?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Unabashed Spoiler Hound & Fanfic writer

Reveling in the fickle nature of fangirlishness

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Like a Virgin: "I have to set things right"
sophie_deangirl
A Supernatural Blog - Season 6 Episode 12





Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. - Aesop

To understand is to forgive, even oneself. - Alexander Chase

Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. - Confucius


First, I have to admit that I was a little bummed that The Road So Far didn't have the signature Carry on my Wayward Son by Kansas. It's become so synonymous with The Road So Far, but I get the implication that Back in the Saddle Again by Aerosmith alludes to so I got over my initial disappointment.

This episode was the moving brotherly reunion that I had been hoping for all season. I knew it would happen eventually. Once again, this episode was Jared's to own and he did so with beautiful results. His ability to play soulless Sam with just enough feigned concern to be overlooked for a little while, but showing just enough to have us see that something's terribly off like the chilly smile only we see when he hugs Dean in Exile on Main Street is perfection, but then in this episode you see the full out authentic warmth and love he has for Dean when he hugs him and you know the real Sam, the soulful Sam is back. It's heart breaking and heart warming all in one moment and Jared just sells it. All throughout this episode, I felt so happy to see our Sam back. He's still got the mad skills of a well-trained hunter but now he has the compassion that made him different from just any old hunter back.

Seeing Sam in these two modes reminds me of the original Star Trek episode, The Enemy Within, where the transporter splits Kirk up into two, one hardened warrior whose only motivation is to kill and the other, compassionate, but almost timid in his abhorrence towards violence. Both are dying without the other and must be joined to live. Or for you Legend of the Seeker fans, in Torn, when Kahlan, the Mother Confessor was also split into two people, one who is decisive, knowing only duty and law and the other, all about love for Richard. The moral of each is that it is the combination of both good and evil that makes a person whole, that one without the other is not only incomplete, but also not the true representation of that person, that we all posses darkness and light. In Sam's case, it's the difference between having a soul or not, that his soul is what gives him a conscience and that tempers the soulless mechanics of being just a hunter and nothing more. It is what makes Sam uniquely him and why Dean needs him whole. Of course, there is this selfishness on Dean's part to have HIS Sam back, damn the consequences to Sam in some way, because Sam has also been his voice of conscience, though I give Dean credit for having his own sense of good and evil, doing the right thing and why I believe soulless Sam wanted him back in hunting, to be that voice for him. Still, it's obvious that Dean needs soulful Sam on so many levels. But Dean also sees that soulless Sam is dangerous as well as a person the real Sam would hate to be and in a way, you can see Dean wanting to not only save Sam's soul from more torture at the hands of Lucifer and Michael in Hell, but also wanting to give Sam a second chance at life denied to him. Sadly, Cas has his doubts. Having felt his soul, he paints a grim picture of it:

"Let me tell you what his soul felt like when I touched it, like it had been skinned alive, Dean. If you wanted to kill your brother, you should have done it outright."

Bobby, too, is wary and can't shake what Sam tried to do to him. This hurts even more because Bobby is the father figure and once professed that he would never give up on him. Clearly, he can't separate the "two" Sams, soul or no soul, because he had tried to kill Bobby:

"I'm glad he's better, I really am, but that kid went straight up Menendez on me not ten days ago and now it's all just erased? Sorry, I'm having a bit of a hard time even looking at him."

"It wasn't Sam."

"Maybe it wasn't all Sam, but it was him, Dean."

This brings into relief a perception question as well as maybe another example of a blind spot/denial. Two people believe that Sam is either damaged or so irrevocably changed that even with his soul, their perceptions of him have changed and then there's Dean reveling in having his brother back, smiling when Sam acts compassionate with the sister of a victim, that he would be happy to keep the truth from him forever. I'm a Pollyanna, I want to believe like Dean does. I'm no fool, this is Supernatural, after all, as with any deal, a price will be paid, but I believe that Sam will overcome somehow and that Dean will be there to make it all happen. In the meantime, Bobby is right, Sam will eventually learn the truth:

“You better prep for the B-side, cuz when Sam finds out we’re shining him, it ain’t gonna be cute.”

For me, I'm glad Sam did, at least with
what little of it he got from Cas and I'm glad that Dean fessed up and told him about the wall.


"Death didn’t just shove your soul back in, OK? He put up the Great Wall of Sam between you and the things that you don’t remember. And trust me when I say that the things you don’t know could kill you. That’s not a joke.”

"Right, but I have to set things right for what I can anyway."

I'm also proud of Sam that he's not running away from the responsibility:

"And look, I appreciate you trying to protect me, I really do, but I gotta fix what I gotta fix so I need to know what I did."

"But you don't know how dangerous that could be."

"What would you do?"

Silence.

"Right. Same thing."

Again, a beautiful moment and frankly,it epitomizes how happy I am to see Sam back. It was like this comfort you get from a relative you haven't seen in a while and not until you see them again do you realize just how much you missed them. Again, I can't say enough about how well Jared expressed this in his portrayal of Sam. In many ways it was a revelation. He gave soulful Sam this gentler aura that is uniquely Sam which was just as effective as the dangerous edge he gave to soulless Sam

Other comforting moments were the banter like:

“Wow, that sounded really creepy coming out of your mouth.”

or

“It’s comforting. I died for a year, come back and you’re still not funny."

“Shut up! I’m hilarious."

or

Dragon (about Dean’s sword): “Where did you get that?"
Dean: “Comic-Con"

The more interesting reveal was Dr. Visyak's past with Bobby. Hmmm...sounds like it didn't end well:

“Bobby Singer? Tell him something for me next time you see him. Actually, just kick him in the jewels. That’s more poetic.”

Ouch.

Of course, I loved this:

“We need a brave knight who’s willing to step up and kill the beast.”

I have to admit Dean trying to pull the sword out of the stone was HILARIOUS and I wasn't disappointed that he wasn't the anointed one, in fact, the episode was so Sam-centric I thought Sam might have been the one.

I loved this episode and despite the obvious uncertainty ahead and admitted dread of what might happen to Sam if the wall is broken, which it will be, of course, hearing Sam heroically preparing himself to face it and feeling that Dean will play a pivotal role in supporting him, makes me believe that getting the real Sam back was worth it all.

Thanks for reading as always!! Comments welcome and thanks for your patience as I caught up.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.



  • 1
...but then in this episode you see the full out authentic warmth and love he has for Dean when he hugs him and you know the real Sam, the soulful Sam is back. It's heart breaking and heart warming all in one moment and Jared just sells it.

I loved that moment too! :) I was cheering, "Sam is back!" lol. Definitely great acting by Jared!

Two people believe that Sam is either damaged or so irrevocably changed that even with his soul, their perceptions of him have changed and then there's Dean reveling in having his brother back, smiling when Sam acts compassionate with the sister of a victim.

I'm with you! I love that Sam's back too, and I was enjoying those moments right along with Dean, but like you, I have a feeling that a price will be paid. But Dean will definitely be there to help him when he needs it. :D

Dragon (about Dean’s sword): “Where did you get that?"
Dean: “Comic-Con"

Lol, I loved that line too! :D

Excellent blog as always!!!

-Laughter

  • 1