Supernatural: This Show Wants You To be a Samgirl
|Written by April Yorke|
|Saturday, 10 April 2010 17:03|
I always thought it would be my friends that would push me into Samgirl territory. With the exception of one Johnny Come Lately who's only in the second season, every single person I know who watches the show is a Deangirl. Jensen Ackles is mega talented, so throwing that pretty face into the mix is just dirty pool. Sometimes I find myself gravitating slightly more toward Sam just to be contrary (that and The Chest and a winning way with physical comedy). But in Thursday's episode, "99 Problems" (but a bitch ain't one), I realized my Sam/Dean real problem: Dean's a quitter. Sam's a fighter.
We're dropped in the middle of the action (I briefly worried that we were starting in the middle of the episode and backing up 72 hours earlier or similar, a trope I can no longer stand) with a bloodied Sam and Dean on the run from a gaggle of demons and saved by a Lutheran militia with a holy water fire truck and a lightening quick Enochian exorcism. Hey, look, Ma! The Apocalypse is on! Only in small town continental U.S., but it's a start. Misters Winchester decide to stick around. The town's survival is down to Leah, preacher's daughter and prophet.
Leah's pushing the town more and more toward scary survivalist compound, which Sam has the good sense to find suspicious (Sam to Dean: "She just outlawed 90% of your personality."). Dean, however, sits down for a talk about faith with Leah because, as previously noted, the fight's gone out of him. It should also be noted that it's completely understandable why, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
An extremely drunken Castiel (he drank an entire liquor store) shows up and assures Sam that Leah's not a prophet but the Whore of Babylon (the exorcism means "You mate with the mouth of a goat," which Cas assures us is funnier in Enochian. Then again, he did tell us that Uriel was the funniest in their garrison). Cas procures the necessary cedar(?) branch to kill the Whore, but they need a true servant of the Lord to wield it. Since Cas and Dean aren't exactly on the up-and-up, God-wise, and Sam's an "abomination" (aw, poor Sammy! Great reaction shot from Jared Padalecki, though), they enlist Leah's dad. In the end, though, Dean's the one who successfully kills the bitch. If Dean's preceding attitude didn't give you a creeping sense of dread, you sure as hell must have one now.
Yup, Dean's off to say yes to Michael (despite the fact that Sam told him that Dean saying no is only thing that keeps Sam going) (which means, have no doubt, that I yelled, "What about Bobby? Death just came for him because of you, dick!") right after he has little chat with Lisa. If you didn't watch the previouslies, you would been within your rights to ask, "Who?", but you already know it's the brunette yogi from season 3's "The Kids Are Alright," who had a Little Dean who wasn't actually Dean's. According to Dean, when he pictures himself happy, it's with Lisa and Ben. Not that we've actually seen, but it makes about as much sense as anything else these days. Lisa feels the same way after the five total days they've spent together in ten years, but Dean's off to say yes to Michael and save Lisa and Ben in the bargain. He also throws a lengthy, unheard whisper Lisa's way. Another kill Sam?
I actually have no complaints with Dean saying yes. For one, it could be a nice acting challenge for Ackles. For two, I've been yelling at the TV for some time now that Dean should just say yes: Michael will take good care of his body, Dean gets to go to Heaven (which is an alright place, all things considered), and they haven't found a better solution for Lucifer. Plus, if he says yes before Sam, maybe he can gank Lucifer while he's still in Nick's body and leave Sammy out of it. Good plan, no? Mostly, though, Dean's life this season has been depressing as fuck. He started out so strong that he was willing to let Sammy die before he would say yes to Michael. Now, he's got nothing left.
Sam, on the other hand, just doesn't quit. Dean sold his soul and wanted that to be the end of it, but Sam kept trying to figure out a way to get Dean out of it. When Dean came back, he was ready to draw a line under the whole thing, but Sam went after Lilith (yes, that turned out to be the wrong call, but who would have guessed?). Now, Dean's taken off (I guess Sam will just have to steal another car. May I recommend the 1970 Dodge Challenger?), but I doubt that will be the end for Sam. Buffy had it right: strong is fighting.
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