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30 Days of SPN - Day 11

Back to the grind....

Work, work, work.

Day 11 - Your favourite quote
*stares blankly at the screen*

*stares some more*

What.

... Okay.

At the end of Real Ghostbusters, Demian!Dean tells thereal!Dean, “No offense, but ... I’m not sure you get what the story’s about.”

I love this line. This is crucial to Dean especially, in understanding his journey. Everyone gets a feel for their identity, their place in the world by what’s reflected back to them by the people around them, the community they live in. Parents, friends, teachers, workmates, etc. But Dean has had virtually no significant input of this kind for most of his life outside of John and Sam. Much as they both loved him, they also took him for granted for most of his formative years, and that consistent a reflection from the only two constant people in his life, with nothing to counteract it, is nearly impossible to see beyond or ever overcome. This is the source of Dean’s low self-worth and high self-confidence.

You want to know why he cherishes the memory of his mother so strongly? You want to know why Bobby and Ellen and Jo became so important to him so quickly, even to where they were his family in Terrible Life? You want to know why he glommed onto Gordon that way when he first met him? You want to know why he womanizes so much? It’s because all of these provided a reflection of him, an identity of having some level of significance, of being noticed for himself rather than the role he’s filling. Even if it’s as superficial as making a woman (or two) appreciate him for a night.

(Sam has more of an advantage, here; both John and Dean reflected to him by their actions – which inform more deeply than words – that he had great value, even if he didn’t like the way that played out. He also had Jess and a host of friends at Stanford. Plus he has half the supernatural world telling him he’s important. His struggle is not what the story’s about, its importance, but whether he’s trapped in his role.)

In short, Dean has virtually no external perspective on himself. Sam’s working on giving him that, especially toward the end of the season, but there’s a LOT of baggage in the way, there. But with this line, Writers are able to directly address their own character and tell him he has value, and purpose, and meaning – not just to the story, but to everyone that story touches. Speaking through people who, little though he knows them, he’s come to respect. Who put themselves in danger’s way because that’s what Sam and Dean would do. Who have earned the right to tell Dean what we’ve seen in him and Sam, and wish he could know about himself. Who have no agenda in telling him this, except human fan-to-fan meta, so that he doesn’t have to second-guess the message.

And that little expression of his, as he leans on the Impala and waits for Sam (while the roof kicks up sly little lens flares around him), says he’s kind of beginning to get it.

“To be Sam and Dean – to wake up every morning and save the world – to have a brother who would die for you ... well who wouldn’t want that?”

Right on, Demian. Represent.

Comments

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lmx_v3point3
Aug. 19th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I wish someone had said this to me before the end of last Season. Your insight inspires. *wanders off re-thinking earlier seasons*
themonkeytwin
Aug. 19th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Always glad to have inspired thinky-thoughts and re-evaluations. I hope they take you to the good places. :)
tahirire
Aug. 19th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
OMG YES. So much!! We loved that episode in all of it's 'here, finally we get to tell Dean things we've always wanted to smack him and then tell him' glory. (We watched it at a con, too, which ... hah. There is video. And squee. And not as much meta as normal, but hey - I was at a con, okay, I can't be thinky ALL the time.)

But WORD to this whole post. W-O-R-D.

http://tahirire.livejournal.com/194132.html
tahirire
Aug. 19th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
LOL. So I went to look and see what I said about it because I couldn't remember, and I was a little (Ok a LOT) less tactful than you. *snerk*



"When they tell Dean they don't think he gets it, I was torn between crying and squeeing really loud.
Hey people? THIS was the point of the whole episode.

All those times you thought to yourself, 'Man, I just wish I could tell Dean he's missing the point'? Well here you go, NOW YOU HAVE.

\o/ Congratulations! \o/

Straight from us to Kripke to Dean. So if you think this episode was nothing but a fandom chagrining fourth wall Hulk Smash, I would like to kindly say that perhaps now YOU have missed the point."
themonkeytwin
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Fandom? Missing the point? SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!

Show loves us like pie. And crushes on us. It's totally canon.
themonkeytwin
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Hee! Okay, 1) I love that you didn't waste time and straight-up included the link. LOVE. We ARE getting to know each other :)

2) I immediately clicky-clicked and then got sucked into episode review of awesomeness and giggling and squeeing, and THEN A FIRE ALARM WENT OFF IN MY BUILDING (alarm, not drill), and we were all sitting out there for 40 minutes while firemen wandered around who I wanted to be Sam and Dean in disguise and then they let us back in and I had to figure out the water filter I just bought because tap water in Chicago is horrible and I'm NOT BUYING BOTTLED WATER OKAY OMG.

True story.

*back to review*
tahirire
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Geez! That is a lot of ... stuff! O.o

That is really the least review-y of all my reviews. I usually meta a lot. But we were in Chicago and everything was squee and flail and it was just FUN. :)
themonkeytwin
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Added to the fact that there was a much more serious electrical fire in the building three weeks ago, and it's been construction and craziness since I got back, yes, it IS a lot of stuff! The funniest thing was that the second (very minor) fire happened while they were running tests on the fire alarm system. They had official people on each floor going door to door saying "There IS actually a fire, get out."

O.O

... Anyway.

Re: the review-y-ness of the review, I liked it. It was VERY fun. :)

It seemed right, too, somehow. And doing serious meta on that ep would create like a chain reaction of meta implosion, I think. And then we asplode.
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