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Archive for September 18th, 2009

Dear God, it's me, Nole.  What is it with me and hot guys in sunglasses?  More please!

Dear God, it's me, Nole. What is it with me and hot guys in sunglasses? More please!

I could do one of my usual scene by scene breakdowns of this week’s Supernatural but honestly I don’t feel like it and I don’t think that’s what is important to highlight this week.  We were back to honest to goodness fighting, albeit with 99% more apocalypse and it felt good to get down to battling again.  It also felt good to see Rufus, Jo and Ellen.  I hope that we’ll see more of them as the year and the war continue.

It was good to see Ellen, Rufus and Jo again.

It was good to see Ellen, Rufus and Jo again.

No, what’s important to talk about is the continuing gulf between Dean and Sam; a gulf that is apparently so wide that they’ve decided to get away from each other for awhile.  I really loved how this episode demonstrated the rift between the boys, beyond the obvious of Ellen calling them out on their behavior, but also showed that Dean still loves Sam, even though he resents what he did.  Dean’s reaction to having to give up that necklace that Sam gave him so many years ago seemed to me to be a nod to the love he still has for his brother, despite everything.

Um yeah, this is solely here because Jensen looks very hot.

Um yeah, this is solely here because Jensen looks very hot.

But that love is not enough anymore, as shown clearly but Dean’s distrust of Sam wanting to go off on his own and his reaction to Sam’s decision to leave the fight.  Also telling was what Dean thought was demons had Sam, he initially ran to the door to go find his brother first and ask questions later but reined himself in to formulate a plan with Ellen rather than run to Sam right away.  Dean’s always been smart but impulsive but he checked his natural instinct to protect his brother.  It wasn’t exactly covert but I thought it was a good way for the writers to let us know just where Dean’s head was at without him talking about it.

Physically close together but emotionally miles apart.

Physically close together but emotionally miles apart.

I found it interesting the way that Ellen greeted Dean with a hug and then a slap but did nothing to Sam.  Even though she said you boys she really focused on Dean.  This could be because of the fact that she definitely knows Dean better, but could it be an indication of something more?  It doesn’t seem like she knew what Sam had done (yet another example of Dean protecting Sam without really doing anything) but it helped to show how isolated Sam truly is right now.  Dean seems to be the important brother; the possible vessel of Michael, the talisman he wears can find God, the old friends/hunters seeming to be rallied around Dean rather than Sam…I found it a very interesting.  I know last season was rather Deancentric but it was still about Sam’s powers, Sam’s importance in the war, Sam’s deceit.  This season right now looks to be about Dean’s importance.  As a Dean girl, I’m not going to complain.

Another interesting nugget we learned was that God was indeed the one who blasted Sam and Dean into an airplane and put Castiel back together again.  For that I say Yay God!  But apparently God’s not hanging in heaven right now, he’s kicking it on earth Dogma style (if Alanis Morrisette makes a cameo this season I demand Chris Rock with her) and Cas needs to find him to get him to battle Lucifer.  Of course, I’m a little confused as to why God doesn’t just hook up with his favorite angel and the boys to do so, seeing as he saved them both a day or so ago.  Why do that and then go into hiding when your ex-pal is back to destroy earth?  I’m sure we’ll get an explanation at some point but that was a little weird.

You're welcome, Rameau!

You're welcome, Rameau!

Also, our favorite angel no longer has healing powers, thus rendering him useless to Bobby.  I had to laugh at Bobby’s reaction to that news…his attitude got passed down to Dean by osmosis because their angry responses to the angels was quite similar.  I also loved seeing that Castiel dry humor back, saying that God was not in a piece of flatbread.  Dammit, I’ll have to throw out that tortilla I’ve been saving that resembled the Virgin Mary!

This episode definitely wasn’t blow me out of the water good but it was a nice segway into the adventures of Dean & Cas.  I am really looking forward to seeing Mischa and Jensen play off each other, I think they’ve got great chemistry together (no, not calling Becky and the slash writers, although that is a lot of pretty!).  I do hope that Dean and Sam are not separated for a long time but I do feel it’s a good direction to take the show for now.  All last season I expected Dean to reach the breaking point with Sam but he never did, until maybe the last couple of episodes.  I think I like this better though, the boys stayed together then despite what was going on because they more or less needed to be.  Now, they have nothing to stop, the apocalypse is here, so they don’t really need to stay together.  While Sam’s soul searching and trying to get his shit together, Dean will hopefully have some in-depth conversations with Castiel and reach a point of forgiveness for his brother.  This is the break we anticipated, it just came later; emotionally they’re miles apart and now they’re physically going to be.  I find that fascinating.

Next week Sam sees Jessica, aka Tyra from Friday Night Lights and Dean and Cas begin their search for God.  Should be fun (and I will probably call her Tyra in the blog, just be prepared!)  I’m interested to see how the boys do apart.  See you next week to discuss it!

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