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09 February 2017 @ 09:24 pm
SPN #12x11 Regarding Dean (episode review)  
Here are my thinky-thoughts on this episode....

If I'm remembering correctly, Jared said recently that he really liked this episode. After watching it, I think I can see why. I definitely liked this one better than last week's.

In the Then recap, they showed scenes from Malleus Maleficarum, the witch episode from season 3, and I could kind of see some parallels between them. Not a lot, but maybe just the fact that Dean is in trouble and Sam goes to try and take out the witches responsible for it.

Jensen did bring the laughs as forgetful!Dean, but it was also kind of sad in a way. When he was struggling to remember his name, it was like watching someone with Alzheimer's going downhill. As someone with family members who succumbed to the disease, it really hit home for me.

And I guess we know where the whole "Sam Winchester is my brother, and Castiel is my best friend" voiceover from that one promo video a while back came from...

Sam did have a point though at the end when he brought up about how Dean seemed to have the weight of all the things they've done off his shoulders when he was under that spell, that he was more care-free. In a way it must have been a nice change to see him like that. But in the end, Dean tells him that he'd also forgotten all of them, and he'd rather have the weight on him and not be care-free than to be like that.

While we're on that subject, I did like how it seemed that Sam was the last person Dean forgot, though it was heartbreaking when Sam and the witch guy rushed out of the room upstairs and Dean first pointed the gun at him, not sure who to shoot. Sam had to insist he was his brother and then pointed to the witch for Dean to shoot.

And then of course after Rowena free him from the spell, he pulls Sam's chain making him think it didn't work (with the "who's this hippie?" line)... Geez, poor Sammy, he looked almost like he wanted to kill him.

I liked that little talk at the end between the car. Seems we've hardly had many of those lately. I know there's been a real lack of brotherly bonding scenes this season and sadly my expectations are really low... So this was pretty nice to see.

And despite the fans getting on the CW's case for no longer showing previews for the next episode, it seems they don't give a shit and will keep over-promoting Angsty Archie. *sigh*
cuddyclothes: Dean Sam LARPcuddyclothes on February 10th, 2017 03:05 pm (UTC)
"Angsty Archie" - perfect. I'm way too old for that show. (Plus, it sucks.)

Last night's episode was a jewel. I was laughing until I...wasn't. I've also had people with Alzheimers. People on the writing staff have family members with that disease. My husband's mother had it, so I told him to leave the room when I watched.

I didn't notice the lack of brotherly bonding, since the episode was so bro-centric. And how great was Rowena?
jessm78jessm78 on February 11th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
Same here. I was last into Archie comics when I was about 14 or 15. And this just looked like it sucked from the get-go, so I had no desire to even check it out.

It definitely was one of the best episodes in quite a while. Yeah, my great-aunt suffered terribly with Alzheimers, so that was a bit hard for me to watch.

What was in this episode definitely made up for the lack of brotherly bonding this season so far. It was great. And Rowena kicked ass. I think this episode was written by one of the new writers. Hope they'll let her stick around a bit more!
Yellowbulma: Sammy loveyellowbulma on February 12th, 2017 10:52 am (UTC)
Now this is more like it!!! More bro ep's please!!

I believe both the J's and even Singer and Dabb said their was their fav ep of the season so far. (not sure how many ep's they have filmed of S12 so far.)

Such a great episode with amazing acting from both the J's. They really get to shine when their scenes aren't being cut for boring side characters.

Sam's face when Dean was messing with him at the end and the Dean in the mirror scene. JUST SO HEART BREAKING.

Rowena was a joy to watch as usual, I adore her scene's with Sam. He knows her so well. How she only came for the book and then knowing she had the book and taking it from her. I like how Sam did say they owed her a "small" favor. That was nice.

The ONLY two things I can nit pick are.

1st - Sam having to text his mum to contact him instead of Dean. (he had to do that with Castiel too but I don't care about that.) Maybe I'm reading too much into it but REALLY she only contacts Dean?

We have had a few cute phone scene with Mary/Dean and I funny enough would like that for Sam and Mary too.

Sam and Mary have had a few nice scenes but the writers have been hitting us over the head with how much Mary and Dean are alike and Mary AND DEAN (not Sam) have had the YED talk.

Sorry but Mary being back is a big deal and I'm just worried she's going to be yet another side character that as more moments/scenes with Dean.

And enough with the Mary/Castiel scenes, I want her to bond with her son's not a side character.

2nd - The last scene was very jarring. I mean seeing Dean ride the bull was funny but I think it would have worked better as a clip the show runners shared with us on Twitter/FB and not the show. Also having clips of what just happened in the show was strange too.

It just really took me out of the ep. I mean we had a nice scene with Sam and Dean driving away and then FAN SERVICE.

Edited at 2017-02-12 01:56 pm (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Love Sam (5x16)jessm78 on February 15th, 2017 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, absolutely!! This ep was SO much better.

I think you're right. I remember Jared having said something about it at a recent con, but that was it. But yeah, I can definitely see why.

Agreed! Both of those scenes broke my heart, especially Sam's face at the end when he thought Dean might not have been cured, and then his "that's not funny" reaction... I wanted to hug him! (and Dean in the mirror scene)

I always enjoy Sam and Rowena's scenes too.

Oh good points. I don't know what to make of that either. Maybe they're going a bit overboard with it or they think it's okay after having scenes like the one in S5's Dark Side of the Moon where Dean had her in his heaven or whatever it was (though I felt really bad for Sam as it seemed like he was on the outside looking in).. But I'm with you, I'd like to see more nice Sam/Mary interaction too.

I roll my eyes at the Mary/Castiel scenes too.

I'm not really a fan of the last scene either. I remember seeing Dean riding the bull in the promo pics and figured that would show up in the ep at some point. As it went on and we didn't see it I thought maybe it'd be a deleted scene or something... but yup, they stuck it in that montage in the last scene. I think it was a bit odd the way they put that whole thing together. I think I'm gonna go with the episode ending as the brothers drive away...that last scene I'm going to treat like that BTS bit of Jensen lip-synching and dancing to Eye of the Tiger from Yellow Fever. ;)
Yellowbulmayellowbulma on February 16th, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yes when I rewatch the ep again I will end it at the car scene.

Sorry Jensen XD