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17 September 2009 @ 11:11 pm
SPN 5x02  


*sigh....*

I loved seeing Rufus and Ellen again (I 'ship the Rufus/shotgun OTP, even if he's NOT sitting on his porch keeping demons and zombies off the property line), and there was some cleverness to the story line.

But the ending?

God, I was afraid of the show going off in this direction, but in more of an abstract way. I didn't expect Kripke to literally kick Sam out of the Impala and replace him with Castiel. Especially not in the second episode of the season.

It's as if he took everything that was wrong with Season Four, and decided to base the bulk of S5 around it.

Sam's going to sit out the Apocalypse instead of guarding Dean's back? Seriously? Man up and bring your A-game, dude. That self-reflection might be okay some other time, but not while the skies are burning and your brother's off to try to save the world singlehandedly.

That is not the Sam I know and love.

And Dean, letting Sam go that easily-- because Sam's just a distraction now? When that might be the last he sees of Sam, ever again, Dean's just going to let him walk away?

Who the F**K are you, and what have you done with Dean Winchester?

I know that a person could make the case that Dean's beaten-down and heartbroken and blah-blah-blah, but that's not what it feels like.

Sam and Dean being disinterested in each other is not why I fell in love with this show.

Dean's love and worry for Sam is a big part of what redeems him from his tendency to be a jackass (mad hunting and people-saving skillz aside).

This Dean is just another cardboard hero, fighting a war I never wanted to see get off the ground in the first place.

After the disconnection all through Season Three AND Season Four... this is where the show's taking things? I suffered through two seasons of this asshat dynamic ruining the Sam-n-Dean love, and Kripke's making it worse?

Dude... you suck. :(

 
 
 
blackcat333_99blackcat333_99 on September 18th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Sam's going to sit out the Apocalypse instead of guarding Dean's back? Seriously? Man up and bring your A-game, dude. That self-reflection might be okay some other time, but not while the skies are burning and your brother's off to try to save the world singlehandedly.

Heh. You should read MY reaction to this. I rather unloaded on Sam's decision making capacities in my ep review.

Of the good, however, is that I very strongly got the vibe that this will be a temporary split, that Sam won't take too long to figure out that this isn't the right way to go about fixing everything that's been damaged. Then reunion time. Just my speculation, not a spoiler. Mostly because it's what I believe, and maybe I'm projecting, lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 18th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Heh. You should read MY reaction to this. I rather unloaded on Sam's decision making capacities in my ep review.
I ran over to peek, of course. Very similar to my opinion about that choice-- THIS IS NOT THE TIME. Regardless of whether that would ordinarily be necessary and good, the CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES outweigh that. Suck it up and help your brother, jackass.

Moreover, this goes over the line for Sam in my mind, even given choices he's made in the past. It seems OOC for him, and I hate it with a vengeance when canon becomes OOC.

Mostly because it's what I believe, and maybe I'm projecting, lol.
I would have thought that in S3 for sure, and I tried to hold out hope in S4. But I keep thinking that we should already BE at the point where this "disconnection arc" is over. It's gone on far too long already, for my tastes, and I'm just utterly sick of it. Moreover, it's really eroded my trust in Kripke and his vision for this show. :(
blackcat333_99blackcat333_99 on September 18th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm. See, for me this "disconnection arc" couldn't be fixed quickly, and right now it feels that Kripke is exploring the *consequences* of the disconnection. And I feel that reconnecting cannot happen beyond a superficial level without addressing this and having the characters take a good hard look at what they've become. BUT. On the positive side, the fact that this is all happening so quickly (two eps and they've split) makes me think that the SEASON long arc is about them coming together. Slowly, with some one step forward, two steps back progress that people generally make, because when it comes to emotions people often get it wrong before they get it right. I dunno. As far as Kripke's vision of the show... I've read very recent interviews that ... keep me hopeful. Shutting up now. :)

As far as Sam's OOCness -- I'm not calling it that myself, but attributing it to the "addiction" effects. I don't have personal experience with addiction, but it's my understanding that addictions DO change people's personalities, and obviously cloud their judgement. I think right now it's clouded Sam's perspective from looking big picture, because he's so swamped with thinking about little picture. We'll see how that goes. He's consistently been an all or nothing guy, and so now he's all about the Little Picture. Sam's gotta learn to balance things better. Consider BOTH pictures, and THEN decide what's for the best.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on September 18th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
As far as Kripke's vision of the show... I've read very recent interviews that ... keep me hopeful. Shutting up now. :)
I stay spoiler-free, so I'm just going to hope that it all works out, and preferrably SOON.

but it's my understanding that addictions DO change people's personalities, and obviously cloud their judgement. I think right now it's clouded Sam's perspective from looking big picture, because he's so swamped with thinking about little picture.
Interesting take! I agree about the clouding of judgment, and that Sam is improperly focusing on the small rather than the big picture.

I guess I just never wanted the whole "Sam is an addict" arc any more than I wanted the "Angels and the Apocalypse" arc, so I'm not thinking about it in those terms.

This is why it's good to chat with the f-list, though-- you get different perspectives. :)

Edited at 2009-09-18 10:17 pm (UTC)