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Carry On My Wayward Heroes

Damn, Zachariah is Dick Cheney for the angels!

I knew there was something fishy about what Dean was supposed to stop.  For the longest time, I, along with everyone in the show and watching the show assumed it was the Apocalypse.  But the events of last week's episode threw huge doubt in my head.  I started to wonder if these angels were even trying to avoid the looming Armageddon at all.

After all, Uriel was a prime example of the existence of angels who worshipped Lucifer.

Turned out Zachariah is even worse.  Oh, he's no chum of the Fallen Angel.  Not satisfied with the mere incarceration of the devil, he wants Lucifer killed once for all.  He wants it so bad, he doesn't have any compunction at sacrificing millions and millions of innocent lives as the price.  What a Dick!

As it is, Zachariah, the quasi "dirty politician" is confident his army has the winning advantage to annihilate Hell's troops.  Thus he's all but eager to bring about the epic war.

This revelation explained so well of what happened so far, of the angels' cryptic announcements and confusing behaviors.  I was wondering why did the angels raise Dean from Hell if they didn't want to stop Lucifer from rising.  Zachariah's little confession here at last made it clear why Dean is so crucial to them.  They weren't kidding about Dean having work cut out for him:  turned out he is the nemesis of Lucifer!  Now, that's pretty cool!

But that's not why Dean was my BIG hero last night. First of all, he was awesome because he proved he is a better man than his daddy ever was, with a little nudge from uncle Bobby of course.  I don't think I need to repeat the awesomeness of Bobby here.  The man is wise to be sure, and he luvs the boys, especially Deeeean!  With the rumor of the impending death flying around preceding the episode, I'm really glad Bobby didn't meet his maker last night.  My aversion to Bobby's death had nothing to do with my love for the character though.  I never had any problem with watching a beloved supporting character die (i.e. John's death in In My Time of Dying).  But as finale goes, I want it to be all about the BOYS!  No other character should be allowed to steal their dramatic thunder.

Getting back to Dean, in the beginning he was understandably upset with Sam walking out on him.  "It's like a déjà vu all over again!" Dean says.  I almost choked with surprise.  Ha!  I expressed the same sentiment in my last week's review (shamelessly pats self on the back)!  I disagree with Bobby it was John's cowardice that drove Sam away.  It was pride.  Fortunately Dean is the one person who has the humility to let go of it in order to hold on to the one he loves.

When he made that heart felt call to Sam, with voice catching at certain places, my heart ached and sang.  "I'm sorry," he says.  Right there, he was made of Win for being able to recognize his mistake, and readily apologize for it!

Now that Dean made his move, the proverbial ball was in Sam's court.  Unfortunate for him though, he had a little demon bitch by his side to mess things up.  When Sam finally played Dean's voicemail (his reluctance here a clear sign he was no longer sure of what he was doing), and the sincere message morphed into hateful spiels, I couldn't suppress my groan and guessed it was all Ruby's doing.  Die bitch die!  I was not kidding when I said the only thing that would ruin this episode for me was if she lives pass it!

I couldn't summon proper sympathy for Sam at this point though.  I felt he was in this predicament because he made a series of bad decisions.  Sam could not have been manipulated if he hadn't bought into what Ruby said in the first place.  What did Ruby say to him that was so attractive?  From the time she appeared, she's been telling him he was the wonder boy, the big hero who's gonna save the world.  Sam latched onto it like bees to honey.  Right here I see pride reared its ugly head.  Like father like son, Dean was not wrong when he said Sam was more like John than he could ever be!

Once again, Dean's rejection, even if it was only perceived, became Sam's undoing.  He succumbed to drink more demon blood again; this time consciously took the life of an innocent girl while doing it.  Sam knew it was wrong and still chose to do it, thus completing the final transformation.  It was heartbreaking to see Sam came to this.

I could not talk about this episode without mentioning Castiel.  Because it was with him came my favorite Dean moment.  Apparently, all of Dean's pains and sufferings didn't escape Cas's notice one bit.  And it obviously "pained" him too!  Did he confess a part of the reason he "toed his boss's line" was due to his wish at seeing Dean being released from all that?!  I love it when Dean in return, looked Cas in the eye, and resolutely declared the angel could take the promise of peace and paradise and shove it up his "lily white ass."  Dean vowed in no uncertain terms he would rather take his pains and guilt thank you very much just so he could have his Sammy, even as-is!  How could my heart not swell up at hearing that?!

Unlike his brother, Dean never paid attention to petty revenge, or grandiose goals.  Instead, he always knew when everything all said and done, it's the family, the loved ones, the people that's what counts.  I can't express enough how much I love him for that!

It took Dean literally and figuratively turning his back on Castiel for the angel to spun into action.  I was amused at seeing Cas forcefully shove Dean against wall, all the while covering Dean's mouth with his hand.  No, Kripke wasn't making a kinky slash here; at least I don't think so.  At last Cas came through for Dean, and sent his Dick of a boss away so he and his charge could escape.  Gotta love a rebellious Cas!

This is where the big reveal of the episode occurred.  Cas informed Dean Lilith isn't the one to break the seal, she Is the seal!  I had pretty much guessed it weeks ago, but it was still cool to have my theory and suspicion confirmed.

Cas took Dean to the one person who knew where Sam was.  And he turned out to be Chuck!  What does a prophet do when he realizes the Apocalypse is coming?  The answer is he uses his entire savings to order himself 20 prostitutes to last him till the end!  Ha-ha, nobody can accuse Kripke not having a sense of humor.  The look on Dean's face when he overheard Chuck on the phone was PRICELESS!  Jensen Ackles is so awesome it hurts (my sides).

Chuck blurted Cas and Dean were not in this story.  Does this mean the prophecy has to be rewritten now that they have involved themselves; or does it merely foreshadow Dean cannot change the outcome of Lucifer's Rising no matter what he does?  The appearance of an archangel on the heel of Cas and Dean's arrival was interesting.   Clearly Cas and Dean did nothing to threaten Chuck, so it came to reason the archangel was coming for the two of them instead.  Did the archangel come to stop them, or aid them?  Cas was convinced the formal was true, so he sent Dean to where Sam was, and stayed to face off his superior.  Castiel is a much lower ranked angel; he has no hope to win this kind of standoff.  Since we know Misha Collin is coming back next season, therefore it is certain Castiel survived this encounter.  This most likely means the archangel didn't come to stop Cas and Dean in my opinion.

At Saint Mary, the convent in Ilchester, Maryland, Lilith is waiting for Sam in her bridal gown.  She smiled at her sad faced servant and told him she's going to save the world.  Then Sam showed up.  I love the camera shot of Dean in the Hallway, face caught between light and shadow, looking towards the unfolding scene before him.  Ruby's diabolical half grin when glancing back at Dean telegraphed her cunning natural.  She slam shut the double door leading to the altar, cutting Dean off from his brother.  I also love the sound effect here.  For several seconds, all Sam and audience could hear were his brother's voice calling him.  That almost was enough to stop Sam.  But Sam was already a changed man, thus fate cannot be stopped at this point.  I gasped when inky blackness filled Sam's eyes.  He swiftly killed Lilith with a blast of his power.

The image of Lilith's streaming blood forming a circular "doorway" on the marble ground was really really cool.  "You did it, Sam," Ruby proclaimed, finally revealing her true evilness to Sam.  Sam was shocked at how easily he played into her hands.  But really, he was the only one who didn't see it coming.  "You poisoned me with your blood," Sam accused.  But "You didn't need the feather to fly Dumbo."  Ruby informed him.  "It's the choice you made...you had it in you all along!"

Ohmigod, dreams_of_honey, I can't believe how right on the mark you were during our little discussion prior to the finale!  Pat yourself on the back 'hon.  You said, and I paraphrase, it wasn't the Demon blood Azazel put inside him that led Sam toward the dark side.  It was the choice he made!

My second favorite part of the episode came when Dean stuck Ruby's knife in her evil self with a little help from Sam by holding her in place.  I can't begin to describe how cool Dean looked at doing that, all the while declaring he doesn't give a flying crap about the last seal being broken, he just wants her DED!  For all Dean cares, the world may come to an end, but nothing should stand between him and his Sammy!

My favorite part of the hour is when Sam looked Dean with his sad puppy face and told him "I'm sorry."  Just like that, in a flash, Sam is redeemed in my eyes.  Show, I love you!

The boys made up, but Lucifer is still coming.  The night ended in a blinding white light while the brothers' hands twisted in each other's clothes, each clinging onto the other for dear life.  No I don't think Kripke is making wincest story here.  However I wouldn't put it pass the "bastard" toying with certain viewers here either. ;)

The most gratifying aspect of this season finale for me is it ties up all the loose ends of the season neatly, but still manages to throw in new questions and mystery for the next season.  All hail to Kripke, the evil!Genis who wrote and directed the episode.  I have to say he really knows how to make Dean look pretty!

I'd be upset if next season doesn't start at the very second this one ended.  I want to know what happens next, damnit!

Lastly, I want an icon of the Azazel possessed Priest with text that says "Blah Blah Blah". *g*


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May. 16th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
You know, I have been waiting to read your thoughts on this episode. You said exactly what I thought about Sam and his choices, yet you say it so much better than I ever could. I agree--it was his choices. After reading many posts at many different sites, I felt that I was in the minority in that I didn't really feel for Sam when he got the fake message. He got himself to that point, and even then he still had a choice, and he still chose to have Ruby kill the nurse. He was waffling about it beforehand, which let me see the old Sam, let me know he was still in there, yet he still told Ruby to do it. I've always felt that pride was Sam's big flaw, and it played big time into his story and choices. I did feel for him in the end, though, when he apologized, and I saw the old Sam back, but I do wonder about him in season 5. Is he really sorry, sorry enough to stop with the blood-sucking and to own up to all his choices, or is he (the writers, really) going to explain it away with the demon blood? I really hope it's the former and not the latter.

However, whereas your favorite part was the very end, mine was when Dean killed Ruby. He stabbed her, then twisted, and twisted again, while Sam stood there and held her!!!! I've NEVER liked the character and have wanted to see her gone since season 3. I have replayed that scene a couple of times now--RUBY IS DEAD!!!!

So, now I'm guessing that not only will the boys be running from the angels, but from Lucifer as well (especially if he knows Dean's role).

May. 16th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mick. It's no wonder us formal Lee fan from BSG would think so much about choice.

LOL on how you played the Kill Ruby scene over and over! I LUV how Dean killed her too. But in my mind, I so wanted to hear Sam apologize to Dean. I was pretty miffed at him for treating Dean the way he did after everything Dean has done for him! I didn't think I'd get Sam's apology before the season ended, but I was pleasantly surprised. So that made my day.

I think the brothers' relationship with the angels and the demons shall be interesting. I don't quite see it's a clear running away from scenario.

Dean made his deal with the angels. I'm sure it's gonna have repercussions. Dean isn't exactly on the opposite side of the angels either. They started the war, but they nonetheless want to kill Lucifer and his demons, a feat Dean very much has to take on next.

Sam has changed. It's mentioned over and over in this episode. We saw his eyes turned completely black. But after he killed Lilith, he appeared he lost his mojo. Does this mean he isn't a demon any more? I'm not quite sure, but I'm more inclined to think he still is one, just without much power.

Sam was a little too pre-occupied with seeing Lucifer coming for my comfort in the end.

Even though the brothers made up here, it's still quite obvious they will be dragged apart by the opposing supernatural forces next season.

Edited at 2009-05-16 08:27 pm (UTC)
May. 16th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I liked the apology, too, I just think there should be more to it than that. I think that's just the beginning. I do think that Sam has never fully thought about the sacrifices Dean made for him. Dean was a parent when he only a child for himself. I think many times Sam scoffed at him for being "daddy's little soldier." To me, at least, he never seemed really happy that Dean was back from hell--heck, he still had no trouble sneaking off with Ruby, and even went so far as to choose a demon over his own brother. I know he was an addict by that point, but still. I also know that Dean isn't without faults as well. I don't want to see Dean be petty about all of it (although I can't help but admit I would cheer a bit if Dean made a snide comment or 2), but I also don't want to see him just forgive and forget easily. Both boys have things they need to work out with each other. They've both been through their own personal hell (only, in Dean's case, it was literal hell). I do think that they are the ones' that will help each other heal.

As I said, I always love your opinions. You make me feel better about how I feel about the characters.

May. 16th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
I think you are very right that Sam took Dean for granted, a lot like a child would do to his/her parents. I know I do mine. In some way, it is Dean's fault Sam is like that because Dean's love for Sam is unconditional.

No, I'm not saying Dean doesn't make mistake. I think he made a big one in last week's episode by giving Sam the ultimatum. The thing with Dean is he doesn't hold grudges. He can see his mistake when others point out to him, and when he sees it, he apologizes for it.

Sam has been told for years that he's the chosen one, the special one (even if it's told by the demons). So he's used to being the one that's different from everyone else. In some way, I see him even revels in it because he himself believed it. After Dean came back from Hell, I see Sam had a hard time dealing with Dean being singled out by the angels for being the special one. I think that's why he's always saying Dean's weak, couldn't do the deed. Like I mentioned to someone else, before anyone say Dean is weak because he feels guilty about what he did in Hell, I beg to disagree. No one can convince me having a conscience makes one weak!

Like you said, of course everything is not magically fixed once each said "I'm sorry." If that's the case, life would be easy wouldn't it. There's so much that happened couldn't be changed. That's why we have a whole new season (hopefully more) to straighten things out! ;)
May. 16th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
I always felt that part Sam saying Dean was weak was actually him putting his fears about himself onto his brother, if that makes sense. I've recently read other posts that mention what you did, about Dean being singled out, and that makes sense, too. I really think it was a combination of things. I think Sam for so long felt like he wasn't in control of his life, and Ruby made him suddenly feel like he was. She was like the serpent offering the apple. Everyone is tempted by things, it's what makes us human, and Sam is no exception. She played him exactly how I would think demons would, and he fell for it.

Yep, Dean isn't perfect, and he's made mistakes at least a mile long. Neither one is totally guilty, and neither one is totally innocent. It's all about choices, and like everyone, they've both made good ones and bad ones.

I think (hope) that Dean's self-esteem issues are over, that he has finally realised that he has value outside of his family. I do think that Sam is now going to have some esteem issues, but hopefully he will get through them and come out stronger for it.

May. 16th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Very well put Mick! ♥

Dean's self-esteem issue is a double edged sword too. I think I'm totally alone in saying I find it a little endearing if not annoying at times. It gives Dean his humility which I see almost always comes up before every big heroic moment from Dean.
May. 16th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Uh, nope, you're not alone. :)
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May. 17th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yep, I saw it. I just don't think I'd have the time to keep up with a LJ account. Plus, I find that I have a hard time of saying things the way I mean them to sound, unlike X, who says it so much better than I ever could. :)
May. 17th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, you gave me too much credit. I always enjoy reading what you have to say! But you can get an account, and use it pretty much exclusively for commenting if you don't want to post. You can also make all of your own entries private (only you can see), or friends-only. I have friend who does that! The benefit of it is you get notice in your email if anyone replies to your comment/reply.
May. 16th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
The catylist for Sam was Deans deal and what Dean put him through .Yes Sam was caught up but what were you expecting after seeing your brother ripped to pieces in front of you? you people expect too much from Sam you talk and act as if that boy hasnt been damaged by anything.
You accept Deans behaviour but attack Sam for his . Dean isnt mr perfect either and takes some fault in what has happened.

As for revenge what do you think Dean and John were doing all those years ? . Sam hhad to deal with the impossible a mum that made a deal that condemned him a brother who made a deal without ever stopping and thinking about the consquences to his brother, losing his Jessica , Madison .Living without Dean for 4mths heck Dean didnt survive for 2 days.So yes Sam wanted revenge but he also believed he was doing the right thing . I am sorry you and otheant perfection from Sam and the boy cant give it to you but please dont paint Dean as if he hasnt screwed up or made mistakes .
May. 16th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree with you seeing his beloved brother being taken to Hell was very traumatic for Sam. And yes I expected a lot from Sam because he's a hero too. But I also can accept Sam is a human, which means he has weakness and can make mistakes, just like Dean. That's why I'm so emotionally caught up with the brothers, why I love them. If they are perfect, I never even want to watch them in the first place.

I think all those years, John was fueled with revenge while Dean trailed after him doing his best to look after Sam and John. Once again, it's very clear that Sam is very much like John, much more so than Dean could ever be.

Please don't cheapen the sacrifice Dean made for his brother by saying he did it for selfish reason. That is a selfless act no matter how one spins it.

I very much agree Sam was most devastated after Dean was taken to Hell. And he found solace in Ruby. She made him forget for a moment he was alone, and that he mattered, he had the power to seek revenge. But the fact still remains that he played right into Ruby's little hands because she told him what he wanted to hear.

Lastly, I never painted Dean didn't make any mistakes. He is human too, which is why I love him. Dean and Sam have very different personalities and weaknesses. That's why it's such a joy to watch them together.

Edited at 2009-05-16 09:38 pm (UTC)
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May. 17th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh Spirit, you are made of awesome ♥ *smishes*

Yes, yes! You said it -- Team Winchester for the win! x-D That was pretty cool in and of itself. I kept vacilitating back and force who I wish to see to kill Ruby. This is the best scenario: Dean sticks in the knife and twists while Sam holds her down. Gosh, I just realized how twisted and sadistic I sounded. But come on, she's a Demon!

Um, what you said about the appearance of the archangel does make sense. That means they are in league with Zachariah though. Somehow I'm hoping Zachariah doesn't ultimately represent Heaven's stratagem. I'm really enjoying the complexity of these Heavenly creatures we are introduced. The demons never did as much for me.

Yes, Kripke is very big on choices. From early on, it was evident when he alluded to Dean telling Sam he will not turn into a monster (Dean had to kill) if Sam doesn't choose to. Now, even Sam had drank enough demon blood to make his eyes turn black, he still won't become evil if he makes the right choices (the flip side of what Ruby said).
May. 19th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lovely recap!

One thing, who does Zachariah want as their leader once Lucifer is dead? Himself?
May. 19th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! ♥

That's a very good question. I'm not sure if Zachariah has the ambition of being the big boss. I guess we have to wait and see on that one. He doesn't sound like he puts too much faith in God when he announced "God has left the building". Maybe the main difference between him and Uriel is the later looks up to Lucifer to lead where as the formal finds in himself the leader.

Edited at 2009-05-19 04:48 pm (UTC)
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May. 21st, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
::twirl!You:: Thank you ♥

Yeah, I see there's just this pride thing lurking inside Sam. And it's because I think Sam has a strong sense of self, of what things meant to him. When he learned Dean's sacrifice back at the end of season 2, Sam's first reaction was "You are selfish, you know that?" Whaaaat? It's a very self-centered (not selfish) gut reaction if you ask me because he immediately thought of how that act was going to affect him.

In contrast, Dean is completely lack of pride imo. He never believed his father would praise him. Even now (OtHoaP) he thinks he's not good enough. If he gets competitive when others (in particular Sam) out-does him, it's only because he's afraid to prove he's a failure (v.s. he knows he can do better.)

I think you raised a very good point about Sam putting more demon blood inside him knowing the thing is evil. I see there's certain conceit in doing that because he is convinced he can control the evil and harness the power.

Yeah, Dean is a Big Damn Hero in my eyes. I don't ever want him to change. But from a practical stand point, he is also very reliant on Sam because Sam gives him purpose. Sam is still his responsibility (uncle Bobby so helpfully reminded him). If one day Sam proves he doesn't need Dean any more, I wonder if Dean can have a life of his own.
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May. 22nd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
You know, I've always felt that Sam was a prideful person, but I was never able to put into words why. Both of you said it perfectly!

May. 22nd, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
dreams_of_honey and I were discussing Sammy at her LJ earlier (btw, she posted a really cool review there), we were thinking the reason Sammy was so special is because he embodies both light and darkness, just like Lucifer. Lucifer (the name itself means light) was prideful and that ultimately became his downfall.

I'm not saying Sam is Lucifer or will be his host, but I think he'll have to struggle with the dichotomy within. I have no doubt Dean will be there to help him to drive the evil away. It will be interesting to see how Lucifer would relate to the brothers next season.
May. 22nd, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
I completely agree with you! I think we share a brain too. ♥

If Dean is a real person, it would be essential for him to gain a life of his own independent of his brother. But as a fictional character, I selfishly don't want to see that in this universe. The show is about two brothers, so as long as the brothers are together together, the show continues.

Dean's confidence and self-worth all boils down to his ability to watch out for Sammy. It breaks my heart in all the right places and makes me ache for the character. ;)
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May. 22nd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Icon Love! That's a great icon of Bobby!

Part of the reason Dean is so heart-breaking to me is because he's so selfless, and thinks so little of himself even though he is really made of awesome. God forbid if anyone I know turns out like that in RL, but as a fictional character, Dean "cuts" a beautifully tragic picture.

Most of the time, I just want to put my arms around him and cuddle him! I'm sure Dean would be horrified if he knew. *g*

Edited at 2009-05-22 09:46 pm (UTC)
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May. 22nd, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
So true about Jensen's acting. I think he elevated the character. From how things looked in the pilot and the first couple of episodes, I doubt Kripke had planned for Dean to be *so* layered and complex. I've never seen a man can be stoic even when he breaks down, yet Dean managed to be exactly that. I was stunned *breathless* at Dean's confession scene in Heaven and Hell.

Hehe, somewhere there gotta be a crack!Fic where Dean is chased by a legion of fangirls wanting to "cuddle" him; meanwhile a horrified Sam tried to get his brother away! ;)
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May. 22nd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ♥ When I saw that icon, I just had to grab it! :p

So true about OTHOAP. That episode gave me chills. It's the first episode that inspired me to do a picspam with comment (here). The thing about Jensen is not only he knocks these big scenes out of the park, he's awesome even in the blink-you'll-miss-it or in-the-background ones too (i.e. the one in Jump the Shark where he's doing rock-paper-scissor with Sam, or the ones in Lucifer Rising where he breaks the angel figurine and overheard Chuck on the phone, etc.)
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May. 23rd, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hee, our brains are "connected!" Heading over to read...
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