I wasn't sure what to think of 'Stairway to Heaven', other than I should have enjoyed it more than I did. It was angel versus angel and had some wonderful lines. But it felt uneven, and also ticked me off.
As soon as Tessa showed up, I knew they were giving us a familiar face so that her death would have impact, and it made me mad. Did they have to do that? And I knew Dean would lose control and kill Gadreel a moment before he did it. Yes, Gadreel killed Kevin and I get the out-of-control Cain rage, but damn. Gadreel could have been such a strong ally. And how will they find Metatron now? (Gadreel is dead, isn't he?)
For me, as is often the case, Misha Collins and his deadpan delivery was a high point. I did enjoy the boys realizing that Castiel finally got pop culture references, and I especially liked that Castiel gave up his entire army for Dean. Sam's sojourn with Castiel to find the portal to Heaven was fun: the riddle on the wall, the Last Crusade spinning blades, and Metatron's ridiculous representation of a fake Heaven for Castiel with balloons, a punch bowl and a disco ball. Poor Josiah, though. That was one of their more gruesome deaths.
But Metatron's move with the "combustible agents" was way too mwah-ha-ha evil. (They never explained how he did it, but Metatron did say he could change his face, and he was fondling a trenchcoat that looked like Cas's in the opener.) Metatron really is a nerd trying to be one of the popular kids, but he's a cruel and evil nerd.
I got an answer to my question last week about Heaven. Tessa was suicidal because she was maddened by the lost souls screaming because they couldn't get in. But I was confused about why she was hanging out with angels. Although reapers were hanging out with angels earlier this season, so I guess they covered that.
We're heading into the season finale, so things with the First Blade are getting worse. Dean lied to Sam about the Blade (yeah, obvious). And Dean has decided that he's in charge permanently (it's a Dean-tatership). And then there was the ultimate idiocy with Gadreel. We started the season with Sam dying and Dean in charge of everything, but now Dean is out of control and Sam feels like the grownup.
And Castiel's stolen grace is running out. Not even the delightful aspect of angels as a bowling team called "The Saints" could offset the negative in this episode for me.
-- "Stairway to Heaven." They must have been waiting forever to do that title.
-- The bowling scene and the nerd mention was something of an homage to Revenge of the Nerds, which co-starred Curtis Armstrong (Metatron).
-- Tessa was going to see a high school production of Jesus Christ Superstar. There's something funny about that, but I'm not quite sure what it is. Maybe I'm thinking of Lorne and the high school production of Cats.
-- This week: Dixon, Missouri; a Gas 'n Sip in Colorado; and Pray, Montana (great name). Dean and Sam got pretty much their best FBI aliases ever, provided by Castiel.
Quotes, and I have a lot of them:
Dean: "Nice reflexes. Better hair."
That opening scene was very Back to the Future.
Sam: "Spears and Aguilera?"
Castiel: "I've noticed your aliases are usually the names of popular musicians."
Which is Spears and which is Aguilera?
Metatron: "I mean, sure he's cute. And Castiel has this simple… charm. He's like a mentally deficient puppy. But I'm lovable. And funny. I made God laugh. Twice!"
Gadreel: "You're the one who asked him to lead an army."
Metatron: "Well, I didn't think he'd be good at it."
Sam: "Roll call? You hold a roll call?"
Castiel: "They like to hear me say their names."
Dean: "I know a couple of women like that."
Sam: "Why would an angel blow up a Colonel Scoops in your name?"
Castiel: "Does Dean seem different to you?"
Sam: "Cas, listen. You got a weird thing going on back there. Those other angels, the way they stare at you, it's like you're part rock star, part L. Ron."
Angels are so weird and easily manipulated, aren't they?
Tessa: "So you're here. Why? You just love musical theater?"
Dean: "Only if it's Fiddler."
Tyrus: "Just smell that. (inhales) Mmm."
Gadreel: "Old shoes and alcoholism?"
Castiel: "I believe it's some sort of riddle. 'Why is six afraid of seven'? I assume it's because seven is a prime number, and prime numbers can be intimidating…"
Sam: "It's because seven eight nine." (the door opens)
Castiel: "It's wordplay. And the answer is the key. Like the doors of Durin in Lord of the Rings."
Tessa: "There's no God. There's only Castiel."
Dean: "And we're done."
Metatron: "Castiel! Bet you're not happy to see me."
Dean: "Is anyone, ever?"
Metatron: "Dean! Always with the B-grade 80s action movie wit."
Metatron: "I did what I had to do. I have always done what I had to do, for God and for the angels."
Dean: "Sure. You're Mother Theresa with neck beard."
Metatron: "The point is, while everyone else is playing checkers, I'm playing Monopoly. And I always build a hotel on Boardwalk. And I always win."
The thing is, a hotel on Boardwalk doesn't always mean that you win. And shouldn't that be a chess analogy?
Another episode with lots of stuff I liked, but it just felt uneven. Despite my love of the angels and demons, this season isn't completely working for me,
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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