Wow. There were so many great things about this episode, but let me say I seriously thought when I saw someone typing on a typewriter that Chuck was back (aka God). After all he was around during the apocalypse it would make sense that he showed back up during this craziness.
Alas it was just Metatron being a douche as always. He goes on a shpeal about stories and subtext (seriously I could hear the Destiel shippers cheer from my house) and then it jumps into the episode. Of course this was more important than I thought it was at the time, but we’ll get back to that later.
Most likely I was distracted from Metatron’s doucheiness by this glorious scene. And yes I’m posting the whole photo set, because you deserve to see it again.
Yeah out of all the fan service in this episode I am most thankful for this jewel. Dean you can be moody all you want. . .while showering.
The episode continues to set up like a pretty good episode. Metatron is using Gadreel to gather angels and then kill them, the boys are hunting him with Cas’s help and then it starts to get even more interesting. Just as Cas is loading up to go search for Gadreel the lights flicker and the TV switches on. OK right then I began to hope/suspect that Gabriel was back and then once I heard the Casa Erotica music I did squeal, and text my friends/brother to verify they were seeing it too (they were “working”??). I didn’t realize how much I missed Gabriel (and Lucifer and Zachariah etc), but I was super excited to see where this was going.
I should have known that it was too good to be true. Gabriel back just when we need/want help. What REALLY clued me in that something was wrong was that he started talking about how he was there to lead the resistance and how he just wanted to help this time. Even when he DID help last time he was reluctant and that involved stuff a lot closer to home. I definitely knew something was seriously wrong when he mentioned that Cas was low on gas randomly while not even looking at the gas gauge. What I wasn’t expecting was that Metatron was in Cas’s head this entire time making him see what he wanted to see.
I wasn’t so impressed with Metatron downloading all the Pop Culture that he could to Cas’s brain. I like my Cas clueless as to what is going on around him. We’ll see if that become as annoying as it has potential to be. I really hope not. Metatron also threw around a bunch of crap about how he was a hero and Cas was a villain which leads me to believe that he’s super insane.
OK I’ll come back to the Cas and Metatron story line in a moment.
While Metatron and Cas have been doing their thing Dean and Sam have captured Gadreel and Sam quickly loses control while they try to question him. I know I’ve mentioned how much I love the actor playing Gadreel before, but seriously. I loved Tahmoh Penikett in Dollhouse and am loving him in this too. I do think he’s trying to redeem himself, but has just aligned himself with the wrong guy. If he’d met Cas first and really truly partnered with the boys I think he would have ended up one of the good guys.
Dean takes over the torture/interrogation and he lets the scary out a bit.
Gadreel pushed all the right buttons with Dean (Daddy, Sam, loneliness, etc) trying to get him to kill him (once again I think he just wants an end to the guilt and pain he’s felt since the fall of man), but Dean realizes what’s going on before hand. We get another thoughtful bathroom scene from Dean ending with him casually (and in a super scary fashion) confidently walk out of the bathroom twirling the angel blade in his hand and forgetting his cell phone next to the sink. Yeah that’s not bad.
Speed up to Sam finding out that Metatron has Cas and wants to trade him for Gadreel which has Sam speeding back to Dean before Dean can kill Gadreel. Dean of course isn’t answering the phone and Gadreel is no where to be seen when Sam rushes into the warehouse. We are supposed to assume that Dean got out of control and killed Gadreel, but I have to say I didn’t fall for it. Dean after all tortured people in Hell for years so yeah I believe he would inflict pain on Gadreel, but do I think he would release him from his trap? No.That’s what he wanted so that’s the last thing he’s going to get. However I do wonder at his muddled speech and confusion when Sam finds him slumped on the floor. Is that from the Mark of Cain? Or is he just worn out from torturing an angel? I’m assuming the former.
They make the trade with Metatron, but their trap they set fails miserably. Metatron is making the age old mistake of telling the other people his master plan with the assumption they can do nothing to stop them. Evidently reading all the Supernatural books didn’t clue him in that it takes a hell of a lot to stop the Winchesters.
Back at the motel they are parting ways with Cas (why exactly I’m not sure. Shouldn’t they be working together? I can understand to an extent, but it seems like it should be time to regroup and plan). Cas comments on Dean’s well being and Dean gives him an awkward shoulder pat which resulted in this:
I think that Dean wanted Cas to find out. It’s like when you get a tattoo and then “accidentally” show it off. Yes he knew that Cas would probably disapprove, but I also think that he knows Cas hill want to help him get rid of it when the time comes. I feel us inching closer and closer to Sam eating his words about how he’d let Dean die if the tables were turned.
Lastly we found out earlier that Metatron’s end game this go round was to get Cas to lead the rebellious angels and Cas repeatedly refused to do this. So why does the closing scene show Cas drawing the Horn of Gabriel and calling all the angels to his side? We also see Metatron typing this scene on his typewriter with a satisfied smirk on his face. So is Metatron controlling Cas? Or is Metatron just seeing what is going on and is happy about it? Maybe Cas is going to put Hannah in charge? I cannot believe that Cas would willingly take the deal unless it was to save the boys. Even then I don’t see it happening.
And can we talk about how much it pissed me off that Metatron spelled Cas “Cass”—- umm no. Cas is short for Castiel, he’s not Mama Cass. Overall though this was an amazing episode and the writers killed it (along with all of my feelings) and the actors weren’t too shabby either. I’m excited to see where it’s going from here until the season finale.
Anything I missed? Thoughts?