Two and Half Men, by Elle2
So Adam Glass writes for Supernaturalâ€¦hmm.
This, his first ever episode of Supernatural, was pretty good. Of course I wonâ€™t be able to watch it again until CW posts it on their website â€“ technology really sucks sometimes, especially if you have only a barely workable knowledge of it.
See, I got home from an assignment a little before 5:00 p.m. Fed my certain-they-were-starving-to-death pets and, spooned up two spoonfuls of salsa and gobbled a hard boiled egg â€“ no yolks, gotta watch my cholesterol, you know â€“ and then took my poor, deprived puppy for a walk. Got back from that about 6:20 and worked on the assignment I received today â€“ and will be working on over the weekend as its turnaround is Monday, but hey, work has been slow and this is extra cash to get it turned around that quick, so Iâ€™ll do it thank you very much â€“ and finally, at about 7:59 I stopped work, turned on the TV, the cable box and the DVD thingy so I could get watch Smallville, eat dinner and then record SPN.
That is when the monkey wrench showed itself for my evening â€˜cause the TV was all static. Sure, the TV worked just fine when the DVD thingy was off but try to turn that on and nothing but static. I worked and monkeyed and reset and tried everything for the next 56 minutes. Finally, the writing was on the wall (along with a few items that got thrown) â€“ I could watch TV with the DVD thingy off, but there wasnâ€™t going to be any recording. Darn it. (Kitty and puppy will assure you that I used quite a bit stronger language than that.)
So, sulking, I settled in to watch the episodeâ€¦dinner finally occurred around 9:30 p.m. â€“ bowl of oatmeal and a piece of lo-fat cheese â€“ â€˜cause gotta watch the cholesterol and Iâ€™m trying to lose a few (thirty) pounds.
So, I watched it. And, I liked it.
I hate that Dean and Lisa and Ben had to move. I hate that Deanâ€™s â€˜new lifeâ€™ is torn up and that while heâ€™s happier because Sam is alive, heâ€™s unhappy because â€˜something is coming.â€™ Whether anything is coming I donâ€™t know but like Bob Seger said, you just canâ€™t have it all.
John Showalter has all the right moves as a spooky director. The woman fleeing upstairs, hiding under the bed, seeing her husband slaughtered and lying on the floor, the footstep shadow just outside the doorâ€¦I was certain that there was going to be a sudden appearance of those feet and the door slamming open but no, more subtle and frankly more scary as she is somehow simply ripped out from under the bed andâ€¦well, we donâ€™t see it but we â€˜knowâ€™ what happened to her.
Sam is obviously the respectable face-man for the Winchester/Campbell clan for there he is in his suit and tie goodness mingling with the cops and searching the house for any and all clues and Samuel-intranet-Campbell is back â€˜homeâ€™ doing the research, or trying to at least. The hunt and the exposition around it at this point is fairly straightforward and the scene of Sam in suit and tie intercut with Samuel in dreary lair is humorous because of Samuelâ€™s obvious disadvantage with a computerâ€¦donâ€™t slam the keys so hard, experience has taught me that all that will accomplish is just locking up your keyboard. â€˜course, I was slamming keys and remotes and other things pretty well for the hour leading up to this so Iâ€™m not judging, just suggesting.
I wanted a scene with Ben and Dean but this was not the scene I was hoping to see. Guess Iâ€™ll have to comfort myself with those scenes I WAS ABLE TO RECORD â€“ yeah, not getting over that soon â€“ last week with the two of them working on the truck and the salty eggs in the kitchen. I do love that we see those shades of Benâ€™s experience with the changelings in that heâ€™s ready to take action to protect his family and help Dean. Ben in TKAA was certainly brave and heroic and this Ben is no different. Dean, poor Dean, either itâ€™s the fear of Ben being fed demon blood or growing up hunting, itâ€™s too much and the apple pie life that was and wasnâ€™t is gone, along with friend-Sid.
Sam, you may be all mixed up from hell but thereâ€™s no doubt then when youâ€™re in trouble you know who to call â€“ no, itâ€™s not the Ghostfacers but Iâ€™m holding out hope that theyâ€™ll be in the mix this year. Come on, will all the scary things roaming planet earth post-apocalypse, something is sure to â€˜blow up their skirtsâ€™ thatâ€™ll bring them into the mix. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, Sam calls Dean for help.
Hereâ€™s where the episode could have gone horribly off track into goofiness and absurdity but it stayed pretty much in place, it was absurd without absurdity. The boys need to get the baby some supplies, makes sense. Instead of going the easy route with homosexual jokes it was simply accepted that two men would have an infant and need to get supplies.
â€œDean, make it stop.â€ Of course theyâ€™re overwhelmed but instead of dwelling on that and letting the story stagnate they make it evident that they are now being hunted. An encounter in the store with a shapeshifter â€“ one of my favorite of SPNâ€™s monsters â€“ and then a brief moment of bonding and wonder at the motel â€“ hello, the brothers are back in a motel togetherâ€¦when was the last time we saw that? Sure, I know it was in Hammer of the Gods but that doesnâ€™t really count â€˜cause that hotel was a trap, and Point of No Return wasnâ€™t really the same motel experience since it was only Deanâ€™s room and Sam only showed up for a moment before Cas zapped him back to Bobby and before that was 99 Problems and the only motel was the one that Dean ran out of, so really Dark Side of the Moon was the last â€˜realâ€™ time in a motel and remember what happened there. Shudder.
A dirty diaper is handled quickly and with a touch of humor, Dean shows that humming classic rock not only calms him down but an infant and the magic fingers return!!! I imagined that it would be Dean with the infant on the bed both feeling the calming effects of the magic fingers but it was just Dean. Iâ€™m not complaining for Dean actually looked soothed and I can bet he needed it. Poor baby, that had to hurt splitting your skin and poof â€“ or splat â€“ becoming another!
Still the episode kept it all moving right along as Dean and Sam simultaneously discover the baby is a monster â€“ and isnâ€™t that shades of Samâ€™s prior â€˜destinyâ€™ of seasons past, as well as a bit of a shout out to Metamorphosisâ€™ Jack and even slightly to Jesse from I Believe the Kids Are Our Future. Thereâ€™s a monster, itâ€™s a baby, maybe we can teach it to be, you know, not a monster.
Enter Samuelâ€¦I didnâ€™t trust you last week and I trust you even less this weekâ€¦and just who are you working with/for? Better not be Bobby. Better not be Casâ€¦although does that mean Cas still uses a cell phone? Could it be Azazel? Donâ€™t know. Iâ€™m still betting that Azazel was a one off this season, wonderfully done though but I wouldnâ€™t mind if heâ€™s the man behind the curtain. I have a feeling itâ€™s not that easy, not that expected, but that thereâ€™s more going on.
This shapeshifter is very interesting, he shifts into Samuel, Sam and Deanâ€¦oooh, we were all fooled in one way or the other based on some of those pics released so many weeks ago. Markâ€¦well, heâ€™s the first of the red-shirt-Campbells to go. Kinda sorry â€˜cause while he didnâ€™t say much I kind of liked him. Could be because he didnâ€™t say so much that I liked him, the others really tick me off but I do believe they are supposed to.
What is this place theyâ€™re at anyway and where? Is it really a permanent compound â€“ or semi-permanent? Itâ€™s the Roadhouse with no Ellen, Ash or Jo â€“ ah, those days are still fond when I think of all thatâ€™s transpired.
The one slightly clunky note is the last conversation between Dean and Sam. Itâ€™s obvious that Dean doesnâ€™t quite know what to make of Sam but this seemed a bit forced to make it seem as if Sam was using the baby as bait all along drawing the shapeshifter to Samuel. Maybe Sam was and maybe he wasnâ€™t but itâ€™s a little clunky in how it was handled. Perhaps itâ€™s because weâ€™ve seen suspicion between the brothers since Season 4 and really even a bit in Season 3 as Dean wondered if Sam came back to life all Sam so perhaps thatâ€™s my issue.
On the other hand, just like the handling of Deanâ€™s second and supposed to be fatal djinn poisoning I just find the editing a bit off on what he learned about the shapeshifter when it attacked him. Granted, Iâ€™ve only seen that fight once so my memory isnâ€™t great â€“ and I was still sulking a bit â€“ but Iâ€™m pretty sure the shapeshifter told Dean that he wanted to take the baby to â€˜our fatherâ€™ prior to Sam appearing. In fact, Iâ€™m pretty sure it was prior to Dean being flung across the room so what makes Dean so certain that Sam would have heard the shapeshifter say that and then wonder if that means Sam was keeping a secret? Donâ€™t know. Again, like last weekâ€™s editing choices itâ€™s just a nit and not a huge one. I get that weâ€™re supposed to wonder about Sam and â€˜feelâ€™ Deanâ€™s suspicions, just donâ€™t club us over the head with it, weâ€™ll go there with you.
What can I say about Lisa? I like this woman. Iâ€™m sad to see Dean raise stakes and head off but I gotta say I like how it was handled. Lisa maintained her sensibilities from last week, she loves Dean, she loves having him in her life but she canâ€™t live the life the way itâ€™s currently in front of her. Like she said, she needs to work and Ben has to go to school, and she completely understands who and what Dean is; a hunter. He can work at construction but that doesnâ€™t make him a construction worker. He not only is a hunter, he needs to hunt.
Hereâ€™s where it gets a little tricky but I have faith in what the writers are doing and will watch and see how they walk this tight rope theyâ€™ve put themselves on with Dean and Lisa; Lisa wants Dean in her life whenever he can be there. In other words, sheâ€™ll take Dean as he is, when he is. This is an amazing woman. Clearly sheâ€™s not sitting back feeling deprived because she hasnâ€™t gotten married. Although I am a complete fan of dad, mom and kids, but I also know that plenty of families can and do make it work in the circumstances they find themselves in. Lisa wants to be in Deanâ€™s life and she wants Dean to know that she and Ben will be there for him and looking forward to those times but that she canâ€™t be pushed and pulled from day to day, week to week, month to month just as Dean and Sam were.
I have faith they wonâ€™t go the Charmed route here â€“ lately Iâ€™ve been watching episodes of Charmed and I really got frustrated with the way they pulled and tore at Leo and Piperâ€¦sheesh, so tiring after a while. Glad SPN has already gotten past the immediacy as Iâ€™m betting weâ€™ll have an ongoing thread of Lisa and Ben for a while until Sera does whatever sheâ€™s going to do with them. Donâ€™t kill them!!! But this is Sera-the-killer-of-many-characters.
The boysâ€™ conversation in the motel room earlier told me this is where this episode was going to end up so Iâ€™m not surprised nor am I disappointed, especially with how the episode ended, with a dramatic flourish the tarp is on the ground, the Impala gets another glorious set of shots akin to Back in Black in Bloodlust and weâ€™re treated to Smoke On the Water jamming out as Dean smiles, a full, complete smile, and stands a bit more erect, a bit more confidently, a bit more like himself, ready to go and be who he is and this time heâ€™s not being dragged; heâ€™s choosing to go.
Bob Seger said it last weekâ€¦ â€œYou just canâ€™t have it all.â€ However, what stood out for me on the multiple viewings of that opening montage were the lyrics that ended that montageâ€¦ â€œYou just donâ€™t need it all.â€
Thanks for reading, Elle2
Oh, yeah, by the wayâ€¦finally figured out the problem with the DVD thingyâ€¦someone (now Iâ€™m not saying it WAS the puppy or the kitty BUT)â€¦someone must have pressed the input button on the DVD remote â€˜cause it wasnâ€™t turned to the correct channel (3) so thus it couldnâ€™t receive the input from the cable. Finally figured that out at 10:19 p.m. Too late to fix the lost episode this evening but Iâ€™m good to go next Friday.