Meta Fiction

Before you start reading, please be warned. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, please come back after watching it. If you’re wondering why, it’s simple. It’s filled with spoilers.  I wouldn’t be sending you back if it was the classic spoilers, such as “Gabe is actually dead.”, but rather, this is a post filled with details and gifs. I’ll practically be running you through the whole episode, so please come back after watching. I would not want to deprive you from enjoying such an amazing yet annoying episode.


As any firsts, be it your first kiss or your first dog, my first Favorite Friday post seems to be extra special. I was originally planing to discuss my all time favorite episode in the TV series Supernatural, After School Special (4.13). But when I saw the latest episode, Meta Fiction (9.18), I knew I just can not delay a blog on this episode.

Meta Fiction was special in many ways. It was one of those episodes that we, as fans, were excited about by just watching the promo. I was especially thrilled since it was being aired on April 15, my birthday. Further more,  this episode was aired two weeks after its previews episode (which by the way was another exciting episode, being Misha’s debut as a director and all), giving it a painful but delicious wait. Once I viewed the promo (and had to admit, I did more than once), I was practically dying for the episode for several reasons.Both my first and my second reason are shown in this picture.

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What’s so exciting about this picture? Well, first, as I mentioned, the airing date. Second, but more importantly, you can clearly see the word “Gabriel” in it. Yes. Gabriel. Our Gabriel. Who was only featured 4 times, but have completely won our hearts. The Archangel whom we patiently have been waiting for 4 seasons to make a come back, and pronounce himself alive and kicking. The Gabriel who secretly was my biggest crush in the whole show (don’t worry Sam and Cas. I still love you guys). So when I saw his name, I was screaming. It made me question so many things (please be reminded, this was two weeks before the air date). Will Gabe FINALLY make a come back? What in the world is The Horn of Gabriel? Why in Gabriel’s name is it not April 15 yet?

I was not even able to sleep on the night of the 14th. Call me crazy, but I was buzzing with excitement for this episode. Once the episode started, I was grinning with in the first minute. By now, you’ll be raising a quizzical brow, since we all remember, all you saw with in the first minute was Metatron. Not exactly a panty dropper nor a likable character. So why was I so amused?

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That’s why. They have actually admitted and recognized all the subtexts in the show, and in the most suggestive way possible. Though I already knew all those innuendos were intended, and the subtexts meant, actually hearing the acknowledgement of their existence from the mouth of an official character on air was just different. It meant so much in such little words. If that was not exciting enough, Metatron was talking directly to us, the audience.  With in a minute, this episode has just gave their fans hope that all the things in their imagination MIGHT be happening behind the screen, in the fantasy world of Supernatural. Being a huge fan of subtexts, this just meant so much to me. I had to blink twice, and take a few seconds to absorb that actually just happened. They had acknowledged all their improper lines and told us “we meant what we said”.

Once I was finally over the subtext, with in seconds, I was grinning like a fool again. why? They had an amazing opening.

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At first, they had the classic  season 9 opening with the burnt wings and their title in all caps. But what followed it was a first in the show. A pair of white wings flashed, with the word Metatron in front of it. It was obviously parallel to the burnt wings, giving us the idea that those were the wings of Metatron, the only Angel currently with an unharmed pair of wings. Aside from it being a neat opening, it was extremely interesting. The show never showed us our angels with their wings, aside from their shadows. We had no idea what it looked like, much less the details. I sometimes even forgot  they had a pair of those. Not only were we reminded that even Supernatural angels have wings, but they even showed us what it looked like. It was a gift to the fans to a whole new level.

Then we got to see Dean showering. Admittedly, Jesen Ackles is the hottest actor in the show. No arguments, no matter whose fan you are. I personally am a Minion, but would have to say Jesen bags the hot department. So a shower scene was more than welcomed. Then right on cue, walks Cas in. Great. Really. No sarcasm. This episode contains Cas! Though his existence in the show brings a frown to some fans, just seeing his face makes me smile.  But what followed next was made me a raised my eyebrow. Cas rips his trench coat (which btw I hate. His new tench coat is just not the same.), which was out of character. Though Cas is awkward and lost, he isn’t clumsy. That is more of Sam’s department. When he practically wrecked the convenience store he was working in, it was understandable since he did not understand how those machines worked. But simply walking by and ripping is trench coat, especially the inner lining, was not only impossible, but was not Cas. If that was not upsetting enough, after examining the damage, Cas just shrugged and continued to walk. HE JUST SHRUGGED OFF A DAMAGE IN HIS COAT. I do not know about the others, but that definitely was not Cas. Though not exactly neat, Cas enjoyed a considerable amount of order and pattern. Still being an angel, he dislikes when something changes or went out-of-place. So being that controlling, and not to mention powerful, Cas would probably have snapped his finger and fixed the damage. Or at the very least, he would have been concerned and have mentally noted to mend it later on.

If you think things could not have gotten worse, it just did. He used a phone to take a picture. Sure, it’s convenient. Sure it’s reliable. Sure, we are living in the 21st century, where it is weird not to use a phone. But this is Castiel we’re talking about. The Castiel that does not get human reference, and needs to improve on his “people skills”. The Castiel that spilled the whole soda dispenser. The Castiel that does not understand the importance of personal space. Practically, being dorky was what made Cas so…. Cas. But in this episode, Cas went ahead and took a picture with his phone perfectly. No struggles, no awkward angles and no finger covering a portion of the picture. The writers of this episode had no idea and understanding of Castiel’s character at all.

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Though I am not sure if it was due to my annoyance of the previews scene or not, but I felt that the angel that Cas talks to, Hannah, was a very poor actor.  She was supposed to be scared, but in my opinion, she did not sound scared enough. The distress in her voice was missing, not to mention the grief. All her companions have been killed, and she almost died as well, but she was talking   in a pretty confident tone, explaining the whole situation nicely. Even while complaining how confusing Earth was, she did not sound lost or confused. The best her tone gave was disgust, and a whimper here and there.

But as if it’s to make up for poor job done in the past few minutes, they have given us the best Destiel scene in ages. This moment was special, since it was the first interaction in several months between the hunter and his angel. But in the few seconds of the phone call, they have captured the bond, the connection, between these two.

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Dean said one word over the phone. “Everything.” And in that moment, they shared everything. As they both half-smiled-half-smirked, they just clicked into place. Though they were miles away, they were as good as one. I watched this scene more than I would like to admit while smiling silly to myself. This was why I shipped these two. This was why everyone shipped these two. This was why we stay up until 5am voting polls and flooding twitter. It was an amazing moment, the type that makes your inside giddy and warm.

Up next, Casa Erotica 14. Cas’s confuse expression was a bliss. But as the girl said #CasaErotica, you just knew this was Gabriel. #AmIRight? By then, you were all excited and worked up, with nothing actually happening yet. Even with this tension though, Cas’s innocent “That’s inappropriate.” surely made you smile. As the girl slowly opens the door, and you hear the husky “hello.”, you screamed. At least I did. GABE WAS BACK. I’m sure that moment, the whole Supernatural fandom screamed in unison. I was literally jumping up and down screaming as Gabe playfully said “I’m gonna take that as a yes.” and snapped his finger. GABE WAS REALLY BACK. No amount of words could express the joy I felt as I heard Gabriel say “Please. You can’t take the trick out of the trickster.”. Not only was Gabe back, in character that I loved so much, but they were actually giving an explanation to him being alive. He was a bit more aggressive than usual, but he was still in character, which made him twice as hot. He was alive, kicking and he wanted in.

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Sadly, just a few minutes later, you probably knew something was wrong. Dean was not picking his phone up. Weird. But before you can think any further, Gabe grabs the phone and makes you smile. His reference to Jesus made me laugh out loud. I know, favoritism, but whatever he said was hilarious. So for now, you let the uneasy feeling in your gut slide, and you enjoyed the moment. After all, he call Cas Dean’s “boy toy“. Another inappropriate subtext. Yep, forget Dean not answering the phone. Let me just goofily watch Dean’s boy toy and hot Jesus.

The car scene between Cas and Gabe was really great. Not only was it filled with Gabe’s typical jokes and puns, but the contrast between him and Cas was obvious. Cas’s seriousness was emphasized along side Gabe’s goof. Their differences were amusing to watch especially since Gabe goes ahead and explain how he and Cas are similar in the way that they are different from the rest. I extremely liked how Gabe reminded them they were rebels, and how Cas argues that he was just a soldier. The whole scene was a bliss of insights, jokes and contrast of my two all time favorite characters.

Sadly, their little trip to gas-n-sip was not as delicious. Well, the first part was, with Gabe’s jokes and direct contact with Cas’s face, but it just kinda got… off. Though it was extremely hot and sexy watching Gabe all that aggressive, it was just not him. You just knew something was wrong. First of all, why didn’t they just snap themselves out of the place? Even if Gabe was low of juice, I’m sure he had enough to fly them off to somewhere, anywhere. Secondly, Gabe was ready to die at the hands of lower angels. That was definitely not the ego filled Gabe who would find a way to out smart these lowlings.  And to make things worst, Cas was still not in character, readily accepting Gabe’s offer of ditching him and leading in his place. Cas is full of doubt and self loathe, just like a Winchester (well, he technically isn’t a Winchester, but you know.). It would take more than that to convince him to lead the angels, much more at the cause of Gabe’s life. He would rather risk facing those angels like a true Winchester, testing fate to its limit.

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But at least we got this bro hug. Which in itself was weird and off as well, but it was heart warming and nice. This episode definitely started a new shipping, one I don’t think I would mind joining if I didn’t ship Destiel and Sabriel already. Though if we place our personal interests aside, this scene was very off. Gabe and Cas hugging was weird, and I never expected it to happen. A hand shake would have been more appropriate. They hugged with no hesitation what so ever. That threw me off even before Castiel noticed the missing rip in his coat. This scene was just too good to be reality.  Finally, Cas figures out this was not real. All these Gabriel deal was a dream of some sort, and he questions him. The moment when Cas stabs Gabe to prove that he isn’t real, my heart sank. Sure, I knew the moment Dean didn’t answer his phone, but it was different seeing it with my own eyes. I prayed I was wrong, but I wasn’t. Gabe made more jokes about the whole situation as I sat watching the whole scene grimly. Then, Cas asked the question in everyone’s mind. “Are you dead?”. Gabriel, our dear Gabriel, gave the worst possible response he can give, in his style.

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A soft sad puppy eyes that could have made me cry, followed by his signature eyebrow wiggle. That second, I cursed the writer. Robbie Thompson, I hate you with all I got. Not only did he pronounce Gabriel dead, but he gave no hope of him ever showing up again, unless revived. But being dead this long, it is very unlikely. We have learned from past experience that those who would be brought back to life are usually brought back immediately. So by pronouncing Gabriel dead, he just killed all our hopes and dreams of ever seeing him again. All our fiction and imagination of Sam and Gabriel reuniting would never happen. This was end to our favorite trickster and archangel, Gabriel.

With a snap, Castiel ends up back to reality, tied up in a chair in Metatron’s study. Then Metatron asks a question we are all too familiar with. “What makes a story work?”. Then we realize the first question presented was not for us but rather, Castiel. Everything kind of fits into place, and it left me gawking at my screen. It was a trick they used in The Man Who Would Be King (6.20), but it was still just as interesting. It was a repeated but an effective directing trick, one I honestly would not want to see again.

Even in this episode, Gadreel was still a mysterious character. Through out the interrogation, he did not give up anything about himself, but rather, revealed more about our heroes. He elaborated how far gone Sam was,  and how messed up Dean was. As he provokes Dean to kill him, it makes you wonder if he agrees with his current life. He obviously isn’t happy, and his smirk at Metatron in the ending makes you wonder what he got under his sleeves. Even though he is currently acting as the main antagonist along side Metatron, he isn’t down right displeasing as Metatron is. He just leaves you cocking your head for answers.

Metatron on the other hand is doing an amazing job at being the antagonist. But unlike Zachariah or Raphael, who came out as a down right villain, Metatron is being portrayed differently. He sheer lack of physical involvement makes it hard to see him as a villain, and his fondness for Cas makes him kind of hard to hate. The worst I can say for Metatron is that he is annoying to an extremely degree, but he is one of those characters you know that would be ganked sooner than later. The moment he says “Because I can.” we knew that he was done for. As from  the wise words of Crowley, anyone who ever underestimates the Winchesters ends up screwed. But that wont be too much of a problem because we would all enjoy watching him burn, preferably over and over again.

Though in this episode, he did the unspeakable. He transferred all his knowledge of books, movies and all the references in the world to Cas. Cas, whose signature line is “I don’t get that reference”, would now get the reference. Sure they reassured us with a “I get the reference but don’t understand it.”,  but it would never be the same. Now every time Dean would make a movie reference, we would have to watch Cas understand, not be cute being awkwardly lost. Or in cases that a future writer forgets this ever happen, we would have a live through a “I don’t understand this reference.“, when he should. In one episode, they did no only destroy 1 angel, but 2. With this, the Cas we know would never be back again. Once again, I’m ready to dig your grave, Robbie Thompson.

What have you done?” would be the correct words for this episode. But directed at Dean, Cas’s words were filled with concern and frustration. His “Damn it Dean.” made my heart cringe, as his worry was obvious as the daylight. Though separated, their concern of each other didn’t falter at all. Sam seems to play the third wheel as always, but this time playing as the bridge connecting these two. It was great watching the friendship between Cas and Sam, and sweet how even then, Cas’s primary concern was Dean.

Though only three minutes of the show was left, I still got two more points to make.

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As Cas walks into the dark room, with The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore playing in the back ground, you right away feel his despair. He rips down his wall, which makes you feel bad in a sad kind of way. His expression is grave, though it lightens up as he paints the sigil. Obviously, Cas was tired of this game he was playing, and was changing tactics. Though it was honestly unexpected and out of character for Cas to accept this duty as the leader, I personally found it fitting. We all expected Cas to never accept this role again, but he proved us wrong. I felt this moment was very similar to when Sam said yes to Luci. One of those moments where our hero goes with the plan, just to screw it up in its face and come out triumphant. It gave an unique flavor to the show, keeping our heads rolling. type

Just before the episode ends, it gives us another reason to further hate Metatron. HE SPELLS CASS WITH A DOUBLE S. Who spells Cas with a double “s”? It’s Cas, not Cass. This episode did a great job up until the end reminding us how annoying Metatron can be. I’m truly hoping he’ll suffer before he goes. Nope. It’s not JUST an extra s. He deserves to suffer…..

I was kind of disappointed how Gabe and Sam did not meet in this episode, being the first episode where Gabe is actually not in any ways involve or obsessing over Sam. At first, that kind of made me mad, especially since this might be the last episode Gabe would ever be in. I’m still a bit bitter about it, but then in the end, it was a great Gabe-Cas fiction. Lots of twists and turns, and I guess I can still hope the Sabriel would happen some far away day.

This episode was full of ups and downs, much more than I can name. Once I was done watching it, it was a mix of warm fluff and fiery annoyance. This episode worked- kind of- but at the expense of future episodes. It makes you curious what the show would bring you next, but also at the same time makes you realize nothing would ever be the same again. It was one of those episodes that makes us look back to the first few season and realize how far we came. This was an episode full of nostalgia (special thanks to Gabe showing up), suggestive smiles, hopeless sadness and glimpse of new hope.

Conclusions

  • Thumbs up to Thomas J. Wright for an amazing directing!
  • I hope you burn in hell for ruining our favorite angels, Robbie Thompson… But it was still great. That doesn’t change the fact that I hate you.
  • Gabriel was back, in character, and hotter than usual. I could get used to him being aggressive and controlling.
  • Cas was generally out of character which was extremely disturbing.
  • It had enough Destiel to make up for the months of depriving us from it.
  • The brothers had their own drama as always, but it was uneventful, and pretty boring. This was one of Cas’s episodes, which I accept gratefully with out complains.
  • Over all, it was one of those episodes where I hate it and love it at the same time. It did work with all its tricks, but it could have improved a lot in several areas.

How did you feel about this episode? Did Meta Fiction meet your expectations from start to bottom? And most importantly, do you think Gabe will have a come back in the future? -Rui

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