|The Winchesters and books. Two of my favorite things.|
I'm a Dean girl. But over the years, I've grown to love Sam. This was, in my opinion, one of the best Sam episodes they've ever done, featuring one of Jared Padalecki's best performances.
The focus on Sam thing was bugging me before, but I get it now. My heart broke for him when he said that when he was little and Dean read stories to him about the Knights of the Round Table, he knew that he could never be that kind of hero because he sensed that he wasn't "clean". Sam was poisoned with demon blood as an infant, he was addicted to demon blood, he was Lucifer's chosen vessel, he started the Apocalypse, and now, the Trials are purifying him, something that is clearly more important to Sam than continuing to live. We're getting message anvils that we're going to lose Sam. Again.
Speaking of terrific performances, how about Osric Chau as Kevin? It was obvious early on that Kevin knew "Sam and Dean" were fake and that he was manipulating them, and I thought maybe he had something up his sleeve, that he'd tapped into some power of sorts from the tablet. But no. Kevin just reached the point where he was ready to die for something so important. We've known Kevin for awhile now and it was so nice to see him confident and strong, treating Crowley like a bug.
The introduction of Metatron worked, too. Curtis Armstrong successfully projected a sort of quiet, nerdy power and while he was clueless by choice, he didn't seem dick-like, like most of the angels. Maybe I just liked him because I could see myself spending millennia wrapped up in books, although I'd also require cats and regular deliveries of Italian food. As much as I enjoyed Kevin manipulating Crowley, and Sam's delirious childhood reminiscences about the Grand Canyon, my favorite scene was the Winchesters noticeably peeved because Metatron didn't know who they were.
Metatron could be an immensely powerful ally. Like, say, Castiel, who just discovered the wonders of coffee. (Let me amend my list: cats, regular deliveries of Italian food, and coffee.) How gross but logical that Castiel was carrying the angel tablet inside his body. And I loved the idea of Castiel using the identical Biggersons restaurants to throw off pursuit, sort of like a chain restaurant multiverse.
Speaking of angels as dicks, we're getting the real Naomi now, and she's horrible. She was taking pleasure in hurting Castiel, in breaking that poor waitress's neck. In seasons six and seven, Supernatural was clearly trying to back away from the angels and demons, heaven and hell thing. But you know, once they'd introduced them, they were too big to ignore. I enjoy them. I'm glad they're back.
Just one more thing. That brief scene that showed the two "Sam and Dean" demons stuck in a devil's trap with the loud Tijuana Brass music blasting (my mother liked the Tijuana Brass) just made me laugh out loud. Creative bits like that are the reason I love this show so much. Okay, one of the reasons. It was perfect.
The third trial is to cure a demon. Anyone we know? I wish Meg were still with us.
Bits and pieces:
-- Sam isn't eating. But frankly, kitchen sink stew does not sound appetizing. (Italian food is clearly the way to go.)
-- I'm assuming that Castiel will recover from the magic bullet. And I have to give Dan some credit. As soon as Crowley shot Castiel, Dan said that Crowley must have made bullets out of the angel sword. And voila.
-- Just loved Crowley critiquing the acting of his fake Winchesters. Of course Crowley wants to play Dean. Who wouldn't?
-- Dean as nursemaid is dear. Of course it's driving Dean crazy that he can't fix things or take over and protect Sam.
-- Metatron was staying in room 366. The books were so artfully stacked. As Sunbunny just tweeted for Doux Reviews, though, Metatron is just now getting around to Oliver Twist?
-- This week: The Two Rivers Casino on Route 34 in Colorado, Santa Fe, and every Biggerson's restaurant in the United States.
-- I'd never heard about the coffee/goat story. Of course, it's on Wikipedia.
Crowley: "I was born to direct."
Dean: "They taught 'Word of God' at Stanford?"
Castiel: "We were supposed to be their shepherds, not their murderers."
Naomi: "Not always, angel. There was that day back in Egypt not so long ago where we slew every first born infant whose door wasn't splashed with lamb's blood. And that was just PR."
Sam: (delirious) "I'm gonna follow the hotel manager, Doctor Scowly Scowl. He's like a villain from Scooby-Doo."
Crowley: "So. My demons were too polite?"
If "Sam and Dean" were demons, how come the holy water pistol at the door didn't work? Because it was a set-up and Crowley was expecting it, I assume?
Sam: "But we're heading somewhere. The end." Again?
Four out of four book deliveries from Amazon,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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