firesighn asked: I feel like Dean has actually backtracked. He's back into his "kill all monsters regardless" mindset which I thought he'd gotten over back in season one when they SPARED SOME VAMPIRES. Those vamps were complete strangers and Garth is supposed to be a friend and they wanted to ice him just because he's a werewolf now. Have you seen the recent episode with Gabe? It wasn't particularly outstanding, I just liked seeing him again.
I’m aware of the Gabe episode, but I haven’t watched it. I only half watched the episode that Misha directed; I’ve lost track of this season’s plot due to lack of interest. Also, spoilers?
I was excited for the beginning of the season because I’ve been wanting to see a human!Cas storyline since season 6. They’ve dabbled with it a little bit in season 5, but they never really got into stuff like Castiel having to pee for the first time or having his first cup of coffee or some of the other things that Misha has been talking about since he first cane on the show. In fact, that’s why I started reading Supernatural fanfiction: I was convinced that it wasn’t going to happen on the show. (That’s also why I started reading Dean/Castiel stories: I wanted it to happen, but I was convinced it wouldn’t.)
I was initially intrigued by the Ezekiel/Sam story, but it turned out to be a rehash of material that I think we’ve covered before. Dean makes a desperate, unwise deal with a supernatural entity to bring Sam back from the dead. (I’m started to think that it’s a metaphor for the show.) Sam has superpowers. Sam is being taken over by something evil, and Dean is helpless to stop it. Sam is pissed off because Dean brought him back. Gee, am I talking about season 2?!
I love Sam and Dean, I really do. I love their dynamic in the first five seasons. I feel like the show was really, at its core, about Sam and Dean, but it’s more specifically about the conflict between Sam and Dean as brothers who love each other and their destiny to be enemies who destroy each other. The show says that’s why they were born: to be Vessels for Michael and Lucifer.
I think Kripke’s original 5-year plan didn’t have angels, but the idea was that Sam was the devil incarnate or the antichrist, in a way; I think Kripke kept expanding Dean’s role to be more than “Sam’s brother” into being the main point-of-view character while Sam was the main protagonist.
However, this storyline was resolved. We ended the conflict. The boys won, destiny lost. And I think that’s why Sam and Dean have been less interesting to me since season 6. I’d actually argue that Castiel has been the main character post-S5 finale. He’s made the most important decisions; he’s had the biggest impact. He’s been driving the storyline. Sam and Dean keep repealing their seasons 1 - 4 arcs. But I don’t think you can sustain a show in which the central character only shows up every third or so episodes.
I really liked the episodes about Cas being homeless and working in a gas station, but he was acting all cweird in the last episode I really watched. For the first time, I really wasn’t behind Misha’s acting. Then Cas got his powers back, and I was like “I’m done.”
Edit: now I’m late for work! See what you did, season 9?!