Supernatural Rewatch 4.02 - "Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester"
The titles of the episodes this season are much to be appreciated, just making note of that.
One thing I appreciated in this episode aside from the spirits of the Witnesses was that there were other hunters in the Supernatural universe. We were given note with it last season with Tamara and Isaac, Gordon and the retired hunter Rufus, though not much more than that (which I’m hoping will change with the fifth season, it would seem rather unfortunate to not involve more hunters into the fight). Just seeing that there were other hunters the boys didn’t know, and which Bobby did, getting killed was nice to see. Not that seeing them dead was nice, just the way it says they aren’t the only ones seen. It makes me wish the Roadhouse still remained intact, because that brought all hunters together in one place, making for nice refuge and information ground.
Just something I like seeing, and really want to see more of in the future.
Second episode of the season and mentioning of the Apocalypse and the Seals, they didn’t waste time getting things up and running, and I love that. I admit to squeeing like a mofo when Book of Revelation was mentioned, and then the furthering talk about it towards the end with Castiel giving more information, but more about that in a moment.
It’s interesting that there’s Rising of the Witnesses, one of the Sixty-Six Seals, being unleashed upon the hunters. It makes you wonder how many hunters had caught on to what was happening to survive. It also makes you wonder about the other Seals that had been broken since Dean had first broke the first Seal (and when, precisely, was that in real time instead of Hell time – but that will be for further discussion later). Either way, I liked how this introduction to the Seals was done, as in bringing back old faces again. Meg, Hendrickson and Ronald.
Though I am still vaguely confused. On one hand, I can understand a spirit being angry if something happened to them was unjust in a way, but it seems like these spirits were angry and generally pissed off at the Winchesters for things that was out of their hands. Meg was an unfortunate case, had they known she was possessed beforehand they would probably have saved her from being thrown out that window way back in season one. Hell, Dean had pushed to have the demon exorcised to save Meg despite the possibility that she would die because of those severe injuries – so on their behalf, it was a too late kind of deal. However Meg’s spirit was angry because they hadn’t gotten to her in time, which is slightly unfair considering that they had tried their best and she even thanked them for having the demon gone from inside of her and actually helped them in her last moments. I don’t know, I feel like there could at least have been something more of understanding – but angry spirits will be angry about those kinds of things, the “what ifs” and “could-have-beens” of situations which is probably why she blamed Dean and Sam. Same with Hendrickson and Ronald, wrong place at the wrong time, caught in the middle of something they weren’t prepared in getting involved with; hence the Witness part of the whole deal.
ETA: Apparently I had missed some vital information that the spell to raise the Witnesses essentially made them rapid, angrier than normal, to get back at the hunters. My bad for not paying attention to that bit, but that sometimes happens when I'm rewatching something and paying attention to other bits. Heh. Thanks to noybusiness for pointing this out to me.
It also rises the question of how much these spirits know about them – Hendrickson knew that Dean was saved and brought back from Hell, Meg knew of what Sam had been doing with Ruby. It makes you wonder if there’s gossip in the spirit world or just collective knowledge as time goes on. I only wished we could have gotten more backstory in regards to those two twin girl spirits haunting Bobby, which I can piece together what happened but it would actually be interesting than just the “he couldn’t save them in time” thing. Just saying, there may be more to that man than meets the eye.
Also, it would have been even more awesome had Jessica been present amongst the other Witnesses. Of course Adrianne Palicki wasn’t available due to schedule conflicts I’m presuming, which is understandable, though that would have been perfect. Getting underneath Sam’s skin, especially if she knew about Ruby. Could you imagine that confrontation?
The Panic Room is still an amazing creation; resourceful and productive, Bobby Singer continues to be awesome. Foreshadowing, too, for later episodes when they return to it.
Now, onward to the Apocalypse and the Book of Revelation.
I mentioned before that I enjoyed the introduction of theological themes in the show, and they didn’t skimp with it in this episode and really just gave us a taste for what is to come for the rest of the season. The start of this episode has Dean questioning whether Castiel truly is an angel or not, arguing with Sam because Sam believes in God and Heaven and in angels whereas Dean does not, something interesting which adds to Dean’s own development this season with his struggle of finding faith and belief. We then have them dealing with one of the Seals which they figure out how to place those spirits to rest, though unfortunately, as it is revealed as Castiel appears to Dean at the end of the episode, doesn’t change the fact that the Seal had been opened anyway.
I do admit I was very pleased and relieved to see Castiel on my screen again. I knew I was getting captivated by his character because being so earlier into the season he was drawing my attention more and more each time (though it’s very unfortunate that this was the episode that sprouting many of the “chapped lips” references in fanfics, which is very fucking annoying to see in every single fic I come across; is it Misha’s fault that he had to endure the climate changes in Canada? Sheesh people).
There’s no need to voice how much I loved the Dean and Castiel interaction in that ending scene. In a way, the title reference really does work – originally I had thought that if they were going to use that title play, it would have been better had Dean actually gone through some soul-searching, but looking at it now it works, particularly in context with his words and questions in this episode which does go with him actually contemplating the existence of higher celestial beings which, again, the beginnings of his development for the season.
But I think the moment that I loved from this entire episode is this bit from Castiel, which is the line that fully convinced me that I loved this new character completely:
"You think the armies of Heaven should just follow you around? There's a bigger picture here. You should show me some respect. I dragged you out of Hell, I can throw you back in."From some viewpoints people thought Castiel was being too harsh on Dean or what he said was uncalled for. I beg to differ.
This is precisely what Dean needed to have to straighten up his attitude around this fierce being before him, to realize that he is, in fact, an angel and he has business to do that doesn't necessarily revolve around him and his brother all the time. In fact, when Castiel was trying to tell Dean that Heaven had tried to prevent Seals from being opened Dean actually rolled his eyes at him, scoffing at the angel. I don't think he intentionally meant to, but he seemed to have forgotten what kind of otherworldly being he was dealing with.
I mean, I love Dean to death but sometimes he inserts his foot into his mouth far too often, and in this case he pushed further than he should have and in my opinion, got what he deserved.
Castiel made it very clear that he and his brothers were out on the battlefield fighting other matters that fit into the bigger picture which seems to go over Dean’s head, and that is what made him frustrated. It actually makes me a bit frustrated sometimes because it feels like neither of the boys seems to understand that larger scheme of things, mainly where the Apocalypse is concerned. It affects everybody, not just them. Which is why Castiel has no obligation to be perching on anyone’s shoulder and stopping any kind of trouble that occurs there, like he mentioned. It was giving Dean a hardcore reality check that just because he was saved doesn’t mean he should use that as an excuse, or think that he’s that special to have angels behind his back the entire time. We learn more about that later, of the morality issues and conflictions within Heaven and their orders and true intentions, but I do think that, overall, this was something valuable to be learned.
Angels are fierce. They are dangerous badass motherfuckers who you do not want to mess with, being warriors and soldiers with jobs to do they will smite first and (probably) ask questions later. I truly do believe that Castiel, at this point making his second appearance, would have followed through with such a threat had he not begun to become personally affected and attached to his human charge, which I think starts around the next episode, "In The Beginning". In fact, when Castiel made that threat he was not only invading his personal space
(Also, it's a nice parallel between threats, demon!Seelix in the premiere made such a threat to send Dean back to Hell which he simply didn't believe, being a low-ranking demon and all; however with Castiel, the moment he stated this dangerously Dean backed off, because he didn't know what Castiel was and had never dealt with such a force like him before, which is something to remember for in the future methinks...don't be going scoffing at beings you don't know of their full capabilities).
This was also a clear message to not only Dean, but also to the audience, of what kind of beings we’re dealing with here. These are not the kind-hearted, fluffy and cute versions of angels many are used to. These are the true, biblical scary versions – which I love and have much respect for the show for keeping it like that.
Also, I need to point out that "read the Bible" line wasn’t a conversion attempt which yes, I have read some people referring to anything religion-related as conversion in their show or whatever. For research purposes, it can be very helpful and intriguing to find out precisely what these versions of angels, and even the Book of Revelation, mean and how it can help us speculate what might occur for the rest of the season/series. It’s better to be educated and knowledgeable than stay in ignorance of these kinds of things. Just saying.
In any case, I think it's safe to say that what made this episode for me was pretty much the ending, that and some of the questionings and religion and the existence of Heaven and God, which isn't necessarily elementary because they are essential to trying to at least understand what is happening.
In addition to all my tl;dr Castiel talk above, TODAY IS MISHA COLLINS' BIRTHDAY! To the most lovable and adorable crackiest man who pretty much is a Mary Sue in real life, hope you have the bestest birthdays ever. Filled with candy and presents and magical invisible crony ponies that sparkle and will help you rule the world! Or something, I don't know. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THE BESTEST AND FIERCEST NEW CHARACTER TO THE SHOW, MISH MISH, AND YOUR ADVENTURES IN LIFE WHICH MAKE MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNWORTHY OF YOUR OWN. I ENVY BECAUSE I LOVE. ♥__♥