While I respect that opinions are entirely subjective, and that it's cool you feel that way, I have to completely disagree with you and side with aussie movieguy on this one. The whole tension between Dean and Sam thing has been beaten to death and it's not interesting to watch the way it's being portrayed right now. To be honest it's not so much that I have a problem with the brothers having tension, it's just that the way the writers choose the setting and dialogue to explain said tension to the audience. It feels formulaic and contrived. "Oh look, we're sitting by the Impala. Let's discuss our feelings and explain to the audience what's going on between our characters because they're stupid and need to have things spelled out for them like 10 year olds despite our situation being quite clear from our actions earlier on in the episode and earlier episodes that have passed". Once again this is just my opinion but having to spell things out verbatum for an audience is one the few things that, for me, keeps this show from being on par with other high quality shows on TV, both past and present. Don't get me wrong, SPN has great story lines, great characters, great mystery, great action and great philosophy, but the playing out the the story lines in each individual episode sometimes feels too forced. With the exception of the season premieres and season finales in almost every episode I expect to see a murder at the beggining which the brothers will have to solve, research and discussion between the brothers, a slight twist in the plot, a climax of the episode where the bothers and a few other characters help fight the antagonist, and then a denouement where the brothers discuss their feelings and remind the audience of the bigger picture. Now, this is certainly done in a way that makes it better than most series on TV, and there is the odd episode where they don't follow that kind of path, but it still feels like the show is too afraid to stray from a safe formula that has worked for it in the past. Feel free to blast me for saying all that, just my two cents.
That being said, I still did enjoy this episode. Nice addition to the story which they can use later on with the missing weapons and I liked Balthezar's character. Cas, as usual, is great and his exasperation with the rest of the angels (both Balthezar and those on Raphael's side) was well played. Kind of makes me wonder if there are less angels on Cas's side than he says.
On another matter, did anyone else find any similarities between Balthezar and Crowley (who I still believe is actually Death)? Both morally ambigious, both collect souls, both have a similar accent, etc. Or am I just looking too much into that?
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