Saturday, May 21, 2011

'Supernatural' Saturdays: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" Tweetathon Round-Up...

- Using the song in the "Then" does not count.

- Oh, Sam, what did you do NOW?

- Last we saw Sam was driving away with Dean. So how much time has passed and why isn't he kept on a leash?

- I like this bartender. That means she's probably going to die. I have to stop getting attached.

- Wow, that's lucky. I thought only my friend Jamie brought books to bars.

- He wants to use WebMD, duh.

- The fact that this woman is still standing in the hotel room even after seeing the serial killer wall & multiple IDs... Demon? Or monster?

- "You don't know anything about anything." Truer words have never been spoken on this show.

- I wonder why it took so long to let Padalecki play opposite himself. Ackles has done it a number of times already.

- Two questions: if you die in a dream, don't you die in life? And also: if you kill a part of yourself, what hell are you bringing next?

- I've been making comments about the gun continuity but I guess none of it matters since it's not real.

- Where did you find a virgin in this day and age? An elementary school? These shows usually don't kill the kids!

- I think Cas is the POWER bottom now, Crowley. A bit sorry to say.

- Holy hell indeed.

- All this double agent stuff makes me miss my Council.

- Dude, you are not a good liar, Balthazar. You sealed your own fate with your wavering voice and your cutesy words.

- I don't know; that smoke cloud doesn't look much bigger than the ones we saw in or even

- We could probably use right about now. I fear Sam is too weak to do the job that needs to be done.

- Goose egg. I'm going to infer this means there is no such thing as the rapture. Yea us!

- Shit. And I thought it was cool the first time I saw Castiel walk in all tough with his wings.

- Dean looks like he realizes he bet on the horse right about now. He's like those victims who placate their capturers to keep themselves safe

- KNEEL BEFORE CASTIEL! ...wait that sounded wrong

- Question: would YOU want someone's plea of devotion if it's only under duress and therefore not sincere?

Closing Remarks: Was it just me or back during "Let It Bleed" when Sam (Jared Padalecki) got sprung from the shed and drove Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Lisa (Cindy Sampson) to the hospital, did it seem like he wasn't quite himself-- like maybe he didn't recognize the people or the situation he was in? Well, clearly I was already thinking ahead to what was to come in "The Man Who Knew Too Much!"

It became clear that I was mistaken when it turned out that Sam's inability to remember what was going on was all apart of his Inception-like state. I thought that whole internal battle to figure out what was going on and who he was and what he went through in hell was fascinating, and I really enjoyed Padalecki getting to play opposite himself. All three of his faces were out in action in this one but not long enough.

Personally I was hoping for less exposition and more action. I wanted to see more of a struggle between Sam, and well, other Sam(s). Every time Ackles has gone up against himself in the past we've been given eerie, methodical, emotional back and forth that leaves us with a lot to think about. This time it felt a little rushed. And furthermore, we saw a more interesting dream world in "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" seasons earlier. I wanted to see some of the other likenesses of innocents Sam had sacrificed during his time without a soul; I wanted more of a confrontation for Sam to actually grab his life, his body, and his destiny back by the balls rather than just have it handed to him because another part of him just quit. Quitters can't win! But if a part of Sam has that mentality, then maybe more of him does, and we need him as strong as possible. Quite frankly, I like #NoSoulSam; he can get the job done in a way regular ole softy Sam unfortunately can't. I bet #NoSoulSam would have known Castiel (Misha Collins) wasn't an angel anymore!

So though I was slightly disappointed with the wrap up of the wall in Sam's head (and if repercussions don't rear their ugly heads in season seven, I will be even more so! That couldn't possibly be all there was to that element of the story!), I am more and more in love with Castiel's journey.

In the way that Dean and Sam were always bonded by brotherhood, tested at the end of each and every season, this time around it was Castiel and Dean's relationship that was not only being tested but being possibly pushed beyond repair. Castiel's family in heaven was aggressive and at times abusive. It's why so many angels fell; it's what created Lucifer. So it's really no surprise that Castiel has been trolling Earth looking for a connection, looking for a new family to call his own. He desperately wanted that with Dean, and he thought he had it; he thought he was owed it after "raising him from perdition." So when Dean turned his back on him and refused to "fall in line" like the good little soldier he was with his own, actual father, Castiel took it extremely personally.

One of the things I find so fascinating about Castiel's new rise to power is that now he can literally demand the loyalty, and he did in the final moments of this season finale, telling the boys (and Bobby) to kneel before him and pledge their devotion. Upon the penalty of death. But even if they do it, it won't be because they mean it; they will just be placating him so they can walk away and live another day. That's not how a family should treat each other, and if Castiel was really concerned with being a family-- being loved and respected and cared about-- he wouldn't be doing things this way. But he is on a power trip, and that is not a good color on him, or anyone really. And I can't imagine it will end up well for him, either. The Winchesters are the heroes of this story, and Castiel has gradually inched away from being a part of their team, a part of their family, to being the thing they need to hunt and take down.

Now, much the way the season started with Sam being a different version of himself because he was without a soul, chances are good that Castiel is not himself right now because of all of the souls floating around within him (do souls float? or are they trying to claw their way out?). When he told Dean of the amount of Purgatory's finest "warming" him, he had his look on his face like maybe he didn't know this is what he'd be getting into-- maybe something didn't quite feel the way he expected it to-- and maybe he just doomed his own fate by absorbing these things that he had no place taking on.

I have this idea that though Castiel became the big bad of season six, in season seven it's going to turn back around and he's going to struggle much the way Sam did this past year. The souls are going to eat him alive. Perhaps literally. Suddenly he will find he needs Dean and Sam just as much as they have needed him. It is their story, after all, and no matter how powerful Castiel is now, that all can change in an instant. We've seen it before; we'll see it again. The Winchesters have always taken down the big bad, but this time they have a very human connection to him. We've seen them hesitate before when it comes to taking down someone they care about, even if that someone standing in front of them isn't really the person from their lives but a demon in their meat suit. If we're not confident they can or will go after Castiel with all they've got, then they must be feeling even more doubt swimming around inside their own "grapefruits." And doubt and hesitation are the Winchesters; two actual biggest enemies on this show. So unless Cas goes AWOL or someone ends up actually needing someone else's help, I just don't see how they will all be able to coexist long-term. They are stronger in numbers, but right now their relationship doesn't even seem reparable.

Regardless, though, everyone is walking away from this particular season finale relatively (at least physically) unscathed. Even with the wall down Sam appears to be back to normal-- well, as normal as Sam can be. Would I like it if in season seven we realize that no, he's not really fine, and it was just a temporary fix? Yes, I actually would because I feel like his story wasn't really done justice in the end. But that's the common theme of season six: a lot of delicate pieces of the puzzle to fit together and in the end it seemed like they just needed to finish before the timer dinged so they jammed in what they could but it still feels like there are some holes.

No one other than Raphael exploded this time, so that's a plus, too, right? Sure, Cas was cold to Balthazar (
Sebastian Roche), but Crowley (Mark Sheppard) managed to slink away quite easily. Maybe even too easily. Maybe there's still something between them that we don't know. I certainly hope so on that account, too. I really like Sheppard and I would like to see him return. Still, I was expecting something a little different, and after last year, a little bigger.

So Supernatural didn't quite deliver the cliffhanger I was expecting-- certainly not as big as last year's, but one thing that struck me was how quiet Bobby (Jim Beaver) was in those final moments. I certainly hope he has something being worked up his sleeve, but I have a feeling the silence was just out of pure shock. How do you react when you are told there is a new God in town? Some might turn and run, but these guys are much too macho for that. Instead he stood stoically, a bit slack jawed, ready to fight. He's the soldier Castiel should have bet on.

I didn't love season seven, as anyone who has followed my commentary along since the beginning can tell you, but I think this season finale did justice to the greater story they wanted to tell but didn't always succeed at weaving through this whole time. It definitely feels like a new show now that Sera Gamble is in charge, but hopefully this first year has been her working through any kinks and come September Supernatural and its characters will be back to its regular fighting weight!

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