oh you’re having trouble making your car payment?
well then, let us make it extra difficult for you by cutting off your access to pay it on our website
or over the phone
now you have to send it western union and get charged not just your late fee from us but the western union fee as well
i hate creditors
and i hate being broke all the time
my life sucks
that is all
thank you for listening
Anon: I’ll have to think about that some. I admit I don’t know the Greatest American Hero show very well (
read: at all) so I can’t make any deeper analysis than a very shallow one without further research. My first inclination is to think that it’s Cas becoming an everyman hero. His grace might be gone, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have amazing power and abilities within him. (I feel so Disney for saying that) But really this whole episode was about Cas finding empowerment as a human. The angels feel sorry for him for falling so completely and humans feel sorry for him because he doesn’t have the typical trappings of human success and he cares too much. But that doesn’t mean he’s a victim, which he proved in tonight’s episode. Even Dean was forced to respect his decisions.
With the choice to focus on more blue collar Americana in general, the everyman hero seems to be a greater thread among SPN as a whole. Cas is just joining the club, for which I have complicated feelings because I enjoy other!Cas even as well-written heroic human!Cas is winning me over.
As far as when did Cas learn this song: I’d have to say from Dean. I mean it’s possible he’s catching up on classic music and television now that he’s human but I don’t know when since it’s intimated that he neither has a place of his own, nor the time to relax and chill out in front of the tv (even if it was the tv in the gas station). This seems to me to be Dean’s influence precisely because it’s the kind of cult tv show he’d probably watched with bad reception in the hotel rooms John Winchester left him in to watch over Sammy.
This establishes Cas as third Winchester, but I’m not buying that it’s platonic just yet. Not with the Man Who Would Be King/ Route 666 (also look here) Parallels or the way Dean acted like a lover in the dog-house, trying to make amends to the one he loves without putting him in further danger. That earlier post about this being a romantic comedy is so true albeit the humor is dark and the romance has to be extended for several more episodes.
I was a kid when that show aired, so my memory is a bit spotty—but I do remember that the main character was thrown into a life as a super hero and tried SO DAMN HARD to use the powers he had, but kept failing and failing and failing—until he didn’t.
I want to have this episode’s babies.