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Supernatural 3.11 - Mystery Spot - I worship at the television altar
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Supernatural 3.11 - Mystery Spot
Kripke, you are a wicked, wicked man. I swear you are the personification of that story about the monkey's paw. All season we've been worried about Sam and Dean. Is Dean really going to die? Is he really going to hell? How will Sam survive without him? Why won't Dean fight back and find a way to break the deal he made? And then last week, when Dean finally said to Sam, "I don't want to die. I don't want to go to hell," I rejoiced! Finally, we have a sliver of hope! Everything's going to be okay! Sam and Dean will find a way! And on the heels of that hope, came a wish. Can we just take a break, Kripke? Can we have another funny episode? One where, just for the moment, we can put worry on the shelf and just laugh? And Kripke, evil man that he is, anticipated my wish and gave me this week's episode, an awesomely funny episode, but one with a terrible monkey's paw twist that I never saw coming. Gotcha! *cries* Damn you, Kripke!

I will say this for being unspoiled. It allowed me to laugh uproariously at the sight of Dean dying, again and again and again. Because it sure didn't look so funny the second time I watched, when I knew what was coming later.

The episode started out lighthearted and easy, playing on the differences between the brothers and how Dean drives Sam crazy sometimes. Dean's head bop to Asia's Heat of the Moment was hilarious! It looked like a normal MoTW episode, with the small-town trappings that are this show's trademark, and maybe just a slightly heavier dose of humor than normal. It was a fun episode, and I was loving it! Even the previouslies didn't really give anything away. Then bam! Dean was dead. Wait. What? Did you see the way Dean looked at Sam in his last seconds? First, his eyes met Sam's with incredible intensity, and then we saw the fear. Oh, Dean, baby. And then he was gone.

Sam's eyes. Alarm clock. Heat of the Moment. Head bop. OMG, Groundhog Day!! I heaved a big sigh of relief, gave myself a shake, and threw myself back into the fun. I laughed and laughed at Sam's deja vu rant, and Dean's line about dingo-ate-my-baby crazy. Then bam! Dean was dead. Again, some more. Ouch. I didn't think I was ever going to get used to that. The next time around, Sam was really freaking out, and Jared even had the barely suppressed tears going on, but I wasn't worried. This was one of the funny episodes.

I couldn't stop giggling at Sam's way over-the-top intensity when the boys interviewed the Mystery Spot owner, and I even laughed out loud when the desk fell on Dean, squishy sounds and all. This was getting good. What followed next was hilarious, death after death after death. And then the best part of all, the part where the boys say in unison, "Sam Winchester wears makeup. Sam Winchester cries his way through sex. Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by the bed and every morning when he wakes up- okay, enough!" LOL! Hmm, so Sammy wakes up every morning with a... *cough* Never mind.

Once the Trickster was revealed, everything started to unravel, and fast. Dean was dead, really dead, and Sam wasn't even there when it happened! I'm never going to forget the sight of Dean on the ground, blood spurting out of his chest. What the hell, show? And then we had to watch as Sammy, our beloved Sammy, seemed to harden before our eyes, becoming a killing machine, a soulless killer who reminded me a lot more of Gordon than of Dean. With a mad case of OCD to boot. My sweet Sammy was dead inside. I didn't know where this could possibly end up, and I was freaked.

When Not!Bobby transformed into the Trickster, I saw that I had been all wrong about Sam. What I saw as a lack of emotion was just complete focus, utter determination to reach his goal of tracking the Trickster down, and killing everything like him on the way. My Sam wasn't gone at all, because he was standing right in front of us, with all those months of anguish right there on his face. That's when I felt the tears running down my face. And as Sam begged for his brother back, I wept. Jesus Christ, Kripke, what do you want from me?!

And what the hell is coming for this boy? What is it for which everyone is trying to prepare him? Ruby knows something, the Trickster knows something, the demons all seem to know something, but all I know is fear.

When Sam woke up and it was Wednesday again, and Dean was alive, and all the months of torment had been erased, he looked stunned. I think for a moment he was afraid to believe it. Then he rose from the bed and advanced on Dean, and we all knew what was coming next. I jumped up from my couch, screaming, "OMG, they're going to hug!!" And it was the most glorious hug in the history of hugs. Sammy's face was fused to Dean's. The look on Dean's face was priceless. It said, "Dude, are you okay?" And then, "Yeah, okay, big guy, whatever you need." I was still crying, but for a completely different reason now. *sniffles*

I still have so many questions. How has this whole experience changed Sam? How quickly will Dean notice that this time Sam really did come back different? Will Sam ever tell Dean everything? Will I survive this season, or will I end it shattered and drained? Just how far is Kripke willing to go?

Finally, let's talk about Jared's performance. How does this man become a better actor with each episode? Every week I think he's reached the pinnacle of his talent, and then he surpasses himself, again. I feel like he's capable of portraying any emotion, any experience, and making me go through every nuance with him. These episodes exhaust me, but in the best way possible. And I felt like Jensen really focused on being the quintessential Dean in this episode: earthy, snarky, straightforward, and 100% in the moment. It was as if he were providing the perfect counterpoint to the emotional depths Jared displayed, in essence generously stepping aside to let Jared shine.

Random thoughts: Jared Padalecki has the most perfectly shaped eyebrows I've ever seen on a man. I loved the Bobby voiceover phone messages. The Mystery Spot was a masterpiece of cheesy goodness, as was the flamingo motel room. And I'll always remember this episode as the one where we got to see Sam sit up in bed in nothing more than a beautiful, grey, v-neck tee, over and over and over again. Yum.

Show, have I told you lately that I love you? And now that the writers' strike is over, we have the promise of four additional new episodes. Life is good for a fangirl. And Kripke? Please don't make Dean go to hell. Please?

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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 17th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is it for which everyone is trying to prepare him? Ruby knows something, the Trickster knows something, the demons all seem to know something, but all I know is fear.

Me too! *curls into ball and sucks thumb*

ZOMG this episode was so good! I really thing the Trickster was trying to help Sam, but I don't know why.

I bet Jensen was thrilled he didn't have to go through the emotional hell in this episode. He looked like he was having so much fun.

I'm worried about Sam. He lived months without Dean. I think the only thing that prepared him for was not losing Dean.

And the Trickster couldn't save Dean!! *keens*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really think the Trickster was trying to help Sam, but I don't know why.

This is what scares me the most. He's all-powerful, he can't be destroyed, but he needs something that only Sam can provide, something for which Sam must be prepared? I don't get it. Because I don't think the Trickster would try to help Sam unless there was something in it for him. Not that letting Dean die was ever really going to help Sam, though. Or me, for that matter!

I too thought Jensen looked like he was having a blast. It was Fun!Dean, and I loved it. :)

I know it can't happen in this week's episode, because they reversed the original order, but I so want to see the moment the boys go up against a bunch of baddies and Sam just takes them all out, bam! And then Dean can be stunned. I don't think they'll go there, but I'd love to see it nonetheless.

Man, you just know Kripke delighted in that scene where Sam extracted the bullet from his own chest and sewed himself up. I mean, I can't very well look away while they're showing bare Padalecki chest, can I? Pardon my language, but the man's body is unfuckingbelievable!! But then the wound, and the blood, and the forceps, and the sewing? *shudders*

And look at me, I have two animated icons! LOL! I did a mini purge last night and cleaned out 10 spots.

So, would you like to hear the comedy of errors that is my work today? I went in way early, and was working away, when the construction crew came in, and shortly thereafter I lost power. It seems they cut through something they shouldn't have. So I had to call our District maintenance director at home, he called his guys at home, and then I went home while they assembled to attempt to fix everything. I'm waiting for the call that power is restored so I can go back. Sheesh.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 18th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
And look at me, I have two animated icons!

I could not be prouder of you. *sniffles*

I'm hoping that they'll put the shows back in their original order on the DVDs, because I suspect this week's episode is going to rankle a bit without that emotional carry over.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, I'm worried about how they're going to explain that in the pickup scenes this week. What were they thinking anyway? Mystery Spot would have been a perfect episode to go out on, for the season or the hiatus, either way. IMO, anyway. :)

So I'm back at work, the construction crew knocked out the internet this morning, but luckily we have two networks, so I was able to switch over. Who are these jokers, anyway?

Edited at 2008-02-18 09:12 pm (UTC)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 18th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear about your father. I'll be thinking good thoughts for him and you and your family. *hugs*

I totally understand that feeling when you're worried and you have stuff to do.

(And you can dump whenever you need to.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much, Whimsy. I went back and edited that part out, I thought better of blindsiding you with my personal stuff, but I wasn't quick enough. Thanks for being so nice. I'm just going through the motions, but the piles are getting smaller like they're supposed to.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 18th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's a start. At least you have piles. I'm sending out e-mails alerting people to our courses coming to their areas, which means going through and sorting lists, deleting duplicates and fixing bad addresses. My eyes are tired.

And what are friends for? *more hugs*
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: February 17th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was a wreck the entire episode, and I had accidentally gotten a picture spoiler of Dean's Wednesday death weeks ago, and I kept waiting for it to be fake but it wasn't. I was so sad, and I held my face for the whole rest of the episode. I too was worried about Sammy becoming the soulless killer everyone thinks he is, but it was just is OCD and not having to deal with Dean's fly by the seat of his pants attitude. I noticed it in the moment that he killed Fake!Bobby and he was convinced it wasn't really Bobby until that last second when he was like "Bobby?!" in a whimpered tone, right before he went all woogly and the Trickster appeared.

This episode also spawned my new favorite icon, so I'm very, very happy!

Thank you for posting your review, I value your point of view. *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs back* I'm glad I was completely unspoiled, but it made the episode something of a roller coaster ride! Did you notice how Sam had completely reorganized the trunk and the weapons, with a place for everything and everything in its place? The other thing that hit me kind of hard was the room with only one bed. *sniffles*

Your icon is made of love. :) And I appreciate you reading and commenting, especially when I always post days after the actual episode!
raputathebuta From: raputathebuta Date: February 17th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dean's Heat of the Moment dance renders me helpless with giggles every single time I think of it.

Sam all by himself was an awful thing to see. Poor Puppy!

This was another awesome example of how damn good KripCo is at mingling the humor & the angst, & mangling my heart in the process! Damn you, KripCo!!!! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The boy has awesome dance moves, even sitting down. :) I'm assuming Jensen came up with exactly how he would rock out to that tune on his own.

It was scary to see Sam like that. I guess it was all about control, and they demonstrated that with the spotless motel room, the perfectly aligned maps and articles, the perfectly made bed, and the ultra-organized trunk. As if his choices were being completely in control, or completely losing it. Because it all crumbled away so quickly when the Trickster revealed himself. Poor Puppy, indeed. *pets Sam*

Damn you, Kripke!! *shakes fist* But you know I love him for it.
From: koosh2012 Date: February 17th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay... Well, no. The hugging's not the icon all y'all were holding back and teasing me with last month because you, Tariel, weren't spoiled, right?

I haven't been able to rewatch this episode. Agree with Whimsy that the Trickster was trying to help, but, it was weird. Very unsettling because it seemed like Sam took away a different lesson. Maybe it's one we'll see processed.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 17th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The icon is for the episode this coming week, which originally was supposed to be shown on Valentine's Day, but they switched the order. And I don't know anything about the episode except what I saw in the photo from which the icon was made, which is a huge reveal, but doesn't give away the plot or anything. So one more week, Kooshie!

I still don't get what exactly the Trickster was trying to accomplish. *is confoozled* And I don't want to see Sam accept that he can't save Dean, so I wasn't listening to anything the Trickster said anyway. Somebody has to save Dean!
From: koosh2012 Date: February 17th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have to go and remind myself before the fact in this teasingly tempting icon circumstance, wouldn't I? Well good. I'll mark my calendar to watch for and rave over the infamous spoilery. I kind of assumed it would be obvious, so I'll stick to my assumptions for now.

DEAN MUST SAVE DEAN CUZ HE MADE THE DEAL! But then, I've been known to be REALLY wrong. *giggles* *throws handful of salt over shoulder*

Hope your weekend has been productive beaucoup! I'm about to dive back in again...
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: February 18th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I kept hearing "Dean of the moment" instead of "Heat of the moment", so that just made it ten times funnier.

And while I didn't completely love the episode, it will always have a special place in my heart as the "SAM IN ONE LAYER, OMG!!!!" episode. Hee.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: February 18th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
And oh! Thank you so much for the gift! I loved it! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! Hope your V-Day was happy!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dean of the moment! LOL!

Yeah, there's probably a meta to be written about Sam shedding his layers with Dean's death, but I'd rather appreciate that part of the episode for purely shallow reasons. :)
sarie_wanderer From: sarie_wanderer Date: February 18th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
How did I miss this when you first posted it? For some reason your SPN reviews always get lost on my friends page.

Yeah, this episode completely floored me. SO MUCH GOODNESS. And who would have thought I could love a t-shirt this much?

If the trickster was thinking to teach Sam that it would be best to let Dean go, I think his plan completely backfired. If anything, now that Sam knows how horrible it is to be without Dean, I think he'll be even more willing to do whatever it takes to get Dean out of his deal. Which of course has me totally stressing about what Kripke has planned for our boys. *breathes deeply to prevent hyperventilation*

I really really hope that they show some emotional fallout from this episode when the show returns in April. I wonder about the things that Sam did during those months without Dean. Will he think to go back and take care of them again in this new reality? Damn, but it would be hard to have your past erased again and again. I can barely remember if I've already told somebody something, but to have to remember if you told somebody something on that last Tuesday, a few months ago, as opposed to the 59 Tuesdays before that...I'm just babbling now.

Jared's performance was perfect. You knew exactly where his emotions were at every point in this episode, without him having to come out and say it.

And the hug...oh that hug...*sniffles*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 18th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The more I think about what the Trickster did, the more confused I get. Did he want Sam to stop looking for a way to save Dean because Sam needed to focus on something else? Did he orchestrate Dean's death on Wednesday, or was that going to happen anyway? Was that part of the lesson? Did he want Sam to become a killing machine, so he would be better equipped to fight the demon war? Or was he trying to show him how awful that would be, so Sam would understand it would be the worst way to honor Dean's memory? I'm so confoozled! :)

But you're so right about the whole thing backfiring as far as Sam giving up on trying to save Dean. Maybe that's the point! It was all reverse psychology! It's actually save Dean, save the world! LOL! *is grasping at straws*

I fear the Kripke.

Will he think to go back and take care of them again in this new reality?

Oh, man, I never thought of that! Good point! I'm just waiting to see what Sam is like now. Does he have mad demon hunting skillz that he didn't have before? Will he be way more ruthless? Will he be more independent, less likely to listen to Dean? It's going to drive me crazy before this next hiatus is over, I just know it.

I join you in the t-shirt love and the Jared worship. And the hug. OMG, the hug. *sniffles with you* This episode was so wonderful, in so many different ways. I wish they hadn't switched the order, I think this one would have been the perfect end point before the hiatus.

Thanks for finding me! :) I always post days late, and usually in the middle of the night, so I'm not surprised my posts get lost.
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: February 19th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It said, "Dude, are you okay?" And then, "Yeah, okay, big guy, whatever you need."

*sniffles*

You made me cry!!

And I felt like Jensen really focused on being the quintessential Dean in this episode: earthy, snarky, straightforward, and 100% in the moment.

Absolutely. He was back to being the Dean that I came to know and love in Season 1. *hugs him*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 19th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, I'm sorry! It's the show, I can't help it! :)

Yeah, seeing Dean back to his old self was like welcoming back an old friend. *hugs him too*

I'm so glad we have new episodes to look forward to, but the hiatus is going to kill me!
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: February 19th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it's ok! I know it's all the show's fault! :D

So how long is the hiatus??? 2 months??? Ugh.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 19th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
April 24th is the announced return date, so yeah, almost exactly two months. :( Whatever will we do? I wonder if their plan is still to take SPN off the air until then, and show Reaper instead. I hope panns is still going to do her Supernatural Book Club. I'm gonna need my fix! :)
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: February 20th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that is their plan - to keep Reaper on Thursday nights until April 24th. I read somewhere when they announced April 24th for Supernatural that they said at that time, Reaper would return to its normal Tuesday night time slot.

Yep - I'm pretty sure that panns is planning on continuing the book club. Really pretty sure. ;)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 20th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! I appreciate it! And it really was an awesome episode, wasn't it? I love my show. :)

I don't think Ruby and the Trickster are working together. That's kind of what scares me. It's like all these different entities are focused on Sam, completely independently of each other. It just makes this whole thing seem so BIG. *worries*
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