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Rewatch S8: 8x21 The Great Escapist

Back to rewatches! Just three more to go! I feel like I'm dragging myself to this finish line, but at least I'm still moving. I'm going to have to think of a quicker way to do this next year - less words or something. (I just realized that Sam and I are one in these last few episodes...dragging ourselves to the finish line. :P)

Anyway, we rejoin the main plot!

Kevin is still on the boat... or IS he.

Sidenote: I noticed in S9 that Kevin was possibly wearing one of Dean's shirts. So, now I'm wondering if I should have paid more attention to Kevin's clothing this whole time. Sigh... maybe it's something I'll add to my list of things to check out after I finish updating the timeline.

I love how fake!Dean and fake!Sam are just a little off the whole time, and then Sam's "Special K" nickname for Kevin and you KNOW for sure that it's completely wrong... and man, I just love how Jensen and Jared have been doing these characters for so long, and are such good actors, that they know how to act like they're acting... and not in the French Mistake way, but just in this really understated way where even if you didn't already know that Kevin had been kidnapped by Crowley, you'd be like "something isn't sitting right here..."

Crowley: "'Special K', 'Nose to the God-stone' - that's the way Dean speaks. Sam... is more basic, more sincere, remember, I want to distinct authentic characterizations."
Demon: "Yes, sir"
Crowley: "I was born to direct."

- I just love how Crowley knows them so well... and I also love this description of Sam - perhaps because Sam is possibly the most complicated character on SPN and to hear him be described as "basic" entertains me, even if I know full well that Crowley is only describing Sam's speech patterns here. I guess SOME part of Sam has to be simple.

Dean: "Alright, here we go! John's Winchesters famous cure-all kitchen-sink stew. Here ya go! Enough Cayanne pepper in there to burn your lips off, just like Dad used to make."
- Ah, John Winchester... going to the same cooking school as my own father. Actually, that's not true. Our family's "cure-all" was hot and sour soup from our favourite Chinese place...with enough added spice to burn our lips off. It's a shame that I accidentally grew up close to the best Chinese place that I have ever gone to outside of China - no other hot and sour soup has ever compared.

*Sam pushes it away*
Dean: "Should we do the whole airplane-thing with the spoon?"

- Mothering!Dean is kind of my favourite, but this is also a bit painful to watch, I gotta say... because Sam always resents being treated like a kid, even though he totally pushed his food away like a toddler just then, so I think the airplane-spoon comment was warranted.

Dean: "When was the last time you ate?"
Sam: "I don't-"
Dean: *holds up 3 fingers* "Days, Sam. It's been three days!"
Dean: "The bloody handkerchiefs, the fever, the shaky legs. This is not good!"
Sam: "Well I'm not good, and I'm not going to be good until we can start moving again, until I can start the third trial."

- I know that story-wise, they had to go the route they went on this - but I honestly think it would have been interesting if Sam's sickness wasn't leading to an ultimate life-sacrifice, but instead was a result of not doing the trials fast enough. Then the plot would REALLY be about getting Kevin back ASAP, and also would point out how stupid they were to start on a three-task quest without knowing what all three tasks were before the quest.

Another thing that I would have loved, which isn't really related to this scene, and again, they couldn't have done if they wanted to set up for the S9 that they currently have... is to have actually had Dean do the quests with the same consequences. As much as I love doting older brother Dean, I kind of also love it when they reverse that trope and have Sam be the mother-hen.

Not to be negative about the show (but I'm totally going to be for a second here, so forgive me!), but I kind of feel like S6-S8 were all about Dean looking after Sam, even though Swan Song was supposed to establish them as equals. It's almost as if the writers after Kripke were trying to figure out a way to undo his character progression so that they could do it over again? I mean, in all fairness, Kripke's character progression was molasses slow and then all at once, so maybe they just wanted to do it again in a more visible way? I don't know. My point is that I guess I'm in the mood for doting younger brother for a bit.

I perhaps shouldn't have done this rewatch today, because I kind of woke up in a bit of a bad mood this morning. Sorry! I'll suck it up and go back to being cheerful.

Dean: "Trial?! I wouldn't let you start a moped!"
- Hehehehe

Sam: "Those first two trials, they're not just something I did. They're doing something to me. They're changing me, Dean."
- Into what?! (This is the part where I think of that scene in Teen Wolf where Derek and Peter find out what Jackson is turning into and they view that animation of it and both recoil in horror.) Okay, I know, Sam's not turning into anything... but for some reason it just makes me laugh to think of him sprouting wings or something. It'd make a good fanfic anyway. I'm sure someone's done it.

- My little heart is breaking.
- I think Kevin has a really interesting relationship with the Winchesters, because they obviously care for him, but they are two REALLY fucked up individuals, so Kevin doesn't necessarily see that... so, for Kevin, they are these two guys that keep him locked in a houseboat for his own safety and tell him that he's is going to save the world if he helps them - and I guess they're the only ones who give him a possible out - a possible light at the end of the tunnel were one day he might NOT be hunted because he can read God's writing.

Kevin: "I'm sorry... I know it was my job, but I couldn't- I'm sorry."
*Dean shoves books off table*: "DAMN IT!"

- Ugh, my heart... Dean dealing with loss is always horrific... but more than that, I think what really tears my heart out (and probably Dean and Sam's too) is that Kevin's final words were to apologize for failing them. When, Dean is probably already blaming himself for Kevin's death.

Dean *on the phone*: "I know you haven't seen him, Gail, nobody has...."
Sam: "Garth still MIA?"
Dean: "Yeah"

- Ah, I didn't realize that we actually had a point of reference for when Garth went missing. They just talked to him in the last episode. Also, Gail! Yay for another female hunter even though we don't see her. I'm just going to go head and hope that we never see her, and that way she never dies.

Dean: "We should have moved him here."
- Yes, yes, Dean, you should have.


Cas: "You know, I remember when you first discovered it. Before you brewed it, you just chewed the berries. Folktale is true, by the way, you learned it from the goats."
- I love Cas. I love that he's been stationed on earth since the dawn of man. I love that he loves humans. I love that for all he's watched and loved humans, he never got into viewing human pop culture. Probably because everything just felt like a flash in the pan for him.

Ion: "He's using a clever tactic. It's a restaurant called BigGerson's. The humans built hundreds of them, almost exactly alike."
Naomi: "what are you talking about?"
Ion: "It's their sameness. Castiel is using it against us. We try to orient ourselves, but it's like we're in every BigGerson's at once, trapped in a quantum superposition. Now he chooses which to go to next, that's what gives him the edge."

- And with this line, I realize that this was the last episode written by Ben Edlund... and I weep. Why did he have to leave us?! He was my FAVOURITE.
- Anyway, can we talk about how brilliant this is? Because not only is it a comment on chain-restaurants, it's also taking them into the realm of quantum theory... AND on top of all of that, what is giving Castiel his edge is his ability to exercise free will. So brilliant. (Fun-fact as I spellcheck this entry - I do not know how to spell restaurant. I always spell it 'restaraunt.' I have a master's degree too.)

Sam: "... I think I've seen it before. It was in one of my humanities courses at Stanford."
Dean: "They taught word of God at Stanford?"
Sam: "No, it was an overview of Native American Art - I think it's a petroglyph."

- What I love about this is that this is the second art-related course that Sam has mentioned taking at Stanford. Art history and an overview of Native American art.... remember that easel and the paintings in the Pilot? Everyone always assumed they were Jess' because, I guess, art is for girls? But personally, my headcanon is that they were Sam's. Yes, it's true that Sam can't draw a police sketch, but all the paintings in his and Jess' apartment were abstracts. Also, even though Sam gave the excuse in S1 that Art History was a good place to meet girls, we know that it was Brady who introduced Sam to Jess... so I think that was a cover story to feed to his super macho brother.
- On a completely different note, do we even know what Sam majored in? I mean, I know he was going into law (tax law, to be exact), but aren't lawyers Bachelor degrees usually in something else? Anyway, "one of my humanities" courses sounds like Sam wasn't strictly about the humanities, since that phrasing suggests that he had non-humanities courses.

Dean: "And you think this Metatron is hanging out in the mountains with a bunch of Indians?"
Sam: "Yeah, yeah I do!.... you're not- you're not really supposed to say Indians, it's- We should go."

- Thank you, Sam! Hahah, I love that line, and the way Sam says it - like, calling out his big brother on using inappropriate language is super awkward. Haha, but he's right!

And the angels get Castiel to stop by slaughtering one BigGersons and waiting for him to arrive at it and stop.

And Dean and Sam get to Colorado.

Cas: "We were supposed to be their shepherds, not their murderers."
Naomi: "Not always, angel. There was that day in Egypt..."
Cas: "Well I wasn't there."
Naomi: "Oh, you were there. You just don't remember it."
Cas: "How many times have you torn into my head and washed it clean."
Naomi: "Frankly? Too damn many. You're the famous spanner in the works. Honestly, I think you came off the line with a crack in your chasis. You have never done what you're told. Not completely. You don't even die right, do you?"

- So, I know some people were pissed about this addition to Castiel's mythology, because they wanted Dean to be the special snowflake that made Cas rebel and be different... but personally, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I love the idea that Cas could have been created to be who he is - that God may have made him with the express purpose of having Cas be a spanner in the works. Naomi sees it as an accidental fault, which is possible in SPN since their mythos meshes both fate and free will and both creationism an evolution... but yeah, I think Cas was created to question orders, and then put into a society that viewed questioning orders as treason punishable by death.... and, I think the fact that Cas "can't even die properly" points to the fact that Cas was never meant to be "fixed".
- I also love the subtle things about Naomi's speech here - how she calls him angel, to remind him of what he is, and what angels were created to do (obey).
- I also love the idea of Cas having sympathy for the innocent sons of the Egyptians during the plagues.

Cas: "In the words of a good friend, bite me."
- Hehehe, I like this because that could be either Dean OR Balthazar... but is most likely Dean.

Sam: "Hey, you remember when Dad took us to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on that pack mule ride."
Dean: "The what?"
Sam: "And your ah... your mule kept farting, just letting go like gale force."
Dean: "Dude, you were like four years old, I barely remember that."
Sam *laughs*: "You rode a farty donkey."

- So, yeah, it's TRUE that according to Dean in S2 they'd never been to the Grand Canyon, so this is a continuity error - but I ignore it with the excuse that they were 4 and 8 and Dean barely remembers. Like, just the other day, I had this crazy vivid memory hit me of me and my little sister taking pictures of our stuffed animals by the Wawa Goose - and I honestly didn't know what the hell trip that was. Or actually, a better example would be the fact that I tell everyone that I've never been to Canada's Wonderland, even though I actually have been, because my only remembrance of it is 1)a vague memory of the kiddie rollercoaster, and 2)a memory that I'm pretty sure if somepletely fabricated and was actually just a dream I had when I was six. Other than that, i can't tell you a single thing about Canada's Wonderland, not even where it is besides "somewhere just north of Toronto?"
- Also, I love the way when Sam tells this story, he REVERTS. Like, he remembers exactly how delighted he was when he was four to laugh at his brother being on a farty donkey, and it comes out in his voice. It's kind of adorable, in that way that kids are adorable even though I don't have the same sense of humour as them and think they're kind of dumb to find farts so funny.

Sam: "Yup, I'm going to follow the hotel manager, Mr. Scowly-Scowl. He's like a villain from Scooby Doo."
Dean: "Hey, no, little big man, YOU should get some rest."

- Hehehe, adorable.

And Sam goes on his quest anyway but then passes out...

Cas: "I need to protect it."
Naomi: "From the angels?"
Cas: "From all of us."

- Oh, Cas.... if only you could.

Crowley arrives!

Sam emerges from an ice bath. Just, FYI: Never do that to someone running a fever. You'll put them into shock.

Oh yeah, I forgot that Crowley made an angel killing gun... that was ingenious. The Winchesters should really look into that for S9, though, yeah, Cas hates the whole killing angels things, so maybe not.

And Crowley puts together where the tablet is...
Crowley: "...I was thinking to myself, 'Self, if Cas got away from her by touching the tablet. Why would he ever stop touching the tablet.' And then I thought to myself, 'Self, he hasn't stopped touching the tablet now, has he.'"

- This is both disgusting and brilliant.
- Also, as a fan of Boy Meets World, whenever someone has the line "So, I said/thought to myself... " I always want them to call themselves Kyle, because of this great exchange:
Eric: "So, I said to myself, 'Kyle'-"
Alan: "Kyle?"
Eric: "That's what I call myself."

And Kevin tricks the demons. I love Kevin.

Sam: "You used to read to me, when I was little, I mean really little - from that old classic comics illustrated - you remember that?"
Dean: "No."
Sam: "Knights of the Round Table! It had all of King Arthur's knights, and they were all on the quest for the holy grail, and I remember looking at this picture of Sir Galahad and he was kneeling and light streaming over his face and... I remember, thinking um... I could never go on a quest like that, because, I'm not clean. I don- I mean, I was just a little kid, do you think, maybe I knew? I mean, deep down, I- demon blood in me and about the evil of it and that I wasn't pure."
Dean: "Sammy, it's not your fault."
Sam: "It doesn't matter anymore, because these trials - they're purifying me."

- Ugh, i love this speech SO MUCH, it is possibly my favourite right after Dean's speech in S2 about how there's no God. I think because both speeches just so perfectly encapsulate the personality of the character that is speaking. So, let's break it down into all it's wonderfully delicious parts...
1) Dean's face when Sam says "I remember thinking I could never go on a quest like that" - because it's then that Dean's focus zeroes 100% onto what Sam is trying to tell him, because kids aren't supposed to have that reaction to the story. They're supposed to have the opposite reaction. They're supposed to think that they two are capable of adventure and quests and whatnot.
2) The idea that Sam knew, instinctively, as a kid, that he was different - that there was something gross and evil that had invaded his marrow when he was an infant... ugh, it breaks my heart, but is also kind of awesome for a hero-origin story.
3) The idea that Sam believes the trails are purifying him... it's really the last glimmer of hope that we get from Sam that he'll come out of this better than he was before. More than that though, wouldn't it have been super cool if he had been right?! Wouldn't it have been amazing if the reason that the trials are killing him isn't because they were designed to, but rather because they ARE purifying, but the demon-blood is such an important component to why Sam grew up to be this colossus that purifying him is also killing him... the demon blood is too much of an intregral part of him? I just think that that would have been amazing - and personally, I might just adopt it as my headcanon anyway.

And the boys find Metatron...

Dean: "We're the Winchesters. I'm Dean, this is Sam."
Metatron: "You work for Michael? Or Lucifer?"
Sam: "You really haven't heard of us? What kind of angel are you? We're the freakin' Winchesters!"

- heheheh...
1) Metatron points the gun at Dean when he says Michael and Sam when he says Lucifer... I think he knows, can see, that they're the vessels, even if he doesn't know who they are... doesn't know that the apocalypse has already came and went.
2) I just love how Sam is like "REALLY!? WE'RE INFAMOUS, YOU IDIOT!"

Cas: "Ion, how far can we let it all drop. This charge was left to us. It's our mission."
Ion: "Do you even know what the mission was? They've been in all our heads."
Cas: "We aren't machines for them to program and reprogram, that wasn't what this was meant to be."
Ion: "Nothing matters."
Cas: "You are so wrong, brother. It all matters."

- Ion has a point. If your head has been messed with on such a fundamental level, how can they be sure anymore what God's intent for them really was? How can they be sure which mission is real and which one is fabricated by some angel like Naomi trying to seize or maintain power for themselves. Which is why Castiel's viewpoint - the one usually falsely attributed to Buddha - "never do anything unless it agrees with your own reason" - is actually the only view point that matters. Though, that being said, that too can lead to hedonism or Ion's betrayal here, as it's pretty easy to come up with reasons why you should do something you want to do...even if part of you knows you shouldn't do it.

Ah the Crowley - Kevin confrontation. I love it.

Crowley: "How'd you figure it out?"
Kevin: "It started when they forgot the secret knock, but really, it was how they acted. I think on their best day, Sam and Dean would go into town and get me a barbecue dinner - but not when there are leftover burritos in the fridge."
Crowley: "So, my demons were too polite?"

- I love this. I mean, on the one hand, you could say, "wow, Sam and Dean are assholes" and you'd be right, because they kind of are. This is also how Dean could tell that John was possessed, fyi. So, it's not like the apple falls far from the tree. On the other hand, I think the example that Kevin uses makes perfect sense... because if you take two people who lived a scattered childhood with a frequently absentee single-parent, who probably frequently ran out of food money... well, hell yeah, they're going to make you eat all the food in the fridge before they go out and buy you more! You don't waste food!

I'm not going to write out the dialogue, but I like when Metatron refers to closing the gates of Hell as "pulling one of the great levers."

Metatron: "...the archangels decided that if they couldn't have Dad, they'd take over the universe themselves. But they couldn't do anything that big without the word of God - so I began to realize that maybe they would realize they needed me."
- It IS an interesting problem, when you're the only one who has read something... isn't this what that show Chuck was based around? Hahah

Dean: "You have no idea what's going on out there."
Metatron: "Nope, that's the whole point."

- Really, I suppose this should have been our clue that Metatron would always be self-serving.

And Crowley kills Ion with a bullet to the eye.

Metatron: "Oh, and it was something to watch. What you brought to his earth - all the mayhem, the murder, just the raw wild invention of Gods naked apes. It was mind-blowing. But really, really, it was your story-telling. That is the true flower of free will, at least, as you've mastered it so far. When you create stories, you become gods, of tiny intricate dimensions onto themselves. So many worlds!..."
- We also learn two things about Metatron here... so not only is he self-serving, but he also needs to be entertained AND he likes the idea of becoming a god.
- Also, I love how describes storytelling as becoming a god to a tiny intricate dimension. I was just watching a youtube video about whether or not fiction was real the other day that was sort of talking about this. Like, talking about something, makes it real, even if it's not actually real.

Sam: "You know what, pull the trigger."
Metatron: "What?"
Sam: "Pull the freakin' trigger, you cowardly piece of garbage. All the time you've been hiding here, how much suffering have you read over? Humanity's suffering? And how much of it has been at the hands of your kind?"

- So, as much as I agree with Sam... because Sam and Dean are very much in the "if you see someone in need of help, you are bound by duty to help them" camp. BUT, I'd also like to point out that the suffering at the hands of angels didn't occur until recently, and by the sounds of it, Metatron HASN'T been reading those stories - since he didn't even know that Michael and Lucifer were locked away and that Gabriel and Raphael were dead.

Dean: "You want a story, try Kevin Tran's story. He was just a kid, he was a good straight A kid, and then he got sucked in to all of this angel crap...he became a prophet, to the word of God. Your prophet. Now, you should have been looking out for him, but no, instead you're here, hold up, reading books."
Sam: "He's dead now, because of you."

- The Winchesters have a very wide definition of guilt. Because you didn't help, even if you didn't KNOW you needed to help, you are guilty. I mean, granted, Metatron fled and ignored everything because he didn't WANT to help anyone but himself, so I guess they have a point... but still.. it's a LITTLE harsh. Like, if there was a dying kitten in my alley right now, am I at fault for not taking it to the humane society? Even though I don't know it's there because I haven't looked at the alley today? (*ignores sudden urge to check alley for dying kittens*)
- Now, that being said, I do think it's neat to think that Metatron might have been TASKED with looking after the prophets of the Word, and therefore, since he basically ditched his job, it WOULD be his fault. I mean, if it were my JOB to look in the alley every day and check it for dying kittens, then if I didn't look today and a kitten DID die, then yes, that would be my fault.

Kevin: "You have no idea what's on this demon tablet. The power you could have gotten with this, if you weren't running around like a chicken with it's head cut off."
Crowley: "You think I can't make you tell?"
Kevin: "I know you can't, and you do too."
Crowley: "You know what. I've already won. I have the angel tablet, and I've got deals and plans up the Yangtze (jacksy?) and I don't need you."
*Metatron intervenes*

- So, firstly, I think it's so awesome that FINALLY Kevin gets the same protection as Chuck got... even if it's a regular angel and not an archangel, the entrance is still impressive.
- Secondly, I think this is where Crowley really started having respect for Kevin, really started to kind of like him in a really really angry way... because I think Crowley has to like anyone who outsmarts him, who doesn't fall for his tricks, who is done with cowering.

Dean: "How did you get passed Crowley's angel warding?"
Metatron: "I'm the scribe of God. I erased it."

- Whoa, I missed this the first time. Does this mean that the Winchesters can't ward against Metatron at all?! I guess perhaps the bunker is still safe, because of magic... but geez.

Metatron: "I saved the boy, didn't I?"
Dean: "But are you in. With us, I mean."
Metatron: "You really intend to close the doors to hell?"
Dean: "Seems like the thing to do, don't it?"
Metatron: "It's your choice. That's what this has all been about - but you're going to have to weigh that choice. Ask yourself, what is it going to take to do this and what will the world be like after it's done?"

- See, personally, I think this was a hint that closing the gates of hell was a BAD idea. That there would have been some consequence that they didn't foresee that actually made things worse... and part of me wonders if that's what jump-started Metatron's plan to return to heaven, because the Winchesters were about to ruin the earth. But, Metatron couldn't return to heaven because then the angel factions would come for him, try to use him... so his solution was to empty heaven first.... and then, of course, you get his interest in becoming a god and you get his need for entertainment...and you get S9.

Kevin: "Second half of the demon tablet. And I got it - the third trial. I didn't tell Crowley."
Sam: "What is it?"
Metatron: "To cure a demon."
Kevin: "Yeah... who are you?"

- Oh, how I wanted Kevin and Metatron to team up and be awesome... but nope.

Dean: "...if we do this, you get better, right?...."
Sam: "I feel better, yeah, just having a direction to move in."
Dean: "Good, because where we're headed doesn't sound like a picnic."
Sam: "But we're headed somewhere - the end."

- Oh Sam, it never ends. You just got renewed for a tenth season.
- Also, those who love The End'Verse as something real could totally use that line to justify their theories. Nevermind that 2014 has already been and gone, technically, and that the writers all agree that it was a falsification created by Zachariah anyway.

And Cas is dying in the middle of the road... again?

The demons and Crowley... ah they explain the woman walking into the movie theater - she's bringing Crowley the angel gun and telling him he was right, and it works.

Yay! Hopefully I'll be able to do another one on the weekend. In the meantime, let me now if you have any thoughts...
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