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SPN - ep. 8.3 review

I still have high hopes as it's early on in the season yet, but......
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Okay, I just finished watching this week's ep and I've got to wonder what the hell the writers are doing! Sam and Dean almost seem like two very different people.
Sam says that he had with Amelia something he's never had before - a normal life. WHAT??!!!! Has this version of Sam totally forgotten the years that he spent at Stanford with Jess!  And what's up with the picnic? Nice gesture, yes, but it's almost identical to Dean's dream with Lisa. Although we haven't seen much of Amelia, I'm already starting to dislike her simply because, yet again, a girl is getting between the brothers.  Seriously, the writers appear to be running out of ideas. Riot is a cool name for a dog, though.
Very much dislike how Sam so easily forgot about Dean during his dreamy year, and seems to be quite looking forward to the day he can ditch Dean so that he can get on with his normalness (and, like usual, hiding this from Dean (at first), ergo the admissions inquiries). The Sam that would die for his brother appears to be long gone and replaced with a distant acquaintance who seems to rather not care much for his gung-ho co-worker :(
All of this leads me to Dean and how they've removed the nuances and insecurities that made the character so endearing, and replaced him with a caricature that jokes and tries to banter but, other than anger, seem rather emotionless and only seems to care about the hunt and nothing  else.
I'd like to say that the episode tanked, but the premise was actually rather interesting, if only just a secondary plot to what's going on with the brothers.
I give this ep 5 frownies out of ten and am waiting for the real Sam and Dean to be brought back from outerspace of wherever the Trickster has taken them before he replaced them with their oddly skewed doubles.

Comments

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morrezela
Oct. 18th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
It is a sad day when Supernatural's plot of the week is the most gripping thing about it. The show has always been about the family business, but these aren't our boys right now. Sam couldn't care less, and I'll be more pissed than I am right now if they use Amelia's death/tragic life to get him back into the business.

And Dean is getting so lopsided that it isn't funny. That is why Sam is supposed to be there to make Dean's other sides show up, but no... they left Sam's character in Bobby's Panic Room.
ferrous_wheeler
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)
I remember reading a spoiler somewhere that Amelia had some sort of tragic past, and I'm right there with you if that's why Sam 'returns'. Right now, I'm just really ticked at the writers for basically erasing a crucial part of Sam's past, and his personality (as well as Dean's), simply to create friction between the brothers :(
morrezela
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
I'll be possed if they make Sam go all goo goo eyed over her damaged an wounded self when he can't be brought to give a fuck over his brother's current psychosis or the safety of the world in general and barely feels shoplifters guilt over leaving Kevin high and dry.
ferrous_wheeler
Oct. 18th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that this will all work out in the end and Sam won't be a giant douche, and Dean will be himself again.

My idiotic, early morning take on a missing scene that would account for their apparent amnesia about Stanford:
Dean crosses him arms and glares at Sam "So, all that time while you were away at Stanford with Jessica wasn't normal? Was she like a dude or something."
Sam brushes aside his over-long hair and pouts, staring moodily into the distance "We never had a picnic, Dean. Never."
His memories of that perfect day where the birds were singing, the sun made everything seem really, really yellow, butterflies were flying and everything was just so, so, perfectly perfect, pushed all thoughts of anybody other than himself from his mind and turned his brains and conscience to mush.
Dean sighs, face momentarily slipping from angry to understanding as he scrubbed his face with his hand, "No picnics in purgatory either, Sam. Let's just forget they ever happened."

*runs away and snuggles in comforting fic written by people with actual talent*
morrezela
Oct. 18th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
LOL!

"We Never had a picnic Dean!"

Because that is what makes life worth living. 'Normal' picnics.

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