"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ― Sun Tzu

 

For this time around I chose to take a completely different point of view, or idea, for my writing. When I watched the three videos that are shown below, one mutual thing from the music hit me. Their music was like charging into battle. Two of them have the same music, scenes and characters that fit the mythology of the season. I could imagine old battlefields with opposite sides running forward, first slowly but then accelerating to full speed before clashing to one another. Then the fight would start - swings of swords or shots of muskets, shield blocks or shots of arrows, toss of spears and rams of horses. It was easy to decide that my word for this article would be war, and choosing the videos with appropriate battle music was fitting. War is not pretty.

 
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”  ― Jim Rohn
 
I love westerns. My favorite is actually the Dollars trilogy - Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968), The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960) and The Searchers (John Ford, 1956). Ennio Morricone's music on most of them is the music for westerns for me. As we have a certain western episode on our hands, I decided to remind you about the other western episode we had and I liked. My chosen word for this episode was happiness because westerns and movies are Dean's happy place too.

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE SIX:

By and large, Supernatural's sixth episode each season has been a dramatic and humourous blend as well as a tipping point in the main plot – sometimes more subtle than others. Major memorable moments have been born of episode six over the years – which is your top?

 
"Archangels are fierce. They're absolute. They're Heaven's most terrifying weapon.” ― Castiel
 
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. - 1 Thessalonians 4:16
 
No, I am not super religious even if the quotes that I have used might suggest otherwise. There is a reason though why I have used them. Maybe because they have their own unique rhythm like music has and they do sort of sound cool and epic. Also I chose for my topic this time two archangels and one specifically because he was long time coming. I am talking about Michael. Also, for now it seems we can bid our farewells to Lucifer so I decided to introduce what real life information we have about both archangels. Also I collected all bible verses that mention or talk about Michael. I really would have wanted it to be our Michael because he was "chilling". I guess I can be happy that it was not the "loco" version.
 
For the finale, I have two videos. First is a tribute to Lucifer. The second focuses on the finale and archangel Michael. Both videos are from AngelDove!

I have started and stopped this article so many times because I was not convinced I could do it justice; however with only a few days left until Dean!Michael [speculation] it really is now or never!  It has been a while...a long while.  I was a long time sick and now I am much better. My reviews used to ramble in the old days because sick brains don't work as well as healthy ones. Three cheers for me!  I also was feeling a bit put off by my old friend "Supernatural" around the time season 11's  "Red Meat" rolled across my screen.  I actually loved the Carver years.  I recognized immediately that he was all about character arcs and that he was repeating Sam Winchester's heroic tragic fall in order to give him the kind of meaningful, well earned redemption arc required for a character that goes "way" dark which Sam did.  I will post a piece on my thoughts about this at a future date so PLEASE let's save our comments on that until then.  I only bring it up here because Dabb has continued Carver's legacy and because Sam and Dean's character arcs are closely connected.

I loved season 11 and I was not at all surprised by how it ended. In fact I more or less predicted the ending including the garden setting in my review of "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire".  Amara was obviously written as a mirror for Hillary Clinton or someone very much like her; a strong woman who was vilified, shut down and locked up by men who were afraid of what she could do.  Chuck would appear obviously, very late in the season.  Dean's humanity, empathy, loyalty, and love of family would change how Amara saw the world. The bones of the ending were laid down by Carver in the season premiere. 

The writing took a definite turn for the worse with "Red Meat". There was an increase in what I call LOL plotting, LOL canon and LOL dialogue. Things happen that just don't make any sense.  Dean and Sam playing family counselors to Chuck and Lucifer?!!!  Lucifer acting like a teenager. Ignoring Michael, a powerful  archangel, when the world is about to end.  Metatron doing an about face and everybody trusting him after he malevolently killed Dean, stole Castiel's grace, put Sam in harm's way and co-opted heaven?!!! Perhaps this was not a storyline that could be wound up in three (?) episodes successfully.  Badabing badaboom!  But they did.  And they did it for a seemingly weak season 12 that offered very little in terms of action. Yeah.

Oh. And Chuck had a special talk with Dean and told him that he was in charge of things.  Called him a firewall.  Threw in the  "... and Sam" because this was Dean he was talking to...  Dean thinks in terms of Dean and Sam.  Chuck however seems rather "Deancentric".  Chuck answered Dean's prayer.  Chuck took Dean aside for the little chat about leaving him in charge. In season 4 Chuck tells Dean that Dean is changing God's story by bringing him to Lilith ("The Monster at the End of the Book"). In season 5 Chuck tells Dean that he is changing God's Story by going to Stull Cemetery ("Swan Song").  And in season 11, to Metatron's horror, Chuck appears to write God's story of the end of the world ("Don't Call Me Shurley”).  And then Chuck let Dean change the ending to that story too in the season 11 finale (“Alpha and Omega”). 

I bring this up not to sing Dean's praises but to emphasize how Chuck, laying the responsibility of the world on Dean, might affect him. This is a guy that was forced to grow up at four and parent a sibling. He already blames himself and takes responsibility for every loss and every mistake made on his watch. It has now been made official by God that everything is his responsibility and everything is his fault.  Cue imminent nervous breakdown. Cue season 13. Cue "Advanced Thanatology.”

 

 

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain

 

Boy, this episode was a dive in the deep end. How reaching a breaking point can happen even to a strongest man. I mean if Sam ever drops to same state as Dean, I would be even more worried because he has strength to keep himself above the surface all times. Even if this was a case of the week, the word death fit for this episode. It connected to our Winchesters but also the entity that met Dean in the end. The episode was pretty grim all in all (See what I did there?), so I chose to compare our two Angel of Deaths, Big Daddy/Mommy grim reapers and Horseman/woman of the Apocalypse. Julian's and Lisa's Death are like night and day compared to one another.

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE FIVE:

A mixed bag over the years, the fifth episode has offered a variety of options ranging from funny to sentimental to dramatic. Usually, episode five doesn’t forget to take a nod to the main plot with a teaser of information or a hint at something that will be relevant later in the season – but more often than not, it’s a pause in a serious and intense flow of events to catch our breath and be with the boys for some fun before it’s back to the action and drama.

 

"We all lose somebody we care about and want to find some comforting way of dealing with it, something that will give us a little closure, a little peace.” ― Mitch Albom

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE FOUR:

The fourth step in a long journey through a season: not about creating new dramas or leaving us breathless with anxiety about what’s coming up. Instead, episode four has been oddly insightful through the years; not to mention the foreshadowing.

If you missed Episode 3, catch up Here!