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Dean watches in the background more, knife in hand, ready to attack at any second. Demons start dropping and back to Sam, who's really into this now. He is so getting his fix and you've got to admit, five demons at once is impressive. I think Dean is a little less on the impressed side and more on the scared out of his freaking wit side. He was bound to see Sam like this eventually. Think about it. Dean has always been a "see is believing" kind of guy. He probably had no real grasp on how powerful Sam was until he saw this. He really did have to see for himself. He gets it now.
The smoke subsides, Dean stands in the background very shaken, Famine is grinning from ear to ear and Sam is just floating on a cloud now. "No," Sam says, recovering from his little Jedi mind trick. Famine's okay with that. It Sam doesn't want them, he'll have them. Famine then opens his mouth wide, raises his hand up and the demons suddenly fly from the floor straight into his mouth, again like it was a Hoover. It's so funny we see the "all you can eat" neon sign while this happens. Both Sam and Dean watch in shock as all the smoke works its way into Famine's mouth. There, the old man feels better. So Sam, who's eerily calm not to mention flying higher than a kite, takes a few steps closer and holds out his hand like he's gripping onto something.
Famine doesn't get it. "I'm a horseman Sam. Your power doesn't work on me." Dean looks down, and I'm speculating this is where he thinks about taking the knife and cutting off the ring finger. Sam has control of the situation though. "You're right, but it will work on them." Sam makes a fist and turns. Nooo, not the turned fist! Sam makes all sorts of strange faces and judging by his wincing and shaking is fighting something really hard. Suddenly Famine isn't smiling anymore for he can feel a bomb about to burst inside him. He tries to fight back, so Sam digs deeper. Smoke starts pouring out of Famine, so Sam is winning the fight.
Sam goes for extra, prompting the infamous nosebleed of overexertion from doing things with his mind. He goes at it a little longer and suddenly black smoke bursts everywhere out of Famine. He slumps over. Sam lets go and tries hard to catch his breath. Dean is so stunned he doesn't know what to do. Castiel (remember Castiel?) is on the ground, now coherent, and he has that same look of shock after Sam killed Alastair right in front of him in "On The Head of A Pin."
Then there's a close up of Dean's total disturbance gazing at a still breathless Sam. Oh no, it's the "my brother is a freak" gaze. Sam looks at Dean, now feeling ashamed over his actions. Probably because Famine's spell is broken. He can go back to his old baggage now. It's kind of a carbon copy of the big scene in "It's The Great Pumpkin Sam Winchester" except with ten times more the intensity. Final shot goes to a crushed Dean, who has gotten his rude awakening. Wow. If that doesn't leave you in a total heaping mess, nothing will. I hope you enjoyed the most mind-blowing, deeply intense scene this show has ever done. Ben Edlund, you are a God.
I had the same reaction to Cas eating the "White Castle" burger. Wrong wrong wrong. It's not like they couldn't have used the publicity. lol
Great job on the recap! It's going to be a painful couple weeks til Hellatus is over.
I love the humour you bring to your reviews, it helps lighten those heavy hearted ones.
Although this episode had some light moments, I have to admit this one left me rather depressed.
My heart just breaks for both Sam and Dean. I just wish they could get a break.
I knew this year was going to be quite the emotional roller coaster and would get very dark, but it still kills me to watch them go through all this heartache.
I too, donâ€™t believe for a moment that Dean is dead inside, just severely depressed.
I still think all these D**ks (Lucifer, Zack, Michael etc..) are just trying to beat down Deanâ€™s spirit and Free will. If they can get him to believe that there is no free will and only destiny then he will give up and say Yes to Michael.
As for Sam, whether he is addicted to the blood or the power, it is still an addiction.
Iâ€™m worried that it can still be used as a vice to manipulate Sam into saying Yes.
Wait, there's a White Castle open that late?
Black comedy is the best and Edlund is the master. Firearms to work? Hey, those things cost money. Far cheaper to drown one's sorrows in booze, no?
I loved this coroner and couldn't help think of his total opposite, the weak-stomach in From Hell. As for Sam's swanky threads, insurance agent blends in so much better than male model. Don't want to attract too much attention. Sorry, ladies. Muah.
Re: stupid demon. I'm probably overthinking, but perhaps Famine's power extends to his minions and can make them extra one-track-mind. Or, more likely, he's just really stupid. There's gotta be *some* demons who passed the SAT, right?
Re: souls. More geek fan nitpicking/curi osity, but the coroner's soul was still there. What's the time frame from death to when it goes flying to the Happy Hunting Grounds or Elysium or Valhalla or the South Pacific?
Re: demon blood. I'm on board with your theory. It's not physical, it's completely psychological. He doesn't need it in the respect that our organs need oxygen carried by the circulatory system. Complete mind/soul gig. And that's the rub: when will SAM get that, climb that hill to where HE is the master of his abilities, known and yet to be discovered.
Re: seeing is believing. Yes! Most notably in 2.13, but other places as well, this is why Dean just didn't get it. Sometimes I get the vibe that fans have expected Dean to know what we know. It's one thing to knock off Samhain, but to incapacitate a freaking Horseman? In the immortal words of little Ben, that's *epic.*
Dead inside would mean ennui, absolute zero. He's not dead, just as lost as a man whose car broke down in the middle of the Gobi desert without a map to tell you that the nearest road is 100 miles that way.
Saw one review for this episode which said it was the sickest hour of tv the reviewer had ever seen and also one of the most wonderful,how right they were. Ben Edlund is a genius-- A very twisted sick genius -- but a genius.
At the end I find myself yelling at the tv Deans own words from Devils Trap, when Meg tries to convince them that John is dead, HE`S NOT DEAD,HE`S NOT, HE CANT BE. No one dead inside could now be in so much pain. I think that the last straw was that he finally saw the full on super vamped up Sammy (Oh Sammy!) let`s face it that would be a bit of a shock for anyone , did it not shake us up a bit.
Was anyone else totally freaked out by Famine? Not since Bloody Mary crawled out of that mirror has any thing given me chills like he did.
Damn these stupid Hiatus things, why on earth cant we just keep going! They break our boys and then just leave them and leave us to fret and suffer for weeks. We need to band together people for mutual support.
This episode is so full, I can hardly breatheâ€¦ from all the tears and the thoughts running through my head. It had some fine one-liners (personal fave: â€˜Heâ€™s not incontinentâ€™) , a lovely MacGuffin in Cupid and the heart-wrenching that followed he encounter with him. I guess the Edlund only needed Cupid to get the heartbreak going, and boy, it happenedâ€¦
Do we really believe that Sam eats mostly salads? Unless they are spiced up with some Croatoans (forgive me Randal, this was too tempting not to give inâ€¦) I canâ€™t imagine how he got that big. You need protein to build up muscle, ah, wait, all that demon bloodâ€¦ When we think of how much Jared need to eat to keep up that form (as he stated in an interview once), we should be allowed an image of a eating Sam â€“ you know, the occasional steak, preferably rare (my favourite, come on)â€¦ apart from that, a person who loves to eat can be quite sexyâ€¦ okay, gutter-time again.
I concur with your thesis that Samâ€™s hungry for power and that he doesnâ€™t need the blood to work his mojo. Weâ€™ve heard it before: â€˜You didnâ€™t need the feather to flyâ€™ which one might read: You didnâ€™t need the blood to be powerful.
He said himself in GoodGod,Yâ€™all , I believe, that he missed being powerful. After all, if we look at growing power as an equivalent of growing up and becoming your own person that would be something Sam wanted to feel early on. He left home to pursue his goals; he turned to Ruby to get away from Dean who wouldnâ€™t let him grow up. Having that kind of power he was given by YellowEyes distinguishes him from his brother and the family business, makes him unique, but he never wanted to stand out.
Sam obviously has not understood yet that he is the powerful one, not the blood. Judging from the degree of fear that has been poisoning the Winchester minds for some time now, he might be just too afraid to accept the fact that he, indeed, is way more different than he is (still) ready to accept. That he is more than human. A freak, one of his biggest and earliest fears.
And fear, as we know, is a most powerful weapon. Sam still uses it against himself, shying away from the person he might be. Nelson Mandela once said â€˜our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.â€™ Well, if that doesnâ€™t apply to dear Sammy, Iâ€™m an idiot.
Jared played out those scenes with the vigour and emotionality we love him for â€“ and, gosh, he would make such a fantastic vampire in another show or filmâ€¦
And Dean, my God, of course he is not deadâ€¦ But, letâ€™s face it: can anyone blame him? After all heâ€™s been through? Anyone would crumble down one way or another. He doesnâ€™t eat as he used to, he drinks way more and his libido is a mess, I donâ€™t need to get all shrinky here, do I? Deanâ€™s spirits have been down for a while now, and he has not yet managed to get them back to his usual cheerful strength. Right now, I believe, his strength is mere discipline, countenance and posture. If he doesnâ€™t find a way to get out of that dark pit he fell into, he will say yes to Michael.
Whatever he does, however much he fights, right now it appears to him that itâ€™s all destiny anyhow. From his point of view, he must feel like he canâ€™t win. He canâ€™t save his brother, again. My heart breaks for him, as it has for both brothers countless times ever since I was watching the show.
One of the best episodes to date. The cruellest one, no doubt. Did I mention before that I hate being confronted with a hiatus once again?
Thank you Alice. These long recaps are to be savoured and relished, which I do.
This is without a doubt one of THE best eppies ever, the best of Ben Edlund for sure. I'm so at awe, he should def. play God if they ever go there. I mean, that title wouldn't be so far off
This recap was long? I thought it was a little bit too short. LOL! Really, the longer the better along with all those great screen caps.
Poor Dean isn't dead inside. If he was he would be a much happier shell. He has been crushed to the quick, the poor boy. How I yearn to help make him all better. (really missing happy bossy hungry sexy Dean)
Good for Sammy to come clean with his hunger for blood. That's a step up from the sneaking around of last season. And its a good thing that Dean has seen with his own eyes exactly how strong his Sammy really is. Hopefully Sam can realize that he doesn't need the blood to be strong and will accept who he is and then perhaps that strength can be used to help TEAM FREE WILL in their impossible fight.
A terrible place to leave us in a hiatus. Sam screaming in pain and withdrawal and Dean completely broken in his despair. They've gotten so low that surely there is no way to go but up for both of them.
I've always been fascinated by how much the brothers are the only one's who can push each other's hidden and most painful and earth shattering buttons that it defines them. The death of the other, i think is up there and the aftermath. I firmly believe that if the brother's ever contemplate saying yes, it would have something to do with each other. Whether it be negative or positive is what i'll like to know.
I really liked this episode a lot. It was gory and funny and terrifying and heartbreaking and just really great. I hope the rest of the season stays at this high level.
I also don't think Dean is really dead inside, but I do think that he believes he is, which is just as bad. Hopefully, he gets some help because he, and Sam, really, can really use a break.