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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