I can read Sam's mind (wendy) wrote,
I can read Sam's mind

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SPN: Something Wicked

Something Wicked was one of the episodes I didn't see until it re-ran last summer. So I already knew the myth-arc, etc. when I'd seen in. My immediate response was:

I have never wanted to hug Dean more!! ALSO. Why do I not have caps of Sam in that t-shirt?

Clearly my priorities were in order!

I love that this episode hits heavy on the "Dean must protect Sam" theme and it also focuses really strongly on their brotherly bonds, which I love. This episode is about older brothers protecting younger ones, and both Dean AND Sam accept that.

I never noticed this before, but in the previouslies, they show the shot of Sam smashing the mirror in Bloody Mary. That ties in nicely with the theory that guilt over the Shtriga is why Dean's eyes bled in BM.

I looove the boys arguing in the car.

Sam: What makes you so sure?
Dean: Well, because I'm the oldest, which means I'm always right.
Sam: No, it doesn't.
Dean: Yeah, it totally does.

Dean gives this little SMIRK that just melts me all the way to my toes. Also, as an oldest child myself, I fully agree with his theory.

It's interesting to see the hints on Dean's face that he's starting to figure out what's going on with the kids. I don't remember if I saw that so clearly the first time I saw this. He looks pretty upset about it, but of course, he refuses to talk to Sam about it.

I have such a platonic crush on Alex Ferris, who plays baby!Sam. I want to put him in my pocket and snuggle with him and awwwwww at his cute face forever.

Also, in this first flashback John has on the leather jacket Dean wears as an adult.

John: Lock the doors and windows, close the shades, and most important...
Dean: Watch out for Sammy.

Poor Dean. This really is the basis of his entire character. He thinks he's a hunter, he thinks he has a higher mission, but really...he's saving Sam. (I'm a firm believer that the two boys save each other over and over but I like the twist that Sam LITERALLY has to save Dean in S3. A little payback, maybe?)

Dean looks physically ILL when he finally has to admit to Sam that he knows what's happening. One second he's telling Sam he can't remember anything ("I was just a kid, alright?") and the next he's taking blame for everyone who has died.

I like the contrast of Dean going to Michael as an older brother worried about their younger brothers.

Dean: This is not your fault.
Michael: It's my job to look after him.
(Sam looks right at Dean.)

Dean (to Sam): We're gonna kill this thing, I want it dead, you hear me?"

Dean couldn't protect his own brother from the Shtriga, but maybe he can protect Michael's. (The irony, of course, being that Michael had to actually do it himself.) Dean denies this, protesting that it really is NOT about Sam. (LIAR.)

Dean: This isn't about you Sam. I'm the one who screwed up. It's my fault. There's no telling how many kids have gotten hurt because of me."

He starts to get a little hysterical here but Sam calms him down. Dean confesses that what's he's REALLY upset about is almost getting Sam killed.

Dean: He gave me an order. I didn't listen and it almost got you killed."

I think that's really interesting insight into why Dean is who he is. He follows orders blindly, believes in Dad's word always, his whole life is about correcting this one mistake.

I like that Dean goes to Michael (big brother to big brother) and asks for help to protect the younger bros. Dean does all the talking, all the convincing here.

Michael: You said you're a big brother?
Dean: Yeah.
Michael: You'd take care of your little brother? You'd do anything for him?
Dean: Yeah, I would.

OH MAN. *clutches heart*

I also like that when Sam tries to apologize to Dean about giving him crap their whole lives and Dean's entire response is "oh God, kill me now." Heeee!

Throughout the whole scene where they hunt the Shtriga, Sam is jumpy and Dean is patient, which is a nice touch. And when the Shtriga ends up grabbing Sam (WAIT. I thought it couldn't feed off adults, which is why they didn't use Sam as bait in the first place???), Dean shoots it. I love Dean asking Sam if he's ok and Sam giving the thumbs up (it's even in my header! *points up*) I love the part where Sam is standing behind Dean and Dean unloads his gun into the creature. You can almost read on Dean's face "finally you're dead. Finally Sam is safe from YOU."

And so, in the end, both the big brothers kept their little brothers safe. But there was a price.

Sam: He will always know there are things out there in the dark. He'll never be the same, you know? Sometimes I wish that...
Dean: What?
Sam: I wish I could have that kind of innocence.
Dean: If it means anything, sometimes I wish you could, too.

That breaks my heart WIDE OPEN.

Quick things:
  • Boys in SUITS.
  • Bikini Inspector! (When Sam flashes this badge at the hospital, he covers the picture with his fingers.)
  • Throughout this episode, Jared looks about a full six inches taller than Jensen.
  • SAM. In just a t-shirt. ARMS. *faints*
  • Dean: We won't shoot you. We're good shots.
  • Sam has a web cam on his computer. (*sings "Digital Getdown"*)
  • Michael: King or two queens?
    Dean: Two queens.
    Michael: [under his breath] Ha, yeah I bet.
    Dean: What'd you say?
    Michael: Nice car.

    I wanted to upload "Road to Nowhere" by Ozzy Osbourne, which plays over the last scene and the end credits but apparently I don't have it. BOO. Maybe someone will upload it for me? *looks pretty* It's a really perfect, perfect song for Sam and Dean.

    I was looking back on my life
    And all the things I've done to me
    I'm still looking for the answers
    I'm still searching for the key
    The wreckage of my past keeps haunting me
    It just won't leave me alone

    I still find it all a mystery
    Could it be a dream?
    The Road To Nowhere leads to me
    Through all the happiness and sorrow
    I guess I'd do it all again
    Live for today and not tomorrow
    It's still the road that never ends
    The wreckage of my past keeps haunting me
    It just won't leave me alone
    I still find it all a mystery
    Could it be a dream?
    The Road To Nowhere leads to me
    The Road To Nowhere I gonna pass me by
    I hope the never have to say goodbye
    I never want to live without you

    ALSO! It's SPN S2 DVD Day! WOOOOO! *throws confetti*
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