DittyDotDot August 26, 2014 Share August 26, 2014 Sam keeps reliving the same day. _________________________________________ This is one of those times when the show figured out how to blend a MoTW into a myth heavy episode and knocked it out of the park. I'd argue it's the best of the season--although, that's rather subjective and I'm not really feeling to argumentative today anyway. Everyone was on their game here--writing, directing, acting and production--everything seems to gel. I've always loved the idea of the Trickster so, that alone, makes this episode a win in my book. Kim Manners did an outstanding job directing. I really appreciate how he shot those walk-and-talks down the street. The first one is pretty steady with more wider shots showing us some of the details. The second is a bit more shaky, more close ups to ramp up Sam's confusion that he might be reliving the same day. Then they get a little choppier; showing us more the details in flashes with Sam's growing frustration. Until it all becomes smooth when it's all just second nature to Sam. Nicely done Mr. Manners, nicely done. And when Dean gets mowed over with that car continues to be surprising no matter how many times I've seen it. The art department continues on their psychedelic wacky shroom trip. The motel room, the diner, and especially the Mystery Spot are all things of beauty. Every time I watch it I notice something new in the Mystery Spot set--it reminds me of watching The Addams Family--so much delightful, delightfulness! My only nitpick about the episode is that I think it could have easily been a two-parter. I could have taken a few more days with Sam reliving the day--maybe a day where he does nothing to figure things out; maybe a day he and Dean take a day off and go enjoy the local mini-golf course or something like that; and I think I wouldn't have minded a few more wacky deaths--and then the second part following Sam right after Dean died for real--calling Bobby; burying Dean; running off and hunting the Trickster. Although, it works fine the way it is also, so it's only a minor quibble for me. Well, I have another nitpick, but it's not really this episode's fault-- I find S4 to be more irritating after this episode because it appears that Sam didn't learn a damn thing here, but that's all on TPTB, IMO, not this finely crafted and executed episode. So kudos to Jared for walking that line from being frustrated with Dean's messy and pokey ways--as anyone would be that spends that much time with a someone completely opposite to them--to entirely shut-down and vengency (even though that's not my favorite part of the episode), to just wanting it all back, all of it. And kudos to Jensen for--not only all the humorous deaths--but also playing the outsider perspective from the inside (if that even makes any sense). And one of the best hugs ever! I really could continue to wax on, but I think you guys are probably tired of reading my rambling ramblings by now. 5 Link to comment
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