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(lj cut for SPN 4.04 spoilerage)

I'll have lots to report about Chicago in the next few days, but first some Supernatural speculation.   Since our JetBlue flight landed with about 15 minutes left to go, I gotta wait to find it online to see how it ended and I kinda think I might be a little disappointed.

First, I have to admit I was watching with only half an eye, because I just cannot deal with bugs and will err way, way on the side of caution when it comes to making sure I don't actually see any.

(I've never watched the Buffy episodes "What's My Line, Parts I and II" because of the bug-man assassin...and I know from reading the scripts there's great, great stuff in those episodes--Cordy and Xander kiss!  Oz and Willow finally meet, courtesy of the Government-Wants-Your-Sexy-Brain recruiters at the Career Fair!  A church falls on Spike and Dru carries him from the wreckage!  Doesn't matter, I can't watch 'em.)

I'm a little miffed at Dean--he doesn't trust Castiel as far as he could throw him, why is he so damn quick to take his word about Sam?  It fits his throughline perfectly, of course, because he's never been comfortable with Sam's powers and his greatest worry is that they are, indeed, dark and terrible.  I thought the scene where Sam confronted him about this and you could see the grief and compassion underlying all of Dean's rage on his face was just gorgeous.

And the tension was amazing--I couldn't believe how well they drew it out, with Travis' provocation of Jack taking just long enough for Sam and Dean to arrive and save the day except they don't.  When they cut to commercial just after they found the other hunter's body I thought, how freaking awesome would it be if they just killed Jack without finding out how it really went down, maybe not even for a good while?

I'd love for the show to be that edgy, so that Dean's pointing out that he'd be hunting Sam if he didn't know him could circle back to their conversation in season 2 about suddenly questioning whether all things they'd been raised to hunt actually deserved to die.  So that God's motivations were truly open to interpretation, along the lines of Steven Brust's To Reign in Hell or Robert A. Heinlein's Job, novels where the Almighty's main concern in the battle with Lucifer is WINNING and the well-being of humanity not even an afterthought.  Man, I so want this to be where they're going, even if I'm not sure you can get away with it on network TV.