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  • Episode: Goodbye Stranger (Season 8, Episode 17)
  • Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
  • Written By: Robbie Thompson
  • Directed By: Thomas J. Wright
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
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Supernatural: Goodbye Stranger Review

A means to an end

By Tim Janson     March 23, 2013

The plot of this week’s Supernatural wasn’t the most compelling but it was a means to an end.  It starts with an ominous scene as Castiel kills Dean.  But not just one Dean…as the camera pulls away we see a room filled with hundreds of dead Deans, each one killed by Castiel, with an approving Naomi looking on.  Castiel is practicing for the real thing!  

Castiel is sent by Naomi to retrieve the Angel tablet before Crowley can find it.  Castiel and Crowley are looking for Lucifer’s Crypts which contain the hidden tablet.  Sam and Dean are off investigating the deaths of several people who were apparently possessed by demons and were digging for something in several towns.  Sam and Dean rescue old pal Meg the demon from several other demons who are torturing her.  Castiel finally arrives but lies to Sam and Dean about his true intentions, giving them only half truths, claiming he’s after a scroll to help translate the demon tablet.

The action cuts quickly between Cas and Naomi as she is in his head, ordering him what to do and say.  Dean and Castiel finally uncover the mysterious angel tablet at which point Cas proceeds to beat the crap out of Dean and is on the verge of killing until Cas touches the tablet, breaking the control that Naomi has over him.

First off, it was great to see Meg, Cas, and Crowley again.  Several actresses have portrayed Meg Masters over the series run but none with such dripping sarcasm as Rachel Miner.  She always adds spice when she appears and there are some priceless scenes between she and Sam.  Now that Cas has broken free of Naomi the next question to answer is Who the hell is Naomi anyway?  Crowley clearly knows who she is but Castiel did not.  This is the biggest mystery of the season right now.

Sam and Dean take a bit of a back seat to Cas, Meg, Naomi, and Crowley as this week featured the heavy hitters.  That’s not a bad thing particularly because it forwarded the plot between Cas and Naomi.  We will not have to see what Cas does with the angel tablet and what Naomi does to try and get it from him.  Misha Collins was especially good this week.  His ability to go from the innocent, child-like Cas to bad ass angel instantly has never been more terrifying as he relentlessly pounds on Dean’s face.  In any case, things are setting up nicely for the last handful of episodes for Season 8.


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DaForce1 3/23/2013 12:06:29 PM

 I found it weird that Cas and Meg had a "thing" when the only time that could have been was at the hospital when Meg was looking over a seriously mentally ill Cas. But then again, Meg is a demon after all, Also, that first scene of the room filled with dead and dying Deans, totally brought a Venture bros. vibe to this one. Which isn't surprising since the now Exec. Prod. Ben Edlund, and the Venture Bros. guys used to work together on Ben's creation The Tick when it was a cartoon for Fox. 

FerretJohn 3/24/2013 11:28:03 AM

Tim, the question of Who exactly is Naomi has already been answered, with even more shown in this very episode.  She's an angel, probably one of the last arch-angels, surviving in the chaos and civil wars that's become heaven in this ride had started.  Most of her garrison and many of her brothers and sisters are dead, God still isn't helping, and now the brothers are trying to shut the Gates permenantly, and she's resorting to more and more desperate measures to save the kingdom all for "the greater good".  Noble Intentions and all that, we all know what road that goes down.

tjanson 3/24/2013 5:24:07 PM

Ferret...disagree.  i don't think she's an Archangel.  I don't think she has that power.  Leastways she has not shown it.  i don't see an Archangel using Cas as a puppet.   And if she was an Archangel why didn't Cas know her?  No I think she's something else.  I'm not even convinved she's an Angel or that Cas is in Heaven when he goes to see her.  i think there's a major swerve coming.  In fact I would say it's as likely she could be a Leviathan as an Angel considering she got Cas out of Purgatory.

Moz72 3/25/2013 7:54:08 AM

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