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08 May 2008 @ 10:40 pm
SPN: "Time Is On My Side" Episode Review  
Supernatural 3.15 "Time Is On My Side"

Creeptastic episode this way, the dealing with the monster that technically isn't the normal kind of monster but is still a monster anyway; organ-stealing, maggots, eyeball-almost-plucking-out, the mentionings of the ice in the bathtub with the liver missing. Oh yeah, gruesome and fun stuff.

Here's my outstanding issue with the Bela Talbot storyline. As I kept saying I've tried giving her a chance like I do with most new characters, but for some reason she rubbed me the wrong way and something about her character arc bothered me. She didn't fit well with the boys or what was going on, and often was used as being a pain for them and having her outsmart them every single time had gotten annoying pretty quickly.

Her backstory, or her "sob story" as I predicted they would pull on us, provided nothing more than to add to her title as bitch. Granted they tried to angle it as that she was the victim (the implication that her father had sexually/physically abused her with her mother doing absolutely nothing to stop it, her being a naive little girl making a deal for it to stop, etc.) but that really doesn't excuse her behavior for this entire season, and I found those flashbacks completely unnecessary to give and I rolled my eyes at it. Plus we have no idea why she despises hunters so much, how or why she'd gotten into the underground trading business unlike all other people who made deals just lived their lives. She could've become the richest woman in the world doing whatever she wanted, and instead she became a lying thief. On top of that, played Dean and Sam like fools when they really truly could've helped her, plus stealing the Colt. Great job at digging the hole deeper for you there, Bela.

I felt this episode tried to explain her character in the limited amount of time she had so audiences could get a glimpse of why she'd been in this season from the beginning, when she really should've fleshed her out more in the first place. Her character was poorly executed, which is a pity because had to planned it out better I would've liked to have seen where this trading business went to. That bit was at least interesting, because it seems like the paranormal black market might be something of good use for the Winchesters.

Well, so long there Bela. Have fun in Hell, and I only wished we could've gotten to know you better without the constant annoyances of your character.

So it's been revealed that Lilith holds the deals. Wow, there's a shocker. Admittingly, that part was predictable, and what I really want to know though is where the freaking Colt is.

Though this makes for an interesting subject to touch on. Bela said that the Colt didn't make any difference because Lilith changed the matters of the deal, almost automatically. This has got me to thinking that perhaps a proposition could be made between Lilith and Dean or Lilith and Sam, judging if the Lilith versus Sam showdown allows Sam to save his brother. IDK, it's all OMG DEAN DON'T DIE and with Lilith so gung-ho on having Sam dead. I'm thinking there's going to be a huge thing between her and Sam and perhaps with the motivation for Dean's time almost being up that'll get Sam to go all "Dark Side" with his Boy King identity, or something along those lines.

Speaking of which, I don't know if anyone else noticed but when Dean mentioned the whole "black and white" issue concerning human versus monster Sam's little reaction to that. I mean, I'm pretty sure he hasn't told Dean about what the YED showed him about him having demon blood inside of him. But....I'm not sure if that's just me overanalyzing that scene or what.

I'm not even sure why Sam even suggested that they zombify Dean for immortality sake. That seems rather extreme just to save Dean, but in a way it makes sense. From the last episode of Dean believing that the phone call was his father's voice from the other side to this, both brothers are in deep desperation. This has me really scared about what's going to happen in the finale, if that desparation is going to hit an all-time high that one of them is going to do something they'll regret to save the other. This has me wishing that Sam would get in touch with his Boy King psychic instincts, not only to find an alternative way to save Dean but to also beat Lilith at her own game. It also seems that if Lilith isn't taken down by this season, that it'll be extended to next season which might become the Ultimate Battle Season. Because all this season it was about them preparing for this demon war but we haven't gotten much other than a few bits and pieces and in "Jus In Bello".

Also, boys WHY do you keep SEPARATING from each other? Haven't you both learned that's a danger sign for bad luck? Sheesh. Oh boys. *shakes head*

Dean's like me -- I can eat while looking at mutilated dead bodies. No seriously, I do this all the time while watching reruns of CSI, Bones or anything else with that gross-factor. Nobody gets between me and mah foods, yo. Hee.

But yeah, this episode had zombie!man, maggots, entrails, insane-torture-bondage, BOBBY FTMFW!!!!, Bela dying, Dean's year running out, hermit!hunter. All it was missing was Ruby, which OMG I WANTS MAH RUBY NAO DAMMIT. Let's just hope that the promo pics about the finale are what I think they are.

My thoughts are all disjointed at the moment because, with the finale coming up, I'm thinking about how things could and/or should go down and how everything might get settled or crushed in that final hour. IDK. I'll write more when I think of it.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Within Temptation - A Dangerous Mind
madvoldie on May 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
great review ;) but i have to disagree with you when it comes to bela..i really think that she was an interesting character and i would have been happy if she had appeared in the next season too..maybe she was a total bitch but i just liked her the way she was..

looks like i have to be content with just ruby ..hopefully the last episode will be just as cool as this one :D

i think dean is definitely going to hell..there is no way, they could possibly save him in the last minute or? but we just have to wait and see..yeah, and i wonder too where the damn colt is *g*
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 9th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
That is fine that you disagree; you're entitled to your own opinion. Initially her job description was interesting and I would love to see an extension to that but, Bela as a character, not so much. She could've been handled at lot better instead of just being a filler character. I'm sure Kripke had something planned out for her but, overall, she didn't fit with the boys or in Supernatural in general which is why I'm glad she's not returning. It's a shame really, they could've fleshed her out much better but my dislike for her increased more and more because we were getting nowhere fast with her until this episode, which felt rushed to only justify her death. IDK, that's how I feel.

Ruby is definitely awesome, and I'm glad she's sticking around for next season. :)

I think there might be a way to save him. This entire season they've been dancing around the saving/not saving bit, having Dean realize that he really does want to live but also preparing Sam to go on in this war by himself. Though we see in this episode with that hermit hunter that even if he survives, more danger will be after him. There's no ending, there'll always be monsters to hunt and demons coming after them. So I have a feeling that, with Sam's destiny and Dean's deal they could combine it so Sam comes to terms with his leadership by defeating Lilith, or taking up an offer to initially save Dean. OTOH, having Dean die and next season focusing on the Dean in Hell concept would be pretty cool too.

But you never know what's going to happen; SPN can surprise us with what happens.
flood_and_fire on May 10th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
great review!! dont have much to add except- Bobby is sooooooooooooooo much more awesome than papa winchester was. and i really hope hes gonna stick around for a while. ILU, BOBBY.
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 10th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Hee, well I luff Papa Winchester either way but Bobby has definitely been there more times than John had. Then again, he wasn't chasing around and obsessing after the YED. But I heart Bobby so much, even in his one scene in the episode he's still one snarky badass.

If Kripke kills him off, I'm gonna be so pissed. Srsly.
sunshine: celebs: 3aliasagent on May 11th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
This episode did blow some major holes in my "Ruby comes from a cult that's manipulating Sam into Messiah" theory, but I liked the episode. I liked Bela too. I admit that her character was poorly executed but I do think that her back story sheds a lot of light as to why her character is the way she is. I mean, she's had to learn to NEVER be in debt to anyone, to be dependent on someone else, because that comes back to haunt you. Which is also why she didn't go to the Winchesters for help. She has to do things on her own or else she's convinced that she'll be stabbed in the back. (for more details as to why I've decided to like Bela, I made a gigantic post in my LJ just now :P)

I just think it's such a shame that her character got so little space on the show and when she did get the space, it was inconvenient and sort of forced or overexposed, whereas I think her appearance in this episode was really great. Not too much and just enough.

I don't know, but I agree, seeing her actual occupation would've been nice.
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 11th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
I admit, she was interesting enough to make me want to know more about her, but as you said it with the limited screentime. I felt like they wanted to do something with her, but there wasn't any possible way of fitting her storyline with the boys or find a way to introduce her backstory until this episode, being her last. Which is a shame, indeed.

Y'know, you actually make a good point there about Bela. It's too bad they didn't do anything else with her character, but I guess that's what fan speculation is for.

I'll definitely check out what you've written about her. I think, coming from someone that tired to like her but ended up not, it could give me more perspective onto the whys and hows of the way she was even if the show didn't outwardly explore it properly.