Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: Misha Collins was fine as a director. He accomplished the first task of every director: making sure you forgot he was around. ANYTHING I bring up in the
complaints reviews rests squarely at the feet of the writers. The actors, directors, etc are giving it their all, the problem is that the writers aren’t giving them anything to work with.
Now we got that clear? Everyone read last week’s review? Continuing on:
IS ANYONE EVEN THINKING ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON? In random fashion (because I’m too irked to lay these out logically or with segue-ways).
Crowley’s addiction is NOT a metaphor for recreational drugs – it’s a metaphor for medicinal drugs. Recreational drugs typically don’t make you a better person. Talking about him “getting clean” or “kicking the habit” is akin to asking a diabetic to “get clean” or “kick the habit” of their insulin. That’s not something you want those people to do. Instead of killing him, why don’t the Winchesters just FINISH #&@#$ CURING HIM?! Wow, then you might have a more trustworthy ally! Heck it was pretty morally questionable with the boys constantly stabbing all these possessed people instead of exorcising them but somewhat excusable with wartime-reasoning. Here we see them actively PREVENTING something from finding redemption. And BOTH brothers are justifying it as a the right thing to do. No. NO! And shut up, Sam, Crowley isn’t going through what you did. Your blood addiction twisted you as a person. Crowley’s blood addiction is MAKING him a person.
What would happen if you pulled angel blood and injected it into a demon? Would it also work as a cure?
How does Abaddon’s “plan” make any sense in the lore? I’m not even going to try and fit that with Azazel’s timeline just now (it’s 14 years apart from Abaddon’s vanishing to when Azazel brought up Lucifer to discuss the plan of release) but… if you can just make demons innately loyal to you… why is there any infighting at all? Ok, Lilith was the first, maybe Lucifer was experimenting and left her free will by accident, fine, but why didn’t Lilith make every demon after her loyal to her or Lucifer? Cain, being probably the 2nd demon made, why was he left with free will? (although not confirmed in the lore, right now I like to think that Lucifer had a few centuries loose on earth to wreck havoc before Micheal finally came down for their first battle, which resulted in the flood of Noah – after which Lucifer was locked in the cage) Cain said he made the knights, why didn’t he make them loyal to him? Maybe it took awhile to figure out ok. But Crowley wasn’t a demon until sometime after 1661. Even if we assume the LOWEST agreed upon figure for earth’s age, that means Lilith & co had 5600 years to experiment. They didn’t crack “perfect loyalty” by then but managed to oh… roughly 300 years later?
Oh and Abaddon is making an army – ripping off Leviathans much? Or Eve? And her actions didn’t draw ANY angelic attention in 1958? I know the angels are dicks, but that just means they should have struck down on the operation sooner since when have you ever known a dick to take a challenge to their power lightly? And with nuns praying you can’t claim the angels couldn’t have known.
I’m not even Catholic and I felt insulted by this episode. Look, if you don’t understand religion, or even have friends to consult, then don’t bother with it!
Man, what if Abaddon had operated out of a mosque? That might have been different. (and about as accurate I’m sure)
A demon nun complains about people in this day and age not coming by? She has to “work” to get souls? Well here’s an idea, why don’t you try running a brothel, THAT will probably get you plenty of victims nowadays. It’s like demons have never heard of sin.
What do you mean “Dean saved Crowley”? We saw the knife the hunter was using and Dean was right: it wasn’t going to hurt Crowley any. If anything it shows Dean still has some concerned for his fellow man. If I see a guy going after a bear with a rubber chicken and I stop him, that isn’t a sign I’m concerned about or protecting the bear.
Oh so Dean is looking for Abaddon. Well Sam, when you find evidence that Abaddon is working in the town, WHY DON’T YOU CALL DEAN?? Did you phone run out of minutes or something???
Don’t give me that “everyone acts differently soulless” crap, you guys all pulled that way out of your ass. With this and #THINMAN one gets the impression that this season they write up what “the plot” is of the episode, come up with an opening scene, then try connecting the two together if they can be bothered. It’s a freakin’ plot hole, stop asking the audience to do your work for you. (no really, go read that link there, SO much about this season will start making sense afterwards)
Hey guys, maybe want to mention this army plan to your friend, THE ANGEL? Maybe he can tell some of his other friends, OTHER ANGELS?? Seriously though, what happens if one of those demons tried to take the soul of a vessel? If “factories” are all over the world, then shouldn’t some of them had run into the fallen dicks? Wouldn’t this cause SOME concern among them? Maybe get them to start refocusing on… whatever? After all, since they’re stuck out of Heaven, Abaddon getting a demon army “might” affect them too. (heavy sarcasm) It might also totally ruin Metatron’s plans.
The exorcism on the phone was a great touch though and earns that extra shell all by itself. In fact, I’m surprised the two of them haven’t made it their ringtones by now just to see if there’s any possessed people nearby when they get called.