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17 September 2009 @ 09:59 pm
SPN #5x02 Good God, Y'all! (episode review)  
So here is my review. It's been a long day and I've been battling a headache but hopefully this sorta makes sense...

This show is killing me.

I really wanted to cry at the end, I really really did.

But first... We start at the hospital. Bobby is real quiet and brooding over his situation. The way Sam was standing in the doorway to his room looking at Bobby, I wonder what was going through his head. Obviously he was unhappy about Bobby and I wonder if he was feeling any guilt for possibly helping Bobby get into this situation. With all the guilt he had in the last episode, it seems like it'd be carrying over here.

Heh. Cas calls them over the cell phone and arrives. Bobby is expecting Cas to heal him, but he cannot. He is gone from Heaven and thus most of his powers from Heaven won't work. Damn! Bobby can't be stuck like this... he's Bobby! He's got to get better at some point!

So everyone's speculations about how Sam and Dean were saved, how they were put on that airplane, and how Cas was saved, are pretty much dead on. Cas believes it was God who helped them. And he believes God can help them now. Dean is snarky as usual and says he thinks they can find him in New Mexico on a tortilla. Cas says, perfectly seriously, "He's not on any flatbread." Sorry, but I was ROTFL at that one!

Dean's reaction is interesting when Cas wants to take his amulet. He's very reluctant until he finally removes it and tells Cas not to lose it. I was thinking that at least PART of the reason for this was that it was a gift from Sam (the Wee!Chester scene from A Very Supernatural Christmas). And it shows how much Sam still means to him, trust issues or not. Or maybe I'm just reading into it something that isn't there. *shrugs*

We got some rock n roll!! FINALLY! The Foreigner song "Long Way From Home" from After School Special in the "Road So Far" recap, and then "Spirit  in the Sky" when Sam and Dean went to Colorado to follow up on that call Bobby got from Rufus.

Wow, Ellen, I really missed you. Great to see you again. Interesting how she splashes Dean with the Holy Water to make sure it's them. And I like how she berates them for not calling her and tells Dean he better put her on speed dial. Heh. Interesting that she and Jo started hunting again. Got to wonder when that started happening again...

So we see some of the fallout from the end of the last episode, with Dean not trusting Sam. Whenever Sam wants to go off alone, Dean doesn't like it. And we can see how much it's bothering Sam.

I knew he wasn't totally over the blood addiction. That would have been way too easy. Maybe he was healed of the physical effects, but I think the mental/psychological effects he still has to battle. After he killed the guys in that store as he was looking for the salt, the way he stared at the knife and started fingering some of the blood was telling. And of course he tries to pull himself away from it when Dean comes in. The looks they share... it's like Dean is all wary and uncomfortable seeing the dead guys and the pool of blood, and the bloody knife in Sam's hand. And Sam is just... I can't really tell. Maybe pained because Dean sees him like this?

Later Sam finally blows up at him, saying that Dean thinks that if he sees the blood he'll go off the wagon. It looks like Dean's inability to trust Sam has finally gotten to him and he lashes out, pushing Dean. He's about to say more when Ellen and some of the others see. I don't know, but when he was talking to Dean earlier, it was like there was a glimpse of the old Sam. When he told Dean he wished he could save those teenagers instead of killing them. It briefly reminded me of Playthings when Sam was upset that he couldn't save the guy who died while they were at the hotel. That was when he'd given Dean that speech about how maybe the more people he saves, the more he can change his destiny. I'm not sure why, but when he told Dean in this episode about wishing he could have saved those kids, it just gave me a little reminder of what he said in Playthings. But here obviously saving people would be using his powers and the demon blood. It's like he's at an impasse. He wants Dean to trust him and earn that trust back, but at the same time he feels bad that he can't save people the only way he really can.

Sorry for that little detour. *g* Getting back to the episode... When Dean and Ellen go out looking for Jo, Ellen finally asks him what was going on between him and Sam. She asks if a girl came between them. Um... yeah, actually, that is kind of what happened. In a way, of course. *glares in Ruby's direction*

When I saw Jo and Rufus with the black eyes, I thought they were possessed. But then we got the flashes of them with normal eyes, so I knew something wasn't right there.

Sam gets captured by Rufus and Jo, who obviously think he's a demon so they tie him up, splash him with water and pour salt in his mouth. Poor Sammy :(

Ellen returns and tells the others what happened. Is it me, or did it look like for a split second that Dean was ready to run out to find and rescue Sam? For a brief moment he ran to the door and was about to open it, but then hesitated and hung back, saying they need to come up with a strategy. At first I thought what is he doing?? But I wonder if, because Dean has always been pretty self-loathing, he thought that after what Sam said earlier (about being pissed that Dean doesn't trust him) he didn't want him to come and rescue him? Or perhaps he thought that if he had quickly shown up to rescue Sam, it'd mean that Dean didn't think Sam could take care of himself? That sounds a little fishy I guess, but I'm still trying to figure it out. Was it simply the trust issue?

So it turns out that no one was possessed by demons. It was War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, who was making people think their neighbors were demons and turning them against each other. Interesting what he told Sam about Sam's blood addiction. That all he sees is blood, and then mentions the lust for power. Obviously Sam wants to be in control of himself and wants power, but he thinks it's for good intentions. In this case, saving people who are possessed instead of killing them with the knife. Sam denies it and War tells him to save it for his brother.

Finally Dean shows up and rescues Sam. They both realize how it's War causing all this, and the power is in the ring he wears. I like how Dean got through to Rufus. I love that guy. He had some good one-liners, like after he told the one young guy to stop firing ("stop firing' means 'stop firing'." And "I'm getting too old for this." Hee.

Oh, nice way they neutralized War. Cutting his finger off with the ring on it. I'm glad they did it just in time before Ellen got knifed.

The talk at the end.... Okay, so I'm glad they showed the boys talking out their feelings a bit.. well, at least Sam airing his feelings, but. Ouch. This scene HURT. He tells Dean the problem isn't the blood, it's himself. He's got something inside him, and it scares him. It apparently scares him enough that he wants to step back from hunting, and wants them to go their separate ways. Oh, Sammy!!! Oh, dear, I just want to give him the biggest hug.

Part of me was wondering though if he was mostly saying it to see what Dean would say, as if he was testing Dean to see how far Dean's mistrust went. And I think it's easy to see that he's pretty stung when Dean tells him he's right, maybe they should. Wow, I just have no words for this. I really don't know what to say. I guess the whole thing has really bothered Dean this much?

And Dean asks him if he wants to take the Impala?? Okay, Dean NEVER willingly gives that car to anyone (with the exception of the times Bobby drove it, but that was temporary). What does this tell us? He trusts Sam with the car? Again, I'm probably reading into this wrong, but it makes me think that deep down there's a part of him that still trusts Sam to some extent, and that perhaps he is capable of trusting Sam more fully again. At least I'm hoping so.

But my goodness. When Sam went over to the car and grabbed his stuff out of it, then went to hitch a ride on that truck, I was so ready to cry. And the look on Dean's face at the very end, you could tell this was bothering him. I still can't believe how much this hurt. They better get back together soon, you hear me, Kripke? I'm betting that they'll be apart for at least one or two more episodes (based on the promo for next week it looks like they'll be apart there). Hopefully whatever happens to both of them will make them see that they really work the best when they're together. I'm really hoping so.

So, I guess that's my review. I hope no one's going to bash me for being too harsh or lenient on either boy. Most of you know that I'm more of a SamGirl, it's just the way I am, but I really try to be objective in my reviews. I personally feel that both boys had a hand in the apocalypse, so they each have their share of the blame. And they both have to take steps in order to bridge the gap between them. I'm just calling it as I see it in these eps. Please don't tell me I'm not worthy of my SamGirl-ness or I'm being way too harsh on Dean. I'm trying to look at it from both points of view.

Time to call it a night. Headache's coming back and I've got to be up for work at 6am. :P
Current Mood: soreheadachy
colinfree on September 17th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
I got this feeling that the rate of this show will be going down and down. I mean, seriously, Eric really out of the line ( maybe just for me ), and I really really want Castiel die, really dead this time!!!
Melissa N. Tillotsonbrianshanelvr on September 17th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
I am on the same page! He is trying to split the brothers up!

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Kadysnbt_kady on September 17th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Amen x 1000! You're smack on target for how I feel as well. (I think we Samgirls need to stick together to root for our beloved geek.) I love Dean too, but he can really be an ass sometimes.
jessm78: Sam smiling in Salvationjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
Aw... you made me pull out my smiling Sammy icon! :D Thanks for the kind words. It's great to meet another like mind here. I really try to be fair to both of them in my reviews, even though some of Dean's recent actions have bugged me.
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Melissa N. Tillotsonbrianshanelvr on September 17th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I understand Dean is hurt, it's completely expected. There are just so many times that Dean told Sam that he wouldn't and couldn't do this with out him, but now what? He's just too worried about Sam to do his job? I call crap on that one.

Dean offering the Impala caught me so much, it was like a goodbye gift? It felt so... set in stone? The scene reminded me of the (The Rapture?) scene where Dean didn't get into a fight about what Sam did with the blood, cause he again feels like Dean has given up on him.

(Sorry for all the question marks - I can't think right, after all of that!)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
First... cool icon! Hee :D

Yeah, even though it bugs me, I can understand why Dean would be hurt. His words to Sam at the end of last week's episode hurt, but I understood why he said them and wasn't as pissed off as a lot of others seemed to be. But yeah, that line about being too worried about Sam to do his job sounded like a copout.

It did feel that way, didn't it? Like things were now final. I got flashbacks to The Rapture, too. It felt like Sam was looking for help the way he was airing his feelings, and Dean just wanted to give up.

(lol - totally understandable!)
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deej1957deej1957 on September 17th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I think I'm going to pass on the episode tonight. I'll get my Sam fix when you do your Puppy thing!
Mad Maudlinginzai on September 18th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Dean hesitated in going after Sam because he was caught between his initial inclination to go save his brother and his recognition that there were a good 10 people there who needed him and could be slaughtered without him there. He stopped and put them first. It shows a pretty huge amount of character growth on his part from where he was in S1-S2.

Personally, I got a flashback to Dean's speech in DT when Sam was talking about being scared of himself. Dean said almost the exact same thing back then, only for Dean it was "For you or Dad, the things I wouldn't do or kill... It scares me sometimes." Sam doesn't seem to have that limitation but it still makes me wonder if we'll see Sam acting sort of like S2!Dean here as he tries to get control of himself. Actually, isn't he even the same age that Dean was in S2?

I think Sam was sort of trying to test Dean at the end and he was very much hurt at how quickly Dean gave in. I don't think Dean ever would have suggested that they split up themselves, but he wasn't surprised or shocked by the concept which means he'd been thinking about it himself. However that he was willing to let Sam take the Impala shows to me that he's both concerned with Sam's safety and he still loves his brother and trusts him, at least to an extent. Dean wouldn't give the Impala to just anyone. I don't think he'd offer to give it to Bobby, for instance. That he could offer it to Sam, especially after the bit in 4x01 when Sam thought the Impala was his and put the iPod in? Yeah, that's significant.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Now that you mention it, that does sound logical and smacks of character growth. Shows how much Dean has changed.

Yeah, I see what you're saying. What Sam said kinda does remind me a little of Dean's speech in DT. Not the exact same thing, but kind of reminiscent. I think Dean was 27-28 in S2, and Sam is 26 now (this episode has to take place after May 2nd, right?). So not the same exact age, but very close.

Yeah, that's how I saw that. I don't think Sam was expecting Dean to give in that quickly... he probably thought Dean would put up a little fight. Maybe he would've taken comfort in that, but as you said Dean didn't seem surprised by the concept and he didn't offer any objections. That's totally what I was thinking when he offered Sam the Impala. To me it means there's at least some hope that he can trust Sam more fully again. I'm probably being overly symbolic, but maybe Dean offering him the Impala was almost a way to leave the door open. He still loves and trusts Sam, if even a smidgen, to offer him his Baby.
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deej1957: begging facedeej1957 on September 18th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I ended up watching after all. Well, heck, I stuck with Stargate to the bitter end, after all.

I thought this was a very good episode (other than castiel being pretty much a joke) and it's pretty obvious to me in this episode that Dean still loves his little brother very much.

jared really knocked it out of the park tonight. Awesome job, somebody give this boy an award!

Lots of puppy shots for you!!!
jessm78: Sam smiling in Salvationjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Good on ya, hon! Yeah, I stuck with Stargate to the bitter end, too. It was tough, but I rode it out and I'm trying to go into this show the same way.

Yeah, Castiel really didn't seem to be there for much other than laughs. The only thing that didn't bother me much was that he told Dean that *both* boys had a hand in freeing Lucifer, so he did place some blame on Dean (though he neglected to mention his own role in it). But other than that, I thought it was quite good too.

Jared did an awesome job. I thought he was just wonderful in that final scene especially.

Hee... I'm looking forward to putting this one together! And I dragged out my Smiling Puppy icon for you! --> points to icon
Live like you mean it and love til you feel it: Sam Dean [working]rei17 on September 18th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the episode yet, but you sound pretty fair. =) *hugs*
This is a nice change from all the bashing that I saw floating around. You make me want to read reviews again that makes me look forward to watching the episode. Thank you so much.
Just wanted to let you know. =)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! :) *hugs* The bashing really annoys me. Everyone has their favorite characters, and their own opinions, but sometimes people just get a little too... overzealous? about it. I have to admit it's made me not read as many reviews as I used to. Not that I'm calling out anyone in particular, but there are some websites where it seems worse than others.

Anyway, my pleasure! I'm glad you liked my review. :)
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ilaria84ilaria84 on September 18th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
But my goodness. When Sam went over to the car and grabbed his stuff out of it, then went to hitch a ride on that truck, I was so ready to cry.
I cried:)

awesome episode,it was sad beyond words
dean wanted to give him the impala,this says everything to me,dean trusts his brother-they just need time
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Aw :( *huggles you* I think I would have cried, a lot, if I didn't have that awful headache, lol

It was an awesome episode, and I felt so sad at the end. I agree, Dean would not give his baby away to anyone. That tells me that he still trusts his brother. I think things will get better. Like you said, they need some time.
babycinbabycin on September 18th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
This episode was amazing! But I have my heart broken. The end is my NIGHTMARE. I hope that everything improve.. I need them together. Anyway I LOVE MY SHOW!
jessm78: Mystery Spotjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
I agree with you completely! The end just broke me. These boys are at their best when they are together. I really hope things will get better! I think they will, in time... but that doesn't stop me from hoping!
Daisy: Boys - 'seriously' from 4x19daisychain1957 on September 18th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
What a great episode and my heart bled for Sam :(

Both these boys are equally responsible for what's happened and I hate seeing Sam take most of the blame,! Hopefully as the season goes on Dean, and the Dean girls will see this, and we can get our boys back together as brothers, as it should be and as we so badly WANT it to be!
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on September 18th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
I completely agree. Poor Sammy :(

Exactly. It hurts to see Sam take most of the blame. We could see how much he's hurting by what he says to Dean at the end. It was like he was asking for help. I don't think he expected Dean to give in and agree so quickly. It really saddens me. But the fact that Dean offered Sam the Impala gives me a little hope that he still trusts Sam a little, and that they can eventually get back together as brothers. They are at their best when they're together, so I hope it happens soon!
anastdean: picDean 4 x 19 amazing close upanastdean on September 18th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
The last scene left me broken. The show has changed a lot and we need time to adjust to that. I didn't expect them to kiss and make up from the 1st episode, but it still hurts cause I love them so much. I'm hopeful though, if Dean gave Sam the Impala ther's still hope.
jessm78jessm78 on September 18th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
I agree with you, hon. It shows how much things have changed. Their relationship is quite damaged now and it hurts. But like you I have some hope because Dean offered the Impala to Sam. I think it shows that part of him still loves and trusts Sam to an extent. So hopefully we will see them back together soon.
i'm on a website where people fuck fruit: spn against the worldgeckoholic on September 18th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Or maybe I'm just reading into it something that isn't there. *shrugs*
Nope, not just you, I had the same feeling.

And I sure hope he'll put Ellen on speed dial. Heeh!
jessm78jessm78 on September 18th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Cool! :D

LOL, I hope so too!
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on September 18th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
The next episode will be the episode where they get together again. Do you thought that Kripke could leave them apart for more than one episode? nooooo. that´s impossible. but what I wrote in my lj was, I more interesting in see what thing or what or who will be the tool to make re think sam about go to Dean. We know that Jessica will be there, but will she the tool to that? and it will be the same like in scarcrew? when Dean can get out of his problem there will be sam? hahahaha.

Anyway, always a pleasure to read you to see you around. and I hope that headache had gone! anddd if someone tell you that you are bashing... tell me who is that person I will kill her ha!
winchesterwomanwinchesterwoman on September 18th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
You were right! on the episode 4 still Dean does not want sam to his side!!! :O:O:O Jesus, that so much Jensen. and I don´t like that. besides I don´t like the man. that it is a way to stole some prominence to Jared