotten time to write lately, though mentally I've been building out scenes. I hope to get started on The Cave very soon -- AND I hope you enjoy it. :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
This episode was my favorite right next to Baby for season 11. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Gaelic because I got double pleasure. First, from watching the episode (Dean) and second from reading your Ramble. I too want to thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Oh! I'm sure no one would object if you decided to write another banshee story in which it's killed by a golden blade. ;)

I wonder if Crowley will spill the beans by telling Sam and Dean about Lucifer getting out of the cage. I hope so.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 3rd, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
HAHA! Maybe one day I will have the Banshee return. I could always set it in the 'verse I created for Dean, Brenna, and Sam in "From Yesterday".... Just, thinking out loud.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
This is the first ep in a while I felt like commenting on, mostly because it’s the first time I’ve *ever* had the thought “that was sweet” after watching an episode.

As usual, I agree with most of your comments and everything on your lists (though I think the “not-so-much” things can be hand-waved…after all, they never did explain how the USA wound up with a lamia or a Japanese fear monster; and I think Sam didn’t *want* to examine Dean’s explanation too closely, though he’ll probably pick away at it later.) My only “hmmm” moment was Sam declaring that Mildred would be the next victim…really? In a “retirement home” filled with little old men on walkers and with drawers full of meds, the worst thing anyone in there has to deal with is a little a-fib?

I loved the fact that there were no badguys in this episode (well, except for the Banshee), and everyone had an interesting backstory. I honestly *liked* every character (yes, even Sam and Lucifer), which is very rare. And, as someone just a little younger than Dee Wallace, I *really* appreciated the lack of dirty-old-lady jokes!

I did appreciate that Sam *sort-of-but-not-quite* apologized for not looking for Dean. Even though he never once said “I’m sorry,” and instead put it in terms of his own feelings (“I never forgave myself”) which seems a tad self-serving, it’ll do, because what he got was Dean’s “I forgive you.” People don’t realize the healing value of actually asking for (and receiving) forgiveness. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been mad at Sam for years: he apologized for things that weren’t really his fault (and which Dean had already absolved him of, like the Apocalypse and being soulless), but never for what Dean called “his choices” in the haunted-coin ep: things like “choosing Ruby over his own brother,” ignoring or going against everyone’s advice over and over, and blaming Dean for things that were his own choices. So this, I hope, is a big step forward for both of them.

I’m still a little wary about where the season will go (I’ve been burned too many times in the last few years to just wholeheartedly cheer) but I’m still watching.

And thanks again, Gaelic, for taking the time in your very busy life to write. Even when I don’t comment, I *am* reading!

Nancy
hunenka
Jan. 29th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC)
People don’t realize the healing value of actually asking for (and receiving) forgiveness. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been mad at Sam for years: he apologized for things that weren’t really his fault (and which Dean had already absolved him of, like the Apocalypse and being soulless), but never for what Dean called “his choices” in the haunted-coin ep: things like “choosing Ruby over his own brother,” ignoring or going against everyone’s advice over and over, and blaming Dean for things that were his own choices.

I hope you don't mind me jumping in, but... thank you for saying this. I just want to print this, frame it, and put it on my wall :)
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freya922
Jan. 29th, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
Loved when you said: "The one thing about Dean (IMO) that has never changed is that his human soul is bright and purposeful, but his human resilience and resistance is fragile, broken, and breakable because of every punch life/the universe has thrown at him." So true! This episode contained such fantastic character moments.

I vividly remember your banshee story, by the way. I think it was the first fic of yours I ever read!
gaelicspirit
Feb. 3rd, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
It was the first fic I ever wrote (literally, ever)! *laughs*

Thanks for reading and commenting. See you soon!
iontas
Jan. 29th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
I haven't seen it yet, basketball was on instead. I'll watch it tomorrow and then read your review. I hate basketball! Grrrr.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
Darn basketball! It's not even March!! :)
thruterryseyes
Jan. 29th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC)
I liked the ep a lot. You always zero in on everything I liked but I gotta say, low tech effects or not, that banshee creeped the crap out of me. Every time it came onscreen my muscles clenched. There as just something about it rushing at the screen.and I wasn't surprised at that it targeted Dean and I muchly enjoyed that it did.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this weekend, my friend. It was a great birthday. Just wanted to say that.
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borgmama1of5
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)
I think the irresistible pull of this show is how, even allowing for a few glitches, I can follow who Sam and Dean are from season one to now:

Season one Dean is a cocky kid but we can see underneath his exterior lies someone who is unsure of his worth other than in relation to what he can do as a hunter, and who doesn't think his family needs him while he desperately needs them...track that through the Dean who breaks in Hell and believes it is because he was weak and he does not deserve forgiveness for his weakness...track that through the man trying to make a new life with Lisa and Ben but unable to allow himself to find any peace in his attempt because he let his brother go...which leads to the Dean who recklessly took on the Mark of Cain because it didn't matter what happened to him as long as he was doing something to fight evil, since that's all he was good for and he still had to atone for the bad he'd done...to the Dean of this episode who is scared because he is once again attracted to evil because there must be something wrong with him...

And you can draw the same type of connection for Dean's relationship to Sam, and for Sam's internal struggle to be who he wants to be and his guilt at what he sees as failures, and of course his relationship to Dean...

And I desperately want them to see how strong and worthy they really are!

As I'm typing this, I think maybe this episode resonated so well because we saw Dean giving Sam some of that support we want Sam to have...

Lots of little details in this, lots of Sam moments, Dean moments, and Sam'n'Dean moments to hold on to as the rest of the season gouges out our hearts...

As far as Dean confessing to 'Cas' about his link with Amara and not Sam, I see Dean 'big brothering' here, wanting to keep Sam from worrying about Dean when Sam has so much he's dealing with right now. And when Casifer said maybe they can use that link to find Amara, I was chilled, because I don't think Casifer is going to care what something like that will cost Dean or what will happen to him afterwards...

Also, one other thing to love besides the blind beer throw (gotta love J2!)--someone else noticed that in Sam's keepsake box was the mock Samulet that Dean hung on the Impala's rearview mirror at the end of Fan Fiction!!!

I found that awesome!!!

gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)
I can follow who Sam and Dean are from season one to now

I could not agree more, my friend. Loved how you laid it out.

And when Casifer said maybe they can use that link to find Amara, I was chilled, because I don't think Casifer is going to care what something like that will cost Dean or what will happen to him afterwards...

Right?? That scary grin after Dean walked out totally said it all. *gulp*

Loved Sam's little keepsake box. :)
hunenka
Jan. 29th, 2016 10:20 am (UTC)
Right? Wasn't this episode just amazing?

But what I especially loved was the fact that the banshee went after Dean, because that really makes so much sense (as you demonstrated so eloquently in your wonderful Ramble).

And I think maybe Sam didn't realize this because as obvious Dean's vulnerability is to us, outsiders watching the show, Sam is a part of the show, a part of the play that Dean constantly plays. He's Sammy, Dean's little brother. All his life, he's had one constant, one person to count on -- Dean, who's always had to put up a brave front, look invincible and strong so that Sam could feel safe and protected. So while Sam of course now realizes that was larely just a show, there must also be a part of him that still believes it. That has to believe it, especially now that he's basing his faith in being able to win on Dean again.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)

But what I especially loved was the fact that the banshee went after Dean, because that really makes so much sense


ITA.

Dean, who's always had to put up a brave front, look invincible and strong so that Sam could feel safe and protected.

This had me rubbing my heart a bit.
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liliaeth
Jan. 29th, 2016 10:40 am (UTC)
Another thing that I rarely see mentioned. The reason for Lucifer's interest in Dean's connection to Amara. Think about it, Lucifer wore the Mark as well. So if it's an effecting a hunter like this, what's to say that he won't have the same issue when he himself goes after Amara.

In fact, Lucifer might very easily have killed Dean, for walking in on him in the bunker, if it wasn't about finding out about said connection. But once he does, he gets interested, because it's a weakness he himself might share.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
Think about it, Lucifer wore the Mark as well. So if it's an effecting a hunter like this, what's to say that he won't have the same issue when he himself goes after Amara.

EXCELLENT point. That link is going to come into play, I can just feel it.
supernutjapan
Jan. 29th, 2016 11:39 am (UTC)
I can't think of anything intelligent to say at the moment, but I agree with everything. Loved the episode and the brother moments - of which we had quite a few! Loved the boys faces <3 Both were very pretty in both angsty and cute moments. And there were a couple of both for each of the boys.

Hey, your birthday is coming up - anything I can do for you? ;)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Hey there -- thank you for the PM birthday wish. :) Just hearing from you on these rambles is a gift. :)

Talk to you soon!
madebyme_x
Jan. 29th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
I love love love loved it!!! The motw, with touches of mytharch, some brotherly moments and talking, two kick ass female characters (bring back Eileen - kickass and sweet, and I really enjoyed seeing her and Sam bond. More of her please!) - it just worked for me!

I can't tell you how much I adored the sunset and graveyard scenes, and Sam's memory box of treasures (was that Dean's ring in there?) was a perfect touch.

And yes, it certainly feels like they're leading us to potential mirror of Sam's situation after Cas and Dean went to purgatory - Dean and Amara together, Cas and Lucifer, Sam alone? And I'm so intrigued by Dean and Amara, it feels like more than just an 'attraction'; I'm looking forward to seeing that play out!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts :)
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
I can't tell you how much I adored the sunset and graveyard scenes, and Sam's memory box of treasures (was that Dean's ring in there?) was a perfect touch.

Right?? And I think that WAS Dean's ring!!

Thank you for reading and commenting.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
Maz here...
Gaelic, I simply love the way that you love this show. If I was more of a believer in therapy, I would pay good money for someone to analyse me, to pay such attention to me, to find the good and justify the bad in me, as you do with these guys and this show.

X
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: Maz here...
It's easy when they are fictional characters who can't argue with me. :) I could share my thoughts on you if you want. I like taking a look at myself, my friends, finding their motivations, their ground, their heart. But only if they ask.
tyrsibs
Jan. 29th, 2016 10:12 pm (UTC)
Hi, Gaelic! I really enjoyed this one, too--I don't have too much to add, this is more squeeful agreement.

I loved Mildred, and her friendly flirtatiousness, her southern belle charm. Her "I am deadly serious" line. It was so great to see Dee Wallace again! I was trying to think of the last time I saw her onscreen, and I think it might have been The Frighteners (!?). Though I see from her IMDB page that she has never stopped working--that just shows what babies and work and school will do to your pop-culture awareness!

I really kinda liked the banshee, too--I can imagine production meetings for that one. "So, we hire an actress and put her on wires in front of a green screen--" "too expensive--can you CGI her?" Even though the look wasn't entirely realistic and the graphics weren't high tech, I did think she was scary, Especially those big, dark, fiery eyes.

As for Sam, yeah, he's had a couple of head-scratching moments in the last couple of ep's. Crowley mentioned something going on between Dean and Amara, too, right? And Sam cocked his head at that. I have faith in our Sam--he'll figure it out. Eventually.

Probably about the same time Dean figures out about Cas. You could see him being startled by the hand on the shoulder, but then he let it slide. BTW--Misha did such a great job of being Lucifer playing at being Cas, like his "Hello, Dean," which was almost there, but a little lightweight compared to how Cas says it. Perfect.

And, yep, Dean is going to be bait. He's in a precarious position, and doesn't even know it--that's about as vulnerable as you can get, right?

Crossing my fingers that the show can maintain this wild ride through the back half of the season--so far so good! Til next week, take care.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
BTW--Misha did such a great job of being Lucifer playing at being Cas, like his "Hello, Dean," which was almost there, but a little lightweight compared to how Cas says it. Perfect.

I so agree. This is a really interesting twist.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)
iontas
Jan. 30th, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
And they didn't show it due to "technical difficulties." Hopefully it will show up on demand tomorrow. This hasn't been my week.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 4th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
Did you get to see it yet?
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