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24 November 2006 @ 11:45 pm
Supernatural: In My Time of Dying  
I watched most of this episode, so I figured I'd give my honest two cents. And mix some more metaphors ;)

Since I was like 3, I have been a fan of stories that involve the occult or the supernatural. It's my thing. Aliens and wizards just sort of fell into place later. And as I became older, I realized I had this love of mythology and how cultures use it to explain the world around them, especially the unknown. Therefore, it is no suprise that I love Star Wars, Stargate SG-1, X-Files, and Smallville: all these shows have mythology as an important aspect of their being.

So, finally, I said what the hey. I am alone, there is nothing on TV at all, and I'm recovering from being very sick.

In My Time of Dying was very good.

I found it felt a lot like X-Files in lighting and tone. Well, X-Files from the early days. I also found it echoed a lot of what I write which kinda left me uncomfortable. It was extremely well acted and you could feel the characters' emotions.

Maybe I just like to see guys beat up and in hospital gowns. Maybe ;)

The episode was not unflawed, however. I came in 15-20 minutes into the episode or something like that. I read the little TV Guide blurb about Dean in a coma. That is all I needed to know. I immediately knew that the woman was the grim reaper. No surprise. The whole speech of how angry spirits become angry spirits was okay. Been done tons and tons of times before. I also knew that Pops was going to be pushing up daisies in the end.

Unfortuanetly, the episode was horribly predictible. I didn't have any sense of surprise and it wasn't at all suspenseful for me. I don't even know how any of that could be fixed. I wouldn't go as far as to say it was cliche, but it wasn't at all original.

Fortunately for the episode, the acting was strong enough to balance out its lack of creativity. Though I knew it was going to happen, at least I felt the emotions between the characters. And for the scene when we found out that Dean could become an angry spirit, even though I pointed out it's lack of originality, it's still a good scene. I've always loved moments when characters are faced with a decision of that magnitude. And what is worse than becoming what you fight to destroy? That is one of my fave themes in mythology.

I'd still be interested in seeing more some day. I just don't know what that next opportunity will arise.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
crayonbreakygalcrayonbreakygal on November 25th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
I've had the exact same feeling about the show. Somewhat predictable, but I think the acting saves it. The characters really do connect. Btw, I just started watching it this season also. I was drawn to it for the same reasons.
Working for the Mandroid: Cam and Sammoonshayde on December 3rd, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I may be watchign S1 sometime soon. I'll have to see if it sparks with me. it should. It's the type of show I know I'd be interested in.
MegTDJ: House Ghost MD - gentleflowermeg_tdj on November 25th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
I think the thing about this episode was that we were thinking, "They're not gonna kill Poppa Winchester. They CAN'T kill Poppa Winchester. OHMIGOSH THEY KILLED POPPA WINCHESTER!!!!!"

It was terrible. :(

But yeah, a lot of the time it's kinda predictable. There are loads of flaws in this show, yet for some reason it still manages to suck me in every week. I love the brotherness, and all through season 2 they've been angsting beautifully over losing their dad. So it's good. :)
Working for the Mandroid: Fanboy Autographsmoonshayde on December 3rd, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
I'll have to see what i think after I watch more episodes. Not very original stuff, but the acting is good and that is what counts right now.

What on earth is your icon? Ghost MD? Care to explain?
MegTDJ: House Ghost MD - gentleflowermeg_tdj on December 3rd, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Wellllll... there was a scene in an ep of House a couple weeks ago where he was playing mind games with a guy he wanted as his patient. It turned out that the guy had a seizure disorder, and House was trying to induce one by flashing lights and stuff, and one of the things that happened to him just before seizing was that he couldn't see things that moved. So to demonstrate this, House suddenly rose from his chair and we saw from the patient's eyes that he disappeared. Then he reappeared standing right in front of the guy, practically giving him a heart attack in the process, LOL!

So for a second it looked like he was a ghost or a hallucination or something. It was really cool. ;)
aizjanikaaizjanika on December 2nd, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, this show is all about the characters for me. I barely notice plot points or even predictability. I don't really think it's that scary. (If I did, I wouldn't be watching.) I've had toolman and metroid_warrior watching this with me over the last few weeks, and I feel like I have to preface very episode with, "This one's kind of lame, but...it gets better, and...uh...there's important character stuff in this episode." *g* (I wouldn't say that about IMTOD, though, which I love as an episode.) They really don't like the show, even though we're into the second half of the first season already. :-( They do, however, really like Gilmore Girls. LOL

In this episode, even though I knew it was likely they'd kill off Papa Winchester and I'd been reading spoilers and speculation and also knew some of the actor's plans, he was my favorite character on the show, so I was just hoping and hoping and hoping that they wouldn't do it. OTOH, I liked how they staged his death. That felt real to me, having been in similar situations more than once.

They did leave out some of the usual hospital-like stuff in order to keep things more straightforward and simple--with Dean, that is. It's not ER, but as you said, the feelings and emotions felt real to me. *g*

I do love how this arc plays out over season 2, but still... I'd rather they'd kept John alive and continued to explore those relationships even if he could only be in one or two episodes per year or even if he couldn't come back until season 3. I still keep hoping he's not really dead. *g* He could still come back, right? *g*

Also, it's still bothering me... Sam pulled the Colt on the truck driver. Sam appeared to be trapped in the car and we next see him being loaded into the helicopter by the medical crew. Later, though, he told John the Colt was in the trunk. How did the Colt get in the trunk? Do you think Sam had already been back to the car? But when he met up with Bobby, he acted like he hadn't seen the car all messed up yet. (I think this also adds credence to my theory that Sam didn't get out of the car and put the Colt in the trunk himself.)

So what did he do? Ask the truck driver to put it in the trunk for him? It's possible that Sam simply misspoke, but where the Colt was makes a difference as far as whether or not it was safe from the demons or not.

What do you think? *g*
aizjanikaaizjanika on December 2nd, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
I should also say, that I've liked every episode of this show. I didn't mean to imply otherwise. *g*
Working for the Mandroid: Daniel and Teal'c Brothersmoonshayde on December 3rd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
I didn't see the entire episode, so I have no idea about the Colt. I assume that is the gun? And even though I'll be watching s1 soon, I doubt that will help you answer that question anyway. I'll have to watch this episode again in its entireity someday and get back to you on it.
aizjanikaaizjanika on December 3rd, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
hehe That's right. I forgot you hadn't seen the beginning. I'm sorry about that. It's just a minor point, but it started bugging me when I was writing my story. Usually I don't even notice stuff like that, but I watched this episode 10,000 times to try to get the timeline right for my story, and I *still* messed it up horribly.

Oh, and I was just looking at this lovely, lovely pictorial essay by sargraf. She analyzes what she calls the "brotherly manlove" based on their body language and that sort of thing. I'm not sure if you'd find it interesting or not, but she writes some really lovely stuff even if I don't always understand it. I also like the way she reasons things out.

In My Time of Dying is up now. It does contain some minor references to season 1 episodes so you might not want to look at it now, but I'm not sure there's anything too spoilery. (I can't be sure about that, though, since I've already seen all the episodes, so I might not have recognized something as a spoiler because it feels like common knowledge to me.)

In this one, she analyzes Sam first and then Dean, but usually she does them together, IIRC. She missed my favorite moment from this episode, which was the look on Dean's face (after he was awake) when Sam and John started fighting again, but I really enjoyed what she wrote about the episode and the way she used some screen caps to illustrate her points.

Anyway, you can always save it for later, or not. *g* I was just looking at it just now and thinking about what to say in a comment so it was on my mind. I actually should rec all of these in my own journal, though I'm guessing anyone interested would have looked at these by now, and I'd really like to see them all first. I don't always agree with all that she says or sometimes I don't really get it completely, but it's interesting and fun (for me anyway). I really like her other meta on the show, too.