by Billie Doux
Isn't it nice that Supernatural can still surprise me?
I expected explosions. I expected death. I even expected Chuck and Amara to cancel each other out. I did not expect Dean to facilitate a God family reconciliation, and I certainly didn't expect the resurrection of Mary Winchester. You sure know how to give your honey a goodbye present, Amara. Very cool.
The lead-up to the final confrontation in the garden was so enjoyable, Supernatural at its best, with the emphasis on character and mythology instead of blood and guts this time. And I'm okay with that. Our dear Sam was still in awe of Chuck and the only one still determined to save the world. Dean dealt with the End with beer. Rowena actively sucked up to Chuck (did she actually call him "Charles?" Did she dare to give God a pet name?) Crowley sat apart from the group, even more sarcastic than usual. Billie the reaper showed up with her smiles and threats as well as her assistance with the soul bomb. Interestingly, Billie and Crowley exchanged a loaded glance. Have we seen those two together before? Must be a story there.
The ghostbusting adventure in the sanatorium with the ghosts, the sawed offs and the salt was so wonderfully old school Supernatural; I grinned through the whole thing, and the magic word "Haggis!" made me howl. Dean saying goodbye to Castiel and calling him his brother nearly made me cry, not to mention Dean giving the keys to the Impala to Sam and hugging him, which did make me cry. (You know the drill.)
I wonder what would have happened if they hadn't gotten another season? Would this have been the end for Dean? Would he have blown up Amara, gotten reaped by Billie, and ended up in the Empty after sacrificing himself to save the world?
Instead, now we get to wonder all summer if Toni, the angry woman of Letters from London, shot Sam. And where Chuck and Amara went on their family vacation. (Hawaii? Paris? The rings of Saturn?) And what happened to Lucifer when Amara burned him out of Castiel's body. And what happened to Castiel when Toni hit the sigil.
And would someone please tell me whatever happened to Adam Winchester and archangel Michael?
-- "The Road So Far" set to "Carry On" still gets to me, even after all these years.
-- Dean did a hilarious imitation of Rowena, although it was less Scottish accent and more Lucky Charms.
-- The Waverly Hills Sanatorium actually exists, it's in Kentucky, and it's supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the United States. That ugly green paint looked familiar. I'm sure we've seen that location on Supernatural before. Probably more than once.
-- "Dr. Nigel Pinfield, Royal Observatory." Great name. They could have just gone all the way and done "Pinhead," though.
-- Loved the British Men of Letters "Wall of Winchester Weird." The family tree, the Leviathans. Toni has a small son. I'm sure that will be important, somehow.
-- When the old woman in the beautiful CGI conservatory was feeding the pigeons and talking to Amara, all I could think of was that they'd brought in the Birdwoman from Mary Poppins.
-- A few seasons ago, I thought they were working up to bringing Mary Winchester back. Maybe it was on the back burner and they finally got around to it.
-- If Lady Toni didn't have such a hate-on for the Winchesters, she could be a huge help in fighting evil. Money, private jet, a lot more than an old bunker and an Impala. Okay, the Winchesters also have powerful allies. The powerful-est.
-- The angels refused to help save the world. They chose to die with dignity. Dicks.
-- Can a reaper really reap God? Aren't reapers a creation of God's?
Rowena: "So that was a gun in your pocket."
Crowley: "Well, that was a complete and utter dog's breakfast, wasn't it?"
Castiel: "I didn't know dogs had breakfast."
Dean: "Cas is back."
Dean: "If you've got something for me to punch, shoot or kill, let me know and I'll do it. I'll do it until I die. But how are we supposed to fix the freaking sun?"
Rowena: "Now, Fergus was bright. Walked before his first birthday. But he hated pants. Hated them! He'd run around the village, his wee banger just flapping in the breeze."
Chuck: "Adam and Eve were the same way."
Chuck and Rowena: "Kids."
Crowley: "I'm so glad the world is ending."
Castiel: "You do live exciting lives."
Dean: "Yeah, that's one word for it."
Dean: "Get your Casper asses out here."
Sam: "You know what? You finish up. I'll go piss them off."
Dean: "I want a big funeral, all right? I'm talking epic. Open bar, choir, Sabbath cover band and Gary Busey reading the eulogy."
Dean: "Come on, you know the drill. No chick flick moments. Come on."
Sam: "Yeah, you love chick flicks."
Dean: "Yeah, you're right. I do."
Dean: "What about Earth?"
Chuck: "Earth will be fine. It's got you. And Sam."
Loved it. Season eleven was a strong one. Four out of four chick flick moments,
Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.