This week, Dean is furious after Sam disappears to follow a lead on a case with clues that are identical to a case Sam solved as a kid. The demon turns out to be Amy (Firefly’s Jewel Staite), who has been killing low-life thugs and taking their brains for dinner – the same demon Sam found as a kid. Jensen Ackles directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin.
Thoughts. There are so many.
So just before I sat down to watch, I saw that Jewel Staite was going to be guest starring (thanks, Twitter) tonight and immediately thought KAYLEE! Oh, how I miss Firefly and that ruggedly handsome Mal Reynolds. *sigh*
Also, I knew going in that Jensen was directing this one, so my anticipation was high. In Season 6, his Weekend at Bobby’s episode was one of my favorites – 2nd only to Frontierland. But then, that was in comparison to all of Season 6. I gotta be honest, I usually don’t pay much attention to the directing and such. I rarely notice the names of the episode writers. My attention is on the story, the dialog, and, well, *ahem* Dean.
But I paid attention this time. Because of the reason.
I think Jensen has a great eye for storytelling. He managed to pace the story that took place in the now and the flashbacks to then with timing that didn’t reveal too much too soon and also didn’t take my attention away from the tension of the moment. Also, I really liked the visual effects of the flashbacks, with that softening of focus and an almost cepiatone-like effect. And for the amount of work it has to take to direct an episode, he was sure in this one a lot more than I expected him to be — and his character was going through a lot…very, very subtly.
But I’ll get there in a moment.
It can’t be easy to direct yourself groggy and in pain. And there were little touches here and there that had me both grinning and nodding, impressed. The short of it is, I’d definitely watch more directed by Jensen. I think he’s got a great way to pull focus on different aspects of the story and the way the facts roll out are compelling and leave you second-guessing yourself. I know part of that is writing, but it’s his vision that we’re seeing and it grabbed me.
He just better never stop acting. That is all. Act, Jensen. Act your brilliant heart out.
All that said? The path of the story after tonight’s episode has me less “SQUEE!” and more “oooohh…” I’ll try to insert those thoughts as they come to me while I stream this puppy. But. And this is a big ‘but’ for me because I am REALLY enjoying this season so far (like…obsessively enjoying), story-wise, this probably isn’t going to be high-up on my fav’s for this season unless they find a way to have the end not drive a wedge between the brothers. They’ve already been down that road.
As I watched, I found myself seeing both sides to the story, sympathizing more with Dean, but understanding where Sam was coming from…until the end and then I had to sit back and remember who they are. Or rather…what they are.
Sometimes I think it’s easy for me to forget that they’re hunters. We’ve spent so much time with the struggle of Heaven and Hell and the suffering they’ve both been through as a result of that universal battle that it’s pulled focus from the basic job. And, more often than not, when they kill the monster — who is always in some kind of human form (even dragons!) — it’s a literal fight-for-their-lives situation. So, it’s been a little easy for me to forget that…their job is to hunt and kill monsters because monsters hunt and kill people. Period, the end.
Okay, so before I end up Rambling backwards through the episode, let’s get to it.
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