Cas is the new God; Sam is having some seriously intense hellucinations; Dean's trying to cope with everything in his world being completely unstable; and Bobby's the voice of reason as always.
Welcome to Season 7 of the CW's Supernatural. Some questions for this new season: What kind of God will Cas make? How long will this Cas or any Cas for that matter be around for us to enjoy? How bad are things going to get for Sammy? He's clearly suffering the complications of Cas having destroyed the wall in his mind that kept him from remembering his time down under. How long is he going to be dealing with these hellacious issues? Will Dean's drinking at all hours of the day be an issue he deals with this season? And will Bobby ever get himself a woman?
This year, I'm pretty much about highlighting the moments, scenes or characters that move me within any given episode. And in "Meet the New Boss," what moved me the most was Misha Collins and Cas. I don't know the fate of this character; it seems like we'll know more about that in the next episode. But I have to tell you, Collins must have had a blast playing the Big Guy in this premiere. In the span of one hour of television, the character experienced so many emotions.
He displayed wrathful tendencies. Cas went after the so-called hypocrites who were hiding behind the name of God, yet were abusing power in their personal or professional lives. Soon, it wasn't just the one person he was smiting; the collateral damage multiplied. He oozed pride and arrogance. Like when he "cleaned" things up in Heaven. Got rid of his enemies and warned angel central they would all meet the same fate if they didn't follow him. He thought he was doing the right thing; thought Heaven needed a firm hand rather than leave things up to free will. He really was out of control. He thought he had the ability to do better than his Father who'd been absent for years.
Cas was also hurt because he couldn't understand why Sam, Dean and Bobby no longer had faith in him. It's a lonely existence being at the top of the heap. And all this is going on while his body was deteriorating from the effects of housing purgatory. Holding that much power isn't healthy.
Seeing Cas' face deteriorate; witnessing the destruction he was causing on a daily basis; and even seeing those souls try to escape his body in an almost Alien-like fashion was rough. But the most heartbreaking scene happened after the disaster at the campaign headquarters of a corrupt politician. He pretty much obliterated everyone and while Sam and Dean were watching footage of this, Cas turned his attention directly into a camera. It was a split-second shot but he looked like he was so far off the reservation. The look in his eyes was disturbing. It was difficult to see our formerly innocent, child-like angel of the Lord this way.
But then he got it. Something in him finally understood he had gone too far. After Sam made one last ditch effort to reach Cas, he showed up at Bobby's asking for help. Regret, sorrow and pain were just a few more things the new God experienced as he decided to return the swallowed up souls to purgatory. But, it wasn't so easy, was it? Most of the souls exited his body and fled through the portal. However, something old and evil stuck around -- the Leviathans:
"Cas?" "Cas is hmm -- he's gone. He's dead. We run the show now. This is going to be so much fun."
According to Death, "long before God created angel and man, he created the first beasts -- the Leviathans." Apparently, God was concerned "they'd chomp the entire petri dish so he locked them away. Why do you think he created purgatory? To keep those clever, poisonous things out. Now Castiel has swallowed them, he's the one thin membrane between the old ones and your home..."
And once the Leviathans take over Cas, Misha gets to be the most animated I've ever seen him on the show. Can't wait to see what LeviathanCas has in store for the boys. It can't be anything good.
Now, I don't mean to slight the Winchesters at all. Over the entire hour, we see Sam trying to recover from the effects of his wall coming down. But little by little, we get the sense things aren't right. Sam starts to have these hallucinations of the cage (hellucinations, if you will). He keeps them hidden from Dean because he doesn't want to burden his brother with yet another problem. Unfortunately, Dean finds out the truth from Death. And while Dean and Bobby try to restore Cas to his former self, Sam is forced to confront Lucifer. Old Luci tries to convince Sam he's still in the cage with him. That this is another one of his torturous methods -- make him believe he's free and then presto, let him realize he's not. Poor Sam. Lucifer is pretty convincing.
As for Dean. He's hurt. He's drinking. He's trying to focus his attention on restoring the Impala. He's drinking some more. He can't bring himself to make another plea to Cas. He's not being very forgiving. On one hand, I completely understand. He doesn't let many people in. And Cas hurt his brother. Cas deliberately caused Sam's wall to crumble. And that's a big no-no in his book. But part of me keeps thinking about his blanket apology speech back in last season's "And Then There Were None." Should the blanket apology include Cas? I must say, the drinking is a bit worrying. I wonder if this is going to become a thing. I feel like the show has threatened to go there before but never pulled the trigger. Wonder if they will this time around.
Other Favorite Scenes
-Cas brokers a deal with Crowley -- Cas wants Crowley to become the King of Hell again -- on his terms. The writers up the dialogue goodness even more when Mark Sheppard is around.
-Sam, Bobby and Dean bind Death and feed him fried pickled chips in order to get him to help them take on Cas. It doesn't quite work. Love how everyone's so cautious around Death.
-Any scene featuring Mark Pellegrino. And it looks like he'll be back to torment Sam in "Hello Cruel World."
Some Random Thoughts
-No Ben and Lisa in the Classic Rock recap -- I think that's odd. "The Road so Far" served as a reminder of last season and Dean's family wasn't included. I guess they featured the moments that were meant to pertain to this season. Love the use of Foghat's "Slow Ride," however.
-I'm sorry but Jensen looks like he hasn't aged a day since Season 2. Just saying.
-I'm liking the new title page. It's messy. Perfect for this show.
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