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01 May 2009 @ 07:15 am
Supernatural #4x20 The Rapture (episode review)  
Sorry I'm so late with it this time. I went right to sleep after the show last night (okay, not right to sleep... had to gather my thoughts together and write some notes for this review, lol). I was so exhausted. But I'm not going to let this ep slip by without a review, so here we go. Warning, there are some less-than-fangirly comments about a certain female character. Hopefully not bad enough to prompt you to flame me, LOL, but I just thought I would let you know. And I hope that none of what I wrote makes it sound like I'm bashing Sam. I'm still a Sam girl till the end, I still love him, but I had to be honest here. It's also pretty long, and there are some speculations for the final 2 episodes. Not a lot, just based on what was shown in the "Soon" promos. So shouldn't be spoilery beyond that.

Show... OMG, what you are doing to me.... *cries*

To start, the Sam/Ruby flashback scenes made me feel a little ill. I know they were needed in the context of the plot, but still.... ugh.  :P

So, we open on Dean fishing!! Hee :D And then Cas joins him on the pier. He looks as if he wants to say something to Dean, but it's not safe here ("here" being in Dean's mind because he's dreaming). They have to meet somewhere else.

Dean and Sam go to some abandoned building (I couldn't tell what it was exactly because my stupid picture STILL sucks!!! *grrrr*) and find Cas lying unconscious on the ground. BTW, I find it kinda amusing that Sam now refers to him as "Cas" too. *g* Anyway, Cas awakens and we learn he's not Cas anymore. It's his vessel, Jimmy, and he says that Cas is "gone." Hmmm........  

Nice to hear Misha's regular voice!

They take him back with them and, wow, he really gives Dean a run for his money with the way he dives into the food, LOL. Don't blame him one bit, though. He doesn't seem to remember anything from the time Cas was possessing him, including what he had said to Dean in the dream about wanting to talk to him.

In flashbacks we see glimpses of Jimmy's wife Amelia and daughter Claire, and we see how Cas started attracting him and calling to him (hearing static on a radio, and seeing in the tv screen while he was watching something about angels, interestingly).

Back to Sam and Dean ... Dean wants to send Jimmy home to his famiy. Sam wants him to stay because he could be a lead (I think he mentioned something about angel-on-angel violence? I can't remember). Dean is bothered by this and says, "remember when our job was helping people?" Sam doesn't deny this and insists that he does want to help.

Oh, dear. Sam. Sam, Sam, Sam. *wags finger* He sneaks out to the car and has turned his back, which allows Jimmy to escape. Sam is still Junkie!Sam. He takes out a bottle of demon blood and starts drinking. Noooooooo! *glares severely at his demon bitch enabler*

And then when he rejoins Dean in the motel room, he is acting rather pushy. He's wound tighter than a drum as he tells Dean to hurry up. And of course he lies about where he was when Jimmy took off. He says he was getting a Coke. Dean: "Was it a refreshing Coke?" Hee!

As Jimmy makes his journey back home, we see more glimpses of his life when he was communicating with Cas. He puts his hand into a boiling pot of water and doesn't get burned. He tells his wife that Cas is testing his faith.

Sam and Dean are driving around when Anna suddenly appears in the back seat, causing Dean to nearly run off the road. She chastises them for letting Cas get away, telling them that something big is happening. Was it just me, or did she seem a little annoying in this scene? Yes, Anna, Sam did let him get away. And yes, Sam does seem different. *sobs*

Jimmy returns home and watches his wife and daughter from the windows. We see more flashbacks of him telling his wife about how Cas has chosen him for a higher purpose. She doesn't seem thrilled about it and says that the most important thing is them (to Jimmy telling her God is the most important thing). She tells him to take his pills and if he doesn't stop, she'll leave. Then we see him outside telling Cas he'll do it and asking for him to help.

And so Cas possesses him. His daughter sees him outside and asks Daddy what he's doing. Cas turns to her and says "I am not your father." Awww. How hearbreaking. :(

In the present we see Jimmy reuniting with them. His wife thought he was dead and he tells her he was in a clinic because he wanted to get himself right. He insists that he's really okay, that he was confused and delusional. Reversing himself on what he told her earlier, he insists that the most important thing to him is them.

We go back to Sam and Dean. Junkie!Sam is calling his acursed supplier and demanding more blood from her. *heart is breaking*

More scenes with Jimmy and his family. Having dinner. They ask if he's going to say Grace. He won't and starts crying, because he's happy. Aww.

Then we see their friend?neighbor? Roger stopping by (Geek alert: played by Aaron Pearl, who was young Lt. Hammond and Lt. Kearney on Stargate SG-1!!). Turns out the guy is possessed by a demon. Hate to say it, but I saw that coming. He starts beating Jimmy up and we go to commercial break. Wheee.

Jimmy starts laying down salt (so we can assume that he eventually got the upper hand on Demon!Roger?) and his wife isn't believing him on what's happening. And then we find out that Demon!Roger has kidnapped Claire! Another female demon (uh... Roger's wife? Someone else?) starts beating Jimmy when lo and behold, Dean and Sam come to the rescue. Dean ends Demon!Roger with the knife.

Sam tries to use his powers on the other female demon, but it doesn't work. Uh oh. But Dean helps out and rushes up to her, causing the demon to escape from her.

Next come another scene that breaks my heart. Sam tells Jimmy that the demons are after him because he's a vessel. He's in danger and he has to go with them, away from his family. Jimmy asks for how long, and Sam says forever. He says that to keep them safe he has to either be apart from them or put a bullet in his head. "You can never be with your family." Owww. Dean is obviously bothered by this and tells Sam not to sugarcoat it. Sam insists that he's telling the truth and someone has to.  Again, we see the role reversal.

Then we get a scene where Jimmy tells his wife he has to leave. She doesn't want to leave him, but he says he has to. And he can't tell her how long. After he leaves, we see wife and daughter alone, when suddenly... OMG! His wife is possessed! She smacks their daughter and calls her "bitch."

Dean and Sam are driving off with Jimmy in the back seat, and Dean brings up that Sam seemed weak back there when he was trying to exorcise that demon, that he looked like he would faint. Sam denies this, and Dean says that his mojo was all over the place. Dean says that it's scaring him. Sam replies, "I'm scaring myself." You and Dean are not the only one's you're scaring, Sammy. :(  I've got some thoughts on why he says this that I'll address later. Anyway, the phone rings and it's Jimmy's "wife." He takes the phone and says "Oh my God." Commercial time.

Apparently Demon!Amelia told Jimmy they have his daughter, or maybe something not as blatant. Sam and Dean discuss this and Sam says it's probably a trap. Dean knows, but he has a plan (which apparently doesn't turn into a good one).

Jimmy is seen alone, crying out to Cas for help before we see Demon!Amelia who has Claire tied and bound to a chair. Oh, and a couple of other demons have captured Dean and Sam too.

Demon!Amelia declares it's time for everyone to die and she shoots Jimmy!! But something is going on with little Claire. And we see that Cas has taken her over! She escapes from her bounds and ends up killing a couple of the demons.

Junkie!Sam goes to one of the fallen demons to get his fix. In a quite messy way. UGH, Sammy, my Sammy, what have you become??? :( Dean finally sees this and the look on his face is just -- WHOA. Sam takes notice of this and then sticks the knife in the demon's body. He shares a look with Dean but doesn't really appear very guilty or lost as he's done in the past (like in Metamorphosis and ITGPSW for instance). He then exorcises the demon from Amelia.

Cas wishes to keep Claire as his vessel, despite Jimmy's protests. He tells Jimmy he served them well and it's time for him to go home. He says his daughter was chosen and is with him now. Jimmy feebly begs him to take him instead. Cas does and is back inside Jimmy.

Dean then asks Cas what he was going to tell him. Cas says he learned something while he was away. He serves Heaven. He doesn't serve man, and he certainly doesn't serve Dean. He then walks away. Um.......   gee... I have no idea what to say to this.

Sam and Dean are driving away and Sam brings up the ugly scene from before. He is expecting Dean to stop the car, take a swing at him or chew him out. Dean doesn't want to hear it. He tells Sam he doesn't care. He says "What do you want me to say? I'm disappointed?" He admits that he is, but he's mostly tired. And he's done. He's just done.    Oh, man.

Then Bobby calls and tells them to get their asses over to his place.  *hearts Bobby* *fears for him*

He leads them to his panic room and says they have a demon problem. Sam goes in and asks what it is. Bobby replies, "it's you' and he locks Sam inside!! OMG. Sam bangs on the door and protests for them to let him out. Dean and Bobby don't lift a finger to do so.

Hly crp.

So I'm guessing that at some point unbeknownst to Sam, Dean conferred with Bobby about him and they planned this to trap him in the panic room.

And then the "Soon" previews.... I just wanted to cry. Seeing Sam beg that he's not a demon or isn't drinking demon blood from the panic room, seeing him go through withdrawal and tied down like that.....  I just. Ow, it hurts. And seeing his DBE (short for demon bitch enabler... I'm getting tired of typing that out, lol) with him made me throw up in my mouth a little. But anyway....   Dean pledging himself to God and the angels? And from what we hear him say over those aforementioned scenes makes it sound like he wants to kill the DBE (oh yes, please do!!! I hate what she is doing to Sammy!).

And that one shot of Dean on the floor with a bloody nose saying "if you walk out that door, never come back." I started crying right there. I don't know if it was because I'm getting PMS-y again or what, but....  yeah, I cried.

Final thoughts on this episode:  It was nice to see Misha flexing his acting muscles a little more there and to get a glimpse of the man he was possessing. I know we didn't see much of Dean and Sam, and it seemed like Castiel Knows Best, a SPN spinoff, but I think it was necessary to get some backstory on Cas and his vessel since he'll be returning as a regular next season.

As if it wasn't obvious, Junkie!Sam bothered me. Thank God his DBE didn't appear... I honestly thought I heard she was supposed to return for this ep. I guess it's just for ep. 21 and 22. But still. Seeing Sam with such a dependency on demon blood and seeing how it affects his attitude really bothered me. And then when he was sucking the blood from that one demon? The way he looked with his mouth covered in blood reminded me of Jack, the rugaru guy from Metamorphosis (and that brings me back to what Sam said to him, about how he doesn't have to become a monster and can fight it... wow, how those words ring hollow now). The way Sam told Dean here that he's scaring himself.... I was wondering if he means he was scaring himself because he's so dependent on the demon blood, or if he's scaring himself that his powers weren't working. Anyway, I hated seeing him that way. Yes, I know a lot of people love Sam going darkside. I know Jared loves it and wants it to happen. But I'm sorry, seeing this aspect of it does not sit well with me. And I know it's going to get worse before it gets better, IF it gets better. *cries and hugs her season 1/2 Sam clone and never lets him go*

The rift between Dean and Sam is like the Grand Canyon now. And that is probably going to get worse, too. From the "Soon" previews, it really looks like Dean will be fighting on the side of good, while Sam will be fighting on the side of evil. aka Brother vs. Brother. If they end up fighting each other, I really hope it doesn't stay that way. I hope once Sam hits his lowest point, he can come back up and be brought back to the good side and he and Dean will be back on the same side. Eventually. Yes, I know Jared wants the show to go out with them fighting each other. Sweetie, I love you, you're a terrific guy and I love how you play the character, but I'm sorry, I'm going to have to go with Jensen on this one (the show to end with the boys side by side).

This show is just breaking me. It really is. Yet I still have to watch. And hope against hope that eventually, things will turn around.
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CaptainLon: Danneel+Jensen=<3captainlon on May 1st, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
Jared is a bloody brilliant actor!! Sometimes he get's to show it more (BUABS), this one and I bet he'll be amazing in the next episodes! Looks like it at least! O_o

Go read my review! lol
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: NYCC 2009jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
I know! He did such an awesome job, even if Sam's behavior disturbed me a little, lol. I'm looking forward to the next episodes!

I read and commented! lol
summers84summers84 on May 1st, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
Most of the time I was screaming at the television screen. The fishing scene in the beginning made me smile. The fishing dock reminded me of the 'Dead in the water' episode. It was really interesting and a nice touch to show Castiel's vessel's life. I do miss 'Sammy' and 'Sam' of seasons 1/2 and 3 yes. I was completely blown away with this episode. Hands down, all of them can act extremely well. I am saddened/excited for next week's episode.
jessm78jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
I don't blame you. I really liked the fishing scene. I wonder if they filmed it in the same place as Dead in the Water? Even though we didn't see much of Sam and Dean, it was interesting to learn about Castiel's vessel and his life and family. I agree, I really do miss him.

Yeah, they all knocked it out of the park in this episode. I'm excited but nervous about the last two episodes.
lovetheguyslovetheguys on May 1st, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
I agree with you--it kills me to see the boys versing each other this way. But my hope is that they will find their way back to each other and be closer than ever.


Love, Robin
jessm78jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Doesn't it? I really do hope that they come back together and we see some of that brotherly bond repaired. I'm going to try thinking positive...

... In between screaming at Kripke!!
anastdeananastdean on May 1st, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
I think we should be prepared for even worse moments in the future, I still wanna watch like you do, but I don't understand why we had to get to this?? That addict senario other that giving Jared the opportunity to act I don't get it...
I loved the bro moments and I think Kripke knows most of us do, but he doesn't seem to wanna indulge us..
faerieirish2087faerieirish2087 on May 1st, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
I ♥ your review!!! lol. nicely described. their rift is like the grand canyon.

Lol. Yes. Sam calling him Cas amuses me too. You'd think he wouldn't...

omg that's exactly it with Jack in Metamorphasis! That was so incredibly nasty. Was that a forshadowing episode? Even though Kripke says Red Sky at the Morning was a bad eppie (I happened to love it) Was a forshadowing episode too? Or am I seeing things again? Lol. You pointed out more this time.

I feel the same way too. This show and I have to watch it. Lol. Why isn't it Thursday yet?!?!?! *tear* It'll be a Sammy centered episode so YAY.

I'm kind of nervous about the addict senario. :/

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babycin: heartbabycin on May 1st, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm still broken, really..
This episode killed me. And the next I'm sure will do the same.
Sammy.. oh Sammy..
jessm78: Mystery Spotjessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Me too. I think the next episode (and the finale) will leave me a mess. *sigh*

*hugs Sammy tight*
wyntertwilight: (spn) redwyntertwilight on May 1st, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
*hugs Jess tightly* I feel your pain, believe me. The promos, with Sam throwing Dean around and Dean giving Sam the ultimatum and THAT DEMON BITCH and all the angst, OMG, THEY KILLED ME!!! *bawls* It really IS going to end up brother vs. brother, and it depresses me to no end! :-(

I totally felt the parallel to Metamorphosis too, I thought it was very significant that Sam had all the blood around his mouth, it just shows how far he's crossed over to the dark side. Dean's face when he saw him, oh my God. And the way he was like "I don't care. I'm done." *heart breaks* I know on some level, he was setting Sam up for the intervention, but on another level, he DOES feel like that and he really is just sick of it all and it scares me because it's not the Dean we know and love! *bawls again*

Oh Kripke, what have you done? :-(
jessm78jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
*huggles Sadia back* I know, they just about broke me! And Dean telling Sam not to come back if he walks out that door... I just cried right there!! Damn you, Kripke! You'd better fix this before the show ends!

Yeah, I kept thinking of what Dean told him at the beginning of that episode, too. The "do you know how far off the reservation you've gone?" and "If I didn't know you, I would hunt you." *sniffle* And the fact that Dean ducked out of the way when Sam raised his hand to exorcise the demon from Amelia? It was as if he was afraid Sam would do something to him after he caught him doing this. It's so heartbreaking.

These boys... they are both so far from the boys we know and love! It breaks my heart over and over again! *sobs*

If Kripke doesn't fix this I think I'm gonna riot!
tracys_dreamtracys_dream on May 1st, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
This show is totally breaking me too and I'm praying things will turn around soon.
jessm78jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm with you right there. I really hope it gets better before the show ends.
ChristianGateFancgf_kat on May 1st, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
*sobs* I know. I hope that too. I really don't understand how Jared can 'want' Sam to go dark side. Though, actually, he didn't say he wanted the show to end with them fighting each other, he just does want to go evil at least for a little while, and he wants Sam and Dean to go out fighting evil--not each other. That's what he meant. he wants the show to end with them both going out as heroes, I think. Which would be a litte better. But I'd still rather them both be alive and brotherly at the end. gah!
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
I don't understand it either. I remember seeing interviews he did in season 3 where he said he wouldn't mind exploring some of Sam's dark side. He mentioned in a few recent interviews that he'd like Sam to go dark side, and I think he said it again at the latest con in Australia. I read in a report from that con that he said he wanted them to go out fighting each other, and Jensen was the opposite and wanted them to go out fighting side by side. Unless, maybe I read it wrong or I'm remembering wrong. Or maybe Jared said it because he knew what Jensen would say and wanted to say the opposite? ;) I do remember him saying he wanted it to end with them both going out as heroes, though, so that does sound promising.

Let's hope they will both stay alive and be back together at the end! If not, I guess we'll have to write some fic fix-its!
The Girl With the Kaleidoscopeyaya_wr8t3r on May 1st, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
I know I'm afraid of how season 5 is going to pan out. Sam and Ruby recruiting other demons and perhaps fallen angels. While Dean and Cas work together with the other angels. Eric said that he originally had season 3 end with Sam saving Dean and Sam going dark side, do you think that he'll end the series with Sam going dark side? It seems that Eric likes his characters to struggle and while Dean seems to be finding his footing, Sam seems to be slipping away. I'm just afraid how far Eric is willing to go with Sam's storyline *shivers and hides under blanket*
jessm78jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
It's really making me nervous and I think I could see them using that scenario. *shudders* I really hope he doesn't end the series with Sam going dark side. It seems to me like he is already starting to go dark side with the drinking demon blood and maybe he has to go completely dark side to battle Lilith? Though it is interesting that he can get his "demon blood fix" from any demon, not just Ruby.

The fact that Sam seems to be slipping away really saddens me. With it looking like Good vs. Evil next season, I hope that before the show ends Sam can be brought back over to the good side and they can both go out as heroes. I'm not too optimistic, though.
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winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on May 1st, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was waiting for you, because as always I have to wait to watch it and yesterday you didn´t come :O( but, thank god, youare here now :O) I agree with you that, I don´t like sammy get dark. I love that of the brother side by side. Just, that thing of brother against brother, just, how did you say it? it don´t sit with me? With me either! I want the season 1!!! now!!! just, that think of no hope, just hopeless and you lost every loveone what the heck is that!!! I don´t like that! Anyway, Always glad to read you my friend :O)

Have a nice day :O)
jessm78jessm78 on May 2nd, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: HI!!!
Hi hon! I'm so sorry I wasn't there, I was so tired I had to go to sleep!! Yes, I really don't want Sammy to go dark. I want the brothers fighting side by side. I miss their brotherly bond so much. I hope we get it back before the show ends!!

Aw I am always happy to read your comments too, my friend!

Have a nice weekend! :)
juchalina: padascarfjuchalina on May 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
YES! Sam definitely reminds me of that rugaru guy! Do yo remember his words to Jack? It was something kinda "If you get dark for only one time, you'll never be able to come back from there". Is this thing happening now with Sam? I have so many questions about that!

Btw, earlier I was completely in love with evil!Sam. But now he's scaring the hell out of me and I'm about to hate him. Because of his crusade against Lilith he forgot about his brother and things that his father had taught him. He's getting insane more and more. Not to mention this blood sucking thing... It's just gross!
jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
I looked up what he said to Jack, and it was something like "you have this dark pit inside of you but you don't have to fall into it. You don't have to be a monster. It doesn't matter who you are, but what you do." but before that he said "You feed once, and it's all over. And then we'll have to stop you." It does sound like Sam, doesn't it? *shivers*

I was too. I thought he was so hot in BUABS. But he's scaring me now too, it's really bothering me. And the things I saw in that "Soon" preview made me feel even worse. I really am hoping that he can come back to us next season, before the show ends. I hate seeing him like this, fighting against Dean. I know it's different and Jared might like it, but before the show ends I really want to see Dean get through to him and get them both back fighting together. The blood sucking thing grosses me out, too. :P
Amaranth Tracesamaranthtraces on May 3rd, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
warning: incoming rant...
Good recap, Jess. I just saw this episode yesterday, and I'm kinda glad I've been falling out of love with the series this season. It reminds me of seasons 9 and 10 of SG-1 when Daniel underwent such a dramatic character shift, culminating in The Shroud and then Unending which (rather pathetically, I admit) made my stomach hurt to watch.

I think Supernatural might have jumped the shark with this whole angels thing. I've really lost a lot of interest in it. The show doesn't get to me as it used to.

I recently saw a couple repeats of old episodes. The one with Bloody Mary, the one with that creepy dead kid in the lake who was killing the families of the kids who killed him... Those episodes were freaking good, man! What I would expect from a show that examines supernatural activities and myths - stories that keep me (sometimes literally!) on the edge of my seat as I wait to find out what will happen next. Those episodes reminded me why I used to love this show so much!

This last season of the show has, in my opinion, been quite boring. Multi-episode story arcs frustrate me, and they're not nearly as interesting as the one-shot tales. I'm not saying that character development over the series isn't a good thing, I'm just saying that it can be achieved just as well with an episodic approach.

I'm quite disappointed that the show has strayed so far from its roots. I can honestly say that if I don't catch the next few episodes, I won't feel like I missed out on anything.
jessm78jessm78 on May 7th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
Re: warning: incoming rant...
Thanks, hon. I can see the similarities between the show this season and SG-1 in seasons 9 and 10. It pained me to watch quite a few episodes of season 10 myself. I hated Daniel's personality shift.

When I first heard about the angels plot, I was intrigued. It was something new and different, but now I just ... dunno, I'm not too enchanted. And I really don't like the whole "pitting brother against brother" thing.

I've been rewatching the older episodes myself. It is amazing how different the show was back then. I watch my season 1 and 2 DVDs a lot, way more than I watch seasons 3 and 4. I loved the examination of the myths, urban legends, that sort of thing. I know people were afraid of it all getting stale and they wanted the show to have an arc. It did even in the beginning, but it was more in the background, I guess. It really feels too involved this season. And I think that's part of the reason why the fic ideas I have are set earlier on (like most of my SG-1 fics were set before season 9).

They really have watered down the whole mythical aspect of the story, haven't they? We've seen a few new monsters this season (the rugaru, ghouls), but nowhere near as many as in the past. I wonder if the multiple-episode story arcs have anything to do with the writer's strike last year? Sometimes it seems like they were in a hurry to tell some stories. If they'd done it at a slower pace, maybe it wouldn't have been as bad. But last season was cut short, and Kripke is so insistent on ending the show with season 5. So it's as if they're really ramping things up.

I know what you're saying, though. Even though I still watch and am interesting in seeing how things go, I don't get as much enjoyment out if it as I used to. I'll probably keep watching mostly because I want to see if things will eventually get better (Sam becoming redeemed and coming back to Dean's side). I just hope it won't turn out like SG-1 did.