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SPN - ep. 8.8 review

When I saw the preview for this ep I was intrigued and concerned at the same time. Intrigued because it looked like one of the fun, funny episodes that I tend to like, and worried because... looney tunes… really? I was worried that it was jump the shark time which I never want to happen to my favourite show, and I'm still on the fence.

I'll just hit the high points:

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The case was.... different. The looney tunes theme must have been really fun for the writers to write as they managed to work in references even in the character names and off-hand comments the actors made. It was fun if a little bit too out there for me.

Mike Farrell was great as the psychic, and I just couldn’t help remembering him as B.J. on MASH.

Nice to see more of Castiel and hope to see more of his particular brand of hunting ;) Was kind of strange and almost ooc for Dean to sit down with Cas to talk. For a guy who a few ep’s back was all glaring eyes and bad-assery to willingly doing the chick-flick moment, it’s just weird… Actually, it continues the oddness of the mysterious suddenly getting along with Sam. I just feel like I’ve missed something important.

Sam continues to have memories/flashbacks at pretty much any moment when he has the opportunity to stare into space.  Daddy!vet (sorry, his name didn’t stick) seemed to have made up his mind about Sam long before he met him, and didn’t seem to want to cut him hardly any slack. (Well, at least now I know where she got her winning personality.) He did, however, have a point about the two of them just basically using each other in order to get over the losses in their lives - though how he could know that about Sam with only the scantest of information, I will never know.

Despite not being particularly happy, Sam’s memories all seem to have a bright, California sunshine kind of glow to them, and is it just me, or was that kiss incredibly awkward? I think that Dean has more chemistry with his car than Sam does with Amelia.

 I am a little bit confused as to the timeline.  If Sam was with Amelia for a year-ish and their relationship moved really fast before they moved in together, as they were just moving in when they found out her husband was still alive, then the only way they could still have been together when Dean called would be if she didn’t go back to her husband and love of her life…. Hmmm, maybe she didn’t?

 There was supposed to have been a mysterious shadow in the first ep. when Sam left her house and I DIDN’T SEE IT! Maybe it was Dean? Maybe it was Don? O.o  I’m really tired, and quite possibly not thinking straight, so any theories/observations/clarifications are welcome :)


Yes, I'm late - yet again :( One of these days I'll get my life in order...

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fanspired
Dec. 5th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
I can't be sure of anything any more but, in the past, bright sunny vivid colour scenes were always a visual clue that what we were watching wasn't real. Who knows whether that still holds but, with all the talk about running away from reality into fantasy worlds, it did occur to me to wonder whether what we've been watching in Sam's head weren't memories but fantasies. Maybe bringing the husband back was Sam's way of giving his fantasy a happy ending before letting go of it. Then again, maybe I'm being far too optimistic. I didn't find the loony tunes plot credible, but I did enjoy the comic mileage they made out of it with Castiel. Misha sold his part in the shennanigins perfectly. But, yesh, I didn't buy the "talk to me" moment, either.
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 5th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Interesting theory! And you are one smart cookie to have thought of it :) Her dad being also a military man, could be a reflection of his dad, basically telling him to see things for what they are rather than what he wishes them to be. Hmmmm, I like it!

I have a lot of hope for the rest of the season, but a little consistency would be nice. And I'd like to see more of Benny...
fanspired
Dec. 5th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
I think Dad is supposed to be a cross between Dean and John. The way he squirreled his eyes at Sam when he made that crack about John being a jarhead was very Dean. Except Dean wouldn't have thought a crack like that was funny. Dean would have put him on the floor for it, girlfriend's Dad or no. I dunno if we were supposed to find the guy sympathetic in the end. I didn't.
fedaykin_here
Dec. 5th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
I completely agreed with your comments. I thought the episode was brilliantly funny. I thought everything was perfect except for all the Sam and Amelia parts of the episode. I tried very hard to like Amelia as a character despite how I'm all about Sam/Dean. However the writing on her character is terrible! I don't know if the actress is bad or if she just got stuck with the writing. I really can't picture Sam ending up with her. Sam likes his women to keep him on his toes, but not seeing it with Amelia. Maybe her character will get interesting when we see her "real time" without all the hazy dreamy flash backs. I think the timelines are out of whack. Probably the writers are writing themselves into a corner.

I really loved how Dean sat down and talked to Cas. Very mature of him. But I like to think its all that time they spend together fight for their lives in Purgatory that has Dean reacting to Cas in a more grown up way so to speak.
ferrous_wheeler
Dec. 7th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
I really like the idea that the whole Sam's memories of Amelia are just golden, glowy tinted fantasies of a perfect relationship when there really wasn't one - kind of like John about Mary thinking it was the perfect marriage when Dean remembered differently.
I disliked her at first because, well, she was a real bitch, and now though she's just blah. Hopefully it will get better when she actually shows up.
I still think that it was a bit ooc for Dean to sit with Cas, but I hadn't considered how much Dean had further bonded with Cas and spent all that time in purgatory trying to save him. Good thinking!
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