This was an interesting episode. On the one hand, it felt more like the show I know and love than the first three episodes of this season. Dean and Sam together, in hunter mode, on a mission to discover and destroy evil. On the other hand, it was an introspective outing, full of self examination and self discovery for our boys, Dean in particular. Plus there were hints and omens of what the future may hold, things that make me worry and fret and worry some more.
The little domestic scene at Bobby's house at the top of the show was adorable. Relaxed family time, busy with chores and jokey bantering, except the chores involve making bullets, and the jokes are about demon-killing guns. hee! I hope Kripke keeps Bobby around. Besides being completely awesome, he makes a wonderful father figure.
On to the titular Sin City. First off, did anyone think that priest wasn't a demon? *crickets* Yeah, me, too. Anyway, I always love it when the boys suit up, especially Sam. He wears suits with such an easy grace, and they look so gorgeous on his ginormous frame. Of course, I liked their suits even better when they started peeling them off in the motel room, but that was just a tease, wasn't it? The motel room was fun. Dean loved the mirrored ceiling and the magic fingers (continuity!), but dude, you're checking in with your brother. Tone it down a little! :)
Dean was in his element in this town. "What are we waiting for? Let's do some research!" hee! CCR's Run Through the Jungle plays. Sweet! And hello, Dean's leather jacket is back! Hi, baby, we've missed you! So Dean dives right in to enjoy himself, while Sam worries, asks questions, and analyzes. I'm in my comfort zone. But we're about to switch gears. Dean gets serious, Sam gets stealthy, the boys get separated, and I try to keep up.
I thought the whole sequence of Dean and Demon!Casey in the basement was exceptional. First off, I love Dean when he's in effective mode, all smart and snarky. But the demon is good too, and Dean's plan gets derailed. We have a standoff, and then things really get interesting. Hearing the story from the demon's POV was illuminating, and the actress who played Demon!Casey was great. She and Jensen played well off each other. Jensen was, as always, amazing. The boy tells such a story without saying a word! He's especially gifted at saying one thing with his mouth, and something entirely different with his eyes. Right, Dean, you're not afraid, not one little bit.
But this conversation takes its toll. Dean already has to worry that he only has one year to live, and that he's going to hell. He has to worry that Sam will try to break the deal. He has to worry that Sam didn't come back 100%. He has to worry about Ruby's ulterior motives. But now there's more. The whole good and evil thing may not be as black and white as he's always thought. Sam might be destined to lead the demon army, or he might be the target of their collective wrath. One way or another, he's on their radar. And Dean can't protect him if he's not there. Not to mention they're still wanted by the law in general, and Henrickson specifically, the whole hunter community is mad at them, and Gordon and Kubrick still want Sam dead. Oh, Dean.
Jared really shined in this episode, particularly in the comic moments. Sam's awkward apology and exit from Trotter's office were hilarious! The boys are always so confoozled when they're confronted by humans instead of the supernatural evil they know so well. I did enjoy watching Sam rock at the hand-to-hand. Then he, too, shifted gears when Dean turned up missing, becoming completely focused, relentless in his search for his brother. And when he finally finds him, the result is chilling. In an intriguing role reversal for the boys, Sam comes in, Colt blazing, killing both demons (and their human hosts) without hesitation, while Dean yells an anguished, "Sam, wait!"
Ruby infuriates me, but I guess that's what she's supposed to do. What is she up to? What is she doing to our darling Sammy? I loved it when Bobby shot her. She's gonna need a new shirt. hee! At least she unlocked the secret of the Colt, which is a good thing, right? Oh, who the hell knows? :) That final scene between Sam and Ruby was unsettling, to say the least. Collateral damage? What exactly is that supposed to mean? Sam is grimly moving forward, seeing himself with few options, I guess. *worries* Will the boys share info this time, or keep secrets in an attempt to protect each other? *frets* What, exactly, is Kripke capable of? *worries some more* Oh, show, what you do to me!
I remind myself it's just a television show, and everything will be all right. Be safe, boys!