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13 April 2010 @ 07:56 pm
5.17 99 Problems: Must Be Hard, Being The Vessel Of Heaven And Having No Hope  
5.17 99 Problems: Must Be Hard, Being The Vessel Of Heaven And Having No Hope
 
False prophet breeds fear.
Killing her marks Dean a true
Servant of Heaven. 
  
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Current Mood: scaredscared
Current Music: "For My Brother" by Blue October
 
 
 
kaz? bonne?: spn- goatdatenshiblue on April 15th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
I've been reading your reviews with great pleasure for a while now, and I'm going to take a minute to echo corbyinoz - you just get it, and it's amazingly cathartic to read a sane opinion and an intelligent and logical analysis and know it's out there for all to see.

General agreement on pretty much everything here, with particular special mention for this:

I would submit, then, that all three of them have been and remain true servants of Heaven, and any of them could have wielded the stake. I think Castiel’s error is simply not having faith. But whether or not they believe in God, I do think God believes in them, and that’s what counts.

That is exactly what I thought while watching the episode. Cas made his assumption based on his old beliefs of how things work, and has not adjusted to the information they were given by Joshua, which was fantastic.

The scene with Dean running off and stopping at Lisa's did strike me as a bit off key, until reading some thoughtful responses brought out for me that it was supposed to feel off. I'm good with that and it just emphasizes yet again that the show is more intelligent and subtler than the bulk of the fandom (the vocal parts at any rate) often give credit for.

And, while Dean's intentions are clear at the end of the episode, it's simply far too early for Michael to take possession, so whatever they have in store for the 100th, I'm not worried about who will be wearing Dean by the end of it.
amonitrateamonitrate on April 15th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
I'll have to come back to read more closely, but I wanted to say your analysis of Dean's depression and his psyche in this episode were right on in my book.

Anything that actually gets worse – like Dylan dying on Dean’s watch – is just confirmation that everything negative is true and real, that there’s no chance to make anything better.

Exactly, this.

I also really appreciated your points about why Dean might have picked Lisa, I hadn't quite considered it that way and it makes a lot of sense.
ErinRua: Bad Boyzerinrua on April 15th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Ah-ha! I knew there was something else I wanted to comment on. ;)

That is to say, I had no problem with the often-lethal manner in which the Winchesters and the Lutheran Sacrament Militia dispatched those demons. From the very first moment, Gideon's folk show zero interest in the demons' hosts. They zapped them with the firehose, pronounced the "exorcism," and then just left the bodies where they fell, whether live or dead.

As I saw it, those demons probably were *not* local folks, but rather hosts the demons picked up who knows where. Rather than Farmer John who comes into Blue Earth every month for hay and chicken feed, these were strangers and outsiders. In fact, the entire mentality of the folks in Blue Earth struck me as very insular and exclusive, as is right for a country under siege. I'd imagine any outlying people probably came into town for protection, or huddled close with members of the Militia among their rural households.

So, with that belief holding sway in my hobbit brain, I had no problem with the epic fight in that house and Sam slashing away with the Magick Knife, or any of it. I saw it as something like demons taking people from Reno and riding their bodies down here to my neck of the woods: they might be from my part of Nevada, but they are not part of my community.

Anywho ... that was my take on it. I'm good at hand-waving that way. ;-)
Liliaethliliaeth on April 15th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
It's probably also a part of Leah's corrupting influence on them. Who knows what lies she told those people.
(Anonymous) on April 15th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Dear Mary!!
This is so beautiful, words cannot begin to express my emotions! You are amazing.
I subscribe to your every word, as always. And every time I’m SO happy to see you describing ALL my thoughts and feelings! Having you to bring it all to the fans - it’s worth a lot. I applaud you especially for what you said about Dean (and Sam and Cass) as a true servant of Heaven and the meaning behind Dean’s farewell to Lisa. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this!!! I really can’t thank you enough for your amazing work.

Vicky
cassopeia: LOVE ITcassopeia on April 20th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Lovely review, I loved seeing Michael in Supernatural. I'm a huge SG-1 fan and enjoyed seeing my beloved Daniel Jackson in Kripke's little world. It's the small things that makes a fangirl happy. Lol
Briebrieza on June 11th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I just randomly found your blog. I really love your exquisitely thought out meta. It really resonates with me.