Four Days Later
“I'm confused. Aren't you Satan? Which would make you the evil monster?”
Castiel: You'll forgive me if I'm a little on edge. The last time we were together, you killed me.
Lucifer: Well, last time we were together, you stabbed me.
Castiel: I'm sorry.
Lucifer: You wanna dwell on the past? I don't. I'm not myself anyway. What am I gonna do? Okay? Look, it's time to save the world. Be the heroic Castiel instead of the butt of Heaven's joke.
I love that Pellegrino is back to play a larger role in the season. I thoroughly enjoy his wit and snarky commentary, but I shouldn't like Lucifer!
Many fans have dubbed him the “new Crowley” because we know he is evil and should despise him but he is irritatingly helpful in the war against things that are even worse than him. It also seems he’s going to be Castiel’s side-kick (or visa-versa).
Then Kevin is back! Hallelujah! I love this version of Kevin. He talks faster, is even more of a smart aleck than Advanced Placement Kevin, and for some reason reminds me more of Osric.
This Kevin’s a self-absorbed coward who is helping the worst guy in the AU, though. How am I supposed to root for one of my favorite characters when he’s working for the bad guys?
And Ketch is back! At least he hasn’t changed! He’s still the conflicted killer who throws out occasional pleas for people to think of him as a “good guy”.
BEYOND humbled and delighted to be "resurrected" ;)— David Haydn-Jones (@DavidHaydnJones) November 28, 2017
Let's hope there's delicious more tricks and twists in store, eh?
Now Ketch is working for Hell, specifically the Prince of Hell Asmodeus, as a mercenary. You would think I'd be shouting that this reignites our theory that Asmodeus was running the BMoL all along, but oddly, it didn't strike me that way. It was presented more as Ketch hiring himself out to the highest bidder. On the other hand, he did say he was a loyal company man, to a fault. So maybe there's hope for our theory yet. I'm going to wait and see on this one. Which way are you leaning on this? Ketch truly seemed to like being his better half, Alexander, though.
We theorized that the alternate universe would bring back characters but this episode has my head spinning! No wonder Castiel never knows who to trust! Characters, characters everywhere!
War of the Worlds (Title Thread)
Let’s start by talking about Jack - simply because I like and miss Jack! It seems everyone misses Jack, but for different reasons. Sam and Dean want him back to protect him, to keep him out of the hands of their enemies and to hopefully use him to rescue their mother. Their traditional means of searching news wires and contacting the hunter network wasn’t yielding results, though, at least not the intended results. Their efforts tipped off Asmodeus that they had lost Jack, thanks to a “hunter” on the payroll. Wonder who that traitor is and when that little clue will come to full realization (note: a bad guy disguised as a good guy).
Asmodeus was already doing everything he could to find Jack anyways. The Prince of Hell was psychically calling out to Jack yet couldn’t detect his immense power. That’s interesting. Has Jack learned to shield himself from Asmodeus’ mind meld? If so, Jack is learning more about his powers, which is a good thing. We saw in 13.2 “The Rising Son” that Asmodeus wants to use Jack to dig to Hell’s depths to release ugly, clawed creatures and rule over an evil paradise. Seems like a pointless megalomaniac plan to me but then I’m not a demon.
Heaven also wants Jack’s power, but their goal is to create more angels either as a defensive move (safety in numbers) or because they have a serious labor shortage for all of heaven’s duties after the workforce eradication fall of 2013. I tend to think the former since lately self-preservation has been more important to them than fulfilling their mission of protecting humanity.
Dumah: If we had him, he wouldn't be imprisoned. He would be put to work. Castiel, the angels - Our numbers were greatly diminished after the fall. No one's made new angels since the dawn of creation. We're going extinct.
Castiel: You would need a powerful force to make more of us. You mean Jack. Even if he had that power, what makes you think he'd cooperate?
Dumah: He may not have a choice.
Castiel: So you're planning to enslave him for some kind of experiment?
Dumah: Castiel, he's not your pet…. We hear you have influence with the nephilim. He'll listen to you.
Castiel: How do I save the world?Lucifer: We. We. Look, you protected my son. He trusts you. If you can convince him to be on our team, I think the combined power of the three of us can drive Michael back. I'm telling you, this guy is not the same Michael that we knew. He's much more powerful.Castiel: Okay, if this Michael comes –Lucifer: Not if. When. When. The guy's on a mission… But seriously, I mean, why can't I, you know, detect a presence?
Lucifer: He did give mankind a good turn at bat and a chance to live in paradise. He ruled. He smote. He parted waters. Worshipped by creatures who made God in man's image.
Ketch: Did it ever occur to you, Dean, that I might actually be one of the good guys?Dean: No. Not even once.Ketch: You and I were soldiers in opposing armies who were at war.Dean: Well, the thing about war is, one side wins.Ketch: I suppose you're right.
Free Will vs. Self-Preservation
Lucifer: Kevin, what are you doing, getting mixed up with Michael?Kevin: I don't have a choice. I'm a prophet, so I serve God, but there's no God to serve, so I serve the ranking deity, which is Michael, because I don't have a choice because I'm a prophet.
In my profession, it pays to know the enemy. My name is Daniela. I'm a witch. And I know you don't like witches, but I also know you help people who are in trouble.
It’s hard keeping up with all the new rules of interdimensional travel and supernatural beings! Lucifer himself said he didn’t want to dwell on the past. Was this a meta message for fans, that we all need to keep an open mind because the Supernatural universe is expanding with new dimensions and redefined characters? We can add psychic blocking to Jack’s burgeoning powers and rift spells to the capabilities of the angel tablets.
Kevin: Okay, disclaimer? What I'm making is a synthetically generated megaforce which has not been tested, and I've never done it before. And it should be enough to open the rift, but I can't promise 100%.
A prophet, spell and archangel grace can be substituted for Jack! Convenient since now each side of the rift has its own prophet: Michael has Kevin, who never met the Winchesters and is thus still alive; and Sam and Dean’s world has Donatello, who was strategically reintroduced last week in “Tombstone”. It will be interesting to see how long it will take for Castiel or the brothers to learn how Lucifer got back, because both sides now have a way to open the door between universes.
Kevin: Clearly, the science wasn't perfect! And wow! The spell's designed to admit one person at a time.
A new character was also introduced in “War of the Worlds” but whether his story is true or not may be more aligned with the next thread.
For the past several weeks, Supernatural’s stories have been filled with the thread of people and monsters disguising themselves as someone they are not, leading to speculation about whether Castiel or the Empty’s Entity returned to Earth. “War of the Worlds” added to this thread, both blatantly and subtly. As far as Castiel, he looked and acted like his old self this week, with one exception. Is that a new hair style?
Lucifer also stated he was “not himself”, that Michael was "not the same Michael" and that humans imagined even God's appearance differently than his true self. Even Asmodeus posed as Castiel on the phone. All these references bolster our suspicions that this thread is important. The most obvious reiteration of this thread was Arthur vs. Alexander Ketch.
Ketch’s psychoanalysis session with Sam was intriguing:
Sam: It -- it's probably smart to question everything about Arthur Ketch.
Ketch: Probably, yeah. I know I'm still trying to figure him out.
Sam: The Arthur Ketch we knew was sadistic. Amoral, predatory. Loyal to no one.
Ketch: You're wrong there. Not amoral, and actually, loyal to a fault. What you witnessed was an incredibly good company man. Not an easy job.
Sam: Sounds like it would be easier to be Alexander than to be Arthur, yeah?
Ketch: To a degree. No glory, yes, but no burdens either.
Sam: You admire him.
Ketch: Maybe, uh, wanted to be like him. Like you, I understood my brother's issues and why he did what he did. I suspect, if he were here, he'd admit regret to some of the things he did to your family.
Now knowing that that was Arthur talking, it truly seems like he wished he could be his alter-ego Alexander. Once his deception was revealed, I dismissed Alexander as nothing more than a cover story but a fan contacted me on Twitter and got me thinking about him differently. Mika (@mika_spn1967) speculated that Alex actually existed. Once she questioned this, everything fell into place for me. Sam found Kendrick’s records, and Arthur did say Alex understood Arthur, that he admired Alex and that he was still trying to figure Arthur (himself) out. I think we’ll learn that Arthur killed Alex in that cruel initiation rite and Cain’s sin of killing his own brother has haunted him since. Wouldn’t that be a great parallel story to the Winchester brothers? What do you think?
Lucifer: And you and I need to talk.Castiel: I have no interest in talking to you.
Ketch: Actually, everything I told you is true. Well, except for the, uh, twin brother thing. I am separated from the British Men of Letters, lying low because they will kill me for desertion.
Manners and Fear
Fear seems rather pertinent but I can’t imagine the importance of manners. Still, it is interesting that it continues each week..
Michael: Don't screw with me, Worm.Kevin: I'm a vertebrate, neither an annelid nor a nematode.Doomed motel clerk: You're just beating a dead horse.
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