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W.T.F.?

Actually, I have a theory to try and explain why Sam was so OOC. (Okay, two theories: the first is that the writers and showrunner wanted there to be no danger of being mistaken for Sera Gamble by showing any love of Sam whatsoever.) Sam's flashbacks were really weird. Like, the dialogue was bizarre ("there's my hero"?), and the staging was weird, and his flashbacks felt surreal. Not that they haven't emphasized how POV matters to a flashback before ("Tall Tales"), but Amelia's dialogue struck me as so strange that it's almost like it wasn't really real. Like it was all in Sam's head. Or that someone got to him the same way Becky did.

At least, I'm really hoping that's what's going on.

I did love the "our deep and abiding love for one another" line, at least. :)


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greeneyes_fan
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
It was indeed odd.
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought so!
morganoconner
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I'd like to believe that's what's going on, I really like that theory, actually.
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! It beats the alternative. :(
morganoconner
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
There was a lot I didn't like about the episode besides that, but that was definitely one of the big things. Your theory would definitely beat the alternative that it was just bad writing and acting on everyone's part.
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Oh, there was some bad writing and acting going on, too, don't get me wrong. But that can't be all there is to it...right?
morganoconner
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
In theory.

I dunno, I got out of the episode feeling like no one gives a shit anymore. I felt like the boys were basically phoning it in. I've never felt that way, even when the episode plots were at their worst. :\

Let alone the rest of the actors. /o\
katsheswims
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
It was VERY strange.

That vet talking to Sam made me very angry at her.

I hope you're right and something did mess with Sam's head because I'm pretty sure that vet will be the 'girlfriend' Sam ends up with and that seems so wrong. He can do better.

Or at least what happened to him/what he did better be a good believable story for Sam.

Edited at 2012-10-04 02:59 am (UTC)
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Wasn't the vet strange? That whole scene had such a stilted feel to it, especially her dialogue.

And yeah, there better be a believable story behind all of this. :(
harrigan
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Something is definitely hinky. I'm reminded of last season when some fans watched soulless!Sam and assumed that nothing was hinky -- that's just the way Sam really is. It took patience for TPTB to reveal what's behind the curtain.

I'm hoping/expecting similar illumination (rather than character assassination) this year too -- though I'm not looking forward to the negative energy that will radiate through fandom in the meantime.

(Which this post was not - don't get me wrong. WTF is a perfect reaction. I like reading posts that are open to the idea of a reasonable explanation forthcoming and speculating what that might be.)
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm hoping/expecting similar illumination (rather than character assassination) this year too -- though I'm not looking forward to the negative energy that will radiate through fandom in the meantime.

Agreed on both counts. I think you're right with the comparison to soulless!Sam; maybe they're just trying to be more subtle this time around?

I think WTF is my reaction rather than ARGHHHH! because I've seen fandom overreact too many times when it turned out that there was a reasonable explanation for what was going on, and I'm willing to wait it out for now.

Also, I'm more baffled than anything else; there is no way that Sam would shrug and say, "Oh well," after Dean disappeared. Just...no way.
mustangalley
Oct. 4th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
I think my reaction at the end of the episode was 50% "I didn't put vodka in my Dr Pepper again, did I?" and 50% "Uh, what happened to the rest of the story there, folks?"

That was probably the least cohesive, most disjointed and inebriated episode in the last few seasons, and that takes effort. I still can't figure out if they surgically removed Dean's personality or Jensen was just stoned out of his tree on cold medicine or something. Any scene Sam was supposed to show compassion and regret and Teh Feelz in, I saw a look of moderately painful indigestion instead. And if the vet/Amelia isn't a hallucination then I have no idea what to make of the whole mess.

Bah humbug.
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Judging from some other reactions this morning, I seem to have watched a different episode from much of my friends list! I'm glad I'm not the only one who was disappointed by this ep. Reserving judgment for now, but still disappointed.
gypsy_atavari
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
I figure there's got to be stuff going on that we just don't see yet but there were some odd choices to show that. I'm still optimistic about the rest of the season though. There were some interesting set-ups I thought (like I don't take Sam's words at face value for example).
zubeneschamali
Oct. 4th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's an interesting setup. I just hope it doesn't take half of a season to follow through. :(
gypsy_atavari
Oct. 5th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
You and me both! Cross fingers. :-)
mangacat201
Oct. 4th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Just coming out of the rewatch and a lot of those WTF moments from the first viewing put themselves more into perspective. I still think that the show has a lot to answer for in terms of Sam, but now I'm more convinced they have a plan that is different than just Sammy falling into the apple pie life. Cause rewatch left some burning questions... if Sam didn't get Dean's messages, how did he know to come to Montana packed and ready to go?
'there was a girl and then there wasn't anymore'... why does that sound like breaking-up (?!) happened before Dean was even in the picture?
Why did girlfriend who was clearly awake let Sam go without comment?

And who the hell is the guy that was loitering his lapels into the shot when Sam rolled out of the driveway of the house in Texas?
zubeneschamali
Oct. 5th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Your burning questions are my burning questions. And it might make sense later once we know what's going on, but for now it comes off as sloppy writing. Especially Sam leaving Texas for Montana and not really being surprised to see Dean.
mangacat201
Oct. 6th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can't believe that for a season PREMIERE they would let stuff slip like this. And I have another burning question.
Why is Benny actually Eli the Veggie Vamp from Bloodlust and nobody told Dean?
ladyelektra
Oct. 4th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
WTF indeed. Usually I'm the one saying, "Okay, it wasn't THAT bad," but I don't know what that was. I just wasn't feeling it -- probably because the characters didn't seem to be feeling it either. Something didn't click with this one, but I'm still hopeful for the season.
zubeneschamali
Oct. 5th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
*joins you in the same boat of trying to reserve judgment*
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