First things first: "Meet the New Bos" was an absolutely brilliant episode. I don't honestly know what I can say about it except to laude it immensely. It was brilliant and funny and God!Cas was just perfectly him and Dean dealing with it was heartbreaking - and Cas dying again in "Hellow Cruel World" was even more so. I swear, Misha needs a fruit basket or something for being able to make Cas and Jimmy and insane!Cas and alt!Misha and future!Cas and God!Cas all into such amazingly different characters who are often sides of the same coin.
The Levithans were a brilliantly contstrued enemy, as was their almost complete inability to be killed. Their master plan was subtle and far from predicatable, even if it all had a slight "ubervamp" feel to it. In fact, the whole season was absolutley brillantly done, and my only complaint is "Repo Man," which was so cliche that I guessed the end before we got to the title card. But you can't have everything. Well, and "Defending your Life" was terrible too, but.... If you can make Dick jokes for an entire season without them getting old or unfunny, you know you're doing something right.
I love all the famous faces who showed up this season, though I keep waiting for Conner Trinner to make an apperenace, IDK why. And so many of the episodes - "Season 7, Time for a Wedding!" "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie" "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" - were just hillarious fun. I sobbed like a baby when Bobby died, actually kinda liked Charlie when she made an apperance (I've gathered that most people in the fandom don't), and kinda am annoyed by Kevin Tran (I think this is more of a lingering HS issue than anything else).
But Cas. Cas, Cas, Cas. I'm sad that he only made it into 5 episodes this season. I love him to peices and he kinda makes everything better. Not that this season needed it, as S6 and even S5 did sometimes, but still. Cas is brilliant and his character development continues to intruigue me long after I've become bored by most the others. As God!Cas, he was frankly amazing and terrifying and sad all at once - but I must point out that he at least realized what he was doing was wrong and sought help, unlike some others I could mention. And he tried so hard to do the right, but realized that you can't have right and free will at the same time. (Though the whole thing where he smote the hypocritical pastor just made my day.) And as insane!Cas... well, that was amazing too. So broken but trying to put himself together. Take this bit from "Survival of the Fittest":
CASTIEL Well, I'm still, uh, honing my communication strategy. I haven't even been back to Heaven. I-I keep thinking there are no insects up there, but here we have... trillions. You know, they're making honey and silk and... miracles, really.and
CROWLEY What are you talking about?
CASTIEL Um, preferring insects to angels, I guess. Here. I can offer a token, if you like. It's honey. I-I collected it myself.
CASTIEL I can't help. You understand? I can't. I destroyed... everything, and I will destroy everything again. Can we please just leave it at that?The first is more the issue of free will again - take Hester from "Reading is Fundamental" and Cas himself from the end of "On the Head of a Pin," both so desprately wanting orders, answers. I think at this point it's wrong to call him a fallen angel - that is more Lucifer, who rebelled out of capricousness. Cas is becoming human, or something like it anyway, and to throw another quote your way, this one from Rober Ardrey's African Genesis:
DEAN No. [He gets up.] No, we can't.
DEAN We can't leave it. You let these friggin' things in. So you don't get to make a sandwich. You don't get a damned cat. Nobody cares that you're broken, Cas. Clean up your mess!
But we were born of risen apes, not fallen angels, and the apes were armed killers besides. And so what shall we wonder at? Our murders and massacres and missles, and our irreconscilable regiments? Or our treaties whatever they may be worth; our symphonies however seldom they may be played; our peaceful acres, however frequently they may be converted into battlefields; our dreams however rarely they may be accomplished? The miracle of man is not how far he has sunk but how magnificently he has risen. We are known among the stars by our poems, not our corpses.Remember Lucifer was God's favourite angel before he fell - and if we accept the Judeo-Christian premise here of an omnipotent, omniprecisent god with a plan, than he had to have known when he made Lucifier that he would fall because he disagreed with his daddy, because he made a choice. And humans are supposedly his favourites as well, not because we are perfect, but because we have choice. And while we often make mistakes, we are capable of better. We try. Which makes us better than angels, which means a human-like angel is not fallen but risen.
But I'm getting off topic again. Basically: I love Cas and want to see more of him. A lot more. Not these silly five episodes again. I'm talking like 10, 15, at least here. And though I hate him a little for leaving Dean alone in Purgatory at the end, I still want him desprately on screen.
Also, Sam was less annoyingly incipid this season. Not by much, but I actually kinda liked him when he was crazy and not all "I accept hell as the eraser of my slate," though normally I have serious problems with crazy. I liked seeing Lucifer again. He's brilliantly portrayed. Though he really needs to get a haircut.
And Dean. Dean. So broken after he thought Cas was gone. And after, mourning for the Cas he remembered. That was just so tragic. OTP, I tell you. (Plus, the 1940s getup? loved it a little too much)
What else? Nothing I can think of at the moment. Just I'm so glad that S7 was better than the first half of S6.