Thursday, February 08, 2007

Usually I post my thoughts on Supernatural right after I watch the show the first time. Then I read a bunch of other people's thoughts on it, and I watch again, and there's so much more to say. So this time I waited for second viewing and just paused it whenever I had a thought.

Then I remembered it was Thursday. So here are:

Thirteen Thoughts about Houses of the Holy

1. They were in Rhode Island! First Baltimore and Philly, only about an hour and a half away from where I am they're circling my hometown. It's only a matter of time before they wind up right where I am. Or where my heart is, anyway.

2. Sam in a nurse's uniform is HOT. Nurse!Sammy. Heee. He has a new intensity in his interrogations, though the old softness and compassion are a bit more evident in this interrogation than they were in the last couple of episodes. Like the "we are so screwed" part has calmed him, given him focus.

3. In the meantime, it's given shakes.

4. WHERE do they find these hotels? I was distracted by the afro-headed naked silhouettes all over the wall.

5. "There's a ton of lore on unicorns, too. In fact, I hear they...they ride on silver moonbeams, and they shoot rainbows out of their ass!"

I think Mr. Kripke is tweaking his fans. ;)

And Sam dredging up the ability to make a joke (sad face, "wait, there's no such thing as unicorns?") breaks my heart.

6. I like this director. Extreme close-ups + 53" TV = Very Happy Natalie. I mean, their MOUTHS are bigger than my head.

7. These guys do incredible things with subtle facial expressions. Dean makes fun of the angel next to the door, and Sam looks petulant and annoyed, yet we also see some creeping skepticism and his pain at feeling that skepticism. Even before we know why he wants to believe so badly in these angels, we can see that he does.

Aaaaannnnd...we're eight minutes into the show. I think this is going to be a long post.

Hmmm. I guess it already was.

8. Without commenting on the points themselves (though I bet it would be a surefire way to draw traffic!), I thought this show did a great job balancing Sam's beliefs with Dean's.

9. It killed me that at a time when these two need each other more than ever, they discovered something about each other that's so deep within them, yet so totally unknown by the other--it was like tearing huge holes in the fabric of their relationship. And yet, at the end, they still managed to connect.

10. I love Christopher Lennert's music. I hope we get access to a collection of season 2 music like we did season 1.

I just realized that the music I like best is always accompanied by fence-jumping. I wonder what the symbolism is of THAT.

11. What's the likelihood of a priest in Rhode Island knowing a priest in Fremont, Texas? It's not THAT tight-knit a community, is it? Also, can some much-more-obsessed-fan than me reveal the significance of Fremont, Texas?

12. I don't know how they did it, but the street, when Dean was following the guy Sam wanted to "stop,"...the street lamps, the buildings, the trees--all very New England, and it made me homesick.

13. Car chases with the Impala are the best car chases ever.

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Additional thought:

One of my friends (I don't know if she wants me blasting her thoughts for her, so I won't say which one) didn't like the ending. She thought it was forced, and though I feel Jensen played it well, I have to agree. It's all logical, how the pole killed the guy who was going to maybe kill the woman being so freakish and therefore guided by a higher power. But freak things happen every day, and the people who attribute them to divine intervention are the ones who already believe. Not the ones who have even more compelling reasons not to.

So, I could buy Dean playing it that way for Sam's sake, but not that he really had a sudden change of heart. Still, it's a minor flaw in an otherwise very good episode.

I will say this, however--the impactful moments would have been more so had I avoided watching the director's cuts at The CW. I used to religiously avoid spoilers, and now I'm just nuts for any tidbit I can get. I really have to stop that.

After tonight.


MJFredrick said...

I think Dean played it the way he did for Sam's sake. I mean, he may have a niggling belief now, but he amplified it for Sam.

YES on #13!

But no "get fileted by a hooker from God?" That one STILL makes me laugh, a week later!

MJFredrick said...

Oh, and meant to say, I thought the priest knowing the other priest was odd, too.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I had to cut a bunch of stuff to get it down to 13. :)

MJFredrick said...