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02 October 2008 @ 09:59 pm
Supernatural #4.03 In the Beginning (episode review)  
So, my Rich Text editor is still disabled... *sigh* I guess this means I should upgrade to Firefox 3 :p

But here are my thoughts on tonight's ep, as best as I could organize them...

ETA: So I just realized what an insanely stupid big-mouth I am, and might have mentioned a few vague spoilers for upcoming episodes. And didn't put a spoiler warning. *headdesk* I'm sorry to all of you whom I've spoiled. Geez I'm so stupid. Feel free to rant in your LJs about idiots who spoil you, including me. But please don't hate me. I promise I'll be more careful in the future. :(

*kicks self for being a stupid, thoughtless idiot*

As much of a Sam girl as I am and as much as I was disappointed he wasn't in the ep much, I have to say that Dean rocked and Jensen did an awesome job.

But Sammy is scaring me a wee bit. That stone serious look on his face as he leaves the motel room and meets Ruby. And Ruby's "Ready?" and his "Definitely" reply. We know he is up to something. I'm still meh on Ruby. I'm not too crazy about this setup, but I hope it will be justified in the end...

Castiel is being all kinds of mysterious, telling Dean he needs to "stop it."

Disoriented!Dean in 1973 is made of win. Asking where he can get reception on his cell, only to have Dad answer "the USS Enterprise".. hee!

Yay, we got some more rock and roll! Okay not much of it, but still cool to hear. :)

Dean's reaction when he realizes he's talking to Dad. OH, Dean...

Loved how he talked John into getting the Impala.

And then his reaction when he saw Mom. His FACE. Oh, man. Loved the "Sammy, wherever you are, Mom is hot. And I'm going to Hell... again." LOL!

Well, Kripke said we would learn more about Mary this season, and goodness, he was right. Mary is a hunter, from a family of hunters.

I liked how Dean tried to be so careful in not revealing his identity right away, and got them to trust him. So it would seem that Sam *was* named after his grandfather.

Dean posing as a priest! Haven't seen that since Nightmare, have we? Loved this exchange:

Grandpa Samuel: Father... you beat me here.
Dean: Yeah, well, the Lord is funny that way.
(paraphrasing of course... but that scene still made me giggle)

Mary tells Dean tearfully that she wants to get away from this life and live a normal one. Hmm, sound a bit familiar? Kind of like Sam trying to live a normal life by going to school and having a girlfriend? I think we see here how Sam is at least somewhat like his mom.

OMG, I really wanted to hug Dean when he told her to remember something, about not getting out of bed on that night in 1983. Jensen did such a great job there.

We did learn quite a bit of background info on Sam, and the YED. I was a bit surprised to see Samuel possessed by the YED at first, but I realized something seemed a bit off about him when he told Dean that he believes him. I was so worried that Sam really wasn't John's son, but I think this ep has reassured me somewhat. The YED kills John (which I really wasn't expecting, and to bring him back he makes a deal with Mary. But not for her soul - for her children. So Mary and John have Dean, and then Sam. And then that fateful night, the YED visits and drips the blood into baby Sam's mouth.

The last couple of minutes of this ep, back in the present, were pretty chilling to me. Dean is regretful that he couldn't stop it from happening - the deal Mary made with the YED, that is. Castiel tells him not to blame himself. But this sent a chill up my spine:

"Your brother is headed down a dangerous path. You have to stop him, and if you don't, we will."

OMG. I think this is really setting us up for something big. I guess we're going to have Dean pitted against Sam? Is there going to be a big showdown between the brothers, resulting in Dean killing Sam, or vice versa? Will Dean find himself unable to stop Sam (or kill him if he has to), and leave Castiel to do it? I'm on the edge of my seat now, and I'm starting to get a bit worried. I hope things eventually work out and that Sam does eventually use his powers for good so both brothers will be fighting on the same side.

All in all, very interesting episode. Answered a lot of questions I had - the questions about Mary, about Sam and if he really is John's son. I thought Mitch Pilleggi did a very good job as their grandfather and the YED. One thing I don't quite understand, though. Grandpa is supposed to be dead, right? But he's supposed to show up in a later episode. I'm guessing he was revived somehow at some other point? Hopefully we'll find out.

So those are my rambling, incoherent thoughts. *g*
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on October 3rd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh. I didn't know he was coming back. Darn.

It was a good episode. I wish Sam could have gone back too. I hope that if/when there is a showdown, after they get a confrontation out of their system, it ends with both brothers finally on the same side. That's my biggest worry.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean says D'oh!jessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry if I spoiled you! *blushes* I'd heard that Mitch was supposed to make more appearances this season, so I assumed the character would be back...

I do, too. I'm really hoping that's what happens. Come on, Show, don't let us down.
Jessjessicamee on October 3rd, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
THANK YOU. i need someone to fangirl about this with!!! Castiel was lsakdjfoisajfa as always but then he acts all threatening towards Sam and i was like, "EXCUSE ME???" if he lays one finger on Sam i'm going to hate him forever which i don't want cuz he's awesome so he better not hurt Sam, dammit!!! also, i loved seeing the interaction between John and Mary. I so love them. <3 When Dean and Mary were having that talk about how Mary wanted out of hunting i was like, "heh... Dean's about to cry.... oh my god, i'm about to cry!!!" because i'm just that much of a fangirl.
okay, i think i'm done fangirling now. X3 thanks!
jessm78: Sam grinningjessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
No problem! Yeah, I'm totally fangirly about this ep!! That really struck fear into me... I just... it was one of the fears I had after I first saw Castiel in Lazarus Rising and we saw Sam working on his powers with Ruby. I thought "omg, there's gotta be a clash sooner or later." He better not hurt Sam! I so hope that Dean can stop him from doing that, or he can get through to Sam! I want them on the same side!! Even if it takes a while and no hurting of Sammy!

I loved John and Mary's interaction too! I loved how Mary talked about him and said he was sweet, and how much she loves him. Awwww. :) Yeah - when Dean cries, I cry. You should have seen me when I was watching WIAWSNB and he started crying at John's grave.

LOL you're welcome! Anytime you want to fangirl, drop on by! :)
Gill: sleepygilliang3 on October 3rd, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Part of the deal that Mary made with the YED was to bring back John and her parents...so he'd be alive.
Jess: Sam and Deanjessicamee on October 3rd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
but Azazel (the YED) said the deal was only for John.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what I kept thinking. I thought the deal was only for John. Mary had asked to bring them all back and YED said "can't do that" or something to that effect. Unless I'm remembering wrong... Oh well, I've gotta watch this ep again anyway :D
Sweetie: Sam/Dean Smilesweetiejen on October 3rd, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
You might want to take out the part about Mitch being in a future episode. Or put up a spoiler warning. :))

Good thoughts though. I'm still digesting the episode! It was pretty epic.
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean says D'oh!jessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just realized I might have been a little too spoiler-y with that point... sorry! :(

But thank you! It was a pretty awesome episode.
Tanja: We are brokenangels_cordy on October 3rd, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
YAYYYYYY your review's AWESOME!!!
The episode was great, but I still think it's sad that Sam did not have the same chance!!!
I am not a fan of Evil-Sam and I am really concerned now as I absolutely don't wanna see how one of the brothers kills the other!!! Seriously that would kill me and break me compleately!! I don't know if I could take this!!!!
That's so not right!!! *sigh*
Oh well we will see!!!

Thanks for that hon
jessm78: Sam smiling in Salvationjessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, hon! I felt so awful that I put some little spoilers in it, but your comment makes me feel better :) I hope I didn't spoil you too much for this season!

I agree! I wanted to see him go back in time and see his mom and dad. :(

I'm worried about Evil!Sam too. He scared me a little at the beginning... and then what Castiel told Dean at the end... *sigh* I hope Dean can help him before he goes too far! I don't want to see them killing each other. I keep thinking about what Dean said, about John saying he had to save Sam and if he couldn't he had to kill him. I really hope this doesn't happen! Hope my worries are for nothing.

But you're right, we will see.

You're welcome, hon! *hugs*
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on October 3rd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I HAVEN´T WATCH the episode, maybe until tomorrow, but, with you report, that makes me freak out! I mean, I don´t know if I will be able to sleep!!!! MY GOOOOOD!!!! SAM IS NOT JOHN´S SON? THEN TO WHOM IS HE? Hohoho GOOOOODDDD I AM daying to watching!!!!!!
jessm78: Sam smiling in Salvationjessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope you see it soon! It was a very good ep. Awww I know how you feel! I couldn't wait to see it and see what they were going to say about it!

It seems to me that Sam is John's son. I think the YED chose him (by dripping the blood into his mouth) because he thought he was strong like Mary. But I'm not totally sure.

But I do think that Sam is John's son. :)

Edited at 2008-10-03 12:50 pm (UTC)
iatethebunny: whereuponiatethebunny on October 3rd, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I don't think Sam can use his powers for good I think the whole point is the powers are evil and no matter how much he tries to use them for good(he currently does think he using them for good) it will only lead him to the dark side. I think the focus of the season is Dean light Sam dark but i really can't see them killing either of the brothers again... well not for good anyway.
I love both brothers equal and normal I'm annoyed when one is missing but this season has been to good for me to complain about the lack of Sam I just assume they'll make it up later.
jessm78: Mystery Spotjessm78 on October 3rd, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think you're right. Sam may think he's using them for good (he told Ruby in LR that he was saving people and was glad he was doing it), but when you get down to it, he's working on evil's side ... especially with the way he's working with Ruby. I got such a sinister air from him during his scene. It seems like they are trying to show the two brothers on opposite sides, evil and good. I really hope that Dean can convince Sam to come over to the good side before Castiel does something to him.

As I said I'm more of a Sam girl, but I love both brothers - almost equally. As much as I was disappointed with the lack of Sam, I thought Dean did a great job. And like you I'm thinking (and hoping) that they'll make up for it later.
lovetheguyslovetheguys on October 3rd, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
How many times was my heart broken in this brilliant, well-acted, spell-binding ep?

When Sam snuck out of yet another motel room to meet and drive off God-knows-where with Ruby, leaving Dean alone?

When Dean talked his Dad into buying the Impala instead of the Volkswagon van? (Ugh, can you imagine Sam and Dean driving around the country in THAT?)

When Dean had to defend himself against a very well-trained Mary, who kicked his ass six ways from Sunday? He pinned her, spotted a bracelet on her wrist and realized--my mother was a hunter!

When Dean had dinner with his mother and grandparents (who he apparently never even met, given that the YED killed them, too), and learned his maternal grandfather was a hard-ass who said "son-of-a-bitch" all the time?

When Mary told Dean she would never want the life of a hunter for her own children because she hated it so much and craved normal (shades of her youngest son, who tried to find his own normal when he went to Stanford, only to have it brutally snatched away when the YED murdered Jess)?

When Dean, with tears in his eyes, begged her not to get out of bed on November 2nd, 1983, no matter what she heard? (Yes, I was crying at this point, a tissue pressed to my leaking nose.)

When the YED murdered Mary's parents, and John, leaving her completely alone, forcing her to make a hideous deal (and how vague was that deal--"not to interrupt" what he would be doing in 10 years)? How the hell was she to know what she wasn't supposed to interrupt, or that it would involve her youngest child?

When Dean drove up in that dreadful Pinto and found his grandfather's meat suit bestowing the "deal" kiss on his mother? (An ewwwww moment; that was her dad.)

When Castiel returned with Dean to the present and told him that he had to stop what was going to happen with the absent Sam--or THEY would! Castiel had also told him that Sam wasn't searching for Dean while he was busy in the past, and gave him an address where to find his brother. WHAT IS SAM DOING, BESIDES GOING EEEEEVIL? And is he aware of the road he's heading down, or oblivious to it?

What puzzles me is how Mary explained to John what happened. Sam was dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted knife would after attacking John. Deanna, too, was dead, neck broken, in a house a few miles away.

And why, after this terrible tragedy, did the Winchesters choose to move back to Lawrence to live and raise their kids? If I'd been Mary, craving a normal life, I would have moved far away from where these horrors had taken place.

The initial scene with Dean and John, where a guy enters the diner, calls, "Hey, Winchester!" and both Dean and John turn around, paid homage to the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies. Dean also mentioned a Delorean to Castiel, the funky car that transported everyone back and forth in those flicks. Star Trek ref, FTW, and Dean mentioned Sonny and Cher splitting up!

It killed me to realize Mary lost her parents AND John to the YED, and he took her life, too. It just took a few more years for Azazel to catch up to Dean and Sam's parents. Hunting gets Campells killed, and by extension, Winchesters. Mary told Dean she could never see John as a hunter, another heart-breaking moment. Sigh. There were so many in this powerful ep.

By the way, now we know where Sam and Dean's names came from (Dean was named after his maternal grandmother--a girl)! I do wonder what happened to John's parents--perhaps their names were used as the boys' middle names.

Now we (and Dean) know the Yellow-Eyed Demon/Mary connection. She was a hunter, the YED took a fancy to her. This put her entire family, present and future, on his radar. His BIG plan, which he refused to reveal to Dean, and which has been passed down for someone else to put into motion, apparently involves Sam somehow. Castiel told Dean HE has to stop it--or THEY will.

What does all this mean? Devil Sam vs. Angel Dean? I don't know. That scares me, because the core of SUPERNATURAL is the boys' love and unbreakable connection to each other.

If anything happens to that, Mary and John Winchester, along with Sam and Deanna Campbell, are going to be rolling in their graves--or perhaps rising from them.

Love, Robin