Cue it up and follow along as I went pretty much by the entire episode for this not-a-recap review.
Now: Action packed and we know who the bad guy of Book of the Damned is right off the bat – creepy stalker southern dude, Jacob Styne (yeah, we find his name out a tad later). He followed Charlie all over the world. Oh yeah, and CHARLIE! I love Charlie. She is bad ass, hopping out of that garbage can like a pro. With a SWORD!
All that LARPing paid off for her there – she can wield a blade! Perfect character continuity is perfect. “Sorry Gambit” Hahaha! Felicia Day rocked it.
The compass thing. I want one.
Cas and Metadouche in the pimp mobile solidified my total dislike of the former angel. He’s the character I love to hate and boy do I despise him. With a passion. He killed Dean. He cannot be forgiven. Ever. I cheered when Cas slugged him. Twice! “Can I kill him now?” Sam should have said yes. Cas is getting to be a better driver, talking to Sam, phone on his shoulder and punching Metatron without wrecking. Awesome Cas is awesome.
Dean. Hoodie. Thud.
Because this is Supernatural, Dean wearing a hoodie has deeper meaning than just him looking unbelievably hot in the thing. Go back to S1 Faith where Dean wore a hoodie when he was near death. He looks vulnerable in it, young, lost. Same thing when he was actually young teenDean (played to perfection by Dylan Everett in About A Boy) Hoodie wearing Dean symbolizes hurt/vulnerable Dean and boy is he – to everything. Even the choice of clothes the Show decides our guys wear has extra meaning. The attention to detail is remarkable ten years in. Just another reason I love it.
The brothers lying to each other is probably one of my least favorite things to endure. I get it this time. I’m team Sam here. I’m scared for him about as much as I’m scared for Dean. I know what lengths he’ll go to save his brother. We’ve seen him try before and fail, (and not try at all and fail there too) and the result of that failure has always been drastic. Not saving Dean from hell led Sam straight to Ruby and to letting Satan out of the box. Not looking for Dean at all led to one of the worse rifts between the brothers we’ve ever had to endure. I’ve always felt there was more to that than we ever got, but the end result was the same. He let Dean down. What will happen to him if he fails again? I think Sam saving Dean is just as important to Sam himself as it is to Dean. And Sam knows what he’ll do and what will happen if he can’t. He will lose himself, so just like Dean’s reasons for saving Sam to the point of tricking him into an angel possession were shaded by his inability to let go of his brother, so are Sam’s. There’s some self-preservation going on here, and just like I fully approved of what Dean did to for Sam, I’m 100% on board with Sam’s actions. We’ll deal with the consequences later, Winchester style.
They are walking in each other’s shoes this season, reversed roles and I’m loving every moment of it. Every single one. The fact that Dean came clean and told Sam about what happened really made me happy, and really sad that Sam didn’t do the same thing. I think he was on the verge of it, but Charlie called and off they went. I’ve a feeling Dean knows though. Maybe not the specifics, but he knows Sam well enough to know he’s not going to let it go and that Sam is not beneath going behind his back. They have a history that neither one has forgotten. It’s pretty hard to pull one over on Dean Winchester, after all. He’s onto his brother.
The Book of the Damned. Well with a name like that, we know that thing is going to come back and bite us all in the ass later on. And Metatron has the Demon tablet! Frak!
What could possibly go wrong with that? Everything.
Winchesters on the move is an awesome thing to behold, especially when there’s classic rock cranked in the car and Dean is rockin it down the highway. The Boys Are Back in Town. Oh yeah! And we get a broment of epic proportions. Toes in the sand, Sammy. Toes in the sand. And it’s a beautiful thing that in the face of all the shit they have to deal with, Dean can still dream of a better time ahead. Yeah, it’s just a dream people.
Here’s a niggle, which only occurred because episode writer, Robbie Thompson let it out that they cut the scene of Dean working out – which is why he was in a hoodie (other than the symbolism noted above) – Metatron getting indigestion could have been reduced drastically, or cut all together in favor of our seeing that cut scene, but someone decided to go for the cheap (yes, funny) poop joke rather than pleasing us fan girls. Know your fandom you editor types in suits. (I’m blaming the CW) Know your fandom.
Dean’s reaction to the Book of the Damned was spooky. What you didn’t see was him taking the book from Sam and backing away with it. However, SmartDean realized he shouldn’t touch the thing. Good job Dean. You keep hanging on and fightin the good fight. Go get the crap out of the car
Sam is so in tune with what Dean is going through. Smart Sam. Put that nasty book away. Keep it away from your brother. Loved the Enigma shout out. Go check the Supernatural Wiki for more on that. Very interesting and of course, brilliant show is brilliant. SupernaturalWiki
Our show hires the best people to come on and give us great performances. They did with creepy book stalker guy. Jeff Branson nailed the southern accent and gave us a fabulous performance. Well done indeed.
The library was epic. Back when they were filming Misha put out a little video of the interior with Jerry Wanek talking about it. They bought all those books to fill it. LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Of course, they then blew a whole bunch of those books to hell and back. Here’s Misha’s YouTube: Misha’s YouTube with Jerry Wanek
Sam telling Dean that he couldn’t lose him and the way they built tension in that scene was just stellar.
What happens when you confront Dean Winchester with deeply felt emotions? Well he doesn’t handle it too well and he turns it around and lashes out. He’s so out of control and afraid, he can’t see straight, so he’s going to say anything to Sam to get him to back off. And then he leaves. There’s a wall around that guy that is 6 feet thick. Ouch. Sam has been trying to avoid confronting Dean about this all season long. He knows his brother too well. And Sam talking to Charlie about what he feels about all of this, about Dean betraying his trust with the angel possession – which he doesn’t say but is written all over his face – yep, crying some more. Charlie’s distillation of that was excellent. ‘He did something you didn’t want and that pissed you off and you said something that hurt him.’ All my tears were for Sam this episode and when he talked about accepting that this was his life and he loved it, but he not only couldn’t do it without his brother, he didn’t want to do it without him, almost mirroring the same words Dean said to him on more than one occasion going all the way back to Season 1.
The softness of his voice, the catch in his throat. He couldn’t say it out loud, the thing he dreads more than anything else – losing Dean. If there was ever any doubt that Sam loves his brother as much as Dean loves him, this put it to rest. All the love. Brothers. Spot on.
I will grudgingly give Metatron a point. What is Cas’ mission? I don’t like the feeling I get from this though because if Cas doesn’t have a mission, what’s going to happen to him? (Cain’s prophecy comes to mind here. Ack!) And then, Metadouche pulls one over on Cas because Cas took the damn cuffs off because Metatron saved him from angry cupid angel. Trusting Cas is too trusting. But then – and yes then – BAM.
Cas finds his grace!!! Library books get blown all over!!! It was epic! And then WINGS … aaaand oh. Wings are busted. Well damn.
I’m glad beyond words that Cas has his grace back, but I SO wanted winged Cas back with the ability to teleport to where ever he needs to be. I’ve seen some debate about Cas not falling like the other angels in Sacrifice, but I think this puts that idea to rest. Metatron threw Cas from heaven and it wasn’t gentle. Will Cas ever, ever get his wings back? What’s an angel to do?
Bullets fly. Wow these Book stalkers are hard to kill. Oh and Dean crawling backward shooting notJacob. Holy hotness show.
Almost made up for cutting the workout scene.
I said almost.
Dean pulling the southern accent out was so much sass and so subtle I missed it the first time through. Gifs anyone? Oh my, the gifs! Fandom knows how to fan! Wanna see a ‘few’? Well here you go – The Gifs that keep on giving!
Sam needs to hear the Jacob speech that Dean got about doing far more harm than good using the Book. I don’t think he’s going to listen to Dean saying the same damn thing. I’m scared for Sam. Oh yes I am. But I’m cheering him on at the same time. Rollercoaster ride much?
I KNEW Sam was not going to burn that book. From the look of hesitation, I knew it. Pretty sure creepy Jacob saw Sam toss in the wrong book too. I also knew it because the CW put out a picture of Sam talking to Rowena with the book in the box. Spoilers much CW? Come on. Ya’ll need to stop. Put that shit out AFTER the episode runs. All those promo photos of future episodes don’t need to come out until Wednesday night after the West Coast gets their viewing. You want to promote the show? (Like you do that at all to begin with) You can start by not spoiling it for the people who watch Supernatural and would like to be surprised by actually watching the show. Also, please don’t tell me to not look at the pictures. They are impossible to avoid. You want me to stop using the internet and divorce fandom? No. Stop putting out spoilers. Just. Stop.
Also – Dean shooting the gun out of creepy Jacob’s hand because he was about to shoot Sam. Damn. More bullets. Blam, blam, blam! Sam jamming the knife into creepy Jacob, pulling creepy Jacob in when he tried to back away. The Moose embrace of death wins! Whew!
Cas meets Charlie!!! Aaaaaah! Love it.
I was also spoiled by what would have been a great surprise. Thanks again, CW. Seriously. Stop it.
This epic meeting between two beloved characters was perfect, spoiled or not. The look on Cas’ face when Charlie punched him in the arm, followed by Dean doing the same thing. I could almost see the thought – oh God, they’re so much alike. How do I deal with two of them?
Also, Cas lying for Sam. Oh the tangled web you weave guys. And you know, Dean is going to be pissed. Mark of Cain Dean is going to be PISSED!
And speaking of pulling one over on Dean. Um, yeah. He’s watching that book burn for a bit too long for it not to be significant. He isn’t sad or depressed that there goes a chance to get the Mark off his arm. No. There’s a furrow in those brows, and I think, just the slightest hint of realization. THAT is not the right book going up in flames and he knows it.
See the furrow?
He is watching way too closely. We’ll have to wait and see if Show confirms, but I don’t think we’ll have to wait long.
I’ve seen a couple people suggest that Sam was talking about Dean when he said ‘I don’t trust you and I never will’. Interesting. He’s talking to Rowena actually, but Show doesn’t do shit like that without reason, overlapping the voice while Sam is looking right at his brother. Tricky show is tricksy. So I have to pause and give it consideration even when I don’t want to. I think it’s only true to one tiny degree though. Sam can’t completely trust Dean while he’s got the Mark. He can’t afford to since Dean is a hair’s breath away from going off the deep end. I think Dean’s a lot closer to losing it than he’s letting on, but that’s our Dean for you. I don’t think ‘and I never will’ holds true; not for Dean, but certainly for Rowena. Sam trusts Dean all time – with his life. He has to. They are in this business together and they know they can count on each other. Trusting your life to someone else is the greatest trust that exists. That bond is real and unbreakable. That’s what enabled him to turn his back to the bad guys bursting into the cabin. His brother was there and Sam knew Dean had his back. Sam’s trust issues are more worried sick issues and he is watching his brother like a hawk.
The music cue of all music cues had me in absolute, hysterical joy. And not any crap remake for our Show, no, but the REAL DEAL. Supernatural got The WHO! The awesome is too much. It’s like the words to this song were written just for Sam Winchester and that scene. It was perfection! Oh my heart. I burst into tears again, all for Sam and his anguish. It eats at him, going behind Dean’s back as much as it ate at Dean going behind Sam’s last year. Plus this song, Behind Blue Eyes has some deeply personal significance to me that Show helped me come to terms with. How do they do it? Ah. It’s love is what. Pure and unadulterated. Thank you Show. There’s only one band on the planet that can usurp my love of Styx and Renegade in Supernatural, and that would be The Who and Behind Blue Eyes. New fav song cue, right there.
Where are the damn Emmy Awards for this show? Hmm? Seriously. Hey CW that’s on you too. The acting, the direction, the set design, the AMAZING special effects blow me away every single week, in every single episode. FOR TEN SEASONS. Hello?!?
So what’s ahead? Nothing good for us fans, for certain. And by nothing good I mean all the awesome, terrible, tragic, horrifying greatness that is Supernatural. I will laugh. I will scream. And I will most certainly cry. It’s how they kill us every single year.
The steamroll to the ‘traumatic’ ‘brutal’ season finale is underway people. Strap in!