that’s a real fancy way of saying “I’m a huge geek”
I WAS SO SAD BC ALL THE KEVIN ON MY DASH AND THEN I SEE THIS AND BURST OUT LAUGHING
Just as a curiousity, I think it’s pretty interesting to see the reactions of people who follow me to the different episodes of the season.
I love that they couldn’t hit us over the head more that Dean doesn’t give a shit about Cas having his mojo or not, PER SE. He appreciates the advantages of a powered up Cas for sure, but first of all he cares about /Cas/.
Well, it could be a ploy for better ratings. But that’s not the way I’d bet.
I’ve been saying since 8.17 that Carver’s been bucking network interference in every way he can.
I was pretty much convinced this was the case when Adam Glass told people to direct their complaints to Chad Kennedy just a week before 9.03 aired, and then, along with Robbie Thompson, was conspicuously and unusually absent from Twitter during an episode that was pretty much guaranteed to send the Destiel fandom into an uproar. The resulting Twitterpocalypse conveniently had the effect of getting the idea of a Dean/Cas romance presented to the network suits by the viewers and not the writing team.
I also find it very interesting that the words seem to be coming from “the platonic bowl” (and I wish I could find that post so I could credit for the quote) and the actions that the actors put with the words are coming from “the romance bowl.”
It is completely possible for actors to subvert the intent of their text—I watched James Marsters do it in Buffy’s season 6. But it’s not just the actors who seem to be doing that on SPN; the set crew and the music composer appear to be aiding and abetting, if that restaurant sign in 9.07 that a vast lot of people read as “Cas” instead of “Cus” because of the font used is any indication.
It’s Christmas Eve when Cas shows up at the bunker’s front door. When Dean opens the door, his first thought isn’t worry or panic or even the word “Cas"—the first thing to catch his eye is the snow melting in puffy flakes into Cas’ dark hair, clinging wetly to his eyelashes.
For a moment they stare at each other in silence, Dean’s hand iron-wired to the handle of the bunker.
Then Cas, in one cold cloud of breath, spilling out from his teeth like a ribbon, asks, “Can I come in?”
No, something isn’t right here… The Destiel of Season 9 so far
I was reading bakasara’s post about the flirting in the bar scene in 9.09, and I realized something. Those moments that people are holding up as NO HOMO moments for Dean or Cas? They’re not really coming across as NO HOMO.
One of the axioms of good writing is SHOW, DON’T TELL. They’re telling us one thing, and showing us another, just like they did all through season 8.
Seriously, every single thing so far this season we’ve seen that could possibly be interpreted as establishing Dean or Cas as firmly heterosexual has been subverted.
- Cas has sex with April. But she turns out to be a Reaper using sex to lure Cas in, and then tortures and kills him.
- Dean is all dudebro cool about Cas getting laid. But the music that plays under that dialog is cheezy, over-the-top 80s buddy-cop-show music that is completely at odds with the other incidental music in the episode EXCEPT for the bit underscoring Dean lying his ass off about how Cas is not dead.
- Cas’ boss is clearly asking him for a date. But she’s really not, she’s looking for a babysitter.
- Dean helps Cas get ready for his date. But tells him to unbutton his shirt and then blatantly ogles him while he’s doing it.
- Dean plans to seduce a former porn star. But when she’s upset, he backs off until she makes a move, and then they are clearly playing roles from one of her movies instead of enjoying the moment as themselves.
- Dean and Cas talk about how hot April was and how nice, “up to the point where she started torturing” Cas. But they’re clearly making the incident into a joke and, as bakasara points out, their body language, like the scene where Dean is helping Cas get ready for the “date,” indicates flirting with each other.
Those scenes may look like very strong NO HOMO moments on paper, but the acting choices and the directing choices and the set decoration and the editorial choices are telling us we can’t trust what the words on the page are saying.
So which should you trust more? What somebody says, or what somebody does?
Team Free Will - Internal Monologue
I don’t have the gifs of that scene yet so it’s gonna be harder to explain, but I’ll try.but what do you think about what they said about April?It’s simple: THEY SAID NOTHING ABOUT APRIL. SERIOUSLY. REWATCH THE SCENE. APRIL IS SO NOT EVEN REMOTELY WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT.Cas is talking about Bart. Then he makes a point of looking straight at Dean before mentioning April. He makes a pause, looks at Dean, then mentions April. Yanno, for emphasis. From this point on the camera only stays focused on Cas and Dean, leaving Sam out. Sam could not be there and it wouldn’t make a difference, we are only observing Cas and Dean’s interacions and reactions to what the other says.Dean looks at Cas and makes a point of saying “the one you banged”.Cas looks at Dean and makes a point of finishing his sentence with a “yeah, and you stabbed”. Cas lifts his face upwards mantaining his eyes on Dean after this: that’s a challenge, he’s waiting to see how Dean reacts to what he said. Dean rolls his eyes and looks away, unable to mantain eye contact. In reality, Dean stabbing April had nothing to do with the fact Cas had sex with her and moreover, Dean stabbed her to save Cas, so he shouldn’t feel guilty about it at all, but here Cas deliberately linked the two things (him “banging her” and Dean killing her) and Dean felt the accusation. Yet, Dean makes sure their eyes are once again locked to get the message across before he says “yeah”. THIS IS FLIRTING. They’re not talking about April. They know what they’re talking about, subconsciously or not, and they are playing. Seriously, body language. This is a very deliberate, very erotic game.
The conversation goes on and Dean keeps playing: Dean only saw “April” when he came in to rescue Cas and at that point, he was infuriated with her, was only thinking about killing her, and considered her a bad guy, meaning he didn’t take the time to check her out and wasn’t in the condition of judging if she was sexy or not. AND YET, he unconvincingly tells Cas that “she was hot”, looking straight at him but (AGAIN!) with his face lifted upwards, waiting for a reaction from Cas. He didn’t even notice she was hot, but he says that to Cas and his body language indicates he’s waiting to see how Cas reacts.Cas looks at his right (visual remembered in body language) for a second (indicating that for an instant he remembered her looks), but then as he goes on to confirm that she was “so hot”, he’s looking up, which is a sign of boredom, exasperation and sarcasm. He’s not being completely genuine in his reaction. He knows he’s bullshitting. Dean is still listening attentively.
Then Cas finally looks at his left (visual constructed) and, sincerely, says: “And very nice.”And then a very funny thing happens. Dean looks away and “hmms” in agreement with a nondescipt smile.His microexpressions indicate he’s let down/not satisfied with the interaction (I’ll do this with pics when I have time later maybe), but he acts as if he knew April personally and could confirm that “she was nice”. The bullshit here is up to eleven. Dean CANNOT AGREE that April is nice. He only saw an evil reaper and didn’t know April before.
That’s heavy bullshit and noone at that table at this point is pretending it isn’t. The moment Dean acts like he and Cas are two friends talking about a third absent friend (“She’s so nice” / “Yeah, yeah, she is”) it’s obvious they are bullshitting. Dean senses it. In fact…AT THIS POINT Dean swallows, then swiftly regains focus to look at Sam and check out Sam’s reaction. That’s the only moment when the camera lets us see Sam. And we find out Sam is very amused by this whole exchange (he makes this sort of silent snort and looks from Dean to Cas).
Then Cas remembers she was nice until she “started torturing him”, and this is the only moment when he’s serious: he pauses, gets caught up in the memory, looking into the distance, and doesn’t make eye contact with Dean. This is the only moment when he’s actually talking about what happened and not playing with Dean.
Dean also stops for a second, looks down, but then he resumes, telling Cas that “not every hookup is perfect”. He looks straight at him again, lips parted, gives him a slightly condescending pat on the shoulder (just as he effectively resumes the interaction) and then keeps his eyes locked with Cas while giving him the flirtiest smirk.
I picked up on this immediately the first time I saw the scene because I have an intuitive understanding of body language, but seriously, if you think they weren’t deliberately flirting, rewatch it, because really I was embarassed by how shameless they were being.
I still can’t believe they directed and played that scene like that. I just… ok. Ok.
I actually kind of love this scene, and I think for the most part it speaks for itself… so just don’t understand how Destiel shippers are upset about it! I read it as entirely supportive of a Dean and Cas relationship. And here’s why:
Cas is wearing a somewhat cheeky look when he brings up April because he knows it will perturb Dean. And the first thing that Dean remembers about her is that Cas had sex with her. So, Cas knows he’s struck a chord just like he had been predicting and (I’d say somewhat mockingly, yet acting quite innocently) says “Yeah, and you stabbed.” (Like that’s another thing you might remember about her Dean, if you cared less about who I was sleeping with.) And Dean picks up on the fact that Cas is taking a jab at him, hence the open-mouthed reaction and the glance at Sam (to see if he’s picking up on what Cas is really getting at). “She was hot,” Dean says, trying to lead the conversation back to safe territory. And I mean, I guess you can see it differently but Cas isn’t exactly hiding his eye roll when he responds, "So hot." Because all Cas knows about “love” and relationships is what he’s learned from Dean, and although looks may be among the most important things to Dean, Cas mostly liked her because she was "very nice." And the next clip is Dean realizing just how far Cas exists outside and above the norms of our society. Cas liked April first and foremost for the person she was (//well who she was pretending to be//) rather than reasons that are normally highly valued: looks, conformity, etc. Cas doesn’t care about societal norms, I mean come on, he’s utterly indifferent to sexual orientation. And Dean is very caught up in this realization, jerking back into the moment and casting a wary glance at Sam before a dazed expression crosses his face once again.
And Sam! There is no better expression for watching your brother realize that it’s perfectly fine to be head-over-heels in love with the guy sitting next to him. As if the whole exchange wasn’t incriminating enough, it’s Sam’s reactions to the whole situation that solidify my opinion of this scene. I mean, he’s playing the awkward third-wheel perfectly! What other way can it be described?
As for that last gif… “Not every hook up’s perfect." Need I elaborate? You can read it as a reminder or a promise (**that smile, though**), but one thing’s for sure… Dean and Cas are desperately, hopelessly, dewy-eyed, rosy-cheeked, perfectly in love.