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Picspam Reaction: Supernatural 8.07
Warning: Contains profanity and random Eleventh Doctor references.

Spoiler and Theory Summary

No spoilers known.

No wait. The title. "A Little Slice of Kevin" Meaning a return of our wayward rock-reading Advanced Placement prophet and a return of about the only thing Sam and Dean agree on doing this season. Hope for some progress? Or explanations? Maybe?

Off to a late start due to work schedule from Hell, will be doing this over several days in short chunks most likely. Let's see how that goes. :-P

Picspam Reaction, with speculation and randomness for Supernatural 8.07 - "???" "A Little Slice of Kevin"

-Tonight's then is 48 seconds long. That seems very short.

-Oh dear lord, a pre-school. The doom is starting early.

-Yep, doom.

-Spontaneous tornadoes and teleportation... is that a new demon trick? No, wait, weather pattern disturbances were mentioned back in Season 1 or 2. And the teleporting, yeah, but there didn't used to be a glow. Or did there? Hm. Also, given the title, and the demon, and (as I recall) Crowley having the rock, and the snagging random kid... are the demons snagging potential prophet-kids and trying to get them to read the rock? Silly, because none of them have the giant zappy whatever it is riding around in their little noggins like Kevin has in his. But Demons are not particularly known for their logical capacities, and maybe they couldn't sense Kevin's head-rider either or at least not as a separate entity, which would be a very interesting and ponder-worthy development for Kevin's head-rider.

-Music! "We Gotta Get Out of this Place" by the Animals, 1965-ish. Kind of pre-mullet rock there.

-Car! Going too fast to cap, and running right over the title. This is how I have always thought they get from anywhere to anywhere in the continental US in just a few hours; pick a paved back road with very little traffic and go as fast as possible. Helps avoid the awkward conversations with your brother if you're busy trying not to hit a deer at Mach 9.

-CASTIEL! Or a reasonable facsimile. So, hallucination, dream, or Castiel got his own self out of Purgatory somehow. Probably hallucination. Not enough sleep, running on coffee and adrenaline, hallucinations everywhere! Uh. Or so I've heard. <.<

-Dean, honey, eyes on the road. Deer are fast and stupid in unpopulated areas, and the Impala doesn't need a meaty hood ornament. Slam on the brakes first, then rubber-neck.

-There she is! Pretty as ever. And Sam's... uh. Either asleep in the back seat (or on the back floorboards after that stop), or is hitchhiking his way away from wherever Dean dropped him off/he demanded Dean drop him off after the end of last episode. Or this is a dream.

-Hm. Giant carved bear, no Castiel. And Twin Pines. Not Twin Peaks. I was worried for a second. Though if they happen to go to the Twin Pines Mall, they should watch out for terrorists and plutonium powered automotive time machines.

-Ah! Or Castiel was a hallucinatory harbinger of some sort, and telling Dean that crap is going down at the Twin Pines Resort, all the way from Purgatory (which it's been pretty strongly implied as being where Castiel still is from the flashbacks), due to that whole 'raised you from Perdition' guardian angel bond thing they have. And Sam is either still sleeping on the floor of the back seat (and is the most intense sleeper ever), or is somewhere else entirely. Really, after last week, some space for processing might be a good thing for the boys.

-Or Sam's back at the hotel/squat/basecamp drinking while Dean goes for a long drive. That was my next option. Space for processing doesn't always need to include crossing state lines.

-"I was gonna say 'you look like you've seen a ghost', but you'd probably be stoked." BWAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH! Also, very true. Stoked and covered in salt-gun residue.

-Bus driver and frogs, mailman and rifts in the earth. Not just kids and weather then.

-With a smirk like that, that mailman photo has to be someone on the crew of the show, right?

-"These folks have nothing in common." Except so far they all appear to be male.

-Did they happen to mention that the kid and the tornado happened in Kansas? (Hard to see, but it was Selina, Kansas and according to the article he's four) If it wasn't for the other disappearances, I'd say look for a demon who's a Wizard of Oz fan. Also, Kansas. This show and freaking Kansas. *headshake*

-"So we on this?"/"...Yup." \o/ Progress! Of sorts. Sam's hunting something that isn't Kevin (although it will be somehow, given the title of the episode) or Benny. I say progress. *nods*


-Oh, hey. If I'm right about Samawhateverhisrealnameisdiriel being Kevin's dad, maybe the demons are finding out and hunting down the rest of his half-angel progeny, since it's not like angels are restricted to any era in time and adorable Alfie could have easily been a, uh, contributing parental factor for the mailman and the bus driver too? In which case, Alfie got around. O.o

-"I've given you all the names." Poor Alfie. Aw.

-Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner, familiar names. Director... Charles Robert Carner? He's new, isn't he? *risks a Google* Hm. Has directed and written a bunch of TV movies, seems to have gone on a hiatus of some kind after 2008, and this looks like his first foray back into directing. Well, good luck to him!

-"The power grid is so whacked out in Heaven they don't even know you're not there." Oh really? Hm. Alfie's flying solo then?

-"The next generation isn't born yet." Or potential prophet-kids are like Heaven's Special Kids, and Alfie is like YED, going around and feeding them Angel blood, although that doesn't clarify the whole "Kevin's Dad" issue. Hmmmm. I'm thinking about this too much aren't I? I should just watch Alfie the adorable Wiener Hut angel get tortured and take the exposition as it comes.

-...what the heck round table??? Roundish table? Octagonal table? Is Crowley trying to form a team (an international team by the looks of it), or get them to all give up their souls through empowering room decor or AUGH I THINK BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING AND I CAN'T THEORIZE FAST ENOUGH. O.o

-Salt line, holy water dump, "MOM!" Looks like Linda Tran's snapped out of the coma. Hi Kevin!

-"They got to me, remember?" Yay, no more coma!

-Sign on the wall: "Life is uncertain... Eat Dessert FIRST!" All this and they have a hideout with snarky decor too. THE TRANS ARE AWESOME!!! \o/

-"I hired a witch." That.... often doesn't go well on this show.

-"Off of Craigslist." AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA! One, that's definitely not going to go well, and two, I just laughed so hard something in my spine went crunch. XD

-"You told her we were making demon bombs!"/"That got her super motivated." Heeeeeeeeeeeee! Oh dear.

-Oh, great. And Kevin is now in camera range, so she's seen Kevin, and if she can trace an IP address, she can know what town he's in, and if she's at all in contact with a demon, since most witches on Supernatural are usually people who've been duped by a demon into thinking they're witches, that's Crowley informed. *facepalm* It's okay, Linda, you weren't informed about how typical 'witches' work on Supernatural so you didn't know how bad an idea this was. You're still awesome. And proactive, but maybe a little too much. *patpat*

-"How long have you been a witch?"/"A full witch? Since the band broke up." Hee.

-"I'm on it, and it's gonna be wicked awesome." I almost hope she's on the level. She seems kind of cool.

-"Agents Roth and Malloy" Not too far from Dean Van Halen.

-Ah, she was the possessed one, was she? She seems to have been left relatively intact after the teleportation and such.

-"Enemies? He's five." Hm. That news article (blurrily) said four. Is she still possessed? *side-eyes*

-Sam with the subtle latination. Hee!

-Tie Report despite the lack of a clear tie shot: No stripes anywhere. They're working a case together, but things are far from okay. Sam is maroon with a kind of white and grey, what the heck is that, houndstooth? It might sort of be trying to form vague lines, but it really isn't succeeding. After last episode, I am not surprised. Dean appears to be solid grey, no pattern at all. Walls. Walls walls walls, and not just about Benny now; he's seen Castiel and hasn't said a thing about the incident to Sam, which really doesn't bode well about how exactly Castiel got left behind in Purgatory. It is a tie of blank walls and ill-bodingness.

-Oh and I guess the place they were staying is the Twin Pines Resort then, so Castiel being a harbinger would be off the options list, making Dean even more maladaptively self-fortified while he's trying to figure out what the heck is going on regarding Cas and not talking to Sam about it.

-Aw. Sleeping Sammy. Just aw.

-CASTIEL, DUDE, HAS NO ONE TOLD YOU HOW FREAKY IT IS TO STAND OUTSIDE SOMEONE'S WINDOW, WATCHING THEM IN THE DARK??? GAAAAAAAAAH. Also hi! Not sure if you're a hallucination or not, but one way or another, your appearance heralds a lot of incoming OW I suspect.

-Maybe hallucination. Or maybe a flutter-bye not heard over the storm. Either way, Dean's looking quite disturbed.

-"Dean, you did everything you could."/"Yeah, well then why do I feel like crap?" Because that's what happens. It's called survivor's guilt (even if I'm beginning to think maybe Castiel is out and alive...). In your case, it's also called being Dean Winchester and not accepting that you couldn't have saved a member of or prevented a loss to your family, adopted or otherwise.

-"Survivor's guilt." There. See? I agree with Sam. ... that might be the first time this season. O.o

-Oh crap, inbound flashback of horrendous hurtiness coming up.

-This just in: Purgatory has some damn fine visual *handwave* thingies. Esthetics. Something to be said about a place with no grey area being shot in near black and white.

-"If it doesn't work, thank you. For everything." Nice thought Castiel, but of course you realize now Dean is going to let fly at you with both barrels for being a Negative Nelly with the 'you'll probably have to leave me behind' stuff.

-"Nobody gets left behind." Nope. Not by Dean Winchester, not without a hell of a fight. Oh dear.

-That table is starting to look like an extra off Stargate or Andromeda or something. And what's the thing in the middle? I bet they're having fun trying to get the four-year-old to stay in his seat.

-"You're aliens, right?" Heee! Fair enough assumption. That table is really misleading, even if it's in an old factory of some kind, with hanging chains and random steam reminiscent of Hell. Next time you have a conference room to design, go for wood for a more "Earthy" feel. *nods*

-"Where's my one phone call?" Ah, the gormless smirk of the imminently doomed.

-Yep. Splitch.

-"Anyone else want to complain?" Hee, Crowley has this face, see, it does things like this sometimes.

-Oh and what the hell, Crowley Tie Report: *squints* Kind of a shimmery teal with black palm trees? It's an obfuscating tie, for the King of the Obfuscators.

-"We hold this- I mean these, truths to be-" *facepalm* Guessing will not help you, especially when you are guessing that badly. It's not the Declaration of Independence.

-I am far too amused that they are squirting holy water on intruders with a turkey baster. Hey, it's seasonal! American Thanksgiving is coming up really quick, right? [It was today, it seems, since I'm now coding this on Thursday, so Happy Thanksgiving to any Americans reading this!]\o/

-"That was not the agreement!"/"It is now." Yep. Also she sounded just SO convincing about not liking demons there, didn't she? And now she's going off for some private time now that she knows where the Trans are. Probably in a little lockable room with a window that can be unsalted or a painted sigil that can be scraped off, and where no one's going to be spraying holy water. Yeaaaah, never source your spell components off Craigslist. You will get screwed, or turned over to the demons. Probably.

-(Though they could do that thing John did with the roof-top cistern and Bobby did with the lawn sprinklers and bless any water coming out the pipes so they'd hear the screams if she got possessed in the bathroom and tried to wash her hands, but I'm pretty sure demons wouldn't wash their hands after using a toilet anyway. Because they're evil like that. *nods*)

-AHHH! FLAPPY NOISE FLAPPY NOISE FLAPPY NOISE! *runs around apartment waving arms in the air like the Eleventh Doctor at Amy's wedding* No. Really. I did. Don't ask me why, but I did. What can I say, it's way after midnight on Sunday night and I'm apparently excitable. YAY! \o/

-Damn, Castiel's looking rough.

-"Hello, Dean." Don't mind me, I'm just going to do a bit of aerobic flailing here for a while. *flailflailflail*

-But we still haven't seen exactly what happened in Purgatory and how and why Castiel got left behind in the first place, so there is still OW to come. Eep. O.o

-And Dean doesn't believe it, because it's too easy after it was so hard getting out himself and having to leave Cas there. Which is actually wise to disbelieve - for the Winchesters, a gift horse could easily turn out to be a Mari Lwyd - although it is always a bit sad when Dean finds it hard to believe something good might have happened without him somehow bleeding for it.

-"I have no idea." That's not really reassuring.

-"I'm dirty." Heee. And how many people in this fandom now have that as a ringtone or something?

-Uh oh, here comes the 'Dean had to leave Cas behind in Purgatory' ow! Hold on!

-Leaf attack! I love that it's a maple leaf. Bit of Canada there. I also love that there seems to be a teeny bit more colour to them now that they are so close (probably). Cool.

-DEAR SANTA, THERE'S A CRACK IN MY WALL PURGATORY! Bwahahah, sorry, sorry. It was bound to happen. Also I'm trying not to look straight at it, because it's exactly like the migraine aura i usually get, and it's giving me a sudden reflex headache. :-P

-"*something* Unum sumus." *chokes on water* Thaaaat would mean, if my minimal knowledge of Latin doesn't fail me, 'We are one.' Well! Isn't that interesting...

-WOAH!!! O.O
Okay, that was awesome. Seriously, can we spend some more time in Purgatory? It has super nifty CGI.

-"Dean! Wait!" Yeah, This was seeming a little easy. You didn't think you could leave without Leviathans coming to send you off, did you?

-INCOMING!! Just the Leviathan vanguard no doubt, but still an impediment.

-"Dean?" Your brother's having a flashback, Sam, let him work it out. (*waves hi to that four-lobed cement brick hotel door outside wall thingy*)

-"I have that whole ugly mess up here and he says he has no idea how he got out? I'm just not buying it." Again, paranoia is wise under the circumstances, if a little heart-wrenching.

-YEAH! THE COAT IS BACK! Castiel cleans up well. Castiel Tie Report: Blue, solid blue. As always. *smishes him*

-(Aaaand it's just past 1AM on Sunday night, so I'm going to hit a long pause there and take this up again tomorrow night if my work schedule from Hell doesn't blow it for me...... Almost blown, but not quite, not much time tonight though. Carrying on!)

-It does occur to me that Castiel's little step out of the bathroom could easily be matched up with a wide variety of short music clips for interesting effect. Something from "I Believe in Miracles" by Hot Chocolate perhaps, or "Sharp-Dressed Man" by ZZ Top? Not for any particular reason than the image was running through my head and keeping me (questionably) sane at work today.

-"Listen, you little skank" Woo! No one crosses Mama Tran!

-"Your mom must be real proud."/"She is! Of course with my sister, the bar ain't real high." She does have snark. I'll give her that. Still waiting on the inevitable double-cross though.

-Uh hunh, break in the salt line, yep. Here we go.

-Hi Crowley! Hi demon flunky! Demonic Tie Report: In better light, Crowley's tie is less palm trees and more *squints* turtley-fractally things. Complicated and changeable. Obfuscating! Flunky's tie has distinctive pseudo-stripes made of long dot-things with a hashy-griddy pattern of some kind between, pseudo-stripes heading down and away from his boss. He must know that the fate of the majority of demonic flunkies is not that fun. Also, I really like his ears. Don't know why, I just do. They're so perky!

-"Hello, Delta."/"Hiya!" Surprise!!! Ha. No, not really.

-"I'm mercurial." *snort*

-And yeah, rewards are never what you think you'll get when you deal with demons.

-No neck snap? Surprising. And a little worrisome. Did he just send her somewhere, and will she show up somewhere later on? Doubtful, but possible.

-"Say goodbye to Mommy." Oh crap. (AHHHHH! SPIKY CLOCK!!! Top left corner! Whoever was watching for the spiky clock, it's still there! Looks like it's missing a couple spikes though. Aw.)

-OH HELL YEAH!! HOLY WATER SUPER SOAKER FTW!!! Look! Look! It has a rosary wrapped around the nozzle! Wheeee!! \o/


-Okay, small economical tip for the Winchesters. If you're going to be there a while and both (or all three?) drinking beer, stop buying beer in six-packs and get a case of it. Cheaper per beer, usually, and fewer trips to re-stock. Unless of course you're looking for an excuse for a long drive and some time away from your brother. Understandable after last episode, I think, but OW.

-When your angel friend who has been waaaay out of the loop for quite a while, between the memory-loss, insanity and Purgatory still manages to know the names of the victims of your case before you can say them, that's a sign you should sit the hell up and pay attention.

-"Oh. They're Prophets." Heee heeee! Yep!

-"The other seven are future Prophets, since only one can exist at a time." Ooo, finding out some of the mechanism behind prophets. I haven't watched much of the related show, but it's sounding a bit like the mechanics of Vampire Slayers so far... And I have to say, I haven't seen a channel selector box like that since 1980. Retro!

-THEY MENTIONED CHUCK YOU GUYS! AW! \o/ "I'm not sure what happened to Chuck, but uh. He must be dead." Not really, I don't think. Just no longer on the plane of Earth. Or something. *handwave* Aw, and Sam has a moment of manful jaw-clenching over Chuck. Aw.

-"I get the feeling something's going on." No, Really?! Sam and Dean Winchester just name-tagged all the potential Prophets in existence on Earth without knowing what they were. That alone is a sign that there's something going on. Kind of alarming Castiel knew just from first names in some cases though. There must be something to that.

-"Crowley's got Kevin." DUN! And he's got the rest of the potential Prophets as well, so he might be thinking if Kevin's too much bother, just kill him and assume one of the other Prophets will activate and read the rock. Except of course no one is going to kill Kevin and risk facing the awesome vengeance of his mom. (...Sam's shirt pockets... what is going on there? It reminds me of a shirt I wore when I was maybe 10, sort of a cowgirl thing with funky pocket flaps. It's, uh... an interesting shirt choice for Sam. Kind of a blurry plaid, too, like it's not a full strength Winchester plaid shirt, but watered down because Sam wants to get out of hunting and OH HELL NO I AM NOT GOING TO START ANALYZING PLAID SHIRTS ON THIS SHOW! Ties are far more than enough. Moving on.)

-"You just killed my mother." Kevin, dear, have you met your mother? She's a badass, and is currently rounding up the Winchesters and their mysteriously un-Purgatory-fied angel to rescue you. You really need to give your mom more credit.

-"You'll just kill me as soon as I read the tablet."/"Are all young people so horribly cynical?" Just the ones who think you killed their mom, told them flat out you'd kill them if they didn't help and have been chasing around for quite awhile. Not cynicism so much as knowing you're a lying wanker.

-Also not effective in getting a mark to trust you and believe you won't kill him when you're done with him? Sitting the mark next to the sticky red patch where you made one of the others puke up an internal organ.

-Oh this is gonna be messy. Trust might not be Crowley's objective. But, then again, demon.

-AAAAuogchhhhhhh. Ick! Yeah. Not after trust at all then.

-Aw. Three boys in the Impala. It's almost like home.

-Uh oh, incoming flashback!

-Aw, crap, so Castiel versus two of them and Dean (and arm-bound Benny) gone down the hill the quick way, with no quick way back up. Craaaap.

-Starting to really see why Dean was so shocked Castiel made it out. This is less of a fight and more of a one-way pounding, even with only two Leviathans involved. D-:

-Dean climbs rough rocky hills super-fast when properly motivated! \o/

-Seriously, can we stay in Purgatory? Just look at the CGI!

-What's that? I'm deflecting from the imminent masses of pain and anguish that are obviously on the way by getting distracted by shiny things? No, no, I just... oh darn.
Ow. And there's a small peek behind what Dean's wall is made of this season. Ow.

-"Cas, can I talk to you outside?" Oh dear.

-"I did not leave you!" Oh Dean. His abandonment issues go both ways.

-"So you think this was your fault?" *facepalm* Castiel, meet Dean Winchester. He's probably blamed everything bad ever on his own actions or inactions since he was four. He just tends to wall it up and let it fester rather than openly brood. Usually.

-"Ehn, we hired a witch and she ratted us out." Hee, faces.
Sorry Sammy, but sometimes you get hit with the weird end of the expression stick.

-"You have any idea where Crowley took him?"/"No, but uh, this guy might." YEAH! I don't know why I have no trouble at all accepting that Linda Tran's genuinely this badass without feeling like she's a Mary Sue, but I do. GO KEVIN'S MOM! \o/

-Ohhhh, crap. HANG ON KEVIN, RESCUE'S COMING. I hope Castiel can do mass teleports now just because them car-pooling from the middle of whereverthehell while Crowley is 'chatting' with Kevin does no one any good. Though if Castiel can voluntarily mass teleport now, that says some interesting things about what's going on with Castiel... O.O


-"I'll do it." Understandable. There isn't an Advanced Placement course in resisting physical torture.

-(Black screen and it's after 1 AM on a work night again, so long pause again... And after another miserable day of work there's an even shorter amount of evening to do this. Whee!)

-"How macro?"/"Game-changing." Yup, Crowley's after Heaven, I bet. Surprise! It's a Miltonian thing. Sort of.

-In Atlantic, Iowa, we've got ourselves a convoy! No mass teleports, sadly, and it looks like Castiel might be riding shotgun with Mama Tran. Wise considering the demon in her trunk. Convoy! \o/

-Brief side thought. I really hope this one doesn't end in the same results as the last convoy involving the Winchesters, Castiel, and a badass mother-figure. D:

-No, wait, Sam's driving Linda's car, Linda's riding shotgun, so Cas is riding shotgun with Dean, because no way in hell is Castiel driving. I am betting there were some very interesting discussions in the Impala. Or some very awkward silences. Not like that's abnormal for the Impala or anything.

-Handcuffing Linda Tran to the steering wheel. That tactic worked so well last time, too. Though I think Linda is more the type to drive her car through a wall to save her son if she has the chance, rather than spontaneously developing lock-picking skills.

-Gotta admire Crowley's hideout-location-picking skills. Finding a place with razor-wire already installed saves time and annoyance. *nods*

-Dean: *kills demon, closes trunk* Purgatory really didn't do him any favours in the subtlety department. And Castiel is standing right there, he could have thingy *gestures* angel-facepalmed the demon away and the host might be.... okay? Still not great, but better than a knife in the chest. Maybe. Castiel didn't seem too bothered though, but he's fresh out of the big P too. ...that sounds wrong. I meant Purgatory. Never mind.

-Also, Dean, if Linda Tran and her car survives this, she will make you pay to have her trunk interior detailed. You know it.

-Hee! Crowley with a pinwheel. Juxtaposition of evil and innocence, Crowley pulls it off surprisingly well.

-"This one describes... sealing the gates of Hell." Crap. Well, you're under duress, and talking to the King of Lies, so not attempting to evade or omit that part is understandable. Poor kid. *pats Kevin* Going to make it more challenging to implement that plan, but who doesn't like a challenge, hmm?

-Sneaking around through pipes and things. Sam and Dean have their sneaking faces on.

-...*raised eyebrow* Yeaaaaah. Sharp edges wielded by demons. Guess Kevin missed seeing the sign. *headshake*

-"A personal note from God?" Heh. 'A/N: Longest six days ever. Still not happy, but I'm calling it good. This has been fun and all, but it'll be a looooong time before I do another one of these Big Bang things. *LOL*'

-"From the archangel Metatron." Nifty!

-Sam, even when you're not speaking, you are a horrible liar. 'Doo dee doo dee doo, here I am, an innocent unknowing human, randomly walking through an abandoned factory, suspecting nothing at all, ooo, pipes... Doo dee dooo dee dooooooo... Oh look! Peoples!' Pft. Sam, you could not possibly be more obvious bait. Boom imminent.

-Oh hey! The demon bomb! Actual boom imminent (unless the witch screwed them on the spell components and gave them the wrong stuff, which I would not be surprised at)! Awesome.

-Ooo, the nuke-like behaviour with the mini mushroom cloud and the shadow burn is kind of cool. Guess the witch did give them the real stuff, even if it wasn't much.

-"Oh no." Yeah, a random futuristic conference table covered in a human worth of blood is never a good sign.

-The potential prophets are at least wise enough to duck and cover when crap starts flying. Or at least the ones that weren't stupid enough to smart off to the King of Hell (unless that's him in the foreground prairie-dogging? *squints*), or weren't used as a random object lesson... or are four years old.... where did the little kid go? ...Probably... um. Playing. Safely. Somewhere far away from all the icky stuff. Yeah. :-/

-Aw, there he is. Well hidden enough to be out of the blood spray. Still likely traumatized for life, but so's everyone else, and as potential prophets, they had a pretty good chance of psychological trauma anyway. Maybe they can form a support group after this.

-Angel facepalm! Yeah, that doesn't look terribly survivable for the host either. *wince*

-Whoa, wait, what? Castiel's gone all staggery. That's different. Is this a post-Purgatory thing, or a something-relating-to-how-he-got-out thing, or a Crowley-set-an-angel-power-suppressor-trap thing, ooooorrr an oh-by-the-way-Crowley-has-an-adorable-Weiner-Hut-angel-stashed-in-a-torture-room-nearby-and-he's-sensed-you-doing-that-and-is-now-flooding-your-angelic-bandwidth-with-screams-for-help thing?

-"You're not all the way back, are you?" Or there's that. Oh dear. Is part of Castiel still in Purgatory? And if part of Castiel is still in Purgatory, is he now a potential conduit out of Purgatory for all manner of things? O.o

-"Compendium?" Right. *facepalm* Hee! Dang it! Don't you hate getting to the end of a book, finding out it's part of a series and it ends on a cliffhanger? We already knew about the other tablets though, didn't we? Wasn't it mentioned in passing last season? It doesn't feel like new info to me, though it apparently is to Crowley.

-"You're not strong enough!" Dean disputing Castiel's capacity to be a badass in his current wobbly state. There's something aww-worthy about that that I can't quite find the words for, all wrapped up in Dean's need to protect and need to keep Castiel safe when he couldn't save him in Purgatory before. Aw.

-"More than Leviathan and Demon." Okay, yeah. From last season. Knew we'd heard about more, makes sense that there'd be a bunch for different stuff. It's supposed to be the base code of Creation or whatever, there's more to the world of Supernatural than demons and Leviathan. [SPEC-PHOBE WARNING] Like maybe one for Purgatory and possibly cutting off whatever it is makes people turn into monsters, and something else that will help ghosts pass on without trouble, so no one has to hunt anymore? Just a thought. [/END SPEC WARNING]

-Word to the wise Castiel, you'd look a lot more intimidating if you weren't wobbling around nauseously. Actually, he looks a little like he's drunk, though he isn't. Very worrisome. Would also have been wiser to pop into the room right next to the door so you could unlock it and let Dean in, because, you know, tactics. Unless Castiel's protecting Dean. Like maybe Castiel was protecting Dean in Purgatory, by letting go so the rift would take him through, instead of Castiel holding on like a sort of anchor... Oh Cas.

-Nice hold-out on the angel-sword! Very slick. Can't even cap it.

-Kevin, if you're wisely backing away from the imminent hot-zone, it would be even wiser to grab the freaking rock and take it with you.

-"You're not up for this." OH HI! WHAT THE HELL? WHAT ARE YOU DOING, CAS?

-Um. I... Hmm. What was I talking about? Everything's suddenly very... blue... O.O

-*FLAILING EVERYWHERE* WINGS! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Oh crap, wait, no, don't burn yourself out there's two-thirds of the season yet to go!! O.O

-"You're bluffing!"/"You wanna take that chance?" DUDE! *flail* I LITERALLY CANNOT EVEN TYPE RIGHT NOW ASKLJKWO#FOJ!!!

-Hee! Crowley's face!

-See, Kevin? This is why you take the powerful artifact along with you when you get out of the line of fire.

-Oh, crap. O.O

-Oh wait, it's not destroyed, just broken. Okay. That's happened before. Kevin can heal it when they get both parts. (And great job, effects folks, on having the split second the tablet can be seen after the big glowy angel-smash, but before the close up also be a broken tablet. I know you know we're watching! ;-D)

-And Crowley buggers off with half the tablet. And the challenge rating goes up, and we have our back half of the front half of the season task set! Whee! \o/

-Aw, and Kevin's reunited with his mom, who did actually wait in the car (though she'll want to do something about the dead body in the trunk soon). Hee to her doing the dab-dab-dab mom thing with a hanky, cleaning Kevin up. Awww. The Trans are awesome and adorable!

-Speaking of awesome and adorable, what about Alfie the Weiner Hut angel!? Did they find Alfie? O.O

-"Called a friend of ours, Garth. He does what we do. Well. In his own way." Hee. Poor Garth. But he'll be able to get them squared away on the corpse issue.

-"Cas thinks he might be able to fix that." Thought that might be the case, having a recurring character permanently maimed can be hard on the makeup budget. Cas is gonna need to recharge his capacitors after that though.

-And now it's time for the patented Dean Winchester rant for family and adopted family members who go risking their own lives instead of letting him do it for them. Never change, Dean. *patpat*

-"Dean, everything isn't your responsibility." Ooooo. Oh my, go straight for the core of the issue.

-"It's not about fault. It's about will." *deep inhale* Oh. Free will. Oh. Because if Castiel chose to stay, and Dean is insisting on taking responsibility for not saving Castiel, he's negating Castiel's act of will and his acceptance of the consequences of his actions. Oh. If that's the case... Wow. O.o

-"For failing you like I've failed every other godforsaken thing that I care about." Oh ow. Oh Deeeeeeeeeeean.

-"Really, look at it." OH CRAP! Angel-facepalm of 'Here, let me show you my flashback.' Or 'Have a sudden brain full of objectivity.' Eeeek. This could be even more painful than the previous ow.

-*Flashback!Castiel throws down Dean's hand* "GO!" Oh, I thought so. I really thought so. Oh Cas.

-"Nothing you could've done would have saved me because I didn't want to be saved." OW. No, really. OWWWWWWWW. Oh Cas.

-"For the things I did on Earth and in Heaven, I didn't deserve to be out." Owowowowowowow. I see his point, and yes, he did to a lot of highly inadvisable crap, like teaming up with Crowley to get all the souls from Purgatory, some incidental murdering in the process, claiming the position of God, mass-murdering angels, going on a monster-fueled murder spree on Earth, letting Leviathan out for a season, but still, owowowowowowwowowowwwwwwww.... Also, good thing Cas didn't say that at the time or Dean would have jumped back out, grabbed him by the scruff of the coat and thrown him through the rift.

-"You can't save everyone, my friend, but you try." *flailing everywheeeeeere*


-*blink* What?? Sudden change of scenery. And background noise. And haircut. O.o

-"You're home, Castiel." Oh crap. Home is where you left a giant mess of dead angels and an "obey me or else" when you last left. O.O

-"My name is Naomi. We rescued you." Oh reaaaally? Exposition? Cool! And this bit of Heaven looks like... an insurance agent's or bank manager's office... hm.... (Also, for reference, Biblical Naomi.)

-"An incursion of angels which cost us many lives. Consider these chats you repayment." Okay, one, that whole 'incursion of angels costing many lives' is really not going to help Castiel's newfound need to atone, and two, I'm suddenly getting sort of... therapist vibes from her. Do angels have therapists? Given the examples we've had on the show actually, it couldn't hurt.

-"Tell me about Sam and Dean." *gasp* Ooo!!! I mean, good luck with that, Naomi, but OOO!!!

-Ooo. And he spills, like he doesn't even have a chance of resisting. What the hell? O.o

-"You will report in to me regularly and you will never remember having done so." OH MY GOD! He's like a bug! Listening device! SPY! Heaven (or something that says it's Heaven to keep Castiel from looking too deeply) is using Castiel to keep tabs on the Winchesters and the Prophet and tablet deal. OOOOOOO!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!! I mean of course, not awesome for any of the guys, (particularly Castiel who is going to be accruing a sense of subliminal guilt and if the guys ever find out he's a source of information to whoever but don't also find out he doesn't have any chance at resisting, that's going to go so painfully I don't even want to think about it in light of end of season 6 incidents) but in terms of show plot developments, THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!! \o/

-"No, I won't do that." Heh. I suspect all the trying not to do that in existence won't keep it from happening anyway. At least not at first. There will be a way. Somehow. Hehe. Um. {Doctor Who Series 6 spoiler reference} I'd say try drawing a mark on your arm every time you get called there, but since the hair is different, I don't think they're calling his physical form, so it wouldn't help. {/End DW 6 spoiler}

-Hmm. Symptoms of Castiel returning from a chat: Headshake, blinking. Amount of time missed *scrolls back through to prior audio* "Garth is gonna lay low with the Tra-"*gap*"-track down the other piece." Possibly one or two second gap at minimum. From the outside, it might look like a very short absence seizure, but with Castiel's tendency to stare blankly, that would be hard to detect. Sudden head shaking and blinking would be weird though, if they notice. Something to watch for Castiel doing in the background, even if there's no Heaven's Bank Manager's office scene. That is, if that actually is Heaven. After all, Crowley did say they were so scrambled up top that they probably didn't know Samandiriel was on Earth and Kevin's obviously running around without the standard-issue Prophet-guarding Archangel, that state would not lend itself to swanky intelligence asset handler offices, buuuut... if Heaven was scrambled at one point (which we know it was because we've watched the last several seasons of this show) and now has its celestial ducks in awesome, badass, plotting and scheming rows, then making sure that their capital 'A' Adversary thought they were still hooped and ineffectual would be a good thing strategically. That and I don't think anyone from Hell could get Castiel to spill and forget like that. ....She winced when she heard the tablet was broken.... HMMMM. IT IS MADE OF MUCH PONDERING I TELL YOU. *PONDERS*

-"You two are good?" Aw. See, there's Sam. Worried his brother's having an argument with his guardian angel friend and suddenly looking like he's had a punch to the emotional solar plexus. Seriously though, Sam. Timing. No interrupting your brother's emotional breakthroughs, m'kay? Sometimes you aren't directly involved in them and that's okay. *pats Sam*

And it's 2 AM on yet another work night, editing and coding tomorrow, coding shifted to Thursday night because it's after 1 AM again and the character count is over by about 20,000. *headdesk* ....And midnight Thursday and hitting post! Not the way I'd prefer to watch the show, but I will say it makes an episode last a really long time!

I think there was a repeat this Wednesday due to Thursday being Thanksgiving in the US, so we might see what further develops next week.

And now to catch up on my f-list....oh. Hi skip=150... O.O *thud*

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ph0enix_flyer From: ph0enix_flyer Date: November 23rd, 2012 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much did what you did when Cas angel'd up. I mean, WIIIIIINGS!
There were also so many emotional scenes for Dean in this episode, it's unreal. I almost felt sorry for Jensen having to churn it all out!

On a side note, I've seen a lot of people mention that they think the blue eyes thing is a new power of Castiel's. Me? I don't think so.
On all of the other occasions that we have seen the shadows of Cas' wings, he was connected to Heaven and at full power (or being blasted to Oz by a sigil, but I digress). This time, he's not. Not to mention he's weakened even more from Purgatory. It seemed to me that, in order to put on a show and intimidate Crowley into fleeing, Cas had to bring his true form much closer to the surface and that was the reason for the pyrotechnics.
Either that, or it's simply because the CGI has done a massive jump this season and they wanted to show off. XD

Am I allowed to speculate here? Because if Metatron turns up as a certain book-writing nerd, I reserve the right to claim that I'm the one who called it.

Edited at 2012-11-23 09:07 am (UTC)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 24th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I've seen a lot of people mention that they think the blue eyes thing is a new power of Castiel's.

Nah, he just hasn't had much of a chance to flex his angel-powers on-screen. Thought showing off with the CGI is always appreciated.

Am I allowed to speculate here?

Speculation is fine as long as it's not based on any rumours, spoilers, advertising, casting or actor schedules, etc.

if Metatron turns up as a certain book-writing nerd, I reserve the right to claim that I'm the one who called it.

Pretty sure that got called in several fannish places back in Season 4 and 5 while Chuck was still kicking around on-screen. ;-)
ph0enix_flyer From: ph0enix_flyer Date: November 25th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... that might've just been the people on TV Fanatic who thought that, then. Either way, it was beyond freaking cool. :P

Oh, that's good. XD
My only other bit of speculation, besides Chuck, is that I'm willing to bet that there will be a tablet on Heaven too. If there is a means of closing the gates of Hell, surely the gates of Heaven can be closed for good too? It'd certainly go a long way to explaining WHY Naomi (and the rest of Heaven, if that really is her true affiliation) has such a vested interest in following the Winchesters' quest for the tablets.
Doesn't explain WHY she's using Cas the way she is, as if that is the reason, he'd help her willingly and there'd be no need to play Memory Shuffle. But it's early days in the season yet.

I thought everyone thought Chuck was God, back then? Eh, regardless, everyone seems to agree that he is SOMETHING more special than a mere Prophet.
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 25th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seeing Castiel power up was a treat especially as we weren't sure just how long he could keeping it up.
percysowner From: percysowner Date: November 23rd, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit that the complete disregard for the life of the possessed people is bugging me. It was really bad because they had complete and total proof that, yes, someone can be possessed and come out unharmed. The daycare worker was fine and Mrs. Tran was fine. So why they didn't decide to try and save the guy in the trunk via exorcism is beyond me. I mean after all Sam is the evilest evil who ever eviled because he killed the possessed nurse, they can't spend 10 minutes trying to save Mr. No Name possessed guy. Really the only times we have seen them trying to save the human was 1) Lisa and 2) Ye old serial killer who ended up missing his demon. Everyone else need not apply.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 24th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
It's something they're going to have to deal with at some point. It's becoming too obviously dichotomous lately to not be dealt with or explained.
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 24th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
They need a "tell". Something they can observe which gives them a reason to believe there is a point to trying to save the person's body. It is reasonable to assume that the demon doesn't care about the host and will maliciously make it uninhabitable for the soul therefore killing the body is a mercy killing releasing the soul from torment. Of course your clever writer could revisit someone they have "saved" only to learn the individual would have preferred to die than deal with the aftermath - say something on the order Sam suffered after being freed for Lucifer.
From: sssshup Date: November 24th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree but in this case it just seemed strategic--coldly strategic. If exorcised minion would be on the bullet train to hell, where first thing he'd do is ring Crowley up to warn him hoping to be spared a horrible death for ratting him out in the first place, maybe he could say he lured them so Crowley could dispose of them. Knowing Crowley it wouldn't work but dude had very few options. Remember what happened in Jus in Bello when the one demon escaped and warned Lillith-not pretty.
percysowner From: percysowner Date: November 24th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Except the escaped demon probably had nothing to do with Lilith killing the people at the police station. Ruby was working with Lilith. She was trying to corrupt Sam. If he did what she wanted she was one step closer toward getting him to use his powers and drink her blood. If he didn't then Lilith comes storming in so Ruby can prove that following her will save people and again make Sam trust her enough to drink demon blood.

The show wants it both ways. If Sam does it then it is a wrong bad action. If Dean does it, then it is strategic and no problemo. The double standard bugs me incredibly.
borgmama1of5 From: borgmama1of5 Date: November 23rd, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yet again to blow my mind with your predictions of where things are going...and they did!

(Conspiracy thought--are you a sock puppet account for Jeremy Carver? Nah...That's too far out, right? :P )
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 24th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, no Jeremy here. XD
irismay42 From: irismay42 Date: November 23rd, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Castiel's wiiiiiings were definitely the highlight of the ep for me! I think they kind of diluted the character a lot since season 4, necessarily, to make him easier to write into the show for one thing, but I do miss me some wrath of God, badass Castiel! And the whole, "You can't save everyone," speech was something someone should have said to Dean years ago! (Compare the scenes in Djinn-world in WIAWSNB when Dean's basically pondering on what would happen if he wasn't a hunter and DIDN'T save everyone.) I really loved how Castiel went straight to the core of (one of) Dean's (many) hangups.

Naomi's pretty damn tantalising. I did wonder whether the mention of Chuck was deliberate and maybe he's the one who sent Naomi to keep a closer eye on the Winchesters. But I think maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

And yes, this ep was not too awful at all, considering the writers really aren't my favourites!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 24th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Speaking as a roleplayer, it's hard to have a celestial or super-powered character in a game/story with mostly regular human characters, because there always has to be reasons why the powerful character isn't fixing everything, and why the regular characters are active and viable forces in the story.

The show has done pretty well with character balance in that regard, although Castiel was perforce diluted via several means, or made inaccessible or unreliable (both physically by reducing his powers to almost nothing after he turned himself into an angel-bomb, and socially through mistrust with the Crowley alliance). In a set up like this, one powerful character with others who aren't so much, the powerful character more often gets tempered down to fit the level of the less-powerful, rather than the less-powerful ones suddenly getting super-powered. Though we've had that too!

Regardless, Sam and Dean aren't exactly weaklings, but the things they're up against require a heavy-hitting tank to deal with sometimes, and Castiel comes in handy there.

Naomi... very interesting development there. Much pondering material. I think though once they came back in with the Prophet angle, Chuck would be getting name-tagged. Whether we find out for sure what that end of season 5 business was about in full remains to be seen. Naomi could be a benign force or a malignant one, and so far the way the scene was played, either way is a definite possibility.
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 25th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes they ran into the power problem with the antichrist Jesse. But I would still like them to bring Jesse back - I think he could be fun, particularly if he decided to give trickstering a try.
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 24th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
When Castiel disappeared at the beginning of season 7, he left a power void in Heaven - somebody obviously filled it. It is interesting that Castiel does not recognize them. Castiel was of the military class - as their civil war took out many of them, perhaps another class of angel has taken over - a more bureaucratic branch? After all you probably need more than cupids & soldiers to run an afterlife. Sadly it wasn't brotherly love that made them rescue Castiel but the question is how do they stand on the Winchesters' quest. Someone pointed out to me that closing the gates of Hell might make it impossible to send souls to Hell who belong there. So we may be seeing Death weigh in on this one, or at least the reapers. So what's advance placement Kevin's memory like? Can he remember enough to do without the other half of the tablet? He is certainly angry enough to try.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 24th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still sort of wondering if it is Heaven or someone else. Regardless, between the Apocalypse and fighting and various political machinations and whatnot and then Castiel's purge at the start of season 7, Heaven's angel population took a massive hit. If they haven't figured out a way to repopulate, they're at risk of any number of outside forces trying to take over. If it is Heaven, well, I have theories about that, but they're percolating. I don't doubt Death and the reapers will be putting in an appearance of some sort.

I have a vain hope that to repopulate, they'll be uplifting human souls that have gone to Heaven, making a possibility of anyone who's died coming back as an angel (I'm sure some candidates spring to mind) but I don't know if that will happen. It would fit the show mechanic that just about every monster used to be human once.

Kevin managed demon-bombs by memory, so depending how the tablet broke and if the language is read in any linear direction, he could manage quite a lot.

It'll be interesting to see what develops.
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 25th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
For a cool theory on how angels might reproduce you can check out The Shattered One on fanfiction.net. The author came up with a version of mpreg that didn't make him/her gag. Apparently avoiding that which makes you squink is good for creative thinking.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: November 24th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did so love seeing Cas with wings again, that will never become old. Naomi is certainly intriguing (and I love the Amanda Tapping - Sanctuary!!), though the jury is out on which side of the fence she stands - heaven/hell or in between. I would love a little more about the power structure in heaven, but who knows if that will fall out (no pun intended). I am wondering how purgatory is organized as well.

I have always seen hell as very structured, and the same with heaven (though perhaps not as bureaucratically mired as Crowley's;) I still think of the labyrinth from Hellraiser when I picture hell, but that is my own fevered brain.

On a side note - I also love Mrs. Tran;) And you can probably tell I have had too much coffee can't you?
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 25th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I figured Naomi must be being played by someone known from something else, just not something I recognized. I think Purgatory is fairly organization-free, except for 'biggest predator wins (which goes a long way to explaining how Dean survived)' and Leviathans are allowed to do pretty much anything they please.

I still think of the labyrinth from Hellraiser when I picture hell, but that is my own fevered brain.

I haven't seen Hellraiser, but I suspect that whole 'chains and hooks over the abyss' might be a bit reminiscent? ;-D

On a side note - I also love Mrs. Tran;)

Mrs. Tran rocks indeed. There should be icons.

And you can probably tell I have had too much coffee can't you?

No, actually. Also, there is no such thing as too much coffee. Well there is, but it's a target rather than a limit. Whereas currently I am having the first cup of tea I've had since the 12th. Gaaaah.
samalander_dawn From: samalander_dawn Date: November 25th, 2012 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I swear I have seen that table somewhere
Also that bear carving with the sign? ringing so many bells I can hardly think
Mrs. Tran - awesome, but naive as all heck

this episode....this needed to happen for Dean. To hear from someone he couldn't just dismiss as 'oh I changed your diapers' or 'oh you father figure you' that you can't make choices for someone else. That free will is for everyone, not just him and those who he thinks are currently making the right choices.
I mean sure, he couldn't handle that sheer force of will wasn't going to make Cas make the choice Dean wanted him to so he rewrote what actually happened until he could blame himself, but hey that's Dean :)

it should be interesting to see where things go from here
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 25th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't blame anyone from thinking they had been beamed up after seeing that table. It has to come from some spaceship/station set.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 25th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm thinking the table is from Stargate somewhere. Not sure about the bear holding the sign though.

Mrs. Tran is awesome, and she's new, and she and Kevin have been operating without any contacts in the hunting world that could tell them what's a bad idea (although when you're hiding out from everyone, contacting anyone is a major risk)

To hear from someone he couldn't just dismiss as 'oh I changed your diapers' or 'oh you father figure you' that you can't make choices for someone else. That free will is for everyone, not just him and those who he thinks are currently making the right choices.

Yes, and well-said.

It should be interesting indeed.
bistokids From: bistokids Date: November 25th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic to see this - I've been refreshing for about a week now! :D

This Naomi business has got me wondering - if they got Cas out, they could have got Dean out, yes? So they chose not to. And then I wonder - maybe Sam did try to help Dean, maybe even by enlisting the help of angels (given that Crowley had ruled himself out as an ally and we know Sam knows how to summon angels), and he just doesn't remember doing so because they've enabled the Memory Wipe of Dooooom on him too. Possible?

(And if it is possible, I've got umpteen side-theories about Amelia!)
x_cat11 From: x_cat11 Date: November 25th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget Benny - "they" told him about the rift. Who exactly are "they"? Maybe Benny was plan A and when Cas didn't go for it, it was necessary to go to plan B - drag him out kicking & screaming.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 25th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a good point. Who are 'they' and why do they know about the human-rift, and why did they tell Benny?
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 25th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
This Naomi business has got me wondering - if they got Cas out, they could have got Dean out, yes? So they chose not to.

I think if Castiel was that much of a struggle to get out, they might not have been able to get Dean out too, particularly if he was insisting Benny come too, or possibly that their route out was angels-only. A Sam that had tried to help Dean but can't remember due to memory-wipe would be a very interesting Sam indeed.
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