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23 March 2007 @ 01:15 pm
2x17 Heart Review  
I should have known from the episode title alone that Heart was going to tear mine out and stomp the sucker flat.

There were so many things to love about this episode and they did a great job in throwing in funny remarks and moments to balance it out and basically create a real nice mix.

Though Dean wasn’t that present the whole episode, he really knocked me out with his slight bad ass and cocky yet so much more mature self. He got sparks in his eyes at the thought of hunting a werewolf like a kid that just got permission to take his first ride alone with his bike. And the fact that they ran into the last furry wolf when they were kids makes me want to read fanfiction about it. Where are all the weechester werewolf tales? Throw them my way, pretty please.

I love how the writers never fail to pick facetious aliases for our boys and I adored Sam’s death glare thrown backwards at Dean after introducing them. Landis and Dante, oh the irony ♥

It felt a bit like having back our sassy season one Dean at times here. His naively proud face when Madison told them about how Nate loved hitting on everyone in a five mile radius was all kinds of adorable. Must have been the first time they had a playful rivalry about a girl too. And how cute is it that good old jousting is replaced by paper, scissors, rock? Seriously, I loved how both of them stuck to the same picks *draws hearts around them*

Oh how Dean can’t lose a game without teasing and chaffing to follow. Him calling Sam’s cell and knowing his brother so well he predicts in every detail what awkward misery Sammy was in sitting on that couch was just sweet.

DEAN: What’s she wearing?
SAM: Bye, Dean.
DEAN: (hangs up) Oh, Sammy.
*loves*

As for the Sam/Madison storyline, I think it built up okay and was just the right thing between awkwardness and attraction. The actual revelation that she’s a monster at full moon and doesn’t even know about it and, most importantly, that there’s no cure, added a biting wit to the whole thing. If anything it bonded the both of them more with respect to the fact that Sam understands her. He’s scared of the monster in himself, of what he might become and that just as much as Madison had no control over it, he’s afraid he might not have either.

The outcome is this blurred reflection of what Sam asked of Dean in BUABS. It’s not the first time they dropped foreshadowing of that kind and it makes me all wobbly to think that, one day, it might be Dean pulling the trigger on his brother because it’s the last way left to save him.

This turn of events was practically mocking Sam and I don’t think that he fully understood the irony in that just yet. Still, I find it brave and unsettling at the same time that unlike Dean, he went through with it after all.

I was flinching right with Dean when the shot went off. In fact, I love it how he cries a single tear – a brief slip of the mask and it carries this strength along with the sadness – which is just so beautiful.
It’s not clear exactly what he’s mourning, whether it’s the fact that he knows Sam is losing his last bit of innocence the moment he’ll take a human’s life or the fact that he couldn’t take this away from his little brother; whether he cries for Sam, himself or their screwed up lives. Probably, it’s a bit of everything. And really, who can blame him after seeing Sam so defeated? Oh, but they do broken so beautifully.

DEAN: Sammy, I got this one. I’ll do it.
SAM: She asked me to.
They both kill me here; Dean’s protectiveness and what he’s willing to take on his shoulders for his brother just as much as Sam’s choked up, trembling voice when he’s giving his answer. Oh, boys. What, oh what else has to happen so you hug?!

    Random things
  • no one can put as much loveably poutiness in the because I’m older argument than Dean
  • it’s the first time we hear Sam say bitch, looks like big brother rubbed off on him
  • ”Don’t mention it” - Poor Dean just doesn’t get the recognition he should from the folks he saves *pets*
  • women’s underwear puts the sweetest notion of uncomfortableness to Sam’s face ♥
  • Dean’s smooth in showing Sam how proud he’s of his bro getting the girl
  • a scar leaving such a deep crease as the bite Madison got in her neck wouldn’t have faded in color that much in just a month
  • Adonis-like doesn’t even come close to describing Sam’s body. *fans self*
  • the minimalist werewolf make up worked, I was scared we’d get some furry quadruped so this was nice
  • I’m in love with Sera Gamble. Again.


Well, solid show and yes, I admit it, I cried at the end because first Sam broke me and then Dean broke me too. *sobs*
 
 
Current Mood: touchedtouched
Current Music: Butterfly Boucher - A Bitter Song
 
 
 
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on March 23rd, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
But it's like a train wreck. That last scene... just makes my heart die. Yet I can't stop watching it. I'm a glutton for punishment. And I love your review.
ヴェレーナ: john in darkongiara on March 23rd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm a glutton for punishment
*laughs* Aren't we all? Gosh, I have this episode on loop, it's not funny. This show pwns me like no other.
justfreefallinjustfreefallin on March 23rd, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Du hättest es schöner nicht ausdrücken können, sowas kann ich nichtmal in deutsch. ;-) Und jetzt habe ich die Sammy-Sex szene auch gesehen... guh... was hat er mit seinem Körper gemacht? Holy EverythingOfDoomSammy!! *drops dead*
ヴェレーナ: jensen jeansongiara on March 23rd, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Und jetzt habe ich die Sammy-Sex szene auch gesehen
Haha, hattest du die etwa auch erst mit Schnelldurchlauf geschaut. Ihr seid mir ja welche :) Und jepp, der arm of doom allein tut es schon lang nicht mehr *sich EverthingofDoom!Sammy als T-Shirt drucken lässt* Ich hoffe davon gibt's von dir nachher ein paar schöne Caps *hechel*
halo on; reversed.: incipient sinisterismdev_earl on March 23rd, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Well, you're not the only one who cried. I bawled my eyeballs out. But it's not Sam's gushing tears that did it. It's just that Jensen's single tear never failed to break me good. I see the resemblance of BUABS in that scene too. I was, like, "This is how Dean felt when you asked him to waste you, Sam! This!" I hope Sam got that. How hard it can be.

I ♥ your view on why Dean cried. I can see it too and it's just...*sobs* Oh, Dean.

P/S: Thanks to Sera Gamble, I can now feed my porn bunny re. how Sammy acts during sex. Thank you, lady. :D
ヴェレーナ: sam turned awayongiara on March 23rd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
I hope Sam got that. How hard it can be.
I'd like to think at least a part of it dawned on him the moment he's looking back at Dean before he goes in to shoot Madison. There are so many emotions on his face and some of it went out to Dean I think. Hopefully, they'll show some of the consequences in the next episode. I'd really like to see a small moment between the two just acknowledging the other.

Sera Gamble is awesome, she totally gets the guys and, well, I like that she wants the same things most fans want to see. It's like they have their own fangirl up there in the writers room and I love it. It calms me down to know she has her part in the season finale as well :)
Mia: sam deanmyeien on March 23rd, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, you sound a lot more calmed and organized than me. I could only think about OMG NEKKID SAM DOIND TEH SLAMMING INTO THE WALLS AND TEH BITING NECKS and a lot more OMG followed by body parts. xD

The end, it broke me too. Sam's pain at having to kill her was overwhelming, but Dean, and you know I'm a Sammy girl and I don't usually say that, DEAN killed me. The many emotions going though that face at the end, it's just, too sad.
ヴェレーナ: sd nightmareongiara on March 23rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Psst, I always make notes while watching. To tell you the truth I feel far from organized and am still on a high from the episode. Gosh, Jared's been working out, didn't he?

I'm a Sammy girl and I don't usually say that, DEAN killed me
I'm right there with you. The funny thing is that I'm a Sammy girl too but always end up writing about Dean which is just so weird. They both react so differently when it comes to scenes like this but they both just knocked me on my butt. They ownd the final scene and I'm still flinching with Dean at the end and want nothing more than to go in there and wrap Sam in a crushing hug. Oh boys.
dragyn: spn deandragynville on March 23rd, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
YES to everything you said! *_*
ヴェレーナ: sdj fightingongiara on March 23rd, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
I see, this episode got to you too *pats* :D
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somersaulter: spn; deansam (together)somersaulter on March 23rd, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Awesome review! It's amazing you can still sound so coherent at the end of the episode.

Oh, but they do broken so beautifully.

Oh yes.
ヴェレーナ: coffee splatterongiara on March 23rd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
It's amazing you can still sound so coherent at the end of the episode.
Well, I feel incoherent but I always take notes while watching so as to keep up appearances ^_^ The weeks of the following hiatus are much needed, I think I need them to recuperate appropriately, whoo.
[vanessa] call me miss shameless.vanee on March 23rd, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Die Episode hat mich fertig gemacht. Durch die Magel gedreht und mich wieder ausgespuckt. HAMMER.
Toll fand ich diese "Awkward" Situationen, z.B. die Szene mit der Unterwäsche, haha. <3 Sammy.
ヴェレーナ: sd readingongiara on March 23rd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Boah, ich glaub wirklich den vierwöchigen HIatus brauchen wir zum erholen nach dieser Folge.

Toll fand ich diese "Awkward" Situationen, z.B. die Szene mit der Unterwäsche, haha.
Hehe, Sam hat diesen knuffigen mir-ist-das-jetzt-total-unangenehm Blick auch so schön drauf, man möchte ihn einfach nur lieb haben. Mit ganz oben steht ja auch Deans Anruf. Er kennt Sam so genau, das ist fast schon erschreckend *malt Herzchen um die beiden*
Jo: Tears Samapieceofcake on March 23rd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Lovely review :-)
ヴェレーナ: sam profilongiara on March 23rd, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I still feel a little incoherent about the whole thing. Oh, boys.
Jenniferdaydreamer1984 on March 23rd, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
I loved the epsidoe! I got teary eyed as well!

PS i friended you!!!
ヴェレーナ: dean sunset gunongiara on March 23rd, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so compelled to rewatch it. Again. LOL

And I friended you right back ;)
goodnight on March 23rd, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
yes, such an adonis. Oh ma prowr.

this ep broke me.
ヴェレーナ: sd faith fieldongiara on March 25th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
*pats* And why do I have this feeling that the season finale will break us even more *wibble*
dimturien: Dean criesdimturien on March 24th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
whether it’s the fact that he knows Sam is losing his last bit of innocence the moment he’ll take a human’s life
Verdammt! An das "Geheimnis" hab ich ja gar nicht mehr gedacht... O_O Zählt das denn jetzt? Ich meine, er hat ja einen Menschen getötet. In dem Moment war sie ein Mensch, und kein Werwolf...
ZOMG, Sammy wird böhöööööösääää!!! *angst*

* I’m in love with Sera Gamble. Again.
Same here! *loves like woah*

Ich kann noch keinen klaren Gedanken fassen, die Episode hat mich zu arg aufgewühlt... *heul*
ヴェレーナ: turning point 2.01ongiara on March 25th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Also ich hoffe doch, dass ihn dass jetzt nicht gleich sofort böse werden lässt, aber es hat die Angst die Seite zu wechseln sicher noch verstärkt. Und ich klammer mich weiterhin an den Strohhalm, dass Dean nicht eines Tages das selbe wird tun müssen, was Sam dort tat. *festhalt*

Diese Episode macht mich noch fertig, je mehr ich drüber nachdenk, desto trauriger wird sie *schnief*
lost_phantom_cc: sammylost_phantom_cc on March 24th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
When I realized the ep was a werewolf one, I jumped for joy! Kind of like Dean actually...

I knew Sammy was going to get some sooner or later and boy, it was hot. I think I died a little.

I laughed really hard when Sammy said "What a bitch!". You just wouldn't expect it from him, even if he was talking about a soap opera.

I thought that it got a bit corny at the end when she was telling him to kill him because I felt like the relationship between Sammy and Madison hadn't been played up enough. It was still heartbreaking, but I would have liked to see a bit more interaction first.

And finally, Dean, Dean, Dean. What would we do without you? He was beyond awesome in this ep. With the jokes and the single tear that rolled down his cheek at the end. I LOVE him.

Jared and Jensen bring it every time. *hugs their hot talentedness*

Sorry for rambling. =p
ヴェレーナ: dean sträflingongiara on March 25th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I thought that it got a bit corny at the end when she was telling him to kill him because I felt like the relationship between Sammy and Madison hadn't been played up enough.
That's how I felt the first time I saw the ep but I guess it's one of those things I manage to overlook in benefit of the episode's meaning. It would have been lovely though if they had given us more Sam/Madison time and bonding and not just what we must assume took place off screen.

Dean, Dean, Dean. What would we do without you? He was beyond awesome in this ep.
*nods* He totally pwnd his scenes and it amazes me every time just how subtle his acting is. How he can convey so many emotions on his face without any striking gestures but just by the small things he does. Amazing and so heartbreaking.

Your much welcome to ramble as much as you like ;D Thanks for stopping by ♥
zora_sourit: Jenzora_sourit on March 26th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
no one can put as much loveably poutiness in the because I’m older argument than Dean
LOL! Absolutely! For Dean, i think that is an absolutely foolproof argument.

I was flinching right with Dean when the shot went off.
Me, too! I think they manipulated the camera angle or the sound or something *ruins the moment* Or JA is just fucking brilliant.


It felt a bit like having back our sassy season one Dean at times here.

Yep, yep, again, I agree completely. Must stop citing your own post to you, LOL.
ヴェレーナ: sam heart shoulderongiara on April 1st, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
LMAO, I see we saw eye to eye on that episode :D

I think they manipulated the camera angle or the sound or something *ruins the moment* Or JA is just fucking brilliant
Hah! justfreefallin and I just talked about whether Dean's single tear was some effect or real the other day because it rolls so achingly slowly. But it might have just been JA himself totally pwning his acting ♥ Whatever it was, it never fails to break my heart. Not even at the 10th rewatch^^
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