I’m not going to say I haven’t been enjoying season eight of Supernatural because I have, but the show has been SO much better when it has focused on the main plot involving Kevin Tran, the Prophet and the search for the demon and angel tablets. This season’s episodes that have deviated from the main plot line have been wildly uneven.
Kevin is being held captive by Crowley only he doesn’t know it. It’s all a ruse as Crowley is using illusion to try and trick Kevin into giving up the secrets on the tablet. He even uses two demons who appear in the guise of Sam an Dean while Crowley sits behind the scenes, reveling in the role of a film director. The real Dean and Sam receive a message from Kevin which indicates that he must be dead if they are reading the message. The discover an ancient symbol in Kevin’s notes which sends them off to a Native American casino in Colorado in search of an Angel named Metatron who is the Voice of God and the one who wrote the demon and angel tablets.
While Sam and Dean are searching for the reclusive angel, Castiel, still possessing the angel tablet, is hiding from Naomi and her minions by teleporting himself constantly between various locations of a restaurant chain, remaining one jump ahead of his pursuers. Naomi eventually tracks him down by a grisly means but before she can force Cas to give up the Angel tablet, shie is betrayed by one of her minions who is working for Crowley. Unlike Naomi, Crowley is clever enough to figure out where the tablet is hidden. With the tablet now in hand, Crowley no longer has any use for Kevin.
First let’s applaud the quirky, out of the box casting of Curtis Armstrong (best known as Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds films) as the angel Metatron. Metatron has secluded himself away from the world for eons and is blissfully clueless as to the recent events but he is able to sense that Sam is going through the trials. He delivers a rather ominous statement to Dean at the end of the episode when he mentions how locking away demons for good might affect the world.
I’m sure we’ve all wondered whether or not the Winchesters really will close the demon gate and how it would affect the show as it would obviously eliminate the show’s main protagonists. Certainly there are plenty of other monsters to go around but it sure sounded like Metatron was hinting at giving them an out as if locking the demons away might not be a good thing. Metatron also confirms what has been mentioned in previous season that God simply…left, and in doing so left the Archangels in charge. It’s also mentioned that Sam is changing—being transformed by the trials and it smells like another cliffhanger is coming.