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'Supernatural' Season 7, Episode 4 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 17th 2011 11:15AM
['Supernatural' - 'Defending Your Life']

You might say that things got lively in the comment area of of last week's 'Supernatural' review. More than 200 comments have been left on that post, and while I don't expect that many to flow in for 'Defending Your Life,' as always, I welcome your thoughts on this episode and on the state of the show in general.

Obviously I had big problems with 'The Girl Next Door,' and though it wasn't in the jaw-dropping realm, I found 'Defending Your Life' pretty frustrating as well.

Part of me had half-hoped it would make the missteps of 'The Girl Next Door' worth it, or at least less galling, but, all things considered, the execution of 'Defending Your Life's' central premise drained much of its potential away.

One of the biggest problems with 'Defending Your Life' had to do with the conception of Osiris as the villain of the week. So he looks in to people's hearts and sees if they have more than a feather's weight of guilt? If that's the case, then why hasn't every sentient adult on the planet been killed by him? Everybody except sociopaths feels guilt about things they've done in their past. It's just the way of the world, and it's no different for the Winchesters. The outcome of the trial was a foregone conclusion.

I would have loved an episode that questioned why Dean (or Sam, or any hunter, for that matter) has the right to play judge and jury for all supernatural critters and kill them at will. Sure, they're saving lives, but is that justification enough? Probably, but there are a lot of grey areas that surround what they do, not least of which is the question of collateral damage. As I noted last week, I don't think Dean was fully justified in killing Amy; if only Osiris had called Amy's son as a witness and asked him how exactly he was getting the human pituitary glands he needs to survive.

In any event, exploring the morality of what the Winchesters do week and week out could have been interesting, but the question Osiris asked here was, "Does Dean carry more than a feather's-weight of guilt?" Well, we knew the answer to that well before the sentence was rendered in the god's decidedly unimpressive-looking kangaroo court. Despite Sam's spirited defense, the whole affair was a lot less suspenseful than what usually takes place on 'The Good Wife.'

Adding to the sense of anti-climax was the fact that Osiris never explained his reasoning. Why does Dean have to pay with his life? Because Osiris said so, and that's that. But again, where's the suspense in thinking Dean's going to die? There isn't any, because the show would never kill him off. All things considered, I couldn't help but compare 'Defending Your Life' to 'On the Head of a Pin' and find it wanting.

As many of us discussed in comments last week, the themes being thrown around in season 7 feel more than a little threadbare. There are secrets between the brothers, and Dean feels the weight of the world on his shoulders and feels culpability for the way Jo and Sam's lives turned out. Truth be told, I would have perked up a little if one of the other characters had called Dean on his "it's all my fault" routine a little more emphatically. I don't doubt that he feels real pain for what happened to Jo and Sam, but at some point, it's unrealistic and a little narcissistic for him to think that he had such a huge degree of control over their choices. He didn't. At least the episode gave Jo and Sam opportunities to tell Dean that they chose their own paths, but the ideas and topics the episode explored -- well, much of it felt like well-trodden territory.

The best part of the episode was the scene in which Jo visited Dean in the motel room. Jensen Ackles and Alona Tal have always had nice chemistry together, and the pain in Dean's eyes just before she disappeared was positively palpable. Having said that, I have to be honest -- I truly don't see how Dean could blame himself for her death. She chose her occupation as a hunter and she chose how she wanted to die, and while Dean no doubt feels terrible about what went down, I found it difficult to imagine that he thought it was really and truly his fault. And I'm such a fan of Jo that to retroactively take away her agency and go along with the idea that Dean was her puppetmaster felt as though it would do a disservice to one of the show's (increasingly rare) cool female characters.

Aside from the lack of tension in the main story, there was a sloppy element of the episode that I found irritating, if not insulting. Red dirt just showed up at all the crime scenes, because ...why? Because an Egyptian God (who has to hang out in bars to find victims, by the way -- that's how god-like he is), or those who've had dealings with him, conveniently left it lying around. And where does that red dirt lead? To the apple farm that the Winchesters found ...how? I honestly felt that there was a scene missing where the brothers found out why that red dirt could only come from that particular area or farm -- that's how jagged and frankly silly that part of the story felt.

But things are feeling jagged in general this season, I have to say. Whether or not you think Dean was justified in killing Amy in 'The Girl Next Door,' after reading the comments on last week's review, I'd venture to say that a lot of you thought the episode was structured weirdly, at the very least. Amy was presented in a very sympathetic light, and Sam's relationship with her was presented as a sweet respite from his grim life. And, speaking of abruptness, Dean just strolled into her motel room and killed her, delivering a gruff warning to her now-orphaned son on the way out the door. If the episode was supposed to be a culmination of a particular story line about the darkness that has built up inside Dean over six seasons -- and many of you have argued that --- I very much have a problem with how that's being presented this season.

The thing is, when characters have six seasons of backstory, a show can go back and cherrypick whatever it wants in terms of justifications for various actions. But the challenge isn't whether 'Supernatural' can find theoretical justifications for a particular arc or action -- the challenge is to take me inside a character's choices as he makes them. The challenge is to make even choices I disagree with emotionally and morally compelling in each episode. I disagree strongly with every choice Walter White has made on 'Breaking Bad,' but the show is so suspenseful and tautly constructed that I can't look away from what he's done, ever.

'Supernatural' hasn't made Dean's darkness feel similarly compelling. It hasn't made me feel, this season, in these episodes, that what Dean did to Amy was a reflection of what he felt about Sam, about Cas or about anything else he's been through. For both characters, to be honest, what they're going through hasn't felt like a series of natural and organic progressions; events and developments often feel abrupt and not particularly well set up. I want to emphasize the fact that I think the idea of exploring Dean's "just plain heavy" feelings of depression is potentially very interesting. I don't think that potential (with either Dean's sadness or Sam's post-Hell recovery issues) is being realized.

Mary Dominiak (a.k.a. BardicVoice) is a terrific and heartfelt chronicler of 'Supernatural,' but I feel in her writeup of 'The Girl Next Door,' she did a far better job of getting into Dean's headspace than the show itself has done of late. I have to very respectfully disagree with Mary and say that, in my opinion, the show has only gestured at or sloppily shorthanded emotional issues it should be delving into with discipline, creativity and compassion. I'm getting irritated at the way the show keeps putting a bottle in Dean's hand instead of exploring in depth the reasons the bottle is there.

All in all, I guess I was hoping that 'Defending Your Life' would somehow make up for 'The Girl Next Door's' shortcomings but I generally found the villain of the week less than compelling and the episode generally lacking in tension and overall impact. And I find myself wondering if both of these episodes would have been better placed later in the season.

Speaking of 'Defending Your Life,' I am betting many of you are wondering why I'm not delving into Sam's defense of his brother, but that element of the story just served as a reminded that Dean is keeping a secret from his brother. Even as Sam counseled Dean to let go of the guilt that he feels, Dean was probably feeling extra-guilty about what he was hiding from Sam. That secret will inevitably come out, but it's hard not to feel like the arguments that ensue will feel like something we've heard in previous seasons.

As for Sam's declaration that he doesn't feel guilt any more, well, that's great for him, but that felt as though it came out of left field. By the way, what of the fallout of the wall falling? That was supposed to be a big cataclysm, but the fallout appears to be negligible at this point. (As I said to a friend, "The wall fell in Sam's head, and I guess that whole experience was kind of like getting a colonic.") Sam's seeing Lucifer, allegedly, but we saw no evidence of that in this hour. He seemed just fine. And the idea that he's been able to let go of whatever guilt he felt about his past is interesting, but how did that happen? The show itself didn't really walk me through how he'd gotten to that place -- it just wanted me to accept it because the show declared it to be true.

Let me be clear, I don't need 'Supernatural' to hold my hand and over-explain everything, I really don't. But not should it fail to explain or examine important developments in the brothers' emotional and moral development. Whether they feel guilt regarding their past actions, whether they feel cleansed or damaged by their time in Hell (and afterward), whether they think they can change or have in fact changed -- all of those things are fertile grounds to explore. I hope that as season 7 continues, the show finds more compelling ways to explore those ideas.

The past few episodes haven't filled me with confidence on that score, but we'll have to see.

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Nate Newhouse

My first response in Comments. I usually like to read Mo's take, and read everyone else's response and thought, but something has changed in Mo's reviews this Season. Agreed last week's episode really polarized fans--not just hear, but at all of the feedback reviews I read. I am on the other side of Mo's arguments and thoughts on Season 7 so far. I really enjoyed "The Girl Next Door" and had no problem with its structure or pace. I also believe the ending was earned and appropriate for Dean's state of mind. He DOES trust Sam, but knows with the issues he is facing (it's a struggle for him to keep reality and hallucinations separated at this point) Sam is not at 100%. I also really enjoyed "Defending Your Life." Some thoughts on Mo's reviews of the last two episodes:
TGND--I think Mo misses some things in an episode. Here are some of her review comments from TGNG:

"She killed (and she may have only killed bad people, a point could have been made much more forcefully)" OK Mo, so you are ripping Dean for seeing everything Black and White, and the Grey area is gone, after everything they have learned in 6 Seasons prior. So you are OK with a drug dealer being murdered? What if this is a father that has been out of work for years, and this is how he is putting food on the table for his family. Do all drug dealers deserve to die? Pretty Black and White there.

"And if the show casts the extremely sympathetic Jewel Staite as a well-intentioned mother and friend, it had better give a really great reason to kill off her character." Hmmm, let's see. Oh yeah--SHE IS KILLING PEOPLE. She killed the drug dealer. She is the "Ice Pick Killer" that struck again, meaning there have been several people she has killed. It's OK as long as they are bad, right Mo? As long as it's that Black and White. Hey here's another reason to kill her--SHE'S A MONSTER. Not a cute little "critter" as you called her in your review, but a Monster. You know what hunters do to Monsters? They kill them. I can think of two other examples where the boys let a Monster go--Season 2 vamp Lenora, and Dr. Visyak in Season 6. Neither of them had killed anyone. Were there others? The review made it seem like the show has always been about the brothers deciding each week "do we kill this Monster or let it go because they really say they will be good?" Please someone tell me if there were others in this Grey area the boys let go, I honestly don't remember. And how about the werewolf Sam had to kill in Season 2(?), the one he was 'dating'? That time he also did what Dean did--the right thing in a very difficult Hunter's life. I believe Jewel Staite was AWESOME because yes, she was sympathetic, as all good lying monsters are. I believe she liked and had feelings for Sam, but she was lying to him about only taking the brains of the dead in her morge job, so why should we believe anything else she said? She was awesome because I believe she was much more evil than she let on. As a child she was

October 20 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Nate Newhouse

As a child she was good, but as an adult she was a killer.

"Castiel, who hasn't been mourned really at all (and jeebus, what's that about?), is a distant memory." Mo, you're picking. Jo and Ellen were not given a 3 episode arc cry fest when they left. Heck I thought back in episode 2 they did not have Sam mourn Jess enough. Rufus got a nice send off, but nothing over the top. Dean taking Cas's trench coat was enough for me. The thing is, when all of these characters come back (like Jo), we see very clearly how the boys mourn, but it is such a part of the Hunter's life (especially after 6 years), it unfortunately comes along with the territory. I have no doubt we will see how Cas is missed, throughout the rest of the Series. Same as the other characters mentioned. The reaction has been very typical Supernatural.

I really don't want to be this down on the show....
"How did Bobby escape death in the previous episode?" Yes, I am not sure how or why Bobby survived.
"Wasn't it convenient that Sam just happened to find the park where Amy turned up?" We only see when Sam is following her at the park. I assumed he was following her, and we only saw where he was watching her in the park. More picking Mo.

'Dean lied to Sam's face about letting Amy go. I don't see what Sam has done to make Dean treat him this way -- with condescending contempt masquerading as caring." Ouch, harsh. This is the comment when I realized Mo is losing it (even though the whole review was a slam up to this point). Again, Sam is not 100%. Dean has done things his way, behind Sam's back throughout the Series--the brothers have been REALLY solid only the last half year or so, after Sam's soul returned. Sam has done far more behind Dean's back. And by the way, Dean was right--he KILLED a KILLER. If you think Dean has "contempt" or does not care for Sam, I don't know what you've been watching for 6 years.

AS FOR DYL:

"The outcome of the trial was a foregone conclusion." Actually I thought Sam and Dean would find a way to show Dean was "innocent." I would have liked that better, showing that Dean can start to release his guilt, but nope, he was found guilty. Yes, everyone on the planet has guilt, but Osiris is a Monster, and kills. That is a foregone conclusion too. I enjoyed Osiris and thought Faran Tahir portrayed him well.

Overall I again really liked this episode. It shows how really broken Dean is. He is drinking more, he is getting tired, and asks "Can't we have a NORMAL day?!" Mo--what you have been saying since the final last Season, their world right now IS so bleak, the worst ALWAYS seems to happen. Dean is at his breaking point. Even though I still believe him killing Amy was completely justified and what being a Hunter is all about, maybe you can see how this is very much where Dean is at right now? On the flip side, Sam is dealing with the Hell aftermath in an opposite way. I think Mo missed early in the episode, Sam did hear Lucifer's voice call out "Sam..." and Sam looked at and presses his hand, to remind him what was real. Sam has been seeming much clearer and calmer WHILE he is dealing with the wall breaking and Hell memories. Why is it such a shock Mo that Sam has no guilt? This is not so out of the blue. It does not mean he's not having a challenge dealing with his mental state of mind right now. He just does not harbor the GUILT Dean does and always has. And to be clear, Dean has no guilt for killing Amy, he has guilt for hiding it from Sam.
The red dirt--this was presented much the same way "clues" have appears in the Supernatural world MANY times--again Mo you are picking.

October 20 2011 at 1:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sheri

Although I have liked the first four episodes okay, I can't disagree with this review. Of course, anytime I can see this level of acting on TV, particularly the awesome job Ackles does, I'm okay.

The thing that bothers me is that, obviously, we are dealing with personal stories for each brother. I don't know if what we were told is Sam's story (the permanent mental issues) is over now or not, but from the spoilers that are being released on upcoming episodes, these personal stories sound more like soap stories than supernatural stories. The brothers' relationship is like a marriage, Dean has nightmares over number three in a triangle now that the wife is doing okay, big secrets in the closet, one partner blithefully blissful while the other wallows in guilt and booze...

These are all human conditions, not a supernatural storyline, and that's what has me worried. Dean's S6 domestic storyline was miserably boring last season. Is this season's triangle going to be as boring? I don't know, but I'll be glad to get back to the Levias.

I'm not at all cracked up about Dean being an alcoholic. I liked the hard drinking hunters angle. I don't want Sam being a yuppie who jogs and eats health food now, after he was said to be (according to Bobby's narrative) the best hunter on the planet. I don't want a parallel addicted Dean story to Sam's demon blood story, especially since it was shown that drinking demon blood was the answer to saving the world, and unconditionally loviong your brother, which I'm sure alcohol will not be.

I hope as the season progresses, the show stays with the unique premise of two brothers hunting evil and saving people. I want to stay in the landscape of the supernatural world and not venture too deeply into soap territory. The show is walking a thin line in trying to mix the two. Last's year's little experiment didn't work, and I'm not sure that this much 'personal stories' is going to work in the end either.

October 20 2011 at 9:19 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lanf3

The handling of Dean's characterization this season is angering me alot. Talk about the waste of one of the best, iconic characters in TV. "This" is the main story for Dean this year? We're better off with nothing.

The writing and guidance of this season is so lazy and all over the place. It's all tell, no show. Sam & Dean feel two dimensional right now, which astounds me, because they have always seemed such full characters. At least Dean has some flaws and struggle to overcome, they are making Sam into a boring Marty Sue...

My enthusiasm for season 7 is dimming fast. The promises of a return to Sam and Dean on the road, against the world seems like a lie right now. It's same old retreaded lies and angst. Even the causes seem the same.

The scene between Jensen Ackles and Alona Tal made up for the whole mess of an episode. It was extraordinarily moving, the way they played it, so gentle and sad. The one thing that can always be said is the actors always deliver, even when the writers/runner fails them.

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Lou H.

Thank you for saying this! I agree.

The scene between Jensen Ackles and Alona Tal made up for the whole mess of an episode. It was extraordinarily moving, the way they played it, so gentle and sad. The one thing that can always be said is the actors always deliver, even when the writers/runner fails them.

October 21 2011 at 4:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nitewoman

Just finished watching "Defending Your Life" on Space here in Toronto. I really have to watch these episodes again. Since I already know the story I notice things I missed in the first viewing. The subtle nuances are easier to see the second time. The episode made a whole lot more sense. Now I believe Dean started to listen to Sam and maybe start to look at himslef a little differently. Dean accepted his fate maybe more because of that last witness Amy. i think Dean feels guilty about lying to Sam as opposed to killing Amy. Dean's expressions changed when Jo was telling him he put more crap on himself then he deserves. And more importantly the talk between Sam and Dean at the end sounded so much better. I understood much better what Sam was telling Dean about not feeling guilt anymore. He hasn't forgotten what he did just accepts it and therefore he can now move forward. This attitude will be how Sam can help Dean see the good in him. So pretty good episode after all. I have been told many times "guilt is a useless emotion" it doesn't accomplish or help anything

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Dontainique

I agree. I think you're also right that a second viewing will sometimes help clear up points that were initially confusing/upsetting. I know I usually watch each episode at least twice before commenting on it.

October 20 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
flipflops26

This episode disappointed me (unsurprisingly) From the moment I read the synapsis I knew I wasn't going to be all that into it... but the writing made watching it painful. It was bad, and cliched and so not subtle that it was like being hit in the head with a bat. I'll forgive it though because the first two episodes of this season reminded me why I originally fell in love with Sam and Dean but I must say Dean's heavy depression is weighing on me... It's become and almost physical presence...

October 19 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dani

I totally agree with everything you said here. I was really looking forward to this episode and getting to delve into Dean's motivations (and some justification for that seemingly out of left field ending to The Girl Next Door), but the episode just left me feeling more disappointed. After what I felt was a pretty strong set up for the beginning of the season with 7.01 and 7.02, these past few episodes have felt like useless filler by comparison. The one thing that I will give 7.03 is that it at least gave a nod to the Leviathans and other things going on with what is (hopefully) going to be the season-long story arc, but this one didn't even do that aside from a couple of throwaway lines. I enjoy MotW episodes, but only when they also tie into the over all plot and aren't just useless filler. This is something they did really well in the first five seasons. Hopefully they'll remember how to do that again soon.


Another thing that has been really bothering me, too, is the shoving aside of the angel storyline. I understand that it's over and I'm cool with that, as I think there are a lot of interesting directions they can take things now, but it's like they're putting too much effort into proving that it's over, which means not mentioning any of the angels save Lucifer, and him only because he's central to Sam's storyline. Just because a particular storyline is over doesn't mean it never happened, and going to so much effort to not mention it at all (and really, what happened to the demons, too? They've also fallen by the wayside) just makes its absence that much more noticeable. I was fine with Cas not being one of the witnesses this week, but not even having a throwaway mention of him in relation to Dean's guilt seemed like a very odd choice, especially since Jensen himself has discussed how guilt over Cas is weighing on Dean, and writers have mentioned it in interviews about the season as well. Saying it in interviews is all well and good and, like you, I don't want Supernatural to hold my hand through everything, but it would be nice to have some indication in the actual show beyond Bobby and Dean's conversation in 7.02 that that guilt is there, especially if it's supposed to be such a big factor in Dean's behavior this season.

October 19 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nitewoman

I was really excited about the premise of this episode, it could have been so great. Most of the episode was good Dean’s trial started out so well. It was great to see what kind of lawyer Sam could have been had the hunters life not got in the way. Anyone who reads my comments would find like Lily that I love the character of Dean, so this examining his state of mind and the guilt he carries should have been much more revealing than it was. Dean standing on the sidewalk in shadow with a hand reaching out and grabbing him was effective. Reminded me of the scene in the pilot when Sam reached out and grabbed Dean pulling him into the motel room where John had been. I’m one of the fans who loved Jo from the first time we meet her and she punched Dean in the mouth. By the second time we saw her I was hoping a relationship would develop between her and Dean which did happen just not in the direction I liked (but I was also a major fan of Dean and Lisa, what can I say I would love a woman in Dean’s life). Always thought there was great chemistry between Dean and Jo and wished she had lived to become a great hunter and ally for the brothers. Her and Ellen’s death was one of the most painful scenes to watch. The chemistry was still there between Dean and Jo. Like you said Mo the best part of this episode was in the motel room with Dean and Jo. Jensen never ceases to amaze me with his ability to say so much in a simple expression. His hurt and guilt feeling with Jo tore at my heart strings once again. That whole scene was so well done by both opf them. When Jo touched Dean’s face and he just leans into her with all his regret and love in every once of his body was just as heart wrenching as when he did the same when Mary put her hand on his face in What Is and Never Should Be. I never felt that Dean really heard or listened to what Sam and Jo in particular were trying to tell him about his guilt and some many things he took responsibility for were not his fault that he had nothing to do with what happened.
Since Dean had already accepted his death and feeling it was right and just that Jo be his executioner I guess it made sense that Sam rammed the horn into Osiris’s heart therefore saving Dean.
Again I can’t disagree with what you said in this review. It could have been so much better. I didn’t feel that Dean is any closer to realizing how much of a good man and hero he is. Maybe an episode Like “It’s a Wonderful Life” where Dean sees how different people would be if he had never existed, maybe then he might believe it and quit drinking and shoving his feelings down and get off this path of self hatred, self-loathing and self-destruction. I was also bothered by Sam’s stating he doesn’t feel guilt anymore b/c he feels he’s paid his dues. He could have said somewhat the same thing but show Dean is was just as worthy of this as he was. That would really be helping his big brother to cope better than Dean is. Overall I loved seeing Jo again, she was such a

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Dontainique

Hi Nitewoman! I think you make some very valid points, and I agree with you. Part of the reason that Dean is having such a hard time letting go of the guilt is that he won't talk about it. There is something to be said for putting all your cards on the table and just telling the truth not only about what you've done, but about how you feel about what you've done. Dean doesn't talk it out with anyone, so he's just continually reliving his past mistakes (be they real or simply perceived) and beating himself up over them. I don't think he's going to be able to let go of the guilt until he stops holding all that stuff inside. He's said before that he's afraid to delve too deeply into his emotional/psychological state because then he wouldn't be able to function on a daily basis. That's a valid concern, but that approach obviously isn't working too well for him these days. Regarding Sam's statement that he no longer carries around all that guilt; I don't think Dean would've heard anything Sam had to tell him about letting go of his guilt. At least, not yet. I've said this before, but until Dean hits his rock bottom, he's not going to be able to receive anything anyone has to say. Just like back in S4 when Sam wanted Dean to talk about Hell, Dean wasn't ready. He had to get around to it in his own time. It's just like trying to tell an alcoholic they're an alcoholic. You can't. They have to come to that realization for themselves. The only thing Sam can do for Dean at this point, is let Dean know that he's (Sam) there for him whenever he's ready to talk about it and that he loves him no matter what. I really think Sam is going to be Dean's lifeline and his light this season. Sam is the one that is going to pull Dean out of the abyss.

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Spirale Rouge

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I don't want to occupy all the space, but what can I say, the subject inspire me (and it's a good way to improved my English).

So, I wish......

- A true friendship between Sam and Dean like they had in “My Heart Will Go On” (season 6). The writers have already over-exploited the lies and betrayal between the two brothers, now it would be a good time to move forward and show us what a true and solid brotherly friendship can do (especially when their life depend on the trust they have in each other).

- Once and for all : Dean is not dumb !! The efficiency with which he analyzes each new situation proves how clever he is (and it happens most of the time in a hurry, he has to think fast). Dean is a free mind, another proof of his intelligence.
And They have to stop trying to transform Dean into an alcoholic. If the reason for this is to show us that Dean have serious issues, it doesn't work, it only places him in a poor light and makes him look bad.

- I like when Sam is strong and knows what he's doing. I like when he works on a case side by side with his brother. Not seeking to lead, nor seeking to follow, just on the same level.
I may be wrong but I have the feeling that Jared is much more comfortable when he plays a confident and strong Sam than when he have to be a drooling mess (except in "Sam interrupted" where he was hilarious!!).

- Castiel must come back. He's such a great character, everybody loves him.
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Wonderland449

Oh, just thought of something else. They need to bring Castiel back, damn it.

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Wonderland449

I think a lot of the issues, and Im not even gonna touch on the ones specifically mentioned in each episode review, but the overall issues here is...
Season one: The brothers are looking for their dad & killing bad things
Season two: The brothers are hunting Yellow Eyes, the thing that killed their mother/father, while sam tries to resist becoming Azazel's tool.
Season three: trying to save Dean soul from hell
Season four: Stopping the 66 seals from breaking and allowing lucifer to walk the earth
Season five: Fighting their destiny as michael & lucifers vessels, free will
Season six: Umm...sam comes back from hell....sam & dean work w their family they never knew they had bc Samuel is back from the dead....then they all die....and sam has no soul....and then they get sams soul back....and theres Eve...then Eve is dead....and oh look it was Crowly and Cas all along!
Season Seven: Fighting the Leviathan...kind of....

Notice something? Season 1-5 had a very steady, set path for the boys. Find dad. Kill Azazel. Stop Lillith. Stop Lucifer. Then we get to season 6 and its like......ALL over the place. Supernatural plot went from being an omlette to scrambled eggs- its still eggs and its still one big pile together, but its not one solid peice. Its scrambled and confusing and hard to follow. While the thing with Cas (for me) helped save Season 6, I just feel like season 7 is going down that same path of "And we're over here! Now we're over here! Look at that, now we're over here!"...along with what Mo mentioned about just jumping back to character personalities from years ago.

It feels like Season 7 is scrambled just like Season 6 was, but on top of that its pretending that season 4-6 just never happened. Sera mentioned taking the show "back to its roots, when it was just the two brothers on their own, doing their thing"....I didn't realize she meant literally erasing the last three seasons and taking us back to season 3.

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Spirale Rouge

I agree with you. This is a good summary of the situation.

October 18 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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