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30 Days of SPN - Day 6

Okay, I'm off (at very early in the morning) to drive back to school. I may post tomorrow, or I might not, depending on internet access. But I've done the next one as a double-whammy anyway, so we're still on track.

Don't panic.

Day 6 - Your least favourite episode
Eh. When I did the
10 Most/Least list, I made the following disclaimer for the "least" list:

I love this show, with all its missteps and occasional flailing about in the nonsense pool. Every episode is about the brothers, their relationship, the cost and the strength of family, and the cost of standing against evil. That's what I come to see. So while the episode might be weak, or contain elements that I don't like, that's kind of beside the point, because they always deliver on what's important to me.

So on that list, I put Bugs first, followed by Bloody Mary and Malleus Maleficarum. It’s only a loose order, though, and I’m leaning toward Malleus right now. It was one of the more gross eps, and I’m not really into Show’s gratuitous ick factor. And for some reason Ruby’s jerking around of both brothers was getting on my nerves this episode (as in, just generally, unrelated to story reasons).

And I had absolutely zip, zilch, nada sympathy for the witches, not even the one who was designed to be vaguely sympathetic and tried to help (read: save her own bacon) at the end. I kind of basically just agreed with Tammi's (the demon witch boss) assessment of them, which is not a good sign. But not only that, I didn’t care even a smidge about any of the victims, except maybe the blameless wife at the beginning – who wasn’t around long enough to get attached to. Pretty much no one was sympathetic.

If you’re picking up that I have a decided indifference toward privileged white-picket-fence victims (especially those who bring it on themselves), you would be astute and clever and exactly the kind of person I hope is reading these things. Have a cookie. Or pie. I can type e-bake both. *gives*

On the other hand, Malleus said some pretty awesome things about knowing where the power you’re using comes from (again, through Tammi), and at what price. Sam would have done well to take notes, in that OCD way of his. (For Dean it was either already too late, or irrelevant.)

Ruby? Would you like to say something here? No? Oh, I thought you might. Especially since you’re now dead due to some significant miscalculations about the nature of that which you were manipulating for its power, yourself.

Show is snarky and wise. *snuggles*


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Aug. 14th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh, interesting. Now see, I loved Malleus because I have a thing for any time one brother freaks out over the other being in mortal danger because it green-lit Sam's descent into Dean-ism.

(In fact I did a whole vid dedicated to s3 Sam dealing with not knowing how to deal with Dean's refusal to save himself and the only audio in it is the part where Sam says 'I gotta be more like you', which in retrospect was SOOOOO forshadowy I can't even. )

I also always loved Ruby, and I liked Malleus because it threw another bump in the road as far as deciding is she or isn't she evil ... because I was REALLY convinced that she was TOTALLY EEEEVIL!!1!! ... but then she kept saving Dean's life and I was all .... well, darn. Huh.

I'm going to take some cake. I have no love for white-picket-fence-victims either. *noms*
Aug. 16th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
All valid points. :)

I didn't hate by a long way. It's Show = I love it like pie. (Or cake.) But since all episodes contain incredible brotherly things and development (and often freakouts), that isn't usually what I base a "least favourite" episode on.

I did a whole vid dedicated to s3 Sam dealing with not knowing how to deal with Dean's refusal to save himself

Well? Where's the pimpage, woman? Do I have to do everything around here?!? I would quite like to see that.

I liked Ruby, even more with the reveal. (Always convinced she was evil, sometimes for no better reason than her "I remember being human" excuse was TOTALLY LAME.) Like Bela, I liked the dynamic she brought to the brothers, and the adversarial wtf is going on thing she was rocking. There was something specifically in this episode that turned me off, though. A clunkiness somewhere, not necessarily "her" fault. I don't know what it is – I would be interested to know at what point Writers had to change direction with Hell's long game because of the strike and therefore her motives/approach. It would have to have been around here, and maybe that accounts for the "uh ... whut?" reaction I had. Idk. *shrug*

*kicks the white picket fence*
Aug. 16th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh, very well.


I think this was literally my third vid ever. I just watched it over to make sure I wouldn't be horribly embarrassed by the editing, lol. I've come a long way since then, but I think it's still decent. ;) /nervous vidder note
Aug. 16th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I watch. I normally steer clear of fanvids, largely because they are too close in medium to Show itself, and I find it weird to watch the actual clips themselves go from canon to non-canon in what they are communicating, if that makes sense? It's a thing. It's like saying true=untrue, to me, which is like fingernails down the chalkboard of my soul.

BUT I should also point out that I wouldn't have asked for the link if I hadn't been sure that yours would be faithful to the source material and more with the thinky than the crushy-gushy (which I don't think is a real phrase, but I hope the meaning comes across). So I don't have much practice in evaluating them, but I liked it. I'd probably have to watch a few more times to say anything more in-depth than that! Also, brain is fried. And Starbucks is attempting to buy my love with free wifi. Don't tell them, but I only want a summer fling.


Aug. 17th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Oooh. I totally understand.

For myself, my favorites that really nailed that are my two finale vids, Snuff by Slipknot for s4 and Run by Snow Patrol for s5 - although I did a season 1-3 general show vid to Photograph by Nickleback that I also kind of love. They are all much more thinky and multilayered than my first few. :) *

Anywhoo, I'm glad you liked it!

*Disclaimer : All vids referenced in this comment can be found in my stickypost/masterfic/vid/meta list. ;)

Summer flings are fun, just be careful the Starbucks doesn't follow you home!!
Aug. 17th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
just be careful the Starbucks doesn't follow you home!!

It's okay, I've got a 2x4.

Thanks for the hint to check out the actual tag. Now that I'm slowly getting settled in back home, I might eventually have the mental power to think of that. :D

Aug. 17th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
*chuckles and hands you more Starbucks*
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
*slugs it back, followed by two more*

Cheers. :)
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