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Worst Season Long Plot Device, aka “WTF Where They Thinking????”
The Impala goes on hiatus for most of the season. I only have one question.
WHY?????????? FOR THE LOVE OF CHUCK, WHY??????????????
Oh, I guess that was two questions.
Dean was oh so right, nobody should put baby in a corner. This exercise must have looked good on paper, but by the end of the season, fatigue over all these different cars they were driving each week easily wore us thin. Actually, I realized the fatigue when we saw the Impala in the "Repo Man" flashback. Her absence was just wrong on so many levels.
I get the idea was to strip Sam and Dean down to their bare essentials where all they had was each other. Still, taking the car? Maybe because some of those car choices were just pitiful. Just look at these cars:
- A Pontiac Acadian, which is the Canadian equivalent of one of the worst cars ever made, the Chevrolet Chevette.
- A 1972 Dodge Challenger. Awesome car actually, but Dean stole a beater. Too bad.
- 1969 Buick Special Deluxe in a very off maroon color.
- A 1944 Plymouth Roadking. Fine, that one was allowed considering Impalas weren’t invented yet. They also drove in "Time After Time" a newer sedan type vehicle which couldn't be identified.
- 1971 Buick Riveria with the trademark “Boattail” rear. No, that doesn't stand out at all.
- 1973 Mercury Cougar in one very off gold color. This car was very similar that year to the Ford Mustang.
- 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, aka the car they used in “Smokey and the Bandit.” It was a really cool car in its day. This one, not so much.
- 1970 Dodge Charger. This one was known for its very ugly front end.
- 1978 AMC Pacer. Oh my, I thought the Acadian was shameless. This is the lowest of low. I get it was a shout out to "Wayne's World" but poor Sam and Dean.
- A mid-1970's AMC Matador
- 1969 Plymouth GTX in AWFUL salmon color.
There were also a few non-descript Jeeps, light pickup trucks, and large sedans used along the way, and Garth in “Party On, Garth” drove a 1977 Ford Ranchero with the luxury wood grain option. Got all that?
I love playing “Guess that classic car,” but this season was exhausting. Let's never do it again.
Though as they said on the wiki page 'yeah, not really seeing a downside here'.
Thanks for these, Alice.
Huh, and after further ah, 'investigation' it seems that the 'Peen of Death' is closely related to the 'Magical Healing Cock'. Awww, poor peen is conflicted.....
I do, however, think the peen needs a good, catchy, positive slogan to offset the bad reputation that its title gives it. Something like â€˜Why have la petite mort when you can have la grande (and permanent) mort?â€™
How about Sword of Winchester or Great Staff of Lawrence?
We could go with something like Peen The Mighty? But to me Peen (as great as word as it is) just doesnâ€™t hold reverence needed for the title. Shaft the Indomitable or Anaconda the Mighty would be better to me.
We should probably put together a petition.
Though now that I think about it we better start coming up with something for Dean too. Otherwise the Dean girls will be mad. Although a lot of these would work for him too. He's definitely conquered lots of territory.
Its the lines like that that keep me watching and giggling.
And so glad you mentioned Bobby's scene with wife Karen about not having children. That was my choice in the fan awards for saddest moment. Both their reactions and the dialogue just is a tear jerker..even Rufus' reaction is heartbreaking. :((
But then I think of Wesley on Angel in his last moments with Illeyria "Do you want me to lie to you now?" Wes: Yes.
Course he choose the lie.
But then the demon would have just tortured Karen with Bobby's lie before possessing her. and she would have died feeling every bit as betrayed then.
As to magcal healing....Krip ke once lamented in an interview Jared breaking his wrist as now Sam had to break HIS wrist. After suffering practically no injuries in the near fatal car accident of S1.
I think in Kripke's mind the demon blood was supposed to protect Sam from all injuries. and while Kripke couldn't see that that simple break showed evidence of Sam's deep humanity..... Well to this day those drops of demon blood are probably still protecting Sam,
As to Dean...maybe Cas slipped a little of his blood into Deans liquer? it'd explain the trenchcoat scene.
Could you include a charectors action of fail? I'd nominate Bobby when Sam revealed Lucifer claimed Dean adn Bobby wern't real. The guy, abandons Sam, whom he claims is like a son. No words of support, no look of empathy. Nothing.
Sam needed his family's support and that included the man who keeps claiming Sam is like a son. Instead he looks scared and FLEES from Sam.
Bobby in that moment was an irredeemable FAIL to me.
But no Impala was extremely hard to bear with for most of the season.
Fun article Alice!
Also, I don't think what happened to Sam can be equated to any normal psychiatric condition. The hand thing was to help him differentiate between what was real and what was a memory from hell, and made sense. Even after the pain in his hand was gone, you the mind can be trained to respond the same way to a trigger.
And the hand thing (and jogging) were not a cure, they were at best band aid solutions. They helped a bit but didn't prevent Sam from completely falling apart and ending up in a psych ward, days away from certain death. What it did take was no less than an angel taking on the torment in his stead.
And recovery time from a brain injury varies greatly. Some people will bounce right back from a serious blow to the head (and this was already a month later), whereas others will sustain a much more minor head injury yet have post-concussive syndrome for more than a year after. And some people develop repetitive head injury syndrome (dementia pugilistica), or Parkinson's Disease like Muhammad Ali, after suffering multiple concussions, whereas other people do not. It's all completely unpredictable.
Have to agree that Sam's and Dean's miraculous healing stood out this year. Sam has had how many blows to the head? Too many. And I was little disappointed that Dean's broken leg was just tossed aside in one episode. I know that in Season 2 Jared had a real cast on, but seeing him with it for several episodes felt like character continuity. I would have liked to have seen Dean deal with a cast for a full episode, and then maybe a brace for a while after that.
One thing that stands out about this season that I don't think got mentioned is the weird use of time jumps. Award for most continuity jumps?