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19 January 2007 @ 08:21 pm
Playthings episode review  
Fridays have never tasted better, it’s coffee and a new rocking Supernatural for breakfast as well as the über delicious cobnut yoghurt whose cover I always lack the grace to tear off in one piece, and I adore everything abou it. o.O

Everyone hopefully agrees with me that it was nice to have Sam and Dean work some kind of an good old supernatural ‘case’ again for a change. It was the second time however, they took up on themes of hoodoo (Crossroad Blues) and binding spells (Faith) on the show. Not complaining though since it was nicely done and balanced between darker themes and humor.

Admittedly, I like it dark, angsty, tempting and daring but I love it when they manage to throw in a hint of sarcasm especially when they poke fun at the fandom at the same time. It’s moments like these I want to go into the writer’s room and wrap those magnificent bastards into fannish hugs and supply them with home-made extra cookies. But, apparently someone is feeding them the good stuff already.

    WHAT TO LOVE ABOUT PLAYTHINGS:

  1. the structure: a well proportioned part was dedicated to introduce us to the guest characters and weird going-on’s without giving too much away, so the ending still held quite a surprise, at least for me.

  2. hotel staff wanting to put Sam and Dean in a king-sized bed. Again. ♥

  3. Dean’s uncomfortable, self-incredulous face when the extend of Susan’s remark of ‘you look the type’ hits him. It amuses the hell out of me.

  4. Sherwin and his lovable manner and how he dragged Dean’s duffle to the first floor hitting it on every step on the way and nothing but expecting a tip for it.

  5. Sherwin calling Dean ‘boy’ *goes up in flames of spontaneous combustion*

  6. Dean’s adorable critic eye on the décor, his WTF face when sinking into the mattress and how he prolongs the utterance of the article in ‘what the [hell]’ when spotting that dress on the wall. It’s going to go in a sound file on my mp3-player so I can entertain my fellow men with my most beautiful and seductive smile while listening to it in an infinite loop.

  7. the fact that the writing crew takes huge fancy to The Shining. There’s this vibe of it throughout the whole episode: it’s a hotel, there’s a kid ghost involved and this room with the bar where Dean takes a drink and it’s just him and the bartender. In fact, I was searching the walls for some weird photographs, you know?

  8. their cover story for getting themselves into Susan’s apartment and how Dean is enjoying elaborating Sam’s big time love for dressing up his dolls in those cute little outfits and Sam looks like he wished the ground would just open up and swallow him up entirely.

  9. the actress who played Margaret, she absolutely nailed her part.

  10. sly-dog!Sammy outflanking his brother to make teh promise of doom in getting totally wasted

  11. the brotherly love of that particular scene and how they’re both scared shitless about whatever plans the demon has and how in a way Sammy’s loosing it and Dean’s doing his best to hold it together for the both of them before they break into thousands of pieces that can’t be glued back into a working shell

  12. the toy house being more than just a replica of the hotel but how it’s a real-time mirror of what evil lies within

  13. Sam in the freaking pool, all sinuous and floating hair. *big puddle of love*

  14. the slow motion shot of Sam coming out of the water with Tyler in his arms, or the ‘revival of the DitW shot’ as legoline well-foundedly phrased it. Personally, I prefer the scene from this episode though, just because the angle it’s shot from is adding so much to it and how the girl is spread out all over, arms and hair surfing in the waves

  15. How subtly Dean is trying to fix his brother in letting him save the day and how ‘I didn’t want you to feel useless’ means you are and did good and I love you at the same time in Winchesterish.

  16. the camera pan at the end where we’re cruising the hall into a room where Margaret and Rose are jumping the rope, reunited in a different world seemingly happy. It’s so bittersweet it gave me chills.


And last but not least, the apparent foreshadowing with respect to the whole Rose-Margaret story. Granted, we do not know the circumstances under which Maggy drowned, whether it was an accident or if, unintentionally or not (maybe Maggy was evil), her sister played a part in it. It is also left unclear how to interpret the whole ‘Rose-keeping-Maggy-away-for-so-long’ remark. What I presume is that Rose bound her sister’s spirit to her because she couldn’t just let her go, whether that is due to reasons of love, to ensure keeping an eye on her, or both we don’t know. Now we know spirits tend to get bored easily and with time and other family to take up time of Rose’s schedule, Maggy might went a little dark side. Whatever the reasons, Rose gave up her life in the end for her family and, in a way, for her sister too.
The whole thing leaves behind this bittersweet taste on my tongue and I get the sinking feeling it might be a hind to how things will end for the Winchester brothers. I’m not sure if I am liking how they tease and prepare us or if I should pop in some Metallica into the cd-player and go angsting about what lies ahead. Have I mentioned lately that I love where they’re taking the show?

    PLAYTHINGS, HUH’S, FACEPALMS AND RAISED EYEBROWS…

  1. Sam’s indestructible cast of doom, braving all elements, even self-drying, won’t need replacement after extended swimming sessions. Well, they really must have had a great breakthrough since I last wore a cast when the doctor still threatened me a painful recasting with a pink material should I dare to let it get in contact with anything liquid.

  2. everyone watching Tyler just lie there, lungs full of water and not breathing. Hello? First aide? Checking for pulse and breathing and either starting to breathe for her or the whole ugly cpr but do something o.O

  3. the Ava part at the beginning of the episode felt slightly off to me, almost like they didn’t know how to include that in Hunted without destroying the nice ending. The fact that they did pick up on it again tells me it indeed will be important later on, but it felt a little misplaced with regard to the rest of the episode


Altogether a nice package and worth multiple replayings :)

Eh, this sorta ended up being far longer than I’d intended it to be *blinks* Consider a kit of that indestructible cast material saved up for you, if you read the whole thing ^.^

Hope everyone enjoyed this episode as well, your thoughts and comments are always appreciated *hugs*
 
 
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Steffi: Supernatural - Super Deanlegoline on January 19th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
the slow motion shot of Sam coming out of the water with Tyler in his arms, or the ‘revival of the DitW shot’ as legoline well-foundedly phrased it.

That's because I simply win at life :-p

the camera pan at the end where we’re cruising the hall into a room where Margaret and Rose are jumping the rope, reunited in a different world seemingly happy. It’s so bittersweet it gave me chills.


Hell yeah. That was awesome.
ヴェレーナongiara on January 19th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
That's because I simply win at life :-p
Lucky bastard :)
Steffilegoline on January 19th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
*grins*

Man, I just played White Rabbit on my guitar and felt uber cool.
ヴェレーナ: dean plaything eyesongiara on January 19th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
*weglach* That is über cool :)

*takes out air guitarre* *does weird imaginary riffs* Ha! I win ó.Ò
Steffilegoline on January 20th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
DUDE, YOU ROCK!!11!!! :-p
Lissieilovesn on January 19th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
the Ava part at the beginning of the episode felt slightly off to me, almost like they didn’t know how to include that in Hunted without destroying the nice ending. The fact that they did pick up on it again tells me it indeed will be important later on, but it felt a little misplaced with regard to the rest of the episode

I KNOW what you mean.

:D

*huggles*

My Andi is soooo smart :D
ヴェレーナ: Jensen hand pornongiara on January 19th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Good, that you thought so too. It almost was like a promo episode followed by a real one^^

My Andi is soooo smart :D
*looks around padded room* Nah, just obssessed :)
Lissieilovesn on January 19th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
ROFL

You are soo dorky :D

We all are my ANDI

:D

*squishes*
ckll: pic#57260702wetsamckll on January 19th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm totally confused now with Jared's cast.I think his hand is very ok with all these banging and booming,lol
I loved your review,hun!
ヴェレーナ: sd promo skullongiara on January 19th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
LOL, it came in handy quite a bit during all their fights, didn't it? I guess it's healed by now and they cut it off right after that pool scene, or before and he was wearing a fake or something.
Thanks for stopping by ♥
Cami: SPN - Sammyilovemybaby on January 19th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Holy cow girl, you write a lot...
...AND I LOVE IT! ♥

LOL!

Alright, if I start to put small comments in everything you said, we will probably end up having an essay about the episode, so I'll try to be simple. Underline TRY.

I *love* the way it felt so like season 1. Much less brotherly-angst, and much more action and hunting-related stuff. Granted, as you said, I *do* love all the angst, and how Kripke and the others are managing to make the show even more about the family and the brothers than just terror every week, but it's good to have some action and some good comedy and sarcasm, just to be the cherry at the top (though I don't like cherries that much, but you know what I mean XD).

Dean and Sam as a gay couple? Again? LOL! It won my day, I'm telling ya!

Dean being all funny and sarcastic, doing all those faces that we love. God, I *really* was missing him like that. When he was holding back a laugh while talking to Susan about Sam's adoration for dolls and how he loves to dress them made me laugh *so hard*! That's the Dean I love so much! LMAO! *cracks up*

Another thing that made me laugh out loud what his WTF face when he sat on the bed! Even because my first reaction was to do the same face he did and say "WTF dude?", but then I saw his face and cracked up. XD

"the brotherly love of that particular scene and how they’re both scared shitless about whatever plans the demon has and how in a way Sammy’s loosing it and Dean’s doing his best to hold it together for the both of them before they break into thousands of pieces that can’t be glued back into a working shell"
I couldn't put it all in better words, darlin'. Simply fantastic. It hurts so much to see Sammy loosing it, and hurts even more to see that even now Dean still needs to be the stronger one, so they won't break. The love they have for one another is so well put in there... is just plain to see. And it's beautiful. ♥

"How subtly Dean is trying to fix his brother in letting him save the day and how ‘I didn’t want you to feel useless’ means you are and did good and I love you at the same time in Winchesterish."
Again, genius words, doll. It also means "you know I'd do it again and again, if that's what it takes" too, in Winchesterish. ;)

And the whole plot, the idea of the sisters, the 'small house' that actually imitates the real one and everything evil that happens there, how it was delivered for us, it all makes me want to melt and scream to the whole world how fucking AMAZING Supernatural really is.

God, I'm so happy they're back. *sighs*

Fuck. I told you I would try to be simple, didn't I? Failed misarebly, it seems. *rolls eyes*
You see, normally when I put my review in my LJ people don't seem to mind, but you, of course. And I just love to talk about it, and when I see you're willing to really talk about it, I just lose it. As you just saw.

*headdesk*
I'll shut up now. XD

*hugs*
ヴェレーナ: chicks dig artistsongiara on January 19th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
*settles with tea* Bring it on, I love discussing Supernatural with you and now that they're back I just realized how much I really missed them and discussing everything about it :)

it's good to have some action and some good comedy and sarcasm, just to be the cherry at the top (though I don't like cherries that much, but you know what I mean XD).
You score for the most adorable comment this evening *loves*, and I'm with you when it comes to cherries in both respects, it is what makes the episodes so much richer and would probably make the pure angsty ones more special if they stuck to the plan, that is ;D

Dean and Sam as a gay couple? Again? LOL! It won my day, I'm telling ya!
It's one of the highlights, it felt like an inside joke for the fandom and I adore them for making fun of and responding to the fandom. Again. *puts writers on X-mas card list*

my first reaction was to do the same face he did and say "WTF dude?", but then I saw his face and cracked up. XD
Haha, I wish I could have seen your face along with that scene :) Another thing that made me laugh even more while rewatching the episode was how totally cool and normal Sam is sitting on his chair. They know each other so well that Sam doesn't even pay attention to Dean's cranky bickering and Dean doesn't really expect him to. They're so much love *draws hearts around them*

It hurts so much to see Sammy loosing it, and hurts even more to see that even now Dean still needs to be the stronger one, so they won't break. The love they have for one another is so well put in there... is just plain to see. And it's beautiful. ♥
I really like that! And the fact that now that Dean had the chance to somehow get the secret out in the open, he seems to be forced back into the role of the protector though we repeatedly heard him say that that's exactly what he did his entire life and willingly does so (Benders, to name just one). And it works well with the theories, on that Dean's important purpose, as we'd learned in Faith, is indeed to protect or kill Sam if necessary *gulps* It's wicked but I love it, I just hope Dean can do his part, which isn't easy.
It's a bit like Sam's purpose in The Lord of the Rings, if I may say so.

It also means "you know I'd do it again and again, if that's what it takes" too, in Winchesterish. ;)
*melts into a big puddle of love* So true, and I bet Dean will have to many time to come.

And, sweetie, you're always more than welcome to take up all the space you need in here ♥ Still, I hope you'll keep writing your review posts at your journal as well because I totally enjoy reading your thoughts thoughts on the details and I miss them. It also helps to see things so much clearer and varied and that's why I love my flist like sunday cake with cherries on the top ^.^ *squishes*
Cami: SPN - Sammyilovemybaby on January 22nd, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to reply, baby! ó.ò
You made some great considerations in here, such as

"Another thing that made me laugh even more while rewatching the episode was how totally cool and normal Sam is sitting on his chair. They know each other so well that Sam doesn't even pay attention to Dean's cranky bickering and Dean doesn't really expect him to. They're so much love *draws hearts around them*"
That is so so true. I even had to watch that scene again, just to see it with new eyes. They really are at ease with each other, and they know one another so much that one doesn't need to be pauying attention to the other to know what's going on around them. As Sam said on "In My Time of Dying", they are just starting to be brothers again, and it seems those little things shows us just how close at ease they are now ♥

"And the fact that now that Dean had the chance to somehow get the secret out in the open, he seems to be forced back into the role of the protector though we repeatedly heard him say that that's exactly what he did his entire life and willingly does so (Benders, to name just one)."
Yeah, he is right back at the protector mood again. Just to see his face right after Sammy laid down on the bed we can see he realises that. Damn, we say Dean has a lot on his back, but so does Sam. And now that Dean saw his baby bro break down like that, he'll try his best to protect him in any way, besides trying to show that he's good and won't change (like he did in this episode, as we said before).

"It's a bit like Sam's purpose in The Lord of the Rings, if I may say so."
Holy Moly girl, great observation!! It really is quite similar... Frodo can't make it if Sam is not by his side; Sam has to be the stronger one and be Frodo's guide and strenght through all the journey; Sam has an undying love for Frodo, and that's the reason why he stays by Frodo's side all the time; Sam protects Frodo... and that's *exactly* Sam&Dean. ♥

*squishes you tight*
ヴェレーナ: sd promo skullongiara on January 23rd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
As Sam said on "In My Time of Dying", they are just starting to be brothers again, and it seems those little things shows us just how close at ease they are now ♥
Exactly, and it makes me hope that whatever's coming, and as far as we know Kripke, there are darker times ahead of the boys, they need all the strength and support from the other as possible.

Just to see his face right after Sammy laid down on the bed we can see he realises that. Damn, we say Dean has a lot on his back, but so does Sam
Thanks for pointing that out, there was so much written on Dean's face in that moment it tore at my heart and left long, deep scratches. Almost looks like he didn't do himself a favor in coming clear about the secret with this brother since now he also had to promise Sam, too and has to help deal with Sam dealing on top of it. Oh boys *sews their broken hearts back together*

Frodo can't make it if Sam is not by his side; Sam has to be the stronger one and be Frodo's guide and strenght through all the journey; Sam has an undying love for Frodo, and that's the reason why he stays by Frodo's side all the time; Sam protects Frodo... and that's *exactly* Sam&Dean. ♥
*nods* *nods* Haha, Kripke, you magnificent bastard, might have shaped the brothers a bit with this exact thinking. It's scarily similar, isn't it?

Bwaaah, don't know if you heard about that already but Kripke said he won't hang the season finale over the cliff, so to speak and we'll get some kind of epic story arch the last three eps again, similar to what we had with Dead Man's Blood, Salvation and Devil's Trap. Oh, I can't wait *counts days*

*huggles*
jessie_s_girl on January 19th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Okay, first, this is my favorite episode of the season. What's funny is that Dead in the Water was my favorite last season. Anyone see a pattern? LOL. It was nice to see a mirror of the ending with Sam doing the saving.

Anyway, I LOVED it because of the homage to The Shining. I especially loved the lighting and camera angles when Dean is at the bar. I actually cheered.

I agree with you. It was nice to see a "case" episode, but still have hints and overtones of the brothers' personal hell. It was so well done in this ep.

One more thing, that cast of Jared's/Sam's...not only does it apparently survive pool water, it switches arms as well. Lol.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm sorry if I took up too much of your lj space with my own.
ヴェレーナ: sd croatoan lakeongiara on January 19th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Anyone see a pattern?
LOL, they're both good episodes, maybe that's why they felt the urge to recycle some themes from DitW.

The The Shining parallels were so prominent I even had to smile about it a bit and you're right about the camera angles during that bar scene, and the lighting was great too, even the kind of small talk was a bit like that in The Shining. Somewne there is clearly in love with King, since they used it before, like in Home.

One more thing, that cast of Jared's/Sam's...not only does it apparently survive pool water, it switches arms as well. Lol.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking at first as well, but then I realized they shot that morning after scene with Sam hanging over the toilet looking into a mirrow making it look like he's wearing the cast on his left arm suddenly. I think o.O Did you notice it in another scene? *goes off rewatching*

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and you're always very welcome to write comments in any lenghts just as your heart desires :) Thanks for stopping by ♥

Sarah: Red Deankeep_on_spinnin on January 20th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Dead in the pool water?
Im sincerely glad that im not the only one that was like wtf why is nobody trying to save Tyler. I mean come on, would her mother just seriously sit there and not do something, not likely. Hah especially after Sammy's speech about wanting to save as many people as possible...buttttt she did live so I guess its all good in the wincestuous hood.
ヴェレーナ: Dean coffee ♥ongiara on January 20th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Dead in the pool water?
*laughs at your subject line* And it was so unlike Sam and Dean, more so even after that speech as you pointed out. Sure, it was a slow mo scene so it's not really clear how much time was ticking by but it felt like they were just sitting there exchanging angsty glares of doom and that was just weird.
lost_phantom_cc: winchesters shovelslost_phantom_cc on January 20th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
*poofs in*

The whole episode was totally AMAZING! It felt like the first season again with them back on a case. The threat was creepy and the brotherly antics were perfect.

I'm just waiting for Dean to get his about the doll bit. I laughed my ass off at Sam's reaction. And the fact that EVERYONE seems to think they're gay. Good times.

And I think I died when I realized Sam would be the one jumping in the pool. He looked so hot, all drippy and heroic... *swoons*

Can't wait for the next installment! Supernatural is certainly not experiencing the "sophmore slump". Then again how can it really with those two boys as it's frontmen... excuse me while I go drool over screencaps.

*poofs out*
ヴェレーナ: Missouriongiara on January 20th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
And the fact that EVERYONE seems to think they're gay. Good times.
Hee, indeed they are ^.^

He looked so hot, all drippy and heroic... *swoons*
I'm drooling over your description there *goes off to watch that scene in endless looping*

Supernatural is certainly not experiencing the "sophmore slump"
Which is something I'm absolutely glad about, I felt a little panic overcome me after CSPWDT and No Exit but they really pulled it off and scoring week after week. It's looking good for a few more seasons :)
dragyn: spn kripke brings the hoyaydragynville on January 21st, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
I'm still just full of the incoherent squee and whee and hoyay. XD

Like the new layout, such clean lines to it!
ヴェレーナ: Jensen green/orange shirtongiara on January 21st, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
Hehe, I have no clue how often I rewatched some scenes of that episode the past two days o.O It's sad, really.

And thanks, I like it simple and those layout codes by máquina were just perfect :)
dragyn: spn this also means i love youdragynville on January 21st, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
LOL, me too! XD

(Is that url correct? I keep getting an error message when I try to open it.)
ヴェレーナ: wet!samongiara on January 21st, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Is that url correct?
It is, I just copied it right from my resource post and was on the site just yesterday. Maybe they some server issues at the moment since I can't get it to load either. Hopefully they'll be back soon o.O
paz_ on January 21st, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ha. This is what I would love my reviews to look like, but then I get consumed by the love and the squee and, well... we all know how that ends. :D

A second watch of the episode, coupled with your review - I must admit, made me appreciate it a lot more. It is much better than it might look on first watch.

I loved everything you loved about it, and I facepalmed at the same things. Like I said on my commentary, I was expecting something else to come out of that beginning with Ava and the Demon, too, and I agree that it was a bit WTF?, but I think they made a more or less good job of abandoning the topic by having Sam say he wants to take the case in order to save people like he couldn't save Ava.

I'm trying not to despair and tie some of these things with what was said on the TCA; also trying not to freak out and come up with horrible and painful theories of what something like possibly finding Ava might mean to Sam and "his destiny". That's just... *shudders*

How much do I fail for not noticing the parallel between this and Faith? I'm still not sure how I feel about this repetition thing they're doing - on the one hand, it's cool that there is a certain consistency to the story, that things happen more than once and the boys encounter them again, it makes it all more real; on the other hand: oh no, we're starting to repeat ourselves. I think the former thought is stronger than the latter in my head, but still.

Item #15 of your 'to love' list deserves a huge YES. It's amazing how much more of Dean we're seeing this season, how he keeps showing us everything he's willing to do for Sam, but still remains Dean in a way. And it's also awesome that we're getting to poke Sam's brain this much; his struggle to remain himself and the way he reaches out for Dean... Man. *heart shatters* He is love.

My brain wants to make theories, but I don't know if this episode allows for a lot of that. I shall watch a million more times and see.

BTW, this came up on someone else's journal, thought I'd comment on it because obviously you were paying much more attention than me: did the little smile that Dean gave Sam when Sam told him he was 'butch and overcompensating' seem strange to you, too? Like there was something more inside his head, or behind that exchange, and we might have missed it?

This is all, I swear. I'm sorry I turned this reply into a sub-review of my own. I fail, clearly. Please ignore my rambling. :D
ヴェレーナ: sam ELaC emo!mopongiara on January 23rd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
But, I love your gushing reviews and subrevies ^.^

You know, it's funny you should mention rewatching and growing fondness because I noticed that for me personally, I tend to love those episodes, that don't knock me out upon watching usually are those that will end on top of my favorite list. I guess the awesomeness is in the detail.

also trying not to freak out and come up with horrible and painful theories of what something like possibly finding Ava might mean to Sam and "his destiny"
Hehe, I'm still hoping anyone will write a fanfic about that exactly before it happens, you know^^

I agree with you on the repetition thing they got going. Well, they had quite a few different writers involved in these episodes, and the main story, or main scare, itself had been different so that's why I said it isn't bothering me that much yet. There's hoping though, their muse didn't die in a ball of fire on the ceiling *gulps*

it's also awesome that we're getting to poke Sam's brain this much; his struggle to remain himself and the way he reaches out for Dean... Man. *heart shatters* He is love.
I really like this perspective and hope there's much more to come where that came from ♥

did the little smile that Dean gave Sam when Sam told him he was 'butch and overcompensating' seem strange to you, too?
Well, what did they come up with in that discussion? I didn't interpret much more into it, but then I'm a simple mind :)

*hugs*