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I just have the final two now to go, and I'm done S1. Pretty snazzy. Today's episodes are Provenance and Dead Man's Blood. One of them is interesting, the other one is not.

 

Provenance

Six days in this one...and they are in upstate New York, but I didn't catch the name of the place.

It's the black&white disco motel! Yay!

I like how although Sam is supposed to be the "civilized" brother, he really isn't. He knows stuff about Art History, and he lived in the "normal" world for three years or so, but hand him a wine-list, and he's just as lost as the next blue-collar guy.

It's never good to cry on the first date Sam, good call not talking about Jess.

I love the break-in-and-burn-the-painting music in this episode. The whole sequence is great.

I also love Sam's "OH MY GOD!" when he sees the painting the next day. Haha, it's just hilarious, because usually these boys are so unfazed by everything.

I also like the conversation where Dean tells Sam that he's cranky and that's why Dean is trying to pimp him out. It's good.

EDIT: I just realized that this is the episode in which Jensen makes a mistake and calls Sam Jared. I had to actually go back to catch it, but sure enough, it's extremely clear once you know it's there. When they are discovering the differences in the painting, Dean says "Jared, check it out..." and then shows him how the razor was closed in the original. 

Dean calls the graveyard a "boneyard." That's apt.

Sam: "It's like I'm cursed or something, like death just follows me around." It does Sam, you are putting Death's kids through college.

Sam: "This isn't exactly the first grave we've dug...still think I'm a catch?" - Ah hilarious, I love it when Sam tells jokes.

Sam: "What kind of house doesn't have salt? Low-sodium freaks!" - This is such a Dean line. I love that Sam says it. With my siblings our humour all bleeds together...we all have are own style, but there are always elements in common. Sam might not be the snarky one normally, but it's bound to come out every once in a while.

I like the little noise Dean makes as he turns away from Sam and Sarah at the end, right after saying that he'll go wait in the car...it's cute.

Why are these boys always telling these girls that they'll see them again like they mean it? Seriously, if Sam saw Sarah again NOW, it'd be like meeting a whole new person. Sam has really changed since S1.

Dean says "That's my boy" again! Man, once again, giving more legitimacy to my little fanfic I wrote with him saying that...man, I love Dean.

This episode review is just really a list of things I like, because honestly there's not that much else to say about it. It's a good little filler piece, where we get some Sam-"everyone I love dies"-angst, but other than that, boring.

No DVD extras.

Dead Man's Blood

Oh! The plot thickens! Poor Elkins...must die in order for John to get the Colt. But before we get to that, I should say that like the last episode with their Dad, we spend 3 days with the boys. The curious thing is that when we first see them, they are in Nebraska,  heading EAST. That means that since Provenance (set in upstate NY) they have been West of Nebraska...which means that a fair bit of time must have passed between Provenance and Dead Man's Blood. Instead of continuing east though, they hear about Elkins in the morning at a diner, and head over to neighbouring Colorado (arriving at nightfall) to check out the place.

John always has a falling out with his old hunting friends. It seems he's burned a bridge with every single one of them. It's a habit of his. He did it with Sam too, I suppose...which is what all the arguing in this episode is about. We know that the fight with Elkins was probably over the Colt, though, so it's at least a little less of a mystery than some of the others.

It's true, Sam just wants to know too much. He is an information-whore. There's a quote I love by Nietzsche, that says: "A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything." Sam should really take that advice.

And John criticizes Dean's care of the Impala...OUCH. It's just because he is mad at Sam, and he's taking it out on Dean too...poor Dean.

Sam: "Are you telling me your cool with just falling into line and letting him run the whole show!"
Dean: "If that's what it takes"
I like how we can be left with the question of "if that's what it takes for WHAT?" To finish the job? To keep Dad happy? To keep the family together? It's so open ended.

Sam is so annoying in this episode. I have no idea why Dean would want the family back together if this is what it's like...crazy Dean.

I think the metaphor Sam uses is apt: Sam left, but John was the one that closed the door. Again, the burning of bridges...seems to be a nasty habit of John's.

I like Dean's reaction to John's trunk set-up. The little glance at his own mess of equipment in the Impala...John gave Dean the Impala, disappeared, and turned all orderly-cold-professional-killing-machine on them.

Oh hey, Sam and John are alone together. You know, I had completely forgotten about this conversation! This changes some of the stuff I've thought before, actually. For instance, my annoyance at John for telling Sam to go get him a cup of coffee when they should have had at least one REAL conversation....but nevermind! Here it is! This is Sam's peace-making with his father, even though, it doesn't really solve their problems, since Sam still gives him a hard time and John still doesn't consider the boys as equals.

Favorite lines:
John: "This was never the life I wanted for you"
John: "After your mother passed, all I saw was evil, everywhere" - I think that's the crux of the matter. Sam complains about John treating them like children, but I think the problem is that he never treated them like children...always foot-soldiers in some war. The difference is that children are allowed to question their parents - it's called learning; whereas in the military, questioning your superiors is insubordination.
Sam: "We're not different, not anymore..." - but it's not just your Mum and Jess, Sam. You and John are crazy alike in personality, it's just that neither of you want to admit it because you both find the other one so annoying.

I love how John spent Sam's college fund on ammo. Gotta love the Winchesters.

Dean talks back! Accuses his dad of being reckless. Of course he'll speak up if he thinks his Dad is going to get hurt. It's cool how John is as selfish as Dean when it comes to not seeing his family die. He'd die first, not caring about the pain he leaves behind, in order to avoid having to bury one of his kids. And I mean that it's cool in an interesting way, not in a "what an awesome guy" way...because it's still selfish.

I like how the first time Dean talks back, both Sam and John are a little surprised, but they are already angry enough to mostly just roll with it. But then at the end of the episode when John comes in to talk to them, and even Sam is in "yessir" mode, Dean makes that comment "we saved your ass" and Sam gives him this look - this "Holy crap!" kind of wide-eyed look...and I don't even think it's surprise that Dean's spoken up to John. I think it's actually a "Dude, he's going to kick your ass" look. It's ironically perfect.

Way to go, Dean!

No DVD extras.
 

 

I had completely forgotten about that scene between John and Sam in Dead Man's Blood. This makes me forgive John a little for some of his failings.

Now, the question is...do I wait patiently and save the last two episodes for tomorrow...or do I watch them tonight? Hmm...so tempting...

Date: 2008-12-21 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizzykitty.livejournal.com
Provenance

I also love when Sam shouts "oh my god!" It's so funny. I thought it was common to call graveyards boneyards. It was a cute ep, but yeah, just filler.

Dead Man's Blood

Sam says something like, "You ever notice that dad had a falling out with just about everybody?" in one of the episodes. I actually really understand what that's like. ^^; It's a consequence of seeing the world in a rather stark, black and white way. Either you're with me, or you're useless, no in between. Little wonder that young Dean tried so hard to stay in the useful category.

About Sam's wanting to know, I totally understand that too. It's the researcher in him that never just accepts what he's told, never accepts anything at face value. I think it makes him a sharp hunter, but I can see why it annoys John. I used to have this argument regularly with my hubby. He'd say something, I'd say, how do you know? He'd say, because I know. And I'd say, I don't believe you. And he'd say, of course you don't. And finally one day I had to say look, it's got nothing to do with you or how I feel about you or whether or not I trust/believe you. It's just that I don't believe anything that anyone says until I fact check it myself! He still gets annoyed with me about it from time to time, but at least now he tries to take it a little less personally. John being who he is though, I could see how he'd take that really fucking personal, cuz it just goes back to his with me or not mentality, and questioning his judgment definitely falls in the "not with me" category.

I think it's perverse how much enjoyment Sam seems to get out of John chastising Dean for the car. I started to write a fic based on this dynamic but didn't quite finish it. I think in this instance, "if that's what it takes" means, to finish this job.

Dean's used to those two bickering, and probably it feels like home to him. I think he's happy.

damn you, woman, you're making me rewatch this ep. lol! I just noticed that Jensen is shorter than JDM. No wonder everyone is surprised by how tall he really is when they meet him! He's just surrounded by giants!

To be fair, I'm pretty sure John was always an orderly professional killing machine. Look at that damn journal!

The Winchester interaction is awesome in this ep. I must sit down and rewatch when I finish S2, probably tomorrow. YAY!

Date: 2008-12-21 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I think you hit the nail on the head there with everyone's personality.

I guess boneyard isn't that common a saying in Canada :P

It's funny, because I'm a researcher, but I don't have that same question-fact-check thing that you and Sam have. It's true, I don't tend to believe people until I fact check things myself or their explanation agrees with my own reasoning...but I guess I also learnt not to question people to their face. So, someone will tell me something, and I'll say "Uh huh, ok" even if I think they might have just made up the information on the spot. I don't call them on it unless I know for certain that it is wrong - such as someone saying something I know to be historically inaccurate, or someone saying something ignorant/racist etc. Maybe it comes from my non-confrontational nature...but I tend to just listen, and then fact check in private, and then maybe bring it up to them later if I find out that they were wrong.

But then, I've never been in a situation where I've been taking orders from someone...I probably WOULD question those if I didn't know if the reasoning behind them was sound. Well, that's not true...I take orders from my bestfriend when we are playing strategy games, because I have absolutely no head for strategy, and he does, so in that case, my own reasoning doesn't understand what's going on even if he explains.

But yeah...back to your points: I think you really have John pegged. You are way better at explaining John to me than I am at figuring him out myself! So thanks! I would just be walking around horribly confused by the man, if not for you.

I think Sam just likes his Dad criticizing Dean about the car, because Sam has a hang-up about Dean being the perfect son.

True about Dean being at home with the bickering. I know some families where all they do is bicker, and they don't even bat an eyelash at it...that's just how their family is. My family NEVER bickers, so to us it's a completely uncomfortable thing to be around.

It's funny how much our own personalities affect how we interpret other people...there's a name for that, but it's 1am, so I'm not going to remember it anytime soon.

Thanks for the insight!

Date: 2008-12-22 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizzykitty.livejournal.com
Well, I guess I wouldn't be super confrontational with people I didn't know, but towards my own family, yeah. They'd get the unblunted business end of my skepticism. I was thinking about this conversation when I watched S02E20 tonight and I think I came up with a pretty good explanation for Sam's questioning ways. :)

Naw, I don't think you'd be horribly confused. I love your fics, and I think you write them all very believably! But as for why I'm so attuned to John, I think in similar circumstances, I could become John. I also feel I share personality traits with Sam. That's why I contend that the two of them are much more alike than they realize or care to admit. It's funny but I find it hardest to get into Dean's head.

My hubby's family is like that, bickers all the time. Used to make me really uncomfortable. Now I just tune it out!

Definitely! I don't know the name either...hehe.

Date: 2008-12-22 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I just read your take on Sam, and it made a ton of sense!

It's funny, because I find it easiest to get into Dean's head. Except for the difference in our devotion to our fathers, Dean and I are actually pretty damn similar - we both have a younger sibling that we pretty much raised, we are both the devoted-defender-types when it comes to people we love, and we both have similar inexplicable insecurities.

As for the bickering, I can't really explain it. Out of a family of five, only one of my sisters every bickers...she's the odd one out. The rest of us have conflict sure, but we have sort of silent conflicts that are resolved equally as silently...sort of, action not words, if you know what I mean.

Date: 2008-12-22 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizzykitty.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot!

Aww, you're like Dean! That's so sweet. My hubby is that sort of personality. I'm loyal, but in the "I'll kill anyone who hurts you" or the "I'll avenge your death" sort of way, as opposed to the "I'll take care of you" way. Hee!

That's a big family! Hubby's family has 5 siblings and when they all get bickering at each other, it's pandemonium. Me and the other significant others (the two husbands) just sit there and over the years, we've learned to consider it a spectator sport. lol!

Date: 2008-12-22 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Thinking further on it, I realized that actually when I'm not around, my little sister and my mother actually WOULD get into more fights. They are constantly misunderstanding each other. The difference is that my little sister knows that I really don't like being around them when they are fighting, so she purposefully tries not to get into it with Mum if I'm around. So yeah, I'm even more like Dean than I thought, only my "Sammy" is a little more considerate :P

I couldn't imagine 5 siblings bickering at each other! It was hard enough for me to adjust to the one bickering sister, and I grew up with her. :-P

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