hells_half_acre: (Young Dean)
2018-07-17 01:53 pm

One Scene Each Season: S9 - Dean leaves Sonny's

And now we return to our regularly scheduled program of Winchester's ripping our hears out....

My choice for S9 is probably not that big of a surprise, given that I love pre-series/wee-chester stuff.

S9 - John shows up to collect 16 year-old Dean from Sonny's

Why I chose this scene:

Surprisingly enough, I think this was backstory that I really needed on Dean - to me, it explains just WHY Dean was so devastated by Sam leaving for Stanford. It also humanizes Dean to me, in a weird way... in that we see that Dean also had a chance to escape, like Sam did, and clearly WANTED to take it, but in the end chose not to... and chose not to not for the reason of "hunting is awesome and Dad knows best!" which is a lot of how Dean came across in the early seasons (when we were seeing him mostly from Sam's pov.) This complicates that. This chose that even before S3's revelations of Dean's resentments towards his father - Dean KNEW about them and struggled with them. I don't know if I'm articulating this correctly, so apologies if now - but to me, this really enriches an already rich character, in that it takes his internal character struggles back even further, which in turn makes them even more impactful to me. It also makes Dean's comment in Scarecrow about being PROUD of Sam for leaving, for being who he is, stand out all the more... because YES, Dean resents Sam for it, because Sam was the reason that Dean didn't leave, but Dean is also PROUD of Sam, because Sam did something Dean ultimately wished he could have done, but felt he could not. (Just, without even arguing which decision was the right decision - I don't think Dean leaving would have made him a bad person. It's that thing about affixing your own oxygen mask before helping someone else, in my opinion. Dean's tendency towards martyrdom is a debate all on its own though.)

But, this scene tells me why Sam leaving was so devastating to Dean - because Dean stayed BECAUSE of Sam. (Regardless of whether Sonny would have been successful with the petition) Dean gave up his shot at freedom and a second chance at life, because he didn't want to leave Sam behind. Of course, by nature and circumstance, it's impossible for Sam to return this gesture of devotion - because a)Sam didn't get his chance until Stanford, and b)Dean is his older brother, who was always firm in his decisions, who - more importantly - got ALONG with their father, and who didn't seem to need protecting. So, we really only see Sam return this same level of devotion when he has to save Dean from death (and we shall not speak of S8, which was a writing travesty).  I also think that it's unfair for anyone (possibly Dean) to consider Sam ungrateful for Dean's decision, because a)Sam never asked him to make it, and b)I think Sam WAS grateful that he had Dean, but Sam didn't realize that Dean needed him when they were traveling with their dad just as much as Sam needed Dean. We see a similar thing happen with Dean at the end of S2, when it's only when Sam bluntly ASKS him "what do you think my job is?" that Dean realizes that, at least n the absence of their father, Sam considers it his job to protect Dean as well.

ANYWAY, this is all a really long winded way to say that I love the character exploration that occurs in this mostly silent scene. I think the actor, whose name I momentarily forget, did an amazing job with Dean as well. I know some people disagree, but I think definitely acting-wise, he's the best young!Dean we've had. Just the way he plays this highly emotional scene, is so reminiscent of scenes we've seen Jensen do...like Heaven and Hell, and just that..."I want to cry, but I'm not going to cry, but I'm crying, but I just won't mention it and no one else mention it either please" and yeah.

The final thing I love about this scene is the ways you can read it. Like, the fact that we see everything from Dean's POV, so - is Sam seemingly acting too young for his age? Well, I think that's frankly how Dean sees him. I know, originally, they were going to play this episode as Dean being 14 and Sam being 10, and then they aged Dean up to 16, making Sam supposedly 12. But I love that we can also use this kind of clumsy script change as an amazing work of unreliable-narrator... because I remember when my little sister was a young teen (we're six years apart), and whenever she wasn't directly infront of me, I would still remember her as a child. And, while it's not related to this scene in particular, I love how we can contrast Dean in this episode (at 16) to Dean in After School Special (at 18) and the VAST DIFFERENCE, and then realize that After School Special was told from Sam's POV, and of course Dean would be this adult-looking Lothario of a guy. But that's all off topic.

I also love Sonny in this scene, because he's a good dude, and he's the kind of person that Dean needed more of in his life.

ETA: Oh man, I also forgot that this is the SAME YEAR that Dean "embraced the life" according to what he told Gordon in S2 - which to me makes perfect sense. Because if you make a decision to be trapped somewhere, you're going to change the story to be one where you PREFER to be there, rather than a story where you wish you could have left. You rationalize it to be something you want, so that you don't have to admit to being miserable. We do it all the time. So, this scene just completely fills out that story too. It could have very well been the hunt directly after this... Sam waiting in the car, Dean and John killing a werewolf, and Dean is like "yeah, what other kids get to kill werewolves, really, I should find this awesome, and ignore the fact that we live out of abandoned shacks and cheap motels, and I've been practically a single-parent to my little brother since I was at most 8 years old."

There's probably much more I want to say about this, but it's nearly dinner time and I'm getting hungry and it's hard to think. So, discuss with me more in comments if you feel the urge!

hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2015-10-09 09:57 am

Fic: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 3 of 3, Chapter 3/7)

Title: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 3 of 3, Chapter 3/7)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: T
Genre: Gen
Word Count: TBD
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 9x14.
AN: A demented'verse timestamp.

Summary: Teddy travels to the US for a vacation and ends up in Kansas with an angry Dean and a desperate Sam. Harry, of course, can't let his godson have all the fun.

Part 1 - Purgatory - LJ/AO3

Part 2 - Prophets - LJ/AO3

Part 3 - Potions - Chapters  1 - LJ/AO3 | 2 - LJ/AO3

Chapter 3
or read on AO3

There was also an old, boxy Cadillac parked outside with an angel on the hood. )

hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2015-10-01 06:52 pm

Fic: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 3 - Chapter 2)

Title: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 3 of 3, Chapter 2/7)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: T
Genre: Gen
Word Count: TBD
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 9x14.
AN: A demented'verse timestamp.

Summary: Teddy travels to the US for a vacation and ends up in Kansas with an angry Dean and a desperate Sam. Harry, of course, can't let his godson have all the fun.

Part 1 - Purgatory - LJ/AO3

Part 2 - Prophets - LJ/AO3

Part 3 - Potions - Chapter 1 - LJ/AO3

Chapter 2

Sam made his way up to Teddy and Nate’s rooms the next morning. )

hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2015-09-27 06:00 pm

Fic: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 3, Chapter 1)

Title: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 3 of 3, Chapter 1/7)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: T
Genre: Gen
Word Count: TBD
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 9x14.
AN: A demented'verse timestamp.

AN2: Sorry for the wait! I'll probably stick with Thursday updates going forward, but I wanted to get the first chapter up before the end of September, so here you go!  Please note that Part 3 will have both canon-divergence AND mythology-divergence (I'll explain more when it comes up).

Summary: Teddy travels to the US for a vacation and ends up in Kansas with an angry Dean and a desperate Sam. Harry, of course, can't let his godson have all the fun.

Part 1 - Purgatory - LJ/AO3

Part 2 - Prophets - LJ/AO3

Part 3 - Potions

Chapter 1

He spotted the big black car in amongst the modern models. It was like a vague memory suddenly springing to life... )

hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
2015-06-25 11:23 pm

Fic: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 2 of 3, Chapter 8/8) (SPN/Harry Potter)

Title: Purgatory, Prophets, and Potions (Part 2 of 3, Chapter 6/8)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hells_half_acre
Fandoms: Harry Potter, Supernatural
Rating: T
Genre: Gen
Word Count: Part 1 total: 18,990, Part 2 total: 30,253.
Warnings: Spoilers for all Harry Potter books, spoilers for Supernatural until 9x14.
AN: A demented'verse timestamp.

Summary: Kevin discovers a mirror in the Bunker and is introduced to a secret world.

Part 1 - Purgatory - LJ/AO3

Part 2 - Prophets - Chapter 1 - LJ/AO3 | 2 - LJ/AO3 | 3 - LJ/AO3 | 4 - LJ/AO3 | 5 - LJ/AO3 | 6 - LJ/AO3) | 7 - LJ/AO3

Chapter 8
(or read on AO3)

If there was one thing he had learned since moving in with Teddy and Nate, it was that Teddy knew how to brew a cup of tea for every occasion. )

END of Part 2

A/N: I hope you guys liked Part 2!! Part 3 is going to be a little delayed, because I'm currently working two jobs, so writing time is scarce. I promise that it WILL get done though and it will be epic! I will start posting it in September at the latest, but hopefully well before that.
hells_half_acre: (Trust the Trenchcoat)
2015-04-18 12:04 pm
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Clothing Catalogue updated for Season 9!

You can check it out by clicking the Season 9 entry on the If Clothes Could Talk Master Post.

After I post this I'll put the link on the SuperWiki too.

Now, let's go to the fun bit - Charts and Graphs!

Charts and Graphs behind the cut :) )

And there you have it! Make of it what you will. :)
hells_half_acre: (Then and Now)
2014-05-25 07:27 pm
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Season 9 Timeline is up!

Timeline is done! Stairway to Heaven (9x22) actually gave me a date! Yay! Thanks to that date, I could put specific dates on the last three episodes (arguably, the last four episodes)... and they actually bucked tradition and set the finale in June rather than May! Weird! Hopefully they don't mess it all up when they come back in S10. :P

I've only updated my LJ with the new timeline for now. The Supernatural Wiki is being really finicky at the moment, so I'll have to wait for a day when it's running smoothly to start updating the timeline there.

I've also updated the pre-series timeline with the newest Winchester-related information that we got in Season 9.


Season 9 (I put it in with S8, hopefully that's not too annoying.)


Ta da!
hells_half_acre: (Crying Dean)
2014-05-21 12:11 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x23 Do You Believe in Miracles?

Oh man... okay...

So, standard disclaimer - have watched episode once, while drinking, about an hour ago. Moreover, because the Chicago CW station pre-empted the show, I had to watch it on the Canadian station, which cuts for commercial in different places and sometimes shaves crucial seconds off the show. So, yeah, hopefully I actually saw everything... but still, all quotes will be wrong and I'll remember things out of order. Don't correct me unless it's absolutely crucial to the plot or characters.

Let's just... launch into this.... there's a lot to talk about...

I will swing free until they cut me down... )

So, I am suitably intrigued!

It's going to be a long 5 months!

As usual, let me know what you thought in comments... but remember, if you are too negative-nelly, then you have to counter with positive points too!

(I'm a little bit behind in my timelining, but you can probably expect me to post the S9 timeline both here and on the SuperWiki at some point next week. Fair warning though, that they gave me pretty much nothing to work with this year, so the timeline is mostly just how many days long each episode was and where everyone traveled to and not so much full of actual dates.)
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
2014-05-13 11:55 pm
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Quick Reaction: 9x22 Stairway to Heaven

Hello my friends!

So, this week it's back to the old routine - only, once again, I didn't have any alcohol, because I'm just getting over a bad cold and I didn't think my body would appreciate getting tipsy right now. It has enough trouble just maintaining itself when sober. That being said, just because I haven't been drinking doesn't mean I'm going to remember the episode perfectly - so, quotes and order of events aren't going to be correct. I've only seen the episode once about an hour or so ago.

Now... to the episode....

Sadness is waiting to happen... )

Alright, so, let me know what you thought in comments and whatnot! You know, the usual!
hells_half_acre: (Scary!Dean)
2014-05-06 08:37 pm
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Quick Reaction: 9x21 King of the Damned

I don't even know what my emotions are doing...

This week, the TV schedule was all messed up in my area of the world, and the show isn't airing until 10:30pm. So, instead of going to my friends place and drinking and watching the show - I stayed home and tried to watch it on livestream on the east-coast feed.

This means that A)I'm not drunk for once, B)This post is appearing WAY earlier in the day than usual, and C)I missed five minutes of the show because the livestream cut out partway through. I was able to piece together approximately what happened in those five minutes.. but I'll still completely own up to it when I get to that part of my reaction. D) You still get song lyrics for the cut, because I listened to my iPod while I typed the first half of this reaction post.

Now to the episode!

I thought you drowned. I followed you down... )

So, let me know your thoughts and whatnot in comments...  standard rules apply.
hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2014-04-30 12:04 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x20 Bloodlines

Okay! So, I'm not as think as you drunk I am...

This was definitely ANOTHER SHOW. It was another show's episode with Sam and Dean as guest stars. So , this quick reaction is going to be slightly different from my regular Supernatural quick reactions. There are a couple of things that you have to pay attention to before you read or comment and I will BOLD THEM so that you pay attention to them, okay? Okay.

1. I am drunker than usual. I apparently didn't have very much to eat today and also arrived at my friend's place already thirsty... and even though I tried to chug a glass of water first, I think I ended up chugging my wine too.

2. I am not going to do a synopsis like I usually try to do. Partially due to point #1, but also partially due to the fact that with all the new characters introduced, I can't remember names very well so... yeah...

3. Listen, I know there's going to be a lot of hate about this episode, because people want the spin-off to actually be connected to Sam and Dean's world or whathaveyou or other reasons. BUT, this doesn't change the fact that I REALLY don't like negativity. So. COMMENTING RULE: For every negative thing you say, you have to also say something nice. Try it! It's a fun game to play in all aspects of your life.

Okay, let's actually discuss the episode....

...bit by a dog with a rabid tooth... )

Okay, so REMEMBER THE COMMENTING RULE: For every negative thing, you have to say something good! If you can't think of anything good, then you are not allowed to say the negative thing!

Also, does anyone know what the hell is going on with the airing times next week?! Apparently the Chicago station isn't airing it until 12:30am?!?! And we tried to look up what time it aired on the Canadian station, but apparently it's not airing until WEDNESDAY in Canada?!?! Guys, I don't think I can stay off the internet that long... so what I'm wondering is if it's airing ANYWHERE in the states at the proper time, because maybe that will mean that I can still get a download of it somewhere - or find a livestream or something?! Any help would be appreciated, especially as it looks like we're finally getting back to some major plot!!

Okay, I think that's it for me... I hope no one is super disappointed by my lack of synopsis this week. Or hey, maybe some of you preferred it? I never know if sometimes I do too much synopsis and too little commentary, so maybe this week is a little experiment in trying something different, where I just do comments and no synopsis at all. Let me know what you think about that too, I guess?
hells_half_acre: (Peace Out Bitches)
2014-04-23 12:11 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x19 Alex Annie Alexis Ann


Okay, let's just dive right in....

even babies raised by wolves know exactly when they've been used... )

As per usual, let me know your thoughts in comments, or if there was anything you desperately wanted me to talk about, or thought that I WOULD talk about, but I seem to have completely forgotten about or neglected to mention...
hells_half_acre: (...shit)
2014-04-16 12:15 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x18 Meta Fiction

We're back! Did you miss me? Or the show? Just me? Awww, you're the sweetest.

Okay, standard disclaimer: I'm not as think as you drunk I am. No quotes are meant to be accurate, events may be talked about out of order. I've only seen the episode once while drinking... blah blah blah.

Now, to the episode...

Have mercy on my hard luck- Mercy on my hard luck soul... )

Conclusion: Awesome episode and WAY too much to talk about. As usual, let me know in comments what you thought and what you desperately need to talk about....
hells_half_acre: (Sam's a badass)
2014-03-25 11:31 pm
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Quick Reaction: 9x17 Mother's Little Helper

Yay! Misha directed episode! Sadly, I know nothing about directing or noticing cool things...

Standard disclaimer: Only seen episode once while drinking. All quotes are approximated. Things will be out of order. Nothing needs to be corrected unless I ask for information or I get a major plot point wrong.


Let me fall through your cracks again... )

All in all, a good episode!

Next week looks pretty damn epic. I must say.

As usual, let me know what you want to talk about in comments!! :)
hells_half_acre: (Crowley)
2014-03-19 12:22 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x16 Blade Runners

Alright! Standard disclaimer: I have only watched the episode once, while drinking, quotes and sequences of events will inevitably be wrong because of this. Corrections are only necessary if I get a major plot point wrong or I ask for them.

This episode was directed by the lovely Serge, and looked like it was filmed mostly in flooded Boundary Bay DoD land.

So let's talk about it!

And the feeling is that there's something wrong... )

So, thoughts? Let me know in comments!
hells_half_acre: (Then and Now)
2014-03-04 11:02 pm
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Quick Reaction: 9x15 Thinman

Early quick reaction tonight, because my friends went out and so I broke into their house and watched their PVRed east-coast feed at 7pm... but there was no one to talk to about the episode after, so I just left, did my grocery shopping, and came home. This also means that I'm considerably less drunk than usual too... will that help me better remember the episode?! PROBABLY NOT!

So, standard disclaimer still applies - I have only seen the episode once, while drinking, and quotes and maybe some sequences of events are going to be slightly off in this quick reaction. Please don't correct anything unless I'm WAY off to the point where it affects a major plot or character point.

I'll tell you another thing before the cut too... choosing a song from my iPod for the cut-text has never been easier, given the state of everyone's relationships...

But when you told me, you don't want my loving anymore; that's when it hurt me... )

Next episode isn't until the 18th, right?

As usual, let me know in comments what I missed or what you desperately need to talk about! :)
hells_half_acre: (Darkness Defines)
2014-02-26 12:00 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x14 Captives

Hi everybody! So, sorry I haven't been around last week - I got caught up in people visiting and also I was super busy with work, plus I have a slight medical issue that caused me to be really lethargic (it's now in the process of being corrected, so no worries)... anyway, Supernatural is back! Yay!

So, let's get to the episode...

You'll look to the heavens above and taste their deceit... )

I'm absolutely exhausted right now, so sorry if the last bit of this review seemed a little rushed. If there's points and nuances that you really want to talk about that I neglected to touch on, please bring them up in comments! :)
hells_half_acre: (Don't Litter)
2014-02-05 12:27 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x13 The Purge

Aptly named episode tonight for so many reasons...

No wine tonight, but that doesn't mean my memory is going to be any better - so yeah, keep in mind this is only after watching the episode once, about an hour ago and then walking home in the cold cold night. So, quotes will not be exact and I might get some events out of order...

My biggest fear will be the rescue of me... )

As usual, let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!
hells_half_acre: (Sam's a badass)
2014-01-29 12:17 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x12 Sharp Teeth

Preamble? Uh... on the way home I left my $30 umbrella at the grocery store and someone stole it. :( So, don't be mean to me, because I am down $30 and doomed to get wet while trying to replace it. ALSO, I write these episodes up after only seeing the episode once, hour(s) ago, while drinking...so quotes are not going to be exact and events may be out of order, and I am already aware of these things.

To the episode...

Do you think I bow out, 'cause I think you're right or 'cause I don't want to fight? )

Anyway... next week looks AWESOME for purely aesthetic reasons and I don't even care how shallow that makes me.

As usual, let me know in comments what you thought! If you think you can explain the parts that confused me, let me know!

The alternative lyric from the same song for the cut text was:
"We lay down seething, smell our pillows burn
And drift off to the place where you'd think we'd learn"

It was a hard decision between the two options. I really like the Hip. Gord Downie is a good poet, IMHO.
hells_half_acre: (Crowley)
2014-01-22 12:00 am
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Quick Reaction: 9x11 First Born


I had a bit of a mixed reaction to this episode, but over all liked (of course).

Let's just jump right into it!

cut the kids in half... )

And that's that! Pretty interesting episode. Let me know in comments what I missed that you desperately want to talk about...