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15 October 2012 @ 06:20 pm
Supernatural: What's Up, Tiger Mommy?  
Aaaaand Supernatural continues to limp along.

Actually, aside from a crappy title, I enjoyed this episode in a tentative sort of way.


First things first, can I just say how much I enjoy the way the stuff in Purgatory is filmed? From the faded colors to the straight head on shots of the actors' faces. It's really visually interesting and the acting always seems to go up a few notches when we're seeing the flashbacks.

This episode brought up the big theme of sacrifice and being left behind. This show has been harping on a long time about how those who interact with the Winchesters usually end up dead or traumatized in some way. Granted, most of these people would have met their end at the hands of a demon anyway but the point is that the Winchesters have long lost their good track record of seasons 1 and 2 where they managed to save more people than hurt. Crowley's warning to Kevin and Kevin seemingly listening to it by taking his comatose mother and running all make sense because really, it's true. The Winchesters aren't that good about keeping themselves alive, let alone other people.

We get further insight into what happened to Dean and Castiel in Purgatory. It's clear that for all intents and purposes, Dean had every intention of leaving Purgatory with Castiel. It's unclear at this point if Benny somehow manipulated it so that Dean had to leave Castiel behind or if it was one of those He Tried To Hold On But Couldn't situations. But are we even sure the hand Castiel was holding in the last shot was even Dean's? It's clever camera work and I'm intrigued. Either way, when I was watching Dean's inability to bring Castiel out of Purgatory, I had a sudden flashback to how Dean (and the rest of the audience) first met Castiel, the angel who grabbed hold of Dean and raised him from Perdition. It's an interesting parallel to me. I'm hoping that later this season Dean will be able to return the favor and raise Castiel from Purgatory.

On a technical note, is Jimmy Novak's soul still inside that body? I mean, when God or whoever brought Castiel back two seasons ago, are we to assume that Jimmy was brought back as well? Or did Castiel just get a body that looks like Jimmy Novak for continuity's sake? Because if Jimmy's soul is still in his body with Castiel then I feel like there's a loophole here about how Castiel can get out of Purgatory. But I don't know. Did I miss the one episode where they explained if Jimmy was genuinely gone?

As much as I like Kevin Tran and his mother in theory, Mrs. Tran falls within the huge bucket of cliched female characters this show constantly dumps out. But I can't even get that annoyed because it isn't as if Supernatural was really ever able to write complex tertiary characters given that they could barely hang onto the Winchesters. I do hope that the Trans will be alright. I'm guessing at least Kevin will be back because Crowley does still need him to read the Word of God, right? Unless Crowley decides to hunt down another prophet or just store the tablet away without looking at what it says.

On a small note, I really liked the detail of Alfie/Samadreal. I know previous seasons gave us Uriel, Raphael, and Michael. But I liked finally having an angel who was just your average soldier angel who knew Castiel back in the day. He seemed rather sad about Castiel's demise and offered up the ultimate true fact that having too much heart was always Castiel's problem. It totally was. In every respect. Castiel's entire journey with the Winchesters began because he cared too much (at least in angel terms) about human lives.


Overall, a solid episode that has me at least thinking I'll watch the ones that feature the Angel. Because that's why I'm here.
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Hugguardian_chaos on October 19th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I have a strong attachment to anything related to Dean's friendship with Cas, so this season is making me giddy on so many levels. THE HUG. AHSGLKHSG. About freaking time! Cas has been mentally screwed and stressed out forever, and wow, he needed that moment of casual affection.

Anyway, welcome back to the show! I echo your enjoyment for the way Purgatory is being filmed. It's so soft and atmospheric. There's an emphasis on light sources that's almost ironic, given how isolated the place feels.

I really like Benny, right from the get go. I'm genuinely upset by the thought that he may very well end up being a bad guy later. He seems so delightfully frustrated by people behaving like idiots or avoiding what needs to be spoken of. I bet his internal dialogue is equal parts fantastically sarcastic and infinitely befuddled. It's great. What I want if for him and Cas and Dean to become BFFs after the initial distrust between him and Cas finally levels out. I think he and Cas are going to snark at each other a lot, which I'm looking forward to seeing.

...when I was watching Dean's inability to bring Castiel out of Purgatory, I had a sudden flashback to how Dean (and the rest of the audience) first met Castiel, the angel who grabbed hold of Dean and raised him from Perdition. It's an interesting parallel to me.

Mmm-hmm. I keep getting "You don't think you deserve to be saved" parallels, too. At the beginning, it was Dean thinking that way, and now it's Castiel, and Dean is finally starting to realize that and, I think, make efforts to do something about it. Again, yay! About time, Dean. A little slow on the uptake, but y'know, you're getting there. I approve.

On a technical note, is Jimmy Novak's soul still inside that body?

I believe it's the fandom's generally decided upon conclusion that Jimmy's soul moved on the first time Castiel was explodey-killed. And I think God or whatever force involved just brought Castiel back in that form because, I dunno, God wasn't bored enough to break out a new body mold for Castiel. Maybe God likes continuity, too. *shrugs*

On a small note, I really liked the detail of Alfie/Samadreal.

Yes! I like the angels we've been seeing lately. Do you remember Inias from one of the crazy!Cas episodes? The soft-spoken, male angel who was just so happy to see Castiel wasn't dead? I think the show is making an effort now to distinguish between what an angel is like during war time, versus what they're like now that that particular war is technically over. Castiel's "god phase" did also have the added benefit of getting rid of all the angels who would have aligned with Raphael's anti-free will campaign, so I think mostly nice, human-liking ones are left over now. It's an interesting development.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Castieljoonscribble on October 20th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
What I want if for him and Cas and Dean to become BFFs after the initial distrust between him and Cas finally levels out. I think he and Cas are going to snark at each other a lot, which I'm looking forward to seeing.

This is like how I wanted Balthazar, Crowley, and Castiel to be a trio and just spend the show snarking at each other.

I believe it's the fandom's generally decided upon conclusion that Jimmy's soul moved on the first time Castiel was explodey-killed.

Was this before or after Famine made Castiel crave hamburgers? Because I distinctly remember Castiel saying his craving was due to Jimmy Novak's cravings.

Castiel's "god phase" did also have the added benefit of getting rid of all the angels who would have aligned with Raphael's anti-free will campaign, so I think mostly nice, human-liking ones are left over now. It's an interesting development.

It's like now heaven is filled with pro-human angels. Which might totally change because humans totally have the capability to act in ways to make enemies.

At the beginning, it was Dean thinking that way, and now it's Castiel, and Dean is finally starting to realize that and, I think, make efforts to do something about it. Again, yay! About time, Dean. A little slow on the uptake, but y'know, you're getting there. I approve.

The Winchesters as a family are all terrible at mentalizing and understanding what the other might be going through. Like, across the board. But eventually they come around so I'm hoping Dean can help Castiel because he knows what that kind of self-hatred feels like. Kind of like how they had that brief chat about fathers after Castiel found out God decided to go AWOL.