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Insta-thoughts on 06.03 are below the cut, complete with spoilers:

Well now. That's more like it.  All of the elements that have been missing this season, as I've discussed with akadougal  and dugindeep , were here.  Snarky!Dean, brotherly banter, emo!Sam (if only for a second; more on this later), and most importantly, a sense of direction for the season.  Get the weapons back, stop the civil war.  (Also, introduce Balthazar to Crowley, because they'd get along really well.)  It was nice to have the familiar case format back, too (without the Campbells!), FBI badges and all.  Mmm, suits.

Speaking of "mmm," as hilariously ironic as it was to be in Chicago for the con and not be able to see the ep live because it was pre-empted by a &*^*#! basketball game, I was kind of glad that I had to download it and watch it later, because then I could hit the pause button and/or rewind at certain crucial moments.   You know which moments those were.  ;)

We saw the first crack in Sam's post-Hell facade, not with Dean's attempt to pry information out of him at the end, but when Castiel said that Raphael wanted to re-start the apocalypse.  Poor Sam had such a lost puppy look on his face for a second that if Dean had seen it, he'd have had no doubt that all is not well in SamLand.  Not that I don't believe what he said at the end; I don't think that Sam was tortured the same way Dean was by any means (and oh, yes, it still tortures Dean).  But it's not to say that there wasn't mental torture going on instead.  I'm very much looking forward to finding out what went on in the cage, and I'm sure we're going to hear about that before we hear about who and what let Sam out.

One thing I didn't like: getting the name from poor Aaron.  I used to watch 24, up until the last season, when I finally got tired of the increasingly-intense moral dilemmas of someone being tortured that always demonstrated that it was the "right" thing to do in the end.  This had the same feel to it: the point of the scene was to establish that Castiel and Sam are hard-assed bastards when they have to be, and Dean is horrified by it.  That same point could have been gotten across in another way, and I really hope we won't be seeing more examples of this.  It's not the slippery slope I want Show to be on.

I really liked Balthazar's rationale that Castiel had shown them all how to be free, and this was one of the consequences: people who are free behave in ways you wouldn't expect.  It definitely echoed Castiel's comment to Dean at the end of 5.22, that you can have peace or freedom.  In the case of the angels, apparently that's true.

I haven't commented much on the first two eps because I didn't feel moved to; there wasn't really anything to say.  (Except small rants that popped up later in discussions with people, but that's not the same thing).  So I'm happy that I was inspired to sit down and react.  I wasn't in love with this ep, but it felt like the show I know and love, and that's good enough.

ETA: After reading a couple of other reactions, I had one more thought: my first reaction to Sam and the hooker was also, "Dude, no way should you have to pay for that!  Have you seen you?"  But.  Remember at the end of "Sex and Violence", when Dean asks Sam if he wants to go back to Cara (whom this woman strongly resembled; also Sarah and Madison; IOW, not Jess), Sam says there's no point, they're just moving on?  That's why the hooker.  Because he knows from the start that it's only a business transaction and there's no possibility of forming emotional attachments, which is something he's not (capable of?) doing right now.  Oh, Sam.


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Oct. 9th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
Our thoughts are very similar. I like what you're saying about the torture scene. There was definitely something there I couldn't put my finger on. Enjoy Chicago!
Oct. 12th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
It's a trope that I was hoping SPN wouldn't have to stoop to. :(
Oct. 11th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
We saw the first crack in Sam's post-Hell facade, not with Dean's attempt to pry information out of him at the end, but when Castiel said that Raphael wanted to re-start the apocalypse.

So glad I was not the only one who noticed that look! Dean looked unsettled, but Sam looked--terrified, almost.
Oct. 12th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
Yes, he did. That's the first time I've wanted to hug him this season. :(
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