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So it really is all about free will

I'm never good at summing up and analyzing an episode of Supernatural right after watching it--partly because my attention span is crap, and partly because it's just not that lucidly written.



[personal profile] vampirefan and I watched tonight's ep twice in a row, because it was extra-hard to assemble, what with all the epic canonicity. One thing seems clear to me now: the angels--and maybe the demons too--represent the idea of destiny, while Sam, Dean and Castiel represent free will.

All this noise about good and evil is so much sleight of hand, so much distraction--the angel and devil strippers in Dean's dream at the beginning made that very clear. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain--that "man" being the absent God. Really. Pay no attention to him.

I had begun to think the writers really wanted us to believe the stupid destiny thing. They kept putting lame-ass answers in various characters' mouths: "It's your destiny because it is written," and "It's written because it's your destiny."

So tonight when Michael said (after a really "Oh please just shoot me now" sermon about the inevitability of fratricide), "Free will's an illusion, Dean," and scrubbed John and Mary's minds (i.e., their free will), I knew he was lying.

So did Dean, and I was all \o/ when Dean called himself, his "darling little brother Sam," and Castiel "Team Free Will."



And also? It's time for Dean to stop using the cutesie lame movie and TV references. It's gotten really old. That said, "Six Degrees of Heaven Bacon" was just stupidly funny.

And also, also? They SO don't need a Season Six.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.

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silk_knickers
Feb. 5th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Dean gets it, and maybe Castiel gets it too now... but I was unconvinced that Sam gets it. Which is a problem, because if Sam gives up, then the only way to stop him is if Dean gives up, and...
emeraldsedai
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I thought Sam was definitely unsure of his ability to exercise his free will, but last night was the first ep where he gave the impression of understanding that demon-blood evil might not be his destiny. It was one step closer to my fantasy series finale, where they pull a Thelma and Louise.

Or, you know, a Butch and Sundance.
donutsweeper
Feb. 5th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I agree that S6 is unnecessary, it may be counterproductive actually.

I thought the episode was interesting, especially young!John saying yes. Michael does seem different from the other angels we've seen, I'm curious where they are going with it.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 5th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
I just hope they're going to an epic, tragic, BIG place emotionally! I want catharsis, dammit!
roxymissrose
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Dean's popcult references!?! How will he be able to convey emotion without them?

For a whole year, my niece and I communicated almost entirely in quotes from "Invader Zim". I actually get how that can become very annoying. Or so I was told. Repeatedly.

Mr. R can get reeeeaally crabby....
emeraldsedai
Feb. 5th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, I get it as an emotional crutch for Dean, but as a writer's trick, it's wearing a bit thin, and from an actor's perspective, it has to be annoying the crap out of Jensen, who has to deliver that same line over and over. I think the first really bad example was "Whoa, I full-on Swayze'd that mother," and it's been kind of downhill from there.
tehomet
Feb. 8th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
The movie and TV references sometimes go straight over my head, what with me not being a Yank and all. But I agree, they are a little overused.

I'm kinda dreading Season six. Where are they going to go after the apocalypse? :)

Although the lack of mention of Bobby irked me a tiny bit, I liked the whiskey drinking and the Team Freewill thing. Michael is lying, dammit!
emeraldsedai
Feb. 8th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
I figure it's fair and realistic-ish for Bobby to be keeping a low profile. Nobody who has recently become paralyzed is up and at 'em and fully rehabilitated into their new way of life in a few months. He really DOES need to be a visible part of Team Free Will, though.

As to S6, I read on someone's LJ that the body swap ep, in posing the question about what makes the Self--the body or some indefinable "soul" thing that can be removed--Show is setting up for having Sam and Dean be played in S6 by different actors.

Mind you, nothing either Jared or Jensen has said publicly indicates that either of them is eager to leave the show, but then, they don't say all that much publicly. If that were to be the case, I would stop watching, no question.
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