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Welcome back, boys! You were missed, you were. *grins*

Brief PSA: If you’re new to the Stream of Consciousness Rambles, let me give you a quick lay of the land. I’ve been writing and posting these weekly episode rambles since mid-way through Season 3. I call them rambles because I tend to do just that: ramble on. These recap/reviews can sometimes be as long as 20 Word Doc pages, depending on how awesome the episode is. You’ve been warned.

Dean is my hero, hands down. But this is first and foremost a show about two brothers and their…compatriots, shall we say, so I do my level best to give everyone a fair shake. However, anyone will tell you, my sympathies are rather clear. I avoid spoilers; the only thing I’ll allow myself to watch between one episode and the next are the ‘previews’ they show at the end of an episode. So you won’t be spoiled should you venture within (though, speculations run amuck).

All are welcome; feel free to post your comments, thoughts, speculations, musings, reactions in the comments. I reply to every comment. Promise. Just…play nice. That’s all I ask. This is just my take on things and certainly not the way they are.

Lastly, this show touches all of us in a personal way somehow (at least, that’s been my experience) and you may run into a personal reference or reminder herein…on occasion. *wink*

So, now that that is out of the way, let’s kick it in the ass!



I spent so much of Season 6 tense. Wondering what this group would think about that scene, or what that group would think about this moment. The season polarized fandom unlike any season prior. So, I ended it a bit wary of having enough ‘oompf’ to ramble on for another season.

But I have to tell you, I really think I’m going to like this season. I was entertained by this premiere. And yes, the story fell into some predictable formulas/patterns, and yes there were things I temporarily tensed up at because I knew group X wouldn’t agree/appreciate, but I’d missed seeing these guys so much I just rolled with it and I think I’m going to like how the story of my favorite Kansan hunters continues to evolve.

That, and…they’re just so pretty. *grins*

The writing skirts some subjects that, if we allowed it to, could be pretty controversial. But I like how they dare to do that. Push the edges a bit, without full-on breaking the barriers. Makes us think, tilts our heads. I really think this is going to be an interesting season. I’m ready, man.

So, the Road So Far was pretty much all the stuff that happened in Season 6. You were there, you saw it. Ironically, it was set to Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride.’ ‘Cause, yeah. It kinda was, IMO.

Oh! Before I forget—I LOVED the new title card, Then/Now background with the wrinkled paper effect and the type face and the bleeding ink…very cool. And goes well with what I’ve heard about the theme for the overall season. Which, if you haven’t heard anything, I shan’t spoil you, but it has me intrigued and liking the title card because of it.

Thankfully, we pick up right where we left off (though Dean’s hair is a tad longer—YUM). Dean’s holding his left arm against his side as if it or something inside of him is broken—and for good reason. He was tossed around but good in the finale. Everyone is staring at Cas with “Come again?” expressions on their faces and then, quite frankly shocking me, Bobby kneels.

Bobby: This good or you want the whole forehead to the carpet thing?

*burbles up a chuckle in spite of the seriousness of the situation*

Then, Dean and Sam start to kneel and I’m all WHAT?! No, no no no no….

I’m not sure what I expected them to do, exactly. I mean, Cas had just told him he’d destroy them if he didn’t and he was pretty high on power, so I could see them trying to figure out a way to escape with their body parts in the original positions. Still. I don’t like the idea of Dean kneeling before anyone (aside from the real God, maybe).

Cas, however, stops them. Says it’s pointless if they don’t mean it. He wants them to kneel out of love, not fear. But you can’t make someone love you. Which, sadly, I think Cas realizes a smidge too late. Sam tries to say something but Cas interrupts him.

Cas: Sam, you have nothing to say to me. You stabbed me in the back.

Heh. It’s true. He did.

So, hyped up on power, Cas said that the Castiel they knew is gone, and calls Dean a ‘brave little ant’ for standing up to him. Meanwhile, Sam is looking downright ill. Cas is looking at Dean saying that they were his favorite “pets,” before they turned and bit him.

Dean’s all, “Who are you?” (He must not have been paying attention to The Road So Far.)

Cas is like, hello...? I’m God! Be nice and you can stay in my Kingdom otherwise, I’ll take all the toys and go home. Cas can tell Sam is fading and Dean calls him on it – says he promised to fix Sam. Cas is like, yeah, if you stood down, Dean, which you clearly didn’t, so no fixing. He says he could have put Sam back in the cage, so be thankful of his mercy. Way to get them to love you, Cas.

Dean (voice tingeing on desperation): Cas, this is nuts. You can turn this around. Please

Cas is all poof! gone. And then Sam gives in to the effects of pulling the three hims back together. His nose is bleeding and he sees flashes of himself, burning in Hell as Dean shoots a panicked look his way and calls his name. And you know what just occurred to me? Back in Season 5, right before Sam said ‘yes’ and allowed Lucifer in, Luci says that Hell is cold. That where he was (which would have been the cage) was cold. I wonder why they didn’t play on that angle a bit more instead of having Sam burning…. *shrugs*

ANYWAY, Sam falls to his knees, cuts his hand on glass and then…black.

Cut to Cas in Heaven (which the only reason we knew it was Heaven is because it looked like his beautiful Tuesdays With Morrie park in the background) and he’s saying that the angels who stood with Raphael would be punished. As for the rest of the angels? Well, there’s a new sheriff in town. Behave, or this will happen to you – and the camera pulls up to reveal a bunch of very dead angels, their black wings spread out to burn marks in the grass—so many that the wings are actually overlapping. Yikes.

Some undetermined time later—but probably not terribly long because Sam’s still out from collapsing back in Autopsy 101 somewhere in Kansas—Dean is in the Impala. Apparently he learned Buffy’s trick of quick healing, too, because if anything was broken, it’s not now. Maybe he was just really bruised. *shrug*

There’s a cool camera trick where it looks like the car could be still on her roof, but they roll to reveal he’s on his back in the front seat, booted feet on the ceiling, growling with effort as he tries to push the smushed roof up while grunting, “C’mon, baby!"

*Gaelic melts*

I can’t help it. Grease Monkey Dean did funny things to my belly. And other places. The smudge of dirt across his forehead and forearms…the denim over the black T…the slightly tanned skin…. Good. Lord. I need a screen cap of that. And did anyone catch what his T-shirt said? I couldn’t quite make it out.

Anyway. Sorry. Where was I? Oh, right. Fixing the Impala. Bobby brings beer, saying Sam’s still sleeping and he’s had no luck finding God Part 2. And even if he did, he doesn’t know what they’d do about it. Dean snaps at him, clearly hanging on by a very thin thread, then recants saying that if they stick their neck out, Cas will step on it. It’s the first clue we’re given on how close to completely unraveling this guy is.

I mean, sheesh. He’s. Lost. Everything. Over and over. And he still has to keep fighting.

Because the universe says so. He can’t get anyone to listen to him. Yet at the same time? It’s always all his fault when things go wrong. I’d be pretty friggin’ frustrated, too. I just have to wonder how long he’s going to be able to keep calm and carry on as the season progresses. The sadistic part of me wants to see him come apart because the thin line of control he walks sometimes has my chest hurting. He needs a release valve.

He tells Bobby he’s going to do the only thing he can: fix his car.

Dean: I can work on her ‘til she’s mint.

*thinks inappropriate thoughts about being ‘mint’*

He tells Bobby that when Sam wakes up, they’re going to glue him back together, too. They owe him that. Man, I love this guy.

Back in Bobby’s kitchen, Sam’s awake. Walking and talking. Even put on his own socks. Dean’s happy, but smooth, covering a relieved grin by sipping a beer. Also? The guy drinks the whole episode. Not kidding. Tell me that’s not going to come back around at some point. At least…I hope so. Dean’s cautious when addressing Sam—very ‘no sudden movements.’ But Sam says he’s fine. He doesn’t understand it, but…he’s really fine.

Sam looks thinner. Did you guys notice? Cheekbones more defined, less “bulk” around his shoulders? I liked it.

They decide to not question it too much and Dean tells him to come out to the Impala and they’ll discuss their God problem. As he’s walking out, though, Sam frowns like he heard or saw something – like that glimpse of a shadow you sometimes get out of the corner of your eye? He turns, but…nothing. They do this crazy camera twist thing to drive the point home that All Is Not Right With Sam. Made me a bit dizzy.

Cut to a church with a reader board out front ironically claiming that “God walks among us.” The pastor inside is revved up on anti-gay rhetoric. Set my teeth on edge. For me, that kind of “preaching” is what gives “religion” a bad name. Cas arrives, though, and informs the congregation the he is God, calls the pastor a hypocrite, makes him choke on his lying tongue, and starts to leave. Before he can exit, though, he starts hearing his name whispered and he stumbles a bit.

When he does leave the church, the stained glass image of Jesus has been replaced by an image of Cas. I wasn’t sure if we were to assume that Cas did that…or someone/thing else did.

Back at Bobby’s, Sam’s in the basement looking for a torque wrench when he starts hearing things again, he turns and the basement has gone red and there are hooks hanging from the ceiling with…flesh or something impaled on them and all kinds of ucky stuff. Sam’s all, WTF, but Bobby comes down, snaps him out of it by calling his name (though he sees Sam wielding the wrench like weapon) and tells him they think they spotted Cas.

Upstairs, they join Dean (who is wearing coveralls, be still my heart) in front of Bobby’s TV and find out that 200 religious leaders have been killed and people are calling it an “act of God,” with one eye witness saying the man was “young…and sexy.” *laughs* Oh, Show. *shakes head*

So, since they have no idea how to stop Cas, they keep on keepin’ on, Dean fixing the Impala, Bobby…doing what Bobby does, Sam surviving.

I love that they showed us the passing of time by tracking Dean putting that car back together…almost as if he were desperately trying to rebuild something inside of himself. Clever writing to have the radio on the whole time so that we can follow Cas’ actions—not all death and dying, either. He forced the KKK to disband (a fact even Dean couldn’t argue with), but did wipe out a bunch of motivational speakers.

According to Dean, New Cas (just like Old Cas) + Irony = Fail.

It’s unclear how much time has really passed, but it can’t be easy to rebuild a classic ’67 Impala. I’m thinking at least a few weeks went by. Sam pushes Dean at one point to talk to Cas.

Dean’s basically like, are you high?

Dean: He’s God. When God gets righteous, you get the Hell out of the way. Haven’t you read the Bible? Cas is never coming back.

*sad*

It seems that all his efforts to ‘fix’ whatever was broken by making his baby ‘mint’ was only succeeding in giving him his wheels back. The fact that he thinks he failed his friend, failed to get to the bottom of the souls business in time to prevent Cas from sucking Purgatory dry, failed to save…anyone he loved from the pain they were all drowning in was digging it’s claws into him and pulling him low. He wouldn’t show it, not in recognizable ways, but Dean was hurting as much as his brother.

Dean = Done talking.

Sam = Got it.

So, while the boys are hashing out the merits of conversing with The New Boss, Crowley is hiding out in an anti-angel sigil-covered motor home with Tennessee plates, wearing some comfy looking leather slippers, sipping some whiskey, and listening to Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” On his TV is a news report of a leper colony in India that was miraculously healed. Honestly? I didn’t realize there still were leper colonies.

Cas shows up, saying he’s always known where Crowley is, and Crowley offers him a drink, which Cas refuses.

Crowley: Can’t blame a girl for trying.

Hee!

He prepares to be smited, spreading his arms wide, turning his head, and scrunching up his face. High. Larious. Cas, though, says he’s not going to kill him—he’s got plans for him.

Crowley: Wassat?

Cas wants Crowley back on the throne as King of Hell—only Cas will control the soul traffic.

Hell’s being downsized, but not eliminated because Cas still needs a threat to keep his peeps (aka mankind) in line. Plus…Cas needs to keep Michael in Lucifer’s cage. Which…why, I wonder. If he’s God…he couldn’t possibly be threatened by his big brother. Could he? Oooo…maybe rescuing Michael from the cage could come in handy down the road…. *ponders*

Anyway, big news is that Cas’ skin is getting sores on it much like Nick The Vessel did with Lucifer inside of him. Not good.

Back at Bobby’s, Sam’s sitting at the kitchen table, reading, and getting twitchy. I have to say that his did I just hear/see something wigginess started to make me wiggy. I kept glancing over my shoulder. And there’s a wall behind me.

Chains suddenly shoot out of the ceiling, wrap around his neck, and yank him up to the ceiling, choking him. Right when you think it’s curtains for Sam (again) he jerks awake. Just a dream. *whew*

He calls out for Dean, then for Bobby and gets no answer because they’re out in the garage taping up the Impala and getting it ready to paint. And Dean’s wearing coveralls. Again. *bites lip*

Rather proud of himself, Dean’s like, "I should do this professionally." Hee. I like it when he takes pride in something.

Bobby starts questioning him about Sam—how is Sam even vertical, that sort of thing. Dean says Sam is okay…he just prays to God it’s true.

Bobby: We need to come up with a new saying.

Hah! No worries, Bobby. Fandom has you covered.

It’s interesting to me how they pace out the ‘we need to have some exposition about this’ types of conversation. I mean, as we watched Sam head out to the garage, I knew he was heading out there to tell them about his dream/hallucinations because he’d been seriously wigged out, but I also knew that he'd overhear some kind of confession of Dean’s that would make him check himself and not say anything…again.

I mean, on one hand? It’s Sam’s M.O. If there’s nothing that can be done (in his estimation) why say anything and worry Dean more? But on the other hand? It’s been done a little much. And I would think these two would learn from that.

So, I hope that now that the cat’s outta the bag, when it comes to big things (like not being able to tell what’s real and what’s not), they need to talk to each other. Both of them. Dean's far from exempt. Some day, he’s going to have to talk about Hell. Some day, he’s going to have to talk about his ongoing drive to pickle his liver. Some day, he’s going to have to turn that release valve. And I think if anyone would get it? It would be Sam. He shouldn’t feel he has to protect Sam from him forever.

*steps off soapbox*

So, with Sam in the doorway out of eye line, but within ear shot, Dean confesses that he doesn’t really believe Sam’s okay basically because they never get a break. He’s not gonna get his hopes up just to “get kicked in the Daddy pills again.” Sam shows up and, predictably, doesn’t tell them about the choke chain dream, but instead says that Cas’ body count is rising.

Bobby: We gotta hunt the son of a bitch. Unfortunately, I lost my ‘God gun.’

Sam, grasping at straws, is like, what about a weapon in Balty’s arsenal. Dean’s like, it’s God, dude. There’s no thing…but there might be someone….

When they summon Crowley (still in his slippers with his whiskey, which makes Dean smirk), I was momentarily confused. How could Crowley defeat Cas/God when he was just cowering like a little girl moments ago? He even says that his ‘new boss’ is gonna kill him for talking to them and when Sam asks who his new boss is, Crowley calls him a giraffe and informs them that Cas is the boss of everyone.

Which, as you might guess, doesn’t sit right with any of them.

But then Dean (wearing flannel and looking all levels of fine) says he wants the spell to bind Death—the only player with the juice to take Cas. And I may have said, Oooh! out loud.

Crowley says it’s a suicide mission, but Sam asks him if he really wants Cas running the show.

Meanwhile, Cas—whose skin is growing steadily worse—heals a blind beggar man, showing (he believes) that he is a just God.

But then when the blind man asks him what’s the matter with his face, he goes into a bathroom somewhere to peer at his own reflection, hearing the voices. He opens his shirt and, ala Alien, hands are literally pushing against the skin of his chest and belly, the voices demanding Let Us Out!

Whoops. And also…creepy.

Next thing you know, an envelope is shoved under Bobby’s door—spell delivered via FedEx. Interesting. They decide they’re going to do this thing—the only problem is that they need and “Act of God Crystallized Forever.” Turns out? That’s lightning. Striking sand and creating something called a…fulgurite, I think they called it. A big-ass rock crystal thing that is, of course, very rare. But some google-fu shows them that someone bought it at an auction some time back and that someone just so happens to live about 9 hours away.

So, they jump in the Impala and head out. Which was a little interesting to me. They spent a lot of time showing Dean rebuild her and then there’s no sexy reveal this time around. She’s just put back to work, carrying them valiantly into the hunt. It felt lacking and yet, really right. Because it wasn’t a triumphant return this time.

It wasn’t a that’s what I’m talking about moment. They were looking for a way to kill someone who’d been a friend. Who’d saved their lives.

And it isn’t like they want to hunt anymore. Dean, especially. They just…don’t know any other way. Any other life. Any other way to survive. So, to see the nose of the shiny, 'mint' Impala as the engine’s low rumble erased stealth from the picture was kind of a, yeah. Yeah, there she is. Back in the fray.

Sam is sneaking up to the back of the house when a security guard spots him. Dean, jumps the security guard with a, “’Scuse me, you got any Grey Poupon?” WHACK!

Sam, adorably still with his hands up, is like, “Grey Poupon? Really?”

Hee. Boys. *ruffles their hair*

Bobby’s with them as they sneak into the house to find the lightning crystal thing, separating. Dean finds it, but then there’s the sound of a gun being cocked. A barely-awake, definitely-terrified husband and wife are standing with a big-ass gun pointed at Dean.

Dean: I don’t want to hurt you. Really.

Man: I’m the one with the firearm, Son.

Dean: I get that.

Next thing you know, the husband and wife are tied and gagged, back-to-back on heavy-looking chairs. And then Bobby and Sam show up. I adore that they didn’t show how Dean overpowered them and still conveyed that he did it sans help. Dean introduces the couple (but I missed their names) and Sam’s all, “Hi!” HAH!

So, using the “God thingy,” they start the spell right there in the people’s house. Dean even has fast food take out he knows Death likes. They cut Dean’s arm for blood to use in the ritual. Terry, if you’re reading? I know you know exactly why I grinned at that. Bobby starts the rite. The house rattles, windows break. Then…nothing.

Looking around, Dean’s like, “Um…hello? Death?”

And suddenly, Death is there. And bound.

Dean: Fried pickle chip?

HA!

Death: This is about Sam’s hallucinations, I assume?

Dean and Bobby stare at Sam all, Buzzah…?

Death: One wall per customer. Now, let me go.

Sam: We can’t. Yet.

Dean: We need you to kill God.

Sam, Bobby, and Dean are looking just shy of pee-their-pants scared. Death? Looks bored. Until Dean says this little tidbit.

Death: Pardon?

Bobby: Kill God. You heard right. Your…honor.

HA!

Death: What makes you think I can do that?

Dean: You told me you could.

Death: Why should I?

Dean (bravely): Because. We said so and we’re the boss of you.

Sam and Bobby shoot him a WTF, man! Shuuuuut uuuup! look.

Dean (terrified): Respectfully.

Suddenly Cas shows up. Now it’s a party. Cas—looking terrible by the way—says he gonna kill them and raises his Snappy Fingers Of Doom.

Dean: You can’t kill us! Death’s our bitch!

HA! What a line.

Death’s like, pretty much, yeah. Meanwhile, the tied up husband and wife are like this is the last time we do ‘shrooms with the Jones’.

Death tells Cas he doesn’t look like God—more like an angel whose vessel is melting. Cas replies that he’ll repair himself, but then Death drops the real bomb of the season. The big bad isn’t going to be Cas. It’s not even going to be Cas/God.

Apparently, before God made man and the angels, he made the first beasts, which he decided weren’t good to keep around, so he created Purgatory to contain them. They’re called Leviathans. *gulp* So, when Cas sucked Purgatory dry, he sucked them in, too.

Death and Cas start a pissing match. Death calls Cas a stupid little soldier, but Cas demands to know where God is and says he’s cleaning up one mess after another. On one very small level? I could kinda sympathize with Cas. It’s sometimes a struggle in life when we’re so conditioned as humans to believe in the tangible to believe that there’s a Heavenly plan (assuming that you, like me, do believe) when you see and/or experience so much pain in the world. Cas wanting to know where God was tugged at my heart a bit.

Death: Quite the humanitarian.

Cas calls Death a fly swatter, Death says he’s destined to swat Cas, Cas is like, not if I swat you first and just before it devolves into an, “I know you are, but what am I?” argument, Death delivers an awesome line.

Death: Cas, I know God. And you, sir, are no God.

Loved that one. In fact, I loved every moment of the scene with Death. That thin, unassuming man is so quietly frightening he is wicked cool.

Dean: Put your junk away both of you. Call him what you want, just kill him now!

Cas looks at Dean and I swear I saw Dean’s insides shrivel up and fold in half.

Death’s all, “Fine,” but then Cas snaps his fingers and unbinds him. Yipe. Death’s like, “Should we kick-box?” He heads over to the fast food—Dean hastily backing away—and says that he had a tingle he’d be reaping someone very soon. Then, hilariously leans over to address the still-bound couple and tells them it isn’t them.

Cas leaves.

Death: Well…he was in a hurry.

Cas shows up at the political rally office of a Senator and is ready to smite her for abusing power. Says he’s a better God than his father…and then? Cas…kinda starts to come apart. He’s laughing. Crazily.

Meanwhile, our boys are nervously watching Death nosh on fast food. Dean tries to say something and Death shuts him down saying, “I warned you about the souls with enough time to stop all of this and here we are again.”

Dean, not looking at Death, and still very scared, but building up resentful anger (that I don’t blame him for one bit) snaps: I’ve been trying. Maybe you should find someone better to tip off.

Death says maybe he should just find a different world, making me wonder if we’re going to get a Miracle Day episode coming up where no one dies. Sam tries to stop Death asking him to give them something.

Sam: You must care what happens to us.

Death: I really don’t.

But he does admit that Cas is arrogant, so Dean’s like, okay, let’s build on that. Death gives them another shot—they have to get the souls back into Purgatory, and they have everything they need to open another door back in Autopsy 101. He’ll even give them another eclipse on Sunday at 3:59am. He tells them not to thank him, just clean up their mess.

Which…why it’s their mess, I’m not sure. I mean, they did everything they could but they’re human beings working against almost insurmountable forces of Heaven and Hell. I think it says something that they’re still alive. But…that’s just me.

As he leaves, Death says, “Try to bind me again and you’ll die before you start. Nice pickle chips!” HA! And...now I'm kinda craving fried pickles. *curses*

Back in the senator’s office, Cas wakes up in a pool of blood and stands up to see that everyone in the office is dead. He’s all, nooooo… but then the camera does that spinning thing and it’s quite clear that Cas. Is. Losing. It.

Back at Bobby’s Sam’s all ready to get their Purgatory on, but Dean’s sitting with his feet up, in front of a laptop, sipping whiskey. Sam’s like, “You want coffee with that?”

Dean: It’s 6pm somewhere.

Oh, man. You’re making my heart hurt, Dean.

Sam’s insistent that they give this Purgatory thing a go.

Sam: Cas is in there somewhere, I know it!

Dean: No, you don’t.

Sam: No. I don’t. But I was pretty far gone, too, and you never gave up on me.

Right. He didn’t, Sam. So what does that tell you about your brother right now that he’s given up on the only friend he’s pretty much ever had? How low does that tell you Dean’s been pulled? I mean, I don’t blame Sam—he’s got a helluva lot of his own flack to deal with right now. But I also don’t blame Dean for being all it’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. He's been tired since Season 2 and life has just gotten harder and more and more rugs have been pulled from under his feet.

Dean: Yeah, and you’re the same open book as you’ve always been. Hallucinations? Really? I gotta find out from Death?

Well. It could have been worse. I mean, he could have found out from Facebook.

But I'm glad he called him on it because...no more lying to each other, boys. Just. Enough. I mean it. *crosses arms and stops foot*

Sam’s all, you can’t help, why burst the one good bubble you had left, it’s under control. I know what’s real and what’s not. So here’s where I hope hope hope they take the opportunity to bring the brother’s together with a shared experience.

Dean’s clearly not dealt with his Hell trauma and Sam’s has manifested itself into a very real, rather dangerous psychosis. If there’s anyone that could relate to what both of them are going through? It’s each other! I really hope they build on that this season. If not…there will be so much story wasted.

Dean’s eyes do that Martin Riggs empty-all-emotion look and he sits back saying, “Here’s how I’m gonna deal: stuff my pie hole, drink, and watch Asian cartoon porn while I act like the world’s about to explode. Because it is.”

*rubs heart* Dean, man…. Even the idea of him giving up is like all the worst things in life jumbled together in a big, messy ball inside of me.

Then, Dean sees the news and there’s security footage of the massacre at the senator’s office with Cas grinning manically at the camera and Dean’s like, that settles it. Cas is out of the cards. But, interestingly, Sam still believes.

He heads out to the junkyard and “prays” to Castiel saying that they have until dawn to stop this, begging him to let them help.

I got why Dean had given up, but I found it interesting that Sam still believed. Maybe because he’d not been as close to Cas as Dean had. Maybe because he didn’t feel the sting of betrayal as keenly. I’m not sure. But…it worked.

Sam goes back inside and Dean offers him a shot, which Sam agrees to take only if Dean stops watching Asian cartoon porn. They share the drink and suddenly, Cas is there, covered in blood and sores, and so weak he sags against the wall. He tells them he needs help.

While I wish so much that it hadn’t taken all of this killing on his part and that he didn’t have one foot in the grave, I have to say, I love him for listening to Sam and, more or less, turning himself in. I’m so glad they didn’t have to kill him. Um. Yet.

So, they all show up in Autopsy 101, somewhere in Kansas. It’s unclear if Cas was able to transport them there or what, but apparently, they were able to reach it in time for the eclipse. Cas tells Sam where to find a jar of blood and Sam goes to retrieve it—alone, which I thought was a Really Bad Idea. Cas is slumped on the ground and Dean and Bobby are moving things around to make room for a door.

Cas looks up at Dean, weakly, and says he feels regret about Dean and what he did to Sam. Dean’s like, yeah, well, you should. Cas tells him if he was strong enough, he’d fix him. He’s trying to make amends before he dies. He pauses and then asks, “Is it working?”

Dean: Does it make you feel better?

Cas: No. You?

Dean: Not a bit.

Ouch. Just. Ouch ouch ouch.

I’ll put this out there. I liked Cas. A lot. I like his dynamic with the boys—his friendship with Dean. I liked his obliviousness and inability to pick up on human quirks. He broke my heart last season and in the moment when he’s beaten down and expressing regret, I missed him all over again.

But. That said? The story has to progress. And while it hurts to have characters brought in and connect with the boys—have them matter to them, like Ash and Jo and Ellen and now Castiel—and then take them cruelly away to leave them fighting alone in the world, I get why it’s done. And the evolution of Cas in this is incredibly intriguing to me. It’s a way to turn the world on an angle they’d never see coming and would be completely unprepared to fight. And it’s a way to, in a very weird, twisted sense, start fresh.

Nothing that worked before will work now. And I dig that idea. I’m excited to see where they can take it. And if, after everything is said and done, there can be any redemption—for all of them. Cas, included. Because with this show? Literally anything is possible. And that’s what keeps hope alive.

Anyway, while Dean and Bobby are in the main room, Sam’s gone after the blood and who should be there blocking his escape but Luci himself. Or, rather, Sam’s hallucination of Luci.

Lucifer: Long time, no spooning.

Yikes, poor Sam. *rubs heart*

Sam’s very calmly informing this hallucination that he’s not real. He’s just a result of Sam’s brain leaking memories of Hell. But, Hallucination!Lucifer tells him that the reverse is actually true. He said that everything else is actually the hallucination and Sam never actually got out of the cage. *rubs heart* Ugh, poor Sam. Just…UGH! This is not going to go well for him. *pets his poor, cracked head*

Back in the main room, Dean and Bobby have everything ready, but…no Sam. So Dean heads out after him and finds the jar of blood in the hallway and yet…no Sam. So, he has to make the tough choice to go back and save the world and look for his brother later. That had to suck. Especially now that he knows what Sam's been dealing with. But it wasn't like he had a lot of time, what with a Death-manifested eclipse looming.

They start the ritual (Bobby reading) and Cas can barely stand. He collapses once and Dean rushes forward to help him up.

Cas looks back at Dean, meeting his eyes, and says, “I’m sorry.”

The sorrow on Dean’s face is from the inside out. And in that moment, I saw absolution. Forgiveness. And just...pain. *sniffs*

Purgatory opens, souls get sucked back in, Cas collapses. His body is cold and he’s not breathing.

Dean (crouched over him, face tight): Maybe angel’s don’t need to breathe.

Bobby: He’s gone, Dean.

Dean looks…bereft. And regretful. And just so, so sad. His voice trembles as he says, “Dammit. Cas you child. Why didn’t you listen to me?”

But then, just like that, Cas heals, breathes, and wakes. Dean pulls him up, barely resisting pulling him close in a hug. Bobby’s all shaky laugh and happy.

Cas: That was unpleasant.

He thanks them, and says he overreached (a bit) and that he’ll find some way to redeem himself.

Dean’s like, let’s go find Sam, when suddenly, Cas pushes both him and Bobby away, growling that they need to run now. He’s in obvious pain, struggling against something and then yells, "Leviathans!"

They’d held on, the buggers.

Cas is being ripped up from the inside. Dean shoves Bobby to the door yelling to find Sam and then turns back to Cas who suddenly calms, straightens and smiles at Dean with a totally creep, serial killer/stalker smile.

In a very NonCas voice, he says, “Cas is…gone. Dead. We own this shell now.”

He throws Dean hard across the room. Then, does the same to Bobby. Stunned, Dean manages to lift his head, starting at LeviCas with shocked horror. Standing in the doorway, LeviCas grins maniacally, black veins creeping up his neck and to his face and says, “This is gonna be so much fun.”

His evil cackle echoes after the screen fades to black and the credits roll. *shivers a bit* I think this could be an amazing display of Misha Collins’ acting talents. I am excited to see how he’s going to play this new character.

As one last total aside? The “stay tuned for previews” promo shots? Hummina hummina. And the previews for next week? *meep!*

So…Dean’s two steps from unraveling, and is all that stands between his brother and oblivion, it seems. Sam is not only suffering from totally random and scary hallucinations, but currently thinks that everything he experienced over the last year is the hallucination and he’s still in the cage—plus, where the hell did he go? And Bobby? He’s just trying to stay alive, man.

I see a lot of potential for character growth from both boys and some pretty serious trials to overcome—both of them learning from the other. Not only that? This is a pretty big Big Bad. And I can’t imagine LeviCas will be the only thing they’ll be facing. As Dean said, they’re just not that ‘lucky.’

I’m excited to see what’s next.

Thanks for reading!

Slainte.

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pinkphoenix1985
Sep. 24th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
I love reading your reviews and yes, I do agree that the boys should talk it out (but then there would be no show and no brother angst) BUT at least Death outed Sam and we had the 'you're lying' speech in this episode...hopefully the trend doesn't continue in the next ep--and I really hope so because my personal fav of Dean is big!bro and lots of h/c.

I'm excited to see LeviCas and what happens. You just know that Misha is having a blast with the role :)
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Hi! I'm happy to see you. :)

I know it's not realistic to think that they'll actually talk it out, but at least not LYING to each out would be a start. Y'know? Accepting that both have been there, been through the sh*t, that should be enough to keep it real between them.

At least, that's what I'm hoping.

Can't wait to see you next week. :)

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borgmama1of5
Sep. 24th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
She's Baaack!

Reading your rambles is as good as rewatching the episode, and there are always things you see that I missed. Like the fact that when they drove to get the crystal, they were in the Impala.

Dean deciding to drink and watch animated porn--that moment struck me as Dean being 'off' initially, but thinking it over, I see Dean as holding up his own internal walls with all his might because he doesn't dare let them waver or he will crumble from the onslaught of what has happened to Sam and to Cas. And the struggle to hold up the separation of himself from his feelings makes him seem oddly flat.

Did that make any sense?

I loved how they redeemed Cas and showed Dean's regret over losing Cas in that brief interlude opening Purgatory...and then we were slammed with Cas turning into another bad thing, only this time it's clearly not Cas so the forgiveness towards his character is still valid. I just thought that was masterfully written. Cas is forgiven and his body becomes another monster. Wow. Didn't see that coming.

It bothered me that Dean didn't show concern over Sam's disappearance. All it would have needed was Dean making a side comment when he found the jar of blood, something like, 'Dammit, Sam, not now!' so it didn't feel like he was just ignoring Sam.

OTOH, the writers might be trying to make it seem like Sam's hallucination is real, that Dean doesn't have Sam with him as he's trying to rescue Cas...like a POV trick to make us doubt for a minute. Except it really didn't work for me, I needed to see some concern for Sam.

Sadly I know what you mean about the viewing experience being colored by awareness of the various splinters in SPN fandom...I could hear shrieking about Dean's 'forgiveness' of Cas as being too easy from one side and too harsh from the other...I seriously dislike extremists in any area...sigh.

Well, this has been a lengthy ramble on your post, hope you don't mind :)

Wish it was next Friday already...
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Hi!!!!

So happy to see you. :) Also? Ramble on, my friend. That's what this whole post is for. :) So, feel free.

Sometimes I think we (and by we, I mean the broad, all-encompassing 'we') want more from Dean then he's capable of giving. By that I mean, we want him to forgive Cas as easily as Sam apparently did because we loved the friendship between Cas and Dean. Y'know? But I think about the kind of man Dean is, the crap he's been through, and...I could see it. I could see why he was like, "I'm done. I'm just...done."

I haven't seen it since the first viewing, but what I remember about Dean's finding the blood was that he called out Sam's name and shot a desperate look down the hall and I felt this...clench...in my chest think about how he wanted to run to that room, find out where Sam was, but knew he had to get the door to Purgatory open or they were all screwed.

But...at the same time? The ficwriter in me agrees with you that a "Dammit, Sammy!" would have been a nice addition. :)

Sam's poor head. That's all I can say about that. He's going to need so much help to ground him after this.

And lastly, I'm totally with you in the hating of extremists in any area. It wears me out.

Can't wait to see what you think next week! :)
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ramblin_rosie
Sep. 24th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
Gaaaeliiiic!!! Just what I needed to cap off the evening before I retreat to one of my AUs. :D Appreciate your insights as always.
I was rather disappointed that they didn't use "Won't Get Fooled Again" anywhere, given the title, but "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" was good. :) Also very nice to see both Marks back in action.
Dean really is hanging on by a thread--he's been asked to bear more than any human should have to bear, and he's borne it for six years now (forty-six if you count Hell), but there's only so much one man can take. Like ficwriter1966 pointed out in one of her recent pieces, *every last one* of Dean's worst nightmares has come true. Something's got to give. And even if he and Sam and Bobby do make it out of Season 7 alive, I seriously doubt Dean could survive an eighth year of this mess.
Cas has amply proven Gandalf's wisdom in not accepting the One Ring. Yikes. I am glad, though, that they didn't wait past this episode to give him a chance to redeem himself, even though he did a lot of damage that couldn't readily be fixed. The bit about "You were my favorite pets" made me laugh, though, because there's a hilarious song by Die Prinzen, "Tiere Sind Zum Essen Da" (Animals Are For Eating), based on a similar premise: the narrator loved his pet rabbit until it started misbehaving, and since it won't reform, he decides it's going to make a better dinner than a pet.
Honestly, I think the leviathans might be the best Big Bad yet, certainly better than the Mother of All. So many cultures have primordial monster myths that there's a lot of room for the writers to play. And Misha getting to be himself Jack Nicholson? BRILLIANT.
I suspect I won't be able to handle watching next week because Saaaaaaam. *sniffle* But there are certainly promising elements set up for this season by this episode. Far, far more satisfactory than "Exile on Main Street" (even if I do still want to haul Sam and Dean into another reality where they can finally catch a break).
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!! Glad to see you again. I will look forward to your thoughts on the ramble each episode. :)

*every last one* of Dean's worst nightmares has come true. Something's got to give

So right. So, so right.

I loved your LOTR's analogy! Spot on.

Misha toooootally channeled his inner Jack, didn't he? I am going to like his being someone/thing completely different so much better than I would have had be just been "Cas/God" -- much scarier. Though I'm sure it'll be just one of several big bads they will have to deal with.

Another reality where they can catch a break...yeah. Yeah, that would be nice. To allow them to heal. But then...I'd want to throw them right back into the fray to watch them kick butt. :) I know. I'm a sadist.

See you next week?
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flame_lily
Sep. 24th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Hiya gaelic and thank you so much for your wonderful ramble and great view on show. I love that you pick up on the things they missed but can shrug and move on. The bigger picture is the one we are seeing. OMG but Dean was awesome all over again and the poor guy is barely holding on so yes, yes to this:

..."Right. He didn’t, Sam. So what does that tell you about your brother right now that he’s given up on the only friend he’s pretty much ever had? How low does that tell you Dean’s been pulled? I mean, I don’t blame Sam—he’s got a helluva lot of his own flack to deal with right now. But I also don’t blame Dean for being all it’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. He's been tired since Season 2 and life has just gotten harder and more and more rugs have been pulled from under his feet"....

How amazing was the scene with Death. Julian is superb and terrifying indeed. Loved the sark that was still there in Dean and as for Crowley - I LOVE that demon! Sam is so hurting right now and I feel so for the guy. He is trying so hard to keep it together and be there for Dean. Of course, they do need to talk so I hope show does go there as it would be a waste if not.

I laughed so much that you were looking over your shoulder and there was a wall behind you - I can so relate. I think I forgot to breathe a few times during the episode!!

Oh I could go on but I am actually going to watch the episode again. Brilliant, just brilliant *hugs*
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Hello you!

Thank you for reading and commenting. So great to hear from you!

Who would have thought that there would be a reality where so many of us would say with complete seriousness, "I love Death!"

I seriously did start looking over my shoulder! He had me all wigged out! LOL!

Thanks again for coming by -- hope to see you next week!
tobyanca
Sep. 24th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
Wonderful Ramble! I so love reading your insights. It's like I'm watching the show again!
I love how much you just get Dean. The season has started with a bang and I can't wait to see the story unfold and read your rambles with it!!
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks so much. Great to hear from you. And I hope you come back each week (or as often as you feel like it, anyway).

I'm excited (for the first time in awhile) to see how the story evolves. YAY boyz! :)
cathy1967
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
As always, love to read your take on an episode. And I agree with everything.

I was ready to see Cas go. I admit that. But having him now as the new Big Bad is kinda breathtaking. And Misha really rolled with this one, didn't he? Wa-hay.

What struck me was at the very beginning when Cas tells them not to kneel ... there's that brief tug on Dean's lips, like he's expecting Cas to say: Just kidding, it's all good. It dies quickly, though, when he realizes that Cas indeed considers himself to be a god. Nothing good has ever come of that, eh?

I love Death. Julian Richings is awesome. The first time I saw him in action was on Once A Thief and he was way cool then too. But playing Death is really a great part for him. And I love how cultured he is, how calm and easy-going. No temper tantrums, not stupid threats. Just all: I'm Death and one day I will reap God. Excellent! Makes me wonder though. Is he on the same level as God or is he higher? Because, if he can reap God, he can't be below him. Right?

Anyway, I'm all ready for this season to run its course and it's very evident that the writers are in glorious form. Love, love, love the course this is taking already. :D

And I totally love that you're still in the game and sharing your wonderful views with us.

Oh, and one more thing ... that scene in the basement when Sam saw all the hooks ... that was so Hellraiser. Heck, I almost expected Pinhead to turn up. *L* I love it when they pay tribute to other horror movies, be it intentional or not. :D

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gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Hi there! I hope things are going a bit better for you. I've been thinking about you. :)

there's that brief tug on Dean's lips, like he's expecting Cas to say: Just kidding, it's all good. It dies quickly, though, when he realizes that Cas indeed considers himself to be a god

Good catch! I saw that -- kinda broke my heart a bit. Just like in the S6 finale when Cas gives Dean this "it's going to be okay" look and I thought it would be like Dean's wink to Sam in The Beautiful Room only it ended up to be more of an "it's going to be okay because I now have absolute power" expression. *frowns*

I love 'Death,' too! He's a fabulous character. I think he's on the same level as God in this 'verse. Because you're right -- he can reap God. One day. And I don't think God can stop him. Bind him, obviously. But not 'kill' him.

I'm ready to see the evolution of this season. I think it could head somewhere really interesting.

Oh, and believe it or not? I've never seen Hellraiser. The previews with that Pinhead guy were enough to scare my little elementary-aged self into hiding, so I never watched it when it was new and now...no real interest. So, I believe you. ;)

See you soon!
suprnatrlkiwi
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
Episode 1
*cautiously sneaks in to make first LJ post*

gaelic, I thought it was time I joined and posted here instead of just lurking like a peeping Tom! It's also nice to see a couple of familiar names: tobyanca and flamelily - how are you, girl? Long time no see! (In case you haven't worked it out, my alter ego is "kiwijenjarefan".)

As usual, I loved your recap and observations, gaelic and although I'm probably not quite as gushing about the episode as most are, there were some scenes that had me talking to/shouting at my computer screen - Much to the amusement of my cat. I swear he's now searching for a new owner who just feeds and pets him and who doesn't obsess over fictional TV characters.

My own observations/questions/musings:

1. Ok, first (and probably most important) question that I also asked on SNTV: How did the Magic CW Ointment miraculously heal Dean's obvious injuries, yet couldn't mend Sam's cut hand?! But, I do have to take a shallow moment and say I loved Dean's hair. I love his early-season "grown-out-while-I'm-just-Jensen" hair as a rule. Special request to SNPTB: Please keep longer hair on Dean.

2. The Impala. I hate seeing her so battered but I love how Dean loving refers to her as "baby" and tenderly tries to make her all better as if she were a person. And Dean lying on his back on the seat....*takes a moment*

3. Sam's hallucinations. Creeeepy. I know what you mean about looking over your shoulder. For you, you saw a wall. I just saw my cat's incredulous look. Again. It was so gut-wrenching when Luci told Sam he wasn't hallucinating and was really still stuck in hell and would never escape. My heart dropped to my shoes. I just wanted to hug Sam and give Luci a Liverpool Kiss.

4. Dean's drinking. Methinks this will come to a head this season. He's not fooling anyone with his cool-as-a-cucumber "all is right with the world" manner and is cracking. How much more can they dump on my poor broken hero?

5. Cas. Whoa. Masterful performance from Misha. From Godstiel to GOODstiel to ManiacStiel.

I'm hoping S7 is a marked improvement on S6 and although this wasn't my favourite episode, this show has me bound to them for the longhaul.







heartlessbytchh
Sep. 25th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Episode 1
Squee! *hugs you and spins you around*
"kiwijenjarefan"
I've missed you, it's so good to see you.*squishes you tight*
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msninacat
Sep. 24th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
How did I almost forget about this? Oh yeah, a 16 hour shift that started out with fire alarms. Thank goodness I found it anyway. XD

I don’t like the idea of Dean kneeling before anyone (aside from the real God, maybe).

Me either but sometimes you do what you have to until you can do what you need to.

I wonder why they didn’t play on that angle a bit more instead of having Sam burning…. *shrugs*

Probably cause your average viewer wouldn't get the reference and it's easier to go with hell = fire. Plus the writers probably forgot to check back with each other on that. *whistles* ;D

And did anyone catch what his T-shirt said?

Superwiki said it was an "Eye of the Tiger" shirt. I haven't done my rewatch yet so we'll see.

Hell’s being downsized, but not eliminated because Cas still needs a threat to keep his peeps (aka mankind) in line. Plus…Cas needs to keep Michael in Lucifer’s cage. Which…why, I wonder. If he’s God…he couldn’t possibly be threatened by his big brother. Could he? Oooo…maybe rescuing Michael from the cage could come in handy down the road…. *ponders*

That would be great if somehow Michael would help save his little brother. I also like that they kinda showed you can't have good without bad so you kinda have to keep hell around.

Which…why it’s their mess, I’m not sure. I mean, they did everything they could but they’re human beings working against almost insurmountable forces of Heaven and Hell. I think it says something that they’re still alive. But…that’s just me.

I think maybe in Death's opinion that they are the ones that picked at the scab when this could have all been over so now they should be responsible for fixing it. Idk, that's just my opinion of how he would look at it.

Right. He didn’t, Sam. So what does that tell you about your brother right now that he’s given up on the only friend he’s pretty much ever had? How low does that tell you Dean’s been pulled? I mean, I don’t blame Sam—he’s got a helluva lot of his own flack to deal with right now. But I also don’t blame Dean for being all it’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. He's been tired since Season 2 and life has just gotten harder and more and more rugs have been pulled from under his feet

A FREAKING MEN. I hate that people complain that it's not like Season 1 because the characters have evolved. They've experienced so much that you can't go back or it wouldn't make any sense.

I got why Dean had given up, but I found it interesting that Sam still believed. Maybe because he’d not been as close to Cas as Dean had. Maybe because he didn’t feel the sting of betrayal as keenly. I’m not sure. But…it worked.

Maybe it's because he felt like he had to believe for Dean. It's easier for those boys to do things for each other than themselves.

Nothing that worked before will work now. And I dig that idea. I’m excited to see where they can take it. And if, after everything is said and done, there can be any redemption—for all of them. Cas, included. Because with this show? Literally anything is possible. And that’s what keeps hope alive.

EXACTLY.


Thanks for this weekly safe place and to be able to be around other people that just "get it". Cause so many of the complaints come from surface level stuff that you have to dig deeper in order to get why. I love reading your conspiracy theories and chatting with you about mine. XD

gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
How did I almost forget about this?

*sighs with dramatic arm-flung-across-forehead* I knew it. I'm forgettable. Oh, the angst! Oh, wait...16 hour shift? Fire alarms? Heck, I'd probably forget me, too! :)

Thank you for reading and for the way you provide your thoughts. Love. It.

Superwiki said it was an "Eye of the Tiger" shirt.

I WANT ONE!! *ahem* Sorry. Still. Hee. I do want one. ;)

That would be great if somehow Michael would help save his little brother. I also like that they kinda showed you can't have good without bad so you kinda have to keep hell around.

I agree on both counts. I'm a tad weary of the angels/Heaven storyline, but since they let that cat out in Season 5, I highly doubt it's going away away. And I've always looked at Michael as a good guy (I mean in Biblical stories, not in SPN lore) so IMO it would be great to see him redeemed by saving Cas in some way.

I mean, I don't think Cas is cowering inside Jimmy's shell somewhere, but I also don't think he's DEAD dead. Just my opinion.

And yeah -- just like duct tape, there has to be light side and a dark side to everything. ;)


Maybe it's because he felt like he had to believe for Dean. It's easier for those boys to do things for each other than themselves.


Ooo - I like this. I can totally see this.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I dig it. Hope to see you next week -- and for a tamer shift for you.
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princess_pavi
Sep. 24th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
So glad you're back with the rambles! and they're every bit as long and detailed as they usually are. Loved reliving the episode through them. And finding out the small things I missed the first time around.

Like the "gluing Sam back together" comment. I know a lot of Sam-girls are gonna go up in smoke about Dean just looking like he couldn't care less - but you can see so clearly that he's torn up inside. And Sam still comes first, even if Cas has broken him up a thousand times.

Also, long hair+Dean+coveralls+upside down in his beloved baby = double yum. :P

The Cas/Death-match was simply awesome. Death wins hands-down. And Dean's valiant efforts to try and get *something* out of him (which he does - well, an eclipse, anyway), even if he's quaking in his boots - wonderful. Death kind of has a soft spot for Dean, I think. Despite all the high-falutin' speeches about being too busy to poke into petty human affairs, Death always ends up giving Dean something useful.

In Hindu mythology, we call Death Dharma Raja - He Who is Fair and Just, because he doesn't distinguish between the lives he takes. I guess that comes across here too: Death listens to Dean because he knows, underneath all they bluster, Dean is completely fair and just himself. Something Death respects.

Once again - great ramble. :)
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hi there! :)

I know a lot of Sam-girls are gonna go up in smoke about Dean just looking like he couldn't care less - but you can see so clearly that he's torn up inside. And Sam still comes first, even if Cas has broken him up a thousand times.

Well, and this is just from my POV, if you're a fan on one extreme side or the other, then you're bound to find fault in the actions of the other side. So, one could argue that there's no way Dean would win favor in the eyes of some Samgirls. Had he fallen all over himself to care for Sam once he found out that Sam wasn't as fine as he'd claimed to be, he'd probably still be chastised for not forgiving Castiel as Sam appeared to. Y'know?

I think you and I can agree that Dean is doing all that he can to keep their collective heads above water. And I think, too, that his attitude toward Sam is totally appropriate not only for his character, but for what Sam needs -- and has asked for time and again.

Death kind of has a soft spot for Dean, I think.

I agree. And I LOVE their dynamic. I hope we see him again. How weird is that, huh? I hope we see 'Death' again. LOL!

I love what you added about Hindu mythology -- I love the layers and insight that provides!

Thanks so much for reading -- see you soon!
primrose_1
Sep. 24th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the episode, and yes, I am very glad that Cas didn't stay God. Leviathans, however? OUCH. I think I just want Cas back!

I REALLY WANTED to see what the poor couple they tied up said after they were released! They had seen a heck of a lot they hadn't planned on!

It's a good season setup. I have high hopes!
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I REALLY WANTED to see what the poor couple they tied up said after they were released! They had seen a heck of a lot they hadn't planned on!

I know, right?? Can you imagine their conversation after everyone left?! BWAH!

I, too, have high hopes. I think this could be a great season.

Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment!
wrenny59
Sep. 24th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Hi Gaelic! Here we are again - my favorite way to spend early Saturday morning. I am always so tired/wiped out on Friday night from long sleep-deprived week that I don't seem to be able to focus on much more than the pretty on my teevee. So glad you don't have this problem! So when I read your ramble, I get so much more (so, so, soooo much more!) out of the episode and I cannot thank you enough for this! (toasts to you with my morning coffee)
Now I want to go re-watch to get the full effect.
I think my favorite part of this episode (aside from how gorgeous Dean is)was the expression on Crowley's face when he got ready to be smited by God. It just made me laugh.
And I concur with everyone about Death - he is so much fun to watch. Dean's new best friend (ha - how sad is that?).
Hugs and so many thanks.
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hi you! :)

Thank you for reading and I'm SO glad it resonates for you. :) Your comments help me know it's worth it, staying up, writing, just...rambling. LOL!

Crowley's face was hilarious!! :) And Death being Dean's new best friend...yikes. Oh, poor (gorgeous) Dean.

Thanks again and hope to see you again soon!
spike247uk
Sep. 24th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
wow, how I've missed your ramblings over the Summer *hugs*

It seems like the boys are actually starting to realise that the secrets they keep from each other are what tears them apart - but it's a very hard habit to break ;0/

thank you for such an insightful recap x
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Missed your comments, too! :)

Thank you for reading -- and I'm ready for a line to be drawn in the sand with "no more secrets" written on the same side as the boys. :)

See you soon!
kimmer1227
Sep. 24th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Loved your ramble! I thought it was a great start to the new season.

Can Death have his own spinoff? Pleez!

Hoping for brother bonding over Hell suckage. Pleez!

Love the Leviathan angle. Lots of new and shiny potential for baddie goodness. Nothing against Cas or Misha, but I'm totally over angels and heaven.

I'm so happy about having the anxiety and anticipation of waiting for the next episode. Welcome back boyz!
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Can Death have his own spinoff? Pleez!

HA! Can you imagine?! :)

Brother bonding would be great. And the Leviathan's as part of the Big Bad they have to face...*good shivers*

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. See you soon!
etoile444
Sep. 24th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to see the ramble. Glad you feel renewed by the new season, I do too! And Dean, wow! HOT!
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks! :) YAY! And Dean...just...*fans self* Welcome back. :) See you soon!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 24th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
I love your episode recaps - or "rambles" as you call it. This is going to be one hell of a season and I wonder how the brothers are going to move on from here.

This is a pretty big Big Bad. And I can’t imagine LeviCas will be the only thing they’ll be facing. As Dean said, they’re just not that ‘lucky.’

A big bad this early? Why do I have the feeling that LeviCas may not be the boss of this season. But then again, Lucifer did in Season 5, however Eve in Season 6 served as a red herring instead, so it could go both ways.

There's some spoilers about this season: http://www.aoltv.com/2011/09/23/supernatural-season-7-spoilers-what-just-happened/ A little bit on what the Leviathans are and what they want, and there's always the possibility that Cas might not be dead.
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Yep, most definitely could go either way this early on. I think they'll have their hands full -- can't just have ONE big bad, right? :)

Thanks for reading! I probably won't check out that link, though. I like to stay spoiler-free, with the exception of the post-epi previews. But thanks for providing it for those who aren't as OCD about spoilers. :)

PS
I hold out hope that Cas is still...around. Or could be resurrected somehow.
taylorariel
Sep. 24th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
I am always grateful to be able to read your reviews/thoughts after each episode. Clues me in on somethings I may have missed and gives me a different slant sometimes on how I view things.

I was grateful in this episode for all the time Dean, Sam and Bobby spent together. I really missed that last season (mainly, because Sam was "absent"). I was also pleasently surprised by Mark Pelligrino's return as lucifer. He is a very enjoyable actor. And Death's scenes were- as always- delightfully entertaining...and revealing. That actor- and the writers- really do give Death a rather humane image.

I am a big supporter of Castiel and I have always thought he has been an asset to Dean...and Sam and Bobby too. He has been a loyal, caring and trustworthy friend and I have appreciated his part on the show. Last season, however, I thought the writers and Gamble stabbed the character in the back. They twisted the character and also gave him too much of a central role. And then they made him go psycho and turn against his family. Big Mistake on their part. But I firmly believe he will be redeemed by season's end and will earn Dean's forgiveness.

I do, however, agree with you that is it time for the show to progress and - I believe- leave the angels/heaven/demon/hell theme behind. The show has wallowed in that pond for far too long now and it is time for them to head out to deeper waters.

I loved the way Dean looked through out the episode (and I know that is a rather shallow comment...but true). Sam looked very good also but Dean, well,he Shined. And I think it was a very good idea for the writers to have him work on the Impala throughout the episode. It was a theraputic thing for him; the car has always been a source of comfort for him. And this was a way he could help at least one thing he loved come back from their injuries.

However, I was very disappointed with Sam. The lying is so tired and old....and stupid. For whatever reason he was doing it he should know by NOW that lying to his brother is the worst thing he can do. How many times does it have to be driven into him how wrong- and weak- it is. The "there-is-nothing-you-can-do" excuse to Dean was really stupid. Dean was IN Hell. If nothing else, he can Understand what Sam is going through and help him make it through it. But no....Sam has to handle everything on his own. At least he didn't say the word "weak" to Dean this time.

I am hoping after the third episode (the Sam-centered one that Jensen directed) this phase of Sam's role for the season will be put on the backburner and the two brothers can return to working together on equal ground-with trust and honesty back in full force.

Don't know who/what these Leviathan really are or what they want. I am not too much a fan of a single evil throughout the entire season so I hope there will be a lot more than this. Perhaps next episode- besides dealing with Sam's mental breakdown- we will find out more about these creatures and what their original purpose was when they were created and what their purpose is now.

Throughout your commentary I kept seeing "story..story..story" flashing across my mind. I can easily see how more depth you could give to this episode and, greedily, I thought to myself, wonder when she is going to write one for this :) Sorry. When it comes to Dean and you I selfishly never get enough.

But I am a patient person. And I know you are working very caringly on one right now :) I am grateful for that.

I look forward to next week's episode....and your ramble afterwards.

Hope your husband is doing well :)

Thank You.
MD
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I was grateful in this episode for all the time Dean, Sam and Bobby spent together.

Me too. And I think we might see a lot more of that this year -- may or may not include Bobby, but still. I liked it a lot.

But I firmly believe he will be redeemed by season's end and will earn Dean's forgiveness.

I agree. And I'll add that I think Dean has forgiven him -- I think that's what I saw when Cas was standing in front of the opening door of Purgatory. What Cas did, coming back, turning himself in...that's what Dean needed to see. And I think he forgave him. But he's not going to forget about it. I don't think Dean forgets anything. Makes me think of that line from 30 Second's To Mars' Hurricane: ...no matter how many deaths that I die I will never forget....

But...there still needs to be redemption for Cas himself -- in his own eyes and the eyes of his Father. But...in order to do that, Cas has to be 'saved' -- and I really don't think the Leviathan's killed him. Chased him off, maybe. But I don't think he's truly dead.

For whatever reason he was doing it he should know by NOW that lying to his brother is the worst thing he can do. How many times does it have to be driven into him how wrong- and weak- it is. The "there-is-nothing-you-can-do" excuse to Dean was really stupid. Dean was IN Hell. If nothing else, he can Understand what Sam is going through and help him make it through it. But no....Sam has to handle everything on his own.

I agree -- I saw why he thought it was a good idea, but also hope that this is our transition episode. The old ways of handling things could get them killed now. For real. No resurrections this time 'round.

I am not too much a fan of a single evil throughout the entire season so I hope there will be a lot more than this.

I really think there will be more. I think there will be more than they can handle. :)

Throughout your commentary I kept seeing "story..story..story" flashing across my mind.

Hee. Well, I am incredibly excited to bring the one for you out into the open. Excited and nervous. Soon, my friend. Very soon. :)

Thanks for asking after the hubs. :) I appreciate that a lot.

See you soon!!

thruterryseyes
Sep. 24th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
"They cut Dean’s arm for blood to use in the ritual. Terry, if you’re reading? I know you know exactly why I grinned at that."

Smirks

I thought exactly the same thing.

I loved the show, althought I shamefully admit I spent every scene with Dean staring at his hair. OMG

I love Crowley, I love Death. It was a very satisfying start and I'm sure one way or another it pissed off someone no matter where their loyalties lay.

I will be very unhappy only if they don't explore the things Dean is doing to himself as a result of this, and yes i did notice Sam had slimmed down, which works very nicely.

And if you had asked me yestertday morning if coveralls were sexy i wouold have laughed in your face....

Nice written as always and please note I am struggling not to correct your typos--

forget it- you have Sam cutting his hand on a piece of 'class'and you refer to Cas when Death is speaking to him as not being the 'big bag' after all. I can only assume you meant 'big bad'.

I point these things out because I love you...
gaelicspirit
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
*LAUGHS!*

Fine, fine. I'll go correct those. I'm sure there are others. But if you expect perfection, you're going to be disappointed. Plus? Do you realize how fast I write these suckers? I'm surprised they're legible!

God I loved Dean's hair. And yes. Coveralls are sexy. Case closed. ;)

*grins at you*
marlowe78
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hey there *waves timidly*

I'm such a bad friend :-( I only came back now for your rambles.... I dunno, but the last weeks since my last post on your journal were sooooooo freaking full with stuff that sadly doesn't really leave an imprint in my life, so I can't even tell about it *sigh*

Also, I've been writing again and... yeah.

Anyway, just in case you still like me, here's my answer to your ramble, which I missed NEARLY as much as the boys.

. I don’t like the idea of Dean kneeling before anyone (aside from the real God, maybe).

Oh, me neither! Like you, I was 'Huh???' first when he started to kneel, but very quickly I realized that following Bobby's lead here was the smart thing to do. As it usually is ;-) Still, seeing him bend his knees was a little heartbreaking for me.

I actually... well, my idea of God doesn't allow for kneeling anyway, you know? So I can't even see Dean kneeling for THE REAL GOD. Because if God was just and (mostly) kind, he'll not allow him to.

Luci says that Hell is cold. That where he was (which would have been the cage) was cold. I wonder why they didn’t play on that angle a bit more instead of having Sam burning…. *shrugs*

Oh, right! I forgot about that. Weird. It would have been awesome to do that, AND it would have set Sam's experience apart from Dean's in a way that wouldn't diminish anyone's. *sigh* - Not going there....

Behave, or this will happen to you – and the camera pulls up to reveal a bunch of very dead angels, their black wings spread out to burn marks in the grass—so many that the wings are actually overlapping. Yikes.

Ooooh, that was one of the creepy scenes. All those dead angels, all those fried wings... was really a great image and a scary one. It looked like a battlefield, but it wasn't even that much - just a mass-grave.
marlowe78
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
because if anything was broken, it’s not now. Maybe he was just really bruised. *shrug*

I was told by a friend of mine who had her rips bruised badly that the doc told her "pity, if they were broken, they wouldn't hurt so much" - so yeah, maybe still broken ;-)


There’s a cool camera trick where it looks like the car could be still on her roof, but they roll to reveal he’s on his back in the front seat, booted feet on the ceiling, growling with effort as he tries to push the smushed roof up while grunting, “C’mon, baby!"

*Gaelic melts*


Melted right with you! Man, I only really appreciated the HOTNESS of Dean in this episode after that scene. He looks fit, trim and yummy! (I like his hair! Maybe God-closeness makes hair grow?) And that T-Shirt was damn pretty. I like him with a not-so plain shirt *nods*

The sadistic part of me wants to see him come apart because the thin line of control he walks sometimes has my chest hurting. He needs a release valve.

Me too. I soooooooo wanna see Jensen play unravelling-Dean. He'd sure make an impression, because dammit, he's good like that! I want... yeah. If wishes were horses... Poor guy.


Sam looks thinner. Did you guys notice? Cheekbones more defined, less “bulk” around his shoulders? I liked it.


I noticed before, saw some pics of Jared on the various cons he was at. I like it A LOT more than HulkSam :-D I'd like it even more if he'd cut a little bit of his hair.


When he does leave the church, the stained glass image of Jesus has been replaced by an image of Cas. I wasn’t sure if we were to assume that Cas did that…or someone/thing else did.


That was funny! I liked that, though, and I wasn't sure - even later after All Was Revealed - if it were the souls speaking or maybe the glass-Jesus (or, well, the not-glass-Jesus)

So, I hope that now that the cat’s outta the bag, when it comes to big things (like not being able to tell what’s real and what’s not), they need to talk to each other. Both of them. Dean's far from exempt. Some day, he’s going to have to talk about Hell. Some day, he’s going to have to talk about his ongoing drive to pickle his liver. Some day, he’s going to have to turn that release valve. And I think if anyone would get it? It would be Sam. He shouldn’t feel he has to protect Sam from him forever.

This!

I adore that they didn’t show how Dean overpowered them and still conveyed that he did it sans help. Dean introduces the couple (but I missed their names) and Sam’s all, “Hi!” HAH!

Heehee, I love badass-Dean, even if we don't see him being badass. Oh boy... *thankswritersforthis*

Death: Cas, I know God. And you, sir, are no God.

Loved that one. In fact, I loved every moment of the scene with Death. That thin, unassuming man is so quietly frightening he is wicked cool.


Oh man, Death is suuuuch a great character. He's scary, and still... not. He's right with nearly everything he says, and he is the ONLY creature/entity that has the high ground. Because everything dies in the end.

So yeah, that scene with Death and Cas was amazing, and interesting to watch. We got to know that there IS a god, and that being powerful doesn't make you one.
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jesters_tear82
Sep. 24th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Darn it!! *angry at stupid LJ* not the first time I write (& write & write) then hit post but don't copy first then all goes to hell :(

OK never mind I'll sum it up: SHOW IS BACK whooo!!
If I could I would totally dance around the room but after yesterday my neck is still sore from all the head throwing / hair waiving :) (You read my status so you know & really we should have a scene of Sam & Dean checking out each other's Facebook statuses & finding out funny stuff :) imagine that!

OK so back to the point: the ep was awesome, the Dean was pretty (LONGER HAIR ROCKS!) & Sam didn't look too shabby either. Cas did but that's his fault ;) Seriously though, I was impressed. I think this season's going to be really good.

You know I wasn't too upset about HalluciSam not telling Dean about it? He's like that, trying to protect Dean when he sees him broken. Not to say I don't want them to have a post-hell conversation, but I get him wanting to spare Dean for just a little longer, until it get's WAY too bad to do it on his own. He's determined to hold on to faith when Dean has lost it, that's why's he's giving Cas another chance when Dean can't see past his sorrow (& drink, & porn *pets him* Sam's illusions - the chocking! It reminded me of earlier seasons when Sam always got chocked.. poor boy needs to protect his neck constantly. Those two could use a break -like that's gonna happen soon - NOT!

My poor Cas (why the subtitles dub him Cass I'll never understand). He wanted to be a better God than his father, to show "his people" he cares about them but mostly did more damage than good. It reminded me of Dean trying to outbest his father.. what it really was is a cry of help, Cas was wishing for real God to appear and take control of this crazy world again. His scenes with Dean in the end really hurt my heart, glad he found some peace. Wonder if the Levi only possessed him like a demon does or is he truly dead? & his moment of clarity just before, was it the Levi's doing or maybe the GOD brought him back to life.. so many questions to ponder!

Next week is a Ben Edlund eppy so I can't wait!
*gives you a virtual happy twirl*

See you soon!

P.S. glad your walk with the hubs went well *hums "These boots are made for walking* ;)


gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
*kicks LJ* Erf. Sorry about that. I hate it when that happens.

Show is back!! YAY!! :)

Dean was just...*sigh* I love this character. To. Pieces.

Not to say I don't want them to have a post-hell conversation, but I get him wanting to spare Dean for just a little longer, until it get's WAY too bad to do it on his own.

I could understand Sam wanting to spare Dean, but at the same time, it was predictable writing (to me). We knew Sam would spare Dean because of something he overheard and then Dean would find out some other way and feel betrayed. I sympathize with Sam, I do, but I think that they need to learn from all the stuff they've just barely survived. Dean needed to know that Sam's not all there, that he's struggling. Because knowing that stuff can keep them both alive.

That said, though, I can also now look at it from a different perspective. There are some people in my life that represent reality to me -- something (good or bad) isn't really real until I tell them. I can pretend. So, I can see Dean being that for Sam. Sam could pretend that he's got it under control all he wants if he doesn't tell Dean because the minute he says something to Dean? It's real.

Still. I think they both need to stay open with each other. Secrets eat holes inside them to wide to easily patch up.

It reminded me of Dean trying to outbest his father.. what it really was is a cry of help, Cas was wishing for real God to appear and take control of this crazy world again.

So true -- very, very true.

And I don't know that I think Cas is DEAD dead. Shoved aside, hidden, maybe. But I think he can be resurrected. Death doesn't always mean much on this show. Anything is possible. :)

Thanks for the happy twirl! Love it! And for mentioning the walk. Gotta stay limbered up, right?

See you soon!
saberivojo
Sep. 24th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Love the recap, as usual. I wish I had something thinky to add but I don't.

I do have to say that Dean fixing the Impala? Is that a kink? I think it might be a kink. Kinky!Impala sounds just wrong. Maybe it has something to do with those coveralls? How can Jensen wear coveralls and it make me all mushy inside.

(I do have to say that I married a motorcycle mechanic - the smudge of grease and the smell of motor oil...mmmmm)

Okay, Saberivojo has divulged too much of herself, back to the boys.

The Levi!Cas pretty scary. I'm holding on tight! This season is gonna be wonderful - I just know it!
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Happy to see you!!! :)

Dean fixing the Impala may have just become a kink if it wasn't already because goooooooood Lord. There are reasons I was thinking inappropriate thoughts about being *mint*.... ;)

This is going to be a fun ride this season. Thank you for reading and taking time to leave me saberivojo words! They make ma happy. :)
winsangel
Sep. 24th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Wonderful Ramble as always Amanda. I wrote a post similar to this in the Haven, about Dean's "giving up" and why. It's no wonder he wanted to give up, and wait for the inevitable blast wave. He's sick and tired of being all consumed by his life.

I LOVE Dean's hair, and I did spend a lot of the episode staring at it, and this morning again *g*. Yes Sam/Jared has slimmed down, not as bulky as he was and I noticed that at Vancon too. He's almost too thin IMO but that's just me.

Dean working on the Impala just melted my heart - seeing him take control of the one thing in his life that he can take control of was so wonderful. And the coveralls, dirt, and grease under his nails all added to the overall charm of him and his second occupation. He could indeed be a top notch mechanic for a living, which is nice confidence builder for him cause he has little else to build his confidence these days.

I was also glad that Dean called Sam out for lying to him, and also the Hell conversation needs to happen this season, once and for all. Dean is the only one who can save Sam from himself with his experiences. The drinking is worrying me as well, but I think Dean hasn't hit rock bottom yet...still a ways to go before he tries to turn things around. I won't say he's self destructive, it's just he has no other coping mechanism other than drinking to ease his pain.

Death was perfect, Crowley was perfect, Lucifer - OMG perfect, Cas - MORE than perfect, and Bobby as always, there for his boys. What more could we ask for in a premier, except maybe John LOL.

Okay, enough or I could write all day. Glad you loved the episode too...looking forward to next week's so we can compare notes :D
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
So happy to see you! :) I'm just happy everyone has come back to read and discuss. It's like the first day of school after summer break and here are all my friends. :) Hee.

I hope they keep Dean's longer hair. It really looks Niiiiice on him.

Dean fixing the Impala was also Niiiiiiice. :) Hee. I'm glad she's back together, though.

I was also glad that Dean called Sam out for lying to him, and also the Hell conversation needs to happen this season, once and for all. Dean is the only one who can save Sam from himself with his experiences. The drinking is worrying me as well, but I think Dean hasn't hit rock bottom yet...still a ways to go before he tries to turn things around. I won't say he's self destructive, it's just he has no other coping mechanism other than drinking to ease his pain.

Right. I am not advocating a 'you show me your nightmares, I'll show you mine' conversation -- more of a, yeah, brother, I feel your pain, 'cause it's mine, too.

And I don't think Dean's hit bottom...but I think he's getting dangerously close. A few more hits could send him there. Part of the reason he drinks is, as you said, to cope, but I think it's also the only way he can forget. My theory.

I love comparing notes. Thank you for sharing yours -- hope to see you next week!
impala1967
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Welcom back Gurl. Another great ramble .....

now you know I'm a Dean gurl so the last season was a huge epic failure for me, and sorry to be the voice of negativity but I don't see this season being any better. I am trying to avoid any spoilers (cause I get so dissapointed with each one .... last one I read sera said to watch Jensens acting to see what Dean is going thru WTF whereas jared gets to express what Sam is going thru by storyline??) And it looks like its E04 before I get to see a Dean centric episode.

But for a season opener, it was better than I had expected. The guys were all great esp Julian and Misha. Its a pity that they cast the male actors so well but struggle with the female parts.

Death is always great in an episode and Cas just hit it out of the ball park this episode, going from GodCas to leviCas. Misha needs to win an award. he really did out shine everybody, even jensen =(

I will keep my fingers crossed for the season ... that they get over Sams wall issues, that the story moves in new directions and that dean can have something more than just Sam, Bobby and the baby. Hopefully he gets Cas back.
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hi you. Good to be back! :)

last one I read sera said to watch Jensens acting to see what Dean is going thru WTF whereas jared gets to express what Sam is going thru by storyline??)

Well, you know I don't read spoilers, but I can see this coming from Sera. I try not to express my opinion of her storytelling skills because I'd prefer to focus on the story, but...yeah, I can see this. However, I offer this thought.

Sam's story -- while pivotal and important (I don't want to take anything away from him) -- is also a lot of hand waving. Hey! Hey! Look over here! I have issues! I'm losing my grip on reality! And it's really, really bad!

While in the background, Dean's story is more subtle, more nuanced, and something we might miss as it's rolled out across several episodes because we're busy looking at Sam. But in magic shows, it's the nuanced, in-the-background thing that we're not focusing on that comes out to wow us at the end of the show. It's the Prestige, if you will.

And I think that there's the possibility that Jensen's acting skills being what they are are being leaned upon to carry Dean down this path -- parallel to, just not as overt as, Sam's.

So, if I think along those lines, I'm good with watching what happens with Sam because I'll be peering into the shadows to see what's also going on with Dean.

And I have to agree -- Misha played this Cas-going-to-pieces-and-becoming-a-monster part to the edge. I am excited to see where it's all going. For the first time in a long time. :)

See you next week?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's back! Whoo hoo!
Damn, I miss your ramblings. That pretty much sums it up for me after reading. I know. Shocking that I'm not babbling and repeating myself using different words.

So, the Road So Far was pretty much all the stuff that happened in Season 6. You were there, you saw it. Ironically, it was set to Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride.’ ‘Cause, yeah. It kinda was, IMO.
- Same here. Season 6 wasn't exactly my favorite season but when that song came, my mind kept flashing to scenes from "Dazed and Confused." God, that O'Bannion dude was a dick. lol

Sam, Bobby, and Dean are looking just shy of pee-their-pants scared. Death? Looks bored.
- I just love how of all the things they have seen.Demons, Heaven and Hell, Alpha Vamp, wrathful angels, Lucifer himself, etc, this one guy has them all on edge and so careful around him. lol But I agree with you about that whole scene with Death. Awesome. But annoying how he keeps saying Dean(and the rest of mankind) are so small and nothing and yet, expected Dean to stop Cas from becoming what he had become. What the hell did you expect Death? A radioactive spider bite and the mission is done? lol

Death says maybe he should just find a different world, making me wonder if we’re going to get a Miracle Day episode coming up where no one dies
-Oohh! You saw "Torchwood"? lol I love that show. Been a fan since it first season ep started. lol

Hallucination!Lucifer tells him that the reverse is actually true. He said that everything else is actually the hallucination and Sam never actually got out of the cage. *rubs heart* Ugh, poor Sam.
-What broke my heart was when Hallucination!Lucifer raised his fist and Sam flinched. Aw, Sammy. :(

LeviCas grins maniacally, black veins creeping up his neck and to his face and says, “This is gonna be so much fun.”His evil cackle echoes after the screen fades to black and the credits roll. *shivers a bit* I think this could be an amazing display of Misha Collins’ acting talents.
-Have you seen Misha in that movie "Carla"? Dude, just... Dude. Granted it wasn't the best movie ever made and from what I heard when Misha talked about filming that movie during a con in Australia(I think)the director was a real creep. Not like a douche bag sort of creep. More like, dude's a twisted sort of freak kind of creep. lol But yeah I watched the tv edited version and it just made me uncomfortable watching Misha be that "evil" after being so used to watching him as Castiel. lol But this LeviCas is gonna be interesting. :D

Anyway, glad to have your ramblings back and the show as well! Can't wait for next week! *squee!* I can tell that this season is gonna be different. Something about it gives me that feeling of... more. Can't explain it but I'm buckled in and ready for the ride. Bring it, Sera Gamble. ;)

-Crash_n_Burn
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: It's back! Whoo hoo!
Hey you!

Great to have you back here reading and sharing your thoughts. :)

I just love how of all the things they have seen.Demons, Heaven and Hell, Alpha Vamp, wrathful angels, Lucifer himself, etc, this one guy has them all on edge and so careful around him.

I know -- but at the same time? All those things? Die. He is The End. Every other scary thing out there can bring them to him and there he is. Dun dun dunnnnn.

-What broke my heart was when Hallucination!Lucifer raised his fist and Sam flinched.

Awww, Sammy. *pets him*

I haven't seen that movie of Misha's you're referring to, but if Misha's being evil in that one made you uncomfortable, then yeah, I agree -- LeviCas is going to be interesting. :)

I am definitely ready to see where this 7th journey takes us. See you soon!
mokibobolink
Sep. 24th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Woman, how in the HELL do you have time to write all this between last night and this morning?? This is amazing!

And now, my reply to your rambles... :o)

"I can’t help it. Grease Monkey Dean did funny things to my belly. And other places."

- Tee hee! Me too. Big time. Also, was it just me or did Dean look a smidge….erm…plumper? Or maybe bulkier is a better word because I certainly don’t mean chubby. Just…nice and big. Or maybe it was just the coveralls/jumpsuit. *growls*

"It seems that all his efforts to ‘fix’ whatever was broken by making his baby ‘mint’ was only succeeding in giving him his wheels back. The fact that he thinks he failed his friend, failed to get to the bottom of the souls business in time to prevent Cas from sucking Purgatory dry, failed to save…anyone he loved from the pain they were all drowning in was digging it’s claws into him and pulling him low."

- Dammit woman, now you’re threatening to make me cry.

"Death and Cas start a pissing match."

- LOL! Perfect description of that scene, which I adored by the way. Other than running around being sad and wondering if he’s doing the right thing, Cass is usually portrayed as the “nerdy angel”. In this scene it felt like he finally got to be a grown up. To go toe to toe with a big bad and not back down. The Cass-lover in me kinda loved that.

"Death calls Cas a stupid little soldier"

- Was I the only one who immediately thought of Dean and how he’s been referred to as that? Especially in reference to how he used to blindly take John’s orders?

"Right. He didn’t, Sam. So what does that tell you about your brother right now that he’s given up on the only friend he’s pretty much ever had? How low does that tell you Dean’s been pulled?"

- Ouch, so true. Poor Dean. Poor Cass. Poor everyone.

"While I wish so much that it hadn’t taken all of this killing on his part and that he didn’t have one foot in the grave, I have to say, I love him for listening to Sam and, more or less, turning himself in. I’m so glad they didn’t have to kill him. Um. Yet."

-I agree. That part killed me a little inside, but in a good way (if that’s possible). Though I’m now worried that the writers may have taken the fandom’s cries of “Save Castiel!” and gave him that final moment of regret and redemption and that’s all we’re going to get. I don’t know that and I pray to um....whoever that it’s not true but that is my fear now. I want my Cass back (even if it takes a year, even if he’s a Leviathan for a good long while) that any other thought makes me wanna cry.

"The sorrow on Dean’s face is from the inside out. And in that moment, I saw absolution. Forgiveness. And just...pain. *sniffs* "

- Me? I full-on bawled at that bit.

"But then, just like that, Cas heals, breathes, and wakes. Dean pulls him up, barely resisting pulling him close in a hug."

- Oh I hadn’t noticed the nearly hugging thing, I was too busy squealing and wiping away tears. I must re-watch that scene now. ;o)

"In a very NonCas voice, he says, “Cas is…gone. Dead. We own this shell now.”

- Wow, I totally heard that line as “We run the show now.” Guess I really DO need to watch this ep again and I’ve already seen it twice. LOL.

"His evil cackle echoes after the screen fades to black and the credits roll. *shivers a bit* I think this could be an amazing display of Misha Collins’ acting talents. I am excited to see how he’s going to play this new character."

- Yes I agree completely. When LeviCass appeared (sorry, I just have to spell his name that way after reading all the books, it’s become a hardcore habit now) I felt like we were seeing a whole new range to Misha. In fact, in a funny way LeviCass reminds me more of Misha himself.

"As one last total aside? The “stay tuned for previews” promo shots? Hummina hummina. And the previews for next week? *meep!*"

- Yes and yes.
gaelicspirit
Sep. 26th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hi you,

Well I already told you over on FB how I write these after one viewing -- and it's BECAUSE of that some things are heard differently or wrong and you all are made of awesome because you provide the filling I miss along the way. Like:

"In a very NonCas voice, he says, “Cas is…gone. Dead. We own this shell now.”

- Wow, I totally heard that line as “We run the show now.”


Either way makes sense to me -- but you're probably right. :)

Also, your Cas v Cass spelling has me laughing. I always said 'Cas' because it was just short for Castiel -- drop off the 'tiel'...I never saw 'Cass' until this hiatus when I got on Twitter and saw it that way. I haven't read any of the books past the first one. So, I guess the "short way" is hardcore habit from this end. Either way, at least we both know who we're talking about.

I, too, loved the Death v Cas pissing match -- both of them were just...fantastic. Fantastic to watch. Had me nervous and grinning at the same time.

I want my Cass back (even if it takes a year, even if he’s a Leviathan for a good long while) that any other thought makes me wanna cry.

Well, I'm going on record throughout these replies that I don't think Cas is DEAD dead. I think he's booted out, hidden, maybe like Voldemort--a shell of what he once was. But until we see the sooty spread of his ash-likes wings, I won't believe he's dead. There is always chance for redemption and resurrection on this show. That's what makes it so great! :)

THANK YOU for reading and taking time to reply. I know you probably won't have time each week to do so, but you are welcome and celebrated. I look forward to your coming by anytime. :)

Slainte!


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keywester
Sep. 25th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
hey gaelic-it's meggin
Soooo glad to have you and your Ramble back in my life! hugs (((gaelic))) Like others have said in their 'stories' the Supernatural Friday night experience for me isn't capped off until Saturday morning when I read your Ramble!
This episode really had a lot to refresh for us, We got Crowely back. And didn't you find that comment godCas said about his new arrangement with the King of hell odd. RE: god controlling the flow of souls...coz I thought that is what is happening now anyway (LOL)
Bobby had the best one liners of the show, I wonder if Jim Beaver will be the new dead pan delivery man since Misha is going to be busy being ( as Ramblin_rosie puy it) Jack Nickolson or myman CasJack (LOL) Misha had said that in French Mistake he had wanted his character to be more of a douche bag but as the recently emptied vessel now filled with Levianthans he gets to run with the max of creepiness and sadisticness. YIKES!
As you know me so well I tend to obsess over the details, which is why I love your Rambles because you see more of them than me. So did you notice that when Cas visited the church and clutched the pew his hand burned a charred print onto it like the burn mark on Dean's shoulder? That made me creep out a little. (shudders)
And the time line bothered me too with regard as to how long it took Dean to fix the Impala because Sam wore his bandage for about the whole episode and that would be weeks! Stigmata much?
And like you I would have expected more fanfare for the resurrection of the Impala than the nothing we got-sheesh.
But I get why Dean was so shut down during this Episode, everything you said made sense. He was exhibiting end of his rope behavior through out the show. Dean is a pragmatist, life of a hunter taught him that. And when stressed out to the max I find myself sorting the sock draw because it may be the only thing I can accomplish when life makes all the other things that need to get done impossible at this moment. So Dean could and did fix the car, he could and did drink and watch Asian cartoon porn ( how the sound department made those high pitched squeels and giggles sound totally pervy was genius-hehe) And Dean can't do much more emotional heavy lifting right now so he does what he can- sighs and pets Dean.
Love you! And I can't wait for next week, I hope Dean has his meltdown too. I can see him in the repair shop hanging all the socket wrenches up according to size in Monk-like OCD fashion-poor Dean!
keywester
Sep. 25th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin
Sorry this posted twice, I got an error message the first time so had a go at it again- Meggin + technology= fail

And the way it condensed my text makes it look like one long run on sentence...ok, maybe it was anyway (LOL)
Re: hey gaelic-it's meggin - gaelicspirit - Sep. 26th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
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