Contrary to what we hoped, this episode was not about Dean getting his first period. Before moving on, I would like to take a moment and thank Eric Kripke – or whoever it is that makes decisions like this – for taking my concern about how ridiculous J-Pad looks seriously. He was much less purple this week. This was an improvement. However, it seems that he has stopped “shopping” at Old Navy and American Eagle; that one shirt was hideous. Neither store likely makes double-wide, double-tall shirts for human/ninja turtle halfbreeds and, so, he must have gotten that one at Mr. Big and Tall.
As for the episode itself, it seems that I have no option but to re-write the third footnote in the first chapter of my dissertation (the current season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles has likewise forced a rewrite). The footnote originally read as follows:
It should be noted that these concerns are not limited to the devoutly faithful as attested to by the popularity of television shows such as X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Supernatural where it is presented as a matter of fact that supernatural entities exist, that evil really does exist, but all these shows remain agnostic as to whether or not there is a God – Christian or otherwise. Evil is a certainty while good is a mere possibility. These are secular theodicies where our fallen nature comes back to haunt us without the possibility of salvation in this or any other world: many will go to Hell when they die and Hell will transform them into supernatural evils, but none will go to Heaven when they die.
I really liked the idea of these shows as secular theodicies because, if we take the current episode of Supernatural as a benchmark, they aren’t very good theologians:
Dean: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Sam: “I don’t know, but I’m ready to love God and I want an angel for a friend!”
Bobby: “Don’t look at me, kid.”
Best part of the episode: Bobby’s panic room. The other day in class I referred to Jensen Ackles as “a fine piece of man-meat.” It would appear to be the case that the vessel being used by Castiel is better than Dean’s. He looks like an angry accountant and reminds me of the picture of Alexandre Kojeve in the 2000 edition of On Tyranny (minus the glasses). It remains the case that Ruby’s new vessel just doesn’t work. The previous vessel had a totally different personality – and she was so sassy!