‘Don’t Call Me Shurley’ is the most myth-centric Supernatural episode we have had since Season 5. And probably also the best one.
There was really no surprise. The possibility of Chuck Shurley’s real identity being God has been a headcanon in the fandom ever since the character was first introduced as a Prophet of the Lord in Season 4. It’s actually quite surprising how the fandom had accepted this theory to the point that even the cast joked about it in conventions, resulting in last night’s “big” revelation not being really a surprise, at least not to fans of the series. Rob Benedict is very popular in the fandom, actively engaging with fans on Twitter, and has also participated in many Supernatural conventions (both on screen and off screen). All of these things had me a bit wary about how a dorky character like him could be… well, God, and I still wasn’t very convinced with his portrayal at first, but his character got better as Metatron started pushing his buttons.
The focus of ‘Don’t Call Me Shurley’ was mainly on God and Metatron’s conversation, as it should have been. In fact, it was a bit hard to care about Sam and Dean’s bits because everything about God and Metatron’s scenes was both welcoming and captivating, from the Cheers bar-lookalike to the throwbacks to Carver Edlund’s books (including a meta joke on Eric Kripke‘s failed Revolution!). I found it very interesting that Chuck mentioned that he’s soulless and that he hinted that he doesn’t really have any feelings. However, Chuck did at least show negative emotions towards his sister (“this isn’t her story, it’s mine”) and Lucifer (“he’s not my favorite”). He was also in several relationships (God confirmed to be bisexual! Or should we say pansexual?) and he also claims to have created life because he was “lonely”. However, God fails to feel any responsibilities over his creation. He believes that humanity is at fault for everything they do (it almost seemed like he was blaming Sam at one point) and that he’s tired of saving the Winchesters’ asses by “rebooting” Castiel over and over. Chuck being lazy and lacking motivation is not news so, even though Metatron does an amazing job at telling it like it is and trying to convince him (Curtis Armstrong was stellar), it seemed like he could only convince him to do one last effort to end Amara because that song certainly felt like a farewell. Will both God and Amara be gone by the end of the series leaving humanity to its own?
No one likes a plot device like Deus Ex Machina, but when you have God in your story, not using that device is the thing that would create inconsistencies. God was able to save Sam and Dean this time (am I the only one who was reminded of ‘Jus in Bello’ and ‘Croatoan’?) by returning the (glowing) Samulet during a beautiful musical montage that was bound to make you have all the feels in case you weren’t having them yet.
‘Don’t Call Me Shurley’ was a slow, conversation-based episode, and that’s exactly what it needed to be. If someone told me a few weeks ago that I would feel for Metatron, I would have laughed in their faces. I don’t think this was necessarily a redemption for Metatron (there’s no redemption for some of the things he’s done), but it certainly put him under a new light as an ex-angel in contrast to his father.