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Hammer of the Gods: "Nobody's giving up. Especially me."
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You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. - Eleanor Roosevelt


Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. - Ayn Rand


I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. - Christopher Reeve




What a lovely send off for Gabriel, at the Elysian Fields Hotel. Elysian Fields, the final resting place of all heroic and virtuous souls and though I'm COMPLETELY heartbroken that Gabriel is no more, he died heroically, taking a stand and happily for this DeanGirl, he was convinced to do it by Dean, both in Changing Channels and in this episode. There were so many great moments in this episode. There was this feeling that the old Dean and Sam were back which I LOVED and Richard Speight Jr. was just drop dead FUNNY!!!! There was so much to like about this episode even with the loss of YET ANOTHER ALLY!!! Crap, can these writers make our boys' lives even MORE miserable and hopeless, without any chance of winning than killing off every ally they recruit?!! Sheesh. Bordering on sadistic! Of course, that's what they do best, isn't it? Torture our boys and us?

I loved the concept of the other religions and their gods coming together to fight against the Judeo-Christian Apocalypse, a distinction they empahsize as not of their making, but that they feel they must band together to stop. Norse gods, Odin, Loki (clever disguise by Gabriel) and Baldur, Hindu goddess, Kali, the gods' messenger, Mercury (reminded me of the FTD florist icon) etc. It was very entertaining and a much needed light touch to what has been a grim last few episodes and the upcoming 3 not looking like a party either. I mean, yes, we lost Gabriel/The Trickster and I will REALLY MISS him. Richard Speight Jr. has been a really cool addition as a semi-regular cast member, certainly a fan favorite, second only to Bobby in my book. I loved how they introduced him in Tall Tales and brought him back for Changing Channels to reveal his true identity. It was great to discover that the Trickster was more than just a one-shot character, that he had a greater purpose and role in the grander Winchester mythology and of course, again, I love that Dean called him on his participation in the Apocalypse and made him see that he really had already taken a side, was rooting for humanity and had made him see that he had to face up to his family feud.

"I see right through you, you know that? The smart ass shell, the whole 'I could give a crap' thing. Believe me, it takes one to know one."


I LOVE how Dean uses himself as a mirror to Gabriel, showing him to be not unlike Dean, perhaps even more human than Gabriel lets on. I also LOVE that once again, Dean presents family to Gabriel, that even though the gods weren't his blood, they were still people he considered family. A notion that Dean embraces with Bobby and maybe in a fellow soldier in the war kind of way with Castiel as well. I just enjoyed that moment! Dean manages to find a way to bring things down to family. The show has revolved around family or at least around the concept of family dynamics in one way or another. The most pivotal family being the Winchesters, specifically Dean and Sam, but in scaling down the Apocalypse to its elemental battle between two heavenly brothers and the subsequent "angel sibling rivalry" that results from it, suddenly the Apocalypse is relatable in a way. It's exactly what Dean called it, basically a pissing match between brothers over "toys"; the Earth as the ultimate playground and humanity as the ultimate playthings.

Gabriel saving Dean, Sam and Kali by guarding their escape from Lucifer was as heroic as it gets. His confrontation with his brother Lucifer was AWESOME and brought a tear:

"So you're willing to die for a pile of cockroaches. Why?"

"Because Dad was right. They are better than us."

When Lucifer calls humans broken and flawed, Gabriel comes to humanity's defense:

"Damn right they're flawed, but a lot of them try to do better, to forgive and you should see the spearmint rhino."


It made be proud to be a human, even if the last part escaped me. I loved that he emphasized humans' ability to forgive. I kept thinking of Dean, that maybe he was thinking about Dean when he said those words (okay, stop snickering -- I'm incorrigible, I know -- hey, Dean spared Gabriel and let him go, that's at the very least mercy). Gabriel then declares that he's been sitting on the sidelines for too long, but that he's in the game now. It makes his death all the more painful, heroic and the loss that much more keenly felt because he died taking a stand, to being loyal to us humans and going against his own. Gotta say that Mark Pelligrino is just AMAZING. He's looking so worse for the wear and now as we get closer to the end being just about nigh all the candy-coated tone is gone, his true colors (and scars) are showing and even when he acts distressed at having killed Gabriel, you feel the underlying evil there because he taunts him just before he strikes the final blow. Again, Mark has been doing a GREAT job. Between Lucifer and Jacob on Lost, he's been playing so many shades of grey in both characters. I haven't been keeping track of Jacob, but with Lucifer, you can see the reveal slowly being peeled away, literally and figuratively, showing Lucifer's true intentions: Domination over what he considers as abortions and abominations on the Earth. There is no mistaking his disdain.

Of course, as usual, the ending was revealing with Gabriel leaving them a last message about getting all of the Horsemen's rings as the "keys" to putting Lucifer back into his cage. Cool idea! War and Famine down, Pestilence and Death to go...oh, and let me guess, that won't be a piece of cake as nothing ever is for our boys. Yup, thought so, but have to say, watching Matt Frewer, formerly Max Headroom, ride into town, coughing and then chucking phlegm into a clerk's face, okay, kind of looking forward to what havoc he will wreak. Kripke still wins on the gross meter. ICK doesn't even come close to describing it. Matt Frewer is THE PERFECT image of Pestilence and will add the appropriate mixture of sinister and humor. I can't wait to see who they get to play Death. I've seen scenes that I think show him, but I'm not sure. If I'm right, it will definitely be paradoxical to what we think Death looks like. If there is a Dean and Death showdown, as hinted by Sera Gamble, that's going to be one lovely little match. Hee!

Okay, this is probably the longest I've gone without blathering incessantly about Dean and Sam. Believe it's not because they were bad, they were WONDERFUL and I loved seeing them as the old Sam and Dean and yet not the old Sam and Dean. Dean was just faint worthy for me in this just because he was acting like the Dean we all know and love. From the silly by trying to hit on Kali and getting shot down to the heroic by bargaining with the gods that they'd help them lure Lucifer if they let the innocents go. Sigh, it's my favorite quality of his. Second only to his concern for Sam:

"How many hours of sleep did you get this week? What? 3? 4? Bobby's got his feelers out, okay? We have talked with every hoodoo man and hoodoo woman in 12 states."

"Yeh, well, I'm not giving up."

"Nobody's giving up. Especially me."

I LOVED when Dean assures Sam that no one is giving up especially him. You can't blame Sam for his impatience and concern, but you can't help, but love hearing Dean assure him that he's with him.

"But you are no good to me burned out."

Encouraging Sam to eat something or get some sleep, to relax a little. It's so simple, but so brotherly! It harks me back to Wendigo when Dean tells Sam not to bottle up his anger. Again, *sigh. There were also sweet moments like when Mercury says:

"Best pie in the Tri-State area."

Then Dean cruises the pies and you can't help but smile. A man in his happy place and knowing where his love for pie came from you enjoy it with him. It was sweetly heartwarming. Gotta also love his comment to the other guest that where they were was better than Heaven.  Who would know better? Dean's been there and done that. Little did that guest know.

Sad to learn that Dean's hope for one night off would turn out to be yet another confrontation with yet another set of people gunning for them to stop the Apocalypse.  They are truly marked men and will be until the final battle.  Still, this moment felt normal in the only way a Winchester-involved moment could feel normal and that was by investigating something paranormal and it starts with the honeymooners hot to have sex then disappearing into thin air.

LOVED their lines after talking with Mercury:

"Creepy."

"Broke the needle."


It's these simple, very normal exchanges that make me LOVE this show and make me glad that Sam and Dean are together again. It feels natural again.  it's been said over and over, but bears repeating, Jensen and Jared just gel in ways that make their brotherly portrayals that much more authentic. In a world where supernatural events rule, their relationship could easily have turned superficial and rote, but because Jensen and Jared bring so much to the table, both from their own acting chops, to the very real friendship they have for each other, they make you feel personally connected and invested in Dean and Sam that much more. It's more than just about the monsters, good versus evil, angel versus demon, it's about two men quite literally on a journey towards understanding themselves in a climate totally not conducive to that kind of soul searching self-discovery. As well as discovering how each of them plays a role in the other's life. In the midst of the chaos that is their "profession", you can feel how deeply committed they are to each other, for both good and bad.  it continues to evolve and as we get to the last 3 episodes, I can't wait to find out what  ultimate conclusion to their journey will come to. It's exciting and it works.

Sidenote: Dean's delight at the chocolate on the pillow is just too cute and then the Casa Erotica which plays a role in Gabriel's last message to them later, clever indeed.

The clues leading up to something not so nice happening at the hotel (gotta love the Norman Bates reference) were great like Dean going into the kitchen and hoping that the soup was just soup then finding eyes in it. What I LOVED about how simple that was is that it pokes fun at their profession and really how routine it's become for them.  They are no longer surprised at the stuff they see. They hope for something mundane, but can't seem to avoid the paranormal, seemingly magnets to it. They've become grizzled vets to the whole process and switch into investigation-mode.

All that has come before speaks a lot to how far they have come from being under John's tutelage into their own.  What they are eventually facing will test their mettle as well as their bond as brothers.  The Apocalypse isn't mundane and it's no dress rehearsal for the boys.  They only have one shot at the whole shebang so the choices they make now have to come as a result of all they have endured both together and apart, all they have learned about themselves and each other.  I think they have matured, become their own men and yet the core of who they are still comprises more than just their separate and collective experiences.  I think that what will separate them from the angels, will be their unique humanity, who they are inside, their beliefs, their faiths, their family values. My Pollyanna heart tells me that Dean will remain Dean, the Dean whose humanity and his love for humanity is what makes him powerful without powers yet there have been clues that he's more than the Dean who left for Hell. He can now kill an angel, he can look into an angel's true visage and not be blinded. You can't easily dismiss those clues and not wonder.  The same for Sam as well only in Sam's case, his resistance to demon blood and its temptations will play as a factor as well. It's already been well-established that a good swig of demon blood will turn Sam into something very powerful, powerful enough to defeat a horsemen (in a creative way). We may get a glimpse into whether that power becomes important in the final battle.

So many GREAT speculations. Tonight we will get ever closer to conclusions we may or may not want to face, but I have to say, I am STOKED and EXCITED about finding out what will happen to our boys and to the world.  No pressure here.

Enjoy The Devil You Know and Mark Sheppard as Crowley. Frankly, I'm glad to see him back  He was funny and downright witty for a demon.  He likely doesn't bode well for our boys, after all, one can't escape one's basic nature, think of the fable about the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion stings the frog, even though by doing so they doom the both of them to death. No matter the good intentions of Crowley in Abandon All Hope, he's still a demon in the end.

Forgive any typos in this blog.  I tried to proof, but life has been hectic and I wanted to get this out before tonight's episode so I may not have caught every thing and worse yet, I may have been more incomprehensible than usual.  Hope I make sense.  If not, hope I'm forgiven.  This countdown to the last 3 episodes is killing me softly as well, hee!

Thanks for reading and for your patience.


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"Damn right they're flawed, but a lot of them try to do better, to forgive and you should see the spearmint rhino."

It made be proud to be a human, even if the last part escaped me.


Just FYI, the Spearmint Rhino is a famous strip club in Las Vegas.

Nice write up - I enjoyed it.

Thanks for your comments!!

Thanks for telling me about the Spearmint Rhino. It SO fits. I really liked this episode even though a lot of people were disappointed with it. It had humor and pathos and most importantly, it had Sam and Dean connecting almost like they used to. I missed that and loved that.

Re: Thanks for your comments!!

I'm kinda new to the fandom and I've been poking around and reading past reviews and meta. I think I'm too much of a noob to really be disappointed in anything just yet - haven't really had time to form many expectations - but I loved this episode. It had just enough humor to avoid making it too heavy.

Sheesh. Bordering on sadistic! Of course, that's what they do best, isn't it? Torture our boys and us?

Lol, so true! And they do it very well too, lol!

Dean presents family to Gabriel, that even though the gods weren't his blood, they were still people he considered family. A notion that Dean embraces with Bobby and maybe in a fellow soldier in the war kind of way with Castiel as well.

I really loved that parallel too, and the way that Dean challenged Gabriel to take care of the people he cared about. :)

Kripke still wins on the gross meter. ICK doesn't even come close to describing it.

He really does! *makes face*

A man in his happy place and knowing where his love for pie came from you enjoy it with him. It was sweetly heartwarming.

That really was a great scene, and so well said! :)

He can now kill an angel, he can look into an angel's true visage and not be blinded. You can't easily dismiss those clues and not wonder.

Once again, so true!!! It really does make you wonder. I honestly think they've dropped too many clues for it just to be coincidence.

Wonderful blog as always! :)

-Laughter

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