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Title: Gaelicspirit's Review Of Episode 8.23
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gaelicspirit - May 17, 2013 02:13 AM (GMT)
Sincere apologies, folks. I had this completed last night after the episode, but LiveJournal had ďclusterĒ issues (insert sarcastic joke here) and I havenít been able to post until now. Hope you enjoy!


Another season over, another hellatus begun. And once more Iím exhausted. This show, you guys. This *show*.


Ramble for 8.23 - Sacrifice

As always, would love to hear from you, should you choose to read. If not, here's to a 'happy' hellatus and I hope to see you next season!

Slainte,
Gaelic

jeanne - May 24, 2013 02:17 AM (GMT)
First- I love your rambles. You bring so much perspective. I hope you will continue this as long as our show has stories to tell. Thank you!

Regarding this episode, I had several random thoughts.

I also questioned how Sam's tainted blood could be purified and usable for the ritual just by confession. ??? I must also say that I was a little shocked at Dean when he was telling Sam what to confess. I know Dean is probably still a little more than hurt that Sam did not look for him in Purgatory, but I really thought he had gotten well beyond pushing the issue especially now at the third trial after all the care he has shown for his brother. It just seemed off. A writer's ploy to get us to the speeches given by both brothers in the end. As if we wouldn't remember the struggles from the beginning of this season.

I loved the way they tricked and cuffed Crowley.

One of my favorite lines was Dean with Cas in the bar, "What show you been watching?" However, I agree that Dean seemed way to nonchalant at this moment with all that was going on.

When Dean returned to the church to stop Sam from completing the trial, I had a moment of deja vu. I was so afraid that Sam in his frenzied state would not listen to Dean when he told him to stop just as he didn't listen at the end of season 4 in another church and killed Lillith to raise Lucifer. I was thrilled when he trusted Dean and let it go.

I have been so impressed with the growth and maturity of one Dean Winchester this season. Everyone else may get trials to do but Dean is the steadfast constant that they all revolve around.

Excited to see where they take us next year with fallen angels, a graceless Cas, and the unknown mind set of the King of Hell.


Hoping you may have time this summer to write a story or two to get us through the summer. :)


Raven524 - May 24, 2013 07:37 PM (GMT)
Enjoyable as always :hi5

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Still, if they are standing side by side, looking in the same direction, thereís nothing that I wonít believe when it comes to this show. And if next season is the last season, or if we have 10 more, Iíll watch because of these brothers. Iíll speculate, Iíll ponder, Iíll hope, Iíll be disappointed, Iíll be excited, Iíll escape, Iíll enjoy.

And Iíll carry onÖ.


I TTA with this statement as it encapsulates exactly how I feel about the series.

As to your question regarding the purification of Sam's blood. The 'confessional' was just the last step to the purification. Part of the way his body was changing after each trial was it was being purified (I don't remember where this was mentioned, maybe in the Metatron episode?). That is also why I think his arms were lighting up at the end. At least that's how I understood it...the question for me is, will the change just stop now and Sam return to just being human or will there be some kind of repercussion for not completing the trial--on the one hand I feel there should be, but then on the other I really don't want Sam's character to be saddled with some kind of negative affect.

Either way though, I am looking forward to next season and more of your excellent reviews! :wub:

gaelicspirit - June 1, 2013 07:45 PM (GMT)
Jeanne - apologies for taking so long to thank you for your comments and send you a reply.

I"m so pleased you enjoy the rambles! It's a great way for me to process the show a bit myself, but is even more rewarding when I get to "talk" with people about the show via comments. :)

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As if we wouldn't remember the struggles from the beginning of this season.


This made me chuckle. I feel like the writers often make that assessment. SPN fans are scary-good with the amount of information we hold onto when it comes to our show. Silly writers. ;)

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I have been so impressed with the growth and maturity of one Dean Winchester this season. Everyone else may get trials to do but Dean is the steadfast constant that they all revolve around.


Couldn't agree more! I, too, am looking forward to all the places they can take the show from here. I did hear recently that Ben Edlund has left to work on Revolution instead, which bums me out. I always enjoyed his quirky writing and episodes. But as long as we have the boys, we'll have plenty to watch and enjoy. :)

See you after the hiatus!

Raven -- ditto on the apologies, lady. It's been one of those...uh...years. LOL!


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The 'confessional' was just the last step to the purification. Part of the way his body was changing after each trial was it was being purified (I don't remember where this was mentioned, maybe in the Metatron episode?). That is also why I think his arms were lighting up at the end. At least that's how I understood it...the question for me is, will the change just stop now and Sam return to just being human or will there be some kind of repercussion for not completing the trial--on the one hand I feel there should be, but then on the other I really don't want Sam's character to be saddled with some kind of negative affect.


Huh. Okay, I didn't get that, but I can see where it makes sense. I guess I just thought that he would have to finish the trials to be purified, but I could easily have misinterpreted.

I think though, that he's not done "changing" -- at least from what I could tell by the end. I've only seen it once, but his doubled-over gasp of pain seemed to be timed right with when the angels began falling. And by the side of the car, he seemed to be flinching/reacting to the angel's burning wings, hitting the water, etc. So, I still have to wonder to what degree he was 'changed' and how that will continue despite the fact that he didn't finish the last trial.

Annnnndddd we have to wait until, what? October? GAH! :)

Hope to see you then!

Slainte!




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