Thursday, August 14, 2014

The TV Show- Supernatural and It's Fantastic Episode, 'Sex and Violence'- A Siren's Love; Or Why I Fell In Love With M/M Fiction. Part of the Tease Me Thursday Blog Hop. Let The Passion Begin!

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I love paranormal shows just as much as the next person but up until recently, I considered the show Supernatural just another show to pass over as I was channel surfing.  All that changed when I saw the episode Sex and Violence.  

Sam and Dean are in a small town plagued by senseless murders where men have killed their wives or girlfriends for no reason.  In fact, up until that point the relationships in question were considered happy by all.  And to make matters worse, the distraught males can neither account for nor remember their behavior during the incident in question.  

But all clues lead to a mysterious woman that every one of the men had been seen with prior to the murder.  After some investigating, all clues lead to a Siren.  In the ‘world’ of Supernatural, this particular Siren fed on the love of its intended victim, receiving a cheap thrill off them killing for him/her.

The really interesting thing happens when Sam and Dean meet another investigator during their search.  An FBI agent, whose name escapes me at the moment, is also determined to fine this elusive killer.  In the midst of all of this, Dean is plagued by doubt regarding his relationship with his brother- his only real connection to family and the feeling part of himself.  

During this episode, Dean is upset by the fact that Sam seems to be hiding something from him.  More like pulling away from him, leaving him feeling isolated and paranoid of his intentions.  

Dean reveals some of his woes to this mysterious FBI agent while on a stakeout of a potential suspect as Sam (in Dean’s opinion) leaves once again to do his own thing-- leaving Dean to go it alone.   

After hitting it off with the agent, feeling copacetic, Dean shares a drink with him.  The FBI agent, who at first pish-poshes in disbelief his theory about the character, subsequently reveals to Dean that a person can also be infected by a Siren through it's saliva- I.e. sharing a cask of whiskey.  

However we all knew, he had Dean hooked way before the infected booze.  Having Dean completely under his spell, the Siren, who this time has taken the form of a man, the FBI agent in fact, is once again excited at the prospect of having another person under his/her/its spell all in the name of love.  

Completely under his spell, Dean holds a knife to Sam’s neck and nicks him just so at the instruction of his new love.  Enthralled with his new catch, the Siren toys with a hyacinth and taunts Sam saying, “…I got exactly what I wanted, I got Dean….I gave him what he wanted and it wasn’t some bitch in a G-string.  It was you.  A little brother that looked up to him.  That he could trust.  And now he loves me. He’ll do anything for me and I got to tell you Sam, that kind of devotion, watching someone kill for you is the best feeling in the world.”  Sam retorts back, “Is that why you’re sluttin’ all around town?”  

Course Sam is infected next.  Lucky for them, family friend and fellow hunter Bobby kills the Siren before Dean tries to kill Sam during the biggest knock down, drag out fight to the death, brother on brother, bromance brawl I’ve ever seen!

Afterwards, the two return to normal and apologize in their own inimitable way by saying they didn't mean it and it was the Siren's spell talking not their true feelings of course.  They then return to the road, in search of demons, ghosts, goblins and ghouls half knowing that the other lied but still despite that loving each other no less.

Other than the fact that the Siren was completely, disgustingly evil and had massacred the lives of innocent people-- the episode was damn alluring!

I mean it was seductive.  It was bromance gone to the 'Nth' degree.  It was like girl porn for me.  I can’t describe it.  I went from being a sometime watcher of the show to an avid fan.  Dude it was male on male romance without the sex and was fantabulous!

The juxtaposition of the female whore archetype on a man, who on the surface, appeared very macho and masculine- who was actually completely the opposite.  

Then there was Dean, this very alpha male man who falls in love with another guy simply because he gave him what he needed.  Love.  <Swoon!>

How many fanfics out there included the story line taming Dean’s savage inner beast?   Tens?  Hundreds?  

What can I say?  The way the Siren sat confidently waited on the bed when Sam came into the room, you knew right then and there that he’d dropped the phony macho disguise and was like any other ’gal’ completely satisfied by the new love she‘d found.  And at that moment, there was nothing anyone could do to spoil that perfection.  Even the tone of his voice had changed.  It was calm, seductive, alluring.  Like that of a pleased lover.

And yes he was in love again, with Dean, who deep down in his heart wanted to be loved too.  The pie eating, womanizing, tough talking, heavy drinker was taken down by the fact that all he wanted was someone he could trust, someone he could give his entire self to without having to pretend to be something he was not. In short unconditional love.  

Then there was the Siren with his/her/its crossed legs, a dainty flower held between its two fingers and a pleased expression on his face, confident in the knowledge that Dean was all his or hers or its. And though Dean was not yet on camera, we knew he was there.  

And the motel room, it was classic.  Red velvet walls, cheap red satin-like sheets, one could imagine that at a place like that, the rates were charged by the hour.  Its as if they’d already had their own kind of sex in that gaudy, cheap motel room and we somehow missed it.  

Yes we got to see the lead up to the very masculine, man sex Sam had with the forensic chick who was a suspect in the case at one point.  But unlike their sex,  Sam had shaken his off.  (We don’t know if the Forensic Lady did.  They never show her again.)  

Dean on the other hand, had not.  I think the difference was, Dean actually loved his new mate, where for Sam it was only a bit of fun.  By the way, did I mention that the Siren, wasn’t the most handsomest man in the world, but then again, he didn’t have to be to catch his quarry.  A lesson every single person needs to learn but that’s a different kind of post, for another blog.  I digress…

To see Sam barge in like a husband who had found his far too long neglected wife but had come reclaim what was rightfully his was amazing.  Yet to the Siren he was no threat.  'Cause he knew what his man wanted and had no problem giving it to him.  Unlike Sam who held back.

The whole thing was arousing, titillating and at the same time educational.  The writers did an excellent job portraying the subtle tones of let’s of homo erotic love without saying it out right.  Though subtle it was hot as hell.  Of course it helped that the actors did an outstanding job portraying their roles each in their own passionate way.  They really sold it.  

But the main thing I  got out of this episode (other than that Sirens killing people is a bad thing,  and that you should love your family, no matter how screwed up they are because in some cases, they’re all you got-- blah, blah, blah.) 

I really learned that no one comes between the Winchester Boys and to try to do so is a death sentence. Plus, it opened my eyes to slash fiction and why so many people write it with such sensuality.

After watching the show I saw slash fiction differently.  Let me explain.  Sex in the context of romance- starts in the heart, affects the mind and manifests itself in the body.  And when love is love- even when it is hijacked by a twisted supernatural being, it’s still love.  Even when its between two men.  And yes, sex between two men can be really hot even when it’s merely suggested as a prospect in the ether by a lonely siren seeking to mate with a hot alpha male torn up by his own pain, who’d fall for the first person who says, “I get you and it’s cool.  Don’t change. I like it, in fact, I look up to you,” even though you know it’s a creature disguised as man who’s been the instrument of the death for lots of innocent people all around town-- love is still love and it's natural to express itself sexually.   

So as a result, I ‘got’ slash fiction.  I got its allure.  I saw why it can be just as hot as M/F romance fic.  Now I love a good male/male romance fic as much as a male/female one.  (Not forsaken my sistahs out there who love female/female or F/F/M, its all good too.)  I’m just saying I am into slash fiction too. 

Kudos to Erik Kripke, Jeremy Carver and the gang at Supernatural.  It had to be the best episode for a scripted show that I’ve ever seen.  Sex and Violence is well worth the look for any fan of romance.

Btw if you are interested in watching this episode of Supernatural it is in Season Four, Episode Fourteen, entitled Sex and Violence.  


My romance novel Blood Bond- The Ferae includes a male/male romance in the story line.  A  contemporary paranormal erotic romance, two alpha males struggle over their love for a woman and their attraction to each other.  With their bodies telling them it's time to mate or die, they must choose to obey their nature or society's rules which state two of their kind must and can not come together.  Before time run's out, they must choose.

It's the first book in The Ferae series featuring people who are considered to be the next step in human evolution.

It's available at Siren Bookstrand Publishing (seriously no pun intended) and at Amazon.

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