I would say... I have no words, but if you click the link below for a review/recap of the premiere, you'll see that I found some. ;)
I warn you. This will be long.
Like all of you, the countdown to this premiere was like...foreplay for me. And the pay off at the end of the ticking clock was more than worth it. I don't think I've enjoyed an hour of television this much in MONTHS. Not since, well, the finale.
Okay, *deep breath* I posted a previous pondering about the opening splash screen... WINGS... dude... freakin' awesome. Some of you know that birds TOTALLY freak me out. I can't explain it. Not anymore than I can explain why watching fish in a tank make me feel suffocated. But that opening screen told me all I needed to know about this season. It. Is. Going. To. Rock.
To start, an opening to AC/DC's best high-school dance song for midwest farm kids? To cool, man. I was grinning the whole recap quietly screaming "shook me alllll niiiight loooong" along with Angus.
Those quick flashes of wide, scared eyes in a blood-stained face, screams of torment beating quickly across our ears... *shiver*. And then... the coffin. Holy. Sh*t. I didn't know. I mean I suspected that Dean's return would be phenominal with all that talk about the first five minutes... but when his lighter flicked on, I gasped. When he croaked in that raspy, unused voice, my insides quivvered. And then to see his hands reaching toward the sun, watch him literally be [i]birthed[/i] from the earth... I think my eyeballs bounced a bit. I couldn't take everything in. I can't wait to watch this again.
I have to pause a moment because, people? The man is beauty. Dirty, disheveled, confused, lost, and BEAUTIFUL. One glance around at the "blast zone" where all the trees fell in an outward spiral and I realized my hero had returned. Dean was back and I wanted to bounce for joy on my couch. But, um, my husband was in the next room.
ANYWAY, where was I? Oh, right. Perfection. As in the image of Dean walking down a deserted road with his shirt tied around his waist. Oh, I LOVED the touch with today's date being on the newspaper. I think there was something else I should have seen on that paper, but I was too busy looking at him.
Then... he lifts the shirt. GUH. No scars, tat still showing. GUH. I doubt you're going to believe me, but, well, when I saw the handprint on his shoulder, I knew his savior was going to have been an angel. I sent a speculation to a friend about what I thought Kripke meant by "this is going to change the brothers' relationship" in that interview earlier this summer, and I thought... if Sam was fighting against being the Boy King of the Underworld, then I'd have Dean saved by an angel.
Have the "fates" attempt to pit the brothers against each other, only to have the brothers overcome it because, hey, they're BROTHERS. Unlike any others we've ever seen. *hugs them*
Moving on... Loved Dean scavenging for food, grabbing the jerky, grinning over his busty Asian beauties. I probably should have been formulating theories and postulating possibilities, but all I could think was "God, he's beautiful."
The whine of sound that had the windows breaking and him grabbing his ears and diving for the ground twisted my gut up something fierce. Something about the sound of him crying out... *shakes self*
Forgive me, I'm literally operating on 1 hour of sleep and lots of caffeine...
I loved the look on his face when he saw the car that he had to hotwire. You can see paragraphs of dialog in one look from this man. *quiver*
The reunion with Bobby... Tore. Me. Up. I think I stopped breathing for a minute when Bobby finally believed it was Dean after he (whimper) cut his own arm with a silver knife. That shaky, trembling hug had my eyes burning. The "Good to see you, boy," almost spilled them, and then I choked on a laugh when Bobby made extra-special sure he wasn't a demon by splashing Holy Water on Dean.
Once he was no longer alone, Dean may have been anxious, confused, borderline scared, but he wasn't lost anymore. The quips came out like firecrackers. "...Thriller video reject..." for one.
I remember with the Season 3 premiere I found that I identified with Dean's dissassociation and slightly irreverant "high" at only having a year left. I realized that a similar connection to the character was missing for me at this point. I was just enjoying having him back.
The conversation with Bobby revealed some things that I believe is going to come back and haunt us (and them) a bit. Bobby turned to liquor ("your parents out of town?" hee!) when he essentially lost both of his boys (sounds a tad bit like his friend, John)... Sam insisted on keeping Dean's body intact for "when he brought him back"... There is sooo much more than just Dean's torture in Hell that is to be revealed to us over the coming season.
Oh, the Star Wars geek in me laughed LOUDLY when Dean knew to use Sam's chosen alias of [i]Wedge Antilles[/i]. Good ol' Wedge... saving Luke's butt time and again... :) Loved Dean's "What don't I know about that kid?" My thinking? A lot more than you think...
Okay, so the girl at the door when the go to Sam's motel room was a surprise. The moment that tore tears from me, though, was Sam's shaky gasp and his inability to catch his breath at the sight of his brother. [i]Oh my GOD[/i]. I think I died a little right then.
When they held on so tight, I had a hard time swallowing past the lump in my throat. Dammit, boys. But, then, Sammy's little coy grin and his "Cathy/Kristie" mix-up. Funny. And... rather revealing. What's he been up to these last 4 months?
Boy, he can pull the heartstrings, though can't he with the "I tried EVERYTHING..." opening the Devil Gate, making a deal, he wanted SO BADLY to be the one to save his brother. I am almost sad that it wasn't him. That he wasn't able to give his brother that. But, ladies and gents? Who of us didn't utter an "awwww!" when Sam pulled off the amulet and gave it back to his brother.
[i]*pauses to flick a tear*[/i]
Dean not remembering Hell is going to be soooo interesting this year. Especially when he sees those tormented eyes, hears those tortured screams when he looks in the mirror. And is it me? Or did his eyes become even more captivating? Sorry. Sorry. I can't help it, though!
I think my mouth dropped open a bit when Dean confessed that he "almost forgot" about the Impala. That was a "you did [i]WHAT[/i]?" moment for me. Hee. OH, and seeing that iPod? I laughed so hard. I just had a reviewer comment to me recently about Dean upgrading the Impala to a CD player and I didn't think he would. But that timing was just PRICELESS.
This began some nice back and forth with the brothers. Dean's "Really?!" at Sam's choice in music. Sam's little-boy "what?" grin. The first Big Lie. I mean, we all [i]knew[/i] Sam was lying about using his mojo, right? No matter what he said to appease Dean. Especially after he confessed to having "immunity" to Lillith's White Light of Doom.
Loved that the psychic lady could lift Bobby. Hah! The whole exchange with Dean/Pamela/Sam when he saw her tat and tapped Sam to get his attention... their twin grins of appreciation... the "I'm so in"... and the topper "You are NOT invited"... *laughs* I love it when boys are just boys. Hee.
Sam's poor face when he saw the handprint scar. I wanted to pet him. Dean peeking in the seance. Feeling kinda weirded out... then the name Castiel. Dude, I read my Bible. I got all tingly when she whispered that.
I was NOT expecting her eyes to melt, though. Holy special effects, Batman! I slapped my hand over my mouth on that one. Now, getting locked in the diner with the demon trio was honestly the first time I got truly nervous for the boys. I curled up in my habital ball in that moment. Even though I did giggle at Dean's "perky nipples" comment.
I curled my toes at the silent exchange between Sam and Dean when the demon threatened Dean and Sam tensed forward, stopped only by the lift of his brother's fingers. Sam may have been a bit of a Force-weilding, demon executioner while Dean was in Hell. He may have been going after Lillith alone, cutting all help, all family from his life for four months, but he spent years as Dean's kid brother. Taking his cues from Dean, learning from him. And those instincts just don't vanish. I loved that moment.
Dean's one-liners just tumbled out: "...vaseline and a firehose...", "...bad mo'fo'..."
Sam sneaking out while Dean was (adorably) asleep had me really, really worried. I mean, we knew he was going back to get those demons, but I did NOT see that whole Force hand exorcising thing coming. Eyebrows went up then. AND I had speculated that we'd see "Ruby" again, even if they couldn't afford Katie Cassidy. I just didn't realize it would be this soon -- and I TOTALLY didn't see it as being Kristie. That was a nice twist.
I'm worried about Sam -- using the demonically-given powers. Even if he is doing "good" -- saving people. Even if he is sending them to Hell. He's using powers given to him by a demon and that just makes me nervous for where he's going. I mean, there's a reason why the "darkside" is so appealing. What did Yoda say? It was easier, faster, more seductive. You could [i]do[/i] more, or so it seemed. (Hey, I told you I was a geek).
Just because the end result is something "good" doesn't mean the means being used to get there are honorable. And I don't think that Sam sees that, so blinded by the need to fix things. To do good. To save people. To save himself. To save Dean. He just wants so badly to be... well, good. I'm gonna be watching him closely. Last season he caught my attention, this season he has my concern.
Back to my boy, the whine/glass breaking scene was nicely played. I loved Bobby breaking in at the last minute, then checking on him later with a "How ya doin', kid?"
I wanted to shake both brothers, though -- lying to each other to protect each other is a mistake. An honorable effort, but a mistake. I mean, at least Sam did say that he wanted to tell Dean what he and Ruby were doing, but... eeek.
I loved Dean's fidgety-ness when they were waiting for the summoning spell to work. Then... when Castiel showed up... I think my heart stopped a bit. I freakin' LOVED that effect with the wings. (SJ, if you're reading this, I KNOW you grinned, too).
I can just hear the controversy over this direction for the characters, but holy CRAP I am loving it. LOVING it. They have focused on the dark side of this fight for three seasons. The demons and the beasts and the monsters and the pain. There is another side. How can there NOT be? Ying and Yang, right? Light and Dark? Heaven and Hell?
Dean has no faith. He doesn't see his worth. And we've seen evidence of this time and again and it's made my heart literally hurt. Yes, I know he's not "real" but I (and so many others) have identified with him on so many different levels. The issue of faith is no different. It's something we all struggle with -- and living the life he's lived, no wonder Dean doesn't believe in angels.
The voice of the angels has been described as "terrible" and I loved that the breaking glass, pain in the ears effect was Castiel's real voice. They have work for Dean... holy... yeah. I'm sucked in.
And I know that with Bobby down for the count, and Dean the only one hearing it, and neither Sam or Dean telling the other where they were... this is going to be something that hangs over them (us) for many an episode. My stomach is tight in antcipation for how this is going to play out. It has such fantastic potential.
Bottom line? The boys are back. Good vs Evil has never been more potent. We have our heros back on the wall and something to look forward to every week.
If you're still here... thanks for reading.