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Supernatural: Monster Movie



They really went all-out for this episode, didn't they? Brilliant homage to the monster movies--complete with the gorgeous title sequence and so many iconic moments from the classic horror films, though I completely loved the humor they wove into it. I can't decide if "Dracula" ordering out for pizza and using a coupon, Dracula escaping on his moped or the shifter using dry ice and a prop coffin when he was the Mummy was the funniest bit. (Not counting just about every one of Dean's lines, of course).

And SOMEONE on the SPN writing staff is clearly listening to all of our complaints about women--and having a little fun with us at the same time. So Jamie doesn't object to being called a wench (despite Sam's indication she might), but on the other hand she not only lives but she saves the day. In the end, I am actually more concerned with women being agents on this show than with what Dean calls them (since the text acknowledges he's very crude), so I was happy with this.

Dean really did have some classic lines, though, didn't he? That rehymenation thing made me laugh and laugh. Oh, poor Dean. Sam's not giving you any and your ass hymen grew back? Poor baby. I wonder if Jamie has a strap-on.

Other than the humor in this episode, which I really loved, I did think our monster of the week was an interestingly ambiguous metaphor. On the one hand, he reinforced the fact that what Sam said in last week's episode was true: it's not what you are but what you choose to do that matters. Because Dracula didn't have to choose to fight back by randomly killing people, even though he spent his life getting treated as a monster; as Jamie pointed out, if he wasn't killing people, he might have been a lot less lonely. On the other hand, like Sam he seems to think he can rewrite the script of the monster movie, but as Dean points out, we all know how things turn out in the end. And maybe real life isn't so black-and-white--but an apocalypse seems to be. So very very interesting.

And of course the other fascinating thing is that being brought back from hell has re-energized Dean's desire to save people. We knew of course that he was feeling very worn down the past couple years, but it was good to hear him both articulate that and also articulate that his experience changed him.

I'm beginning to think that us not getting much of Sam's POV is a deliberate choice, since it's happening so much this season, and I wonder what it portends. I was glad to see Sam still knows his brother well enough to know what movie he would live in. (And I've never seen any of the Porky's movies, so I don't know if I'm supposed to be getting some deep symbolic significance there or not. My guess is NOT, but feel free to enlighten me otherwise.)

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serrico
Oct. 17th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
And now, I shall blather all over this comment:
I'm beginning to think that us not getting much of Sam's POV is a deliberate choice, since it's happening so much this season

I agree there seems to have been a deliberate choice made to tell the majority of this season from Dean's POV, but I'm not sure that choice includes an absence of Sam's POV: the two most recent eps in particular seem to have been designed to make Sam's POV very obvious. It's just that Sam hasn't been the character to articulate that POV. (We got a bit of a Sam's-POV-ep with 'Metamorphosis', but even that one was structured more along the lines of Dean's-take-on-Sam's-take, with Dean drawing all the obvious parallels between Sam and the rugaru, and Sam responding defensively to those parallels.) The past two eps haven't been simple stories about *monsters*; they've been stories about the nature of monstrosity, stories in which we're rather explicitly expected to view the monsters as tragic figures, beings who could have been decent people, may have *wanted* to be decent people, but who fell prey to evil forces beyond their control and thus were doomed to act evilly. And how does the show make us see them that way? By showing us the monsters' POV, and making them (at least a little bit) sympathetic: the rugaru became monstrous in defense of his wife and baby; the shifter became monstrous as a defense against persecution and loneliness.

Since the parallels between the rugaru, the shapeshifter and Sam *are* so pronounced, it's obvious that, meta-textually, those two monsters = Sam, and we the audience should consider their POVs more or less one and the same. Which leads me to think that we're not really *not getting* Sam's POV this season, but that we're getting it at one remove--like his story is a biography, whereas Dean's is an autobiography (to use an analogy I'm not entirely sure will hold up in the morning *g*).

And...yeah. I *think* that's what I've been thinking about the Sam Situation this season...
norwich36
Oct. 17th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
Re: And now, I shall blather all over this comment:
Since the parallels between the rugaru, the shapeshifter and Sam *are* so pronounced, it's obvious that, meta-textually, those two monsters = Sam, and we the audience should consider their POVs more or less one and the same. Which leads me to think that we're not really *not getting* Sam's POV this season, but that we're getting it at one remove--like his story is a biography, whereas Dean's is an autobiography (to use an analogy I'm not entirely sure will hold up in the morning *g*).

If that's true, it's a very interesting choice, because in the past monsters have occasionally mirrored Sam, but only partially--and it would suggest that the writers are implying Sam is a monster, albeit a tragic one. And it also doesn't leave us with much hope for Sam.

Still, if this is going to be a season-long thing, I suspect the Sam girls are all going to defect en masse before too long; they're already getting very restive.

rsadelle
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh my God. That was awesome like an awesome thing. I actually got the first ten minutes on my tape, so I got to watch the rehymenated conversation twice. AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Also, how much do I love it that Dean's way of talking about his renewed virginity is to put it in female terms? (Although, realistically, there aren't really male terms for virginity.) I loved how his first woman out of hell is a kickass blond, too. Mommy issues much?

Of course, the moment they zoomed in on Lucy's lipstick print, I knew she was involved. I like it that their shapeshifter is trans enough to pass as a woman and as a man - for significant amounts of time, if we take it that Jamie and Lucy have been friends for a while. (The other two were briefly women, but seemed to spend more time as men - and this one appears to create its own personalities instead of just impersonating a specific person.)

I really liked Dean's conversation with Jamie about how he feels about hunting. Maybe it's because I've been reading too much fan fic, but I never quite got the sense that it was hunting itself that was dragging Dean down before he went to hell - more like what was getting to him was all the tragedy with his family - so it was really interesting to hear him talk about it. Also interesting for him to call it a mission from God (although I was half expecting a Blues Brothers joke). Again, all the speculation is that Castiel is pitting Dean against Sam, and that's a mission Dean might not ultimately be happy with.
norwich36
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I loved how his first woman out of hell is a kickass blond, too. Mommy issues much?

Except apparently this was supposed to air before the timetravel episode, and they switched them around because of the debate? Otherwise I'd totally agree with you--she does look a fair bit like his Mom, too.

Maybe it's because I've been reading too much fan fic, but I never quite got the sense that it was hunting itself that was dragging Dean down before he went to hell - more like what was getting to him was all the tragedy with his family - so it was really interesting to hear him talk about it. Also interesting for him to call it a mission from God (although I was half expecting a Blues Brothers joke).

Yeah, I thought that was interesting too. Like you, I'd assumed it was losing his dad and then the threat to Sam weighing him down, not the hunt itself.

Though I thought the whole "mission from God" line was a Blues Brothers reference.
rsadelle
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
I can't accept supposed-tos as canon! The canon is the actual airing order. Plus, it's much more fun if he comes back from time traveling and then has sex with Jamie.

It sort of echoes the Blues Brothers (The phrasing is a little different - the Blues Brothers always say, "We're on a mission from God," and Dean says, "kind of like a mission from God."), but I thought it was too serious to be what I was expecting. I almost wanted a joke.
rsadelle
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I keep thinking about Dean and his rehymenation. Here's my thought: Dean's mind remembers his previous sexual escapades, but since they've been wiped clean from his body, he considers himself a virgin. In "Born Under a Bad Sign," it was someone else's consciousness but Sam's body that wreaked havoc; does that make Sam a killer in Dean's worldview?
norwich36
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
No, I'm pretty sure he doesn't consider Sam a killer based on what he did in BUABS.

This story has an interesting take on rehymenization that was something I actually considered: Dean got his foreskin back.
http://teand.livejournal.com/160621.html
rsadelle
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
So that makes an interestingly contradictory point of view on the whole mind/body thing.

*snicker* I was thinking about that when we were talking at dinner on Friday, but I thought saying, "Do you think Dean was circumsised? If so, he probably got his foreskin back," would be more likely to alarm the unknown elders at the tables next to us than "rehymenated."
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