Warning!!! If you have not seen “Reading is Fundamental” and next week’s promo, read no further! There will be spoilers! (And blood. Ha!)
Okay, so, tonight is one of those nights where I really wish I had a DVR. But alas, I do not. And I’ve probably bitched about this before, but fair warning to all of you that I write these articles right after watching the episode and some conversations with some Twitter folk, so that doesn’t leave a lot of time for things to settle and whatnot. So if this is a jumbled mess, please bear with me because right now I feel like this:
That’s right, I’m in a glass cage of emotions. Ben Edlund strikes again, right? I’m really not even sure what I’m feeling right now! Anyone else feel the same way, like you’re not sure what to make of things? Help me, readers, you’re my only hope! Okay, now that I’ve explained where I’m coming from here, I’m just gonna dive into this and see where I land.
The Cass Situation
Throughout the episode, I was torn between being happy that Cass was so light and free and wrecked because he just didn’t seem fully there at times. So, I think one of two things is happening with him: 1. He just can’t handle all the pain and guilt, his and Sam’s, so he’s crammed it all down and has basically gone into a disassociative state. 2. He’s worked through all the pain and guilt and everything else and has forgiven himself and let it go. But I can’t decide which of the two I think is happening. Based on his conversation with Sam, I think number 2. But based on that loaded game of Sorry where nothing either of them said was what they meant, I’m thinking 1. I keep going back and forth on this. I’d sort of love for him to have forgiven himself and moved on because first Sam did and now Cass, so maybe Dean can FINALLY let go of his airport’s worth of baggage and start again. That’s probably wishful thinking, though, because Dean’s baggage is sturdy and built to last.
All right, I think I’m just going to bullet point the rest of this article. Otherwise, I’d end up writing a huge missive and never get my sorry behind to sleep tonight! So, here we go.
— How awesome was that talk between Sam and Cass? I really liked it. Those two sure have come a long way from the “Sam is an abomination” days, haven’t they?
— Meg is up to something. She has to be up to something, right? She’s ALWAYS up to something. And as much as I want to dislike her, I really can’t find it in me to do so. She’s just so snarky. I kind of love it. I know she’s horrible and has caused the death of pretty much everyone, but I clearly have a weakness for snarky characters.
— Speaking of people up to something, I’m really rather looking forward to Crowley’s return so I can find out what he’s been up to. Distressing lack of Crowley lately.
— I’m not sure there was part of that epsiode where I didn’t want to just hug poor Kevin. I really liked him. And those damn leviathans better not hurt him! My favorite Kevin moment was the whole chase/shaken by Sam sequence. That was hilarious.
— Was that not the single most angsty game of Sorry in the history of the universe? It felt like nothing those two said to each other was what they actually meant. Layer upon layer of subtext in that one.
— Castiel’s random facts. Hilarious. I did know the one about the cat penis, though. Don’t know what that says about me…
— Hester was scary! And also said some very hurtful things to Dean. Wow, way to validate his guilt complex, Hester.
— That Inias guy (I had to look up that spelling because I kept thinking Aeneas) was interesting, and by that I mean it was interesting to see that there are still angels fawning over Castiel after everything he did. Curious.
— Okay, let’s talk about the recipe for killing the leviathans. The bone of the righteous and the blood of three fallen, right? First was the fallen angel. Check. Then next week there’s the alpha vamp, which hooray because that guy was a total badass. So who’s the third? Did I miss that in the preview?
— Castiel summed up in one sentence: “Well, you know me. I’m always happy to bleed for the Winchesters.”
— One of the parts that I found the most hilarious was those two trucker demons meeting Meg in that secret location…in their giant truck. “Nothing to see here, people, just this massive truck. We’re just trying to be secretive, okay?” Demons.
I think that’s enough for now. Time to let you all weigh in. What did you think? We’re really closing in on the end of the season here!