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15 February 2008 @ 06:06 pm
SPN: "Mystery Spot" Episode Review  
Let me just say that last night's Supernatural was such a freaking rollercoaster I was squeaking by the end, and even more after watching next week's preview. Yes people, it was THAT awesome. (Beware, this review is quite lengthy).

This episode was basically a Sam-centric episode where the lesson to be learned is that no matter how hard he tries, the cycle of sacrificing oneself to save their family will only lead to disastrous consequences. Yes, it wasn't as gory and bloody as other episodes have been and yeah, it was a mixture of hilarity as seen from "Tall Tales" (sometimes even inappropriate humor for Dean's death scenes) and heartbreaking sadness for the last bit of the hour, and while some are nitpicking that I felt this was a great way of introducing the realization to Sam that maybe, just maybe, there is no saving Dean after all. That he just has to let his brother go.

But we all know that won't happen. They're Sam and Dean for crying out loud, and one without the other is just downright blasphemous.

Though seeing Sam's turmoil was heartbreaking, especially nearing the end when he realized, after the timeloop stopped and Dean "died" for real, that he literally couldn't figure out what to do with himself after losing his brother. This was interesting because Ruby said to Dean that they have to prepare Sam for the future without him, and even though Dean's contract wasn't up Sam was still broken from it. He so desperately wants to save his brother that he hasn't had time to contemplate the possibility of losing him for real and how he'll ever cope and deal after he's gone. That's the real highlight of this episode, the lesson Sam has to learn.

I figured that after the Trickster showed him all the possible ways that Dean could die, and what Sam would become after not accepting his brother's death, that he finally understands the cold hard reality.

The Trickster reappearing was a pleasant surprise. I've liked him ever since "Tall Tales" and I've been waiting for him to return in another episode, and I think this was a nice choice. Now I know people are confused as to why the Trickster wanted to help Sam realize that he can't save everyone, not even his own brother. But see, it makes sense. I don't see him as a "bad guy", since his description is playing deadly pranks on pompous assholes and giving them what they deserve. The Trickster actually likes Sam and Dean, he said so himself, and while he may have some motive to want to get back at them for attempting to kill him the last time this isn't his M.O. He may have a sore spot, but I found him teaching Sam a lesson quite interesting because it IS part of his style, just not in the usual way of his normal victims.

I don't know, I found it interesting that he would want to teach Sam this particular lesson, and it makes sense. Also, did anyone notice the similarities between Sam in this episode and Dean back in AHBL? Getting all bent over his brother's death, trying to make a deal and finally getting that deal? There was also the tight embrace Sam was giving him in the end, mirroring Dean's hug to Sam after bringing him back. These two are willing to do anything for each other, and even if what the Trickster said is right, that this never-ending cycle of self-sacrificing, they'll continue to do so because they are brothers and without each other they have next to nothing. There's also the connection with how Sam ultimately was turning into Papa Winchester; one-track mind with hunting down the Trickster, going on all these hunts but being so cold about it. The Trickster became his YED to kill, it was so uncanny. Plus it gives you a glimpse to how Sam'll react to losing his brother and not learning to cope with his absence.

For me this episode, while it went back and forth with the funny to the sadness and pain, really brought out the truth in life. People in your life are going to die, sometimes you can see it happening while most times you cannot. There is no way of telling and sometimes it's hard to accept. All this time Sam's had the notion that hey, it's a demon deal they can reverse it -- and I still believe they can -- but sometimes life comes at you hard and fast. Which is another reason why I liked the Trickster in this episode; Dean's going to die anyway, and he shows Sam that even with the contract that doesn't stop him from dying. Hell, he can die without being in some freaking demon war and going out in a blaze of glory; he can just die in such an unfortunate and mundane manner.

Stepping away from that, let's hop over to the montage of Dean's Death Scenes. Inappropriately funny, and I'm not a sadist or anything I hate seeing my boys getting hurt but still worth it. Some were painful, though others were downright hilarious. And when the piano fell on him, with his legs sticking out and the goofy music playing with Sam's wibbling sad!puppy face, it was like something from a cartoon! I just almost lost it then and there.


Favorite Bits of the Episode

++ The fact that Sam has to listen to "Heat of the Moment" over and over and over again, for over one hundred repeated Tuesdays. I'm betting if Dean wants to play that song in the car he's going to freakihg flip his shit. Though I loved Dean bobbing his head, lip-syncing to the song. ILU Dean!

++ "I'm not going to die...not today!" Oh, Dean.

++ You've got to praise these extras they have for this episode for having to do the same scene almost every single take, with a little bit of difference every time. I'm like, whoa.

++ I freaking loved it that Sam thinks he's literally losing his marbles, with the Groundhog Day repeating and him waking up with this "oh shit not this again". From him going completely and utterly insane with the axe to him being so cute and moppy and grumpy when realizing that he can't do anything to save Dean despite all his attempts. Aww, poor puppy!Sam. But then there was the ending where Dean does "die" and Sam goes from being puppy-like to being silently pissed off and angry and badass with a mission. Just, hot damn.

++ Dean and Sam saying the exact same thing at the exact same time. "Sam Winchester wears makeup! Sam Winchester cries his way through sex! Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by his bed and every morning he wakes up...." HEE! I kind of wanted to know the rest of that, and what else Dean wanted to say. XD

++ That Mystery Spot was freaking awesome, even with the fakeness to it. The hallway was trippy, man.

++ SAMMY AND DEAN HUG!!!!! Well, it was mostly Sam doing the hugging while Dean has this "WTF man, you high?" expression, but nevertheless the sentiment behind it was all that matters. *hearts them*

++ Dude, Sam stabbing Bobby with the stake was cool. I mean, horrible because I don't want Bobby to actually die, but really I knew it couldn't have been Bobby -- it was quite obvious it wasn't him from the beginning but still. And Sam going all GRRRR and not even wincing or, stating matter-of-factly about killing an innocent for blood. WHOA. That's hardcore!Sammy. And the scenes with him and the hunting all by himself, the hotel rooms, being all precise and neat, and taking the bullet from his chest. HELLO SAM WINCHESTER HOW ARE YA DOING!! Yeah, that would be the Worst Case Scenario for our poor boy.

++ Dean's other death scene with the golden retriever? I was like WTF?! That dog didn't look vicious at all!

++ "Sam, I get all tingly when you take control like that." HOMGZ HILARIOUS!! XD XD

++ Dean and Sam arguing over deja vu was LOLtastic.


Okay, so it's obvious I lOVED this episode. Like, really. I know some were "meh" about the second half or thought the rollercoaster was too much adding the funny with the sad and it didn't mesh well, but aside from that I understood what the message of the episode was and that's what I loved about it. All this season it's been about saving Dean from his deal, preparing Sam for his rightful place in this war; Dean's valuing himself rather than accepting his death sentence to Hell and Sam learning that in life you can't prepare for the unexpected or the unacceptable. At least, that's how I feel.

By the way, next week's preview? OMG I FREAKED THE FUCK OUT I'M GOING TO GO INSANE UNTIL IT IS NEXT WEEK! It looks SO MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME!

And if I'm not mistaken, since they didn't say this was the "season finale", that with the strike ending they've returned to write more episodes, is that correct? Either way, I'm psyched for next week like you wouldn't believe.
 
 
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flood_and_fire on February 16th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
agree with your love for this episode! it was just so amusing for so long then suddenly it just become all serious, i was like "WTF?" and thought for a milisecond that Dean was ACTUALLY dead. thank GOD HE WASNT!
lol dean's multiple deaths were just TOO funny. lol loved the shower death! was so random!!

i agree about the Trickster never seeming out and out evil.

that whole scene where sam hugs dean SO HARD was SO GOOD! i was watching S1 SN and i guess its a combo of the actors getting to know each other and the characters also, but the chemistry is SO right now. i mean, it was there in the first season, but there was a distance between them. now its just perfect.
it was really cool seeing sam go all badass like that and seeing him being very single-minded and precise.

""Sam, I get all tingly when you take control like that." HOMGZ HILARIOUS!! XD XD"
that KILLED ME! so funny!

lol i loved repetitively seeing dean mouthing that song and tying his boots haha.


Renéerogueslayer452 on February 16th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hee, a lot of Dean's death scenes were completely random. I mean, how many times does a piano fall on someone? You're right, it went from funny to serious and I was SO not expecting Dean's "death" to be real, and it technically was until the Trickster appeared and reversed it. I do want to see the Trickster again, he's a great recurring character.

I love the developments of the characters, from S1 where they were practically strangers and distant to now where they can't seem to live with each other. This is what Supernatural does, brings forth the theme of family bonding and love, and I love it.

Badass!Sam was hot but, damn, I SO don't want Sam to be like that. It was kind of scary how precise he was with everything.

With every repeated day and Dean going "raise and shine, Sammy!" I kept thinking "wow, he has nice boots". XD
amanda: [supernatural] evil sam with smirkmorbidmuse on February 18th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
Aw, people were nitpicking this episode? That's sad. I loved this one.

There was also the tight embrace Sam was giving him in the end, mirroring Dean's hug to Sam after bringing him back.
That was the first thing I thought of too.

I found time in this episode to be really interesting. Sam lived over 100 Tuesdays. That is a REALLY long time. During this time, he came to know just about everything about nearly everyone. He could prevent things, change things, read things. That's powerful. Then he lived a long while after Dean "died" on the Wednesday, hunting and going all darkside. We're talking about a HUGE amount of time passing (for Sam anyway) from the beginning to the end of the episode. But the deal - which everyone is most concerned with - stays the same with the same amount of days left. I'm not sure where, if anywhere, I'm going with this. I just find it really interesting how time factors in. Why can't the boys find themselves a super powerful being like the Trickster (but more reliable) to help them fudge things?

...although I guess that no matter what, at the end Dean would still go to Hell. Hmmm. Really don't know where I was going with that. :D But Sam's powerful. Can't they harness some of that shit? With all that time in the episode, he just lived at least a year and should be leading a demon army. He's got to be able to do something.

completely and utterly insane with the axe
This is probably evil of me, but I laughed so hard at that part. :D

Dean and Sam saying the exact same thing at the exact same time.
SO GOOD! ♥

I loved the Mystery Spot. Especially the extremely cheesy factor in it.

I don't even know what to say about scary!Sam. He was just amazing in that NEVER HAVE IT HAPPEN way. Heartbreaking, man.

The deja vu conversation was definitely LOLtastic indeed! :D

I heard that next week is a rerun of Nightshifter and that the week after that is a new 2 hour episode and that's the season finale. That is what I read on missyjack's LJ, anyway.
Renée: Ruby. Don't be a racist.rogueslayer452 on February 18th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Well, I read TWoP and there are those that absolutely loved it and those who hated it. Ah well, you can't please everyone.

It was interesting that Sam went through nearly over 100 repeated Tuesdays and that he could've used all those times to figure more things out. Hunting-wise, details about their case, information about how to save Dean from the deal (if possible). Of course Sam was pretty much in a state of "what the hell is going on?" and convinced that he was probably going insane.

Why can't the boys find themselves a super powerful being like the Trickster (but more reliable) to help them fudge things?

*cough*RUBY*cough* Though I get your point. Also, with what you mentioned about Dean's deal not being a affected whether he dies when his year is up or earlier. He's basically screwed either way, which I refuse to believe. But it's interesting since the Trickster says that Dean is his weakness, and we've seen this on both their ends that the other is their weakness. I don't know, it's so complicated yet I love the mythology involving the boys so much that I can't wait to see what's in store for them.

This is probably evil of me, but I laughed so hard at that part. :D

I laughed too, especially as I rewatched the episode it was so funny how he's all "NOOOO! SOMETHING IS GOING ON HERE, I'M GONNA TEAR THIS PLACE DOWN!!" And scary!Sam was both hot and, um well, scary. I liked that we saw what would happen if Dean does die, but would this mean that Sam would take his place in the war or not? Because in that timeloopy thing he was going after the Trickster, but if Dean dies from the deal I kind of hope Sam will become Leader of the Demon Army and find a way to revive his brother, or even reverse the deal before his time is up. Or something.

Or maybe it can be like a brotherly love kind of thing, that Dean's love for Sam and vice versa will save him from damnation, no matter what the contract says. I dunno, I'm just spewing my own personal theories here. ;)

I heard that next week is a rerun of Nightshifter and that the week after that is a new 2 hour episode and that's the season finale.

Actually, now with the strike being over, the CW ordered at least four new episodes of SPN or something like that. At least that's what I've read. And next week will be two hours, but the first hour will be "Nightshifter" (taking the place of Smallville) and then after that is "Jus In Bello". The preview makes it look like a finale, but it's not really. According to some reports I've seen new episodes won't appear until like April or May.
amanda: [supernatural] sam heromorbidmuse on February 20th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I kind of hope Sam will become Leader of the Demon Army and find a way to revive his brother, or even reverse the deal before his time is up.
That is the thing I would love to see most. Sam accepting his role as Leader of Demon Army to save Dean. It working. And then all that happens to them as he leads the army. :D

Oh really? Interesting.