Seven Things About Supernatural: 12x12 - “Stuck In The Middle (With You)”

Okay, I joked about how concerned I was about having to write Thirty-Five Things About Supernatural because of the multiple PoV action, but now that I’ve seen the ep?  Y’all, we’re all going to be writing about this for a decade.  There is no way I can say everything I have to say in one post.  Pressure = gone.  Let’s do this.

  1. Supernatural as a show excels at the Concept Episode – like, it’s literally a signature thing that the show does – but sweet cuppin’ cakes, this ep is on a par with some of the bigger things Robbie Thompson was doing before his departure.  Davy Perez and Richard Speight Jr. fucking knocked my socks off so hard I no longer have socks.  Some of that is the joyful lack of restraint in bringing the Tarantino cliches, but they’re also doing it with a solid, substantial bit of story that has implications up and down the timeline.  
  2. NEW LORE NEW LORE NEW LORE.  And it’s the good stuff, too.  The Princes of Hell are another Ancient Big Bad in the vein of Cain, but still recently active enough via Azazel that it’s not like, “HEY!  SURPRISE!”  

    Plus, great shock factor for the characters AND the audience when Ramiel’s eyes go yellow.  

    Ramiel, like Azazel, appears in the Book of Enoch as a fallen angel.  Dagon is mentioned in Biblical literature as a deity among the Philistines, and is attested as early as the Bronze age (for those of us Watching While Pagan).  Asmodeus has a long pedigree as a demonic force – he’s a baddie in the Book of Tobit, for example – and is the only one of the four to also be among the seven classic Crown Princes of Hell in the Sixteenth Century stuff, which seems to be a frequent aesthetic influence on SPN generally.

    This ep didn’t just leave the door open for Asmodeus and Dagon to join the party.  It handed them an engraved invitation with Kelly Kline and the Winchesters’ names on it.
  3. OKAY, BUT THE CROWLEY STUFF.  For an episode that I mostly failed to realize before air was a Crowley episode, there is a ton of character stuff happening with him here.  

    Gaining the crown, for example, more or less at the pleasure of the Princes?  It makes a lot of sense, and especially helps drive home how tenuous his position is.  It also clarifies a little how he came to a position that he does not love in its particulars, but clings to because the only thing worse than having it is not having it.  

    Which, given that Ramiel just got Winchestered on his watch, is a real possibility if Dagon and Asmodeus decide to get involved.  Which, given that Dagon is already interested in Kelly…well, there’s a reason Crowley wants the Colt back.  He broke the OTHER tool he’d need to do the job to save Cas. 

    (Cas who is “not a friend.”  Right, Crowley.  Yeah, there’s strategic value in keeping him around and the Winchesters happy/in your debt, but with two angry Princes, breaking Michael’s Lance is basically gambling with your life, and you don’t do that for someone you don’t have some attachment to.)

    We also see that he’s rebuilding his position in Hell, and is at least making some attempt to put right his humiliation at Lucifer’s hands by turning the tables.  Which, given that this is Lucifer we’re talking about…well, I have concerns.  Especially because Crowley’s luck rarely runs smooth. 
  4. But hey, Lucifer’s in a cage right now.  That’s good, right?  I mean, he’s probably not going to stay in there, because Lucifer is the dickest of dicks, and that whole Nephilim thing is going to come bite us all in the ass soon, but hey.  I’ll take it.
  5. So.  Mary.  Mary is in the process of learning (the hard way, and at great risk to herself and others) that Unilateral Choices Involving Secretive Deals With Douchebags is not the way to secure the greater good.  In fact, she’s sort of finding herself in Cas’ position from back in S6.  It’s a colossal breach of trust, which she struggles with in the final confrontation with Ramiel.  

    And, like Cas, she opts to press on in the belief that she can handle it, that her stab at this is going to be worth the hazard, that the ends are going to justify the means if she can hold out long enough.  
  6. So just in case anybody missed it: 

    A) Cas is family, both in Cas’ mind and on the Winchesters’ side.
    B) As in Sam and Dean won’t leave his side even though an Azazel-level baddie is getting ready to eject them from his barn.
    C) Mary even called him one of her boys.
    D) “I love you. I love all of you.” 

    Please excuse me while I weep openly. 
  7. Okay, but did any of us expect Wally to survive this episode?  Because honestly, the lineup here was like a classic Star Trek away team, with four Named and Knowns accompanied by That Other Poor Bastard Who Isn’t Coming Home™.  

    Like, I took one look at the promo shots and was like, “there is no prayer circle big enough to save this man.”

    Poor Wally.  

Bonus Thing:
I liked Mandy.  A lot.  She was snarky and she probably smelled delicious.  But I do have questions about why Cas didn’t spot her as a demon in the cafe.  I mean, I suppose it’s possible she’s not a meatsuit full-time, but it’s more usual for demons to stick around in the bodies they’ve claimed, and it makes a ton of sense for Crowley to have informants posted in the area around Ramiel’s farm so that he can help manage his end of the deal.  But yeah, if there’s a complaint to be made about this episode, this is mine.  Oh hey, never mind.  The demon I mistook for Mandy is actually Ronnie, who is played by an entirely different person. Mandy probably still smells delicious, and not at all like sulfur.  

Bonus Thing #2: 
OKAY BUT THE COLT.   THE COLT IS BACK.  THE COLT.  THE COLT THE COLT THE COLT.  So that’s neat.  Question, though: what’s with the lighting in the box?  Is the box illuminated?  Is the lighting diegetic (i.e. a real thing in the story world) or are we just having Pulp Fiction fun?  Time to tweet Davy Perez…  

Lilith and Asmodeus are one in the same. They both rule the Void together.

It’s Lilith’s blood that was injected inside Sebastian.

Asmodeous is Magnus Bane’s father.

What rustles my jimmies is when people play down exactly how powerful Magnus Bane is. His father is on parallel, if not even, ranks with Lilith. Lilith, whose blood runs through the monster otherwise known as Jonathan Morgenstern/Sebastian Verlac.

Do. Not. Tell. Me. that Magnus Bane is some weak little side character or simply an extension to Alec Lightwood when he has every genetic push to be as sinister and evil and disgusting and horrifying as Sebastian. 

Every single day Magnus Bane makes the choice to be good. He makes the choice to wake up and conquer the day by helping Downworlders and not charging clients unless they’re being greedy or plain stupid. He knows the power that races through his blood. There’s a reason he’s the youngest High Warlock ever to be appointed. 

Magnus Bane is not weak. 

He is stronger than the fandom gives him credit for.


You guys! I reached 666 followers and in honour of this special number let me introduce to you a bunch of my favourite devils, demons and wicked creatures from literature and movies:

✣ Mephistopheles [a main character in the ”Faust” legend, from which many writers and musicians as Goethe and Boito took inspiration]

✣ Asmodeus [from “The Devil on Two Sticks” by Alain R. Le Sage - 1841]

✣ Old Scratch or The Black Man [from “The Devil and Tom Walker”, a short story by Washington Irwing - 1824]

✣ Woland [from “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov - 1967]  

 Matilda or Rosario [from the 1796 gothic novel “The Monk” by Matthew Gregory Lewis]

 Black Phillip [from the movie “The Witch” written and directed by Robert Eggers - 2015]

 Zarenyia [my damn favourite one, from the novel “A Long Spoon” by Jonathan L. Howard - wearing her angora sweater, a gift from Johannes Cabal (a necromancer of some little infamy)]

 Declan Gunn or Lucifer [from “I, Lucifer” by Glen Duncan - 2003]

 Hastur [from “The King in Yellow” by Robert W. Chambers and appeared in other Cthulhu mythos by Ambrose Bierce and Lovecraft]

 John Melmoth or Melmoth the Wanderer [from the marvellous 1820 gothic novel “Memoth the Wanderer” by Charles Robert Maturin]

 The Devil [from “Peter Schlemihl’s Miraculous Story” by Adelbert von Chamisso - 1814]

 A. J. Crowley [an angel who did not so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards, from “Good Omens” an amazing book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman]

 Lilith [a III century A.D. demoness from the Babylonian Talmud and some Jewish legends - she refused to become subservient to Adam so she left the Garden of Eden (you go girl!)]

Thank you so much, guys! 

Shards and Projections

I had a lovely conversation with one of my spiritual guides and guardians this morning about the concept of shards. After a very enlightening conversation with a fellow tumblr blogger about the subject, I wanted to share the insights my guide told me when he answered my remaining questions. Here is the previous tumblr conversation:

My guide went on to elaborate and described shards as being like a way that a spirit can be in multiple places without having to manipulate time and travel to such places. This matches how it was described to me here earlier. It is definitely a way for the “home” (or whole, non incarnated spirit) to see into this physical realm. A shard is still an extension of the spirit, but the whole spirit is a separate consciousness which only part of can be accessed by the shard. Hence the idea of “shard” or a “piece” of a spirit.

A projection has the ability for the consciousness and energy to flow entirely both ways. The whole spirit (sometimes called the higher self) can access the projection’s view, much like a shard, but the projection can also access the whole spirit’s consciousness. So in this example, if a chakra/energy center was to collapse in the spirit, the incarnated projection would feel it. Projection is more synonymous with a flow of consciousness, unlike a “shard” or piece. The projection can go both ways. 

A whole incarnation (if the spirit fully goes into a human form) is rare due to the amount of energy the spirit would flood the body with. When it happens, it tends to be people with full access to their spiritual consciousness, like a projection, but with a little clearer spiritual insight. 

The important thing he told me about distinguishing a shard from a projection is that a shard can only have partial return access to the full spirit (as in, if said spirit has a chakra collapse, the shard will not be affected, but a projection will). Perhaps this will help, if that is confusing. I will use the example Asmodeus, following the earlier discussion.

The arrows indicate direction of the flow of consciousness and energy. 

(Whole Asmodeus)<—Projection (This is what allows the spirit to see into this realm)

(Whole Asmodeus)—>Projection (This is what is open only in a projection, which allows the projection to see the spirit’s realm through the whole consciousness of their spirit)


(Whole Asmodeus)<—Shard (This is what allows the spirit to see into this realm, same as a projection)

(Whole Asmodeus)-/-/->Shard (The slashes indicate that the shard cannot get all of the consciousness from the whole being of Asmodeus. They are still a part and can have some memories, but the whole beings selects which. They are still Asmodeus, but they live as a separate being and consciousness). 

So in summary, both are extensions of the spirit into the physical plane, but in only the projection can the physical being project back and “control” or feel the life of the home or original spirit. 

Does this make sense, or does anyone have differing opinions? 

Christian Origin

Asmodeus/Asmodee is the superintendent of the gaming houses. He is always hatching plots against newlyweds. “I mar the beauty of virgins and cause their hearts to grow cold”. The Book of Tobit describes when he torments Sarah. She was married seven times and each time he killed off the husband before they could have intercourse. She prayed to God for death. Instead God sent Raphael to her aid. Asmodeus hates water and upon the scent of fish on ember he was repelled by the odor. 

He is also credited with seducing Eve thus being prince of demons. When one exorcises him one must be steadfast and call him by name.  He allegedly will cut himself into pieces and immediately after, disappear.