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Oct. 1st, 2011 06:24 pm
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Has anyone else noticed that they seem to be trying more of a serialized approach? As in, the end of each episode flows into the beginning of the next? That's not unusual between the premiere and the second episode, but they seem to be carrying it through to episode three. I like that. I've always felt that SPN would work better as a serial rather than as a series of standalones with a storyarc playing in the background and only coming to the fore during sweeps or before midseason hiatus. This latter approach worked pretty well during the first two seasons, but especially starting with season four, I really felt like they needed to start dumping the one-shots and focus on a serial story the way other shows do.

I'm not going to get my hopes up, though. I refuse to get attached to a contiguous story only to find myself back in the land of MoTWs, and the consequences of one episode being rendered immaterial or totally forgotten by the next one.

That said, it was strangely refreshing to see Sam and Dean needing medical attention, instead of just walking off injuries that would put The Incredible Hulk in intensive care. I still remember the episode in Season 4, when they not only hurled themselves through a stained-glass window, but also walked away from a three or four-story drop onto concrete with nothing more than a dislocated shoulder and few lacerations. "Drop and roll" will only take you so far.

Guy Bee, the director of this episode, is either in love with Jensen or just has the proper professional respect for the artistry of his face. The golden glow of light on Jensen during the Dean-and-Bobby scene in the kitchen was almost hilarious. I think Ben Edlund is in love with Jensen too, or maybe just with Dean. Either way, Edlund is one of the last writers on this show who gives Dean some good scenes. I am not happy at all about Castiel's dissolution, but the way Dean reverently wrapped up Castiel's trenchcoat...only Edlund would have written that. It was like Ennis with Jack's shirt at the end of Brokeback Mountain. I'm sure I'm not the only person who made the comparison.

I don't have much else to say. I like Mark Pellegrino, but as I mentioned last week, the "still in hell" concept is one that (in fandom at least) dates back to Season 4, so it doesn't feel new or fresh.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to seeing Dean in the hospital next week -- although I think this is the episode Jensen directed, so there probably won't be that much of him in it. And yes, I've seen the pictures of Dean's fantastically whumpy thigh-high cast. There is nothing wrong with that at all.

Date: 2011-10-02 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kinkthatwinked.livejournal.com
Okay, you know me with the looong responses. :) I’m actually gonna break this up into two posts.

I gotta give it to them, they know how to start a season strong when they really want to. Right now it looks like they’re really making an effort to give us that ‘Dean and Sam alone against the world’ feel they had in the early seasons. I guess the writers finally figured out they lost that at some point, and some of us really missed that.

I have a LJ friend who wouldn’t mind seeing Castiel, Bobby AND the Impala wrenched from the brothers’ lives because she wants them sent through a real emotional wringer, the kind that comes from loved ones instead of the latest Big Bad Monster. While wondering if they’d really go so far as to kill Bobby here, I began to see her point. With each passing minute it felt more like two desperate guys just trying to hold their family and sanity together against near-impossible odds, just like back in the day.

For me personally, the best part was when Dean asked Sam what was wrong, and Sam actually manned up and TOLD DEAN THE FUCKING TRUTH for a change! The truth, whole and nothing but! Does this mean all is better, between Dean and Sam or between Show and me? Hell no. But I will go so far as to say that one exchange did more to convince me they’re serious about strengthening the show’s central bond than the fifth and sixth seasons combined. But only if they keep it up.

And it was nice to see them suffer some real injuries, wasn’t it? Not since Sam’s forearm cast in the second season (what was up with that, anyway?) have we seen anything worse than some strategically placed bloody scratches. They’re making an effort to give us some real repercussions to the hunter’s life, both physically and mentally. Also nice to see them in the ambulance side by side; again, it almost feels like the old show. Mortal peril and suspense and above all their brotherly bond … if only the writers keep it up. Besides, they know we fans love us some injured!Dean. :D

I think you’re right about Ben Edlund. I keep thinking about Dean on the phone with Bobby’s voicemail, letting us see how close he really is to crumbling. Grieving Castiel, watching Sam crack, quietly panicking for Bobby and jarred by the torched house (and John’s journal, I think) Dean showed us he has well and truly had it, and did it without his usual tear fest. While Dean looks soooo pretty crying, I do miss the days when he didn’t do it at the drop of a hat; there are other ways to show a man is on the edge, and Edlund gets that.

Date: 2011-10-02 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
it looks like they’re really making an effort to give us that ‘Dean and Sam alone against the world’ feel they had in the early seasons.

I really have no problem with the concept of Dean and Sam against the world, and I've never really felt that the show's universe needs to be "expanded" (which is why the Campbells probably wouldn't have worked for me, even if they'd been better executed). I think my problem lies in my no longer believing in the Dean and Sam relationship. It was compelling to think of the two of them living this renegade lifestyle when they really seemed like a team -- but now they just seem to be stuck with each other by default.

I think this is also why I'm so disappointed with how they handled Castiel. He was the only character besides Bobby who DID successfully manage to become part of the Winchester dynamic, and maybe one of the reasons they thought they had to get rid of him was to repair the Sam&Dean relationship that they wrecked in the first place. I am glad that at least this episode plainly stated that Castiel had been Dean's "best friend" -- that line sort of took my breath away because we haven't heard it acknowledged until now...and I don't think we WOULD have heard it if someone other than Ben Edlund had written this ep.

Not since Sam’s forearm cast in the second season (what was up with that, anyway?)

Jared's arm was really fractured. I think it happened during the running slide he took into an open grave in "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things."


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