(otherwise known as) Flailing, ‘Oh Yes, There Will Be Flailing!’
A DeanGirls thoughts regarding the DemonDean/MOC storyline and the road ahead.
I wasn’t going to write anything, but then I found that I really could not. This was in response to another sites article. The author of the review/commentary pretty much covered it all and I found myself agreeing with most everything she said and yet I still had to put something down “on paper” just, because. So this is my first attempt at writing a piece. Good, bad or indifferent, here we go!
As I referenced in my sub title, this is just my personal observation in regards to the execution of the Demon/Dean Mark of Cain storyline. Likes, dislikes. That sort of thing. My take? Too much subtlety when everyone and their mother were expecting just the opposite and eager to see it unfold.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved DemonDean. I loved the first three episodes, just not the Cas/Hannah Road Trip to boredom or the other side show, however since I’m talking about the MOC/DemonDean/First Blade storyline I’ll leave that discussion for some other time. I enjoyed watching DemonDeans progression from karaoke fool to bedding Anne Marie, Jackass (sorry, that’s what I hear in my head every time I think of her name), to coldhearted bastar- tho I’ve gotta say, I still wonder what the Hell “that thing with the thing” was! 😉 Sorry, I digress.
I loved DDean and Crowley together, his fight(s) with Cole. I thought the scene where he was sitting at the piano and played the first three chords of Hey Jude before “picking a side” was masterful. Sam seeing Dean “alive” again for the first time since he had laid Dean’s corpse down on his memory foam mattress. So painful. The conversation, the back and forth between them both. Sam’s hesitation, desperation and fear when DDean picks the First Blade off the top of the piano not knowing what he has in mind or what he’s going to do, and then Sam’s quiet, steadfast resolve listening while the demon, his brother, warns him to take advantage of the opportunity he is being given to leave before he rips his throat out with his teeth. By the end of the episode with that glare directed at Crowley and the promise to Sam to show him no mercy? I was so excited that I may have fallen to the floor, flailed about and ended up underneath the couch… not really, but close. Close. The coffee table blocked my way. 🙂 Then we get Soul Survivor and the dark, taunting, hurtful, evil, bad, naughty, brother killing “simply because you pissed him off, Sam” DemonDean. The torturous injections, the demons verbal salvos which repeatedly, unerringly found their target and then the cat and mouse. DDean sniffing the air, stalking his prey, picking a hammer as the weapon of choice, saying he wasn’t going to leave, “not until I find you!” That final moment where Sam gives in knowing he can’t kill his brother, willing to die rather than having to do so and then Cas shows up at the last second…the flailing had begun again in earnest and then just as I’m dangerously teetering on the edge of the couch cushions – it’s over. WHATTT!!! I picked myself up off the floor staring incredulously at the black screen with white letters giving credit to the Executive Producers Robert and Jeremy. Surely that isn’t it, is it? What about the way Jensen, having directed the episode, played that last look after DemonDean was cured! That didn’t look like a “I’m glad to be back” so much as an “I’d like to be gutting you both right about now!” But alas, it was not meant to be, (no, not the gutting part!) DemonDean was no more.
So I thought to myself, okay, I can deal, the MOC/FirstBlade is still on the table and what Show apparently wants to concentrate on so there’s yet more dark, taunting, hurtful, evil, bad, naughty, possibly still wanting to kill your brother “simply because you pissed him off, Sam” MOC/FirstBladeDean left to come!!! Right? Nope. We got Kate the Werewolf and a high school musical. Oh, and then what seemed like more fillers than you could shake a stick at. And let’s not forget subtlety. So much subtlety when it came to the MOC/FirstBlade that even when it was touched on in an episode if you blinked you might have missed it. But what I found extremely frustrating and that I really don’t remember quite to this extent in other seasons, was that when we finally did get an episode where something big actually happened, like Dean under the influence of the MoC wiping out a bunch of would be rapist scumbags or the moving confrontation with Cain… leading us to believe that there would now be some solid progression regarding the MoC storyline, that the glacier like creep was coming to an end, Show would just yank the rug right out from under and instead spoon feed us some crappy episode such as ‘Paint It Black’ the following week. I often picture that if there were an actual writers room that they would all be sitting there hysterically laughing at our naivete and childish hope, kind of like the Gods of Mount Olympus at the mere foolish mortals. By the time they got around to actually having Dean going off the rails I couldn’t help but think that we should have been at this point several episodes back. Pacing. They suck at it . In fact it’s been a problem long enough now that instead of it being a problem I’m starting to see it as intentional. They couldn’t possibly be that oblivious season after season, and yes, I understand they have to have fillers but is it too much to ask that more of them be good ones? Or maybe they could have tied in the MoC more strongly? Supernatural did a much better job of that back in Seasons Three, Four and Five. Oh and if you are going to have Sam run around convincing everyone that Dean is losing it, then SHOW us. Stop with the TELL. There’s too much lazy story writing going on and several of them are guilty of it!
So Season Eleven. Cautiously optimistic, though I can’t promise that I won’t heave a brick at my TV if anyone representing TheDarkness!! shows up in any form of corporate attire or if Show cheats us all, both Sam and Dean Girls, by cutting short the promised, long awaited, way overdue, car wash scene. Oh and Show? You are on notice. Flailing. I want you to make me want to flail again. It doesn’t have to be the kind of flailing that would make it into the Guinness World Book of Records – I can’t afford to replace my furniture- but major. I expect major flailing, bordering on epic. A veritable epic flailfest if you will, and fellow viewers, you are welcome to join me under the couch. 😉
Written By: Alycat …..