DittyDotDot August 15, 2014 Share August 15, 2014 (edited) Opening the Devil's Gate has let out hundreds of demons. Sam, Dean and Bobby hunt seven of them in Illinois, meeting up with some other hunters on the way. __________________________________________ I don't know if I should chalk it up to sleep deprivation or what, but when I watched this episode last night I realized that I liked it more than I remembered. I usually remember it as the episode that Tamara screeches at me throughout, but she didn't bother me too much last night and I was able to focus on the episode properly. I do think this episode needed to be at least a two-parter though, I can imagine being entertained for a couple more episodes by the Seven Deadly Sins. Or maybe it would have been boring and lame in the end...who knows, right? First, I love how Dean's decided to live life to his fullest knowing that he's only gotten a year left and I love how Sam goes along with it for a while, but calls bullshit on it when he needs to. I also love how Dean uses the deal to mess with Sam a bit. And it was also a nice touch having Dean "comforting the bereaved" but also not taking his attention off the job too. Nice character stuff here. Bobby is also great in how he side-eyes Dean's breakfast choice and I love how he's trying to be the voice of caution and reason throughout the episode. Not too interested in Tamara or her husband, but thought it was interesting that the hunting world seemed to see Sam, Dean and Bobby as bringing war down on them--this must be one of the themes that got cut short due to the writer's strike--I would have liked to have seen more on that. Still not interested in Ruby and still found her introduction to be laugh-worthy. I never cared for either version they put before me because I have never cared for how obvious and cliché her entire character was. I knew from the first moment she walked out of the shadows of that tree, she was up to no good. And by the end of the episode I knew she would be the chick to force a divide between Sam and Dean. I will give it to Kim Manners for trying to make something out of it, though. They did try to make me interested in her, at least. Speaking of Manners, he did a great job directing, as always. I really like how they shot that fight scene in the bar. There was a lot of energy and even though it was completely silly that these three guys bust into a bar and fight with seven demons and walk away with a win, I still buy it in the end. Also, nicely blocked in that scene over the mass grave. The way the camera looks up at them making them somewhat larger-than-life while the dialogue brings them back to human with their doubts that they can win this war. Nice. And it was also nice that they had Dean just tell Sam about the conditions of his deal. They didn't drag out another stupid secret, instead they just put it out there for Sam to deal with. If you haven't already guessed, I greatly prefer this approach to the current continuous cycle of secrets and lies the show keeps trying to put forward. Plus, the episode had them smart and proactive throughout, so that alone makes me happy! And there was some grave digging and corpse burning, too! Overall, much more nuanced and engaging than I remembered. Good job, show, good job. Edited August 15, 2014 by DittyDotDot 1 Link to comment
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