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.
How can you say that Dean is a quitter after everything he has done through the seasons? I see a strong character, most intruiging tv character ever - who has been able to fight in order to saving people. Even with everything going on this season he has been able to fight, however, he is at the end of his rope, but that doesn`t make him a quitter!
Of course the show wants me to be a Samgirl.
They've been trying way back since season 1. Unfortunately for them, Dean is just way too awesome for me to ever give his little bro more than a cursory look... enough to be put off again by his condescension and self-centeredness... before I go running back to Dean.
I realized my Sam/Dean real problem: Dean's a quitter. Sam's a fighter.
I think this is a classic case of the show telling us one thing and showing us another. The writers do this all the time on Supernatural and mostly to it's prop up Sam at Dean's expense. So I really can't disagree with your headline even though I think your basic thesis is flawed.
I disagree with you completely. Dean is not quitting, he is continuing to fight. He has a decision to make, whether to say yes or no, he can' just do nothing. Neither the show or Sam/Bobby/Castiel have shown any reason why Dean should not say yes. Sure, people will die, but people will die if Dean says no, and people are dying now while Dean is trying to decide. It's been 8 months and they haven't found another option, so how long do you drag this out? How long do you let people die while Dean decides? They had a year to find something so that Dean didn't go to Hell, but they couldn't find a way out. Why do you think this time will be any different? Dean thinks enough time has been wasted, and a decision needs to be made now. That's not quitting.
LOL, well Dean is a quitter and Sam is a fighter? All Sam has to do is say no to Lucifer, that shouldn't be hard with anyone with 1/2 a brain. Dean saying yes would destroy most of mankind; Dean saying no would destroy all of it. So, really, where is the easy choice there?
I disagree with you. When a particular strategy isn't working in a war, it's time to change the strategy and that's what Dean is doing. Dean didn't want to say yes, because it was giving up free will, but right now, they are running out of time and souls. He says no, he is damning a lot of people to hell, he says yes, maybe there's a chance. And it's really illogical to compare Sam's decision with Dean's. If Sam has even half a brain, he knows that saying yes to Lucifer is wrong. But in Dean's case, it's a lot more complicated.
Can't you just love both equally?
I love both Dean and Sam equally. They are different yet they complete each other. Can't think who is better and who is brave and who is weak. I mean every action they take is justifiable somehow.
Did you forget about when Sam quit at the beginning of Season 5? He walked away from hunting completely. And if you can justify that with "Oh, but poor Sam had been through so much - what, with the choosing a demon over his own brother and letting Lucifer free", then surely Dean's plight is understandable. Yeah, Dean's not perfect these days, but Sam has never had the same weight placed on his shoulders. Take off the Sam goggles, lady.
Dean is strong. He keeps fighting even when he is attacked by friends and family. He didn`t quit on Sam even after the brutal words and bohoing in Sex and violence from Sam. He didn`t quit on Bobby after Bobbys princess and boho rant in LR. - That Dean stayed and kept fighting makes him the strongest character in SPN as I see it. But of course he is depressed - what normal person wouldn`t be!
Dean has been in this fight, and fought so hard, even while dealing with Hell. Now he's come to the point where GOD has said He wasn't going to help. They've been trying to find a way to stop this for months, and Dean has seen (in "The End") what will happen if he doesn't act. So either some people die if he lets Michael use his body, or everyone dies when Lucifer comes to power. How long does he wait - and how many people die in the meantime - before he says yes? Either he clings to his stubbornness and defiance in saying no, or he says yes before everyone dies, before Lucifer takes Sam.
I agree with some of the things you have said. I have been saying I want Dean to say yes since 'sympathy for the devil' and maybe Dean appears to be a quitter but he needs to do it. Dean has had a tough life not just of late, but ever since season 1. A bro who only thinks of himself, a dad who put the weight of the world on his shoulders since he was little, he lost his mother, and sold his soul to save his bro, been to hell(and back), found out that same bro betrayed him big time by taking sides with a demon, need I go on. And he has never given up. Maybe he has been broken down but wouldn't you. This boy needs a break throwen at him but yet again he is bent over and a fire hose has been shoved where the sun don't shine. Sam left home(several times), whines and moans about absolutely everything, argued constantly with John and continues to do so with Dean, told Dean he was the reason he joined Ruby because he wanted to get away from him. OK I am a Dean girl but with good reason. So I say let him say yes to Michael he deserves the break. oh I thought Lisa and Ben were a good reason for him to say yes. Dean wants a "normal" life we know this from season 2 WIAWSNB and season 3 DALDOM. But fair dues to you but I will never abandon Dean no matter what he decides.
Dean is a winner!
Wow. Do we even watch the same show? Seriously? You couldn't be more off base without having watched the show with blinders and ear plugs.
I love Sam and Dean both equally. Neither of the boys have had easy choices in their life. Both faced from a young age the true nature of the world. Sam wanted to be normal all his life and Dean embraced the life. But lately Both have had their share of crap throwen at them. Sam made some really bad decisions but so did Dean. This put a large strain on their relationship, and through it all they always come back together. Both have lost their faith in each other but in the end their love for each other will prevail. Family always stand by each other no matter how much they may hate what they may have done or become. Both have gave up at some point during the show but when faced with the ultimate bad guy they come together stronger than ever. I am a member of team Winchester and will always love both boys the same even when they make bad choices thats what real fans of the show do.
The total reversal of characters from the beginning of the series is interesting, with Dean now the one nursing fantasies of domestic life and Sam the one who's in the s**t come what may. Since they spelled it out to us that Dean's dead inside though, it's no shocker. I miss season 1 fun Dean, but that was back when he thought death was the worst that could happen to him. I've no doubt that he'd jump right off a bridge if he thought that would help anything, but since we know it won't, I guess it's quittin' time. In this case, quitting being the only option left, blah blah, but still.
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