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Supernatural 3.15 - Time Is On My Side - I worship at the television altar
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Supernatural 3.15 - Time Is On My Side
I don't know if I'll be able to say much about this episode, partly because I watched the whole thing through my fingers and closed my eyes for a lot of it, and partly because every time I start thinking about what Dean is facing with just one more episode left in the season, I begin to panic and hyperventilate. One thing I do know, though. From now on I'm just calling Sera Gamble "Sera the Tormentor." Between the horrific gore of Doc Benton's victim watching his own heart be ripped from his chest, the sheer terror of seeing that melon baller come within millimeters of Sammy's eye, and the heartbreaking anguish of Dean losing his last hope, I barely survived the episode. When it ended, I was in a state of shock. I just sat there in a daze as all my thoughts whirled around in my mind. This show is going to kill me before we're through, I just know it.

This week Dean was once again grounded in reality, and I was so happy to see it. He was back to doing what he does best: identify the monster, track it down, and kill it. Only when it came to his own personal monster, the demon who holds his contract, he just couldn't seem to make any headway. He didn't even find out her name until the last moments of the episode, and with the Colt long gone, he seems to be out of options. He's losing hope, but at least he hasn't lost sight of the difference between right and wrong. And cheating death by becoming an immortal monster is just wrong. When Sam urged Dean, "Just think about it," and Dean simply but emphatically answered, "No," I was relieved and happy and proud all at once. Dean Winchester, you are my hero.

This episode saw our boys fighting again, each convinced they knew the best way to save Dean from his deal. And this time they didn't just split the investigation, they split the country, each going his own way to pursue his own plan. Oh, boys, don't you know better by now?

Dean went in search of Bela, and the Colt. He visited a longtime acquaintance of Bobby's, a gruff, scary hunter of many years named Rufus, played by the awesome Steven Williams. In the drinking session that followed, before Rufus gave Dean the information he wanted, he painted a bleak picture of Dean's future, assuring him that one way or another, he was doomed. Man, Sera, you just never ease up, do you? *cries* In the end, however, Dean got what he came for. Rufus not only told him where he could find Bela, he gave him an entire file filled with the hidden details of her life.

Next Dean went to confront Bela, determined to get the Colt back, but it was too late for that. The gun was gone. I loved this scene. Dean was all barely contained fury, and Bela was all false bravado, and the whole thing was amazing from start to finish. Lauren Cohan did a great job in this episode, both here and in the final scene. And I swear I've never seen Dean hotter, what with his growl of a voice, his terse commands, the way he pushed Bela up against the wall and moved in close to demand the Colt, and especially the way he used his gun to communicate his deadly intent. When he shot at Bela, I was shocked and thrilled at the same time. It was immensely satisfying to see Dean feel no sympathy for her after all she's done to the boys, but I was actually afraid he was going to kill her in cold blood. And then, when he pointed his gun at her at arm's length and quietly said, "Don't move," I just died. Oh, yeah, I'm a Dean girl. :)

You could tell Sam was beginning to bow to the pressure in this episode. Our boys are both smart, seasoned hunters, never easily fooled, but put one of them in true danger, and the other one's common sense just flies out the window, doesn't it? Sam hit on a crazy, misguided plan to save Dean, and in his desperation tried to hide it from is brother, knowing as he did that Dean would never go for it. The moment Dean found out (Sam is a really bad liar) was also the moment the fighting started. But this time Sam wasn't backing down.

Dean is still every inch the older brother, but as Sam grows older and experiences more, and especially since the events of Mystery Spot, he just isn't going to do as he's told anymore, and the difference is unmistakable. In the exorcism scene, Sam saw only the demon before him, not the innocent victim he inhabited. Indeed, he now seems to accept the death of the possessed as inevitable collateral damage. He showed no hesitancy or fear during the ritual itself, and even wore a look of grim satisfaction. And did he have that Latin down or what? Guh. I guess all those months of hunting alone left their mark.

So Sam refused to go, and Dean refused to stay. Both boys looked like they might cry (oh, Jared, you break my heart every single time), but they split up nonetheless. And while Dean went to find Bela, Sam went to find a 150-year-old doctor with a secret formula for immortality. Alone. Oh, Sammy.

I'm not going to dwell on the Doc Benton parts of the episode. They were too horrifying for me to relive here. And on top of all those gruesome sights and sounds, the Doc was played by Billy Drago, an actor whose face has haunted my nightmares ever since I once saw him on The X-Files, in an episode directed by none other than Kim Manners, and co-written by John Shiban, called Theef. He played this super creepy hillbilly who used some weird mountain voodoo to kill people. He freaked me the hell out, I tell you. As he did here as well. What I want to know is, what's the point of having immortality if you're going to walk around with a patchwork face and have to hide out in the woods all the time? Unless, of course, you can hang out on the internet. Do you suppose the Doc was on LJ? :)

Okay, I'll give you the condensed version of me watching the Doc Benton parts in this episode: Look out! Blood! Gross! Screaming!... Run away! Oh, no! Maggots! What?! NONONO! Screaming! Heart!! AIEEEE!... Sammy? Oh, no. Dead guy. Dead girl? OMG! Blood! Maggots! *gags* She's alive! Shhh! HE'S COMING! Get out, get out!... Oh, no! Screaming! Go, go, go! Neck! Ewww!... SAMMY?! Hurry, Dean! Oh, no! Not the eyes! Is that a melon baller?! *cries* Don't touch Sammy! MELON BALLER!! NONONONONO!! *sobs* Where is Dean? BANG! BANG! BANG! OMGOMGOMG. *collapses* I'm sending Sera Gamble my therapy bills, I swear to God.

So, Dean came back empty-handed, but just in time to save Sammy, and to make him understand why Doc Benton's brand of immortality can never be the answer. As worried as I am about Dean, at least I know he's not going to do anything stupid or crazy now. But it looks pretty bad for Dean, and I'm scared. Don't kill him, Kripke! I'm getting that panicky feeling in my chest, and OMG, it's just a television show! What is the matter with me?

The final scene of the episode was inspired. We learned Bela's final secret, that she had a demon deal of her own, a deal that was coming due at midnight that night. And even though we now knew she was abused as a child, and then manipulated by a demon, it was hard to summon up any sympathy for her, especially after watching her pump two bullets each into beds she thought held the boys. Besides, as Dean said, it was far too late. And here's the good part. As Bela disintegrated into fear and despair, we couldn't help but think of Dean, destined to share the same fate, perhaps as soon as the very next episode. And Bela betrayed every emotion that Dean has so far held inside, breaking our hearts not because we care about her, but because we care about him. It was torture by proxy, and it was beyond effective. Oh, Dean.

Random thoughts: I loved how their undercover interviews were a bit bumpy this week. "Please go away." hee! The set design was again phenomenal. There were so many perfect little details! Is Bela really gone? I mean, we didn't actually see her die, so I'm not sure what to think. Oh, and I got so wrapped up in the angst I forgot to mention that both boys looked gorgeous this week. Just avoid the scenes with maggots and melon ballers. :)

One more episode, guys. Every time I think about what might happen to Dean, my heart starts to race and I can't breathe. I have faith that the final episode will be good, but I have no such faith that there will be a happy ending. And I'm also pretty sure it's going to make me cry buckets before it's over. Can I save you a seat?

Not much to say, huh? *facepalm*

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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 13th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Both Sam and Dean's desperation in this episode was heart-breaking. Sam has lost his mind, to think Dean would go for that immortality deal, just to buy some time. 1) There's no guarantee that would stop the hell hounds for coming; and 2) I didn't hear mention of how to reverse it.

Dean's last line to Bela, "I'll see you in hell" . . . *shivers* Oh, boys! This really isn't going to end well, is it?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I kept saying to my television, "Sammy, Sammy, Sammy, what are you thinking?!" That was just crazy talk! They both communicated just the right hint of rising panic, and you could feel Sam's desperation and Dean's hopelessness. Oh, boys.

Dean said that to Bela like he believed it. I don't want Kripke to go there, but I know he might. *shivers with you*
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 14th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just know that after tomorrow's episode, I'm going to be curled up in a ball whimpering and sucking my thumb.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. I was fretting about Dean's fate to my husband last night (yes, that was crazy, but I was desperate to talk to someone about it), and at one point I said, "They can't kill Dean, he's a main character, they wouldn't do that!" To which my sweet husband replied, "What are you talking about? I watched an episode with you where they killed him, like, twenty times!" LOL!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 14th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mr. Tariel, that was helpful. *shakes head*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really! *rolls eyes*
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: May 14th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
"What are you talking about? I watched an episode with you where they killed him, like, twenty times!"

ROTFLMAO!!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was pretty funny. hee!
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: May 13th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
And Bela betrayed every emotion that Dean has so far held inside, breaking our hearts not because we care about her, but because we care about him. It was torture by proxy, and it was beyond effective. Oh, Dean.

Way to describe exactly what I was feeling here. Seriously, I catch a glimpse of my calendar or my wallpaper here at work and I start to freak out! Kripke, please, not my Dean. I can't handle it. Please let there be some last second hail Mary play that will save Dean, vanquish Lilith and allow our boys to walk off into the sunset ala Hollywood Babylon. Please, for the love of Impalas, I can't take it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Please let there be some last second hail Mary play that will save Dean, vanquish Lilith and allow our boys to walk off into the sunset ala Hollywood Babylon.

Yes, that's exactly what I want! Let's see Sammy's psychic powers come back with a vengeance and destroy all the baddies! LOL! Yeah, I know it will never happen, but a girl can dream.

I can just hear Kripke laughing his evil laugh, and Sera egging him on! They're coming for us, as surely as the hell hounds are coming for Dean. *quietly freaks out*
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: May 13th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
each going his own way to pursue his own plan. Oh, boys, don't you know better by now?

I thought the same thing. Nothing good ever comes of the boys separating...

And then, when he pointed his gun at her at arm's length and quietly said, "Don't move," I just died.

That was amazingly yummy.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
You'd think they'd learn to stick together! :)

It blew me away how I could find Dean so heartless and so hot at the same time. Lack of compassion somehow made him look more competent, more strong. With anyone else but Bela, I think I might have cringed, but I didn't want to see Dean fooled by her again, EVER, so everything in that scene worked for me.
sarie_wanderer From: sarie_wanderer Date: May 13th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read somewhere that Bela is definitely gone. I had my doubts, but upon rewatch I heard that extra hellhound snarl right after the screen went black.

You know, as much as Sam was trying to get Dean to admit that he was scared and to care about going to hell, I wonder how much harder it is to have your big brother keep telling you how scared he is when you still haven't figured out how to save him. Sam has been so determined this whole year and to still have nothing, it's got to be killing him.

I liked how they wrapped up the Bela story, and it says so much about Dean that he still says he would have helped her if she'd asked even after all the trouble she's caused.

I think this show is giving me an ulcer...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam has been so determined this whole year and to still have nothing, it's got to be killing him.

I know! I keep hoping we'll see a last minute miracle from Sam like we did in Nightmare, but I can't imagine Kripke going for the Hollywood happy ending.

That was a fitting end for Bela, and both Jensen and Lauren played it perfectly. I liked her as an adversary for the boys right from the start. I'll miss her.

An ulcer? I think this show is going to kill us all! :)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: May 13th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have faith that the final episode will be good, but I have no such faith that there will be a happy ending. And I'm also pretty sure it's going to make me cry buckets before it's over.

knowing the Evil One, err... Eric Kripke, i'm pretty sure you're right. and i know Jensen will just kill me.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the thing about this show. We can count on amazing acting, writing, and directing, but that means we can also count on having our emotions put through the wringer on a regular basis. It hurts so good, y'know? :)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: May 14th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh yeah, i totally y'know. *sigh*
raputathebuta From: raputathebuta Date: May 13th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I want to know is, what's the point of having immortality if you're going to walk around with a patchwork face and have to hide out in the woods all the time? Unless, of course, you can hang out on the internet. Do you suppose the Doc was on LJ?

HAHAHAHAHAHA...oh wait...that's a really creepy thought!

I loved this episode. Billy Drago was AWESOME! I remember Theef...that episode creeped me out too. Poor James Morrison! Now there's someone Kripke should consider for a guest star!

One more episode!!! Two more days!!!

OH BOYS!!! *cries in advance*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
*cries with you* This show owns me. I sit in budget meetings and think about Dean Winchester, and how devastated I'll be if Kripke sends him to hell tomorrow night. *facepalm*
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: May 14th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
"Torture by proxy"? You're a GENIUS. I love how your brain works. And this is just beautiful because it's so true:

Our boys are both smart, seasoned hunters, never easily fooled, but put one of them in true danger, and the other one's common sense just flies out the window, doesn't it?

Boys. ♥

You managed to touch on all the things I felt strongly about. And hee, your Doc Benton recap is so cute! I was pretty much doing the same thing, so I can understand your plight. Ugh, name me one other show that can be so disgusting and disgustingly, heartbreakingly beautiful at the same time. Show, never leave!

And oh God, I don't know what a state we'll be in after next week. What with Kripke promising a hell of a cliffhanger, I'm really scared. I know they'll never let either boy die, but I hate being left in the dark! Let me know what's going to happen NOW! *wibbles*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, thanks! :) I had a similar reaction to your review! It was definitely GMTA on this one!

Ugh, name me one other show that can be so disgusting and disgustingly, heartbreakingly beautiful at the same time.

Word. There are so many shows that are supposed to be great, but I can't watch them because they're too graphic (CSI, The Sopranos, etc.). But for Supernatural, I'll brave through anything, and it's so totally worth it.

I know they'll never let either boy die, but I hate being left in the dark!

That's just it. With Kripke in charge, I can't be sure of anything. And that's what scares me!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 15th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I definitely agree that at times Supernatural is evocative of Joss's shows. And the X-Files, too, of course. I love how there's always a little humor in the most horrific moments, and a little horror in the funniest moments. And after three years, the show still surprises me all the time.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 15th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: seasons 1 & 2

Hi! *waves* Thanks so much for reading, and for commenting. I'm glad you're enjoying my reviews! Sorry, I just started writing them this season. I only joined LJ back in August.

You've probably already heard the big news from Ausiello that AM has evidently signed a contract for all episodes to be produced in S8! Yay!! \o/ I didn't realize how worried I was about the show losing her until I felt the massive relief at that news. :)

I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings, for both of my shows! And then the endless summer of hiatus, perhaps filled with cliffhanger torment. Uh oh, this could be bad for your fingernails! :D
angieb5 From: angieb5 Date: May 16th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really appreciated that their interviews didn't give them what they needed, it's makes the show more real because they can't always get what they need from people.

"No - no, we're very smart."

lmao
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 16th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that was a nice touch. Believe it or not, sometimes being incredibly pretty just isn't enough. :)
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