DittyDotDot September 21, 2014 Share September 21, 2014 Something is killing angels, and Castiel and Uriel need Dean's help to find out who. I think I've been pretty vocal about my dislike of the episode in other threads, so I'll try not to repeat myself here. I do think it's a well-written episode, just think the execution and many of the performances and especially the direction was really poor. So, for what it was trying to be as apposed to what it actually became is really what makes me not like it. I think it could have and should have been so much more. I just don't think this show had the maturity to make this episode when it did and maybe they never will, I don't know. When Dean says "you don't want me to open that door, you will not like what walks back out" is sort of the mission statement for the episode and I was expecting to see what Dean became in Hell. I'm sorry, I didn't see that and it's a big part of my disappointment. I'm not trying to pick on Jensen, I think he did okay given the circumstances. And since quite a few other performances feel off to me I've long chalked it up to director fail; I just don't think Jensen got there this time. I very rarely find the issues with this show to be performance-based and I feel almost dirty when I do. I also think Misha's performance is off somehow too and I can't quite put my finger on why. Oh, and, Genevieve was hinky to me too. She had a very odd energy to her that I really never paid attention to before, but I was trying to watch it last night with an open mind and really watch it. Ironically though, I think Julie McNiven finally finds that big powerful angel that I found lacking with Anna in Heaven And Hell and Christopher Heyerdahl is fan-freakin'-tastic and owns this episode, IMO. I'm also very disappointed that they crammed the reveal of Sam drinking demon blood into this episode, I think I would have preferred they show that hand earlier in the season or waited until The Rapture altogether. It's just too much already going on that's important to have crammed that reveal in here too. Edlund crafts some very, very fine dialogue between Alistair and Dean, but I think this is probably the episode that I started to notice the angels starting to yammer on and on and on a lot. And, I'm not sure what they had to say was really all that interesting or important or well spoken. And not only did they yammer on, but they just stood around while they yammered. Again, I think of it as director's fail more than anything. Anyway, I will try to end on a positive as is my want as of late...Jensen at the end of the episode did find that moment of Dean being just crushed and I feel it. So, kudos to Mr. Ackles for that. Link to comment
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