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19 November 2013 @ 10:22 pm
SPN #9x07 Bad Boys (episode review)  
Some stuff about this episode ...


Honestly? I liked this one, I really did. It was a MOTW type episode that seemed more like old times. Interesting stuff about the kid, and some nice brotherly stuff.

To any Stargate fans on my flist...did the guy in the teaser who got killed look familiar? He's Tom McBeath who played Colonel Maybourne in Stargate SG1! To the non-Stargate fans, he also played the father of Scott (one of the special kids who was killed) in SPN 2x10 Hunted.

This ep was set in Hurleyville, NY in the Catskills. Is that really the name of the town? I'm familiar with a town up that way called Hurley, but didn't know if there was a Hurleyville. Eh don't mind me, just being a little nitpicky, lol

Dean's being shady again in the beginning, the way he asks if "everyone" is okay with heading out there, saying that "everyone" means Sam. Sam better be thinking "WTF" big time...guess it's kinda annoying how they're dragging it out, but I guess they want the blowout to be huge when/if Sam finds out what's going on..... *cringes*

Okay, the kid who played Young!Dean...is it just me, or does he seem to be more like a young John/JDM? At least looks-wise. I mean he wasn't bad, but...meh

I liked Robin.

Liked Dean's interaction with Timmy. Poor kid getting bullied like that. And sad story about his mom, what happened to her and how he pretty much hung onto her like that. I'm glad Dean was able to convince him to let go of her finally. Though that line of his...the "sometimes you have to do things for yourself even if it means hurting other people" line (or close to that anyway)....hmmm, foreshadowing or hinting at the whole thing with Sam in a way? Or am I just overthinking it?

I loved, loved, loved the brother stuff at the end. First the flashback to the Impala outside, the horn honking and young Sam looking out the window at Dean. And then back in the present when he and Sam talk outside the Impala and then inside when Sam thanks Dean for looking out for him and everything. Awwww. *melts*

ETA: I should probably say that I tried hard to ignore any WTF stuff implied by the flashbacks, retconning etc and just enjoy the rest of it. I'd read the synopsis when it was released and watched the sneak peek and it was bugging me about Dean getting sent there because he stole food etc and yeah, watching this the "virgin at 16" stuff I couldn't believe. I guess I just tried to ignore that stuff and be happy that it was to me a little break from some of the heavy myth arc stuff.

Okay, that's it. Hope I got that posted under the wire before anyone commented calling for my hanging, LOL (guess I'm being OTT but it seems lately that all the eps I'm not crazy about everyone else loves, and the ones I like everyone else hates)
 
 
 
strgazr04: J2 TV Guide shootstrgazr04 on November 20th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
I actually really liked the more 'innocent' Dean at 16, if you can even call him that. I think that growing up so sheltered, only having Sam as his friend makes a big difference in how Dean grew up. He didn't have the usual H.S. experiences and such. I can see him purposely never letting himself get close to anyone due to the pain of leaving them all the time. I also think that's what makes adult Dean still kind of childlike in some ways, like in his socialization, his sense of humor, and his gleeful geekery in movies and such. I like the idea that maybe Dean wasn't always so much of a badass. That maybe most of that was/is only a cover for that 4yr old boy inside who can very much relate to Timmy, who wants to cling to his mom despite her being gone.

"foreshadowing or hinting at the whole thing with Sam in a way?" YES! This was the exact thing that came to my mind in that moment as well. It's the only thing that makes sense, to me anyways. What else could it mean considering he left the boys' home instead of sacrificing his family and staying for himself.

I also loved that moment that he looked out the window at Sammy and you just knew there was no way he was staying. That smile he got just from looking at his kid brother was so beautiful.

And THANK YOU Sam, for finally saying your appreciation to Dean out loud. There have been so many brotherly scenes in the past where I just wanted to shake one of them and be like "just say it! TELL HIM!". 5 bucks that if it hadn't been so dark in that car scene, we would have seen Jensen's eyes get all wet and shiny in that lovely way he speaks emotion without actually SPEAKING the emotion.
jessm78: Jensen & Jared: 2013 PCAsjessm78 on November 20th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
You know, now that you mention it, I kinda like him as well. :) It's something that would be nice to explore. And it is nice to see some vulnerability there too.

I also think that's what makes adult Dean still kind of childlike in some ways, like in his socialization, his sense of humor, and his gleeful geekery in movies and such.

Oh yes, THIS.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who instantly thought of that. It does make a lot of sense. I saw some other people saying they think it's hinting that Dean might leave Sam whenever the mid-season finale is, but I don't know if I can go with that. Or at least I don't want to think about anything like that.

That smile just about killed me - it was wonderful. And I LOVED how Sam said that to him! Such great moments.

5 bucks that if it hadn't been so dark in that car scene, we would have seen Jensen's eyes get all wet and shiny in that lovely way he speaks emotion without actually SPEAKING the emotion.

Again, THIS!!
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on November 20th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the episode so it's great to read reviews like yours to find out what happened etc. So far it seems everyone liked the episode's aside from the canon part of it. Is it true though Sam is 9 in the flash back's and Dean is 16?!! If so I can forgive a odd canon mess up but changing characters ages even for one episode is beyond dumb. =/

Having a MOTW again is brilliant, so sick of angels and "jokey" episode's.

Edited at 2013-11-20 03:19 pm (UTC)
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
Is it true though Sam is 9 in the flash back's and Dean is 16?!!

Yeah, sorta. What happened is that apparently Dean was supposed to be 14, but the actor playing him looked a bit too old so they changed it to 16 at the last minute. Honestly, they should've kept his age the same. Or if not, they could have at least had the kid playing Sam look a little older, like 12 (and not playing with a stupid toy plane or whatever it was!).

It was really good to see, a nice break from all the angels/heavy mytharc(and jokey) stuff.
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on November 20th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
That's just dumb not everyone looks their age!! Well I'm just going let on he said he was 14 cause the writers mess up canon alot but their not messing up Sam and Deans ages.
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
I know, right?? That's what I'm sticking with too, it makes a lot more sense.
werty30werty30 on November 20th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
I spent the whole episode awwing and smiling like a goof. Old-school stuff! Brother feels! The canon got a little mixed, hehe, but I'd rather they try and make pre-series flashbacks and maybe they will get some details wrong, but still. I don't want them to completely divorce themselves from the early canon.
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Same here! Loved that. :) Yeah, the canon was a bit messed up. I wish they'd kept young Dean's original age. It would've made more sense, especially when you see young Sam later.
antraziantrazi on November 20th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Dean was written as 14, they upped his age because the actor looked older. I would have preferred had they gone with the 14 but I enjoyed the episode. It was nice to see a classic MOTW again, and when was the last time they got the EMF reader out?
And while young!Dean didn't really fit in the looks department, he had the mannerisms down. Kudos for that
jessm78jessm78 on November 20th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I heard about that. I agree, they should have kept his age at 14. Apart from that I really enjoyed it too. Oh goodness yes! I missed seeing the EMF reader :)

He did do the mannerisms really well, I have to give him credit for that.
Amy: SPN - Jared - This is perfectames1010 on November 21st, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
I loved this ep! Make me feel like it was the good old days! :)