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Supernatural: Crossroad Blues


I really liked this episode a lot. I think it was the strongest one since the season premiere.

Dean being torn over whether to make a trade for his dad. GAH! What can I say? I love the snark but I love the angst so much more. Although I thought he had figured out about the trade back in "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things," and that that's what that breakdown at the end of the episode was all about. But this was just him and Sam being able to talk about it finally?

Also, I loved the legend of the crossroads and the deal with the devil, in this case, demon, not devil, and the hellhounds. I've always thought that Robert Johnson story was really fascinating and it made for a really strong episode. And I liked that they couldn't save the painter and he didn't want them to. I liked Dean being ambivalent about saving anyone who had made such a deal.

Of course you knew that Hudson had made the deal to save his wife (God, when she morphed into a demon for a second there - SCARY!) and that Dean was going to trick the demon into a devil's trap after all, but still a very, very solid episode.

And hey, is it just me or has there been a lot less classic rock this season? Licensing deals dry up? It made sense in this episode, but for the rest?




Okay, this one's not angsty. Dean's never heard of Myspace. "Is it porn?" HA!


Sammy: Not okay with not saving the day.


Neither is Dean.










Oh yes, Dean thought about making that deal.


Fade-out, for a change, on Sam.



Also, today is my two-year anniversary on LJ! *chinks glasses with flist*

Comments

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alliecat8
Nov. 20th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary!

*Sawyer raises his airline bottle to you*
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
*ching*

I no longer have my Josh drinking a Cosmo icon so this will have to do!
gottalovev
Nov. 20th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
*chink!* and LJ never was the same! it's great to have you around!

I really loved that episode too, and you are right Dean a bit reluctant to save the painter was a nice way to go. not anyone want saving, much to Sam's despair. I loved the blues, was very fitting in this episode. you think the show now having a following makes it harder for the music? what a shame.

very nice screen caps, thanks!
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! *toasts*

I like that the painter had a few things to teach them. That's always good. They know some stuff, as Dean said, but not everything. And it's interesting that Dean is less of a white knight in this case. The family really is the most important thing to him but he can't make that deal and live with himself. It would be dishonoring his father, in a way. Although I do think he was very, very close to doing it. He's just so hotwired to put evil down, not make deals with it. That, not just the sacrifice, but that it was a deal, is what's eating him.
keyweegirlie
Nov. 20th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!

~C~
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
inthekeyofd
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

I posted a little tiny blurb abo it yesterday in my post..what did I focus on..ROBERT JOHNSON..okay, that was a given. *smile*

And a cap too..*smile*

I liked the epi, and I actually watched it within a few days of it actually airing!!*smile*
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon! ;)

Ooh, I didn't see. And yay, you watched the ep. I know CSI is your first love these days but you have to love the Winchester boys!
inthekeyofd
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
You are so welcome, wow two years, it's flown by, I swear!!

I was going to watch it on Friday, I took the day off, I have to use my vacation time..then Friday night, I got so busy I didn't watch anything, but I watched it yesterday..ROBERT JOHNSON..just for that beginning, I loved it!!

I usually don't post a recap, because where I watch it later, all the recaps are done and there's not much more to add, but I had to mention something about that, I mean, that whole legend..well..it's legendary. *smile*
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
I figured I'd do caps and a review because it's the only show besides Lost I like to talk about on LJ. But I missed everyone else's reviews.

The beginning was really great. Cinematic, even! Excellent use of an existing legend.
wicked_goddess
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!!

I must say that Supernatural is working much better for me this season then last. Last year, I enjoyed it. This year....loving it! And is it just me, or does Dean get hotter each ep?
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Awesome! I think S1 hit its stride in the last half or third of last season. The last three eps, in particular were really strong. But I'm so glad you're enjoying it! And yes, I think Dean is breaking laws of physics each week!
foxxcub
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Yay, Happy Two Year! :)
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
MERCI! I would never have lasted this long without you!!

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halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Dammit! Why can't I just make hearts like everyone else? I don't think those keys exists on Macs!!

<333

And now LJ won't let me post!!!

*kicks LJ repeatedly*
foxxcub
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Pssst--the way to make a heart is

& hearts ; (without spaces!!)
foxxcub
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
♥!!!
isis2015
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary love!

I really think the legend they went with for this episode was a really great idea. And it lent itself very well to the show. One of my favorite parts of the episode as well was when the one guy didn't want to be saved. I love Sam, but the reality check that some people just don't want to be saved seemed a little necessary. He really did make his own bed.

(God, when she morphed into a demon for a second there - SCARY!)

Oh yes. I think that may have been the first thing on SPN to honestly disturb me.
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! *snuggles*

Best legend in a long time. The H.H. Holmes one was good, except when they actually cornered him, it was pretty anticlimactic. Jo was more horrifying, frankly!

And I like that they don't always save the day. They can't.

And yes, I was very disturbed by that moment, especially because I didn't see it coming at all. (Even though the same thing happened with the hotel guy. I thought he might have been a demon after all, though.)
zelda_zee
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
How cool! Two years! Woot! I still have yet to celebrate my one year anniversary.

This was the 1st SPN ep that I really loved. The Robert Johnson flashback grabbed me from the get-go - I just loved how they worked that in. And I loved how angsty it was, how Dean nearly made that devil's bargain, even tho he knew he shouldn't/couldn't, how the demon kept twisting the knife again and again. A guilty, self-loathing Dean - yeah, that's my kinda guy. And I absolutely adored the ending, I can't tell you how much. It was so perfect it made me smile, even as Sam was tearing up. Also, loved it that Dean didn't know what myspace is, but Sam had never even heard of Robert Johnson.

I went out & got myself a Dean icon after that ep. My first!
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
A guilty, self-loathing Dean - yeah, that's my kinda guy.

*pushes "Faith" on you again -- that and the S1 season finale*

This is the show I love, definitely. I always enjoy it each week but this episode really shows what they're capable of. The legend was really rich in possibilities (and scares) and the way that the boys got involved in it worked so well. Dean teetering (or seeming to) on the edge there ... wow.

And yay! Dean icon!!! *pulls you deeper into Dean love*

Oddly enough, while I'm really enjoying the show, I haven't wanted to read any SPN fic in ages.
arabella_hope
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Yay! *clink*

I had a hard time with this episode, to be honest. I still haven't posted thouhts or anything because the truth is, it shook me up. I was literally biting my nails - what would he do? - and I've finally accepted that it WAS an amazing episode. It got such a reaction out of me, kind of haunted ME in a way, made me think about trades and things I'd rather not see for Dean. Even if *I* too want Papa back, ya know?

The music and mythology was perfect, definetly one of the strongest 'demons' in a long time as it was one that never left it's victims. The flashbacks were amazing and the cinemotography and really, yeah. I did love it. It just wasn't something to squee over.

Not to mention the brotherly ANGST, woah, off the charts. AND that they finally FINALLY ended it in a standard way - I've been missing the 'rock music plays' endings like crazy.

halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Wow, that is a good episode if it had such an effect on you. And, Jesus, the torment Dean must be going through. Of course he won't ever talk about it. Look how long it took for them to even admit they'd both been thinking the same thing about their dad's death.

I think this was one was just really, really strong all around. A lot of times, the demon of the week isn't that great and it's more just about the Winchester snark and angst but this week: firing on all cylinders. And yes *rock music plays!* Woo! Except, er, not so much with the woo with such a downbeat ending. Which, actually, is an SPN trademark!
cmonkatiekatie
Nov. 20th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
CHEERS!

halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Woo! I'm buying the next round!
guineverekay
Nov. 20th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!

What did we ever do before we found LJ?

;)

halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Hee, I have no idea! *hugs*
pippilottah
Nov. 20th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Wow, two years. Congratulations :)

I really need to watch this episode again. The first time, I was way too much into mocking the people who ran out to die, or "hid" and waited to be killed and Dean's lips to be actually paying attention. But I did like the angsty Dean/hot girl scenes... And the kiss
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, running out into the night or cowering on the floor instead of at least getting on a bed or barricading yourself in the bathroom = not wise. But I guess these were people who knew they were doomed.

And mmmm, Dean angst! It's my crack!
ellel
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Aniiversary,luv!!!:D

and that Dean was going to trick the demon into a devil's trap after all
Huh,I didn't see this coming!Loved "Crossroad Blues",they wrote a really good episode around Robert Johnson legend...
halfdutch
Nov. 20th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ;) I knew Dean had an ace up his sleeve. He usually does! Although I love how he seemed tempted to take the deal. AUGH. Excellent episode!
ellel
Nov. 20th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
I knew he was thinking of the deal and Sam's pained expression at the end,when he realizes this kills me!!!Poor broken boys!
siluria
Nov. 20th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!! :)
halfdutch
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *drinks to you and Sawyer*
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