Supernatural: Galaxy Brain
March 16, 2020 7:57 PM - Season 15, Episode 12 - Subscribe

For me it'd just been too long since the Maya stuff. Her whole history was kind of a haze for me and I felt like I should've boned up by hitting the wikis first. I had the feeling the deal with swapping Mayas was something they had planned for the spinoff, and it would've worked better as something they teased out over a season or two. We could've had a fun recurring thing checking with the original Maya as she struggled to survive in the Bad World or whatever they were calling it. The shadowy glowing eye dudes seemed like something intended for the spinoff, too. There were bigger plans for those guys. I'm STILL pissed we'll never see that show. Chuck's very meta line about "failed spin-offs" stung, because I was like, they never even gave Wayward Sisters a chance, damn it!

It seems like they're going full-evil with Chuck. It feels a little forced to me, like blowing up worlds while he sips a Slurpee doesn't quite fit the affable, sad sack guy we always knew. It's not that I can't believe he'd ever get this bad, more that the transition seems a bit abrupt. Him gently telling the Radio Shed kid he'd be fine and then flattening the place with a meteor was just... weird. I guess Chuck didn't have the stones to look the kid in the eyes and tell him his world was doomed?

It seems the people who were saying Billie would eventually be on the side of the Winchesters were right. I'm really surprised about that, since it seemed like the show was really selling her as a sinister character. I still won't be surprised if she betrays them before the finale, though.

We're back to Jack ostensibly having no soul while he spends a lot of time fretting about doing the right thing. And it doesn't seem to be an abstract thought experiment to him, he really wants to be good. Here he was ready to fuck everything up to save one girl, because he felt guilty. A lot of folks with souls aren't as nice as Jack is without one!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 10:41 PM on March 17, 2020

Maya? You mean Kaia? I'm glad they didn't kill her off, as so many female characters have suffered on this show. And the revisit didn't feel too farfetched since we just saw Dark Kaia last season, and after they convinced her to give them the spear and then it got destroyed we haven't heard from her. It was about time she came around asking for it back.

I don't think it's a stretch that Chuck is that bad. He's petty and selfish and immature and was only benevolent to his favorite characters. And when he's less immature, he's basically just an asshole, like what he did with the Radio Shed kid. Telling him "you'll be fine" is not him lying out of cowardice, it's him just being a dick. We saw this side of him when he was berated by Amara before she left him trapped on Earth-Prime.

I'm not sure if Billie is on the side of the Winchesters more than she's on the side of the books, and the books say the Winchesters help her kill God. But yeah, she probably knows this will involve their deaths and isn't showing them all the cards.

I'm pretty excited to see how they end this. At least it's one thing to look forward to every week instead of the pandemic.
posted by numaner at 1:54 PM on March 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Kaia, yeah. That's how much of an impression the poor kid made on me. Again, she felt like a character with a big sprawling story that we only glimpsed.

I feel like, until recently, Chuck's villainy was still kind of hazy. Like, when he poofed away Becky's family, he told her they weren't dead. It was like, even as he did frightening things, they were still mitigating the horror, taking pains to make him seem not totally evil. And now he's casually blowing up planets! I can believe he'd get here but I feel like the escalation was a little fast.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 5:03 PM on March 18, 2020


Jody: [stands over a dead cow, looking at the blood with a flashlight.] Oh, yikes. [Jody's phone rings and she stands up to answer it, moving away from the cow.] Oh. Hey, Alex.
Alex: Lasagna's getting cold.
Jody: Yeah. Who made it… you or Patience?
Alex: I did. It’s vegan.
Jody: You know, actually, tonight, I’m grateful for that. I assumed we had a monster on our hands, but it’s looking like human-on-animal cruelty. Poor Bessie was clubbed to death.
Alex: That’s sick.
Jody: Yeah. Keep the lasagna in the oven.

Merle: One measly life on the line, and you're ready to risk it all? That's not just dumb. That's Winchester dumb.
Dean: Hey!

Dean: How do you feel 'bout this?
Sam: Feels like we're taking a big, probably stupid, risk. Feels good. Disobeying cosmic entities, doing the, uh... dumb, right thing? Feels like we're back.

Kaia: [describing the "real" world] This place is... cold. I don't understand it. I don't know how to move through it. So I just find empty spaces and I hide. This world doesn't want me. And I'm done with it.


This episode marks the first time Castiel and Jack interact with Jody in person, and the first time Jody has been to the Men of Letters bunker.

Radio Shed is a nod to the old American electronics chain Radio Shack.

The Radio Shed is meant to be in Utah. Both cars outside have Utah license plates.

This is the second time Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn collaborated to write an episode, with "The Future" (ep. 12.9) being their first collaboration.

Billie reveals that no being, not even God, can see their books in Death's Reading Room unless she lets them.

God's comment about "failed spin-offs" in his beginning speech is a reference to the failed spin-off Wayward Sisters that was to focus on Jody and the girls that she has taken in throughout the series.

When Chuck is talking to the Radio Shed employee in the final scene, you can see over the top of the set into the sound stage.
posted by orange swan at 10:05 AM on May 10, 2022

Alt-Kaia killed a cow to get Jody's attention, and found adjusting to a comparatively functional world worse than dying in her own imploding universe. Girl's not right in the head.
posted by orange swan at 10:06 AM on May 10, 2022

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