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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

The Last Witness

7/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13 January 2013

Dean and Sam are investigating two weird murders and they stumble with a scared man that tells a strange story about a judge in a red barn. They discover that all the victims had guilty for some crime in the past and they are judged by the Egyptian god Osiris and sentenced to death. Osiris decides to judge Dean's guilty and Sam becomes his defense lawyer. However when Osiris is ready to summon his last witness, Dean realizes that he will summon Amy and he takes the blame.

"Defending your Life" shows that Dean feels guilty for killing Amy without the knowledge of Sam. The story is only reasonable and does not work well. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Defending Your Life"

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Feeling the guilt.

7/10
Author: zombiehigh18 from Egypt
30 December 2011

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If you think "The girl next door" was disappointing, just wait to see this one. I thought season seven would make up for all the flaws of season six and I was willing to have a reasonable explanations for last one, but now I'm not so sure. This is definitely flawed from the get go.

1- The Amy story line is apparently going to stick around a little while longer. Sam stops in the middle of an investigation, after dealing with another hallucination, to thank Dean for letting Amy go (Yeah, not forced at all)and unknowingly making his brother more guilty.

2- For Sam to leave that elder guy in the motel room for hours and expect him to really stay put inside the salt circle, leaving him in such a hurry when he is supposed to help him in the first place, was annoying.

3- I was really excited to have Jo back on the show, but it only added to my disappointment and I have to ask Supernatural creators, Why the Hell do you hate the girl that much? First, She was not the most convincing witness to bring on Dean, why not bring someone Like Pamela, or John who died to save his son, or Ash or even Cas (that's of course if angels had ghosts). Second, Her appearance didn't add much to her character and she certainly did not help Dean with his guilt.

4- Finally, Being Egyptian myself who spent some of my school time studying history I can say Supernatural writers didnot do their homework right and did so little to a rather intriguing Pharonic legend. Plus what's with the cheesy customs and the cheep décor? But I was willing to get over all that only If the story was done better. Dealing with pagan Gods is nice and having a different view for them than just being flesh eating freaks was interesting. Yet Osiris here was so annoying for a judge who claims to be impartial to his victims, He is deciding everything ahead and the trial is no more than an entertaining act for him. He is bringing witnesses to the stand and though he allows Sam to play attorney, he refuses his objections, he is also putting words to the witness's mouth and decides when to stop the witness from proceeding.

OK, so cut to the good stuff:

1- It is good to see Dean back to having fun with girls, it is been so long since we have seen him working his charm.

2- I'm so proud and impressed with Sam, he is displaying a very high level of maturity, His worry about Dean and his passion to defend him and save his life was endearing and heartbreaking at the same time, as I wished Dean would come clean to his little brother about Amy, so that he wouldn't have to know it from some one else as we know would eventually happen and the results would be nasty. I'm also impressed with how he is dealing with his own guilt issues, Sam knows he had his share of bad deeds but he also knows he can't undo them and he thinks he has paid for them to some extent in Hell and still does with his hallucinations, so he might not have his slate wiped clean, but he can at least accept who he is, get over it and go on with his life. Will things really get better for the younger Winchester? I hope it does, But we know better.

3- Dean is taking his guilt issues as he usually does, he is burying his feelings deep under alcohol. He no longer can see the reason why he is still doing his job. The Dean we know a few years earlier, who was willing to save anybody even criminals, can no longer see the point to saving some people with bad history even if they already paid for the bad things they had done. Dean is OK with dying and especially when he can protect Sam from the pain of knowing what he had done to Amy. He is dealing with a load of guilt, he is guilty over everything, guilty over pulling Sam out of Stanford in the first place, guilty over Ellen and Jo, guilty over Pamela, guilty over his time in Hell, guilty over Amy but even more guilty over lying to his brother. The scene with Jo was heartbreaking, he is not even using his fighting skills as a hunter to save his own life any more. He finally shares his guilt with some one and handles his last moments with utter calmness and acceptance.

4- I loved the flashbacks, Bringing out so many heart wrenching memories even as going as far as hurting us with the saddest moment ever on Supernatural when Sam died on "All Hell breaks loose".

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

So, When Will They Learn?

Author: Zetal from West Texas, United States
24 February 2014

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Seventh season. Seven years, these boys have traveled together. They've both been to hell and back, they've both kept secrets and lied and hid only to discover that they can forgive each other just about anything. Dean can forgive Sam for being corrupted by demon blood, Sam can forgive Dean for hypocrisy and selling his soul.

I can understand Dean choosing to kill Amy, though I find it hard to forgive him. I can't understand why he's lying to Sam about it. Hasn't he learned by now that he and Sam can't keep secrets from each other?

I was glad to see Jo again. I think they left her in a good place in season 5, grown up and ready to accept her fate, but I think Dean needed to hear her and Sam both explain that he doesn't need to feel guilty about the bad stuff that's happened because of him. Maybe, once he's done being stupid about Amy, Dean will finally be able to let go of his guilt.

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

A different kind of episode!

Author: mm-39 from Winnipeg
21 October 2011

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A different kind of Supernatural episode! A Supernatural court episode where an Egyptian god judges Dean in a court hearing. A court room drama! Dean can not tell the truth of what he did in the last episode and choose death over hurting his brother. Dean must face Joe or Joe's ghost which make this episode interesting. Like the comedy episodes, this episodes is break from the recurring storyline. I like the episode. Is Defending Your Life a memorable episode? No. Is Defending Your Life entertaining? Yes, because changing the storyline keeps the series fresh, instead of redundant. I give Defending Your Life a seven out of ten.

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