“I didn’t mean to hurt you, that’s the last thing I would ever want. Because I care about you more than anyting. So no matter how mad you are, how much you want me to shut me out. Know this: You are my sister whether you like it or not. And I’m not going anywhere.”
The nephilim and Team Free Will: future and determinism
This is a post that started out as an analysis of the scenes where Kelly’s and Cas’ eyes glow golden with the power of the nephilim, and ended up a long longer than I planned. My argument is that the nephilim is the new agent of determinism in the show, and somehow I accidentally ended up drawing the conclusion of romantic Destiel. I never do it on purpose but it always happens. (It’s not a post about Destiel. It’s a post about free will and destiny. Go figure.)
Please read this, it took hours to write and I should be writing my thesis instead.
The starting point of my reflection is: is the nephilim exercising a form of mind control over Kelly and Cas? My answer is yes and no. I mean - in the substance, it’s something like that. But I think it comes from a different place than ‘mind control’, and has larger implications in the context of the show.
“Who will protect him when you’re gone? Who is strong enough to keep him from evil influences, keep him on the righteous path?” Sorry, just… excuse me. I’m having Dad!chester feelings. Don’t even tell me Sam Fucking Winchester wouldn’t make the most awesome dad. Sam “It’s your choice” Winchester is totally up to the challenge.
Santa Fe (prologue): “Don’t you know that we’s a family, Would I let you down? No way, Just hold on kid til that train makes Santa Fe.”
Carrying The Banner: “Uptown to Grand Central Station, Down to City Hall, We improves our circulation, Walkin’ til we fall.”
The Bottom Line: “And the power of the press, yes! Once again is mine!”
That’s Rich: “Hey baby, I was just talkin’ bout you.”
I Never Planned on Someone Like You: “I got no use for moonlight, or sappy poetry.”
The World Will Know: “And this ain’t for fun! And it ain’t for show!”
Watch What Happens: (the whole song tbh) “This is big lady don’t screw it up!” And “So he’s a flirt, a complete egomaniac.”
Seize the Day: “Once we’ve begun if we stand as one, Someday becomes somehow, And a prayer becomes a vow.”
Santa Fe: “Where does it say you gotta live and die here? Where does it say a guy can’t catch a break? Why should you only take what you’re given? Why should you spend your whole life livin- trapped where there ain’t no future, even at 17, breaking your back for someone else’s sake” And “Just be real is all I’m asking, not some painting in my head, cause I’m dead if I can’t count on you today.”
King Of New York: “I gotta be either dead or dreamin, cause look at that pape with my face beaming!”
Watch What Happens Reprise: pO0r GuYz hEaD iS spInNînG
The Bottom Line (reprise): “Like the pied piper you know what to play, til those kids all believed you were right.” (Don’t really have a favorite in that one tbh)
Brooklyn’s Here: “They’s a joke but if they’s thinks we’re joking!”
Something To Believe In: “You’re not really scared of my father.” “No… But I’m pretty scared of you.” “Don’t be!” (I know it’s not technically part of the song but still. Also the second to last “Now that I know you believed in meeeee” you know the one I’m talking about)
Once and For All: “THERES CHANGE COMIN’ ONCE AND FOR ALL, YOURE GETTING TOO OLD, TOO WEAK TO KEEP HOLDING ON, A NEW WORLD IS GUNNING FOR YOU, AND JOE WE IS TOO, TIL ONCE AND FOR ALLLLL YOUUUUURE GONE!”
Finale: “Don’t take much to be a dreamer, all you do is close your eyes, but some made up world is all you ever see.”