Supernatural: “Meta Fiction” Review
“This ain’t Diagon Alley man.”
Note: The following review goes into detail about the episode. SPOILER ALERT!
Ah “Supernatural,” you really had me going there for a minute. A couple of times throughout this episode actually. Opening with Metatron seemingly talking directly to the viewer certainly evoked some of the series’ previous fourth wall breaking offerings, but in the end it turns out that wasn’t actually happening here. And that’s probably a good thing in the end though, because while the previous “meta” offerings have been great, now is the time when we really need to be getting into the meat of this season’s story.
After a little time on the sidelines, Castiel returned to the forefront of the story as he continued the hunt for Gabriel and Metatron. Having Richard Speight Jr. return as Gabriel to accompany Cas on his search was an inspired choice, even though in the end it turned out to be nothing but a ruse by Metatron. Gabriel still stands out as one of the best recurring characters the series has had, and that’s saying a lot after nine seasons. Every one of his appearances was filled with mischief and madness, along with a few that packed an emotional wallop (I’m looking at you, Season 3’s “Mystery Spot”.) From his classic trickster introduction in the porno playing in Castiel’s motel room, to the little eyebrow wiggle, it was great to have him around no matter how fleeting his appearance was. Here’s hoping he’s somehow still out there, hanging around Casa Erotica. *CLICK*
Sam and Dean’s capture of Gabriel seemed a little bit too easy to me in the end, but it did lead to some good stuff overall for the brothers. Sam finally got to come face to face with the angel who had taken control of him for so long. His rage was palpable and as Dean pointed out, he came really close to going “Liam Neeson” on him. Of course as soon as Sam left to search for Castiel, Dean proceeded to whip out his handy torture skills and went to work on Gabriel. For a minute there it seemed like Dean would go the whole way and kill him, thus unknowingly dooming Castiel, but he was able to stop himself. With the somewhat unknown influence of the “Mark of Cain” seemingly growing, it’s good to see he hasn’t lost his self-control.
Metatron’s conversation about being the good guy and him needing Castiel to be his villain was fine. I’m not sure if I fully buy into the whole thing, but I suppose it does fit his character considering he has been obsessed with stories for all this time. It’s always good when the villain believes they’re actually the good guy, so that coupled with the fact that Metatron is extremely powerful set him up as a great end-of-season bad guy. Seriously, he blew out the holy fire! That’s some next level angel power that surely comes from the knowledge held in the angel tablet. He will certainly be a formidable foe, and there doesn’t seem to be any way the gang can take him on any time soon.
There have been plenty of callbacks to earlier seasons recently, the latest being the “Winchester gospels” and Gabriel himself. The fanboy in me is dreaming of the series coming full circle and Michael, Lucifer, Chuck and others making their long awaited returns. Who knows, maybe dreams will come true! For now though, we’re building up nicely to several epic showdowns, with Metatron at the top of a great list. Although, I’m sure Crowley and Aba-douche will have something to say about that.
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