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24 September 2010 @ 10:45 pm
SPN #6x01 Exile On Main Street (episode review)  
Just got done watching this. Here are my thoughts, for what they're worth (and please, no Dean vs. Sam wank)....

Okay, um.... wow. Things really are different. There are some things I kinda need to get used to.

Well, let me get the shallow stuff out of the way first. Oh, boys. How could you look so beautiful? Dean, tucked in shirt and all (though I admit it was weird seeing him that way, lol). And Sam with your pretty hair. I love seeing it all natural and wild-looking, not greased back like he had it a couple of seasons ago.

We start with a "One year ago" recap, and then Dean waking up in bed next to Lisa. He tells her "I'm good," but something in his face tells me he's not all good. Then we get a montage showing him leading his "normal" life, interspersed with scenes from his hunting life with Sam. We see him and Sam having a beer, following that scene of him and his friend Sid having one. We see him showing Ben the ropes as far as auto shop goes, followed by that scene from the end of Fresh Blood where he did the same thing with Sam. I liked the way they showed the scenes from his old life tinted in blue.

I like the opening credits this season. Blue with smashing glass. Kind of makes you think of this "illusion" of a perfect life or normal life being shattered by the reality of what's going on in the aftermath of the apocalypse (which will no doubt be explored further this season).

We also see that Dean hasn't given up every element of his hunting life. He's got that jar of holy water under the bed.

He's talking to his friend and telling him he used to do "pest control" with his "partner." It's easy to see he can't escape this life completely. Once he leaves the bar he hears a scream outside, runs to an abandoned building and sees scratch marks on the wall and blood. Did anyone notice that on the outside of the doors there were a few "DJ Sam" posters? Maybe it's nothing but I couldn't help noticing that.

Ahahaha, shades of Yellow Fever with Dean getting scared by a Yorkie! What is this connection between Dean and Yorkies? In Devil's Trap after he and Sam pulls that fire alarm in the apartment building, he tells the firefighter that he has a Yorkie that pees when he's nervous... then he gets spooked by the Yorkie in Yellow Fever... and now this scene. It's so amusing. *g* Anyway Sid is amazed he has a gun but Dean tells him it's registered and that he was going after a possum. "Possums kill." Heh. Uh oh, he ends up finding sulfur. Something's up.

Lisa then finds him and asks if he was going after a Yorkie. It's obvious he's trying to keep the hunting stuff from her, which makes sense that he's trying to protect her and Ben from all that.

Awww, he's got his Baby under a tarp! And he's got the LeatherJacketOfAwesomeness (heh) and Dad's journal locked in a box. A lightbulb flickers and who appears but the YED!! YED tells him that God brought Cas back, so why not him to add a little spice to the sugar. Hmm. He also says "you can't outrun your past," which seems to be the theme of this episode. He starts strangling Dean when............  Sam kills him??

Apparently that was a dream/mirage/whatever, but Sam himself isn't. He tells Dean he was poisoned, and he himself had been poisoned by that thing, too. Wow. So easy to tell that Sam has changed. He seems a lot more business-like and matter-of-fact. When I first saw the teaser clip from this scene, I thought he seemed really "off", but now scene in the context of the episode it doesn't seem quite as jarring to me (or indicative that he's "evil" or whatever).

We got a hug!! I'm sad that Sam didn't seem overly emotional, but it looked like there was some emotion in his face during the hug, and this is how I see it: perhaps Sam has distanced himself emotionally from Dean since he's been away for a whole year, or perhaps it's not a huge emotional overload at the time because he could have been looking in on Dean? If what we see in the S5 finale is any indication, anyway (when Sam was looking in on him in the final scene, but seemed resigned to the fact that he had to leave Dean alone to have a normal life).

Getting back to the change in Sam, I know Jared has said in interviews that Sam is less lovey-dovey and more tactical this season, but I hope we get some glimpses down deep of the old Sam as well, just little ones from time to time if possible.

Now onto Dean's reaction to Sam admitting he'd been back for about a year. I'm trying to see this from both boys' POVs. Dean's reaction is totally understandable. He can't live without Sam and is upset Sam's been back the whole time but hasn't told him. He tells Sam "I wanted my brother!" Sam tells him "you wanted a family!" Am I the only one who is a bit disappointed that "brother =/= family" here? Sam is his family, too. But I'm also looking at it from Sam's POV. He wanted to give Dean a slice of the life Sam had always wanted for himself - that he'd gone off to Stanford to start. He'd made Dean promise not to bring him back for that reason. So I can understand that he's being selfless here in wanting something for Dean that he never got himself, but I also understand how upset Dean is in not knowing he was back and how much he wanted his brother.

Edited because I forgot: So Dean admits that he wasn't exactly living the whole apple pie life this whole time... I knew it.

Okay, I have to say the whole "Campbell family" thing is going to take some getting used to. I'm not all that thrilled with them at the moment... I don't hate them, just find them kinda "meh" right now. Especially Gwen (were they trying to add a bit of Meg's attitude to her or is it just me?) and the quiet cousin. Christian, well, he'll always be Jonas to me, LOL (if you get the Stargate SG-1 in-joke). Awesome to see Grandpa Samuel back, though... So he was resurrected? And he's in the dark as to how it happened much like Sam being out of Hell?

It turns out the thing that poisoned Dean was a djinn, but Grandpa has an antidote, and Sam and the others had killed a few of them. Dean remembers about Ben and Lisa and hurries home to make sure they're okay. They're gone and he freaks out (um, Dean, you told them to go to the movies, remember?)

Dean sensing Lisa and Ben are in danger, brings them to Bobby's house. Bobby has apparently known that Sam has been back. Dean is also upset that Bobby knew and never got him. Bobby pretty much repeats Sam and tells him that he was able to get out of the hunting life. Apparently this is something hunters dream of, a nice normal life, and they were glad that Dean was able to get it, I guess.

Dean and Lisa talk and she assumes he's leaving. She's upset and says that she wanted someone for Ben to look up to, and that the last year was the best of her life.

Grandpa Sam tells Dean that his ancestors killed vamps on the Mayflower, so hunting is in Dean's blood. He tells Dean "we're your blood." Yep, you can't escape your past.

Sam and Dean talk and Dean asks Sam if he remembers the cage he was in with Lucifer. Sam pretty much says that he's out, he's with family, with Dean, so why would he want to think of Hell. Wow, quite a difference from Dean having all the flashbacks to Hell and etc back in season 4. I wonder if Sam will be acting like this, trying to forget about Hell but it comes back to bite him. I'm really curious to find out how Sam was brought back, though. He says he ended up in a field in the rain. I wonder if someone helped bring him back, maybe helped him escape? I hope we get some insight into this during the season.

They go staking out djinns and Dean sees them attacking people in a house. Sam tells him they're goners but Dean insists on trying to save them. A djinn attacks him and makes him see visions of Ben and Lisa being visited by the YED. He puts Lisa on the ceiling and makes Ben drink his blood.

The Campbells break in and kill the djinns, while Sam goes to help Dean.

So in the end, Sam wants Dean to come back with him, but Dean says no. He even gives the Impala keys to Sam, but Sam's got his own car. Aww. :( But I definitely don't think this will last. Something will happen that will get the boys hunting together again. it just has to.

Next week's looks interesting. And nice new promo vids with Jared's voiceover. :)

So that's about it for my review. Like I said, it'll take some getting used to with the Campbell clan (maybe with the exception of Grandpa Sam). It's good to see the boys together even thought they parted ways at the end (but I have a feeling they'll be working together more often soon... hopefully we won't have to wait too long). I was surprised to hear Bobby talking about Dean "getting out" and having a normal life because I kept thinking of his speech in No Rest For The Wicked, where he said "family don't end with blood", that as hunters they stick together. I guess at the very core of the hunters is a longing for a nice normal life, though? We did see it from John a bit back in Salvation when he told Sam "I want you to go to school, I want Dean to have a home".... They want this normal life but accept the fact that it just won't be that way.

Alright, I'll be quiet now. *g*
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
blumvaleblumvale on September 24th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
what was up with them taking the djinn with them?? did't grampa say they werent gonna kill it?
jessm78: Jensen & Jared: The Boys (CC'10)jessm78 on September 24th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
That kinda confused me too. I didn't get it - I wonder if that's how Grandpa got the "antidote" or whatever Sam said that saved him.
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Paigekate_mct on September 24th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I loved it! I expected it to be awkward and uncomfortable (and I seem to be in the minority there). Can't wait for next week.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: TV Guide Photoshootjessm78 on September 24th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I admit I expected it to be a little more awkward, too, but I was happy with the way it turned out. :)

Looking forward to next week! Oh, and I absolutely *HEART* your icon :D
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on September 24th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode!! I wasn't sure if I would or not, but I really, really liked it!

Like you, I warmed up immediately to Grandpa Campbell, but it'll take some time to like the rest of the clan. The cousin who says absolutely nothing (except that he did spot the djins in the trees) hasn't even registered with me, Christian (Jonas for the WIN!--where did his hair go?) barely registered and Gwen was a bit annoying. I guess they'll flesh those characters out more as we go.

I loved the side-by-side stuff with Dean's home life and old hunting life with Sammy too. Good stuff there!

"I wanted my brother!" was EPIC!

It was good to see Bobby, and although it hurt Dean to know that Bobby was in cahoots with Sam to keep Sam's return quiet, I'm glad that Bobby wanted Dean to have a 'normal' life too. "You got out!"---heartbreaking.

Sam seems very much at peace. I don't know what it is yet, but he seems so relaxed and not uptight. Maybe he was just happy knowing that Dean was getting what he always wanted? A family? Sure, Sam is part of his family too, but I think knowing that Dean was with Lisa & Ben made Sam very happy.

Speaking of Lisa & Ben, I'm glad we just got small doses of them. They didn't hit us over the head with the apple pie life too much.

"Golf? Really?!"--hahaha! Those clubs came in handy Sammy! A nod to Jensen there?

Can't wait for next week's episode!

The Winchester Brothers and a baby? I'm so there!

jessm78: Jensen & Jared: The Boys (CC'10)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Awesome! I really did enjoy it, and I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)

Yeah, I'm curious to see where they'll go with those characters. Wonder if there will be a bit of sparring between Dean and Gwen?

The way Bobby said that was pretty heartbreaking. :(

I know a lot of people are saying there's something up with Sam, but I like what you say. I think it did make Sam very happy to know Dean was off to live a life Sam had always wanted for himself... and perhaps like one person said here, he's being emotionally detached because Hell affected him so badly that he'd crumble. I guess we'll see what happens.

Oh, very much this. I was afraid they'd spend too much time on the apple pie life and hit us over the head with it. Hopefully they'll continue it like this - less is more.

LOL! I kinda wondered if that was a Jensen nod.

Looking forward to next week's ep :)
Gabrus47gabrus47 on September 24th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Jess, I haven't had a chance to watch the show yet (the CW station in our area went on the fritz just 10 minutes before the show started!) but I am so glad to read your positive thoughts. Now I really can't wait to watch it! I hope iTunes has it available for download quickly!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Friday 13th textlessjessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Oh, how annoying! I had a few problems with my CW last season with the audio briefly popping out a few times (and during the finale was one of those times! ARGH), so I can relate. It's my pleasure, Gabs. I've already read some really negative stuff about it and to each their own but I certainly didn't hate it at all. I'm still curious to see what's going to happen this season.

Hope you can find it to download!
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jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Same here... he seemed kind of "off" to me, and that "before the boys get back" comment really stuck out.

Yay, glad I'm not the only one :D
klingoncatklingoncat on September 24th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I agree mostly - but I don't trust gramps (and the gang) ...something just seems off there, might just be me, but I guess we'll see. I'm actually surprised that Dean didn't slug Sam when he found out that he'd been back for a year and didn't at least let him know he was alive - think they may follow up on that (hope so anyway)
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the one thing that does bug me... something seems off about Grandpa and even the rest of them. I remember reading somewhere about them working with this family but people aren't exactly trusting each other (something like that... my memory's a bit fuzzy). I can really see why.

I really think they're going to build up to that. At the moment Dean looked like he was too shocked and lost to do anything like that. It looks like he's really having a go at Sam in one of the season 6 promos they showed a while back, so I bet it's coming.
sastielsastiel on September 24th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I REALLY loved the episode but I HATED the end! Dean should've gone with Sammeh! *Cries*
I cannot wait until next week! Amazing review hon! *Hugs*
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: TV Guide Photoshootjessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Me too!! The ending made me so sad! :(

I'm really looking forward to next week. Thanks hon! *hugs*
CeCe Away: dirty laundrycece_away on September 24th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about this, but am hoping as the show moves on a lot of things will make more sense. It appears that the boys have switched roles from the very beginning of the first season when Sam was the wounded out of hunting practice brother that Dean helped through and now that has flipped with Dean being more connected to humanity and less hard core about the job. I also think that Sam is much more wounded from hell than we are seeing and his distance is his way of not letting it all crumble. We'll see.

And grandpa's tactics are obviously a lot more strigent get-the-job-done at whatever costs than the brothers are going to be comfortable with.

Can't wait to see where this all goes.

Edited at 2010-09-25 03:50 am (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, to be honest it felt like we really got a big jumble of things in this episode.

I also think that Sam is much more wounded from hell than we are seeing and his distance is his way of not letting it all crumble. We'll see.

Ooh, very good theory... I think I could see it playing out that way. I wonder if we'll be in for a Sam breakdown a bit later on in the season...?

I wouldn't be surprised if we see some friction between the boys and grandpa on that... and the way Sam seems to be so far I can see him being a bit more comfortable with it than Dean, at least at first.

I'm really curious to see how everything is going to play out.
Kristin: Spn (1x14) » “Brothers”kristypadalecki on September 24th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I thought this was a pretty good episode, but I was definitely disappointed with the ending. I knew Sam was going to be "different", but I'm with you in hoping that we'll get some glimpses of the old Sam now and again still!

I'm glad we got to see them hug again, that was the best moment. ♥
jessm78jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Aw, I totally agree, Kristin! The ending made me feel so sad. :(

I loved the hug. And I just loved the way Sam looked... so nice and pretty &hearts
Stephanniedreamwishdo on September 25th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Gramps is just not, right. Something is weird with him. I don't like Sam being with him.

and obviously there's something wrong with Sam. I just can't think of it..
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Love Sam (5x16)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, something seems kinda off about him... and with Sam being more business-like it kinda fits in with it.... I dunno...

Someone mentioned above that maybe Hell affected Sam a LOT and he's being emotionally detached so it doesn't make him just crumble. I wonder if he's going to give eventually and we're going to see him break down? *prepares hugs for him in advance*
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blumvaleblumvale on September 25th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
I don't think I trust grampa or any of the cousins. Mary's relatives were all supposed to be dead and so it seems strange for them to suddenly pop up.
i think it would have been really interesting if instead of meeting the cousins, Sam had just been hunting with grampa. not that he could ever replace John but it would have been interesting to have a new father figure especially one that raised a hunter.
Melcoltshot_1 on September 25th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Loved it!! I'm thinking that the cousins are all red shirts, if you know what I mean. And so far, I think that would be a good thing.

I loved it when Sam told Dean its better when he's around. Awww Puppy wants his brother!! (Even though he's a big dog now . . . .)
jessm78: Supernatural: Bring It On (SPN Fri)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Ooh, now that (being red shirts) I wouldn't have a problem with.

I can't believe I forgot to comment about that! I just loved it when Sam told him that. I was "awwwww"-ing at the screen :D
ckllckll on September 25th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm not into Campbells so far, i don't know. I liked more Lisa/Ben than them, can you believe it?
I think the boys haven't changed, they are just to adjust in their new lives.
jessm78: Jensen & Jared: The Boys (CC'10)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
I agree, hon. Something about them rubs me the wrong way. And I'm with you, I liked Lisa/Ben more.

Very true :)
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jessm78: Jensen & Jared: The Boys (CC'10)jessm78 on September 25th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
I agree, hon... I don't get a very good feeling from that family. I hope the boys end up not trusting them very much (even though Sam has been working with them).

I &hearts that hug :D