Nov. 5th, 2011 10:17 am
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I actually enjoyed that episode. I'm sure it was a particular treat for anyone who longs for Season One because, aside from Jared's increasingly scary sideburns and the lack of great classic rock, the episode had a thoroughly Season One feel, with a very straightforward ghost story, a few shots of humor, a somewhat feisty brunette in distress, and even a couple of old-school salt-and-burns.

Also appreciated was the way the events of last week didn't go wholly ignored -- which is something I'm so accustomed to, that for a minute I couldn't understand why Dean was driving a different car.

The story itself was a little thin -- bitter real psychic killing off frauds because he can't make a buck? -- but it was handled entertainingly enough. There was even a moment I really loved, when the psychic at the museum told Dean that "Ellen" wanted him to know that she'd kick his ass if he didn't tell someone "how bad it was." (By the way: did anyone get a good look at the photo of "The Mysterious Campbell Brothers?" I was trying to figure out if that was actually Jared and Jensen in old-timey handlebar moustaches, but it went by too fast. The part about the "Campbell brothers" actually being a gay couple was a little bit on the fan-tweaky side, but they didn't beat us over the head with it.)

The part I did NOT like was the implication at the end that "how bad it was" for Dean revolved entirely around his guilt over killing Amy. Castiel was mentioned in passing, and only as the reason why Dean can't trust anyone -- only Ben Edlund, it seems, bothers to recognize that losing Castiel meant something to Dean. All of the other writers want me to believe that things are so bad for Dean because he lied to Sam about killing a woman who, really, meant nothing to either one of them, and because he's so concerned about what learning that would do to Sam's fragile mental state. Grief doesn't factor into the equation at all.

Nevertheless, Sam and Dean appear to have cleared some air and come to terms with each other.While their reconciliation was a little on the pat side, I guess that's preferable to some drawn-out, ludicrous angstfest.

Next week is probably the mid-season finale and I'm kind of dreading the tweaky stuff about weddings, but I've learned that these episodes often have little to do with their titles or their promos, so maybe it won't be that bad. In spite of everything, I'm sad that they probably won't be back with new episodes until January -- SPN would usually crank out a new one or two in December, but this year, all of the other CW shows seem to be going on hiatus until the new year, so I assume SPN is too. Bummer.

Date: 2011-11-05 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amber1960.livejournal.com
Show goes off the air after 2nd December, back on 6th Jan, so we have a few more to go before Christmas hiatus.
I like this one too - there is definitely a season 1 vibe going on. I don't think they are really brushing over Dean and Cas, I think Dean is just not talking about it (in a very Dean fashion) so having him mention he's got trust issues is a step forward for him...
Still we'll see, I've had thoughts like this before then found the writers went a different way, so...!

Date: 2011-11-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muffaletta.livejournal.com
I liked the episode a lot too, even moreso when I saw this tweet about what was in the trunk of Bobby's car:


I'm not sure all of Dean's depression is just over Amy or even lying to Sam. As some other fans pointed out, if that were the case, Dean should have been doing great after the brothers cleared the air. Instead, he looked about the same. Singer said Dean's arc would go on until at least ep 13 and I'm hoping he starts to open up a little more about Cas. Because ignoring Cas' death is beyond ridiculous, even for this show.

(There are two more episodes after the wedding one before the winter hiatus. So thankfully, that won't be the last thing we see before January.)

Date: 2011-11-05 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] muffaletta.livejournal.com
Oops, that was supposed to read "DEAN's" car *facepalm*

Clearly, I need more cofffee.

Date: 2011-11-05 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gypsy-atavari.livejournal.com
Yay, glad that you at least liked most of it. :-)

Date: 2011-11-05 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arabia764.livejournal.com
I don't really have anything to add, I just wanted to say that yours is pretty much the only reaction to the show that I read.

Date: 2011-11-10 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moonbrightnites.livejournal.com
Same here. :)

Date: 2011-11-05 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darine3007.livejournal.com
I love u're reviews , and I agree with u every time ^^

Date: 2011-11-05 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgobaby77.livejournal.com
I guess I need to rewatch this one, because I didn't get to it until 1 AM and was kind of sleepy. A lot of people have been likening this ep to "Provenance", but I think it also pulled some stuff from the "Criss Angel" ep back in season 4, swapping the magicians for psychics.

My wish now is that these new writers take all of Dabb and Loughlin's eps and leave them to producing or whatever other job they have on the show. At least the two new Bens can write some mature dialogue for the Winchesters.

Date: 2011-11-05 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kinkthatwinked.livejournal.com
*shakes head*

We complain nonstop about the current suckage level of this show, but the impending hiatus leaves us empty and depressed. We are thoroughly addicted, aren't we?

I really enjoyed "Mentalists," too. Gotta admit, my favorite part was Dean finally calling Sam on his bratty behavior and telling him off. That moment more than any other made me feel I was watching early seasons Dean again, and boy, have I missed him!

I wonder what other ideas Acker & Blacker are entertaining?

Date: 2011-11-06 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghyste.livejournal.com
To be honest, I was quite pleasantly surprised that they even mentioned Castiel - though it seems somewhat ironic that Dean cites him as the reason he can't trust when he's talking to Sam of all people!

Date: 2011-11-06 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oxer12.livejournal.com
I liked this episode, too. The old-school feel was sooo welcome! I loved Dean telling Sam to stop being a bitch. Ahhhh, thank you!

Oh, Dean. He misses Cas so very, very much. ♥

Date: 2011-11-06 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ann-tara.livejournal.com
Except for not liking Sam most of the episode until the bitter end - then again, maybe that was the point ('cuz he was being a complete asswipe) - oh, yeah, this one rules if only for the scene of Dean standing up for himself and calling it like it is WRT Sam's pms'ing. Even The Spousal Unit said to me right after that scene that it was going to become a very popular gif. ;)

It wasn't perfect, thin story for sure; but anything with strong decent Dean characterization like this is a veritable gift. My only question is who hogtied and ball-gagged Sera to get that scene written, shot, and in the can, because that person is the real hero. ;)

Whether they mean it or not - and I assume not - having Dean dreaming of Cas in an earlier ep and mentioning Cas (and ONLY Cas) in this one as being critical to why he can't trust anymore is making it all about Cas for Dean. After all, Sam's fucked him over so many times that Dean has to simply expect it as part of any day with a "y" in it.


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