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18 November 2011 @ 10:19 pm
SPN #7x09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters (episode review)  
Trying to get this done quick as hubby will probably be home soon and I won't have time.... I hope I get through everything I intend to...

I went into this one thinking it was going to be a lot like Wendigo, and even though seeing the boys traipsing through the woods kinda brought me back to that, that was about it.

Something was off with that ranger guy - seemed way too blase about what was going on. And the BigGerson's guy was way off the rails. I loved his names for the guys, though - "Big Bird" for Sam, "Ken doll" for Dean, and "Creepy Uncle" for Bobby. LOL

I'm still a little confused as to what their plan was with having people eat those new sandwiches. I guess it was to ultimately have them become snacks for the Leviathans? How were people being killed in the woods, though? Was that just to throw the boys off or what? Were they being eaten by the Leviathans and just left there?

I kind of wish they hadn't brought politics into it when talking about the main Leviathan guy, Dick Roman. I know Show has done this before a few times now, but it seems pretty one-sided to me. :/ And I'm hoping that they're not trying to say that the actual guy being killed and Roman!Leviathan taking his place turned him that way politically (meaning all monsters are of a certain political bent, 'cause let's face it, there are bad guys on both sides). That's all I'm going to say about it and I'd appreciate it if no one flames me for it. :( *ducks*

I guess we see a return to Dean's state of mind from the last handful of episodes. It makes me feel bad that none of what Sam was saying seemed to be sinking in (like about Dean taking care of himself for a change as in the last episode, and all the other times he worried about him). I did like Bobby's "pep talk" to him, though. Especially the "You better not die before me or I'll kill you" part. And again we see how worried Sam is about him.

Okay, Show is evil for ending like that. What the hell happened to Bobby?! And we have to wait two weeks to find out? Evil.

I guess that's about all I have to say. Oh, wait. On the shallow side, Sam's hair was pleasing me again in this ep. I guess because it didn't look severely straightened or slicked back in most of it. I was back to wanting to pet it. :)

Okay, I think I'm done now. I really hope I haven't offended any of you on that one point. I made a similar comment on another episode a while back and someone commented anonymously sounding like they wanted to start an argument. I really like to avoid things like this, so please don't flame.
 
 
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Paigekate_mct on November 18th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about the political bent or if it meant anything at all other than to convey this guy's connections, though I admit my Whedon brain was trying to figure that out as well as my closet conspiracy theorist side xD. I loved the episode, but am ticked that they put the grossest episode so far a week before Thanksgiving. I'm glad I ate before the show came on or my food would be all over my room.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on November 18th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
You're probably right about that - probably nothing more than showing how powerful he is with his connections. LOL, same for me. I almost found myself wanting a snack not long before I started watching. I'm glad I didn't eat anything now.
usmc75: bangusmc75 on November 18th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
The goo was making people emotionally numb so when/if they took over no one would care. The goo had other side effects on some of the people, and made them that crazy thing up in the tree.
jessm78jessm78 on November 19th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, makes perfect sense now. Thanks :)
I breathe therefore I writesandymg on November 19th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
I didn't think it tipped politically in that they made a point to show Dick being photographed with both a Democratic and Republican president. Very even it seemed. The Show's taken some shots before like this. But it's never more than a line here or there.

The episode was great. Bobby!!! No!!!

The killing the woods were experiments gone wrong by the Leviathans. Most people became compliant (slightly stoned) like Dean and the Ranger. But others went off the rails and became crazy, eating, killing machines. Those were the 'mistakes' burned before Dick came around. But he knew and punished the doctor for it because it made the newspaper.
jessm78jessm78 on November 19th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Now that you mention it, I totally missed Clinton in that one picture, which, as you say makes it more even.

I agree. OMG, Bobby... I'm really trying to think positive for the next episode!

Oh, okay, I totally get it now. For some reason it didn't click with me at first that the woods killings were mistakes. Or maybe subconsciously I wanted it to be more of the plot, so I got it wrong intentionally, lol. Thanks :)
Caroline: SPN - hardest thingdawnintheforest on November 19th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Hm, the political slant. Idk. Sandymg makes a good point, there was that one pic of Dick standing with both Bush and Clinton in what I think was meant to be the Oval Office. But yeah, I'd say this show mainly leans towards the liberal. It was making a lot of potshots against certain types conservatives. It's all kind of mixed up though if you think about it. Considering that Hunters thrive on the right to bare arms... LOL

It's going to get me so impatient! Having to wait 2 weeks now! I'm really wavering between hope and despair here for Bobby. : (
jessm78: Supernatural: Bobby in DALDOMjessm78 on November 19th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like I told sandymg, I totally missed Clinton in the Oval Office picture. I really try to take the jokes as light-hearted as possible, but it gets a bit old for me when they keep hitting the one side, at least with some of the bigger jokes. But you're right, they do occasionally get in some barbs at the other side. And at one point Dick mentioned "a teachable moment", which I think is an Obama quote. And good point about hunters thriving on the right to bear arms, LOL ;)

Me too! I don't know if I can hold on that long... *holds prayer circle for Bobby*
Caroline: SPN - Bobbydawnintheforest on November 30th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Hey, sorry for the long delay - catching up on LJ right now. Silver lining being that now we don't have long to wait before we find out Bobby's fate. I refuse to give up hope for a character I love, but at the same time I'm trying to ready myself for the worst. Because as much as I hate to say it, Bobby dying would serve as an excellent catalyst for the brothers - especially Dean. *knock on wood*
ckllckll on November 19th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Honey, you write your opinion and if some don't like and want to fight, ignore them and ban anonymous jerks.
It was a very good episode with the perfect angsty ending
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam/Dean hug in Mystery Spjessm78 on November 19th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you sweetie :)

I agree, what an ending... and the hiatus is evil!
percysownerpercysowner on November 19th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
I personally think that there was a lot of emphasis on guns in this episode. Dick talked about what a great creation this was. In general the pro-gun people tend to support the conservative side of the political scale. I do think they tried to mitigate the bias by putting Dick in a photo with both President Bush and President Clinton.

If Dick is going to ally with a powerful political base, and eventually run for a political post, he would do best to align with a party or an idea, so they showed Dick supporting causes that would give him power in the world and allied him with the party that is seen to be more pro business. I don't think they criticized most core conservative values. They simply used the ones that would further Dick's agenda.
jessm78jessm78 on November 19th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Mm, now that you mention it, that's a good point. I missed seeing Clinton in the photo the first time around, but yeah, it looks like they were trying to balance it a little. I also noticed Dick said something about a "teachable moment", which I believe is a phrase Obama has used.

That explanation makes a lot of sense, thanks :)
Yellowbulma: Crying Samyellowbulma on November 19th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Wasn't fussed on the political part, honestly didn't think they needed it. =/

Another great episode but Bobby!!! ;A;

Now we have to wait 2 weeks to see what happens next!!
Kristin: Spn (1x16) » “Puppy Dog Eyes”kristypadalecki on November 19th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome review, Jess! I enjoyed this episode for the most part. :) Sammy's hair did look beautiful and pet-worthy, indeed!! <3