DittyDotDot October 20, 2014 Share October 20, 2014 Dean begins to think the only way to stop Lucifer is to say yes to Michael, but the angels decide they don't need him anymore. Dean, Sam and Castiel are horrified at the angels' new game plan and take on Zachariah to prevent an all out war on Earth. Meanwhile, a familiar face returns. Alright, I might have to eat some of my words here. I usually think of this episode as the beginning of the end for me with S5. Yes, it is that, but I mean it's the beginning of my disappointment with S5. However, I've been really trying to use this re-watch to pinpoint when it is that Sam starts to find faith in S5. Dean's losing faith seem really well developed to me, but I usually find Sam's side of things so lacking that when we get to this episode I'm totally befuddled as to where Sam gets this sudden surge of faith. However, I do see it now--still think it is woefully underdeveloped--but there are some hints along the way. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid--Dean focuses on Bobby, so Sam has to go take care of the rest of the town giving him some confidence in himself again. My Bloody Valentine--Sam gives into his addiction, but also controls it in the end and probably gave him the sense he could hold out and wouldn't fail again. Dark Side Of The Moon--Sam sees he doesn't need to run away to have control of his life. So, it's there and it did have me enjoying this episode more. However, I still have issues with the episode. I don't care for the last minute resurrection of their bastard of a half brother Adam. And it's not because I feel poor little Dean got shafted and wanted Dean to say yes and be possessed by Michael--I did not want that at all nor have I ever felt Dean was shafted. I just would have preferred they found a solution that was just Sam and Dean in the end. Although, I do appreciate meeting the "real" Adam this time and I appreciate his sassy and snarky attitude. Also, I think the show works best when Sam and Dean both have valid and reasonable points of view--they may be differing, but neither is right or wrong--and they find a place somewhere in the middle to live. Here, I feel like they're saying that Dean is totally wrong and I just don't feel like he is. I think Dean's idea of trying to save as many as he can has just as much validity as Sam's idea they try and find a way to save them all. As usual Dean is more practical and Sam is more idealistic. I just don't care for the idea that Dean is giving up instead of it being Dean finding another possibility. Again, I never wanted Dean to say "yes", just don't think he's wrong in thinking he should here. Okay, the grumblings out of the way, I'll put out there the things that have always worked for me. First, I love that Sam knows where to find Dean and I appreciate he didn't go alone looking for a fight. Sam's not the same Sam from the end of S4 and I'm glad to see that. I love Castiel's entire attitude throughout the episode. He's pissed and angry that he put his faith in Dean--as he did in God--and now he's feeling let down again. And I love that he beats the shit out of Dean in that alley, it feels so very right to me. I also love that Sam has faith that Dean will do the right thing when push comes to shove and I love when push comes to shove Dean does find the same faith in Sam. I've been wanting them to stab Zachariah in his throat since When The Levee Breaks, so there's also that satisfying development. And in the end, they both are back on the same page and fighting the good fight together, which is where I prefer them. So, this episode rose up this time for me. I'm still not in love with it, but am currently cool with it. ;) 4 Link to comment
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