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21 February 2008 @ 10:05 pm
Supernatural #3.12 Jus in Bello (episode review)  
Wow, this episode was pretty intense... See my thoughts/musings/etc. behind the cut.

First of all, cross-fandom squeee: Peter DeLuise!! Yay! :D  Shame he wasn't in it very long at all... the thought of the guy having been dead for weeks or longer? Ick... Yeah, I know we saw a demon possessing Isaac's corpse in The Magnificent Seven, but he wasn't around for very long.

Now that we have that out of the way...

I hate Bela.  I knew something was going to happen since she'd stolen the Colt.  But still.

She stole the Colt.  Probably their best line of defense against the demons.  And she stole it.  And apparently squawked to the feds on where Sam and Dean were. 

So, are they ever going to find the Colt? I guess we will see in the new episodes coming in April.  At least I hope we see.

It was nice seeing Hendrickson again.  Sure he is a nasty SOB, but he's another guy I love to hate.  I loved Dean's crack to him about getting some Cialis to take care of his little problem.  Oh, Dean! *grin*

We get Dean!Limpage as Peter DeLuise shoots him.... ouch! And afterwards we have Sam patching him up.  Aww. *happy sigh*

I honestly had no idea that Hendrickson was possessed at first.  I mean, his behavior seemed almost typical of him, given what we'd seen of him in previous episodes. I was kind of curious as to why Sam ripped the cross off of Nancy, but I guess he'd suspected it? Or he was just trying to prepare for any demon attacks especially after he'd just exorcised the one from Peter DeLuise (heh, sorry I can't remember the character's name atm ;)).

Hendrickson shoots the sheriff and then is exorcised.  He says "I shot the sheriff." Dean says, "But you didn't shoot the deputy!" Tell me you were not expecting that.  That is just SO Dean.... *hearts Dean*  And Sam shoots a murderous glare at him for that.  *hearts Sam*

Shame it had to take something like this for Hendrickson to see what they're up against, and that these things are real. I'm glad that he's finally seen it, though.  I liked the conversation he had with Dean about his job; the whole "I've been at this job for a while and want to land something big" thing.  I liked the look on Dean's face when he told him that the only thing he has to come home to is Sam.  I guess he was trying to show Dean that the two of them (him and Hendrickson) are a bit alike there. 

It's nice to see Hendrickson almost showing a bit of faith in them, asking Dean if he thinks they can win this.  Dean doesn't seem absolutely sure, but he's in it for the long haul.

So Ruby seems rightly pissed that the Colt is gone.  Can I mention again how I hate Bela?

Interesting proposition she has, about the spell that can vaporize demons within a 1 mile radius - including herself.  The fact that she seems willing to sacrifice herself in this cause gains her a bit more respect with me.  Then there's the thing about sacrificing a virgin, the only one of whom turns out to be Nancy.  Dean's reaction when he finds out she's a virgin is priceless.

That conversation between Sam and Dean highlighted that kind of role reversal between them.  Dean doesn't want to kill Nancy, an innocent virgin.  It was almost chilling to me that Sam seemed to have no qualms about it.  Yes, she's an innocent girl, but what is one innocent life vs. many? That seems to be Sam's position on the whole thing.  It shows how he's pretty much accepted his role in this fight.  Dean decides that they'll go down fighting this to the end. 

Oh, need to interject this... I loved, loved, LOVED that bit of skin the boys show when they reveal their pentagram tattoos.  Hee.

Hendrickson is letting the boys go.  He'll lie and say that they died in that helicopter explosion.  It was nice seeing him finally come around.

So we finally learn the name of this new demon that was mentioned 2 episodes back (the one who was "rising in the west"). She sees Sam as competition and Ruby is clearly fighting on his side. A little girl named Lilith (loved how she told Nancy about the 2 guys she was looking for - "one is kinda tall and the other is kinda cute"... heh). Wow, she really is a baddie.  I've read some folklore about a woman in the Hebrew tradition known as Lilith.  I can't remember all that much about it, but she was almost like a blood-sucking creature or someone who'd steal the life out of men.  Very very interesting.  I guess we will see more of how this whole thing involving her unfolds in later episodes. I'm looking forward to that.

I kind of suspected Hendrickson wouldn't make it out of this alive, though I was still hoping.  I guess there really is no room for him in the show now that he's come over to their side, but it was still a shame to see him die.

Final thoughts: I liked the way this episode was done, even though I felt bad that Hendrickson had to die (and even Nancy; I kind of liked her).  I wonder if they'll ever get the Colt back? I guess time will tell (least I hope it does).
Current Mood: tiredtired
Ashleygeeky_ginger on February 22nd, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah I won't lie...I squeed when Dean was shot by The Deluise!

And the Lilith thing...if I'm not mistaken the myth or whatever is something along the lines that Lilith was Adam's first wife, made of the earth, tainted, and she rose up against him, didn't want to be submissive, and her need for power or whatever made her dangerous, evil. She loved Adam but didn't want to be his submissive wife. So god banished her and then made Eve from Adam so that she would be submissive.

And in other words...Bela suck but the episode didn't! :-D
jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on February 22nd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I gotta admit I couldn't silence the squee that escaped my lips right then. :D

Ah, that's it - thanks for reminding me! I'd read about it in a few books and I remember the myth was mentioned during a documentary about vampires that I'd seen some years back.

*grin* I think that sums it up very well! :)
Ashley: Always Pick 'C'geeky_ginger on February 22nd, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Ah, that's it - thanks for reminding me! I'd read about it in a few books and I remember the myth was mentioned during a documentary about vampires that I'd seen some years back.

^^The only reason I remember what I do was because of David Hewlett's movie "Darklight." Lilith was a main character and I was interested so I researched her.
oraclehollyoracleholly on February 22nd, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
In some traditions, Lilith is considered the mother of all demons. So, how appropo was it for this little child to be considered a "big bad" (to borrow from Buffy) and be named Lilith.
Ashleygeeky_ginger on February 22nd, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
Ooooo, very good point! :-)
Kimber: Dean adorablespikespet7 on February 22nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I agree.....this was a great episode.....I have to say, I hate Bela with a passion and hope she bits the bullet in the end. But, I do question who she is working for....but I don't forgive her for all the lives she's caused to be taken...starting with the rabbit's foot for one and now tonight.

Ruby, she's has added even more of a mystery about her that makes me want to know more......I'm torn if she is in this for the good of mankind...or to manipulate Sam after Dean's death.....hmmm.

jessm78: Dean is Batmanjessm78 on February 25th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been wondering that myself... At one of the sites where I lurk, someone suggested that she is a baddie now, but maybe she'd turn out working on the side of our boys, especially if she's personally confronted/attacked herself (though I really can't see it, at least as things are now). I can't forgive her either - she also shot Sam (even if she "can't aim").

Interesting thoughts about Ruby, too... Very mysterious character and I'm interested in learning more about her.
quarter mile, bunch of horses & some gasolinecalijirl5150 on February 22nd, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
I just want them to get the colt back & shot Bela w/it !
jessm78jessm78 on February 25th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Heh... I hear ya!
eomir: tele: spn: swayze that mothaeomir on February 22nd, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Great episode. I do think they will get the colt back because I keep telling myself that they have to destroy Bella once and for all. :) Of course they probably won't do that but I do think they will get the colt back.

When I heard the name Lilith I wondered if it was the Lilith. I'm going to think it is because that's a pretty "specific for this type of show" name to use. Also the white eyes she had gives me the impression that she's pretty major.

Can't wait for the new episodes, they can't come soon enough.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 25th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking they just *have* to get it back.

Good point... I've thought about that myself and it does sort of make sense.
No Power In The 'Verse: Supernatural_screwedtrulybloom on February 22nd, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
I have to wonder at this season, simply because they have killed off ALL the non-demon bad guys. Gordon - dead. Kubrick - dead. Hendrickson - dead. Who's left? Just Bela. Can't wait until they kill her, because she, of all of them, has NO reason to want to hurt the Winchesters, which makes her actions unjustifiable on any level. She is evil incarnate - I was almost waiting for her to turn out to be Lilith - at least that could have justified her behavior.

As for Lilith, I believe the mythology is that Lilith was Adam's first wife. She refused to obey him, though, so was banished from the Garden of Eden and a new wife (Eve) was created for Adam. She's not a bad person - she's not evil - at least not in the basic mythology, though she is associated with strong, independent females (remember the Lilith Faire concert tour - they took the name from her) and she's often associated with Lesbians and women who don't need a man to feel complete. Mysogenists tend to paint her as evil, or at least undesireable, for these reasons.
jessm78: AHBLjessm78 on February 25th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
I was thinking about that right after the episode ended. Bela is the only one left who's a major thorn in their side. I keep wondering if she'll get her just desserts in time, or if she'll have her life endangered in such a big way that it will make her stop messing with them and join them in this fight (but I highly doubt it for some reason).

Ah, I remember reading about that now. I believe she was also in an argument with Adam because she thought the woman should be on top during intercourse? Thought I remember reading something like that.