What can I say about S6?
Well, first off, the episodes before we find out what the frak is up with Sam suck. People are out of character, the Lisa storyline sucks, and who honestly expects us to believe that, even if it was possible within the contrstruct of the show to exist without a soul, that no one would notice that Sam was missing one for over a year.
That being said, the episodes after were brilliant. I'm talking about rather amazing brilliant, which makes me think that someone just wrote a whole bunch of filler and tried to make them into a story arc at a later date. And while I loved the Twilight and X-files based episodes, and was litterally rolling on the floor with laughter during "The French Mistake," it was a little too much crack for one season.
But the second half of the seaon, taken on it's own, was brillaint. "Caged Heart" was a brilliantly strong episode, as were "And then There were None," and "Mommy Dearest." And I swear I spent the entire episode of "The Man Who Would Be King" skyping withpopkin16 just how brilliant it was, though much of that was inarticulate squee and the occasional meep - it, along with "On the Head of a Pin" are now my two offical favourite episodes so far. Which probably shows my whole love for Cas and theological/moral debate far too much than is good to really share over the internet. (Plus, BAMF!Cas is BAMF. And hot in the extreme.) And while "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was a little too Sam-oriented for my personal focus, it was a solid ending that made me feel excited about the series in a way I'd been starting to loose after the earlier episodes. And God!Cas... And Crowley.... And...
Well. I liked. I liked a lot.
General thoughts include the fact that, seriously, Cas makes anything better. There are only so many times you can ride the Sam and Dean brother-angst loop before it gets tired - though it's far more interesting than the best buds of the first few seasons, if only because dysfunction is more interesting than perfection. Cas is just... it's....
The whole series, as a whole - it's story arc, the basic thrust of it, can be boiled down to this bit from "The Man Who Would Be King":
Because that's basically what it is, isn't it? S6 is them dealing with the consequences of Free Will - of angelic Free Will. And, yes, the season has it's bad moments, but once you discard those episodes, it's actually stronger in many ways than S1 or S2. Because, yes, it's like a personal betrayal in my fangirlish heart that Cas would do this - more so than with Sam and the demon blood - but it's his choice. Destiny has been thrown out the window, and heaven is making it's own choices for the first time. And while some are clinging to the script, you cannot deny that Free Will is Free Will. And while I'm personally an atheist, within the confines of SPN, I would rather believe in a god that wants us to make our own choices than one that has everything wrapped up in a nice little bow, all preordained like.
DEAN Oh, believe me, I get it. Blah, blah, Raphael, right?
CASTIEL I'm doing this for you, Dean. I'm doing this because of you.
DEAN Because of me. Yeah. You got to be kidding me.
CASTIEL You're the one who taught me that freedom and free will --
DEAN You're a freakin' child, you know that? Just because you can do what you want doesn't mean that you get to do whatever you want!
CASTIEL I know what I'm doing, Dean.
DEAN I'm not gonna logic you, okay? I'm saying don't...Just 'cause. I'm asking you not to. That's it.
CASTIEL I don't understand.
DEAN Look, next to Sam, you and Bobby are the closest things I have to family -- that you are like a brother to me. So, if I'm asking you not to do something...You got to trust me, man.
CASTIEL Or what?
DEAN Or I'll have to do what I have to do to stop you.
CASTIEL You can't, Dean. You're just a man. I'm an angel.
In many ways, I think that the above is one of the most powerful sections of script so far in the series, taken on either a plot or theological level. Think back to S5's "Hammer of the Gods":
LUCIFER Gabriel, if you're doing this for Michael.
GABRIEL Screw him. If he were standing here, I'd shiv his ass too.
LUCIFER You disloyal--
GABRIEL Oh I'm loyal. To them!
LUCIFER Who? These, so called Gods?
GABRIEL To people, Lucifer. People
LUCIFER So you're willing to die, for a pile of cockroaches. Why?
GABRIEL Because Dad was right. They are better than us.
LUCIFER They are broken. Flawed! Abortions.
GABRIEL Damn right they're flawed. But a lot of them try. To do better, to forgive. And you should see the Spearmint Rhino! I've been riding the pine a long time. But I'm in the game now, and I'm not on your side, or Michaels. I'm on theirs.
Because it's the trying that counts in the end. And while, yes, Cas' actions in S6 are in many ways condemable, you see that it was a road paved with good intentions. He tried. And, yes, he made mistakes, but is it not better to make a horrible mistake than to have no free will at all? To follow the script to the letter - which in this case would have meant the end of the world? And perhaps it still might, but at least this way they can say they tried.
I could probably go on - say some stuff about Sam's hair, and the fact that I'm now actively apathetic towards Sam and his story arc in general; about how the writer's strike obviously was having backlash here, or something; about how I wish Cas would appear in every episode; about the unabashed Dean/Cas that exists that a blind Tibetian monk - or even my mother - could see; about the general love I have for theological arguements and the meta in the series, but this has gotten long enough.
Just one more season, and then I'm on to the current. My squee is boundless.