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12 February 2010 @ 09:36 am
SPN #5x14 My Bloody Valentine (episode review)  
Alrighty, here's my review for last night's episode. A little later than I would've liked, but for what it's worth... This is probably going to be jumbled and not in order, just as a warning.

Wow, could this episode possibly be the squickiest one of all time? Yeah there was Skin and Metamorphosis, but... we had people eating each other and our boys examining hearts and other body parts. *shudders* Maybe I'm just too faint-of-stomach. LOL.

So we start with a sweet, innocent couple on a first date who end up devouring each other, quite literally. Icky...

Is it me or was the coroner played by Jay Brazeau, the same guy who played the historian in Provenance (the guy who told them about the Dad in the painting and how he supposedly killed the whole family)? Sure looked like him. He was also in The Christmas Cottage with Jared.

Anyway... Our boys - who I have to say looked VERY yummy - are examining the hearts and Sam notices they have what look like enochian symbols on them. Dean calls Cas and Cas instantly appears, telling Dean "Here I am" on the phone, even though he's right in front of him. Dean: "I'm gonna hang up now." Hee. Cas says that Sam's right, and the symbols are "angelic marks" or marks of union for a man and woman intended to mate. It's actually a mark of Cupid and that he's a lower order of angel. Hmm. He's a "cherub third class." Dean says "flying fat kid in diapers?" Cas: "They're not incontinent." LOL. He tells the boys that Cupid has gone rogue and they have to stop him before he kills again. The boys' reactions are priceless. Sam: "Naturally..." Dean: "Of course we do."

We can see that something's obviously bothering Dean. Looks like he's preoccupied over the events of last episode, with the whole "destiny" thing. Sam expects that he'll go out and let loose for V-Day - "unleash the Kracken." But Dean doesn't seem up to it. Sam can tell something's bothering him and he says "it's when a dog doesn't eat, that's when you know something's really wrong." Dean denies that anything's wrong and he just wants to get to work. Sounds like he really wants to forget about these recent events and wants to keep himself busy on a case to take his mind off it.

We see two guys working and one seems to have a possessive girlfriend, who shows up begging him to be with her. The guy's friend scoffs and makes jokes about him being on a short leash, so the girl shoots him. But then it turns out when they're alone together, the guy shoots her (or both of them?).

So we then see signs that something is up with Sam. A random guy walks past him in the hospital and we hear a heart beating. Uh oh.... blood addiction? *facepalm*

The boys and Cas go out to eat but Dean is suddenly not hungry. Cas is, however, and asks Dean if he's not going to eat his food before he grabs the plate. Wow, Cas is actually eating. That's strange. He sees Cupid and asks the boys to meet him in the back. He's got Cupid tethered, but lo and behold the big guy appears and grabs a hold of Dean. Poor Dean. :P Then he goes for Cas (love his reaction too), and finally for Sam (who can blame him for going after the Puppy, though? LOL). Cas tells Dean that this is their handshake. Dean: "I don't like it!" (LOL - love the way he says that) Cas: "No one likes it."

Turns out Cupid isn't responsible for the deaths that have taken place recently. He is, however, responsible for getting John and Mary together. He had orders. Ouch, the whole "destiny" thing comes back to punch Dean in the gut, just as he's trying to get his mind off it. He's understandably pissed and punches Cupid (who disappears). His behavior again has Sam concerned and he wants to talk about it but Dean doesn't want to right now.

Huh, so it turns out the random guy Sam saw in the hospital was a demon! Makes sense because being infected by this whole hunger thing would make him addicted to demon blood. Although after he cuts the guy, he wipes off the knife. He grabs the demon's case and it turns out to contain the soul of a guy he saw earlier in the morgue (a guy who died stuffing Twinkies down his troat). Turns out that Famine, one of the four horsemen, is causing all this. Making people hungry for different things: lust, food, etc. Cas is eating a lot, particularly burgers (and Dean calls him "hamburglar" in one scene, hee), because his vessel Jimmy has cravings for red meat. Cas talks about Famine and we see he is a decrepit old man in a wheelchair with oxygen.

Cool to see Biggerson's again! Not cool to see all the ickiness inside.

So the demon guy Sam slit with the knife tells Famine that Sam is here but he stole the case with the soul in it. Famine reacts by eating the demon (soul?) himself.

Aw... poor Sam with the demon blood addiction... he tells Dean and Cas to go to stop Famine without him, and to tie him down, so Dean handcuffs him to the sink in the motel room. Unfortunately the demons know where Sam is because that one guy got the room key off him. Oh noes.... Sammy's back to drinking demon blood! Nooooo! :( And the reemergence of his powers! The demon guy tries to attack him but he knocks him out and says "wait your turn!"

So Sam and Cas have both been infected. Why hasn't Dean? Cas asks him this and Dean says that when he wants a drink he'll drink, etc. Cas wonders if he's saying he's well-adjusted. Dean says no, he's well-fed. He goes into Biggerson's but is attacked by the demons and comes face-to-face with Famine - who explains why Dean hasn't been infected. Implying that Dean has no soul?? He says that Dean can lie to everyone, but not him. He's broken and he's just going through the motions and still fighting. He's not hungry because he's dead inside. Oh, boy.

But look, it's Sammy to the rescue who tells him to let Dean go. Famine taunts Sam and says he's just as Satan wanted him. *feels sick* He goads Sam to cut the demons' throats so he can have more demon blood, but Sam says no. Instead he uses his mojo again to exorcise the demons. Famine consumes them.  and Sam tries to use his powers on him, but Famine says it doesn't work - he's a horseman. Sam says "no, but it'll work on them." He concentrates his powers again and it looks like the demons are tearing him up inside?

WTF?? They locked Sam in the panic room again? Ugh. Cas tells Dean that Sam needs to get it out of his system and then he'll be back to himself. I guess I can understand that - taking precautions after what the infection by Famine did to him - but still, hearing Sam call out to them breaks my heart. Dean is upset and tells Cas he needs some fresh air. He goes outside, and now it's Dean's turn to break my heart. He looks heavenward, tears up and says "Please, I need some help."

So, final thoughts...... I think it was obvious that the whole thing about destiny from the last episode was weighing on Dean. He wanted to get involved in this case to take his mind off it, to put it out of his mind. Sam could tell something was bothering him and wanted to talk about it for a while (which we can expect from him). But then he had to be reminded of it by Cupid telling him about bringing John and Mary together, and then all the crap that Famine said to him made him feel worse.

Interesting personification of Famine, being a weak, old man.

Being the spoiler-whore that I am, I'd heard that Sam was going to be using his powers again, and boy, did he. So I guess the powers were always there, just lying dormant? Dean had asked Sam in Sympathy for the Devil how he was feeling and he said he was fine. He seemed to want to prove to Dean that he wouldn't fall off the wagon and even though he was tempted, he didn't give in (like in Free to Be You and Me, when that one hunter guy made him swallow the demon blood and he just spit it out in the guy's face). I guess maybe some hint of the addiction was still there, but Famine's power just brought it out? It was pretty awesome to see Sam using his powers again, and I liked that he used them to try and save Dean in the end. But sometimes I get a bit nervous about the whole thing. I guess part of me still doesn't want him to be go *totally* darkside. Ah well...

Both boys did an outstanding job: Jared trying to fight the demon blood addiction, kicking some demon ass; and Jensen in that final scene just about made me cry. Bravo, guys.

So Dean pleading for help - does this mean he will say yes to Michael? Is he getting closer to saying yes? Is he starting to think that he can't fight destiny?

And what about Sam in the panic room? Will we hear about the aftermath of that? Will it be referred to later in some capacity? Should we assume that he'll be over it at some point? I know, I have way too many questions, lol...

So again this show has left me sad at the end. Because it really seems like both boys may say yes. Or at least Dean (or Dean first). And if that happens and they have to kill each other, it just seems like such a downer to me. Pretty anti-climactic. It seems like all signs are pointing in this direction - BUT. It could be possible that the writers/Kripke are pulling a rope-a-dope, and have something else up their sleeve. It's happened before, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. *crosses fingers and hopes for the best*
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
White Rabbitt: Bride Of Valentinelather2002 on February 12th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)

jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
whoa..... heh :D
Dev: worried deannice_demon on February 12th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm,I completely agree with you:

Sam's pleas for Dean just broke my heart.
That last part with Dean asking for help makes me think that he's nearly over the edge and might just say yes to Michael so as to save Sam.

I hope that it will not end with the boys killing each other!!!

I hate this hiatus! Well, I'll have to wait anyway...
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I've really been thinking about that. It seems that Dean could very well say yes to Michael to save Sam.

I'm preparing for the worst but hoping for the best! Maybe they're doing it this way so we'll all think that's what will happen - and then they'll turn around and do something different. Hopefully we won't be disappointed!

Me too! Ugh, long hiatus... oh well, best things come to those who wait. For me it's repeats and DVDs till it's over. :)
ckllckll on February 12th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
They recycle the actors again, lol
For Famine, they did a great casting.

Just hearing the sam's pleas in the end and Dean's for help from Above breaks your heart :(
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
lol, it's cool that they do that. I like to play "Spot the Actor" :D

I agree, they did a great job casting Famine.

I knoooooooow :(
CaptainLon: Unconscious Sam || Mount Here || SPNcaptainlon on February 12th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I've got a feeling Sam willingly went into the panic room this time seeing as he didn't want this to happen. I loved that Dean and Castiel stayed outside the door though.
I think Cas should confess letting Sam out. It's also thanks to him Sam managed to let Lucifer out!
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in BDBRjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a good theory... I think I can see him doing that. He looked almost ashamed after he used the powers in front of Dean.

I would love to see that too! I hope he does confess at some point. I really want Dean to find out that Cas has a role in Lucifer being set free.
anastdean: picBoys hug animated anastdean on February 12th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I think they might say yes or Dean just to save Sam cause after all we all realised in this episode that the only thing Dean has feelings for is Sam.
But I think there will be resolution and I also believe that even if it were to end here and now this year, I don't think there will be an ending like this, for me it's too cheesy and I would find it disappointing.
There's got to be some ace up their sleeves, so I'm sad too, but I advise us all to be patient. Let's wait and see:))
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I think that may be possible. And you are right, if we are indeed getting season 6 I don't see how it can end this way.

I think they have an ace up their sleeves too... they want it to look like it's leading up to this, so we're expecting it and then they turn around and surprise us.

Good advice, hon. I'll be patient and see what happens. :)
deej1957deej1957 on February 12th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
The medical examiner was HARLEN! From SG-1. KOMTREYA!! LOL

And that's all I saw of the episode becuase I chose to take a bath rather than watch more of the Dean Pain I Hate.

My question: Sam partook of one demon's blood. Surely that was not enough to force him into those horrible withdrawals that needed him to go back into the panic room?

Looking foward to the Puppy!Picspam!!!
jessm78: Supernatural: Jared S2 Promo (smile)jessm78 on February 12th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
YES!! I totally saw that! I was even going "Komtraya!" at the screen when I first saw him - LOL

I didn't understand that either. I wouldn't have thought that it would take only that amount. Unless perhaps they thought it was a lot due to how much he used the powers? Dean and Castiel didn't see how much blood he drank in the motel room - they only saw him show up at the Biggersons with the blood all over his mouth, and he'd told them that the cravings were bothering him (as he first got infected) and to go without him.

The power of Famine was definitely affecting him here, but it seemed like everyone was over it when Famine was killed/defeated/whatever... so you'd think Sam would be okay too. Ugh, the whole thing is hurting my head now, LOL

Thanks! :D I can't wait to post it... hopefully should have screen caps done by this weekend.
Liliaethliliaeth on February 12th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, when he originally started drinking from Ruby, he just drank very small amounts that she could miss, spread over a long period of time. In this case, he probably drank all the blood of both demons that were sent after him. So double as much as he got from that demon possessed nurse he killed in order to have the strength to kill Lilith.

I'd say that that would definitely have an effect on him.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, good point. From all the blood on his face, it did look like he consumed quite a lot of blood, from both demons.
Kristin: SPN | Sam | kristypadalecki on February 12th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Awesome review, Jess! I found this episode rather upsetting, personally. :(
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in BDBRjessm78 on February 12th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kristin! I'm glad I'm not the only one who was upset by it. And now we have to endure the hiatus! *sigh*
summers84summers84 on February 12th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
-As I am naturally a scardy cat/have a soft stomach, I could not handle watching most of the scenes in this episode.
-Cupid was adorable and he amused me a lot.
-Famine irked me quite a bit.
-Sam and Dean worried me because they were being v. vague about their situations.
-I was curious about Dean's lack of 'hunger' and why Famine didn't affect him like the others.
-I was 50/50 about the reintroduction of Sam's demon blood addiction. 50 percent thought: "No Sam no!" while the other was "yes!" *scratches head*
-'Jimmy's' hunger for red meat irked me.
-I sincerely thought that Dean was going to call down Michael and say 'yes.' *worried*