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November 10th, 2008


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10:10 pm - TV catch-up (Numb3rs, Supernatural, CSI)
Time to catch up on some of my recent television reactions!

First, rose_in_shadow wondered when I was going to get around to talking about the current season of Numb3rs, so here you go!

The season started out badly, I thought; "High Exposure" was one of the worst episodes I think they've ever done, despite Agent Edgerton making an appearance. It scared me into thinking that maybe the show was on its last legs.

But the next episode was better (even though I thought the sexual violence was--unlike the pilot, "Power," or "In Plain Sight"--gratuitous): I started liking Nikki a little bit, and there was that great scene between her and Don, trading rookie war stories. And Colby and David razzing her and calling her "New Guy" all episode. \o/

From there it's just gone uphill. I am so happy. There has, in particular, been some good Don-Charlie interaction, and a lot of wonderful stuff for Larry and Charlie and Amita to do. (Larry calling Charlie "my little ambulatory reference book" just about made me explode with laughter.)

Don has finally learned something about talking to his girlfriend! Since Megan is gone, I'm open to having Robin/Don as my new OTP, if they can keep this good thing going. *takes up a fandom collection to ensure Michelle Nolden's regular return*

I love how Don's foray into murky ethical boundaries has brought him to a new level: he's come to terms with being his own boundaries, and he's also realized that he's missing more than he knew. It's probably obvious to anyone who knows me, but I am *thrilled* so far with how Don's new interest in spirituality (in the form of his heritage, the Jewish faith) is progressing. The fact that he's taken this step at all is intriguing: Don has often been a loner, bent on solving his (and everyone else's) problems himself, very self-sufficient. I recall a chat between Don and Larry last season about belief in God:

Larry: Pascal's wager: One lives as if God exists. If He does, your gain is infinite; if He doesn't, you've lost nothing.
Don: Think Vegas gives odds on that?
Larry: You don't feel any emptiness in this?
Don: Hence the alcohol.


It makes a lot of sense to me that eventually Don would turn and search for Someone bigger than himself or other fallible humans to fill that void. Perhaps, too, he is still seeking for something on which to base his own boundaries.

Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing where this storyline goes, and what happens when Charlie finds out that big brother is getting religious. *g*

p.s. I miss Megan and want Larry to mention her. :(



"It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"

Overall, very solid episode, blending a MotW and the mytharc seamlessly. This is not a full review, so just three things:

--Castiel is becoming more fascinating by the minute. Allowing us to see him with another brand of angel, a more hardcore one, is illuminating, and I love that Castiel has doubts and admitted as much to Dean. I also kind of adore that the angels' secret orders were to follow Dean's orders.

--When Uriel calls humans "mud monkeys...plumbing on two legs," and Castiel quietly rebukes him with, "You are close to blasphemy," I was filled with glee. You should know better, Uriel. "God made man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

--The whole scene where Sam has to use his demon powers to exorcise SamHain was pretty disturbing. Sam did try to use the knife first, but it's pretty clear that he considers his powers as part of his arsenal; it's going to be very hard for him not to use them again. Even if exorcising a demon this powerful nearly makes him have a stroke! I really hope we see some fall out from this between the brothers sooner rather than later.

"Wishful Thinking"

Clever idea, disturbing and amusing execution.

--Audrey and her teddy bear. Oh my goodness. Hilarious and so wrong.

--I'm finding it very hard to buy that Dean remembers everything from his time in hell, as he tells Sam at the end. Don't get me wrong, Jensen sold the heck out of that scene, but... Okay. I had a discussion with someone about PTSD, and she told me that often the person affected will go a few months kind of disconnected from the event, not really emotionally affected by it; and she pointed out that disrupted sleep patterns (like Dean falling asleep in his clothes all the time the first few eps of the season) can be a sign of PTSD. My problem with this is trying to factor in Dean's renewed love of life in "Monster Movie." I can't fit that with a clear progression of memories and PTSD. WTF, Kripke & Co? YOu could've done better. I expect more from you, especially this season.



Very quick:

Okay, I like Lady Heather as a character, and she and Grissom have always had deeply interesting interaction. I'm also not surprised that he would go to her to help him deal with what appears to be Sara actually breaking up with him.

But I'm very bummed about the Sara/Grissom thing. (I see her point, but honestly, what? He's going to leave the lab *now* of all times? Do you know him at all, Sara?)

And I'm a little annoyed by the last scene. In my head, Gris and Heather didn't sleep together. No matter what they do or don't tell us about it. So there. *is cross with show*

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From:leelust
Date:November 11th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
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I love that Castiel has doubts and admitted as much to Dean. I also kind of adore that the angels' secret orders were to follow Dean's orders.
That was the best part of the ep for me. That quiet way to show us their bond - awesome.
Sam did try to use the knife first, but it's pretty clear that he considers his powers as part of his arsenal
Still have my doubts about it. Sam did use that knife but so clumsy (on my taste) that it looked more like the excuse to use his power instead.

My problem with this is trying to factor in Dean's renewed love of life in "Monster Movie." I can't fit that with a clear progression of memories and PTSD.
Actually i saw it as last moments before PTSD strikes back so to speak. He did have some 'small' problems with sleeping but other than that he was almost fine. And then 406 happened and he admitted his memories and fears to himself and that change his attitude (hope it's not permanent).
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Sam did use that knife but so clumsy (on my taste) that it looked more like the excuse to use his power instead.

I can see how that's a possible way to look at it. I do think Sam is willing to try not to use his powers; but yeah, he's not trying nearly as hard as he needs to--he's far too quick to use them. Sammy, I think you are addicted!
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From:leelust
Date:November 12th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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Sammy, I think you are addicted!
That's my very thought.
You saw that Sam suggested to use his power as a weapon to fight Samhain - he was ready to use it. And you know how it goes - if you're ready to use something you don't use something you think is not that affective. His readiness was a clue for me - he'll use it no matter what. And i was right.
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From:feliciakw
Date:November 11th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
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Re: the sudden reveal of "Dean remembers everything" . . . From my own LJ:

After giving it some thought, and taking into account (as I always try to do) that this is TV with limited time and resources, I think I've figured out what they could have done about the abruptness of this reveal. It goes back to Kripke stating that the scene in Yellow Fever with Dean and faux!Lilith was mishandled. That's exactly right. It would have been so easy, I think, when Lilith tells us "you remember everything," to show us the memories flooding back by inserting a layer of the flashbacks in there, possibly longer and more rapid than we've gotten in the past, with Dean actually realizing that yeah, he remembers. I know that wasn't specifically what Kripke said was mishandled in the execution of that scene, but I think that's part of what it is for me.

This of course wouldn't work if the writers were writing with the intent of Dean's remembering everything from the time he comes back in Lazarus Rising. But the way they've been playing it, giving us glimpses, led me to believe that Dean was only getting glimpses.

I understand why they're playing the PTSD the way they are (and Dean was having waking flashbacks as far back as his return). I just would like to have been shown that Dean remembers everything (in addition to told, if they wanted to . . . because that final scene was great). Ya know?
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 11th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Short version: Show screwed up. *shrug* Fine, whatever.

*waits for new ep*
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From:kalquessa
Date:November 11th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that Kripke's thoughts on Dean's revelation about Hell, as well as the yellow-eyes things at the end of "Yellow Fever" can be summed up thus:

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From:izhilzha
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Heh. And here I thought it was more like this (though maybe this is Ben Edlund rather than Kripke or Show):

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2008/10/30/funny-pictures-foot-telz-me-fings-eebil-fings/
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From:kalquessa
Date:November 11th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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*sporfles* Oh, dude. Yeah. They both get way too many ideas from listening to the evil foot.
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From:dejla
Date:November 11th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I think with the Sara/Grissom thing... We have seen that Grissom has emotional hangups about committment. Heck, Grissom has emotional hangups about emotion, period.

And Sara didn't leave him now... she left him last season when she needed to finally walk away from what she was doing. The pain of being a CSI got to her finally, and she needed distance from it, from Las Vegas, and from Gil.

He asked her in that first episode to stay, and she said she couldn't stay there. But he doesn't have a reason to leave at this time.

At the moment, she's at a state where she has to protect her own emotional health, and I think what she was doing was to tell him that she would be okay no matter what he decided.

But yes, I like Lady Heather, but I want Sara and Grissom together! *grumble*
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From:rose_in_shadow
Date:November 12th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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Yay! Thanks! <3

Agree agree. Robin/Don is cute. I hope she stays around... I'd hate for Don's perpetually ex-girlfriend to become a running theme. Can't there be at least one girl with some staying power besides Amita?

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From:izhilzha
Date:November 12th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
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I hope she stays around... I'd hate for Don's perpetually ex-girlfriend to become a running theme.

Yeah, seriously. Robin! We love you! Stick around, please, please!

And you're welcome. :-)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:November 12th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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I just about squealed when Don showed up at the temple. This show is srs love.
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 12th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
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TOTALLY SRS LOVE. *hearts it X a billionty*

I am so, so happy with the way they're handling it, too; with Alan wondering whether this is yet another thing that Don didn't get during his childhood, etc.

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