Jensen Ackles attends the Malibu Boys And Girls Club Gala on October 19, 2013 in Malibu, California (x)
You don’t even have to like him, just know of his existence…I’m trying to prove a friend wrong!Love him :)
so much that hurts…Love him and his amazing acting talent!
I hate the Ghostfacers, I hate the Ghostfacers, I hate the Ghostfacers. I’ve hated them since Hell house, as they have always struck me as the characters made to laugh at the fans, rather than to laugh with the fans. Not to mention that, realistically? They would’ve died YEARS ago given their approach to hunting. Garth was more effective than them, and Garth fainted in the middle of the hunts.
And it doesn’t help that I just watched Hellhouse during my rewatch
Remember, this are first impressions, I don’t rewatch the episode as I write, and I write them totally unspoiled.
Thing One: Remember when we were happy that Dean got a mytharc? Because apparently the series’s directors and editors don’t. I went back, there hasn’t been a mention of the Mark of Cain in the Then segment in four episodes, despite the fact that it’s something rather important. I might be misremembering but I do remember that back in season 8 we couldn’t go ONE Then segment without the trials being referenced, even in filler episodes. And, four minutes in? Dean is doing the smart thing. Sam wants to keep distance? Dean gives him distance and goes on hunts alone. Oh, wait, no. Sam needs to whine at him, so yeah, Sam can come to the hunt. So next time someone says that ‘Dean drags Sam to hunts’, please, see this opening. There’s no dragging there. Dean was WILLING to give Sam his space, and when Sam said he wanted to go? He COULDN’T say no for both Doylean and Watsonian reasons, which is why I tend to see him as a victim of emotional abuse despite his wrong doing re=Gadreel. Because he can’t say no to Sam since the show demands Dean and Sam togehter (Doylean) and if he does? Sam can claim that it’s obvious that Dean doesn’t want him around and go back to a nice bout of playing the victim (as he did in 8x23) (Watsonian). So Dean CAN’T win. Also, make up department, can you please at least fake that you care? There were at least five shots where I should’ve been able to see the Mark of Cain, and I got nothing. Zip, zero. So, since the Mark is not there? NOTHING Dean does can be ‘an effect’ of the Mark, and thus, Sam’s bitchiness? All Sam. Unless you show me the fricking mark, or decide that holy shit, it moves and its now where we can’t see it, which is a bit more worrisome than Sam’s hurt feelings about not being a hero (SERIOUSLY, if they push the trials as the reason Sam is angry one more time, instead of the Gadreel thing? I’m going to start suspecting we were never supposed to see the Gadreel thing as a bad thing). Now, it’s very funny that since 9x13 people keep arguing that Dean is “losing his humanity”? When his main gripe against the Ghost facers is that they’re doing what they do in order to make a profit, rather than help. THAT? Seems pretty human to me. Also, incredibly emphatic. Interesting about the memory that the brothers share before that horrible awkward silence? Dean doesn’t rub it in that it was yet one more time in which he was taking care of Sam. Now, I am not going to construct this into a ‘hate John Winchester’ thing, because the simple fact that Dean took Sam to the ER means that they were in a situation where authorities COULD get involved without Child Services getting into it, so probably they were with Bobby or Pastor Jim, or even John at a time where John was working a normal job, like a garage. What it is telling is that every single childhood memory we have seen of Dean -with the notable exception of Bad Boys- has had to do with protecting Sam. And you can’t tell me that’s not a clear sign that Dean’s whole sense of self is tied around protecting Sam and keeping Sam alive. If that’s not conditioning, I don’t know what it is.
Thing Two: Cardboard Borechester, you are an idiot. Because you’ve been telling Dean how much you hate being with him, and then, you make a tantrum because god forbids that Dean goes on a hunt alone. He might find his self-respect somewhere along the way and all your careful passive aggressiveness would be for nothing. Also, new record, you irritated me in less than 4 minutes. Now, again, I get why Sam is angry -in fact, I think I get it better than the writers, but whatever- but there’s a line between being rightfully angry and being vindictive. Sam insisting on going with Dean and scoffing when Dean reminds him that he has no idea where he stands with him? Is being vindictive. A normal person? Either talks the problem until he makes sure that his brother gets why he is angry, or stays AWAY until he can talk about it or decide if he can’t stay with the person that hurt him. Now, yes, for Doylean reasons, Sam can’t go away, I get that. But if that’s the case, dear writers, then it’s time to write Sam as a more understanding person instead of stretching this idiotic drama more because the only result you’re getting is that Sam is starting to look less as someone who has the right to be angry, and more like as sulky teenager. Also, I wonder why Sam has always jumped to the Ghostfacer’s defense ever since the Zachariah fake universe thing. As if their opinion matters at all. Also, maybe the writers should do a rewatch too? Because I just saw Bloody Mary where Sam says, and I quote “Dean, you’re my brother and I’d die for you. But there are some things that should stay secret.” And given how the balance between who lies to whom usually tilts to ‘Sam has lied way more than Dean’, his “Secrets ruin relationships” ring hollow… unless you subscribe to the theory that Sam wants to control Dean and thus, SAM can have secrets, Dean can’t. Because if now the problem is that Dean didn’t tell him about Gadreel before? When was exactly Dean supposed to tell him? When Gadreel was blackmailing Dean? When we knew that Dean was trying to tell Sam the truth since day one? Again, what the writers are trying to tell us is not what they show us with their own work. And holy shit, seeing Sam trying to be comforting to Ed? Was painful. As in… yes, once again he’s being emphatic to someone… because he thinks he can see the parallels between him and Harry -seeing a man getting who lied to them- and thus, he can care. But again, where’s the care for Dean? For Kevin outside ‘oh, my body was used to kill him’? To the Ghostfacers themselves when he sent them to Hollywood without any real plan? It’s sad to see that Sam only cares when he sees reflected on the victim. Hell, he feels sympathy for the killers? Who were going to kill him and the Ghostfacers, and Dean? Yeah, right.
Thing Three: I’m going to take a break here to talk about the editors and the Then segment. Now, it’s no secret that here in tumblr there’s a particular group of fans that are dedicated to see the worst in Dean and tend to take things out of context in order to put Sam in a pedestal. And this chapter’s Then Segment? Was totally dedicated to them, I swear. Because that fight scene between Sam and Dean in the middle of the speech about how being family doesn’t solve anything? DIDN’T HAPPEN. Or, more to the point, was not a fight between Dean and Sam, but a fight between Sam and Sam’s will to live. Back in 9x01. But placing it there? Its framed as a fight between Sam and Dean, with Dean as the instigator. That changes context, and with the goldfish memory of some members of the fandom? It helps to keep the myth that Dean somehow ‘forced’ Sam to stop the trials. A Myth that the series has been pushing really hard since 9x10, since it’s the only thing that Sam complains about when reciting what Dean did wrong. Ironically, it’s the one thing he shouldn’t complain about. The Then thing is ONLY Sam’s POV, by the way, didn’t include any of the Dean reaction shots, and it was framed perfectly so that we could remember Sam’s pain, but not Dean’s pain. Where’s the shot of Dean praying in the church, giving himself to his enemies just for a shot in the dark to save the brother that, as far as he knew, was fighting for his life? Or the constant shots of Dean beating himself up when Gadreel’s betrayal was exposed? Dean’s heartfelt apology to Kevin? Those don’t exist in the Then segment, and, apparently, don’t exist in the writers’ memories. More important, those Then segments? Are made for the casual viewer. To put them 'up to date'. So this? Was an obvious attempt to keep the sympathy on Sam, through edition, because they haven't been able to justify the sympathy on Sam through dialogue and actions. At least, not as clearly as they obviously hoped they had.
Thing Four: The “Supernaturalists”? Seriously? I mean, can the Ghost Facers get more ridiculous? And haven’t they grow up enough to realize that the real professionals are the Winchesters? How many times the Winchesters have saved their asses? (Two. Ok, but that should’ve enough to make them a bit nicer to the brothers) I haven’t seen the web episodes, but unless they actually faced a Werewolf, a vampire or hey, a leviathan? Those two can’t call themselves professional hunters. And I do wonder why other hunters haven’t gone and kick the shit out of these two? Not to mention, usually, Ed was the fame seeker and the one who kept pushing Harry to the hunt -I mean, I just saw Hell house and it was Ed the one who kept talking about fame and money, not Harry- and Harry the coward one who realizes when they’re out of their depth. Also, it’s noticeable how they just muddled the investigation just by their mere presence. Which is so absurd. Also, I don’t know who is the worst offender, if the writers or the character? (Obviously, the writers, but I’m all for sharing blame) but Ed is an idiot for mentioning that ‘the legend changes’ as a reason for the Thinman not to be a Tulpa since when they met the brothers? THEY CHANGED THE LEGEND THROUGH THE BLOG and that’s what caused the whole problem. Again, the change of personality bugged me a lot. Ed calling Dean and Sam professionals? When he spend most of his other episodes mocking them? Why? Those kind of things make absolutely no sense. And oh. Of course. Then the reveals comes that Ed lied to Harry to keep him interested… and. wow. No. That was a very stupid way to try to make a parallel between the brothers and the Ghostfacers . Because there’s not a parallel. Ed didn’t save Harry’s life at great cost of his own, and, unlike the situation with Dean and Sam? Ed DID manipulate Harry since the beginning, since Hell House. So there’s no way to draw a real parallel between them since, among other things? They have never been in a life or death situation. Also, why would Harry have to make a legend? They have seen real ghosts, real monsters. Why the need to create something new? More importantly… the Ghostfacers NEVER did things to help people. They only did it to help themselves. Sad to see the beard in those two finally grow in an episode made to expand on Sam’s pain rather than on something that was sort of logical for both of them. And that ‘parallel’ at the end? Completely absurd and had nothing to do with the brothers’ situation. Dean didn’t cause Gadreel to kill Kevin, and in fact, Gadreel’s presence saved Castiel, Charlie, AND Sam himself. So it’s not like with Harry, whose mistakes indirectly caused five deaths and nothing good.
Thing Five: Obvious killer was obvious. I figured him out more or less when the second killing happened. Felt really bad that it wasn’t a monster, monster..
Thing Six: If the Thinman was human… why did Dean’s EMF acted up in the first victim’s closet?
Thing Seven: Wait. Since Ed created the Thinman… does that means that Dean was right? That it was crap. Seriously writers, stop undermining your own message.
Thing Eight: If the writers (and Sam) want me to feel shocked that Dean killed the Thinman? They have to work harder. Or maybe erase the last 6 years where they killed every demon host they have found without blinking. Or make me forget when Sam killed a dental hygenist in cold blood just to feed the monkey on his back when he was perfectly capable of exorcising her. OR make the victims really innocent and not a psycho killer who was about to kill four people. Finally, if Dean’s coldness was going to be caused by the Mark? It would’ve been good to SEE the Mark at some point.
Thing Nine: Filler, filler, filler, filler. No plot, no advance, no nothing. And seriously, the so called parallels couldn’t be worse because they were totally manufactured for the episode and I’m so tired of so much lip given to Sam’s pain and nothing about the actual arcs, when last season? Dean’s pain was totally forgotten and everything was about Sam’s arc. And in season 7? Dean’s pain was totally forgotten and everything was about keeping Sam sane AND stopping the Leviathans. Season 6? Nothing about Dean’s pain, all about Sam’s soul. And so on, and on. If this was Dean’s expected Mytharc? It’s falling low.
Thing Ten: This is a very personal thing but… At the very least this chapter should’ve been dedicated to Harold Ramis. Because, come on! The Ghostfacers were mockeries of one of his most famous creations.
Next: Blade Runners? I’ll be surprised if the makeup department remembers that there’s a mark to go with the blade.
Is it really necessary to be this adorable, Jensen?