In the twenty-first episode of the eleventh season ofÂ Supernatural, this was a treat. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Supernatural.Â
Well, that was better than I expected, considering that my least favorite writing duo of possiblyÂ allÂ time penned â€œAll in the Family.â€ I think it helps that this followed â€œDonâ€™t Call me Shurleyâ€ because much of what was set-up in that episodeÂ hadÂ to be addressed here. LETâ€™S TALK.
Iâ€™ll take a complicated stance at the beginning of this. I think having Chuck be a major force in this episode is brilliant, and Iâ€™m glad that â€œAll in the Familyâ€ sticks with the promise at the end of the previous episode. And it makes sense that the Winchesters wouldnâ€™t necessarily trust that Chuck was truly there. Let the video below stand as evidence that the appearance of Kevin made me emotional. I get why it happened. Who else would the Winchesters trust?
And thatâ€™s precisely why I feel so betrayed by it. Kevinâ€™s appearance here is YET AGAIN for the purpose of someone else. He exists to get the Winchesters to believe Chuck is real and to steamroll the audience. Then, after getting an â€œupgradeâ€ to Heaven, heâ€™s gone. Thatâ€™s it. Heâ€™s literally a means to move the plot forward.Â Again. After the last episode, it feels even more glaring when this show relies on the same terrible tropes for Kevin.
Yet I canâ€™t deny that once Sam and Dean sat down with Chuck, this show gave me some damn fine writing and acting. I know Iâ€™ve said this before, but I think that every once in a while, this show is able to tap into an emotional source that many of us can understand. Now, matters are complicated because of Deanâ€™s issues with his father, so the scene where he confronts Chuck is layered as hell. But itâ€™s also got a different meaning. Through it, we get a human confronting God about their absence in the world. I am continually surprised that these moments arenâ€™t crass or trite, thatÂ SupernaturalÂ finds a balance in the writing that can affect me so strongly while also making sense within the canon universe.
Dean crying over Godâ€™s absence = TOTAL DEVASTATION. SERIOUSLY.
But itâ€™s an important dynamic to represent within the text. Dean is far less likely to forgive God for that absence, while Sam is mostly ecstatic to have God back. And if theyâ€™re going to have Chuck on their side, I think it was necessary that there be a conversation like this before anything could move forward.
I appreciated that we didnâ€™t have to wait too long to learn why Metatron seemed so distraught over the end of Godâ€™s autobiography. Actually, I think itâ€™s a brilliant story choice. Instead of keeping a mystery going until the finale, we learn what the endgame isÂ now. Metatron reveals that God plans to offer himself up to be caged by Amara in exchange for her leaving the world. This reveals an uncomfortable truth: I donâ€™t think God knows how pissed off Amara is. Thus, Metatron gains an ally in Dean, since neither character has faith that this will satisfy Amara. She is insatiable, and her continued torment of humanity throughout this episode is evidence of that. She doesnâ€™t just want to end God; she wants to destroy everything he created, too.
So now weâ€™ve got an additional conflict. The Winchesters have to convince Chuck toÂ destroyÂ Amara, rather than sacrifice himself. Well, good luck with that.
Hey, thereâ€™s technically a heist here, and while I canâ€™t claim to understand the whole Dean/Amara thing atÂ all, I still thought it was staged well. It was scary, and I assumed someone was going to die. I thought it was Donatello, honestly. The sudden appearance of a prophet in the midst of one of Amaraâ€™s fog attacks seemed way too coincidental for me, so I assumed that he was under Amaraâ€™s control. (And was I meant to understand that once Kevin left the veil, he was truly â€œdead,â€ thereby activating the next prophet?)
You know, I do want to address the Dean/Amara thing a bit. I just donâ€™t get it. I could understand a â€œconnectionâ€ because Dean freed her, but the show seems to be trying to get me to accept some weird cosmic love affair, and I donâ€™t buy it. At all. It doesnâ€™t help that Dean visibly does not consent toÂ anyÂ of this. His body language during the Amara confrontation screams opposition, heâ€™s vocally rejected her, and yet Iâ€™m still expected to think that this is something he wants deep down? What I need is just a bit moreÂ definition. Did she put something inside him to make him feel this way? How is this part of some greater plan?
Regardless, Chuckâ€™s presence is responsible for setting off a tense sequence where the Lucifer heist is threatened, which gets Amara pissed, and I EXPECTED LIKE EVERYONE TO DIE. The most surprising aspect of the end of â€œAll in the Family,â€ though, was Metatronâ€™s sacrifice. Sometimes, heâ€™s one of the best things this show did. (And Iâ€™m thinking of his early appearance.s) Other timesâ€¦ well, Iâ€™ll just say they relied on him. A lot. But in this episode, he serves his purpose. He notifies Dean of Godâ€™s intent, but he also realizes his own futility. What is he anymore? An angel without grace and without much power beyond his own memory. So in a last-ditch effort, he offers himself. He does something unselfish, yâ€™all. I bet heÂ knewÂ his attempt to banish Amara was pointless, but it bought Sam, Lucifer, and Donatello time.
I honestly didnâ€™t expect it, yâ€™all.
OKAY, I AM ACTUALLY QUITE INTERESTED IN SEEING HOW LUCIFER AND GOD WILL WORK TOGETHER. YES, PLEASE.
The video for â€œAll in the Familyâ€ can be downloadedÂ here for $0.99.
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