So I happened to watch “Tall Tales” last night and couldn’t help but notice a few interesting meta-related points.
The amount of foreshadowing about the Trickster being Gabriel and the role he would play in that episode is incredible. For starters, there’s the building of Crawford Hall itself. Throughout the episode, you catch glimpses of what looks like a stained glass window over the entrance and finally we get this glorious screenshot.
This is S2. Religious imagery is fairly slow on the ground, except in episodes directly dealing with Christianity e.g ‘Faith’ and ‘Houses of the Holy’, so the fact that there’s Christianity-related stuff throughout the episode is a kinda massive clue as to the Trickster’s identity. The stained glass window itself is concerned with the life of Jesus: the central panel is based off of various paintings of Jesus as the light of the world, while the side-panels show Jesus preaching at various points. Funnily enough though, there are no angels to be seen in the image. Religious art of this type usually has a few seraphs hidden away somewhere just to emphasise Jesus’s divine origins. And who is the angel most frequently referenced in such works? Gabriel.
Plus, there’s the scene where Dean ‘kills’ the Trickster. Already, that scene has some connections with the later incident with Lucifer in ‘Hammer of the Gods’: Gabriel uses an illusion to try and trick his opponent, in ‘Tall Tales’ it works whereas against Lucifer, it doesn’t; both times he gets stabbed in the heart. However, what I think is more interesting is what happens just before the Trickster’s stabbed. You get this bit of dialogue:
Trickster: I did not want to have to do this.
Dean: [stabs the TRICKSTER in the chest] Me neither.
Compare that to the moment in ‘Hammer of the Gods’ where Lucifer pleads with Gabriel to stand down, some of the last few lines before he’s stabbed:
Lucifer: Brother, don’t make me do this.
Gabriel: No one makes us do anything.
When we first meet him, Gabriel is (albeit reluctantly) playing the role he’s been forced into to escape his brother’s squabblings. Dean also is at a similar point in his journey: he is still the hunter, the good son, who is contemplating obeying his father’s order to kill his brother if he goes darkside. It’s also worth noting that Dean’s the one who talks Gabriel into standing up for his family, to some degree c.f the car scene in ‘Hammer of the Gods’. Right from the jump, the show’s mirroring Gabriel with the brothers, particularly Dean who’s quite similar to him in terms of personality, setting him up for following the same trajectory of deciding to choose free will at a later date. Plus, it’s neatly cyclical: first time we see him, he gets stabbed by Michael’s vessel; the last time we see him, it’s Lucifer who finally kills him.
It’s also worth remembering that in this episode, Gabriel turns the brothers against each other with relative ease and they end up fighting for the majority of the screentime. In his first encounter with them, they are the perfect mirrors of his brothers, the fighting never ceasing. No wonder they so easily pull the wool over his eyes by faking a fight outside Crawford Hall, letting Gabriel think that Dean’s taking him on alone. So in later episodes, of course he treats them as being just like his brothers. Because, after all, that’s all he’s ever seen them act like. When they go against that stereotype, those are the only times the brothers manage to trick him.
We should start a fan campaign to get Josh noticed by Marvel for Spider-Man! Maybe we can all tweet this? We can get the hashtag trending. At least it will show Marvel that Josh will have many fans supporting him. @Marvel Josh Hutcherson will be the perfect Spider-Man! #JoshHutchersonForSpiderMan
Eh, am I the only person on this website that doesn’t want Josh Hutcherson to be Spider-Man?
So basically, I’ve gotten a handful of people laughing loudly, and more just reacting very positively to my film pitch idea, and expressing a want for it to get through or to work on it, and I’m just very happy right now :’D
Ugh. U g h. I made that new town Salt a while ago thinking I’d play more often if I had a town that I didn’t have to worry about landscaping in, but NOPE. I haven’t touched Salt since making it
I have four towns now and none of them are getting my love or attention and I just?? I really wanna play again but the moving mechanic makes what should be a relaxing game really stressful and it’s just not worth it why did Nintendo think it was a good idea to have villagers move in completely randomly? Why would they do that WHY
I’m kind of starting to think “fuck it i can write the story about these towns without actually HAVING the towns themselves and i can just back them all up on my powersave so who even cares” and thinking I should just start fresh altogether