This episode was delicious. I savored every line and every scene.
After all these seasons, seeing the Winchesters finally interacting with God was so enjoyable. Sam was literally in awe, while Dean, the cynic, wanted answers. He even got some. Turns out Chuck was "hands-on" for ages, but nothing ever changed -- so he stopped. I particularly liked Chuck comparing his own sibling relationship to Sam's with Dean, the older one, always telling Sam what to do. Does that mean Amara is the eldest?
Chuck plans to sacrifice himself to Amara. That makes sense after you watch "Don't Call me Shurley" three times, which I did last week, because Chuck sang a song called "Fare Thee Well" that signaled his intentions. If Chuck is caged, he believes his world will go on, and his chosen humans like the Winchesters will step in. I can't help but think there is some problem with that bit of logic. If Chuck is caged like Amara was, what will keep her from destroying everything, anyway? Will she keep her side of any sort of deal with Chuck? Why should she?
Ah, Kevin. How incredibly nice that Chuck loves the Winchesters enough to give them a gift like that, a chance to say goodbye to Kevin. But why introduce a new prophet right now? Not that I didn't like Donatello Redfield (great name), because I did. And not because Keith Szarabajka had a long continuing role on Angel, although I do tend to love guest shots by actors who spent serious time in the Buffyverse. I liked Redfield because he was a total hoot. I loved every line he uttered, and the way he reacted to every facet of his new situation. There must be a plot-related reason why they just introduced a new prophet, not just because we said goodbye to Kevin. Why would Chuck do that if he was planning to spend the next few millennia in a cage?
For that matter, why would Amara want Dean to be a part of her forever? Not that I don't get the attraction. If she destroys the world and cages her brother, she's going to be completely alone, and Dean is a fascinating, complicated human being. If I could choose a fictional character to spend quality time with, Dean Winchester would be high up on the list. But she must have some inkling that he will never give up and join her if it means losing the world as well as his brother.
I'm also confused by what's going on with Cassifer. He refused to call out to Chuck for rescue, and then there was that Lucifer/God scene where they remarked on how both of them had changed. But still, it *is* Lucifer we're talking about. I can't discount the possibility that he might decide to join team Amara because he doesn't want to wind up back in the Cage again.
(I really liked Sam helping Cassifer out of the building, especially when you consider their past relationship.)
Metatron went out like a hero. That was a surprise. Maybe he was certain the sigil would work. If he was using his personal knowledge of the content of God's tablets, I wonder why it didn't? Do sigils not work against Chuck and Amara? Actually, assuming that Chuck cannot be destroyed and neither can Amara, there will never be a permanent solution to this conflict, will there?
Whatever. I wasn't sure I was on board with the Amara plot, but now that we have Chuck, I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Except that we're bound to get a cliffhanger. I vote for no cliffhanger this season. Please?
Bits and pieces:
-- Chuck hanging out at the bunker was the gift that kept on giving. Donuts, Chinese food. Watching curling on TV. No pants. I loved that Amara showed up in the bunker but had no idea God was in the guest room.
-- You know, if Chuck can give us Kevin again, how about bringing back a certain trickster archangel we all know and love? What about rescuing Adam and Michael, too?
-- What happened to Kevin's mother, Linda? Will she be okay with not being haunted by her son any longer?
-- The Impala's back doors can be locked out like a cop car's because "sometimes we keep monsters in the back." Did we know that?
-- There was a drive-in at the big meet-up. The movie they were showing was, of course, Apocalypse Now.
-- Metatron's caller ID was "Scribe calling." Not anywhere near as funny as "Not Moose."
-- This week: the MoL bunker in Lebanon, Kansas, and Lewis, Oklahoma. Metatron was in a bar that looked like Chuck's construct, except it was real.
-- Has Amara always had gray nail polish? Is that a character statement? Maybe it's her favorite color, "Fog Gray."
Dean: "I don't want to turn into a pillar of salt."
Chuck: "I actually... I didn't do that."
Dean: "Where's Chuck?"
Sam: "Sleeping in, I guess."
Dean: "Does God sleep?"
Sam: "I know he takes really long showers."
Sam: "You know, I know that this is a really strange situation and all, but it's also really amazing, you know? I mean, it's God. There's so many things I want to ask him. Like, the planets. Why are they round? Or ears. I always thought they were strange."
Dean: "Okay, fanboy. Calm down."
Redfield: "Call me Donatello. I'm named after him."
Dean: "The mutant ninja turtle?"
Redfield: "I can't be a prophet! I'm an atheist and a chemist. I believe in molecules, not God."
Dean: "Is that my computer?"
Chuck: "I've never seen so much porn. Not in one sitting."
Chuck: "I did include free will in the kit."
Metatron: "I was there when you were designed. I wrote your name on the inside of the angels' eyelids."
Redfield: "He's freaking me out."
Lucifer: "What happens in heaven stays in heaven."
Dean: (to Redfield) "Still twitchy, huh? Well, you met God, Lucifer and the Darkness. You're gonna need a spa day. That, or a pair of hookers."
I'll freely admit this one wasn't as wonderful as "Don't Call Me Shurley," but it felt like part two and I loved it anyway. Four out of four spa days,
Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.
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