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03 October 2012 @ 10:22 pm
SPN #8x01 We Need To Talk About Kevin (episode review)  
Here are my initial thoughts after watching this episode...

So we get Dean's line from season 1 again (the "Saving people, hunting things" one). I heard that Jensen said (maybe at Dallas con?) he re-recorded it because his voice had changed since season 1.

Yay for rock 'n roll, though I don't know either of those songs, LOL (the second ones sounded a little familiar though).

Hey look, it's Eli--er, Benny. I need to see more of him before I really form an opinion of him. He sounds like a guy who could have a knack for trouble, especially from what I saw of him in that final scene. And at times his voice kind of reminded me of the second guy who played Alistair (Christopher Heyerdahl's). What was Dean doing in the beginning at that Crossroads? Some kind of ritual to bring Benny here?

So it seems that Benny didn't actually physically bring Dean back, but he told him how to get back. Dean really seems like a war-torn soldier. Although we've still got glimpses of his old self with the way he devours that burger...

Aww, Sam and a doggie....

IDK but Sam and Dean's reunion scene reminded me a little of the reunion scene in 6x01. Just kind of had the same feel to it, to me. And wow but it bothers me to see Sam painted as such a bad guy. :( He explains to Dean why he just left the hunting life, that Bobby was dead, Kevin was gone and Dean was gone. But I refuse to believe that he didn't even try to look for Dean, at least first. Though it was a little interesting what he said about fixing up the Impala and just driving. Did he feel that doing that would sort of keep Dean with him in spirit? I mean, with the Impala? Or in desperation he thought that driving around would somehow lead him toward Dean? I don't know what to think really but I just can't see him even trying to look in the very beginning. I hope that something about that will come out later. If we keep getting flashbacks, hopefully it will.

Not sure I'm really liking all the tension between the boys. I guess it does make things interesting, but I really don't want to see a whole season of nothing but this. I'd like to see some nice, light-hearted moments in between, too. I know it's early, it's only the first episode so I won't freak out yet. But I just hope this isn't all we're going to see this season.

And of course the guilt hits Sam when he hears all the messages from Kevin. And Kevin's girlfriend is possessed by a demon. How did I not see that coming? But we do get an explanation of where Kevin's hair went, LOL. Sounds like Crowley's guys cut it? Heh. Wonder what's going to happen with this whole "gates of Hell" thing. I'm guessing that Sam said he wasn't sure if he wanted to get involved in it because he's still not sure about getting back into the hunting world?

When Crowley greets Sam he says something like "Still got the pork chops." What's he referring to? The sideburns have been scaled back a lot. Lol if he was talking about his hair I guess I could see that, though it doesn't really fit. Maybe it's a Crowley malapropism. *g*

Nice fake out by Kevin, pretending to give himself up to Crowley and then turn around and save the boys (and himself). But I figured Crowley would kill his girlfriend. Poor guy. Dean's right, he is stuck in this life now.

So that's about all I got. Interesting stuff but again I hope this season won't be all tension between Sam and Dean. I guess we'll see.

Current Mood: tiredtired
j.jamie_love13 on October 3rd, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think if Sam thought Dean was actually dead, he wouldn't have the will to even bother looking for Dean. What with Mystery Spot, and Hell, he's gone through it so much already. At the same time though, it's completely out of character for him, and yeah. I can't. :/
jessm78: Supernatural: AHBL Sam and Deanjessm78 on October 3rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Very good point. And yeah, it does seem OOC to me too. It bothers me :(
Paigekate_mct on October 3rd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Dean seriously pissed me off. Sam did what they always promised each other they'd do, Dean did the same thing. Sam had no clue where Dean was and even if he did, the only way they'd seen to get into Purgatory involved letting everything in Purgatory out.

I wanted to smack Dean for his treatment of Kevin. Yeah, Kevin's in the life, but a little genuine sympathy would've been nice.
Fetish ~ # 1 Die-Hard Dean Girl & Misha fan: Jensen funny disgustdeans_fetish on October 3rd, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Dean didn't do the same thing. Even when he was with Lisa, like Sam made him promise, he looked for Sam. He searched and searched for a way to get Sam back or did you forget the part where Dean was up all night on the computer in those episodes?

Sorry, you can't say that when it isn't true. The rest is your opinion, but in that point, you are mistaken.

Edited at 2012-10-04 02:44 am (UTC)
(no subject) - jessm78 on October 3rd, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Fetish ~ # 1 Die-Hard Dean Girl & Misha fan: Meg - Feto's Girldeans_fetish on October 3rd, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
The porkchops thing Crowley said was about Sam's sideburns.
jessm78: Supernatural: AHBL Sam and Deanjessm78 on October 3rd, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I kinda figured that, which is what made me say "WTF?" 'cause they're not as crazy as they were last season. Though I guess to Crowley that doesn't matter ;)
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i dream of colors that have never been seenetoile444 on October 3rd, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Mutton chops Crowley, not porkchops.

I think Dean acted as one would expect. I think Sam is the odd one. Why would he not try a locator spell. Dean should be angry.

I love Kevin!!!! I think I like Benny too!
jessm78: Supernatural: AHBL Sam and Deanjessm78 on October 3rd, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I admit it really bothered me that it seems Sam didn't even try to look for Dean. I just can't believe he would do that. I hope he actually did but if not it really makes him look uncaring.

Kevin rocked!! Benny is an interesting guy so far lol, looking forward to seeing more of him.
strgazr04strgazr04 on October 3rd, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
What you said about Sam and the Impala is interesting. It kind of reminds me of 2.01 where the Impala is a mangled heap and Sam says to Bobby that if "there's at least one working part" then they have to fix it.

I also don't want a whole season of the bros like this. I'm hoping that with how Carver is saying they are matured in this yr, that the bros will actually WORK THROUGH their issues, ya know, TOGETHER. That too much to hope for? lol
jessm78jessm78 on October 3rd, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was kinda thinking about that scene from 2.01 too. And with Dean's line "At least it's not douched up" or whatever it was, it made me think he kept it the same because it's the way Dean's always had it so it keeps it like HIM. Or something like that.

Amen! I'm really hoping that they'll work through their issues together, too. That's high up on my season 8 wishlist!
percysownerpercysowner on October 3rd, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
The Sam reaction has me totally thrown. I love Sam and I find his actions OOC and unforgivable, unless there is more going on. I hate having his character be the BAD brother AGAIN. If he had looked and not been able to find anything, then okay. But not even trying? They had agreed to not use supernatural means to get each other out, not that they would never look for each other. Abandoning Kevin was all sorts of off as well.

Amelia did not impress. She forces Sam to take the dog without even trying to find out if the dog has owners in the area? She forces the dog on a man who admits to not having a stable home? She guilts him for bringing the dog that is not his in to be treated. He didn't aim for the dog, he just hit it.

I did like the Purgatory stuff and the Kevin stuff. I know Dean is being very callous, but he just got back from Purgatory, so I can cut him some slack. I love Crowley in general.

Sadly the Sam characterization pretty well ruined the episode for me.
batgurl10batgurl10 on October 4th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
EVERYTHING YOU SAID! DITTO. and now I dont have to post cause u just said it!!!

thanks. XD
lipglosskaz: yummy boyskazluvsbooks on October 4th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I LOVED IT!! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!
I was so SO happy to see my boys again..
Dean being all Rambo badass and Sam looking sweet and yummy and his jeans fit and yeah.
I have faith in Jeremy C that Sam's story will be a good one..i think Jared himself would complain if his character was too douchy.
Benny impressed me more than i thought he would,good character!! and wee Kevin,he is so cute.
Okay back to Sam's jeans. *flails*
anths_girl: Sam & Dean ?anths_girl on October 4th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Yep - I hardly wanted to read any reviews (you know how I feel about this season!)...but I figured hey, if any, I'll prefer reading YOUR'S, atleast?!

Ugh, I'll say it again - what have they DONE to Sam?! I can't even bare to talk about it. But thanks to you, I take it as a warning - I either shouldn't watch it, or just, I dunno...cover my eyes and ears with certain parts?!

And yeah, I'd heard about the dog. Dude, I'm down with THAT part. Couldn't they have left it at JUST THAT?! Sam and a dog and the Impala - I might have liked that! Or atleast be a LOT more tolerant of it! But yes...that is unfortunatley NOT all that comes with this 'new' (Leviathan...*whistles*) Sam.

Ahem. Well yes. I think I'll shut up now. Before I go off on another furious rant?!
naisicanaisica on October 4th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
I think Sam's storyline isn't so simple, I think it more to see. And not before episode 10, or even later. Or not lol. But I believe that he wouldn't just sit and wait.
antraziantrazi on October 4th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
I don't know how I feel about Amelia or Sam's apple pie life.
Not because I'm a Dean girl, not because I don't want Sam to be happy (even when he wasn't searching for his brother and left Kevin alone!) but for the simple fact that if I wanted apple pie life, I would watch a different show. I know, great contrast to Dean in purgatory.
I'll just wait a few episodes for knowing more about Amelia, but the whole "forcing a dog on the responsible human who brought it in for treatment" is a mark against her for me
jessm78jessm78 on October 4th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I pretty much feel the same way about it and I'm more of a Sam girl lol.

I wasn't left with a good impression of Amelia either. Won't write her off just yet but she did not come across well to me.
luk70luk70 on October 4th, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)
The premiere was fine. Kickass Dean amazing. Purgatory, Benny I love the flashbacks.
I'll wait for Sam come back , even hope an explanation for his actions and I hope they are very good. I didn't like him in the premiere, appeared as someone selfish and only cares about himself, I hope this really have a good explanation.
Interesting start anyway.
jessm78: Jensen & Jared: The Boys (CC'10)jessm78 on October 4th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
I agree hon, it was an interesting start and I really hope there will be a good explanation for the way Sam was acting.
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Amy: SPN - Sam - BW Close Smileames1010 on October 4th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC)
I loved it! Great start, and I'm optimistic about this season!
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam grinning in TKAAjessm78 on October 4th, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
Aw, I think your optimism is spreading to me, bb! I am really curious to see how they'll fill in the missing pieces. Sam's behavior had me scratching my head a little, but I'm sure they'll explain it away :)
werty30: samwerty30 on October 4th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
I agree, it's all very intriguing. Everyone has a secret or two, even the dog, probably. But I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Sam's hair once. Isn't it magical? I love the longer look so much.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Power of Padahairjessm78 on October 4th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think they're both keeping secrets from each other this season. Very intriguing and I can't wait to learn more. Hee, I really wanted to but I was afraid it would awaken the Sam hair naysayers ;) I really loved it, though. Would love to run my fingers through it!
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on October 4th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't seem the episode yet ;A;

Will read your review when I do/if I do.
Trystan: jared padaleckitrystan830 on October 4th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
songs from the opening of 8x01 are at my LJ! i found them! yaay! =)
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam grinning in TKAAjessm78 on October 4th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :) STYX... I knew that second song sounded familiar!
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