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14 February 2008 @ 10:19 pm
Supernatural #3.11 Mystery Spot (episode review)  
Beware of spoilers!

I'll start off with...

Wow.  Just wow.

Okay, so I've always been a fan of Groundhog Day, and when I heard Supernatural was going to go that route I squeee'd.  I saw the preview clips and thought we'd be in for a treat.  I just didn't know how much of a treat.

First, Sam waking up to the clock radio playing Asia's "Heat of the Moment."  Dean totally cracked me up here with his "come on, you love this song", his singing along and his head-bobbing.  *snicker*

Oh, and the way he says "Hey, Tuesday - Pig in a Poke!" in the diner.  It's the little things that always get me.

So, the first time Dean dies is a gunshot from the owner/proprietor/whatever of the Mystery Spot.

Sam wakes up again to "Heat of the Moment," and Dean's singing and head-bobbing.

I love how we see the progression of his annoyance over it still being Tuesday. The way he knows how everything is going to occur, like the way he catches the bottle of hot sauce before the waitress drops it on the floor.  And of course, after the third?fourth? time we see the day play over again, how he knows everything that Dean is going to say.  Their "double speak" was hilarious... the "Sam Winchester wears makeup", "Sam Winchester cries his way through sex," "Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by the bed..." etc.

Dean getting hit by the car was pretty.... *shudders* And I mean that on a more personal level because last summer I'd gotten hit by a car myself... though the outcome wasn't as deadly of course (just broke my arm and nose, and I was unconscious till I woke up at the hospital).
Though, is it wrong that I actually laughed when the piano fell on him? Maybe it was just how quickly that played out and the image of the poor guy's legs sticking out from underneath it... but it did have me laughing... as did poor Dean electrocuting himself.  I'm really not that sadistic. Honest. ;)

I really felt for Sam... not only being stuck in this boring time loop, but having to always see it end with his brother dying. 

And despite the fact that they showed a scene from Tall Tales in the recap, I hardly expected the trickster to be involved in this.  Though I thought that was clever... after all, they didn't really end up killing him at the end of TT.  I half expected him to come back in some form, but was caught unawares as I watched this episode.

I love when Sam wakes up again, this time to Huey Lewis' song from Back to the Future II (the "Goin' back in time" song... I'm such a geek, but I loved that they included that song here), finds out it's Wednesday and says something about the song being such a beautiful song. *grin* He really thinks it's all over until...

Dean gets shot as he's out by the car.  The way Sam runs out there and says "I'm supposed to wake up..." He really broke my heart there. :(  And then the three-month period after Dean dies, the way he goes it alone and we hear all these phone messages from Bobby...  It really got me how the poor guy is trying to deal all on his own, without his brother.  He just looked broken.  It was almost depressing and it really makes me hope that he will be able to save Dean eventually.

When he meets Bobby, the first thing that came to my mind was that this seemed almost familiar to the first scene in AHBL Part 2, with Dean's conversation with Bobby.  You can tell how devoted he is to Dean, how badly he wants him back.  The way Bobby offered himself as a sacrifice and the way he told Sam that he and Dean were like family to him....  It had me going for a minute, especially when Sam stabbed him like that.  I figured that he had to think something was up there, and I was glad that that wasn't really Bobby.

So, I guess they spared the trickster's life then.  Sam wakes up again, again to the Huey Lewis song, meaning it's Wednesday.  That hug he gave Dean.......  I have no words for that.  I loved it.  I really loved the displays of brotherly.... love. (have I said "love" enough here? Didn't think so... lol).

All in all, I enjoyed this episode. I laughed, I cried (mostly for Sammy, of course), I "awwwwww"ed....  The thing that stuck out the most for me was Sam during the three months after Dean's death. I think it gives us a little taste of how Sam would be if he isn't able to save Dean. And for that reason I really hope that Dean can be saved (beside the fact that I don't want to see Dean die of course).

So, great episode.  The preview for next week's ep looks amazing.  I couldn't believe it when they said it would be a "full night" starting at 8pm. Though I hear they will be showing Nightshifter at 8, followed by the new ep at 9.  Either way it sounds great. :)
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Beth: Winchesterscrazywoman22 on February 15th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this episode.
jessm78: Hollywood Babylonjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
It was great, wasn't it?
Ashleygeeky_ginger on February 15th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
May have just become my favorite Sam episode ever....OH! And YAY for Daniel Jackson mood theme!
jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I think it's definitely in the running for my favorite Sam episode too. *thumbs up*

*grin* Glad you like! I just couldn't resist when I was choosing my mood theme. It's pretty basic, but I had fun matching up the moods with Daniel's various expressions. :D

Oh, and I love your avatar! Really good indeed!

Edited at 2008-02-15 04:37 am (UTC)
Ashley: Army of Fangirlsgeeky_ginger on February 15th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
*grin* Glad you like! I just couldn't resist when I was choosing my mood theme. It's pretty basic, but I had fun matching up the moods with Daniel's various expressions. :D

^^Daniel was like my first TV Boyfriend...I watched that show religiously from beginning to end...god how I love that man...and Michael Shanks...JUST as hot in person!

Oh, and I love your avatar! Really good indeed!

^^Haha...I didn't make it but thanks!
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Aw :D To be honest, he was my first TV boyfriend too. I watched it from beginning to end, though my fanaticism w/the show kinda died down a little in the last year. But still am such a fan of the guy. Oh, you've met Michael Shanks in person too? He IS hot...*sighs happily*
Ashley: Heat of the moment!geeky_ginger on February 15th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I lost a little interest during the "Jonas era" because I couldn't get myelf to like the character that was basically responisble for the death of my most favorite character. But that last season was so good!!! I can't wait for the movies!

Yeah I've met him in person...so nice...so funny...so hot! Hell I've met him, Lexa, Chris, Corin, Torri, Paul, Rachel, Jason, Don, and a few other...they were ALL so damn sweet! And hilarious as hell!!
Brandi: spn - dean and samrupertgsnum1fan on February 15th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
lol, you're not sadistic, cuz I laughed when the table or whatever fell on him as well XD I guess it was the music that went along with it and Sam's face, which was just like, "Jesus, not again..."
And the ax incident, Sam was just like, "Dean? Oh no," again kind of like, Damn! AND AGAIN!.
Same thing with the driving around looking for the trickster and everything - it makes you feel SO BAD for him because he remembers ALL that, which I think he's afraid to share with Dean (shoot, I would be) because it would make it that much more real.
I'm surprised Dean didn't recognize the hug though, because that was pretty much the same hug he gave Sam after he made the deal...but then again, it IS Dean.

jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hee, glad I'm not the only one! :D Yeah, at first I couldn't tell what it was that fell on him. I thought it was a safe, but my friend said it was a piano. Well...whatever it was, it had me laughing! And Sam's face didn't help there either. ;)

Poor poor guy... I'd feel the same way if it were me. To just have been through all that...he remembers it all, even though to Dean Tuesday is just a new day each time.

Ooh, good point there. I was thinking it was much like that hug...though yeah, it IS Dean. ;)
eomireomir on February 15th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
What was great was that it really was one of those, "you laugh, you cry" kind of episodes. Dean's "deaths" were pretty funny, "was it cool, like in the movies?". I mean they were so out of the blue and odd that you couldn't help laugh. Even Sam's annoyance was amusing but it was heartbreaking at the same time. Besides not wanting Dean to every really die, I don't want to have to see Sam like that again. The three month montage was horrible to see him so hard and empty. Of course I think that's what the demons and such want to happen. They want Same to think there is no way out and want him to be cold and empty so he'll become this great leader they hope for.

Anyway, next week can't come soon enough. :)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Even when he got hit by the car, it was just like "whoa... okay..." It was really heartbreaking to see Sam like that. The way he just went through everything and then during the three months seemed to be just carrying on the legacy of his dad and Dean (with all the hunts he'd been on), while still aching to get his hands on this trickster and bring Dean back. That's a really good point and I wouldn't doubt that you're right. Even just from the way the trickster told Sam that the joke was on him, that he won't be able to save Dean.

I'm starting a countdown to next week already. :)
No Power In The 'Versetrulybloom on February 15th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
I get why some of Dean's deaths could have been funny, but like you with the car accident, if you've ever witnessed a loved one die ... well, I was horrified by each and every one of these deaths. Especially knowing that he is doomed to die because of his deal. And I felt for Sam every step of the way - the frustration of trying again and again and again and never being able to prevent Dean from dying. A living nightmare! I can't imagine how he didn't lose his mind completely - clearly he did a little, but the fact that he held back from simply impaling the Trickster as soon as he got his hands on him says that he hadn't completely lost it.

And seeing Sam after Dean was gone was heart breaking! But it also had me wondering what Dean's life would have been like if we'd gotten to see him months after Sam had died - if, say, Dean hadn't been able to make his deal. Would he have gone the obsessive route like Sam, like John? Hunting down Jake and YED - and then what? What would John have had if he'd ever killed YED? What would Sam have had had he caught and killed the Trickster? And what would Dean have had? Nothing, nothing but endless hunting of evil.

I think Dean probably would have killed himself, out of loneliness and despair. Not sure about John and Sam, though. I'm just not sure.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
I totally see where you're coming from. Even despite the fact that I laughed, I had to stop and try putting myself in Sam's shoes... The horror he witnessed each and every time Dean died. And I couldn't help feeling really bad when Sam told him he was going to die today, and Dean answered something like, "No, I'm not... not today." It kind of made me stop and remember what is in store for him. Yeah, I really did feel for Sam. I was a bit worried when he seemed to contemplate killing Bobby (before I knew that that wasn't him), but the fact that he knew it wasn't Bobby had me breathing a sigh of relief.

Wasn't it? That had me thinking as well... I'd rewatched AHBL not long before this episode aired (I've been sick for a couple of weeks so to pass the time have been watching my DVD's), and after I watched this one I was thinking what Dean would have done if he hadn't made that deal and thus didn't save Sam.

Those are all very interesting things to think about. I find myself doing that "what if..." quite often. It's something interesting to explore. I haven't done a lot of fanfic-reading, but do you know if anyone's ever addressed these points in a type of alternate universe story?
ckllckll on February 15th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
I totally agree with your review :)
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Cool, glad you liked the review hon. :)
ckllckll on February 15th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yours was the first i read after watching the episode :)
blackbirdj2blackbirdj2 on February 15th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
You and I would get along very well, my thoughts of the episode are VERY similar to yours! ;) :) I LOVED it as well!
jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on February 15th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
*grin* Very cool! It was a great episode. Heh... do you mind if I friend you? I didn't meet too many people during the friending meme. I guess 'cause I'm pretty shy. :)
blackbirdj2blackbirdj2 on February 15th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Of coure I don't mind, go ahead! I'll friend you back! :)
jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on February 16th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Great! Done and done! :)
Ami: spn || last xmasat_midnight on February 16th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
i totally agree with you, i just put a review on this myself.

i did laugh when that desk fell on dean. but i didn't laugh much on other Dean's deaths (especially the car hit, because it feels the most real and closer to everyday's life) because we also see the anguish it has put on sam.

as much as i enjoy the dark humor, the main thing of this episode is the last 3 months of sam's life without dean. and we see how sam becomes what he doesn't want to admit, his own father. it is a good premise on how we can see the next development in sam's character - what with the death deal still hanging out there.

i love the writers for this - and yes, i am glad they mention "groundhog day" (because it is sort of a tribute) as well as special mention of "the x-files" - that also has similar groundhog day episode.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 16th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Cool, I gotta go check out your review. :)

Ah, so it was a desk... I was laughing so much the first time I saw it I couldn't remember what it was. Went back and rewatched and you're right. I didn't laugh much at the other ones myself, especially the car hit, and especially as we saw how much it was affecting Sam.

I have to say I think the humor was well-balanced by the more serious, angsty scenes, especially the whole theme of how broken Sam was getting and the three months without Dean. I did notice a bit of a parallel between him and his father there. I agree with you and I think it sets the stage for further character development on Sam's part - and of course gives us a little glimpse on how things could be if he's not able to get Dean out of the deal.

*cheers the writers* They really did a magnificent job here. :)