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Sam in Benders 
7th-Aug-2006 09:37 pm
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A bit early but since the episode isn`t rerun anyway, here comes:



Action Hero: Sam in Benders


After having his chest ripped open, his eyes bled, being tied up and beaten by a Shapeshifter, the Hookman and a nasty Poltergeist, being stung by about a million bees and choked by a freaking lamp cord, enough is finally enough for Sam Winchester and he takes back the night and ultimately no prisoners in the Benders.

At first however, he himself gets taken prisoner and thrown into a cage. And I know they`re a family of batshit crazy cannibalistic hillbillies but they should get points for doing that AND stripping Sam off about a few of his normal layers. ;)

After Scarecrow this is the second time the brothers are separated, only this time it`s involuntarily.
Interesting little side note here, Sam doesn`t really seem to be into the bar scene. I`m guessing it is Dean who always drags him with in another attempt to have him participate in Dean`s ideas of fun and possibly get him laid. :) Yet even if it weren`t for his grief I`m getting the idea that Sam still would be more comfortable in the company of a good book. And in that Sam=me, so where is MY Dean? *g* That however leads to Sam being a more active paticipant in the hunt as the Season progresses since he does seem to take over the research part more, especially when Dean is off partying it up.


During Sam`s captivity his training and capability shine through. He remains calm, tries to assess the situation and be pro-active. In other words, he doesn`t break under stress. Compare that to the guy in the cage next to him who shows a more "normal" everyday reaction here: fretting, driving his blood pressure up by envisioning fun times of gang rape and lashing out against Sam`s attempts to calm him down. And predictably he also run headfirst into the trap the Benders lay out for him which Sam clearly wouldn`t have.
Sam is very much a soldier here, showing courage under fire.

And despite all his protests to the contrary, when push comes to shove Sam is a Winchester, a fighter. It`s not in his nature to just lay down and take it.Some fanfic writers may disagree with me here, I know. ;)
He might be more scholarly inclined than the rest of his family but I believe the hunting instinct is in his blood as well.
I`m not sure how much of his physical training he kept up with at Stanford. I can certainly see him rejecting to do any routines he might have resented having to do growing up. Yet he is undeniably in good physical shape and in both the Pilot and Skin did put up a good fight against Dean and Not!Dean both. So clearly either the martial arts training was so extensive that it became second nature and he can rely mostly on muscle memory there or he at least kept up with a modicum of exercising.

His fighting style is also interesting to note, especially compared to Dean. The latter has the more compact muscular build of a streetfighter and I think his style reflects that. It`s more down to buisness, grittier in a way.
Sam on the other hand, while usually trying to downplay his size and making himself physically more unassuming (hunched posture, multiple layers to cover up his body), knows how to play to his strengths in a fight. He uses his height and reach to his advantage yet doesn`t make himself a target by performing rolls and such. He also knows how to play multiple enemies and redirect their attacks against each other.
And I`m not favoring either one here, it totally makes sense that they would fight in a way that best fit their physicality.


But all of the personal empowerment notwithstanding there is still a fair amount of big brother worship going on. Sam shows absolute trust in Dean`s ability to find and save them when Kathleen mentions his "cousin" looking for him. And his expression upon their renuion says as much.
I think a part of Sam will always look upon Dean as a child/little brother just as vice versa Dean will never fully let go of "Sammy, his boy." Of course that can go either way as a child not only worships but also resents their parental figures sometimes.

Cute little side-note here however was his angry-frustrated: "Don`t call me Sammy"-line. He has pretty much given up on correcting Dean on the matter and I feel this isn`t because he is suddenly starting to dig the nickname, as pretty much evidenced here, but he doesn`t feel the need to emancipate himself as much in Dean`s eyes. They`ve grown closer together and Sam feels Dean now values/sees him more like an equal, a part of the team and a fellow adult and no longer just as wittle Sammy.
That doesn`t go for random extras however. :)

Sadly the episode didn`t give us some key scenes. For example it would have been interesting to see how Sam would have reacted to Dean choosing him for the Benders to hunt. I feel Sam would have been proud of Dean`s faith in him there. We also didn`t see his reaction to finding his brother had obviously been tortured. And of course it could have been a nice angsty scene if the Benders had taken Dean to the barn to try to torture an answer out of him in front of Sam and Kathleen. Two words: shirtless whipping. What, I`m old-fashioned. *g*


Benders is also an interesting episode in terms of Sam`s morality.
On the outside Dean might truly look like the "belligerent one" whereas Sam appears to be the gentle giant. But I think in this case looks can be deceiving and Sam should not be underestimated. There is definitely a dark and dangerous edge to him and with his history and upbringing, how can there not.

The episode doesn`t make it fully clear if Sam knew what Kathleen was about to do to Pa Bender. Yet I think it can be heavily infered. Yes, the choice ultimately was hers and if Pa wouldn`t have run his loud mouth about killing her brother in good fun, she might not have done so.

In Faith and Nightmare the brothers had the debates over killing humans and Sam took the position of a firm "No way" there. Yet he seemed to accept the death of Marshal Hall in exchange for Dean being saved with a lot more ease than Dean or rather his guilt appeared more over putting that on Dean. And I`m not saying he was carelessly dismissive of that man`s death or anything but I felt he was able to justify it to himself more easily. And - this might be entirely my perception - there was even some sense of dark satisfaction at Sue Ann`s demise at the hand of the Reaper.
Not that I found him to be unsympathetic there, quite the opposite I could identify with him very much but in the end I can`t help but thinking that morality is as situational for him as it appears to be for Dean.
Or even more so since Dean`s morality seems to run in circles of black and white, at least in thought, while Sam remains more fluid and dare I say more unpredictable. He is not a bad person or even terribly trigger-happy, but there is certainly a darkness to him. And with the right amount of provocation, especially targeted at his weak spot *cough* Dean *cough*, I`d be hard pressed to predict the outcome. For me at least that adds a fascinating layer to the character.
Comments 
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7th-Aug-2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Sure, we had seen him fight, and be under duress, but never alone, and never in such a Winchester style. I was for the first time awed by him.

True. I mean it made sense with the way he was raised. I`m guessing unwilling or not John wouldn`t have stand for his sons not being able to defend themselves. But it was nice to finally see it here.
Of course the Benders didn`t go for his Achilles heel or should I say neck with a patented chokehold. Probably a dead sign that they were human and not supernatural entities. *g*
7th-Aug-2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
a big YES to pretty much everything you said. i'd guess he kept up with some kind of physical training at stanford - maybe he went to the gym occasionally, or took up running or something. i can't picture him boxing or wrestling or really doing anything as regards actual fighting, tho, so i think some of his fighting technique now might be muscle memory, or things he's learning as he goes.

as for the darkness in him, oh yeah, it's there. i think he knew kathleen was going to kill pa bender if left alone with him, and he just gave her the opportunity to do it without implicating anyone else, or making anyone else an accomplice. and also she can shoot the guy without repercussions, because no one saw her do it, and why would someone who isn't sam or dean doubt her word? but sam knew what she was going to do when he left her. his morality vs dean's morality is pretty fascinating, and you wouldn't think it to watch him, but sam can be pretty damn scary.
7th-Aug-2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
can't picture him boxing or wrestling or really doing anything as regards actual fighting,

Yeah, me neither, if only out of a "never gonna do that again" mentality.

you wouldn't think it to watch him, but sam can be pretty damn scary.

I like that. He could make himself appear more lethal if he wanted to, keep straight, emphasize his height even more, wear muscle shirts etc but I`m guessing the last thing he wants to do is stick out or be perceived as "different" in any way.
But sorry Sammy, you have like zero chance to disappear into a crowd, unless maybe in a major league basketball team.
8th-Aug-2006 02:30 am (UTC)
not just scary physically, tho. the way he watched sue ann die in faith - he just let the reaper take her - very cold. he doesn't seem like someone who could just let someone die - or kill someone - but i think he's absolutely capable of it.
8th-Aug-2006 09:52 am (UTC)
While there wasn`t really anything he could have done there to save here, he certainly had a look of grim satisfaction. Especially coupled with his line: "He is not your good." She had made him angry enough that he felt the karmic comeback for her was justified.

he doesn't seem like someone who could just let someone die - or kill someone - but i think he's absolutely capable of it.

Absolutely. And I don`t think he has really ever thought about this which makes him more unpredictable. Even to himself because his own reactions and impulses might surprise even him.
8th-Aug-2006 02:29 am (UTC)
you wouldn't think it to watch him, but sam can be pretty damn scary.

Oh, yeah. Sam is actually the more dangerous of the two, I think, even though Dean is the most damaged. Dean is very straightforward, but Sam, well, Sam is sneaky and devious. <G>
8th-Aug-2006 02:36 am (UTC)
that's exactly it. dean's a lot more black and white. sam has shades of gray. you know what you're getting with dean, but sam, not so much. he's not as predictable, and when you expect him to move right, he moves left, and that makes him dangerous.
8th-Aug-2006 05:52 am (UTC)
interesting comment on the morality issue. I have noticed that altho Sam sometimes is hesitant to deceive people, he is actually good at doing (better than dean!). Also I wonder if he wasn't drawn to studying law, not because he was moral, but because he feared he wasn't?
great thought provoking meta!


8th-Aug-2006 10:00 am (UTC)
Sam sometimes is hesitant to deceive people, he is actually good at doing (better than dean!).

That`s a good bit of irony. Sam`s overall gentleness and honest face with the puppy dog eyes lets him be better at lying to people than Dean who is more rash, even in his deceptions.

Also I wonder if he wasn't drawn to studying law, not because he was moral, but because he feared he wasn't?

I`d really love some insight in why he chose law. Because helping people? Pah, you do anything but law (and I am a lawyer).
At first I speculated it was another extension of working against his family`s upside-down way of thinking. I mean Sam was the black sheep for going to Stanford. Normally what do parents try to push their kids into studying? Medicine or law. He probably got too much of a whiff of doing first aid so law it was.

But really, Sam strikes me as a person more interested in justice. And law and justice have like nothing to do with each other. Maybe he was too naive about it.
9th-Aug-2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
I was very happy to see the topic of this meta. It means Im not way off base with regards to my own opinions of these characters. Of course sam is the more "dangerous" of the two brothers. He was raised by john and dean...however twisted you wanna see that. Children develop formatively during the first 5 years of their lives, and can you really see the Winchester family during those first 5 years? Pretty scary shit--Id think.
Sam has never had normal...he has this idealic picture in his head, but has never really lived it==even at stanford (lying to jess). I think sam is basically amoral, not a bad guy and one with a strong sense of "HIS version of justice". Luckily for everyone involved, because I think a naughty sam would be REALLY naughty. ok, thats hawter than I thought it would be...but I digress.

Weve only gotten like little glimpses throughout the first season, but if Im interpreting the writers correctly, sam totally new about the faith healer being into "dark things", but hey, its dean, I would have picked him too over random dead dude. If were honest with ourselves, most of us would pick our blood over that of a stranger...But I totally think sam knew.

Yes, dean is the more brash of the two, but sam is the more cunning. Just my two cents.
;-D I would looooooove to see or read a scenario where sam does dark violent stuff but for a good reason and just doesnt give a damn...
9th-Aug-2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sam has never had normal...he has this idealic picture in his head, but has never really lived it==even at stanford (lying to jess)

I think he idealized "normal" and mundane growing up the same way a "normal" child would think traveling around with a circus was wildly romantic and exciting. He has no reference point for it and hasn`t yet found out how it doesn`t necessarily make you happy.

sam is basically amoral, not a bad guy and one with a strong sense of "HIS version of justice".

That`s an interesting notion. He is kinda stuck between two worlds. There is our worlds with clear laws and moral codes which he must think are valid since he wanted to study law. Yet he knows the dark supernatural world too where these laws and ethics mean diddly squat.
So he handpicks things from both to create something that he thinks is right.

I`m not sure Sam knew in Faith beforehand. The way the episode played out I`d say he didn`t. Though I am reasonably sure he would have done the same IF he knew. And totally, most people would say: "Sorry random dude, but that is someone I love, so no contest."

;-D I would looooooove to see or read a scenario where sam does dark violent stuff but for a good reason and just doesnt give a damn

There are a few fanfics where he is either possessed by a demon/demonic energy yet still retains some part of himself or he is half-demon anyway and slowly goes dark. I think they were all Wincest so he still cared for Dean there.

I could see the show going in the direction of Dark!Sam. Especially with the Demon on his tail, trying to drive him dark? And possibly targeting Dean as his weak spot. I could see Sam getting very angry at someone who hurt his brother. ;)
10th-Aug-2006 01:28 am (UTC)
I love your Sam. He's the same as my Sam. Well said.
10th-Aug-2006 10:32 am (UTC)
Thank you, even though I`m a dedicated Dean-worshipper, it`s always fun to get in Sammy`s head. :)
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