Rock Never Dies/But There Are Things Much Worse Than Death
Yeah, so I’m starting with a Dumbledore quote this week, because Dumbledore’s always relevant and also whoa, wouldn’t that an interesting crossover?
[”Bad plot bunny! Down, plot bunny!”]
First things first: this episode wasn’t exactly terrible, but I’m only partially happy with it. Because, like, my problem with Supernatural at this point (and I say ‘at this point’ because I’m feeling generous and fully drenched in Christmas cheer) is really its lack of consistency. And, look, I’m not saying that a show must be an absolute masterpiece in order to be enjoyable - I understand that’s a hard thing to do, and okay - and also, there are shows I consider ‘beach viewing’ (that’s how you call a specific kind of books in Italian: stuff that can be read on a beach) - they’re not particularly exciting, and if they cancel them I’ll probably live, but they’re entertaining and comforting. I know what I can expect, week after week. And Supernatural - I simply don’t understand how a show that can give us stuff like Baby and Changing Channels and Swan Song and Hunteri Heroici and so many other episodes that were as close to perfection as they could get them can also give us stuff which is, frankly, awful to meh. Because Rock Never Dies? Sort of okay, and it sort of improves in rewatch, but only because our beloved Team Free Will + was working together, and that’s such a rare thing it was a delight to watch. Really, sometimes I get this feeling nobody really knows where the story is going or what to make of these characters and their motivations - the only ones to be completely consistent are Wanek and his minions - but, then again, they’re the same ones who wrote a you people read too much into this graffiti last year - and since that graffiti was visible in the background for half a second and we still saw it, I’m guessing we don’t have a leg to stand on. So, well - I don’t know if they drink schnapps instead of coffee during team meetings (if they do have team meetings, that is) or if they’re so focused on keeping everybody happy they’ve forgotten their primary goal is actually telling a story, but, man.
Well, whatever - back to the episode.
My first complaint would be that they’ve forgotten how to write supernatural creatures. Who Lucifer is and what he wants - to me, it didn’t work all that well. Lucifer was supposed to be the first angel to act on free will, and now suddenly he’s falling apart because dad isn’t there to tell him what to do? A few years ago he wanted to destroy the world, and now he wants people to love him? He spent months humiliating Crowley and then almost killed him but now he keeps Crowley alive because ‘you can’t hurt me, lolz’? And, again - enough with the daddy issues. Everybody on this show seems to function exclusively on daddy issues, and I’ll give Sam and Dean a pass, but these are not humans - they’re angels and demons and they shouldn’t be coded on the same parameters of human beings, otherwise what’s the point? Honestly, I’m so fed up I’m even starting to dislike the fact Crowley doesn’t kill anyone anymore, because that, in a way, was a perfect example of him being ‘other’ (being a good guy while also enjoying human flesh muffins, that is). But, well, the thing is - trying to write the unwritable - a thing that is way beyond anything we can imagine as humans - some writers, like Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke, can do it so perfectly you can’t sleep at night; and others - others should start considering turning their chracters human, because at least they would make sense.
(For instance, Lucifer beating Crowley with a guitar was suitably horrific, full of demented rage and all, but Cas attempting to attack Lucifer with a guitar was just weird. Is that how angels fight? Really?)
Turning to Destiel - I’m happy Dean changed Cas’ name from Castiel to Cass (even if, for God’s sake, what’s up with the extra s?), and the fact that Cas actually has opinions on what Dean wears was welcome news (not to Dean, since he acted all embarrassed and changed, like, five minutes later - although, I’m guessing he’ll be back in plaid next week), but, again - keeping whatever is going on between them in the subtext is starting to mess with these guys’ charactierization. For instance, infamous germaphobe Dean Winchester picking up a pair of discarded underwear? Yeah, I don’t think so. Literally the only purpose of him doing that was reminding us he’s partial to pink panties (on himself, that is), and having him glance at Cas as he held them, and showing us Cas picking them up next. But, subtext aside, it was a wtf thing for him to do.
(Much love for the fact they had two references to endverse this week - the panties and the ‘fearless leader’ jab at the end. Man, I’m still not over that episode.)
Under the cut: Sam acting weird, Crowley breaking my heart, the Winchesters vs the British MoL, Samson and Ladyheart and some random thoughts and feels.