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Review - SPN ep. 9 Holy Terror

*snap* *crackle* *pop* Nope, not the sound of the ubiquitous cereal, but rather my heart breaking after watching this ep.
With all the lackluster episodes sometimes leaving me wonder why I like this show so much, one comes along that just knocks it out of the park and leaves my jaw dropping, which is what happened with this one. Such a nail-biter, had no id... well, maybe a slight idea what was going to happen, but still enough surprises to keep me glued to my seat.

Anyway, here there be more details:
[Spoiler (click to open)]
Much like "Rock and a hard place' had a recurring mention of faith, so did this ep. have a recurring theme of "I did what I had to do". Each of the main characters (with the exception of Sam), as well as some of the secondaries, wound up doing something that they know is wrong but did for what they thought were the best reasons:

  • Dean - tricked Sam to allow the sketchy angel into Sam as a last ditch effort to save his brother, even though he knew Sam would likely not agree

  • Cas - steals another angel's grace to replace his own and power up again

  • Gadreel - kills Kevin even though that's 'not who he is' in order to restore heaven and his name.

  • Torturer-dude (sorry, forget his name) - torturing because basically he's too cowardly to go against Malachi and idk... just wants peace?

  • Malachi and Bartholomew both wanting to restore order but fighting and killing each other to do it, not sure if it's quite what they 'had to do' but, meh, close enough ;p

Anyway, there was just so much to like:

  • Cas being all human-ish and helping with the case and drinking in the bar

  • Jared and Jensen both acted their asses off with this one! Such an amazing job

  • Jared made Gadreel seem like such an... innocent... He had no idea that the angels had fallen and, as an escaped prisoner with limited exposure to the world - if what he told Dean was true about not hearing much -, must have thought that an organized effort was out to recapture him. Still wants to do what's best for heaven, even if it looks like throwing Sam, and Dean, to the wolves. IMO makes for a fascinating character with lots of potential

  • Cas praying in every prayer position imaginable lol! (Love how they slip in the bits of humour!)

  • Dean's clever answer to Kevin when he asked why he wanted a spell to repress an angel *waves pompoms for smart!Dean*

And, yup, here be heart breakage:

  • Kevin NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! *shakes fist at writers* why do you keep killing off great characters! When Dean came into the room as Gadreel was doing his white light of death I kept thinking 'Dean will save him' but *sob* it was not to be :'(

  • Gadreel saying 'there is no more Sam'

  • Dean all crushed and doing his single manly tear as Gadreel/Sam has left with the angel tablets after, basically, telling Dean that Sam was gone (dead?), and Kevin is lying burnt out on the floor. The poor man seems to have nothing left :( If he's been depressed before, he would be suicidal now. So wanted to give him a hug even though, you know, he doesn't exist ;)

However, I have faith in my boys when I say FIX THIS NOW!!!!! Or in January, whichever comes first ;)

Any bets on whether the next prophet is going to be a young, cute, female, who's either a perky, sassy, blonde with an attitude, or a perky, sassy, brunette - with long hair - with an attitude? Take my poll and Name That Prophet! :)

Poll #1946572 Name that prophet!

And the next prophet will be....

cute, perky, sassy blonde
0(0.0%)
cute, perky, sassy, brunette (long hair optional)
1(50.0%)
quirky male
0(0.0%)
quirky female
0(0.0%)
child
1(50.0%)
other
0(0.0%)

Comments

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queeberquabbler
Dec. 5th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Your argument about the idea of faith and trust on the show is spot on and so interesting :) I never considered some of that stuff, so thank you so much for pointing it out!

Also, I think the next prophet will be a child. Don't know why, I just do. ::shrugs::
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 6th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I think the prophet as a child would be really interesting. Dean is so amazing with children that I could just see ovaries melting all over the place with the potential schmoop :)

Idk, it just kind of struck me while I was watching that they kind of kept repeating that they 'did what they had to do', even if it was against their better judgement. The old saying is that the 'road to hell is paved with good intentions', so I'm really wondering where the writers are going with this... if it was intentional, because yah never know, they've never really done subtle ;p
fanspired
Dec. 10th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
I wish I could avoid all the spoilers before I get to watch episodes almost a week later. I didn't really like the episode, to be honest, but I wonder if my experience would have been different if I hadn't known up front everything significant that was going to happen in it. Guess I'll never know. Funny, I was never that invested in the character of Kevin, though I think he's really come on this season, but I've grown really fond of Osric Chau and all his antics, so I was really sad for his sake.
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 10th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh, the peril of the spoiler! Chances are, if I'd known what was going to happen, I probably would have disliked the episode too - Dean was left behind - again - and in an incredible amount of pain. It hurt to even watch it... yes, I am that much of a sap ;p
Kevin... first I liked him as the innocent student, then he annoyed me when he was all obstructive and in denial - though Mrs. Tran was great -, then he really grew on me this season so I was sad to see him go. I'm just kinda worried that the next prophet, if there is one, is going to be some cute little thing and a potential love interest, which, no, just no. The writers are constantly pulling the brothers apart, and I don't want something/someone else coming between them.
fanspired
Dec. 10th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
I don't think they'll go there again cos they know the fans won't tolerate it. I think that's why they made Charlie gay, and they've had Jodie acknowledge Sam and Dean's relationship as "special". They want us to know that these women _aren't_ potential love interests, cos if they were they'd have to die (sighs). I think a child is a real possibility. Though I'm not sure how useful the trope of a prophet really is any more. In the last couple of seasons Kevin didn't seem to be using any actual prophet powers like he did in S7 when he just looked at the tablet and the translation came to him as a vision. Since then he just seems to me to be using his advanced placement language skills to translate the tablet - and what do they need another academic genius for? Wasn't Sam always supposed to be that? It always mystifies me why they keep bringing in new genius characters when Sam and Dean already had that covered from the get go with their two opposed but complementary kinds of smarts. Every time they bring in a new nerd or geek they just diminish Sam's role.
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 10th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
Good point about Charlie and Jody, and 'They want us to know that these women _aren't_ potential love interests, cos if they were they'd have to die' *chuckles* so true!

I was starting to think that poor Kevin needed glasses as everything he was trying to read was so fuzzy ;p

They do seem to be downplaying the boys abilities as Dean seems to be getting beaten up at the drop of a hat (actually has been since season 3-ish) and couldn't figure out that the angel was playing him, and Sam couldn't seem to figure out that something was going on what with the time lapses and all. Very disappointing. Maybe they'll feel, and do better after the break ;)
fanspired
Dec. 10th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
I seem to remember seeing an article on some writers site about "why it's a bad idea to dumb down your characters to make your plot work" or something to that effect. Maybe the SPN writers need to read it :P
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