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Heaven or Hell No!

Dean and Sam, revelations

Dean and Sam, revelations

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a Supernatural that left me more conflicted about how I felt about it.  I loved aspects and hated aspects and I’m not sure which end I came out on.  The final few minutes of the episode were it’s best and left me with a more positive feeling than I would have had had they not happened.  I’m going to do what I did for the last episode and do a what I liked, what I hated and what I’m unsure about so we can see what went wrong and what went right.

Shirtless Dean, there is a god!

Something that went very right, shirtless Dean, there is a god!

Things I Hated:

  • All Ruby, all the time.  Dear god, we had to endure her screwing Sam in the last episode and in this one she got to heroically sacrifice herself to help Anna and the Winchesters.  She turned herself over to Alastair knowing that she’d be tortured and then she led him to where the boys and the angels were waiting.  There was never really a moment where I believed that she was possibly pulling a double cross, and I hold the actress responsible for that.  The elements were there, they just weren’t believable.
  • Ruby naked, strapped to a bed and tortured.  Really?  I had to see that?  If you’re going to give me gratuitous nudity, it damn well better be Dean and Sam.  It was so not necessary to have her naked in that scene.  As you can see, Ruby bugs me still!
  • Alastair!  What a damn disappointment he was.  In the last episode he seemed like he had great potential, but in this one, the actor was channeling some sad combination of Hannibal Lector and Marlon Brando that just didn’t work at all.  He should have been twisted and great but he sounded so idiotic that I couldn’t get involved in any scene he was in.
  • Too much angel aspect.  I never thought I’d say that, seeing as I adore Castiel and Uriel, but it was kind of angel overload to me, finding out all about Anna’s grace and her reasoning for giving up being angel.  Because she couldn’t feel?  I would understand if she was given some orders she was conflicted about, and I get that they used it to tie into Dean’s feelings about hell, but I just wasn’t feeling that angle at all.
  • The sex scene.  I mean, I loved certain aspects, shirtless Dean, but I wasn’t blown away by the chemistry of the coupling,which should be illegal when shirtess Jensen Ackles is involved.  I hated seeing Anna on top of Dean with her bra on, lose the bra in sex scenes, shoot around it.  Pet peeve of mine.  I also did not care for the hand on the steamy window, it was cheesy.  But I did appreciate shirtless Dean.
  • Dean again having to thank Ruby for her help.  I do not like it.  The tension is still there but the hate is gone and I dislike that.
  • The reveal that Anna was an angel, it fell rather flat when she matter of factly announced it after all the hullabaloo of not wanting to reveal her father to Pamela.  She just thanks her and says I know now.  Borrrrrring.
  • The angels again threatening Dean with banishment to hell.  The more times they do it, the less powerful and scary that it is.
  • The fight scene between the angels and demons.  Throwing punches?  Where’s the smiting?
Sex in the Impala

Sex in the Impala

Things I’m very conflicted about:

  • Anna being an angel.  On the one hand, it is definitely interesting and explains her telekinesis and ability to hear the angels.  On the other hand, why couldn’t she just be an ordinary person with something extraordinary happening?  Of course, I’m glad she’s an angel and thus won’t be around, though we could of course see her again.  I don’t know where I come out on this one.  A lot of people are infuriated about it, which I am not, but I’m not thrilled either.
  • Anna’s grace.  Uriel picked it up and kept it on a chain around his neck?  I don’t get why he was hellbent on not letting her have it back.  Just cause he wanted to kill her?
  • Ruby’s push to get Sam to use his powers again, she mentions that he needs to tone up and he knows what to do.   What was that all about?  Is Sam doing something even worse that we don’t know yet?
  • Sam’s utter willingness to kill the angels to save Anna.  That is actually pretty cool, more of a sign of his impending darkness I guess.
Anna puts her hand over Castiel's handprint

Anna puts her hand over Castiel's handprint.

Things that were awesome:

  • Uriel throwing Ruby into the wall.  It was not a good episode for Ruby physically now was it?  Thrown into a wall, tortured…etc.  Too bad it was just another way to prop her as the good demon with the heart of gold.  I really really want there to be more to it than her just helping Sam.
  • The way that Anna dispatched of Castiel and Uriel with some weird blood on the mirror command thingy.  It was pretty awesome the way they just randomly disappeared.
  • The return of Bobby’s iron panic room thingy.  I like that place.
  • “Dude, you’re confusing reality with porn again.”  FABULOUS.  That happened twice, once when Dean referred to the plumber snaking the drain and the other when he was talking about having an angel and a demon in the backseat and how it was like something out of Penthouse.  “Dude…Reality…porn…” Great lines for Sammy.  And Dean’s “You call this reality?” was cute too.
  • The return of Pamela, the horny blind psychic.  Grabbing Sam’s ass and flirting away, I would have loved to have seen her car ride up with Dean, since she wanted him bad the time they met.  The milky white eyeball thing freaked me out, but was a funny effect.
  • The fact that Anna was Castiel and Uriel’s boss.  That’s kinda funny and maybe why Uriel is so hellbent on hurting her.  It felt like Cass had some real feelings for her even though they’re not supposed to have any.  Uriel seems to have anger though, so I don’t know how to read any of this.
  • The mention of the battle as Godzilla vs. Mothra, because anything that reminds me of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a good thing.
  • Dean’s feelings are overrated discussion with Anna.  He really doesn’t want to feel anymore and can’t fathom why she would give up being angel for that.  Neither can I really, though I do want to feel.  It was cute that her mention of sex derailed his argument.  My Dean!  That’s one feeling he wouldn’t want to give up.
  • Anna telling Dean she knew what he did in hell and touching his face and telling him to forgive himself.  The way Dean stumbled over his words and told her he couldn’t talk about it and she understood but reminded him he had people who would listen and not judge when he was ready.
  • Sex in the Impala.  While it wasn’t nearly as hot as it should have been, it was still Jensen Ackles getting undressed, which is never a bad thing.  The appropriate “I’m Ready For Love” was a nice touch.  Anna putting her hand over Castiel’s handprint was also cool and kinda sexy.  I know I put the sex in both the loved and hated categories but that’s genuinely how I felt about it.
  • Uriel’s confrontation with Dean.  I love the alpha male pissing contest the two of them have.  Plus Uriel told Dean that Castiel likes him, which I find kinda cute.  Dean calling Uriel a Ken Doll and junkless made me laugh.  They have a beautiful balance of menace and snark in the scenes between the two.  Loved to see Dean steel himself and tell Uriel to go ahead and send him back to hell.  His face and eyes said so much.
  • The fact that Dean’s love for Sam still eclipses everything, he was willing to lead the angels to Anna for Sam.  Yes, I know it was all part of Sam’s plan, which I also did love, get the angels and demons in the same place and let them fight one another while we sit back and see who wins.  I think, though, that if there was no plan and Dean had to save Sam, he would.
  • Anna calling Dean on drinking beer early in the morning.  I’m getting worried about our boys penchant for the alcohol this season.
  • The fact that Anna didn’t seem to be in on the plan.  Sam even played it like he didn’t know that Dean was going to lead the way to Anna.  I thought that was effective.  Castiel again looked very unhappy about his assignment.  I wonder if he’s going to be a fallen angel as well.
  • Alastair being too strong for Castiel.  That was an interesting development.  Loved that Dean saved him by smashing Alastair over the head.  Alastair telling him about the promise he had, quite the revelation in the midst of battle.
  • Anna’s grace being returned to her and being what wiped out Alastair.  The bright white flash was pretty cool, followed by the silence.
Anna becomes an angel again

Anna becomes an angel again

Thing so incredible it deserves it’s own spot:

  • Dean’s revelation of his time in hell to Sam.  Firstly it was beautifully done, both boys on the Impala drinking a beer, Dean’s back to Sam.  Dean tells Sam he knows he heard what Alastair said about him having promise and asks him if he’s not curious.  Sam admits that he is but he said he wouldn’t push.  Dean tells Sam that it wasn’t 4 months, it was 40 years in hell.  Every single day he was ripped to shreds, tortured in every way imaginable, and at the end of the day he was made whole again, only to repeat the process every day.  For 30 years.  Alastair kept offering him the chance to stop being tortured and become the torturer.  One day, Dean finally broke and gave in.  He ripped countless souls apart.  Sam tries to point out that he held out for a long time and that’s longer than anyone else would have.  Dean just cries (Sam is teary eyed as well) and tells Sam that the feelings he has inside him are more or less tearing him apart and how he wishes he couldn’t feel anything.  This of course parallels to Anna wanting to feel and giving up being an angel in order to do so.  The episode ends on that note, with both brothers more or less destroyed by what happened to Dean, neither looking at one another.
  • Jensen knocked that final scene out of the park, as did Jared with his minimal time.  He looked so devastated for his brother and his eyes showed the pain he felt at what Dean was saying and how Dean felt.  Sam doesn’t feel that Dean did anything wrong, you can tell, but knows that Dean does.
  • This is the first episode of SN that made me cry, watching Dean cry as he talked about what he did and not wanting to remember it and not wanting to feel anymore.  This scene played as powerfully as I imagined it would and I’m really glad they did it now, instead of revealing it much later.  I also think it can play into Sam’s presumed decent into darkness, wanting to make Lillith pay even more for what happened to Dean.  His brother was tortured in hell and the memory of the torture he inflicted is torturing him inside right now; I could see Sam adding that to his thirst for vengeance.
  • Kudos again to Jensen Ackles for that scene though.  He made me feel Dean’s pain and regret in a way that very few actors have ever been able to do.
Dean cries as he reveals his time in hell

Dean cries as he reveals his time in hell

So that’s all the Supernatural we get until January 15th, which coincidentally is my birthday, so happy birthday to me!  That’s a long time to go without seeing my Winchester’s, but I’ll deal as best as I can.  I think I probably ended up liking this episode, thanks to that final scene I discussed above.  It was so powerful.  I’ll either be back with more SN blogs in Jan or I’ll do some on the first few episodes of the season if they re-air them.  As those were among my faves, I’d love to talk about them, so we’ll see what they show in reruns and go from there.  I can’t go 6 weeks without Dean and Sam, this much I know!  I leave you with some more pics from the episode, which while not the best, was filled with some beautiful scenes.

Sam fights tears as well.

Sam fights tears as well.

Dean, getting some!

Dean, getting some!

Dean snarks on Uriel

Dean snarks on Uriel

Another shot of Dean telling Sam about hell

Another shot of Dean telling Sam about hell

Boys and their beer

Boys and their beer

Castiel's surprise at Anna's re-angelifying

Castiel surprised watching Anna re-angelify

A final beautiful shot of Jensen Ackles

A final beautiful shot of Jensen Ackles

All pics from supernaturalseries.com and The CW.

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