June 28th, 2018

Churchyards Yawn

One Scene Each Season: S4 - There's Still Me

The scene I chose for S4 is probably of no surprise to anyone with whom I've ever gotten into in-depth Supernatural discussions

From 4x16 - On the Head of a Pin - Anna kills Uriel after his attack on Castiel and the reveal of his betrayal

(embedded video is queued to the relevant part, so don't be surprised when it starts at the 1:50 mark)

Why I chose this scene:

To me, this is the thesis statement of the entire show (or, at least, the core of it: S1-S5) - and, yes, it's not even spoken by one of our leads, but I think maybe it's even more awesome for being said by a female side-character (but that's a little beside the point.)

When Uriel beats Castiel and says that "there's no Will, no Wrath, no God", Anna replies with "Maybe, maybe not, but there's still me" as she stabs him in the throat.

And to me that's what Supernatural is about - it's not about the existence or non-existence of God - it's about the actions of humans, and it's telling us that it's human action (or, personal action, I should say, since these are angels) that is the important thing - not a divine plan or interference, nor an unholy plan or interference, but the individual actions of people that determine everything. 

Now, as an aside: in the comments section on my S2 scene choice, I did get into a long discussion about the idea of "God working through people" which I have problems with on a personal level and don't necessarily like as a concept - BUT... I want to say that if this is something you believe, that this line works for that too - "there's still me" and you could basically see it as Anna judging her own actions for herself, not what her religions (ie: Heaven) commands of her, but rather what her concept of God's wishes might be, and how her actions might reflect that. If you're someone whose concept of right and wrong is deeply rooted in God, then that's another way to read this scene, and I think it still works... that Anna is saying whether God exists or not, doesn't matter, because she believes in the morals that the concept of God has instilled in her and is going to act accordingly regardless - whereas Uriel has decided that God doesn't exist, and is therefore chosen to not follow the concepts of right or wrong according to God, and his own actions therefore also have consequences (and one of those is to suffer the Will and Wrath through Anna, who is still acting in accordance with the concept of God)

Basically, whether God exists or not doesn't matter - what we do as individual people matters.

Or, taken out even further  - no matter how large or powerful the forces either with or against us, what we do as individuals is what matters.

And yeah, that's the show right there, summed up in one fight scene and one killing-blow quip by a secondary character that we only see in a handful of episodes and whom most of the fandom hated. FITTING! Hahaha

Seriously though, this is possibly my favourite exchange in the ENTIRE SERIES, and I feel like I have utterly failed at describing why. I wish I hadn't lost the email exchange that I had once with my far more intelligent friend about this scene, because she could really put fancy words to things, you know. Alas, you are stuck with my fumbling attempts at communication.

This entry was originally posted at https://hells-half-acre.dreamwidth.org/559714.html.