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Hey guys! There's no doubt I'm a pretty bad fan these days. I rarely check LJ, I'm not really doing anything fannish and most of my stuff on Twitter is politically based. I only made one vid last year and I think that will be one more than I'll make this year. I still love the show but the drive to create or even participate is fading. I do look back at my time in fandom with a huge amount of fondness. What an amazing 10 years it's been. :)

I'm not sure how much longer I will post a reaction to episodes. I think it will mostly depend on how the episodes grab me. I am hesitant to be too negative (there's just too much to feel negative about in the real world at the moment) and I also feel writing any meta is challenging - I've lost the belief that things from one episode are connected to any other (in terms of character development etc), but I think some writers still do a great job within an episode.

Having said all that, I do have some things to say about 12.09. :)

I thought this was a solid, entertaining episode. I absolutely loved the boys - how fabulous (and refreshing) to see them being such competent hunters. I think my favourite thing this season has been seeing them work together so seamlessly. There's no antagonism between them - they just get on like best friends and brothers *happy sigh*. And damn, they looked amazing.

I loved Dean SO much in this episode. He was stoic and strong. He was a real leader and displayed confidence. Sam, at times, seemed unsure and I loved the way Dean's demeanour helped him stay strong. They were a great team - few words passed between them, but they had an inner understanding of each other.

I didn't think I was going to enjoy the Cas and Mary partnership as much as I did. I mostly loved that they called each other out on their mistakes - Cas leaving them behind and Mary not being around.

In fact, I really love what they're doing with Mary. She's not the prefect mother. She's flawed - just like Sam, Dean and John. It's what makes these characters so interesting and compelling. It makes sense to me that Mary is confused and unsure. The only thing she really knows how to do is hunt - not be a mother to her grown up sons. It's a fascinating study (and looks deeper as what it means to always feel like you're not good enough as a mother).

Even Cas was more interesting to me. I think, for the first time, I really did understand his connection to Sam and Dean. It's extremely personal and I like that we're getting to see that. Cas so often seems to do the "wrong" thing and I'd like to think we're getting a deeper look into that.

The BMoL are quite intriguing as the "big bad". They really are morally corrupt people and with the way the world seems to be going (oops, sorry to bring in politics) it's very topical. They are presented as people (white men no less) who feel they are above every one else and so what ever they do is for "the good". I would love to see this followed up as the season progresses.

I totally believed Mary was going to kill herself to save her boys (because I think this is probably how she'll be killed off when they do it) so it's only looking back that I can appreciate my relief that she didn't die overshadowed the fact that they killed Billie. I LOVED BILLIE! Though I actually think she'll be back - along with Death (as least I hope so).

My only *head scratches* were how easily Sam and Dean got away from the facility. I figure that no one ever gets out of the cells so the exterior isn't patrolled like a prison would be?

Also - they told the boys they would be left in the dark. That freaked me out when I heard that - but it turns out there was light. I thought total darkness would be a horrible torture. I totally felt that Dean would go crazy without that human contact though.

Overall a solid, well-balanced, entertaining episode. :)

Date: 2017-01-30 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I really really enjoyed this episode too! The badass boys, and the feel of 'something a bit different' - it held my attention throughout!!! I too loved Cas and Mary's interaction, and Cas's speech at the end was very powerful, and it felt to me like maybe we might see him paying the ultimate price for the Winchesters (maybe to escape this deal?)

I was gutted to see Billie go, and was actually surprised that she went and Mary didn't (because like you say, I figure she will end up doing this for her boys at some point!) If Billie is really gone, I hope they replace her with someone just as badass (or maybe Death!!!)

I hope that you know that I'll miss you, but I understand that you need to take a step back. But I hope that you'll pop over sometimes with a little note, or reaction to an ep if you feel you want to. Either way, keep in touch ♥

Date: 2017-02-01 12:09 pm (UTC)
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I can't see myself every staying away permanently (well, maybe once the show has finished *g*), I just feel a bit more detached than I used to.

and it felt to me like maybe we might see him paying the ultimate price for the Winchesters (maybe to escape this deal?)

Oooh. Sounds interesting. I actually would love to see Cas make some sort of ultimate sacrifice for Sam and Dean - especially after what he's done to them in the past (yep, still bitter about Sam's wall coming down...;/). I can't see them killing him off just yet though (but it would be a great way to go). I hope they do have the guts to have some sort of powerful ending for Cas though.

I'd love to see Death (and Billie!) back. :D


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