15.12 Galaxy Brain

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Title Galaxy Brain
Episode # Season 15, Episode 12
First aired March 16, 2020
Directed by Richard Speight, Jr.
Written by Teleplay:
Robert Berens
Story:
Meredith Glynn
Robert Berens
On IMDB Galaxy Brain
Outline Dark Kaia's return leads Sam and Dean on a daring rescue mission, along with Jody, Castiel, and Jack.
Monster God
Timeline Four weeks after 15.09 The Trap
Location(s) Earth 2
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Lebanon, Kansas
The Bad Place
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Synopsis

Characters

Definitions

Music

(playing on the radio in the Earth 2 Radio Shed store)
  • "Mary Mack" by Yadira Guevara-Prip
(sung by Kaia Nieves in the Bad Place)

Quotes

Chuck: It's monologue time. In the beginning, it was just me and sis. And it was fine. But I wasn't satisfied. So I made more. I created the world. But I didn't stop there. No, no, no. I got the bug! So I -- I kept creating. I made... other worlds. Different combinations, scenarios, characters. Different versions of the same characters. You know my -- "My other toys." Is that where I screwed up?

Clerk: Sir, this a Radio Shed.
Chuck: Dean says I'm not going to get the ending I want. And I don't know. Maybe -- I -- I mean that shouldn't matter, right? I've gotten what I want from hundreds of Sams and Deans. I could get what I want from a hundred more. And I don't care. Those other toys they don't -- they don't... spark joy. But Sam and Dean... the real Sam and Dean... they do. They challenge me... They disappoint me... They surprise me. They're... the ones.
Clerk: How 'bout a stereo?

Chuck: I don't need more! More things, more distractions? I need less. It's time to clear the board. All the other worlds, alternate realities, the subplots... the failed spin-offs... It's time to start cancelling shows.
Sam: I still don't like it.

Dean: Which part -- Jack's deal with death? Or the part where she's got him eating angel hearts?

Castiel: Ugh. The hearts were disturbing.
Dean: Well, here's to being right. And here's to payback. Hmm? Come on. What, revenge doesn't sound good to you?

Castiel: What sounds good to me is Jack fulfilling his destiny.

Dean: Okay, yeah, but... icing on the cake? I mean, Chuck wanted Cain and Abel, and.. now we're going all biblical on Him. Killed by His own grandson. That sounds right to me.
Dark Kaia: You promised you'd get me back to my world.
Dean: Well, way I see it, that promise expired the minute you hurt our friend.
Jack: She's been watching me.

Merle: Yeah, I've been watching you screw up. One measly life on the line, and you're ready to risk it all? That's not just dumb. That's Winchester dumb.

Dean: Hey!
Dean: How you feeling about this?
Sam: Honestly? Feels like we're taking a big, probably stupid risk. Feels good. Disobeying cosmic entities, doing the, uh... dumb right thing? Feels like we're back.
Sam: Yeah, what's your endgame, Billie? You lecture us about how important all this is, but we don't even know what you're doing. Jack's gonna kill God, right? Yeah? Great. Okay. How? What's your plan?

Billie: When I was a reaper, I believed in the rules. But then you killed me. And when I became Death, I inherited Death's knowledge... and Death's library. And in Death's library, everyone has a book. Even God.
Dean: So God can die?

Billie: Everything dies.
Castiel: Why would God write the blueprint to His own death?

Billie: He didn't. The books write themselves. After God made the world, He couldn't stop. He wanted more. But He needed to create a perfect harmony -- a Swiss watch so that this world could keep tick-tick-ticking in His absence. He had no choice but to build Himself into the framework. It's His only weakness.
Dean: So Chuck doesn't know what's inside the book?
Billie: No one can read their books unless I let them.
Sam: What about Jack? He's in God's book?

Billie: And so are you. I told you Dean -- you and your brother have work to do. This is your destiny. You are the messengers of God's destruction.

Trivia & References

"Galaxy Brain" is a reference to the compliment turned insult, that has come to mean a person who thinks they are smarter than they actually are.
On Earth 2, Hilary Clinton won the 2016 election, and is in the midst of her re-election campaign.
Earth-Two, a parallel world in the DC Multiverse; the home of DC's Golden Age heroes.
Jack: Guys, what about this? La Piegatrice Mondiale. It's an old Italian spell -- Stregherian magic. It means "The World Bender."

Dean: What are the ingredients?
Jack: Basic stuff -- crystals, herbs, and the, uh... "liver of a mandragora."

Stregheria is a form of witchcraft with roots in South Europe, as well as a connection to Italian Americans. Mandragora are a type of familiar demons that appear as dolls to act as counselors to sorcerers in times of need. Mandragora is also the latin name of a plant genus of the nightshade family whose members are also known as Mandrakes which have been used in various supernatural practices throughout history.
Chuck: You know, unwinding whole worlds, some take a snap, but others are more complex. They'll need more time. Attention.
The "snap" is the term used to refer to the actions of Thanos in snapping his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet and wiping out 50% of all living things. It is also a reference to Chuck's affinity for snapping his fingers when he wants someone to die or disappear.

Minutiae

Live tweets from the cast and crew during the broadcast.
According to writer Robert Berens, the initial idea for the episode came from Jensen during the pre-production meeting for the season:
"At the beginning of the season, Jared and Jensen spoke with the writers about the final season. Most of the convo was about the ending, but when loose ends came up Jensen made a point of wanting part 2 of the Dark Kaia spear saga. I felt it was important because Dark Kaia’s promise to Dean in 14.09 was so loaded, and we never resolved it. (The plan was to do it in S14 but it didn’t happen.) That Jensen agreed it mattered gave me some steam to push for it."
"I don’t think they knew that part. I think with Jensen it came down to tracking the fact that Dean had broken a promise onscreen, wanting that resolved— mixed with, I suspect, that he’d enjoyed shooting his last fight with DK."
In 15.09 The Trap, Dean refers to Chuck's plan as "galaxy-brained", and tells Him to, "Go back to Earth 2 and play with your other toys." Chuck seemingly took Dean's advice to heart as the episode begins "four weeks ago" on Earth 2, and one of the TV screens Chuck turns on in the Radio Shed shows the ending conversation with Sam, Dean and Castiel from "The Trap." Chuck then proceeds to "play" with his other "toys" for the next few weeks by destroying every alternate universe.
Rob Benedict's band Louden Swain's song "Pop Tart Heart" can be heard before Chuck (played by Rob) enters the Radio Shed. Executive Producer Robert Singer also voices the radio DJ Jimmy Jack that is heard in the Radio Shed.
Chuck: I don't need more! More things, more distractions? I need less. It's time to clear the board. All the other worlds, alternate realities, the subplots... the failed spin-offs... It's time to start cancelling shows.
The "failed spin-off" comment is in reference to Wayward Sisters. Writer Robert Berens tweeted after the episode "The arc of S1 of Wayward Sisters was always going to be broadly Dark Kaia vs the WaywardSisters, culminating in Kaia’s rescue and Dark Kaia’s tragic defeat. I always wanted to make that death right. But with limited real estate on #Supernatural I had resigned myself to Kaia just being dead. It was only by embedding it in S15 stories (Chuck, Jack’s return to the Bunker, Billie’s plan) it felt like it was possible to tie that loose end in a relevant and appropriate way. In addition, Chuck destroys the Bad Place in the episode which had been created for the Wayward Sisters spin-off.
During Chuck's opening monologue, his video presentation of other worlds includes two of his endings featuring Demon Blood Sam killing Dean and Dean failing to kill Samifer with the Colt.
Castiel and Jack play the board game Connect Four. The scene was not originally scripted, and added by director Richard Speight, Jr., who along with Misha Collins "riffed out the beat" of the scene.
Billie: Hello, boys.
Billie casually greeted everyone in the Bunker with a simple "Hello, boys." just as Crowley and Rowena greeted the Winchesters on occasion in previous seasons.
Billie: And so are you. I told you Dean -- you and your brother have work to do. This is your destiny. You are the messengers of God's destruction.
We Got Work to Do is a repeated refrain throughout the show, first uttered at the end of 1.01 Pilot.
Bob Berens tweeted out #Dreamhunter during the episode in reference to the name fandom gave the 'ship of Kaia and Claire.
After the broadcast of Wayward Sisters, writer Bob Berens tweeted a picture of a whiteboard with the words "Kaia lives!" on it.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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