Reviews: Mrs. Bradshaw's Handbook; SPN 13.02

Mrs. Bradshaw's Handbook to Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygienic Railway - A fun little ride through a portion of the Discworld countryside (and various towns). I'll admit that although I love a large number of Terry Pratchett's books, his later ones lost me a little, as they seemed to become increasingly about message rather than character and story. However, the world as a whole remains a delight, and this does a lovely job of expanding on that, with all the sorts of details that can't usually fit into a narrative without derailing the flow of everything. The book is heavily (and enjoyably) illustrated, and includes a number of 'vintage' advertisements.

13 things I liked a lot about SPN 13.02, "The Rising Son"

  1. To start at the end--what an end it was! Jack so distraught and full of self-doubt, Dean promising, not threatening. And a beautiful mirror shot of Jack to close out the episode

  2. Jack "teleporting" to the other side of the door

  3. Sam being all calm and coaxing with Dean but very RAWR with Donatello over the question of Jack's nature. Despite their disagreement, he and Dean are still very much a team--no contrived drama here.

  4. Sam explaining (accurately) to Jack how Dean functions

  5. Asmodeus is delicious cheese

  6. "Dude, you were hallucinating sheep on the road. You need a few hours."

  7. Dean almost getting sucked into watching Scooby Doo is adorable (and then Jack opens the Bible to "Song of Solomon"--starting right in on the erotic love poetry, woohoo)

  8. Donatello using Mr. Rogers as a moral compass

  9. Them staying at the "Black Hat Motel"

  10. The fight scenes at the motel, especially Dean's angel-blade throw

  11. New camera angles on the Impala--always something to be appreciated

  12. I'd started to get bored with Lucifer, but I thoroughly enjoyed his scenes in this episode

  13. Even though Dean starts off treating Jack purely as a problem to be solved/killed, he's clearly thinking of him as an individual by the end of an episode--a dangerous individual, sure, but someone who at least doesn't want to do harm. If he has to kill Jack, he'll regret it (though he'll still do it)

I hated that Dean called Jack "it" - so dehumanizing! I'm hopeful that the final scene is the starting point of Dean seeing Jack as a person! Even if he ends up killing him, I hope it will be portrayed as an act of love.

Oh, I definitely think so. As soon as we had the scene with the beers--where he asked how old Jack thought he was, rather than whether the alcohol would affect his self-control--I knew the softening was bound to happen.
He's going to soften at some point, you can see it in the way he's working hard to be very against Jack, shout loudly about how scary he could become. He doesn't really feel it, he's just railing at the world at this point.
Oh, I'd say he's already softened a fair bit over the course of this episode. Not that it changes his assessment of Jack as "very dangerous", but that assessment is warranted, I'd say. But I don't think he blames Jack for it.