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Supernatural 4.01 - Lazarus Rising
Ackles. Padalecki. Kripke. Manners. Four men who own my soul. Four men I will adore until the end of time. I watch this show, but I can't quite believe it's real, because it's just so... perfect. Do these guys know how to kick off a season or what?! From the first rollicking moment the words "The Road So Far" flashed across my television screen, to the last incredible reveal that God Himself needs Dean Winchester's help, I was on the edge of my seat, heart racing, breathless, and completely enthralled. And in every way possible, this episode did not disappoint.

Dean is back!! At first we don't know how, and we don't know why, but we don't care. He's back, and he's whole, and he's not a demon. Huge, collective sigh of relief, right? Dean, baby, I've missed you so! There is something about this boy that arouses every sexual nerve in my body, and at the same time brings every maternal instinct in my heart to life. Sure, I want to jump his bones, but then I want to cuddle him on the couch, feed him the best home cooked meal he's ever had, bring him an ice cold beer, and massage his temples until he falls fast asleep in my arms. *sighs* And keep him safe. Above all else, I want to keep him safe.

This show knows just what a fangirl needs. What do they do first, after showing us that Dean is really okay? Reunite him with his loved ones: first Bobby, then Sammy, and then the Impala. Dean is so happy to see Bobby, so thankful, but Bobby is wary, and takes convincing. But then he's hugging Dean, clutching at him even, and Dean is grabbing just as hard back. Yay! We're all good, when SPLASH, Dean gets a face full of holy water! *giggles* Oh, yes, we are back!

Dean tracks Sammy down by knowing that he would use the name of a Star Wars character as an alias (Sam is such a geek). Bobby is amazed, and Dean growls, "Are you kidding me? What don't I know about that kid?" Oh, Dean. A lot has happened since you've been gone.

Dean and Bobby go to Sam's motel room, and a girl in her underwear opens the door! o_O And then- OMG, did Jared get even BIGGER over the summer? *fans self* Because the boy is ginormous! Where are my ropes and carabiners? I've got a mountain to climb! *thud* Sorry, where was I?

Oh, right, Sam's motel room. The next few moments are simply beautiful, so please indulge me while I go on and on about them. The boys see each other and stop dead in their tracks, drinking in the sight of one another. Dean smiles. Sam gapes. "Hey ya, Sammy," Dean softly says. Sam's mouth starts to form the word Dean, we see the "D" on his lips, but he can't do it. He can't let himself believe it's true, because if it's not, he'll have to live through that loss all over again. As Dean steps into the room, Sam launches himself at him in a fury, knife in hand. Bobby hauls him back (yeah, like that could happen), and tells him this really is Dean. Sam looks at his brother, and his eyes say it all. He wants to believe, but he's afraid. Dean looks back, understands, and gently says, "I know." *sobs* And then, just so we'll all know it's truly him, he cracks a joke.

Sam surrenders to hope, and launches himself again, but with an entirely different intent. The boys grab onto each other like they're never going to let go. Sammy's crying, Dean's crying, Dean hugs Sam even tighter, and now Bobby's eyes are suspiciously bright. We're a family again! And I'm a mess. Oh, boys, I love you so.

After the obligatory gay joke, Sam's girl leaves, and the boys get down to business. Dean learns it wasn't Sam who brought him back, much to Sam's despair. Things are a little rough between the boys, but we write it off to their separation. Everything will be fine. Bobby and the boys set out to see what they can find out from Bobby's psychic friend, and Dean is finally reunited with his baby, the Impala. It's an adorable scene, where Dean lovingly calls the car "sweetheart," is disgusted by the iPod Sam installed in his absence, and is infuriated when said iPod plays folk rock. :) The scene is made even funnier when you realize the offending song is Vision, by Jason Manns, one of Jensen's best friends.

And now is when things start to unravel. At first it's just like old times, Sam and Dean talking in the car as they hurtle down the highway, but later we find out that almost every word out of Sam's mouth is a lie. Uh, oh. The psychic is fun and sexy, inviting the boys to join her in a threesome, and grabbing little Dean playfully under the table. But in the next moment her eyes have been burned right out of her head by the terrible visage of someone or something called Castiel. This is serious. Then Sam sneaks out while Dean is asleep. Castiel visits Dean in the motel room, exploding every mirror and window in a rain of glass. Dean and Bobby decide to confront Castiel, and Dean lies to Sam about it. Sam in turn lies about where he went. Boys, what are you thinking? Stop it right now! Because if you don't, I just know this is going to end badly.

The last eight and a half minutes of this episode leave me stunned, shocked, speechless, and reeling. Sam calmly dispatches a demon straight to hell with nothing more than the power of his mind!! And we see that look again, the one that chills me to the bone, the one that is a combination of grim determination and deadly intent, with maybe just the ghost of a smile. Oh, Sammy, baby, what are you playing with? And Sam's girl from the motel, Chrissy? Is Ruby!! They're working together to develop this power of Sam's. No, no, no, I don't like this.

Sam and Ruby talk, and Sam says he can't tell Dean about his powers. He says it's because Dean will try to stop him (you bet he will, Sammy!), but I'm so afraid it's because he knows it's wrong, he knows it's dangerous, but he likes it, and he's quickly becoming addicted to the power, and the pleasure.

Out in the middle of nowhere, Dean and Bobby set up to summon Castiel. Bobby asks why Dean lied to Sam about it, and Dean says it's because Sam would have tried to stop him. Bobby, can you please knock some sense into these two boneheads? Boys, you're always better when you're together.

Castiel arrives and sends Bobby into unconsciousness with a single touch of his finger. He reveals to Dean that he is an angel!! And shows him his wings!! He's gentle, almost, and yet terrifying. Dude, this is so Old Testament! Oh, and he's hot. Which confuses me no end. And as Castiel starts to explain why he pulled Dean out of hell and put him back among the living, Jensen Ackles quietly breaks my heart. He perfectly communicates the tight rein Dean has on his emotions in this moment, his desperate struggle to conceal any hint of vulnerability. At the same time, those incredible, expressive eyes say it all, betraying the bleak despair in Dean's heart. When Castiel assures him that good things do happen, and Dean bites back, "Not in my experience," I just want to hold him. Finally, Dean bluntly asks Castiel why he did it, and as the music builds, the angel answers, "Because God commanded it. Because we have work for you."

Somebody please tell me that work does not include bringing down Sam Winchester. *is afraid*

I don't want to leave this episode without mentioning at least a few of the little details that make watching Supernatural such a joy. You Shook Me All Night Long, by AC/DC, was the perfect song for the previouslies. While the clips took me on a whirlwind tour of S3, the song revved me up and put me in the mood. Well done, Kripke. Then almost immediately we got two things we rarely see on this show. First, Dean in a single layer, and a short-sleeved tee at that, walking down the road, showing off those impossibly broad shoulders and those adorable bowlegs. And then, a glorious shot of Dean's bare chest (and perky nipples!) as he checks to see if the damage done by the hell hounds has left any marks. It was a nice touch of continuity that we could glimpse the edge of last season's tattoo as Dean pulled his shirt up. And later on, seeing the boys hold hands in the seance was almost as good as watching them hug. :)

Screen caps courtesy of oxoniensis, with my thanks.

There are a few things I'm wondering about. Did everyone else think of Buffy, too, when Dean clawed his way out of that grave? Are Sam and Ruby sleeping together?! If not, why was she hanging out in his room in her underwear, and whose bra was that in Sam's bed? And if so, what the hell?! Have we ever seen Dean smack a girl (even a demon) without her hitting him first before? I think the misogyny theorists are going to have a field day with that one, but I wonder if Kripke wrote it that way with them in mind, just to make a point. And finally, is there any significance to the numbers in this episode? The street address of the gas station was 11768. The license plate of the car Dean borrowed was V6R 1G3. And Bobby's license plate was 607 82E.

Random thoughts: I miss Katie Cassidy. She won me over last season, and it doesn't seem fair to just hand all that hard earned good will to a new actress (no offense to the the new girl). I thought Ruby and Sam were a little too good at pretending when Dean showed up at Sam's door. She didn't even flinch when she first saw Dean, and not one weird look passed between her and Sam. That didn't ring true to me. I loved the way Dean nudged Sam when he spied Pamela's tattoo. It was so immature, and so cute. :) And you know what the best thing about my new HDTV is? Frackles!

So there you have it. The boys are back! As usual, I'm madly in love all over again, and I'm scared out of my wits about what's to come. What does Kripke have in store for us this season? I have no idea. But I'm sure as hell going to stick around and find out. Won't you join me?

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simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: September 21st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You've made me want to rewatch this episode and I don't have time :( It was a good episode although I didn't pay as much attention as I could have. Your review is awesome though and I love your excitement and happiness over this new season.

The whole set-up of Dean with an angel and Sam with a demon is interesting. It might be a little too religious for my tastes, but I want to see where it goes. It seems like a set up for some epic battle between good and evil, but who knows with this show. It keeps you on your toes (or it does if you don't read spoilers).

When I read this, V6R 1G3, my first thought was: that looks like a BC postal code. My brain wasn't quite translating that it was a license plate number.
ellyfanfic From: ellyfanfic Date: September 21st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
"The whole set-up of Dean with an angel and Sam with a demon is interesting. It might be a little too religious for my tastes..."

I think it could be a dangerous way to go. When you write about religion, you run a serious risk of ticking off two groups of people: 1. Religious people. 2. Nonreligious people. Basically... everyone. It can be tricky if you're not super careful.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: September 21st, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's interesting but yes it could be a dangerous way to go. When things get too overtly religious is when the trouble arises. SPN has had muted religious tones, such as holy water being a weapon, but when the idea of "God" comes up it can be dangerous if you're not careful and adhere to whatever the religion's tenets are while not seeming like you're preaching to the audience that isn't of that religion or who are nonreligious.

For me, anything too overtly religious makes me uncomfortable. Religion makes me uncomfortable in general and it has really since I took a class in terrorism. There was a lot of history about religious terrorism in the class and religion is now rather uncomfortable to me. I prefer notions of "good" and "evil" without the notions of "God" and the "Devil" attached.

Edited at 2008-09-21 05:18 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're so right, Elly. It's kind of amazing how skillfully they've skirted the issue up until now. I've read rants online about how the boys shouldn't be using weapons to fight demons at all, but should do nothing more than invoke the name of God. Because that would make for such great television! :) Emotions always run high when the subject of religion is on the table.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm leery of religion as well in my television shows. It makes me nervous, because it's such a personal subject, and I think debate over it could set off fandom wars of epic proportions. But I'm cool with a general theme of "God is good, and he loves Dean Winchester." :) But I'm not entirely convinced that Castiel is telling the truth.

I'm so glad I'm spoiler free for Supernatural after seeing this episode. There were so many OMG moments!

Thanks for your kind comment. I love this show so much, and it never lets me down. I've learned to trust in the Kripke. :)
ellyfanfic From: ellyfanfic Date: September 21st, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a good season opener, for sure. I don't usually like AC/DC, but in this case, it worked. I enjoyed the whole episode.

"Dude, this is so Old Testament! Oh, and he's hot."

Hee! Strangely true. Is he really working for the Boss, do you think, or is he a fallen angel? I haven't been watching the show long enough to formulate a reasonable guess, but it seems to me he could turn out to be either.

Edited at 2008-09-21 04:59 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Before this show I didn't like hard rock much at all, outside of Led Zeppelin, but now I enjoy a lot of the songs just for the association with this show. I love Back In Black and Highway To Hell now. :)

I don't trust what Castiel says for a minute, but I want it to be true just because Dean has suffered enough already, poor baby. OTOH, Kripke loves to torment both Dean and us, so all bets are off.

I love that you're watching this show! Do you think there's a Chlean fic in your future? ;) Check out this icon, by tehzo. The first time I saw it, I was all, *GASP* Sacrilege! :)

whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 21st, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must watch this episode again!!!

I'm so loving where this is going, but I'm scared, too. I foresee angst of epic proportions.

Dean's resurrection did remind me of Buffy, but there's only so many ways you can come back to life.

The thing that struck me as odd was Ruby saying she wouldn't come between the brothers. WTF? But I think she's learned how to manipulate Sam. And, oh, Sammy! Using that brain of yours a little too much and not listening to your heart enough is a bad thing. You know keeping secrets never ends well in Winchesterland, and yet, you continue. (This, of course, begs the question: Will Dean tell Sam and Bobby about meeting an angel and getting a mission from God?)

Ugh! So many thoughts!! I think I'll watch Houses of the Holy and then Lazarus Rising.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've watched it so many times! Eight? Ten?

I didn't mean that I thought Dean's escape was a trite rip-off or anything like that, it just made me remember how painful that season of Buffy was, and it made me scared. It made me wonder if the imagery was purposefully evocative. And have I told you about my conspiracy theory? LOL!

But I think she's learned how to manipulate Sam.

Ooh, good point! I think you're absolutely right. As she herself likes to remind Dean, she is a demon. I like what you say about Sam's heart, too. *sighs* What is it with Sam, anyway? He's always been secretive. Is it about proving he can be independent? Is it about the way he thinks John liked Dean best? Or is it about knowing what he's doing is a very bad idea?

I'm still unspoiled, so I don't know what happens, but I'm worried events will conspire to keep the boys apart, and Dean won't even have the chance to tell Sammy. *frets*

When Castiel said, "I'm an angel of the Lord," I said out loud, but Dean doesn't believe in angels! I want to go back and watch HOTH again, too.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 21st, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
As frustrated as I get when the boys keep secrets, I can understand where it's coming from. It's not like John taught them to be open. And Sam's experienced a lot of conflict with his family when he goes and follows his own path, so who can blame him for wanting to avoid a fight? (Says the girl afraid of conflict.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That makes perfect sense. You're so right that he has always faced resistance from both John and Dean when he wants to do his own thing. But Sammy! Not good!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 21st, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
No good ever comes from it. *shakes head*
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: September 21st, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude! Seriously... damn. And much *thud* in this episode.

The screencaps have distracted me. Did you see I made iconses? ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whimsy told me you made icons, but I wouldn't let myself look at them until I finished my review. I was on restriction, but now I'm free! :) I can't wait to check them out.

This episode was so incredible. This show just owns me.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The scene is made even funnier when you realize the offending song is Vision, by Jason Manns, one of Jensen's best friends.
I didn't realize this, but that's hilarious!

I miss Katie Cassidy. She won me over last season, and it doesn't seem fair to just hand all that hard earned good will to a new actress
I agree. I liked KC if only because she reminded me of Kristen Bell. What was the point of getting rid of her if the actual character is still around? Is she always going to look like that girl or she she going to change bodies all the time?

And then, a glorious shot of Dean's bare chest (and perky nipples!)
Yes! I loved that shot and Dean's comment about his nipples. Please, Please, will someone make an icon that says that? ;-)

I loved the whole threesome comment where Pamela says something like "you're invited too" to Sam and Dean says, "you're so NOT invited!" or something like that. :-)

I liked the episode and I'm curious to see where this is all going.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 21st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have Jason Manns' album, so I recognized the song right away. That was too funny!

The rumor is that they couldn't bring Katie back because of budget cuts, and had to go with a cheaper actress. I think it would have been a stretch anyway, though, because once Lilith left the body Ruby had been using, that person would have died. Even if she hadn't suffered fatal injury before we ever met her, Bobby shot her in Sin City.

Oh, you know that icon is out there somewhere, even as we speak! hee!

That whole sequence between the boys and Pamela was totally cute and funny. That was classic Kripke, to get us all laughing and loving this new character, and then WHAM! Hit us with the devastating horror of what happens to her next. Damn you, Kripke!
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: September 22nd, 2008 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, what an awesome review! You hit on all the high points and even opened my eyes to some things that slipped by me.

Jensen's freckles in HD. *drools*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 22nd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you liked the review.

Some shows I watch one time and that's enough, but Supernatural I watch over and over and over, and each time I find something new to love. These two boys have my respect, my admiration, and my love. *smishes them*
raloria From: raloria Date: September 22nd, 2008 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I read your review yesterday morning as I was getting ready to head to the set. I was rushed, but thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I don't read many episode reviews (don't want them to influence my own) and yours is only the second one I've read for 4x01.

So good to have the boys back on our TVs! Oh, how I've missed them! The hug was wonderful and it gets me more emotional every time I watch it. Needless to say, I loved the episode from beginning to end. It had everything one could want and some things we've been wanting for a long time (Dean in one layer!) and so rarely get.

I suspect this may come down to brother vs. brother in the end. They're certainly opening up the door for some epic Good vs. Evil battle. Will they go that far, or pull a Kripke and twist things around at the last minute and go "fooled you!"? Too early to tell. Either way, I'm along for the ride. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I'm honored you took the time to read my review with your busy schedule! Thanks for reading, and commenting!

I don't think I knew how much I missed the boys until I saw this episode. All summer long I've been enjoying your beautiful caps, and everyone's art, and even rewatching episodes from all three seasons, but nothing compares to watching a new adventure unfold before your eyes, where you don't know what is going to happen next. I had forgotten how these boys touch my heart, and how much I care what happens to them.

The other thing this episode reaffirmed for me, which actually took me by surprise, is how intensely loyal I am to Dean. Jared's acting knocked my socks off in S3, and I started to think that maybe I was going bi-bro, but after this episode there is no comparison again. Dean is my boy. See? It is a brother vs. brother thing! I'm already choosing sides! :)

Whatever happens, I know it will be good. I've learned to trust Kripke and Company.
oceantriana From: oceantriana Date: September 23rd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful review!!! I don't have a lot to add, just that I think everyone involved in this episode knocked it out of the park (except for the new actress playing Ruby. I never thought I'd say that I miss Katie Cassidy.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 24th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Ocean! I think everyone was amazing, too. I love how it seems like every single person connected with this show cares so much about making it as good as possible.
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: September 24th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't have said it better myself. And I'm completely jealous of your HD!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 24th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
As usual, we agree on the awesomeness of this show! :) The HD is pretty freakin' amazing. The combination of the size and the clarity of the picture truly does enhance the experience of watching the show. It makes Bones harder to watch, though. The gore is all too real.
katysam From: katysam Date: September 29th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
*is late to the party*

How good was 4x01! I can't imagine a better start to the season and I love your review of it.

The face full of holy water was so very funny and so very Bobby. *g*

Brother hugging. *g*

Ipod. Bad Sammy! *g* I didn't realise it was Jason Manns. KNowing that from the start would have been hilarious.

I'm still confused over the whole Kristy/Ruby thing. *sigh* Whatever Sammy is up to can't be good especially since he felt the need to lie to Dean about pretty much everything. Actually there is one good thing to come out of it... Jared all dark and broody looking. *g*

Castiel is awesome. I love that they have finally brought in backup for the good guys. And Angels and God is some hefty backup. LOVE LOVE LOVE Castiel's explanation of why he did it. So much potential in those two lines and I cannot wait to see where Kripke and Co. take us this year.

I miss Katie Cassidy too. Not keen on Not!Katie Ruby.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 11th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I'm so sorry, somehow I missed this comment! It really was an amazing episode, wasn't it? It brought me all the way back in, hiatus forgotten, and now I can't wait for each new episode!

I thought it was hilarious that Sammy installed an iPod. Hey, Dean? You can put classic rock on those things, you know! :)

And now (after four episodes) we know what Sammy is up to is no good. And he may mean it when he says he's going to stop, but it can't be that easy. Oh, boys.

I loved Castiel from the start, and I love him even more now. I love his stillness, his growly voice, and his power, leashed within that trenchcoat clad vessel of his. And although it is so very wrong, I find him more hot every time I see him. *is going to hell*

I love this show.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: September 29th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guessed Castiel was an Angel pretty early in the ep but it didn't stop me from loving him coming in with the trench coat and then the black wings. That scene with Dean was my favorite in the episode. When Castiel guessed that Dean didn't think he was worth it I felt tears forming. It was beautiful to think that someone out there does actually care what happens to him.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 11th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack! I missed another one! I'm so sorry! The scene between Dean and Castiel was my favorite, too. The acting was amazing, and the whole thing just put me through the emotional wringer.

I had no clue that Castiel was an angel, so that reveal blew me away. And I love it. I love that Dean has been proved righteous, and good, and worthy, just as we've always known him to be. Thank you, Kripke.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: October 11th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's ok don't worry about it. I'm such a Dean fangirl that for someone to finally tell him that he is worthy like you said was such a gift.
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