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Supernatural Review: Tales of the Tablets

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"A Little Slice of Kevin" was the perfect slice of Supernatural heaven.

I'm not sure if it was due to the mythology, featured basically the entire cast, revealed Dean escaping Purgatory or because there were plenty of crazy new twists, but this was the engrossing and exciting episode I'd been waiting for.

The last four installment, while fine in their own rights, seemed to immediately interrupt the premiere/second episode combo that was setting up the tone and direction of Supernatural Season 8. And I've been really looking forward to seeing what that core story arc would involve, considering the more or less dud that was the Leviathan of season seven.

Return of Castiel

For one, Sam and Dean weren't fighting, arguing or ignoring each other. They were actually talking to one another without jumping to conclusions or judging the actions taken. Dean was open about the horrors of Purgatory and Sam was was sincere with his understanding.

Even their collaboration of working at the hotel was all about them getting things done and trying to figure it all out. They were a team.

Similarly, it was entertaining to see Kevin and his mom work together, despite the fact that Mrs. Tran was in full-on mom duty. Their efforts were great, from Kevin checking out the witch to Mrs. Tran constantly dousing everyone with holy water.

Although, Mrs. Tran getting the upper hand on Crowley's demon pal seemed a little far fetched, even if I didn't want her to be killed off.

That said, Crowley's personality is so amped up with menace and scare that it's actually chilling. I've been so used to him just making cracks all the time that in a way I even underestimated him.

But there was no mistake about his ruthlessness and all around evil. From the torturing of the angel to the snapping of his fingers and his exploding the future prophet - and even cutting off Kevin's finger - Crowley was proving his role as the King of Hell.

I've got far more belief in him as a big bad now than before.

The same could even be said for the brief encounter with the Leviathan in Purgatory. They just seemed so much cooler than last season. Not that I want them to come back, but the attack on Dean and Castiel wasn't full of campy political turducken.

I do find it interesting that Dean was placing all the blame on himself for not saving Castiel, when, in reality, Castiel didn't want to be saved.

It's even an interesting notion that Castiel mentioned to Dean, that Sam even brought up before, about not saving everyone. The brothers really always have taken up the responsibility of the world.

I think Castiel opened Dean's eyes. Now whether Dean will get over his time in Purgatory seems unlikely, but I liked the turn of events that led to their talk together.

And topping off all the character moments, the small name drops from Metatron to Chuck really spiked my enthusiasm meter.

Mentioning that there can only be one prophet at a time is an intriguing concept which really begs the question: What happened to Chuck? And, consequently, was he even a prophet to begin with?

At the same time, who and where is the archangel, Metatron?

The personal note that Kevin read talked about Metatron and his father leaving and letting the humans have responsibility of the tablets makes me wonder about Metatron and God's role in this season.

Is God out there, maybe with Metatron? And why have they not been involved in any of the major problems the brothers have faced?

Those type of questions lead into the other head scratcher of the new angel, Naomi, and why she wants reports on Sam and Dean from Castiel, and at the same time doesn't want Castiel to remember any of it?

And even what was the deal with Super Castiel and his major glow and blue eyes? Is that a new power?

This was the perfect episode to get the show back on track and really proved how promising the new story and direction are looking to be. Not only am I curious as to what will happen, but all of the questions that keep popping up make me excited for what's to come. Plus, you can't go wrong when Sam, Dean, Castiel and Crowley are all at the top of their game in the same hour.

After a fun and packed full Supernatural episode like that, I'm ready for a second helping.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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@samthwoo....absolutely!!!!
For me as the final credits were scrolling the screen last night I gave out a WooHoo.........finally!!! the Supernatural I fell in love with was back....OMG it's wonderful............last season was a tough haul on my part sticking with it...............To the writers, producer and all you're back to what the fans fell in love with ............please stay the course

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My theory: I suspect that the crazy blue eyed glowyness was Castiel attempting to manifest in his true angel form while still on the mortal plane of existence. Yanno, that true angel form that burns out people's eyeballs and causes human's heads to explode. My guess is that attempting to leave the host and manifest as true angel is a Big Deal. Also...I really wish the escape clause for Cas had to do with his human host and not with some heaven scheming. Poor Jimmy Novak.

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Where are people getting the notion Heaven is almost out of Angels? I've heard Castiel say a lot of Angels in his regiment were killed. But I'm sure that isn't the only regiment Heaven had.

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SPOILER ALERT Word of God (no pun intended) says that Chuck was intended to be God at the end of season 5. Actor Rob Benedict confirms that here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Now if that stays the case might be up for debate, because ultimately the writers left it open.

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@Serenity - Metatron actually is an archangel in Judaism; there's an article about him on Wikipedia, if you're curious. The etymology of the name is ambiguous and unclear, and may possibly be a made-up word with no original meaning at all. Most of the angelic names in "Supernatural" are of Hebrew origin; The "el" suffix in many of them (Castiel, Gabriel, Michael, Uriel) means "God". A few names are of Latin origin (Lucifer, Virgil).

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Castiel! Total badass taking on Crowley. Crowley is definitely one of the best bad guys they have come across. I really thought they said Megatron at first :P I;m interested to find out who this Metatron is. The name is unlike any of the other archangel names. And I loved the mention of Chuck, but I really hope he isn't actually dead. I would love for them to bring him back.

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I'm not convinced that normal Castiel would be able to take the King of Hell. Even taking as a given that Crowley is a normal demon with the office of King, you'd like that in his new position he'd have access to artifacts and other enhancements that would boost his power levels. The fact that we're seeing new things in Castiel's full anger/angel mode makes me think there's something else going on with him, and another reason he stayed behind (maybe to bring some Levitations back?)

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I am incredibly suspicious of Naomi. Something makes me doubt her story about an angelic incursion into Purgatory simply to rescue Castiel. It seems very unlikely that the angels would pay such a price in blood to save him when there are so few of them left already, especially when Castiel has *no memory* of being rescued. If it were simply an angelic incursion that saved him, why can't he remember it? If he were plucked out by a different force altogether, however, maybe they'd want to keep it under wraps for their own reasons. Can anyone think of a Conspicuously Absent Omnipotent Being that keeps coming up again and again, despite being Conspicuously Absent?

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Something felt off. I think that Crowley/Cas are both underused. What a waste of time for such amazing actors. As for angels, once they die don't they become higher beings for such sacrifices? Why is Chuck dead and Kevin replacing him as a prophet? Why is Naomi in charge in Heaven?

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the first 4 eps of this season really bugged me, they were slow and the constant flashbacks were getting annoying. I'm so happy Cas is back, he is and has been one of my favorite characters since his arrival season 4. I never believed chuck was a prophet. Tbh I've considered him even being God at a few points... but Metatron seems more fitting with the whole book thing. the dreams were from God then, which means he's somewhere out there too.. maybe even close to Metatron. The whole Naiomi thing even made me question if God is still in heaven too, as Cas said He had never been to that part of heaven before... could God have been there all along? I know he's around, because Cas has been saved numerous times... where other angels have died and not come back, cas has more than once.. Someone is looking out for them.. and I'm hoping they finally go into that this season

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