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*points* Did you see the spoiler warning? If you did't see 5.16 and you're a spoiler phobe come no further.

This isn't really a *review* as such, but more of a mini-venting session.

So,I just watched Supernatural 5.16 "The Dark Side of the Moon," an episode I thought I'd hate. I mean, come on Sam just did three EPISODES ago! Then again, I really thought I'd hate 3.11 "Mystery Spot." Goes to show I can be rather a bad judge of what's actually going to be good or not.

Well, as usual, I'm not so sure I'm thrilled about the ambiguous ending. Sammy, you'd damn well better have pulled that amulet out of the trash can. And Cas? I get that you're not entirely human and everything, but frak you for saying it's worthless. It's the symbol of the one thing that just might be able to save the universe.

On the other hand, the writers have finally kind of, sort of, started to actually articulate what's going on with Dean. He's been falling apart for a while (since he went to hell almost two seasons ago) and his foundaton was never very strong to begin with. But this episode finally starts to make sense of what's going on with Dean. (If they'd been a wee bit more articulate earlier this *muzziness* could have been avoided.) See, there was a while there where it really sounded like Dean was begining to actually believe himself and believe *in* himself. And then two episodes ago, at the ending of 5.14 "My Bloody Valentine," Dean is desperate and praying and actually listening to Famine? I didn't quite buy it. We were missing smething. But now it's clear Dean's apparent character development was all window dressing and never really went deeper than the facade he was putting on to try to "cheer up" Bobby.

Dean's strength has always come from how he idealizes family (yes, duh, we all knew that), and that's why he never runs away and why he alway defends everyone he loves. But ever since he lost faith in himself (by torturing souls in Hell, of course; the perfect way to break someone who already thinks they're worthless) and lost faith in Sam (it's rebuilding, but since Sam keeps running away and choosing other people over Dean... and Dean doesn't have faith in himself... there's nothing to solidify it, to restore the confidence Dean had; Sam, rather than being his own man, Dean still views as his responsibility and Sam's downfall, his failure). So, Dean, who's alays believed what he can see with his own eyes. Has all these feelings of despair and hollowness, emptiness, failure, worthlessness, and then he meets Famine who tells Dean he's almost soulless and hollow and worthless, and he's got "objective proof" (in Dean's mind anyway) to back it up--after all, Dean clearly *is* immune, and Famine is telling him it's all because Dean's worthless? Of course Dean's going to listen.

So now after 5.16, we've got absent, doesn't-give-a-shit God; pissed-off, disillusioned Cas (whose human emotions appear to be stuck in the teenage years to boot); and heart-broken, run-down, given-up, self-esteem-lacking Dean. Only Sam (who woulda guessed that) is actually starting to understand the strategy--the only thing that might actually save humanity is if Dean and Sam fight back together. Only now Sam's gotta get Dean on board. Let's hope he started by pulling the amulet out of the trash so he can give it to Dean all over again.

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risskabob
Apr. 2nd, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
I've never seen Supernatural, or even really wanted to until you used the phrase "absent, doesn't-give-a-shit God"

Now I'm intrigued.

paleogymnast
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
:D Ah see, now I am converting people.

Try out the pilot, it just might suck you in. It can be completely infuriating at times, but in the end usually pulls itself together.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
This ep killed me. Dean WAS the strongest person in the Winchester clan. He was their cornerstone - but even a cornerstone can crack. It all made so much more sense if you saw Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid THEN watched MBV...it jkust kind of snowballs if seen in the right order. Bobby and Death/Cas-Sam-Famine - then THIS mess...I almost think he saw his Sammy memory as a way to further break him. If these guys can manipulate your heaven...gods...they've got him. And even if he GETS it - he's too tired to care. He knows Zach and his little powerplay were for shit - but Sam just keeps confirming what he's feared deep down all along - that Dean Winchester in the end, doesn't really matter.

I'm gonna watch again. Damn me and my Man!Pain love...

*HUGS*

Edited at 2010-04-02 12:36 pm (UTC)
paleogymnast
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you know that's exactly right. This is another one of those times when they totally had the order of the episodes wrong. Like, can you imagine how little sense it would have made if Jus in Bello had aired BEFORE Mystery Spot like it was originally supposed to? Sam's character would have been a HUGE case of WTF.

But they switched those and they should have switched Deadmen Don't Wear Plaid and MBV! That would have made more sense, and then Dark Side of the Moon would have felt like the icing on the cake or the final nail in the coffin--the other episodes would have been building towards this instead of showing somewhat uneven and back and forth character development. I think in my own mind I'm going to swp the order. It makes so much more sense! :D
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Monster Movie was out of order too, though it didn't throw things off as bad...

Yeah - best thing to do!! That's what I'm gonna do from now on! 'Course, Kripke left it that way, 'cause he expected the fans to catch it, lol!! This one was glaringly obvious - but I still had to be told, lol!!

*HUGS*
paleogymnast
Apr. 2nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, monster movie WAS out of order. Where *should* it have gone? I think that's the bigger question. I love that episode, but I kind of hated it a little the first time I saw it because it was just so awkwardly out of place--not so much in a WTF is going on here sort of way (like MVB was and Mystery Spot would have been if they hadn't moved it), but in the sense of feeling like I had contextual whiplash.
a_phoenixdragon
Apr. 2nd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm...I'll have to check! But I'll let you know when I find out!

*hugs you*
paleogymnast
Apr. 2nd, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Cool!! *hugs back* :)
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paleogymnast
Apr. 2nd, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they've been saying that Sam and Dean were going through a role reversal for years, but I feel like this is the episode where we finally see Sam coming full-circle.

I also loved Sam's complete incredulity at being in Heaven. Dean was just surprised (not that he *shoud* be, but after hell, and well it being DEAN, the suprise was to be expected), but Sam? Yeah, I was completely LOLing at his whole WTF moment. :)

I get where Cas is coming from, and to be fair, I don't think he knows the history of the amulet, nor does he quite get all the intricacies of human interactions and all that. :)
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