‘Supernatural’ Returns & Turns Heroes Into Villains, Villains Into Heroes

Published 5 months ago by , Updated April 17th, 2014 at 6:56 am,

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[This is a REVIEW of Supernatural Episode 18. There WILL be SPOILERS.]

After almost a month break, Supernatural returns with one of its famed “meta” episodes which, in this case, turns Sam and Dean’s world upside-down and presents Castiel with a heavenly proposition he’s unable to refuse. One problem: Sam and Dean don’t know it yet.

In this week’s episode, “Meta Fiction,” written by Robbie Thompson, the Winchester Gospels make their triumphant return, serving as homework for Metatron’s plan to take over as God. With a typewriter in hand, Metatron sets out to write his own stories, as the new God, and welcomes Sam and Dean’s attempt to dethrone him. Meanwhile, Gadreel finds out what happens when Dean gets angry, and Castiel gains a new flock of angels.

There have been “meta” episodes of Supernatural in the past, but this is not one of them, at least not in the typical sense. Sam and Dean do not travel to any far-off world, or experience any adventures which mirror the series itself, even though the Trickster Gabriel is brought back. Metatron is in charge of this story now and, as the new God, knows how the story is going to the end.

This is a bit of a peculiar setup, as it’s not until the episode’s final moments that the full meaning of what’s been presented is fully understood. Sam and Dean are the unknown variables, it seems, and though Metatron can help craft the world around the Winchesters, he’s still unable to fully account for what the brothers can do in any given circumstance. More so, Metatron has the hubris of one who is all-powered and, as such, is using his powers to their fullest extent – with a bit of flare thrown in to keep things interesting, of course.

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Although this type of control clearly falls on the side of being convenient – especially after this season’s ups and downs – this episode gives the series a strong sense of direction, and Metatron’s control makes up for some of God’s absence throughout. We may not see the man (or woman), but we can get a sense of his power, which is far more intricate than anyone could have expected, or as complete as this episode shows. After all, it takes but a few strokes of the keys for the writer of it all to change the world.

Now that Metatron is actually in control of the world, and Sam and Dean are able to (sometimes) sidestep written Gospel, it elevates each and every situation that the Winchesters now find themselves in. They are now supposed to fail, overall, but who says that each win – or loss, even – which comes their way before the “big battle” isn’t just Metatron keeping things interesting.

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Castiel’s next move, whatever it may be, will reveal more about Metatron’s plans than this episode was able to. Sure, Castiel is in need of newfound Grace, but perhaps that’s not why he agreed to work with him, as leader of his own flock. Clearly things are not as they appear, and Castiel will likely regret making the decision to go along with the new God – but what if he doesn’t?  Metatron presents an interesting argument about rebuilding heaven in the absence of God.

Whatever may come next, this episode of Supernatural helped invigorate this season’s storyline, which may or may not be extended into season 10. If it is, the producers have set a terrific card for what will likely be the series’ final bout: Sam and Dean vs. God – even if it is Metatron. And if they win, then what? Who takes over for Metatron?

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  1. This episode was good I guess? Ill have to see where its going, even if good still and the main story finishes strong, it probably wont make up for the terrible fillers this season.

  2. this series is dead it should have ended when sam jumped/fell into the prison pit

    • Nothing ever dies on Supernatural.

    • Agreed. It would have been a strong finish. It’s kind of just a mess now.

      • I don’t think so. I still like watching it. The Angels are divided by the puppeteer Metatron and the wildcard Castiel, while the hell is divided by Abbadon and Crowley. Each stand for a different point of view. You may call it messed up, but I see at least 5 fractions which are at conflict. This is not the conventional good vs. evil. I won’t call it messed up but twisted.

  3. It would make sense that “God” would be the major adversary to fight against in season 10 – if 10 is the final season.

    I’ve enjoyed this season thus far. I know it’s not the most epic storyline and more could have been done with the angels on earth plot. But what I really enjoy is how there are people fighting for control of Hell while certain angels have been fighting for angel leadership. Now Castiel has to gather an army together for control of Heaven. I guess I like how Heaven and Hell is kind of in disarray.

  4. Robbie Thompson wrote the episode directed by Thomas J Wright

  5. The main plot this season is a complete dud. “Meta Fiction” was one of the most boring episodes of the whole show, and the story telling felt disjointed, as if I was watching a 40 minute long trailer instead of an actual episode. There was no flow and even Sam and Dean seemed kinda off. Highly disappointing.

    Oh… and I really don’t like that they make 40 year old guys talk like 20 year old valley girls. This is Supernatural and not Juno or Jennifer’s Body. Character-appropriate dialog, writers… stop to try and imitate Diablo Cody.

  6. I hate when tv shows and movies overpower a character, if metatron is the new god and has all these brand new powers how are sam and dean going to fight that? by having some convenient method of course or metatron suddenly has a change of tune. Don’t writers see the flaw in this from previous characters?

  7. I really liked the episode. It brought back Gabriel (there is something with his phone message to the boys I know it), we get to see Cas take the reins of leadership and we get to see Dean in the shower. What is not to love?

    • Hes not actually back though.

    • That phone message was in Castiel’s dream.

  8. I enjoyed this episode. The show has so much going on that I’m not sure which direction it is going. Demons, Angels, Archangels, Knights of Hell, Men of Letters, Soul armies, Angel massacres, Metatron, Gadreel, Abaddon, Crowley, the Mark of Cain, the android from Eureka collecting the First Blade…I could go on and on and I didn’t even mention the hundreds of other beasts that the Winchesters have hunted in previous seasons. I’m excited to see how this all shapes up and moves forward…but I am not excited for the backdoor pilot that is supposed to waste episode 20…Bloodlines. Dumb. Could be worst, they could have called in Supernatural: Tribes.

    Just a random theory:

    In regards to the mark of Cain: in the book of Genesis in the Bible, Cain kills his younger brother, Abel. Abel is sometimes considered the first martyr. In Supernatural, Sam had to die to close the gates of hell/heaven after completing all the trials…and Dean stopped Sam’s death because he’s whiny and didn’t want to be alone. However, Gadreel let Dean know what Sam really thinks about him in this episode. So, my thought is Dean will kill Sam so the demons/angels are all locked up or locked out….and the all powerful Metatron gets trapped in Heaven.

    The final season will have God returned to Heaven so that Sam can be resurrected
    (again) and he’ll join Castiel to hunt down Evil Dean who has been Angel/Demon hunting with the First Blade. And Crowley is somehow involved…because this show needs more Crowley.

  9. I don’t think Castiel actually agreed to go along with Metatron..? I think he was high-jacked again; one of the main reasons Metatron isn’t able to control Dean and Sam in this despite taking up the title of God is that Dean and Sam are human and therefore have free will – something Castiel, as an angel, lacks. I have no honest idea why Metatron bothered with the whole Gabriel ruse first – maybe he wanted Castiel to pick up the yoke of leadership himself? who knows – but, yeah, no free will means Metatron can just write Castiel’s character point in by hand, bypassing whatever Cas may actually “want.”

  10. The brothers have taken on gods before (Osirus, Chronos, the gods from the Christmas episode)and won. Also you are forgetting the importance of dreams and that is how the dead or not so dead communicate. The fact Gabe didn’t read the script and that….HELLO?!!!! Trickster here. He didn’t say he was dead and didn’t confirm he wasn’t.

    • But that dream was Castiel’s, not the Winchesters. Unless we see Dean go to sleep and check his Voicemail…it wasn’t relevant. Gabriel not answering if he is dead or not allows the writers to bring him back later on if they want, but I don’t think the phone messages back and forth played any part in the future…basically it was a plot device showing something wasn’t right because both parties could not reach the other.

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