Warning!!! If you haven't seen "Clip Show," read no further. There will be extensive talk about the episode, so you will be spoiled if you read this without watching the episode first. If you've seen it, come on in and talk about it with me!
Over two hours after the show ended, and I'm still not sure what I just saw. I may be in the minority on this, but I am underwhelmed. And a little pissed off. But mostly, that episode felt kind of all over the place. I know there are a lot of pieces to put into place, but I was disappointed by this episode. There were some great moments, but overall, I wanted it to be so much more. Since I write these after watching the episode and don't have the luxury of watching it again to really get things straight into my head, I think I'm going to lay out my crazy theory of the week and then try to get my feelings in order in my bullet points as things come up. I hope that works for everyone. Well, sorry if it doesn't work for you, but I think it's going to have to work for me! Hee, the power of the author!
Theory of the Week
I may have talked about this before, and I'm fairly sure I have, but I'm more and more convinced of it's validity with each passing episode. I want to talk about my Dark Tower/Reset theory. For those of you who have read the "Dark Tower" series by Stephen King, you'll recognize that series as the inspiration for this theory. For those of you that haven't, it's a very interesting read. Gets a little cracky in the last book, but it's still worthwhile. And I am about to spoil the book for you, so if you want to read that series, maybe gloss over this part. Or just realize that I'm talking about those books in very general terms as I remember them. They have been out for a while now, but I'll still give a SPOILER ALERT!!!
Okay, if you're still with me, "The Dark Tower" series is, in a nutshell, a story about a man called The Gunslinger and his quest to defeat the evil in the Dark Tower. It takes him the whole series, but he gets there in the end. But instead of defeating the evil, he finds out that he didn't fulfill the quest properly, so The Gunslinger gets reset back to the very beginning of the books. And he's been doing this over and over and over again.
This is what I think is happening to the Winchesters now. I think they're in this quest loop. They're trying to stop the Apocalypse, in one form or another, but they haven't quite gotten the quest right yet. So they keep getting reset back to the start. But little things that they do each time carry over to the next, lessons learned that are important. That's why there are these continuity errors, these things that seem off. In one quest run, they went to the Grand Canyon. In another, they didn't. The worlds are starting to bleed together a little bit.
And now that we've gotten the theory of the week, or a repost of it if I already talked about it, let's get into the bullet points.
- Abaddon. YES. She was fantastic. I want her to stick around for a while. Oh, hey, let's make her the new Queen of Hell. Then she and Naomi can battle each other. That would be delicious.
- The kid from "Wendigo." Awww, Tommy. Sorry you're gonna die, but it was nice to see you again.
- Nauseous and starving at the same time. Sam is pregnant.
- Why isn't Cass healing as fast as he normally does? Is it because of the type of injuries he received or because of the bunker? Maybe being in there weakens him somehow, makes his powers less effective.
- Dean put peanut butter cups on a plate for Sam. That is adorable.
- Hidden torture room in the Bunker? Of course there is. Why wouldn't there be? Also, Dean, it is a little skeevy that you have wanted a dungeon for a while now. That's not even the fun kind of dungeon right there.
- "Is that Abaddon?" "Not kill-y enough. Must be the chick she possessed."
- That old priest looks familiar. Was he in another episode? Update! He was in "Wendigo." Lots of callbacks to that episode tonight.
- "He is? In his condition?" Dean has no doubts! Sam is going to get the trials done. Now we just need Sam to believe it, too.
- CASTIEL IS GOING GROCERY SHOPPING. I DIDN'T KNOW I NEEDED THIS IN MY LIFE.
- Metatron and Castiel together at last. This shouldn't be socially awkward at all.
- Ooh, Naomi isn't running things in heaven like she said she was.
- Metatron knows the trials to close heaven. Of course he does. I mean, that does make sense because he wrote them. Now, and here's just a little suggestion, don't you think it might also be an interesting idea to ask Metatron what OTHER tablets he might have written?
- Dear Castiel, I just want to remind you that the last time you tried to fix heaven without talking to the Winchesters first, things went horribly, horribly wrong. That woman isn't going anywhere. There really is no need to rush into this. Take your time and talk to Sam and Dean about closing the gates of heaven. Seriously. You've just been under Naomi's influence for a long time. Don't fall right back under another angel's influence. Who knows what his motives really are?
- Let's talk about the Nephilim, shall we? Glad she had some power like the antichrist kid did. I want to know who the angel father was, though. Now, a possibility is Castiel while he was Emmanuel, and the girl just aged really fast like Emma the Amazon. But I think if that was the case, Metatron would have said something or the writers would have played that angle up more. So, who is this angel? They might have made a good ally since they clearly love humanity so much.
- "I'll stump you to death. It'll be swell." Abaddon and the black knight would be good friends.
- Why are they walking away from a demon? She's barely even restrained. She has a devil's trap bullet in her, but don't you think a little extra protection would be wise? Guys? No? Just gonna leave a SUPER POWERFUL DEMON BY HERSELF FOR A WHILE?
- Oh, wow, I am surprised that Abaddon escaped. Just so surprised. The hand thing was fun, though.
- Also, Crowley, never change. 666 text. "What are you wearing?"
- Did we really need to see the hearts in the cupcakes thing again? Gross.
- Using the "Supernatural" books against them. Smart move, Crowley.
- "Insane is kind of what we do."
- Sarah misses Sam's old hair! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
- "Saving people, hunting things. The family business." Crowley, that was a low blow.
- All of the awards to Mark Sheppard for that monologue, though. That was amazing. Horrible and emotional and amazing. Probably the highlight of the episode for me.
- God damn it, show. God damn it. You really don't need to kill everyone off. I mean, really. Hey, here's a twist! Bring back a character we care about and then DON'T kill them off!
- What is going on with Metatron? He wanted to hide from the angels, and now he wants to fix heaven and lead the angels? Something isn't right with him. What if Naomi is controlling Metatron? Or what if Metatron isn't Metatron at all but a demon or someone in Crowley's employ?