DittyDotDot September 8, 2014 Share September 8, 2014 Sam and Dean must hunt a cannibalistic creature who has not yet hurt human beings or done anything wrong. I know this is generally a hated episode, but I fall more on the like side. I don't love it or even like it entirely, but there are some really good things going on in this episode. For the first time in the season we finally get some insight into Sam's point of view and I can relate and feel for both Sam and Dean's perspectives in this episode and I don't feel like either is exactly wrong in feeling the way they do, but their actions are wrong, IMO. It's understandable that Sam would have the desire to take the curse and try to make it something useful and good, I just don't think the lying and sneaking was a good way to go about it. And, it's totally understandable that Dean would be scared of what it meant and try and shut it down, I'm just not sure if the punching, yelling and condescending was really the best way to express that fear. So, I like that, in the end, they both learned something from the experience and found some middle ground. I know most people are grossed out by the monster of the week part, but I think it needed to be something ugly and disturbing or else Sam choosing to stop using his powers at the end wouldn't have the same effect on me. I think most people think that if they had a super power of some sort they would use it to fight crime and make the world a better place, but I also think that nothing good ever comes without a price--just call me Cynical Suzie--and using that power without knowing the price is reckless and irresponsible. So, yeah, if they had watered it down I'm not sure I would have understood why Sam would choose not to use his powers in the end. I also think they did some fine casting here. The actress who plays the wife is outstanding--which makes me wonder if Warehouse 13 is still on--I wouldn't mind seeing her back on the show at some point. And the actor that plays Travis was great, as well. That moment where he apologizes for having to do this thing is really a nice bit of acting. In some ways Travis is like Gordon--he makes a certain amount of whack-ado sense and in his own way is trying to save people, but can't see the forest for the trees and ends up creating a monster in the end. I would be remiss if I didn't have some words to say about Kim Manners--this was his last episode. It may not have been his most stellar work, but I'd like to talk about one scene in particular--the hotel fighting scene in the beginning. It starts out steady with Sam reading and Dean comes in and starts packing and as the scene gets progressively angry and the little brother punching and lamp smashing starts the camera gets all shaky. Then as they get to the end of the scene where Travis calls, things get a bit more steady again. Really helps seal the moment to me. Plus, I think it's some very nuanced work by both Jared and Jensen and Kim always had a knack for pulling great work out of both of these guys. Nicely done, Mr. Manners; rest in peace. 3 Link to comment
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