I feel like a reverse Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways."
How many different ways are there of saying, "Wow, that was a piece of crap." Bad as the writer was, there's an even bigger problem that we've commented on before: Do none of the writers actually watch the show? Do they never talk to each other about what they're writing? There's no consistency, no continuity. You'd think they'd be embarrassed. Last week, just as a small example, Dean was a "genius" at lore; this week, he doesn't even know what a witch's familiar is (despite having run up against any number of them over the years, and being able to recognize a witch's garden because of the plants in it).
I admit I thought it was a tad arrogant for Sam to say that they didn't even know what the second trial was, but whatever, he would be ready. Sam knows
--he doesn't even hope; based on what he said here, he knows
--he'll be ready for it even though he has no clue what it is; unfortunately I genuinely get the feeling that he doesn't think Dean would be (something he's come out and said before) because I don't see a sea change in Sam's attitude. (I didn't buy Sam's speech to Dean last week--we've heard it before and it's never meant anything--and this week seemed to be a reversion to the feelings we've seen from Sam before.)
Sam's dialogue about Dean's not trusting him (Sam) because Dean doesn't trust anyone but himself? Sam, have you met Dean? Mr. No Self-Esteem, Everything That Goes Wrong Is My Fault, I've Failed Everyone I've Cared About, thinks that he, and only he, can do the trials? Shakespeare was right: "He who is giddy thinks the world turns 'round." Methinks you need to take a good look in the mirror, Sam; that ain't Dean's face looking back.
(And no matter how many times the writers use the word "mature" with Sam, I won't buy it until Sam demonstrates true maturity. Where he steps up and acknowledges when he's been wrong and takes accountability for his actions and words. Because a good part of why Dean may have trouble trusting Sam could be Sam's actions and words and lies.)
Speaking of the trials, what kind of an idiot is God? (What am I saying? This is the same being who thought creating the Leviathans would be a good idea.) Why set trials in the first place? Why not just, "Here's the way the close them. Go to it." But that's not all. Let's make the "champion" sick, too, so that it's that much harder to accomplish the task? Hey, Deadbeat Dad, do you want the gates of Hell closed or not?
Edited by Lemuria, Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:44 PM.