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SPN - ep. 8.13/8.14 review

Life has been a little bit, um, challenging lately so though it's been all fine to bury my head in the sand and read fics as a bit of an escape,  writing takes a different form of concentration and just wasn't happening. However, I promised myself I'd get this done before tonight's ep. and taadaa!! I did it! A small feat, but I'll take what I can get :)
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8.13 Everybody Hates Hitler

I've gotta admit, the previews for this ep. were, to my mind, questionable and I had brief horrible flashes of shark-jumping, but it was, surprisingly,  really good!

While I thought it a bit cheesy and cliché that they picked Nazi Germans for the enemy, I liked how they worked in the supernatural element, and now they have a new big bad other than Naomi.

It seems like the casting folks at SPN have a liking for smaller, somewhat geeky, more character actors, when it comes to positive male side characters, and Aaron is no exception. I really liked him!

Was a bit surprised at Dean’s reaction to Aaron supposedly hitting on him, as having been a really pretty pretty boy growing up, it shouldn’t have been unusual for him.

Love that they re-used the actor who played Freeman Daggett in Ghostfacers as the golem.

Ever since Dean said that the secret hideout was like the Batcave I just can't help seeing  them as creating sort of a Supernatural Superfriends lol! They already have the hulk (golem), the  Smart Guy (Sam), the uber-techno-geek (Charlie), the hero swashbuckling guy (Dean), and they even have a dude with wings – well sometimes (Cas)! Plus, they even have evil arch nemesis' in the Thule Society and Naomi.
Also, I figure there must be an Alfred hiding out in their new lair given how pristine, clean, and well tended the place was. They just need to spring for a parking garage for the Batmob... I mean, Impala :)
And now I'm picturing them in spandex... *sigh*... :)

8.14 Trial and Error

There were so many things that I really liked about this ep and a couple of really big minuses that I just can’t seem to get over.

First off, the pluses:

Dean so happy with his room, ‘nesting’, and Sam’s sweet little smile when he looks around the pristine space and sees the picture.

Both Sam and Dean wearing glasses.

Sam’s speech at the end! <3 How he wants to pull his brother through and not let him sacrifice himself, and also how he says Dean is a genius and better hunter than he is – though I loved this… it’s not really supported by canon :(  (I used to love watching Stargate: SG1 and hated how they kept making Jack dumber and dumber, and was afraid that was where they were going with Dean)

Dean saying how his perfect ending is with Sam having a long and happy life with a family and living until a ripe old age.

The minuses:

Okay, an incredibly pristine ranch and it’s supposedly run by one, count ‘em, ONE farm manager who apparently is some sort of super-woman to look after all the animals, mow the lawns, repair tractors, prepare the meals etc. etc. etc., and is apparently fine with two drifters she’s never met before not only shovelling horse crap, but also cooking for and serving the billionaire boss. O.o Maybe all the other staff were just shy?

The stereotypical dysfunctional rich family: good sister; bad sister; ‘innocent’ sister; the conniving, skeezy, patriarch, who, despite all his money, doesn't have any 'people' or entourage with him.

Dean… I have just not been impressed with his fighting skills for a very, very long time. Generally, he gets knocked down, drops the weapon and winds up on his side on the floor, one arm tucked in and the other up, strictly defending, way, way too often! Bungee cords, guys, bungee cords… I miss the badass, hyper-skilled individual from the first episode that has never really made a re-appearance in any sincere form. *sigh*

Haven't seen any previews for this week and choose just to be surprised :D

Comments

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fanspired
Feb. 26th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
It appears we may have Kripke to thank for what was right with Trial and Error. He was listed as executive producer for the ep. Wouldn't it be great if "Goodbye Stranger" was a coded message that he's coming back on the production team full time from that episode on? I'm praying for it. Then there really might be light at the end of the tunnel.
ferrous_wheeler
Feb. 26th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
It would be amazing if Kripke came back! There's so much of the show that I really like, but there's also an awful lot that makes me kind of scratch my head and go 'what the hell were they thinking...'
fanspired
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC)
Tel me about it :)
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