This is a bulk post - so much to say and so little time and space to say them.
I have been processing the last Supernatural episode and since I’ve had days to work through it, here are my thoughts in a jumbled mess:
BAMF Castiel is never not effin cool (boy). Curious and discomfited Cas is a delight to watch. Vulnerable lonely angel just tugs at my fangirl heart so hard it makes me want to jump into the screen and smack Dean over the head for being a douchey friend.
But then Dean said that they’d help and that they’re friends. Bout freaking time, but my ire is somewhat staved - now if the impala would get her black metal hulk out of the way of their clear need to hug…
Soulless Sam clearly forgot how easily his brother whooped him - he needs to be less of an ass boy to Cas and use more of that “sharpened instinct” and be grateful Castiel is even willing to help.
Samuel wants to bring back Mary. Shock. Who saw that coming? Right about everyone for weeks now. Jeez. Even when we all expected it, why did it come off so creepy that his wants his daughter back this bad? Whatever, it just did. Both Sams suck this episode at being human.
At least Soulless Sam has better moves. The biting himself to draw the trap and how he pulled that pipe out of the wall was almost as cool as BAMF Cas was this ep, almost. Though, blood in grinning teeth? Ick. But, how did he get all the way up to the ceiling in his cell? *needs to rewatch that scene to see if there’s some sort of ladder or if a lack of Soul can make you not only not sleep, super strong and sharp but also scale walls*
Dean and Meg share a teacher? Dean might like being tied all up more than he’s showing. Ever notice that when they locked Dean up last season Dean threw UST comments at Cas “Cas, the last time someone looked at me like that, I got laid” and “blow me”, now with Meg’s henchman asking him if he’s gonna kiss him. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but Alistair was a sick bastard and it would give so many non-con fic writers such a canon-gasm…
Cas watching porn just coz it was there. They don’t talk about it, reminiscent of Cas and Dean sharing “a more profound bond” and him not going to mention it --- maybe that’s why Sam tricked Cas into coming coz he answered Dean’s call but not his. <<< blames silly thoughts on S6 writers embracing the OOC :p
The Cas telling Dean about how he didn't want to hurt Sam but putting in back a broken soul (after Sam was such a bitch to him) made me sad, especially how Dean keeps expecting Cas to fix it... and for them to fix Sam even after everything. Sam hearing them was expected. Honestly, asshole Sam or not, if I heard that, and I wasn't already big on the idea of getting re-souled in the first place, I wouldn't want it back either.
This episode I think answers a lot of people’s questions whether or not Cas went back to the dick he was two years ago. He still has his human tendencies, he still feels, but like he said before, he doesn’t have the luxury. He cares a lot about Sam and Dean and his brothers and humans but he is fighting a civil war, and he’s lonely. He'd rather be here, on Earth. Aw. And he kissed Meg *face palm* way to sexualize our angel in the most awesome of ways. Sure, he freaks out at the thought of being with a prostitute in a den of inequity, but he’s fine with watching porn, being kissed by an abomination and KISSING IT BACK!
Okay. So it was hot. Now we know what Mi- Cas looks when he kisses someone. While Dean is watching. And hellhounds are hungry for their blood. Also, Dean thinks half an hour is enough time for Cas to have his way with Meg. And, Cas is really bad at pretending he doesn’t understand. Pa-lease, the Pizza Man taught him well. It was good for a few laughs, they pulled on Meg's UST from last season and to get his sword, but Cas letting his body take control? Doesn't seem in character. I really hope they see it as the comic fodder it is and not make it another Sam/Ruby thing, coz, honestly, Meg? No.
I really wish someone would address the Jimmy shaped elephant in the room.
Isn't it a sad day in Team Free Will when the King of Hell notices and cares more for their lone angel's daily conflict struggles than the two people he died for. Twice.
Crowley's so cool. Stab Meg through the heart THEN break free!
Crowley’s dead?! Okay, so his storyline this season was a bit iffy and lacking the awesomeness of last season but MARK! Booooo. At least Cas did him in. I wanted Mark and Misha to have an intense scene and I guess I got it, I wished there were more though. Although, I didn’t like how Crowley knew a lot about what’s been happening in heaven and with Raphael. Something tells me Crowley’s desired estate is going to come to play with the angels. (doesn't mention that she kinda wrote a fic in her brain where Balthazar and Crowley meet and Crowley shows Bal why he was king of the crossroads - with British accents...)
Why was Meg looking all smug behind Crowley? she didn’t think Cas came for her, did she? He clearly had eyes only for Dean and was all ready to support the boys in nuking her.
Castiel’s vulnerability at the end killed me. You can see how exhausted he wasin the last few episodes, but at that final scene, it’s clear how everything is weighing on him, he might not be alone fighting Raphael but it’s not a long shot to deduce that he’s lonely in his cause. And until this ep Dean was selfishly ignoring Cas’ own problems, I think Cas’ snap the other episode woke him up a bit. Soulless Sam or not, here or there, Dean has his brother, always. Cas is alone. I can’t help but wish Gabriel come back to get his baby bro’s back.
I didn't hate this episode, and I'm not one to take fanservices in the mouth. But, I'm still wondering where we are all going - what is the main plot. I doubt its Sam's soul or Cas' war - maybe something in between, or why Sam was really brought back. Samuel is going to come back, and so is Meg and Raphael and maybe even Bal. I wonder who is going to take Crowley's place now, I doubt it is Meg- she might be tough but she's not smart enough to hold that place.
Guess we will wait and see. Bobby and Death next episode, so yay!
and if all fails, there is fan fic.
In other news, Supernatural won their cover on TV Guide I was excited to vote because Misha was there and well, he sort’ve tweeted about it. Now I’m bummed 'cause Misha has been CUT out of the cover and while Jenson has always been a pleasure to gawk at, I’m not a fan of his photoshopped (?) cover appearance. He looks more like he belongs on the cover of a comic book rather than TV guide…
And speaking of comic book --
Those who have yet not read the last issue of Buffy Season Eight Comic and those who don’t care for mega spoilers (who have lived under a rock or who have AMAZING restraint against web infesting spoilers) look away…
Rupert Giles. I still can’t feel the anguish I was expecting. I am sad, I love you, you are the character that never failed to surprise me whether it be in wisdom, comedy, darkness or humanity in all the good and the bad that comes with it. I have wanted to hug you for being so great and smack you for being so stupid - coz you are Giles, and you are better than all this…
I don’t know if my numbness is due to protective measure or because I recently found myself loosing interest in the comics. I think I was more outraged when they killed Ethan, but maybe that was because his death was such a waste and served next to nothing IMO and now with Giles dead we can never see if he even knew or cared and ughh maybe I’m on the anger stage of grief…
So I'm just gonna plagiarize myself form Whedonesque:
First Wesley, then Ethan (still pissed his Ripper had NO response or acknowledgment of that! and will never). AND now Giles. Why are they after my Brits?! *mourns* Hands off Spike!
Many a times while watching him I said "I want one of that, please". A teacher, a father figure, a friend, a guide, a librarian ('cause I never could find my way around a library without getting lost and sidetracked) - a full-fledged bad-boy nerd in glasses and tweed.
I have more to say, but I will save it for when I feel - something *pokes numb chest*, I leave you with the quirky side of Giles that is overlooked most of the time:
- "Magic? Magic's all balderdash and chicanery. I'm afraid we don't know a bloody thing. Except I seem to be British, don't I? And a man. With glasses. Well, that narrows it down considerably."
- (re: Xander) "He kept poking me with his hook. I sent him over to charmed objects. With any luck, he'll poke the wrong one and end up in an alternative dimension inhabited by a 50-foot Giles that squishes annoying, teeny pirates."
- "You two, sit. Be quiet. We have to catch the Buffy rat."
- "Ethan Rayne. You have no idea how much thrashing you is going to improve my day."
- "Yes, well, if anything calamitous should happen, history suggests it will happen to one of us."
FYI, I am utterly enjoying my world where no one that is not Joss is making a Buffy movie. It’s a nice world, the air is clean, the water flows fresh and people just cannot stop talking intelligently, occasionally dropping a Whedonesque like term just for fun.
I will miss you, Rupert Giles.
On a more ficcie positive note, I have apparently been nominated in the The Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards for Best Author, Best Original Character Pairing (Spike/Raven -- really?!), Best Unfinished (Splinter). Thanks muchly for all noms and votes! I promise I hadn’t given up on writing - it’s just so hard to separate it from work these days.