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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