Reading Is Fundamental (721)
I didn’t pay much attention to this episode initially. Was I so damned tired of the Leviathan story line I tuned out? Or had I come to just not care about the series? Either way, now that I’ve been fully rejuvenated by season 8…
Wow! “Reading Is Fundamental” deftly set things in motion for season 8, while being action-packed and interesting on its own.
As the Winchesters unearth a stone tablet with strange writing on it, a teen from Michigan is struck by lightning, Castiel wakes up from his Sam-induced coma (from “The Born-Again Identity“), a storm covers the entire continental U.S., and thousands of babies are born.
Meet Kevin Tran. He’s in advanced placement.
The teen of course is one Kevin Tran. When he wakes from his lightning-induced coma, he goes in search of the tablet, although he has no idea why. Not only does the broken tablet mend in his hands, he’s able to read its writing, albeit with difficulty.
The new, kinder, gentler Castiel has a sense of humor; but he’s also a bit philosophically wonky, which drives an irritated Dean nuts.
But even a wonky angel is useful. He explains the tablet is the word of God, written by God’s scribe Metatron. (Interestingly, it’s Sam, not movie-obsessed Dean, who confuses Metatron with Megatron, the evil transformer.) Castiel also tells us that Kevin is a prophet.
None of this meant much to me in mid-2012. But now that we’ve actually met Metatron, it’s canon. (Plus, I’ve since seen Transformers, so I have a point of reference.)