Maybe I should be disappointed that "A Little Slice of Kevin" showed no aftermath of the war of the Winchesters from the week before. I was expecting some tension, possibly a little hostility, definitely an undercurrent of anger. Maybe I should be disappointed that we didn't get that. But, I simply can't seem to give a damn, because what we got was a blessed relief. I love the angst, I really do, I can't help it, I love that these two boys run deep, but I love the brothers getting along, caring for each other, sharing emotions, supporting each other, sooooo much more. It was a tiny bit jarring, for about 32 seconds, until I went,."Ahhhhhhh, I remember this and it feels goooood!" I know we're going to see the anger again, I know those feelings of doubt and mistrust, the issues of the season, are still there, just under the surface, nicely fermenting, I know the angst will be back, but until then, in this quiet moment,.I'm going to just bask for a little bit, in the warmth of the Winchester's glorious bro-ness and dare to dream that this episode showed progress in their healing and could be that step in the right direction we've all been hoping for.
"A Little Slice of Kevin" had a very familiar vibe and I mean that in the best possible way. The brothers appear to be on the same page for once (even if we know it won't last "“ *cough* Benny *cough*), we have a big Heaven vs. Hell "“ angels vs. demon thing brewing, we had classic characters such as Crowley and Castiel back in play, we had angel wings, the demon knife and witches and we opened with the Impala purring her way down a back road, classic rock blaring as Dean shoved junk food in his mouth. Happiness,the whole lot of it.
But of course, the big story was Castiel. He's back and he's not crazy. Thank goodness. He's much closer to the Castiel of seasons 4 and 5, when he'd rebelled and started to find his own path, but was still sane and angelic. My favourite Cass. I'm glad that Purgatory healed his mind, even if it hasn't totally healed his soul,which technically he doesn't have, but you know what I mean.
Gah. Angels! Until "Supernatural" I thought angels were nice! I have friends who go on about angels and look at me weird when I try to explain that you can't trust them! Then I remind myself, once again, that this is just show (shut your mouth)! Anyhoo, the angels are interested in the Winchesters and they're using Castiel to spy on the brothers and report back, without Cass' knowledge. Manipulative S.O.B.s!
Not only are the angels spying on the Winchesters, they're playing with reality,.which made me go, hang on, what does that mean for the big picture? Carver has said from the get-go that season 8 is all about perception. How one person sees an event can be different from how another person sees the same event. How we the viewer are currently seeing things, may not be how they end up being revealed. The angels are popping Cass in and out without his knowledge, without the brother's knowledge. He's compelled to be honest while in Naomi's office of honesty and then he doesn't remember being there when he's zapped back to earth and no one misses him. So the angels are playing with time, space and truth.
So is anything else being affected by the angels and their mind games. Sam for example? Are we're going to find out that Sam's been manipulated by the angels into not looking for Dean, choosing a different life or meeting Amelia. Did they throw the dog in front of his car (!), or could they have messed with Sam's mind and make him assume Dean was dead? Or, and I think this is more likely, did they, "˜push' him to go to the cabin that night to find Dean? Maybe it was one of the angels lurking in the shadows watching Sam as he left? And if that was the case, it brings us back to, why do the angels need Sam and Dean together? I'm guessing they never expected Dean to get out. Maybe Benny was a fly in their ointment. But with Dean back topside, did they then want Sam to find him for some reason? Or is the fact that they are now together back on the job, a worry to the angels.
Sam had what I thought was the most telling line of the entire episode, when he said to Dean ""Survivor's guilt? If you let it, this is gonna keep messing with you, you gotta walk past it." Was this Sam letting Dean know what he'd been through? Certainly Sam has gone through survivor's guilt more than once when it comes to his brother and in the past, he's not done so well. But this time around, did Sam find a way to "walk past it" and become a healthier person for it? Once again, here we have a case of perception. Dean sees it as abandonment; Sam sees it as letting go and moving on.
We also saw how perception was affecting Dean's memories of Cass and Purgatory. Dean remembers Cass slipping from his grasp and yet Cass told Dean he purposely let go. Dean seemed to know that Cass didn't try as hard as he could, but he also saw it as his own failure for not trying harder on behalf of his friend. He said no one would get left behind and Cass was left behind. He wanted to get Cass out and he couldn't. I don't believe, as has been suggested around the traps, that Dean has purposely remembered this incident wrong, so that he could continue to beat himself up for something because he thrives on guilt. I think that viewpoint trivialises this man and the depth of his caring and of his wounds. He said, they had to scratch and fight and bleed to get to that portal. He remembers the heat, the stink, the pain, the fear. That it almost finished him. Is it not more fair to say that in the stress and confusion of the situation, Dean simply didn't realise what was happening, that he didn't realise Cass let go, didn't understand exactly what was going on, rather than Dean loves to self flagellate, so he's chose to remember wrong out of his need for self loathing? Perception.
I'll admit, I teared up when Cass said, "You can't save everyone my friend. Though you try." Awww Dean,. I hope he was listening,though it'll never stop him trying. He is who he is.
Oh I nearly forgot the Trans! Ha. I keep forgetting about them! I don't mind Kevin,I'm sorry he lost a little slice of himself. How was that! Man, brutal. I loved how after Cass and Crowley's showdown, he grabbed that tablet and wouldn't let go. It reminded me of when we first met him and Sam was trying to get the tablet out of his hands and he actuallycouldn't let go! He needs to get away from his mum though, because she's making dumbass decisions that are endangering their lives, plus, she's as annoying as all hell! She'd drive me batty if she were my mum. I didn't find her fun this time around, just kind of grating.Imagine her and Garth together? That'd be interesting! I was impressed she got that enormous demon into the trunk of her car though! Nice move! I mean, she's tiny. Did you see the size of Sam up against her when they met on the side of the road? I loved that too,Sam was so mad. I loved how he just snatched that book wearing his best chastising face.
Crowley reminded me of Lucifer in this episode in that, remember how Lucifer was all quietly evil and kind of cool until he got under pressure and then he turned all bloody rampage and murderous in "Hammer of the Gods"? That's what I thought about Crowley. We've seen him torture monsters and other demons but this season he's snapped Kevin Tran's girlfriend's neck and now he's done something fatal to some potential prophet's inside, while exploding another and cutting off Kevin's pinky! I think he's feeling a little under pressure and he's showing his true colours. He's not the smooth, Savile Row villain anymore. Oh and poor Alfie! What happened to Alfie?
This episode also left me feeling a bit more optimistic about our favourite ghost hunting bros. I'm hoping that what we saw with the brothers in this episode was indeed a small step towards the rebuilding of their relationship. A return to the trust and the closeness. I've never doubted the love. Dean didn't dig at Sam once for his year out. Maybe he heard Sam last week. Maybe he heard Garth. Sam was empathetic and supportive; he seemed present and connected to Dean. Maybe Sam heard Dean's pain last week. Maybe he saw the hurt in his brother. Like I said,the issues are still there, they will raise their ugly heads again,but even if they can have days like this,that's a start right?
Sam. V-neck t-shirt. Add to that bare feet and sweatpants. Didn't you just want to snuggle with him all curled up in that bed,and I'm a Dean girl (but I'm Sam curious)! And Dean,FRECKLES! Did anyone else notice that the grade on this episode was less saturated? Also, the boys didn't look quite as made-up or overly tanned and,you could see Dean's freckles clear as day. We should always be able to see Dean's freckles. If I ran this show, I'd make that a rule. Plus...arms. Goodness. I'm finding it harder and harder to get through the brother's scenes without pausing,rewinding,pausing,rewinding! They are so gosh darn PRETTY!
Oh and cool things....the Benny soul transfer, the exorcism into the phone, the demon bomb, the demon bomb shadows, the Leviathan bombs (every time...man so cool).
Thanks for reading!