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18 May 2007 @ 10:36 am
SPN 2.22 Finale: Feeling Satisfied  

Wow.

I thought I was out of "Wow" many times during this episode, but then new surprises turned up.

Dean blowing up at Bobby-- and then being so sincerely sorry, but still knowing he wasn't going to change his choices-- nice.

Dean talking to Sam's body, telling him all the many ways he'd tried to protect him-- and his child's sense of innocence-- for so long... heartbreaking. That had to be the Emmy-nominated scene there. What an emotional punch.

That Dean would make the bargain he did is so very, perfectly Dean. I've always thought he wouldn't want to outlive Sam if he was forced to kill him. But to have Sam just die-- killed by something entirely human, no less-- that leaves too much room for Dean to survive long enough to start asking the "what ifs," and to decide that a bargain that brings Sam back is a damn good one, no matter the personal cost. There is only "a world with Sam" or "nothing" in Dean's mind. The shape of Nothing doesn't matter. :(

Watching Dean come back to find Sam alive-- *sigh*. One of the most emotionally satisfying moments in the series for me. That Sam didn't hug him back (didn't even know why Dean was behaving that way), and that Kripke cut the hug short, was less than I would have liked. Again, we've seen again and again that Dean adores Sam-- we know it, and Sam knows it. The question that haunts us is how much Sam loves Dean. We know that he does, but we don't know how much. And neither does Dean-- it's one of the things that eats away at Dean constantly.

I did love Dean hovering over Sam afterward, and oh, did I ever feel his frustration at Sam being so willing to take his barely-revived body out and overextend it just immediately.

The scene with the boys arriving at Bobby's door was fantastic. All those awkward looks, Bobby trying to act "normal" with Sam while glaring daggers at Dean-- really great moment.

Bobby vs. Dean in the junkyard was even better. To finally have someone say those things that we all feel about Dean-- that he doesn't value himself enough, that what he gave up for Sam would come to hurt Sam in the end-- now that was satisfying as well. I was a little distracted by Bobby's teeth in that scene, but overall I thought the actor knocked that one out of the park, and that his love for Dean came through-- the face touching nearly killed me. In the last two encounters with John's old friends, we've seen both Deacon and Bobby offer love more freely than John appears to have. God, that kills me, especially when you know how much both boys needed that.

Yay for Ellen surviving!

Yay for the Big Bad plot development too. I really was not expecting something of that magnitude, and I was really pleased with the size of what Kripke came up with on the larger Devil's Trap. I DO wish he hadn't ever tied that to Samuel Colt-- that he'd invented an entirely new person to pin that mythology on, which would have been just as convincing and worked better-- but I liked the substance of it very much.

Sam killing Jake was the kind of moment many fans have been crying out for. He stepped up, he did the hard and necessary thing, but it wasn't quite like the Demon painted it for Dean. At the point where Sam killed Jake, that was no longer purely Jake. That was the transformed being who had opted to become an agent of evil all for fairly weak threats and the promise of riches and power.

~~Let me digress a moment to say how much I liked seeing so many black characters this season, especially as compared to the all-white-but-Missouri and Skinwalker-skin#2 in last season. (ETA: whoops, forgot about Cassie, and I liked the fact of her race more than the actual character.) We had a huge range-- a family that was one of the targets of evil (ELaC), a doctor (who got mind-controlled), the very awesome Sarge in Croatoan (wish he'd survived the ending), Gordon (!) and his one-man-hunting-mission (where the character is both good and flawed, and rock-hard in his convictions), and now Jake. I would like to see more Asian/Hispanic/Middle-Eastern/East-Indian characters next season, because this is the U.S. after all, and these boys go everywhere. Let's see the variety of "everywhere, USA" please.~~

John coming back to take on the Demon... I did not see that coming. And what an emotional sucker-punch that was, because Kripke knows our weakness for John and the pain from how "quiet" his ending was (powerful in its choice, so very quiet in its execution). That moment brought some tears out for sure. This was our real evidence that he was in Hell for the choice he made (yay for not skipping over that as a "maybe"), and the relief that he has escaped that now, that he's back where he belongs, was just huge.

I don't know why Kripke didn't go for John full-out hugging both the boys, honestly. At this point, they know what he did in bargaining for Dean so there's nothing to hide. And how could he not? Tearful smiles just aren't enough at that point. He'll take his leave of them soon enough, so why not give them what they need in that moment?

Back to the plot: I was both surprised and thrilled that this episode closed down the dangling parts of the series. I really didn't want to be cliff-hangered again after last year, especially since the Finale is filmed long before we know if the show's going to be renewed. This was perfect-- Sam's back, the YED is dead (Oh, Dean for your final words to it), maybe Dean has a year left or maybe he and Sam can finagle something, and the only part left is to hunt down the hordes of things that were let out of Hell in the coming years (along with all the other work the boys do). But that didn't have to happen now-- nothing was left feeling unresolved.

Compared to the ending of S1, this is a relief and again, just satisfying.

Let the hunt continue on...




 
 
 
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: bobbymissyjack on May 18th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Word!

so much to love, and big snaps to Jim Beaver as Bobby. He gave such a layered performance here - how we see the love and concern for Dean expressed by this grizzled hunter.

Also to Fredrick Lane as YED - so evil in a "i could be a talk show host" way. I also liked the Crossroads Demon - skanky and evil! and sorta hot ;)

I cant tell you how i love the progression of the mytharc! PAy attention every other bloody show with long story arcs!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
I defintely thought of you in all those Bobby moments. The character is awesome, and the performance was awesome. Oh, Bobby...

Also to Fredrick Lane as YED - so evil in a "i could be a talk show host" way.
He was practically making salad out of the scenery, he was enjoying it so much. And I loved watching him do it. Gotta love that charismatic evil, and he has not disappointed in any of his episodes.

I also liked the Crossroads Demon - skanky and evil! and sorta hot ;)
The other one was prettier, though this one was pretty too. For some reason, with both of them I felt like I was watching the performer more than the performance, if you know what I mean-- like they were reading the lines instead of getting down inside the part. Not sure why, and with two different actresses I'm thinking it's likely the direction that's a little off for me there.

I'm also wondering... Dean and Demon-Tongue twice, and since John made the deal with the YED, well-- did we miss something worth seeing there? ;)

I cant tell you how i love the progression of the mytharc! PAy attention every other bloody show with long story arcs!
That and, "Don't make the mytharc stupid!" The X-Files mytharc eventually became Navajo-speaking aliens and some other cracked-out crap that I never did figure out. Prison Break's mytharc should have been the two brothers, but it became the lame "conspiracy" thing instead-- ork. And Smallville... *cries* The long arc was Clark vs. Lex, and it would have played out better if the friendship had lasted longer (i.e., pre-assy Clark) before Lex started to slip away, rather than Blana Blana distractions from Season 3 onward. :(

Hey, I posted drabbles yesterday... And I've got one from you to read too...
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on May 18th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I agree so much with this:

The question that haunts us is how much Sam loves Dean. We know that he does, but we don't know how much. And neither does Dean-- it's one of the things that eats away at Dean constantly.

...but have some opposite thoughts about this:

I don't know why Kripke didn't go for John full-out hugging both the boys, honestly. At this point, they know what he did in bargaining for Dean so there's nothing to hide. And how could he not? Tearful smiles just aren't enough at that point. He'll take his leave of them soon enough, so why not give them what they need in that moment?

You can find both in my ep reaction at my journal, if you're intersted. I know there are eleventy gazillion reaction posts to wade through, so no offense taken if you don't get there.

I liked the gate being tied to Samuel Colt, and I have a suspicion (I purposely don't read spoilery info, so it's only speculation) that there may be a mytharc reason behind it that we may see next year. I hope so, at any rate. But the fact that Colt locked the gate, and then gave it a key? C'mon. Why not lock it forever and be done with it? I found that annoying.

Good observation on the beginnings of racial diversity. (Sarge was da bomb!) I don't know the make up of the Vancouver population, but perhaps filling Asian/Hispanic extras/bit parts is a challenge. Who knows? I share your hope that we see more diversity this year.
bluesister on May 18th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Vancouver has large Chinese and East Indian populations. Growing Latino community. the stats They'd be able to find plenty of Native actors too.

Agreed on the improvement.
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on May 18th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Good to know. Hopefully that means we'll see the trend continue. One thing I'd like to see is something along the lines of a Native American legend/ghost/spirit, what-have-you. Not necessarily the Anasazi, which has been done many times and is close enough to the Croatoa legend to be repetitive. But seeing Sam and Dean take on something which originates in a people who have their own unique spiritual beliefs is intriguing.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
One thing I'd like to see is something along the lines of a Native American legend/ghost/spirit, what-have-you.

Yes, me too.

When I did last year's spn_50states I was sorely tempted to do one of the Northwest Indian legends (I had Oregon). I researched "Bridge of the Gods," but it was too well-known and entrenched in its own background to tweak. I wound up inventing something instead (that's my usual answer for Supernatural), but it was very satisfying.

The "Skinwalker" is, I think, supposed to be patterned after Native American beliefs, but that would be the Anasazi/Navajo Indians again, and if I recall my Tony Hillerman correctly it doesn't quite go the way the show used it.
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on May 18th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Interesting that you mentioned "Skinwalker" because yes, it didn't really resonate with me as Native American because the story was stretched so much differently.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
You can find both in my ep reaction at my journal, if you're intersted.
Yes-- and I see why you felt differently about that scene. I'm still stuck on John owing the boys more of himself than he gave them, so that scene was a little flatter than I'd have liked.

I liked the gate being tied to Samuel Colt, and I have a suspicion (I purposely don't read spoilery info, so it's only speculation) that there may be a mytharc reason behind it that we may see next year. I hope so, at any rate.
I like every part of it except that it's Samuel Colt. I would like it to be some invented person who secretly made guns, and who had an interest and skill in demonology. That way, I don't have to roll my eyes when his name comes up.

I feel the same about the "Magic Tree House" children's books, in which Morgan La Fey (the King Arthur one) is "good" and evil Merlin is trying to thwart her. Augh! *stabbity rage!* Invent your own character, already-- that one's very well-established as being something else.

I don't know the make up of the Vancouver population, but perhaps filling Asian/Hispanic extras/bit parts is a challenge. Who knows? I share your hope that we see more diversity this year.
I definitely think that actors would be willing to drive for the opportunity, even if they come from other parts of Canada. And Vancouver is a fairly large city, as I understand it. There just... needs to be more effort. Because Season 1 was really frustrating that way, and it's more frustrating when I wonder why the network/studio doesn't notice this. It's not an all-white world, so why should that need to be pointed out to them?
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on May 18th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Keeping Samuel Colt in the mytharc and why I like it...

When you have a minute, read this:

http://www.bbhc.org/pointswest/PWArticle.cfm?ArticleID=130

...and then this:

http://www.hauntedhamilton.com/gotw_winchester.html

(Neither are very long, no worries.)

Then, see how many dozen episode ideas assault that smart brain of yours. :)

I actually have a fic outline for something along these lines, that actually pre-dates ANY of the actually stories I've posted. It's really just too big for me, I think. I'm not a big-bang length sort of writer, and a concept like this really needs 30,000 words and many chapters.

I hope the show goes this way at some point...I think it would be fascinating. Which means, of course, that it'll never happen. Heh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
:) I'll have to save a pointer to these comments so I remember to look at the links. Always interested in new ideas!

It's really just too big for me, I think. I'm not a big-bang length sort of writer, and a concept like this really needs 30,000 words and many chapters.
Oh, heavens. I've written a few shorter chapter-fics, and two things that were in the 5K range, and those were hard for me. I don't know how to move a story forward with such a large arc. I'd have to do substantial plot diagramming and everything. Which is exactly why I never even fantasized about doing BigBang-- who would I be kidding? :0
jeyhawk: supernatural: kiss heartjeyhawk on May 18th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything you say. :0)

Dean's happiness in the end (nice parascening of the end of the pilot btw) was awesome and I do think we saw some of the depth of Sam's emotions there. At least there was enough to make Dean all hyped up).

Awesome finale with a very final feeling to it. :0)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
and I do think we saw some of the depth of Sam's emotions there. At least there was enough to make Dean all hyped up.
I was pleased with the return from Sam (except-- a hug, damnit! From your end!), though I thought we could have seen more of him this episode, and more balance of his love for Dean rather than "The mission. The mission."

Awesome finale with a very final feeling to it. :0)
Which matters hugely, especially since it seems a lot of shows go cliffhanger to avoid getting cut from the return schedule in the Fall, and if they are cut then that is doubly aggravating!

Plus, I don't have to spend the summer angsting, like last year. ;)
bluesister on May 18th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Very satisfying. After last week's, I was thinking that ending there, with a dead Sam, would have been like the S1 finale. And no good.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
After last week's, I was thinking that ending there, with a dead Sam, would have been like the S1 finale. And no good.
Yes-- I really hated being left where we were at the end of S1.

If S2 had ended like that, I might have had to hunt Kripke down and break his ankle until he fixed it, like the crazed fan in "Misery."
aeroport_art: Mmm...aeroport_art on May 18th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Agreed agreed agreed. This was really a fantastic season finale, and I was SO pleasantly surprised that they killed off the YED. Nothing I hate more than when a show drags a plotline far past it's prime. Oh, Supernatural!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
and I was SO pleasantly surprised that they killed off the YED. Nothing I hate more than when a show drags a plotline far past it's prime.
Which is a great way of looking at it-- because if you drag the YED part out too long (after the 22 prior years before the series), it becomes too big and massive for the payoff to ever be satisfying, when it comes. After a certain point, anything you do will be cracktastic and lame.

R.I.Agony, YED. :)
Destinadestina on May 18th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
There is only "a world with Sam" or "nothing" in Dean's mind. The shape of Nothing doesn't matter.

That's so true, and such a wonderful observation. It really was satisfying, wasn't it? Yay!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
It really was satisfying, wasn't it? Yay!

It really, really was, and I was so nervous about it after how the S1 finale went.

But there were a lot of threads either tied up or at least acknowledged here-- plotwise, emotionally, and with regard to character.

Thinking back to how this season opened... damn, what a year.
I'm Mulder, She's Scullyrunedgirl on May 18th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Totally agree, that ending felt satisfying -- especially after how emotionally wrung out the rest of the episode left me, I felt like we *needed* an ending that didn't leave us completing broken or gaping in disbelief. With questions, sure, which will be fun to ponder through the summer, but not dissatisfied or in too much pain. The episode itself was painful *enough*, especially because Jensen acts it so damn well that I can feel every bit of Dean's pain so intensely it's just ... well, it hurts!

Was also satisfying in its treatment of the mytharc, as it has been all season really, and in how well it *got* the relationship between Dean and Sam, how for Dean there literally is a world with Sam -- or nothing. Well said. And so true. I really needed Sammy to give something back at the end, an acknowledgement of his own love and need for Dean, one that maybe -- just maybe -- Dean can hear for once. That smile saved me at the end, at least enough that I could stop sobbing like an idiot and survive the summer. LOL
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 20th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
especially after how emotionally wrung out the rest of the episode left me, I felt like we *needed* an ending that didn't leave us completing broken or gaping in disbelief.
Yes, exactly. After what the brothers have been through this season-- including disconnection, threats involving Sam's future and what Dean might be called upon to do about it-- I desperately wanted an ending where they were back together and happy at least for the moment.

That we got that same feeling of resolution for John... so unexpected, and so nice. *sigh*

The episode itself was painful *enough*, especially because Jensen acts it so damn well that I can feel every bit of Dean's pain so intensely it's just ... well, it hurts!
Word to that. Range of emotion is something he's good at, and I believe Dean's pain when he shows us. We'd feel some of it anyway because of the circumstances, but I love it when the actor comes through to cement the experience.

I really needed Sammy to give something back at the end, an acknowledgement of his own love and need for Dean, one that maybe -- just maybe -- Dean can hear for once. That smile saved me at the end, at least enough that I could stop sobbing like an idiot and survive the summer. LOL
I wanted more too-- NOT getting all mad at Dean was wonderful, because Dean pleaded for him not to, and Sam actually listened. But a hug from Sam would have been nice-- at a moment when Dean might have actually accepted it *kicks him.* At the beginning of the season, when Sam was in a hugging mood for really obvious, heartbroken reasons, Dean was too busy being an ass. Grrr.

I'm so thrilled not to be left feeling like I did at the end of S1. Boy, that made for a hard summer!
ErinRua: Carry onerinrua on May 18th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe coherency will return to me later, but I just wanted to say Thank You for an awesome review of this ep! You've hit on so many delicious points that I'm just nodding like a little dashboard dog, LOL! And definitely saving this to mems.

Per tying Samuel Colt to the gigantic devil's trap, yeah, it was a but *bzuh?* to me, too - if only because there was NO RAILROAD in the American west for another 30 years! But ... I shrugged and dismissed it, since this is after all a world where demons are real and evil walks and holy water can be carried in a hip flask. *G* And hubby watching with me didn't scream, so if it passes his nitpick-o-meter, it must be okay. ;-)

Sammy loving Dean ... yeah, that's something we'd all like to see demonstrated more, but I think a large part of it is simply that Sam has no history of being the one doing the giving. We know he loves Dean - he left Ellen trying to slam the door to Hell so he could go help him! - but I think a lifetime of being the one taken care of hasn't really conditioned him to being the demonstrative one. He's always received, rarely been called to give, ya know? I don't think it's because he doesn't want to, but Dean has very firmly set a lifetime precedent of "no chick flick moments" that make it clear it's Dean's job to mother and touch, not Sam's.

So ... maybe next season we'll see a change, since I'm very definitely feeling a shift in the balance between Sam and Dean. Sam shows his love with his words and his eyes, not his hands, and the very fact he simply announced he'd find a way to undo Dean's deal and take over the saving-my-brother department may be a big hint of things to come. I hope so, anyhow. Especially since I think Sam is gonna be a bit scary next season. *G*

Anyhow - great review, thanks for this, because it lets me revisit the episode in my mind. :-)
Cheers ~

Erin
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 25th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
but I think a large part of it is simply that Sam has no history of being the one doing the giving.
Oh, I know. I understand how he got to the position he's in, most definitely. But that's one of the things I'd like to see change over time-- him and Dean becoming more like brothers and less like parent/child. Character growth!

And Dean's behavior, where he actually makes it hard for Sam to love him back in any obvious way, has always frustrated me. He pushes it away, and then aches over whether that love really exists. *thwaps him*

Especially since I think Sam is gonna be a bit scary next season. *G*
Now that would be interesting.

I like that, thus far, the characters have changed and grown but are still tangibly those same characters. As opposed to Prison Break, my other fandom, where several of the main characters are just unrecognizable now. There's growth and range, and then there's just being OOC instead. SPN manages to walk that line, thank goodness. :)
ErinRua: Carry onerinrua on May 26th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
But that's one of the things I'd like to see change over time-- him and Dean becoming more like brothers and less like parent/child. Character growth!

Oh, absolutely. I'd like that very much. I can't imagine it being any other way, next season, if only because we've already seen how driven Sam can be ("Faith" being a prime example) and now he's got a mission.

Sam strikes me as sort of funny in that he's not as physically demonstrative in his affections as Dean is, but he shows it more by doing, as if a lifetime of living with two tough guys convinced him that his love is best shown by doing things that are good to or for his loved ones. Kind of makes me wonder how his relationship with Jess shaped up, early on ... ;-)

And Dean's behavior, where he actually makes it hard for Sam to love him back in any obvious way, has always frustrated me. He pushes it away, and then aches over whether that love really exists. *thwaps him*

*thwaps him a second time* LOL, yeah, I hear ya! It's like he's afraid of showing weakness, which is stupid, because Sam has no thought of Dean being weak, ever. Goofy boy. Well, Dean's pretty much stripped himself emotionally naked for Sam, this time around, so next season should be interesting in about eight billion ways. ;-)

... Have never seen Prison Break, but I've heard the complaint from others, that the characters became almost unrecognizable. Bleh, that sucks...

Thanks again for an awesome fic!
Cheers ~

Erin
angels3angels3 on May 19th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Actually that nothing was left unresolved
is not quite right. We still don't know what the hell mama Winchester knew and how she knew YED. We also don't know what will happen with Sam now that the YED is dead. *giggles* that rhymed.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on May 25th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Actually that nothing was left unresolved
Mary might not have "known" the YED. It may just be that she'd noticed him before. Perhaps he was kind of stalking her while in that form (by now we know that the YED may be wearing some passing human's form, not simply appearing to be that person, so discarding the "shell" doesn't happen that often).

I don't know what will happen with Sam either. Could be that there is not A YED, but a league of them instead. In which case... Uh-oh. :D
Fate3fates3 on May 19th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
oh man, such love I have for this episode, truly. The brother-love in it was outstanding, from both boys. Dean, of course, all the way through, but the end scenes with Sam, where he is trying to hold back hell with Bobby and Ellen and then sees Dean on the ground and just shouts out "Dean" and runs right off to try and help him. Loved it. And the whole last speech, loved it too. I loved how Sam just stepped up and really tried to tell Dean that he would do anything for him too, and was going to do whatever he had to save him. I really believed this speech of his, whereas some of his in the past (like the "Shadow" one) didn't feel quite as real. I believed he believed he was sincere, but in this one I really believed it was actually true, rather then him just wanting it to be true.

Bobby's speech to Dean: sigh. I really think Bobby got that Dean really is that screwed up. Not just that he would sacrifice for his brother, but that he would believe his brother more worthy of the sacrifice then he is.

And man, word to the fact that both Bobby and Deacon have shown more paternal affection to the boys then John did any of the times we saw him with them!

I am sure there is going to be some angst about the sacrifice next season, but I also loved the way that Sam accepted it, and didn't get really mad at Dean. I think that Sam, with his much healthier self-view and his deeper appreciation from this season of how much he really means to Dean, can accept the sacrifice better then Dean could with John's. And I loved when Dean was almost pleading with him to not be mad at him, cause I really think it would have broke him most of all, if Sam had been truly mad at him for it right then.

I was spoiled, and I wasn't thrilled about the real possibility of Dean making a deal to save Sam (mostly because it was repetitive), but they did it in a such a way that I was OK with it. Over all, I totally loved the episode!

Bring on season 3!!
dc_longwing on May 19th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
So much word, girl! I've read the discussions about Dean's decision on the TWoP boards, and have been fascinated at how shocked! shocked! some folks are that he made the deal. But I'm thinking, "Of course he did, because... to decide that a bargain that brings Sam back is a damn good one, no matter the personal cost. There is only "a world with Sam" or "nothing" in Dean's mind. The shape of Nothing doesn't matter. You articulated what I was feeling, only much more eloquently.
And amen to this: In the last two encounters with John's old friends, we've seen both Deacon and Bobby offer love more freely than John appears to have. God, that kills me, especially when you know how much both boys needed that.

And thanks a ton for those 3 lovely "Serenity" drabbles. After all the heart-wrenching sorrow we've experienced in this finale -- mad props to the actors! -- reading these felt like returning home to some comfy chairs. Everything about them was serene -- pacing, language, etc.

And props on your bike prowess, including pounding on the windows of the dangerously clueless.
DC