Season 3 Episode 10

Dream a Little Dream of Me

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2008 on The CW

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  • The best performance of Jensen Ackles so far and and incredible episode that it is both heart-wrenching and pivotal in the overarching show's mythology.

    What do you get if you concoct a story by Sera Gamble and Raelle Tucker (before her departure toward the gory shores of "True Blood") and a script by Cathryn Humpris, renown for her mythological-intense episodes? A masterpiece is the answer, and "Dream a little dream of me" is just that!

    When Bobby gets trapped inside his dreams, due to a particularly disturbed and cruel Dreamwalker, addicted to a certain African Dream Root, Sam and Dean must enter his consciousness to free him. Not only we discover why Bobby became an hunter in the first place (his wife was possessed by a demon and he was forced to kill her when she got rabid), but we also get a chance to experience - thanks to Steve Boyum (director) and Serge Ladouceur (photographer) - one of the most visually beautiful episodes ever: the transitions between the dream and the reality are seamless, and the bright, vivid dream-like colors - already experimented in "What Is and What Should Never Be" (2.20) - are both mesmerizing to watch and yet subtly unsettling, too unreal to feel really safe and sound. But this isn't even the best part of the episode, because when the Dreamwalker starts persecuting Dean, the Winchester must get rid of him from inside Dean's subconscious and this is where the episode rises and becomes really unforgettable.

    We see that Dean is having dreams and thoughts about Lisa (from "The Kids Are Alright", 3.02) and her son Ben, and that's saying that he is dreaming of another life, much similar to the wish verse explored in WIAWSNB, a life where he can safely build a family and live his life. A dream of peace and quietness so distant from his current, hell-bound situations. Most importantly, we see a confrontation between Dean and his other self, his doppelganger who's saying to him that he is worthless, that he's nothing by John's faithful dog soldier, that he's nothing on his own. The doppelganger seems to be winning, Dean can't find the words to rebut it... and then he explodes! He says that John was a ravaging bastard that had no right to ruin his childhood and his life by putting so much pressure on him, and that he did what he did (care about Sam and his family) not because his father told him so but because John was so incapable of being a father that he had to be both a brother and a father to Sam. Dean shoots his doppelganger and right when he finally breaths in relief, the Doppelganger opens his black eyes and shows Dean how it will be to be a demon in Hell. The depth of Dean's character is astounding: when we first see him in the Pilot, Dean seems to be a carbon copy of John Winchester, a devoted hunter who idolized his father and wanted to be just like him. Then, slowly but steadily, Dean revealed many layers beyond that surface: he is a deep and complex individual that doesn't resemble his father and that can't be identified only with his mission to protect his brother. What really identify his character is his love. Sam and John have akin minds driven by a revenge obsession (something Sam will show also in Season Four), but Dean does everything - the hunts, the sacrifices, the renounces to his desires - out of love. It is in this dimension that he finally finds his inner value, and - in the end - he is ready to quit the masquerade and admit to his brother that he is scared, that he is the one to be taken care of, for once. All this complexity, depth and profundity are in the script, right, and I can't thank enough the writers for such an awesome character, but they are also in Jensen Ackles' outstanding performance. He would have deserved an Emmy for his work on this episode, because we see three Dean and each and everyone of them is just perfect.