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Supernatural 5.03 "Free to be You and Me"


How long ago did I call that? *snort* Seriously. So, way back in season 2 I figured out Sam was Lucifer's vessel and Dean was Michael's... before we knew what vessels were—it was more that I latched onto the Antichrist myth in which the capital A antichrist actually serves the function of bringing Lucifer into the world and having Lucifer become him. Lots of other people assumed or suspected this was the case too. Then Kripke tried to convince us all that we were wrong, or only half right, but in the end, tah dah! Looks like we were right after all.

So thank you, Kripke, for being predictable (in a good way). You really almost had me tricked into thinking I was wrong. Many, many times you had me convinced that I had to be misreading the foreshadowing, or that you'd just decided not to go that way, but nope, you pulled through. *does happy dance*

That being said, I don't really WANT Sam and Dean to get taken over by their respective pushy asshole angels, especially if they're likely to wind up like Raphael's poor host (although Dean's "teenage mutant ninja-angel" was awesome). But hey, this is one time I'm kind of happy to be right, just for the sake of being right.

Of course, now it looks like all doom and gloom. Sam and Dean are separated. Dean thinks he's happier by himeself, without his family. Sam is all alone and hunted both by hunters and Lucifer. He wants to believe he can change, but it's not looking good.

Cas is just undeniably adorable trying to work with Dean… his complete nonunderstanding of human beings (and managing to strike out with a prostitute!!) are nerve-wracking, but endearing.

It’s also good to see Bobby pulling out of his funk at least a little bit. Hopefully he can pull out of it a little more and try to intercede before Sam and Dean both go flying off a cliff and take the rest of the world with them.

I'm still not sure I like where Kripke is going with god... but that's mostly because I liked this universe better before the Judeo-Christian deity was in it. But it is very interesting to realize that with Sam being Lucifer's vessel, it does shift things back to looking like it wasn't Lucifer who brought Cas back or whisked Sam and Dean from the convent. Lucifer wanted Sam to be around so he could claim him; Lucifer also doesn’t have any use for a rebellious angel who is interested in stopping the apocalypse on both sides. So, yeah, Raphael we saw through your insinuations. I’m still not sure I want there to be a “god” out there (because such a deity had better have a really good excuse—not actually omnipotent, not actually omniscient, used to be omnipotent & omniscient but isn’t any longer, etc.—for its behavior), and I’m not sure Cas’s daddy search and amulet-taking will come to anything good, but, the parallel between Cas’s predicament and Dean and Sam’s search for John from season 1 was nice. It’s a very interesting way to take things full-circle.

Sam’s situation is most distressing and intriguing. Lucifer can’t actually find him (really makes me wonder if Cas know what Sam is) so he’s just going to slowly drive Sammy crazy by haunting his dreams, trying to get Sam to crack. And of course Dean doesn’t know this or what’s going on, and he’s lulled himself into thinking “out of sight, out of mind” is actually going to work. But no, just as it’s always been clear, the Winchesters are most in danger when not together.

The Winchester family bonds (especially on Dean’s side) are broken down, and appear to be broken and forgotten, when it maybe that is the only thing with the possibility of saving the universe.

So, now we have a “Harry is a Horcrux” problem on both sides. In order to get rid of Lucifer and Michael and the pesky war those two and their followers want to wage, we’ve likely got to kill them, and to do that they have to manifest, and unless Lucifer’s current host holds out a lot longer than it looks like he’s going to, the only way to do that would likely involve killing Sam and Dean… unless someone figures out a way to kill angels without killing their vessels… It’s the same dilemma they’ve faced with demons only much more complicated (not the least because angels actually appear to ride their vessels harder than demons ride their hosts).

I still think that if Kripke isn’t going for a depressing ending where everybody we care about dies, the solution is likely going to be found in Sam and Dean’s bond with each other. Right now it appears to be betrayed, broken, tattered, and gone, but maybe deep down it’s still there. It’s getting to a point where believably reawakening it is going to be tricky for the writers. I’m sure they’d like to play this with Sam and Dean separate and having no knowledge of each other’s situation for almost the entire season, if they can, but that’s not necessarily going to make for the most believable writing… unless they throw in something along the way on both sides that sews the seeds of reunion and reconnection. Personally, I’d also like to see Dean’s not-plan plan of fighting off the angels and demons and making them go find their own planet to fuck up work out. That seems like the most empowering option for humanity (and Dean). But if Kripke can come up with some plausible “god” story I might come around to it as well… still, I’d like to see humanity winning the day for once.

I guess there’s nothing but to try to wait and see how it plays out. I’d love to see Sam and Dean back together sooner rather than later, mostly because I fear things will be too far gone to mend, but it’s interesting nonetheless.


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Sep. 25th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Oh my... is it optimism that I see there hiding in the background of this bloggy?!! 0_0
We sure are in for an interesting ride with the Bro's and their angelic counterparts... I want to see it but then it means we're getting closer to then end and that I don't want!!

Love to read your thoughts like always. Just I'm short on the comment. ;)
Sep. 25th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
No, not necessarily optimism... I'm just saying where I'd *like* things to go, and I'm intrigued that there does seem to be another force at work other than just lucifer and the known angels...

Unless Cas is somehow god and doesn't know it. Only when he realize who he is will the amulet glow? That's about the crackiest idea I've had so far.
Sep. 25th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
You know after all this I think I'm kinda a bit disappointed that Kripke's down the route of Sam is Lucifers vessel...is is me or is it just so cliche?? Maybe I'm being a bit harsh but I'd would've loved it to play differently, maybe reverse the roles, so Dean was Lucifers vessel, whereas Sam was Michaels...I AM looking forward to watching the season that's for damng sure, and as much as I sometimes think 'Kripke WTF??' I do trust him, don't understand him, but I do trust him xxx I just hope that we don't lose either boy, coz that would just suck. Plus if they do get another season how they going to play it out? will it be the Winchesters? or will he bring in a whole new set of charecters for a totally different story? and would it really still be supernatural with the boys? I hate all this waiting around....patience and me do NOT go together!!! lol.
Sep. 25th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
Well, the foreshaddowing for both Sam and Dean was laid a long time ago. As I said, a lot of us figured out it was heading that way back towards the end of season 2. While it is cliche to a certain degree in that yes, it looks like both brothers are going to wind up at the forefront of the battle between good and evil with one taking the "good" side and the other taking the "evil" side, it would actually be a complete non sequitur if after all of that buildup and groundwork laying, nope, whoops, we were wrong all along, Sammy's wanted by angels and Dean's wanted by a demon. That would be nontraditional and a shock, but it would be exactly that a shock with now groundwork laid and no reason for it to work out that way aside from a writer wanting to surprise people. It wouldn't be good writing.

Actually, if you think about Supernatural in context this reality (Sam is Lucifer's vessel; Dean is Michael's) actually plays out as a bit of a surprise on the surface. At the beginning of the series, Sam was the "good boy"--the brother who worried and angsted over whether he was doing the right thing, whether killing various "fuglies" was bad, etc. Sam believed in god and angels and wanted to be normal. On the other hand Dean was the "bad boy"--he was the devil-may-care rebel who appeared to have questionable morality and didn't dwell too much on his conscience. He didn't believe in god (still doesn't beleive that there's any all-powerful good guy out there to save everyone) and was content with being a misfit and outcast. On top of that, you have Sam who always questioned everyting (except for perhaps faith in god) and Dean who started out as the "good little soldier"--obedient to no end--and who only had faith in Sam.

Now Dean isn't taking orders from anyone and his faith in Sam has been shaken. His morality, while he doesn't wear it on his sleeve, is actually the more firmly rooted. Sam, on the other hand, has given up on being normal and more or less embraced being a freak; he's still resisting Lucifer, but he no longer has any faith in his own judgment, and has demonstrated that his moral code is a bit too... flexible.

So the character development feels like it's playing out nicely this way.

I don't have as much faith in Kripke as you seem to, but that's mostly because I'm looking for believable, good writing to play out. I really have no idea where he's going with this, but by making Sam Lucifer's vessel, he is playing up the Antichrist myth to its fullest extent and leaving open a lot of story possibilities.

I'm with you on hating knowing if there will be another season or seasons and if there is/are whether or not Sam and Dean (really Jared and Jensen) will stick around. Kripke's already said repeatedly he wants to be done with this story and that this is the last season. Now that he's ready to wrap up, Dawn Ostroff at the CW loves the show and wants it to stick around. So it's hard to tell what's going to happen. I just hope that Kripke does whatever he was planning to do (and I really, really hope that doesn't involve killing off one or both Winchesters--Sam deserves a chance to be redeemed and Dean deserves to live normal life) and doesn't change it to suit the suits, so to speak.

ETA: Don't be disappointed learning that Sam is Lucifer's vessel. Wait until you actually get to play the episodes becuase that revelation has been played out in a very unconventional way. It's actually rather surprisingly intriguing.

Edited at 2009-09-25 08:25 am (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)

Good thoughts on this one, love - and yes, the parallels are what caught my attention!!
Sep. 26th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
The parallels are good! Thanks for the comment! :)
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