Supernatural: Dream a Little Dream of Me

Dean: "I get it. I'm my own worst nightmare."

Dreamscape, with a touch of Nightmare on Elm Street.

Good episode, with a cool premise. But the boys made several huge mistakes that I found jarring. Dean (and Bobby) drinking the beer that Jeremy Frost gave him. All three of them actually trusting Bela. (She has the Colt now.) And Dean and Sam going into Bobby's dream together. We're never more vulnerable than when we sleep. Why didn't one of them stand guard and watch out for the other, like a designated driver? And after going to the trouble of entering Bobby's dream together, why did they separate?

And why did they go into Dean's head while they were alone in the woods, in the dark? Doing it in that weird ass motel room was creepy enough, but the woods? It was like they deliberately decided to enter a horror movie. Though I did like the way the woods transitioned into a long, dream hallway with mondo tree wallpaper.

And, of course, I liked Dean talking with what he saw as his future demon self. He couldn't snap his fingers and make his future go away. It's no mystery to the audience that Dean is resigned to Hell because he thinks he deserves it. But Dean himself hadn't realized it. He knows it now. No more Daddy's "little blunt instrument." No more strong stoicism. It's about time.



Sam became more powerful than Frost in the dreamscape. Sam must be regaining some of his demon power. Interesting that he kept quiet about it.

Bits and pieces:

— In the movie Dreamscape (SPOILER ALERT), Dennis Quaid's character entered people's dreams to help them. He was pursued by a bad guy who, like Jeremy Frost, was even better at manipulating dreams. If I remember correctly, the bad guy was taken down by an image of his own father, too, just like Frost.

— We learned that Bobby got into hunting because his wife was possessed and he couldn't save her without killing her. That was sad.

— Dean dreamed of being with Lisa and Ben from "The Kids are Alright." I don't think Lisa is the love of Dean's life. I don't think it mattered which girlfriend they showed. I think Dean just feels worthless and unlovable; he wants to be loved.

— Sam was continuing with his transformation into Dean by drinking whiskey in the afternoon and talking about picking up girls. Loved the dream about Bela. And the drool.

— Dean's charms didn't work on Dr. Gregg's research assistant. She did say something meaningful, though, that dying peacefully in one's sleep is something we all wish for.

— Dean was Pittsburgh City Police Inspector Robert Plant. He was also Bobby's next of kin, Mr. Sniderson. I couldn't figure out where that one came from.

— Bobby now has a last name: Singer.

— Loved the psychedelic peacock motel room.

Quotes:

Sam: "So what was Bobby doing in Pittsburgh?"
Dean: "I don't know. Unless he was taking an extremely lame vacation."
Aw, come on. Pittsburgh is cool. I like Pittsburgh.

Dean: "Crap."
Sam: "What?"
Dean: "Bela."
Sam: "Bela? Crap."

Dean: "Dude, you were out. And making some serious happy noises. Who were you dreaming about?"
Sam: "What? No one, nothing."
Dean: "Come on, you can tell me. Angelina Jolie?"
Sam: "No."
Dean: "Brad Pitt?"

Dean: "Well, shall we dim the lights and sync up Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon?"
Sam: "What?"
Dean: "What did you do during college?"

Dean: "Okay, I don't know what's weirder. The fact that we're in Bobby's head, or that he's dreaming of Better Homes and Gardens."

Dean: "I'm not going to let you die. You're like a father to me."
Dean said this to Bobby. Sam could have said the same thing to Dean.

Sam: "Dean, you sure you don't want me to drive? You seem a little... caffeinated."

Future Dean: "I mean, your car? That's Dad's. Your favorite leather jacket, Dad's. Your music? Dad's. Do you even have an original thought?"

I sort of wanted this to be a four star episode because it had such a cool plot. But I'll have to go with three,

Billie
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Billie Doux adores Supernatural which is a good thing since apparently, it's eternal.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Poor Dean, he definitively has self-esteem issues, deep ones. He so thinks he´s unworthy of love and that is sad.
And now the Colt is gone and it seems Sam has a crush on Bela.

Finishing season three this weekend, so Billie, happy new Year and may 2011 be a great year for you. And I really like your reviews.

ChrisB said...

I agree with your assessment, Billie. Just one thing. I agree with you that I don't think Lisa is the love of Dean's life. I do, however, think that Dean really wanted to be Ben's father. I thought it was very telling that Dream Lisa mentions picking up Ben soon.

We all know hat Dean would be a great father to Ben. He did a bang up job with Sam!

Katie Hart - Pinterest Manager said...

I, too, wondered at the stupidity of both Dean and Sam entering Bobby's dreamworld. And I was sure Bela had taken the dreamroot to get into Sam's head - the dream was too vivid and specific (especially with the coat) to be otherwise, and there was plenty of opportunities for her to have obtained his DNA in a past episode. Odd that they didn't touch on it again.

While some parts were cool, I found this episode a bit sluggish. Maybe because dream episodes are so common in TV now? And demon Dean forgot to mention one thing - John may have been a terrible father to Dean, but he did die for him. I expected that to be brought up, even it was twisted into "your dad's dead because of you".

Matthew said...

They mentioned Bobby's last name in the episode where they had good luck

(I'm horrible at names ) the god loving hunter went too visit Gordon and said Bobby singers a good hunter he wouldn't allow something like that happen if he could help it

Unknown said...

Maybe it's just because of certain scenes being so strong for me, but I seem to block out the inconsistencies and character plot holes due to the stellar acting of, especially in this one, Jensen Ackles. Show runner, Bob Singer, has been caught, many times, stating his pride for Jensen in this one, saying that at no point during the dream sequence do you doubt which Dean is which, because Jensen is that expressive. I totally agree.

Fun fact: in the scene where Sam has to say Freddy Krueger, Jared forgot his last name and kept saying Freddie Prinze Jr. Hilarious moment in the gag reel.

Louise said...

I loved this ep. I completely missed all the "stupid" they did, actually, except maybe for the beer (come on Dean, you don't drink on the job, you're pretending to be a federal agent!). I thought the Lisa dream was cute, specially as it involved Ben (still think is Dean's kid), and I absolutely loved the Demon part. At the end, when the scene close on Dean remembering the last thing Demon!Dean said to him, I freaked out because I thought that, maybe, the personality that waked up wasn't real Dean, but the Demon one. Clever writing move.