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Reaction: Supernatural 6.11 and picspam
Contains profanity and speculation

Spoiler and Spec Summary


On the day of airing I found out the title: "Appointment in Samarra" and thought 'Why does that sound familiar?' and Googled it like a complete moron. Aw crap. I shouldn't Google before the end credits roll. So, this episode is named after a story about a person attempting to avoid death but actually hastening it. Gee. Sounds like sunshine and puppies to me!

Picspam Reaction, with speculation and randomness for Supernatural 6.11 - Appointment in Samarra

*looks at VCR*
*looks at tape on shelf that was supposed to be in VCR*
*sighs* Why to I bother trying?

-Skipping the THEN, tra lala lala. When we last left off, Crowley got toasted, Meg got away and Sam left. Oh and the Alpha Shapeshifter is dead and an abandoned asylum in west whereverthehell got smote or something by poor overworked and under-appreciated Castiel. Aw. And that's all I need to know.

-I don't know what it is about this particular opening shot I love so much, but I love it. The composition is nifty.
Photo 1

-Yes Dean. You have no social stealth skills. But you're cute, so that's okay. *pats*
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-OH CRAP IT'S ROBERT um, wossname. Nightmare on Elm Street guy, which sadly I only recognize because he recently had a cameo on Chuck as a weapons biologist with a perpetual nightmare serum, since I have never seen and never will see the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. I know my brain, and I know what my brain would do to me with that as dream-fodder. OH HEY ARE WE GONNA FINALLY GET A sorry I'll stop shouting. Are we finally going to get a recurrence of dreamroot? Sam must have shed all over the inside of the Impala and it's not hard to tell his hair from Dean's given the relative lengths. Oooo! But since Sam is soulless and doesn't sleep, he doesn't have dreams to invade, so maybe not. Damn. Still, this guy = likely mind-warp plotline afoot, YAY! \o/
Photo 3

-Disadvantages to being dragged around a network of contacts while growing up that you later re-encounter as an adult include strange doctors grabbing your face like you're four.
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-So he's an unlicensed doctor for hunters. The way Dean approached the guy at the meat counter, he probably thinks you're there for an STD.

-"Eva." She looks like a mannequin. Her bangs are quite poised, ready to spring into attack formation. I find that level of battle-readiness disturbing in a hairstyle.
Photo 5

-Okay, I'm not an American, but that money looks weirdly black and white.

-"If something goes wrong could you mail this for me please?" All together now. "AWWWWWWWWWWWWW! *wibble*"
Photo 6

-"If I don't make it back, nothing I say is gonna mean a damn thing to him." ...Whoa. Hold the phone. 'Make it back?' Is Dean doing a Flatliners gig to get hold of a Reaper in order to find out if one of them can get Sam's soul back since they're psychopomps and do soul-related things? IS TESSA COMING BACK RIGHT NOW IN THIS EPISODE??? 8O

-...so, about 36 hours and a cat-crisis later, I think my brain's reformed enough to try continuing with this now...


-Okay, maybe continuing now. *unpauses*

-Dead never looked better on Dean, I must say.
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-WTF. SPELL-CASTING AS A GHOST??? *flaps randomly and HAS NO BRAIN LEFT and it's less than five minutes in, OMG* Casting summoning spells while dead is possible in SPN-verse. At least verbal ones. Ones with sigils might be tricky. Do ghosts bleed? The really pissed off ones leave ectoplasm, maybe they could do sigils with it. Hm. *makes note*
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-HI TESSA!!!!! *FLAILS MORE* I'm going to sprain a wrist flailing, for serious here.
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-DEEEEEEEATH!!! \o/ I just shouted that out loud. And did actual victory arms. And nearly tipped my chair over. And it's not that easy to tip over. I'm either way too excitable or THIS EPISODE FREAKING ROCKS!
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-"Now that we've established you have hubris but no leverage, what is it you want?" I love Death. I so love Death. He's just so freaking perfectly... Death!
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-"And our other brother is trapped in there to, Michael rode him in.." OH MY GOD DEAN REMEMBERED TO MENTION ADAM!!!! \o/ At this rate, just from the victory arms and flailing alone, I may dislocate something.

-"Pick one." Gah. Still, not much choice there. Poor Adam. Again.

-"Is there any way you could hack the Hell part off?" Oh Dean.

-"What do you think the soul is, some pie you can slice?" Hee. Pie. Death knows Dean alright.

-Put it behind a wall. Oh this is so not going to go well. Gaaaah. *bounces in anticipation*

-Also, OMG you guys. WALLS. I've been going on about Winchester Walls for ages now, and now there might actually be one as a future plot device.

-Written by Sera Gamble and Robert Singer. Big guns on-line tonight. Directed by Mike Rohl, veteran director back to "The Usual Suspects."

-"Do it." Oh Dean.
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-"If you win the wager." Oh crap, yes. We haven't had dicing with Death yet have we? HOW IS THIS EPISODE ONLY GETTING EXPONENTIALLY MORE AWESOME??? Eight minutes in. EIGHT, and most of one of those was the THEN and the title smash.

Photo 13

-"-put it on." ... *is dead* *no seriously* *there was even gasping* *I really mean it. Dead like month old broccoli dead* HOLY CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!!! I DO NOT KNOW AN EMOTICON STUNNED ENOUGH TO EXPRESS *FLAILS* EVERYTHING!!! :-O

-Must breathe. Holy crap.

-"I want you to be me, for one day." I'm glad, SO VERY GLAD I have a pause button for the first watch. I am literally gasping and flailing too hard to TYPE!!! Dean as Death for a day. Oh my god. *is not going to recount that dream I had years and years back where I was Death, not at all* Oh Dean.
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-"Because-"/"*gaaaaasp*" Bwahahaha! Bastards. Really though, Dean was talking to Death, and if Death chose, he could've hung on long enough to pass that last bit of conversation. So Death is a bastard. I reiterate: Bwahahahaah!
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-Seven minutes... isn't that getting into brain damage territory? What am I saying, Dean's been dead before, brain damage is for newbs. Bet Castiel's freaking a little though. I think he'd get a red flag or a ping or something if Dean died, but he still wouldn't be able to locate him due to the Enochian sigils. So up on the front lines of Heaven's civil war, Castiel is trying not to have a panic attack about Dean being dead. Have I said lately that I LOVE THIS DAMN SHOW???

-Hey! Hi Sam! Doesn't look like he walked away for long. Must've decided he needed a ride more than he needed to walk away. The pragmatism of soullessness strikes again?
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-Oh boys. Been a while since a good solid brothery discussion about trusting Dean each other to do the stupidest most self-destructive thing possible what needs to be done to save each other. And stuff.
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-"Watch him." Yeah, Bobby needed a babysitting job. Bobby's looking a little intense...
Photo 19

-Hey! Overhead light! Callback to 'Faith' there, a little?
Photo 20

-Also, Dean, before you put the ring on, set a stopwatch or something so you know when to stop. Not that you'll actually last a whole 24 hours. OMG Dean's going to be Death, OMG!! So how does that work with the Horseman thing? The Horsemen were what they were without the rings, just not powered? or... I NEED TO JUST WATCH THE EPISODE AND LET MY BRAIN EXPLODE LATER.

-*snerk* That's the 'engagement' finger, isn't it? *is twelve*
Photo 21

-Oh my god, Sam's using Redbird matches!! \o/ They're Canadian only, I think, but it makes absolute sense hunters would acquire them because they're wooden 'strike anywhere' matches and therefore useful in loads more situations because all the chemicals are in the match head. They're rare because they can be struck against anything, including each other, and there are rare instances of boxes of matches bursting into flames when dropped with sufficient force (or when a bunch of match heads are cut off and stuffed inside a ping-pong ball which is a very bad idea and should never actually be done for any reason). I have a box of those matches! I'm having a geeksplosion! \o/ Oh, and Sam seems to be doing something inadvisable like summoning something, which is as unsurprising as a potato-flavored potato.
Photo 22

-OH HI BALTHAZAR!!! Okay, maybe as surprising as a potato made of turnip.
Photo 23

-"Angel advice."/"Well then go ask your boyfriend." Heh. Balthazar's a Sassy shipper. At least I think that's the terminology. *facepalm*

-"I need to know if there's a spell or a weapon, anything, that can keep a soul out forever." Oh Sam. Soullessness may have made you better tactically and more observant and analytical and generally kick-ass, but... oh Sam.

-...heeeey. What did Sam do to Bobby? Or did Bobby let him get out and do this? It looks like they could still be in the wrecking yard. *ponders worriedly*

-"Patricide." Erm. Kind of missed the boat on that one by a few seasons Balthazar... unless... No. No. Bobby!? No. He wouldn't. Oh my god, Sera's writing this. BALTHAZAR'S GOING TO ASK SAM TO KILL BOBBY AND DEAN'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE DEATH AND, AND OMG. O.O *hopes she's right wrong and hits play*

-"You need the blood of your father, but your father needn't be blood." GODDAMN SONOFABITCH BALTHAZAAAAAAAR! Okay, this is officially the most intense episode of the season. By light-years. O.O

-"He's in agonizing pain, right?" Hee. Dean getting vengeance on people who threaten innocents one way or another.
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-"Enjoy the ride down, pal. Trust me, sauna gets hot." *snerk* Of course the guy's probably only stealing to support a family or something and Dean's going to feel horrible in a minute, but right now it's pretty cool.

-There's gotta be more than one Death, though, if he has to lay hands on everyone personally. That or some kind of Santa Claus-like temporal exclusion factor. OR Death's just having Dean do this to prove some point, the in-person service isn't the normal modus operandi for Death at all, and this is a very specifically targeted object lesson. It definitely bears pondering. *ponders*

-"It was good though."/"Was that a local place?" *wheezing from laughter* Yes. Get pizza place recommendations from the dead guy. Never ever change, Dean. XD

-"Tell me what it all means?" *pauses* Oh this should be good. I'm thinking maybe a song lyric or movie quote is coming up here, if it's in the budget.
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-*unpauses* "Everything is dust in the wind." HAHAHAHAAHAH. Called it! XD
Photo 27

-"That's it? A Kansas song?"/"Sorry, he's new." This show is trying to kill me with laughter isn't it?

-Yep. There had to be a kid.
Photo 28

-"It just is. It's destiny." Yeeeahhh I don't think that's going to be an effective argument on Dean after the last five and a half seasons.

-*conversation that I would quote all of about destiny and the effectiveness of fighting it goes here* Oh Dean. This isn't going to go well.

-Sam... Do not even go there Sam. *fidgets*
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-Oh crap. Where'd Sam go?

-That closet seems to be Bobby's favorite hiding place. This is, what the third time he's hidden there? Betting Sam's in it. Nope, he's rattling the doorknob. Or something is. Really, Bobby, head for the panic room. Sam might not be a ghost or demon but iron walls keep out soulless idiots too. *does not think about that top vent and the tactical vulnerabilities of the panic room* O.O

-"You shouldn't've cornered yourself."/"I didn't." Oh reeeeally? This should be awesome!

-YAY TRAP DOOR!!! \o/ Must be new, although it wouldn't have been much use against the massed zombie attack anyway.

-"Reinforced steel core, titanium kick-plates. You wanna tell me what this is about?" Just thought I'd point out for those unaware, Bobby is awesome. FYI.

-He is however a bit of an idiot if he's got Sam trapped downstairs and opening the door to go find him. Although there is a huge load of supplies, tools, weapons, explosives, spell components etc down there... A bit like imprisoning someone in the armory. Hm.

-"Ain't nobody killin' me in my house but me." *blink* Did he just say... Wow. Oh Bobby. D-:

-I KNEW THAT VENT IN THE PANIC ROOM WAS A TACTICAL WEAK POINT!!! \o/ I just always figured it'd be someone pouring nasty things in, rather than someone escaping through it.
Photo 32

-Um. Hang on. Also uh oh. Also, er, duck? Or when Balthazar said 'the blood of the father' did he just mean blood? I really doubt it. Or is Sam bleeding? Or does Sam want Bobby to think he's bleeding. Gaaaah.
Photo 33

-I love this whole domino effect/consequences thing. Love it. Destiny, free will, butterfly effect, love it all.

-Oh Dean. Dean, Dean, Dean.
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-Dude! Dean just teleported! Nifty! \o/

-From the sounds of it, there are a lot of trains running past Bobby's place tonight. Odd.

-No! Bad Sam! No cookie!
Photo 36

-CRAP! NO, DEAN! Dammit, you just blew it! *headdesk*
Photo 37

-Ooooo. Shiny FX. Not that it's going to fool Death, but worth a shot? Since you're screwed either way. Oh Dean.
Photo 38

-Oh ow.
Photo 39

-"There's sort of a natural order to things" Ha. Says the poster boy of the unnatural order.

-OH NO! Nonono! Can I just leave it paused and... oh god. For a very long time I've been expecting Bobby to be killed. I kind of relaxed off the idea, but... he's Obi wan Kenobi. His death seems awfully close on the horizon suddenly and, just... Bobbeeeee... Gaaaaah. I have to hit play, don't I? Eek.
Photo 40

-OH HOORAY FOR A DEAN EX MACHINA. *collapses a little*
Photo 41

-Panic room time again. Make sure you took the ladder out.
Photo 42

-That's an unnerving amount of eye-contact going on there. *swallows* ...Oh. OH. Dean's deal to save Sam was against the natural order. Oh. Oh oh oh! As was John's Deal to save Dean. And Mary's Deal to save John. Oh wow. Cannot brain. Literally cannot brain right now. Oh my god. Dominoes. Is that what this is really about? Does this really tie all the way back in to the beginning? O.O
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-HI DEATH! You've been to a New York Fries outlet I think?
Photo 47

-"Wrecking the natural order's not quite such fun when you have to mop up the mess, is it?" Oh son of a bitch. That whole object lesson/poster boy of the unnatural order/deals to keep people alive thing? And the whole restoration of the natural order and destiny and free will and... Yeah. That would be my head exploding. Aaaaaaaaall over the place. Dude.
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-By the way, since I'm paused, can we keep Death? Seriously? He could just randomly pop up eating junk food and kicking Dean in the metaphysical goolies anytime he wants as far as I'm concerned. Or kicking anyone else for that matter. Although he seems to be most chummy with Dean. ...Dean's not... some kind of Apprentice Death now, is he? Not that that wouldn't be freaking awesome. Hm.

-"I think that you knew I wouldn't last a day." Dean, honey, we all knew that. Microbes at the bottom of the Marianas Trench knew that. *pats*

-"But now, I'm going to go to Hell to get your brother's soul." LITERAL EXTENDED GASP! Holy crap, will he? Impending hiatus... O.O
Photo 50

-"You're an affront to the balance of the Universe and you cause disruption on a global scale." THAT'S OUR WINCHESTER BOYS! \o/ Wait. He said he's not doing it for Dean. So who is he doing it for?

-"Right now you're digging at something, intrepid detective. I want you to keep digging Dean." OH MY GOD WHAT???

-"It's about the souls. You'll understand when you need to." Hellooooo plot arc for the back half of the season. WHEE!!!! EPIC-LEVEL QUEST STARTS NOW!! \o/

-Death didn't bus his tray. He's left trash all over Bobby's table. What a rude anthropomorphic personification he is.
Photo 51

-Yay continuity! Human souls are bright! HI SAM'S SOUL! You're looking... actually quite a bit less bright than that one Famine's goon collected for him that they freed. Still find it really rather awesome that a human soul is so bright, and demons who were once human souls are clouds of black sputch.
Photo 52

-"You might feel a little... itchy." Heeeeeeeehehehehehe. XD Seriously, Death, buddy, come back anytime. I'll make nachos. XD
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-"Do me a favor. Don't. Scratch. The wall." And just like that, from giggles to shivers. Wow. O.O

-Oh Dean.
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-OH CRAP. That's it? Crap. CRAP. Uh. I've done this reaction under the assumption that a specific spoiler was happening tonight. I need to go redact it all now. CRAP!!!

-Redaction complete. Nothing to see here, move along. >.>

It's going to be a while before the next new episode, so have a great holiday season, watch out for spoilers and I'll squee at you in the new year! \o/

(PLEASE, NO SPOILERS OR REFERENCES TO SPOILERY MATERIAL IN COMMENTS! Any and all promo material for unaired episodes is considered to be a spoiler in this journal. The further definition of what constitutes a spoiler for this journal is located in left hand sidebar. Theory and speculation based on aired episodes only.)

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32 comments or Leave a comment
kimmer1227 From: kimmer1227 Date: December 13th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much!

It was an awesome eppie, yes?

I agree about Death. Can we make him a series regular? I loves him!!

Can't wait to see what they do with the second half of the season. I think it's gonna be epic! Squeeee!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It was indeed awesome, and I hope Death comes back again some more.
silverblaze85 From: silverblaze85 Date: December 13th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad to know I wasn't the only one flailing and squeaking and spazzing all over while I watched it.


I SO cannot wait until the hiatus is over!!! *flails*

*pauses* *binds up your wrist to keep it from being damaged* *resumes flailing*
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
*flails more*
borgmama1of5 From: borgmama1of5 Date: December 13th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lines like these:

"Must've decided he needed a ride more than he needed to walk away. The pragmatism of soullessness strikes again?"

"Death didn't bus his tray. He's left trash all over Bobby's table. What a rude anthropomorphic personification he is."

Make your recaps the best ones to read--as long as I'm not trying to drink something at the same time!

I bet you could sell tickets to have people watch you watching SPN :)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm much more entertaining in text than I am in person. XD
girlyghoul70 From: girlyghoul70 Date: December 13th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
So he's an unlicensed doctor for hunters. The way Dean approached the guy at the meat counter, he probably thinks you're there for an STD

I thought the exact same thing! Hee! Actually many of your initial reactions were the same as mine, including that it would turn out that the robber guy was just robbing to feed his family and such.

And I so love Death. Yes, it sounds off to say it that way, but he's just awesome. Mah favorite Horseman!

And I'm glad Sam now has his Soul back, but nervous of what they'll do with everything he did while Soulless. And also nervous about that wall he's not supposed to scratch... but probably will! eeeek!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
If that wall is just a Hell block and not a general memory block, Sam is going to have bigger issues than ever, assuming he doesn't go nuts right there on insertion.
eilonwy From: eilonwy Date: December 13th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Death didn't bus his tray. He's left trash all over Bobby's table. What a rude anthropomorphic personification he is.
Bwahahaha! :)

Fabulous recap, as always. I'm so glad to read yours because you are thoughtful and squeeful. (I loved this episode, and yet keep coming across recaps that harsh on my squee.)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
blackcat333_99 From: blackcat333_99 Date: December 13th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE DEATH! I love Death and Dean! I think deep down Death maybe kinda likes Dean -- he's always trying to feed him. :) He and Tessa can come back anytime. In fact, I'm hoping we will see one of them again -- Death's gotta check in with his intrepid detective at some point, right? *crosses fingers*

*flails with squee for episode*
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Death can be the Big... not bad, not necessarily good... The Big Ambivalent for the rest of the season. Like Cancer Man in X-Files with less conspiracy. Maybe.

*flails with you*
irismay42 From: irismay42 Date: December 13th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep squeeing about Death being British. And a good guy. Then I remember he's, well, DEATH! (But I still think he's a good guy.)

I totally expected Dean to have to help Tessa reap Bobby too! Yay for being wrong!

So. If Death's giving Dean his ring so he can have a day off (pity they already used Death Takes a Holiday as an eppy title, right?) then how has Death been Deathing people in the year Dean's had his ring? Hmm. Is confused.

I've been expecting that exact ending to the hiatus episode since we found out Sam was soulless. Although I kinda expected less Screaming!Sam and more, "Sammy?" "Dean?" Although at least with the last shot being of Sam the Sam Girls might have less to whine about. But then I guess the Dean Girls might start whining.

Now to me, Robert Englund will always be Willie from the original "V". ("I am just." "Just what?" And, "She has a pornographic memory." It's sad that I can quote him twenty-six years later.) But I'm really hoping he shows up again. And Death. Death needs to show up again too.

Is it ridiculously shallow of me to note how beautiful Mr Ackles was looking in this episode, too...?
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that whole 'be me for a day/touch people in person' was a ruse the more I think about it. Not only the points you mentioned, but how many other people globally died in that amount of time? Over a hundred and fifty thousand? It's all an object lesson arranged by Death. He's got to delegate, which I would guess is where the Reapers come in. He just needed Dean to see the effects of certain decisions.

I love this show.

Also they have to end on a cliffhanger with some ambiguity to it so the fans have angst and meta fodder to carry through the hiatus or the fandom will eat itself alive. XD
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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it just me, or the fact that Sam will eventually have some kind of memory of what it was like mean the he will be determined to rescue Adam?
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be quite nice. Poor Adam really got the rough end of the Winchester Fate stick and needs an advocate.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: December 14th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
So I will try to sort through the flail and meta going on in my brain right now..sigh. I think I may have annoyed someone with the shouting and pointing at the screen too *facepalm*

Anyway, I am wondering how many are lined up to gather souls, and what their endgame might be, and who in heaven are allied with those below, and...DEATH!!!!

Oh I love that man, truly I do. Now someone had better write a Pratchett crossover, post-haste;)

Oh yes, we knew Dean would fail, but the test..mmmm pondering. Gah need more pondering time..lol
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
It's all plotting and allegiances and switching sides and it's wonderful! \o/ I think this was more a lesson for Dean than a test, though things would have gone really bad had he not gone along with the 'natural order', I suspect.

Death needs to keep coming back. Just to say howdy and be enigmatic. He can be the Big Neutral /Ambivalent for the rest of the season. :-)
malevolent73 From: malevolent73 Date: December 14th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought the same thing as you about Dean possibly having to reap Bobby and not being able to. I was so scared!

This was definitely a top notch episode. I hope poor Sam is ok. I'll miss his Sherlock impersonations. LOL
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought the same thing as you about Dean possibly having to reap Bobby and not being able to. I was so scared!

...you know, we don't see Dean's view of that. It could have been like the guy in the car again, he was standing there and just took the ring off in time to stop Sam. *shivers*

I'll miss Sherlock!Sam too. I hope he busts out a random deduction or two as the season goes on, but I'm kind of starting to miss real Sam. Although one way or another we'll be getting some version of 'real damaged Sam.'
erinrua From: erinrua Date: December 14th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You, and your recaps (and your screen caps!) are of the awesome. That is all.

Except that you rock. And that's really all.

Only, you made me sportle and chuckle and were almost more fun than the episode itself! Which really rocks. And that's really all. ;)

*TACKLE-GLOMPH!* Thanks for enhancing the EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 14th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy to be enhancing! XD
charis_kalos From: charis_kalos Date: December 14th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
So ...
I love Death;
I adore Tessa;
I want more Balthazar (with Crowley gone I need another snarky Pom);
while I'm glad Sam has his soul back, I'm really going to miss Sherlock!Sam.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 15th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with everything you just said. :-)
aescu From: aescu Date: December 15th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
This (both the ep and your comment) was EPIC (totally capslock worth).
I can't wait to watch the ep with my husband :D
Although Dean finally comprehending that the natural order has to BE was a bit sudden/rushed (well, the episode is just only around 40 minutes) it still was awesome. As was Death. And Bobby's trap door. Another weekend off I'd say... ;D

And now back to Sherlock O_o
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 17th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a bit rushed, but Dean does make up his mind a bit quicker when people are about to get killed. North American network shows are far too short per episode.

I wish my weekends were as efficient as Bobby's!

From: ladygunnora Date: December 18th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
There was a lot of crunchy goodness in this episode!

Dean and Death--Cas needs to step up to the plate. He's got a rival courting Dean with greasy foods. LOL

//I totally expected Dean to have to help Tessa reap Bobby too! Yay for being wrong!//

I loved this. I think it was *much* stronger that Dean gave (or believed he was) his chance to save Sam's soul for a total stranger. It reinforced the kind of person Dean is.

I don't think Dean failed the test; I think he passed it. There were two tests IMO: the first was his initial decision not to take the little girl. This was a test of his humanity (because Dean *is* human, not born to be Death). The second was his putting the ring back on and taking her--a test of his righteousness (there might have been a third element: a test of honor in giving the ring, and the power it represents, back).

I also think this is why Death decided to give Sam's soul back. That, and of course, you don't hire an "intrepid detective" without giving him a retainer upfront!

I really hope that this will turn out to be an actual story line for Dean. This season has, in my opinion, devoid of that so far.

//Soullessness may have made you better tactically and more observant and analytical and generally kick-ass, but... oh Sam.//

For me, this has been a case of telling and not showing. We keep hearing that Sam has become a super hunter, but what we see is that he isn't smart enough to realize that antagonizing witnesses and potential allies in a hunt means you won't get cooperation. We've seen that he jumps to conclusions and grabs the wrong people (no wonder he's killed innocents: apparently, he just keeps taking one after the other until he gets the right one).

Now, he's just put himself in hock to Balthazar without even spelling out what it is Balthazar's going to want him to do. To me, not very bright.

(One thing I found interesting: Balthazar didn't particularly like Sam, but he *really* disliked Dean. Wonder what it was that has him gunning for Dean that much.)

//The Big Ambivalent//

caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 18th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved this. I think it was *much* stronger that Dean gave (or believed he was) his chance to save Sam's soul for a total stranger. It reinforced the kind of person Dean is.

Very true. I don't think there was a test at all in the end, really, just an object lesson from Death.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)

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Thank you for taking the time to make that clearer.
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