Hiya! A day late and a dollar short here, but this was the first chance I had to watch the last two Supernatural episodes for this season.
This will be very brief, because I’m exhausted from a day of travel, two days of a bit too much drinking, meeting a fellow Hathorian face-to-face (waves!), and fixing an apartment that suffered at the hands of disgruntled pets. Never go in against a male orange and white tabby when food is on the line.
Let It Bleed (6×21):
Okay, I’ve never been a huge fan of Dean’s instafamily. I like Lisa and Ben, it’s how the relationship came about that really skeeves me. Even now, it feels like they were Dean’s “reward” for fighting the good fight for so long and eeeeeh. Not for me. However, I think what happened to them in this episode goes well beyond that. Here’s the thing: in fantasy land, it would be better for Lisa and Ben to not remember Dean at all. In reality, not knowing him does not preclude him having feelings and being concerned for them. So now if someone wants to use them they 1) won’t have any idea what’s going on and the trauma will be even worse and 2) they have no one to call for help.
Basically, they were both shoved in refrigerators and Dean was the one to to it. No, they’re not dead, but they might as well be. They will not be spoken of again. (WTF, Dean, Sam was right – it is not all right to wipe them like that). The refrigeration also came after torturing and killing a dozen or so humans possessed by demons. Oh, Supernatural. Will you ever change? Rhetorical.
Now, I did like bits of this one, mind you. I hated that it was happening, but Dean during the scene where they had to get Lisa out was very badass in a John Winchester kind of way.
Bobby is total love, but he looks so ODD without his baseball cap on. LOL. It’s nice that he can hack it out in the field as well as being the font of all knowledge.
Loved Ellie (Dr. Visyak) and that she came out of Purgatory but was a “good” monster. I knew then, of course, that she would be dead soon. Just a gut feeling, drawn from years of Supernatural experience.
Okay, the HP Lovecraft stuff was kind of cute.
They won’t get with Castiel’s badwickednaughty plan, so Castiel is the victim here. They really laid that on thick with this episode and the next (it all kind of bleeds for me at the moment – no pun – so if there’s comingling of funds, please do not audit me), which of course only makes it more and more clear to the viewer that Castiel is not the victim here so much as someone who was handed the keys to a Ferrari and told not to drive it. Except he wants to drive it, so everyone who thinks he shouldn’t is mean and why does everyone hate him. It’s like grade school on steroids in his head, I’d imagine. I am not saying this to knock him, that’s just how it reads to me.
I almost said, “thank goodness!” when Sam came in to tell Dean to take a break from the demon torturing, because I thought he’d mention, y’know, the people in there. But then I couldn’t because he was just offering to take over for a spell. I’m actually kind of glad Dean was being a martyr there. At least one of our boys wasn’t a grand inquisitor.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (6×22)
It didn’t take me long to figure out it was wonky. Got it before Sam shot at himself. What woman would not only not try to call the cops or something if some 6’4″ guy running from the cops breaks in and begs you (even with potent puppy eyes) to give him a moment to think? Right. Not only that, but she decides to give him a beer, listen to his tale, and drive him around. The dream was no surprise. I did like the bartender. Don’t think she had a name (I think I shall call her Jo Lupo), but then Soulless!Sam clearly didn’t care about names. Shoot the hostage, Keanu. Another fleeting guest female character bites it, or, technically, bit it before we met her.
Anyway, that’s not what I’m confused about. We get Sam chasing himself in dreamscape, trying to put himself back together and that seems like a pretty HUGE freaking thing, right? Apparently, not so much. Once he’s all put back together, all we really get to see is him staggering. He clutches his head once with the hellfire scene, etc. and that’s it for now. Assuming that’s going to play in a bit next year, it was very WTF for me when the episode’s climax was about Castiel and Crowley and Raphael opening Purgatory, etc. Which is as it should be, mind you, but so much time spent in Sam’s head was … odd timing. It felt like the Supernatural writers suddenly realized they hadn’t touched the whole Hell dam in Sam’s head and had to toss it in real quick at the end.
I dunno. It was very fast paced, but disjointed and confusing. Like, crappy to have it be so Dean and Bobby have to leave Vegetable!Sam all alone to figure things out. Sure, Dean left a note. But good grief, the guy was having grand mal seizures and who knows what else. It did make me feel better to hear Dean say at the end that he’d probably lost Sam already, in a morbid way I don’t quite know how to put into words. I guess, knowing that Dean didn’t WANT to leave Sam there alone.
See, my gut was totally right about Ellie dying. Chilling to hear her say Crowley’s torture was all right, but when Castiel took over… Until this point, I think we were all content to think Castiel was very hands off with all of that. He probably was until the “betrayals” flipped a bad switch.
BABY! Please be okay, Baby. Supernatural isn’t Supernatural without you, and I think you ought to write something in your contract about not getting destroyed in finales ever again.
Raphael is a smokin’ hottie, btw. I knew he had to go, which makes the casting all the more troublesome for me. Both actors that tackled the role did amazing work. That’s not the issue. It’s that they’re both POCs who ultimately played the villain of the piece who had to die, and so died. We’ve never seen that happen on television, ever, have we? Except for everywhere.
You had to know Crowley wouldn’t just flee. Castiel knew it too, clearly. He had it all plotted out, and I’ve no doubt at some point it was a well-intentioned plan. It’s the same power story we’ve seen on Supernatural (and other places) about power corrupting. And, boy, does it corrupt when it comes to angels. Castiel’s full of bad juju now, and goodness knows how The Singer Winchester Company, LLC is going to stop him.
Of course, the ending was to be dramatic, but I tended more toward what the hell did I just watch? on the first run. With any luck, someone else watched this week and can share their perspective!