12×01; keep calm & carry on

i will not be doing anything in the way of formal reviewing this season. (case in point: i am too lazy for capitalisation right now. sorry.) however: i will be posting Thoughts, which will pretty much amount to reviews anyway, & discussion is cherished. so, in no particular order- and, obviously, w/ copious spoilers-

-sam’s long ridiculous vulnerable dirty toes.

-the Look of the ep, the Grain of it, that sun-shadowed sepia gloom.

-that moment w/ dean & mary leaning over the impala, & mary’s gorgeous grin, & dean’s whispered ‘boo’. WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?

-also: that beautiful pan over the deep soft darkness of the impala’s interior, the Mystery, the Romance of it, the History & Suggestion.

-the Look on dean’s face when he saw mary. emotional continuity, folks!

-that first scene was so sad, so lovely. note-perfect. something in dean breaking open, healing, breaking open, healing.

-you bet that fucking nightgown was Salted & Burned.

-my only reaction to Demon Minions un & deux: kill it w/ fire.

-ditto crowley.

-i liked cas in this ep! & i liked the return of the Sex Hair. a big improvement. finally, he has Purpose, he’s Doing Somethin.

-the funny signpost. americana, y’all.

-the moments of Quiet, the ma, the places where everything is allowed to slow, to process, to settle. the sheer weight of what mary has to absorb, dealt w/ quietly & elegantly.

-‘then i burned.’ shivers.

-the Mystery Serum & the sequence where sam is tormented by visions; the way they turned to shining dust when he tried to touch them, a beautiful & poignant effect. aedh wishes for the cloths of heaven-style.

-gosh, sam was Ferocious here. reminded me of ‘i know what you did last summer’. hurling himself, all his Mass, against the door like a wild animal. his total recklessness, resisting for the hell of it, parading what lucifer did to him: he doesn’t care.

-conversely- sam trying not to cry, right at the end, trying not to Care, failing, feeling lonely, feeling small, feeling cold. lady bevell or whatever her name is watching his jaw trembling on the monitors.

-‘screw you.’ ‘screw you.’ ‘screw you.’

-nasty visceral fight scenes; bruised knuckles, unclean hands, cas spitting blood.

-the montage. black sabbath!! perfect!

-spn taking the piss out of Trump is so wonderful i almost can’t bear it.

-how beautifully underwritten it was. dabb knows what he’s about.

-ms. watt. i mean, HELLO.

-dean seemed so calm, so Together for stretches here. except when doing his Protective Rage thing. great character stuff.

-i can’t hate toni bevell & that is a surprise to me. i’ll admit, i expected her to be a Type: cold, psychopathic, etc etc. instead, flickers of unsettlement, disturbance, discomfort. ambiguities. details not hammered in- her kids, for instance- but left to sit there. the way she watched sam on the monitors.

-impala shots! <33

aaaand that’s all i can think of for now. but i Loved it. & discussion is completely welcome.

i can’t promise anything in the way of regularity/linearity for these posts; i’m run off my feet at the moment. (applied for uni earlier. yep.) but i’ll do what i can. waiting on y’all.

 

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10 thoughts on “12×01; keep calm & carry on

  1. Good luck with your university application.

    I do not understand the continued presence of bureaucratic demons and angels.

    But leaving that aside, I also liked the quiet of the ending and the time spent letting Mary be disoriented.

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  2. As for Dean and Mary looking into the backseat of the Impala–that was Mary remembering getting it on in the backseat, and then Dean realizing Mary had gotten it on in the backseat, and then remembering that he and Sam had *both* gotten it on in the backseat, and then kind of quietly freaking out that the whole family had banged in essentially the same bed. I thought it was adorable.

    AHHH! I missed the Trumping! Damn it.

    Also, I was fully prepared to not like Mary’s return. In the past few seasons, SPN has not excelled at subtlety, and I had completely forgotten that we had a new showrunner, so I was not looking forward to a ham-handed shoving of Mary into the dynamic. But they did it *so* delicately. As you said, it was very underwritten.

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    • yes- haha- great moment. what i meant was: this is so insane. like- have we EVER seen that look on dean’s face before? great great moment.

      the trumping! that would be lady bevel’s ‘we want to make. america. safe.’ i really enjoy the fact that spn obviously has it IN for trump.

      don’t agree at all re; subtlety of the past few seasons, but yeah, this was very delicately done. you can tell they were careful to brush up on their facts.

      now let’s just hope bucklemming get their act together….

      thanks for joining in!

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    • “Also, I was fully prepared to not like Mary’s return. In the past few seasons, SPN has not excelled at subtlety, and I had completely forgotten that we had a new showrunner, so I was not looking forward to a ham-handed shoving of Mary into the dynamic. But they did it *so* delicately. As you said, it was very underwritten.”
      I was dreading it! I loved how they did it though. The spn writers have surprised me again! 🙂

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