Friday night is a dilemma for me. I have no life, so that’s never on the menu – but what is, is Supernatural and Fringe, both on at the same blimmin’ time. Curses. I tend to opt for Supernatural, because Fringe is made available on Hulu the day after it airs.
Don’t read if you don’t want weird, rambling spoilers.
I remain as spoiler free for Supernatural as possible. I had no idea what was coming – but I knew something was up when Dean and Sam did Rock Paper Scissors and Sam lost. Sam never loses! I wasn’t quite sure until they got in the car (nice license plate!) and mentioned “she”. Then I knew there was some weird wrong reality stuff going on. Dean would never drive a Mustang with racing stripes. Ever. And I knew Ellen would be on soon.
It was good to see her, truly. I know I was one of those who really didn’t care much for Ellen when she was first introduced – I thought the intro of Ellen and Jo Harvelle was colossally ill-timed, and the whole Roadhouse was ill-conceived. Unfortunately, just as both Ellen and Jo were becoming more rounded characters, Supernatural dropped them. And brought on two more ill-conceived characters instead (both female, both ended up dead as well), but I digress. But toward the end, I really, really liked Ellen and I hated that they only brought her back last year to kill her off senselessly.
Much as it was nice to see Ellen, the Bobby/Ellen marriage kind of squicked me, and it also felt like a cheap ploy because at the end of the day she had to die all over again anyway. Rather, disappear. Plus, they tossed in some mother hen stuff for Ellen, which was true to her character but was eh.
Bobby drinks too much no matter what timeline he’s in.
It never fails to surprise me that when faced with saving a bunch of people versus saving the people they know and love, all the characters know what the right course of action is, and consistently choose the selfish route instead. It’s like they’re goldfish hitting the bowl over and over and over and OVER and they never learn. Mind you, I don’t blame them for reacting that way – they’re (most of ‘em) only human, after all. At the same time, it’s completely daft. I think the only time they’ve ever done it the right way was when Sam tossed himself in the Pit to stop Lucifer from bringing the apocalypse.
Oh hai, Robert Rothman! Good to see you meet another senseless end.
I liked Fate. I mean, it’s unpleasant to watch all these random, weird deaths, but I could see exactly why she was doing it. I could also see her point about getting screwed out of her job when the apocalypse went buh-bye. What I did not like was how the men in the show characterized her (and, to some extent, how Ellen described her). Capricious, really? There was very little random or whimsical in her behavior. Balthazar created a giant, massive problem and she was attempting to fix it. (I did become a little confused about the souls – are they valuable when they’re in people, or when they’re dead? She wouldn’t kill people knowing it would only feed Castiel’s thingamabob, right? Maybe someone can clear that up for me.) Do I like her for gunning for Sam and Dean? No, but her doing so wasn’t any of the adjectives Castiel used to describe her. Or, her actions wouldn’t have been described as such if she were a he. I’M JUST SAYING. She had reasons for everything she did. Solid, mostly logical reasons.
This, though, made me laugh:
Dean: What did she look like?
Sam: She kind of looked like a librarian.
Dean: Your kind of librarian or my kind of librarian?
Sam: Well, she had clothes on, if that’s what you mean.
Now, Castiel. I know a huge portion of Supernatural fandom adores him, and I’ve always been more of the lukewarm sort. Haha, some would say I’m a hating hater that hates, but that’s not true. When most say he’s being a badass, I see him being inconsistent and slightly duplicitous. Well, tonight I flat out didn’t like him. Not only did he orchestrate the whole clustereff of the Titanic being “unsunk” for completely ignoble reasons, but then he lied about it to keep his good standing with Sam and Dean. I think what he’s taken about “free will” is that anything goes. Anything does go, within reason. You still have to be a good person. And farming 50,000 souls is not within reason. No, I don’t feel bad for him. No, I don’t think he’s a woobie. No, I don’t think him being on the losing side in his war in heaven is a good reason for him to pull that kind of crap. He is not the same as Fate.
His conversation with Fate while Sam and Dean were under whatever that was falling toward them was extremely telling – and she was absolutely correct. About everything. That is not the version of events Sam and Dean got, though. When it all got reset because in that game of poker Fate had the winning hand, what did our angel relay to our boys? That Fate is a bitch, basically, and then owned up to piss-all in the whole affair.
Yes, bad juju is comin’ on that storyline’s front.
So, we got Ellen back (but not really, just teasing you! She’s going to stay blowed to smithereens for no reason, kthanxbai) and Fate is a bitch (their words, not mine) who needs to be killed. Plus, they got in some nasty crack about Celine Dion – who I don’t particularly care for as an artist, but come on. Pretending the reasoning behind unsinking the Titanic just so the movie and Celine’s song never get made (and her career never takes off) was silly. Let’s hear it for Supernatural’s stance on women!
See, it sounds like I didn’t enjoy the episode. I actually did. There was plenty to love as well, but Supernatural is a show that has many, many, MANY issues with women and race, issues I think will never actually be addressed in any satisfactory way. Then why do you watch, SBG? Well. Okay. It’s like this: 1) eye candy – have you seen Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles?; 2) often unpleasant to contemplate storylines and ideas that are at the same time very compelling, and 3) I don’t know how to quit.