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16 November 2007 @ 07:12 pm
Quick Supernatural Observation  
I just had a few thoughts on S3 "Fresh Blood" versus S1 "Faith."

I've been watching S3 and have felt pretty comfortable with the characterization for both Sam and Dean. Do I have concerns and reservations? I do. But for the most part, I haven't felt as off-balanced as some of the more diehard fans do. It may be because I'm more of a casual viewer and I'm not involved in the fandom. I don't know. My viewing experience is just different I guess.

But just for the heck of it, I popped in "Faith" today because I love that episode. (Sam guilt/angst and Dean whump makes my day. Squee!) Anyway, I have only seen the episode once and that was over six months ago. However, I was struck just how much "Faith" echoed "Fresh Blood."

In "Faith," Sam confronts Dean on how he makes everything a joke when he's scared or in danger. Dean laughs it off. We had this in last night's episode as well. It's a running theme, of course, but I found it more pronounced in last night's ep.

Not only did we have a similar confrontation, even if last night's was more intense, but even some of the same dialogue. Dean makes a joke. Sam tells him it's not funny. Dean asks maybe a little funny? And Sam is still not amused.

The comparison just really struck me. These are two totally different scenarios but it really demonstrates to me the consistancy of their characters. So when Sam calls Dean on his stupidity in last night's episode, he's completely right. We even have the canon for it. In "Faith" it's more condensed whereas in in S3 it's more of a storyarc. But it's still there.

We also have an Impala mention in both episodes. In "Faith," Dean tells Sam he's going to have to take care of his car. In "Fresh Blood," we had that nice brotherly car scene at the end with Dean teaching Sam how to take care of the car.

It's really refreshing. That's one of things I like about this show. I really feel that the characters themselves have a lot of consistancy yet have room to move, grow, and make really dumb decisions.

Yay Supernatural!
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MegTDJ: Dean Worried - 494obsessionmeg_tdj on November 17th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
I agree. I'm pretty sure those eps were both written by Sera Gamble (Faith was co-written, though, I think), which probably helps with the continuity. But yeah... it was established really early on that Dean gets more flippant the more terrified he is. And that Sam is never fooled by it for a second. ;)
jessm78: Hollywood Babylonjessm78 on November 17th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for bringing this up! I completely forgot to mention this in my ep review of "Fresh Blood." But it was funny because I was just rewatching my S1 DVD's the other day, and I remembered that "It's not funny"-"Oh come on, it's a little funny" exchange from "Faith." And then the very similar exchange in "Fresh Blood." And the brotherly car scene from the end did sort of echo what Dean had told Sam about taking care of the car in "Faith."

Things almost come full circle as far as this whole thing is concerned, and it does echo a nice consistency of the characters.

It's so cool to have another person on my F-list to fangirl over Supernatural with. :D