Friday, March 23, 2007

Supernatural Squee

Apparently, a lot of people didn't like last night's episode. I am not one of them. I loved it. And if you didn't, you don't have to say so here. Thank you. :)

Now, let's look at the progression:

In My Time of Dying
Dean is forced to consider how some of the evil things he hunts get that way

Bloodlust
And then that some of the things they hunt might not be evil

Simon Said
And then that some people who might be evil aren't

Croatoan
Now he takes all that he's learned and faces the shattering of his black-and-white world. As Sam has always known, there are infinite shades of gray.

Hunted
When faced with who he could be, might indeed have been at one time, Dean realizes he isn't anymore. It's not just about eradicating evil at all costs. Collateral damage isn't as easy to accept anymore.

This is where the focus shifts from Dean to Sam.

Playthings
Sam makes Dean promise to kill him if he "turns." It's an unacceptable promise that Dean makes thinking Sam won't remember. But Sam does, and he expects Dean to follow through. Right now, it's all about him. He's not thinking about Dean at all.

Born Under a Bad Sign
The big test. Dean can't do it. He knows it's not really Sam--but what if it wasn't that simple? He had a way to save him and get rid of the Big Bad...this time.

Road Kill
Even when a spirit takes the path described to him by the reaper in episode one, the path isn't always irreversible...

Heart
...but sometimes it is. This was a perfectly done episode because both boys see that there isn't always a way to save someone who deserves it. More importantly, Sam may finally understand the magnitude of what he's asked of his brother. He had a difficult time killing the werewolf when he knew the woman hiding it only a few days. And he thinks Dean should be able to kill him after a lifetime? The only person he loves, the only person he has left? This is not same old, same old, in any sense of the word.

Addressing some other complaints:

They fell into bed too fast.
This isn't a romance novel, people! No one professed undying love. In fact, I think Madison was the one who said, "...you're gonna get laid." It was his first time since Jessica died, so of course it was passionate and hungry. But it wasn't going to change his life.

Why can't Sam be allowed one happy moment?
A) He had one, or at least that's assumed. :)
B) WHAT SHOW HAVE YOU PEOPLE BEEN WATCHING??????
Name one episode out of 39 where one of the boys was happy? Their reality is not happy.

If this episode had been a movie, or any other show, it probably would have been written much more predictably. They would have had sex the first night, before Sam knew she was a werewolf. Severing the blood line would have worked. The ending would have been pat and trite and the pattern obvious and Sam would have left just like he left the preacher's daughter in Hookman and Sara in Provenance. It would have been "been there, done that" and much less satisfying.

I know I can't change anyone's mind. Each person is affected the way they are affected. I find it sad that everyone doesn't feel the way I do, but oh, well. At least I'm happy. :)

And I am SO looking forward to the next episode. I wish it wasn't another whole freakin' month away, however. (I'd rather have had a break or two early in the season instead of 11 or 12 episodes in a row and these long hiatuses now)

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And on a totally unrelated subject:

I'm getting really, really, REALLY tired of authors writing about new subdivisions in a very derisive "they all look exactly the same" way, as if our current way of doing things is pathetically different than in the past.

I currently live in a neighborhood built in the late 50s/early 60s. All the houses look the same. I grew up in houses built in the 70s and 80s that were even more identical than the houses around me now or the ones being built up the street.

What's more, if you drive south about three miles, you'll pass three old stone houses. How old? Two hundred years old. And guess what? They look exactly the same.

9 comments:

Misty said...

Well said about SPN! I loved it, so I am happy with you :) I think it was great and I adore the way you think on things so hard :)

Subdivisions: You are so right. Cookie cutter houses have been around forever.

Trish Milburn said...

I loved it too, Natalie. I cried at the end, it was so powerful. Poor Sammy! But MAN, he looked hot in that love scene. I had a feeling all was not well because of the time left before the end of the show when they'd supposedly found out she wasn't going to turn again.

MaryF said...

My only complaint was that it didn't meet my expectations actionwise, but the arc is compelling.

And Sam's arms.

Dear Lord.

I live in a 50s subdivision, but they're not all the same. In fact, there's only one other like my house in the whole neighborhood ;) Part of the charm!

Natalie Damschroder said...

Misty said:
I think it was great and I adore the way you think on things so hard :)


LOL Not about everything, luckily. I'd go insane.


Trish Milburn said...
I loved it too, Natalie. I cried at the end, it was so powerful.


I got teary, too.

But MAN, he looked hot in that love scene.

He sure did! I kept thinking, "Wow, he pumped iron between takes for THAT shot!

I had a feeling all was not well because of the time left before the end of the show

I just look at the clock and go, "Wheeeee, lots of time left!" because I never want it to be over. And they always have something up their sleeves, even if it's not a Big Important Twist.

MaryF said...
My only complaint was that it didn't meet my expectations actionwise.


I didn't really have any expectations to be met. I don't need every show to have fights and chasing and stuff (though it amuses me to no end that this season is Dean's thrown-against-the-wall season, whereas last season was Sam's throttling season *g*).

And Sam's arms.
Dear Lord.


I KNOW, right? :)

I live in a 50s subdivision, but they're not all the same. In fact, there's only one other like my house in the whole neighborhood ;)

Maybe your neighborhood is unique, but it's not a matter of them being EXACTLY the same without changes in details. NOTHING is that way unless it's condos or townhouses. It's more a matter of the same style all the way through. Even though the house next door is a two-story and mine is a ranch, the layout and overall look is similar.

Victoria said...

I loved it! Especially Sam's arms...holy freaking cow! Like you, I never want it to end!

As for the houses, our house was built in the early 1900's, if you drive around town you can see several that are identically built like ours.

Karmela Johnson said...

I loved the ep. Surprised that some people didn't like it. I loved:

- The fist pump right before Sam got laid
- "I'm Officer Landis, this is Officer Dante..."
- The rock-paper-scissors
- Dean's call to Sammy when Sam was squirming tensely on Madison's couch...

I can't even count all the moments o' love for me. Classic ep. Loved it.

And I haven't even gotten to the muscles and the veins popping on said muscles...

Natalie Damschroder said...

Yes on all those!

I admit to being a dummy...who is Landis and Dante referencing? It's the first alias I didn't get. :(

MaryF said...

I didn't get Landis and Dante, either. Apparently they directed The Howling and American Werewolf in London.

Natalie Damschroder said...

Heeee! Very clever. :) Thanks!