by Billie Doux
Just a little nephilim story to prepare us for a more important nephilim story further on down the line. We also got some new and interesting backstory for Castiel.
Alicia Witt guest starred as Lily Sunder, a brand new type of mystical character — a human woman who has kept herself alive with Enochian magic because of her need for revenge. The idea that a normal human could acquire and use the power of angels both as a weapon and as a way to extend her life was intriguing, while the idea that she had to trade little bits of her soul in order to use that magic was suitably creepy. Also intriguing and creepy was her angel eye. (I loved that Dean called her "Patches" and "One-eyed Willy.")
I'm not sure that I connected to Witt's performance, even though I understood that she was mostly unemotional because she was becoming soulless. I wonder if at some point she would have stopped caring about the death of her daughter May? Perhaps part of her already had, and she was only going through the motions. At least she didn't die at the end of the episode, which I was expecting. (I liked that Castiel told Lily that if she needed to kill him, he'd understand and he'd be waiting.) Maybe she'll be back, and as an ally. With Rowena still hanging around the Supernaturalverse, that would give us two extremely powerful, immortal redheads waiting in the wings, wouldn't it?
Since many angels turn out to be jerks, what happened with Castiel's old commander Ishim shouldn't have been a surprise. But I've been thinking about it, and the details didn't work for me. Way back when, Lily was obsessed with angels and managed to summon one —Ishim — and he fell in love with her. I got that. But what happened then? Were they ever actually lovers? Was it just that he was controlling and abusive? Ishim was certainly something of an angel supremacist, snidely calling humans all sorts of ape-related names, so he was probably a huge disappointment to Lily... or did Ishim turn all anti-human because of Lily's rejection? There was also a tantalizing mention about Ishim cutting out his own soul. I thought angels didn't have souls.
So in order to punish Lily for running away with Akobel, an angel who wasn't her lover but was simply protecting her, Ishim told his "flight" that Lily's daughter May was a nephilim and led them in a mission to destroy her. But then the entire flight had to wait outside the house while Ishim killed May. This all seemed convoluted to me. Why wouldn't Ishim simply kill Lily herself? Wouldn't it have made a lot more sense dramatically if May had actually been a nephilim, and Ishim's daughter?
It was also a bit of a stretch that Lily waited all those years simply in the hope that someday the angels would fall and she'd be able to kill them. How did she know that would happen during her extended lifetime, after many millennia of it not happening?
(Honestly, I didn't know I was going to pick apart this episode until I started writing. As my mother used to say, "You'll have this.")
For me, the best thing about "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets" was Castiel as a blue-eyed woman back in 1901. I only wish we'd gotten more, because I have so many questions. We know that angels have gender, and they sometimes aren't picky about the sex of their vessels (the teaser with the angel Benjamin and his female vessel was a bit of foreshadowing), but how long was Castiel in a female vessel? What happened to her? Is Castiel actually a male angel to begin with? Have they ever said so, one way or another? Correct me if I'm wrong (twelve seasons!) but I don't think they have. Please, Supernatural Powers That Be, I want more about Castiel's past now. A lot more. Pretty please?
The episode began with tension between Dean and Castiel because of Billie's death and the possibility of "cosmic consequences" (loved the scene in the car). At least we got past that tension, and it ended with Dean and Castiel pretty much back to where they were. But Castiel just followed up killing a reaper with killing another angel. Will there be even more cosmic consequences? How many cosmic consequences could there be?
This week wasn't centered on Sam, but I loved how he acted as the Destiel referee and how he predicted exactly when Dean would lose it and storm into the diner. And honestly, my favorite bit in the entire episode was when Sam jammed himself into the booth with Dean and Castiel. It was a perfect little bit of physical comedy. And how Dean folded his arms and confronted Ishim. I do love my Winchesters. But you knew that.
-- Ian Tracey (Ishim) also played a hunter named Lee Chambers in a season seven episode called "Adventures in Babysitting." Plus he played a terrific continuing character on another series I reviewed, Continuum.
-- Ishim liked sugar. I enjoyed that little character bit Ian Tracey did with the sugar packets.
-- Ishim and Lily received similar wounds and were both healed in much the same way with angel magic. Maybe a bit of a reminder about their initial connection?
-- No news about Kelly Kline and her Rosemary's baby. And Mary was again out of the picture, hunting shapeshifters in Atlanta.
-- This week: the MoL bunker; Orono, Maine in 1901; and wherever the Hotel Mallobar and The Wright Spot were. I especially liked the look of the deserted church that Ishim called a "safe house."
Sam: "I don't think we've got the kind of mom who's gonna stay home and make us chicken soup for dinner."
But still, Mary should have taken them up on their offer to help with the case. Why didn't she?
Dean: "Billie said there would be cosmic consequences if that deal got broken. Do you have any idea what that means?"
Dean: "Neither do I, but I'm pretty sure it ain't jelly beans and G-strings."
Castiel: "If I plan to do anything else stupid, I'll let you know."
Sam: "So what's the plan?"
Dean: "We knock on her door, ask her nicely not kill any more angels."
Sam: "And if she says no?"
Dean: "We burn that bridge when we come to it."
I thought I liked this one when I first watched it, but then its flaws kept popping into my head. Two out of four jelly beans and G-strings,
Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.