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Supernatural 3.07 - Fresh Blood - I worship at the television altar
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Supernatural 3.07 - Fresh Blood
This was the kind of episode that makes me sorry I watch Supernatural alone. Jared Padalecki's acting was so amazing tonight that I kept looking around my living room for someone with whom to share my wonder and joy. The scene where Sam finally breaks through to Dean just killed me. When he said, "I just, I wish you would drop the show and be my brother again, cuz... Just cuz," he found the words that made Dean stop deflecting, stop joking, and stop denying the enormity of what lies ahead. And then Sam's eyes filled with tears, and I'm gone, weeping for these heroic, beautiful boys. Oh, show, I love you so!

Jensen was also brilliant in this episode, portraying in turn Dean's recklessness in the face of his impending death sentence, his ruthlessness as a hunter, his deadly anger towards Bela, his vulnerability when Sammy's heartbreaking plea tore down his defenses, and finally, his deep and abiding love for his brother. That final scene with the Impala was so bittersweet. Come on, Dean, you're halfway there, now fight for your life!

On the one hand I delight in the fact that this show is small and special and unspoiled, filmed in Canada and unsullied by the shallow trappings of Los Angeles. On the other hand, however, I'm outraged that it isn't being watched by 20 million people every week and winning Emmys hand over fist. This episode was as close to perfection as a television show can get, in my opinion, and was a showcase for everything that makes this show so phenomenal: passionate acting from two of the most talented young men in the profession, inspired storytelling, beautiful writing, masterful direction, amazing visual effects, stunning art direction, great music, and a wonderful attention to detail in everything else that makes up the fabric of this show. They don't know what they're missing. *sigh*

So we had a double big bad this week. Gordon was scary enough to begin with, but make him a vampire and everything is suddenly exponentially worse. How fascinating to infect the hunter so that he becomes the prey he despises! Nice twist. Creepy sidekick Kubrick just ups the ante. I was seriously scared for Sammy this week, although my anxiety was clearly misplaced. Who knew you could decapitate someone that way? I was relieved the boys have two fewer pursuers to avoid, but ewww. Between Gordon ripping the heads off vampires and impaling Kubrick with his bare hands, and Sam popping Gordon's head off with a bundle of wire, I was on gore overload.

I may be in a minority of one, but I think I'm in love with Bela! I adore how she's so consistently mercenary, and I love her brazen attitude and snarky wit. I laughed so hard when Gordon told her, "Sam Winchester's the Antichrist," and her response was, "You off your meds?" She was so refreshingly honest and unapologetic about her betrayal of the boys, too. hee! And she's smart! Good move, placating Dean with info on Gordon's location. You just might live to see another episode! :)

Hey, it's Mercedes McNab! Hi, Harmony! It's fun to see her, and to hear that distinctive voice again, but her face looks so different from when she was on Buffy and Angel. Has she had plastic surgery or something?

Totally random: What was with all the mattresses in the motel room? I've never seen them do that before.

In conclusion, Sera Gamble and Kim Manners, separately and especially together, own my soul. I hope this writers' strike can be resolved soon, and that we can have some semblance of a full season, because this show just gets better with each and every episode, and I want more, please.

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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 19th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with everything you said! It took me a minute to recognize Harmony (I was partly thrown because her name wasn't in the credits). This episode still owns me.

I have to say, I was a little grossed out that the boys killed Lucy in the same place where they were staying. Eeewww!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 19th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to say, I was a little grossed out that the boys killed Lucy in the same place where they were staying.

I didn't even pick up on that. That is gross.

I keep thinking about this episode. It really stayed with me. If we're going to have to put up with a hiatus, at least our last memory of the show is a good one!
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: November 23rd, 2007 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
First let me say that this episode alone helped me convert 3 people to the show. YAY! \0/

Now, I loved this episode. Great gore. Fantastic brother moments. Nice action! Dean was still a badass, but so was Sam! (Speaking as a bonifide Dean-girl, is it just me or is Sam crazy sexy when he's ruthless!?! GUH!!) Gordon was awesome. Can you believe, I still had sympathy for the man. He honestly believes that what he was doing was right and to tell you the truth I kinda get it. All the demons know Sam and what his role was supposed to be. Why would anyone who found that out think Sam would do anything different? It kinda makes sense that Gordon would be after him, but he has to die. Was I relieved? Oh gosh yes! But I didn't exactly rejoice in his demise. He was a great character!

And BTW - how did Sam not get Vampire blood in him when he killed Gordon? Everyone was bleeding and razor-wire isn't exactly neat and clean.

Edited at 2007-11-23 07:31 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
This episode really was exceptional, wasn't it? Usually I can't watch the gore, but I was so caught up in this one I forgot to look away. It was graphic, but it was also integral to the story. I just loved every minute.

I don't know if it's the writing, the acting, or both, but Sam is knocking my socks off this season. I used to watch this show just for Dean, but now it's like my appreciation has doubled to include Sam. And I so agree about ruthless Sam! He kind of freaks me out and thrills me all at the same time! :)

Gordon was good because he was so formidable. His unwavering conviction that Sam must die, combined with his hunting skills, made him so scary! Sera Gamble has said that Gordon was one of her favorite characters, and I think that's reflected in how she wrote for him. He really was a great character! And Sterling K. Brown was awesome in the role.

I got someone new to watch this episode, too, and now they're watching my first season DVDs to catch up! Yay! I'm glad this episode is getting such rave reviews from the critics. I'm hoping it will inspire new people to watch. In the meantime, you and I will keep luring viewers in, right?
From: loislane85 Date: December 7th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
This episode was as close to perfection as a television show can get, in my opinion, and was a showcase for everything that makes this show so phenomenal: passionate acting from two of the most talented young men in the profession, inspired storytelling, beautiful writing, masterful direction, amazing visual effects, stunning art direction, great music, and a wonderful attention to detail in everything else that makes up the fabric of this show. They don't know what they're missing. *sigh*

I have to agree. This was without a doubt one of the best episodes of any television show... ever. Supernatural is so underrated. Most likely a) it's a CW show (and I've found that people are less and less fond of the CW) and b) it's about the supernatural... it's a cult show, not a mainstream show.

But with fabulous television from every angle like this episode, there's no reason it shouldn't be mainstream. To all of you who have yet to see an episode of Supernatural.. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

Thanks for the review ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Thanks for reading, and for commenting! I so agree that people's preconceived notions about the CW, and what a show called Supernatural must be like, are making them miss out on some of the greatest television out there. Normally I'd just say, fine, their loss, but I want this show to get the ratings it needs to stick around, and I also want J2 to get the attention they deserve.
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