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Supernatural Review: Shut Up, Meg!

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As much as I enjoy a decent Monster of the Week episode, there's something rather exciting about expanding upon the Supernatural mythology and delving into the battle that is angels and demons.

And while investigating witches or fighting Greek gods have been that okay foray into the Winchester World, getting back on the trail of searching for the hidden God tablets and the return of Castiel was the much needed resurgence for the series.

"Goodbye Stranger" was full of great moments, lines, twists and character decisions to conjure up excitement for what's to come as we drive closer towards the finale. Even the concluding song of the title's same name was a great way to wrap it all up.

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It's been a while since we've seen Castiel, almost too long, even though I've enjoyed the brothers working together as a team. Certainly their new home at the Men of Letters lair has been the right touch and transition for their work, as well as chance to dig into what they love (Sam for knowledge, Dean for first edition Asian porn).

Yet, the mysterious and controlling Naomi had been able to completely brainwash Castiel into carrying out her crusade of killing demons and tracking down the angel tablet. He was a zombie-like Terminator who I couldn't help but keep comparing him to Zoolander prepping to kill the prime minister of Malaysia. Although, I'm sure some might agree to Castiel being really really ridiculously good looking.

It was definitely an odd reunion for him and the boys. He's always been a little off in his demeanor, but it was a part of his charm. Here, he was a Zero Dark Thirty machine precisely eliminating demons and sort of ignoring Sam and Dean.

At the same time, Meg made her own return appearance and in pretty much one fell swoop won me over. She's always been fair enough, but I've been less on board with her dry remarks and actions when with the brothers.

This time around, new blonde hair and all, she was full of clever one-liners and a flirty charm that worked when she was hitting on Castiel. Sure, she's a demon and he's an angel, but there was something fun about the two of them having a rapport including talking about the pizza man.

Could it have worked? I guess we'll never know, but I was willing to see where a little Megstiel action decided to go.

More so, I enjoyed Meg's heart to heart with Sam, discussing his normal life and magical unicorn. I get that she's been untrustworthy with the brothers, so I don't blame Sam for not wanting to talk, but Meg proved herself this go around.

She stood up to Crowley, held him off Sam and Dean in order for them to escape, all before getting even more beat up (after a year of torture under the King of Hell) and then killed. Wow. And I really was all ready for her to join the team.

Goodbye stranger for sure.

And yet, Castiel had become a stranger as well. It was a very intense and creepy standoff between the angel and Dean, after they discovered the tablets. His stare down was cold, and you could see a certain wariness in Dean's eyes. Two friends fighting was not the happy reunion that should have been.

On top of that, was Castiel attacking Dean over and over for the tablet until the Winchester was battered, bloody and bruised. It was heartbreaking to watch the angel feel so conflicted as he tried to break free from Naomi's grasp at the same time Dean cried out weakly for Castiel to stop because they are family.

I really wasn't sure if Castiel could break free. It was wild that touching the tablet and Dean's pleas snapped him back under his own control. Still, the angel flew the coop leaving the brothers to fend for themselves again.

What is Castiel going to do with the tablet by himself? I hope he finds his way back to Sam and Dean again. The three of them are a family.

Such is even more so fact with Sam agreeing to tell the truth (a conversation that sounded very familiar, but I was happy he decided to), along with Dean famously quoting Lord of the Rings and carrying Sam rather than his burden. I liked the reiteration of the brother bond and length they will go for each other.

The coming together and breaking apart again was pretty dramatic, especially with Castiel finding freedom and Meg meeting her end. There's just something about the angels and demons that feels entertaining, so that added to the character mix was a wonderful delight. Really there was just so much enjoyable that this has to be one of my more favorite episode of Supernatural Season 8. With more episodes like this, I can't wait to see how the season concludes.

A few other random things I noticed:

  • Not sure if we've ever had a demon with curlers before.
  • I loved the Family guy reference with "Shut up, Meg!"
  • The Crowley and Naomi standoff really showed how much the two loathe each other. It also affirmed that Naomi is indeed an angel, right?
  • Meg described Sam's year off perfectly: "I laughed, I cried, I puked in my mouth a little."
  • A hobbit quote to reassure your brotherly love is always ok, as long as it's from the Rudy hobbit.

What did you think of the episode? Castiel and Meg? The fight for the tablets? Sound off below and watch a promo for next week's "Freaks and Geeks."

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It has certainly been too long for me since we've seen Castiel. I was beyond thrilled to have him back on the episode last night. I love any episode where he is there and working with Sam and Dean. The three of them together is my favorite SPN thing. My personal opinion of the Castiel and Meg stuff is that I hated it. It just went too deep for me. The allusion to the pizza man thing could have been fun enough, but I just felt like it was trying to push this deep connection between the two that I never saw there before and don't like. I also don't like the whole "redeem" Meg thing. As we heard Dean say in the flashback scenes from the beginning of the episode, "She's a demon." I like Meg, just as I like Crowley: Sometimes willing to work with the good guys out of necessity, but always ultimately a demon and a villain. I hope to never have to endure any Megstiel in SPN again. Being honest, it was the part of the episode that made me 'puke in my mouth' a little bit. Otherwise, I really did laugh and cry and enjoy the episode immensely. I loved the brother moments, and the LOTR reference at the end.

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Ok, I had a lot more, but that looks like it for now. I do think that Meg will be back, tho'.

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Absolutely loved this episode, one of my all time favourites, spectacular fight sequences, the terrible battering of dean by Castiel, brilliant inter-cutting of earth/heaven sequences with Castiel suggesting he's here and there simultaneously, tight closeups of faces, amazing make up. But I especially loved all the pop culture references. With the power of time-shifting, I was able to identify most of them and look up their significance: Dean about Sam's coughing: "You're not goin' all Doc Holliday on me, are ya?" Doc Holliday was friends with Wyatt Earp and died of tuberculosis. Sam to Dean: "...go all “beautiful mind� and start digging in the dirt." I didn't get this one, maybe someone else can explain it. Did John Nash in the movie dig a trench or something for a pool for his daughter? I dunno. Dean: "A demonic decoder ring in Crowley's hands." I think we all get this one. Meg: "I haven't exactly been giving (the demons) the Glengarry leads." In the film "Glengarry Glen Ross", desperate real esate salesmen vie for the "leads" or potential clients to invest in the promising Glengarry and Glen Ross developments. Meg: "Every crypt's been one Al Capone's vault after another." Maybe we all know that when Al Capone's vault was opened, it was empty (much to the embarrassment of Geraldo Rivera). Meg (again): "Do I look like Google to you?" Self evident. Dean to Castiel: "Bottom line it for me, Bill Nye." A reference to Bill Nye, "the Science Guy." Dean, on opening the casket with the tablet: "Winner, winner, chicken dinner." Las Vegas casinos supposedly used to have a chicken dinner available for $1.79. The minimum bet was $2. So if someone won, he could afford to get the chicken dinner! Crowley: "So that's who's been poking my boys and not in a sexy way." A fairly obvious reference to the "poke" on FB. Crowley to Meg: It sounded as tho' he said "Simone and Pumba," but when I Googled it, I came up with Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King, a meerkat and a warthog who were constantly bickering. Dean: "...a heavenly WMD." Pretty obvious. Great fun. Oh, and I believe Meg will be back. All in all, a spectacular episode, worth watching again and again.

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@AJ- I thought the same thing about the guy on the bus looking like Bobby. I thought it was weird how the camera seemed focused on him and how he looked up and over towards Cas.

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LMFAOoooo at the Dish advertisement fight!!! Love SPN sad about Meg, sad about Cas too, don't like bad Cas! Dean is hot!!

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I loved all Dean and Cas scenes. Great episode.

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The song is "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp.

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Emphasis on the never-believable (but oh it would have been fun it they tried) Megstiel couple distracted and took away power from the scene of Cas confronting Dean, which we have been working toward all season. It came and went, with a bit of Swan-Song seen this before deja-vu. Better to have lopped off a few of the weak monster eps this season and built this up more and made the death of Meg (only character from season one other than Sam and Dean) a better send-off, and bitchy, snarky, screaming all the way.
Incidentlaly, I believe Castiel is keeping the tablet away from Dean, because if Dean uses it, it will damage him on a 'sub-atomic' level the same way the demon tablet is killing Sam.

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Cas really beat the crap out of Dean and I liked it. Dean deserves an ass kicking every now and then to take his self-righteous ass down a few notches. Dean's Asian porn fetish has hit an all time creepy low. I find myself hoping Meg returns and calls the Pizza Man for a house call.

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I have to admit that I loved this episode. I too was strangely disappointed when they killed off meg, but only cause she was like they're major Bitch character and it was always fun. NOT because I harbored any illusions of her actually being on their side--- shes a demon and hello--that whole Megstiel was really stupid and I kinda threw up in my mouth a little every time they pushed it. Show even mentioned a few seasons ago that angels could see a demons true face and how the hell can you fall for that?> show, please remember your own continuity please?
The scenes with Cas beating on his boyfriend *Dean were painful to watch and the little flinch when he tried to heal him? ouch well done J.A. all in all, I cant wait for next week because HUNTER school? well Dean needs to be DEEN of that school that would be an awesome end to season 10 and then our movie?