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SPN 8xwhaaaa?

AWKWARD. *says in a sing-songy voice*

*scrubs brain with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and shuffles away to stick head in a paper bag and die of second-hand embarrassment*

I didn't buy the weird reincarnation of Dean in this episode.  It was like it was supposed to be funny, but really it was sort of painfully out of place and trying too hard.  Poor Dean, being the funny man to Sam's straight man, he seems to get an unfair amount of contortionist characterization in the name of cheap, off-putting humor.  This episode gave me the same sour aftertaste that "Caged Heat" did where all the sexist, derogatory language made me cringe and do a double take at the writers of the episode who were making Sam and Dean act very much not like Sam and Dean.

On a positive note, I liked the first scene with Sam and the familiar in her dog form and her perfectly haha ta-da reveal with Dean's arrival.  Also that actress was gorgeous and so was that doberman.

That's about it.  Next week has to be better, right?  *cringes*  Anyone know who wrote next week's episode?

ETA: A perfect visual summary of this episode (ha, my mad Photoshop skills): ;)


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growyourwings
Feb. 21st, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
Yeah. "Uncomfortable" is a good description for this one. And yeah also, Dean's character was who exactly?
bowtrunckle
Feb. 23rd, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
I found it sort of strange that Dean was suddenly so naive about sex and suddenly had to have things spelled out to him. And the whole conversation between him and Portia about him wondering if she was in her human or dog form while she and James were intimate shouldn't have even made it into the final draft of the script let alone in the episode. It's all fine and dandy if that kind of humor was part of SPN, but it's not. Arrgghghhh, continuity!
percysowner
Feb. 21st, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
It was written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming. They also wrote

Route 666
Shut Up Dr Phil
The Slice Girls
Of Grave Importance
Man’s Best Friend with Benefits
A Little Slice of Kevin
Heartache

So that gives you an idea about what they have done on Supernatural. None of these is in my list of favorites, but they are a mixed bag.

Eugenie Ross-Lemming is also married to Executive Producer Bob Singer.



Edited at 2013-02-21 03:36 pm (UTC)
bowtrunckle
Feb. 23rd, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
I knew they weren't part of the usual suspects in the writers room, their names sounded familiar.

None of these is in my list of favorites, but they are a mixed bag.

Ditto.

Eugenie Ross-Lemming is also married to Executive Producer Bob Singer.

That would explain why they've penned so few episodes over such a long time. I hate to scream nepotism, but ... I guess I just did. ;) But seriously, I had issues with the writing that went way beyond just the inappropriate jokes and other general weird choices (which is just my opinion really). The big thing was all the telling instead of showing. Portia especially had a lot of awkward, expository dialogue. However, I thought the actress did a good job of delivering it.
thunderroad84
Feb. 23rd, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
I loved the opening banter and the dog-to-girl appearance. It unfortunately went downhill from there. It was definitely a let down after last weeks stellar episode.
bowtrunckle
Feb. 23rd, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
It was definitely a let down after last weeks stellar episode.

And maybe that's why I was so disappointed with this episode. I thought we'd finally found our footing this season and the momentum was building beautifully--it felt like the story was actually moving forward instead of just twisting around itself.

This episode was actually supposed to air before last episode, but the script wasn't ready. So maybe a different air date would've been more forgiving? I don't know....
thunderroad84
Feb. 24th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
I didn't realize it was supposed to air before last week's episode. That actually makes sense, because I agree, it felt as though we lost all we had gained in "Trial and Error". Last week Sam described Dean as a genius (as we all know he is), yet this week he didn't know what a witch's familiar was? I just really hated how awkwardly they portrayed him throughout the entire episode. Hopefully next week will put us back on track.
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