Previously, we went back to season 5 to get caught up. Sam saved the world by being Satan (still sounds weird), Cas went to heaven to lead a civil war (yep, weird too), Raphael leads the other side, burning holy oil is an angel's devil's trap, Sam was soulless, AlphaVamp cried Purgatory, Crowley wanted it, everyone from Death to Fate talked souls, Eve turned into Mary to say Crowley was alive (yippee!!!) before dying herself, and Crowley confirmed that Cas and he are working together. Nice to see you Crowley. Fweh..that's a lot of back story for one 42 minute show.
Cas opens in a park/forest talking to..um..someone. He goes through evolution and the Old Testament - that's quite a combo. However, "the most remarkable event" didn't take place - the Apocalypse. True, but it would've been nice if something happened last season. (Sorry still grousing over the LamePocalypse.) He extols Dean and Sam and says the Apocalypse was averted by "two boys, an old drunk, and a fallen angel." Don't forget a non-existent budget. Oh and the Bobby reference - bwah! Cas declares they "ripped up the ending and the rules and destiny, leaving nothing but freedom and choice, which is all well and good except…" Cas questions if he did the right thing. I celebrate the montage added to the monologue. Go Ben Edlund. Cas says he's getting ahead of himself but I'm still puzzled who he is talking to. God? Us? Person stage left? Who knows? "Let me tell you my story. Let me tell you everything." Then Cas looks directly at the fans so he must be talking to God because that fourth wall already shattered this year. Speaking of shattering, so does the title card glass.
Dean's eyes fill with tears and I'm surprised at the vulnerability he's showing. Usually this is where he hardens up and gets hateful. "You should have come to us for help Cas." Cas: "Maybe. It's too late now. I can't turn back now. I can't." Dean counters that it's not too late; it's never too late. (Except it is for me because it's approaching 2 am and I've suddenly got 3 Days Grace singing in my head. Great song.) Dean: "Damn it Cas we can fix this." He's still wants to help but Cas vows it's not broken. Are you kidding? That's delusional if he can't see how badly screwed up it is. He won't even listen to his options. Even Dean admitted that selling his soul was wrong; he just didn’t care. Dean's about to argue but he's cut off by the demon swarm that surrounds them. Cas tells them to run and they do, but Dean hesitates to look back at Cas. I would have bet he was going to release Cas but he doesn't and I'm shocked. I'm also shocked that running works because there were quite a few demons on the radar. What would keep them from each taking a Winchester and leaving Cas to deal with the others? I guess the Winchesters are still off limits.
This is a strange episode for me because I started off liking it. It wouldn't be in my top 5 but it wasn't in my bottom 10 either. I thought it was good for Supernatural, great for TV as a whole. However, the more I watch it the less it grips me and usually I feel the opposite about Supernatural episodes. I thought the acting was top-notch, even better than usual. Misha Collins did a phenomenal job and Mark Sheppard stole every scene he was in like usual. I thought Jensen's facial expressions as he went from hopeful to betrayed to resigned captured every moment perfectly, while Jared did an excellent job at showing the struggle between his reason and supporting his brother. Jim Beaver is always fabulous and made me scared of Bobby the torturer. I also loved how we got answers to long burning questions. No, we don't know everything including how souls power anything, but we know a whole lot more than we did and I'm interested to see how the Crowley-Castiel partnership fares. I'm guessing it sinks faster than the Titanic and Balthy isn't going to unsink this one. I'm also intrigued by how many of Castiel's followers feel the same way Rachel did, because this secret's not going to hold forever. Raphael has to be ganked this season, but who will do it if Castiel's followers abandon him or try to kill him too. There are a lot of intriguing questions left for the last 2 episodes and I find myself more excited about them than ever.
This biggest problem I have with this episode, and probably why I like it less each time I see it, is the constant talking. I can't remember another episode that had this much monologue and dialogue and internal exposition. It had drama and internal strife, but so do a lot of business budget meetings and I don't want to watch them. The key to good TV is show not tell but there was very little action in this episode. The constant stopping to narrate or even worse recap what we just saw stopped the episode flow and made it boring for me, especially the second and third times I watched it. This was the third to last episode, and while we did get lots of movement on the mytharc there wasn't much actual movement. To me, it would have been a better choice earlier in the season because the only thing I really came away feeling strongly about is that the angel storyline must die. I don't want to hear a whisper of the heavenly host in all of season 7. To me, they are played out, too powerful, and just plain boring. This episode only strengthened that opinion.
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