In the twenty-second and penultimate episode of the eleventh season ofÂ Supernatural, I DID NOT EXPECT THIS. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Supernatural.Â
Iâ€™ve had (a lot of) issues with season eleven, with its inconsistency, with its refusal to commit to the things written into canon, and with its repetitive nature, so I suspect thatâ€™s part of the reason that this last batch of episodes has felt so exciting. I wouldnâ€™t say itâ€™s a return to form because that phrase feels loaded and it doesnâ€™t properly describe how I feel. But finally, after spending an entire season wandering about,Â SupernaturalÂ is now giving me a story about the end of the world that is starting toÂ feelÂ like the end of the world.
There are a number of things accomplished in the script for â€œWe Happy Fewâ€ that contribute to that. One of the reasonsÂ SupernaturalÂ came off as stale this season was its reliance on characters who arenâ€™t given any growth at all. Specifically, Rowena and Crowley havenâ€™t grown or done anything interesting in a long while. Itâ€™s frustrating, especially in the case of Rowena, because these characters have so much potential to do interesting things. However, the writers always see them as agents of chaos and nothing more. They exist to double cross and betray others and it keeps the plot moving forward, often times in ways that feel artificial. Hell, thatâ€™s the perfect word for this: plot twists associated with these characters areÂ artificial. They feelÂ writtenÂ instead of natural occurrences within a fictional world. Itâ€™s like you can see the writers knocking characters off the table and cackling. â€œDEAL WITH THAT,â€ they say!
Anyway, Iâ€™m glad that in a small way, this is dealt with in â€œWe Happy Few.â€ When Crowley tries to rally the demons to his side to lead a coup against Lucifer, they just laugh at him. They even point out how pathetic Crowley has been most of this season! I donâ€™t know if this is Robert Berens way of acknowledging that Crowley must do better, but hey, it at least amused me. The same goes for Rowena, who is openly made fun of by Clea, a character IÂ wishÂ we could have gotten more of. Remember when this was a show about American folk lore? That first scene in Cleaâ€™s house made me wish that in an alternate universe,Â SupernaturalÂ was an intense serial about backwoods magic and lore. I wanted Creole magic. Appalachian mythology. I WANTED SO MANY THINGS JUST BECAUSE OF CLEA. But like Crowleyâ€™s demons, Clea really serves one purpose: to point out how far Rowena is from doing anything significant. Itâ€™s Clea who urges Rowena to take up Samâ€™s offer.
Meanwhile, every scene with God is just THE BEST. Honestly, yâ€™all, ever since â€œDonâ€™t Call Me Shurley,â€ the God scenes make me feel like I am getting a rare chance to watch a show that isnâ€™tÂ Supernatural. These scenes are intense, beautifully acted, and contain some of the best writing in the series. We got a chance to watch LUCIFER confront GOD about being forsaken! I know itâ€™s fiction, and I know itâ€™s absurd, but I was speechless during the scene because it wasÂ so goddamn good. HOW WAS THIS HAPPENING ON OUR SCREENS? How had this show managed to craft a scene where God apologies for punishing Lucifer andÂ notÂ make it a giant mess?
But letâ€™s also acknowledge that â€œWe Happy Fewâ€ contains one of my FAVORITE tropes ever: enemies forced to work together to defeat a MUCH BIGGER ENEMY. The show gives us a beautifully edited sequence where Dean and Sam vocalize their plan, all while the show keeps cutting to the future conversations theyâ€™ll have with Rowena and Crowley in order to convince them to team up. Thereâ€™s an honest-to-gods montage here that is so cheesy and clichÃ© and IÂ literally do not care about it. It works! It works so well within the context of the story being told, and I loved it!
Even then, I assumed the penultimate episode would be a set-up for the big finale. Why would I assume otherwise? The show has done that plenty of times before, and we all knew that the confrontation between God and Amara was the final battle. I expected maybe a betrayal or a double-cross from Rowena or Crowley, and one was given to me, and then WAIT. WHAT.Â THE FIGHT WITH AMARA IS HAPPENING NOW?Â In one of the most genuinely surprising moments of the whole season, THE BIG BATTLE HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE. Rowena unleashes the power of her coven on Amara, hurting her long enough to allow the angels to smite her. Then, the demons, including Crowley, join the fray, and it is CHAOS, and Amara is CLEARLY INJURED and then Lucifer STABS HER withâ€¦ something? What was that thing? Did I miss the part where they discussed that?
Look, Iâ€™m also impressed with this episode because I wasnâ€™t exactly thrilled about Sam getting the Mark. Weâ€™ve already seen him soulless and got Dean with the Mark, and I figured it would just be more of the same. However, everyone underestimated Amaraâ€™s utter hatred of being caged away, because SHE NEARLY KILLS GOD, and she takes back the Mark, and now they all haveÂ nothing,Â and is Lucifer dead? Like really, really dead??? Will Castiel get any sort of story or resolution in this season?
At the very least, I appreciate this because it eliminates possibilities for the story that I was tired of. Itâ€™s shocking in a way that doesnâ€™t feel artificial. Amara has no desire to return to her cage, and this was her showing it. Soâ€¦ now what?
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