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1x06 Skin

 
 
Between the song and the camera-work and Jensen Ackles portraying Dean as a psycho-killer the opening of this episode is TOO EFFING AWESOME.

Sometimes random pretty and cool shots THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD of the Impala are ALL I NEED.

Jensen Ackles ROCKED the acting this ep. He made Shapeshifter!Dean different from Real!Dean in a subtle way as opposed to making it OMG SO OBVIOUS. The tone of his voice, the way he walked, EVEN THE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS WERE DIFFERENT. Of course this is hard to capture in a picspam but if you've watched this show enough you can see it even in the following stills.
 

THAT is NOT a Dean-O face.  RIGHT?!

Backing up one second.
SHE LOOKS AT HIM LIKE SHE CAN ACTUALLY SAY "NO" TO THAT FACE. Please. If a serial killer SHAPED LIKE DEAN WINCHESTER showed up at my door I would SO LET HIM IN.   I wouldn't even FRONT. 

Since we're on the subject.  BEHOLD.  I BRING YOU THE DEAN WINCHESTER IS A HOTASS STILLS OF THE WEEK... or whatever.

OH WAIT.  BUT THERE ARE MORE.  Because REALLY how can you just have one... or FOUR?  Dean-O is like a Lays potato chip.  Or, in my case,CAKE.
Okay, while TECHNICALLY the last two are not ACTUALLY Dean.  Shapeshifter was trying to BE Dean.  Even downloaded his thoughts so THIS COUNTS.  My capspam my rules.  And don't even TELL me you didn't find his eyes flicking over to FULL ON SILVER really hot!
And now for the Not-So-Pretty. 
This is STILL one of the creepiest, gorriest, GROSSEST SPN EPS EVER.  And while I STILL have problems watch THE TEETH FALLING OUT OF THE SHIFTERS MOUTH I must say the FX people did an AMAZING job thinking of EVERYTHING that would happen to the Shifter in the process of changing over.  Bleh.
 
Though I did find the guest actress sort of weak, and some of the stuff the boys were able to pull off a little hard to believe, overall this is a really great ep.  Both because the monster was original and cool but also because they managed to fit a little bit of the underlying character arcs in there as well.  First up, Dean's issues with his family and Sam in particular.   LOVED this scene.
 
SAM: Where is he? Where’s Dean?
SHAPESHIFTER: I wouldn’t worry about him. I’d worry about you.
SAM: Where is he?
SHAPESHIFTER: You don’t really wanna know. I swear, the more I learn about you and your family—I thought I came from a bad background.
SAM: What do you mean, learn?
SHAPESHIFTER: He’s sure got issues with you. You got to go to college. He had to stay home. I mean, I had to stay home. With Dad. You don’t think I had dreams of my own? But Dad needed me. Where the hell were you?
SAM: Where is my brother?
SHAPESHIFTER: I am your brother. See, deep down, I’m just jealous. You got friends. You could have a life. Me? I know I’m a freak. And sooner or later, everybody’s gonna leave me.
SAM: What are you talkin’ about?
SHAPESHIFTER: You left. Hell, I did everything Dad asked me to, and he ditched me, too. No explanation, nothin’, just poof. Left me with your sorry ass. But, still, this life? It’s not without its perks. I meet the nicest people. Like little Becky. You know, Dean would bang her if he had the chance. Let’s see what happens.

There was also the fight at Blonde Girl from Stanford's house which was KICK ASS.  However, I had a hard enough time capping the MANY dark caps I've posted here so I'll skip the visuals and just mention that Dean being set up to take the fall and the Shifter telling Sam he should appreciate Dean more were my favorite parts.
 
Next up.  Sam's wish for a normal life.  In the beginning Sam refused to believe that he couldn't be a Hunter AND maintain his friendships.  But after everything that happened, and even though he told Blonde Friend from Stanford what he and Dean are, he realized that it is much better for the people they care about not to know the truth which gave us THIS awesome moment.  Dean is great here but looking back now I realize that Sam is saying he never fit in at Stanford because of what the Shifter said to him about Dean giving up his life to hunt so Sam could go to college and his fear that Sam would eventually leave him.  Woobies.
DEAN: Sorry, man.
SAM: About what?
DEAN: I really wish things could be different, you know? I wish you could just be….Joe College.
SAM: No, that’s okay. You know, the truth is, even at Stanford, deep down, I never really fit in.
DEAN: Well, that’s ‘cause you’re a freak.
SAM: Yeah, thanks.
DEAN: Well, I’m a freak, too. I’m right there with ya, all the way.
SAM: Yeah, I know you are.
DEAN: You know, I gotta say—I’m sorry I’m gonna miss it.
SAM: Miss what?
DEAN: How many chances am I gonna have to see my own funeral?
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