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Supernatural: Red Sky at Morning

Dean: "So what happens? You see the ship and a few hours later, you pucker up and kiss your ass goodbye?"

This one should have been called "Double Date." And what a double date it was. Actually, my favorite part of the whole thing was Sam getting groped by Gert. What a wonderfully comic performance by Ellen Geer. It's not easy to be that revolting and uncomfortably funny at the same time.

We were probably supposed to warm up a little toward Bela. Characters like Bela are usually naughty but in an endearing sort of way, starting out as an adversary but ending up a reluctant friend. But I found her so completely unlikable that I'm starting to wonder if there's any way for the audience to relate to her character. Maybe I'm wrong about the endearing thing. Maybe she's supposed to stay a villain. Even if she and Dean end up having angry sex. (And I'm sure they eventually will if she stays in the cast.)

Much like the whole "demons are just like people" thing, Bela apparently believed that causing death and destruction in order to make a profit was pretty much okay. She translates everything into money, which was why she paid them in the end. So what member of her family did Bela kill? Is there some heartwrenching story in her past that will make her sympathetic? I suppose stranger things have happened.

And I suppose the killing-a-family-member thing was also intended as a contrast to the Winchesters, who keep selling their souls to save each other. Different extremes. I hope the ghost ship brothers weren't some sort of foreshadowing that things will change between Dean and Sam. They're certainly not communicating. Dean won't try to save himself. Sam won't apologize for trying to break the deal, and he won't stop. Sam is sacrificing his closeness to Dean in order to save him. Hey, I'd do it.

Bits and pieces:

— These people so don't watch horror movies. That woman in the opener certainly never saw Psycho.

— Tuxedos. Yum. And then Dean stuck his gum under the punch bowl rim. You can dress him up but you can't take him out.

— At one point, Dean called Gert a "broad," but his lips clearly formed the word "bitch." They must have decided "bitch" was too harsh.

— So where were they? Sea Pines, somewhere in New England? (Even though the Vancouver mountains in the background made it obvious that it was west coast.) When they left, they were on their way to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

— This week, the boys were with the Sheriff's Dept.

— Squatting at an empty, boarded up house. Different from the usual seedy motel room.

Quotes:

Dean: "Can I shoot her?"
Sam: "Not in public."

Dean: "A hand of glory? I think I got one of those at the end of my Thai massage last week."

Bela: "You know, when this is over, we should really have angry sex."
Dean: "Don't objectify me."

Gert: "You remind me of my late husband. He was shy, too. Until we got below deck."
Sam: "Whoah!"
Gert: "You're just firm all over. Oooh."


Sam: "Tell me I didn't get groped all night by Mrs. Haversham for nothing."
Dean: "I got it. Missus who?"
Isn't that Miss Haversham, not Mrs.?

Dean: "So ponying up ten grand is easier for you than a simple thank you. You're so damaged."
Bela: "Takes one to know one."

Another good one. The standard three stars,

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

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess I´m different from other fans because I totally love Bela. She reminds me a bit of Lilah on Angel. What I love most is that I have no idea how to feel about her and that is just great.
Plus, Dean in a tuxedo is yummy!

Anonymous said...

I have to say that Jared's acting was excellent in this episode. He looked sooo uncomfortable with Gert. I could feel his discomfort from the moment she touched his hand during their first meeting. Dean's reaction to his car being gone was hilarious!

I don't like Bela either. I don't get her. Maybe if she dealt in objects that didn't have such grissly backgrounds or if she worked for a crime syndicate (kinda like Lilah in Angel) I could warm up to her, but she's independent. She decides what items to pursue, and she chooses items that are deadly dangerous and doesn't care about the consequences unless they rebound on her. I have a problem with that.

Also, calling the guys serial killers! Really! Although I did give that idea some thought. But no, I don't think they come across as serial killers. SL

ChrisB said...

Another great one. After the horror that was the beginning of this show, it amazes me that they now produce one great show after another.

I'm beginning to worry about our Sam. He seems to be slipping more and more into the dark. When he says to Dean, "Lately, I feel like I can't save anybody" my heart just broke. Even Dean was at a loss for words.

Bela is not my favourite character. She certainly brings out the worst in the boys, who for some reason keep going along with her suggestions. Does it make me a bad person that part of me was hoping they would walk away instead of trying to save her? But, of course, they are heroes so save her they did. I pray that the conversation between the ghost brothers was not foreshadowing...

The party was hilarious. The boys, although they looked fantastic, were both obviously uncomfortable in their suits. Top it off with the gum that Billie mentions and Sam chugging his champagne. Laugh out loud funny. But Dean stealing the relic in a tux - very James Bond.

Juliette said...

The Internet informs me that this episode is not popular, which just goes to show that I'm on a different wavelength to everyone else, because I liked it so much, I'd almost count it one of my favourites!

Marianna said...

Bela reminds me of Despereaux in Psych, a character that annoyed me because he caused the main characters to do stupid things. Overall Bela annoys me for the same reason, but I do somewhat enjoy seeing her because Lauren Cohan is such a great actor. (I know her from The Walking Dead.) I did enjoy getting to hear her impressive American accent, which is different from the one she uses in The Walking Dead.

Unknown said...

"You can dress him up but you can't take him out." This made me laugh, cause I recently saw a SPN episode way into the future that reminded me of the scene from this S3 episode. Dean won't ever change where it counts and thank god for that.

And I agree with Juliette, I'd heard somewhere that Eric Kripke really apologized for this episode and I don't get that. It's not one of my favorites, but certainly not one of the worst, either.