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12 March 2007 @ 01:00 pm
SPN: Episodes Home through Faith  
For those of you on my flist who don't like this how, look away! *shoos*



Home

I admit, I'm surprised an episode like this came up so quickly. I wouldn't expect them to go back Home so soon, but with TV you never know when you're going to get canceled so...

It reminded me of Poltergeist. It just had that vibe throughout. So, it's kind of a classic ghost type story. But what sold it for me was just how much it hurt the brothers to be there. They wanted to know, but at the same time didn't want to be there. And here we start getting more detail into Sam's visions.

It was good. Solid episode. And I have this strange obsession with John Winchester. So it worked for me. And the interaction between the psychic lady and Dean? Perfect.

Asylum

This...didn't work for me as much as I thought it would. I love crazy people episodes in any show that I watch. And let me tell you whever they filmed this episode was just so darn creepy. Loved that aspect of it. Maybe I just had set my expectations too high. It was a great episode, but I don't know. I haven't really put my finger on what was lacking for me yet. But Dean got beat up so...there's at least that ;)

Scarecrow

Eh...again not a bad episode but it didn't really grab me like the first few episodes of the season that I watched. I both liked and disliked the brothers separated. It created necessary tension, but at the same time the actors have a lot of chemistry and that really helps hold up the show. So when they are apart, it's good, but just not as good. And I was already spoiled for Meg, so that was not much of a surprise. Decent episode though. Creepy that the girl's own aunt and uncle would sacrifice.

Faith

Yes. YES. It's not going to be any secret that I have this thing for Dean-in-peril. Fir whatever reason, for this show, I am more about Dean than Sam which is unusual. I usually like the Sam type. But how much better does it get when you have Dean dying, Sam worried, and that tension between faith/skepticism in a religious context? That is perfect for me.

Great episode. I need to watch it again. Yay!



All were awesome. Tall Tales was fun and I suspect it was done this way to balance out the tension from Born Under a Bad Sign which I haven't seen yet. It reminded me of X-Files Bad Blood and Jose Chung's From Outer Space. The Usual Suspects surprised me with continuity, but was predictable, and Playthings was cool in the classic kind of way. The gay jokes were a little over done, but it was still a good episode. And I had some shallow moments in it too :)

I think I like it because it's been so long since I've been able to watch something atmospheric. X-Files was such a great show for atmosphere and suspense. I find this show does a great job with that as well without becoming an X-Files ripoff. It's nice to have something like that to watch again :)
 
 
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Abyssis: SG1 - Jack & Daniel locked up againabyssinia4077 on March 12th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
And I have this strange obsession with John Winchester
From what I know of SPN fans, that seems fairly common.

"Asylum" is still the only episode I haven't seen. I was living on the premises of a VA mental hospital at the time (um, just living there for reasons very unrelated to it being a mental hospital) and enough of the other episodes freaked me out that I wasn't going to watch the one people claimed was the "scariest" and took place in an asylum. Just not going to happen.

Faith was awesome though! And actually parallels well with some episodes that come up later. I love the way SPN does continuity - that things don't get forgotten.

Tall Tales was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long, long time. When the alien made the frat boy dance I shouted at the screen "it's Jack and Thor!"

I'm glad you're enjoying it all!
Working for the Mandroid: breathemoonshayde on March 13th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Faith was so awesome. And having caught the last 20 minutes of In My Time of Dying as my first episode ever, I got the parallel ;)

I thought the Jack and Thor thing too! I was like, gasp, so that's what Thor and Jack have been up to!
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: DitW winchesterssuperbadgirl on March 12th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
All were awesome. Tall Tales was fun and I suspect it was done this way to balance out the tension from Born Under a Bad Sign which I haven't seen yet. It reminded me of X-Files Bad Blood and Jose Chung's From Outer Space.

Dude, that's, like, totally what I said. ;)

I love this show. There've only been 2 episodes that I absolutely couldn't find much (if anything) to like. Even the mediocre plots (which, honestly, lots of them are) are really buoyed up by the guys.

I like them both in peril. It's strange, though, I actually prefer Dean on so many levels, but if I read fanfic, I'm more into Sam being the one in peril. So Dean can angst, natch. ;) Sam's a big little emo puppy, but I somehow believe it more from Dean.
Working for the Mandroid: Sam and Deanmoonshayde on March 12th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Dean angsts very very well. I'm just evil in the sense I like to see him pounded upon. Though, I do prefer where both of them are in trouble together. I just have a soft spot for Dean for some reason.

It's a good show. I knew I'd like it because I was such a big X-Files fan. But I'm very stubborn and won't watch something until I'm ready.

It's kind of nice, though. I have a bunch of shows I am watching on my own time and at my own pace so it's a nice escape. I've been so singular about SG-1 for so long that having other shows to go along with it helps me not get so distressed over what SG-1 has become. I feel like I can sit back and enjoy TV again.
Invisible Friend: all about soulel1ie on March 12th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
I loved Home, mainly I think because it's at this point you begin to realize it's not so much about the monster/ghost of the week that keeps you riveted, but the boys and their father. I think it's also where you start to see the cracks, watching the episodes spoiler free from the beginning, I found it revealing to see that Dean was far more messed up than first appearance let to. I like a character with undercurrents and layers and I've been thrilled with both brothers, but especially Dean.

Asylum was a good piece with some nice humour at the beginning, some great scenes of Sam actually failing to control himself and shooting his brother - but I felt let down with the ending - it was a bit flat and the continuity was one of the worse mistakes they've made so far. Rock Salt fired at close range would mark - heck the T shirt was ripped, Dean got flung through a wall and not a mark? Bad boys....

I liked Scarecrow too as I wasn't spoiled over Meg and although was kind of expecting something the slash to the throat was NOT that something.... Boys separated was interesting to see, neither function as well on their own and it was nice to see the argument spilling over at long last into some sort of rebellion by Sam. Here was the point I started liking Sam a lot more - he'd been a bit whiney for me up to here - but stealing that car made me see the boy John raised, so yeah I liked it.

Faith? Words fail me....I know a lot say they would have liked more sick Dean and less reaper - but heck that's what fictions for. I think they did it well enough not to get too maudlin about it and still retain the horror of the situation without losing the distinct characters of the boys. Love the interactions between them, all through this episode. Sick, vulnerable Dean does it for me every time, so I was happy. *G*

Haven't seen anything else after Crossroad Blues - just a few vague spoilers - I'm not averse to them, I hardly even register them.
Working for the Mandroid: Headlightsmoonshayde on March 13th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Sick, vulnerable Dean does it for me every time, so I was happy.

Yes, oh yes.

I wouldn't say I am majorly spoiled. I knew about the show. i'd read some thoughts on some random eps here and there on my flist. And I read the episode descriptions on the DVDs. My first ep was the last 20 minutes of In My Time of Dying, so I sort of knew what was going on. And it was pretty clear where the Sam and Dean storyline was going after that, so I'm not very surprised with what is going on in S2.

There's a still a lot I don't know, and I've been watching S1 in order and it's been nice :)
aizjanikaaizjanika on March 13th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
And I have this strange obsession with John Winchester.

Hee! That's how it starts. I have no clue why, but I just adore that character--partly because he is a sort of a dark character with passions and hurts and all of it is just plainly visible on his face, in his demeanor, and in the things he says.

but at the same time the actors have a lot of chemistry and that really helps hold up the show. So when they are apart, it's good, but just not as good.

Exactly. That's become a problem on the show--especially in season 2. By then end of season 1, the actors were just dead from working so long every single day--and with both of them in nearly every single scene, it's not like one could rest for an hour or so while the other filmed a scene.

I think this is what was behind their trying to introduce new characters in season 2, but so far it hasn't worked at all. I still think season 2 is better overall, but this "separation" thing is definitely a problem on the show.

Scarecrow is the first episode I ever saw and that little bit at the end (with the brothers) just killed me--even just that little bit, but then I saw the part with Meg and I can remember writing in my LJ, "I don't think I'll ever watch this show again." *g* Then the very next week, the lure and curiosity was too strong. I'm glad I stuck with it.

Fir whatever reason, for this show, I am more about Dean than Sam which is unusual. I usually like the Sam type.

Me too. In season 1, especially, I was all about Dean. I loved Sam, but only in relation to Dean. How did Sam feel about Dean? How did Dean feel about Sam? How did Sam's angst and problems make Dean feel? *g*

Season 2 has more of a balance, though some people say it doesn't. The complaint has been that Sam gets the story and Dean gets the character stuff, but I actually *like* Sam in his own right a lot more in season 2. I'll be interested to see what you think when you get that far.

I find this show does a great job with that as well without becoming an X-Files ripoff. It's nice to have something like that to watch again :)

I wouldn't know if they were ripping off the X-Files or not, but I like it partly for the atmosphere and mainly for the characters. I think the character stuff and these particular actors really make up for anything lacking in the stories most of the time.

What episodes have you seen? Or maybe a better question is which have you *not* seen? *g*

It's been really fun to read your thoughts about this show.
Working for the Mandroid: Sam and Deanmoonshayde on March 13th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
I've seen S1 from the pilot through Faith--first 12 eps, I believe. Though, the first ep I saw was In My Time of Dying--well, the last 20 minutes anyway. Then I've seen from S2 Playthings, The Usual Suspects, Crossroad Blues, and Tall Tales. So I have quite a ways to go ;)

I've wanted to see the show for a while but I'm so contrary at times. When I caught the end of In My Time of Dying, I decided that I'd waited long enough.