I didn’t quite reach my note-taking record this time; actually, I got nowhere near it. And it’s not because I didn’t have anything to say. It’s simply due to the fact that this episode was really amazing. So amazing in that that while a lot of thoughts flitted by, I was distracted by the awesomeness of this episode.
And that doesn’t have (much) to do with the fact that Sam and Dean finally are back together.
Why was this episode so awesome? Let me count the ways.
1. Right from the first moment of this episode, I’m giggling when the sidewalk preacher asks passersby, “Good evening, folks. Is your soul rapture ready?” Like you wouldn’t believe, I chuckled at the screen. Of course, had I known that this guy was part of the Zachariah information network, I probably wouldn’t have reacted quite in the same way.
2. The little details that make Supernatural all around awesome were particularly noteworthy during this episode. They include: the "Now Playing: Route 666" and "Closed for Renovations" signs in the destroyed city, the reference to 2014’s president (President Palin), the subsequent headlines of the Washington Herald, including not only a reference to President Palin, but also to homebrewed biodiesel and Canadian aid to the US. These details serve to hone the awesomeness of this show.
3. Castiel’s awkwardness just keeps getting better and better. It went from not understanding Dean’s jokes and puns to the interaction in the last episode between him and the sheriff (demons!) to, in this episode, Castiel waiting for Dean on the side of the road for the latter to get some sleep, and to this line as he's on the phone with Dean: "The voice said I’m almost out of minutes."
4. The Imapala and Dean’s love (if it can be described merely as love) for it, and his reaction to her state in 2014: "Oh baby, what did they do to you?"
5: Dean’s one-liners. Seriously. How do the writers come up with them?
6: What’s better than one Dean? Two Deans, obviously!
Dean 2009: They were pink, they were satiny, and you know what? We kind of liked it.
Dean 2014: Touché.
Dean 2009: Oh come on, you don’t trust yourself?
Dean 2014: No. Absolutely not.
Which makes me wonder… we know that Dean doesn’t like being told off, but he feels very comfortable telling other people off. So in this situation, when he is telling himself off… how does it feel?