I was hoping we'd get the answer to what John told Dean in the hospital, but we didn't. We got that killer cliff-hanger instead - the one we're going to have to live with for who knows how long. Stupid hiatus. My thoughts were kind of everywhere with "Croatoan" - hence, my column's pretty much going to be the same way.
How great was the "previously"? The whole "special" Sam montage that led into the whole scary Dean section? Very cool.
How great were Sam and Dean in this episode? Brotherly love abounded. It's always at the core, even when the two are making each other angry. All it takes is a scene like the one wherein a possibly infected Sammy tells Dean to leave and keep going. Dean states: "Who says I want to?" Yeah, I was pretty much done right there. There were so many good moments between the Winchester boys. That's what I want to keep seeing as the season continues. Never veer too far from that, and I'll be a happy camper. How about when Dean threw Sarge the keys to the Impala and decided to stay with his brother? For some reason, I really liked the part where Dean locked the door. It just seemed to me that if Sam was going out, Dean wanted to as well. Did you hear the music playing underneath this scene? That was the music that played in "Devil's Trap" when they first got to the cabin, and Dean opened up to Sammy about how it scared him what he was willing to do for his family. Well, here's Dean again, and he's got this "If he goes, I go" mentality. He's even willing to give up the life he loves in order to keep Sammy safe.
I think Dean's suggesting a break or his saying that he's tired of this life is more for Sammy's benefit. I think he just wants to hide Sammy from what's out there and what's after him. Maybe there's some truth to what he was telling Sam about wanting to see the Grand Canyon; but to me, it was all for Sammy's sake.
Yeah, Dean can get very scary. At times it's really painful to watch. I kept thinking that when he shot the wife. Of course, that's after he shot and killed her husband first. I know, they were infected, but he does tend to switch into robot-mode often. Sammy's needling Dean with questions and trying to get him to open up has been a consistent thing this season. I love how Sammy jokes about it, but in a serious way, as if he were saying: "I'm gonna get to the bottom of this sooner or later, so might as well tell me now and save us all some unnecessary pain."
My sister e-mailed me immediately after she watched "Croatoan" to tell me that she's convinced Sammy's part demon. It got me thinking. Look at some of the evidence: 1) He's immune to this demonic virus; 2) He's not susceptible to mind control; 3) In a very extreme case, he's exhibited some telekinesis tendencies; and 4) He's got those "weirdo visions," as Dean affectionately likes to call them. Makes you wonder. Has the last year been one big test? Maybe that's what killing Jessica was all about, to see how he'd react. If he didn't have Dean, he probably would have reacted in a different way, in a way the Demon would have preferred. However, the brothers ground each other; why do you think Dean didn't end up shooting male Meg? Although, he'll probably shoot himself if he ever finds out how close they were to another one of the Demon's henchmen. At one point during the episode, Sam asked Dean to give him a gun so he could off himself: "Dean, I'm not going to become one of those things." Me thinks Sammy may not have any choice in the matter, what do you think?
How great was the twist that this whole demonic germ warfare stuff pretty much seemed all set up to test Sammy? Will he be immune to this demonic virus? The answer is yes, he's immune, and now the yellow-eyed Demon knows, thanks to the male Meg. Speaking of the late demoness...
How great is it that John Shiban wrote the episode? It's fitting. After all, he did write "Scarecrow" - the one where we first met Meg. And what did she do at the end just before credits popped up? She speared a trucker's neck, let the blood pour into the chalice or whatever it was, and "spoke" to the Demon. Again, consider me slow, but I did not see that guy being under the influence like that. The blood-swirling was a lot more believable this time around, but I gotta say, I'm upset he took out poor
Bobby Hosea like that. Speaking of the former
Pensacola Wings of Gold actor...
How great were his scenes with Jensen? They had some good comic timing between them. The scene where they had the guns trained on each other was hilarious. They just seemed comfortable in their scenes, and I really wanted Hosea to become a recurring character. Of course, all those hopes were dashed!
How great was all the gunplay we got? They were all over the place - in Sammy's visions, in the clinic, in the Impala, at the Tanner house. But better than all the gunplay? The Impala in action. I felt like I was watching the Turino from
Starsky & Hutch make a quick getaway from the bad guys. I also liked how Sammy flashed back to his vision after Dean asked him how sure he was that the town they were looking for was in Oregon.
Topics to Discuss:
- The possessed dude doesn't think any more tests are necessary. What does that mean? What's the Demon's next step? And what exactly does he mean by "nothing left behind"? I don't think it just meant that Sarge guy.
- What are we supposed to think about Dean getting so scary all the time?
- What are your theories on Sammy?
- What do you think Dean's going to tell him?
- How do you think Sam's going to react?
- Their U.S. Marshals aliases: ZZ Top band members
Favorite Lines from Croatoan:
- "That's not school; that's
- "That was kind of creepy, right? A little too Stepford?" "Big time."
- "You are a handsome devil, but I don't swing that way, sorry."
- "I feel like Chuck Heston from
- "Has anyone seen my mom and Dad?" "Awkward!"
- "My neighbor, Mr. Rogers." "You've got a neighbor named Mr. Rogers?" "Not anymore."
- "Actually, we're not real marshals." "OK."
- "Dean, you're my brother, all right? So, whatever weight you're carrying, let me help a little bit."
- "Right before Dad died, he told me something. He told me something about you." "What? Dean, what did he tell you?"
I was hoping wed get the answer to what John told Dean in the hospital but we didnt We got that killer cliff-hanger instead the one were going to have to live with for who knows how long Stupid hiatus My thoughts were kind of everywhere with Croatoan hence my columns pretty much going to be the same wayHow great was the previously The whole special Sam montage that led into the whole scary Dean section Very cool How great were Sam and Dean in this episode Brotherly love abounded Its always at the core even when the two are making each other angry All it takes is a scene like the one wherein a possibly infected Sammy tells Dean to leave and keep going Dean states Who says I want to Yeah I was pretty much done right there There were so many good moments between the Winchester boys Thats what I want to keep seeing as the season continues Never veer too far from that and Ill be a happy camper How about when Dean threw Sarge the keys to