Saturday, May 19, 2012

Supernatural Season Finale

I was trying to remember just when I started watching Supernatural. I know I saw the first DVD of the first season and went out and bought the first season for myself. And I didn’t get to finish it before the second season started, so I was recording those shows on the VCR (yes, my love of SPN predates my love of Tivo). 
That had to be 2003, I guess, and my passion knew no bounds. SPN was appointment TV. I had T-shirts and a messenger bag and kitchenware, for crying out loud. As the mythology got more twisty, my husband started enjoying the show more--and I less. I own every season on DVD but never even opened the last two. And this last season, with so much of what I loved about the show stripped away, I would even forget it was on until I saw it on the Tivo. That made me very sad. 
While I’m happy for the actors and writers to get another season, I think it’s time for me to say good-bye to the show, and maybe go back and rewatch those DVDs that made me love it years ago. 
I’m so glad to have been a part of the Supernatural Sisters and I thank all of you who visited!
So, onto the season finale...
Wow, there’s a lot of THEN going on. Nearly the entire song of “Wayward Son.”
Crowley is trapped in Dick Roman’s office. I so love Crowley. He’s so nonchalant about his blood being the key to everything. Dick offers Crowley Canada, gives him a vial of blood from a regular demon to give to Sam and Dean, telling them it’s his. Crowley goes for it and produces a contract so long it rolls onto the floor. He pulls out a magnifying glass and says, “I do so love this part, don’t you?”
Now to Sam and Dean, in search of a righteous bone. They flick on the radio long enough to hear a news team talking about stocks and Dick Roman and that he’s holed up in Sucrecorp. Meanwhile Bobby, in the body of the maid, learns the same thing.
Sam and Dean enter a mausoleum or something, reading biographies of nuns to figure out who is the most righteous while Crowley and Roman hammer out the details of the contract, whcih takes them all night. 
Okay, this jumping back and forth is making writing this hard. Dean and Sam cast the spell, but nothing happens. Then there’s a knock at the door and here comes Meg. Apparently Emo Boy (Castiel) zapped her back from the other side of the world. Dean walks out to Castiel, who’s listening to “Vincent” in the car. (I didn’t know that. My husband supplied it.) Castiel is worried about monkeys being used for cosmetic testing. And, wow, does Jensen get better looking every year or what?
Castiel comes in and sniffs the righteous bone, and correctly identifies the nun it belongs to. Castiel’s been waiting to hear from the garrison, but when he went to look for them, they’re all dead. If any are alive, they’re in hiding. He suspects Leviathans. Dean and Sam are worried about Kevin. 
Meg notes the supplies on the counter and Dean and Sam say they’ve summoned Crowley, but he didn’t show up, but then he does, of course. He confronts Castiel, and asks why he’s still alive.
“I don’t know,” Castiel says.
Rain Man Castiel is going on about insects being the reason he hasn’t gone back to heaven, since insects are creating miracles every day. Crowley hands over the vial, but Sam is suspicious. Crowley admits his deal with Roman, and tells them the vial is his. The brothers don’t know if they should believe him but take the vial.
And here comes the maid/Bobby, with a newspaper with Roman’s face and what looks like a knife wrapped in paper. She touches something in the back of a truck and Bobby is cast out of her body. It’s iron. She begs him to let her go, but he sees Roman’s picture and possesses her again.
Meanwhile, Dick and his assistant are walking through the halls with their smartphones and talking about 3 rules to contract negotiations: 1) bring breath mints, 2) get it in writing 3) have a plan for when they screw you.
Poor little prophet boy Kevin is locked in a room and they bring him a pretty blonde girl who doesn’t seem to know why she’s there.
Sam and Dean are casting the spell when Cas returns with sandwiches that he made from farm products himself, including killing the pig for the ham. I’d forgotten they couldn’t eat processed foods. 
Dick opens a box with a severed arm and calls it Mr. Roman. I’m confused, and dang they’re jumping around a lot. They dress up the little blonde girl and bring food to Kevin, who says he’s a vegan. Then he tries to pick the lock of the room.
Dick Roman is holding a board meeting. “The last time we were in one room, it was inside that angel.” He talks about the slaughterhouses going online next month. Kevin overhears the plans and hurries for the exit, but of course he’s caught. In the board meeting, Dick introduces the little blonde girl to everyone. 
Outside, Dean and Sam have a feed to the Roman corporation and see that there are more than one Dick Roman. So he cloned himself?
They injected the girl with something and she spits up and collapses. They’re genetically....I don’t know. It’s science. I hate science. Something to do with breeding people to make them the best food source.
Outside Sucrecorp, Sam recognizes the maid from the hotel and knows it’s Bobby. He leaves Dean watching the feed and goes after Bobby. He warns Bobby he’s going to get the maid killed, and Bobby fights back, CHOKING Sam! He sees his own reflection in the side of a van and casts himself out of the maid, who collapses. Sam picks her up and takes her to the hospital.
Back at the cabin, Meg demands to know why they left when they were so close. Sam tells her, “Dick made more Dicks.” As Dean gives him a look, Cas wonders if they should get a cat. “Doesn’t this place feel one species short?” (He can have mine. She just peed on my new couch. Again.) 
Dean wants to know when Cas is going to help. But Cas doesn’t want to fight anymore. Dean demands that Cas clean up his mess, but Cas wants to play Twister, then disappears. Meg says, “Nice, you’ve scared off the Empire’s only hope.” Since the Leviathans were in Cas, he can see past the meat suits to the real Leviathans. 
Bobby appears and tells the boys they should have burned the flask. He’s jonesing to go back after Roman, an itch he can’t scratch out. He’s afraid of grabbing another poor bastard and getting them killed. He tells the boys when it’s their time, go. He thought he could outsmart the vengefulness.
The boys stand over a fire with Bobby’s spirit and the flask, and crap. Hard to type when I’m crying. There goes the flask--what the hell was it made of to melt so fast? And there goes Bobby, illuminating Dean’s face as he goes. Cas watches from the stairway.
After the commercial, Cas is setting up another board game when Dean asks him to be his wingman. Angel, get it? Wingman? OH YES THE IMPALA!! YES YES YES!!!! Just so you know my love for the Impala, my phone is called Metalliphone. 
Oh, there’s a conversation going on. Probably should pay attention. Cas feels cursed, that resurrection is punishment, worse every time. Dean still wants him on the team. Cas senses forgiveness in Dean’s speech. Cas agrees to do his best. 
Oh please play “Back in Black!” 
Huh, “Born to Be Wild.” Not the same. She drives like a tank, you can see it as she skids, then SLAMS THROUGH THE SUCRECORP sign. That is NO WAY TO TREAT MY CAR! Meg gets out with a bunch of Borax (I bought some of this the other day. It’s used in a lot of homemade cleaners on Pinterest.) Meanwhile Dean and Cas are sneaking in, trying to figure out which Dick is real. Meg is strutting around when someone comes up behind her and sends her flying. Apparently Crowley wants her back in hell. Now.
Sam gets to where Kevin is held and Kevin says they can’t leave until they blow up the lab because Dick’s going to kill all the skinny people (THANK YOU, Kevin. THAT I can understand.) Sam agrees to blow up the lab. 
Dick is in the lab taste-testing the coffee creamer when his scientist gets beheaded. Dean and Cas confront Dick, and Dean stabs him with a weapon but nothing happens. Dick demands to know if they really thought they could trump him. Dean shows him a second weapon while Cas comes up behind him and stabs him through the neck with a third. Dick starts pulsing--he’s a bomb! No one moves, and he explodes! Black slime everywhere. 
Kevin wants to go, worried about more chompers. Crowley appears and tells them he has an army of demons outside. “Cut off the head and the body will flounder.” They’ve had one king and don’t know what to do without him. He tells Sam they’re just another animal, hard to kill, but the Winchesters love a challenge. They need to keep them from organizing. 
Dean and Cas are gone, and Crowley’s minions take Kevin. Crowley won’t tell Sam where Dean and Cas are, and he leaves Sam in the middle of the slimy lab, alone.
Dean is on the ground in the forest, and Cas orders him to wake up. He’s in Purgatory, where all monsters go to prey upon each other. Dean wants to know how to get out but Cas thinks they’ll be ripped to shreds. Creatures with red eyes appear around Dean and Cas disappears. 
The brothers are alone...and apart. 
Okay, that was a pretty awesome, if busy episode. What did you think?


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the episode. If Bobby is really gone I think it was too underplayed. I'm still waiting for Cass to bring him back to life.

I yelled and cheered when Baby hit the road! About damn time. Love your metallaphone. :)

I'm anxious to see how Dean gets out of purgatory. Seems it was easy enough for Cas. He should be able to zap him Dean around too.

I'm sad you're saying you won't watch anymore. I was greatly disappointed by this season-tho there were great moments-but have high hopes for a redemptive 8th season. I have watched from day 1 when the show first aired and I need to see how it ends. I'd be happy if season 8 fixes everything that got screwed up and then they went out on a strong note.

Anonymous said...

>>>And, wow, does Jensen get better looking every year or what?<<

Yes. Yes he does.

I thought the finale was one of the best episodes of the season, although I also questioned the super-quick melting flask :-)

Terri, I agree that Bobby's second goodbye was underplayed, but his first one got an entire episode and is un-toppable. Anything after that was bound to feel anticlimatic. But I do wish the boys had said something to him. The farewell seemed oddly one-sided.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

MJ, you did a great job with the back-and-forth scene jumping. I just watched the episode at the retreat with my friends, and some didn't like the episode at all. I, of course, loved it. :) I hope that season 8 IS redemptive and brings back what we love, somehow, and that you hear that and get back into it. :)

I had the same comment about Jensen's beauty at the same moment you did. :)

When Leviathan!Dick took over for the real Dick Roman, he ripped off and kept his arm on ice. So now, he had a bunch of other Leviathans touch it and "become" Dick, to fool the boys. So not really cloning, exactly, but same idea.

Silver apparently melts pretty fast. They'd have had to get the fire pretty hot, but it was the same in "Hookman" when they burned her necklace. I thought that was pretty fast. Also, of course, it was in TV time. :) So every time they cut away was several minutes instead of several seconds. LOL

I can't find confirmation, but I'm pretty sure the demon on the right who took Meg is Brendan Penny, who played one of the intended sacrifices in season 1's "Scarecrow."

I agree with what Tanya said about the Bobby part. It didn't go the way I wanted it to go after his death, but it was more true to the world of Supernatural and I'm being girly. LOL

I think the way they ended it was fantastic and consistent with so many other finales, though the part with Cas bugged me just a little. I don't think he just blinked out of purgatory and abandoned Dean. It felt a little too manipulative to set up the "apart and alone" aspect. But day-um, Sam alone with the world in chaos and Dean alone in purgatory is an achingly good cliffhanger.

I suspect Dean will be out of purgatory fairly quickly, if they're smart and (again) consistent. There's not going to be much interest in a lingering situation.

I'm excited for season 8 now!

Sam said...

Well Nat i feel they might drag the purgatory issue at least for 6-8 episodes.. Personally hoping for deans "Clint Eastwood" act where he ganks a lot of purgatory monsters..

And the Castiel scene i believe would be more like he can zap around INSIDE purgatory .. not get out... Am sure he'll be back with some weapon or something.. I too liked the episode a lot with the best scene being the IMPALA's Resurrection.. (woo!) And i agree with Tanya bobby had his swan song. this was like a final goodbye.

I have a feeling Sam wont be operating alone for a long next season though.. and i guess they'll be jumping back and forth between Dean and Sam's situation.

On another note i have high hopes for the new season. No offense to Sera gamble but i believe Jeremy carver will bring back all that we loved about Supernatural!

kp said...

wtf-flask melt - check
bobby bye bye- check
Crazy Cas - check
Impala minute of 'Why bother' - check
Jensen finally letting go of angry/constipated/unexpressive looking Dean - check
There was nothing here that made me stand up and say WOOOOO! It would've been a good wrap up to a 4 or 5 episode arc but two seasons? Compare 2 season arc wrap up All Hell Breaks Loose 1&2 (or even just 2)
yeah - not so much.

And again thank you ladies for your reviews and discussions.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Sam, I hope you're wrong about dragging out purgatory. Unless there's a lot more to it than monsters attacking Dean in the woods. And I just don't think it would work for them to keep the brothers apart for very long. That's the one thing they've been smart about every season.

Maybe it's because I watch Misha Collins so much and got to see him in person twice, but I loved Crazy Cas. They put a lot of Misha in him, and I thought his presentation was brilliant. He cracked me up every time he was on the scene.

And did anyone else notice his voice change in that final scene? I think The Real Cas is back.

Claire B. Curley said...

The show didn't start until 2005, so you probably started watching in 2006 (that's when season 2 started).

Unknown said...

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