Attention, Supernatural fans! You are being re-trained! I’ll speak for myself. I guess I certainly am! Everything up to now has been delivered from the perspective of our boys, Sam and Dean usually armed with any number of, in hindsight, stupid, stupid, decisions. But each and every one of them had an overwhelming sense of altruism. Sam was going to sacrifice his life to complete the trials when Heaven expelled the angels. Dean gave himself up (hell deal) so that Sam could live. Sam throws himself into the pit with Lucifer. Cas (after realizing what his thirst for power did to him) warned the boys of the Leviathan. You get the picture.
From the opening holiday themed music with the panoramic view of Kansas City, MO, this episode had a sense of uncomfortable routine. (Just like the holidays for many of us.) You were waiting for the other shoe to drop, but you didn’t know where it might come from. This huge task, defeating the most powerful being in the AU and this U, (with Jack having no juice) came off like the crew was hunting a vampire nest or a vengeful spirit. It’s not like the altruism was totally void, but there was definitely a different feel to their approach now that they were armed with info on where AU-Michael went after he left Dean. AU-Michael, now an attractive female still referred to as “sir,” is having every human in the city’s tallest building slaughtered or turned by his super-monsters. I was very comfortable in knowing he was ‘really gone’ from Dean! One of the last two werewolves remaining is Garth, who’s working “under-cover” for Sam, to get intel on AU-Michael for team MOL.
First shoe drop: Garth is cavalier in his approach, thinking he can fake his way thru and avoid really drinking Michael’s grace to become a super-soldier, like he’d fool his mom when he was a kid. EPIC FAIL! Michael made sure he swallowed it! “Uh Oh!” Meanwhile, the band is back together! (Sort of???) Dean is sans Michael. Sam is leading and organizing the troops. Cas is in tow armed with his secret stupid deal with “The Empty.” Jack is back, with no power. They have nothing that can stop AU Michael but did speak of Bobby toying around with some angel handcuffs. It kind of felt like it did when the crew took that last photo before they went head-to-head with Satan, but that was a battle everyone figured they’d lose and go out like heroes; fighting until their final breath. This time, they seemed ‘jolly!’ “It’s the Holidays!” Everything seems jolly! But our world is about to go the hell!
With the help of Ketch, the guys find out that the powerful egg that can wipe out just about anything, and loose angels from their hosts, has been express mailed to Lebanon, Kansas! (Ketch didn’t realize the gravity of the situation.) So based in part on intel coming from Garth, Sam and Jack goto break into the “post office” and steal the egg, while Dean and Cas go to find AU Kyia, who is holed up in a warehouse in another part of Kansas, and where Michael has sent his troops after her to kill her and get that magical, damaging, spear!
Shoe drop number 2: Garth is providing great intel. Too great! Au Michael is playing him and everyone else! Nobody has gone to confront AU Kyia, who after some convincing and outright lying by Dean, who promises Jack will open a rift and place her back home, gives Dean her spear. (Now why wouldn’t he invite her along for the fight? She was obviously way more skilled with the spear than he ever will be.She took AU-Michael down with it once! But Dean being ‘Dean,’ loves imagining himself as a super-hero! Routine!) Jack picks the lock and he and Sam make easy work of getting the egg. However, they are ambushed by AU-Michael and his minions. Michael destroys the egg and hurts Sam a little. His boys kidnap Jack! Nobody shows at Kyia’s hide-out for Cas and Dean to battle.
They all head to KC to conquer the enemy, armed with the one weapon that could kill AU Michael. Sam is stressed, but Dean is ‘happy’ even though the tape deck in “Baby” is busted! He plays around with the spear like a man who is trying to spin a baton for the first time! Sam has beaten Dean and Cas to the spot, and in his altruistic manner, gone in without back up. He dusts a few bad guys with a swift machete’ to the neck and easily gets to Jack. The crew hooks up with Garth, who turns super monster on them! Michael is in his head, (has been all-along) ordering him to kill the intruders, but Sam subdues him and they place him into baby’s trunk. (At least they didn’t have to kill him!) Meanwhile, a plan is devised to send Cas after AU Michael first, knowing Michael would sense him. Cas takes a bloody beating for the team. Sam and Jack can do nothing…but Dean sneaks in from behind, armed with the spear.
The final shoe drop: We have now learned that AU Michael wants to keep Jack at his side until he fully regenerates. By then, “he will have turned to the dark side” or at leastAU-Michael’s side. Michael has super monsters placed throughout the city, and at midnight, they will attack, killing and turning every human being in the city, and the war for earth will be “on!” Now, if Dean can get lucky with the spear.“Nope!” Michael is easily dispatching of our hero, knocking the spear from his hand, he even reminds Dean that all this (The Michael world order) is on Dean because of his decision. (He let Michael in out of altruism.) But just like in the season 13 finale’ Sam slides the weapon to his brother in the fight against an arc-angel. Dean lands a blow to AU Michael’s arm, and has a chance to kill him. Jack even yells, “Kill him!” But we get that blurred vision from Dean.Female Michael falls unconscious on the floor…and Dean is there with spear and back turned. He breaks the spear over his knee and turns toward the team, blue eyes and all! “Damn! They got me again!” My wine glass actually broke at the shaft I squeezed so hard! (it was empty.) Michael even talks to ‘us’ and them. “Did you ever ask why? (He left Dean).” “Dean was always squirrelly because of his love for you…all of you.” “I left…but left a back door open, just a crack.” And with the snap of his finger, the war on KC and the world presumably begins!
Wow! I never saw that one coming! I was comfortable knowing Michael was in someone else! Even though clues were given (I’ve railed about them here.) all along that this Michael-Dean thing wasn’t over! So Michael pulls a demon move and enters back into Dean without Dean’s permission, only to “break him!” This time, with all his hopes crushed, Dean would remain dormant inside there, never to squirrel again! “Dean’s gone!” Michael pronounced.
Where I am now:
The end of days is near, starting with Kansas City? What can our heroes do now, first, to save Dean, secondly, to stop Michael? Then, how do you save Cas (when they discover his stupid deal) from an entity even God has no jurisdiction over? Don’t forget, it appears red-eyed Lucifer has been awakened in “the empty” by the impassioned call of his ‘vessel’ Nick. It doesn’t look too good for our crew, and this season the writers and producers have allowed us to fall into the routine, just to snatch it from us and place us back into desperation! (Doesn’t life tend to do just that?) I hate it and love it at the same time! We know about teamMOL, who ‘might’ have some angel cuffs to fight with! Rowena is back. AUCharlie is staying. AU Bobby is doing Mary. (Yuck!)
Team Kyia: No spear and no love for either side!
Team Michael: The most powerful arc-angel, a regenerating Jack?, (could take ions) and a ton of super monsters taking KC.
Team Lucifer??? (if he escapes the empty.) Has Jack’s powerful Nephilim grace, which makes him a little more powerful than Michael. (Where’s the arc-angel blade?)
Team YOU: What do you think of season 14 so far? What about the predicament? Let me know.
Eric “FeelingSupernatural” Clemons
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