Random Musings 09-27-2011

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    Supernatural Season 7

    Sept. 23 not only marked the first day of fall, but the opening of Supernatural’s seventh season. Somewhat apropos, as all sorts of problems have fallen (pun intended) into the metaphorical laps of Sam and Dean Winchester.

    Spoilers follow:

         We pick up where we left off at the end of season six. The angel Castiel (Misha Collins), in order to win his civil war with Raphael, had made an alliance with the demon Crowley (Mark Sheppard) to find Purgatory and get access to the souls within. Souls being very valuable commodities. He succeeded, absorbed all those souls into himself, smote Raphael, and declared himself God to Sam and Dean, and their friend Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver). God himself had long since left Heaven for parts unknown.

         And, of course, there was the requisite “worship, love and adore me” litany.

         Castiel, who’d previously gone against his orders and sided with Sam and Dean in preventing the apocalypse, did so— and subsequently engaged in his war for control of Heaven after the Archangel Michael ended up in the Cage with Lucifer— because he believed free will was the right answer.

         That, to quote the Monkees, was then. This is now.

         Or to put it another way, Castiel proves Lord Acton right. And a-smiting he goes. On Earth and in Heaven.

         He makes his displeasure known at a church where the pastor is giving a sermon about how it’s okay for the congregation to picket “their” weddings and funerals because God wants it that way, telling him, “I cannot abide hypocrites like you, Reverend.”

         News reports the characters (and we) hear relate the sudden deaths of some 200 religious leaders, with an anchor saying some are calling it an act of God.

         We also hear that the Ku Klux Klan is forced to disband.

         I suspect that if God actually existed, he might take similar action against both hypocrites who claim to act in his name, and self-righteous men and women “of the cloth.” But even though some of Castiel-as-God’s actions might be justified (and it’s not all about the smiting; he restored a blind man’s sight because the man genuinely believed), there’s still a major downside.

         C’mon, this is Supernatural. Of course there’s going to be a downside.

         Those souls that Castiel took into himself? They’re not all human. Seems there were more than a few Leviathan in Purgatory (which was originally constructed to imprison them). And Castiel’s human host is the only thing between them and, well, us. And Castiel’s finding it hard to contain them.

         Oops.

         Meanwhile, Sam, Dean and Bobby have their own problems. Castiel, more than a little miffed at them, has torn down the “wall” that blocked Sam’s memories of being in the Cage with Lucifer and Michael for more than a year (our time; hundreds of years their time). Sam’s not handling it too well.

         Then there’s the whole “how do we stop Castiel, who’s now God?” problem.

         Answer: They’ll bind Death (Julian Richings), who once told Dean that he’ll one day reap God. No problem, right? Lucifer bound Death, so Sam, Dean and Bobby can too, right?

         Yeah, right.

         Needless to say not everything goes according to plan. But Death does reveal that the Leviathans are scratching to get out of Castiel. And yes, despite their very foolish actions, he lets Sam, Dean and Bobby continue to live. Must be the pickle chips Dean offered him.

         There’s only one chance to save the world. Get Castiel back to the place where he opened the door to Purgatory at a specific time and have him return the souls to Purgatory.

         Castiel, finally realizing he’s lost sight of his true self, agrees; and at the appointed time, opens the gateway.

         And the world is safe. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

         C’mon, this is Supernatural. Of course we can’t.

         Seems the Leviathans stayed behind in Castiel’s host body; and that Castiel himself is now dead, Jim.

         Oh, and Sam’s having hallucinations of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), who tells him he’s still in the Cage and his “escape” last season was all an illusion, yet another torture.

         Holy Bobby Ewing! They’re not going to reveal that the entire sixth season never happened, are they?

         No. Supernatural is one of the best shows on TV. The writers and producers wouldn’t use a variation of “it was all a dream”, the laziest writing cliché there is.

         But if Sam believes he’s still in the Cage, it’s almost as bad as if he actually were.

         Sam, Dean and Bobby have a lot of challenges ahead of them. Shouldn’t be too hard, though. As long as they’ve got Castiel in their corner, they’ll—

         Oh, right.

         Well, Death’s pretty powerful. He’ll reap God one day, after all. So it’ll be a cinch to—

         No, Dean’s beginning to annoy him. Calling on him again probably wouldn’t be wise.

         They may have no choice but to turn to Crowley, once a mere demon, now the self-proclaimed King of Hell.

         No way that could backfire.

         One thing’s certain, though. Since family is the core of this show, Dean will do whatever it takes to see that Sam recovers.

         And if Castiel is still alive somewhere, Dean will try to save him, too.

         Will he succeed? Possibly. But there’d be a cost. There always is.

         Supernatural airs Fridays at 9 on channel 50.

    Copyright 2011 Patrick Keating

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