ALL IN THE FAMILY PICKS UP…AND POSES MANY QUESTIONS

By Eric ‘Yankernatural’ Clemons

Supernatural -- " All In The Family" -- Image SN1121a_0054.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

So, we begin this episode picking right up where last week left off. Sam and Dean, with the glowing amulet in his hand, encounter Chuck/God after he has saved that Idaho town from “The Amara Fog.” Just as Dean begins to hammer at the very notion of why they should believe anything Chuck, they are whisked into God’s bar.  Kevin Tran is there, perhaps to help them ease into the transition of accepting that God is appearing to them as Chuck. God grows impatient and sends Kevin on his way to heaven, but not before Kevin assures them that God/Chuck is the real deal.

Supernatural -- " All In The Family" -- SN1121a_0285.jpg -- Pictured: Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

I understand that for many fans, they wanted God to be a bit more majestic, regal and heroic, but speaking from pure Christian religious lore and dogma, God would probably behave a lot like Chuck, when we think about it. (At least the New Testament God.) We often hear how we are crafted in ‘his image.’ I looked at the episode from the point of view of any loving parent or sibling. When your offspring or sibling is just pushing your buttons, you sometimes have to back off and say, “Okay! It’s your problem now. I can’t do any more!” This is the show’s commentary on religion, God and his supposed role in our lives.  We can choose. (Free will) How much control does he have…really??? Of course God got the 3rd degree from Dean regarding why he left and allowed a lot of ‘crap’ to happen.

God admits that he used to be more hands on, but his creation is doing a lot better with less of his manipulation.  He is far less of an enabler now. When the only survivor of “The fog” in another town proved to be the prophet, Donatello, he admitted to being an atheist. (He wasn’t destroyed by God for not believing.) Even Dean tells him, “Just act like it. (you believe) everybody else does.” More cutting religious commentary there!

Supernatural -- " All In The Family" -- SN1121a_0246.jpg -- Pictured: Keith Szarabajka as Donatello Redfield and Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Anyway, we find God is a lot less wrathful and judgmental as many may want. He doesn’t condemn Dean for his porn, or his lack of faith. He loves humanity’s resilience, and when Metratron reveals to Sam and Dean that God plans to trade himself so Amara can spare creation, he calmly tells a very confused Dean, “If my plan doesn’t work, humans will step up! That’s why I saved you, Dean!”

Meanwhile, a plan is devised to save Lucifer (whom they’ll need to defeat “The Darkness”)  from Amara, while Dean distracts her during a face-to-face meeting. Dean kind of rejects her, but she tells him that becoming part of her is inevitable. She also sniffs out the rescue plan and that Dean has been in touch with her brother! Metatron eventually is turned into a black hole when one of his angel spells didn’t work on God’s all-powerful sister! She also was about to smite the Impala with Sam, Lucifer and Donatello inside it, when God whisked the car back to the MOL bunker in an instant and quipped, “Occasionally, I do answer a prayer!” (Not ALL prayers are answered? Not according to this story!)

Supernatural -- " All In The Family" -- Image SN1121b_0302.jpg -- Pictured: Curtis Armstrong as Metatron -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Bottom line for me is this: We see the story line of dysfunctional families continuing, EVEN FOR GOD. God displays many of the qualities of Sam and Dean…or vice versa….willing to sacrifice self for the greater good. Lucifer was/is an angry child, but God fixes him. God doesn’t think his sis will kill him, just cage him like he did to her! But is this any different that what we’ve come to expect from our family of heroes? Sam threw himself in the pit. Dean made a demon deal to save Sam. Cas made a deal to save the world from the darkness. (So he thought.) John made a deal to save Dean. Metatron! Punk assed sniveling Metatron sacrifices himself and asks Amara to save the universe? My head is spinning!

Supernatural -- " All In The Family" -- Image SN1121b_0348.jpg -- Pictured: Emily Swallow as Amara -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Finally, what fun would it be if God just snapped his fingers and turned Amara into dust? It’s much more interesting to see what God will and can do! His sister looks like she’s even stronger than him! There’s a concept sure to piss off traditional Christians. (By the way, can you have a sister and no mother?) So God can do ALL THINGS, except defeat his sister? Is it so surprising that God’s reactions are probably much like ours would be if we could conceive of conception of EVERYTHING? To be a fan of this story line, (and I am a fan.) the traditional God lessons we’ve learned have to be abandoned….totally! God is not all powerful…He is not hands on at all times. He doesn’t guide our every step.  He doesn’t seem to be much of a judge, even though we have disappointed him. He doesn’t hear everyone’s thoughts all the time. But he doesn’t want his creation destroyed and is willing to sacrifice himself to keep it from happening. So he loves us! He also will use our heroes, Sam and Dean, to help make it happen.  I am looking forward to the final episodes of season 11 to see what transpires. What say you?

(Photos: The CW and Supernatural. All rights reserved.)

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8 Comments

  1. Are you saying that the god/Chuck is the Almighty Lord God whose name is too Holy to be spoken?

    Are you speaking to Christians as too outmoded from what modern life is really like in this secular modern Age to be little more than tolerated?

    Are you making the Third Person of the Trinity in your image? Following human standards of your righteousness and complaints?

    Five seconds after your death will you discover you were right about Chuck all along?

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    1. Nope…Not a Yankee fan. Born and raised in Chicago, but I am a die hard Cubs sufferer! Don’t let anyone from the Windy City tell you they are a fan of both…They would be lying! LOL

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    1. It really does! I mean we see it over and over again throughout the life of this 11-year hit! I guess it never stops when you really care for your family, friends and humanity in general! I’m wondering, if they defeat Amara this season, who would be left for them to fight? Will Lucifer be extra powerful and try his apocalyptic plan again? That makes my head spin as well???

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      1. I think somehow Chuck will get caged (with Amara) and the boys will ahve to save him. I dont think it will be from Chuck sacrificing himself necessarily although that could happen too. I think that would be a fit way for the show to go out-saving God!

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