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11 May 2007 @ 11:39 am
SPN:21, "All Hell Breaks Loose"  

What a roller-coaster ride, and I knew Kripke would leave us angsting at the end. If he cliffhangers us after the next episode and leaves us with big pain, I'm going to have to hurt him. :(

God, the terrible irony of being all assy to your brother and then having him just taken from you without a trace. I'll bet Dean wishes he'd been a little nicer before Sam went into that Diner, huh?

I really liked the ghost-town, and the whole mythology behind that. Although the woods up behind it *koff-koff* are full of sword fern undergrowth that screams Pacific Northwest, and Kripke-- what're you paying that set person for, anyway?

I loved seeing Andy again-- I have such a weakness for him, so sweet and aimless. I was always underwhelmed with Ava (who seems to have really puffed up, which I noticed more because they repeated the 5'5" 108 lbs bio info, which just... no). Now I'm drawn back into my earlier question, which is whether the Demon killed Ava's boyfriend, or whether Ava did it herself. Hmmm.

Jake was awesome right up until... you know. Very solid character, and I like that he understood what Sam was feeling under the brave in-this-together surface he was throwing up. I DO love that the Demon was playing each of the kids off each other-- "Well, you're really my favorite. But don't tell the others..."

I got an enormous kick out of the YED this episode-- he was enjoying himself entirely, worthy of the "Devil as small-town sheriff" from American Gothic. I did like the interesting revelations-- that Mary might have recognized the Demon, that he looked more like John in that past incarnation, and how it is that he marked/altered the chosen children. Though the blood dripping into the baby's mouth was just creepy and entirely sickening.

Aw the hell with this-- let's get to the angst.

Sam's missing Dean and those reassurances just killed me. Part of him still wants that magical big-brother protection to be real, and even if it proves not to be he wants Dean there and he wants the illusion at least of that magical protection. His face, when Dean was finally there... such joy and relief. If only he'd gotten to keep that longer.

I loved beyond all measure Dean's attempts to convince Sam that the wound wasn't that bad. Not so much self-denial, just the desire for Sam to be less scared, the way an awesome parent or big-brother would do. I still want a mutual hug, though, in part because we know that Dean adores Sam already but doesn't really let Sam love him back (and continues to angst forever over how much Sam actually does). But I will take this for now-- Dean's hands stroking Sam's face and hair, reassuring him and cherishing him, were like the antidote for all of Early Season 2. And the desperation in his touch, the way he clung to Sam-- like he was clinging to hope all at the same time-- was just perfect.

The end-- that long, silent, still moment where Sam doesn't move and doesn't respond... go ahead, Kripke, just rip my heart out and leave it lying on the black gravel in the rain. :(

Dean's red eyes from the previews of next week are going to hurt me for the next 7 days. *angsts*

*tries to breathe*~~~




 
 
 
bluesister on May 11th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Andy's the best. Frontierland!

The land east of Montana and north of I40 is fuzzy for me. Someday I'll go and be surprised by the lack of ferns, huh? ;)

Sam started the series so selfish IMO--it was nice to see him worrying throughout about Dean.

I missed what was said in the Mary scene I guess--why do we think she recognized the YED?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 11th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Andy's the best. Frontierland!
Just so innocent of heart, even though he knows about the grown-up things. I loved that about him.

The land east of Montana and north of I40 is fuzzy for me. Someday I'll go and be surprised by the lack of ferns, huh? ;)
Those ferns are part of the Pacific Northwest rainforest terrain, and while they might show up in the Ozarks/Smoky Mountains and other somewhat wet eastern places, they're not part of the Midwest. The Dakotas are kind of a mystery to me too, I'll admit. Our family trips were Oregon->Southern California (pick up sibs for summer), Oregon->Utah (my Dad's family, many visits on that route), and once to the Grand Canyon and another time to Yellowstone/Glacier.

The rest of it is what I drove through moving from Illinois back to the West Coast. ;)

Sam started the series so selfish IMO--it was nice to see him worrying throughout about Dean.
Yes, I totally agree. Not selfish about not wanting to hunt and to live his own life, but selfish about Dean's feelings. He seemed oblivious to or uncaring about how his leaving hurt Dean (and the boy cut off contact for two years! *kicks him*), and then you could see Dean missing Sam so badly while Sam was sitting right there through most of Season 1. Damn if I didn't get a lot of good fic out of that.

Season 2 opens with Sam needing and wanting more from Dean (and Dean being all assy about it), and now we have him worrying about Dean's well-being. What a refreshing change. And I do love the fact that the characters have changed and grown over these two devastating years (and are still consistent in character, unlike Prison Break).

Mary said either "You again," or "It's you." So she DID recognize the Demon, but we don't know why. It could be that he wore someone else's face that she knew, or simply that he'd 'scouted her out' before deciding to mark her child. He might have only been some stranger that she noticed or spoke to briefly-- no way to tell just yet.
I'm Mulder, She's Scullyrunedgirl on May 11th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
I went back and watched that last scene far too many times last night, just blown away by how much emotion got packed into about 3 minutes. Sam's palpable relief and joy at seeing that his brother (who he's been missing so obviously and so much the whole time they're apart this ep), it was just heartbreaking to see that juxtaposed with him being cut down right in front of Dean's horrified eyes. And Dean, who always needs to believe he can save Sammy from anything, confronted with the horrifying reality that he can't.

What really blows me away tho is the depth of Dean's selflessness at that moment -- he shoves his own pain aside long enough to go into comfort mode for his brother, making sure he's not scared, giving him all those familiar words of love and reassurance (I lost it when he said 'I got ya') so he could be at peace. It's not until he knows Sam is 'gone' that he finally gives in to his *own* pain and loss.

That just devestated me, I swear.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
it was just heartbreaking to see that juxtaposed with him being cut down right in front of Dean's horrified eyes.
Oh, god-- I think I might actually have looked away for a second, because the awfulness of that moment was just too much.

he shoves his own pain aside long enough to go into comfort mode for his brother, making sure he's not scared, giving him all those familiar words of love and reassurance
That's what got me too. We don't know if Sam understands anything Dean's saying, but Dean's trying to hide how bad it is from him, protect Sam emotionally when he can't do it physically-- even though inside Dean's got to be falling apart.

Somehow, that just makes the anguish of that scene more raw. I've got to rewatch, now that I'm better prepared for where it all goes. :(
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on May 12th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Ava totally killed her own fiance. I am just...ugh. Not ready to meta about this yet. And very annoyed by that fact.

is still achey inside...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
is still achey inside...
The next week is going to kill all of us. I haven't read much meta on it (I'm not sure I'm up to it yet), and about all I can manage is blather.

Just... destroyed. :(
getting the chocolate in the peanut butter: brothersdotfic on May 12th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
The YED was totally giving all of them the same speech he gave Sam, telling them all they're his favorite.

Sam's missing Dean and those reassurances just killed me. Part of him still wants that magical big-brother protection to be real, and even if it proves not to be he wants Dean there and he wants the illusion at least of that magical protection. His face, when Dean was finally there... such joy and relief. If only he'd gotten to keep that longer.

That moment about broke me. Given their childhood and Dean always protecting Sam, and the undercurrent in how they are together, it's been there but not spoken, that Sam does look up to Dean, feels safer with him there. But this is, I think, the first time he said it outright.

that long, silent, still moment where Sam doesn't move

Oh god yes. And you think the ep is over, and it's going to cut to black and the exec producer credits or whatever. But then there's that one last close up of Dean and one last shout of anguish...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 13th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
The YED was totally giving all of them the same speech he gave Sam, telling them all they're his favorite.
Which I kind of love, because it's all that much more evil and therefore suitable. ;)

it's been there but not spoken, that Sam does look up to Dean, feels safer with him there. But this is, I think, the first time he said it outright.
I think you're right. This is the first time we could be sure Sam still fully feels that now-- not just the memory of it. He actually still feels that, and the absence of it at such an awful time is raw around the edges.

But then there's that one last close up of Dean and one last shout of anguish...
Because Kripke knows that the bigger hurt devastates us more. :(

This is going to be a very long, spazzy week, I guarantee it...
ErinRua: show meerinrua on May 14th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
...we know that Dean adores Sam already but doesn't really let Sam love him back.

Yeah. That. *gulp*

I wanted to respond with something long and thinky and insightful, but I just ... can't. This episode has so gutted me that it's hard for me to be articulate about it, and I fear next week will be just as bad.

So I'll simply say thank you for the lovely, lovely review, and for touching on all the moments and thoughts and ideas that hit home for me, too. There's just so much that's so powerful in this episode, and I'm glad you, at least, have the presence of mind to speak of it, and hold it up for scrutiny, while others can only sit and practice breathing. ;-)

*hugs*

~ Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 15th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That. *gulp*
It's seriously one of the most frustrating (and perhaps also human) aspects of the show for me.

This episode has so gutted me that it's hard for me to be articulate about it, and I fear next week will be just as bad.
I hope, when next week's episode is over, that we'll feel better for how things turn out. I think the getting there is going to half-kill all of us, but I'll solider one with my box of Kleenex so long as in the end, I'm not dead for the entire summer (*thinks glaring thoughts about last year's Season-ender*)

*hugs you back* *Kleenex to add to your stash?*