greycrusader wrote: previously even powerful witches (the ones who summoned Samhain, the gambler who played for people's years instead of money) still were mostly dependent on hexes invovling fetish items (coins, hex bags, cards), rituals, and the occasional spoken spell. They weren't the "slay with a gesture/summon stinging insects/throw lightning bolts" variety.
Yeah, that's definitely a beef of mine, 'witches' abandoning ritual spellcasting and turning into superheros who could fling people and energy around with an impatient wave of their hand.
If witches in Supernatural *always* did that sort of thing, like demons with their 'pin people to the wall while I monologue' trick, that would be fine, but witches in this show typically have to do the ritual magic thing, which might take hours to set up, and require special components and prepared locations and invocations in different languages. When that sort of thing is shown in the same episode, it's even more egregious when the two witches later reveal that they can just telekinetically throw people around and even kill them, without bothering to cast spells or gather components or speak Latin badly. How does the magic know that this particular impatient wave of the hand is the 'summon bees' spell and not the 'choke a fool' spell?
The cluehammers about Dean keeping this secret are getting pretty anvilicious. Last episode also dealt with it, and having two episodes in a row hammer that same theme is perhaps a bit excessive. The effects on Dean also seem fairly odd, with Sam observing that somethings eating at him and the heavy drinking, etc. It's not like Sam and Dean haven't lied to each other off and on for their entire lives, why would this particular lie be suddenly making Dean go all mental?
It's a weird sort of role-reversal. Sam's always been the one who wracked himself with guilt (and, on occasion, had good reason to do so), and Dean's been the one who shrugged it off and had another beer. Now Sam seems to have grown out of it, just in time for Dean to have a mid-life crisis...