A Sashurai’s Review: Game of Thrones – Season 6×05 (Hold the door a little longer, old friend)

GOT 6x05

 

SUMMARY

Bran and the Raven witness a period long ago when the leaf creatures turned a human male into the first white-walker, the Night King to battle against mankind who had been destroying their lands. At the wall, Sansa receives a letter and meets with Littlefinger but threatens him after what she went through with Ramsey. Before he leaves, Littlefinger tells her to find the Blackfish, her Tully uncle to gain his men for her army. Sansa later sends Brienne to find the Blackfish while she and Jon leave the wall to begin finding smaller families to join their army. Across the sea, Arya is given another chance to attempt an assassination as she infiltrates a traveling theater, but begins asking questions which the faceless man doesn’t approve of. Further east, Jorah shows Daenerys his grey skin and tries to leave but Dany orders him to find a cure and return to him when she takes Westeros. In Meereen, Tyrion enlists the aid of another red woman from the red temple to help support Daenerys but Varys voices his own concern when they momentarily spar in verbal debate. In the Iron Islands, Theon shows support for Yara’s claim of the crown, but Euron arrives and admits he killed Balon and offers to bring Daenerys with his large fleet to help take Westeros. He gains the people’s support and is crowned king as Yara, Theon, and her men flee in their ships. In the deep north, Bran visits the same location from earlier but is consumed by the dead and the Night King who marks him. The Raven realizes the White-Walkers are coming and warns Bran. While they peruse another memory at Winterfell, the Night King arrives and storms the cave, killing the Raven while he’s still in the flashback. His white-walkers kill Summer and the leaf creatures as Bran wargs into Hodor and pulls Bran’s body with Meera. They escape through a backway and Hodor keeps the door closed allowing for Meera to escape. Bran, still in the flashback somehow supplants Meera’s command to “Hold the door” into Hodor when he was still a child. Past-Hodor collapses and repeatedly yells “Hold the door” until his mind reverts to simply saying “Hodor.” In the present, Hodor is seen being clawed and torn by the White-walkers, presumably to death.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Our mid-season climb has resulted in a multitude of character deaths, all of which will be whole-heartedly felt by the fan-base including myself. Some answers to the White-Walker origin are given, the rest we can infer as the fan-theories are about to explode like never before. The cost came in the lives of Summer, one of the last direwolves, Leaf, the Raven, and unless a miracle happens, Hodor himself, who we now know got the name from a time-traveling paradox that will undoubtedly leave some interesting questions for many to try and answer from here on out. The sense of urgency is growing in the north, but how this will connect everyone left in this game remains to be seen. Definitely a favorable episode if not a sullen and costly one.

 

THE GOOD

To start, I didn’t think they’d topple the subject of Sansa confronting Littlefinger so soon. She threw out all her emotional rage in the guide of subtle but harsh personality. There’s a pure aspect to her nature where she’s performing with strength but still lacking the in the knowledge that she could have used Littlefinger’s army and still had him imprisoned or worse. Whether pride or anger induced, she did away with Littlefinger as she tried his best to apologize for what happened to her. Where he draws the line on the truth of it is anyone’s guess but suffice it to say, she owned him in that scene and rightly so.

 

The final segment brought back the swarm of frozen dead along with the white-walkers and the Night’s King who reigned in on the chaos and death it inevitably brings. Such a dreadful and stinging moment to witness as so many sacrificed themselves to allow Bran and Meera to escape. They’re more alone now than ever and the only conceivable direction they can is south of the wall, to return to Jon. If that isn’t in the plan books, then Bran is eternally screwed. We have no idea if or how he will manifest his powers now that he’s no longer in the cave with the raven. His presence was necessary originally for him to flashback, but he was still in the flashback when he left, which is odd and worthy to note moving forward. Hodor’s origin was finally revealed, a sincere and tragic message bottled through time signaling the end of a very loyal and simple friend. May the book be kinder when the scene arises.

 

THE BAD

Our descriptions and stories of the leaf creatures has been very minimal and at most we got one line about how mankind was destroying them and they felt they had to act by turning a human against them. But as weapons go, these became self-serving in their own way and broke out of whatever control they might have been under. There’s a lot we can infer but the issue I draw here is how little we got to know these creatures beforehand, at least from the show’s perspective. Maybe what came before isn’t that much of a deal, but it helps us understand how turbulent the world was back then. We don’t even get a sliver of information about the raven, who he was and why he was able to draw on the power of nature to flashback, warg, and communicate with his allies. I feel we’re missing some key pieces of the plot that’s been replaced by things like the High Sparrow having dull conversations and a theatrical retelling of the first two seasons that went on far longer than it should have.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Hodor’s last stand. When that realization hits and the words just echo from time to time and you see that Hodor has been of one made purpose and having it fulfill at that moment is devastating to watch but epic to witness. Hodor never recovered from that moment, but he did his best to see that Bran and Meera survived. If only somehow Hodor could make it through that a changed man, one who could finally decide for himself what to say. He’ll be missed greatly, a powerful anchor and valued friend to Bran Stark.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Hodor gets his own title tonight, through the cold and fury of frozen death itself. His entire life was built around this temporal moment where he had to do his best to keep the white-walkers at bay. Just when you thought enough sacrifice had occurred with Summer and Leaf, one more had to make a stand. Again, he did his best and only Bran is to blame for the mistake he made in traveling back to that tree. He knows truly what’s at stake now and must grow more powerful if he is to survive.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

So now we left with the gigantic hole of temporal paradox where one can simply effect the natural state of the past, yet when dealing with circular time, all things are meant to be. Which means, if Bran makes any more changes in the past, it was because that was what was supposed to happen. Hodor always ended up the way he did because Bran was meant to effect him like that in the past. Bran may come to realize this, but then again, he may also come to realize that truly affecting the past can have disastrous results, as shown tonight.

 

It’s been long rumored that the man who became the Night’s King (Night King) is in fact a Stark, which paints a grave picture of the family knowing how Bran can be marked by such ways. It might not be familial, but it’d be interesting to know if that’s who he was. The function of the White-walkers seems to crush and destroy all life not just mankind as they were originally designed. If there is a mindful presence within those deep blue eyes, I’d like to see that form before the final season begins. They represent the darkest forces magic has to offer, yet are they the end all be all of the force of evil? For a moment you could feel that the story from ages ago involved so much more crazy elements then what’s carried over through the centuries.

 

Only two direwolves remain. This is incredibly sad as Nymeria and Ghost are all that remain of the original six. I’m hoping that if Arya becomes “No one” and is back in Westeros in her many faces that Nymeria will find her and somehow recognize her, giving her reason to return to who she was. It’s a thought, even Melisandre said they’d one day meet again. She could also recognize her too. In any case, stop killing the direwolves!

 

Will Littlefinger sit this one out, or commit the Vale army to the Starks or Boltons? He doesn’t like to get his hands dirty personally, he manipulates until chaos unfolds which means his telling Sansa of Blackfish could be a red herring, leading Sansa and Jon into another trap with the Bolton’s surrounding them. I suppose Brienne will find this out first and foremost and it’s unfortunate that already she’s parting from Sansa after just submitting her new cause. I do think she’ll be alright, but I can’t settle on Littlefinger’s motivation at this point. He knows he’s royally screwed and won’t easily gain Sansa’s trust again, if at all. He won’t act malicious but he won’t sit idly by either without some plan in motion. That army is going somewhere, just don’t know where yet.

 

Kinvara and Varys’s dialogue had an interesting glaze of animosity, something that usually isn’t presented so thoughtlessly before. Nevermind how or why Tyrion thought of getting a red woman to aid them, but Varys confronting her the way he did only proved to show how knowledgeable she was and how mistakes are indeed made from mankind even when presented with undoubting proof of their powerful natures. I think it was more or less a way to prove Stannis’s death reached Meereen and that Kinvara is every bit as mysterious and capable as Melisandre is. But how many more are there, and do they really serve the lord of light as they claim? And more importantly, is Kinvara just as crone-like without her fancy necklace?

 

OVERALL SCORE

9 out of 10. With the exception of the bland theatrical performance of season one and two’s recap, tonight’s episode started and ended with immensely great scenes. Sansa’s focus of hate came out directly at Littlefinger which may prove less tactical as Jon isn’t currently aware of that meeting. Tyron bringing a red woman into the service of Daenerys may have interesting consequences after the fact, and Bran and Meera are once more fighting for their lives, this time without the armor of Hodor, who we last saw giving his life to keep the White-Walkers behind that crumbling door. With 5 episodes remaining, the north is fitting to be the next great battlefield with Yara and Theon very much the bigger wildcards of the bunch. They have ships, but where will they go and who will they ally against? Winterfell isn’t exactly on the beach. Probably the most enjoyable episode of the season thus far with a bigger sense of understanding and the most tragic which means, more is likely to come and at some steep prices. Just when you think your gut is tough enough, the next punch leaves you gasping yet again. If Hodor is truly gone, may he hold that door forever.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×22 (Oh yeah, I forgot about that pesky psycho-mad driving mark)

 

TO 3x22

SUMMARY

Marcel revives in the river and returns to New Orleans, gathering a large of group of vampires all sired by Klaus at one time or another. Vincent is weary but trusts that Marcel will end the Mikaelson reign without any innocent bloodshed. Marcel then confronts the Mikaelsons at their home and fights them, biting both Kol and Elijah. Freya is poisoned but Hayley takes her and Hope away and frees Rebekah hoping she can help sway Marcel from killing her family. Rebekah arrives and helps Klaus escape with his wounded brothers. Marcel won’t harm Rebekah and agrees to put Klaus on trial for his sins and cruelty of the past. Meanwhile, Detective Kinney takes Vincent to a crime scene full of dead vampires Vincent recognizes as the Strix. One of the vampires bites Kinney before being impales by Vincent who realizes Marcel is equally as dangerous as Klaus was. Without a cure her poison, Kol and Elijah’s bites, and Rebekah’s cursed mark, Freya convinces Klaus to go through with the trial and to follow through with a plan of hers. He and Rebekah return home as Klaus is judged by Marcel and the vampires Klaus created. At first Rebekah defends Klaus but begins to show signs of instability. She then forsakes him and declares he deserves a fate worse than death. Marcel passes judgment and stabs Klaus with the cursed dagger rendering him in static and immobile pain. Rebekah leaves having helped keep Klaus alive as Freya uses the laced dagger with Rebekah’s blood to link their spirits to Klaus’s life as Freya was once cursed to live ever lasting. They fall into a state of torpor and wake in a dream world as Hayley takes their bodies out of New Orleans with Hope and a mission to find cures for them. Marcel entombs Klaus as Klaus once did to Aurora while Vincent declares his plan to build a sanctuary for any people, human or otherwise that don’t want to be a part of Marcel’s new rule.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The season finale of The Originals brings to light the man sins of Klaus’s past and pits his progeny against him while his family slowly dies. There’s a desperate struggle here, rarely felt so keenly that for a moment, there was a genuine concern some of the Mikaelsons wouldn’t make it out alive. Freya’s last ditch effort to save the family worked, but their lives rest in the hands of Hayley who has her work cut out for her over the next three years. Some of the prophetic aspects made us believe Marcel’s rise into a hybrid monster would spell city-wide disaster, a cruel nightmare brought to form, yet the result was far from bloodthirsty and gave us a mock trial instead. Something deserved for sure, but the aspects of Klaus’s show was far too easy to spot given Rebekah’s pale attempt to pretend. Oddly enough, Marcel fell for it and the family is on standby for now. It’s a bittersweet yet positive cliffhanger that almost guarantees the Mikaelsons will return in full force come this fall season, but for now, they lie in wait. Oh, and thanks for not killing Rebekah, that would have earned the greatest of frowns.

 

THE GOOD

Putting the main cast on death-watch is primarily what this show builds toward every season. The multi-faceted arc often puts them in vicarious and painful positions, but true death is something we tend to gloss over, that is until now. Many can choose to disbelief such things will happen the first vampire family, but I think the potential and fear was successfully quenched in order to give that sense of panic that everyone, Rebekah included had an expiration date. In doing so, they gave Klaus the means to save his family and suffer for it, an act no one will argue with even Klaus’s enemies who all wanted to see him experience that pain first hand. Though risky, they decided not to do away with anyone which I can understand as this show has more life to give and a 4th season should be included along with the final season of TVD. The gravitas is real and now it’s up to Hayley to get them well again. Good luck, hybrid mommy.

 

THE BAD

The judgment scenes were a farce to begin with. It’s poetic and maybe a little too dramatic but it was also brutally unnecessary, logistically. If the family left the city with Klaus the same spell could have been casted and Marcel wouldn’t know because he would have rid New Orleans of the Mikaelsons. Whether Klaus needed to be in that immobile state is left unclear, but if anything it served to be more necessary to keep Marcel thinking he’d won and that the idea was his to put Klaus where he’s currently residing. Look back it just doesn’t add up. Unless Marcel’s blood was a piece of that spell Klaus didn’t really need to go through that entire charade except to pad the episode with his speeches about ruling, protecting his family, and making everyone he sired stronger for the effort.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

The initial fight that left Kol and Elijah bitten with Rebekah returning to help her brothers escape. It’s a great moment of violent struggles and a grand return which showcased Marcel as the more powerful foe and Rebekah with straight hair and a pension for easing Marcel down from going ballistic. While we didn’t get the biggest family reunion since Finn passed, we did get 5 out of 6 which is better than nothing. If only Klaus and Marcel got to throw down more, but we all know how that would have ended.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Props to Rebekah for lasting through the night without succumbing to the curse. She was the glue that helped keep the family in play and managed to fool Marcel long enough to allow Freya to complete her spell. In her own way, she used real feelings and the truth to fool the vampire group into believing she was influenced by the mark and had real disdain for what Klaus had put her through. Only a wronged-sister like Rebekah could scream for a fate worse than death even though it was all a ploy that worked all too well. She stayed alive and will live to see the next season which is more than we can say for Camille, Davina, and everyone else Marcel mentioned before stabbing Klaus.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I assume that with the link to the ancestors magic severed that Kol’s spell with desecating after leaving the city is null and void. If not, it probably wouldn’t matter anyway considering his current predicament.

 

Speaking of, how precisely does this spell counteract Marcel’s ultra-toxin running through their system? Their spirits are transferred and their bodies are just put in a trance-like holding pattern? It’s like everything is on pause, though temporary, could probably last a very long time, forever even. We don’t know enough about this kind of spell to get how Klaus’s lifeforce negates Marcel’s bites, but if it works it works.

 

It’s almost humorous how quick Vincent was to distrust in Marcel’s plan that the two shared only to stop believing in him because of what happened to Kinney and the vampires they found. The witches all complaining to Vincent about the vampire threat didn’t help, but if you really look at the situation for what it is, Marcel did everything without that much bloodshed. If Klaus’s progeny killed off screen it wasn’t very well discussed except Vincent’s mockery of bowing to the new kind and everything he mentioned at that point.

 

The idea of a sanctuary at a church suggests that Marcel’s rule will in fact be cruel and unjustly. Given his personality at the moment, I’d say he won’t make crazy choices like that, not if he can avoid it, but who knows what long term effects of having the blood in his system will do. They can always write how unstable of a turn it really is and the effects make him go mad over time. Lucien did something grossly scientific to an old spell and without there being any consequences to that seems odd.

 

I think one key plot element I’d change is having Rebekah lash out from her curse-mark and force Marcel to bite her causing him to forcibly end his tirade against Klaus while a cure was found. Or he could have played it off as collateral damage leaving a lot of Rebekah fans angered but at least this way they could have played off of his nature to care about her in a way that blurred his hatred of the Mikaelsons while Vincent and the witches jumped in to collectively expel all vampires from the city, something I could have seen Vincent do out of desperation. Aw well.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Klaus paid a steep price but managed to save his family in a judgment-fueled season finale that saw Marcel retake his city once again. The prophecy promised a nightmare of blood and death, but realistically it was condensed chaos that didn’t really put much more than the Mikaelsons in danger. Rebekah’s return helped push Marcel into a position of kingship that played to his nature to be as justified as he thinks he can be given the severed relationship he now sustains with Klaus and his kin. Mostly entertaining and very eventful as the tension of death was inescapable, but with Freya’s plan a secret, we almost certainly knew it would succeed and that left the show not playing the risk it set out to perpetuate. The episode was about Klaus doing what he had to for the sake of his family and not set out on a warpath which he was very prepared to do. Now all hope lies in Hayley who no doubt will be busy trying to find a cure that everyone said doesn’t exist. Then again, they said an Original couldn’t be killed and we all know how that turned out. Hopefully season 4 syncs up three years later with TVD and the two shows can write their final tickets and end the series on a high note. Until then, thanks for reading. See you in the fall.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 11×22 (The Devil locked himself in Sam’s room to defy God. Yeah, let that one sink in)

SN 11x22

 

SUMMARY

Sam and Dean convince Lucifer and God to sit down and talk their differences out leading to an honest conversation with how God treated the situation and inevitably apologizes to his son. With Lucifer on board, the team form a plan that includes the combined power of the angels, Crowley, his demons, Rowena, and a team of witches to combat Amara. Meanwhile, Amara finds Donatello and swallows his soul to gain the location of HQ. Rowena leads Amara from HQ to an abandoned facility as the fight begins. Rowena and the witches use their magic to shock Amara as the angels cast another pillar of light, followed by a maelstrom of demons led by Crowley. Weakened but still on her feet, Amara bursts through the doors and confronts God but is stabbed in the back by a spear artifact from Lucifer. Amara, unable to reconcile explains that God needed to feel powerful by creating lesser beings as he and Amara had no basis for comparison at the beginning of time. God explains the need for creation but laments that he must put Amara away again. He begins transferring the mark from Amara to Sam who volunteered to take it against Dean’s wishes. Unwilling to return, Amara breaks the transfer and uses her darkness to fatally injure God and Lucifer. Sam and Dean watch as Amara tells them God is dying and will watch his world turn to ash. Rowena wakes to a dawn but fears the worst is yet to come.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Yeah, that’s probably how it really would go down. Points for effort as the Winchesters almost took down the Darkness but fell short due to her absolute hatred for going back to the cage. Though a mixed bag of therapy, wickedness, and a sense of desperation, Supernatural does pull out all the stops and produced a quintessential penultimate episode pitting the lord of light and his worldly creations against a sister who couldn’t make sense of a primordial’s process for making things. There are inescapable moments where one just has to accept how far the show has come with it’s storytelling but the results do speak for themselves. Never too cheap to make fun of itself, “We Happy Few” targets the fight into a all for one plight to save existence that’s very effects heavy, but somehow drapes over the Winchester’s brotherly concern of self-sacrifice and leaves it to the drama that God, his son, and his sister bring to the forefront.

 

THE GOOD

The show really does know how to keep the themes of family and holding through the hard time over the last 11 years, now we see that relationship extend to the very fabric of god-like characters, far beyond how any Greek or Roman style would do it. Some of it based on misunderstanding, a lot on not communicating, and certainly a bit of blame-shifting and self-torturing, but here we get the best and worst of what Supernatural’s drama really boils down to and that’s you have to love your flaws. Sometimes those flaws are in ourselves and sometimes it’s what we recognize in other people, but in the case of Lucifer, God, and Amara, there’s little to no acceptance of those flaws within the family and everything is torn asunder because of it. Whether it’s ego, a danger to one’s self, or simply a case of disappointment, all the same earth-like choices are made and humankind suffers immensely for it. The point is, they focused on all the right details to get God, Amara, and Lucifer in a position to speak about what they went through and how they felt and how God is at the center of their problems one way or another. How they deal with them makes Sam and Dean reminisce like the old days when their father led them through a life of hunting. Still, they are telling the right story here, and that’s what’s important.

 

THE BAD

Notwithstanding the great scenes that he was involved in, it’s been entirely too difficult seeing Lucifer run around as a team player. The writers had to come down on one side of the fence or the other and in the end they chose to give Lucifer a genuine moment with his father which led to a new understanding the acceptance of the situation. It’s bold because the devil isn’t supposed to do the right thing, he’s not supposed to get on board with team good-guys and be part of the solution, the architecture of the devil just isn’t designed that way. So while I respect the decision, I find myself wishing he crossed his fingers and chose a different path because generally Lucifer represents the embodiment of free will, a collection of chaos that rebels against what’s “supposed” to happen with existence. Anyone can argue that he plays his part and in the grand scheme of things this Lucifer has daddy issues like so many other types of characters big or small, but it’s also hard to see the Lucifer we essentially feared from season 5 reduced to this snarky entity who just wanted an apology from the World’s Greatest Dad. It’s a personal gripe, but I liked Lucifer when he was more menacing, not to discredit Misha for continually playing the part because he’s excellent at it.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

The entire showdown with all the main players. Amara took the brunt hits from everyone and still managed to come out ontop. Granted, if Lucifer had struck that second blow, it might have been truly over for her, but that’s not the story here. The Archangels were the stuff of legends and witches, demons, and angels simply weren’t enough to stop her completely. Great show of effort through especially when Crowley through his essence into her. Though she hit a car. Granted she’s nearly invulnerable, but for some reason when you get knocked into a car, something always translates to “Damn, that hurt” no matter who you are.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Chuck and Lucifer played a real dual purpose here and both deserve a lot of credit for having “that talk” especially without the presence of Sam and Dean. That was the important element was these two old characters got to have an honest conversation about their choices and Chuck gave Lucifer that apology he needed to hear. Amazing how a few words can go a long way even when it involves the Lord of Lies. It should stand out as an epic moment because of the meaning behind it. Great scene by both actors.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

My first thought when Rowena stood up at dawn was that it was Lucifer in her body, shortly after he was expelled from Castiel. I doubt that’s what really happened, but it’s a twisted thought and a means to keep Lucifer on the show unless he really was snuffed out by Amara’s power. Shame.

 

The only thing wrong with the fight against Amara was how little God actually took part in it. She’s still on a surface level in the form of a human and forms can be disrupted by any number of elements namely crazy physics and mental distractions. God did nothing but stand there and watch his “free will” army battle his sister. Just seemed off that he wasn’t willing or possibly capable of lending a hand to the fight itself. Not even an epic beam battle? Come on!

 

And wouldn’t you know, they glossed right over the “Michael can’t handle it in his current condition” excuse. I mean really, they’ve pulled out all the other stops that they just refuse to bring Adam back in any capacity? It’s strange that the half-brother dynamic was so ill-received that they just won’t touch that character ever again.

 

Too bad Donatello had but a few fleeting moments before he was taken out. Makes you wonder why bother with a prophet to begin with. Not much of a prophet if he didn’t see Amara coming. At least he refused to give in to the end, which was within 20 seconds.

 

Playing Dean up with his reluctance to kill her was a good seed to plant for the finale as it was always meant to be about him and Amara. He’ll be given that one golden chance to take her out or succumb to her will. Either way, it’s painfully obvious God and Amara will be inextricably removed from the creation equation by next week’s end. I’m still hoping for that soft reboot to the series, but who knows how it will go down. There have been some stories (comic related) that have done this, ironically, a comic called “The Darkness” and “Spawn” where the world was more or less rewritten by the main character as sort of a new-god type scenario after several years of plots that led to epic worldly disaster. Supernatural is in a really good position to do the same thing. I’d buy into it.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Family drama was a key factor in joining the most powerful beings in existence. Some found common ground while the other remained resistant and came out the stronger entity. What stood out in this episode was a structure of therapy and diversion coupled with a rough and rugged attempt to ally and be rid of the stronger threat. There’s a soft symmetry in how the Winchesters can relate to the problems of these unearthly characters which gives them the unique perspective of being able to discuss and give advice on the problems they’re intimately familiar with. That’s always been the heart of the show for these two regardless of the squabbles they go through each season. The power of Amara has proven to be too great and she still wishes the destruction of mankind and creation as a whole. Dean will do what he has to, but for his sake, it better be a choice he understands and not one he makes for the betterment of the planet. If only he had one more conversation with Death himself, but that’d be asking for too much. Very fun episode to watch and I look forward to how the finale will shape the rest of this universe. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Game of Thrones – Season 6×04 (Waited over 5 years for that hug, worth it)

GOT 6x04

 

SUMMARY

As Jon prepares to leave the wall, Brienne and Sansa arrive as Jon reunites with his half-sister. She urges Jon to take back Winterfell but he’s tired of fighting. Later a letter appears from Ramsey dictating the return of Sansa or he’ll murder Rickon and storm the wall. Sansa convinces Jon to take back Winterfell. In Winterfell, Ramsey has Osha brought to him and though she tries to seduce him he murders her. Theon arrives at the Iron Islands and tells his sister Yara he wants to help her become the ruler. In the Vale, Littlefinger convinces young Robin to help Sansa take back Winterfell with his men. In King’s landing, the High Sparrow allows Margaery to see Loras but his brother is broken and wants the punishment to end. Jaime and Cersei convince Olenna Tyrell and Kevan Lannister to bring their armies and end the High Sparrow’s jurisdiction in the city. In Meereen, Tyrion attempts to broker a deal with the slave masters by giving them time to end slavery within 7 years. Missandei and Grey Worm are against it but follow Tyrion’s plan. In Vaes Dothrak, Jorah and Daario find Daenerys but she has a plan to take the city. When brought to the Khal for judgment, she declares she’ll rule and sets fire using the torch bowls within, killing everyone as she’s unaffected. As she emerges, the dothraki people once again kneel in awe of her presence amidst the inferno.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Whether George intends for it to happen or not the writers saw fit to being Jon and Sansa back together. Ironically, they never shared a scene together until now (show-wise) but considering his loss of purpose and her rise in conviction, this will make for a very stellar pairing as already she’s instilling a calm but focused demeanor on getting Winterfell back from Ramsey. Tonight’s episode was a singular improvement over many rough and borish topics covered as of late. With the exception of Dany’s repeat performance in redefining her role within the Dothraki, many aspects of this arc are beginning to solidify the show’s progress and foundation as the armies have begun to move. Are they moving in the right locations though? For now, it’s getting momentum going and that alone will guarantee epic turnouts.

 

THE GOOD

Critiquing a show like Game of Thrones with an objective view is one thing but I have to say, watching Jon and Sansa finally see each other again was one hell of a sight for a fan well back in the book days. I honestly thought they’d postpone the reunion all throughout the season and put us out to dry like they did when Bran saw Jon beyond the wall but said nothing for the worst reasons. It didn’t take long for business to set in though but by the end of it Jon and Sansa were on the same page. He has a clear purpose now and that’s to save Rickon and return Winterfell to its proper heritage. The Starks will fight on and if any storyline has it’s short conclusion, Ramsey will be removed from his position by this season’s end.

 

Tyrion is now doing what he’s good at and that’s engaging with those that have self-interests at heart. The trust is very shaky with Grey Worm and Missandei and it very well should be, but Tyrion is nothing if not resourceful in his own ways and manages to start negotiations on a rough bit interesting start. No doubt things will turn worse later, but for now we’re seeing him perform as he’s intended. There will be some undermining before Dany returns, but rest assured Tyrion will do what he can until the real civil war starts.

 

THE BAD

Cersei and Jaime are moving things in the right direction, but the problem with King’s Landing is it doesn’t know what to do with itself. The political and religious separation is so far removed that whether things get settled by trial of combat or by two raging armies obliterating the High Sparrow and his forces it won’t matter. The only real surprise is if the Lannisters are completely dethroned. It’s a not between the Tyrell’s and Lannisters as it should have been, but here in the midst of armies being placed in King’s Landing to we forget that Dorne is probably going to try some invasion angle. They’re in this season for a reason and we shouldn’t forget it. Armies are merging after all.

 

Daenerys once again shows she’s a critical thinker and will get her hands dirty if need be. I’m certain there’s a bit of poetry with the way she emerges to the entire city of Dothraki but we’re also given the same impression that she’s so ungodly important that of course she’s going to come back to Meereen with the Dothraki in hand, of course she’s going to lead the larges army back to Westeros, of course she’s going to do all this by next season or the season after. It’s just getting there has become uncomfortably dull, but at least she’s progressing this easy-to-figure-out arc forward.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Jon and Sansa hugged. Years and years fans have been waiting for someone to find someone else and the first two are Jon and Sansa. It could have been any Stark pairing and it would have been the same result, but here you can see that they’ve really been through some experiences, but are both grown for it. You can only torture an audience so much before you give them real heartfelt moments and it only took them 5-ish seasons to churn this one out. Thanks though, it’ll go a long way.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This could be a bias choice, but if you really listen to how Sansa inflects her need to take back Winterfell, you can tell they’re trying to assert her role in the smallest of steps as someone who gets it and needs to make some hard choices. Jon will always take the lead if need be, but here he’s given some directive and a lot of incentive considering their brother is being held by a psychopath. Sansa is very through with being anyone’s victim and hopefully by this season’s end, she’ll be in a position to show she’s ready to rule, just hopefully not married to Robin the Vale, that’d be horrific.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

A very tense moment between Brienne, Davos and Melisandre. Two concurrent issues meeting at the head. Davos doesn’t know yet that Melisandre has Stannis sacrifice his daughter and now Davos knows that Brienne killed Stannis, at least that’s what she said and at this point, I hope she’s not lying. There’s no reason for her to, but now you have three very different ideologies converging here and while both Davos and Brienne are very loyal and honorable characters to a fault, they are very much on opposite ends of the spectrum and far be it for Melisandre to hold it together as she’s now following Jon to the ends of the earth. Not to mention, Brienne could do something crazy if she decides to mess with Melisandre. This event isn’t over yet.

 

Osha’s death was the surprise of the night, but the moment she eyeballed that knife, you knew just how things were going to play out. Ramsey isn’t about torture anymore, he’s about setting examples and acting purely on impulse. It’s a shame, but the truth is her part has been played. She was written out of the plot long ago and her one appearance showed she was still capable of doing risky things but it didn’t work out for her this time. I do wonder if this will lead to Ramsey and Rickon sharing any scenes. We still don’t know if Rickon is in any way similar to Bran or becoming his own character until we get more screen time with him.

 

Littlefinger’s return is interesting. He’s playing right into the hands of the Starks and they don’t even know it yet, which means his devious schemes involves them. This is both good and bad because he manipulates on several layers. His servitude to Sansa was very shallow in hindsight given he’s fully aware of what happened to her and where she’s at right now leaving him to lend that helping hand which will no doubt earn him some proper place in the north when all is said and done. Somehow I just hope Sansa can see past his facade and give him what he deserves by some story’s end.

 

Margaery to showing she’s still tough as nails but with her broken brother fallen to the Septa’s punishment it’s hard to say whether she’ll give up for her brother or whether she’ll push on because clearly the High Sparrow’s story did no convincing of any sort. And truth be told I tuned him out, not because his past isn’t interesting but because it really doesn’t matter. He’s doing a lot with very little and soon he’ll either need to do a lot more or succumb to the sheer ferocity the Lannisters and Tyrells can muster. Whether this leads to a full on city revolt remains to be seen, but that would be one heck of an ace in the hole if the High Sparrow plays it.

 

It was good to see Theon back home with his sister and now that the two have a mutual understanding, it does beg the question, what will Yara do if she becomes ruler? What will happen if she doesn’t? And more importantly, what do the Greyjoy’s do in this world? Do they lay claim to the North? Do they join a side when the Whitewalkers come or do they set their sights for King’s Landing?

 

OVERALL SCORE

9 out of 10. Momentum is shifting every so slightly, but all the groundwork for this season has been put down and now all we need to do is see it through. Jon and Sansa have a purpose in reclaiming Winterfell and saving Rickon, Cersei and Jaime are finally shifting their resources where they need to to stay ahead of the High Sparrow’s game, and Dany once more has the Dothraki allied to her which means whatever happens in Meereen should hopefully conclude by the end of this season giving her the original plan to sail to Westeros and start that whale of tale. You know things are progressing when armies are being told to move from place to place but it seems a little too easy to believe that all the “good” guys are going to win out here in the end. Ramsey thinks he’s in control, but is he really or will he get desperate enough to ruin the Starks as Joffrey and others have done in the past. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Stark banner rise, but hopefully it will soon. Very enjoyable episode whether fan or casual, please keep this up.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×21 (Marcel, you clever bastard)

TO 3x21

 

SUMMARY

After Camille and Davina’s funerals Vincent decides to use his ex wife’s (Eva) magical sphere locked away in their old house to sever the ancestors hold on New Orleans forever. Meanwhile Josh attempts to convince Marcel not to take the serum as Freya and Elijah uncover more of the prophecy which involves Marcel becoming the next ultra hybrid. Klaus seeks Marcel out and tries to reason with him out near an old bridge that once held sentimental value for Marcel. Vincent enlists the help of Detective Kinney to secure the items he needs for transcending into the spirit world and Kol agrees to help after receiving a message from Davina. Elijah finds Klaus and Marcel and reveals what he knows prompting Marcel to show the serum and ponder on drinking its contents. Vincent and Kol enter the spirit world and find Davina who takes the sphere and ignites it, thus severing the ancestors from the living world. As Marcel reaches his boiling point against the Mikaelsons, Elijah rips his heart out from behind and he’s lost to the river. Distraught, Klaus wanders alone as Elijah confides in Hayley as the two embrace as lovers. Later, Klaus tells Josh and Vincent that Marcel is dead only for Vincent to reaveal to Josh that Marcel took the serum the moment it was offered to him. In the river, Marcel’s eyes open and they’re glowing red.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

If prophecies are never wrong, then Marcel was never in any real danger. The wool was cast over us as Marcel duped the Mikaelsons into killing him thus turning him into the fabled monster of their prophetic nightmares. It’s about time we finally got to this point. What started with the triage of Lucien, Aurora, and Tristan has now ended with Marcel and his bloody warfare that he’ll no doubt reign in his city, all to rid the Mikaelsons for good. This is the kind of build up that showcases all the right segments in pitting long favored Marcel in the wrong place for the right reasons. Here we have a villain who in all respects shouldn’t be and that’s the best doubt one can cast to make next week’s finale a thrilling one. Though Vincent’s subplot was a little too convenient to showcase Davina one last time, the end was easily one of the better cliffhanger’s this show’s produced, because now there really is no going back.

 

THE GOOD

Marcel made all the right points even with Klaus believing what he told his son. Two explicit ideologies clashed in a way that should have had Klaus trying to make sense of where Marcel was coming from, but after three seasons the two finally had the kind of talk they needed. Granted it led nowhere good, but that was the point. Elijah couldn’t trust the situation and killed Marcel to save his family because he more than Klaus is capable of such things as proven once before with the death of Davina. In a strange way, Klaus has been twice the victim of being labeled as the king when it’s really Elijah who’s making the king-like calls. Everything on the bridge held the best parts of the episode notwithstanding Marcel’s faux attempt that understanding why the Mikaelsons are the way they are with him. He had the blood but didn’t have to die, yet Elijah’s choice sealed their fate and for once, I agree, it was a long time coming.

 

THE BAD

The sphere acting as a battery for collecting dark magic of sorts seemed like an odd time to pull that macguffin out of nowhere. In all of Vincent’s past problems with the ancestors he decides after Davina’s death that this was going to be his hail-mary? Since Davina’s death there hadn’t been any whisperings of the ancestors causing interference yet it was important that Vincent deal with them while Marcel pretended to indulge Klaus. And then it turns out Davina isn’t suffering a fate worse than hell, she in fact can still communicate with Kol, diminished but still. She’s found and she uses the last of her spiritual energy to destroy the connection which likely will take her out as well. It was a means to give Davina a better farewell than last week’s episode which included a long-stemmed goodbye from Kol. I’m not a huge fan of shows that need to really sell the death of a character and then blindside us by showing them continue to exist after heartfelt goodbyes. This and TVD are the worst in terms of killing off characters, they just don’t know how to do it right sometimes.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Vincent tells Josh that Marcel already too the serum. That was a great moment, nonchalantly played by Vincent who already knew he was in good hands he just neglected to tell anyone else. And when Marcel woke in his death-like slumber with those red eyes, you just know he’s going to wreck house on everyone against him. It’s for sure going to get bloody next week and that’s the best way to have an Original finale.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Marcel had a lot to get off of his chest and rightly so. His complaints over Davina’s death found a stronger root with Klaus and the idea of serving under him no matter what became the emphasis for their talks. Where he really hit home I think was when he referenced loyalty not mattering but being challenged is when everything changes and Marcel had never ever been a real threat even during season 1. He’s a justified villain now who will probably make mega-maniacal decisions now that he has the power to do so. Still, he had some raw candid moments to share with his sire and those were powerful moments to witness.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

With the ancestors link severed, does that mean Kol will lose his bloodlust and be able to leave the city without desecating? Or he still stuck in New Orleans? Furthermore, what will he do when Marcel begins to close in on his family? I think he’ll choose his own side, until something else gives way for him to teeter toward one side or the other. Anyone’s guess as to what that is though.

 

Kinney had a much bigger role to play and considering how well he and Vincent got along, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes something of a standard alliance in season 4 should both characters make it there alive. That bro handshake at the end.

 

I’m not entirely sure this night was the best time to finally lay down with Hayley considering the act of murder Elijah took part in only hours ago. He’s broken up, as much as Klaus is about the situation and Hayley is more in tune with his emotional state, but considering the “will they won’t they” mentality of the last three seasons, I have to say they chose a poor time to couple, but considering there’s rarely a point where someone isn’t dying around them, I guess now was as good as a time as any. Of course like in more horror tropes, now that the deed is done, one of them has to die.

 

And what was the point of the little fire by the bridge after Marcel fell into the river? Was Klaus trying to stay warm after needlessly searching the river bank for his friend? That river didn’t look like it had a powerful current sweeping away a body, and in the end, Marcel really wasn’t that far off.

 

I’m just going to assume Aurora is dead, like dead dead. I don’t see a reason for her to come back now that she has no serum in her system. It’s unfortunate, but this pretty much makes Tristan the last of the second line standing, though I doubt he’ll ever surface again.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Great buildup to what will no doubt be an intense finale. The prophecy made sure that all things happen the way they were seen and now we know fully what that will entail. No Mikaelson is safe and that’s always the focus on each season is to put them in the kind of peril that spells ultimate death. Marcel gave Klaus all the chance in the world to have his say but Elijah stole what residue of trust Marcel had left and now Elijah may in instrumental in the downfall of his own family. The musical cues was a bit overkill, I don’t think this show needs them anymore, I think they’ve grown past it, but characters staring longingly toward one another is still a facet of this vampiric storytelling so they have to get them in somehow. With TVD already on the rack for another season, The Originals is still in question, but we know at least one Mikaelson survives based on earlier clues from TVD. Klaus will endure one way or another, but who will he lose along the way and is it worth bringing back Rebekah for the possibility of being killed of? I hope not. Keep her in that coffin! Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Vampire Diaries – Season 7×22 (Damon, you gullible fool)

TVD 7x22

 

SUMMARY

Unable to break into the house containing the vault, Damon tells Stefan and Caroline the only two options are to find Valerie or use the Gemini twins to siphon the barrier spell. Unable to find Valerie, Caroline eventually convinces Alaric to bring the children to the house. Narrowly avoiding being caught by Bonnie, Stefan and Caroline return to the house with Matt injured and stuck in his police car and Bonnie on the move. Enzo convinces Bonnie to chase him back to the cabin as the twins successfully siphon the barrier spell. Damon and Stefan enter the house but Damon implores Stefan to return to Caroline and let him face the danger alone. Bonnie finds Enzo and overpowers him. Unable to keep Bonnie from killing him, Enzo accepts his fate just as Damon finds the last tribal body and burns it, erasing the spell on Bonnie and saving Enzo. Alaric, realizing Caroline is still in love with Stefan, tells her to go to him while he takes the kids back home. As Damon is about to leave, he hears Elena’s voice and is consumed by the everlasting. Bonnie and Enzo arrive with Enzo locking himself in the vault. He finds Damon and is too taken over by the everlasting. Somehow they escape the vault and after months of searching, Caroline, Bonnie, and Stefan discover Enzo and Damon have been on a murder spree somewhere in the west coast. Damon and Enzo are seen hanging human bodies in a warehouse acting as though their emotions are turned off.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Clearly someone on the writing team loves the idea of Enzo staying on as a main character, but what a moment it would have been had Bonnie actually killed him. Tonight’s episode of TVD cliffhangers us with the everlasting possessing or changing our two renegade vampires into something we’re all too familiar with. Never thought provoking, and often cheap in the thrills department, I found this finale doesn’t really know what to do with itself and had to make sure all the current plot threads were at least wrapped up before moving on to the next big bad. The second main death they escaped was Matt, who at this point is leaving the show, odds are to return in some new capacity, or maybe he’s done with the show entirely, I don’t know. What we do know is this next foray will be the last for these vampires as season 8 will be their final adventure in bloodletting and loud musical cues before the kissy-face scenes. Let’s go over our sticking points on “Gods and Monsters.”

 

THE GOOD

The tension between Bonnie and Enzo made for probably the best moment as it had so much potential had it been able to follow through, but what we had here is Enzo trying his best to distract Bonnie and in the event succumbing to her strength and resilient focus. They shared a very tender moment while she tried to stab his heart and for the most part, I was sold on this being a defining moment for Bonnie because her grief could have shot into the next level had she succeeded in killing him. What came of it wasn’t very risk worthy, but at least we had the tension and build up which I felt had been lacking for quite a while. These characters need to be in real life-threatening situations more often so we can really understand their natures. As it turns out, Enzo maintains a class act and isn’t punishing Bonnie for what she was compelled to do. He gets a few bonus points for that effort.

 

It’s small, but the car chase was another segment that I think was handled well given the nature of situation. Stefan owned the road and for a moment it could have gone horribly wrong with both cars smashing into each other. Matt made the save and crushed his leg in the process, but it was a fun moment to watch as car chases are far and few between on this show.

 

THE BAD

This goes back to risks. The show decided it needed everyone alive in a time where main characters are threatened to be killed off to lure in a higher rating, Returning Damon and Enzo to their evil roots was probably one of the bigger cop-outs this show has produced and felt very akin to season two’s finale when Klaus returned Stefan back to his ripper persona. We don’t know if Damon and Enzo are truly being controlled or if they’re just living in some contact high and are willingly participating in this everlasting’s influence. We’re given no new history on the entity except that Enzo may know more based on his conversation with Alex’s sister earlier. If they’re smart, they’ll play this creature off as a very old and ancient power that predates anything they’ve encountered thus far, but as an ending goes, it was one of the worst ones, certainly more diminished than last year’s crazy finale with Mystic Falls under chaos and Damon looking off of the clock tower.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

The episode started with a good riff and a classy Damon trying to blow up the door with canisters of either helium or oxygen, not sure which. He fails and admits he can’t get the job done. That right there was a perfect metaphor for his entire run on this show. In just one minute they summed up his hair-brained schemes thinking they’ll work or have some impact and they don’t and he admits to failing and then brings up worse but inevitably better options that put him in the bad-guy’s seat because he’s willing to put people in danger to get people out of danger. Funny little moment and started the finale off right.

 

CHARACTER MVP

It’s ironic that both Damon and Enzo put themselves on the line and they’re the ones who suffered at the hands of this new evil. Since Damon has had these talks to Stefan about realizing what he’s done and who he is, it was a bit contrived and bordering on same ol same ol. Enzo actually managed to give himself up in a way that would have been a fitting end to his character and actually made all the crap we had to put up with when he was still a snarky goofball second-rate evil vampire worth it. Still, his moment with Bonnie in the cabin stood out more than almost any scene he’d been in previously. Good on him.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Those were clearly lines pulled form previous seasons when Elena called out to Damon. What’s unfortunate is how easy it was for Damon to get pulled in by just a few whispers of suffering as logic doesn’t tend to be Damon’s focus even when people are telling him on the phone what isn’t possible. As far as I know though wasn’t that door locked from the outside trapping him anyway? What was the point of using Elena as a lure at all if Damon was stuck to begin with?

 

And what the point of Enzo going into the vault alone knowing what he knew from Alex’s sister? They did a very typical scene avoiding the topic on the everlasting simply since it wasn’t going to do Damon any good to hear. That was cheap and somewhat misleading since Enzo willingly went inside the vault probably knowing it was going to lock itself behind him.

 

And they’re just going to write off that the two escaped the cave without explaining how. Was it more magical wind nonsense? Did they find some river and descended through it or did they just burrow through the dirt until they found an exit? Logistics can play an important role when storylines demand certain characters make it from point A to point B and here, it was like everyone shrugged and just accepted that these two influenced vampires figured it out.

 

The last shots of Enzo and Damon hanging more dead bodies and bloodletting them was also a bit random. They’re not drinking the blood so that’s something to think about. Maybe the everlasting needs bodies to stay strong or become corporeal or something, but at the same time, Enzo and Damon are back to enjoying what they’re doing, so I can’t say their emotions are turned off if they’re enjoying it. They seem cognizant of their actions which will make it interesting when Stefan, Caroline, and Bonnie attempt to persuade them out of their supposed trance next season. It just didn’t quite had the impact as other cliffhangers in the past.

 

Still feel nothing for Stefan and Caroline getting back together. In fact, I feel bad for Alaric having to push Caroline in that state of mind as he didn’t want to really deal with the “lie” anymore. Does this mean they won’t stay together for the kids or will she even be a part of their lives like she was?

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. TVD brought us wicked tale starting with the heretics, pushing us into a realm of flashback and flashforwards that worked surprisingly well until Rayna became part of the plot. From there, we crossed over with the Originals which was paramount and great and then we ended with this armory plot that saw Damon and Enzo return to their evil ways, two snarky goofballs who enjoy killing and are on drugs it seems like. I felt the finale did little with the risks it placed everyone in and saved everyone for another season that is intended to be its last. While I’m not convinced this show has another season left to tell something truly interesting, there’s always the case that they’ll surprise us. Whether Elena returns at all or even in the middle of the season remains to be seen, but I’d hate to think the show will end with her still in the coffin. Some good tense moments, but nothing truly standing out, TVD holds onto their core cast for yet another season in the hopes they can put the Salvatore’s on one more vampiric ride into the sunset before calling it quits for good. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 11×21 (You just brought the devil home to roost)

SN 11x21

 

SUMMARY

Chuck (God) returns with the Winchesters back to HQ to discuss his involvement and absence as of late. Meanwhile, Amara’s fog consumes another city with the only survivor an atheist named Donatello who became activated as the next prophet. Sam and Dean recover the new prophet as Metatron seeks an audience with the brothers. At a bar, Metatron tells them that in God’s autobiography, he writes that he’ll give himself up as a sacrifice to Amara to spare his creations. Dean tries to persuade God otherwise while the team attempt to find Amara to break Lucifer from her grasp. Dean lures Amara out of hiding after receiving numerous messages to see him as Sam, Metatron, and Donatello find Amara’s hideout. They free Lucifer just when Amara uncovers the diversion. Metatron stays behind to distract Amara but loses his life in the process. When Amara is about to destroy Sam, Lucifer, and Donatello, God transports them back to HQ. God then heals Lucifer’s wounds and Donatello returns home, knowing he’ll likely be called on again. Dean reveals to Sam that Amara intends to make Dean a part of her in literal fashion.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

In a coming stages of a grand scope war with only the kings and knights remaining, the countdown to the rewritten word has begun. And though the clues may not be crazy visible, it appears one way or another, God and Amara will probably either stalemate each other into oblivion, or find a way to undo both entities leaving the world alone once more yet for all time. The theme does rival a few other stories that deal with what it means to detach from parental coverage. One particular comes to mind in which characters from the Babylon 5 series dealt with similar circumstances where beings of immense power wanted to control the fate of all mortal entities, yet here it’s much more closer to home as God himself is subject to the same case of being “over it” as any human would be when they’re simply done. In a way, God is like a programmer, he’s set up the gaming server and the MMO has reached levels of untold craziness and now the server is either going to EA or getting shutdown. Analogies are fun. Great follow up to last week’s discover of God’s whereabouts, but let’s dive into the thick of it.

 

THE GOOD

Once more we’re given very humanizing concepts that God is portraying, the doubt, the parent that’s through enabling his children and of course, the odd case of the munchies. It gives something for Sam and Dean to work with, mostly Dean because he’s the one person who will face Chuck without feeling too intimidated after the initial introduction wore off. Again, this Chuck isn’t omniscient or he’s really good at hiding it and he’s fallible enough that when Dean called him out on justifying his actions, there’s still emotional baggage with that. They’re sticking with Chuck as an inherently good person even though he’s willing to let humans die under Amara’s dark influence, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to shut down completely. In fact, the most interesting moment was when he and Lucifer finally saw each other and had a very candid moment on expressing how changed they look. Good times.

 

Metatron’s sacrifice to help Sam and the others was utterly futile, but the point was to showcase that even though Metatron had a villainous role in the past, he more than made up for it even so far as to tell Amara that he “God” meant well, but now he’s little more than evaporation. I wasn’t expecting his departure this soon, but it was a fitting end to give Sam and Lucifer those extra few seconds of driving time.

 

THE BAD

The inclusion of a new prophet seemed oddly out of place. I’m fine with the actor they chose, Mr. Keith Szarabajka who has been in such roles as Holtz in Angel, the voice of the Crowfather in Darksiders II, and many other roles. I think it was necessary to show how powerful Amara was at staying hidden from even God though a character like a prophet could find her hidden location. Again, it wasn’t necessarily lazy writing, just a tool they didn’t really need to insert to get the point across that Amara was equal in God’s power. For a moment, I thought his calling through Amara’s fog was some plan to create an anti-prophet or an anti-scribe that Amara could use like God did with Metatron. That would have been interesting.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Chuck, Sam and Dean had their first sit down at HQ. It was important that they get this seen out of the way first since the million questions would come rolling out, most importantly, why weren’t you there for the others and why did you leave, kind of stuff. What impressed me was how simple Chuck made it sound from his perspective that helping didn’t change anything, and that’s such a great point add in this particular universe and more when he chose to stop enabling by helping and being the parent who let the kids grow up. Sometimes that’s not the best analogy, but it works in this case, because free will may still come with the option of being saved when you’re in a pinch, but they don’t dabble in the object of servitude which is gets more into the territory of historical violent acts and freedom of choice in general. Sam, Dean, and Chuck kept it simple and it was fine how they chatted about it.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Chuck is still owning his scenes and rightly so. He’s not overdoing it with a sense of macho attitude and only stepping in when the moment gets desperate. He’s letting the players still work out their move sets but isn’t offering real guidance that they might have expected. Still, Sam and Dean do what they have to and Chuck is there as very much a wildcard in this mess. He’s willing to let himself be taken by Amara, but hopefully it won’t come to that. Now he gets to interact with Lucifer which could be an episode all by itself, something I’m hoping they entertain the possibility of even though there’s only two episodes left.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

They still make mention of Lucifer playing a part in Amara’s capture, yet God initially denies it because of either disappointment or resentment toward his “son.” I wonder if there’s anything more to pull from this because clearly Lucifer had power back then but what exactly did he do to help? What could an angel have done that would have put Amara in that cage so long ago? It’d be nice to find that little specific point out.

 

I can’t help but remember Death’s comment once more that he said “God will die too” when speaking to Dean. It’s times like this I wish he’d return to insert his position into this sibling fight. I wanted Death to have such a monumental role as the one being who could slew anyone in existence, but it’s more about the message now than anything and that alone is what’s convincing me that this season will end in Chuck’s true death.

 

The cameo with Kevin was very out of nowhere. I’m glad he got the chance to ascend like Bobbi did a few seasons ago, but that was still strange. Was his ghost just hanging out HQ the entire time? Did he need to be let go that way in order for Donatello to be called as a prophet? And he didn’t even ask about his mom.

 

Of course Chuck has to make the porn joke on behalf of Dean and his computer that seems to be full of it. Logistically, either Chuck sat down and snooped through the laptop before deciding on watching shuffleboard or it was clearly the only thing running when he took it over. Either way, God knows Dean, God knows.

 

I’m hoping Crowley gets to come back and have one last dance in this battle between good and evil, he deserves to be a part of it, so does Rowena.

 

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Season 11 is keeping up a great pace, something that keeps you guessing on how it’s all going to end, and with Lucifer back on the side of the Winchesters, there’s no telling how trustworthy he can be, but a lot will likely depend on how he and Chuck interact moving forward. This episode was about getting to know Chuck a little more this time for the Winchesters to understand. Sam accepts everything as it’s presented to him and Dean of course questions everything especially when he sees Chuck is willing to give up everything. This is the kind of writing we’re finally getting to after all these years of filler seasons and that pesky civil war between angels and demons. It circumvents everything before, but that’s kind of the point. An ending is coming and hopefully a reboot that shows this show still has gas in the tank. Many stories have rebooted the universe in their arcs, I don’t see why this should be any different. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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