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Clearly this was setting up a lot of things for later in the season, some of which made more sense than others. I don't have a whole lot to say about this one, but there are a couple things of note:

1) It took me a while to realize it, but it was really weird and new and exciting to see Dean struggling with the First Blade. Like, how many times have we seen Sam struggle to overcome something inside of him? But it's never happened with Dean before. The three times he's been possessed--the siren, the Khan worm, and the Civil War ghost--there was nothing to fight. It was BOOM, it's not Dean in there anymore. But here, he really had to struggle with what it was doing to him. In an ideal world, this would make him more empathetic towards Sam and all of the times he's had to fight something inside of him, but I don't know that we're there yet.

2) I really, really liked Sam having to call Dean back from whatever the blade was doing to him, because Sam knows what that's like better than anyone. I also really like tebtosca's theory that it was foreshadowing Sam saving Dean from the darkness of the Mark, finally getting to save Dean like he didn't get to from Purgatory (or from Hell, I might add).

3) Mini rant time. It's not just when it comes to Dean. For whatever reason, Show is completely incapable of showing us Sam's POV. We had multiple scenes with angry!Sam and Crowley, and I could think of tons of reasons for Sam's anger: Crowley's murderous spree last season, including Sarah; a reminder that Sam didn't get to finish the Trials and therefore demons are still walking the earth (because you know Sam puts that on himself and not Dean); a reminder that this is who Dean went to after Sam had to push him away; knowing that Crowley's the second demon to have been in his head and seen everything that's in there; or a reminder that the last demonic ally they had was killed by, oh, hey, Crowley, and trusting him would not be in their best interests. Did we find out which one of these was the right answer? No, we did not. We had Sam stomping around being angry for no given reason, when all it would have taken was a couple of lines of dialogue to present what Sam was thinking. What I wouldn't give for a little Sam POV this season. Just a little.

4) Whatever else is wrong with this season, at least we're getting lots of tied-up boys. And knifeplay. Mmm, mmm, good.



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Mar. 19th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
In an ideal world, this would make him more empathetic towards Sam and all of the times he's had to fight something inside of him, but I don't know that we're there yet.

Agreed that we're not there yet, but it's early yet. Dean hasn't had any time to think about it. I think we WILL get there, and that was the whole point of showing his struggle.

#2 - ALL OF THIS. I also thought that this was foreshadowing of Sam saving Dean, but hadn't considered his failed attempts at rescue from Purgatory or Hell. Brilliant catch.

Agreed with the lack of Sam POV -- it feels almost like the writers expect us to already KNOW Sam's viewpoint (which we kinda do, as your comment proved), and somehow think that they need not show it because of that. So we keep getting scenes where we have to figure out what Sam is thinking. Kind of a lazy way to write, if you ask me.

It's early and I'm slow, so please forgive. Who was their last demonic ally that Crowley killed?

Tied-up (and chained!) boys and knifeplay? I'm in! :D
Mar. 19th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Demonic Ally = Meg
Mar. 19th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, good lord. How could I forget MEG?
*hangs head*
*turns in fangirl card*

Thank you! :)
Mar. 19th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
To be quite honest, I don't think that I'd ever really booked Meg under the tag 'demonic ally' so it took a bit of sorting for me too. Nine years worth of canon is a lot of shit to keep up with.
Mar. 19th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am DYING for some Sam pov... I think you're so right about where it's all going, too. I've always been intrigued with The Lord of the Rings parallels; it's always been Sam in the 'Frodo' position, fighting the dark trying to take over...but now it's Dean! I can't wait to see where they're going with this...
Mar. 19th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
YES, when Crowley was listing all his good deeds, I was waiting for Sam to mention, oh ANY of the terrible things Crowley had done.
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