I had for sometime been hoping for an insight into Dean’s past. As to me Dean always had a tendency to get up to no good. Even though his heart generally is in the right place, I couldn’t help but think that Dean had ended up inside for some reason. I just wondered why the show took so long in venturing down this road. Were they scared it might back fire?
I was surprised at how almost embarrassed Dean was in explaining his actions to Sam and that the time he’d actually spent in there he generally had fond memories of, so why the sullen face? Jensen shone here and certainly gave me a better understanding of his grounding and where his character was coming from way back when. It was believable without being cheesy or overbearing in any way toward Dean. However, I think John came off pretty badly and without a shadow of a doubt has portrayed him as a terrible father. Was he planning to leave Dean to rot in there. There was also some confusion about Dean’s age at 16 some say he looked younger than sixteen and thinking back Dean enjoys being around girls and I would have said he would have ventured into this area a lot younger. Which really did surprise me. As Dean is not shy in this department, and he didn’t know what a kiss was, or what it was like. I’m not overly sure about this fact. That would have been more in Sam’s department.
The other thing which is a tiny, tiny moan was that Dean won a certificate for weight lifting, would this have been really Dean’s thing? I know he was a keen fighter, but I’m not so sure he would have taken it on for fun, this was the first time we had any indication he was devoted to this subject, and he’s never mentioned it since. I think Sam was really taken back with this little highlight of information about his brother. What else has Dean been hiding all these years?
My final criticism I didn’t overly warm to Dylan Everett, some mannerisms he did get, but the likeness, his body language and cockiness just didn’t do it for me. At least Brock Kelly looked like Dean, not a great actor, but there was a resemblance. I loved Ridge Canipe and if he had Brock’s looks I would have been happier.
Overall I did enjoy it, but wasn’t 100% with it as some were. I did find the murders very predictable, but was a good ghost story, and adored little Timmy. So how did you all feel about Dean’s past did he gamble the money away or was it as he says it was? What area’s did you feel they could have improved upon, or were you extremely happy with it. Moments really did touch me, like Sam finding Dean’s bed, the death star and the label. I loved Sam saying Thank you and watching my back. In general Dean’s whole attitude with Timmy he’s great with kids. The handshake moment, with the bullies, and helping him with his mum moving on. Was it too soon in the series for a filler possible, but for Adam Glass it was a pretty good effort.