I think "Abandon All Hope" is the only ep I did a post for, and it was brief but approving.
I have a few comments, now, from earlier in the season (including 5.16), and then a couple of notes about tonight's quite impressive installment.
"Good God, Y'All" = \o/ , mostly because as soon as the omens around the town were mentioned I sat up and started saying "OMG THE HORSEMEN ARE COMING!" It's fun when one's Bible reading becomes relevant to one's fannish interests in that direct a fashion. :) Also: Ellen and Jo! (And a pastor trying to learn to kick demon butt, which comes up again later in the season and to me makes total sense.)
"The End" killed me dead. Fantastic. I hope Cas never falls that far, though. That was so wrong to watch. Almost uncanny, in the "uncanny valley" sense.
Sam and young!John in "The Song Remains the Same." Brilliant. Michael also brilliant, especially with John as his vessel. Cas!whump becomes one of my new favorite fic flavors after this. (special thanks to caffienekitty )
I normally empathize mostly with Dean, being myself an eldest child with similar issues. But during "Dark Side of the Moon" I found myself both feeling bad for Dean and wanting to tell him to get a grip and let it go, because Sam does not owe Dean a life of devotion. That was Dean's gift to Sammy; and it's Sam's gift to Dean now. Sam understands Dean's hurt, better now than before; and Dean needs to understand Sam's, and let. it. go.
(Sam totally pulled the amulet out of the trash. He's got it in a pocket or something. THIS IS TOTALLY CANON.)
I'm also not displeased with the God stuff in DSotM. Free will has been a huge deal in this show from the start; God's intervention is mostly through the hands of people doing his will, such as the Winchesters. We got confirmation that it was, in fact, God who saved the boys from Lucifer and resurrected Castiel and Jimmy, and He hasn't exactly left Earth. I think that He wants Team Free Will to do it. For some reason they're the best suited, and He has helped them as much as they needed, although they may not feel like that right now.
(Castiel's face... When he cursed God, I almost died. Owowowow.)
Thank you, sarcasticval, for pointing out to me that this is, in fact, SPN's 99th episode. The hundredth airs next week. :)
This goes especially for last week, but this week as well, in a throwaway line: please stop retconning John from father who loved his family far too much into deadbeat dad and total bastard. I thought you had recovered from that trend when 5.13's young!John reminded me so strongly of first season John.
Guess I was wrong.
The writers can get you drunk and injured anytime. That was AWESOME.
Oh, my heart. Oh, Dean. *clings*
p.s. might not your oath to "serve God and you guys" count to enable you to kill the Whore? you don't have to say yes to Michael. no, really, you don't.
In a slightly less epistolary note (ha), did anyone else see the echoes of "In My Time of Dying" with Dean there at the end? He comes to Lisa and talks to her, is cryptic with her, expresses love; whispers something we don't hear into her ear; refuses to wait to see the other family member, in this case Ben; leaves.
....Hmmmm. That was deeply deliberate.
And I really want to know what he said to Lisa.
IS IT NEXT WEEK YET?