Well, there was some intense mythology in this episode. Delivering on the promise of reintroducing God to the series, this is the moment some of us have been waiting for all season, while putting up with uninspired episodes like The Chitters. The Chitters had some good moments, but those have been covered, very well, by other bloggers and I was getting bored of reviewing unrelated Monster of the Week episodes. But this episode was very worthy.
Some people might call this fan service but I don’t care, because I got a lot of fiddly little questions answered tonight, along with gaining a new respect (any respect, actually), for Metatron, which is saying something, as Metatron normally doesn’t inspire an ounce of respect.
This episode is divided into two sections. We watch Sam and Dean on a case in Hope Springs Idaho, dealing with Amara’s Soul-Sucking Fog, which makes people be mean to each other, while Metatron and Chuck Shurley hash it out in Chuck’s Safety Bunker…er, Bar.
From the opening scene of Metatron digging through trash for a meal, to Dean ironing Sam’s clothes with beer, we start off on a high note and take a few emotional twists and turns along the way.
There’s not much plot, but there are some interesting revelations, as Chuck confesses his sins to Metatron, who starts their conversation as an abject worshiper, and graduates to angry and disappointed child, who is finally letting his deadbeat father have a piece of his mind. When Metatron asks Chuck why he left him, he’s not just asking for himself, he’s asking for all of humanity. Curtis Armstrong totally sells this moment as he brings all the anguish and rage of an abandoned child.
We get to see Dean turn on the anguish, as he watches Sam get possessed by the dark fog, once again. I didn’t know if he could be possessed again. Sam used fire to get rid of the infection last time, and I don’t know why he hasn’t told Dean about that little detail. I wasn’t too worried about Sam because of that detail, so Dean being upset, leads me to believe he doesn’t know about it.
The music, camerawork and acting really sell the moments with the fog rolling in. I was reminded of the movie The Mist, which is where the idea of a fog, that makes you hurt people, may have found inspiration.
Chuck is attempting to enlist Metatron to help him write his autobiography, until Metatron susses out the real reason Chuck is writing it, and why he’s hiding in his safe space, and he let’s him have it. Metatron tries to get details on Amara but Chuck isn’t forthcoming. Metatron does manage to get details on the Beginning, why Chuck created the world and heavens, and we get an answer for what happened to the God Amulet. Chuck has it! It stopped working as a beacon because Chuck turned it off.
By the end of of the episode, Metatron manages to come to humanity’s rescue, and guilts Chuck into coming back into the fight. When Chuck tells Metatron he left because everyone disappointed him, Metatron comes to humanity’s defense. As much as I dislike Metatron, one thing that can be said about him is that he is always willing to talk up humanity’s greatness. He may not like people very much, but he loves humanity, which is always a plus in my book, especially when you consider the nonchalant attitude the other Angels had towards the human species.
Dean ironing Sam’s shirt with beer. I just sat and watched him do it, and for some reason, it didn’t register on me exactly what he was doing, until Sam spoke.
Chuck bragging about his cat blog, telling Metatron his Chuck-suit was hella cute, and that he’d had a few boyfriends. (I hope that statement didn’t get anybody’s knickers twisted, as that is quite possibly the most radical statement ever made, in a television show.)😄😄😄😄
Chuck confessing that he gave himself the ability to play the guitar and bragging about his exploits. These various exploits, like getting a girlfriend and speaking French, are some of the most mundane things humanity accomplishes all the time, and Metatron was right to point out to him, that it’s sad that accomplishing such small things, is the be all, to a being that created the universe.
The look of wonder on Dean’s face when he reaches in his pocket to find The Samulet, an item he’d thrown away as useless, so many years ago.
The realization, during the Chuckatron conversation, that Amara is probably older than Chuck, and is described as that bullying older sibling, who likes to break their little brother’s and sister’s toys for fun.
Dean telling Sam he’s not leaving him, is a call back to the episode Croatoan, where he vows not to leave Sam, when Sam is infected with the demon virus, in season …what? 3? After eleven years I lose track, sometimes.
Metatron explaining to Chuck just how important he was to the lives of those he touched, and how it felt when that light left them. In some philosophies, Hell is described as the absence of God’s light, and being removed from his presence. Does this mean life has been Hell for everyone since he abdicated the throne?
Metatron’s desctiption of humanity. Some of the best speeches, in this series, are often given to the most unlikable characters, like Crowley and Metatron. And there must to be at least one tearjerker per season. It’s the law!
Sam immediately apologizing for the hurtful things he’s saying to Dean in the moments the fog took over. Both of them trying so hard to protect each other. But every episode, this season, we seem to get a scene of Dean being anguished over Sam’s prone body. This does not bode well for the end of the season.
The look on Dean’s face when he sees Chuck and realizes he’s God.
I enjoyed the writing in this episode. It’s not the best of the season. I’d choose Baby, as the best, but it’s very good. Very well done. The only slow part was watching Sam and Dean do their usual FBI schtick, but it was worth sitting through it to finally get to hear Chuck’s side of the story. Up to now, we’ve only heard Amara’s side of the argument. Once again, humanity’s existence is at the mercy of, yet another, family squabble.
This episode Metatron served the role Sam and Dean played in Changing Channels, when they tried to talk Gabriel into taking humanity’s side against his brothers and sisters. This episode sets up a nice parallel and contrast between the Winchester’s devotion to each other vs. God, and the Angel’s, devotion/abandonment, of their family. The Winchesters are meant to illustrate the very qualities that Metatron chastises Chuck for not possessing.