It seems like just yesterday Supernatural left us with that oh-so-dramatic curveball, and now we’re back. Here’s hoping for a year filled with guest character PoCs and women who don’t die or turn evil. (What, I can dream, can’t I?)
Meet the New Boss: Or, The One Where Castiel Turns Into A Wrathful God, Sam’s Brain Is Scrambled Like Eggs and Dean’s A River In Egypt (Or Maybe the Hoover Dam)
Okay, keep in mind that I find the Castiel as God thing difficult to take seriously. I admit my slant. I just can’t, especially when they have a church ala the Westboro Baptist “protest at gay weddings and funerals” woman being interviewed after “God” strikes down their hypocritical pastor say things like, “He was young. And sexy!” That’s some LOLtastic stuff right there. (Because of the type of church they were imitating I find it hard to believe she’d say that on camera or at all, not that Misha Collins isn’t a fine looking man.)
I think she and the corrupt Senator (gee, who was her real life persona supposed to be?) might have been the only women with speaking parts, too. True, it could have been worse. Ahem. They could have been in nighties and barefoot, which I am sure we will get at some point during the course of this season, right? Supernatural has a thing for white nighties.
Poor Sam. They’re handling the Hell flashbacks very well, I think. Every time they happened, I actually had a visceral reaction and they’re keeping me off balance, which I think is the point. I almost always like Sam in episodes, and this one was no exception. Of course he was going to be the one who can get that Castiel was still Castiel in there somewhere. It made sense to me that he would reach out, especially after seeing how much of downer Dean was. BUT WHERE DID HE GO AFTER HALLUCINATION!LUCIFER INTIMATED NOTHING WAS REAL AND HE WAS STILL IN HELL? AND WHY DOES DEAN NOT SEEM ALL THAT CONCERNED? I know, no time. But in the past, Dean would have seen Sam was having hallucinations or at least that something was amiss, and FCOL, Bobby walked in on the tail end of one. Every time Sam lies, he’s incredibly breezy and his responses are too fast.
“You all right?”
“Yeah! Of course I am!” *quick smile*
Also: who sends a guy who’s admitted to having hallucinations down a dark, scary hallway alone? Daft, both Bobby and Dean are daft.
Speaking of Dean, he seemed really off to me, like I didn’t buy anything in Jensen Ackles’ performance. This is unusual for Supernatural, and for him. He seemed … expository. I mean, he looked beautiful while doing it, but the whole episode left me feeling kind of flat toward him. I think maybe it was the hissy fit “we’re all going to die and OMG Sammy lied to me again” booze and porn party he threw himself that tipped me over the edge. He did manage to improve toward the end, except for the whole letting Hallucination Prone!Sam off on his own, and then not notice the quick trip down the hall to fetch a jar of blood was taking an awfully long time…
Sorry. Show’s about the brothers for me, so I get a little worked up. Where was I?
Crowley. It’s always good to see him, kind of. In that keep the enemies close way. To Sam, who inquired who his new boss was, “Castiel, you giraffe.” LOL.
Good to see Death again too. Not sure what they were thinking, summoning it there with two civilians tied up and watching. That whole bit was weird. At least this time, he was more explicit with what the protozoa were supposed to do. You’d think an entity as old as Death would have figured that out eons ago.
Bobby I can only give half a heart to, because of how fast he started to kneel to Castiel and because he flipping saw Sam coming out of a hallucination and apparently didn’t find it odd at all to find the guy crouched in a defensive stance in a perfectly harmless basement.
BABY LIVES. Seriously, I believe that is the most vital and important thing to come out of this episode, even if it’s frightfully sad that Show’s only main female character is a 1967 Chevy Impala who has now had two major plastic (er, metal?) surgeries. Her hood looks fiiiiine again.
Leviathan. Really? And here I thought it couldn’t get more ridiculous than Castiel as God, they go and kill Castiel and make him an apparently psychotic Biblical sea monster possessing Castiel né Jimmy Novak (who is dead, right? am I remembering that?) instead. Again, the end of the episode trying to keep my eyes from rolling out of my head. On the plus side, at least Misha will get to play something different, which is good for him. I’m hoping for some good stuff, and that my eyerolling will cease.
So, let’s see. Two women with speaking roles, one dead (amidst a campaign office populated by a lot of women, also dead) and one gushing about a handsome man. One PoC with a minor speaking role, also dead. Dean watching Busty Asian Beauties or whatever porn.
Yep, it’s still Supernatural.