Wow…well…that’s a humdinger. So much to take in. The further I dug into this review, the more my head started to hurt! But then I accepted that I should be thrilled that we all have something big to talk about. The plots have been so superficial of late and this was anything but.
“Unity” was exciting for sure, but to me anyway, it felt a little off. You know, like “Heroes’ Journey” off. Unlike that episode though, this wasn’t surrealism. It’s almost like we were watching our favorite characters and our favorite story through someone else’s eyeballs. Someone else’s perceived view. Once I accepted that skewed reality, suddenly the story made sense in an offbeat way.
Jack: It’s time, isn’t it?
Dean: It’s time.
How many times have we heard that declaration (and tracked that foreshadowing thread) this season? It would be an interesting rewatch exercise to learn that answer. But this time, FINALLY, the Winchesters and the Supernatural family, who have been in a year-long holding pattern, endlessly circling the ultimate conclusion to this journey we’ve all been on together, have begun our approach to the show’s final destination. Even if it’s still unclear what that destination will be, and as much as we dread breaking the bond that has united us all to these characters for so long, it was a relief to “light the fuse” of the final confrontation, as Dean so blunted stated.
Supernatural’s “Unity” was an exciting, intense, perplexing, complex climax to so many storylines (and threads!). It took several rewatches to take in all the explanations and confessions that were being thrown at us rapid fire – and even that late night effort led to only the most superficial grasp of what happened. I think it was once again brilliant writing by Meredith Glynn, but it’s hard to separate my shock at what happened from my awe at its delivery. Let’s begin to untangle this mess of emotion and cosmic gaming.
Then: Dean is telling Sam that Jack's supposed to kill God and the world is saved. Chuck is seen destroying worlds, "clearing the board." Dean tells Amara, "We need your help." The Empty tells Cas, "I'm on Death's side." Billie talks about Jack's transformation. Dean is driving and tells Sam that Jack is going to die. Sam yells, "Just STOP!"
NOW: The episode begins with the shot of the night sky absolutely brimming with stars. Pine trees stand around a large, clear pool in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lights make their branches glow. In the pool sits Amara, reading a book and sipping on a glass of wine as vapor rises gently around her into the air. A young man asks her if she wants more wine, but she declines. She glances up at the magnificent Milky Way and sees one shooting star, then another, then dozens mixing their fiery trail with the green aurora borealis and are reflected in her eyes as she stares up into the night. "Welcome home, brother," she says.
SUPERNATURAL - "Unity"
A computer and open books sit on the library table in the bunker. "Nothing?" Sam asks into his phone. Cas is on the other end out in the countryside telling him that what he was searching for was a dead end; he has nothing. He doesn't know what else to do. "We'll find another way," Sam tells him. Dean enters the room and asks if it's Cas. Sam ignores him. "So it's the silent treatment?" Dean remarks. "I thought you got it. Killing Amara, Jack dying -- it' our only way. We don't have to like it, just get it done." There's a crash from another room, and both brothers head downstairs to find Amara rummaging through their liquor supply. They stare at her. "My brother has returned," she tells them.
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