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SPN: I believe that children are our future

No essay this time, since apparently people don't comment on essays!


Things I loved about this episode, in descending order of awesomeness:

1. It reinforced that Dean has a 9-year-old's sense of humor. Apparently I do too, because I laughed like a hyena at several points in the episode, especially when Dean actually got hairy palms (I may NEVER stop laughing about that), and when he (of course) started eating the ham after electrocuting it.

2. Jesse, who was absolutely the most adorable antichrist EVER. I really hope fic is being written RIGHT THIS SECOND about how Dean and Sam defeat Lucifer and then settle down and raise Jesse. (Yes, it's cruel of me to kill off his parents arbitrarily to get my Winchester schmoop fic and I don't care. TOO MUCH CUTENESS. Like Dean bonding with him over X-men comics. Oh my heart. Though I'm not sure Bobby would have enjoyed becoming Professor Xavier in this scenario.)

3. Castiel got turned into a doll! Damn, do you think Jesse could do this to Zachariah on a more permanent basis? It would even be better if he had consciousness as a doll. And possibly got some of his body parts chewed off by Bobby's dog.

I was actually quite unhappy with Castiel's choices in this episode--it may have been the first time I actively despised him, since at least in the past when he was a dick he thought he was following divine orders--so I was pretty happy Jesse turned him into a doll. I mean, I get Castiel's bitterness; he got killed to stop Sam from making the wrong choice, and Sam made it anyway--but on the other hand, Sam couldn't have made that choice in the first place had he not been set up by the angels, including Castiel, so I thought that Castiel saying he wasn't going to trust someone to make the right choice now--plus his comment that a year ago Sam let his ends justify the means--was unfair and really hypocritical. Not to mention simply wrong, as Sam demonstrated by telling Jesse the truth and persuading him to do the right thing.

4. Sam telling Jesse the truth: I really loved that. It was a terrific scene, and I like the fact that Sam's reaction to his own despair (and bad choices) retains the hope that other people can choose differently, because, YES.

5. Jesse's mom, who (A) survived (wow, SPN writers, a woman you didn't gratuitously kill off! that's almost progress!) and (B) fought off that demon the first time on her own. I kind of hope this time before she leaves, Sam and Dean give her a crash course in the other ways to keep away demons.

6. The way the events in this episode are making Dean re-evaluate his own childhood. I like the way both Sam and Dean identify with Jesse, in different ways--Sam because of their shared "freak" status and the way they've been given powers they don't want and are being courted by demons; and Dean because the kid has been drafted into a war that is not his own, one that he is much to young for but that he can't escape, anyway. Dean has spent so much of the show defending how John raised them both; I think it's probably good for him to see that not all the choices John made were the right ones, and maybe other ways of parenting would be better.

Comments

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mahaliem
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
I like the fact that Sam's reaction to his own despair (and bad choices) retains the hope that other people can choose differently, because, YES.

Sam's faith in others is a lovely thing. And a strong Amen to number 5.
norwich36
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Yes it is. And I love this return to a Sam who has faith in people--it was my favorite thing about him in seasons 1 & 2, and the thing that was really missing when he got so desparate in seasons 3 & 4.
serenography
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Love and agree with all these comments.

The hairy palms made me ROAR with laughter. How awkward that I had to explain to my son what that actually meant??? LOL!
norwich36
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Hee hee! That must have been a fun conversation. (Isn't he in his 20s? I guess that shows those myths are finally dying off).
shopgirl318
Oct. 17th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yes Yes Yes to everything in your episode review. I loved the characterization and this felt like a season 1/2 episode. I loved Sam's facial expression at Dean when he kept eating the ham, so funny and priceless! It was nice to see the brothers getting along after a season in a half of angst/separation. I thought it was unfair of Castiel to say that about Sam, though I understand why he said it and where he was coming from. It was partly the angels fault because they chose to release him from that room at the end of season 4 and this could have been prevented also but they let it happen.

norwich36
Oct. 18th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, Sam's reactions to Dean were fun throughout the whole episode.
mattheal
Oct. 17th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I was actually quite unhappy with Castiel's choices in this episode
yeah, I agree. I was utterly shocked at his accusations, most of which weren't true. I don't think Sam ever sank to a low enough point last year that he would kill a child. Bad Castiel! Also, was his growly voice not as growly in this ep or was it just me?
norwich36
Oct. 18th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Castiel has been non-growly in several episodes this season; I keep trying to figure out if that's a deliberate acting choice by MC or not.

And yeah, Castiel was being more than a little hypocritical in this episode.
slinkling
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I AM ACTUALLY UP-TO-DATE ON SPN! \o/

And I am TOTALLY with you on wanting the Sam-and-Dean-raise-Jesse schmoop!fic. Somebody needs to write that, stat. Though I would ALSO like to see the AU fic in which the whole premise is crossed with the SV universe, and it's Lex and Lucas Luthor who are hunters, and they meet a boy with strange powers (Clark, duh), and must raise him and train him to fight evil. But our hunters were warped in all sorts of ways by their dad, see, so they don't have the healthiest approach to relationships. And there's kinda sorta an incest vibe going on. And we're not really sure that Lucas is on the side of the angels, so to speak. And young Clark is way more powerful than anything they've ever encountered, but he really wants to be good, and Lex bonds with him instantly, but Lucas also feels attached to him, so there's sort of a tug-of-war thing that develops, and and and...
norwich36
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
YAY!! How did that happen? Do you suddenly have live TV?

And if you wrote that SV hunters AU story, I would totally read it (and it's been ages since I read any SV). I actually love the parallels there.
slinkling
Oct. 22nd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I don't have live TV, I have an extremely generous friend who's been bit-torrenting the episodes for me and then FTPing them to my husband's server. Which, when you think about it, is rather absurdly complicated, but it means I get to see each new episode just a couple days after it airs. (D has actually been watching with me, and he's gotten sucked into it too.)

Alas, time constraints being what they are, I don't have enough brain to give to my book, much less a lengthy SV/SPN AU. But boy would I be psyched if somebody else wrote it. (Sigh.)
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