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Changing Channels: "This is about you being too afraid to stand up to your family."
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"Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too." - Albert Schweitzer

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." - Anthony Brandt

"A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden." - Buddha



Though this episode got mixed feeings and reviews from some I've talked to, I really enjoyed the comic moments and parodies, not all of them, mind you, like I didn't much care for the parody of the Japanese game shows, but I did get a thrill of hearing Jensen talk Japanese. My friend Tiffany wondered if he got tutored by Jim Beaver who's fluent. The questions asked by the game show host though were compelling among the silliness of everything. One has to wonder if Dean's admission that if Sam had never been born, his parents would be alive was real or a fluke. It's played for a fluke, but did the Trickster put words into Dean's mouth or was that just Dean's thoughts translated with the Trickster's intervention? Interesting and it does play into Gabriel's brother correlation -- more on that later.

The sitcom ones, they were eh, even though they played a role in moving the story along, but I loved all the rest. Even the parody of a drug commercial for herpes medication, no less. Watching Jensen play basketball behind Jared and then being the voice over for the side effects was JUST HILARIOUS! The play on Grey's Anatomy with Dr. Sexy, the EMO music when Dean gets shot (both Tiffany and I had hoped there would be angst there (just because the last time Sam had to deal with Dean dying in a manufactured world was with the Trickster and you couldn't help, but see the anxiety on Sam's face maybe reliving those terrifying times again) being the lovers of DeanSuffering as we are, but I wasn't surprised, they went the silly route insead -- but I enjoyed Jensen playing the grimace as only he can, that and the sounds of pain in the background, I'll take what I can get -- a fellow fan on Twitter even gave me a screen shot of the perfect "pain-riddled" moment so I've graced that as my new pic here, I liked it so much), the Denny/Izzie reference with an off-handed Jeffrey Dean Morgan mention and "this show has ghosts? Why?" comment by Sam. I LOVED the CSI: Miami take off A LOT. Dean's rant of procedural shows just killed me and Jared, he TOTALLY PLAYED David Caruso's hamminess to the hilt right down to the voice and mannerisms!!! He was AMAZING good. The sunglasses were just too much! Talk about a well-known diss of limited acting skills. LOVED IT!! Sam being the voice of the Impala as "Kitt" was HILARIOUS!!! I truly enjoyed it!!!

I really enjoyed the revelation that the Trickster was never a Trickster and it explains a lot from Tall Tales why the wooden stake didn't work back then. I NEVER would have guessed archangel Gabriel though! An AWESOME twist. Richard Speight Jr. was great. He plays the playful prankster to HILARIOUS effect and I've always enjoyed him in that role, but he was also great as Gabriel, declaring that he just wants his family drama to end. I really enjoyed that FAMILY is back into the thread of things. I thought that was an INSPIRED idea! I thought it was great to tie-in the family dysfunction among the angels and how Dean and Sam were destined to play the roles because of their own parallel family issues.

"Because this isn't about a war, it's about two brothers that loved each other and betrayed each other. You'd think you'd be able to relate."

When Sam and Dean seem clueless to the comparison, Gabriel outlined how Michael was the older brother devoted to an absent father and Lucifer, the younger rebellious brother, it fit, it made sense to me and in a way, I LOVED it, but it's an interesting idea to think that John was a God-figure in the scenario. My rich imagination goes to speculative places like what if, like John, God is hiding out for now, waiting for the right moment to reappear and even more interesting what if God is John Winchester or at least in the human host scenario? What a great way that would be to bring Jeffrey Dean Morgan back. I kind of like that idea a lot, but the odds of it happening are pretty slim...still, let this DeanGirl dream a little. It would make for an AMAZING full-circle, 5 year story arc.

"Why do you think, you, two are the vessels? Think about it. Michael, the big brother, loyal to an absent father and Lucifer, the little brother, rebellious of daddy's plan. You were born to this, boys. It's your destiny. It was always you. As it is in heaven, so it must be on Earth, one brother has to kill the other."

I LOVE how no matter how much Gabriel, like all the others with the exception of Castiel, believe that the battle between the brothers is inevitable, Dean in his stalwart manner continues to hold firm in the belief that it doesn't have to end that way even though you see the doubt and uncertainty on Sam's face. Now, I know that Dean's view can be seen as being in denial and at worse, just being stubborn for no good reason, but I believe that Dean deeply believes there's another way out for the world, that he and Sam don't have to end up fighting each other and making a terrible choice of killing one or the other. No, I see Dean as steadfast in that belief and I'm believing with him all the way. I LOVE how instead of letting Gabriel rot in the ring of fire, Dean lets him go proclaiming that unlike him and maybe even like his fellow angels,

"No, we're not, 'cuz we don't screw with people the way you do."

I LOVE that Dean elevates humanity and specifically his ability to be "merciful" in his own way by sparing him and even tells Gabriel,

"Don't say I never did anything for you."

You hope that the gesture doesn't go unnoticed in some way and that Gabriel will somehow help them, I'd love to see Richard Speight Jr. back again. He's funny and yet compelling too.

But my utmost favorite moment was Dean's declaration:

"And for the record, this isn't about some prize fight between your brothers or some destiny that can't be stopped. This is about you being too afraid to stand up to your family."

Amazingly mature words from someone who didn't stand up to his own family and its legacy until recently. All the more powerful because it comes from experience and it leaves Gabriel shocked and surprised. I thought it was great that Dean did that. I think he really nailed it.  Much like he called Zacariah on the cost of human lives for this "pissing match", he does the same here with Gabriel, telling him, daring him that he can make a difference and not just sit idly by and let destiny, a perceived destiny that can ONLY come about if Sam and Dean consent to it, just play out or force to play out.  Destiny's all well and good, but free will is still there and is continuing to play out with Sam and Dean, especially Dean.  Nothing can be accomplished without them agreeing to be vessels and letting the angel brothers duke it out.  Sure, the world could end if they don't, but it's yet another choice.  Choice is everything here and it will be the deciding factor in the final moment.

I thought the last word from Dean was HILARIOUS and a great way to end, well, a TV show:

"I tell you one thing, right about now, I'm wish I was back on a TV show."

"Yeh, me too."



I LOVED the episode and thought it effectively combined and coalesced everything in terms of it not just being about an Apocalypse, but about family and how misunderstanding, competition, can lead to rebellion and betrayal and can create an inner turmoil that can be apocalyptic on its own.  I LOVE that the battle between Michael and Lucifer though on a REALLY, REALLY BIG scale, essentially can be brought down to the human level, that even angels have problems, that family dynamics are the same no matter where you are on the evolutionary hierarchy, that brothers disagree, that one can't dominate over the other, that one has to be allowed to grow up and learn lessons that will give him the insight and foresight needed to make sound decisions.  It was lacking in the Heavens and so it was lacking on Earth between our beloved brothers. What heartens me about the future of the Winchester brothers is that unlike Michael and Lucifer, Sam and Dean have finally come to that realization, that understanding, that they are on the same page, united, together, stronger for being that and for having gone through so much already and I believe that because of that, they will rise up from the fray, whole one way or another.  I prefer to think they are not doomed to their fates, but even if the story brings us to that point, that the inevitable must happen, I can TOTALLY imagine that as they face each other as Michael and Lucifer, some part of who they are as Dean and Sam Winchester will come through and they will broker the peace that Michael and Lucifer, on their own, could not accomplish.

Yikes, did I get deep there or what? I do believe that a solution we can all be happy with will emerge at the end just because I am loving the way that Dean and Sam are evolving.

This was a great and unique episode that completely combined hilarity with deep philosophical underpinning effectively.  Changing Channels? NEVER!

Thanks for reading and comments are welcome as always.  Onto the next episode, The Real Ghostbusters. Prepare yourselves all ye who have been a conventioneer as I have, though sad to say, not recently with our boys...my conventioneering days were eons ago, but some things never change just the "casts" change. Some of it may come REALLY close to home.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for commenting and glad that you and I are on the same page with the season. It has been a stellar one and really amazing in how everything is coming together. For the first time, I really believe that no matter how our brothers end up, it will be together and winning the Apocalypse. I'll have to head over to your essay and give a read of it.

I like your new userpic, lol!!! :D

One has to wonder if Dean's admission that if Sam had never been born, his parents would be alive was real or a fluke. It's played for a fluke, but did the Trickster put words into Dean's mouth or was that just Dean's thoughts translated with the Trickster's intervention?

I've been wondering that too. It was one of the moments in the episode I would have loved more angst, lol! It would have been fun to see how Sam would react to that, had he known what the question and the answer were.

...both Tiffany and I had hoped there would be angst there (just because the last time Sam had to deal with Dean dying in a manufactured world was with the Trickster and you couldn't help, but see the anxiety on Sam's face maybe reliving those terrifying times again) being the lovers of DeanSuffering as we are,

*falls over laughing* As always, thanks for the mention! :D

the Denny/Izzie reference with an off-handed Jeffrey Dean Morgan mention and "this show has ghosts? Why?" comment by Sam.

Lol, I loved that too! It's a good question, lol!

Nothing can be accomplished without them agreeing to be vessels and letting the angel brothers duke it out. Sure, the world could end if they don't, but it's yet another choice. Choice is everything here and it will be the deciding factor in the final moment.

Again, so very well said. Sam and Dean do have free will, and in the end, that will decide what happens. Though, now I'm reminded of what happened when they first met Chuck. They had free will then too, but it was their freely made choices that led to things coming to pass the way Chuck had predicted... *looks a little worried* The writers are definitely keeping us guessing, lol!

Amazing blog as always! :)

-Laughter

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