Warning!!!! If you haven't seen "Torn and Frayed" yet, read no further! There will be spoilers and discussion about the episode. You've been warned!
Welcome back from the long hiatus! It's nice to have the show back, even if I was slightly underwhelmed by tonight's outing. I was really hoping for more progress on the angel front, and I'm not 100% sure why the brothers are back together. Let's get into these and other issues in more depth, shall we?
Back In The Saddle Again
So, the boys are back together. That's good. I guess. Seriously, I'm not feeling this reunion. It doesn't feel like they really want to get together again, and I'm not sure it's SUPPOSED to feel like that. Because they're only teaming up again because they feel like they have to, because the world is getting crazy again, and they have to stop all the bad crap from happening. They're not together because they want to be. Not really. So now I'm hoping that in the second half of the season, they are going to work out their issues in a meaningful way. They're going to realize why they want to work together again, and it's going to involve character development, and they're going to experience growth, and it's going to be awesome! And I'm sure it will be bumpy along the way, but they'll get there again. They need to learn how to be a team again after the year they each had apart.
I never really fully warmed up to Amelia, I have to admit. I think she had potential as a character, and she had some moments, but she just didn't click with me. So I am really kind of glad this storyline didn't drag on for the rest of the season. Really very glad. That said, I did feel a bit sad for her when the hotel room was empty. I mean, that hurts, no matter who you are.
But, her and Sam sleeping together raises an interesting moral quandary: Amelia's still married to Don, so technically they're adulterers now? Sam never struck me as the type! Now, technically, Don had been alive the whole time, but neither of them knew that until he turned up again. But they both knew he was alive this time. But Don also said that it was Amelia's choice to make, so did that give them free rein?
The Angel Issue
Dang, what is up with the CIAngels, huh? Why did Samandriel have to die? Couldn't Naomi have asked Cass to bring him back to heaven alive and question him herself? Poor Samandriel! And poor Castiel! He's trying so damn hard to do his penance, but he's being controlled by heaven again. Ugh! And not only controlled, but reprogrammed. I mean, he just wanted to save one angel, and Naomi made him kill the angel he saved. When Cass finds out, he's going to be ruined about it. He was already suicidal. I really hope Sam and especially Dean are there for him when that happens, and that they fight for Castiel's free will, fight to get him control over his own life again. Funny how Dean worked out the right answer even though he was being sarcastic. They'll get there eventually. Hopefully sooner than later, though, right?
This Week's Theory
I don't think it's going to come as a surprise to anyone, but I'm thinking Benny is gonna fall off the wagon and Dean is gonna have to kill him. Which sucks because I like Benny. I get why Dean severed ties with him. Dean felt like if he was asking Sam to be both feet in, he needed to be both feet in, too.
Bits and Pieces
Is anyone else constantly surprised by what they can get away with on this show? The halo with the spikes being drilled into Samandriel's head was awful!
Aw, Castiel healed a baby. As a mother, I can tell you that mother will NEVER forget that because her baby isn't crying anymore! Yes, hooray, she's healed. But not crying!
"That is his serious face, yes."
Crowley, king of Sass.
Where is Meg? Anyone? I really want to know what's going on with her right now.
"Manifest Through Shrubbery" is my new band name.
Okay, that's all I've got for now. What did you all think of the episode? Were you expecting a little more on the angel front? I certainly was, but I'm definitely looking forward to its resolution in the second half of the season.
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