So from what I gather via snippets of Speight interviews that I had no interest in reading but which ended up on twitter, or fandom commentary that I eye-rolled hard at, this was an episode that was supposed to concentrate to some extent on Sam and Gabriel bonding, which IMO went over like a lead balloon. I don't think any average person watching this episode, who doesn't keep up with bad fan fic or douchey actor interviews, would have even realized that's what they were supposed to be doing. Jared fails at certain things Jensen is just a natural at, and bonding with guest stars is right up there with doing stunts that only Jensen can do. But maybe that's just what a certain part of fandom wants to believe, and Speight is sucking up to that fandom. I don't know, but I wasn't feeling it.
And the stupid thing is that I really hate Speight and Gabe so much that I wouldn't care he and Sam became butt buddies. But that's honestly not how it came off at all.
On the one hand there may have been a decent story here about Norse mythology and how Gabe became the Trickster, but the problem is that it ended up in a hot mess episode, and Meredith Glynn is a bad writer, bottom line. But what really pissed me off is seeing how Dabb and Singer went out of their way to hand-deliver what was clearly a personal vanity project for a freaking guest star who definitely thinks way too much of himself. Not only is it all about douchey Gabe, but Speight directs and plays two parts, and it was embarrassing.
I therefore half wonder if Dean's episode-long attitude of so-over-it annoyance was all scripted, or if a little of that was what Jensen himself was feeling. Seriously, Dean's annoyance was the only thing that made this one remotely watchable, and his line about Gabe's kill list being "so stupid" easily summed up the entire episode.
The Trickster/Gabriel is/was a bully, that's his M-O. To retcon the one semi-noble thing he was supposed to have done - try and kill Luci - into just another trick is frankly very in-character, so I have no problem with that. So now we know he never did anything noble, he has remained a douchebag, and so to try and woobiefy him as a victim of Asmodeus' torture, whining to two guys who know all too well what long periods of torture is like, was a joke.
I get so freaking tired of whenever a writer dusts off that old scratched record of Dean feeling he is of no value and his only worth being to protect Sam - especially when Sam never ever, not once, has disagreed. What an ass. But obviously this is laying the groundwork for the hinted-at role Jensen is playing in the season finale.
I literally paid very little attention to the adventures of Mary and Jack, but was once again pissed off that they brought back another dead character just to kill him off again in as stupid a manner as possible. Kevin Tran continues to deserve a whole lot better.
And Samantha Smith's inability to understand why some fans really dislike her character by waxing poetic about Mary caring about Jack as a son, when current canon Mary has two real sons she can't be paid to give a shit about, is astounding in its tunnel-vision. Mary remains a character I dislike more than douchebag Gabriel.
4/10, and that's probably overly generous.
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2018 7:25:52 GMT -5 by paforrest
thesnowleopard: The season finale was better than last season's finale. Hell, the whole season was better than last season. Some episodes were worth watching. Others were kinda messy.
Jun 12, 2018 22:47:11 GMT -5
onali: Since I haven't been watching the show I don't know how some (former) dead characters have returned (in what form) but I have to say that I don't miss the show at all. Is it still worth watching or not?
May 7, 2018 19:43:37 GMT -5
onali: It's been a long time since I've been here. Only watched the Season premiere then .... nothing. Every now and again I watched what you were rating the episodes and yes I've seen some spoilers (can some people just please stay dead??!!!!!) (1)
May 7, 2018 19:42:01 GMT -5
SkeksisGirl: I'm not, and I think I'm gonna stop working SPN conventions. BTW, welcome!
Feb 19, 2018 0:55:03 GMT -5
gopacgo12: Ok, so is anyone here going to the Las Vegas 2018 Supernatural convention, because if so I will see you there, but i'd just like to talk to some others
Feb 18, 2018 23:55:22 GMT -5
thesnowleopard: I have to wait until tomorrow night to "live recap." I don't currently have live TV, just streaming.
Oct 12, 2017 20:17:07 GMT -5
paforrest: Excited is not what I'm feeling. But I've set the dvr, will live watch Gotham & Will & Grace, then The Good Place off the dvr. Maybe tomorrow I'll FF through SPN if, and only IF, I hear there's any good Dean.
Oct 12, 2017 14:18:09 GMT -5
onali: So ... who is excited for tomorrow? I still have to re-watch the last couple of episodes, but I am lacking the enthousiasm.
Oct 11, 2017 21:45:06 GMT -5
SkeksisGirl: Just FYI guys, Luxshine is going to be in Florida come mid October. She and I are going to be vending as artists at Spooky Empire. So much hugs and puppies to her when she's here.
Sept 25, 2017 18:55:18 GMT -5
luxshine: Thank guys. There was ANOTHER earthquake here today, but this time I didn´t even feel it. Just dealing with a bit of PTSD. So if you can send fluffy things and cute Jensen or Misha pics my way, I´ll appreciate it.
Sept 23, 2017 16:37:18 GMT -5
onali: Glad you all are ok over there.
Sept 22, 2017 19:31:28 GMT -5
paforrest: So glad you're okay, luxshine! Absolutely heartbreaking situation. And I'm terrified and devastated for Puerto Rico and the other islands impacted by Maria. Mother Earth is very pissed off at us.
Sept 20, 2017 7:25:07 GMT -5
luxshine: New Earthquake here in Mexico. Now... a bit more savage than last week's. But I'm ok!
Sept 19, 2017 20:37:51 GMT -5
SkeksisGirl: And now we may have Maria...
Sept 19, 2017 13:10:20 GMT -5
luxshine: I'm glad people from Florida are ok! We had a bit of an earthquake in Mexico, but other than three terrified kitties, I'm ok.
Sept 18, 2017 19:14:05 GMT -5
paforrest: Belatedly checking in from Florida. My roof held and no trees fell on the house, miraculously enough. Spent two days cleaning up debris in the yard, but we fared better than most, for which I'm grateful. But I feel for so many that are suffering.
Sept 13, 2017 5:27:25 GMT -5
SkeksisGirl: Checking in from FL, I survived Irma with power and no damage to my apartment.
Sept 11, 2017 16:11:29 GMT -5
SkeksisGirl: As for Creation, this is why I work them.
May 27, 2017 17:00:08 GMT -5
SkeksisGirl: Oh, the new owners for Megacon are just turning it into a meat grinder. They've screwed over a lot of people.
May 27, 2017 16:59:57 GMT -5
paforrest: Yeah, I've been to a few Megacons in the past - they can be a cluster. But I was talking about how years ago I'd have been thrilled if a Creation SPN con finally came here. Now it is and I don't care and can't justify the money. Changing times.
May 27, 2017 5:34:48 GMT -5