XI : Winchester Brothers Report : “You’re the firewall between light and darkness.”

“All In the Family” starts right where “Don’t Call Me Chuck” leaves off. Outside the police station with Sam, Dean, Chuck and a glowing amulet.

Sam, Dean, Chuck and Kevin in the bunker : “You’re looking stressed.”

Chuck zapps Sam and Dean to the bunker and makes Kevin appear. Kevin notes that the brothers are stressed but he assures them they can trust Chuck and handle whatever he needs them to do. He tells them he’s okay, that he’s always trusted them. Chuck “upgrades” Kevin by freeing his soul from the veil and sending it to Heaven.

Sam talks to Chuck : “I was hoping you were around.”

Sam tells Chuck he was hoping God was around, and that he prayed, and doesn’t know if it got “lost in the spam”. There’s a benevolent look in Chuck’s eyes until Dean interrupts Sam to tell him he’s “babbling”.  Chuck turns to Dean and points out that he’s getting that “not everyone’s totally on board”.

Chuck explains himself to Dean : “Being over-involved is no longer parenting, it’s enabling.”

Dean chooses his words carefully. He doesn’t want to “turn into a pillar of salt” (Chuck says he didn’t do that) but he doesn’t understand why God came back to help with The Darkness which is good, when he “did nothing” for the thousands of years of plagues, wars and slaughters that ravaged the earth and for all the humans who prayed, built churches and fought wars in his name.

Chuck understands Dean’s frustration and he shares some of it. He was “real” hands on for ages, convinced that if he kept stepping in, parenting, teaching, and punishing, the “beautiful creatures” he created would “grow up”, but he realized he was enabling them when things never changed and stepped away to let his “baby find its way”. Teary eyed, Dean responds that it sounds to him like God left them and is trying to justify it. Chuck tells Dean not to “confuse” him with John.

Amara tortures Lucifer: “End your suffering. Call out to him, beg him to save you.”

Amara suggests Lucifer ends his suffering by calling out to God for help. Lucifer describes himself as a “screw up of a son” and says that while he’s no fan of God, God creates, something Amara could “never do”, seeing as she wants “nothing”, a trait that makes her uninspiring. In his eyes, even if she manages to defeat God because she is that strong, she will never be him.

Chuck refuses to work with Lucifer : “Thus spake the Lord.”

Chuck explains that Amara is relentless, “a force beyond human comprehension” and being her brother was “the worst”, as she was always bossing him around, a dynamic he believes Sam and Dean are familiar with. Amara’s warded herself against Chuck but he believes the boys will find something, because he always had faith in them, even when that faith wasn’t reciprocated (by Dean). On his way to take a shower, he pats Dean on the back but his demeanor changes as soon as the boys bring up Lucifer, the one who helped him imprison Amara and is now her hostage.

Chuck calls Lucifer one of his “greatest hope” and “bitterest disappointment”, adding that  he wouldn’t have put him in the Cage if he could trust him “for one second”. He says he wasn’t going to mention it but “thank you so much for springing him”. As bad as he was, Lucifer must be worse after the Cage, and probably plotting with Amara, a trap he’s not walking into. And, “thus spake the Lord”!

Amara senses a change: “Something’s out there.”

Amara can tell something “new” is out there. She rants about God, the “spoiled brat” who needed a fan club and thus created all “that” while all she needed was solitude, and then stuffed her in a hole with Lucifer’s help when she complained. When Lucifer tells her to stop whining, she shuts him up by rendering him unconscious.

Amara appears to Dean : “I missed you, Dean.”

Dean is trying to suss out a pattern from several databases to locate Amara. When he asks out loud, “Come on, Amara, where are you?”, she appears to him. “I missed you, Dean.” She’s aware God has surfaced and wants Dean to deliver a message if he sees him. His “favorite”, Lucifer isn’t doing well (through a vision, she shows Dean that his friend, the vessel is doing even worse), and God is choosing to let this and other things happen by ignoring her.

Sam and Dean gossip about Chuck : “I know he takes really long showers.” “Right?”

Sam and Dean  are trading gossip about their new guest, who could be “sleeping in” according to Sam, which prompts Dean to wonder “Does God sleep?” Sam also noticed Chuck takes really longs showers and sings. Dean isn’t loving the “crappy old folks song” and he told Chuck to “cool it” three times. Sam looks shocked but Dean has his limits: “I sleep”. While Sam is excited to have God around  ̶ he has so many questions going from the shape of the planets to that of ears, which he always thought were strange  ̶ , Dean informs the “fanboy” that Amara’s in his head and showed him a vision. They have to find Lucifer before it’s “too late”.

Sam, Dean and Chuck at the breakfast table: “She’s baiting me. I can’t respond every time.”

Sam shushes Dean as Chuck walks in, with a box of donuts, and tells the brothers “it’s a mistake to get mixed up with Lucifer”. Much as it pained him, he had to walk away himself “Too much drama”. Dean who was disapproving of the fact that Chuck is wearing his robe can’t hide his amused surprise when Chuck casually asks for bacon. “You eat bacon?”

Sam has more important informations to share, like the fact that Amara’s fog hit another town, Lewis, Oklahoma, and wiped out thousands except for one survivor. Dean asks Chuck how he missed that one and Chuck says Amara’s baiting him and he can’t respond every time. The death toll is unfortunate but he won’t be manipulated. He orders Sam and Dean to find Amara and walks out.

Sam, Dean, and Donatello: “We’re hoping you can help us find her.”

Sam and Dean meet the survivor of the toxic fog. Donatello, named after the Renaissance sculptor, not the ninja turtle, Dean, explains that in the midst of the chaos, his head suddenly filled with a massive amount of knowledge, symbols, languages, and visions of destruction (The Darkness). Sam tests him with Enochian symbols that Donatello deciphers to his own surprise. “Who speaks this language?” The answer, “Angels” comes as a shock to Donatello, an atheist and chemist who only believes in molecules.

Amara appears to Dean while Sam is speaking with Donatello. She wants to see him, alone. “Things are moving swiftly” and everything will change. The brothers fill Donatello in during the drive to the bunker. God’s sister is trying to annihilate the universe and in order to rescue her nephew and prisoner Lucifer who’s currently possessing an angel, they have to locate her with his help. Donatello’s moment of panic subsides after he tries and fails to unlock the doors of the Impala. “Sometimes we keep monsters in the back”. He senses something as they approach the bunker. Could it be, “him”?

“Him” is watching curling while eating Chow Mein in his boxers and socks. Dean asks if “him” is using his computer and Chuck says he’s never seen so much porn. “Not in one seating.” Embarrassed, Dean bows out when Sam and Donatello walk in.

Sam, Dean and Metatron at the bar: “It’s not an autobiography. It’s a suicide note.”

Metatron asks the Winchesters to meet with him at a bar after he sees images of them talking to Chuck on TV during the news coverage of the toxic cloud. He orders two margaritas, top shelf Tequila (Tom’s Tequila) for his “amigos”, that his amigos will of course have to pay for themselves, and he reveals to the brothers that Chuck is planning on sacrificing himself and he has a book to prove it.

God’s conversation with Dean: “That’s why I saved you, years ago.”

Chuck grants Dean’s request to meet. He’s eating pop corn on a park bench and looking at children play, marveling at their willingness to rebuild their towers repeatedly blown by the wind. “Always gets me”. Dean asks why he’s bailing then and Chuck understands that “loose lip” Metatron has exposed him. “You think I’m a dick, why do you care?” Dean’s come to realize that God did “a lot” before he went MIA. Chuck’s strategy, since he believes Amara’s anger is directly solely at him, is to let himself be caged in exchange for the survival of everything he created. Dean doesn’t believe Amara will care. She personally told him that she would destroy it all.

“We’re not just some toys you throw away. I think you owe us more than that.” Chuck thinks humans will step up if his plan doesn’t work: Dean, Sam and others that are the chosen. That’s why he saved Dean years ago. “You’re the firewall between light and darkness”. Dean doesn’t want the responsibility. He’s a hunter. Dealing with God’s sister is “way above” his pay grade and it’s God job to take her out, before he can resume his vacation.

Sam, Dean, Donatello and Metatron in the bunker: “You’ve been circling the building all night.”

After circling the building all night and sending Dean 200 text messages with “dumbass emojis”, Metatron is finally let into the bunker by Sam, who tells him not to touch anything, and ordered to keep it brief by Dean: “you have three minutes”. Metatron instantly recognizes Donatello, one of the prophets whose name he wrote on the list, and he makes his pitch to Sam and Dean.

He transcribed the angel tablet, knows all the spells, had a relationship with God for eons, and knows “what makes Amara tick”.  Sam agrees that Metatron can be useful, which is still not enough to earn him a beer (especially not the one Sam already claimed for himself). Dean needs more convincing and only after Metatron explains that he wants to help God – who once believed in him -, and everything he saw him create, that Dean agrees to tell Metatron about the plan: have Donatello pinpoint Amara’s location, use Dean to distract her while the others rescue Lucifer, have Lucifer zapp the rescue team out of harm’s way, and reconvene to find a way to convince Chuck to use Lucifer in the fight against Amara.

Dean and Amara in the woods: “I am drawn to you.”

Amara says she missed Dean, and the “sensations he arouses”. She knows he feels the same way, that the world hasn’t been an easy place for him and that he feels she’s the end of his struggle, which is why she doesn’t understand why he won’t consider her offer. He’s going to say goodbye to the world, “one way or the other”, it’s “inevitable”. God won’t stop her “because he can’t”. She renews her proposal to Dean: give up his limiting humanity to become boundless within her. Dean admits, “You’re right, I am drawn to you”, and it bothers the hell out of him, because he can’t control it. When she touches his cheek, she senses he’s seen God and spoken to him. “You betrayed me.”

Sam, Metatron and Donatello to the rescue: “We’re here to bust you out.”

Metatron, seemingly very bothered by Lucifer’s proximity, stars chanting incantations to free the Devil from the power that holds his bonds. Sam explains to Lucifer that he’s going to help them take Amara down and work with his father to do it. The plan goes wrong when Lucifer, injured and temporarily grounded, can’t zapp them out. Donatello warns that Amara is coming and Sam decides to grab Lucifer himself and flee the premises by car. Metatron chooses to say behind. “It’s okay, Sam, you go.” “I got this.”

Chuck saves the day: “Occasionally, I do answer a prayer.”

Metatron attacks Amara with a spell that barely ruffles her hair. “Secretary.” “You were kidding with that, weren’t you?” Metatron’s last words are for God, who meant well, and his universe that he asks Amara spare. She disintegrates him and appears in front of the Impala. “You really aren’t worth sparing. None of you.” Just as she’s about to unleash her power on the vehicle, the Impala lands inside the bunker, prompting Donatello to yell, “What, happened!?” Chuck welcomes the team minus Dean with beers and says, “Occasionally, I do answer a prayer.” When Lucifer limps in, Chuck notes that he’s changed and he heals him.

Sam and Dean talk Amara: “She wants me to be a part of her.”

The brothers see Donatello out. Dean tells the prophet he’s going to need a spa day or a pair of hookers after the day he’s had, and Sam tells Donatello they might need him again. Dean is surprised Metatron took one for the team and when Sam brings up the fact that Amara let Dean go without a scratch after she figured out what was going on, Dean shares that Amara wants him to be a part of her, and not metaphorically either, forever, “so in other words, Adios”.

 

Overall grade :  7.75/10

8 is the cut-off point where an episode becomes really enjoyable from start to finish for me, with a very limited to non existent amount of fast forwarding involved. “All In the Family” has a lot going on. A wrathful, betrayed and sad Darkness, most of the major players (yeah, I’m not ready to stop asking ‘But, Where’s Mike?’ ), a lot of strategy, God in his socks, two prophets, one back from the veil, some Deanmara cheek stroking and most of all, Dean being acknowledged as chosen by God by the Big Man himself.

The episode does its very best to be epic but guys, I am tired of Lucifer, especially since I can’t reconcile his current incarnation with the one that brought me to my feet for a standing ovation in “The Devil in the Details” (disco dancing an all), and it looks like he’s not going anywhere. Such is the plague of the mytharc, full of epicness and developments that move the story forward, but also uneven, and cluttered with ‘other’ plot-lines that can bring the enjoyment meter way down.

There’s still a whole lot I enjoyed about the episode. Starting with the squeal (squeals) I let out when Osric’s face peeked from behind Rob like a ray of sunshine. I’m a fan of Kevin Tran’s. I’ve loved him since “Reading Is Fundamental” and I hoped that since he couldn’t become the first “Asian-American president of the United States” (being a prophet of the Lord is time consuming), he could become the new Bobby aka Kevin Solo, who would hold down the fort, the library and the phones while Sam and Dean went hunting. I was so sad when he died, wondered how he was doing in the veil, and I consider being able to see him happy and on his way to Heaven, a gift from the SPN Gods.

Another gift was to be able to see the Winchesters get their own Conversations With God. Well, that was more Dean. The brothers were polar opposites down to the way they were positioned during that scene, Sam, sitting close to Chuck, leaning in, open and enthusiastic, and Dean staying back, closed off  and avoiding eye contact.

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Sam was excited to have God as a guest and so many questions for him about “ears”, and planets, and stuff. He got a benevolent smile while he was “babbling” like the cutest fanboy and the reassurance that God always had faith in them. He also let God completely off the hook for abandoning him, which made me sad. Oh, sweetness, he doesn’t deserve this blind worship, at all, and someone who kept repeating that same fact to Dean about John should see it in this situation too. He’s breaking my heart.

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As for Dean, he got two claps on the back, God giving full attention to his recriminations and a revelation about his destiny as being chosen by God. I wish Dean had let Sam babble and fanboy his heart content without interrupting him the first time, and cutting it short with his AmaraLuciCas problems the second time. Dean got all the time to say what weighed heavy on his chest. Sam should have been given the same courtesy. Ten more minutes of chatter about ears, planets and the excitement of being God’s Motel 6 wouldn’t have ruined the big “plan”. No pie for, you, Dean.

The manipulative, responsibility dodging, passive aggressive finger pointing Chuck from “Don’t Call Me Shurley” showed up again, using Dean’s Daddy issues to end a conversation about his own failings as a father, and bringing up Sam’s involvement in Lucifer’s release because Lucifer was a sore topic for him.

In a satisfying moment, Chuck gave an honest answer to the billion dollar question. Why he turned his back on humanity. His love for the humans he deserted was palpable when he explained that he started out being the kind of hands on God Dean and others wanted to be, micromanaging and putting out fires, but his “beautiful creatures” wouldn’t grow up in spite of all the guidance he tried to impart, which made him think that he was interfering with their maturation process.

Dean was a lot more respectful than I expected him to be. Must have been a shock. I mean, when does he ever say “with all due respect”. That fear about meeting the fate that befell Lot’s wife could also have had something to do with it. He still said what he had to say, in an emotional moment that will go down as one of Jensen’s great performances. His second talk with God was also emotional. “We’re not just some toys you throw away.” Again, I expected him to go, “sack up and help us” take her down like he would have said to Gabriel, but he came to God like a son, asking his father not to dodge the duty he had to protect them. I’m emotional about this. I thought years of bitterness had mangled this part of Dean, or at least made him unwilling to show it again, but he managed to surprise even me, who’s been a fervent cheerleader of his for years, and one keenly aware of the deep and layered a character he’s always been.

The episode seemed to indicate that Amara might be stronger than God, a reason he’s surrendering to her, coupled with the fact that he’s probably aware that her “relentless” nature will never let this fight be over. As “Being” who creates, he will always have more to lose than “Nothingness’ who forever destroys. Plus, he can’t count on Lucifer who helped him the last time, because he can’t be trusted, which brings me to Mike. Why doesn’t God summon him? Mike can be trusted. His only objective in life was doing God’s will, even when it pained him, because he was the “good son”, but no, God, like the writers, is stuck on the son who’s “too much drama”. Mike’s probably chanting “Nice guys finish last” in a corner of the Cage somewhere.

About Amara, she seemed really betrayed and possibly hurt when she figured out what was going on. She once told Dean that he misunderstood her, and again, she was acting like she was misunderstood and ganged up on. Lady, you’re trying to kill these people. What are they supposed to do? I wish the writers were clearer about what kind of villain she’s supposed to be and help us understand her motivations. She went from wanting to give bliss, to wanting to end it all. WHAT’S, HAPPENING!?

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In spite of the multiple Dean and Amara scenes, nothing new happened on that front, except maybe Amara appearing to Dean by way of vision twice. We know Dean is drawn to Amara, we know he hates it. We know she wants him to give in. Their rendez-vous in the woods was like all the others, and there’s no real progress on the storyline. Maybe Dean looks a little more defeated and resigned than before? Still, I expected more, after such a lengthy separation.

Donatello was okay. He did a decent job, but the connection I like to have with guest stars was missing. His “What, happened?” only served to remind me that by the time Kevin screamed “What’s happening?” I already felt connected to the character and didn’t want to let him go. Can’t win em all, and that’s okay.

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Speaking of other characters, Rowena got a mention, and the moment Dean looks at his margarita all disgusted reminded me that Crowley, king of the tropical delight, wouldn’t have frowned upon it, had it been served in a nicer glass with a paper umbrella sticking out. It’s been a while since we last saw the King of Hell. What is he up to? I hope they dust him off and bring him out for the grand finale.

Ah, Metatron. You couldn’t even get a beer for a last meal but you were a villain once, so fair’s fair. I gave him a lot of love in the “Don’t Call Me Shurley” Report, and I was in awe of the love he still had for God after everything, and how important, having been chosen by Him was to his life. His redemption arc was complete when he sacrificed himself to save the humanity he once tried to destroy, and the God who threw in his face that he was nothing special.

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I’m still wrapping my head around the image of Dean, Metatron and Sam at the bar. A buddy comedy, without buddies. Or comedy, because the guy in the middle killed the guy on the left, but let’s have a toast with margaritas. I guess Dean got the anger out of his system after he sliced Metatron open in “The Hunter Games”. Good. Healthy.

Like I saying just last week, Metatron entertains me and I’ve come to appreciate his own brand of relentlessness, which is why the 200 text messages he sent to Dean with “dumbass emojis” while circling the bunker all night made me laugh. A quintessential Metatron moment. Him ordering drinks he had no intention of paying for? Also typical Metatron. Finally, I couldn’t help shaking my head when he was squirming while muttering incantations, and looking like the Devil was giving off a scent of sulfur that was about to suffocate him. Oh, Fare Thee Well, Metatron, and Curtis, I will miss you.

Chuck was one of the most enjoyable parts of the episode. I loved his lines, “Too much drama.”  “Thus spake the Lord”, and especially the way Rob delivered, “You think I’m a dick, why do you care?” Chuck trying to stand firm in the face of Amara’s provocation and not reward her bad behavior with attention was amusing and oddly paternal, if you manage to forget the thousands of lives lost in the crossfire. He also really made himself at home in the bunker, donning Dean’s robe, walking around in his boxers and socks eating take out, watching TV on Dean’s computer and confronting Dean about the astronomical quantity of porn he found there in a hilarious scene.

I don’t know if God is eating his feelings but between the box of powdered donuts, the World’s Greatest Dad mug he’s dragging around and his requests for bacon, he always seemed to be snacking on something. The fact that he was eating pop corn, the passive viewer snack of choice, while he was talking about making a passive choice instead of fighting seemed symbolic. Sam and Dean’s curiosity about Chuck’s habits was also fun to watch, like their gossiping about his taking long showers (Dean did say the water pressure in the MOL shower was marvelous) and Dean putting his foot down about the singing. God or no, Dean Winchester is the king of his castle. No Zannas allowed and no singing crappy folks song when he’s trying to get his beauty sleep. And thus spake the king!

I also loved the way Chuck used his power. Him zapping Dean’s mid-speech was priceless, followed by him producing Kevin and sending him to Heaven all in the span of seconds. Him landing the Impala inside the bunker was one of the coolest things I’ve seen on this show. I said he could have given Sam more attention, but I suppose the “Occasionally, I do answer a prayer.” was just for Sam, because Sam was the one who was praying. Certainly not, I was an atheist 5 minutes ago Donatello or I’m not calling Dad even if you fry my face off Lucifer. You deserved it Sam!

 

Favorite non Winchester moments

Kevin Solo. And my heart melted when he appeared.

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Chuck being genuinely baffled by the sheer volume of porn on Dean’s computer. Dean, you naughty boy.

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Amara saying she missed Dean, and the “sensations he arouses”. Girl, me too! That’s me, every Wednesday night, waiting to see Jensen/Dean’s face in a new episode again. Dean!Girl power… Activate! I swear you guys, I’m not 12, just young at heart.

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Baby landing inside the bunker. We are indeed, home.

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Not the most bromantic episode overall – I can’t be greedy after “Don’t Call Me Shurley” – but the boys had a plethora of great moments, by themselves.

 

Best Dean moments

Dean confronting Chuck. Oh, my heart. When Dean cries, I break.
Oustanding performance from Jensen. He said that according to the script he was supposed to get angry but he made the choice to play it differently and, standing ovation, Sir.

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God telling Dean why he saved him years ago. “You’re the firewall between light and darkness”. I’ve been talking about Dean as Heaven’s chosen every week since The Vessel. Don’t let me, and him down, Show.

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Dean shutting down the porn conversation, in the most graceful way. For a rugged hunter, he’s very elegant.

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Dean, King of his castle. No singing allowed when the king sleeps. That goes for you too, Chuck Almighty.

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“Is that my robe?” Also…, don’t touch His Majesty’s robe.

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Best Sam moments

Sam snatching his beer away from Metatron. Ha!

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Sam fanboying. He’s so cute and enthusiastic about God being with them. Sweet summer child.

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Sam “handling” Baby, yeah baby! Love to see him behind the wheel once in a while.

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I’m crying. Sam’s reaction when Dean brings up the mutant ninja turtle (brother, I can’t take you anywhere). Always thought Jared was very good at silent comedy. I’m still in stitches over the look Faux Surgeon!Sam gave the love sick doctor in “Changing Channels”, and the epic side eye Sam laid on Dean WereGhoulpire in “Baby”.

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Sam taking a moment before he has to face his biggest nightmare, Lucifer, and in some bitter twist of fate, be the one who has to rescue him. * clicks heels military-style * I salute you, Moose.

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Juicy bit : “You are the firewall between the light and the darkness” / “She wants me to be a part of her.”

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Dean is in quite the pickle. The Righteous Man has once been again been tasked by God to fight against the darkness, but The Darkness, relentless as she is, is trying to absorb Dean’s light. And he seems tired of fighting, almost like he’s ready to say “Adios”. Since “Into the Mystic” I’ve been convinced that Amara was going to absorb Dean/fuse with him in some way in the finale, should Sam fail to take her down and Dean fail to resist her.  God revealing to Dean his role in the fight could mean that Dean has a secret weapon against Amara he’s not aware of.

How is he supposed to be a firewall if he’s not equipped to deal with incoming threats? I have no idea where this is going, or if it’s going anywhere but what I wouldn’t give to see Dean come into some kind of power that activates when Amara truly decides to sink her teeth into him. All she’s done so far is cajole him but now she’s pissed and she’ll probably try to drag him into her cave kicking and screaming the next time she sees him. This could be interesting. This should be interesting. The writers haven’t given this storyline the attention and development I wish they had but they still have two episodes left to make it worth our while.

One last thought, if Dean represents a part of the light God has chosen himself, absorbing the Host of Heaven after destroying God’s world would make The Darkness’ victory complete and absolute. All the more incentive for Amara to absorb what she considers God’s most beautiful creation. Juicy!

 

Final verdict

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While I didn’t love everything “All in the Family” had to offer, I enjoyed quite a bit of it. Chuck was miraculous, as a regular Joe in his socks or as the Big Guy lifting muscle cars of the road to land them inside a bunker. Wowza!

It was great to see Kevin again and get some closure for the character. Metatron’s death was a bit anticlimactic after his grand redemption arc but I enjoyed him until the end.

I’m not sure why Amara feels so misunderstood but I enjoy watching her use her powers and her appearing in front of the Impala was reminiscent of “Out of the Darkness…” where she did the same (she was feeling a lot more blissful then) and lifted Dean from behind the wheel of his life.

Watching the boys get their moment with God was important for me. He granted Sam’s prayer in the most direct of ways, something Sam has been waiting for since the beginning of the season (series). He gave the Host of Heaven a lot of attention, tried to explain himself to him, and reminded him that he was chosen. By the way, Dean, you can never say God isn’t present in your life again because he’ll be wrapping his arms around you, every time you wear your robe! Or not, Dean might torch the thing. We’ll see if he wears it again.

In the meantime, I’ll be here, patiently waiting for the story to unfold, still hoping for an epic reveal about Dean The Divine Firewall Winchester, some spice on the Deanmara front, and of course, all the broments left to enjoy!

Merci,

Vee

XI : Winchester Brothers Report
11.01 We Broke It, We Bought It”
11.02 That Giant, Crazy Fart”
11.03 And I have a fake badge”
11.04 We’re home”
11.05 “That whole sensitive verbal massage”
11.06 “She overpowered me, end of story”
11.07 What do you mean, killer bunny?”
11.08 The family that showers together”
11.09 “If Sam’s not safe, it’s not happening”
11A Midseason Report Card “So, lock and key?”
11.10 “Sam can’t talk cause he’s waxing…”
11.11 “All that’s ever mattered is that we’re together”
11.12 And when you mix it up with the potatoes and the beans”
11.13 “I can’t help it if I’m a hopeless romantic.”
11.14 “Non, je ne regrette rien.”
11.15 “Groupie, much?”
11.16 “I got ya.”
11.17 “You got him, I need him, let’s make a deal.”

11.18
“We geteth it.”
11.19
Two hunters who make it to the finish line.”
11.20 “I’m not leaving you. Ever.”

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15 Comments

  1. Nice review!
    But I actually liked this episode better than last week. The brothers were mostly in it, it wasn’t so meta and even the really goofy moments were actually funny.
    -Needless to say how great was jensen in his conversations with Chuck.
    -I don’t know why but i liked everytime there’s a mention about Dean’s enjoyment for porn.
    -I know people complaints that Amara hasn’t be well developed but all villains in this show have be like that. In season 1 we only meet Azazel in “Devil’s trap” then in “in my time dying” and then he was MIA until 2×21. Same with Lilith in season 3 and in season 4 they kept talking about she breaking the seals but we didn’t see her until “the monster at the end of the book” same with almost any other villain in the show. the diference is that the early seasons weren’t only about the big bad agenda.
    In season 1, besides hunting YED the boys were looking for John and Sam was dealing with Jess death. In season 2 john die, Dean was grieving him and dealing with the struggle of John’s last words about killing Sam and Sam was trying to figure out what was going on with him and the other physics kids. Same in Season 4. Besides Lilith and the seals the angels were introduced, Dean’s PTSD post-hell, his heavenly mission and Sam going Dark side. Even season 9 had many things besides Metatron being the big bad: the angels’ fall, Gadreel possessing Sam, Abaddon, Dean and the mark. What I’m trying to say is that in all these seasons the absent of the big bad wasn’t so obvious because other things were happening. But this season, they didn’t bother adding other conflicts for the characters; instead, they have made it all about the Darkness, so when she’s not in an episode we really notice it. That’s why I think it’s a huge mistake to develop a season about one single thing. Same happed last season with the mark storyline.

    -I really liked Dean and Amara conversation. I don’t think is the same they had in 11×09 even if they look very alike. In 11×09 she tries to justify herself, she explains him vaguely what are her plans for him “to become one with him” Dean looks confused and a little scare but he still gave her a firm “that’s not gonna happen” last episode he barely came up with a weak “there’s no us” also, when she realize Dean has spoken to God more than betrayed she seem jealous. like she feels he is again taking away from her something that she thinks should be hers. As I said, I like it but I think this scene would have been more fitting in episode 15 or 16 not this late in the season.
    -I agree with you the writers should decide what kind of bid bad they want her to be. also he hiding from God made no sense.
    I have no idea how I could come up with this long commentary. I guess your recaps really inspire me. Oh! and once again, English is not my first language so, sorry for any mistakes.

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    1. Great comments! I didnt like how the Dean/Amara conversation sounded like a love affair gone wrong. There can be no us-lets just walk away. Also her touching his face-very uncomfortable for me.

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    2. “Nice review!”

      Thank you 🙂

      “But I actually liked this episode better than last week. The brothers were mostly in it, it wasn’t so meta and even the really goofy moments were actually funny.”

      I preferred last week’s episode. It was my favorite of the season and the first time I gave a perfect 10 since “The Werther Project”. For me, it’s not only about the brothers being present, but about their bond being front and center. Also helps that I have a crush on Rob Benedict and actually REALLY like Metatron lol. So I gave it a 10 for Chuck as God, the brother bond, the codependency, another I’ll die before I leave you moment (I literally LIVE for those), the amulet and Metatron fighting to save all of us. I however understand that meta episodes aren’t everybody’s cup of tea.

      “-Needless to say how great was jensen in his conversations with Chuck.
      -I don’t know why but i liked everytime there’s a mention about Dean’s enjoyment for porn.”

      Oh yeah… Jensen did a beautiful job there.
      Hehe, I like the porn reference too, It’s a part of Dean’s canon the show’s always been consistent about. Charlie commented on his porn collection, Castiel found it on his laptop too, Sam became concerned with his anime fetish, BABs was the first piece of literature Dean picked up after coming back from Hell, and he actually had sex with a Casa Erotica star, etc. 😀

      “-I know people complaints that Amara hasn’t be well developed but all villains in this show have be like that. In season 1 we only meet Azazel in “Devil’s trap” then in “in my time dying” and then he was MIA until 2×21. Same with Lilith in season 3 and in season 4 they kept talking about she breaking the seals but we didn’t see her until “the monster at the end of the book” same with almost any other villain in the show. the diference is that the early seasons weren’t only about the big bad agenda.
      In season 1, besides hunting YED the boys were looking for John and Sam was dealing with Jess death. In season 2 john die, Dean was grieving him and dealing with the struggle of John’s last words about killing Sam and Sam was trying to figure out what was going on with him and the other physics kids. Same in Season 4. Besides Lilith and the seals the angels were introduced, Dean’s PTSD post-hell, his heavenly mission and Sam going Dark side. Even season 9 had many things besides Metatron being the big bad: the angels’ fall, Gadreel possessing Sam, Abaddon, Dean and the mark. What I’m trying to say is that in all these seasons the absent of the big bad wasn’t so obvious because other things were happening. But this season, they didn’t bother adding other conflicts for the characters; instead, they have made it all about the Darkness, so when she’s not in an episode we really notice it. That’s why I think it’s a huge mistake to develop a season about one single thing. Same happed last season with the mark storyline.”

      I completely see your point about the risk of making one entity the single theme of a season. The thing is I feel Amara is different from most Big Bads. We want to know more about her because she has an intimate relationship with one of the Winchesters. I believed all the Big Bads who became intimate with the Winchesters were developed more than the others.

      We met angels from Gadreel’s past, witnessed his inner conflict, and had a front row seat to his redemption arc and final sacrifice for humanity. He got all this attention because he went inside Sam, which makes him an “intimate” Big Bad. Even more for Lucifer who doesn’t have any secrets for us at this point.

      Eve, Lilith and Abaddon for example didn’t need so much backstory because they were black and white villains the boys kept at arm’s length. Amara is written like she’s obsessed with Dean and borderline in love with him. Of course our standards become higher and we demand to know more lol.

      I agree with you that they removed the conflicts for other characters but I think Amara’s relationship with Dean (on top of the fact that she was sold as the Big Bad to end all Big Bads with some kind of worldwide plan of destruction under her sleeve) is what truly raised the stakes. They can’t introduce her like that and give us so little about her. She was eating all of 11A. Now come 11B and she’s barely been there.

      “-I really liked Dean and Amara conversation. I don’t think is the same they had in 11×09 even if they look very alike. In 11×09 she tries to justify herself, she explains him vaguely what are her plans for him “to become one with him” Dean looks confused and a little scare but he still gave her a firm “that’s not gonna happen” last episode he barely came up with a weak “there’s no us” also, when she realize Dean has spoken to God more than betrayed she seem jealous. like she feels he is again taking away from her something that she thinks should be hers. As I said, I like it but I think this scene would have been more fitting in episode 15 or 16 not this late in the season.”

      I think that’s one of the problems. It’s too late in the season for a conversation that bares so many similarities to the other ones and doesn’t add much to our understanding of the situation. With decent pacing, their conversations should have been different and more revealing at this point in the game. I like your observation that Amara feels like God is again taking something from her. I really like it. What she wants is her personal bliss. Before Creation, she wanted it in the form of silence, and Chuck brought nothing but noise in the form of humans. Now she wants 1 guy, Dean, and God is trying to steal him too.

      “-I agree with you the writers should decide what kind of bid bad they want her to be. also he hiding from God made no sense.”

      Yeah, I didn’t get that at all. She’s been looking for him and demanding he face her. Why is she hiding now, especially since, based on what people say, she seems to have more muscle than him.

      “I have no idea how I could come up with this long commentary. I guess your recaps really inspire me. Oh! and once again, English is not my first language so, sorry for any mistakes.”

      I LOVE long commentaries! Are you kidding? You’re talking to the girl who turns every report (and comment) into a novel lol. And thank you for the sweet comment. I appreciate it. Also, don’t worry about your English. It’s not my first language either but I think we’re doing okay 🙂

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      1. “Yeah, I didn’t get that at all. She’s been looking for him and demanding he face her. Why is she hiding now, especially since, based on what people say, she seems to have more muscle than him”

        I think she wants to talk to him and whatever but where and when SHE wants. She doesn’t want him to find her, she wants to confront HIM. Thats my take on it.

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        1. “I think she wants to talk to him and whatever but where and when SHE wants. She doesn’t want him to find her, she wants to confront HIM. Thats my take on it.”

          Honestly, I don’t see it as being very consistent with her approach up until this episode. She kept provoking God, hoping he would appear immediately: “Well?”, “Show yourself!”, “Call out to him”. She never wanted to arbitrarily delay this meeting by hiding until she decided she was ready to confront him. She’s been ready. Amara’s been wanting to see God, yesterday lol!

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  2. Who has the most personality as super villainess? Abbadon or Amara

    Who commands respect? Abbadon or Amara

    Who scares the socks off the fans or demons or any thing that gets in her way? Abbadon or Amara

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    1. ‘Who has the most personality as super villainess? Abbadon or Amara”

      Abaddon. She was like a red tornado. I love her. Amara doesn’t really have a personality. She is “Nothingness” and that’s how Emily plays her. I like her too but Abaddon is exciting. Amara is mysterious. I’m grateful for both actresses.

      “Who commands respect? Abbadon or Amara.”

      Amara. She’s possibly stronger than God and everyone’s scared of her, God included. She sneezes and she knocks Heaven out of balance. I love how powerful she is. Even as a Knight of Hell, Abaddon didn’t commend respect. Crowley called her demeaning names and the Winchesters chopped her into bits.

      “Who scares the socks off the fans or demons or any thing that gets in her way? Abbadon or Amara”

      Amara. So many fans are terrified that she’s going to lay a hand on Dean. No one was that scared of Abaddon.

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  3. Great report! I agree with most of what you said,except I gave it an 8.5/10. I liked the new prophet!

    I too felt they didn’t really move the Amara/Dean story forward much-but I guess there’s no where to move it unless Dean gives in (noooo). I hopr that now that Dean now hes chosen that he will be able to resist her even more.

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    1. “Great report! I agree with most of what you said,except I gave it an 8.5/10. I liked the new prophet!”

      Thank you, Barb. I didn’t mind Donatello but I’m not attached to him either.

      “I too felt they didn’t really move the Amara/Dean story forward much-but I guess there’s no where to move it unless Dean gives in (noooo). I hopr that now that Dean now hes chosen that he will be able to resist her even more.”

      This was supposed to be a big arc for Dean in season 11. The writers dropped the ball in the second half my humble opinion 🙂

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      1. “This was supposed to be a big arc for Dean in season 11. The writers dropped the ball in the second half my humble opinion :)”

        I actually don’t love the Dean/Amara storyline. Its just been too icky. The whole no consent is really getting to me. That whole scene with Amara touching Deans face made me very uncomfortable. Im sure thats what they wanted but it wasnt in a good way.Even Lucifer needs consent to possess a vessel. I just want him to break free and tell her to go screw herself. I can’t wait till its over and I hope Dean has a big part in stopping her because this was just too not right. JMHO as usual

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      2. Did everyone see this?
        “Supernatural will be heading into Season 12 with new leadership.
        TVLine has learned that showrunner Jeremy Carver will step down at the conclusion of the current 11th season to focus on his new CW thriller Frequency, which earlier this week was ordered to series. He will be succeeded by the new co-showrunning team of Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb.”

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        1. Ooh! Thanks for sharing the news, Barb!

          Interesting. Singer’s been co-showrunner from 2005 to 2015 and when he stepped down, I never imagined he would come back. I’m glad he’s back. He was the last from the Kripke era and someone who always put the brothers first.

          As for Dabb, we all speculated on IMDb that he would be next in line for showrunner. I suppose Ross-Leming, Singer’s wife will stay on board with her writing partner Buckner.

          What do you think of the new showrunning team?

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          1. Showrunner and writer are 2 different things. I have a feeling Dabb was very involved this year and I love this season so Im ok with it.

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            1. “Showrunner and writer are 2 different things.”

              Oh, I know. I only mentioned Eugenie Ross-Leming because she’s considered a controversial writer by some and with her husband back in the co-showrunner seat, it’s almost certain she will continue to be a part of the writing team.

              “I have a feeling Dabb was very involved this year and I love this season so Im ok with it.”

              Same for me 🙂

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