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Supernatural Review: Words with Friends

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For those of you worried about this season being the last, fear not. The CW has picked up Supernatural for an eighth season. Which means that as we barrel down the final stretch of episodes, it's probably safe to say a gigantic cliffhanger is on the way.

But what is everything leading up to?

For a good majority of the season, the main villain, the Leviathan, have slimed their way to the background while trying to carry out their devious fast food plan to eat the human race. They've been plotting and excavating and copying famous celebrities, but because Sam and Dean have had no idea how to kill the creatures from Purgatory, they've pretty much just left them alone. Or tried to avoid them.

Except "Reading is Fundamental" really focused on the core mythology of the Leviathan arc and packed so much information in that I'll probably need to play a few rounds of Sorry! before I fully process it all.

The Brothers and Castiel

The key to the home stretch involves Dick Roman's red clay tablet the brothers stole last episode. Turns out God had a soft spot for diary writing and using his scribe Metatron, crafted the aptly named "Word of God." Guess God decided to have a backup plan in case somebody wanted to let the Leviathan loose.

It makes sense for the Winchesters to retrieve the tablet as it finally helps their cause for victory, but why would Dick Roman want it? Does it do more than explain how to defeat them?

Clearly there's a deep seated power beyond simple sentences. After all, women all over seemed to give birth and it even awoke the catatonic Castiel. But what benefit would the Leviathan gain, especially in trying to eat everyone?

Once again, I'm pleased to see Misha Collins back, even if he plays a more insane version of his angel character. Castiel's non stop gibberish about cat's penises and the path of bees is but a small sample of the broken angel. While he seems rather content and spends a lot of his time smiling and acting extremely childlike (even more so than usual,) there's a sad recognition of the pain and suffering he's bestowed upon himself.

Castiel wants to atone for his actions and if eliminating the sanity he once had for this simpler version, he would gladly take the punishment.

It's funny that as viewers, we both got Bobby and Castiel back on the show, but they aren't the same people we once knew. The former is a haunted mess and the latter signing up for his role in "Angel, Interrupted". I wonder what their final end game will be.

It seems pretty obvious that on some level, the end game for the season will certainly include the crashing of entities from the angels, demons, Leviathan, and of course, world saving heroes, Sam and Dean.

And I love that that biblical feel returned while again bringing things back to the past with the renewed focus on angels and demons. They may have been pushed out of the way for the black oozed Leviathan, but I have a feeling they will be making their comeback tour pretty soon.

Welcome, Castiel!

After all, Meg's comments about Crowley being the main focus was a rather interesting point and potential lead in to next season. Dean may have scoffed at the idea with his more pressing matters, but the King of Hell should never be counted out. Especially when Mark Sheppard portrays him wonderfully.

So while his evil presence might be a future cause (at least for Sam and Dean for now) the brothers finally know how to kill the Leviathan. Finally! All you need is your typical righteous mortal bone washed in the blood of the three fallen. Available at your local Wal-Mart obviously. With Castiel offering up the first part, the question remains: who and where are the other two?

Yet, the episode refused to stop there giving (for me at least) a reason to like and even fear the Leviathan. It's no secret that I've found them rather bland, but Edgar shoving his hands inside the angels and proving their powerlessness was kind of cool. I always thought the winged ones had the upper hand, but it looks as though even they are useless when it comes to Leviathan. Uh oh, Kevin. Looks like you've got a new babysitter to deal with now and he's not really a nice guy.

Supernatural really stepped it up in terms of story, pushing things dramatically forward while giving time for a few more emotional moments with Castiel. I love that things feel like they are coming to a head and hopefully that driving force powers through to the end.


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supernatural season 8 season 8 better be the last and final season of the show
so that supernatural can say goodbye.


I loved this episode & thoroughly enjoyed it. The only downside is the actress playing Meg. Her acting is atrocious and can be very distracting at times. I wonder if she's drunk because she slurs her lines.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Not drunk,,,thats just the way she speaks. Remember the actor (Christopher Heyerdahl) who played Alastair in "On The Head of A Pin?" The ep where Dean tortures him. He had an odd way of speaking, too. I like Miner's portrayal of Meg better than Nikki's.


I don't think they messed up with the angels being beaten by the leviathan; The only angel that's ever had a hit-and-run fighting style has been Cas (ie: the trickster inside the tv episode) . The rest think that they are invincible and let themselves get hit. This leaves them very prone to one hit deaths from the archangel blade and now, leviathan gut punc
---------------------------------------------------------------- Thats true about the first one. He was caught by surprise. But the second one raised his hand to zap the Leviathan and nothing happened. He looked shocked when nothing happened.


I loved this episode & thoroughly enjoyed it. The only downside is the actress playing Meg. Her acting is atrocious and can be very distracting at times. I wonder if she's drunk because she slurs her lines. I've NEVER said anything like that about any actor on this show because they've had the best supporting cast on any show I've ever seen. I've pretty much loved all the characters/actors even the villains. But she has to be the worst in Supernatural history! I really miss Nikki's Meg from Season 1. Hopefully this Meg will be killed off in the finale so we can get a new & improved actress.


also they should bring famous people to make cameos on the show...famous friends. they should have some....right? so in the news everybody talks about the show. some forgotten star of hollywood . i dont know.


this has no precedent.... an 8 season. i mean with these show they should always have consultants, people who can bring new sstorys and point of view. something like the knife that kills demons is such a good idea that works even today at a 7 season. or the angel castiel. or bobby.
or a lot of things that have made this show great. they could go on forever. i think they should improve the quality of the story. the motivation. and they should fight something different. its like a maze its tricky. When you have powerlfull characters that have won over angels, the devil, purgatory...who are you going to fight? like superman, who can he fight??? its difficult but if you go back to the first 100 hunders issues where superman fought humans you can find there what made that character great....ah...anyway. mabye they should fight a mad scientist that creats zombies. haha! this universe is so rich. its a great show. the actors are great also. all of them.


[Quote] Great episode, but I was stunned at how easily the Leviathan killed the two Angels. Didn't expect that at all. At least Sam or Dean could slow them down a little with borax or dropping a car on them. And Bobby could shove Dick across a room. And in 'Shut Up, Dr. Phil,' the warlock (male witch) Donald knocked out/paralyzed a Leviathan for three days with a spell. But the Angels were totally powerless against them. Surely an Angel is far more powerful than a ghost or a witch. I think they goofed in making them look so helpless. Even if they couldn't kill them, they should have been able to put up some kind of fight. [Quote] I don't think they messed up with the angels being beaten by the leviathan; The only angel that's ever had a hit-and-run fighting style has been Cas (ie: the trickster inside the tv episode) . The rest think that they are invincible and let themselves get hit. This leaves them very prone to one hit deaths from the archangel blade and now, leviathan gut punches.


Very few shows make it this far, so that proves how good it is. I hope they go at least 10 seasons. Read that 'Baby,' (the Impala) will be back for the season ending cliff-hanger. Looks like they will be pulling out all the stops.


(cont'd from below) that it still remains original, surprising, full of suspense and adapts it's storylines and character growth better than most shows on tv. With seven now going on to eight seasons under it's belt proves how good it is and always has been, as most shows out there can't say the same.


To puppybunny, Carver didn't just do Being Human, he has been one of the producers of Supernatural for a while and has written many of it's episodes, too. I think it will be exciting to see the ideas he comes up with as show runner. And you saying that this season had terrible writing is pure opinion, not fact. It speaks for itself when it's loyal fan base continues to watch, continues to vote for it during tv award competitions and usually wins, and was one of only three shows to be renewed early by the CW because I don't think they had a second thought on whether they wanted to renew it or not. Probably because the ratings are just fine, since the show is just that damn good. On a side note, for everyone who gives Sera Gamble a hard time, you need to remember that Kripke still is somewhat involved as this is his baby and he is their Executive Consultant, she did not take over 100%. People need to stop assuming that Gamble ruined anything; she helped to keep the show true to itself in that it's always original, surprising, full of suspense and adapts to new storylines and the growth of it's characters better than many shows on tv. It is simply one of the best shows out there, with seven now going on to eight seasons under it's belt, and for good reason. Not many other shows can say that.