Anyway, on with the show...
I LOVED the Trickster and I loved even more that he was Gabriel too...and and....now....*cries single manly tear and lights funeral pyre*
But, I'm getting ahead of myself....
We know it's a Trickster/Gabriel episode because of the Then! And I start getting happy. Then there's an abandoned motel and some dude bites it and plants start to grow.
Sam and Dean are getting soaked in the rain, and they run into a posh looking hotel in the middle of nowhere...and I start humming "on a dark desert highway..." even though they are in Indiana.
I thought it was just Dean who had trouble sleeping and therefore Sam couldn't sleep by default - but apparently it's both of them. Completely messes with what I'm writing right now, but whatever. Dean takes him to task about sleeping maybe 3 hours in the past week. There's no way someone could stay awake that long and still be functioning, BTW. Trust me, I was hung out with a guy who stayed awake for 3 days and he had statues talking to him by the third day.
It's nice to see Dean back though...back to liking pie, porn, and snagging Sammy's pillow candy (that sounds vaguely dirty).
But then something is amiss when the couple in the next room disappear. Then we start seeing traces of what's to come...and I didn't realize that it'd be a GODS episode. I absolutely love the little hints we get - Mercury being fast, Dean seeing an Elephant...
Odd how when they are brought into the god room, Dean seems to clue in right away to the gathering of gods, but Sam doesn't appear to clue in until they actually say that they're gods...did you not see the name-tags Sammy? Maybe Sam is nearsighted. I do however like his "Gods? Oh, we are so screwed..."
Susie liked it when Kali chocked Mercury, she said "Take that you chauvinistic pig!" - yet another case of me not realizing when some guy is being chauvinistic until it's pointed out to me.
Anyway, Gabriel comes in to save the day! And we get confirmation that it was Loki's role that he usurped. I wonder where the real Loki is? Can archangels take Gods for vessels? Did he kill the real Loki? Does this mean that Gabriel has to start the Norse apocalypse now? Or, since Gabriel (and presumably the real Loki) are dead by the end of this episode, does that mean that the world is safe from Ragnorak?
I'm getting ahead of myself though - I love the banter between the Gods - "don't make fun of my world turtle!" Awesome stuff.
It's cool how Gabriel can just make it so that Sam and Dean can't talk - why did he never do that before? I bet Cas wishes he could do that, since he finds Sam's voice so grating. :-P
Some of this dialog went over my head in terms of references, I'll admit that much. I need the SuperWiki to make their little episode entry so that I can understand some of what Gabriel was saying. I liked Gabriel's use of "uber-boned" and it made for a funny uncharacteristic Dean comment when he used it right back at him.
Gabriel tries to get the blood from Kali but she's onto him....and then kills him...and I was crazy heartbroken and in disbelief, but knew something wasn't quite right about it - since, you know...you'd think an archangel's death would be more epic, plus it was pretty early in the episode.
Then we get social commentary! Yay! It's a rant against colonialism and euro-centrism! Woot! Man, Supernatural can really take on any topic, can't they...
I like how it spurred Dean to action - and man, Jensen did a good job of this, because you can tell that Dean's giving them his confident threatening speech with customary insults, but that he's terrified while he's doing it and the insults come delayed, like he has to remind himself to insult them because it's completely against instinct. And I love Sam's expressions throughout the entire speech too...like he can't friggin' believe Dean, haha...so good.
And Dean negotiates the hostages freedom and then Gabriel is hiding out in the back of the Impala...and Dean gives him the little speech about how Dean's not going to do him any favours just because Gabriel's doesn't want to kill his brother. Dean has a point, but at the same time, I couldn't help but saying to the television screen "You couldn't kill your brother either Dean!"
Still, it's enough to spur Gabriel to action...which is good, because Mercury was a complete idiot and summoned Lucifer! What the hell, Mercury!
And dude, Lucifer is looking BAD...he looks like a burned plague victim.
Then he starts slaughtering people - and although I'm wondering about the hypocrisy of a rant against euro-centrism and the image of Lucifer slaying the world's gods in one episode - I had to admit, this was pretty damn awesome.
Part of me wonders if Sam could "feel" that Lucifer was there, or if he just made an educated guess.
Then Gabriel chooses sides! And his final act is to join Team Free Will! Yay! If only Cas had been around to see it...it would have bolstered his spirits, I'm sure...well, maybe not, given how Gabriel wasn't around for long.
And I'm very sad about that, by the way. I really wanted them to have an archangel on the team - but I suppose that would have given them too much of an advantage.
Gabriel DID give them an advantage though - he gave them a PLAN! Get the rings, trick Lucifer into the cage, seal the door and hold off the apocalypse until some later generation stumbles into it again.
I think this is the first time the Winchesters are actually working from an active-offensive standpoint with a solid plan - if you think about it, they're usually in the defensive mode, or working off a reactionary standpoint...the bad guys dictate the terms and the Winchesters have to work out a strategy in the heat of the moment. Now, instead of stumbling upon Horsemen, they'll be actively seeking them out...and instead of seizing a lucky opportunity mid-battle to defeat their enemy, they'll be actively setting the terms of the battle to afford them the opportunity beforehand. Very nice...and I'm looking forward to seeing it!
One directing complaint: I didn't like the cuts to past horsemen when Dean was repeating what rings they had. He could have just said "We have War's ring and Famine's ring already!" and we would have been just fine - we didn't need to see the the recap clips, and I found them jarring in an otherwise calm scene.
I was super sad about Gabriel, but Susie pointed out that Gabriel himself seemed to have accepted the fact that he was probably going to die, and seemed "at peace" with it - speaking of which, I loved Sam closing the laptop upon seeing how "at peace with it" Gabriel really was. HAhaha...it reminds me of...Magnificent Seven? When Sam walks in on Dean and the "doublemint twins."
Oh, also, don't know if you caught it, but Lucifer called Gabriel his "little brother" - so, so far the age-rank of the archangels are (from oldest to youngest) Michael - Lucifer - Gabriel....so, if you were use the old Winchester allegory, that would make Gabriel=Adam. We don't know where Raphael fits into that though.
So, I guess that's it for thoughts this week. Let me know if I missed anything you thought that I should have talked about.
I think next week will be Pestilence, the week after that will be Death, and the finale will be Lucifer.
3 episodes left!!! Oh man...