Supernatural 11.21 “All in the Family”
Writers: Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming
Director: Thomas Wright
Director of Photography C.S.C: Serge Ladouceur
Rowena and Sam sidelined!
Metatron and Kevin banished!
WHAT DID I WATCH?
The script called for a chat with God and a rescue for Lucifer/Cas.
What happened were dramatic changes to canon and more wiping the slate clean.
THE SIDE LINED AND THE BANISHED
Rowena knows where the Darkness is. Simple plot solution: find Rowena.
Apparently, a Prophet of the Lord was needed, and Chuck is tied up at the moment as a meat suit for God (the Writers)
… BUT, wait, “What about Kevin?” Isn’t he in the Veil? Couldn’t we resurrect him?
If Chuck/God, the Writers, could resurrect Lucifer from the brink of death,
Kevin could have been rescued from the Veil and restored to life.
The Writers elected not to.
Instead, Kevin’s soul ascends to heaven.
Oh, it is possible that he could return, or visit like Bobby, but his removal has a finality about it.
Heaven is full of past extinguished characters. A choice was made. Kevin is Banished.
Rowena, or Kevin, could have fulfilled the job of finding Amara but from out of left field,
or make that “Redfield,” comes Donatello Redfield, Keith Szarabajka.
He replaces Kevin as the Prophet of the Lord. Apparently, Crowley “missed a few” in his prophet roundup in season 8!
Will Kevin be coming back? Will Rowena get a paycheck?
“No. Thus spake the Lord!”
LOOSE LIPS METATRON BANISHED
Metatron, Curtis Armstrong, perishes a hero in a snarl of Darkness’ smoke, but the key word is perishes.
Please note that God, the writers, elected to NOT rescue everyone until after Metatron perished.
Contrivances such as Lucifer being “temporarily grounded” made a “zap out of there” impossible.
Choices were made.
“So Metatron took one for the team.” We will sorely miss you “Angel nearest the Door” and Scribe of God.
Sam always maintained a spiritual strength. He prayed to God in the season opening.
Lucifer took his faith and used it to deceive Sam in a horrible, devious way.
Sam, the quiet, steadfast, deeper thinker, fanboyed:
The whole deep conversation that should have taken place between God and the Winchester Brothers
was primarily a dialogue between God and Dean. OK.
Dean is certainly capable of asking a few hard questions.
That’s not what was strange.
What was strange was how the writers sidelined Sam to not only NOT having a say, but babbling.
There were extremely few lines to indicate the huge emotional upheaval Sam experienced when rescuing his torturer.
Only Sam’s facials revealed his conflict.
“It’s okay, Sam. You go.”
Sam couldn’t even take Metatron’s call on the phone.
Distracted driver, Dean, took the call, but better that than give Sam a line???
“BEHOLD THE FACE OF GOD”
Chuck is a meta convention for the VOICE OF THE WRITERS but God eating donuts, Chinese food, popcorn,
and lusting for bacon was unduly weird and unwitty.
Especially given the canon that Angels are incapable of tasting anything but molecules,
and have no need for sleeping and showers, this seemed odd.
(Do we really care if Eric Kripke and writing crew have food cravings, and sing in the shower? Probably not.)
Worst roommate ever!
AMARA SENSES… Dean
Amara SENSES Dean calling her and she appears in the forest.
But, Amara can “SENSE” a difference in Dean.
Amara: Something’s different. You’ve spoken with God. You’ve seen him. You betrayed me.
She SENSES that he has been with God? Wow! That’s pretty impressive “SENSING.”
Although gifted with hologrammatic imagery and the ablility to hear Dean call,
Amara is reduced to a “Bossy sister” who lusts for Dean.
She totally invades Dean’s mind just like Chuck invades Dean’s space.
Later, Amara and God play tug of war with Dean’s Baby.
How conveniently all this contrived “SENSING” works out.
Director TJ Wright ( also, “Baby” 11.04) makes sure we get a seat with the sensation of riding along with this,
A FLASHBACK SEQUENCE
(Note how Donatello’s front door has a glimmering cross.)
High Angle Framing
(Note how Amara’s shadow forms a thin cross.)
WORMS EYE VIEW
The worm’s eye is Dean’s POV (feeling overwhelmed)
REAR ANGLES FOR ALL KINDS OF REASONS
CU (CLOSEUPS WORK HARD)
Sam’s hand on the wheel
Light in Amara’s Hideout
Light on Donatello’s street.
Transitional/Establishing shot: changes the location from the Bunker to Lewis, California.
The weather vane signals a change in the weather and the coming Amara fog. It also is another form of a cross.
(The sandbox at the foot of the Tree.)
EYE CANDY BABY!
Baby gets a work out!
Baby gets DROPPED!
(I wonder if Baby cringes when she sees TJ Wright on set.)
(Only 7 out of 21 episodes have passed this easy test to determine gender equity, so far in Season 11, or 30%.)
Some great performances!
From our guest star Donatello (Keith Szarabajka),
To Sassy Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) and Sam (Jared Padalecki).
Without saying a line, Dean manages to convey that he is not impressed with the margarita Metatron ordered:
Dean hits the right key of outrage and despair suffered by humanity:
FROM THE REAR VIEW
the character arcs of these two fine gentlemen have ended.
2 CURLING ROCKS OUT OF FIVE.