Hi! How are we all feeling? A little fragile? This hiatus is going to be harshâ€¦ Stupid CW changing their return date.
You know, Iâ€™m at work while most of you watch the show and this week my twitter was going nutso! I get alerts when someone tweets me and I kept getting â€œOh Amy, tonightâ€™s episode is going to break your heartâ€ kind of tweets! So I started to panic. Like, I was having the worst day anyway and then I was having massive â€œSupernaturalâ€ anxiety on top of it! All this concern for me could only mean one thing, Dean screwed up, Dean did something horrific, everyone knows how I feel about Dean, so if Iâ€™m going to be that distressed by the episode, wellâ€¦ I was freaked out! I emailed Alice and Ardeospina! I saidâ€¦am I going to cry??? Alice said she was surprised by something that happened and she was surprised she could still be surprised, she also cried, Ardeospina didnâ€™t cry but thought that I probably would! OMG! I managed to make myself even more anxiousâ€¦seriouslyâ€¦I had a lot of stuff going on which was making my stomach hurt, but my â€œSupernaturalâ€ feels were making me sweat!
Finally, the day ended and I could get home to my boys because obviously, they needed me! I nearly ran every red light to get there. I threw some food at the dog, got some tissues just in case, cracked a beer and prepared for the worst. My heart was leaping out of my chest for the entire episode. I was seriously queasy throughout! Butâ€¦I didnâ€™t cry...
I groaned when Dean said the thing about Benny never letting him down. I groaned when Sam spat out his well good on you line. I groaned when Sam let Dean get handcuffed to heater. I groaned really loud when we found out Dean sent the text. I groaned even louder when Sam hung up on Dean. GAH! These two! But you know whatâ€¦itâ€™s all goodâ€¦Iâ€™m good with it all. In fact, Iâ€™m pretty damn happy about all that brother crap getting flushed to the surfaceâ€¦because now maybe we can deal with it and get rid of it once and for bloody all!
I may have touched on this somewhere else, but Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about Sam and Dean lately (and by lately I mean seven and a half years) so humour me while I hop into my way-back-machineâ€¦
â€œSkinâ€ â€“ 1.06
Dean to Sam â€“ while in the guise of the shapeshifter
"Heâ€™s sure got issues with you. You got to go to college. He had to stay home.
I mean, I had to stay home. With Dad. You donâ€™t think I had dreams of my own? But Dad needed me. Where the hell were you?
See, deep down, Iâ€™m just jealous. You got friends. You could have a life. Me? I know Iâ€™m a freak. And sooner or later, everybodyâ€™s gonna leave me.
You left. Hell, I did everything Dad asked me to, and he ditched me, too. No explanation, nothinâ€™, just poof. Left me with your sorry ass."
â€œAsylumâ€ â€“ 1.10
Sam to Dean â€“ while possessed by Dr Ellicott and with a gun pointing at Dean.
"I mean, why are we even here? â€™Cause you're following Dad's orders like a good little solider? Because you always do what he says without question? Are you that desperate for his approval?
That's the difference between you and me. I have a mind of my own. I'm not pathetic, like you.
You know what, I am sick of doing what you tell me to do."
The reason Iâ€™m starting this weekâ€™s review with a couple of quotes from the first half of season one, is because I think after â€œCitizen Fangâ€ itâ€™s important to take a step back and look at the history and nature of Sam and Deanâ€™s relationship before we spend six weeks in the depths of despair.
I think us fans have a tendency to look at the Winchesterâ€™s bro-ness through rose coloured glasses. I know I do. We love them, maybe a little too much sometimes, just like they love each other, maybe a little too much sometimes. Actually, thereâ€™s no maybe about it, I think they love each other to the point of distraction (same goes for us). But I think the resentments weâ€™re seeing raise their ugly heads in such a hurtful way now, are resentments that have been there right from the moment we met them.
When we first heard each of the brotherâ€™s inner doubts and anger at each other, albeit via supernatural interference, I remember thinking, o-oh, everythingâ€™s not so peachy-keen jelly-bean! And nowâ€¦.well now, their relationship has been so impacted by the shite theyâ€™ve had to wade through, that those resentments are starting to seep into everything. And you know what? Good! Let me explain myself a bit better because you probably all think Iâ€™m about as crazy as mostly-ok-Martin.
Sam and Dean have been on one hell of a ride to get them to where we now find them. They havenâ€™t had a chance to draw breath since, well at least since when Dean went to Hell.
When we first met our beautiful Winchester boys, they hadnâ€™t seen each other for 2 years. Sam had left John and Dean to go to college. John told Sam, you walk out that door donâ€™t you ever come back. Dean didnâ€™t contact Sam for the whole 2 years. He says he didnâ€™t think Sam would pick up, but we know he was smarting from his brother leaving the family, or rather leaving Dean, which we later discover is the way Dean sees it. It wasnâ€™t until their father went missing and Dean found himself alone, that he went to his brother and asked him to join him in the hunt for John, as much because he wanted to find their father as have his brother beside him. I think it was probably the excuse heâ€™d been waiting for so he could reconnect with Sam. Dean doesnâ€™t do alone well, neither brother does.
Sam was crystal clear, he had no intention of continuing with the hunterâ€™s life beyond the search for dad and had Jess not been murdered, Iâ€™m quite sure Sam would be a lawyer right about now.
But circumstances changed Samâ€™s mind. During season one and then into season two Sam continued to remind Dean that this was not the life he was going to follow. Initially, he just wanted to find dad. Then he wanted revenge for Jess and mum and everything. But still, once the Yellow-Eyed Demon was done with, Sam was leaving the family business once and for all. Iâ€™m sure this hung over Deanâ€™s head like a death sentence.
But circumstances changed Samâ€™s mind. He was killed, his brother sold his soul to resurrect him and now Samâ€™s mission was to get Dean out of that deal. Unfortunately, it wasnâ€™t to be and after thatâ€¦well, after that it all kind of went in the crapper.
While Dean was in real Hell, Sam was in lost-without-his-brother hell and he fell in with Ruby. Between Dean and Sam they started the world on the road to the Apocalypse. Their trust in each other was permanently shaken as each chose different sides of the Ruby camp. Lucifer was risen. They found out they were the opposing vessels for the Apocalypse â€“ forced on to opposite sides once again. They struggled to stay apart and then struggled to stay together. They were forced to face all their memories in Heaven and a wedge was driven further between them. Samâ€™s memories showed he was happiest when away from the family/family business. Dean got hurt because Deanâ€™s memories were all about being with his family. So, the amulet went in the binâ€¦..
They had a shining moment when they came together out of pure love and desperation to stop Lucifer in his tracks and it was that love and dedication to each other that quite literally saved the world (thatâ€™s how I see it anyway). Dean wouldnâ€™t leave Sam and that helped Sam fight off the Devil to save Dean. But could they even catch a break then? Nope.
Sam dove into the pit. Dean struggled to live without his brother. He tried to follow Samâ€™s wish for him and what Dean thought was his own dream for a family life, only to find that was never going to be possible. Samâ€™s unexpected homecoming was not a happy one. Something was wrong in Sam-town and Dean knew it. His brother came out of Hell without his soul.
When soulless Samâ€™s soul was restored, the brothers had the world to save, yet again, this time from a barrage of Jefferson Starship monsters the likes theyâ€™d never seen and then, from a friend, who proceeded to send Sam crazy. Whatever. They kept moving forward because thatâ€™s what they do. Theyâ€™re Winchesters. They stopped Eve but they couldnâ€™t stop Cass, the Leviathan came, more end of the world stuff and then, bam, bam, bam. Cass died, Bobby died, Sam went mad, Cass came back, cured Sam and Dean killed Dick Roman, vanishing before his brotherâ€™s eyes. Poof. Gone.
They were apart for a year, where they both had a chance to draw breath and assess everything, without the pressures of the world driving itself off the cliff once again.
Dean fought in Purgatory and found a new sense of purpose. Sam met someone and found a new sense of life. Dean went back to being the hunter he was when we first met him. Sam went back to trying to make a safe and normal existence for himself, like when we first met him.
I think, what weâ€™re seeing here and now are issues that the Winchester brothers had with each other since that wonderful day they came into our lives. The issues that theyâ€™ve never properly aired and that have had to take a back seat to the brothers being great big heroes.
What I see happening between Sam and Dean is confusion and hurt and anger and resentment amplified by years of confusion and hurt and anger and resentment.
I think that Dean is confused and hurt and angry about why Sam never looked for him, why his brother let him down. Why his brother turned away and went in search of a â€œnormal lifeâ€ again, and that plays into all of Deanâ€™s insecurities and fears about not being worthy and being left alone, but I also think all this plays into that very first tirade. Sam got another shot at friends and a life. This should make Dean happy, he did too for a fleeting moment. But itâ€™s dÃ©jÃ vu all over again. Dean had dreams he didnâ€™t get to live, but Sam got another shotâ€¦at the expense of Dean.
I think Samâ€™s mad as hell. MAD AS HELL. I canâ€™t remember seeing him this angry. Heâ€™s almost itching for a fight. I mean, if there was a fight, he could leave again with a clearer conscious right? I think sure, heâ€™s angry his brother kept Benny a secret from him, heâ€™s angry at what he sees as a double standard, but I also think, heâ€™s mad as hell that heâ€™s back doing the one thing he thought he got away from again. Heâ€™s back hunting. I think heâ€™s pissed. All these flashbacks heâ€™s having to his life with Amelia. Heâ€™s obviously thinking about it constantly. Well at least three times every 42 minutes! It looks to me like itâ€™s eating him up. It looks like he feels like heâ€™s been dragged back to following orders like a good little soldier and his brother is calling the shots once again. Heâ€™s given up everything for Dean and the family, once again.
I think, those two very simple outbursts, way back in season one, are continue inform the brotherâ€™s relationship and are playing into where theyâ€™re currently at. Because these are deep resentments, theyâ€™re epic siblingesque resentments and theyâ€™ve never truly been aired and dealt with. And sure, there's been a torrent of horror and mistrust under the bridge since then, which only adds to everything, but as I see it, where they are now and where they kicked off, are two very similar places. So thatâ€™s what I mean byâ€¦good. Get it out guys. Please, get it out and talk about it! You've been burying this stuff for years. It's time. Let's have that mature relationship Carver promises they're working towards. Let this be the first step to that.
They donâ€™t communicate well, never have. Through everything theyâ€™ve learnt, thatâ€™s something thatâ€™s eluded them. Iâ€™d say their upbringing wasnâ€™t conducive to open and honest discussion! For the brothers, it more often than not comes out in spits of pain. Which is why I never really worry about them, because the kind of pain being felt at the things being said is the kind of pain felt because of love. If they werenâ€™t the most important people in each otherâ€™s lives, they wouldnâ€™t be so deeply injured by each otherâ€™s lack of trust and understanding. They wouldnâ€™t lash out so hurtfully.
Maybe this is how my Winchester rose-coloured glasses workâ€¦I don't know. I know most people donâ€™t roll with my assessment that, regardless of what the brothers say or how they act, that love is always there and is their stone number one. Iâ€™ve always seen their relationship as a great big functioning dysfunctional piece of love. Sure thereâ€™ve been wonderful moments of fun and closeness where that affection is clearly on display and I think itâ€™s those we tend to hang on to. But theyâ€™re gigantic, burley blokes and they butt heads, a lot. They can't be sharing and caring at every turn. They live in each otherâ€™s back pockets. They are totally different individuals. They piss each other off royally. They hurt each other completely. Their world is scary and extreme and their reaction to it and to each other can be scary and extreme. Soâ€¦yeah, itâ€™s bad, but itâ€™s also good, because even if itâ€™s coming out as yelling and nastiness, at least itâ€™s coming out. That seems like a giant step forward! Everyone knows where they stand pretty much and we all know, when everything hits rock bottomâ€¦the only way is up (baby, for you and meâ€¦.youâ€™re all singing that in your heads now arenâ€™t you).
And yet, in amongst all the angsty, heart stabby, keep us awake at night bro stuff, we saw some really strong moments between Sam and Dean that shows, whatever they have is still there and maybe we can take some solace in that.
Dean didnâ€™t rail at Sam for putting someone on Benny. Even though you could tell Sam was expecting Dean to bite, Dean didnâ€™t, instead agreeing with his brother that they needed to check it out. Sam gave Dean the time he asked for to go to see Benny before everything went too far. This was my favourite moment of the episode. The boys were laser focused on each other. Martin was bouncing back and forth yelling at them, but they just stared at each other calmly like no one else was in the room, as Dean asked â€œSammyâ€ for that time. I loved that moment. There was understanding and give and take going on.
But then the brothers met an impasse. Dean asked Sam to trust him and in doing so, to trust Benny, but if thereâ€™s no trust between each other, how can that trust be extended? Sam questioned Deanâ€™s judgement. Dean hit one out in anger; Sam got hurt and volleyed one back. They went their separate ways and took their own actions. For right or for wrong, they followed the path they thought was justified.
Iâ€™m sure Sam probably would have killed Benny given half a chance, though Benny is pretty charming, maybe he could have talked Sam around! I think Dean did the text thing to protect both his brother and his friend. He doesnâ€™t want them to get into a fight. He doesnâ€™t want one to kill the other. He needed Sam out of the picture. Heâ€™d planned for this situation a while back. Thatâ€™s smart man, and it also shows how well he knows Sam. Yeah, it was one hell of a dick moveâ€¦but I was initially blown away by that level of forward thinking and then saddened that Dean thought maybe it would come to that and then saddened more that it had come to that.
I donâ€™t think Dean realises what a fragile place Sam is in. I donâ€™t think heâ€™s seeing it. I donâ€™t think Sam's showing him for a start, or telling him, no oneâ€™s telling anyone anything, but I also think, opening his eyes to what Samâ€™s feeling is something Dean doesnâ€™t want to face, because then heâ€™d see that maybe Sam doesnâ€™t want to be there, next to Dean, driving down crazy street. Though really...it's getting kind of obvious.
But everything in this episode could have gone a different way if the brothers had done what they do best and faced the problem together. Because I think Sam may actually feel differently about Benny if he truly met the vampire and learnt why Dean puts so much faith in him. They kind of want the same thing Benny and Sam and Benny and Dean I guess, happiness, family, they're all not that different...except for that pesky monster thing.
The one fly in the ointment of this whole shebang was Martin. Had he not been in the picture, things would have gone a lot different. Though had he not been in the picture weâ€™d have never had this particular chapter in the Winchesters scrappy history! Martin had no place being out hunting again, he probably had no place being outâ€¦I just assume the hospital he was in got short on beds or something and turfed him. Sam probably should have been smarter than he was in putting Martin on Bennyâ€™s tail. But I donâ€™t blame Sam, because I think out of everyone in this tragedy, which is hitting Shakespearian heights, Samâ€™s the one coping the least.
Did you see that panic overtake Sam again? When he raced towards Amelia, we saw that blind panic that weâ€™ve seen a couple of times this season. Samâ€™s not doing good. Iâ€™m almost expecting one of his eyes to start twitching. He actually reminds me a bit of the Sam at the end of â€œSam, Interruptedâ€ when he said heâ€™s angry all the time. Samâ€™s hurting. Iâ€™m kind of glad heâ€™s getting a time out!
I couldnâ€™t be happier that Benny came through this with his head still attached to his shoulders. Benny is awesome. I love that character. Ty Olsson is doing a fantastic job with him. Benny fits well into the complex and conflicted character drama that is â€œSupernaturalâ€. Plus he is cute and cuddly! Did he kill mostly-ok-Martin? Yeah, Iâ€™d say and I so donâ€™t care! Iâ€™m pretty much taking everything that happened in this episode on face value. I think Martinâ€™s neck looked ripped, not cut. Martin got close, Benny lunged, thatâ€™s how I see it playing out.
Ohâ€¦you know, I do have one theoryâ€¦hands up who thinks Benny is going to make it to season 9. Bueller? Bueller? Nah me neither. I think we might have a â€œHeartâ€ situation on our hands, with out the steamy sex of courseâ€¦.WITH OUT the steamy sex people! Benny gave up humans a while back, but heâ€™s finding it hard going, plus he canâ€™t have any semblance of the life he wants. Heâ€™s alone, lonely and teetering on the edge of being a monsterâ€¦I mean a monster that kills. What if he decides, itâ€™s not worth it, getting out of Purgatory is not what itâ€™s all cracked up to be. What if like Lenore, he simply wants done with it, because either he can no longer control the blood lust, or because his life is plain miserable. He only has one person now who keeps his ducks in a row. Dean. I think Benny might ask Dean to send him back to Purgatory. I think he might ask his friend to kill him. If this happens I hope Sam is by his brotherâ€™s side, because, Deanâ€™s going to need that support. Meep. Just a theoryâ€¦run with it if you like! But be warnedâ€¦Iâ€™m usually wrong. I suck at theories!
â€œCitizen Fangâ€ was painful to watch, thatâ€™s for sure, because we all love these brothers and we want them to be happy and most of us want them to find that happiness together, but Iâ€™m really glad itâ€™s all happeningâ€¦finally... and Iâ€™m totally digging it. I thought it was another cracker of an episode that once again played into the whole perception thing going on this season. Everyone thought what they were doing was right. From their perspective it was. Even crazy mostly-ok-Martin.
The music, the cinematography, the direction, the performances the script from Dan Loflin were all spot on. I loved that scene where Dean confronts Benny. I love that Deanâ€™s standing there with a knife behind his back. The camera drifts back and forth, the cicadas are chirping and the frogs are croaking and that southern style music is playing and I swear, it felt so steamy I nearly turned up the air conditioning and not just because there were two hot (one ridiculously hot) men facing off with knives! See what this show has done to me! Pretty men + violence = hot! Iâ€™m a tragedy.
While weâ€™re on hotâ€¦ â€œorâ€¦you could just drop a dime yourselfâ€ D-amn! Dean Winchester, you flirt like a BOSS! Woof! Also, Jensen, your Texan was showingâ€¦drawl much? Smokinâ€™.
Oh and Ameliaâ€™s real. Which, I was pretty much expecting, but still. It made me thinkâ€¦if Sam left because he wanted to give Amelia and Don a shot, that when we saw him leaving it was after one last night together, then this whole time, Sammy wouldâ€™ve been looking at his phone, hoping that Amelia would ring to say that she didnâ€™t want her ex, that sheâ€™d chosen Sam and that it was all over with Donâ€¦ But his phone has never rung, so heâ€™s known and wouldâ€™ve been dealing with the fact that his girl didnâ€™t pick him. Quick, group hug everyone, because that smarts! How good was Jaredâ€™s reaction when Sam saw Amelia in the bar. That was awesome. I have no idea whatâ€™s going to happenâ€¦ I figure, this will be the end of Sam and Ameliaâ€¦.but like I said, I suck at theories.
So here we are. Dean pulled a swiftie on Sam, Samâ€™s mad as all get outâ€¦oneâ€™s in Louisiana, oneâ€™s in Texas and weâ€™re left high and dry for six weeks! SON OF A BITCH! But itâ€™ll be ok, because my glass half-fullness is saying to me, that this is the beginning of a new road for Sam and Dean where they actually get the opportunity to deal with their crap and move forward into the back end of the season, wanting to be together and being the awesome duo we know they can be. Thatâ€™s the thought thatâ€™s going to get me through this hellatus anyway! Maybe with some puppies and rainbows! Maybe I'm in deanial...get it...DEANial... Yep. But seriously, I'm thinking in a few episodes, hopefully weâ€™ll see some kind of harmony and balance work its way back into their livesâ€¦well as much as can be expectedâ€¦because this is â€œSupernaturalâ€ and none of us expects a happy ending here.
I just wanted to say thanks so much for reading my stuff and for all your support. I really appreciate all your comments and feedback. I know we donâ€™t always see eye to eye, but I dig that, because it makes it interesting and I love to read everyone elseâ€™s ideas. I read every comment, even if I donâ€™t always respond. I really love this show and I really love these brothers and I really love this fandom â€“ even when I want to salt and burn it - and I love being part of all the crazy. â€œSupernaturalâ€ is way more than a TV show for me and I have a lot of you to thank for that.
Weâ€™ve got some fun things planned here at WFB for the hellatus, so keep your eyes peeled for those and Iâ€™ll be around with something for sure!
Oh and one last thingâ€¦rugburnâ€¦who else was obsessed with the mark on Jensenâ€™s face that was the supposed result of rugburn caused by mucking around (wrestling/fight training) with Misha and Jared in his hotel room while at Toronto Con. Boys. Bless.
See you soonâ€¦stay strong!