So I'm going, noooo! not another out-of-time grandfather! Haven't they done this already?
But I was pleasantly surprised by the full-circle-ness of this episode. It was more successful (in my opinion) than the season six episodes with Samuel Campbell, and let me quickly add again that I love Mitch Pileggi in almost everything -- especially in "In the Beginning", one of my favorite Supernatural episodes ever.
I didn't think it was possible to expand the family history any further, but I hadn't considered that we've really only seen the Campbell side. Henry Winchester was quirky, intellectual and nonviolent, unlike his son John or his grandsons, but he gave his life for his family in what is now a multi-generational Winchester family tradition. I was sad that he died, and even got a little teary. Although I should have known he was going to die, because if he hadn't, he would have found a way to get back to John in 1958.
It was touching and made total sense that Henry was so focused on what happened to John, to the point of possibly sacrificing the existence of his inferior hunter grandsons. (Although the John/Mary pairing was destined to be, of course.) Once upon a time way back when, Dean and Sam were fine with the idea of never having existed at all. Not any more.
(It's season eight. Isn't it way past time that they find a way to bring John Winchester back? What happened to him and where his soul currently resides is a huge, unanswered question. Come on, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Couldn't you make the time to do an episode of Supernatural? Of course, maybe they can't afford him now.)
Interestingly, smack in the middle of season eight, this episode gave us some serious new Supernatural lore, as well as some new, cool toys. "Men of Letters"? Do they still exist somewhere? And don't they feel like the Watchers in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Highlander, but with mage-like powers? Their "Aquarian star" symbol looked sort of like an anti-pentagram, which makes sense. Was Henry chanting Enochian? It sure sounded a lot like it.
The best reveal of all was that John's journal, the one that the boys have been carrying for the entire series, was supposed to be Henry's Men of Letters journal and had his monogram on it. Loved the Devil's trap carved into the head of bullet, and the blood sigil that leads you to your next of kin. Plus there was the magic cigarette box, the supernatural motherlode, the key to every spell. Are the boys going to travel to those coordinates and throw in the key? Maybe they should take it to Kevin. Does it relate somehow to the God Rocks?
I also enjoyed seeing Alaina Huffman from Stargate again as the new and interesting demon Abaddon, chosen first by Lucifer. Of course it was awhile ago, since Lucifer isn't available now. I liked her smoke-in-the-mouth trick. Was she really the last Knight of Hell? I doubt it, somehow.
Bits and pieces:
-- Great casting of Henry Winchester (Gil McKinney). Henry looked a lot like Sam. Loved the blue suit.
-- I can so easily see Sam as a Man of Letters. Dean, not so much. Of course, he has other skills.
-- Albert Magnus was a codeword, and the greatest alchemist of the middle ages. Was that a little homage to Amanda Tapping's character Helen Magnus in Sanctuary?
-- This week: Normal, Illinois, where things were not normal. The purple-themed Byway Inn had a... was it black and white? motel room, and the Strip whatever motel had a silver and yellow color scheme, possibly the ugliest combination ever. (Silver and yellow together makes both colors look dirty.)
-- Henry was immediately attracted to the Impala. And by the way, did they stop somewhere and get the Impala's window fixed? Because in those last travel scenes, the window was back.
Henry: (looking at the 2013 sticker on the Impala) "I guess the Mayans were wrong."
Loved that one.
Dean: "Seriously? Dude's time-traveling through motel room closets. That's what we've come to?"
Dean: "I frigging hate time travel, man."
Henry: "Where'd you get that?"
Dean: "Demon gave it to me. We've been around this block *so* many times."
Henry: "What level are you two?"
And I immediately thought Dean and Sam should answer, "Five."
Dean: "So you're like Yoda to our Jedis?"
Henry: "You boys ever exhume a body?"
Dean: "Your responsibility was to your family, not to some glorified book club."
Dean: "I'm guessing he's gonna whip up another one of those blood spells and Marty McFly himself back to the 1950s."
Four out of four Aquarian stars,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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