Sorry I've been away awhile. Time to catch up with the latest Supernatural episodes that aired while I traveling.

To save time, here's all the reviews at once.

Over the 14 seasons of Supernatural,the scope, development and progression of the “monster" has undergone massive transformation. From its original horror movie foundations, Supernatural has grown to tell a deep, impactful story that transcends any monster of the week story arc formula, and so with it have the traditional monsters evolved.

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE TWENTY-ONE:

Loss. Episode twenty-one is typically one of loss, grief and even death. The boys are in a perilous situation, making desperate choices and, classically at the worst moment before the final boss battle, they are struck with a major blow that leaves them shaken.

“I mean, horror is one thing, but to be forced to live bad writing…”

Andrew Dabb is maniacally laughing at us.  No, he’s doing more than that. He’s recklessly speeding away in the Lamborghini after delivering a giant “screw you” to the entire fandom,  finally crashing the car in a spectacular wreck. I guess I should be happy that’s he’s driving it more than 35 mph, but that’s about the only pleasing thought I had after watching him blow apart everything and anything just because he could.

Anyone who has read my reviews over the past few years knows that I have been a harbinger for bad writing in “Supernatural.”  I have been screaming “foul” loudly to the mountaintops, lamenting in agony over what in the world happened to this once great show.  Well, somehow, Andrew Dabb found a way to hand wave it all.  Canon, what canon?  Story, what story?  He delivered a ludicrous enough scenario to freaking justify every single plot, good, bad, embarrassing and just plain campy with one cheat, writers lie.  They can do what they want and don’t have to follow any type of rules.  It’s all the work of a writer who’s basically telling us we should just feel lucky that we’ve gotten to watch this long.   Not feeling the love here. 

“Moriah” as an episode itself wasn’t half bad if you completely ignored the writing.  From a technical standpoint, it was one of the best I’ve seen in a while.  I loved the visual at the end with the swarm of zombies coming after Sam, Dean and Castiel with nothing but the most basic weapons at their disposal, the thundering “God Was Never on Your Side” dominating it all.  Of course I then asked myself, “A swarm of zombies can’t kill Castiel, right?”  I mean, will he go full out zombie when they take a chomp?  It might take him a while to take them out with one angel blade, but he should be able to make it, right?  I decided that I’d enjoy the visual better if I turned off the brain and dismissed such questions.  Suddenly that made it better. 

Yeah, if you totally ignored the fact that there was 14 seasons of canon before it, “Moriah” was great.   One big takeaway did come from it; the cycle is now complete.  Dabb and company have managed to totally deconstruct everything that has ever happened in “Supernatural” and made it irrelevant.  They may call it “re-invention,” I call it bulls***.  Not that it matters.  I’m just a stupid fan. 

Words: So innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sam: Dean, we're going to that place, and we're gonna save Jack and Mom. Together. And if something happens, we will deal with it together. And if we die? We'll do that together, too.

Words have power. They can be potent to rally many people to do what they believe in. Sam’s words in the end resonated with me. That is why I chose word and potent as words for this article. Together they make potent words (see what I did there?) Sam’s words were strong but were they good or bad in that situation? What would they rally? Sam wanted to lift Dean’s spirit up. He wanted Dean to make the right decision. Unfortunately, Dean’s character flaw is also to protect his brother so Sam and him dying together means Sam would die, and that is something Dean would never allow. Words can have the opposite effect people want. The more potent they are, the worse it can be. For me, those words meant that the brothers would go through everything together. They would "Carry On".

A Week Later

Has it really only been a little over a week since we were all stunned by Supernatural’s season 14 finale, “Moriah”? It seems like so much longer that I’ve felt this panic and trepidation about it undermining the entire premise of Supernatural, and correspondingly, my dedication to the series.  “Moriah” kicked off a firestorm of debate among fans as to the writer’s (Andrew Dabb) intentions. Portraying God as an uncaring, cruel, manipulative puppeteer whose only interest in his glorious creation is how much it can entertain him? The more I think it, the madder I get.

The thrill and shock of seeing Chuck again has worn off. My naïve hope that he appeared to save Jack and whisk him away to an exhilarating future exploring the universe with Grandpa Chuck and Great Auntie Amara has been shattered. Instead, Chuck incinerated Jack with little more thought than swatting away a bug. We are being told that free will was an illusion, Sam and Dean’s lives were written on celestial pages in indelible ink, and Castiel’s God as the guiding force for goodness was a fallacy.

The clear purpose of the episode was to shock (traumatize, appall, horrify) fans into the unsettling realization that everything about Supernatural could be subverted. That idea is so repugnant that Threads "Moriah" Part 1 was devoted to listing alternate theories to explain Chuck’s actions. A week later, I may have come up with the best theory yet.