Warning - I do not like "Destiel" from the lazy combining of Dean and Castiel's names to the complete character re-writes it presumes. The jokes the writers have included in the last few episodes have gone beyond funny and are now outright irksome to me. Since this is going on my blog and not SpoilerTV, I feel no reason to hold back my feelings on the subject. So, if you are a "Destiel" fan, skip this because I'm frustrated and annoyed and wordy to the tune of a three paragraph rant against "Destiel".
Previously - Crowley tortured creatures and was awesome, Cas burned Crowley's bones, Bobby was infected with the herpes worm, Eve rose and did nothing, Dean and Sam went back to the Wild West for phoenix ashes to kill Eve, they are taking the fight to Eve
BEGIN DESTIEL RANT - I hate "Destiel" for many reasons. A minor irritation is that when you talk against "Destiel," some people assume you are homophobic and attack you, which makes no sense. I am also against Brennan and Booth getting together in Bones. Does that make me heterophobic too? It's a nonsense argument that ends conversations and keeps people from giving their true opinion. That in turn makes it seem like the small number of "Destiel" fans are actually larger than they are, which leads me to my main problem with "Destiel". Generally I take the Supernatural fandom with a grain of ghost-banishing rock salt. When "Destiel" first became prevalent online, I merely shook my head and rolled my eyes. However, the Supernatural crew has always had a tenuous relationship with its fan base. The same fans that band together and fight to win every online award out there also turn on the PTB with ferocity when they do not like the way the storyline is going. Now to appease the Castiel fanbase, it feels like they are throwing these fans bones everywhere. In fact, Cas' whole storyline feels more like something they added in just to keep Castiel fans happy. I am a big believer that the story should drive the casting not the other way around. Yes, Cas now has a huge role to play in the season's finale but for me angels have been the weakest part of season 6. I hope we are angel-free in season 7.
However the biggest reason why I hate "Destiel" is because it changes a fundamental feature of the characters and smacks of hypocrisy. Let's take arguably TV's current reigning homosexual couple - Kurt and Blaine on Glee. If people started talking about how Kurt really isn't gay but secretly loves Rachel, proving their point by the way they look at each other and that their hands touched, the vast majority would eye roll and head shake at crazy fans. Everyone's free to create any pairing they like on the internet and that goes for "Destiel" too. However, if the writers/producers of Glee wrote hints of this into the show to appease that small section of fans, people would riot. GLAAD would write articles and begin protests. People would argue that sexual preference is biological, not mutable. They would scream that being gay was an essential part of Kurt's identity and to change that changes the character. In short, it would be a mess and bewildering to the vast majority of Kurt fans who enjoy his character as a gay teen. The same thing goes for Supernatural. Dean and Sam's sexual preferences are set and a part of who they are, just like the fact that they are human. Imagine a small group of Supernatural fans decided Sam was a werewolf since he had a fling with Madison and sometimes goes out at night alone. If the show suddenly added one-liners to that effect just to tweak those fans, people would be outraged and confused. There is a place for fan fiction but that place is not on screen. I'm fine with people writing about "Destiel" and dreaming up ways to prove their point as long as it doesn't impact my show. All that does is make me wish for Castiel's death to stop it. END DESTIEL RANT
I like this episode more each time I see it, but it still has huge negatives among the plusses for me. I absolutely hate "Destiel" snippets and I hope these writers either find a funny joke or move off to write somewhere else. I'm sure other CW shows need a little controversy. I hear Gossip Girl has a scandal they can beat into the ground. I'm also tweaked about killing off Eve. Yes, she was a red herring and yes this season is done film noire style, but she was a good character and they are running out of Big Bads with the potential to be big and bad. That's my biggest criticism of season 5 and 6. Neither of them had a villain that was villainous. Lucifer cried through season 5 and Eve, well, if you blinked and you missed her. In an effort to surprise their audience (and many were not fooled by the Crowley-Castiel alliance), they have chopped up the season too much for anyone to actually fear the main mytharc. The only real question that remains is who is the season's real villain - Crowley or Castiel. My bet is on Crowley but I'd love for it to be Cas. Then the entire angel plotline won't feel like filler. They need to throw Sam's soul back into the mix for the next 3 episodes or the heaven civil war won't have anything to do with the Winchesters, making it pointless to me. My final criticism is the music. Yes, I'm repeating myself but they're doing odd things in the background this season. Plus, instead of buying rights to 70's/80's classic rock that first made me a fan, we're stuck with 70's/80's disco and pop. Blondie was perfect in My Heart Will Go On, but do the PTB understand they are making canon a very unusual mix of songs. SPN music purists will have a lot of explaining to do to their friends.
While those are in the negative column, there are lots of positives. First we had definitive answers which was what I wanted most in this episode. I still have questions but they're more specific than "What in Hades is going on?" like it was before. I loved Samantha Smith's monologue because she came off as psycho Texas cheerleader mom instead of whining crybaby loser like Lucifer. It was a strong scene made better by the acting, including great reaction shots by Jensen and Jared. I love how they turned in tandem to follow her as she moved from place to place. It allowed great shots of the two brothers absorbing what she said with the same amount of horror but with subtly different facial expressions. In the end I also liked how they brought Mary back without it being her. I dislike resurrecting characters usually because Supernatural does it so often. This time it really paid off. You could still tell it was Eve but putting a Mary face on her made things delightfully more intense. Best scene in the episode. Letting Dean be crafty and smart instead of just barely making it was another high point. I love Bobby and in no way do I want him to leave the show. (You hear that writers.) But it seems like more often, Bobby finds the answers and scolds them into doing best thing. I love their family unity but sometimes I miss Dean and Sam figuring things out on their own. Tonight Dean clearly came up with his own plan and didn't tell any of them about it. More importantly, it worked! When is the last time the Winchesters saved themselves instead someone else doing it for them? I understand Crowley mopped up the Silver kids mess and to be honest, I'm glad. I hate when Supernatural kills off kids, but if the Winchesters ever have to do it themselves, the fallout will not be pretty. Speaking of Crowley, his return was the best part. He's the snarky demon I love to hate and everything's better with Mark Sheppard. I can't wait to see where it all leads. With luck, Crowley will stay for season 7 since Eve obviously won't. I could handle the Winchesters pursuing him another year.
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