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TV Review: ‘Supernatural’ – ‘Holy Terror’

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This review of Supernatural’s “Holy Terror” is very late, so I’ll start with my apologies. I had a huge time crunch last week, which made finding time to write difficult. But the episode itself also made writing difficult. I’ve needed time to decide what I liked, what I didn’t and what is intriguing but also worrying. “Holy Terror” was a mixed bag, though it did its job of leaving me on tenterhooks for the rest of the season.

“Holy Terror” is the best episode to date from uneven writers Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. They deliver some emotional moments that will resonate for some time to come. The less successful angel war is a bigger problem than any one writer, so I’ll let them off the hook for that narrative thread.  Hopefully, the angels get a lot more interesting in the second half of the season.

I simply do not care about this war or the angels drawing up sides.  Neither Malachi nor Bartholomew stand out as characters to me. Bart in particular seems like Dick Roman Light. My current hope for this story line is all the angels, barring Metatron, kill each other somewhere off screen. Sadly, I don’t think this will be the case.

Now, I would love to see more of Abbadon. Abbadon and Crowley are more intriguing on a phone call with each other than the angels are slaughtering each other by the dozens. I’m crossing my fingers the writers have just been holding Abbadon in reserve for the second half of the season and she’s going to be a major player.

Dean, Sam and Cas

Cas joins Dean and Sam as the Angel war heats up.

Where “Holy Terror” delivers is in exploring the relationship issues in the show. The subtitle of the episode should have been: “I did what I had to,” as various characters either make morally dubious decisions or have previously made ones go wrong.

Castiel has been exploring and appreciating many aspects of being human. From the annoyance of having to pee to the complex emotions surrounding sex, he’s embraced feelings he’s never had before and made the best of his expulsion from heaven and the Batcave. However, his last episode showed he still feels a responsibility to put heaven right, and this episode, he fully commits to that role.

Unfortunately, first he finds Dean still cannot allow him near Sam, so they cannot work together, and then he falls into Malachi’s unscrupulous hands. Cas does what he has to in order to escape, lying to his dual captor/rescuer in order to cut his throat and steal his grace.

If Cas knew stealing grace was an option and yet opted not to steal Hael’s, we can only assume grace theft is considered a horrible act by angels. Cas says his decision makes him as barbaric as the angels who were torturing him. It’s an interesting place to take Cas, as he has made poor decisions for what he thought were the right reasons before and lived to regret them. But when you hang with the Winchesters, there are often no good decisions, only least bad ones.

Metatron and Gadreel

Metatron tempts Gadreel into betraying Dean’s trust.

The newly revealed Gadreel operates on that principle throughout the episode and indeed it appears throughout the entire first half of the season. He responded to Dean’s prayer so that he could hide out in Sam while he tried to find a plan of redemption for failing to keep evil out of the Garden of Eden.

Ironically, by getting Dean to aid his possession of an unknowing Sam, he turns the younger Winchester into a Trojan horse, getting access to the Winchesters’ warded inner sanctum. That access makes him very interesting to Metatron, the only interesting angel of the new bunch. Curtis Armstrong does an excellent job showing what a master manipulator God’s Scribe is, as he dangles that opportunity for redemption in Gadreel’s face, but requires him to violate Dean’s trust to get it. And Gadreel does what he has to, again betraying his word and introducing evil to a previously safe place.

Poor Kevin pays the price for Gadreel’s need to reclaim his good name, as Metatron tells the angel to steal the tablets and remove the one person who may be able to decipher his spell which made the angels fall. I knew I liked the character, but I didn’t know how much until Kevin lay on the ground with smoking pits for eyes. Osric Chau did a great job keeping Kevin’s youth and innocence while showing his intelligence and determination. Kevin will be missed.

Osric Chau as Kevin

Osric Chau will be missed as Kevin is the latest Winchester collateral damage.

His death served to bring forward one of the most difficult but interesting story threads: Dean’s decision to save Sam without Sam’s consent. The initial decision was inherently dubious. Week by week, we’ve seen how Dean’s lies have been snowballing and how much control he has had to cede to Gadreel. Dean’s been aware of how deep a hole he was digging, and we’ve seen him try to tell Sam the truth, only to have Gadreel insist the truth will cost Sam his life.

In “Holy Terror,” Cas’s information about Ezekiel’s death rips the Band-Aid off the suppurating sore of Dean’s deception. After weeks of his decision roiling uneasily in his gut, Dean finally gets clarity that he has to tell his brother the truth, because he let someone with his own agenda into Sam, turning the younger Winchester into the kind of tool he fought so hard not to be with Lucifer.

Gadreel is an excellent choice to tie the Lucifer story line to the current one. Gadreel is associated with Satan and he too betrayed and was punished by God.  Poor Sam is once again a vessel and unfortunately, Dean himself set the events in motion.

The writers emphasize Dean’s culpability through Kevin. Dean asks the young prophet for help, but is mired too deep in his lies to quickly explain why, even when Kevin directly asks him what’s going on. I think Dean knew time was of the essence when he asked Kevin to trust him instead, but he’s also avoiding Kevin’s judgement of his actions. I had an ominous feeling when Kevin told Dean, “You always ask me to trust you. And I always end up screwed.”

Jensen Ackles as Dean

Dean is devastated as he contemplates the results of his deception of his brother.

To Dean’s horror, both Kevin and Sam end up screwed. Dean tries to come clean with his brother, but it is too late. Dean did what he thought he had to do when he invited Gadreel in, and Gadreel does what he thinks he has to do when he takes both Kevin and Sam out. Dean watches his carefully constructed house of cards flutter to the ground as Gadreel reveals how differently he defines “good guy” than Dean.

That brings me to the intriguing but also worrying part of the story line. What are we to think of Sam and Dean? Last season, Jeremy Carver talked a good fight about maturing the brothers, but did a poor job first explaining why Sam did not look for Dean and then why he recommitted to hunting. The season really only came together in the second half when Sam revealed he still feels tainted and that he needs to know he comes number one with Dean because that belief in him is an anchor he needs to swim against his current of self-hatred.

The finale seemed to answer a lot of questions raised in season eight about the boys’ relationship and how central it is for both. This season appears to be revisiting those same themes, with quite a different spin.

Last season, I wondered where Carver was going with Sam’s arc as he had the younger Winchester decide he could walk away from Dean, the hunting life and all the responsibilities toward saving the world. In a hero narrative, he decided he didn’t need to be a hero.  Exactly what role that leaves him in this story was unclear to me. I was relieved in the second half of the season when he took back his hero role and felt he could teach his brother about hope.

Instead, he lost his own, and when Dean told him the Trials were designed to cost his life, Sam was prepared to pay that price because he felt so flawed. I cheered Dean’s ability to reach his brother and reaffirm their bond and Sam’s worth.

This season has been dismantling the power of that scene, piece by piece. Sam still wants to die, only he’s now framing that desire as a calm acceptance, not loss of hope. That leaves me in the awkward position of wondering if I have to embrace that desire for the character if I care about him. It also leaves me wondering why, if Sam is so sure he is ready to die, he didn’t complete the Trials and do some good for the world before he checks out. The finale scene between the brothers loses a lot of the power it had when I felt it brought the brothers together.

Dean’s love and need for his brother in his life is now an issue that may break them apart, and a lot of how I will feel about this season resides in the way the rift is mended, as to some extent I’m sure it will be. The terms are critical for me, though, as the relationship between Sam and Dean is the core of the show for me.

Sam and Dean have always been stronger together than apart. Both heaven and hell underestimated the strength of their bond—and that strength resides in what they offer each other. Sam has always needed Dean’s belief in his humanity and goodness. Dean has always needed Sam to temper the hardness he has developed as both a hunter and a leader. Without Sam, Dean becomes FutureDean, willing to use his friends strategically without remorse to gain his ends.

Sam and Dean are both incredible hunters, but Dean is the one who draws people to him. He inspires trust and love, which in turn means people are willing to risk themselves for Dean. All too often, Dean’s leadership means he has to put people in danger to achieve the group’s goal. Jo’s death was the perfect example of Dean having no good choices, only least bad. And least bad was wrapping a dying Jo in explosives to cause a distraction so Dean and Sam could escape.

Dean knows all about collateral damage and how often the people he loves become just that. He also knows that to save the world, he cannot focus on saving a few. The show does not gloss over the collateral damage in the Winchesters’ lives. The scene in season five when the actual Meg rises from the dead to accuse Dean of not caring what happened to her when he pushed demon Meg out the window was very powerful.

Dean did care—but at the same time, he would do it again. As is so often the case, he didn’t have any other options.

Nevertheless, the hardness involved in those decisions is something Dean both has to live with and fight against. The parts of his nature that value relationships and value hunting are frequently in conflict, yet both are intrinsically part of Dean. And Sam has always been the key to Dean’s ability to balance the duality of his nature, rather than be pulled apart by it.

Sam has essentially been Dean’s grace. Loving Sam gives Dean the power to keep on going when his life seems stripped of all hope, and listening to Sam keeps him grappling with the morality of his decisions.

So this revisiting of the season eight finale is a critical revisioning of the boys’ relationship. Is there anything left that can be viewed as desirable? Does either brother offer the other anything only he can give? What will be left when the fire of anger burns away?

If not, then I question what’s left of the conceit of the show. If Sam truly wants to die or even to leave hunting, that can only play out so long before he has to make that decision. That arc kicked into play at the beginning of last season.

If Dean truly needs to learn to let Sam go and not need him as an anchor in his life, particularly as Sam has let go of him, then the relationship is no longer driving the show. In my view, Sam is interesting and Dean is interesting, but neither is as interesting as their relationship to each other. Like Raylan and Boyd in Justified, they are more compelling together than apart.

I am very much still onboard with this season. The story telling has been a big improvement on last year, particularly the first half of the season. But I do feel the story is raising issues that go to its core, which is a dangerous place to play. Hopefully, everything comes together in a way that leaves Supernatural itself intact.

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  • sharonally

    Sam is a MacGuffin so in the end it does not really matter how Sam feels about it all. It will be Dean’s reaction and decisions that will drive this situation and it will be Dean we will focus on at a critical time.

    • Gerry

      Hi Sharonally! I know Sam’s POV has been a concern for you and I understand why. I think Sam’s POV will get focus in the second half of the season, but I will be disappointed if it does not. Both boys need to examine what they have with each other and both need to examine what they are still willing to give to the world.

      For me, I’d like to know why Sam feels ready to walk away from everything, to let go and accept death. He and Dean are humanity’s best hope against angels and demons alike. Is he really ready to accept Pamela’s stance and say why not kill off humanity? Good people will end up in heaven, so what’s the issue?

      I think that would undercut so much about the season 8 finale if Sam really is in that space. It means he has nothing to teach Dean about hope and that he should have died to shut the gates of hell. Given that the angels are as bad or worse than the demons, shutting the gates would still have left the world in tough shape, but without the Winchester team to fight for it. I think Sam’s deathwish is a sad end to this story, if that’s where the writers are really going. My fingers are crossed it isn’t.

      • sharonally

        But I really do not think alot will change. IMO it would take a dramatic turn around in how they see Sam and actually for them to view him as a person. It would not be the first time they have set up a interesting narrative for Sam and it just went nowhere. 23 days off for Jared already this season is not encouraging and has become utterly tiresome with this show.

        In the end Sam will be what he needs to be so they can explore Dean in the situation .

        • Gerry

          My feeling is the consent issue will be a central narrative between the boys and Dean will have little defence to offer Sam. He was wrong. The question is: can Sam still understand and forgive? Will the bond withstand this?

          It reminds me of season four when the shoe was on the other foot and Sam almost choked Dean to death and took off with Ruby. Dean’s feelings were very high, understandably, but he had Bobby to talk him down and remind him family does not have to be perfect. Sam’s actions had context and Dean was able to remember that and what he knows to be true about his brother in his heart.

          I hope we get a similar trajectory with Sam. His hurt and anger need to be acknowledged, and then he has to process the context and what he knows to be true about his brother in his heart. We need to hear from Sam. It’s more than time.

          I’m a little worried whether these writers really get Sam and Dean, but at the same time I’m intrigued and fretting about my boys, so I’m far from writing off this season. I was much unhappier about the first part of season 8.

        • roxi

          Jared has been getting ALL the acting praise from ALL the bloggers. Jensen on the other hand, has the joy of having his character hated all over the fandom for his actions.
          ‘Exploring Dean”? I sincerely doubt it. In the end, I am sure it will be all about Sam, as it usually is. I love Sam but I wish that the SPN writers thought that the character of Dean was just a fraction as important as they have always thought the character of Sam is.

          • sharonally

            I am not going to get into hate because you know full well what Jared and Sam have been getting for a long time . And where this season is Dean missing out ? what is Dean not getting , do you really think that Sam is benefiting from a sl where he barely is present and a angel is possessing him? . And where do you think Sam is going to benefit from the fallout when the focus is on Dean.

            What do you think they will be doing exploring Sam? it is clear that you and I have a different definition of importance and what it means for a character . Dean has never needed demon blood or being in the background or being possessed by a angel to make him important , his importance runs much deeper and goes to the heart of SPN . Sam gets a sl that does very little for him , it can be all flash bang and wallop but it is not Sam and that is who has been missing .

          • roxi

            Well, I disagree, to me, since the very beginning, it has always been SAM that gets all the attention and importance. And by the way, me saying that in no way is a diss against Sam so I’m not getting that hate you’re referring to YOU are the one making digs at Dean.
            No Dean doesn’t need demon blood. He needs a storyline that gives him more importance than merely existing for Sam, who gets all the importance. It would be nice if NEITHER of them, Sam OR Dean, get more importance than the other, but equality in the storylines.
            And I have indeed read review after review, blog after blog, giving Jared ALL the props this season. So yeah, I don’t get why so many Sam fans are unhappy. I don’t understand what more can possibly be given to the character. I keep hearing about POV. I am quite certain he will get that soon.
            Dean’s only role was to let Zeke/Gad in and keep up the lies. That’s pretty much it. The rest of the story is all about Sam.

          • Gerry

            Roxi, there’s lots of room for discussion on how storylines serve characters, but please remember to discuss the show and not the fans. (-: Your comments are becoming a little personal.

            There is a lot of room for different reads on the show. I fall somewhere in the middle of your read and Sharonally’s. I think Dean has always carried the human emotional storyline and Sam has always driven the mytharc and when the story is well told, it doesn’t bother me at all.

            However, occasionally, the story does get unbalanced, and Sam gets very little POV, as in the first half of season 8, and Dean gets very little agency, as in the second half of season 8. When that happens, I don’t think it serves the story well and I understand it when fans get antsy.

            To me, this season is getting the balance right, but I do want to have Sam’s POV explored in the second half of the season. I want that to happen without stripping Dean of the ability to act.

          • roxi

            Gerry, I’m sorry, but it seems that you, like every other blogger, will only call out Dean fans. Sharon was the one that brought up the ‘Samgirl’ girl thing, but that’s always ok isn’t it? Samfans can do and say anything but Dean fans have to just let it slide.
            I guess this is yet another Samgirl site, so I’m out of here. Bye.

          • Gerry

            Roxi, all I’m asking is to discuss the show rather than the fans. I love both guys. All opinions are welcome.

    • roxi

      So, give Sam all the POV, and make SOMETHING about Dean for a change! I’m sorry, but when is ANYTHING focused on Dean? We must be watching a different show.
      I love Sam, but I guess I don’t understand a Sam fan, like you being so unhappy when to me , EVERY important story goes to Sam. What more can they give him that will make you happy? When Dean is a bit player?

      • sharonally

        Yes we do watch a different show and it seems so do others who have the same issue . Sam having a story has never equated to storytelling . I mean you can disagree with what I said but it is not going to change anything neither does a Sam girl like me need a lecture on what show I am watching .

        • roxi

          Nobody gave you a lecture. I’m just sick of some Samgirls (not all, just ones like you) who aren’t happy if 100% of SPN doesn’t focus exclusively on Sam, even though to me and MANY others, it always has with Dean being thrown to the supporting role. If Dean had even a fraction of the attention and importance that to me and yes many others the writers always give Sam, I know I be happy. And unlike you, who it’s very obvious doesn’t like Dean much, I and most of the other so-called Dean fans DO love Sam as well and DON’T want everything to suddenly be all about Dean (fat chance!). We just want to SPN writers to regard Dean at least half as much as to us, they have always regarded Sam.
          Don’t worry, if last season is any indication, the second half will focus entirely on Sam, so you should be happy.
          How come some Samgirls can dig at Dean all they want but the minute a Dean fan disagrees or defends Dean, suddenly, they’re a Dean stan or a EDG, or a Samhater, or some other derogatory term?

  • kaystiel

    the first half of last season and this season was filled with – filler, last season it was Make the Monster Your Friend episodes, as each writing team came up with their own spinoff concept and only the golem episode by Ben Edlund was worth the effort

    this season it’s been Monster of the Weak, weak episodes riffed off of previous seasons (veritas-vesta) and out of character appearences by Sam and Dean, where the actors had to switch lines they had been given, which begs the question, do the writers (including the excerable Buckner Ross Leming, who have yet to write a good episode, you only wonder how in levels of bad it will be) even know the characters or the show they are writing for?

    They leave it too long between the mytharcs to care, Castiel’s human story has been dealt with in four episodes, now he’s tossed back by the weakest dues ex machina to being an angel again, what a waste. And speaking of waste, the death of Kevin Tran, who was full of possibility and well loved by fans, simply for a ‘Game of Thrones’ style shock – apparently Carver is inspired by that show this season, but GOT knows where it’s going, the writer produces the show, they can intersperse character scenes (getting the audiences engaged) and action scenes (making them compelling) and while Ned Stark died, everything he was still engages his family to keep fighting, so he still has a great impact, will Kevin even be mentioned in future eps?

    Poor Sam, he’s been set on the backburner by this storyline, but Zeke was never as compelling as Souless Sam, because he didn’t do anything but randomly resurrect people for half a season (and lets mention too, Castiel getting hunted, tortured and stabbing people in each episode this season,) do the writers even read each others episodes? Does the showrunner?

    And poor Dean, he’s been given nothing active to do all season (except sex up ex-porn stars in creepy stalkery style) while we knew that his lying would catch up with him, the conclusion was not a bang, but a whimper, now we say, okay, can we have Dean Winchester back and get on with the story? As you can tell, this season has been a disappointment to me, and I’m not certain how the writing can engage me, luckily for show, I’ll always be watching for Jensen, Jared and Misha.

    • Gerry

      Hi Kaystiel! I’m sorry so little has worked for you this season. It’s not a great feeling to have about a favourite show.

      More has worked for me–most of my worries at this point are future worries, though the angel war is not landing for me.

      I’ve loved some of the stand alones. Bad Boys was a wonderful look at what committed Dean to hunting and that Sam is not alone in having considered another life. Sam and Dean’s relationship was forged by the specific conditions of their childhood and their father. And while so much of that forging was harsh, it did produce a finely tempered bond that heaven and hell could not break. As Jody said to Sam, the brothers are special. I hope the story is going to explore what that means from Sam’s point of view.

      Some of the other standalones advanced the story less. I like Charlie, but don’t need any more eps focusing more on her than Sam and Dean. She needs to reveal more about the leads, not vice versa, especially if we’re also going to get eps focusing more on Cas than the leads.

      Castiel has earned his prominence in the story, though to me he still needs to support the brothers’ story, not the other way around, I did like his human story and knew he would always end up choosing to be a cosmic player. He cares about the fate of the world, the fate of heaven and the fates of his brothers and sisters. I hope we’re going to see Sam’s story parallel Cas’s, as Sam decides he isn’t really ready to walk offstage and leave the fate of all in other people’s hands.

      I think I”m going to like Castiel finding out the consequences of stealing another’s grace. This season is about consequences. Do the ends justify the means? It’s not only Dean who has to really grapple with this.

      One of our big differences in our reads is with Dean. I didn’t find Dean inactive this season. He’s been pushing a lot of story, both plotwise and thematically, He’s always been the emotional centre of the story and examined the human concerns, while Sam has pushed the myth arc and the philosophical “what does it mean to be human” narrative. I don’t like it when that divide gets too stark and unbalanced, but I think this season is a huge improvement over the last one in finding a good balance.

      Kevin’s death was shocking, but so were Ellen and Jo’s, and Bobby’s and Rufus’s. There really wasn’t a lot of scope to Kevin’s story, because he was functioning like too much of a deus ex machina. He had all the detriments of “Let’s call Bobby!” without having the emotional history with the Winchesters to reveal more about the brothers that Bobby did. The writers were already coming up with ridiculous excuses as to why Kevin wasn’t always front and centre at the bunker and they had to get rid of the tablet in order to make the Winchesters have to actively engage the antagonists to find out how to defeat them.

      I love Osric Chau and Kevin, but I know why the writers felt they had to remove the prophet as a tool.

      • Hellboy

        Also the structure of the season is the same as it’s always been since season 4. First few episodes are mytharc, then a handful of MotW, and then back to the mytharc, etc…

        I don’t get how people will laud the earlier seasons and yet complain about filler for this season.

        • Gerry

          Hi Hellboy! I agree we’ve always had more standalones in the first half of the season, followed by a more intense mytharc-based second half. I think part of the issue this season is too many standalones didn’t tie into the arc and when we touched on the myth arc, the angel war story wasn’t gripping. It’s a pity we didn’t see more of Abbadon, because she holds the attention the way earlier demons did.

          I’m enjoying the season, but the pacing has suffered a little.

  • Ginger

    I fully can understand you being slammed last week. Tis the season. I hope the season will end bringing you love, peace, and good health.

    Excellent…simply excellent review. You’ve brought all the concerns this season is playing with forward, and the relationship between Sam and Dean is the big one. I think the big risk for this stable of writers is that they seem to be playing with each character trying to figure out who/what they are; self-identity as it were, but where does that leave the brothers’ relationship…the foundation of the show? If that question isn’t answered by the end of the season in a way that is satisfactory to the fandom in general, then all the emotional crap going on this year and last year (and all previous seasons) will be for nothing.

    While I wasn’t emotionally impacted by Kevin’s death, because I’m not a big fan of Kevin’s character one way or the other, if the two leads come away from the season with no growth and/or no meaningful movement in their relationship to each other, Kevin’s death will have been useless, much like Rufus’….and I’m still cussing the writers for that one.

    I am very interested in seeing where Dean goes from here. He’s in the worst place possible: alone. I’m interested in seeing, with Sam’s state of mind as the season started, how he handles being the tool that killed Kevin and how he handles Dean. The one thing I have liked this year is that while it is another year of Sam’s story…and it is Sam’s story…Dean’s actions are the drivers of that story.

    I am disappoint that Zeke/Gad is just another dick angel, and a stupid one at that. Just give me demons, as I don’t care one thing about the angels anymore. I am still hoping that there is a change of heart there and Gad helps the brothers in some way. (I’d like to see more of Tahmoh.) If that doesn’t happen, then I want Dean becoming the juggernaut we all know he is capable of and go on a angel slaughtering rampage. I want Sam to understand Dean’s reasons for his decisions and pull Dean back from the dark place I expect him to go.

    Not saying anything about Cas here, as I think of Cas as a support character, who will always remain a support character in my mind, regardless of how much TPTB push Misha as a third lead. I thought the Cas exploring human emotions boring and the scenes to slow down every episode where they played. I am glad that he is back to being an angel, though.

    Five filler episodes in a row, although typical for this show, is entirely too many. I’d like to see better plotting, too.

    • Gerry

      Hi Ginger! Thanks for understanding about ridiculously heavy schedules. Things should be better now.

      I think the best part of the development of this season is I too am very interested to see where Dean goes from here and how Sam handles what has been done to him. The stakes are high, I believe Dean made the decisions he did, I understand why Sam will be devastated. That’s all good story telling.

      It’s more the overall impact to the core story that I’m keeping a more worried eye on, but it is too soon to tell how that will play out.

      I was hoping Ezekiel would be more than another dick angel, too–the story is inundated with dick angels at the moment. I’d love to see more of Tahmoh as well–he did more with his one episode than any of the angels outside of Metatron have. Maybe the writers have a true redemptio arc for Gadreel in mind, which would be interesting. But they’d have to clear all the other new dick angels off the slate to make narrative room. Gadreel, Abbadon and Metatron would make a compelling story! We need antagonists on the level of Alastair and Zachariah to keep interest engaged.

      Still, I am looking forward to the show’s return and worried for my boys, so a lot is going well this season.

  • Ginger

    I am happy with S9 so far. Such an improvement over S6, S7, and S8.

    I don’t care about Metatron, except I want him dead. I’m not a fan of Curtis Armstrong, but I think he is doing a very good job. Yet, without a redemption arc for Gad, there is not one good angel and that means there’s no reason to invest in the angel storyline. I was also disappointed in the portrayal of Malachi, and Bartholomew is another mostly off-screen Dick Roman. All of this leads me to think that the angel storyline will continue to run in the background and the focus will be on the brothers. I hope so….with a LOT less one-offs strung in a row.

    • Gerry

      I’m hoping Abbadon makes a big comeback! She and Dean crackle and so do Abbadon and Crowley.

  • Hellboy

    The thinhg with Sam is kind of three fold. Consciously he said he wanted to live, but then subconsciously he began to accept that he was going to die, but in the end he chooses to live. However shady Dean’s plan was, Sam still chose to live.

    • Gerry

      Hellboy, I read Sam’s choice in a similar way. I thought it was more about Sam losing hope and giving up, rather than coming to a zenlike place of acceptance and feeling he’d done enough. Dean represented hope to him and first he lost hope and when “Dean” reappeared and offered hope, he grabbed on.

      However, I’m not sure yet if that’s where the writers will go with Sam when he finally learns of the deception. But leaving him wishing for death is an awful and unsustainable place to put him. I hope the writers learned from season seven when they had Dean in a self-destructive, depressive and depressing state of mind for most of the season, which they had no way to pay off and didn’t. I want some movement for Sam which pays off the season 8 finale, when he seemed to choose life.

  • 4the2boyz

    Hi Gerry
    Just read your article on another board. Fantastic review and I share your thoughts on a lot of the issues. Just cannot post on that site though as the comments are too Samstanish for me