by Billie Doux
Dean: "Life as an angel condom. That's real fun. I think I'll pass, thanks."
They're doing the Apocalypse. They're actually doing the Apocalypse.
Lots of set-up for the season. Lots for me to love, too. Dean and Sam together again, even though there are, understandably, trust issues. Bobby, whom they can bring back anytime for all of me. Chuck, whom they can also bring back any time for all of me. Best of all, Castiel was back, and Misha Collins is in the cast now. Hallelujah, so to speak.
Putting demons and angels into human vessels was such a smart writing choice, since it automatically makes them multi-layered characters. How come demons can just take somebody's body as a vessel, but Lucifer and the angels have to get permission? Coincidentally, Mark Pellegrino just played a god of sorts on Lost last season. That's probably how he got the job. How many people can put "I played a god" on their resume?
(When do we get to meet God? Could they get Alanis Morissette?)
So Dean is the Michael Sword. Dean was completely unimpressed that he was the Michael Sword. :) Archangel Michael was mentioned back in season two's "Houses of the Holy," and even back then I thought that Dean and Sam were like archangels. Dean said no about thirty times and in several profane ways, but I bet we see him as Michael before the end of the season.
Castiel died. Dean and Sam have also died, coincidentally. (Maybe you have to die to get into the Supernatural cast.) Castiel strongly hinted that God brought him back, and that God also saved Dean and Sam by transporting them to that airplane. Castiel kicked some serious bad angel butt; he has a knife that kills angels, like Ruby's knife that kills demons. (Did we see that knife last season?) They didn't say which archangel killed Castiel. I hope it wasn't Michael, because that could be a problem at some point.
I was surprised that Bobby, who is always prepared for the worst, got himself possessed. Doesn't he have a protective tatt, like the boys? You'd think he would, considering what happened to his wife. And I was surprised that they went with heartwarming for the Bobby resolution, too, because Supernatural doesn't often do heartwarming. I think it was intended as a contrast. Bobby forgave Sam. Dean can't. Not yet, anyway.
Sam spent the entire episode looking like a kicked puppy. He desperately wanted to be blamed for what he did, take his punishment, and get it over with. Dean wasn't going to play, and he didn't want to talk. Sam made the worst mistake any human has ever made, after all. He has a lot to make up for. I don't know where the brotherly angst will go this season; they've been through a lot. Will they come back together during the Apocalypse, or grow further apart?
And no powers? Did Sam really just lose his powers? Is this good or bad? Probably good, since they were what tempted Sam into completely blowing it. Was all of this really Sam's fault, though? Sam didn't ask to have the Yellow-Eyed Demon bleed into his mouth when he was six months old, after all.
Bits and pieces:
-- There were new and wild "blood in the water"-ish credits. The action began at the very moment last season left off.
-- Loved Becky, slash fan and Sam girl. They can keep bringing Chuck and his books and the fans back any time at all. Even though the very thought of Sam/Dean slash makes me cringe.
-- Becky's handle is "samlicker81" and she is webmistress at morethanbrothers dot net. Which doesn't exist. (I checked.)
-- Dean used an "angel's trap" that we saw Castiel use last season. Castiel also carved... did he say "anokian sigil?" into Dean's and Sam's ribs that will make them invisible to all angels, including Lucifer.
-- Chuck hit Sam with a plunger. :)
-- Dean called Zachariah "asshat" and a "two-faced douche." Not being able to use profanity on network television does make them creative. Although I think the term "jack squat" never really works.
-- Lucifer said he doesn't lie. From what he said to Nick, it might even be true. I can't give you your family back. If I take your body, it won't be pleasant for you. Of course, Lucifer could be the master of understatement.
-- Meg was back in a new body (that she quickly vacated). She kissed Dean on the mouth. I hope that didn't mean anything.
-- Bobby is unlikely to walk again. That's not good. Better than dead, though.
-- This week: Pike Creek, Delaware. And wherever Chuck is. Do we know where Chuck lives?
-- This week's motel room was a weird gray. I don't know where they come up with the designs for the motel rooms, but they're always so wonderfully strange.
-- This week's Most Obvious Symbolism was the swinging gate at Nick's house. There's something about Lucifer and gates, isn't there? And there are pearly gates, and gates to heaven. And Lucifer did just escape from his prison.
Chuck: "My last vision, you were like full-on Vader."
Dean: "You're sure? Maybe he just vanished into the light or something?"
Chuck: "Oh, no. He, like, exploded. Like a water balloon of chunky soup."
Chuck: "Oh, God. It's a molar. I have a molar in my hair. This has been a really stressful day."
Zachariah: "Like it or not, it's apocalypse now."
Zachariah: "You want to kill the Devil, we want you to kill the Devil. It's synergy."
Dean: "And I'm just supposed to trust you? Cram it with walnuts, ugly."
Dean: "You jonesing for another bit of bitch blood?" So God is supernatural methadone?
Becky: "You got my letters! And my marzipan!"
Chuck: (dryly) "Yeah. Yummy."
Becky: "Sam. Is it really you? And you're so... firm."
Becky: "Angels. Nice change up to the mythology, by the way. The demon stuff was getting kinda old."
Sam: "Becky, could you, uh, quit touching me?"
Bobby: "That's Michael. Toughest sumbitch they got."
Dean: "You kidding me? Tough? The guy looks like Cate Blanchett."
Bobby: "And how are we supposed to do all this, genius?"
Dean: "I got no idea. But what I do have is a GED and a give em hell attitude. And I'll figure it out."
I didn't have much sleep last night and this review could be utter crap. But I'm going to post it anyway. If it's utter crap, I'll re-write it,