Can someone make me a gif of Sam running around the forest after a high school student? Thanks.
The episode opens with Sam and Dean trying to figure out what their great big rock is. The plan seems to be to hit it until it does something. This is a terrible plan. The universe agrees with me and lightning and thunder warn the Winchesters to stop. They don’t (of course) and unearth some kind of tablet out of the rock with writing on it. Meg calls at that moment to tell them that Castiel has woken up.
Meet Kevin Tran, an overachieving young high school student, who is somewhat literally struck by lightning as the Winchesters break open the rock they stole from Dick. He drives to the hospital, not in full control of his actions, but knowing “what he’s supposed to do.”
Sam and Dean have arrived, and find Castiel somewhat changed. High, is the technical term for it, I think. He explains that they have unearthed the word of god. Dean and Meg start bickering and Castiel wigs out about all the fighting. He’s all rainbows and bumblebees now, so he’s not going to be of much use to anyone. Kevin steals the the tablet, or tries to, and leads Sam on a chase outside the hospital that is the highlight of the episode. Kevin can read the tablet, so when some angels come to take him away for his prophet walkabout, Sam and Dean kidnap him themselves. There’s info on the tablet about how to kill leviathan, so that could be helpful.
On the way to the safe house, Meg sees some demons and starts a little subplot, so good for her. Kevin is a keeper of the word, and so the angels are mandated to take him out to the desert to learn the word away from humans. They hole up in Rufus’ old cabin to let Kevin read the word to them. Meg goes out alone to face the demons she saw before, and kills them, because she’s awesome like that. This does alert the angels to their presence, however. They show up, and with Castiel out of commission Meg ends up killing one. They convince the other to allow them to get the information from Kevin before sending him away. They find a way to kill the leviathan (blood of the fallen) and Castiel gives them his blood before blinking out. Kevin is returned home, and it turns out the police who have been waiting with his mother are actually leviathan.
This is not a very sophisticated response, but the word that kept coming to mind while watching this episode was: dumb. The Winchesters especially seemed to me to be extraordinarily dumb in this episode. Perhaps the better word here is obtuse. Starting with their decision to break open the rock without any knowledge about the consequences and moving to Dean’s lack of patience and general poor treatment of Castiel (not to mention his complete inability to even get anything done with Meg in the room.) It’s just frustrating to watch them blunder around without a clue. As for lobotomizing Castiel, I’m not really sure what the point was. He already wasn’t going to be any help in a coma. Why wake him up, send him to Woodstock and make him just as useless as before?
I think I’ve finally found my issue with this season as a whole. The boys have practically no stake in this fight whatsoever. Why are they trying to kill the Leviathan? It’s certainly not the culmination of an inherited lifelong vendetta, like with Yellow Eyes, or because they are chosen to be vessels in a final battle, like with Lucifer and Michael. It’s because it’s what they do, and that’s the only reason. So now we have an emotional detachment between them and the fight they are risking their lives to be a part of. It might be unreasonable to compare the show to BtVS, but it’s not hard to recognize the emotional connection that she had to each of the big bads throughout the series. The boys have been the same way, whether they are racing the clock to save each other’s soul or just trying not to drink any more demon blood, they have had a personal investment in every battle. Maybe if there were some other kind of drama in the show aside from the fight, it wouldn’t matter as much, but that’s never really been Supernatural’s style. It’s all about the war, because that’s all Sam and Dean are in the end. Unfortunately, their hearts just aren’t in it anymore, and it’s starting to show.