That was quite a ride eh? Both eps were pretty epic.... \o/ Such a lot going on. Some truly awesome moments, some not so awesome moments and some moments that I'm sure will have fans divided.
I imagine each of us will get something different from those eps, depending on how we each view the show. There may well be a mix of love and hate. For me.... LOVE!!!!!!! \o/
I have to split the reviews because there's just too much brain strain for one post..*g*
Instead of "counting the ways" I'm going to mainly focus on one aspect of the episode. And look at other parts of the episode in relation to that. Of course this is purely my perspective and I GET that everyone will have different ways of looking at. But this is what I got...
For me the crux of 6.21 was Dean's decision to have Cas erase himself from Lisa and Ben's memories. It's controversial because he did that without permission from either Lisa or Ben. He made a decision, on their behalf
that their lives would be better without any trace of him in it. It's completely heartbreaking because it shows that Dean still doesn't value his self worth. The underlying self esteem issues are still a major aspect of Dean's personality. WHAAAA!!!!
Dean's decision was made from the culmination of events that happened throughout the ep.
- Demon!Lisa saying that Lisa wished she'd never met him, that's she's be better off with out him. I love that Dean tells Ben not to believe what the demon is saying and yet he is prepared to believe what it says about him. ARGH!! Dean!!
(I totally believe that demon!Lisa was lying about it ALL because of the way that whole scene was played).
- Seeing Ben watch his mom possessed and then stabbed. AND having to make him shoot demons....(I love the way Dean became John during that scene. I imagine that's exactly how he would have treated his boys...(whaaaaaaa) ).
- Castiel's betrayal. Dean's self worth has taken an absolute battering with Cas's decision to ignore his pleas to not join forces with Crowley. He does not believe he can make a positive impact in anyone's life... (whaaaaaaa)
Totally TOTALLY heartbreaking. *hugs* Dean like WHOA!!
Dean's decision was honorable (from his stand point) but not exactly well thought through. Lisa and Ben could still be used as leverage against Dean in the future. Only. They won't know who to turn to. They will be defenseless. (like Adam was...).
It really is a complete mess. And I'm not sure if this is really, really clever and they have opened up opportunities to explore this next season or they have used it as a way of writing Lisa and Ben completely out of the series.
God.. I hope it's the former. Because a decision like that can't (or shouldn't) be left unexplored. It could even be linked to a number of other decisions Dean as made in the past... mostly notably the one to bring Sam back from the dead.
(Though I suspect we won't see or hear much (if anything) from Lisa and Ben in the future. But who knows...?!).
Even though this was a Dean focussed episode I LOVED that Sam had his back throughout it. His palpable concern and him begging Cas to help was great to watch.
I also loved that Sam knew
Dean's decision was neither wise nor ethical but.. AND THIS IS THE THING!...THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!!!.. that's what these characters do! They make decisions because they think what they are doing is right... Sam followed Ruby, Cas teamed up with Crowley...it's a pattern. At least Show is being CONSISTENT! Flawed characters are FLAWED! *HUGS THEM* Flawed characters are much more interesting that ones that are always getting it right. That's why I got so pissed when everyone was having a go at Sam in S4. He believed
he was doing the right thing.
That's my take on it anyway. I thought it was wonderfully angsty and opens up potential of more angst next season. \o/Other stuff:
Demon!Lisa was AWESOME! Loved her...
*Sam being knocked out and locked away.. not so awesome (even though I did kinda love limp!Sam being dragged along the floor..). Mainly because it was too obvious as a way to keep him out of the way so Dean could have his moment with Demon!Lisa. But.. yeah... I get it...
*I would have loved the actor playing Ben to be stronger. I think if we had witnessed a truly terrified, traumatised boy... Dean's decision would have (perhaps) been more acceptable. He was deciding not only that Lisa's life would be better but also Ben's. Ben had witnessed something truly life changing and that in itself would have been enough for Dean to make up his mind. I don't think that came across as well as it could have done.
*Cas reminded me of Sam in S4. That pleading he did to Dean. Cas honestly feels betrayed. I actually felt the same way I did when Sam was begging Dean to believe him. I wondered if maybe Cas was right and Dean was wrong. I think it's no accident that Dean said he Cas was like a brother to him. Cas then went on to take the same path that Sam did. That didn't end well. And I suspect this thing with Cas won't either. OH SHOW!!
There was other stuff wasn't there?! Ack.. my brain is fried. You'll just have to tell me. I'll go over 6.22 tomorrow. <333