Originally Posted by petergaryr
Yep. That's why it will not be possible to synch up Supernatural's
theology with anything else. They are building their own set of rules, and that's fine for a secular Network TV show.
In fact, that's probably the safer route for a show of this nature. Otherwise they run the risk of identifying too closely with a specific religious belief system. This way, they can either offend everybody equally, or hopefully people will just accept it for what it is: entertainment with a few ficticious spiritual conventions thrown in.
With last weeks show, I said this:
"Not that I expect a TV series to answer any large questions, especially ones dealing with mysteries of the ages (e.g., why is evil allowed to exist? What is the cosmic significance of the power balance of good vs. evil? What is "good"? What is "evil"? etc.), but the point is, questions are the only element yet introduced that I see so far..."
It was telling to me that in this latest outing, we had Dean asking (rhetorically really) why God would allow evil to exist, apparently unchecked, and even more telling still that Sam and Bobby wouldn't touch it. Though the depth this show has revealed over time continues only to get richer, I still am not anticipating it will tackle in any realistic sense, the great theological questions of the ages and it would be an immense misstep I think to embrace a specific theological doctrine.
My cursory research did not turn up reference to 66 seals in Christianity, rather seven:
"The seven seals began with announcements of riders commissioned to bring calamities."
Those seals followed upon by more fates, seven in number, which pretty much bring history to the final denouement. So what can we make of the 66 seals here? Castielle refers to six brethren killed and 66 seals -- looks like he's using the popularized mark of the beast in somewhat cryptic form to impart a yet veiled meaning, but an "Angel" that uses the mark of the Devil as the calling card to whatever portent he represents? -- not a good sign for Divine affiliation, if you ask me.
So far, with this episode, the producers have played this just right -- for the most part, it was very standard SUPERNATURAL fare, with the added gravity and breadth of an ongoing thematic undercurrent, but it is a tightrope walk to bring in theology, not to mention that once THE BIG BOYS battle, where can the series then head? In Christian terms, that is pretty much it, as far as Earth being the battleground, but then again, with the current collapse of the markets, perhaps this series will end up exactly mirroring the decline of civilization as we know it!
Looking forward to a great season!
Local update: the Presidential debate was in 5.1! This means next week we should be good to go for SUPERNATURAL in all its surround glory! -- unfortunately not in time for this last episode, but it will air again, or better still be on Blu-ray as is season 3 right now...now just have to get the player (and possibly ditch this poor investment in yet another obselete format...slightly used HD DVD player anyone?)