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Supernatural: Hammer of the Gods

My reaction to this episode is completely based on something you probably don't know about me.

In the past couple months, I have become completely obsessed with Gabriel. Mostly I've been reading Sam/Gabriel, but also Dean/Gabriel and Gabriel/Castiel and lots of other more obscure angel pairings. So my big hope for this episode was that Gabriel would make it out alive--I didn't have a lot of hope, but I had a little. And the first time he died, I was completely faked out (despite the fact that he has faked his death a lot), but the second time---

pardon me, I seem to have something in my eye--

Oh, FUCK. Fuckity fuck fuck fuck. At least it was a good death. I mean, isn't that speech he made to Lucifer exactly the speech that everybody wants to make to Lucifer? Get over yourself and stop destroying all the toys in your big temper tantrum. Plus he defended humanity! He finally joined Team Free Will only to get killed. Dammit, dammit, dammit.

I just keep reminding myself that there was a whole FANDOM (Phantom Menace) in which half of the main pairing was killed off and that didn't prevent thousands of stories that fixed that problem without any effort at all. Heck, I can already think of at least 2 quick fixes for this: (1) This wasn't real, it was Gabriel looking ahead to his possible futures (as he said in the episode he had), and so he knew to double-fake out Lucifer, or jump away or something at the pivotal moment); or (2) he somehow managed to store his grace in that DVD, and when he appeared onscreen he popped out (invisibly or something). So, yeah, NOT DEAD, at least not fictionally.


Ok, now about the other stuff in the episode. I think in this case instead of talking to the characters, as I often do, I'm going to talk to the SPN writers, and give them positive or negative points depending on my feelings about certain plot developments:


+100 to the writers for remembering that there are other divine pantheons in the world, pantheons that think of themselves as at least as important--if not more important--than the Judeo-Christian one. Props especially for Kali's speech about the arrogance of the western religions, and Odin's speech about how this was just a slapfight between 2 archangels, and the real end of the world would involve him being eaten by a wolf.

+25 for a slightly wide range of non-Christian gods (I counted Norse, Vodun, and Hindu, though there were a lot of unnamed other gods at certain points)

-100 for making a lot of those gods into eaters of human beings. WTF, SPN writers? SERIOUSLY??? I mean, to be sure, you fucked around a lot with the angels and made the Christian God a deadbeat dad, but it's a serious leap from there to "all pagan gods eat people." None of the pantheons represented have anything like that, to my knowledge.

+50 for Kali: I love that actress; the way she shot down Dean and figured out Gabriel was AWESOME, as was her insistence that they couldn't just run away to another planet, they had to fight for the earth. And even though Gabriel did kind of rescue her at the end, she was the only god to put up a serious fight with Lucifer, and that flaming thing (not to mention trapping Gabriel) was pretty damn badass.

-25 because I'm pretty sure Kali was the only goddess present

+25 for Dean's consistency: he clearly just thinks all heavenly beings are evil at this point, so his dickish speech about alliances was totally in character, and these days I'm just happy he's remembering to try to rescue the innocents caught up in the apocalypse. ALso, I'm pretty sure I've read at least 5 stories where the boys team up with pagan gods against Lucifer, and Dean is always quite reluctant, so that worked for me.

+25 for Sam's hilarious "the next time I say we should keep driving, we should keep driving" because it cracked me up

+25 for Gabriel actually being Loki, and for his backstory with Kali

+25 that Kali dumped Gabriel because he never took anything seriously

+5 for the hotel being named Elysian Fields

+10 for the continuity with Gabriel's awesome angel wings burnt into the floor when he died

-100 for killing off Gabriel (WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

+150 for Gabriel's awesome speech to Lucifer

+25 for the hilarious Casa de Erotica video with Gabriel being how he reveals the solution to bottling up Lucifer once again

+25 for Dean and Sam having hope again, because it is a really good look on them.

So the total score is--fuck, why did I pick this system? It requires addition and stuff! Plus what does 265 on a scale of no scale even mean? Ok, whatever, I'm not going to go change it now, but I'll remember not to use this system in the future. I'm still traumatized by Gabriel's death, ok? DO NOT MOCK ME, because you will act the same way when Bobby and Cas both get killed in the finale. Not that I am spoiled in any way, I'm just heavily predicting their deaths based on past experience of this show ripping my heart out whenever I start to like a minor character (Bela/Pamela/Ellen/Jo/Ruby/Henriksen etc).

Comments

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ghostrunner7
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
I was in actual tears over Gabriel. In front of girl_wonder and her cat. I will not mock you.

But I agree. Just because he might be dead is no reason to stop writing porn about him. We've seen him die a thousand times.
norwich36
Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
I was crying really hard, I have to say. But I agree with you: Gabriel, of all people, doesn't stay dead.
bientot
Apr. 23rd, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
Might I propose bonus points for Kali being 'all hands' and Ganesh not being the elephant in the room? Made me giggle, anyhow.
norwich36
Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, both of those were excellent lines!

(Though, much as I loved Dean's marvellous double take on seeing the elephant, Ganesh really only has an elephant's head, not body!)
miss_tress
Apr. 23rd, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
-25 because I'm pretty sure Kali was the only goddess present
There was a blond woman in the room but we never got to see her name tag.
norwich36
Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I missed that. I will edit that point loss as soon as my damn internet connection stops being so glacially slow.
clari_clyde
Apr. 23rd, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
I would have liked to have seen Greek and Roman gods if only for the hilarity of seeing a god being someone else's version 2.0 or even 3.0.

But the lambada remarks makes up for that because it’s like the show isn’t even trying to hide the slash anymore.
norwich36
Apr. 24th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I think I missed the lambada remarks?
clari_clyde
Apr. 24th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Shortly after Gabriel’s arrival, he’s talking about Michael and Lucifer. Sam and Dean don’t even blink at the comment.
norwich36
Apr. 24th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Oh ho ho. I am going to rewatch this episode, just because Gabriel had so many hilarious lines I couldn't actually keep up.
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norwich36
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it--but no spoilers, please!
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starry_dawn
Apr. 25th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, there was one other goddess. A blonde one, I think.
norwich36
Apr. 25th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, miss_tress pointed that out to me above, but every time I've tried to edit this entry in the past 2 days LJ has crashed on me, so I've given up trying to correct it.
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