Supernatural: The Vessel
February 18, 2016 3:18 PM - Season 11, Episode 14 - Subscribe

Dean gets sent back in time by "Castiel" into an American WWII submarine before its fated destruction to recover a powerful weapon to be used against The Darkness. Lucifer, still in Castiel's body, tries to keep the charade up with Sam and Dean.

The archangel is out of the bag! That crazy sigil surely will prove useful in the future, though I think it's implied that you must bond it to your soul like Delphine did. And I'm guessing the "Hand of God" isn't out of juice yet, and perhaps angels can't utilize it. Otherwise the entire episode was basically to expose Lucifer, and that feels pretty wasteful to me.

Fun facts:
- Weronika Rosati who played Delphine, will be in the movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, though she won't be aboard that ship. I just found it interesting she's in two shows/movies surrounding USSes in one year.
- Darren Dolynski, who played captain James Deerborn of USS Bluefin, previously played a demon working for Lilith in episode 4.22, Lucifer Rising
posted by numaner (6 comments total)
It's been so much fun watching Misha doing his Mark Pellegrino impersonation these past episodes, I'm going to miss it when he goes back to being full-time Castiel.

For a minute there, I thought maybe they were going to have Dean bring Delphine back to the bunker with him. She could have been a useful/interesting recurring character, but, oh well, the writers would have killed her eventually anyway.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:33 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Hasn't this season been good? It seems like a real renaissance for the show lately. Last season I remember thinking that it was like they were putting their energy into making individual episodes good and not worrying so much about the arc, and this season it seems like more of a balance, with individual episodes that work well and a pretty good arc going too.

Doggy Crowley is not a pleasant sight, though. Smug badass Crowley is a lot more fun. (Funny that one of the ways they're convincing us that Lucifer is awful and deserves hating is by having him jerk Crowley around. Crowley is an evil bastard too, but he's OUR evil bastard!)

I wonder if they had access to an old sub, or if that was all a set. In any case it looked like they spent some cash on this one. Lots of sets, lots of guest stars and extras, plenty of WWII costume rentals, some pretty good sub CGI exteriors. It wasn't exactly dazzling, but it seemed conspicuously spendy for this show.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 9:39 PM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

For a minute there, I thought maybe they were going to have Dean bring Delphine back to the bunker with him. She could have been a useful/interesting recurring character, but, oh well, the writers would have killed her eventually anyway.

Same here. I thought Delphine might appear at the bunker, glowing with divine fire, and kick Lucifer's ass and join the team for awhile before striking out on her own. Pity that didn't happen.
posted by homunculus at 10:05 AM on February 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

This season has been good and I think it's because they went back to the first four seasons, looked at what worked and made those initial seasons great, and are working hard to replicate it. We've completely ditched the perpetual cycle of 'secrets' and distrust that under minded the strength of brotherhood and family that's central to the early seasons. We've gotten fairly decent one offs and they managed to bring back not one, not two, but three women from previous episodes and not kill them off in some ridiculous manner. (Well, did our witch count?)

The exterior sub shots were incredible. It makes me wonder if they were able to borrow them from some other source. Obviously, the Blue Fin must be some rent-a-set given its multiple rooms (galley, torpedo room, bunks, and bridge, etc). But, there also seemed to be a lot of care put into the sailors that didn't necessarily need to have been put in, and the result was an environment that felt much more rich than it should have been.

One point, they find the wreck of the German destroyer, but not the American sub. We had previously been told the sub had never been found, so it makes me wonder if it really did sink or if the God power under Delphine transported it somewhere else.

Doggy Crowley is definitely not a fun Crowley. At the least, we know he'll end up back on top. He always does.

Watching Misha change characters makes me really love Castiel's character even more.
posted by Atreides at 10:30 AM on February 19, 2016

Is there a type of billfish called a bluefin that looks like the one on their torpedo? 'Cause that looks like a swordfish/marlin.
posted by FallowKing at 12:25 PM on February 19, 2016

I'm the wife of a former submariner so I got a special thrill out of this episode. Jensen in a dixie cup and bell bottoms, be still my heart!
posted by Requiax at 6:27 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

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