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SPN - ep. 8.7 review

I liked it!

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Though I feel like I missed a crucial scene, or perhaps an episode or two, as last I saw the boys were practically at each others throats and now they're being all brotherly? O.o
Make no mistake, I lapped up the brotherly concern like whipped cream off a sundae, but it just seemed to come from out of the blue, as though they'd had a long talk that we'd missed offscreen. *hmph*

Anyways, to summarize:
Sam and Dean - yay to being brothers again! They actually talked and showed concern for each other, and Sam always asking if Dean was alright whenever he got lost in thought about purgatory was a relief from them apparently not being able to stand each other. And speaking of Dean, at least when he has flashbacks they have something to do with the immediate storyline, unlike Sam's that just seemed to come out of nowhere and had nothing to do with what was happening at the time, but just added background at weird moments.

Kevin - I like him. I'm still not sure if I prefer him to Chuck, but he's got a firecracker of a Mom who'll do whatever she has to for her boy. His seeming acceptance of his place as the prophet, while she's fighting it, I think adds a bit of spice to what could be a rather bland character.

Cass - he's back! *does happy dance* 

Crowley - still, by far, my favourite nemesis on the show. They've had him torture before but, if I recall correctly, they were all demons/monsters, and his torture of an angel and killing of innocents seems to have the writers dipping deeper into the nasty well to make him more evil.

Naomi  - interesting!! Throughout the whole show there's always been the dynamic of heaven and hell pushing and pulling at the boys to get whatever result they want and it appears that this is going to continue with an unwilling Cass as double agent. I'm looking forward to finding out more about this, though I doubt there'll be a whole lot of Amanda Tapping as she's busy directing the new Primeval: New World.

Plot - I was worried that they wouldn't have a new storyline after the downfall of the leviathans, but the boys having half a tablet and Crowley the other, plus there potentially being an unknown number of others, could make for some hopefully fine story-telling :)

In short, a fine episode far more, to my mind, in line with the boys of much earlier in the series and the best one of this season so far (imho) :)

Comments

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fanspired
Dec. 4th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
The sudden turn around in their relationship really bothered me. Yes, I want to see them get closer, but I want to *see* it. I want it to be organic and authentic. I just get the feeling at the moment that the show is continually in damage control, repeatedly changing its game plan to meet viewer expectations instead of having the courage of its convictions. If they just concentrated on producing a quality show instead of worrying about ratings the fans would get behind the story. We all hung in there through the agony of seasons 4 and 5 because we trusted that it was meaninful, and that the boys would come through for each other in the end. If the fans are bitching about the plot now its because the story arc and characters have lost their integrity and there's been a loss of trust.

And now, a personal bitch: the mid season finale isn't airing in Australia until next year! Are they freaking kidding me?!
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 4th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree with you about the strange sudden brotherliness that they're showing these days. It's like they had a knock down drag out fight and then made up but all off-camera!
Logical progression and 'believability' when it comes to plot is so important to me, and it just feels like that's missing.
I like when a show's creators take the fans comments/criticisms into account when developing plot lines, but they need to balance that with the overall vision of character development and where the show is going. Despite the horror that was season 4, I miss Kripke... :(

Maybe you could download the finale from the internet? I'm up in Canada and there's no CW so I have to rely on local stations. So far, so good, but there's been a few times when I've had to wait, try to stay away from any sites talking about it, and be all lalala I'm not listening...;p
fanspired
Dec. 5th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
I miss Kripke, too, and I kind of hate him a little for leaving. I still believe Sera would have come through if she'd been allowed to finish s7 the way she intended. I just haven't been able to hold the faith ever since "Out with the old", though :(

I've noticed amazon are selling episode downloads now. That might be my ticket to the mid season finale :)
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