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Sorry I didn’t post on Supernatural last week.  That episode didn’t do a lot for me personally, although I did feel sorry for Bobby, yet again.  I’ve pretty much prepared myself for his death this season so there weren’t any real surprises.  What did surprise me was the lack of follow up from the last episode that we got to see.  You know, the one where Sam was all hopped up on demon blood again and Dean’s soul was crushed?  Did Sam just get all better and we have nothing to worry about yet again?  WTF?  That annoyed me so I didn’t blog it.

This week though..damn you show.  How fucking low do you have to drag Dean before you actually lift him up again?  I cried, again, at the utter misery that is his existence and the desolate hopelessness that he feels.  And now Cas is along for that ride!  Just…damn it.  That’s really all I can say about it.

We opened with two hunters waking Sam & Dean and blowing Sam away rather quickly.  One wanted to spare Dean but the other pointed out that having a pissed off Dean Winchester on their asses probably wasn’t a good idea.  Dean backed that up as well and told him to shoot him.  We all know Dean doesn’t want to live without Sam, we’ve seen it a billion times before.  This time, they got to die together.

And of course, though they may have been together, their heavens were miles apart.  Dean’s best memories, his heaven, was shooting off fireworks with Sam and getting the crust cut off his bread by his mother.  Sam’s were having his first Thanksgiving with a real family and the time he ran away (leaving Dean to wallow in guilt and the wrath of John) and the day he left to go to college.

Watching Dean realize that was just a gut punch to end all gut punches.  And Sam tried to apologize, to remind him that it was the two of them against the world, but all Dean could see was that Sam was happiest away from him.  Sam got to see that Dean was happiest with his family and that even at the ridiculous age of 3 or 4 he was still playing the peacemaker and trying to make everything right for his mother.  What an incredible character he is.  I wish more people recognized that, truly I do.

Dean, as always, soldiered on to find Joshua.  Josh is the only angel that God bothers to keep in touch with apparently.  Of course, Zachariah was in his element having the boys in heaven and was chasing them all over the place but they did have a little help from their friends.

I loved that we got to see Ash and Pamela again.  Loved it.  And I love that Ash’s idea of heaven was his life on earth, more or less.  I was rather sad that he didn’t know about Jo and Ellen but hopefully he’ll be able to find them and hook up.  He hasn’t found John and Mary either which I find rather interesting.  Maybe they’ll turn up elsewhere, huh?

Zachariah was a raging douche, as usual, but he is so very good at it.  My heart was crushed again when Mary got the yellow eyes and told Dean that she was happy to be rid of him and that even hell was better than being his mother.  Jensen was so beautiful in that moment.  I cried, again.  Then of course the boys got to watch Zach get touchy feely with their mother.  That was disgusting, to say the least.

And as if that all weren’t enough, Joshua shows up and takes the boys to the garden (Cleveland Botanical Garden, HA) and tells that that God wants them to stop looking for him and he’s just not interested in saving the world.  He’s just gonna hang out for awhile and let the war rage and that’s about it.  He didn’t want to hear a word they had to say and Joshua told them he was sorry and he was rooting for them and sent them back with their memories in tact.

It seems our boys died more than the times we’re aware of, because the way Zach and Joshua talked about it they’d been up there plenty of times but had their minds wiped.  I’m glad we didn’t have to see all that because I’ve seen enough of Dean dying to last me a lifetime.

Once back in their bloody bodies, Dean immediately reached for the phone and Cas was on the scene.  And there was another soul completely crushed.  Cas tried to hold on to the vein hope that Joshua was lying but Sam assured him that he wasn’t.  Then, heartbreak some more, Cas looked at the sky, said I believed in you, and gave the amulet back to Dean, the one that would lead them to God.  Before the boys could say anything, he vanished.

As if that wasn’t soul crushing enough, Dean took the amulet and held it over the trashcan for a minute before dropping it while Sam watched in disbelief.  It’s interesting that the God side of the equation, Dean and Cas, are so disheartened while the Lucifer side, Sam, still has some hope.  I’m not sure what that means exactly, though I do believe Dean will eventually find his will to fight again.  He has to.  It’s what he does.

But damned if I don’t understand why he’s ready to just say fuck it.  After all, it’s what God seems to have done.  And God was the only thing that Dean was holding onto anymore.  To the point that he was actually begging him for help.  And then God shits all over it through Joshua.  I’m actually angry at this fictional God!

Mad props to Jensen for his performance, yet again.  He broke my heart over and over this episode and the cherry on the top was Cas’ when he heard what God had to say.  Poignant as all hell.

I’m not going to try to analyze this one to death (til ram gets through with it anyway).  I’m just teary-eyed and hurt and touched beyond belief at my reaction to this show yet again.  Much, much better than last week.  Next week looks pretty interesting as well.  Not much more to this season left and still a lot to do and a lot more soul crushing to be wrought I imagine.  I hope I have the strength to endure it.  I now, ultimately, Dean does, no matter what he thinks and says right now.

I’ll post pictures when I feel like looking through them.  Too drained right now!

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Are you there, devil?  It's me, Sam Winchester!

Are you there, devil? It's me, Sam Winchester!

How sweet is it that my favorite returning fall show was the first to return?  The Pretty was back on my screen with a vengeance on Thursday night.  Vengeance, such a pretty word and rather fitting for Supernatural, no?  I loved the episode, naturally, so good to have our boys back.

Dean's expression matched my own, WTF were they doing in a plane as Lucifer rose?

Dean's expression matched my own, WTF were they doing in a plane as Lucifer rose?

Sympathy For The Devil picked up right where we left off last season, with Lucifer rising and our boys in much too close a proximity.  They can’t get out but all of a sudden they’re in an airplane confused as hell.  As was I, of course.  I assumed the angels had gotten our boys to safety but it seems a bigger boy has come out to play this season.  What’s Lucifer without God?

Sam tries several times to apologize for what he’s done but Dean isn’t having it.  I have to admit that I’m glad that the Sam/Dean tension is not going to magically disappear in their need to unite to fight the devil.  I’ll get more into Dean’s speech at the end later, because as usual it was powerful and moving and deserves it’s own discussion as I assume it’s going to be an overriding theme for much of the season.

Chuck!  No more needs to be said, I love him!

Chuck! No more needs to be said, I love him!

Who didn’t smile at the return of the Prophet Chuck?  There is something about that guy that just makes me light up.  I wish he’d go on the road with Sam and Dean, maybe as a new series (what, more Jensen is a bad thing?)  I love that the first thing he did was attack Sam as well.  What, he does deserve a little bit of a beat down doesn’t he?  Dean’s reaction to Sam’s full on Vader was interesting…does he think there’s a demon in his brother for real?

Dean's reaction to "Vader" Sam.  So much in that face.

Dean's reaction to "Vader" Sam. So much in that face.

Now, I knew going in that Misha Collins had been made a regular cast member, so news of Castiel’s smiting by the angels didn’t hit as hard as it could have had I not known or seen his name in the credits.  But still…it hurt to think about our Pretty Cas being smited by an archangel and exploding all over Chuck’s house.  I’m quite glad we were not subjected to the sight of that, for Castiel should never explode.  Preserve the Pretty!  How much did you love that Dean’s first reaction was to go find Cas anyway?

Dean uses his "friend" Castiel's method to get rid of the angels.  Loved it!

Dean uses his "friend" Castiel's method to get rid of the angels. Loved it!

Only Dean Winchester would call an angel an asshat.  I loved his rage at Zachariah.  The angels assumption that Dean would just fall in line cracked me up, do they not know the man at all?  Bonus points for the return of the word “douche.”  Nobody does it like Dean.  I adored that Dean used Castiel’s method of getting rid of the angels and blasted them right out of Chuck’s house.  He’s a sly one, our Dean.  And Chuck’s “this sucks ass” in reaction to the appearance and disappearance of the angels just slayed me.  This show mixes humor in at the oddest times but it works 99% of the time anyway.

I admit it, I am using this picture for it's beauty, although this was from that scene, hehe.

I admit it, I am using this picture for it's beauty, although this was from that scene, hehe.

A small but beautiful moment occurred when Sam gave Dean the hex back he’d made and Dean asked how he knew how to make it to hide them from demons and angels and Sam admitted that it was Ruby.  That pause and that look on his face hit the right note of fear of telling Dean, hesitance and even some shame.  I liked that that made Dean ask about his brother’s potential withdrawal from the demon blood and that it was addressed because I think we’d all be wondering about it.  Supernatural methadone indeed…yay God?  Then Sam tries to apologize again and Dean still won’t listen.  Jensen’s face, not looking at Sam and refusing to discuss it, showed a hint of that anger and hurt that we get to see in full force later.  It was a nice scene that really did a lot but didn’t seem all that significant on first viewing.

The devil's meatsuit, a lonely man who lost his wife and child violently.

The devil's meatsuit, a lonely man who lost his wife and child violently.

I didn’t really get absorbed into the whole “devil finds a meatsuit” thing but I do enjoy the actor they’ve gotten to play him.  He’s already been on two of my favorite shows, Dexter & Lost, so why not get him on a third?  And he can do creepy really well, so bonus.  I like that the devil had to get his permission as well, just like the rest of the angels do, nice continuity.  I felt for the character as the devil screwed with him, showing him his dead wife and reminding him of their murdered child.

Okay, I admit I would probably pull a Becky if I got near Dean.

Okay, I admit I would probably pull a Becky if I got near Dean.

How beautiful is it that Chuck sent a slash fanfiction writer to meet Sam and Dean?  And that her screenname was SamLicker81?  Of course I still fail to understand why people in love with male characters write them as gay, but it’s hilarious here so who cares?  Of course I wanted to bitchsmack her when she told Dean that he was not what she pictured, but her molestation of Sam just killed me.  How could Dean not be what she pictured?  Devastatingly gorgeous doesn’t work for her?  hehe Oh well, she’s a Sam girl.  She brought the big news that Michael’s sword was lost somewhere, so she served a purpose other than making me laugh.  Her “no” when Sam asked if she could quit touching him was awesome.  I wonder how they got rid of her?

Sam was rather hurt by Bobby's rejection.

Sam was rather hurt by Bobby's rejection.

Alright, I knew in my heart that Bobby was not Bobby when he laid into Sam but it was still effective as all hell, made doubly so because Dean just stood there and didn’t interfere in any way like he normally would have.  The beginning could have been real, anger at him for not listening, but when he told Sam to lose his number after they finished it, if they finished it, that’s when you knew he couldn’t be Bobby.  Sam’s face though, the puppy dog hurt there, really tugged at the heart.

As if that didn’t drive it home, Bobby’s private conversation with Dean really did.  Saying that John was right about Sam all along and they should have possibly killed him.  Again, what resounded here was that though Dean said “Bobby” he didn’t stop him or yell at him for even hinting that maybe they should have killed Sam.  How much does Dean agree with that?  How does he feel about it?  I can’t wait to see that play out over the season.

Yeah, not liking new Meg at all.  Hopefully she was one and done.

Yeah, not liking new Meg at all. Hopefully she was one and done.

Yay for the return of Meg, not so yay with the actress that portrayed her.  But I assume she was a oneshot so maybe the next one will be cooler.  How dare she have kissed him?  Not remotely hot.  Plus Meg was Sam’s girl.  Seeing Bobby with that knife to Dean and the real Bobby come through long enough to stab himself…that was beautiful.  His love for Dean shone through in that moment and brought to mind Daddy John’s own possession.  He peeked out for a minute but only to tell Dean to kill him, all for revenge on Yellow Eyes.  Bobby just again proved that he was the boys “real” father, at least for me.

The boys head to John’s storage locker and find dead demons littering the floor.  Dean’s “Oh thank God, the angels are here” cracked me up.  Zachariah then tells us that Dean is Michael’s sword, or his vessel.  Dean takes this news as only Dean would, with scoffing and anger.  “Life as an angel condom, that’s real fun!”  Of course, Zachariah gets all tough angel on Dean and breaks Sam’s legs to try to get Dean to comply.  Dean won’t.  Dean figures out that they can’t make him let Michael inside so he refuses.  Zachariah threatens Bobby with life in a wheelchair, Dean still says no.  He gives Dean stage 4 stomach cancer, coughing up blood he still says no.  He takes away Sam’s lungs, Dean asks that they just kill them both then.  Zach has no intention of doing so but plans on having lots more fun torturing the boys..angels and demons really aren’t so different are they?

Welcome back my pretty avenging angel!

Welcome back my pretty avenging angel!

Fortunately, in that moment, Castiel returns in a flash of white light.  He quickly kills the other two angels and faces off with Zachariah.  Zach is pretty stunned that Cas is still alive and well and Cas points out that it’s a good question and it’s a good question how Dean and Sam got away from Lucifer since the angels didn’t do it.  It’s not ever stated but it’s pretty heavily implied that God has decided to become an active participant in the war.  Zachariah is scared off and follows Cas’ orders of restoring the boys and leaves.  Castiel puts Noki and Sygil (spelling?) into Sam and Dean to hide them from all angels, including Lucifer.  He confirms that he was dead but disappears instead of telling them how he’s back.  I guess God will be everywhere in this season but not discussed?

I love that Bobby was screaming at his doctor when we returned.  Real Bobby being back was good to see.  Dean’s big speech for Bobby was a true Dean hubris moment.  I loved seeing that, even though he admitted to Sam that it was all bull.  Still, that was Dean, being tough for Bobby and pumping him up when he should be down.  I loved Bobby’s apology to Sam, letting him know he’d never cut him out of his life no matter what he did.  Sam’s relief and pretty smile was touching.

Dean's suppressing a lot of emotion all episode, it was nice to see it come out in the end.

Dean's suppressing a lot of emotion all episode, it was nice to see it come out in the end.

Of course, he doesn’t get to revel in Bobby’s forgiveness for long.  Dean tells him that they don’t have a chance to win this war, not that that’s going to stop him from fighting.  Sam again presses Dean to talk about it, about what Sam did and Dean’s feelings about it and this time he gives in.  Our boys have their best conversations next to the Impala, don’t they?  Dean tells him he tried but he can’t pretend that everything is alright.  It’s not and it’s never going to be.  He chose a demon over his own brother and look what happened.  Sam says he would give anything to take it back and Dean says he knows he would.  Dean tells him that he was the one he depended on the most and Sam let him down in ways he couldn’t even say.  He is having a hard time forgiving and forgetting.  Sam asks what he can do and Dean tells him there’s nothing.  He doesn’t think that they can ever be what they once were and he can’t trust him.  He walks towards the car, glances back at Sam and gets in.

Powerful, much needed moment.  It can’t go back to the way things were, not in one day.  They’re going to have to work to build each other up this whole season and I look forward to watching that play out.  I want to see if Sam’s tempted by blood again and Dean’s reaction to that.  Sam disappearing for an hour or two and Dean’s suspicion over that.  All of it is deserved and necessary.

All in all this was an excellent episode back.  I could have probably done with less Lucifer vessel stuff but I understand that they were establishing the man that would harbor the fallen angel and why he would.  I loved the humor but especially loved the angst.  I’m thrilled the show is back and starting off on a high note.  The season clips ahead, with the return of Ellen and Jo and that other hunter whose name escapes me have me excited.  Back next week with more!

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Sam and Dean watch as Lucifer rises.

Sam and Dean watch as Lucifer rises.

There are times when you think you know how something is going to go and you’re completely wrong.  This is one of those times.  There are times when you build something up in your mind only to be disappointed.  This is NOT one of those times.  The season finale of Supernatural, Lucifer Rising,  was not what I expected it to be.  It was not action packed, it was not a brother vs. brother showdown in the end and it did not leave both brothers lying on the ground, possibly dead.  Doesn’t matter though, because it was awesome all the same.  The Winchester boys are not at each others throats any longer and next season hopefully they can repair their rift and work together.  They’re going to have to.

Before I get too deep into it, let me give them props for returning to the “Carry On My Wayward Son” song in the intro.  Nothing could have been more fitting to show what the boys have been through and where they’re at when we pick back up.   I hope they play that song again at the end of the series and that the boys are really at peace and can lay their weary heads to rest.

Not every series could get away with starting their episode out by having a priest terrify and kill a bunch of nuns in a convent, but somehow it works here.  Azazel was inside the priest of course and we got to see the infamous yellow eyes again.  This act took place in 1972, setting into motion the events of today, the pairing up of Azazel, Lillith and that demon bitch Ruby, who we will discuss in more detail later.  But I will say this now…HAHAHAHAH DIE RUBY!!!!  You will SO not be missed.  In a later scene, Father Azazel gets directions from one of the dead nuns telling him that Lillith can break the seal and he has to find a very special child.  Our darling Sammy.

Amazingly Sam started off with some self awareness, admitting that Dean was right about him and he didn’t think he could turn off what was inside him anymore.  Sam took some minor steps towards redemption this episode and though Dean will forgive him, he needs to do a lot more to make things right.

Bobby laid into Dean for giving up on Sam.

Bobby laid into Dean for giving up on Sam.

I adored the talk between Dean and Bobby.  Dean was really and truly done with Sam by that point, questioning whether Sam was even his brother anymore, if he ever was.  I did not approve of Bobby calling Dean a whiny brat, nor do I agree, but I loved what he had to say about John.  He called him a coward and said that Dean was acting like him by pushing Sam away.  Then he got it really right and told him he was a better man than his father ever was and not to be him.  Again, this so brought home season one Dean, who initially thought that being just like dear old Dad was a good thing.  But Dean’s grown up and knows better now, and that speech he got from Bobby, though harsh, was far better parenting than he’s ever gotten in his entire life.  This goes here so I may as well say it now, I’m SO HAPPY that Bobby did not die.  I was very scared and though I wasn’t spoiled, there was talk of a death on Supernatural that would be upsetting.  Where was it?  Cause it sure as hell wasn’t Ruby!  Bobby lives, that’s all that matters!

Dean's rather out of place here, even with the beer and burgers.

Dean's rather out of place here, even with the beer and burgers.

Right after Bobby’s awesome words, Dean got sucked into some hideously tacky hotel type room, complete with gold leaf accents and crap.  Ick.  He looked funny there though.  Cas was there to greet him and then Zachariah showed up.  And to him I say, fuck you, Zach.  First he offers Dean burgers and then Ginger & Mary Ann, then he turns complete ass and informs Dean that all the seals have fallen except one and refuses to tell Dean much more than that.  Dean, as always, gets sarcastic and Zachariah tells him he swore his obedience.  Don’t you know, Zach, that Dean’s going to do what Dean’s going to do and there’s nothing you can say about it?

We then saw Sam and Ruby, who captured Lillith’s baby stealing #2 and had her tied down to get some information on where Lillith would be.  I loved her telling Sam he was “roided up” and calling them A-Rod and Madonna.  Oh, show, you do rock!  Sam proceeds with the torture with nary a care.

Dean leaves Sam an awesome message.

Dean leaves Sam an awesome message.

Meanwhile, Dean is feeling bad and calls and leaves him a beautiful message.  I’ll quote it here.  “Hey, it’s uh…me.  Look I’ll just get right to it.  I’m still pissed and I owe you a serious beatdown.  I shouldn’t have said what I said.  I’m not Dad.  We’re brothers, you know, we’re family and uh no matter how bad it gets, that doesn’t change.  Sammy, I’m sorry.”  And it cuts off.  Now THAT is what makes Dean so damn special.  Yes, Bobby had to push him, but he would have eventually done it anyway.  Words cannot express my ANGER when Sam heard the fake message courtesy of ho-bitch Ruby.  But that message was just wonderful.  It was truly Dean. I’m still pissed at you, I’m still gonna kick your ass, but I love you and I always will.  I shouldn’t have called you a monster, you’re not one, you just have some messed up stuff going on within you but together we can fight it.  That’s what he was saying.  Love.

Speaking of demon bitches, Ruby sure enjoyed watching Sam torture demon Cindy McClellan (for those of you uninitiated, that is yet another TWoP shout out, Cindy did some of the series recapping for the site when Demian was out for a couple months).  She stepped in to stop him from killing her though so he could “roid up” on her blood before he went after Lillith.  Cindy got the idea of letting the human she was controlling and let her try to appeal to Sam’s humanity.  It was a good idea and it worked for awhile.  The real Sam peeked out of the demonlike Sam and wasn’t on board with hurting an innocent person who just happened to be possessed.  But Ruby talked his gullible self into it and he threw Cindy in the trunk, screaming the whole way.

I couldn't find a picture of the "oh shit" face so I went with angry, hot Dean.

I couldn't find a picture of the "oh shit" face so I went with angry, hot Dean.

I love how that was immediately followed by Dean, bored in the stupid angel room, knocking a statue over as a sign of his displeasure.  Hilariously, Castiel was right behind him and Dean got kind of an “Oh shit” look on his face.  He asked Cas to take him to Sam but he wouldn’t and Dean didn’t back down.  He got right into Castiel’s face and demanded that he get him to his brother.  Of course, Cas then made the door disappear and Dean was stuck, but I did love that he wasn’t about to rescind his demands, even from an angel.

Ruby got more and more transparent as the episode went on, not that there was any doubt that she was an evil bitch anyway.  She started pushing Sam harder and harder when he started showing signs of disinterest in the original plan.  He didn’t want to drink the girl and he actually said that he thought maybe Dean had been right all along.  You think, Sam?  Then of course she used the phone message against him, turning Dean’s beautiful message into one filled with hate.  I loathe her.  That little smirk she gave when Sam heard that message that she changed…ugh.  I am so glad she died.

Zachariah tells Dean the angels want the Apocalypse.

Zachariah tells Dean the angels want the Apocalypse.

I love that not having a door in the suite of Zach and Cas (cute reference by the way) did not deter Dean and he tried to make his own using one of the hideous statues.  Of course his hole disappeared, but it was great all the same.  As was his “son of a bitch” when the hole went away.  Then Zachariah reappeared and Dean demanded some answers and finally got some.  Of course they were disturbing and quite uncool, but answers they were.  Zach let him know that Lillith was going to break the seals and admitted that he didn’t want it stopped.  Apparently the angels want to bring on the battle, a battle they plan to win, and bring paradise on earth.  Dean mentions the billions of people who will die during the “pissing contest.”  Zach poopooed that and referred to it as a planetary enema.  He knew Dean was contemplating attacking him but dissuaded him from doing so.  Then Dean tells him Sam will stop her and Zachariah admits that Sam has a part to play and he intends to see him play it.  He tells Dean that he’s still the chosen one, the one will stop it.  Not the Apocalypse but Lucifer himself.  Dean is completely blown away and asks where God is in all this.  “God?  God has left the building.”  Okay, so what exactly does that mean?   God is not on board with this, I hope, but somehow the angels have seized power?  I can only hope this means God will be on the side of Castiel, Dean and Sam because they’re kinda gonna be out there on their own, aren’t they?

Castiel tries to defend a cause he doesn't really believe in.

Castiel tries to defend a cause he doesn't really believe in.

Castiel then shows up as Dean tries to call Sam again.  Dean wants to know what they’re going to do to Sam and Cas tells him Sam’s going to do it to himself.  Dean asks him why he’s there and Castiel tells him he’s sorry how it ended.  Dean responds by punching him, hehe, hurting himself but pretending he didn’t.  Cas starts spouting off on destiny and Dean won’t hear of it.  He tells him it’s all lies and a way to keep them both in line.  Dean tells him what’s real is people in families and Castiel asks him what is so worth saving.  He sees all the pain in the world, Dean’s guilt and anger and confusion.  He tells him he’ll be at peace in paradise.  Dean makes him look at him and tells him to take his peace and shove it, pain is better than being a “Stepford bitch in paradise”.  I loved this whole scene.  Dean appealing to that humanity that has always lived in Castiel.  Cas tells him if he helps him, they’ll be hunted and they’ll die.  Dean tells him that if there’s anything worth dying for, this is it.  Dean calls him a spineless, soulless son of a bitch and says he doesn’t care cause he’s already dead.  Cas tries to speak and Dean tells him they’re done and he disappears.  Just a fantastic moment between two actors who brought their A+ game.  Plus, loads of pretty!

The fake Dean message destroyed Sam's doubts about going after Lillith.

The fake Dean message destroyed Sam's doubts about going after Lillith.

We cut back to Sam who is having his doubts and about to call a halt to everything when he stops and listens to the Dean message.  I outlined the real message above so I’ll do the fake message here.  “Listen to me you blood sucking freak.  Dad always said I’d either have to save you or kill you, well I’m giving you fair warning.  I’m done trying to save you.  You’re a monster, Sam, a vampire.  You’re not you anymore and there’s no going back.”  Those are the key words for Sam.  Calling him a “freak” and a “monster” is enough to set him off.  He tells Ruby to bring out the girl and has his feast of blood, presumably.

Castiel & Dean understand each other.

Castiel & Dean understand each other.

Dean, meanwhile, is finally about to have one of his beloved cheeseburgers when Castiel appears behind him and throws him against a wall.  He draws a knife  and looks into Dean’s eyes, giving him a silent message.  He then cuts his arm open in a nice parallel to Ruby blood giving scenes.  I thought he was going to get Dean to drink but he draws on the wall and uses it to send Zachariah away.  Cas tells him they have to find Sam and that Lillith dying is the final seal.  They head off to see the Prophet Chuck!  I knew he was gonna be back but I was still happy to see him.  Chuck was busy trying to buy some women for sex, since there’s not going to be a tomorrow.  Hilarious. Chuck tells them where Sam is and the archangel appears, Cas sends Dean to the convent and stays with Chuck to face whatever is coming.  Chuck, hilariously, puts his arm around him and removes it when Cas looks at him.  Love.  Deep and abiding love for those two.

My second favorite moment of the night.

My second favorite moment of the night.

Lillith starts her ceremony and Sam shows up to stop her, first killing all her minions with nary a sound.  He pins Lillith to the alter and Ruby sees Dean coming and shuts the doors, cutting him off from his brother.  Sam tells Lillith he’s been waiting for this for a long time and commences with mojo.  But even as he’s doing it, he can hear Dean calling him and he stops.  And that, right there, is a great thing.  Sam can still hear Dean in the midst of his finally getting at Lillith.  She pushes the right buttons, though, and taunts him and calls him a freak and a monster.  So, of course, he kills her, his eyes going all the way demon black.  I thought for sure we had lost him for good then.

Lillith's blood opens the seal.

Lillith's blood opens the seal.

Lillith’s blood started to flow into a circle and Ruby tells him he did it.  Sam asked what he did and Ruby told him he opened the door and Lucifer was free.  Sam said, no he stopped her and Ruby then tells him that Lillith was the last seal.  Sam is horrified.  Ruby talks about how nobody knew what she was doing and how awesome she was to lie that whole time.  Sam tries to use the mojo on her but he’s all out of it from hitting Lillith.  He tried to accuse Ruby of poisoning him with her blood but she points out that it was all Sam’s choices that brought them there.  He was the only one who could do it apparently, the chosen one.  Just like with Dean, Lillith tells Sam he’s going to have anything he wants as payment.

Holy crap was Dean beautiful as he headed toward Ruby.

Holy crap was Dean beautiful as he headed toward Ruby.

Dean breaks down the door though and she tells him he was too late.  In my favorite moment of the night, Dean says “I don’t care” and Sam grabs her arms and Dean stabs that demon bitch.  Sam says he’s sorry and a hole opens in the floor.  Dean grabs him and says “Sammy, let’s go” but Sam holds him as well and says “He’s coming” and we’re awash in white light…the second time in a day that one of my series ended with a white screen.  Clearly my shows want to torture me some for good measure, leaving me hanging like that.

Farewell, Ruby, you will not be missed!

Farewell, Ruby, you will not be missed!

Well, I got slightly wordy…what else is new?  But so much happened and I just wanted to capture it all.  I taped this episode so I could watch Grey’s but I flipped over on commercials and got up and watched pretty much the whole show live.  That’s how much I had to see it, how much I had to know.  I couldn’t even wait til today to watch.

To me, the two most important things that happened were that Castiel chose Dean and Sam and Dean seem to be together again.  Cas turned away from the grand angelic plan of world conquering and tried to stop the Apocalypse by getting Dean to Sam.  They were not successful but somehow I don’t think that is going to matter to Zachariah and his fellow angels who are in favor of the plan.  I really and truly hope that the “God’s left the building” thing indicates that the angels are working on their own and that a higher power may be shining down on our boys.

I don’t know if Sam and Dean are back to being fine yet, I’m quite sure that they have some work to do, but Sam does appear to be truly horrified by what he did and remorseful about it.  They will clearly have to have a major talk (once they get away from Lucifer that is) and apologies need to be said.  I hope Sam gets to hear Dean’s real message sometime.  Maybe it’ll still be in his phone and he’ll hear it by accident and be properly touched?  When it came down to it though, even when Sam was at his darkest, he heard his brother.  That makes all the difference in the world, doesn’t it?  I think that they can be repaired, but I know when Sam said he was sorry that Dean’s face didn’t say, all’s well, no problem.  So we have to wait some 4 or 5 months to see that play out don’t we?

I’m sorry for all the yammering, I’m really trying to wrap my mind around everything.  I feel I have written a lot without saying anything.  Sam’s major weakness is pride, he will not back down if someone calls him a monster or a freak.  Ruby and Lillith used this against him the whole time.  Dean can’t really lord it over Sam that he was used by Ruby because Dean was also being used by the angels at the same time.  It’s just that Dean’s lucky enough to have one angel who listened to him and believed in him enough to break ranks.  I love that that was so well set up…we saw that Castiel questioned decisions along the way and that he truly didn’t agree with some of the things he was asked to do.  It made his break all the more real.  I’m thrilled that Misha Collins has been added to the regular cast; the chemistry between him and Jensen is palpable and I shall definitely look forward to he and Sam meeting up again.

It seems instead of battling one another, or good battling evil, we’re going to have our guys battling both good and evil.  That’s quite an ambitious undertaking and I do hope the show is not biting off more than it can chew, but I am on board from start to finish.  The finale may have been different than I thought it would be but it didn’t begin to disappoint.  The summer cannot end soon enough!

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Sam & Dean find out their adventures are being chronicled.

Sam & Dean find out their adventures are being chronicled.

Oh Kripke!  You really know how to slay don’t you?  Only Supernatural could poke fun at their fandom and themselves for an entire episode and make said fandom fall in love with the show even further.  I laughed my ass off for the majority of the show.  I’m actually under the weather today and off work but that’s not stopping me from re-enjoying this episode.  I thought I’d just highlight the lines that brought no end to my joy and then talk a little bit about what we learned.

The comic's version of Sam & Dean, awesome!

The comic's version of Sam & Dean, awesome!

“From the racist truck to me having sex…I’m full frontal in here dude” followed by a little face from Sam.

“Well, for fans they sure do complain a lot”.  Oh yes, yes we do!

“Screw you simpatico, we lived it” I believe simpatico might post on TWoP, it’s familiar to me.  How awesome is it that they read fan boards?  I mean I know it can be dangerous to cater to fans, but still.

“There’s Sam girls and Dean girls and what’s a slash fan?”  “As in Sam/Dean…together.”  “Together together?  They do know we’re brothers right?”  “Oh come on, that, that’s just sick!” I was in tears by this point.  And I quite agree that writing slash fiction for two brothers doesn’t work for me, but to each their own!

“The best parts are when they cry.” Their expressions!  And actually, some of Dean’s best episodes have been when he cries, so I can’t really argue that.

“Real men?  Well right now I’m crying on the inside.”

The boys having to show their tattoos to prove their Supernatural fandom, followed by the girl dropping trou to show them hers.  “You are a fan.”

“Is this some kind of Misery thing???  It is, isn’t it?” Poor Chuck Shirley.  One quibble though, if he actually sees Sam and Dean in his dreams/visions, then how did he not recognize them when they came to the door?  I know it was cute to make them have to prove themselves but that doesn’t make sense with the visions he was getting.

“There’s only one explanation.  Obviously I’m a god.” How awesome is it that that’s where old Chuck went first?  I must say, they managed to surprise me though, because I thought maybe Lillith was feeding him all this information to draw the boys in but instead he’s a prophet?  I cringed for a moment at that, too much religious stuff can pull me out of this story but I can deal right now, especially when it’s done in such an awesome way.

“A cruel, cruel capricious god.  The beatings I put you through alone.”  “We’re still in one piece.”

“Horror is one thing but to be forced to live bad writing…if I would have known it was real I would have done another pass.”

“I’m sitting in a laundromat reading about myself sitting in a laundromat.  My head hurts.”

Sam's brooding and pensive shoulders.

Sam's brooding and pensive shoulders.

“I don’t know how this guy is doing it but he’s definitely doing it.  I mean, I can’t see your face but I can see your shoulders and that’s definitely your brooding and pensive shoulders.” How much do you love that Dean knows Sam’s brooding and pensive shoulders?  The slash fans are probably regrouping from their earlier slam and penning something new from that line!

“I’ll have the veggie tofu burger.  Oh my god, this is delicious.  Tofu is amazing!” Poor tortured Dean, trying to get off the book’s path but then getting the real bacon cheeseburger anyway and having it taken away.

Dean & Sam try not to fight in the diner.

Dean & Sam try not to fight in the diner.

“It frustrates me when you say such reckless things.  It frustrates me when you’d rather hide than fight.” HAHAH Our boys going Dr. Phil to try to avoid a fight.

“Behave yourself would you?  No homework.  Watch some porn.” Dean’s answer to everything.

“Writing yourself in a story is one thing but writing yourself in as a prophet?  That’s like M Night level douchiness.”

“Interesting exercise, let’s see who the quicker draw is.” When Dean was willing to shoot Chuck if he didn’t come with him to help Sam.

“I am the prophet, Chuck!” Little Chuck facing Lillith and shouting that…hilarious.

As close as I could get to Sam rocking the bitchface.

As close as I could get to Sam rocking the bitchface.

I don’t want to get too caught up in the humor though.  I really enjoyed Sam’s talk with Chuck.  When Sam asked if he knew things about him and Chuck brought up the demon blood and he told him he didn’t even write it down because he thought it would make him seem unsympathetic.  “You gotta know that’s wrong.”  And Sam admits that it scares the hell out of him and he wishes he could stop.  I wish he’d have moments like this with his brother but I recognize to do that would take them off the path they’re headed down.

Sam knows deep inside that he's lying to himself.

Sam knows deep inside that he's lying to himself.

Then of course Sam had to piss me off by saying he needed to do it to kill Lillith and stop the Apocalypse.  When Chuck points out that’s supposed to be Dean’s job, Sam says Dean’s not Dean lately and he needs help.  Again, this came out as Sam doubting Dean’s strength.  Now he did make it nicer by saying that Dean’s carried the weight for him his whole life and he wants to return the favor.  Chuck says that would be nice if that was all it was but questions if the demon blood makes him feel stronger that maybe he’s in it for the wrong reasons.  We know that he is, of course, but Sam still doesn’t believe this.

Beautiful Castiel, always make an episode better!

Beautiful Castiel, always make an episode better!

I also loved the unexpected Castiel appearance.  More Cas is always a good thing.  I don’t know about the Winchester Gospel part of things, but I am choosing to perceive that as a way of poking fun at the biblical scholars in fandom, who are so bright and brilliant that I can’t even begin to understand them.  I know, reaching there but that’s more religious than I’m ready to deal with.

Just a pretty Dean pic, always need more of those!

Just a pretty Dean pic, always need more of those!

I loved Sam saying that Dean thinks he’s going to go dark side and Dean bursting out with YES!  Of course he does and it’s scaring him.  Of course Dean doesn’t know half of what Sam’s been doing but at least he’s not turning a blind eye to it.  Despite everything, when Sam refused to come with him, Dean didn’t take his bags with him when he left, making it clear he wasn’t leaving his brother behind.  I love that about him.  He’s pissed, he hates what’s happening but he won’t leave Sam.  Then Dean tried to pray, in a definite Dean way showing he wasn’t good at it and didn’t like it.

How cute is lying Castiel?

How cute is lying Castiel?

Of course Cas shows up to help him, which is awesome.  Dean gets really pissed when Castiel tells him he won’t interfere and pretty much tells the angels to go to hell if they won’t help him now.  He won’t help them when they need him since they wouldn’t do the same for him.  Then Cas tells him why he can’t help and if anything threatened a prophet an archangel would appear to destroy the threat.  He was telling Dean just what he needed to do to get rid of Lillith.   I love how Cas looked a little nervous after telling him that, kinda looked to the sky like he might be afraid of being struck down but then looked back at Dean with a sparkle in his eyes.

I am highly relieved that Sam didn’t have any intention of actually sleeping with Lillith.  Previews of that had me quite worried, what with the demon blood drinking and Ruby screwing, what’s one more demon in bed?  What I don’t get is why was Lillith so terrified of Sam if she’s immune to his powers?  I guess he’s immune to hers as well so maybe that makes them equals but that doesn’t match up with her fear when Dean went to hell.  She offered Sam the opportunity to sacrifice himself and his brother to stop the Apocalypse.  Interesting question…would Sam have considered it were he not halfway dark side?  I’m sure he’d sacrifice himself but probably not Dean.  Still something to ponder.  Sam told Dean that he didn’t consider it because she’d find a way to get out of it, partly true but not all the way.

Sam’s hubris is really starting to show.  He’s certain that Lillith is running scared and he’s determined to be the one to take her down.  Dean didn’t look thrilled with that commentary but he said nothing.

The prophet Chuck saw something very scary...why must I wait weeks to find out what it is?

The prophet Chuck saw something very scary...why must I wait weeks to find out what it is?

We end on Chuck having some kind of alarming vision and awakening to Zachariah, warning him not to contact Sam and Dean and tell them what’s coming.  It’s bad enough that Chuck considers killing himself to avoid whatever is coming.  Zachariah tells them they’ll bring him back to life if he does.  Chuck desperately wonders what he’s supposed to do and Zachariah tells him to write.

So we’re left wondering what horrors await our boys.  Well played, Kripke, well played.  I thought this looked like a good episode from previews but it exceeded my expectations.  The humor was fantastic but the story still advanced.  Lillith is back and something very scary looms in the boys future.  Zachariah was pretty frightening this time around too.  Cas is helping Dean in ways far beyond what is expected or required of him, I worry about his future.  Sam recognizes that he’s in trouble but he’s not doing anything to stop it.  So much happened, didn’t it?

Next we get the much dreaded third Winchester brother, so we’ll see…episodes like this give me faith that it’s going to be good despite my reservations.  I’m off to ponder some full frontal Dean!  I kid, I kid! Maybe!

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AlternaDean is still extremely hot!

AlternaDean is still extremely hot!

It’s a very Supernatural Alternaverse this week!  I don’t have nearly as much to say about it as I usually do because the meat of the episode came at the very end and everything else was just humor and hijinks.  It was a lot of fun but didn’t really much advance the story until the very end of the episode.  I think I’ll just hit the stuff I enjoyed and talk about what’s coming up if that’s okay with you all!

Sam, Office Drone!

Sam, Office Drone!

Sam is the lowly office worker while Dean is a corporate bigwig.  Why yes, I am playing with the color feature, time I did that. hehe  I considered this a pleasant surprise, because from the start of things it’s always been made clear that Sam would be the super successful lawyer type if things were different and Dean would be the blue collar worker.  Since I’m rather irritated with Sammy’s attitude towards Dean these days, it was nice to see Sam sitting a cubicle being bored out of his mind.

I'm a sucker for Dean in a suit, what can I say?

I'm a sucker for Dean in a suit, what can I say?

Dean is a carb counting yuppie.  No beer, no food, concerned with his stocks and health care, listening to NPR instead of rock.  No, this is not our usual Dean Winchester.  Loved his super sleek apartment, looked like something out of Wall Street.  I enjoyed him drinking his cleansers and eating his salads.  Of course, the best part was Dean’s first words after being brought back to reality, “Why am I wearing a tie?  My god am I hungry!”  Yes, that is my Dean.

The inevitable draw of the two brothers to one another.  The best part of this of course was that when Sam tried talking to Dean he assumed he was gay and told him to take it to his health club, but I also liked how they kept coming together and then spilled their guts to one another.  That trust that is beginning to go missing was there when they were Dean Smith and Sam Weller or whatever his name was.  I think it’s a good sign that they can get back to a healthy place with one another.

The return of the Ghostfacers!  I knew they were coming in this episode but it was fun to have a clueless Dean (King of research, hehe, another role reversal!) stumble across their website in his search for how to fight the ghost.  Sam & Dean watching the Ghostfacers and thinking they were cool was fun, as was them not knowing that those Douche Winchesters that they kept talking about were themselves.

Castiel's boss, Zachariah, pulls Touched By An Angel on Dean.

Castiel's boss, Zachariah, pulls Touched By An Angel on Dean.

Zachariah!  A new angel on the scene and not just any angel, Cas’ boss!  Turns out this whole mind bending story was the machinations of the angels to make Dean see that he was destined for this life.  His father didn’t choose it for him, God didn’t choose it for him, it’s his destiny and he knows it.  Funny that it’s also Sam’s destiny and he accepted it first when he’s the one who so badly wants out of the life.  Zachariah tells him that he will be successful and he will stop it.  Dean’s irritated and wants to know just what he’ll stop but Zach tells him he can stop it all.  I loved Dean’s “Angel or not, I will stab you in your face” comment.  So Dean!  So lovely!  Zach’s response that his life of classic car driving and fornicating with women while saving the world isn’t such a bad one was pretty good too, you could see that Dean was like thinking that was true.  Zach asks Dean if he’s going to stand up and be who he really is and we cut off with Dean looking determined again.

So, we did take a step forward, Dean was broken last episode and this one was about putting him back together without taking him by the hand and guiding him through.  He had to make the choice first and then Zachariah appeared to him.  They’re not allowing Dean any wallow time but I guess I can deal with that.  I’d like to see Sam’s reaction as well though, how does he feel about the fact that he chose the life on his own as well?  Probably doesn’t change anything since next week he looks poised to possibly get it on with Lillith, who thankfully is not going to be a little girl.  There will also be some humor through the use of a comic book; I’m looking forward to it.  Dean, cartoon, full frontal.  Yep, I can deal!

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