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SPN - ep. 8.12 review

Bland, interesting, but bland....

[Spoiler (click to open)]I've got to say that the actor who they picked to play grandpa Winchester really worked for me. He looked so much like younger John that it was believable, though it was rather ironic that Henry came from a place called 'Normal'.
Generally, I think the show does a good job at picking the younger versions of their characters with one huge exception - Dean. Younger Sam - perfect, younger Dean... O.o ... really...?

Anyway, interesting storyline about gramps being a 'Man of Letters' and the boys supposed to be legacies, and Abaddon was a good, and nasty, monster of the week - though why Lilith wasn't mentioned when they were talking about Knights of Hell, I don't know. Henry smarts in creating the devil's trap bullet had me thinking about Dean's cleverness of making the EMF meter and salt shotgun shells, and I had to smile at Henry's attempt to use the phone and Dean's comment about the 'call he was not making' :)

The father issues continued as Henry tried to so hard to get back to John only to be stopped by Dean. For a moment there I thought he was going to make it as waaaay earlier (s.1?) I remember something about John being a mechanic from a family of mechanics, so maybe John's mom remarried?

Speaking of which, where is grandma Winchester? We've had the Campbells (cousins, grandparents, hangers on... RIP), an illegitimate half-brother (also RIP), and now grandpa Winchester is no more. Granted, they have a tendency to ignore that pesky inconvenience of death and come back on occasion, but generally they're gone. As Henry didn't seem concerned about anybody other than John being left behind, maybe she was dead already. Which brings me to Henry's "As long as there are Winchesters in the world, there will be hope"... Given their track record, if a guy named Winchester wanted to marry you, run far and run fast!

One last note, though I love the tune 'as time goes by', I really can't picture someone as taciturn and stoic as John to whistle or hum anything, except  for maybe when he was drunk.


Saw the promo for this week and.... umm, well, it looks different... O.o

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morrezela
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
They've never gotten young!Dean quite right. I think because they, for lack of a better word, aren't going adorable enough. I think they try for finding a rough/macho actor for attitude when Jensen was a freaking adorable kid and one hell of a twink until his bone structure finally started broadening on him.

Most men/boys are going to be able to 'butch up' their acting to play Dean, but they usually don't have the looks for it. Although, I'll give them a break on the kid that played young Dean in the Christmas episode. He wasn't bad.

Of course, Matt Cohen (though I love him) doesn't really look like JDM, and they're supposed to be the same person. I still wish that they would've brought him back as young!John in Purgatory. That would've been So. Damn. Cool. (I was also rooting for Mary, the YED, Ruby...)


I too have problems imagining John whistling that song. Not that I can't imagine him getting sentimental, but not over that. It just seems off for his character.

They keep saying that tonight is supposed to have awesome Special Effects. I hope so, because the preview looks a little dodgy. I'm hoping for a pleasant surprise.
fanspired
Feb. 18th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
You're right about John coming from a long line of mechanics. That was his heritage. The men of letters "legacy" don't smell any better than demon blood to me . . . .
ferrous_wheeler
Feb. 21st, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
It certainly does seem like another case of the writers doing some retcon to fit where they want to go. I'm really curious as to where they're going to take this, and I guess now they have time as their renewal for next season has been confirmed!!! Woooohoooo! :D
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