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Quick Reaction: 5x11 Sam Interrupted


Oh man....

That was not a good note to end on....but let's see if I can start from the beginning...

Nice lead in.

I love Dean's coolness in the interview with the shrink: "I don't know. I don't own any elephant books."

But, the nicest part of that scene was when he said that his brother wasn't evil. Awww...the love.

Again, Folsom Prison Blues set-up: A favour for some former hunting buddy of John's who saved John on more than one occasion. Dude, John seemed to have gone around either pissing off other hunters or becoming indebted to them. And it seems the debts are passed to his sons after his death.

Of course, we also find out that Sam thought maybe Dean needed help, because he's been worrying him the past few weeks. It's sort of rare that it's Sam who forces them to take a side-track gig.

I don't know how many of you have seen the movie Strange Brew, but the scene where they separate Sam and Dean totally reminded me of the scene where they separate Bob and Doug MacKenzie in that movie. In other words: Hilarious. I love how they are both trying to look like it doesn't bother them, when it totally does.

We find out that Dean only sleeps for four hours or so every two days, and is probably about to go into liver failure.

Oh man! The morgue scene!! Has anyone else noticed how they are getting Sam to do the gross dead-body dissecting stuff more and more, and that he is barely grossed out by it anymore. Remember that vampire head back in Blood Lust? It's amazing how far he's come. You'd think it'd be Dean that would be slicing up bodies without flinching, but maybe that's why it isn't - too many bad memories.

Anyway, I digress...I love how happy Sam was when he showed Dean the dried up brain! Hahaha....

And of course, I can only say that Susie and I were on the floor laughing at Dean's "pudding" line...after the episode Susie was like "Wait, so did he shake his weiner at the wraith?" and we LAUGHED AND LAUGHED.

I knew the doctor couldn't be it, but that was mostly due to it being too early in the episode to have found the answer. Though, I will admit that they had me fooled with the continuing emphasis on his "monsters aren't real" line.

I love it when Sam beats the shit out of everyone around him, so man, I was really digging that scene.

Then we got "drunk"!Sammy again!!! Yay!!! Seriously, Sam drunk is the most hilarious thing ever. Though, I was puzzled at Dean's "you always were a happy drunk" line, because the only other time we've seen Sam that out of it was in Playthings, when he was morose and asked Dean to kill him if he ever went evil. I guess we are missing many a hilarious drunk!Sammy story from when he was a teenager.

But man, that whole exchange, with Sam being all sincere and telling Dean that he was his brother and he still loved him and then "booping" his nose, was both touching and hilarious. Awwwww...hahahaha...

Then of course, Dean goes nuts. As I mentioned over the hiatus, Dean's always been the type to blame himself for everything - a huge contributing factor to his low self-esteem...nice to see I'm not wrong.

I must admit though, that although I knew that Sam's line about Dean burying all his feelings was completely hypocritical - it never really occurred to me that Sam had anger issues. I knew he had worry-issues, and overprotective issues...and it hadn't escaped my notice that he gets annoyed quite easily and yells a lot, but yeah...he's right. He IS angry all the time. Man, that's got to be exhausting. I don't hold grudges because they make me sleepy.

So, slightly disappointed that Hell didn't come up as one of Dean's issues. I mean, the dude spent 40 years there, you'd think it'd be the more prominent psychological issue - but apparently even Hell has nothing on Dean's daddy-issues.

Anyway, they kill the wraith, and regain most of their sanity, and off they run into the night. Thank goodness it's an extremely low security building.

But DEAN! THAT IS NOT GOOD EMOTIONAL ADVICE!!! I mean, I know you guys have a job to do, and you don't have time to get Sam psychological help - but you'd think after your own brother STRANGLED you six months or so ago, you might want him to TALK ABOUT THINGS instead of REPRESSING THEM UNTIL THEY MAKE HIM STRANGLE YOU.

Seriously, if they wanted us to abandon all hope with the last episode, they are just driving the nails into hope's coffin now. Dean basically told Sam to continue to do something that Lucifer LIKES. Man....

I feel bad for Dean, I do...and I know he does his best, but sometimes he is just not a very good brother. Hopefully now that Sam has recognized the problem though, he can work on it on his own. Try to be less angry or something. Poor Sammy.

All in all, a nice stand alone. It didn't give me any dates for the time line, besides the fact that it's been "weeks" since Lucifer raised Death.

Also, interesting to note: besides the car scene at the end and the exterior shots of the mental facility, the episode was entirely shot on sound-stage - fairly rare in Supernatural. I was thinking they'd do that during the Olympics, but maybe they are actually just going to take a production break then.


Alright, that's it. Let me know if I missed talking about anything important.

Comments

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claudiapriscus
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
"mean, the dude spent 40 years there, you'd think it'd be the more prominent psychological issue - but apparently even Hell has nothing on Dean's daddy-issues."

How Dean will stop the Apocalypse: He'll challenge Lucifer into a Daddy-issues context. (eye roll)

I was less than impressed with this episode. It started out sooo well...and then went and was so predictable. Standalones don't bother me, especially since SPN has so often used them for profound and moving character development- though subtly, in small things. This had so much potential along those lines, but instead I felt like they trotted out the same old issues (ok, anvils) they've been using for way too long. Even some that they'd....progressed past is the wrong word, but you know, they have explored the ways they've changed. And it's like being sent back to zero. It's like they're hoping that if they drop enough of the anvils, and paste on enough angst, no one will notice they didn't bother put to any substance behind it. And the only reason that's frustrating for me is that I have seen how very very awesome they are capable of being. The same old stuff just doesn't cut it for me anymore.
claudiapriscus
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
"contest". Never try to talk and type at the same time.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Haha, I didn't even notice.

And yeah, fair criticism. I personally think Dean has evolved a bit more than they gave him credit for in this episode. That being said, they haven't focused on Sam for a bit, so I liked all the Sam bits in it - anvils or no.
claudiapriscus
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm somewhat spoiled by fic, too, because even if the show has only glancingly dealt with, say, Sam's issues, I've seen all those things done to death (in both good and bad ways) by attentive fic writers who picked up on it.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Ah yeah, see, I firmly separate show and fic in my brain, so that's probably why they seemed less like anvils to me.
claudiapriscus
Jan. 22nd, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm not thinking so much of the stories but the implied meta- so I guess, once it was pointed out to me, it seemed like it had always been obvious.

But then again, maybe I'm stretching for explanations- the AVclub reviewer and some of the folks on TWOP (though admittedly, many of them are the crazy sort) were talking about the same thing. Eh. The show's back, and that's what is important.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't read those places (due to the crazy). I don't know, I read a lot of meta, but I separate that from the show to..so, yeah, it doesn't feel AS anvil-y to me. There are other aspects of the show that are anvil like though, so I understand where you are coming from.

All in all though, I say it was a great mix of angst, humour, and horror, just like always. :-)
contrary_lady
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
but you'd think after your own brother STRANGLED you six months or so ago, you might want him to TALK ABOUT THINGS instead of REPRESSING THEM UNTIL THEY MAKE HIM STRANGLE YOU.

Yeah, My sister said "You know, considering that Sam sleeps in the bed right next to Dean's, you'd think Dean wouldn't want Sam to bottle up his anger. That might lead to Sam smothering Dean with a pillow in his sleep!"


Edited at 2010-01-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
hells_half_acre
Jan. 23rd, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Haha, exactly!!!
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