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.
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