So Satan takes over the president of the United States. I’m sure that during an election year nobody will have any opinion on that one way or the other…
So the episode starts off with a priest walking the halls and “oooo” the crosses start turning upside down! Gee, what a shocking moment. It’s not like Catholics have a long, ancient history with the upside down cross symbol (if you’re too lazy to click on the link, upside down cross == 1st pope, Apostle Peter). Seriously people, I’m not even Catholic and I knew that much! Kudos to the SPN wiki for pointing this out in the trivia. Then we have Lucifer or his baby mama unable to hold the Bible… fine it’s not a straight contradiction of canon but it’s not in the spirit of the show.
Let me back up.
A lot of times when watching something I’ll ask, ‘why? why is this happening?’ Because it’s awesome, because it’s funny… I’ll accept a wide variety of answers. Take my repeated complaint about Castiel being “empowered” as an angel again. If you’re not going to render him mortal, why? What’s the point of him being an angel? Is it so he can resurrect Charlie when she gets killed? Is it he can shrug off the bullets of the secret service agents and kick ass? (No the boys have to hold him back so we can have the guest star show off.)
Likewise, why? Why take over the president? Yeah, the idea is awesome, but what do you do with it? What was Satan’s plan and what could he have done as the POTUS rather than as the leader of Russia? North Korea? What if him and his demon loyalists took over the ruling council of China? What if he destabilized the Middle East? Africa? What if he took over the British branch of the MoL? Think about it for a minute. Think about it like you’re a really, really evil bastard who wanted to wreck the world, would the American president really be your first choice? (I mean we’ve already wrecked the canon on vessels and made the drama of S5 completely pointless, why limit our imagination?)
And what did it accomplish in the show? Lucifer could have taken over a large street gang and still had a fortress just as impregnable to the boys and “minions” at his disposal without changing a thing in the show.
Then there’s… ok look, regardless of whatever personal feelings and emotions you have on the issue, Castiel as a character should be a bit more reluctant on executing the pregnancy. Remember, Cas? Remember how it was just 3 to 4 years ago when you killed another innocent Nephilim and it – oh right – CAUSED SEASON 9!? What about later on in S9 when you told Sam, “when I was human, I died, and that showed me that life is precious, and it must be protected at all costs”? What about his struggles with Claire in S10? Will this child perhaps give him some manner to try and be a father? To pay forward the debt he feels he owes Claire? Can we, the audience, see some acknowledgment of his past? Can we see him experience SOME hesitation? SOME struggle? No. Because this is what bugs me so much about the character of late, he doesn’t have arcs, he has loops with the credits of every episode resetting him back to his S4 first appearance.
That’s what annoys me about this episode. It wasn’t bad. The canon breaks were no worse than anything from the previous seasons. It was just pointless. Nothing happened or was accomplished here that couldn’t have happened or been accomplished in the previous episode. The two episodes could have been merged together without a problem or many changes to either script. At least the previous episode didn’t give Castiel a new power that I’m sure the show will forget when convenient. At least the previous episode didn’t give us an “unclear visual” with Lucifer’s angel form disappearing into a vent leaving it up to the audience if he escaped the room or was sent back to the cage.
I know I’ve made jokes about new episodes repeating the stories and structures of earlier episodes, but this is the first time I can remember where the episodes repeated in a row.
This episode does get +1 shell since it has proven, once and for all, that the Winchester brothers are bad enough dudes to save the president.