Let's look at the undercurrent of speciesism that seems to be running through this season. While recapping "Yellow Fever" I had a difficult time describing the brutal "road hauling" of the Luther Garland ghost, because it brought to mind the murder of James Byrd and kept it there. While struggling through it though, it occurred to me that the show seems to be exploring racism this season, by making many of our significant characters racist -- although a more accurate term, given the story, is speciesist. I also referred to this in the episode thread for "Great Pumpkin." I know time was short if they wanted to save Dean's life, but Bobby and Sam seemed not bothered a bit by having to dispose of the ghost of a man who had been the target of prejudice -- the ghost of an innocent whose life had ended via that brutal act. Meanwhile we know Dean hates all demons, just because they're demons, regardless of whether they are (or appear to be) doing good -- like Ruby, for example. He also hates the demon blood in his beloved brother Sam -- his "mixed" (race) species brother. Ruby hates all angels, just because they're angels. Now we learn Uriel holds humans in contempt as lower beings -- despite the fact that Jewish and Christian scriptures describe humans as being made in the image of God (cf. Castiel's line that Uriel was bordering on 'blasphemy'). Now, maybe I'm looking to get Whedoned and am going to end up all Kripked, but I don't think so. I mean, this is Kripke's story, but it seems to have more layers than usual, and they seem intentional. So although "Great Pumpkin" isn't my favorite episode of the season, neither was "Yellow Fever" -- I'm starting to appreciate both of them, more. I think we're watching the construction of metaphor. Let's just hope Kripke and all don't get distracted by something shiny, and forget to tell us the rest of the story.
Episode Report CardCindy McLennan: B | 1691 USERS: B
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