zubeneschamali: (sam)
Just the fact that I'm writing an episode reaction for the first time all year should tell you something, right?

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zubeneschamali: (impala)
Because it sounds like fun even if I know there's no way I'll actually make a post every day for the next ten days. (Optimism, I haz it.)

The first SPN episode I ever saw was "Skin." I got into SPN through the side door by reading fanfic from an author I really liked from another fandom. *waves at [livejournal.com profile] jennk528* This was during the summer after S3, and I read through the Wikipedia descriptions of the seasons and the episodes and thought this sounded worth watching (the characters had already captivated me from the fic I'd read). I love love love love love the evil twin trope, so I thought I'd start with "Skin."


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zubeneschamali: (samfaith)

My instant response on Twitter was, "Well, that's not going to result in several violent eruptions of Mt. Fandom or anything." So I might be poking the volcano here, but...

I want to go back to my second response to 9.02. I pointed out the three times Sam had done the "right thing" and it bit him in the ass: not shooting YED!John, letting Jake live, and not sacrificing Nancy. Then he was willing to try anything to save Dean (Time is on My Side), and later, anything to avenge him. Eventually, that led to the Apocalypse and Sam saying yes to Lucifer, and tortures in Hell that we still don't know the full extent of. At this point in time, given the past decisions Sam has made and how they've turned out for all involved, he seems to have learned that the cost of saving the one you love can sometimes be too high. So that's one reason I understand his pronouncement that he wouldn't do to/for Dean what Dean had done to/for him.

(Of course, Dean's deal to save Sam also led to the Apocalypse. But just as Sam observed in this episode, Dean did it for himself, not for Sam. (Although I think it's fair to say that both of them bore the brunt of that sacrifice, if in different ways.) And Dean did let Sam go once (the "overgrown man" conversation). As [livejournal.com profile] agelade just wrote, that's probably why Dean can't let him go again. But I also think that it was about Dean feeling that Sam needed to atone for what he had done, which was not the case in the church or in 9.01.)

There's another really important thing to keep in mind here. There's been a lot of talk about the many different ways Sam's body has been violated without or against his consent: YED in the crib, possession by Meg, hunters holding him down to force demon blood on him, the body swap with Gary, all the things soulless!Sam did, Hallucifer's very obvious hints about rape in Hell, etc. And then the final blow: Gadreel and Crowley, both at the hands of the person Sam had trusted most for all of his life. If the question Dean asked of Sam at the end of this ep was, "If the situation was reversed, would you do the same thing?", can you blame Sam for saying that under the same circumstances, he wouldn't force yet another bodily violation on his brother? That's the piece that Dean is still missing or not understanding, and as long as the show refuses to give us Sam's perspective on S9, I don't think that he'll get it.

zubeneschamali: (dragones)
Title: Hic Sunt Dracones
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] lightthesparks
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zubeneschamali
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Gen
Word count: 9,557
Warnings:character death (OC)
Spoilers: general for first half of S9
Summary: AU for S9. After the Wicked Witch was dispatched, Sam and Dean decided it would be a good idea to try mapping out the rest of the bunker. Dean never expected to find something as unreal as a hatching dragon…or that it might prove to be the answer to how to get rid of Sam's no-longer-welcome passenger.

A/N: This is my entry for the 2013 [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang. I was lucky to get in fast enough to choose a wonderful piece of art that turned out to be by [livejournal.com profile] lightthesparks, which made it even better! She's been great to work with and I've had a good time collaborating with her. I also owe her for the title, which is perfect for the story. One of her most excellent posters is below the cut, but you should see all of her awesome art here. Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] fiercelynormal for the beta job.


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zubeneschamali: (deanthinky)
As problematic as many people are finding this season (including myself), and as problematic as some people are finding other people's reactions to this season, and as much controversy as has been thrown up on LJ and Tumblr and Twitter and elsewhere...I don't think fandom has been this engaged with Show for a long time. I'm even making a post that's not a direct reaction to an episode! But reading over reaction posts and comments has inspired some thoughts.

Thoughts below the cut for those who haven't seen 9.02... )
zubeneschamali: (thursdays)
Reactions to 9.02:

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zubeneschamali: (twofaces)
Title: The Oak and the Dragon
Author: zubeneschamali
Rating: PG
Word count: ~2,700
Summary: After everything, Sam and Dean decided to stay in the bunker. And then Sam discovered an artifact in a secret room that would show each of them something about themselves they'd never known.

A/N: Written for Lia for [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen, taking one of the prompts very literally: Sam shows Dean he has a beautiful soul. Thanks to fiercelynormal for beta reading. Upon further review, I declare this to meet the "comfort food or item" square on my trope_bingo card.

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zubeneschamali: (twofaces)
Title: Slavyanka
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zubeneschamali
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 5,207
Summary: On their first case after Dean's return from Purgatory, Sam and Dean respond to a request from someone Bobby helped out years ago. When they find themselves in California wine country, they also find that grapes aren't the only crop growing in the Russian River valley.

A/N: I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen last year for [livejournal.com profile] tesserae_ and never got around to posting it! So it's completely out of compliance with S8 canon, but that might be a feature rather than a bug, yes? Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] morganoconner for the beta reading.

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zubeneschamali: (samspringsteen)
I haven't been around much because RL has been alternately beating me over the head with a frying pan and closing in on me like the garbage disposal in Star Wars. But at least I'm still keeping up with the most important of my TV shows.

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zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Good morning! I'm at the airport on my way to Wincon, and I finished the quilt two nights ago. When [livejournal.com profile] wendy first suggested I do this a year ago, I had no idea how right I was when I thought I could finish it within a year, but just barely. Self-knowledge, yay.

There were two final steps yet to go when I last posted. One was to bind the edges of the quilt, which means folding fabric over the raw edge of the quilt and sewing it into place. I am incapable of doing that without resulting in a wavy edge, but since this quilt is intended to be used rather than displayed, that's not a big deal. :)

The other step was something I haven't mentioned before because I wasn't sure I was going to have time for it, or that it would work out. Well, it mostly worked out:

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zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Progress on the SPN quilt has been slow because of...well, a whole variety of reasons, from the baby quilt for my best friend's little one to my two long trips to rediscovering a whole bunch of fabric that had been locked up in a room that was inaccessible because of a leak in the roof and what followed after, and ooh, shiny....ANYWAY. I have finished piecing all of the individual blocks, so what remains for the piecing is to put them together into one large (48" square) quilt top. Here's what the blocks look like all laid out:

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