22 May 2011
Review: Supernatural Season Six Finale Double-Episodes
Yesterday was supposed to be the apocalypse. Some dude predicted it. Clearly he sucked. You know what else sucked? The hellatus is here. Usually I have something to carry on, something like an idea or theory. For the first time, I have zero clue about what might happen in season seven. NOTHING. I look like I have been petrified like a Harry Potter character.
If there is one word to describe the cliffhanger of the season six's finale, it's bizarre. Not necessary in a bad way, but did anyone see that coming at all? After all, it's Kripke we are talking about. This was the only time he came back this season and he'd gone completely outside the square with the character we love so much. I can only assume the decision was a collective one. Supernatural has done it again. Superman has gone bad -- Castiel has gone mental.
Sera Gamble managed to make Dean cry and wrap up the Lisa and Ben storyarc in 6.21 Let it Bleed. Sera was generous this time (at least for now), leave-the-civilians-alone has not been the style of Supernatural for the past six seasons. Dean has grown up. This isn't the season one Dean anymore. Jensen's performance in the goodbye scene was one to remember. On the other hand, in the season finale 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much, Eric Kripke managed to pull down Sam's wall, killed Balthazar, blew Raphael into pieces, smashed the Impala, divided the fandom even more with the Cas-gone-completely-mental cliffhanger.
S0.. two questions are already driving us crazy -- what's up with Cas and what's going to happen with Sam?
Castiel! Castiel! Castiel! To me, the first big shock was when I saw him killing Balthazar. I cannot believe he did that. That made me nervous. I mean.. seeing Cas killed his friend gave me the chill. This happened before he was supposed to go mental. Towards the end of the finale, Cas had tricked Crowley and Raphael; opened Purgatory; and sucked up each and every soul to become even more powerful than his archangel brothers. He claimed to be the new God. I think Cas is being delusional. If it was that easy to be God, I guess Lucifer would have thought of opening Purgatory. Season six had been Cas' journey in becoming Vader. But still, I did not see that ending coming at all. That would make Cas the new bad in season seven. We don't know the extend of how blind Cas will get and how bad things will turn out, but I don't think the new God will make the world a larger Disneyland.
I think (and I hope) two things will come to play: forgiveness and redemption. Forgiveness is something you have to earn, it would be too easy for Dean to forgive him in two seconds. This friendship means to much to Dean. I hope he doesn't give up on Cas. Sometimes, it's more than just saving people physically, it's also about saving people from their own darkness. Dean did it with Sam, he will do this again with Cas. Will the real God show Cas the way? Will there be an 'oh-I-am-an-idiot' moment? One thing for sure, the road for Cas is going to get darker and darker.
Sam's wall has crumbled, no thanks to Castiel. The dreamscape approach is always a challenging one. Great performance from Jared and it was a real treat for the fans -- a triple Sam action! Jared channelled the three Sams very well. I would've liked to see the after-effect a bit more after the 'hell soul' was back into Sam's body in this episode. I would've liked to see that as the cliffhanger rather than kneel-before-Zod.. I mean God. But that's just me, right? What does Sam remember from hell? How significant (if any) was Sam's memory from hell, having spent all these time with Michael and Lucifer? I think and I hope season seven will leverage from this.
My theory (it's a bit early but I do have one): Who was the only supernatural entity claim to have the power to reap God? May be we will see the return of a Horseman.
PS** Please bring the Impala back.