Gaelicspirit (gaelicspirit) wrote,

Stream of Consciousness, 4.05 episode review

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*
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