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"feed me" (belated and not very serious episode reaction: SPN 5.15).

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"feed me" (belated and not very serious episode reaction: SPN 5.15).

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I finally managed to watch 5.15 last night, and I have renewed respect for everyone who’s been posting thoughtful, insightful analyses of the episode. The deepest thought I had while watching it was: shit, Jensen Ackles looks pretty in that blue cotton jacket.

And then I was off on an extended reverie in which I rated all of Dean’s jackets in terms of their hotness (that blue cotton one--which has full-ish arms and a kind of nipped in waist, and so, um, accentuates (some of) JA’s best features--came in on top).

By the time I came back from that the zombies had started to “turn,” and I started thinking about how sometimes I’m sure my kids are going to do something like that to me when I suggest they eat something healthy like soup when what they really want is some red meat.

And then I started imagining the sheriff’s conversation with her pediatrician (or the nurse help line):

“I don't know what to do--he has a really high fever.”

“Okay, and does he have any pre-existing conditions?”

“Well, he’s, uh, dead. Or undead. Why? Do you think that might have something to do with it?”

And by the time I came back from that, they were burning bodies.

I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s squee. I think the extent to which one enjoyed the episode might have had to do with how much one enjoys zombies in general. And they just aren’t my thing. I find them hard to take seriously, for some reason (see above).

I’m not one to wax nostalgic about S1, but it did occur to me that there was a really good S1 episode in there someplace—something like “Dead in the Water.” One that might have focused more on the sheriff, who I liked, and her family, and the weird pathos of having to let go of a child (as 4.15 did nicely, from a different angle). Emo!Bobby wasn’t doing it for me—though I did like his “Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong?” line.

Not coincidentally, an S1 episode wouldn’t have had to deal with the shadow of the enormous elephant in the room. The fact that there might be someone else present who had recently come back from the dead and passed a lot of tests. Someone who may or may not have been standing right there. Perhaps wearing a fetching blue cotton jacket.

I’d like to think that there was some kind of foreshadowing going on. That we were being prepped for Bobby betraying the Winchesters. Or learning that sometimes you really do need to kill your loved ones (again). Or that, before the end of the season, Dean is going to find out what love is. But it didn’t seem that fully thought through…

In other news, my parents are here for Passover, and then I have two weeks of overlapping spring breaks for the kids—during which I, in theory, am working. So, I may not be around much. Or, I may be around all the time, trying to escape the Great Grimpen Mire of domesticity.

In the meantime, chag sameach, folks, and let me know if you have any thoughts on the relative hotness quotients of Dean’s outerware.

  • See, I love me a good zombie, so I had a blast with this episode and the Romero checklist it went through. ( surround ing house - check! pounding on cupboard/closet door - check! Witty things being said before shooting their heads off- check!) And Dean, yes, can we just all say hallelujah for how damn hot he looked in this epidoes. And I fully expect that full body zoom of him leaning on the Imapaal to show up in every vid from this moment on. Damn but he gives good blue..:-)

    And the elephant in the room never struck me. Maybe becuase neither Dean - nor Sam - for that matter came back undead. They just..um, came back.
    • the Romero checklist it went through.
      yeah, see, lost on me...I can totally see how that would have made it better :)

      neither Dean - nor Sam - for that matter came back undead. They just..um, came back.
      Point taken. Though didn't that first shot of the hand coming up through the graveyard dirt mirror the first shot of Lazarus Rising?

      can we just all say hallelujah for how damn hot he looked in this epidoes.
      Amen! boy has been drinking his gorgeous juice, for sure-- *forgets all about her critique of the episode in contemplation of that shot*
      • Though didn't that first shot of the hand coming up through the graveyard dirt mirror the first shot of Lazarus Rising? Yes, and basically of every zombie/ back from the dead movie out there! (Remember Jess's hand too, way back when? A mirror of Carrie's hand shooting out at the end of Carrie)

        I did like how they did Jim's storyline, etc, but I must admit, I found myself grinning at the screen more than sniffling at it. Though I did get a little hitch-y when that crane shot slowly drew back from the 3 of them at her funeral pyre at the end.
        • Jess's hand too, way back when? Oh yeah--good point! (but doesn't that imply that the Dean hand in LR was like all those other un-dead hands?--though I don't want to make too much of it--it clearly wasn't what we were supposed to take away from the ep.--)

          And I liked the last little bit too--especially Bobby's new bitterness and Sam's kind of desperate need for reassurance that Bobby was going to be okay--*sniff*
  • Season one is one of my least favorite seasons, so I never feel any season one nostalgia of any kind... I wish they would have tied the story up with the Winchester's storyline, not so much the coming-back-from-the-dead part, but the getting-a-loved-one-back-from-the-dead part, if it makes sense. Emo!Bobby doesn't really do it for me either. :)

    Loved the zombies, though. I think the sheriff calling the doctor was a sign that she was in BIG DENIAL, trying to cling to normal things like calling the doctor when your kid is sick. This seemed to be what everyone was doing, like this other zombie guy (Clayton?) who just went back home after he killed the man who killed him.

    Dean was exceptionally pretty. Not that he never is, but there was something special in this episode, maybe the lighting or something. *happy sigh*
    • I think I like S1 more than S3, if only because "Devil's Trap" is one of my top two or three episodes (I have a thing for the demonic possession of family members ;) ). Nothing in S3 does it for me to the same extent--

      the Winchester's storyline, not so much the coming-back-from-the-dead part, but the getting-a-loved-one-back-from-the-dead part
      yeah--I completely agree!

      like this other zombie guy (Clayton?) who just went back home after he killed the man who killed him.
      IKR? I was kind of making fun of it, but that aspect of the episode (including the scene you mention) was one of the best things about it.

      Dean was looking especially pretty in 5.14, too--I thought it might just be the angsty lighting, but no, he just is going through some kind of resurgence of gorgeousness. Like you say, he always looks good--but every once in a while he looks SO good it's like you've never noticed it before--
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