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I love this show!!

SO... this review is going to be a bit less rambley than my usual. I am visiting the parents and was able to "watch" the episode under what I would call duress.

Much of the first half was overshadowed with comments from the peanut gallery around the state of today's TV and how there is nothing wholesome on anymore.

*Gaelic slips into a coma of protectiveness*

The possibility of my seeing this epi unmolested, so to speak, won't be until... um... well... let's see... I get home Monday night, so...

Anyway, I did have impressions and thoughts, so I thought I'd at least attempt to share that and keep up with this blog. I hope I haven't let anyone down.

The Ramble

I love how much fun they have with this show. I knew from last week's previews that it would be in black and white and be a bit of an homage to the classic monster movies, but when we had the WB logo and the Supernatural name with the old school credits on the clouds, I could only grin in delight.

I love this show.

From a purely base-instinct perspective, the boys looked freakin' AWESOME in black and white. I love Dean's green eyes, don't get me wrong, but there was something rather fabulous about the way the shadows and light caught their jaw lines and cheek bones.

I missed a bit of the opening conversation in the car, so I had to kinda piece together why/how they were heading to Pennsylvania and Oktoberfest in the first place, but I did hear Dean's comment that it was "about time the Winchesters returned to hunting monsters."

WORD to that, my hero. I think this "lighter" episode was just perfectly timed after the four heavies of the opening. And we needed to see the boys smiling again. Really smiling.

The suits? Heh. Was it me, or did they look a bit like... Jehovah's Witnesses? Even the style of the suits they were wearing seemed, well, rather old-school.

I missed much of the conversation with the dead girl in the morgue, but did see two things: the bite marks and Sam's irritated semi-b*tch-face when he said that it didn't work out for the dead girl, either. Aw, Sammy. Where would we be without your righteousness? And I mean that seriously. I'll get to that musing in a moment.

Okay, thankfully, I was able to follow the whole "beer wench" conversation, which I LOVED. First, for the fact that Jamie the Bar Maid responded to beer wench, then with the random lipstick napking thing (which I was like... that has to mean something; it's too random to just be a "thing" that waitress did), to Dean's jesting that Sam was Christian Scientist. Heh.

But the best part? Was Dean's reveal that he came back with no scars. No bullet wounds, no knife marks, not even a crooked finger or two from the breaks. Interesting! So... we get more info about his return, yeah? Happy! But... sad in a way, because I liked the thought of (since we never really got to see them) his scars. I liked the idea that he carried with him a "roadmap" of his life as a hunter and all the sh*t he's been through to survive.

But, like any of us, he doesn't really like to see those scars. So coming back "clean" has made him truly happy. That and *ahem* being rehymenated.

*chokes on laughter*

That was fantastic -- the look on his face as he said it, the slightly disgusted "you did not seriously just say that" look from Sam. And, the idea that he can, in a way, start again.

I saw a comment from a board that I frequent about how Dean always gets the girl and Sam never does. Or something to that effect. I guess my thoughts on that matter are that Dean may get checked out once an episode--but he's also doing some checking of his own. When you get eyed, often times, you look back and weigh the likelihood of appeal. And, with the exception of Cassie and maybe Layla (which wasn't really a hook-up, hook-up), Dean's conquests have been, essentially, physical and meaningless.

His 'dream' about Lisa and the blanket and having a kid... that was, I believe, a true desire. But not something he ever really gets. Or, on some level, believes he can have or deserves.

Now, Sam, on the other hand, his encounters have all had some significant emotional connection. Jess goes without saying, but Sarah--he saved her life, and there were sparks flying between those two in a big way. Always kinda wish they'd bring her back. Madison? Holy hell he felt attached to her. It wasn't just physical for him. It meant something. Ava, Lori... they all kinda had a different level of connection for him.

So while Sam may not always get the girl--when he does get her, it's a slower build, a deeper connection, a real encounter. Dean hasn't really had that all that much, if at all. I think it's just their character's ways. One uses 'intimacy' (sex, conversation, kisses, flirting) as a shield against the truth, a way to release tension, and a verification of his humanity. The other uses 'intimacy' as a validation of feeling, an avenue to trust, and a confession of emotion.

ANYWAY -- that was a total tangent. I just really liked seeing Dean flirt, kiss (*pauses a moment to sigh at warm feeling in belly* -- seriously, the way his jaw worked and how he like... drinks them in...), and enjoy being with the opposit sex. Yum.

Let's see... I didn't really catch the part with the werewolf, other than the fact that the horny teenager got eaten, and the boys had to look in a gunky body bag. The mummy murder had me smirking with the dry ice and the prop house tags. And I know this is a bit out of order, but Dean's musing that it would be "awesome" if the vampire could turn into a bat with the follow-on beer foam mustache was fantastic!

But the part that had me cackling (inside, of course, because I couldn't show that I was *gasp* enjoying such drivel) was Dean's fight with Dracula, the ripping of the ear, the hilarious run through what looked like a soundstage, and Drac running away on a Vespa. BWAH! That was wonderful. *claps*

I love this show!

I called the dark haired bar wench as the shapeshifter the moment Sam snuck up on the Ethan Hawke-look-alike playing the organ (and was he in his underwear??). By that time, you'd seen the lipstick thing twice. It was just too odd.

Okay, lemme segue into Sam for a moment. I can't wait until we find out more about his 4 months without Dean. He's just such a different guy now. And Dean, obviously, recognizes that. He leaves Sam with the weirdo Mummy thing to go meet Jamie. He tells/lets Sam go investigate the organ-playing non-shape-shifter guy by himself after they have the sit-down "X-files is a show, this is real" conversation with Jamie.

I mean, it's just... very cool, actually. Seeing Sam come into his own. Seeing Dean accept that. Not to say that there won't be more of the big bro/little bro cone of protection in epis to come, but I like seeing capable Sam.

Almost as much as I like seeing doh!MyBad!Sam... that twisted lip smirk of apology is adorable.

Drugged!Dean? Do I need to say it? Okay, maybe I don't need to, but I will. His struggle to fight the effects, the left hook when he couldn't even see straight... and then his eyes rolling back in his head while he takes a header. Hee. I love him. *giggles* A lot.

The confession of his realization after his Really Really Near Death Experience--that he's saved people. That he does good. That he's maybe actually possibly worth something. I got all teary. I know, it was supposed to be a funny one, but Jensen Ackles can pull emotion from a rock with a slight softening of his voice, a tick of the corner of his mouth, and those big friggin luminous eyes.

Okay, I'm done. For now.

This shapeshifter was... well, sad, actually. I mean, a killer, yes. AND?! He committed the MORTAL SIN of putting Dean in *gasp* lederhosen (sp?). SHORTS, dude. That's just all levels of wrong. 'Course, it did offer the moment of hilarity for Sam to say "hey Hansel" and Dean's immediate "shuddup." Heh.

But, yeah, sad. And, don't hold it against me, but... in a way? I kinda identified with him. The idea of reality being so hard to bare that you escape into the movies, you wrap the safety of fiction around you and find your light in make-believe... it's not that hard to imagine. 'Course Drac took it one step too far.

The boys going to save the girl was funny -- Sam kicking the door "down" and their exchange of WTH looks... hah! Dean's glance back at the set was just... hee. And I loved that Sam got knocked out, Dean was getting the crap beat out of him, and the girl saved the day! Go Girl!

I missed the exchange between Jamie and Dean -- but did see him kissing her, so I gathered that she, um... de-hymenated him? But I did catch the boys talk about what movie Dean would pick.

Dean's choice of movies... I chuckled at the exchange, thought it VERY brotherly... but something caught me. Dean was so adamant that there was no way Sam would guess what his movie would be. No way. And Sam cracks out with "Porkey's 2"... and Dean pauses.

Okay, so you may all point and laugh, but in that pause, what I read was, "Yeah, okay, that's safe, and actually plausible given the night I just had with Jamie, so I'll go with that and not have to confess what I was really going to say, which would potentially open a can of worms I'm just not ready to deal with right now."

I may be giving the character too much emotional leeway... but, I just had to say that.

Okay, so that's all I got this go-round. I apologize for any and all typos as this was written in rather a bit of a haired frenzy.

The previews for next week look delicious and things should be back to normal, so I hope to have a bit of a better review for those of you who read this.

Thanks -- and have a great weekend! It's gonna be a great fall!!

I love this show. *smile*


( 26 Tall Tales — Tell Me A Story )
Oct. 17th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Hope your visit is going ok – I’m thinking of you.

Loved this episode from the opening credits to the end. I watched the whole episode with a huge smile on my face. So nice to have a light episode – I think I giggled like a school girl!

I cannot believe any man could look so hot in black and white but Jensen is……… well Jensen just IS! And that kiss – I think my knees turned to jelly, loved your description: “the way his jaw worked and how he like... drinks them in...), and enjoy being with the opposite sex.” Oh to be that girl!

That very near death talk – I just wanted to jump right in and give him a hug!

You want to know something Gaelic?..........I love this show too!!!!!!

Trouble it I seem to live for Fridays (when I get to see it)
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
I know, I know... it's Supernatural Day and I'm just getting around to replying to your comment. I'm sorry!! I swear some weeks time just gets totally away from me.

You are so right -- JA is made for black and white. You know what I would LOVE to see? Him in a western. Bona fide western, like 3:10 to Yuma or Unforgiven. I think he'd make a great cowboy with a past, out for vengence, protecting the innocent, a sad story around his eyes...

And those bowlegs to ride off into the sunset...
Oct. 17th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hi, awesome review as always. I so loved this episode... The whole old style, black and white thing was great, and the quick getaway on the Vespa... so Supernatural. I really can't think of another show that would be able to pull it of! I have so much love for the boys right now!
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hee!! Ditto on the love!! Thank you thank you for commenting!! I will reply to any other comments sooner, I promise. Had to get life back to normal a bit. :)

Happy Supernatural Day!!!
Oct. 17th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)

From the time the "WB" appeared on the screen, my mantra consisted of Kripke is a God!, he's brilliant!, I love this show!, this is my favorite episode!

Being a child of the sixties and seventies, this episode really brought me back to Sunday mornings - church, the bakery, the Bowery Boys and the Abbott and Costello. I thank all of the Supernatural family for that, especially Eric and the Boys.

God Bless,

Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it fantastic? I love the broad sweep of the creative mind. :) Thanks so much for reading and I promise to reply sooner next time. :)

Happy Supernatural Day!!!
Oct. 17th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Word to everything here and now that I think about it? I like your idea about Dean's pause when Sam guesses his movie ... very smart ;) I really dont have much to say aside from I agree with everything really lol. This show is just amazing. What will we do when it ends? Your other reviews are coming still btw. I got sidetracked by a tuppaware part *sigh* and a big brown spider while driving in my car ....*shudders*

Hope you have a nice visit anyways :)
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Dude... tupperware party?? *LAUGHS* That's just hilarious. :)

I thank you for the review that you sent and look forward to the other... and the vid!!

As for the "what will we do when it ends" question... I try not to think about it.

Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 18th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
I hope your trip is going well. It was a delightful surprise getting this mini-meta/review from you. All I have to say is Word!. I adored it... for the humor, the nostalgia, the glimpses of insight, the wonderful lighting/cinematography and, yes, the gorgeous boys in black & white :).
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
May! Heeeellloooo! I *heart* your avatar. It's fantastic. And I thank you so much for stopping by! I will work to respond quicker to your comments in the future, now that life is a bit back to normal.

Happy Supernatural Day!!
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Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Serentiy -- I was so happy to see your comment! :) Yay! I'll work to respond faster this time 'round. I am looking forward to tonight's epi, too!!

As for the change in dynamic with the bros... I think it's probably inevitable. You can't maintain the same level of connection forever -- especially after all they've been through. I think we're building up to something big, though. Something that will blow us away and make us shake inside with the awesomeness of it.

Can't wait!!!

Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 18th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hiya. How cool of you to write a review while you stay at the parents'. Apart from the fact mine always scowl at my posters I am not sure anyone apart from daddy would have joined me watching. Mom's too scared (and she fears I am being influenced by all the demon, satanic mumbo-jumbo). My dad likes supernatural TV shows but he wouldn't let me watch it without commenting or askin... Though they really appreciate the fanfic-writing and friend-meeting part of the Supernatural-world. They think me a bit odd, I guess, but hey, that's just exactly what I am....

Back to the review: First of: lederhosen is the correct spelling. And having seen the trailer and the epi I was kinda disgusted with the stereotypes shown there. Although Dean and Sam seemed to have enjoyed it, I can hardly relate to this stereotype towards Germans. Once and for all: WE DON'T RUN AROUND IN DIRNDLS AND LEDERHOSEN. That's just Bavarians and only while Oktoberfest or in small rural places...
*sighs* Having said it... I loved the way Dean looked in Lederhosen. A whole new definition of torture.. heehee. And yeah, I thought about the "shorts" bit from Wendigo, too.
And the part where Sam "was allowed" to go hunt the Vincent Pryce look-a-like (not so much Ethan for me...) down surprised me and made me grin and fear at the same time. I feared about all the future times when Sam gets to investigate on his own and might get hurt so that Dean feels guilty about it. And I grinned because I love that Dean thinks his bro capable of doing this... And because of the promise of future guilt-fests... heehee.

The whole epi was a classic. Funny brotherly banter and Dean-snark, action-packed and a bit of emo ("mission from God?!", he is adapting to it quicker than I thought possible). And I really enjoyed the quotations of classic horror movies. I caught the Harker-Meena-bit and the morphing between Pennsylvania and Transylvania had me LOL. The Vespa getaway was SO surreal... had fits of laughter there.
I enjoyed watchin' Dean kiss Jamie in the end. And is it just me, or have we rarely witnessed Dean kiss the girl/"wench" (heh)? This was so innocent, so pure and yet oh-so-sexy. That man can kiss! Followed me all through the day, that shot did. mmmmh.
Well, have to stop or this reply/comment grows into another review.
Thanks for sharing!
Loves ya and hang in there, it won't be long till you get home!!!
Hugs, Ilka
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Heya girl! Thanks so much for your comments. Y'know, until I read this, I never gave the lederhosen a 2nd thought. Well, I mean, except for the obvious "OMG DEAN IN SHORTS" reaction.

It's really fantastic to be able to meet people from all over because of this fandom -- it really opens my eyes! I mean, I've been to Oktoberfests before and drank from... uhhh, shoot, steins? Is that what they're called? I never thought anything about the way people were dressed. I kinda looked at it like I do those who attend Rennaisance Festivals around here (dressed up in Midevil Times).

But reading your post I can see how that might be a bit of an offense to the German people. Thanks for opening my eyes to that. :)

And for commenting. And for talking about the kiss. Mmmmm.

Oh, and good call on Vincent Price. :)

Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 18th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Monster Movie
Ha! Like you, Gaelic, I LOVE this show!!!! I had a huge smile on my face the moment the episode started with the atmospheric music, the moonlight and then the Impala appearing around the bend, bathed in light---and that was just the first few seconds!

The Dracula was hysterical and I howled with laughter when he was about to 'Frankenstein' Dean but then went to answer the doorbell for a pizza delivery!! His "Is there garlic?" on the pizza, to producing a coupon was just brillaint.How can anyone NOT love this show?! The shapeshifter's life was very sad and I was touched a little by his speech to Jaime--but it was cool that she saved the day.

The brotherly banter was fabulous throughout the episode but I laughed that Dean was miffed that he had missed the new Indiana Jones movie.Sam's "Dean, you were in Hell" was delivered in such a deadpan way by Jared that I missed Jensen's reply because I was giggling so much! .Jensen delivers the wisecracks perfectly but Jared has his fair share of great lines, too.I LOVE those guys!!

It looks like the nailbiting will resume with next week's episode so I'll look forward to your review then.Take care.

Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Monster Movie
Ali -- LOVE your avi, girl! U2 fan through and through. :)

I missed the comment about the Indiana Jones movie -- peanut gallery -- and I haven't gotten to rewatch yet, but I will!! :) Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you again!!

Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 18th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hey Gaelic, hope your visit is going well. I was surprised to see a review so soon. I really liked this episode. LOVED the B&W, the old cheesy backdrops of forest, full moon at the beginning, the fonts with the credits - so much like the old time movies. I couldn't get over how fabulous and almost pure, if that makes any sense, our boys looked. Even in B&W, Jensen's eyes jumped out in the bar scenes - almost iridescent.

I didn't know whether I'd care for the humor since Ben Edlund wrote this, but for the most part, I think it was very well done. Especially with his heavy-handed "it will be good to get back to a black and white monster case" and Dean's "mission from God" - the Blues Brothers' famous line that I have been waiting to hear since Castiel made his entrance and told Dean that God had work for him to do. I do think it was odd to put it in the middle of a pensive Dean moment, though.

And we got to see Sam actually eat - take a bite and chew! Will wonders never cease? I loved the Dracula/Jamie scenes and like you, almost felt sorry for the guy until Jamie reminds us that he's killing people to live out his "monster movies". And I melted with those kisses from Dean - he really does seem to "drink someone in". Last time we saw a lingering kiss was Tall Tales, I think.

Great review as always. It was fun to go back in time with the B&W theme. Looks like our boy is in for a tough time next week. Catch ya' then.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hey Irish! So good to hear from you. :) I love your comments -- I actually didn't notice Sam eating!! HAHA.

I can't wait for tonight. Ready to watch it in peace... ahhhh...

Talk to you then!!

Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
The black and white and spooky music had me dithering between laughing (hitched with slight hysteria) and nervously nibbling my nails. And how is it that guys get to have huge pretzels half hanging out of their mouths, and eating with said mouth open, and get a hot lingering look from a girl. Reversed, it just wouldn't happen. Not fair!

This was such a great eppy, I loved it from begining to end and talking of the end Dean in his long socks, with a bit of skinny knee showing, Bwaaaah. I had to go back to that several times, it was classic.

As you said, Gaelic it was a refreshing episode in view of the recent heavies. And I love the heavies, but the funnies are just sometimes needed and embraced. Dean and his foamy tash. Heck, we used to have one of those German beer cups, that was a memory lane moment and, randon, but I did chuckle at the way the guy kept on lifting the lid and closing it after each mouthful.

It's been a good day. SPN fabbie ep, Stargate A boiling nicely on the download and Chelsea won 5, yes, 5-0. Heehe. And, (to Gaelics hubby) Fulham are hanging in there.

Jane :)

Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I asked the hubs about Fulham and he says, "You're in Indiana! How'd you know that they're even playing?" I love having connections. Hee.

You're always so bouncey -- I love getting replies from you, Jane. *hugs you* You pick me up.

Happy Supernatural Day!! *clinks cuppa tea* Can't wait to see it!!
Oct. 19th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
I liked this ep, definitely not my favorite--but far from my least favorite as well. It was a nice filler in between all the rest. I think you pretty much hit all my favorite parts and did a good job exploring the "Dean always gets the girl" thing. Glad you got to watch despite the critics in the background *cringes*.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hey friend! So good to hear from you!! I think a lot about Dean getting the girl. Heh. ;)

I hope you get to watch this week in peace. I know your life it a bit chaotic now. Just know I'm thinking about you and here if you need anything. You have my numbers. :)


Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
It was a totally fun ep, wasn't it? I loved everything you mentioned, and I hope you get a chance to watch again, in private, as soon as you get home. I haven't had a second watch yet either. I particularly loved how they used music and shots set up just like the old movies; that was so cool:) So many good things in this ep that make it stand apart - the mention that Sam saw Indy4 while Dean was gone, the bar wench exchange, the guy with the HUGE stein of beer, the vespa, the beer-foam mustache, Jamie's Got a Gun:-) Just to name a few...

Hope you're enjoying your last night visiting, talk to you soon :)
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I think the beer-foam mustache was just adorable. I want an avi with it. Hee. Did you write up a review?? Must go look.

Haven't had a chance to see it a 2nd time yet... maybe I'll take a lunch. I just wanted ot make sure to reply to these before the epi tonight! Otherwise, bad form. :)

Happy Supernatural Day!!
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Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Awww... Michaela. I'm sorry the boards discourage you. I refuse to go. Sometimes... people are crazy. I can promise you this, you will always feel the love stemming from my blog/review. I mean, there could be replies with criticisms, and that's the right of every fan, but I can't imagine ever being disaapointed in this show, regardless of the direction.

I think the big thing everyone who isn't satisfied could be forgetting is that this is a show that carries a storyline arc over 20-some episodes and they have to build up to some stuff, lay ground work, show one thing while we wonder about another so that when the reveal comes we can all go "holy crap!"

I am psyched that you read these even though you haven't seen the epi. I hope I never dissapoint YOU. :)

Happy Supernatural Day!!
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Peanut Gallery!!
I love your comment about the comments from the peanut gallery!

My parents have just gone home after spending two weeks over here. It was so great to have two weeks with them, and to see my Mum after the news from earlier this year - she looked great by the way!

When Thursday came around, I explained that Supernatural is the only show I absolutely watch every week, and hoped they were ok with us watching it. So for two Thursdays in a row I had to watch with the whole family passing comments about a show that they had never seen before or understood!! So, I understand what you went through!

Glad you are now back home after your visit to 'old home', and you can be yourself again. I come from a very small family, and visits to family events with the in-laws here in Canada always involve many siblings, aunts & uncles etc etc - I find it exhausting!!

Take care
Oct. 21st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Peanut Gallery!!
Hey there, girl!

There are some shows they'll watch without the negative comments... but there's not ONE show they'll watch quietly. Ah, well. That's why I give much praise to those that invented the DVR -- I can return home and watch in relative peace. :)

Family is family -- they are who we came from and, for some, where we're going, but the best thing about them is that they can teach us who we are, yeah? Small or big, there's always some sort of drama.

I'm just glad this episode of drama is done.
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