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30 Days of SPN - Day 27

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Day 27 - Your favourite season intro episode
Between the pilot, In My Time of Dying, The Magnificent Seven, Lazarus Rising and Sympathy for the Devil?

– And I will note right here that I thought The Magnificent Seven was unfairly maligned. I enjoyed the brightness of the look, the OTT and OC Deanishness in it, and the broader scope it was laying out. It was kind of manic, which nicely reflected the headspace and drastic revision of the brothers’ mission; after all, it’s been only one week since they killed their lifelong nemesis, saw their father go from Hell to Shiny Bright Light Place, and Sammy’s ALIVE. And everything is still terribly, terribly wrong, just in new and exciting ways, which they haven’t nearly felt the full impact of yet.

I’m betting that if S3 panned out as planned out, the tone would have turned; gradually and inexorably darker, reflecting the building dread and desperation of both brothers. Losing that really sucked, especially when S4 showed how expertly Show can ratchet up that kind of tension, when left to its own devices.

Anyway. The pilot is, well, the pilot, and it’s brilliant; Magnificent Seven and Sympathy are both wtf just happened and wtf do we do now, but flow-wise are continuous from their preceding finales; where In My Time and Lazarus are total 180s, because the whole story has come crashing down (both times revolving around Dean’s death, too), and can jack-in-the-box off in any unexpected direction. I lean toward that, and out of the two, Lazarus only just noses in front of In My Time. It is so full of unknowns and bzuh?s, and more importantly, it has THE HUG. Yes, I am that shallow sometimes. (And I love the reactions of Bobby and Sam to Dean turning up alive. I just ... the holy water and the silver and the it’s really him and the hugs and ... guh. The love and the disbelief and just ... *flail*)

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bitterlimetwist
Jan. 30th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I was going to comment on this yesterday, but these posts are so funny I just ended up reading the whole meme instead. When I got to the end I was so sad there wasn't any more, then I realised if I left a comment I would get more, so ha! But before we get down to teh srs bzns, I just wanted to tell you that this line from day 10 -

Mind you, at least they managed to confine themselves to just the one apocalypse. Way to exercise self-control, Writers!

made me burst out laughing. *wipes tears*

Okay then. Since I'm in the middle of some weird obsessive Show watching phase, I decided I couldn't really choose among these episodes without refreshing my memory with a rewatch. Because it's important. And research. *cough* So I ended up watching 3.01 and 5.01 (and 2.22, but that was because of a different meme-day post. Just an aside, holy crap these were painful episodes. Wow.).

Anyway, I really enjoyed 3.01, but then again I skipped over all the parts I don't like, so that probably helped. When they brought up the whole demon-army boy-king plotline I was reminded again how much I hadn't cared for that, and how happy I am the strike changed it.

I hadn't watched 5.01 in forever, and I was surprised how much I loved it (I was initially pretty meh about it). Super painful, but in a good way. S5 owns me, so I guess it isn't surprising I've come around to it.

I can't compare the pilot to any other opener because it's the pilot, and it has a special place just because it's the first, and their baby faces, and omg you can't make me choose. So yeah. It sits on a special shelf all by itself. They were raised like warriors! *gigglesnort*

6.01 has a dreamy quality I love, and I adore Dean in it. And 2.01 is fantastic, but it probably ranks lower for me just because I lean toward later seasons.

Ultimately though I have to go with 4.01. It has that great first ten minutes with Dean, all the S4 issues are just laid out (and oh those issues. S4 ♥), and that hug, yeah. So, so good.

Huh, these questions are tougher than I thought.
themonkeytwin
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh, you and your lists.

Huh, these questions are tougher than I thought.

Ha! Vindication!

holy crap these were painful episodes. Wow.

Wait, which? 2.22 or 3.01 and 5.01?

the whole demon-army boy-king plotline I was reminded again how much I hadn't cared for that, and how happy I am the strike changed it.

Yeah. I mean, I have no doubt that they could have done interesting enough things with it all – this is Show, after all – but meh. We've talked about this, but one of the amazing things about Show is how many plot threads they just drop once it becomes clear it's not working. Like the psykids, although it does make me curious about how that was going to tie in if they didn't change direction halfway and make it into a Highlander situation. What's also interesting is how each time they start to expand things in some way – like the Roadhouse, the psykids, the "demon war" and even the apocalypse, they always ended up bringing things back down to the most intimate scale. That's where the story just works. Anything more starts getting too ponderous.

So which parts of 3.01 didn't you like?

(I was initially pretty meh about it)

Also why?

They were raised like warriors! *gigglesnort*

Oh man, it's this sort of thing that makes me wonder if we're all just blinded by the light (and baby faces) when claiming that the pilot is so good. And I guess it's not so much that it's good simply on its own merits, but that it just lays out everything that Show is about so well.

2.01 is fantastic, but it probably ranks lower for me just because I lean toward later seasons.

I tell you, John and his epic manpain in it almost makes it my favourite. *wibbles*

Ultimately though I have to go with 4.01.

Woo! Season opener brain-twins! Woo! Because so good. SO GOOD.
bitterlimetwist
Feb. 3rd, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Oh, you and your lists.

It's possible I need an intervention. You can be my sponsor.

Wait, which? 2.22 or 3.01 and 5.01?

Oops, sorry, I meant all of them. Each one is quite painful, and watching all three in a row left me feeling drained. And you know I love me some emo-pain, so for it to have that effect on me was a bit surprising. I had to watch Dean lip-syncing to Air Supply just to cheer myself up.

So which parts of 3.01 didn't you like?

I don't like Isaac and Tamara. I know. I know I'm supposed to care about one-off hunters (or psykids, or randoms), but I just don't. And I don't like the actor's face, yes, I am that shallow. His face bugs me. And while I'm being shallow, it bugs me that Tamara is English. (Yes, Bela, the world beyond America's borders, worldwide demon war, I get it. Still bugs.) There's also Ruby, and try as I might, I just don't like this actress that much, or the way she's written. Add to that the zomg-how-will-we-kill-the-sins-they-are-so-powerful except not, and you're left with some strong SamnDean stuff interspersed with meh. But, as I said, if I skip all that (and there isn't really much of it, or at least, it doesn't seem like a lot when I skip over it) it's a pretty good episode. :D

But, boy do I love the way Dean is half laughing at Sam the whole time, seeing how much he can get away with before Sam loses his temper. And of course there's the end, where they talk about Dean's deal. It's such a frustrating conversation, in the best possible way, because I feel so much for Dean and I get where he's coming from, but I also want to smack him upside the head. It's a fine line, having a character be that selfless and selfish at the same time, and they manage to pull it off. I'm always left feeling so sad for Dean. And Sam.

As for 5.01, I remember disliking Becky. I felt like they were trying to revisit 4.18, with diminishing returns. That obviously doesn't bother me at all now. "This is for my friend Cas" Cas-hate! \o/ I had a lot of it back then. :D I don't know though, for some reason it just rubbed me the wrong way. I hated almost everything about it the first time I watched it, but I have no idea why. I had less of a problem with it when I watched it at the end of the season, or whenever it was. But it's one I hadn't rewatched since S5, so I don't really know why I didn't like it. I love it now, so obviously I've come to my senses. If I weren't trying to kick my list-loving habit, I'd mention it comes in second after 4.01. ;p

I guess it's not so much that it's good simply on its own merits, but that it just lays out everything that Show is about so well.

Heh, well, that may be the worst line in the whole episode. Okay yes, it's a bit clunky in places, but you know what? I think it's a solid episode. There are better episodes, but there are worse *cough7.05cough* If it sucked, if it was truly terrible, I don't think it would have pulled us in in the first place. Sure, if I'm being all fangirly and trying to rank it, my feelings for their baby faces take over. But didn't we both like it before we were "fans"? And we are a couple of picky people.

I tell you, John and his epic manpain in it almost makes it my favourite. *wibbles*

I must admit, I was surprised you ended up choosing 4.01 over this one.

Oh John.*shakes head* I love how he saves Dean and 'damns' him at the same time. When I watched 2.22, I wasn't thrilled with John coming back (though I can see why they couldn't leave him in Hell), but I liked that he saves Dean again after Dean has literally damned himself. (And of course Dean has damned himself partly because of John.) They really, really, love their symmetry.

Woo! Season opener brain-twins! Woo!

Hee!
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