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Well. That wasn't quite what I expected.

I saw the preview for this ep last week and squeed at the sight of Meg. I'm an agnostic when it comes to Castiel: I have no problem with his existence, but I'm not a Cas!girl. So I was mostly curious to see what the writers were going to do with him.

Apparently, they were going to use him to write themselves out of the corner they'd painted themselves into.

It's been a great source of tension all year: Sam being more or less able to deal with his scrambled brains. And now, at the point where he literally can't keep it together, where the poor guy can't even sleep (and how many times did I go, "Oh, SAM!" during this ep?), we have not one but two deus ex machinae (dei ex machina?) magically fixing everything: the mysterious Bobby wind that blows the business card onto the floor, and Cas taking away Sam's hallucinations. The writer in me does not approve.

Not that I didn't appreciate Cas taking a turn at being a martyr and suffering for his sins, and the moment when Lucifer called him brother was chilling and well-played by both Mark and Misha. But the overly-convenient aspect of him fixing Sam bugs me, especially as Cas is apparently going to be locked away in Riverview a corner until he's needed again.

Speaking of...MEG! So excited to see her back. So thinking the actress is better at one-liners than multiple sentences of dialogue in a row.

Love that Sam managed to do a salt-and-burn even while in the psych ward. Now that's dedication, people.

I thought Jared's acting was phenomenal in this ep. Slowly getting more and more worn down, trying so hard not to react to Hallucifer while having to indicate to the audience that he knew something was there. And then the way his expression changed when Cas took away Hallucifer was great, that same bewildered relief as when Bobby and Dean burned Meg out of him in BUABS.

Thoughts?


Comments

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kelleigh
Mar. 24th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Bobby!wind—I like this term. ;)
zubeneschamali
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, I think I messed up the strike-through font on the first try, but I'll take the credit anyway!
morganoconner
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
But the overly-convenient aspect of him fixing Sam bugs me, especially as Cas is apparently going to be locked away in Riverview a corner until he's needed again.

THIS. This was the ONLY THING I did not like about the episode, and the only reason I wasn't flailing myself into a coma at the very end. It seemed way too convenient, after the insane amount of angst it's caused this season, and it just bugged me. Everything else about Cas' reappearance has me clutching at my little fangirl heart, but that...

I dunno. I'm still happy. This is still the first time since season 5 that the show has literally made me have ALL THE FEELINGS. But, yeah. I wish they hadn't given Sam what seems like such an easy out, or his almost casual acceptance of it. :\
juice817
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
I'm hoping it wasn't so much casual acceptance as still being stunned that he's been "fixed", and that it gets addressed more fully. Tentative hope, because I think they handled Sam's unraveling well, but I've been disappointed before. But it happened in the last minutes of the episode, so I don't think we saw the full aftermath there.
zubeneschamali
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
This is why we can get along despite our differing character loves. :)
greeneyes_fan
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Totally. The "fix" came at me out of left field, and almost spoiled my squee at the hospitalized, dying and still awesome Sam and at Cas's journey back.

I feel like that could have been played off in the inevitable tragedy way SPN does so well, and it just... wasn't.

Grrrrr.

But awesome Sam is awesome! And innocent Cas is innocent! And Meg is still fun.
zubeneschamali
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
I feel like that could have been played off in the inevitable tragedy way SPN does so well, and it just... wasn't.

Right? So frustrating. I mean, this show makes a habit out of the deus ex machina, but still, sometimes it annoys me. :/
juice817
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
I found myself missing Nicki Aycox, even though I know they couldn't bring that meatsuit back. I know they need a point of reference for the character, so we know who it is, but Meg was that body. Then again, maybe the demons don't have names and just borrow them like they borrow the bodies. I always think this new Meg sounds like she's got something in her mouth, and her inflections can be really weird. And I hope the boys aren't ever dumb enough to trust her - they learned that lesson pretty thoroughly with Ruby.

Randomly, I noticed one of the demons is an extra they've used as a demon before.
gypsy_atavari
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
I miss Nicki Aycox as Meg, too. :-(
zubeneschamali
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I always think this new Meg sounds like she's got something in her mouth, and her inflections can be really weird.

I guess we've never heard her deliver that long of a speech at once before, so the odd inflection hasn't been as noticeable. IDK, I was so excited to see her, and then she started talking and I was like, whut? :/
juice817
Mar. 25th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's because I've become hyperfocused on auditory things, but I noticed the inflections before. I was excited to see her, because it adds a twist and the character has always been interesting to me. I'm just not quite sold on the actress.
gypsy_atavari
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
I loved it despite the flaws. :-) Just a lot of it had a S2 feel in terms of the brotherly connection. And yeah it was deus ex machina-ish with Cas but it still keeps in theme with the season of not having allies they can use (I don't count Meg as an ally). So it's like, they had Cas back but it's not as if he's entirely functional now so again the boys are on their own basically. (And at least somehow Cas is undergoing his penance)
zubeneschamali
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
It's hard to realize the brothers only had two scenes together, because the connection between them was so strong the entire ep.

I also found it amusing/frustrating that there was no attempt to even explain what brought Cas back. It's just so normal now for even supernatural beings to return from the dead that it doesn't need to be explained, IDK.
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