Make a date with Fate, the goddess that is, and tune in April 15th for the long awaited return of our beloved boys as they arrange to meet their destiny compliments of our favorite new trouble-making angel, Balthazar.
So what happens? Dean and Sam wake up in a world in which the Titanic never sank. Seems Balthazar doesn’t like the ending of the movie “Titanic”, and goes back in time to un-sink the liner, giving life to hundreds of people who should have died. That does not sit well with the Greek goddess Fate (or more appropriately Atropos). The lives of so many who should have died reeks havoc on the timeline forcing Fate to intervene,and she does, organizing a series of ‘accidents’ that are cunning clever and strike with no warning. However, she has not only sets her sights on the survivors and others who were affected by the ‘ripple in time’, but also has her eye on the Winchester boys themselves.
Why Fate has it in for the boys isn’t known, but according to Cass, she will not stop until the boys are dead. They realize they are essentially on her hit list and will never know when she will arrange an ‘accident’ for them. The only way to survive is to kill Fate, and that maybe a risky proposition.
She doesn’t look like she will make an easy target. Definitely an uptight goddess!
This leads to an amusing clip of Dean and Sam very precarious walking down a crowded street expecting Fate to hit at any moment. At least now we know why the boys were in such a shocked state on the steps in the BTS photos from Susan Gittins. They were literally expecting death at any time, around any corner, and here they spy jugglers juggling knives, hatchets and eventually blazing torches,..
,”Final Destination” Supernatural style,.and, from the dialogue in the clip; they seem to be trying to
get killed,or maybe trying to get Fate to show her hand? (Will just have to wait until Friday to find out.)
In the clip, we see a near encounter with a skateboarder, a cyclist, a couple of very hyper dogs, the jugglers (which were excellent BTW) and, last but not least, a very unruly nail gun. Dean and Sam brave it all, determined to meet Fate head on, and that really gives us a lot of humorous moments.
(Love the dogs! Just HAD to put this screencap in)
And Fate does not disappoint…as we all know. Just when the boys thought they couldn’t their plan wouldn’t work, they hear, “Look out!”
The boys almost end up pancaked under a huge piece of equipment. (Reminds me of Dean under the piano in “Mystery Spot”.) But Cass is there to save the day.
That is not the only time Fate attempts to settle with the boys either. She also tries to blow the siblings up in a commercial kitchen.
In the same clip we also get glimpses of some of the deaths of the other poor souls Fate has it in for,.a bus accident (which the boys are front and center to see) and a skateboard fall in which the victim ends up under a very heavy door.
So who is Atropos? In Greek mythology, Atropos was the oldest of the Three Fates, or more correctly, the Three Moirae, who were the goddesses’ of destiny. She worked with her two sisters, Clotho and Lachesis. She was known as the “inflexible” or “inevitable”, and decided who died through the act of cutting the thread that symbolized their life. In other words, when she chooses your death, your fate is sealed. The boys have good reason to worry.
Hopefully we will find out why Balthazar chose to undo the disaster, but the spoilers do allow us to know how it can occur,it seems history can now be changed. One more result of the defunct apocalypse. “There are no more rules, boys” claims Balthazar, which has to lead one to wonder what else the pesky little angel has up his sleeve.
The altered timeline has other effects as well. Seems Baby is now a black mustang (Thanks again to Susan Gittins) and Ellen and Bobby are married, hence the different name of Bobby’s salvage business, now B & E Scrap Yard, in honour of their union.
And we also get too see some sweet tender moments between the two.
So how will the episode be resolved? Seems the boys have to kill fate to survive and assuming they do, does that reset the timeline or not? It’s not like the brothers haven’t done away with gods and goddesses before, but is that all they need to do here? How much of history was changed? How much damage did Balthazar do? Seems the best choice for all is to reset the timeline, make sure the Titanic sinks and put Fate to rest, before she does away with the boys.
And they can’t expect any help from Balthazar either. A spoiler has Balthazar replying to the brothers, “Sorry, you have me confused with the other angel. You know the one in the dirty trench coat who’s in love with you?”
Of course resetting the time will have dire consequences for the more positive changes,.like Bobby and Ellen. More sadness for the fans as they once again have to say good bye to her. We are also told that Bobby deals with the death of Rufus in the episode, so expect to shed a tear or two this Friday.
Official synopsis: After Balthazar changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship. Castiel tells Sam and Dean that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her. Written by CW Publicity
Guest cast (IMDb) includes: Misha Collins (Castiel), Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer), Samantha Ferris (Ellen), Sebastian RochÃ© (Balthazar), Katie Walder (Fate)
Phil Sgriccia directed this episode. A very seasoned director for Supernatural, he has worked with the series since the first year, and is now not only a director but also an executive producer. He directed the 100th episode “Point Of No Return”, and also “Nightmare”, “Provenance”, and one of my favorites “Hollywood Babylon”. He is also responsible for leaving the cameras rolling and capturing Jensen’s rendition of ‘Eye Of The Tiger’.
Young writers Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, new to the series, penned the episode. They were also paired to write 6.14 “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning”, and the story and teleplay for 6.06 “You Can’t Handle the Truth”.
To see the photo stills released by CW, check out our Photo Gallery.
The CW promo videos for the episode are below.
For some fun speculation on the episode, check out my article Episode 6.17 Speculation – And Death Shall Have No Dominion. It has more screencaps and some fun ideas in the comments from guests.
The episode was originally listed to air on April 22nd, but was move up a week to coincided with the actual date of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The luxury liner sank at 2:20 the morning of April 15th resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. In Winchester time, it’s exactly 100 yrs since the event occurred. An ironic coincidence, if it has no bearing on the episode or its solution.
While the show reminds me a lot of “Mystery Spot”, there is no Trickster here, unless we place Balthazar into that category and he is certainly wiry, crafty and tricky enough. Never know what he is up to and I have to think the outcome of all this will have some bearing on the remaining episodes. At least I hope so.
This episode seems to be more light than dark, but Supernatural has a talent for always been able to balance comedy and tragedy, so no reason not to expect some very dire moments here. And the loss of Ellen again is a very sad happening indeed, especially as the wife of Bobby. I always felt they belonged together and like believing that in some alternate timeline they do have a good life. Even if it isn’t one we get to see periodically.
On a positive note, the show is supposed to have a great many bromantic moments between Dean, Sam, and the “dirty-trenchcoat-wearing angel who’s in love” with them.
Hopefully the explanation and solution to this latest alternate universe episode, and Winchester predicament, will have a rational and fun conclusion and move the story along for the remaining episodes.
Happy viewing all! Come back and tell us what you think!