DittyDotDot August 10, 2014 Share August 10, 2014 After Dean is attacked by a djinn, he wakes up in a world where he is no longer a hunter. _____________________________________________________________________________ I think this episode is pretty much tied with In My Time Of Dying as far as being an almost perfect episode of Supernatural. That's not to say that these are my absolute favorites and/or that I enjoy re-watching them the most, just that it feels like everyone was on their game with these two episodes--writing, directing, acting...everyone. I also should preface this with the disclaimer that I'm a total sucker for almost all alternate universe episodes of almost any show (I did say almost, right...I seem to recall an almost unwatchable episode of Roswell that I probably shouldn't even mention.) Anyhoo, I'm rather fond of Samantha Smith, plus she and Jensen have great chemistry. Speaking of acting...Jensen really knocks it out of the park in this episode. The way he becomes that 4-year-old kid in his mother's presence is masterful. And Jared played alterna-Sam's innocence and preppy college boy so well. But seriously, all the little things Jensen does throughout this episode draw me in and keep me glued to the screen. The way every time Mary touches him he closes his eyes and leans in like he never wants it to end. The looks he gives Sam and Jessica during that dinner scene--he's just so happy everyone else is happy. Well played Mr. Ackles, well played. I also love how they revisited certain earlier scenes but put different twists on them to show how they weren't the same people here. I especially like the whole car exchange between Sam and Dean ending with Dean calling Sam a bitch and Sam's "what are you calling me a bitch for?". And Dean simply grabbing Sam's phone and tossing it out the window. Perfect. My only grumblings about this episode is, first Kripke's commentary on the DVD annoys me and second I think they have it placed out of order for dealing with Dean's grief over losing Dad. As to the first grumble...Kripke's very excited and gracious and flattering to the cast and crew on the commentary--which is nice--but he also spouts on about how this story shows that Dean would be a loser without hunting and this IS how their lives would have been if their mother had never been torched on the ceiling. The whole thing had me thinking that he not only didn't understand who Dean was, but also didn't seem to really understand this episode in which he directed. This isn't how Dean would necessarily be without hunting, but how Dean thinks things would go since the whole wishverse is of Dean's own making. This is how Dean sees himself and how he thinks the world sees him. Dean thinks that without hunting he and Sam wouldn't have this relationship, not that this would necessarily be how things turned out if their lives had been different. I thought the point of this episode was that whole "be careful what you wish for" situation. Even though his mother is alive, he doesn't have Sam or his Dad so not really what he wanted either. And I would argue that Dean himself wasn't happy in that universe, but simply because everyone else was happy he wanted to stay. I'm with Sam on this one though, I'm glad he dug himself out and even though his current life sucks, I think it's better than a false one--which is also why I agree with Dean's opinions on Heaven (but that's a discussion better suited for when we get there.) My other grumbling probably doesn't need any further explanation since I already spouted on about it earlier, but I think this episode would have served the story better if it had been after Croatoan. That would have put it in a position to deal with Dean's grief and his accepting his father's death and his own life better. But that's not a problem with the episode proper, just a problem when viewing the season at large. Anyway, I really love this episode even if I don't re-watch it too often; I'd rather keep it shiny and special like I do with In My Time Of Dying. 5 Link to comment
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