galathea: (spn_xmas snow (animated))
As usual, I am taking off to spend the holidays with my family. So, I wish all my friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sadly, livejournal has become somewhat quiet over the course of the past year, but that makes me all the more grateful for the friends that are still around. I hope you all have a peaceful holiday with your family and friends!

By the way, my review for Holy Terror is in the making. I just didn't get to finish it, because I was pretty sick these past two weeks. But I have some time off between the years, so I am confident that I'll get it out before the winter hiatus is over.
galathea: (s/d secrets)
Rock and A Hard Place by Jenny Klein is one of those episodes, where I find one half of the story immensely enjoyable, while the other half is a constant source of frustration for me. In this particular case, the frustration part mostly pertains to Dean’s characterisation, which I feel is rather poor and does the character a huge disservice; the enjoyment part, on the other hand, relates to Sam and Jody’s interaction, which I guess is no surprise to anyone who knows me even a little bit. Given my mixed feelings for the episode, I could not claim that it is an overall winner for me, but the final scene between the brothers at least compensates for some of the shortcomings of the script.

Or this is just the way I am. )
galathea: (s/d teenagers)
I daresay it does not get more old-school than Bad Boys, except for, you know, actual episodes from the early seasons of the show. Adam Glass ticks all the right boxes for a classic Supernatural episode – a good old-fashioned ghost hunt, Wee!chester flashbacks, gory deaths, a salt and burn, Sam being choked and Dean being thrown into a wall, Dean connecting with kids, parallels between the ghost story and the Winchesters’ story – and the end result is a largely enjoyable trip down memory lane, both for the characters and the viewer. It is no secret how much I miss the old days of the show, so unsurprisingly Bad Boys firmly positions itself as my favourite episode of the season so far.

Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you, even if it’s going to hurt the ones you love. )

I am sorry this review is so late, but unfortunately I have computer troubles at the moment and the damn thing just won’t let me write (or do anything, really) for more than an hour or so, before it powers down again. So, until I find a way to fix my computer, I might be tad behind with my reviews. Handwritten notes only get me so far, I am afraid.
galathea: (s/d secrets)
Okay, that was perfectly – boring. Heaven Can’t Wait by new writer Robert Berens is not a bad episode per se, it is just not relevant to my interests. I mean, monologue-ing angels and squabbling demons are just not my idea of fun, and the Castiel centricity of the plot does not help either. Obviously, the fact that the episode has no Sam-and-Dean time to speak of impacts my enjoyment of the episode as well, and since I do not even find the brothers’ individual storylines particularly engaging (or illuminating, character-wise), there is just nothing that captures my attention. So far, it is probably my least favourite episode of the season. Well, the least interesting at any rate.

That sounds like a real case, Dean. I should be there. )
galathea: (Default)
Dog Dean Afternoon by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder is a rather silly episode, that borders on (and sometimes crosses over into) the embarrassing and crude, and as such I have my fair share of problems with it. However, there is also an interesting casefile, amiable Sam and Dean interaction and some minor developments on the Ezekiel front, so the episode is not a total loss. In some respects, it even has an 'old-school' vibe, which I always appreciate, but sadly much of that appreciation was buried under the more ridiculous parts of the plot.

He was possessed by something he couldn’t control. It was just a matter of time before it completely took over. )
galathea: (s/d batcave)
Robbie Thompson’s Slumber Party is one of those wacky episodes I have to come to associate with Ben Edlund’s comedic work on Supernatural, you know, humorous, but with dark overtones; nonsensical, but highly entertaining. Like many Robbie Thompson episodes, Slumber Party features Charlie as Sam and Dean’s geeky sidekick, and while I have to admit that the episode failed to entirely charm me the way previous Charlie centric episodes did, I still loved to see her back. Overall, even though there are moments in the episode that bothered me, I still enjoyed it as a whole.

There is nothing worse than adventure. )
galathea: (x-files_scully/mulder)
I really don't do memes often, but I thought I'd snag this TV meme from [ profile] llywela13.

Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

The list of doom )
galathea: (Default)
I’m No Angel by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner puts its focus on Castiel’s struggle with his new status as a human being as well as on his attempts to evade the faction of the angels that are out for his blood – and as such the episode is of little interest to me. While there are at least some enjoyable, domestic Sam and Dean moments in the episode, there are also problematic moments where Dean’s handling of Sam’s current status is concerned, but, well, given the writers of this episode that was probably to be expected. So, overall, this is a rather short and not particularly deep review. It is just not the kind of episode that inspires the meta-writer in me.

I lied. I do that. )
galathea: (s/d bike)
So, ever since I got my own Tumblr account, I felt tempted to try my hands at gif-making, and this weekend I finally caved and experimented with different programs and techniques. I have to say, it really is fun and far less difficult than I imagined. Well, at a beginner's level at any rate. I have no doubt that some of the effects I have seen on fancier gif-sets require more time and professional programs to achieve. Of course, making gif-sets is not the same as making wallpapers, but it has been a long time since my creative muse last decided to stop by, and I am glad that I finally feel motivated again to create something.

For anyone interested, you can find my first two gifsets HERE and HERE. As I said, nothing fancy, but I am quite happy with them for a first try.
galathea: (dean_worthit)
While the season opener took a look at the immediate aftermath of the S8 finale for the Winchesters and the fallen angels, Devil May Care by Andrew Dabb follows up with an exploration of the demonic side of things. The episode not only gives Crowley, Abaddon and Kevin a spot in the limelight, but it also confronts Dean with the consequences of his actions in Sacrifice as well as I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here. Overall, Devil May Care is a solid instalment in the new season. It may not be as much of an emotional rollercoaster as the season opener, but it is still a fairly entertaining episode.

Are you with me? )
galathea: (Default)
So, during the summer hiatus I came to the conclusion that Supernatural no longer warrants the kind of energy and commitment that goes into my episode reviews, and so I decided to just let it go and switch to casual viewing. However, I seem to have underestimated the difficulty of breaking an eight year long habit. I guess it is fair to say that, as long as I am watching the show, I am going to have thoughts about it, so I might as well write them down. Still, I intend to make some changes. Generally, my reviews will be less extensive, and I will not address Castiel, Crowley or the angels in any significant capacity – sorry, angels and demons bore me to tears nowadays – unless their story is in some way relevant to Sam and Dean’s. It is entirely possible, though, that my motivation to write reviews fizzles out at some point, just like it did at the end of last season, but I guess we will just have to wait and see. Now, onto the review!

As one would expect from a season opener, Jeremy Carver’s I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here looks at the aftermath of the S8 finale and sets the stage for the main plotlines of the first half of the season. My emotions while watching the episode ranged from being genuinely moved (Sam) to boredom (Castiel and Hael) to intrigue (Dean and Ezekiel) to angry disbelief (Dean’s choice), so at the very least I can say that the premiere did not leave me indifferent. In fact, if it was not for the unexpected last-minute turn of events, I would have said the season opener surprised me positively, mainly because it continues the exploration of Sam’s emotional state. Insight into Sam’s inner workings is always a plus in my book. However, the disturbing resolution to Sam’s dilemma casts a very dark shadow over the episode, and my acceptance of that resolution will largely depend on how the writers will handle the long-term consequences of it.

What you call dying, I call leaving a legacy. )

Okay, this turned out longer than I expected. I guess I still have to work on the whole 'keeping it short' thing. But well, reviews for season premieres (and finales) tend to be more extensive anyway.
galathea: (Default)
It seems that, every time I feel so out of sorts with Supernatural this season that I seriously consider quitting, Robbie Thompson swoops in and pulls me back from the brink by delivering an episode that reminds me why I love this show. Pac-Man Fever is the kind of episode that I find emotionally engaging, as well as intellectually stimulating. It gives us Sam and Dean at their brotherly best, offers an interesting monster-of-the-week case and throws a beloved recurring character into the mix. It has the right combination of humour, action and emotion, too, as Robbie Thompson’s episodes usually do. So, really, what’s not to like?

There is pretty much nothing the Winchesters can't do if they work together. )
galathea: (sam_lookdown)
Hi folks! I know it has been quiet around these parts lately, mainly because I spent most of my summer hiatus busy with non-SPN related stuff. However, these last couple of weeks, I have also been writing in fits and starts on my missing S8 reviews, and even though I am far from being finished with any of them, I still hope I get at least some of them out before S9 starts to air. Anyway, this weekend I was tinkering with my review for Sacrifice, which, as usual, finishes with a retrospect on the past season, and I kind of ended up writing a whole passage about Sam’s story – in particular about the whole 'Sam did not look for Dean' issue – that went beyond the scope of the general overview I was aiming for. I spent too much time on the paragraphs to just scrap them, but I did not want to leave them in the review either, so I decided to just post them as a standalone bit of meta.

Nothing says family quite like the whole family being dead. )
galathea: (s/d batcave)
I guess most of you will have seen the panels and reports from Comic Con by now, so what are your thoughts? Personally, I could not say that I am particularly happy with the information Carver & Co released about S9 so far, but that does not really come as a surprise to me.

Here be spoilers! Beware! )
galathea: (jared)
Hello, flist! I know it has been quiet around here lately, but I wasn’t really in a talkative mood these last couple of weeks. I mostly buried myself in computer games and books and discovered new (to me) TV shows. Taking a time-out from fandom every now and then is necessary for my mental health, I think. Anyway, here is a short status update – personal and fandom wise – for anyone who is interested.

Random thoughts are random )
galathea: (dean_tired)
Hey, flist! So, instead of postponing the review for Pac-Man Fever till the summer hiatus, I have decided to move forward in chronological order. This way at least I don’t have catch up on two missing S8 reviews during the hiatus. However, I’ve had somewhat of a writer's block this last week, and I will be a tad behind with my reviews for the rest of the season as a result. But well, with only two more episodes to go, I hardly think that matters. I’ve been holding off watching new episodes, though, because I don’t want to mix things up in my head, so sorry for my lack of comments on episode reactions. It’s not for lack of interest; I just want to stay as spoiler-free as possible. I hate missing out on the post-episode buzz with my flist, but I guess it cannot be helped. My head just isn't cooperating at the moment. Sigh.
galathea: (Default)
I know I am terribly late with this review, but better late than never, right? I admit, I deliberately postponed this review time and again, mainly because I knew right away that thinking about Taxi Driver would be way worse than just watching it. I will concede that the premise of the episode is fraught with potential, but the mediocre writing of Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner just squanders all that potential away. They delivered a script that is not only riddled with continuity and characterisation issues, but also unbelievably careless in its treatment of past mythology. So I apologise in advance that this is more or less a (very lengthy) listing of all the reasons why Taxi Driver really misses its mark.

I'm going to be in my room. Let me know when there's a good day. )

By the way, with this review the collective word count of my writings on Supernatural passes the 500.000 words mark! You know, I am actually quite proud of this achievement. Oh, and one more thing, I will not be able to write a review for tonight’s episode. It’s my godson’s confirmation this weekend, so I will be leaving for my sister’s tomorrow. I will probably stay for a week or so, and that will leave me with no time to review the episode before the next one airs. I hope to catch up on it during the summer hiatus though.
galathea: (spn_scenery bloodlust)
Freaks and Geeks, by courtesy of Adam Glass, is a pretty standard standalone episode that mainly explores the theme of child-hunters, and as such it obviously offers a lot of parallels to Sam and Dean’s childhood experiences. I like the episode well enough, but since I find it really difficult to warm up to the guest characters – and they are clearly the main focus of the episode – my enjoyment of the episode is somewhat limited. Moreover, some of the finer points in Sam and Dean’s characterisation bother me, at least to some extent. Overall, I am more or less indifferent to Freaks and Geeks; it does not stand out, but it is not a horrible episode either.

Hunting is not all about killing and revenge. )
galathea: (sam_lookdown)
I had so much fun making Grimm icons the other day, I thought I’ll make some Supernatural icons as well, and since I didn’t have anything better to do yesterday – apart from review writing, but I wasn’t really in the mood – I decided to seize the day and get to work. I settled on icons from my favourite episode of the current season, namely Everybody Hates Hitler. Enjoy!


Yifalchunbee! )
galathea: (Default)
Goodbye Stranger is a typical Robbie Thompson episode, i.e. it is well-structured, has great pacing and impresses with snappy dialogue and meaningful character moments. And given that it revolves entirely around angels and demons, which usually bores me out of my mind, it is surprisingly entertaining. So, on the whole, it is a good, solid episode. However, some of the parallels in Goodbye Stranger bothered me to such a degree, that it profoundly impacted my appreciation of the episode. As a result, I am a little more biased than usual in this review. Sorry for that!

I can carry you. )

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