[the most spoiler low-key post you will see on 10x21] NAILED IT, nailed it. My foodie!Rowena just got totally Kripke'd by her comment to Sam about the groceries and her disinterest in Castiel's pork rinds. I'm stupidly happy about this. (Shush, let me have my moment!)
Also, I'm convinced that Crowley, King of Hell, talking to a hamster completely validates my own scene where Rowena, Wicked Witch, talks to a cheap hoagie. :D
I'm a very happy fic writer. Also, I swear to god that in spite of all the food and the conversations with food, that was a horror story.
Also also, just to respond vaguely to some comments I've seen I wanna go on record as saying that I have a crazy, hagiographic, overzealous love for and faith in Sam, and I trust him to the ends of the earth and I have a very difficult time seeing him as anything but the pinnacle of extreme perfection. And I know it's not at all fair to him, both as a character and as a person. Because jesus, that's limiting, and it cuts out a lot of who he is and what actions, experiences, vulnerabilities, etc. should be available to him. It's just difficult for me to remember--and to offer when I'm writing him.
Of course, it's also part of why I love writing him, because otherwise I don't think I could do it. XD I couldn't know Sam, and let Sam be Sam, if I didn't write him; and he'd just be this oddly angelic little perfect boyking in my mind instead.
My trust in Sam is infinite. I know my biases; that's just where I'm coming from, and will be coming from. But I also wanna say that as Rowena points out in this episode, to heed the binary between what is good and evil, right or wrong, is probably a little beside the point. I mean, perhaps it's a conversation to be had, but I think we've already had it, and Sam and Dean have certainly already had it, and I also think that 10x21 is actually speaking beyond that, if we'd care to join it.
(Will Dean be joining us? Or will he just rage pointlessly at Sam? Eh, I think he was more frustrated and upset than angry. Which I guess is progressive of the Mark, really, because were it not for the Mark Dean may have felt less committed to steering away from actual rage. XD He got over the rage part of that pretty quick, all things considered, because all the shouting was relatively low-key. If Dean's going to be deeply angry at anyone, you know it's going to be himself. I think it'd be a fair assessment to say that Dean's only ever been deeply angry at himself.)
I think if Sam's done anything deeply wrong, it's actually not about the Book of the Damned or pulling in Charlie and Castiel (where did he go, anyway?), or omitting Dean from this project. imho, it was chaining Rowena up! It's right up there with "oof, maybe we shouldn't pursue turning ourselves and our brother into alchemy zombies"--but hey, clearly that's been working really well for the Stynes, so what do I know. In any case, I don't think chaning Rowena up was an A-game move because up until then she was a free agent; and I think she could've made a decent ally (a la Bela) if only they treated her right. Of course, Sam barely knew her, and she is an evil witch, so it's not like he had real reason to divine that.
On the upside, Rowena seems to be taking her incarceration pretty well, all things considered, so that might actually turn out fairly decently for Sam in the long run. For selfish "I just really like Ruth Connell" reasons, I hope so! XD
I mean, look at them two, awww:
Have I mentioned how much I adore Rowena, yes I do yes, very much. And pictures of Ruth Connell sitting in a giant tire with JP only fuels the fire. Too much cute.