"Point of No Return"
--Robin's Rambles by Robin Vogel
This is going to be especially rambling because this episode got me in such a super-dither. My emotions were in a crazy stew by the end of this ep, bubbling happily at the end.
Bobby showing Dean the gun and bullet he had on hand with the intention of suicide--UNTIL Dean talked him out of it way back when--had me crying. It's true--eons back, Dean had given Bobby a whole long speech about how much he means to him, that he's like a father to him, etc. And here, Dean had the balls to tell Bobby, "You're NOT my father" in such a cruel way? I wanted Bobby to put a bullet of sense into Dean, and I was so glad when Sam added in that dirty look, too! Notice how carefully Cas was paying attention to Dean's attitude throughout this ep, and the way his face was showing his distaste? Cas isn't the poker face he used to me! But I felt awful for Bobby and angry at Dean for saying that, because it broke Bobby's heart!
I know that had I not already been spoiled, I would have been totally shocked to see Adam reappear--alive--in the episode. It's great to see him again, but I still think he's nowhere near as cute as his half-brothers. I've seen photos of the actor from recent conventions and he's a good-looking young man, but as Adam, he just isn't as handsome as either Jensen or Jared, and he doesn't look like a Winchester to me. Sorry, I don't see it!
Out of the mouths of angels? "Maybe they wrongly assumed Dean would be brave enough to withstand them." (Oooh, Cas, that's a naaasty Dean-burn!) "Blow me, Cas!" invites Dean. After all that crap about destiny, suddenly the angels have a plan B? demands Sam angrily--does that smell right to anybody? Not at all, but then again, we know that the angels aren't above using a sibling against a sibling, which is what was about to go down here. I just can't get over how bitchily Cas is speaking to Dean--or how much the censors allowed to be said on network TV! BLOW ME? I know they allow dick and douchebag, but blow me? I haven't been hearing that one! I also couldn't help enjoying Dean asking Adam if he got to third base at the prom; it sounded like the old Dean, who I miss. All Sam wanted from Adam was hard facts, but not THOSE hard facts! LMAO!
Oh, and Dean, since I'm the one always insisting you and Sam are going to save everyone because you love each other so much, that "power of love" crack pissed me off--just so you know! I'm blowing you a raspberry! Adam and Sam argue the difference between having drill sergeant John Winchester around all the time or virtually none of the time as a kindly father who shows up once a year to take his son to a baseball game. John couldn't do right by any of his sons, it seems, but I guess he did the best he could, which wasn't enough or right for any of them. I also shivered when I remembered not just Adam's dead, half-eaten corpse in the crypt, but the disgusting way the ghouls that looked like Adam and his mother feasted on and drained poor Sam. If Adam remembers the monsters that killed him, his memories are dark, indeed. No Winchester, living or dead, has any good memories, do they?
"Cas, not for nothin'," says Dean in the panic room, "but the last person who looked at me like that, I got laid." Did I miss something? Cas was looking at Dean like he was furious with him, not like he wanted to have sex with him. What was I missing--or was that just sick humor on Dean's part, as in the last person who looked at him the way Cas did had ANGRY sex with him?
Dean goes on to make Sam feel awful about the deaths of their friends, tells him he doesn't trust him and might not ever be able to, tricks Castiel into entering the panic room and sends him, screaming, off to God-knows-where, and escapes. Dean, you are so on everyone's shit list, and deservedly so! Or was he doing all this on purpose, figuring he'd be missed less with everyone pissed off at him?
Adam sarcastically talks of the three brothers now heading down to Wally World, the fictional theme park from the Chevy Chase vacation movie. Sadly, Sam remarks with that attitude, he'd fit right in, which makes me think of Dean, and how right Sam is. It's sad, too. I wish these kids had gotten to know each other as real brothers and been able to spend time together outside of hunting. John had his reasons, we know that, but he did all three of his kids a disservice by keeping them apart, IMHO.
In spite of the fact that Dean has YES sitting on the tip of his tongue, Sam is showing his faith that his brother won't say it when he gets to the big, beautiful room where all the angels are. He seems so calm about it all, too, does Sam, as if he knows something his big brother doesn't know. "You're still my big brother." For some reason, I can't think of a better thing Sam could have said. When you think about it, that's all Dean's really ever wanted from Sam--to be his big brother. I couldn't help but feel Sam had taken a very important step here, and I wanted to hug and kiss him breathless.
Given that angels are supposed to have so much faith, Cas telling Dean he doesn't have as much faith in him as Dean does and if he dies in the course of this mission, at least he won't have to see Dean fail, was a real painful thing to see. We've always had the feeling that Cas really admires Dean, at least for the fact that he never gives up on doing what's right. With his decision to give in to Michael, however, Dean has lost the angel's respect entirely, especially since he's bowed out of Team Free Will. It HAS to give Dean great sorrow to know that Cas is willing to give up his life for Adam's--but mostly because he can't bear to see Dean fail, and that he doesn't share Sam's faith in him. It made me weep, but then again, much of this episode did that to me!
I had heard rumors that we were going to get a look at Castiel's chest in this episode, and I wondered how and why. Seeing him with that horrible sigil etched into his chest looked so painful! He had apparently used that sharp Exacto knife to do that, and my own chest stung just lloking at it! So what happens to an angel who does such a thing? He got rid of three angels at once, but he used himself as the door or wall--so what does that do? Very upsetting, even if the glimpse of Cas' chest was very nice! But I still want to know what turned our Castiel into such an amazing warrior all of a sudden?
With both Adam and Sam choking on their own blood in heaven's waiting room, Dean winks and grins at Sam. WHAT? At that point, we knew, as Sam knew, that Dean had a plan. After everything he said, DEAN HAD A PLAN! I got so excited, and wondered what Dean was going to do. Had everyone getting on his case finally convinced him? Whatever, I was glad to see that wink and know something had spurred him to action! When Dean shoved that knife into Zachariah, I was screaming! Hubby came in to make sure it was just SUPERNATURAL and went back into the computer room. I loved it when he told Zack that Michael should kill him before doing anything else; Zack was so pissed off, because he wanted his promotion! Tee hee! I so loved it that Zack got what he deserved, but was upset that Adam got left behind, almost an echo of what Zack warned Adam would happen.
"Just let me say this," says Dean, "I don't know if it's being a big brother or what, to me, you've always been this snot-nosed kid I had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that's not you anymore. . .if you've grown up enough to find faith in me, the least I can do it return the favor. So screw destiny--right in the face. I say we take the fight to them, do it our way." What beautiful words! To hear Dean say this--what amounts to the biggest chick flick moment EVER--made my eyes well up, made me laugh and jump up and down in my seat! They played this snappy little bit of music as Sam responded, "Sounds good," but you knew he was jumping up and down in his seat, and his heart, that Dean had forgiven him and that they were going to mend their relationship back together finally, after all this time! I know it's a cliche, but my heart SOARED! What a wonderful ending to an otherwise very somber episode, because we don't know what's become of Adam or Cas, but it can't be good for either of them and we have good reason to be worried. As for Sam and Dean, the kids are alright--for the moment, at least!
1. What did you think of episode #100? Did it satisfy?
2. Do you feel that Sam and Dean's relationship is finally on the mend? Or do you believe, as Dean said, that Sam is going to "wear Lucifer to the prom"?
3. What do you believe will happen to Adam? What about Castiel? What do you think happened to give Castiel his sudden strength and fighting ability all of a sudden?
4. How did Zachariah's death affect you? Were you clapping and jumping up and down? Or are you kinda gonna miss Zack's snarkiness? What did you think or his remark, "You know you can't trust them--Sam and Dean Winchester are psychotically irrational, erotically co-dependent on each other, right?" Erotically? Is that a shout-out to certain writers of incestuous Winchester writing?
5. What do you think of Team Free Will's chances now?
6. Did anyone else notice what appeared to be Sam rubbing the amulet in secret? I saw two instances.