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25 April 2011 @ 06:31 pm
SPN: "Frontierland" Episode Review + Meta  
Supernatural 6.18 "Frontierland"

Researching ways about killing the Mother, the Winchesters and Bobby come across something called The Phoenix which, with the ashes of the Phoenix, is the only thing that can actual kill her. Dean comes across the diary of Samuel Colt and believes that by traveling back to the old west of 1861, they can track down Samuel Colt in finding this Phoenix and bringing the ashes back to present day. They call upon Castiel to do this, unfortunately because of the massive time jump they have exactly twenty-four hours to get the job done. Meanwhile, Castiel deals with accusations and a fatal confrontation with his most loyal soldier in his guerrilla army, he kills her but not before suffering from an injury. Back in the Old West, Dean plays sheriff and confronts the Phoenix while Sam goes off to find Samuel Colt to alert him of their situation. When he finds him, Samuel Colt is less than impressed or enthused by the idea and says that he's a retired from hunting, leaving Sam in quite a predicament.

Back in present time, Castiel tells Bobby that since he's been weakened he cannot bring Sam and Dean back unless he is to perform a dangerous procedure to rev himself up: touching Bobby's soul. The end has Dean killing the Phoenix, however they are brought back to present time before gathering up the ashes....until a package arrives to them hundreds of years from the past via Samuel Colt, as he collected the ashes and saved it for them all this time.

This episode was quite an interesting one, definite fun for the boys going back into the Old West and seeing them attempting to blend in, plus seeing Samuel Colt. However, the real show-stealer was Castiel and the mystery surrounding what he's been up to which makes me, and many others, very worried on his behalf....


Samuel Colt and The Colt

I'll be honest, I was slightly disappointed we didn't see more of Samuel Colt and his methods and tactics. He seemed like such an experienced and skilled hunter himself, based not only on hunter legend but also from what we saw. Him being unfazed by the two demons and him killing them without hesitating, then sadfacing because his bottle of alcohol got busted (him and Bobby would get along famously, I betcha anything), that was pretty damn cool considering. But I wished we could have gotten more background on him in general, particularly regarding the huge iron devil's trap railroad with the Devil's Gate, how exactly was that placed there, how did he know, etc and so forth. Nevertheless though, seeing him even for that short amount of time was kind of sweet. His interaction with Sam was hilarious, mostly because, like with the demons, he was unfazed by seeing a futuristic "giant with a magic brick" stepping into his house.

Secondly...I'm actually wondering, where is the Colt in present day? Do they even have it since last season when they attempted to kill Lucifer? Dean acted like he hadn't seen the Colt in some time so, it makes me really very curious on this and whether they'll bring it up again.


Castiel: His "Dirty Little Secret" and the Pressures of War


not just the light in his eyes, but his veins too. O_O


While we aren't given the full details on what he's been doing, we're given a glimpse, just like in the previous episode, that Castiel hasn't been entirely truthful about what he's been doing which causes major suspicions amongst those he's recruited. The fact that one of his trusted lieutenants was shocked in disbelief that what was rumored to be true and was willing to kill him in ceasing whatever Castiel is doing must be something pretty damn huge. Of course, this is only an implication and we can think of the utmost worst case scenarios and theories since we don't know exactly what he has done. It definitely has to do with the human soul, and from what we see in this episode is that Castiel used Bobby's soul as a way of revving himself up to get Sam and Dean back from the 1861, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to do so on his own since he was weakened from the confrontation with Rachel.

The most common theory is that Castiel is using human souls as a way of revving himself up to go up against Raphael, and since Castiel revealed that the human soul is pure energy, this seems to be a legitimate reason to be morally conflicted about and for others to be upset once discovering this is what Castiel is doing to himself. Because Rachel did say, "look at what you're becoming" to which Castiel answered, "I don't have a choice."

Fandom seems to be going back and forth in debating whether or not Castiel is turning Dark Side, and I think the answer is pretty damn obvious. Of course he's not. Castiel is at war, and those pressures of this war are making him do things that he normally would never consider if it means that he wins. Remember that Castiel has been at this war for approximately two years with absolutely nothing to be achieved. Sometimes in war, one has to make certain sacrifices, certain compromises even if it goes against everything they once believed in, and that's the heavy weight on his shoulders. He's physically and emotionally drained from this, he's tired, exhausted; it's clear he gets absolutely no pleasure in whatever he's doing and at this point, it seems like he's almost ready to give up. Just seeing that present in this episode, and from the previous episodes, hurts my heart too much. ;___;

Now the question is how did he get influenced by this? Was it Balthazar, hence why they're suddenly working together? At what point did Castiel decide to go this destructive route? What did he compromise with? If this is about human souls revving up angels, how come it wasn't introduced in the show before? Is there something more taboo about it in the angel society than we believe it to be (i.e. angels are pure energy themselves, so using human souls to make them more powerful is prohibited much like not possessing a human vessel until the human themselves give permission)? More importantly, what will happen when the truth is finally revealed?

I will say that I am deeply emotionally attached to Castiel, I am invested with his character arc and I swear, if they make it seem like Castiel is the bad guy heads will roll. Destroying characterization is not the same as having a fascinating character arc and development.


Memorable Moments of the Episode:

++ The Western title sequence was awesome. I knew they were gonna pay tribute to the classic westerns in this episode.

++ Still kind of disappointed there was no Firefly reference anywhere, though. It would have been nice if Dean would have mentioned something about space cowboys, particularly because he has a fetish for westerns and all. Granted, he might just like the classic old movies, but it would have been a nice shoutout nonetheless. ^_^

++ I loved the interactions in this episode, the dialogue was witty and fast-paced. I don't know why but I prefer it like that, because it makes us see the kind of relationship these characters have together.

++ RACHEL WAS AWESOME, IDGAF. HBIC RIGHT THERE. \O/ Calling out the Winchesters was absolutely marvelous, made me love her immediately because she was saying exactly what we were all thinking. I think the brothers need more than just one smack upside the head with this kind of honest talk about how they've been treating Castiel. I already wrote this in my previous post, but Rachel was certainly the Cordelia Chase-like character I wished could have stuck around more. I mean seriously show, would it hurt you to write at least one decent female character and kept her around? JFC.

++ "Is it customary to wear a blanket?" Oh Cas, you're so adorable ilu. ♥ Oh, and this:



++ Oh Dean. I love that Dean gets deflated when he soon realizes that the Old West isn't exactly like it is in the movies, the comments about the "blanet" and about his clothes being too clean, and of course when entering the saloon the women weren't clean and certainly weren't pretty. Dean Winchester just got dosed with historical accuracy, because back then things weren't pretty and shiny and neat. But I liked that he got his spirits up again when he became sheriff and played out the old west showdown in the end via the Colt.

++ Sad that Dean didn't get to ride a horse, however Sam being hesitant and Dean wincing going, "poor horse" had me cracking up. XD

++ CAS, WHY MUST YOU BREAK MY HEART INTO TEENY TINY PIECES? D: D: D: D: D: D: D:



SERIOUSLY, HOW CAN ANYONE EVEN REMOTELY SUGGEST THAT HE'S TURNING EVEN WHEN HE LOOKS LIKE THAT? ;___;

++ I wasn't worried about Castiel dying, however I still GASPED OUT LOUD when we saw his grace leaking from the wound. D: And when he fell at Bobby's pretty much wounded but still able to make that sigil, and then barely could stand on his own weight. Yeah. I just about was all OMG CAS! *reaches out to hold him*

++ I loved the scenes with Castiel and Bobby. Although it wasn't nearly enough as I would have liked there to be between them, I liked that Bobby helped Castiel recover after he pretty much collapsed inside of his home, and that he took care of him in that sense. I mean, him resting his hand on Castiel when he attempted to get up was very touching, imo. And Castiel thanking him and just, awwww. ♥ We need more of these two bonding and stuff. I feel like they can relate to one another because of how they've often been mistreated by the Winchesters for their own personal convenience and whatnot.

++ CLASSIC CASTIEL BITCHFACE:



He really was definitely worn out and fried, Dean. Can't you see just from his body language alone? Jfc, dude. Just hug your angel already, goddamn. :(

++ What's interesting is when Castiel says, "I'm never doing that again." Never doing what again? What does this mean? Never touching their souls specifically? Never touching souls again period? What does it meeeaaannn?!


Overall: I really liked this episode. It seems like these last several episodes of the season are gonna be the only worthwhile episodes to watch and be invested in, which has been a long time coming for this season alone. I knew I would enjoy the Western episode however I didn't expect it to be as emotional with the Castiel stuff as implied from the episode descriptions. I liked the transitioning between the Old West and present day of the two separate storylines going on, liked seeing the Winchesters in cowboy gear, Samuel Colt should have played a bigger role than it was implied but he did play a vital role in getting the Phoenix's ashes to them in present day, Dean as sheriff was great, and just everything else was fantastic. Also? I appreciate all the fabulous shots of Misha's face in this episode. That goes without saying obviously but still, damn he looked absolutely fine. *___* /shallow fangirl moment

Of course I'm anxiously waiting for 6.20 to get here. But that's because it's Castiel-centric and I just wanna know all the answers that we're not getting!
 
 
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Kevin Jonesmulder200 on April 26th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
++ What's interesting is when Castiel says, "I'm never doing that again." Never doing what again? What does this mean? Never touching their souls specifically? Never touching souls again period? What does it meeeaaannn?!

Ah yes! THAT is the big mystery. All I can say is it better be something good because all this build up is killing me!

Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on April 26th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
It was very cryptic and it leaves us wondering, and they're teasing us for what will be revealed in 6.20. I just wanna know now, dammit!
Cugami: I don't understandcugami on April 26th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
I think the never doing that again is sending Dean and Sam back without Cas along with them :3 Because he certainly isn't about to stop at anything to win this war, so it can't be the use of the human souls at this point.

I just want the show to have a decent resolution on Cas. Well, ok, I bet they're going to kill us with a cliffhanger. But at the VERY least, Dean and Sam should own up to their dickassery. :/
fate_incomplete: Cas blow mefate_incomplete on April 26th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
I was going to comment with something thoughtful, but the classic Cas bitchface gif sort of caught my attention and won't let it go....

He's physically and emotionally drained from this, he's tired, exhausted; it's clear he gets absolutely no pleasure in whatever he's doing and at this point, it seems like he's almost ready to give up.

He is just so exhuasted, makes me wish even more that we had seen what he has been up against to make him like that.

I don't think he will be going darkside, there's a difference between doing shit 'casue he is evil and doing what he think is necessary as you have said. The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but I hope the writers don't make that big a jump with his character. I'm hopeful that even if he does soemthing really regreatable, they will take his story arc down the repentence road, after all they have done it with Sammy more than once and Dean after he was torturing in hell. If they do that, as heartbreaking as it may be, it will be an interesting stroyline. I am still hoping Dean will finally pull his head out of his ass and help Cas though, and talk him out of doing whatever he is doing rather than just turing on him. Cas really doesn't want to be doing whatever it is afterall, maybe they can help find an alternative for him.

well what do you know I had thinky thoughts after all... the last two episodes have been much better then most of the rest of the season, these last few eps will hopefully keep getting better now that they are finally back to more of Cas's story.
Renée: Castiel. Angels bleed too.rogueslayer452 on April 26th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
He is just so exhuasted, makes me wish even more that we had seen what he has been up against to make him like that.

We'll be getting more explanation with his episode next week, however the unfortunate case is that they rarely show much about Castiel's arc. Last season they barely showed any of his mission searching for God, which I thought would have been great to see at least one episode featuring him on his journey. At least this season we have a Cas-centric episode. That's something.

If they do that, as heartbreaking as it may be, it will be an interesting stroyline. I am still hoping Dean will finally pull his head out of his ass and help Cas though, and talk him out of doing whatever he is doing rather than just turing on him. Cas really doesn't want to be doing whatever it is afterall, maybe they can help find an alternative for him.

This, just all of this. I really want this to happen, because it would make Dean in-character and redeem him from all the dickish attitude he's had towards Cas all season long. I hope he sees how desperate Castiel has become in this war, something he should have seen previously, and would want to help him in any way possible. Because that's what friends do for each other.

And ITA, even though this is a heartbreaking turn for Castiel's character it's an interesting one, and hopefully this will strengthen his character in terms of arc and development.
kaiyotekaiyote on April 26th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
What I'm wondering is what happened to the Colt in the past. I mean, I might've missed it, but shouldn't Dean still have it with him in present day, lol. Or did he drop it? Or...? What exactly happened there. Also I think some people speculated that the Colt got left in 5x10... but I thought Bobby used it to shoot Samifer in 5x22? Who knows! (lol, I wouldn't be surprised if the writers didn't either. I mean even Jeremy said when writing 4x03 he never thought about keeping count of the bullets, so~)

I still don't think Cas is using the souls to power himself up. idk, they just seem like a huge power source in general, so I think he's probably using them more as weapons themselves... also, it would just piss me off if they're having Cas = S4!Sam with him using souls as Sam used demon blood. Ugh, idk, I just really hate that idea. Partly because WE'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. THINK OF SOMETHING NEW.

I also really don't think Balthazar is like responsible or the cause behind Cas using the souls. Because I really don't think Balthazar is even there that much helping with the war. Like when Cas needs something from him, especially things he can't ask any other angel to do? Yeah, sure. But idk... the idea that he liked ~corrupted Cas~ into using the souls... no. DNW. I think what happened is Cas probably realized that the only way he's going to win is if he completely forgoes the moral high ground and does whatever he has to. Unless, of course, it harms Dean and Sam...

I find it very interesting that Cas says he never wants to do that again. And by that I think he just means powering himself up via souls. But that whole line just implies to me that while he might not want to, he might eventually have to. IDK.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on April 26th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm not crazy about this soul business, for a number of reasons.

they just seem like a huge power source in general, so I think he's probably using them more as weapons themselves...

Which might be even worse. What exactly happens to these souls? Are they destroyed? Or does just having more in Heaven in general give Heaven more power? I just wonder if Castiel is hand pulling souls, or if it's just more of a general thing.

also, it would just piss me off if they're having Cas = S4!Sam with him using souls as Sam used demon blood

Yes. Please, no. I swear, I will never be able to stop laughing (in a tragic way) if we get "the angel that's addicted to soul power".
Renée: Castiel. Whumped :(rogueslayer452 on April 26th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
I mean, I might've missed it, but shouldn't Dean still have it with him in present day, lol. Or did he drop it? Or...? What exactly happened there.

Dean dropped it. When the clock was chiming Sam and Dean were rushing to get the ashes, and we see him drop it on the ground (the camera focuses on it for a second) which is to imply that after they disappeared the town believed that Samuel Colt killed the Phoenix. I guess.

I still don't think Cas is using the souls to power himself up. idk, they just seem like a huge power source in general, so I think he's probably using them more as weapons themselves

But it begs the question how he might be using them as weapons, because I can't really see how they can be used against Raphael in such a fashion. I don't know. The entire concept is confusing for me until we get more information about what is really happening.

I also really don't think Balthazar is like responsible or the cause behind Cas using the souls. Because I really don't think Balthazar is even there that much helping with the war. Like when Cas needs something from him, especially things he can't ask any other angel to do? Yeah, sure. But idk... the idea that he liked ~corrupted Cas~ into using the souls... no. DNW.

Yeah, I'm inclined to agree to, and not just because I've grown fond of Balthazar as a character, but also mostly because he and Cas have a certain bond that is unlike one we've seen between Cas and any of the other angels. Although I can't help but think of all the possible scenarios, because that's how I kind of narrow everything down. Balthazar himself is rather morally ambiguous and he has dealt with bargaining with human souls as seen in his first appearance in this season, however I think he cares too much for Castiel to let him go down that kind of path. If he does know about Castiel doing whatever he's doing with souls then, well, I don't know.

THIS WHOLE THING IS MAKING MY BRAIN HURT WITH THINKING ABOUT ALL THESE SCENARIOS AND THINGS. ALL MY PRECIOUS CHARACTERS BEING MORALLY CONFLICTED AND I JUST, GAAHHHHH!

I find it very interesting that Cas says he never wants to do that again. And by that I think he just means powering himself up via souls. But that whole line just implies to me that while he might not want to, he might eventually have to. IDK.

Yeah. It's such a cryptic line and since we all know that Castiel is backed into a corner, he might not want to do any of this but will have to eventually because that's what being in a war does to people. You'll have to do things you never thought you'd ever commit, and I think Castiel is realizing the weight of this responsibility he has in this war. :(
kaiyotekaiyote on April 26th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
Oh! See I totally missed that, lol!

I kind of thought that they might be using them as a sort of bomb? 'cause if souls really are power, wouldn't simply hurling it at an enemy be like throwing a stick of dynamite at them? IDK. But the more I think about this whole soul business, the less it makes sense to me. Because if gleaning power off of them in a human body needs to be done so carefully as to not cause the host to explode? Then how the hell did Famine manage to eat them? Like, yeah, they weren't in human bodies at the time, so no exploding there, but wouldn't that be just slightly dangerous? Or storing them in briefcases for example?

I also can't buy this idea because it generally makes Balthazar out to be either someone who wants the souls for his own nefarious purposes or like he wants to win the war... for his own nefarious purposes. Which... what? That just makes Balthazar too ambitious to me when I really haven't seen anything from him that would make me see him that way.

I do think Balthazar has to know Cas is using the souls though... like how could he not with him having unsunk the Titanic? Maybe Cas didn't tell him why he needed that to happen, but Balthazar must know what's going on... but as you said, Balthazar is morally ambiguous, so I don't think he'd see anything terribly wrong with using the souls? (Especially as I think Balthazar was using souls to supplement the grace he should've lost from skipping out on Heaven.) He probably also already understands that whatever Cas is doing to win the war isn't him turning evil (which I definitely think he would try to prevent), but him having to do whatever's necessary to ensure Raphael doesn't win.

I think Castiel is realizing the weight of this responsibility he has in this war.

:( This makes me think of his line to Dean at the end of 4x07 when he said he didn't envy the weight on Dean's shoulders.

This whole discussion about the souls is getting me super worried now as I just remembered something Death said... like "follow the souls"? Which is kind of pointing to Cas now and... ugh. :\
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Between us.rogueslayer452 on April 26th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
I kind of thought that they might be using them as a sort of bomb? 'cause if souls really are power, wouldn't simply hurling it at an enemy be like throwing a stick of dynamite at them? IDK.

Considering that's how Cas describes it to Bobby when he talks about touching his soul, although I don't see how that could possibly work in that way? I don't know either, bb. The entire thing just gives me a headache because I'm trying to understand how it would even work, but it just doesn't make sense.

He probably also already understands that whatever Cas is doing to win the war isn't him turning evil (which I definitely think he would try to prevent), but him having to do whatever's necessary to ensure Raphael doesn't win.

This is what I'm thinking too, because it seems like the most plausible thing considering their relationship and how deep their history is with each other. Balthazar wouldn't want Castiel to go down such a dark path, even if he tried to get Castiel to join his side in 6.03. I think he understands how big this war is and how important it is to Cas, he wouldn't want to trick him into anything of that nature.

This whole discussion about the souls is getting me super worried now as I just remembered something Death said... like "follow the souls"? Which is kind of pointing to Cas now and... ugh. :\

This is me right now:



I seriously have so many feelings and thoughts and I just...I want 6.20 here now so we know and understand and get some answers, dammit. And I also want to be reassured that Castiel and the boys will be alright in the end. Just, please. Please show.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on April 26th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I've pretty much said everything I have to say about this ep already.

I'm actually wondering, where is the Colt in present day?

You and me both. If they lost it in S5, a FREAKING MENTION IN S5 OF LOSING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE. I actually went back and checked in 5.10, and the gun is still in Dean's hand after Lucifer throws him across the field. I don't know why he would drop it after that.
Renée: Castiel. Searching for answers.rogueslayer452 on April 26th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
There's a thing about whether Bobby had it in the S5 finale, but if the Colt didn't work on Lucifer when he wasn't in his true vessel, why would it have worked when he was? They learned it pretty early that the Colt couldn't kill Lucifer, so idk. :/ This show rarely picks up on the things they always drop and ignore, it's irritating.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on April 26th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Even if it didn't kill Lucifer, I'm still annoyed they dropped it as a device. The boys use the demon killing knife to kill demons, why not use the Colt sometimes as well? And why act like it's lost now, if we never freaking saw them lose it?
Renée: Misha. O_Orogueslayer452 on April 27th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Another thing that bugs me is how come they can't use certain methods they tried before in their daily routine? What happened to exorcising demons instead of killing them (which in turn, kills the poor human they are possessing?) I know it takes longer than just ganking them, but still, they need to find other ways than just not acknowledging the human beings being caught in the crossfire like they used to do, you know? Hell, to save time they should just have the exorcism on tape like they did in "Jus In Bello".

idk, I think too much about this stuff because they introduce it, but never come back to it. It's like, what the hell dudes?
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexylove_jackianto on April 26th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Of course I'm anxiously waiting for 6.20 to get here. But that's because it's Castiel-centric and I just wanna know all the answers that we're not getting!
You and me both.