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03 February 2015 @ 10:30 pm
SPN #10x12 About a Boy (episode review)  
Here are my thoughts on this episode...

I...really liked this one. I don't know, it kind of felt more old school, the boys working a case together and some nice broments.

One thing I have to say up front, though. Am I the only one who got flashbacks to The Benders when young Dean and the other kids were locked up and Hansel is coming for them? At least at first?

So the big theme throughout this one is basically Dean really wanting to be rid of the Mark. In the beginning, he's going through all this research (and yay, they are trying to sneak some music back in!) and Sam again shows what an awesome brother he is, showing his support and that he believes in Dean. He wants Dean to come with him on this case and not continue to make himself crazy. Oh, and have I mentioned lately that I'm liking how Sam's hair is looking better again? No? Okay. *grin*

Anyway, they talk to weird guy who says he saw that JP guy disappear in the beginning. And the guy mentions aliens. Heh. And he smelled flowers.

And we see some of the old Dean when he's chatting with Tina in the bar. So she had a pretty crappy childhood too. Maybe it's just me, but Dean focusing on his arm again and hearing the heartbeat reminds me of DemonBlood!Sam, especially in My Bloody Valentine back in S5.

So the kid from Bad Boys last season is back as young Dean. And again that scene where he finds himself locked up, along with young Tina & young JP in different cells, reminds me of The Benders a bit.

I loved Sam's reaction when young Dean shows up. Jared did that very well. I love when young Dean picks up the woman's key for her, then when Sam comes out she tells him "your son is so polite." Hee.

Young Dean tells Sam that he heard a Taylor Swift song on the way over and he liked it. Eep. Lol

Boy, we can really see how desperate Dean is to get rid of the Mark. He notices that it's now gone and maybe it's better for him to stay a kid, even with going through puberty again and all. Sam doesn't think that's a good idea. At first I wondered why, but it became clear in the end.

They go to rescue Tina and I liked the banter between Sam and young Dean. Sam's reaction when young Dean says something about him not being able to fit through the window was good...something about Dean wearing Roos or something like that? Lol

I was kinda wary of Hansel. The offer he made to help the, defeat the witch and give them the way to reverse the spell seemed too easy. Interesting spin on the fairy tale though, with him now working for the witch. He told them she forced him to eat his sister, but in reality she didn't force him. Their German accents, especially the witch's, were a bit on the cheesy side, lol. Quirky character she was, though. And she is somehow associated with Rowena? I guess she's got some big coven and we'll find out about that at some point?

I like how even though Dean seemed desperate to stay a kid so he wouldn't have the Mark, when push came to shove and Sam and young Tina's lives were threatened, he squeezed the bag and reversed the spell. If it's one thing this episode appears to have illustrated, it's how devoted these boys are to each other.

And of course we see that in the end. Sam didn't want Dean to stay a kid, because he wanted Dean as he is. It seems like he really wants to help Dean, to save him from this situation. He told Dean they'd find a way; they always do. Love it. And I loved Sam's "WTF?" Expression when Dean put the Taylor Swift music on. LOL.

So yeah, despite some cheesiness with the Hansel & Gretal stuff, I enjoyed this one. Nice brotherly stuff.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
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jessm78: Jared Padalecki: ChiCon 10 photo op (pupjessm78 on February 4th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Lol... I was thinking about that a bit, too. I wonder if Jared will live tweet later and mention this?
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jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Ray of Sunshine (CC '10jessm78 on February 5th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that. It's too bad.
jennyjennygeee on February 4th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this one too, it made me smile at the end :) Thought the guy who played young Dean did a really good job but his brown eyes really annoyed me, I kept telling myself it was the lighting that just made them look brown ;)

I also liked that they called the guy with the long hair in the beginning JP :D

Edited at 2015-02-04 04:43 am (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Dean promo (jessm78 on February 5th, 2015 12:45 am (UTC)
Me too, I was really smiling at the end. He did, but yeah, the brown eyes kinda bugged me too. That's a good way to explain it! ;)

Oh yes!! I was going to mention that too, but totally forgot. That was pretty cool.
cindylscindyls on February 4th, 2015 05:35 am (UTC)
I think they wasted an opportunity here - if the spell could put Dean back into his 14 yr. old body, could it possibly put it back into his body right before he got the Mark? That would be one way to solve the problem ;-)
Liliaethliliaeth on February 4th, 2015 09:25 am (UTC)
Well it's not like the Winchesters are witches, they know at most a few counter spells, how to make hex bags and how to destroy them. But that's about it. Even if they could copy the spell and somehow make Dean younger again, they would have no idea how to change it enough so that Dean is only one year younger. For all they know, they could accidentally turn him into baby instead.
redrum669redrum669 on February 4th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree they might not be able to do it themselves, but they got contacts, someone somewhere might be able to pull it off. Wasn't there that witch couple from season 7? They seemed to get along with James Marsters character, iirc. He might be able to help out.

I think seeing as they're kinda desperate, not looking into the seems like an easy out for the writer's to me. I'd be okay if it didn't work, but I hope the writer's at least adress it.
Liliaethliliaeth on February 4th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
They have aquaintances, sure, but that's different from being able to trust them with something as important as de-aging Dean.

As for the witch couple, and JM's char in particular, I seriously doubt that the Winchesters would ever trust them enough to ask them for help with something that sensitive. Why would they?

The only guy I could see them trusting somewhat, was that former cop guy with the dog-girl familiar. And I'm not sure that guy had the kind of skills yet to work this kind of magic.

Keep in mind, the last time a member of their group trusted a witch with anything, the witch in question turned out to be working for Crowley.
redrum669redrum669 on February 4th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
I still say it's worth looking into. They basically know the spell, they just need someone to tweek it. Why shouldn't they trust JM's character? He saved their life before. Plus, there would be no reason for anyone neutral to screw them over. They wouldn't turn Dean into anything powerful, quite the opposite in fact, and there's no one who has an interest in Dean keeping the mark. At least not enough to pose a threat. And no one says Sam and Dean have to go into it without leverage.

Plus, they were willing to trust shadier guys/guys they only knew from word of mouth. Even Crowley at some point.

Again, I'm not saying Dean should get rid of the mark like this ('cause lame) but there's an obvious solution and I just want an, IMO, better excuse than "too risky" for not looking into it. "Risky" and "can't be trusted" has hardly stopped them before. And now they've learned? After ten years, when Dean's on the verge of going berserk?

Maybe the spell is not permanent, maybe it comes with another catch, maybe it needs fresh infant blood, whatever - I just want the writers to waste at least one line on why pursuing the spell is not a valid option.

Anyway, you do have a point so I guess I could live with it if they'd have Sam and Dean have the same discussion we're having now until e.g. Dean says, "no way, I'm not gonna get hexed again. End of story."

Tl;dr: Basically I just hope the writers acknowledge there's an option and have them say why they don't pursue it. That's all.
redrum669redrum669 on February 4th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Mar 11 Van Airportjessm78 on February 5th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
I think it would have been cool for them to explore that, too. Looking at the comments below, I kinda agree with a few points, though (though I admit I'd have liked it if they had some witch contacts they could have asked for help).
heavenli24heavenli24 on February 4th, 2015 06:10 am (UTC)
I thought the episode was done well, considering the storyline - they played it straight and it came off well. I had read the interview with Jensen where he mentioned that Dylan did a good job as present Dean in a teenage body and I have to agree. I wasn't so keen on him in Bad Boys (I don't like that episode at all), as I didn't really see him as 'Dean', but he was pretty much spot on here :). I still don't like that he has brown eyes though (couldn't the kid wear green contacts or something?).

What I'm struggling with in the episodes at the moment is that they aren't 'Supernatural' to me anymore - they've become all about magic and fantastical stories and characters, where fairytales are actually real, rather than there being a real-life explanation for them... the Wizard of Oz, Hansel and Gretel etc... and that's just not true to the world of SPN for me. It used to be that legends were gritty and based in reality, so much so that you could believe that they might actually happen... but suddenly we've been thrust into Once Upon A Time or something :(.

As an aside though, did anyone else recognise the witch as being Mrs Pattmore from Downton Abbey?! :P
jessm78jessm78 on February 5th, 2015 12:50 am (UTC)
I agree with that too, I think Dylan did very well as the present Dean. I did like him better here than I did in Bad Boys (though yeah, the eye color irked me too).

Yeah, actually to be honest this one kind of made me think of Clap Your Hands If You Believe, the one with the whole "fight the fairies" thing. They did something else about fairy tales too back in season 3? But still, that was connected to a vengeful spirit, so at least it still sorta had a supernatural connection.

Oh I thought she looked familiar!! I had a hard time placing her at first, but now that you mention it I see it.
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on February 4th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it, no angels and no annoying episode stealing side characters. Just Sam and Dean (kinda of) working a case and yeah for brother banter!!
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: OMGYAYjessm78 on February 5th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
Yes!! Totally agree hon :) *high five*
luk70luk70 on February 5th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
Was a very good episode, reminded me of the old SPN

I miss Jensen, but the little that he was in the episode was amazing.

Jared amazing as always
jessm78jessm78 on February 5th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
Agree with you 100*, hon.
MoSinging1986: SPN - family miserablemosinging1986 on February 5th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure where this one was going, but I ended up liking it!