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18 September 2008 @ 09:59 pm
Supernatural #4.01 Lazarus Rising (episode review)  
Okay, I had another really long day today and I'm exhausted, so apologies if this isn't too coherent or if it's really lacking in details.  These are just some thoughts after my first viewing.

Obligatory spoiler warning, of course.

That's what I have to start with.

Oh, Dean.

I did see footage of the first five minutes of this episode thanks to a video taken at the Comic Con panel (yes, I am a spoileraholic), so I was prepared for that.  I did think it was interesting how Dean's grave was encircled when he first broke out of the coffin and crawled to the surface.  Nice touch with his voice all hoarse as he called out for help.  And that handprint burned into his skin was intriguing...

Gotta love it when he wanders into the convenience store, grabs the candy bar and of course the Busty Asian Beauties magazine. *grin*  But creepy vibes with the static on the tv set, the loud vibrating noise with the windows being blown out, and all.

Makes perfect sense that first person Dean would try to contact is Sam, but his number isn't working.  Which falls into line with Sam pretty much dropping off the map after this.  I liked Bobby's reaction when Dean called him, first hanging up and then threatening to kill whomever this is.  You can imagine what he must have gone through when Dean died.

Dean grabs an old car and heads to Bobby's place.  I did see this next scene already as a preview clip on one of the websites, but I love it nonetheless.  Poor Dean is still pretty dazed as he greets Bobby.  Bobby is thrown for a moment and then (as I'd expect) thinks that Dean is a demon, shapeshifter, revanent, or any other assorted baddie.  After Dean proves it's really him by cutting himself with a silver blade, Bobby still appears in disbelief for a second, and then gives him a fierce hug.  *sniffle* Loved that reunion scene.  Very nicely done. :) 

Bobby relates to Dean what happened to Sam when he died.  And as I expected, it's pretty much the same as we saw in Mystery Spot during the three or four months he spent without Dean.  He got very quiet and then stopped answering Bobby's calls and Bobby hadn't heard from him in a while.  And Bobby thought they would salt and burn Dean, but Sam wouldn't allow it.  Oh, Sammy. :( 

Dean finds Sam via his cell phone GPS, by using an alias he knows Sam would use. 

Hmm....  it takes him and Bobby to a motel in Illinois and a girl answers, thinking they're the pizza place that requires two delivery men to deliver pizza.  Dean thinks they have the wrong address until...

Sammy shows up, looking as if he'd just emerged from a shower recently (with some nice damp Sammy!Hair... *grin*).  His reaction is quite like Bobby's, totally not believing it's Dean.  Until Bobby and Dean both convince him. 

And then there is THE HUG.  Ohhhhhh, my.  Ohhhhh, boys.  *sigh* Loved it.

So, Sammy had a fling with a girl during this time?  I guess he really was broken this whole time... or there is another reason why (which we find out later).  Poor Sam tried so hard to find a way to get Dean back, even tried to make a deal for him, but no demon would accept. 

And he kept Dean's amulet!!! And he WORE it!  Awwwwwwwww.  Boys, you are so sweet. *hearts them*

I love how he gives Dean the keys to the Impala, saying he guesses Dean wants to drive. And of course, gotta love Dean's reunion with his "baby" (love the way he calls her "sweetheart"!!). 

So, the "modifications" made to the Impala consist of Sam installing an I-Pod dock thingie? Heh.  Love Dean's reaction to that, and Sam's innocent "I thought it was my car."  And Dean's reaction when he turns it on and hears the music that comes out... *giggle*

Pamela is a..... meh... interesting character, I suppose.  I didn't see enough of her to really make much of a judgment.  Love when Dean questions her "Jesse Forever" tattoo.  She replies that it wasn't forever, and Dean says, "his loss." Prompting her to reply that it could be Dean's gain.  Nice amusement from Sam with the "she's going to eat you alive" comment. And then her "you're invited too, Grumpy" directed at him.  Heh.

I wasn't too impressed with the whole seance thing she'd set up.  Though I suppose that is her specialty.  If I were her I wouldn't have treaded that far, though.  Ouch.  Getting her eyes all melty like that.  

I did like how they highlighted the main question, which was how Dean managed to get out of Hell.  He appears to have some little flashes here and there but he doesn't remember anything.  And then there is the static and glass-shattering noise when he's alone in the motel room.

I like the scene in the diner when the waitress tells Dean she's somehow attracted to him and he replies that maybe it's his perky nipples. Oh, Dean. Heh.  But she turns out to be a demon, and is in disbelief of how Dean managed to get out of Hell.  You could tell it was bothering her somehow.  Sam is still insistent on going after demons, while Dean thinks it's interesting how they are scared of something - obviously something related to the being that raised him up from Hell. 

Whoa, Kripke wasn't kidding when he said that the boys would be holding secrets from each other. I'm not sure what Dean's will be just yet (possibly things he will remember about being in hell at some point later), but Sam's seem to be pretty evident already.  When he is back at the diner that night, and finds the demons there to have melty eyes as well, he puts the demon waitress out of her misery.  Whoa... okay, Sammy is starting to creep me out a little here.  He obviously still has his powers and has been honing them quite a bit (and yeah, we can see he lied to Dean about that). 

Third whoa... that girl he was seeing is apparently Ruby in a new body.  I wonder if this girl is going to make many more appearances in the show, 'cause at first viewing I wasn't that impressed with her.  But it seems that she's been helping Sam concentrate his powers with the way she tells him he did well.  I was happy to hear her say that she didn't want to come between him and Dean, so who knows if we'll see much more of her...

And final whoa....  we see who is responsible for raising Dean up from Hell.  Castiel.  He seems quite enigmatic.  Dean and Bobby looked terrified for a moment when none of their arsenal seemed to work against him.  So is he really an angel? Meaning a "good" angel? Or is he in league with someone else?  It was interesting how he explained to Dean that all the noise and the glass shattering was when he was trying to speak to Dean, but didn't think Dean wouldn't be able to hear him on that level.  When he says that good things do happen, Dean's reaction is spot on, after all the crap he's been through and all he's seen.

We're left with an interesting question.  Why exactly did Castiel raise Dean from Hell, and what are the plans in store for Dean?  I guess we will learn through various bits and pieces as the season progresses.  For now I kind of like Castiel.  He seems to be an interesting character.  

Love the preview for next week. The boys (and Bobby too, I guess) visited by everyone they couldn't save. Henriksen, Meg, and I guess Ronald from Nightshifter (we didn't see him but the spoilers mentioned in one of the CW crawls a while back said he'd make an appearance...unless it'll be in another episode).  I'm really looking forward to that one!
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
jaylan121 on September 18th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for this eppyyyyyyy
Thank you for sharing
jessm78: Sam grinningjessm78 on September 18th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome! :)
♪ PARTNER IN CRIME ♪shipwrecking on September 18th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I've decided that this was the best season premiere ever.
jessm78: BDABRjessm78 on September 18th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
It really rocked! :D
minion to the evil plot bunnies: Eureka - Jack :Ddeviantfantasy on September 18th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I really like Castiel and I hope he's good. It'll be something different and it sounds really cool.

Also, it's nice to see someone else liked the episode. Especially after I've had to listen to people complain about Dean hitting the demon!girl. :/

Edited at 2008-09-19 03:10 am (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean in Hollywood Babylonjessm78 on September 18th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Me too. It would be a nice change if he was a good guy. I really can't wait to see what plans he has for Dean. I was just talking to another friend on LJ about it... she was wondering if he wanted to get Dean to stop Sam from all he was doing with his powers, or if he'd want him to go further in fighting the demons. I guess in time we'll find out.

Eh, I figured people would be complaining about that. :P I used to be active on this one Supernatural-related forum but a lot of people there really turned me off with how nitpicky and negative they were about season 3. I can only imagine what they were saying about this episode.
silkmoth101silkmoth101 on September 18th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Oh my, I liked this ep sooooo much!
Hugs all around, long hugs (Bobby, Sam)

And I loved how Dean ripped that iPod out *giggles*

Two things about good or bad Castiel:
Hm, he had black wings. Hm, Lazarus was called out of the grave by Jesus...

I'm really excited!
Jenniferxariesgirl78x on September 19th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
This was a great episode :) The reunion w/the car was the best. :) Castiel's black wings made me think of the angels in the Constantine film, they'd had greyish black ones.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean in Hollywood Babylonjessm78 on September 20th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Hey Jen! *huggies*

Wasn't it? I loved the reunion with the car, too. :) Oh, good point about the black wings. They reminded me of the ones of the angels in Constantine, too.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all plays out!
Jenniferxariesgirl78x on September 26th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I am too. Did that email I sent you the other day go through? I can resend it if your comp lost it, I know you've had some troubles. I sympathize and will happily lend you my baseball bat.

jessm78: Long Pondjessm78 on September 27th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Umm... I did find one you sent me a few weeks back with more fic (of Nowadays Every Night), is that the one you mean? That was the only one I could find. My email is so disorganized... way too much spam, lol

Was there anything else you had sent me?

Jenniferxariesgirl78x on September 28th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
That was it :) no problems at all pal *hugs*

You're always fantabulous by me, always will be.
jessm78: BDABRjessm78 on September 20th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Me too!!

Hugs are &hearts :D

lol, I so loved Dean's reaction to seeing the iPod and hearing the music that came out of it.

I noticed the black wings. That totally had me wondering if Castiel really is on God's side or not. I guess we will find out at some point. Interesting to speculate though!
lovetheguyslovetheguys on September 19th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)



How about that stunner of an ending, huh? My GOD--and I mean that almost literally! Now I know what Jensen meant when he said Dean's finally part of the mytharc! Whew! How sad was it that he couldn't believe God would send an angel to save him? He still hasn't gotten over that poor self-esteem stuff, has he? What's it going to take, I wonder? I thought that was over when he decided he didn't deserve to go to hell?

Ruby is back and Sam's got her!

Sam does have powers--enough to send a demon back to hell without so much as one word of Latin! Yet he lied to Dean about that, and about Ruby, which is understandable, given it was Dean's dying wish, right?

How forward WAS that psychic, offering a menage a trois to our boys? And Sam doesn't have to pay for sex--does that mean he isn't worrying about women dying on him anymore, or did he just say that so Dean thinks he's gettin' some?

Fresh back from hell and our Dean craves Busty Asian Beauties and candy--that alone would have reassured me it's the same old Dean!

The hugging scenes with Bobby and Sam--rushed but still very teary, especially the latter.

Dean's nipple comment? PRICELESS!!

I know there are more, but those are just off the top of my head!

What a splendid ep!


jessm78: Sam grinningjessm78 on September 20th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
It certainly was! I agree, I think it's really Dean's chance to shine in the mytharc now. It was sad, though totally believable after all he'd been through. Also sad regarding the self-esteem stuff.

Yep, and Ruby sure is different! One thing that concerns me a little is that I hope we don't have Sam off with Ruby and Dean dealing with something else in every episode. I know in some interviews they said the boys would be spending a bit of time apart during the season, but hopefully it won't be anything too drastic.

I agree - Sam's lying to Dean about his powers (and about Ruby) is understandable.

Hah! Good question. I'm not quite sure... could be the former, although the latter would be pretty amusing. ;)

It was great to see the same old Deano. *grin*

I loved the hugs. Yeah, they did seem a bit rushed. Though great to see. And I loved that Sam not only kept Dean's amulet, but was wearing it. Aww.

That nipple comment was the best!

I loved this ep, and next week's looks great too! I'm really looking forward to it!