I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I am so disappointed in the last two episodes of Supernatural. So disappointed that I’m combining them into one quick review!! But really, so disappointed that I am not even looking forward to the season finale this year like I have been in seasons past. There are shows out there right now where I am jumping through my skin to get to the season finale…Castle, Bones, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor. But this season, I could care less. You know why? I haven’t been given a reason to care. I know I’m repeating myself but it really bugs me. All other seasons, the episodes have built to a final showdown or confrontation between the Winchesters and whomever or whatever they were battling during that particular season. This year has been so up and down with knowing what the real end game is and who the big bad is that I have lost interest. First we thought it was Soulless Sam and what was going on with him. Is he evil? Is he not evil? Does he play a part in all this? Then there was Samuel and Crowley. Crowley was looking for purgatory and he brought Samuel back to help him so we thought those were the bad guys. Then there was Death’s role in this and the conversation he has with Dean about the souls and how the Winchesters mess with the natural order of things (that’s the one consistent theme of the season.) Then the Mother of All, Eve, showed up so maybe she was the big baddie. We got know her for about 5 minutes and then, dead. Now Crowley is alive again so it’s back to him and his partner, Castiel.
While ALL this is going on, there was the war in Heaven. I was frustrated with this before and now, after last week’s episode, I am even more frustrated about how this was handled all season. If you read my Supernatural posts with any consistency, you will know that I have been asking about what is going on in Heaven and is it a big deal? It must be a big deal because it’s been mentioned enough times but it can’t be that big of a deal because other than MENTIONING it, we haven’t LEARNED anything about it….until last week. Turns out the war in Heaven is the impetus for everything we have been watching this season. Really? And the reason we haven’t learned more about it until now is????? In all seriousness, why couldn’t the conversation between Castiel and Raphael happened in the middle of the season? Was it because the writers wanted us to question Castiel’s motives and whether or not he turned bad? Well that would be dumb on many levels. Number One, people love Castiel. There’s about as much of a chance of Castiel tuning “bad” as Sam. It’s not happening. He may make bad choices but it will always be for a good reason. His heart will be in the right place. Number Two, It wasn’t until the last couple of episodes that you started to wonder what the hell Castiel was doing anyway. Then you give him his own episode to explain it and poof, bye-bye wonder. Number Three, we just learned he was working with Crowley last week. So in terms of Castiel working with the dark side, it never came to light until later. So I think the Raphael/Castiel meeting could have happened months ago. At least it would have given us SOME inkling as to what was going on in Heaven, why it was happening, and why it was so important to the arc of the season. For those who don’t know, the brief run down is that Raphael still wants the apocalypse to take place and wipe out man kind to start over again. Castiel doesn’t want that to happen and if he can keep Raphael from taking over while God and Michael are MIA, he can stop his plan. It’s why he needs the souls and why he’s been working with Crowley to find purgatory. He doesn’t have enough power to fight Raphael so he needs more power sources to do it. Hence the hunt for souls and purgatory.
It’s also why Eve was brought in and was so pissed. She has no problem with the natural order (there’s that theme again.) Her children (Vampires, Werewolves, and such) kill some humans, humans kill some of them…it works. But when Crowley was using hunters to wrangle up all the creatures and kill them in bulk quantities for their souls, she had an issue with that. That’s why she came around…to put an end to that. Unfortunately (or fortunately however you choose to look at that story line) she got killed by Dean before she could really get going. It’s a shame because if it was handled the right way, she could have been a very formidable monster the boys would have to battle. But she came and went so quickly, she was a waste in my mind.
My final gripe is the way the boys handled the news about Castiel. Am I not mistaken that they are the pot calling the kettle black here? How many times did either Sam or Dean have a secret that he didn’t share with the other brother or Bobby out of wanting to protect them? For a while there it would happen once or twice a season. So how exactly can they get on Castiel for not telling them what was going on? And how could Sam, of all people, give him grief about working with a demon. Does the name Ruby ring any bells to him? I found this incredibly hypocritical of the boys. The only interesting part that came out of that scene where they trapped him, was that we found out it was Castiel that brought Sam back, not Crowley. But we don’t know why and we don’t know if it was intentional or by accident that his soul didn’t come with him. Now that is something I am very curious to find out about!
No Supernatural this Friday but the 2 hour finale is going to be May 20th. Are you excited about this year’s finale? Or are you like me and kind of indifferent at this point?