Dean was initially the light brother, and Sam the dark brother. This episode completed the Winchester reversal: Dean is now a demon. So much for all that "not caring" bull; Sam's anguish over Dean's death was huge and painful to watch, and deliberately echoed Dean's total despair in "All Hell Breaks Loose".
But it's a different thing, isn't it? Dean isn't possessed by a demon -- he has died and become one, a demon addicted to killing. I'm trying to imagine my Dean as a demon, and I can't quite do it. That's not in any way doubting Jensen Ackles' acting ability because he can do pretty much anything, and he's certainly played evil convincingly before. It's just that Dean has always been the real guy, the one who kept supernatural beings that he didn't kill at arm's length. I hate the idea of Dean as a demon, and I just realized that as I typed it.
Will Dean be the Big Bad next season? Will we be getting the ultimate brother against brother scenario? If ten is the final season, and it should be, it would be a way to end the story with a great big bang. To be honest, I was more comfortable with Sam as the bad guy, though. I don't want it to be my Dean.
If Crowley saw it coming, it's no wonder he's been treating "Not Moose" more like a friend these days. Also interesting that Dean turned to Crowley when he couldn't control his addiction to the First Blade. Crowley's motivations are still a mystery (he said he kicked human blood -- did he?) but there's no doubt that he's become attached to the Winchesters. I'm glad Mark Sheppard is still with us. Crowley is too good a character to kill off.
So is Curtis Armstrong as Metatron. I was expecting the Metatron arc to, you know, end, but no. It was karmic that Metatron ended up in Gadreel's cell. I assume Metatron really didn't know the end of the story, or that it changed when the tablet was smashed? (Loved that the angel tablet was underneath Metatron's typewriter. Perfect.) Metatron was so much fun at first, but he became despicable; his escapade as God in homeless garb was just so slimy. And now he's waiting in the wings, so to speak.
But I was sorry to lose Tahmoh Penikett's Gadreel, who sacrificed his life for the cause (and probably because he couldn't handle more centuries in prison). Seriously, if they have to come up with a Supernatural spinoff, Castiel and Gadreel, buddy angels? They even looked like an angelic version of Dean and Sam, didn't they? Oh, well. Too late now.
And it's too bad because I was enjoying Gadreel's growing relationship with Castiel, whose new knowledge of pop culture is a gift that keeps on giving. Like the tablet under the typewriter, "The Wookiee" was just perfect. I'm so glad we got some quality Castiel this season, although he wasn't human quite long enough for me.
This hasn't been the most successful season of Supernatural, even with the consistently good writing and acting. There have been only two episodes I truly loved: the journey to Oz in "Slumber Party", and Crowley's visit to Sam's brain. But there are interesting places they could go with this Dean as demon thing, and I'll definitely be around in the fall to see where they take us.
-- This episode began the very second that it left off. Are there always this many beheadings in "The Road So Far"?
-- Metatron pushed back his hoodie exactly like Obi-Wan in the original Star Wars. It fit in very well with "The Wookiee".
-- Very nice foreshadowing with the lighting on Jensen Ackles during those scenes before Metatron killed him.
-- The lovely restaurant scene should have given me a clue too because Crowley tried his best to start a conversation about existence and metamorphosis, and Dean refused a cheeseburger.
-- They set up the angel suicide bombing thing well, too. Good job.
-- Have we heard anything good yet about God? Metatron talked him down big time.
-- I liked Hannah, and she survived the episode. Maybe we'll see her again.
-- The gateway symbol in the sandbox was a nice touch. They put thought into everything, and it shows.
-- Loved the shot of the brothers under the bridge.
-- Why didn't Sam take the First Blade with him when he left the bunker? I hate it when they do something so obviously stupid for plot purposes. Sam is not stupid.
Metatron: "This is a story, Neil. A marvelous story full of love and heartbreak, and love…"
Neil: "Sort of like The Notebook. I love The Notebook."
Come to think of it, that sort of fits with Dean and Sam, doesn't it?
Neil: "More reverb."
Metatron: "Because I'm Lou Gehrig?"
I didn't get that one.
Crowley: "Love, if I wanted a soapy massage from Dr. Phil, I would have hit three on the speed dial, all right?"
Dean: "What the hell is happening to me, you sonovabitch?"
Crowley: "Liquor before beer, bad taco, how should I know?"
Crowley: "I kicked human blood, you know."
Dean: "Oh, so you're full metal douche again. Well, that's fantastic. Would you like a stuffed bear?"
Dean: "How's Hell, Crowley?"
Crowley: "Hell's fine. Hell's like a Swiss watch. Don't worry about Hell. (pause) Hell's complicated."
Dean: "Game of Thrones is complicated. Shower sex, that's complicated. Hell ain't complicated. Your problem ain't Hell. It's you."
Gadreel: "Brother, I have no idea what that means."
Metatron: "The problem with you, Dean, is the cynicism. Always with the cynicism. But most people, even the real belly crawlers living in filth, or Brentwood, they don't want to be cynical. They just want something to believe in."
Dean: "You are nothing but Bernie Madoff with wings."
Metatron: "So I'm a fake. Do you have any idea how much pancake makeup and soft lighting it took to get God to work a rope line?"
Dean: "What happened with you being okay with this?"
Sam: "I lied."
Dean: "Ain't that a bitch."
I just don't know what sort of rating to give this episode. Maybe it will be clearer in retrospect. What did you all think? Lines are open,
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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