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Quick Reaction: 10x18 Book of the Damned

Hello!

Okay! So, I accidentally drank too much and am fairly intoxicated right now, even though it's only 9pm. What the hell happened? I don't know. But, the point remains that I have only watched the episode once, while severely intoxicated, and I won't remember things exactly and all quotes will be paraphrased. Please only correct me if I've gotten a major plot or character point wrong or if I ask you too non-rhetorically.

Also, life is better with love, so keep comments positive or at least strike a balance. You might not have liked Sam's shoes, but you gotta admit that the boy knows how to use a flat-iron.

Now, to the actual episode!

Sam and Dean

How did we start? Oh! With Charlie in the alley! CHARLIE!!!!!!1 I knew it was her by her skinny arms and the way she moved, and then by her cute little chin. Seriously, Felicia day has the SMALLEST CHIN, possibly only riveled by adult!Lilith, do you guys remember how small her chin was? Because I sure do. Small chin.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyway... one of the guys who is following Charlie has a WICKED COOL compass and I want it. Also, she walks by a pretty cool looking motorbike and I also want that. This is what happens when I drink too much, I apologize.

The guys chasing her are the Habsburgers. I don't care what the show says, that is totally the double headed eagle thingy of the Habsburg family crest. They are Austrian... or at least from the Southern Germany/Austria area. That crest is all over the place down there thanks to the Habsburgs. I would know, I lived there briefly once upon a time. Obviously, these dudes are the remenants of the Austro-Hungarian empire who have for some reason turned into Lousiannians (Lousiannans? Cajuns? I don't know, but they're definitely Southern-French influenced, which doesn't make ALL that much sense, unless you consider the fact that the Habsburgs married into French Royalty eventually and basically all the royal families of Europe were super connected and incestuous, so maybe it's not so surprising that the Habsburg ended up in Louisianna? Am I even spelling Louisianna right? Probably not.)

Where was I? Oh yeah, DEAN IS WEARING A HOODIE!

Not just a hoodie, but a LIGHT GREY HOODIE! My brain esploded. It's a light grey hoodie with cozy white fleece lining... and WHAT THE WHAT? This is not Dean's typical wardobe! Also, it makes me want to cuddle him... this is the curse of the hoodie. And why I don't understand the whole "thug" thing that America has with hoodies, because I see a hoodie, and I'm just like "awww, you look so cosy! I want in on that action" and then it's hug-central. This is why I prefer the Saskatchewan name for hoodie, which is "bunny-hug" because COME ON! BunnyHug! So adorable!

Right, there was content to this scene and it was also awsome - Dean tells Sam about how Crowley told him that Rowena said that the MoC is a curse... also, that Rowena is Crowley's mom. Sam is like "uh, this is important information." and Dean is like "right, that just happened the other day while you were mysteriously gone for 24 hours because you wanted to watch a foreign film" and Sam was like "right..... good times."

Oh wait! Before that happens though, Cas calls! I will talk about Cas's storyline separately later, but right now i just want to say SASSY!!! I LOVE SAM and CAS SCENES! Even ones over the phone! And this one did not disappoint.

Anyway, this time, Charlie calls, and is like "dudes! People are chasing me and also I've been shot!" and Dean is like, "where the heck are you?" and Charlie is like "Des Moines" and I think Des Moines is in Iowa? Is that right? How far away is that from Kansas? I'mma look it up - NOT THAT FAR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED! Still, I guess instead of leading the dudes back to the Bunker, Dean decides to send Charlie to a closer safe-house that belonged to Bobby. So, off Charlie goes. Also, Charlie has learned how to stitch her own bullet wounds with dental floss, which means she is a true hunter now.

Charlie has successfully found the book of the damned, whose origin story is exactly the same as the necronomicon, according to my friend. I loved loved loved the weird trippy sequence of Dean seeing the book and then ending up across the room with it with no memory of how he got there.

Speaking of trippy, maybe it was the wine, but I'm wondering who the director of this episode was, because in between their use of weird wide-angle lenses and angular close-up shots, they were TRIPPING ME THE F*CK OUT! Seriously, my brain could not process the visual information I was getting without screaming "THIS IS CREEPY" at me, even for the most mundane scene. And this, my friends, is why I stay away from drugs.

The book is really hard to translate/decipher, because it's in a different language AND written in code. Sam and Charlie do their best, while Dean becomes increasingly creeped out by the way that the book seems to call to him....eventually, Dean tracks down the Habsburgers and claims they are the Stein family (or, possibly Styne family, based on the script that Jared posted while live-tweeting this episode... but seriously, they're the Habsburgs, so Stein would make more sense spelling-wise.)

Anyway, the Styne family are super creepers who benefit from catalysmic events and seem to drive their power and influence from the Book of the Damned, until it fell out of their hands. Now, Charlie has unearthed it (even though Sam totally found it in a library listing, for crissakes, the Styne family is obviously full of idiots who don't know how to do a library catalogue search) and thus awakened the family's desire to have it for themselves.

Dean, quite rightly, points out that the book is obviously bad news and they would do well to stay away from it. Dark magic always comes at a price! (And this is where our watching derailed as my friend giggled and paused the show, telling me that "magic comes at a price" is a catch phrase of Once Upon a Time and Rumpilsilskin so, we then spend the next few minutes imagining Rumple bursting into the room to deliver the line and then do his insane-giggle and then leave, and Sam and Dean being like "Who the hell was that?" and it was hilarious.)

Sam insists that it's a price that he's willing to pay, but Dean is like "that's not what you said last year, man!" and then decides that he's going to go get snacks so that Sam can come to his friggin' senses in Dean's absence.

Instead, while Dean's away, Sam and Charlie talk. Charlie is like "what's up with what Dean said?" and Sam is all like "Ugh, Dean saved me by doing something I didn't want him to do." and Charlie is like "so you said something to hurt his feelings, didn't you." and Sam is like "yeah, 'course I did!" and Charlie is like "Oh, brothers." And YES, I love this exchange, mainly because even though I think Sam was completely justified in his anger last season (over the Gadreel possession at least), I love how this acknowledges the fact that sometimes the best of us say things JUST TO WOUND PEOPLE WHO HAVE WOUNDED US. Seriously, I did the exact same thing to my best friend once when he unintentially hurt my feelings... and my revenge was to tell him that a mutual friend of ours hated him and thus make their relationshop SUPER AWKWARD FOR ALL THE YEARS TO COME. I mean, I REALLY overshot that one. He hurt my feelings a little, so I gutted him and ruined an entire friendship... because that was what made sense to me to do at the time. And yeah, I regret it, sure, but at the time I was just like "I'm going to hurt you so hard you complete bastard!" and really, I was rather victorious in that endevour and, despite the regret, I'm actually quite impressed with myself.

Really, though, I love how Charlie always just cuts through the bullshit between the brothers - she has a quality about her that make BOTH Dean and Sam willing to talk to her, to be HONEST with her, and in return she's honest and understanding with them. She doesn't get angry at Sam for what he did, she's just like "I understand why you did it and I also understand that you ALREADY know how it's now biting you in the ass, and I'm willing to help you fix it" and so, instead of getting defensive or angry, Sam is grateful for her friendship instead and for having an ally who understands. And likewise, she's the exact same way with Dean - she understands why he got the MoC, and she also understands why he regrets it, and she wants to help - there's no judgement there that's going to get Dean's back up - there's just understanding and support. Seriously, Charlie is the best bro.

Also, I love the way Jared acts this scene - I love that he brings Sam to such a raw place, while still keeping it within the realms of a performance of masculinity... Sam is upset, but it's a contained upset.

And, I also love that they had Sam talk about what hunting has been like with him since S1. We see so much of the show from Dean's POV - Dean, trying to get the family back together, Dean not wanting Sam to abandon him for a normal life... Dean deciding that he wants Sam to have a normal life if the alternative is death... all that stuff. And we see Sam yearning for a normal life, and then not so much, and then becoming driven, and then trying for a normal life again, and again and again, and it's hard to see his mindset. So, I love that he spells it out for us here - that for the longest time it was "just one more job" until he realized that hunting was his life and that he loved it - but ONLY with his brother, that he can't do it without him. It's why when Dean "died" in S7, Sam quit. Whether Sam's a happy as a hunter or not, he's not doing it without Dean - he NEEDS Dean to be his hunting partner just as much as Dean needs Sam.

So, Dean's out getting snacks, and OF COURSE, runs into the Styne family. Also, they are at a convenience store called Campbell River - I'm assuming there is a Campbell River in Iowa or something, but there's also one out here in BC - and there's a whole sub-genre of country/folk music that comes from it which isn't actually half-bad.

Dean clicks to the fact that the dude behind the counter is Styne, because of his Habsburg tattoo...and then he sees the dead-clerk and pulls his gun. Lovely. But, he's caught by the guy's second in command, and his arm's brought up by his head and they see the MoC. Now, if I were them, and knew what it meant, I'd like to think I'd have the intelligence to back away - but, I guess these dudes are also fairly indistructable, because they just continue to interrogate Dean on where Charlie and the book might be.

Did anyone else get a bit hot and bothered by Dean using the dude's accent back at him? No? Just me? I kinda thought that after that line they should have just started making out - I'd have been on board with that. Instead, though, Dean gets out of the hold and then fills second-in-command full of bullets and then gets the hell out of there... wittingly or unwittingly letting the main Styne dude follow him right to the cabin.

He gets there with enough time to demand that Sam burn the book, which Sam SEEMINGLY does - but I KNEW HE DIDN'T DO IT! Sam's got his S3/S4 "I will do anything for my brother" face on and there is NO MESSING WITH THAT FACE.

Instead, Sam kills Styne guy and makes it look like he burned the book.

Then they all go back to the bunker after seemingly burning another bridge....

Castiel and Metatron

How much did I love that telephone call to Sam? A WHOLE LOT. Also, as annoying as it was, I kind of loved Metatron's speech about the Alanis song "Ironic"... I mean, I guess it was partially the Canadian content, but still.

Speaking of Canadian content, I think it says a lot about me that I was repulsed by Metatron's huge stack of blueberry pancakes and whipped cream... and then he poured maple syrup all over it and I was like "DELICIOUS!"

Anyway, Metatron is going on about how Cas and he are alike now because they've both been human - and doesn't Cas miss being human, etc? Doesn't he miss pancakes? And Cas is like "nope, being a human is gross" even though we know he DOES miss PB&Js, so there's a part of him that enjoyed eating, even if he didn't enjoy what came after. (And seriously, who can blame him, I don't even enjoy what comes after - or sometimes even eating - and I've only ever been human and don't get a choice in the matter at all.)

The whole time though, you can SEE Metatron trying to get out of the cuffs - in the diner, it's about eating pancakes and then getting stomach cramps and having to go to the bathroom. Cas doesn't give in though, he just takes him to the bathroom while cuffered.

And then they're attacked by a cupid. And DUDES! I LOVED THIS CUPID! Why did he have to die?! That wasn't cool - I mean, I know he was trying to kill Cas, but he was JUST AN ANGRY CUPID! That's the BEST KIND OF CUPID! Awwww....

Anyway, Metatron saves Cas, but Cas RIGHTFULLY tells him that it doesn't mean shit and he's still not getting out of those cuffs....

and then finally Metatron brings him to a library where Cas' grace is stored (in a vile like Anna's was once stored) and then Cas is an idiot and actually UNLOCKS THE CUFFs so that Metatron can help him look for the answer to the clue. Goddamn it Cas!!! YOU DON'T NEED HANDS TO LOOK FOR BOOKS! Trust me, I spent many a day in the shelves of a library with hands full of books looking for other books and I DID NOT NEED MY HANDS TO LOOK. But, nope, Cas totally uncuffs Metatron because he gets too excited about having his grace back or something.

The riddle they have to answer is "what's the maddest thing a man can do?" and Cas is looking for the answer, but really, he should have been looking for the book that the quote was from - and thanks to Metatron's inputting of all his references into Castiel's brain last season, that information was READILY AVAILABLE... but instead, Cas allows himself to be duped and Metatron sets off a spell to kill him - and then quickly goes for the other thing hidden in the library, which is the demon tablet.

At first, I was like "what's he going to do with that?! He can't read it! Kevin is dead! Then I realized that Metatron wrote the thing, so of course he can read it without a prophet. Dang. At least it's the demon tablet and the angel tablet is still destroyed. Mind you, Metatron, mortal or not, having his hands on any tablet is a bad thing... especially since we know that Metatron, like Cas, can just steal another angel's grace and become a pseudo-angel if he needs to.

Oh, that was the other interesting thing about this scene - before Metatron sets off the spell, when he's still trying to manipulate Castiel into cooperating, Metatron talks about how Cas really doesn't fit in anywhere anymore... is he an angel of the lord? What is he planning to do once the rogue angels are all sent back to heaven? Now that Hannah (or the angel-formally known as - which lends me to believe she's assumed a different name for some reason... I know in the casting she was called "the guardian" last episode, but I thought that was just a reference to the dude who was guarding the doorway before she showed up. Maybe it was just Metatron being misogynistic and thinking that Hannah couldn't be Hannah now that she had been in a man's body.) ANYWAY... now that Hannah has heaven running well and everything smooth upstairs, what's Castiel's raison d'etre? Does he continue to watch over the earth in the garrison as he once did? What's his status? It's a very interesting question and one that obviously gets under Cas' skin.

But, the point of the scene is that while Metatron gets the demon tablet, Castiel gets his grace back... and I love love love how it was a cataclysmic thing - that the library was left in shambles from the power of Castiel returning to his vessel. I haven't really liked the angel possessions we've seen since S5, because they've been very much reminiscent of demon possessions...even though when Castiel took over Jimmy, it was a bathed in light epic thing... and I liked that the brought back the epicness for this repossession... it at least leaves the continuity that CASTIEL is an epic thing... which I kinda love.

The unfortunate thing is that we see his wings here, and he is very much fallen, just like the rest of angel-kind. I had vaguely hoped that because of Castiel's role in the spell, his grace may have excaped that fate, but nope... Castiel's grace, his angel-ness, suffers from the spell that kicked the angels out of heaven. So, while he's not dying anymore and can heal again, he's not fully powered - he still can't fly.

The Bunker

Cas met Charlie! Yay! I loved it. I loved Charlie telling Cas that she thought he'd be shorter. I love that she was wearing a Lumberjanes shirt. Also, I loved Cas FINALLY looking after her bullet wound - I was so worried about her the whole episode, because Sam and Dean didn't even double check it! And she was totally favouring her arm, and she had passed out and woke up to say "Merry Christmas!" even thought the last time she did that it was because she DIED. Seriously... thank goodness Cas was around and back to power.

Of course, then we come into the lies of it all, because Cas and Sam don't tell Dean that Metatron led Cas to his grace and then escaped... because that would mean telling Dean about them going to Metatron in the first place for info on the MoC.

And that's just the tip of the iceburg, because while we see Cas, Charlie, Dean and Sam hanging out in the bunker and having a grand-ol' time (seriously, the little origami fortune-box thing between Charlie and Cas was adorable), we see that Sam's hiding something... and the thing he's hiding is that he still has the book of the damned, and he not only has it, but he took it to Rowena to get her help with it, because he knows that she's invested and he could possibly use that - he also knows that she's Crowley's mother and he could possibly make a deal... and UGH, Sam! This is never a good idea!!! Even though, I begrudgingly admit, that this is a clever idea... and if I had more faith that Sam could pull a double-cross, I'd probably delight over it... but this is the Crowley-family here.... I don't think this is going to end well.

Five more episodes left... and next week looks pretty damn epic already!

So, as per usual, let me know what you thought in comments. I am mostly sober now that I've typed all that up (thank goodness, I have to be up early tomorrow.)

Comments

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borgmama1of5
Apr. 16th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
I am so upset at Sam's decision to keep the book--HE KNOWS THESE THINGS NEVER WORK OUT--how could he overlook Dean's SERIOUS warning about the bad that would come if the book was used?!?!?

(I think you nailed it if I had more faith [in] Sam--when have Sam's 'bad decisions for a greater' good ever worked out???

Re the hoodie--writer Robbie Thompson tweeted that there was a scenee showing Dean exercising and he put the hoodie on after that but it had to be cut. Better be on the DVDs!!!

Loved them being (for them) very honest with each other at the beginning--Sam didn't hide he was still researching when Dean came in and Dean told about Rowena and her words on the Mark. Of course that makes the lie at the end so much worse...

BTW, where you surprised at the reveal Sam hadn't burned the book? Curious if that worked on the unspoiled, which I accidentally was by seeing a promo picture released by the studio (idiots!)

I also moaned when Cas uncuffed Metatron, that was SO CLEARLY going to go bad...Poor Cas' wings...Nice flashback to his entrance in season 4, though, when he did get his grace back.

Dean went through so many emotions this episode--hopeful...falling under the influence of the Mark (with the book) and fighting it...despair when he realizes the book is not the answer...total bad-ass fighting the Stynes (seriously, the look on his face when the one guy was holding him practically burned out my TV!)...relieved, going to be happy no matter what is ahead of him...And Jensen nailed every one with just his facial expressions--melt...

I was annoyed that when the boys reached the cabin they never asked Charlie if she was okay or checked her wound. (When did Charlie learn to sew herself up anyway and did she did pull out the bullet or did it go through? It was a BIG DEAL when Sam fixed himself up in Mystery Spot!) And I noticed she was favoring that side in all the cabin scenes and was worried that wound was going to come back into play...but just a mechanism for Cas to heal her so they could bond...

Bottom line, I am TERRIFIED about the finale. It is going to be BAD!
hells_half_acre
Apr. 16th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
I am so upset at Sam's decision to keep the book--HE KNOWS THESE THINGS NEVER WORK OUT--how could he overlook Dean's SERIOUS warning about the bad that would come if the book was used?!?!?

Yes, but were you surprised? I mean, honestly, this is Sam. Again, I can see his brain working here, ESPECIALLY with what he does with the book after keeping it - fine, if bad things happen when you use it, what if Sam's not the one who uses it? What if he makes someone they hate use it instead? Sam's done similar things before - can't fight angels and can't fight demons? Get them to fight each other while you and your brother flee. It's really ONLY when it comes to Dean, that Sam's morality starts to slide... and that has ALWAYS creeped Dean out, fyi. So, Sam's basically a tactician with a sliding scale of morality... if Sam's making a really important omelette, he is going to crack those eggs.

BTW, where you surprised at the reveal Sam hadn't burned the book? Curious if that worked on the unspoiled, which I accidentally was by seeing a promo picture released by the studio (idiots!)

And no, I wasn't surprised, because I know Sam. Just as much as no one was surprised when Dean let Sam be possessed last season in order to save him - I'm not surprised that Sam would do stupid things to save Dean. It's the whole basis of the show, really.

Bottom line, I am TERRIFIED about the finale. It is going to be BAD!

The thing that is kind of hilarious about Supernatural going this long is that, at it's core, the show has ALWAYS been a tragedy. There's a great meta out there somewhere about it that was written before the S5 ending about how the show has all the earmarks of a tragedy and five years later, that hasn't changed... we're watching a tragedy unfold, except that it's a tragedy that we never allow to end.... which is why people can make fun of it (how many times have the boys died!) or they can get fatigued by it (this same bad decision again!) but the fact remains that they're never going to change the tone of the show so drastically that it becomes a comedy... or at least, arguably, not until the show's going off the air (even though that's only a very dim hope, they still technically could surprise us with a sunset-ending). The Winchesters never truly getting their wins is basically THE SHOW. Every single win comes with a terrible price that they are unwilling to pay.

Anyway, that is all to say, YES the season finale is going to be really bad. But, I think, they WILL get a win out of it... it'll just come at a horrible price, as per usual. Sam will save the world, but he'll die doing it... or, more likely, he'll avenge/save his brother, but he'll unleash unspeakable evil while doing it.

Re the hoodie--writer Robbie Thompson tweeted that there was a scenee showing Dean exercising and he put the hoodie on after that but it had to be cut. Better be on the DVDs!!!

Awww man! It BETTER be on the DVDs.

(seriously, the look on his face when the one guy was holding him practically burned out my TV!)...relieved, going to be happy no matter what is ahead of him...And Jensen nailed every one with just his facial expressions--melt...

Agreed. Hence my deep desire for that scene to lead to make-outs, because that was what I wanted to do at that point. :P

(When did Charlie learn to sew herself up anyway and did she did pull out the bullet or did it go through? It was a BIG DEAL when Sam fixed himself up in Mystery Spot!)

Well, Charlie HAS read all the Supernatural books - though she does tell the Winchester's about dental floss like they don't already know - so who knows! Also, I think the big deal in Mystery Spot was how cold and stoic Sam was while he was doing it - Charlie's description of doing it hardly sounded bad-ass.
quickreaver
Apr. 16th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
I think I love this response almost more than your original post! You hit so many points about the TRUTH of the show and the characters. Well done!
hells_half_acre
Apr. 16th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've always done a little better articulating my thoughts when it's a Q&A scenario... also when I'm sober. :P
thursdaysisters
Apr. 16th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
Sam is upset, but it's a contained upset

YES he did a great job there, I love it when actors can automatically turn on that little eye shimmer.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 16th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yes! It's super effective.
shadowsong26
Apr. 16th, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
This episode was pretty great!

The dude with Jack Sparrow’s compass was awesome, as was the compass. Also I liked this family in concept--like, here’s another really old family associated with the supernatural, from a third angle (hunting, research, now profit/self-interest)…I love stuff like that. I wonder if the boys are related to them, too…

Dean sharing his important news and Sam carefully not sharing his was adorable. But I clearly need to break out my sparkly neon pink communication bricks again because Sam needs a few.

Sam’s conversation with Charlie was great! Things got said that needed to be said, and Charlie wasn’t really judging either of them--like you said, she’s the best bro. I liked the way the acknowledgement that Sam was lashing out and angry was handled, because--pretty much everything you said. He was justified in his anger, but he phrased things in exactly the way that would hurt Dean the most…this whole scene was awesome.

Although is it just me or did it kind of ignore continuity? Because I’m pretty sure Charlie knew about the Trials as of Pac-Man Fever, which I know is nitpicky, but it’s so easy to fix--just add like two words to Sam’s opening line (“remember when we had a chance to shut the gates of hell?” or something), and…okay, like I said, I get why Sam didn’t go into specifics of what Dean did, but those specifics are part of Charlie’s death and resurrection. I mean, she might have figured it out, between Dean’s evasiveness at the time and Sam’s refusal to give details now, at least that they’re connected even if she probably can’t get the whole story, but still. It’s just…she mentioned how much she wanted to know what happened at the time, and how much she didn’t appreciate the secrecy/lies involved…IDK.

The fight with Dean and the Styne/Steins was awesome. Also getting coins thrown in your face has to hurt…

I did not pick up on Sam failing to burn the book until the reveal, but I was not surprised because like you said, S3/4 face.

The conversation with Cas and Sam on the phone was BEAUTIFUL. I love Cas calling Sam to be talked off the ‘I’m about to stab him’ ledge, I love how he managed to restrain himself to only punching Metatron twice…it was just awesome.

Angry Cupid! The fight in the alley was great and then Cas saying ‘This changes nothing!’ and grumping off and Metatron sulking was even better. I liked this half of the episode a surprising amount, given how little I like Metatron…

Yeah, IDK why Cas uncuffs Metatron…poor life choices abound in this episode.

That whole ‘what are you now what is your purpose now’ bit was really good. I’m not sure what the answer will be, but we’ll probably find out sooner or later.

I wonder who he got to hide those things. Pretty sure it wasn’t Gadreel, but he seemed to be the extent of Metatron’s inner circle in S9…so, are there still Metatron loyalists somewhere, even after the Angel Radio thing? Is he going to meet with them? What might happen, now he’s human?

Cas getting his Grace back was SO AWESOME. I’m sort of torn on the fact that Claire wasn’t involved. On the one hand, I never really liked the idea of her coming back into the story just as a device to restore Cas’s Grace. On the other, continuity/follow-through with vessel mythology…

Cas and Charlie meeting was the best. I loved him healing her, especially how he went above and beyond what she asked, like, ‘uh, sure, I’ll fix the chronic issue, but there’s also the bullet hole in your side which is probably more urgent…’

Sam going to Rowena…sigh. Look at your life, Sam. Look at your choices. This is not a good one. It’ll be interesting on our end, probably, but…come on, dude, you should know better! But, then again, S3/S4 mindset, so…yeah. Maybe he will manage to double-cross her, who knows. Or maybe he’ll find Gavin and be all ‘look, Rowena! Grandson!’ and then run away with the spell she found while she’s distracted… (I don’t actually think that’ll happen, but it’d be nice if they at least closed that open time loop somehow.)

The lead up to the finale is going to be epic. Next week looks…well, it will either be super awesome or super trippy or both, so I’m excited.
hells_half_acre
Apr. 18th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
Hi! Sorry it took me so long to reply to this!

here’s another really old family associated with the supernatural, from a third angle (hunting, research, now profit/self-interest)…I love stuff like that. I wonder if the boys are related to them, too…

Yeah, it's really neat. I guess it adds to a more heavy ingrained mythology in the world - rather than a sort of ad-hoc society that has to re-invent itself every generation.

He was justified in his anger, but he phrased things in exactly the way that would hurt Dean the most…this whole scene was awesome.

Yup yup, exactly, and he knew Dean took it in the worst way possible and he didn't bother ever correcting him because he WANTED Dean to hurt as much as he was hurting - but, of course, he didn't want Dean to hurt so much that it costs him his life, which is why Sam is now regretting the whole thing.

Because I’m pretty sure Charlie knew about the Trials as of Pac-Man Fever, which I know is nitpicky, but it’s so easy to fix--just add like two words to Sam’s opening line (“remember when we had a chance to shut the gates of hell?” or something)

I'll have to watch the episode again, but you're right - Charlie did know about the trials, I'm pretty sure. But, did Sam know that she knew? It could just be Sam telling her it himself and her nodding and choosing not to say "yeah, Dean already told me about that."

That being said - I agree that you'd think Charlie would mention her own resurrection that Dean swore her to secrecy on... I mean, if Dean did something shadey to bring Sam back that pissed him off, you'd think Charlie would be worried that she might have reason to be pissed off too.

I liked this half of the episode a surprising amount, given how little I like Metatron…

Same!

That whole ‘what are you now what is your purpose now’ bit was really good. I’m not sure what the answer will be, but we’ll probably find out sooner or later.

Yeah, I really hope they explore that road. I love the thought of Castiel having a sort of existential crisis about his purpose in life.

I wonder who he got to hide those things. Pretty sure it wasn’t Gadreel, but he seemed to be the extent of Metatron’s inner circle in S9…so, are there still Metatron loyalists somewhere, even after the Angel Radio thing? Is he going to meet with them? What might happen, now he’s human?

I guess we'll find out! As for who hid the items - it would have had to have been another angel that was well-read. So, probably not Gadreel who spent nearly his entire life in prison. You also have to wonder about the angels - ARE there loyalists to Metatron or do they tend to just flock to the strongest leader, so now that Hannah has Heaven running smoothly (and the angels returned to it, which is what MOST of them wanted) then are they simply loyal to her? Or, is Metatron going to take advantage of the fact that there are angels who don't want to return to Heaven and try to start another faction war using them? I kind of hope not. I'm sort of tired of angel-faction wars. I think they have enough of a storyline with Cas just trying to find his place in the world - but then again, I tend to favour more cerebral plots, whereas SPN tends to favour conflict/action plots, so I might be SOL.

Cas getting his Grace back was SO AWESOME. I’m sort of torn on the fact that Claire wasn’t involved. On the one hand, I never really liked the idea of her coming back into the story just as a device to restore Cas’s Grace. On the other, continuity/follow-through with vessel mythology…

Pretty much my feelings on the matter too. She seemed too convenient to be the solution, but on the other hand, I wanted the continuity and the fact that she was a former vessel to mean something.

I'm definitely interested in where things are going with Rowena. I kind of want Gavin to factor in somehow, since it'd be another nice bit of continuity.
pushistyj_koshk
Apr. 18th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
FFS, Sam, FFS!!!!

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Felicia is so fit - it is really distracting :)

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I'm not being negative but I feel like the Winchesters are running in smaller circles by the season - it is getting too repetitive and angsty. Also I feel like there are too many different bad guys. Oh, and I'd also prefer if the writers got rid of Rowena. But oh well - I still stick by my words about this season being really good.

And where the hell are the writers going with this all? I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam became a witch even.

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Re: Okay! So, I accidentally drank too much and am fairly intoxicated right now, even though it's only 9pm. What the hell happened? I don't know.

Ok, I'd like to volunteer bringing you booze on Wednesdays :) Your tipsy quick reactions are fun!

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Re: Where was I? Oh yeah, DEAN IS WEARING A HOODIE! Not just a hoodie, but a LIGHT GREY HOODIE! My brain esploded.

Yes! This! It was adorable :)

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Re: Dean tells Sam about how Crowley told him that Rowena said that the MoC is a curse... also, that Rowena is Crowley's mom

I am actually surprised. I thought Dean was going it from Sam until someone was on deathbed again. Sam doesn’t disappoint, though. Good job Sam, keep fucking up! (Do you mind that kind of language? I’ll keep that in mind if you do.)

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Re: Also, Charlie has learned how to stitch her own bullet wounds with dental floss, which means she is a true hunter now.

Charlie is awesome! And then there am I - fainting from anything bloodier than a paper cut.

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Re: Speaking of trippy, maybe it was the wine, but I'm wondering who the director of this episode was, because in between their use of weird wide-angle lenses and angular close-up shots, they were TRIPPING ME THE F*CK OUT!

I have a friend who can’t watch curved TVs or 3D. Now imagine her watching a movie in IMAX!

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Totally random - I think I once said that I never owned anything Canadian except for maple syrup. So now I do - I own a gas grill that is made in Canada. So yay for me! :)
hells_half_acre
Apr. 18th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Felicia is so fit - it is really distracting :)

Also, I loved her shirt at the end. That was distracting.

I'm not being negative but I feel like the Winchesters are running in smaller circles by the season - it is getting too repetitive and angsty. Also I feel like there are too many different bad guys.

Yeah, Kripke actually wrote a complete arc with character growth, but it's like the writers don't know how to give people new problems, so they just recycle the old ones. Not that that isn't true in reality too - I mean, we all often acknowledge our problems and bad habits, but then keep doing them out of compulsion or just poor decision making. The problem with lies is that "the circumstances this time are different" is a very valid excuse for why you have to lie JUST THIS ONE MORE TIME.

But yeah, that being said, I think that many fans are missing the days where there was a singular bad guy who we were not meant to sympathize with at all or necessarily see all that often. It was a simpler time and the morality of actions was harder to keep track of. Sera plunged the show into Noir almost immediately, which was hella interesting, and DID build on themes that Kripke had introduced, but unfortunately audiences don't seem to want storylines that focus on philosophical questions of morality and our place in the universe - and so they kind of try to make this weird hybrid where we get that, but then also get straight-forward villains, and then the whole thing seems just a little bit messy.

And where the hell are the writers going with this all? I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam became a witch even.

That actually seems to be a popular fan theory on the interwebs right now - as far as I can tell anyway. I usually don't read speculation, but I've seen that one.

Ok, I'd like to volunteer bringing you booze on Wednesdays :) Your tipsy quick reactions are fun!

Glad you enjoyed it!

Good job Sam, keep fucking up! (Do you mind that kind of language? I’ll keep that in mind if you do.)

I don't mind language at all! The only reason I tend to write "f*ck" instead of "fuck" is because I know some of my readers don't like bad language - personally, I love it... so that's my way of striking a balance.

Charlie is awesome! And then there am I - fainting from anything bloodier than a paper cut.

Ha! I've thankfully never injured myself too badly, but I seem to be fine with having blood drawn and you know, bleeding every month, so, I don't think I have a problem with blood... though, I MIGHT have a problem with torn flesh, so not sure I could do the stitch-myself-up thing either. Kinda wish that I could though, I've got a mole on my face that I'd like to have removed, and I really feel like I could just do it myself, but I'm pretty sure it'd require at least one stitch. Also, it's on my face, so I probably don't want to risk messing that up. Also, I have health-care, so why the hell wouldn't I use it?! (The answer, as always, is laziness.)

Totally random - I think I once said that I never owned anything Canadian except for maple syrup. So now I do - I own a gas grill that is made in Canada. So yay for me! :)

Yay Canada!
cappy712
Apr. 21st, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
Great review....

I was concerned about Castiels wings - I was surprised that they were as damaged as they seemed. I didn't think they would have been affected but apparently they were. I'm wondering what that might mean too, how does that affect him as well as the other angels?

Thank you for sharing.

hells_half_acre
Apr. 22nd, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
They're very similar to Gadreel's when he first appeared - I don't know if wings heal over time, or if they're just that broken for good. I think the only affect we've seen so far is angels no longer have the ability to fly. Other than that, they've still been able to heal and resurrect, knock down doors, get into fights, etc... we haven't seen anyone attempt to time-travel, but I'm guessing that's probably out too along with the flying, but who knows!
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