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Supernatural Episode 5.04: “The End” 

So…

The full title of this episode should have probably been “The End… of Dean acting like a frigging moron and finally getting a clue.” Or possibly “The End of the Winchesters letting heaven and hell play them for fools and making them their bitches.” It was definitely the end of a dark era.

For once, someone tried to teach Dean Winchester a lesson and he actually learned *gasp* the right lesson. Wait, let me repeat that. Dean finally got it. Yes, he had good reasons not to understand that he and Sam are only going to have a chance at surviving, at saving the world (or at least not sending the world further into the apocalypse) is together. Go writers! I’m serious. This was exactly the kind of move I was looking for.

It was also amusing to see Zachariah fail so spectacularly at manipulating Dean. Yeah, buddy, you just don’t understand Dean. Lucifer, interestingly enough understood Dean better (nor really surprising; Zachariah is pretty much just stupid at this point), but not quite, so finally, finally we have Dean snapping out of it by the end of the episode and realizing that there’s an option C or maybe option Z (or anti-Z, ‘cause hopefully this choice doesn’t end with a zombie world like the version of 2014 Dean visited).

Let’s see what did tonight’s episode bring us:

• A very decidedly new-agey version of Cas (and I’m betting Misha Collins was probably thrilled both to get to show off his flexibility and spend a big chunk of an episode not wearing the same trench coat. Plus orgy? Constantly stoned? Absynthe? Amphetemines? Holy crap Cas, at least someone learned to live it up at the end of the world, and we probably wouldn’t have expected it would be you.

• An adorable (and day-saving) Cas worried about running out of cell phone minutes! *adorable* OMFG!

• A trip to 2014 that finally paid off the Croatoan story from season TWO! I have been waiting for this for three years! Three years of thinking, OK, so what the fuck was the point? It was clear we were missing something, now we know how this fits into Lucifer’s plans. And now this makes me wonder. Right before the cliffhanger ending of Croatoan, Duane the demon makes a blood-o-phone call to someone. I (and I think any people) had assumed he was calling Azazel (after all, that’s who it seemed Meg was calling with the same device, after all she did call the person on the other end “father”), but then again, maybe Duane was calling Lucifer? Maybe Meg wasn’t calling her father either, but the “father” of all demonkind? Hmm… I’m not sure, but it certainly is intriguing.

• Chuck insisting with eager sincerity that toilet paper is like gold and should be hoarded. (I love Chuck in general, future!Chuck was priceless pure love with a side helping of adorable and desperate and remarkably sober.)

• The Colt, back again… man, it’s so convenient how that thing keeps popping up and disappearing again and again… It’s almost a Mac Guffin, only it has real value, so I guess it’s just a Latin-engraved deus ex machina. I’m hoping (almost trusting at this point, because this week seemed to be full of the Supernatural writers answering my wishes and demands) they’ve got a good excuse for why the demons don’t destroy the Colt. What further purpose does it serve? Are they unable to destroy it? Is the thing actually indestructible? Or did Ruby say do something to it when she showed Bobby how to fix it, so it’s really going to blow up in their faces? Very, very intriguing. So, now we know it’s still out there, still on earth, and could possibly wind up in Dean Winchester’s hands… again.

But best of all, and yeah, even better than Dean finally figuring it out, calling Sam and showing his trust by giving Sam back Ruby’s knife… in the same place the Winchesters (John, Sam, and Dean) made their ill-fated decision to split up and try to trick Meg and Tom with a decoy Colt, interestingly enough… is the way that the writers brought the latest chapter in the story full circle.

In “In the Beginning” (4.03) we see Cas taking Dean to the past, having Dean try (and fail) to change the present, learning the awful truth about his family’s past, promising to kill a demon he’d already killed in the past/future, and coming back to the present to discover Sam’s deceit—his powers and his late-night activities with Ruby. Now, in “The End,” we see Zachariah taking Dean to the future where Cas has lost all his powers; Sam exists only as the truly eerie, creepy, unsettling vessel (good acting Jared!) of Lucifer; and Dean is bitter and has more or less given up. Of course, Dean goes and promises in the future to kill Satan (which he will likely accomplish in the future-past… our future, 2014’ past), and comes home to finally reach out an olive branch—or maybe it’s the whole tree—to Sam, bringing him back into the fold, and finally taking that big step to heal the rift that started over a season ago. Way to go Dean!! Way to go writers for giving us some nice symmetry and helping Dean to find the motivation, realization, freedom, and self-confidence he needs to actually, maybe get this done.

This was episode was an A+. I have absolutely no complaints, and I am beyond thrilled and tickled pink that we finally got to see what was up with the whole Croatoan thing!
 

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albeitslowly
Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
ETA: Never mind. Words like "moron" are the reason I don't read episode reactions, and I should just stick to my guns and not do so. The long and the short of it is, they haven't gained anything from the time apart if the only reason they're together is because Sam can't be trusted to not say 'yes' to Lucifer. They're right back where they started. And the whole line about "we keep each other human," isn't really accurate, because Dean would never say yes, even future!Dean told him he'd never say yes. Future Dean was hard and broken, but he was a hard and broken 'man.' So, no Dean does not need Sam to keep him human. That's just a line he fed to Sam.

Edited at 2009-10-02 12:16 pm (UTC)
paleogymnast
Oct. 3rd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I wasn't saying Dean seemed like a moron, more that he didn't seem like a moron. Up until this point, Dean had been too blinded by his understandable pain and mental and emotional exhaustion. Everything he tried to do blew up in his face. As far as he knows, Sam didn't listen even when he held out an olive branch (the swapped voicemail at the end of Lucifer Rising) and then Lucifer is free and the world is a mess and he was just reeling. All this time, he's been on the verge of giving up, trying to convince himself that he didn't care, that he could let go of and give up on Sam, that he could just fight the war and not care, but now that he's seen himself in the future, acting like that, he's had the opportunity to realize he *doesn't* want to be that way for real. This was the "last believable opportunity" so to speak (something I've been talking about in my last few blog posts about the episodes) for the writers to start getting the Winchesters back to some sort of team relationship. This was the nudge Dean needed to wake him up.

I'm not seeing where the progress went down the tubes. I don't think (although I could be wrong) that the writers are just going to make everything *snap* be OK. If they do, I will be disappointed. Rather this is the first in a very long series of steps they will have to take to get back to some real level of trust. I think Dean's realized it doesn't matter whether he trusts Sam or not. He as he said, they keep each other human. They're both tired of being fucked with by heaven and hell, and while they can't guarantee they won't be messed with being together, they've got a lot better chance of surviving with each other watching their backs and providing a reason to try to work through their issues.

I think Dean has finally started to realize it's time to stop being selfless. He needs to be a little selfish. He needs to try to want a life for himself, and care about surviving, because the constant selflessness wasn't bringing him anything but pain, heartache, and world destruction. Maybe things will work out so that Dean looking out for himself just a little bit will coincide with things going less badly for the rest of the world.

I don't think this is about not surviving apart at all, and I think what I was referring to as "got it" isn't what you meant. By "got it" I meant that Dean has finally allowed himself to think outside the box while still having confidence in his decisions, something we started to see two episodes ago.

As for surviving apart, they can survive apart just fine. Hell, Dean apparently can keep large numbers of civilians alive all by himself. Sam on the other hand has some issues with the choices he makes on his own, but that has more to do with not having an external conscience to keep him in chekc. It's just that alone in the world, their motivations are different, they make different choices, have less reason to care about consequences. They're together because it's unexpected. Because Sam has asked for help and Dean is willing to give it. This isn't Dean going after Sam because he's lonely and doesn't want to be on his own. This is Dean wanting to help Sam out when asked. More of a partnership than the clingy co-dependency they've been struggling with for so long. At least, I see that as where the writers are going with this. I could be wrong, and would be disappointed, but I'm hoping I'm right.
lovetheguys
Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I happen to wholeheartedly agree with you! This episode was fantastic! Sam and Dean need each other not just because Sam can't be trusted not to say no to Lucifer, but because in their crazy world surrounded by demons, angels and other-worldly creatures, they are brothers who love each other and human beings determined to stay that way! They both have powerful angels on their trail who want to claim their bodies for their own ends. It's always been my feeling that the love the Winchester brothers share is the only thing powerful enough to defeat the evil determined to take them over. That love--of the brothers united--will win in the end.

Love, Robin
sleepwalker1015
Oct. 4th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Adorable and Reiinspiring... is that a word?
I love Cas in this!!! I like the whole episode, except I've never liked the Croatoan story line... but that's just me.
I agree that Dean can lead and I think it helped him and will help him with Sam to see that he CAN lead and keep people alive... despite attachments, like the Impala... poor baby.
What I thought was with all the knowledge that Cas has at his disposal, the knowledge of Heaven and Hell and lifetimes of experience... not in the human world but still... and he becomes a guru? Orgies...??!!! He was so naive in so many ways... and he had that puppy adorable that vanished before my eyes in the future. Still cute though.
Ofcourse all I can think of when I hear orgy is Georgia's chant at Nationals.
paleogymnast
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Adorable and Reiinspiring... is that a word?
Well Cas was new to being a human, and from what we've heard about angels on the show so far, they are really naive. They know about being angels, but they don't really understand the human experience; angels that toe the line don't really feel emotions to their fullest, so I think that glimpse of the future is realistic. Cut off from his angelic roots, and faced with the end of the world and new to his full-fledged emotions, why wouldn't Cas turn into a bit of a hedonist? At least he was being spiritual about it (honestly, I think it was probably more of a way for Misha to get to bring some of himself--the yoga, meditation, flexibility, anyway--into the Character for a change). But yeah, future Cas was adorable! Very, very puppy adorable. I'm with you on the re-invigorated.

Oh, and the Impala... *sigh* that was just tragic. So sad. Her condition is a barometer for Dean's mental health and well, that future state was a great indication.


And yeah... I'm totally hearing G-E-Orgy-A orgy is my middle name now. *snort* :D
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