Okay, let's talk about le show. Uh... usual disclaimer: I'm not as think as you drunk I am. So, only correct me if I ask you to, or it's super duper important. All quote are approximate, etc.
So, off the bat, I gotta admit that I was spoiled for this ep, because people don't tag their f*$&ing speculation, even when it's based on solid evidence. So, sadly, you won't get the genuine reaction of WHAT! I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!! because I did, or rather, someone else did and then told me that I should probably expect that, and I responded with a "damn, that makes sense" and so I was expecting it. Ah well....
Still, GOOD EPISODE and I AM INTERESTED IN WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. Also, MY HEART IS A LITTLE BROKEN. So, still pretty standard genuine reactions to the series of events that we witness.
But, let's talk about this shizznet in order, because I made notes, goddamn it. NOTES!!!
Okay, I also went overboard on the wine tonight. Sorry. Sorry? Maybe you like me this way. I am perhaps only sorry to my friends, who have significantly less wine in their house after every Supernatural episode I watch with them.
Seriously though... episode...
I had never heard the opening song before. "Can't get the devil off my mind" was the only lyric I really caught - so, good choice show!
Then we get the really weird OOC Crowley+Christmas scene. BIZARRE. I swear I thought they just filmed that stuff in order to make a wake pre-Christmas promo - but nopers! That stuff actually happened. Only, it's a recurring nightmare of Rowenas, and this time Lucifer infiltrates it...or rather he DID, this tells us how it was that Lucifer got Rowena on board with his plan.
Then we get Sam in the cage, and he is super awesome. He's not going to be afraid and he's not going to give in, because he's betting on Dean rescuing him. Awwww... it makes me wonder about the years after S5 though (for his Soul anyway) when he made Dean promise not to rescue him, and so he didn't expect him to come... of course, back then, Sam didn't have to "hold out" because Lucifer was just furious and wanted to knock him around. Fun times? No. Not fun times. Poor Sam. *hugs Sam* *pets Sam*
Then we switch to Crowley and Rowena, and Crowley is like "B'ah! IN MY OWN HOUSE!" and Rowena is like "you want to stake your life on the Winchesters or Lucifer, because I know where my money's going..." ad Crowley is all like... "Dude, the WINCHESTERS - ALWAYS PUT YOUR MONEY ON WINCHESTERS!" only just inside his head, because we all know Crowley is knows where it's at. Outside, he's all like "Lucifer means death for us!" and Rowena is like "Na-uh, he's going to stop the darkness and then take the thrown of Heaven and I will be queen." And Crowley is like "oh man... no, that is not the way that is going to work."
I will say though, that I loved Rowena's line about how Lucifer was neither male or female, but was "perfection" - mainly because I love the idea of genderless angels, even though it's a rare event that the show indulges me on on the supject.
Back to Dean! Dean is trying to call Sam, and we get a funny voice message - it's cute. And then he tries to call Crowley - and then he has to pull over and throw up. And MAN, I'm one of those people who sympathetically get nausiated when other people throw up - and I had to sit there and think "it's fake, it's fake, it's fake, it's fake" so that I didn't throw up that glass of wine that I had JUST downed. Ugh. Please, Show, no more vomit. Cas goes to check out the smiting, because Dean can't - Dean tells him to run if Amara is still alive. Awww.
Then it gets better though, because Cas shows up and is adorable, checking Dean over - and then proclaims that he has smiting sickness and has a great line about how Lot's wife once turned to salt, it was so bad - and I love that version of Lot's wife turning to salt, rather than the Greek-myth-type version where it was because she looked back. (or Lot did...or WHATEVER.)
Back to Sam in the cage, where instead of torturing him, Lucifer is taking him on a vision quest down memory lane. And he takes him to his gangly teenage years. And once again the casting department does a good job of finding someone excellent.
Teenage Sam is talking to a girl about the Aztecs - and he mention that his family once went on a "working vacation" down to Mexico - COOL! I wonder how they got over the boarder with a trunk full of weapons. :P They were hunting Chupacabras. Yay! I like it when they use monsters that they canonically might have hunted as a family - because we know from previous mentions of chupacabras that they're (at least heavily implied) to be "easy" hunting.
Anyway, Sam's a cutie, and the girl thinks so too and tells him she just invited him to the park for make-outs. So Sam is like "oh, why didn't you just say so - MAKE-OUT TIME!" only, in his head - because he is cooler than I am.
Then Lucifer makes it all creepy by telling Sam that make-out Sam is the Same that Lucifer likes - with the "solid B on the tongue action" - GROSS LUCIFER! - But Lucifer's point is that Sam used to be the sort of hero who was suave and made out with girls. Um... Lucifer, I'm not sure if you were watching the same memory, but Sam was a dorky dork who was gushing about the aztecs and didn't get the hint that the girl was interested in make-out time until she flat-out told him she was. That is not a suavy-suave dude, that is a cutie-dork... now, cutie-dorks can be heros too, but in a way where they don't say yes to the devil, because they are better than that.
Dean! He's in the bunker now, and can't find Sam... but then Crowley calls him and he's like "oops, your brother is in hell with Lucifer - does this remind you of a different and painful time in your life? Sorry." Only in different words.
Back to Sam, who is taken to Stull Cemetary, in Lucifer's pensieve. We get the ass-butt line again and some old footage of cutie S5 Sam, who was a little bit bigger - but a cutie. CUTIE! Geeeeeeeeez... I've been drinking, because SUCH A CUTIE! All Sam's are cuties.
Anyway, Lucifer tells Sam that he hates him because Sam is "sort of prissy" - and by that he means "too cute", I'm sure, because that's all I see. But Lucifer thinks Sam has gone soft.
Meanwhile, Cas goes to check out the smiting zone. He runs into Ambriel (spelling?! I thought she said Abriel, but then Ambriel, but maybe Anbriel? I really don't know... you can legit clear this up for me if you know.) Ambriel is a birth/death rate statistics angels. And she's asian! WOOT! More Asians on the TV please, they are one of the more severely underrepresented ethnic groups on the TV... and it's even more ridiculous given that this show films in Vancouver, which has a mostly Asian population.)
Anyyyyyyyway...we find out that Ambriel knows who Castiel is, but he's not well liked in Heaven at the moment, because the NICEST thing they say about him is that he's likely to kill other angels. Which SUCKS because Castiel just spent SEVERAL YEARS trying to stop civil wars so that angels would STOP GETTING KILLED. Poor Cas. *hugs Cas* *pets Cas*
Ambriel doesn't think there's anything funky up... until Castiel points out that it's the middle of the afternoon and it's pitch black where they are.
Meanwhile, Dean is in something I wrote down as "Kitilson NB" only with the L and the S as one letter. And he is leave a message for Cas to tell him that he's going to Hell... and then he goes to a door and gives a password, which is that "do da" song... and it's cute, but more importantly...
BILLIE THE REAPER!!! I love Billie. I mean, it doesn't hurt that she's super gorgous, but also I really love Reapers that appear to be true neutral and NOT AFFILIATED WITH HEAVEN OR ANGELS RAR!
We also find out that Sam told Dean EVERYTHING about the hospital experience sometime after Baby - because Dean knows about Billie and the fact that she's going to ensure that their next death is final. These days, Billie is helping out Crowley because it's "strange days" and she figures it's good to have the King of Hell owe you a favour. INTERESTING.
Back to Sam's walk in the pensieve, and we revisit Amelia and early S8 (ugh), and the show STILL isn't going with the psychotic-break theory, and insisting that Sam was legit honouring his and Dean's promise to move on... which... well, in this case, actually WORKS (oh god, I hate saying that) but it gives a way for the show to justify Sam not caring about letting the Darkness loose in the S10 finale, because he still feels guilty from the guilt-trip Dean gave him for honouring that promise instead of going with the "deep and abiding love" that usually prompted him to not rest until Dean was resurrected. But, I STILL think the first half of S8 was OOC with Sam, and I have it on good authority that so does Jared - so, boo-urns to this. BUT WHATEVER, this is a positive space, so I will commend them for explaining Sam's return to unrelenting signal mindedness and the placement of Dean over all else, even though S3, S4, and S9, should have driven home the idea that doing that was bad news bears.
This is all part of Lucifer's game to tell Sam that back in the DAY Sam was willing to die for his country - and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT?! And that these days Sam is not strong enough to let people die for the world... which, is another whole meta on the romanticizing of war and sacrifice, in my opinion... but I am far too sleepy and drunk to even begin contemplating that tonight.
Crowley and Rowena are chatting it up over tea. Then Crowley sneaks out of the room...
Cas is being told by Ambriel how he's hated by his own kind and then that he's expendable in the opinion of the Winchesters. And OUCHERS. Because that's not true - Dean was fine with Cas going back to check the smiting zone because someone had to and Cas wasn't about to turn to salt! But, really, it's not about how the Winchester's treat Castiel that makes him believe this - it's how much Cas loves the Winchesters. He DOES think he's expendable, because if given the choice between YOUR life and the live of your super-duper loved ones, OF COURSE, you're going to decide that YOU are the expendable ones. Your super-duper loved ones are too super-duper and you don't want to live without them.
And that's the thing - I know a lot of Cas fans might see what happens in this episode as proof that Cas is unappreciated and mistreated by the Winchesters, but I think it's the opposite. Cas just loves them way too much to realize that they also love him way too much. It's the same old problem that Dean had with Sam in S2 - of COURSE Sam's life was more important than Dean's, Dean loved him more than he loved himself - it didn't matter how much Sam loved Dean... which he did, just as damn much as Dean loved Sam. But... yeah, anyway... sad times ahead for Castielatron.
(FYI: In my family if you want to give someone an affectionate nickname, you ADD syllables to their name... so, uh, that's what the deal with "Castielatron" was just then.)
Dean is in hell and he and Crowley have a great exchange where Crowley is like "Don't worry about Sam" and Dean responds with "Have you met me?!" Hehehe... but the gist of it is that they've got a witch-catcher device thingy.
Ambriel finds Amara, who is still alive and sucks Ambriel's soul out and then sucks all the "darkness" back into her - which was a cool effect. She then tells Cas that she ate Ambriel's "grace" and "spark" which is really neat, because I've often theorized that in order for the angels in SPN to function as they do, they need both grace AND a "soul-equivalent", so "spark" is a good name for a soul-equivalent if I do say so myself, so THEORY CONFIRMED IMHO.
Then Amara tells Castiel that he IS afraid to die, and that she doesn't understand God's interest in him... which is also cool, because it means that someone either has TOLD Amara that God has a special interest in Cas, or she learned it from Ambriel and it's what the angels believe, which might be why Castiel isn't beholden to the current "all angels return to heaven" rule, OR Amara just KNOWS. But, in Amara's opinion, God has horrible taste in men... awww. Then she sends Castiel away with a message... after she does so though, she seems to get a touch of the ol' smiting sickness herself, so, INTERESTING - is Amara not as invulnerable as she has led us to believe?!!? dun dun DUN.
Billie is reading a Sandman comic!!! With Death! YAY! If anyone knows which comic that was - let me know. I wrote down the title as "Death: The time of your life" but I didn't take time to read the individual panels.
Rowena already knows that Crowley snuck out to meet Dean, because she put a hex bag in his pocket. Meanwhile, Crowley has poisoned her tea, so all that doesn't matter. Dean gets the witch-catcher collar around her throat, and then Rowena has to do everything Crowley ays.
Meanwhile, back in the secondary cage, Sam won't say yes, even after the emotional manipulation. AND I AM SO PROUD OF HIM. *hugs Sam*
According to Lucifer, Michael has gone insane or something in the cage and spends all his time in the corner singing show-tunes and touching himself. Somehow, I doubt this is accurate... but whatevs.
Cas shows up to where Dean and Crowley are and shows them Amara's message, which are the words "I am coming" written across his chest from little brown nipple to little brown nipple. Crowly says "is that a threat?" and Dean is like "or a promise?" and Castiel legit looks at Dean like "you do realize the MULTIPLE LEVELS OF INNUENDO HERE, RIGHT?!!" but Dean apparently does not - or rather, this is no time for it!
Sam is still off saying no, and pointing out that it wasn't just Lucifer who beat the Darkness last time, it was him and 3 other archangels and God. Also, that once Lucifer beats the darkness, he's just going to start the apocalypse again, so boo to that - because whatever Sam chooses, humanity looses, so really, his MOST promising choice is to have faith in himself, his friends, and his family. Awww....
Then Sam is like "I'm ready to die, but not be your bitch" and BOOM.
Then Lucifer smacks him around, which makes Sam cry out in pain - which causes Dean and Cas to go running to him and get sucked into the cage - and HONESTLY CROWLEY - SOUND PROOF YOUR GODDAMN HELL ROOMS. But, whatever, at least Dean and Cas provide other people for Lucifer to wail on while Rowena mixes the spell to send him back to his main cage.
But, by that point, Lucifer's dug is emotionally manipulative claws into a new prey - which is Cas, who... yeah, is kind of ridiculously open to it, given that he's becoming more and more emotionally manipulatable over the seasons as he progressively becomes something between angel and man. And it's enough to pray on Castiel's fear and his lack of belief in his own worth... so, yeah, I mean, I was spoiled by speculation, but even so, as soon as the bright flash happens, you can tell there's something different about Castiel.
Crowley announces that the team-up is over and they have to now get out of hell.
Dean takes Cas at his word that he's okay and will catch up, and takes off with Sam. And I think both of them must KNOW that Cas is acting weird, but then... it's Cas, so maybe acting weird from time to time is something he just does.
Dean and Sam both agree that having to deal with both the Darkness and the devil would have been a nightmare...which, you know... sucks, because that's what they've ended up with, even though they don't know it yet.
Crowley, meanwhile, is using his power over Rowena to find out why she treated him like crap as a kid - and it's because he was the batard son of a married man, before Rowena was powerful, and that the man left her despite telling her that he loved her - so, she took it out on Crowley, because she came to see love as a weakness. And it's a very well acted scene, of course, and a great ending speech to match Crowley's at the end of S8, and further that character-arc.
Then Cas shows back up and reveals that he's Lucifer. Misha does a good job doing a Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer impression... with a little something weird thrown in, because Lucifer DOES change personalities slightly depending what body he's in - since he was always much more serious and not as sexual when he was in Sam. (even if we disregard The End as a manipulated vision rather than an alternate universe). Rowena is all giddy, and Lucifer of uses that to get close to her, confirm that she's the only one that could open the cage, and then kill her so that she can never open it again. Yikes. This leaves just Crowley as the only person who knows that Cas is Lucifer - but sadly, he's right there in Lucifer's clutches - and if there's anything Crowley is going to do, it's look out for Crowley... so, chances are, he's going to play ball in order to stay alive.
I legit don't know how they're going to get Cas back. Is Cas STILL inside the vessel? Or did Cas get sent to the cage in Lucifer's stead? Jimmy Novak isn't Lucifer's true vessel, is he even in the Campbell/Winchester line? Or is Lucifer going to burn through him faster than he burnt through Nick? Or is the show going to forget that Lucifer burns through vessels and have him miraculously survive somehow?
I hope Cas isn't away for too long - because that would be super sad for the Winchesters, who love their dorky angel friend a heap. Also, it'd just be super sad in general. But, if we're going on the patterns of the last few seasons, then at the very LEAST Cas might be absent until the finale, and at the most he might be absent well into next season - it depends how they've plotted it out. Is Cas like closing the gates or is he like the MoC?
Anyway, I'm sure that there was a disturbance in the force tonight, as though thousands of destiel shippers cried out...
It's definitely a pretty huge start the back-end of the season. I mean, you've got the pre-biblical end times AND potentially the biblical end times happening SIMULTANEOUSLY. I guess they decided it was time to go big or go home. :P
So, let me know what you thought in comments, as per usual... ugh, negativity rules apply, so say something good for every bad thing, even if it's "I liked his shoes." Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd...forgive my spelling mistakes please, I do not have spell check and I am inebriated.