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Insta-thoughts on 6.04 are below the cut, complete with spoilers:

Well, that was fun.  I enjoyed the ep much more than I thought I would (at least the first 4/5 of it), given that I knew the boys weren't going to be in it much.  There were a lot of moments that made me laugh out loud, and I really liked the glimpse into Bobby's life.  I knew Crowley was going to be a bastard in the end with regards to keeping Bobby's soul, and at least that got resolved without dragging it out.

Jensen did a great job of directing; it had a different feel from a typical ep, though I can't put my finger on what, but it was a nice balance of comic and dark and there were some really cool lighting moments.  OTOH, there were a few too many times where the audience was obviously being kept in the dark for the big reveal later, which I don't enjoy much (the demon's bones in the bag, Bobby's plans for Gavin). 

Used to be Sioux Falls had a population of a few hundred, and now it has a university?  That's some fast growth.

I did not like the WTF out-of-nowhere trip to Scotland. I'm sure the British fans will be all over this, but Crowley's accent is not Scottish, is it?  Dean at the wheel on the right side was kind of hilarious, but that scene also had the feel of a lot of inside jokes that I don't get, and that always makes me unhappy.  :( 

I'm not sure what I think about the burning the demon's bones bit...it doesn't contradict canon as far as I can tell, but it still doesn't sit right with me.  Kind of a "wait, that's all we'd have had to do all this time?"  Not that they ever knew who any of the demons they encountered were IRL, even Ruby, but still.  Meh.

Then there's the airplane flight. It's hilarious how I can suspend disbelief about there being ghosts and demons and vampires and what-not, but I find it impossible to believe that Dean and Sam have fake IDs that are that good that they can get on an international flight, presumably purchased as a walk-up and with little or no luggage. Maybe I'm overestimating the TSA, IDK.  Loved Dean's line about the fork, though.

But the preview for next week...WANT.   Nghhgh.


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Oct. 16th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Getting fake ids past the TSA? Go to the biggest airport in the biggest city you can find. Every airport I've been to in the sticks has great security. Places like Newark International? Perfunctory at best. Half the airport employees might fail if they started seriously looking at documentation, and then who would handle the baggage?

Lucky they weren't scanned for traces of GSR or explosives, though. At least Dean managed to get his fork through!
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, they probably had to scrub down real good and buy new clothes before going through security. And remove half a dozen weapons from their usual hiding places before getting to the airport...
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Seen the DVD missing scene from Phantom Traveler? And judging by comments in The End, Dean keeps a lot more weapons on his person now than he did in S1.
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
Google says there actually is "The University of Sioux Falls: A Christian Liberal Arts University." I think this is an admission that they were wrong to characterize Sioux Falls as a bitty town when it's a decent-size city.

I've figured a salt and burn would kill a demon since I figured out demons were a flavor of spirit, which was ages ago. The trick would, of course, be finding the remains. If Bobby hadn't found a demon who knew who Crowley used to be, or if that demon had lied, or if Crowley hadn't admitted to always having drunk something with such a specific pedigree, or if Crowley had been buried in an unmarked grave or at sea or not buried at all...
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Go, you! :) That's why I figure it doesn't contradict canon, because it wasn't until Ruby that we knew demons used to be humans, and even since then, there's never been a hint of knowing who the person used to be. Which makes me think this is something the writers had planned all along, which makes me okay with it.
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Something that occurred to me after I made that comment: demons aren't all spirit. If it'd been any other hunter, neither Crowley nor his salesgirl would have been the slightest bit worried, but since it's Bobby (and Sam and Dean) and everybody's gotta know by now that those three know more than one way to kill an angel... Which is to say, I've thought for a while (and I seem to recall Comic-Con confirmed) that demons are spirit-angel hybrids, and I'm pretty sure there was holy oil somewhere in that demon roast.
Oct. 16th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
YAY, me too, I loved, loved, loved BOBBY. Of course, I did a mega-squee about 'Jensen's ep' (it will be forever in my heart like that) I think he did a great job. But I have to say, for me it felt exactly like the show, only more of a style that we sadly haven't seen for a long time now... Kim Manners' to be exact. But that's just a feeling for me, so ... and of course there had to be something individually Jensen in there too, no?

Anyway, I really liked the new additions to canon and for me
it's completely logical to burn the bones of a demon. Also, I was not at all surprised by the big reveal (probably because I picked up on the demon-bones thing the moment he showed the sack to the crossroads-chick, don't ask me why). And the problem is exactly that, how do you find out their real name if they've been dead for a couple of a hundred years even and then ... to be lucky enought that they still have a grave that is not buried under a batch of concrete by now? Yes, not that easy after all... Ey, Crowley's accents is not Scots, but he it's been four hundred years, he should be able to have shaken his localities to something more generic.

Ah well, I WAS kinda weirded out by Sam and Dean on the ISLES but, hey, in the age of online tickets where you don't even have get face to face with a clerk anymore to check-in?? I think it Is possible. I kinda would have wanted to see Sam and Dean doing more in the Old World than threatening to torch some old bones though. Tehehehee.

Saw next week and WHAT?!... I mean WHAT?!?!?!?! ARRRGH HELLYES aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I think you're right about the style being like Kim's, and it makes sense that that's what Jensen would try to emulate.

And yeah, next week...*squee!*
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, because it feels a lot like the show, but more season three over all... and I think it's logical because Kim is the one who actually got Jensen into it in the first place and showed him so many things... can't wait for him doing more in that respect (though I don't know if he'll get the chance again so soon because it's so much work to prep and ep if you also have to ACT it out!
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Crowley has a fairly English accent. But I always thought that the demon used the vessel's voice - hence Meg isn't all squeaky when she's in Sam - so that doesn't bother me. Mark Sheppard is Irish but he sounds more like Crowley in real life than anything else. Gavin, the boy, had a more Scottish accent (and Canadians do good Scots) so I was perfectly happy.

Random international Winchesters were odd. I'm having "they have passports?" moments still.
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Ha, of course the demon isn't using his/her own voice. *facepalm*

I was totally thinking of you when they showed the "castle" in the background. :)

Right, it was the randomness of it that got me, like why now, after five plus years, would they all of a sudden take this massively long trip for two scenes? Okay, to prove how far they're willing to go for Bobby's sake, but it was random and odd. I would have boggled much less if Castiel had popped them over and back than if they had managed to get on an airplane.
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
The passports, I know right?!! That's exactly what I said.

Loved the ep though, like someone else said, it did feel like something we used to get all the time but haven't had for a long time. Maybe because there was only minimal angst? The pace was good? I don't even know, but I liked it.

Oct. 17th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Also, Rufus showing up in South Dakota so fast after being in jail in Massachusetts, but the passport thing was my biggest WTF moment.

It did feel old school, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Who said it was fast? For all we know, that ep took place over the course of two months.
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Considering how poor Bobby kept trying and failing to eat that peach cobbler, it had to have all happened within a few days. I was kind of afraid of that cobbler by the end, but I guess it was just a sight gag.
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Depends how well such things keep. Google keeps telling me freeze, then bake, which might mean they don't freeze well after baking but might also mean more people are interested in linking to the articles about freezing before baking, and I am sleepy and have homework, so.
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