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SPN finale



My overwhelming feeling is this: Dear Kripke, thank you for NOT grinding my heart into hamburger. I don't think I could have taken three deaths at once. I don't even mind the fact that you made yourself umm I mean your Marysue Chuck into God, because at least this time you were a compassionate God.

I'm really wishing I didn't have to be at work 2 hours earlier than normal tomorrow morning, or I would have watched again before writing this, because it feels like there was a LOT packed into this, but let me just hit on a few things I loved:

1. I think my favorite thing is that the reversal of Sam and Dean's positions at the beginning of season 1 is now complete: now Dean is the one dreaming of white picket fences, whereas Sam can't see another end for himself beyond dying nobly for the cause. And I loved how much growth we got to see here: Dean realizes it isn't his place to stop Sam's last chance plan--Sam can be trusted to make that decision, even if Dean disagrees. And meanwhile Sam knows exactly how much Dean has formulated his identity around Sam, so he exacts the promise that Dean won't do anything stupidly suicidal after Sam's gone--that he will, in fact, go after the white picket fence.

I know a lot of people are upset at the ending, but I'm not. Dean has to at least give the dream a real shot--just like Sam did--before he can really be reconciled to life on the road again. What I'm wondering is how much they're going to carry this role reversal into next season: is Sam going to suddenly appear and pull Dean out of that life, just like Dean did with Sam? I actually hope not (despite the thematic continuity) for Lisa's sake, because I really like Lisa and Ben and don't want to see either of them (literally or figuratively) burning up on the ceiling.

Just from the look on Sam's face at the end, though, I suspect this story is going to mirror a lot of fanfic, though: Sam is going to try to go it alone without Dean, and Dean will find out and come after him. I hope that his inevitable breakup with Lisa comes from an organic place for both of them, so he doesn't just end up ditching her and Ben, but I guess only time will tell.

2. My second favorite thing about the episode was the Sam n' Dean "yellow crayon" moment--or in this case, the toy soldier moment. Because dammit, love SHOULD conquer all. Heck, as far as I'm concerned Michael and Lucifer are down there kissing and making up in the pit. As it should be. (And really, my guess is the reason that Chuck broke up with Becky is he knew she'd start writing Michael/Lucifer slash as soon as she heard the storyline, and he was a little squicked by it considering they're his kids and all).

3. My third favorite thing was the Michael/Lucifer conversation. I'm so glad we got textual evidence that they still care for each other (I'm sure the angel-slashers are going nuts now, especially after Lucifer BLEW UP CASTIEL just for hurting his brother!) I'm just sorry Lucifer couldn't talk Michael down--poor Michael and his delusions of destiny.

4. And speaking of destiny--OMG, the complications if Chuck has known he was God the entire time. Maybe he didn't know? And wow, how hilariously blasphemous that God relies on the services of a dominatrix. I know Kripke was probably just doing the meta thing--author as God--as well as saying goodbye to his fans, but still. God as an unkempt alcoholic with a real hard-on for classic cars? Oh, my Kripke.

But I loved the framing device of Chuck narrating about the Impala. Lots of stuff that he talked about in those scenes is stuff fanfic has long since speculated about and elaborated on, but it's still great to get textual confirmation--and all those montages were a real love letter to the show/the brothers. It's pretty hard to see how the series finale is going to top this, now.

5. I thought it was a very brave acting choice for JP to make his Satan so amazingly charismatic and likeable and his Sam comparatively whiny, especially in that mirror scene. I was almost rooting for Satan, Jared played him so well.

6. Castiel continues to bring on the funny in very serious episodes. I think my favorite part was his complete inability to speak soothing platitudes when Sam was saying goodbye. I am very glad he's not dead, and while I expect cleaning up heaven will take most of his time (do we know if he's supposed to be a regular next season? My guess would be no) it's still possible that he can drop by for visits, so YAY.

7. Also yay for Bobby's continued existence, though I guess he's not going to be around much next season either, if Chuck's narration is any indication.

8.I am intrigued by the fictional possibilities for Sam's backstory that they've introduced in the past couple episodes. Apparently it wasn't just Brady--Azazel had a whole team on Sam for his whole life--his prom date, his teacher, and others. That's really fascinating.

9. I haven't said much about Dean in this episode, but DAMN. His stubbornness and refusal to give up on Sam (and the world) has never been more important, has it? And I just adored that scene when he drove the Impala into the graveyard blasting his music. Angel v. demon, and he absolutely has to stick his very human face into things, and I just had a moment of "THIS is why God loves us best, guys, nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah." (I can't help it. Dean brings out the 7 year old in me).

10. Other random things I loved: the gallons of demon blood Sam had to drink, and him asking Dean not to watch; that moment, right after Lucifer possessed Sam, when he quoted Star Wars; whatever silly ass insult Castiel used on Michael when he threw the holy oil on him (I can't remember what it was but it cracked me up); that the Impala is the most important object in history.

11. I don't think Sam is still possessed, or evil, or a ghost; I think Chuck resurrected him, and that power surge caused the flash when Sam appeared.

Comments

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serrico
May. 14th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
2) Becky was *totally* slashing Michael/Lucifer. Chuck!God is *totally* Diana Gabaldon. *nod*

5) Padalecki was *impressive* in this ep. All those tight closeups could've backfired with a less skilled actor, but he made them work, and, moreover, made them work against Sam-in-the-mirror. He's come so *far* since s1!

6) I about killed myself laughing when Cas screwed up his face in a failed attempt at a quasi-Deanish expression while lying to Sam that everything would be okay. I mean, of all the human examplars, Cas, *seriously*. (HEE.)

10) ASSBUTT. Redundant and evocative. :)
norwich36
May. 14th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh, it's mean to make Chuck!God Diana Gabaldon--after all, the folks he writes are real people. He's more like, um, I can't think of one of the top of my head right now, but the ones who say "just don't show it to me"--it's just, you know, it would be hard for him to avoid encountering it if Becky was around all the time, because she'd be thinking of it constantly. (I mean, who wouldn't?)

I really agree with you about how far JP has come since season 1.

And "Assbutt" is right up there with "Double damn ass on you" in terms of hilarious insults.
serrico
May. 14th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
Oh, it's mean to make Chuck!God Diana Gabaldon

...yeah, I guess you're right. At least the benevolent diety that is Chuck had the grace to leave Becky to her own prurient thoughts on the SPN-'verse. *determined to think well of TPTB in this regard* *g*
norwich36
May. 14th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
It occurred to me, though, right after I typed that response and went to bed, that perhaps Chuck broke up with Becky because he was tired of her criticizing the gender politics of his novels. (She was much too smart to overlook the virgin/whore thing). Because Chuck may not be Diana Gabaldon, but he is pretty much Kripke. :-\
yaycoffee
May. 14th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see that there was someone else out there besides me who really liked most parts of this very well done episode! Agreed, agreed, agreed, and agreed!

(Now, bring on the fic!)
norwich36
May. 14th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm glad to see other people liked it as well!
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norwich36
May. 14th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
I think part of it, for me, was that something about his tone of voice in all those parts convinced me that nothing truly irreparable was going to happen to the boys, which turned out to be correct.
shopgirl318
May. 14th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I liked your review. I am glad you love the epsiode for what it was and not what it could be. I feel terrible for Dean and Sam. Everyone is fanwaking so much, well I shouldn't be surprised though. I liked and didn't like some things about th episode, but for once I loved that it wasn't so much blood and carnage like their has been in previous season finales. I like Lisa and Ben! I am glad Dean has a friend to lean on, he is gonna need someone to hold him up. I don't understand the Lisa hate, calling her a bitch! unecessary people!

I thought Sam was possessed, well maybe I am reading too much into because of the whole street lamp thing. I hope he isn't either.

Loved that Casitel and Bobby lived (to many people have died this season) they have both deserved it! Loved JP's Lucifer or should I say Sammifer! LOL I didn't like him in season 4 during "The End" but he was awesome and scary here in "Swan Song."
norwich36
May. 15th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen a lot of hate for this episode, and I'm kind of scratching my head. This ending is worse than Dean going to hell? Worse than Sam raising Lucifer? OOOO-kay, peoples, whatever.

I suppose maybe Sam is possessed? I wouldn't completely rule that out, but it seems unlikely to me. Sam as a ghost seems more likely than that, or Sam angelified or something.
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