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20 January 2015 @ 10:28 pm
SPN #10x10 The Hunter Games (episode review)  
Okay, here are some thoughts on this one, and apologies in advance if they're not as glowing as you hoped...

So we're basically picking up where we left off last time. And last time we had all those separate threads, which annoyed me last time and still annoy me now.

I'm sorry, but I really am not all that interested in Crowley's mommy issues. I do find his mom to be an interesting character & I love her accent lol, but ... Is it me, or did Crowley come off as a bit stupid here? She was able to see that Dean wanted Crowley to get the first blade for him, then she lies to Guthrie so he could get it, then she kills Guthrie & lies through her teeth to Crowley. He actually looked like he was starting to believe her. I actually groaned and said "Oh, come on, please don't tell me he's this stupid." Maybe I missed something & need to rewatched, but I hated to think these mommy issues are making him stupid.

I also am still not interested in Claire. I yawned through the scenes of her with those friends of hers, and her whining to Cas was getting on my nerves. I hope this is the last we see of her. The only thing that chilled me a bit was when she was plotting to have her friends kill Dean. I was a bit surprised though that it just took Claire begging him to stop and seeing her face for him to leave her friends be & not end up killing them.

So um...now back to what little we see of the boys...heh. Dean is angsting over the Mark and wants it gone. Sam (whose hair is looking quite a bit better than that disaster he's had most of this season so far, lol) says they can't find anything in the lore and then Cas fetches Metatron. They have him restrained in the dungeon and try to get info. Sam is there first, looking really pissed and not making things easy for Metatron, reminding him about how he killed his brother. Dean enters and is looking pissed as well. Metatron wants them to cut him some slack and Sam says he's a dickwad. Metatron says "But I'm YOUR dickwad!" Heh. Anyway, he tells them they need the first blade.

Later on Dean visits him to find out what the next step is, but he won't give Dean any further info without a cost. Dean locks the door, grabs an angel blade and threatens to torture Metatron. He punches him and actually starts cutting him with the blade when Sam & Cas realize he's missing, run down there & Sam demands that Dean open the door, hitting & kicking it to try & open it. Just as Dean is slicing Metatron (who says something cryptic about a river), Cas explodes the door with um...angel mojo? Has he ever done that before? Sam grabs Dean and Cas goes to Metatron, saying he needs to get him back to heaven.

There was a nice broment scene after that, Sam and Dean sitting having a beer, wondering what Metatron meant with that cryptic phrase of his. Sam suggests that they find Cain, that he still has the Mark and was able to live with it. Hmm, I suppose they will try to pursue this?

I guess Claire & Cas sorta reconcile at the end, but again I really don't care about her and wouldn't be upset if this is the last we see of her. To be honest, most of her scenes felt like they belonged in a spinoff to me.

So that's about it. Again it kinda bugged me to have so many different things crammed into one ep, though it did seem like they tried to bring them all into the main idea...that being the Mark and it's effects on Dean/wanting to be rid of it. Couldn't really care less about Crowley's mommy issues, though I do wonder how he's going to act around the boys now; and again the Claire stuff didn't interest me.
KCSkcscribbler on January 21st, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Why hello, kindred clone-spirit. :D

I'm totally aligned with literally everything you said, down to suddenly-gullible!Crowley and Sam's hair (also, have we seen wet!Sam hair before??).

I'm liking the reset back to Sam and Dean firmly allied together against a common enemy, but these rabbit trail plot lines and characters just seem a little contrived and fan-servicey to me. Hope they don't monopolize the rest of the season.
jessm78: Jensen Ackles: You Rock from CC'10jessm78 on January 21st, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
Heya back! :D

Ooh yes, totally forgot to mention the wet!Sam hair! Very rare sight indeed. From what I can remember... a couple of instances in the very early seasons. Oh, and there was one back in season 5 where they came in out of the rain from somewhere. And the season 8 one where he passed out from doing the trials and Dean put him in the ice water bath. But that's about all I can think of.

Me too, I'm really not liking this episode setup and I hope they don't continue it either.
cindyls: IsupportSamcindyls on January 21st, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I haven't seen it yet, but even reading your summary, I realize that I have lost the plot - don't they still have the First Blade? When did it disappear? Lol. Man, I am so lost, perhaps it is the boredom over Claire, Cas and Crowley that is affecting my ability to pay attention when it concerns the boys. Also, is this season some kind of reward for the rabid Deangirls who have complained that Sam is always the center of the mytharc (stuff affecting him, etc.) because Sam seems to be a non-entity this season as far as importance. I mean, Claire wants to kill Dean, Dean has the mark, Cole wanted to kill Dean....hmm. At least in all those seasons past when something was affecting Sam, we got A LOT of Dean's reactions, actions, emotions, interactions, etc. because of what was affecting Sam. I don't see much of the reciprocal as far as Sam is concerned this season. Although we were promised more of what Sam did to find DemonDean...we'll see.
Anyway, I am not really psyched to even see the episode, but I am hanging in there for any moments that remind me of the show I used to love ;-) And yeah that Sam's hair is better! That's the only thing I hope for anymore ;-)
cuddyclothescuddyclothes on January 21st, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
Sam and Cas handed over the First Blade to Crowley earlier this season after Crowley saved Cas's life by stealing another angel's grace. I think.
cindylscindyls on January 21st, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh right, duh, totally forgot that. Geesh, I used to remember everything from the episodes ;-(
mangacat201mangacat201 on January 21st, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
Crowley did save Cas with the grace, but I think he demanded that they give him the Blade in exchange for a lock on Dean's location because with all the tracking and stuff, Sam was still behind and couldn't find him until Dean slighted Crowley and Crowley wanted to get rid of his new demon-boytoy turned liability.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on January 21st, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
I know this was already answered but yep, they gave it Crowley earlier in the season. I almost forgot about that when I was watching... took a little time for me to remember that! Yeah, honestly things are just much more forgettable to me this season for some reason. And yeah, the Claire/Cas/Crowley side stories make it hard for me to pay attention too.

Honestly, I've been wondering that too. Did you see the promo for the next episode?? Gah!! Does Sam really do anything at all in this one besides freaking out over some really bright lights (or whatever he appeared to be doing there)? Ugh, I could rant about this all day lol. You know I agree with you, hon. And yeah, I hope they make good on that promise, though given their track record I'm not feeling very optimistic. *sigh*

Yeah, there were some nice little moments, Sam grabbing Dean when they finally got to him and their little conversation after that was nice. LOL, I'm with you! ;) Plus we also got some WetHair!Sam! Someone needs to tweet the hairstylist and let her know she did a good job!
darkdreams1222dreamsofspike on January 21st, 2015 11:26 am (UTC)
See, I differ from you on this in that I find Crowley's storyline VERY interesting right now. I think he knows better than to really trust his mother, but he WANTS to trust her, because as he admitted to Sam in the season 8 finale "Sacrifice" - really, all he wants is to be loved. Which all goes back to the way she abandoned him in the first place.

So I find myself actually really feeling for him because he's falling for it, just because he so desperately wishes it was true. :/

I think Dean stopped short of killing Claire's "friends" not so much because of her yelling out, but because of what Sam said to him just before that, about how he had the power to FIGHT the influence of the Mark. It makes Sam's words last season, when Dean was killing Abaddon - "You CAN stop!" - make a lot more sense to me. I like to think maybe Dean heard those words in his head here, Sam's words, a reminder that this thing is strong, but it might not necessarily be stronger than HIM. <3

jessm78jessm78 on January 21st, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
That's actually an interesting way of looking at it; I'd never thought of that before, so thanks for mentioning it. :) I think what was getting on my nerves was the whole business of the way Rowena was talking to him and the lies, and I didn't look below the surface of "Oh, please don't tell me he's actually believing this." But very good point about what he admitted back in Sacrifice, and that he really wants it to be true. It actually makes me kind of feel sorry for him too.

Oh gosh, I completely forgot about that, and you know what, it really does make sense.

Honestly, thanks so much for commenting. It really opens up a new perspective I didn't even consider
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on January 22nd, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
Agree with everything you said hon.

Like the writers have done with Castiel, they are dumbing down Crowley just to keep him round.

Again I only care about Sam and Dean, so those are the only moments I pay attention too.

Next week is a Charlie ep so it's going to be all about that Mary-sue Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
deej1957deej1957 on January 22nd, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
This is what SPN has become? I haven't watched in years and what you just described just sounds really baaaaad.

Well, if nothing else, Jared and Jensen will never have to worry about their finances!