Supernatural “Our Little World” Review (Season 11, Episode 6)

I really don’t want to jinx it, but Supernatural has been on a roll so far this season. They’ve introduced a Big Bad that, if done right, could have some pretty far-reaching effects. The show seems to be remembering more of its history which is always a plus. However, I’m becoming a little concerned that we’re starting to repeat some of the same cycles with Sam and Dean’s relationship. That’s not a good thing. Ever since season four, a lot of the drama between the Boys was generated due to them keeping secrets from each other. Secret-keeping has never worked out well for them, and you would think they would’ve learned that by now. I was hoping this season we would move away from that and more toward drama being created due to outside forces and watching the Boys respond to those forces. That’s what needs to happen this season, but it’s looking more and more like the powers that be are planning to recycle a situation that wore thin three or four seasons ago. What purpose does it serve for Dean not to tell Sam about his connection to Amara? What purpose does it serve for Sam not to tell Dean that he’s having visions of the cage? The fact that Dean cannot kill Amara is an important strategic weakness that he needs to share since he’s usually the one that gets all stabby whenever they face down an evil ugly. The fact that Sam is possibly getting messages from the cage is also an important strategic point since two of the angels who imprisoned The Darkness in the first place are in the cage and might be able to shed some light on how to deal with her. Sam and Dean are family, and there is quite enough drama inherent in that fact without adding them being dishonest with each other too. With everything that is coming down on the Winchesters right now, there is simply no time or space for half-truths or lies. Both of them need to put all of their cards on the table if they expect to have any hope of defeating The Darkness.

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I’ve never trusted Metatron. From the first moment he walked onto the screen, I knew he was trouble. I was hoping it would turn out differently because God knows the Boys didn’t need any more enemies, but oh well. So when Metatron’s true nature was revealed I wasn’t surprised. Truth be told, though, Metatron is one of the things Supernatural got right in season eight. For a long while, there hasn’t been anyone on the show that I loved to hate. I never really hated Crowley, so he doesn’t count. Metatron is a completely different story. At first, it was just that he didn’t seem trustworthy, but after he manipulated Gadreel into killing Kevin, I was just done. Basically, Metatron was a sorry excuse for an angel, so it’s not at all shocking that Metatron is a sorry excuse for a human as well. One of the things I’ve always found so amusing about the angels on Supernatural is how much they look down their noses at humans. They go on and on about how weak and pathetic humans are and how humans are completely undeserving of God’s love. However, whenever an angel has humanity forced upon them, they’re unable to cope. Metatron is no different. When Cas found him, Metatron tried to manipulate Cas into killing him so he didn’t have to continue life as a human. It was too hard. Not only did he have to worry about how to pay his rent and keep his phone charged, he had to figure out where he fits in the world. He didn’t have any friends or personal relationships to help ease some of life’s blows. He was nothing. He had nothing. And he was no one. I imagine I was supposed to feel sorry for Metatron, but I didn’t. Not even a little. Call me heartless if you want, but Metatron is reaping the consequences of the choices he made. He’s lied to and manipulated everyone that ever trusted him. He’s hunted by Heaven. It’s no wonder he’s living the sad little life he’s living. What was interesting was Cas.

Pretty much since season six, Cas hasn’t really had a story. He’s been important to the overall story for how his choices impacted the Winchesters’ lives (i.e. becoming Godstiel) but his individual journey has been lacking. One of season nine’s greatest missteps was tossing Cas’s journey into humanity to the side. However, this season Castiel has would could be a very interesting journey laid out before him. Metatron was right that this Cas isn’t the same Cas he’s dealt with in the past. Previously, Castiel truly bought into the idea that all of the angels are his brothers and sisters. Even when he made mistakes, Cas did what he thought would help his family. The thing is, the angels were never his family. That’s something that Cas didn’t accept until he was kidnapped and tortured at the beginning of this season. Some of that definitely has to do with the fact that he now knows all the other angels voted to kill him, but mostly it has to do with what Hannah did. Cas had a much more intimate relationship with Hannah than he had with any of the other angels. Cas and Hannah developed what Cas though was a real friendship, and it was because of Hannah that Cas felt the need to try to make things right with Claire. So when Hannah exploited Cas’s relationship with her to betray and manipulate him, it destroyed something in Cas that can’t be repaired. That’s actually probably for the best. Almost ever since Cas has met the Winchesters he’s always had one foot in and one foot out of Heaven. Whenever he’s forced to choose between the Winchesters and Heaven, he’s always chosen the Winchesters anyway. So it’s good that he’s gone ahead and just made it official. That being said, it still has to hurt Cas how everything went down with the angels. In addition to dealing with all of those complicated emotions, he’s also trying to figure out how to deal with his PTSD and what he’s going to do with himself for the rest of eternity. I also have to wonder whether he’s going to start de-powering again the way he did back in season five. He’s got his grace back now, but if he’s cut off from Heaven’s power, how long until his grace wears out and he becomes a human? Is he actually cut off from Heaven? I don’t believe the show has addressed that issue yet, but for the first time in a while it looks like Cas actually has a story that’s going to play out over the course of the season.

This was another in a string of really solid episodes. Robert Berens always packs a lot into his scripts, but he also does a good job of keeping the story moving. I’m also not surprised that things didn’t work out for Crowley the way he thought they would. I don’t know why he thought he was going to be able to control Amara any more than he was able to control Demon Dean. Will he never learn? Although, now that he knows Amara is willing to protect Dean, I wonder how he’s going to play his hand going forward. I was ridiculously excited that they gave us a shot of the cage because that further convinces me that it’s Lucifer reaching out to Sam. Seriously, if Mark Pellegrino doesn’t show up as Lucifer sometime this season, I’m going on a one woman riot. On a more technical note, I was not impressed with the filming of the Cas/Metatron scene. They went way too overboard with the shaky cam so much to the point that it took me out of the action for a couple of seconds because it was so distracting. That complaint aside, there was a nice parallel between Sam fighting the demons and Cas beating up Metatron. Both Cas and Sam were approaching familiar situations in a different way, and both of them ultimately had to choose just how willing they were to commit to their new way. In the end, they both ended up compromising somewhat, but life is full of compromises. The only thing I can say that really bothered me about this episode was that weird, creepy sexual tension between Dean and Amara. I know she’s supposed to be older than time, but right now, she’s in the body of a teenager. That whole scene was just wrong. There was some important information thrown out there, but no. Just no. So what did y’all think of this week’s Supernatural?