# Also, I spent the first part of this episode trying to figure out why Fitchburg, WI sounded so familiar, and in what other episode they'd been in Fitchburg. Finally I realized that it sounded familiar because I've been here. In real life. CONFUSING REALITY WITH SPN AGAIN, INDEED. It's a suburb of Madison and I guess that's really all there is to say about Fitchburg.
# It's pretty common for people to yearn for happy!Dean of S1/S2. Which isn't something I've really held to ever, except with this vague acknowledgement that yes, the world was probably less shitty then. But rewatching in order now has really just reconfirmed the other side of that: Dean really wasn't that happy in 2006, either! I feel like every other episode, something will send him to the edge, and Sam in his quiet way spends that episode trying to figure out what just happened (when he's not also busy being deeply unhappy about his murdered girlfriend and his relationship with John and the state of his life in general). The difference between then and now--well, in addition to the nine different versions of the Apocalypse that have intervened in the interim--is that Dean spoke.
Sam still speaks, though he codes his thoughts very differently. Dean, on the other hand--for years and years and years, the way this would go is after some designated period of what-have-you, Dean would always eventually come around and pull the car over, or sit on the side of the bed, and offer Sam these emotive little monologues (S2/S4 setting the gold standard for long emotive monologues). Gradually they shortened, occasionally to telegraphic standards, but hey. With the exception of that Amelia/Benny thing, Dean was at least relatively emotionally honest with Sam in S8. Anyway, by the end of S9, it's not that Sam ever stopped asking after Dean (asking effectively... ehhh, XP but I think that's an awful lofty standard to be setting given the givens!), but Dean definitely, and consciously, stopped giving that. And this development made itself very very apparent given how tightly S9's narrative tied to Dean in its first half--even more so than usual, I mean. And I feel like the contrast made that transition to radio silence in the final quartile of the season very pointed and emphatic (and was a true pleasure to watch 9x22 play around with!).
And when you're plotlessly, thoughtlessly freewriting late S9, the text that results really does register the symptoms of that narrative shift/silence, which I think is just fascinating.
tl;dr guess who's still trying to make sense of their Big Bang draft, which is not so much a draft as it is a collection of raw, gamey S9 entrails. ME, YOU SAY? ME? HOW DID YOU EVER GUESS? /sobs into keyboard
# I rewatch 1x19 "Provenance" weirdly often so I will refrain from ridiculous extended commentary. But the reason I rewatch so often is because I am hopelessly in love with Sarah Blake, and Sarah/Sam, and the way Dean's shipping of Sarah/Sam still manages to come across as ridiculously slashy and full of Wincest. That and this is one of the few episodes I find truly eerie and delightfully scary. Ghosts!
# And I love that when Sam's reading off the dates in the journal at the beginning of the episode, he pauses ever so slightly because he's reading upside down. :'D
# 1x20 "Dead Man's Blood": THIS GUN CAN KILL ANYTHING. EXCEPT WHEN IT CAN'T.
# Luther the Vampire('s actor) has a dumb "Japanese" tattoo on his arm that really doesn't mean anything, as far as I can tell. Maybe ネョラョテ should be my new fandom safeword for "I have no idea wtf any of you are talking about."
# If the Winchesters had continued living peacefully in Lawrence, and John had kept the cash flowing into Sam and Dean's college funds, their college funds would have been substantially heftier than mine was. I've been collecting extra interest on mine now for years and it's still got nothing on would-be!Sammy's. O_o;;
# A combination of saffron, skunk cabbage, and trillium apparently inhibits vampiric olfaction. Which is interesting, considering skunk cabbage is native to North America, as is trillium (which is additionally native to Asia), but saffron didn't hit North American shores until European settlers brought it over... Obviously a combination of random plants that defends against vampires doesn't necessarily mean those plants have to have co-evolved with them (or their prey), but I'd be ridiculously interested in charting out the possibilities! I mean, it could be they just burn generically smelly, but in that case wouldn't it just be like, man, someone's burning saffron, skunk cabbage, and trillium again! Almost like they're trying really hard to mask SOME OTHER SCENT...
# And er, by that I mean... I love the fraught combination of Sam, Dean, and John!!
# But evolutionary monster ecology though. :'D Sure, they all descended from an alpha, but that doesn't have to mean they stopped evolving. They just... transfer their genetic material by blood, and, uh, natural selection operates on vampires who--oh forget it. I'm working on it, I'm working on it. XP
# Outside of my extraordinary infrequent posts about the history of Apple, I have no idea what I use this tag for, so I shall use it here in honor of Sam and his relationship with John: #better to be a pirate than join the navy
(The "navy" in this case was not Xerox, or even Windows. The Apple II was the Navy and the Mac was the pirates! Same family... ;P)