Well, this is awkward.
I’m not sure if it’s because the show is trying too hard to justify Gabriel still being alive, but every emotion expressed during the bunker scenes this week rang false to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to have Gabriel back. However, giving him not one, but two impassioned pleas felt like the wrong way to go, and not just because the episode ends with Gabriel leaving. It’s been eight years since the Winchesters last saw Gabriel, and I don’t remember the brothers particularly caring about his death all that much, except to mourn a fallen soldier during a battle against evil. So for the crux of Sam’s speech to Gabriel to be “I need you” feels like the wrong sentiment for these two characters.
The only real part of last night’s episode I enjoyed were the Lucifer scenes. Particularly the part where Lucifer visits the priests performing an exorcism in an attempt to help and be more like god is a great reminder of the larger supernatural world. The scene kind of reminded me of a scene from season eleven, when an angel and a demon found themselves drinking at a bar, complaining to each other about their respective duties. This exorcism scene also provides Lucifer with a simple truth — he can’t escape the “propaganda” started by his dad about his fall from grace. It’s a slight nod to the fact how poisonous propaganda can be. Maybe not something the show was going for, but it works all the same.
Meanwhile, Dean and Arthur trek through Apocalypse world, searching for Mary and Jack. Before they make it far, however, they run into a familiar face — Charlie. Oh, hello Felicia Day! Their mission turns into saving Charlie from being executed by the angels. Dean gets shot at some point, which leads to a heart-to-heart with Arthur that I don’t totally buy, and Dean jumps back through the rift as Arthur and Charlie stay behind to fight the angels. All in all, not much is accomplished in Apocalypse world this time. The only major event is Dean getting shot and Arthur acting fishy. No doubt, he planned to stay on that side of the rift all along. And for some reason, I feel like he had something to do with Dean taking a bullet. His weird disappearing acts are…well, weird.
Gabriel’s moment of returning to sanity is cool. His departure makes sense, despite what Sam and Cas think. As we now know, his supposed character redemption in season five didn’t take, considering he faked his death and lived with porn stars while everyone was fighting the apocalypse. He’s still the same Gabriel, wanting no part in anyone’s business other than his own.
Of course, he’s totally pulling a Han Solo later, but we’ll get to that.
- Proves how little Asmodeus really made an impact this season when I totally forgot Gabriel kills him.