Supernatural is back! Post your thoughts on the first of six brand-new episodes in a row to close out the ninth season, starting with this angel-heavy one with Metatron and Gadreel. Click HERE for my full recap or keep reading for my quick thoughts.
This episode had two great things: guest stars. Namely, Curtis Armstrong and Richard Speight, Jr.
I’ve grown to really love Armstrong’s Metatron. He’s such a delightfully egotistical antagonist. The opening narration and his obsession with storytelling makes him great fodder for the show’s writers. All of the meta references were delightful, as is his glaring flaw. He WANTS Cas, Sam and Dean to try and stop him? He’s read the Supernatural books, so he should really know better, but it makes for a lot of fun scenes. And I hope the show has a lot of fun with the fact that Cas now has knowledge of every book, film and TV show ever made.
More importantly, we got the return of Gabriel! He’s definitely one of my favorite recurring characters ever, even if, as soon as he popped up, it was obvious he wasn’t real. He’s dead, after all. Or is he? The open-ended eyebrow raise at the end was a nice twist.
Still, I loved having Speight back on the show and he didn’t lose a beat with his wit and delivery. I also love that his character was used perfectly because he always popped up to teach the boys a lesson about accepting the roles they were destined to fill. That was the entire purpose of the episode where they were trapped in TV land. Now he’s here to try and get Cas to accept his role as a rebel leader.
It was a cute episode, but I actually wanted more meta insanity. The show has raised the bar on how to pull off these meta episodes (“The French Mistake” is perhaps the single best meta episode of TV ever made). I also wish Cas explained why he was so mortified by seeing the Mark of Cain on Dean. He obviously knows something about it, but I guess they need to drag the mystery out a bit longer.
The main takeway from this episode, however, is that there is an actual stairway to Heaven, a back entrance that Metatron and Gadreel are trying to keep hidden. That has the potential to take the show in a whole new direction if Heaven can become a recurring location.