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SPN 5x20: No Place to Run


I don't think Sam killed demon!Brian because it killed Jess. He should have, but didn't. He killed it because he had killed Sam. Because in the Supernatural world, there's no such thing as a civilian life, not if you're a Winchester or within spitting distance of one. There's no such thing as humanity as something separate from the script of prophecy.

Even if the Winchester brothers manage to trap Lucifer, and Michael decides not to end the world anyway, they cannot escape the fact that they aren't human Hunters defending humankind from the things beyond and below — they are things beyond and below, and have been part of the game their entire lives, hell, before any of them had been even born. They were born, bred, and taught to be Vessels, and while they are fighting the good fight (Team Free Will), the structure of their universe, a logic of rings, soul deals, and messed up family dynamics underlying theology, pushes them into a dark, supernatural logic of faith, family, blood, and sacrifice.

The lesson of Supernatural is not that families are messed up, or that the world is messed up, but that the world is messed up in the same way and for the same reasons that families are messed up. Sam wasn't wrong to run away, it was just that there was nowhere to run. Often the world is dark in familiar (heh) ways because we carry the demons of home inside ourselves. The show's proposition is that how you felt when you were a kid, that claustrophobic dance of emotion, love, hate, faith, fate, and duty, wasn't just true about where you were, it was true about everywhere.

Supernatural is about a world where your deepest nightmares are true, and I'm not talking about the monsters.

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not_sally
May. 2nd, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
BUT IT'S ALSO THE WORLD WHERE GAY LOVE CAN PIERCE THROUGH THE VEIL OF DEATH AND SAVE THE DAY! WERE BEING BROTHERS MEANS YOU'VE FOUND YOUR SOULMATE, AND THAT YOU TOGETHER CAN MAKE FAMILY OUT OF THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET AND LOVED, AND CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.







Also, BAMF angels, unnatural attachment to your vehicle, ROCK MUSIC PLAYING and incest. One can never forget about the incest.
razorsmile
May. 2nd, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
To piss in your cereal, enough with the incest already. They are brothers and they are - believe it or not - not fucking each other. Ha-ha.
not_sally
May. 2nd, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Tomato, tomahto.
In my canon, they boink uglies 24/7. If that really bothers you so much, just ignore me. It's called: not being a troll.

It works wonders with the internet.
lemmypie
May. 5th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
I just stumbled on your LJ and WOW I really like your observation. I've though this in a kind of random not very put together way. But see you've laser focused that for me. THANKS!
__marcelo
May. 5th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you!
yourlibrarian
May. 5th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Nicely put, yes. su_darklily mentioned something along these lines in her meta on the episode but I think you fleshed it out better here as a broader statement.
__marcelo
May. 6th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank you!
tripoli
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
I randomly stumbled across this in an old post, and since I didn't say it at the time--this is one of my all-time favorite observations anybody's made about SPN, and you're awesome, and thanks :-)
__marcelo
Oct. 27th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
*beams a lot* I had totally forgotten this. Thanks!
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