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15 January 2009 @ 09:59 pm
Supernatural #4x11 Family Remains (episode review)  
My thoughts after viewing this ep for the first time...

Huh... okay I wasn't *extremely* impressed with this episode, but it had some interesting little twists in it.

Highlights, in no particular order..

Boys in suits again! Always yummy :D

Some brotherly banter as they're checking out the house.  Sam mentioning that there was probably a dumbwaiter against the wall because houses like that usually had one.  Dean muttering "know-it-all." Sam returning with "what did you say?" or something like that.  Tee hee.

The family.  Is it sad that the only one I really felt attached to was the dog? The uncle was kinda quirky, but overall.... they were pretty "meh" IMHO.

And of course it has to be the only one I felt attached to who kicks the bucket. :(  As soon as poor Buster disappeared I knew it wasn't looking good for him.  I was going "puppy!! Noooo!!!" And that was confirmed by the "too late" in blood ... and later doubly confirmed by Dean's sojourn into the basement and his "dog... it's what's for dinner" comment.  Oh, Dean, you're terrible!  Heh.  At least we still have one Puppy, though.

Is it just me, or did that girl remind anyone else of Bloody Mary when she appeared for the first time? Maybe a cross between Bloody Mary and Missy the daughter from The Benders.  Nice little twist in that she wasn't actually a ghost.  She stopped very briefly outside the salt circle, but I knew it wouldn't be that easy.  So she wasn't a ghost after all.  And what ends up saving the day (temporarily anyway)? Puppy...er I mean Sam... and his flashlight!

I didn't really believe that this girl was actually *the* girl who supposedly committed suicide.  Dean or Sam (can't remember) said she'd have to be 50 years old or something like that.  She didn't look that old to me.  Again interesting twist in that it was the daughter of the girl.  Though kinda squicky that her dad was also her granddad. :/  And she had a brother? Maybe I wasn't paying attention but I wasn't expecting that. The whole story was a bit sad, though... that the girl who killed herself holed her daughter up in the walls. 

So I'm guessing the reason she wanted the son Danny to stay and not the adults was because of some distrust of older people? Or.... something like that?  Ugh... she eats a rat... so glad we didn't get to see much of that :P

Uncle Ted calls Dean "Fonzie" before he kicks the bucket! Heh.

Okay maybe I'm being a little harsh, but I found the family, at least the parents, a bit on the slow side.  When Dean told them Uncle Ted was outside and he won't come in because Dean had to carry him out, and then he said "I'm sorry" to them .... well I would pretty much assume the guy is dead.  They're just totally in disbelief over all that's going on though, so I'll give them a pass.

I like Dean's dedication to finding Danny, insisting that he go in and find the boy and save him, if it's the last thing he'll do.  And then his talk with Sam at the end....  so, part of the reason he did this was because of his guilt over what he did in Hell? That he tortured or destroyed souls for all those years and he enjoyed it? Ouch.  Sam tries to offer some words of support but Dean says that he has a hole and however many lives he says can't change that.  Oh poor boy. :(  *hugs him*

So there were a few little twists in this episode but all in all I thought it wasn't very impressive.  Not that I hated it.  But it's not in my top 10 favorites.  Really looking forward to next week's episode.  Barry Bostwick as a magician. *g*  And what exactly was up with Sam at the end of that promo?

Also caught a fairly long ad for My Bloody Valentine during the first commercial break.  My mom saw it too and said she'd like to see it.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
<3: Jensen hoodevermcfearless on January 16th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
The episode was okay. Lots of twist, but an all time favorite.

And Dean broke my heart...again. And I knew as soon as they showed them parked out in the middle of nowhere, that some big brother moment was coming. But I gotta say, that was the last thing I expected to come out of his mouth.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on January 16th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Very good point. Once I saw that I figured there'd be another one of those sharing moments. I didn't really expect him to say that either, though.
cricket52579 on January 16th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
The epi did creep me out. I might have a wee bit of trouble sleeping tonight.

Is anyone else gonna bring up the fact that the kids lived in the walls of the house for like ever, right? They can't even talk. But they can read and write??? "Go" and "Too late." Umm, okaaaay. :/

I don't know what to make of Dean and what he's going through. But what the effing hell? He liked torturing souls??? That really threw me for a loop. W...T...F Dean? o.O
jessm78: Jensen Ackles: Magazine Shootjessm78 on January 16th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have to admit there were parts that were kinda creepy. Especially with the long pauses and then the girl (or whoever else) punching through the walls to attack them.

LOL! That's true!! They've lived in the walls forever, how on earth could they read or write if they can't talk? Did mom throw a book down there with them and they taught themselves to read/write? Major OOPS there.

*nods* I totally wasn't expecting that. Where did that come from? Was he tortured so much for so long that something snapped and it made him enjoy it? I wonder if they're ever going to come back to that and try to explain it away. 'Cause right now I'm with you... W...T...F, Dean??
oh these heroes come and go;micheleeeex on January 16th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
At least we still have one Puppy, though.

jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam (from ELAC)jessm78 on January 16th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hee!! Exactly :D
pizzapixiepizzapixie on January 16th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Didn't Dean's statement about saving people to redeem himself seem a little deja vu to Sam in Playthings?
I don't know, it just was too much "Desperation Dean,Self-Sacrificing Hero" with his trusty geek sidekick for me.
♪ PARTNER IN CRIME ♪: [spn / castiel] angelshipwrecking on January 16th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Same with me.
Jude: Sam smile SCjude_91 on January 16th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Agreed, it's starting to piss me off.
pizzapixiepizzapixie on January 16th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on January 16th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
You know, now that I think of it, it did seem a lot like Sam in Playthings (the whole "the more I save people, the more I can change" thing).

Yeah, that was a little too much for me. :P I hope that they don't play that up too much in future episodes.
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on January 16th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!
I always waiting your review! because It take me a little to watch it, normally at 11 pm I am downlading, but, now, I am not doing it, because it is not upload! :O. But, with your review I stop to be rush to watch it hehehe, because there is not a good plot. or something interesting.

Thank you! I can go to sleep calmly :O)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on January 16th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!!!
You are very welcome! :) Aw I hope you get to see it soon and I'm glad you liked my review!
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on January 17th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!!!
Yes I just watched, and it was just a recycled episode. The benders, as you said.-

just instead of that sam was kidnapped was the son and instead of the brother´s girl police was the unlce. but the same storyline. well almost.

just it is a episode to forget!
deangirl1deangirl1 on January 16th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
As much as I liked this episode.... Dean's confession that he ENJOYED torturing people? He's dead to me. They effectively killed the character for me. sorry. I know everyone thinks I'm over-reacting. but there it is...
Sweetie: Dean - Nothing is Real - fangirl_lovessweetiejen on January 16th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Talk about character assassination.
jessm78: Jensen Ackles: Magazine Shootjessm78 on January 16th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
That did seem to come out of left field. I have to wonder where they think they're trying to go with this and if they're going to try to explain it away.

The only way I could see him enjoying it is if all the pain and suffering he endured made him go absolutely crazy. Although, even then......

I'm just not sure about this.
♪ PARTNER IN CRIME ♪: [spn] bitch pie now!shipwrecking on January 16th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
I really wasn't too pleased about this episode myself. The biggest thing, for me, was that little moment where Dean and Sam had that brotherly banter. That was the best part. I really didn't take to the rest of it, as it seemed like a really big rip-off of Black Christmas.

And I feel like they're pushing the Dean stuff too much. I know he has his issues about hell, but having him cry on the hood of the Impala at the end of every episode is going to stretch out the amount of sympathy that I have for him. I liked it the last time around, that tore me to pieces (I cried, I'll admit), but this time I wasn't feeling too thrilled by it at all.

I felt like this episode was a waste. If they were going to use it to get a point across, they didn't. It was just a repeat of the last episode we had. I was honestly looking for a little Sam focus, even for a millisecond.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on January 16th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way about this episode. Yeah, I did enjoy that bit of banter. :)

I had a feeling they would be highlighting Dean and his time in hell this season, but I agree, it does feel like they're pushing it a little too much. Spending quite a bit of time I can understand, but at the end of practically every episode? I reacted the same way to that scene in Heaven and Hell, but ... yeah... I think my feelings on the episode overall contributed to it heavily.

Yeah, it was like a "filler" or "throwaway" type of episode to me. The MOTW were humans, and I know they did that in The Benders, but I even liked that episode better.

Sam seemed underused in this ep to me. I hope we get a bit more focus on him in the next few eps.
vamplover85vamplover85 on January 16th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Hi! I liked your review so i'm posting here. :) Trust me dear...This isn't my favorite episode either. It totally creeped me out why oh why do they have to bring humans into the mix of this?! I might have trouble sleeping tonight just because of that and I don't have any light reading either! It's the only thing I can think of because of Dean. Trying to do what's right and not turn into something that he doesn't want to turn into....the Ruby thing still ringing in his head. I still say that he enjoyed it because he had 30 to 40 years of pure torture and after that...he just didn't want to feel. So he just did it.Though why did he have to tell his little brother that?! But the plot itself....Why? Did Kripke have to do a horrible storyline of ickiness of that?! I'm so glad that I'm the only one who watched it tonight....my mother would have told me to turn it off! The funniest moment was when Danny said, "Like Scobby Doo" and Jensen's proformance was amazing. The beginning was great and the ending was good that's about pretty much about it. Poor Danny who will need tons of therapy. I just can't roll my head around this one.
Meghan: brospeach_megumi on January 16th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Next week looks awesome!

As for this ep, I have to agree that I was not overly impressed by the family, but (as the saying goes) the world needs ditch-diggers, too. lol. I also preferred the dog, but that's a common occurrence with me, haha. Put a puppy (or Puppy) on the screen... It was pretty good, not one of their best, but... I like that they do occasionally come across things that are not supernatural, and that Dean is always pointing out that humans are sicker than anything they hunt. Plus, the whole part right before Ted gets killed, for all that it's a basic horror set-up was very effectively tense - it felt claustrophobic and paranoid, which is kind of hard. Go them!