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Supernatural 3.10 - Dream a Little Dream of Me
This episode I will treasure, for this is the episode that brought me hope. Sweet hope for my sweet Dean, but oh, Kripke, what you put me through to get there! After last week, things looked pretty bleak for our boy, what with Ruby lying about being able to save him and all, and I've been worried. All season long Dean has been resigned to his fate, has welcomed its coming, even. And I've been right there with Sam, hoping for something, anything, to make Dean care enough to fight back. I welcomed Sam's secret deal with Ruby, figuring maybe she could help him save Dean in spite of himself, and everything would be okay. But in the last moments of last week's episode, I was left with nothing. Nothing but dread, and heartbreak, and a growing sense of panic. Oh, Dean.

At first it looked like this week's episode was all about Bobby, and that was cool. It was great to find out more about him, especially the story of how he became a hunter. It was particularly satisfying to hear Dean admit what Bobby means to him, that he's like a father to him. I personally think Bobby treats the boys better than John ever did. It was also a treat to see Jim Beaver have an episode in which he could stretch his acting wings a bit. It made me a little nervous when the boys split up for the investigation part of the story, but considering the urgency of finding a cure for Bobby's mysterious ailment, it made sense.

I've been a fan of Bela since her first appearance, but now I love her even more. She was used to especially great effect in this episode. First, I loved the hilarious exchange the boys had about her: "Crap!" "What?" "Bela!" "Bela? Crap!" LOL! And then, of course, Sam's dream. OMG, I'm just thinking about it, and I'm laughing again! I never expected that pairing, and Jared was absolutely priceless, and OMG, could you believe how funny he was? With the happy sleeping face, and the drooling, and the embarrassment, and the stuttering, and the silly way he acted when she was there in front of him? Jared, you're a genius, you really are. Have you ever had one of those dreams about someone you know, and then you see them afterward, and it just spills into your brain, and you're all awkward for no reason? Because I have, and they got it just right. My favorite part? When Dean asked Sam to come and help him, and Sam looked down at his lap, and said, "Yeah, yeah, just give me a sec." *snerk*

I can't believe a show that tears me up inside like this one does, can also make me laugh so hard. And Dean's double takes at Sam's inexplicably odd behavior only made it funnier. Inspired scene all around, guys! :)

Once the boys made the trip into Bobby's mind, the whole atmosphere turned creepy. BTW, did you hear that high-pitched, incredulous "What?!" from Sam in the hospital hallway, when Dean first suggested they go dream walking? He said it again, to Bela, in his dream. It's a trademark Sammy response, and it's adorable! Anyway, where were we? Oh, yeah, Bobby's dream.

It really felt like a horror movie in Bobby's dream. The musical score was weird, as were some of the camera shots, with unusual angles and lenses. They overlapped images and audio from different shots, for a jarring, disjointed effect. Dean's part of the dream was too dark and dull, while Sam's was overly bright and colorful. Bobby's dead wife was scary, and I felt Dean's desperation as he tried to make Bobby realize it was all in his head. Then Jeremy appeared and attacked Sam with a baseball bat, and I really began to freak out!

How ironic was it that Dean, the ultimate stoic, who keeps every fear and tender emotion buried beneath his bad boy, devil-may-care, hard rockin' facade, was only able to save Bobby by laying bare his innermost feelings and connecting to him on an intensely emotional level? And once that connection was made, Dean quickly convinced Bobby that he was experiencing nothing more than a dream, thus giving him back the power to wake up. Just in time, too, because Jeremy was about to bash Sam's brains in with that baseball bat! Jensen and Jim Beaver both gave that scene an intensity and urgency that had me on the edge of my seat.

Let's take a moment to appreciate this screen cap from the episode:

Don't they look so sweetly peaceful, and yet so painfully vulnerable? I love that shot. (Screen cap courtesy of oxoniensis, with my thanks.)

Back in Bobby's hospital room, we got the first hint that our troubles may not be over, when we found out Dean had handed Jeremy the key to his dream world by drinking a beer he offered to him. And no one knew what Jeremy might find in Dean's mind, and how he might use it against him. In typical Dean fashion, our handsome hero decided to face this threat head on, to force a confrontation by allowing himself to fall asleep. And in typical Sam fashion, our ginormous puppy joined him there.

It all started out innocently enough, as we discovered that some part of Dean dreams of a normal life, with Lisa and Ben. But then the boys got separated, and things quickly turned ugly and truly terrifying. Sam was once again attacked by Jeremy and his baseball bat. And what was the deal with that anyway? Why was Jeremy so direct, personal, and violent with Sam? Was it because he could only use your fears against you in your own dream, and Sam was in someone else's dream both times? In any case, the violence escalated as Jeremy used his mental powers to tie Sam down, and then started beating him in earnest. I was frantic for the boys to find a way to escape!

Over in Dean's part of the dream, he found himself in a bizarre motel room, facing a very familiar back. The figure turned, and of course it appeared to be Dean himself. Not!Dean started right in, taunting Dean with all his innermost fears and insecurities, dark thoughts he's had about his father, Sam, and himself. "Don't listen, Dean!" I found myself yelling at my television screen. And, "Shut up!" directed at Not!Dean. But as it turns out, listening was exactly what Dean needed to do, and this is where this episode really got interesting. Jeremy was clearly trying to kill Dean, to use Dean's inner self loathing and despair to convince him to just give up on life. So was that a gross miscalculation on Jeremy's part, or did Dean's inner hunter rise to the occasion, purposely choosing exactly the right words to ignite Dean's frustration and sadness into the burning self-righteous anger that would finally allow him to fight back? In any case, Dean exploded, into a fury of words and actions, destroying the inner demon that confronted him:

"Son of a bitch! My father was an obsessed bastard! All that crap he dumped on me about protecting Sam? That was his crap! He's the one who couldn't protect his family! He's the one who let Mom die! Who wasn't there for Sam! I always was! It wasn't fair! I didn't deserve what he put on me! And I don't deserve to go to hell!"

Jensen was amazing in this scene. He absolutely slays me not only with his incredible talent, but with the courage that allows him to display such raw emotion purely for our entertainment. His performance was devastating. Preach it, Dean! But the final straw, the last shove that sealed the deal, was when Not!Dean came back, but now as Demon!Dean. Yikes!! Jensen without his beautiful, soulful eyes, with that blank blackness instead, is so far from Dean it's horrifying. *shudders* Way worse, for some reason, than possessed Sam was in BUABS. And that chilling glimpse of his future in the depths finally made it all too real for Dean, I think, and all too impossible to contemplate. In that moment everything shifted, and every particle of Dean screamed out the classic Dean denial, "Nononono!" But wait, we're still in the dream.

In the end, it was Sammy to the rescue. Whether it was his intelligence, his hunter's instincts, or some remnant of his psychic powers, Sam beat the dream walker at his own game, and turned the tables on him, freeing both Dean and himself from the nightmare world in which they were trapped. In the process, Sam rather decidedly killed Jeremy. Not that I blame him, but he's getting pretty comfortable with this whole killing humans thing.

Back at the motel, Bela did not disappoint. Consistent to the end, she used this whole situation as a golden opportunity to steal the Colt from the boys. And right before they raced off to "hunt the bitch down," Dean rather quietly told Sam that he doesn't want to die and he doesn't want to go to hell. And Sam rather quietly answered that then they would find a way to save him. Then Dean said, "Okay, good," with a little nod and a relieved smile. It was a wonderful moment. (And you should have just ended it there, Kripke. That last part was just dumb.) And just like that, we have a whole new show on our hands. Hallelujah, sisters, we have hope!!

Random thoughts: How hot was Drunk!Sam, with his husky, slurred, sad voice? Didn't you just want to comfort him? And how funny was Dean, threatening to put something on that grad student's permanent record? hee! The Doobies! On Supernatural! Although I always thought if they used a Doobie Brothers song on this show, it would be Rockin' Down the Highway. :) Who put a poster of a Canadian indie pop band on Jeremy's wall? I guess Novillero must have a friend in the art department. :) And how much do I hate that the stupid CW logo now includes stupid promos? That was intrusive, distracting, and a very bad idea! Grrr.

Can you believe we only have two episodes left? *cries* Although with late-breaking news that a tentative agreement is out there and the writers' strike is all but over, dare we hope for more episodes this season? In any case, I'll be here next Thursday, spending Valentine's Day in front of my television screen, because I am completely in love with this show! What are your plans?

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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I like reading your SV and SPN recaps (and your challenges are plenty fun too!), so I hang around here a lot. I don't have an LJ account, so I've mostly resorted to lurking, but I guess we can all step out once in a while to say hi, huh? So, there. Hi! :)

Hee, that screencap is so cute! Sleeping boys are always adorable - I have a soft spot for that scene (forgot the episode, was it "Dead Man's Blood"?) in which both boys are sleeping, watched over by John. So sweet. Makes me want to pet them.

And I just noticed - where is Sam's tea cup? Dean is still holding his (which, hee!), but Sam doesn't seem to have it anywhere near him. Has it rolled under the bed or something? I have no idea why this is important in the very least, but I suddenly need to know where Sam's tea cup has gone! Where is it?!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 10th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* Thanks for delurking to comment! I totally get that, I lurked around LJ all last summer before I finally took the plunge. Originally I thought I would never post, and I just opened an account so I could comment, but look at me now! :)

I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying my episode posts and the challenges! Feedback is so appreciated! And another crossover fan? Yay! :)

If you like pics of the boys sleeping, check these out (image heavy, not dial-up friendly):

Dean Sleeping Picspam

Sam Sleeping Picspam

I wondered about Sam's cup too, and I did scour that cap for it! :) I decided it's on the floor on the other side of the bed. Because he's so ginormous, if he stretched out his left arm, I'm sure his hand would dangle over the other edge. :) Or, as you say, it's under the bed.

Come out and play again sometime!

From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, man. You're tempting me. I've been flirting with the idea of getting an LJ account for almost a year now. I have a Blogger account, but I really like the idea of a place where I can freely talk about my TV obsessions with people who think the same way. I feel sort of embarrassed doing it in my normal blog, because almost everyone I know reads it. Oh, well. Maybe I'll just cave and get an account one of these days. ;)

Thanks for the picspam links! Will definitely check them out soon! :)

Other side of the bed! I didn't even think about that. I just assumed that since he was holding the tea cup with his right hand (right?), it must've fallen on that side of the bed. Hee, he definitely is ginormous enough to reach the other side, though. :D

Now that I've delurked, I'll definitely make it a point to come over and comment regularly. Keep up the entertaing work! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you want to talk about obsessions, LJ is definitely the place to do it! :) And I keep my RL and my LJ life totally separate. Anyway, getting an account is the easiest thing in the world. The hardest part for me was coming up with my user name! :) You should totally do it! *is an enabler*

Of course you're welcome anytime, LJ account or not. :)

Okay, further scrutiny reveals that Sam's cup is there, it's just hard to see because it's glass and you can see through it! Look at this big version of the cap, and focus on the carpet between the two beds, at the end of the shadow cast by Sam's right arm: CLICK HERE
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Temptation! *runs and hides*

*peeks back* Oh, who am I kidding. I'll probably be getting an account very soon, and it'll all be your fault :P I'll probably have the same name-choosing problem too. I don't want to use my Blogger id cuz I don't want people who stumble onto my account to know it's me, so I'll have to think of something new. Darn. Out of curiosity, what does your user name mean?

And yes! I see the cup! I don't know why, but it makes me really happy to know it's there. Continuity, FTW!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
*is happy to corrupt you* LOL! Just make sure to tell me it's you if you ever join, so I can friend you! :)

I collect mermaids, so my screen name is the first letter of my real name + ariel (from The Little Mermaid) + 22, which is my lucky number. I couldn't settle on a name for literally weeks, and then suddenly this one came to me, and I knew it was perfect. It's funny, I just found out yesterday there's someone with the user name tariel (no numbers), so I googled it, and evidently it's the name of an archangel in the Jewish religion, and a fairly common first name (usually male) in some European countries. I had no idea. So probably some people think that's what my name means.

I know, continuity makes me happy too! \o/ And SPN's usually pretty good with it too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure thing! Will do! :)

Ooh, "ariel"! I always thought "tariel" was one word, heh. But it's pretty cool that the name actually means something too - nice bonus!

Heh, I know. I think that's one good thing that has come out of 7 years of watching SV - I now appreciate continuity wherever I can find it, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. I've seen a lot of people get bothered by continuity issues on SPN, but if you've seen SV, you've seen the worse of continuity problems, IMO. It doesn't get any worse.

Btw, do let me know if I'm bugging you with this endless stream of replies. Just say the word and I'll stop :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course you're not bothering me! I'm enjoying this! :)

And don't even get me started on Smallville's continuity problems! LOL! Remember when Chloe had a father? My favorite was in Hidden, when Lana sat by an unconscious Clark in the hospital and said, "From the first moment that I saw you, I knew that no one could make me happier than you." Buh? Uh, Lana, remember how you didn't know Clark was alive at the beginning of S1, even though you had known him since you were like five years old? Remember Whitney? How about Jason? That's why it was so sweet in Siren when Clark threw Lex and Bizarro back in her face when she said she had never loved anyone but him. See? I told you not to get me started! :)

Oops, you're not a Clana fan, are you? Of course, if you've been reading my reviews, you know I'm not.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: February 11th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clana fan? Faaaaaaaaaaaar from it. Clana is probably the worst thing that has ever happened to Smallville. Get rid of that, and we've probably already solved half the problems on the show.

And on a separate note, I did it! I did it! I got myself an account! I can has friends now, pls? :D

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! Friending you now!! And I love your user name!

So, welcome to LJ! I'm no expert, but if you have any questions, just ask and I'll try to help. Although you've already figured out icons, so I think you'll do just fine. :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: February 11th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got stuck at the name part as well, but I was just so eager to get the account up that I just chose the first thing that came into my head! It's the English translation of my name - that's the best I could come up with ;)

And thanks for the help! You're made of awesome. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 10th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm spending Valentine's Day with my boys. Laughing and crying. (Boy, they sure know how to show a girl a good time.)

Random thought - I was totally expecting Dean and Not!Dean to have their conversation each sitting on the edge of one of the beds. Which would have freaked me out in a fun way.

I need to rewatch the episode. Having Bela in it threw me and tainted my viewing. (I wanted this one to just be Bobby and the boys.) And now I've been reading all the reviews and have no opinion myself. There was so much goodness and thought provoking-ness that I'm overwhelmed.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 10th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, Sam and Dean never disappoint! :) I'm looking forward to this Valentine's Day!

OMG, that would have been way worse! *shivers* Not!Dean in Sammy's spot would have totally freaked me out!

Well, I love the episodes without the girls too, but I wouldn't have given up Sam's dream for anything. I can't even tell you how loudly I laughed during that part, or how many times I've rewatched just that scene since then. :) I would have been bothered if they had actively involved Bela in the hunt, though. I like her best when she swoops in, wreaks havoc, gets a good "Son of a Bitch!" out of Dean, and then zooms away again.

Supernatural is always tough for me to write about. That's why I'm always so late posting about the episodes. I just need a couple of days to process everything before I can articulate how I feel about an episode. I know fewer people read my posts when they go up a couple of days after the episode, but it's more important to me that what I say is really reflective of my reaction to the show.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 11th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, so I wouldn't pass up Sam's dream, or its aftermath, either. And I appreciate that Bela was in the background.

I love this show, even though it can make my brain hurt as much as my heart.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this show, even though it can make my brain hurt as much as my heart.

OMG, I love how you put that!! Perfect.

And your icon is made of win. hee!

ETA: Oh, and just to clarify, yes, it was the aftermath of the dream that I loved the best, and laughed at again and again. :)

Edited at 2008-02-11 09:05 pm (UTC)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 11th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awkard!Sam is made of win.
gunznammo2 From: gunznammo2 Date: February 10th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

310 Dream a Little Dream

Enjoyed your post. This episode had so much food for thought, didn't it.
Jensen and Jared both did phenomenal jobs in their respective roles. My
hunger to see their beautiful faces on the screen has sated me (for now).
I plan on watching again and again. Love those boys.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 10th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: 310 Dream a Little Dream

Hi! Thanks for reading, and commenting! I agree that this episode had so much packed into it. I didn't even scratch the surface of all the symbolism I saw throughout. That's what really impresses me about this show, the many layers they present, and how thoughtfully the show is crafted. Plus I know there's always more than meets the eye in any script co-written by Sera Gamble!
jaimsie From: jaimsie Date: February 11th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
S3 Started off really slow for me, for me it was missing something, but as of Fresh Blood the show seems to be on a roll and getting back to what I ultimately fell for back in S1.

I am thrilled that we got the character development on Bobby. He has been a great edition to the show and the influence he has on the boys. It saddens me that we never had the opportunity to get that with Pastor Jim who wasn't explored enough before his demise. Did he help teach Sam Latin?

It hurts a little that Dean's music isn't even his.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I do agree that the show keeps getting better this season, and I loved finding out more about Bobby in this episode. Jim Beaver's characterization of Bobby is so consistent, I think he's really good. I love that affectionate exasperation he shows towards them sometimes, like when they started checking their pockets, literally. :)

I've wondered about Pastor Jim too, because I've always wondered if he had something to do with Sam believing in God, when Dean and John never did. I guess they could still do some kind of flashback episode with him. I'd actually love to see an episode with the boys as teenagers.

Well, Dean's music is his now, right? As are the car and coat. But I hate the idea that he never had a choice. That's just not fair. Oh, Dean.
jaimsie From: jaimsie Date: February 11th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
How much did I love that Jim Beaver added in the 'literally' line to that. So much! I enjoyed that more than the 'stink like sex' line.

Exactly I can see Sam learning more from Pastor Jim - thus my idea of Jim teaching him Latin. I also think you are onto something where Sam's faith is concerned. Pastor Jim was more than a glorified babysitter for the boys. I have also been interested in his start. Why did a man of God decide to become a Hunter?

The boys as Teenagers might be a hard sell, they would have to find the right actors to pull it off and have me believe it. Not saying it wouldn't be nice to have that development of the characters though. But for me the show hasn't ever been able to cast the right young Sam, where as they have nailed Dean in Ridge Canipe. Maybe this is where the second comic book story will provide those answers?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 11th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Why did a man of God decide to become a Hunter?

Exactly! The back stories for all of John's hunter friends just fascinates me. I'd even love to see a book of short stories with a chapter for each character, telling us how each one was inspired or compelled to involve themselves with this world that is invisible to most of us.

You're right, teenagers would be a very tough casting job, because they would have to find actors who both looked something like the boys, and who could capture their personalities. That would be a tall order, indeed. And the actor who has played young Dean just blows me away. He's awesome.
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